Food and music tonight, UN team says tram is behind schedule, Moreno begins European tour

Jul 21, 2018

Food and music event tonight in Cuenca

Looking for something to do tonight? Four of Cuenca’s top restaurants and the República Sur nightclub have teamed up for an evening of “Mestizo, Gastronomy + Musica.” Each of the restaurants, La Caleta, Dos Sucres, El Jardin and Le Petit Jardin, plan to serve a “feast” beginning at 8 while the music begins at 11 at República Sur, Presidente Cordova 5-55 at Hermano Miguel. Luis Sanmartín of the CuencaSocialClub says this is the first of a series of gastronomic and entertainment events his group is planning. The music at República Sur will be provided by Álvaro Bermeo of the Perro Necio group. For more information and menus, contact the participating restaurants. Cost for the evening is $30 per person. For reservations, call 098 417 7521.

UN team says tram is behind schedule

Tram construction in El Centro

A team of European technicians from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) reports that Cuenca’s tram project is showing “significant progress” but is behind schedule. The team was in Cuenca two weeks ago to evaluate the project for quality and schedule. UNOPS pointed out several work sites lagged behind schedule, particularly in the Milchichig barrio and at the central railyard, and recommended immediate attention from the city and the French consortium performing the work. City project director Jaime Guzmán says the problems cited in the UNOPS report are being addressed. “The work force has been doubled since last week and we are confident we will overcome the shortcomings.”

Moreno begins visit to Spain and Britain

President Lenin Moreno arrived in Madrid yesterday to begin a three-city tour of Spain and the United Kingdom. Today, he meets with top Spanish officials in what his office says is a “series of discussions to strengthen bilateral relations.” Tonight, he flies to London to attend an international conference on the rights of the disabled and to meet with government officials. He also plans to visit Edinburgh, Scotland.  His office says he has no plans to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who currently resides in Ecuador’s London embassy.

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