In the February 2023 elections, politicians from Cuenca are not competing just for office; they are also battling for the influence and political leadership that some have had for more than a decade. The 2023 sectional elections for the Mayor of Cuenca and the...
Attacks, massacre and escapes in the prison reorganization
The government’s intervention in the prison on November 1, 2022, leaves 6 policemen and 10 prisoners dead in its wake. Three prisons have been impacted by the ‘Service for Attention to Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAI), the National Police and the Armed Forces (FF. AA.)’ in 18 days: Litoral Penitentiary CPPL Pichincha No. 1 (El […]
Exports of shrimp could pass $7.0 billion in 2022
Ecuadorian shrimp exports could close the year at approximately $7.0 billion, the highest figure in the Central Bank’s historical record. In the first nine months of 2022, shrimp exports amounted to $5.676 billion, a growth of 54% compared to the period January-September 2021, according to the Central Bank. It is a value that is 7% […]
Guayaquil forest fire endangers sloths, hawks and jaguarundis among other species
A forest fire in Cerro Azul, northwest of Guayaquil, destroys the habitat of several critically endangered species. Days after the forest fire in Cerro Azul, which occurred on November 5th, volunteers from the Sacha Project inspected the area devastated by the fire. They went up to a viewpoint on the hill, located in the north […]
National Assembly working on the 16th reform to the Comprehensive Penal Code (COIP)
The security reforms that the Assembly is processing include a new reform to the COIP, which will focus on reinforcing measures such as preventive detention in people with criminal records. Long sought-after reforms on security issues won’t be ready until the end of the year, but the National Assembly is ‘pressing the accelerator’ so that […]
New report shows that conserving tropical forests is vital for climate stability and food security
A recently published study analyzes four key functions of forests that together make it possible to increase the cooling function of the planet by up to 50%. The research also examines the changes that deforestation is causing in rainfall and how these variations...
Only invoices of less than $50 will be issued to the final consumer
Update to: Briones says ‘SRI will tighten control of personal income tax’ Published: Volume 6, Issue 52 The SRI lowered the limit of invoices that can be issued as a ‘consumidor final’ or without customer data, from $200 to $50. The Internal Revenue Service (SRI) reduced the limit of invoices that can be issued to […]
Thanks for the memories
My father would have been 80 years-old today. He would have shared that milestone with Joe Biden. That would have been something special. But, as some of you who know me will remember, he died almost 7 years ago now, on February 3, 2016, from complications related to kidney disease. Not a day goes by […]
Only half of Ecuador’s children have access to safe drinking water and sanitation
Only half of Ecuador’s children have access to safe drinking water and sanitation The lack of access to basic services, such as drinking water and sanitation, is closely related to the quality of childhood nutrition, a primary cause chronic malnutrition. Access to basic services in Ecuador is limited. A survey by the United Nations Children’s […]
United States says it sees Ecuador as a strategic partner against organized crime
The bilateral relationship between Ecuador and the United States continues to grow. The third bilateral meeting between both governments addressed issues of security and irregular migration. The United States and Ecuador are seeking to increase the scope of their...
Congress of Peru admits to process complaint against Castillo
Update to: Prosecutor investigates the president of Peru for influence peddling Published: Volume 6, Issue 41 The Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating President Pedro Castillo since mid-October for the crimes of criminal organization, influence peddling and collusion. The Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations of the Peruvian Congress admitted this Wednesday for processing the constitutional complaint […]