Okay, let’s face it. Even though we technically got a working day on Friday, the fact that it was sandwiched between the feriado on Thursday and the rest of the weekend meant that our usual lack of newsreading just got a good headstart.
It’s fine. Let’s go over what Saturday and Sunday had in store for us so you can take whatever this Monday is cooking up.
- Another 25 de mayo, another military parade cutting off a lot of Libertador Avenue with marching bands from Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, France and the United States, among others, airplanes flying and Malvinas veterans bringing up the rear of the parade to standing ovations. There were some issues at the festivities, not least a glaring error in one of the banners hanging from the official balcony at the Campo de Polo, which read “1816-2017” instead of “1810-2017.” The Defense Minister Julio Martínez was forced to recognize that “someone messed up” and made a “serious historical mistake.” According to Martínez, they had noticed the mistake at the very beginning of the event and covered up the offending 6 with a 0, but it fell off towards the end. No pressure, the government just got the May revolution year wrong. Not that anyone was watching, or anything.
- It hasn’t been a good year for small and medium-sized enterprises (PYMES in Spanish) this year. A study published by the Argentine Chamber of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (CAME) revealed that production by industrial PYMEs fell by 3.8 percent compared to last year while the food and the “non-metallic minerals” sectors showed the highest increase in costs of production. “As a positive figure, only 16 percent of industries [surveyed] expect the production to continue decreasing while 49 percent plan to make new investments or are evaluating that as a possibility,” said Fabián Tarrío, head of the CAME. “However, the behavior is very mismatched [and] the crisis in Brazil doesn’t help.”
- In Salta province, a restaurant called Espacio Portezuelo was severely criticized on social media and by the provincial Secretariat of Human Rights as well as several feminist organizations. The reason? The menu used the names of Argentine actresses and models to describe different cuts of meat under the name “Argentine meat.” Classy. They have yet to respond to repeated requests to change the menu.
— Jimena Granados (@jimenasalta) May 28, 2017
- It wasn’t all bad news for women, though! According to an official announcement made by Zulma Ortiz, the Buenos Aires province Health Minister, the maternal death ratio decreased in 2016, going from 112 in 2015 to 92. Ortiz made the announcement yesterday, coinciding with the International Day of Action for Women’s Health: she clarified that “We’re far away from the objectives put forward by the World Health Organization.”
- Mateo Rush, the boy that moved social media to fund his US $80,000 operation in the United States, has died at a hospital in Houston at the age of 15. His mother, María, wrote on the Facebook page “Todos por Mateo Rush” to deliver the news, saying that he was “no longer suffering and [is] now in heaven.” She posted a picture of Mateo hugging her and Alejandro, his father, saying that he “was always taking care of us” and that she “couldn’t imaging life without him.” Mateo had a post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, which cannot be treated here in Argentina, and his death was mourned across social media throughout the weekend.
- Onto some sports news: Boca Juniors suffered a draw with Huracán on Saturday, “suffered” being the operative word. Boca was winning 1-0 until a penalty was granted to Huracán with only 40 seconds until the end of the game, in which Alejandro Romero Gamarra scored and settled the final result (1-1). One of many very frustrated fans (for many, the penalty was debatable) decided to make a 911 call to report the “theft” (un robo) of two points. The prank caller was asked several questions according to protocol in which he gave the Huracán stadium as the address for the crime and claimed that “50,000 had been victimized.” He could now face charges.
- After 18 months of renovations and delays for the actual event, the official reopening of the San Martín theater happened over the weekend! Saturday saw avenues Corrientes and Paraná blocked (it was, apparently, that sort of weekend) to make way for a massive stage for an outdoor festival honoring the theater’s history in a five-act performance. There were massive puppets and 300 dancers and actors as well as thousands of people watching, although some only caught glimpses on the large LED screens installed for the event. With that in mind, stay tuned for future shows at one of Buenos Aires’ most famous and classic theater venues!
- While on the subject of performances, one actress in particular stole the stage on Friday. Since it was announced that Millie Bobby Brown was coming to the Argentine Comic Con as the sole representative of the hit show Stranger Things, many were expecting her to make waves. The beloved actress surprised everyone by giving an impromptu singing performance, with parts of Beyoncé’s “Ave María” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
Go forth and show yourselves to be well-informed, my loyal Monday readers!