Scientists were able to confirm the existence of a new species of lion monkey in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where it was believed until now that only one existed, reported the San Francisco de Quito University (USFQ). The study has been ongoing since 2015 by Stella de la...
The pandemic completely changed Ecuador’s tourism sector
In 2020, more than $1.3 trillion was lost in the global tourism sector. In Ecuador, revenues fell 60%. Experts predict that recovery will take between 2 and 4 years. In early 2020, the Grand Hotel Lobo de Mar, on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, had huge pre-sales thru 2022 for tour packages, accommodation, transportation and other services. The outlook […]
Vaccination Problems Continue, Deaths Rise, Health Minister Changed Again
This week we are seeing a higher positivity rate, a higher rate and higher number of new deaths, and a huge increase in the number of provinces seeing a rise in deaths. We also have more people, and sicker people, being hospitalized. One top of that, hospitals across the country reporting that they are unable […]
Ecuador turns from Correísmo and hands over power to conservative Guillermo Lasso
The presidential candidate of the conservative alliance CREO-PSC, Guillermo Lasso, was declared the winner of the elections held this Sunday in Ecuador, when with 97.79% of the tally sheets counted, he obtained 52.50% of the votes, five points over his correista rival...
Deforestation of Ecuador’s tropical forests: a reality that needs attention
In the world, 10 million hectares of forest are cut down each year, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Despite being one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world, in recent decades Ecuador has lost huge sections of its forests due to increased human activities. The most up-to-date data […]
Commission approves report for debate on the bill for the Defense of Dollarization
With nine votes in favor, the Economic Commission of the National Assembly, approved the report for the first debate of the bill for the Defense of Dollarization. The 30-minute session was held on the evening of April 10, 2021. During the debate of the text, 22 participants and legislators were heard. On April 9, 2021, […]
Civil. Civility. Civilization.
Well, I’ve been in the US for a week, and I can’t say that it has been as enjoyable as I imagined it would be. Because frankly, I am mentally in what I can best describe as an alternate reality. Really, being back in the US is very odd for me this time. Perhaps it’s...
Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus
The Ecuadorian banana sector is reinforcing biosecurity measures that have already been in place since 2019, to prevent the arrival of Fusarium 4 fungus to plantations in Ecuador. This comes after the National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (Senasa) reported on April 8th, that a suspected case of the fungus was detected in a five-hectare field located in Suliana-Piura in Peru. The virus […]