Theft of cables generates millions in losses (EL UNIVERSAL, 2/8/13)

ECATEPEC –The theft of cables generates millions in losses to the Metropolitan Municipalities Industry, said Francisco Sánchez Escobar, Regional Coordinator of the Industrial Union of the State of Mexico (Unidem).

Employees, along with the Ecatepec Police and the Vecino Vigilante (the watchful neighbor) Program arrested a gang dedicated to stealing light cable, which damages industrial areas, mainly on weekends.

Francisco Sánchez Escobar, Regional Coordinator of Unidem, explained that members of this group have reported some 120 cases in which the offenders take advantage of low activity and light monitoring in industrial zones on weekends to steal low and medium voltage cables in lengths ranging from 50 to 200 meters.

A Unidem collaborator that participates in the Vecino Vigilante Program reported the presence of suspects in Via Morelos who were removing cable from the industrial zone in the immediate vicinity. After asking for the intervention of public security, a patrol unit arrived and arrested three people in possession of fiber optic cable who were referred to the Public Prosecutor in San Cristobal, where an investigation was begun.

"Once a report of lost power is made to the Federal Electricity Commission, the arrival of workers may take up to a week to replace the cable which can halt the operation of at least one and up to 15 companies in that power circuit and can damage business equipment investments ranging from 15,000 to 200,000 pesos ($1,200 to 16,000 US) per event," said Sanchez Escobar.

Businesses affected by the reported theft of Unidem cables have mainly been in the municipalities of Ecatepec, Tecamac, Tultitlán, Tlalnepantla, Cuautitlán and Toluca.

Tijuana Fire Department offers Open Water Lifeguard Certification (El Mexicano, 2/8/13)

Tijuana, BC - In order to provide greater protection for users of the beaches in the city and its surroundings, the Division of Water Rescue under the direction of the Fire Department of Tijuana will start a certification course to those who seek qualification as an Open Water Lifeguard.


The head of the Division of Water Rescue, Enrique Pérez Valdez, pointed out that according to the instruction of the Mayor, Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, to ensure the well-being of citizens using the beaches, they will hold a program with the purpose of expanding the number of rescue workers dedicated to this discipline.

Perez Valdez reported that the course is aimed at the public in general. Applicants however, must meet certain physical requirements: know how to swim; can swim 500 meters in 15 minutes or less; can swim 200 meters wearing clothes and sports shoes; and can hover for 15 minutes wearing clothes and shoes. In the case of those under 18 years old (and not less than 16 years of age), they must submit a letter signed by a parent or guardian.

The first session is scheduled for Friday, March 1 at Fire Station No. 10 located at Avenida Parque Azteca and Paseo del Pedregal in Sección Jardines of Delegación Playas de Tijuana, where there will be a presentation about the Academy and technical information about tasks performed by the Division of Water Rescue.

Then on Saturday, March 2, between 9:00 and 14:00 hours, selection will be made by testing in the pool of the Tijuana Sports Unit located at Avenida Ermita Norte and Vía Rápida Poniente in Delegación La Mesa where applicants must comply with the above mentioned physical requirements.

Those who pass the selection period will enter the Academy of Open Water Lifeguard. Here they will be trained in rescue techniques in the pool and open seas, oceanography, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) among other topics.

Enrique Pérez reported that the course is free of charge and will be four months in duration, plus 280 hours of community service. At the end of the training period the student must perform final exams to receive certification for one year from the Division of Water Rescue under the direction of the Fire Department of Tijuana.

For more information, interested parties can contact fire station No. 14 located on Avenida Del Agua and Paseo Pacífico in Delegación Playas de Tijuana or call 630-91-61.

Children who ran-away are located (El Mexicano, 2/8/13 by Said Betanzos)

Tijuana, BC - The Attorney General of Justice of the State (PGJE) suspended an operation to locate four children who ran-away from "Casa Emmanuel" located in Colonia la Esperanza this morning.

They are Francisco Javier Vega Maltos, 8; Jonathan Israel Navarrete Franco, 8; Alfredo Míreles Garcia, 8; and Juan Ramos Escobar Elias, 10. All were located healthy and safe, reported the PGJE.

The minors are on now at the premises of the State DIF Temporary Shelter where an agent of the Public Prosecutor's Office went to investigate the facts. The PGJE thanks the media and the public in general for their support in this search that turned out as successful.

Second "Gasolinazo" of 2013 will come Saturday (El Mexicano, 2/8/13 by Felipe Gutierrez Reyes)

TIJUANA, BC –Beginning in the early hours of Saturday morning, the second Gasolinazo (gas price gouging) of 2013 will take effect raising the price of fuel by 11 centavos per liter.

Magna gasoline will go from 10.92 to 11.03 pesos per liter, while Premium will go from 11.48 to 11.59, and Diesel from 11.01 to 11.12; all are expected to be a strong blow to the family economy. According to the Association of Gasoline Stations Owners of Onexpo Baja, despite these increases in Mexico, fuel is still cheaper on the Mexican side than in San Diego County. There, regular gasoline equivalent to Magna at the current exchange rate is priced at 12.55 pesos per liter, while Premium costs 13.25 pesos on the other side of the border, and Diesel is priced at 13.69 pesos per liter. However the population can make their own comparisons reflected by the reduced wages received in this country.


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