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Happy new year! Let’s assume that between trying to come up with New Year’s resolutions — read the news more, maybe? — the sparklers, the partying and surviving the intense Buenos Aires heat meant that you didn’t manage to read the news this weekend.

Good riddance, 2016. Gif via Giphy
Good riddance, 2016. Gif via Giphy

Not to worry, The Bubble is here with an update so you start 2017 well informed.

      • More holiday messages from politicians, this time on their vacation! President Mauricio Macri posted a video on his Twitter describing 2016 as a “tough year which confirmed that we wanted change” and that good things are coming in 2017 “if we make our best effort.” Meanwhile, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner put a little irony into her end-of-year reflections, with a supposed “survey by Cambiemos” on “who crucified Jesus Christ”:
  • Violence broke out between police and teenage party-goers at the seaside town of Villa Gesell on New Year’s Eve (technically 5 AM New Year’s day): 15 people were arrested and many were injured at a beach party with thousands of people present — media outlets oscillate between two and five thousand. None of the injuries were allegedly serious, although rubber bullets, glass bottles and stones were used as projectiles and several cars and buildings were damaged. The mayor of Villa Gesell described those who started the violence as “misfits.”

Photo via Perfil
Photo via Perfil
Justice Minister Garavano. Photo via Youtube.
  • As of yesterday, supermarkets in the City of Buenos Aires will no longer provide their customers with plastic bags (from Carrefour to the chino on the corner).  According to the City government, the plan is to reduce the number of plastic bags by 55 percent, or by 580 million. “We know that these types of bags contaminate water, block sewage and affect [the City’s] flora and fauna. We’re accompanying [City] residents in this big cultural change so that everyone can enjoy a cleaner and greener City,” said Eduardo Macchiavelli, the City’s minister for Environment and Public Spaces. Get ready to work that changuito!
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Photo via Picssr

I know that they’re now your go-to conversation starter at the office, but Clarín did not publish their optimism indices this week. Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!