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Huawei overtakes Samsung in smart phone sales, Holiday museum schedule, Guayaquil toll highway considered, Bus drivers may join IESS

Viernes, 24/5/2019

Hola, Todos –
Actividades –
De la pagina cultural –

Museums – During this holiday weekend, city museums and galleries will be open from 10-14:00. Following is who’s showing.
Museo de Arte Moderno – Jorge Chalco and Enrique Dávila Cobos.
Galería de la Alcaldía – Luis Crespo.
Museo Remigio Crespo – Historic photos by Gustavo Landívar.
Economuseo Casa del Sombrero – weavers on site.

Festival de Metal Independiente – Metal bands will perform este sábado 25/5 a las 16:00 in the Pumapungo. The 4th anniversary of the Sesiones Pumapungo will be marked with performances by Lignum Crucis (heavy metal), Alias ec (metal fusión), and Ancestro Espiritual (thrash metal). <Their spiritual ancestors must have been blacksmiths.> There will also be unreleased CD’s and band merchandise for sale. Cost: $3.00 & $5.00.

President Lenin Moreno completes two years in office.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Giro económico con Moreno (Economic turn with Moreno) – The 24 de mayo marks 2 years in power for Moreno who has made a radical economic turn from his predecesor’s (Rafael Correa) model, above all, signing an agreement with the Fondo Monetario Internacional (IMF).

Huawei – Sales of Huawei phones rose last year to become the most sold in Ecuador, displacing Samsung. Owners are worried because of the break in relations between U.S. company Google, which developed Android, and Huawei in China, due to the U.S./China trade war. They are afraid they won’t be able to use and update the Android operating system. Phones in the stores and already in use have already paid the license fees and will have no problems. Huawei is coming out with their own Hongmeng OS operating system and won’t need Android.

Marco Sotomayor, an economist and import consultant, thinks that the dispute between the US and China will have global repercussions. He said many US companies have factories in China or rely on China for raw materials, and China can impose its own restrictions. With respect to phones in Ecuador, Huawei issued an official reassurance to its clients that they will have normal updates and after-sales service. Huawei is number 2 in the world for smart phones. Sotomayor called it a battle between two titans to see who will dominate the world telecomunications market. It is also a battle for data. <And the winning company will be renamed Big Brother.>

Transportistas – Drivers in Azuay are looking at affiliating with IESS. The Sindicato de Choferes Profesionales del Azuay is analyzing the cost of affiliation which for now, is set at $69.00 per month. At a national level, there could be 450,000 new members if all the unions joined. Currently only 37% of professional drivers have IESS.

Roads – The vía Molleturo-Guayaquil could be privatized. This stretch of road has landslides that the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas can only clean up. There is no money for a long term fix. The ministry is considering granting a concession to a private company for maintenance of the road. The investment would be recuperated through tolls.

And that’s all for today so la Hasta la próxima semana –

Jeanne