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A survey conducted by security consultant and university professor Katherine Herrera reports that 60% of Ecuador criminal gang members are under the age of 18. Her study also found that more than 50% of those arrested for alleged gang activity since the beginning of 2024 are minors. In a Teleamazonas interview, Herrera said that children...
By Kate Irwin To some extent, an AI model is only as “smart” as the data it’s trained on — and Yann LeCun, Meta’s Chief AI Scientist, argues that large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, Google’s Gemini, or Meta’s Llama won’t ever reach human levels of intelligence. The concept of an AI model achieving human...
By Paola Flores If it were anywhere else in South America, the nondescript house with buckets of coca leaves soaking in liquid could be mistaken for a clandestine cocaine lab. But this is La Paz, Bolivia, and the fruity aroma of coca steeping in barrels signals that you’ve arrived at the government-authorized El Viejo Roble...
Lunes, 10/6/2024 Hola, Todos – Titular – Energía solar para alumbrado público (Solar power for street lighting) – The Empresa Eléctrica Regional Centro Sur (EERCS – Electric Company) will install solar powered LED street lighting in Auzay and Morona Santiago Provinces starting at the end of junio, 2024. This pilot plan seeks to promote sustainibility,...
By Liam Higgins Although he insists he is not a candidate for president, Jan Topić is certainly sounding like one. In a series of interviews and social media posts, the 40-year-old Guayaquil businessman is lashing out at both President Daniel Noboa and the National Assembly for putting “political self-interest” above that of the country. “What...
By Mariana Mazzucato When you picture the tech industry, you probably think of things that don’t exist in physical space, such as the apps and internet browser on your phone. But the infrastructure required to store all this information – the physical datacentres housed in business parks and city outskirts – consume massive amounts of...
Open auditions will be held for Azuay Community Theater’s production of “The Waverly Gallery,” by Kenneth Lonergan, on Tuesday, June 18, from 1 to 3 pm, at the theater at 14-48 Antonio Vega Muñoz (between Estévez de Toral and Coronel Tálbot). No appointments will be necessary, those interested in auditioning can just show up at...
As expected, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities President Leonidas Iza was selected Saturday as presidential candidate for the Pachakutik party. At the party convention in Quito, Iza said his key issues will be opposition to mining and oil operations and to reduction or elimination of fuel subsidies. On Friday, Andrea González announced she will be a...
In his second press conference in two days, Azuay Province Governor Santiago Malo said Friday he is “listening closely” to the concerns of Cuenca citizens about crime in the city and acknowledged that police are often slow to respond to calls. His comments followed social media criticism of a Thursday press conference in which he...
Sábado, 8/6/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Artesanías y cultura (Crafts and culture) – There will be a Feria Artesanal y Cultural in the Galería Vitrina (Pres. Córdova 7-23 y Luis Cordero) at the Casa de la Cultura on el 15 & 16/6. Organized by the Asociación de Artesanos y Emprendedores AYNI, the fair will...
Ecuadorian Indigenous organizations and environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday protested state-run oil company Petroecuador, saying it is failing to comply with a court order to shut gas flares in the Amazon, though the government said it was closing them. In 2021, a provincial tribunal in Sucumbios province ordered Petroecuador and a handful of private operators...
Three days after the National Electricity Operator (Cenace) warned that more electric blackouts are possible, Ecuador’s Energy Minister Roberto Luque announced Friday that the blackouts are over. “We are finished with the power cuts due to the lack of electric generation capacity,” he said Friday afternoon. “I see no need for scheduled service interruptions in...

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Week of June 09

Nene Case Transferred to National Court Jurisdiction Unit Due to Possible Links with Vice President Verónica Abad.

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Ecuador’s Safest Regions Highlight 25 Murder-Free Cantons in 14 Years.

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Kia and Aymesa Announce $62 Million Investment to Assemble Five New Vehicle Models in Ecuador by 2026.

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