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Talks to reduce medicine costs, City has $111 million in debts, Another ETAPA internet hack, Minga for food security and the environment

Miércoles, 7/11/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Propuesta escenica (Scenic proposal) – The second season of “Mina A” started Wednesday and run hasta el viernes. The performances will be a las 20:00 in the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno. The work will show one way of understanding and occupying the stage space through the search for a corporal language based in anatomic and energetic study, and something to do with the spine. <Too much artspeak for me to translate. Chiropractor run amok?> Tickets available at the Pedregal Azteca. Cost: $7.00.

Cine – There will be 2 documentary films in the film series “Para entender a Venezuela” (To understand Venezuela). The films will be at 19:00 in the auditorium of the Alianza Francesa. The first, “CAP 2 Intentos” will be Thursday, and the second, “Carlos Cruz-Diez,” will be on jueves, 29/11.

Martha Ormaza

Homenaje – There will be a posthumous tribute by Juana Guarderas and Elena Torres, “Las Marujitas,” to actress Martha Ormaza who died in octubre It will be el sábado a las 20:00 in the theater of the CCE with the show, “Las Marujitas, entre ineptos y tereques” (The Marujitas, between inept and odds and ends.) <I think tereques should be our word for the day. It means odds and ends and outdated household stuff.> There will also be a meeting and dialogue with the public that starts at 14:00. Tickets available at El Surtido, La Victoria, Mishki Café Lunch, and the Facebook page for Ñusta Fútbol Club. Cost. $10-15.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Minga – There will be a minga organized by the Mujeres Defensoras de la Pachamama, Naturaleza Insurrecta y Retumba La Prole (Women Defenders of the Pachamama, Insurgent Nature, and The Offspring Resounds) este sábado, 10/11. The “Minga de Construcción de Saberes de Mujeres” (Women’s Knowledge Building Minga) will be in the Tarqui and Victoria del Portete Parishes and will transmit traditional knowledge about work in the country such as planting, harvest, and more to new generations. This process will support food security and the environment. This sábado will focus on planting, selecting local seeds, and preparing the soil. <If you’re lucky it will be in Spanish and not Quichua so fugged about English.>

Otras cosas –

Titular – 111 millones adeuda el Municipio (Municipality owes $111 million) – Cuenca owes France $51 million for its part of the Tranvía which should be paid in 19 installments of about $2.3 million every six months. It also owes the Banco de Desarrollo del Ecuador (BDE) almost $6 million, the Banco del Austro about $5.2 million, and the Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) about $45 million. The loans were or will be used for paving projects, the Green Belt parks, the Mercado 27 de Febrero, the Estadio de Cazhapata, and the Mercado 10 de Agosto parking lot.

Thousands without internet – There’s been another hack of ETAPA internet services affecting “a few thousand” customers. ETAPA said most of the outages were temporary but that some customers may need to bring their modems to Gapal Multiservices center on Av. 10th of August for reconfiguration. ETAPA internet service suffered an earlier hack in July and August.

Jorge Glass – The ex-vice president has been taken to the IESS hospital in Quito after a drastic deterioration in his health. He started a hunger strike 16 days ago to protest his transfer to the maximum security Latacunga prison.

Ministerios de Salud – Ministers of Health from 6 countries in the Andean region met on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of combining resources to purchase medicines to reduce costs and cover more people. Obstacles include the need for different medications in different countries and different laws in each country. <I think they can get past that, don’t you?>

Feriado – According to the Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador, the Asociación Hotelera del Azuay, and the Funcación Turismo para Cuenca, hotel occupancy rates during the Independence celebrations were at 88.66 percent on jueves, 1/11, and 100% on viernes y sábado. <There must be some happy hoteliers out there. I wonder if this holiday is like post black Friday sales in the US. This is what puts them in the black for the year.>

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana <maybe> –

Jeanne
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Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news in 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 (< … >) are Jeanne’s personal opinions and not part of the news translation.