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It’s election day, Belgium week in Cuenca, Ecuador to join regional organization, Severed hand reattached, IMF loan conditions

Sábado, 23/3/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Books of the week –
El secreto del migrante by Gonzalo Eduardo Vaquero, published by the CCE.
Los capos del comercio by John Cajas-Guijarro, published by FLACSO – Ecuador.
Tilogía Bandolera by Eliécer Cárdenas, published by the CCE.

Semana de Bélgica (Belgium Week) – Activities planned by the Alianza Francesa of Lima, Perú y Cuenca, Ecuador include the film “Insyriated” el lunes as part of the French film festival; a comics exhibit, “Spirou4rights” will start el lunes and run all month in the sala Paul Cézanne; a concert, “Recital de piano comentado,” by Oliver Spiegeleir will be el martes a las 20:00 in the teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz with Chopin, Debussy, Franck and others on the program.

Doctors in Cuenca reattached the hand of a woman who suffered a machete attack by her ex-husband.

Otras cosas –

Fórmula del CNE para votos nulos (Formula of the CNE for null votes) – CNE (Consejo Nacional Electoral) has decided that the votos nulos for the representatives to the Consejo de Participación Ciudadana will be counted as 3 votes – one for each ballot of men, women and representatives of a nationality rather than as 7 null votes which is the total number of representatives to be elected – 3 men, 3 women, and 1 representative of a nationality. Yesterday, the Tribunal Contencioso Electoral (TCE – Court of Electoral Disputes) decided to refrain from resolving the query made by the ANC to define the mechanism of accounting for null votes.

Reattached hand – Surgeons at the Vicente Corral Moscoso hospital reattached the right hand of a woman whose ex cut her hands with a machete. Both hands were reattached el 11/3 using microsurgery, but surgeons couldn’t save her left hand. The hospital reattaches fingers quite frequently <Especially after New Years – if there’s enough left of the fingers to attach.> It also has reattached wrists and partial forearms. There have been 5 face transplants and leg transplants in Ecuador.

Voto 2019 – The CNE has a web page: www.cne.gob.ec with a section titled “Informate, decide y elige” which has information about the candidates for different local offices and the CPCCS.

Absenteeism has been reduced by 7.12% since 2009 when 31.38% of voters didn’t make it to the polls. In 2018, the percentage was 24.26%. The three main reasons were the distances from peoples’ houses to the polling places, the large crowds in the urban zone, and migration. <Hard to vote if you’re in another country and the closest polling place is in a 3d country.>
International observers from the UN, OAS, and the U. Complutense de Madrid are in Azuay, and have talked to local authorities, political organizations, candidates, and groups on both sides of the mining referendum in Girón. They will be visiting different polling places.

IMF – The International Monetary Fund has 6 conditions attached to its loan of $4.2 billion to Ecuador. The first is to restore prudent fiscal policies which basically means reducing government spending. Actions would be adjusting the salaries in the public sector to match the private sector, only renewing one of every two contracts that expire, reducing investments in property and services, and have fuel subsidies benefit only the poorest.
The second would be strengthening the Banco Central which wouldn’t be allowed to invest in securities issued by public entities or make loans to the government. The third has to do with the banking system and monitoring real estate loans and prices. <We don’t need a 2008 real estate fueled melt-down here.> The 4th would be support in creating employment in the private sector and reducing the informal economy. <Numbers 5 and 6 were probably too complicated to go into the article.>

Roads affected by the rains include the vía Cuenca-Molleturo-El Empalme and km. 86 of the vía Cuenca-Girón-Pasaje which was blocked by a slide several weeks ago. The Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas (Ministry of Transport and Public Works) is fighting to keep the roads open so election materials can be delivered, and doing studies on how to avoid landslides at km. 86. It recommends not driving at night. <Is this how climate change is affecting the Sierras? More rain, more slides?>

Internacional –

México – 7% of the businesses (mining, bottlers, dairy) control 70% of the water concessions in México. The scarcity of water affects the most vulnerable with 10% of the population having no access to potable water.

Prosur – The presidents of Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Perú and the Guyanan ambassador in Chile signed the declaración de Santiago, creating a new international organization, “Progreso de América del Sur,” (Prosur) to renew and strengthen the integration of South America. Chile will assume the temporary presidency and the organization address issues of infrastructure, energy, health, defense, security and fight against crime, and the prevention and management of natural disasters. This organization will probably replace Unasur. <And there just happens to be an almost brand new international headquarters building in Quito that needs an occupant.>

Descuentos y compras –

Creta – Sunday buffet for $15.99 – from 13:00 – reservations at 2-881-477 – in the Mall del Río.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

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.