Jueves, 1/6/2017: Odebrecht scandal update, New TV signal, U.S. trade, Governor’s gallery exhibit, Booze prices plummet

Jun 1, 2017

Hola, Todos –

Pagina cultural –

Today’s agenda events –

Art event – There was a talk and exhibit Thurs. in the Sucré, Salé, Café (parque Calderón) on “Prácticas artísticas contemporáneas y estados del arte actual en clave de conversación informal” (Contemporary artistic practices and the state of current art in the key of informal conversation).  <So what do you think they’ll be talking about – in regular English?> The exhibit is titled “Perder la cabeza” (Lose one’s head).

Upcoming and ongoing agenda events –

Childrens’ opera – “Brundibar” will be performed Fri. at 9, 11, & 20:00 in the teatro Pumapungo.

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Antología (Anthology) – “Despertar de la Hydra” (Awakening of the Hydra) will be presented on miércoles, 7/6 at 19:00 in El Centro Cultural República Sur.  Free.

Student theater contest – The award recipients were announced.

Articles about –

Danza teatro – “Los cuervos no se peinan: Partitura escénica para niños con plumas en la cabeza” (The crows do not comb their hair: Stage score for children with feathers on the head) was performed Thurs. morning and was repeated last night for the general public in the teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz.

Teatro – The Teatro Experimental Borojo group performed a play Thurs. afternoon for children.  <I’m not saying when it was or what the play was about because it’s over.>

Exposición – “Orígenes,” is at the Galería de la Gobernación del Azuay.  The exhibit of photos, paintings and sculptures are the work of 3 artists: Fausto Bravo, Peter Dudar, and Sally Marr. <With photos of the two norteamericanos and examples of their work.  So if anyone knows them, let them know their pictures are in the paper and I can save my copy if they want it.>

Poetry – There was a reading of Mariana poems in honor of the Virgen de la Sabiduría (Virgin of Wisdom), patron saint of the U. of Cuenca.

Otras cosas – 

Titular – La información será comprobada, dice fiscal (The information will be verified, says fiscal) – The Attorney General of Ecuador met with the Prosecutor with Cooperación Internacional and a Brazilian Deputy Prosecutor about the Odebrecht case. They agreed on several points about conducting the investigation.  Ecuador has still not received the list of government officials that received bribes.

In the Dominican Republic,  removal of parliamentary immunity was requested for two Senators and one Representative.

In Colombia, the ex-pres. of Odebrecht in Colombia confirmed that he paid $1 million to a Panamanian company called Paddington to conduct a survey for the Juan Manuel Santos campaign.

In Panama, the Prosecutor reported that those implicated include two children of ex-pres. Ricardo Marinelli and that the number has increased to 36 including 22 Panamanians, 13 Brazilians and one “estadounidense” (US American  <to be precise since we are all Americans in the Western Hemisphere. Are Caribeños considered part of the american continents?>)

In Venezuela an Odebrecht executive said that they contributed money to the opposition campaign of Henrique Capriles by making the purchase <excuse me – the donation> outside of the official accounts.

Trade agreement – Ecuador is seeking an extension to the “Sistema General de Preferencias (SGP) arancelarias” (General System of Preferences (GSP) tariff) which expires at the end of this year. The US can grant the extension unilaterally for Ecuador’s fight against drugs.  <Is that the basis for a trade agreement? We’ll keep import duties at 0 if you fight against drugs (with guns and planes, etc that we’ll sell to you?)>

Analogue to digital – TV stations are renovating their equipment to start broadcasting digital signals in julio.  We <Those of us who have no cable nor satellite service and can’t receive anything until julio> will need to get an interior antena and if that doesn’t work, an exterior antena.

Extortion – There was a hearing for 4 people accused of extortion.  They were extorting protection money from families of prisoners at Turi.  The amounts were between 10, 2,000 to 4,000 dollars.  <A literal translation since I can’t quite figure out where the 10 fits.>  <So Turi is the jail you want to stay out of – have you got family or friends that would put up that kind of money for your safety and continued health? Probably would more since you’re a rich gringo.>

Imports – <I’ll go straight to what matters to a lot of you.>  Prices on various liquors have dropped:  Ballantines from $60 to 22.98; Chivas Regal from $100 to 49.70; Dewars White Label from $40 to 21.99; and Vodka Absolut from $55 to 26.57.  <Is Scotland included in the EU trade pact?  Are single malts on the horizon?>

Pagina intercultural – The article is about la ñusta who is the indigenous queen of the Inti Raymi festival.  The Sara Ñusta (1st runner up?) is Queen of the Corn, and the Allpa Ñusta is the Queen of the Earth.  <Does anyone know to pronounce Allpa – the syllable ending in “ll”?>

Amenidades –

Aerosmith – The band will play in Quito on 15/9 in the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa. Ticket sales to the general public started today.  Prices range from $35 to $250.  All references to the Ecuador show disappeared from the band’s website shortly after the performance was announced on 22/5.  <Does that mean the tickets se acabado? (all over/ finished – another phrase for the day that you hear a lot. Like when you get to a bakery late and the lady tells you the bread you want is “se acabado.”)>

Deportes –

UPS 8K – The 9th Circuito Atlético Universitario UPS 8K will be on 9/7 at 8:30 at the main door of the Polideportivo (Sports Center) Salesiano on av. Turuhaico.  Register at the Bursar’s office (tesorería is what you should look for) at the UPS from 8-12:00 and 14:30-16:30.  Cost: $7.  Race kits will be distributed on 8/7 from 9-16:00.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne

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