Ecuador, Colombia police capture a deadly ‘Weiner’ in Colombia
A joint operation between Colombian and Ecuadorian police has resulted in the capture of Wainer Javier Valencia Malava, alias “The Weiner”, one of the ringleaders of the armed drug trafficking group Oliver Sinisterra, headed by El Guacho. Weiner was captured near Tumaco, in Nariño Department, Colombia. He is suspected of several murders and the bombing of the police headquarters in San Lorenzo, Ecuador, which resulted in 27 injuries.
Ecuadorian finishes fourth in Giro d’Italia bicycle race
Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz finished fourth overall in the Giro d’Italia race on Sunday. It was the best showing ever by an Ecuadorian in international cycling competition. Carapaz, who was not expected to finish among the top 20, said he will probably skip the Tour de France in July. In post race interviews, he said ankle and knee problems almost forced him out of the Giro d’Italia. He plans to return to Ecuador to rest and recuperate.
Right-, left-wing presidential candidates will meet in Colombian runoff election
With 99 percent of the ballots counted in Sunday’s Colombian presidential election, conservative Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7 percent ahead of left-wing rival Gustavo Petro with 25.2 percent. Duque and Petro will meet in a June 17 runoff. Former Medellin Mayor Sergio Fajardo, a center-left candidate, came in third, polling a surprisingly strong 23.8 percent. Despite Duque’s 14 percent lead in the first round vote, analysts say the runoff could be close since Petro will pick up most of Fajardo’s votes. It is the first election since the government signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels in 2016, an agreement that Duque opposed.
Bus passengers say card-swipe payment is too fast
While most drivers of Cuenca’s municipal buses praise the new pre-loaded card payment system for saving time, some passengers say the new cashless system is too fast. They complain that they don’t have time to get to their seat before buses leave the curb. Payment with old coin payment system took longer, they say, giving most passengers time to find a seat.
CIDAP exhibit celebrates Cuenca’s metalworking tradition
The Inter-American Center of Crafts and Popular Arts (CIDAP) has recreated a working blacksmith shop to honor Cuenca’s tradition of metalworking. The shop will feature several local blacksmiths who will demonstrate the techniques of their trade and offer training sessions to those interested in learning the craft. The exhibit continues until October 10. CIDAP is at the bottom of the Hermano Miguel escalinata on Tres de Noviembre.