Viernes, 21/4/2017: Watch for falling rocks, San Francisco Plaza relocation, Giant turtles

Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Hola, Todos –

I will be taking a vacation from Sunday, April 30 through Sunday, May 14.

Pagina cultural –

Today’s (Fri.) agenda events 

Planetario – “La Magia de la Astronomía” (The Magic of Astronomy) was on Friday but will repeat next Friday, Apr. 28, at 19:00 in the Planetarium.

Upcoming events –

Meditation workshop – There will be a seminar in meditation given by Mauro Vitali el sábado at 17:00 and 20:00 in the Hotel El Quijote (Hermano Miguel y Gran Colombia).  It will cover topics like control of the vortexes of the mind, steps of meditation, position and holy breath, concentration and contemplation, Samyama-Kaivalya – union with Christ inside – absolute realization.  <Jeeze, this is as bad as artspeak or tecnotalk.  Professional jargon is very offputting.>

Exposición – The show and sale, “Hilando Sueños” (Spinning Dreams) is open at CIDAP.

Articles about –

Internships – The U. Católico and El Mercurio signed an agreement to provide internships for Information Science students.

“Permanencia en el tiempo” –  The exhibit of painting and sculpture by local artists is at the Salón del Pueblo, CCE.

CCE – election stuff.  <Political, technical and above all, boring.>

Recital – Guilllermo Villavicencio Molina played a guitar recital Fri. in the Sala de Conciertos at the CCE (Pres. Córdova y Cordero).

OSC – The symphony performed Fri. in the teatro Pumapungo with a program including “Adagio” by Samuel Barber, Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, “Suite ecuatoriana” by Segundo Luis Moreno and “Andarele” by Julio Bueno which includes esmeraldan instruments such as the symphonic marimba and congas.

Otras cosas – 

Titular – Piden a TAME que se retire (TAME asked to withdraw) – The travel sector in Cuenca pasted simbolic “Clausura” signs on TAME’s office the airport.  They would like TAME to leave and let another airline in to provide quality service to the city.  <Hear, hear!>

Venezuela – Protests and repression continue.

Slander – The 9 members of the Comisión Nacional Anticorrupción (CNA) were the subjects of a slander complaint filed by the Carlos Pólit, the Comptroller General. The commissioners were sentenced yesterday to a year in jail, a $100,000 fine for each individual, and a public apology.  The CNA had found negligence and possible bribery in the land purchase for the Refinería del Pacífico.  <uh-oh – and the comptroller didn’t catch it?>  After a public appeal by Pres. elect Moreno, Pólit withdrew the criminal action.  <Maybe the fact that one of the commissioners is a 99 year old woman in a wheelchair, and the others are all over 65 was a factor?>

Credentials – The CNE started delivering credentials to the assemblists who were elected on 19/2.  The official results include 74 seats for AP out of a possible 137, 34 for CREO-SUMA, 15 for PSC (Partido Social Cristiano <Viteri’s party>) and 4 for Pachakutic, the indigenous movement.

Legal notice – <I’m including this because it’s a small world.> Pedro Remigio Verdugo Abad is suing Estrella Verdugo Abad and Raúl Abad in a Massachusetts court to be declared a Special Minor Immigrant.  <?>

Tortugas gigantes – 190 giant tortoises who were raised in captivity and are now 4 or 5 years old, were released on San Fe Island.  A team of specialists transported the tortoises from Santa Cruz and reported they were looking for shade and starting to feed.

San Francisco Plaza – Vehicular traffic will be suspended on Padre Aguirre between Jaramillo and Córdova while the plaza is being remodeled.  <Actually I like the rickety old market.  It’s not quite old enough to be of historical or architectural interest.>   Merchants will be relocated to Padre Aguirre.  Temporary booths are being built and no date has been given for the move although construction is supposed to start the 2nd week in May. <Sounds like another Tranvía.  Normally you clear the site on which you will be working before you start.  Maybe they intend to start demolition whether or not the vendors have vacated.>

Caída de roca – A car hit a falling rock on the Circunvalación Sur in the Carmen de Guzho sector.  Police recommend respecting the speed limits in case you need to perform some “maniobras” (maneuvers – your word for the day) to stop your car. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.  <In case he has to brake suddenly for a falling rock.>

Amenidades –

Baile Retro 80 y 90 – <Oldies is now 80’s or 90’s music?  Making what I grew up with prehistoric.>  This show, part of the founding of Cuenca festivities, will be este sábado at 19:00 in PRAC (Huayna Cápac y Simón Bolivar).

Movies – as usual, go to for show times and locations.  The following movies open this week.
2D Un golpe con estilo – Esp.
2D Nunca digas su nombre – Esp. y Sub.

The following movies are continuing.
3D Rápidos y furiosos 8 – Esp.
2D Rápidos y furiosos 8 – Esp. y Sub.
2D Jefe en Pañales – Esp.
2D Los pitufos 3 – Esp.
2D La bella y la bestia – Esp.
2D Vigilante del futuro – Esp.

Deportes –

La Vuelta a Cuenca CUBE/Amarok 2017 – There will be a simulation of this bike race this sábado.  The 85 km starts from the Mall del Río at 7 and the 35 km from the central park in Ricaurte at 9.  The real race will be on domingo, 30/4.  Register at Cube or on line at on Cube’s networking sites.

Risklovers – The Skydiving School will be giving “rides” on the 21, 22, & 23/4 in the Edmundo Carvajal Airport in Aerosangay hanger in Macas.  There’s no age limit, but there’s a 220 lb. weight limit.  <Leaves out all of you big gringos.>  For more info go to or call 095 957 5934 or 096 766 6785.

Discuentos y compras –

Kia – 4 models – from 0 down – 6 year term with 50% down – 1st payment in junio – prices from 18,990 to 26,990 – payments from $281 to $434/mo.

And that´s all for today so Hasta Domingo –



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