Azuay receives $1 billion in remittances, Retired teachers strike for unpaid pensions, New city council selects boards, Power outages planned

May 22, 2019

Martes, 21/5/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Exposición – There is a show of contemporary illustration by 5 young artists in the Sala Paul Cézanne at the Alianza Francesa until the end of the month.

17 Festival Nacional Juvenil de Teatro – The 17th National Youth Theater Festival will run from lunes 27 to viernes 31/5 with 17 performances from 15:00 on, in the auditorium of the U. of Azuay. 150 artists from 5 provinces will be performing theater, traditional Ecuadorian and contemporary dance.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Youth Theater Festival starts Monday.

Concierto – Rata Blanca, a metal and hard rock band from Argentina will play el jueves, 23/5 a las 20:00 at the Caballo Campana. There will be buses leaving from Parque de la Madre every half hour from 17:30 to 19:30. Tickets available at El Surtido and Mi Boletería in the Mall del Río. Cost: $35 & $55.

Otras cosas –

Titular – La mayoría se reparte comisiones en Concejo (Most of the Council are seated on commissions) – The 15 new municipal council members were distributed to 10 boards of municipal companies and dependencies and to a total of 20 commissions. The commissions cover everything from property assessment to environment to planning and electronic government.

Hunger strike – About 80 retired teachers in Azuay are going to Quito to participate in a hunger strike for not receiving their retirement money. <So this hunger strike may not be voluntary – no pension, no money, no food.> They will be joined by 12 teachers from the Oriente and expect participation from groups from Loja and Quito.

Nuevo Obispo Auxiliar de la Arquidiócesis de Cuenca – The pope has appointed José Bolívar Piedra as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cuenca. He was the parish priest at the iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.

Elevator shutdown – Due to a variation in the high tension power for the Vicente Corral Moscoso” public hospital, the elevators in the building were shut down for at least 4 hours. The low voltage caused the elevator security system to shut down the elevators. The emergency generator kept one elevator open in the Emergency area. A tomography machine and sterilizing equipment that also needed higher voltages to operate were shut down as well. One of two passenger elevators and the sterilizing equipment were restored. The rest are waiting for an adequate power supply.

IESS – IESS will roll out a pilot plan of Atención Primaria de Salud Renovada (APSR – Primary Health Care Renewed) tomorrow. IESS wants to create a “culture of health” for members to use IESS services according to need and conscientiously. IESS national director for Health said 80% of the cases seen in emergency are for flu, tonsillitis or colds which could be attended to in basic general medicine. He wants to strengthen the first level of attention in the dispensaries and hospitals. The program will be ready in about a month and members contacted. <Get ready for something from IESS – which I hope you will be able to read.>

Electrical outages – The Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centro Sur announces its scheduled service interruptions on their Twitter account: @centrosur_ec. They’ll specify the zone, the affected sectors, and the reason for the interruption.

Carros de alta gama – High end cars with engines up to 2 liters can be used as taxis. These cars will have a 5 passenger capacity including the driver and more trunk space. The cars can be models from previously approved brands. The Chevy Gran Vitara SZ, Hyundai Creta and Tucson, and Kía Sportage were listed as examples. These cars will be used mostly at the airport, hotels and areas difficult for small cars to get to. <Like up steep, muddy, slick driveways. Did I forget to mention the potholes?>

Remittances – The Austro received over $1 billion, or 33% of the remittances to the country in 2018, mostly from the US with a smaller amount from Spain. 63.95% of the money, or $642.03 million, was sent to Azuay. Cañar got $268.54 million, and Zamora Chinchipe $9.93 million. Total remittances for Cuenca, Azogues and Loja were $631.71 million. There are also foreigners working in the Austro, mostly in Azuay, who are sending money to their home countries. The value from Azuay is $26.44 million or 67.62% of the regional total.

Cost of Julian Assange – The Comptroller’s office determined the country spent $795,000 for Assange’s upkeep in the embassy including laundry, medical attention, food, legal consultants, internet, adaptions and public events. <Well, London is an expensive city. Although there is some tangled mention of $144,000 public relations contracts and a $418,000 legal bill.> The Comptroller also found irregularities in the process of naturalizing Assange including con-compliance with the presentation of documents, non-payment of taxes, changing the content of forms to favor Assange and doing all the paperwork with an expired passport and not including a copy of that passport.

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.

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