Urban vegetable gardens project to protect the wellbeing

The University of Cuenca, alongside the Municipal Company for Economic Development (EDEC) and the National Cultural Patrimony Institute (INPC), have begun executing the project “Mercado de la buena vida” (Good life market). The second phase of the project has begun in the nursing home “Hogar Miguel Leon.”The pilot project is already being tested in El Vado and San Roque neighborhoods. “We chose the San Roque and El Vado neighborhoods as the pilot test sectors due to their cultural richness. Sadly, in the late years it has been affected due to the acoustic, visual and atmospheric pollution by the heavy flow […]

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Mining project for Imbabura province awaiting last permits

The Llurimagua Mining Project, which is located in the Intag canton, in the Imbabura province, will initiate exploiting the zone “once the environmental authority issues the extension of the license for development. This ample license will include perforations and probing,” said a spokesman of the ministry. The project belongs to the National Mining Company (Enami), and to the Exploraciones Mineras Andinas [Andean Mining Explorations] (EMSAEC); which is a branch of Codelco, the Chilean state company and biggest producer of copper in the world. This complex adds up to another 700 hectares of concession to Enami, thus ending in a total […]

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Migrant kids from USA, Cuba and Venezuela are spreading baseball in Quito

The Los Angeles de Quito club is one of the baseball teams organized in the Ecuadorian capital. At the moment, the trainers and managers of the club are the Cuban Jorge Clemente, and the American Timonthy J. Tranbarger. Close to the Cruz del Papa sector, in a park, they improvise a small playing field. “Ideally it would be good to have a 400 m radius to play. We could train a lot better that way,” said Clemente. They are recruiting and training kids ranging from 6 to 16 years of age. Most of the kids are migrant Cubans, Venezuelans and […]

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Find historical Cuenca in Todos Santos church

The chronicles written about the foundation of Cuenca reveal that the first Catholic mass, on the occasion of its foundation, was celebrated in a chapel that existed in the place where the church of Todos Santos rises; currently a heritage complex administered by the community Madres Oblatas. An imposing tower crowned with the image of the Heart of Jesus distinguishes the church of Todos Santos, whose name recalls the place where on April 12, 1557, the citiy’s first Catholic mass was celebrated. The church is located on Calle Larga and Alfonso Jerves. Old chroniclers affirm that the plateau of the […]

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Former Peruvian President commits suicide over Odebrecht

Peruvian President Alan García committed suicide on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Lima, Peru. The announcement was made by Mauricio Mulder, president of Apra, outside the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima. The former president shot himself near 06:30 in his house, when agents arrived to arrest him for the Odebrecht case. Mauricio Mulder, a congressman since 2001 and the current President of the Political Direction of Apra, said that Alan García has “ceased to exist” and that they consider his act a “high degree of dignity and honor” in the face of a fascist persecution and sickly. “This unfortunate […]

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Three injured in the Rally Race in Gualaceo

An accident occurred on Saturday, April 13th, during the National Rally Championship. The race takes place in Gualaceo, and it was suspended after one of the vehicles drifted off the road hitting two spectators and a fireman. The accident occurred in the curve belonging to the Picay-Parculoma section of the track. Two spectators and a fireman from the safety task force were hit and injured. The wounded were immediately assisted by the firemen personnel and taken to the Moreno Vazquez Hospital of Gualaceo. The victims were thrown some 10 meters away from the impact zone, receiving serious injuries in the […]

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Cuenca is building on a slippery slope

The Llurimagua Mining Project, which is located in the Intag canton, in the Imbabura province, will initiate exploiting the zone “once the environmental authority issues the extension of the license for development. This ample license will include perforations and probing,” said a spokesman of the ministry. The project belongs to the National Mining Company (Enami), and to the ExploracionesMinerasAndinas [Andean Mining Explorations] (EMSAEC); which is a branch of Codelco, the Chilean state company and biggest producer of copper in the world. This complex adds up to another 700 hectares of concession to Enami, thus ending in a total sum of […]

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Vehicle-to-tram accidents continue

On Tuesday, a double-cabin truck was hit on the driver’s front side by one of the tram units that is completing its last testing phase. The preliminary damage calculation amounts to $800, money that must be paid by the owner of the private vehicle. This latest accident makes six vehicle-to-tram collisions since the system began its testing process. According to the statistics of the Tranvía Executing Unit, the first accident was recorded on December 14, 2018 a tAvenida de las Américas and Nicolás de Rocha, in the same place where Tuesday’s collision occurred. On March 7th, a second incident occurred […]

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CRIME REPORT

(Cuenca) During the early hours of Wednesday, April 17, 2018, staff of the Judicial Police together with the Prosecutor’s Office, the GOE and Dinapen carried out the operation “Avalancha 183.” Six people were arrested. From Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning on Cayambe Street, a criminal organization dedicated to the sale of controlled substances was dismantled. Police personnel conducted four raids in the sector, where they seized a firearm, four ammunition, 205 grams of drugs and cash, cell phones, jewelry and other items. (Cuenca) Juan Alejandro J., 52, was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison for the […]

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We even have running water

This weekend, for the first time, Codie and I will be hosting friends from the US. Now, we have had family visit from both the US and Romania (and even Norway), but that’s not the same. This will be the first time we’ve had people visit because they are curious about Ecuador and frankly, about what the hell we are doing living here! We’re of course pretty excited about it. First, because we want them to see what our life is like here (one of these people honestly still thinks we don’t have ATMs and that there are large spiders […]

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