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Showing posts with label Carlos Alvarez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carlos Alvarez. Show all posts

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Post D.C. Riots Updates - Thank You Carlos Alvarez ! - Dear AMLO: You Can't Just Sit On The Fence Charlie !


An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.  courtesy Reuters

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All Post-Riot Updates, don't miss 'em  - from Republican leaders calling for Trump's resignation , more Trump Cabinet members resign, Pelosi and many others calls for the 25th Ammendment to be invoked, the whole enchilada: 


 ~ From CNN:

 

Post-Riot Updates 

 

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 3:44 p.m. ET, January 7, 2021
 
 
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An important acknowledgment needs to go to Carlos Alvarez of  Zeta who has been furiously  and concisely covering just about every aspect of yesterday's event in Washington D.C. I will post all of his reports a bit later, hands full here:
 
 
 
World Leaders around the globe including the OAS   (which Mexico is a member of ) have condemned the violence we witnessed yesterday and the expectation is that more will join the chorus...with the exception of Putin and few others.
 
 
 ~ From VOA: (this is just from yesterday)
 
 
By VOA News
January 06, 2021 07:41 PM 
 
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Update/edit:  Adding these - here is the current list:
 
 ~ From BBC: 01/07/21
 
 
 
Did BBC forget about the Irish? 
 
 ~ From Irish Central : 01/06/21
 
 
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Down here AMLO has not only taken a stand against condemning the pro-Trumpista riots (despite being a member of the OAS), he is opposed  to the censorship of Trump on social media.
 
Despite paying taxes, I cannot be involved in Mexican politics (or for that matter vote), but if I met AMLO I would ask him a couple of questions:
 
1.    Does the OAS represent your stance on this situation or not ?
 
2.    Isn't such  a laissez-faire attitude in this particular situation slightly reminiscent of Neville Chamberland's appeasement accord with Hitler ? 
 
3.   And finally, apparently you thought Trump was your true-blue amigo: then why is it he did not also provide free of charge COVID immunizations for your people...(and I mean everyone)? Particularly since you are doing his biding by restraining the Migrantes? 
 
Stay safe AMLO, please wear a mask. 
 
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Over and out for now. 
 
Stay Safe Y'all ! 
  
 

Friday, September 18, 2020

I Finally Subscribed To Reforma - AMLO jejeje Laughs At The Massacres In Mexico...

 And it's a good thing except I'm having a rough time logging in -  hopefully I can get the reports to link here.So let's give it a whirl. This news will supersede Joe Biden's Town Hall. In case the report won't come up on a link, I'll paste it and save myself a trip back here to edit it.

 Courtesy Reforma:


 


 ~ From Reforma:

Suma Mexico 45 Masacres

Óscar Uscanga

"Cd. de México (18 septiembre 2020).- Pese al discurso oficial, las masacres en México no han cesado. En lo que va del año se han registrado al menos 45 casos en donde, en un mismo hecho, han asesinado a sangre fría a cinco o más personas en 20 estados.

[Oscar Uscanga
Mexico City (September 18, 2020) .- Despite the official discourse, the massacres in Mexico have not stopped. So far this year there have been at least 45 cases in which, in the same act, five or more people have been murdered in cold blood in 20 states.]

En total, las masacres en México le han quitado la vida este año a 320 personas en los estados de Guanajuato, Michoacán, Guerrero, Puebla, Durango, Zacatecas, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Morelos, Colima, Nuevo León, Sonora, Oaxaca, Estado de México, Chiapas, Tabasco y San Luis Potosí.

[In total, the massacres in Mexico have killed 320 people this year in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Guerrero, Puebla, Durango, Zacatecas, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Morelos, Colima, Nuevo León , Sonora, Oaxaca, State of Mexico, Chiapas, Tabasco and San Luis Potosí.]

 Para el especialista en seguridad de World Justice Project en México, Juan Salgado, estos crímenes son posibles principalmente porque la impunidad impera en las entidades.

[For the security specialist of the World Justice Project in Mexico, Juan Salgado, these crimes are possible mainly because impunity reigns in the entities.]

"Creo que tiene que darse un apoyo muchísimo más fuerte al modelo nacional de Policías, que consiste en fortalecer a las corporaciones de los municipios porque se está dando la mayor parte de recursos a la Guardia Nacional, pero se tiene que hacer una reforma que vaya de abajo para arriba", consideró.

["I believe that much stronger support must be given to the national police model, which consists of strengthening the municipal corporations because most of the resources are being given to the National Guard, but a reform has to be carried out that will from the bottom up, "he considered.]

Un recuento similar de masacres fue realizado por la organización Causa en Común, que entre enero y agosto contabilizó 479 casos, en los que tomó en cuenta hechos donde asesinaron a tres personas o más.

[A similar count of massacres was carried out by the Causa en Común organization, which between January and August counted 479 cases, in which it took into account events where three or more people were murdered.]

El primero de septiembre, en su mensaje por el Segundo Informe de Gobierno, el Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador manifestó que en México ya no había desapariciones ni masacres.

[ On September 1, in his message for the Second Government Report, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that in Mexico there were no longer disappearances or massacres.]

"Ya no hay torturas, desapariciones ni masacres; se respetan los derechos humanos y se castiga al culpable sea quien sea", afirmó en Palacio Nacional."

["There is no longer torture, disappearances or massacres; human rights are respected and the guilty is punished whoever he is," he said in the National Palace.]

 

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Aha...and then he laughed..link includes the video:

 ~ From Zeta:

" Ahi Estan Las Mascres !, je,je,je", Burla AMLO Del Reforma

Por, Carlos Alvarez 09/18/20


""Let's see, put the first of the Reformation, in one of those we found it. There it is, look. There are the massacres! Heh, heh, heh. They are predictable, very obvious ”, said this Friday, September 18, while laughing, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The newspaper Reforma published this same day, in its main article, that “despite the official discourse, the massacres in Mexico have not stopped. So far this year there have been at least 45 cases in which, in the same act, five or more people have been murdered in cold blood in 20 states ”.

According to the same newspaper, in total, the massacres in Mexico have registered 320 deaths, in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Guerrero, Puebla, Durango, Zacatecas, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Baja California, Chihuahua, Morelos, Colima, Nuevo León, Sonora, Oaxaca, State of Mexico, Chiapas, Tabasco and San Luis Potosí.

The newspaper recalled that on September 1, in his message for the Second Government Report, López Obrador stated that in Mexico “there is no longer torture, disappearance or massacres; human rights are respected and the guilty is punished whoever he is ”.

 

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BTW,  we are up to 83 executions this month in Tijuana, bringing the city's YTD tally at 1,437 dead. Photo courtesy Zeta


 

 

 

 

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A little note to Norman, who is now working in a Rehab Facility in Rosarito Beach : Please be careful, we worry about you all the time.


And a little tune to take our woes away from all the disasters...will return ....Stay Safe Y'all !


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

As Trump Contaminates & Corrupts The US Post Office In Order To Win The Upcoming Election...Or, The Biggest Scam Of The Century..... Mexico Surges Ahead and Far Surpasses The USA On COVID Plans To Protect Their Citizens





Credit...Kim Walker/Elon University, via Associated Press
We haven't been reading much down here in the Mexican press on what has happened in the USA regarding Trump and the US Post Office (which has to be the biggest freakin scam of the century) and the horrid outcome this might have on the November the 3rd Presidential election; not to mention there is still no plan from  the White House on dealing with the pandemic, here is just some information:

 ~ From the New York Times : 

Mail Delays Fuel Concerns Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead Of Voting
by, Michael D. Shear,Hailey Fuchs  & Kenneth P. Vogel 


The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.

WASHINGTON — Welcome to the next election battleground: the post office.


President Trump’s yearslong assault on the Postal Service and his increasingly dire warnings about the dangers of voting by mail are colliding as the presidential campaign enters its final months. The result has been to generate new concerns about how he could influence an election conducted during a pandemic in which greater-than-ever numbers of voters will submit their ballots by mail.


In tweet after all-caps tweet, Mr. Trump has warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” that will “LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY” and become the “SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.” He has predicted that children will steal ballots out of mailboxes. On Thursday, he dangled the idea of delaying the election instead.
Members of Congress and state officials in both parties rejected the president’s suggestion and his claim that mail-in ballots would result in widespread fraud. But they are warning that a huge wave of ballots could overwhelm mail carriers unless the Postal Service, in financial difficulty for years, receives emergency funding that Republicans are blocking during negotiations over another pandemic relief bill.


At the same time, the mail system is being undercut in ways set in motion by Mr. Trump. Fueled by animus for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and surrounded by advisers who have long called for privatizing the post office, Mr. Trump and his appointees have begun taking cost-cutting steps that appear to have led to slower and less reliable delivery.






In recent weeks, at the direction of a Trump campaign megadonor who was recently named the postmaster general, the service has stopped paying mail carriers and clerks the overtime necessary to ensure that deliveries can be completed each day. That and other changes have led to reports of letters and packages being delayed by as many as several days.


Voting rights groups say it is a recipe for disaster.


“We have an underfunded state and local election system and a deliberate slowdown in the Postal Service,” said Wendy Fields, the executive director of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of voting and civil rights groups. She said the president was “deliberately orchestrating suppression and using the post office as a tool to do it.”

Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state in Washington, one of five states where mail-in balloting is universal, said Wednesday on NPR’s “1A” program that “election officials are very concerned, if the post office is reducing service, that we will be able to get ballots to people in time.”


During his eulogy on Thursday for Representative John Lewis, former President Barack Obama lamented what he said was a continuing effort to attack voting rights “with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”

Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, defended the changes, saying in a statement that the ban on overtime was intended to “improve operational efficiency” and to “ensure that we meet our service standards.”

 Mr. DeJoy declined to be interviewed. David Partenheimer, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said that the nation’s post offices had “ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

A plunge in the amount of mail because of a recession — which the United States entered into in February — has cost the Postal Service billions of dollars in revenue, with some analysts predicting that the agency will run out of money by spring. Democrats have proposed an infusion of $25 billion. On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans, who are opposed to the funding, of wanting to “diminish the capacity of the Postal System to work in a timely fashion.”


Arthur B. Sackler, who runs the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, a group representing the biggest bulk mailers, said the changes were concerning even though his organization did not take a position on voting by mail.


“Like any other mail, this could complicate what is already going to be a complicated process,” Mr. Sackler said. “A huge number of jurisdictions are totally inexperienced in vote by mail. They have never had the avalanche of interest that they have this year.”


Many states have already loosened restrictions on who can vote by mail: In Kentucky, mail-in ballots accounted for 85 percent of the vote in June’s primary. In Vermont, requests for mail-in ballots are up 1,000 percent over 2018.


Michigan voters had requested nearly 1.8 million mail-in ballots by the end of July, compared with about 500,000 by the similar time four years ago, after the secretary of state mailed absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters.

In the suburban Virginia district of Representative Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat who leads the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, 1,300 people voted by mail in a 2019 primary — last month, more than 34,000 did.


“We are worried about new management at the Postal Service that is carrying out Trump’s avowed opposition to voting by mail,” Mr. Connolly said. “I don’t think that’s speculation. I think we are witnessing that in front of our own eyes.”


Erratic service could delay the delivery of blank ballots to people who request them. And in 34 states, completed ballots that are not received by Election Day — this year it is Nov. 3 — are invalidated, raising the prospect that some voters could be disenfranchised if the mail system buckles.

In other states, ballots can be tallied as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, but voting rights groups say ballots are often erroneously delivered without a postmark, which prevents them from being counted.


The ability of the Postal Service “to timely deliver and return absentee ballots and their work to postmark those ballots will literally determine whether or not voters are disenfranchised during the pandemic,” said Kristen Clarke, the president of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


In New York, where officials urged people not to cast ballots in person during June’s primary, counting of mail-in ballots is still underway weeks later, leaving some crucial races undecided. In some cases, ballots received without postmarks are being discarded.

Making the problem worse, New York law requires that election officials wait to begin counting mail-in ballots until the polls close on Election Day. Other states allow counting to begin earlier, though most insist that no results be revealed until after voting ends. In Arizona, officials can begin tallying votes 14 days early. In Florida, officials can begin verifying signatures on ballots 22 days before the election.










Mr. Trump and his allies have seized upon the New York debacle as evidence that he is right to oppose mail-in ballots. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, called it an “absolute catastrophe,” and the president referred to New York in a tweet that said, “Rigged Election, and EVERYONE knows it!”


But Mr. Trump — who himself has repeatedly voted by mail in recent elections — has set in motion changes at the Postal Service that could make the problem worse.

A series of Postal Service documents titled “PMGs expectations,” a reference to the postmaster general, describe how Mr. Trump’s new leadership team is trying to cut costs.

“Overtime will be eliminated,” says the document, which was first reported by The Washington Post. “Again, we are paying too much overtime, and it is not cost effective and will soon be taken off the table. More to come on this.”


The document continues: “The U.S.P.S. will no longer use excessive cost to get the basic job done. If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day.”


Another document, dated July 10, says, “One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that — temporarily — we may see mail left behind or on the workroom floor or docks.”








With the agency under financial pressure, some offices have also begun to cut back on hours. The result, according to postal workers, members of Congress and major post office customers, is a noticeable slowdown in delivery.


“The policies that the new postmaster general is putting into place — they couldn’t lead to anything but degradation of service,” said Mark Dimondstein, the president of the American Postal Workers Union. “Anything that slows down the mail could have a negative impact on everything we do, including vote by mail.”


The Postal Service, which runs more than 31,000 post offices in the United States, has struggled financially for years, in part because of its legal obligation to deliver mail everywhere, even remote locations that would be unprofitable for a private company.


A 2018 report by the Treasury Department recommended an overhaul of the Postal Service, which the report said accumulated losses of $69 billion from 2007 to 2018.


But the administration’s critics say the changes being put in place by Mr. DeJoy are part of a political agenda to move toward privatization of the Postal Service.


In mid-July, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Mr. Connolly wrote a letter to Mr. DeJoy raising questions about the ban on overtime and the other changes.


“While these changes in a normal year would be drastic,” the lawmakers wrote, “in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner — an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election.”

Mr. Trump has been assailing the Postal Service since early in his presidency, tweeting in 2017 that the agency was becoming “dumber and poorer” because it charged big companies too little for delivering their packages.


The president has repeatedly blamed Mr. Bezos, who is also the owner of The Washington Post, for the financial plight of the Postal Service, insisting that the post office charges Amazon too little, an assertion that many experts have rejected as false.


In the past three years, the president has replaced all six members of the Postal Service Board of Governors.


In May, the board, which includes two Democrats, selected Mr. DeJoy, a longtime Republican fund-raiser who has contributed more than $1.5 million to Mr. Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, to be postmaster general. According to financial disclosures, Mr. DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, who has been nominated to be the ambassador to Canada, have $115,002 to $300,000 invested in the Postal Service’s major competitor, UPS.


Two board members have since departed. David C. Williams, the vice chairman, left in April over concerns that the Postal Service was becoming increasingly politicized by the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with his thinking. Ronald Stroman, who oversaw mail-in voting and relations with election officials, resigned in May.


One of the remaining members, Robert M. Duncan, is a former Republican National Committee chairman who has been a campaign donor to Mr. Trump.






In accusing the administration of politicizing the Postal Service, the president’s critics point to a recent decision to send a mailer detailing guidelines to protect against the coronavirus. The mailer, which featured Mr. Trump’s name in a campaignlike style, was sent in March to 130 million American households at a reported cost of $28 million.


According to Postal Service emails obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, Mr. Trump was personally involved.


“I know that POTUS personally approved this postcard and is aware of the USPS effort in service to the nation — pushing information out to every household, urban and rural,” John M. Barger, a governor of the postal system, wrote in an email to the postmaster general at the time.


In another email, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told a member of the board that Dr. Stephen C. Redd, a deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “will make this happen.” The mailer received a go-ahead from the White House before it was sent out, the emails show.


S. David Fineman, who served on the board under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said that during his time, the board rarely if ever had contact with the White House.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” he said. “No one would have thought that we would have sought the input of the administration.”


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 ~ From Truthout:

by, Jake Johnson of Common Dreams  -08/04/2020

"The leader of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union warned Monday that President Donald Trump’s evidence-free attacks on mail-in voting, threat to delay the November election, and ongoing efforts to undermine the U.S. Postal Service are putting the nation on “a dangerous path toward dictatorship” and must be opposed.


“President Donald Trump’s raising postponement of the upcoming November presidential election has been rightly and quickly rejected by political leaders in both major parties,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement Monday. “On behalf of the 200,000 APWU postal workers and retirees, proud public servants of many political persuasions, I join in adding our voice in that chorus.”


“During this pandemic, anyone who believes in the right to vote should enthusiastically embrace voting by mail. Without it, tens of millions of voters will be denied the opportunity to safely exercise their cherished right to vote,” Dimondstein continued. “When postal workers go to work every day, our commitment is not to politicians or political parties, it’s to the people in every community across this country who we are proud to serve in this election season and for years to come.”


Dimonstein’s statement came amid growing alarm among postal workers, lawmakers, and voting rights advocates over Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent policy changes that have resulted in significant mail backlogs and delays across the country — including in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. If the backlogs continue, postal workers warn the USPS may struggle to deliver mail-in ballots on time.


As the Washington Post reported last week, “the new policies have resulted in at least a two-day delay in scattered parts of the country, even for express mail, according to multiple postal workers and union leaders.”


“Letter carriers are manually sorting more mail, adding to the delivery time,” the Post noted. “Bins of mail ready for delivery are sitting in post offices because of scheduling and route changes. And without the ability to work overtime, workers say the logjam is worsening without an end in sight.”
On Monday, House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney asked DeJoy to testify on the policy changes at a hearing scheduled for September 17 — less than two months before the November elections.


In an interview with the New York Times last week, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) — a member of the House Oversight Committee — said “we are worried about new management at the Postal Service that is carrying out Trump’s avowed opposition to voting by mail.”


“I don’t think that’s speculation,” Connolly added. “I think we are witnessing that in front of our own eyes.”

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Mexico on the other hand, moves forward:

The United States, due to no planning from Trump is in a state of chaos, parents and teachers alike are pulling their hair out whether or not to send their kids back to school.  Yet, here matters are different:

 ~ From Telesur: 08/03/2020

Mexico To Resume 2020 School Remotely 

"The government-Television Stations' agreement will allow 30 million students to have access to distance education contents.

Mexico will resume its 2020 school year remotely on August 24th with the support of the national TV stations Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen, and Milenio, all of which will broadcast the educational content.

"Returning to classes in person is still risky," Mexico's Education Ministry Secretary Esteban Moctezuma declared as he announced the alliance between the government and the country's most far-reaching television stations.


The agreement will allow 30 million students from 16 different grades to have access to distance education content.


"Students who do not have access to the television signal will have the support of radio, free textbooks, workbooks, and special attention from the Ministry," Moctezuma said.
Remotely, "we guarantee a safe environment for students. The pandemic will be more manageable if we stay at home," he added.

According to teleSUR's correspondent in Mexico, Eduardo Martinez, the return to the classrooms will depend on the situation within each state. Schools will open only in those areas where the epidemiological light is green.


Television stations will broadcast over 4,550 programs and radio stations will broadcast 640 programs. Each program will be transmitted in 20 Indigenous languages.


Although the agreement does not include university education, this is a historic strategy to keep 40 million students and teachers at home.


Universities will be able to self-manage their return to classes as long as the epidemiological light is respected."


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 This is a big one....I have not read any editorials (yet) saying this is just an AMLO buy off of the media:

 ~ From Zeta:

Gobierno de AMLO Pagara 459 MDP a Televisoras Por Transmitir Clases
por, Carlos Alvarez 08/04/20


"The Federal Government agreed yesterday with the main television stations (Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen Television, Millennium) to transmit through 6 channels plus 4,500 educational content -for the benefit of 30 million students of basic and upper secondary levels, who They will return to distance classes in the 2020-2021 cycle-, with a “minimum investment quota”, which would imply allocating 450 million pesos, about 3.87 mp per day between August 24 and December 18 of this year.


After recognizing that there are no conditions to return to the classroom in person, from the Federal Public Education Secretariat (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, announced the collaboration of Emilio Azcárraga Jean (Televisa), Benjamín Salinas (TV Azteca), Olegario Vázquez Aldir (Image) and Francisco González Albuerne (Multimedios), to expand the coverage of the Aprende en Casa II program.


“On August 24, the 2020-2021 school year will begin. It will start at a distance because the conditions do not exist to do it in person "due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic (which causes the COVID-19 disease), the federal official said yesterday, Monday, August 3, before President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. .


“From the expenses derived from the Agreement for Education, the unit cost of 15 pesos, including VAT, was calculated for each regular student enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year, who will be beneficiaries of the Presidency reiterated that the agreement with the concessionaires establishes that there will be television channels for the dissemination of learning content at the preschool, primary, secondary and high school levels, but not for profit, "said the SEP in an information card.

For his part, the national president stressed that coverage will be throughout the national territory, due to the integration of private and public television, and acknowledged that the agreement with Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen Televisión, Milenio will have an economic cost, although They will charge a “minimum fee, it is not a political fee, it is not a government fee, it is not a commercial fee, it is, we are going to call it that, a social fee”.


At night, the Presidency explained that the agreement with the concessionaires establishes that there will be television channels for the distribution, diffusion and transmission of educational visual content of the learning content at the preschool, primary, secondary and high school levels, but without ends of profit, through the multiplexed channels they have.


36 MDP CONTRACT FOR AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS COMPANY


On the other hand, it was learned that the SEP will pay up to 36 million pesos to an outsourcing company that works for Grupo Elektra, and a private producer, to prepare audiovisual materials for the return to classes.


On June 17, Sinergia Consultoría de Negocios, in consortium with Prime Show Productora, won the tender for the service of production, programming and transmission of audiovisual and multimedia materials, until December 31.

On its website, Sinergia lists TV Azteca, Elektra, Banco Azteca, Afore Azteca and Seguros Azteca among its human resources services clients. While Prime Show is a regular content provider for SEP.
The consortium pledged to recruit 322 professionals in pedagogy and communication, in 89 different categories, including screenwriters, producers, designers, cameramen, assistants and everything necessary to generate educational content.


This team works for the General Directorate of Educational Television (DGTVE) of the SEP, in particular for its director of Audiovisual Production, María Cristina Prado Arias, and must deliver twenty different types of materials, ranging from three-minute capsules to programs of two hours, either prerecorded or live.


The contract is open, for a maximum amount of 36.1 million pesos with VAT included, and the final payment will depend on the number of programs and capsules delivered, which were quoted as a unit."

Con información de Reforma.


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Hard times and tough decisions: The super important announcement from Governor Jaime Bonilla regarding re-opening of the bars in Tijuana:

~ From Zeta: (pics on the link)


"Queremos Trabajar": Miles de Trabajadores de Bares Exigen reapertura de sus Lugares de Trabajo
por, Alejandro Arturo Villa - 08/03/20 


"More than a thousand workers in nightclubs and bars in the central and northern areas of Tijuana demonstrated Monday morning, August 3, on Avenida Revolución, to demand that the government of Jaime Bonilla Valdez reopen their workplaces promptly.


According to a quick count by the police authorities that maintained the perimeter of the march, there were around 1,200 people among waiters, security guards, dancers, bartenders and cleaning staff who have been without economic income for more than four months .

The protesters asked both the state governor, Jaime Bonilla Valdez, and the secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, Mario Escobedo Carignan, for support with health protocols for the prompt reopening of canteens, bars, hotels, table dance, among other establishments located in the north and Avenida Revolución.


With banners and screams, they marched from First Street to Eleven. The placards read "Responsible reopening before COVID19", "We want to work" and "Señor Bonilla, my family's livelihood comes out."

Agustín Lara Méndez, one of the organizers of the mobilization of white shirts, declared that the call they make to the governor is to be taken into account because there are thousands of families, around 7 thousand, he said, who depend on these income.


At the end of the demonstration, the more than a thousand protesters were left in the uncertainty of the reopening of their workplaces and await a response today, August 3, from Mario Escobedo and the governor.

Bonilla says they are not ready for reopening yet


During the live broadcast made by the state governor every day, this morning from the facilities of the Institute for Sustainable Mobility, IMOS, he responded to the protesters that he regrets the situation they are in but it is not yet time to reopen these businesses for the danger of being infected with the virus.


"They are not ready to start, we have not even taught them the protocols, they will be in due course," said the president.


"For me it would be irresponsible to open the bars, especially when we already have content (Covid 19) perfectly here in Tijuana, content not removed, that is not misinterpreted, at any time if we neglect it jumps again", added.


He indicated that the protesters have every right to protest, "everyone has the right to demonstrate, nothing more than they are going to have to forgive me for loving them so much, and I want to take care of them."


"We are working on this, but it is going to be gradually and in specific places where if you can guarantee to respect the protocol, I invite you, what a pity that they did not make the demonstration outside IMOS, maybe they even reached them but they have to understand that health is paramount to me, ”he replied.


Lastly, he assured that he prefers to see them at home, "struggling a little more than going to see them in the hospital with a respirator."


“The countries and states that have opened like this have suddenly returned, but now they are talking about the second wave being worse than the first, so we have to be very careful. We would like to see if they are all willing to lose their lives for a job, "he concluded."


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I wanted to make sure you guys read what Governor Bonilla said.  That was a rough call, but he did the right thing. Just wish AMLO would not have dismissed wearing face masks !

Going to wrap it here .

Stay safe everyone. 


All the noticias....

Democracy Now !



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Latest Local & National COVID-19 & Drug War Stats For May 13, 2020: All Numbers Are On The Rise

Just a bit before noon today, Zeta reported the latest local COVID-19 stats - and believe me, it becomes grueling doing the numbers daily, it just weighs heavy on your heart - so send Zeta a thank you note:


  ~ All reports From Zeta:

BC Rompe Record de Nuevos Casos Positivos en 24 Horas, Fueron 238 
Por, Lourdes Loza Romero 


"In the last twenty-four hours, 238 new cases were confirmed by COVID-19 in Baja California, said the head of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Alonso Pérez Rico, on May 13.

The state official justified the high number at which the Secretariat Laboratory is processing the tests taken at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), so that in the following days high numbers of confirmed cases will continue to appear.

To date in Baja California there are 2 thousand 762 confirmed cases, of which thousand 359 are from Tijuana, thousand 93 from Mexicali, 127 Ensenada, 124 Tecate, 41 Rosarito and 18 the region of San Quintín-Vicente Guerrero. 

 Of the total, 264 cases are active and of these 12 percent are hospitalized.
There are 669 suspected cases, 337 in Tijuana, 264 in Mexicali, 42 in Tecate, 16 Ensenada, 8 in Rosarito and one more in the San Quintín - Vicente Guerrero region.

As of this Wednesday, 459 deaths have been registered from this new virus, 311 in Tijuana, 107 in Mexicali, 18 Ensenada, 18 Tecate, 4 Rosarito, and one more in the San Quintín - Vicente Guerrero region.

Regarding the "New Normality", Pérez Rico reported that, like the rest of the country, in Baja California the reopening "will be gradual, orderly and cautious", divided into three phases.

The first phase, next May 18, will be for the municipalities of "Esperanza" where no coronavirus cases were registered. The second phase, which is the preparation phase, will be from May 18 to 31. The third phase will be from June 1.

Phase 2, which will be the preparation phase, is in which non-essential companies will have to apply four actions in order to resume their work: 

1.- Preparation of health protocols.
2.- Staff training.
3.- Readjustment of spaces.
4.- Installation of intake and sanitation filters.

He commented that these actions should be permanent, since until there is a vaccine against the new virus, you should not let your guard down.

Pérez Rico also explained that a traffic light will be applied to resume activities, and until this is placed in the green, school activities in person cannot be resumed."

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Confirma Secretario de Salud Deceso de Medico Jubilado Diagnosticado con COVID-19
Por, Isabel Mercado 


"In Baja California, the death of the first doctor due to coronavirus was confirmed, but it is a retired doctor, informed the entity's secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, who specified that more than 160 health workers in the state have tested positive to COVID-19.

"There is a person of medical profession registered as a deceased, we are trying to identify from which institution, he is a retired doctor," he added without specifying the place where the doctor died.
He explained that in Tijuana there was a record of the death of a doctor, a death that "is not related to COVID," he said.

Regarding the number of coronavirus infections registered in health workers, he said that the latest reports show that they have been affected by the pathogen “over 80 nurses and a similar number of doctors, some of them already recovered and others entering In this same premise, where they were asked to take shelter at home due to the policies of the Mexican Social Security Institute, and right now we are going to do the laboratory studies and give them the results. ”

Regarding the disapproval that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) gave to the decree approved by the previous legislature of the State Congress, to extend the term of government of Jaime Bonilla Valdez from 2 to 5 years, Pérez Rico maintained that " the reduction of the government does not affect the health system ”.

However, he admitted that there were five-year projections, so "in the sense that the project was for five years, the long-term plans will continue like this", waiting for the next state government to follow up on them .

And he added, "...the good programs that were before we entered continued, in a specific case is the rickettsiosis program, those that were not correct, or were not giving results, were replaced by something new and that is the health issue, they value results ”.

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 ~ From Yesterday 05/12/20: Ensenada Conditions:

 Brote de seis Empleados Positivos por COVID-19 en Centro de Salud de Ensenada

Por, Marcos A. Angulo Alvarez 

Health personnel with respiratory symptoms were sent home for isolation at home to prevent the spread of this condition. There is none hospitalized

ENSENADA - An outbreak of six positive cases by COVID-19 was detected among employees of the Advanced Center for Primary Health Care (CAAPS) Ruiz and 14 of Ensenada, confirmed this afternoon of Tuesday, May 12, the head of the Health Services Jurisdiction in Ensenada, Ángel Iván Alvarado López.
He explained that on May 8, an outbreak of COVID-19 by SARS COV-2 was identified in six health employees who work in CAAPS Ruiz and 14, who were characterized by presenting headaches, coughs and fever, among other symptoms.
For this reason, he explained, it was necessary to carry out an intentional search for suspicious cases, with the following results:
100% of the health personnel were considered, with acute respiratory symptoms that had the contact history of confirmed cases and respiratory symptoms, taking a total of 48 samples.
Alvarado López indicated that containment actions were carried out immediately, all areas of the unit were sanitized, and health personnel with respiratory symptoms were sent home for isolation at home and thus prevent the spread of this condition.
He mentioned that according to the classification issued by the “Standardized Guidelines for Epidemiological and Laboratory Surveillance of COVID 19”, the clinical picture of the health personnel who manifested any symptoms is slight. Of these, 44.1% of these workers stated that they were asymptomatic, with 13% of them being sampled.
The state official reported that the staff who tested positive, there are none hospitalized, are at home and monitored by the jurisdictional epidemiology area.
He indicated that CAAPS Ruiz and 14, CAAPS Maneadero, General Hospital and the Fever Clinics (Centro de Salud Obrera and Centro de Salud Pórticos del Mar), as well as, the jurisdictional offices, are constantly sanitized by Vector Program personnel, safeguarding the patient and staff health."

The Nation Wide Levels....(Reported at 5:32 this afternoon)

Suman 4 Mil 220 Defunciones de COVID-19 en Mexico
Por, Carlos Alvarez

"Since last February 28 when the first outbreak occurred, until this Wednesday, May 13 (day 52 of the National Day of Healthy Distance), in Mexico there are 40 thousand 186 accumulated confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID- 19), as well as 24 thousand 856 suspects; 83 thousand 455 negatives; 9,378 confirmed assets; and 4,220 deaths, out of a total of 148,497 people studied.

As for the confirmed cases accumulated by federal state of residence, first there is Mexico City, with 10 thousand 946; followed by the State of Mexico, with 6,813; Baja California, with 2,764; Tabasco, with 1,976; and Sinaloa, with a thousand 620.

Of the confirmed cases active by federal state of residence, in the first place is Mexico City, with 2,240; followed by the State of Mexico, 1,244; Tabasco, with 557; Veracruz, with 514; Baja California, with 430; Yucatan, 278; Morelos, with 276; Puebla, with 266; Nuevo León, with 262; and, Sinaloa, with 256.

As reported by José Luis Alomía Zegarra, general director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (SSa) of the Federal Government, 31.5 is the national incidence rate of accumulated confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while 7.33 is the national incidence rate of active cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

As for deaths, there are 318 “suspects”. In addition to there are 1,862 new cases confirmed in 24 hours, which represents a 4.9 percent increase from the previous day, according to the federal official, during the daily follow-up conference regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico.

Regarding hospital occupation in Phase 3 of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) in Mexico, it is at 34 percent of its capacity nationwide. The federal official presented the IRAC (Severe Acute Respiratory Infection) network, which has defined, so far, 723 hospitals.

Since the entry of Phase 3, the 32 state governments have to report to said national platform the local information, which the Federal Government integrates, analyzes and exposes it daily. However, as detailed by Alomía Zegarra, so far, there are only 699 registered health units (97 percent) with their daily situation.

On the other hand, he noted that there are 15,086 COVID beds available nationwide, of which 7,924 (34 percent) are occupied. Among the beds are the intensive care beds, where people with mechanical respiration are cared for.

By federal entity, Baja California has 55 percent of occupied beds and 45 percent available, while in Sinaloa it has 40 percent occupied and 60 percent available, according to the director general of Epidemiology of the Federal Ministry of Health.

On the other hand there are the beds that have a ventilator, to serve critically ill people. Of these, in Baja California there are 38 percent occupied and 62 percent occupied available, while in Sinaloa there are 60 percent occupied beds and 40 percent available."

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Local Drug War Stats: TIJ This Month Alone = 75 Deaths

Parece que se Levanton Los Animos a Los Delincuentes y estan Dandose Vuelo": Bonilla, Tras Reportan 12 Homicidios en BC

"For the second consecutive day, Baja California experienced a violent day. In the last 48 hours in the entity there have been 25 murders, for which Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez declared in his morning videoconference on May 13: “We continue with the fight to lower the homicide rate, but with all this contingency (COVID19), it seems that the spirits of criminals have risen and they have been flying. ”

Between the morning of Tuesday, May 12 and the first minutes of this day, 12 executions were dated in the state, 10 of them in Tijuana and two in Playas de Rosarito.

The number of intentional homicides in Baja California, according to statistics from the State Security and Investigation Guard, amounts to 997 victims so far in 2020.

The GESI reported that, among the latest events recorded in Tijuana, the following stand out:

First, at 08:25 a.m. on Monday, in a vacant lot located on Calle 1, corner with Calle Las Fuentes, in front of the Guillermo González Camarena Primary School, in the Cañadas del Florido neighborhood, a body was found that was covered in rubble.

In the afternoon, around 1:40 p.m. in the area of ​​the hill on Calle San Ignacio and Germán Warner, Colonia Santa Cruz, the body of a male was found with a head injury.

A corpse of the male sex, so far unidentified, was found in Camino Arroyo de Las Palmas, in front of a sandbank in the Valle de las Palmas neighborhood.

Two charred bodies and human remains were reported in a neighborhood stream, Calle Prolongación 18 de Marzo, Colonia Rancho las Flores I section. At the intervention site, various fragments of wire and two pieces of tape were located in a charred area.

With firearm injuries to the chest and face, the body of a woman identified as Rocío Hernández, 37, was found. When she was assaulted, the victim was aboard a gray Honda Accord vehicle with California license plates. Two 9mm caliber bushings were found at the site.

A male, was killed when he was on the Defensores de Baja California road in front of # 840A, Colonia Burócrata Ruiz Cortines

The charred and handcuffed body of a woman was located in Calle Suárez # 1215 Colonia Las Torres, lower part.

At the Red Cross facilities, the young Alfredo Ayón Chávez, 22, died, who was shot at the chest, abdomen and back in the Sánchez Taboada neighborhood.

At 20 minutes from this Wednesday, May 13, on Constitución Avenue in front of number 378, Colonia Zona Centro, the lifeless body of a male was found inside a blue tambo.

In Tijuana, so far in May, there have been 75 homicides, and during the year there were 736 victims."

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Okay, AMLO has sent the Army/National Guard back on the streets, I'll be back with that one.

Take care everyone.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Some Disturbing Developments With COVID-19 Crisis In Baja California And One Of Them Has "TRUMP" Written All Over It

Sorry I'm late, just backlogged with projects & cooking around here. Plus, my wash machine broke.  Unsure right now if we will chance a repairman - since we don't know whether or not he'll be wearing a mask, or to just buy a new one. I loved this last washer, it was a Whirlpool made down here but we think the irregularity of the electricity (not our wiring but the outside lines) took a toll on it.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Yesterday early afternoon we received the latest COVID-19 numbers which break down the Municipalities:

 ~ From Zeta:

Clase Trabajadora La mas Contagiado en BC, Ya Van Mil 345 Infectados
Por, Uriel Saucedo

"On the first day of the stage that is forecast to be the most critical for Baja California in COVID-19 infections, 37 new positive patients were registered, totaling 1,345 confirmed cases, of which, the working class between 25 and 54 years old , concentrates 71 percent of infected patients, reported the head of the State Health Secretariat (SSE) in Baja California, Alonso Pérez Rico.


“In relation to confirmed cases by age group, they are still the youngest groups, the working population is the most punished group. From 40 to 44 years old, we have 181 confirmed cases, of which 27 are hospitalized; the next item that follows are people from 35 to 39 years old with 177 cases, and it is the first time that this age group has increased in number of cases, ”Pérez Rico said during the videoconference.


Of those confirmed, 737 cases accumulate in Tijuana, in Mexicali 508, Ensenada has 30, Tecate 51, Rosarito 15 and San Quintín continues with four. In deaths, Tijuana continues to lead with 123, followed by Mexicali with 40; Ensenada and Tecate have five each municipality. Playas de Rosarito remains in three and San Quintín with one.


To date, 3,223 tests have been performed throughout the state, of which 1,345 have tested positive, 1,387 have been ruled out as negative, and 491 are pending results. 


The head of the SSE reported that the case of suspects on April 10 when nearly 170 people with symptoms of COVID were added has not been repeated, since an average of 100 people suspected of contagion are treated daily.


Regarding the 491 cases studied in the state that remain as suspects, the SSE has 88 patients, the IMSS has 389, the ISSSTE maintains two, the ISSSTECALI increased to three, and the private hospitals have nine pending.


Deaths continue in people over 65 years with 51 people dead, followed by people from 45 to 49 years with 26 victims. 61 percent of deaths have been in men and 39 percent in women. On average, there are 3.5 deaths every day from COVID-19.

During the video conference, Pérez Rico discussed the cases of 153 recovered patients, 83 men and 70 women. He explained that of the total, 86 correspond to Tijuana, 58 to Mexicali, 8 to Tecate and one in Ensenada.


SSE occupancy in converted hospitals is 67 percent with 104 beds and 45 ventilators available; the IMSS for its part, is at 72.3 percent of its capacity with 168 beds and 22 free fans for use throughout the state. 

 Regarding supporting institutions, ISSSTE is at 56.2 percent of its capacity with 60 available beds and ISSSTECALI at 74.6 percent of occupancy with 41 beds.


Likewise, he mentioned that the Tijuana General Hospital received four fans who are already assembling for the disposal of patients who require it.


In all of Mexico 67 thousand 635 people are studied, being 14 thousand 677 cases confirmed by COVID-19, of which four thousand 972 are confirmed active; 7 thousand 612 suspects and 45 thousand 346 tests that have given negative. Deaths already number 1,351.


COVID IN FIGURES (APRIL 27)
CASES 1345
Tijuana 737
Mexicali 508
Cove (Ensenada) 30
Tecate 51
Rosarito fifteen
San Quintín / Vicente Guerrero 4

DEATHS 177
Tijuana 123
Mexicali 40
Cove (Ensenada) 5
Tecate 5
Rosarito 3
San Quintín / Vicente Guerrero one "



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Some Not So Good News:

 ~ From Zeta:

El 54 Por Ciento de Los Bajacalifornianos No Acata el "Quedate en Casa" 
 Por, Carlos Alvarez 

54 percent of Baja Californians do not abide by the "Stay at Home"


 "Ricardo Cortés Alcalá, head of the General Directorate of Health Promotion of the Federal Government, announced this Sunday, April 26, that Zacatecas and Hidalgo, with 29 and 16 percent, respectively, are the entities where it has decreased the least mobility during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-1) coronavirus, which fell 46 percent in Baja California. 


On the contrary, Yucatan is the state with the highest decrease in mobility, with 66 percent, followed by Quintana Roo (-64%), Jalisco (-62%), Nayarit (-61%) and Sonora (- 58%), according to geolocation data collected by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), from Google, Facebook and Twitter platforms.


The authorities of the Ministry of Health (SSa) of the Federal Government made a call to the population of the states that have not been able to reduce their mobility by at least 50 percent, to accept the call to stay at home in order to reduce the number of covid-19 cases.


Among these are: Chihuahua (-48%), Sonora (-48%), Tamaulipas (-48%), Veracruz (-48%), Baja California (-46%), Guerrero (-46%), Querétaro ( 46%); State of Mexico (-45%), Morelos (-42%), Tlaxcala (-38%), Durango (-35%), Tabasco (-35%), Hidalgo (-29%) and Zacatecas (-16%) .


For his part, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, undersecretary of Prevention and Promotion of Federal Health, urged not to use the call to limit mobility, as a justification for violating human rights, since “In Mexico half of the population lives day by day and this represents a legitimate motivation to attend (or participate in) the public space, "he said.


"The [strategy of] intervention [in Mexico] is aimed at the structural elements that make people move: work, go to school or take children to school, and recreational activities," said the federal official during the daily follow-up conference regarding the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico."


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 ~ From Zeta:

Que paso AMLO ?

AMLO Asegura:" Se ha Podido Domar la Epidemia (COVID)"; Datos Oficiales Dicen La Contrario
Por, Eduardo Andrade Uribe



"Hours after the President of the Republic Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared yesterday that in Mexico "the epidemic has been tamed" by COVID-19, the General Director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía, maintained at a press conference that the suspected cases and confirmed by contagion of the respiratory disease still show "an upward trend".


The president had said that, unlike other places where "unfortunately" the disease has exploded, in this country its incidence "has been horizontal and this has allowed us to prepare very well, to have everything that is required of medical equipment " He even assured that there is "availability of up to 70% of intensive care beds, with ventilators."


As part of his "Sunday message", issued from the National Palace, AMLO thanked the population "because the measures are being followed to the letter and this has helped us a lot", because according to what he said "we do not have an overflow, we are not saturating hospitals ”.


At the press conference that the Ministry of Health offered yesterday, Sunday, April 26, Alomía Zegarra added that in a period of 24 hours, 835 new infection tables had been presented. He acknowledged that in the last three days there had been a "downward trend", in any case, it must be remembered that this was data corresponding to the weekend, which could affect "the level of demand for medical care."


He stressed that "we are still in days and weeks where we expect the curve (epidemic) to continue upward," which contradicted the president.


In terms of hospital occupancy, on Friday the 24th it emerged that in Mexico City the Hospital Espanol and 6 health sector centers were saturated. In the case of the private clinical unit, a sign was in fact placed in its facilities indicating that the capacity at that location, to serve patients with COVID-19, had been exceeded.


Precisely, the Hospital Espanol maintains information on its website that "for the moment" does not have available beds to serve patients with COVID-19. " 


Besides, doctors from the Regional General Hospital ,Dr. Carlso Mac Gregor Sánchez Navarro (IMSS) went into unemployment this Monday due to lack of personnel, equipment and supplies to avoid protection to attend to coronavirus cases, which calls into question another AMLO statement issued yesterday and relative the country is properly prepared with specialists to care for people with this condition.


As stated by Alomía Zegarra, regarding general hospital beds, "not intensive care", there is still 80% availability. The general director of Epidemiology expressed that this percentage is nationwide; hence, he specified that Baja California and Mexico City "are practically approaching or are already in the middle of their occupation", with 53 and 51 percent of units available respectively.


Regarding beds with ventilators, he stated that in this state and in CDMX there is an availability of 69 and 72 percent, ranking as the entities with the highest occupancy.


However, the Secretary of Health in Baja California, Alonso Pérez Rico, reported on Monday that in the hospitals of the State Health Secretariat that operate in the “reconverted” modality, the occupation is 67%, with 104 beds and 45 ventilators available; while those of the Mexican Social Security Institute are 72.3% occupied and have "168 beds and 22 free ventilators" at the state level. In the case of support institutions, the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) is at 56.2% of its capacity, with 60 available beds and the ISSSTECALI, at 74.6 with 41 beds.


Thus, as for the average that the federal government handled in the case of BC, the numbers issued locally are reversed, with the global percentage (for all the institutions involved in this entity) being 67.525 per cent of occupation.


Pérez Rico, stated that "Our whole country is being painted in a more intense color, which is as the cases increase." Since yesterday, he warned that as of today BC would enter a "critical stage" due to the risk of contagion, a comment that this April 27 endorsed: "two very difficult weeks are coming for Baja California."


According to the latest official reports, in Mexico there are 4,972 cases of contagion in the "active" modality and in total 14,677 infectious cases have been reported. Meanwhile, Baja California has 1,345 accumulated cases, with 37 registered in the last 24 hours, making it the third place for infections nationwide.


Finally, in what corresponds to deaths from coronavirus, the figure in this entity is 177, which places it in second place, below Mexico City."

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This one will make you sick, it did me:


~ From Zeta:

Bonilla Reculo: Reabre Empresas No Escenciales 

 

"Safran negotiated reopening with the Governor and, under pressure from the United States government, restarted operations. Work stoppages and complaints of the operation of companies continue; achieve suspension of activities in Parker, Hyundai and Hisense"

["...the business leader explained that both the Baja California and the Mexican governments are receiving pressure from the United States consular body and from President Donald Trump himself to
re start certain operations that are essential to the American Union."]

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"Nine days were enough for Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez to change his strategy, and inexplicably stopped reporting how many companies are suspended for continuing to operate despite the fact that their activity is not essential in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Little remains of the belligerent attitude shown by the Governor on April 10, declaring that the Smiths Medical plant had been closed because it was not essential for Baja Californians despite the fact that it manufactures medical supplies.


Far away was the speech that because of his commitment to the people he would not give in to the "great pressure" he had when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard called him to open that company, which finally agreed to sell part of its production and help the state government to acquire ventilators to restart its operation.

The change was not only reflected in the words of Bonilla Valdez, who in recent days has struggled to minimize the respiratory illness caused by SARS CoV2, but in the number of companies that suspended operations.

 
Official data indicates that from April 18 (the last day that the Secretary of Labor, Sergio Moctezuma Martínez López appeared in the president's morning message) to Tuesday the 21st, the operation of six companies in BC were suspended, when the daily average had been 54 companies. The highest number was achieved on April 12, with 261.

At press time, in the global cumulative, the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) suspended operations of 632 companies since April 7, bringing the total of 78,611 workers sent home.
The turnaround in Baja California occurs when the entire country is already in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 epidemic and the State ranks third in infections, with 852 confirmed cases, and second in deaths, with 96.


While the health authority at the federal level declares that in this Phase 3 the virus spreads rapidly, so there is an urgent need to suspend massive activities, including non-essential companies, in Baja California the governor is silent on the reopening of companies such as Safran , whose production is mainly focused on the aerospace sector, where a COVID-19 case had been confirmed at its Parque Pacífico plant in Tijuana.


On April 14, after a group of workers stopped activities, the head of the STPS went to the factory and, after referring to the agreement of the Federal Ministry of Health, asked managers to send staff to their homes along with enjoying their full salaries until April 30.


In its edition from April 17 to 23, ZETA reported that in said inspection, directors of that company had shown a letter from Foreign Minister Ebrard addressed to the president of Safran, according to Martínez López, who specified that the ventilators that the company would produce would not be produced in Baja California, where he is dedicated to the manufacture of aerospace equipment.


The closure determined by the state STPS was accepted by the company on April 14, however, on Monday, 20, workers reported that they had been contacted to restart operations the following day:


"Hello team, good morning. A few moments ago, Dave Harris and Greta Parra, through a conference, just informed us that we received authorization from the BC Government to restart operations tomorrow Tuesday 4/21/20 at our normal hours ”, with the exception of the staff considered as a vulnerable group and those people who would not be required, since the "start would be gradual".


Regarding this, Carlos Higuera, president of Tijuana's Economic and Industrial Development (Deitac), commented that Safran and Honeywell "sat down with the governor to talk and reach an agreement", since the former "has contracts with the United States Military, then, this is where the pressure comes from to open these operations. ”


The business leader explained that both the Baja California and the Mexican governments are receiving pressure from the United States consular body and from President Donald Trump himself to
restart certain operations that are essential to the American Union.


"We know that the pressure from the United States is far above a President of Mexico and much more than a governor, really the pressure exerted by companies of this type, especially those related to the US Military, are going to have all the media, of all kinds, politicians, diplomats, etc., to listen to and assert their rights, and this is no exception, "said Higuera.

MORE UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS 'COMPLAINTS


With the revelation of more suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus of workers in the manufacturing sector, the activity stoppages have even been extended to those plants with essential activity, such as Surgical Specialties , in the medical sector.

Others, such as Parker Baja Servicios, SA de CV (mechanical sector) faced two stoppages this week until the company gave in to the workers' demand to suspend operations. In this, a group of employees reported that in the two plants in Mesa de Otay in Tijuana, the healthy distance was not respected, there is also no antibacterial gel and they received a reusable fabric mouthpiece that must be washed daily.


On Tuesday, April 21, after lunchtime was up at the Hisense plant in Rosarito, a group of people refused to return to their respective production lines. Given this, the managers decided to suspend operations throughout the plant for two weeks, during which time the company will pay full wages.


According to testimonies collected by ZETA , the electronic sector company continued to operate despite the fact that its activities were not essential; however, all the employees interviewed agreed that they took their temperature at the beginning and at the end of their working day, they were provided with mouth covers and gloves, and they were placed taking care of the healthy distance.


The same day, Hyundai suspended the operation of all its plants in the State, after a group of workers stopped work at the plant located near La Presa, demanding that activities be suspended.
Jesús Javier Medina Duarte, general secretary of the Mexico Moderno Union, said the workers' demonstration accelerated a cessation of activities program that had been established between the union and the company, which had previously obtained a permit from the state government to continue working , documenting that he had an urgent order for refrigerated trailer boxes (for transporting medicine and food).


He said that on Monday it was learned that a worker at Hyundai plant 1 died as a result of COVID-19 and from there "we all panicked ". That would explain why the workers decided to stop work and not wait for their plant to suspend operations according to what was agreed, said the representative of the Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants.


Another complaint referred to ZETA that in the Alaris BD plant , the Human Resources area had not granted paid rest days to a person who had temperature, cough, muscle pain and headache.
In this regard, Juan Pablo Solís, general manager of the company, assured in an interview with this Weekly that since the epidemic began, the plant takes the temperature on all shifts to everyone who enters the company, mouth covers are used and Filters were implanted so that whoever was unwell could go to the medical service.


The executive acknowledged that the company has a couple of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of workers working in administrative areas. They are already recovering at home.


Since the agreement issued by the federal Health Secretariat on March 31, just over 400 people who are considered to be in the vulnerable group have been sent home with full wages and more transportation routes have been implemented so that workers have a healthy distance.


Medina Duarte stressed that the operation of the Tijuana plant is essential, since the intravenous sets that are used by about 85% of hospitalized people are manufactured there. These products go to institutions of the Health Sector in Mexico and are also exported.

NOT ALL COMPANIES PAY FULL WAGES


Another person, who works at Grupo NAPS, reported that the maquila where he works, which makes cables for oil platforms, informed them that he would not pay full wages to his collaborators to suspend operations, despite the fact that the authority had said it was his obligation.


“They told us that if they were to give us time they would pay us only 60% of the salary, that an agreement was being made and that we should sign it”, but given the refusal of some, “we do not know what will happen because the in charge of human resources ”, he added.


In addition, they warned that the company asked to sign a sheet in which they allegedly stated that they were aware of the situation and that it would serve the company to support the endorsement of the workers, without actually accepting it and specifying the conditions of said agreement, pointed out the discontents.


Heriberto Galindo, president of the Industry Human Resources Association in Tijuana, confirmed that not all workers are being paid full wages.


In the vast majority of companies, staff are working directly and were sent home "with their 100% salary," but in those who do home office there is great variation, "there are many who are paying 100% , others who reached an agreement to work partially and make partial payments. ”


Carlos Higuera, from Deitac, indicated that what actually happened is that large companies paid 100% R, as many larger companies reached an agreement close to 100%, and the smaller ones, which are not directly maquiladores, negotiated some type of percentage, which on average ranges around 50%.


For his part, Galindo pointed out that around 90 thousand people from the manufacturing sector are at home, with which 130 thousand companies in BC have suspended operations.


After referring to the fact that the International Monetary Fund estimated that 2.9 million jobs will be lost in Mexico, he considered it necessary for workers, government and companies to unite to reactivate the economy and “not lose our sources of employment, because if that happens, it will not There will be money available to our government to replace wages, and this will lead to more insecurity in our regions, "he warned.

ALMOST 100 BUSINESS REQUESTS TO BE ESSENTIAL


On April 17, Index and state government officials agreed to establish an intersecretary group to analyze and, where appropriate, authorize requests from companies that require continued operations, arguing essential activity.


Carlos Higuera, president of one of the organizations that participates with the STPS, SEST, Cofepris and SSa, commented that until Thursday, April 23, one hundred companies had made the request. Of these, 10% refer to companies whose activity was suspended and require a process of maintenance and / or shipment of raw materials, with a minimum of personnel.

All the documents were sent to the State Government and it is expected that until next week there will be a response to the requests. The Commissioner of the Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), David Gutiérrez Inzunza, agreed on this, confirming that so far no company is guaranteed to operate.


The authority's decision will be based on three criteria: that the company is essential, in accordance with its articles of incorporation, its contracts and the veracity of what is being reported "because lately all are essential," Gutiérrez stressed, in addition to complying with adequate prevention or sanitation measures.


"Another requirement is that they have a reintegration plan for their work teams, that is, that the restart be gradual," Higuera additionally noted."


 More reports within original link.

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I feel kind of sick right now.  I hate Donald Trump. Well, up in the states I think one of our most fave reporters is Juan Gonzalez. If you haven't already, take a look at what he has to say where the USA is headed, and BTW, all the reports are so terrific. I'm sorry Mexico, I know apologies are never enough.

~ From Democracy Now ! 

Juan Gonzalez: "Make No Mistake : This Country Is Eding Closer to Neo-Fascist Authoritarianism"


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Back with the drug war stats later.