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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:

U.S. Embassy in Panama

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 10, 2017

Today, February 10, 2017, the SUNTRACS (Sindicato Unico Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construccion y Similares)  union (and others) have threatened protests and road closures “across the country”.  It is the Embassy’s understanding that the protest leaders are meeting this morning to determine what they are going to do and where.  Subsequently, the Embassy does not have a good read-out of the scope or location of possible protests and road closures.  We have seen unconfirmed media reports of protests planned on Calle 50 at McDonalds, line 2 of the metro, in Costa del Este, near Ciudad Hospitalaria, and on Avenida Peru.

Some schools are closed for the day, while others remain open.  The main concern seems to be the unpredictability of the impact of possible road closures on bus routes this afternoon.

All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.  U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information about security in Panama:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at+507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


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Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

The following was posted on my local neighborhood Watch WhatsApp Group. It was so well written and poses a great question to other Latin American Countries that I felt I should post it.

The first part in the original Spanish follows. After that, I will have Google assist me in posting in English.

Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

1. Trump está defendiendo a su país, y Ustedes no hacen nada para terminar con la corrupción.

2. Trump se preocupa porque los empleos crezcan en Estados Unidos, ustedes provocan que la gente huya de Latinoamérica por la falta de empleo.

3. Trump está recortando el 60% de los trámites burocráticos del gobierno, y reduciendo la nómina gubernamental, ustedes han creado un viacrucis para todos lo empresarios con sus cada día más costosos trámites y requisitos fiscales, y lejos de eficientarse y adelgazar la nómina del gobierno, está haciendo todo lo contrario.

4. Trump tiene un plan agresivo para reducir la delincuencia en su país, Latinoamérica cada día está peor.

5. Trump sabe que dependemos de Estados Unidos en cuestión de alimentos del campo, ustedes que han hecho para arreglar el terrible retraso que tiene el campo Latinoamericano ?? Cuándo vamos a ser autosuficientes en alimentos? Cuándo !??

6. Trump está tomando acciones concretas para que el poder adquisitivo del americano suba, ustedes cada día lo destruyen más.

7. Trump dice que Estados Unidos será grande otra vez, y ustedes? Porqué por lo menos no le copian algún plan? Cuándo Latinoamérica será grande otra vez?

8. Trump, va a recortar el déficit del su país, ustedes siguen subsidiando miles de cosas, todo lo que usted administran representa un gasto que no nos beneficia a nadie más que a los que reciben sueldo del gobierno. Opere su gobierno más eficientemente, que no sabe cómo?

9. Trump le va a dar contratos del gobierno sólo a compañías americanas, ustedes le está dando todos los contratos del gobierno a compañías españolas, americanas y europeas, porque?

10. Trump bajará impuestos para que las empresas produzcan más y creen trabajos, ustedes sube los impuestos.

Todavía tienen tiempo señores Presidentes, hagan algo que valga la pena.

No se enojen con el Señor Trump… el va a gobernar su país,
hará reformas, impulsará cambios, sacara a las personas que considere un peligro para su nación, sacara a los indocumentados, porque nos enojamos???

…Ese señor es nacionalista, velará y cuidará a su gente… a su pais…No señores, no hay que inconformarnos con él…Hay que inconformarnos con los Presidentes que hemos tenido….con los politicos que nomás saquean a Latinoamérica,
a sus Estados, a sus Municipios,
Vamos a enojarnos con estos líderes sindicales
corruptos que hacen grandes fortunas a costa de sus agremiados…Hay que enojarnos con los ineptos
que establecen el salario mínimo que no alcanza ni para darle una sola comida a su familia, hay que enojarnos con el titular de los Ministerios, con los que están al frente de las Secretarías de Estado y no hacen nada para generar empleos…
no hay que buscar enemigos fuera del continente
aqui los tenemos, aqui están , saben donde los encontramos??
Estan durmiendo en sus curules en el Congreso, en las Cámaras
de Diputados y Senadores, ahi están aumentándose el sueldo y
fijándose bonos por cualquier cosa,



Google English Translation follows: Continue reading Señores Presidentes de Latinoamérica:

Lost and Found

UPDATED February 3

Lilliam and I spent the last couple of days on another Embassy case. A US Citizen had spent about 15 days in the Regional hospital and had died there. The Embassy had been contacted and the hospital had said they didn’t have his passport, which the Embassy needed.

Lilliam and I went to the Regional Hospital to see if we could find the Passport.

Personal items such as passports, wallet and other items of value, are normally kept in safe keeping in one location in the Regional hospital. We went there and they had no record of any items being stored. They said to check the emergency area, where the individual would have first entered.

We went to the emergency room and were escorted back to the area that kept a hand written ledger of personal items that were with patients when they came in. On the day the individual had arrived, there was no entry for this individual.

The head nurse said she would check with the 5th floor to see if it is possible that the items might be there. We were told there were no items there. Continue reading Lost and Found

Another Living in Panama Guest Post

The author, of the following guest post, sent me a copy and said I could post it if I wanted. She had previously posted it on the Chiriquí Life forum.

If you are thinking about moving to Panama, it is always good to hear some straight talk from someone that isn’t profit motivated. By that I mean, selling property, in a tourism business giving lecturers, or in some business related to tourism.

There is a lot to like about Panama, but if you come here naive, you are going to get taken or worse maybe lose something more valuable than money.

The author also penned another experience related to healthcare on this blog.

The guest post follows and I will add a few more thoughts after the post. Continue reading Another Living in Panama Guest Post

Happy Birthday Great Grandson Nealon

Nealon, you have come a long way. Entering the world two months early is never easy and you did keep all of us on pins and needles.

However, looking at the progress you have made, your future accomplishments should be much easier.

Lilliam and I promise to make it to your next birthday.

Thanks to my granddaughter Lindsay for doing such a good job in being the most prolific photographer in 2016. Following is her video of year one in the life of Nealon.