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    " Nearly 80% of soldiers admitted to these hospitals ( in the Crimean War 1854 ) died from infections from being in the hospitals, not from their original wounds. Florence Nightingale helped to dramatically change these issues with improvement in hygiene and sanitation in hospitals, which helped drop the rates of infections. After the war, Nightingale set out on a campaign to modernize hospitals. She had a large influence on hospital design and nursing practices used today. " 1854 was before the discovery of germs ( ...bacteria, viruses etc. ) being the direct cause of infection. To see this pile of rotting infectious material (no doubt covered in flies) in the Republic of Panama in this day and age is criminal. This to me should be brought to the attention of the World Health Organization. I am astounded by it. Alison
  3. 3 points
    Here's an observation. When we were stuck 6.5 hours in one place on the highway with the protest, it took about an hour or so and the street came alive as far as the eye could see. Folks were chatting, sharing food and helping one another. The kids from town were selling sodas, water and snacks from the grocery store. The predominant opinion among those inconvenienced was: " I know this makes Panama look bad to others, but these poor people deserve better and this is the only way they feel they can get anything done". What we didn't see was raised fists and an attitude of entitlement among the drivers. Oh sure, as you can imagine some were pretty upset...but generally folks just dealt with it . We had a whole mini bus full of old folks from a nursing home behind us . I took Flossy our dog inside to visit them and provide a pleasant break. Others assisted some of the old people to places where they could urinate and brought them food. The People of Panama are special. This is just one example of why we are glad we chose to live with them here. ALISON
  4. 2 points
    This should come under the heading of "bochinche" and I won't mention my source, but I was told that the Ministry of Public Health was blessed with a new director about three months ago, and that this person went on a power trip, checking all the various sub-administrations and ordering a rigorous enforcement of all the laws and regulations on the books. One of the consequences was the shutdown of imports of cosmetics. It seems that samples were taken from a number of shipments of cosmetics and sent to labs, to verify that the actual ingredients correspond to the labeling. The uproar and blowback from the freight forwarders has resulted in a lifting of the embargo. There will likely be more scrutiny, restrictions, and delays in getting cosmetics imported than has been the case in the past, but nothing particularly onerous. New procedures and announcements will be forthcoming, but everyone is in face-saving mode, so it may take a while longer to clear up the situation.
  5. 2 points
    Everyone has lost a little something or other going thru the security check at the airport. I have had numerous items confiscated such as tweezers, fingernail clippers, etc. Today topped that list of items. It seems that you are not allowed to carry a partially used roll of 1/4 inch double sided Scotch Tape in your carry-on. As the security gal flagged her supervisor over, he agreed that Scotch Tape was not allowed in your carry-on bag. Stunned, I asked why. I was told that it could be used to tie or bind a person. I considered his answer as I put my belt on, slid my 12 foot power cord for my laptop into my backpack ad picked up my 10 foot USB cords. Yes, we can't have people carrying on something they could use to tie or bind. Its a good thing security is keeping us safe from the terrorist flying out of Albrook Airport with Scotch Tape in their bag. Rest easy... they are on watch... just drop the tape and walk away
  6. 2 points
    I was the week of July 18 to July 23 in David, Chiriqui for business purposes and visiting some projects in the province with a very tight schedule. I have to admit that from all the drivers in Panama the driver from David and Chiriqui in general are..... wow the worst. I warned my wife to drive defensively all time. It was amazing to see that they seems to be always in a hurry. I can accept that from any driver in Panama City because of the extremely heavy traffic but from a driver in David it is unacceptable. Looks like the main problem is speeding. Most of the worst accident ocurred because the driver was at very high speed and couldnt control his vehicle causing a terrible accident. The second cause of accidents seems to be distraction while driving. Technology is making idiot drivers. People cant leave their smartphones and wanted to be texting and chatting while driving making them to distract and cause accidents.
  7. 2 points
    Margie is my neighbor. She is definitely a local person, a recently arrived expat with a lot of energy for various projects, including this one. Don't let the cynics get you down Margie.
  8. 2 points
    If I recall correctly, there's no way a toad could enter your property via the fence. So he must have come in through the bars on a gate. Buy some fine mesh screen (metal or plastic) and affix it to the bottom of the gates. I just use twist ties.
  9. 2 points
    I uploaded a document that gives instructions. If the vet has atropine, that is helpful too, after you've done the emergency treatment, which has to be done right away. Don't wait. Treatment for toad poisoning.doc
  10. 2 points
    This is kind of a silly topic but one that everyone deals with. Coins In my move to Colombia, I needed to rid myself of all those US Coins, not to mention that wonderful dollar coin the "Martinelli". So what do you do with your all your coins? Put them in a piggy bank or blg jar? Unless you are diligent of using them as fast as they accumulate, you end up with a large amount. The banks always want me to roll all the coins and deny they have a coin counter. I suspect that is false but when the answer is no, you go looking elsewhere. The Rey in David has a coin counter for the public but there are a few gotchas. First is you have to dig out all of your Martineli's as it only counts US coins. Not hard to do. The next one is a hurdle I have cleared only once. The only person that will run the coin counter machine for you is the head cashier/manager. On my first visit I was told that she only does it in the mornings when they are setting things up. On my next visit (in the morning) I was told the machine was broken (Hmmmm...) That was also the excuse on several subsequent visit, yet it appeared the machine had been used. I did finally get my jar of coins counted and converted to paper bills but decided it was a losing proposition. The head cashier/manager was never eager to do it and it seemed like an awful lot of trouble for such a simple thing as turning on the machine. That made me wonder... what does everyone else do? Just hang on to the coins - which is what I would have done if I was not moving to a country they would be useless. To "coin" a phrase I decided to "buck" up because it makes no "cents", they are just going to "nickle and dime" you to death. Penny for your thoughts or give me your two cents worth!
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    It seems like it's been a long time since we've seen any public updates from either of the entities handling emergency incident reports, specifically Alto Al Crimen and Rodny Direct. Any statistics on the number and nature of calls received and the type of response that was required? Is the incidence of local criminal activity up or down, etc.?
  12. 2 points
    Yeiks. San Jose' is very very close to the mouth of the Panama canal and Panama City.
  13. 2 points
    Following is one of the comments about the article in Newsroom Panama: A subsequent poster noted that posting the picture of the harmless snake in conjunction with the report of a death by snake bite likely will lead to the unnecessary killing of harmless snakes.
  14. 2 points
    Expect the Unexpected When Police were called away and left behind some traffic cones on the highway to Bocas near Chiriquicito, a couple of guys went into business for themselves. They set up a roadblock and were shaking down motorists while wearing vests from the D.I.J. They were later arrested and found to be members of the 'Kilamanjaro' gang. Two firearms were recovered. https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Detectan-falso-reten-Chiriqui-detenidos_0_4809269055.html
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    Not if you are a surfer here in Panama Pacific coast J & N ! Winds are predominantly very strong onshore almost daily with very large ocean swells driving towards the land mass. It's not like those containers are new...they have been rotting in the jungle for a long time.
  16. 2 points
    Read the book: Emperors in the Jungle Author: John Lindsay-Poland Duke University Press. The hidden history of the U.S. in Panama. This is investigative journalism at it's best. Among other topics it uncovers the US Army's decades long program of chemical weapons tests in Panama. It is well worth a read. Amazon.com has it. If you read this expose' you'd come to the conclusion that a heck of a lot more than 8 weapons are left.....deteriorating in the tropical jungles of Panama in various locations.
  17. 2 points
    I don't believe that's correct, Marie. While it is illegal to turn left off Avenida Central onto the street when traveling north, I believe it is permitted to turn right when going south. That has been a two-way street (or at least used as a two-way street) for as long as I've been here. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
  18. 2 points
    Monday July 10 we were stuck inside the truck 6 1/2 hours just about 1/2 km from the intersection at Horconcitos. By the time the riot police arrived all fours lanes facing east had advanced forward ( the two active lanes as well the ones closed and under construction). Traffic behind us was as far as the eye can see. We were told that was the case as well on the other side of the protest facing west. Total impasse. On our return back yesterday 7/20 there were at least 20 or more riot police in full gear at the intersection. From the looks of the debris on and beside the road, problems there must be on-going. If that's what it takes that safe roads be made for teachers to drive to remote interior posts, then so be it. Two teachers had the road disappear and were hurled down a steep hillside to be buried under rocks and mud inside there truck where they died. Being a teacher here in Panama does not guarantee an easy assignment. I'm glad to see this protest even though we were inconvenienced 6 hours because of it. Alison
  19. 2 points
    This video shows the work being performed at Los Ladrillos, at one of the spring-fed sources or 'eye of the water'. https://www.facebook.com/Alcaldía-De-Boquete-2014-2019-566693683441469/ source Alcaldia
  20. 2 points
    Nope. Schwab is my bank in the US. They reimburse ATM fees so it makes no difference to me whether BN charges $4 or $5.25, except BN should correct their "mistake."
  21. 2 points
    My regular lunch group went to Sabor today based on some glowing reviews on Facebook of the new chef there. It was the most unpleasant experience I've had in a long time. There were five of us today, one of whom is Panamanian. The other four of us were waived through the front gate, but the Panamanian, who entered fourth out of five, was charged $10 and given a coupon for $10 off her meal. It goes without saying that she was very offended. The policy itself is a bad one, but to practice discrimination in enforcing it is deplorable. To add injury to insult, her meal was only $7.93, so she even lost money. The list the waitress cited of what was NOT on the menu took several minutes. All but one of us had hamburgers which were salty, tasteless, and overcooked. We're marking this one off the list. If there's a new chef, it's the same old menu. The food wasn't particularly good in the past, but today it was awful. I can't imagine what anyone would be raving about.
  22. 1 point
    Google results for "holistic treatment conjunctivitis". Medical resources such as Dr. Axe, Mommypotamus, and Holisticsquid recommend using everything from soup to nuts.
  23. 1 point
    Dottie, what scientific studies are you talking about? Can you give some links to these? I would like to know if these studies are real or junk science, peer reviewed and reproducible or just opinions. Some evidence please. By the way, Dr. Mercola is a major profiteer in the health care field, identifying maladies then selling his own products to cure them.
  24. 1 point
    No drug is without risk. That's why there are so many lengthy warning notices in ads and in the drug's info. The choice is to weigh the possible side effects and the percentage of their occurrence (the risk) against the potential benefit. I agree that your decision is a reasonable one, Jim. My quarrel is with those who cite anecdotal evidence, repudiated studies, and quack science to support their point of view.
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    Well. Me with 57 yo and almost hundreds people in Panama that I know such as family, relatives and friends have been taking all the vaccines required and given in Panama and I am here. Alive and kicking. Still productive, without any strange disease, only the normal caused by the wear and tear of the age.
  26. 1 point
    Well said Bonnie! You just can't argue with people who think their personal opinions are better than scientific evidence, especially if they negate the validity of the evidence.
  27. 1 point
    Roundabout, please give the map and directions to half of the state. I would like to see this huge contamination.
  28. 1 point
    Bob, I became intrigued after the fact with your point about the Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. government provides the following explanation for those who, like me, know little or nothing about it: U.S.- Panama Trade Promotion Agreement The United States—Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) entered into force on October 31, 2012. The TPA is a comprehensive free trade agreement that provides elimination of tariffs and removes barriers to U.S. services, including financial services. It also includes important disciplines relating to customs administration and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, government procurement, investment, telecommunications, electronics commerce, intellectual property rights, and labor and environmental protection. More information on the Panama TPA, for those who want to learn more, can be found here: https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/panama-tpa/final-text. In my cursory read I see no specific mention of drugs or medical supplies, so I assume they either are included in one of the broader topics or do not fall within the terms of the agreement, i.e., are within the 13% that you mention. If free trade issues are involved in this drug import debacle, it could go a long way in explaining why the embassy is taking so long to respond. There could be a lot of negotiating going on. Thanks for calling our attention to this.
  29. 1 point
    Best I can tell, the US Embassy in Panama is less helpful than the worst Department of Motor Vehicles any American has ever encountered in their lives. Even the IRS doesn't demand a Cashiers Check from me when it rips me off. The US Embassy doesn't accept US currency for payments. Weird, huh? For the embassy to show some genuine interest in assisting Americans living here by helping to clarify this issue would go beyond what they are required to do by law. Nobody working there has any incentive to be helpful. Expats have no political clout at all. We can beg. We can say please and thank you. Maybe that might help a little on some occasions. Without a directive coming from the State Department in Washington DC, I strongly doubt our embassy will lift a finger. After all, they can have all their cosmetics, drugs, etc., delivered by Diplomatic Pouch which is immune from Panamanian inspection. Put me in the "not expecting help from the embassy on this one" camp.
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    Do Portugal Circus at the Feria in the lot across from the Feria Admin building Monday - Friday 7:30p.m. Saturday - 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Sunday - 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 p.m. Ticket Price $10.00 - with Coupon $6.00 details:
  32. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads up.
  33. 1 point
    Thanks for the feedback. Please keep it coming. We will reassess in the near future. P.S., we are NOT trying to be like Facebook. Gosh no, never, no way José, The announcement only mentioned Facebook so that those who have no idea what reputation or reaction are here on CL could perhaps equate it to something like the Facebook "like" icon.
  34. 1 point
    Calle 4A is a 2-way street between Av. de los Fundadores and Av. Centenario where Super Baru is located. There is a 'right turn allowed' arrow marked on the pavement in the southbound lane of Av. de los Fundadores in front of the Park. Also, the parking spaces in front of El Constructor and Caja de Ahorros on 4A Sur are angled to suit westbound traffic and there is an ALTO or Stop sign at the west end of the street.
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    Camerata Ars Nova Pieces of Mozart, Piazzola, Haydn, Vivaldi.
  37. 1 point
    High velocity water spouts were observed in Panama Bay this morning. The curious are being advised to stay clear.
  38. 1 point
    Every nation is entitled to enforce its borders, and determine which foreigners are allowed to enter. If you have a front door with a lock you use, you understand the concept.
  39. 1 point
    These articles do remind me a bit of paid ads in 1950s magazines like Adventure or Mans World.
  40. 1 point
    Having met the qualifications to be issued a residency visa is the primary requirement for obtaining an E-Cedula, which is basically an I.D. Card linked to registration in the national system.
  41. 1 point
    I know for a fact that "prepared" foods and "raw" foods must be kept in separate coolers here in Panama. This was the reason that butcher closed down at Plaza San Francisco a couple of years back, the health department required them to purchased a second cooler to separate their meats which they chose not to. John, As for the handling, there could very well be additional requirements since coming into contact with prepared foods is safe whereas it isn't for meats such as raw chicken.
  42. 1 point
    Two of the original six bidders have dropped out of the process which will determine the constructor of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal. This map shows the bridge location and how it is part of a larger project to provide better access to the capital from the west.
  43. 1 point
    At Romero it seems the guys who dispense fish at the end of the meat counter are not allowed to come down to the meat end, even if there is only one customer and nobody at the meat end. Maybe there is a division of labor behind meat counters in Panama that workers dare not cross.
  44. 1 point
    I find this topic of particular interest. I have used AirBnB for a few years with various experiences (both good and bad). We are also planning to host for AirBnB in the near future. I was in Panama when hotel occupancy rates were at record highs and had prices to match. What is not pointed out in the above articles is the explosive rate at which large hotels were being built in 2010, 2011 without any thought as to how they would be filled. The hotel industry and Panama brought much of this on themselves with greed and poor planning. Panama approved new construction of hotel after hotel thinking they would all be rich with hotel rates sky high. At the time, many of us were asking where all the people would come from to fill them as many of them had plans to add casinos as part of their operations. In my opinion, while AirBnB certainly takes a piece of the hotel pie, you have to expect the consumer to start looking for other alternatives when rates are outrageously high. Why pay $100, $200, or $300 a night in a hotel when you can get an AirBnB with all the amenities of home for a quarter of that price? I know clients that booked into the Marriott Hotel in 2009 for almost $400 a night. Now you can get that same room for $100 or less. I am happy to read that AirBnB is taking a proactive approach and making deals and collect taxes. That seems fair all the way around. As for the tears from the hotel industry, greed got you. Don't blame AirBnB. In many ways it is no different that the taxis and Uber. Better service for less money. Step up your game and quit crying about the competition. I just wish Uber was as proactive and honest as AirBnB appears to be. Thanks for the articles Bud.
  45. 1 point
    I'm happy to report that work has begun in earnest on the Panamonte Bridge. At long last!
  46. 1 point
    The Mayor's office is reporting a 60% advance on the construction of the 'aguas negras' treatment plant over near the Wilson bridge. Link to video. https://www.facebook.com/Alcaldía-De-Boquete-2014-2019-566693683441469/ source Alcaldia
  47. 1 point
    After receiving 3,302 qualified applications for the contest, IFARHU has increased the number of scholarships from 30 to 80. * Love this photo of Centennial College in Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto. Gives credence to the nickname "Scarberia". http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/Ifarhu-aumenta-cantidad-becarios-estudiar_0_1045995561.html
  48. 1 point
    I used the prednisone preventatively. As long as I kept him on it, he wouldn't have attacks. If you decide to take the cat off of it later, it has to be withdrawn gradually, not all at once. It's worth a try, poor kitty.
  49. 1 point
    Two blocks from the Nissan dealership heading towards downtown, which would be in a North East direction.
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    I followed up on my initial e-mail to the U.S. Embassy asking for clarification. This is the response I received: "Hi Bonnie- We don’t have anything yet. If you receive questions, please provide the people our email address (panama-acs@state.gov) and we will let them know we are looking into it. That will also help us better understand the specific issues each person is facing."
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