Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Ecuador
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National symbols of Ecuador
I've just done some copy editing and fixed some apparent vandalism at National symbols of Ecuador. I'd appreciate some expert eyes to check to make sure I reverted to the right versions. Also with the vandalism it's had, it should be on some Ecuadorians' watchlists. Thank you. 17:22, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Are these stories all talking about the same Japanese school?
I know there is a part-time Japanese school in Quito. I believe the Spanish name is "Colegio Japonés Auxiliar de Quito" (キト補習授業校).
I found these stories from El Telegráfo:
- "Feria de Japón invita a los ecuatorianos a conocer su cultura (Galería)" (Archive). 6 July 2014. "El evento está organizado por la Embaja de Japón y el Comité de Feria de Japón integrado por el Colegio japonés de Quito."
- "Kendo, el arte de los samurai (Infografía)" (Archive). 3 August 2014. "En Quito, esta práctica se desarrolla desde inicios de la década de los noventas cuando el japonés Keigi Kosakai transmitió sus conocimientos en el Colegio Japonés de Pusuquí."
I know of these articles along with a Japanese one from a Brazilan publication:
- "エクアドル＝キト補習授業校が入学式＝今年から聴講生増やす" - April 18, 2014.
Garish colours in tables, and unnecessary flag icons
Hi, I've looked at a few TV articles. Garish background colours in tables, and unnecessary use of country (and even city) flags in infoboxes. Flags are not decorations on en.WP; they need to be informational, and none I've seen is that. Tony (talk) 04:13, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
biased choice of sources
In the entry about the 2015 protests, there is a strong bias towards the use of right-wing anti-government media sources which very probably affect the accuracy and neutrality of the information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smukster (talk • contribs) 16:54, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
A butterfly feeding on the tears of a turtle in Ecuador
I've nominated A butterfly feeding on the tears of a turtle in Ecuador for Featured Picture consideration.
Discussion is ongoing, at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/A butterfly feeding on the tears of a turtle in Ecuador.
Health in Ecuador
Please excuse my unfamiliarity with the world of Wikipedia discussions. I value very highly the role of Wikipedia. As a regular Wikipedia reader and, now, resident of Ecuador for 4 years (without the benefit of special vaccinations) I have some concerns about the "Health in Ecuador" article. The opening of the article appears to have been written with an unwitting bias; one which yields to a seemingly outdated perspective on nations of South American in general and Ecuador in particular. Unfortunately, it gives the impression of having been written by an NGO which is a US State Department captive. For example, if, as the article suggests, the life expectancy is 78 in Ecuador then it is tied with that of the United States according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy. That hardly seems to suggest the degree of health risk to residents or visitors to Ecuador asserted in the opening paragraph of the article. More generally, the opening paragraph contains phrases such as: "The savagery of the environment makes not only citizens prone to being infected, but tourists as well." Sadly, the most charitable thing one can say about this sentence is that it is uninformed. For example, malarial mosquitos are unable to survive in the Sierra region due to the altitude which does not affect as many people as the article implies. In fact, I know personally of no persons coming here from sea level (to the Sierras) who had more than a mild, several week long effect from the altitude. The climate of the Sierras, far from being "savage" is exactly like Spring in the Northeastern US with occasional flourishes of early Summer. The coastal, tropical climate is pretty much like that of Cuba and parts of Mexico with temperatures in the 80s for 12 months of the year. The Amazon region has a rainforest clmate which is very warm and humid and in which one would encounter species of animals and plants very foreign to the average Euro-American reader. The writing of such an article really merits much more research. A quality assessment is needed as readers should know immediately that this is a very, very preliminary and possibly outdated view of Ecuador.
The opening line of the first paragraph paints with a rather overly broad brush the state of health in Ecuador about "lack of health care". There are, at a minimum, three systems of health care in Ecuador. The most prevalent is that of "Social Security" which has modern hospitals in the major cities and clinics widely dispersed throughout the country. All workers pay into this system which provides life-long, single payer health care, disability and pension benefits. Workers and their employers contribute to this at a rate slightly higher than that of FICA in the US. The facilities are ubiquitous, modern and staffed with doctors and nurses of much higher quality training that one might expect. Many, many of the medical practitioners of Ecuador have been trained in the world-renowned Escuela de Medicina Latinoamericana of Cuba. In fact, at this time, many (if not most) of the Professors of Medicine in Ecuadorian universities are Cuban. I do not know precise figures but I would hazard a guess that the doctor to inhabitant ratio in Ecuador is higher than that of the US. The second major health system is that of the "regional hospitals". In all major cities, these are hospitals and clinics open to all at no cost. Most of these have been or are being built anew in the last 10 years. While these are largely for persons outside normal workplace membership in the Social Security system, they are not (in my own personal experience and as one might suspect from outside) mostly filled with indigenous patients. Thirdly there are many private clinics to which most but not all people of wealth go. My own experience suggests that these private clinics do not have better facilities than those of the two public systems. The wealthiest persons with whom I am acquainted here use the public facilities with an occasional private consultation. The middle class / business owners, etc. do seem more often to use private clinics - to what end I am uncertain.
I will try to comment further at another time on this article and would be very open to discussing this further with those who have authored the existing piece but mostly research is what is needed. One quick note which might be helpful is to check maternal death rates and maternal and child nutrition rates in UN stats. The felicitous nature of all of these climates to plant growth appears to promote a level of nutrition which, while certainly not perfect, is unusual in a country that has a poverty rate about in the middle between the US and Mexico.