New buses make debut, Orchestra presents symphonic rock concert, Puppet festival underway, Funding cut worry U. of Cuenca

Nov 12, 2018

Lunes, 12/11/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
Pagina cultural –

Concierto – The OSC and Anima Inside band will present a concert of Rock Sinfónico el miércoles a las 20:00 in the Casa de la Cultura theater. Free.

“Escaparate Creativo” (Creative Showcase) – The first of 3 exhibits by young artists Marcela Castillo, Suamy Vallejo, and Ana María Morales is showing in the main building of the Municipalidad de Cuenca. Marcela Castillo’s work blends textile design, cultural patrimony and fashion design. The two other artists’ work will open shortly at the MMAM and the Casa de Chaguarchimbana.

New buses hit the streets.

Cine – Two Europeans, Emmanuel Mouret, a French director, and Giovanni Mirabassi, Italian composer and jazz pianist, are in Cuenca for two meetings. The first was with students in Cine and Audiovisuales at the U. of Cuenca. The second was Monday with music by Mirabassi, and a las 19:30, a showing of “Caprice,” directed by Mouret, both in the Casa Museo Remigio Crespo.

Recital – There will be recital by guitarist Darío Torres el jueves. See today’s Under the Domes in CHL for more details.

Festival TitiriCuenca – This puppet festival started Monday with workshops and talks. There will be a workshop el miércoles a las 15:00 in the CCE (Casa de la Cultura – remember this abbreviation) on “Cuento Contento” (Happy Story) by Esmeralda Quintana from Colombia.

Taller y teatro – The 8th “Kabareth Prohibido” will be at the El Prohibido Centro Cultural from Monday hasta el viernes. The “Pies prestados” (Borrowed Feet) workshop will be given by Patricio Viteri from 17:30 – 20:00. As part of this project, the “Mano Tres” Collective (3 Hand) will present “Barro Silencio” el viernes a las 20:00 and “El Tesoro del Rey” el sábado a las 16:00.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Bicicross en Gualaceo – An international quality BMX course in Gualaceo will hold the C1 Cup el 16/11 with UCI points <Unión Ciclista Internacional) for the 2020 Olympics. The national finals will be on sábado, 17/11.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Menos fondos y más deudas inquietan a U. (Less funding and more debt disturbs U.) – Universities are facing the risk of reduced funding for their 2019 budgets. The U. of Cuenca would lose $9 million. The Estado (State, referring to the Federal Government – I will be using Estado which is less typing than Federal Government.) currently owes $8 million in IVA returns and $6.6 in monies earned by the university.

New buses – The first of the new bus fleet is already on the roads. Of the 19 buses already purchased by the Cámara de Transporte de Cuenca, 13 have been delivered. 19 buses will be added each month until el próximo junio. In julio, the deliveries will be increased until feb/2020 when all 475 buses will be replaced.

Each bus will have two drivers <no – they’re not going to both sit in the front like in a driver’s ed car> so that instead of one driver working from 6:00 until 22:00, there will be two shifts – from 6-14:00 and 14-22:00. In spite of the changes, passengers are still complaining about buses not complying with schedules and bad treatment of passengers, especially as they try to leave the bus. Since last weekend, EMOV EP has been training 600 drivers in groups of 60. Each group gets training over 5 weekends in transit laws, good treatment of passengers, gender violence prevention, and other things such as how to transport passengers with disabilities. <Now if only EMOV could follow up the training with an effective system to receive complaints and meaningful penalties for ignoring that training.>

Summit – The XXVI Cumbre Iberoamericana will be held in Antigua, Guatemala this jueves y miércoles with a focus on decreased economic growth and worries about Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil. The Latin American economy grew 1.3% and 1.2% in 2017 and 2018, with 2.2% projected for 2019. Ecuador’s growth in 2018 and 19 is projected to be 1.1% and 0.7%; just behind Brazil with 1.4 and 2.4%; and ahead of contracting economies Argentina, Nicaragua and Venezuela whose economy is projected to contract by 18%. Venezuela is also facing hyperinflation which is projected to be 1,350,000% in 2018. <A country couldn’t print money fast enough.>

Tranvía – Neighbors of the Tranvía, especially along Mariscal Lamar y Gran Colombia are asking for more enforcement to prevent drivers from parking on the tracks and possibly damaging them. <I think it will take a Tranvía/ parked vehicle collision before Cuencano drivers decide “solo un ratito” won’t work.>

Christmas lights – The Fundación Municipal Iluminar will start installing lights and lit figures along the Tomebamba today starting at El Vado and the U. of Cuenca. Tomorrow it will start installing the 35 m. tall tree in El Otorongo. The work of installing the 600,000 lights throughout the city including the rural parishes will take 20 days. A music and color filled inaugural ceremony will be in early diciembre.

Farmasol discounts – Senior citizens an get a 5%, and disabled people get an 8% discount in purchases at Farmasol. Go to the Farmasol offices on av. 10 de Agosto next to the mercado 27 de Febrero to claim your benefits.

Descuentos y compras –

Nissan – Versas from $21,500 with up to a $1,500 Xmas bonus up to Frontiers from $45,990 with up to a $3,000 bonus. There is also a raffle for free gas (super) for a year.

Chery – PractiVanKarry11 – 11 passenger tourist van <or if you have a big family or lots of dogs> – $14,990 – 7 year warranty.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –


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 (< … >) are Jeanne’s personal opinions and not part of the news translation.

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