Mayor announces austerity plan for city gov’t, Illegal mines shut down, ‘I love kids’ festival, Medical center built with plastic bottles

May 29, 2019 | 7 comments

Miércoles, 29/5/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Concierto – The Chorus of the Conservatorio José María Rodríguez will perform Thursday a las 20:00 in the teatro Pumapungo along with the Trío Los Galantes, Jorge Regalado, Henry Álvarez, and Sandra Argudo. Tickets are available at Ticketmas, Palier, Mizki and El Surtido. Cost: $10.00. Proceeds will be used to help send the choir to the Olimpiadas Corales (Choir Olympics) in julio of 2020.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Medical center in Quingeo was constructed with thousands of plastic bottles filled with sand.

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Inauguración – The grand opening of a medical center built using 3 liter plastic bottles in Punta Hacienda parish in Quingeo will be el sábado a las 10:00. The medical center has 130 sq. m. with 2 doctor’s offices – one for ancestral medicine and the other for traditional medicine. The idea started 5 years ago when Mariángela Serrano won a scholarship from an Israeli development agency. The project was to collect the bottles and apply a construction technique known as “ladrillo verde” (green brick – your words for the day). The bottles are filled with sand, earth or garbage and used as bricks to build earthquake resistant walls. <As long as the garbage isn’t compostable material. Imagine your wall blowing up one day.> The community committed to collecting 7,000 bottles and eventually collected 15,000. High schools were also involved in collecting and they wound up with 20,000. One resident of Quingeo also built a small space in his house with bottles and the community now sees plastic bottles not as garbage, but as a building material.

“I love kids” festival – There will be a party for kids this weekend at the Convention Center at the Mall del Río. On viernes, there will be an event at 12:30 only for schools. Public show at 15:30 and ending at 18:00. On sábado there will be events from 10-12:30, 13-15:30 and 16-18:30. El domingo events will be from 10:30-13:00, 13:30-16:00, and 16:30-19:00. Tickets available at Mi Boletería in the Mall del Río, Doña Menestre at Batán, Monay Shopping and at their restaurant on Av. Estadio. Cost $15.00.

Otras cosas –

Titular – El alcalde anuncia plan de austeridad (Mayor announces austerity plan) – Mayor Pedro Palacios announced his austerity plan for the Municipalidad yesterday. Measures include reducing the number of cars for the council members from 15 to 3; department heads will no longer have cars nor drivers; reduction of cars from 85 to 28; reduce the number of coordinators or secretaries from 7 to 2; to not contract for a design for a new logo and using the Cuenca coat-of-arms for the city image. Reducing cars will save from $45,000-50,000/mo., with the savings being used for investments. Reducing coordinators will save about $300,000. Currently salaries for various positions are: Coordinator – $3,798.00, Dep’t heads – $,3409.44, Council member – $2,504.50, Driver 2 – $882.85, Driver 1 – $596.00, Department assistant – $675.00, and Mayor – $5,009.00.

Mining camps destroyed – After a 3 month investigation, the 3d División de Ejército de Tarqui found 5 camps near the banks of the río Santa Bárbara in Sígsig which had tools for illegal mining. Military intelligence personnel figured that each camp could hold between 30 & 40 workers, most of them Colombian, Venezuelan and Peruvian. They verified that the activity was contaminating the river. The camps and tools were destroyed and personnel from the Agencia de Regulación y Control Minero placed the “clausura” (closing seals). <What did they leave standing to paste those seals on? Or did they just drop it into the ashes?>

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne

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