I know, I know, it rained all weekend and your best attempt at feeding your brain was to watch a couple of YouTube tutorials. Otherwise, it was basically scrolling through Instagram and staring despondently out the window. Since the weather might only get you so far in Monday office small talk, here’s the Weekend Roundup to see you through.
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- Actually, talking about the weather could get you through today’s small talk. It may not have been hurricane Irma, but the torrential rain you complained about all weekend did quite a lot of damage to La Plata and Buenos Aires. There were meteorological alerts as the river reached a new height of 1.7 meters: in La Plata, two women allegedly fell into the water and had to be rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital. There were also power cuts and flooded streets in 10 Greater Buenos Aires neighborhoods and across the province. Speaking of Irma, 77 Argentines were evacuated from the battered Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
- While we wait for DNA results in the search for Santiago Maldonado, the 28-year-old artisan that went missing on August 1st and whose disappearance has become highly politicized, the investigation over the weekend turned towards Border Patrol. There are suspicions of the force hiding information, with an alleged lack of footage and photos of the eviction of mapuche protesters that took place on August 1st. 40 Border Patrol officers are expected to testify in the coming weeks and face questioning on exactly what happened. The federal judge on the case, Guido Otranto, spoke publicly for the first time on Saturday and emphasized the importance of this week’s DNA results: “Everything found in the [Border Patrol] vehicles, the house where Maldonado lived and the clothes that were given to us that belonged to him.” He explained that the results would define whether the Border Patrol would testify as witnesses or as suspects. He also called for “all witnesses to come forward.” Read more: Maldonado Case: Couple Claims to Have Given Him a Ride as Police Begins Search in Chubut River
- Milagro Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader currently under house arrest for “instigating violence,” stated over the weekend that she wants to run against the governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales, “as equals. Not [having me campaign] from prison and him running everything in Jujuy. Morales is a long-standing political enemy of Sala, who also questioned the fact that she is heavily monitored and supervised, including showing herself to the 16 Border Patrol guards outside her house three times a day. “The truth is, I don’t understand why there is so much persecution towards me if they’ve already put an ankle monitor on me and a doctor comes twice a day to see how I’m doing.” Not only that: Sala alleged that Border Patrol was “stealing her electricity” to power their vans stationed outside. Read more: Social Leader Milagro Sala is Already Serving House Arrest
- The author of the femicide of Chiara Paéz, the case which sparked the Ni Una Menos movement in 2015, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail. Manuel Ignacio Mansilla, now 18, had beaten her and cut her throat in his house in May 2014 — she was two months pregnant at the time. Mansilla was sentenced after being found guilty last August and showed “no sign of guilt or regret,” according to the judge, who dictated the sentence as a femicide, not a homicide. Paéz’s parents have said that although this was good news, “there’s still some way to go” because there were four adults present at the time of the murder that have yet to answer for their actions, or lack thereof.
- After a stunning performance against Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro’s time at the US Open came to a close on Friday night’s semi final against Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 (who then went on to win the tournament). In other sports news, despite putting up a great fight, the Argentine national rugby team los Pumas were beaten by the All Blacks: after winning in the first half by 16-15, the New Zealanders finished the match with a 39-22 victory, leaving Argentina at the bottom of the table. We still feel better about these defeats than last week’s abysmal performance by the national football team. Read more: Del Potro Stuns Federer: Finally Something to Cheer About!
- There is one person this weekend that used Instagram more than you did: or at least, posted more. Football legend Diego Maradona made his Instagram debut over the weekend with 47 photos and videos (yes, 47) uploaded in two days and a live video as we speak, along with 136 thousand followers and counting. The username: _diegomaradona_10. Enjoy!
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!