Surgeon exonerated after death of young foreigner

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.com.mx,

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MEXICALI.- After being released from responsibility for the death of his patient, Eva Nicole Sarmonikas, surgeon Víctor Ramírez said he had been the object of a smear campaign and said that in Mexicali there are people who perform plastic and aesthetic surgeries illegally.

In a press conference he showed documentation about the case by which the justice authorities exonerated him.

He explained that Eva Nicole died of thromboembolism, a complication that arose during the surgery to which she was subjected and occurs when pulmonary blood vessels absorb body fat. He said that such a situation can occur in other types of surgeries, not just reconstructive ones.

He claimed to have years of training and credentials as a surgeon and claimed to have received death threats after reporting false surgeons operating in Mexicali.

He warned the public about a group of doctors who are accredited to perform surgeries through a master’s degree in Veracruz, in which they can be certified in just three or six months of online classes.

The surgeon accused Andrea Cisterna, sister of the deceased, of having defamed him for the purpose of making money.

He asserted that he will regain the trust of society

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Military operation in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in Rosarito en la Noticia.

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Monday morning, January 8, 2018, there was a surprise operation carried out by the Mexican military, in coordination with the ministerial police of Playas de Rosarito.

After two robberies on the Scenic Highway, where the thieves placed rocks and damaged vehicles to get the driver to stop and get out to what happened. The criminals were hidden and jumped out of their hiding place in the emergency lane and with a machete in hand, they beat and robbed their victims.

In the second case, it was an Italian tourist who had just arrived in Mexico from the United States and had crossed over the Cross Border Xpress bridge, rented a car at the airport to come to Rosarito.

He was ambushed in the same way early last Sunday morning. Some people who had seen the publication in Rosarito en la Noticia were driving right behind the tourist’s car.

Knowing what was happening on the Scenic Highway, they saw the activity of the suspicious people. They stopped and the assailants started to flee, one hand a machete in hand, and they called 911.

By coincidence a municipal police patrol was nearby and arrived quickly and managed to arrest one suspect who was fleeing with a machete.

The municipal police showed the suspect to the victim and he was clearly identified as the person who had threatened the victim was the machete and demanded his belongings. The suspect said his name was Miguel “N,” and was turned over to the Public Minister. The suspect was wearing black pants, a black sweater and a black hat.

In the first hour of the military operation, they arrested two suspects. One had an order for re-arrest and the other had an outstanding arrest warrant. They also recovered a stolen vehicle. The soldiers placed roadblocks at different parts of the city and in areas which are considered hangouts for criminals, such as Plazas San Fernando and at the entrance to Rosarito, in front of the Pabellón.

They announced that the operations will be continuous in the city and Primo Tapia. For her part, Mayor Mirna Rincón welcomed these actions as there are insufficient municipal police in Rosarito.

That day there were at least 100 soldiers deployed in different colonia and troubled areas. It was announced that over the next few days there will be new operations in high crime areas of the city.

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The police in the capitol of Guerrero have been disarmed by the Army

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

MEXICO CITY, January 4, 2018 – State and federal police, supported by Mexican army soldiers disarmed the local police in the state capitol of Guerrero, after finding the bodies of two men who had been last seen in the custody of the police.

State and federal police have relieved the Chilpancingo police and started to review the personnel, weapons, vehicles and radios, according to a spokesman for state security in Guerrero, Roberto Álvarez.

The operation took place in the afternoon in Guerrero, a state punished with drug trafficking violence. The state police have assumed security duties in Chilpancingo.

The bodies were found in black plastic bags on Thursday afternoon, according to a press conference by state Attorney General Xavier Olea Peláez. The victims were identified as two me and they were last seen on December 31 under police custody. Municipal police are suspected in the murders.

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Rosarito police rob citizen in Primo Tapia

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

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A resident of Primo Tapia says he was robbed by two Rosarito municipal police officers, who stopped him to steal his money and a belongings as he was driving his vehicle in colonia Vista Marina on the morning of Friday, December 22 as Christmas approached.

According to the victim, Isaac Pérz Domínguez, the two police officers stopped him without an apparent motive as he was coming out of the Mar de Calafia subdivision, after dropping off a friend who he gave a ride home and who was a witness to the events.

When he came close, one of the police officers, nicknamed “El Nalgón” (fat ass) recognized him and asked the victim:

“You’re that little whore from Vista Marina? You know you have an order to stay away from your wife? We don’t want to see you in this neighborhood. Not even my balls.”

The driver asked why he was stopped and in response, according to him, he received insults and threats.

“For my balls. Because I want to stop you. And if I want to right now I’ll plant some shit on you to send you to prison, or if not that, I’ll send you to some friends to beat you up…That is how it is going to be, bastard,” were some of the loud expressions he received from the police officer called “El Nalgón.”

Seeing how abusive the police officer was, the victim tried to stop him from taking away has car and asked the police to let him make a call on his cell phone.

It was then that the other police officer put handcuffs on him, and meanwhile El Nalgón held him in a chokehold. Both of these maneuvers caused wounds which were still visible a week later.

“When El Nalgón took him by the neck, he made the handcuffs even tighter, damaging the tendons in his wrists. The wounds can still be seen and they still hurt. Then they kicked my legs and threw me to the ground. On the ground, I fainted. After several hours I awoke in the police station when I was with the judge.”

When he fainted, the police officer called “El Nalgón” took his wallet and took out the money. Then he threw the empty wallet on the hood of the car, without realizing the victim’s friend saw him.

The victim said he had 3,580 pesos and US$95 dollars in the wallet.

An ambulance came to give him medical attention, and he was then taken to the police station and put before a magistrate, who set him free, saying he could not put someone is such a poor condition in jail. His vehicle was towed to the impound by Salceda Towing in Primo Tapia.

He found the car practically stripped, without speakers, missing his work tool box, missing an iPod along with other items, and they also broke the rear light.

For all this, he announced he would file a criminal complaint against the police officers with the Public Minister and also report this to the chief of police, Adrián Hernández Pérz, so the police officers can be punished who instead of providing security are dedicated to stealing from citizens.

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Imperial Beach administrative services director gunned down in Mexico resort city

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Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley was shot to death Thursday while vacationing in the resort city of Ixtapa in southern Mexico, Imperial Beach city officials confirmed Friday.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said Bradley, a Huntington Beach native, was shot during a robbery. Bradley, who lived in Playas de Tijuana, would have celebrated his 50th birthday Friday.

“Doug was a wonderful person,” said Dedina, who described him as a “world-traveling surfer.”

Bradley was hired by the city in 2013. As administrative services director, he oversaw the city budget and fiscal functions. In that post, he also served as the city treasurer.

“He was brilliant at his job. He was always positive,” Dedina said. “You couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.”

Dedina said everyone who knew Bradley held him in high regard.

“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” he said. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”

According to Mexico News Daily, witnesses told local media Bradley was being chased by gunmen when he was shot with a 9-mm handgun about 4 a.m. Thursday in the hotel zone of the Pacific Coast city in the state of Guerrero. His body had lain in a parking lot for four hours before police received a report of the killing, according to the Mexico News Daily report.

Dedina said the city was working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana to bring Bradley’s body to the U.S.

Bradley was not married and did not have children.

San Diego Union Tribune.

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Owner of Tizoc curios in Rosarito accused of fraud by American couple

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

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Another complaint for fraud against the owner of curios “Tizoc”, Rafael Elliot, located on the Popotla Bulevard, was filed with the state attorney general by a couple of Americans who claimed to have been the victim of a scam in the purchase of an artisanal fountain.

On May 19, 2015, the couple made a deal with the owner of the business, Rafael Elliot, to buy a ceramic fountain for US$450 dollars.

Because the business does not manufacture such fountains, the buisness owner offered to order one in Puebla and deliver it to the “Santa Bárbara area near Santa Ynez”, California, where they lived.

The client left the merchant US$220 dollars in advance and promised to pay the remaining 230 dollars at the time of receiving the merchandise in California. Days, weeks and months passed and the fountain never arrived.

The merchant began to promise new dates and to make excuses for the delay, even though in the purchase receipt he promised that he would deliver it after June 19.

When the delivery date arrived, the client began to question the delay with the merchant by telephone, since his multiple occupations prevented him from returning to Rosarito. In addition he trusted in the words of the owner and the business’ image, since at that time he did not know about the fraudulent history.

Two years later, on December 19, 2017, the customer returned and went to the store to demand his fountain, but the owner, far from agreeing, told him that he had to pay the “storage” for all this time that the fountain was in his warehouse in Tijuana.

“I’m not going to pay anything because I do not want the fountain anymore. I just want my money back and that everyone knows about my case, so that this business no longer deceives other clients,” said Margot Smith, who asked for the support of the municipal authorities to guide her with filing her complaint with the Public Minister.

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6 bodies hung from bridges in La Paz and Los Cabos this morning

Translated by Fulano from an article in BCS Noticias.mx

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La Paz, Baja California Sur – Early in the morning of December 20, 2017, six bodies appeared hung from different bridges in the municipalities of La Paz and Los Cabos. Next to the bodies, organized criminals have left messages, but they were removed and their contents are currently unknown.

In the municipality of La Paz, the events happened at 6AM sharp, when police mobilized after it was reported that on the bridge at the junction of highway north to the La Paz airport in colonia Chametla, there were two dead bodies hanging in the middle of the bridge. Both of the bodies were males and are currently unidentified.

Around 4:45AM in colonia Las Veredas, in San José del Cabo, two men were found hanging from the bridge at the entrance to the airport.

Minutes after 5AM, in Cabo San Lucas, at kilometer 4.5 on the Transpeninsular Highway, on the stretch between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, there were two dead people hanging from the bridge, they are also unidentified.

This is the first time that these kinds of incidents occurred in Baja California Sur, as in spite of the wave of violence and murders in the sate, there has never been bodies found hanging from bridges, which is a common custom in states such as Michoacán, Nayarit and Veracruz.

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Mexicans deceived into asking for asylum in the USA

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

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Displaced Mexican migrants arrive at this border under the deception that they will get humanitarian asylum in the United States, however there is little possibility of getting that, said Patrick Murphy, director of Casa del Migrante.

Since Wednesday of last week, there have been dozens of Mexicans at the El Chaparral border crossing with the intention of crossing to start the process of humanitarian asylum in the United States.

“They are poorly informed in their home states, because almost no Mexican receives humanitarian asylum. We are aware that in prior occasions they are deported the same day they enter the US,” he said.

He said these people have not asked for help from any shelter, and they remain 24 hours per day at the border crossing so they do not lose their place in line.

Murphy bemoaned that these families invest in getting to the border and risk being deported by the US.

For him, Rodulfo Figueroa, representative of the INM, thinks that bad advice from lawyers or false activists could be the reason why there have been so many displaced mexican migrants.

Estela, a 59 year old woman originally from Michoacán, travelled to Tijuana along with her two adult children and one of her grandchildren to cross into the United States and ask for humanitarian asylum.

“The situation as been very bad for years, we decided to leave before something bad happened to one of our relatives,” she shared while she was in line outside the El Chaparral border crossing.

She said that they would be the first in her family to cross and try to get humanitarian asylum. If they get it, the rest of her family, her husband and her daughters and more grandchildren will try the same trip and try for asylum.

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Oy to the world, or How The Maccabee’s Saved Christmas


Every year between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. This year it begins at sunset on December 12. The holiday celebrates the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel.

The heroes of the Chanukah story are known as the Hasmoneans or, more commonly, as the Maccabees. They were a rebel army led by Judas Maccabee. Back then people did not have last names, but were often given descriptive titles. The word “Maccabee” is a variation of the Hebrew word for “hammer.” Judas Maccabee was Judas the Hammer.

The story of Chanukah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Israel, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of the Hellenistic (Greek) culture of their conquerors, adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks. These were the Hellinistic Jews. Think of them as the “liberal” Jews. The “conservative” Jews were the Hasmoneans, who wanted to preserve the Jewish religion and culture against assimilation.

More than a century after Alexander the Great conquered the area, the Greek King Antiochus IV was in control of the region. He began to severely oppress the Jews. In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. He banned circumcision and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple to defile it. He prohibited the practice of the Jewish religion. Judah Maccabee led an army of revolt against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by King Antiochus IV. Although greatly outnumbered, the revolution succeeded and the Temple was rededicated.

The eternal light in the Temple was relighted, but there was only enough olive oil for one day, and it took eight days to prepare more oil. By a miracle, the oil burned for eight days. That is why Chanukah is called the Miracle of Lights. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication.” Chanukah is a celebration of the re-dedication of the Temple after the victory over Antiochus IV. It is a minor holiday for the Jews. It had a much greater meaning for early Christians. In fact, the reason why we know so much of this history is from the Book of the Maccabees. Although originally written in Hebrew, none have survived. However, early translations of these books in Greek did survive. They were preserved by the early Christian Church, not the Jews.

Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates a victory for religious liberty and freedom. Had the Maccabees lost the battle against Antiochus, there would be no Judaism today. There would also be no prophecy of a Messiah from the House of David, no Christ child born to the young Jewess Mary 160 years later, and no Christianity. Until the 5th Century there was a day in the Church calendar commemorating the Maccabees. Early Christians were more familiar with the story of the Maccabees than Jews were. The Book of the Maccabees was included in the Christian Bible, not the Jewish one.

And that is how the Maccabee’s saved Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all.

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How the San Felipe fishermen rationalize poaching

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC

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San Felipe, December 6, 2017 – The “big shots” in the illegal trafficking of totoaba are the Chinese, not the fishermen who just have enough to eat, said the president of the San Felipe Federation of Coastal Cooperatives, Sunshine Rodríguez Peña.

In what was his first interview with the news media after his incarceration last Sunday, December 3, the fishermen’s leader said there is an agreement that 100 boats from San Felipe can go out fishing for shrimp with the new capture method and there will be another 200 pangas from the Gulf of Santa Clara, Sonora.

Although it was announced today, December 6, it was not possible to go to sea due to the strong winds and rough seas, which prevented shrimping. But when the weather permits they will sail and try out the new nets agreed to with the National Fish Institute, said Sunshine.

The federation president said the people of San Felipe are desperate due to the lack of jobs, and they no longer want to receive the government compensation paid to them, as they can earn more from the sea than from the federal subsidies.

He complained that federal authorities have still not decided on the fishing gear to capture fin fish, and it is not certain that the new fishing nets for shrimp will work.

Sunshine said he is going to file a legal suit against those who ordered and orchestrated his arrest last Saturday, November 25, as a squad of 20 armed men humiliated him and intimidated his wife and two minor children.

He suggested that the Federal Attorney General acted only on its feelings that some person was fishing for totoaba, but did not carry out a professional investigation to find those responsible.

He said the Special Prosecutor showed him a lost with more than 100 people who supposedly are traffickers of totoaba bladders.

However, Sunshine responded that the fishermen are not criminals, and those who should be arrested are the “big shots” who are the Chinese who buy the bladders and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.

He said that he will have meetings with the people that either by name or nickname were on that list that the prosecutor showed him.

“They are going to fuck me over and this town because they are going to bring order and apply the law, these are the words they said to me,” said Sunshine who is the president of the Federation of Coastal Cooperatices, a group from which he had resigned, but decided to tear up his resignation and continue in charge.

“Look, I had told them repeatedly, I told them ‘Señores go after the big shots, or are they paying you off? Or why have you not arrested even one Chinaman? Why are you only trying to get the fishermen? Why don’t you do your job and investigate and arrest those who take (buy and ship to Asia)? Those are the ones making hundreds of thousands of dollars, here in San Felipe we don’t make what they make over there,” said Sunshine.

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