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Spanish football club Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa is a sport association founded in the city of Leon in 1923, that plays in the Second Division B – Group 1 of Spain. On July 22, 2014, the club presented its new t-shirt with a peculiar design that simulates a tuxedo, with shoulder braids, and even a bow tie just below the neck.
Twitter users were quick to express their opinion, not always favorable:
— María José Grech (@mjgrech) julio 22, 2014
I can't tell which one is worse. The hideous T-shirts of the Lugo Club and the Cultural Leonesa one.
— elEconomista.es (@elEconomistaes) julio 22, 2014
This is why “Cultural Leonesa” is trending topic.
Initially, the t-shirt would be used only during a pre-season friendly match. After the unfavorable opinions on social networks, the club is considering using it as the alternate shirt or simply discard it definitely.
On his Facebook page, Colombian journalist Juan Mosquera reflects on the problems of downtown Medellin:
El centro de Medellín tiene problemas, cada día más palpables y agudos, que no sólo obedecen a la siniestra presencia de los intereses de la delincuencia. Lo lees, lo escuchas, lo ves, casi lo respiras. Por eso quiero preguntarles a los que pasan por aquí ¿Qué amas, a qué le tienes afecto en el centro?”
#AmamosElCentro (We love downtown)
Medellin downtown has problems, more tangible and serious each day, due not only to the sinister presence of delinquency interests. You read, hear, see them, you almost breathe them. That's why I want to ask those who pass by: what do you love, what are you fond of about downtown?”
By the time this post was written, the question had 71 answers, and some users also expressed themselves on Twitter:
— Redú Fa Fa (@elianaca) julio 17, 2014
We love downtown for San Alejo and its cakes. Right, @bgarcial?
— Juan Pablo Tovar (@juanpa_changa) julio 17, 2014
We love downtown for the hills, the 7th, the Planetarium, museums and many other things.
Lawyer, blogger, digital activist, dreamer and Global Voices Paraguayan Global Voices contributor Gabriela Galilea, was selected by Techpeaks program from European organization Trento Rise, a startup promoter, to develope her online game platform Mr. Patch:
[un] videojuego para tabletas, smartphones, televisores inteligentes y web (PC), que ejercita los músculos de los ojos encargados de realizar los movimientos. El objetivo es ayudar a las personas que tienen deficiencias en la visión.
(a) videogame for tablets, smartphones, smart TV and web (PC), that exercises the eye muscles in charge of the movements. The gola is to help people with impaired eyesight.
Gabriela has been receiving support on Twitter:
— KOGA (@kogaparaguay) julio 11, 2014
Did you know a Paraguayan lady has created a videogame that helps people with eyesight problems?
— Ejempla (@Ejempla) julio 10, 2014
Gabriela Galilea represents Paraguay in Italy with her videogame for ophtalmology health.
The Demo Day will be held on July 18 in Trento, Italy, where Gabriela will present her app.
From Tegucigalpa, capital city of Honduras, Madame Gumbeaux tells she will return to live in the United States in a few weeks, and lists what she will miss… and other things she won't:
I will miss….
1. the guy on the motorbike who rides through the ‘hood twice a day, selling his mom's fresh tortillas. What could be better than hot-off-the-grill tortillas sold by a cute guy on a bike?
3. the sound of children everywhere. Honduras is a young country. Children playing ball, walking to and from school, calling out to one another is a constant in this place.
4. the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale on street corners and parked trucks all over the city and countryside.
I WON'T miss…..
4. the loud music pouring out of every neighborhood, church, market, etc at any given hour, day or night. It may make Hondurans dance, but I get cranky when I am confronted with amplified music day and night.
5. the slooowwww service in almost every restaurant, supermarket, or store. No one, I mean no one, is in a hurry here. It's just so against my cultural upbringing.
A very short life had the controversial anti-meme draft law, announced on Thursday July 10 by Chilean congressman of Christian Democratic Party, Jorge Sabag, as informed on Chilean media. The goal of the prohect was to preserve “authorities’ dignity” on social networks. The project imposed fines for individuals who used the face of any State officer on a meme and even considered imprisonment for the user who created and shared this kind of images on cyberspace.
On a radio interview on 11, facing the questions and jokes generated on Facebook and Twitter, Sabag admitted the project: “Was a mistake, I didn't pay close attention to what my advisors had drafted (…). It's not worth it to keep on processing it.”
The news was soon after commented on Twitter:
— Ivo Aravena (@Ivoaravena) julio 11, 2014
Jorge Sabag (DC), remember his name so he's never elected again.
Asesores de Sabag… pic.twitter.com/MbNPDy4Kfc
— Edu Castillo (@edu_castillo) julio 11, 2014
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is over and Argentina didn't win this time. A week after the final match, there are still lots of reflections and comments about the performance of the Argentinian national team. This time, we find a hearfelt comment by Manuel de León, where he expresses his grattitud to the crew on his blog:
No son magos, pero 23 jugadores y un cuerpo técnico que eran sumamente criticados dieron vuelta la tortilla e hicieron que hasta el más incrédulo, se llenara de fe y esperanza. El mundo entero vio la bandera Argentina y escuchó el himno nacional de nuestro país en una final de la copa del mundo. No pasa todos los días. Es por tal motivo, que no encuentro otra manera de terminar este texto: tan solo, GRACIAS.
They are not magicians, but 23 players and a technical staff who were severely criticized and who turned things over and filled even the most skeptical ones with faith and hope. The whole world saw the Argentinian flag and heard our country national anthem on a World Cup finale. This doesn't happen every day. That's why I can't think of other way of ending this text: just THANK YOU.
You can follow Manuel on Twitter.
A not-for-profit, self-financed group of artists calling themselves Kooperacija (“Cooperation”, Macedonian slang for a general store in small villages) hosted an exhibition titled “Melting Point: Art as Anti-Hegemonic Propaganda” [en, mk, with photos] in Skopje recently.
As reported [mk] by several news outlets that cover culture [mk], including Belgrade-based SEE Cult [sr], the event presented works by several individuals and groups of world renowned artists. Among them were pieces by Vitaly Komar, IRWIN, Santiago Sierra, DETEXT, as well as by some of the most vibrant artists from the region, like Nemanja Cvijanović, Ibro Hasanović, Igor Toševski, Kristina Gorovska & Jure Lavrin, Ines Efremova, Filip Jovanovski, O-P-A, and others.
The group of artists who put together the exhibition described it on their pages as:
Kooperacija is an initiative whose purpose is artistic activity outside the inert institutional frameworks, thus suggesting an exceptional approach to the creation and experience of contemporary art [...]
[Its] basic strategy is the occupation of temporarily free space dispersed throughout the urban landscape and exhibiting through a chain of blitzkrieg events. The desired effect is a constructive dialogue regarding the re-questioning of the critical positions in art and producing a favorable environment for a free exchange of ideas, experience and freedom of expression.
In the Guatemalan department of Petén, a group of local women market natural products prepared with Maya nut, well known as natural medicine. The president of the producer association, Benedicta Galicia Ramírez, notes they “pick up the seed and then dry it, toast and grind it to make fluor”, and that the Maya nut enhances children growth, with food values higher than maize, beans, cassava and plantain.
This species grows in many American countries, from Mexico to Peru, and is very appreciated for its medicinal and nutritious attributes:
Video: Conoce el proyecto “Selva Viva”, de un grupo de mujeres que producen alimentos a partir del árbol ramón. http://t.co/7NwTAN9WIu
— Reforestamos México (@ReforestamosMex) junio 24, 2014
Video: Here we introduce the project “Selva Viva”, by a group of women who produce food items from the Maya nut tree.
— INFORMATYUC (@INFORMATYUC) junio 17, 2014
Here, the consumption of the Maya nut seed gets promoted.
From Bogotá, the author of blog Juglar del Zipa remembers his childhood without a family car, among other things he hadn't at home that made him the “weird guy of the class: elder dad, wasn't a football fan but enjoyed classic music, hadn't been baptized… and didn't have a car!” That's how he became a chronic pedestrian, so he has a different view about the traffic in the city:
Nuestra primera forma de independencia es cuando podemos desplazarnos torpemente por medio de nuestro propio cuerpo, nuestro frágil cuerpo, el accidente que nos hace individuos. y por eso todos somos peatones, a todos nos iguala serlo. El mundo, sin embargo, parece estar armado para privilegiar una forma específica de desplazamiento: el motorizado. [...] La realidad es que la gente cruza la calle con miedo porque sabe que quienes van en carro muy difícilmente disminuirán la velocidad pues ante todo usan la máquina con la que se desplazan como una amenaza para disuadir el paso de la gente, un espantador de «bestias». [...] Dejémoslos desnudos (a los autos), como estamos nosotros, los que no nos desplazamos con esa coraza asesina.
Our first form of independence is when we are able to move around clumsily with our own body, our fragile body, the accident that makes an individual out of ourselves. And that's why we are all pedestrians, we are all the same at that. The world, however, seems to be prepared to privilege a specific way of movement: the motorized one. [...] The thing is people cross the street with fear because they know that those who are in a car will hardly reduce their speed, as they use the machine that transports them as a threat to dissuade other people's way, a «beast» scarer. [...] Let's leave them naked (the cars), as we all are, those who don't use that killer shields to move around.
Its aim is to make you think a little, or at least, get a smile. This is the description of the blog Se hace camino al andar (You make the road as you go) managed by Andres Mayorquin who from Merida, México, explain us why some people look today so much as a zombie:
Seres humanos profundamente insatisfechos con lo que han sido, con lo que son y con lo que parece, serán, pero intentando a toda costa aparentar que todo va bien. Pero les ves los ojos y estos no brillan. Platicas con ellos y se quejan de todo. Miras su facebook y sólo lees dramas, personales o ajenos. Convives de cerca y notas cómo se dedican a perjudicar al prójimo, o por lo menos a ignorarlo. Más preocupados por tener que por ser y estar. Seres sin conciencia de lo que son.
Muchos hemos olvidado, por el diario trajín, por el exceso de información que nos rodea, por la llegada de un estímulo externo tras otro, qué es lo que le da sentido a nuestra vida. Tenemos memoria pero no tenemos historia; contamos con recuerdos y anécdotas, pero desconocemos el hilo conductor que los une e integra; vemos un árbol, y otro y otro más, pero somos incapaces de darnos cuenta del bosque en el que estamos.
Human beings unsatisfied with what they have been, with what they are and what it looks like, they will be, but trying hard to look as if everything is OK. But you look at their eyes and they don't shine, You talk to them and they complain about everything. You look at their Facebook accounts and there is oinly drama, personal or other people's. You live close to them and you realize how they engage themselves in affecting their fellowmen, or at least ignoring them, They are more worried for having to being. They are not conscious of what they are.
Many of us have forgotten, due to daily life, the excess of information that surrounds us, for having an outside incentive after another, what gives sense to our life. We've got memory but not history, we have memories and accounts, but we ignore the thread of the story that unites and integrates. We see a tree, and another and another but we can't appreciate the woods that surrounds us.