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New York film festival documentary ‘Crude,’ examines oil drilling pollution in Ecuador’s Amazonia

Lessons in how the world works and portraits of the never-ending struggles in places around the globe where power is challenged by populist resistance: such matters are a concern of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Rarely have such conflicts been examined with the depth and power […]

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CUENCA DIGESTStock up on the hooch! Sunday’s parliamentary election triggers weekend alcohol sales restriction

Sunday’s national parliamentary election means sales of alcoholic beverages, either in bars and restaurants or, in stores, are suspended from noon on Friday, June 12, until after polls close on Sunday, June 14. The idea behind the dry period, as defined in Article 140 of Ecuador’s election law, is that citizens will make better decisions […]

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WTO allows Ecuador import restrictions to stand, citing the country’s balance of payment problems

World Trade Organization members agreed on Thursday to allow Ecuador to impose temporary import restrictions because of balance of payments problems. The move was hailed by rich and developing countries as proof that the rules-based trading system umpired by the WTO was working well despite the economic crisis, and that WTO members could tackle the […]

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CUENCA DIGESTNew website provides economic data about Ecuador

If you’re considering starting a business in Cuenca, or anywhere else in Ecuador, and need an overview of the business climate, there’s a new website that can help. InfoEmpreses, www.supercias.gov.ec, a service of the office of Ecuador’s Superintendency of Companies provides information about corporate sales and assets and much more. The information is consolidated and does […]

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Labor unions take to the streets to protest new government policies; expect demonstrations to continue

If the political demonstrations in downtown Cuenca have disturbed your walking or driving routes in recent weeks, you  have President Rafeal Correa to thank. The administration has angered some of the countries largest labor unions, whose members are taking to the streets to protest. Although the demonstrations are peaceful, they have forced the police to […]

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Real estate construction and sales running at record pace in Cuenca; experts say they see no let-up

Through the first four months of 2009, real estate construction and sales continue to be a strong point of Cuenca’s economy. During that period, more than 250 building projects were permitted in the city’s central area and thousands of sales were recorded.  Xavier Sanchez, president of the Azuay Real Estate Brokers Association believes construction will […]

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Consul General will meet with U.S. citizens Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Center on Calle Borrero

U.S. citizens living in Ecuador are invited to an informal meeting with the U.S. Consul General, Friday, May 29, 11 a.m., at the Abraham Lincoln Culture Center, 5 – 18 Calle Borrero. Consul General Douglas Griffiths will present information about U.S. Embassy and Consulate services to U.S. citizens and to answer questions from the audience. […]

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Taxi coops and city continue disagreements over car inspections and overcharges to customers

Cuenca’s taxi cooperatives and the city government continue to squabble over new inspection rules and the over-charging of customers. Although the Taxi Transport Cooperative Union has agreed to comply with the city’s new vehicle inspection rules, the United Front of Taxi Drivers says it has reservations and is refusing to talk to city officials. Both coops […]

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CUENCA DIGESTUniversity of Cuenca proposes new commercial space near Casa de los Arcos on Rio Tomebamba

The University of Cuenca has asked the cantonal council for permission to build a bar or coffee shop next to the Casa de los Arcos on the Tomebamba River. The university owns the renovated Arcos and says the new addition will bring more people to the Barranco area across from the university. A spokesperson for the university also said […]

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CUENCA DIGESTLAN-Ecuador begins Cuenca service on Monday, May 18

LAN Ecuador has announced that it will begin Cuenca – Guayaquil air service Monday, May 18. The first flight will leave Guayaquil at 12:05 p.m. and arrive in Cuenca at 12:40 p.m. In addition to general travelers, the inaugural flight will transport Lan officials, politicians and journalists. The return Cuenca to Guayaquil flight leaves at 1:25 […]

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Looking for certified organic produce? Head for the market at Parque del Paraiso on Sunday mornings

If you want to be sure the fruits and vegetables you buy are pesticide-free, show up on Sunday mornings, shopping basket in hand, at Cuenca’s Paradise Park. It’s a good idea to get there early. According to vendors, most of the produce is gone by early afternoon. The Cuenca-area Agro-Ecological Producers, a five-year old organization […]

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CUENCA DIGESTCuenca drinking water rated the best in South America

For the second time in four years, Cuenca has been recognized for having the best drinking water in Latin America. The only difference in the survey conducted in 2008 and the previous survey is that Cuenca stands alone in number one position. The Hamburg, Germany-based International Drinking Water Council (IDWC) rated Cuenca first and Arequipa, Peru, […]

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