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Assembly revises communication law, eliminates some Correa-era media controls

Ecuador’s National Assembly voted major changes to the country’s communication law Tuesday night, including the elimination of the controversial media watchdog agency Supercom. The new law also made it easier for broadcast media to renew licenses. Much of the eight-hour debate preceding the vote focused on the allocation and processing of broadcast licenses for radio […]

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Gasoline prices headed higher as government reduces subsidy; Public employees take a hit too

The cost of regular gasoline is headed higher. Finance Minister Richard Martinez announced Tuesday that the price for the lower-octane gasoline used by most Ecuadorian motorists, the “Extra” and “Ecopais” brands, will increase by 37 cents a gallon, from $1.48 to $1.85. In August, the government hiked the price of high-octane “Super” from an average […]

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One of Brazil’s greatest writers is almost forgotten because she was a woman and a radical

By Fabíola Hauch Júlia Lopes de Almeida, a successful 19th-century writer from Brazil, was a rare phenomenon. Married to the Portuguese poet Filinto de Almeida, she was one of Brazil’s first novelists. As a best-selling author and intellectual who defended abolitionism and feminism, she helped create the Brazilian Academy of Letters — only to be […]

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New car sales up in Azuay, 300 security cameras watch over you, The dollar is king in Venezuela, Photos of Cuenca in the 60s & 70s

Martes, 18/12/2018 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Pagina cultural – Sculpture – The show, “Serie Reconocimiento: Virgilio Quinde, maestro escultor” (Recognition Series: Virgilio Quinde, master sculptor), will run through enero de 2019 in artist’s house-workshop-gallery in the ciudadela Carlos Crespi (calle de Los Morochos y Avenida Miraflores). Festival de villancicos – The last performance of […]

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Saraguros maintain their independence and cultural ties to their Inca ancestors

By David Morrill With the notable exception of the Otavalan craftspeople and merchants, no other indigenous Ecuadorian community has maintained its ethnic identity like the Saraguros. Centered around the town of Saraguro, 75 miles south of Cuenca, the Saraguro nation, which numbers between 30,000 and 40,000, has maintained an enduring presence in the rural areas […]

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Cuenca tourists and expats are becoming younger, more European, two studies show

According to two university studies, tourists visiting Cuenca are younger and more European than they were five years ago. One of the studies found that newer expats also reflect the demographic trend. A study by the University of Cuenca Faculty of Economics shows that tourism numbers continue to rise in Cuenca and the trend is […]

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A ‘revolutionary’ treatment for Parkingson’s disease? The wave of the future

By Andrew Zaleski Roughly 10 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of tremor disorder, whether that’s essential tremor — the most common movement disorder — or the tremors resulting from Parkinson’s disease. The current treatment regimens are wide-ranging: medication and therapy are typically prescribed, with mixed results and their own side […]

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All the way from PA

In my former life, I traveled the world for work.  A lot.  And I got to taste a lot of amazing foods prepared by a lot of amazing chefs.  With the freshest and best ingredients.  So I like to consider myself a foodie.  Someone who enjoys food for pleasure. That does not mean though that […]

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