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Ecuador’s first disnosaur discovered near Loja

A team of paleontologists and geologists from Argentina and Ecuador have found the remains of what is believed to be the first dinosaur discovered in Ecuador. Identified as a Saltasaurus, the dinosaur is believed to have lived 85 million years ago and has been named for the area of Loja Province where it was found: […]

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Tranvía: six years and still waiting; Christmas lights ceremonies; Nuns arrive to serve leper colony; Crafts and ag fair in San Fernando

Viernes, 6/12/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Nuns’ Life Conference – A conference will continue tomorrow about the life of cloistered nuns in past times. It will be in the Museo de las Conceptas (Hermano Miguel 6-33 y Juan Jaramillo). Tomorrow’s presentation will be by Alexandra Kennedy who will speak […]

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Sweden: Birthplace of the Blues?

Many years ago, I spent a few cold January days in Stockholm, Sweden. Gray, eerie and beautiful, the city appeared to be skating on an endless sheet of Baltic ice. Around 2 p.m. the gray sky dissolved into purple haze; within an hour the night was painted so black that not even a bad moon […]

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Ecuador denies granting asylum or selling an island to Indian ‘godman’ fugitive

The Ecuadorian government has denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Indian “godman” Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and child abduction, or sold him a Pacific island. In a statement, Ecuador’s interior ministry said it had, in fact, denied Nithyananda’s request for asylum., and he left the country for Haiti. The statement […]

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More Venezuelans leaving Ecuador than entering

As a result of new immigration rules, more Venezuelans are leaving Ecuador than entering. The trend, which began in September, is in stark contrast to the same time last year when thousands a day were pouring across the Rumichaca Bridge at the Colombian border. According to those heading back to Venezuela, the lack of employment […]

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Latin America’s three largest countries avoid protests but trouble could be on the way

By Daniel Cancel and Simone Preissler Iglesias If Latin America’s sudden and violent protest movements have unsettled investors and surprised pundits, it’s worth noting that in the region’s three largest countries — Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — the streets have remained relatively calm. With 380 million people and economies that represent $3.6 trillion annually, the […]

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Informal vendors removed from markets, Internet service expansion in rural areas, Head-on bus collision, Trout festival near Molleturo

Jeves, 5/12/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Christmas event – Los Heraldos del Evangelio y Caballeros de la Virgen (The Heralds of the Gospel and Knights of the Virgin) are presenting “Nacimiento con luz, movimiento y sonido” (Birth/nativity scene with light, movement and sound) <Push! Push! Argh, argh. I don’t […]

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Vaccines: The myths, facts, and foolishness, persist …

A favorite expat online forum carried a post with a simple query: “Do we need proof of current yellow fever and typhoid vaccinations to enter Ecuador from Colombia?” (No). This simple question escalated into an epidemic of opinions, some backed by facts, some by foolishness. Two years later, the same forum carried a post from […]

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Anti-graffiti campaign gains support as local news media spreads the word

The Keep Cuenca Beautiful campaign to eliminate graffiti is gaining momentum as local radio, tv and newspapers report on its progress. At last count, more than 400 expats and Cuencanos have participated in cleaning mingas or have signed up for future ones. According to one of Keep Cuenca Beautiful’s organizers, J.T. Neira, interviews on Radio […]

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Expansion work begins at the Quito airport

With an investment of $60 million, Corporación Quiport has begun work to expand the passenger terminal and apron of Quito International Airport. The expansion is needed, airport administration says, because of the increase in both domestic and international flights. With the aim of completing in 2020, a total of 16,000m2  of terminal space will be […]

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