Closure of scandal-ridden Esmeraldas refinery means Ecuador will have to import gasoline for domestic use

The 45-day closure of the Esmeraldas refinery for equipment repairs means Ecuador will need to import gasoline. Because the government subsidizes the cost of gasoline for domestic use, the importation will come with a surcharge. The cost of the gasoline is in addition to the estimated $400 million necessary to repair the refinery’s catalytic cracking […]

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Forest fire in Susudel, Back to driving school, Disarming Colombian children, Cajas photo exhibit

Jueves, 17/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Today’s agenda events – Exibición – An exhibit of experimental art opened Thurs. in the Lakomuna collective (Escalinata de El Otorongo). Música – A new series of sessions started Thurs. in the “Rizoma, Plataforma Disidente” (Luis Cordro y Pres. Córdova). The show featured singer Eli Arízaga with […]

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Bus robbery foiled but driver takes a bullet, More tranvía contract details, My Aunt Toty, Auditing the auditor, Forest fire season begins

Miércoles, 16/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Wednesday’s agenda events – Teatro – Carlos Gallegos and his company, “Teatro de la Vuelta” (Theater in the Round? Theater of the Return?) will present “Barrio Caleidoscopio” from hoy hasta el sábado (from Wed. to Saturday) at 20:00 in the sala “Alfonso Carrasco Vintimilla” in the Casa […]

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The decline and fall of Rafael Correa and why it’s such a shame that it’s happening this way

Few webcam users master the theatrical elements of on-camera presence. Because of the camera’s in-your-face vantage point, subjects’ noses and mouths appear too big while bad lighting puts them either in shadow or provides a dentist’s view of stained incisors and chapped lips. Almost always, there’s a goof-ball element to the homemade broadcasts, whether they […]

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Moreno tours Esmeraldas oil refinery, says corruption has left the facility in ‘critical condition’

Despite an investment of $2 billion in upgrades, President Lenin Moreno agreed Tuesday with Ecuador oil minister Carlos Perez that the government-owned oil refinery at Esmeraldas is in “critical condition.” The center of a massive corruption scandal involving dozens of government officials and employees, the refinery will need to close for at least 45 days […]

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Taxi drivers want to operate vans, jeeps and SUVs

The organization representing Cuenca taxi owners is seeking permission to operate vans, jeeps and SUVs but says it would need to charge more for the service than currently allowed. According to Bolivar Sucuzhañay, president of the Union of Co-operatives of Taxis of Azuay (UCTTA), the vehicles are needed to transport larger groups of passengers as […]

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Reason for tranvía bid delay, Ex-energy minister willing to talk scandal, Gas trucks, U.S. deportations

Martes, 15/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Tuesday’s agenda events – Competition – La Superintendencia de la información y Comunicación (Supercom) presented the requirements for the 1st National Short Film Competition Tues. The contest, “Orgullosamente Ecuatoriano” (Proudly Ecuadorian) is open to professionals and students in Ecuador. Film cycle – El Centro Cultural La Guarida […]

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After years of delay, work on San Francisco Plaza is finally underway; Contractor has 10 months to finish

“Thank God, they’ve finally started.” Rosa Chuchuca’s sentiment was shared Tuesday morning with two other women who sold clothing and household goods at San Francisco Plaza and who were relocated three weeks ago to Calle Padre Aguirre. The three stood at the northeast corner of the plaza, watching workmen stack old paving stones. “We have […]

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Monday earthquake epicenter is only five miles from Cuenca but most residents don’t feel it

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded Monday afternoon just east of Cuenca but no damage was reported. The quake occurred at 5:30 p.m. at a depth of 32 kilometers. According to the municipal risk management office, some residents in high-rise condominiums and office buildings reported feeling the tremor although only a dozen calls were received. […]

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Chinese fishing ship caught poaching in Galapagos preserve; More than 300 tons of fish found on board

The Ecuadorian navy has captured a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel in the internationally protected Galapagos Island preserve Monday morning. Authorities say that the ship had 300 tons of fish, including protected species of sharks, in its hold. The ship, Fu Yuan Yu Leng, and its 20 crew members were directed to port in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno […]

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