Police display shark fins that were confiscated from traffickers Wednesday in Manta.

Shark fin traffickers arrested in Manta; Police say 300,000 sharks may have been killed in one of Ecuador’s worst environmental crimes ever

+-*Ecuadorian authorities seized 250,000 shark fins and made three arrests of suspected traffickers in Manta on Wednesday. They said the alleged traffickers may have been responsible for killing as many Continue reading »

The Central Bank's electronic money system operates through cell phones.

Central Bank says that private banks must join the new electronic money system within a year; banks say they are studying the order

+-*Ecuador’s Central Bank orders all private banks and financial cooperatives to join the government’s electronic money system within a year. The Central Bank wants banks and cooperatives to be “macroagents,” Continue reading »

chl tram

City officials say they need an additional $17.8 million for tram work but ministry of transportation says no more funds are available

+-*Despite the fact that Ecuador’s Minister of Transportation Paola Carvajal says the government will not provide additional funding for Cuenca’s tram project, Mayor Marcelo Cabrera says he’s optimistic that President Continue reading »

Adam Zuckerman of Amazon Watch leads the protest Wednesday against Chevron Oil in Ecuador oil pollution case.

Ecuador oil pollution case highlights Chevron’s annual corporate meeting in California; both sides claim the other side used illegal tactics

+-*Chevron Oil was forced to ward off a litany of accusations of environmental damage and corporate malfeasance during its annual meeting Wednesday in San Ramon. Protestors holding an array of Continue reading »

Puppies for sale at Feria Libre market. Photo credit: El Mercurio

Stolen puppies found at Feria Libre market and returned to their owners

+-*After they were alerted by their owners, members of Cuenca’s citizen’s guard recovered two puppies on Wednesday at the Feria Libre market. The dogs, a Siberian husky and an English Continue reading »

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The raw deal: Should you cook your food or eat it raw?

+-*By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I recently spied a certain raven-haired celebrity looking uncomfortably bony on the cover of a magazine. Turns out she’s been following a Continue reading »

Panama Hat

From Montecristi and Jipijapa to Cuenca, Ecuador’s Panama hat trade has a long, colorful history

+-*By Deke Castleman Quick: Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb? How long was the Hundred Years War? The Canary Islands are named after what animal? And what country do Panama hats Continue reading »

Actor Sean Connery in a Cuenca-made Panama hat.

Cuenca-made hats make the world stage at Cannes film festival

+-*Panama hats are showing up all over at this year’s Cannes film festival and many of them were made in Cuenca. Cuenca’s Ortega Brothers, the world’s largest exporter of Panama Continue reading »

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