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Feria Masticar: Food Fair in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:04

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Are you looking to experience some of the best food in all of Argentina? Well, look no further because the annual Feria Masticar is almost here!

What is it?

This is an annual food fair that hosts some of the most important chefs and restaurants in all of Buenos Aires. There is the opportunity to taste some of the best regional foods in Buenos Aires, learn from top nutritionists through various classes and lectures, taste premium wines and beers from the bodegas of Argentina, and even participate in cooking classes!

Learn more about what the fair offers, which restaurants, chefs, and bodegas are participating, and what classes are offered each day here.  Also, if you want to check out some mouthwatering pictures of the food that will be at the fair this year, be sure to check out the Feria Masticar facebook page.

When is it?

It starts this Thursday, April 16 and goes until the Sunday, the 19 of April. On Thursday, April 16, the fair is open from 2 pm – 11 pm. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it is open from 12 pm -11 pm.

Where is it?

It will be held at the Fairgorunds El Dorrego, which is at Zapiola 50.

Where do I get tickets?

Buy tickets here! Tickets start at just AR$60!

This is a great way to try the delicious food and drinks in Buenos Aires all at once and for an amazing price! So pick a day (or all the days) and get tasting!

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10 razones para visitar Buenos Aires

Monday, June 23, 2014 11:36

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¬ŅExiste una √ļnica raz√≥n para visitar la Ciudad de Buenos Aires? En realidad, hay muchos motivos por los que Buenos Aires es una de las ciudades m√°s atractivas de Latinoam√©rica y, de hecho, fue elegida en 2013 como el mejor destino tur√≠stico de Centro y Sudam√©rica por los lectores de la ¬†Cond√© Nast Traveller. Aqu√≠ te presentamos 10 buenos motivos para conocerla.

Imperdibles
No faltan los barrios tur√≠sticos¬†imperdibles¬†en Buenos Aires como¬†Puerto Madero, con sus antiguos docks reciclados en los que se han realizado emprendimientos residenciales y gastron√≥micos, los tradicionales barrios de la¬†Recoleta¬†y¬†Retiro, elegantes en sus calles y edificios,¬†San Telmo¬†y¬†Monserrat, espejos de la vieja Buenos Aires,¬†Palermo, que representa a la vanguardia en lo que es dise√Īo y gastronom√≠a o la¬†Plaza de Mayo, epicentro de los acontecimientos hist√≥ricos y pol√≠ticos del pa√≠s.

Cocina para todos los gustos
Vale la pena venir a la Ciudad para probar la cocina tradicional porte√Īa en alguno de sus¬†polos gastron√≥micos, fruto del aporte de los inmigrantes italianos y espa√Īoles que llegaron a Buenos Aires. Pero adem√°s, la Argentina es famosa por la excelente calidad de sus carnes vacunas, que generalmente se asan a la parrilla, as√≠ que tambi√©n es una buena ocasi√≥n para degustar un buen asado.

Boca vs River
Asistir a un cl√°sico¬†Boca Juniors¬†y¬†River Plate, los dos clubes de f√ļtbol m√°s populares de la Argentina, es considerado por algunos diarios ¬†como ‚Äúla experiencia deportiva m√°s intensa del mundo‚ÄĚ. Adem√°s, la Argentina es bicampeona mundial de f√ļtbol y Buenos Aires es la ciudad con la mayor cantidad de estadios en el mundo. Ver un partido de f√ļtbol, una aut√©ntica pasi√≥n local, es todo un espect√°culo.

Gardel, Piazzolla y el Tango
Buenos Aires es la capital mundial del Tango, esa danza sensual y nostálgica que se baila en estrecho contacto con la pareja y que tuvo entre sus más renombrados intérpretes a Carlos Gardel y Astor Piazzolla. No faltan las Casas de tango con espectáculos para turistas, las milongas (lugares para bailar tango) ni las escuelas donde ver o practicar este sugestivo baile.

M√°s de 300 teatros
Si de algo puede jactarse la Ciudad es de su muy amplia oferta de espectáculos, que hace que Buenos Aires sea la ciudad que posee la actividad teatral más intensa de Latinoamérica y la cuarta con más teatros a nivel mundial. Existen más de 300 salas teatrales, entre las que se destaca el Teatro Colón, uno de los 10 mejores teatros líricos del mundo.

Gran variedad de museos
La Ciudad tambi√©n cuenta con una amplia y rica variedad de¬†museos¬†de arte nacional e internacional, adem√°s de otros que albergan tem√°ticas de lo m√°s diversas, desde museos de f√ļtbol, zapatos y t√≠teres, hasta de trajes o monedas.

Ir de compras
De acuerdo con quienes visitan la Ciudad, los¬†paseos de compras¬†es una de sus actividades preferidas. Si lo que busc√°s es salir de compras, Buenos Aires no te decepcionar√°. Existen¬†shoppings¬†de primer nivel y¬†tambi√©n hay¬†circuitos comerciales¬†de moda y dise√Īo. Para quienes busquen oportunidades a precios m√°s bajos, las zonas de outlets son una excelente opci√≥n.

Salir de noche
Si lo que buscás es una intensa vida nocturna, la Ciudad te ofrece un abanico de posibilidades. No faltan los restaurantes, bares y discotecas donde dispersarse y conocer caras nuevas. Palermo, San Telmo y Puerto Madero son algunos de los barrios que ofrecen este tipo de actividades.

Papa Francisco
La Ciudad donde naci√≥ Jorge Bergoglio, actual Papa Francisco, ofrece un¬†Circuito papal¬†por los lugares m√°s trascendentes de su vida. Podr√°s conocer los barrios de¬†Flores¬†y¬†Monserrat¬†y la¬†Catedral Metropolitana, donde naci√≥, pas√≥ su infancia y ofici√≥ misa durante m√°s de 20 a√Īos.

Eventos todo el a√Īo
Durante todo el a√Īo se organiza un importante n√ļmero de recitales de estrellas locales e internacionales, adem√°s de vernissages, muestras de arte y conciertos. Para conocer con m√°s detalle esta amplia oferta de eventos, pod√©s consultar la¬†Agenda Cultural¬†o Buenos Aires Turismo.

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Parque Centenario

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:07

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Parque Centenario¬†es la denominaci√≥n que recibe un espacio verde ¬†que se encuentra ubicado en el centro geogr√°fico de la¬†Ciudad Aut√≥noma de Buenos Aires, entre las avenidas¬†D√≠az V√©lez, Patricias Argentinas, Leopoldo Marechal y¬†√Āngel Gallardo, en el barrio de¬†Caballito.
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Su creación fue decidida por el Concejo Deliberante de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires mediante Ordenanza del 14 de mayo de 1909. Fue inaugurado con motivo de los festejos del Centenario Argentino de la Revolución de Mayo, en 1910, ya que hasta ese momento se trataba de una zona de descampados que sobrevivían en una ciudad en rápido crecimiento.

El proyecto del parque fue obra del arquitecto argentino Carlos Thays, creador de gran parte de los espacios verdes de Buenos Aires.

En 1953, fue inaugurado el anfiteatro Eva Perón, donde se realizaron festivales de verano y actividades al aire libre.
Ten√≠a capacidad para 10.000 espectadores y su escenario estaba techado por tres arcos¬†parab√≥licos, pero se incendi√≥ en¬†1959. Alguno tiempo despu√©s¬†el parque fue completamente reformado, y en su centro (donde antes se hab√≠a levantado el anfiteatro) se construy√≥ un lago artificial, que permaneci√≥ seco durante a√Īos.

 Parque Centenario

El abandono del parque fue preocupante hasta que se remodel√≥ nuevamente y se restaur√≥, inaugur√°ndose las obras en¬†2006.¬†Sin embargo, a los pocos meses el estado de deterioro del parque era serio nuevamente, y los trabajos no se hab√≠an concluido a√ļn.

Finalmente, en¬†2009¬†y luego de cuatro a√Īos de obras, el jefe de gobierno¬†Mauricio Macri¬†inaugur√≥ un nuevo y moderno anfiteatro, con capacidad para 1.600 personas sentadas.

Ya había ido al Parque Centenario?
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Road to the World Cup – Argentine Style

Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:05

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With the World Cup only three weeks away, the players of 32 countries are closing in on their last preparations for both mental and physical training.¬† Argentina, considered one of the leading contenders for the World Cup title will be playing their first game in Rio de Janeiro against Bosnia on June 15.¬† Argentina, although very diverse with the talent of their team, have yet to win another World Cup since the days of Maradona in 1978 and 1986.¬† They were runner up in the 1990 World Cup against Germany when they lost 1 ‚Äď 0 after a penalty kick in the 84th minute.

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This year may be different for the leading qualifiers of South America.¬† With players such as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, and Angel Di Maria, the Argentines have a ‚Äúwalk through the park‚ÄĚ group stage, all of which are in Rio de Janeiro; Bosnia (June 15), Iran (June 21), and Nigeria (June 25).

Currently ranked 7th in the world, Argentina will be fighting to reach the desired gold cup that only comes around once every four years.

Subte en Buenos Aires

Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:27

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El Subte de Buenos Aires está compuesto de seis líneas (A, B, C, D, E y H) con una extensión total de 58.8 Km y 83 estaciones en operación.

El subte es una forma muy r√°pida de transporte y se puede ‚Äúrecorrer‚ÄĚ casi toda Buenos Aires. La tarifa es hoy de ARS 3,50. El pasaje se puede comprar directo en el subte o adquirir la tarjeta Subte, donde se permite viajar en colectivos y trenes de la Ciudad. Esta tarjeta puede ser adquirida en los quioscos y puestos habilitados. La tarjeta es muy pr√°ctica y se puede cargar en varios kioscos en toda BsAs.

El servicio funciona con regularidad de lunes a sábados de 5:00 a las 22:30hs. y los domingos y días feriados de 8:00 a las 22:00h. Las frecuencias pueden variar entre los 2 y los 15 min.

 

***Sab√≠as que el subte en BsAs cumpli√≥ 100 a√Īos. La primera red de subterr√°neos (la l√≠nea A) es la m√°s antigua de Latinoam√©rica. El Gobierno de la Ciudad contin√ļa ampliando la red de subtes y encar√≥ una gran modernizaci√≥n de esta l√≠nea centenaria, reemplazando los viejos vagones de madera (ser√°n restaurados) por modernas unidades equipadas con aire acondicionado.

Abajo hay una relación de las líneas y un mapa con sus estaciones:

Líneas de subterráneos

Línea

Color

Inauguración

Recorrido inaugural

Recorrido actual

Longitud

en Km9

Estaciones

Pasajeros

por día*10

Línea A

Celeste

1913 (100 a√Īos)

Plaza de Mayo – Plaza Once

Plaza de Mayo – San Pedrito

9,8

18

307.188

Línea B

Rojo

1930 (83 a√Īos)

Callao – Federico Lacroze

Leandro N. Alem – Juan M. de Rosas

11,9

17

452.882

Línea C

Azul

1934 (79 a√Īos)

Carlos Pellegrini РConstitución  

Retiro РConstitución

4,5

9

338.618

Línea D

Verde

1937 (76 a√Īos)

Florida – Tribunales

Catedral – Congreso de Tucum√°n

10,4

16

440.384

Línea E

Violeta

1944 (69 a√Īos)

Constitución- General Urquiza

Bolivar – Plaza de los Virreyes

9,6

15

135.549

Línea H

Amarillo

2007 (6 a√Īos)

Once – Caseros

Corrientes – Hospitales

5,3

8

23.853

Línea P

(Premetro)

Naranja

1986 (27 a√Īos)

Intendente Saguier РCentro Cívico


Intendente Saguier – Gral. Savio

Intendente Saguier -Centro Cívico


Intendente Saguier – Gral. Savio

7,4

17

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An Argentine Queen

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 14:44

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Maxima

¬®Argentina‚Äôs First Queen,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúA Throne for Princess M√°xima,‚ÄĚ newspaper headlines enthused about profiles of the couple and tributes to the royal consort as a ‚Äúqueen of hearts‚ÄĚ and a monarch of ‚Äústyle and glamour.‚ÄĚ

In January of this year, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (mother of Willem-Alexander) announced that she was stepping down because she believed ‚Äėthe responsibility should now lie in the hands of a new generation‚Äô. Queen Beatrix’s abdication has resulted in her first son’s accession to the throne as King Willem-Alexander. She has been an adored queen throughout her 33-year reign.

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Queen Beatrix, centre, Willem-Alexander on the left and Maxima on the right

Today, Princess Maxima Zorreguieta became the first Argentinian to be a queen. She is now the queen consort to her husband, King Willem-Alexander of Orange and her official title is “Her Majesty Queen M√°xima, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau.”

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Today’s ceremony

The daughter of a wealthy landowner, Maxima was born on May 17, 1971, to Jorge Zorreguieta and Maria del Carmen Cerruti in Buenos Aires.  Educated at the English-style Northlands School in the city, she received a bilingual baccalaureat in 1988, going on to study economics at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina. After University, she worked as an investment banker for HSBC in both New York City and Deutsche Bank in Brussels.

Máxima met her future husband, Alexander, Prince of Orange at age 28 at a party in Seville in 1999. Willem-Alexander and Maxima announced their engagement on March 30, 2001 and she addressed the nation in fluent Dutch during the directly televised broadcast. Despite their scandalous relationship (due to her father being accused of wrong-doing during Argentina’s dictatorship), they married in Amsterdam on February 2, 2002.  Since then, she and her husband have had three daughters, the eldest Catherina-Amalia who is now Princess of Orange.

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Wedding day

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Family photo

Very popular in her home country and throughout Europe, Máxima is known for her beaming smile, her fashion-forward sense of style and involvement with various charities and causes. She is a member of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Women’s Participation, has a seat on the board of governors of the Chair on the Management of Diversity and Integration at the Free University of Amsterdam, she (along with her husband) is a patron of the Orange Fund, established to promote social welfare and cohesion in the Netherlands. She is also one of the few royals in the world to be an open supporter of gay rights.

This year¬īs Queen‚Äôs Day and the coronation have coincided. Queen‚Äôs Day is essentially a massive outdoor street party where you‚Äôll see locals dressed in Dutch orange lining the canals or manning boats on the water. ¬†Because the last few weeks have been filled with such excitement of the dual celebrations- the main streets of Holland have been filled with merchants selling scarves, mugs, pillows and even dishes with the new king and queen‚Äôs faces printed on them.

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Today’s celebrations

 

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After coronation ceremony

The high level program for April 30 was as follows:

10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 10:30 a.m. ‚Äď The official abdication of HM Queen Beatrix in the Royal Palace. The Queen signed the Act of Abdication which was then read by the Director of the Queen. Members of the royal family were present.

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The abdication

10:30 a.m. ‚Äď 10:50 a.m. ‚Äď HM King Willem-Alexander, HM Queen Maxima and HRH Princess Beatrix appeared on the palace balcony. They waved to the crowds and the King and former Queen each delivered speeches. HRH The Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane were present at the historic occasion.

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Balcony wave

2:00 p.m. ‚Äď 3:30 p.m. ‚Äď HM King Willem-Alexander was sworn in during a session of the States-General of the Netherlands. The President of the Senate, Fred de Graaf gave a speech. Members of the States-General and delegates of Aruba, Cura√ßao and Sint Maarten took an oath.

4:30 p.m. ‚Äď 5:30 p.m. ‚Äď A reception was held for the members of the States-General at the Royal Palace.

6:00 p.m. -7:15 p.m. – The day’s celebrations culminated in a water pageant, with the king and queen sailing down Amsterdam’s River IJ, greeting the thousands of people lining the banks.

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Water pageant

Becoming the Crown Princess of the Netherlands did not mean that Maxima, who has dual Argentine and Dutch citizenship, planned to lose her identity. She maintains: ‚ÄúI am Latin and I will continue being Latin in respect to some aspects of my culture. I dance, I sing ‚Äď and I will keep on dancing and singing.‚ÄĚ

 

The Universities in Buenos Aires Part I

Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:18

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General Information and student interviews of different Universities

The capital of Argentina has about 40 Universities. Half of them are public and the other half are private. Luckily the ranking of the public Universities is higher than the private Universities. In Argentina Buenos Aires is the best and most popular place to study, while the second ranked city is La Plata. I want to present you with an overview of student reviews about the differences between universities in Buenos Aires.

The University of Buenos Aires- UBA

The most popular university in Buenos Aires is called Universidad de Buenos Aires. This University has buildings spread all over the city. The University has no dress code and students say that while the quality of the buildings are usually quite good and beautiful, there are also buildings which need to be improved. I’ll show you two examples in pictures. Recently the government has begun to invest money in the old buildings for restorations.

I did a survey of 3 students studying at UBA who all come from different countries: Argentina, Chile and Colombia. During the talk to the students I got the feeling that there is a big mixture of nationalities caused by the history and the large mix of immigrants in Buenos Aires. Equal rights exist in Argentina, which means that you are allowed to enter to a university and you can study whatever you want. It doesn’t depend on your high school grades and education is for free.

Students per lecture: In general UBA divides the courses into Practical (20-30) and Theoretical (100+) classes. Firstly the students are grouped together and listen to the theoretical class and after that they get divided into smaller practical groups where they discuss and work in groups. In general I can‚Äôt give you a specific number. ¬†Two of the students said that there are 40 students per lecture in ‚ÄúIngenieria Agronoma‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúPsicolog√≠a‚ÄĚ and one student of ‚ÄúDise√Īo Industrial‚ÄĚ said that there are 120-150 students per lecture.

What the students like most about their university:  The park, good professors, that there is no dress code, that it is a public university with a high quality of education.

According to the three students the following could be better: Infrastructure, organization and old buildings which need to be renovated. Another opinion was the long distance to go there.

 

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My last question was about the extra-curricular activities of the UBA. These answers were quite positive: Rugby, Football, Handball, Computer and other seminars or music.

Besides this a sign of the quality of a university depends on the famous people who graduated from there. At UBA there are a lot of special personalities  and five people have even received a Nobel Prize:

  • Carlos Saavedra Lamas¬†,¬†Nobel Peace Prize¬†(1936)
  • Bernardo Alberto Houssay¬†,¬†Nobel¬†Prize in Physiology¬†(1947)
  • Luis Federico Leloir¬†,¬†Nobel¬†Prize¬†in Chemistry¬†(1970)
  • Adolfo Maria P√©rez Esquivel,¬†Nobel Peace Prize (1980)
  • C√©sar Milstein,¬†Nobel¬†Prize¬†in Medicine¬†(1984)

The most popular person who studied there was Ernesto “Che” Guevara¬†(1928‚Äď1967) who studied medicine there before he became a communistic¬†revolutionary.

The Homepage of the UBA is:  http://www.uba.ar/

Gay Marriage for Foreigners in Buenos Aires

Thursday, June 14, 2012 14:26

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Just last month in Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, approved gay marriage for foreigners. Now any foreign couple visiting the city can come get married with just a valid passport, something that was previously not allowed.

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If you have yet to hear, back in 2010 gay marriange and adoption was legalized in Argentina by the National Congress allowing same sex couples to marry. It was a groundbreaking decision as Argentina was the first (and continuous to be the only) country in Latin America that has legalized gay marriage. Other countries, like Brazil, have civil unions, but none have taken the final step towards marriage equality.

This was a great success for those in the LGBT community, but it was required that at least one person in the couple needed to be an Argentine citizen or at least have residency here. This meant that unless you had a local Argentine boyfriend or girlfriend, gay marriage was not a possibility for our international visitors. The recent announcement by Macri has officially changed this so now any foreign gay couple can make getting married part of their Buenos Aires experience.

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From my research, the only requirement is that it takes up to 5 days to request an official marriage certificate to get married and you have to present documentation that proves your residence in your home country. This is also only true for the city of Buenos Aires as it is a federal decree rather than a national law.

It is becoming more and more common for same sex couples to consummate their relationship by travelling to a country where gay marriage is legal. A “destination wedding” is all the rave as many times you can already be in the country where you honeymoon takes place. Previously, popular countries for destination same sex weddings were the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada, but now we can add Argentina to the list. Where else can you learn Spanish, dance tango and then get married to your same-sex partner?

Hopefully this will spread to the rest of the world, but for now feel free to come get married in Argentina and while you are at it, study some Spanish ;).

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The Malvinas conflict

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:32

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The clash between Argentina and the United Kingdom regarding the Malvinas issue is being covered in all the newspapers. We from, Expanish Spanish School, Buenos Aires think it is a good idea to provide you with a small summary of the issue.

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The Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands), currently controlled by the UK government, are being claimed by Argentina since the Falklands War, which occurred in 1982. The dispute between the two countries ended in victory for the UK, which already had possession of the territory before the war. Since then, Argentina is fighting for the right of the islands, stating that the island is Spanish heritage and it should be a part of Argentine territory.
The last major event of this dispute took place last Thursday (09-02-2012), when the Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner made a formal announcement stating to the United Nation (UN) that they are militarizing the South Atlantic. The request was made after the UK announced plans to send the destroyer HMS Dauntless, one of their most modern warships, to the region very soon.

The British government denied that it is militarizing the area and that the act was planned for over a year. The spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said that the British defenses in the region remained unchanged. According to the Minister of Defense, Philip Hammond prince William, who currently is in the Malvinas, is not on the island to provoke, but to do a training regime.

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Furthermore Cristina Kirchner announced the opening and evaluation of the Rattenbach report, a report that covers the actions of the Argentine dictatorship during the Falklands war. At that time, the defeat in the war helped undermine and remove the military regime in power. The conclusion will be announced during the course of March.

There are several reasons why countries fight for the regime in the Malvinas (Falklands). In addition to credibility, the area did not only become a major point of maritime traffic, but also very valuable for oil exploration.

Nearly 30 years (the war took place between April 2nd and June 14th 1982) after the Falkland conflict, the problems still remain. The war resulted into the death of 255 British soldiers, 649 Argentine and three local residents. In the recent denunciation made by Argentina, the UN Assembly in 1965 adopted resolution 2065, recognizing the dispute between the two countries and called on both countries to seek a peaceful agreement.

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Argentina is in favor of the UN’s position; however it is rejected by the United Kingdom, which refuses to open a dialogue. If the complaint is rejected by Argentine UN Security Council (as a permanent member, Britain has the right to veto any resolution against itself, which would result in rejection of the waiver), a possible next step of the Argentine government may be the presentation of the subject in the UN General Assembly, in which all countries that are part of the organization have direct voting and no veto.

In December of 2011, the Argentinean government won the support of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and since then, the countries decided to prevent access by vessels with flags Malvinas in its ports.

Guide to the 2011 Rugby World Cup

Monday, September 19, 2011 13:12

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September has arrived, which means only one thing: The world cup is on! Now before you go practicing your Shakira ‚ÄúWaka Waka‚ÄĚ dance moves, I should probably clear up one thing: It’s the Rugby World Cup. Although Argentina is most known in the sports realm for its soccer team, Argentina also has a top-ranked rugby team that is currently competing in the Rugby World Cup. So what’s this whole rugby business about? Read on to find out more..

Quick Facts

  • Rugby World Cup is played every 4 years
  • The first Rugby World Cup started very recently (1987), and was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand
  • 20 teams will take part, including Argentina, which is currently ranked #9. The top 5 teams are Rugby World Cup 2011 host country New Zealand (#1), rival country Australia (#2), South Africa (#3), England (#4), and France (#5).
  • The nickname for the selecci√≥n argentina es Los Pumas. This name was given to them by the African press in 1965 after the national team, in a rugby tour of Africa, won a historic game against the South African national team.
  • The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be going on from September 9th – October 23rd

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Format of the Tournament

There are 4 ‚Äúpools‚ÄĚ (groups), with 5 teams in each pool. The top 2 performing teams in each pool in the group stage automatically make it past the group round to the knockout stage, which consists of the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final.

Rules of the Game – Or Important Things to Know When Watching Rugby

A die-hard avid soccer fan my whole life, the most exposure I’ve had to rugby games were the few glimpses I might catch on ESPN before waiting for another program, and let me tell you, despite my knowledge of other sports, rugby is still the sport that eludes me. To avoid chronic rugby-induced disorientation that I have suffered from in the past, here are a few important rules you need to know about rugby before you watch a match:

General Facts

  • There are 15 players for each team allowed on the field
  • Standard halves are 40 minutes each
  • There are 10-22 meter end zones (‚Äėin-goal area‚Äô) that are located behind the H-shaped goalposts on the goal line
  • Positions include forwards and backs, with players 1-8 as forwards and players 9-15 as backs
  • To move the ball: any player may carry, pass, or kick the ball

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Ways to Score:

  • Try: Just like in American football, a team can get points by scoring in the endzone. I‚Äôm pretty sure they don‚Äôt call it the endzone in rugby terms but so what? who cares? 5 points (10 points if you just got that reference).
  • Conversion: After a try, two points are awarded if the team successfully kicks it through the goal (like a field goal in football). 2 points
  • Penalty Kick: After a major penalty, the team that got fouled has the option to kick for points, and kick it from the point of the foul. 3 points
  • Drop Kick: A drop kick can be taken at any part on the field at any point of the game. If a drop kick is successfully kicked through the goalpost, the team gets awarded 3 points.

Key Terms

  • Scrum: A way to restart play after a minor foul. Fun fact: It looks like a big group hug.
  • Line-Out: When ball goes out of of bounds, each team forms a line facing each other and a player on the team who did not kick the ball out throws the ball up in the air between the two teams
  • Try line: Where the goal line begins
  • Touchline: The side boundary of the field
  • Sin bin: This one is my favorite term because it‚Äôs such a fun phrase to say. If a player commits a major infraction, the ref can also send him to the sin bin and the team has to play short until he‚Äôs allowed to come back onto the field.

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Rugby World Cup 2011 – Updates

Pool A

New Zealand
France
Canada
Tonga
Japan

Current Group Leaders: New Zealand and France.

Pool B

England
Scotland
Argentina
Georgia
Romania

Current Group Leaders: England and Scotland. Argentina is trailing closely behind in third, with 1 win and 1 loss.

Pool C

Ireland
Australia
USA
Russia
Italy

Current Group Leader: Ireland. Australia and the U.S. are neck and neck for the second place spot, each with 1 win and 1 tie.

Pool D

South Africa
Samoa
Wales
Fiji
Namibia

Group Leader: South Africa. Samoa, Wales, and Fiji are all contenders for second place.

The 2011 Rugby World Cup lasts until October 23rd, so now that you know the basics, go out and cheer your favorite team on!

¬°Feliz mundial!

 

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