Well, that was a confusing weekend, with Saturday lulling us into a false sense of security with ridiculously warm weather (despite previous warnings of thunderstorms…who else wandered around with a useless raincoat on?) only to slap us across the face with gales cold enough to form icicles in our hair.
So Sunday was spent in a state of quasi-hibernation, obviously. No news reading or general acknowledgment of the outside world. Except for Beyoncé’s twins and Father’s Day posts.
- Former Planning Minister Julio de Vido has “categorically denied” making deals with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which is currently the focus of a massive bribing and corruption scandal of international proportions. An article by La Nación claimed that De Vido and his team agreed a US $25 million bribe in order to ease the company’s access to the market and clear the way for a particular project in extending gas infrastructure. In a string of 14 Tweets, De Vido denies the accusations, saying that they are simply “another brutal political and media onslaught by the government.” Read more: Odebrecht: Press Claims Government Has the Names of Bribe Recipients
Desmiento en forma rotunda la nota y rechazo en forma categórica haber acordado “pago” alguno con Odebrecht como falazmente se afirma.
— Julio De Vido (@JulioDeVido) 18 de junio de 2017
- During the storms that hit Argentina throughout the weekend, waves of up to seven meters high engulfed and later sank the Repunte, a fishing boat off the coast of Chubut province on Saturday. Winds of over 50 kilometers an hour and continued bad weather conditions have made for a tough rescue mission, but two of the 12 sailors on board have been saved and are now in hospital in a stable condition: one had hypothermia after having been in the freezing water for three hours. Three of the crew have been confirmed dead (only one identified) and the remaining seven are still missing. The Argentine Coastguard has confirmed that the longer they are missing, the fewer the chances are for their survival due to the freezing waters and cold temperature.
- Last night were the Martín Fierro Awards, the highest prizes for television and radio in Argentina, with their usual glitz, glamor and cringeworthy political moments — last year, journalist and TV personality Jorge Lanata was booed during his award acceptance speech. This year, the members of Intratables got on stage to collect the award for best Journalism Program, Diego Brancatelli — a hard-line Kirchnerite journalist famous for stoking controversy — took the microphone with a box in his hands. First, he tried to make a joke with an egg. Then he pulled out a miniature doll of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: “To close the grieta [Argentina’s current political divide], I simply want to give Lanata a Cristinita for good luck. To live together a little bit better. To close the grieta. For Jorge, a little present.” Lanata’s program, Periodismo Para Todos, was also in the running for the award. Nobody laughed.
- In an interview with Mirtha Legrand, everybody’s favorite lunch and dinner diva, Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich admitted to asking former Aerolíneas Argentinas head Isela Costantini to resign. The confession comes five months after the fact, with no solid reasons being given by Dietrich at the time. However, Legrand asked a direct question and Dietrich couldn’t avoid her: “I decided to change the head of Aerolíneas Argentinas,” He said that Costantini had done a good job, but considered that Mario D’Acqua “is better for the current phase.” He went on to say that “we administer Argentines’ money better since Aerolíneas no longer loses a fortune like it used to and it now has the cheapest routes.” Read more: Aerolíneas Argentinas CEO Isela Costantini Resigns
- River Plate played what their own coach called the “worst match of the semester” yesterday, losing 3-2 to Racing and essentially losing the chance to win the tournament. As if to crown the defeat, one of River’s fans fell from the stands at the Monumental stadium during the match and has been hospitalized. He is allegedly seriously injured. Meanwhile, River’s nemesis Boca Juniors had a good weekend, beating Aldosivi 4-0 and looks set to win the tournament (although nothing is set in stone just yet).
- The former frontman of the Argentine rock band Bersuit Vergabarat, Gustavo Cordera, is back in the news again. Last year, he sparked huge controversy and national debate after saying in an informal interview that “Some women need to be raped in order to have sex.” Nine months later, Cordera was back onstage over the weekend in Buenos Aires City and although there was supposed to be some sort of protest, the exact opposite happened: he asked women to come onstage and dance with him during the rendition of “La bomba loca,” which they did while touching him. It’s allegedly a tradition to do so during that song, but it’s still solicited a cringe in the media. To top it off, Cordera released a new album last week: one of the songs is called “Muero por esa nena,” or “I’m dying for that girl,” which has been deemed inappropriate in the wake of the scandal. “I’m here to face the music,” said Cordera, “We are alive again.” Read more: Government Accuses Cordera Of ‘Crime Advocacy’ Following Rape Comments
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!