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  1. 4 points
    I would have commented on this an hour ago, but the power was out.
  2. 4 points
    Following are four incidents that happened in just one day, which is not unusual in my life. So much of this suffering can be prevented! We desperately need a competent veterinarian in this area! So not having one, I'm the person who often gets calls about animals in trouble. (1) Yesterday I was notified of a little female dog that had obviously been dumped here, hit by a car, with broken legs and/or spine, couldn't walk, screaming in pain. She was apparently in heat as well, because I was told that males had tried to mount her while she was screaming in pain. No other reasonable choice except to put her down. It wounds my soul every time I have to do something like this, even though it is a kindness to do so and there is no other option to end the suffering. (2) That same morning, a police woman came to my house. She was distraught because her small unsterilized (but very loved) male dog had gotten an injury to his eye while fighting other males over a female in heat. I am not qualified to address injuries like this; so I asked her to bring her dog to our clinic on February 24th for both neutering and repair of the eye injury. And I explained the necessity of neutering males! (So often when I ask someone if their dog has been sterilized, the reply is, "No, it's a male." More education is necessary!) (3) Last week my neighbor had contacted me about his dog that has a very distended abdomen. Clay Conn has a dog with the same issue, so he knows how to drain the fluid. He came last week and drained about a gallon of fluid from her abdomen, and then he came again yesterday to do it again. Clay, bless his heart, is willing to do this every week if necessary. (Causes can be one or more of dozens of things, and are very difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose.) No charge to my neighbor or anyone else we help with their animals, of course. (4) A little later, same day: I had just returned from some errands when Rodrigo told me someone had called him about a little dog trying to give birth--but couldn't. I called Clay and Marukel. They went with us to check the dog. I wouldn't have had a clue about how to help in this situation, but Clay said he might be able to help. But unfortunately, when we arrived the little 20-lb dog had already died. She had no doubt been mounted by one or more huge males and could not give birth to large puppies. I was really angry about this at first, but then I realized that the people had no idea about the necessity of sterilizing their dogs and cats. So my anger changed to compassion. The dad and two young girls had really loved their little dog and were suffering because of her death. I gave all of them sincere hugs. These people said their neighbor's dog had recently had puppies and they wanted to adopt one. I repeated the necessity of spaying a female before 6 months of age (before the first heat) and also to neuter a male before six months of age. That way, they won't be responsible for the births of unwanted, homeless puppies who will suffer horribly. I gave them the file "Benefits of Sterilization" and asked them to give a copy to their neighbor as well. And the people were surprised to learn that with early neutering of a male, he will likely not lift his leg and pee on everything they don't WANT him to pee on. ("Marking" his territory.) My male dogs that were sterilized at an early age still squat to pee. On the other hand, my males that I rescued when they were adults (and then had neutered), have greatly damaged my iron fence posts--plus a refrigerator that I keep on my porch. They want to pee on everything in sight, and their urine causes oxidation/rust. (I just had to replace my tire rims because the dog pee had ruined the old ones.) So please...at every opportunity, advise people of the necessity of early spaying/neutering and tell them about our low-cost clinics in Volcan (and those in Boquete) where we have a very competent doctor doing the surgeries. I also have a very informative file (in Spanish) about the benefits of sterilization of both males and female dogs/cats. Please email me if you want a copy of this document to print and hand out to people. muffiemae at gmail.com And my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has compassion for animals and makes an effort to end the suffering because of people's cruelty, neglect, or lack of information! Big hugs, Dottie
  3. 4 points
    I agree that this is a dangerous situation, Bud. It's amazing that people will put their own safety and that of others at risk to avoid a bumpy section of road under construction. The same holds true for those going outside their lane to avoid potholes. This is an ongoing problem and is particularly dangerous on curves when visibility is compromised. I can't count the number of near accidents I've experienced on the Palo Alto-Alto Lino loop because an oncoming vehicle swerved into my lane to avoid a pothole or other bump in the road. The major offenders are taxi drivers. Speaking of the loop, there is another thing that really concerns me. About 80% of the hikers, mostly tourists but some locals, walk with their backs to traffic. This is doubly dangerous. A vehicle is obliged to swerve into the other lane to avoid them, thus endangering himself and an oncoming driver. And the hikers are at risk when a car comes around a curve, up behind them, doesn't see them in his lane until it's too late. Neither do the hikers see the car because their backs are to traffic.
  4. 3 points
    Yacht transit of the Western Carribean is iffy, weather-dependent, and slow. I suggest contacting Princess Cruises and Holland America Cruises. They both have cruise ships departing Colon in the next week and arriving in Ft. Lauderdale three or four days later. Safe, comfortable, reliable, with doctor and infirmarty on board...
  5. 3 points
    Hi Ian, I have done several grid-tie installations here in Chiriqui. The process you speak of is net-metering. This allows you to get a credit for the extra energy you produce using your solar panels. It's actually a pretty generous program, and makes grid-tie solar a no-brainer for anyone spending more than $150/month or so on power. You are credited 1kwh for 1 kwh, and if your production exceeds consumption, they will pay you the wholesale electrical rate (subject to a 25% limit based on your baseline consumption) ie: you can't use this to go into the business of electrical generation. This is great as in many residential situations, you generate power during the day, and use it up a night, once you come home. The process is somewhat tedious, but here it is in a nutshell: Your solar installer will work with an electrical engineer to handle this for you. There are 3 authorities to deal with: Naturgy (the power utility), Bomberos, and Municipio. -sign a limited power of attorney allowing the electrical engineer to represent you throughout this process -he will present the photo-voltaic electrical plan to Naturgy, along with property documents, etc... they will give you a provisional go-ahead -present electrical plan to Bomberos -once approved by Bomberos, apply for your permit from Municipio once that's approved, go back to Naturgy and apply for your bi-directional meter, and sign your net-metering contract with them. Naturgy will send over a crew to install the bi-directional meter, and conduct an inspection of the installation. The whole process from start to finish takes about 2-3 months. The installer generally takes care of this for their client, as it requires a lot of follow-up at every step. If you have any more questions, I'm glad to help. alain@siempresolpanama.com 6631-9193
  6. 3 points
    For those of you who remember the songwriting team of Mickey and Squirt who lived for a long time in Boquete . . . . Squirt is still writing songs and plays in her new home in The Villages, Florida. Here's one she's shopping around that will probably be a big hit for her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNPNgdNiolA&feature=youtu.be
  7. 3 points
    I just returned from a visit with the new vet in town, Dra. Fatima Valdes. Her clinic is located in La Tienda de Mascotas (also called Charlie's Pet Fashions) in the Don Vidal Building, lower level, near the medical lab and Viajes David (Anavilma). I note here that the building tenants have employed a parking attendant out front who assures that everyone using the spaces has business within the building, so parking was no problem. I found Dra. Fatima to be knowledgeable and personable. She has been here only three months, after completing her veterinary degree in Brazil. She has some equipment and uses Immunotec, almost next door, for lab work. My Golden, Finnegan, has had ongoing problems with skin fungus. I was just about ready to give up after having tried several vets and a multitude of medications, but I decided to give Fatima a try on the recommendation of a friend. She ruled out hyperthyroidism just by looking at Finny's coat and explained why. She then examined him carefully, commenting the whole time. Finally, she took skin scrapings from various parts of his body, examined them under a microscope, studied them for quite a while, and advised me that he has both fungal and bacterial issues, with a little impetigo thrown in. She explained why the medicated shampoo and medications I had been using probably weren't working, and the explanation made sense. She prescribed a food supplement for his raw diet (which contains no grains or carbohydrates) and a different, stronger shampoo, both of which were available in the shop, and is ordering a special medication in pill form from Panama City. She spent a lot of time with me and with Finny. An office visit costs $15, the same as Dra. Chely. I was more than pleased with her service and will be returning. Dra. Fatima can be reached at 6672-1172. You needn't have an appointment, but it's probably smart just to make sure she's there and isn't too busy.
  8. 3 points
    A dear friend of ours hit a fellow who tripped on the uneven sides of the road trying to cross the street in the middle of Boquete. The man stumbled & fell right in front of our friends car. The man died. Our friend was taken directly to jail. In the end it was considered an accident, but the case was left open and hanging. I mean consider that! The solution for stumbling over uneven roadsides and the control of rainwater flow are both issues of concern. One is not exclusive of the other.
  9. 3 points
    Panamonte Bridge y mas The guys have been working nights and Sundays on the bridge and it's almost done. I think the November 28 parade route should be across the bridge. I'm so very happy. I've always said that driving in Panama in general and Boquete in particular is like one of those video games with perils coming at you from all sides. This morning, after hitting about 3 or 4 new dead-ends and detours I finally got to Alto Boquete. And then I had to brake hard for a small herd of goats who were off on a walk-about by themselves around Plaza San Francisco. While I was in multi-pagos (near the E-shop) this morning, at least 5 Panamanians came in and greeted everybody in the building. One of the things I love about living here. Everybody says "Buenos Dias" and nobody minds waiting in line. I have a lot of things to be thankful for and living here is near the top of the list. Even with the bad roads. 🤡
  10. 3 points
    And thats the problem. They seem to think that piss poor customer service is acceptable because of the lack of options. I went with Planet. More expensive but I expect better service. Called them on a Monday afternoon, the new stuff was installed the next day.
  11. 3 points
    Transitos were busy in Chiriqui over the weekend sanctioning over 1100 drivers for various infractions. about half for speeding..
  12. 3 points
    I'm never pleased to be in a hospital at all, but if I were recovering from a heart attack or stroke, major injuries associated with a vehicular accident, or anything similar that involved severe pain and required long-term medical care, I would not want to be in a hospital with crowded, noisy wards; bathrooms down the hall; and frequent lack of needed medications (including pain medication) and linens. I have observed all of this and more in the public hospital. There is a reason that Panamanians of means choose private hospitals. But to each his own. I also question whether expats should be taking advantage of the already overly taxed Panamanian health system. An important element of planning a move is to plan to take care of one's own health needs rather than expect Panama to foot the bill-- or, as I have observed numerous times in my 12 years here, to expect other expats to chip in for unexpected, expensive health crises.
  13. 3 points
    A friend recently sent me this anecdote that caused to me laugh very energetically. I then shared it with some of my local friends and they too laughed energetically. I have no idea if this event really happened, but regardless, it is worth reading for a good laugh.
  14. 3 points
    C'mon, Keith! "Greet the person," and then ask the one who was sitting in a chair on MY property, inside MY GATE, what was his purpose in being there? No matter the time of day or night. Get real! Fortunately, I have someone other than myself at my house at all times, and they know never to permit an unauthorized person inside. But in the event they had to run an errand, etc., and I found such a person ON MY PROPERTY WITHOUT MY PERMISSION, the first thing I'd do is to release my 16 dogs into the area and command them to attack! Then if that person had been unable to climb my block wall and escape in time. if there was anything left of that person, I might call the (useless) police and an ambulance. Geeze..."greet the intruder and ask him why he is uninvited to trespass on my property?" Get real! I respect most of your replies, Keith, but this last one sucks.
  15. 3 points
    At the request of the police, I filed a denuncia yesterday so that the police can pick him up if they see him. His photo is on each policeman's phone. Initially, I had decided against filing because of past experience. About three years ago, as a warden, I went with a newcomer/neighbor to file a denuncia when his and his wife's house was burglarized. The process was difficult and time-consuming. They insisted on one of their official translators, who had to be brought in from David the next day, thus requiring a return trip. The translator failed to show up, requiring a third trip. Then the neighbor's interview was unnecessarily prolonged, I thought, and the elderly interviewer slow to record what was being said. After well over an hour, and even though this was our third trip and they had had plenty of time to advise us of what they required, we were told the neighbor had to return with his wife (whose testimony, of course, was exactly the same as his). All in all, it was an extremely frustrating experience, and there was zero follow up. Thursday was a totally different matter. I was pleasantly greeted, and the office already was familiar with the case. A policeman who was there pulled up the maleante's photo on his phone. I told them I would like to return the next day with my housekeeper, at the request of the police, and would need a translator. They said they could get one in from David or I could bring my on. I brought a bilingual Panamanian friend and my house keeper yesterday morning. A pleasant young man who typed very fast took a thorough accounting of what had happened, printed out the report, and we were done in about half an hour. He explained that under the new law the denuncia would have to be filed with the appropriate corregidora because the amount taken was less than $1000, but he was happy to do the report for us. On the way home we dropped the report off with the corregidora and were on our way. Total time: about an hour. Experience: professional but pleasant.
  16. 3 points
    Despite the rain there was a big turnout at this gathering. People have been both saddened and horrified by this crime and are demanding more security in the area. Photos courtesy of Shirley Alonso de Braasch and Jane Perkins McKeon
  17. 3 points
    June 24, 2018 - 41 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several other procedures, including repair of a hernia, and several exams. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/117th.html A big problem has developed in the Volcan area. More and more dogs are being brought here and dumped. I used to recognize every dog I saw on the street. Now I see skinny females in heat (who will give birth to puppies that will also suffer), females with big teats that already have puppies, and unsterilized males with wounds from fighting over females in heat. Please! Does anyone have suggestions for a solution to this problem? ------------------------------ The July 22nd clinic is already fully booked and we are taking reservations for August 12. The August 12th clinic is almost half full now. We will have a second clinic in August, on the 26th. Please see my web page for pictures and information about three dogs that I recently rescued, one of which needs a loving home. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/117th.html Big thanks to Dr. Andres Tello, to everyone who donates whether financial or otherwise, and to those who bring their animals to be sterilized. PS - If you have any old lightweight blankets, please donate them for use in the recovery areas! I used to have plenty but over time a lot have disappeared. Thank you! Dottie
  18. 2 points
    The only "authorities" I see in Volcan are the police stopping cars to check for licenses, etc. It would certainly help more if they'd check for speeders and those who don't obey stop signs--who now have more opportunity to speed with the many additional paved roads. I even see colegio drivers speeding and not even slowing down for a stop sign. And parents trust their children with these irresponsible drivers?
  19. 2 points
    One look at the schools in Panama tells you the priority is not there. I've heard that for many years here. Nothing is ever done about it. Why? Once in office the tide turns for the worse.
  20. 2 points
    It appears that the unfortunate misspelling in the headline of the story just above describes the situation perfectly.
  21. 2 points
    The recycling dates are posted on FB by Pamela Olsen. The next one is Tuesday, March 26, i.e., today. The recycling dates are posted on Boquete Recycling on Facebook. I have suggested that she also post here and on News Boquete.
  22. 2 points
    There are excellent doctors in Panama City. And he can be driven there.
  23. 2 points
    Wow Keith. You sure are hard over on being positive about Panama government and the infrastructure. I never read anything you write that is even in the slightest negative about Panama. There are times when criticism is justified, in my opinion.
  24. 2 points
    That is thoughtful of you to repay their kindness. Good people attract good people.
  25. 2 points
    What the hell is wrong with this picture? $17,000 to purchase six puppies??? And the purchase of a red carpet for $14,000? Give me a break!
  26. 2 points
    I mainly wanted to see if others have the same problem. I didn't readily notice a way to contact the owners, and I sure as heck wasn't going to waste my time searching. I don't care whether ITS performance is improved or not.
  27. 2 points
    Children's Christmas Party 31 December 2018 YouTube: https://youtu.be/Pk_x8I9zlOI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/100000700576218/videos/2276643559035641/ NotSereyus
  28. 2 points
    For the last three years I've been living in a Panamanian neighborhood in which one home is occupied by an elderly woman with an unfortunate dog chained to her porch. For the last few months she's let the dog run loose through the neighborhood at sporadic times. Being an animal lover and an amateur chef my home has become a gathering spot for the neighborhood pets, dogs and cat alike. Especially on the days when Miguel the fish guy visits and I'm cooking a batch of fish head soup. Both the dogs and cats gather in total solidarity. My neighbors say we have the best fed pets in Boquete and that they eat better than some Panamanians! I've always wanted to feed this poor woman's dog but the rule here in Panama is that it's taboo to feed some one's pet..... unless of course they visit your property. Well this morning the opportunity came. Her dog was pacing out in front of my home along side of two of the morning feline regulars. The scheduled breakfast this morning was to be soon to be diced left over Asian marinated grilled chicken thighs. Time was of essence and it appeared that her dog was too anxious to stick around for the dicing. I had previously cooked left over grilled Johnsonville Italian Mild sausages in the fridge. As we know, they come at a premium here in Panama, $7.49 to $8.15 for a five count package. What to do. Of course I had no choice other than to feed this precious dog a well coveted sausage since the opportunity may never come again. It's rare in one's life to see such a response from a living creature. I had two left and of course I had to feed him both of them. I couldn't have humanly possible considered walking away with any food in hand. Interestingly in response to this feeding the two feline regulars proceeded to repeatedly charge the dog away but he was a happy camper and left with a big smile. I may have a new regular visitor.
  29. 2 points
    Boquete's latest attraction is the Capilla de la Natividad, located in front of the Franciscan Seminary in Alto Boquete. The attention to detail and execution of the construction project has been extremely well organized and it prompted me to stop in the other day. (I am not a Catholic) The Capilla was built to hold a very detailed display, including over 1000 figurines, of the 18 stations of the birth of Jesus Christ. It was assembled by a family from David. La Capilla is open to all visitors 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8: 00 p.m., 10:00 to 6:00 during summer, and 11:00 to 5:00 during the school year. This is an article from La Critica. By: José Vásquez Chiriquí - Wednesday, December 26, 2018 12:00 AM The structure houses 18 stations of the birth of the Child Jesus, embodied in more than a thousand pieces, which were located according to the biblical story with the main objective is to evangelize those who visit the chapel in this tourist region of the country. During the visit, people listen to the biblical narrations of the 18 stations, which become illuminated as the biblical passages are related with their respective readings. The Cardinal and Bishop of the Diocese of David, José Luis Lacunza, points out that it is an opportunity for all Panamanians and foreigners to have a personal encounter with the meaning of the Nativity of the Child God and the opportunity to visit this chapel and enjoy family the experience of finding all the passages of this birth which was built especially for the community. He points out that from the date, many people can visit this new chapel, which is unique in the country and will remain open throughout the year so that visitors to the Boquete district can visit it. Elida Nader, who visited the chapel of La Natividad, assures that every detail of the construction was taken care of to turn the structure into an environment that transports people to enjoy the Nativity and to reflect on the passages that are shown during the more than 45 minutes that delays the narration. He affirms that this new chapel comes to fill a void that existed in the community, since this structure allowed a family from the province of Chiriqui to decide to invest in the construction of this important work for the inhabitants of Tierras Altas.
  30. 2 points
    Kudos to you, Brandy, for the phenomenal weight loss! You look great!
  31. 2 points
    And the plastic bags are just part of the problem. I recently bought a 16-pack of Scott tissue at PriceSmart, only to discover that each ROLL of toilet paper (within the plastic of 16 rolls) is firmly wrapped in plastic as well. It takes scissors and determination to unwrap each roll. Also, the Member Select brand of papers towels wrapped in plastic (last time an 8-roll) has each 2 rolls also wrapped strongly in plastic. All this use of plastic is totally unnecessary! I buy the Member Select paper towels for the clinics...we use a lot of them, but they are not much better than 1-ply toilet paper. For my house, I buy the Bounty brand. More expensive, but they last forever...and the individual rolls within the plastic wrapping are NOT again wrapped in plastic.
  32. 2 points
    Yesterday turned into a long day for a lot of people. The very sad spectator death occurred around the time the Gran Cabalgata finally started at about 4:30 and added a further delay to the parade. By the end of the day I had to lead a group of riders returning home up Volcancito Road in the dark with a vehicle & flashing caution lights.
  33. 2 points
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested on Friday that China is bribing senior leaders in Panama. "SECRETARY POMPEO: I think if you go look at President Xi’s stated intentions, you can clearly see that China has a plan that is different than the one that they had five years ago or even two or three years ago. You see this in their ability to use their money around the world. And I’ve spoken to this. I spoke to it when I was in Panama and I travel the world. I remind countries we welcome commercial competition with China on a fair and reciprocal basis, but when China shows up with bribes to senior leaders in countries in exchange for infrastructure projects that will harm the people of that nation, then this idea of a treasury-run empire build is something that I think would be bad for each of those countries and certainly presents risk to American interests, and we intend to oppose them at every turn." https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/10/286926.htm
  34. 2 points
    I spent 12 years of my working career immersed in the world of engineering/construction contracts. Negotiating incentive/penalty provisions such as you suggest is part of almost every deal. My guess is that the contract negotiating skills on the government side are as scarce as the project management skills are on the contractor side. These are shark-infested waters, and the turnover in Panamanian administrations caused by the political pendulum almost guarantees that the government will be at a perpetual disadvantage.
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    I went to the Perdonaría with an interpreter and filed a denuncia about her. I am sure all my spelling is off. It took 4 hours and they have the video from quick fix showing her moving the credit card around to take photos of all the numbers. They also have her past jobs and where she lives. The court date will be in a couple of months. I don't want her to go to jail, just maybe a tattoo on her forehead saying ladrón.
  37. 2 points
    I attended this morning. I arrived at 8:20 AM and they greeted me as their first "customer." Present was an English speaking doctor from David who was very thorough. I explained to them that I had a mild case of diarrhea that the antibiotic that I've taken in the past (Eskapar) didn't seem to resolve it this time. They prescribed me two medicines one of which they had on hand which I refused to allow them to keep to provide for the less fortunate, I'll go to the pharmacy and purchase them. They had one gallon jugs of bottled water they offered me but once again I refused. The doctor gave me their Whatsapp number to followup and stated that they visit Boquete often and to feel free to contact them. Overall it was perhaps the best encounter I've ever had with a medical professional and it was free!
  38. 2 points
    Number 1 choice for "Easy Place to Retire"... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathleenpeddicord/2018/10/11/the-3-easiest-places-to-retire-overseas/#33ff0bf07cfd
  39. 2 points
    Thank you, but the issue/answer is the lack of competent (or non-existent) inventory control. If course it's not only about the Kirkland/Members Select dog food. The lack of inventory control allows many items to be out of stock. Bud mentioned two more, and including the absence of dog food during my last visit, there was no avocado oil (which I had bought not long ago) and no frozen 5-lb turkey rolls. There are many things I've bought there in the past that have disappeared forever. Because they DID have those items and they sold, it means that people want them! Of course none of this is your fault, Sassy, and we all appreciate your efforts.
  40. 2 points
    My phone lights up with an SMS message from Banistmo, about twice a week since the end of August, telling me that my debit card will expire soon and to visit a branch to request a new one. The card says it is "good thru 12/18", so the it seems that the bank is planning ahead to avoid delays in replacing the card. Nice. Hoping to put an end to the tiresome SMS nagging, I stopped in this morning at the Plaza Terronal branch, and was happy to find only a short line at the triage/receptionist desk. But then he declined my request, saying that my card is good through December, and that he could only accept my request after December 1. I nominate Banistmo for this month's customer (dis)service award....
  41. 2 points
    A number of friends have told me that they would much prefer better service from the Embassy.
  42. 2 points
    So you're talking about no health insurance at all. Even those of us with expensive coverage pay for regular stuff up to a deductible, which is usually at least $5000. The choice is what happens beyond that: how to pay for catastrophic illness or injury. Virtually anyone can afford the day-to-day stuff, but medical catastrophes can be financially ruinous without insurance. The idea of saving what you would pay in premiums for future costly treatment is a good one IF, and only if, you have the financial wherewithal to pay for costly care initially, i.e., should you encounter a costly health crisis before you've saved enough to pay for it. I've never used my health insurance, have paid hefty premiums which grow heftier by the year, and now wish I had chosen that option. Unfortunately, I was in no position to know when an unanticipated crisis might arise. That's the nature of unanticipated crises. And I've had enough experience with the public system via helping others that I know I don't want to be there if I should suffer a debilitating accident or illness. (A friend who spent time in a public hospital described the experience as a cross between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Midnight Express.") But, then, when it comes to matters of health, I am very risk averse. Others are braver (or more foolhardy).
  43. 2 points
    My career before retiring was in global sales and marketing for a large multi-national health care equipment company. Spent lots of road time in Asia and Latin America, as well as US and Europe. In China, as an example, the rule of thumb seemed to be "if you're not cheating, you're not trying". Corruption often exists so deep in the layers of a culture, that it's hard to find whistle blowers, but easy to find folks who know what is going on and how things work. But at the end of the day, the winning value that allows corruption to exist, is based mainly in the materialist world view. A corrupt official or decision maker thinks they don't have or make "enough". So they can be corrupted, since the next level provider (maybe a sales person or distributor or other actor in the chain) needs to make enough (money, or make the plan or the quota or whatever). Then the next level in the chain, maybe the manufacturer or core provider of the product or service in another country (maybe a place with strong laws against corruption and a more advanced "moral culture"), makes sure they don't want to know how deals get done at the end user level, since they have investors and a financial constituency to answer to, and any hint of corruption being part of the material chain they exist in must remain silent. So, anyway, there's a long and deep chain of participants involved in any corruption scheme and it always goes back to a materialistic world view. And unfortunately the really good alternative world views are not well known or understood. But it could start with anyone trying to figure out for themselves, when is enough stuff enough. Sorry for spouting off with a long post. Too long to proof check for errors :-).
  44. 2 points
    My spouse and I just stopped by the Boquete Post Office and found 3 or 4 letters each have been there for a while. The postmistress showed us quite a few other social security letters addressed to people with our same last name initial to see if we knew any of these folks with mail waiting for them. We did not but it may be a good idea for anyone with a Panamanian address on file with social security to check with the post office from time to time. My social security check was stopped in June because the proof of life form was returned to the agency and thanks to the wonderful Embassy representative from Costa Rica, this was resolved in a few weeks. Medicare will be mailing out new cards soon so many of us will need to be on the lookout for these as well.
  45. 2 points
    I just reread this in the light of day and realized that "more than reasonably" could be misinterpreted. Will's charge for this approximately four-hour job was very reasonable.
  46. 2 points
    Bonnie is correct - this is a flyer soliciting local cooks to submit their chili for the competition, which WILL be open to the public. Further announcements regarding the public invitation to attend the event will be coming soon!
  47. 2 points
    Perhaps I can mention that last month Bud and I visited the offices of our two Texas Senators while we were in Houston. Some interesting conversation. We send e-mails and make telephone calls to various government officials on topics related to support for expats. We are doing everything we can to improve support for people who chose to live outside of the US.
  48. 2 points
    This woman may be Panama's best hope for stable, uncorrupted government. Independent candidate backed by 50,000 signatures Ana Matilde Gómez, who as Panama’s first woman Attorney General, was railroaded by a cabal of Supreme Court judges, led by one later obliged to resign, survived to become the only independent deputy in the National Assembly, gaining more votes than any of the leading party hacks. On Monday, July 23 she took the opportunity to thank over 50,000 Panamanians who would like her to become president when she delivered to the Electoral Tribunal, dozens of books each containing over 5,000 signatures supporting her bid, “With the act today we are able to inform our supporters and the nation that with these books we have exceeded 50 thousand signatures,” said Deputy Gomez. She also thanked the almost 800 activists who work ad honorem “thinking of a different and better course, in a different Panama”. She said that this was an important process for Panamanian democracy that “opens up opportunities for everyone who has not been registered in political parties.” http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/independent-presidential-candidate-backed-by-50000
  49. 2 points
    It's trash like this that makes it bad for all of us. With this type of behavior, it is any wonder how the Panamians feel about us.
  50. 2 points
    Mi Diario has published the name of the accused person being held for this horrific crime. Efrain Manuel Rios Gonzalez, 20 years of age. They also published this photo of the accused, and described results and conclusions of the autopsy. He's been officially charged and held over for the six month investigation period. https://www.midiario.com/uhora/policiales/los-aterradores-elementos-del-salvaje-asesinato-de-la-boquetena-nuris-castrellon
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