Monthly Archives: June 2011

Medical Guide For Those Far From Services

This guide is courtesy of the government of the UK. Apparently they believe this info to be essential medical info for people at sea but it also is very applicable to life here in Todos Santos and Baja California Sur in general.

Medical Guide 

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The Weather Is Still Cool In Todos Santos Baja Mexico

Hurricane Beatriz disappeared in record time – she wasn’t around long enough to affect our weather here in Todos Santos. We are still hot in the sun, cool in shade during the day and cool at night. What’s different so far this summer is the nature of the June gloom. We haven’t had the intense marine layer come ashore each morning and bring dripping fog. Instead we are having mostly cloudy nights and mornings. Very odd indeed.

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Whale Rescue In Sea of Cortez

Perhaps you have seen this video already but if not you need to view it. Michael Fishbach of the Great Whale Conservancy and friends encountered a young whale trapped in gill netting. They struggled for an hour trying to free it and save its life. I found this link posted on the Baja Pony Express.

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There Goes The Cooler Weather

Oh no, Tropical Storm Beatriz has risen from Invest 91. No way she will come near Baja Sur, but she will again change our weather in the short term (ala Adrian) and likely for the long term also. Expect the ocean temps to rise 5-10 F and quickly. That means our night time lows will rise also. With any luck at all, she will dissipate rapidly and hopefully our cool, low humidity days will return. It’s not hot yet but with Beatriz bubbling way south of us, it’s only a matter of hours before we feel the humid warm air coming north.

Tropical Storm Beatriz

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Denver Examiner Travel Writer Covers Todos Santos Baja Mexico

Bob Schulman of the Denver Examiner recently wrote about Todos Santos Baja. I am not certain that all his historical and other facts are correct, but the story is sweet nonetheless and paints a likable picture of our Pueblo Magico.

The Sweetness of Todos Santos 

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Baja Mining Corp Press Release – Santa Rosalia, Baja Sur Mines

I ran across this press release today and it reinforced how difficult it will be to stop the mining interests in Baja Sur. The governor has stated he is against mining in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains near La Paz, but here he is in Santa Rosalia, endorsing this separate project with his very presence. I feel certain the numbers have been tweaked to make the mining company look as good as possible to the politicians.

No a las minas toxicas!

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.: Secretary of Economy of Mexico Lays First Stone at Minera Boleo

24hgold
MarketWire
Published : June 16, 2011

SANTA ROSALÍA, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MÉXICO–(Marketwire – June 16, 2011) – Baja Mining Corp. (News – Market indicators)(OTCQX:BAJFF) (“Baja or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Secretary of Economy of México as the personal representative of the President of Mexico, presided over the ceremony to lay the First Stone of Boleo‘s mining construction at its 70% owned copper-cobalt-zinc project (“Boleo“), located near Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur, México on June 15, 2011.

This project is of considerable importance to the regional and national economy, as it represents a major investment of US $1.2 Billion, significant job creation with up to 3,000 jobs being offered by the time of peak construction and an increase in the export of vital copper, cobalt and zinc commodities.

The Secretary of Economy of México was welcomed at the site by the Company’s President and CEO, John Greenslade, the Governor of Baja California Sur, Lic. Marcos Alberto Covarrubias Villaseñor, the Municipal President of Mulegé, Lic. Guillermo Santillán Meza and a 130-strong audience including senior management from the Company’s Korean Consortium minority partner, shareholders from London, U.K. and New York City and members of the local Santa Rosalía community.

A series of brief speeches were made from the Federal, State and Municipal Governement, and Korean Resources Corporation which highlighted the key characteristics and advantages of the Boleo Project.

“It is a great honour and privilege for the Company to receive this Federal, State and Municipal Government support and recognition, and we are thrilled to welcome all the guests to this momentous First Stone laying event to celebrate the commencement of construction at the Boleo Project,” said Baja’s President and CEO, John Greenslade.

The Boleo project is currently meeting its scheduled milestones, with environmental compliance and surface mining activities continuing in targeted areas, the processing plant and road earthworks well underway, in addition to the site camp, utilities and services being finalized. Ongoing delivery of major equipment and materials, including the major ore grinding equipment (scheduled to arrive on site in July 2011) is supporting the timely starting of the broader plant construction plans in accordance with the schedule of the project’s EPCM contractor. First copper production remains on target for first quarter, 2013.

Baja Mining (News – Market indicators)(OTCQX:BAJFF) is a mine development company with a 70% interest in the Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese Project located near Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, México. Baja is the project operator and a Korean syndicate of industrial companies holds the remaining 30%. Boleo is fully permitted, fully funded, currently under construction and targeted for copper commissioning in 2012, and copper production in early 2013. Boleo has 265 Mt of measured and indicated resources (including 85 Mt of proven and probable reserves) and 165 Mt of inferred resources. A March 2010 updated technical report to the 2007 definitive feasibility study, confirmed that Boleo can be developed economically at an after-tax IRR of 25.6% (100% equity). The Project, which has a minimum scheduled mine life of 23 years (during which approximately 70 Mt of the noted proven and probable reserves will be exploited), has a NPV of US$ 1.3 billion (8% discount rate), and an average life-of-mine cash cost of negative US$ 0.29/lb for copper, net of by-product credits. Metal Prices are based on SEC pricing guidelines. For more information, please visit www.bajamining.com.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Baja Mining Corp.

John W. Greenslade, President

Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Canadian securities laws, such as statements that describe the anticipated mine life; the Company’s expected NPV and IRR of the project; expected future metal prices; expected timing of copper production and other statements. Since forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and address future events, conditions and expectations, forward-looking statements by their nature inherently involve unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors well beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Material factors that could cause actual revenues to differ materially from those contained in such forwarding-looking statements include (i) fluctuations on the prices of copper, cobalt, zinc and manganese, (ii) interpretation of contract terms, (iii) accuracy of the Company’s and consultants’ projections, (iv) the Company’s ability to finance, receive permits for, obtain equipment, construct and develop the El Boleo Project, (v) the effects of weather; operating hazards; adverse geological conditions and global warming, (vi) impact of availability of labor, materials and equipment; and (vii) changes in governmental laws, regulations, economic conditions or shifts in political attitudes or stability.

These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s views as of the date of this release. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.

The Toronto Stock Exchange neither approves nor disapproves the information contained in this news release.

Baja Mining Corp.
John Greenslade
President
604 685 2323
604 629 5228 (FAX)
www.bajamining.com

Steroid Tainted Meat In Mexico

Maybe you heard about the 5 Mexican soccer players banned from the latest international soccer series. The team blames tainted meat for the player’s doping tests showing positives. I personally don’t eat red meat but for those who do, the following info should prove enlightening.

Much of Mexican meat tainted with steroids

The problem is so severe that hundreds are sickened every year and it is believed to have resulted in positive drug tests for five members of Mexico’s national soccer team.

By TIM JOHNSON
McClatchy News Service

CELAYA, Mexico — Positive drug tests for five standout members of Mexico’s national soccer team have forced Mexican officials to acknowledge a problem that goes far beyond sports: Much of Mexico’s beef is so tainted with the steroid clenbuterol that it sickens hundreds of people each year.

Use of the steroid is illegal. But it’s found a niche among ranchers, who marvel at the way it helps cattle build muscle mass before going to the slaughterhouse. The beef is pink and largely free of layers of fat, winning over unwitting consumers.

Ranchers call the powdery substance “miracle salts.” A few call it “cattle cocaine.”

Whatever name is used, the substance has unpleasant side effects for human beings. Last year, 297 people felt sick enough after eating tainted meat to visit hospital emergency rooms. Many more just endured the symptoms.

“It happened to me,” said Raúl Martínez, a third-generation butcher in this dairy and cattle region of central Mexico. “When I fell ill, my heart started to race, and I got the shakes.”

The use of clenbuterol and the subject of steroid-tainted meat surged into headlines in Mexico last week when Mexico’s Soccer Federation announced the positive tests for the five players.

Team leaders asserted the result was due to eating tainted meat, and many agreed, including Mexican President Felipe Calderón, who, with the pillars of the national sport wobbling, acknowledged that contamination is a problem in the meat industry.

“I believe it’s a matter of tainted food,” Calderón said during a visit to California over the weekend. “Indeed, many [ranchers] put who-knows-what kind of substances so that their cattle weigh a few kilos more.”

The players, including goalie Guillermo Ochoa, won’t know their fate, which could include a two-year suspension, until a second round of tests later this week.

At the feedlots around this city in Guanajuato state, the mention of clenbuterol draws knowing nods from sales clerks even as they decline to talk. But news reports show that cases of clenbuterol abuse in cattle have occurred in the states of Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Michoacán, Mexico, Tlaxcala and Durango.

Worried perhaps about the fallout on the tourism industry, which employs one out of eight Mexican workers, the Health and Agriculture ministries rushed out a joint statement headlined “Consumption of Meat in Mexico is safe.”

Sickness from eating clenbuterol-tainted meat used to be far worse, the statement said, noting that 795 people were hospitalized in 2007. Last year’s rate of illness was less than 1 per million, it added.

Despite the decline, the problem remains chronic.

“You should have zero people getting sick if it [Mexican beef] is safe,” said Dr. Don H. Catlin, a professor emeritus of medical pharmacology at UCLA and a pioneer in drug testing in sports. “If you have one person, then that means it’s getting into the system.”

Mexico has some 7 million beef cattle, 3 million dairy cows and 6.8 million calves. In its arid north, ranchers last year exported some 1.2 million calves to U.S. feedlots. But where clenbuterol use appears persistent is in the central part of Mexico, a temperate mountainous region that supplies a domestic market so hungry for beef that Mexico is the No. 1 U.S. market for beef exports.

The risk then is largely to Mexican consumers, and anyone who visits the country and consumes steady amounts of beef. In April, Germany’s anti-doping agency warned traveling athletes not to eat meat in Mexico because it might result in positive doping results.

The economic incentive for ranchers to use illegal steroids is great.

“A steer normally yields 55 percent meat. But a steer fed clenbuterol yields 62 to 65 percent,” said Martínez, who operates the Martín Butcher at a central Celaya market. He pulled out a calculator and showed how using the steroid for a month or two before slaughter can bring in an additional 100 pounds or more of beef for each steer.

The problem, he added, is that “a few ranchers overdo it with the dosage.”

Since 2007, Mexican law penalizes ranchers who use banned steroids in cattle with potential jail terms of seven years. But the law is widely disregarded.

Martínez, who heads an association of 170 butchers in Celaya, said meat vendors occasionally had discussed not selling steroid-tainted beef. But there are always holdouts, and bribes reach into the local health departments, which look the other way.

“I agree that you should get rid of clenbuterol. But it has to be everyone, not just a few,” Martínez said.

Even as the office of Health Secretary José Angel Córdova denied there was a problem with Mexican beef, the secretary acknowledged that butchers and consumers had grown accustomed to the less fatty look of meat raised on clenbuterol.

“Because it has a better appearance, some butchers prefer this meat and don’t realize they are committing a crime,” Córdova said, according to the semiofficial news agency Notimex.

Those sickened by tainted meat are usually those who buy organ meat, mainly liver, at markets and cook it at home, said Joel Manrique Moreno, the director of sanitary risk protection for Guanajuato state.

“An hour later, they have the symptoms,” he said, which can include “headache, palpitations, nervousness and fluctuating blood pressure rates.”

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