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The ‘death cross’ and early elections are not being considered, government says

President Lenin Moreno’s office said Tuesday that there are no plans to call for early elections following Sunday’s rejection of the government’s economic reform law in the National Assembly. “The option of changing the election schedule is not on the table,” presidential press secretary Gabriel Arroba said. “Comments by some government ministers on the subject […]

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The protests by the world’s downtrodden give this expat hope for the future

I am very encouraged by the number and intensity of the various uprisings and demonstrations going on around the world. The poor, the dispossessed, the mistreated, the left out, are finding themselves able to have an impact on government policies (here in Ecuador, forcing the retraction of a presidential decree) and forcing those in power […]

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New tram contract expected, Violent drunks are arrested, Colombia prepares for protests, Vegan cooking workshop, Christmas fair

Martes, 19/11/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Opera contest – The last phase of the “Ecuador Opera Competition” will be el martes, 26 de noviembre in the teatro Pumapungo a las 20:00 with the 16 finalists out of 60 competitors (I think). A closing gala with the winners and the […]

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Cuenca’s ‘Jazz Man’ tells why there is only one jazz club in Ecuador

Editor’s note: CuencaHighLife recently sat down with Jim Gala, founder and director of Cuenca’s Jazz Society Cafe and the Jazz Society of Ecuador and asked him about his decision to settle in Cuenca and to relaunch his jazz career in Ecuador. CHL: What brought you to Cuenca? Jim Gala: I visited Cuenca in 2010 at […]

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Swedish prosecutors drop rape charges against Assange but U.S. extradition is still pending

Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010. Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012. The 48-year-old Australian was evicted in April and sentenced to 50 weeks […]

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Government ends agreement with Cuba for medical specialists

The government announced Tuesday it is ending a bilateral health cooperation agreement with Cuba. The agreement, in effect for a decade, has brought hundreds of medical specialists to Ecuador to work in medically under-served communities. The announcement was made by Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo who said the move means “there will be no renewal […]

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Volcanic ash fall could reach Cuenca, Chinese dominate tire market, Tram maintenance postponed, Gov’t owes cancer hospitals millions

Lunes, 18/11/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – From 15/11/2019 – 4o Festival Internacional de Cine de Cámara Lúcida will run until 22/22 and show 140 films from 50 countries. From 8/11/2019 – Winners of a photography contest held by the World Press Photo Foundation will be shown until 29/11 at […]

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Update on vaping: Experts find common thread leading to deadly lung damage

By Erin Brodwin for Business Insider After 39 deaths and more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung illness, officials have homed in on a potential cause. Investigators said vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found in canola, soy, and corn oil, appears to be playing a pivotal role in the illnesses during a call with reporters […]

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National telecom takes Russia Today off the air following complaint by interior minister

Ecuador’s public television provider, the National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC), has cut off its broadcast of RT (Russia Today) in Spanish. The move comes weeks after Ecuador’s interior minister complained about RT covering local protests. The broadcast was cut off on Thursday without any prior notice or explanation, says RT, which is funded by the Russian […]

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National Assembly overwhelmingly rejects Moreno’s economic reform bill

President Lenin Moreno suffered his second political defeat in a month Sunday night when the National Assembly resoundingly rejected his Economic Growth Law. Following his capitulation to indigenous leaders in October, when he agreed to reinstated gasoline and diesel subsidies, several assembly members questioned the president’s ability to manage Ecuador’s worsening financial crisis. The Assembly […]

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Sonrisas de Esperanza needs your help to bring smiles to faces of these Cuenca kids

By Laurie Paternoster It’s a classic story. Every time Adrian passed the store window on his way to chemotherapy treatments, he pressed his face against the glass. There, nestled among other eye-catching toys, was the remote controlled car he saw in his dreams. He stared longingly, before reluctantly yielding to the gentle tug of his […]

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Venezuelan refugees boost Colombian economy, could have same effect in Ecuador and Peru

By Andrea Jaramillo and Oscar Medina Colombia’s economy grew at its fastest pace in four years as migration from Venezuela and accelerating credit growth boost consumer demand. Gross domestic product expanded 3.3% in the three months through September, compared to the same period a year ago, the statistics agency said Thursday. That was exactly in […]

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