7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage.

A national emergency committee that convened after Friday’s quake adjourned in the afternoon after reporting 200 homes had been damaged, primarily in the southern state of Oaxaca, along with the city hall and main church in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec.

Two people sustained broken bones but had been treated in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, and their lives were not in danger, the Interior Department said in a statement.

Nearly 1 million customers were said to have lost power, but service had been restored to 99 percent of them, it added.

While there were no deaths directly linked to the quake, 13 people were killed and 16 injured when a military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the temblor crashed late Friday.

The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children died at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital. All the victims were on the ground at the time of the crash.

A state government official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night in an open field, fearful of returning to their homes as aftershocks continued to shake the terrain hours later.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter that Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat, who were on the helicopter, were fine.

When the quake struck Friday, Maricarmen Trujillo was on the same eighth floor of a Mexico City office building where she rode out a Sept. 19 earthquake that killed 228 people in the capital alone.

“I relived a lot of those moments,” Trujillo said, still jittery. This time an emergency app on her cellphone gave her a 30-second warning before things started to shake. She stayed in place, but felt more prepared.

Scars from a magnitude 8.2 quake Sept. 7 that killed nearly 100 people in Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas are still fresh, while in Mexico City, wounds from the Sept. 19 quake remain visible. Many buildings left uninhabitable are still awaiting demolition, and people flooded into the streets as the ground seethed Friday.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the magnitude of Friday’s quake at 7.5 but later lowered it to 7.2. It said the epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in southern Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).

USGS seismologist Paul Earle said it appeared not to be an aftershock of the 8.2 temblor on Sept. 7 in Oaxaca.

Gladys Barreno Castro, who was at work on the 29th floor of a downtown office building in Mexico City, recognized quickly that the shaking was not as violent this time.

“It lasted a long time, but it wasn’t as strong,” Barreno said. “I didn’t think that it was going to destroy the city like the last time.”

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Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson and Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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Massive alert in Mexico after radioactive device stolen

The item in question is a nuclear densometer which is used in geotechnical engineering to measure density. It contains radioactive material and there are fears such material could be used to make a “dirty bomb.”

The theft of the device took place in the city of León in the state of Guanajuata on Thursday morning. It was stolen from a vehicle belonging to an engineering firm. The National Coordination of Civil Protection warned that the material in the device is highly dangerous if removed from its container.

As well as Guanajuata, the ministry issued warnings in Querétaro, Jalisco, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, and Zacatecas. The National coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, tweeted a picture showing what the device looks like.

Thieves have successfully got their hands on radioactive material several times in Mexico in recent years.

READ MORE: Radioactive material theft in Mexico prompts alert in 9 states

In April last year, a nine-state alert was issued following the theft of industrial radiography equipment which was filled with Iridium-192, a radioactive element that can cause burns, acute radiation sickness, and death. Similar heists also took place in April 2015 and July 2014.

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Informe de Telemundo revela colusión entre el gobierno de México y activistas liberales

Mientras los medios liberales siguen obsesionados sobre la presunta injerencia rusa en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, un informe de Telemundo levanta otro tipo de bandera roja: la posibilidad de que funcionarios del gobierno mexicano y los activistas liberales en los Estados Unidos estén trabajando al unísono en su oposición a políticas de inmigración de la administración de Trump.

En un informe sobre una reunión celebrada el 26 de enero de 2018 entre funcionarios mexicanos de las ramas ejecutivas y legislativas con activistas liberales latinos en Los Ángeles, Claudia Mendoza, corresponsal de Telemundo, resumió la determinación del gobierno mexicano y activistas de resistir el cumplimiento de las leyes de inmigración en los E.E.U.U., tanto en los tribunales como en las urnas.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA, CORRESPONSAL, NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO: A estos esfuerzos legales también se está uniendo el gobierno mexicano.

ARDELIO VARGAS, COMISIONADO INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE MIGRACIÓN DE MÉXICO: Los consulados tienen una estrategia de defensa, incluso hay recursos destinados para, para este efecto.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: Los activistas insisten en que una de las armas más poderosas es el voto por lo que unirán fuerzas en las urnas en las elecciones de medio término de noviembre para obtener una mayor representación y con ello, bloquear medidas anti-inmigrantes.

El esfuerzo es coordinado por la organización mexicana Agenda Migrante, liderada por el exsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Jorge Castañeda y la extitular del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, Eunice Rendón.

A nadie le sorprende que entre los partidarios más efusivos del programa migrante se encuentren el concejal de Los Ángeles, Gil Cedillo y el alcalde demócrata de Phoenix, Arizona, Greg Stanton. Sin embargo, lo que sí es algo sorprendente, es que entre sus partidiarios, la organización cuenta también con el apoyo del senador republicano de Arizona, Jeff Flake.

No todo el debate de la reunión fue anti-Trump. Al concluir su presentación en el evento, el exsecretario de Relaciones Exteriores de México, Jorge Castañeda, habló de los “elementos atractivos” de la oferta del presidente Trump de llevar lo que él estima son 1,5 millones de beneficiarios mexicanos del DACA rumbo a la ciudadanía de Estados Unidos, una oferta la cual predijo que será “muy difícil” de rechazar por parte de los demócratas. “Van a aceptarlo”, dijo Castañeda.

Telemundo fue la única cadena principal estadounidense, en cualquier idioma, que cubrió la reunión.

A continuación, una transcripción complete del reportaje antes mencionado, transmitido en la edición de Noticias Telemundo el 26 de enero de 2018.

JULIO VAQUEIRO, PRESENTADOR NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO: … Y todo esto ocurre al mismo tiempo que sale a la luz el plan de inmigración del presidente Trump. Aquí nosotros ya hemos hablado de ello. Ahora grupos proinmigrantes preparan un plan de defensa para proteger a quienes parecen quedar más vulnerables que nunca.

Claudia Mendoza habló con activistas y políticos.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA, CORRESPONSAL, NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO: A Magdalena le preocupa que los nuevos pilares de inmigración que dio a conocer la Casa Blanca el jueves no la protegen, y la dejan en el limbo ya que solo ofrece protección a los dreamers, pero endurece otros renglones de las leyes migratorias.

MAGDALENA CHAMETLA: Nos sentimos un poco con miedo porque no sabemos que es lo que nos espera a nosotros, a nuestras familias.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: Y este panorama para los inmigrantes indocumentados parece más desolador cada día, uno que llevó hoy a líderes comunitarios y políticos tanto de California como México a plantear estrategias para defenderlos.

SERGIO INFANZÓN, LÍDER COMUNITARIO: Y podamos hacer propuestas juntos, que podamos ir a Washington juntos, que podamos mandar correos electrónicos a todos los legisladores juntos.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: Y mientras presionan para lograr un cambio en la capital federal, también buscan allegar fondos para ofrecer asesoría legal para los detenidos y ayudarlos con su proceso migratorio.

EUNICE RENDÓN, AGENDA MIGRATORIA: Hemos visto un 45%, un 43% más de arrestos de indocumentados y se ha triplicado la cantidad de gente detenida sin ningún récord criminal.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: A estos esfuerzos legales también se está uniendo el gobierno mexicano.

ARDELIO VARGAS, COMISIONADO INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE MIGRACIÓN DE MÉXICO: Los consulados tienen una estrategia de defensa, incluso hay recursos destinados para, para este efecto.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: Los activistas insisten en que una de las armas más poderosas es el voto por lo que unirán fuerzas en las urnas en las elecciones de medio término en noviembre para obtener una mayor representación y con ello, bloquear medidas anti-inmigrantes.

SERGIO INFANZÓN: Y que de alguna manera se balancee y neutralice todo lo que está pasando. La comunidad realmente tiene la fuerza.

CLAUDIA MENDOZA: Pero algunos inmigrantes temen que para ellos llegará muy tarde una reforma migratoria o un alivio que les permita permanecer en el país sin temor a ser deportados. En Los Ángeles, Claudia Mendoza, Noticias Telemundo.

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Nearly 80 undocumented immigrants found crammed in truck near US-Mexico border

Immigration authorities have found nearly 80 people crammed into the back of a truck trying to enter the US without proper documents.

The truck was travelling on highway in Laredo, Texas, near the US-Mexico border when the driver was pulled over. He was later arrested.

He was questioned about his immigration status and though he is a US citizen, the truck was subjected to a secondary search and 76 people from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were found huddled inside.

At least 13 were found to be unaccompanied children.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said all the people found in the trailer were in “good health”.

CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta said in a CBP news release: “These criminal organisations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated.”

“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organisations and prosecute those responsible,” Mr Acosta said.

Transporting people across the border in trailer trucks has become a dangerous practice.

In July, ten undocumented immigrants died from overheating while trapped in a trailer in San Antonio, Texas.

The air conditioning and ventilation systems had broken leaving dozens more with severe brain damage and other injuries.

The driver, a US citizen from Florida, had left the vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot and claimed he did not there were people in the back.

Survivors, however, claimed they banged on the walls in order to get out.

The undocumented immigrants found on 26 January, including the children, will be taken to a processing and detention centres.

They have arrived at a time when border security and the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which allowed people brought to the US illegally as minors to stay and work, are under hot debate in Congress.

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New Mexico Governor Wants to Grant Immunity to Police


SANTA FE, New Mexico – A years-old debate over use of force by police could resurface in the coming 30-day legislative session, as Gov. Susana Martinez plans to push legislation that would grant legal immunity to New Mexico law enforcement officers for actions in the line of duty.

The Republican governor, a former prosecutor, says the legislation would provide a shield of sorts for law enforcement officers – provided they’re adhering to training – in a state that has one of the nation’s highest violent crime rates.

“I don’t believe that police officers should be under this constant threat of lawsuits that will often cause them to pause,” Martinez recently told the Journal. “If they’re following their training, there should be something that protects them.”

However, critics describe the legislation as misguided and possibly unconstitutional, while citing a recent federal investigation that found Albuquerque police had a pattern of excessive force. That led to a settlement agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Standing up for officers who are using excessive force and violating the Constitution is exactly the wrong way to move,” said Steven Robert Allen, the public policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico. “I don’t know what problem the governor thinks she’s addressing, but she seems to be going in the wrong direction.”

In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed against New Mexico law enforcement officers, and some of the suits have led to hefty settlement agreements.

In 2014, a judge awarded more than $6 million to the family of Christopher Torres, a mentally ill 27-year old man who was shot in his own backyard when police officers tried to confront him over a road rage incident.

Stephen Torres, his father, said Tuesday that he would oppose the legislation.

“We all should be a little paranoid about doing the right thing,” he said in an interview. “If a police officer does something wrong, he should be held accountable just like the rest of us.”

However, Martinez, who is entering her final regular session of the Legislature as governor, suggested that legislation granting legal immunity to law enforcement officers would protect not just the officers but taxpayers, too.

“This bill would protect citizens and law enforcement officers from the massive payouts that taxpayers are giving crooks and thieves who are hurt or injured by police officers who are doing their job,” Martinez said.

Without citing a specific case, she said such a law could apply when a police officer chases a suspect who ignores orders to stop and tackles the suspect.

Several recent lawsuits filed against law enforcement officers have in fact stemmed from non-deadly encounters.

For instance, a University of New Mexico student filed a lawsuit last year in which he claimed he was knocked down and injured after walking down a “skirmish line” of police officers who were in riot gear with an extended middle finger. The incident occurred at a protest against right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, and the lawsuit is still pending.

In another case, a murder suspect filed a 2016 lawsuit alleging Albuquerque police injured his wrist while handcuffing his “brittle arms.”

Meanwhile, the governor said the immunity bill, which had not yet been filed as of Tuesday, would not shield officers who intentionally disregard internal law enforcement policies and training.

Martinez has clashed in past legislative sessions with top-ranking Democratic lawmakers over proposals to increase criminal penalties, and the immunity legislation could face an uphill climb in the 30-day session, in part because short sessions held in even-numbered years are typically focused on budgetary matters.

The session officially begins Tuesday.

Source: https://www.abqjournal.com/1117026/gov-wants-to-grant-immunity-to-police.html

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California city official is gunned down while vacationing in Mexico

An American tourist was shot and killed while apparently being robbed in a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast that has become popular with surfers and Hollywood stars.

Douglas Bradley was killed Thursday in the hotel zone of Ixtapa. He was on Christmas vacation in neighboring Zihuatanejo and would have turned 50 the next day.

The city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County announced Bradley’s death on Friday. He was the city’s director of finance.

“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident-friendly.”

Witnesses told local media they saw Bradley being chased by gunmen who shot him with a 9 mm handgun about 4 a.m., Mexico News Daily reported.

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Witnesses told local media they saw Bradley being chased by his assailants before being shot.

 (City of Imperial Beach)

However, police weren’t called for four hours, and when they arrived they found Bradley’s body in a parking lot, the website reported.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Bradley was unmarried and did not have children. He lived in Playas de Tijuana and commuted to Imperial Beach.

Dedina said the city was working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana to bring the body home.

On Saturday, Mexico News Daily reported that less than an hour south of Ixtapa, just hours before Bradley was killed, the mayor of Petatlán was killed by a gunman.

Violence in the region is attributed to gang turf fights involving drug trafficking, kidnapping and extorition, the website also reported.

Last week a comedy show at the Krystal Ixtapa hotel was canceled after gangsters tried to shake down one of the performers for $2,500, accordng to the website.

Guerrero, where Ixtapa is located, was one of the most violent states in Mexico in the first 11 months of 2017, with a homicide rate of 58.6 per 100,000 people, the Associated Press reported.

 

 

 

 

 

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Russia-Mexico ties are warm… even without election meddling – Lavrov jokes in RT interview

Speaking to RT Espanol’s Aliana Nieves on Monday, Sergey Lavrov said recent developments in Latin America, where some leftist governments were forced out or were defeated by right-wing parties, did not affect the region’s relations with Russia. Some countries have elections approaching, but Moscow again does not see much of a change there, he said.

On the topic of ties with Mexico, which is set to hold general elections in 2018, Russia’s top diplomat adopted a less serious tone.

“Now, as far as Mexico is concerned, again, we don’t see any ‘Russian factor’ in the Mexican elections. Nobody accuses us of meddling in this country,” he said sarcastically, referring to the array of allegations that Russia played a role in the 2016 US elections, the 2017 German elections and a number of other votes.

Taking a more serious line, he added: “We have very good plans for developing our cooperation with Mexico, including trade, investments, civil aviation and a number of other high-tech industries.”

Meanwhile, Moscow has “never seen any single fact from the governments which accuse us of meddling in their internal affairs,” Lavrov stressed.

Positive changes are underway in Venezuela, where the government and opposition have engaged in talks, the minister added. “If nobody intervenes in this process, I think they can work out an agreement… Some people start whispering things into the ears of the opposition, asking them, encouraging them to take a tougher stance [against the government],” according to the Russian diplomat.

Russia formally established diplomatic relations with Mexico back in 1890. In August 1924, Mexico became the first country in the Americas to establish relations with the Soviet Union.

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Mexico Tour Bus Crash Kills At Least 12

A bus carrying cruise ship passengers on a tour of ancient Mayan ruins flipped on a highway in southeast Mexico early Tuesday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 18.

The fatalities include five Americans, four Canadians, two Swedes and one Mexican, ABC News reported, citing an unidentified official familiar with the investigation. 

Authorities confirmed to Reuters that a child was among the dead. A South Florida family told the Sun Sentinel they believed an 11-year-old boy and his grandmother were killed.

A bus transporting tourists to the Chacchoben Ruins in southeast Mexico lost control and overturned Tuesday, killing and injuring multiple people. (MANUEL JESUS ORTEGA CANCHE via Getty Images)A bus transporting tourists to the Chacchoben Ruins in southeast Mexico lost control and overturned Tuesday, killing and injuring multiple people. (MANUEL JESUS ORTEGA CANCHE via Getty Images)

The bus had been headed toward the Chacchoben Ruins, roughly 290 miles south of Cancun. It was carrying 31 people, including 27 passengers traveling on two Royal Caribbean cruise ships, when the driver lost control in Quintana Roo state. Those two ships were Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, the cruise line said. 

“Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident,” Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in a statement. “We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.”

Passenger Vítor Maciel Fontes Jacques, 32, told ABC News he was with his wife and five family members on the bus when it suddenly ran off the side of the road.

“Then the driver pushed it over and it started flipping over,” Jacques said. “And then the bus flipped on its side.” He said the wreck left him with a broken clavicle, and his sister-in-law with a head injury that required surgery.

Mexican police officers and paramedics responded to the scene of the bus crash that left at least 12 people dead. (MANUEL JESUS ORTEGA CANCHE via Getty Images)Mexican police officers and paramedics responded to the scene of the bus crash that left at least 12 people dead. (MANUEL JESUS ORTEGA CANCHE via Getty Images)

Serenade of the Seas passenger Chris Brawley told the Sun Sentinel he was traveling on another bus to the same Mayan ruins when it came upon the wrecked vehicle, just minutes after it flipped.

He described the two-lane road as narrow, with no shoulder or guardrail. The road was dry and there was no sign of any other vehicle being involved in the crash, he said.

Last year, 11 tourists were killed in a crash, also in Quintana Roo, in which their bus flipped en route to Cancun, The Associated Press reported.

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