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Cuenca artist Magy Peña transforms garbage into objects of beauty

By Michel Blanchard Magy (pronounced Mah-djee) Peña is a woman on a mission. To be more precise, her mission is to recycle garbage, but not by putting it in neat blue bags for city sanitation workers to pick up. She transforms rubbish into art. She is a pioneer and a staunch believer in reusing what […]

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Friends, food, wine and music at my doorstep

When I moved to my apartment 4½ years ago there was only one restaurant close by and it never caught my fancy. Now, when I’m hungry and don’t want to cook, I can walk out my front door, cross the street onto the Rio Tomebamba footbridge, and voila! — there are two restaurants and a […]

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Does diet affect your immune system?

By Susan Burke March Do you love fast food? Maybe you think that just “once in a while” indulgence in animal-fatty, salty and processed foods such as a big beef burger on a white-bread bun with deep-fried fries is your deserved payment for eating healthfully most of the time?  When I was growing up in […]

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Irishman killed, two other foreigners are missing following Saturday kayak accident east of Loja

A young Irishman was killed and two others, Irish and British citizens, are missing following a kayaking accident in Ecuador’s Amazon region. Alex McGourty,19, from Sligo, died in the Saturday morning accident on the rain-swollen Rio Abanico, in Morona Santiago province. Irishman David Higgins and British citizen Adam Vaughn were still missing on Monday as […]

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A holiday lesson in giving back

By Jeremiah Reardon I learned a bitter lesson about trust when my first job ended in Gallup, New Mexico. My employer wouldn’t pay me for two day’s casual labor. What can I do? I thought. New in town, I felt at a loss in asserting my right to the meager wages. Disappointed with my luck, […]

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