Approaching the 100-day mark of his administration, Lenin Moreno’s popularity is at record high

According to four public opinion polls, President Lenin Moreno’s support among Ecuadorian voters is “off the charts.” Conducted over the past two weeks, the polls give Moreno positive percentages ranging from the high-70s to mid-80s. “At this point, his support is unprecedented since public opinion polling began in Ecuador more than 40 years ago,” says […]

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Ambassadors recalled, $2.5 billion agriculture investment, Maduro implicated in Odebrecht scandal, Hail storm brings out the picture takers

Domingo,20/8/201 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Finished agenda event Fotografía y danza – The Womens’ Front of Defenders of Pachamama (Mother Earth) is continuing its fight against large scale mining. El pasado viernes, in the plazoleta de La Merced, it presented a photo exhibit showing areas around Quimsacocha and a workshop in dance performance. […]

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Freak hail storm covers much of Cuenca in ice

A strong thunderstorm produced enough hail Saturday afternoon to turn parts of Cuenca into a winter wonderland. The weather bureau reported that ice was as much as two inches deep in the area around Miraflores Park, Los Trigales, and along Av. Gil Ramírez Dávalos near Terrestrial Terminal. The storm also affected driving on the Cuenca-Guayaquil […]

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China warned about illegal fishing in Galapagos protected waters as investigation continues

China’s ambassador to Ecuador was called to the foreign ministry Friday and given a formal warning about its fishing vessels encroaching on the Galapagos Islands International Preserve. A fishing ship with 300 tons of catch onboard was taken into custody Monday and remains in port as an investigation continues. Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa and […]

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Residents complain about mining, San Fran Plaza details explained, Maids’ pay, Free medical care

Viernes, 18/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Today’s agenda events – Premier – “Mi Tía Toty” will premier at a special performance hoy, a las 20:00 in the Multicines del Milenium Plaza. Toty Rodríguez and director León Felipe Troya will attend the event. Upcoming agenda events – Arte en la calle (Art in the […]

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Closure of scandal-ridden Esmeraldas refinery means Ecuador will have to import gasoline for domestic use

The 45-day closure of the Esmeraldas refinery for equipment repairs means Ecuador will need to import gasoline. Because the government subsidizes the cost of gasoline for domestic use, the importation will come with a surcharge. The cost of the gasoline is in addition to the estimated $400 million necessary to repair the refinery’s catalytic cracking […]

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Forest fire in Susudel, Back to driving school, Disarming Colombian children, Cajas photo exhibit

Jueves, 17/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Today’s agenda events – Exibición – An exhibit of experimental art opened Thurs. in the Lakomuna collective (Escalinata de El Otorongo). Música – A new series of sessions started Thurs. in the “Rizoma, Plataforma Disidente” (Luis Cordro y Pres. Córdova). The show featured singer Eli Arízaga with […]

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Bus robbery foiled but driver takes a bullet, More tranvía contract details, My Aunt Toty, Auditing the auditor, Forest fire season begins

Miércoles, 16/8/2017 Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Wednesday’s agenda events – Teatro – Carlos Gallegos and his company, “Teatro de la Vuelta” (Theater in the Round? Theater of the Return?) will present “Barrio Caleidoscopio” from hoy hasta el sábado (from Wed. to Saturday) at 20:00 in the sala “Alfonso Carrasco Vintimilla” in the Casa […]

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The decline and fall of Rafael Correa and why it’s such a shame that it’s happening this way

Few webcam users master the theatrical elements of on-camera presence. Because of the camera’s in-your-face vantage point, subjects’ noses and mouths appear too big while bad lighting puts them either in shadow or provides a dentist’s view of stained incisors and chapped lips. Almost always, there’s a goof-ball element to the homemade broadcasts, whether they […]

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Moreno tours Esmeraldas oil refinery, says corruption has left the facility in ‘critical condition’

Despite an investment of $2 billion in upgrades, President Lenin Moreno agreed Tuesday with Ecuador oil minister Carlos Perez that the government-owned oil refinery at Esmeraldas is in “critical condition.” The center of a massive corruption scandal involving dozens of government officials and employees, the refinery will need to close for at least 45 days […]

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