Tram closes streets in Centro, Correa appeals arrest warrant, Internet hack attacks continue

Jul 23, 2018

Tram work closes El Centro intersections

Beginning today and continuing until the first week in September, fifty intersections in the historic district will be temporarily closed to traffic to accommodate tram construction. The intersections affected cross the train tracks on Calles Mariscal Lamar and Gran Colombia. “The closures will be made on a rotating basis to minimize disruptions but on most days there will be several closures,” a city transportation spokesman said. He added that closures will last approximately three weeks at each intersection.

Correa appeals arrest order today

Tram workers on the job.

The attorney for former president Rafael Correa will present an appeal this morning to withdraw the arrest warrant issued last month. Caupolicán Ochoa says he will request that the warrant be withdrawn immediately, claiming that the order by criminal court Judge Daniella Camacho is “illegal and without foundation.” Camacho issued the arrest order last month after Correa failed to show up for interrogation regarding a 2012 kidnapping in Colombia. Meanwhile, Interpol said it would await the results of the appeal before deciding to issue an international arrest warrant for Correa.

Hack attacks continue to disrupt ETAPA internet

Hackers shut down internet service to thousands of Cuenca ETAPA customers Saturday and Sunday as attacks on the system continue. Boris Piedra, manager of ETAPA, the public utility provider, said about five percent of customers have been effected since the disruptions began last week. “We are making technical changes to prevent future attacks but this may take several days,” he said. He added that the Azuay prosecutor’s office is investigating the hacks and will make arrests if the culprits are caught. ETAPA said it will reimburse customers who have been affected.

Chinese tourists rescued from flooded river

Eighteen Chinese tourists and two Ecuadorian guides were rescued Sunday from an island in the Anzu River near Tena. The group was on a rafting trip when heavy rains flooded the river, forcing members to abandon their boats and seek shelter on the island.  According to the Emergency Service Ecu 911, the rescue was completed by 3 Sunday afternoon.

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