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Is rice responsible for overweight and obesity? Myths and facts about rice

A reader wrote to ask, “Is white rice bad for you?” She was talking about weight management. But let’s talk nutrition too. The world is getting rounder, and I don’t mean the geographical sphere we call planet Earth, I mean the inhabitants. As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity has tripled since […]

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‘Mafias’ are running distilleries and prostitution rings out of Feria Libre and other city markets

Cuenca’s new city government says it is stunned by the extent of illegal activity in the city’s public markets. According to markets director Marcelo Álvarez, there are “mafias” operating inside the facilities, especially at El Arenal, commonly known as Feria Libre, the city’s largest market on Av. Las Americas. “The illegal operators are extorting the […]

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City officials ask for help to house and feed growing number of refugees

Cuenca social service officials say they are maxed out in terms of handling the continuing flow of Venezuelan refugees into the city. Municipal councilman Iván Abril, who chairs the Immigration Committee of the Cantonal Council, says that a growing number of refugees are sleeping on city streets, under bridges and along the banks of rivers. […]

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Paris moves to ban tourist buses as officials and citizens complain about ‘too many tourists’

By Rebecca Perring Paris’ deputy mayor Emmanuel Grégoire urged holidaymakers to turn to environmentally friendly options like walking, cycling or taking public transport. He said tourists were concerned about the influx of tourist buses. Paris is crisscrossed by dozens of hop-on, hop-off double-decker buses that shuttle tourists between the main monuments, as well as international tourist […]

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Ecuador receives second IMF loan installment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a second installment of over $2.5 billion to Ecuador for economic development. The agency said that the country has 10 and a half years to pay off the debt. The interest rate is 3.2 percent. The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) reports that the loan follows a […]

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More than 2,000 police and army troops shut down massive illegal mine in Imbabura Province

Before dawn Tuesday, 1,300 Ecuadorian army troops escorted hundreds of police officers to a massive illegal gold mine in Imbabura Province in Ecuador’s northern Andes. In all, government officials said 2,500 federal personnel were involved in the operation ordered by President Lenin Moreno. As many as 10,000 people have flooded the remote region known as […]

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Some common medicines may increase the risk for dementia

By Pam Belluck Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia? A new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age. This is not a new hypothesis about these drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of conditions from […]

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Better health care management proposed, New high-end boutique hotel opens, Tranvía conductor training, Classical guitarists

Martes, 2/7/2019 Hola, Todos – Going to be a short issue today. Typing is hurting my joints. Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Classical guitar – David Vázquez returned to Cuenca after graduating from the Manhattan school of Music in classical guitar. He will perform with 3 other musicians el 18/7 in the teatro […]

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Where in the world is Rafael Correa?

Ecuador’s Attorney General’s office has requested that the international police agency Interpol help locate former president Rafael Correa. Deputy prosecutor Wilson Toainga says Correa did not provide a new address to authorities when he moved from his former residence near Brussels. “We need to talk to him regarding a campaign funding issue and no one […]

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