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Tena wins three awards in international biodiversity photo competition

The Amazon city of Tena is a three-time winner. The Napo Province capital, nestled in the Andean foothills on the western fringe of the Amazon jungle, has been awarded three first place honors in a photographic competition sponsored by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (U.S.). The competition, called the City Nature Challenge, presents […]

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People’s Parking Lot: Returning to Berkeley and recalling the end of the ’60s

I’m flying from Seattle, Washington to Oakland to attend the graduation of my nephew from the University of California, Berkeley on what is coincidentally the 50th anniversary of People’s Park. As I drove to the airport, our local Pacifica station was broadcasting a scratchy on-the-spot dispatch from the day bulldozers plowed the park and sheriff’s […]

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One-time Cuenca resident, cyber security mogul and presidential candidate John McAfee says the U.S. is ‘universally hated’

By P.H. Madore In a recent interview with Newsweek, John McAfee surfaced to discuss living abroad and what he’s learned about the global perception of Americans. After recently “going dark” on the internet, he told Newsweek “we’re hated universally.” According to him, the reason most American tourists don’t pick up on this fact is that […]

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Council elects vice-mayor, IESS crisis, Labor union plans national strike, Gasoline shortage Venezuela, International street performances

Sábado, 18/5/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Arte Calle 2019 – Artists from 9 countries will come to Ecuador for the 10th Street Art 2019 event. They will perform in open spaces. The event has 33 performances and will open el domingo, 26/5 a las 15:00 in parque Calderón and […]

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Bolivia’s Morales ignores constitution and public referendum in bid for fourth term as president

By Daniel Ramos Bolivian President Evo Morales launched his campaign for a fourth term on Saturday in a remote coca-growing valley without addressing the biggest controversy in his bid — the fact that he is running at all. Morales, who became the country’s first indigenous president in 2006, is defying constitutional term limits and a […]

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Meandering pathways of Plaza San Sebastian

The moment I saw San Sebastian Plaza I fell in love with its understated beauty and meandering pathways that entice lovers to sit together on the shaded benches. The younger brothers and sisters are here too, playing games taught to them by their parents, just as their grandparents had done for their children. Balls are […]

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Telecommunications ministry plans to eliminate tariffs on smart phones and computers

Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunications announced Friday that it plans to eliminate tariffs on cell phones and computers. Currently, cell phones carry a 15 percent import tariff while computers have an entry tax of 10 percent. The ministry also said it would push to add 1,000 free Wifi hotspots in the country, reduce internet charges, increase […]

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Guitar Festival presents Eduardo Fernandez, Bus drivers protest proposed rules, 10 problems with the tram, Audit ordered of Alianza País funds

Viernes, 17/5/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Concierto – Maestro Eduardo Fernandez, from Uruguay, will play a concert as part of the 9th Festival de Guitarras sábado a las 19:30 in the theater of the CCE on Luis Cordero between Sucre and Presidente Cordova. Día Internacional de los Museos – […]

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Ruminations on turning ninety

Over the years my birthday has become unimportant to me. It is just another day in my life, to be treated like any other day, with the utmost attention that I am able to muster. I do appreciate the sincerity of the “Happy Birthday” greetings that come my way but it is difficult for me […]

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Ecuador, Peru and Colombia sign trade deal with Britain in preparation of Brexit

Ecuador, Peru and Colombia signed a new trade deal with Great Britain on Thursday ahead of Britain’s planned departure from the European Union. The deal, which was signed by representatives of the four countries in Quito, will keep tariff preferences for the South American countries in place when and if Britain leaves the EU, Ecuador’s […]

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Mayor Palacios moves quickly to reorganize city government with an emphasis on efficiency

Following through on a campaign pledge to upgrade efficiency of Cuenca’s publicly owned utilities and service companies, new Mayor Pedro Palacios has appointed five managers with experience in private business. “I am looking for leaders with experience outside of the public sphere,” he said Thursday, discussing his new city hires. “We need specialists who have […]

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Expat book club teaches local culture and literature as well as Spanish

Want to study Spanish and learn about Ecuadorian culture and literature at the same time? If so, a book club designed especially for foreign residents may be the multidisciplinary solution. Organized in 2016, the Book Club for Foreigners has nearly 20 participants who gather once a week to discuss stories, novels, and poetry written by […]

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