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Can a simple test predict how long you’ll live?

By Bryan Nelson It’s a question we often ponder, especially as we age: How many years do I have left? Well, there are three simple tests you can do at home or work in just a few minutes that could predict how many years you have left to live. How many pushups can you do? […]

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It’s ‘Alternative Transportation Week’ in Cuenca and the city makes one busy intersection more pedestrian and bike friendly

Cuenca’s transportation office (EMOV) is sponsoring a series of events this week aimed at getting residents out of their cars and onto bicycles or their feet. “We’re calling our campaign ‘Walking and Pedaling for Security’, putting an emphasis on insuring the safety of those using alternative forms of transportation and getting cars off the streets,” […]

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Ecuadorian Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ecuador

Mediation in Ecuador is an informal, non-binding and private means of discussing and hopefully bringing a dispute to a close via settlement by and between the parties at issue, so as to prevent the need to go to an Ecuadorian Court to seek a legal judgment from an Ecuadorian judge. The parties to any Ecuadorian […]

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Texas magazine’s new taco editor says that Mexican burritos are actually tacos

By Helen Rosner Twenty-two years ago, Texas Monthly, the venerable “national magazine of Texas,” published a ranking of the state’s fifty best barbecue joints. The magazine had named the state’s best barbecue before, but the Top Fifty was an extraordinary feat of carnivorousness—a massive inventory of smoked meat, involving hundreds of meals and uncountable thousands […]

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More Amigos Falsos! Part II of embarrassing mistakes expats make using Spanish

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 […]

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Want to do something about graffiti in Cuenca? This is not the way to do it

I recently read a call to arms to fight graffiti in Gringo Post and decided to attend the event to get a better understanding of the issues plaguing gringos. The advertisement went like this: If you are tired of the tagging (not the beautiful murals) you are seeing on walls, columns, and storefronts on almost […]

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Cultural exchange event will bring together Ecuadorians, Venezuelans and expats

By John Keeble An event to bring together Venezuelan, Ecuadorian and American cultures is scheduled in Sayausi on September 21 and 22. A number of local organisations have joined forces to offer music, dance, food – and the chance for people from different cultures to interact. The organisers, under the umbrella of UniendoVoluntades Foundation, call […]

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Former Correa aide refutes parts of ‘bribes’ case testimony

A former assistant secretary to Rafael Correa said Wednesday that the “Solidarity Fund” being investigated as part of the Bribes 2012-2016 case was fully funded by Alianza Pais members and included personal contributions from the former president. Françoise Villalba appeared voluntarily at the attorney general’s office in Quito to provide “supplemental” testimony and to refute […]

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Ecuador to allow passage of refugees, Wildfires doused, Tranvía agreement signed, Surgeons donate services, Bicentenario plans

Lunes, 12/10/2019 Hola, Todos – I have an extremely busy week next week, so I’m apologizing in advance if I miss some days. Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Teatro – Teatrum Danza, a group of 8 students, is premiering “La condición misma de la existencia” (The very condition of existence) Friday a las […]

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Is Vaping Safe? A health strategy or smoke screen?

Author’s Note: As I update this column (which originally ran on March 15, 2018) I’m even more concerned about e-cigarettes than I was a year and a half ago. CBS News reported last week that about 20 percent of U.S. kids are vaping, some as young as 8th grade; A study published by the British […]

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Rural transport plan needed, Ecuador beats Bolivia in Cuenca, Animal shelter waits for a home, Giant tortoises doing well, Grafitti exhibit

Miércoles, 11/9/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Concierto and tribute – “La Voz de la Tierra: Tributo a Mercedes Sosa” will be el 19 & 20/9 a las 20:00 in the treatro of the Casa de la Cultura on Luis Cordero and will feature the chorus of the Conservatorio José […]

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