Stories from Quick Reads and Latin America
In the Peruvian city of Huancayo, located in the center of the country, agents of the local Police Transit Authority arrested several elderly drivers of public transportation vehicles:
A pesar que los conductores se resistían a ir a la dependencia policial, por contar con todos los documentos en regla. Fueron trasladados 12 ancianos los cuales se encontraban disgustados con la policía y aseguraban que todo eso les parecía una injusticia.
Although the drivers were reluctant to go to the police station, as they had all their documents in working order, 12 elderly drivers were taken by the police, all of them angry, claiming that it was all an act of injustice.
But what could be considered a routine action was actually a different way to honor these drivers due to Father's Day, celebrated in Peru on the third Sunday of June. When the “arrested” men entered the police station, they were welcomed with presents, snacks and drinks.
The news traveled all the way to Mexico, where El Sol de Nayarit posted the story and the reactions by some of the honored guests:
“Muchísimas gracias, fue una sorpresa”, aseguró uno de los padres.
“Fue una sorpresa grande para mi, nunca hemos recibido nada” dijo otro.
Uno de los afortunados mencionó que en un primer momento se encontraba muy molesto, pues pensó que recibiría una multa que no merecía.
“Thank you very much, it was a surprise”, said one of them.
“This was a huge surprise for me, we've never received anything”, expressed another one.
One of the lucky guys mentioned that at first he was pretty angry, as he thought he'd be unfairly fined.
— Don Servi (@iServi) junio 20, 2015
Brother, I've got something in my eye… :’) HUANCAYO POLICE PRETEND TO ARREST ELDERLY DRIVERS.
In this video below, you can see the arrest of some of the drivers and the cordial welcome they had at the police station:
Five very loyal fans of the Argentinian national football team traveled over 1,500 kilometers by land to cheer on their favorite team in the Copa América, to be hosted in Chile between June 11 and July 4, 2015.
The fans departed from Mar del Plata, southwest of Buenos Aires Province, and arrived in La Serena, in Chile. To do that, they refurbished an old bus they used as transport and shelter during the adventurous journey:
Un periplo de más de 1.500 kilómetros en “El Perro Vago”, una máquina de los años 70 que en la actualidad cuenta con cinco camas y baño portátil, un esfuerzo familiar que estos hinchas nos invitaron a conocer.
The over 1,500 kilometer tour in “El Perro Vago” (The Lazy Dog), a vehicle from the 1970s that currently holds five beds and a portable bathroom, these fans invited us to discover this family effort.
The innovative name of the vehicle comes from Marcelo Gali's father, one of the fans that just arrived to La Serena:
Viajamos ahora yo, papá, mi hermano, un tío y un amigo de papá. Paramos primero en Buenos Aires, después en San Luis y luego en Mendoza. […] Por la albiceleste nos bancamos todo y seguimos donde sea.
Now it's me travelling with my dad, my brother, an uncle and a friend of my dad's. We stopped first in Buenos Aires, then in San Luis and then in Mendoza. […] For the Argentinian national team (known as the albiceleste for its white and light blue colors), we'll endure anything. We'll follow them wherever they'll go.
On Twitter, some users shared the fans’ story, along with images:
— CA3CMR (@crimunro) junio 10, 2015
El Perro Vago: The story of the self-sacrificing Argentinian fans who arrived in La Serena.
The truth is that all is fair when it comes to team loyalty.
The Copa América is the most important football tournament of the South American continent and gathers ten national teams plus two guest teams.
After the recently reelected FIFA president, the Swiss Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, surprisingly resigned on June 3 amidst a corruption scandal that hit the supreme football organization, Twitter users started to speculate not about who might become the next leader, but what would happen if they were.
The result was the satiric hashtag #SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA (If I were FIFA president)
Some proposed “improvements” to the game and championships:
#SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA Días de Champions serían días de descanso a nivel mundial.
— Carlos Hazael (@zempoA7X) June 2, 2015
If I were FIFA president, the Champions (UEFA) days would be worldwide holidays.
#SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA tendríamos un Mundial cada 2 años o habría un Mundial de Clubes con 36 equipos.
— Mario Riveretti. (@RiverettiSports) June 2, 2015
If I were FIFA president we would have a World Cup every 2 years of there would be a Clubs World Cup with 36 teams.
#SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA ¡MÁS APOYO A SELECCIONES MENORES!
— Alan Ortiz (@AlanLooz) June 2, 2015
If I were FIFA president, MORE SUPPORT TO THE MINOR NATIONAL TEAMS!
Others spoke about broadcast rights:
If I were FIFA president I would forever forbid Televisa to broadcast any football event
And some others preferred to think how they would change the past:
#SiYoFueraPresidenteDeLaFIFA Seria Gol de Yepes♥
— S O N R I E :’) (@SonSiempre) June 3, 2015
If I were FIFA president It would have been goal by Yepes
— Mexdez Maho Ricardo (@ricardomaho) June 2, 2015
If I were FIFA president I would repeat Brazil's World Cup with a goal kick by Mexico on the 90 minute and a yellow card for Robben
Meanwhile, more than one proposed to award players with potential:
— ☪ (@iNomofobico) June 2, 2015
If I were FIFA president I would give a Golden Ball to this awesome player…
May 21 marks the National Day of Cultural and Linguistic Diverisity, and to commemorate the occasion, the Peruvian National Registrar of Identification and Civil Status (Reniec) launched the Awajun-Spanish bilingual civil registrar:
Las actas generadas de esta manera tendrán el mismo valor oficial que las actas tradicionales en castellano, y sus copias certificadas podrán obtenerse en cualquier agencia o Plataforma Virtual Multiservicios (PVM) del Reniec.
The documents thus generated will have the same official validity as the documents in Spanish, and the authenticated copies will be available in any agency or at the Virtual Multiservices Platform of Reniec.
The Awajún are an ethnic group from the Peruvian Amazon region. Their language has 70,000 Peruvian speakers in the departments of Amazonas, Cajamarca, Loreto and San Martín.
On Twitter, users shared remarks and pictures of this new registrar:
— RENIEC PERU (@reniecdigital) Mayo 20, 2015
RENIEC set up the online first bilingual civil registrar (Spanish – Awajun) in America.
Tengo clases de Awajún. Lo había olvidado. https://t.co/NlFQBYxXo0
— Vanessa (@LastSpica) Mayo 22, 2015
I have Awajun lessons. I had forgotten.
Nuevo Registro Civil Bilingüe Awajún tiene la innovación que sus registros, además de manuales, se realizarán en… http://t.co/5JXCOvHV2N
— Carlo Magno Salcedo (@carlomagno21) Mayo 22, 2015
New Awajun bilingual civil registrar has something new: its registers, besides being manual, will be…
At least 48 people were killed and an unknown number of people are missing after a landslide caused by heavy rains that hit the community of Salgar, in the Colombian department of Antioquia, in the early hours of May 18, 2015.
The secretary of government of Salgar, Zulma Osorio, declared that the “tragedy has had an overwhelmingly big magnitude (…), there are many fatalities, the community has completely collapsed.”
The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, expressed this on Twitter:
En Salgar decretamos calamidad pública para atender emergencia.Desde GobNal y con GobAntioquia @sergio_fajardo todo nuestro apoyo a víctimas
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) Mayo 18, 2015
We've declared a state of public disaster in Salgar to respond to the emergency. From the national government and with the governor of Antioquia, Sergio Fajardo, all our support goes to the victims.
The Red Cross of Antioquia used the microblogging network to ask for donations:
Huge tragedy in Salgar, if you can help with blankets and non-perishable food at the logistics center in Medellin.
Other users said:
Más socorristas y menos oportunistas es los que se necesita en Salgar a esta hora.
— Felix de Bedout (@fdbedout) Mayo 18, 2015
More rescuers and less opportunistic people is what it needed in Salgar right now.
Ahora los políticos aprovechando tragedia de Salgar a favor y en contra! MISERABLES — MONICA RODRIGUEZ (@MONYDIAADIA) Mayo 18, 2015
Now the politicians pro and against are taking advantage of the tragedy in Salgar! MISERABLE PEOPLE.
Government responds to the emergency in Salgar, Antioquia, which has left more than 30 dead.
The alphabets of 24 indigenous languages were made official in Peru as a result of joint efforts by the Ministry of Education and numerous indigenous communities. The documents were adopted by consensus and will be used to help preserve and improve the use of these languages, both in their written and spoken forms.
De ese modo, los 24 alfabetos deberán ser usados por las entidades públicas cuando tengan que emitir información escrita dirigida a esos grupos étnicos, en concordancia con lo dispuesto también por la Ley 29735 que regula el uso, preservación, desarrollo, recuperación, fomento y difusión de las lenguas originarias del Perú.
De esa manera, se respeta el derecho de los niños y adolescentes a recibir educación en su lengua materna. Está comprobado que así aprenden mejor porque se sienten más motivados y porque se respeta su identidad cultural, fortaleciéndose su autoestima.
Thus, these 24 alphabets should be used by public entities every time they have to issue written information addressed to these ethnic groups, as it is established by the Law 29735, which regulates the use, preservation, development, recovery, foster and spread of the indigenous languages of Peru.
In this way, the right of children and teenagers to be educated in their own native language is respected. It's been proven that this is the way they can learn better, as they feel more motivated, their cultural identity is respected, and their self-esteem becomes stronger.
As usual, Twitter echoed the news:
Minedu oficializa alfabetos de 24 lenguas originarias a ser utilizados por todas las entidades públicas | MINEDU: http://t.co/qz57gbIW0W
— CTP Traductores Perú (@ctp_per) junio 17, 2015
Ministry of Education makes official the alphabets of 24 indigenous languages, which will be used by all public entities.
— Elbey Borrero (@MrsEBorrero) junio 17, 2015
Perú reconoce 24 alfabetos nativos.
French designer Isabel Marant has made a name for herself in the world of fashion, owing to her eclectic style, which blends materials and ethnic influences together in her designs. These creations carry a price tag starting in the hundreds of dollars.
However, for the authorities and citizens of Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, a Mixe community in Mexico, they were more than just a source of inspiration. They accuse Marant of selling her creations as if they were her own take on the traditional dress of the territory.
— Letra.Digital (@LetraDigitalMx) June 5, 2015
“Tlahuitoltepec defends its embroidery; accuses Frenchwoman Isabel Marant of plagiarism”.
The famous dressmaker sells this piece for $290, close to 4,500 Mexican pesos, while the price of the garment in the indigenous community is around 600 pesos ($40).
Marant is “hijacking a cultural heritage for commercial benefit, which puts indigenous communities at risk, as well as the originality of the fashion industry”, maintained the mayor, Erasmo Hernández González, who stated that they will be taking legal action.
Residents of the city of Medellín, Colombia, are asking themselves if the metro is the place to talk about abortion, stemming from an ad by the #ladecisiónestuya (the decision is yours) campaign that's running in the public transit system's cars, as shared by user Jaime Andrés (@JAIM3_ANDR3S):
— Jaime Andrés (@JAIM3_ANDR3S) May 26, 2015
The Decision Is Yours pic.twitter.com/Nbaq2zJHXn
— Jaime Andrés (@JAIM3_ANDR3S) May 26, 2015
The campaign is being spearheaded by a non-profit organization offering sexual and reproductive healthcare services, carrying the message: “398,000 abortions should not be illegal.”
Under the hashtag #Abortonoesculturametro (Abortion Is Not Metro Culture) referring to the set of rules governing Medellín's Metro called “Cultura Metro” (Metro Culture), people have been sharing their opinions for and against abortion, in the same way that the mass transit system installations’ cars are used on a daily basis to post messages using other graphic material.
— Periódico La Tribuna (@PLaTribunaFunza) May 8, 2015
Pregnant 11-year-old who refused to abort creates controversy.
We wrote recently about about a 10-year-old pregnant girl from Paraguay who was allegedly raped by her stepfather and who was unable to have an abortion because of legal limitations in the country. Now, in Uruguay, where abortion is legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the case of a pregnant 11-year-old who refused to have one has shocked the country.
This girl, who has been said to have an intellectual disability, was raped by the 41-year-old grandfather of her half-sister. This man is now in custody and will be prosecuted for rape, Uruguayan officials told Agence France-Presse.
Family members, doctors, social organizations, and the media have encouraged the girl to terminate the pregnancy. They have even pressured the government to try and force her to go through with it, according to Pangea Today. The response was, however, not favorable to them:
“There is no risk for the life of the child or baby, so we cannot force her to have an abortion,” the director of INAU, Monica Silva, said.
For over 50 years, it was thought that the Lima orchid was an extinct species; but, good news comes from a team from the National Forest and Wildlife Service, which is also part of the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture:
Los especialistas encontraron ejemplares de dicha orquídea, típica de las lomas de la cuenca del río Rímac, en las cercanías de dicho cuerpo de agua. Pronto corrió el rumor sobre la mítica flor, que se creía desaparecida desde hace más de cincuenta años.
The team of specialists found some specimens of this orchid, typical of the hills in the Rimac river basin, near that body of water. The rumor about the mythical flower was soon well known, a flower believed to be extinct for over 50 years.
The news was echoed on Twitter:
Orquídea de Lima “Chloraea undulata” reaparece, aunque se creía extinta. Disfrutadla. http://t.co/zSEVKd2E8S
— Alicante Forestal (@alic_forestal) May 21, 2015
Orchid of Lima “Chloraea undulata” reappears, although it was believed extinct. Enjoy it.
Now it's up for the authorities and the population to take care of it and preserve it.