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Give the guy a chance

Give the guy a chance

I’ve got to admit that I’m curious to see how President Lasso is going to move forward on several fronts. First, he tried to clean up a big mess on his first day and is now getting slapped around by the assembly because of it. He signed a draft law on freedom of the press, […]

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President Lasso presents fourteen more senior officials who will be part of his cabinet

President Lasso presents fourteen more senior officials who will be part of his cabinet

Lasso tasked his team to fight corruption, emphasized the lack of resources, said that there is nothing more precarious than the lack of employment and spoke of concessions. Last Thursday, President Guillermo Lasso introduced fourteen more members of his cabinet, including former assembly members and people who have been close to Creando Oportunidades (CREO) years ago. […]

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President Lasso Announces Tax Reforms

President Lasso Announces Tax Reforms

Ecuador’s new President, Guillermo Lasso, has already announced several tax reforms intended to stimulate the economy April 11, 2021, will unquestionably go down in Ecuadorian history as one of the country’s most memorable days. After a long year of pandemic-related restrictions and effects, not to mention years of governments dazzled by the promises of 21st […]

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Lots of opportunity

Lots of opportunity

President Guillermo Lasso. We are going to have to get used to saying that. Today he finally became the President of the Republic of Ecuador, after trying to get to the seat over eight years and three elections. A lesson in “stick-to-it-ness?” Or a lesson in change? Let’s hope this is a lesson of life […]

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Lenín Moreno says goodbye to Carondelet with a meeting of his expanded cabinet

Lenín Moreno says goodbye to Carondelet with a meeting of his expanded cabinet

Forty-eight hours before leaving his Presidency, Lenín Moreno held his last meeting with his enlarged cabinet, where he carried out a kind of rendering of accounts on his management of the government for the last four years. Moreno left power on Saturday when the transfer of command to the president-elect, Guillermo Lasso, was made. The ceremony […]

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IOM releases report on the recent migration of Venezuelans into Ecuador

IOM releases report on the recent migration of Venezuelans into Ecuador

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published the results of the 10th Flow Monitoring Survey on the Venezuelan population in Ecuador carried out in February and March 2021. The survey, part of the Displacement Monitoring Matrix (DTM), was implemented through 4,258 interviews with people of legal age (54% men, 46% women and less than […]

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A year after Ecuador oil spill, Indigenous victims await justice, reparations

A year after Ecuador oil spill, Indigenous victims await justice, reparations

Last year an oil spill in the Ecuadoran Amazon that contaminated the Coca River, local Indigenous groups are still struggling to adapt to alternative livelihoods It started as an ordinary morning in Ecuador’s eastern Orellana province. Abel Jipa’s sons, Byron and Johnny, and his son-in-law, Gibson, set out on the Coca River to go fishing […]

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Deaths Fall Again This Week, New Case Data Of Little Vaule As Sample Collection And Test Completion Fall

Deaths Fall Again This Week, New Case Data Of Little Vaule As Sample Collection And Test Completion Fall

As we reported last week, one of the more alarming bits of information that was published last week was just how many “unusual” deaths occurred over the past year. That term in Ecuador means deaths that are above and beyond the average number of deaths seen year-on-year. Without repeating the details that we reported last […]

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Quito mayor on trial for embezzlement; Ombudsman arrested for sexual assault

Quito mayor on trial for embezzlement; Ombudsman arrested for sexual assault

Quito mayor, Jorge Yunda, called to trial for embezzlement, then his defense team quits The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, is one of the 14 accused of the crime of embezzlement related to the purchase of PCR tests to detect COVID-19 Twelve days after the mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, was called to trial for […]

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Lasso reaches agreement with Russia for Sputnik-V vaccine, may meet goal to immunize 9 million people

Lasso reaches agreement with Russia for Sputnik-V vaccine, may meet goal to immunize 9 million people

President-elect, Guillermo Lasso, who will take office on May 24th, announced this week that his administration will sign an agreement with Russia for the provision of Sputnik V vaccines to strengthen its immunization plan. This was something that the outgoing government failed to achieve. In the electoral campaign, Lasso said his administration would vaccinate 9 million Ecuadorians in […]

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Juan Eljuri Antón, the low-profile businessman who forged one of the largest economic groups in Ecuador

Juan Eljuri Antón, the low-profile businessman who forged one of the largest economic groups in Ecuador

The businessman Juan Eljuri died at the age of 78 in Cuenca on Monday, May 10, 2021 When Juan Eljuri Antón inaugurated one of his ventures or businesses, he preferred that his executives were in charge of public speeches. He opted for a lower profile, a little away from the cameras and the media gaze. Within […]

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I wonder if Lasso can say “spasiba”

I wonder if Lasso can say “spasiba”

“The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!” It sounds like a battle cry warning everyone to hide, but in fact it may be Ecuador’s saving grace. What I’m talking about is the announcement that incoming President Guillermo Lasso has achieved what the outgoing...

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Average hospitalization of Covid patients rises from 7 to 22 days

Average hospitalization of Covid patients rises from 7 to 22 days

Some critically ill patients have damage to 75% of their lungs and require urgent mechanical ventilation, but ICU beds are hard to find The aggressiveness of the new variants of coronavirus that circulate in Ecuador hits the health system from different fronts. One of the most serious problems is that patients arrive at hospitals with […]

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UPDATES 05/09/2021

UPDATES 05/09/2021

Update to: Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus Published: Volume 5, Issue 27 Alfredo Saltos: Most likely (Foc R4T) is already in Ecuador waiting for the best opportunities to hatch Alfredo Saltos, former Minister of Agriculture, indicated that it is important to study the behavior of the Formosana during various cycles […]

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Deaths Fall This Week, But New Data Shows That Overall Number Of Deaths May Be Severely Underreported

Deaths Fall This Week, But New Data Shows That Overall Number Of Deaths May Be Severely Underreported

One of the lead stories this week lays out how serious the situation is in hospitals across the country; we will not go into that further here. But along with that, one of the more alarming bits of information that was published this week was just how many “unusual” deaths occurred over the past year. […]

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The passing of a gentle giant

The passing of a gentle giant

I didn’t think I’d write about this again this week, but the ex-pat community has lost another one of our best people. Dr. Alan Woods, died this weekend due to health complications (unrelated to Covid). He was a dentist. He was a minister. He was a teacher. He was a...

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Nepotism, expensive gifts and party collections will be prohibited in the new Executive Code of Ethics

Nepotism, expensive gifts and party collections will be prohibited in the new Executive Code of Ethics

Guillermo Lasso will sign an executive decree with these rules of conduct on May 24th, when he assumes the Presidency of the Republic Issues related to conflict of interest, family ties, use of public assets and resources, norms of transparency and management with equality and non-discrimination will be addressed in the Code of Ethics for […]

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Lasso’s cabinet members come with enormous experience, are tasked with laser focus and transparency

Lasso’s cabinet members come with enormous experience, are tasked with laser focus and transparency

President-elect Guillermo Lasso introduced eight members of his new cabinet over the last two weeks and said he intends to maintain a “laser focus” on ending the Covid-19 epidemic and restoring the economy. Of the new ministers, five are women. “I have chosen my ministers carefully, not just for their competence but for their dedication,” […]

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Ecuador has 1,607 ICU beds but almost all Covid-19 beds are occupied

Ecuador has 1,607 ICU beds but almost all Covid-19 beds are occupied

Ecuador had 1,183 beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) as of 2019, according to the latest Registry of Beds and Hospital Discharges published in June 2020 by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). How many are there now, after a year in crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and what is the level […]

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UPDATES 05-05-2021

UPDATES 05-05-2021

Update to: Iberia brings back direct flights between Guayaquil and Madrid Published: Volume 4, Issue 21 Iberia resumed direct Madrid-Guayaquil operation With an Airbus A330-200 plane with capacity for 288 passengers, Iberia resumed its direct flights between Madrid and Guayaquil early Monday morning. The airline of Spanish origin chose a plane with a livery dedicated […]

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Deaths, Cases And Positivity Rate Increase, Azuay Has Highest Rate Of Increase In Deaths

Deaths, Cases And Positivity Rate Increase, Azuay Has Highest Rate Of Increase In Deaths

In Azuay province, the number of new cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise since the state of exception began on April 23rd—which has included two weekends of total confinement. From April 22nd to May 2, 2021, there have been 964 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 more deaths in the Azuay province. Azuay had […]

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The question of a metro system in Guayaquil comes up yet again

The question of a metro system in Guayaquil comes up yet again

The public transportation system is perhaps one of the most complex issues in a city, especially in Guayaquil, a congested city where the suffocating weather often does not help, and which also still has to deal with the bad habits ingrained in many drivers and even in the passengers themselves. On many occasions, citizens – […]

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