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Venezuelans continue to arrive, Tram work progresses slowly, Thieves rob four El Centro businesses, Maduro makes secret gold sale

Miércoles, 19/6/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Don Giovanni – The opera by Mozart will premier in Ecuador with performances in Cuenca hoy, el viernes, y sábado a las 20:00 in the teatro Casa de la Cultura. Cost: $15, $20 & $30.00.

Teatro – Juana Guarderas will play “Abrilita Romero,” the Cuencana character in “Las Marujas” with her comic monologue, “No quiero morir virgen” (I don´t want to die a virgin). It will be hoy a las 20:00 <somewhere unspecified – it sounds like it would be a good show if you understood Spanish. See what you’re missing by bailing on classes?>

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro displays piles of spray painted gold.

Teatro – “Érimi” is a work composed of 6 sketches and will be performed hoy y mañana a las 20:00 in the sala Alfonso Carrasco in the CCE.

Danza – There will be a dance recital with Wilson Pico, one of the “greats” in Ecuadorian contemporary dance. Tickets are available mañana y el viernes in the Prohibido Centro Cultural (calle peatonal La Condamine 12-102). Cost: $7 & $5.00. <No other information – you should ask when you go buy your ticket. Or have your facilitator ask when they go buy your ticket.>

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Heavy metal – The Spanish band, Avalanch, will be in Cuenca el viernes, 28/6 a las 14:30 at the Barraca Bar to greet their fans. The band will perform el viernes a las 19:00 in La Carreta in Gualaceo as part of their “El secreto” tour. Opening bands include Biblian Rock Ensamble, Tribus y Lignum Crucis. Ticket sales started yesterday and can be bought at the Barraca Bar or by calling 099 566 5486 for home delivery. Cost: $30.00 with no additional cost for the delivery service. There will be buses leaving from the Parque de la Madre a las 18:00 to go to Gualaceo. <Nice of them to provide a designated driver.>´

Otras cosas –

Titular – Más venezolanos en Ecuador (More Venezuelans in Ecuador) – The Ecuadorian government is looking to have a more orderly and safe form of migration for Venezuelans coming to Ecuador. It hasn’t discarded the idea of asking for humanitarian visas as Perú has done since el sábado anterior. 350,000 Venezuelans are now living in Ecuador and 120,000 have their documents in order. According to the UN, the number of Venezuelans in the country will reach 500,000. 18,000 have applied for international protection — asylum.

Due to the flow of migrants since 1/6, when Perú imposed visa requirements, the Ecuadorian government doubled the budget for health services at the border which now costs $3.5 million. According to the Ministerio de Salud, 35,000 Venezuelans entered by the Rumichaca international bridge and 23,600 received medical attention including vaccinations and exam. International Refugees’ Day is mañana. <I’m afraid the US will probably observe it by causing the deaths of a couple of more immigrant kids in concentration camps or teargassing more refugees.> A representative of the UN High Commission for Refugees said that Ecuador is the country in Latin America and the Caribbean most known by refugees and is a leader in the level of education it gives. <We gringos should be as grateful as all getout for having received the warm welcome we got and return the favor by learning Spanish.>

Robbery – 4 stores at Padre Aguirre y Simón Bolívar near the Flower Market were robbed early yesterday morning. The robbers broke in through the ceiling and took $1,000 in cash and $5,000 in merchandise, in addition to causing damage to the ceiling and cutting electrical and security wiring. The merchants said that the area is deserted due to the closure of Padre Aguirre to vehicular traffic, and are asking for more police protection. <Be careful walking around in the area at night – just my own opinion. Especially if you feel compelled to flash an expensive camera, jewelry, or designer handbag.> Three suspected burglars were arrested Wednesday morning after being identified from security camera images.

Advertising on sidewalks – Current ordinances prohibit painting, drawing or writing advertising directly on walls and windows, or hanging it from walls without supports designed to hold it. You can’t hang flags over the public way, nor can you put advertising easels, sawhorses, tables or tires on the sidewalks or in public spaces. Joint poles are also off limits. You can put sawhorses in planting spaces along the main streets in urban zones.

Tranvía – They’re working on it gradually. Still left to be done are the collection and commercial systems, issues with the contractors, licenses for the train operators, and identifying signal lights that can be turned off to save electricity without damaging the system’s configuration.

San Francisco Plaza – Merchants are now complaining that they are being charged too much rent compared with other markets. A merchant’s association representative said that in the rush to get the plaza opened, they didn’t have time to read the contract they signed, and they don’t have a copy of the contract. <Since when is not reading a contract an excuse for not observing its terms?> The plastic that the merchants hung for shading has been removed. <Seems like those vendors like the old, funky, 3d world atmosphere of the previous market. Me, too.>

Abortion – A campaign to raise consciousness about abortion and to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape uses virtual reality glasses which will be used to show stories of rape victims to Assembly members. The intent is to give a face to the victims and raise awareness of the issue beyond mere statistics. According to official data. 17,448 children under 14 gave birth between 2009 & 2016. The stories include those of kids raped by their own fathers, stepfathers and employers and then forced to continue with their pregnancies and give birth.

Internacional –

Venezuela – According to the Wall Street Journal, Nicolás Maduro secretly sold 7.4 tons of gold for $300 million in March to bypass US imposed sanctions. The gold, part of Venezuelas’s reserves, was brought from South Africa to Uganda in a Russian plane. <The rest of the article was too convoluted for me to figure out and involved the disappearance of one shipment, gold which was shipped to Turkey, inflated values for food purchased in Turkey and Mexico with gold, and money laundering.>

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –

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.