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Trade update #1: Ecuador’s shrimp unit export values decline 6% in 2018

In 2018, Ecuador's shrimp exports surpassed half a million metric tons, according to Ecuador's Camara Nacional de Acuacultura, or national chamber of aquaculture. At 505,857t, this was up 19% compared with 2017.


Park Inn by Radisson Quito Opens in Ecuador

Park Inn by Radisson announced the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Quito, Ecuador following an extensive $4.5 million renovation, which included upgrades and a fresh new design throughout the entire hotel. Guests can enjoy the hotel's excellent location near the popular Zona Rosa section of the city


Quevedo Judge Orders Ecuador Government to Burn All GMO Crops

A Judge in the city of Quevedo, Ecuador has ruled in favor of peasant farmers in the province of Los Ríos and has ordered the Ministry of Agriculture in the South American country to burn all illegal genetically modified (GM) crops found growing in the country, the Network for a GM Free Latin Americ


Car bomb kills at least 8 in Colombia

(CNN)At least eight people were killed Thursday after a car bomb detonated in the Colombian capital of Bogota, the country's Health Ministry told CNN en Español. Officials said 41 others were injured in the blast, which occurred outside the General Santander National Police Academy.


2btube Buys Majority Stake in Ecuador’s Touché Films

Digital media group 2btube has purchased a majority interest in Touché Films, the Ecuadorian production company behind the Spanish-language sketch comedy channel Enchufe.tv. Enchufe.tv has nearly 20 million subscribers on YouTube, over 10 million on Facebook and more than 8 billion views since its l


The man who made Ecuador’s wooden Tigua masks famous

The 73-year-old artisan, woodworker, and painter takes his inspiration from Andean life for his artwork and colorful wooden masks. Long a part of traditional indigenous culture, popular use of the masks has declined over time but the art of the craft remains very much alive.


OPEC publishes output cut quota for six months to June

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC on Friday published a list of new levels of reduction in oil output by its members and other major producers for the six months to June as part of the group’s latest production-cutting deal.


Survey Finds Doctors Are Failing Thyroid Disease Patients

The Verywell thyroid disease community has continually mentioned the lack of support they experience and the difficulty they have navigating the unhelpful information that exists both on and offline for their condition. With that, we surveyed 840 people with various forms of thyroid disease to help


This rediscovered Bolivian frog species survived deadly chytrid fungus

Save for one “lonely” survivor in captivity, the Sehuencas water frog hadn’t been seen in the wild since 2008. That’s when its numbers collapsed, primarily due to chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that has devastated frog populations worldwide. Fearing the species might be extinct, some scientists


Ecuador finds a welcoming Chinese market as exports surge to record

Ecuador shrimp farmers are selling record volumes to China, and prices are going up. For the country’s top producers, China is the gift that keeps on giving. Ecuadorian companies have bet big on China’s expanding middle class, as they spent a significant amount of capital on lifting their processing


Enner Valencia Once Pretended To Be Injured To Get Away From Police

Throughout history there's plenty of sports stars who have been in trouble with the police but few have attempted to fein injury like Enner Valencia did in October 2016. In a story that you'd likely see in 1998 WWF, Enner Valencia pretended to be injured when playing for Ecuador against Chile so he


Gina Rodriguez Says Feminism Is Shaping How Young Boys Think Too

It's been less than 48 hours since Gina Rodriguez presented at the Golden Globes, and she's feeling a little out of sorts as we talk on the phone. "I left the Globes, did press for Jane the Virgin in L.A., jumped on a plane to Miami, got here last night, and then started press at 7:00 A.M. [for Carm


17 Die in Fire at Ecuador Drug Rehab Clinic

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador’s president has vowed that the deaths of 17 people this past week at a drug rehabilitation clinic that was set ablaze by patients trying to escape would not go unpunished.


Eight dead in car bomb attack at Colombian police school

A car bomb attack on a police cadet training school in the Colombian capital Bogota left at least eight people dead and 10 injured on Thursday, the defense ministry said. The attack happened at the General Francisco de Paula Santander Officer's School in the south of Bogota during a promotion ceremo


Venezuela children left behind as parents flee to find work abroad

CARACAS (Reuters) - Yusneiker and Anthonella have been living with their grandmother since their father left Venezuela and its collapsing economy last year for Peru, to try and earn enough to feed them. Two years earlier, their mother fled for the Dominican Republic for the same reason.


Jacopo Crivelli Visconti to Curate 2020 Bienal de São Paulo

After naming José Olympio Pereira president of its foundation, the Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil has continued staffing up ahead of its next edition. That exhibition, set to open in 2020, will be curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, the Bienal said in a release.


Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story review – essential, chilling viewing

Six years after his death, we get Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (BBC Two), a dense and deeply depressing precis of his 14-year rule of Venezuela: a country with the largest proven oil preserves on the planet where 90% of the population live in poverty. Why this, now? Probably because of


The Coming Crises for Christian Colleges

An African-American pro-life speaker recently spoke at a Midwestern college and several members of the school's student government declared the speaker “had made many students, staff, and faculty of color feel unheard, underrepresented, and unsafe on our campus.” On America's politicized campuses, t


Ivy League-Themed Bar Offers $100 Chocolate Martini

Academia, Russell Davis’s Fourth Street cocktail bar touted as “a figurative faculty lounge for an Ivy League university of drinking,” recently added a chocolate martini to its menu that carries the hefty price tag of $100.


Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very own Juliet has been tracked down deep inside a cloud forest.