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Elimination of the ‘green tax’ appears likely

Ecuador’s so-called green tax appears headed for the dust bin. In Tuesday’s debate at the National Assembly, there was overwhelming sentiment to eliminate the tax originally designed to protect the environment. “The intention was good but the unintended consequences were not,” said assemblyman Homero Castenier. “It did not meet its objective and now it’s time […]

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Venezuelans continue to arrive, Tram work progresses slowly, Thieves rob four El Centro businesses, Maduro makes secret gold sale

Miércoles, 19/6/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Don Giovanni – The opera by Mozart will premier in Ecuador with performances in Cuenca hoy, el viernes, y sábado a las 20:00 in the teatro Casa de la Cultura. Cost: $15, $20 & $30.00. Teatro – Juana Guarderas will play “Abrilita Romero,” […]

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Buenaventura nature preserve, southwest of Cuenca, provides dazzling bird displays

Text and photos by Doug Hansen You don’t have to be a hard-core bird watcher in order to be mesmerized by the dazzling display of hummingbirds, and various other tropical birds, that swarm to the feeders at one of Ecuador’s special nature preserves, Buenaventura. For me, the occasional brightly colored toucans and turquoise green honeycreepers […]

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‘No foreign bases on the Galapagos’: Moreno attempts to clarify U.S. use of island airstrip

Claiming his intention is to leave a legacy of “peace, sovereignty and national security,” President Lenin Moreno pushed back Tuesday against charges he is allowing the United States to establish military operations in the Galapagos Islands. “There are not and there will never be foreign military bases in our country,” the president said in reaction […]

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New airline details, Another public hospital planned, Inti Raymi in Cuenca, Transport strike, Cultural budget reduced, Prison riot in Guayaquil

Martes, 18/6/2019 Hola, Todos – Correction: Desculpeme – pienso que mi “menta” estaba cosechando lana ayer. Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Aniversario de el Avispero – This theater lab and workshop is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a performance of “El Vendedor” el 21 & 22/6 in the sala Alfonso Carrasco <in the […]

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They take hotdogs seriously at Jugueria Hilli

By Sylvester Grahame The life of a restaurant reviewer is not for the faint of heart. Besides the obvious stress of deadlines, food-stained clothing, and, the nightly habit of drinking Pepto Bismol mixed with cheap gin — giving a fresh take on the classic, Pink Lady —  is the challenge to find appealing places for […]

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Reflections on Conscious Living and Conscious Dying: Part 4

I ended my last column with a quote from Jonathan Livingston Seagull about becoming a finder. What exactly does this mean? It is worth our exploration, as our personal awakening is the most important accomplishment possible as humans. Eckhart Tolle was very clear about this, and it is also the whole point of the teaching […]

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Local motorcycle boom means more accidents, more licensing and inspection violations

The number of motorcycles on Cuenca streets is skyrocketing. So are the number of motorcycle accidents and citations written for drivers. According to the Cuenca Mobility Corporation (EMOV) the number of motorcycles and motorized scooters operating in the municipality has more than doubled in less than three years, growing from 6,465 at the end 2016 […]

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Like other Latin American countries, Chile will not restrict Huawei’s access to cell market

Saying that it is “open to all fair competition,” Chile will not put any restrictions on the Chinese cell phone and internet service company Huawei. The country’s vice minister for commerce, Rodrigo Yáñez Benítez, said he is unaware of any security problems regarding the company’s products and activities. To date, no Latin American country has […]

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