Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Book launch – “Cuenca en Cuentos” (Cuenca in Stories) by Piotr Zalamea, director of the Barojo theater group, will be launched Wednesday a las 19:00. The stories are about characters in the history and identity of the city. <Sounds like a good book for Spanish class – improve your language skills and learn a little of the culture.>
Cuenca Cookbook – A cookbook of old recipes typical of Cuenca will be launched this weekend. Women who are leaders in their rural communities are sharing their recipes and traditional knowledge in “Cocina Festiva: una experiencia desde la agro-ecologica.” <Recipes that start with, “First plant the seeds in a sunny spot sheltered from wind, or kill yourself the fattest chicken.”>
Piano Recital – There was a piano recital Tuesday in the teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz with Olivier de Spiegeleir from Belgium.
Book launch – “Economía y Sociedad de Cuenca y su Región: Siglos XVII, XIX, and XX” by Lucas Achig Subía. <Not a book for the general reading public.>
Literature – There was a literary meeting Tuesday in the Auditorio Mario Vintimilla (U. of Cuenca?) to present a compendium of the Memorias de la XIII edición, and for an awards ceremony for winners of the 9th César Dávila Andrade national poetry competition and the VIII Efraín Jara Idrovo national story competition.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Alcalde electo pide no firmar contratos (Mayor-elect asks that contracts not be signed) – Mayor elect Pedro Palacios asked that Cabrera’s administration not sign contracts or make appointments since the Municipalidad has an excess of personnel.
New refinery – The minister of Energy and Natural and Non-renewable Resources is preparing a request for proposals for a new refinery capable of processing 300,000 barrels a day of the heavy crude from the ITT (Ishpingo, Tambococha, and Tiputini) block. The refinery would leave very little waste whereas the Refinería del Pacifico in Manabí would have left 50% of low value fuel as waste. The Refinería del Pacifico, which never got past the site preparation phase, is being liquidated with other projects proposed for the site including a Ciudad Alimentaria (Food City) for the creation of crops <So what kinds of crops grow in sand?> and management of shrimp farms. Another project would be a photovoltaic “farm” generating 200 megawatts which would serve the Food City.
Chofer “Más Buscado” ( “Most Wanted” Driver) – The bus driver who was the 5th most wanted person in Cañar was arrested by Interpol in Santiago de Chile. The driver was involved in an accident on 31/1/2018. The bus overturned and left 6 dead and 14 injured.
Partial road reopening – The vía Cuenca-Girón-Pasaje was partially reopened after a large rockslide in the early hours of last domingo. Some of the rocks were large enough that they had to be dynamited to be removed. Alternative routes for private vehicles to get to Machala and El Oro are the vía Minas-Tablón-Pucará or to go to Guayas and then to El Oro as the interprovincial buses are doing.
Election results –
There were also surprise results in the other cantons of Azuay. Only Girón re-elected its mayor.
The new Consejo Cantonal de Cuenca is composed of 5 political groups with 4 from Igualdad y Creando Oportunidades (CREO, Lista 82-21); 4 from Renace (Lista 107, whose mayoral candidate was Jefferson Pérez); 2 from the Juntos por el Futuro, an alliance of Juntos Podemos y Participa (Lista 33-62 whose mayoral candidate was Paúl Carrasco); 2 from the Azuay el Futuro que Soñamos, an alliance of Ecuatoriano Unido y Democracia Sí (Lista 4-20 whose mayoral candidate and winner was Pedro Palacios); and 3 from Fuerza Compromiso Social (Lista 5, led by ex-president Correa). The 15 member Consejo is composed of 5 from the north part of the city, 5 from the south part, and 5 from the rural parishes with only 2 women after a previous council which was majority women. 3 council members were re-elected and 12 are new to the council.
CPCCS – As of 19:00, null votes for the Consejo de Participación Ciudadana y Control Social “won” 23.95% of the votes for men members, 22.81% of the votes for women members, and 22.26% of the votes for the nacionalidades. Actual candidates who will be seated won from 5.84% to 38.42% of the votes.
Business page –
Aspiradora inteligente – LG Electronics is introducing a smart vacuum compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to the Ecuadorian market. (It has a photo and it looks like a Roomba.) <Automation is replacing your cleaning lady. But I bet it doesn’t do windows or toilets.>
Venezuela – A new power outage has affected a large part of Venezuela just 3 weeks after an outage that left almost the whole country without electricity.
And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –