Sunday, July 26, 2015

WATER CRISIS IN RAIN SOAKED PANAMA

From the internet: 

WATER CRISIS IN RAIN SOAKED PANAMA

PANAMA is the biggest consumer, or most wasteful of water In Latin America but the supply in not infinite and with population growth forced the government has been to seek other water sources to meet the demand for drinking water.

Lakes Gatun and Alajuela, located within the watershed of the Panama Canal, are the sources of supply for the Canal's operations, but also provide water for 1.9 million people or more than 55 percent of the country's population, reports La Prensa.

According to Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano, the forecast of water consumption for the population in 2025 is 362 million gallons per day.
Panama is one of the countries with the highest water consumption rate in Latin America. According to a study, each person consumes 100 gallons of water per day or 379 liters, while the average in the region is 48 gallons or 177 liters.

"The state must lead the search for new water sources to meet the growing demand for human and industrial consumption resulting from economic and population growth," Quijano said.

The ACP operates and manages three water plants, which are located in Miraflores, La Chorrera and Colón. Lake Alajuela also supplies raw water to the plant in Chilibre, the largest in the country.

What is worrying, according to Quijano, is that new plants are being planned that are also located within the basin of the Panama Canal, which also needs the water to operate the locks.

He said the amount of water in the basin is not endless, and a long-term plan is needed to serve both interests.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Puerto Armuelles

From the internet:
Puerto has one of the most scenic ocean walks and has had plenty of history when Chiriqui Banana Company was there, There is a landing strip, golf course, administrative housing and a funky ocean front town. It also has plenty of crime since the company left and the unemployment rate went up and drugs became a plague there. Things could change if they fixed up the port.

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected the company Nathan Associates to develop, within three months, a business model to develop the port.

The project will include analysis and identification of the potential to attract investors to the market.
According to Prensa.com, “… this development plan … seeks to identify viable options for creating business opportunities and alternatives for intermodal transport and logistics systems … .”
Jorge Barakat, manager of AMP stated”… that over these months, international companies and diplomatic missions have shown interest on the part of companies from their countries in participating in the development project of Puerto Armuelles and others which will soon be implemented by the AMP … “
Source: Prensa.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

American Society in Panama

American Society in Panama, if you are in Panama, American & not a member, consider joining:

        The American Society of Panama
       “2015 Grand Panama Gala & Art Auction” Committee

Dear Members of The American Society of Panama:

The American Society of Panama “2015 Grand Panamá Gala & Art Auction” Committee has begun their campaign to ask for donations for their live art auction and silent auction to be held on Saturday August 22, 2015.  This very special and exclusive event includes some of Panama’s best artistic talent and will be hosted at the prestigious Residencia 107, in Ancon where the Administrator of the Panamá Canal Authority resides. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will support the charities & scholarships sponsored by the American Society of Panamá.  We hope that you will assist us with a generous contribution.

 Thanks to the generosity of our members last year, our fund raising gala was so successful that we were able to double the number of scholarship for 2015. We have set an ambitious goal to raise $20,000 for our charitable and scholarship programs this year.

Much work has already been done and some key volunteers have stepped forward to head up committees.  There is a lot of work to do in preparation for the event and we are counting on your support.

As of today we have 38 items for the silent auction.  We are putting them in 10 categories of:  Travel, Entertainment, Sports, Food and Wine, Home and Office, Health and Beauty, Fashion and Jewelry, Arts and Handcrafts, Memorabilia and Collectibles, and Cooking lessons, Hosting a party or dinner, etc.

We are asking you to help with donations to this silent auction.  You probably have skills or items to donate that you aren’t even aware that you have. Can you bake a cake or special dessert for a party; cater a small diner party, lunch, or picnic. How about make an interesting pillow or quilt, provide a service (Spanish lessons, computer repair, decorate for a party, give art classes, or sing for a group).  Or you can approach your favorite restaurants that would be willing to donate dinner-for-two gift certificates.  Or you can ask your favorite store for a contribution, an item of value that can be used in the auction.  You will be surprised, many are willing to donate towards a worthy cause, someone just has to approach them and ask.

Please also let us know if you will be making a donation or know someone you can contact and ask for a donation in one of the 10 categories listed above.  We of course also accept cash.

Volunteers are still needed:  If you have knowledge in a specific area or just want to help out in any way you can, either in advance of the event and/or on the day itself, please review the following committees and tell us what you’d like to do by sending an email to American.society.panama@gmail.com and indicate what committee you could help:

(1)    Artists & Artwork, (2) Finance, (3) Marketing, (4) Administration, (5) Live Auction, (6) Silent Auction, (7) Sponsorship/Gifts or (8) help on the day of the event, August 22nd.      

Remember all contributions to the American Society of Panamá are tax deductible in the Republic of Panamá. The American Society of Panamá with R.U.C. 3482-2-12829 DV86 is inscribed and registered according to Resolution 201-108 de 16 enero 2006 as a non-profit organization entitled to receive donations which the donor may deduct from taxes.

Thank you for your support.

Nicholas W. Polit

President
--
The American Society of Panama
"Americans and Friends United Abroad"
american.society.panama@gmail.com
www.amsoc.org

Sunday, June 14, 2015

4th of July Party sponsored by The American Society of Panama at the Sheraton Hotel - Convention Center

From the American Society of Panama:
4th of July Party sponsored by The American Society of Panama at the Sheraton Hotel - Convention Center
Please obtain your tickets for the upcoming
4th of July party at the Sheraton.
Join us Saturday 4th of July at our
Independence Day Festivities
Sponsored by
The American Society of Panama
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
The American Society of Panama
4th of July Celebration
Sheraton Hotel – Atlapa Convention Center
American and Friends United Abroad
ENJOY A FAMILY AND GETAWAY DAY WITH THE AMERICAN EXPATS IN PANAMA FROM 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM – POOLSIDE RESTAURANTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AREA.
KIDS -FREE ENTRY UNDER 6 YEARS!
EXTEND YOUR STAY AT THE ALOFT HOTEL – DISCOUNTED RATES AVAILABLE CONTACT INFO@SAVVYLINK.NET LIMITED SPACES, BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TODAY AT http://www.amsoc.org
Donations towards events
Inquiries: Keila 6033-6563 or Cedric 6612-5663 and American.society.panama@gmail.com
9:00 AM –6:00 PM
DONATIONS:
$30pp members
$45pp non-members
For American BBQ Buffet
From 11:30 am to 2 pm Add $10pp for all day pool access.
CASH BAR.
Apartado Postal 0843-00166
Panama, Rep. de Panama
Cell 1.507.6747-6762
Visit our website for more information: www.amsoc.org
Obtain your tickets from one of the members listed or visit our websitehttp://www.amsoc.org
and go to Donations towards events for online reservation via credit card.
Mark Scheinbaum 6788-4580 Caridad Aguilar 6617-8581
Charlotte Pierce 6527-8906 Eunice Greaves 6616-1896
Itzel de DeVaney 230-6459 Lee Lukes 6678-5320
Hari Singh 6758-9854 Cedric Gittens 6612-5663
Nick Polit 6238-8743 Keila Mulero 6033-6563
Jorge Estemac 221-1292 Scott Crystal 6611-8993
Frank Atteberry 6673-6788 Richard Mehrer 6657-5806
Eunice Greaves 229-4009 & 6616-1896
Dr. Charly Garcia Dental Clinic or 6618-8877
“Promises” – Calle 74E San Francisco 270-7457
Coronado Beach Area – Clemencia Kelley-Watson 6682-1472
American Society cell phone 6747-6762
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The American Society of Panama
"Americans and Friends United Abroad"
Americans And Friends United Abroad
AMSOC.ORG

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder - Outreach in David, Panama June 2015

From the U.S. Embassy in Panama:
Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder - Outreach in David, Panama June 2015
The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to remind U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN FEDERAL BENEFITS SERVICES BELOW.
We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. We will offer the following services:
- Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)
- Passport Renewal (adults and minors)
- Lost or Stolen Passports
- Notarization
- Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at:http://registertovote.org/index.html)
IMPORTANT NOTICE
1. Please bring 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:
- Proof of life forms will NOT be processed during this outreach event
- Applications for Social Security Benefits (visit the following link for the list of required supporting documents:http://panama.usembassy.gov/benefits.html)
- 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

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Play information at the St. Luke's Church in Ancon

From the internet:

Cantus Panamá
presents
A Solstice Serenade

Sunday, 21 June 3 pm
Suggested donation: $10
Tickets available at the door

St. Luke’s Cathedral
Ancon


Monday, June 1, 2015

U.S. Navy League in Panama monthly event


U.S. Navy League in Panama:

Next NL Dinner -- Briant Dominici --- Snakes in Panama...
Hello,

Welcome to June!

This month, we are fortunate to have Sr. Briant Dominici joining us for a little talk on snakes. As in the kind you do not want to meet on a personal basis -- but if you do unexpectedly meet, what's next? 

Given the wonders of roaming around our fair country, this will be a good thing to know.

Our speaker is a graduate of the University of Panama with a BS in Biology and a major in Zoology. He's led many ecological tours to places such as:

- San Blas Archipelago

- Isla Iguana

- Cerro Punta-Volcán

- Las Perlas Archipelago 

- Cerro Azul

- Ecological Paths in: Parque Nacional Soberanía, Parque Internacional de la Amistad, Parque Natural Metropolitano, Parque Nacional de Portobelo.

- Costa Arriba and Costa Abajo in Colón

- El Valle de Antón

- Santa Fe de Veraguas

He currently spends his working hours as an Executive Vice President of Business Support at Capital Bank. 

Please do plan on joining us on June 9th for our monthly dinner. As always, let us know by noon Monday the 8th if you plan on attending.

Time: 7:00 pm 
Place: Hotel Le Meridien
$30 p.p. including a glass of wine

Kind regards,

Hunter N. Schultz
President
Navy League Panama
navy.league.panama@gmail.com