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Miércoles, 17/7/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Escenario listo para ‘batalla’ tradicional (Stage set for traditional ‘battle’) – On el 21/7 las 14:00, the “Batalla de Moros y Cristianos” will be recreated in the estadio in the El Bélen sector of Gualaceo Canton. Before the battle, the costumed participants will parade through the downtown streets....
National Assemblyman Adrian Castro said Wednesday that the sale and purchase of a hotel north of Cuenca’s historic district is a “smoking gun” in the larger IESS hospital scandal, “Look at the numbers and there is no doubt these transactions illegally enriched the family of [employee union president] Rosa Argudo,” Castro said. Castro and the...
By Anastasia Austin Last week a judge in Ecuador sentenced five people convicted in the high-profile 2023 murder of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, but there is still no clarity as to who ordered the killing and why. On July 12, a court in Pichincha handed alleged Lobos faction leader Carlos Edwin Angulo, alias “Invisible,” a 34-year prison sentence...
By Steven Levy Ray Kurzweil rejects death. The 76-year-old scientist and engineer has spent much of his time on earth arguing that humans can not only take advantage of yet-to-be-invented medical advances to live longer, but also ultimately merge with machines, become hyperintelligent, and stick around indefinitely. Nonetheless, death cast a shadow over my interview with Kurzweil this spring....
The Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services (ACESS) opened an investigation Tuesday into the death of a newborn baby at a private Cuenca hospital. The agency is also questioning the hospital’s refusal to release the baby, who was in critical condition at birth, until the parents paid their bill. ACESS officers made an inspection...
By Douwe den Held According to the latest report on drugs by the European Union, part of cocaine production has been transferred from Latin America to Europe. To a large extent, this is because criminal groups explore new methods of trafficking and the authorities strengthen transatlantic cooperation without major achievements. The report predicts the trend to...
By Renee Onque Supplements, superfoods, and health hacks are advertised constantly to those looking to live a long, healthy life, but focusing on just those quick solutions is not very effective, according to leading longevity researcher Dan Buettner. On a recent episode of “Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris,” Buettner, who popularized the world’s Blue...
For most people, taking a vacation and going to the dentist are mutually incompatible prospects. After all, the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair with a drill in your month isn’t quite as appealing as sitting on a tropical beach sipping a piña colada. Adam Altholtz, the American owner of the “Find Health in...
Ecuador farmers are opposing a proposed National Assembly law that would establish working hours and other protections for farm animals. According to several agricultural organizations, the Organic Law for the Promotion, Protection and Defense of the Rights of Non-Human Animals, if passed, would “increase prices and threaten the food sovereignty in Ecuador.” The legislation is...
Lunes, 15/7/2024 Hola, Todos – Titular – ¡Bicampeones! – Argentina beat Colombia 1-0 to win the Copa América for the 2nd year in a row. <At least I think that’s what they did.> Cuenca – Transportes annuncio suspension del paro para martes y miércoles (Bus union announces the suspension of strike for Tuesday and Wednesday)...
By Michael Littmann If you have been reading CHL and other gringo publications over the past few months you will have read about the corruption and mismanagement within the Cuenca Social Security (IESS) hospital, Jose Carrasco Arteaga, and the members of the expat community less than satisfied with IESS. Cancer radiation machine broken. Knee problems...
By Elizabeth Heath If you’ve flown on a commercial flight more than a handful of times, you know the drill. Once the aircraft door makes that familiar “thunk” noise upon closing and that cold air starts blasting from overhead, the flight attendant will instruct passengers to switch their phones to “airplane mode.” And while it’s difficult to disconnect, especially...

Expat Life

By Renee Onque Supplements, superfoods, and health hacks are advertised constantly to those looking to live a long, healthy life,...
For most people, taking a vacation and going to the dentist are mutually incompatible prospects. After all, the thought of...
By Michael Littmann If you have been reading CHL and other gringo publications over the past few months you will...
By Elizabeth Heath If you’ve flown on a commercial flight more than a handful of times, you know the drill....

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By Renee Onque Supplements, superfoods, and health hacks are advertised constantly to those looking to live a long, healthy life,...
By Brad Stulberg The other day, someone at my gym approached me and lamented that he could spend nearly every waking...

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When we’re at our farm in Cañar Province, an hour-and-a-half drive north of Cuenca, I have my morning coffee beside...
By Olivier De Schutter Economic growth will bring prosperity to all. This is the mantra that guides the decision-making of...
By Noah Rothman “We cannot wait for speeches when the sea is rising around us all the time,” said Simon...

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