Read the news over the weekend, instead of enjoying what might very well have been our last warm days? With actual sun? Right.
Not to worry, The Bubble stayed inside and tuned to what was going on so you didn’t have to. Let’s get started!
- The lists of candidates for the primaries set to happen in August of this year, known here as ‘Primarias Abiertas Simultáneas y Obligatorias’ (PASO), closed on midnight Saturday, most of the weekend’s news buzzed around the potential candidates and then analyzed the defined lists on Sunday. Highlights included a last-minute meeting between former Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her former Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo — no deal was reached during the negotiations and both are running in separate parties. For the province of Buenos Aires, 35 lawmakers and three senator spots are set to be elected: Cristina finally put an end to all the mystery and announced that she would run for a senator seat representing her new party, Unión Ciudadana. Education Minister Esteban Bullrich will be running against her for Cambiemos and so will the Renewal Front’s Sergio Massa with his new alliance 1País. Read more: CFK’s Alleged Strategy For Avoiding a Primary Battle Against Randazzo
- President Mauricio Macri is used to getting Tweets by this point, being a social media president and all, we’re assuming, but probably wasn’t expecting to hear from superstar Rihanna — she had been tweeting global leaders about their commitment to funding education throughout the weekend, including Canada’s Justin Trudeau and France’s Emmanuel Macron. Macri replied saying that education is the central core of his administration’s aims, which garnered many a reply from across the political spectrum, tagging the Esteban Bullrich in the exchange. A potential campaign boost, maybe?
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) June 24, 2017
- 15 people have died after a bus overturned and crashed in San Rafael (Mendoza province) yesterday afternoon — most of the passengers were young adults from different dance schools in Malvinas Argentinas, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires. “There were 52 passengers as well as the two drivers. There are 15 confirmed victims, of which only 13 have been identified. There are also 21 people still in the hospital and the rest have been discharged [from hospital],” said Emir Félix, the mayor of San Rafael. Several politicians, including President Mauricio Macri, have expressed their condolences and the story is set to unfold further throughout the day.
- Every media outlet (and social media in general) rang with the death of Alfredo Turcumán, a 28-year-old man allegedly murdered by his wife in San Juan province. He passed away on Thursday after nine days in hospital, but the case gained traction when reports emerged of Turcumán going to a police station to report his wife, Claudia Moya, for domestic abuse before being killed. However, the officers refused to take him seriously, calling him a “wuss.” This has sparked a national debate on domestic violence and gendered violence (yes, there is a difference) as well as misogyny. Moya, who has a history of violence, is currently in custody.
- Football superstar Lionel Messi turned thirty on Saturday, and celebrated quietly with his family and intimate friends (presumably expecting to go all out partying on his wedding this Friday). Not-so-discreet, however, was the usual explosion on social media, which this year included many videos of Messi when he was much younger and many, many memes. At the end of the day Messi posted a photo thanking everyone with his fiancée Antonella Roccuzzo and their eldest son, Thiago. Read more: Messi to Have Jail Sentence Wiped from Record in Exchange for Fine
- Also in sport, Boca Juniors celebrated having won their 32nd local tournament on Sunday. Due to the points of the tournament, Boca had already won the tournament last Wednesday but had yet to play the final match against Unión yesterday — they won 2-1 and the partying began at the famous La Bombonera stadium. Before the match, a drone descended onto the pitch where the players were standing: the captain, Fernando Gago, cut off a star hanging from the drone with the number 66 on it (the total number of titles won by the club) to the sound of Star Wars. Yes, really.
- From Gilda to Evita, Natalia Oreiro is having her pick of great Argentine women: this time, though, she was off screen and performed at the extravagant birthday party of a 60-year-old Ukrainian millionaire. Before you get too creeped out, there were many other performers — like Rita Ora, James Blunt and Bruno Mars — present. She sang “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” for Ben Blavatnik and was accompanied by the renowned tango dancer Mora Godoy: both were called by Alan Faena, one of the party organizers (all business partners of Blavatnik). According to Godoy “[Faena] said that I want you to perform, I want to take tango because I know we can’t fail with that. And he was right, it was a sensation. I got offstage and Hugh Jackman said “Oh my God, the way you moved your legs, you’re an amazing dancer!” and I couldn’t even speak.”
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!