Watch out for the train, Impact of IMF loan, Local plant to build RCA tv’s and smart phones, Public veterinary office opens, The minga tradition

Feb 24, 2019

Sábado, 23/2/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

De la pagina cultural –

Sábados en las Conceptas – Saturdday’s Family Saturday in las Conceptas was to visit the gardens which are part of the museum.

Books of the week –
“El año de los delfines” by Sarah Lark, published by S.A. Ediciones B.
“Cuando la luz cambió” by Fernando Sardonal, published by Milrazones.
“Campeones…” by various authors, published by Globart.

Del cuerpo del periodico –

Carnaval – The Comadre Oficial del Carnaval 2019 will be announced el próximo lunes a las 10:00 in the Hemiciclo in parque Calderón.

Otras cosas –

The Mercado 12 de Abril will open in March.

Titular – Imprudencia peatonal sigue en ruta tranvaria (Pedestrian negligence continues on tram route) – Trains circulating yesterday were escorted by only 1 motorized Guardia Ciudadana agent and there was no lack of pedestrians disrespecting signal lights and crossing tracks. Starting el próximo lunes and until 7/3, the test trains will run with no escort. The trains will run from 6 am to 10 pm including during Carnaval and weekends. <Anyone betting that there won’t be a tram/pedestrian accident before the testing phase ends?> The locations where pedestrians don’t take precautions is at Feria Libre and around the mercado 9 de Octubre. <So – at the Feria Libre, if you’re a newbie and hesitant about crossing, better not follow the rule of thumb and follow a Cuencano – you might wind up on the tracks in front of a train.>

A few weeks ago, 4 kids between 4 and 5 years old crossed the tram tracks at Sangurima and Mariano Cueva in front of a tram. The operator was going 7 km per hour and was able to brake in time to avoid hitting the kids who “Salieron de la nada.” (They came out of nowhere. Your phrase for the day.) The children were unaccompanied and not in a cross walk. Operators also said drunks and itinerate vendors also amble across the tracks.

External debt – With the $10.2 billion loan from the IMF, Ecuador’s external debt will rise to $59.629 billion, close to 55% of the GDP. Ecuador had a debt limit of 40% which is now 55%. Pablo Dávalos, an economic analyst, thought the changes approved by the National Assembly were irresponsible and that the loan would leave the country unable to invest in social programs and would raise the issue of increasing the IVA, privatizing Social Security <Those of you who thought raising IESS insurance rates was unfair will really have a fit.>, and putting public businesses into the private sector. <Like your water, sewer and garbage.> Dávalos also pointed out that all the countries in the world that entered into a contract with the IMF have wound up in a crisis since the IMF technical assessments of fiscal policy wind up dictating the management of the macroeconomy of the country. <To the detriment of the well being of the citizenry and to the benefit of those who don’t need more money.>

Televisions – The Grupo Ortiz has created a new business, “RCA Ecuador,” to build TVs at its plant in Racar with 45% Ecuadorian material and 55% imported. The plant will produce 2,000 TVs daily. Grupo Ortiz will represent RCA in Ecuador, Perú, and Colombia, and will market 4K and flat panel TVs (32, 39, 43, 49, 55, 65, & 75 inches), tablets, smart phones, AC, washers, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, ovens and hoods.

Mercado 12 de Abril – The market will reopen between 15 & 20/3 after the vendors requested the opening be after Carnaval and not before as was originally planned. The vendors are currently set up in the basement parking lot.

Municipal vet – A city vet clinic, the Dispensario Veterinario Municipal, has opened in the front of the mercado El Arenal and offers exams, vaccinations and deworming. Owners who have registered their pets with the city can make appointments for free spaying and neutering. It is open every day and was caring for 8 puppies with the help of the Guardia Ciudadana when the article was written. The Dirección de Mercados de la Municipalidad and the Comisión de Gestión Ambiental (CGA) are the coordinating government agencies. <I’d start with the CGA if you want to register your dog.>

Intercultural page – The article is about the minga, an activity rooted in traditional culture where community members get together to to do something for the good of the community. Armando Muyolema, a Cañari and a professor at the U. of Wisconsin calls it an intercultural contact zone; that it covers many forms of reciprocity; and that it is not solely focused on the organization of giving and taking, but logical extensions of solidarity in social relations. In San Pedro de Chorocopte, a parish in Cañar, the community holds a minga once a month. It can be for a community project such as cleaning out drainage ditches, planting trees, fixing roads, etc. or minga de solidaridad to help a community member that needs it. They start at 8:30, men and women of all ages go to the site at 9:00 and they finish at 4:00. <An antidote to the “me” generation and “me first” culture.>

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –


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