Miércoles, 28/6/2017: Landslide threatens homes, Venezuela chaos, San Fran Plaza vendors stay put, Community tourism

Jun 29, 2017 | 1 comment

Hola, Todos –

Pagina cultural –

Upcoming and ongoing agenda events –

Cine – The film cycle “El diseño Invisible al servicio del Cine” (The Invisible design at the service of the Cinema) <Not sure what that means – maybe all the work that goes into films that isn’t the acting? Like lighting and costumes?> will be presented tomorrow at 19:00 in the sala comunitaria of the Museo Pumapungo. The film will be “Cuando el viento sopla” (When the wind blows) which is the story of Jim and Hilda Bloggs. Free.

Articles about –

Taller – Young people are taking time off from their studies or work to participate in a theater arts workshop this and next week. <One of these days I’m going to get a different newspaper and see if their writers are easier to read when they start describing artsy stuff. Or if the difficulty lies in the artsy stuff – the one picture being worth 1000 words concept.>

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Exposición del arte infantil – An exhibit of art by children who attended the Camino al Arte (Way to Art) workshop will open el viernes at 18:30 in the Centro Cultural Municipal Casa de las Posadas (Gran Colombia 17-42 entre Octavio Corero y Miguel Heredia). <Better a workshop and show than informal painting on the living room walls with a strawberry or beet. That’s why kids have to be excused from the dining table – you can check that hey’re not carrying any “found” art supplies.>

Leadership change – With the new Culture Laws, the Dirección Cultural Cuenca has disappeared and the Museo Zonal Pumapungo becomes a Unit of the Ministerio de Cultura y Patrimonio, which was headed by Jonathan Koupermann who resigned last May. He will be replaced by Tamara Landívar.

CD – Darío Torres will launch his first CD of guitar music on 6/7 in the teatro Pumapungo. “El canto de la guitarra ecuatoriana” (The song of the Ecuadorian guitar) contains 13 tracks including pasillos, sanjuanitos, pasacalles and more. Cost: $10.00.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Colombia afianza paz con dejación de armas (Colombia affirms peace with arms abandonment) – At a ceremony yesterday, FARC laid down their arms, officially ending 53 years of civil conflict. FARC plans to become a political party.

Slides – Homeowners in the ciudadela Jaime Roldós in the Baguanchi Cedillo sector asked for an emergency declaration after geological faults reactivated and caused serious landslides. 17 houses have already been destroyed and another 10 are at risk of falling.

Tranvía – Sangurima at Vargas Machuca and Tomás Ordóñez reopened today. There are activities planned for hoy y mañaba including performances, culture and food on the train tracks in front of the Rotary Plaza.

Adultos mayores – Hugo Lucero, a specialist in gerontology, launched “Situación actual de la población adulta mayor en el Ecuador” last night. Lucero talked about discrimination against the old, and that 8 out of 10 seniors in nursing homes were not consulted if they wanted to go or not. According to the 2010 census, Ecuador’s population was 14,483,499 with 940,905 of them seniors.

San Francisco Plaza – It will take 2 days to decide how the contract for the remodeling of the plaza will proceed. A Technical Commission found that the father of a partner in the winning consorcium is the ex-secretary of Public Works. If it is found that the son could participate in the contract, the contract will go its course. If the son should not participate, then the contract will be terminated and the project rebid. This would take about a month.
Meanwhile, the merchants will not relocate until they are sure about the legality of the contract. <It just may take another 50 years to get this plaza rebuilt. Maybe in 10 years it will be picturesque enough to qualify as a tourist attraction without remodeling.>

Community tourism – 3 cousins have founded “Centro Kinto Wasi” in the community of Mil Mil in Suscal canton. The center is not just for room and board, but to teach ancestral knowledge of the agro-ecology, gastronomy, sustainable architecture, etc. The center will be opened on sábado, 1/7 with a special program in Mil Mil. The bus will leave parque Calderón at 8:00. Get more info @kintiwasi.ec or kintiwasi.ec@gmail.com or call 098 736 8822 or 099 848 5390.

Intercultural – Today’s article is about a group of doctors of ancestral medicine, the “Asociación de Yachaks de Bolívar.” The group was formed to maintain and transmit ancestral medicine and to work with western doctors, combining knowledge for the benefit of health. <Benefiting health is already a different viewpoint from treating illness and probably better for the population in the long run.>

Internacional –

Venezuela – A police inspector with El Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC – a criminal investigation unit) flew a helicopter over the Supreme Court yesterday with a message for “liberty” in the country and for Maduro to resign. During the flight, the inspector and other officers sent a video asking Venezolanos to go to any military base in the country to join the coalition of military, police and civilians who are looking to balance the current administration in a non-partisan manner. Pres. Maduro later said that the person in the helicoper threw some grenades, one of which did not explode. 200 people were detained after looting of supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores, butchers, bakers, ice cream shops and liquor stores in Caracas. <Sounds like a population that’s not getting enough to eat.>

Discuentos y compras –

Cachumbambe – vacation dance classes – bring 5 friends and your class is free – salsa, merengue, reggaetón, hip hop, samba, bachata, rock’n roll, waltz, tango, lambada, chachachá and more – Padre Julio Matovelle y Miguel Díaz (behind la Taberna on Remigio Crespo) <Good gringo landmark – a liquor store> – 409 7154, 099 845 1217, 098 531 2249, and Flacalinda75@hotmail.com.

Kia – Sportage from $26,990 incl. IVA – financing with 20% down, 60 months, payments starting in Sept.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne

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