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Ecuador Coast: More Flooding Reported in Manabí

CONTINUED FLOODING IN MANY AREAS OF THE COAST – SOME RIVERS OVER FLOWING

eltelegrafo.com.ec REPORTED This morning authorities from the Secretariat of Risk Management (SGR) arrived in the area affected by the overflow of the Carrizal river, in the parish La Estancilla, in the Tosagua canton, Manabí, where 200 families are harmed, details the Twitter account Of the entity. It was also reported that approximately 500 homes are affected. Susana Dueñas, secretary of the SGR, has arrived to the place, along with members of this State portfolio, where food kits, personal hygiene, household cleanliness, awnings and sheets are being distributed. In this same social network it is detailed that the authorities are in a meeting in the cantonal COE, which evaluates the situation of floods recorded this Friday. In addition, the arrival of 3 trucks with 60 members of the Armed Forces (FF.AA.) that collaborate in the evacuation of the affected ones to safe places. While the ECU-911, through a bulletin reported that in the early hours of Friday, heavy rains were recorded in different cantons of the province of Manabi, which caused an increase in the flow of rivers and estuaries. In Bolivar, the Mosca River accumulated a great amount of water and pial obstructed the river bed and causing floods. From ECU-911 Portoviejo was coordinated so that the units of the National Police carried out the respective tasks. Subsequently, it was reported that the river flow declined without causing serious damage, nor were injured people reported. Also, in Pedernales, the rains left the road at the height of km 75. In order to attend to this alert, the mobilization of units of the National Police and heavy machinery of the Provincial Council of Manabí was coordinated. The units and resources performed the respective tasks and enabled the road to circulation. Read Full Article

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Quito Ecuador: Journalist at Television Station Receives suspicious package, building evacuated

Evacuate Teleamazonas for suspected explosive device elcomercio.com – machine translated Journalists, cameramen and all personnel on the Teleamazonas channel were evacuated to police members to analyze a package sent to journalist Janeth Hinostroza who had cables inside. Police personnel, specialized in explosives, went to Teleamazonas to analyze the package that was sent to the journalist […]

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Quito Ecuador: Post Office Evacuated in north of city, BOMB THREAT

Isabel Alarcón (I) The morning of this Thursday, February 16, 2017, a bomb threat was registered at the Correos del Ecuador facility, located on United Nations and Japan Avenue, in the north of Quito . The alleged explosive device would be located in the parking lot of the place. At the moment are the specialized […]

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Ecuador: Head of National Assembly received lethal explosive device in mail

telesurtv.net reporte: SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Gabriela Rivadeneira has been sent an explosive device. Gabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. “Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a […]

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Colombia: Six Ecuadorians detained with 1.5 tons cocaine, allegedly linked to dissidents from FARC

Six Ecuadorians detained in southern Colombia with 1.5 tons of cocaine eluniverso.com reported Colombian agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested six Ecuadorians allegedly linked to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Intense Rain, Lighting, thunder, floods

ELUNIVERSO.COM reported Guayaquil was hit hard this afternoon with heavy rain. Lightning and thunder was also present with some parts of the day with bright sun. There was flooding reported in the streets. Read Article THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A MUST READ

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Ecuador: Italian Expat Meets Tragic Death From Injuries Sustained While Swimming

IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, TWO ITALIAN EXPATS DEAD FROM UNNATURAL CAUSES Manlio Grazzani age 68, a popular and athletic expat from Italy living in Salinas Ecuador met a tragic death while swimming earlier this month at Chipipe beach in Salinas Ecuador. According to reports from Super Peninsular his corpse was found on the beach […]

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Weather Ecuador: Increased intensity of rains continuing into early March 17′

Weather forecast- increasing intensity this week continuing into early March ELUNIVERSO.COM REPORTED: The National Committee for the Regional Study of the El Niño Phenomenon, after a meeting held on Monday, estimated that there is currently a “bad weather phase” in which moderate to strong precipitation is accompanied by thunderstorms in much of the region Coast […]

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Ecuador: Criminal Assailants of Armored Cash Vehicles better armed than guards, police

vía Quito – Lago Agrio extremely vulnerable to attack on armored trucks carrying cash Assailants Using AK 47′s, sub-machine guns, dynamite, military style weapons Attacks against armored trucks are well thought out and sophisticated in nature. Attacks similar to some assaults in Colombia and Peru Police at disadvantage Javier Ortega. Editor/elcomercio.com (machine translated) The Police […]

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Samanes, Ecuador: Interprovincial bus assaulted by armed gunmen and gunwomen

Two Women Detained in holdup. Assault happened at 2:00 AM/ On Route from Guayaquil to Chone / No Injuries/Tried to Escape through the sewer/flood pipelines. eluniverso.com (Machine Translated) Three men and two women who were aboard the Reina del Camino interprovincial transport bus stormed yesterday morning to the passengers of the vehicle while driving along […]

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Ecuador: Prosecutor opens up case in apparent gas poisoning event shrimp packing company

eluniverso.com reported a total of 62 people were treated at Santa Teresita hospitals in the Santa Rosa district, Arenillas hospital, IESS hospital and Teófilo Dávila de Machala. These people would have inhaled some kind of gas while doing their work in a shrimp packing company in Puerto Jelí, canton Santa Rosa, last Friday. According to […]

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Ecuador: Grim Reaper’s lead singer released from hospital after amputation

loudwire.com reported there’s good news for Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett, as the singer has been released from a hospital in Ecuador after recently having his leg amputated to combat an aggressive infection. Grimmett spent nearly a month in the hospital, and he’s now checked in with fans to let them know he’ll be returning […]

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Ecuador: Bank Inside Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Passport Office Robbed

ASSAILANTS STORMED THE BANK, HIGHLY ARMED, PASSED THEMSELVES OFF AS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIR’S EMPLOYEES, NEARLY 50,000 US DOLLARS STOLEN eluniverso.com reported that shortly before the amounts are collected by a armored vehicle and near the closing hour of a BanEcuador branch windows in the interior of Guayaquil Zonal Government, between five to eight criminals […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Canadian expats file criminal complaint against U.S. expat for theft

U.S. expat allegedly steals expensive construction equipment from Canadian expats. facebook.com/SuperPeninsular reported Eldo Concari an attorney for Canadian expats in Ecuador has filed criminal charges with the prosecutors office in Salinas. The Canadians allege an expat from the U.S. living in Ecuador was left in charge of some expensive construction equipment and stole said equipment. […]

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Fileless Computer Attacks Seen in Ecuador, Hard to Detect

The attacks used Windows utilities and open-source tools instead of easily detectable malware programs cio.com/By Lucian Constantin reported: Using its sensor network, Kaspersky found similar PowerShell scripts inside the registry of computers from around 100 other enterprise networks worldwide. The U.S., France, Ecuador, Kenya and the U.K. are the countries with the largest number of […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador, other coastal areas increased numbers of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes ‘more than in other years’ eluniverso.com reported (machine translated)….They hum in the ears, they lie on their arms, they stick on the legs of those who do not wear pants. Pican. They are stuck to the walls or scuffed in the rooms. They are in downtown areas, in the urbanizations of the road to […]

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Ecuador: 102 national police fired for disciplinary acts in 2016

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported in 2016, the Ministry of the Interior separated 102 gendarmes from the institution for in disciplinary acts. In less than two months, there are three detainees. Writing Justice Police Néstor Leonardo GA, 34, was detained – before dawn on Sunday – after allegedly stealing a cellphone and a charger from a home, where […]

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Cayambe, Ecuador: Man detained with 1,700 capsules of heroin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 lahora.com.ec reported man detained for transporting 1,700 capsules of heroin, in Cayambe, Manolo J. was yesterday with an order of preventive custody for the alleged crime of drug trafficking. In a hearing of qualification of flagrancy, developed in the Judicial Criminal Unit of Cayambe, the prosecutor Jose Cevallos reported that last […]

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Quitumbe Ecuador: Increase in assaults robberies by assailants on motorcycles

South of Quito, some assailants are using fake pistols and knives in their assaults. Assailants often work in a group of two individuals on a motorcycle. They often use fake or tamptered vehicle plates to throw off authorities. The constant robbery of people registered in Quitumbe forced the police of that jurisdiction to change the […]

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Ecuador: Winter Season, Rains affects more than 700 homes across country

RAINS ALSO IMPACT AT LEAST 15 ROUTES ACROSS COUNTRY Eluniverso.com reported (machine translated) From January 1 to Monday, the winter season has affected more than 700 homes in different provinces of the country, according to reports from the Department of Risk Management. The latest casualties have been reported in El Empalme, Guayas, where three homes […]

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Pascuales Ecuador: Some victims of Express Kidnappings being released near bus station

Abandon victims of highway robbery Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales eluniverso.com reported the Terminal Terrestre-Pascuales highway has become the last stop in cases of express abduction that have been committed in Guayaquil. Two weeks ago, a driver who was intercepted by motorcyclists was abandoned, handcuffed, near an Interagua pumping station. The guys took the car. The victim of […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Heavy Rains, Flooding

eluniverso.com reported Friday night streets and flooded and congested avenues left the heavy rain that fell the night in the main port. The situation registered in social networks, where citizens posted the news in their sectors. While the Municipality of Guayaquil asked the drivers to circulate with caution for certain avenues, such as the Kennedy, […]

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U.S. Expat in Cuenca Ecuador Arrested for Attempted Murder in U.S., extradited

Correction: Latinamericacurrentevents.com originally titled this aggregated article as the expat was arrested for murder. That is incorrect according to the article. The expat was detained on attempted murder in the first degree as well as other charges. Suspect used several aliases, was well-known in the U.S. expats communities in Cuenca as well as on the […]

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Ecuador: More Bus Crashes Leave Dead and Injured

Bus crashes leave more victims in Ecuador Quevedo Eluniverso.com reported two roads of Los Ríos were stained this Thursday with blood and again in accidents involving transportation buses. One of the incidents was reported on the Babahoyo-Montalvo road between a unit of the Citam cooperative and a light truck. As a result of the impact, […]

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Manta, Montecristi, Portoviejo Ecuador: Heavy rains floods houses, bridge collapses

Flooded houses and bridge collapsed by heavy rain in Manabí Neptalí Palma/eluniverso.com Manta-Montecristi-Portoviejo The barking of his dog alerted María Flores. It was almost 01:00 this Thursday and the water was already at the height of the mattress of his bed. Had it not been for her pet, she believes her fate would have been […]

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Montañita, Ecuador: Enchanced Police Intervention to Combat Insecurity

INCREASED POLICE INTERVENTION IN MONTANITA/WILL BE REVIEWED IN SIX-MONTHS 0ecuavisa.com reported this Thursday, February 2, 2017 begins in Montañita the intervention prepared by the authorities in security, mainly for the subject of micro-traffic, robberies and other crimes that have been registered in the resort of the province of Santa Elena. It happens a year after […]

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The Challenges of Death in Ecuador for Expats, Survivors

Dodie Schadlich/gringotree.com/ We have been in Ecuador long enough to know that the only thing that is consistent here is the inconsistency in practically everything a person can experience. My recent ordeal involved death and dying on the coast of Ecuador. I am sure there are others who have dealt with their own death and […]

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Quito Ecuador: One of most severe winter seasons in recent memory

extra.ecThis has been one of the most severe winters in recent years. This was stated by Mayor Mauricio Rodas , after announcing the number of emergencies that have been reported from October 2016 to January 2017: 172. Especially because of the heavy rains that fell in recent days, whose major affects were recorded in the […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers targeting drivers while in traffic when exiting Santa Ana tunnel

eluniverso.com reported the robberies in the midst of intense traffic were presented again last Monday night with drivers leaving the tunnel taking Pedro Menendez Avenue. That day, in addition, the congestion was intensified by the intense rain of the night and the damage in a car. At the end of last year, the manager of […]

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Ecuador: Three Weather Anomalies Contributing to Increased Rains

eluniverso.com reported the intense rains that affected in the last hours (mainly Monday) to several cities of the country, like Salinas, Quito, Quevedo and Guayaquil, have been given by three atmospheric systems, according to the experts. The first is the so-called intertropical convergence zone. This is a strip of low pressure or areas with bad […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Theft of Water Meters Increases

Increases in theft of water meters elmercurio.com.ec reported in 60% in relation to the previous year, it increased in the Municipal Company of Telecommunications, Drinking Water, Sewage and Sanitation (ETAPA EP) the citizens’ complaints for the theft of drinking water meters. In the year 2016, an average of three to four complaints per month were […]

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5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes northwest Ecuador, felt in Quito

M 5.5 – 26km S of Propicia, Ecuador 2017-01-31 14:22:40 UTC 0.698°N 79.673°W 21.4 km depth revistapuntodevista.com.mx/ An earthquake measuring 5.5 degrees Richter rocked the northern coast of Ecuador on Tuesday and felt strongly in the country’s capital, where many abandoned high-rise buildings and took to the streets, but no injuries or injuries were reported. […]

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Ecuador: Bus travelling from Cuenca to Guayaquil Assaulted by gunmen

One of the assailants detained / Assault took place in Cascajal / Bus Compnay Express Sucre NO SECURITY CAMERAS ON BOARD eluniiverso.com reported police recovered wallets, suitcases, cell phones, perfumes, among other belongings of passengers of a bus of the cooperative Express Sucre, that were assaulted after 23:00 of Saturday 28, after two assailants in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nine Arrested linked to two robberies of businesses

9 arrested in Cuenca allegedly linked to two robberies Cuenca Ecuador eluniverso.com reported nine people allegedly linked to two robberies were arrested in an operation in Cuenca. One of the premises assaulted is a business of chickens, and the other a pharmacy located in the avenue of the Americas. The arrests were recorded with the […]

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Illinizas Volcanoes Ecuador: Four Lost Hikers Found Safe

Four people remained lost for several hours Sunday afternoon after losing the trail in their ascent to the Illinizas. On Sunday, at 17:01, a call was received alerting four people lost in the ecological reserve of Los Illinizas via Chaupi, province of Cotopaxi, reported the 911 Ambato ECU. Apparently, the weather conditions did not allow […]

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Ecuador: Abducted Soldiers released by irrregular group in mining conflict

Ecuador Indigenous Group Releases Soldiers Abducted in Mining Conflict telesurtv.net reported … “Freedom and dignity of people are not negotiable, and in Ecuador no one is above the law,” said Ecuador’s Defense Ministry. Two soldiers who were abducted by an irregular group in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador were released on Saturday in the midst […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Burglary of Expat’s residence reported

Source: FB expat group – name of victim not used. I am writing this to let folks know that sometimes what you believe is enough security is not… Thursday night our garage and workers bodega was broken into. Many valuable items were taken. We live in La Compania area across from the bodega de municipio. […]

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Tourist stranded in Ecuador after refusing to smuggle package back to Malaysia

YOUNG MAN REFUSES TO BE A MULE – STRANDED IN ECUADOR FOR TWO MONTHS – NOW HOME SAFELY nst.com.my/bernama.com / Young Businessman given free ticket by a customer in Malaysia to travel to Ecuador. When getting ready to return to his home country, he is asked to take (smuggle) a package back with him. He […]

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Ecuador: Famed Photojournalist, professor dead, victim of brutal beating

MALACATOS, LOJA, ECUADOR (Developing Story) EXPAT FROM ITALY APPARENTLY DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED FROM A BRAZEN SAVAGE ATTACK AND HOME INVASION Some segments of this report is provided by an anonymous source believed to be reliable. Filcittadino.it reported that Mauro Burzio, 68, a native of Venasca Italy who spent decades abroad and lived in Ecuador […]

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Ecuador: Reventador Volcano is shaking and shimmering

expresso.ec reported the Reventador volcano has a high activity. This is reported by the Twitter account of the Coordinating Ministry of Security of Ecuador. “The volcano Reventador presents ash emission. It is monitored 24 hours a day, “the report said. According to the ministry, it was possible to observe several emissions with low ash load, […]

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Tension in Morona Santiago Ecuador continues, two soldiers held by Shuar

expreso.ec / Two soldiers continue to be held by Shuar Indians in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago (southeast), where there is a mining conflict of considerable proportions. The Ministry of Defense, which demands the “immediate release” of the soldiers, also reiterated its position of not negotiating within the framework of “violence and illegality of […]

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Cotapaxi Volcano Ecuador: Structures Recommended to Mitigate Mud Flows, damage, loss of life

Fabian Rodriguez Theofilos, Toulkeridis Washington Sandoval Oswaldo Padilla, Fernando Mato The Cotopaxi volcano in north-central Ecuador is one of the most dangerous volcanoes of the world due to its ability to generate far-reaching lahars, which are able to destroy infrastructure and endanger a high amount of population living close to the main fluvial drainages of […]

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Ecuador: Neurological Manifestations from Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue virus

Zika Virus, Chikungunya Virus, and Dengue Virus in Cerebrospinal Fluid from Adults with Neurological Manifestations, Guayaquil, Ecuador Citation: Acevedo N, Waggoner J, Rodriguez M, Rivera L, Landivar J, Pinsky B and Zambrano H (2017). Zika Virus, Chikungunya Virus, and Dengue Virus in Cerebrospinal Fluid from Adults with Neurological Manifestations, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Front. Microbiol. 8:42. doi: […]

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Ecuador: Vocalist for band Grim Reaper loses part of leg due to infection

Grim Reaper’s lead vocalist overcome by foot infection while on South America tour in Ecuador. Diabetes Related, Singer suffers severe foot ulcer infection/ metalunderground.com / Despite travel insurance / wife states company refused to pay because of preexisting condition. Vocalist Steve Grimmett – who had part of his leg amputated earlier this month – remains […]

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WFP Update Ecuador Since Earthquake 2016

Highlights /reliefweb.int Monitoring of WFP’s earthquake response indicate a significant improvement in the share of households with acceptable food consumption. Virtually all assisted households were lifted out of food insecurity. WFP continues to strengthen its relationship with the Government to explore opportunities for cooperation in 2017. The Government of Ecuador approved WFP’s Country Strategic Plan […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Authorites warn of new modality of assault

BOMB THREATS MAY BE USED AS DISTRACTION TO ALLOW ASSAILANTS TO COMMIT ROBBERY ASSAULTS / CAUTION RESIDENTS FOR GREATER VIGILANCE WHEN RETRIEVING FUNDS FROM THE BANK ECUAVISA.COM REPORTED: The Iñquito sector, north of the capital, was convulsed by a call that alerted the bomb threat, near midday on January 19. In Amazonas avenue was restricted […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman lives in fear since robbery by thieves posing as police

Drama of a young woman to whom false police came into her house to steal Eluniverso.com (machine translated)reported while telling her experience, Michelle moves her hands with some anxiety. “After the robbery, I was not able to sleep well,” says the 22-year-old woman, who was caught by four men posing as police officers of the […]

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Quito Ecuador: Video of modus operandi attempted bank robbery

A security camera recorded the modus operandi of an antisocial gang that tried to rob a financial institution in the north of Quito, the facts were registered after the assault happened 23 of December of 2016. SAFETY AND SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

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Cuenca Ecuador: Some reporting increase in home burglaries

Cuenca Ecuador – INCREASE OF HOME BURGLARIES REPORTED – SOME BLAME LACK OF EMPLOYMENT .latarde.com.ec (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported that some citizens are afraid to leave their home alone, because unpleasant people can enter the building to perform their misdeeds. There are several houses that do not have enough security, and that is when theft happens […]

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Peru: Colombian Thugs travelling through Ecuador Captured after Assault on Tourists

10 Colombians captured when tourists assaulted on beach in Huanchaco. (Surfing Mecca) larepublica.pe (machine translated) Hit the underworld. They were caught by the police in Huanchaco resort in La Libertad Peru. They had entered on Wednesday 11 through Ecuador. They will be deported. When they were surprised, they tried to flee, but the police gave […]

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U.S. Citizen Living in Ecuador Vanishes Under Suspicious Circumstances

MISSING: JONATHAN C. GILCHRIST – US CITIZEN, RESIDENT OF SALINAS ECUADOR Former Houston Texas Resident This article is prepared by LatinAmericaCurrentEvents.com. As often the case with a missing person event, the story can be very fluid and change within moments. It is believed by LACE that the facts presented here are accurate despite many missing […]

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Milagro Ecuador: Seven Vehicle Accident Leaves at least 20 dead, 60 injured

Includes Public Bus, School Bus, many minors dead and injured Multiple clash in the canton Milagro leaves more than 20 dead (Yaguachi – Jujan road) eluniverso.com reported a head-on crash between a bus of the Cooperativa Ventanas, a school bus and a car, at approximately 22:00 Friday, has left at least 60 people injured and […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Denounces Attempts to Destabilize Govt since 2013

radiolaprimerisima.com reported the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, denounced on Thursday the plan to destabilize his government implemented since 2013 and led by the brothers Isaiah, exbanqueros responsible for the country’s financial crisis in 1999. According to the president, just days after his second electoral victory in February 2013, the brothers Isaías and their lawyers […]

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Ecuador: Minister of Health executes preventive measures against infectious illnesses during winter

zika, dengue and chikungunya concerns andes.info.ec Quito, Jan 10 (ANDES) .- The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador carries out some prevention actions to protect the population from infectious and viral diseases that are more frequent during the winter season, including influenza and also zika, Dengue and chikungunya, which are transmitted by the mosquito bite […]

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Valle Parish Cuenca Ecuador: Woman shot during assault

Sandra Ochoa Basin Members of the National Police found a woman on the ground Thursday with a gunshot wound on one shoulder after she suffered an attempted assault in El Valle parish. Next to her, in the street, was the ammunition feeder of the weapon that would have used two suspects. The victim is a […]

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8 reported U.S. Citizen deaths in Ecuador first half of 2016 from Non-Natural Causes

The U.S. Department of State keeps interesting statistics on all types of events involving U.S. citizens abroad. The death statistics are always of interest. It appears from the recent numbers only one U.S. citizen died from the April 16, 2016 earthquake. Only one homicide was reported in the first six months of the year. One […]

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Chaullabamba Cuenca Ecuador: Expat Couple Victims of Home Invasion

Source: Facebook Group for Expats in Cuenca: Names of victims have been redacted from their statement. Challuabamba, A small community about 15 minutes via taxi from the heart of El Centro in Cuenca, Ecuador. ————————————————————————————– . FROM ONE OF THE VICTIMS I wish to share our experience with the intent of possibly offering helpful suggestions […]

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Intense rains, flooding, heat across Ecuador, Rainy Season Here

Heavy rainfall that has caused floods in the Amazon , sporadic rains in the mountains or very hot days on the coast. Those are the characteristics of the rainy season, which has just begun in the country. This weekend, the populations of Francisco de Orellana (province of Orellana) and Napo were flooded. The military, according […]

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Ecuador: A serious look at Hospital Care

gringotree.com/Russ Reina Getting Flexible / Hospital Care in Ecuador It really doesn’t matter if you believe you’re fully covered when you find out that if your spouse is to get a blood transfusion, YOU still have to get the blood and pay for it! Be prepared to roll with the punches to get what you […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: Walking in some areas presents risks of attacks by dogs

Living in small communities and in rural areas is quite attractive to many expats. However, one risk that few sources mention or warn about is that of potential attacks by dogs. There are a lot of loose dogs in Ecuador or those who are not contained to protect pedestrians. This is especially the case in […]

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Reasons as to why there have been large earthquakes in Ecuador

temblor.net/By Gabriel Lotto – The April 16, 2016 Pedernales, Ecuador, earthquake was the latest in a string of large quakes that have repeatedly ruptured the Ecuador-Colombia subduction zone over the last 100+ years. The earthquakes kicked off in 1906, when a megathrust earthquake – estimated between M=8.5 and M=8.8 – ruptured the entire interface between […]

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Bus Crash Quito to Guayaquil route, one dead and 30 injuries

Wilson Pinto/Ambato/eluniverso.com Pilahuín parish, on the Guaranda-Ambato road Passengers could not call emergency services – no cell service in area A bus from the Dorado cooperative that covered the Guayaquil-Quito route crashed in the Pilahuín parish, on the Guaranda-Ambato road, before 04:00 on Tuesday, were moments of desperation experienced by the occupants of the car […]

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Salinas Ecuador: Call to 911, burglars of a residence caught in the act

Two detained while committing a burglary eluniverso.com reported a call to the integrated security system ECU-911 alerted to a burglary in progress in a house located in the Puerta del Sol 1 sector, in Salinas, Santa Elena province. The policemen upon arrival at the home found two suspects that entered through the roof. The thieves […]

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Ecuador: Tourist from UK plunges to death in paragliding accident

pressandjournal.co.uk reported daredevil from the Highlands has plunged to his death in a horrific paragliding accident in South America. Tributes were paid to Stuart Somerville, who was said to have been killed instantly after falling more than 1000ft into a lake in Ecuador while shocked friends looked on. The 48-year-old – who was originally from […]

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Ecuador: Esmeraldas, Manabi inaugurates early warning system for natural disasters

Ecuador beaches have for the first time a modern early warning system andes.info.ec Guayaquil, December 30 (Andes) .- The government of Ecuador inaugurated Friday a modern early warning system on the beaches of the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi, the most affected by the earthquake last April 16 and still suffer some havoc For the […]

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Ecuador: Military, Police Mobilized to protect mining camp

Shuar tribe face government in Amazon mining protests Ecuador’s Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land. aljazeera.com reported/ Morona-Santiago, Ecuador – The death of a police officer during a standoff between military and indigenous Shuar people in a takeover attempt of a mining camp in Ecuador’s […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Robberies, Rapes reported in Yellow Taxis

There are allegations of rape and robberies in yellow taxis eluniverso.com reported “We stopped a yellow taxi (…), the taxi driver along with the guy who climbed the Ecuadorian Football Federation, which is on the av. The Waters, proceeded to sexually abuse me, anal, oral and vaginal. After they outraged me, they called the other […]

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Tonsupa, Atacames Ecuador: 25 percent buildings damaged after earthquake

HOTELS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED ELCOMERCIO.COM reported Serious damage in nine hotels Atacames and four collapsed in Tonsupa did conclude experts from the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (Housing Ministry) that there are serious shortcomings in the construction processes. In the structure of the hostel El Encuentro, he collapsed on the boardwalk Tonsupa, iron corrosion and […]

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Ecuador quake causes damage, death on northwest coast earlier this week

ELTELEGRAFO.COM.EC / Wilmer Torres reported, Esmeraldas Regularly, at 18:00 starts the rumba in Tonsupa and Atacames (Esmeraldas). It’s already 20:15 and the activity does not seem to start. Hoteliers, merchants and owners of fun places know that Christmas and the end of the year will not come, because after the earthquakes of last Monday night, […]

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Esmeraldas Province Ecuador: Considerable damage in Atacames, Tonsupa after quake

ELTELEGRAFO.COM.EC / Wilmer Torres reported, Esmeraldas Regularly, at 18:00 starts the rumba in Tonsupa and Atacames (Esmeraldas). It’s already 20:15 and the activity does not seem to start. Hoteliers, merchants and owners of fun places know that Christmas and the end of the year will not come, because after the earthquakes of last Monday night, […]

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Ecuador Crime: Govt reports general incidents of crime numbers down in 2016

eltelegrafo.com.ec The indicators published by the Coordinating Ministry of Security reflect that in the last year the crimes of greater social connotation in the country tend to fall. The theft of economic units – local commercial – was reduced from 6,357 cases registered between January and October 2015, to 5,228 cases produced in the same […]

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Ecuador: Govt to reimburse victims in vehicle accidents for stolen items

ELDIARIO.COM.EC reported: Cellphones, suitcases and vehicle accessories are the objects that are most robbed most of those who suffer accidents on the streets of Manta, the prosecutor said. Prosecutor Ginger Messias, who investigates Tránsito’s crimes and misdemeanors, reported that those thefts are recorded because the drivers leave the vehicles and at other times the injured […]

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Ecuador: Three types of criminal modalities prevelant in 12 provinces

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported Psychological violence, robbery and theft are the most common crimes that pass the prosecutors office. In Pichincha the first conviction for emotional abuse was achieved. Writing Justice The Provincial Prosecutor of Pichincha obtained the first conviction for psychological violence since the inclusion of this criminal type in the Integrated Criminal Code (COIP). The […]

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Ecuador: New Law Changes Day Some Holidays Fall On through 2020

elcomercio.com reported the National Assembly passed the new Law on Public Holidays which provides, inter alia, the transfer of the holidays that coincide with a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or a weekday (Tuesday, Wednesday And Thursday) to Monday or Friday. The law will apply to the Christmas break and end of 2016. So this year, […]

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Earthquakes shaking northwestern coast of Ecuador

newindianexpress.com reported that several strong earthquakes rattled Ecuador’s northwestern coast in the pre-dawn hours of today, leaving some areas without power but with no reports of casualties. The South American nation is still recovering from a devastating 7.8-magnitude quake that killed 673 people in April and left some 6,000 injured. That quake flattened homes and […]

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Heart Disease Number one cause of death in Ecuador

elcomercio.com reported in Ecuador, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO ), these are the leading cause of death. Ischemic heart disease are in first place with a total share of 10.3% of the deaths recorded in 2012. On the other hand, cardiac arrest (also related to cardiovascular problems) correspond to 7.7% of the […]

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State of Emergency declared in Morona province after death of police during attack on mine

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED A police officer was killed and several others injured during a clash between authorities and members of the Shuar community in San Carlos Panantza parish, Morona Santiago Province. The Shuar were apparently trying to take back a mining camp. President Correa said, “this barbarism will not go unpunished, whatever the cost, […]

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Ecuador: Fire threatens Mazán Protected Forest in Cajas National Park

eltelegrafo.com reported that firefighters continue trying to control a wildfire in Cajas National Park. The fire has scorched at least 180 hectares. Firefighters are struggling to keep the flames out of the Mazán Protected Forest. The current fire is situated on a mountaintop and impossible to reach with firefighting vehicles. A helicopter with a bambi […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: New Expat, Victim of Snatch and Grab, not impressed with police

This report is from an expat on her second day after arriving in Cuenca beginning her new life in Ecuador. The name of the victim is not used in this account. ————— My second day in Ecuador, in Cuenca last night walking across the bridge to Sofy Restaurant on Benigno Malo my iPhone was snatched […]

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Ecuador: Cayambe volcano showing signs of activity, increased earthquakes

volcanodiscovery.com reported Cayambe volcano (Ecuador): increased earthquakes show volcano has become restless The volcano has become restless. Scientists from Ecuador’s Institute of Geophysics (IGEPN) recorded an increased number of earthquakes under the volcano a new report shows. The increased seismicity could be (but not must be) a precursor of renewed activity in the medium-term future […]

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Homicide Rates for Ecuador

Year – 2015 SOURCE: INSIGHT.ORG / 14 January 2016 Written by David Gagne Ecuador: 6 per 100,000 Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior recorded a homicide rate of 6.3 per 100,000 residents in 2015, a record low for the country. Officials say the demilitarization of the police and greater resources for law enforcement has helped lower […]

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Ecuador Alert: December is month of increased automotive thefts

lahora.com.ec reported December is a busy month for all citizens. Christmas shopping, entertainment, New Year’s Eve dinners, family reunions and friends are some of the events that mark the season, so there is often a high increase in vehicle thefts at this time. As an example, you should know that according to data from the […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Missing Tourist Found Dead

TOURIST VACATIONING IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FOUND DEAD eluniverso.com reported that 62-year-old Othmar Lauber went missing last week on San Cristobal Island. The deceased was located in an area known as Las Negritas *Cerro Las Negritas) Authorities have not determined the cause of death. Mr. Lauber from Switzerland was visiting the Galapagos Islands with a […]

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Ambato Ecuador: Police remove street vendors in downtown area, confiscate goods, Merry Christmas

elcomercio.com reported – AMBATO, ECUADOR – CLASHES BETWEEN STREET VENDORS AND POLICE On the downtown streets of Ambato, street vendors and police clash in effort by police to remove 3,500 vendors. There were at least 100 police involved in the removal operation and much of the vendor’s stock of merchandise was confiscated. Police installed metal […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Tourist from Switzerland Missing, Search is on

San Cristobal Galapagos Islands Ecuador eluniverso.com reported that the The Captainship of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the Naval Base of San Cristóbal are looking for a Swiss tourist reported missing since Sunday on the island of San Cristobal de Galapagos. The foreigner has been identified as Othmar Lauber, 62. Reyna Luisa Lauber, a relative of […]

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Manabi Province Ecuador: Increase cases of Leishmaniasis (parasite infection)

Increases leishmaniasis in Manabi cantons eldiario.ec reported The health professional, who works at the local hospital, detailed that it is Leishmaniasis, disease caused by a parasite. He added that in Paján five cases have been diagnosed so far this year; While in 2015 there were only two. The affected patients, he said, are from sectors […]

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Tumbaco Ecuador: thugs rob hostel of thousands of dollars, equipment, two detained

EMPLOYEES TIED UP BY ASSAILANTS The robbery of an inn and reception center forced the police to deploy a ‘movie’ operative in the Santa Rita sector, south of Quito. lahora.com.ec reported the incident occurred yesterday morning in the parish of Tumbaco, to the northeast of the District. Four thugs entered the tourist site and seized […]

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Ecuador: eight provinces impacted by forest fires in last week

Azuay and Loja have more hectares devastated. 90% of burned areas have been pasture. lahora.com.ec reported eight provinces of the country have been affected by the forest fires that have been registered since the previous week. According to the authorities, Azuay and Loja, in southern Ecuador, have more areas devastated due to the incidents that, […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Study says poor adherence to WHO surgical safety checklist

annalsofglobalhealth.org/ S. Beache , J.C. Puyana / Perceptions and adherence to the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist in Cuenca, Ecuador 1 Year post-educational intervention Background Surgical safety is an emerging global health priority. The World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist has been shown to be effective in reducing adverse surgical outcomes in this context. […]

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Ecuador: Police injured in attack at mining camp in conflict with shuar indigenous group

elcomercio.com reported(AFP) Seven policemen were slightly injured during shooting, by a group of indigenous people from the Shuar, a mining camp in Nankints in Morona Santiago, reported late Monday November 21 Interior Minister, Diego Fuentes. Leaders of the Nankints community also denounced that the action was aimed at recovering lands that belong to them and […]

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Cotacachi, Ecuador: U.S. expatriate couple victim of home burglary, items recovered at pawn shop

Cotacachi Ecuador is a beautiful hamlet perched high in the Andes. Over the last ten years many Americans and Canadians have moved there seeking an idyllic life in a small town. However, not often discussed are the victims of common robbery and theft. While it is not an everyday occurrence in this town of about […]

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Ecuador: 928,000 opt-out not to donate organs on cedula

928 thousand Ecuadorians have opted not to donate their organs eluniverso.com reported in 2016, 600 transplants have been performed It is always a question of time. A race against. First is the time that is expected and wanted to extend so that a life does not die out. Then there is the one that presses, […]

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Miranda Warning Equivalent in Ecuador

MIRANDA WARNING EQUIVALENT IN Ecuador loc.gov (source)Ecuador’s Código de Procedimiento Penal (Code of Criminal Procedure)[37] provides that at the time of detention the suspect must be informed of the reasons for his or her detention and of the identity of the authority who ordered it and of the agents carrying out the detention and interrogation. […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Mining could threaten Azuay province water supply

Pablo Orellana Matute/wagingnonviolence.org/ wrote: Nestled amid the Andean mountains, Cuenca — Ecuador’s third largest city — has long been known for its bounteous sources of fresh water. This is thanks to its privileged location within the Maziso del Cajas, a newly declared UNESCO biosphere reserve. However, over the last decade, its underlying gold and silver […]

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Ecuador: political journalist from el universo newspaper murdered

GUNMAN WAS RIDING A BIKE WHEN HE ASSAULTED JOURNALIST eluniverso.com Robert Horacio Salazar Acosta, a journalist for Diario El Universo, died this morning, the victim of an assault south of the city. According to testimony of a neighbor at the scene, who issued the alert through a security chat in the Southern District of the […]

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Machala, Loja Ecuador: 3266 incidents reported to 911 over holiday period

ECU-911 3,266 reported incidents in this holiday in Machala and Loja eluniverso.com reported Integrated Security Service (SIS) ECU-911 reported Sunday that there have been so far a total of 3,266 incidents in the last holiday that began at 00:00 on Wednesday, November 2, in the Zonal Coordination 7 ( Machala and Loja). In the ECU-911 […]

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Sucumbios Ecuador: Austrian National Kidnapped, rescued by special unit

salzburg24.at (MACHINE TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN)reported Eight long days, the Austrian native Johannes Wagenknecht was kidnapped in Ecuador and held as a hostage. 350,000 dollars of ransom should demanded in exchange for his life. On Sunday came the relieving news: He was freed from a special unit (Dinased). “I have been given a new life”, says […]

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Ecuador at level II alert for Zika Virus transmission per CDC

CDC.GOV – Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions – ECUADOR ZIKA VIRUS Note: This travel notice was updated on October 17, 2016, to include updated guidance for people planning to conceive and guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Ecuador are infected with Zika virus and […]

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Ecuador: So far in 2016, 5 homicides per 100,000

eltelegrafo.com.ec reported Interior Minister Jose Serrano, stressed that this year the country will close with a rate of 5 murder or homicide per 100,000 inhabitants. drafting Justice Colonel Germán Cevallos, head of the National Office for Crimes Against Life, Violent Deaths, disappearances, Extortion and Kidnapping (Dinased) Zone 8, explained that “two children eight and two […]

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Ecuador: Plan for next week’s holiday period, longest of the year

eluniverso.com reported Ecuador next week will experience the longest holiday of the year. El Día de los Difuntos (miércoles 2 (Wednesday, 2), the celebrations for the independence of Cuenca (Thursday, 3), the bridge holiday ( puente vacacional) (Friday, 4) and the weekend are the holiday of five days. THE UNIVERSE Journal consulted experts in the […]

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