Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Guitar festival – SONO is organizing the 2nd International Guitar Contest. Applications for the contest close el domingo, 31/3 a las 23:00. Applicants will be selected for further auditions on 17 & 18/5. This year’s special guest will be Eduardo Fernández from Uruguay. <This was for those of you who think you’re going to be the next Jimmy Hendrix.>
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Ricaurte – The parish will celebrate its 109 anniversary with various events in the central park of the parish. On domingo, there will be the festival del cuy from 9:00. They expect to sell 4,000 <of the crispy critters>. There will also be an “Expo Tuning,” a dance festival, an artistic show (performances), and the election of the Queen and Cholita of Ricaurte.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Salida electoral para Venezuela, proponen (Proposed electoral process for Venezuela) – The Grupo Internacional de Contacto met in Quito yesterday to analyze the situation in Venezuela. The Ecuadorian Canciller said that the multiple crises that affect Venezuela should only have a political, peaceful, and democratic solution which excludes the use of force. A roadmap for possible elections in Venezuela included re-instituting key state agencies including the National Electoral Council and Supreme Court, having guarantees that candidates can participate, updating the voting rolls, and allowing deployment of international observers. Secretaries of State from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, the EU and the Comunidad del Caribe (Caricom) attended as well as delegates from Germany, Bolivia, France, Italy, Holland, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Fewer drunk driving tickets – EMOV reported a 25.6% reduction in drunk driving arrests. From agosto, 2017 to febrero, 2018, there were 2,091 people arrested during traffic controls. In the same period of 2018-2019, there were 1,556 arrests. EMOV credited the “Detalles que salvan” (Details that save) campaign which emphasized no use of phones while driving, respect for traffic signals, and think about the risks of driving drunk or speeding. <There should be a detail that emphasizes respecting the Tranvía – a slice of pizza is not a good enough reason to park on the tracks.>
Lower demand for domestic employees – A study by the foundation CARE found that domestic employment did not decrease, but got more precarious. From 2014-2017 the informal domestic employment sector increased by 40-44% while the formal sector decreased. The regional director of labor said they will strengthen controls in homes to verify that employers are complying with 4 basic legal requirements – a signed contract of mutual agreement describing hour, uniforms, basic salary, affiliation with IESS, and paid vacations, décimos and overtime. <So how many of you are complying with these requirements with your cleaning ladies so you can show pay, hours, etc. records to whoever will be checking for compliance?>
Interview w/ new provincial director of IESS – Ex-Cuenca Councilmember Carlos Orellana started as the new IESS provincial director last week. In an interview he talked about needing urgent maintenance at the “José Carrasco Arteaga” hospital, replacing equipment that has reached the end of its useful life <I wouldn’t be surprised if the equipment were past the end of its useful life and hanging on with chewing gum and duct tape.>, and improving primary health care attention by having satellite locations around the city so patients don’t all have to go to the hospital. He said the issue of waits to get appointments is complicated. In Cuenca alone, there are 162,582 affiliates and the hospital is regional, serving 43,000-45,000 people each month. It also serves people from other provinces. There are 1,481 doctors in 36 specialties and part of the problem is that the doctors are at the hospital from 7-12:00, creating huge demands in a short time. In the afternoon, the hospital is empty. Orellana is thinking about changing the office hours by rotating them. A question about the availability of necessary medicines at the hospital got kind of a no answer answer. <I know a waffle when I see one.>
San Francisco Plaza – <Maybe you’ve figured it out already, but I do local news mostly for people who live here since they’re the most affected.> Food carts were installed yesterday near the Padre Aguirre and calle San Francisco corner. <So you can get your juice, sandwiches and ceviche again. I think my ceviche at the plaza might have been risky behavior. The bowl the ceviche came in got dunked into a bucket of water and called clean. It was good, though.> The other vendors on the plaza claim the food carts impede traffic to their kiosks.
Special election info – The results of the mayoral election in the rural parishes was listed. <Looks like Jefferson Pérez won big except in Chiquintad which went for Carrasco.> For the cantonal council, the 152,379 voters in the North District elected Xavier Barrera, Omar Alvarez, Ivan Abril, Fabian Ledesma, and Cristian Zamora. The South District had 149,012 voters who elected Alfredo Aguilar, Andres Ugalde, Paola Flores, Roque Ordóñez, and Pablo Burbano. The rural district’s 165,913 voters elected Daniel Garcia, Deigo Morales, Marisol Peñaloza, Jose Fajardo, and Gustavo Duche. The new mayors of the cantons in Azuay were also listed. <If you’re desperately interested, go to the article titled “Así votaron los azuayos” on print page 3A – Especial.>
And that’s all for today so la Hasta la ? –
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.