San Quintin Thursday


Plex.mx Miles de personas realizaron una marcha esta mañana en San Quintín. Se dirigieron al Centro de Gobierno del Estado, manifestaron su apoyo a la lucha de los jornaleros en el Valle, y abrieron un espacio de expresión a través de altavoces para todos los asistentes.

A la par, en estos momentos, los voceros de los jornaleros se encuentran discutiendo con los representantes de las empresas agrícolas, cómo mejorar las condiciones económicas y laborales de sus empleados. Uno de los puntos centrales, el incremento al salario de los trabajadores.

Les compartimos algunas imágenes de lo que se vive en las calles de San Quintín, una de las delegaciones del municipio de Ensenada, Baja California, México.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Fotografía: Rafael Blancas C.

Plex.mx Jornaleros de San Quintín se manifiestaron en forma pacífica con el propósito de buscar una solución a los asuntos laborales que viven. En diversos poblados los jornaleros sostuvieron pancartas con diversos textos pidiendo soluciones al Gobierno.

Fotografías: Rafael Blancas

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Middle Class Mexicans vs Americans


By LeRoy Jose Amate

I grew up “working class” in Oakland California. Dad was a longshoreman and mom worked in a cannery. They were a dual wage earning family in the 1940’s and 50’s. When most middle class, and even working class, mothers were “housewives”. Fathers were typically the sole economic supporters.

My parents worked harder than the average. They immigrated from Spain as farmworkers. Due to their ambition, we had the nicest looking house and yard in my West Oakland hood. We had a garden, orchard, patios, windmill and well for water. We were the first to have a T.V. and dad always drove a nice car. My dad and uncle frequently took me to baseball games. As music lovers, my parents regularly took me to concerts. We vacationed a lot, but mostly camping vacations. Cheap trips, with lots of family fun.  Amidst the natural beauty of Northern California.

Until the early 1950’s my neighborhood was working class and people of color. All had jobs and the luxuries of “middle class”. Then white suburbia moved in and began to gentrify. My new neighbors were white middle class: educators, professionals, executives, merchants etc.. Their wives rarely had jobs. Raising kids and keeping the household was job enough. Some of these middle class folks even had servants and second homes. Luxuries, that now, only the upper middle class can afford.

The changes began in the mid 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The economy shifted and factory workers lost middle class economic status. The factory closings meant unskilled workers had no job opportunities in the new digital world of “Silicon Valley”: Stretching from San Jose to San Francisco. A forty five mile corridor of exploding home prices. And “yuppi market” directed shops and stores. Driving the working class more and more to the fringes of Bay Area housing and employment opportunity. If you were black and unskilled during this transition. You most probably lost your job and became poor. Your home was no longer in a neighborhood, but in a tenement. Crammed together like rats in a maze. Preying on each other with drugs and violence. Now, three generations later, most still rely on the government for subsistence.

Ronald Reagan demonstrated that the government could cripple unions with RIGHT TO WORK laws. The diminishing of union membership from 35% in the 1960’s to 8% today. Not coincidentally the loss of middle class purchasing power has suffered the same percentage as the loss of union jobs.

Apart from middle and working class income loss. The cost of Real Estate and medical care took huge leaps. Yet, doctors stopped making house calls, took more time off to play golf. And, shortened the time spent with patients. Third party payments from insurance companies eliminated the need for doctors to be competitive in their fees for service. They could charge, like the pharmaceutical companies, whatever they felt the third party payers would pay. Including unnecessary tests and analysis.

Insurance companies would pay and the patient did not know any better. Hospital corporations jumped on the free market, charge whatever, justify expensive tests, band wagon. One hospital administrator in the U.S. today is paid six million dollars a year. His hospital is a “not for profit” institution. Understandably, everybody’s insurance premiums continued to soar.  Why doesn’t the government impose price controls if health care is a human right? Most nations do control the cost of medicine and care. Also, tort reform to curb huge damage claims.

I believe avarice is the principal cause for the accelerated cost of living and inequality over these past few decades in the United States. Personal injury attorneys, athletes, actors, musicians, chiropractors, psychologists, veterinarians, merchants, “men of the cloth”, bankers, lobbyists. .  All deserve to be millionaires and why not? This is the age of ME! It is celebrated in the media, the music and community at large. The average “Joe” can only live the good life vicariously. Watching the rich on “Celebrity” and “Reality T.V.”.

As economist Robert Reich points out: Beginning in the 1960’s, the feminist movement aside. Women had to go to work in order to maintain a reasonable standard of living for their families. The cost of living was outstripping income. Soon, that was not enough.  So credit cards began to supplement earned income. Credit card debt is now “off the hook” in America.  And, finally middle class home equity was used to maintain the lifestyle. Until the bubble burst. Now both parents work longer hours, often with second jobs. “Middle aged” kids are returning home to live with retired parents who were enjoying the “empty nest”.

Who can afford the time and money to go to baseball games? Took my son to a San Diego Padres game.  The day cost me one hundred fifty dollars. Concert tickets that once were five dollars now cost eighty five dollars or more. Top athletes in the nineteen fifties were satisfied making a hundred thousand a year. Now ballplayers in the major leagues make millions. Brad Pitt makes over twenty million for a movie, while movie attendance dwindles. When was the last time you saw a Brad Pitt movie that was worth a damn anyway? At ten dollars a ticket and another ten for pop corn and sodas. It is no surprise that downloading from the internet is the only choice the average American family can afford.

When I moved to Mexico in 1985, it was the height of U.S. materialism.  The first thing I noticed was that the clock had been turned back to 1955 vis a vi middle class family lifestyles in Mexico. Middle class mothers were still “Dama de Casa” (housewives). And, most had domestic help. Either full or part time servants. Gardeners were also part of the standard middle class lifestyle.

In Mexico our primary meal is between two and four pm. And, almost everyone comes home to eat with family. Family is way more important in Mexico compared to the U.S.. My wife is on the phone to her mother and sisters everyday. Visiting her mother every other day. I see my seven brother’s in laws individually or collectively on a daily basis.

Mexican families are less mobile than U.S. families. All the grandchildren and great grandchildren know their grandmother in our family. Not so North of the border. Less for expats who retired to living in Mexico. They hardly see their kids or grandchildren. Mexican families travel together in large groups, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. We share the costs and reap the benefits of more than a married couple to a hotel room. We say “hacemos bola” we create a ball of family in each room rented.

Recently celebrated my mother in law’s birthday. All thirteen kids kicked in for food and music. The feast lasted three days and we had three live bands: Norteno, Marachi and Cumbia.  The cost to each head of family was less than twenty dollars. The center of attention and joy at these gatherings, are the new babies. There is a never ending flow of “new babies”. Another middle class difference.

Now, in 2015 the middle class in Mexico still live as well as they did in 1985. Major reasons: Education is covered, including University. Yes, there are tuitions and textbook costs. But, these are compared to what my university education cost me in 1960 to attend San Francisco State College. The need for student loans were rare in the 1960’s, and like Mexico today, scholarships for the poor were readily available.

Property taxes are nil compared to the states. I paid ninety dollars in property tax last year for my 6 bedroom, five bath beach home on a twelve thousand square foot lot.

In Mexico, the cost of living and entertainment in relation to income is what 1950’s America looked like. A farm league baseball team in Ensenada sells tickets at eight dollars. Mexican fans are more crazy and make the game more fun. I enjoy the farm club games more than the many Oakland A’s games I attended in my hometown. Concert tickets, at our state supported arts center, are also eight dollars. Top performers from around the world are accessible to a wage earner.

Medical care is free. In the U.S. the primary cause for bankruptcy is medical care due to major illness. The average doctor in Mexico earns three thousand a month. Consultations with specialists cost thirty five dollars. Nurses earn one thousand a month. Nurses in the U.S. earn seven to nine thousand a month. Mexican dentists charge forty percent of what dentists charge in the U.S. . Veterinarians charge twenty percent of what a vet charges north of the border. I could not afford the Vet bills in the states for three dogs and a cat. And, they bring me so much joy. Lawyers charge thirty percent of the fees U.S. lawyers charge. Mechanics, plumbers, you name it, no body is getting rich. But, the cost of living allows middle class folks to enjoy the lifestyle I remember growing up in the Bay Area.

Please don’t misunderstand my premise. I am not saying that Mexico is the ideal economic model. There is more abject poverty in Mexico. Corruption and Machismo are huge economic and cultural hindrances to her Advancement. But, poverty is not the subject of this article. It is the middle class.

Psychological studies that measure happiness indicate that Mexicans are the happiest people on the planet. That seems perfectly logical to me. All the studies regarding contentment indicate that a strong family support relation is a profound key to happiness. I have never been happier or poorer in my life since moving to Mexico. “I’m broker than a broke dick dog”. But, when you see me brother: “I be smiling”.

As I stated earlier, greed is rampant in America. The average American is paying the consequences. How do you curb greed among the rich and greedy? You can’t, the American culture is bound to: the accumulation of wealth model. The Raramuri Indians in the copper canyon’s of Chihuahua know that the accumulation of wealth is “the devil’s work”. They point out to us, that all the pollution and destruction of the environment is the result of the economic model of accumulating wealth. Unbridled capitalism and the cavalier use of military force in unwarranted wars is our downfall.  Living day to day is the sacred way of the Raramuri. Our model is not sustainable. The Raramuri model is.

They have learned over centuries the benefits of avoiding wealth accumulation. More family time, more time for them to make incredibly sophisticated musical instruments and play them. Time to dance and run long distance. The Raramuri are world famous ultra marathoners.

They also suffered the exploitation of “outsiders”. Who recklessly mined the canyons. Contaminated their rivers, and deforested their primary building material. They over hunted the region’s deer. The Raramuri’s primary source of protein. Their lifestyle is agrarian and tourism. Making baskets for the tourists and tilling the soil does no harm to the environment or their fellow man. They chastise us as being “the sons of the devil”. Given the destruction we wreak in the name of wealth accumulation.  I say: Yo, what up daddy Lucifer? I is guilty as charged. Studying the Raramuri’s peaceful, happy and carefree lifestyle. That of “living day to day”.  Might help us Americans curb the greed that is polluting our air, water, equality and community spirit. There is a better way America. Just learn from more advanced cultures.

Jose Amate is the founder of www.mexicomatters.info and a foreign investment consultant since 1985. You can contact Amate by tel. U.S. 619 819 9369, Mexico 01 646 1766759. leeamate@gmail.com

High Arsenic Wine Line


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I am what I have termed a blue collar wine snob. I’m picky about my wine and am even a member of a wine club, but I rarely pay more than $10 a bottle, mainly because I drink about two bottles a week. So when I caught a headline about popular wines supposedly containing enough arsenic to eventually cause cancer, you can bet I raised an eyebrow. CBS News reported last Thursday that “very high levels of arsenic” showed up in almost a quarter of 1,300 wines tested by independent Denver-based lab BeverageGrades. “Very high,” according to BeverageGrades founder and former wine distributor Kevin Hicks, meant four to five times more arsenic than the EPA standard for drinking water, which is 10 parts per billion (ppb), or 10 micrograms per liter (mcg/L).

Among the top-selling wines with three, four and five times the 10 ppb standard were, respectively, Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck White Zinfandel, Ménage à Trois Moscato and Franzia White Grenache. Hicks told CBS he noticed a trend of higher amounts of arsenic the cheaper the wine was on a per-liter basis.

The CBS report reads as alarmist — though they mention at the end that their own independent testing of four wines yielded arsenic levels above 10 ppb but much lower than BeverageGrades’ results — and Hicks clearly finds these results concerning enough that he’s filing a class action suit against more than two dozen wine makers and sellers for their unsafe products. He’s also, by the way, marketing his company’s testing services to wine makers who might be concerned about… arsenic in their wine. This news report and lawsuit could easily be seen as creating one’s own demand. But if we assume the BeverageGrades’ results are correct — a big “if” since the results have not been independently confirmed, the company has not described its methods, and the company is simultaneously attempting to sell winemakers its services after creating a news story — how much should you be concerned if you’re a regular wine drinker?

The shortest answer, according to Kenneth Spaeth, MD, chief of occupational and environmental medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, NY, is we don’t know yet.

“It’s a bit of dilemma for consumers right now because there’s so much information we don’t have,” he said. “I also know nothing about the methodology, about how these data were collected and how much consistency there was from sample to sample and bottle to bottle. Given all these gaps in the information, it’s hard to give advice about it, but some of the levels sound high enough to cautious about how much wine is being consumed.”

How much arsenic may be lurking in your wine? And how much does it matter? Photo by Robert Owen-Wahl, an Eastbourne Web Designer, at Eastbourne Hotels.

However, a bit of digging and math may offer a more reassuring answer at least for the time being. We can make some basic calculations based on the little we do know, again assuming the BeverageGrades findings are accurate (despite CBS’s findings of much lower amounts for the four wines they tested).

First, is drinking water the right standard to use for acceptable levels of arsenic in wine? As Spaeth said, probably not, but it’s all we have, so that’s what we’ll use. The EPA maximum contaminant level of 10 ppb of arsenic in drinking water is based on calculations that assume a person will drink approximately 2 liters of water a day, a reasonable standard, Spaeth said. But that’s water. If you’re drinking 2 L of wine a day, you’ve got bigger problems than just the arsenic levels in your wine. (For one, you liver likely won’t last long enough for you to develop cancer. And, a daily drinker of that much would certainly qualify as an alcoholic.) So let’s do the math for two standard glasses of wine a day. A 5 oz. glass is approximately 150 ml, so two glasses is 300 ml. If that wine contains arsenic at five times the EPA standard for drinking water, then 300 x 5 means you’re getting as much arsenic as the equivalent of drinking 1.5 L of drinking water at the maximum amount allowed by the EPA. That calculation, however, ignores the net effect of arsenic from different sources and assumes that the EPA standard is appropriate, which some experts question.

The biggest health concerns related to arsenic are types of cancer, especially bladder, lung and skin cancer. A 1999 National Academy of Sciences report estimated the risk of dying from cancer due to arsenic in drinking water at 10 ppb at approximately 1 in 500 to 1 in 1,000, which Spaeth said many people would find too high. That report, however, is now more than 15 years old. Right now, more recent data would be needed to establish whether the EPA’s levels are appropriate. But in reality, drinking water typically has far lower levels than this maximum anyway. A recent study on well water, which is more likely to have contaminants than municipal water supplies, found median levels at one tenth the standard, and most cities have arsenic levels below 5 ppb. Los Angeles water, for example, averages 1.4 ppb and had a recorded maximum of 3.4 ppb. Chicago’s drinking water supply averages 0.17 ppb with a maximum recorded 1 ppb. So even if you’re drinking 2 L of water a day, that makes the “extra” arsenic you might be getting from wine that much less of an issue.

The EPA levels appear to be good enough for the FDA, the agency actually tasked with regulating food and drink, including wine, but again, that’s solely for drinking water. The only standard the FDA has for arsenic in food or drinks is 10 ppb in bottled water. They have a proposal for the same standard in apple juice, but beyond that, the FDA offers no guidance in arsenic levels in food. “I think that is another issue that needs to be addressed since it’s being identified as present in certain levels in our food,” Spaeth said. “If they don’t have plans to do it, this would be a very good time to start.” And interestingly, although the FDA has proposed a 10 ppb standard for apple juice, a post at Vinography points out the agency as previously stated that levels as high as two to five times the EPA drinking water standard have been detected in some fruit juices but do not pose a concern because individuals do not typically drink 2 L of juice a day. Just as they don’t drink that much wine daily.

If nothing else, there appears to be some confusion over what an appropriate standard would be and insufficient data to guide one. It’s true that arsenic poisoning is a serious concern with chronic exposure. Beyond than cancer risk, arsenic poisoning can damage the central and peripheral nervous systems, the liver and the kidneys. “It’s a systemic poison,” Spaeth said. “It affects virtually every organ system in the body.” These concerns have led arsenic to make headlines lately for its presence in rice products, baby formula and apple juice, but this is not the first time it has been detected in alcoholic beverages either. A study in late 2013 found those who drank more than two beers or a glass of white wine daily had 20 to 30 percent higher arsenic levels. But even in that study, the health significance of those findings was unclear, as was the source of the arsenic in the alcoholic drinks.

But before you pour your wine down the sink, consider this: even arsenic poisoning at levels below what will kill you have unmistakable symptoms: brownish green spots on the hands, feet and sometimes trunk as well as white lines in the fingernails. These can appear at low levels of arsenic intake, and the risk increases as arsenic intake increases. If all the oenophiles in Napa Valley and across the country were consuming worrisome dangerously high levels of arsenic, it would be hard to miss those spots, as well as symptoms such as headaches, confusion, drowsiness and diarrhea.

If you’re an alcoholic whose drink of choice is wine, you may (or may not) have reason to worry, but you also have far greater health concerns to address. If you have an occasional glass of wine, even one of the brands with the “very high levels,” you’re not taking in any more arsenic than you would with the occasional bowl of shellfish, dark meat fish, apple or pear juice or even brussels sprouts, for that matter. If you drink wine almost daily, as I do, you might like to see some of these companies taking steps to identify the source of the arsenic and reducing it, but unless you’re seeing brownish green spots on your hands, you are probably more likely to die from something else than arsenic poisoning or arsenic-caused cancer.

Festival: Sabores del Mundo


Bajadock:  This was just announced last week.

OK, here ‘tiz w/ links:  Mr Pampas , La Berraquera , Clandestino Restaurante , Cervecería Heisenberg , Distrito Barra Publica , El Chivo Gruñon , La Cazona Restaurante , El buen provecho , OldMission Zertuche , Nieves Artesanales “La Marchanta ” ,  La Tranquera , Paellas San Sebastian , Comida Chilena Baja California , Nigori Sushi , La Guagua Sazón Cubano , Le Pinche Francés ,  Armenian Kebab , 

Ensenada.gob.mx

As part of the “Ensenada has it all,” the XXI City of Ensenada through the Directorate of Public Relations announced Prime Gastronomic Festival “Flavors of the World”.

Angel Alejandro Flores Zúñiga, director of public relations, said the festival is part of the promoted by the mayor, Gilberto Antonio Hirata Chico, to promote tourism, cultural and social benefits of the municipality, campaign so this festival will show one of the most prominent attractions of Ensenada: its gastronomy.

He explained that within this 1st. Gastronomic Festival will feature culinary exhibitions over 10 countries including Chile, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Peru, Spain, Armenia, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba are.

The official said the multicultural exhibition will take place on Sunday March 29 from 13:00 to 19:00 at the Social Centre, Civic and Cultural Riviera de Ensenada, and admission is free.

He added that besides the gastronomic exhibition will be cultural and musical, dance shows, playground and spaces that promote healthy recreation among families in Ensenada and international tourism.

For its part, the owner of the Municipal Institute of Culture and Human Development (Imcudhe), Mario César García Lamadrid said that besides Culinary in this event will learn the habits and customs of different countries, so that the festival converge multiple cultural events.

In the press conference also attended Luis David Lobo Rios, coordinator of the Directorate of Public Relations.

Conchas y Vinos Nuevos 2015


 Bajadock: IMHO this is the best Vendimia food event of the year.  I have missed it past 2 years.  12 April, noon, Hotel Coral, Ensenada is the place to be.  See you there.

Los mejores productos de Ensenada
¡Acompáñanos durante 4 días de actividades y conoce las riquezas de nuestra región a través de conferencias, talleres, cocina demostrativa, parrillada, recorridos a los cultivos de abulón, mejillón y mucho más!
Cerramos el domingo 12 de abril con un gran evento donde podrás degustar productos a base de conchas haciendo maridaje con las más recientes etiquetas de las vinícolas de la región.

ACTIVIDADES

Jueves 9 de abril:
Recorrido por mar, visita a los cultivos de mejillón, Rincón de ballenas

Costo: $350 pesos por persona

Viernes 10 de abril: 

Recorrido terrestre a Eréndira, visita a los cultivos de abulón
Costo: $350 pesos por persona

Sábado 11 de abril: 

Parrillada en Rincón del Puerto de Quintas Papagayo

Costo: $220 pesos por persona
Domingo 12 de abril:

Festival de las Conchas y el Vino Nuevo 2015 en la Terraza del Mar del Hotel Coral y Marina

Costo $470 pesos por persona

PAQUETE ESPECIAL

Combo 1: Recorrido por mar, parrillada y Festival $900 pesos

Combo 2: Recorrido terrestre, parrillada y Festival $900 pesos

Para adquirir tu paquete desde el interior de la República comunícate a Pro-Vino a los Tels. (646) 178 30 38 y 178 29 49 de lunes a viernes de 9:00 am a 6:00pm (hora de Ensenada, B.C.)

PROMOCION ESPECIAL CONCHAS Y VINO NUEVO/FIESTAS DE LA VENDIMIA 2015
 
Por cada boleto que compres para el Festival de las Conchas y el Vino Nuevo del domingo 12 de abri, podrás comprar al momento 1 boleto para la Muestra del Vino ó el Concurso de Paellas ¨Ramón García Ocejo¨ 2015.
 Podrás hacer válida tu promoción únicamente al momento de tu compra.
 
Esta promoción es válida en todos los puntos de venta autorizados a partir del 10 de marzo y hasta agotar existencia.

Costo del boleto:

* Festival de las Conchas y el Vino Nuevo  $470 pesos *precio únicamente para el mes de marzo

* Muestra del Vino             7 de agosto         $520 pesos

* Concurso de Paellas    23 de agosto         $550 pesos

Tu boleto del Festival de las Conchas incluye:  degustación de vinos de más de 40 vinícolas, muestras gastronómicas a base de conchas de 25 productores y 40 restaurantes.


46 vinícolas participan

Ven y prueba antes que nadie las nuevas etiquetas de vino de:

Aborigen, Adobe Guadalupe, Bibayoff, Bodegas de SantoTomás,

Casa de Piedra, Cavas del Mogor, Cavas Valmar,  Chateau Camou,

Durand Viticultura,  Hacienda La Lomita,  Monte Xanic,  Paralelo,

Rincón de Guadalupe,  Tintos del Norte 32, Tres Valles,  Torres Alegre y Familia, Unión de Productores,  Vena Cava, Villa Montefiori, Vinisterra,

Vinos Shimul, Viñas de Garza,  Viña de Liceaga,

Viñas Pijoan, Viñedos Lafarga, Viñedo Las Nubes,

Cava Aragón 126, Cava Maciel, D´Poncelis, La Trinidad, Relieve,

Casta de Vinos, Viñedos de la Reina, Viñedos Aldo César Palafox,

Vinos Lechuza, Vinícola Emevé, Vinícola Hacienda Guadalupe,

Hilo Negro, Vinart, El Cielo, Alximia, Vinícola Decantos, Bodega 247,

Clos de 3 cantos, L.A. Cetto, Vinsur

PUNTOS DE VENTA: 
 

Comité Pro-Vino A.C.

Av. 20 de noviembre  #1138-2 entre 11 y 12 Col. Azteca

Ensenada, Baja California  C.P. 22820

Tels. (646) 178 30 38 y 178 29 49

De lunes a viernes de 9:00 am a 6:00 pm

Viajes Kinessia Ensenada

Delante 314-292. Fracc. Playa Ensenada,

Ensenada, Baja California

Tel. (646) 152 18 52

De lunes a viernes de 10:00 am a 6:00 pm

Sábado de 10:00 am a 3:00 pm

Camino Real Tijuana

Paseo de los Héroes  #10305 Col. Zona Río

Tijuana, Baja California C.P. 22320

Tel: + 52 (664) 633-4000

De lunes a viernes de 10:00 am a 6:00 pm

Sábado de 10:00 am a 3:00 pm

Real Inn Mexicali

López Mateos Av. de los Héroes #201 Centro Cívico

Mexicali, Baja California

Tel. (686) 557 36 00

De lunes a viernes de 10:00 am a 6:00 pm

Sábado de 10:00 am a 3:00 pm

Venta en línea:

www.provinoac.org      sección eventos

Disponible 24 hrs.
 
 

San Quintin Monday


by AFN Tijuana.
* .- There are at least twenty detainees

San Quintin BC March 23, 2015 (AFN) .- Although state officials have said that progress in negotiations with the hired south of Ensenada and that the situation is under control, the reality is that a group of protesters held in at least two camps that have been established over a wide stretch of road transpeninsular.

Unofficially it was informed Agency Border News that to date there are approximately 20-25 detainees, plus to subdue the protesters, and to avoid repetition block the road, authorities have mobilized hundreds of members of the different corporations, in addition to the Mexican Army.

In the “camp” that have raised the protesters, there are women who prepare their food, and activity starts around three in the morning, although hostile action occurs at five, when laborers come to work and protesters advantage to attack with stones at the police officers.

Some people consulted about what is happening fear that if no satisfactory response from the three levels of government in the coming hours “everything could explode from Wednesday, if not reached an agreement.” They warn that the protesters ask to be paid a minimum wage of $ 300 pesos per day, which considered unlikely to happen, and that the date they are paid just $ 10 pesos per sack of potatoes, large, while the tray tomato “a weight in the Pines Ranch” when they should be paid three to four pesos.

Moreover police elements questioned regarding the situation that exists in this area, said AFN leaders of the movement are already identified, and that these days have arrested 20 to 25 people “in all crashes we’ve had “as they are put in the middle of the road, burn tires and block the traffic, plus the company trucks carrying workers to farms, the stop and go down to force people, while the drivers beat them. They have also been arrested for looting other shops and supermarkets.

As regards the actions in the road, say that the blocked with stones and tires, plus they throw stones at security officers, of whom more than 250 agents throughout the state, members of the State Preventive Police and several more of the “group of riot” and even the commissioners in penitentiaries, “if they were not all of them, we’d had a fuck” said one participant.

They also explained that the demonstrators are holding shotguns firing rubber bullets and smoke grenades and noise, and no shot. As regards the notice given by the State Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, in the sense that they were at least 8 trucks with individuals from various states of Mexico en route to San Quentin, ensured that the area ” has not reached anyone “nor have seen trucks with these characteristics.

Moreover they reported that several police cars were damaged by stones and even the protesters have smashed the windows of armored cars. They considered the other hand, “yes it is a misery” which is being paid laborers in this area.

San Quintin Farm Worker Negotiations


SAN QUINTÍN.- More than 300 protesters tried to block the trans new account road in the delegation Vicente Guerrero, to the height of the junction at IMSS 69, being controlled by the Municipal Police, State Preventive Ministerial and Mexican Army.

The crowd gathered in the stretch of the road around 4:00 pm yesterday, asking for support to the inhabitants of the surrounding area, including through loudspeakers in the morning, trying to take the road. All day were roadside, although the order for security forces is “bursting” any attempt to block the road.

By reporting what happened, from San Quentin came riot police units, pending any eventuality, allowing free passage of the road, although the protesters remained gathered around until press time

Among the first points of the agreements, the group’s leaders said they would stop dissatisfied blockades and vandalism to allow free access to residents and businesses in the region, but also agree that what happened was not his responsibility.

Still, individuals continue to arrive advantage of mobilization to incite the crowd to commit criminal acts, even prompting them to attack the officers, causing the officers.

Berrymex AGREE TO “OPEN DIALOGUE”

In Berrymex respect everyone’s right to demonstrate peacefully and we value the dialogue in this process.However, we strongly condemn violence and looting that has negatively impacted third families and small businesses throughout the region, the company released a statement uploaded to your website.

Our main goal remains the welfare of our employees and we are working with local authorities to safeguard the welfare of our employees and the local community.

As a company, Berrymex offers each and every one of our employees the opportunity of an attractive potential income a safe working environment and a culture that emphasizes honesty, fairness and respect. We know that actions speak louder than words. Berrymex has a long and consistent history of listening to the concerns of workers and take steps to provide broader and productive benefits, attractive income, healthy work environment, sure. Therefore Berrymex meets the following:

• The use of innovation and technology to enable higher earning potential workers over time

• Ensure that all workers are affiliated to the IMSS from day • Provide social security benefits to all employees

• Comply with all applicable provisions of the Federal Labour Act, including the payment of overtime after 8 hours worked and all weekly overtime accumulated during the week

• Provide maternity leave 42 days before and 42 days after birth

• Provide five days of paid paternity leave for male employees

• Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and annual training for administrators ensuring a culture of honesty, fairness and respect

We remain fully committed to an open dialogue with our employees and we continually strive to provide the most ideal working environment.

WORKERS RETURNING TO WORK

Among the points agreed last Friday in the tables for dialogue between leaders of the alliance and authorities agreed that the work stoppage would continue expressing their concerns to groups of protesters who had hoped, but everyone decide for himself.

Since last Friday, agricultural farms benefited from agricultural workers to resume work, even from the day Saturday working on strawberry crops to try to restore production.

El Mexicano

In Camalú delegation, multiple workers returned to agricultural fields in the early morning tours trucks could be moved agribusiness customers who waited on the roadside.

Faced with the threat of retaliation, workers affected by the work stoppage came with municipal authorities Camalú, asking security to return to work. As indicated, were limited resources and the need to return caused.

This delegation requested security laborers fearing reprisals by groups of demonstrators, as previously flocked to crops but were removed by individuals who took advantage of the situation.

In the Ejido Diaz Ordaz, delegation Colonet, about 170 laborers remained installed on the roadside, while a couple was on the road requesting voluntary cooperation for food.

The encampment was conducted peacefully, showing keen to avoid a criminal incident. Similarly, around counted with police forces to ensure the safety.

On the other delegations were not recorded events of greater magnitude, except false reports

Ensenada Beer Fest 2015


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Ensenada, BC In the presence of more than four thousand 500 people and the participation of 115 stands in the gardens of the Social Centre, Civic and Cultural Riviera Ensenada Beer Fest 2015, where the type Stout beer mixed with peanut butter was made Resse’s or was it again this year.

A mention of Francisco J. Talamate, event organizer, the Beer Fest attended Brewers producers in the region, plus those from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Mexico, USA, Canada, between other.

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In the event attendees were treated to a variety of about 65 types of beer, including craft.

The truth is that we have become very good friends in the brewing circle internationally and in the nine lectures we teach on Friday March 20 the support given to the event was noticed, who like this atmosphere that has made the Beer Fest will become the best festival in Mexico Brew said Talamante.

foto por 3 Brewjas

Mercado Del Mar Rosarito


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My favorite chef and I were discussing our dinner plan while hiking Rosarito’s peaceful beach at low tide.  I rarely eat beef, but, a juicy and rare filet mignon was the answer.  And where else to go for beef than Rosarito’s Mercado del Mar.

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At a 15:1 peso to dollar exchange rate, that 210 pesos/kilo looks a lot like $5/pound for filets.

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One surprise was the artisan bread available.  Apparently it is a quickie on limited availability.  Olive, focaccia, rye and SoDo varieties were in the basket.

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My chef added a caesar salad for this easy meal.  I was given the opportunity to grill the steaks.  I’m always nervous when grilling on someone else’s bbq grill.  That is also known as “how to never get another invite” if one ruins the steak.

MercdelMar is on Freee Road approx 1K/.6 miles south of the 7/11 Pemex, east side of road.  If southbound, you will need to U-turn approx 200m south of MerdelMar.

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My super hot chef displays the extra hot version of Beaver horseradish along with her medium filet.  Gadzooks this beav was on fire.  I prefer my beef on the rare side, so juggling the two steaks was a challenge.  I also was enduring the effects of our Splash Rosarito margarita happy hour.

Beaver brand horseradish was first introduced to me at Denver’s Brown Palace.  In the five star Palace Arms Restaurant, the horseradish is served in a white bowl. The Ship Tavern at the Brown palace, a pub, serves most of the same food as the spiffy white table clothes Palace Arms.  But, the food is approx half price.  The Beav Horseradish is served in the jar at Ship Tavern.

Our Mercado del Mar beef dinner was fabulous and dessert was more Sterling Central Coast Cabernet along with the movie St Vincent. Buen Provecho.

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