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Tram will be free in first month of operation

Passengers on Cuenca’s new electric tram will ride free during the first month of the system’s operation. “We want to introduce the public to the system so people will understand how convenient and comfortable it is,” says city tram technical director Carolina Ormaza. She added that providing a period of free service is standard operational […]

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New airline flies to Madrid, Delays in city projects, 13 run for mayor, Protests against femicide, Photo exhibit opens at Museo de las Conceptas

Martes, 22/1/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Treatro – “El más fuerte,” an adaptation of Strindberg’s The Strongest, will be staged el viernes a las 20:00 in the “Bunker Espacio Cultural” (Challuabamba). Cost: $5.00. Día de amistad concert – 80 students of the Colegio Alemán Stiehle and the Escuela Francesa […]

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Refugee rights groups blast new government requirement for Venezuelans entering Ecuador

Refugee rights representatives are claiming that a new requirement that Venezuelans entering Ecuador show proof that they have no criminal record is unfair and could amount to a “death sentence” for some. “The rule is grossly unjust since the document Ecuador is requiring is impossible to obtain for most Venezuelans,” says Daniel Regalado, a spokesman […]

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A pillar in Cuenca’s expat community, Franny Hogg Lochow was born to help others

By Brian Hitsky Some people are born to help others, it’s in their soul, a part of their being. Cuenca resident Franny Hogg Lochow is one of those individuals, who finds time between writing books and mentoring other writers, to give back to the community through pro-active fundraising, organizing events, producing art projects in support […]

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ELN rebels call Colombia bombing a ‘right of war’

Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) is claiming responsibility for the car bomb attack at a police academy in Bogota last week that left 21 dead. In a statement, the leftist militant group said the attack was in retaliation for the government’s bombings of its camps, despite a ceasefire being in place. “Therefore, the operation carried […]

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Olive oil: How can you tell a quality brand from a cheap imitation?

 By Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne  Claims of “fake” olive oil abound, but the reality of olive oil fraud in U.S. retail is a bit complicated. Purity problems—that is, the adulteration of olive oil with seed oils like soybean or canola, or refined olive oil added to extra virgin olive oil—are rare. Far more common is the […]

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International Chorale open rehearsal, Auditions for expat theater, Salsa lessons, ‘Selma’ screens at La Guarida, University orchestra begins season

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes”highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed. This week: […]

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Moreno’s reaction to Ibarra murder incited violence against Venezuelan refugees, critics say

Comments by President Lenin Moreno are being blamed for inciting violence in the northern city of Ibarra following the Saturday night murder of a pregnant Ecuadorian woman by her Venezuelan boyfriend. After the woman was stabbed in front of dozens of national police and a crowd of bystanders, Venezuelan refugees were chased and beaten and […]

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