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  1. A technical problem with Cable & Wireless ADSL internet modems manufactured by Huawei has been discovered. According to the article, anyone with of these defective pieces of equipment is advised to take it to the local C&W office in Plaza Los Establos for exchange and instructions on setting up the new one.
  2. SINAPROC is reporting this morning that rains and the level of rivers flowing from the Cordillera are diminishing.
  3. Electrical Short Cicuit causing Fireworks near the Brewery. Looks like one of the high voltage lines.
  4. The Palo Alto bridge and the footbridge to Jaramillo Centro have been closed for safety reasons.
  5. A rescue operation is underway to retrieve seventeen people who spent the night at the peak of Volcan Baru due to the nasty weather.
  6. A bus crash yesterday in Bocas del Toro on the highway between Chiriqui Grande and Almirante left 2 dead and 7 injured
  7. A woman who had been drinking tried to avoid a Police breathalyzer check in David yesterday and hit the officer who was trying to stop her with her late model Mercedes. Seemingly feeling entitled, she fled the scene but was caught in short order. The officer was sent to Hospital with minor injuries and the woman was locked up for impaired driving and hit & run. http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/Mujer-atropella-David-tratando-alcoholemia_0_1088891556.html
  8. Good info, Doug. Only recently I found out how interesting the data collection for the mapping process is. I met a fellow here who goes up to the Barents Sea to service the precision ‘guns’ which are fired to the sea floor from a towed barge.
  9. Sweet alternative to plastic bags Plastic bottles, car parts, made from sugar? Yes, says Dow DuPont Karl Baker, The News Journal Published 5:46 p.m. ET Nov. 21, 2017 | Updated 9:08 a.m. ET Nov. 22, 2017 http://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/2017/11/22/dowdupont-chemist-paul-faga-winner-bio-plastic-innovation/107931808/ Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated the business within DuPont that is developing sugar-based plastics. It is the Industrial Biosciences business. DowDuPont scientists are racing to commercialize a plastic that is derived from sugar and not crude oil – an innovation that could be a key win for the conglomerate's forthcoming Delaware spinoff. They have developed a "revolutionary" process to construct a spaghetti-like molecular chain that can be formed into soda bottles, car parts and even polyester fabric, said Wilmington-based chemist Paul Fagan, who leads the company's research into sustainable polymers. The renewable molecules come from corn and sugar cane and have a less harmful impact on the environment because their production results in lower carbon emissions than that of petroleum plastics, Fagan said. And, unlike oil, sugars will never run out, he said. “A lot of our customers and, we ourselves, would like to get away from using oil to make things," said Fagan, a precise-speaking scientist with more than 20 patents to his name. “We’re not only trying to make things sustainable but also ... recyclable at the same time, that’s the advantage of the particular class of polymers I’m working on now." While plastics composed partially of plants are on the market – including DowDuPont's Sorona fiber – Fagan's goal for a 100 percent sugar-based plastic puts the company in direct competition with several startups and mid-size firms – all wanting to be first to disrupt the half-trillion dollar global plastics business. "I would say there’s a race and people are approaching it from different perspectives," said Marifaith Hackett, director of specialty chemicals at IHS Markit, a London-based corporate research firm. "The long-term promise is very significant, but it would almost certainly take years to achieve that promise.” Fagan says DowDuPont, which is partnering with Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Company on the research, has the advantage of scale. Still, as bio-plastics companies rush to be first in the market, their work is not registering as an existential threat to petrochemical plastic producers, Hackett said. “They just think this is so far into the future,” she said. "It's not figuring into their 10-year plans." Revenues for the infant bio-plastics industry today is estimated at between $3 billion and $8 billion, according to analysts. An industry report from May predicted that amount to grow 28 percent annually through 2023. Fagan sees bio-plastics completely replacing petroleum in about 50 years, he said. Capturing the industry's initial growth would be key to bolstering DowDuPont's forthcoming Specialty Products spin-off, which currently is a division within the company. After completing a $150 billion merger in August, DowDuPont officials plan to split the firm into three independent companies in the coming years, along their current Specialty Products, Material Sciences and Agriculture divisions. Specialty Products and Agriculture will be based in Delaware, while Material Sciences will be headquartered in Dow Chemicals' home of Midland, Michigan, according to company officials. In September, DowDuPont transferred $8 billion worth of company operations from Materials Science to Specialty Products, including a plastic line of products, which are separate from Fagan's laboratories. Specialty Products is estimated to generate $20 billion in annual revenue as an independent company. Referencing the disparate operations in the Specialty Products division, one DuPont analyst suggested it be "affectionately known as Hodgepodge Co." To date, it is unclear how and when Fagan's operations will meld with Dow's own bio-plastic chemists and engineers, spokeswoman Sandra James said. “Some businesses, absolutely, will be working side by side,” James said. “But it’s a matter of time.” Finding the right recipe The path to a bio-plastic future is dotted with engineering obstacles, in addition to the intense competition. “Making plastics (entirely) from renewables is feasible today at least on the laboratory scale but the economics just are not viable,” said Hackett. “A new plastic really has to promise a combination of performance and price point, and a lot of these bio-plastics struggle to do that.” The Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota notes that most bio-plastics initially don't have the same physical properties as traditional plastics, such as toughness, melting temperature and elasticity. Fagan acknowledges that scientific challenges remain, but says his goal follows the same long-term DuPont business plan that has led to past household-name discoveries and drivers of revenue, such as nylon, neoprene, Kevlar and Tyvek. "So, even if it’s many years forward, we’re setting the groundwork now because science always builds on science before it.” STORY: CSU team's discovery could revolutionize plastics VIDEO: Ford, Heinz to make car parts out of tomatoes this summer DuPont's groundwork is being set in partnership with Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Company. In early 2016, the two companies agreed to work together to refine the newly-discovered chemical process that builds the plant-based plastic, called furan dicarboxylic methyl ester. "We have different renewable components that we can put together with these furan things that we are making at ADM to make a new suite of renewable polymers," Fagan said. "They’re experts in making sugar out of corn kernels and we’re experts in doing some of the chemistry." While his team continues to tinker with the molecular structure of the sugar plastics, DowDuPont plans to open a production plant in Decatur, Illinois "in the next year or so," Fagan said. "We’ve developed the chemistry already, so we’re putting the process in place," he said. Praise from the industry In apparent votes of confidence, Fagan and DuPont have received numerous awards for the bio-plastics work during the past year. Fagan’s team of researchers, along with ADM, in August were named the best bio-plastic innovators by the Plastics Industry Association. Then, last month, Fagan garnered more praise – this time internally – as he was honored by DuPont for “outstanding technical contributions that have delivered significant value to customers.” DuPont's Charles J. Pedersen award, which he received, is named after the company's 1987 Nobel Laureate. “Our customers rely on science-based innovations from DuPont to help them succeed,” said Specialty Products Division boss Alexa Dembek. Fagan, commenting on the recognition and the research that underpins it, said it is a wave of the future that harkens to the past. “It’s kind of going back to what was done in history,” Fagan said, “when everything was made out of plants.”
  10. Nature Air to connect David and San José from December 1st The Costa Rican airline Nature Air will begin flights to the province of Chiriqui from December 1st, 2017, according to Jorge Tovar, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriqui. "We have already received the confirmation" that Nature Air, which already flies to Bocas del Toro with a daily frequency, will do the same beginning December 1st to the city of David, Tovar said. He added that "we have been working on function to increase the connectivity of the destination Chiriqui, specifically with Costa Rica". With the arrival of this airline, Nature Air, will be flying daily with an aircraft of 16 seats which will allow you to quickly connect in 50 minutes from the province of Chiriqui to Costa Rica with a rate of $200 round trip, including taxes. International connections With the arrival of this airline, there will be daily service with a 16 seat aircraft will connect in 50 minutes to the Chiriqui province with Costa Rica, with a rate of $200 round trip, including taxes. In this way both Bocatorenos and Chiricanos may have two alternatives to make international connections: the Tocumen International Airport in Panama and the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica. Interest in Chiriqui the airline seeks to expand its destinations in Panama. | Courtesy Nature Air Last May, representatives of Nature Air were in Chiriqui on business with entrepreneurs from the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriqui and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of the province, where they showed their interest in incorporating David as one of their destinations. The airline, which has been flying daily to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro for the last 8 years, confirmed then that it was looking to land soon in the Enrique Malek International Airport. The director of development of Nature Air, Mauricio Castro, said in May that David "was one of the destinations that we had in our radar", because of the interesting traffic that there has always been between Costa Rica and Panama. In addition, Castro pointed out that called attention to the economic boom in the region and the diversity in its tourist offerings. "Chiriqui has a good supply of mountain, adventure and beaches that could be interesting for the Costa Rican, who in fact already comes to David and to which we just want to give them better access," said Castro. https://elcapitalfinanciero.com/nature-air-volara-a-chiriqui-desde-el-1-de-diciembre-de-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  11. The Ministry of Health is advising that with the two rainiest months of the year coming up, people should get vaccinated against influenza. https://twitter.com/MINSA_Panama/status/910606618940854272
  12. Need new glasses/prescription

    Debe, I've been very happy with the service right here in town at Optica VEGA. My prescription changed a bit after surgery and the optometrist picked up the cause immediately. Have had the same lightweight, but sturdy, frames for at least six years, second set of lenses in them. Prices seem reasonable to me.
  13. Bad habits are tough to break. Corruption in various forms has been the norm in many countries for so long that its ingrained in the culture. Tax evasion and money laundering in Panama? 😯 imo, Panama’s been operating as a tax haven all these years because the wealthy of the world encouraged it to do so, and pressured their own governments to turn a blind eye.
  14. Nothing to Report ?

    It seems like it's been a long time since we've seen any public updates from either of the entities handling emergency incident reports, specifically Alto Al Crimen and Rodny Direct. Any statistics on the number and nature of calls received and the type of response that was required? Is the incidence of local criminal activity up or down, etc.?
  15. Nothing to Report ?

    Now that we are down to one incident reporting service is it likely that more (any) statistical information will be made available?
  16. Freed Martinelli Clique Under Fire THE 14 MEMBERS of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli’s inner circle who walked free after a court ruling, should be investigated for money laundering says the National Assembly prosecutor who sent ex-Supreme Court Judge Moncada Luna to jail. Deputy Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, prosecutor in the process that led to a plea bargain and ended with the dismissal and imprisonment of Moncada Luna was referring on TV to a judgment of the Second Criminal High Court. The decision quashed the investigation of Nicolas Corcione Perez Balladares (current member of the the Panama Canal Authority board), Felipe Virzi Alejandro Lopez, Ricardo Alberto Calvo Latorraca and Maria del Pilar Fernandez de Moncada Luna among others. Gonzalez agreed with the statement by Judge Luis Mario Carrasco in his dissenting opinion on the decision signed on September 23 which annulled that process. “The agreement [penalty] was applicable only to the judge who was being investigated, not the rest of the people involved in the facts,” Gonzalez, told TVN Channel 2. The decision of judges Wilfredo Saenz (rapporteur) and Maria De Lourdes Estrada also benefited Alberto Ortega Maltez, Felipe Antonio Rodriguez Guardia , Humberto Elias Juarez Barahona, Maria Gabriela Reyna Lopez, Mauricio Antonio Ortiz Quesada, Claudio Poma Murialdo Sonmaruga, Oscar Ivan Rivera, Francisco Feliu Nigaglioni, Jorge Enrique Espino Mendez and Julian Rodriguez Paris. Gonzalez agreed to a “sentencing deal t” with Moncada Luna in which recognized the commission of two crimes (unjust enrichment and falsifying public documents) in exchange for a sentence of 60 months imprisonment. He was not prosecuted for the other two crimes investigated: money laundering and corruption of officials. “That was one of the charges which we investigated and under the agreement, as is established by the relevant article of the Criminal Procedure Code was one of the charges dismissed” he said. However, he made clear that the agreement only benefits Moncada Luna not others. “I have a position that coincides with [Carrasco], that the rest of the people should be investigated,” he said. Saenz and Estrada now face criminal charges for the alleged commission of crimes against public administration, corruption of a public servant and / or collusion.
  17. In Boquete, the best typico breakfasts are at Central Park Cafe, imo.
  18. An Alta Al Crimen Report To Boquete

    It is too bad the AAC org fell apart. Kudos to Bob and Tom for trying to keep it going.
  19. That centro comercial is on the road to Playa Barquete and Alanje in an area called La Riviera. By 'downtown' I mean the area within a few blocks of the central park. (Parque Miguel de Cervantes Saveeda)
  20. The problems I have with the Multicafe locations is that they are both downtown. If my tasks are going to be close to the Pan American highway or Calle F Sur they’re out of the way. At this point, after the (mostly self-inflicted) abuse my body’s taken over the years, I don’t think the occasional Egg McMuffin is going to kill me.
  21. A link to this great bit of satire showed up somewhere today. Russia 2018: Selection of Panama will Train in Chiriqui The Sele is already training in Boquete to acclimatize to the low temperatures in the face of their first match in Russia 2018 against Belgium Moscow - After the culmination of the draw for the 2018 World Federation, it was decided that the Panamanian Selection will train in Chiriqui to acclimatize for what will be their first World Cup appearance. The Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT) commented on the climate of the host country, specifically on the snow storms that hit Moscow, the Russian capital. "We have accepted the invitation of a Chiricano colleague', someone who has lived in the flesh in the Russian climate, who indicates to us that the climate in Russia is nothing compared to what it's like to live in Chiriqui", and he facilitated the stay so that the selection can train in sub-zero temperatures, which according to the Chiricanos are very similar to those experienced in Russia'- said FEPAFUT Many Panamanians present at the drawing indicated that the weather can be an important factor for Panama, which will start the World Cup trying to gain points from Belgium, a team prepared to play in cold weather. The newly convened Gregorio Querini also made comments but did not confirm the date on which the Panamanian selection will train in Chiriqui. The Chiricano stated that the Russian winters are like a summer breeze in comparison to the cold weather of the Highlands Chiricanas. "It's not for nothing they call them the Alpes Chiricanos", he commented.
  22. Sad to say but the most consistent and best value is McDonalds, imo. I like good desayuno typico but have never found anything to write home about in David.