Ah, the segunda quincena: the other half of January in which the tables turn and those who suffered in the office for the first two weeks go on holiday and vice versa. Or, if you’re sticking it out at work for the whole month, the group of friends you’ve been hanging out with has suddenly changed.
Hang in there. Either way, The Bubble is here with an update of what happened over the weekend.
- After last year’s Time Warp tragedy, electronic music festivals have been a bit of a sore spot. The municipal government of Mar del Plata lifted its ban to allow for two such parties over the weekend, with intense drug control and medical assistance available on standby. One was graced by the British trio Above & Beyond, which saw 20 people treated on site, two hospitalized and one person jailed for drug possession. The government will evaluate how it all went and determine over the next few days whether or not four other electronic festivals will go ahead this month. Read more: Time Warp Organizer Turns Himself In And Faces Homicide Charge
- According to official sources for Clarín, the government will seek to reinforce migration controls, specifically targeting immigrants with a criminal record with a data base. The reason is to stop a “drug trafficking workforce” entering Argentina legally. “If a drug trafficker has finished serving their sentence in their country [and] do not have a capture request from Interpol [on them], they can enter the country [easily],” said Horacio García, head of Migrations. However, there has already been criticism from the opposition, saying that Argentina is “an immigrant country by definition” and calling for caution.
- Mendoza province’s Health Minister Rubén Giacchi resigned over the weekend after his partner Laura García pressed charges regarding domestic abuse which resulted in “minor injuries.” Governor Alfredo Cornejo accepted his resignation: according to an official press release, “if, once the investigation has been finalized, the results indicate that he was not responsible, [there is a] chance that he may return to the team.”
- President Mauricio Macri’s father, businessman Franco Macri, gave his son’s first year as president a five out of ten: “in the first year, there’s not much else he could have done.” He also said that Mauricio Macri probably shouldn’t go for a reelection because “four years is enough.” Good thing President Macri said that he went into politics to get out of his father’s shadow, right? Read more: Paging Freud: China Confuses Macri With His Father, Franco, In Official G20 Flyer
- A 26-year-old has been put in preventive custody as the alleged co-perpetrator of the murder of Brian Aguinaco the 14-year-old killed last Christmas Eve in Flores. Luis “Yun” Gómez has a criminal record and was detained on December 30th. Meanwhile, the mother of the other suspect, a 15-year-old, told media that “her son had nothing to do with the murder” and “wants people to understand that [they] shouldn’t accuse [others] in this way.” Read more: Mother Of Teen Accused Of Murder Loses Argentine Residency
- If you’re visiting the amazing Iguazú Falls, be sure to keep your phones at bay. A 65-year-old tourist Juan Flores fell over the safety rails at the legendary Devil’s Throat waterfall (the biggest one) because he was looking at his phone instead of paying attention to the walkway. The incident happened at night (it was a full moon excursion) and a park ranger, Rodrigo Castillo, saw what happened, jumping after him to put a life jacket on him and bringing him back to safety.
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, revealing a bad week for the government attributed to the whole manteros controversy and the rise in gas prices, among other things. The economic index is down by one point while the political index decreased by 1.1. Read more: 700 Street Vendors Join Agreement With Buenos Aires Government
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!