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Government negotiates payment delay for $17.4 billion debt with bondholders

Finance Minister Richard Martinez reported Monday that a deal has been reached with bondholders to renegotiate Ecuador’s debt and cut outstanding capital payments and extend maturities on the country’s bonds. In a presentation shown to reporters, the cash-strapped government said the deal with institutional holders of its roughly $17.4 billion in outstanding sovereign bonds would […]

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What about ‘Immunity Passports’ for Covid-19? At this point, they’re a ‘no go’

By Jaime Moreno Do you know what is the difference between politics and science? Our understanding is that science requires evidence, coping with uncertainty, weighting efficacy and safety. Whereas politics aspires for certainty, resulting in a true fight between the deductive and the inductive methods, with humanity in the middle. I, as a physician, must […]

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Six hostages released by Amazonian Shuars after body of their leader is returned

The Amazonian Shuar Kumay community released six people they had kidnapped to demand the release of the body of a leader killed by the coronavirus, the government of Ecuador said on Sunday. Two police officers, two soldiers and two civilians were taken captive by the indigenous people on Thursday in the village of Kumay near […]

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Caregiving in Cuenca: My story

By Miriam Drake It is challenging, anywhere in the world to care for a husband whose health has deteriorated to the point that he cannot speak, one side of the body is completely paralyzed, and he has no sensations in his core. In Cuenca, Ecuador it is beyond challenging. All the systems here are designed […]

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Indigenous community holds two Ecuadorian police hostage over disputed burial

An indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon has taken two police officers and a state official hostage to demand authorities return the body of a community leader who according to the government died of CovidD-19. Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said the man died of Covid-19 and was subsequently buried in accordance with international protocols […]

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U.S. revokes visas of 300 Ecuadorians and will consider 39 extradition requests

United States Ambassador to Ecuador Michael Fitzpatrick announced Thursday that the U.S. has withdrawn more than 300 visas of Ecuadorian citizens who may have been involved in illegal activities. The move follows last month’s arrests in a Guayaquil public hospital corruption case that included dozens of government officials and members of prominent Ecuadorian families. Several […]

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Cuenca stays yellow but wants to extend curfew and ban some liquor sales; Tram adds more units; Local officials test positive for Covid

The Cuenca Emergency Operations Committee (COE) voted Friday night to maintain yellow light health emergency restrictions but is asking the national COE for permission to begin the nightly curfew at 7 p.m. instead of the current 11 p.m. It is also asking the national COE to allow a nighttime ban on liquor sales and for […]

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Covid-19 vaccine update: Progress on several fronts but some setbacks too

By Jacqueline Howard Scientists around the world are racing to develop Covid-19 vaccines and there’s news almost daily about steps forward — this week, there was “encouraging” preliminary data for some vaccine candidates and word from top health officials that the United States could be on track to have a vaccine by the end of […]

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Do you drink the sour milk of hatefulness?

By John Keeble This is an age of hate and fear and anger. And, for many, it will be getting worse over the coming months. Of course, for others it will be a way to cash in on political support and profits. And, for some, it will be yet more incentive to vent their hateful […]

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Civil liberties group says Ecuadorians’ privacy rights may be violated during the Covid crisis

Ecuador should pass a Data Protection Law to ensure that the use of personal data to contain Covid-19 does not lead to violations of the right to privacy, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The Ecuadorian government is collecting and processing the personal data of users to monitor compliance with its quarantine and isolation measures, identify […]

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City to cut budget; New mass Covid testing program opens; Anticeptic sprays and gels seized; Officials use disability claim illegally

Jueves, 2/7/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Nada. Otras cosas – Titular – Decisiones del COE causan controversia (COE decisions cause controversy) – See article in Thursday’s in CHL for story. Masks, gel y alcohol seized – The municipal ordinance about health bio-security prohibits the sale of masks and products like antiseptic alcohol and sanitizing […]

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