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  1. 4 points
  2. 4 points
    " Nearly 80% of soldiers admitted to these hospitals ( in the Crimean War 1854 ) died from infections from being in the hospitals, not from their original wounds. Florence Nightingale helped to dramatically change these issues with improvement in hygiene and sanitation in hospitals, which helped drop the rates of infections. After the war, Nightingale set out on a campaign to modernize hospitals. She had a large influence on hospital design and nursing practices used today. " 1854 was before the discovery of germs ( ...bacteria, viruses etc. ) being the direct cause of infection. To see this pile of rotting infectious material (no doubt covered in flies) in the Republic of Panama in this day and age is criminal. This to me should be brought to the attention of the World Health Organization. I am astounded by it. Alison
  3. 3 points
    Here's an observation. When we were stuck 6.5 hours in one place on the highway with the protest, it took about an hour or so and the street came alive as far as the eye could see. Folks were chatting, sharing food and helping one another. The kids from town were selling sodas, water and snacks from the grocery store. The predominant opinion among those inconvenienced was: " I know this makes Panama look bad to others, but these poor people deserve better and this is the only way they feel they can get anything done". What we didn't see was raised fists and an attitude of entitlement among the drivers. Oh sure, as you can imagine some were pretty upset...but generally folks just dealt with it . We had a whole mini bus full of old folks from a nursing home behind us . I took Flossy our dog inside to visit them and provide a pleasant break. Others assisted some of the old people to places where they could urinate and brought them food. The People of Panama are special. This is just one example of why we are glad we chose to live with them here. ALISON
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    This should come under the heading of "bochinche" and I won't mention my source, but I was told that the Ministry of Public Health was blessed with a new director about three months ago, and that this person went on a power trip, checking all the various sub-administrations and ordering a rigorous enforcement of all the laws and regulations on the books. One of the consequences was the shutdown of imports of cosmetics. It seems that samples were taken from a number of shipments of cosmetics and sent to labs, to verify that the actual ingredients correspond to the labeling. The uproar and blowback from the freight forwarders has resulted in a lifting of the embargo. There will likely be more scrutiny, restrictions, and delays in getting cosmetics imported than has been the case in the past, but nothing particularly onerous. New procedures and announcements will be forthcoming, but everyone is in face-saving mode, so it may take a while longer to clear up the situation.
  6. 2 points
    Everyone has lost a little something or other going thru the security check at the airport. I have had numerous items confiscated such as tweezers, fingernail clippers, etc. Today topped that list of items. It seems that you are not allowed to carry a partially used roll of 1/4 inch double sided Scotch Tape in your carry-on. As the security gal flagged her supervisor over, he agreed that Scotch Tape was not allowed in your carry-on bag. Stunned, I asked why. I was told that it could be used to tie or bind a person. I considered his answer as I put my belt on, slid my 12 foot power cord for my laptop into my backpack ad picked up my 10 foot USB cords. Yes, we can't have people carrying on something they could use to tie or bind. Its a good thing security is keeping us safe from the terrorist flying out of Albrook Airport with Scotch Tape in their bag. Rest easy... they are on watch... just drop the tape and walk away
  7. 2 points
    I was the week of July 18 to July 23 in David, Chiriqui for business purposes and visiting some projects in the province with a very tight schedule. I have to admit that from all the drivers in Panama the driver from David and Chiriqui in general are..... wow the worst. I warned my wife to drive defensively all time. It was amazing to see that they seems to be always in a hurry. I can accept that from any driver in Panama City because of the extremely heavy traffic but from a driver in David it is unacceptable. Looks like the main problem is speeding. Most of the worst accident ocurred because the driver was at very high speed and couldnt control his vehicle causing a terrible accident. The second cause of accidents seems to be distraction while driving. Technology is making idiot drivers. People cant leave their smartphones and wanted to be texting and chatting while driving making them to distract and cause accidents.
  8. 2 points
    Margie is my neighbor. She is definitely a local person, a recently arrived expat with a lot of energy for various projects, including this one. Don't let the cynics get you down Margie.
  9. 2 points
    This is kind of a silly topic but one that everyone deals with. Coins In my move to Colombia, I needed to rid myself of all those US Coins, not to mention that wonderful dollar coin the "Martinelli". So what do you do with your all your coins? Put them in a piggy bank or blg jar? Unless you are diligent of using them as fast as they accumulate, you end up with a large amount. The banks always want me to roll all the coins and deny they have a coin counter. I suspect that is false but when the answer is no, you go looking elsewhere. The Rey in David has a coin counter for the public but there are a few gotchas. First is you have to dig out all of your Martineli's as it only counts US coins. Not hard to do. The next one is a hurdle I have cleared only once. The only person that will run the coin counter machine for you is the head cashier/manager. On my first visit I was told that she only does it in the mornings when they are setting things up. On my next visit (in the morning) I was told the machine was broken (Hmmmm...) That was also the excuse on several subsequent visit, yet it appeared the machine had been used. I did finally get my jar of coins counted and converted to paper bills but decided it was a losing proposition. The head cashier/manager was never eager to do it and it seemed like an awful lot of trouble for such a simple thing as turning on the machine. That made me wonder... what does everyone else do? Just hang on to the coins - which is what I would have done if I was not moving to a country they would be useless. To "coin" a phrase I decided to "buck" up because it makes no "cents", they are just going to "nickle and dime" you to death. Penny for your thoughts or give me your two cents worth!
  10. 2 points
    Yeiks. San Jose' is very very close to the mouth of the Panama canal and Panama City.
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    Following is one of the comments about the article in Newsroom Panama: A subsequent poster noted that posting the picture of the harmless snake in conjunction with the report of a death by snake bite likely will lead to the unnecessary killing of harmless snakes.
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    Not if you are a surfer here in Panama Pacific coast J & N ! Winds are predominantly very strong onshore almost daily with very large ocean swells driving towards the land mass. It's not like those containers are new...they have been rotting in the jungle for a long time.
  13. 2 points
    Read the book: Emperors in the Jungle Author: John Lindsay-Poland Duke University Press. The hidden history of the U.S. in Panama. This is investigative journalism at it's best. Among other topics it uncovers the US Army's decades long program of chemical weapons tests in Panama. It is well worth a read. Amazon.com has it. If you read this expose' you'd come to the conclusion that a heck of a lot more than 8 weapons are left.....deteriorating in the tropical jungles of Panama in various locations.
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    I don't believe that's correct, Marie. While it is illegal to turn left off Avenida Central onto the street when traveling north, I believe it is permitted to turn right when going south. That has been a two-way street (or at least used as a two-way street) for as long as I've been here. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
  15. 2 points
    Monday July 10 we were stuck inside the truck 6 1/2 hours just about 1/2 km from the intersection at Horconcitos. By the time the riot police arrived all fours lanes facing east had advanced forward ( the two active lanes as well the ones closed and under construction). Traffic behind us was as far as the eye can see. We were told that was the case as well on the other side of the protest facing west. Total impasse. On our return back yesterday 7/20 there were at least 20 or more riot police in full gear at the intersection. From the looks of the debris on and beside the road, problems there must be on-going. If that's what it takes that safe roads be made for teachers to drive to remote interior posts, then so be it. Two teachers had the road disappear and were hurled down a steep hillside to be buried under rocks and mud inside there truck where they died. Being a teacher here in Panama does not guarantee an easy assignment. I'm glad to see this protest even though we were inconvenienced 6 hours because of it. Alison
  16. 2 points
    This video shows the work being performed at Los Ladrillos, at one of the spring-fed sources or 'eye of the water'. https://www.facebook.com/Alcaldía-De-Boquete-2014-2019-566693683441469/ source Alcaldia
  17. 1 point
    No drug is without risk. That's why there are so many lengthy warning notices in ads and in the drug's info. The choice is to weigh the possible side effects and the percentage of their occurrence (the risk) against the potential benefit. I agree that your decision is a reasonable one, Jim. My quarrel is with those who cite anecdotal evidence, repudiated studies, and quack science to support their point of view.
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    These small communication and resource centres help students and the public .
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    Best I can tell, the US Embassy in Panama is less helpful than the worst Department of Motor Vehicles any American has ever encountered in their lives. Even the IRS doesn't demand a Cashiers Check from me when it rips me off. The US Embassy doesn't accept US currency for payments. Weird, huh? For the embassy to show some genuine interest in assisting Americans living here by helping to clarify this issue would go beyond what they are required to do by law. Nobody working there has any incentive to be helpful. Expats have no political clout at all. We can beg. We can say please and thank you. Maybe that might help a little on some occasions. Without a directive coming from the State Department in Washington DC, I strongly doubt our embassy will lift a finger. After all, they can have all their cosmetics, drugs, etc., delivered by Diplomatic Pouch which is immune from Panamanian inspection. Put me in the "not expecting help from the embassy on this one" camp.
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    Bonnie: Thanks for the thorough summary. Other than just directives (which I assume must have been from MBE), did Velkys have any copies of actual government orders or regulations? Based on just the August 1 comunicado, I am fully confident that it addresses only the subject of cosmetics. I also know that health supplements are not mentioned in the sections of the law quoted in the comunicado. As for alternative inquiries, maybe our diputada could ask for clarification. A non-warden could handle something like that to keep you from being involved. 'Any idea how any of this relates to the Free Trade Agreement? It was alleged to have the effect of removing tariffs from around 87% of imports from the US within a couple of years of its signing in October 2012. The official US government site, Export.gov, says this: Tariffs have dropped to 0% for 87% of U.S. Exports to Panama. Panama’s tariffs are already relatively low – an average of 7% for industrial goods, around 15% for agricultural products regardless of where the products are made. But a 0% percent tariff is a competitive advantage for U.S.-made goods. And U.S. products and services are already very competitive, with some 30% market share of Panama’s imports. Are we so unlucky as to bring in a lot of stuff that falls into the 13% that has import tariffs or other restrictions? Do you think the embassy could explain this oddity?
  21. 1 point
    Hola, the restriction is only for cosmetics. Prescription drugs are allowed however we need to get a permit and the procedure takes takes 10 - 20 days. Suplements, vitamines and food also need a permit, but this process is easier and faster. Have a good weekend and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any information.
  22. 1 point
    Try this: http://www.transito.gob.pa/slider/consulta-de-boletas-en-linea
  23. 1 point
    According to this report, a couple of decapitated guys were found near Paso Canoas yesterday. There have been at least ten homicides in or around the border town so far in 2017.
  24. 1 point
    On July 23rd, 2017, Dr. Tello sterilized 47 dogs and cats and we passed the 4,000 mark. In our little 11 clinics per year with only one doctor, we have now sterilized 4,017 dogs and cats! http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/107th.html We apologize that people had to wait longer than usual. Don Binder, who usually weighs the animals and injects the anesthesia, was unable to be there. All of our dedicated volunteers are excellent, but the ones tasked for doing Don's usual jobs were not accustomed to doing so. See my web page for an extraordinary procedure Dr. Tello did with a dog's badly broken rear leg in lieu of surgery. (And there are pictures of it in my photo album. The link to the album is on the web page.) But it turned out that the owners were unable to give the specialized care that the dog required, so I ended up taking the dog to Dr. Tello at the border on Tuesday for surgery. I went back to get the dog on Friday. Dr. Tello said the surgery went very well. He inserted a pin to stabilize the leg and he will remove it at our August 20th clinic. In the meantime, the dog is with me. I will give him the necessary pain medications and antibiotics, remove the sutures in a week, and then bathe him and give him a haircut. Bud and Marcelyn of Boquete are owners of www.chiriqui.life web site. They graciously came to the clinic in Volcan to do a podcast of me regarding the clinics. When it's finished, I will post the link on other various sites, explaining that. Chiriqui.Life is mainly about things-Boquete but there is other useful information as well. And that Bud and Marcelyn invite everyone to come visit. No need to sign up (free) unless people want to post or listen to the various podcasts. Our next clinic will be on August 20, 2017. Not even August yet, it is already half full. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, and brings their animals to the clinic to be sterilized. Together we ARE making a difference! Dottie
  25. 1 point
    Personally speaking, I'm fond of the "dislike" feature, but eschew the "like" component.
  26. 1 point
    I know I'm going to get a lot of blow-back on this (which is fine), but I'm not finding a whole lot of joy in the new Deli Baru. There are an awfully lot of inconveniences and aggravations. The road on which it is located is too narrow to comfortably accommodate two lanes of traffic, for starters. Secondly, if you go anytime around midday, the automobile and pedestrian traffic is horrendous because of the Buen Pastor school next door. Out of the six times I've gone and five times I've been directed to park in front, I've been blocked by a delivery truck three times. Even though there are two loading dock lanes, the big trucks apparently choose not to negotiate backing into them and leave customers to negotiate backing around them to get out. One day I went around 12 or 1 and had a hell of a time getting out because I was backing out and dodging school kids, school vehicles, AND delivery trucks. At any given time there are a minimum of two stockers in each aisle, and I've experienced up to four. It's slow going. And they don't willfully get out of the way. I find locating items difficult, too. For example, I spent about ten minutes looking through the condiments for ketchup only to find that it was shelved with canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, etc. My purchases from the bakery have been mediocre at best. Fruits and vegetables can be bought cheaper at the mercado, although I admit that Deli Baru has stuff that the mercado doesn't. I haven't bought a lot of meat there, but what I have bought has been fine but nothing that cannot be bought elsewhere. I keep hoping the next trip will be better, but right now I'm not impressed. I'll return--if less often--because of certain items not available elsewhere in Boquete--including a superior choice of dark chocolate. Otherwise, the biggest joy it has given me is that it's freed up some parking at Romero.
  27. 1 point
    It doesn't sound anything like IL too me. IL is targeted toward people looking to live internationally. This new site appears to be focused on events and classifieds. I don't see the parallel.
  28. 1 point
    Absolutely untrue! I am behind this site, I have a background in social media and internet marketing, and I am local. My husband and I live here full time and we live in Volcancito with dogs, cats, horses and chickens. Here I am in the David Cabalgata with Edilberto Gaitan and Lauretta Bonfiglio. I just hosted the Volcancito Cabalgata on July 16th, you will generally find me riding my bay quarter horse stallion or my appaloosa mare in any cabalgata within 50 miles and often up and down Volcancito Road. Our group of riders is why Big Daddy's now has a horse parking sign. I am not sure which sites you are referring to as being like this one. In general the comment I hear the most is "thank you so much for doing this, is is so needed!"
  29. 1 point
    I guess I don't get it. Where is the conflict? I see a difference of opinion about a one-way street, which was resolved with photos. How was Jim on Keith's case? What were "several members complaining about"? It looks like there was some sarcasm from both parties.
  30. 1 point
    Thanks for the feedback. Please keep it coming. We will reassess in the near future. P.S., we are NOT trying to be like Facebook. Gosh no, never, no way José, The announcement only mentioned Facebook so that those who have no idea what reputation or reaction are here on CL could perhaps equate it to something like the Facebook "like" icon.
  31. 1 point
    Calle 4A is a 2-way street between Av. de los Fundadores and Av. Centenario where Super Baru is located. There is a 'right turn allowed' arrow marked on the pavement in the southbound lane of Av. de los Fundadores in front of the Park. Also, the parking spaces in front of El Constructor and Caja de Ahorros on 4A Sur are angled to suit westbound traffic and there is an ALTO or Stop sign at the west end of the street.
  32. 1 point
    Probably bullet proof. I doubt he's a popular fellow
  33. 1 point
    Teenagers are above the law here in Panama, I guess!
  34. 1 point
    1.6 ounces and she got over 6 years in prison with no prior arrest record. Meanwhile, they can break into your house, steal stuff, harm or kill you, and they can get away with that?
  35. 1 point
    http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/chemical-weapons-from-secret-canadian-u-s-mustard-gas-program-in-panama-to-be-destroyed/wcm/576223a7-52c7-48e9-bf57-406bb91776cb http://www.mire.gob.pa/index.php/en/noticias-mire/10472-opaq-endorses-plan-for-the-destruction-of-chemical-weapons-on-san-jose-island-panama In the last article it was stated: "A group of specialists from the United States will train personnel of the Technical Explosives Unit of the Panamanian National Police in the process of destruction and verification, which will give Panama an installed human and technical capacity to address these types of contingencies. The logistics includes the equipment, facilities and measures to guarantee the safety of the personnel involved and of the environment. Opting for bilateral collaboration, and with the technical support of the OPCW throughout the process, Panama will achieve the results it has sought for decades. In addition, the demarche of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and collaboration between the Ministries of Security, Health and Environment will finally allow Panama to take concrete actions to dispose of chemical weapons in its territory." To me this sounds like the US will send some experts to teach Panamanian National Police how to remove these weapons. In this way Panama would become independent in removal of the dangerous material themselves in the future. Sounds like a real deal ( eyes rolling) USA will fund, teach, build facilities then skedaddle and leave Panama to do the job?...am I ready this right????
  36. 1 point
    Nah......can't be. Fer sure there are no dislikes from this camp. Alison
  37. 1 point
    Absolute criminal negligence . The citizens of this country should be outraged by this and as well VERY concerned about exactly how huge rusting canisters of chemical weapon material will be removed safely off San Jose' island in the Pearl Island just off Panama City. Both those issues are enough to get folks blocking the Panamerican highway in protest !
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  39. 1 point
    Glaring lack of specifics. But that, along with lack of proofreading and editing, is what I've come to expect from Newsroom Panama.
  40. 1 point
    Yes.....I had read both. Panama has been messed up by both the USA and as well Canada. In one article the number of weapons was 3000 which seems more in line than the 8 earlier mentioned. In another article I read there was a photograph of one. I was fairly blown away at how large each one is.....like the size of a torpedo, covered in mud and overgrowth. It strikes me as serious business cleaning this up.
  41. 1 point
    These articles do remind me a bit of paid ads in 1950s magazines like Adventure or Mans World.
  42. 1 point
    It is probably a health concern issue.
  43. 1 point
    At Romero it seems the guys who dispense fish at the end of the meat counter are not allowed to come down to the meat end, even if there is only one customer and nobody at the meat end. Maybe there is a division of labor behind meat counters in Panama that workers dare not cross.
  44. 1 point
    I was very happy when Super Baru opened, and will continue to buy items there. But, must say, with the new competition, Romeros seems to have upped their game. In fact, I find their produce department superior to the selection at Baru. And yes, I love to shop for veggies with Sarah and her family's business across from Signor Gyros. They are good people and deserve our support. Today I went to Super Baru (and I was in no rush), and walked out angry; not because of the parking (with which I have not yet had a problem). The service at the deli/meat counter was awful! I was the only customer initially, and had to call out to the counter man to get his attention. He was slicing a large amount of lunch meats and indicated he had no time to take my order. Well, ok, but where's the rest of the staff? Decided to do my other in-store shopping, and when I returned to the deli/meat counter, there was a family picking-up that large amount of lunch meat. Great, I thought. Now I can place my order. NO WAY. The man behind the counter ignored me and was cleaning-up/re-wrapping. By the way, there were at least two other men at the chicken/fish end of the counter, doing nothing. I signaled them, as by now there was another lady waiting for service. Ignored....maybe the chicken/fish men are not allowed to mingle with the meat men? Finally, a young guy (looked to be a teenager) took my order, and it took FOREVER. This young man needs to learn to use a slicer efficiently! Each slice was so slow, and I had ordered almost 2 pounds of 3 different lunch meats! A woman (manager) appeared behind the counter, and I asked her in Spanish if she was the Manager. Yes, and I told her that service was terrible today. She said something to the two guys; tossed her hair, and left. The infinite slicing of turkey breast continued.... I have experienced some pretty bad service in Panama during almost 10 years, and expect I will continue to do so. It's my pet peeve, and I always put myself in "grin-and-bear-it" mode, but today was one of the worst examples...and this from a highly-touted new business in Boquete!
  45. 1 point
    I wonder what this means? Is he teaching others how to steal, launder money and generally get away with murder?
  46. 1 point
    The daily cost of the room ( Presidential suite) is $1300.00. Now that's just the room which I assume is apart from medications, treatments and doctor bills. This bill is being paid by his family who it is said to have sold properties in order to cover this cost. ( rolling my eyes) yah right...... We are supposed to believe this is an innocent public servant who is chronically ill and needs medical care of the finest quality. The case?...on hold forever.
  47. 1 point
    I find this topic of particular interest. I have used AirBnB for a few years with various experiences (both good and bad). We are also planning to host for AirBnB in the near future. I was in Panama when hotel occupancy rates were at record highs and had prices to match. What is not pointed out in the above articles is the explosive rate at which large hotels were being built in 2010, 2011 without any thought as to how they would be filled. The hotel industry and Panama brought much of this on themselves with greed and poor planning. Panama approved new construction of hotel after hotel thinking they would all be rich with hotel rates sky high. At the time, many of us were asking where all the people would come from to fill them as many of them had plans to add casinos as part of their operations. In my opinion, while AirBnB certainly takes a piece of the hotel pie, you have to expect the consumer to start looking for other alternatives when rates are outrageously high. Why pay $100, $200, or $300 a night in a hotel when you can get an AirBnB with all the amenities of home for a quarter of that price? I know clients that booked into the Marriott Hotel in 2009 for almost $400 a night. Now you can get that same room for $100 or less. I am happy to read that AirBnB is taking a proactive approach and making deals and collect taxes. That seems fair all the way around. As for the tears from the hotel industry, greed got you. Don't blame AirBnB. In many ways it is no different that the taxis and Uber. Better service for less money. Step up your game and quit crying about the competition. I just wish Uber was as proactive and honest as AirBnB appears to be. Thanks for the articles Bud.
  48. 1 point
    Like some others, I found the posed question to be quite pretentious. But, the discussion has evolved toward one very important reason why this village is so appealing to us. Chiriqui and Boquete, in particular, is very cosmopolitan for its size. It's a delight to constantly meet people who live here that came from so many different places around the globe.
  49. 1 point
    President Varela showed off the design for this bridge last August 26, and the opening/dedication ceremony was on March 17. Then everything stopped, although a tent and some big construction cones were left on site. I am happy to report that I saw some activity there yesterday.
  50. 1 point
    I can't see that anything is moving forward on the Panamonte Bridge since its inauguration on March 17th. And its construction was first announced back in August. I know this is important principally to those of us living in Jaramillo Arriba and Palo Alto, but I think it also will do wonders for the congested intersection adjacent to the Municipio. Anyone heard anything?
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