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Few hotel reservations for holidays, City budget proposals, Payments to the poor increase, Tango and bandoneón concert, El Valle celebrates

Miércoles, 16/10/2019

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Revista – El Observador magazine, ed. 113, is now in circulation. The theme is the fires in the Amazonia, environmental havoc, and effects on the people who live in the Amazon.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

167th Anniversary of El Valle – The celebrations will start 18/10 a las 14:00 with the opening of a gastronomic festival. At 20:00 the Queen of El Valle will be elected. The next day will have bands and musical groups accompanying the election of the cholita de El Valle. On 25/10 there will be parade a las 8:00, a mass at 10:00, and at 20:00 the gastronomic festival closes and the Sonora Dinamita band will play.

There will be Tango and Bandoneón Sunday at the Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamaríz.

“Noche de Tango y Bandoneón” – This concert/show that should have been on Wednesday a las 20:00 has been rescheduled to 20/11 a last 20:00 at the Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamaríz.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Afinan el presupuesto del municipio (Refining the municipal budget) – The proposed budget for public works in 2020 in the 15 urban parishes of Cuenca is $11,175,606.92. 10 parish assemblies were held between agosto y septiembre of this year to set priorities. There was a cantonal assembly esta mañana (Wednesday morning) <not the mañana = tomorrow, which is that flexible time period that generally means not today> to present the draft of the 2020 municipal budget. The parish assemblies were attended by 1,133 people who prioritized 122 projects. 44 were for the Project Executing Unit, 31 for the Land Planning Department, and 24 for the Council for Citizen Security. Another 6 were for the Department of Public Works, 12 for the Cultural Department, and 2 for EMAC. The mayor has until 31/10 to submit a final budget. The Financial and Budget Planning Commission has until 20/11 to revise the budget and issue a report. The Cantonal Council has until 10/12 to approve the budget with two debates. <This was your civics article for the day. I now know more about how Cuenca arrives at its budget than I did about the city I lived in in the US>

Increase in Country Risk – As of 8/10, the Country Risk, an indicator applied to emerging and developing countries, rose 100 points to 777 in 24 hours. The year started at 800 which fell to 663 in septiembre.

Entrevista (interview) – Azuayan asambleísta Gloria Astudillo Loor was interviewed about a new law to prevent pregnancies in adolescents that she presented to the Asamblea. Some of the items in the law included depenalizing abortions in cases of rape; creating a national mechanism to provide psychological and emotional support to girls and teens who are victims of rape, and with a bono (monthly grant) to help with daily necesities such as diapers, milk, etc; and increasing the penalty of rape resulting in the death of the victim to 40 years.

Hotels – Of the 8,000 beds available in hotels in Azuay, only 20% have been booked for the 3/11 holiday. <Tell everyone to come visit Cuenca.>

Bonos y pensiones – MIES announced that it will start paying the $15 increase to people getting grants and pensions from the national government starting 25/10. It is estimated that the increase will benefit a million families in poverty and extreme poverty, seniors, and disabled people.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne
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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.

2 thoughts on “Few hotel reservations for holidays, City budget proposals, Payments to the poor increase, Tango and bandoneón concert, El Valle celebrates

  1. Just wondering if payments are being increased to retirees, and subsidies are not being cut, how is the government going to get the funds to reach budget targets to get the IMF loan? Also, is the IMF loan even necessary? If expenditures aren’t cut, which taxes will go up?

  2. Cuenca needs tourism. I hate to see locals who work in the hotel business getting laid off, or having hours reduced because of concern over the recent troubles. The Mayor’s office should be pushing tourism right now.

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