In Argentina, fútbol is often compared to religion. Players, fans and weekend warriors alike are not afraid to express their passion for the game. But sometimes, passion can quickly turn into violence. This weekend, an amateur game in Argentina turned deadly after a routine decision by a referee.
Police in Córdoba, Argentina are on the hunt for a fútbol player who shot and killed a referee…for being red carded.
Cesar Flores, 48, was refereeing a game when he red carded a player and told him to leave the pitch. Flores apparently had some history with the player he red carded, and things turned violent after the player left the pitch.
According to local reports, the player left the pitch and retrieved a gun before returning to the field and opening fire.
According to La Voz, the player has been identified to be 36-year-old Juan Marcelo Barrionuevo. Police told La Voz they hope to find the suspect before townspeople try to take justice into their own hands. Flores was a father of four and had another on the way.
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Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man from Minnesota was murdered on Sunday after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. In an attempt to take in Wright after realizing he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, it is being said that the officer meant to use her Taser but accidentally fired her gun.
Police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are saying that Wright’s attempt to reenter his car prompted the police fire.
Body camera footage of the Sunday incident was released for the first time on Monday during a news conference. Footage of the killing shows Wright outside of his car when authorities were attempting to place him under arrest. At one point, in the footage he can be seen attempting to reenter his vehicle, prompting a struggle with officers.
“I’ll tase ya,” a woman officer told Wright in the video after he attempted to kick her. “Taser, Taser, Taser!” the officer is heard yelling in the video before saying “Oh shit! I just shot him.”
According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the officer meant to reach for her Taser.
Instead, she grabbed her gun.
“This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright,” Gannon claimed.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the officer in the incident as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police department. Potter is now on administrative leave.
Speaking about her standing, Gannon said “I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott publicly supported Potter’s termination.
“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession, so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties,” he explained before revealing that the officers initiated the traffic stop after clocking an expired registration tag on the car’s vehicle. When they ran Wright’s name they learned that he had a warrant out for his arrest. “That’s why they were moving from the car and they were making custodial arrest.”
Gannon went onto explain that the only information he had about the arrest warrant was that it was attached to a “gross misdemeanor warrant.”
If there is one thing the pandemic has proven to be essential, it’s the internet. For Sol de Bernardo, head of content creation at Papumba, access to technology should be “a basic right.”
Adjusting to remote learning was tough for students when lockdowns were implemented around the world last year. The parents of the children also took a toll while trying to balance child care, school, and work at the same time.
“During this pandemic, I am a believer that technology is a great ally for those who could have the connection and technology to continue learning,” de Bernardo told mitú.
Unable to physically interact with friends, many children have spent hours endlessly scrolling and gaming without limits. Apps like Papumba are trying to add meaning to a child’s screen time easing parents’ concerns.
Papumba is an educational gaming app geared for children ages 2-7.
De Bernardo says the app has become “a resource widely used by parents to entertain and educate their children in this time” after seeing a spike in subscriptions.
The app offers various activities for kids to build critical reading and math skills. Furthermore, the app is introducing little ones to things like environmentalism, wellness, and conflict resolution.
However, for low-income families in Argentina where Papumba is based, many children are vulnerable to the lack of connectivity.
“There is a big inequality problem [and] it’s not a distant reality,” says de Bernardo.
In Argentina, 75 percent of children from low-income families don’t have access to computers. Out of those that do, 36 percent don’t have internet access.
To accommodate families Papumba often lowers their monthly prices, even offering promo codes but de Bernardo wishes access to tech could be given throughout.
A proud Latina in tech, de Bernardo’s journey was not instantaneous.
De Bernardo started out as an educator and that background got her interested in the connection between education and technology. This intimate knowledge of the specific issue led her to bridge that gap.
“Privileged” to be working in tech, de Bernardo is encouraging other young girls to take an interest in STEM. Some advice de Bernardo has to offer young girls is to first get access to a computer, network when you can, and be confident.
“It may be difficult to have confidence in a world full of things that aren’t always good for women, but trust yourself, be dedicated, and above all, be resilient and humble,” she says.
While still a young company, de Bernardo hopes to develop more tangible devices for children to use in classrooms like high-tech dolls and books. However, her current focus is on quality education through the app.
De Bernardo wants to push Papumba to include educating children on their emotional wellbeing.
“We do not talk about emotions enough,” she says. ” We have an activity to recognize emotions where an animated child will form emotions and explains them so the children can understand that there are different emotions and it’s okay to have them.”
When introducing touchy subjects like bullying, de Bernardo finds it important to focus on teaching young children solutions to dilemmas explaining that “the explanation of the problems may not be easy for a 3-year-old to understand.”
Nevertheless, delivering context in a simplistic way is included in such activities. Most recently, the app released a game inspired by the pandemic.
An instant success, the game introduces the imaginary town of ‘Papumba Land,’ where kids can engage in replicated outdoor activities such as: hosting a barbecue, partying with friends, or having a picnic in the park.
Last month, in-person learning returned to Argentina, but de Bernardo hopes that a year online changes the approach in future children’s education.
“I think that technology can help us in this by putting adding a little fun for the child,” she says. “Learning does not have to be [treated] like a mandate where you have to learn something and repeat the year if you fail. There has to be something for the child to want to learn.”
“[Working at] Papumba has helped me understand that you can create something fun for children to enjoy learning and not make it seem like going to school is a nuisance,” she says.
The App Store featured Papumba for Women’s History Month.