Transportation Price Increases in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The rise in bus and train price in Buenos Aires announced by the government began to prevail today in the first of three monthly increases.

While the cost of the so-called buses increased one peso more and accumulates at least 11 pesos, the trains also increases in several branches that connect with the so-called Buenos Aires metropolitan region such as Miter, San Martin, Belgrano Sur and Urquiza.

According to several local media reports, since the transportation rate began in February and until October, when it will be completed, this service will have accumulated price rise of 116 percent for buses and up to 175 percent for trains.

With the new rise since early today, the bus ticket that cost between 10 and 10.75 pesos (about 35 cents) will now reach 11.75 (about 40 cents).

The Ministry of Transportation does not rule out further increases and justified the decision to increase costs boosted by devaluation, fuel prices and the need to reduce public spending.

Two increases of more than one peso per month will come into effect in September and October.

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UN Regrets Argentine Senate's Rejection to Legalize Abortion

UN human rights experts lamented today that the Argentine Senate rejected a bill to decriminalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

A group of special rapporteurs based in Geneva described the decision as a 'missed opportunity' to promote the rights of women in Argentina.

'The Senate vote has not only failed women in Argentina, but also an entire region that generally has very restrictive laws regarding the termination of pregnancy,' they said in a statement.

In this way, they have protected the continuation of an archaic legacy based on a religious doctrine that incorporates harmful stereotypes about the roles of women in the family and in society, which are intrinsically discriminatory and oppressive.

The Argentine Senate did not take advantage of this moment to demonstrate the country's commitment to eliminate discrimination against women in its legislation and promote their sexual and reproductive rights.

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Croatian Player Disappointed With Argentine Team in Russia 2018

St. Petersburg, Russia, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Croatia striker Ante Rebic did not take the shirt of Lionel Messi, disenchanted by the behavior of the Argentine team in the game 3-0 won by the Europeans in Group D of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

'Honestly, I had planned to get Messi's T-shirt, for a good friend who looks up to him a lot. But the Argentines left me with such a negative opinion that I rejected the idea,' the player confessed today in an interview with the portal site

'They surprised me negatively with their behavior and their lack of fair play. Not to mention their provocations,' he added.

'We also have to know how to lose and congratulate the winners at the end of the match,' Rebic stressed, whose team is already qualified for the last 16.

The winning goals generated a deep crisis in Argentina despite the fact that the runner-up world still has chances to qualify if they beat Nigeria in the last day of group D.

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Nigeria stun Iceland to lift Argentina World Cup last 16 hopes

Ahmed Musa struck twice to become the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups Friday as the Super Eagles secured a crucial 2-0 win over Iceland, who missed a penalty.

The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage if they beat Argentina on Tuesday in Group D's final round of fixtures.

A draw would be enough to eliminate the Argentines but would leave Nigeria's fate hinging on the outcome of Iceland's game against Croatia.

Musa, who came into the starting line-up in place of Alex Iwobi, announced himself with two of the goals of the tournament so far.

Musa's sweetly struck half-volley fired Nigeria into the lead just after half-time before he added a second with 15 minutes to go to make the Group D game safe.

Iceland got a lifeline in the 82nd minute with a VAR-awarded penalty but dead-ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed over the bar.

With Croatia heading the group on six points Nigeria knew a second defeat would mean elimination and Iceland started brightest after coach Heimir Hallgrimsson changed to a 4-4-2 from the 4-5-1 he had used in the 1-1 draw with Argentina.

Alfred Finnbogason, who scored the equaliser against Argentina as a lone striker, was joined up front by Jon Bodvarsson and the pair quickly made an impact.

Captain Aron Gunnarsson launched a long throw into the box and, after Bodvarsson had made a nuisance of himself, a push gave Iceland a free-kick just outside the area.


Gylfi Sigurdsson struck it smoothly round the wall but 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was able to make the save high to his right.

Nigeria, with captain John Obi Mikel sitting deeper in midfield than against Croatia, slowly worked their way into the game with Victor Moses a constant threat on the right flank.

The pace inevitably dropped with the temperature still a stifling 31 Celsius at the 6:00 pm (1500 GMT, 1800 EAT) local time kickoff.

The match became a stalemate until 10 minutes before half-time when Iceland came close to opening the scoring but Leon Balogun's glancing header just did enough to thwart Gylfi Sigurdsson and Birkir Bjarnason lurking at the back post.

And on the stroke of half-time Finnbogason came within a whisker of doubling his World Cup tally when he flashed wide Gylfi Sigurdsson's whipped in free-kick.

Gerhot Rohr brought on wing back Tyronne Ebuehi for Bryan Idowu at the start of the second half and Nigeria came out full of running.

The tireless Moses was released down the right and his cross was met by Musa who teed up the ball deftly with the outside of his right foot before unleashing an unstoppable half-volley into the roof of the net.

As he wheeled away in celebration his knee caught Ragnar Sigurdsson in the back of the head and the Iceland defender needed treatment, a bandage and a change of shirt after sustaining a nasty cut.

Wilfred Ndidi forced Hannes Halldorsson into a fine fingertip save with a wickedly dipping shot from distance in the 58th minute.

Musa made the game safe with his second, controlling a long ball without breaking stride and beating Kari Arnason before rounding Halldorsson and powering his shot past two covering defenders on the line.

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Croatia in dreamland as Messi's Argentina suffers nightmare

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia were in dreamland on Thursday after advancing to the knockout phase of the World Cup for the first time in 20 years with a 3-0 rout of Argentina that left a subdued Lionel Messi and his team mates facing yet another flop.

The emphatic Group D victory at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Thursday ensured Croatia became the fourth country to reach the second round of the tournament and condemned twice champions Argentina to an anxious next five days as they await their fate.

Croatia are top of the group with six points while Argentina have just one point from their two games. Iceland, also with one, and Nigeria, yet to open their account, meet in Volgograd on Friday in the second group game for both sides.

Messi was again largely anonymous as Croatia kept him out of the game while, at the same time, taking all their opportunities to ensure a joyful triumph in front of 43,319 spectators at the picturesque stadium on the banks of the Volga.

The win thanks to goals from Ante Rrebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic followed a 2-0 success against Nigeria in their opening game at the weekend and was a reminder of the quality of a team who attracted little attention ahead of the finals.

The last time Croatia reached the World Cup knockout phase was in 1998 when they finished the tournament in third place.

Croatia had the good fortune of a goalkeeping blunder that presented them with the lead in the second half but pressed home the advantage to add two more well-worked goals as Argentina suffered their heaviest first round group defeat in 60 years.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Croatia - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 21, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“The most important objective was achieved. We are ecstatic over it,” said captain Luka Modric, author of a superb strike for the second goal which effectively wrapped up the result

“Our collective game, particularly in the second half was excellent. We cut off Messi, we stopped him receiving the ball.”


Rebic was handed a gift soon after the break as Argentina keeper Willy Caballero feebly cleared the ball straight back at the striker, but it still took a superb over the shoulder shot to open the scoring for Croatia in the 53rd minute.

The mistake sparked life into what had been an error-filled contest. although provoking differing reactions. While Croatia looked to relax and protect their lead, Argentina became increasingly desperate and frustrated.

Modric then showed his quality with a rasping shot from outside the penalty area to double the lead in the 80th before Rakitic hit a curling free kick against the crossbar soon after.

But Messi’s club mate at Barcelona was not to be denied and Rakitic finished off a series of passes that cut apart the Argentina defense to score the third goal in stoppage time.

For Messi, who will be 31 on Sunday, the specter of failing again to win a major title with Argentina looms large in what is almost certainly his last tournament with the national team.

It could be over as early as next Tuesday when Argentina complete their group campaign against Nigeria in St Petersburg.

“Leo is prejudiced by not having in us, drivers as good as him. We, as the drivers, have to take responsibility,” said coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“There’s a minimal possibility of qualifying. There is shame and pain at not delivering for the Argentine people.”


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Solidarity Meeting With Cuba Ends in Argentina

Rosario, Argentina, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) The 16th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba in Argentina will conclude here today after several days of profound debates marked by the continuation of the struggle promoted by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

The event, which has been full of emotion for being held in Che's native land coinciding with his 90th birthday, will be closed with a panel discussion on the role of the media in these times and the battle of ideas in traditional media as well as in social .

Themes on how to strengthen integration and unite collective forces to defend progressive processes in the region, with Cuba as a guide, marked the days of the meeting which gathered some 150 national delegates and guests from Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela.

The word unity has been one of the most replicated in these days of debate, which included the participation of Cuban hero Antonio Guerrero, the ambassador of that island Orestes Perez, scholars and speakers such as Atilio Boron, among other personalities.

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‘We have to keep calm & win’: Messi feels ‘hurt’ but focused after bitter draw with Iceland

While Lionel Messi feels personal responsibility for his failure to convert a penalty, which led to a 1-1 draw with Iceland, the Argentine star is confident his team will shine during its next World Cup match, against Croatia.

“We have to look ahead. I think we deserved three points, but we have to be calm,” the Argentine and FC Barcelona forward said, after the fierce battle with 'The Vikings' that ended in a draw.

‘Messi is only human, the penalty miss affected him’: Mourinho on Argentina-Iceland draw (VIDEO)

In its debut game in Group D, Iceland clashed with one of this year’s World Cup favorites – Argentina. While the South American team was widely anticipated to secure a victory against the debutants, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson worked his magic on the 63rd minute, by diving to his right and palming away Messi’s penalty shot.

 @WeAreMessi Hannes Halldórsson (Iceland): "It's been my dream to play against the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, and it was an honor to save his penalty." 

“It hurts me to have missed the penalty because it would’ve given us a decisive advantage,” the Barcelona player said after the game. “There’s bitterness from not being able to add the three points in our first match because I think we deserved it.”

After Sergio Aguero put Argentina ahead and Alfred Finnbogason equalized, Messi's miss came as a major disappointment to the fans. The 30-year-old star footballer, however, promised a better performance against Croatia on June 21.

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“We have to be calm and stay focused,” Messi reiterated. “I think a lot of what we did was good, but in any case, we just have to try to win the Croatia match.”

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Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion

The lower house of Argentina’s congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a historic victory for the country’s growing women’s movement.

Tens of thousands of women – many wearing the green headscarfs which have become a symbol of the movement – braved a freezing winter night to stand vigil outside the congress building in Buenos Aires during the marathon 20-hour debate.

The bill was finally passed early on Thursday by 129 votes to 125, paving the way for Argentina to become the third nation in Latin America – after Cuba and Uruguay – to legalise abortion.

It will now go before the country’s upper house, where it will face another tough battle. The centre-right president, Mauricio Macri, has declared himself personally against legal abortion, but has pledged to sign the bill into law if it is passed.

“It was a long night for those of us who were in the plaza, we did not sleep at all – old women, young women, forming a green tide,” said Julieta Ortega, a prominent member of the Argentinian Actresses Collective which had campaigned tirelessly for the reform. “Today we are a fairer country. We are very happy for us and for the young girls of today who will become the women of the future,” she said.

Argentina has long had some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws: even in cases where it is allowed by law – in the case of rape, or when a woman’s life is in danger – doctors are often unwilling to proceed with a termination for fear of prosecution.

But campaigners have argued that the ban only pushes women to seek unsafe clandestine terminations, a major cause of maternal mortality.

Mariela Belski, Amnesty International executive director in Argentina, welcomed the move. “New legislation could end a vicious circle where women have no option but to risk their lives, their health, and their freedom if they are sent to prison,” she said.

At the all-night vigil, campaigners watched the debate inside congress on giant screens. Some brandished posters of Eva Perón, who is still considered by many as a hero of the country’s women’s movement.

“This is a great victory for the expansion of rights and in the fight for women’s equality. Once again Argentinian civil society is the driving force behind state policies that promote respect for human rights,” said Gastón Chillier, the executive director of the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

The crowds of protesters wearing green bandannas prompted comparisons with the brave women in white headscarves who faced down Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship, demanding the truth about the regime’s crimes.

“This proves that we women occupying public spaces can have positive results,” said Alejandra Naftal, director of the Esma museum, a former navy base where 5,000 people were murdered during the dictatorship.

“The women who organised themselves against the dictatorship four decades ago, such as the Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, paved the way for the powerful women’s movement today in Argentina.”

The vote – which would have been unthinkable even a year ago – comes after a shift in public opinion driven by a new generation of female activists who have highlighted the many cases of women who died after undergoing clandestine abortions.

Campaigners compared the result to a victory for Argentina at the World Cup.

“This is our World Cup, but there are many matches still left ahead,” said María Virginia Godoy – better known as Señorita Bimbo – a comedian and activist whose appearances on prime time television helped raise public awareness of the issue.

“There’s no going back, this is no longer the same Argentina as before. If we can organise ourselves for other issues like we did for this one, can you imagine the difference it would make? We could have whatever world we wanted,” she said.

Argentina remains a deeply conservative society and the bill was opposed by the Argentinian-born Pope Francis and politicians in the government and opposition.

But the result – a month after Ireland’s landslide vote to repeal a near-total abortion ban – is seen a proof that the country’s women’s movement can deliver victories.

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, said: “As Ireland, and Chile before it, have demonstrated, Catholics can be and often are pro-choice. And indeed Catholic-majority countries can and often do support legislation for safe and legal abortion. Catholics revere individual conscience and support policies that allow all women – especially those without power and privilege – to make their own moral decisions about their bodies safely and freely.”

The vote also sends a strong signal across the region. Campaigners in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic have renewed efforts to relax abortion laws in their countries – but in neighbouring Brazil, legislators tied to the powerful evangelical caucus are considering even tougher abortion laws, including jail terms of up to four and a half years for women who abort fetuses with microcephaly.

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