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Six ‘healthy’ food swaps you can skip

By Christine Stiparo We choose the foods we eat for a variety of reasons. Taste and convenience seem to top most of our lists, but healthfulness, enjoyment, and affordability are part of it too. We all have different needs, and knowing what those are and how to fill them is the best way to a healthy lifestyle. […]

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The president and other dignitaries take a test ride on Quito’s new subway

Although it is months away from beginning operations, President Lenin Moreno and other government officials got a preview Monday of Quito’s new Metro subway. The train, which also carried some members of the general public, made a circuit in the downtown area, stopping at several stations. Along with Cuenca’s Tranvia de los Cuatro Rios, the […]

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Chinese food home delivery is sometimes the best way to go

This week, I was going to do another restaurant review, but my klutz factor kicked in and I wrenched a muscle in my back. I wanted to lay around the house eating Bon-Bons and feel sorry for myself. But instead, Jackie suggested doing a restaurant review in absentia, and called La Gran Muralla (They call […]

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French jazz at the Sucre, Belly Dance at Tribal Fusion, Monty Python at La Guarida, Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky, ‘Sylvia’ tickets on sale

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed.  This […]

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Venezuela and Bolivia blast Moreno for withdrawing Ecuador from UNASUR

The governments of Venezuela and Bolivia are blasting Ecuador for its decision last week to leave the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). “I consider this an act of treason,” said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. “We cannot have traitors in our ranks or we will lose our motherland,” he wrote on Twitter, quoting Latin American revolutionary […]

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Government denounces ‘dirty’ social media campaign against Moreno by Correa supporters

Ecuador’s communications secretariat is attacking what it says is a coordinated campaign to discredit President Lenin Moreno. It says supporters of former president Rafeal Correa are behind the effort. “This is an orchestrated social media attack on President Moreno and the government of Ecuador,” the secretariat said in a press release Saturday. “We reject the […]

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Mining referendum reinstated in Girón, 500-meter hot dog served up, New airline hopes to break Latam, Tame monopoly in Cuenca

Sábado, 16/3/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Books of the week – All are published by the Casa de la Cultura Núcleo Azuay 18 SCORPII: Aborigenes by Ernesto Carrión. Los desamparados by Fernando Albán Rodas. Páginas de mi vida by Rubén Darío Bravo. Teatro – “El Vendedor” will be staged […]

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Reflections on my first two years in Cuenca

My anniversary was February 28. I have lived in Cuenca for two years. In this short span of time, I’ve had the pleasure of watching, and more importantly, contributing to a city that shimmers with enthusiasm, energy, and rapid transformation. I couldn’t be happier. Nearly every neighborhood in El Centro has at least a couple […]

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Fire damages local market, Extreme sports park opens, Cuenca craft beer rated country’s best, Anti-mining group threaten protests

Viernes, 15/3/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Concierto – There was a concert by the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra Friday in the Catedral Vieja with cellist Roberto Trainini soloing on his cello, built in 1690, and Alina Comissarova on violin. The program will include Sinfonía #9 by Luis Humberto Salgado; Vals […]

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Human rights commission rejects Julian Assange’s complaint against Ecuador

An international human rights organization has turned down a request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Ecuador, which has sheltered him for more than six years at its embassy in London, ease the conditions it has imposed on his residence there. A spokeswoman for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is linked to the […]

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More than $700 million in earthquake relief funds were funneled through families of officials

An investigation by Ecuador’s Citizen Participation Council (CPCCST) has resulted in charges that $707 million earmarked for reconstruction following the 2016 coastal earthquake was channeled through companies owned by families of government officials. In one case, according CPCCST, the former technical secretary for the reconstruction of Manabí Province delivered contracts totaling $399 million to a […]

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