Anniversary of Cuenca air disaster, Taxi union wants fare increase, Venezuelans vote, Fatal bus accident

Jul 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Domingo – 16/7/2017

Hola, Todos –

Pagina cultural –

Sunday’s agenda events –

Exposición Fotografía Creativa – A photo exhibit of work produced by students in the “Taller de Fotografía Creativa” (Creative Photography Workshop) opened Sunday in the ex Escuela Central (Gran Colombia y Benigno Malo) <The Museo de la Ciudad. Have no idea why the writer is going back to the old Central School name.> The show will run for one week.

Articles about –

El Café del Parque – This family owned restaurant has its own “periodico” (newspaper) <Now that should have been a no brainer or did you really never know what the title of this column meant?> The paper, printed in an antique style, contains the menu as well as items about the politics and society of the city and country. The writing is “con tinte medio crítico y jocoso” (has a more or less critical and joking tinge) <snarky – only in Spanish.> The original location is on Benigno Malo y Bolívar with a second location in the redondel del Estadio which has been open a couple of months.

Caricature and drawing class – An intensive drawing class will start este lunes, 17/7. The class will have 5 sessions M-F, with classes starting a las 10, 16, & 18:00 in “El lobo hambriento” (Miguel Cordero Crespo y Boyacá). Call 098 404 4063 or 099 817 2816 for more info. Cost: $20.00.

Concierto – The Quinteto del Recuerdo (The Quintet of Memory) which formed in 1983, will perform on jueves, 27/7 a las 20:00 in the Teatro Pumapungo. The vocal group will play traditional “Música del Corazón” (Music of the Heart) such as milonga, vals, bolero, pasacalle, tango, pasillos, pasodobles and more. The group is also releasing its 5th CD. <A good place to further your musical education?) Cost: $12.00.

Colonias Vacacionales – “Verano Feliz” (Happy Summer) <Even though we’re heading into winter climatically.> day camps will start in several centros culturales este lunes as well as in several urban and rural barrios. Activities will be in the areas of art, culture and sports.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Oposición mide fuerzas con Maduro (Opposition measures forces against Maduro) – The opposition in Venezuela is calling for a referendum on the constitutional process initiated by the Government. The referendum has the support of the Parliament which has invoked the constitutional right of disobedience when the Gov’t “atropella” (runs over) <You see this word in traffic accident articles as well.) democracy. The unofficial referendum is today. There is also an election simulation today in advance of the official elections on 30/7 which will elect a new Assembly <I think>.

Fatal bus accident – 14 passengers were killed and another 30 injured in a bus accident on the vía Aloág-Santo Domingo on la “noche de viernes.” According to preliminary information, the bus “tuvo un impacto” (had an impact) with another smaller vehicle <Notice that neither vehicle hit the other – at least not yet.>, lost control, overturned and burned with passengers trapped inside. The bus’s operating permit was expired and the driver had 52 traffic infractions between 2011 and 2013 before the point system was put in place. The director of ANT said that “Eso no quiere decir que debía estar al volante” (That does not mean he should have been behind the wheel.) and that ANT will announce immediate actions and legal reforms to prevent people with a history of irresponsibility from having citizens’ lives in their hands. Operations of the La Maná bus cooperative have been indefinitely suspended until investigations are complete.

Taxi fares – AFUT, a 1200 member taxi union requested a revision of taxi fares. The fares were last revised in Sept. 2014.

Actualidades – Articles about –

Cometas (kites) – Kids are out of school, and the weather is sunny, cold and windy. It’s kite season. <So go fly a kite.>

Tragedia – Mañana, 17/7 is the anniversary of an air accident in 1946 that killed 30 passengers and crew of an Andesa flight on the Quito-Guayaquil-Cuenca route. There were two survivors. These flights were on los miércoles every week. The plane got to the “campo de aviación” (air field), but halfway down the runway, for unknown reasons, it still hadn’t landed. It was directed to fly over San Blas and Todos Santos towards the “Campo Deportivo” (Sports Field, now the stadium). It hit trees and crashed where the Supermaxi “El Vergel” now is, in the sector “El Ejido.” <I wonder if Andesa was the precursor to TAME?)

Interview – María Rosa Crespo was interviewed. She is a professor and researcher (fiestas, rites, gastronomy, oral tradition, semiotics, etc.)

Eduardo Vega Malo – The internationally known ceramicist has his home and studio on the vía a Turi 201. <Now here’s a tidbit for you trivia buffs.> The artist’s grandfather brought the first car to Cuenca in 1912. It was a Clément Bayard, bought in Paris. The car was transported with the help of “guanderos” (litter bearers). <Remember that there was no highway between Cuenca and Guayaquil then. Maybe not even a paved road. Put the car in neutral and drag it up the mountain with horses or oxen?>

Discuentos y compras –

Gualaquiza – celebrating something from 28/7 to 16/8: viernes, 28/7 – Presenting the Queen of Gualaquiza candidates; 30/7 – Cross Country Championships, freestyle 3×3 Basketball Championships; 3/8 – Night of tradition and culture; 5/8 – Bike ride, 4×4 contest <wheelies?>, elections for shuar and meztiza queens; 10/8 – Bocydium Festival <It’s a rare insect. You have your choice of grilled or fried – but only cooked 1/4.>; 11/8 – Cuy, tourist and gastronomic feria, 80’s & 90’s concert; 12/8 – Agricultural Festival; 13/8 – Motocross race; 16/8 – Parade, solemn session, pro-football, noche gualaquicense.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –



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