Read the news when you could actually walk around outside without freezing and, gasp, enjoy some sunshine (even if it was from inside)? Yeah, didn’t think so. You never know when days like that will come around again, you have to make the most of them.
And why would you, when The Bubble is here every Monday to update you on what happened over the weekend while everyone else was waiting for the new Game of Thrones episode?
- Legislative elections in Chaco yesterday, with Peronist Chaco Merece Más or “Chaco Deserves More” front winning 46.23 percent of the vote, 12 points ahead of the government coalition Cambiemos which garnered 34.1 percent. These results come after 99.74 percent of the votes have been counted, but thus far the most notable aspect of this first round of the PASO elections is that there was little citizen involvement as only 56.51 percent of those eligible to vote actually exercised their right to do so.
- As Venezuela awaits the controversial referendum on a Constituent Assembly this Sunday, the Argentine National Migration Agency has registered 7,611 residency requests from Venezuelans in the first three months of this year alone. When you compare this to the total of 11,298 in the whole of 2016, the increasing trend becomes apparent: according to the same agency, the numbers have doubled from year to year since 2014. Read more: Mercosur Summit Final Statement Tones Down Stance Towards Venezuela, but Urges Maduro to Dialogue
- The PASO elections are looming ever closer and the campaigns continue to heat up. Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner held a rally in La Matanza in which, unsurprisingly, she criticized the current administration. Speaking at the Dr. Teresa Germani Maternity and Child Hospital, which she inaugurated, she said that it “saddened” her to “see that works on two hospital [in the area] are paralyzed when there’s only 20 percent left to do.” In case the criticism wasn’t clear enough, Cristina went on to say that “not finishing these public works is a thing of cavemen.”
- That’s not to say that President Mauricio Macri didn’t have anything to say about Cristina’s former administration over the weekend, though. On Saturday, news arose that International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Bank’s arbitration tribunal, has ruled that Argentina should pay US$ 320 million to Marsans, a Spanish travel group, for having expropriated Aerolíneas Argentinas in 2008. Plus interest. Macri took to Twitter to say that this was “due to the immense clumsiness and arrogance of the previous government.”
Por la inmensa torpeza y arrogancia que el gobierno anterior tuvo con Aerolíneas el país fue condenado a pagar US$320 millones más intereses
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) July 23, 2017
- Bad news for porteños on Saturday as the taxi fares went up by 19.5 percent, meaning that the initial cost of a cab is now AR$ 27.79 during the day and AR$ 33.20 at night. The last time it went up was November of last year, but taxi unions complained that there needed to be a increase because that raise was soon swallowed up by the increasing prices of maintaining a taxi. The increase is the result of an agreement reached two weeks ago by the Buenos Aires City government and taxi unions and associations.
- Two cases of a rare form of cancer linked to breast implants have been registered in Argentina. In March, the US’s Food and Drug Administration Cancer (FDA) issued a report stating that there had been nine deaths and 359 cases of “Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)”. The cases in Argentina were treated in the Italian Hospital and the British Hospital: according to Perfil, they are now in good health. “It was hard for us to understand what the pathology was, anaplastic lymphomas were a known phenomenon but not when related to breast implants. This association was defined for the first time in 1997,” said Hugo Loustau, the head of Plastic Surgery at the Italian Hospital. It should be noted that the cases are rare (about 1 in 300,000) but since breast implants are very popular in Argentina with 53 procedures a day, medical professionals are urging those who have breast implants to be strict about their checkups.
- And finally, the gift that keeps on giving: the internationally acclaimed Ciudadano Ilustre film (The Distinguished Citizen), released last year, got even more prizes at this year’s Ibero-American Cinema Platinum Awards. Overall, Argentina won three important awards, Best Actor for Oscar Martínez (Ciudadano Ilustre), Best Film and Script for Andrés Duprat (Ciudadano Ilustre) and Best Actress for Natalia Oreiro (Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor). Martínez’s take on the film’s continued success is simple: “A film, no matter how local, just goes places if it manages to go beyond [minor] habits and managed a certain depth. The human hearts do not differ [from one another] […]”
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!