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  1. 3 points
    It seems ludicrous to attach blame for any of these incidents on the presence of a Police checkpoint, which in the opinion of officials and other residents, has lowered crime in the area. Who's to say that the officers from there would be reassigned to the village of Boquete, anyway?
  2. 3 points
    Well consider the folks at the very bottom of the pecking order....the Ngobe who do not have any insurance and are barely feeding the family. What kind of care do they get? They suffer. Many of us who have lived here for nearly a decade care for one or more of these families when they need help, a birthday or Christmas party. The burden is substantial and constant but we realize they have zero options but to ask for help. The family we are most attached to had their father in critical health in the ICU of the Regional hospital. Finally the hospital told them to take him home. They hauled him home and nursed him until he died . Meanwhile they started to dig his grave in his backyard..imagine that. We helped pay for the hospital and the wood box. Same thing happened with their daughter hit by a car. They carried her home with forced discharge and nursed her themselves. She recovered ( brain damage). Another 2 yr old child in that family we helped bury last year. In January another needs reconstructive surgery to his knee ( failed previous surgery and he's now a cripple) ; the child is retarded as well. Long list. Keeps us humble and thankful for what we have. I
  3. 3 points
    Thanks for expanding on your post Jim. After thinking it sounded 1000% better than Boquete, I realized the tranquility there is artificial, maintained only by the vigilance of the security people who are keeping the gang wars away from the town. I even know Mexicans who won't go to Mexico. They are too scared. You certainly have been busy in your scouting. Thanks for doing some of the work for the rest of us.
  4. 3 points
    Happy to elaborate, but perhaps in a private conversation, not in a broadcast. I can say that we have lived as retirees in the USA, Chile, Australia, and Panama, and have scouted other venues such as Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Uruguay, South Africa, Mauritius, Argentina, Hong Kong... and our first choice remains Boquete, warts and all. The knocks on Mexico include the burden of heavy security imposed by the civil war, urban congestion, taxation of one's worldwide income, and the complexity of estate planning.
  5. 3 points
    I forgot to mention, you need to send the MINSA form 3 days before you travel. Their hours are 8am-11pm. You will supply your travel information on that form so they are sure to be there when you arrive with your pet(s). also, upon arrival at PTY, you WILL have to put your animal in it's carrier thru the x-ray machine before bring it to the MINSA office.
  6. 2 points

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    We attended this event as well. Considering that this was the first one ( of hopefully an annual event) we thought it was very well organized and pre-planned for. Lots of volunteers and servers waiting on everyone. Food and beverages received very quickly. Of course, there is room for improvement and the organizers are probably well aware of it for next years planning. A big Thank you to all!! You folks came together and pulled off a nice event!
  7. 2 points
    Bless you for caring and your efforts to help, Brundagega. None of us can do everything. I do the same for dogs and cats that need help. Every one one of us "privileged" people living in Panama can do something to help the people or the animals. Sadly, too many are either blind to the problems or they don't give a crap and are too involved in their gossip sessions and group functions. I know people in the Boquete area who are absolute champions--and you are among that number. Thank you again for your efforts, whether for human or animals.
  8. 2 points
    We have now found a foster for Joanne. If you would like to donate towards her medical expenses, please go to http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html
  9. 2 points
    Two special people who have dedicated their lives to animals that have been neglected, lost a/o mistreated. If I were one of those little creatures I should hope that there would be a Javier & Magaly to love and care for me. If only one or two dollars, lets all pitch in to help. What a difference that could make!
  10. 2 points
    Situations like this, although too "usual," absolutely break my heart. Attached are pictures of my dog Sweetie. before and after. I found her while I was walking and immediately called my employee to bring my car to take her to my house. She was within a week or two of dying because her organs would shut down from starvation. Sweetie came right up to me, like "OK, take me home with you." She wasn't afraid of people like many of the abandoned, homeless dogs are. (I have many other examples other than Sweetie about the dogs who live with me.) Sweetie also has a scar around her neck, and she had two ulcerous sores on her hind end, like she had been tied and had to sleep on concrete. Who knows? Maybe she had been tied up and escaped, or maybe someone brought her to Volcan and dumped her. She was apparently under six months of age at the time and had never had puppies. Her physical build at the time was the same as now. When I brought her home she weighted 25 lbs. Now she weighs 55 lbs., perfect for her size, and she is happy and healthy. I'm so glad Sweetie and I found each other. It was/is a blessing for both of us. Helping as many animals as I can is my purpose in life here in Volcan. I have 18 rescues, now all healthy and happy after proper treatment and many times surgery by our wonderful Dr. Tello. I simply don't have room for for more dogs. My heart bleeds every time I see a female dog in heat, many males hanging around to molest her, or a skinny female dog with big full tits obviously nursing puppies that will suffer and probably die a painful early death. And when people call me or I find one what has been hit by a car so badly that they can't be saved, and I have to put them down. (Two in the last 10 days.) I cry every time. I applaud those of you in Boquete involved in the rescue efforts. Here in Volcan, I'm the only one. People do call me--often-- but I'm expected to be the "solution." Sometimes I can help, but right now I think I'm close to burnout from the work and sadness this creates. but I doubt there will be any respite. The clinics we have here are a lot of work and they are emotionally satisfying. But those we can't help weigh heavily on me. I will continue as long as I can. See the pictures of Sweetie before and after. I really hope there is reincarnation and I hope those animal abusers return in physical form to be abused in the same manner that they subjected to these animals.
  11. 2 points
    In my life prior to Panama, I worked in the field of governmental ethics. Virtually without exception, when I spoke to government officers and personnel in second and third world countries and brought up laws prohibiting the use of public position for private gain, they looked at me like I had two heads. In discussions, I learned that in many cases bribe money made up the majority of a public official's or employee's salary. In these cases, the fault lies with the governments that won't pay a living wage. In the case of high level, well-compensated officials, they justify bribery and other forms of misuse of office on the basis of common practice. They maintain that it's the only way most people know how to do business. It's just the way it is. This is an educational issue, but a very difficult one.
  12. 2 points
    Same for us, but probably for different reasons. There are positives and negatives associated with living anywhere. It's how they're scored on a personal basis that counts. Thanks for sharing, Jim.
  13. 2 points
    Price controls apply to the entire country, not just to those areas harboring expats. I have heard that Colombia, unlike Panama, taxes income received from outside the country. Anyone considering a move there may want to check this out.
  14. 2 points
    I'm surprised there aren't more serious crashes here in Boquete, on the main road into town. My first walk at just before 6am each morning goes from the Haven, where I currently live, down to the main road by Superiores, then left to the direction of town, then left at La Karreta to the side road and back to the Haven. It's only about 25 minutes, with 10-15 minutes on the main road. And at this early hour I see lots of vehicles leaving and entering town at speeds of at least 60 mph and up to 80+mph (personal estimates). And to make it more exciting, many of them pass other cars that are going fast as well. I've been honked at from behind from one car passing another into town when I have to step off the "sidewalk" in those places where the "sidewalk" is gone. I know I, as a pedestrian I have no rights and need to look after myself. And I've learned to live with that reality. But the other seeming anomalies are that I see police on motorcycles and in vehicles driving at safe and normal speeds, but being passed by speeders without said police responding to give citations; and that many or most of the highest speeders are the Colegials taking kids to school (hopefully). Maybe it will take a major crash with kids hurt to incite the local police to enforce safety guidelines (if they exist). And this brings up one of the only advantages to traffic jams due to whatever circumstances: driving is slow, even if the "me first, before you" attitude is still extant. In the meantime I hope we can all get used to always giving a right of way and not reacting to perceived slights to our egos.
  15. 2 points
    I just imported 2 dogs and 2 cats from South Carolina, on 2 different trips 3 months apart. The process seems overwhelming, but it wasn't too bad. Did it all myself without paying for any special service. The dogs flew in the belly of the plane on one trip; on the next trip, the cats flew in the cabin. When you accompany the pets, that IS NOT considered cargo. Cargo is when you're shipping pets. Cargo is very expensive. When you're accompanying the pets the cost is less. I found American Airlines to be the cheapest for flying my dogs. $200 per dog, when I was accompanying them. Flying the cabin pets was a bit cheaper, $125 per cat. The most complicated part of the transport was flying. There are temperature parameters and temperatures in the US and Panama don't correspond, so that was tricky. The dogs were flying in the belly of the plane and we had to change planes in Miami. By the time we were due to arrive in Miami, the tarmac temperatures were going to be too high and therefore the dogs wouldn't be allowed to fly. The way we got around that is, while my bags were checked straight thru to PTY, the dogs were only checked thru to Miami, where I collected them in baggage claim, watered and fed them, walked them in the Airport's doggie park, and then we waited in the air conditioned terminal until we had to go back thru security. We had a 4 hour layover, and by the time it was time to fly again, the tarmac temps had cooled somewhat, so we were within the temperature parameters. We were arriving at PTY at 8p.m. so there was no problem with the temps at this end. Not all airplanes are equipped for putting animals in the belly of the plane. So when booking a flight for animals who'll be traveling in the belly of the plane, be sure the airplane can accommodate your animal. The airline reservationist had to search several flights until she found the flights with the "equipment" that could accommodate the dogs. From my airplane seat I could see the cargo being loaded into the plane's belly. I also spotted my dogs' kennels and was obviously interested in how they handled the dogs' kennels and whether they'd just toss the dogs in the cargo compartment. I was gratified to see that they handled the dogs' kennels respectfully. Coming thru Customs in PTY was pretty simple. I collected the dogs in baggage claim, and brought them to the MINSA office and waited until they did their end of the paperwork. They peeked inside the kennel, I paid the money, and we were out of there. Before leaving Panama for the animal-transport-trips, I went to the David airport and rented a Hilux to accommodate the large kennels; paid a Panamanian acquaintance to drive to PTY to meet us, and we shared driving back to Chiriqui. It was a win-win event. I saved a lot of money not hiring a service, and he enjoyed driving the Hilux. When transporting the cats, I did the same thing, only rented a Toyota SUV so the cats could ride inside the car in their kennels. Rental companies don't permit animals in the cars, so if you bring them inside the car, be sure to keep them in the kennels so no animal hair gets on the car seats. Paperwork requirements weren't too confusing. The main thing is to do all the paperwork on time, for instance: the Health certificates need to be done 10 days before you travel. If you don't live within a reasonable driving distance to the USDA-APHIS office, you have to fax or overnight those docs, including the rabies certificates to them, and get them all back so you can then send them to the Panamanian Consulate for your part of the Country for Apostille. Then, you have to be sure to fax, or scan and email the Minsa, Home quarantine form plus the Rabies and USDA-APHIS docs to cam@minsa.gob.pa. The USDA-APHIS Veterinary Certificate of Health is specie specific. There is one for dogs and one for cats. It's actually the same form for both species, but choose the appropriate form for your animal. The form is applicable for multiple animals of the same specie, i.e. more than one dog on a USDA APHIS form. Airlines won't transport certain breeds. My dogs were BOTH breed mixes that couldn't be transported OR imported. One terrier mix, and the other a pitbull mix. NOTE: the Rabies certificate indicates the breed. So on the Rabies certificate, my vet "re-classified" my dogs. The Pitbull is now an Australian Heeler mix. And the terrier, was re-classified "jack russell mix" we just left off the word terrier. It all worked fine. In addition to Rabies Certificate you need the attached forms completed by the Vet: The MINSA form for Home Quarantine is completed by you, not the Vet. Remember, the Veterinary Health Certificate is Specie specific. I've attached for dogs, but if you're bringing in cats, download the one for cats. Vet Health Cert. dogs to panama.pdf USDA Health Cert. form sm animals.pdf MINSA Panama English.pdf
  16. 2 points
    The only thing I got out of this is that some businesses are unhappy that their parking spaces are being appropriated by customers of nearby restaurants. Of the five paragraphs, four are incomprehensible to me. I can't even figure out what area the writer is referring to.
  17. 2 points
    Overconfident speeding drivers keep challenging this curve and losing. Certainly some better signage might help. The 10 indicators which are in place now just aren't doing the job. These ones are in the Drivers Handbook of Regulations. Pronounced Curve Slippery Pavement
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  19. 1 point
    Blessings to Javier and Magaly. They are doing a wonderful job, giving from their hearts. I wish I could contribute financially to them, but I have everything I can do with my own 18 dogs, the clinics, and the other dogs in the Volcan area that need my help. Many people in this area say I am "the best vet" in the entire area, even though I'm not a vet. People often bring their sick or injured animals to me, and I can usually help them. Never in my previous life would I have dreamed my life would turn out this way, but I am grateful for it.
  20. 1 point
    Someone settling a score. Most likely Boquete had nothing to do with it other than that's where he was chased down before being taken for a ride. Today's reports say he was shot at least 10 times. Live by the gun, die by the gun.
  21. 1 point
    There is a very polite, bilingual, young man working there named John Farmer. He told me that one of his assignments from Baru's owner, Spiro, is to ask English speaking customers if there are any products they can't locate or would like to see in the store.
  22. 1 point
    These are some photos of the typico exhibition put on by the children of Centro Educativo de Caldera to celebrate la Semana del Campesino. More at this link.
  23. 1 point
    Do they really expect to be able to read this? Dark letters on dark background colors?? Good luck.
  24. 1 point
    It's time to help animals in your Community! Dog Camp in Boquete have 33 rescued dogs right now and need your support! GOFUNDME: gf.me/u/ddrrng THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Javier and Magaly Pet and house Sitting <javierandmagalyhouse@gmail.com>
  25. 1 point
    Just over 80 Canadians and friends shared some gratitude, a good time and a delicious roast turkey dinner yesterday. This was a real team effort with over a dozen people donating their kitchens, ingredients, and time. I'm sure Marie can expound further, but I suspect the beneficiary of the event, the Santa Lucia Kids Camp, did real well.
  26. 1 point
    Good afternoon, We are glad to share with you the announcement of one of our new up coming events at the Library of Boquete titled: Clown the World. The event will take place on October 16th at 10:00a.m. at Schools and at 2:00pm. at the Library of Boquete. Entrance is free! Kind regards,
  27. 1 point
    Thank you Dottie. And we have spoken with the owners, but they are awful people and, until I can get the dog away from them, I don't want to go any further for fear they will mistreat her more. They have no fear of the law as they are in jail regularly. After I have her safely away, believe me, I will file and I have many pictures and witnesses!
  28. 1 point
    "We feed her daily and are trying to find her a new home. In the mean time, she still lives with the bastards who tied her up and starved her." File a denuncia against those bastards! To treat a dog like that is a criminal act. In addition to the current animal abuse law, it will soon require jail time for the abusers. It has passed all three "reviews" in the government and is now just waiting for the President's signature. Also, I understand that now a formal denuncia does not have to be filed. Here in Volcan we've been told to take pictures of the abusive situation and the corregidor will take the police to advise the abusers of the law...up to a $500 fine, for one thing. Hopefully that would change the abusers deeds. Not long ago I went to the corregidor and had him accompany me to talk with an owner about what I thought was a dog being abused. Fortunately that wasn't the case; just visually from the road it appeared to be. It turned out that I know the owner (by face, not by name), actually a nice guy, and he had had the dog previously sterilized at our clinic. We did ask him to report any animal abuse that he witnesses. So every effort helps.
  29. 1 point
    Hello everyone. Well August was a bit better than the past several months when it came to donations vs expenses. Donations totaled $4118.00 and expenses were $2527.00……thank you everyone, we really needed this little boost to replenish our account a bit! Adoptions were good this month again. 5 dogs and 2 cats found their forever home. We are hoping to gain more awareness – and thus, more adoptions thru our monthly adoption event that is held at the Boquete library on the first Saturday of each month from 10am-12N. We are just getting started (the first event was held in July) but hopefully it will gain momentum and those looking for a companion animal will know to come see us at this monthly event. Don’t forget, we also incorporate a bake sale at this event. We have many talented ARF volunteers who bake the most scrumptious cookies, brownies, cinnamon buns, lemon bars, etc., so come on by and grab a treat. ARF T-Shirts are now available for sale. We have V-neck and crew cut shirts in a variety of colors. They are good quality shirts and wash well. The ARF logo is embroidered so it is very durable. Cost is $15.00. Contact us at arf.boquete@gmail.com for details. Emergency preparedness for your pets: With all of the crazy weather incidents that have been going on, please remember to have a plan for your furry family members as well. Panama does not experience hurricanes, but we do endure earthquakes as well as mudslides in the rainy season. Here’s a link that might give you some ideas on how to prepare: http://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/disaster-preparedness-tips-to-keep-pets-safe The thunderstorms here can also be quite distressing for animals. Try to provide a secure and insulated/quite place for them to retreat to. One of my dogs runs for her life to her hiding place at the first “scent” of rain. Thunder is a traumatizing experience for her. I bought her a thunder shirt, which helps but she always needs that “safe” place to go which happens to be in the second bathroom in the shower where I have set up with a comfortable bed for her. The thunder shirts are also available for cats. Lately we have had a couple of adoptions fall thru. It is always important to remember that animals have very distinct personalities just as we do. We realize some adoptions may not always be the right fit, but we try in earnest to ensure that the animals will easily adjust to their new environment and it is a good match. Admittedly, we can sometimes be too critical and quick to scrutinize a potential adoptee but please realize that we spend a lot of time, love and money in getting our rescues to the point where there can be considered adoptable. We want the very best situation possible for both the animal and new owner. Here is a link on our website to help guide you when you are considering opening your home to a new pet: http://www.arf-boquete.com/choosing-your-pet.html Reminder-The Focus of ARF: ARF does not rehome animals. Again this week we have had many requests for help from people moving that have chosen not to take their animals with them. We offer suggestions on where to post the animal on social media but we cannot take on this responsibility. We understand that there may be circumstances beyond the owners control where it is not possible to take their animals, but please make every effort to take them with you. They consider you their family. Our resources are very limited, and although we have an incredible group of volunteers including some great fosters, our primary focus is on those animals that are homeless, neglected and need medical attention – we are not in the position to help those looking to find homes for animals they chose to leave behind when moving away. We reserve our very limited foster space for our rescues. This also brings up another point for pet owners to consider - what would happen to your animals if you should unexpectedly pass away? Do you have friends or family that you have spoken to about arrangements for your animal(s). Another installment in the Cat Lady of Jaramillo story. The shelter that was built doesn't look like much but it was constructed of donated recycled materials and it serves its purpose. Here is the update from Gabriela, the Cat Lady’s niece: "Since the last update we have achieved great things. 12 more cats were spayed between July and August giving a total of 28 cats spayed to date. Eight (8) cats were adopted, four of them at ARF events. In August Ray built a cozy cat shelter outside my aunt`s house, giving them a place to live other than my aunt’s small kitchen. This makes my aunt very pleased. Dario was the first to inspect and approve of the new shelter. Then the other cats followed and are comfortably sleeping in their new space. During the day they rest on top of the shelter. Carlos and I are currently fostering the last 2 kittens. ARF continues donating cat food for my aunt’s cats and helping us with vet visits, medicine, kitten food and litter. We are getting close to the finish line. We would like to say a special thanks to ARF for all the help we have received from them. Honorable mention is given to Dra. Chely who has been very supportive to our cause and of course a huge thanks to Kirsten and Ray for their commitment to our cats and good vibes." Featured dog: Say hello to Mani. She looks and behaves like, at least part, Weimaraner. Though still a pup, she will grow into an aristocratic young lady with the right owner. Mani needs an active owner who will exercise with her regularly. Couch potatoes will likely drive her to be bored and destructive. Like most high strung Weimaraners, she likes to go for runs and most any athletic activity to burn off her energy. Long hikes and agility training are probably right up her alley! She is a mischievous girl who likes to steal things like shoes. Mani has a loud bark, but will stop when you tell her to. She does not like being alone or being bored. She is afraid of strange noises like the microwave, but doesn’t seem bothered by thunder. Mani enjoys chewing on plastic bottles and cardboard. She is learning how to behave around other dogs and enjoys playing gently. Mani is smart and will respond well to further training. If you have plenty of time and energy to spare for this beautiful girl, she will be a loyal partner who will reward you with her companionship. Featured cat: XieXie (pronounced ShayShay and means "thank you" in Chinese) - If you are looking for a true companion kitty, XieXie is your guy. He is very interactive. Loves to hang out with you. Follows you like a puppy. And, he is gorgeous! His coat is a silky gray and white. And, his eyes are green rimmed with black. XieXie gets along well with other cats, and dogs. He is confident and curious. He is a great escape artist so he needs to go to a home with secure windows and doors. XieXie is about 1 1/2 years old. He has tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV. He is vaccinated and neutered. ARF is a small non-profit animal organization dedicated to the rescue, care, foster and adoption of the unwanted and neglected animals in Boquete and the surrounding areas. Please visit our website at http://www.arf-boquete.com/ if you are interested in adopting an animal. You can also help with the financial support of these animals by clicking here http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html 100% of our donations go to the animals. Our email address is arf.boquete@gmail.com Please visit and “like” our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ARF-Adopt-Rescue-Foster-Boquete-Panama-260616740779036/ YouTube: Adopt Rescue Foster ARF Boquete Panama Also, please visit our sister site Pets Want Homes if you are interested in adopting an animal on http://www.petswanthomes.com/
  30. 1 point
    Tuesday, October 3 , 2017 Two Minors Receive 21 Year Sentences A sentence of 21 years, was imposed on two minors, 15 and 17 years of age, respectively, for their responsibility in the events that caused the death of the businessman Jorge Nodier Espinoza Castle, who lost his life on 17 September 2015, when three people entered his place of business with a gun in a shopping mall located in the city of David. The facts showed that they seized cash,and physically assaulted with a firearm Manuel Enrique Rodríguez and Juan Carlos Lezcano Santamaria, and also caused the death of Sr. Espinoza Castle. The Juvenile Judge of the Province of Chiriqui, with functions of a Criminal Judge, declared both criminally liable, after listening to the evidence submitted by the Prosecution of Adolescents of the Public Ministry, which were based on the testimony of witnesses and victims; the recognition that was carried out against the adolescents, as well as reports of the Division specialized in adolescents of the Subdirectorate of Judicial Investigation and in the testimonies addressed during the trial by the units of the DIJ, who participated in the research. The maximum sentence of 12 years in reformatory was handed down against each one of the teenagers involved in this process for the crime of aggravated homicide. For the crime of attempted homicide, they imposed the penalty to each of 6 years, and for the theft they were sentenced to 3 years in prison and for the crime of personal injury the sentence is 2 years of guidance and supervision. Christopher Aaron Tejada, 20 years old, was also convicted for this crime in another hearing and sentenced to 30 years in prison. http://ministeriopublico.gob.pa/crimen-empresario-condenan-dos-menores-edad/
  31. 1 point
    Personally, I'm just glad to see some stiff sentences. This crime took place after the new Sistema Penal Acusatorio went into effect in September of 2015. It made a major difference to the prosecutorial system.
  32. 1 point
    Camote is the spanish term. IDIAP has a new variety that has improved resistance and nutrient level #C.90-17. I am hoping these are available at the local IDIAP. Got this info from Sept 15 issue of La Prensa. There are good and bad nematodes. They are microscopic. My personal experience is... I have grubs and my sweet potatoes are almost all affected but not penetrated so I harvest,remove bad sections, cook, bag, freeze. My organic efforts usually produce visually imperfect products. Hope this helps.
  33. 1 point
    Who has the power to stop it? Only the people doing it. Highly unlikely. Where are the comments from the "it's the culture" defenders? I guess even they can't justify this deeply embedded cultural practice. Some things are just wrong, culture or not.
  34. 1 point
    There have been landslides all week on this road which winds through Parque de la Amistad on route to Costa Rica. It's been closed and re-opened several times, it's closed again this afternoon. Please avoid this route.
  35. 1 point
    AS I SEE IT. Yes. There is corruption in our 3 powers in our state and government systems: Judicial, legislative and Executive. There are some people that not only crave for the political power but also crave more for the economical power. People wants money in an easy a quick way. They want to get rich not matter what. Why this is happening? What do we have to do to stop it? If everything starts from the government officials and they did it freely and without consecuences what will the normal population will think and do. If we are living in a place of pirates then you will be a fool if you dont act and become a pirate too. I have phrase that I use to illustrate this: When your song is not good, even to clean office, get him to be a politician. There he could make money fast, doesnt need to go to college and he could get rid of any legal consecuences. Our lawmakers usually makes laws to protect them from legal actions and investigations about corruption acts they could be involved. Recently in some countries in South America they did laws where corruptions crimes committed by any government official wont prescribe in time. They will be open until by any other circunstances should be closed. Of course our legislators or diputados (senators) reacted. People is pushing hard because they are tired of those people getting rich with our money. The other problem is law enforcement. Rich people and powerful politicians has economic resources, legal resources and a system that makes them to get away from legal actions against them. This should be stopped. But hey! This happens also in big and developed countries. The problem is that Panama is a very little country and is very noticeable all the cases that develops. It is a big scandal here... but what we can do. People can only protest and demand for justice. If they commit a crime they should pay for it as any normal citizen. This is not good for any country and a lot of people in Panama is fighting to end this bad practice. It will took some time. We don't want to have corrupt politicians. People are asking to not re-elect the actual diputados and for shure the political party of the actual president Varela wont have any chance to win next elections. People are for some amendments in our constitution. This president promised to do it but.... he wont shoot himself on his foot. So he hasn't done it yet.... and seems like he is not going to do that. We keep fighting. We keep trying to the best for our little country. It is a hard job but not impossible.
  36. 1 point
    An interesting YouTube video clip (about 16.5 minutes runtime) about Ajijic, México. This video clip was sent to me by someone who has visited Boquete, but decided not to immigrate to Panama. His main comment was that Ajijic is what "a lot of people told him that Boquete really is." He then said it is more like what many Boqueteños think it is, or want it to become, or words to that effect. https://youtu.be/6lYA7c1Pnuo I will say only that Ajijic sounds like a nice place.
  37. 1 point
    If you bring this on your personal luggage there wont be any problem unless you bring an exagerate amount of products. When I travel to US I usually buy all the medicines, supplements and vitamins and bring them in mu luggage without any problem. It is enforced on items imported and received by the mailing services.
  38. 1 point
    I sure hope not as we are returning to the states for a quick visit and I've been ordering things that gets caught up in the new intercept.....like perfume, makeup, skin care items.
  39. 1 point
    In the domestic terminal at PTY, if flying continuing on to David, security wants to X-Ray the pets in the carriers. They don't insist, however, and it is fun for all when a cat escapes into the waiting room. Been there, done that.
  40. 1 point
    Hola, ChiLis, It's been a while since I've enriched all your lives with wisdom and enlightenment but since it seems that the World will be ending the day-after-tomorrow-ish, I just wanted to say thanks for all the info shared relevant to those green, green hills; and I hope that whosoever may be leading our souls as they rise from this vale of tears will guide us onto the sendero that leads to the good place -- which, in all likelihood, will closely resemble Chiriqui Province . I bet we'll all be singing in per-fect har-mo-ny. Be careful, out there ... Dav
  41. 1 point
    This beautiful image on Pinterest, posted by a photo restorer, claims to be of the "antigua linea del tren hacia Boquete".
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    From : Boquete, Rasgos de su Historia by Milagros Sanchez Pinzon In Feb 1914 the govt of Panama commissioned RW Herbert & Co of New York to construct a railway from Pedregal in David to end up in Boquete with railways to Conception and Potrerillos. The work was completed Feb 1916. The railroad was 57.4 km long and cost B/1,964,829.00. It's construction was a great influence to the local agriculture and commerce in the entire district esp. Boquete who's population grew as a result. The railroad began at Pedregal all the way to Cochea ( 340 meters above sea level). From there the train made more abrupt ascent to the Valle of Boquete ( more than 100 meters in elevation). Years later ( 1928) rails were laid from David through Concepcion all the way to Pto. Armuellas. With the railroad to Boquete, machines for agriculture were introduced which labors were formerly done by horse and mule. Tourists would arrive with baggage that was eagerly carried by local children in order to earn dos reales for the job. Children were as well able to attend schools in David for more advanced education. The sale of agricultural goods was also enhanced by transport of the goods via rail rather than by mule on muddy trails. This advantaged all citizens of Chiriqui to enjoy the produced delivered to them. As well markets opened to the City of Panama an as well abroad. There were cars especially made for cattle, for dry goods and as well for passengers. There was first and second class passenger seats depending upon whether you wanted a wood seat or one with cushions. The trip from David to Boquete was most impressive over the river Majagua ! When the train reached the altitude of Cochea, some of the passengers had to disembark the train at which time sand was spread onto the track to afford more traction. This trip took 2 1/2 to 3 hours on average. By l949 due to the high coast and slow travel the use of the train was beginning to slow down . By 1952 to 1960 all the rails were lifted and the era of the "iron horse " had come to an end.
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    The original building was a wood structure, subsequently replaced with the current cement building. The undated picture I have looks to be taken shortly after the new construction, and I can't identify any stone facing. The word "authentic" has multiple connotations...
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    The community is invited to attend this "Get Together" to be held on September 21st. Mayor of BOQUETE INVITES YOU TO SUPPORT THE ACTIVITY OF THE English School OF THE UNACHI EXTENSION - Boquete. Panamanian Festival: "Tradition reflecting our soul and pride" Panamanian exposition of its folklore from 10:00 a.m. in the Salon de Arco Iris there will be sales of typical meals and more. The show will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the artistic participation of students from the School of English, UNACHI Extension of Boquete and Sub - Headquarters of Gualaca Place: Salon de Arco Iris at the Fairgrounds We look forward to seeing you! Public Relations Department
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    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
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    For reasons unique in Panama , I think it's unwise for me to post which labs use ISO controls. However, it's a question that any lab should answer if you ask. Also, the local doctors know which labs use the ISO controls, and will point you to a specific lab if you ask.
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    Got a bit more info for folks looking for inspection stickers or calibration checks on equipment here in Panama. As i said in earlier posts, equipment in the U.S. is NEVER calibrated or checked by anyone , other than the operator. The U.S. government makes you show results, they dont fix or check your machines. The little stickers you see here with old dates are simply checks for electrical shortages. Required in the U.S. by local city ordinances. They have zero to do with whether the equipment is reporting out good results. Just that last checked, it will not start a fire. That's it. The good news is, I have found there ARE labs in Boquete and elsewhere that use "ISO" controls. These are International standards. Meaning they run blind samples and prove their equipment reports results that match the rest of the universe. That was a big eye opener to me, a former lab director. I now plan to see if the credentials are posted in the lobbies of the participating clinics, so anyone knows if the lab they are using is comparable to the best labs in the world. In the meantime, keep double-checking the label on your specimens, because that is the biggest flaw in the system here, specimen ID. e in Miami. They obviously got the machine used from Miami, but I wonder if they ever calibrated it themselves. I have always wondered what kind of quality control, if any, they do here on their equipment.
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    The point was they had been hiking with their dogs and wanted to stop for a bite to eat, something they had always been able to do. They did not say they always take their dog when they go out to eat. Perhaps the health dept prohibits dogs, and being new owners they want to follow the rules.
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    This sounds like a very warm gathering of friends and family. Have fun and enjoy the turkey and fixin's. This topic caused me to go into a bit of nostalgia about my first visit to Canada. I was working for Hughes Aircraft Company back in the 70s and 80s and 90s prior to my first retirement. I was traveling on company business, probably around 1984, although it might have been 1985, and was in Europe. While there I got an urgent message that I needed to go to the Toronto area for a short noticed meeting. The company travel office changed my travel documents, and upon departing Berlin, I was headed to Toronto. It was October, and our travel people did not know that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October. Duh! I arrive in the Toronto area, expecting to go into meetings the next morning, only to be told upon checking into the hotel that it was a Thanksgiving weekend. That turned out to be a wonderful experience for me. Here I was in Toronto, on company business, but having everything delayed for a short period. With my rental car, I drove outside of Toronto, to the north, and the weather was simply beautiful. I recall stopping by a park and river landing area, got out of the car, walked around, could smell the smoke of charcoal grills, etc. One couple in the near distance had some classical music (Mozart and Chopin) playing. It was heavenly. I have never forgotten my first experience in Canada. Friendly people, wonderful scenery, and feelings of peaceful harmony surrounding me. (BTW, the business meetings that were delayed were successful as well, and I did travel several more times to Canada, both on business and personal time. I like Canada, and Canadians.) Wishing you all the best on your special day of giving thanks for the many blessings that you have had, currently have, and hopefully will continue to be enjoying.
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    Here is a sampling of the Menu - Going to be a GREAT time! Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday, October 8, 2017 Menu Caesar &Tossed Salad Rolls w/butter Home Cooked Whole Turkeys Stuffing/Dressing Russet Mashed Potatoes w/ gravy Buttered Beans Honey Lavender Carrots Baked Squash Brussell Sprouts Home Cooked Desserts Butter Tarts, Chocolate Pie, Brownies, Pumpkin Cheesecake Coffee Bar, incl Canadian Favorites Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks, Water Door prizes, 50/50 draw, Canadian Trivia and Music
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