A day in Vilcabamba

By Robert Bradley It is early morning in Vilcabamba. Roosters are crowing and dogs are barking, each clamoring for attention and stating their purpose and intentions for the day  —  a cacophony of insistence and urgency that is oddly enjoyable. The air is still, weighted with the scent of flowers desperately advertising their most outlandish […]

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Correa demands that Moreno explain May meeting with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort

By Ciaran Giles  Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called on his successor Lenin Moreno to explain to his country why he met with the indicted former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year. “If they keep it secret it’s because they are hiding something,” Correa said in an interview Saturday with The […]

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Cuenca hosts a masterpiece: Scenes from the opera

Story and photos by Bartley D’Alfonso Musicologists agree: at any given moment there’s a live performance of an opera by the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed somewhere in the world. It was Cuenca’s turn on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. That was when performers took the stage at the University of Cuenca’s Carlos CuevaTamariz Theater to […]

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Second earthquake rattles buildings and nerves; Some damage reported in Guayaquil from morning tremor

Friday morning’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake was followed late Friday night with a strong 5.8 tremor south of Guayaquil. Both quakes were felt in much of the country, including Cuenca. Guayaquil officials said that the morning earthquake, which struck about 8:30, caused damage to about 80 structures but said evaluations continue. Several residents, mostly elderly, were […]

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The adoption of Bitcoin in developing countries offers the ‘unbanked’ access to financial services

By Clive Sanford Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies have loyal followers who believe that the future of mediums of exchange and stores of value is in currency constructs that are outside the purview of governments and central banks. They also have confidence that the technological underpinnings of cryptocurrencies give these a unique and lasting advantage. While […]

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How to have a healthy Thanksgiving

The original North American Thanksgiving took place in 1621 and was a harvest celebration shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag natives at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. The feast lasted three days and nights, by most accounts included wild turkey, but more likely a roasted goose or duck. The Wampanoag ate eels and shellfish, so they probably […]

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