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Ecuador wins top tourism prizes again in the World Travel Awards competition

Ecuador took three first prizes in the 2017 World Travel Awards (WTA) competition held in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Saturday night. It won another top honor in the “best spa resort” category. For the fifth consecutive year, Ecuador was picked as the top “green destination” for promoting environmentally conscious tourism. In addition, the beaches of […]

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Biggest Christmas tree to be lit, Quito water service restored, Cuenca museum exhibits, Referendum budget announced, Billiard championship

Domingo, 10/12/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Upcoming and ongoing agenda events – Taller – There will be a workshop on community museums and social management el próximo martes a las 14:00 in the Museo Pumapungo, arranged by the museum, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and the Ambato, Argentina Archeological Museum. <Do I […]

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Seven years of surprises in Cuenca: Part 2

Author’s note: This is the second of two articles. Part 1 recounts Newbie surprises when my wife Deborah and I first moved to Cuenca in 2010. Part 2 enumerates Good, Bad and Ugly surprises experienced since then. Bear in mind, all you Cuenca Old Timers, Newbies and Wannabees, that surprises are subjective, so your perceptions […]

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Baby girl is baptized in the Manta mall where she was born

Family, relatives, friends, firemen and the news media gathered Saturday for the baptism of Ainhoa Milagros Zambrano Yoza. What was unusual about the ceremony is that it was held in the food court of Manta’s Mall del Pacifico, where the baby girl was born on September 7. Father Alberto Benavides performed the baptism in the […]

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Civil law (Ecuador) versus common law (U.S.): Societal safeguards or personal responsibility?

By Sylvan Hardy Many expats following Ecuador’s Odebrecht corruption trial are confused. Why are judges making the decision of guilt or innocence? Where’s the jury? Don’t the defendants, including Vice President Jorge Glas, deserve a judgement by their peers?, they wonder. They don’t know that Ecuadorian justice, like most of the rest world, is based […]

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Canadian and Ecuadorian indigenous federations demand that Chevron pay environmental damages

The national indigenous federations of Canada and Ecuador signed a formal protocol on Monday to work together to hold the Chevron Oil accountable for the dumping toxic oil waste and violating indigenous rights in both countries. Ecuadorian villagers are attempting to collect a $9.5 billion settlement from Chevron ordered by the court for pollution in […]

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Seven years of surprises in Cuenca: Part 1

Author’s note: This is the first of two articles. Part 1 recounts Newbie surprises when my wife Deborah and I first moved to Cuenca in 2010. Part 2 enumerates Good, Bad and Ugly surprises experienced since then. Bear in mind, all you Cuenca Old Timers, Newbies and Wannabees, that surprises are subjective, so your perceptions […]

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Glas, other Odebrecht defendants to hear sentences Wednesday, court announces

The judges hearing the Odebrecht corruption trial said Friday that they would announce their verdicts on eight defendants, including Vice President Jorge Glas, next Wednesday. During closing arguments Friday, Attorney General Carlos Baca asked for the maximum penalty of six years in prison for Glas on the charge of illicit association. He also asked for […]

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Cops target crime at Feria Libre market, Referendum campaign rules, Economy grows, Illegal gas

Viernes, 8/12/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Today’s agenda events – Exposición – “La machina sensible” (The sensitive machine), an exhibit by René Ramírez, opened Fri. in the Museo de la Ciudad (Gran Colombia y Benigno Malo). The artist uses technology as a starting point for artistic expression. <Art is no longer just pictures […]

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Central Bank raises 2017 economic growth forecast

An increase in household spending and optimism about the future have prompted the Central Bank (ECB) to raise its 2017 GDP growth forecast from 0.7% to 1.5%. If the forecast holds true, it means the economy will grow by 3% since 2016, when it fell 1.5%, and emerge officially from a two-year recession. Other factors […]

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