Mexico is checking and seizing foreign-owned boats

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net.

Although the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), through the Tax Administration Service (SAT) announced the precautionary seizure of boats in nine Mexican ports, among them Ensenada, there is no information in the agencies which administer the Port information on this operation.

Neither the Integrated Port Authority nor the harbormaster were informed of this operation, if there were boats seized and of what type they were, fishing boats, cargo, tourist, sport fishing, small boats, yachts or for scrap.

This Thursday in a stattement, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, through the Tax Administration Service, reported in a press release that in the inspections carried out in matters of foreign trade, during an operation conducted at ports in seven states, they made a precautionary seizure of 338 ships.

The precautionary seizure was the result of distinct search orders to identify the legal origin of 1,691 vessels, to check if they have the necessary documentation for their ownership and stay in the country.

If the requested documentation was not shown, a precautionary seizure of the vessels was made. The ship owners have a period of 10 days to produce evidence and prove they are in the country legally, otherwise there will be a corresponding process carried out over a period of up to four months.

Once again, the federal government confirms its commitment to monitor compliance with tax requirements, customs and foreign trade for the benefit of all Mexicans.

 

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Murder rate in Baja California Sur jumps 134%

Translated by Fulano from an article in Octavo Dia.

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). – The crime rate continues to increase in Baja California Sur, reporting 82 murders through the month of October, which surpasses the total for 2012, which was 35, according to the most recent update from the National Public Security System.

It is clear that in comparison with last year, there have been 47 more murders from January through October, that is an increase of 134 per cent in one year.

[Fulano’s comment: Well that is the end of the myth of Baja California Sur being safe. So far this year, with only three months left, the homicide rate in Baja California Sur is 17.2 per 100,000. The American state with the highest homicide rate cannot even come close to Baja California Sur. Louisiana, with the highest homicide rate, has a homicide rate of 10.8 per 100,000. California has a homicide rate of 5.0 per 100,000.]

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Doctor in Isla Mujeres turns away woman in labor, she gives birth in the street

Translated by Fulano from an article in Reporteros.com.

MEXICO CITY – The authorities in Quintana Roo are investigating a presumed case of medical negligence after a pregnant woman gave birth in the street in Isla Mujeres.

In this case, a woman went to the Integral Hospital in this location for the birth of her son, but was told to go home. However, on her way back home she gave birth right out on the street, according to State Health Services.

For this reason, the doctor, José Delfino Tenorio Domínguez, was suspended while there is an investigation to determine if there were irregularities.

In case there are, the state agency will proceed in accordance with regulations, said agency Notimex.

Nitzia Xiomara Chan Cruz had labor pains on the street and an employee of a hotel in Isla Mujeres helped with the birth and provided sheets and towels.

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Crime continues in Tijuana: US Consul

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Violence in Tijuana is now “a little less than the levels in 2010,” said United States Consul Andrew Erickson, while participating in a conference for the International Education Week at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

“We have to recognize that there is a very high murder rate in Tijuana and we have to recognize that each year we are losing more than 20 American citizens to murders in Baja California, this is a reality,” said the Consul.

“Without commenting on particular cases, the murder rate is very high,” he added.

At the conference, where the participants spoke of the importance of being bilingual and having two cultures, the theme of crime in Tijuana arose when a Spanish teacher, Deana Alonso, asked that the United States’ warning to American visitors to Tijuana about the city being dangerous be toned down.

The teacher said that her group at Southwestern College can now not return to visit the museum or market to practice their Spanish because of the United States’ warning.

The Consul said that in light of the reality of a high homicide rate, “which is a reality because it is based on official figures,” what one can do is, “as the Department of State alert says, be careful, especially at night.”

He clarified that, “actually the alert only says to be careful when travelling in Baja California, especially at nighttime.”

The Consul for México in San Diego, Remedios Gómez Arnau, said that the American recommendation is a common opinion, it would be the same if somebody advised you to not go to dangerous areas in San Diego County at night.

Gómez recalled that US Consul Erickson lives in Tijuana.

In fact, US Consul Erickson said he would like to see more Americans travelling to México as well as other countries to learn other languages and learn other cultures.

He said that the average American is at a disadvantage in a globalized world when and where an immigrant comes to the United States, learns English and where the American culture prevails, without losing his cultural roots, something that does not happen with most Americans.

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Kidnappings in Tijuana’s Zona Norte: looking for drug dealers

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

TIJUANA.- A group of armed men who are called “La Barredora” (The Sweeper) in the last few weeks have been “kidnapping” citizens who walk the streets of downtown Tijuana, using the premise they are looking for those who run the street drug dealer business.

Pedro Castillo Padilla, 31 years old, went yesterday to the offices of the Bi-national Commission for Human Rights, to complain that he was a victim of that organization.

He was walking with his girlfriend, Inés, on calle Primera in the Zona Norte, when suddenly a tall and well-dressed man approached him.

“He yelled at me to come with him. He took me to a late model Suburban that was blue or burgundy, I don’t remember well, but it was dark,” he said.

“They told me they were ‘La Barredora,’ and that’s how I learned who they were,” he continued.

They never identified themselves to him, they just handcuffed him and started to search him like a police officer would, but they found nothing illegal.

When I turned around, I saw there had been another man, he had a medium build, with brown hair. He answered, “This is what controls callejón Coahuila”.

They asked me about “El Gordo”and “El César,” I told them I was not the person they were looking for and didn’t know anything about those people.

He told them that he was a Christian, on his way to a religious center, and tried to show them his identification. They did not pay any attention to what he said.

They put him into a white van, and put a dog beside him and when the vehicle started moving they started to beat him, then put a plastic bag on him which he tried to bite so he could breathe.

“Out of fear, I shit my pants,” he told Víctor Clark, president of the Bi-national Commission for Human Rights.

The torturers wore bulletproof vests, caps and had machine guns. He never saw any badges which identified them as police, but he did notice that one of them had something on his chest.

After the beating in which they did not get any information they were looking for, they threw him from the vehicle while it was moving. He was once again on one of the streets in the Zona Norte.

“I could not even use my hands as they were numb. Some people saw me and helped me. They gave me some clothes, boxer shorts and a shirt,” he related as he showed his clothing.

He thinks that this “La Barredora” group are “like ministerial police that are looking for drugs or those type of things.”

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Shootout alters the tourist image of Mazatlán

Translated by Fulano from an article in Reporteros.

Mazatlán, Sinaloa. – A few hours after the arrival in Mazatlán of the cruise liner Veendam, of the Holland American Line, there was a breakout of several gunshots in the port area, which caused fear among the residents located in the residential and nearby school area, and the city police mobilized an impressive security operation.

It was 7AM when the cruise liner arrived, and around 2,000 tourists among the passengers and crew started to debark a few hours later. They were met at the pier esplanade with music from a band and young models with tall feathered costumes.

The governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, headed the welcoming committee, accompanied by the Secretary of Tourism, Francisco Manuel Córdova Celaya, mayor Alejandro Higuera Osuna, United States Consul for Hermosillo, John Travenner, in addition to other officials, chamber leaders and service providers.

And while the governor was giving out the message to those involved in the tourist industry that “satisfying the tourist is not just a job for authorities, but is in everybody’s court,” in the news media there was an unofficial report circulating of a gunfight on Avenida la Marina.

A 11:20AM yesterday, federal agents were reported to have asked for the help of municipal police, saying they were following a Pearl colored Escalade, with Sonora license plates UB81193, with three occupants who ignored a command to stop and fled northbound on Avenida Canseco, also known as Avenida La Marina.

It is presumed that the federal police shot out the tires of the SUV, and at the Mediterráneo subdivision it spun 180 degrees and hit a federal patrol vehicle head on.

After the crash, the three suspects in the SUV started to flee towards some vacant land in the area. While the search was going on for the suspects, the area was closed to traffic, including from Sábalo Cerritos.

Minutes later, one of the suspected men fleeing the police was found on a property beside Avenida paseo del Atlántico, and was arrested and taken to a federal patrol vehicle. Meanwhile, the Escalade was towed away.

The area filled up with federal, ministerial and municipal police, and the Mexican Army. Elements of the Civil Protection and firemen also supported the operation.

After the cruise liners withdrew from Mazatlán in 2011 due to the crime rate in the state, the port has received only 40 of these ships, in 2012, only one arrived.

The arrivals are still far from those of 2010, the last year the cruise ships arrived regularly in Mazatlán, when there were 170 cruise ships with 441,000 visitors aboard. Around 4,940 passengers on three cruise ships will arrive in the remainder of 2013, according to what is scheduled at API.

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Owner of Hotel Pueblito Inn shot in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in Rosaritoenlanoticia.info.

Rosarito, B.C. – The owner of the hotel Pueblito Inn, Leopoldo Segura Núñez, 52 years old, was getting ready to leave the hotel when three men approached his SUV.

The attackers where aboard a tan Mercury Sable, and they parked next to Segura Núñez’ vehicle, a Toyota Tundra. After a short conversation, they shot him and fled. This happened at 10:15AM this Sunday.

The vehicle in which Segura Núñez was sitting was parked beside the pool, where some little girls who were hotel guests had to jump into the the water to avoid the gunfire.

The victim received at least two bullet wounds, one in the right cheek and the other in the left shoulder.

Two 9mm bullet cartridges wee found at the location. One was unfired and the other was a spent cartridge. It is assumed the victim was hit twice.

The injured man was taken to the Rosarito General Hospital and after a medical exam, he was taken to Tijuana for a CT scan.

As of moment, the aggressors are unknown. The vehicle used by the attackers was found by the municipal police on calle Mexicali, in the Machado Sur subdivision.

It should be mentioned that Segura Núñez was a friend of the former federal police commander Bernardo Oliver Camarena, who was executed last July 16, 2013 at the “La Case de la Abuela” restaurant at Plaza Ejido Mazatlán while eating.

Last minute information is that the injured man’s wife has authorized his transfer to the Hospital del Prado in Tijuana and he is in stable condition.

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Harvesting organs in Mexico

Translated by Fulano from an article in Zocalo.com.

Mexico City – Alejandro Solalinde, an immigrant rights defender, complained that a “scandalous” quantity of bodies without organs, apparently migrants, were found in clandestine graves.

The director of the Brothers on the Highway shelter confirmed that the discovery could corroborate that “there exists organizations which use undocumented persons for the illegal trafficking of organs, and confirmed this trafficking, as well a child trafficking exists.”

“I am worried because there is child trafficking, I am worried because there is organ trafficking, there is, at some location which I cannot reveal right now, there are deposits of bodies without organs and this is serious. I was informed by authorities from a certain state, I cannot say where because we need to meet with the authorities,” said Solalinde Wednesday after receiving the Juan de Palafox y Mendoza prize, awarded by the Municipality of Puebla.

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Murders and robberies have increased in Baja California Sur

Translated by Fulano from an article in Octovo Dia.

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS) – Figures from the National System of Public Safety reveal an increase in crime in Baja California Sur this year, as they amount to more than 17,000 crimes, which represents an 11 percent increase from last year.

According to the published report, which is derived from investigations from the State Attorney General, from January through September the number of crimes has increased, especially murders and robberies of all kinds.

According to the documents reviewed, as of the most current month of September, there have been 17,606 crimes in Baja California Sur, that is, from formal complaints there are 65 crimes per day.

In comparison with 2012, for the same period, there were 15,725 crimes. In other words, this year there have been 1,881 more crimes reported which represents an increase of 11 percent.

In 2013, the number of murders, updated to the month of September, is 36, which is worse than last year, as of the same month there were 27 murders, a difference of nine murders, which is a 33 percent increase.

In the same manner, the information establishes that the crime of robbery is what affects the citizens the most, as from the total of 17,606 crime reports, 44 percent are for robberies of all types.

It should be mentioned that this crime also has increased, as there are 7,777 complaints and in the same period in 2012 there were 6,803, which represents a 14 percent increase.

Vehicle thefts had the largest increase this year, there have been 1,051 reported, while last year at this time there were 656 auto thefts, which represents an increase of 60 percent, or 395 more autos stolen.

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