Message for U.S. Citizens: Water contamination in Azuero Region

The American Citizen Services Unit would like to alert U.S. citizens residing and/or traveling in the Azuero Region about a water contamination issue. Please visit the following link to see the announcement that Panama’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) placed on their facebook page:

This announcement included recommendations from Panama’s Red Cross regarding water usage in this region. The Red Cross guidance states that water in this region is not currently suitable for drinking, cooking, bathing children under age 2, or consumption by pets. The guidance states that water in this region can be used for bathing, washing clothes, household cleaning and watering plants.

Kind Regards,

American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Panama

IOS 8 Up and Running

I download and installed IOS 8 on Lilliam’s iPhone and it worked fine. I saw no dramatic performance reduction. After playing with it for about an hour, I downloaded it and installed it on my iPhone as well.

If you have any eligible iPhone, it think you will like the new system. There are a lot of new goodies that make the install worthwhile.

My hunch is that it will be fine on iPad 2 if your main use is surfing the web, reading books and responding to emails. I want to get a newer iPad when I go to the U.S.

They are scheduled to release a larger sized iPad in October. If it is on the shelves, I will check it out and make my decision which to buy.

I also upgraded my Apple TV’s OS. Its new look is more compatible with IOS 8. They also added Beats Music, but I am happy with Apple Radio. Yesterday was a good technology day.

UPDATE: I was using my MacBook Air, which is running the beta Yosemite OS. A call came into my iPhone, running IOS 8, and the call showed up on my MacBook Air.  I could have answered it on my laptop. This is one of the new features which is available if you are running IOS 8 and Yosemite, That is going to be a great feature!

A Baby Needs O Positive Blood

I received a request to post the following:

Hello Boquete and David,
We have a 3 week old baby in the Maternity hospital that needs ongoing O POSITIVE platelets from 1 pint per day until they can operate.
We are calling our Blood Donors list but many have been out of the country in the last 6 months which disqualifies most of them.
If you are O Pos, qualify with the requirements on the website below, and can go to Hospital Jose Domingo de Obaldia to help in the next few days or even next week, you will be able to do a wonderful thing for this baby.

Frist go to this site and prequalify yourself.
One difference from the above qualifications is that the cut off age is the day you turn 65.
And also you must NOT have been out of the country in the last 6 months. Unfortunately the US and Costa Rica included.

If you qualify, then call the father who will meet you at the hospital’s Banco de Sangre to walk you though the system.
The father, Bill Fitz, speaks Spanish and English. His number is 6616-5775.
You might know some Panamanian friends that will go.
Bill & Lourdes are happy to compensate if needed.
The test does not take very long but the process might take up to 2-3 hours if there are many people there when you arrive.
You might want to bring something to read.

You must be at the hospital between 7 am and 12 noon. Preferably 8 – 10 to meet with Bill, the father.
You must not eat breakfast or any food before you go.
You can and should drink water.
Bring your Panamanian cedula or ID card AND your passport (very important).
If you happen to be in David and have not reached Bill, give the lab the baby’s info Matthew Fitz, Cedula # 4-872-1597

The maternity hospital is the tall white building (part of the lower roof is blue) a little before Price Smart but on the opposite side of the street.
As soon as you enter the main entrance of the hospital, walk to the left and the blood donation window is a few yards down on the right with a sign “Banco de Sangre”.

Even if you can not go till next week please call Bill at 6616-5775 to make arrangements for then.
Matthew may still need platelets next week until he is strong enough to have the operation.

God Bless you all and this little baby too,
Andrea and Charlotte
Volunteers for Boquete Hospice Blood Donors list
To be added to the Blood Donor list email

Up In The Air

Apple releases IOS 8 today. With the reviews I have read, it should not go on any iPad 2 and possibly not on the iPhone 4S, which is what I have. I may put it on one of my 4S iPhones and see how bad the performance is. If it is too bad, then I will consider trying to get an iPhone 6 when I am in the U.S.

What a shame. I really didn’t want to change iPhones till the next model.

It also means buying any of the iPad Mini’s that may still be in Panama stores is a bad idea since it uses the same cpu as the iPad 2.

The other problem I will have in not running IOS 8 is that I want to move my desktops to the Yosemite OS in October. I am afraid if I have IOS 7 on my iPhone, it will no longer sync with Yosemite.

I will be coming back from the U.S. with some new technology, the only question is what it will be. October, Apple is supposed to announce new PC hardware and possibly a new Apple TV.

The jury is out on how much Lilliam will allow me to bring back.

I should add that I am running the third beta distribution of Yosemite on my MacBook Air and it is running great. The second beta distribution removed all of the problems I saw in the first distribution and brought no new problems. By the time it releases in October, it should be rock solid.

HERE is a really good article on Apple.