Mexicali

COTUCO reinforces Mexicali promotion in the USA

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

Positioning Baja California capital city, Mexicali, in the United States, regarding Medical as well as Adventure Tourism, advertising the different sports and amusement activities is the main goal of the promotion tour that the City Council of Mexicali has been doing, said the Director of the Committee for Tourism and Conventions (COTUCO) of Mexicali, Omar Dipp Nuñez. He also said that the strategy is based upon promoting the positive side of the City of Mexicali in events where there is a huge traffic of tourism hailing from Los Angeles and San Bernardino and two cities in Arizona, as well as the visitors flow to triathlon competitions, health events for retired American citizens as well as Off Road races in cities such as Long Beach, New Port Beach, Culver City, Fullerton, San Fernando, Anaheim, Tijuana and for the first time in off road races Baja 500 and in the contingency of the Baja 1000 in Ensenada which hosted more than 25 thousand visitors. He also said that Mayor Gustavo Sanchez aims to improve the tourist flow to Mexicali which might reflect in...

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Baja California

Electoral Court of BC appoints new magistrate

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017

MEXICALI,  Friday November 17.- In compliance with the provisions of articles 6, section I, and 9 of the Electoral Justice Tribunal of the State of Baja California, the Plenary of the Tribunal in meeting for internal matters was agreed to designate as new president to the magistrate, Elva Regina Jiménez Castillo, for the period November 20, 2017 to November 19, 2019. Immediately afterwards, in the plenary session room, the Protest of Law of the Magistrate, Elva Regina Jiménez Castillo, was held, where her peers congratulated her as the new President. In that sense, Judge Martín Ríos Garay, rendered his Management Report for the period 2015-2017, regarding the work performed and the steps taken as President during the time in which he was in charge of the jurisdictional body, and the exercise of the jurisdictional function performed during the 2015-2016 local electoral process, the training in electoral matters, the promotion and dissemination of democratic and electoral culture. “The maximum openness and transparency on the activities developed by the Tribunal were always observed”; said the Management Report that is available on the website:...

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World News

TESLA to unveil first electric battery powered truck

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

Tesla has unveiled its first electric articulated lorry, designed to challenge diesel trucks as king of the road. The long-anticipated Tesla Semi has a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Tesla says the vehicle – known in the US as a semi-trailer truck – will go into production in 2019. Photo Credits: © Tesla The Tesla Semi will achieve 0-60mph in 20 seconds when pulling 36,287kgs (80,000lbs), the maximum allowed on US roads. Speaking on stage at Tesla’s facility in Los Angeles, chief executive Elon Musk said: “It’s not like any truck that you’ve ever driven.” With Tesla Semi, Mr Musk enters a competitive, demanding market. There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the US, the vast majority of whom drive diesel-powered engines. Tesla will not be able to compete on diesel’s range, and battery specialists doubt Tesla can produce a powerful enough battery at a reasonable price. Photo Credits: © Tesla A Carnegie Mellon study concluded that a 300-mile-capable battery pack costs about $200,000,which is much higher than a diesel-powered semi-truck, which costs about $120,000, on...

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National

Bullet that killed Televisa top executive was shot by one of his bodyguards

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017

The State Attorney General’s Office (Fiscalía General de Justicia del Estado de México) declared in a statement that after a reconstruction of the events it was found that the bullet that killed Adolfo Lagos was shot by one of his bodyguards. Both guards were following the victim a few meters behind on board a truck, and they fired their weapons as they realized that the executive was being assaulted while riding his bicycle. “After the authopsy, it was possible to extract a bullet … the result of the tests carried out, both agencies coincides in determining that the bullet that was extracted from the body of the victim, due to its ballistic characteristics, was shot by the weapon carried by the person who was driving the truck at the time of the events ” said the State Attorney General’s Office. Adolfo Lagos Espinosa was shot on the Tulancingo-Pirámides highway; according to the first investigations, theft was the main line. Lagos Espinosa was riding his bike along with Luis Reynoso Gutiérrez when two subjects came out of the bushes to strip them of their bicycles, valued at 100 thousand pesos each....

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Rosarito taxi driver arrested for sexual harassment

Rosarito taxi driver arrested for sexual harassment

Nov 20, 2017

A taxi driver in Rosarito Baja California was caught in fraganti, as he was trying to sexually abuse a 14-year-old girl, as he was supposed to be taking her to school. The cab driver was arrested by agents of the Municipal Police on Calle Gabriel Esquivel, in Colonia Plan Libertador when they noticed that the minor was being harassed inside the vehicle. According to the information, the events occurred on Friday November 17, around 1:30 p.m., at which time the minor was being driven to school aboard an economic yellow taxi with license number 1301, which had been requested by the mother of the victim. The agents informed that when passing by the taxi, they noticed that the child was being groped by the taxi driver and when she noticed their presence started yelling for help. The man identified as Gabriel “N”, 52, was arrested and placed in custody of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, who will conduct the necessary investigations to determine his legal status. Source:...

CDMX joins Global Urban Regeneration competition

CDMX joins Global Urban Regeneration competition

Nov 20, 2017

On Thursday November 16, 2017, fifteen of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 under-utilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots and abandoned buildings, a former airport, historical mansions, underused car parks, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill. Through this competition, C40 and these cities invite architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-upers, neighbourhood collectives, innovators and artists to collaborate and compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency. Reinventing Cities launched today in Auckland, Cape Town, Chicago, Houston, Lima, Madrid, Milan, Mexico City, Oslo, Paris, Quito, Reykjavik, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and San Francisco. New cities are expected to join the competition in the coming weeks. The competition will serve as a model for cities around the world, demonstrating how the alliance between cities and business can shape the future delivering healthier, greener and economically viable urban development. The competition’s criteria will favour bids from creative teams that deliver innovative climate solutions in combination with striking architecture and tangible benefits for the local community. More information on the Reinventing Cities competition, eligibility criteria and the project sites in each city can be found at c40reinventingcities.org. The deadline for applications is April 20th 12 am UTC. Reinventing Cities is made possible thanks to the support of Climate KIC and ofo. The initiative is inspired by the successful Reinventing Paris scheme, launched by Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair Anne Hidalgo in 2015. Today 22 public spaces, covering 250,000 square metres are being transformed across the French capital. “Think local, act global, is the 21st century state of mind. By launching this global competition, we make this philosophy very concrete celebrating the most vibrant innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40. “Reinventing Cities will set new standards of sustainability in cities and who better than our citizens to imagine the future of their cities? I am convinced that the winning projects will surprise us all and present innovations we are unable to imagine today. As Mayor, I look forward to receiving the...

Mexican heroin is flooding the US (Business Insider)

Mexican heroin is flooding the US (Business Insider)

Nov 20, 2017

According to Business Insider, heroin availability in the US — and overdose deaths related to drug — has skyrocketed over the past several years. Eleven of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 21 field divisions in the US rated it has the number-one drug threat in 2016. And while the DEA says heroin from Mexico, South America, Southwest Asia, and Southeast Asia is all available in the US, the agency’s testing and research indicate that the US’s southern neighbor is the dominant source. “Mexico and, to a lesser extent, Colombia dominate the US heroin market because of their proximity, established transportation and distribution infrastructure, and ability to satisfy heroin demand in the United States,” the DEA notes in its 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment. Mexican cartels’ shift to producing heroin — as well as synthetic drugslike fentanyl — has been driven in part by loosening marijuana laws in the US, and the Sinaloa cartel appears to be the main player in a lucrative market. National Drug Threat Survey respondents reporting high heroin availability from 2010 to 2011 and 2013 to 2017. 2017 DEA NDTA The cartel’s former leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was rearrested in Mexico in January 2016 and extradited to the US in January this year. During his incarceration and in the wake of his extradition, the cartel was wracked by infighting between members competing for control and faced growing competition from the Jalisco New Generation cartel, its only real rival in terms of power. But one of Guzman’s peers, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, appears to have stabilized the cartel, quelling internal conflict and forging a kind of peace with the CJNG, according to Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the DEA. A Mexican government report earlier this year said Zambada had maintained the cartel’s “cohesion” and avoided a war between its principal factions. Now the cartel “is more powerful than ever,” members told Sinaloa state-based newspaper Rio Doce in October.   Click here for full article on Business Insider...

US-grown corn threatens Mexican crop heritage

US-grown corn threatens Mexican crop heritage

Nov 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump has vowed to make the North American Free Trade Agreement better serve US interests, but Mexicans are concerned that cheap US imports are destroying Mexico’s cultural relationship with its traditional maize varieties. Negotiators from the US, Mexico and Canada are in Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. In this fifth round of talks, one of the big issues on the table is corn. It is Mexico’s top agricultural import from the US. But some say cheap American varieties are damaging Mexico’s rich and various maize heritage. Source: Al...

First Chevron station now open in Baja California Sur

First Chevron station now open in Baja California Sur

Nov 19, 2017

The  multinational energy firm Chevron opened its first gas station in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Their first gas station started operations last August in Hermosillo, Sonora, adding to the competition in a formerly monopolized market. Supplied by state oil company Pemex, Chevron’s fuel is more expensive than that of Pemex stations and up to 60% higher than in the United States. However, that didn’t deter motorists with long lines of vehicles seen waiting to fill up at the new station on its opening day. A price comparison by the newspaper El Universal found that Chevron’s prices are slightly above those at Pemex with a liter of premium fuel selling for 17.79 pesos (US $0.99) while a liter of regular fuel costs 15.99...

San Luis I Land Port of Entry to construct new pedestrian facility. 

San Luis I Land Port of Entry to construct new pedestrian facility. 

Nov 19, 2017

State and local officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new pedestrian annex building at the San Luis I Land Port of Entry on November 7.   The U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection co-hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for new pedestrian facilities. CBP officials said the current pedestrian traffic at the port far exceeds its screening capacity.  The new building will increase the number of pedestrian inspection booths from seven to 10 lanes. The San Luis I Land Port of Entry is the second busiest non-commercial port in Arizona, processing over 3 million vehicles and 2.5 million pedestrians each year. Arizona governor Doug Ducey said expanding the facility will help boost economic activity on both sides of the border. Mexico is Arizona’s number one trade partner. “There has been addition to the budget that is front of congress right now for projects like this,” Ducey said. “The state of Arizona will continue to invest and develop its economy and making sure that we are partnering not only at the local level and the county level but at the federal level so we can continue to get the good guys…the trucks, the tourism, the transit across the border more quickly.” The 6 million dollar project includes an 8,000 square foot expansion that is expected to be completed October 2018. Officials said the proposed design aims to lower operating and life-cycle costs despite its location in a desert climate by using solar panels, high levels of insulation and natural lighting....

Electoral Court of BC appoints new magistrate

Electoral Court of BC appoints new magistrate

Nov 19, 2017

MEXICALI,  Friday November 17.- In compliance with the provisions of articles 6, section I, and 9 of the Electoral Justice Tribunal of the State of Baja California, the Plenary of the Tribunal in meeting for internal matters was agreed to designate as new president to the magistrate, Elva Regina Jiménez Castillo, for the period November 20, 2017 to November 19, 2019. Immediately afterwards, in the plenary session room, the Protest of Law of the Magistrate, Elva Regina Jiménez Castillo, was held, where her peers congratulated her as the new President. In that sense, Judge Martín Ríos Garay, rendered his Management Report for the period 2015-2017, regarding the work performed and the steps taken as President during the time in which he was in charge of the jurisdictional body, and the exercise of the jurisdictional function performed during the 2015-2016 local electoral process, the training in electoral matters, the promotion and dissemination of democratic and electoral culture. “The maximum openness and transparency on the activities developed by the Tribunal were always observed”; said the Management Report that is available on the website: www.tje-bc.gob.mx...

First cultural festival of Haiti takes place in Mexicali

First cultural festival of Haiti takes place in Mexicali

Nov 19, 2017

The large number of Haitians who already reside in Mexicali recently organized a cultural festival to show the cachanilla community part of their country’s folklore, gastronomy, art and culture in general. The festival was held at the State Arts Center (Ceart) located on De los Presidentes Road, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday November 16, where there was tasting of typical food, music, dance and exhibition of artistic works featuring the performance of Nixon Lervine, who arrived in these lands more than a year ago in search of the “American dream”. Several families from Mexicali such as the Caballero Reyes and Martínez González, as well as Elizabeth, Rosalva, Loreto, Alberto, Miriam, María Carmen, Ariadna Romero y Cristín García were present at the event. Source:...