Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
The books of the week are:
Ecuador: Huellas de la Prensa / Notas Históricas by Wellington Toapanta Oyos, published by the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana.
Parish Memories by Agustín Molina/ Tom Larsen, published by the Municipal Department of Culture. <In English so here’s a book you all can actually read!>
Largo Pétalo de Mar by Isabel Allende, published by Plaza y Janes.
Tango – “Milonga de las Alturas en Cuenca” was Saturday in the Hotel Rioné (calle Luis Moreno Mora y Eduaro Malo). La Milonga is a space for afficionados of tango.
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Domestic birds – The Exhibit of Ornamental Domestic Birds, was organized by the Asociación Ecuatoriana de Ornitología to promote raising domestic or companion birds. Ownership of wild birds is illegal. The exhibit is at the Bird Rescue Center in the parque arqueológical Pumapungo el domingo from 10-16:00. Enter from Paseo Tres de Noviembre. Free. <Until you buy that cute little red canary – and a friend for company – and all the accessories they need.>
Azogues <just in case you’ve seen everything in Cuenca already> – There will be a feria el lunes for the 194th anniversary of the cantonization of Azogues. There are two ferias at the Plaza de la Juventud “Gonzalo S Córdova” that started yesterday. A scenic arts event, “Xocolate” will be el domingo a las 11:00 in the Parque Infancil “Marco Romero Heredia.” There will be a skating event starting at 8:00 at the same park.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Cabrera evalúa sugestión (Cabrera evaluates his term) – The mayor reported on the achievements during his term which included defending Cuenca’s water; bringing per capita green space from 5.98 to 9.14 sq. m., close to international norms of 10-12.5 m2., with 40 new parks including 4 megaparks; a plastics reduction program in various schools; enlarging the Tixán potable water plant; and new water systems in Guagualzhumi and Chocarsi. He mentioned <this is for you statistics and civics lovers> that sewer service coverage in rural zones of Cuenca is 92% and 94% for potable water coverage. In urban zones, 95% have sewer service, and 98% have water. There were also various road and transportation projects during his term.
Mercado Doce de Abril – The 12 de Abril market was inaugurated yesterday after a $5,029,023 remodeling project. The 2-story metal structure is divided into 4 areas with 635 spaces. There is also parking for 97, 7 loading spaces, storerooms, and 22 refrigerated “celdas” (walk-in boxes?).
Project funding – The Banco de Desarrollo del Ecuador B.P. (BDE – Development Bank of Ecuador) has assigned $90 million to finance projects in 2019 of which $70 million have already been programmed. Cuenca was assigned $59,391,655.43 of which $44,5145,323.10 has been programmed leaving $14,876,332.33. <Save it for the Tranvía which will probably need it.>
Land titles – 900 campesinos were granted titles to the land they work in Azuay. This program to legalized rural properties was started in 2012 and has delivered 32,346 titles up til last year. 4,000 titles were given in 2018, and 4,200 planned for this year. As land owners, these farmers will have access to state programs. <Good as long as they don’t all sell to Monsanto or ADM or their ilk. I wonder how much wealth was instantly created with those titles? And how the recipients are going to take advantage of it?>
And that’s all for today so ? –
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.