Baja News

7up distribution suspended in Mexicali: Grupo Gepp

Posted by on 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....

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Travel & Leisure

Diamante Cabo San Lucas Introduces Direct Booking For Vacationers

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Diamante Cabo San Lucas, a master-planned luxury resort community, now offers direct booking for stays in their vacation residences. Set on 1,500 acres of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline and magnificent dunes, visitors can call one of Diamante’s luxuriously appointed residences—ranging from studios to six bedroom villas—home for their Mexican vacation. While staying at Diamante, visitors will enjoy amenities ranging from award-winning golf courses and a 10-acre Crystal Lagoon to incredible dining options and a full-service spa. Reservations can be made by visiting https://diamantecabosanlucas.com/accommodations/. “We look forward to welcoming visitors into our wonderful, private community,” said Ken Jowdy, developer of Diamante Cabo San Lucas. “We’re certain our guests will find everything they’re looking for in a vacation here. We have a perfect mix of amenities that will appeal to the most active individuals and also to those looking to truly relax.” Diamante is a members-only resort, but allows non-member guests residing in homeowners’ residences to have access to its amenities and experience the Diamante lifestyle. Accommodations Diamante offers accommodations ranging from fully appointed...

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World News

Mexicans hate the U.S. more than ever since Trump became president: Poll

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Donald Trump wants to make America great again — but he’s definitely making Mexico hate America again. Sixty-five percent of Mexicans now view the U.S. unfavorably — the highest disapproval rating from our neighbors to the south in 15 years, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. By comparison, only 29 percent of Mexicans disapproved of the United States in 2015. The poll linked Mexican public opinion directly to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies, with 94 percent of Mexicans opposing the president’s proposed border wall, and just five percent believing that Trump will do a good job in world affairs, Pew Research indicated. Also, 55 percent of Mexicans believe that Mexico’s economic ties with the U.S. are good for their country, down from 70% in 2013. Experts say that Americans should not be quick to dismiss any finding of Mexican public opinion. “No country arguably affects the U.S. on a daily basis, from the [production of] auto parts, to the security at the border and environmental issues,” Shannon O’Neil, a Latin American expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Newsweek. Despite Mexicans’ negative regard for U.S. policies,...

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Environment

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, hundreds of thousands of gallons of polluted water often carrying sewage and other contaminants have flowed over the Mexico border into the San Diego region every month this year — including a nearly four million gallon spill on Sunday September 17, according to federal records. The continued flows come in the wake of a massive spill in Tijuana that polluted beaches as far north as Coronado in February. The contamination came as sewer pipes cracked and manhole covers bubble over amid winter storms, which caused 256 million gallons of wastewater to go unaccounted for south of the border. There were 11 spills from April through June totaling more than 7.4 million gallons of water often polluted with sewage and other contaminants, according to a report from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board released Wednesday. Records from the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission — which oversees water treaties between Mexico and the United States and tracks trans-boundary spills — show another five spills since July, accounting for an additional more than 6.5 million gallons. At...

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USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

USGS reports quake off of Humboldt County California on Friday Sep 22

Sep 23, 2017

The United States Geological Survey maps initially reported two moderate earthquakes off of Humboldt County on Friday afternoon, but officials have since clarified that one magnitude 5.7 quake hit in the ocean off of Ferndale. The quake, recorded at 12:50 PM local time at a depth of 9 kilometers, struck West of Humboldt Bay in an area that frequently experiences seismic activity. “It occurred on the Mendocino Fracture Zone,” says Jack Boatwright, a seismologist with the USGS office in Meno Park. “It’s an active area. We get a lot of earthquakes here.” A magnitude 6.5 quake rocked the area in December 2016, magnitude 7.2 and 6.6 quakes hit the region in June 2005, and a 6.8 shaker struck in March 2014. Though several people reported feeling shaking on Friday on the USGS “did you feel it feature,” few people took to Twitter in Ferndale, Eureka or Arcata to report feeling the shaking....

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez donates $1 million USD worth of supplies for earthquake victims

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez donates $1 million USD worth of supplies for earthquake victims

Sep 23, 2017

Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has donated $1 million worth of supplies, medicine and construction materials toward the earthquake relief efforts in Mexico. Alvarez assisted volunteers in his hometown of Guadalajara on Thursday load the supplies into trucks headed for communities affected by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit central and southern Mexico earlier this week. Alvarez’s brother, Rigoberto, said the boxer told him “we have to help out and move forward.” Alvarez is back in Mexico after his last fight in Las Vegas. Canelo is one of the country’s biggest sporting stars and arguably the most famous name in boxing today. And less than a week after going 12 gruelling rounds with Golovkin in Las Vegas, Canelo was back in his homeland doing his bit for his compatriots. Source:...

Roomie Bot is the first Spanish speaking robot for home usage

Roomie Bot is the first Spanish speaking robot for home usage

Sep 22, 2017

According to Conacyt news webiste, a group of Mexican entrepreneurs created Roomie Bot, a robot for home use, that in addition to identifying the faces of the people with whom he lives, it also uses artificial intelligence to control the electrical devices of the house. Although home control robots are already a global trend, Roomie Bot is the first for the Latin market since its base language is Spanish, said the engineer in Computer Science and Systems, Aldo Luévano Ibarra. He detailed that this robot has the ability to control intelligent devices like locks, blinds, doors, windows and even television. “One of the challenges we proposed was not only to be a virtual assistant, but to see a physical entity, which technically complements the functionality that can be granted by a virtual assistant.” In an interview with the news agency Conacyt, the engineer commented that a camera allows Roomie Bot to recognize people who are programmed in its system, and in case of detecting someone unidentified, it issues an alert. Source:...

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Sep 22, 2017

Amazon.com is preparing to open a 1 million square-foot warehouse near Mexico City, sources familiar with the project said, part of an effort to boost its presence in Mexico’s nascent e-commerce industry. The new warehouse is slated to be built in the Tepotzotlan municipality about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Mexican capital, according to four Mexico City real estate professionals familiar with the plans. Expected to be completed next year, the facility would triple Amazon’s distribution space in Mexico, home to around 120 million potential customers. Amazon’s Mexico push comes amid talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could benefit the Seattle-based retailer if the United States persuades Mexico to raise a $50 limit on the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free. Amazon is a relative newcomer to Mexico; it opened its Kindle e-books site to Mexican customers in 2013 and expanded into sales of physical goods just two years ago. But it is growing much faster than rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores, and is already the nation’s third-largest online retailer. Amazon posted $253 million in sales in Mexico last year, more than double the year before, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. Sharing a nearly 2,000-mile long border with the United States, Mexico would seem a logical place for Amazon to expand. But duplicating the company’s U.S.-style success could prove tougher. Online shopping comprises nearly 3 percent of all retail sales in Mexico compared with over 10 percent in the United States. Some Mexican shoppers are wary of online fraud and many do not have credit cards. Some analysts believe Amazon is willing to take the risk as it races to bulk up in foreign markets to compete with fast-moving global competitors such as China’s Alibaba. “Amazon is not afraid to plow into a new market in a very big way, take a big hit, but say, 10 years down the line, this is going to be big and profitable,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at the GlobalData Retail research firm. Amazon spokesman Julio Gil declined to comment on plans for a new warehouse in Mexico. He said the company’s Mexican unit is aiming...

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...

5.1 earthquake registered northeast of San José del Cabo

5.1 earthquake registered northeast of San José del Cabo

Sep 22, 2017

According to a report by the National Seismological Service, at 11:33 pm on Thursday September 21, an earthquake of 5.1 points in the Richter scale occurred to the northeast of San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. The preliminary report states that the quake took place at 00:33 Mexico City time. Users of the social network Twitter reported through their accounts that they also felt it in Sinaloa. In total, 92 of these natural phenomena have been recorded so far this year in this state, most of them to the north, near the municipalities of Ahome and Guasave. The tremor of greater magnitude was a 5.5 in the Richter scale, registered on the 29 of March, in front of...

Mexico shocked by news: Girl trapped in rubble didn’t exist!

Mexico shocked by news: Girl trapped in rubble didn’t exist!

Sep 22, 2017

Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. Rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her. News media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of “Frida Sofia” with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in Mexico and abroad glued to their television sets. But she never existed, Mexican navy officials now say. “We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl,” navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. “We never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality.” Sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person still listed as missing was a school employee. But it was just blood tracks — no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. Several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move. Sarmiento later apologized for being so categorical, saying that if a person is still trapped it could be a child or an adult. “The information existing at this moment doesn’t allow us to say if it is an adult or a child,” Sarmiento said. “As long as there is the slightest possibility of someone alive, we will continue searching with the same energy.” Twitter users quickly brought out the “Fake News” tag and complained that the widespread coverage had distracted attention from real rescue efforts where victims have been pulled victims from the rubble — something that hasn’t happened at the school in at least a day. Viewers across the country hung on the round-the-clock coverage of the drama Wednesday from the only network that was permitted...

Thirsty four Baja California rescue workers are helping locate victims in CdMx quake afternath

Thirsty four Baja California rescue workers are helping locate victims in CdMx quake afternath

Sep 22, 2017

There are thirty four rescue experts working in Mexico City, helping to locate and extract survivors inside collapsed buildings, resulting from the aftermath of September 19th earthquake, which shook Mexico City and several Southern Mexican States, said Baja California Civil Protection Director, Antonio Rosquilllas Navarro, who also said that Governor Francisco Kiko Vega Administration is ready to send more firemen and rescue personnel if the National Council for Disasters CND in Spanish) deems it necessary. The Baja Californian rescue workers have had an outstanding performance in the search and rescue labor, mainly in the areas assigned to them by the CND. One of these groups worked in Rebsamen School, where (altogether with international rescue teams worked removing debris and searching people, another team struggled all night in a textile factory which collapsed in the Obrera District in downtown Mexico City, where they recovered two bodies of people who unfortunately didn’t survive the building destruction by the earthquake. Rosquillas Navarro said that the Baja Californian contingent called Baja California Task Force Three brought specialized equipment for contention and opening walls in collapsed buildings and all of them are specialized in rescue inside torn buildings as well as two K9 teams. Rosquillas Navarro subrayó que el contingente bajacaliforniano denominado Fuerza de Tarea Baja California 3, lleva equipo especializado de contención y apertura de paredes en edificios colapsados y todos son bomberos especializados en rescate de personas en estructuras siniestradas, así como dos binomios integrados por un rescatista y un can entrenada para la localización de personas....