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Lasso’s partial veto of the rape abortion law will go to the Constitutional Court

Lasso’s partial veto of the rape abortion law will go to the Constitutional Court

Assembly members and constitutional experts have divided opinions on whether the Legislature has the power to refer the veto to the Court.  The plenary session of the National Assembly decided to send to the Constitutional Court President Guillermo Lasso’s partial veto of the law of interruption of pregnancy in cases of rape. However, constitutional experts are divided on whether […]

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Holidays in Ecuador during 2020

Holidays in Ecuador during 2020

The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador has published the holiday calendar for the year 2020. This definition of “holidays” is based on the Law of Holidays in Ecuador, approved in 2016, that defines in advance, holidays at the country level. Among those are the National holidays such as May 24th (Battle of Pichincha), October 9th […]

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Female scientists and academics battle gender stereotypes throughout Ecuador

Female scientists and academics battle gender stereotypes throughout Ecuador

Gabriela Vázquez is one of the few scientists in the city. She is in charge of the water laboratory of the University of Cuenca, and among her aspirations is that more women occupy technical positions and break the gender stereotypes in the academic, scientific and professional worlds. To support Gabriela’s belief, a study conducted by […]

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Contamination by illegal mining leaves legal actions and pollution in its wake

Contamination by illegal mining leaves legal actions and pollution in its wake

Pollution of rivers by cyanide, mercury and arsenic, as well as multimillion-dollar lawsuits for tax fraud and money laundering, are the effects left behind by illegal mining activity in the south of the country. According to the Internal Revenue Service (SRI) and the Economic Financial Analysis Unit (UAFE)—in charge of investigating possible cases of money […]

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79% of women in Azuay were violated at least once in their life

79% of women in Azuay were violated at least once in their life

Azuay province records the highest number of cases in Ecuador of violence against women in any field: psychological, physical, sexual and heritage, both throughout her life and in her last year. This comes from the National Survey on Family Relations and Gender Violence Against Women, whose figures show that 79.2 percent of Azuayan women over […]

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Obesity in school children continues to increase in Ecuador

Obesity in school children continues to increase in Ecuador

Every day, in fast food places, people are tempted with a “do you want to super-size your order? Maybe more fires or soda?” And many impulsively say “Yes.” But these types of products are on the ‘red list,’ as they have been shown to be part of an obesity epidemic, which affect more than 30% […]

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Municipality collects 14% of 2020 taxes in the first week

Municipality collects 14% of 2020 taxes in the first week

In the first week of collection of taxes for urban and rustic properties, the Municipality has brought in 14% of the projected fees for 2020, says Patricio Abad, the financial director of the local government. According to the latest property tax collection report, citizen payments totaled $1,750,000 in the first week; this amount is expected […]

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IESS bank offers new mortgage loan program

IESS bank offers new mortgage loan program

The IESS bank, or BIESS, has a new mortgage program for both new and resale homes. The new loans have lower interest rates and offer higher credit caps. And perhaps even more importantly, the program is also open to retirees and other pensioners. The preferential interest rates start at 5.99%, and the bank will finance […]

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Face reality or face regrets

Face reality or face regrets

Like all of us I have some regrets at this point in my life. Like, I really regret trying to break into Fenway Park when I was 19 years-old so that my friends and I could play baseball. Or more precisely, I regret falling off the roof of Fenway Park and breaking my leg in […]

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CRIME REPORT AND ACCIDENT REPORT

Cuenca Area Traffic Accidents On the morning of Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Integrated Security Service ECU 911 coordinated the response of a traffic accident registered in the El Tambo canton, where three people were reported injured. ECU 911 said that the accident occurred because one of the drivers of the two tucks involved in […]

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Be careful near the Cuenca rivers

Be careful near the Cuenca rivers

So far this year, a total of 10 people have fallen into the Cuenca rivers. According to reports by Patricio Lucero, head of the Fire Department of Cuenca, these incidents have been due to varied reasons. “Some have tried to commit suicide; others have been reckless by walking too close to the river banks when […]

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Ecuadorian government dissolves Eloy Alfaro Institute of Political and Economic Thought

Ecuadorian government dissolves Eloy Alfaro Institute of Political and Economic Thought

The Ecuadorian Government has dissolved the Eloy Alfaro Institute of Political and Economic Thought—created by former President Rafael Correa before leaving office—for allegedly failing to comply with various articles of various laws. According to the notification (which Correa himself published in social networks), the legal services of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided on […]

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Four-lane road project to Cumbe, Loja and the Yunguilla valley moves forward

Four-lane road project to Cumbe, Loja and the Yunguilla valley moves forward

With 17,000 vehicles per day that cross the area and a projection to double that amount for the next 20 years, traffic in the southern entrance of the city runs the risk of collapsing. To prevent this from happening, the Government and the University of Cuenca plan a new four-lane road. The sound of the horns […]

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Get your dinner delivered ASAP

Get your dinner delivered ASAP

With a customer base in the Cuenca market that reflects two percent of its active users in Ecuador, the Spanish application Glovo celebrates one year of service in the city. During its first year, the platform that began operations in the Ecuadorian capital has extended its service to Cuenca and Guayaquil. The latter represents 50 percent […]

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Cuencano Volskwagen Bettle fans and enthusiasts are not dropping their hobby anytime soon

Cuencano Volskwagen Bettle fans and enthusiasts are not dropping their hobby anytime soon

The Volkswagen Beetle has become an iconic car in many regions of Ecuador, including Cuenca. So much so, that there’s even a very popular child’s game of calling out the car when someone in a group sees it. A person yells out, “Pichirilo, guess the color,” and whoever doesn’t guess the color receives a pinch […]

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CRIME REPORT AND ACCIDENT REPORT

Cuenca Area Traffic Accidents Early Wednesday morning, a pedestrian trying to cross Av. De Las Américas and Amazonas was hit by a car; the car that hit the victim fled the scene. EMOV personnel are investigating the crime. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital by personnel from the Guardia Cidada, EMOV and Cuenca […]

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Hogar “Cristo Rey” nursing home is in need of support

Hogar “Cristo Rey” nursing home is in need of support

The Cristo Rey nursing home, also called the” elder’s asylum,” covers an entire block. It’s located within the streets Sangurima, Juan Montalvo, Vega Muñoz and Estevez de Toral, in the Historic Centro. It’s administrated by the Congregation of Sisters of Forsaken Seniors. About 140 senior men and women live here, under the protection of the […]

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10,000 ETAPA users to be billed for “free” internet service installation

10,000 ETAPA users to be billed for “free” internet service installation

Didn’t stick to your contract with ETAPA? Then you may have a problem. ETAPA (Municipal Telecomm., Water Service, Drainage and Sewage Company) has begun notifying customers who ended their contracts early that they are now going to be charged for the “free installation” that was part of their contract. “Our contracts provide a zero-installation cost […]

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Arbitration for Tranvia will not be resolved this year

Arbitration for Tranvia will not be resolved this year

The Municipality of Cuenca is still amidst Arbitration in Chile with the Consorcio Cuatro Rios de Cuenca (CCRC; Consortium Four Rivers of Cuenca), the former construction company of the tram system. Juan Peralta, statutory auditor for the municipality, traveled to Chile to provide support in this process. “If there is to be a new memorial […]

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Cuenca could be facing a long-term traffic problem

Cuenca could be facing a long-term traffic problem

A recent study done by the Llactalab group from the Universidad de Cuenca suggests that public policies should be restructured if there is to be a future solution to Cuenca’s traffic problems. The study focused on urbanization, housing construction, outskirts urbanization and the regular transportation means of the inhabitants, in order to make this assessment. […]

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Statistics show Cuenca’s violence is lower this year

Statistics show Cuenca’s violence is lower this year

According to the Cuencano digital paper La Andariega, the homicide rate in the city is one of the lowest since 2012. Only 11 intentional homicides have been committed during this year. The homicide rate was only lower in 2015 (eight cases) and 2018 (eight cases, but only as of the first half of the year). […]

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Ecuadorian government presents new strategy to prevent early pregnancies

Ecuadorian government presents new strategy to prevent early pregnancies

Ecuador has the highest child and teen pregnancy rate in all of Latin-America. Because of that, the Ministries of Health, Education and Social and Economic Inclusion have created a new “Methodical Guideline for Pregnancy Prevention in Girls and Teenagers.” This is the third campaign created in on this topic by the Government since 2011. This […]

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Four hikers rescued on the Cayambe peak

Four hikers rescued on the Cayambe peak

A group of four hikers got lost on the Cayambe peak on July 20th. The hikers, between the ages of 32 and 44, weren’t able to find the trail back from the mountain and one of the members of the group had injured his arm. Police and firemen were alerted thanks to a call to […]

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Aggressive vendors and beggars on buses creating real problems for drivers and passengers

Aggressive vendors and beggars on buses creating real problems for drivers and passengers

Assaults against a bus driver on July 11th and an the attack with of a bus a day later caused the Transportation Chamber to warn bus drivers of beggars and “informal vendors” on the buses who are threatening drivers (and passengers) and demanding money. On Wednesday, the bus driver’s guild and the Government of Azuay held […]

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US Government to provide $35 million in humanitarian aid to Ecuador

US Government to provide $35 million in humanitarian aid to Ecuador

Recently, the US State Secretary and President Lenin Moreno met in Ecuador to discuss various matters; security, democracy, foreign commerce, war against corruption and drugs. Mr. Pompeo stated that the Trump Administration will be providing a $35 million humanitarian aid to Ecuador. “$30 Million dollars will be to deal directly with the Venezuelan immigrants that […]

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Taxi drivers protest lack of subsidy payments

Taxi drivers protest lack of subsidy payments

This past Wednesday morning the Azuay taxi drivers guild took to the streets of the Historic Center of Cuenca to demand that the National Government make changes to the Law of Transit, Safety, and Compensation with respect to the reduction of the fuel subsidy and other topics. At 10:00 AM, the drivers began their walk […]

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United States will provide cyber security assessment to Ecuador

United States will provide cyber security assessment to Ecuador

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said this week that a group of cyber security experts would be coming to Ecuador. This came up a one of the topics discussed between the Secretary of State and Ecuadorian President, Lenin Moreno. They also discussed the Venezuelan immigration problems and the Maduro regime, cooperation in […]

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Meat inspections continue at El Arenal

Meat inspections continue at El Arenal

Before sunrise that past Wednesday morning, in an inter-institutional operation called by the Directorate of Markets and Commerce, a group of over 50 officials (26 members of the Citizen Guard, 15 uniformed National Police, 3 officials of EMURPLAG, 9 people of EMOV EP and 5 officials of Agrocalidad Ecuador) raided the El Arenal Market at Feria […]

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Great Britain appoints its first Consul for Cuenca

Great Britain appoints its first Consul for Cuenca

On Thursday, July 18, Gary Manners was appointed Honorary British Consul in Cuenca. The British Embassy in Ecuador selected Manners as representative because of his long career in marketing and communication. He is also a social worker, has worked in education and even in the area of rehabilitating inmates. There are at least 45 British […]

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