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Effort to protect Ecuador’s rain forest from oil exploration to be supported by multi-national trust fund

Ecuador's initiative to protect the climate and the rainforest of Yasuni National Park by leaving its largest oil reserve in the ground will be supported by a new multi-donor trust fund to offset lost oil revenue, Ecuadorian and United Nations officials announced last week in Copenhagen. Ecuador's Foreign Minister Fander Falconi and Minister of Natural […]

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EADON CHARTRESIt’s ‘bad news, good news’ with Ecuador’s energy crisis

What’s the real story behind Ecuador’s electric power shortage? Will the rolling blackouts get worse before they get better? When will they end? Probably most important: Is this something we will have to live with for years to come? The answers paint a “bad news, good news” picture.  First, it is important to understand the […]

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Today’s ‘Passing of the Child’ parade mixes the sacred and the profane and highlights Cuenca’s Christmas season

Combining Christian and pagan ritual, the sacred and the profane, and the bizarre and traditional, today’s Pase del Nino parade –the Passing of the Child–  is one Cuenca’s most colorful annual traditions. Although the parade is held in many Latin American cities, organizers claim that Cuenca’s is the largest. As many as 35,000 will participate in […]

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CUENCA DIGESTDespite increase in number of vehicles, Cuenca air quality holds steady in 2009; use of cleaner diesel fuel credited

The director of Cuenacaire, Rolando Arpi, says that Cuenca’s air quality has held steady in 2009 and has shown slight improvements in some areas despite an increase in the number of vehicles on the roads. Cuencaire, created in 2007 to measure air pollution, maintains two dozen monitoring stations throughout the city and in surrounding areas, […]

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DINING WITH PENNYCuatro Rios on Padre Aguirre adds a touch of elegance and great food to Cuenca’s restaurant roster

By Penny Ripple Looking for a little elegance with a fabulous meal? Cuatro Rios, which opened in the fall in a beautifully restored colonial at 10-44 Padre Aguirre, half a block from Gran Colombia, is defintely worth checking out. You’ll enter through the main door and go up the stairs to the left. The ground floor, […]

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Government may renege on promise to end blackouts as drought persists; Paute reservoir level continues to drop

The government says it may not be able to deliver on its promise to end the rolling electric blackouts after today. In a short statement on Monday, Ecuador’s Electricity Minister Esteban Albornoz said that continuing drought conditions near the country’s largest hydro electric plant at Paute could extend the blackouts. “A month ago the rains […]

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CUENCA DIGESTA hot day in Cuenca: the mercury hits 81F, 27.5C, on Thursday, the highest temperature in 30 years

Cuenca recorded its highest temperature in 30 years Thursday, when the thermometer hit 27.5 Celsius or 81 Fahrenheit. The city’s all-time high temperature, 29.5 celsius or 85 Fahrenheit, was recorded in November 1979. Marcelo Narvaez of the meteorology station at Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar airport said that although yesterday’s temperature was extreme, this is the most […]

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New plan to protect Cuenca’s historic buildings is in the works; officials say it will be in place by summer 2010

Cuenca is revising rules to protect historic buildings and will have a new comprehensive plan in place by summer 2010, according to officials. Mayor Paul Granda says that because of weak and poorly enforced ordinances, a number of buildings that should have been protected have been demolished in recent years. “The ordinances that maintain the […]

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What Cuencanos say about gringos: ‘they enrich the local culture, bring more business but need to learn Spanish’

Editor’s note: The following is a sample of Cuencano opinions about English-speaking expats living in Cuenca. They were compiled by University of Cuenca graduate student Silvia Lara for a research project about immigration. Translation to English is by Silvia Lara. “I lived in the U.S. for 27 years and appreciate the way of life there very […]

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