Monday, 7 October 2013

Living the life Ecuador coast








# CLASSIC EGGS BENEDICT WITH HOLLANDAISE SAUCE $ 5.25


SMOKED SALMON AND SCRAMBLED EGGS ON TOASTED WHEAT BRAN BREAD 

$ 6.75


CLUB STEAK SANDWICH WITH ONION RINGS & CHIPS $ 9.90


# CHEESE & BACON QUICHE WITH GREEN BEANS & TOMATO DRESSING $ 5.80


#STEAK & KIDNEY PIE WITH MASHED POTATOES & VEGETABLES $ 8.50


GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD $ 7.70


EGG OMELET WITH MUSHROOMS, CHEESE, HAM $ 4.75


CHOCOLATE BROWNIE $ 4.75




BEVERAGES:



FRESH SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE $1.50


FILTERED COFFEE $ 1.50


ENGLISH TEA $ 2.00


HOT CHOCOLATE $ 2.00


Where: Big Ralph´s Restaurant
When:  Sunday 13/Oct/2013
Time:   9:30 - 12:00


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The Great Marijuana Crash Of 2011

                                                                         
Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in late 2012. Beginning next year, anyone with an I.D. can waltz into a marijuana dispensary, put $50 on the counter, and announce to the clerk that he’d like one eighth of an ounce of marijuana. And he’ll get it, without any interference from law enforcement. The market is stable.
The Colorado marijuana industry — which is responsible for thousands of new jobs, and is projected to raise $130 million in taxes for the state next year alone — has accomplished something not seen in this nation since the passage of the 21st Amendment.
It has taken an illegal product and legitimized it in the eyes of the government. It has made a notoriously sketchy transaction less of a hassle than buying Sudafed. What’s more, it has built a thriving economy after overcoming wild price fluctuations and crashes, stern government regulation, and absurd banking restrictions.
The last time something similar happened, 96.5% of the United States population hadn't even been born yet.
                                                                         


Driving in Ecuador         

A couple living in Ecuador left their home and went traveling along the coast. While driving, they were pulled over for a roadside check by the police and the Transito. They were asked to exit the vehicle and present their documents; these were to be checked by the Transito and the national police went ahead and searched the vehicle and their bags.
They found a bag of pot!
The couple spoke little to no Spanish and were horrified at the discovery. Fortunately for them, one of the officers spoke enough English to get by.
The officer who spoke English explained that they were in serious trouble and would have to appear in court to pay a fine. Another officer was writing a ticket. When the couple asked if they could put their belongings back in the vehicle, the officer said 'yes' and handed them back the bag of pot. The couple were puzzled.
The couple asked, "What are we in trouble for?" The officer replied, "You are driving without a legal driving license; when you have a cedula, you cannot use your US driving license."
This story has not finished, as the couple have to go to court, but what I am seeing here is that the use of pot for personal use is accepted.


Can you tell me what this is?



Answers on a post card, please.





Yasuni National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve [EPA]
Lawmakers in Ecuador have authorized the extraction of oil from Yasuni National Park, a pristine Amazon reserve.
After a 10-hour debate, Congress on Thursday approved the motion backed by President Rafael Correa by a 108 to 25 margin, with four legislators absent.
Correa in August announced that he was abandoning a unique plan to persuade rich countries to pay Ecuador not to drill in the Yasuni, saying wealthy nations had failed to pledge enough money.
Environmentalists hailed the initiative when it was announced in 2007, saying Correa was setting a precedent in the fight against global warming by lowering the high cost to poor countries of preserving the environment.
Correa had sought $3.6bn in contributions to maintain a moratorium on Yasuni drilling. But he said Ecuador managed to raise just $13m.





Do you like to go to the Movie Theatre? 

If you live on the coast and want to see a movie, you have to go to the cinema in the Paseo. There the showings of first run films is very good.
The rub is if you want to see the film in English.
As you know, here you can buy a first run movie on the street for a dollar, take it home, and watch a reasonable copy.
But, for a number of people living here, the cinema is the place to watch on a wide screen and enjoy the Dolby surround sound, not to mention the popcorn and other goodies that you can consume while enjoying the movie.
The chain Supercines has been approached about this, and they have said, " We do have enough theaters to show films in English with Spanish subtitles, but we have not seen the support to make this a permanent feature."
So if you would like this to happen, make yourself known to the cinema chain in person to the manager, and online by sending them an email saying that you would be happy to spend your money in their cinema if they were to show more first run movies in English with Spanish subtitles. 

Link to supercines
www.freedom.com.ec/web/guest/supercines