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Government eliminates tax for cultural products, performances and services

Ecuador’s Ministry of Culture announced Wednesday that most artistic and cultural products and services will no longer be subject to the country’s 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT). The exemption applies to music, dance, film and theater projects and performances as well as to art exhibitions and publishing. Culture Minister Juan Fernando Velasco thanked President […]

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Maduro ends talks with opposition following imposition of new U.S. sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered his government’s representatives not to travel to Barbados for scheduled talks with the political opposition starting on Thursday, blaming new U.S. sanctions for the impasse. Maduro “has decided to not send the Venezuelan delegation” for talks on Thursday and Friday with representatives of opposition leader Juan Guaido “due to […]

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New airline’s plans, Former VP and mayor dies at 86, Mine explosion kills 3, Inflation is less than 1%, Artisans fair, Red Cross needs blood

Miércoles, 7/8/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Exposición – The Exposición de Identidad Cultural del Azuay opened hoy a las 20:00 at the Seminario San Luis and will run hasta el domingo. The 16 exhibitors are from Sígsig, Chordeleg, Bullcay, Cuenca and more. Their work is in straw, basketry, carved […]

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Attorney General requests pretrial detention for Correa in ‘2012-2016 Bribes’ investigation

Ecuador Attorney General Diana Salazar has requested that the court issue a pretrial detention order for former president Rafael Correa in the 2012-2016 Sobornos (Bribes) investigation of payments to the Alianza Pais campaign fund. The request will be considered by a national court judge on Thursday. In a Wednesday morning hearing, Salazar listed 11 charges […]

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San Francisco Plaza comes alive with dance and music in weekend performances

The administrator of the renovated San Francisco Plaza says last weekend’s dance exhibitions is the just the beginning of a full schedule of cultural events. Acknowledging criticism of the plaza design and management, Fausto Guillén says he believes the public will soon understand the original intentions of the renovation of the historic square. “The start […]

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As city plans for tram start-up, some monthly operating expenses are reduced

Following a review of operational expenses for Cuenca’s tram system, the new city government says it is saving thousands of dollars a month by reducing electricity, personnel and legal costs. Mayor Pedro Palacios has set a goal of reducing operational expenses by 50 percent in the months before the system begins full operation later this […]

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Audit questions $3.5 million in tram expenses, Trial of former foreign minister set, New airline announces fares, Rights of the disabled

Martes, 6/8/2019 Hola, Todos – I might be taking a vacation from this column next week. It will depend on if I can work with a houseful of painters and carpenters doing whatever it is that they’ll be doing. Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Día del Cine Ecuatoriano – The Cine Club Catarsis […]

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For many poor Ecuadorians, illegal Imbabura Province mine was a financial godsend

By Alexandra Valencia and Luc Cohen Ecuador’s market-friendly President Lenin Moreno is cracking down on illegal gold miners, who are increasingly encroaching on formal mines, but keeping them away from an Australian billionaire’s concession for good may prove a tall order. Moreno last month sent 4,000 troops and police to clear thousands of miners from […]

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Presumed presidential candidate Nebot supports abortion in the case of rape

Former Guayaquil mayor Jaime Nebot said Monday that he supports a woman’s right to an abortion in the case of rape. He also said that the entire “question of abortion needs a thorough review due to the high number of clandestine procedures.” Although he has not officially announced his candidacy, Nebot led all prospective 2021 […]

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John McAfee’s madcap expat life: From Cuenca and an evening at Cafe Eucalyptus, to Belize, to a tin foil-covered redoubt in Lithuania   

I don’t check my news feed very often but when I do there’s almost always an update on the adventures of internet security pioneer, purveyor of cryptocurrency intrigue and U.S. presidential candidate John McAfee. In case you missed recent reports, McAfee was taken off his yacht and arrested on firearms charges in the Dominican Republic […]

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Air quality is within acceptable range, 14 injured, including restaurant customers, in bus and car collision, Cuencanos win in PanAm Games

Lunes, 5/8/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Booklaunch – “Violencia contra mujeres lesbianas y hombres gays en la ciudad de Quito, 2008-2015″ (Violence against lesbian women and gay men in the city of Quito, 2008-2015) by Rafael Garrido Álvarez will be presented el jueves, a las 19:00 in the Pálier […]

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