7up distribution suspended in Mexicali: Grupo Gepp

7up distribution suspended in Mexicali: Grupo Gepp

Sep 25, 2017

MEXICALI, Baja California (GH) The company responsible for the distribution of Seven Up announced that it will stop distributing this soft drink in its 2-liter presentation in Mexicali and its surrounding area for a an indefinte period of time. Through a press release, the Gepp Group indicated that they are taking the isolated incident that occured on September 17 very seriously. One person died and several were intoxicated when it was verified that the drink contained methamphetamine. The bulletin points out that the main concern of the company is the health and integrity of its consumers and therefore, are fully cooperating with federal and local authorities in the investigation. To support the investigation and extreme precautions, it was decided to suspend the distribution of 2-liter Seven Up in Mexicali and its surroundings on a temporary basis. The release states that Grupo Gepp and Seven Up base their actions on ethics and transparency, following strict processes of quality control to produce all its beverages, always using safe ingredients and complying with the Mexican regulations....

A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

Sep 25, 2017

They call it the bunker. From the street in this working-class neighborhood, people passing by the two-story house can look through the window and glimpse a peace sign and various iterations of the Stars and Stripes. The formal name is emblazoned in English on a banner above the entrance: “Deported Veterans Support House.” It’s a meeting venue, crash pad, information hub and hangout for a distinct group: U.S. military veterans expelled from the very country they served. Most came to the United States as children and became permanent legal residents before joining the military. But after returning to civilian life they committed crimes that led to deportation. Advocates for immigrants say there may be thousands of deported veterans now scattered across the globe. Hector Barajas, who founded the support house four years ago, has identified 350 deported U.S. veterans born in more than 30 countries, including India, Italy, Mexico and the nations of Central America. Scores have passed through the support house. The veterans there speak English like Americans, reminisce about school days back in the United States, watch U.S. sports on television and share war stories. Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are big holidays for them. All have families in the United States. Many veterans carry wallet-sized snapshots of sons, daughters, siblings and grandchildren from whom they are now separated. Still, the vibe at the house is not self-pity or regret, but repentance for missteps and a quest for redemption. The veterans are well aware that there is little sympathy in the U.S. for ex-convicts. But they argue that they have done their time, paid their debts to society, and are now serving what amounts to life sentences — permanent banishment from the country they regard as home. Click here for full article on the LA Times Source:...

American travelers warned about meth-laced soda in Mexicali

American travelers warned about meth-laced soda in Mexicali

Sep 24, 2017

PHOENIX — Health professionals in Arizona are warning those traveling to Mexico to be aware of possible contaminated 7Up beverages in the Mexicali area. The contaminated soft drinks caused seven people to become ill and has killed one person, according to the Attorney General of Justice of the State of Baja California. Mexicali is located about 240 miles from Phoenix and 124 miles from San Diego, just south of the California border and Interstate 8. According to a Banner Health news release, medical toxicologists and physicians are on alert after reports surfaced that methamphetamine was found in 7Up drinks originating in Mexicali. Baja California’s Health Department officials said health authorities have removed the products from shelves. Chris Barnes, spokesman for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, reassured that no 7Up products in the United States have been contaminated. The company distributes 7Up in the United States.   “None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico,” said Barnes. “Dr Pepper Snapple owns and licenses the 7Up brand only in the U.S. and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally.” The Baja attorney general’s office announced on its Facebook page that an investigation is underway in order to figure out how the drug made its way into the soda. Dr. Daniel Brooks at Banner Health cautioned anyone traveling to Mexico. “It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and shows no signs of tampering,” Brooks said. Some side effects of drinking contaminated sodas are burning of the esophagus and stomach, vomiting and a fast or irregular heartbeat, according to Banner Health. In July, the U.S. State Department alerted travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out. That warning came in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigationsurrounding a Wisconsin woman’s death that raised questions about drinks being served in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico....

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Sep 22, 2017

The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana. “It’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s going to be crazy.” Travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Frequent crossers, like Enjambre, 28, of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, making trips through the San Ysidro crossing intolerable. The expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce. Photo: Gregory Bull, AP In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, construction continues on a new curve along California’s Interstate 5, as it approaches the border with Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. The San Diego to Tijuana border. U.S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a.m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U.S. side as Mexico-bound cars are detoured to the much smaller Otay Mesa crossing to the east. “Don’t even think about going across in a vehicle,” said Jason M-B Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be a standstill.” Wells and other business leaders want people to cross on foot and are planning a festival with live music and food trucks to greet those who do. San Ysidro’s pedestrian crossing, where 22 inspection lanes into the U.S. were added this summer, will be open in both directions. Vehicles from Mexico into the U.S. also can cross. Leaders in Baja California’s tourism industry are concerned about the disruption that could continue well past the weekend as...

Donation centers for the earthquake victims open in Mexicali

Donation centers for the earthquake victims open in Mexicali

Sep 21, 2017

In support of those affected by the earthquake in Mexico City, the XXII City Council of Mexicali sent 12 members of the USAR group of firemen trained in the search and rescue of people in collapsed structures, and 6 rescuers members of the “Brigadas of the Sol” group, to assist in the rescue of the victims of the earthquake. On Wednesday September 20th, the DIF Municipal office opened donation centers in the 14 delegations of Mexicali and at the DIF headquarters, these centers will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM, during the next 10 or 12 days. The needs of our countrymen are many, but in this case we are also requesting non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, baby food and diapers. The response of the cachanilla society was immediate, since the collection centers were opened, donations have not stopped coming in, some with messages addressed to our brothers in need. Source: Uniradio...

All the people of Mexicali is invited to the 5th edition of “Prohibido Rendirse”

All the people of Mexicali is invited to the 5th edition of “Prohibido Rendirse”

Sep 20, 2017

The fifth athletic race Prohibido Rendirse, which will be held on Sunday, November 12 of this year and whose funds will be used to fund students through the Foundation of the Autonomous University of Baja California (FUABC), is a major challenge for all who dare to participate. The event will begin at 8:00 am in the foothills of the Cerro del Centinela,  starting from the Silicon Border enttrance on kilometer 15.5 of the Mexicali-Tijuana highway. There are different circuits: 10 km cross-country race; 3 km of hiking; 2 km for children with 25 obstacles; 5 km with 40 obstacles and 5 km with 45 obstacles, which is aimed at trained athletes. The top three places in each category will receive prizes. The registration fee is 350 pesos per person and includes a participant number and shirt, all contestants who finish the race will receive a medal and for the first time in this event, all participants will enter the raffle of a Honda motorcycle. The presentation of the event to the media was chaired by the UABC Rector, Dr. Juan Manuel Ocegueda Hernández, who thanked the family Aguilar Hernández for making this effort in honor of his son Eric Aguilar Hernandez and at the same time support low income Mexicali college students who wish to obtain their diploma. He also mentioned that the race has an important social impact as it promotes physical activation and sport in society in general, aiming to help with health problems such as obesity in which Mexico is positioned among the top places in the world. “Activities like this seek to promote good habits that contribute to public health and improve the welfare of society,” said the Rector and invited the university community and the Cachanilla society to participate and support Baja California. Lic. César Méndez Macías, attended the event in the name of the President of the Board of Directors of the UABC Foundation, Lic. Francisco Rubio Cárdenas. The Treasurer of the organization said that this is an event that includes all types of competitors, from high performance athletes to those who wish to spend some quality time with the family. “This is a sports party that strengthens the ties of...