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About Don Ray

US retiree living in David, Chiriquí Panama. David, Chiriquí Warden for the US Embassy in Panama City.

My Cable Onda Upgrade

A while back I had noticed that there was a new plan M offered by Cable Onda. I went to the CO office and requested it. I would have to give up a few channels that I didn’t watch, but I would increase my Internet speed from 5 to 6 Mbps. It also lowered my Cable Onda bill by close to $10 a month.

It was sort of a no brainer.

Today the CO technicians came out to swap out my modem.

It is now up and running. Yea!

Planet Telecom has recently completed an addition to its Eastern Chiriqui network providing expanded coverage in the Boca Chica, Boca Brava area

I received a request to post the following:

Planet Telecom has recently completed an addition to its Eastern Chiriqui network providing expanded coverage in the Boca Chica, Boca Brava area.
This infrastructure expansion will allow clients in the Istana project, Playa Hermosa and Playa Rincon to access the high-speed, reliable broadband internet for which Planet Telecom is known.

In an effort to minimize the environmental impact of this project, Planet Telecom has decided to implement the latest in solar energy solutions. All equipment on the tower is powered through solar panels with rechargeable back-up batteries supplying energy at night. This eliminates the dependency on the electrical grid with the additional benefit of minimizing our energy consumption.

Since 2008, Planet Telecom has been providing high-speed internet to remote locations throughout the province of Chiriqui, Panama.

For additional information, please check out our website: www.ptpanama.com, or call us at 777-9200


Alain (Al) Mulaire
Director of Operations
Director de operaciones

Planet Telecom
David, Chiriqui, Republica de Panama
507-777-9200 x53

Wireless Internet Across Chiriqui
Internet inalambríco en todo Chiriquí

Charities Outside of Those in Bid 4 Boquete

This time of year, and throughout the year for that matter, I seem to get bombarded by emails, and other Internet notices, wanting donations for Bid 4 Boquete.

I have to tell you, I would be more excited if it were Bid 4 Chiriquí.

While I think B4B does good work, I think it is good for everyone to realize that there are many other deserving organizations, causes and individuals in Chiriquí, besides just those in Boquete.

I got turned off last year, when I was trying to find a hospital bed for Robert, who had a stroke in David. I contacted the Boquete Hospice organization, who had an available bed, and was told that they only supported people as far south as Dolega and I was outside the supported area.

Now since I knew they received their beds from Tom McCormack, I was kinda ticked. I would have thought they might say, if I provided the transportation they could loan me one, but they didn’t.

Luckily Tom supports all of Chiriquí and even has people coming in for prothesis help from outside of Panama. As it turned out, one of Tom’s beds became available and he delivered it. He has no boundaries on his benevolence.

Now if B4B offered the option of directing where the money went from an auction item I might buy, then I would consider purchasing some items. When I used to contribute to United Way, I specified exactly where I intended my money to go. However, since B4B doesn’t have that sort of option, I send my money where I can see the results of my contributions.

In case you are looking for other worthwhile organizations I will mention a few. If the names are in RED, then clicking on the name will take you to an area with more information.

Tom L. and Linda J. Foundation – I have known Tom for years and there is no individual that gives more to the people of Chiriquí.

Nutre Hogar – This organization helps malnourished children all over Panama. If you ever have a chance to visit the facility, you will see children that will tug at your heart strings.

Fundación AMIGOS del Niño con leucemia y cancer does a lot to assist children with cancer.

Churches – Our church, like many churches, has a program that supports young people’s needs for school. Lilliam and I contribute $50 a month to our church’s beca fund. They always have a special Sunday, at the end of the school year, where the children that received the beca money say “Thank You”. I enjoy seeing what fine young people I got to help.

Damas Rosada is a women’s organization that provides assistance for those in need and often are in the Women’s and Children Hospital (Hospital Obaldia).

Volcan Quilters (Las Hermanas de Acolchado de Volcan) This organization in Volcan has taught over 400 women how to sew and quilt and earn a living from their newly acquired skills.

There are so many needy individuals and organizations in Panama that it is impossible to mention them all. B4B has gotten to be so big, that maybe they will decide to expand their support and change the name to Bid 4 Chiriquí or at least provide the option of specifying where the donation should go.

My doctor said I should eat better.
I told him, with what he charges, I’m lucky I eat at all.

We can do this the hard way, or we can make it impossible. I’m sorry. Those seem to be the only two choices.

Information Worth Passing On

I have a good friend that is experiencing difficulties, with Panama bank accounts, following the death of a spouse. My friend said that I could share the experience with others in hopes that it might prevent them from having similar problems.

Here was the information that the individual sent me.

We have two bank accounts (savings) with a local bank, signed with the principles’ name and authorized person. The problem lies in the fact that one was signed with “or” which is fine, the other signed with “and” which has presented a problem in the fact that the one signed “and” now has to go probate, which I have been told to not expect any results for a year.

I should clarify this situation happens after a death of the principle individual. I find it hard to believe we did this, but am sure there are others that may want to be aware and check their accounts and how they are set up.

I have been told that the banks do have a beneficiary form that can possibly alleviate this problem.

I was previously aware of this type of problem. Lilliam has told me that having lawyers and wills tied to bank accounts also leads to similar problems because the legal fees to free up accounts usually take a huge portion of the assets. The bank beneficiary form solves the problem with little, if any expense.

No one an afford me, I’m very high maintenance. No, seriously, at my age the medical bills to keep me going are astronomical.

Kayley’s Trip Begins

My granddaughter, Kayley, raised all of her money to go on her church’s missionary trip to Nicaragua.

Thanks to all who helped her hit her target.

They left Austin yesterday. This should be quite an experience for her. It is her first trip out of the U.S. and I know it will be an eye opening experience.

Her group will be taking photos so the families can keep up with their experiences.

This is a photo taken at the airport prior to departure. Kayley is in the center of the photo, nearest the camera.

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