Monthly Archives: October 2006

A Gold Star For Inconsistency!

One thing Cable And Wireless is known for is consistent inconsistency. Since about 9:00 this morning, C&W’s throughput has not been worth a flip. Normally my mornings are pretty good and the afternoons degrade.

I admit, I am probably a heavier user than most in David. I like my music and I get it over the Internet. When C&W is performing like this, music is not a possibility. Even a moderate surfer would think response time is poor this morning. Currently I am averaging about 50 Kbps on my connection.

I think that C&W provides the backbone for most if not all of Panama. If the Internet is bad on native C&W service, it may be bad for other providers as well.

ACS Security Update – Demonstration

Here is the latest email from the ACS:

Date: 20 October 2006
Subject: Security Update – Demonstration
The US Embassy has learned that there will be a demonstration involving a group of protesters from the Canal Referendum, marching from the University of Panama towards the Plaza Cinco de Mayo around 4:00 p.m.

We remind all Americans in Panama to drive safely, keep your doors and windows locked, and always drive with your cell phone (if available).

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department’s travel registration website at

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at 207-7030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in The Clayton Building (formerly Fort Clayton Building 520) in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular Section fax is 207-7278. The Embassy web site is and e-mails should be addressed to

ARTE Grafico S.A. – David

I mentioned the other day that I was interested in having come cards made. It seems like more and more I am out and when people find out that I write Chiriquí Chatter, they ask if I have a card. I always say no and write out the URL. I finally decided to solve that problem and have some cards made.

I asked around and ARTE Grafico was recommended. It is just across from Parque de las Madres on Ave. Obaldia. I went in and talked to Ellery Espinosa and told him I wanted something that presented the look and feel of the Chiriquí Chatter web site. I gave him the URL for the site and told him to send me some samples to choose from. Continue reading ARTE Grafico S.A. – David

It’s a Mystery To Me

By Don Ray Williams
October 18, 2006

The other day, I was sitting with a child upon my knee,
What was running through his mind was a mystery to me.

His eyes seemed to search for answers floating in the air,
To questions in his mind, of which only he was aware.

Finally he said “Why do some people find such joy in running others down?”
I could see him struggle with this thought, for his forehead bore a frown.

He was extremely troubled, this I could clearly see.
I was stumped and could only answer; “It is a mystery to me.”

“What’s the fun of being mean and being rude?” he said seriously.
How could he be so wise for one so young? This was a mystery to me.

“Why must they always ridicule what other people have?”
“Why do they cut them with their words and fill the cuts with salt not salve?”

“I just don’t understand, can you help me please, to see?”
All I could say was “I wish I could, but it’s a mystery to me.”

“My mommy tells me not to lie, but I know others do.”
“Did their mommy not tell them, like mine told me and yours told you?”

“I saw on TV, school children being shot by someone they never knew?”
“Why were their lives taken?” “What good did it do?”

“Why do people get killed for the color of their skin?”
“Why do others get killed for a difference in religion?”

“I know that I am young,” he said as he became teary eyed,
“But I just don’t understand what good can come, cause all those people died.”

I struggled for an answer, as he looked so hopefully up at me,
But all I could say was “It’s a mystery to me.”

I hope others like him are sitting on knees,
And asking questions like he’s been asking me.

The future of the world, it’s very clear to see,
Rests with the young like him. That’s no mystery to me.

October 18th ACS Notice On Unidentified Illness

Here is the latest ACS email:

Date: 18 October 2006
Subject: UPDATE – Unidentified Illness
Investigation of Unidentified Illness – Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], the Pan American Health Organization [PAHO], and the World Health Organization [WHO] are collaborating with Gorgas Institute Lab and the Ministry of Health to determine the cause of multiple unexpected illnesses and deaths. As of today, there are 51 identified cases and 22 deaths from a “mystery illness” (also known by its Spanish acronym SIRA– Acute Renal Failure Syndrome) that involved unexplained acute kidney failure and neurological changes. The CDC recently detected diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent, in some liquid medications prepared by the national Social Security System. This solvent is not intended for human use. Further investigation is ongoing. Continue reading October 18th ACS Notice On Unidentified Illness