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    Over a decade ago with the influx of non-Spanish speaking residents there was a difficulty among them to call for emergency services ( for the most part). If you need help and can not speak Spanish there's a problem. Petty crime, home break-ins and theft were also occurring. That's when AAC ( Stop Crime) started. For a donation, you could avail yourself of their services to translate into Spanish your needs to the service provider you needed ( ie police/ambulance). Rodny was the person that provided that translation via phone direct to where it needed to go. In time, Rodny went independent ( Rodny Direct) providing a secured data base system with a broader stored data base. In essence it is 911 on steroids. As an example he keeps records for you of your nearest relative and local emergency contact, who cares for your pet, what medicine you take for whatever condition you may have. The list is long. When you need help, he not only translates to get you help but as well follows up to make sure your situation is handled in every regard to the point of resolution. One year costs $80.00. For my husband and I, it's an essential service even though we do speak Spanish. Rodny on several occasions has been of enormous assistance when we did not know how to get things done in this country. Of note, Rodny is wheelchair bound. He became fluent in English when as a boy he was able to go to the USA Shriner's hospital for surgery and rehab for his handicap. He was there a long time. The connection between Rodny and this emergency service originated through the Handicap Foundation of Boquete. Rodny Direct is now connected with other similar services all across Panama which he assisted in initiating. It's now a network. Hat's off to him!
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    ..yes, and now a threat to American security.
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    Nor sufficiently American, being from Canada.😁
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    It's trash like this that makes it bad for all of us. With this type of behavior, it is any wonder how the Panamians feel about us.
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    Everything is a community effort.
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    Please note that the Chili Challenge date has been changed to September 2. Hopefully this means that everyone will get to support both groups and go to the play on August 19 and the Animales Chili Challenge on September 2.
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    How sweet for this the lady to have rescued this dog. I live in Brisas and don't remember seeing it before. Good idea for pet owners to have their name and phone # on a dog tag attached to the collar.
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    All U.S. Wardens in Panama received the below information this week from the Consulate in Panama. I have highlighted the parts that likely will most affect U.S. citizens living here and their relationship with the CLV (prev. Warden). DESCRIPTION OF CITIZEN LIAISON VOLUNTEER DUTIES U.S. Embassy Panama City, July 16, 2018 The American Liaison Network (ALN) is a key component of U.S. Embassy Panama’s effort to ensure the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Panama. As a Citizen Liaison Volunteer (CLV), you have an important role in helping the embassy keep the U.S. citizen community informed and, in extraordinary circumstances, helping the embassy to deliver emergency services to U.S. citizens. As a CLV, you are expected to be an active part of the U.S. citizen and CLV communities, maintaining regular communication with the embassy, as well as other CLVs, working together to continuously identify the needs and vulnerabilities of the U.S. citizen community in Panama. KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CLVs are key liaisons between the embassy and U.S. citizens in Panama. As a CLV, you will be an important point of contact for the embassy within the private U.S. citizen community, providing a window into the concerns, interests, and needs of U.S. citizens in your ALN zone. As a CLV you may be asked to:  Disseminate information as directed by the embassy to the U.S. citizen community in your ALN zone;  Be an on-the-ground resource to help the embassy understand issues of concern to U.S. citizens and share information that might further post’s consular operations;  Report on available local resources for U.S. citizens in your ALN zone, identify gaps, and when possible, seek solutions to fill those gaps;  Identify risks for potential crises and security issues in your ALN zone, identify gaps in preparedness for the U.S. citizen community;  In exigent situations only, and at post’s explicit direction, help post provide emergency services to U.S. citizens;  Maintain local contacts in your ALN zone, including U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen expatriates, which might be of use to the embassy’s consular operations;  Engage with other CLVs to share experiences through the embassy’s ALN WhatsApp group, by email, by meeting in person, or other appropriate means;  Encourage U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP);  Identify for post’s consideration individuals who may be willing to serve as an alternate CLV for your ALN zone or as a CLV in another part of the country. Important:  You are not a representative of the U.S. government or U.S. embassy.  You are not compensated for performing this role.  You are not a government employee, are not a spokesperson, and are not a consular officer or consular agent.  You are asked to refer all media or legal inquiries to the embassy.  You also must refer to the embassy all general requests to explain policies, procedures, or services beyond what is publicly available.  You must safeguard the privacy of personal information that is provided to you in the course of your duties. Some of the information that you will receive from the U.S. Department of State in your role as a CLV is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, when it is maintained by the Department. You must not use or disseminate this information to others, except as necessary to perform your duties as a CLV. WORKING WITH ALTERNATE CITIZEN LIAISON VOLUNTEERS Recommend an alternate CLV from the list of U.S. citizens in your ALN zone. The alternate CLV also will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the embassy after approval by the consular section chief. With the alternate CLV, agree how you will distribute Alerts within your ALN zone. Notify each other if one of you will be away from your ALN zone or out of the country. If both of you will be away at the same time, or if you do not have an alternate CLV identified, please identify a candidate to serve as the CLV pending your return and immediately notify the ALN coordinator in the embassy’s consular section by email at panama-acs@state.gov. Alternate CLVs must sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. embassy before they may serve as CLVs. In your message, please provide the alternate CLV's name, address, and contact numbers, and length of time that s/he will cover during your absence. Regularly update the list of names, street addresses, phone/fax numbers, and email addresses of U.S. citizens in your ALN zone. Report all changes to the Embassy's ALN coordinator at the above email address. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY In the event of a crisis, our foremost concern is your safety. Do not put yourself at personal risk to deliver Alerts, information, or services. When you are in a safe location, you should contact the consular section so that we can confirm your welfare and whereabouts. Be aware of your surroundings and report information that can help consular officers assess the situation. This will help the embassy and the Department of State understand where there are needs to be met and how best to respond. The consular section transmits Alerts to U.S. citizens electronically, but there may be instances during crises where local infrastructure fails or inhibits the delivery of timely alerts. If necessary, these Alerts for the local U.S. community may be relayed from the embassy or consulate to you for dissemination by any means available to you. Distribute Alerts and other situational/emergency information for the local U.S. community as relayed from the embassy to the members of your ALN zone. The embassy will relay Alerts to you via email, fax, or telephone/text. Arrange the fastest mode of dissemination of information possible in your ALN zone (this might include forwarding the Alert to a group email list, a cascade telephone system, faxing, or “buddy” system, depending on the distribution of citizens within your zone.) Remain accessible by email, telephone, or fax. If possible, the embassy will email information directly to your email address. You can then distribute this Alert by the means you previously set up. In addition, identical information promptly will appear on the embassy’s website at https://pa.usembassy.gov/ . CLVs who do not have internet access can call 317-5000 and press 0 upon hearing the embassy recording. Distribute Alerts from the embassy regarding the status of the emergency and suggested actions to be taken. Alerts must be transmitted verbatim without interpreting, paraphrasing, or expanding the Alert. Coordinate with embassy personnel in choosing assembly areas and movement routes, should it be necessary to move people to a central location to facilitate communication, documentation, and/or evacuation. Report back to the embassy the results of efforts to contact the members of your ALN zone, information as provided by the local U.S. community, and any situational information about your zone via panama-acs@state.gov. CLVs who do not have internet access may call 317-5000 press 0 upon hearing the embassy recording.
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    Hat's off to him! Could not agree more!!!
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    Spanish is the only official language of Panama. Instead of asking a country to adapt to them, immigrants should think about adapting to the country.
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    Those are complaints that have everything to do with the U.S. government and nothing to do with Panama's.
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    Dru's Bench We have a seat and it's kinda neat, it sits in the yard with a view. We sit out there in the cool mountain air and think of our times spent with Dru. There's such a breeze, and pollen...we sneeze and a moment of sadness wafts by. We miss you Dru. We think of you, and those thoughts cause us to cry. But in our seat that's oh no neat, we can see such a beautiful view. The sky up high, and birds flyin' by, and happiness in thoughts of you. A hummingbird drinks from a flower nearby; a hawk squawks chased by a bird. The sounds we hear make us feel you're near. The sweetest sounds we've heard. So cheers to you Dru ! YOU are the view: the flowers, the wind and the sky. We sit in this seat...oh so neat; You're near...so why should we cry ? We love and miss you Dru! Alison and Bill Brundage
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    It was basically just a hopeful suggestion. The expat community really needs a fully bilingual person who’s available and willing to do some reporting by attending public meetings and liaising with Officials and Police. Oops, did I say that before?
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    And why would ANYBODY be willing to take this role? 😳
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    Thank you both for being our CLVs ( US Wardens). It's a thankless ( and unpaid) job. So, Bill and I thank you both.
  17. 1 point
    What is the criteria for deportation?
  18. 1 point
    Perhaps not his best decision. Have to wonder what the heck outcome this guy was expecting.
  19. 1 point
    I personally cannot tell the difference between a cup of coffee costing $50 and a cup that only costs $45.
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    Hi, a lady was driving by Brisas and this little guy was out in the road apparently lost. He seems to be older, certainly not a puppy. Sterilized and lonely for his owners. Berta Chan has him, but she is not a dog person and would really love to find his owner. Please call or whats app her at 66165989. Thanks!
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    He wandered quite a ways along a busy highway. Lucky to be alive and to have been found by someone who cared.
  22. 1 point
    They need to set their goals a bit higher. $50 thousand isn't going to house very many people.
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    Contact Lorena Pitti or her husband, Nemacio Cascante, at Boquete Garden Services. Lorena 6681-1648 (English) or Nemacio 6554-8213 (Spanish) or email boquetegardenservices@gmail.com. I haven't heard anything about them lately, but so far as I know they are still in the tree trimming business. Nice folks.
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    Interesting conversation with wife of State Department Officer during a flight into Tocumen yesterday. Her husband is on a three month (minimum) assignment at the US Embassy in Panama City and the wife was soliciting our comments re the low level of service provided by the current staff in PC. She admitted the Embassy is functioning with a skeleton crew and no permanent Ambassador. (Not sure why, but she moved to vacant seat next to us in economy section about an hour into the flight.)
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    Ridiculous and irresponsible actions on the part of the teachers union.
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