In case you haven’t noticed, the entire country is miserable this morning after losing the Copa América final last night. Seriously. The constant drizzle is not a coincidence. Let’s get down to a Weekend Roundup that has other news in it so you can distract your depressed coworkers with other stories.
- Okay, we do have to quickly mention the Copa América because you shouldn’t be out of the loop completely. The national team lost to Chile last night: not only that, but it was decided by penalties. For those of you who don’t watch football, it’s excruciating because there is no way of knowing what will happen until the very last minute. The worst part? Argentina lost the Copa América last year in exactly the same way, also to Chile. Lionel Messi, captain of the team and football legend also said that he will resign: it may have been an emotional outburst, but social media has already exploded with #NoTeVayasLio (Don’t Leave, Messi)
— ArielOrtega #10 (@AyrtonBurzaco) June 27, 2016
“You’re too great to leave like this.” Don’t leave, Messi, I already miss you.
- It wasn’t all doom and gloom in Argentine sport as the famous Argentine hockey team, Las Leonas, clinched its third consecutive Champions Trophy title, beating the World and Olympic champions team, the Netherlands. It also set a record for the World Champions Trophy as this is its seventh win. Former Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández was present at the games as the head of the Argentine Hockey Confederation: he had caused some controversy after posting a photo of himself with the team as many in Argentina consider him to be corrupt and unsuitable for the role.
TODOS somos responsables de que AF este ahi como si nada. Cuanto más vamos a bancar a esta gente en el hockey arg?! pic.twitter.com/Y4ousHJBZ9
— charo luchetti (@charoluchetti) June 23, 2016
“WE ARE ALL responsible for Aníbal Fernández being able to be there as if nothing [was going on with him]. How much longer are we going to put up with these people in Argentine hockey?!” – Rosario “Charo” Luchetti, former Leonas player
- Speaking of Aníbal Fernández, the TV show La Cornisa aired an interview with Martín Lanatta, one of the three convicts who escaped from the General Alvear maximum security prison in December last year, in which he said that during his time in the National Firearms Registry (Renar), he raised money for the former Cabinet Chief. According to Lanatta, Fernández is “the richest man in Buenos Aires Province” and that he in turn “raised money for [former President] Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.” Many link Fernández to the so-called “medication mafia” or drug trafficking ring that allegedly financed internal corruption during Cristina’s administration. Read more: Former Public Officials Prosecuted For Money Laundering In Cristina’s 2007 Campaign
- According to Clarín’s weekly Political and Economic Optimism Indices, the Political Optimism Index has remained the same since last week at 43 points while the Economic Optimism Index has increased from 36.5 to 37.3. Management and Fit posit that this has to do with the so-called “hope effect,” but that not much has happened to change the public’s perception on the political front.
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Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers! And sympathetic to those suffering yesterday’s crushing defeat. Help them start off the week on a better note.