Tame Air future is uncertain, It’s cold out there, Death threats against Glas, Landslide closes road, More Venezuelans flee

Jun 24, 2019 | 7 comments

Lunes, 23/6/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

“La Música” – There will be a rock concert el viernes a las 20:00 in the Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz. It was organized by the Unidad de Cultura de la Universidad de Cuenca. Cuencana bands “Dynamo” y “Las Rosas de Hiroshima” will play.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Frío “congela” a Cuenca (Cold “freezes” Cuenca) – See Monday’s CHL article. The foto in the paper shows some hikers walking past plants that are covered with ice – ICE! – in the Cajas. <Thought you had to go up to Chimborazo or Cotopaxi for ice and snow. Or down to Chile.>

Ponchos were a big seller at San Francisco Plaza Monday. (El Mercurio)

TAME – <This is your good news, I guess, for today.> A Comité de Gestión Delagada (Delegated Management Committee) was created to come up with a list of businesses that could be concessioned and those that can’t be saved. <Guess which list TAME was on.> A member of the committee said TAME will not be a concession since who’d buy a company with $250 million in accumulated losses; 3 or 4 old planes and the rest leased; and 1,300 employees (250 workers per plane when a typical fleet has 15 per plane). Some of the businesses that could be concessions would be CNT (with 6,000 workers after reductions while Claro which has twice the sales, has 1,800 workers), the Esmeraldas refinery, the Monteverde-Chorillo gas project, the Bajo Alto liquifaction plant, and various pipelines. <So is the investor / concessionaire going to be able to lay off all these excess people?>

Moto license – The training to get a motorcyle license is a 24-hour course divided between 14 hours of theory and 10 of practice, but the number of trainings is below the number of motos on the roads. The course, which only is Practi Car authorized to give, costs $125. Another requirement is the applicant has to have finished basic education which is a barrier to a lot of people who then drive without a license. In Azuay Province, ECU 911 responded to 3,202 traffic accidents up to May, with 2,738 in Cuenca. In 2018 there were 260 motorcycle accidents, 291 injuries and 8 deaths.

Taxes – The SRI accomplished 103% of its goal for tax collections through mayo, 2019. The amount collected was $54.34 million. The Zone 6 director of the SRI said that Azuay is the 3d highest tax generating province after Pichincha and Guayas. He also said the main economic activities in the province are commerce, manufacturing industries, and finance and insurance. <Agriculture?>

Road closure – The vía Gualaceo-Plan de Milagro-Limón in the Ingamullo II sector has been closed due to landslides. Authorities hope to clear the road by Tuesday.

App – “Visit Cuenca” is a free app developed by the Municipal Tourism Foundation which gives information about the costs, services, and locations for hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. A virtual reality guide will explain each historic and tourist attraction. <But will it translate your menu?>

Death threats – A video was posted yesterday on Facebook that alleged prisoners made death threats against ex-VP Jorge Glas. The minister of the Interior and minister in charge of jails are taking the threat seriously and investigating. <There’s an accompanying foto of Glas. And I do think orange is his color.>

Internacional –

Venezuela – At least 1,000 Venezuelans from Boca de Crita, fled from their homes after they heard rumors of armed clashes and threats by ELN. They arrived at the border city of Puerto Santander via irregular routes after the border was closed by Venezuela. <Can you imagine yourself in that situation? And avoiding something like that is not a matter of being smart, but more a matter of being lucky.> There are currently 1.3 million Venezuelans in Colombia; 768,000 in Perú; 288,000 in Chile; 263,000 in Ecuador, 130,000 in Argentina, and 168,000 in Brasil.

And that’s all for today so ? –

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.

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