Ecuadorians oppose Assange citizenship, It’s flu season, Tax receipts increase, Indian film series

Jan 19, 2018 | 0 comments

Jueves, 18/1/2018

Hola, Todos –

Pagina cultural –

Today’s agenda event

Concierto – The OSC will play two concerts this week. The first will be hoy a las 20:00 in the main church in Cañar. The second will be mañana a las 20:00 in the teatro Pumapungo. Free. <Can’t beat that price – aren’t you glad you live in Cuenca?>

Upcoming and ongoing agenda events –

Cine de India – CCE and the Indian Embassy will present 7 films from el martes, 23/1 hasta el viernes, 26/1 a las 10:00 and a las 19:00 in the Sala de Conciertos.

Taller – There will be a workshop on film acting and directing el 29 de enero in the CCE. Cost: $110.00.

Articles about –

“Serendipias” – This show of work by 15 students in the 7th cycle of Visual Arts at the U. of Cuenca opened today a las 19:00 in the Museo de la Ciudad.

Symposium – There was a symposium Thurs. about the U. of Cuenca and its relation with the “Provincias Azuayas.”

CD – The CD “Los Tonos del Niño del Siglo XIX” was presented hoy a las 19:00 en la Casa de la Provincia. Researcher Janeth Alvarado compiled 11 songs in honor of the Baby Jesus found in church archives. The songs passed from church to church and most of the songwriters are unknown since the scores were passed along and copied. <Sounds like intellectual property piracy is nothing new in Ceunca.>

Book launch – “Cuerpo Siamés” will be presented hoy a las 19:00 in the (calle Santa Ana).

Otras cosas –

Titular – El Fiscal indagado contrataca (Backlash from investigated A.G.) – Carlos Baca responded to an apparent report from the Comptroller’s Office indicating Baca’s criminal liability stemming from unjustified expenses in the investigation into the “police revolt” of 30/9/2010.

Land – A property at the borders of the Llacao and Sidcay parishes has been identified for the relocation of the El Arenal wholesale market. The 32 hectare site is near the Panamericana Norte and is at the back part of the warehouses for the Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC). An estimated 6 hectares is suitable for construction. Acquisition cost is estimated to be $7 million. Earth moving costs are estimated at $52,000 and it will be necessary to stabilize a slope. The Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF – Development Bank of Latin America) will provide credit in the amount of $263,000 for studies and designs.

Encuestas a boca de urna (exit polls – your phrase for the day) <literally “surveys at the mouth of the ballot box”> – The CNE (National Electoral Council) has approved reforms to the regulation of exit polls and election predictions for the Referendum. Polling companies need to make it clear that their results are not the official results, and the margin of error in the reports can’t exceed 3%.

Assange – According to a poll by Cedatos conducted in Quito and Guayaquil, 83.5% rejected the decision made by the Secy of State to grant citizenship to Assange.

Gripe (flu – a good word to know) – The Ministry of Public Health said there is no epidemic of the AH1N1 flu in the south <of Ecuador – we’re not talking Mississippi or Alabama here> although 8 suspected cases are being investigated in the IESS hospital. The Vicente Corral Moscoso hospital has 4 confirmed cases. Officials recommend going to a health center and to not self medicate. Sale of anti-flu medicines at pharmacies is currently prohibited.

Polling places – Locate your polling place for the 4/2 referendum on the CNE (Consejo Nacional Electoral) site at or at

Business page –

Tax collections increase in south – Zone 6 of the SRI collected $729,969,000 in 2017 vs $692,491,000 in 2016. Year to year change from 2013-14 was 8.4% increase, 2014-15 increased 3.4%, 2015-16 decreased 4.0%, and 2016-2017 increased 12.6% which would have been 5.4% without the tax rate increase due to the 2016 earthquake. Sectors that grew most in Azuay were public administration, mining, and construction which grew 110.15%. Much of the construction growth was due to China Gezhouba Group Company Limited which builds large projects such as hydroelectric projects. By itself, that business paid $7.196 million in taxes in 2017.

The automotive sector also rebounded strongly. The main decrease was in the real estate sector with 42%, but much of that was due to a recent tax on real estate sales which might be overturned by the referendum. Sellers are waiting to see if that happens. The most important economic group in Zone 6 for the high level of taxes paid is the Grupo Eljuri. The businesses that contribute the most to SRI are the Banco del Austro, CELEC, and Induglob. <So – all of you gringos contributing mightily to the Cuencano economy – how much did you pay in taxes last year?>

Amenidades –

Concierto – The rock band Tripulación de Osos (The Bear Crew) will launch its CD, “Reales Tamarindos” with two shows mañana in the República Sur. The first show a las 17:00 allows minors and the second is a las 21:00. Tickets available at

Mon Laferte – This Chilean singer will open her “Amárrame” tour in Cuenca at the Convention Center in the Mall del Río el 5/4.

Fashion – Guayaquileño designer Nino Touma will be at Showroom Cuenca in the hotel Zahir Friday y sábado from 11-21:00 with his tour “Vida y Color 2018.” He will also launch his 4th fragrance. <Like a trunk show? Where you can buy the clothes?>

Discuentos y compras –

Sukasa – Up to 50% off sale on selected merchandise until 21/1.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –



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