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Stadium reconstruction considered, Water studies at Girón mining site, Food and crafts fairs in Tarqui, New historic exhibit at Old Cathedral

Martes, 3/9/2019

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Exposición – There is a showing of works by stained glass artist Guillermo Larrazábal at the Museo Pumapungo this month.

Opening – “Origen,” a show of oil paintings by Carlos “Coco” Valdez will open el miércoles a las 1900 in the Galería de la Alcaldía, corner of Borrero and Bolivar.

Feria internacional del Libro – This book fair will be held on the grounds of the U. of Cuenca from 15-19/10.

At the food and crafts fairs in Tarqui in 2018.

Teatro – “La Inmortal” will be staged from 11-13/9 in the Sala Alfonso Carrasco at the CCE. <That’s a long show – bring food and a bottle to piss in.>

Documentos históricos – An exhibit of archives from the Archdiocese of Cuenca opened Tuesday in the Museo de la Catedral Vieja.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Festivales en Tarqui – The Tarqui Parish (south part of Cuenca) will have a fair with 3 festivals el 22/9 starting at 8:00. The festivals will be gastronomía, crafts, and products. There will also be a seed exchange. There will be folk dance groups and musical groups in the center of the parish. <My guess is the plaza in front of the church.> The parish government and ETAPA are also sponsoring a free basic computer course which will run the whole month.

San Joaquín – The parish has tourist attractions including being noted for cecina de cerdo (pork jerky? – I think it’s hornado.) served with salad, llapingachos, and mote pillo or mote sucio. There are 16 basket weaving centers in Barabón Chico, the eco museo del Yanuncay, chocholate (sic) mills, and Apay which is a group of farmers who are promoting eco-agricultural systems through the sale of organic produce. <I think there is (or was?) an apiary out there, too. And further out, a scarily steep driveway with a “equestrian center” sign over it.>

“Perú, mucho gusto” – The next gastronomic fair in Tumbes, Perú will be from 1-3/11. <Just in case you’re tired of the Fiestas de Cuenca but not fiestas in general.>

Otras cosas –

Titular – Candado en ingreso a zona concesionada (Padlock on entry to concession area) – People going to Quimsacocha from the San Gerardo Parish in Girón Parish yesterday were surprised to find a padlocked gate with a “propiedad privada, prohibido el ingreso” (private property, entry prohibited) sign on it. The concession to INV metals which runs the Loma Larga mining project is on the other side.

One community member asked the government why the public road was closed. The directors of community water systems in Girón announced that el 13 & 14/9 there will be a team of hydrogeologists from the US and Colombia in Quimsacocha to do a study on water resources in the páramos. Quimasacocha includes the sources of the Irquis y Tarqui rivers. The same Tarqui that runs through Cuenca.

Stadium remodel – A Spanish contractor is interested in remodeling the “Alejandro Serrano” stadium which is one of the options for the 2024 Copa América games. The capacity would be increased from 17,000 to 37,000 at a cost of $50 million. <Don’t do it – the city (and taxpayers) always lose out. And one game isn’t going to pay for the upgrades.> One city councilman thinks that a new stadium should be built in the north part of the city since there’s no room in the south.

Empresa Eléctrica – The electric company will start a new customer call center on phone line 136 el próximo 9/9. When you call in, enter your account number and then go to the option you want.

Consulta popular – The Comité por la Institucionalización Democrática has 180 days to collect 132,629 signatures for a referendum that would eliminate the Consejo de Participación Ciudadana y Control Social. One of the formulators of the referendum said another part of the proposal is to make a Constitutional change to install a bi-cameral legislature which would be in charge of electing authorities. The new Senate would have 30 senators and 4 representatives elected by popular vote. The Assembly would be reduced from 137 to 124 without alternate members. The Attorney General would have more independence to investigate corruption cases without pressure. The movimiento “Ahora” is also presenting a plan to eliminate the CPCCS and will also be collecting signatures.

Riot at prison – Authorities are assessing the damage caused by the riot el domingo. Around 300 prisoners were involved and there was damage to 125 hall cameras, total destruction of the clinic with broken equipment and with the pharmacy area affected. <Looking for the drugs.> Also destroyed were doors and windows, gatehouses, and communication equipment.

First 111 days for Yaku Pérez – The prefect talked about his first 111 days in office – both complaints and agreements. He answered a complaint from the Comptroller’s Office about bad budget management with a comparison of a six month period for the Publicity Department’s budget under his predecessor ($2,692,000) and him ($1,710,000). He paid $5 million owed to Nutri Leche. He has signed contracts with various rural parishes and the U. of Cuenca which will design 20 bridges. 8 of these will be in rural parishes in Cuenca, and the rest in other cantons. He also signed an agreement with Baños for paving part of the road to Nero.

Disabled services – The Ministerio de Salud has a free in-home service for technical help in mobility and/or self care for people with disabilities. For an appointment or more info, call 171 (a free line) and select option 4.

Pagina Intercultural – The article is about the “El último hilero” (The last iceman) on Chimborazo. He’s 72 and has been cutting ice since he was 15.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

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