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Volume 4, Issue 21
December 22, 2019
Take a hike

Take a hike

Last week we published a story about the Municipality’s new “Guía caminANTES,” or “Walkers Guide,” that lays out in detail, 16 different hikes—ranging from low difficulty to high difficulty—that one can take around the Cuenca area. This new guide offers a chance to...

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CRIME AND ACCIDENT REPORT

Cuenca and National Criminal Activity (Challuabamba) Police are continuing to investigative the circumstances of the death of an American citizen. The death of the Nancy T., a foreign citizen, 79, occurred in a private urbanization located in the Challuabamba Hills, east of Cuenca. Jaime Ruales, subrogant commander of the Azuay Police, reported that the death […]

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Museum Remigio Crespo Toral de Cuenca presents “100 Years in Search of a Millenary Past”

Museum Remigio Crespo Toral de Cuenca presents “100 Years in Search of a Millenary Past”

A total of 87 archaeological pieces from the reserve of the Municipal Museum Remigio Crespo Toral de Cuenca, were chosen for a sample exhibit called “100 Years in Search of a Millenary Past.”The exhibit will be open until March 2020. They pieces are elaborate objects in ceramics, bone, stone and metal. There are utensils, sculptures, […]

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Agriculture and Livestock unaffected by Sangay ash fall

Agriculture and Livestock unaffected by Sangay ash fall

The Directorate of Risks and Insurance of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), issued a statement this week indicating that no agricultural or livestock losses have been reported after last week’s fall of ash in the Austro region of the country. In Cañar, most of the ash fall was slight—it did not have a […]

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Vice President Sonnenholzner visits Qatar to discuss supplying Ecuador products to World Cup 2022

Vice President Sonnenholzner visits Qatar to discuss supplying Ecuador products to World Cup 2022

During their recent visit to Qatar, Ecuadorian Vice President, Otto Sonnenholzner and the Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, Iván Ontaneda,met with Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organization responsible for coordinating amongst public and private entities to ensure that infrastructure and development projects […]

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Turi begins project to write up its history

Turi begins project to write up its history

Turi is one of the 21 parishes of the Cuenca canton. However, there are no major details in records or history books that document how it began. The story behind the construction of the different buildings of the famous viewpoint and its surroundings remains unknown. That’s why the GAD Parroquial has formed a team of […]

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Ministry of Public Health rolls out vaccination plan for flu season

Ministry of Public Health rolls out vaccination plan for flu season

Given the cold weather conditions that occur in the environment as part of the winter season, the Ministry of Public Health began with the vaccination program against seasonal influenza in Zone 6. It is called ‘seasonal’ because it appears between October to February. Andrés Guncay, a zonal epidemiologist responsible for public health surveillance, said that […]

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Iberia brings back direct flights between Guayaquil and Madrid

Iberia brings back direct flights between Guayaquil and Madrid

An Iberia flight from Madrid—with 264 passengers—arrived in Guayaquil last Tuesday, representing the second destination in Ecuador for the Spanish airline. These flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with A330-200 aircraft, with a capacity for 288 passengers. This represents around 100,000 annual seats. According to Iberia Sales Director Spain, Guillermo González […]

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400,000 Venezuelan’s living in Ecuador along with almost 69,000 other refuges

400,000 Venezuelan’s living in Ecuador along with almost 69,000 other refuges

Ecuador is the largest recipient of recognized refugees in Latin America and the Caribbean. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, José Valencia, on Tuesday at the plenary session of the First World Forum on Refugees, held in Geneva, Switzerland. According to Valencia, 68,708 people are in the […]

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Ecuadorian scientist part of team making advances in liver cancers

Ecuadorian scientist part of team making advances in liver cancers

Twelve years ago, Iván Moya won a scholarship to study at the Catholic University of Belgium (VIB-KULeuven), where he earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Subsequently, he joined a team of researchers led by Dr. Georg Halder who has just published the result of a scientific investigation that constitutes a contribution in the fight against the […]

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Ecuador to import 3.36 million barrels of diesel from Singapore

Ecuador to import 3.36 million barrels of diesel from Singapore

Petroecuador will import 3.36 million barrels of premium diesel from the Singapore-based firm Trafigura Pte. Ltd. Trafigura was the winner of an international competition that Petroecuador says involved 45 companies. This was reported yesterday in a statement by the public oil company of Ecuador, that said that with this import, it will be able to […]

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Cuenca to build three more market areas under 2020 budget plan

Cuenca to build three more market areas under 2020 budget plan

Decongesting and reorganizing the increase in informal sales in the city in a planned manner, is the main objective of the construction of three markets in Cuenca where more than 1,000 autonomous merchants will be relocated. These spaces are included in the planning and budget of the Municipality of Cuenca for 2020, according to Patricio […]

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Climate change threatens the frogs of the Ecuadorian Chocó

Climate change threatens the frogs of the Ecuadorian Chocó

Climate change, one of the main environmental problems today, places the amphibians of the Ecuadorian Chocó, especially frogs, even more vulnerable, according to a statement from the Jocotoco Foundation. Amphibians, being ectotherms (they depend on the heat of the environment instead of producing it internally), can be greatly affected by varying weather conditions. A scientific study […]

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Labor board and unions disagree on appropriate wage increase for 2020

Labor board and unions disagree on appropriate wage increase for 2020

Tuesday morning, the National Labor and Wages Council met to try to reach an agreement on the basic salary for 2020. Before joining the meeting at the Ministry of Labor, Richard Gómez, Vice President of the Unitary Central of Workers (CUT), indicated that his organization proposes an increase of $15 to the current value of […]

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ETAPA begins critical view of projects in its 2020 budget

ETAPA begins critical view of projects in its 2020 budget

  The Telecommunications, Drinking Water and Sewerage Company (ETAPA), is reviewing its budget for 2020 to examine what services it will continue and which one it may cut. The hope is that with changes, it can resolve the economic crisis that is currently going through. The company—the largest of the Municipality of Cuenca’s eight companies—says […]

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Early release eliminated by National Assembly for serious crimes

Early release eliminated by National Assembly for serious crimes

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the Plenary Session of the National Assembly approved one of the main reforms to the Organic Integral Criminal Code. This change will take effect in the next few days, after being published in the Official Register. People who have been sentenced for rape, murder or for another 17 crimes considered serious, […]

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