San Diego and Tijuana keep building stronger commercial ties with new air cargo facility

San Diego and Tijuana keep building stronger commercial ties with new air cargo facility

Feb 18, 2018

A new air cargo park set to open in Tijuana could not only boost trade relations between Mexico and Asia, but provide San Diego with another major commercial connection to its southern neighbor. Along with other major infrastructure projects and border crossings, the cargo facility is yet another fortification increasing San Diego’s economic relationship with Mexico. It’s a welcome development to trade advocates at a time when the future of cross-border commerce is uncertain. In March, the air cargo and logistics facility will begin operation adjacent to the Tijuana International Airport. The roughly 64-acre air cargo park was built by a subsidiary of Grupo Bustamante, the real estate and development company of former Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante. Bustamante said the air cargo park will make it easier to move goods between Asia and Latin America, serving companies such as FedEx, UPS, DHL, Estafeta, Aeromexico, and Volaris Cargo. It will include on-site Mexican customs authorities, a bonded warehouse, office space for freight forwarders, customs agents, banking services, food concessions and the Mexican Postal Service. “There’s been an increased amount of Chinese investment in South America and Mexico,” said Jock O’Connoll, an International Trade Advisor at Beacon Economics. “There’s a lot of competition for playing the same kind of role Panamanians do in becoming a key transit point for shipments by ship and airplane between the Far East and South and Central America.” Such a facility would permit Latin America to more easily trade directly with Asia. Click here for full article on the Voice of San Diego...

Once again sewage spill in Tijuana forces beach closures in San Diego County

Once again sewage spill in Tijuana forces beach closures in San Diego County

Feb 12, 2018

San Diego county beaches near the US-Mexico border remain closed on Monday Feb. 12, due to sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River. The shoreline was closed Sunday Feb. 11 and remains closed from the border to the northern boundary of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife refuge after testing showed unsafe water quality. Officials also issued a precautionary advisory for the beach from the slough boundary to Carnation Avenue in Imperial Beach with both the closure and advisory set to remain in place until testing confirms water quality meets health standards, the agency said. The contaminated test came after a Friday morning incident in which a partial power failure at a Tijuana treatment facility allowed more than half-a-million gallons of water to flow through the Tijuana River across the border unhindered, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission. Officials sample the water quality in the area weekly, the environmental health department said, and sewage from the Tijuana River frequently results in closures during the winter rainy season. Source: CBS...

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Feb 6, 2018

The Festival of Ensenada in Baja California, will celebrate its one hundred edition this year. Costumes, music and entertainment, will be part of this celebration under the motto “100 years of history and joy”, where 200 thousand attendees are expected. In a press conference, the delegate of the Secretariat of Tourism in Ensenada, Héctor Rosas Rodea, said that new cultural and artistic activities will be offered as part of this special edition. The general director of the carnival, Rodolfo Lizárraga, said that with an extensive calendar of events, the carnival will offer parades, dancing shows, and feature presentation of more than twelve regional artists such as Explosión Norteña, Voz de Mando and Sonora Dinamita, among others. “For six days, the carnival will be held on the coastal boulevard, in front of the civic square, from February 8 to 13, begin withning as every year with the burning of bad humor and ending up with the award to the best comparsas (entertaining groups),” he said. Lizárraga indicated that in addition to the celebrations that are scheduled within the carnival, Ensenada will offer a wide array of activities for visitors to enjoy their stay. During this time of the year, many tourists come the Ensenada for the sighting of the gray whale, as well as to enjoy the local gastronomy and oenology. Source: Gob. del estado de Baja...

More than 70 homes collapsed after landslide in Tijuana BC

More than 70 homes collapsed after landslide in Tijuana BC

Feb 3, 2018

Tijuana, Mexico (February 03, 2018) .- A landslide caused the destruction of around 70 homes southwest of Tijuana without reports of injuries. The slide of the hill dragged along houses, light poles, water pipes and drainage, as well as paved streets in just four hours, according to witnesses and municipal authorities. The most severe landslide occurred between 10:00 pm on Friday and 02:00 am on Saturday, according to the director of Civil Protection, Rito Portugal. “We are talking about a total of ​​70 homes totally destroyed,” he said. the official. In a tour conducted by reporters of REFORMA newspaper on Saturday Feb. 3, witnesses stated that they noticed movements and cracks in the streets and main avenues for the last 15 days, so they notified the delegate of San Antonio de los Buenos, Maria Guadalupe Barrón Uribe, but did not obtain any answer or support whatsoever. Municipal Civil Protection did notify dozens of houses that were at risk of collapse, placed red stamps on them, and families managed to leave in time between Friday night and Saturday morning. “There was a very loud thunder,” said María Isabel González Ramos, “house were falling to pieces, there was wood, stones and cement all over the place since Monday, and things start getting worse by Tuesday, and Wednesday, the ground was literally sinking, until we could no longer enter or exit our house, we had to jump over the cracks in order to get our stuff out the house last night. ” On Saturday morning, dozens of families were taking their belongings from their houses in Colonia Lomas del Rubí, just minutes before the landslide detroy them. Armchairs, beds, stoves, gas tanks, TV screens as well as pets and vehicles. Patricia Hernández Sáenz, 40, mother of six children, who now spends the night in a tent, did not have time to take her furniture out of her house last night. She managed to get some clothing, personal documents and a tent, where she is currently spending the night with her family. Patricia is originally from Puebla. “We told the delegate of San Antonio de los Buenos, that the land was sliding little by little”, Saénz mentioned. For 25 years, Hernández Sáenz has...

Netflix and Univision fusion to produce the drama series “Tijuana”

Netflix and Univision fusion to produce the drama series “Tijuana”

Feb 2, 2018

Netflix and Univision’s Fusion Media Group have teamed to produce at least five more series in English and Spanish following the success of their first scripted co-production, the crime drama “El Chapo.”The next wave of the partnership kicks off with “Tijuana,” a Spanish-language drama series set to begin production in April. Sticking with the “El Chapo” model, the series will air on the Univision in the U.S. before streaming worldwide on Netflix.Set in the Mexican border town, “Tijuana” begins when a presidential front-runner is gunned down in the streets. As reporters of a local newspaper seek answers to the assassination, they uncover a web of corruption that puts their lives in danger. “This is a critical time to be talking about what journalists around the world face every day in the pursuit of the truth, particularly in Mexico,” said Camila Jimenez Villa, CEO of FMG Studios. She noted that “Tijuana” features a couple of strong female characters and an ensemble cast. Casting is now underway for the series, which will be shot in Mexico City and Tijuana. “El Chapo” producer Daniel Posada will serve as a showrunner of “Tijuana” along with series creator Zayre Ferrer. FMG Studios’ content production unit, Story House Entertainment, and Netflix will co-produce the series. FMG and Netflix are also partnering in two additional Spanish-language scripted series as well as two English-language docu-series in tandem with Univision’s English-language cabler Fusion. “Netflix is a great match for us as we seek to co-produce series that are relevant to us but can transcend and resonate beyond Mexico and Latin America,” said Jimenez Villa. “This expansion of our relationship with Netflix reaffirms the value of the content we’re producing,” she said. Jimenez Villa said Fusion is boosting its spending on productions with the hopes of having 200-plus hours of original programming in English and Spanish by 2020. FMG’s programming ambition is good news for the Latin entertainment community. “We’ll continue to bet on up and coming creators that truly represent a broad spectrum of stories, characters and experiences, with a particular eye on female and multicultural showrunners, writers and directors,” said Jimenez Villa. Season one of “El Chapo,” which chronicled the rise and fall of the notorious Mexican drug lord now...

Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya removed from seat on commercial flight to Tijuana

Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya removed from seat on commercial flight to Tijuana

Jan 29, 2018

Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya Cortés, arrived early at Terminal 1 of the Mexico City International Airport to board the first commercial flight to Tijuana, Baja California, where he had campaign activities this Monday. Anaya Cortés would travel on Interjet flight 2402, which would depart out of Mexico City at 06:35 in the morning, bound to Tijuana. The politician from Queretaro talked to several passengers who greeted him and asked him for pictures, and he placed himself in the 5F seat of that flight, next to the window. He pulled out his laptop from a briefcase and started to work and review the speech he was going to give in Tijuana later on. The passengers continued boarding the plane, when a lady, wearing a green coat, approached the candidate and his private secretary, asking them to please stand up, because Anaya Cortés was occupying her seat (5F). .@RicardoAnayaC fue levantado de su asiento de avión por una mujer que le indicó que ese lugar era suyo https://t.co/d85zdDL0hX pic.twitter.com/J2H9sWsJrX — El Universal (@El_Universal_Mx) 27 de enero de 2018 Anaya checked his boarding pass, realized he was in the wrong seat, apologized and moved to Seat 5D, next to the aisle. Anaya and the lady exchanged a few friendly words and that was it....