Well, this weekend was one long brain freeze as autumn finally got the memo and brought the temperature down enough to boycott most of our plans. Since learning how to dress in winter again and unearthing the warmer clothes from their summer retirement became a priority, you may have missed out on some weekend news.
Plus, last week was insane, so a couple of days off were welcome. Here’s The Bubble with an update!
- President Mauricio Macri’s trip to Japan came to a close on Saturday, with a trip to the Meiji Shrine and a meeting with the emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko at the Imperial Palace — it’s worth remembering that just last week, the Japanese government approved a bill allowing Akihito to abdicate. According to Macri, when he told the emperor about poverty in Argentina, “He asked “How could that be?” [Japan] is a little island, 70 percent rock, 120 millions inhabitants and they are a world power. How is it that Argentina has a 30 percent poverty rate while being one of the seven biggest countries in the world, with all sorts of resources and only 40 million people? They couldn’t understand it. Nobody can.”
- Before visiting the emperor, Macri and Juliana Awada met with children of the Boca Juniors football school at the Tokyo Hotel Palace (as the former president of the club, anything Boca-related is welcomed by the president). Several media outlets touted the Asia trip as a success, as the president allegedly came home with over US$ 15 billion in investment and renewed ties, while social media focused on his choice of beer with orange soda and editing his Japanese greetings of “Arigato” to “Macri gato.”
— Mirtha Beatriz (@mirthacanesini) May 22, 2017
- An unfortunate video of a mother hitting a public school teacher in Tigre went viral over the weekend: the footage shows the former yelling “I’ll raise my kid however the hell I want” (or words to that effect). The reason for the dispute is still unknown, but the municipality of Tigre where the incident occurred has lodged a complaint against the woman, identified as Eliana Cecilia Romero, and she was allegedly detained yesterday. The mayor of El Talar, Julio Zamora, said in a statement that “What happened is not just an offense to the educational system, but also affects working teachers and society as a whole, because this is about violent behavior that endangers basic social principles of cohabitation.” Romero could face up to 30 days in prison under current provincial legislation and her five children are being supervised by the municipality.
- On Saturday, it was confirmed that Milagro Sala has been acquitted of two counts of “aggravated threats” which were presented in September and October of last year. The Jujuy provincial judge Gastón Mercau gave a “total and definitive acquittal” on both counts due to lack of evidence on Thursday. The continued imprisonment of the Tupac Amaru leader (set to continue for three years) was the focal point of a visit to Argentina by the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention last week as the international community continues to condemn her detention as arbitrary. Read more: UN Working Group Reiterates Milagro Sala’s Detention Is ‘Arbitrary’
- Remember former President Carlos S. Menem? Well, while many his age (87 years old) would probably make the most of their retirement to start gardening, he is allegedly seeking reelection for his seat in the Senate. “The people rally me on to serve my darling province [of La Rioja] and of course, my country,” he said on Sunday. In a demonstration of a more rational work ethic, it was confirmed over the weekend that Supreme Court judge Elena Highton De Nolasco will continue to serve until the end of the year, where she will probably step down at the age of 75. The news came after she took a week’s licence following the controversy over the 2×1 ruling which allegedly took a big toll on Highton. Read more: Senate Limits The Reach Of The Supreme Court’s Controversial ‘Two for One’ Ruling
- Sports news! Football fans were in a flurry over the weekend after the Argentine Football Association published Jorge Sampaoli’s list of players for the national team’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil (June 9) and Singapore (June 13). Sampaoli’s decisions surprised almost everyone as new players such as Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Papu Gómez are prominently featured, while star players such as Sergio Kun Aguero and Ezequiel Lavezzi were not called. Read more: Is Mauro Icardi A Gamble That Argentina’s Football Team Should Take?
El Dto. de Selecciones Nacionales y el CE de AFA dieron a conocer la lista de jugadores del exterior convocados para los próximos amistosos. pic.twitter.com/n6o6x1diHK
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) May 19, 2017
- If you think your Christmas gets awkward, at least one family will beat your complaints this year as the mayor of San Cosme, in Corrients province, Verónica Morales Maciel is facing accusations of corruption from her own father. Eduardo Morales told a provincial radio that “Maybe others doubt in denouncing their own children [but] if your child is corrupt then you have to indict them because only then can we move forward.” According to him, money that was charged by the authorities for sewers have brought no results while AR $325 thousand that were supposed to go to a fire department have “been eaten up by [his daughter and her town counsellors].” Not only that, but Eduardo Morales apparently lodged a complaint against another one of his daughters, Giovanna Morales in the past for similar reasons. “The judicial system doesn’t listen to me,” he lamented.
- Users of Mercado Libre, beware! On Friday, a website with the URL “https://login.mercadorible.com” was detected by the Latin American Cyber Crime Observatory as a platform used to steal sensitive data from unsuspecting users: a worthy reminder that just because a page is secure and prefaced by “https,” it doesn’t mean that it’s authentic. In an interview with Télam, Mercado Libre said that “the situation was detected immediately and reported [so] the fake websites were taken down quickly by the authorities.”
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!