New airline details, Another public hospital planned, Inti Raymi in Cuenca, Transport strike, Cultural budget reduced, Prison riot in Guayaquil

Jun 19, 2019 | 2 comments

Martes, 18/6/2019

Hola, Todos –
Correction: Desculpeme – pienso que mi “menta” estaba cosechando lana ayer.
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Aniversario de el Avispero – This theater lab and workshop is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a performance of “El Vendedor” el 21 & 22/6 in the sala Alfonso Carrasco <in the CCE?> a las 20:00. Cost: $5.00.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Recursos para la cultura son menos (Fewer resources for culture) – The Casa de la Cultura (CCE) Núcleo del Azuay and activists are planning an “Acción de Protección Constitucional to demand the Ministerio del Cultura fairly assign funding for cultural activities. Azuay receives 4.37% of the Casa de la Cultura funding, Guayas gets 6.74%, Pichincha gets 4%, and the national office in Quito gets 47%.

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Inti Raymi will be celebrated in Azuay and Canar Provinces.

Prison riot – 2 inmates were killed in a riña (fight/brawl – your word for the day – no reason other than I like the way it looks) in the Penitenciaría de Guayaquil. Two brothers, serving 20 years for murder, extortion and bringing in prohibited items, were attacked with artesanal cortopunzantes (homemade knives).

New centro de salud – The Ministerio de Salud Pública is planning to build a new Type C health center this year to decongest the “Vicente Corral Moscoso” hospital which is a center for specialized medicine. <This is for those of you interested in delivery of health services.> Currently, there are 110 free public medical centers in Azuay, 47 in the canton of Cuenca, and 19 in the urban limits.

These centers are divided into 4 types. The most simple are puestos de salud (health posts) which are located in rural areas with walk-in patients. Type A centers are in communities or parishes with a population up to 10,000, and these offer general medicine, dentistry, and health promotion. Type B centers serve areas with 10,001 to 25,000 people, and they offer the same as Type A plus nursing, and psychology. Depending on the demographics of the service area, Type B centers might also have an emergency room <like the center closest to the bus station? or calle Larga?> or maternity services for normal births. Type C centers serve areas with populations from 25,000 to 50,000 and offer general medicine, obstetrics, psychology, X-rays, ultrasound, lab, psychotherapy, early stimulation <sounds vaguely pornographic), rehabilitation, nutrition, emergency room and delivery rooms. In Azuay, there are 20 puestos de salud, 72 Type A, 15 Type B, and 3 Type C.

The new Type C center will in Cuenca and is called El Batán. Based on population growth and epidemiological behavior <What’s that mean? – an example of translating without understanding what I’m translating.> of the populace, the decision was made to open another center.

Aeroregional – The airline plans on starting operations in Cuenca next month. Once Aeroregional receives certification from the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC – General Directorate of Civil Aviation), the next step is to certify the stations. It already has an office in the “Mariscal La Mar” airport which will be inspected tomorrow. The next step will be approval of their flight itineraries. The airline has asked for 6 weekly flights – Cuenca-Quito a las 6:30 from M-F, Quito-Cuenca a las 20:00 from Sun.-F, and a special Cuenca-Quito flight a las 21:30 on viernes.

The planned fare will be $160 round trip with no penalties for changing dates, passenger name, routes, etc. The airlines wants to start operating 1/7, but that depends on approval of the itinerary. Currently the plan is to serve Guayaquil with a Cuenca-Quito, Quito-Guayaquil route with Cuenca-Guayaquil passengers not leaving the plane. The airline will analyze a direct flight to Guayaquil in the future. It will also serve international routes such as Punta Cana, Varadero, Cancún, Cartagena de Indias, Panamá, and Isla Margarita.

Transport strike <that wasn’t> – The national transport strike called by professional drivers who feel affected by the license point system, was supposed to start yesterday, but traffic through the Terminal Terrestre was normal. <I guess defending a position that if you’ve lost half of your license points you should still be carrying passengers long distances on difficult roads is a hard sell to the public. For informational purposes – when you get a driver’s license, you get 30 points. Infractions will cause you to lose points. Once you get to 0 your license is revoked. Professional drivers have to keep 15 points to be able to keep driving professionally.> There were strikes in Daule, Salitre y Nobol, but they were mostly agricultural workers with transport working normally.

License points – The directors of the Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Transporte Interprovincial de Pasajeros (Fenacotip – National Federation of Interprovincial Passenger Transport Cooperatives) presented a document to the Asamblea Nacional to eliminate points on licenses. The Assembly is in its first debate on reforms to the Ley de Tránsito. A member of the Observatorio Ciudadano de Movilidad (Citizens Mobility Oversight) felt the Assembly should keep the points and said that 62% of the fatalities in accidents are caused by professional drivers. <Logical – they’ve got a whole bus load of candidates for death as opposed to maybe 5-8 in a Chevy Aveo?>

Seeds – Groups that defend food sovereignty said that in the Andean zone, there are 12,000 varieties of maiz and 8,000 of potato. <It would take over 55 years to try them all at the rate of one a day. And you’d be sick and tired of corn and potatoes by the end of all that.>

Inti Raymi in Azuay – For millenia, the Andean peoples have celebrated the Raymis – 2 equinoxes, Inti Raymi on 21/6 and Capac Raymi on 21/12; and 2 solstices, Vollay Raymi on 21/9 and Pawkar Raymi on 21/3. These celebrations were forbidden by the Spanish Virrey de Perú in 1572, but continued to be celebrated clandestinely, at night. But the tradition is being recuperated and will be celebrated in Azuay for the 1st time. Este viernes a las 9:00 there will be a walk from San Blas along Bolívar to Benigno Malo and then along Calle Larga to the complejo arqueológico Pumapungo. At Pumapungo there will be the ritual, gastronomy and dancing with the participation of 65 organizations. In the indigenous calendar, the year is 5,527.

Inti Raymi en Cañar – There will be 3 days of celebrations at the Complejo Arqueológico Ingapirca with 30 dance and 17 music groups from viernes a las 9:00 to domingo from 10:00. This is organized by the Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural (INPC). Another 3 day celebration organized by the Unión de Pueblos y Comunas Campesinas Cañaris (UPCCC – Union of Cañari Villages and Communities) will start with a parade el viernes a las 9:00 from the headquarters of the Ñucanchi Wasi to the Parque Guantug and continue el sábado a las 4:00 in the morning on the Narrio hill with the ritual and lighting of the Uyari fire. El domingo, it will start a las 9:30 in the Parque Guantug.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –


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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