Big landslide blocks Cuenca – Machala highway, Taxi drivers are pissed, Red Cross services in the park, El Chapo in Ecuador, Gringo coverage

Feb 19, 2019

Martes, 5/2/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Articles about gringos

The catalogue from Brian Buckner’s show, “Momento decisivo, joyas ocultas de los Andes” was presented Tuesday in the Museo de la Ciudad.

La Guarida, run by Andrés Zambrano, was voted the best place to watch films by GringoPost.

El Observador – The 109th Edition of this magazine is now in circulation with an article about the situation in Venezuela and interviews with Antonio Ledezma, a former senator and deputy and governor of the Federal District of Venezuela. <Some of you gringo “experts” on Venezuela might benefit by reading this article by someone in a position to have some real knowledge about the situation.> Ana Vanessa Herrero writes about the ascendance, self-proclaimed, of Juan Guaidó to the highest office. Other articles are on the critical situation at IESS, gender, the electoral panorama, patrimonial architecture and culture in the city, environment, interculturality, history, culture, municipal management, and more.

Otras cosas –

A rockslide has blocked the Cuenca-Machala highway south of Yunguilla.

Titular – Pasajeros hacen trasbordo (Passengers transfer) – A large landslide has blocked the vía Cuenca-Girón-Pasaje at km. 85 + 900 in the Pachamama sector and should be cleared today. An alternative route for small vehicles is through Minas-Tablón-Pucará-San Rafael de Zharug. Buses are going through Cuenca-Molleturo-El Empalme. Some people stuck on the wrong side of the slide are crossing on foot even with material constantly falling from the slope above. Employees of the Comisión de Tránsito de Ecuador were at the site to organize getting people across the slide, even with the risks. <Looking at the photo, the consequence of one misstep could be fatal.> Agents were also at the intersection with the vía Sumaypamba to restrict passage of vehicles because of a slide 3 km. further up the road.

Roof tiles – Prices for clay roof tiles have dropped from 27 to 21¢ due to competition, while the price of clay has remained the same. The competition is not only from the 50 families that work in Racar making tiles, but from manufacturers in China, Colombia and Brasil who are producing at an industrial scale. Local artesanal tile makers are competing on quality and variety.

Red Cross – The Red Cross has a pilot project called “Deporte y salud” (Sports and Health) where it sets up 2 tents in the Yanuncay linear park along Primero de Mayo in the Tres Puentes sector on weekends to help people who exercise there. 15 volunteers patrol the riverside path on bikes from 7-13:00 with equipment needed in case of an emergency. This park attracts 1,000 people most days and more on weekends. It will evaluate this program after 3 months to see if it should be expanded to other linear parks. <Does Cuenca have weekend warriors who exceed their capacities and fall down with heart attacks or out of sheer clumsiness?>

Taxis – There is discomfort in the taxi business because taxistas have not received the discount cards that will compensate them for the increase in gas prices. Cuenca is in Category A which gives drivers up to 290 gallons monthly or 9 gallons per day. The cards were to have been given out by the Banco del Pacífico but have been delayed.

Voto 2019 – The next ten issues of this page will feature the candidates for the Prefectura of Azuay. <I will not be translating these. I probably won’t even read them.>

Bus accident – A Cooperativa de Transporte Flota Imbabura bus from Cuenca to Quito left the road in the Guápulo sector of Quito early yesterday morning. There were no injuries.

“El Chapo” – Joaquín Guzmán used fictitious businesses in Ecuador to move drug trafficking money. The businesses he used were Lincandisa SA, an airline; Team Business SA, a marketing business; and Gestorum SA, a management business. Their employees allegedly laundered money in Ecuador. These were 3 of 822 phantom businesses registered with SRI which have caused $2,681 billion in tax losses.

Descuentos y compras –

Late – A set of pots “más económico” (cheap) for only $10.00 plus IVA – 4 pots of 3.75, 2.8, 1.7 & 1.25 liters with lids – at all Late and El Mercurio newspaper offices. <For those of you with limited budgets and no household goods. Just remember you get what you pay for.>

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –


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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