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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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This Month, Isabel Allende Is Releasing a Memoir and HBO Is Releasing a Mini-Series Based on Her Life

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This Month, Isabel Allende Is Releasing a Memoir and HBO Is Releasing a Mini-Series Based on Her Life

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March is a busy month for Isabel Allende. The most successful Spanish-language author of all time released a new memoir, “The Soul of a Woman”, on March 2nd. On March 12th, HBO released a mini-series based on her life entitled “ISABEL: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende”.

Both of these projects focus on the unifying themes of Isabel Allende’s life. How she has defied the patriarchy, bucked expectations, and pursued her dreams while the odds were against her.

The HBO mini-series, entitled “ISABEL: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende”, covers a lot of ground. From Allende’s childhood in Chile, to the chaotic years of her uncle’s assassination (who happened to be Chile’s president), and her subsequent flight to Venezuela.

The series will also touch on different phases of her life. Her career as a journalist for a progressive feminist magazine. Dealing with her all-consuming grief when her daughter died in 1992. Publishing her first novel–“House of Spirits”–in 1982.

A scene from the trailer of “ISABEL” sums up the hurtles that Allende had to overcome to create a career for herself in the male-dominated world of publishing. “They are going to raise the bar because you’re a woman,” her agent tells her bluntly. “You’ll have to work twice as hard as a man in order to obtain half the prestige.”

Allende’s memoir, “The Soul of a Woman“, on the other hand, reflects on her life through a distinctly feminist lens.

Her publisher describes it as “a passionate and inspiring mediation on what it means to be a woman.” And it doesn’t appear that Allende is shying away from the label of “feminist”. One of the first sentences of her book states: “When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, even before the concept was known in my family, I am not exaggerating.”

Despite being 78-years-young, Allende’s beliefs–about feminism, freedom and intersectionality–are incredibly modern. Throughout her lengthy press tour, Allende has been candid about the life experiences that have shaped her beliefs–mainly how witnessing her mother’s suffering at the hands of her father contributed to her “rage against chauvinism.”

Today, Allende remains incredibly in touch with the progressive issues of the moment, like the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.

“In patriarchy, we are all left out: women, poor people, Black people, people with disabilities, people with different sexual orientations,” she recently told PopSugar. “We are all left out! Because it divides us into small groups to control us.”

Above all, Allende believes that we all–especially women–should recognize that we have many of the same goals and dreams. And we’re stronger when we’re united. “Talk to each other — women alone are vulnerable, women together are invincible,” she says.

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

Chilean singer-songwriter Javiera Mena is back with her first single of 2021. She is shining in her new music video for “Dos.”

“Dos” is about getting caught up in the feelings of a love triangle.

“Dos” is the newest single from Mena’s upcoming EP. Last year, she previewed the EP with the futuristic “Flashback” and club-ready “Corazón Astral.”

With “Dos,” Mena retains her crown as the Latine queen of synth-pop. Whereas “Flashback” and “Corazón Astral” were more upbeat, she now puts her electronic touch on a heartbreaking ballad. Mena produced the song with Pablo Stipicic and co-wrote it with Marian Ruzzi. “Dos” channels the ’80s pop power ballads and Mena brings on the melodrama. She’s so in love with two and doesn’t know what to do.

“‘Dos’ is a classic ballad with an avant-garde message,” Mena said in a statement. “The song talks about a common topic, triangular relationships but from a different point of view. In this case from a person who is having feelings for two loves and that perhaps both of them fit in his/her heart.”

In the “Dos” music video, Mena sings her heart out.

Despite singing of a love triangle, Mena is all alone in the music video. She plays the piano in an abandoned warehouse. The openly queer icon sings her heart out in the stunning visual.

Mena’s new EP is due out later this spring. “[It’s] a night album with a desire as a common thread,” she adds. “A lot of mystery, sensual dance and above all, a lot of fire. This style of the album is an evolution of who I am: Electro with ballad tints.”

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