A 2015 report revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in Mexico is illegal

Tourists injuries from adulterated alcohol prompt more inspections of Mexican bars and restaurants

Due to increasing reports of tourists suffering from adulterated alcohol poisoning, as well as from hotels, bars and nightclubs watering down their products (or selling outdated alcoholic beverages), these establishments will undergo several revisions by the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, a regulatory body of the Mexican government).

A recent (January 2017) and internationally-publicized case is that of Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old woman from Wisconsin, who was found brain dead floating in a Playa del Carmen hotel pool next to her brother after they went out the night prior and had a couple of drinks with a group of men. Her family alleges that the alcohol must have been adulterated and that this is common in hotels from the zone.

A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, produced under unregulated procedures resulting in potentially hazardous mixtures.

According to a report [2017] by the COFEPRIS, Mexican health authorities have seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010. Such numbers are not only from small local establishments, but also from hotels and other entertainment areas.

The mixtures they make with this type of alcohol can worsen people’s health in minutes; both their safety and well-being are in danger. They can lose consciousness, harm themselves and even die; without even knowing what they did. This can be corroborated by interviews and hospital records of nearly a dozen travelers and relatives of people who have died or were injured in the resorts.

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2017 is the most violent year in the history of Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

Historically in this municipality, so far in 2017 there have been 101 murders, which represents an increase of 238 percent when compared to the most violent year in the past decade. Official statistics indicate that in 2008 there were 73 murders in Ensenada, in 2016 there were 68, 2012, 63; 2007, 61; 2013, 56; 2006, 54; 2011, 54; 2014, 50; 2015, 48; 2004, 47; 2005, 41; and 2010, 41.

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Governor of Baja California Sur vetos new law to allow right of self defense

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

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“The Government of Baja California Sur reaffirms it commitment to the absolute respect for the law and the rule of law, which are indispensable for a just, equitable and democratic society,” said the chief of the Office of the Executive, Carlos Amed Rochín Álvarez, after revealing the veto of the state government of the reforms to the penal code regarding the use of legitimate self defense.

The official said that faced with the consequences which could be generated, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis presented his observations to the State Congress, supported by his constitutional right to veto laws or degrees made by Congress, which occur in the last stages of the legislative process.

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Speeding things up with a bribe

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

In 2016, public sector agencies collected 1.6 billion pesos (US$90 million) in bribes from the business sector.

MEXICO CITY, July 4, 2017 – According the National Survey of Regulatory Quality and Governmental Impact on Business, carried out by INEGI, on average every business in Mexico spends 12,243 pesos (US$680) in bribes.

82.2% of the companies, out of the 34,681 surveyed, said acts of corruption by public servants are frequent, above all for the speeding up of processes, avoiding fines and to obtain licenses and permits.

This is the first time that INEGI carried out a survey of this type. The exercise was done from October 31 to December 15, 2016.

Businesses surveyed belonged to the mining, manufacturing, construction, electricity, services, transports, commerce and communications.

Up to 10% of the GNP

Previously, other measures on the cost of corruption have been released, for example, the Center of Studies of Private Sector Economics, has said corruption constitutes up to 10% of the Gross National Product.

The INEGI survey determined that 561 or every 10,000 businesses which applied for government processes last year experienced at least one act of corruption.

Based upon business size, the large ones face the greatest measure of these kinds of practices, as the rate goes up to 1,317 for each 10,000 large businesses.

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The arrest of John Moreno Rutowsky

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

The arrest of John Moreno Rutowsky to answer to allegations of dispossession, death threats, fraud and breach of trust would not be transcendent were it not for the pseudo-activist’s past as the character who, far from being a social fighter, specializes In deceiving people to make a profit such as was the case with the Punta Lobos cooperative and the artificial conflict created by him for the sole purpose of getting money (1 million pesos) from Tres Santos developers.

The criminal career of this fake advocate for social causes led him to perpetrate alleged crimes that are being officially investigated, such as blocking the federal highways, aggression and threats using, for this, the humble fishermen who believed his insane proposals to get money from whom they considered as invaders of the beaches they used to launch their boats.

Polarizing the mood in the state by promoters who want to do whatever pleases them, all while claiming freedom of expression in an nonexistent situation of abuse, Moreno Rutowsky did what he wanted together with his accomplice Alex Matijas, when they planned the dispossession of a property from American citizen Cara Singleton after the now arrested Moreno offered to build a home for her while she lived in the United States. She negotiated the purchase and sale of the land and the building of the house for which she was sending large amounts of money to remodel the home. The story comes down to when Cara Singleton wanted to see the progress of the construction, she could see that the house was still under construction and the furniture she had ordered furnish “her” house, had been sold off to locals by John Moreno and his accomplice, Alex Matijas. It was Matijas who was in charge of threatening Singleton with death, who he warned “don’t move because you will be carted away in little pieces.”

The foregoing, generated a report of facts to the authorities and last weekend, an arrest warrant was issued against the pseudo-activist who now will have to respond to the acts for which he is accused and, to his bad luck, there are videos that show the threats that John Moreno and Alex Matijas proffered, which makes them suspected criminals. Friends say that the arrest was due to the conflict between the fishing cooperatives of Puna Lobos and the real estate company Tres Santos. This has already been settled after Rutowsky made a nonexistent scandal with the cowardly intention of getting money from Tres Santos in return to stand aside so as not to hinder the construction activities of the tourist complex.

The foregoing story, is just one of the alleged illegal situations that this swindler would have to answer to. There is more “dirty laundry” where he has taken entire families to ruin just for his money making mania of inventing things.

The arrogant history of the pseudo environmentalist John Moreno prompted his accuser  to make a documentary that reveals the story that Rutowsky and Matijas perpetrated against Cara Singleton. Different media have spread the materials on their websites and several of them have received threats.

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Violence and anarchy worsens in Popotla

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ecos de Rosarito.

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Violence and anarchy has worsened in Popotla, affecting tourism and placing at risk the harmony between residents and merchants at the location.

News articles have reported some violent events in the area.

Semanario Zeta recently published an article which told how a family fell victim to a violent attack after complaining of illegal charges to enter the beach area with a vehicle.

Weeks earlier, a diner was beaten by a restaurant manager and waiters at a bar for the simple act of complaining he was getting a low exchange rate for the dollar.

In recent times, groups of people have appeared who say they own the plaza, and prohibit many people from taking photos of the restaurants.

There have also been fires reported which look like accidents, although later it was learned from the residents they were set as a result of the fights between groups of people fighting for control of the plaza.

These internal differences appear to be increasing, along with violent acts against visitors, placing the tourist image at risk.

All of this is happens within sight of the police authorities, who simply walk around like spectators.

Trying to justify his job, police chief Magdaleno Vázquez Luis, announced they are now looking at several restaurants in Popotla which are operating at the margin of the law, however to date he has not reported doing anything.

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John Moreno arrested in Todos Santos

Translated by Fulano from an article in Diario El Independiente.

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La Paz, Baja California Sur

Around 11:30AM this Friday, lawyer Joseph John Moreno Rutowski was arrested by Ministerial Police in Todos Santos to be presented “forcefully” to make declarations in La Paz about matter which his family says they are unaware of, according to confirmation from sources near to him.

At this time, the lawyer is en route to the State Attorney General’s offices, and who in prior interviews with El Independiente said that the attorney general had “reactivated” several investigations after Moreno was reported for dispossession by the legal representatives of the Mira Companies, who are responsible for the Tres Santos real estate development in Punta Lobos a Todos Santos beach.

The attorney works as the legal representative of the Punta Lobos fish cooperative, whose fishermen have carried out blockades and demonstrations to demand respect for the their work, saying they were displaced by the development. The development has invested 1.2 billion pesos and has been questioned by the locals about several irregularities in their environmental procedures.

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Attempted kidnapping of American in Rosarito

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

Playas de Rosarito – Tourist police officers stopped an attempted kidnapping Monday night of an American citizen, and arrested three people.

Rosarito Police Chief, Magdaleno Váquez Luis, reported the incident started around 7:30PM at a park located next to the Municipal Art and Cultural Center, where three youths subdued a 30-year old American man, and put him in a black SUV.

Witnesses reported the event to the emergency number and the vehicle was immediately located on bulevar Benito Juárez, headed northbound, where a pursuit was initiated by three police units from the Tourist Police.

Seeing they were being pursued, the kidnappers diverted to the street where the City Hall was located, and tossed the victim out of the vehicle and then parked in a pharmacy parking lot on the opposite corner and entered the pharmacy as if they were going to but something.

There, two of the suspects were arrested and one more ran out of the pharmacy, and was arrested.

Váquez Luis said that the suspects were very young and no weapons were found, and they have been placed with the public minister and the kidnap victim was reported safe and sound.

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Untreated wastewater is dumped at 3,400 points in Mexico

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC.

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Mexico City, May 15, 2017 – While civil organizations warn there are at least 3,400 places in Mexico where the have identified discharges of untreated municipal wastewater, which ends up in rivers, arroyos, ravines, lakes and the ocean, the National Water Commission said that 57.5% of them receive treatment.

Regarding industrial wastewater, there is a lack of transparency, as the only thing reported is the treated volume, but not the amount which is not treated, and even less so when it is dumped, according to the Report on Human Rights Violations on Water and Health, prepared by 100 organizations to be presented to the United Nations Inspector General on Human Rights, water, sanitation and sewage.

Exposure to shit

The document says that for the majority of the Mexican population, excrement returns to have contact with the population from the rivers, ravines and sea, and contamination of community drinking water sources.

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