Wednesday, 31 December 2014

In perspective



A reason to move












While we're "debating" torture, access to basic health care and the veracity of climate change, the rest-of-the-world is simply advancing transformational infrastructure like you would not believe.
In Switzerland, the world's longest rail tunnel -- straight through the Alps -- is about to open.
At 57 kilometres, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will travel through the Alps between the northern portal of Erstfeld and Bodio in the south, will become the longest rail tunnel in the world once complete, stripping the title from Japan’s 53.85 kilometre Seikan Tunnel.
Meanwhile, the ancient tunnels between New York City and New Jersey -- dating from 1910 and about 4,400 meters long -- are so old -- and damaged from recent hurricanes -- that they risk forced closure -- and economic catastrophe for America's largest city -- at any time.
Losing one of the current tunnels would be a commuting nightmare, but getting financial support for Gateway will be be difficult, said Len Resto, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers president.
"The situation gets more dire day by day," Resto said. "You will get delays unacceptable to the riding public and it will become an economic factor. There's only so much that employers will put up with if people can't get to work on time."
Italy now boasts Europe's fastest high-speed train -- capable of speeds up to 400 km/h (249 mph) --  that will cut travel times between Rome and Milan -- about the distance between Washington, D.C. and Providence -- to two hours and some change.
The high-speed electric-multiple unit (EMU), which is expected to be put into service on the Rome-Milan corridor by Trenitalia in 2015, is certified for speeds up to 360 km/h but is capable of 400 km/h running.
(And it's not just the sexy Italians who are leaving us in the infrastructure dust. As George W. Bush wouldn't want me to do: don't forget Poland!)
Meanwhile, Amtrak still has no concrete plan -- and no government support -- to bring true high-speed rail to our most densely-populated, north-south corridor. Our "high-speed" Acela train runs slower than most "regional" trains in Europe and Asia.
On a 30-mile stretch of railroad between Westerly and Cranston, R.I., Amtrak’s 150-m.p.h. Acela hits its top speed — for five or 10 minutes. On the crowded New York to Washington corridor, the Acela averages only 80 m.p.h., and a plan to bring it up to the speed of Japanese bullet-trains, which can top 220 m.p.h., will take $150 billion and 26 years, if it ever happens.
Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, all led by Republican governors, canceled high-speed rail projects and returned federal funds after deeming the projects too expensive and unnecessary.
Even as Americans are stuck traveling on the MegaBus, China has agreed to finance construction of a new high-speed line -- through the formerly war-torn Balkan states -- from Belgrade to Budapest -- by 2017.
China has signed an agreement with the governments of Serbia, Hungary and Macedonia for the construction of a new high-speed railway between Belgrade and Budapest.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the railway would be complete within the next two years. Feasibility studies are expected to to be carried out by June next year and the project completed by June 2017.
The new 200km/h line will reduce travel times from eight to around two-and-a-half hours between the two capital cities.
And that small high-speed line in the Balkans is just the tip of the exciting infrastructure plans China -- in collaboration with Russia and the European Union -- has for connecting Eurasia --constructing a new "silk road" for the 21st Century. Look at what just arrived in Spain.
The longest rail link in the world and the first direct link between China and Spain is up and running after a train from Yiwu in coastal China completed its maiden journey of 8,111 miles to Madrid.
En route it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid.
The railway has been dubbed the “21st-century Silk Road” by Li Qiang, the governor of Zhejiang province, where Yiwu is located. Its route is longer than the Trans-Siberian railway and the Orient Express.
The first train was met by the mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and Spain’s minister of public works, Ana Pastor. It consisted of 30 containers carrying 1,400 tonnes of cargo – mostly toys, stationery and other items for sale over Christmas across Europe.
According to China’s ambassador to Spain, Zhu Banzao, it will return laden with wine, jamón and olive oil in time for the Chinese new year in February.
Meanwhile, outside Eurasia, Brazil -- the second-largest economy in the Americas -- is choosing to bypass the United States -- and its tech companies -- in laying the groundwork for its high-tech future.
There's a new wrinkle in Brazil's plan to build a $185 million undersea fiber-optic cable that would connect it to Portugal and help the country avoid surveillance by U.S. intelligence authorities, reports Bloomberg: The cable will be built without the help of any U.S. companies.
While Brazil arguably led the world's outrage over the Edward Snowden disclosures, its ire has mellowed a bit in recent months. But that Brazilian authorities are still talking about a U.S.-free undersea link to Europe only underscores something that may be especially destructive to U.S. tech companies: Once you write foreign policy into fiber-optic cables, it stays that way for a long, long time.
These developments aren't just cool -- as in fast trains and long distances -- but they herald the end of American economic dominance; they are concrete symbols of our relative decline versus the other great nations -- and regions -- of the world.
All these interlocked developments suggest a geopolitical tectonic shift in Eurasia that the American media simply hasn't begun to grasp. Which doesn't mean that no one notices anything. You can smell the incipient panic in the air in the Washington establishment. The Council on Foreign Relations is already publishing laments about the possibility that the former sole superpower's exceptionalist moment is "unraveling." The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission can only blame the Chinese leadership for being "disloyal," adverse to "reform," and an enemy of the "liberalization" of their own economy.
The usual suspects carp that upstart China is upsetting the "international order," will doom "peace and prosperity" in Asia for all eternity, and may be creating a "new kind of Cold War" in the region. From Washington's perspective, a rising China, of course, remains the major "threat" in Asia, if not the world, even as the Pentagon spends gigantic sums to keep its sprawling global empire of bases intact. Those Washington-based stories about the new China threat in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, however, never mention that China remains encircled by US bases, while lacking a base of its own outside its territory.
Yes, the rest-of-the-world has problems -- many of which are worse than our own: horrid unemployment in Italy, extreme gun violence in Brazil, horrific absolute poverty in China -- but, and this is crucial, even as they grapple with these challenges, they are still investing in the future -- in long-lasting ways. And, worst of all from the perspective of the United States, they are doing so to the exclusion of the US: leaving behind US companies, US labour force , and any concern for US relevance.
The United States is being left behind. Will be -- absent major change -- never be able to catch up with the infrastructure of Asia and Europe, given current political conditions in this country. And the most tragic part of this decline is that it's being actively promoted by our leaders.
The clock is ticking. The rest-of-the-world is not waiting while the United States "debates" the future. It is building the future.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Gringo Pricing

Gringo Pricing 

On a recent drive I stopped at a small store, to buy a bottle of soda.
The person in front of me was buying the very same thing.
But when it came to me paying for it that was a very different thing, even though the label on the bottle said $1.00 and the person in front of me paid $1.00.
I was told that the cost was $2.00, so I said that I only am buying one bottle, the response was $2.00.
What looked like the son of the owner just sold another bottle of the same to a local at the price marked on the bottle, with that I gave the bottle to the owner and said, you know how to treat your customers, and left.


2017 End Extreme Poverty

Quito, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador plans to eradicate extrema poverty by 2017 through a nationwide strategy presented today in this capital by the National Department of Planning and Development (Senplades) and other institutions.
In the presentation ceremony of the National Strategy for Equality and the Eradication of Poverty, attended by government authorities, the Head of Senplades, Pabel Munoz, said that the most important to achieve the goal is the radical political will to address the phenomenon, as the objective is to wipe out the scourge completely.

He added that after curbing poverty by 12 percent and improve equality by seven percent in the past few years, the country is in a position to achieve the said target by 2017.

In remarks to journalists, he said that the commitment of the national government is essential to achieve the goal, but this responsibility must also be shared by the decentralized autonomous governments, the private sector and all the citizens.

Minister Coordinator of Human Talent, Guillaume Long, highlighted the importance of education to break the cycle of poverty.


Ecuador's internet penetration reaches 72%




Ecuador seizes climate bus opposed to drilling

Check out this link 


Ecuador siezes climate bus opposed to drilling | World News |Axisoflogic.com
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tablets for kids

Tablets for kids



Only a short time ago, I mentioned that the government had imposed an additional tax on the internet and cell phone providers.
Well, just last week it came to my attention that provisions have been made in the 2015 budget to spend that windfall in two ways.
 First, there is a start up company in the Quito area that is producing tablets for the android market. As yet I have not seen one, nor have I seen any advertising for the product.
You can see where I am going; by the new year they should be in a position to ship.
In the new year, the government has made a commitment to provide 1 million tablets to the schools in Ecuador.
Not only is this a bold move, but is it also a gamble?
Will the company be able to provide the number of tablets required within that year?
How will the tablets be distributed, and will the tablets slot into the current teaching methods?
As this is a start up company, will they be able to provide the support for the tablets with firmware and software?
Now you know where that extra 3% tax is going next year.



Fall Seven Times, Get up Eight: The Japanese War Brides

Three daughters tell the story of Japanese women who landed in 1950s America -- the brides of young GIs brought home from an enemy nation.
This is a peek into the modern history of America. In trying to make this film, these 3 women have released some of the lesser known outcomes of the second world war.
The three ladies have put tremendous effort into painstakingly sifting through material that is slowly being eroded by time, and a generation that is fading.
These ladies need a little help to finish this project. Please go to the link and find out more. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/528473920/fall-seven-times-get-up-eight-the-japanese-war-bri










Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Brunch




Thank you to our clients concerned about our cancellation of last brunch.

Specially in the low season we highly recommend booking 24 hours ahead, so we are able to accommodate your needs.

We have worked this way since we started, although not all of you have booked before, we always have required a minimum of 10 reservations for be able to open.
Thanks for your understanding.
Place  :  Big Ralph´s Restaurant
Time   :  9.30 - 12.00
Date   :  Sunday 14th / Sep

BRUNCH MENU

CLASSIC EGGS BENEDICT WITH HOLLANDAISE SAUCE  
$ 6.25

SMOKED SALMON & SCRAMBLED EGGS ON TOASTED WHEAT B. BREAD
$ 7.00

ENGLISH MUFFIN TOPPED WITH TOMATO,
LETTUCE & FILLET STEAK AND ONION RINGS
$ 13.50

BACON, CHEESE & MUSHROOMS QUICHE WITH GREEN BEAN DRESSING
$ 7.00

GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD
$ 7.70

EGG OMELETTE WITH MUSHROOMS, CHEESE & HAM
$ 5.75

DESSERT OF THE DAY
$ 5.95


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Av. San Lorenzo y Av. Carlos Espinoza Larrea,
(Diagonal a Pizza Express)  Salinas - Santa Elena, Ecuador
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rampant

Rampant



Rampant. This is the word used to describe the increase in Ecuador of this modern world disease.
Obesity  
Over the last ten years, the exposure of Ecuador and other advancing countries has brought with it some of the pitfalls:the proliferation of the fast food or the takeaway.
As these countries move away from the traditional industries and take up more of the ways of the modern world, such as that of the USA, there has been an increase in the incidence of obesity.
The increased intake of sugar, fats, carbonated drinks, and sodium, have with the change in lifestyle produced a cocktail of the modern life drawbacks that have outpaced the country's ability to address.
Hence, the speech last week by the President of Ecuador to  implement a tax on the fast food industry.
Obesity and diabetes are crippling enough, but when a recorded increase in both over the last ten years of 75% has been seen, the time is right to take action.
Changes in lifestyle and work habits have contributed to this dilemma.
But so has the fast food industry, with smart advertising and supersizing of meals, their contribution is measurable.
They are not the only culprit. Here (Ecuador), it is hard to find drinks in the stores that have sugar contents below 25 mg., and foods that have alarmingly high levels of sodium.
Some may say that this is a choice, but you just have to look at the US to see what has been going on there. Processed foods, fast food chains, and big conglomerates target the low income with poor life quality food and drinks.
The same thing has been going on here; but the difference here is the ability to deal with it. Over the last six years, money has been diverted to the health care system, infrastructure, and education.
The food revolution that has taken place was not a consequence foreseen. In the last year, we have seen that labeling of food products has been improved and brought into line with the EU.
Warning labels are now seen on carbonated drinks, public information ads are shown on the TV and heard on radio.
This last week with the speech made by the President, indicating that he will introduce a fat tax on the fast food industry may help, but the damage has been done for this generation.
The pains of a country wanting to move up and improve the social, educational and health of its people are demonstrated by problems such as this, but they can be overcome.  

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Throat of Fire

Throat of Fire



A few days ago, if you happened to be in the Banos area, this is what you could see.
The volcano named Tungurahua.
The throat of fire is the translation from the local dialect.



This was found next to a 5 gallon gas can.


How would you like to find this on your bed?


If anyone can tell us what this insect is, please do so!  Thank you.
Ii nnnnn



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ecuador, The way to go?

Ecuador, The way to go?



Under the banner "Latin America News" the Wall Street Journal has poured out its pain that the people of Ecuador might reelect President Rafael Correa. The article is actually an editorial attacking Correa and the people of Ecuador for potentially voting to reelect Ecuador's most successful President in the modern era.
The issue is term limits. I have always opposed term limits as an obstruction to democracy and competence. The U.S. had no presidential term limits for most of its history and the only president the population chose to elect to more than two terms was Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- one of our greatest presidents. I am deeply thankful that our Nation had the great good sense to reelect FDR to four terms in office.
Term limits are an issue on which reasonable people should be able to disagree without rancor. Rupert Murdoch and his reporters do not fall within that category and they despise Correa Ecuador's success and Correa's popularity falsify their ideological claims that democratic government is the problem and plutocracy is the solution. The WSJ is enraged that that Ecuador's democratically-elected parliament might remove term limits for public officials. The faux "news" story launches this fact-free smear: "Mr. Correa, whom opponents characterize as a semi-authoritarian leader who controls all levers of power." Wow, I'm sure I could find "opponents" of every elected leader in the world who would say far worse. I'm also sure that the WSJ never ran a "news" story that read "Mr. Bush, whom opponents characterize as a semi-authoritarian leader who controls all levels of power." It turns out that the "opponents" that the WSJ tries to dredge up are political opponents who define winning democratic elections as "authoritarian."
We can test the claim that Correa "controls all levels of power" against the facts. He is the democratically elected president and a majority of the members of the democratically elected Parliament support him. That's the norm in all parliamentary systems that Murdoch loves when conservatives are elected the PMs in Australia, the UK, and Canada. Correa's party also lost democratic elections for mayor in Ecuador's largest cities, so he plainly does not control all levels of power and does not act to prevent his political opponents from winning elections nor does he annul their victories. In Ecuador, the President is not the leader of the party or coalition that controls the parliament and for many years Correa held office with a parliament controlled by the opposition.
The WSJ lets slip the "opposition's" real concerns -- the people of Ecuador strongly support Correa's policies and oppose the return of the oligarchs to power. The oligarchs are desperate to make it impossible for the people of Ecuador to reelect the leader they support.
"Still popular after seven years in office, Mr. Correa, who is 51 years old, would likely win a fourth presidential election in 2017 and remain in power far into the future, analysts and opposition figures believe."
No one describes the oligarchs as "semi-authoritarian" because they, allied with the military, were openly authoritarian. They were also incompetent, often personally corrupt, and betrayers of the people of Ecuador in favor of foreign corporations such as Texaco. In particular, their oil royalty agreements gave only a pittance to Ecuador regardless of the price of oil. One of Correa's first acts as President was to renegotiate those agreements. Together with his rejection of odious debt, another act of economic treason by the oligarchs, these financial steps made it possible for Correa to adopt the policies that produced Ecuador's dual economic and social miracles. Unemployment, poverty, and inequality have all fallen sharply under Correa.
A Nation that was the largest exporter (as a percentage of total population) of its citizens via emigration reversed that tragedy to a net inflow. People voted with their feet under the oligarchs by leaving Ecuador. They are now voting with their feet by returning. The oligarchs are determined to prevent them from voting with their ballots in favor of the leader who brought exceptional competence and results to Ecuador.
The WSJ tries to turn these successes and Correa's popularity into an indictment not only of Correa, but the people of Ecuador.
"Buoyed by high oil prices, Mr. Correa has funneled money into education and highways, giving him high approval ratings, while drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and press freedom advocates for trying to muzzle critics."
The WSJ purports to love "the Washington Consensus" -- which calls for increased public spending on education, health, and infrastructure. Those are precisely Correa's priorities and he has delivered major improvements in each category. That is why Correa is so popular with the people of Ecuador and so hated by the oligarchs who once totally dominated all media and made "press freedom" an oxymoron. Absent Correa's actions on oil royalties and the odious debt "high oil prices" would not have made it possible to produce these tremendous gains in education, health, and infrastructure. The oil proceeds would have simply gone to reward the holders of odious debt and the foreign oil companies.
Correa is an excellent economist and his policies are highly pragmatic. His policies are rooted in Catholic social justice principles. It is a grave mistake to lump the leaders and nations of Latin America together and treat them as clones. It is long past time for President Obama to reach out a hand of friendship to President Correa and the people of Ecuador. Correa and the people of Ecuador have made real Obama's campaign slogan: "S, se puede."



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Not quite net neutrality

Not quite net neutrality 

Recently, the current president of Ecuador said that the airwaves belong to the people, and then increased the corporate tax to 12% and the profit sharing to 3% for the workers.
The president wants more of the money the corporations make to stay in the country. This money will be used on social and educational projects.
The country's president, Rafael Correa, said that the spectrum belongs to all Ecuadorians and that the use of that spectrum should generate profit for the people.
Movistar, Claro and CNT are in negotiations with the Ecuadorian government to implement 4G service.


View of Salinas from the yacht club


Progress on the Pier







$4.5 B deficit 

In October of this year, Ecuador will be the first country in the world to introduce virtual money.
If you have traveled to Ecuador or live in Ecuador, you will know that the currency here is the US dollar.
There are a few problems with adopting another country's currency that bears some thought .
The first is that you cannot print more money. Paper money wears out, and has to be replaced.
Paper money gets taken out of circulation by hoarders, spent in other countries, and sometimes is destroyed for whatever reason.
This all contributes to a shortage of circulating money in the country.
One solution is to have virtual money. This can be used to pay city and state workers, the military, and state run concerns.
The Ecuadorian central  bank is working with cooperation to accept this currency. What is being asked is, "Will this virtual money have the full backing of the central bank, as is the paper money?"
There should be clarity , and a code of conduct and usage issued by the bank to support this endeavor.






Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ecuador $6.4 M Face lift

Ecuador $6.4 M Face lift

A company in New York, MCSquared, has received a contract from the Ecuadorian government, to help improve the image of Ecuador.
The cost of this contract is said to be $6.4 million, which will be used by this company to improve the image of Ecuador, to attract more income from tourists, and also  promote the resources that are on offer.
As we have seen in the last year, Ecuador has been increasing its prominence in the EU, signing contracts with Spain.
Ecuador, for now, is a resource- rich country. Extraction of these resources has left many scars not only on the countryside but with the international community, the long and protracted court case with the oil refining giant, Chevron.
This has left a bad taste with many corporations, and with the labour laws in  Ecuador, have combined to make this a very difficult place to set up a business.
With price controls being introduced on over 800 pharmaceuticals, and the restrictions on the imports on many luxury items, have also added to this difficulty.
This PR company will have its work cut out for it.


Ecuador's newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Sandra Naranjo,
is leading the way in the fight to gain a bigger share of the international tourist market.
Last year, just over 1.1 million international visitors made Ecuador their choice to spend vacation dollars.
With the help of this company, The Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador is hoping that this will increase to 1.6 million by the end of this year. 
 These two companies are both based in New York. Ecuador is providing a substantial amount of money to show the world that this is a great place to come and visit on one hand, and on the other  hand, selling of the resources to the rest of the world.

Outsourcing
Now there is a nasty word, but it has come to be known as the death blow for many jobs in the U.S.
This week I learned that companies in Mexico are now outsourcing work, for the very same reason that it was outsourced in the U.S.
The reason is that the company can make more money for less work and stress. Just 20 years ago Mexico was in the same position, and took on work that would feed their workers.
Recently there has been a lot of talk by the Ecuadorian government to produce more products here, and this will keep people employed and help balance the  import and export of trade.
But Ecuador has just placed an order with a company in India for the supply of 40 thousand body armor vests for the police force. Apparently, the ones they have now are not good enough.
Talk about a global economy .


Yasuni National Park


The Yasuni National Park, just two weeks after permits were issued to drill, has become the area of  an oil spill in the amount of 660,000 gallons.
This spill has contaminated drinking water and placed many dangerous effects on the indigenous people, wild life, and agriculture.
















Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Man that is Remembered



Simón Bolívar



Simón Bolívar was a Venezuelan military leader who was instrumental in the revolutions against the Spanish empire.



BIRTH DATE
July 24, 1783
DEATH DATE
December 17, 1830


Synopsis
Simón Bolívar was a South American soldier who was instrumental in the continent's revolutions against the Spanish empire. Born into wealth, Bolívar was sent to Spain for his education, soon deciding to immerse himself in the political sphere in Europe. After France invaded Spain in 1808, he became involved in the resistance movement and played a key role in the Spanish American fight for independence. In 1825, the "Republic of Bolivia" was created in honor of the inspirational leader, hailed by many as El Libertador (The Liberator). He died on December 17, 1830 in Colombia.

Early Life
Simón José Antonio de la Santísma Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios was born on July 24, 1783 in Caracas, New Granada (now Venezuela). Bolívar was born into a prosperous family who took their money from rich gold and copper mines they owned in Venezuela. Young Bolívar moved to Spain in 1799 after the deaths of his parents. In Spain, he continued his education, begun in Venezuela with tutors, and married María Teresa Rodríguez del Toro y Alaysa in 1802. When the young couple returned to Venezuela to visit in 1803, however, María Teresa sickened and died of yellow fever.

'El Libertador'
After her death, Bólivar returned to Europe and kept company with Napoleon. Bolívar returned to Venezuela in 1807. When Napoleon named Joseph Bonaparte King of Spain and its colonies, which included Venezuela, Bolívar joined the resistance movement. The resistance group based in Caracas gained independence in 1810, and Bolívar traveled to Britain on a diplomatic mission. The fight for control of Caracas, Venezuela and most of South American continued on back home.
Finally, Bolívar returned to Venezuela and began a campaign to wrest control of that country from the Spanish. He and his followers invaded Venezuela on May 14, 1813; this marked the beginning of his "Compana Admirable" (Admirable Campaign), which resulted in the formation of the Venezuelan Second Republic later that year. Bolívar was hailed as El Libertador (The Liberator), though civil war soon erupted in the republic, forcing him to flee to Jamaica and seek foreign aid. There he wrote his famous "Letter From Jamaica," detailing his vision of a South American republic with a parliamentary setup modeled after England and a life-long president. His idea of being a nation's chief who could not be removed from power would be heavily critiqued by other leaders and intellectuals. 
Gaining support from Haiti, Bolívar returned to his home continent and became involved in a number of military battles, eventually able to claim several territories. 1821 saw the creation of the Gran Colombia, under Bolívar's leadership. This federation included much of what is now Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador. Further maneuvers saw him named Dictator of Peru in 1824, followed by the creation of Bolivia in 1825.

Later Years, Death and Legacy
Bolívar had succeeded in uniting much of South America in a federation free from Spanish control, but the government was fragile. Despite his desire to create a union of states similar to that which created the United States of America, Bolívar faced opposition from internal factions throughout the huge Gran Colombia, with there being a push to form single nations. As a temporary measure, Bolívar declared himself dictator in 1828, though in September of the same year he escaped an assassination attempt with aid from his mistress and fellow revolutionary Manuela Sáenz. He resigned this post in 1830 and made plans to sail for exile in Europe. On December 17, 1830, however, Simón Bolívar died in Santa Marta, Colombia, after a battle with what may have been tuberculosis.

Today, Bolívar's legacy can be seen in the multitude of statues and plaza squares bearing his likeness throughout South and North America. Several cities and towns throughout the United States are named in his honor and statues and roads bearing his name can be found in a variety of international locales, including Egypt, Australia and Turkey.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Upgrade to the Malecon

Upgrade to the Malecon




Not sure if people think about what is going on in the background, but here on the malecon it will make things look very different.
The street lighting is being upgraded to LED lighting.
Lower maintenance, lower power consumption, lasts longer than the incandescent or sodium lights they are replacing.
So next time you are walking along the malecon, look up and see the new technology at work for your community.


Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru


What have these countries got in common?
They all now have free trade agreements with the European Union.
The world's largest trading block, and for Ecuador that is big, because the EU is the largest buyer of Ecuadorian exports, except for oil, totaling in 2013, $3 billion.
Here is an example of what EU's consumers want to buy: its cut flowers, coffee, cocoa, tropical fruit juice, and bananas.
Because of this pact agreement, it means that the EU has a market for cars manufactured there and luxury goods, such as alcoholic beverages.







Sunday, 13 July 2014

Ecuador targets 1,400

Ecuador targets 1,400



Rural communities, small towns, cities and in between have been targeted to receive information centers.
These centers will provide educators, computers, printers, projectors and study rooms that will assist these communities to take advantage of the internet and technology.
To date 489 of these centers  have been placed into service and have received over 2 million visitors and users,a good example of bringing technology to the people.
On that subject, here in Salinas, we have free WiFi for all; the service is limited, but available to all. 



Petro Ecuador 


The biggest refinery in Ecuador, located in Quito, will be closed for maintenance over the next 14 months. A spokesman said that the plant will close by sections and fully close for just 45 days.
No mention was made of whether or not the supply of petrol and diesel will be affected.








Franklin D. Roosevelt had it, so did Venezuela’s Hugo 

Chávez and so does Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. What is it?


Rafael Correa, current President of Ecuador, could be the next leader to take advantage of never being out of a job. This question is being considered by the constitutional court in Ecuador.






Missing Oklahoma City man August Reiger sparks sightings in Ecuador

The search for August Reiger, who disappeared nearly a year ago while visiting Ecuador, continues. Two possible sightings have been reported to Ecuadorean law enforcement recently.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: May 9, 2014
The possibility that someone has recently seen a missing Oklahoma City man in Ecuador, where he vanished while vacationing with his family over a year ago, delivered a dose of hope to those trying to find him.
Two possible sightings reported to Ecuadorean law enforcement renew the possibility that August Reiger is alive. Reiger, now 19, went missing June 16,  2013 while hiking in Banos — a resort town considered safe for tourists — with his parents and younger brother, setting off an international effort to find him.
The teen’s father, Chris Reiger, confirmed at least two possible sightings have been reported in the past week, but he said there’s no way to know for sure the person seen was his son.
“We certainly haven’t given up hope that he’s going to be found, no doubt about that,” Chris Reiger said Thursday. “We still think he will be.”
August Reiger graduated as a valedictorian from Classen School of Advanced Studies in May 2013 and was planning to attend the University of Oklahoma.
During the summer trip, the family went hiking and August Reiger got a few minutes ahead of the others. He did not turn up at the family’s meeting spot and didn’t return to the hotel.