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Otorongo Christmas tree lighting, Candidates for Cuenca mayor, Sombrero expo in Calderon, 20 school choruses perform, Ecosystem risk

Lunes, 4/12/2018
Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

Pagina cultural –

Feria del Sombrero – The 5th Expo Fair “Tejiendo Identidad” will be Wednesday a las 10:00 in el Parque Calderón. <There will be hats and weavings.>

Centro PEN Ecuador – PEN in Ecuador will be inaugurated el viernes a las 19:00 in “Saledentro” (Paseo 3 de Noviembre y Bajada de Todos Santos).

The Christmas tree in Otogrongo Plaza

Festival de Villancos – This festival with 20 school choruses participating will start Wednesday and run to 20/12 with performances at either the Parque Caldedón or the Juan Eljuri store on Gil Ramírez Dávalos. All performances are at 17:00. The festival opens at the Parque Calderón Wednesday night. On jueves it will be at the store. El martes, 18/12 will be in Parque Calderón. The final will be el jueves, 20/20 at the store. There will be cash prizes. <I’m tired of asking you if you remember, from last year, what villancos are. If you do, good for you. If you don’t, you can look it up along with readers who haven’t been here for Christmas before.>

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Tree lighting – The Christmas tree in the Otorongo Plaza will be lit el jueves a las 19:00. The structure has 12,000 LED lights.

Fiestas de Guapán – Guapán will celebrate 70 years since it was made parish mañana starting at 9:00 with a parade. There will be a sesión solemne and parochial awards ceremony at 12:00. <Where are the crafts, music, dancing and food?>

Otras cosas –

Titular – La vicepresidenta se queda sin funciones (The vice president is left without duties) – See Tuesday’s CHL article for the story.

Paramos at risk – Researchers from the Department of Water Resources at the U. of Cuenca found that the páramos are losing carbon which reduces their capacity to retain water. <This is the water that the páramos soak up like a sponge and then release. This is Cuenca’s water supply. Did that get your attention?> The ecosystem is a source of CO2. The soils in the páramos have a large amount of organic material (each meter has more than 90 kg of organic carbon) which enters the atmosphere as it decomposes. The plants cannot capture as much CO2 through photosyntheses as the soil releases. Eventually the páramo’s capacity to act as a sponge will be lost and it will become dry without the ability to retain water. The researchers estimated this process could take 300 years.

11 mayoral pre-candidates – There are 17 days left for candidates to register for the March 24 local elections. The campaign season will be from 5/2/2019 until 21/3. The pre-candidates are Marcelo Cabrera, Juan Campoverde, Paúl Carrasco, César Piedra, Teófilo Pérez, Carlos Orellana, Tarquino Orellana, Yaku Pérez, Ruth Caldas, Pedro Palacios and Jefferson Pérez. <Lots of Pérez’s running.> <I can’t see why a gringo couldn’t declare candidacy. Run on a Make Ordóñez Lasso Safe campaign.>

Venezuela – The Director of the WHO said that in the past years, Venezuela’s medical capacity has been reduced by 15-20%. He estimated that that medical services have declined by 80-85% since so many doctors and nurses have left the country. The country has suffered an increase in diseases such as measles, diphtheria and malaria. WHO is working with neighboring countries to remedy these deficiencies in medical services. <So as Venezuelans step over the border into Ecuador, they get met with a doctors with syringes full of vaccinations? Better than tear gas.> The UN announced $9.2 million from its Emergency Response Funds for food and medical aid.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

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 guillements (< … >), is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.