Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Allpa Fest – This Feria Holística where the public can connect to everything related to health, art and nourishment will be from 31/5 to 2/6 at CIDAP.
Exposición – The show, “Objeto Étnico no identificado,” by Paúl Castro opened Thursday in the Casa de las Posadas (Gran Colombia y Miguel Heredia).
Exposición – “Lo que pasa cuando no pasa nada” by Patricio Palomeque opened Thursday in the galería Saladentro (Paseo Tres de Noviembre next to the Bajada de Todos Santos).
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Concierto – “Trilogía del Rock” will feature international bands Vilma Palma e Vampiros and Elefante, and Cuencana bands Mr. Monkey and Signos Diferentes viernes, 31/5 in the Colegio de Arquitectos del Azuay (Control Sur). Tickets available at Licores Safari, El Surtido, Encebollados Chico Gato y La Victoria. Cost: $20 for general, $30 for VIP. $45 for box and $350 for mesa black box for 6.
Fashion show and parade – The 2nd edition of “Tex Gala” will be Friday a las 20:00 in the Quinta Lucrecia. The event is organized by Textile Design and Fashion students at the U. of Azuay who will be presenting 32 high fashion outfits, each representing at least 100 hours of work and replicating a work by a major designer. Tickets available from the student organizers <like we could fine one of those> or at U.D.A. Cost: $15.00 at the door.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Ingresos de ETAPA son menos (ETAPA revenues are less) – The new manager of ETAPA EP, José Espinoza, confirmed that out of all the services of ETAPA, only Internet is profitable. Water rates don’t cover the cost of production, use of land line phones is in decline, and cable TV hasn’t had the acceptance hoped for with only 3,000 subscribed. It costs ETAPA 70¢ <Now that I finally found ¢ symbol, I’m using the heck out of it.> to produce a cubic meter of water, but the rate payer only pays 40¢ because of a subsidy. Espinoza said that the current expenditure is $75 million with half of that spent on administrative salaries and expenses.
Espinoza wants to reduce internal costs by half and double income from services. In the short term he is planning a tiered rate structure where normal users might not have to pay higher rates, but water wasters would.
Abortion – According to data managed by civic organizations, Ecuador has the 2nd highest incidences of child and teen pregnancies in Latin America. The Surkuna foundation took 4 cases to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of minors under 14 who were obligated to become mothers since Ecuador does not allow abortions as a result of rape or incest. A bill to change this is being debated in the National Assembly. Collectives and foundations that support rape victims are arguing for the implementation of legal grounds for abortion in when pregnancies are a result of rape. They also want means of reparations for the victims. There are 2,000 children who become mothers every year in Ecuador due to rape with most of the attacks from family members. According to the AG, 6 out of every 10 victims of rape are boys, girls, and teens. In 2016, 2,115 girls between 10 and 14 years old and 23,809 teens from 15-17 gave birth.
Fotosensores – Traffic radars were installed in 4 sectors of Cuenca with high numbers of traffic accidents. The radar unit will send a ticket to drivers who disrespect road signs and signals or speed. These fotosensors are different from the fotorradares installed along the vía Cuenca-Azugues. <All those drivers who make lefts, go straight ahead and turn right on red will be unhappily surprised.> Since abril pasado, speeders on Ordóñez Lasso, De Las Américas, González Suaréz and the Panamericana Norte have been receiving tickets by email. You could also be notified by phone or text.
Redes sociales – Social networks are one of the main media for the new mayor and 15 council members. The article lists the number of friends and fanpage followers on Facebook and the number of followers and total tweets on Twitter for those 16 politicians. The least Tweety of the council had 47 followers and had tweeted 239 times. The Tweetiest had 8,760 followers and tweeted 33,228 times. 3 councilmen had more than 4,950 friends and one had 28,062 fanpage followers.
A study by Formación Gerencial in octubre, 2018, found that the cities with the most Facebook users were Guayaquil with 23%, Quito – 21%, Cuenca – 5% <Probably a good percentage of that is gringos.>, Ambato – 3%, and Santo Domingo – 2%. Ecuador has 13.6 million internet users of whom 12 million are on Facebook <That doesn’t seem to add up.>, 4 million on Twitter, and 2 million on LinkedIn. Age distribution for Facebook is a youth skewed curve.
Pitbull attack – A 13 year old was attacked by two pit bulls at calles Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Miguel Ángel Asturias last martes. He was bitten in the face, arm and leg. His yells for help brought the neighbors who intervened. The dogs’ owner has promised to pay for the medical treatment.
And that’s all for today so hasta la próxima semana –