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    Dan Porter
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  1. Viva Colombia has wanted to fly direct into Tocumen rather than Panama Pacifico but has been denied because there is no space until the airport expansion is finished. I have read that Viva Colombia (http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-4/striving-to-keep-viva-colombia-in-panama) is said to be considering flying to smaller, regional airports. It sure would be nice if they flew in/out of David, giving everyone another option rather than being forced to go to Panama City.
  2. The other thing that is odd is it stated... "The service will be provided exclusively in the provinces of Panama Oeste, Panamá, Colón and Coclé, mainly for tourism promotion" Why is Chiriqui not included since it certainly falls into the tourism category.
  3. Thank you for your kind words Bud. I now have clients spread across 4 countries and growing, all supported remotely.
  4. I can understand that a flight to Cali might be more strict on this requirement due to where it is located within the country. Cali is at a lower elevation and is known to be very hot which is a good breeding ground for mosquitoes. Discussions like these are a real benefit to everyone because often times information changes or is out-dated. One of my personal pet peeves is that many articles on the Internet are not dated and that leads to confusion when things change over time. I think the other thing that was demonstrated here was the sharing of different view points on personal choice when it comes to what each of us would select to do when something is recommended but not required. If it makes a person pause and weigh the different points, it is of great benefit regardless of the ultimate choice each makes. Thank you Betty and everyone for an informative and interesting discussion.
  5. As with anything you inject into your body, you should weigh the risks. This is from an article in the Internal Medicine News. Link here: infectious-diseases/yellow-fever-vaccine-contraindications "Decisions regarding vaccination must balance the risk of contracting the disease against the risk of vaccine side effects, Dr. Staples said. The yellow fever vaccine is a live, attenuated vaccine.... ... Safety studies have shown that approximately 10%-30% of vaccinees report mild systemic adverse events. ... ... Serious adverse events associated with the vaccine can include anaphylaxis, yellow fever–associated neurologic disease, and yellow fever vaccine–associated viscerotropic disease." Given the large number of people that might very well fall into a group that would be contraindicated and given that most tourists do not venture into the Amazon or outlying areas, it would seem that the risk of adverse reaction is much higher than the risk of contracting Yellow Fever. If you are a young person with plans to hike thru the jungle areas, then yes, I would recommend getting it. Being in the age group of over 60 and just visiting tourist locations, I see no benefit. Besides being contraindicated by age, I also fall into the category of being sensitive to eggs, another contraindicated group. Unfortunately, most people do not do this kind of research and just think every vaccination is a good thing when in fact it often times increases your risk. Luckily we have forums like this one that bring attention and make people think a bit more.
  6. Having lived in Colombia for the past year and having visited the country often for the past 5 years, I see this topic come up often. There are two places that "might" ask you about this. The first is the airline you are using to fly to Colombia. The second is at immigration when entering the country. Airlines typically check requirements so they are not responsible for your return if you are not allowed entry. If the airline is not requiring it, it is highly unlikely that immigration in Colombia will ask for it. Also, understand that the requirement is different depending on which airport you are flying too. The larger airports do not have this requirement whereas some coastal towns and outlying airports do have this recommendation. Living in Colombia, the recommendation has been to have the Yellow Fever Vaccination if you will be travelling to the outlying areas, such as the Amazon, coastal or border towns. It is not needed for tourist coming to visit any of the big cities, such as Bogota and Medellin. As TwoSaliors pointed out, the Colombian Embassy will have the up-to-the-minute requirements. It is my understanding that if you decide to get the vaccination, it needs to be done at least 10 days prior to travel to be effective. Personally, I would recommend against it given what I know and have seen living here for the past year.
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    Whatsapp Viruses Now!

    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.
  8. 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.
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    Planning Airline Travel

    I have just completed planning and purchasing airline tickets for a month long visit to multiple cities in the US. Using the Internet to do so is a must and can be an exhausting process. If you are looking for the best deals with cheapest prices, things have changed in recent years. It used to be a quick visit to (Oribiz.com, Expedia.com, or Travelocity.com ) would be a great place to compare fares and find a good deal. Then, over time I noticed that sometimes going direct to the actual airline website gave a better deal or other flights that were not advertised. That made the process of getting the best deal a lot of work. There have been many other websites that advertise "cheap tickets". Visiting most of those is even more time consuming and rarely did I find better deals. That all changed when I have discovered two websites that gave significantly different and better information when planning a trip with cheaper airfares. The first one is called Sky Scanner. https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/best-time-to-book-usa Not only do they give great pricing deals, they have a tool that shows how many weeks in advance to book plus many tools to find the very best deal. I used it extensively and was impressed with the volume and detail information available. We planned many one-way hops and the prices varied greatly. It is now my "go-to" website for getting airfare information, tho I often still book with the actual airline. The second one is called Skip Lagged https://skiplagged.com/ This site has some useful information but is more aimed at a traveler that does not have and checked luggage. Often times airlines will have flights that are multi-stop and are cheaper than direct flights to one of the layover points. I never understood why flying further was less expensive - can't we just pay by the air mile? For example, say you wanted to fly from Atlanta to Denver. The airfare for that direct flight might be more expensive than a flight that goes from Atlanta to Portland, with a layover in Denver. So you could purchase the longer flight to Portland but you would not board the plane for the second leg from Denver to Portland, thereby getting to Denver on a cheaper airfare. This would not work if you had checked luggage since your luggage would go all the way to Portland. On the other hand it provides a useful option for some people. They also give a very interesting graph of airfare prices between now and when you plan to go, helping you see when the cheapest times are to fly. So, if you are planning a flight, I would suggest checking out these two sites. Then book direct with the airline or take the information to your favorite travel agent. I have easily saved almost $1,000 over our extensive trip. I only wish I had learned of these tools earlier.
  10. I shake my head at two things... 1. E1 type licenses are reserved for Panamanians 2. ...this service can be provided exclusively in the provinces of Panama City, Panama, Colon and Panama City I don't expect there will be a big outrage over those two stipulations but why have them? So Uber and others cannot operate in Chiriqui? And, there is a real danger that Non-Panamanians would be taking all of these jobs leaving the Panamanians without work? On the other hand, nice to see they are making progress on this issue. Tourists and locals want and are demanding safer more reliable service. They are having the same fight here in Colombia. The middle of this month the taxis are planning a strike to protest these types of services. We actually have multiple services similar to Uber. In fact, many of the drivers actually drive for more than one services thereby increasing their business. Glad to see Panama making progress. I hope they open it up for Chiriqui and the rest of the country.
  11. For what it is worth, I was told (about a year ago) that customs views the various mail services different depending on if they are classified as cargo or as courier. Mailbox Etc is classified as a cargo service whereas the service I used (Servitechnics) is classified as a courier service. My experience was that occasionally my packages coming through Mailbox Etc got opened and examined but in 4 years none of my packages coming through Servitechnics were opened. Perhaps someone that is more informed than myself could speak about the truth of this and how various services are classified. After my experience with several services, I ended up using Servitechnics in part because my packages arrived without being opened and examined, possibly delaying them.
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    Hackers

    Technology has become so intertwined in our lives that it is hard to imagine life without it. It makes our lives simpler in many ways yet the complexity challenges even the most well informed. The news is full of technology stories that can be confusing, misleading and down right scary at times. Today there is news of more hacker activity and I want to pass along what you need to know in simplest terms. Equifax Data Breach The security breach of Equifax happened between May and July of 2017. We are several months since this happened. There is a lot of information available on this, so I am not going to repeat everything here. However, there is one important piece of information and recommendation that is important to examine. Many websites are recommending that you go to another website to check to see if you were affected by the data breach. Testing has shown that the website is giving false results as it wants people to signup for the free credit monitoring. Everything "free" comes with a price. The hidden part of this is that by signing up for the free credit monitoring, you also agree not to be part of any class action lawsuit that is sure to follow in the near future. I might also add that there is no reason to trust Equifax at this point in time, nor some free service they are trying to give away. Good information on this here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do CCleaner Hacked A very popular tool for cleaning PC's is software called CCleaner. I personally use it as one of many in my toolkit for cleaning computers of malware and other nasty things. Today it was learned that the latest versions of the software between 5.33.6162 and 5.34 were infected with a multi-stage malware payload. Luckily this was discovered quickly and it appears to only affect 32 bit versions of the software, not the more common 64 bit versions. More details on the hack here: https://www.howtogeek.com/326742/ccleaner-was-hacked-what-you-need-to-know/ The point here is to be aware that any software installed on your computer could potentially contain malware. Even legitimate software can be compromised. The best things to do are: Backing up of your data regularly and keep it in multiple locations (Be sure your backup does not remain connected to your computer) Regular malware scans and cleanup - this is different than just a simple virus scan Have a computer tech that knows your system before disaster happens. You do not need to be a pro yourself but you will need a pro at some point in time. Technology is simply too complex these days and we are all vulnerable. My advice is to plan ahead, just as you would look for a doctor before you need one, you should do the same for a technology pro.
  13. If you want to add one more worry ... realize that 90% of databases are not encrypted. That means once someone gets access to a database, all of its information is in the clear. I am far more worried about that then I am email. Virtually everything is stored in a database (in the clear). There is a growing push to encrypt databases but the cost is high. Right now, some database items are encrypted, like your credit card number (or they are suppose to be) but that is a far cry from something I would call secure.
  14. I think I have enough problems LOL
  15. I am 100% behind privacy and protecting people. It is one of my pet peeves when I see people saying that using any one product will protect them 100% when it is simply not true. I advocate for more security online at all times but education as well. Technology is hard enough for the general public to understand and those of us that do "get it" have a responsibility to state the truth and educate the rest as best we can.
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