The mega biodiversity of Ecuador makes it a unique country, because its small territory—compared to other countries such as Brazil and Colombia—makes it the place with the most species per area in some classes of animals, such as amphibians. But it also has a long...
Update to: Government negotiates billions of dollars in credit from China tied to crude oil Published: Volume 5, Issue 5 Managers of Petroecuador and Petroamazonasboth resign within 24 hours Two important “casualties” in the oil companies occurred in less than 24 hours last week. Ricardo Merino and Juan Carlos Bermeo resigned from their positions as manager of […]
Overall hospitalizations fall while ICU patients and deaths rise
Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: UPDATED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020 As we went through last week, the numbers that are coming out from the government each week are only somewhat of a “barometer,” something to tell us what direction the spread of the coronavirus is going in. It is […]
Quarantine during the pandemic caused massive increases in suicides and attempted suicides throughout Ecuador
Last October 6th, two metropolitan traffic guards prevented a woman from jumping off a pedestrian bridge in southern Quito; three weeks later, another agent prevented a man from jumping into the Chiche River, in Puembo, northeast of the capital. Near that parish, in...
Prosecutor begins proceedings to recover restitution in the Bribery case
“In general terms, I could say that the vast majority of those sentenced (in the Bribes case 2012-2016) are able to pay (their full reparation) out of the property they own. The Execution Court will be responsible for ordering the seizure of those assets and take them to auction so with the money obtained in […]
Vice President Muñoz eclipses 100 days then heads to Europe seeking aid and a meeting with the Pope
On October 29th, María Alejandra Muñoz served her one hundredth day as the Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador; she is the fourth person to hold this position during the Lenín Moreno government. Muñoz was given three tasks when she agreed to take over as Moreno’s Vice President: facilitate foreign trade, work on Ecuador’s […]
Lenín Moreno congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and hopes for continued strong relationship with the US
On Saturday afternoon, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno sent a congratulatory message to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris after reports of the United States Presidential election results gave Biden a victory over Donald Trump, labeling Biden President-elect 46. Moreno wrote that he hopes the relationship between the two countries will remain firm and prosperous during the […]
Do you smell smoke?
Wow, what a week. I thought that I had seen it all with Donald Trump, but I was wrong. I knew he would not take being a “loser” very well, but I didn’t expect him to try to “burn down the house” on his way out. Nor did I expect to see so many people who should know...
CUENCA SHORT STORIES 11-10-2020
EMOV begins a campaign to promote respect for pedestrians With the participation of public officials, the Transit and Transportation Mobility Company (EMOV) has developed an awareness campaign on respecting the rights of pedestrians for safe mobility. This week, EMOV agents began the campaign in Cuenca. They worked in the streets, practicing positive actions focused on […]