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  2. This would be a huge step in the wrong direction, imo. Panama was heralded at the time for it's initiative in banning purse seining and long lining, which collaterally kill thousands of sharks, sea turtles, billfish, and other species. http://thebulletinpanama.com/2011/01/environmentalists-laud-panama’s-long-line-ban/
  3. On the Netflix part of this topic, Marcelyn and I just this week reactivated our Netflix account. For that TV we do NOT have VPN, and Netflix worked properly without any restrictions (well, at least so far that has been our experience). We have now watched three movies via Netflix. The only negative so far is that the audio is so low that we have difficulty hearing it. The volume was as high as it would go. Will check into plugging Netflix onto a different TV to see if we can boost the audio.
  4. http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_How_to_Reactivate_the_Fishing_Sector
  5. http://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Panama_Metro_Master_Plan_Awarded
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  7. This sounds like a workable plan, but perhaps vendors "forget" to move their vehicle after unloading merchandise. Didn't see any loading or unloading......just parked SUV, trucks etc. and nobody near that we could ask to move their vehicle. Ugh!
  8. From what I know, the back is supposed to be the handicap parking area, but that is after the vendors have unloaded and moved their cars. One reason is the back entrance is very close to the area so the people do not have far to go. I don't know if that is still happening or not.
  9. Is handicap parking available at BCP Event Center? Went to the Tuesday Market today and found a very full parking lot. Looked for but couldn't locate a Handicap Parking notice so we asked the parking attendant. He indicated the back of the building has reserved spots for handicap parking. So off we drove in that direction. What we found were many, many vendor vehicles parked in a variety of confusing positions and blocking the entrance/exit route. Fortunately my friend is good at backing his car and managed to escape the area without damage, but it was a scare experience that came close to an argument with a vendor who was a hazard to others but didn't want to move his truck. (Maybe an "off road rage"?) Just asking: Is there a designated Handicap Parking area at BCP Event Center?
  10. I have been using Browsec as a plugin to my Chrome browser and I am able to access AmazonPrime video.
  11. We're mainly using KODI and YouTube which don't require a VPN (at the moment). I did use Unlocator previously and it was good.
  12. Keith, Have you tried Unlocator? Works great for us. https://unlocator.com/
  13. We haven't been using a VPN for a while now and unfortunately can't access anything that's offered on Amazon, even though I'm a Prime subscriber and using Amazon hardware. Out of the zone, it appears.
  14. I have IPTV as well as a Roku. I rarely use the Roku anymore because virtually everything is on IPTV (when it's not misbehaving). Occasionally, however, I access Amazon Prime Videos on the Roku. I no longer have Netflix because of the VPN issue, but I can't remember whether I need a VPN to access Amazon videos via the Roku. If I don't need it, I don't want to pay for it, of course, but another issue is that Unblock-us is interfering with several computer functions. Can someone please advise?
  15. I checked out the new Super X-Tra store on Monday. It's way bigger than El Rey with more "hard goods" and better prices -- especially on dairy products. It seemed to be very well stocked with lots of employees and a huge selection of almost everything. It's located on the south side of the Pan American highway (left side while going to Price Smart).
  16. Although a bit cramped, we're preferring Super Baru for the same reason, price, plus better selection and good quality meats. Spiro is a terrific hands-on grocer.
  17. 10:30 in the BCP Theater Tuesday, May 2 – Baru’s Eruptions and Aftermath - A Geologist’s Observations. Volcan Baru, even as a “dead" volcano, looms ominously on our western horizon. Will it ever erupt again, could it? Dr. Paul Myers retired geology professor (University of Wisconsin, 1968-1997), with considerable volcano experience will share his ”observations” of Baru and what they may reveal of its violent past, even what they might mean for the future. Why doesn’t Baru “look like” a typical volcano? Why no lava flows? What’s the origin of all the steep-walled terraces and deep, rugged canyons? No matter how good you are - in the Boquete area, no one is an “expert”. More questions than answers. Dr. Myers will distribute hand-outs. Tuesday, May 9 – Evolution of the sports of Rock Climbing & Slacklining in Panama in general and Boquete in particular. Program presented by Cesar Augusto Melendez - Panama's first proffessional rock Climber & Sponsored World athlete and Ruben Dario Camarena - Panama's first Highliner. The presentation will include photos and videos. www.panamarockclimbing.blogspot.com Tuesday, May 16 – Jason Boss is a lifetime high level technician, an ex hacker, and an ex Googler. His talk is going to equip every single person with some tools and some basic information when it comes to computer security and computer maintenance. You will get real world experience on tools, tips, tricks, and things you can do to stay safe in a very dangerous Internet. When people leave this talk they will have the tools they need for Windows or Mac's and be able to defend and keep their computers and themselves safe. Tuesday, May 23 – Dr. Bill McGraw will give a talk on the research he has done on coral reefs of Panama. Dr Bill Has been studying coral reefs in Panama for over 5 years and has documented the effects of the most intense el nino (2015-2017) in the past 25 years that has caused increased ocean temperatures and bleaching of coral (newaquatechpanama.com). He has visited every major reef system in Panama and has a scientific paper published in the Journal of Reef Encounters, regarding the el nino effect on corals at the Secas Islands., Did you know that corals have been reported to have been reduced by 50% in the Caribbean area of Panama during the past 30 years? Thankfully, although there has been widespread coral mortality, corals have found a way to adapt and survive the higher temperatures. Come and find out how they are doing it and what we can do to ensure the survival of one of the planet's greatest treasures. Go here to read more about Dr. McGraw’s work in Panama saving the shrimping industry and visit his website at www.newaquatechpanama.com Tuesday, May 30 – Melissa Vallarino, owner of Academia International Boquete will speak on education in Panama. Tuesday, June 6 – JR Pazo with Health Alliance Panama and We Care Pharmacies will present the following topics: -Presentation of HealthAlliance Panama and the new Hospital Brisas in Panama City that will accept VA-FMP, CHAMPVA, and TRICARE. - Location, POCs, and phone numbers of the pharmacies and clinics affiliated with HealthAlliance Panama that accept VA-FMP, CHAMPVA, and TRICARE -Explanation of the free services provided by the volunteer Veterans Assistance Officers (VAOs) to veterans, spouses, dependent children, widows, and widowers - Location and phone numbers of the VAOs throughout Panama Tuesday, June 13 – Boquete Hospice and Health Tuesday, June 20 – Kent McNaughton on the amazing new 3D printing technology - what it is, what can be done with it, what its benefits and shortcomings are, where it’s been and where it may go. He will have photos of parts he’s made, the machines he built, and things available to be made from the Internet. Kent may bring a printer with him and have it 3D-printing during the talk. Tuesday, June 27 – Local attorney Martín Santamaria Castillo and staff (Licda. Evelyn De Leon, and licdo. Roderik Telman) will talk to us about immigration. The talk will include the various options for expats to obtain residency in Panama and the penalties for not doing so. There are several new developments in this area and the foreign community needs to understand what they are. The audience may also ask questions about other areas of the law. Tuesday, July 4 – Tom McCormack will tell us all about Panamanian legends, wives tales, myths, and superstitions. This is a very entertaining talk and will teach us all something about this place we call home. Tuesday, July 11 -- Tuesday, July 18 -- DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS is a common and serious human malady: what it is, what causes it, and it's medication and cognitive therapy treatment from the perspective of a (retired) psychiatrist. Dr. Dean Hoover, a Boquete resident, received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Miami and then served as a USN Medical Officer for eight years including three years of Psychiatric Residency training. In 1983, he left the Navy and engaged in the practice private of Psychiatry in Annapolis, MD, until retiring in 2012. He and his wife have lived in the Boquete area for over four years. To suggest a speaker or topic for these meetings please email BCP Tuesday Meeting To become a vendor at the Tuesday market, Facility Manger
  18. I don't go into Rey's much anymore, just seems to me their prices have increased tremendously. Last time I was in there were very few people.
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    Tuesday, May 2 – Baru’s Eruptions and Aftermath - A Geologist’s Observations. Volcan Baru, even as a “dead" volcano, looms ominously on our western horizon. Will it ever erupt again, could it? Dr. Paul Myers retired geology professor (University of Wisconsin, 1968-1997), with considerable volcano experience will share his ”observations” of Baru and what they may reveal of its violent past, even what they might mean for the future. Why doesn’t Baru “look like” a typical volcano? Why no lava flows? What’s the origin of all the steep-walled terraces and deep, rugged canyons? No matter how good you are - in the Boquete area, no one is an “expert”. More questions than answers. Dr. Myers will distribute hand-outs.
  20. When Penny mentioned this sad news to me this morning at BCP, my heart just sank. Jim and Amelia were very involved in and committed to our special community. We were saddened when they announced they were returning to the US. For some unknown reason this morning, my second thought was a recollection of the first time I visited with them in their home. It had a stunning, hugely panoramic view of Bajo Boquete. And then I realized the correlation between that panoramic view and Amelia's (and Jim's) approach to life -- it was to look at every challenge as an opportunity, but act only after seeing the whole picture, not just through a peephole. RIP Dear Amelia.
  21. Many of the old timers will remember Jim and Amelia Stroup. Amelia was very active in BCP and she and Jim were regulars in the bridge club. We are saddened to learn that she passed yesterday from lung cancer.
  22. Welcome to the newsletter of Boquete Health and Hospice Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Meet the Board In February Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation elected a new board. David Wulf- President, Merl Will-Wallace-Vice-President, Linda Sanchez-Secretary and Laurie Collier-Treasurer. Bev Tyler is the administrator of BHHF. The board held a retreat in March to formulate the goals of the organization for 2017. The goals include plans to create more community awareness of the services provided by BHHF, expand the volunteer base, reach out with services to more people in the Panamanian and expat community and to have a health fair later in the year. 2017 Volunteer Training On February 17, 20 and 22, thirteen members of the community made the choice of taking the Boquete Health and Hospice Foundation training. The training consists of an overview of all the requirements, information and skills needed to help our community with health issues. Some of the topics include: Explanation of services, discussion of grief and death and dying Presentations about comfort care, medications used in Panama Communication skills that include how a team is put together for a case, caring for the caregiver and final directives. For almost a decade BHHF has been helping the community by providing support for patients and caregivers when there is a serious illness, an injury, after surgery, or if the patient is dying. We also provide a blood donor list and loan durable goods such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, walkers and other medical equipment. It takes a caring heart and dedication to become a volunteer of BHHF. Be watching for the announcements for future volunteer training sessions. New Website Boquete Health and Hospice has a new website. Be sure to check it out. http://www.boquetehealth.org/ We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/ Blood Pressure Monitoring Boquete Health and Hospice offers free Blood Pressure monitoring every Tuesday at the BCP Market between 9 and noon. Stop by and let our retired professional nurses monitor your BP on a regular basis and try to answer your health questions. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: 507.6781.9250 Blood Donor Program: 507.6590.2000 E-mail: boquetehospice@gmail.com E-mail: boquetehealth@gmail.com Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. Copyright © 2017 , All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: boquetehealth@gmail.com
  23. Report finds that hundreds of tonnes of plastic are cluttering the Arctic Ocean The waste is dumped in the Atlantic Ocean off Europe and the United States It is then swept north by ocean currents to a 'polar graveyard' The waste releases toxins into the ocean and is swallowed by wildlife The link includes pictures and video. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4426104/Arctic-seas-called-dead-end-plastic-floating-U-S-Europe.html Sadly, the recycling center in Volcan is no longer accepting plastic of any kind.
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