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Founded March 1, 2001

Volume 2, No.7 MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2002
Published semi-monthly on the 1st and 15th

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This is the first in a series of maps of Panama to be presented as a matter of information. From the Editor‟s Desk Several inquiries are being received reference subscription renewals. I trust that these will reply to some of your questions:
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NEWS BRIEFS AND INFORMATION ITEMS
 BRIEF STATISTICS: Traffic Statistics as of March 15: 97 deaths from traffic accidents in 91 days. 631 cases of malaria have been detected in the entire republic for this year. Of these, 400 are in province of Bocas del Toro, most of them in Changuinola and Guabito sectors.  La Presidenta Mireya Moscoso y el Presidente de los EEUU George W. Bush se reunieron en El Salvador. Bush proclamó las ventajas que acuerdo de libre comercio con su país traería a Centroamérica. Prometió nombrar próximamente un embajador a Panamá.  The Social Security 13th Month Bonus payment (Décimo Tercer Mes), corresponding to the period December 6 through April 15, is due on April 15.  El jueves 21 de marzo, el prominente abogado José Javier Rivera, 48 años, de la firma Rivera, Bolívar y Castañeda, salió electo presidente de la Cámara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura de Panamá, período 2002-2003. Rivera es el primer negro en ocupar ese puesto.
José Javier Rivera Presidente George Bush y la Presidenta Mireya Moscoso

 Vehicle license plates included in the enumeration below are due for vehicle registration (entrega de calcomanías) during the month of April:
Ancon 041666-047220 Betania 078334-079444 225650-226735 226851-227043 227102-227117 227301-227437 227446-227453 Parque Lefevre 104999-111664 Plaza Concordia 168332-176108 213624-215769

 Cédulas, which will expire between January and June 2003, are being renewed in the month of April, free of charge. These may be renewed either at the main office of the Civil Registry or at El Dorado branch. The objective is to have all cédulas renewed. Contact 225-9414.  En las últimas semanas ha habido varios temblores en el territorio panameño. El sábado 16 de marzo 5.4 grados en la Escala de Richter y el domingo 17 de marzo 3.7 grados, ambos en la provincia de Panamá y el 26 de marzo 4.2 grados en la provincia de Chiriquí.  Panamá espera este año la llegada a sus puertos en el Pacífico y Atlántico de unos 180,000 turistas a borde de cruceros de lujo, en su mayoría estadounidenses y canadienses.  On March 20, there was an increase of 15 cents on gasoline prices. The average price of gasoline in Panama is now $1.80 per gallon.

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 La Santa Sede nombró al Obispo Rómulo Emiliani (de 54 años) obispo auxiliar del Arzobispado de San Pedro Sula, Honduras. El obispo panameño tuvo que salir de Panamá tras recibir amenazas de muerte por las denuncias que hacía contra los grupos insurgentes que operan en la frontera con Colombia y el contrabando de armas. Emiliani llega hoy a Panamá donde permanecerá el mes de abril y los primeros días de mayo viajará a Honduras para ocupar su nuevo cargo.  Ex General Manuel Antonio Noriega, now 66 years, was recently in the news. Noriega, who is serving a 30-year sentence for drug trafficking in a Miami detention center, will be eligible for parole in five years, and has expressed the desire to return to Panama.  Information: Pope John Paul II had to limit his participation in Holy Week and Easter services, due to failing health. The Pope is suffering from arthrosis (a joint disease) in one of his knees. Pope John Paul II, who turns 82 in May, became pontiff in 1978. He suffers from Parkinson's disease and has had difficulty walking since a 1994 hip surgery.  The new Ambassador of Barbados to Panama, the Honorable Michael I. King, presented his credentials to President Mireya Moscoso on March 13. He and his wife, Jacqueline, recently hosted a reception at the Caesar Park Hotel. Ambassador King, whose base is Washington, D.C., represents Barbados in the United States, the Organization of American States (OAS), and is the non-resident ambassador for Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Central America. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and German, and has expressed his country’s interest in strengthening the cultural ties between the descendants of Barbadians and other West Indians in the Republic Ambassador and Mrs. of Panama. Michael King
 Information: Effective April 8, 2002, American citizens residing or traveling abroad who require issuance of a U.S. passport will be issued the latest, state-of-the-art passport incorporating a photodigitized image and other enhanced security features. U.S. Embassies and Consulates will achieve this goal by transferring the passport issuance function to a domestic U.S. passport facility. This will increase processing times at some U.S. Embassies and Consulates, but the Department is committed to ensuring that American citizens receive secure documents in a timely manner. American citizens are encouraged to apply early for renewal of expiring passports. U.S. Embassies and Consulates will continue to issue passports in emergency cases. Such passports will be limited in validity, and cannot be extended. Bearers will be required, however, to exchange their limited validity passports for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of their emergency travel, both through passport facilities in the U.S. and U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. For more information contact Aura de Córdova at 207-7275.

 Information: Due to declining business and hundreds of millions of dollars in costs from the terror attacks last year, the U.S. Postal Service has announced a forthcoming increase in first-class mail to 37 cents by June of this year. An exact date will be announced.  Información: Safiya Husaini de 35 años, acusada de adulterio, se salvó de una muerte a pedradas en Nigeria, tras obtener la absolución de un tribunal islámico, en gran medida gracias a la presión internacional.

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 El año 2001 fue uno de los peores para la prensa en el mundo, con un balance de 37 periodistas asesinados en el ejercicio de la profesión y 118 en prisión, según un informe anual del Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ) con sede en Nueva York.  Continúa el Diálogo Nacional para la reactivación de la economía nacional.  Los nueve miembros del Tribunal de Honor y Disciplina del opositor Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), dictaron un fallo unánime para expulsar de este colectivo al legislador Carlos Afú y revocarle su mandato como legislador de la república en el circuito 7-1 de la provincia de los Santos.  Holland has become the first country to legalize euthanasia, the act or practice of permitting the dearth of hopelessly sick or injured individuals.

Persons interested in more detailed report of the local news are welcome to check out Eric Jackson’s Panama News Online, Volume 8, Number 6, March 23-April 12 at the following Web site: http://www.thepanamanews.com

Eric Jackson

CENTENARIO DE LA REPUBLICA DE PANAMA (1903-2003) CENTENARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA (1903-2003)
This segment announces information and activities leading up to Panama’s th grand 100 independence anniversary celebration next year. Logo Centenario de la Alcaldía Logo Centenario del Comité Nacional Comisión del Centenario de la Universidad de Panamá Dr. Alfredo Figueroa Navarro Coordinador Dr. Celestino Andrés Araúz Licdo. Juan Moreno Prof. Pedro Salazar Chambers Prof. Pedro Rivera Comisión del Centenario de la Alcaldía Teófilo Hanono, Aristides Royo, Vicente Pascual, José Chong, Carlos Mendoza (Coordinador), Melva Lowe de Goodin, No fotografiados: Alberto Motta, Samuel Lewis Galindo, Alida de De Lima, Fernando Eleta Almarán, Roberto Tzanetatos, Eloy Alfaro, Ringo Mayani, Uriah Ashley y Manuel Orestes Nieto.

Comité Nacional del Centenario Dr. Manuel Cambra Secretario Ejecutivo Lic. Domingo de Obaldía Licda. Inés de Fernández Licda. Ingrid Rodríguez Arq. Carmela Cardoze Licdo. Pauline Jácome

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Las Damas Unidas Penonomeñas (DUP), Capítulo de Panamá, tiene programado para el jueves 11 de abril un Concierto con el Coro IV Centenario, el cual se llevará a cabo en el Teatro Anita Villalaz. Dicho evento tiene como finalidad recolectar fondos para becar a estudiantes campesinos de las montañas de Penonomé. Para mayor información 230-1995.

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Roy A. Prescod, Brooklyn, New York
Roy A. Prescod, the founder and director of the Roy Prescod Chorale, holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree in voice and music education from New York University. Mr. Prescod has a vocal Carnegie Recital Hall debut to his credit Roy Prescod Chorale and subsequently concretized throughout York City Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His musical activities include teaching, coaching, composing and arranging. He was the choral and vocal teacher at Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented (I.S. 383) in Brooklyn, NY, Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Church, Queens, NY, and an adjunct Roy Prescod professor at Medgar Evers College-CUNY, Brooklyn, NY. He retired June 2001. Ever since its inception in 1979 the Roy Prescod Chorale has been committed to the highest standards of musical performance. Their 23rd annual Spring Concert will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn. For more information contact rap521@aol.com

Marieta Murillo - Panamá
“Hola, mi nombre es Marietta Murillo Silva, nací en Cali Colombia, 23 años de residir en Panamá, signo leo, egresada de la escuela secundaria José A. Remón Cantera, licenciada en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Panamá, he trabajado para el Comando Sur, Panamá Canal Commission y actualmente Autoridad del Canal de Panamá, soy muy espiritual, me muevo en todas las ramas de la Nueva Era, practicante activa del Feng Shui, metafísica, yoga, tai chi, Rei Ki y me encantan las meditaciones con los ángeles. Asidua, fiel y seguidora de la música de Ulpiano Vergara, lugar preferido El Rugido, deporte favorito montar a caballo, me encanta leer y bailar.”

Marieta Murillo

Danny Clarke, Panamá
Daniel ―Danny‖ Clarke is a Certified Public Accountant. He was the first Panamanian Professional Accountant the U.S. Army (U.S. Army Southern Command) trained and employed in 1975. Danny has been working with Tax Service, Inc. (formerly H&R Block) since 1972, at night and on weekends. Danny graduated from the ―Instituto Panamericano‖ (IPA) and continued at Panama National University, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree with specialization in accounting. He did post graduate studies at Panama National University in 1981. He worked as supervisor of the Internal Revenue Section, Supervisory Operating Accountant Assistant Chief, and acted as Chief of the U.S. Army South Office of the Comptroller, Finance and Accounting Division Danny Clark during the years 1979 – 1998 when he retired from Federal Service. When he retired with 31 years of Federal Service, he purchased the majority of the shares of Tax Service, Inc. Currently he is senior tax consultant and advisor of Tax Service, Inc. (TSI). U.S. and Panama tax reporting is available from Tax Service, Inc. located on La Boca Road, Building 792X. Tel. 314-1001/228-1404. March 30 was Panama’s deadine, and April 15 is the U.S. deadline for filing and paying without interests.

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FROM OUR E-MAILBOX:
Letters and comments about the CyberNews are welcomed and encouraged. Comments should be kept brief. “Thanks to those of you who have written.” Hi Carmela: We really appreciate your work and enjoy reading the news. It's been a joy to be able to receive hometown news in such a complete form. The following is something that came to me one morning at 6:30 a.m. while lying in bed. Hope you like it.

Mort Jordan

(USA)

Editor’s Note: ―Hope you like it‖ is an understatement….I LOVE IT! I am deeply moved by the kind of expressions of support received from all of you. This one has won a distinguished honor and a very special place in my heart. Thanks, Mort

Carmela Your Brilliant Endeavors led to Researching News Everyone Wanted...especially Statesiders

Hola Carmela: Te escribo para agradecerte pues gracias al CYBERNEWS, puede resolver un problema que tenia. Resulta que he bajado considerablemente de peso y toda la ropa me quedaba grande. Hoy vino a mi casa la señora DANIA ESPINOSA, quien puso un anuncio en tu periódico y he quedado fascinada pues me a entallado a la perfección y puedo volver a usar mi ropa. Gracias nuevamente.

Yvonne Beech de Cajar

(Panama)

Editor’s note: I am repeating the ad on (dressmaker) Dania Espinosa, under Sales and Service in this issue, for those of you who may have missed it. She is exceptionally good with adjustments, and charges reasonable. Hola Carmela, Me encanta leer las opiniones de tus “subscribers.” Hay de todo como debe ser. Pero en la mayoría se puede notar la satisfacción que sienten con tus publicaciones. CONGRATULATIONS. Yo soy una de tus admiradoras y aprecio mucho ese esfuerzo que haces. Me interesó mucho el artículo de Mujeres Colonenses en Camino (MUCEC), "Center for Women of Colon Walking together. Que lástima me dio cuando leí que nadie había donado nada. Espero que esta segunda vez si dé resultado... al menos conmigo si resultó. Hay que ayudar a esas hermanas que hacen tanto por las personas necesitadas.

Carmen Martino (Panama)
Hi Carm, I finally got around to reading the results of the survey. I was just amazed at some of the suggestions you received…‖more research, more features, bilingual…‖ I bet most people do not realize that you are the “one-person” production staff of the CyberNews.

C.L.
Hola Carmela, Felicitaciones por su aniversario del CyberNews. Good job!

(USA)

Ruth Colley Richards (Panama)
Hi Carm, I read your most recent bio section and of course what grabbed my attention were the young classical artist you profiled. It is gratifying to know that there are some of our young people out there who excelling in that particular art form. Bravo to you and them.

Roy Prescod (USA)

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SOCIALES
 John Stratmann and Lucía Silvestre recently exchanged marriage vows at the San Francisco Roman Catholic Church in Panama. Following the ceremony a wedding reception was held at the Marriott Hotel. Stratmann is a retired Panama Canal employee.
John & Lucia Stratmann

 Birthday Celebrations April 1-15:
(Subscribers are welcome to submit birthdays of relatives and friends) BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Iris Jones Murrain (center) is surrounded by her Pearl Spencer Evelyn (Panama) – March 31 five children and most of her 27 grands and greatgrands, who gathered on Feb. 20 to celebrate and Eileen Coparropa (USA) – March 31 th April 4 – Shirley Semper (Panama) April 5 – Narcia Charles (Panama) April 7 – Jose Dawkins (Panama) April 8 – Cynthia Brown Franklin (USA) April 11 – Sonia Barnett (Panama) April 11 – Yvonne Burgess (Panama) April 13 – Dominga Watson (Panama) April 13 – Ellen Greaves (Panama) April 13 – Melva Lowe de Goodin (Panama) Check out this Web site to search for the birthday of a stateside (U.S.) relative or friend: http://www.anybirthday.com

surprise her for her 80 birthday. Iris, a retired nurse, was born in La Boca and is a former resident of Paraíso. She now resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Her son, William Murrain (attorney-at-law) is a CyberNews subscriber.

Melva Lowe de Goodin

Shirley Semper

An opportunity for sharing via cyberspace

CyberSharing allows us to share with fellow subscribers either a service or a tangible item, which is FREE. This column also serves to announce local charities or organizations in need, for persons interested in donating to or sharing with those who are less fortunate  Subscriber Patricia Chan works with an organization that seeks homes or shelters for homeless animals. If you are interested in adopting a pet, FREE OF COST, contact the animal shelter in Juan Diaz at 233-6401. Additionally, persons with pets who wish to have them sterilized, may contact Dra. Herrera at 261-2470 or Dra. Guajardo at 261-3300. Patricia Chan, may be contacted at patriciagato@hotmail.com

Adopt-a-Pet

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Panamanian-Jamaican-Caribbean-American, Incorporated (PAJACAM) is an organization based in New York. Among the charities they support is the Bella Vista Girls Home, (Hogar de Niñas de la Capital) which is an orphanage now located in Las Cumbres, Panama City. PAJACAM is carrying out an arduous labor of love, but they are in need of donations to continue this work. Selwyn King is president and Lilias Edwards-Douglas is secretary. Donations are welcome at the following address: PAJACAM, 224-21 Merrick Boulevard, PMB 1067, Laurelton, NY 11413 (718) 712-3054, or contact pajacam@hotmail.com

Ruben Sanguillen, 46, former employee of DEH (Corozal), passed away suddenly at his home in Pedro Miguel on Sunday, March 17. He was very active in the “movimiento cooperativista” Funeral service was held on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Paraíso. Survivors include his wife Elvia Colona de Sanguillen, two sons Abdell and Francois, as well as other relatives and loved ones. Xenia Serbinio passed away suddenly on March 30 in Washington, DC, where she resided for over 20 years. She was a former resident of Pedro Miguel and 1974 graduate of Paraíso High School. Funeral service and burial is scheduled for April 6 in Washington, DC. Survivors include her husband Clarence Ellis II, three children: Arien Agosta Brown, Tomas Ellis III, and Torian Bernard Ellis; parents Bernard and Rita Serbinio; sisters Norma Smith and Candelaria Magee (USA); brothers Roberto and Lorenzo Serbinio; nieces, nephews, an aunt, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.
Xenia Serbinio

Vilma Martinez, 46, passed away on March 28 following a brief illness. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 12 noon at Iglesia San Judas Tadeo in Juan Diaz. She is survived by her parents, her three children Roy Sullivan Jr., Ariatne and Anays Sullivan; sisters Gladys and Elena; brothers Carlos and Bertito. Burial will take place in Corozal Cemetery. Howard Spalding, 83, fundador de la Federación Nacional de Tenis y ex-empleado de AcetiOxigeno, falleció el martes 26 de marzo. Las honras fúnebres se llevarán a cabo hoy lunes 1de abril a las 11 a.m. en la Iglesia Santísima Trinidad, entrada de Betania. Le sobrevive su hijos Rafael Spalding (jubilado de la Comisión del Canal), Ricardo Spalding, su hijas Melissa de Balcázar y Teresa Spalding; dos hermanos Albert Spalding (Guatemala) y Edgard Spalding (Florida); varios nietos, nietas, sobrinas y sobrinos. Su hermano Rev. John Spalding falleció en diciembre de 2001. Erma Avis Lambert, 84, passed away on March 12 at Hogar Atlántico in Colon after a brief illness. She was a well-known dressmaker, who also taught the skill to many young ladies. Her husband Alston Lambert, who owned a printing shop in Guachapali, predeceased her 40 years ago. She was the mother of three children: Alston Lambert (an accomplished pianist), Una and Sheila Lambert. They all predeceased her. The funeral was held at the Rio Abajo Methodist Church on Monday, March 18, with burial at ―Jardín de Paz‖ Cemetery.

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Después de una larga enfermedad, el General Bolívar Vallarino, 85, quién fue el último jefe de la Guardia Nacional antes del golpe militar de 1968, falleció el 17 de marzo. Las honras fúnebres se realizaron el 19 de marzo en el Santuario Nacional del Corazón de María. Le sobrevive su esposa Irma Strunz de Vallarino, sus hijos Irma Vallarino de Motta, Juan David Morgan, Bolívar Vallarino Jr., Jorge Vallarino e Iván Vallarino, sus hermanos Carlota Vallarino viuda de Arosemena, Rafael Vallarino y varios otros familiares. Information: Queen Elizabeth, mother of Queen Elizabeth II of England passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 30. She was 101 years. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 9 in Westminster Abbey. She will be interred next to her late husband King George VI, who died 50 years ago. For more details visit the official Web site of the British Monarchy: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page1.asp

 Monday, April 1 – April Fools Day.  Lunes 1 de abril – Aniversario de FETV Canal 5 (10 años).  Abril 1-5 La Organización Panamericana de la Salud y la Organización Mundial de la Salud, capítulo de Panamá, invitan a la Feria de Libros Palatex, que se realizará en el Edificio 261 del Ministerio de Salud, segundo piso, Ave. Gorgas. Para mas información llame al los teléfonos 262-0030 y 262-8328.

 Miércoles 3 de abril - Luis Arteaga (voz) y Dino Nugent (piano) se presentan todos los miércoles en el Restaurante “Pencas” ubicado en la entrada de la Calzada de Amador.  Wednesday, April 3 – 3:30 p.m. The monthly meeting of AJUFEP (Asociación de Jubilados Federales de Panamá) will be held at the Bristol Hotel. Any retiree from the U.S. Federal Government is welcome to attend. The meeting will take the form of a ―Tea‖ with a special menu and musical entertainment. Cost is $10. For reservations, please contact Lily Sagel at 236-1481, Emma Mendieta at 224-7015 or Felicia Myers at myers@sinfo.net  Thursday, April 4 – United Nations World Health Day – Commemorating the establishment of the World Health Organization in 1948.  Jueves 4 de abril – Presentación de los 13 concursantes de “Mister Panama 2002”, organizado por la agencia de modelaje, Panamá Talents y celebrado por primera vez en Panamá. La elección final será el 4 de mayo.  Jueves 4 de abril – 7 p.m. Chica y Chico Modelo 2002 se realizará en el antiguo Club Unión en el Casco Viejo, con la participación de los grupos Sin Bandera, Os Almirantes y El Rockie.  Abril 5-28 – 8 p.m. El Grupo Yorick/Nuevo Teatro presenta EL SORTEO, dirigido por Edgar Soberón Torchía en el Teatro La Cúpula. Domingos 4 p.m. y 8 p.m. Valor del boleto $10.

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 Sábado 6 de abril – 6:30 p.m. La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional en Concierto “Armonía Bajo Las Estrellas” se presentara por primera vez en el Club Ecuestre del Coronado Hotel and Resort. Donación de $15 incluye una copa de vino y entremeses. Boletos en venta en las oficinas de Coronado en Panamá, la Mansión Danté y la recepción del Hotel Coronado.  Sunday, April 7 – Information: Daylight Saving Time begins (clocks forward one hour).  Sunday, April 7 – 5:30 a.m. A day transit (boat ride) through the Panama Canal is being sponsored by the ―Cooperatives‖ in the Canal area (Paraíso, Gamboa and Cristobal). Cost is $50 per person. For more information or for reservations, please contact 232-4492 or coop_paraiso@cwp.net.pa  April 7, 10 and 16 – 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Reverend Reinaldo Toppin, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Paraíso: Sunday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. An Evening of Music, Praise and Worship; Wednesday, April 10 – 6 p.m. An Evening of Fellowship and Prayer; Tuesday, April 16 – 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Service. Contact 232-4654.  April 10-24 Flower and Orchid Fair in Boquete, Chiriquí.  Jueves 11 de abril – 7:30 p.m. Sammy y Sandra Sandoval organizan un Mega Concierto titulado “Evolución” en el Teatro Anayansi del ATLAPA.  Abril 11-13 CADE 2002, XXXVI Conferencia Anual de Ejecutivos, auspiciada por la APEDE. El tema es “El Centro Financiero de Panamá en el Siglo XXI: Oportunidades y Competitividad.” El orador de fondo será Enrique Iglesias, el presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). Para mas información yycaza@apede.org  Abril 11-21 La Isla Margarita será sede de la XVI Feria Nacional de Colón que tendrá grandes atractivos en aspectos comerciales, industriales, folclóricos, turísticos, artesanal y agropecuario.  Viernes 12 de abril 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Primer Congreso del Vendedor Profesional Panameño “Venda 2002” en el Hotel El Panamá. Inversión de $159 incluye conferencias, talleres, foro nacional, almuerzo, refrigerios, coctel de clausura, material didáctico, estacionamiento, certificado de participación y suscripciones gratuitas a La Prensa. Infórmese en la página Web: www.universidadcorporativa.com/venda2002  Sábado 13 de abril - 8 p.m. “Ruben Blades en Concierto” en el Hotel El Panamá. Boletos $50 por persona.  14 de abril – Día del Policía, celebrada de acuerdo con la Ley 28 de marzo de 1937, para exaltar la labor, ardua y sacrificada, de los hombres en uniforme, en beneficio de la comunidad.  Domingo 14 de abril – 1 p.m. Lotería Extraordinaria Dominical. Consulta de números se puede hacer en la página Web de la Lotería: http://www.loterianacional.com.pa/

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 Sunday, April 14 – 4 p.m. The Roy Prescod Chorale 23rd Annual Spring Concert will be held at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. This year’s concert will be in memory of the late Reverend Canon John A. Spalding and it will feature Requiem by Fauré. Donation: $20, children under 12 pay $8 at the door. For tickets and further information contact (718) 638-0686 or Roy Prescod at rap521@aol.com  Monday, April 15 – Information: U.S. Income Tax Day.  Lunes 15 de abril – 9 a.m., 2 p.m. y 6 p.m. Seminario Especial de Velas (3 horas) por la Profesora Rita de Rodríguez de Guatemala. El seminario, organizado por Novedades Aileen, incluye el proceso para derretir, temperaturas, aplicación de tintes y aromas, tips y cuidados en el manejo de materias. Costo de $25 incluye material para un proyecto y folleto. Para mas información 223-7459 o correo electrónico nvaileen@cwp.net.pa  Abril 15-30 – 8 p.m. U-Teatro/Tablas presenta la obra de teatro “Miss Panamá, Inc.” dirigida por Marcel Douglas en el Teatro Anita Villalaz. Valor del boleto $10.  Abril 16-19 – 9 a.m., 2 p.m. y 6 p.m. Curso Variado de Velas (4 días, 3 horas diarias) por la Profesora Rita de Rodríguez de Guatemala. El curso, organizado por Novedades Aileen, incluye técnica rayada y combinación de colores, elaboración de figuras para apliques a velas, moldeado de velas, técnica de pantalla. Costo de $80 incluye material y folleto. Para mas información 223-7459 o correo electrónico nvaileen@cwp.net.pa  Viernes 19 de abril – Primer Festival Internacional del Bolero. Panama La Vieja, donación $40. El viernes 20 de abril se repite en el Teatro Balboa (donación $30, $10 y $5).  Saturday, April 20 – 1 p.m. A Memorial Service for the late Reverend John Alvin Spalding will be held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York. An invitation is extended to friends to attend this service from the Spalding Family, Rector Rev. Mervyn Belmontes, the wardens and congregation of St. Gabriel’s and the Memorial Committee.  Sábado 20 de abril – 8:30 p.m. La bailarina de danza moderna contemporánea española Marta Carrasco se presentará en el Teatro Nacional en un espectáculo organizado por la Asociación Cultural Alter Arte (ACAA) de Panamá. Boletos ($20, $10 y $5) de venta en la Librería Argosy. Infórmese en el teléfono: 264-2737 o 223-9324.  Abril 20 y 21 – Curso de Rappel – El Rappel o descenso por cuerda es una de las experiencias más adrenalíticas, que se pueden realizar bajo un alto grado de seguridad, tomando en cuenta el equipo y la instrucción previa. Este pequeño curso teórico – práctico les enseñará historia, tipos de cuerdas y mosquetones, sistemas de descenso, medidas de seguridad, cuidado del equipo y primeros auxilios en el deporte. Costo por persona: miembros $45, no miembros $65. Infórmese llamando a Abdiel Barranco, Club Eco Aventura, tel. 221-9981, 693Curso de Rappel

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 Saturday, April 20 – 8 p.m. Information: Baritone operatic singer Nmon Ford will be featured in concert at Performing Arts Center Sophia B. Clarke Theater, Mt. San Antonio College, 1100 North Grand Avenue, Walnut, California. He will be performing the compositions of Lee Hoiby, Samuel Barder and William Bolcom. General admission $21, senior citizens $15. Nmon will be selling his CD at the Center. A music/performance Master Class will be conducted by Nmon on Friday, April 19. For more information contact the box office at (909) 468-4050 or Web site: http://performingarts.mtsac.edu  Domingo 21 de abril – VI Feria Ecológica del Parque Natural Metropolitano.
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Sunday, April 21 – 4 p.m. The 8th annual “All Male Extravaganza”, sponsored by the Methodist Men’s Commission, will be held at Bishop Clarence Hayes Auditorium on 10 th Street, Parque Lefevre. Donation is $5.00. Contact Emerson McGrinson for tickets at mcwaldo@sinfo.net Lunes 22 de abril – Día Internacional de la Tierra. April 22-26 Administrative Professionals Week (formerly Secretaries Week). Wednesday, April 24 – Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day). Abril 25 – Mayo 5 – Feria Internacional de Azuero, provincia de Los Santos.

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Looking ahead to the month of May…
May 3-6 The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) annual conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Oak Brook in Chicago, Illinois. The theme is “Six Degrees of Success”: Networking - Image Education - Business Savvy - Personal Growth – Fun and Sharpening Your Saw. For details contact tel. (972) 755-1503 or web site www.aici.org Domingo 5 de mayo – 4 p.m. Expomujer y Familia de Colón presenta “Una Tarde de Té Afrocolonial” con un Desfile de Modas por diseñadores Colonenses, en el Centro Episcopal Atlántico Arco Iris. Donación $5. Infórmese con Verónica Dutton dutton_veronica@hotmail.com Mayo 24 y 25 – Segundo Encuentro Nacional Afropanameño organizado por el Centro de Estudios Afropanameños (CEDEAP) en el Auditorio del Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz. Para mayor información 228-9785/2361 ó correo electrónico gmaloneyf@hotmail.com May 24-27 – Sixth annual Panamanian Jamboree Memorial Day Weekend Celebration sponsored by Rogelio ―Ro‖ Fisher in Atlanta, Georgia. Activities include a welcome party, Caribbean carnival, carnival-after party, teen dance party, worship service, tours, and a jamboree dance. The cost of the package is $85 per adult and $45 per child. The host hotel is the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. For more information check out the Web site at http://www.come.to/panjam or contact ―Ro‖ Fisher at (866) 761-1626 or e-mail: pan_jam@hotmail.com May 24-27 Second annual Panamanian Heritage Celebration presented by the Panamanian Heritage Society USA at Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cost for package is $100 per person (include welcome reception, oldies but goodies dance, workshops,

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family and friends team activities, lunch and poolside party, Caribbean dance, worship service, souvenirs and parking. Event registration deadline is April 15. For more information contact (718) 531-7556 or e-mail reunionevents@aol.com  Sunday, May 26 – 9 p.m. Panamanian Leo McNally and Associates present a Pre-Memorial Day Dance Party at Shatto Banquet Hall in Los Angeles, California. Music by DJ Digit System (Papo and Carlito) with special attraction from Atlanta ―Peckito and his Orchestra Taboga‖. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact Leo McNally at (323) 291-5844.

 May 31-June 30 The 17th World Cup competition in soccer will open in Seoul, Korea on May 31
and the world championship team will be crowned in Yokohama, Japan on June 30. For more information visit the official web site: www.fifaworldcup.com

PLANNING AHEAD
 Sábado 1 de junio – 6 p.m. El Segundo Festival de la Etnia Negra, con folclor, buffet gastronómico, desfile de modas por diseñadores panameños y música bailable, se realizará en el Auditorio del Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal, Calle 10, Parque Lefevre. Boletos preventa $12, día del evento $14. Para mas información sírvase comunicarse con Martha Olton en el 233-5188, 2669343, 233-6221 o el correo electrónico martha27@sinfo.net

 Saturday, June 15 – 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Class of „62 Rainbow City High School 40th Anniversary
Reunion to be held at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Hotel, located on 333rd Street in Brooklyn. Attire is semi-formal and donation is $100. Contact (718) 997-7572.  July 3-7 Panama Canal Society of Florida annual Reunion The reunion includes dances, discos, luncheon and a golf tournament. If you plan on attending this reunion, you must be a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida or a registered guest of a member. For more information contact toll free number: 1-866-726-2262. Interested vendors are asked to contact panamachica13@hotmail.com For more information visit the PCS Web site at: www.pancanalsociety.org July 4-7 Second annual “Panama Style” Reunion in Orlando, Florida sponsored by Sandra (Kiki) Holder-Lockwood. Activities scheduled for the Ramada Resort (7400 International Drive) include a poolside party/picnic, Universal Studios City Walk, a Red Top Dance and a Despedida Sunday Dinner-Fiesta. For more information contact telephone (407) 363-1866, pmastyle118@aol.com or Web site www.agapemall.copm/panamastyle.htm July 5-7 The 17th Annual Panamanian Friendship Reunion presented by NPFR, Inc., will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Events will include a Welcome Dance, a Golf Tournament, a Family Outing, a Fiesta Caribeña, a Noche de Toldo, and a Dinner-Dance and Show featuring ― El Grupo Niche.‖ Registration deadline is June 1. For more information cal toll free: (866) 294-3132, e-mail npfr2000@aol.com or visit the web site www.panamanianreunion.org August 24-31 – Paraíso High School Class of ‟63 Reunion in New York. The theme is ―39 years of unity.‖ Cost of total package is $350 per person and it includes a welcome reception, a church service and buffet brunch, a trip to Tamiment resort, Poconos, a picnic and a farewell dinner dance. Contact Elena Whittaker at (718) 493-1689.

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September 7-14 ISILAV TRAVEL 7-Day Cruise. Sail from New York City aboard the ―Fun Ship‖ Carnival Triumph and experience a new world of cruising with an outdoor entertainment area, four swimming pools, seven whirlpools, a 214-foot spiral waterslide, 18 bard and lounges, superb dining, Las Vegas-style Revues and a complete Nautical SPA. For more information contact Eneida Shan at (718) 221-2576 or e-mail lydiap1@prodigy.net October 27-November 3 Class of ’62 PHS 7-day luxury-vacation Caribbean Cruise (to U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados), departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico on the Royal Caribbean’s Mega Ship. Contact Alfredo Inniss at (718) 712-4932 or Cynthia Lowe at cynilowe@juno.com

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 October 31-November 3 La Sociedad Panameña de Port Charlotte 11th annual Independence
Celebration in Miami, Florida. Activities are scheduled for the Hotel Radisson Mart Plaza (711 N.W. 72nd Avenue) and they include a welcome party, a folkloric show with dinner and dance, a picnic, and an ecumenical church service. Deadline for registration is August 31. For more information please contact Rogelio or Cleo Manning at (941) 629-4483 or e-mail: rogric30@earthlink.net

SPoRTS
 Pedro “Rockero” Alcázar, campeón mundial de boxeo de los pesos supermoscas, reaparecerá el 19 de abril en la Arena Panamá Al Brown de Colón ante el pugilista costarricense Roberto Estrada.  Playa Venao, en la provincia de Los Santos, será sede de la cuarta fecha del Ranking Nacional de Surf que se disputará el 20 y 21 de abril.

POTPOURRI
 Ironically, the famous Panama Hats are not made in the Republic of Panama. They are made in Ecuador, in the town of Montecristi Panama, and are therefore named after the town from which they came. They are woven over a period of several months from the Toquilla Palm Leaf grown in Ecuador’s coastal lowlands.
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 Panamanian Folkloric Shows: RESTAURANTE TINAJAS – Folkloric shows on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., located in Bella Vista, 51st Street, No. 22. For reservations contact telephone 263-7890. HOTEL PLAZA PAITILLA INN – Folkloric shows on Wednesdays only at 8 p.m. For reservations contact telephone 269-1122 (ext. 7192).
Folkloric Shows

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La Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) ofrece empleo a estudiantes entre el 27 de mayo y el 31 de agosto. Solicitudes se podrán retirar en el Edificio 706, Balboa (de lunes a viernes), y en el Edificio 215, Gatún (lunes, miércoles y vienes). Las solicitudes se aceptarán hasta el viernes 26 de abril. Errol and Andrea Dunn invite you to discover Panama via ABSA TROPICS, their ground transport services with bilingual tourist guides for executives and tourists. They have organized tours, airport transfers, special trips to Colon Free Zone, National Parks and Museum, Eco Canal, Panama Mountain Range, Iindigenous Culture, Central Provinces, San Lorenzo Fort, Beaches and Folkloric Nights. For more information contact 277-3702/4087, fax 277-3702 or e-mail andreapty@hotmail.com Check out the following Web site for personalized photo keepsakes, custom wine labels, personalized candle favors, wedding favors, birth announcements custom wrapped around Hershey‟s chocolate: www.heresheis.com

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 Nyla Morrison, a university graduate residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, has asked to share the following inquiry: ―I am researching my maternal great uncle’s family in Panama. . His surname is Wentt. Father was Frederick from Guyana. Does anyone have information on the Wentts in Panama? Please reply to nymorr@isomedia.com  Dania de Espinosa, Modista-a-Domicilio, tiene una máquina de coser portátil para coser en su casa o sino también ella las puede llevar a la casa de ella para coser o hacer reparaciones. Es una persona seria, responsable y muy profesional; y sobre todo, su trabajo está garantizado. La pueden localizar en el teléfono 267-9286. Dania es recomendada por Carmela de Gobern, goberncl@sinfo.net  Check out the following Panamanian-related web pages: SearchHotels.com offers online hotel reservations and accommodations for lodging in Panama. Check out the Web site: http://www.searchhotels.com/pa/panama_city/index.html  El Parque Nacional Sarigua, ubicado en la península de Azuero, es la zona mas seca del arco seco de Panamá. Este territorio fue declarado Parque Nacional en 1984. Visite la página Web: http://www.panamaride.com/html/sarigua.html Nuestros Parques Nacionales son: La Amistad, Bastimentos, Omar Torrijos Herrera, Soberanía, Portobelo, Chagres, Camino de Cruces, Campana, Darién, Sarigua, Cerro Hoya, Volcán Barú, Golfo de Chiriquí y la Isla Coiba. The following Web site is a reunion of military members of a group who lived and worked in Panama in the 70s. They call themselves Panama Reunion and you may recognize some names and faces: http://www.yourtravelsource.com/Panama/panama.html  Un satélite yanqui se dañó. La NASA, al tener dificultades para repararlo,
decide poner un anuncio en Internet buscando un profesional que hiciera. En busca del trabajo, llegan un ruso, un chino y un lo panameño.

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Un científico de la agencia le pregunta al ruso: "¿Cuánto dinero necesita para hacer la reparación?" "Dos millones de dólares". "¿Y por qué?" "Porque iremos al espacio a buscar el satélite; lo repararemos aquí, en la tierra, y luego lo volveremos a poner en órbita". Luego el profesional le pregunta al chino: Y usted, ¿cuánto dinero necesita? "Un millón de dólales". "¿Y por qué?" "Polque ilemos a repalalo allá mismo. Luego de repalalo nos relesalemos a la tierra.‖ Por último, el perito le pregunta al panameño: "Y usted, ¿cuánto necesita?" "Tres millones de dólares". "¿Y por qué tanto?", pregunta asombrado el experto. El panameño contesta: "Usted se queda con un millón. Yo me quedo con otro millón. ¡Y le damos un millón al chino para que haga la reparación!"

Tips on Etiquette
FAMILY ETIQUETTE
Family members should make a special point of being polite to one another. Every family has certain things it doesn’t wish discussed or even mentioned in public. It may be a financial matter, it may be about an illness, or it may be a personal relationship, but no one—parents or child—has any right to talk about these things to anyone. Privacy is very important in a family relationship. Diaries and letters should never be opened or read without the owner’s permission. Listening in on a family member’s telephone conversation violates every rule of decent behavior. Build up your family to other people. No one admires a person who constantly criticizes his relatives, and since you are a member of the family, your remarks reflect on you too. Say good morning to each member of your family when you first see him (or her) in the morning. Dinnertime may be the only hour of the day when your family is together; you should therefore help to make it as pleasant as possible by keeping the conversation on subjects interesting to everyone. Everyone needs to be alone at times; however, the privilege of retiring from your family behind a closed or locked door to be alone is scarcely an asset to family harmony, and therefore, should not be overdone. Although borrowing from family members should be done sparingly and always by asking permission first, lending should be done cheerfully. Be generous instead of selfish when a brother or sister needs something you have. When a grandparent comes to live with you, provide him (or her) with a comfortable and attractive surrounding, and shower him with kindness. When appropriate, involve him in family chores so he will be able to feel useful in some way. Wise parents use the family dinner hour as a time to find out what is going on in their children’s daily lives and to expose them to the things of life that they cannot get at school. The dinner hour should be no-nonsense, no interference, very sacred tradition. Everyone should be asked to give an account of his or her day: ―What kind of day did you have?‖ Should be asked around the table with each child contributing, as well as both parents. No one should be allowed to leave the table early because ―there is a great TV program starting tonight.‖

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(Lic.) Carmela Lowe de Gobern
EDITOR, PANAMA CYBERSPACE NEWS E-mail: goberncl@sinfo.net P. O. Box 1388, Panama 9A, Republic of Panama Tel. (507) 314-0398 Fax (507) 314-0012


								
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