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Airport prepares to resume operations; Work crews cut grass again; IESS status debated; Chile prohibits those over 75 from leaving home

Jueves, 14/5/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Free on-line classes – El Instituto Superior Tecnológico del Azuay has 5 free courses this month – marketing for artesanos, vehicle technical inspections, basic kiwcha (sic), 3D mechanical design on computer, and basic metrology. Each class is 40 hours with afternoon and evening […]

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Why palm oil is a disaster waiting to happen

Author’s note: This is the second in a multi-part series on fats (updated) — in a recent column about trans fats, we see that in many, but not all countries, trans fats have been eliminated, due to their known health hazards — read Part I here. In Part III I’ll discuss “natural” fats like palm […]

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Weather Forecasting — Another disruption due to the coronavirus

By Henry Fountain The drop in airline travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic has sharply reduced the amount of atmospheric data routinely gathered by commercial airliners, the World Meteorological Organization said Thursday, adding that it was “concerned about the increasing impact” on weather forecasts worldwide. The agency said data on temperature, wind and humidity from airplane […]

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It’s ‘business as usual’ in parts of Cuenca; Malls will reopen at 30% capacity; Fuel subsidies to end by May 31; Covid-19 could be here to stay

Although much of it is technically illegal under health emergency restrictions, public market areas of Cuenca have reopened for business. “We don’t have the personnel to enforce all the rules,” says a member of the city’s Citizen Guard who asked not to be identified. “The people are desperate and need to go back to work. […]

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Businesses plan reopening; Gyms propose new rules; Oldest woman to recover from Covid; Cuenca Orchestra performs on YouTube

Miércoles,13/5/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina educación y cultural – Restaurantes – The Fundación Municipal Turismo para Cuenca is preparing a handbook for food and drink businesses to reopen. It is working with the U. of Cuenca and local researchers to plan strategies to be used in pilot plans. The handbook should […]

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Is critical thinking a vanishing quality in the world?

By Jeff Van Pelt Common sense is not so common, to borrow a quote from Voltaire. Critical thinking, to use a more technical term, seems to be on the wane in the world. From Donald Trump’s lack of concern about, and failed response to, the coronavirus, to other governments’ heavy-handed, knee-jerk responses to it, we […]

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Cuenca could ease restrictions next week, mayor says, but a final decision has not been made

Responding to a claim in an online business newsletter that Cuenca would relax health emergency restrictions on May 17, Mayor Pedro Palacios said Wednesday that a final decision will not be made until Friday or Saturday. “We are approaching the reopening point but the decision is up to the cantonal Emergency Operations Committee,” Palacios said. […]

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Recent changes in the Nutrition Facts label help consumers make better choices

Editor’s note: Although the new U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts Label changes were passed in 2016, implementation was delayed until January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales have an extra year to comply—until Jan. 1, 2021. […]

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Tranvía work is reactivated; 50 more cantons to relax Covid restrictions; Gov’t considers restart of air travel; Students continue budget protest

Work on Cuenca’s tram system resumed on Tuesday following approval by the cantonal Emergency Operations Committee (COE). According to Mayor Pedro Palacios, the project remains on schedule to begin commercial operations in the second half of the year. “When we suspended operations because of the health emergency we were ahead of schedule so we believe […]

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Businesses reopening, legally and illegally; Criminal networks defrauded hospitals; CONAIE threatens another strike; 732 cars towed

Martes, 5/5/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina educación y cultural <A new name for the page> – The Alianza Francesa is preparing a new site where individuals can share the music they’re listening to during the health emergency. You can go to cuenca@afcuenca.org.ec to share “Tu canción para estar en casa.” (Your […]

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The MMR vaccination may protect against Covid-19 — in highly vaccinated populations

As reported in ContractPharma.com “According to a World Organization report MMR Vaccine Appears to Confer Strong Protection from COVID-19: Few Deaths from SARS-CoV-2 in Highly Vaccinated Populations, nearly all countries with few or no deaths from COVID-19 have also had large measles-mumps-rubella vaccination programs in recent years. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian […]

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Ecuador, other Latin American countries face a second epidemic: An outbreak of dengue fever

By Oliver Griffin As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government and media attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region. Dengue — colloquially called breakbone fever for the severe joint pain it causes — is endemic in much of Latin America, but Covid-19’s arrival has pulled crucial attention and […]

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