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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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New type-C hospital to be constructed soon in Cuenca

New type-C hospital to be constructed soon in Cuenca

The last phase of planning for a new type-C hospital is about to end. The Ministry of Health, along with the Service of Public Works Contracting (Secob) and the Italian Agency of Cooperation for Development (AICS), held a meeting in order to settle the final details...

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Go where?

Go where?

This last week as we closed down our restaurant (that was sold and is moving to Ordonez Lasso with a goal of opening on August 1st), several people came up to me and asked me if I was going to keep writing this column. They told me that they really enjoyed it and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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