Tram security planning underway, Heavy rain and sunny days forecast, Food festival at Quinta Lucrecia, Barrio threatened by landslides

Oct 2, 2019 | 6 comments

Martes, 1/10/2019

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Exposición – The 4th World Meeting of Brilliant Women opened a jewelry show Tuesday in the galleries of the Museo Pumapungo. There will be traditional jewelry, accessories, and sculptures and objects in different materials. 50 works from 16 exhibitors from 7 countries will be shown.

Muestra de Pintura – This show of paintings by Pamela Hurtado will open Wednesday a las 19:00 in Saledentro. Free.

Jueves Cine – “Mi tía Toty,” the movie for this jueves, will start a las 19:30. It’s about the life of actress, model, and singer María Rosa Rodríguez, an Ecuadorian who achieved fame in Europe.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Remember the tram?

Ad – for Julio El Musical – 2, 3, & 4/10 a las 20:00 – Teatro Casa de la Cultura – tickets at or Ticketshow at the Mall del Rio, or delivered to your house by calling 099 836 1991 – Cost: $25 & $20. <Julio would have to be Julio Jaramillo. You know you’ve been in Cuenca too long when you know who Julio Jaramillo is, and when you kiss and startle people to whom you have just been introduced on visits to the US.>

MercART Food Garden – This food festival will be held on 4, 5, & 6/10 in the Casa del Río de Quinta Lucrecia and include over 60 exhibitors, an area for a Wine & Beer Garden <Let’s just call that the Gringo Corral.>, and an area with childrens’ activities and games. The patio de comidas (food court – your words for the day) will have national food as well as Mexican, Japanese, Asian, BBQ, Americcan, and salads. <Count me in.>

Otras cosas –

Titular – Sin apoyo la eventual alza del IVA (Eventual IVA increase without support) – The possible increase of the IVA from 12% to 15%, which is part of the economic measures the national government is preparing, doesn’t have support in the Asamblea nor the business sector. Este lunes, the President’s economic team made the final adjustments to tax, labor and economic reforms. The response has been warnings about strikes and stoppages. <There are more articles if you want to go to>

Forecast – INAMHI has forecasted heavy rains this month which will continue to 4/2020. The intensity will vary and they will be accompanied with lighting storms and overnight and early morning clouds. But there will be sunny days. There was flooding in houses in Ricaurte, Ochoa León y Quinta Chica la tarde y noche de domingo.

Emergency declaration – And emergency declaration has been extended for the Los Pinos Altos sector in the ciudadela Jaime Roldós where there was a major slide in 2012 that took out 15 houses. An earthquake last 26/5 caused a slide and destabilization of the soil which puts more houses at risk. Municipal studies show that the fault can be stabilized and has identified a 3.3 hectare zone where the city should do slope protection work on the vía to Sinincay.

Tranvía – The system conducted a simulation of their security plan which analyzed reactions from security and relief agencies in the face of an accident. The city council participated in a workshop to learn when the project will be ready and can restart testing. Maintenance of the system is costing $250,000/mo. 40% of that goes to salaries for 43 conductors, 25 controllers, and 8 maintenance personnel. <Are they even working? I sure don’t see trains running.> Technically, the fare should be $.74 to cover operating costs, with the fare for passengers at $.35. <But don’t quote me on this since the sentence was confusing.>

“Reproducción humana asistada” (Assisted Human Reproduction) – The Asamblea is ready to vote on a health code to allow surrogate mothers. <I can see the future – Poor Ecuadorians being surrogates for rich North Americans and Asians. Redefining medical tourism.>

Puente Sixto Durán – The bridge in Chaullubamba is 65% complete. <This is the one you go under when you go to Azogues.>

Descuentos y compras –

SanaSana – 20% discounts on all medicines – 1, 2, & 3/10.

Decameron – 2 night, 2 person vacation packages, from $264 at Punta Centinela and $300 at Mompiche – buy by 3/10 for stays in octubre y noviembre.

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.


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