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Carnaval and Valentine’s Day fairs, Car registration, Extreme sports park, Earthquake in Peru

Lunes, 15/1/2018

Hola, Todos –

Periodicos in the week starting on Wed. might be spotty due to houseguests.

Pagina cultural –

Ongoing activity –

MMAM – El Museo de Arte Moderno de Cuenca <ACAY – if you can’t translate that for yourself, you haven’t been living here long enough.> is preparing a permanent exhibit from its collection.

Articles about –

Bureaucratic things – The coordination for Zone 6 of the Culture Ministry will stay in Cuenca.

Concierto – The Orquesta Sinfónica de la U. de Cuenca will play el miércoles, 17/1 a las 20:00 in the Museo Catedral Vieja (Sucre y Luis Cordero). The program will include Polonesa from “Eugene Onegin” Op. 24 by Tchaikovsky, “Del Nuevo Mundo” (New World Symphony) by Dvorak, and a work for oboe and violin by Bach.

International Writers Conference – The Tercera Conferencia Internacional de Escritores will be from 28 de Mayo hasta 1 de Junio, 2018 en el Museo de la Ciudad. It is hoped that 100-200 writers from No. and So. America, of all levels, genres and abilities will attend. The sessions on various topics will be in English, and as the conference grows, in Spanish as well. Get more information about the speakers, location and costs, or register on the web site at cuencawritersconference.com. <Is there a www. missing?>

Exhibit – “Serendipia,” a show of water colors by 15 art students will open el 18/1 a las 19:00 in the Museo de la Ciudad.

Talleres – The Library Network will have workshops in various subjects for children, adults and seniors in the rural parishes. For example, the Club de Diabéticos in el Valle will have a workshop on health and good nutrition on 21/2 from 9:30-11:30. Go to your local library for more information.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Carnaval y S. Valentín reactivan la economía (Carnival and S. Valentine reactivate the economy) – Businesses are hoping the economy picks up, especially the sale of flowers, during Carnaval and Valentine’s Day.

Car registration – The registration schedule for 2018 started today throughout the country with a new fee schedule for the 173 services ANT provides. Renewal of Type A and B licenses will go from $65 to $68 which doesn’t include $20 paid to training schools for administering the “examen de destrezas” (skill test). <Nor does it include the medical exam and psychiatric exam for those over 65. You need to show that you’re still mentally fit enough to operate a vehicle. And it was in Spanish.> The fees for late registration and the vehicle inspection will not change. <And now something for you numbers geeks.> The provinces with the most registered vehicles in 2016, were Pichincha with 492,568; Guayas with 362,857; and Manabí with 152,231. At a national level, there are 1.9 million vehicles on the road. <Too many of them driven by people who must have paid someone to take the test for them.>

Cooperativas – Guillermo Noboa, Superintendent of Economía Popular y Solidaria (SEPS) said that the portfolios of the largest savings and credit co-ops exceed that of the 14 medium and small private banks. <If I’m reading this right>, more than 600 savings and credit coops and 4 mutual savings whatevers have $12 billion in assets, $10 billion in liabilities and a portfolio <deposits?>with $2,649 billion.

Yubar Park – This park is located in the Parig sector of Guachapala canton 20 minutes from Paute. It is located on the peak of Yubarrión hill. There are extreme sports such as ziplining and something called the Tarzán Swin as well as nature walks and talks on weekends. The extreme sports are on weekends and holidays and cost $5.00.

Internacional –

Perú – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Arequipa region in the south of Perú yesterday. One person was killed and 65 injured with over 100 houses collapsed.

Deportes –

Peruvian Pacer horse show – The Campeonato Regional del Caballo del Paso Peruano was in the Cuartel Dávalos and had entries from Quito, Guayaquil, Loja and Azuay with invitatees from Chiclayo, Piura, Arequipa and Lima, Peru.

Descuentos y compras –

Mazda – CX-3 from $28,990 – Maresa center, España y Elia Liut – 2865 980, 2808 097.

Kia – Rios from $19,990 and 21,990 incl. IVA – 0 down and 120 month term, 10 yr. warranty, 10,000 km. maintenance.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne