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As January starts drawing to a close and the true beginning of the year starts getting very real, it’s understandable to want to draw out the laidback vibes of summer as much as possible. Otherwise, it would be time to consider how to deal with the incoming year after the train wreck of 2016 and who wants that?

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Gif via Giphy

Let’s make some of that procrastination productive and get you updated on what happened over the weekend, shall we?

  • Yesterday, the Government backed down on a proposal to make the March 24th feriado a flexible one, i.e. that the day off could be moved to a more convenient day of the week if necessary. The idea was highly controversial because March 24th is the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, officially commemorating the beginning of the last military dictatorship and those who lost their lives throughout its rule from 1976 to 1983. The president of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, said that the Government’s backtracking was “good news after an unforgivable political mistake.” Justice Minister Germán Garavano said yesterday that “it was probably a mistake to go for the most sensitive feriados […] but it isn’t a matter of life of death.”
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Photo via Notife
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Photo via Perfil
  • Celebrations for the Chinese New Year were held in Belgrano on Saturday — welcoming the Year of the Rooster, 4715 in the Chinese calendar — beginning festivities that will last a total of 15 days. According to one of the organizers, Florencia Levy, the amount of people present during the festivites grows every year, reaching 35,000 a day last year and filling Belgrano’s barrio chino to the brim. This weekend, you can celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Plaza Parques Nacionales Argentinos.
  • President Mauricio Macri went to the seaside town of Chapadmalal over the weekend with Juliana Awada, where he played with young people from a community center located in Villa 31, who were there on holiday under a Government funded social program. While Macri played tejo, Awada spent time with two girls who saw the sea for the first time: “They were able to get to know the sea today. Happy to share this moment thanks to the Government’s social [welfare] program.”

Ellas conocieron el mar hoy. Feliz de compartir ese momento gracias al programa social del gobierno.

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      • Once again, arguably the biggest rivalry in Argentine football proved that there’s no such thing as a friendly between River Plate and Boca Juniors. River won the match 2-0, which they usually play during the summer break in Mar del Plata, but the main takeaways were a massive brawl on the pitch which lasted a full ten minutes and resulted in three players being given red cards. Plus the fact that both the rival teams’ managers were sent off the pitch for dissent. Not to mention the memes after the match, of course. Good thing it was a friendly.
      • We’ve all been driven to the edge of insanity by a GPS, but two unfortunate drivers from Santa Fe province were driven into a flooded ditch by Google Maps and had to be rescued by police as their car sank. No, they weren’t actively directed to the accident — the map wasn’t updated —and they only sustained minor injuries, but it’s still something of a cautionary tale.
Photo via La Nación
Photo via La Nación
      • Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, revealing more stable numbers for Macri after plummeting scores at the beginning of the month. The Economic Optimism Index is up by 0.3 points while the Political Optimism Index remains stable.

Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!