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Following El Universo pardons, Correa continues his fight against what he calls the ’the dictatorship of the media’

The fight goes on for Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, who has been in a relentless donnybrook with his country’s news media almost from the day he took office five years ago. At the end of February, he pardoned three executives and a columnist at El Universo, a leading conservative newspaper, who were sentenced […]

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CUENCA DIGESTConstruction at Parque de la Madre begins this month

Following months of delay, the project to rebuild Parque de la Madre is scheduled to break ground March 19. The work includes construction of a 240-car underground garage, installation of a state-of-the-art asphalt running track and an outdoor concert stage. The $1.2 million project, which officials say will take nine months, also includes extensive re-landscaping. […]

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Seeking more affordable living, North American retirees head to Latin America; Ecuador remains a top destination

When Connie and Mark Pombo decided in 2010 to retire abroad, they searched for locations online. Ecuador seemed to have everything they wanted, so Mark, who had recently retired from the United Parcel Service, flew south to visit. He was impressed. Three months later, the couple sold their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home and packed their suitcases. […]

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CUENCA DIGEST2011 rainfall totals near records; more rain is forecast

Although 2011 was an extraordinarily rainy year in Cuenca, the city fared better than most of the country. Some provinces on the coast and in the northern Andean inter-mountain region have been devasted by floods and landslides, receiving as much as 300% of average annual rainfall totals. Rainfall was close to the record-setting totals of […]

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CUENCA DIGESTGovernment may reduce gasoline and natural gas subsidy

Two study committees are considering limiting the amount of natural gas and gasoline provided at government subsized prices. Currently, gasoline is sold at less than 50% of market price while natural gas is sold at less than 20% of market price. President Rafael Correa, who says he hopes to have a new system in place […]

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CUENCA DIGESTPreparations continue for Cuenca´s light rail network

Geologic tests continue in preparation of construction of Cuenca´s Cuatro Rios Tram system, expected to begin in less than a year. The first phase of the light rail project will include 14 kilometers of track with routes parralling Av. Espania, Tres de Noviembre and Av. Las Americas, and in the historic district, Calles Gran Colombia […]

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San Sebas — Cuenca’s popular new gringo-owned café

“It reminds me of Austin, Texas." “It’s straight out of San Diego.” “It would be right at home in Boston.” These are a few of the comments from expats about the San Sebas Café, which opened in mid-December on Mariscal Sucre and Coronel Talbot at the southwest corner of San Sebastian Square. With its warm […]

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LEE DUBSThe Ugly American revisited: arrogance plus ignorance is a recipe for trouble as more N. Americans move to Ecuador

By Dr. Lee Dubs    Author's Note: For the purpose of narrowing the field of subject matter in this article, the term “Americans” is used to refer to people from the United States. There is a specific Spanish adjective for U.S. citizens – estadounidenses – which does not have an equivalent in English. The word “americanos” […]

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Update on the Infamous Cuenca Cup World Poker Tour

by Tom McNaughton The second round of the Cuenca Cup was played on October 27th. It was a tough crowd that night. It started with TC Tahoe warming them up with a few card tricks and sleight-of-hand moves that left everyone with jaws hanging. No one knows TC’s real name, but after 30 years on […]

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