Vacation bus schedule announced, Ownership of La Orquídea film festival in doubt, Tame Airlines revitalization plan, Weavers from Biblián
Hola, Todos –
De la pagina cultural –
Festival de Cine La Orquídea Cuenca – <This is a confusing article, so be warned I might be 180 degrees off.> The ex-prefect of Azuay, Paúl Carrasco, resigned from his office to run for mayor of Cuenca. Sometime before that, the paperwork to give up the name and logo of the Festival de Cine La Orquídea Cuenca was done. There is now an application by Paúl Carrasco to register the name “Festival de Cine La Orquídea Ecuador” with a similar logo. <Now, watcha think about them apples?>
Cultural Workshop – Pablo Galindo will hold workshops on “Proyectos Culturales y su marco jurídido” (“Cultural Projects and their legal framework”) from 9-11:00 los sábados 6, 13, 20 y 27.
Del cuerpo del periodico –
Cámara de Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) – The Chamber will have the “Programa de Experiencia al Cliente” (Customer Experience Program) with session 1 el 9/7 and session 2 on 16/7.
Weavers from Biblián – Women from the Padre Rafael González cooperative are in the patio of the Casa del Coco historic house (Bolívar y Juan Montalvo) demonstrating and selling sombreros de paja toquilla (“Panama” hats) and other decorative items. They will be there until el 19/7 from 8:30-17:00. Their store and workshop are in Biblián next to the church.
Barrio El Vergel – The parish is celebrating the anniversary of Santa María this weekend. The last event tonight will be a Danza at 21:00. The activities for el domingo, 7/7 start at 9:00 with the opening of the kiosks, a mass at 10:30 in the El Vergel park, children’s and popular games at 11:30, torneo de cintas en vehículos (tournament of tapes in vehicles – what ever that is) at 12:00, and a grand artistic show at 14:00.
Otras cosas –
Titular – Repararán el puente “Sixto Durán Ballen” (“Sixto Durán Ballen” bridge to be repaired) – The bridge over the vía Cuenca-Azogues-Biblián in Chaulluabamba will be repaired at a cost of $192,000 by the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas (MTOP – Ministry of Transport and Public Works). The bridge will be closed for about 2 months to replace the current beams with steel. <In the photo, the bridge looks like it’s sagging. Good they’re doing the work soon.> The bridge shows damage because it was designed for 33 tons, but vehicles up to 45 tons are using it, and it carries cargo and tankers from the Petrocomercial plant. The roadbed also got a new layer of asphalt which overloaded it.
TAME – Santiago Cuesta, a member of the Comité de Gestión Delegada (Delegate Management Committee) in charge of concessionizing public businesses, said TAME is facing economic difficulties and for that reason, its liquidation is being analyzed. However, TAME is signaling that it has other more important resources such as the service it offers <It has the nerve to tell us that what it offers is a service to and not a bad joke on the traveling public?>. It is working an optimization plan to achieve a better economic situation. <Sometimes you just gotta know when to fold.>
Bus service – The Cámara de Transporte de Cuenca (CTC – Cuenca Chamber of Transport) is planning to change the frequency of buses during the vacation season. <I still don’t know if there’s any convention for calling what we’re in summer or winter. I’ve seen both, but I’m sure there are gringo experts out there who have “the” answer.> The president of the CTC said that the wait time between buses will increase 1 or 2 minutes, and plans to make the change el próximo lunes, 8/7. The Dirección de Gestión de Movilidad (DGM – Mobility Management Office) has asked CTC to send the proposed bus schedules since these changes can’t legally be made without approved schedules. The buses will not change the times that they start in the morning and end at night.
Bits of news –
School year – The 2018-2019 school year has formally ended in Azuay for 135,484 students.
“Apparquear” – This parking app has about 5,500 users. The city has 2,351 marked parking spaces and will finish marking spaces in the Feria Libre zone next week.
Smoke free high schools – 10 schools in Cuenca received certificates from the Ministerio de Salud certifying that they are 100% smoke free.
Abigeato (rustling) – A rustler caught with 2 stolen cows in his truck was sentenced to 4 years in jail and a $3,940 fine.
Nano satellite – The Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Equator Technological University) has launched a nano satellite from a Russian rocket. The school put up its 1st satellite in 2017.
Descuentos y compras –
spm (Salvador Pacheco Mora – with the bunny logo) – 74th anniversary – 4-7/7 – up to 50% off Indurama and Global with a change to win a ref’r or Smart TV – Luis Cordero 9-70 y G. Colombia, 27 de Fevero y Jacinto Flores, Huayna Capacc y G. Colombia, Av. de las Américas 6-238 y Daniel Alvarado, Remigio Crespo y Federico Proaño.
And that’s all for today so la Hasta la próxima semana –
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.