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Coke couldn’t beat Peru’s popular Inka Cola so it bought half the company

By Mark Hay In 1999, the Peruvian press celebrated a decisive victory for their nation over the great avatar of globalized consumerism, Coca-Cola. For decades, the transnational behemoth had tried to become the top-selling soda in Peru. Yet it never managed to surpass a locally beloved brand, Inca Kola. A brew the Chicago Tribune once […]

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‘Mobile wallet’ app ready to launch but some question its need and restrictions

Ecuador’s long delayed mobile wallet – Bimo for short – will be available to the public in September but some financial experts question whether it will accomplish its original objective of providing banking services to the “unbanked.” The banking app, to be managed by private banks, will allow those with cell phones to make cashless […]

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Mining referendum efforts continue, Max Uhle tribute, ‘Visit Cuenca’ tourist app, Prison overcrowding solution, One million pilgrims

Lunes, 19/8/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Concurso de Literatura “Miguel Riofrío” 2019 – This competition sponsored by the CCE of Loja is accepting submissions of short novels until 16:00 el 6/7 from Ecuadorians of any age or sex. <So if among you writers, there are some who write in […]

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How the inhumanity of social media comments led me to silence and submission

By Brett Easton Ellis Somewhere in the last few years — and I can’t pinpoint exactly when — a vague yet almost overwhelming and irrational annoyance started tearing through me maybe up to a dozen times a day. This annoyance was over things so seemingly minor, so out of my usual field of reference, that […]

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Can the quality of your diet hasten or delay menopause?

Could the foods you eat help determine when you start menopause? They might, says a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers found that women who ate more fish and beans and other legumes started menopause at a later age, while women who ate a diet heavy on refined pasta and […]

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U.S. aid agency will reopen offices in Quito

The United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) will reestablish its headquarters in Quito following a five-year absence. The agency, which had operated in Ecuador for decades, was expelled in 2014 by former president Rafael Correa. John Barsa, U.S. deputy for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, said Friday that he had reached an agreement with […]

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Minor damage reported in Sunday morning quake

Only minor damage was been reported from a 5.1 earthquake Sunday, morning centered 18 kilometers east of Guayaquil. The quake occurred at 4:28 a.m. at a depth of 66 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Guayas Province officials said some structures near the epicenter suffered cracking but no structural damage. Residents of several high-rise […]

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Shoulder your civic responsibility as an expat and pay your taxes

According to Quora Digest, the southern hemisphere houses 12.2% of the world’s population. I was aware of this prior to moving to Ecuador; it was one of several determining factors​ that propelled my decision to move here​. When I arrived, I quickly learned that the city of Cuenca ideally suited my needs in several important […]

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Autopista bridge work reroutes traffic, Elimination of money exit tax, Jewelry heist in El Centro, Icy conditions in the Cajas Mountains

Sábado, 17/8/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Festival de la Cometa – The Cooperativa Jardín Azuayo is arrranging a kite festival, “Caldos, Calditos y Caldosos” domingo a las 10:00 in the Parque de la Luz in Miraflores. There will be kite making workshops and kite contests a las 14:00 on […]

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Bicycle and other sporting goods merchants expect sales boost from tariff removal

The removal of import tariffs on sporting goods in Ecuador will benefit both consumers and sellers, according to the owner of Cuenca’s Cube Bike shop, Diego Contreras. “Everyone benefits from the change and I look forward to meeting new customers.” Contreras says he has already received a number of inquiries about when the lower prices […]

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