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Following the legacy of Nana Marian’s desk

By Jan Dynes Blessed was I to grow up with fine literature at my fingertips in Nana’s Chippendale desk. It stood polished and majestic and yet also oozed dust motes of past brilliance from long deceased poets, playwrights and novelists, dripping of a more romantic and yet brutal past too, enthralled by the rich leather-bound […]

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Refugee assistance group GRACE presents ‘Music for Medicines’ in online benefit concert

By Karla Sanchez Arismendi GRACE, the organization helping Venezuelan refugees in Cuenca, is holding a “Music for Medicines” online concert at 3 p.m. on Friday to raise funds for the purchase of medicine. The concert will stream live with Cuenca expat and Broadway Star Cindy Benson, locally famous pianist David Zoernig and the talented Venezuelan […]

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What’s ahead for expats after coronavirus — in Ecuador, in Cuenca and around the world?

By Liam Higgins As the world slowly reopens from the Covid-19 pandemic, expats are asking, “What does this mean for us? Will life become more difficult for us? Will health and immigration policies become more complicated?” And just as important: “Will a lot of expats go back to their home countries?” Faron Masters, international insurance […]

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High UV levels forecast for July; IESS health consultations resume; Bike use up sharply during pandemic; Gas prices headed higher

Miércoles, 1/7/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – “Tren al cielo” – This production by a group of collectives shares the wisdom of adultos mayores (senior citizens) with children through the use of puppets and music. The 1st episode was el 24/5 on YouTube, shared the history of the Tarqui valley, […]

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Conectado

Mid-afternoon, a couple of weeks or so ago, found me strolling near Mercado Diez de Agosto in Cuenca, Ecuador.  I’ve shopped there on numerous occasions and was parched so in and upstairs I went for something to slake my thirst.  As the cold batido of freshly blended strawberries, bananas and milk washed the dust from […]

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Mayor, Cuenca city councilmen angered by national decision to ease Covid-19 restrictions

Mayor Pedro Palacio and three city councilmen are questioning the national government’s decision to ease health emergency restrictions. For cities like Cuenca, which are under yellow light rules, the new guidelines push back the nightly curfew, allow theaters to reopen and increase the size of public gatherings. “These decisions should be made on a local […]

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COE updates health restrictions, easing daily curfew; Cuenca hospital director wants a return to ‘red light’; Bus owners demand 50 cent fare

The national Emergency Operations Committee (COE) loosened health emergency restrictions on Tuesday, relaxing the daily curfew and allowing the reopening of cinemas and theaters at 30 percent capacity. Under yellow light conditions, which applies to more than 80 percent of the country, the daily curfew begins at 11 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. and ends […]

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Cuenca hospitals at capacity; Cemuart reopens; Local flower exporters see growing demand; Drinking in the streets; Taxis add bike racks

Martes, 30/6/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Nada Otras cosas – Titular – El quemeimportismo favorece al Covid-19 (Indifference/apathy favors Covid -19) – The provincial COE met yesterday to re-evaluate the passage to yellow. Although there were no deaths in hospitals over the weekend, the number of cases in Cuenca rose by 138 to a […]

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Latin American air travel hangs in the balance as airlines struggle to reconfigure operations

By Marcelo Rochabrun Bankrupt LATAM Airlines and Avianca Holdings are dramatically retrenching their once grand ambitions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing competition in Latin America as they mull once-unthinkable cooperation with rivals. Since May, LATAM has exited Argentina, partnered with rival Azul SA in Brazil and cut back domestic operations in Chile, while Avianca has […]

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Tourism-related businesses face bankruptcy as gov’t reactivates some tours; Beware of car thieves; Public offices reopen with limited staff

Lunes, 29/6/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Nada Otras cosas – Titular – Urge reactivar turismo (It is urgent to reactivate tourism) – Cuenca started a pilot project, #ElPrimerTuristaSoyYo, with the goal of promoting tourism, one of the most badly affected sectors during the pandemic. Cuenca has 300 lodging businesses of which about 20-25% have […]

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