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....

The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

Sep 25, 2017

“During 2017, only 14 cases for the crime of human trafficking in its different forms have been reported in Baja California, according to the records of the investigating authorities”, said the director of the Binational Red Hearts Foundation (Fundación Red Binacional de Corazones AC), Alma Tucker. In the framework of the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children September 23rd, (Día Internacional Contra la Explotación Sexual y el Tráfico de Mujeres, Niños y Niñas) it was revealed that the UN elaborated a national diagnosis on the situation of human trafficking in Mexico, placing Tijuana and Mexicali under the spotlight regarding this problem. In a press release, she expressed the discontent of civil associations, such as the one she leads, in the absence of a clear strategy to reduce and eradicate Sexual Exploitation and People Trafficking, ensuring that there is a lack of budget and political will to address the issue. In a period of time between 2011 and 2017, a total of 262 cases have been registered in the state of Baja California. Although the General Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Trafficking in Persons was instituted in Baja California back in 2011, for the protection and assistance to victims of these crimes , it has not generated the expected impact. Tucker underlined that active campaigns are needed both for the location of victims and for prevention of these crimes, such as in 2012, when the City of Tijuana conducted a large campaign that was able to release a total of 100 victims. The activist said that this problem continues and it is necessary to raise awareness among authorities of the three orders of government along with the civil society, on the negative consequences that this crime brings, such as the separation of families, and the total destruction of the victim’s lives. Alma Tucker made a call to the authorities to address the problem, and come up with solutions....

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....

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...

The Casino Club of Mexicali invites the athletes to its power tournament

The Casino Club of Mexicali invites the athletes to its power tournament

Sep 19, 2017

The Casino Club of Mexicali announced the organization of its IX 2017 Power Tournament to be held on October 7. “The tournament will start with the “benchpress” discipline, with a cost of 200 pesos registration for members and 250 pesos for non-members”, general manager Óscar Erenas reported. The registrations can be made the same day of the competition that will begin at 8:00 am with the weighing of the athletes, which will conclude at 10:30 hours. The official tests will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a single division in the female branch. While iIn the male branch the categories are up to 65, 74, 83, 93 and 105 kilograms and above. The first place in the masculine categories will receive 1,500 pesos; 1,000 pesos for second place, and 500 pesos for third place. In the women’s competition the absolute champion will be given a prize of 500 pesos and trophies as well as medals for the second and third places. All participating athletes will receive a tournament’s shirt....