There’s really no point in talking about productivity when the heat is over 30°C and the humidity makes the air feel like an obstacle to those brave enough to venture out into the street for ice cream or a swimming pool.
Now that you’re in the office with air conditioning or at least the necessity to appear well versed in what’s going on, here’s the Weekend Roundup to help you out.
- A bus en route to Chile from Mendoza crashed in the mountains on Saturday, leaving at least 19 people dead and over 20 injured. According to a press release from the company, Turbus, the accident was probably due to human error as the driver was allegedly going at over 100 kilometers per hour in an area where the speed limit was 40. One survivor described how some passengers were screaming before the accident because of the alarming speed at which the conductor was driving. The driver has been charged with homicide.
- Argentines in general should probably start deleting all audios or stop sending them directly. The Renewal Front’s (FR) leader Sergio Massa was at the center of a scandal over the weekend as audios of him urging members of his party to Tweet about similarities between President Mauricio Macri and former President Fernando De La Rúa were leaked. The idea was to start the hashtag #MacriRecortaIgualQueDeLaRua, “Macri makes cuts just like De La Rúa,” after the Government attempted to make cuts regarding retirees’ pension plans. Massa’s closest allies contend that this is a case of “political espionage,” that the audio has been “edited” and that the Government leaked the audio.
- Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra confirmed that there would be a meeting between Macri and US President Donald Trump between April and June of this year: according to a Casa Rosada press release, Trump praised Macri’s government. She also met with her British counterpart, Boris Johnson, stating afterwards that “We made out positions very clear [and] there are very big differences” between the two countries regarding the Malvinas.
- The tension with Venezuela continues. Macri said on Saturday that it was time to “put an end to euphemisms, Venezuela is not a democracy” in an interview published by the Spanish newspaper El País — Macri is currently on a bilateral visit. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez herself had tweeted some strong phrases regarding Macri on the same day, calling him a “failure rejected by his own people.” Read more: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Crashes Mercosur Meeting Prompting Her Counterparts To Leave The Room
Es penoso el empobrecimiento sufrido x Argentina en tiempo récord bajo su presidencia. Es un fracasado repudiado x su pueblo
— Delcy Rodríguez (@DrodriguezVen) February 17, 2017
- Federal Prosecutor Federico Delgado told the media on Sunday that the Head of Argentine Federal Intelligence (AFI), Gustavo Arribas, received five different bank transfers from the Brazilian company Odebrecht. Arribas himself has only admitted to receiving one: Delgado stated that he “didn’t know if [Arribas] was lying but there are contradictions that are being looked into.” Read more: Gustavo Arribas Appeared Faced Alleged Links To Lava Jato Scandal In Court Today
- If you follow Argentine news, you’ll probably remember the slew of death threats received by the Governor of Buenos Aires province, María Eugenia Vidal, including 911 calls, an empty bullet shell left outside her house and even a conspiracy by former police officers. Prosecutor Carlos Hernán García has asked for suspect Carlos Darío Lares to go to oral trial for threatening to set off a bomb to kill her. Lares is currently detained and García considers that he made the threatening 911 calls in August last year. Read more: Was A Fire In A Buenos Aires Court The Latest Threat To Governor Vidal?
- Yesterday was former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s birthday and she celebrated her 64th with the usual plethora of photos and well-wishing. She published a tweet saying that “You [all] know that you are always in my heart, I love you very much…” Victory Front (FpV) Deputy Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro tweeted “Work, work and work to make the nation big and the people happy” with the hashtag #CristinaCumple, a double entendre used throughout the day — “Cristina cumple años,” i.e. her birthday and “Cristina cumple,” i.e. follows through with her promises.
Saben que los tengo siempre en mi corazón, los quiero mucho… ???
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) February 19, 2017
Fotos, videos, regalitos, flores, saluditos, poemas, libros (muchos) y sobre todo gracias por tanto AMOR. pic.twitter.com/uDDaZ66QGT
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) 19 de febrero de 2017
— Wado de Pedro (@wadodecorrido) February 19, 2017
- The Government carried out its first “timbreo” over the weekend, or a “doorbell-ringing,” door-to-door campaign that aimed to speak directly with the populace. During the timbreo, Vice President Federico Pinedo was asked to “come back” as president “as long as it means getting rid of Macri, you’re the better option.” Ouch. Pinedo was president for 12 hours in 2015 due to a massive fall out regarding the official power transfer ceremony between Cristina and Macri. The result was what has been described as “the most perfect in the history of democracy” by the House of Cards Twitter account. Read more: The Best Memes of Federico Pinedo’s 12-Hour Presidency
- Clarín’s Political and Economic optimism indices were published yesterday, with statistics compiled by the Management and Fit consultancy firm, revealing bad news as both the the Economic Optimism Index and the Political Optimism Index have decreased by one point in comparison to last week’s values.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!