Volume 4, Issue 3
August 18, 2019

CRIME REPORT AND ACCIDENT REPORT

Cuenca Area Traffic Accidents Civil transit agents verified an accident on the road to Challuabamba—Llactón. One person was slightly hurt. The driver of one of the cars scored over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer test. He was taken to the detention center for...

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Unconnected in the country

Unconnected in the country

Now that Codie and I are living in Yunguilla, we like to think of ourselves as living a remote lifestyle with little need for the conveniences of the modern world. We are starting to grow our own vegetables (our tomatoes are amazing) and now get free farm fresh eggs...

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Informal “hostel” businesses must now be registered

Informal “hostel” businesses must now be registered

All property owners that rent housing or even rooms to tourists must now be registered and acquire the ‘Unique Annual Functioning License’ to continue to exercise this business. The Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) has already drafted the ‘Accommodation Regulation for...

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Former Minister avoids censorship

Former Minister avoids censorship

This past Tuesday, the National Assembly (Parliament) of Ecuador voted against censoring former Health Minister Verónica Espinosa, who was accused of alleged irregularities, such as the acquisition of a dubious test for the early diagnosis of the HIV virus. The motion...

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Pollution on a downward trend in the city

Pollution on a downward trend in the city

Vehicle traffic in Cuenca, with about 150,000 vehicles registered in 2018, is the main source of pollution in the city; however, the air in 2018 was 10 percent less polluted than in 2017. Claudia Espinoza, a technician of the Mobility Monitoring Network (EMOV), said...

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Ecuador adding to police force nationwide

Ecuador adding to police force nationwide

This past Monday, the National Police reported through the governor of Azuay, Xavier Martínez, that they are recruiting for 2,000 new police officers in the country (200 for the Superior Police School and 1,800 for training centers). Applicants can register through...

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Coopera crimes come to light with release of documents

Coopera crimes come to light with release of documents

After six years of being kept under cover, the financial analyzes and investigations into the Coopera case are declassified and they open a door to the investigations of the people implicated in the fraud. Three people will go on the list of the country’s most wanted,...

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Construction sector shrinks heavily all around Ecuador

Construction sector shrinks heavily all around Ecuador

Carlos Repetto and Silvio Duran, Presidents of the National Federation of Construction Chambers and of the Chamber of the Construction Industry, both agree that the reduction in public works has highly affected the sector during the first part of this year. Public...

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Two hikers rescued in Cajas National Park

Two hikers rescued in Cajas National Park

On August 10th, two missing foreign hikers were located and rescued in the Cajas National Park, as reported by the Fire Department of Cuenca, through their Twitter account. The Park Ranger Department and ETAPA personnel also aided in locating the hikers. The hikers...

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Many Cuenca organizations depending on volunteers

Many Cuenca organizations depending on volunteers

At last count, there are around 176 institutions with volunteer programs in Cuenca. The programs are primarily for young volunteers and most of them are creating activities for vulnerable people in society. These can be children, teenagers or elderly in a vulnerable...

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Breast feeding is a health priority in Ecuador

Breast feeding is a health priority in Ecuador

In the midst of ‘Breastfeeding Week’, back in early August, the Zonal 6 Coordination of the Health Ministry made an ‘open house’ for breast milk donations at their premises to help promote the breastfeeding bank in the Vicente Corral Moscoso Hospital. The Hospital’s...

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