Mexicali

Immigrant Caravan finally arrives in Mexicali and Tijuana

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018

Mexicali and Tijuana expect to receive more than 600 Central American migrants. The municipal police of both cities will participate in the operation know as “Attention to the Migrant Caravan”. In the shelters of Tijuana they do not have enough space, and for that reason they must be distributed in at least five other shelters, depending on the number of people arriving. At the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter of this city, they are prepared with tents, clothes and food to provide a dignified treatment to the members of the Migrant Caravan. Many of these Central Americans say that they were invited by their own relatives in the US. The immigration authorities in Baja California announced the arrival of the Migrant Caravan, this Monday 23rd in Mexicali and Tuesday 24th April in Tijuana. Most of these people are fleeing the economic situation and insecurity in their countries, starting the trip throughout Mexico to reach Tijuana and seek political asylum in the United States. These caravans are constant every year, but in this case, due to the comments of the president of the...

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Baja California

Immigrant Caravan finally arrives in Mexicali and Tijuana

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018

Mexicali and Tijuana expect to receive more than 600 Central American migrants. The municipal police of both cities will participate in the operation know as “Attention to the Migrant Caravan”. In the shelters of Tijuana they do not have enough space, and for that reason they must be distributed in at least five other shelters, depending on the number of people arriving. At the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter of this city, they are prepared with tents, clothes and food to provide a dignified treatment to the members of the Migrant Caravan. Many of these Central Americans say that they were invited by their own relatives in the US. The immigration authorities in Baja California announced the arrival of the Migrant Caravan, this Monday 23rd in Mexicali and Tuesday 24th April in Tijuana. Most of these people are fleeing the economic situation and insecurity in their countries, starting the trip throughout Mexico to reach Tijuana and seek political asylum in the United States. These caravans are constant every year, but in this case, due to the comments of the president of the...

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World News

April 23rd: World Book and Copyright Day

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018

April 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. With this in mind, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day. “Books are at the intersection of some of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.” — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018: Athens, Greece Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries,...

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National

Relatives of the 43 of Ayotzinapa face Mexico City police near Los Pinos

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018

On April 24, relatives of the 43 disappeared normalistas of Ayotzinapa confronted police officers in the neighborhood of Chapultepec, near the Official Presidential Residence of Los Pinos, in Mexico City. The parents of the normalistas and members of social organizations demonstrated again after 43 months of the disappearance of the students, in order to request a provate conference with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The demonstration started in the Agustín Pro Human Rights Center and finished in Calzada Chivatito, just a few hundred meters away from Los Pinos, where they were received by police agents of the Public Security Secretariat of Mexico City, who were clocking the entrance to the Presidential Residence. In the place the protesters held a rally, where the members spray painted the wall that divides Chivatito with the Bosque de Chapultepec. They also carried signs with the legends “Vivos los queremos” (We want them alive), and “43 months without a response from the federal government.” After the rally, some protesters threw fireworks against the police barricade, with no injuries reported. Before the demonstrators arrived to the to Los...

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April 23rd: World Book and Copyright Day

April 23rd: World Book and Copyright Day

Apr 23, 2018

April 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. With this in mind, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day. “Books are at the intersection of some of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.” — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018: Athens, Greece Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capitalfor a one-year period, effective 23 April each year. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The aim is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees....

Criminals rob and burn down houses in Mexicali

Criminals rob and burn down houses in Mexicali

Apr 22, 2018

In the early morning hours of Tuesday April 17, the Sández family suffered a tragedy, along with the Campos family and Mr. Luis from Colonia Pioneeros de Progreso, as they all lost their homes, their clothes, their heritage, all consumed by the fire, which apparently was provoked by known criminals in the area and who have already been attributed other similar incidents. There have been already over 18 fires so far this month apparently caused by these criminals. In the street of Coronado of this neighborhood, several fires have been provoked by thieves, that even when being already fully identified, are still on the loose, since municipal authorities have not been able to detain them and solve this situation. “The association Ayudando a Mexicali, together with the community and the House of Culture of Progreso, which will be the collection center, are organizing a campaign to collect clothes, food, and other items to help these families. Everything is welcome, a spoon, a glass, whatever peole can donate, which will be distributed to these families in need. Fuente:...

Satellite Wi-Fi will take the Internet to disconnected Mexicans

Satellite Wi-Fi will take the Internet to disconnected Mexicans

Apr 22, 2018

In Mexico there are 63.9 million Mexicans with Internet access, which means that 56.1 million of the 120 million inhabitants in the country don’t have access to the network. Although the Red Compartida will provide connectivity to 92.2% of the population by 2024, around 7.8% of the inhabitants will still lack the service. However, the satellite company ViaSat seeks to offer mobile telephone and internet connection to approximately 6 million Mexicans living in areas where there is no connectivity. “The strategy is to deploy antennas in communities where there is no internet to connect to their satellite ViaSat 2 and provide Wi-Fi to the area”, explained Kevin Cohen, general manager of Consumer Broadband for Latin America of the company. “The idea is to close the digital gap, and reach the disconnected population. We know that in Mexico there are communities with poor 2G or 3G service, and we want to change that,” he said. “To provide this coverage, we launched ViaSat 2 in June 2017, which has more than 280 Gbps and offers licensed service in the United States, and now we are looking to deploy other types of services for consumers with lower purchasing power”, he continued. “This satellite provides service over Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and that is why we can enter Mexico with this coverage,” he explained. “We ran tests in 550 communities around Monterrey and saw that there was a market and a way to provide mobile phone service with our technology,” he said. In addition to Monterrey, we have coverage in Baja California, Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí. We are already covering about 200,000 Mexicans who did not have internet in their community,” he said. On April 2018, ViaSat will begin the deployment of its Wi-Fi service in the country. In Mexico there are only three satellites operating in the orbits 113W, 114.8W and 116W degrees, which represents 0.3% both in records and in satellite possession on a global scale, according to figures from The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU). While the United States has 41.5% of satellite possession and 28.2% of records per satellite country. Brazil and Argentina surpass Mexico, with...

Over 400 people were arrested in Cancun during “Spring break” and “Semana Santa”

Over 400 people were arrested in Cancun during “Spring break” and “Semana Santa”

Apr 22, 2018

The security operation that was deployed in Cancun for the “Spring Break” and Easter holidays led to the arrest of 420 tourists, informed the authorities. In an information card it is reported that of the total number of detainees, 389 were men and 31 were women, and that they were all referred to the Judge for various administrative offenses. It was indicated that 258 were residents, 21 national tourists and 141 foreign tourists. This situation allowed to increase the vigilance due to the presence of people in the public beaches, in the zone of night clubs, in bus stops, as well as in the shopping areas of Cancun’s hotel zone. It is worth mentioning that the most recurrent administrative fault was disturbing the public order under the effects of alcohol (fractions I and II) with 40% of the total number of people arrested. Likewise, to strengthen the safety of visitors to this destination, a total of 894 vehicle inspections were carried out, of which 465 were automobile inspections in general, 223 for having smoked windows and 206 inspections to motorcycles. Finally, the agents of the Tourist Police provided 14 assistances to motorists, attended 42 traffic accidents on the Kukulcán Boulevard, they put 2,724 binnacles in shops, as well as the third lane which was opened 18 times to speed up vehicular flow. 2 aquatic rescues were carried out as well, one to a resident and another one to a national tourist. Source: The Riviera Maya...

Priest shot dead marks 2nd clerical murder this week in Mexico

Priest shot dead marks 2nd clerical murder this week in Mexico

Apr 21, 2018

Roman Catholic authorities in Mexico say a priest has been killed in the west-central state of Jalisco, the second cleric slain in the country this week. The Catholic Multimedia Center says that 33-year-old Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia was shot dead late on Friday April 20 in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Jalisco. It was announced on Saturday April 21, that early reports indicate he was killed by unidentified attackers in the parish office while performing the sacrament of penance. According to the center, at least four priests have been slain in Mexico this year and 23 have been murdered since 2012. It also says that Mexico leads Latin America in the killings of priests. On Wednesday April 18, Rev. Ruben Alcantara, another Roman Catholic priest was stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City. No arrests have been made so far in relation with either one of these murders. TBP Newsroom with information from...

Mexican presidential candidates face off in first debate with clear lead in polls for leftist AMLO

Mexican presidential candidates face off in first debate with clear lead in polls for leftist AMLO

Apr 21, 2018

On Sunday April 22, the first debate ahead of Mexico’s presidential elections is AMLO’s to lose. He looks unbeatable. The front-runner, whose economic proposals have unsettled investors, is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO. He’s pulling ahead of his nearest rivals in one poll by as much as 22 points, with just weeks left in the presidential campaign, according to Reforma newspaper. His approval rating is 48 percent. “The main takeaway from our poll is that we have a clear favorite,” said Lorena Becerra Mizuno, head pollster at Reforma. “And we have a clear second-place candidate, Ricardo Anaya” of the National Action Party with a left-leaning coalition led by the Party of the Democratic Revolution. “But the advantage is AMLO. His lead is overwhelming, and he has great possibilities to win.” A record audience is expected to watch or listen to the debate Sunday night from the Mining Palace in Mexico City’s historic center as voters and players on both sides of the border mull over the early implications of a possible López Obrador victory.  Among those watching will be Jose Manuel Pedroza, 30, a doctor in Mexico City. He remains undecided and is looking for a candidate who is “committed, decisive and with a clear vision on how to get Mexico moving again in the right direction.” Polls show that more than 80 percent believe Mexico is headed in the wrong direction. In the U.S., López Obrador, representing the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), may be best known for ominous signs he’s sending about re-evaluating the way Mexico does business domestically and with folks from north of the border. Click here for full article on the Dallas Morning News Source: Dallas Morning...

Balché: Sacred drink of the Maya

Balché: Sacred drink of the Maya

Apr 21, 2018

The balché is a Maya ceremonial drink that is prepared with the bark of the balché tree and a touch of melipona honey. It was used among the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Selva Lacandona. The tree has several known names depending on the region, for example in Chiapas they know it as xbal-ché, in Campeche as palo gusano, in Yucatán as saayab and in other regions as sakiab or palo de patlaches. It is prepared using a container (originally, jícaras were used) where virgin cenote water is poured; the bark of balché is macerated, then the crust is sumerged in the water using a stone so it rests at the bottom. Some melipona honey is added and it is left to ferment during three days. The balché was mainly used in ceremonies such as the Nik Ché (or flowering), which was a way to make communion with the elements and spirits of nature, as well as the lords of the heavens. The deity related to this liquor is “Acan” which is the god of the wine. In some literary texts the balché is considered to have entheogenic properties, that is, it is a vegetable drink with properties that provoke a state of modification of consciousness, used in spiritual, religious, ritualistic and shamanic contexts. The infusion of its leaves has also been used in traditional medicine, using it to treat coughs and to clean infected wounds....

Leaders of the Americas agree to fight against corruption

Leaders of the Americas agree to fight against corruption

Apr 20, 2018

The 8th Summit of the Americas concluded yesterday in Peru with a strong stance against corruption with the approval of the Lima Commitment, which demands the strict control of incomes and expenses of political organizations and parties, particularly during election campaigns, to ensure the licit origin of their financial resources and penalizing the “acceptance of illicit contributions.” The Heads of State advocated for transparency in taxes and accountability, to prevent corruption in public works, public procurement, and contract awarding, in addition to international legal cooperation to fight crimes such as bribery, international corruption, organized crime, and money laundering. The Summit concluded yesterday in Lima, with the attendance of 33 retinues from the 35 countries of the continent. The Lima Commitment outlines 57 items to fight corruption and protect access to information, human rights, and freedom of expression. The theme of the 8th Summitt was the “Democratic Governance against Corruption,” also promoted the “broadest possible cooperation among judicial, police, and prosecutorial authorities, financial intelligence units, and administrative authorities in investigations and procedures related to offenses of corruption, money laundering, and transnational bribery and corruption.” Moreover, it was agreed to foster codes of conduct for public officials and urge the private sector to develop similar codes. Source: El...