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NOVEMBER 2013 | VOLUME 11 | ISSUE 9

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TELECOMMUNICATION AND ELECTRICITY BROUGHT TO VALLE ESCUDO Fiestas Patrias: Panama Parties All November Long

Bello Cleans Up and Beautifies the Park with Volunteers

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Peculiar Marine Life Mortality in the Caribbean

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THE REBIRTH OF RED FROG BEACH

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TELECOMMUNICATION AND ELECTRICITY BROUGHT TO VALLE ESCUDO

PUBLISHER INFORMATION / INFORMACIÓN EDITORIAL The Bocas Breeze is published monthly in English and Spanish with a circulation of 5,000 free copies distributed at airports, restaurants, retail stores, and local businesses throughout Panama (Bocas del Toro, Panama City, David, Boquete) and Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo, San Jose). The Bocas Breeze is also online at www.TheBocasBreeze.com El Bocas Breeze es publicado mensualmente en inglés y español con una circulación de 5,000 copias gratuitas distribuidas en aeropuertos, restaurantes, tiendas y comercios locales en toda Panamá (Bocas del Toro, Ciudad de Panamá, David, Boquete) y Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo, San José). El Bocas Breeze también está en línea en www. TheBocasBreeze.com Editor / Editora: Casie Dean Published by / Publicado por: Dean Enterprises, S.A. Printed by / Impreso por: Corporacion La Prensa Distribution Managers: J.B. Seligman, Bastimentos/Robert Larson, Bocas, Boquete, David/ Ruben Birkley, Panama City and Caribe Shuttle, Puerto Viejo, San José.

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Upon returning back to the states early this year, founding Floating Doctors crew member Noah Haas began working on a partnering project that would bring cellular networking and solar powered electricity into communities specified by Floating Doctors. Trojan Battery and Wilson Electronics signed on as supporters through equipment donations that would bring power, a cellular repeater, and a cell phone recharging station to a community in one combined system. Floating Doctors identified Valle Escondido, a community that their team works with often, as the first key community to connect! Peace Corp worker Tricia championed the project to her community who came together to build the “telecom house” out of materials native to their island. Tom Duffy, Barb, and Stacy from the Solar Biz in Bocas del Toro signed on to the project by offering their electrical expertise to

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Noah and the Floating Doctors crew. On Sunday, October 13, Noah, the entire Floating Doctors boat crew, and the Solar Biz team packed two pangas full of cellular, solar, and other 21st century equipment and took it to the community of Valle Escondido. This team along with key members of the community worked together all day to fully install the cellular repeater ( which will bring cell phone service to the community and allow for communication into and out of the remote island enabling them to key into the Floating Doctors Emergency response system) the solar panels, and the recharging unit. This amazing team effort is just the first of many that will connect these remote communities not only to one another but to the world outside! A HUGE thanks to Noah Haas, Trojan Batteries, Wilson Electronics, and the Solar Biz for making this happen!

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LLEGA LA TELECOMUNICACIÓN Y LA ELECTRICIDAD

A VALLE ESCUDO

Luego de su regreso a los Estados Unidos a principios de este año, Noah Haas, miembro de la tripulación de Floating Doctors, comenzó a trabajar en un proyecto en conjunto que llevaría red de celular y electricidad a través de paneles solares a las comunidades que Floating Doctors especifique. Trojan Batteries y Wilson Electronics se comprometieron como patrocinadores a través de donaciones de equipos que llevarán energía, una repetidora de celular y una estación de recarga de celulares a una comunidad en un sistema combinado. Floating Doctors identificó a Valle Escondido, una comunidad con la cual su equipo trabaja usualmente, como la primera comunidad clave para conectar. La trabajadora

del Cuerpo de Paz Tricia luchó para que el proyecto llegue a su comunidad, que se juntó para construir la “casa de telecomunicaciones” con materiales propios de la isla. Tom Duffy, Barb y Stacy de Solar Biz en Bocas del Toro también se comprometieron al ofrecer su experiencia eléctrica a Noah y la tripulación de Floating Doctos. El domingo 13 de octubre, Noah, toda la tripulación del bote de Floating Doctors y el equipo de Solar Biz cargaron dos pangas con equipos celulares, solares y otros del siglo 21 y llevaron todo a la comunidad de Valle Escondido. Este equipo junto con miembros claves de la comunidad trabajaron juntos todo el día para instalar totalmente la repetidora de celular (que brindará servicio

celular a la comunidad y permitirá una comunicación hacia y desde la remota isla logrando así entrar al sistema de respuesta de emergencias de Floating Doctors), los paneles solares y la unidad para recarga. Este maravilloso esfuerzo de equipo es sólo el primero

de muchos que conectarán a estas remotas comunidades no sólo entre ellas sino también con el mundo exterior. ¡MIL gracias a Noah Haas, Trojan Batteries, Wilson Electronics y Solar Biz por hacer que esto suceda!

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BELLO CLEANS UP

AND BEAUTIFIES THE PARK

WITH VOLUNTEERS

Some were saying “That’s not my job!” or “Don’t taxes pay for things like that?” while others were saying “Who cares, the park is for everyone!” The park was looking pretty miserable before the volunteers of BELLO stepped in: trash on the ground, the trees poorly maintained with branches falling down all the time, and not to mention the condition of the paint. That’s when BELLO decided that its newest campaign would be to restore the park to something the people of Bocas del Toro could be proud of. The ladies of BELLO raised the funds to buy all the painting supplies by raffling off 10 passion fruit pies at Cable Chico on September 24th and collecting donations from various parties. With the supplies

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bought, they set the dates of October 11th, 12th and 13th to get the job done. The weekend was a great success as volunteers came and went; doing what they could to help beautify the park. In the end, the trees were trimmed, 33 benches were sanded, primed and re-painted, new plants were potted and the park was even adorned with a little artistic flair. Professor Mario Garrido took the time to paint a wonderful mural on the base of the gazebo that’s in the park and Fulo Coqueño touched up one of the benches with a very appropriate message: “Yo Cuido Mi Parque” (I take care of my park). I think those words sum it all up quite nicely. I take care of my park, he takes care of his park and so does BELLO and of all the lovely volunteers who got their hands dirty that weekend. A big thanks to all those who made this campaign a success!

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BELLO LIMPIA Y EMBELLECE EL PARQUE CON VOLUNTARIOS

Algunos decían: “Ese no es mi trabajo” o “¿Los impuestos no pagan cosas como estas?”, mientras otros decían: “¿A quién le importa? El parque es para todos!” El parque se veía bastante miserable antes de que los voluntarios de BELLO tomaran cartas en el asunto: había basura en el suelo, los árboles se encontraban sin mantenimiento con ramas cayéndose todo el tiempo, sin mencionar la condición de la pintura. Así fue como BELLO decidió que su nueva campaña sería restaurar el parque para que la gente de Bocas del Toro estuviera orgullosa del mismo. Las damas de BELLO juntaron los fondos para comprar los materiales de pintura rifando 10 dulces de maracuyá en Cable Chicho el 24 de septiembre y juntando donaciones de varias partes. Con los materiales comprados, ellas establecieron las fechas para el 11, 12 y 13 de octubre para concretar el trabajo. El fin de semana fue de gran éxito

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mientras los voluntarios iban y venían, haciendo lo que podían para ayudar a embellecer el parque. Al final, los árboles fueron podados, 33 bancas fueron lijadas, preparadas y vueltas a pintar, nuevas plantas fueron plantadas en macetas y el parque fue adornado con un poco de vena artística. El Profesor Mario Garrido se tomó el tiempo para pintar un hermoso mural en la base de la glorieta que se encuentra en el parque y Fulo Coqueño le dio un toque a una de las bancas con un apropiado mensaje que decía: “Yo cuido mi parque”. Creo que esas palabras lo resumen bastante bien. Yo cuido mi parque, él cuida su parque y también lo hace BELLO y todos los amables voluntarios que se ensuciaron las manos ese fin de semana. Un gran agradecimiento a todos aquellos que hicieron un éxito de esta campaña.

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FIESTAS PATRIAS: PANAMA PARTIES ALL NOVEMBER LONG

BY NICHOLAS COREA

November is here and in Bocas that means holidays, parties and a lots and lots of drumming. You’ve probably noticed the little ones practicing their drumming these past few weeks and you might be asking yourself “What is it all for?” (among other questions). Well, this is what the excitement is all about: November 2nd Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead) Although not one of the “fiestas patrias” (patriotic holidays), it is a special day in Panama and all over Latin America. This is the day people pay homage to their loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally, Panamanians go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their friends and family, bring flowers and gifts and make any necessary repairs to their tombstones (like new paint). It’s also important to know that this is one of the “dry” Panamanian holidays. Bars close at midnight on November 1st and stay closed until midnight the following evening. Sale of alcohol in the province of Bocas del Toro is prohibited on this day. November 3rd Separación de Colombia (Separation from Colombia) What we recognize as the nation of Panama today didn’t come to fruition until the year 1903. November 3rd of that year marks the day that Panamanian separatists proclaimed their separation from Colombia. With this date, we embark on a very important part of Panamanian history and it is well celebrated with 3 days of good old-fashioned “rumba, bomba y plena”, (dance, party and music, loosely translated). Novermber 4th Dia de la Bandera (Flag Day) The flag of Panama was drafted in secrecy and presented the day after the separation was proclaimed. The red and blue rectangles represent the liberals and the conservatives (respectively), the two political parties of the time. The white stands for an

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agreement of peace between both factions. The blue star symbolizes purity and honesty and the red star authority and law. Make sure you hang it correctly, which would be horizontally with the blue star and red rectangle on top. November 5th Día de Colon (Colon Day) This is a commemoration of the day that the separation of Panama from Colombia was secured. Five-hundred Colombians under the command of Colonel Eliseo Torres were trapped in the city of Colon (Panama), which began the talks of Colombian troops vacating the isthmus altogether. Juan Antonio Henriquez sent a telegram that day stating “Only now, 7:30 pm, can it be said that the independence of Panama is assured.” One-hundred and ten years later, the telegram might as well have been: we’re no longer part of Colombia, we don’t have to work today and it’s time to party! November 10th Primer Grito de Los Santos (First Cry of Los Santos) Officially this date marks an uprising in the village of Los Santos in the year 1821 and is recognized as the first step toward independence from Spain. Legend has it that during the battle of Los Santos a woman by the name of Rufina Alfaro was the first to scream “Somos libres !” (We’re free!) or “Viva la libertad” (Long live freedom!) or “You can take our lives, but you will never take our freedom!” (Ok, that was William Wallace from the movie Brave Heart), but whatever she might have said, everyone paid attention and 2½ weeks later; they were free (from Spain at least). November 16th Dia de la Fundacion de Bocas del Toro (Bocas Day) The province of Bocas del Toro was founded on November 16th, 1903, only 14 days after the creation of Panama as a sovereign state. This day also marks the culmination of all the percussion practice you’ve been hearing these past few weeks, as Bocas Day features a parade on Isla Colon with students coming from all over the province to participate. These kids have good reason to be practicing so much; it’s a contest. There are three categories competing for three prizes: niños (10 years old and younger), colegio (high school) and independiente (adults). “We’re com-

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peting for trophies, glory and $500 cash”, says Hernan Villagra, seasoned leader of the marching band known as “La Revolución” (The Revolution). Good luck Hernan! The parade is a must-see: all the kids marching proudly for their province, throwing drums 20 feet over their head, catching them and not missing a single beat; all the while dancing and smiling like crazy. Undoubtedly one of the coolest cultural events Bocas del Toro has to offer. November 23rd Dia de Bastimentos (Bastimentos Day) Bastimentos was founded in the same month (November) during the same year (1903) and much like Bocas Day, this is a day full of parades, parties and pride, and it’s absolutely lovely. The only difference is that it takes place in Old Bank (Isla Bastimentos) and the youth them never skip a beat marching up and down those hills. November 28th Independencia de España (Independence from Spain) What began with the “first cry of Los Santos” resulted 18 days later in the proclamation of a new nation, independent from Spain: Gran Colombia. Gran Colombia consisted of modern day Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. As such, Panama has two Independence days; one from Spain and one from Gran Colombia.

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FIESTAS PATRIAS: LAS FIESTAS DE PANAMÁ

DURANTE TODO NOVIEMBRE

POR NICHOLAS COREA

Noviembre está aquí y en Bocas eso significa feriados, fiestas y muchos, muchos tambores. Probablemente ya has notado a los pequeños practicando con sus tambores durante las últimas semanas y te preguntarás “¿Para qué es todo eso?” (entre otras preguntas). Bueno, de esto es que se trata toda esta emoción: 2 de noviembre Día de los Difuntos. A pesar de no ser una de las fiestas patrias, es un día especial en Panamá y en toda América Latina. Este es el día que la gente rinde homenaje a sus seres queridos que han fallecido. Tradicionalmente, los panameños van al cementerio, visitan las tumbas de sus amigos y familiares, llevan flores y hacen las reparaciones necesarias en las lápidas (como pintura nueva). También es importante saber que este es uno de los feriados “secos” de Panamá. Los bares cierran a medianoche el 1ro. de noviembre y conti-

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núan cerrados hasta la medianoche siguiente. La venta de alcohol en la provincia de Bocas del Toro está prohibida este día. 3 de noviembre Separación de Colombia. Lo que reconocemos hoy en día como el país de Panamá no se concretó hasta el año 1903. El 3 de noviembre de ese año marca el día que los separatistas panameños proclamaron su separación de Colombia. Con esta fecha, nos embarcamos en una parte muy importante de la historia panameña y es bien celebrada con 3 días de la antigua y buena “rumba, bomba y plena”. 4 de noviembre Día de la Bandera. La bandera de Panamá fue izada en secreto y presentada el día siguiente a la proclamación de la separación. Los rectángulos rojos y azules representan a los liberales y a los conservadores respectivamente, los dos partidos políticos en ese momento. El blanco representa un acuerdo de paz entre las dos divisiones. La estrella azul simboliza la pureza y honestidad y la estrella roja la autoridad y la ley. Asegúrate de colgarla correctamente, horizontalmente con la estrella azul y el rectángulo rojo en la parte superior. 5 de noviembre Día de Colón. Esta es una conmemoración del día en el que la separación de Panamá con Colombia fue asegurada. 500 colombianos bajo el comando del Coronel Eliseo Torres fueron atrapados en la ciudad de Colón (Panamá), lo cual comenzó con las tropas colombia-

nas desocupando el istmo. Juan Antonio Henriquez envió un telegrama ese día declarando “Sólo ahora, a las 7:30 pm se puede decir que la independencia de Panamá está asegurada”. Ciento diez años después, el telegrama pudo haber sido: ya no somos parte de Colombia, no tenemos que trabajar hoy y es momento de fiesta. 10 de noviembre Primer Grito de Los Santos. Oficialmente, esta fecha marca el levantamiento en la villa de Los Santos en el año 1821 y es reconocida como el primer paso hacia la independencia de España. La leyenda dice que durante la batalla de Los Santos, una mujer con el nombre de Rufina Alfaro fue la primera en gritar “¡Somos libres!” o “¡Viva la libertad!” o “¡Pueden tomar nuestras vidas, pero nunca tomarán nuestra libertad!” (Ok, ese fue William Wallace en la película Corazón Valiente), pero lo que sea que haya dicho, todos prestaron atención y dos semanas y media después, ellos eran libres (de España por lo menos). 16 de noviembre Día de la Fundación de Bocas del Toro. La provincia de Bocas del Toro fue fundada el 16 de noviembre de 1903, a solo 14 días después de la creación de Panamá como un estado soberano. Este año también marca toda la práctica de percusión que has estado escuchando las últimas semanas, ya que el Día de Bocas presenta un desfile en Isla Colón con estudiantes que vienen de toda la provincia para participar. Estos pelados tienen una buena razón para practicar tanto; es un concurso. Hay tres categorías que compiten

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por tres premios: niños (de 10 años o menos), colegio e independiente. “Nosotros estamos compitiendo por trofeos, gloria y $500 en efectivo”, dice Hernán Villagra, líder de la banda conocida como “La Revolución”. ¡Buena suerte Hernán! Debes ver el desfile: todos los niños marchando orgullosamente para su provincia, lanzando los tambores a 20 pies por arriba de sus cabezas, agarrándolos luego sin perder un solo toque, mientras bailan y sonríen como locos. Sin duda, uno de los eventos culturales más lindos que Bocas del Toro tiene para ofrecer. 23 de noviembre Día de Bastimentos. Bastimentos fue fundada en el mismo mes (noviembre) durante el mismo año (1903) y tal como en Bocas, este es un día lleno de desfiles, fiestas y orgullo y es absolutamente encantador. La única diferencia es que toma lugar en Old Bank (Isla Bastimentos) y la juventud no se pierde ni un solo toque marchando arriba y abajo por las colinas. 28 de noviembre Independencia de España. Lo que comenzó con el “primer grito de Los Santos” resultó 18 días después en la proclamación de una nueva nación, independiente de España: Gran Colombia. La Gran Colombia consistía de la Panamá de hoy en día, Colombia, Venezuela y Ecuador. Como tal, Panamá tiene dos días de la independencia; uno de España y el otro de la Gran Colombia. The Bocas Breeze


THE REBIRTH OF RED FROG BEACH Ten years ago the Red Frog Beach Island Resort project started. At that time the cattle grazing on the island caused deforestation on a large hillside section of the island. It was on this deforested section of land that the cattle were removed and individual vacation homes started to be built with the plan to have the natural vegetation to grow back around the homes. Red Frog Beach in those early years became the top selling beach resort in all of Panama, mostly due to its beautiful beaches and unique location; immersed in surrounding rainforest with the vision of modern amenities to be built. However, the economic crisis of 2007-2008 brought a lot of projects in Bocas and around the world to a halt, and it also hit the Red Frog development hard. Coupled with other challenges such as a labor strike the Red Frog project went dormant for two years. All this until a group of Red Frog owners formed an organization called Oceans Group International that took ownership of the resort and brought the project back to life. However, the scope of the resort footprint would be much smaller in scale with a greener focus. Instead of building a golf course as

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originally planned, a canopy zipline was designed; the new group allocated over 70% of the island property as a nature preserve. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually more trees on Bastimentos than 10 years ago primarily because the grazing has been removed, along with the reforestation and landscaping throughout the resort. “I believe the resort concept now fits better in Bocas, the emphasis on making the project a more sustainable tourism destination coincides with what our group wanted.” Says Todd VanNispen one of the Senior Partners of Oceans Group International. As construction resumed a few years ago the Panama Government stated that Red Frog Beach was one of five important new resort developments for the country of Panama in attracting more visitors and providing more jobs for the country. After many years of work, in the fall of 2013, Oceans Group International has given the island

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resort a rebirth and is celebrating the completion of all 41 hillside vacation homes along with an array of natural amenities for guests. The upscale villas with pools start from around $175/night. The staff consists of more than 70 people: a marina, beach club, spa, hiking trails, kayak rentals, and the Punta Lava restaurant directly on Red Frog Beach. There is live music Saturdays at Punta Lava and events can also be organized there such as weddings and conferences. They have a newly renovated waterfront office in Bocas Town where you can book anything from a night’s stay, a massage, or a zipline tour (where special discounts are offered to locals who live in the archipelago). The zipline canopy tour has 7 ziplines and an elaborate treetop challenge course that runs three times a day (10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00pm). Jarisa Garcia, who lives in Bocas is the marketing manager at Red Frog Beach said: “Many people do not realize how beautiful the villas are at Red Frog. Even people that have lived in Bocas for many years are very surprised to see the quality of this place when they come and look.” Red Frog now is proud to be the largest employer in the region and has implemented plans to keep the island looking beautiful and safe such as cleaning the beaches and providing lifeguarding services. Todd VanNispin would like to incorporate more elements of preserving the island but he admits that it won’t happen overnight. “It will take some time but I think the direction is clear to find ways to make tourism here more sustainable and provide opportunities for the local workforce to showcase Panama and Bocas the way nature intended.” www.TheBocasBreeze.com


EL RENACIMIENTO DE LA PLAYA RED FROG

Hace diez años atrás comenzó el proyecto Red Frog Island Resort. En ese momento, el ganado pastando en la isla causó deforestación en una gran sección de ladera de la isla. Fue en esta área deforestada que el ganado fue retirado y se construyeron casas para vacacionar con el plan de que la vegetación natural volviera a crecer alrededor de las casas. En ese tiempo, la Playa Red Frod se convirtió en el resort de playa más vendido en todo Panamá, principalmente debido a las hermosas playas y su original ubicación; inmerso en una selva a los alrededores con la visión de construir facilidades modernas. Sin embargo, la crisis económica de 2007-2008 detuvo a muchos proyectos en Bocas y alrededor del mundo y también golpeó fuerte al desarrollo de Red Frog. Junto con otros desafíos, tales como la huelga de trabajadores, el proyecto Red Frog estuvo inactivo por dos años. Todo esto hasta que un grupo de propietarios de Red Frog formaron una organización denominada Oceans Group International que tomó propiedad del resort y revivió el proyecto. Sin embargo, el alcance de la superficie del resort sería mucho más pequeño en escala con un enfoque más verde. En lugar de construir una cancha de golf como se planeó originalmente, se diseñó una tirolesa; el nuevo grupo asignó más del 70% de la propiedad de la isla como reserva natural. Contrario al pensamiento popular, hay más árboles en Bastimentos que hace 10 años atrás, principalmente porque se quitó el pasteo, junto con la reforestación y el paisajismo alrededor de todo el proyecto. “Yo creo que ahora el concepto del resort es más adecuado para Bocas, el énfasis de hacer el www.TheBocasBreeze.com

proyecto un destino turístico más sostenible coincide con lo que quería el grupo”, dice Todd VanNispen, uno de los socios principales de Oceans Group International. Al retomarse la construcción hace un par de años atrás, el gobierno panameño estableció que la Playa Red Frog era uno de los cinco más importantes desarrollos nuevos de resort en el país al atraer más visitantes y proveer más trabajos para el país. Después de muchos años de trabajo, en el otoño de 2013, Oceans Group International ha dado al resort de la isla un renacimiento y está celebrando la terminación de 41 casas en la ladera junto con una variedad de facilidades naturales para los huéspedes. Las exclusivas villas con piscinas cuestan desde $175 la noche. El personal consiste en más de 70 personas: una marina, un club de playa, senderos para excursión, alquiler de kayaks y el restaurante Punta Lava directamente en la playa Red Frog. Hay música en vivo los sábados en Punta lava y se pueden organizar eventos también, como bodas y conferencias. Tienen una recientemente renovada oficina frente al mar en el pueblo de Bocas donde puedes hacer todo tipo de reservaciones, desde una noche de estadía, un masaje o un tour por la tirolesa (donde se ofrecen descuentos especiales a los locales que viven en el archipiélago). El tour de la tirolesa tiene 7 tirolesas y un curso complejo de desafío de copa de árbol que se da tres veces al día (10:00 am, 1:30 pm y 3:00pm). Jarisa García, que vive en Bocas, es la gerente de mercadeo en Playa Red Frog, dijo: “Muchas personas no se dan cuenta lo hermosas que son las villas en Red Frog. Hasta gente que ha vivido en Bocas por mucho años

se sorprende al ver la calidad de este lugar cuando vienen y lo ven”. Ahora Red Frog está orgulloso de ser el empleador más grande en la región y ha implementado planes para mantener a la isla hermosa y segura, tales como limpieza de las playas y proveer servicios de salvavidas. Todd VanNispin quiere incorporar más

elementos para preservar la isla pero admite que no sucederá de un día para otro. “Tomará tiempo pero creo que la dirección es clara para encontrar formas de hacer el turismo más sostenible y proveer oportunidades a la fuerza laboral local y mostrar a Panamá y Bocas de la manera que la naturaleza lo quiere”.

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PECULIAR MARINE LIFE MORTALITY IN THE CARIBBEAN In the last 2 months there has been an unusual amount of sea life washing up dead on the South Caribbean shores of Panama and Costa Rica. The amount of sea turtles is the most obvious and most alarming to the people of these beach communities. There have been 41 Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles reported in Puerto Viejo and 10 Green Sea Turtles in Bocas del Toro. Dolphins, Red Snapper, eels and unusually high amounts of other marine life have also been sited washing ashore in the same time period. On September 6th an extremely high amount of baby Sharpnose Pufferfish were found on the shores of Drago, Bluff and Red Frog. I personally saw these fish washed ashore while camping at Polo Beach around that time. Similar reports were made by beach-goers and were documented by Gabriel Jacome, a biologist at the Smithsonian Research Center. Jacome confirms that this phenomenon is rather unusual in his experience. Authorities have a few theories as to what could be causing this marine life mortality, but nothing can be confirmed without further analysis and consistent long term documentation. I also spoke with Cristina Ordoñez, biologist and resident turtle expert of ANAM and she confirms that from September 1st to October 15th, there have been 10 turtle deaths reported to her directly; 1 in Bluff, 3 in Playa Larga, 3 in Zapatilla and 3 in Escudo de Veraguas; all of them are Green Sea Turtles. She has also heard rumors about others that have gone unreported. What is startling about these findings is that out of the 10 Green Sea Turtles found, not one of them was an adult. Cristina confirms that this is not normal: “In my 25 years of experience, this is the first time I’ve ever found juvenile turtles dead like this”. One has to wonder- what is the reason behind all of these sea critters washing ashore prematurely? At first they thought it was an oil spill, but it was quickly ruled out since none of the turtles showed any signs of coming into contact with oil. Cristina explains that if they were all adults, than these deaths can be attributed to targeted fishing, where humans engage in actively (in this case illeThe Bocas Breeze

gally) fishing for sea turtles, but that is not likely since they are all young turtles. Some are blaming Ciguatera for the recent fish deaths. Ciguatera is a disease that contaminates fish; starting from organisms that consume toxic microalgae and then working its way up the food chain. The algae become toxic from agricultural pollution (fertilizers, pesticides) that is lead into the ocean’s eco-system via irrigation and rainfall. So far there is no evidence that supports that these fish are dying as a result from Ciguatera. Cristina has been able to perform necropsies on some of the turtles and the results are inconclusive. One turtle was found with a swollen neck and probably died from a blow to the neck. The others that were examined were found with no identifiable internal or external harm. There is another theory that has been circulating based on a necropsy conducted on a baby green sea turtle found in Puerto Viejo which coincides with a phenomenon that has been documented in the Caribbean before. This turtle was found with a stomach filled with sharp nosed puffer fish (the same fish reported seen on the shores of Bocas on September 6th). Sharp-nose Puffer fish are known to be poisonous and some are speculating that this is the cause of the increased amount of sea life washing ashore. This particular species is known for having massive spawning events followed by high mortality rates due to the lack of food and space for the new offspring. This has been recorded various times in the last 40 years, in Mexico, Colombia and most recently in Colon, Panama in 2010. The theory is that this region has just experienced a massive spawning of Sharp-nose Puffers and the dead fish that are washing ashore have consumed this poisonous fish, however, this theory has only been supported by one baby Green Sea Turtle found in Costa Rica. Nonetheless, Cristina tells me that she is in contact with biologists that observed this phenomenon in Colon and they are investigating this theory. The most important thing, she says, is that they continue with the documentation and studies of all animals found dead on the shores.

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“We have to look at all the possibilities. It could have something to do with the contamination from the banana plantations, but we don’t know. This just means we have to do a lot of studies, so perhaps it’s better that we have the animals to do a necropsies and some samples in order to know with what we can relate this with directly. Not just turtles, but any other dead animal that’s found.” If you find any deceased animals, it’s very important you contact the proper authorities and, if possible, take pictures. Take three pictures: 1. Take a photo of the turtle next to a flash light, a cellphone, or your foot; anything that can indicate its relative size. 2. A picture of the head (to tell the species) 3. A picture of its tail (to tell the sex) Contact ANAM (National Environmental Authority) at 757-9244 or contact Cristina Ordoñez directly at 6671-5794 and crisespino@yahoo.com. You can also report any findings to this website: https://sites.google.com/site/caribesurturtlemortalitylog/home. With your help, hopefully the authorities can conclude exactly what is happening to our Caribbean sea life. www.TheBocasBreeze.com


EXTRAÑAS MUERTES DE ESPECIES MARINAS EN EL CARIBE

En los últimos dos meses ha habido una cantidad inusual de vida marina arrastrada en las costas del Caribe sur de Panamá y Costa Rica. La cantidad de tortugas marinas es la más obvia y más alarmante para la gente de las comunidades de estas playas. Se reportaron 41 tortugas carey y verdes en Puerto Viejo y 10 tortugas marinas verdes en Bocas del Toro. Delfines, pargos rojos, anguilas e inusuales grandes cantidades de otras vidas marinas que han sido vistas en las orillas en la misma época. El 6 de septiembre, una extrema gran cantidad de peces globo bebés fueron encontrados en las orillas de Drago, Bluff y Red Frog. Yo vi personalmente a estos pescados en la orilla mientras acampaba en playa Polo en ese tiempo. Reportes similares fueron hechos por personas en las playas y fueron documentados por Gabriel Jacome, un biólogo en el Centro de Investigación Smithsonian. Jacome confirma que este fenómeno es inusual según su experiencia. Las autoridades tienen un par de teorías de lo que podría estar causando la mortalidad de la vida marina, pero nada se puede confirmar sin más análisis y documentación consistente a largo plazo. También conversé con Cristina Ordoñez, bióloga y residente experta en tortugas de la ANAM y ella confirma que desde el 1ro. de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre, se le ha reportado la muerte de 10 tortugas directamente a ella; 1 en Bluff, 3 en Playa Larga, 3 en Zapatilla y 3 en el Escudo de Veraguas; todas de ellas son tortugas marinas verdes. Ella también ha escuchado rumores sobre otras que no han sido reportadas. Lo sorprendente de esto es que de las 10 tortugas marinas verdes encontradas, ninguna de ellas era adulta. Cristina confirma que esto no es normal: “En mis 25 años de experiencia, esta es la primera vez que encuentro tortugas jóvenes muertas así”. Uno debe preguntarse cuál es la razón detrás de todas estas crías marinas depositadas a la orilla prematuramente. Al principio se pensó que era el derrame de aceite, pero esto fue rápidamente descartado debido a que ninguna de las tortugas mostró haber tenido contacto con aceite. Cristina explica que si fueran todas adultas, las muertes podrían atribuirse a la pesca dirigida, donde los humanos realizan activamente (en este caso ilegalmente) pesca de tortugas marinas, pero esto no es probable ya que todas son tortugas jóvenes. Algunos culpan a la ciguatera por las recientes muertes de pescados. La ciguatera es una enferwww.TheBocasBreeze.com

medad que contamina los pescados; comenzando con organismos que consumen microalgas tóxicas y luego continúa en la cadena de alimentación. El alga se vuelve tóxica por la contaminación en la agricultura (fertilizantes, pesticidas) que es llevada al ecosistema del océano a través de la irrigación y la lluvia. Hasta ahora no hay evidencia que pruebe que estos pescados están muriendo como resultado de la cigüatera. Cristina ha podido realizar autopsias en algunas de las tortugas y los resultados son inconclusos. Una tortuga fue encontrada con el cuello hinchado y probablemente murió de un golpe en el cuello. A las otras que fueron examinadas no se les encontró ningún daño interno o externo identificable. Hay otra teoría que ha estado circulando que se basa en la autopsia realizada en una tortuga marina verde bebé encontrada en Puerto Viejo que coincide con el fenómeno que ha sido documentado en el Caribe anteriormente. Esta tortuga fue encontrada con el estómago lleno de peces globo (el mismo pescado que fue reportado en las orillas de Bocas el 6 de septiembre). Los peces globos son conocidos por ser venenosos y algunos están especulando que esta es la causa de la incrementada cantidad de vida marina depositada en las orillas. Esta particular especie es conocida por tener eventos masivos de desove seguidos por altos índices de mortalidad debidos a la falta de alimentación y espacio para los recién nacidos. Esto ha sido registrado en varias oportunidades en los últimos 40 años en México, Colombia y más recientemente en Colón, Panamá en el 2010. La teoría es que esta región ha experimentado recientemente un desove masivo de peces globos y los peces muertos que son depositados en las orillas han consumido este pescado venenoso, sin embargo, esta teoría sólo ha sido apoyada por una tortuga marina verde bebé encontrada en Costa Rica. No obstante, Cristina me dice que ella está en

contacto con biólogos que observaron este fenómeno en Colón y están investigando esta teoría. Lo más importante, dice ella, es que ellos continúan con la documentación y estudios de todos los animales encontrados muertos en estas orillas. “Tenemos que considerar todas las posibilidades. Puede que tenga que ver con la contaminación de las plantaciones de bananos, pero no lo sabemos. Esto sólo significa que tenemos que hacer muchos estudios, así que quizás es mejor tener los animales para realizarles una autopsia y tomar algunas muestras para saber con qué podemos relacionar esto directamente. No sólo tortugas, sino cualquier otro animal que se encuentre muerto”.

Si encuentras algún animal muerto, es muy importante que contactes a las autoridades apropiadas y si es posible toma fotos. Toma tres fotos: Toma una foto de la tortuga al lado de una linterna, un celular o tu pie; cualquier cosa que pueda indicar su tamaño relativo. 2. Una foto de la cabeza (para ver la especie) 3. Una foto de su cola (para saber el sexo) Contacta a la ANAM (Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente) al 757-9244 o contacta a Cristina Ordoñez directamente al 6671-5794 y crisespino@yahoo.com. También puedes reportar en esta página de internet: https://sites.google.com/site/caribesurturtlemortalitylog/home Con tu ayuda, esperamos que las autoridades puedan descubrir exactamente lo que está pasando con nuestra vida marina caribeña.

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DESECHOS SÓLIDOS IS OFFICAL Bocas finally has an official group in charge of the trash collection service! It was approved by the government in a meeting on October 2nd that the current service, Bocas Desechos Solidos, will continue until January 31st, 2014 or until a new waste management company comes into the

picture, whichever comes first. It all began with a group concerned citizens who grew tired of the mounds of trash piled on docks and along the streets of Bocas Town. With no experience in trash removal whatsoever, they raised the appropriate funds via donations and organized the labor and equipment to get the job done. That was in late August. September was a month long study of the logistical side of collecting the trash and charging for the service.  Meetings were set with the municipalities and an agreement was made to let the current service continue for a 4 month period, unless an already established waste management company comes forth for the contract. During the meetings, Bocas Derechos Solidos also read a letter to their

mayor in which they are requesting the use of one of the Caribbean-style wooden buildings in the park. They would like to use the middle building (the yellow one) not only as an office to receive payments , but also to welcome any project in the effort of reducing, reusing and recycling garbage in the community. “Waste Reduction” and “Recycling” committees are already being formed and would be able to organize their activities out of this office. They would also like to use this location to encourage the sale of shopping bags (to replace plastic bags), crafts from recycled materials and shirts that promote these messages. These are some great initiatives all around. Congratulations to Bocas Desechos Solidos and thank you to all those who contributed and made this whole project possible.

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DESECHOS SÓLIDOS ES OFICIAL Bocas tiene finalmente un grupo oficial a cargo de la recolección de basura. Fue aprobado por el gobierno en una reunión el 2 de octubre que el servicio actual, Bocas Desechos Sólidos, continuará hasta el 31 de enero de 2014 o hasta que una nueva compañía de manejo de desechos aparezca, lo que sea que llegue primero. Todo comenzó con un grupo de ciudadanos preocupados que se cansaron de la cantidad de basura apilada en los muelles y en las calles de Bocas. Sin ninguna experiencia en la recolección de basura, juntaron los fondos suficientes a través de donaciones y organizaron el trabajo y el equipo. Eso fue en agosto. Septiembre fue un mes de largos

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estudios de logística sobre la recolección de basura y costo del servicio. Se programaron reuniones con la municipalidad y se acordó dejar el servicio actual por un período de 4 meses, si una compañía de recolección de basura ya establecida se presenta para ser contratada mientras. Durante las reuniones, Bocas Desechos Sólidos también le leyó una carta al alcalde en la que ellos solicitaban el uso de uno de los edificios de madera al estilo caribeño en el parque. A ellos les gustaría usar el edificio del medio (el amarillo) no sólo como oficina para recibir los pagos, sino también para recibir cualquier proyecto para reducir, reutilizar y reciclar basura en la comunidad. Ya se han formado los comités para la “Reducción de Basura” y “Reciclaje” y podrán organizar sus actividades en esta oficina. También les gustaría usar esta ubicación para alentar la venta de bolsas reusables (para reemplazar las bolsas plásticas), artesanías de materiales reciclados y sweaters que promuevan estos mensajes. Estas son grande iniciativas. Felicitaciones a Bocas Desechos Sólidos y gracias a todos aquellos que contribuyeron e hicieron todo este proyecto posible.

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MONTHLY HOROSCOPES NOVEMBER 2013

ARIES March 21 -- April 19

All that glitters is not gold. Aries this month you’ll discover just how accurate this old adage is as a sneaky Sagittarius tries first to suggest, than cajole, and finally force something on or perhaps in you.  Not a good idea!  Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut.  If necessary lie about your resistance to sneaky Sagittarius and their pie in the sky proposition to get over on you one way or another.  Due to your ruling planet slipping into retrograde you may find yourself more vulnerable than usual.  Take special care to guard against Sagittarius in particular, but also potential agents working in conjunction with Sagittarius.  Be particularly watchful regarding anything green either going in or out of your mouth or pocket.  Now is not a good time to adopt an orphan, no matter how old or attractive.  Metaphor time, thinking about petting a stray dog, before you do, consider how many fingers you can comfortably live without?  Your lucky number, forget about it, no bet no lose.  

TAURUS April 20 -- May 20

A Taurus walks into a bar. No surprise there, as at the present time, as well as through the month, you Taurus, will feel a strong desire for company and perhaps even the resurrection of an ancient relationship.  Your thinking is half accurate, companionship sure, but old relationships forget about it.  The problem with history is that unless it is periodically reviewed in some form other than our hazy recollections, we tend to misplace or misinterpret many of the key details.  For instance, you recall how loving and attentive your significant other was while you spent those two weeks recuperating from a near death experience, but have chosen to dismiss completely the fact that they were the one who had initially delivered the near fatal wound.   Admittedly this may be an extreme example, but trust me there are other compelling reasons to avoid reliving the past.  Sadly, at this moment, none come to mind.  No, wait a moment here’s one, although a bit cliché, the past is prologue, so hold it near, examine it closely, and consider it one of the most useful tools you possess for creating a more harmonious future.

GEMINI May 21 -- June 21

Oh my poor Gemini. Are you feeling exhausted, confused and frustrated?  We in astrology refer to this as the brain in a blender syndrome.   The explanation can be as complicated or as simple as you choose.  But at present, and for the sake of brevity as well as the conservation of paper, lets stick with simple.  Your big secret, yes the big one that you’ve worked so hard to suppress, with I must say an amazingly colorful variety of addictions, is about to be revealed.  So brace yourself Myrtle as the next several months are going to be a hellacious collage of disappointment and angst.  Now here’s why.  Nearly every belief and natural law that you hold true to this point, excluding perhaps gravity, are about to abandon you.  This has to do with timing and distance both in the universe, astrologically speaking, and your personal life.  You’re probably thinking gee whiz thanks a lot, well don’t blame me you little whiner.   For years you’ve been trading on your good looks, glib tongue and marginal education.  All this in hopes of diverting the discovery of what you feel to be your complete and total lack of adequacy as a human being.  Hurts don’t it?  Of course I could be wrong.

CANCER June 22 -- July 22

When I was seven years old my parents took me to Disney World, where, unable to pay their bill they sold me to the man who ran the “It’s a small world after all” attraction. It was probably the best two years of my life,  just me and 480 other lost/abandoned children singing non-stop 16 hours a day.  After closing time we were free to eat whatever was left over in the various ride gondolas or park refuse bins.  Now cancer, even as good as this sounds, this month for you is going to be even better, so buckle up.  First expect a financial windfall, this will allow you to buy drinks for total strangers endearing yourself not only to them but to the universe in general.  Also Mercury, you remember Mercury, flexible shiny shape shifting good old Mercury is all about bringing you good luck and contentment, all that’s necessary on your part, besides your ever present winning smile and receptive attitude are clean hands, both literally and figuratively.  So get right and get ready here comes the fun.

LEO July 23 -- August 22

Elvis, Mahatma Gandhi and Big Bird were all Leos, that is to say the person inside the Big Bird costume was a Leo.  Each of these individuals excelled in their

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chosen profession, with the most memorable being Big Bird. Extrapolating on Mr. Bird’s success one would have to assume that size actually does matter, especially if you’re covered with feathers.  Which of course you are not, however if you were, oh just forget it.  Here’s the deal Leo, Cancer and Pisces are ascending and with their ascension, an opportunity for you to excel on a project, which you have to this point been somewhat sheepish about pursuing, due to your lack of confidence.  Don’t be shy in seeking assistance, for as you read this there is a willing and knowledgeable collaborator within the sound of your voice, no yelling please.  Remember to pace yourself, what you pursue is part journey and part reward so don’t miss the journey part by ignoring your surroundings.  Try lowering your standards, but think of this as compromise instead of selling out .  This has always worked for me.  Sure haikus are cool but limericks are remembered.  You do the math.

VIRGO August 23 -- September 22

Congratulations Virgo for the first time in a while both you and the universe are in sync. Take stock and I think you’ll find right now you feel super comfy in your own skin, nice feeling is it not?  Now here’s the best part, three of your four ruling planets are in nearly perfect alignment allowing you to be all the Virgo you can be this month.  However this is not a green light for you to go out and join a cult or dress only in purple , but more an opportunity to take full advantage of your good nature and and special abilities.  Those that know you well are keenly aware of those abilities/attributes, wink wink, but in past months have sorely been missing them .  Virgo, just remember slow and steady in actions and thought is all that is necessary for you to be happier than a gecko at a mosquito fest.  Avoid any agreement or negotiation which requires bodily fluids as a down payment.

LIBRA September 23 -- October 22

November may be a rocky month for you Libra. It appears as if your ruling planets, as well as some of your friends have drifted from the scene. This is a temporary situation, although breath mints are always a good idea.  If you are willing to be patient you will discover this social hiatus is an opportunity for reflection and improvement, instead of some sort of personal slight.  Now while we’re on the subject of reflection, you do know that having 30 dust bunnies under your bed does not qualify you to teach animal husbandry.  Although it is an excellent conversation starter at any meeting of the Future Farmers of America.  Let’s talk hygiene, makeup is not a substitute for soap and water, that includes you dudes.   Also covering your floor with assorted pieces of discarded clothing is not the same as sweeping or mopping.  I think you might see where I’m going here.  Now, and I do mean right now is a good time to put down the Breeze and sweep up the sleaze.  Remember things on your floor do not qualify as souvenirs.  Consider this a belated spring cleaning, or better yet, laying down a great foundation for the return of both more positive astrological influences as well as the return of old friends.

SCORPIO October 23 -- November 21

Scorpio, give it a rest, seriously there are limits, if not to your insatiable desire towards pleasure, at least respect the boundaries of gravity and public decorum. I mean really, the nursing home?  The rule is as follows “no one in diapers, adult or otherwise”.  It’s a rule, look it up.  Sure everyone deserves love, just not necessarily on a table in the middle of the dining room surrounded by toothless, wrinkled souls keeping time to your antics by rhythmically gumming their tapioca.  Harsh, sure but have you seen the video, 30 billion hits and climbing, all from a demographic that defies the actuarial table.  Come on Scorpio, get a grip, I mean this figuratively.  Right now your astrological conditions are changing faster than the mind of a schizophrenic diabetic at Baskin Robbins.  For once in your pleasure seeking life give it a rest.  There are dark influences circling your sign this month, influences capable of ruining your day.  And by ruining, I mean killing you, and by day I mean dead forever.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you, actually I know you won’t, why, because the tongue is the first thing to go.

SAGITTARIUS November 22 -- December 21

Good for you, it looks to me astrologically speaking that you’ve finally decided to knuckle down and take a serious attitude about the work ahead. This is not a bad thing, although at present you may not see your goal as clearly as others around you do.  Your signs and opportunities are quite positive, so don’t be dissuaded by your ordinarily frivolous nature.  The last week of November brings Pluto precariously close with the possibility of disrupting both work and relationship through misunderstanding.  Be extremely cautious, with special note to avoid any event

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This monthly horoscope column in no way endorses recommends suggests or in any other form infers actual fact. And under no circumstance should be considered valid information for the purpose of life decision making. Should you have any comments or suggestions regarding this column, please feel free to keep them to yourself. This column is created and written by John Schneider. Mr. Schneider is currently assuming no responsibility whatsoever.

where one or more balls may be utilized. You’re doing great with your new mantra “Focus, focus, focus”.  Keep plugging away, and remember just because you don’t know exactly where you’re going, doesn’t mean you’re not on your way.

CAPRICORN December 22 -- January 19

How many Capricorns does it take to change a lightbulb? Capricorns don’t change light bulbs, they hire an Aquarius and then make snide remarks about their chipper attitudes.  Too bad for you Capricorn, your run of success both in finance and romance is about to come to a crashing halt.  If you listen carefully you can hear the sound, like the low rumble of an oncoming train.  Right now the universe is rolling up its sleeve and about to present you with a one two punch the likes of which only Hitler with a toothache could rival.  What to do, what to do?  If you watch Survivor, Fear Factor or Dancing with the Stars the answer should be crystal clear.  However, if you have even a shred of taste, you don’t, so perhaps a quick interpretation of your present astrological condition may assist you in making, if not the right future choice, at least one that won’t land you in intensive care.  Beware false prophets both in the boardroom and bedroom.  What is, is not, choose carefully in all matters.  Remember, it is better to be thought stupid that through action be proven so.

AQUARIUS January 20 -- February 18

The universe can be your best friend or your worst enemy this month. Sadly at present your influences seem to be wandering around the solar system like a blind dog in a meat market. If all goes well that blind dog will eventually find a bone, after all he is in a meat market.  Regarding you Aquarius old sport, renewed focus on your core desire at present is primary in keeping you from harm’s way.  It appears a major choice you made six months ago has come back to haunt you.  Keep in mind ghosts are only as scary as you allow them to be, and in retrospect your choice, although initially grief producing, was ultimately correct.  A Pisces in your past still thinks you’re super hot.  Consider this complementary but not an invitation to hijinks.  Vote and vote often.

PISCES February 19 -- March 20

Good morning Pisces. Your situation astrologically speaking this month reminds me of the alternate ending to the story of Tom Thumb.  In the version to which I’m referring, Tom wishes ardently to become a normal sized boy, and instead is captured, killed, chrome plated and sold as a hood ornament to a bad boy rapper, who is into water polo as well as other water sports.  By now you’re asking yourself, hey writer dude, how does this apply to me?  Let me explain, you have plans for your life, hopes and aspirations, if you will, a direction clearly defined.  But something shiny, chrome plated so to speak, will be your downfall, taking you perhaps permanently off the path which you see for yourself.  Scary right, I guess so, but into each life a few disasters are expected, perhaps mandatory, don’t ask me.  Besides that, you really weren’t doing much with your miserable little life anyway, so perhaps the best you can hope for is being some sort of ornament.  Perhaps on the arm of a rich old lady or man, with a short lifespan, and a long list of investments.

MONTHLY OVERVIEW OF ASTROLOGICAL INFLUENCES

Have you ever seen the movie Beach Blanket Bingo with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon? My guess is probably not, as most of us old enough to remember and appreciate Annette during the Mickey Mouse club years were by the time the film came out too old and jaded to believe any of the bikini clad gyrations on the screen were real, much less relevant to our lives.  Wise choice.  As I write this column Jupiter,, Mars and Saturn, all considered big planets on campus so to speak, are reaching conjunction and about to make their particular presence strongly felt here on Earth.  Earthquakes, tidal waves, even bad hair days are possible, really bad hair days.  Like somewhere in the cosmos your entire scalp is signaling to make a left turn.  Which by the way explains pretty much everyone who you come in contact with oozing with the inability to make a decision.  Seriously, people are standing in lines at fish and chip shops as we speak, staring at the menu which has only one item [fish and chips], unable to make a decision.  Within the next week, half the free world will be found seemingly hypnotized in front of their open refrigerator doors, clad only in their underwear and wondering what the hell they’re looking for.  And that dear readers is just the beginning.  Several of the old gods, not Zeus of course, but some of the other Titans are ramping up as winter solstice fast approaches.  And soon those gods and deities still here on Earth, who thankfully we have kept lovingly alive by our mumbled beliefs will gather, for what can only be described as spring break for deities.

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NEW 22’ SELFBAILING CENTER CONSOLE Your engine or mine. Call for Photos and specs. 64806325 earlmeck@yahoo.com

NEW 15’ NANACORE PANGA Self-bailing with console, Call for photos and specs 6480-6325 earlmeck@yahoo.com

22’ X-WIDE CENTER CONSOLE US built, 150HP, Bimini top. Call for photos and specs. 6480-6325 earlmeck@yahoo.com

INFLATABLE FOR SALE New inflatable with or without 15HP motor. Call 64806325 earlmeck@yahoo.com

FISHING BOAT FOR SALE

$600-month

27FT Boston Whaler set up for fishing. Boat available with or without engines. Call 6480-6325 earlmeck@ yahoo.com

HOTEL LULA’S BED & BREAKFAST $50-60 per night; Private Bath, Air Conditioning / WIFI Hotspot 757-9057 www.lulabb.com

18FT CATAMARAN FOR SALE

HOUSE ON SOLARTE FOR RENT

Twin 4-Stroke 50HP Yamaha, low hours. Contact Earl Meck 6480-6325 earlmeck@yahoo.com

2 bedroom house on Solarte with city electric, cable tv and beautiful jungle and ocean views. Long term only- $500 per month. For details contact info@bocasvacations.com or 66176939

21’ EXQUISITE PANGA 140HP Suzuki, Call for photo and specs. 6480-6325

FOR RENT

EFFICIENCY APARTMENT

HOSPITAL POINT HOUSE Long term rental only of private house and estate on Hospital Point, Isla Solarte. Ten minutes from Bocas Town. Solar power and rain water. hot water. Inside and outside baths. Caretaker on site. Prefer a couple. House sleeps 4-6. Available Nov. 2013

APARTMENT FOR RENT 1BR, 1Bath, Newly furnished, wifi, satellite TV, A/C, La Cabana area. $800 per month long term. Call Barry 64996317

APARTMENT FOR RENT Fully equipped, $400 per month Call 6246-2105

HOUSE OVER THE WATER FOR RENT Available for $700 month. Call 6218-3219

per

FOR RENT LONG TERM Cabin 2 miles from town road to Bluff. Across street from beautiful beaches. Call: 6713-7310 no smokers.

PLAYA TORTUGA SUPPORTS ASILO

Excellent security, WIFI, Private bath and kitchen, $350 per month. 6725-0429 or kroutkw@yahoo.com

LONG-TERM RENTAL ON PRIVATE ISLAND

Thanks to Henry Edmond, Ulises Guruchaga, and a long day of fishing for Guajues, Team Tortuga won first (42lbs) and second place (39lbs) in the Feria competition this year. Playa Tortuga graciously donated their prize money to the residents of Asilo. This will now afford them necessities theysometimes run short of like food, bed linens and medicine. Thank you, Playa Tortuga, for your community support. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS - BOCAS DEL TORO Fire (Bomberos)

103

Bocas Hospital

757-9201

Almirante Hospital

758-3745 / 758-3286

Changuinola Hospital

758-8232

Port Authority

757-9447

Airport

757-9208

Bocas Marine Tours

757-9033

Electric Company

757-9228

www.safehomepanama.net GSM Wireless Systems, no monthly fees, no land line. Calls up to 6 numbers with built in cell phone, siren, panic button. Also have GPS Tracking Units, Video cameras, Alarms for Elderly.

Cable & Wireless

123

Direct TV

758-7090

Banco Nacional

757-9230

Directory Information

102

Air Panama

757-9841

Immigration

758-8651

NATURE AIR TICKETS TO SAN JOSE

Ambulance

757-9201

Police (Policia)

104 / 757-9217 / 9485

In Bahia Honda. $600, single - $700/couple per month plus electric. 2 units available. Adults only. Wifi, A/C, hot water, dock. Call 69152040 or email Cayodelsolbocas@aol.com

MISCELLANEOUS SAFE HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS OF PANAMA

Costa Rica--Bocas. Normally priced at $215 one way , for sale for $160. Contact Carmen or Sasha at Hotel Palma Royale or call 757-9979

15

POLICE OFFICERS: SGT. Díaz

6111-6424

Cpl. Sánchez

6649-7581

DIJ

757-9777

The Bocas Breeze


RECYCLE BOCAS IS A TROPICAL PARADISE

BOCAS

WILLPOWER CORP -RECYCLING CENTER-

Bocas island receives over 100,000 visitors per year

• 1 visitor stays on average 5-8 days • 1 visitor consumes on averages 5-8 drinks per day • 1 visitor can produce up to 64 bottles and/or cans during their stay

BUT WHILE TOURISM IS GROWING SO IS OUR GARBAGE PROBLEM

IMAGINE HOW MANY BOTTLES ARE ALREADY BURIED ON THE ISLAND!

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: powerbuygroup@cwpanama.net

THE RECYCLING PROGRAM CANNOT CONTINUE WITHOUT DONATIONS We need your donation to cover the costs of labor, collection, compaction and transportation.

CALL (507) 6949 3389 TO GET A TOUR OF OUR RECYCLING CENTER

BOCAS

MIAMI

CONTAINER DIRECT SHARING SERVICE EXPRESS 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19

2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

20 SPACES AVAILABLE!

SERVICE!

SHARING = SAVING BI-MONTHLY SHIPMENTS FROM MIAMI TO BOCAS

• Grouping together, we all pay a fraction of what we would pay for our own container. • Delivery right to your door or dock! • Each space 40’’ x 40’’ x 80’’ with a

L O WT COS

maximum load of 2.000 pounds for ONE LOW PRICE!

BOCAS

2121 Sixth Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 507-757-7233 or 507-6949-3389 powerbuygroup@cwpanama.net or rbezeau3@videotron.ca

The bocas breeze 13 11 final  

The Bocas Breeze November 2013 Issue

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