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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

Picture of Hawking and Mukhanov, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

“Ideas about cosmology have greatly changed in the last 60 years. At the beginning of this century it was accepted without question that the Universe was essentially uniform and static. […] Most people preferred to believe that the Universe had existed forever, because this avoided awkward questions about the initial data and about what happened before the beginning."

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants gala held last night in New York held yet another surprise for the most famous family in the global culinary scene. Joan Roca –the restaurant’s 'boss', just as his two brothers acknowledged – received the Chef’s Choice Award, based on the votes by the other chefs from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

For those of us watching from the shore, surfing seems like nothing more than a hobby, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a passion that has won the hearts of people around the world. Pure adrenaline. But it’s also a sport that requires motivation, patience and a lot of sacrifice.

Hi. My name's Raúl, I'm a communicator, Libra, my favorite color is blue and I travel around the world covering tourist experiences for my TV program in Paraguay.  Having said that, I want to start off this chronicle by being sincere. I'm one of those people who doesn't understand anything about the banking world. I can't tell a savings bank from a coffee machine. The first time I was asked if I wanted a current account, I asked if the current was to 110 or 220 watts. Yes –that's the level of my ignorance.

With the aim of reinforcing financial inclusion and the fight against poverty, Financiera Confianza – an entity of BBVA Microfinance Foundation – was formed in Peru. The results so far are very significant and most of its success derives from its clear mission: to promote the sustainable development of the most disadvantaged groups through responsible and productive finance. In other words, in keeping with BBVA's purpose, Confianza seeks to place the opportunities of this new era within reach of everyone.

Rosel Quispe

Qasanqay is a small village 3,800 meters above sea level in the heart of the Andes, in Ayacucho. The country's Independence was signed in this Peruvian region in 1826; this is also where Sendero Luminoso originated, the terrorist group that triggered the savage violence in the 1980s against the poorest population and law enforcement agencies. Over 69,000 Peruvians died.