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President Daniel Noboa said Saturday he plans to extend the state of emergency for thirty days, beginning March 8 when the current declaration ends. “We must add the additional 30 days since we still have problems to solve,” he said. “We have made excellent progress fighting crime and terrorism in the first six weeks of...
Domingo, 25/2/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Los secretos de Van Gogh en un recorrido inmersivo (The secrets of Van Gogh in an immersive tour) – If you’ve ever imagined being inside a work of art, <and you’re a sick puppy if your work of art is “The Scream” or hell in “The Garden of...
By MikeTrebilcock With cobble-stone streets, colonial architecture, tree-lined parks, and historic churches, this quaint, overseas gem just beckons visitors to explore on foot. Cuenca is clearly meant for walking. Not only is the temperature a perfect cool for exercise, and the people genuinely congenial, the combination of flower-filled balconies, and tree-lined walkways – some along...
My recent Amigos Falsos article about the pit and pratfalls of false cognates unleased a landslide of comments and funny examples of more awkward expat Spanglish errors. A person called Wonder Woman reminds us that tercero y trasero are easily confused. The first means third, the second means derriere, pardon my French. Your trasero  may be a tesoro, but make sure you know...
By Piedra Silva Orange-clad prisoners line up with military precision to exercise and sweep floors at an Ecuador prison where drug lords once enjoyed jacuzzis and nightclubs, and stashed drugs and weapons in the walls. The windows and walls of the Latacunga prison south of Quito are still pockmarked with bullet holes, the vestiges of...
Viernes, 23/2/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Taller de acuarela – There will be a watercolor workshop every jueves in marzo from 10:30-12:30 <Ending time perfect for going out to lunch somewhere in El Centro afterwards. Think maybe it was planned for that?> in the Museo de las Conceptas. The class is dedicated for women...
By Emilee Coblentz A giant anaconda species thought to be the largest in the world has been captured deep in the Amazon of Ecuador by a team of scientists from The University of Queensland. The group of scientists, led by professor Bryan Fry, uncovered the nearly 10 million-year-old species with help from the indigenous Huaorani...
By Alan Feuer and Natalie Kitroeff American law enforcement officials spent years looking into allegations that allies of Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, met with and took millions of dollars from drug cartels after he took office, according to U.S. records and three people familiar with the matter. The inquiry, which has not been previously reported, uncovered...
In interviews on Wednesday and Thursday, President Daniel Noboa said “Ecuador is finally on the right track.” He claimed that his emergency declaration to fight organized crime and narco-trafficking is “showing impressive progress.” “The work to restore security to the country and reactive the economy is underway, but we know this will take time to...
National Assembly President Henry Kronfle said Thursday night he will decide later whether to convene another session to consider legislation to strengthen the country’s criminal code. “After the dysfunction we witnessed today, I may simply allow it to die,” he said after he gaveled the session closed at 1 p.m.” He added: “It’s a shame...
By Carolina Mejia-Mantilla  David is a computer engineer who arrived in Ecuador in 2018 after being forced to leave Venezuela. Due to the lack of regular documentation, he could not find a job related to his profession, so he learned carpentry instead. He now works with Alexander, who is an Ecuadorian carpenter. “People from Venezuela...
By Anthony Boadle and Ricardo Brito Border tensions over Guyana’s Esequibo and the humanitarian crisis among the Yanomami Indigenous people have led Brazil’s army to increase its forces in the Amazon by 10% ahead of plan, the military commander for the region told Reuters. The additional 2,000 troops will help the army patrol a 9,000 km border with...

Expat Life

By MikeTrebilcock With cobble-stone streets, colonial architecture, tree-lined parks, and historic churches, this quaint, overseas gem just beckons visitors to...
My recent Amigos Falsos article about the pit and pratfalls of false cognates unleased a landslide of comments and funny examples of...
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 posts February 26. Chatty Anglophones learning Spanish often...
One of the many pleasures of living near Paute is the heartfelt encouragement the city’s Office of the Mayor offers...

Health News

By David Leonhardt Much of the world has decided that most young children do not need to receive Covid booster...
By Viv Groskop I am standing on the sand at Scheveningen, The Hague’s most famous beach resort, in the act of...

Opinion

By Carolina Mejia-Mantilla  David is a computer engineer who arrived in Ecuador in 2018 after being forced to leave Venezuela....
By Shannon O’Neil When policymakers consider national security, they tend to think first of military capabilities: the weaponry and ammunition...
By James Kirchick Fourteen years ago, at a human rights conference in Oslo, I met Julian Assange. From the moment...

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