Conservatives look to make gains in March election, Higher gas prices begin Wednesday, Niño Viajero, Bus accident update

Dec 24, 2018

Lunes, 24/12/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
Pagina cultural –

Muestra – A contemporary art exhibit has been installed in the former Hospital del Social Seguridad with 67 participating artists. Hours are from 16-22:00 until 31/12.

Expo venta de Cómic – A comics show and sale opened today at “Sodilibro” (Benigno Malo 5.80 y Juan Jaramillo) in the “Tienda de Cómic” (Comic Store).

“Noche de vinilos” – There will be a “Vinyl NIght” el jueves in the Pedregal Azteca (Estévez de Toral 8-60 y Simón Bolívar) with dj’s Jorge Andrés Piedra and Belén Vintimilla.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Azuay: fase de impugnaciones con 13 trámites (Azuay: phase of challenges with 13 procedures) – Ayer, a delegation of the CNE finished reviewing the documents from the candidates who registered to run in the March elections. The Junta Electoral started its work of qualifying the candidates and receiving challenges to the candidacies. As of 17:00 ayer, it had received 13 challenges – 10 for parish boards and 3 for mayors.

El Niño Viajero – <This is your fashion article for the season.> The military received the statue of the Niño Viajero last night as his godparents. The child was wearing a military uniform in greenish gray piped with red. <Is it only me that finds it ironic to dress the Christ child in the uniform of a soldier? Or were you brought up on “Onward Christian soldiers,” marching against continents full of native peoples?>

Gas prices – Ecopaís is going up from $1.48 to $1.85/gal. on miércoles. <So fill up in the next two days if you want the lower price.>

Midterm elections – The 24 de marzo elections might draw the map for the presidential elections in 2021. The conservative right is hoping to regain power it has not held since 2003. However, the March results might not have a definitive result given the “siempre efervescente tradición electoral ecuatoriana” (always effervescent Ecuadorian electoral tradition) <this is your phrase for the day just because I like it> where spontaneous parties and candidates proliferate. It is possible that results in Guayas, Pichincha, Manabí and Azuay Provinces, which have about 55% of the voters, might show a trend for voters’ preferences. <Isn’t this proliferation of candidates and parties pretty much what democracy should look like?> In Guayaquil where the conservative Social Cristiano mayor, Jaime Nebot, has held office for over 20 years, over 15 slates of candidates were registered compared with 4 in 2014. <By the way, this and the following article are also your civics lesson for the day.> The elections law establishes that if a party or movement does not reach a certain percentage of votes in two elections, it will be considered “extinguished.”

CNE del Azuay – In Azuay, a complete slate of cantonal council candidates contains 30 names. The CNE is now qualifying the candidates – this is a review of the candidates’ paperwork to see if everything required such as the applications, 2 color copies of cedulas, 2 photos on a white background <that beach holiday picture would be disqualifying>, a work plan, documents of the responsible economic movement, an accountant’s validation and 2 CDs with information.

The next step will be to validate the registrations to make sure the candidates themselves don’t have anything in their lives that would be an impediment to being elected. Candidates for mayor, council, prefect, viceprefect or parish boards must be 18 years old, a native or have lived 2 consecutive years in the district where they are seeking election.

Disqualifying reasons include having been sentenced for crimes of illegal enrichment and any punishment that included prison. A candidate cannot be an active member of the armed forces or police or federal contractor with public projects or projects exploiting natural resources, or judges unless they have ceased these activities at least 6 months prior to registering as a candidate.

Surf – The risk of strong surf and surges along the coast will continue through the Christmas holidays until el próximo miércoles, 26/12. Strong waves caused damage in Esmeraldas and flooding in Guayaquil el sábado anterior. Citizens are asked to pay attention to the color of the warning flags.

Condominio La Cuadra – Residents of La Cuadra are objecting to a 7 story building which would house some 300 families, proposed in the area. The objections are that it will make it difficult to get in and out of La Cuadra, parking spaces will be lost, and it will create more traffic. The complaint also said that it would remove a patrimonial building on the site, but the municipality said that the historic house would not be damaged by the construction. The Dirección de Áreas Históricas dismissed the claim that the back entrance to the new building would affect the parking and movement in and out of La Cuadra. <NIMBYism is alive and well in Cuenca – or at least in Gringolandia.>

More bus stuff –

A driver of an interparroquial bus on the Tarqui y Victoria del Portete route received 90 days in jail for driving drunk with a blood alcohol level of 1.23. There were passengers on board.

Another driver on the urban route Bellavista-Sayuasí had an alcohol level of 1.83 and was given 60 days in jail.

The maximum level for drivers of public transport is .1 gram per liter of alcohol. over that the driver loses 30 points off his license <and I think that’s all the points you get when you get a license to drive> and a maximum of 90 days in jail.

There was an bus accident Sunday morning involving a Cooperativa Patria bus in Alausí in which at least 10 people were injured. The bus “perdió pista” (lost track or lost the road) and overturned on a sharp curve. This follows another accident on el sábado in Suscalpamba on la vía Zhud-La Troncal when a Cooperativa Super Semería collided with a dumptruck. The whole side of the bus was destroyed and 7 people were killed and 15 injured. This was a bus from Cuenca to Guayaquil. <So what happened to all those controls that were supposed to make bus travel safer?>

Descuentos y compras –

Creta – Christmas dinner buffet, $22.99 – from 20:00 – call 07 2881 477 for reservations.

Hostería Durán – Cena de Noche Buena – 24/12 a las 20:00 – $24.40 for adults, 12.20 for kids – Marisco al termidor, turkey, lomo, Dauphine potatoes, Russian salad <vodka dressing?>, rice, orange mousse, and Yule log – 099 234 0985, 07 2 892 485, Facebook – HosteriaDuran.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne

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