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Ecuador: These solar panels pull clean drinking water straight from the air
19 October 2016 - When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn't flow from city pipes -- there are no city pipes. Instead, a new type of solar panel in the backyard turns moisture in the air into clean drinking water and sends it inside the family's simple bamboo home. 'We started this company to provide water to everyone, everywhere,' says Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass, the startup making the new solar panel, called Source. (more)

Ecuador on track to become the safest country in Latin America
22 June 2015 - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced on his weekly television programme that several important indicators of crime had shown significant drops. Mr Correa announced a 25 per cent drop in the homicide rate for the period from January to April of this year as compared the same period last year. He also said the number of people killed in traffic accidents had dropped 20 per cent for the same period. (more)

Poverty slashed in Ecuador under President Correa
13 April 2015 - Ecuador has lifted 1.3 million people out of poverty in the past eight years, a new survey revealed Monday. The results of the first 'Survey of Living Conditions in Ecuador' showed that poverty has fallen by one third. (more)

Scientists cheered by birth of Galapagos tortoises in wild
25 March 2015 - For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said. The Galapagos, an Ecuadorean territory in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the mainland, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978 because of its unique land and marine animals and vegetation. (more)

Ecuador tops list of best countries for retirement
4 January 2015 - With its warm climate, affordable housing, and generous benefits, Ecuador was named the best country to retire in by InternationalLiving.com. The South American nation bordered by Colombia and Peru topped the website's annual global retirement index of 25 best countries, scoring high points for affordable cost-of-living, entertainment, and amenities. Next are Panama, Mexico, Malaysia, and Costa Rica, rounding out the top five nations in the index that looks at eight criteria to determine the best countries for retirement. (more)

Galapagos Islands: Giant tortoise makes 'miraculous' stable recovery
28 October 2014 - Where once there were 15, now more than 1,000 giant tortoises lumber around Espanola, one of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador). After 40 years' work reintroducing captive animals, a detailed study of the island's ecosystem has confirmed it has a stable, breeding population. Numbers had dwindled drastically by the 1960s, but now the danger of extinction on Espanola appears to have passed. Galapagos tortoises, of which there are 11 remaining subspecies, weigh up to 250kg and live longer than 100 years. (more)

Discovery offers Ecuador Amazon parrot 11th hour hope
12 December 2013 - A South American parrot has been reclassified as a species in its own right, which could help save the bird from becoming extinct in the wild. Until now, the Ecuador Amazon parrot was considered to be part of a group not seen as a conservation priority. 'I am very proud that we have actually identified that this bird is very important and can now get some protection,' explained Mark Pilgrim, the zoo's director general, who carried out the research. (more)

Ecuador ranked top nation for US, Canadian retirees
3 January 2013 - With its low cost of living, balmy climate, and cheap property prices, Ecuador has been ranked the top foreign retirement destination for North Americans for the fifth consecutive year. The South American nation bordered by Colombia and Peru scored the highest marks in InternationalLiving.com's annual ranking of the best places to retire. (more)

Spanish PV manufacturer adds to South American solar push with 50MW plant
24 November 2012 - Resurgent Spanish PV manufacturer Isofoton has inked an agreement with the government of Ecuador to build a 50MW solar array in the country, becoming the latest player to unfurl its battle plans for the Latin American market. The project, slated for installation on the outskirts of the capital city Quito, is expected to cost €100m ($127.4m), generate more than 84MWh of power each year, and benefit from a feed-in tariff introduced by the Ecuadorian government last year. (more)

Ecuador says companies join novel Amazon protection fund
19 October 2012 - About a dozen companies are contributing to a novel conservation plan that pays Ecuador to protect part of the Amazon rainforest in return for barring oil drilling, the head of the initiative said on Friday. Ivonne Baki said the scheme to conserve the Yasuni area of the Amazon basin, launched by President Rafael Correa in 2010, has so far raised about $200 million, mostly from foreign governments. Ecuador, an OPEC member, says that conservation of the area, which boasts one of the richest ranges of wildlife on the planet, means it will permanently forego 846 million barrels of oil and $7.2 billion in income beneath the jungle floor. (more)


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The Global Mother Divine Organization reports achievements in Ecuador: Third International Congress
23 July 2010 - The Global Mother Divine Organization (GMDO) in Ecuador is flourishing, especially in the adoption of Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education in schools. The organization reported on its many achievements on the final day of the recent GMDO Third International Congress in MERU, Holland. (more)

Ecuador to expand Prevention Wing of security forces
13 July 2010 - The recently established Prevention Wing of 400 Yogic Flyers in the security forces of Ecuador is already large enough to create an invincible state of peace and progress for the nation, and soon even more officers will be participating in the programme. Other Latin American countries are consolidating their progress towards invincibility and introducing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in schools. (more)

Latin America: Six countries reach required number of Yogic Flyers for national invincibility
2 July 2010 - Six countries in Latin America have now reached the number of Yogic Flyers needed to create invincibility for the nation through the Maharishi Effect of coherence in national consciousness. These countries are Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and Curacao; a sixth nation, Ecuador, also attained this status on 2 July. (more)

Latin America: Students raising Ecuador to invincibility
18 December 2008 - Raja Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja (Administrator) of Invincible Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, recently reported that 61,000 students from 158 schools in 19 Latin American countries are practising Transcendental Meditation, and 14,000 are practising Yogic Flying, thereby creating a powerful influence of coherence, harmony, and invincibility for their nations. In Ecuador, the students are so enthusiastic that they come together to practise Yogic Flying even on the weekends. (more)

More students in Latin America learn Transcendental Meditation
5 June 2008 - On a recent Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about the latest programmes for students starting Transcendental Meditation in schools in Ecuador, Paraguay, and Guyana. (more)

Ecuador quickly rising to invincibility
8 September 2007 - Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja (Administrator) of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, reported that 110 students at a school in Guayaquil recently became Yogic Flyers. Along with the 150 students already practising Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme and its advanced techniques including Yogic Flying, they will help create invincibility for Ecuador. (more)

Maharishi School students raising Ecuador to invincibility
11 February 2007 - Guayaquil, the second-largest city in Ecuador, is home to well-established Maharishi School Liceo Maharishi, a secondary education institution with 400 students, all of whom practise Transcendental Meditation; 200 have learned Yogic Flying. By practising Yogic Flying together as part of the daily routine of the school day, they are creating invincibility for the nation. (more)


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Ecuador quake toll rises to 350; rebuilding to cost billions
18 April 2016 - Ecuador's earthquake death toll rose to 350 on Monday as rescuers hunted for survivors, victims clamored for aid, and looting broke out in the Andean nation's shattered coastal region. (more)

Ecuador moves to shut down press freedom group
9 September 2015 - President Rafael Correa's government has initiated proceedings to shut down Ecuador's sole remaining press freedom group, accusing Fundamedios of political partisanship. The Associated Press called the Communications Secretariat and was told no one there would comment. Correa's government has used criminal libel prosecutions against critical voices as well as a restrictive media law considered among the most repressive in the hemisphere. (more)

Federal judge rules for Chevron in Ecuadorean pollution case
5 March 2014 - Since losing a $19 billion judgment in an Ecuadorean court three years ago, Chevron has drawn the condemnation of human rights and environmental activists by refusing to pay anything in fines or accept blame for polluting the Ecuadorean rain forest. But on Tuesday, Chevron won a major victory. A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that a two-decade legal effort to punish the company was marred by fraud and corruption, making it increasingly likely that the oil company would be ultimately successful in beating back the legal and financial challenge. In his nearly 500-page ruling, United States District Judge Lewis A Kaplan did not dispute that pollution occurred in the Ecuadorean Amazon. But he did support Chevron's complaint that Mr Donziger, a Manhattan lawyer, and his litigation team engaged in a conspiracy and criminal conduct. (more)

In Ecuador, oil boom creates tension
16 February 2014 - An unprecedented drilling push by Ecuador's government has brought new tensions to the village of Yawepare and the country's Amazon lowlands. As the chain saws and bulldozers cut deeper into the forest, critics say the government is triggering brutal warfare between the Waorani and a smaller, breakaway tribe living in 'voluntary isolation' beyond the oil frontier. Ecuador, an OPEC member, pumps more than 500,000 barrels of crude a day, but with production falling, the country is moving to drill inside one of the world's most ecologically complex and fragile places, Yasuni National Park, an area that is also home to the tribes. The government says it needs the money to pull the country out of poverty and provide education, housing and electricity to the Waorani and other forest inhabitants who have been living on the sidelines of the oil rush for too long. Tepa Quimontari, a Waorani Indian, marched with with women from other forest tribes all the way to Qito to try and meet Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa. She wanted to warn him that if the companies take out more oil, the forest will sink. 'There won't be any animals. The rivers will die,' she said. 'More diseases will come.' The President did not meet with the women. (more)

Ecuador shuts down nonprofit environmental group
5 December 2013 - President Rafael Correa's government has shut down a nonprofit environmental group that opposes Amazon rainforest oil drilling, alleging it was involved in disturbing public order. The closure Wednesday is the first of an advocacy group by Correa's government, which has been criticized as hostile to free expression and has broadened state authority over nonprofits by decree this year. More than a dozen government agents descended unannounced on the Quito offices of the Pachamama Foundation and shut it down. 'We consider it an act of violence,' foundation director Belen Paez said. 'That is not how one notifies a legally constituted organization that it is being shut down.' says the group did nothing illegal and will file suit in Ecuador and an appeal to the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights. (more)

Ecuador expected to open Amazon's Yasuni basin to oil drilling -sources
15 August 2013 - Ecuador is expected to open part of the Amazon rainforest to oil drilling on Thursday after rich nations failed to back a conservation plan that would have paid the country not to explore in the area, government sources said. In 2007 Ecuador's President Rafael Correa launched an initiative to protect the Yasuni area of the Amazon basin, which boasts one of the planet's richest ranges of wildlife. However, the sources said that decision has been reversed and an announcement on the plan's future is expected late on Thursday. One of the government sources said Correa would announce 'the necessary steps' to begin exploration in the area, which consists of three untapped oil blocks known collectively as the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) field. (more)

Ecuador extends Quito state of alert indefinitely
10 October 2010 - Ecuador's government said on Saturday that capital city Quito would remain in an indefinite state of alert, allowing the army to patrol certain areas and guard Congress, after violent police riots erupted on 30 September. Police officers, angry about a new law cutting their bonuses and other perks, took to the streets at the end of last month. The protesting officers teargassed and physically bullied President Rafael Correa when he went to Quito's police headquarters to address them. The leftist leader was trapped in a hospital for 10 hours surrounded by mutinous police until he was rescued in a hail of gunfire by army commandos. (more)

Ecuador: Police attack President
1 October 2010 - Ecuador was under a state of siege Friday, with the military in charge of public order after rescuing President Rafael Correa from a hospital where he had been surrounded, roughed up, and tear gassed by rebellious police. Correa and his ministers called Thursday's revolt -- in which insurgents also paralyzed the nation with airport shutdowns and highway blockades -- an attempt to overthrow him and not just a simple insurrection. Thursday's nationwide action prompted businesses and schools to close early as police abandoned streets and took over barracks in Quito, Guayaquil and other cities. Some police set up roadblocks of burning tires, cutting off highway access to the capital. Looting was reported in the capital -- where at least two banks were sacked -- and in the coastal city of Guayaquil. That city's main newspaper reported attacks on supermarkets and robberies. (more)

Rebel video hounds Ecuador's Correa
18 July 2009 - An hour-long video police found in a computer of an alleged rebel appears to confirm that Colombia's largest rebel army gave money to the 2006 election campaign of President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. The video shows the second-ranking commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reading the deathbed manifesto of founding leader Manuel 'Sureshot' Marulanda. The manifesto states that the FARC made contributions to President Correa's campaign, but it's possible that he wasn't aware of them. Ties between Colombia and neighbouring Ecuador are deeply frayed, and the video is sure to complicate relations further. Colombia is outraged that the FARC, a leftist group on the US State Department's terror list, was operating out of Ecuador, allegedly with the support of that country's leftist government. (more)

Colombian refugees seek help in Ecuador
26 August 2007 - More than 800 Colombian refugees have crossed over the border to Ecuador from the violence-ravaged department of Narino, the United Nations said Friday. There are currently about 250,000 Colombian refugees living in Ecuador -- more than in any other Latin American country -- the UN agency said in a statement. The UN estimates about 3 million Colombians have been driven from their homes by violence without leaving the country -- making it the largest internal refugee population in the world after Sudan. (more)

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