Who are the traffic cops? Paute residents protest mining damage, Classic cars gran prix, New park opens near El Centro, Venezuela refugees

Nov 10, 2018

Viernes, 9/11/2018

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –

Del pagina cultural –

Film – “La Dama Tapada” (The Plugged up Dame?) <Sounds like she needs some Ex-Lax.> – This Ecuadorian made thriller with fantasy and terror will open el 16/11 in theaters throughout Ecuador including Cuenca.

OSC – The OSC plalyed two Ecuadorian fantasies Friday (viernes) in the Teatro Pumapungo. <El Mercurio is still insisting that the performance is at the Pumapungo and I don’t argue with what they write – all I do is translate, ma’am.>

Film premier – “3-03 Rescate” opens today at Multicines throughout the country. The film addresses the issue of intrafamilial violence with a message to encourage attitudes than can reduce this violence. <How about chemical castration as an alternative?>

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Del cuerpo del periodico –

Motorshow II Cuenca 2018 – This carshow will open el próximo 22/11 in the Centro de Convenciones Mall del Río and will have national and international products, services and systems related to the automotive industry. There will be 4,200 sq. m. of exhibits and 3,320 sq. m. of things to buy. <I wonder if it’s a coincidence that the show opens on Thanksgiving. It was a San Francisco tradition for a lot of people to finish their turkey and hit the International Auto Show at the Moscone Center.>

Gran Prix of South America Buenos Aires to Cartagena – This classic car rally is taking a break in Cuenca Friday (viernes) at the Four Points by Sheraton before it heads to Quito and Colombia. The cars include a Bentley and a Lagonda. <Wonder if there are any big Healey’s in the mix – I miss the sound of that engine – a wonderful 6 cylinder burble.> The rally was organized to commemorate the 70 years since the first and only rally from Buenos Aires to Caracas, Venezuela. This rally will skip Venezuela due to the current situation, but will try to make the route as close to the original as possible. Of the 25 cars that left Argentina, only 13 made it to Cuenca. There seems to be something about an “Especial” of the cars competing in this contest el lunes. <If any of you gets up to the Sheraton and sees the cars, let me know if any Healeys were there. Probably not, since mine couldn’t even get over a normal speedbump, it was so low.>

Otras cosas –

Titular – Correa busca asilo; Romero extraditado (Correa seeks asylum; Romero Extradited)

Aggregate mining – Residents of the Chicán Parrish in Paute are protesting the mining of aggregates from the Río Paute and want the Provincial authorities to suspend this activity because it undermines the river banks and causes erosion. Residents pointed out fissures in the hills above the mined area, massive land settling, and areas along the river that used to be sandy beach but are now all rocks.

Debate on who controls transit – A proposed reform to the Ley Orgánica de Transporte Terrestre, Tránsito y Seguridad Vial (Organic Law of Land Transport, Traffic and Road Safety) was debated by the Asamblea Nacional on Friday. One of the items under discussion is if the control of roads that join cities and provinces in the country will be returned to the Policía Nacional. Currently, 7 provinces are controlled by the Comisión de Tránsito del Ecuador, and in mostly the northern part of the country, the Policía still has control. In the rest of the country, transit is controlled locally. Judge Willam Sangolqúi said that this change is difficult since it is not compatible with the Constitution which puts the national police in charge of insuring order and security in the country. <Order on the roadways doesn’t count?> He also said that it was positive when the municipalities took charge of transit especially in issues of corruption. <Harder to pay off a local than a national cop?>

Biogas – EMAC has won a prize from the Fundación Corresponsables de España for it’s Biogas plant at the Cuenca landfill. This is the third time the Planta de Biogás has been recognized internationally.

Revolver found – A four year old found a home made revolver with 8 bullets el último miércoles under a slide at his preschool. He played with it and showed it to his mother, giving her the scare of her life. She called the police.

Oh where, oh where have the Venezuelans gone? – The number of Venezuelans living outside of their country has increased to 3 million according to the UN Agency for Refugees. 2.4 million have been received by Latin American and Caribbean countries with 600,000 in other regions. Colombia has the most refugees with over a million, followed by Perú with 500,000, Ecuador with over 220,000, Argentina with 130,000, Chile with more than 100,000, Brasil with 85,000, and Panama with 94,000. The UN praised Latin America and the Caribbean for their policy of open doors to refugees and Venezuelan migrants, but added that their capacity to absorb this quantity of people is limited and there should be a robust international response in order to continue this solidarity and generosity. The Agency also celebrated the efforts by the governments, especially through the Quito process which has allowed for a regional coordination. <Europe? US? Hello? I think this is how you handle a refugee crisis. Just because the refugees are brown doesn’t mean they’re not fellow humans in need.>

Public announcement – The Megaparque La Libertad opened Friday. It’s on Nicanor Merchán y Héroes de Verdeloma where the old men’s jail was. It’s on bus lines 20, 25, 16, & 18. Opening ceremonies included a performance by the “Libertad y Punto” group from the Centro de Rehabilitación Social Sierra, Centro Sur (the jail). <Kind of a subcategory of garage band?>

Descuentos y compras –

Kia – from $12,990 for a Picanto to $26,990 for a Sportage R light – also no payments til enero, 0% down, 72 month loans and up to $3,100 in incentives.

Renault – from $15,490 for a Logan up to $22,490 for a Duster. <I thought Dusters were Plymouths. Or does Plymouth no longer exist?>

Mystery store – Black Week from 14-24/11 – special discounts – Av. Remigio Crespo y Av. Loja. My guess from the line drawings of hammers and wrenches and other tools, is that it’s the big Continental Hardware store on the corner.

And that´s all for today so Hasta la próxima semana –

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 (< … >) are Jeanne’s personal opinions and not part of the news translation.

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