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A gringo’s guide to northern Peru, Part three: Destination Chachapoyas

Editor’s note: This is the third of a six-part series by Don Moore, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras who developed a fascination with northern Peru — and wrote a book about it. Don spent most of January in Cuenca. To see part one, click here. For part two, click here. By Don Moore […]

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Animals transmit diseases to humans. What are zoonoses?

By Jaime Moreno Zoonoses cross the species barrier. Let’s remember Neil Armstrong when he had the first moonwalk in 1969 and pronounced his famous phrase,  “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He took another “second small step” when he went to the Tayos Caves, Morona Santiago in 1976. With minor […]

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City paid millions to local bus companies without justification, feds say, U.S. and Italian artists paint Cuenca street scenes, Carnaval events

Lunes, 17/2/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Visiting artists – A group of 12 artists from the US and Italy are in Cuenca with the “Salinara” international art school. They are painting, mostly in watercolors, scenes in Cuenca. <We should be grateful – we can see parque Calderón, the cathedrals, […]

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What’s edible and what isn’t in Ecuador?

By Rob Bell I am constantly raving about the quality of food here in Ecuador. In the U.S. they make a big deal about organic food, along with a hefty price tag. I’m probably being a bit naive, but here in Ecuador it seems like practically everything is organic, from the fresh fruit and veggies […]

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‘Are you listening to me?’ Your relationships depend on your listening skills

By Kate Murphy “You’re not listening!” “Let me finish!” “That’s not what I said!” After “I love you,” these are among the most common refrains in close relationships. During my two years researching a book on listening, I learned something incredibly ironic about interpersonal communication: The closer we feel toward someone, the less likely we are […]

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U.S. takes aim at program that provides Cuban-trained doctors to assist poor countries

By Peter Beaumont and Ed Augustin A Cuban medical program that has helped some of the world’s poorest communities has become the latest target of the Trump administration’s escalating attempts to pressure Havana’s faltering economy. Dubbed “Cuban doctors”, the celebrated – if controversial – humanitarian medical mission was founded more than half a century ago […]

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Conaie president Vargas is kicked out of Guatemala for immigration violations

The president of Ecuador’s largest indigenous organization, Jaime Vargas, was detained and then sent home from Guatemala Saturday on charges that he violated Guatemala immigration laws and interfered in the country’s internal affairs. Vargas, who heads the National Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador (Conaie), claimed he was being persecuted and that his expulsion from […]

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Investors are dumping Ecuador bonds after credit downgrade and increased debt burden

Investors are dumping Ecuador’s sovereign notes on heightened concern about the government’s inability to pass key measures to fix its monetary and fiscal systems. A slide in oil prices and last week’s earlier-than-expected credit rating downgrade cemented bearish views. The country has the third worst-performing bonds in the developing world, after Venezuela’s and Argentina’s, are […]

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Evo Morales’ party has a big lead in early poll for Bolivia presidential election

Luis Arce, presidential candidate of Bolivia’s Movement to Socialism (MAS) party has a nearly two-to-one lead in a poll for the country’s May 3 national election. Picked by former president Evo Morales to head the MAS ticket, Arce leads former president Carlos Mesa and current interim president Jeanine Áñez 31.6 percent to 17.1 and 16.5%. […]

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The tyranny of the smartphone

Whatsup with all the media addicts? I walked from San Sebastian to San Blas the other day and couldn’t help but notice the large number of folks yakking into, staring at or scrolling through their cell phones. What was striking is this that almost every bench in Plaza San Blas had at least two people […]

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Ecuadorian Health Insurance Matters for Expats

When contemplating their relocation to Ecuador, or even when already here, it’s common for Expats to overlook or consider as an after-thought the issues related to Health Insurance in Ecuador, and the still fairly new requirement of the Ecuadorian Government by virtue of the 2017 law known in Spanish as the “Ley de Movilidad Humana” […]

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Ecuador looks for private investors to fund infrastructure projects

Ecuador needs money to finance infrastructure projects and the government believes the private sector is where they will find it. “The national budget can no longer support the projects that the country needs and we are looking to establish public-private partnerships to attract funding,” says Gabriel Martínez, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Martínez was […]

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