Supermarket closed for health violations, Moreno-Glas campaign investigated, Free trade agreement with Chile, Mining vote decision

Jun 8, 2019 | 3 comments

Jueves, 7/6/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Ruta de Leyendas (Route of Legends) – This performance took place hoy a las 19:00 in the museo and church of the Monasterio de las Conceptas. It explained why the church doesn’t have a front door and showed the skulls carved into the steps going to calle Borrero which were made from tombstones. Cost: $7 & $10.00.

Monologo – Mexican actor Lorenzo Mijares will perform Saturday a las 20:00 in the Prohibido. The one-man performance will have 13 characters. Cost: $5.00.

Otras cosas –

President Lenin Moreno and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sign trade agreement.

Titular – Posible filtración de pruebas – A document was sent to the rector of the U. of Cuenca, Pablo Vanegas, reporting that the entrance exam to the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry were leaked and shared on Whatsapp before the exam. The 3rd year student at the Unidad Educativa Asunción who sent the documents included 6 exams for authorities to compare to the one taken by 8,000 aspirants last 31/5. The student’s lawyer also said that some students paid up to $600 for advance copies of the exam, but this could not be verified by El Mercurio. <Now Ecuador has its own admissions cheating scandal.>

Campaign investigations – The Comptroller’s office is investigating the digital portal “La Fuente,” and public and private institutions that supported the Lenin Moreno-Jorge Glas campaign with over $7 million.

Free trade agreement – Chile and Ecuador signed the Declaración de Santiago which contains 21 agreements and 100 promises on a wide range of subjects. One important theme is boosting their economic relationship by starting negotiations on a Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC – Free Trade Agreement.) and promoting Ecuador’s entry into the Alianza del Pacífico.

Bus routes and frequencies – The city has studies to replan bus routes and frecuencies to avoid incidences such as a rider described. Yesterday at the stop on Solano y 12 de abril, two #22’s arrived at 10:28, one at 10:34 and two more at 10:46. In the same time, there were 3 – #5’s at 6 and 12 minutes apart. <Nice if you live on the #22 line.> Other riders complain that buses pass them by, are completely filled, and that some drivers seem to knock off early and not complete their schedules. A city technician said that because of the traffic congestion, buses can get backed up so that two of the same line arrive at the same time. The traffic also causes delays on other lines. Frequencies are calculated based on passenger demand and the 22 line goes past primary and high schools, universities, hospitals, and other institutions. <I didn’t notice any mention of coordinating routes and frequencies with the tram. I imagine there will be two plans in the future – the one they have and the one that will react to the effects of the tram if that ever starts running.>

Supermarket closed – An unnamed supermarket was closed for “insalubre” (unhealthy) conditions which included rat droppings and urine, babosas (slugs – your word for the day and your bonus word is baboso – slimy or slobbery), butterflies (?), and accumulated garbage. The market also did not have a Notificación Sanitaria and had expired goods for sale. The closure will last until the owners correct the situation. The Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control, y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA – National Agency for Regulation, Control, and Health Surveillance) was notified by a customer using the Arcsa Móvil app. <I sure hope that isn’t where I shop.>

Minería – The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has finished public hearings into the request for a referendum on La Carolina and Lita mining projects in Imbabura and the El Goaltal, Jijón, and Caamacho projects in Carchi. The decision is expected next week. This is important for Azuay which has the Río Blanco project in the Molleturo and Chaucha parishes in Cuenca <Did you know Cuenca was that big and that it straddles the continental divide? Or does your Cuenca stop at the end of Gringolandia and El Centro?>, and the Quimsacocha mine in Cuenca, San Fernando, and Girón cantons.
The U. of Azuay held a meeting on “Desarrollo de una Minería Sostenible, Práctica Responsables en el Sector Minero” (Development of a Sustainable Mining and Responsible Practice in the Mining Sector). It was organized by the Alianza para la Minería Responsable en Ecuador (AMRE) which was founded by 9 new mining businesses and the Ecuadorian Chamber of Mining.

Plants – The U. of Azuay and Ecuagénera signed an agreement to increase research into what plants there are in Ecuador. Both are already researching, and will continue to do so separately, but will unite for this large project. Each year, Ecuador loses 90,000 hectares with hundreds of unknown plant species. Research teams will go into the field and hopefully find previously unknown species with the goal of preventing their destruction.

New Super Akí – The new supermarket on Rafael María Arízaga is expected to be finished in a couple of months with another two months for finishes. The $2 million market will have a single sales floor of 2,000 m. sq. with a 75 space underground parking lot.

TAME – The General Manager of TAME, the Subsecretary of Transport, and the Defensor del Pueblo (Ombudsman?) will appear before the Comisión de Soberanía Alimentaria (Food Sovereignty Commission) of the Asemblea to explain flight delays, high fares, and false advertising. <What does a Keystone Kops airline have to do with food sovereignty?>

New frog – Researchers have found a new species of frog in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus – the largest found so far. It differs from others in the Pristimantis genus by its size. <Why don’t horror movies feature frogs? A giant frog that could take out half the high rises in Manhattan with one swipe of its tongue.>

Descuentos y compras –

RM Trasnochón – <this is for you late shoppers> late night sale from 20% on clothing and 50% off selected merchanise – viernes, 7/6 from 18-23:00.

Sukasa – Your old TV is worth a 20% discount on a new Sony, LG, Riviera or Samsung – old TVs donated to the Dejemos Huellas Foundation – 8-16/6. <Well, that’ll pay for the IVA plus a little bit more.>

ETA Fashion – early bird Father’s Day sale – up to 50% off in whole store, restrictions apply – sábado, 8/6, 7-11:00.

Colineal – sale – jueves, 6/6 to domingo, 9/6.

El Mercurio – Grill set for $9.98 plus IVA – includes tongs, spatula and bucket – at all El Mercurio agencies.

And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –


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