Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Book launch – “Tango,” written and illustrated by Darvin Parra, will be presented el próximo martes a las 10:00 in the Escuela Central. <I think it’s the ex-Escuela Central and the current Museo de la Ciudad.>
Otras cosas –
Titular – Menos plástico, reto del planeta (Less plastic, the planet’s challenge) – As part of a World Wide Fund for Nature project called Hora del Planeta (Earth Hour), the WWF is launching a petition asking mayors and councils in Ecuador to implement ordinances prohibiting single use plastics, non-recyclable plastic, and sales of flexible foam. So far, 1,298 of the 5,000 signatures needed for the petition have been collected. To sign, go to www.wwf.org.ec. There is also information about events in Ecuador which will educate people how to recycle and avoid pollution.
Police controls – The National Police intensified its “Estrategia de Concentración Dinámica” (Dynamic Concentration Strategy) operations with a control in the La Merced sector. 100 officers patrolled the area on foot and vehicles were stopped searched on calle Larga. These controls will be done in areas considered “conflictivo” (in conflict?). <Anyway, those of you my age should know one of these areas when you see one and stay away since you’ve crossed the age divide between troublemaker and victim.>
IMF – The IMF prepared information about the economic situation in Ecuador in 2016, but without the permission of the administration at that time, it couldn’t be published. The IMF Executive Board concluded the Ecuadorian economy suffered an economic deterioration, attributing it to falling oil prices and the strengthening of the dollar. The 2016 earthquake was followed by an economic contraction in 2017. The IMF made recommendations including gradual elimination of fuel subsidies, increasing IVA, prioritizing productive spending, sale of public assets to the private sector, adjusting salaries in the public sector, and increasing flexibility in labor with part time or seasonal contracts. <Alarm bells are going off in my head.>
Marine reserve – Ecuador and the National Geographic (sic) created a fund to conserve the marine reserve in the Islas Galápagos.
Section C – <Section B is now sports, which as you know, I don’t do.>
Enfoques – I will translate the headline and a brief summary of what these human interest articles are about. If you are interested, go to www.elmercurio.com.ec to read them for yourselves.
Memoria de un Patrimonio Inmaterial (Memory of an Intangible Heritage) – The article is about the Economuseo Municipal Casa del Sombrero where the public can also take classes in straw weaving.
Diálogos interdisciplinares para un quehacer vital (Interdisciplinary dialogues for a vital task) – An interview with Alexandra Kennedy.
La antropometría y el rendimiento deportivo (Anthropometry and sports performance)
And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –