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New Consular Procedures Office for Haitians inaugurated in Tijuana

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

Since Monday, July 17 Haitians who come to or are in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico) will no longer have to worry about transmitting their requests and receiving their documents issued by the Embassy of Haiti in Mexico which is at 3 hours of fly… With the permission of the Mexican Chancellery, an office located at # 1111 boulevard in the city of Tijuana is open to all Haitians citizens who can now carry out all the consular formalities such as passport, legalization of documents, proof of identity, mandate etc., from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at this consular offices. The office was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Haiti to Mexico Guy Lamothe and Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Director General of the Caribbean and Latin America of the Mexican Chancellery. In the presence of Regional Migration Delegate Rudolph Figueroa, Honorary Consul of Haiti Enrique Watanabe Munoz, Secretary of Tijuana Town Hall, Ambassador Lamothe reiterated the Haitian Chancellery’s desire to be close to its fellow citizens who are have arrived in Tijuana for almost a year for some, while providing them with a service that...

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Travel & Leisure

Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Located about an hour and a half drive from Cabo San Lucas and serviced by the same airport is the resort destination of La Paz. La Paz faces the Sea of Cortez/ Gulf of California. It has an outstanding reputation as a resort destination and one of the best diving destinations in the Baja Peninsula. Marisla Seamount, or El Bajo is one of the dive sites that is accessed from La Paz. This site has three peaks that reach up to just 60 feet below the surface. It is considered one of the best sites in the world for hammerhead sharks. Hammerheads are frequently seen on this site and have only been sited swimming clockwise around the seamounts. Amber jacks and tuna are some of the large marine life found here. Los Islotes is also close to La Paz. The waters around these islands are teeming with sardines. Over 200 California sea lions make the islands their home attracted by that delicious food the sardines are to them. Sea lions are very playful and will frequently check out the divers to see what’s up....

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World News

Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: China says awarding Nobel Peace Prize was ‘blasphemy’

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

Beijing — China said on Friday that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to “blasphemy” and lodged protests with several countries, including the US, for making “irresponsible statements” on the death of the prominent dissident. Liu, China’s best-known human rights prisoner, died on Thursday at age 61 following a battle with liver cancer. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent his last eight years as a prisoner of conscience died at a hospital in Shenyang, China. He was granted medical parole in June after receiving his diagnosis in prison, but China did not let him seek treatment abroad despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure. File image of Liu Xiaobo. CNN-News18 Liu’s death led to international criticism of China’s handling of the issue. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for Liu’s death. Answering a barrage of questions on Friday over the death of Liu, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had lodged protests with “certain countries” for interfering in its “judicial sovereignty”. “Liu is a prisoner who was sentenced to...

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Environment

Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

The director of the Loreto Bay National Park, Alejandro González, said that portable ecological baths will be installed onsite, in order to strengthen the care and protection of the ecosystem. “In that sense, he commented that, due to the recurring problems with latrines located on Coronado Island, several meetings were held with tourism service providers, civil society organizations, local authorities, and the National Park Directorate, where the situation was analyzed, and viable solutions sought”, he said. For that reason, necessary agreements were established and it was decided to remove the latrines to give way to the adaptation of a space where visitors and providers of tourist services will be able to locate the portable ecological bathrooms. “This way we will stop contaminating Coronado Island and other natural attractions located within Bahia de Loreto National Park”, he added. Gonzalez ended up declaring that he is only waiting to complete the corresponding procedures, to make way for their adaptation and start with the installation of these ecological bathrooms. With information of El Sudcaliforniano...

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Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Jul 20, 2017

Located about an hour and a half drive from Cabo San Lucas and serviced by the same airport is the resort destination of La Paz. La Paz faces the Sea of Cortez/ Gulf of California. It has an outstanding reputation as a resort destination and one of the best diving destinations in the Baja Peninsula. Marisla Seamount, or El Bajo is one of the dive sites that is accessed from La Paz. This site has three peaks that reach up to just 60 feet below the surface. It is considered one of the best sites in the world for hammerhead sharks. Hammerheads are frequently seen on this site and have only been sited swimming clockwise around the seamounts. Amber jacks and tuna are some of the large marine life found here. Los Islotes is also close to La Paz. The waters around these islands are teeming with sardines. Over 200 California sea lions make the islands their home attracted by that delicious food the sardines are to them. Sea lions are very playful and will frequently check out the divers to see what’s up. The waters of La Paz is also a seasonal destination for whale sharks and some whales. Whale shark snorkeling trips are available as are whale sighting cruises. Divers often come across them while diving at the peak season. Socorro IslandsBy Hobe / Holger Behr (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia ...

Huey Tzompantli: a tower of human skulls unearthed in Mexico City

Huey Tzompantli: a tower of human skulls unearthed in Mexico City

Jul 19, 2017

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts. Historians relate how the severed heads of captured warriors adorned tzompantli, or skull racks, found in a number of Mesoamerican cultures before the Spanish conquest. But the archaeological dig in the bowels of old Mexico City that began in 2015 suggests that picture was not complete. “We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,” said Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist investigating the find. “Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli,” he added. Raul Barrera, one of the archaeologists working at the site alongside the huge Metropolitan Cathedral built over the Templo Mayor, said the skulls would have been set in the tower after they had stood on public display on the tzompantli. Roughly six meters in diameter, the tower stood on the corner of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli, Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice. Its base has yet to be unearthed. There was no doubt that the tower was one of the skull edifices mentioned by Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who accompanied Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico, Barrera said. In his account of the campaign, de Tapia said he counted tens of thousands of skulls at what became known as the Huey Tzompantli. Barrera said 676 skulls had so far...

International Summer Camp starts in CETYS Campus Ensenada

International Summer Camp starts in CETYS Campus Ensenada

Jul 19, 2017

A select group of professors and more than 100 college students, from all over the world are participating in the International Summer Program (ISP) at CETyS Campus Ensenada in its fifth consecutive edition. This consists on ten days where students from very different fields such as Strategic Administration, Typographic Design, Public relations, Transcultural Behavior, International Law, International Marketing, Ethics, Innovation and Development,  aspects that will reinforce their academic formation through the combination of class hours, visits to local industries and cultural coexistence. Academic Director of CETYS Ensenada Campus, Dr. Oscar Barroso Huertas, was in charge of welcoming all the students who will participate in this great experience in the port, visiting important companies such as: GST Automotive, CPP, Advancio Software, Famosa, Fender, Dialight, Atenea en el Mar, CEMEX and several others, as a complement to what they will see in the classroom. “This program represents the triumph of an idea, of a university with a global vocation a group of entrepreneurs who have supported the belief that Baja California and Mexico can be and as a matter of fact have shown that we are a state and a country capable of forming international level professionals, from Baja California for the rest of the world:, said Barroso. Professor Yazmin Avila Silva, International Programs Coordinator, explained that this international college students meeting aims to grant the young college students attending the event, an international life experience broadening their scope of the challenges that await them in the labor field and the high competitive level it demands. The ISP detonates the global events of CETYS University International Campus Ensenada which seeks to foster and deploy initiatives which can generate value and facilitate innovation, in order to support the consolidation of strategies for the internationalization of the CETYS University...

Ibogaine Institute and addiction center in Rosarito, Baja California

Ibogaine Institute and addiction center in Rosarito, Baja California

Jul 19, 2017

When I woke up yesterday morning, I opened the door of my bedroom and walked out to a balcony overlooking the Pacific. I waited to catch a glimpse of the dolphins I had seen the day before and moved on to my meditation ritual. That was the closest I’d get to a mystical experience at the Ibogaine Institute on the coast of Rosarito, Mexico. Upstairs, on the third floor of the house, a man and a woman I had met the day before were laying in a blacked-out room, entering their seventh hour of soul-searching hallucinations. In the house next door, six people had just emerged, changed they said, from a different journey, under the influence of yet another hallucinogen. Kim, who’d been upstairs, is a 29-year-old with the face of a teenager who has been addicted to heroin for seven years. Just like Colin, also undergoing the Ibogaine treatment in the same room, Kim suffered an accident and became dependent on prescription painkillers. When doctors wouldn’t prescribe them anymore, she turned to black market pills. She received a settlement from the accident and said she spent the $90,000 on pills. Finally, she turned to the cheaper alternative, heroin. Just like Colin, Kim said other programs would detox her on Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, which also has a high risk for addiction and dependence. She said those programs crowd people into bunk beds and although they teach the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, she never “even got past the first step.” As other addicts I interviewed told me, you become dependent on the Suboxone and the Methadone and “you can’t really function.” Kim says the Ibogaine Institute “doesn’t seem like any other 30-day program because they actually work on what’s wrong, on the problem of why you use in the first place.” She hopes after her treatment, she can return to Connecticut to be a mother to her 6-year old son, now in custody of Kim’s mom. The institute offers 7 and 30-day programs to chronic relapsers of drug addiction, PTSD patients, and other disorders. Treatments for addiction begin with Ibogaine, a natural African psychoactive drug, and end with Ayahuasca,...

Diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe

Diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe

Jul 19, 2017

Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) is a volcanic island and popular liveaboard destination reached from Ensenada with some operators meeting their guest in San Diego. The island is 241 kilometers (150 mi) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and some 400 kilometers (250 mi) southwest of the city of Ensenada. Great Whites are the reason divers make the long trip here. The cage diving may be the best in the world. The Great Whites, Guadalupe fur seals, tuna, and sea lions are most frequently sighted from August to October. The ocean is calmest at this time however, divers can expect colder sea temperatures of 66 to 72°F (19°C to 22°C). Source:...

Mexicali DIF System delivers 1.1 million pesos in social aids for poor sectors

Mexicali DIF System delivers 1.1 million pesos in social aids for poor sectors

Jul 19, 2017

The 22nd City Council of Mexicali delivered one million 186 thousand pesos to benefit 881 families with financial and social aid and support for 434 elementary school students, 229 junior high students, 80 senior citizens and 138 handicapped citizens, “it is an honor to be able to help all these people to improve their lives, even when it is just a little push for them to start coming along”, said Margarita Flores de Sanchez, President of the DIF System of Mexicali. Her husband, Mayor Gustavo Sanchez said that it is important that the City Council determined, last December, that it will be very important to support and aid those people hailing from the lowest socio-economic sectors and he said that this kind of acts and events come to retify and show that there is a social commitment from the City Administration towards all those who live in scarce conditions and help the to work better or to keep studying. The people who were benefitted by this resources are from 60 different housing sectors of Mexicali such as 18 de Marzo, Ángeles de Puebla, el Cóndor, Robledo, Valle del Pedregal, y Villas de la República among others....

European promotion tour brought 122 MD: Governor Vega and Secretary Bonfante

European promotion tour brought 122 MD: Governor Vega and Secretary Bonfante

Jul 19, 2017

Medical devices and solar energy, highlights of European tour: Bonfante ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR/THE BAJA POST To recover the confidence link and certainty for investors I Baja California was the main point in the results of the European promotion tour which Governor Kiko Vega brought back from the Old Continent and Economic Development Secretary, Carlo Bonfante thinks there will be a considerable growth in operations for medical device and  solar panel operations of Icelandic and Spaniard capitals respectively as well as an important exchange with Italian wine makers and expansions in the aerospace companies already operating in Baja California. Ossur is an Icelandic company already manufacturing prosthetics for athletes and for handicapped people, their operation in Tijuana will enhance in 40 million, a solar panel manufacture Spanish company will re-invest 45 million dollars and Italian wineries will share their expertise and knowledge with their Baja California colleagues in order to help the Mexican wine cluster grow and develop, said Bonfante. An example of the importance of the Italian leg of the tour is that Italians consume 45 liters per capita a year (average) and Mexicans only consume a liter per capita, “so there is much we can learn from Italy regarding wine production”, said...

Six months chaos: The first semester of Trump’s Presidency

Six months chaos: The first semester of Trump’s Presidency

Jul 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s first six months in the White House have been a riot of scandal, chaos and outrage that — absent a major course correction — could spell doom for his entire administration. All US presidents face crises that seem to sweep the White House from its moorings. Abraham Lincoln struggled through a bloody Civil War. Bill Clinton was humiliated by muck-raking investigations. Barack Obama took five months to plug a devastating oil spill and even longer to right the economy. But few presidents have caused such outrage or faced such a multitude of crises as Donald Trump has in his first six months. “To be consumed by scandal from day one is not good, no major legislation is not good, to have approval ratings that are so low and the potential for Republican defections, all of this is not what you expect,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history at Princeton University. Trump swaggered into office on January 20 declaring Washington was broke and only a killer businessman such as himself could fix it. That promise looks increasingly threadbare. The White House remains understaffed, under-skilled and struggling to attract new talent. Existing staff there admit to being exhausted and demoralized. Trump’s political agenda has been blown to smithereens: The border “wall” has not been built, NAFTA has not been torn up, the Iran deal is still in place and Obamacare remains the law of the land. Even with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, the influential and nominally supportive Drudge Report declared this the “MOST UNPRODUCTIVE CONGRESS IN 164 YEARS.” PICKING FIGHTS Oratorically, Trump has continued where his campaign left off, picking fights with the press, judges, his own party, Democrats and FBI director James Comey, whom he fired. All the while, a drip, drip of evidence has amplified allegations that his family and aides sought help from Russia to tip the election against Hillary Clinton. There have been bright spots. The Islamic State group has been virtually defeated in Mosul and in Raqa, the capital of the so-called caliphate, is besieged. Trump has fulfilled his promise to scrap a trans-pacific trade deal, and successfully appointed conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to...