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      Software Upgrade and Possible "Profile Update Needed" Notification   07/23/2017

      The software that drives our Chiriqui.Life website underwent an upgrade earlier this afternoon. This upgrade includes several functionality enhancements that are being scheduled for roll-out in the future. Additionally, there are some cosmetic changes that may become apparent to our regular CL members. For instance, you may now see more details about who and why someone "liked" something that you have posted. One undesired side effect of this software upgrade is that some CL members may see a message when first logging onto CL to the effect that their profile is only partially complete, and that it needs to be completed. Here is one version of that dialogue -- note the part that is highlighted in read. There are two ways to get rid of this dialog. One is to complete your profile, which basically means to provide information in the text box that is "About Me". The other method is to click on the "Dismiss" link, which is not prominently displayed but visible in the upper right area of the message that is highlighted in red. Either method will work. We regret if this is an inconvenience, but it is something over which we have no control.   To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.  
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      Enhanced Reputation ("Like" and "Dislike") Functionality Here on CL   07/24/2017

      With the recent software upgrade, CL now has a slightly enhanced and more descriptive "reputation" functionality. The reputation is what CL members can click in the lower right corner of each posting (forums, blogs, calendar events, etc.) to indicate their "like' or "dislike" of that posting. This functionality, previously known as a member's "reputation", has been enhanced and is now known as a member's "reaction". Instead of having only two choices ("like" or "dislike", represented by a +1 or -1), there now are seven different "reactions" that a member can express, including the simple "Like" and "Dislike". As was the case previously with reputations, Administrators of this website cannot be given reputation/reaction, however Moderators can, just as all regular members can. Here in graphic form is the complete list of options in word and emoji form, along with the associated numeric value: The "Like" and the "Upvote" and the "Downvote" are essentially the same as the prior "like" and "dislike" reputation. Those are similar to what is available on some of the larger social media, such as Facebook. As in the past with reputation, the use of reactions is optional. Reputations (now "reactions") are not favored by everyone. Prior feedback indicates approximately 30% of CL's members prefer that "reputation" [and now "reactions"] be disabled. However, the majority of CL's members prefer having the ability to indicate their "like" or "dislike" of a posting. The new, enhanced functionality means simply that CL members have more granularity as to what they can indicate to the viewers. If anyone would like to see additional "reactions", please contact CL management, and include a short discussion of what you would like to see and perhaps an emoji to suggest that reaction. Two new reactions that have already been suggested are "I agree" and "I disagree", which might be expressed respectively with green check mark (or thumbs up) and red X-mark (or thumbs down) style emoji. The reactions functionality is currently configured to display who expressed that reaction. If there is sufficient feedback, we can hide the member's Display Name, and show only the cumulative reactions.           To provide general feedback or ask for help regarding Chiriqui.Life, please leave a posting in Problems, Feedback and Suggestions or email support@chiriqui.life or private message to @Admin_01.  

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Peace Corps volunteer found dead in creek

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THE BODY  of an American Peace Corps volunteer, was found on Saturday afternoon, April 8  in a stream in the community of Cerro Gavilán in the district of Muna in the Gnabe Buglá region.

Public Ministry have  started investigations.

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The body was partially inside the creek,  and the cause of death is not known, informed sources connected to the investigations told Critica.

The volunteer was found by members of the  local community who informed the police authorities, who notified the Public Ministry.

The authorities transferred  the body to the judicial morgue where an autopsy is expected to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/peace-corps-volunteer-found-dead-creek

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Dead Peace Corps volunteer identified

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THE US PEACE Corps volunteer whose body was found in a creek  in the Ngabe Buglé district on Saturday April 9, has been identified.

Panama Peace Corps director Sheila Crowley confirmed the death of  24-year-old Cody Oser, a native of Broomfield, Colorado. Cody, 24,

“Cody’s enthusiasm to help others and his ability to solve common problems are some of the reasons he was so loved by his fellow volunteers and the community he worked in,” said Crowley.

He and 46 other  volunteers were sworn in on September 20, 2016 by  US Ambassador John Feely At the ceremony Minister of Agricultural Development Eduardo Enrique Carles praised their efforts  efforts to contribute to improving quality of  life of farm workers and indigenous communities.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/dead-peace-corps-volunteer-identified

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Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Cody Oser

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2017 – Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley is saddened to confirm the death of Peace Corps volunteer Cody Oser of Broomfield, Colorado. Cody, 24, passed away in the Comarca Ngäbe Bugle region of Panama on April 8, 2017. 

“Cody’s enthusiasm for helping others and knack for problem solving were remarkable and are a few of the many reasons he was so well-liked among fellow volunteers and in his community,” Acting Director Crowley said. “His impressive engineering skills made him stand out as a volunteer because he dedicated himself to working with communities around the world to find solutions to their technological needs. His passing is a profound loss for the Peace Corps community as we mourn along with his family and friends.”

Cody was a bright aspiring civil engineer and was excited to use his skills to find unconventional ways to bring technology to communities around the world. Before starting his Peace Corps service, Cody spent time in Kenya and El Salvador, working on engineering projects to help communities build potable water structures and solar-powered irrigation systems. When he applied to Peace Corps, Cody expressed a desire to help communities navigate their engineering challenges and planned to do so with an open mind. “I know that for most rural communities, the challenges of obtaining proper materials, tools and financing are common but that there is never a shortage of clever solutions when you collaborate with the people in your host community,” he said in his aspiration statement. Peace Corps staff were impressed early on that Cody’s passion for engineering was equal only to his enthusiasm for service and helping others. Cody was very enthusiastic about his future projects with the community of Cerro Gavilan focused on latrine construction and formation and legalization of the water committee.

Cody graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received minors in Business Administration and International Development in 2015. Cody relished in using his talents to help others and served as an Engineering Intern for SunCulture Solar Agriculture in Kenya and as a Project Leader for Engineers Without Borders in El Salvador and Pine Ridge, South Dakota before leaving for service. He was excited about learning languages and had studied Spanish, French and Swahili. In his free time, he loved exploring new topics, talking politics, learning instruments, reading, drawing, running, martial arts, hiking, camping and traveling.

He is survived by his parents, Lynnette and Steven Oser, his brother and sister-in-law Gabriel and Joanna Oser and his sister and brother-in-law Abbe and Jamie Gilroy.

https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/library/peace-corps-mourns-loss-volunteer-cody-oser/

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Varela naming school after dead Peace Corps volunteer

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A PANAMA SCHOOL will be named after Cody Oser, the US Peace Corps volunteer whose body was found in a stream  in the Ngabe Buglecomarca , on Saturday Apr 6.

President Juan Carlos Varela made the commitment to the parents of the 24-year old at a memorial gathering of over 100 Volunteers at the   Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  on Wednesday Apr. 12 . He also said he would dedicate the upcoming Special Olympics in his honor and promised to finish the projects Osler  started.

Since graduation with a degree in civil engineering  from Colorado State University,  Osler had devoted his life to aiding  disadvantaged communities

He served as an Engineering Intern for SunCulture Solar Agriculture in Kenya and as a Project Leader for Engineers Without Borders in El Salvador and Pine Ridge, South Dakota before leaving for service in Panama in September 2016.

He was excited about learning languages and had studied Spanish, French and Swahili.

The family told Denver, Colorado media  that his  death was ruled accidental,  and that he slipped on some rocks and fell into the water after striking his head.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/varela-naming-school-dead-peace-corps-volunteer

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