Monthly Archives: September 2015

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Boquete, Chiriqui-September 29, 2015

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The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting Boquete, Chiriqui on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Boquete Public Library in Boquete, Chiriqui from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. We will offer the following services:

– Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)

– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

– Adding Pages to Passports (requires surrendering passport)

– Lost or Stolen Passports

– Notarizations

– Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (please bring from I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)

– Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at: http://registertovote.org/index.html)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

1. Please bring legible photocopies of all documents to be submitted.

2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.

3. Please bring completed forms. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:

– Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)

– Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)

– Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– General inquiries

Please note: No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come – first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Panama

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My IPTV Experience in Chiriquí

I am writing this post to give my experiences with IPTV in Chiriqui. I see so many people writing about their magic IPTV box and it being the solution to everyone’s English TV needs. Many are listing prices that seem a little extreme, unless there is something I don’t understand. I am always willing to learn something new.

IPTV stands for Internet Protocal TV and is the distribution of programming over the Internet.

This requires a provider on one end of the connection with the media and a receiver on the user’s end to receive the programing and deliver it to the PC or TV.

The boxes I am familiar with, to receive programming over the Internet, come down to a basic few.

There are Apple TV products that starts at $149 and the previous model that is $69. There is the Roku family of products that run from $35 to $99. There are, what I will call, the generic Android boxes running Google’s Android OS costing generally $40 to $100. And there are branded Android boxes with the best known being Amazon’s Fire family.

All of these provide the capability of receiving programing over the Internet. Many offer services such as NetFlix, Hulu, etc., which require a monthly fee. Since all programming is delivered over the Internet, it requires a high speed Internet connection.

Now let me spend a little time talking about a software product which will receive programing over the internet called KODI (Previously known as XBMC,  X-box Media Center). This is public domain software that is absolutely FREE. KODI can be added to the either the generic android boxes, Amazon devices, PCs of all types and is absolutely FREE. Continue reading My IPTV Experience in Chiriquí

I may not be able to walk the walk or talk the talk, but if you need somebody to drink the drink, then I’m your man.

Escuela Municipal De Bellas Artes De David

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I mentioned in a previous post, that I would write more about Escuela Municipal De Bellas Artes De David. This is a wonderful project created by the Mayor of David.

I had noticed this building before, but on yesterday’s drive around, I decided I would go in and learn more about its purpose. As the front of the building says, this is the municipal school of fine arts in David.

I think it has been open for less than a year.

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When I walked in, the main area was being set up for a meeting and microphones were being tested.

I went to the reception desk, introduced myself and gave the receptionist my card. I told her I had noticed the new building and would like to learn more for a possible post on Chiriquí Chatter.

She took me to visit with the person in charge and I want to tell you about this fantastic city project.

There are currently 85 to 95 students, between the ages of 4 and 14, that are being taught the musical arts. This includes typical Panamanian dance, and musical instruments. Classes are based on a trimester timeframe. Students progress based on their ability.

There are two music professors that are providing the musical instrument training. One provides training in the stringed instruments, violin, cello, etc. The second teaches piano, brass and woodwind instruments.

All of this training is FREE. The requirement is an honest desire to learn and an instrument. There are some modest charges for materials, which amount to approximately $10 a trimester.

The receptionist was kind enough to give me a short tour of the facility. Continue reading Escuela Municipal De Bellas Artes De David

A Wakeup Call

I am not sure what is compelling me to post the following, but maybe just one person will read this and, after reading it, will take a look at those around them that may need help. Too often parents miss the obvious signs that they have a child on the brink of stepping across the line.

Sometimes they just don’t know how to deal with it. Sometimes they are just blind to what is happening.

This was written by a dear friend of mine in another country. The same problem is running rampant around the world, in the U.S., in Latin America, Europe, etc.

Here is what this concerned individual wrote.

She arrived at court looking pretty. Almost her old self. Gave me a grateful hug for being there. The magistrates court was very busy … Filled to over flowing with broken people, a man who turned to drugs for comfort while he nursed his wife at the end of her life. Young people who had disregarded their conditions of probation…. Drugs, drugs, drugs.

When the judge addressed this young woman he said that she is a pin up poster of youngsters who start in high school on marijuana thinking that it is harmless fun. Well it isn’t! It is the start that leads to destroyed lives. In sentencing he found no excuse for drug induced behaviours and absolutely zero tolerance of attacks of any type on medical staff in emergency wards.

He was sick to death of druggies coming in requiring several of the emergency staff to attend to them while there are people in dire need of assistance waiting for help! He said that he intended to send the community at large a strong message that this was not acceptable!!!

He did that and we as her family are shattered. How did this beautiful young woman who had everything going for her end up here. It is not too late. She can still make good choices… I only hope that she does. She has the full support of her family to help her climb back up that difficult road, if that’s what she wants.

You can feel the concern. You can feel the love. My heart breaks for those closely involved.

Due to an intense mind fog, all of my thoughts have been grounded until further notice.

Interesting Conversation With Señorita Lucy

This morning I had to take some supplies to Robert in Hogar Santa Catalina.

It is only a few blocks away from Viajes Crisol and I saw Señorita Lucy’s car parked out front. I decided to stop in and say “hello”.

We spent close to an hour talking about what I was doing, about Lilliam and Natalie, about the blog, about warden activities, change in Panama and about crime.

The first part of the conversation, I handled in 100% Spanish. I am sure she was chuckling inside, but she tolerated my Spanish. She is easy to talk to, in Spanish, because she pronounces words very well and slowly.

Related to growth, she said she thought Panama’s exploding growth since the 1988, was almost more than the country could handle. So many skyscrapers in Panama City placing extreme stress on the infrastructure.

She had concerns about the rapid growth in David and concern when many of the major projects completed and began releasing workers.

We talked about crime and she also expressed concern with the amount of juvenile crime. She said that her business, the business next door and a third across the street had been broken into in the previous three days.

She said that a curfew had been announced, but she didn’t see a curfew solving the problem.

As we were talking there were three young men walking together across the street. She followed them with her eyes. She said she has always been a trusting person, but now when she sees a group of young men walking around, she pays attention to determine what their intentions are.

It was a good visit. Seniority Lucy is always fun to talk to and a source of contacts all over the province.