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Republicans Abroad At Sanborns

Groups & OrganizationsUSA Expats and Friends of all Nationalities! Republicans Abroad are planning an enjoyable evening watching the last night of the Republican Convention at Sanborns. Two big screen TVs (CNN and FOX) and plenty of good company to launch Romney and Ryan on the last leg of their ride to the WH. Please join us to freely express your thoughts, comments, and irreverences. Parking is excellent and the price is right! Aug 30, Thursday, 8-12pm Happy Hour at Sanborns in Multiplaza. You can show early if you like. Pay at the door. $15 buys you 2 drinks of whatever you want and 3 quesadillas or 3 chicken tacos, peanuts and chicharrones galore. (If you have more you have to pay on your own.) RSVP to: Alice: aiams@hotmail.com
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VA Benefits Briefing - 2 August 2012

Groups & OrganizationsComrades, we have again been invited to the Healthcare Alliance yearly briefing for Veterans at the Hotel Sheraton , 2 August 2012, at 1000 hrs. There will be a representative from the VA there to answer questions as last year. Following the briefing lunch will be served. Don't forget there is Valet service for the disabled and who ever else wants to have it. Parking as you know is limited. Floyd. (VFW)

Editor's Comment: The Sheraton Hotel is next to the Atlapa Convention Center. There will be people from the VA near the door and in the lobby to direct traffic.

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Democrats Abroad Meeting, Saturday 28 July 2012, Balboa Yacht Club, 2:00 pm

Groups & OrganizationsDear friends and members of Democrats Abroad, We have had a busy two weeks since our Saturday monthly/gathering last month. We are busy helping voters register on the Internet on our Facebook page (go to facebookdemocratsabroadPanama); preparing our Democrats and Republicans Abroad BIG DEBATE at the Balboa Union Church on October 7th (a Sunday) at 2 PM; and securing a nice restaurant/meeting place for us to watch President Obama’s victory on election night.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you and hearing your stories of war and peace (guarantee: no speeches) in Spanish or English at our next Saturday “end of month” afternoon shindig at the Balboa Yacht Club (always) Saturday, the 28th of July. Please come at 2 PM, bring a friend or friends (Democrats, or not), and stay as long as you wish. At our last monthly gathering we had 17guests. We’d like to pass that mark on the 28th.

So come on down to the Yacht Club, Cherie, Bill, Cedric, Marilyn, Richard, Vickie, and everyone else.

Remember, politics is just a pretext to meet friends and have fun (and sometimes, even change the world).

Ramona Rhodes, Chair. Phil Edmonston, Vice-Chair. Marcia Henry, Secretary. Mary Raush, Treasurer

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VFW Post 3835 Ladies Auxiliary Received An Award

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi Don. Here is an award that VFW Post 3835 Ladies Auxiliary received in recognition of exceeding the quota for the VFW National Home for Children signed by our Ladies Auxiliary National President, Gwen Rankin. Once again, we want to thank you for publishing our events and big THANKS to the community for supporting us by attending. Every little penny counts! Living by the VFW motto "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living!" Anita Littesy, Secretary, VFW Post 3835 Ladies Auxiliary.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Thanks For Making VFW 3835 Independence Day BBQ at BYC A Success

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received the following this morning via email: "Hi Don...I just want to thank everyone for coming out to our Independence Day BBQ last Saturday at the Balboa Yacht Club! All went very well! The winner of the Rib Cook Off was the "G-Spot Team- Where the Meat is the Most Tender" headed by Gavin Robinson who donated their entire proceeds, which was $350, to VFW Post 3835 and its Ladies Auxiliary. We greatly appreciate this donation to help us with our on-going community projects, as well as helping our veterans and/or family members in need.

Also, a high-five to Pablo LeVier who cooked (smoked) all of the chicken for us. As a matter of fact, for those of you who liked Pablo's chicken, he will be opening a BBQ area, Texas-style, at the Balboa Yacht Club in a couple of weeks.

A reminder to all; VFW Post 3835 has its Service Office in Santa Fe Hospital on the 2nd Floor, room 15. It is opened Monday-Friday from 10:00 am -2:00 pm. The Service Officer is Ed Olds, 391-0640. The service office is available to all veterans and/or family members who may need assistance.

VFW Post 3835 and its Ladies Auxiliary is planning a Veteran's Appreciation Day BBQ after the Veteran's Day Ceremony in November. More details will be given closer to the date.

Anita Littesy"

Editor's Comment: There you go Anita. Doing my bit to help the cause...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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4th Of July BBQ At The Balboa Yacht Club, Rib Cook Off, More (On Saturday, 7 July 2012)

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Update - Don't Forget About The 4th of July VFW BBQ at the BYC - Today. The event starts at 3:00 pm at the Balboa Yacht Club on the Amador Causeway this afternoon, Saturday, 7 July 2012. Here's a challenge for you - make a donation to the Find Yvonne Baldelli fundraising effort and the first beer's on me. See you there...

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - VFW Post 3835 and its Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring their annual 4th of July BBQ, which will be held on Saturday, July 7th at the Balboa Yacht Club. The event will begin at 3:00 and entrance is free. However, BBQ plates which will include BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad and a slice of apple pie will cost $12.00. Also, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, sausage on the stick and apple pie will be sold a la carte.

For more information, contact Anita Littesy 6616-0043 or alittesy@yahoo.com, as well as any VFW Post 3835 or Ladies Auxiliary member for BBQ plate tickets. Please remember that we will be celebrating the 4th on the Saturday, the 7th this year. Also, Balboa Yacht Club will be sponsoring a Rib Cook-Off, on the Saturday, the 7th of July, (entry fee is $25) and the ribs will be sold after the judging...around 5:00. Proceeds from these sales (50%) will be donated to VFW Post 3835 and its Ladies Auxiliary. For more information, contact Anita or Chip, Balboa Yacht Club, 228-5196 or chip@bocasdeltoro.net

As always, we appreciate the community's support with these events, because it allows us to continue with our volunteer projects (e.g. Escuela Nuevo Progreso, Hogar Luisa, Catherine Brown Home, maternity baskets, orphanages and any distress veteran and/or family member). Anita C. Littesy, 6616-0043, 6670-6231



Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Democrats Abroad Monthly Get Together At The Balboa Yacht Club

Groups & OrganizationsDemocrats Abroad Panama (DAP) get-together, the last Saturday of each month @ 3pm, Balboa Yacht Club on Causeway/Amador. Join us for socializing, networking, interesting discussions, NO SPEECHES, and a cold beer (cash bar). Non-members welcomed.
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Houston Texas Kiwanis Donates 65,000 Diapers to Panama Children's Hospitall

Groups & OrganizationsMore than 65,000 disposable diapers collected by The Woodlands Texas (Houston) Kiwanis Club have arrived in Panama. The torrential wind, rain, and electrical storm that pummeled the city on Friday, 8 June 2012 did not deter the Panama Kiwanis volunteers from unloading seven pallets of diapers donated to the "Hospital del Niño" (Children's Hospital) in Panama City. The more than 65,000 Pampers, Huggies, Luvs and other brands of diapers represent more than a three month supply for the hospital.

This effort is part of Woodlands Kiwanis project started in January 2012. The project was coordinated by Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama, and members of the Panama Kiwanis Club pitched in to help with the unpacking of the container. The Maersk container, and transshipment from the port of Manzanillo in Colon via the Panama Canal Railroad to Balboa, were all part of a transportation donation from Crane Worldwide Logistics. Employees of the H E B Supermarket chain in Houston, Texas provided the collection points, wholesale purchasing power, and shrink-wrapped the diapers for loading. Crane Worldwide Logistics loaded them on seven "skids" and paid for all shipping and insurance from Houston to Panama.

Former Kiwanis International President, Dr. Wil Blechman of Miami, founder of the Kiwanis "Young Children Priority One" program, said: "These diapers show what cooperation between clubs, volunteers, and nations can accomplish when there is a will to help kids."

Panama Canal Authority Psychologist Manuel Ruiz, the President of Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama, said "we have regular 'Diaper-Thons' around Panama, at Rey, Super 99, and other locations and it helps the Hospital but this effort allows a reserve supply."

The administrator of the Children's Hospital Dr. Alberto Bissot told reporters "at times our hospital and clinic patients use as many as 25,000 diapers per month, so this is a wonderful and valuable contribution from the Kiwanis."

The donation of Kiwanis diapers came during a mixed news week for the Hospital. On the plus side, superstar Jennifer Lopez and her family foundation donated four medical information units to the hospital. This is a week before her much anticipated Panama concert tour venue. On the downside, and emphasizing the staffing and budget shortages at the Children's Hospital, was a report that overcrowding in the facilities has resulted in 100 too many patients for the Hospital to handle in an optimum manner.

Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama meets 5:30p every Wednesday in their Diablo Heights clubhouse in front of the EDIOACC building ont he first floor next to Supermercado Gourmet. For more information contact Manuel Ruiz, maruiz@kiwaniscanal.org, cell phone 6590-3661. PHOTOS AT: https://www.box.com/s/dcd49e824333a6b0e377 (Press Release)

Editor's Comment: Thank you. very much. The Children's Hospital in Panama City is where the really sick kids end up, poor kids whose parents don't have the money or resources to take them to a private hospital. This is an amazing effort, and it should be applauded. Thanks again...

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Ngäbes Combat Poverty

Groups & OrganizationsWith a view to eradicating extreme poverty and malnutrition in the three areas of the Ngäbe Bugle region, the National Nutrition Program under the slogan "Big Steps" has developed self-sustaining farming projects benefiting some 13,700 indigenous people. One of the main objectives is for the beneficiaries in areas of difficult access to acquire the interest of creating community gardens so they do not have to travel long distances and buy consumer products, which through these farms can be acquired more cheaply. Joseph Honsany, the President of the Foundation for Nutrition, said he was very pleased with the results of the 65 farms that have already been implemented in the region, where many families have participated with a view towards combating the extreme poverty that exists in the region.

How These Farms Operate - They are managed by boards, formed by members of the community from which comes a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, speakers, and more partners. They also have funds which can be used for the purchase of supplies as part of becoming self sufficient. It should be noted that each group receives training in programs of planting vegetables, poultry and aquaculture projects. The main crops are fortified rice and creole rice, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, yucca, avocado, coconut, lemon and Persian lime, mango, bananas, oranges, chickens, tilapia, farmed ducks and African timber trees such as mahogany.

Silvia Carrera, General chieftain of the region, said the project is good, but what is missing is for the local and regional chieftains to join, because there are people who mostly are in agreement, but as in any community work there are people who opposes the development of the region. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: The other day Ursula Kiener Ford posted that, supposedly and according to her, more than 400,000 Panamanians are living on less than $1 dollar per day. That statement caught my attention and I called her on it, because I believed it to be incorrect. I asked her to quote her source for that statistic, and she sent me a link to this report, which I studied last weekend. And in fact it turns out while there are a whole lot of people living in poverty in Panama, I'm right, and she's wrong, based on her source reference. Without going into too much boring detail or the nitty-gritty of the statistics, the poverty level in Panama is generally defined as those living on about $3 per day, while those in extreme poverty are living on about $2 per day. The number of people living on $1 per day in Panama is not addressed anywhere in that report. And, the difference between getting by on $1 per day or $3 per day might not sound like much until it's you who's trying to pull it off. The simple fact is that $3 is 200% more than $1, so yeah, it's a massive difference. Listen - numbers mean things. There are people out there who will be making flat statements such as this and holding them up to be true, when they are not. The people who are poor and starving up in the mountains of the Ngäbe Bugle region are the pockets of extreme poverty in the Republic of Panama. The simple fact of the matter is that they exist where the jobs are not. They protest and block roads in order to prevent development in their region. They want to shut down the types of projects that might offer them opportunities, jobs, employment, and better nutrition for their children. But, for whatever reason, they don't want it. Christ, there's even people who are opposed to this community self sustaining food growing program. Whatever. I guess they have the right to starve themselves to death, if they want, right? Maybe those are the idiots who choose to live on less than $1 per day? Whatever. If I see anyone quoting BS numbers for political reasons I'll call them on it, and ask them to quote the correct stats from a reliable source. Pretty simple, eh? If they can prove their case, I'll buy in. However, that's not what happened this time around.

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Gay Pride 2012 Organizers Announce "Big Pink Egg" Award Nominees

Groups & OrganizationsYesterday the Gay Pride Organizing Committee officially announce the nominees for the 2012 Great Pink Egg award. In case you don't know, the prize is awarded every year to the most homophobic individuals or institutions in Panamanian society. This year the nominees are Marisela Moreno, the President of the Miss Panama Organization; Ricky Dominguez, the Representative of Bella Vista; the National Police (as an institution); the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (as an institution); John Pritsiola, the Editor of the La Critica newspaper; the communicator Miguel Espino Perigault; the journalist Panangel Kouruklis, among others. In response to the announcement Moreno said "I'm not homophobic; what's more, if I win this contest it has no credibility. Anyone who knows me knows I have more gay friends than most gays themselves. This nomination does not bother me in the least," she said. (Dia a Dia)

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