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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
    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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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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  18. 1 point
    FYI - I don't post much anywhere but I do edit the PanamaLinks web-page,. In fact I have edited it 22 times since February 2016. As always, I am looking for new links of general use. Please let me know if you have any you would like added. I would be especially interested in moving companies that ship OUT of Panama. It is a question that pops up fairly often and I have never seen an actual recommendation.
  19. 1 point
    Everyone is quick to admire and thank Javier and Magaly for the work they do, so I couldn't help but notice that the fundraiser for them, held this afternoon at the Amigos de Animales facility, was only modestly attended. There were some wonderful prizes in the bingo games (restaurant certificates, an eco tour, overnight stays at Finca Lerida and in Volcan, etc.), and the lasagna lunch was excellent. Nancy Halbert and Nairn Kennedy donated all the proceeds from the lunch, even the cost of food, to Javier and Magaly's dog camp. Charities work hard to sponsor events such as this rather than depend solely on donations. The least we can do to support them is to attend these fundraisers. They're fun, and they're a great way to meet your neighbors. Make time for them; put them on your calendar when they are announced.
  20. 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.
  21. 1 point
    Yes. Well sometimes it's hard to break out from the clutch. Folks tend to group together and stay in that groove. Language is another issue esp when it comes to a relationship with Spanish speakers. To care for the poor, the sick and the critters that can not fend for themselves allows us to receive their love in return.....and that's the real gift. We are the very lucky ones Dottie. If we had stayed in the USA I doubt we would have had the opportunity. ....we'd be staying in our rut. Surf...eat...sleep...repeat...etc. We were pretty isolated and selfish and I admit it.
  22. 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.
  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
    Obviously as mad as he was in the photos the contractor wasn't reporting progress or lack thereof or not representing the truth of his work. I wish I could recover the money I had to spend on the front end of my car because of the roads. Had the roads been paved on time after the tubes were laid I would not have had to replace front ends parts. But, I have written it off already. Just saying. I think the contractor should be fined. And if a time line was not in the contract it should have been. This is serious money Varela passed on to Boquete. Hope it isn't squandered away.
  28. 1 point
    My heart aches with yours Dottie, in your burn out and I can only say how grateful we are that there are people like yourself who do what they do. Our rescue dog Flossy came to our house wandering for weeks through our neighborhood. Her charm and loving nature fortunately brought her food from almost everyone she encountered, so she was not in the condition that Sweetie was. That said, we constantly are amazed that anyone would abandon a dog like our Flossy. Then who knows, maybe she just ran away in a lightening storm and got lost. We will never know. What Bill and I do know is folks like you deserve sainthood. thankyou Alison Thank God for this little rescue dog that has brought so much joy to our lives !
  29. 1 point
    That configuration is probably supposed to change when access roads to the highway are finally arranged. There appear to be properties like KFC which need to be expropriated before that can happen. In the meantime, a traffic light would really help at the intersection where the accident occurred. Drivers are trying to turn left there, in every direction, 24/7.
  30. 1 point
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    I have a couple of other names. Maybe one of these ring a bell. Dr. Rafael Tirado 6618-1615 , Dr. Avid Julio. 730-3608, Dr. Eric Tortosa 774-0128 ext 3226/cell 6612-6484 Dr. Rafael Camano. 730-4440
  35. 1 point
    For what it is worth, I was told (about a year ago) that customs views the various mail services different depending on if they are classified as cargo or as courier. Mailbox Etc is classified as a cargo service whereas the service I used (Servitechnics) is classified as a courier service. My experience was that occasionally my packages coming through Mailbox Etc got opened and examined but in 4 years none of my packages coming through Servitechnics were opened. Perhaps someone that is more informed than myself could speak about the truth of this and how various services are classified. After my experience with several services, I ended up using Servitechnics in part because my packages arrived without being opened and examined, possibly delaying them.
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    Kate and I spent the first two weeks of August in Ajijic, so it is very fresh in my mind. We also have a lot of background in Mexico, having spent many months in each of Puerto Vallarta, La Paz, Mazatlan, Zihuatenejo, the Mayan Riviera, as well as having visited most of the "Silver Cities" (Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Taxco, Guajanajuato, and more, including San Miguel de Allende). We love Mexico, but the consequences of what I will call the civil war have made us choose to settle elsewhere. Ajijic is a little oasis in the Sierra Madre - the authorities are making sure that the lucrative, public relations-generating community of expats are protected from any molestation. I can assure you that the crime level 30 minutes away in Guadalajara (second largest city in the country) is elevated - homicide statistics have turned up since 2015. The video is an accurate representation of what we found. A traditional Mexican village, but overrun by expats, with a high density of really "geriatric" folks (and the video certainly shows that). The average apparent age has to exceed, by a very large factor, the profile of the Boquete gringo community. The expats we met struck us as less adventurous than our Boquete friends and acquaintances. Although the video plays up local involvement, we didn't find anything close to the varied and vibrant charity & volunteer activites in Boquete. Very few locals were interested in conversing in Spanish with me - they automatically default to English. They don't mention the lake very much, because no one goes swimming in it due to pollution. Hardly any boating, either. Ajijic has a WalMart and and an Autozone. We drove 30 minutes to get to the big mall where we could choose between Costco, Sam's Club, Home Depot, and Sears. We lunched at Applebee's but could have chosen PF Chang's, Chili, Carl's Junior, etc. You get the idea. Our first meal on the lake was at the American Legion Post... We felt like we were in an outer suburb of San Antonio or something. Ajijic has a lot to offer, and we may well visit again (easy destination during the peak of our rainy season), but we will confine ourselves to just a visit.
  38. 1 point
    The guy who sent it to you is right. Looks 1000% better than Boquete. I wonder what the downside is (there always is one)?
  39. 1 point
    SINAPROC is sending a fully equipped and trained team of rescue personnel to the area of yesterday's massive earthquake in Mexico. 35 people and 4 canines left this morning at 9:30 a.m. https://twitter.com/prensacom/status/910478634321883138 https://twitter.com/CancilleriaPma/status/910508080793780224
  40. 1 point
    Boy you never know. We old farts of the 60's fail to sometimes understand that the smoke and smell of marijuana that sails in the wind could be picked up by a person who truly believes that the smoking of weed is a really really bad thing. We're not in "Kansas" where times have brought change. Beats me why this man was nailed.
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point
    Hi all. This is 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. "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." 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/
  43. 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
  44. 1 point
    This beautiful image on Pinterest, posted by a photo restorer, claims to be of the "antigua linea del tren hacia Boquete".
  45. 1 point
    Milagros Sanchez Pinzon is a wonderful resource on local history, but I think she misspelled the builder's name - he was Roy W. Hebard, who was an engineer and a partner in a construction outfit that was tasked with some of the Canal's excavation work. I am unsure that he was from New York, but since the railroad was financed by bonds underwritten by JP Morgan and National City Bank (precursor to today's Citibank) his name is often associated with New York. Project people involved with the Canal were released upon its completion, and a number of them gravitated to Chiriqui. The only access to Boquete was on foot or horseback, although Mr. & Mrs. Carl Curtis (he was master carpenter with the Canal, she was a nurse at the Canal's hospital) drove a Model T Ford up to Boquete in 1915. The railroad opened up Boquete as well described by Milagros. The train trip was a spectacular adventure, as the rails crossed the rivers on elevated trestle bridges and the landscape views of Baru, etc. were very much out of the ordinary. But the train, with a twice-daily round trip schedule could not compete with the higher frequency and flexibility offered by buses, once the road was paved. The tracks were pulled up, mainly in 1954, although vestiges of the right-of-way can be found. Looks like the stone cladding of the old station is being applied up to wainscoting level, with a surrounding concrete molding.
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    I would think, Judy, because EVERONE knows how dangerous that section of the road is especially in wet weather. I know most disagree with me, but in my mind there are no "accidents" and what happens at Brisas merely reinforces that position. In other words, sillyness on the part of the driver. Unfortunate that some get injured or even killed, but that is not the fault of the road. If calming measures such as speed bumps and chutes were installed some people would still find a way to continue silly/dangerous driving.
  48. 1 point
    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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    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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