There just something about rainy weekends, isn’t there? The drizzle putting dents in your plans and the drop in temperature just don’t mix well with keeping up to date with everything that’s going on beyond perhaps the Grammys.
It may still be raining, but here’s an update to put an end to having no idea as to what happened over the weekend.
- On a more somber note, there are unfortunately more femicides to report. This time, in what is being called the “Florencio Varela massacre,” two teenage girls were murdered and another two are in hospital after a man shot them at point blank range outside a club. The link between Denise Juárez (17) and suspect Luis Esteban Weiman is still unclear: for now, the media has said that Denise broke up with him three months ago while Denise’s family said that he had been stalking her with no prior relationship. Denise died immediately alongside her best friend Sabrina Barrientos (16), while friends Némesis (15) and Magalí (16) have been reported as “stable” in a nearby hospital.
- There was also a new study this weekend by the Wanda Taddei Gender Policy Institute, published late on Sunday, revealing that in the first 43 days of 2017 alone, there have been 57 femicides. The study also shows that in the province of Buenos Aires, there 420 charges of abuse put forward every day. The massacre in Hurlingham last weekend and Saturday’s murders are cited as the most alarming so far. “We’re talking about crimes committed by [cis males] who feel that women belong to them […] Lately we’ve observed that such perpetrators are also attacking [the woman’s] loved ones […] meaning that they do everything they can to completely destroy the woman they think is their own,” said Julio Torrada, the Institute’s lawyer. Read more: Horror In Hurlingham As Man Murders Partner And Five Family Member
- On Sunday, the first vote in this election year was held in the municipality of Santa Rosa, Mendoza: Radical politician Norma Trigo won by a landslide with 61.7 percent of 13 thousand votes. Trigo’s election is considered special because a) she’s the first woman to be elected in the municipality and b) the election was carried out with an electronic ballot, something which has often caused controversy in Argentine politics, with no irregularities. Read more: Tally Like It’s 1916: Opposition Wants To Count Electronic Votes By Hand
- Let’s take a look at foreign policy: President Mauricio Macri had a telephone call with US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday, which Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra described as “a first step in strengthening ties between [the US and Argentina].” On Sunday, the Government released a statement “strongly condemning” North Korea testing a new ballistic missile which fell into the Sea of Japan (East Sea). In addition. the British Ambassador Mark Kent told La Nación and Clarín that the UK and Argentina could “work on a lot of issues” before touching the Malvinas: “The most important thing for us now is to rebuild trust with Argentina.” Finally, Macri also visited Chile on Sunday to celebrate the bicentenery of the Battle of Chacabuco with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, stating that “The challenges we face are as big as the mountains that separate us” (referring to the Andes).
- Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker and former Security Minister Nilda Garré has presented a bill that suggests incarceration or fines for those who “publicly deny, minimize or justify and/or approve of any form of genocide or crimes against humanity,” pertaining to the military dictatorship (1976-1983). Garré’s bill states that public officials should be jailed from one to four years and be suspended from their duties for double their jail time. The proposal comes after Juan José Gómez Centurión, Head of the Argentine Customs Agency (DGA), denied in January that the disappearance of thousands of people during the military dictatorship was not part of a “genocidal plan”. Read more: Gómez Centurión Apologizes (Kind Of) But Stands His Ground
- The “longest salami in the world” was presented at Tandil’s Sierra Festival on Saturday, measuring a staggering 41.9 meters, made by chef Juan Braceli. The new record is an international one, after clinching the records for the largest salami in America in 2014 (16 meters), 2015 (21 meters) and 2016 (28 meters).
- Now for some sport: Boca Juniors lost 3-1 over the weekend to Mar del Plata’s Aldosivi in a friendly, but the important part was that the goalkeeper Axel Werner drastically miscalculated and his blunder cost the team a goal from halfway down the pitch. Meanwhile, Argentina qualified for FIFA’s U-20 World Cup, to be held in South Korea this year, after beating Venezuela 2-0.
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, revealing that the Economic Optimism Index has risen slightly by 0.1 points and the Political Optimism Index has decreased by 0.6 points in comparison to last week’s values.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!