In an effort to improve the quality of products being imported to Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Institute for Standardization (NEM) have made 48 policy changes that require the importer to show that the product is safe and have quality control in their manufacture.
These requirements have placed a burden on the importers that has slowed down the import of a number of products of up to 180 days.
Complaints have been filed by the importers and are being considered by customs and the NEM.
An annual report produced by the organization Freedom House.
Looks at countries around the world and ranks them as to the freedom of their governments.
Ten countries listed below were ranked, and aspects of these countries gave them the ranking of partly free.
The countries ranked are,
Ecuador and Venezuela are ranked together because they have modern voting systems and hold elections, but partly free because they unduly control the media to neutralize the opposition.
Salinas Apartment living
There is a saying, you can not pick your neighbor and you can not pick your relatives
Recently I was reminded of the ugly American, we have all heard about the one that shouts, thinks that they should be served first and so on.
Recently I heard about such a case, living in an apartment you have to put up with the lift working at odd hours and doors slamming, kids being kids, loud music, TV on at all hours, smells, back up at the laundry.
Just imagine it is 10 pm on a Saturday night it is high season in Salinas. The apartment building has a pool and a BBQ the music is playing, and there is a mixture of nationalities in the building, the temperature is pleasant with a slight breeze. the smell of food is in the air, the kids are playing in the pool and the parents are cooking on the BBQ.
When all of a sudden an American person appears at the door of their apartment screaming, will you people keep the noise down I need my sleep, this happened several times.
The Ecuadorians I was told were upset, but what can they do we are on holiday, what we were doing is normal for Ecuadorians.
Is this the picture that you want these Ecuadorian family's to take home with them ?
One thing is for sure in the high season in Salinas there is noise.
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