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Monday, October 31, 2011

SAN FELIPE - 6th Annual Lions Club Turkey Trot Poker Walk


Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 - Noon - Start at Bar Miramar


Tickets are now available. We need our members help selling tickets and at least buy some. Cost is $25 or 300 pesos.


If you have never experienced this fun event you should give it a whirl
and for those of you who have - get your trotting shoes ready.
Trotters receive drinks at 5 bars, spaghetti dinner,
prizes for best and worst poker hands, Trot beer can cooler
- and a bunch of FUN!
Contact Lee Martin, Chairperson 577-2649 or san.flee@hotmail.com for tickets and more informatiion.


Tickets available from Sun Runner mail, Los Arcos Restaurant, and the Lions Paws food wagon and Lions members.


We need your help selling tickets and getting the word out to your friends and neighbors.

OFF ROAD - SCORE Baja 1000


Over 250 entries expected
Pre-running starts Friday on rugged 692.82-mile race course
For November's 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race
Racers from 32 States, 15 countries already entered in Granddaddy of all desert races;
In Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 17-20;
GPS data to be uploaded this week, course map available at www.score-international.com


LOS ANGELES—Sturdy adventurers and the world's best desert racers will begin practicing Friday as official pre-running on starts for November's 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.
With over 250 entries expected to compete in 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, the granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Completing its 38th year as the world's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, the iconic racing extravaganza event is the finale of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. To date entries have come from 32 U.S. States and 15 countries. This year's race will be a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The race itself starts on Friday, Nov. 18 and official entry forms are available online along with all pertinent race information and pre-running rules on the SCORE website at www.score-international.com.
This year's race will start for the 37th time and finish for the 21st time in Ensenada. The race will start and finish on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the picturesque Bahia de Todos Santos in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.
With late entries accepted up until race morning, the 692.82-mile race course this year is a combination of much of the 2008 and the 2009 courses.
The rugged course travels from Ensenada east through Ojos Negros, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the three legendary Baja canyon washes of Matomi, Huatomote and Chanate, joining familiar routes to the six-mile turnoff before Mike's Sky Rancho, heading over to the Pacific Coast crossing Highway 1 near San Vicente and to Erendira, then through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada. Except for the San Felipe loop, the course travels in a clockwise direction. The San Felipe loop will be run counter clockwise.
The race course features six physical checkpoints along with 64 virtual checkpoints.
At the physical checkpoints vehicle numbers and passing times are recorded to help verify the information gathered on the electronic recording devices that are mounted on all vehicles in the race.
The locations of the six physical checkpoints are: Checkpoint 1 (race-mile 82.49, North of Santa Catarina), CP2 (rm213.70-west of Borrego), CP3 (rm319.40-South of San Felipe), CP4 (rm464.75-west of Borrego), CP5 (rm 559.20-south of San Vicente) and CP6 (rm651.92-South of Ojos Negros).
The challenging course also has five pavement sections for a total of 14.17 miles. The pavement sections are controlled speed areas with maximum speeds of 60 miles per hour.
In addition to the 32 States represented on the entry list to date, racers have already officially entered from Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands and the US Territory of Guam.
It's the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the race has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.
Reality TV star Jesse James has received the first starting position in the drawing earlier this month for 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. While James, who lives in Austin, Texas, will pilot his No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck, starting first among the motorcycle and ATV classes will be Craig Bowman on a Honda CRF450X.
Drawing the first start among the ATV classes was the Class 25 team led by Richard Stanley.
The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Friday, Nov. 18) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 11:45 a.m., or four hours after the last ATV leaves the line. With the course open for 32 hours in the elapsed-time race, the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 14 hours.
Pre-race festivities on Thursday, Nov. 17, including the vastly popular tech and contingency of all vehicles and the SCORE Manufacturer's Midway will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer and media registration will both be held at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel in Ensenada on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17.

The post-race awards celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas Resort Hotel at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks has 32 vehicles enters to date.
Starting second will be Mexico's son/father team of Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola, who teamed last year to become the first Mexican national team to win the overall 4-wheel title of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Driving the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck, the Vildosolas, of Mexicali, were also the fastest vehicle overall in the race down the Baja California peninsula to La Paz.
Starting second among the motorcycles will be last year's overall motorcycle winners in this race, Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif. on the No. 1x JCR Honda Racing Honda CRF450X.
While entries will be accepted will be accepted up to race morning, late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck with 32, the car and truck classes with the most entries to date are unlimited Class 1 (23) and Class 1/2-1600 (12).
Among the motorcycle and ATV classes, Class 22 for open motorcycles has the most entries so far with 13.
Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 450cc which has 19 entries so far.
Among the many other talented entries from all over the world is the venerable Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., who is only individual who has raced in all 43 previous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races.
The legendary Hall, who will turn 74 on Nov. 22, has a race-record 21 career class wins in this event and is the only driver to have competed every year (all in a car or truck class). Hall will be looking for as many as three class wins this year. He is entered as the second driver for his sons Chad and Josh Hall in SCORE Trophy Truck and in both the Stock Mini (Emily Miller is driver of record) and Stock Full (Sam Edgar) classes.
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., has won 17 times in this race, including 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Tim Herbst in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Roeseler won the unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive years (2004-2007), driving with the youngest of the three racing brothers, Troy Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car that was known as the 'Land Shark'. Roeseler is the only racer in the history of the event to win the overall 4-wheel in a truck and also in a car as well as the overall 2-wheel title as well.
Winning two of the first four series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, Las Vegas rookie driver Bryce Menzies continues to stand at the top of the point leader board after four of five races in the 2011 SCORE Desert Series.
Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June's 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to pull further ahead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150. Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee desert racing division, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March. In September Menzies finished third at Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions and now has a six-point margin over the rest of the world's best desert racers.
SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class. Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy Truck, has 306 championship points following Round 4 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE Trophy Truck has had the largest starting field for all four races with 32 in Laughlin, 24 in San Felipe, 28 in Ensenada and 13 in the September San Felipe race.
Picking up his ninth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win in September in San Felipe, Las Vegas' Rob MacCachren, an eight-time SCORE season point champion, is second in overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck points so far in 2011 after finishing fourth in Laughlin, winning the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe race in March and finishing ninth in Ensenada with 300 points, just six behind Menzies.
With two wins and a second and a seventh this year, third in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., 11 points behind Menzies with 295. Davis, last year's SCORE Lites point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada and seventh in the September San Felipe race driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.
Following consistent seventh, fifth, fourth and second-place finishes in the season's first four events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy Truck with 281 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.
This race also features the prestigious Sal Fish SCORE IronRider awards presented to each motorcycle or ATV rider who completes the entire course within the time limit while riding solo. To date, 15 racers have officially declared their intention to compete in the race as solo riders.
In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings for the race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all Pro car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 27 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are: -BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
Additional SCORE Sponsors are - Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie's Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.


44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 17-20, 2011—Final round of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – 692.82 miles
TOTAL ENTRIES: 231 (32 States, 15 Countries) (as of 10/30/11)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

LOS BARRILES - Music Festival 2011


East Cape Arts Association Music Festival 


Date: November 5, 2011
Schedule:
1:00 p.m. - Revolving Door (A mixture of Blue Grass and Country)
2:15 p.m. - Sexto Sentido (Latin Jazz and music from Latin America)
4:00 p.m. – Pura Vida (Reggae and Latin Rock)
5:30 p.m. – Plácido Arce (Soft Spanish ballads)
5:30 p.m. – Pig Roast Dinner
6:30 p.m. – A Love Electric (Todd Clouser's fusion jazz)
8:15 p.m. – Cambio de Corazon (Jazz standards and Latin Rock with Fire Dancers from Cabo Shows)
9:15 p.m. – Skeleton Key (Beatles, Stones, Grateful Dead and dancing with Fire Dancers from Cabo Shows)


Cost: The advanced ticket price for admission to their music festival and pig roast dinner is $35.00 USD ($420 Pesos). Admission only is $25.00 USD ($300 Pesos).


The location is the Playa del Sol Resort beach in Los Barriles. Turn on the street between Baja Properties and the driving range and follow the signs for parking. The Playa de Sol gate opens at 12 noon. A large bonfire on the beach will illuminate the stage and a pig roast dinner in the evening. The event is "festival seating." Chairs are limited, so bring your lawn chair or blanket. Light food, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase all day. Coolers and pets are not permitted on the grounds or beach.


Playa del Sol Resort has put together some packages for those wishing to stay overnight. Packages include festival admission, hotel room, dinner ticket and drinks. Call 877-777-TUNA (8862) or 624-141-0044 for package information and reservations. Ask for "Music Festival Package."


A limited number of advanced tickets are available. Advanced tickets will be on sale through November 3. Find advance tickets sold at the following locations:

  • Baja Beach Company in the Plaza del Pueblo, Los Barriles.
  • Baja Books & Maps in San Jose del Cabo - just across the arroyo from Centro San Jose accessed by the new bridge to La Playita and Puerto Los Cabos.
  • Attorney Gisela Talamentas's office - Ignacio Allende 895, Esq. con Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Colonia Centro, La Paz.

If you cannot make it to one of these locations, visit www.eastcapearts.com and click on "Music Festival" for internet ticket/will call information.


All proceeds help the East Cape Arts Association bring the arts to the local community and the schools. More info contact Walter S. Zapotoczny, Jr. mail@wzaponline.com or 624-142-8166.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TOURISM - $30 million ad campaign says Mexico is safe

Source: http://travel.usatoday.com

The Mexico Tourism Board is fighting U.S. perceptions that it's unsafe to travel there with a new $30 million ad campaign.
Part of the campaign will feature TV ads -- due to premiere in the next couple of weeks -- that will feature real-life vacationers arriving back from South of the Border getaways. The idea: "Americans talking to Americans to communicate that it is a great place and a safe place," tourism board chief marketing officer Gerardo Llanes says.

He says those picked for the "Mexico Taxi Project" are offered a ride home at the airport and don't know they're being filmed in vehicles driven by actors. The driver asks about their stay, including safety, then cameras are revealed and riders sign papers giving permission for their comments to air. So far, respondents have been positive about their stays, Llanes says. "Most of the people say, 'Anything we can do for Mexico,' " when asked to give permission, he says. He thinks having Americans tout Mexico is more effective than "an institution" saying good things.

"We don't deny there are some spots in the country that have issues," Llanes continues, such as drug cartels run amok and crime. But he says tourist areas such as Cancun shouldn't be considered treacherous.

A website due to be up and running soon, mexicotaxiproject.com, will have ad clips and more. And Llanes says the campaign will include a social media blitz and even billboards in places such as Times Square showing vacationers having fun in the sun, live.

LA PAZ - AMPI Promotes La Paz in California



AMPI Promotes La Paz in California

The La Paz Section of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals
(AMPI) will have a Booth at the National Association of Realtors© Conference and
Trade Show in Anaheim . The project is sponsored by AMPI with assistance from
several La Paz businesses. These are Costa Baja resort and Marina, Pedregal de
La Paz, Playa de La Paz, La Concha Hotel and Condominiums and Hacienda Pala
Verde.

The La Paz team will be headed by AMPI President Jose Luis Gaytan and Jim
Donahoe, Manager of Linda Neil Properties. When asked about the project Jim
Donahoe said, "The objective of our promotion is to convince REALTORS© from
the U.S. and around the world that La Paz is a safe place to visit and purchase
property." Over 20,000 are expected to be in Anaheim, including the largest ever
contingent from international real estate associations.

Each day at the Conference a group of countries will have information
tables in the International Second Home and Resort Pavilion. Mexico will be there
on Sunday. Other countries who will have a table at the same time are Australia,
Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa.

For further information: jim@lindaneil.com

SAN FELIPE - Welcome Back Snowbirds!


Welcome to snowbirds or Snowbirds


Date: November 11. 2011
Location: The Malecon
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Welcome to our winter visitors raffles, prizes, food, entertainmentcoronation of our Miss and Mr. Snowbird 2011.

SAN FELIPE - San Felipe Shrimp Festival

The San Felipe Shrimp Festival is a biggest event of the year in San Felipe and for 18 years, the event has been committed to bringing you the best event of its kind and with the support at the state level, the 2011 festival may be the best to date.

The festival focuses on the culinary aspects of the San Felipe shrimp season and combines renown Baja California wineries, tequila producers, local restaurants and chefs and as well as local and regional artists to produce a day of fun, food and festivities.

The San Felipe Shrimp festival with the amazing food, great live music, and entertainment is guaranteed to make your experience in San Felipe unforgettable one. In addition, in November the weather is just about as good as it gets anywhere. So put on the flip-flops and shorts and head to the San Felipe Malecón. Admission to all festival activities is FREE. The charge is for shrimp and drink tastings and raffles. More info visit: www.sanfelipeshrimpfestival.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PEMEX – The Mexican Horn of Abundance


Aura Catalina - BGLC staff writer
The Pemex gas stations throughout Mexico are regarded as inexhaustible sources of cheap fuel. Some might say “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, but you have to wonder: Why is Mexican fuel cheaper than American fuel? Is the supply of Mexican fuel as inexhaustible as it seems? And, most importantly, how long is this going to last?

Historical facts
Pemex or Petróleos Mexicanos is a state-owned petroleum company with a total asset worth of over $400 billion, which makes it the second largest in Latin America. Pemex emerged from the conflict between nationalist Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas and foreign companies, which exploited Mexican oil during the 30s.

The president nationalized all the resources and facilities of American and Anglo-Dutch companies. The immediate result of this bold action was that many states refused to purchase Mexican oil. In spite of this, Pemex has become a significant oil producer and turned Mexico into one of the largest oil exporters in the world.

Since the 40s, Pemex has successfully supplied the domestic demand for fuel. The ability of the state to keep prices at a low level has attracted the slightly envious attention of neighboring countries.

A closer look
Cheap oil is such a rare commodity because it goes against a basic commercial objective: profit maximization. However, in the case of a national oil company, political objectives get the upper hand. As a result, national oil companies, Pemex included, distinguish themselves by excessive employment, lack of investment, poor use of resources, and last, but not least, subsidized prices.

This constant struggle to meet political requirements turned Pemex into a rather inefficient company, which has incurred an enormous debt over the years. While the national demand has increased, the production of Pemex has declined. To make matters worse, Pemex is seen as a source of income by the government and a large part of the revenue goes to the national budget. Investment has been directed towards the existing fields, and hardly any exploration for new fields has been made, which means that the oil reserve is constantly declining. This bleak picture is made worse by a rather poor safety record with several accidents that caused many losses in both assets and lives.

Buying fuel from Mexico
Though the price for fuel has increased slightly in the last three years, the increase does not affect the American customer too much. This happens because the dollar peso exchange rate has altered also, with the American dollar increasing in value. Any change in the price for Magna, Premium, and Diesel is always announced in advance by Pemex.

Since the prices in US are higher, many Americans drive to the closest Mexican city to buy fuel at a cheaper price. For the Mexican authorities, this means that Americans would benefit from subsidized prices at the expense of the Mexican taxpayer. As a result, the government has decided to put a higher price for fuel in tourist areas, especially in the towns that are closer to US.

Here are the most recent prices established by Pemex for Magna (regular unleaded), Premium, and Diesel at the time of writing (Oct 19, 2011)



Prices in Baja
Prices in California
Pesos per Liter
Dollars per Gallon
Dollars per Gallon
Magna
9.56
2.64
3.96
Premium
10.50
2.91
4.15
Diesel
9.92
2.75
4.32


Exchange Rate: 1 Mexican peso = 0.074 U.S. dollars
Conversion rate: 1 U.S. Gallon= 3.78 liters

Is it really so convenient to purchase fuel from Mexico rather than from US? The obvious answer is that it depends on the type of vehicle. If someone with a standard car buys 15 gallons of regular unleaded fuel from California, the average price will be around $60. If the 15 gallons are purchased from a Mexican town located near the border, there will be a saving of around $20. It is up to each person to decide whether this saving is worth the effort of crossing the border. It is not advisable to purchase fuel by jerry can, because some gas stations refuse to sale anything to these customers. Those who have a recreational vehicle will make a better bargain because it carries around 75 gallons of diesel. The $120 saving will certainly make any vacation better.

Buying fuel from Mexico can get a bit tricky, mainly because of the pesos/dollar and liter/gallon conversions. The best approach is to pay directly in pesos, just to make sure that the change received is correct. Additionally, the quantity, which is given for one gallon, might differ from station to station. However, customers who feel they are being given an incorrect quantity can call PROFECO, the Mexican consumer protection service (800-468-8722 - toll free).

What the future might bring
Today, the need to reform Pemex is as pressing as ever. Several suggestions have been put forward by the president and his advisors. The government should improve its ability to collect taxes, so that the budget stops being so dependent on Pemex income. Another option involves a law that would make it possible to publicly trade 49% of Pemex. During the effort to make Pemex profitable, keeping prices low will probably be pushed down the list of priorities.

In order to address the issue of dwindling oil reserves, the government announced that they will start exploration of a new site in the Gulf of Mexico. This area supposedly contains up to 50 billion barrels of oil, probably one of the biggest underwater oil reserves that have not been exploited so far. Exploration is hampered by lack of funds, technology, and specialized skill. In addition, the Gulf of Mexico is extremely deep, and the weather is notoriously unpredictable.  

With the Calderon presidency ending, it is likely that the tough issue of Pemex reform will be left for the next administration. Since the elections are so close, nobody is truly motivated to discuss the Pemex problem. Under current circumstances, Pemex will be unable to sustain its “horn of abundance” attribute and continue giving away large quantities of fuel at a small price. It is up to the Mexican authorities to make sure that the oil company will not become a black hole of debt.   



Sources:

FISHING - 746-pound Marlin in Cabo San Lucas


746 lb hanging

Source: petethomasoutdoors

Cabo San Lucas waters yield 746-pound marlin a day before start of big-money tournament. A 746-pound blue marlin was pulled from the waters offCabo San Lucas on Tuesday, a day before the annual big-money Bisbee's Black & Blue marlin tournament was set to begin. The Black & Blue runs through Friday.


The massive billfish, which died less than an hour into the fight, was caught aboard the Tracy Ann out of Pisces Sport fishing. Had the same fish been caught during the Bisbee's event, which is billed as the world's richest billfish tournament, it could have been worth a few million dollars.


According to the Pisces blog, the marlin was hooked less than two miles offshore on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula. A more specific location was withheld, presumably, because of the impending three-day tournament and a desire to keep top fishing locations secret.


Florida anglers Patrick Neville, his wife Jean, and Thomas Heinz and his wife Penny were credited with the catch. The 31-foot Tracy Ann is captained by popular skipper Julio Castro. 


It took nearly two hours to raise the marlin after it had sounded and perished. Oddly, the marlin lacked a bill. Late last month, a significantly larger marlin was caught off Cabo San Lucas after a 28-hour fight. 
-- Image showing Florida anglers posing with 746-pound blue marlin caught Tuesday off Cabo San Lucas is courtest of Pisces Sportfishing

NEWS - Baja California Earthquake Of 2010 Spurs Historic Collaboration Between Mexico & California




Source: Huffington Post
LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. and Mexico will expand an earthquake monitoring system south of the border in the wake of last year's deadly magnitude-7.2 temblor, officials from both countries announced Wednesday.
U.S. experts will provide sensors, a computer network and training to help their counterparts in northern Baja California to identify areas at greatest risk of suffering damage from a big temblor and could save lives and property, officials said.

Emergency planners were unable to determine where to send help in the early stages after the Easter Sunday 2010 quake that was centered south of Mexicali and killed two people in Mexico, said Roberto Quaas Weppen, director general of the Mexican National Center for Prevention of Disasters.
"This is something that we missed a year ago," he said during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif. "We were not able to know how strong the earthquake was" because of a lack of instruments to determine the quake's intensity and how it was spreading.
"The intensity of the groundshaking could not be measured, how strongly the ground is shaking. And this is a very important parameter to assess damage," he said.
The lack of backup systems also made it impossible to share that data when the Internet and communications went down. Under the new program, scientists from both countries will be better able to share data on earthquake hazards, officials said.
The project is an historic collaboration that will benefit both countries, said Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science of the U.S. Interior Department.
"It has been said that geologic faults and earthquakes don't care about borders," she said. "Human suffering and the desire to help: We don't care about borders."
Under the jointly funded project, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Northern Command will provide new sensors that can measure strong ground motion in the earthquake-prone Mexicali and Tijuana areas. The sensors will be set in different types of soil, which plays a role in amplifying or reducing the shock of a temblor.
Mexican researchers also will be trained to quickly determine how the quake is spreading and where the damage might be expected, authorities said.
The U.S. is contributing $500,000 for the expanded quake monitoring network, which should be in operation next year. The Mexican government is including funding in its $50-million program to create an integrated national earthquake system, said Doug Given, Southern California seismic network coordinator for the USGS.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

ENSENADA - Breakfast Meeting



Its been at least 3 years since the last visit from the Sharp Hospital Chula Vista International team. Well they have now been permitted to come back as the higher ups have decided it was safe enough here/
.
The International Liason team headed by Minerva Santos  and her team are inviting you to a breakfast meeting at the San Nicolas Hotel Casino on November 3 at 9:00 a.m. . (NO COST TO YOU)
.
After breakfast, you will meet Dr. Smith  head of emergency services .He will make a short presentation on the newest services Sharp can offer you. . Meet the Ensenada rep from Dianamed  emergency ambulance service who will tell you of your options should you need Emergency services.\  Get your blood pressure taken and ask any questions of the team that would be to your benefit.


THIS IS A RSVP EVENT.  CALL OR EMAIL ME FOR YOUR RESERVATION.


We have missed Sharp, It the past they made twice a year visits to keep us up to date on health related issues such as  cardiac, diabetes etc..We hope that this will be the restart of their regular visits.


MARK THE DATE AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATION


Tillie Foster  Senior Adviser - SN Hotel & Casino
Ensenada, Baja California
www.snhotelcasino.com  *  tillie.f@snhotelcasino.com

NEWS - US, Mexico to Upgrade Border Quake System



By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press
LOS ANGELES October 19, 2011 (AP)
The U.S. and Mexico will expand an earthquake monitoring system south of the border in the wake of last year's deadly magnitude-7.2 temblor, officials from both countries announced Wednesday.


U.S. experts will provide sensors, a computer network and training to help their counterparts in northern Baja California to identify areas at greatest risk of suffering damage from a big temblor and could save lives and property, officials said.


Emergency planners were unable to determine where to send help in the early stages after the Easter Sunday 2010 quake that was centered south of Mexicali and killed two people in Mexico, said Roberto Quaas Weppen, director general of the Mexican National Center for Prevention of Disasters.


"This is something that we missed a year ago," he said during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif. "We were not able to know how strong the earthquake was" because of a lack of instruments to determine the quake's intensity and how it was spreading.


"The intensity of the groundshaking could not be measured, how strongly the ground is shaking. And this is a very important parameter to assess damage," he said.


The lack of backup systems also made it impossible to share that data when the Internet and communications went down. Under the new program, scientists from both countries will be better able to share data on earthquake hazards, officials said.


The project is an historic collaboration that will benefit both countries, said Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science of the U.S. Interior Department.


"It has been said that geologic faults and earthquakes don't care about borders," she said. "Human suffering and the desire to help: We don't care about borders."


Under the jointly funded project, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Northern Command will provide new sensors that can measure strong ground motion in the earthquake-prone Mexicali and Tijuana areas. The sensors will be set in different types of soil, which plays a role in amplifying or reducing the shock of a temblor.


Mexican researchers also will be trained to quickly determine how the quake is spreading and where the damage might be expected, authorities said.


The U.S. is contributing $500,000 for the expanded quake monitoring network, which should be in operation next year. The Mexican government is including funding in its $50-million program to create an integrated national earthquake system, said Doug Given, Southern California seismic network coordinator for the USGS.


Source article:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/us-mexico-upgrade-border-quake-system-14772017


Photo: Quake epicenters. 
Author NASA, DTAM project team
http://denali.gsfc.nasa.gov/dtam/seismic/

Saturday, October 22, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Sweet Spot Halloween

Hello everyone join us for a PARTY!

Halloween Saturday October 29th 5 pm at the Sweet Spot in San Felipe

For more info contact Stephanie, 686-577-6366 or thesweetspotsf@yahoo.com