High price of lemons, Hotels in crisis, Six film classics, Dialysis at IESS hospital, Tortoise recovery

Sep 14, 2017 | 5 comments

Jueves, 14/9/2017

Hola, Todos –

Pagina cultural –

Upcoming and ongoing agenda events –

Teatro – The 200th and last performance of “Plush” will be Friday a las 20:00 in the Teatro Casa de la Cultura.

CD launch – The group Fantasia will present its first CD, “Recordar es Vivir” (To remember is to live), mañana a las 19:00 in the Sala de Conciertos in the CCE.

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Taller – A workshop in improvisation will be held starting el próximo lunes a las 18:00 in the “Salida de Emergencia-Galería.” Cost: $40.00.

Articles about –

Book launch – Two books by Huilo Ruales, “El ángel de la gasolina” and “Ay qué viuda tan oscura” (The angel of gasoline and Ay what a dark widow) will be presented Thurs. in the Salón del Pueblo of the CCE.

Arte Calle – Thursday’s presentation was “El Faro del Fin del Mundo” (The Lighthouse at the End of the World) in the plaza de Santa Marianita in El Arenal.

Guitar – Afternoons a las 16:30, guitar students go to the Centro Cultural in the Barrial Blanco. It’s a continuing class and there can be as many as 42 or as few as 7 students on any day. Students are of all ages from children to seniors.

Classic films – 6 films will be shown from 20-22/9 in the Teatro Sucre and Catedral Vieja. On the program are The Bicycle Thief by Vittorio de Sica, films by Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood “clásicos de oro” (golden classics). Films will be at 10:00, 15:00, and 19:30 with the greatest classics in the morning and Oscar winners in the afternoon.

Seminar – There will be a seminar/workshop on “Secretos para una sanación total” (Secrets to Total Healing) from hoy hasta el sábado in the Museo de la Ciudad. The workshop will be from 19-21:00 hoy y mañana, and from 11-13:00 el sábado. The seminar will be directed by Mauro Vitale who will pass along ancestral teachings from the great spiritual masters of healing. <Now the guy is wearing a suit and tie so it doesn’t seem as if his great spiritual masters came out of the Amazonian jungles.> Open to the public.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Crisis en el sector hotelero del Azuay (Crisis in the hotel sector of Azuay) – In mayo, the Piñar del Lago hotel in Cuenca closed, and the closure of the hostería Uzhupud in Paute was confirmed yesterday. Juan Pablo Vintimilla, director of the Hotel Santa Lucia for 25 years said the whole sector has been affected and especially in the past few years. He noted a key issue is one of connectivity and that Cuenca needs reliable, frequent and reasonably priced air service. In 2015, hotel occupancy was at 55% and now it’s gone down to 30%.

Titular – Moreno viaja; no encargará poder a Glas (Moreno travels; will not empower Glas) – See today’s CHL article for more info. <Afraid Glas might take the opportunity to pardon himself?>

High price of lemons – There is discomfort in Cuenca due to the rise in the price of lemons which are selling around 10 for $1.00. The owner of a cevicheria said he used to get a sack of lemons for $180, but now it costs $200. And he has to pay it because he can’t use orange or vinegar as a substitute. <Although I wonder if you could substitute a really nice, aged balsamic for the limón for a different kind of ceviche? It might not be acidic enough, so guess what my next kitchen experiment is going to be.>

Tortoise recovery – A species of tortoise, “Chelonoidis niger,” thought to have gone extinct on Floreana Island in the Galápagos is being recovered. In the 16th and 17th Centuries, pirates and whalers used the islands as a stopping place and dined on turtles. Often, when they left the Galápagos and wanted to lighten their cargo, they’d throw the live turtles into the water. A research project in 2000 with the Parque Nacional Galápagos and Yale university took blood samples from tortoises around the Wolf volcano and found genes from tortoises from other islands. In 2008 blood samples were taken from another 1,700 tortoises and about 80 had origins in Floreana and others in Pinta. A 2015 expedition collected 32 tortoises with a particular type of shell and with Floreana genes for a reproduction and nursery program to reintroduce the animals to Floreana island which will also help restore the island’s ecology.

New monitoring equipment – ETAPA is renewing the trap cameras it has set up in the Cajas to monitor wildlife. The area covered is about 3,000 hectares of native vegetation. 20 types of medium and large mammals have been filmed, 8 of which are notable because previously they were not known to inhabit the area and for their important ecological roles.

Dialysis – Patients with kidney failure can get dialysis at the IESS hospital. The 7 dialysis machines in the Hemodiafiltración Unit and the 2 in intensive care are available 24 hours a day. They are used by 10-14 patients a day. <Nice to know what procedures and treatments are available in Cuenca.>

Descuentos y compras –

Decameron – Punta Sal in Tumbes, Perú at $92/nt/person – it includes unlimited drinks <I figure that’s the most important thing to a lot of you. To hell with the boogy-boarding – show me the bar.>

And that´s all for today so Hasta Mañana –

Jeanne

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