Friday, June 15, 2007

Armenians in Argentina

Walking around Palermo Viejo you will soon be aware of the tremendous amount of Armenian bakeries, restaurants and businesses. There is also a famous street in Palermo Viejo called simply Armenia Street where some of the community resides. There are about 13o,ooo Armenians in Argentina making them the biggest Armenian community in Latin America and one of the largest outside Armenia.

Their contribution to Argentine society is immense and includes several famous people. One of the most famous ones is David Nabaldian, one of the worlds best tennis players. They have permeated the culture in a positive way: their churches are beautiful, their restaurants are some of the cities best , their cake shops and bakeries personify the old world charm of a Europe gone by.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A Sex scandal that is keeping Argentine society glued to their seats

In Buenos Aires as well as the rest of Argentina we have all been waiting for close to 7 months to find some closure to a case that has made front page news. Nora Dalmasso was found strangled in a sex game gone wrong at her wealthy country home in Rio Cuarto Cordoba.
Rumours of sex orgies wife swapping and stories of multiple lovers have kept gossip magazines and news channels running hot ever since that fateful day.

It has now been suggested that dna found at the scene matches her son Facundo .
Dalmasso’s son Facundo Macarrón, 19, was yesterday accused of the murder and sexual abuse of his mother, although he is due to remain free as ruled by the Córdoba judiciary.
Dalmasso, aged 51, was found strangled last November in her house in the neighbourhood of Villa Golf, in Río Cuarto, Córdoba. Her son, a law student, was yesterday accused on charges of "minor suspicion" of "homicide and non-carnal sexual abuse."The measure was ordered after prosecutor Javier Di Santo saw the results of the DNA analyses, carried out by the CEPROCOR research centre, of the blood samples found at the crime scene, which are allegedly compatible with Macarrón’s genetic pattern. However, Di Santo said that he was still waiting for the FBI, which was also due to analyze the blood samples, to send a report with their results."The samples from the crime scene were taken from the victim’s body, her clothes and the bed sheets," said Facundo Macarrón’s lawyer Benjamín Sonzini Astudillo.The attorney added that the judiciary’s resolution was a "step forward" in the case since he said Facundo would be "able to prove his innocence." The lawyer ensured that there was "no conclusive proof" to formally accuse him but "only a genetic profile from the family" while Facundo’s own blood had not been analyzed."Facundo was in Córdoba city, where he lives and attends college, the night the crime was committed," the lawyer claimed.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Big Chill

The big chill has left Buenos Aires today and temperatures have returned to normal.
Thermometers reached their lowest ever recorded in May with three consecutive days of below zero temperatures .

On Tuesday Morning walking the streets of Palermo I would have swore that I was in Antartica with the biting winds turning my face to ice.

The death toll from this ola de frio is over 30 which is a terrible tragedy considering that this is completely preventable .

Is Global Warming to Blame?