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Jim Bondoux

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    Jim Bondoux
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  1. Here is a news report concerning possible curfews being established in some Chiriqui high crime areas: https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/provincias/Podrian-decretar-distritos-delictivo-Chiriqui_0_5411458821.html My loose translation: "Curfews could be ordered in Chiriqui districts with high level of criminal activity. The governor of Chiriqui, Juan Carlos Munoz, on Friday asked the mayors of the districts with the highest level of criminal acts, to contemplate the application of a curfew for minors, as well as to establish schedules for the opening of bars and canteens . We want to see these measures as a series of preventive actions against incidents, said Munoz. I affirm that the intake of alcoholic beverages, as well as the presence of minors in the streets can be a focus that affects criminal acts, hence the application of these measures, the carrot law and the curfew, are important to give more security to the population." (The "carrot law" is the law that directs mayors to set opening hours for businesses that stay open at night, including bars, discos, supermarkets, etc.)
  2. I remember my former employer commenting, after the Spanish consortium had won the Canal expansion contract with a $3.2 billion bid, that the project "can't be done for less than $4.8 billion". I am not sure that anyone has the total real accounting for the project, but I believe it has easily exceeded $5 billion. That's an age-old strategy for winning bids. There are projects that get done as budgeted, and IMO they usually share the same features, i.e. all engineering is complete before the first spade of dirt is turned, there are no new untried technologies made part of the project, there is an experienced watchdog contractor on the owner's side responsible for evaluating bids and then for tracking the project's progress, and there are incentives/penalties in the contract for budget and schedule milestones.
  3. I have no hard information to back up my opinion, but I suspect that the US Dept of Homeland Security and the US State Department have a say in the matter. They likely require significant separation between domestic and international flights, unless the domestic passengers go through the same security checks that the international ones do. I wonder if some of the customers of COPA's David flight might find the checks onerous. I once had the experience of a 12-hour detour on a flight from Siberia to Anchorage, since the US refused to allow the plane to land in the US. The issue was inadequate security measures at the Pevek airport...
  4. I suggest you check out the CL topic headlined "New US Medicare Card & Number". My post of last March described my experience in clearing up the issue.
  5. Slow lines at PriceSmart have been topped: https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/08/article/shoppers-swamp-costco-store-in-china/
  6. Here is a new article of interest on expatriating to Boquete: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/it-is-an-act-of-insanity-to-stay-in-the-us-why-this-63-year-old-teacher-ditched-massachusetts-to-retire-in-the-highlands-of-panama-2019-08-23?mod=mw_theo_homepage
  7. It may already be a requirement that no one bothers with any longer. I had my first Revisado inspection performed in David in 2012 at Felipe Rodriguez. On that occasion my vehicle was put on the lift for an inspection of the brakes, and the headlights and turn signals were tested. That experience led me to expect the same in future years. However, since then I have gone to Felipe Rodriguez in David and then to QuickFix in Boquete, but the inspections have consisted only of the usual snapshots. My guess is that the requirement exists but that enforcement is absent.
  8. I remember reading that a substantial batch of Balboa coins was being minted to commemorate the big World Youth confab last January, and that the import of paper one-dollar bills was being suspended for a time so as to promote the wider use of the coins. Aged bills are probably not being retired - the usual law of unintended consequences.
  9. We were counted in the last census (May 2010). No one was supposed to leave the structure in which they had spent the night until they had been counted, and until the census taker had placed a colored sticker on the structure. You then had a paper slip evidencing your having been counted. There were road checkpoints throughout the country and woe to anyone caught out and about without their census slip. One could show up during the preceding week at the local census office (it was somewhere in the Feria grounds) and be counted, and given a paper slip, so that if you had a major inconvenience on census Sunday of being house-bound until counted, there was a countermeasure. I suppose there will be similar measures taken next May.
  10. Paypal operates (almost) worldwide and does not confine itself to US banks. The company seems to keep buying up imitators and competitors, and my guess is that they will continue to have a growing, and eventually dominant, position in personal transactions.
  11. I am responding with what I remember from my past research, the record of which is not readily at hand since I am traveling. The form is supposedly mailed out in July, with an October deadline for the return. Downloading the form and mailing it in most likely does not satisfy the requirement, which is based on the physical round trip of the form via postal service. The form cha-cha cycles every other year, depending on your social security number. Both of ours arrived in October of last year, and we promptly turned them around. Previous phone messages and emails to both the FBU and the SS headquarters yielded zero responses.
  12. My guess is that paper bags are not going to be particularly popular during the rainy season - they don't hold anything once they get wet or even dampish...
  13. Connected through Tocumen yesterday. No change yet to the jetway round trip to a bus when arriving on the David flight. All the gates in the old terminal have been renumbered with a "1" in front so everything is now three digits (the old "22" is now "122", e.g.) and the signs for the new terminal gates all sport three-digit numbers with a "2"in front. A bit confusing in the check-in hall, since the check-in counters are also numbered with three digits... Walked past the opening of the concourse to the new terminal (which looks like the picture describing the leak in the article above) but no access, a tape stretched across the opening and with signs of "no access". Still, there were six COPA planes parked at the new terminal's jetways...
  14. Wells Fargo has been experiencing repeated failures of its electronic systems, over a span of several months. Banking systems are supposed to have redundancies and backups so that service interruptions are quickly remedied. Wells Fargo has not been able to consistently and promptly overcome the failures. To my knowledge there have been no public explanations of the problem or problems from the bank, excepting the usual public relations platitudes. I am a customer of Wells Fargo, and I now plan my transactions with system unreliability in mind. https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Wells-Fargo-banking-outage-stretches-into-second-13601637.php
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