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No Pos Wow: A Dolphin Is Running For President In Chile, ‘Despacito’ Snubbed By MTV, And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you updated on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

A teenager in Uruguay who taught himself to code discovered a security issue with Google, so they paid him $10,000.

According to ABC News, Ezequiel Pereira, of Montevideo, Uruguay, discovered a vulnerability with Google’s AppEngine while on winter break from school. The self-taught coder was bored, so he decided to do a trial and error on the site to see what he could find. Pereira, according to ABC News, discovered a security bug that allowed people to get into the dashboard of Google’s tech support team without being authenticated.

“We had seen something similar before and we fixed it but he found a part that hadn’t fixed it correctly,” Eduardo Vela, Google’s Vulnerability Rewards Program Technical Lead, told ABC News. “He was looking in the right place at the right time.”

More: Google awards Uruguay high school student $10K for finding security bug

Greenpeace has a candidate in the campaign trail for president in Chile: Delfín Chileno.

Sustainable Brands reports that Delfín Chileno announced its candidacy in August to bring attention to the environmental issues that are impacting the country. According to Sustainable Brands, Chile is the second-largest exporter of salmon. The booming salmon business has brought salmon farming to the Patagonia Seas and they are looking to expand operations. However, last year, an algal bloom killed almost 23 million fish in the region. Greenpeace claims the algal bloom was due to the practices of companies farming the fish. However, some scientists are contributing the bloom to rising ocean temperature.

“It seems that neither the political world nor the government is aware of the seriousness of the environmental threat Chile is facing today. We are among the 10 [countries most affected by] climate change and it seems that no candidate cares. We want the environmental issue to be taken seriously and become a priority,” Delfín Chileno told Sustainable Brands.

More: In Chile, a Dolphin Is Running for President to Highlight Need for Strong Climate Leadership

Mexican authorities rounded up thousands of gallons of tainted alcohol in Cancun and Playa Del Carmen that has reportedly led to black outs among tourists.

Mexican authorities had to seize 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol after tourists reported blacking out after ingesting small amounts of alcohol at bars and restaurants in the popular resort towns. According to TIME Magazine, the illegal alcohol was being made and distributed by a company that has bad manufacturing practices. The alcohol in question has been linked to a series of unfortunate events that have impacted tourists to the towns. In one incident, 20-year-old Abbey Conner of Wisconsin was found face down in the resort pool after having some of the tainted liquor. She was declared brain dead when she was flown to Florida.

More: 10,000 Gallons of Tainted Alcohol Were Seized From Mexican Resorts

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ was snubbed at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“Despacito” has broken the record for the most streamed song of all time and it seems like it is playing at just about every bar and club. Yet, despite its obvious popularity, “Despactio” was snubbed by the MTV VMAs. Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the record label behind the hit, isn’t staying quiet, according to Associated Press. AP reports that “Despacito has been given air time on MTV Tres but has not been given any air time on MTV or MTV2. UMLE claims that MTV asked for them to submit the song for consideration one week after the nominations were already named. It will, however, be recognized as MTV’s Song of Summer.

“UMLE is surprised and happy to learn that MTV plans to recognize ‘Despacito’ in the VMA’s ‘Song of Summer’ category,” a spokesperson for UMLE told AP. “We hope the nomination will lead to MTV airing the full video on their main channels.”

More: Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Isn’t Nominated For An MTV VMA

Selena Gomez did a news anchor parody video to promote her Coach line.

In one oddly bizarre and fascinating ad, Selena Gomez and Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers play news anchors from the COACH design room. The singer has recently launched a line of bags with the apparel store and the news show parody is one of the ways they are marketing her creation. Gomez and Vevers give it their all with the pretend laughs, playful banter, and traffic reports. Oh. The weather woman is a space dinosaur named Theresa.

More: Selena Gomez’s Coach Video: Watch Her News Anchor Parody


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Watch the Stunning Video of the Total Eclipse that Plunged Argentina and Chile Into Darkness

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Watch the Stunning Video of the Total Eclipse that Plunged Argentina and Chile Into Darkness

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Thousands of observers gathered in parts of Chile and Argentina on Monday to witness a rare and stunning total solar eclipse. The natural phenomenon is the second solar eclipse to be visible in Chile in the last 18 months.

Because of the perfect timing this time around, this year’s eclipse was especially breathtaking.

The sky got especially dark this year because this eclipse occurred both during the summer in the Southern Hemisphere and closer to the middle of the day. The sun was higher in the sky, making the change from lightness to darkness especially stark.

A solar eclipse happens when the earth, the moon and the sun are in total alignment. It’s a phenomenon that is actually rare in most solar systems. Our solar system is unique in that our moon is the perfect size to be able to block out the sun.

Thousands of people traveled hundreds of miles, some even camping out over night to get the chance to observe the rare phenomenon. The biggest crowds gathered in the Araucanía region 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile’s capital. The gatherers were wearing face masks and special protective glasses so they could watch the eclipse without damaging their eyes.

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The solar eclipse had special significance for the Mapuche indigenous community in Chile.

“In Mapuche culture the eclipse has different meanings — they talk about ‘Lan Antu’, like the death of the sun and the conflict between the moon and the sun,” said Estela Nahuelpan, a leader in the indigenous Mateo Nahuelpan community, to the Agence France-Presse (AFP). “It refers to the necessary balance that has to exist in nature.”

In Mapuche legend, during a solar eclipse, the the sun temporarily dies when it battles against an unknown evil force known as “Wekufu”. Indigenous expert Juan Nanculef told the AFP that the Mapuche people used to light bonfires and throw stones and arrows into the sky to help the sun in its fight against Wekufu.

In days past, the Mapuche community would consider an eclipse like this a bad omen. There is still a bit of superstition that lingers around the phenomenon. A man named Diego Ancalao, who is a member of the Mapuche community, told CBS News that the last solar eclipse in 2019 was followed by civil unrest in Chile as well as a global pandemic.

Here’s to hoping that this eclipse is a sign of all of the good times ahead!

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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A Chilean Police Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder After Throwing a Protestor Off Of a Bridge

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Earlier this month, a police officer in Santiago, Chile was captured on video pushing a 16-year-old male demonstrator off of a bridge. The boy fell into the canal below, fracturing his wrist and suffering head trauma. He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The violent video sparked an additional wave of protests against the Carabineros–Chile’s militarized national police force that the officer was a part of.

Before the video surfaced, witnesses who were protesting voiced their anger at the police officer’s actions and demanded that he be brought to justice. Initially, a spokesperson for the Carabineros, General Enrique Monrás, denied any wrongdoing on the part of the officer, claiming that the boy “lost balance and fell”.

Monrás claimed the police force even had footage that refuted the purported events. But when the footage of the boy being pushed over the bridge went public, there was no question as to what happened.

The footage of the incident went viral in Chile, prompting a surge of demonstrations and protests in Santiago–a city already racked with civil unrest.

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Days later, Chile opened up an investigation against the police officer, saying the officer “gave false information to the Prosecutor’s Office” and had “abandoned the victim” after throwing him off the bridge. The officer’s lawyer says he was following procedure. Nevertheless, by then the damage had been done.

Following the incident, protestors threw red die into the canal, making it look like it was running red with the metaphorical blood of protestors. The protests are part of an ongoing civil unrest that was sparked by economic inequality in Chile as well as President Sebastián Piñera’s failure to address the people’s concerns.

To make matters worse, the Piñera government has responded to the protests with excessive violence.

In the last year, Chile has been making headlines for permanently blinding protestors with rubber bullets. Protestors claim that Caballeros are deliberately shooting people in the eyes, aiming to blind them for life.

This most recent incident has simply served to bolster the protestors’ claims that they are being treated brutally by the Chilean government. “The police are violent. We can’t bear it anymore,” said a protestor named Carmen Soria to Al Jazeera News. “They’ve raped, tortured, run people over, blinded others, and now, they’re throwing people in the Mapocho river. The government doesn’t want us to protest, doesn’t want us to gather together, but they don’t care that we gather in the busses and in subways like sardines to go to work.”

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