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  1. 3 points
    I was at The Dog Spot this afternoon waiting to pick up one of my dogs when a gentleman came in. He waited patiently for his dog, and Roberto eventually emerged cradling a smallish dog that had been freshly bathed and groomed, announcing to me that and the dog was a recent rescue. He transferred the pup, about a year old, from his shoulder to that of the waiting man. The little dog’s tail started wagging so fast that it was quivering with excitement as the man held him close and began talking to him. It was such a heartwarming moment that I just had to pass it on. What a difference we can make in the life of a homeless animal.
  2. 3 points
    During the month of May, obtain a Revisado inspection for the vehicle. You will need to have your insurance document and a copy of the Title with you. Take the original and a copy of the Revisado with you to purchase the 2018 Plate at the Municipality of Chame, and do so. Afterwards, tell them you also want to change the Municipality of registration to Baru. They will ask for copies of Revisado, Title, identification, insurance, and an acceptable receipt from an entity such as Gas Fenosa or Cableonda, proving that you actually have residence in Baru. They will issue you a document which, together with another set of copies, you will submit to the Municipality in Baru. Once re-registered in Baru, you will take the receipt which you’ll be issued, along with another set of copies, to the DIJ office in Paso Canoas for an Engine number and VIN verification. After their inspection they will tell you at which office of the ATTT Transit Authority, and when, your verification document can be retrieved. Once that document is available, submit it right there at the ATTT along with the original of Title, copy of Revisado and identification, and you will be issued a new Title which reflects the registration change.
  3. 3 points
    This report on TVN 2, At least they got some press coverage! https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/provincias/Protestan-terminen-construccion-policlinica-Boquete_0_4956254369.html
  4. 3 points
    The airbag didn't deploy because the sensors are behind the bumper which seems barely impacted. Looks to me like the car was airborne when it crashed into the pole on a steep angle, mainly slamming it with the hood and engine. The terrain between the highway and the pole line is very uneven. Blown off the highway on a clear, dry day? Not likely.
  5. 3 points
    My housekeeper, who has spent her entire life here in Palo Alto and whom I have never heard gripe about anything in the 11 years I've known her, just arrived for her weekly visit complaining bitterly about the electrical outages. Her last sentence was, "Pero la factura es igual." So it's not just us gringos.
  6. 3 points
    After 6 years here, sadly we will be departing soon. So, I want to give a shout out about MBE. They provided us with great service during our entire time here, and they're a super nice bunch of people on top of that. For Mary, the Miami operation is simply a mail consolidation and distribution operation for the MBE offices in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Customer service on your account will come from the Boquete MBE office.
  7. 3 points
    There seems to be no independent audits or the equivalent of an Inspector General for the Panamanian Ministries or oversight in the awarding of government contracts. Or perhaps I'm wrong, and the corruption extends into that process as well. There is corruption in every government and no shortage of people of any nationality willing to embezzle, take kickbacks, or otherwise steal government funds. But there is a difference between countries in their willingness to tolerate it or take aggressive action to prevent it and punish it. And if the corruption extends into the country's judiciary, reform is nearly impossible. Overwhelming pressure from the citizens is the best hope.
  8. 2 points
    Caution. Someone is upside down in the median on the Via Boquete near the turnoff for Potrerillos. Another Chevy. The driver of this one says he was hit by a horse 🐎. At least he didn’t take out any electrical power poles.
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    Dogs available for adoption! DogCamp has beautiful dogs ready for adoption!!!If you are looking for a new member of the family that will love you forever... So, come to the DogCamp, you will see many beautiful dogs spayed, neutered and with all the shots.DogCamp is looking for good homes, totally fenced.If you adopt a rescued dog from the DogCamp, you will have the perfect company in your live.Come to visit us. 🐕🐕🐕🐕 Wilson, 7 months old, neutered, with all the shots, medium sizeVery sociable, love to play with kids, he needs a fenced yard, he likes the company!!! Bila, 8 months old, spayed with all the shots medium sizeAt the begining she is a little shy, she is perfect with cats and all kind of dogs, she will follow you everywhere!! Brownie, 3 months old, neutered with all the shots, it seems in the future he will be a big dogA cute and sweet puppy, he loves to play all day with the other pups and big dogs, very sociable! Chiki, 2 years old, spayed and with all the shots, small sizeShe is so sweet, she was rescued by our friend in Potrerillos, she was on a chain, no food no water, now she is a happy dog waiting for her new home, she loves to play with cats and is really good with kids!! Ducke, 6 months old, neutered, with all the shots, big sizeVery sweet dog, loves the company, really good with cats and he likes the company of kids Junior, 3 months old, he will be neuter the next Sunday, february 18th at Amigos de Animales Boquete panama, small sizeHe is a great dog, with a big personality, he kiss the cats all the time!!! Mango, 8 months old, neutered with all the shots, medium sizeHe was adopted when he was 3 months old but his owner had to come back to his country, now Mango is available for adoption again Martita, female 3 months old, spayed and with all her shots, small sizeShe is so sweet, the perfect lap dog, she likes to play with kids and cats. Mascarita, 3 months old, spayed and she has all her shots, small sizeShe is very sociable and sweet, likes the company and is great with cats. Maxi, 3 months old, spayed and she has all her shots, small size.She is very sociable, love the company of people. Nazca, spayed, with all her shots, medium size.Very friendly, she is looking for a good home where the people love her!! Nina, 6 months old, lab mix, spayed and with all her shots.Great dog, very sociable with kids and other dogs and cats. Looking for her forever home!! Pancha, 14 years old, she was rescued at Finca Lerida, great dog with, very sweet.If you are looking for an old dog, she is the perfect match!!! Give to her an opportunity to have a human family! Pepe, 6 months old, neutered, he has all his shots, medium size.He is a great and sweet dog, loves the people and the company, a very friendly dog Rodri, male, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, neutered and has all his shots.Very friendly, loves to play and run all the time, is perfect with kids and loves to play with the cats. Rosita, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, spayed and she has all her shots. She is a lovely dog with a beautiful face.She will be a big dog Rottie, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, he is neutered and he has all his shots.Love to play all day, and he loves the kids and cats too Torito, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, neutered and with all his shots.He is soooooo sweet black dog, the perfect company, he is like a Labrador. Betty, 3 months old, spayed and with all her shots, She is so cute, perfect with big dogs, cats and likes to play with kids.
  11. 2 points
    That's 77 liters of booze for each person in the country. Stay thirsty, my friend.
  12. 2 points
    I have never been asked for a “spot tax” in my 5 years here. Been stopped plenty of times, usually just to check my licence, a lot of the time I am just waved through. I do have a pretty good rapport with the local check point guys and give them cold water and cookies every now and again. The head of the police in dolega knows I am a retired copper and has dropped in once or twice for help in getting repairs done to various police vehicles. I have no problem with that and consider it community service
  13. 2 points
    The last week we received a call from Aimee Langton, she wanted to come with her kids to play with the dogs, it was a great opportunity for the dogs to meet these very nice little girls. They didn't show any fear to the dogs and the dogs were gentle, loving and happy, expending time with them. Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686 dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Donate food and supplies Visit Dog Camp Boquete Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube
  14. 2 points
    Continue to see people’s complaints on social media about vehicles being ‘improperly’ towed by the Police. A car can be towed for any of the following reasons. No. 8. Mechanical defects or body damage No. 12 Vehicles without a valid Plate No. 28 No Drivers License No. 29 Permitting an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle No. 30 Refusing to stop when obligated No. 34 Providing unauthorized public transport No. 34* Providing unauthorized public transport on the Corredores No. 46 Driving while intoxicated No. 61 Abandoning a vehicle on a public highway No. 65 Parking in a spot reserved for the Disabled No. 68 Street racing No. 70 No Insurance document No. 64 Improperly parked vehicle
  15. 2 points
    We have developed a scientific theory based on a lot of observation points. We have collected at least 10,000 cans (2-3 large bags per week for several months). The cans are split into 3 categories--sodas and juices near schools/bus stops, various items scattered around, and the HUGE winner (at least 70% of the items) are light beers. Most of the light beers are in groupings of between 6 and 50 cans. Based on our observations, we have a theory that the vast majority of littering of aluminum cans is by young men, because in our experience young men are the ones who drink light beers in large quantities (alone or with others). This is unfortunate, because these are exactly not the people who are cleaning up litter. We see kids picking up cans for their school programs--YEAH to the schools and teachers supporting these programs. We see parents and grandparents teaching their children/grandchildren by picking up cans and explaining the importance of not littering. We see people our age and older picking up cans and other litter around town. So, the question is, what do we do about this problem? From our observations, it appears that the majority of the littering is done by people who are currently not being reinforced for better behavior. A suggestion we have is to charge an amount of 5 to 10 cents per cans and pay people back at the grocery store for returning the cans. This worked well in California early on in the recycling effort. Since beer sells for 50 to 70 cents per can, adding on 5 to 10 cents (and paying it back for returning it), might make a serious reduction in the litter, particularly for those people dropping large quantities of beer cans
  16. 2 points
    What's your soup of the day today?
  17. 2 points
    What time do you open? 😂
  18. 2 points
    After having dealt with Boquete Online Services for the past couple of months, I have learned to take what they tell you with a major grain of salt . . . like maybe a pound of it.
  19. 2 points
    Penny, Thanks for the suggestion to eat at Unplugged. It was very good and a lot of good food for the price. Here is a copy of the lunch menu. Sorry about the poor quality.
  20. 2 points
    It was light enough to be blown off the road, but heavy enough to topple a utility pole?
  21. 2 points
    Rodny, Though I am no longer in Panama, I did live in Potrerillos for 16 years. You have been and continue to be one of the greatest treasures of Panama. Gracias por todo lo que haces. Eres un joven especial. Saludos, Marion (Con Abrazos y Besos)
  22. 2 points
    The title of this post would make a great book title. Instead it's an endless rerun of a show we've seen way too many times.
  23. 2 points
    This seems to me to be a commendable offering from Rodny Direct. It would be my take on it that a voluntary donation to Rodny for his service would be in order.
  24. 2 points
    Apparently an accident occurred on the highway below the Caldera turnoff checkpoint, causing a power pole to collapse in a tangle of wires. Multiple service trucks and police on site, with workers on several of the adjacent poles sorting it all out. It's wise to expect several more hours of interruption....
  25. 2 points
    I am extremely happy with https://www.smartdnsproxy.com I had tried a couple others, but this one does everything I want very well.
  26. 2 points
    When you have everything in life going for you , how do you end up like this? Very sad. We are ever so thankful for our simple life...married now almost 50 years. We have a simple home and a sweet dog. By some good fortune (we have no clue why we deserve it) we are retired in one of the sweetest places on earth...now for almost 11 years. We see the sun rise and set each day with the rainbows in between and have peace. Martinelli?...not so much. What a shame.
  27. 2 points
    Good afternoon Mrs. Mary T! So far, we have not received your email. Would you be so kind as to forward your e-mail to boquete@mbe-ca.com? I would really appreciate. If you need any further information, you can contact us @ 720-2684 or you can pass by our store from Monday-Friday from 8.30am till 5.30pm and Saturday from 8.30am till 12.30pm. Please note that we are closed on Sundays. Arturo :-)
  28. 2 points
    This project was a huge undertaking. This hiccup had some consequences like many first time projects do. You regroup and move on knowing you'll never make THAT mistake again. I applaud the effort and look forward to seeing how it grows!
  29. 2 points
    Too bad. Organized recycling could be a worthwhile and maybe a money making project for a group. Needed: IMO Better communication.
  30. 2 points
    I wouldn’t say that the recycling folks are not organized. I just question the wisdom of scheduling the one-day affair. Many of us knew that the likelihood for mass confusion was high. I, for one, applaud the organizers for taking on this daunting task and hope they learned from the experience.
  31. 1 point
    Huh? Wild grass fires another reason for no electricity. O.K. I’ll add this to the list.
  32. 1 point
    Located in the same building as Dra. Monica Sanjur's dental office, near the Biblioteca.
  33. 1 point
    Annnnnndddddd, we will see if the government backs down after the long haul bus operators object and start blocking the interamerican...Talking to a taxi driver last week in David, he told me the cost of a licence and a bus for the Panama-David route was over $1 million
  34. 1 point
    A few hours ago near Tocumen. Maybe it’s a competition.
  35. 1 point
    But Bonnie, stop signs are just “advisory”. Everyone here knows that!
  36. 1 point
    I would think it costs nearly zero dollars to start promoting anti-littering in schools. A few field trips for the kids to participate in trash pickup, might make them start telling their parents and friends to stop dropping cans, bottles, trash as soon as they are empty. But, as JohnF noted, if it is picked up and placed in bags, the bags need to be picked up before they are torn open by the many street dogs, or otherwise re-opened and re-spread along the roads. The idea of sidewalk repair is too elusive for me to even contemplate, but that would be a real boon to the tourism industry and us locals. I'd also like to see a good face-lift on downtown buildings that include minor repairs and colorful paints. Watching people take pictures at the bridge when the flowers are in bloom shows how people appreciate the beauty and color. Paint doesn't cost that much. Seems like some "Paint Paradise" group could organize to paint a few buildings each year as a volunteer project (split the cost with the building owner, perhaps?)
  37. 1 point
    And that doesn't count the number of tickets that didn't get written because of bribes...
  38. 1 point
    I appreciate the intent, but it's going too far to automatically bar a company with a foreign conviction. Those should be evaluated on a case by case basis. The conviction might be a shakedown by a corrupt foreign country. Panama shouldn't outsource its own sovereign decisions to the whims of foreign countries
  39. 1 point
    Looks like the car rolled before it hit the pole. It is a strange place to have gone off-roading this morning.
  40. 1 point
    Was this at Alto Dorado? Good work in solving the crime and apprehending the thugs.
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    One of the many things I like about Panama is that it is a baseball country; preferring baseball over soccor as does Cuba and the Dominican Republic. I tell my guests that Panama appears to have 3 "B" sports -- baseball, boxeo, and bicycling. Can hardly wait until the stadium is open in David. I think the grand opening is in March of this year.
  43. 1 point
    It seems to me that the greatest asset of Panama is the canal. Unfortunately, it is also it's greatest detriment. As long as the canal brings in boatloads of cash ( pun intended) then no real effort will be expended on diversification.
  44. 1 point
    Instead of new public projects, Panama ought to try to complete their current ones. Reducing government inefficiency would help, too. It takes forever to get permits for private projects.. The labor laws are so stacked in favor of the employee that it is easy to take advantage of the employer. Foreign investment in Panama is not actively encouraged. There is a lot that Panama could do to encourage growth, but I don't see any of those measures being discussed, let alone implemented. The exodus of North Americans living on tourist visas hurt the economy, regardless of any other merits of the new immigration policies. It could have been handled differently. Panama ought to explore the reasons why 47% fewer companies were created last year. From the La Prensa article: Last year we managed to hold a meeting with the Economy Minister, Dulcidio De La Guardia , on the issues that concern the private sector, but we have not been able to find a new date to resume the talks, he said. Are you kidding me? What does the Economy Minister do to earn his salary?
  45. 1 point
    Unless Judge Marcia Cooke is a real joker, I don't think Martinelli will be getting out on bail. Personally, I'm glad he's been dragging it out in Miami where he can't manipulate the Panamanian justice system and disrupt the current government, as he would be able to if he was here.
  46. 1 point
    We too use smartdnsproxy. It's been stable for almost a year now allowing us to stream Netflix USA and Amazon Prime Video. They did go through a period where Netflix was able to undo their efforts. smartdnsproxy is primarily only for setting geo-location for streaming music and videos. It will not hide your location (or IP address given by your provider [Cable Onda in our case]) for regular web surfing (like some VPN's).
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    Never seen anything like it. It "looks" to be a semi auto bodge-up possibly based on a pistol frame. It's a mess, but that doesn't make it any less dangerous. Even a Kalishnikov is prettier than that thing. I'd like to have a closer look at it to make sure, but that's not likely to happen! Have to wonder if it has been modified into a full auto, that would explain the stock and front end as more fire control would be needed.
  49. 1 point
    The owner of the dog is Lakhsmi Case, she contacted to Leslie Pever!
  50. 1 point
    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.
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