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Citizenship grant to Assange is investigated, Expat award announced, Medical interns protest pay cut, New crafts exhibits open

Jueves, 9/5/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Exposición – “Tejiendo Vida” (Weaving Life) opened Thursday in the Galería de Oficios showing works in straw by 22 weavers from the community of Bacpancel, San Juan Parish in Gualaceo.

Exposición – An exhibit of wooden masks from 16 countries opened Thursday at Saladentro (Paseo Tres de Noviembre y Bajada de Todos Santos).

Exposición – “Expo-Ilustración” with 5 artist/illustrators opened Thursday in the sala Cézanne at the Alianza Francesa (Tadeo Torres y Solano). Works are in both digital and analog format. <Does analog mean hand-drawn – like people have been doing for millenia?>

Ad – Melendi – in Cuenca for the 1st time – 16/5, 20:00 – Coliseo Jefferson – tickets at www.ticketshow.com.ec and Musicalisimo in the Mall del Río.

Otras cosas –

At Tuesday night’s Expat Humanitaran Awards ceremony: From left to right, Susan McBride, Mary Freeman, Azuay Governor Xavier Enderica, Tod Freeman and U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman.

Titular – Repunta migración ilegal (Illegal migration reappears) – Issuance of passports at the Registro Civil has taken off in the last few months. Most of them for trips to Mexico which recently lifted a requirement for visas to enter the country. Ecuadorians seeking el “sueño americano” (American dream) can now fly to Mexico more cheaply and safely without using a coyote. A $600 flight and $1,000-2,000 for a coyote at the US border is much cheaper than the $16,000 it used to cost. In an interview (See Thursday’s article in CHL for more info) US Ambassador to Ecuador, Todd Chapman, said “We can not receive so many illegals,” but added legal immigrants are welcome.

Strike threat – Interns who are Medical, Nursing, and Nutrition students at the U. of Cuenca are protesting a cut in their salaries for their work at heath centers. The photo shows a sign reading, “$197 no justifica nuestro trabajo.” <Those interns are only getting 1/2 of the basic salary.>

Expat volunteer awards – The Humanitario Expat Award 2019 was given to Tod and Mary Freeman for their work helping children through the Asociacíon Helping Kids in Ecuador. The lives of about 15,000 people have been bettered by volunteer work by foreigners. One example is Bob Higgins with Sustainable Cuenca (Cocina de Sopa de Cuenca) which serves 160-170 meals a day. 20% of the people who come are younger than 2 years. <So bring some diapers and baby clothes to the Soup Kitchen. That’s a lot of babies.> The humanitarian awards event was sponsored by Cuenca Expat magazine and Azuay Governor Xavier Enderica.

Arms controls – The military is intensifying operations to control arms, munitions, and explosives to prevent crimes such as assaults on commercial locations, home robberies, acts of violence, and drug and arms sales. They will be searching bus passengers, drivers, and passers-by. <So don’t freak out when a soldier tells you to get off a bus, pats you down, and looks in your backpack. Unless you’re packing, and then you’d better have copies of all the documentation that lets you carry.>

Auto assembly – The Hyundai Grand i10 will be assembled in Ecuador in the Aymesa plant in Quito, owned by the Grupo Eljuri. The plant can produce 6,000 cars a year, with 2,500 going to Colombia. They will have a 10 year, 160,000 km. warranty.

Arroz Verde 502 (Green Rice 502) – A journalist and attorney gave a press conference yesterday about this case against 2 assistants of ex-pres. Correa. The two allegedly received $11.6 million in bribes from national and foreign businesses such as Odebrecht for campaign financing for the Alianza País party, led by Correa. Arroz Verde 502 is being investigated by the AG Diana Salazar who is calling dozens of executives of companies apparently linked to the case to appear. <Now she is what an AG is supposed to be – a legal pit bull to root out crime and corruption.>

Assange Citizenship – A National Assembly commission is looking into accusations against ex-Sec. of State María Fernanda Espinoza including the irregular manner in which citizenship was granted to Julian Assange who has an identity number, but no physical cedula or passport. The current canciller, José Valencia, was corroborated by the ex-director of visas and naturalizations who said Assange didn’t go through the normal process required of foreigners seeking citizenship, and he didn’t know how the whole thing was arranged. <How about requesting the proper documents – he’s lived in Ecuadorian territory for the requisite number of years, the crime report shouldn’t be a problem, but does he speak Spanish or know enough to pass the citizenship test?.>

International –

Brazil – Pres. Trump declared Brazil a strategic military ally outside of NATO. Brazil is the second South American country after Argentina and 18th in the world to receive this status. <Now call up your geography and tell me who is one of Brazil’s northern neighbors?>

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne
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Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news from the Cuenca daily newspaper El Mercurio. If details, such as event dates and times, do not appear in the translation, they did not appear in the newspaper. The text between the carrots, or guillemets (< … >), is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.