Hola, Todos –
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Club del libro para extranjeros (Book club for foreigners) – This club will meet el vienes a las 11:00 in the Biblioteca Municipal Antonio Llloret Bastidas (Museo de la Ciudad). Participants will share readings, authors, works and their attachment to books.
Catálogo – The catalogue for the exhibit “Doxa,” by artist Estéfano Rubira was presented Thursday in the MMAM. The show of painting, sculpture, photography and installation was also at the MMAM last year.
Dibujos – “Edificios Patrimoniales de Cuenca,” a show of drawings by Jaime Lara opened Wednesday in the galería de la Alcaldía de Cuenca. The show celebrates 40 years of Lara’s work as an artist and the Quiteño architect Luis Donoso Barba who studied in France and designed the colegio (high school) Benigno Malo, the Corte Provincial de Justicia, the old Banco del Azuay which is now the City Hall, and the Asilo Cristo Rey church.
Conferencia – La Escuela de Enseñanza Espiritual Metafísica de Cuenca (The School of Metaphysical Spiritual Teaching of Cuenca) will hold a conference “Siete Rayos” (Seven Rays) este sábado, 2/2 de 18:00 a 20:00 in the hotel Príncipe (Juan Jaramillo 7-82 y Luis Cordero, 2nd floor). The objective is to learn how to become happier and more fulfilled in our lives. <No. 1 – get your butt out of the house, go sit down by a river, and get away from the computer and boob tube.>
Concierto – There will be a piano concert with the students of the “Escuela de Piano y Artes Constantino Mendoza” Thursday a la 18:30 in the Teatro Sucre.
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On-line classes – The Servicio Ecuatoriano de Capacitación Profesional (SECAP) is offering courses in basic accounting, commerce, costs, taxes, production of bakery and pastry products, and more. Classes will be in marzo y abril. to regiester, go to www.secap.gov.ec/inscripcion-en-linea/, and push the “Registrar nuevo usario” button where you will need to create a user name and password. Then look for the class you want, pick the times and date and click on “Inscríbete aquí.” <You know, of course, that these will be taught in Spanish.>
Sinincay – The land of brick kilns will celebrate its 166 anniversary this weekend. The Queen of Sinincay will be elected viernes a las 19:00 and the Cholita Sinincayense will be elected el sábado a las 20:00 in the glorieta central. Both events will be accompanied by music. Sunday’s activities will include a parade a las 9:00, a sesíon solemne a las 11:30, and a dance festival in the central plaza a las 14:00.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Abastecen de agua con tanqueros (Water supplied with tankers) – See Wednesday’s CHL article for the story.
Support for craftspersons <See how politically correct I can be when I want7?> – There are about 2.5 million crafts businesses in Ecuador. <That means 1 in 6 people in Ecuador owns a small business. Can that be true?> These family businesses generate employment with ties to 2-15 more people. The Government put $37 million into the Banca Pública de Desarrollo (Public Development Bank) to make loans to about 4,000 micro crafts businesses. Pres. Moreno also suggested making a national census of these enterprises to design policies that would favor these craftsmen, their economy, productivity and investments.
Online payments to ANT – On 28/1, the Agencia Nacional de Tránsito opened a web page that will allow you to pay on line for things like license renewals and traffic fines. You can pay with a Diners credit card or credit card issued by the Banco del Pichincha for bills of at least $15.00 and spread the payments over 24 months. <That would be a pretty hefty fine to need two years to pay for it – you might have to make your payment from your jail cell.> You can also pay with a bank transfer.
Flu shots – The campaign to vaccinate against the flu will last until 28/2. The free vaccine can be received at the centros de salud (health centers) and is directed at children 6 mo. to 5 years old, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses.
“BiciCuenca” – 4 companies from the US, Brasil, Spain and Ecuador have joined to form “BiciCuenca” to provide public bicycles. The project is being coordinated by EMOV and will start with 240 bicycles which will arrive in Ecuador at the end of febrero. 20 parking stations are planned, with hours from 7-19:00, 7 days a week. The cost for using the bike 30 minutes will be $.25, paid through an annual membership. To guarantee the security of the bikes, users will need to preregister. <To you larcenous types, that’s to keep you from taking the bike home and ruining the whole system for everybody else.> For more info, call 099 897 0210.
And that´s all for today so Hasta ? –
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.