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  1. 7 points
    I think your concerns may be unfounded, Siempre. Your initial post makes clear what your concern is, and everyone understands that discussions routinely move outside the bounds of the original post. The change in the title alerts readers to what is being discussed and makes the quality-of-water issue searchable.
  2. 6 points
    Sounds like someone was conducting an IQ test on social media.
  3. 5 points
    Let me make a few comments... This is an obvious hoax and easy to detect based on a few items. First, the supposed source of this information is "According to IT colleagues of my daughter" and "reported on the BBC" without any link to the story or source. I am afraid that "Tricia's daughter's IT colleagues" are not much of a reliable news source unless you believe everything you read. It also states that it will happen in the future (tomorrow), so someone must be psychic if this is to be believed. The next thing is that a simple Google search easily confirms this to be a hoax in case a person is finding Tricia's Boquete News posting to be in any way believable. I can understand that the NewsLady can not vet every message that gets submitted. I would suggest that any message that appears to be a warning of something dangerous should get a second opinion before being posted. It only takes a moment to email a computer tech or to do a Google search. I would be happy to respond in a timely manner if something like this appears again and the Newslady or others have questions as to its legitimacy. An extra set of eyes often keeps one wise.
  4. 5 points
    This is always a timely topic, now matter where one lives in what might be considered developing areas. For those interested in getting involved in helping the local indigenous families as well as the poorer Panamanian families, with either money or time or efforts or all, one of the local opportunities is with Buenos Vecinos de Boquete -- http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/. If, after viewing the website, you decide to take part in a food packing day (next one this Thursday, 3/29) you'll get to see some of the nutritional foods given to 100 or so families each month. And if you then decide to take part in one of the many food delivery efforts later that day, you'll get to experience a slice of the life of these families (may entail hikes or drives into areas off the beaten path), who are so grateful for these small monthly gifts and the kids who have no idea that they are "poor". Hope you can join us sometime, and if you do, at least for the first few visits, it's best to leave your "shoulds and shouldn'ts" behind.
  5. 5 points
    Siempre, when I first read this reply, I jumped on board with you. And then I read: which caused me to stop and reflect on your reply. (As an aside, I need to be careful here on this web site because I have been taken to task for being "caustic" was their word when I got a bit too aggressive in my words. They said I was attacking people, which is not permitted. I groused about that comeuppance for a while, including boycotting this web site. And then I went back and reread what I had written, and I ended up having to agree with them. What I was writing was how things are done on that cesspool of a web site called Ning. Anyway, Bonnie's reply caused me to be more analytical. I concluded that she was correct. The topic that Siempre started had a title that he gave it. But then it was the members here who took the subject in a different but related direction. And so the owners updated the title to reflect what was contained in the topic. The owners responded to the members content, and were not the cause for it to go in a different but related direction. Does that not sound like good management to you? But then you came back this morning, and this is what got my dander up. Siempre, you ARE COMPLAINING. Everyone on this web site sees that. Get over it. Slow down and take a deep breath. BTW, it is okay to complain. Personalty speaking, I am finding this expanded subject matter to be very enlightening. I am learning a lot here. And isn't that what these kind of web sites is about? For the web site owners, I hope you don't take my comments here as attacking a person. I am just trying to help him see the value of how this topic turned.
  6. 5 points
    Thank you, Doug and Jo, for all your work on this Healthcare Resources program. I believe this information is helpful and at times very necessary when we have a medical problem. Good job!
  7. 5 points
    As I write this, I am shaking my head. Another site hacked, this time one that hold passwords for thousands of people. What I am commenting on is a service called One Login. It is a password manager service. The idea is to keep all of your passwords in one place and have a program or app on your phone keep track of them so they can all be very long and different. You only need to remember the one password for the service and the rest is done for you. Well, OneLogin was broken into by hackers and all of the passwords, including the keys to unencrypt them, were exposed. If you have this service, you have already received an email about it. For the people that do not have that particular password manager but do use a similar service I would like to caution you with a bit of reasoning. The old saying is "Don't put all your eggs in one basket". A password manager does exactly that. It puts everything valuable in one place. You are then trusting some company to keep the passwords to all your valuable information safe. Consider this... if you are a hacker, it would make sense to attack the place where there are hundreds if not thousands of passwords rather than trying to get just one password of yours. Personally, I solve the problem of having different passwords on different sites by making a formula out of them. It is a rule that I apply to each website when they want me to create a password. If follow the rule, then each site then gets a unique password. I do not need to remember the password, instead I can recreate in my mind by remembering the simple rule. Here are a few examples: Let's say this is my formula to make a password for any web site I visit: First two letters of each word of the website name, followed by the year I was born, followed by a $ and then my initials in lower case Wells Fargo = WeFa56$DP Ebay = Eb56$DP Chiriqui Life = ChLi56$DP As you can see you end up with both upper and lower case letters, numbers, and a special character ($). That meets all the recommendations and it is unique for each website. Now when I visit in the future, I just think the rule out and I can figure out my password without having it written down or stored in a password manager. You can add other things and mix it with your own variations to make your formula unique. Perhaps you want to use the first initial of all your kids names or maybe the last two letters of the website name. The idea is to create a simple rule that lets you create a password for each site and makes it unique. Keep the rule the same for every site and it will have enough variations to make a different password each time. By doing this, you no longer need the password manager service and all of your accounts will not suddenly be exposed with a single failure should it get hacked. It is something to consider. I have always said a password manager works right up until the company disappears or gets hacked. When that happens, you do not have to deal with a single exposure, you have to deal with EVERY site. In today's world, that can easily be 100s. Now... about saving the passwords in your web browser so you do not have to enter them each time - I will let you consider the risks when your computer goes into the shop for repair ! Stay safe and enjoy the day
  8. 4 points
    Salvadores de Animals can assist you in these situations. We have bilingual volunteers who will help you navigate the system. We are familiar with the authorities and the laws protecting animals in Panama. Do not hesitate to contact us. We will determine if any laws are being broken. If no laws are being broken, we will work with the owners to try to make the situation better for the animal. Our goal is not to just take animals, but rather to educate owners and give them a chance to rectify the situation. Contact us at saldeapanama@gmail.com
  9. 4 points
    Returning for a moment to the original post, the one that initiated this discussion, I have never experienced what Marcelyn described. I'm sure there are isolated incidents of discourtesy, but I have found Panamanians to be almost universally polite and helpful in a way rarely experienced back home. There was the woman who chased me down in the parking lot of a grocery store in David to return the cedula I had left at checkout, and there was the driver who led me in his car to my destination all the way across David when I had simply asked for directions. The incident I recall most fondly is the young man who sprinted across the street from Melo, unbidden, to bodily remove my husband from our car and carry him into Dr. Chen's clinic when I was unable to do so. I don't doubt that expats and their financial resources have engendered a degree of resentment, but I have never seen it manifested in the behavior of Panamanians.
  10. 4 points
    Anybody who puts personal information anywhere on the internet and believes it will remain private is an idiot.
  11. 4 points
    Interesting discussion. I created a FB account some time ago, thinking to promote information about the spay/neuter clinics and the care of animals in general. I hesitate to give personal information on public forums, so I signed up as "Dottie Mae." Sometime later I thought to give my real last name (Atwater) but it was declined with a message something like "false last names are not allowed." I hardly even know how to use FB and didn't care to learn...it seemed that a lot of postings are about silly things like "what color of socks I wore today" (joke) with numerous responses. In creating that account, I didn't give my real birthday (still unwilling to post personal information on a public forum). Imagine my surprise when I received numerous "Happy Birthday" notices related to the fake birthday I gave. (Thanks to everyone, and I'll remember your well wishes for my real birthday!) I've posted almost nil on FB, and certainly nothing about my politics, friends, "enemies," and nothing about my trips (I never leave home anyway--I like it just where I am). So regardless of having very little privacy left in today's world, I do whatever I can to keep my personal life private from the world that spies on everyone.
  12. 4 points
    Melissa Twohey, PriceSmart VP Corporate Foods, wrote this very informative explanation regarding their private label and the upcoming introduction of the pet food line. I am happy to answer your questions!
  13. 4 points
    This report is from the Mayor's FB page. Mayor of BOQUETE CHECKS IN THE FIELD THE COMPLAINT OF CHIRICANOS ENVIRONMENTALISTS Opposing views have been generated in the last few days by work being carried out on the road going up toward the top of the Baru Volcano by the Ministry of Public Works. The Mayor, with the desire to issue a criterion as the situation in the field, visited the area to learn first hand about the allegations of environmentalists from our province. It is expected, according to the Mayor Emigdio Walker Vasquez, in the next few days will be bringing together all parties involved, in order to learn technically the situation that the environmentalists have denounced. During the tour, staff and volunteers of MiAmbiente carried out a day of cleaning in the Baru Volcano National Park. Public Relations Department
  14. 4 points
    The Newslady always winces a little when she sends out one of these alternative medicine things. However, in the final analysis it's up to the customer do separate quackery from reality.
  15. 4 points
    Yay, Chicorita has been reunited with her family.
  16. 4 points
    Hello. I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I really appreciate the efforts put forth towards this forum .... the information provided is great!! Whether it's current events, news, or general questions, all of the content is interesting and helpful. THANK YOU to all that contribute ...... it is appreciated.
  17. 4 points
    Bud and Marcelyn, Thanks so much for giving Chiriqui Province a great place to share information. I do appreciate a place where the disagreements are kept friendly, where information is always the best and most current. I know you put a lot of time and effort into Chiriqui.life while often taking the backseat in allowing both sides to speak respectfully. I want to take this time of year, when gifts are given, to thank you both for your efforts and gift to our community. You are one of the cutest couples I know. And you are blessed to have found each other. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to both of you!
  18. 4 points
    I think News Boquete and Chiriqui Life are the two best sources for local news and discussion of issues. Beyond its social networking, the value of FB lies in reports on situations and issues not covered in the above noted resources. Giving it a quick look this morning, for example, I learned within the first few posts that a whole foods market is opening in David, that the water is back on downtown after a long hiatus, and that an errant goat has been blocking the Wilson Bridge. In the eleven years I've lived here, I've found that the more you know, the easier life is here.
  19. 4 points
    The newslady agrees that all persons submitting an email for distribution should identify themselves. She is working on a way to universally enforce this desire. Short of proof-reading, editing, and correcting every email that comes in, there doesn't seem to be a way to make people think about how to submit an informative, well written notice. Too many people dash off a couple of sentences on their smart phone and send it in to be put into almost 2000 email inboxes. Shows a disrespect for the service.
  20. 4 points
    Dear Chiriqui Lifers, I recently read a rather long and convoluted forum posting about something or other, and there was a lot of stuff in it, and some back-and-forth, and much "quoting", then followed by much "re-quoting", which was either construed or mis-construed, and then there was a bit of a rhubarb, with postings and ripostes, and it seemed as though some feathers were ruffled and a bit of fur flew, and there was the requisite "blah-blah-blah", and an imbroglio instigated investigation of intolerance, and civility was verging on civil war, with families and friendships torn akimbo and the very essence and stuff of life itself and all that is honorable and good and holy and treasured and revered and celebrated and valued was suddenly vulnerable and threatened and at-risk of being rent asunder .... ... and suddenly! -- our fearless Moderator stepped-in, and the entire thread was arrested and incarcerated and sentenced to the dust-bin of history, and roiled waters were calmed, and Mean Mr. Trouble was banished, and peace descended upon the land, and the "New Dawning of the Age of Chiriqui Life" commenced, and it was good. BUT! As a verified "Inexpert User" of this forum, I am compelled to take great personal offense at the following quote: "However, this topic is going awry." As the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Sole Member of the Official "wryawry Fan Club", I take great offense at the flippancy of the above quote, and this has "triggered" me, and now I shall be forced to retreat to my "safe space" in order to contemplate the grievous and egregious insult, and consult with my Legal Team in order to strategerize retribution and the likelihood of significant monetary redress. NOW THEREFORE: Let every Member of this Forum be put ON NOTICE that personal insults such as these WILL NOT BE TOLERATED and that AS OF THIS MOMENT this writer plots serious and profound REVENGE!!! You will all be severely punished with love, wryawry
  21. 4 points
    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.
  22. 4 points
  23. 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
  24. 4 points
    The question is ignorant and insulting. Who cares what the answer is.
  25. 4 points
    I think it is just human nature for one to find ways to justify difficult decisions and then vent to relieve the stress and frustration. I am one that is leaving Panama and while I could easily list a number of things I dislike or seemed senseless here in Panama, I am sure I could just as easily find faults in my new destination once I have lived there for an equal amount of time. All my life I have made a major move about once every 10 years and I could easily list faults and express frustration with each location. My personal decision to move on is based on what appears a better option both personally and financially. While Panama finally tipped the scale for me in a different direction and while some past experiences here in Panama played a part in predicting the future, I can't say I have any great displeasure with Panama as a whole. I could probably list just as many pros as cons. There are certainly things I will miss here and will likely be back to visit clients and friends. It does feels like there are a larger number of expats leaving at this time or at least a bit more than the normal turnover we have seen each year. I am very skeptical about how concerned Panama is about the number leaving the country. I am sure they are more concerned with other issues and the expats leaving is probably just a side effect of other policy decisions. If Panama teaches you anything, it is that everything changes constantly (both good & bad). It can change at a moments notice... or even with no notice at all. Rules and laws here seem to be only enforced when a situation becomes untenable. Typically enforcement is done for a short time and then, as with everything here, it changes again. Seemingly random and sometimes without good reason to those of us that are used to laws and regulations being hard and fast.
  26. 4 points
    Agree. That said, I didn't retire here to die early on the road. That was not part of the package I signed up for. One would expect average driving skills...or maybe a bit below. I could deal with that. What we witness is way way below average to the point of absurdly dangerous, and frankly I just don't understand it. It is what it is, I understand.
  27. 4 points
    I enjoyed the article. Far too many people were enticed to move to Panama because they were led to believe they could live above their means here. Those people have been gravely disappointed. Other people didn't do enough due diligence about what you should expect from roads, utilities, and emergency services here. They have been gravely disappointed. Other people didn't understand the bureaucratic complexities for all things from immigration to car registration. They have been gravely disappointed. But, the people who come here and can go with the flow and adjust their expectations will find a beautiful country with some wonderful people. There is an old saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Our decision to move here was a good one.
  28. 4 points
    We stopped in this church yesterday on the way to Penonome. Religious or not it is truely amazing. It's the first pueblo the spaniards established according to the locals. In 1520 they landed there. You can't see the Pacific from town but it is very close. Most of the church and most things inside are original. The stone wagon wheels are the best things displayed to me. In three years the church will be 500 years old! There is a huge original bronze statue there also. We got there at noon, walked in and they were baptizing kids. We stayed for the service. I'm not catholic but enjoyed the service. My girlfriend is catholic and she was amazed also. She had never seen this church and she is a Bouquetena. I did a blog on this before and it is worth mentioning again. If you're bored----take a ride to Nata. Nata is located between Santiago and Penonome----about 180 miles from Boquete more or less.
  29. 4 points
    I don't know how libel law in Panama is adjudicated, but I can say that if a legal system does not hold that truth is an absolute defense to a charge of slander or libel, it is not a justice system at all. It would be a system serving only the corrupt and powerful. If truth is not a defense, then anyone may successfully sue for being offended.
  30. 4 points
    Pondering this I can only reflect on thoughts Bill and I had when we first decided to reside outside of the USA for our retirement. Laws change, procedures change and the climate of life changes ..and possible more so in foreign countries. We were also aware that in spite of all our research we may have missed something. We knew that it might not be easy and at times frustrating but decided we would weather whatever transpired. It's been 10 yrs and some things have in fact changed and we did miss a few things we should have known I guess but we are happy here. Very happy. We've had some fun times navigating bumps in the road in fact !
  31. 4 points
    'Burocracia' by Rosa Marques, was a different entry on the subject in the Notodo Filmfest.
  32. 4 points
    You are welcome to go to the Prosecuters office at any time and look through the records yourself. They are open to anyone, they are PUBLIC FOR ALL TO SEE.
  33. 4 points
    Very well said. And life is not stress free even in one's country of origin. People who thrive after a move "abroad" are those who adapt quickly to change and view the move as an adventure and opportunity to learn. Others? Well, the stress is too much and they return to their country of origin at an enormous cost, as Brundageba said. When I moved to Volcan 13 years ago and began the enlarging and extensive remodeling of an old Panamanian house, I had never lived in such "primitive" conditions in my life. The work took at least two years. And the growth of Volcan and conveniences that exist today did not back then. Yes, there were some stressful times (still are), but it was an adventure (still is) and I never regretted moving here. I'm still very grateful for my life here in Volcan. And a learning experience? One thing I've developed here is a LOT of patience! I have a wonderful employee and although I pay him very well, no way could I pay someone in the US to do what all he does. Then there is my beloved family of 18 dogs (okay, okay, sometimes they are stressful) and my work with the spay/neuter clinics. With the clinics and the rescue of dogs, I have found my true purpose in life. I would never have found that in the US. I have learned so much about care and treatment of dogs through the years that I and my employee often help people with injuries and illnesses of their own dogs. Right now is the best time in my life, ever. Too bad that some people swallow the rose-colored claims by the hucksters. One size indeed does not fit all.
  34. 3 points
    Sorry, but I just don't see a change. Panamanians have been taking advantage of gringos at least since I arrived 11 years ago. They love having us here to take advantage of economically. Boquete now enjoys the same minimum wage as Panama City and David, so the locals clearly have benefited in this regard, as well as with increased employment opportunities. Panamanians I have spoken with are grateful for this. I'm inclined to attribute the isolated incidents of rudeness to bad apples and to expat misbehavior. And if the Panamanians are, in fact, becoming xenophobic, they certainly are not alone. At this moment it's a worldwide trend.
  35. 3 points
    According to the Terms & Rules, it states that: "If you wish to post content on Chiriqui Life, you.... ....Continue to own the content that you post, but grant Chiriqui Life an unlimited, non-exclusive, non-cancelable license to use and distribute your content." So in other words, you have agreed that you are giving Chiriqui Life a non-cancelable license to use and distribute the content you post. That would mean that even if you cancel your account, they have the right to display or use your content as posted. This is very standard in most Internet forums and is typically spelled out in the Terms of Service policy at the time of registration. Most forums find that erasing posted content changes the readability of a discussion and can be used to unfairly change the meaning of those that replied or commented. The Internet does not come with an eraser.
  36. 3 points
    The Boquete Knitters and Quilters are pleased to announce the delivery of 33 blankets, 23 sweaters and 43 caps to the Clinic in Palmira, the Centro de Salud in Bajo Boquete and Nutre Hogar residential treatment facility for severely malnourished infants and children. Our members create hand-crafted quilts, blankets, caps and booties for our tiniest neighbors. If you knit, crochet or quilt -- or would like to learn how -- or even if you're just curious about our organization, please contact Brandy Gregory by replying to this notice.
  37. 3 points
    Obviously, I’ve gotten my priorities wrong and my sense of community is twisted. After all, there’s at least 14 families here who would rather squeeze a couple of dollars out of their castoffs than support an important local charity.
  38. 3 points
    The airbag didn't deploy because the sensors are behind the bumper which seems barely impacted. Looks to me like the car was airborne when it crashed into the pole on a steep angle, mainly slamming it with the hood and engine. The terrain between the highway and the pole line is very uneven. Blown off the highway on a clear, dry day? Not likely.
  39. 3 points
    After 6 years here, sadly we will be departing soon. So, I want to give a shout out about MBE. They provided us with great service during our entire time here, and they're a super nice bunch of people on top of that. For Mary, the Miami operation is simply a mail consolidation and distribution operation for the MBE offices in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Customer service on your account will come from the Boquete MBE office.
  40. 3 points
    Very professional company. I have two hearing aids that I purchased from them. Their tests were also approved, at the time I got mine, with the Veterans Administration(I don't know if they continue the service with VA). As a matter of fact the VA made the appointment with them for me. Highly recommend them and some of the Resound Hearing Aids are compatable with some cell phones for adjustments of the hearing aids.
  41. 3 points
    Wow, Bonnie that is amazing. If the drug were available here, I wonder how many of us European descent types would take it without a thought. Thanks, for the info, I'm going to be checking better if I get prescribed anything new down here. We do need to be responsible for ourselves. Lesson learned!
  42. 3 points
    Happy New Year 2018!! The dogs from DogCamp say thank you for all your support during this year. With your help we could help and rescue many animals. Remember that we are only two person trying to help animals in the Community. Actually we have 39 dogs plus our own three dogs, total 42 dogs and 2 cats (Arf is in charge of 7 dogs) We are helping with extra bag of food to a poor lady who rescued six big dogs and sometimes she doesn't have enough money to buy food for them. Also we started to help, with Martha Beatriz, an old couple who rescued 12 big dogs, so sometimes we go to give them some dog food too. Here is the list of all the animals that are living at the DogCamp: Sophia and her 4 small puppies two months old Pancha and her 5 fat puppies seven weeks old Junior a puppy six weeks old Nino and Nina, lab mix, puppies four months old Nazca, Pepe and Wilson, meeium size, puppies, six months old Chiki and Pelusa, two small lap dogs Gracie, medium size, ten months old Mia, medium size, ten months old Mango and Bila, two medium size one year old Duke, medium size, eight months old Dora, Bobby and Negra, medium size, one year old, we rescued them when they were one month old with the mother (Arf is in charge of them) Chino, meduum size, one year old Jimmy, medium size, eleven months old (Arf is in charge of him) Precious, medium size, 2 years old Salvador, medium size, 10 months old Sasha, medium size, a husky mix, two years old, we rescued her when she was three months old (Arf is in charge of her) Sophie, big size, one and a half year old, we rescued her when she was one month old (Arf is in charge of her) Buddy, big size, seven years old, we rescued him when his owner wanted to put down at the veterinary two years ago (Arf is in charge of him) Five feral dogs, big size, two years old (Blanca, Chela, Chichi, Ronald and Snoopy) Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686 dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Food and supplies appreciated FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube
  43. 3 points
    He is a lucky dog!!!! Merry Christmas from Dog Camp!!!
  44. 3 points
    IMO, CL is the better site in the region/Province. It is very informative and offers insight not found on other sites. GREAT JOB!!
  45. 3 points
    The misspelling was the fault of the newslady and not of Lourdes Miranda. Mea culpa and all of that. Disculpe.
  46. 3 points
    Hi this Javier, we never had any tick problem at the DogCamp, I invite to you to come and check. All the time we are boarding dogs and they all return to the DogCamp because I think people and the dogs always have a good experience. In the past Arf donate to us some flea collars because they saw some fleas on two dogs, but we never had a tick or flea problem. Maybe the owner you are referring is our friend Lucy Conner, one time she immediately let us know that Mizty, her dog , was with a few fleas , and we immediately solved that, then she brought Mizty for a second time and when she left we asked to her again if she saw some fleas on her, she said no ... and now we are boarding Mizty for a third time in this moment. Again, WE DONT HAVE a tick or flea problem, our friend Lisa Mosley paid for fumigating the shelter and all the time we are spraying products that we buy, against insects and bath the dogs or spray them for fleas. If someone wants to donate flea collars for the dogs, your are more than welcome!! To clarify, we are first of all animal rescuers, we rescue animals in our country even before to come to Panama, we wanted to create a DogCamp because when we started to rescue dogs here in Boquete, we didn't have any place to put the dogs. So we decided to find a place for our rescued dogs, and in the other hand for making a living for us, but always having as a priority our place for the stray and abused dogs. We decided to board dogs, because we think we have some knowledge and experience about dog behavior and we our warranty is that we never had any dog fight in our place, NEVER, our dogs eat together and they get along with our two cats. All the dogs that arrive here, they could be pitbulls, rottweiler, poodle, labrador, mixed dogs, etc, since they first moment they come to DogCamp they are learning to be dogs again. We charge 15 dollars for boarding dogs, per day. From all the 33 dogs we have here, we are boarding now only one dog, Mizty, so she is not included in the rescue group. We are helping 8 Arf's dogs, in the past we had 13 Arf's dogs, we support each other in this way, I want to explain, we made some numbers and we have the deal that they pay 540 dollars monthly for all the Arf's dogs that arrive here. For example in the past, it means 540/13dogs = 41.54 per dog, per month, it means 41.54/30days = 1.38 per dog, per day, this number was when we had 13 Arf's dogs. Now we have 8 Arf dogs, and if we make numbers again, 540/8dogs=67.50 per dog, per month... it means 67.50/30days = 2.25 per dog, per day. We use that money for paying the rent of the place, electricity bill, internet. So it means all the rest of dogs we need to see how to help them, so since one month ago we started to make fundraising events for the DogCamp at the Animales Clinic Building. At the end we are also a non-profit organization of JUST TWO people that do these things : 1.To go and talk with bad owners, 2.To rescue dogs, from the street or from a bad owner, 3.To take them to the vet, asking someone for transportation or just taking a taxi and most of taxi driver doesn't like animals on their cars. (We don't like them either haha!) 4.To give the medical treatment, 5.To give psychological treatment because they come with some traumas and fears, 6.To be aware of the adoption process, it means to be sure if our dogs are being adopted by good owners and check the houses of them. 7. To give some advices to the new owners in order the adoption works, 8.To Have the DogCamp in good conditions (when we found the place it was almost abandoned, now is a different place and we will do more improvements). If you want to help to the DogCamp you can donate here https://www.gofundme.com/helpanimalsboquete If you want to help to Arf you can donate here http://www.arf-boquete.com/donate.html OUR NEXT FUNDRAISING EVENT IS A RAFFLE , DECEMBER 15TH! SELLING TICKETS AT MAILBOXES, BCP, DOG CAMP, DR. CHELY, OR CONTACT US dogcampboquete@gmail.com , phone numbers 69659423 , 65638686 THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE COMMUNITY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    I don't think it has anything to do with location. It's more a function of a person's ability to adapt. Those that make it here could probably make it anywhere ( mas o menos) because they have an innate ability to adapt and enjoy. Doesn't matter where you are ( well, OK, for me the primary demand is no snow!) if you have the mindset, you will be fine. I'm here and happy, but I'd be just as happy in Singapore.
  49. 3 points
    Interesting how people with a Panamanian spouse seem to think it's always our responsibility to embrace their culture.
  50. 3 points
    I will share one of my experiences with "shared tips" here in Panama. In 2009, I owned and operated a poker room in Panama City within the Royal Casino. Typically, poker dealers keep their own tips but I was quickly informed that in Panama they shared their tips. In my opinion that takes away from the incentive to give good service. I further learned that they collected the tips and then split them up every two weeks. Everyone got an equal share regardless of the number of hours worked. That meant that if an employee only worked part time or if they called in sick, they still received the same amount of the tip pool as those that had worked full shifts or even overtime! Unbelievable to my way of thinking. In my effort to balance out this practice, I implemented a system that percentaged out tips based on hours actually worked, thinking this would give incentive to show up for work and volunteer for extra hours. I was quickly proven wrong as the employees acted as a group. Upon receiving their tip envelopes with varying amounts, the group collected them all up and redistributed the tips back out evenly. Dealers that had worked twice as much, receiving double the amount of tips, put their money in the center and drew out the lesser yet equal share. I watched it happen. There appears to be a belief that tips are a group effort rather than an individual effort. Based on this and several other experiences, I came to the conclusion that it is a cultural difference. If you wonder why a nice big tip does not get that extra smile or appreciation, you need to realize that the person receiving the tip does not necessarily see that as personal reward. There is comfort in being just a member of the group without the desire to be better or advance.
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