Why read the news over the weekend when you can discover new places, see the city, go running, party until the early hours or catch up on work? Or, you know, discover new Instagram accounts of Great Danes and catch up on Netflix?
We’re not judging. Either way, here’s The Bubble with an update on what happened over the weekend.
- A 25-year-old woman, Georgina Soledad Díaz, was found dead in the Paraná river on Sunday after going missing 13 days prior with her 2-year-old son, Thiago. She was found with a bullet in her back and her stepfather, José Luis Núñez — who according to police sources, has already spent 15 years in jail — was arrested in the early hours of this morning. While the authorities have amped up the search for the little boy, a friend of the victim testified that he is the result of a non-consensual relationship with Núñez.
- As the primary elections (PASO) loom ever closer, exchanges between politicians are beginning to heat up. Over the weekend, PJ Senate candidate Florencio Randazzo hit back at President Mauricio Macri regarding small and medium-sized companies (PYMEs in Spanish). Macri wrote a column on Saturday in the Córdoba newspaper “El Puntal,” renewing previous criticisms about the “labor lawsuits mafia” that allegedly leads to the widespread shutting down of PYMEs and which the government “decided to combat” because “once a PYME shuts down, it doesn’t come back and the employees lose their jobs. However, according to Randazzo, “Macri is trying to make the Argentine public believe that PYMEs are shut down due to labor suits, and that is a lie […] Since Macri has been in government, over 3,000 pymes have gone bankrupt.”
- That wasn’t all. In the company of our favorite talk show diva, Mirtha Legrand, 1País candidate Margarita Stolbizer said that “[Former president] Cristina [Fernández de Kirchner] is the result of the ineffectiveness of this government.” For Stolbizer, Macri’s administration “is being irresponsible” because they “fan the flames of the grieta” or Argentina’s political divide, making the former president a viable candidate. A jab at Cristina and Macri at the same time: nicely done.
- In other PASO news, a platform at a rally being held by the newly formed Unidad Ciudadana caved in with 20 people on top in the Buenos Aires district of Lomas de Zamora, injuring several people and scaring everyone present. The event was led by Guillermo Viñuales, the Cabinet Chief of the Kirchnerite mayor Martín Insaurralde, who suffered a fracture in his fibula and later told La Nación that four people had been injured: “Two people fractured their fibula a girl and me and two have fractured their fingers. Luckily, for the rest, it was just a big fright.” Media outlets had previously reported 30 people being injured. According to Viñuales, the platform had been considered safe for 20 people to stand on it but another 25 from the Peronist Youth group started jumping on the stage, which led to the wood giving way. He also praised the 10 doctors present at the scene.
- A video of Paulo Dybala, an Argentine football player who plays forward for Juventus, went viral over the weekend after he scored an “impossible” goal. He was playing a match for charity in his hometown, Laguna Larga (Córdoba province) when he managed to pull off an amazing free kick with the biggest barrier possible: there was a crowd inside the goal and he still managed to score. Check out the video below.
- And great news for anyone who’s planning on visiting the famous Iguazú falls! There are now low-cost direct flights from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazú thanks to the Andes airline: the first of their kind to reach the tourist favorite. There are set to be five low-cost flights to Iguazú every week, and the airline has been authorized to operate on 85 air routes in Argentina — and with their plan to sell flights 60 percent cheaper than the rest, that’s great news for national travel. The flight is also about half the price of the bus trip to the falls. The CEO, Julián Cook, says that they will also operate in Córdoba, Bariloche and Tucumán. Stay tuned!
- Of course, most of the weekend’s social media was dedicated to what Clarín called “the wedding of the century.” That may or may not be an exaggeration, but Lionel Messi’s wedding on Friday was one of the big national events of the year. There weren’t supposed to be any social media leaks of the ceremony but, being 2017 and a large group of very famous people it’s unclear how this was really expected to work.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!