Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Taller – Lakomuna (Pres. Córdova y Coronel Tálbot, escalinatas del Otorongo) will start a new painting and drawing workshop mañana with basics of drawing, painting, anatomy, the human figure, and creating characters. On 20/2 it will be acrylic painting, still lifes, landscapes and portraits. Classes are given by Pedro Rámirez. Cost: $5:00 per session, $30 for the whole workshop.
Art collection – A show of the private collection of ceramicist Eduardo Segovia will open este viernes, 17:00-19:00 at Cuenca Visual Arts, and run until 23/2.
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Cabalgata histórica – The launch for the XII Historic Ride “Por las ruta de los héroes de Tarqui” will be 1/2 in the Quinta Jardines de San Joaquín. The actual horse ride which is organized by the Third Division of the Tarqui Army, will be el viernes, 15/2 a las 8:00 in the parque Uzho.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Inician protestas en contra del Régimen (Protests against the Regime) – See CHL article for details.
ETAPA technology bus – ETAPA has a bus outfitted with 20 computers to bring technology to the neighborhoods and parishes of Cuenca. Every 15 days, the bus visits a different area with instructors to teach children, youth and adults how to use a computer, and basic applications and programs. They train 100 people a month and close to 6.000 since the start of the project in 2014.
Recovering ancestral languages – The Año Internacional de las lenguas indígenas was launched in parallel with a Unesco effort to recover languages that are in danger of extinction. Until recently, there were at least 16 ancestral languages in Ecuador. Two have been lost when the last speakers of andoa and sápara died. Another 8 are in danger of extinction.
In the US <And this is for you statistics junkies.> , 80% of the languages that are not English are in danger of extinction, and in Siberia it’s 90% of the languages. According to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, indigenous people compose 6% of the population and speak over 4,000 languages, 420 in Latin America with 26% in danger.
Bonds – Ecuador issued $1 billion in 10 year bonds paying a rate of 10.75%. This will cover 12.5% of the 2019 budget which is $8 billion.
Water treatment plant – The plant at Tixán opened today. The plant will insure water service to at least the year 2045 for 70% of Cuenca which is expected to reach a population of 780,000 in 30 years. Before the enlargement of the plant, its capacity was 840 liters per second. Now it is 1,940 l/s and is ETAPA’s largest plant.
Desechos de mascotas – People who walk their pets on the public sidewalk and don’t pick up their pet’s poop are subject to fines from $10 to $100. <Make sure you’ve got plastic bags with you. Some of the park cops ask to see if you have them.>
Bus accident – A Cooperativa Express Chordeleg bus went off the road at a sharp curve on the vía Gualceo-Chordeleg. It went through the safety railings, rolled down a hill and landed on a secondary road. 8 passengers were injured, one critically. <What is with these bus companies and drivers?>
Traffic controls along Tranvía route – Transit cops are posted along the Tranvía route from Control Sur to the Fabián Alarcón bridge to prevent accidents and keep drivers from making illegal turns onto the tracks. The signals have been installed. Drivers making illegal turns can be fine 30% of the SBU ($118.20) and lose 6 points off their license. Pedestrians are supposed to cross at the “paso cebra” (zebra crossing). <What we all need to learn is that the Tranvía has the right of way. Period. Doesn’t matter if the Tranvía rear ended you. What the heck were you doing on the track anyway?>
And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –
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.