Monday began with new errors in the CV of Daniel Reposo, President Cristina Kirchner’s candidate for the Attorney General.
The week began and politics returned: at the center of the controversy was the lawyer Daniel Reposo, proposed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to replace Esteban Righi in the Attorney General, after his departure due to the fight with the vice president, Amado Boudou, at the dawn of the Ciccone Case.
The opposition had argued that Reposo did not have a sufficient record; Errors were soon found in his resume, such as the inclusion of a never completed postgraduate degree or the description of “lecturer” instead of “participant” in an activity with the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Rest, in charge of the General Syndicate of the Nation (Sigen), had not been secretary of the local chapter of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ), as his CV claimed, radical senator Laura Montero denounced.
Montero had communicated with the head of the IAJLI, Irit Kohn, who did not find “formal records of Dr. Reposo’s participation” in the organization between 1996 and 2002, as he had stated. The only intervention of the candidate for attorney —a position for which Alejandra Gils Carbó was finally elected— had been the annual payment of the membership fee in 1998.
The senator from Mendoza, former Minister of Finance during the government of Julio Cobos, challenged the president’s candidate: “Mr. Reposo’s background does not reflect the professional suitability that the position requires. But there is something worse than not having a record: hiding it, blurring it or exposing it in an ambiguous way contrary to good faith”, she criticized.
Daniel Scioli was preparing to decree the revaluation of rural properties to help the finances of Buenos Aires.
The dollar had eased – it closed at $5.85 for purchases and $5.89 for sales – but the financial situation of the province of Buenos Aires continued to be in a critical state: Governor Daniel Scioli, who had twice tried unsuccessfully to withdraw a tax reform, he was about to sign a decree to update the valuation of rural properties with the hope of raising some $400 million.
“The governor is not measuring it in terms of political cost. He understands that it is a fair measure and that we all have to contribute, ”said his Minister of Economy, Silvina Batakis. With this clear signal, the rural owners threatened a national strike and mobilizations on the routes: they interpreted that the measure, which would raise their taxes on land and personal property, was a demand from the Casa Rosada.
The memory of resolution 125 of Minister Martín Lousteau, in the previous government of President Cristina Kirchner, remained among the producers of the field, who had responded with a conflict of more than four months. That Monday the representatives of the Rural Society, the Confederation of Rural Groups of Buenos Aires and La Pampa and the Argentine Agrarian Federation met in Chivilcoy and expressed their displeasure and their state of alert.
David Nalbandián made his debut at Roland Garros and, for the first time in his eight participations in the tournament, he was eliminated in an exhausting match, four sets in three hours, against Adrian Ungur. “I haven’t been feeling quite right, I have ups and downs, I come and go in games,” he said. “Year after year it costs me more,” said the star who would retire the following year.
For the first time in his career, David Nalbandián was eliminated making his debut at Roland Garros. (Reuters)
Although he was a year older than him and is still playing today, Roger Federer shone and reached Jimmy Connors in the tennis record with the most wins in grand slams: 233. “I didn’t know beforehand,” he said in the Press conference. “Thank you for not asking me before the game, because it would have put extra pressure on me.”
In Spain, the country risk reached a historical level —513 points, nothing that impresses the Argentines who lived through the 2001 crisis— and the stock market fell drastically. President Mariano Rajoy, of the Popular Party, tried to control the distrust caused by the nationalization of Bankia, the fourth largest banking group, and the delicate situation of other financial institutions: “There is not going to be any bailout of Spanish banks,” he said, in his umpteenth opportunity to assure that the country did not need external help. But 513 risk premium points was about the level that Ireland, Greece and Portugal had reached before being bailed out.
Behind finances, the big issue in Europe was football bets, the scandal over football matches fixed in Italy: on May 28 there were 14 detainees, including the captain of Lazio, Stefano Mauri. The police broke into the training of the Italian team and raided the homes of players and coaches. There were already almost 50 involved in the case for match-fixing to commit betting fraud.
“There is not going to be any bailout of the Spanish banks,” said Mariano Rajoy, but the Madrid stock market fell anyway. (Reuters)
It was not the first such crime in Italy – there were two in the 1980s – and it focused on second division clubs, involved in an investigation launched by the Cremona prosecutor, Roberto Di Martino, in 2011. The investigation ended with four players removed from professional soccer between one and three years and two clubs with points deduction in the season.
The Journal of Human Evolution published a study that managed to date a flute found in 2009 in a cave in Germany, made of mammoth ivory and bird bones: with its 42,000 years it became the oldest musical instrument of humanity.
Battlefield 3, DayZ (mod) y The Walking Dead paled before the popularity of the video game Diablo III: Two weeks after it was released, it had sold more than 7.5 million copies. Only in the first 24 hours it had reached 3.5 million, which had made it the most popular launch in the history of the industry, not only of the Blizzard company. In total it would exceed 30 million copies.
A star was emerging on the internet: a new photo-sharing application, initially launched for the Apple operating system and available on Android since April, was at a peak of popularity. It was called Instagram and it would continue to grow, reaching 1.47 billion users today.
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