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March 13, 1997 |
A Spanish galleon that sank 352 years ago with a treasure of plundered gold has been discovered in 50 feet of "turbulent and silty" water off the coast of Ecuador, according to the project's Norwegian financiers. The Spanish naval flagship La Capitana Jesus Maria went down in 1645 with a cargo of gold, silver and jewels stolen from Indians in what is now Peru. The treasure is believed to be worth between $3.7 billion and $7.5 billion, according to news reports.
May 28, 2006
I lived for 12 years in Ecuador, and I can say that the United States has not destroyed that nation and its people, as Stephany Yablow asserts (Ecuador Move Is a Wake-Up Call," May 21). Ecuador is still a beautiful country. The problem there, and many Ecuadoreans would agree, is corruption. That is why they took over Occidental Petroleum Corp. assets. It's not that they don't like Americans -- it's just that they like our dollars too much. And when they have a chance to grab them, they will.
December 12, 1991 |
U.S. Ambassador Paul C. Lambert, who called this a country plagued by corruption and excessive bureaucracy, has resigned, the U.S. Information Service said Wednesday. Lambert was not available for comment and no explanation was given for his decision.
June 25, 2006 |
Had England played Germany, as was possible for this round of 16, the hype might've rattled even ancient turtles on the Galapagos. Instead, England is playing the Galapagos, so in the run-up we've been all guinea pigs, race-walking and English referee angst. You know, fluff. England vs.
August 26, 2005 |
Protesters who had shut down oil exports vital to Ecuador's economy struck a deal with energy companies Thursday under which they will end their attacks in exchange for the firms' boosting investment in the poor communities where they operate. Negotiations had been snagged over a demand by the militant protesters that they not be prosecuted for dynamiting pipelines and vandalizing pumping equipment last week, said mediator Ramiro Gonzalez, prefect of Pichincha province.
January 26, 2007 |
Preliminary evidence points to pilot error as the cause of a helicopter crash Wednesday night that killed Ecuador's Defense Minister Guadalupe Larriva, her teenage daughter and five military personnel, officials in that country said Thursday. The death of the Cabinet member, a confidant of newly inaugurated socialist President Rafael Correa, has stunned the nation and stirred the already tense atmosphere surrounding the leader's struggle with Congress over his agenda to "reinvent" Ecuador.
May 25, 2006 |
Ecuadorean Energy Minister Ivan Rodriguez said the South American country would not take over Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s stake in the OCP pipeline, a day after the head of state oil company Petroecuador said it would seize that stake. "The OCP is a private investment of Occidental and therefore has nothing to do" with the annulment of the contract, Rodriguez told reporters. Shares of Westwood-based Occidental fell 20 cents to $93.87.
November 22, 2003 |
Ecuador's baroque Rosary Chapel once housed exquisite 18th century paintings and sculptures. But today its walls are bare. A decade ago, the small church in the heart of Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital, lost seven paintings and two religious sculptures to art thieves who are making a fortune off this poor Andean nation's immense cultural wealth. "It's a double hit.
January 21, 1996 |
In a village high in the Andes, in a town of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, lives a 72-year-old saddle maker called Luis Leopoldo Obando. The name of his village, Esperanza, means hope and it was with similar sentiment that we had split from the tourist path for a journey into the countryside to meet folk artists in their villages. We had left the capital city of Quito at dawn in search of him--his photo and the name of his village our only clues to his whereabouts.
August 24, 2004 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. said late Monday that the government of Ecuador was considering terminating the company's contract to drill in the country. The Ecuadorean field represents about 8% of Occidental's worldwide production and 4% of its proven reserves, company spokesman Lawrence Meriage said. The review of Westwood-based Occidental's 19-year-old drilling and exploration contract is based on Ecuadorean government allegations of an unspecified breach of contract, the company said.