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Viernes, 21/6/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De El Mercurio del jueves, 20/6 (1 article): 180 artistas animarán la Fiesta de la Música (180 artists will animate the Fiesta de la Música) – The Music Festival started el jueves in the Plaza de El Otorongo and will continue through el sábado, 22/6. Following is the...
By Ellen Ioanes Honduran President Xiomara Castro recently announced plans to build a “mega prison” capable of housing 20,000 people to manage the country’s crime problem. It’s part of an increasingly popular proposition in Latin American countries — fighting drug trafficking and gang violence with harsh carceral measures — but it’s also a subversion of...
The name ‘Ecuador’ comes from the Spanish word for ‘equator’: the place where the sun is at its highest. This intense sunlight not only supports food crops but other sacred and endemic species. Unearth the country’s relationship with the sun and delight in how it shapes the country today. By Sarah Gillespie The Inca sun...
In social media messages late Friday, the National Energy Control Center (Cenace) announced that “Ecuador is back to full power.” The announcement followed a day of blackouts in some areas of the country due to the shutdown of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant earlier in the day. Cenace said that electric generation at Coca...
Following the shutdown of its Heavy Crude Oil Pipeline (OCP), Petroecuador has declared force majeure to protect it against fines and penalties for delayed oil shipments. The declaration follows erosion on the Coca River that exposed 140 meters of the previously buried pipeline. While work continues to reroute the pipeline, Petroecuador says oil production has...
By Abbie VanSickle and Jim Tankersley The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business and anti-regulatory interests, declining their invitation to weigh in on a broader, never-enacted tax on wealth. The justices, by a 7-2 vote, left in place a provision of a 2017 tax law that is expected to generate $340 billion, mainly...
By Rich Westcott Do you like to sing? What do you think of a choir that not only sings in Cuenca but in many towns around Cuenca? One that exposes you to other people and places in Ecuador? I’m speaking of the Archbishop’s Choir here at the cathedral. My wife and I have been members...
The United Works Front (FUT) will go ahead with its July 4 protests against the elimination of gasoline subsidies despite the agreement announced Tuesday between the transport unions and the government. “We will take to the streets to voice our rejection of the government’s decision and with all its neoliberal policies,” said FUT President Jose...
Wednesday, 19/6/2024 Hello, Everyone – I will be taking a vacation next week from Monday, 24/6 and be back either Monday, 1/7 or Wednesday 3/7 depending on how long it takes me to recover from the vacation. Activities- From El Mercurio on Tuesday, 18/6 (4 articles): Music for every taste in a week of concerts...
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday urged his government to speed up actions in the Amazon to combat organized crime that has contributed to destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Lula complained that it had taken a year for a security plan for the Amazon, known as AMAS, to get off...
Ecuador experienced a massive electric blackout Wednesday afternoon that left most of the country’s 17 million people without power. Electric power went out shortly after 3 and was restored for most customers by 6:30. In a news conference, Energy Minister Roberto Luque claimed the blackout was unrelated to weekend floods that put three hydroelectric generation...
After reaching an agreement with taxi and passenger van companies, the government late Monday announced details of its plan to eliminate subsidies for Extra and Ecopaís brands of gasoline. Prices will increase in two phases, the first coming at the end of June. Economic Minister Zaida Rovira said the elimination of the subsidies “will allow...

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By Abbie VanSickle and Jim Tankersley The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a tax on foreign income over a challenge backed by business and anti-regulatory...
By Rich Westcott Do you like to sing? What do you think of a choir that not only sings in...
By Mary Johnston My name is Mary. I am pleading for your help to save the life of my friend....
The word “Cuenca” means “watershed” which is appropriate. A confluence of four rivers run through town on their way to...

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By Lauren Irwin Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said he predicts a bird flu...
By Mina Elwell When you’re planning to spend time away from home, one of the most important things you need...

Opinion

By Gabriela Mesones Rojo and Alicia Chen Last August, Ecuadorians made history by voting to permanently keep over 700 million barrels of...
By Mariana Mazzucato When you picture the tech industry, you probably think of things that don’t exist in physical space,...
By Arthur Nelson More than $100 billion of public money has been awarded to private investors in investor-state dispute settlement...

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