Cuenca News

Oil income, Cuenca tourism award, World theater festival, Road spending, Paradise needs repairs

Lunes, 11/9/2017

Hola, Todos

It’s going to be a short issue today – got un resfrio.

Pagina cultural –

Upcoming agenda event –

Book launch – “Retreato de un tiempo mágico” (Portrait of a magical time) <That about summarizes my life here in Cuenca. I hope you all feel the same way, and my sympathies to you if you don’t.> by Francisco Andrade Espinoza, will be presented on miércoles, 20/9 a las 19:00 in the Museo de la Ciudad (Benigno Malo y Gran Colombia.)

Articles about –

Festival Escenarios del Mundo – This theater festival starts on 20/9 and runs until 30/9. There are participants from 7 countries with 41 programed events. Performances for the general public will be in the Museo Pumapungo, there will be events for students, open air performances <Good thing it’s scheduled during the dry season although “no rain” is not a given.>, and parallel tourist events. Following is a list of works. <I’m not going to translate all the titles. Too tired.>
Opening work – “Las Voladoras,” a musical comedy with Bocapelo in a live accompaniment.
Círculo Artes Escénicas from Ecuador – “La deliciosa historia del chocolate” <Don’t tell me you had to use a translation program to read that!> and El Gran circo de Olga la pulga.”
Sennsa Teatro Laboratorio from Spain – “Dead Hamlet” and “La Bacantes.”
Perú Fusión Teatro – “Tambores”
El Salvador – “A la Deriva”
Teatro el Paso de Colombia – “Lamina y Pintura”
There will also be a concert with singer Diego Sojo from Costa Rica with the Cuencano group “De Raíz” full of music, dancing and multimedia visuals. <Concert visuals have gone a long way since the pulsing oil blobs.>

Scholarships – 261 aspirants in Cuenca and Loja took the exams for scholarships for masters and Ph.D studies in Ecuador and overseas. For more info. go to becas@senescyt.gov.ec or the web page www.ecucacionsuperior.gob.ec.

Homage to Rash <Poison I-i-i-i-vy, Poison I-i-i-ivy> – The Cuecano group, “Brick,” will perform and homage to the Canadian band Rash el martes, 19/9 a las 20:00 in the Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz. Free.

Exposición – “El Perfume del Color” (The Perfume of Color) by Argentine painter Mónica Albisu will open el miércoles, 13/9 a las 19:00 in the galería Salón del Pueblo (Benigno Malo y Sucre).

Exibición – “Color y Fusión” by the Acontracorriente collective opened at the Centro Cultural Municipal El Alfarero (Convención del 34 y Lamar). It will be open until 8/10 with “horarios” (hours – If you want to know when a store/restaurant is open, you want the horarios and not the horas, which is when you want to know the time. Easier to just point at your wrist with a questioning look on your face.> from 8-13:00 and 15-18:00. <Lunch break, you know.)

Otras cosas –

Titular – Deportivo Cuenca retoma el liderato (Deportivo Cuenca takes the lead). See Monday’s CHL article for more info. <Seems like the last time it did well was when the current players were still in diapers.>

El Óscar’ del Turismo’ – Cuenca was awarded the Best Destination for a Short Vacation in South America by World Travel Awards whose awards are the “Oscars” of travel. Ecuador was nominated in 26 categories and got 14 awards – the most in S. America. It will also be the site for the XI “Óscar de Turismo en 2018” awards ceremony. It beat cities such as Bogotá, Bueno Aires, Guayaquil, Lima, Medellín, Montevideo, Quito, Río de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile. <Maybe because you’d want to spend more time in those bigger cities?> Currently Cuenca receives an average of 150,000 foreign and 700,000 national tourists yearly.

Oil income – Income from exports of crude oil in the first half of the year rose 37% over the previous year, to $2.998 from $2.180 billion. The average price of a barrel of oil in the same periods was $43.04 and $30.71. However, it exported 2% fewer barrels than last year due to a decrease in production.

National road spending – In the last 10 years, Azuay has received 2.5% of the money spent nationally on roads although it has 5% of the population. Out of the 26 provinces, it ranks 15 in what it received in road money. It also contributed $4.000 billion in taxes and got back $260 million. <As I’m reading this centerfold article, I’m realizing it should be on the Editorial page or a letter to the President.> Azuay, Cañar and Morona Santiago are federal zone 6 and last on the list of investments by zone.

Parque El Paraíso – There was damage to the park due to the winter rains. The Yanuncay flooded into the forest land at the point of the park, damaged paths including the raised walkways, and washed away about 30 m. of the bank including part of a walking path. Repair work should start este viernes.

Descuentos y compras –

Hyundai – Grand i10 from $13,990 incl. IVA & ICE.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne

  • Frank Penny

    Do you mean the Canadian band, “Rush?” Geddy Lee will be disappointed you got the name wrong, eh?

  • Steve Ellison

    Dear Jeanne,
    I would like to apologize to you. I have been living in Cuenca for 2 years and have failed to even once thank you for the efforts you take translating the news and events from Spanish to English.

    Please accept my long overdue appreciation for your column.
    SJE

  • James

    the Canadian band is Rush, not Rash

    • Pixelvt

      and the better band is Tragically Hip

  • StillWatching

    Doesn’t anyone do any critical thinking? This is logically impossible:

    “Oil income – Income from exports of crude oil in the first half of the year rose 37% over the previous year, to $2.998 from $2.180 billion. The average price of a barrel of oil in the same periods was $43.04 and $30.71. However, it exported 2% fewer barrels than last year due to a decrease in production.”

    • John Askam

      How so?

      • StillWatching

        John, that was a cry for you to actually do some critical thinking on your own. Read the paragraph and see if the numbers add up, logically and arithmetically.

        • Donald

          It is a shame that we cannot all be renowned critical thinkers such as yourself. Since, as written, the price of a barrel of oil went up from $30.71 to $43.04 (40%), is it not possible for oil income to go up from $2.18 billion to $2.99 billion (37%), even though the number of barrels exported went down by 2%?

        • John Askam

          I did the “critical thinking” which led me to the question asked as the only thing illogical was your comment. What Donald said below uses actual logic and math!