Latin America in short: Bill Cosby free and Messi out of Barca?

Bill Cosby is out of jail this week and Messi is running out of contract, will they renew it? .

Bill Cosby and Leo Messi

These were the most relevant news of this week. Photos: United States Navy, Reuters

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The work week ends and we bring you our summary so you can start the weekend updated with the most relevant in global politics, environment and sports. The heat wave does not abate in the northern hemisphere, Bill Cosby is released from jail, New Zealand bans single-use plastics and Messi ends his contract with Barcelona. Here we tell you.


Bill Cosby gets out of jail

American comedian Bill Cosby was released after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sentence after 3 years in prison. Whoever was an Afro television icon in the last century faced a sentence of between 3 to 9 years for drugging and abusing a woman in 2004. Additionally, several other women had also denounced the comedian for similar cases.

The legislative decision is due to an error in the procedure, but not because the innocence of the actor has been proven. Cosby, however, faces public rejection after being accused by more than 60 women in cases in which he was not tried because they were prescribed. It was only in 2004 that he could be brought to trial and later to prison.

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About 400 deaths are estimated from the heat wave in the northern hemisphere

The high temperatures that have been registered in the western border between the United States and Canada worry the authorities and environmental groups. On days in which up to 49.6 ° C have been recorded, possible deaths related to strong heat and dehydration are investigated.

Colleges and universities in the area were closed and people are advised to drink constant water and not spend a lot of time in the sun. Especially street dwellers.


The European Union condemns Spain for the destruction of the Doñana National and Natural Park

In a historical event, on June 24, the European Court of Justice of the European Union sentenced Spain for the destruction that has been occurring to the Doñana National and Natural Park for more than a decade. Over the last few years, several environmental organizations have denounced the worsening of biodiversity in this place, and after exhaustive investigations, Spain was brought to the CJEU in January 2019.

Now, more than two years later, the CJEU condemned Spain considering that it is not complying with European laws and sentenced it to comply with the provisions of the court as soon as possible. If it does not comply, the State may incur financial penalties.


New Zealand seeks to ban single-use plastics by 2025

On June 30, New Zealand announced that it will phase out single-use plastics by 2025. "We estimate that this new policy will remove more than 2 billion single-use plastic items from our landfills or the environment each year. "announced David Parker, the country's environment minister. Likewise, the government announced the delivery of 50 million dollars for the Plastics Innovation Fund.

This policy will take effect from 2022 and the country is already working on the development of initiatives to replace these single-use plastic items. With this initiative, the country faces the 60% of rivers contaminated by plastics that was thrown by the government report in 2020.


Messi, free agent

After more than 20 years at Barcelona, Lionel Messi ended his official relationship with the Blaugrana club on Wednesday June 30 at midnight (Spanish time). Although it is most likely that he will sign again with Barca, there have been rumors of a possible relationship with PSG and Manchester City. Joan Laporta, manager of Barcelona, has indicated that the conversations between Messi and the club are positive. It must be remembered, however, that we are in times of enormous financial difficulty for the clubs. Let's not forget that this year, the contract that the Argentine star had with Barcelona was leaked. Messi received 555,237,619 euros gross between November 2017 and June 2021.

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