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Album 2017 Rescued Ones

Hello everybody! We want to show you our rescued dogs from this year 2017! Let us know if you would like to adopt one of them! All the rescued dogs are spayed and neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and fleas and ticks treatment. CONTACT US: Javier 6965-9423 / Magaly 6563-8686 Email: dogcampboquete@gmail.com Please consider to make a donation to the DogCamp by our GOFUNDME FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Come To The Dog Camp And Meet Me! My Name Is Salvador

Salvador is doing much better every day! He is seven months old and we are sure that he will be a handsome dog.
Please help to continue helping more animals!! They need all your support! CONTACT US: Javier 6965-9423 / Magaly 6563-8686 Email: dogcampboquete@gmail.com Please consider to make a donation to the DogCamp by our GOFUNDME FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Some Dogs From The Dog Camp

Come and visit the dogs, they love to meet new people!! CONTACT US: Javier 6965-9423 / Magaly 6563-8686 Email: dogcampboquete@gmail.com Please consider to make a donation to the DogCamp by our GOFUNDME FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Russia 2018: Selection of Panama will Train in Chiriqui

A link to this great bit of satire showed up somewhere today. Russia 2018: Selection of Panama will Train in Chiriqui The Sele is already training in Boquete to acclimatize to the low temperatures in the face of their first match in Russia 2018 against Belgium Moscow  -  After the culmination of the draw for the 2018 World Federation, it was decided that the Panamanian Selection will train in Chiriqui to acclimatize for what will be their first World Cup appearance. The Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT) commented on the climate of the host country, specifically on the snow storms that hit Moscow, the Russian capital. "We have accepted the invitation of a Chiricano colleague', someone who has lived in the flesh in the Russian climate, who indicates to us that the climate in Russia is nothing compared to what it's like to live in Chiriqui", and he facilitated the stay so that the selection can train in sub-zero temperatures, which according to the Chiricanos are very similar to those experienced in Russia'- said FEPAFUT Many Panamanians present at the drawing indicated that the weather can be an important factor for Panama, which will start the World Cup trying to gain points from Belgium, a team prepared to play in cold weather. The newly convened Gregorio Querini also made comments but did not confirm the date on which the Panamanian selection will train in Chiriqui. The Chiricano stated that the Russian winters are like a summer breeze in comparison to the cold weather of the Highlands Chiricanas.  "It's not for nothing they call them the Alpes Chiricanos", he commented.

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

José "Pepe" Mujica Visits Panama

This week marked the visit to Panama of the wonderful former President of Uruguay, José "Pepe" Mujica, when he received an honorary Doctorate from UP and gave a number of excellent speeches. “Pepe” Mujica: The preacher of transparency Oscar Sulbarán Fri, 11/24/2017 - 23:04     "It's better to pay the price of irresponsibility than to muzzle society" Each one of the speeches made by the former Uruguayan president, José “Pepe” Mujica during his visit to Panama, were focused on fighting corruption. This Friday he participated as a speaker at the XXXIV ordinary session of the Latin American Parliament and highlighted the role the press has against this problem: “the lack of freedom is the greatest guarantee for acts of corruption to prosper. Freedom will not solve every problem but without a doubt freedom helps, in a great way. The journalistic affirmation hurts us a thousandfold, not always responsible, but it is better to pay the price of irresponsibility than to muzzle society if the phenomenon wants to be controled”. During his stay in the isthmus, Mujica was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Panama. He was also received by the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela.  

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Boxing: finding a way out of poverty

Boxing: finding a way out of poverty The country of Roberto Durán is still a boxing academy. In Panama City, in Curundú, in a place where a hangar used to be, the “Pedro Alcazar, the rocker” gym now stands. There, underpriviledged youths from areas of the isthmus’ capital come to take a step towards progress daily, through boxing. “There can be a world champion among them because they are poor and they are hungry to get out of poverty,” says Carlos Cruz, a retired boxer who won 37 fights in his career and who today is dedicated to training boxers. “We do not have money but the little that we have we share with them to give them their ticket, to feed them,” says Rigoberto Garibaldi, who now as a coach claims to be the only international medalist in Panamanian amateur boxing. Curundú’s gym is visited by boxing promoters from Colombia, Nicaragua and the United States for being considered a boxing academy.  

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

End of November Cultural Happenings

Well it's been a busy month in Boquete with Panama's Patriotic Holidays. More is to come. Our mayor announced the last two weeks of the month including this weekend will be filled with many cultural events. Beginning this Friday or Saturday at 5 P.M. in the main park, we gringos have named Central Park located across from the Restaurante Baru. There will be of Tipico Folkloric Dancing groups from all over the country and from other Latin American countries with the women in their Polleras (traje tipico). This is not to be missed! Another event taking place this weekend on Sunday Boquete's own Cabalgata (horse parade) riding down main street and to top it off hundreds of bands marching in Boquete town probably happening on the 29th. which is Independence Day from Spain. Wow! How exciting is this.  Remember to do all your shopping in the morning before 10 A.M. as there will be much traffic going into Bajo Boquete and in town, as well driving out of Bajo Boquete early evening and later.  Enjoy Panama and it's culture.      

JM

JM

 

The Seller of Panama

President Varela is returning from opening the new Panamanian Embassy in China with at least a dozen and a half economic agreements beneficial to business and agriculture. Today he proposed that Panama become China's platform in Central America. Young adults from Panama are being hosted in China on cultural missions to prepare them for ? Varela proposes Panama as a China’s platform in Latin America   EFE Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:16   Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said on Monday that Panama will play a key role as China's platform in Latin America in investment, transport, logistics and tourism. The country's central position in Latin America and the Caribbean, plus the Canal and the fact that Panama is a financial and logistical hub, with legal security and political stability, "will help us channel a lot of investment from China", Varela said at a press conference where he closed the Beijing stage of the first official visit by a Panamanian leader to the Asian country. Varela went over the main achievements of this trip and noted his confidence that, despite Latin American countries are eager to attract Chinese investment and trade, Panama will attract a significant part of the Asian giant's economic activity in that region. "There will certainly be a lot of (Chinese) investment in the region, but each country has to create favorable conditions" to attract it, he highlighted, and said that he hopes  not only to atract Chinese investment in his country, but also in other countries of the region with Panama as a base. The Panamanian president also considered that the "strategic partnership" between his country and the United States "is fully compatible" with the "approach" to China and its use of the Panamanian platform to "increase its presence in Latin America". Varela recalled that there are Chinese companies that are building a cruise port in Panama, including water projects and housing, or are established in the Colon Free Zone, with investments totaling 1,000 million dollars until the establishment of diplomatic relations in June. "I am sure that many Chinese companies will follow the same route," he said, trusting that "Panama will be the door for many Chinese companies in Latin America". Concerning transport, Varela highlighted the importance of the air "hub" of his country, with connections to almost 80 American cities, that will be reinforced when, starting in March 2018, Air China will beging the first Beijing-Panama direct flight with a technical stop in Houston (USA), which "will boost tourism between the two countries". The president and his delegation also traveled to Shanghai by high-speed train to see first-hand the Chinese system, the largest in the world, and try to apply it to the project of a fast line of passengers and goods to neighboring Costa Rica, from where it could be then extended to the rest of Mesoamerica. Varela said he has been invited to take part in the tourism fair to be held next May in Hangzhou (east), and highlighted that Panama is going to join the multi-destination strategy with tourist countries such as Costa Rica or Cuba to attract the growing number of Chinese visitors abroad. Linked to tourism and the displacement of business executives is the issue of visas, and Varela recalled that very shortly before traveling to China his government approved the flexibility of formalities for Chinese citizens to obtain a visa quickly, "in 24 or 48 hours". He explained that Panama has already presented "an important project" of Chinese funding in those connectivity projects in the region and also of the Panamanian territory with the Asian giant, within the New Silk Routes launched by the communist regime. Panama thus closed its way through Beijing in the first visit of a president of this country to China after the establishment of diplomatic relations in June. Varela said that this process "is going to be a model to be followed by other countries" that still maintain relations with Taiwan. In this sense, Varela said that the decision is "permanent" and "is not connected" to the evolution of economic exchanges. In Shanghai, the Panamanian president will inaugurate the consulate, hold discussions to increase bilateral cooperation in maritime transport, participate in a business forum and hold the PanamaFest, a celebration to promote Chinese tourism in his country. http://www.panamatoday.com/panama/varela-proposes-panama-chinas-platform-latin-america-5794

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Why Bother with Current Events

It's my personal opinion that immigrants to a foreign country should, without losing their identity, make an effort to assimilate. That includes keeping up to date with current events. The value derived is, in part, a better understanding of local people, their culture and governance.  

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Natural Disasters

Some thoughts on the recent spate of natural disasters affecting Mexico, many Caribbean islands, and parts of the southern U.S. We complain here about power outages that last longer than a few hours. Many people in the Caribbean will be living without electricity for 4 to 6 months. People who live on islands are trapped and have nowhere to run to. Continuing to allow construction in flood plains and coastal areas is simply stupid. There are people around who knock others here for rescuing dogs. They should be aware of all the  people who dogs have rescued in the last weeks. It's important to be prepared and have some kind of an action plan ready in case of an emergency here. Mother Nature can be a bitch.

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Top Quality Body and Paint

The best body and paint shop in Boquete, and the only shop with a fully enclosed paint booth. We can make your car look like new again. From damaged bumpers, dents, faded headlights, to complete re-finish. Located across from Plaza San Fransisco (one block east and one block north). Fast turnaround, great prices, and guaranteed results. Contact Phil Hagen at 6464-0271

Phil Hagen

Phil Hagen

 

Hackers

Technology has become so intertwined in our lives that it is hard to imagine life without it.   It makes our lives simpler in many ways yet the complexity challenges even the most well informed.  The news is full of technology stories that can be confusing, misleading and down right scary at times.   Today there is news of more hacker activity and I want to pass along what you need to know in simplest terms. Equifax Data Breach    The security breach of Equifax happened between May and July of 2017.   We are several months since this happened.   There is a lot of information available on this, so I am not going to repeat everything here.   However, there is one important piece of information and recommendation that is important to examine.   Many websites are recommending that you go to another website to check to see if you were affected by the data breach.   Testing has shown that the website is giving false results as it wants people to signup for the free credit monitoring.   Everything "free" comes with a price.   The hidden part of this is that by signing up for the free credit monitoring, you also agree not to be part of any class action lawsuit that is sure to follow in the near future.   I might also add that there is no reason to trust Equifax at this point in time, nor some free service they are trying to give away.    Good information on this here:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do CCleaner Hacked  A very popular tool for cleaning PC's is software called CCleaner.   I personally use it as one of many in my toolkit for cleaning computers of malware and other nasty things.   Today it was learned that the latest versions of the software between 5.33.6162 and 5.34 were infected with  a multi-stage malware payload.   Luckily this was discovered quickly and it appears to only affect 32 bit versions of the software, not the more common 64 bit versions.    More details on the hack here:  https://www.howtogeek.com/326742/ccleaner-was-hacked-what-you-need-to-know/ The point here is to be aware that any software installed on your computer could potentially contain malware.  Even legitimate software can be compromised.   The best things to do are: Backing up of your data regularly and keep it in multiple locations  (Be sure your backup does not remain connected to your computer) Regular malware scans and cleanup - this is different than just a simple virus scan Have a computer tech that knows your system before disaster happens. You do not need to be a pro yourself but you will need a pro at some point in time.   Technology is simply too complex these days and we are all vulnerable.  My advice is to plan ahead, just as you would look for a doctor before you need one, you should do the same for a technology pro.    

Twin Wolf Technology Group

Twin Wolf Technology Group

 

Cobre Panama Mine in Panama

This week President Varela visited the Cobre Panama mine site. This is a mega-project with $5.5 billion worth of investment, as much or more as the Canal expansion. Many mining ventures around the world are run out of Canada and this one is no different. For a time there was a struggle for control of the property and the adjacent Molejon Gold site now belonging to the infamous Petaquilla Minerals. First Quantum Minerals eventually separated from Petaquilla and succeeded in acquiring 80% of of the Cobre properties allowing them to proceed with funding and construction. The area of the open pit mines is located about 20 kilometers inland from the Caribbean in Donoso, accessible by vehicle from Penonome, and of course, is under the gun from environmentalists. President Varela Visits Cobre Panama In January 2019 will be the first shipment of the copper mine in Panama, reported the president, Juan Carlos Varela, yesterday during a tour in which verified the progress in the construction of the plant. The president said the activity generates currently 6.500 direct jobs and once operational, will become a major source of foreign exchange. According to Varela, the revenue from the exploitation of the mine will be located just behind the Panama Canal and tourism. The programming, he said, is that the first boat with mineral exports out of a port of Panama will be in the month of January 2019. According to the president Varela, 'this project ceased to be a speculation to become a reality for the benefit of workers and the national economy'. The project involves the export of 320.000 tonnes of copper, with the company's commitment to reforest 11.000 hectares of vegetation. First Quantum Minerals maintains the 80% of the shares and Philip Pascal is the company that is responsible for the development of the project and for the construction of the plant that, according to the representative, rises with the priority of Panamanian workers. It is expected that already in office, in 2019, to generate more of B/. 2 billion in exports of copper, main mineral; in addition to the export of gold as secondary mineral. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/varela-visita-mina-cobre-panama/24022679 This is a blurb from First Quantum's 'Cobre Panama' HR website. Cobre Panama is a large open-pit copper development project in Panama. It is located 120 kilometres west of Panama City and 20 kilometres from the Caribbean Sea coast, in the district of Donoso, Colon province, in the Republic of Panama. The concession consists of four zones totalling 13,600 hectares. The project involves three open pits with ore mined and processed by crushing, grinding, flotation recovery, and concentrate dewatering. It has a 30 year current mine life. Copper concentrates will be delivered by slurry pipeline from the concentrator to the filter plant at a new port facility on the Caribbean coast. A road, buried pipelines and an overland power transmission line will link the port facility and process plant. The project also includes the construction of a 300 MW power generation plant at the port. Once the project is fully operational, the mine can produce over 320,000 tonnes of copper a year. Our objective is to achieve the highest standards of operation, at the same time as meeting our production targets – something we’ll ensure by maintaining close engagement with all our stakeholders. During the construction phase we estimate there will be over 7,000 jobs. Cobre Panama represents 16% of Panama’s construction sector over next 2-3 years and once in operations it will represent an estimate of $2B exports per year for 34+ years. Key target time frame: Q2 2017 – 230KV overland power line complete Q4 2017 – set 1 (150MW) power station commences output Q2 2018 – set 2 (150MW) power station commences output 2018 – tailings management facility complete Q3 2018 – process plant construction complete H2 2018 – process commissioning 2019 - continued ramp up http://www.fqmcareers.com/our-locations/panama    

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Excellent Check-up for Anouk

Took Anouk for her physical check-up with Dra. Chely this morning. Remember when we accepted this beautiful Husky about one plus years ago, this rescue dog had some health issues including raw ears devoid of hair because of flea infestation. So bad that Dra. Chely was fearful the hair would never grow back! With the application of medicine and a lot of work on our part Anouk now has clean and "hairy" ears. Per Dra. Chely's instructions we bathed Anouk's feet daily in white vinegar and water to get rid of fungus and of course there was a problem with poor fur (matty and bad smelling). This morning Anouk got an A+ in all areas including her clean teeth. We give her a raw bone (preferably tan bone, pig) once a week plus dry dog food with a small amount of canned wet food morning and night. "0nly egg white" per Dra. Chely "not the egg yolk" is included at breakfast. Anouk enjoys chewing on a Nyla bone on a regular basis. "Excellent mouth, no dog breath" per the vet. Will admit that Anouk could lose a few pounds. Guess that means more walks and my throwing the ball for her to chase more times. Reckon I better get busy....rain or sunshine ?. She really is a beautiful dog and a major addition to our family.    

Marcelyn

Marcelyn

 

Changes for safety reasons

As a dog owner, one of the "duties as needed" that comes my way is Yard Poop Cleaner. Doesn't take a lot of time and requires minimum training. These were the selling points to me. So here I am at my job last week when I walked right by a brown leaf...or so I thought. Circled back and took a closer look. No way! This was a cane toad in my backyard. The second instance of finding one of these critters on our property. I rushed to the kitchen. Searching for a weapon, I grabbed my spray bottle of bleach and returned to the toad area. Sprayed this creature several times as he jumped away from "my mighty weapon". Of course Anouk was trying to help my efforts with her jumping and barking. I could see my bleach wasn't working, so with my almost OK arm (earlier broken in a skiing accident), I lifted a sizable potted plant in container and dropped it onto the toad.  Now the rest of the story. After various suggestions and long consideration, the contractor is here today beginning the installation of wire mesh along the bottom section of our fence line. Hopefully this will keep out toads and any snakes that wander our way.

Marcelyn

Marcelyn

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