Sunday, 11 May 2014

Excitement and taking shape

Excitement and taking shape




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Did you see the  Salinas fire department working on the condo building that went belly up and is now inhabited by squatters.
Well it looks like the scaffolding on the side of the building was collapsing, putting in danger people passing by and vehicle traffic, I would think that the squatters would not be to happy about the situation.

On the move



Down along the malicon things are taking shape, the new pier, as the number of tourists has decreased and the kids have gone back to school it looks like the work level has increased.
The construction of the pier seen from San Lorenzo

That is not the case for garbage removal, across Salinas we have not seen any regular collection of garbage away from the tourist and retail areas for the last few weeks.

Waiting to be cleaned up


At the Pasao we are seeing workers lined up waiting , just like in the US at Home Depot, these are the guys that should be cleaning the streets and removing garbage.
So the budget crunch has hit.
The new Mayor takes office May 18, let's look for some changes.

Ecuadorian promotion agency looks to Spain for mango opportunities


The Ecuadorian government hopes its country’s mango industry will be able to capitalize on opportunities in Spain, where production is limited to the regions of Malaga, Granada and the Canary Islands for climatic reasons.mango_952293 _ small
In information given to www.freshfruitportal.com by the Ecuadorian Institute of Export and Investment Promotion (Pro Ecuador), the agency said Spanish production could not keep up with demand, and a lack of year-round supply meant other mango-growing nations needed to come into the picture.
“This fruit is widely consumed in Span for preparing juices and ice cream, but it is also highly used in diverse culinary preparations,” Pro Ecuador said.
“Spanish consumers prefer Spanish mangoes, but when they don’t find them in the supermarket, they are inclined toward mangoes of Brazilian origin, followed by Peru, which in one way or another is the most well-known.”
In 2012, Ecuadorian mango exports to Spain reached US$182,616, putting the country in ninth place for mango purchases from the South American nation, however this meant a participation of just 0.52% of total volume shipped.
However, this represents around one tenth of European consumption of Ecuadorian mangoes, with the continent purchasing aronud 5.26% of shipments.
The top mango suppliers to Spain in 2012 were Brazil, Peru, Portugal, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, with Ecuador in 12th place.
The U.S. is the main destination for Ecuadorian mangos, accounting for 82% of purchases, followed by Canada, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico and Belgium.