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The Bubble’s Good News Recap: May 14th Edition

A weekly dose of some good, old-fashioned positive vibes to start your week.

By | [email protected] | May 14, 2019 4:36pm

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Last week was not the best for good news in Argentina. On Thursday, congressman Hector Olivares and national official Miguel Yadón were gunned down outside of Congress under circumstances that still remain unclear. Yadón died before reaching the hospital and Olivares remained in critical condition until last Sunday when he died from his injuries. It was a tragic and confusing attack, one that’s taken hold of the news cycle non-stop.

However, in the middle of the tragedy, a strange video went viral, one that serves as prime evidence of what still makes this country truly great.

That right there is journalist Julio Bazán reporting outside of the Hospital Ramos Mejía, where Olivares was hospitalized following the shooting. But the real protagonist of the video is the kid in the background, completely oblivious to the drama of the moment, just dancing his tiny little body like he’s auditioning for a musical. He goes all in too, dusting off the floss at some moment.

I don’t know about you, but that kid gives me hope that everything can still be alright amidst all the crap that we have to deal with in today’s world. Actually, I’m gonna store this video and just come back to it when things get awry from now on. I want to be that kid, dancing my ass off in the face of tragedy.

This week’s #goodnews recap includes a guy making chipás for celiacs, an app aimed at providing customers with restaurant leftovers at half the price, and two Argentine pilots that survived a hellish airplane accident in Costa Rica.

An Argentine crowdfunded an initiative for chipá and other foods for celiacs

Pablo Ricatti knows finances very well. He is a successful businessman and has become a bit of a celebrity thanks to his Twitter account where he dishes out financial analysis and stock market input. He is also the proud owner of Salke Fresh, a company in San Justo that specializes in making hamburger and hot dog buns. However, for people like Ricatti, all these accomplishments are not enough. So he decided to launch an initiative aimed at celiacs, a portion of the population that usually has to deal with overpriced products just to reach their daily nutrition. He launched the initiative on Twitter behind a celiac-friendly chipá as the star product. Before long, Ricatti had over 360 partners in the enterprise, ranging from those investing AR $150 to some that have decided to go AR $75.000 deep.

Even though the project is still in preliminary stages, the future looks good for Ricatti and his celiac initiative. He’s gone on record as offering a transparent sort of company, one in which investors will have a direct involvement in the company through assemblies and video conferences. He is currently evaluating where to set up the factory for the project and has recently promised to broaden his scope in the near future by adding products like cookies, cereal bars, loaves of bread, and tapas for empanadas

Three friends launched an app for buying restaurant leftovers at half the price

It is estimated that over 16 million tons of food are wasted every year in Argentina. With that in mind, childhood friends Santiago GuglielmettiSantiago López Silveyra, and Federico Broggi created Winim, an app that offers restaurant food that’s about to be thrown away, at a discount. In essence, restaurants upload and sell their daily surplus of food after their peak times have passed (after 3 PM at lunch and 10:30 PM for dinner). Most places, according to the app’s creators, can anticipate what’s going to be left over in any given day which means they understand what they are not going to sell and they preload it to the platform. In a way, it can be seen as insurance for people in the culinary industry.

As for users, the system is completely free and only requires that they download the app to their smartphones. The system then displays offers nearby, by means of GPS. Each restaurant indicates the withdrawal slots, the purchase is confirmed, and you can pay online or opt for the cash payment on the premises. As of now, 110 restaurants have been included to the project and 600 are expected to join in by year’s end. The idea was adapted from different project from around the globe, most notably Too good to go (Muy bueno para irse), Karma y Food for all.

Two Argentine pilots survive plane crash in Costa Rica totally unscathed

Damián Barreira and Christian Sapun are not superhuman, but forgive everybody that knows them for being mistaken. “They ask if I’m made of steel, if I’m a secret Avenger, they’re driving me crazy on WhatsApp,” explained Barreira in a recent interview. What’s all the commotion about, you ask? Well you might just want to check it out yourself:

Plane Crash in Costa Rica

That right there is a crashed Cessna 150, one that plummeted to the ground two minutes after taking off from Tobías Bolaños airport in Costa Rica. The aircraft was piloted by Barreira and Sapun, both Argentines from the Buenos Aires Province who were bringing the plane all the way from the United States to Argentina and had already made stops in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua before the unfortunate accident.

The incredible thing is that both pilots managed to control the plane well enough to avoid not only hurting by standards but themselves as well. “We tried to avoid trees, high tension cables and, specially, houses,” Barreira explained. The incredible thing is that both Barreira and Sapun managed to walk away with only minor scratches.