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The pre-Covid economy is a thing of the past and millions will suffer as a new economy emerges

The pre-Covid economy is a thing of the past and millions will suffer as a new economy emerges

By Annekin Tappe The Covid-19 pandemic brought the economy to a screeching halt, and while it has started its long road to recovery, the economy we knew is probably a thing of the past, said U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday. Powell echoes the feelings of other economists, including those of the European Union and the world’s central banks. "We're recovering, but to a...

Enduring the stormy weather for better days ahead

Enduring the stormy weather for better days ahead

We got our first storm in what seemed like forever the other day. It was well past due. The Southern Ecuadorian Andes rely on a steady diet of rain, but this season has been parched by the weather phenomenon known as La Niña. Many of the family farmers that we rely on to produce our vegetables depend on the fickle nature of rain, but that means nothing to the land, withered and weary of swirling...

Lasso apologizes for ‘pretty woman’ comments; Bespattered brothel busted; Christmas, New Year’s fireworks sales banned; City extends free wifi service

Lasso apologizes for ‘pretty woman’ comments; Bespattered brothel busted; Christmas, New Year’s fireworks sales banned; City extends free wifi service

Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso has apologized for suggesting that Ecuador think of itself as a woman looking for a boyfriend. During a speech in Machala Thursday, Lasso said that the country must dress itself up like an “elegant woman" to attract foreign investments. “Remember the movie 'Pretty Woman'? Ecuador is like that woman. She must make herself attractive, make herself pretty and...

Can dogs sniff out Covid? Some scientists say yes and claim ‘extraordinary’ results in early studies

Can dogs sniff out Covid? Some scientists say yes and claim ‘extraordinary’ results in early studies

By Holly Else Asher is an eccentric, Storm likes sunbathing and Maple loves to use her brain. All three could play a part in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are not scientists or politicians. They are dogs. And they are not alone. Around the world, canines are being trained to detect the whiff of Covid-19 infections. Dog trainers are claiming extraordinary results — in some cases,...

Claims for centenarians may be ‘grossly exaggerated’ but Vilcabamba retains its native charm

Claims for centenarians may be ‘grossly exaggerated’ but Vilcabamba retains its native charm

By Angela Rhodes I’ve barely stepped off the plane when the stories about the Valle de la Longevidad — Valley of Longevity — start. My cabdriver asks what I’m doing in this small town in southern Ecuador, and I tell him I’m in search of the legendary old people of Vilcabamba. The cabbie brightens. “My great-great uncle lived to be 127 years old,’’ he says. “His name was Miguel Carpio.’’ Everyone...

Why many pandemic restrictions make no sense

Why many pandemic restrictions make no sense

By Amanda Mull Two weeks ago, I staged a reluctant intervention via Instagram direct message. The subject was a longtime friend, Josh, who had been sharing photos of himself and his fiancé occasionally dining indoors at restaurants since New York City, where we both live, had reopened them in late September. At first, I hadn’t said anything. Preliminary research suggests that when people...

‘Lost Cities of Gold’ still attract treasure hunters

‘Lost Cities of Gold’ still attract treasure hunters

By Laura Millan Lombrana and Danielle Bochove Keith Barron is deep inside a Vatican library, hunkered over a 17th century tome bound in Moroccan red leather. “The country is the richest in gold in all the Indies,” reads one passage. “The natives are cannibals and very warlike, and devastated the city of Logroño de los Caballeros, massacring the Spaniards and burning the churches.” A geologist by...

Pandemic profiles: Opening a business just as the pandemic began; There’s no ‘lockdown’ for this expat

Pandemic profiles: Opening a business just as the pandemic began; There’s no ‘lockdown’ for this expat

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in an ongoing series that looks at how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of Cuencanos and Cuenca expats. By Robert Bradley It has often been said that, in business, timing is everything. If you are ahead of the curve you are well poised to benefit from changing consumer habits. An essential feature for any new enterprise is establishing a presence in...

Thousands of Venezuelans head home; Cuenca restaurant earns int’l distinction; Moreno pledges corruption-free vaccine distribution; Suicides soar

Thousands of Venezuelans head home; Cuenca restaurant earns int’l distinction; Moreno pledges corruption-free vaccine distribution; Suicides soar

More than 500 Venezuelans have taken humanitarian flights from Ecuador to Venezuela since the beginning of November. The group is part of an estimated 100,000 who have left Ecuador for Venezuela since mid-2019, according to the Ecuador Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Organizations that assist Venezuelans in Quito and Cuenca, say the Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on refugees. “The...

How cooking during the pandemic has lost its joy

How cooking during the pandemic has lost its joy

By Helen Rosner In theory, I love to cook. I’ve been reminding myself of this lately, repeating it almost like a mantra, humming the percussive, iambic rhythm of the phrase while I clatter around in the cabinets in search of whatever skillet is inevitably at the very bottom of a teetering stack of pans, or ram the blade of a knife through the stalks of yet another head of celery, or fling a...

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