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Border News Translations: Abandoned Gramps; Divorce Rates; Tacos & Beer; Preschool Math; 5000 Trees
TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Laura Sánchez Law, 5/31/11) - About 50,000 "grandparents" are in complete abandonment in Tijuana, settled mostly in the eastern area of the city. Life conditions are sub-human because they are pushed aside by authorities and society in general. Thus said Jesus Moreno Valenzuela, President of the Association of Maria and Vice-President of the National Chamber of Commerce (Canaco). It was reported that children are the most vulnerable in the State, but it really is the elderly. "It is a forgotten, neglected sector with a lack of public policies; families marginalize them, we forget that our grandparents are there." He regretted that older adults live in cardboard houses in the peripheries of the city in miserable conditions. We do not know the exact figure; Moreno Valenzuela estimated according to consultations they thought some 50,000 older adults might be in total abandonment. In addition, the Vice President of the Kanak said although the three branches of Government have made efforts, they would never be sufficient because the subject is very complex and there is no capacity. Colonias such as Pedregal de Santa Julia, El Florido, La Morita and Maclovio Rojas head the colonias where "grandparents" live on the sidewalk in shacks of cardboard and dirt in the absence of decent house floors and die in cold rain because they get sick, in some cases with pneumonia. Juan Martinez, 80, recalled that five years ago he was abandoned by his family when they decided to move and left him with only a cardboard shack. "Now I live alone and thanks to the Association at least I can now eat something, because I was already dying", he said. The Association of Maria, is known by the residents of colonia Herrera as ‘Home of the Grandpa’. Every day a truck picks up the elderly adults and brings them to the association’s care facilities. However, the resources are insufficient, because too many grandparents are living in abandonment.
TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Adam Mondragón, 5/31/11) – A loss of family values is a main factor for Baja California’s 60% divorce rate of civil and religious weddings, the highest rate in the country. Fermín García, of the Evangelist Church in Tijuana, said that in the State, six of every ten marriages end because of diluted values. In an interview, the Reverend commented that the high number of divorces is mainly due to the loss of values in the family, not communicating and other external factors. “They give great importance to material things, while such simple things as a meal with the entire family present (father, mother, children) only happens once a week", he stressed. Pastor Fermín García stressed interactions between those who make up a marriage are essential to getting well. "We talk about marriages constituted in a civil way or by any religion, they are ending because there are no values”, stressed Pastor Fermín García. The pastor said pornography is one of the obstacles that make that family values disappear, as well as respect for each other. He regretted that Baja California is one of the regions in the country with the highest divorce rate recorded for the year. That is why we hold meetings; to encourage the family unit.
ROSARITA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Yolanda Knight James, 5/31/11) – Everything is ready for July 4th. The ninth "Festival of Tacos and Beer, Rosarito 2011", is planed with a variety of 25 taco stands, as well as many brands of beer. This festival benefits the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). Students of Tourism contributed to the planning and organization of the event. As reported in a press conference, it is headed by municipal President Javier Robles Aguirre and President of the National Chamber of Restaurants and Condimentados (Canirac), Aristides Valdespino Arévalo. This ninth edition of the event is expecting attendance by 2,000 people. "We have promoted this festival in cities such as Mexicali and Ensenada, where we had a great response and our expectations are high," said the President of Canirac. The Festival of Tacos and Beer will have 25 tacos stands of different municipalities, plus artisan beer tasting. "This year we will have seven craft beer breweries; we also want to stress this supports students of UABC by helping us in tourism promotion and festival organization," he added. During the Conference, the first mayor of Rosarito, Javier Robles Aguirre, mentioned the importance a receiving a good response for restoring the tourist image of Rosarita once again. "Rosarita is a tourist spot where 50% of visitors are families from various locations. This tells us that our tourism promotion should focus on events like this past weekend - Art Fest Rosarito. 12,000 visitors gave Rosarito an economic boost, all in a safe environment," he concluded. The Festival of Tacos and Beer will be from 12 noon to 8 pm, in Parque Abelardo L. Rodríguez. There will be contests, live music and many more surprises.
TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Ana Luz Sánchez Aguirre, 5/31/11) – With the goal of having kindergarten students better prepared in the field of mathematics, teachers participated in training provided by Irma Fuenlabrada of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of IPN. The objective is to improve teacher skills in mathematics. The specialist came to the city to provide a teachers’ workshop for preschool children. Elvira Ibarra Yepiz, head of the Department of Preschool of the State Educational System explained, it is essential to work with children here. It is then reinforced in first and second primary grades through high school. They are taught the first rules of trigonometry. This is why it’s important young children be taught mathematics through image puzzles, by analyzing figures in kindergarten, the square through the Tangram, subsequently working with keyboarding and labyrinths.The preschool ideas were refocused with reforms in 2002. It starts with the teacher helping the child to go beyond geometry, which is part of everyday life. Educators must be widely trained. Attending workshops provides various activities they can implement in the classroom. He acknowledged the quality of education in Tijuana is good.
TIJUANA BC (El Sol de Tijuana, Adam Mondragón, 5/31/11) - More than 5,000 trees native to the region are planned in metropolitan parks. The State Government will plant them with an aim of giving Bajacalifornia families new recreational spaces and a healthy coexistence. These environmental improvements are part of the parks and forests Metropolitan Project. It is designed to meet population demand for green areas with the urban growth of cities, as is the case of the beaches in Rosarito and Tecate. The Undersecretary of Environment Protection (SPA), Alfredo Ferreiro, reported in the case of Rosarito, there is a project covering 52 hectares (130 acres), which could grow further thanks to watersheds in the area. The great work, he said, will be planting native trees for the region. This results in above 80% adaptation and creates a friendly environment, in addition providing a balance between nature and the urban image. In the case of Tecate, Metropolitan Park is where there is a reforestation project, as well as in Playas de Rosarito. He pointed out the importance of providing new alternatives for coexisting. Bajacalifornia families want to take advantage of their free time in recreational activities and spend pleasant moments in green spaces. Both new metropolitan parks will be plumbed with "Purple line" treated water from the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT) to take advantage of reused treated waste water to irrigate plants and trees.
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