Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Exposición – “Bestiario,” the third part of a series called “Imaninarium” by Catalina Carrasco, opened Thursday in the Galería Saledentro (Paseo 3 de noviembre y Bajada de Todos Santos). The first show in the series opened in 2010 at MMAM, and the second in the Museo Antropológico de Arte Contemporáneo in Guayaquil.
The finger – A large wooden hand by Olmedo Alvarado and Gustavo Novillo, a sculptural piece of grafitti since it will be moved in two years, has been installed in a small space in front of the plaza San Roque which was once the entrance to Cuenca. It’s made of wood taken from buildings on the Barranco. The 6.2 m. long x 3.5 m. high x 2.5 m. wide sculpture will be moved by crane to another location after this one.
El Lago de los Cisnes – Two ballet schools will present Swan Lake in the teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz – Friday a las 20:00 and el sábado a las 11:00. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca will also perform. Cost: $10.00. <A bunch of cute little kids dancing with older kids and teachers.>
Invitación – The Chilean community <I have no idea who reads this column besides gringos, but maybe some of you know a Chilean or two.> is invited to a meeting el 14/3 a las 16:30 in the sala de sesiones in the El Dorado Torre de Negocios (Gran Colombia 7-87 y Luis Cordero) to elect a community representative to a committee working with the Honorary Chilean Consul in Cuenca on different projects. For more info, call 072847390, Exrt. 1500. <Do gringos have these committees working with the consulates?>
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Diá Internacional de la Mujer – Some of the activities for International Women’s Day include a talk on “Las Mujeres en el trabajo: migración, derechos y retos de género” (Women at work: migration, rights and gender challenges). It will be Friday a las 9:00 in the Casa del Migrante. Also tomorrow, a las 19:00 there is a program planned in the Glorieta del Parque Calderón with feminist music <what would that be?>, drumming, poetry reading and more.
Benigno Malo – The parade of/for the Colegio Benigno Malo will be on Saturday 9/3, and the second part of the book “Alta Petens” which is about the history of the school will be on sale. The parade will start at parque San Blas, and you can buy the book there or at the parque Calderón, or in the school.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Malestar por despidos (Upset by layoffs) – Nationally, hundreds of workers in health services were laid off on viernes, 1/3. Many were provisional workers and under contracts for occasional services. 28 cleaners and administrative workers were laid off from the Hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso, some of whom had worked at the hospital for many years.
Voting materials – The president of the Consejo Nacional Electoral announced that the packages of election materials will be sent to the 24 provinces starting el próximo lunes. The material is currently being stored at the “Mitad del Mundo” Exposition Center.
Voting simulation – The first voting simulation ahead of the 24/3 elections will be el domingo at the Manuel J. Calle school. The next simulation will be on 17/3. It will also involve first response and emergency services agencies to evaluate their response times. The armed forces and police which are in charge of the election materials will also participate.
Braille ballots – 7,800 ballots in Braille will be available throughout the country at special tables with easy access for blind voters. <How do you vote in the US if you’re blind? With a facilitator at hand?>
Fake gynecologist – A judge ordered preventive prison for the fake gynecologist on two charges of rape and one of sexual abuse. Francisco Xavier T. was dressed in a white coat and identified himself as a surgeon to three women hospitalized in the gynelogical area. The sanction for rape is between 19-22 years in prison, and for sexual abuse, from 3-5 years.
Parqueaderos para bicis – Bicycle parking structures are being installed throughout Cuenca as part of the Red de Ciclovías and the Sistema de Bicicleta Pública (Bike Lane Network and the Public Bicycle System). The units have 4 or 8 arches, each of which can accomodate two bikes. Riders will need to provide their own chains and locks. Installation of the 101 parking units started in febrero, and will be complete in abril. Currently they are at the mercado 27 de febrero, Iglesia de Fátima, Iglesia Virgen de Bronce, Fiscalía General, Museo Remigio Crespo Toral, the airport, North and South Transfer Terminals, the De La Américas fire station, and Iglesia de Todos Santos.
Carnaval – <Anther article for you statistics junkies.> The Carnaval holidays generated $67 million and 723,000 trips in Ecuador, with 269,000 hotel stays. The money generated exceeded 2018 by 5%. The main tourist destinations in the sierras were Quito, Ambato, Riobamba, and Guaranda. On the coast, tourists went to Guayaquil, Santa Elena, Atacames, Manta and Santo Domingo. These cities accounted for 44% of the trips. The cities from which tourists departed were Quito with 38%, Guayaquil with 25% and Cuenca with 9%. <Cuencanans preferred to stay at home and get soaked in situ?> The director of the Agencia Nacional de Tránsito said there were no deaths, accidents were reduced by 50% and injuries by 66%. The number of passengers on public transport increased by 41%. <And just one tired or drunk or “just don’t care” bus driver could have screwed up the statistics in the previous sentence.>
Trout and tilapia ponds – Families in various communities in Nabón are participating in a program with the support of Agroazuay to raise fish technologically. 6 families received 1,000 tilapia fry (babies?) and hope to get 500 pounds of fish which can sell for $2.50 at the weekend Agroazuay markets in Cuenca.
Intercultural – The article is an interview with Oswaldo Encalada who wrote “La Lengua Morlaca” which is a dictionary of the local language particular to Cuenca and Azuay. Some of the characteristics are the linguistic singularity, that Cuencanos sing when they talk, and the use of hipocorísticos (itos and itas like chicito, cafecito, librita, dolarita). An interesting read at www.elmecurio.com.ec. The article is titled “La cultura cuencana y azuaya en particular es profundamente sincrética.”
And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –