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Tranvía card discussed, Alcohol spill causes big fire, Economy grows in 2nd quarter, Vivaldi festival, Azogues’ patron saint celebrated

Jueves,3/10/2019

Hola, Todos –

Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Musical – “Julio El Musical” will be at the teatro of the CCE on Luis Cordero Friday at las 20:00. It’s a fictitious interpretation of the life of Julio Jaramillo. The 24 actors, singers, and musicians will perform 27 songs in this 90 min. play. Cost: $20 & $25.

Exposición – “Ególatra: el ser, la realidad y el camino” by Jorge Vallejo opened Thursday in the Galería La Vitrina (Cordero y Córdova).

Fiestas de Cuenca – Today was the last day to apply to be included in the schedule of events during the Independence of Cuenca celebrations. Over 400 proposals have been received. The agenda is planned to be a printed pocket edition with a more complete on-line listing. The listings will cover events from 17/10 to 13/12.

Cuenca Symphony Orchestra plays Vivaldi.

II Fesival Vive Vivaldi – The OSC will perform a Vivaldi festival starting Thursday. The 2nd concert will be el viernes a las 20:00 in the iglesia de La Merced with violin soloist Osvaldo Urbieta who will perform “Las Ochos estaciones de Vivaldi y Astor Piazzola.” The concerts on el sábado y el domingo a las 11:00 will be at the Catedral Vieja.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Azogues – Azogues is celebrating its patron saint, San Francisco de Asís Friday. There was a blessing of the animals Thurs., and a mass mañana a las 11:00.

Otras cosas – Titular – Suspenden las clases por anuncio de huelga (Classes suspended by strike announcement). Classes will also be suspended Friday for both grade school and universities. – See today’s CHL article for story.

Truck fire – A truck carrying industrial alcohol in containers burned on av. Del Chofer, close to av. De Las Américas. One person was injured with light burns on one hand. The flames reached 4 houses, a taxi was burnt up, and overhead wiring came down including a 22,000 volt line. Firefighters doused the fire with water and foam and access to the streets were restricted.

Tranvía card – At Tuesday’s meeting of the Consejo Cantonal, the subject was the Tranvía. They talked about the fare, but without a resolution due to the complexity of the issue. <That’s classic kicking the can down the road, isn’t it?> Payment with a card could solve a lot of problems, but only if there is a single card, compatible with the tranvía and buses.

The “Movilízate” card of the Chamber of Transport, will not be easy to integrate into the Tranvía since the card has a Chinese memory and the Tranvía a Spanish. To make them compatible would cost more money and need 5 months. <Throw them both out and start from scratch.> A study revealed that 60% of people will not use the Tranvía. <I wonder how many other surprises are waiting to pop out?>

Reporte económico – The Banco Central issued its economic report for the 2nd quarter of 2019. The GDP grew .3% compared the same period a year ago. The growth was attributed to exports (5.7%) and increased consumer spending (.6%). Exports that grew included crude oil (5.2%) and shrimp (15.1%) exported to China and the reopening of the Brazilian market. Investments and imports also increased. The growth was unexpected since both the World Bank and IMF had predicted a contraction.

Descuentos y compras –

Colineal – <furniture for you newbies> – warehouse liquidation sale – up to 50% off – 2-6/10, 10-20:00 – Octavio Chacón 2-100/Parque Industrial.

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

Jeanne