Moreno vetoes part of new communication law, Lirón Lirón childrens’ art festival, Hotel occupancy down, 13 candidates for mayor

Dec 27, 2018

Jueves, 27/12/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
Pagina cultural –

Exposición – The Museo Ficticio “El Espejo Humeante” (Fictitious Museum “The Smoking Mirror”) by artist Eduardo Villacís will open Friday a las 19:30 in the Museo de los Metales. The exhibit is a display of history if the conquistadores and the conquistados (conquered) had switched places. <Now that sounds intriguing. Would Europeans have a minga mentality instead of me first and winner takes all?> For more about this exhibit, click here.

A scene from the Smoking Mirror exhibit that opens Friday night.

Película – A Bienal work, the film “Origen de la noche: cosmos amazónico” (Origin of the night: Amazonian cosmos) screened Thursday in the Multicines in del Batan Shopping. The 16 mm. film which was made between 1973 – 1978 runs 102 min. It is based on a tupí-guaraní creation story. The last Bienal film will be shown on el último jueves en enero.

The Lirón Lirón Scenic Arts Festival for Children – The festival is calling for theater artists and groups (theater, dance, circus, puppets) to participate in 4th edition. The festival will be at different venues in Azuay and Cañar from 13-28/4/2019. This year’s theme is Pueblos, Etnias y Nacionalidades (Peoples, Ethnic Groups and Nationalities).

Musica de todos los tiempos – There will be a concert Friday a las 20:00 in the Barraca. Musicians on guitar, piano and violin will interpret national music and classic rock for all times. <Sounds like elevator music>

Otras cosas –

Titular – 13 aspiran a Alcaldía de Cuenca; 10 a Prefectura (13 aspire to Alcaldía de Cuenca; 10 a Prefecture <and that is the problem with Google Translate>) (13 aspire to be mayor of Cuenca, 10 to the Prefecture <the provincial top elected official>.) <You’ll have to go to www.elmercurio.com.ec if you want to see the complete list with party or movement affiliations.>

Hotel Bookings Down – Hotel occupancy in 2018 was between 30 & 35% – a negative number. During Christmas it was 24%, the lowest in 10 years. The main causes are the increase in informal lodging and the lack of a good national campaign to promote the city’s attractions. The Hotel Association and Chamber of Tourism hope that the new tourism ordinance the council approved will regulate, control and imposed real sanctions on informal lodging. <How hard would it be to hire a person to scan the ads for short term rentals and compare it to business licenses? How hard would it be to come home one day and find a “clausura” sign pasted across your door?>

Partial veto of reforms to Communications Law – Pres. vetoed a section referring to one time only automatic renewal of frequencies within 60 days because his office could not endorse anything contrary to the Constitution or that would permit a concentration in frequencies. <Good example in the US – only a few, huge media owners.> The National Secretary of Communication, Andrés Michelena said they are will immediately seek transparent methods to assign frequencies.

Bus cards – You can exchange your old Urbania cards for the current Movilízate cards until 31/1/2019. <I’m probably the last gringo in Cuenca with an Urbania card.>

Budget – The Cantonal Council met ayer to define the Obras de Beneficio General (General Benefit Works) that will be funded in 2019. The total amount will be $9,854,550 with the bulk of it in contracted works. The projects include bridges, a cyclovia, several parks and community centers, paving, and bank protection for the río Machangara.

More bus stuff – <I seem to be stuck on bus accidents> A Cooperativa 16 de Agosto on the Gualaquiza-Macas route in San Juan Bosco canton went off the road and rolled into a ravine. First information indicated 8 were injured in the accident which occured miércoles morning.

Fireworks – 2,660 fireworks were seized from unauthorized vendors around the 9 de Octubre market. Authorized vendors’ locations include in parque El Paraíso and along av. Primero de Mayo. <So that’s where you take your inner 10 year old who wants to play with things that go boom. Just remember to count your fingers after you light one.>

And that´s all for today so ? –

Jeanne
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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.

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