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Title: The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Alternate Title: Spillway
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Physical Description: 37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Publisher: Panama Canal
Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: November 5, 1993
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
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Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
Coordinates: 8.95 x -79.566667 ( Place of Publication )
Language: Text in English and Spanish; Spanish text inverted.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 33 (Feb. 1, 1963)-Vol. 37, no. 26 (Dec. 30, 1999).
Issuing Body: Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
General Note: "Official Panama Canal publication."
General Note: Imprint varies: Balboa Hights, <1966-1978>; Miami, Fla., <1979-1982>; Balboa Heights, Pan. <1983>-1999.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
General Note: Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
General Note: Special "80th anniversary supplement" issue published on Aug. 12, 1994.
General Note: Special ed. for 65th anniversary of the Panama Canal issued at end of Oct. 1979, is also a joint issue with: The News: authorized unofficial publication of the U.S. Armed Forces, Quarry Heights, Panama, and includes the text of the Panama Canal Act.
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Volume ID: VID00234
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 02582102
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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Board of Directors, Canal officials attend

fist quarterly meeting in city of Baltimore

Photo by Don Goode
TouringBaltimore portoto by Don oode
Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors Chairman Robert R. McMillan, Canal
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F. andDeputyAdministratorRaymondP. Laverty pause for
amomentduringa launch tourofthePort ofBaltimoreon the dayfollowingthe Commission's
Board of Directors meeting in that city.

Spi way
Vol. XXXI, No. 22 _Friday, November 5, 1993

Last week, the Panama Canal Commis-
sion Bord of Directors held its first quar-
ierlyeeting of fiscal year 1994 in Balti-
more, Maryland. The meeting was attended
by members of the board, U.S. Ambassador
to PanamaDeane R. Hinton, Administrator
Gilberto Guardia F., DeputyAdministrator
Raymond P. Laverty, U.S. and Panamanian
advisors and several senior Commission
As its first order of business, the board
unanimously elected Robert R. McMillan
as its new Chairman, succeeding John W.
Shannon, who departed the board in Au-
In his quarterly report, the Administra-
tor reported that Canal traffic and tolls
revenue were slightly below projected fig-
ures during the last quarter of fiscal year
1993, with year-end oceangoing transits 1.4
percent below target and tolls revenues 1.7

Open season announced for federal health benefits

The open season for the Federal Employ-
ees Health Benefits (FEHB) program runs
from November 8 through December 13,
1993. During this period, eligible employees
may enroll, and those who are already en-
rolled may change plans, options and cover-
age. Those who do not wish to make any
change need not take any action. Any new
enrollments or changes made during open
season become effective on January 9, 1994.
Employees eligible for FEHB coverage
include all permanent U.S. citizens and per-
manent non-U.S. citizens who have been

Exercise tests err
At 10:36 on a hot, sunny morning last
week, the clanging siren of the crane boat
Atlas echoed across Gatun Lake, signalling
the start of a simulated emergency at the
Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Com-
mission Marine Bureau directed the emer-
gency response exercise, and the Atlas rep-
resented an anchored bulk carrier with en-
gine problems. The scenario called for
welding work on board to cause a fire that
ignited part of the ship's styrene cargo.
Atlas master Capt. Clark Jennings re-
ported the simulated emergency to the
Cristobal Signal Station dispatcher, who
contacted the Marine Traffic Control Cen-
ter at La Boca. Atlantic-side emergency
response teams were notified, and marine
safety specialists advised them of a series of
precautions to take because ofthe simulated
toxic styrene fumes.

Approximately 16 minutes after the alarm
was sounded, Commission Fire Division
companies from the Gatun West and Gatun
East stations and a company from Panama's
fire station in Mount Hope approached the
Atlas by launch. Wearing gas masks and
carrying first aid equipment, they first as-
sisted the players acting as wounded and
then joined in efforts to combat the simu-
lated fire. CanalPort CaptainArcelio Hartley
was in command of the response efforts.

Take note
The deadline for the November 19
issue of the Panama Canal Spillway
has been advanced to 11:45 a.m. No-
vember 10 because of the Veterans
Day holiday.

continuously employed since September 30,
1979, and did not elect coverage under the
Panama social security system. Temporary
U.S. citizen employees are also eligible if
they have at least one year of current em-
ployment with no break in service of more
than five days.

Those wishing to enroll or change their
enrollment must complete and submit a
Health Benefits Registration Form (SF-
2809) to the Panama Canal Commission
Retirement and Insurance Branch by De-

cember 13. Forms to enroll in a FEHB plan
may be obtained at Building 287, Ancon
(telephone 52-7831). Also available at the
Retirement and Insurance Branch is the
1994 Enrollment Information Guide Plan
Comparison Chart, containing open season
enrollment information and a comparison
chart that gives general information about
each plan and shows the biweekly and
monthly premium rates. In addition, the
1994 Panama Canal Area Benefit Plan is
currently available in English and wil! be
available in Spanish at a later date.

lergency response capabilities
Marine Safety Unit Chief Capt. Richard sponse capabilities of Canal personnel and
Asaro and chemist Dr. Freddie Chen, along make different units aware of each other's
with invited observers from the Panama procedures and range of activity. "This is a
National Civil Defense System and National continuous training process to prepare em-
Port Authority, monitored the drill closely ployees to respond to real-life emergen-
from on board theAtlas. cies," said Chen, adding, "One of our goals
According to Chen, the exercise coordi- is to improve even further our response
nator, these drills test the reaction and re- capabilities."

Last month, Costa Rican health authorities announced some
bad news -- a dengue fever outbreak had begun in that country.
The threat of dengue fever making its appearance in Panama has
now become very real In spite of repeated pleas for the public
to help eradicate the dengue-carryingAedes aegypti mosquito,
there are still areas in Panama with high infestation levels.
An epidemic is a definite danger, health officials warn, unless
the entire country works to eliminate
Aedes aegypti breeding sites in every
community and neighborhood.
Over 2,000 cases ofsuspected dengue
fever have been reported in Costa Rica.
Most of the cases have occurred in the
Pacific coastal region, although a few
suspected cases have been reported from
Paso Canoasjust across the border from
"It's like a sleeping monster," ex-
plains Panama Canal Commission ento-
mologist Gloria De Obaldfa about the
reappearance of the disease in Costa
Rica. De Obaldfa represents the Canal
agency at meetings of Panama's Na-
tional Technical Commission for Den-
gue Prevention and Cholera Control.
Panamanian health authorities are
striving to form an Aedes aegypti-free
barrier along the Costa Rican border to

percent less than the revised budget for the
fiscal year.
The Administrator explained that the
decline, driven by a general weakness in the
economies of Japan, Europe and the United
States, is expected tocontinue at least through
the first half of the current fiscal year and
called for a re-examination of the
Commission's 1994 budgeted operating ex-
penses. Marginal growth is expected later in
the year.
Guardia briefed the board on significant
procurements and Canal maintenance
projects such as the completion of culvert
work at Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks, the
upgrading of a computerized ship-handling
simulator used for pilot training, enhance-
ments to the Commission's oil and hazard-
ous materials emergency response training
program and the Gaillard Cut widening
He presented updates on public services
and public health issues, noting particular
concern over the presence of the Aedes
aegypti mosquito in Panama and the related
possibility that a dengue fever outbreak
could occur in view of the numerous cases of
dengue that have already been confirmed in
neighboring Costa Rica.
The board also heard reports from
Guardia on a series of in-depth briefings he
and senior managers have held for promi-
nent individuals involved in Panama's treaty
transition planning, including members of
the Legislative Assembly and the
Interoceanic Region Authority and repre-
sentatives of political, business, labor and
academic sectors in Panama. He said the
Commission continues to emphasize the
importance of close and effective coordina-
tion with Panamanian authorities on the
development of activities in areas that could
affectCanaLoperations now and after the
Canal's transfer to Panama.
The board also heard a report on legis-
lative matters from Commission Secretary
Michael Rhode Jr. and a report on financial
matters from ChiefFinancialOfficer Norbert
E. Kraegel.
In addition to the formal proceedings,
members of the board toured the port of
Baltimore to view general harbor opera-
tions and received briefings from the Balti-
more Port Administration on port activities
and developments.

keep dengue from spreading into Panama by fumigation and
elimination of breeding sites. Health centers have been set up
to evaluate people with dengue-like symptoms (high fever,
severe headache and pain in the muscles and joints and in the
back of the eyes). Panamanian health officials are urging people
to report to the nearest health center if they are ill with these
symptoms. Extra precautions are also being taken at seaports
and airports.
Larva hunting crews in the Sanita-
tion and Grounds Branch have intensi-
fied the inspection and elimination of
mosquito breeding sites in Commission
industrial and housing areas. This pre-
vention effort is being done in coordina-
tion with Panama's Environment and
Vector ControlDepartment (DAMCV),
formerly known as the National System
for the Eradication of Malaria (SNEM).
Health officials urge everyone to
take part in the campaignto get rid of the
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes -- and to stop
dengue fever dead in its tracks.
Destroying breeding sites
Panama Canal Commission dependents
Robbie and Timmy Stabler eliminate a
possible "Aedes aegypti"breeding site by
emptyingrainwater that had collected in a
fallen palm frond in Gatun.

Health officials announce: dengue fever outbreak in Costa Rica

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, November 5, 1993

News Briefs

Vehicle inspections
Panama's National Director-
ate of Traffic and Land Transpor-
tation (DNTIT) has announced
that 1994 vehicle inspections will
begin November 15. Vehicle own-
ers must bring their vehicles to an
authorized inspection station and
present their personal identifica-
tion card, a "Paz y Salvo" traffic
violations certificate and the
vehicle's "Registro de Propiedad
Vehicular" (the latter two items
are issued by the DNTTT offices
near Paitilla Airport or at the Mt.
Hope DNTTT offices, located be-
hind the former cold storage com-
plex). Inspections are $10 per ve-

Commission employees may
have their vehicles inspected at the
Motor Transportation Division
(MTD) in Ancon or Mt. Hope. In
Ancon, MTD will be open for in-
spections from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Saturdays. During regular work-
ing hours, patrons should enter
through the rear gate on Curundu
Road. After 3:30 p.m. and on
Saturdays, entrance will be through
the main gate on Gaillard High-
way. At MTD in Mt. Hope, inspec-
tions are available from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Access is through the back gate,
reached by turning off Bolivar
Highway onto BarbadosStreet and
then following posted signs to St.
Kitts Street.

Train crossing safety
The Commission's Safety Di-
vision reminds everyone to stop,
look and listen before crossing
railroad tracks. Twice recently,
near Gatun and in Gamboa, ve-
hicles have been struck by trains.
No serious injuries resulted, but
the vehicles were total losses.
Motorists and pedestrians,
should not depend on signals and
barrier bars. When approaching a
crossing, slow down, turn off ve-
hicle audio systems or headsets,
and listen and look for a train
before proceeding.
Blasting near Diablo
Diablo Heights residents may
feel vibrations from underwater
blasting being carried out by the
Dredging Division in the Panama
Canal near Diablo Landing. The
work is part of a Commission
program to widen the Pacific chan-
nel entrance. Blasting periods will
be scheduled between 6 and 7 a.m.
and 5 and 6 p.m. until February 25.

Neighborhood cleanup
On November 6 and 7, begin-
ning at 8 a.m., Panamanian health
and police personnel will conduct
a clean-up campaign in Pacific
Canal area townsites to eliminate
mosquito breeding places. They
will pick up such things as aban-
doned vehicles, refrigerators and
washing machines. Residents may
cooperate by placing articles in
front of their residences.

Canal defense vital during WWII

The following article is the sec-
ond ofa four-part series commemo-
rating the 50th anniversary of the
U.S. involvement in World War II.
The series is about how the war
affected Panama Canal operations
and the people who lived near and
worked at the Canal during that
time -- a time of perceived danger
during which the movement of ma-
terials, troops and supplies through
the waterway was a critical part of
the war effort.

By Susan Harp
On Sunday, December 7,1941,
the Japanese attacked Pearl Har-
bor. Because of fears that a similar
attack on the Panama Canal might
follow, total blackouts were or-
dered for the areas surrounding
the waterway. To make absolutely
sure that the blackoutwas enforced,
Canal officials pulled the central
switches and cut off electricity to
Canal-area townsites the first two
nights; after that, electricity was
available, but residents were re-
sponsible for complying with the

Fortunately, theJapanesenever
arrived. But a war was on, none-
theless, and Canal operations
changed accordingly. From fiscal
year 1941 to 1942, the amount of
tonnage carried through the wa-
terway on commercial transits

plummeted by
50 percent be-
cause sea travel
was so danger-
ous. War-re-
lated tonnage
The Canal
defense plan
banned photog-
raphy of Canal
installations. In
addition, the
military devised
a network of

metal cables through the airspace
over the locks to trap enemy planes
that might fly over the waterway.
The cables were held aloft by bar-
rageballoons. Unfortunately, high
winds caused problems for the hy-
drogen-filled giants, and the
Canal's 1943 annual report re-
corded 15 interruptions of electric
service caused by balloon cables
sweeping across electric lines.

To reduce visibility for any en-
emy planes flying over the Canal,
the military set up a network of
thousands of smokepots similar to
those used to combat frost in
Florida's citrus groves. The pots,
when ignited, would theoretically
create a smokescreen over the wa-
terway. The 776th Chemical Com-
panywas in charge of the pots in an
area covering about 60 square
miles. Troops camped outinnearby
tents, ready to ignite the pots if the

air-raid sirens sounded. However,
dry-season winds proved to be too
much for both the balloon and
smoke screen plans, and they were
soon abandoned.

Metal cable nets stretched
across the bottom of the Pacific
entrance of the Canal near the
Thatcher Ferry landing, ready to
ensnare enemy submarines, and
floating mines guarded both Canal
entrances. Tragically, in 1943, the
Dredging Division tug Chagres hit
one of the mines, and eight of its
crew members were killed.

Ships transiting the Canal did
so under guard by U.S. marines
from the Second and Third Guard.
Guards with machine guns stood
watch at strategic points along the
banks of the waterway as well as at
the locks, Miraflores swing bridge
and Fort Amador causeway.

On-the-job training received, given by Canal workers
A wide variety of training courses are available to Panama Canal Commissionpersonnel to help
them sharpen skills, increase knowledge and prepare for emergencies. Occasionally, employees
may even find themselves in the role of trainer.
Chlorine-gas safety h
In thephoto at right, watertreatmentplant opera-
tor Winston Davis, center, and operator appren-
tice Eduardo Gomez, left, practice closing off the
valve of a one-ton chlorine-gas tank during a
safety training session at the Miraflores Filtration
Plant. James H. Clifton, from the University of
Florida's Center for Training, Research and Edu-
cation for Environmental Occupations, explains
S- the procedure.

Photos by Armando de Gracia and Susan K. Stabler

Classroom on a tug
Above, Fairbanks Morse training supervisor Robert Jung of
Beloit, Wisc., seen in the foreground turns the engine room
of the tugboat"Parfitt"into a temporary classroom as he and
a group of Industrial Division employees inspect a fuel-
injection setting as part ofa four-day Panama Canal Com-
mission training course. Fairbanks Morse recently offered
two such courses at the Industrial Division. Also pictured,
from left, are machinists Mario Lamont and Rogelio Solis,
both standing; machinist Sebastian Ibarra; and Miraflores
Facility General Foreman George Patton.

Electronics maintenance
In the photo above, instructor Greg Stefaniak of the
U.S.-based Reliance Electric Company, right, ex-
amines a drive-controller unit on a lathe in the
Industrial Division machine shop with electronics
technician Clifton Waisome and electrician Maria
Morales, participants in a Panama Canal Commis-
sion training course presented at the Industrial
Division about maintenance and troubleshooting
of standard direct-current drives.

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World War II barrage balloon


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Friday, November 5, 1993

The Panama Canal Spillway

Retiree transited Canal as infant in 1914

By Susan Harp
A bit of Panama Canal his-
tory came to light last month
when retiree Walter G. Brown
and his wife, Pearl, visited the
waterway while on vacation
from Florida. Brown lays claim
to being the first baby to transit
the Canal, and is very proud of
that distinction. Since he was
only 3 months old at the time,
and since this was before mod-
em infant carrying devices were
invented, he traveled in the arms
of his mother, Nannie Morrison
Brown, on a little pillow.
Brown made his "first" tran-
sit even before the Panama Ca-
nal was opened to commercial
traffic on August 15, 1914. In
preparation for the Canal's
opening, test voyages were made


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the ticket as a family memento.
Canal records show that
both Brown's father and grand-
father started working on the
waterway in 1906. His grand-
father, William F. Morrison
worked for several divisions as
ablacksmith, metalworker and
foreman until his retirement in
Brown's father, also named
Walter G. Brown, was 22 years
old when he was hired. He
stayed with the Canal for al-
most 40 years, working as a
machinist and inspector until
his retirement in 1945.
Brown, the infantwho made
the transit, grew up to work for
what is now the IndustrialDivi-
sion as a scale and oil-meter
inspector. He married Pearl

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Ticket to transit
A copy of the Browns' original ticket for the test transit shows the
Canal agency's no-nonsense approach and chief engineer Col.
George W. Goethals'signature.

through the locks several days
before by the steamships
Cristobal, Advance andPanama.
A few employees and their
spouses were invited toride along
on these test runs, and Brown's
parents were among them. Be-
cause of space limitations, chil-
dren were not allowed, but, since
Brown was a nursing baby, spe-
cial permission was given for
him to accompany his mother
aboard the Advance, which left
Cristobal at 5:30 a.m. Sunday,
August 9, and ended its transit
after passing through Miraflores
Locks. He doesn't remember
the voyage, of course, but he
does have the original ticket to
the event, signed byCanal builder
Col. George W. Goethals him-
self. In appreciation of the his-
torical significance of the excur-
sion, Brown's mother preserved

Tuttle, whose stepfather,
Herbert C. Shaw, worked for
the Canal organization in the
1920s and 1930s. The Browns
raised their children here, re-
tiring to Florida in 1970.
They have returned to
Panama twice on cruise ships
since then, but had little oppor-
tunity to sightsee ashore. This
time, however, they came by
plane and stayed a while, visit-
ing Panama City and several
vacation spots in Panama's in-
terior provinces, in addition to
Canal sites.
"I've been through over-
hauls at all the locks and it was
good to golook them (the locks)
over again," commented
Brown. "And we thought we'd
better come down and get one
more drinkof thatgoodChagres
River water," he added.

Reminder of the past Photo by Kevin Jenkins
During a recent visit to the Panama Canal CommissionAdministra-
tion Building, retired Canal employee WalterG. Brown reflects on his
first transit of the Panama Canal as he reads a plaque dedicated to
the builders of the waterway.


Flood control exercise Photo by Jaime Fernmndez
Flood control exercise coordinator Carlos A. Vargas, at right, discusses water flow and lake elevation charts of
a simulated majorflood in the Panama Canal area with exerciseparticipants. From left are Locks Coordinator
Lawrence M. Drennan, Supervisory Hydrologist Siegelinde Probst, Engineering and Constnrction Director
Numan H. Vdsquez and Engineering Division Chief Thomas Drohan. Since the 1970s, the exercise, which
simulates flood conditions at the Canal, has provided Canal employees with the necessary decision-making and
problem-solvingexpertise that willhelp them to take theproperactions tominimize damageshould aflood actually

Employee saves drowning children

By Susan K. Stabler
Two Colon children are alive
today thanks to a Panama Canal
Commission employee trained in
first aid and cardiopulmonary re-
suscitation. For personal reasons,
the employee wants to remain
anonymous, but he has agreed to
share his experience to emphasize
the value of the Safety Division's
training program and to remind
everyone that a life-threatening
emergency can happen to anyone
. . anywhere. . anytime.
The employee was at work on
July 13, when 9-year-old Felicia
Rose and her 5-year-old brother,
Vicente, waded into the ocean

... he was almost cer-
tain he saw a little hand
-- about 150 feet from

across the street from their multi-
familydwelling. Itwas a hotday,so
the unsupervised children prob-
ablywent into the water to cool off,
playing and splashing as they un-
knowingly drifted further and fur-
ther from shore. By the time they
realized the water was over their
heads, it was too late. Felicia dis-
appeared altogether, although
Vicente somehow managed to re-
main afloat, his tiny hand occa-
sionally breaking the water's sur-
About the same time the chil-
drenwere inching awayfrom shore,
the employee, still in his office, got
a phone call from his cousin. She
had borrowed his wife's car and
was calling to say it wouldn't start.
She was near the beach at a play-
ground where she and his aunt had
stopped to let her young sons play,
and she wanted to know if he could
please come and give her a hand.
He did, and for him the car

started right away, a quirky habit
many cars have, which is what they
were discussing when the cousin's
youngest son interrupted and asked
to wade into the water. The em-
ployee explained that water in that
area is unsanitary for swimming,
but the cousin's oldest son insisted
he had seen two kids playing in it a
little while ago. On hearing that,
the employee, his cousin and his
aunt instinctively turned and
scanned the sea. The employee
says his aunt thought the sun was
playing tricks on his eyes, but he
was almost certain he saw a little
hand -- about 150 feet from shore.
He admits the dirtywater made
him hesitate, yet in an instant he
kicked off his shoes, pressed his
wallet into his cousin's hand and
raced out to Vicente. When he got
the little boy back on the beach,
Vicente seemed unconscious and
not breathing, so the employee
began CPR. Soon the boy choked
up some white frothy stuff and
gained consciousness enough to
answer, "No," when the employee
asked, "Were you alone?"
Yet, there was absolutely no
sign of Felicia. The employee says,
"I don't know how I found her -- I
searched all over under the water,
and then I felt something. I turned
around and stepped on or bumped
something. It was her body."
When he got her to shore,
Felicia appeared dead. The em-
ployee says he tried everything, but
nothing worked until he hugged
her in a modified Heimlich ma-
neuver -- a procedure used to help
dislodge a foreign body from the
windpipe of a choking victim. Still
unconscious, Felicia at least re-
sponded with a glimmer of life.
The employee and his cousin
rushed the two children to a Colon
hospital, and although it was touch
and go for several days, especially
for Felicia, both of the children are

now feeling just fine.
If you find-yourself at this point
asking things like -- "What if the
car hadn't stalled?" --"What if the
cousin hadn't taken her boys to
that particular park?" -- "What if

"I don't know how I
found her -- Isearched
all over under the water,
and then I felt some-

the employee hadn't seen Vicente's
hand?" -- "What if the employee
hadn't known what to do?" -- then
you've identified the very nature of
an emergency -- that it happens
when you least expect it and that
being in the right place at the right
time and knowing what to do af-
fects the outcome.
Supervisoryemployee develop-
ment specialist Bryant Teale says,
"Anybody can take the training
courses offered by the Safety Divi-
sion. Priority is given to key per-
sonnel, but otherwise the courses
are offered on a space-available
basis, even to dependents."
During fiscal year 1993, atten-
dance at Safety Division first aid
and CPR training courses totaled
1,684. Commission employees who
wish to join those ranks or renew
previous training, should contact
their supervisors or unit training
coordinators. Spaces for depen-
dents are not usually available, but
those who would like to have their
names placed on a standbylist may
contact the safety training unit at
Obviously, not all emergencies
involve strangers like Felicia and
Vicente. One could also be called
on to render first aid or save the life
of a co-worker or a loved one. Why
not be prepared?

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, November 5, 1993

What's happening

Guild presents "Agnes of God"

Steak night
Gatun Yacht Club will host its monthly
steak night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, November 18. The meal will
include barbequed steak, baked potato,
bread and salad. Reservations are required
and may be made by calling Alberta
Corrigan at 89-5181 or 43-5393.

Pacific Little League
The Pacific Little League invites Panama
Canal Commission dependents, regardless
of their area of residence, to participate in
the league's 44th baseball season. Boys and
girls ages 6 through 15 can join one of four
divisions accommodating different age and
skill levels. The league is also open to U.S.
military dependents.
Registration and tryouts will be held
November 15 through 19 at the Pacific
Little League baseball field complex in
Balboa. Coaches and managers are also
needed. For more information, call Mark
Dillon (52-6371) evenings, or John Carlson

ICC fashion show
The Isthmian College Club will present
the designs of Helene Breebaart in a fashion
show at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 14, at
the Fort Amador Officers' Club. A number
of prizes will be auctioned through a sealed-
bid process, door prizes will be presented
and a Thanksgiving basket will be raffled
off. Orders for the fashions will be taken
after the show, with 10 percent of the charge
going to the club's scholarship fund. A
limited number of the $10 tickets are
available by contacting Ellen Major at
Christmas bazaar
The Officers' and Civilians' Wives' Club
will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 13 at the
Amador Officers' Club. A variety of U.S.
and Latin American crafts and gift items
will be on sale. This year's bazaar will
feature a special shopping area for children,
with proceeds going to the club's Toys for
Tots program. Kids can have their photo
taken with Santa, and photo packages will
be offered at reasonable prices.

Katherine Gaillard writes of construction days

Part 17: The completed whole

This conchdes the
series ofarticles writ-
ten by Katherine
Gaillard, wife of
Canal builder Col.
David du Bose Gail-
lard, telling about her homemaking efforts
in Culebra during their stay on the Isthmus.
This final episode tells of how, with her
work on their home for all practical
purposes finished, she made preparations,
as a test of her accomplishment, to impress
visiting artist Joseph Pennell, who came to
the Canal to do his famous lithographs
during the final days of Canal construction,
and of how he kept her in a state of anxious
anticipation as she awaited comment from
him on her achievements with the house
and grounds.

Eventually there was nothing more to be
done. It was all complete. I had held to my
original plan as nearly as possible, but
unforeseen conditions and forces, even
finished results, had often modified it. But I
had played the game consistently by using
only the material that lay at hand and that
anyone might have had for the trouble of
getting it.

Throughout there had always been the
interrelation of the garden, the house and
the piazza to be considered. But even while
exercising great care I had ventured beyond
the idea of making them merely typical and
tried to reproduce in them a gradation of
color that might have a subtly psychological

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Director of Public Affairs
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orders should be payable to the Panama Canal Commission. Call
52-3202 for further information or write the Office of Public Affairs,
Panama Canal Commission. Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 or
Balboa Heights, Panama.

It was always an interesting experiment
to watch the faces of our visitors from the
outside world to see if it was felt. First for
them would come that hot climb past bare,
flowerless houses up the steep path from the
station three hundred feet below. Then the
unexpected turn at the top of the hill, the
first glimpse of the house and the entrance
into the garden which, though verdant and
shaded, was filled with such richly glowing
color that it seemed only a little less warm
than the hill outside. Then, the piazza with
its walls of hanging ferns gently swaying in
the breeze, but with such masses of yellow
orchids arching overhead that there was still
an effect of sunlight, but of secondary and
cooler sunlight. Then, the inside of the
house, all white and green-shaded and
restful, filled with flowers, doors and
windows wide open, all light filtering in
through an outside curtain of ferns and
orchids. Then, a cool, comfortable, wide
white chair, a skillful butler, a tray of tall,
tinkling glasses, white with frost and
crowned with green! What more could one
ask, even out of the tropics!

When Mr. Pennell was on the Isthmus
making his unsurpassed lithographs of the
work, he dined with us. A typically tropical
dinner, had been planned-papaya, a
corvina fish from the Pacific, ice cream
from the cream of the ripe coconuts, salad
made from the hearts of the palm trees now
dying in the newly made Gatun Lake. I
arranged all the flowers and plants myself. I
was submitting my work to a master!

He enjoyed the.dinner; he said so.
He looked around everywhere, but not a
word. My heart sank.

After dinner we went out on the piazza
amidst the ferns and orchids, men and
women in white, lights turned out, tropical
moonlight flooding the whole place. Surely
he would speak now, but no. I was quite
below zero by this time. Had the work of all
those years been in vain? Had there been
nothing accomplished save a jumbled mass
of trees and flowers and furniture? Had I
lost the game?

Then, "It is all so wonderful," he said, "as
to be almost unbelievable. It is like Drury
Lane (a London locale), for nowhere else on
earth could so many beautiful effects be so
just right!"

The Ancon Theatre Guild will present
Agnes of God as the second of four plays
planned for this season. For 43 seasons,
Guild performances have been actively
supported by Panama Canal employees,
their families and other volunteers, and
Agnes of God is no exception. The drama
features a Commission dependent in the
cast and employees and retirees in directing,
producing and set-creating roles. The other
cast members are connected with the U.S.
Retired Personnel Policy and Programs
Director Carlos Williams, who has been
active in the theater for over 25 years,
directs the drama. Having previously held
every backstage job except that of director,
Williams says that his first directing
experience has been made easier by the
small cast of three talented actresses.
"In this play there are no elaborate sets,
no funny lines to hide behind," says
Williams, emphasizing that the emotional
conflict among the three women creates the
fabric of the play. Dr. Martha Livingstone,
a court psychiatrist played by Commission
dependent Caroline Hall, goes to a convent
to evaluate the sanity of Agnes, a nun. The
role of Agnes will be played on alternate
nights by Kirsten Anne Traughber and
Magan McCallum. In secret, Agnes has
given birth to a child who was subsequently
strangled to death. Agnes claims to have no
memory of the baby's conception or birth,
but nevertheless faces murder charges.
Linda Christensen plays the Mother Su-
perior who seeks to renew her faltering faith
by believing that Agnes's pregnancy was
blessed in some mysterious way. A triangle
of conflicting emotions emerges, formed by
the doctor's literal view, Agnes's fantasy
world and the Mother Superior's domi-
neering personality.

Drama rehearsal
Caroline Hall hovers over Kirsten Anne
Traughber, seated, while Linda Chris-
tensen looks on during a rehearsal of the
play "Agnes of God."
Photo by Carlos Williams

"The doctor's role is probably the biggest
challenge I have had on the stage,"
comments Hall, explaining that besides the
many lines she has to learn, her character
never leaves the stage except during
The play's producer is Canal Commis-
sion Towboat Engineer Daniel Golds-
worthy. Sets were designed by Commission
retiree Bruce Quinn and built by super-
visory marine traffic controllers Jerry Hall
and Ed McIlvaine. Quinn, Williams, the
Halls and the Ancon Theatre Guild have all
received Panama Canal Commission Public
Service Awards for their contributions to
community theater.
Opening night is November 19, with
performances at 8 p.m. on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday nights through De-
cember 4. The Thursday, November 25
performance has been changed to Wednes-
day, November 24, because of the Thanks-
giving holiday. Reservations can be made
by calling 52-6786.

Position Vacancy List
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted to the Employment and
Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443, Application for Transfer, no later than seven days from the date
of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions (TDPs)
will be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position change. Persons
already serving in a TDP will not be subject to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
For certain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal line of promotion, in-service
employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-lower level or second-lower level of
the position.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center (Building 38,
Balboa). For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their
backgrounds include closely related experience that provides the skills necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised. Employees
selected will be placed in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 52-3583).

Temporary promotion/detail salaries Unit
(Not to exceed six months)
Computer programmer analyst, NM-11/121 2 ...... $16.11/$25.10 Traffic Mgmt.

P 1

I Knowledge of real time disc operating systems and comprehensive knowledge of data base management are required.
2 Only PCC employees will be considered.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

December training courses set
The list of training courses scheduled to be offered to Panama Canal Commission employees in December is provided
below. Nominations should be submitted through training program managers by the suspense dates indicated. Courses
marked with an asterisk are part of the Excellence in Management series offered to Managerial Assessment Program
participants and managers. Participants are encouraged to attend all five classes but may also select individual modules.
In addition to the listed courses, several individualized training packets on a variety of subjects are available at the
Multimedia Training Center.

Course (and target audience)
Empowerment-The Force that Energizes* ...
Managing Difficult People in Difficult Times*
Making Delegation Work* .................
Solving Problems and Making Smart Decisions*
Achievement by Design-Not By Chance*....
New Employee Orientation (new employees)
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Tables (those
who have taken Introduction to WordPerfect)

Dec. 13
Dec. 14
Dec. 15
Dec. 16
Dec. 17
Dec. 28

Dec. 6
Dec. 6
Dec. 15

Norton Commander Workshop (those who
manage programs and files) .............. Dec. 6
Introduction to WordPerfect (prerequisite:
Introduction to Microcomputers) ......... Dec. 13-15





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Nov. 23
Nov. 24
Nov. 25
Nov. 26
Dec. 7

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Nov. 15
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Junta directiva, ejecutivos del Canal asisten

a primera reuni6n trimestral en Baltimore

Recorriendo el Puerto de Baltimore Foto por Don Goode
ElPresidente de laJunta Directiva de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd RobertR. McMillan,
elAdministrador del Canal Gilberto Guardia F. y el Subadministrador RaymondP. Laverty
pasean en una lancha durante un recorrido por elpuerto de Baltimore un dia despuds de la
reuni6n de la Junta Directiva de la Comisi6n en esa ciudad.

La Junta Directiva de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama realiz6 la semana pasada
su primera reuni6n del afio fiscal 1994 en
Baltimore, Maryland. A la reuni6n asistieron
los miembros de la junta, el Embajador de
los Estados Unidos en Panama Deane R.
Hinton, elAdministrador Gilberto Guardia
F., elSubadministrador Raymond P. Laverty,
asesores estadounidenses y panamefios y
ejecutivos de la Comisi6n.
Como primer orden del dia, la junta
eligi6 unanimemente a Robert R. McMillan
como su nuevo presidente, reemplazando a
John W. Shannon, quien abandon6 la junta
en agosto.
En su informe trimestral, el Adminis-
trador inform6 que el trafico del Canal y los
ingresos por peajes estuvieron ligeramente
por debajo del nivel proyectado durante el
fltimo trimestre del afio fiscal 1993, con una
caida del 1.4 por ciento en los transitos con


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Vol. XXXI, NQ 22 Viernes 5 de noviembre de 1993

Anuncian temporada para beneficios de salud

La temporada abierta del Programa de
Beneficios de Salud para Empleados
Federales (FEHB)sera del 8 de noviembre
al 13 de diciembre. Los empleados elegibles
podran inscribirse y los ya inscritos podrin
cambiar de plan, opci6n y cobertura. Los
que no desean hacer ningfin cambio no
tienen que tomar ninguna acci6n. Cualquier
inscripd6n nueva o cambio hecho durante
este perfodo entrara en vigor el 10 de enero.
Entre los empleados elegibles para
cobertura del FEHB estAn los ciudadanos

estadounidensesylosno estadounidenses
empleados en forma continua desde el
30 de septiembre de 1979 que no
escogieron la cobertura de la Caja de
Seguro Social de Panama. Tambi6n son
elegibles los empleados temporales
estadounidenses empleados por un afio
sin interrupciones mayores de cinco dias.
Los que desean inscribirse o cambiar
su plan deben Ilenar y presentar el
formulario de Inscripci6n de Beneficios
de Salud (SF-2909) en el Ramo de

Jubilaci6nySeguros hastael1l3de diciembre.
Los formularios se obtienen en el Edificio
287, Anc6n (52-7831). Tambi6n esta
disponible en el Ramo de Jubilaci6n y
Seguros la Gufa de Inscripci6n y Tabla
Comparativa de Planes de Salud para 1994,
con informaci6n sobre la inscripci6n y una
tabla comparativa sobre cada plan y las
tarifas bisemanales y mensuales. Ademas,
el folleto del Plan de Beneficios del Area del
Canal para 1994 estA disponible en ingl6s y
pronto lo estara en espafiol.

Ejercicio prueba capacidad de respuesta en emergencias

A las 10:36 de una caliente y soleada
mariana, la estruendosa sirena de la gria
flotante Atlas rompi6 el silencio del Lago
Gatfn dando inicio a una emergencia
simulada en el Canal de Panama. La
Direcci6n de Marina de la Comisi6n del
Canal dirigi6 el ejercicio de respuesta a
emergencias,ylaAtlas represent6unbuque
de carga agranel anclado con averfas en sus
maquinas. Segin el escenario, trabajos de
soldadura a bordo ocasionarfan un incendio
que se extenderia a la carga de estireno en la
El capitan de la Atlas, Clark Jennings,
report6 el simulacro al despachador de la
Estaci6n de Sefiales de Crist6bal, quien
contact6 al Centro de Control de Trdfico
Maritimo en La Boca. Los equipos de
respuestaa emergencias delAtlantico fueron
notificados, y los especialistas en seguridad
marina en La Boca les informaron las
precaucones atomar ante losvaporest6xicos
simulados del estireno.
Unos 16 minutos despu6s de sonada la
alarma, compaiifas de la Divisi6n de
Bomberos de las estaciones Gatun Este y
Gatfn Oeste y una compafifa de la estaci6n
de bomberos de Panama de Mount Hope
abordaron la Atlas desde una lancha.
Llevando mascaras y equipo de primeros
auxilios, atendieronprimero alos tripulantes
que simulaban estar heridos y luego
combatieron el incendio simulado. El

Tome nota
Elcierredelaedici6ndel 9de
noviembre del Spillway del Canal de
Panama ha sido adelantado para las
11:45 a.m. del 10 de noviembre por la
celebraci6n del Dfa de los Veteranos.

Capitan de PuertoArcelio Hartley estaba al
mando de la operaci6n.
El Jefe de la Unidad de Seguridad Ma-
rina Capt. Richard Asaro y el quimico Dr.
Freddie Chen,juntoaobservadoresinvitados
delSistema Nacional de Protecci6n Civilyla
Autoridad Portuaria Nacional, siguieron de
cerca el ejercicio a bordo de laAtlas.
Segfin Chen, quien coordina los

ejercicios, estas prActicas prueban la
capacdad de reacci6n y respuesta del per-
sonal del Canaly los pone al corriente de los
procedimientos y las actividades en las
distintas unidades. "Es un proceso continuo
de adiestramiento para preparar a los
empleados a responder a emergencias
reales", dijo Chen. "Queremos mejorar ain
mis nuestra capaddad de respuesta".

respecto al nivel proyectado y los ingresos
por peajes fueron 1.7 por ciento menos que
el presupuesto revisado del afio fiscal.
El Administrador explic6 que la
disminuci6n, producida por un d6bil
comportamiento general de las economias
de Jap6n, Europa y los Estados Unidos, se
espera que continue por lo menos hasta la
primera mitad del afio fiscal 1994 y solicit6
una revisi6n del presupuesto de gastos de
operaci6n de la Comisi6n para 1994. Se
anticipa un crecimiento marginal en la
segunda parte del afio.
Guardia inform6 sobre importantes
compras y obras de mantenimiento como la
terminad6n del trabajo en las alcantarillas
de Pedro Miguel y Gatfin, la mejora del
simulador computarizado para adiestrar a
los practicos,la intensificaci6n del programa
de adiestramiento de la Comisi6n para res-
ponder a emergencias por petr61eo y
materiales riesgosos y el progreso del
ensanche del Corte Gaillard.
Present6 informaci6n actualizada sobre
servicios pfblicos y salud pfiblica, sefialando
especial preocupaci6n por la presencia del
mosquitoAedes aegypti en PanamA y sobre
la posibilidad de que ocurra una epidemia
de dengue en vista de los numerosos casos
confirmados en elvecinopais de Costa Rica.
La junta tambi6n recibi6 informes de
Guardia sobre una serie de charlas de
orientaci6n que 61y otros altos funcionarios
han ofrecido a prominentes ciudadanos
involucrados en planificar la transici6n por
Panama, incluyendo miembros de la
Asamblea Legislativa y la Autoridad de la
Regi6n Interoceanica y representantes de
los sectores politicos, empresariales,
laboralesyacad6micos. Dijoquela Comisi6n
continfa dando 6nfasis a la importancia de
una estrecha y efectiva coordinaci6n con las
autoridades panameiias sobre el desarrollo
de actividades en areas que pudieran afectar
las operaciones del Canal ahora y despu6s
de su transferencia a PanamA.
La junta tambi6n recibi6 un informe
sobre asuntos legislativos de parte del
Secretario Michael Rhode, Jr., y un informe
financiero del Oficial Jefe de Finanzas
Norbert E. Kraegel.
Ademas, los directivos recorrieron el
Puerto de Baltimore para observar las
operaciones yrecibieron charlas de parte de
la Administraci6n del Puerto de Baltimore
sobrelas actividadesyeldesarrolloportuario.

Las autoridades de salud de Costa Rica dieron la mala noticia
el mes pasado -- se habia iniciado una epidemia de dengue en ese
pals. La amenaza de la aparici6n del dengue en Panama es ahora
real. Aun con los repetidos avisos al pfiblico para ayudar a
erradicar el mosquito Aedes aegypti, transmisor del dengue,
todavia existen Areas en PanamA con altos niveles de infestaci6n.
Laepidemia esunpeligrodefinitivo, adviertenlos funcionarios
de salud, a menos que el pafs entero trabaje para eliminar los
criaderos deAedes aegypti en comunidades y vecindarios.
MAs de 2,000 casos posibles de den-
gue se han reportado en Costa Rica. La
mayoria se ha dado enla costa del Pacifico,
aunque algunos casos posibles han sido
reportados en Paso Canoas, justo en la
frontera con Panama.
"Es como un monstruo dormido",
explica sobre la reaparici6n de la
enfermedad en Costa Rica la entom6loga
de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA,
Gloria De Obaldfa. De Obaldia
representa a la agencia canalera en
reuniones de la Comisi6n T6cnica
Nacional para la Prevenci6n del Dengue -
y el Control del C61era de Panama.
luchan por crear una barrera contra el W
Aedes aegypti en la frontera con Costa
Rica para evitar que el dengue Ilegue a

PanamA, intensificandola fumigac6nyeliminad6nde criaderos.
Se han establecido centros de salud para evaluar a las personas
con sintomas de dengue (fiebre alta, dolor de cabeza intenso, y
dolor en musculos, coyunturas y detras de los ojos). Las
autoridades de salud panamefias piden alas personas acercarse
a un centro de salud si tienen estos sfntomas. Tambi6n se estAn
tomandoprecaucionesadicionales enpuertos a6reosymaritimos.
Cuadrillas de detecci6n de larvas del Ramo de Sanidad y
Predios han intensificado el trabajo de inspecd6n y eliminaci6n
de criaderos en Areas industriales y
residencales de la Comisi6n. El esfuerzo
preventivo se realiza en conjunto con el
Departamento de Control del Medio
Ambiente y Vectores de PanamA
(DAMCV), llamado antes Sistema
Nacional para la Erradicaci6n de la
Malaria (SNEM).
Las autoridades de salud exhortan a
todos a tomar parte en la campafia para
eliminar elAedes aegypti -- y detener la
Sepidemia del dengue para siempre.

Eliminando criaderos
Los dependientes de la Comisi6n del
SCanalde Panamd Robbie y Timmy Sta-
bler eliminan un criadero potencial de
"Aedes aegypti" sacando el agua de una
penca depalma en Gatan.

Autoridades de salud advierten: brote de dengue Ilega a Costa Rica

-" -

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 5 de noviembre de 1993


Revisado vehicular
La Direcci6n Nacional de
TrAnsito y Transporte Terrestre
de Panamd (DNTIT) anunci6 que
el revisado vehicular de 1994 se
iniciara el 15 de noviembre. Los
duefios deben levar sus vehiculos
a una estaci6n autorizada de
revisado, y presentar su c6dula, el
paz y salvo certificando el pago de
multas y el Registro de Propiedad
Vehicular (ambos expedidos por
la DNTIT en sus oficinas cerca del
Aeropuerto de Paitilla o en Mount
Hope detras del antiguo
frigorifico). Elrevisado cuesta $10
por vehiculo.

Los empleados de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama pueden
revisar sus autos en los centros de
la Divisi6n de Transporte
Motorizado en Anc6n y Mount
Hope. La oficina de Anc6n abrira
de 10 a.m. a 5 p.m. los dias de
semana y de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. los
sabados. Durante horas labo-
rables, los conductores deben
entrar por la puerta trasera en la
Calle Curundi. Despu6s de las
3:30 p.m. y los sabados se entrara
por la entrada principal de la
Avenida Gaillard. EnMount Hope,
el revisado sera de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
de lunes a sabado. Se entrard por
la puerta trasera, a la cual se llega
saliendo de la Avenida Bolivar en
la Calle Barbados y siguiendo las
sefiales en la Calle St. Kitts.

Seguridad envias f6rreas
La Divisi6n de Seguridad del
Canal recuerda a todos detenerse,
mirar yescuchar antes de cruzar la
via del tren. El tren ha chocado
con autos cerca de Gattin y
Gamboa. Por fortuna no hubo
heridos graves, pero los autos
fueron declarados p6rdida total.
Los conductoresy peatones no
deben depender de las sefiales. Al
acercarse aun cruce debenbajarla
velocidad, apagar el radio y
asegurarse de que no se acerca
ningfin tren antes de seguir.

Avisan sobre explosiones
Los residentes de Diablo
pueden sentir vibraciones por las
explosionessubmarinas querealiza
laDivisi6n deDragado en el Canal
de Panama, cerca del muelle de
Diablo. El trabajo es parte del
ensanche del cauce en la entrada
del Pacifico. Las explosiones han
sidoprogramadasde6 a7a.m. yde
5 y 6 p.m. hasta el 25 de febrero.

Campaiia de prevenci6n
A partir de las 8 a.m. el 6 y 7 de
noviembre, personal del Ministerio
deSalud limpiar los poblados del
area canalera del Pacifico para
eliminar criaderos de mosquitos.
Se recogeran vehiculos, refri-
geradoras,lavadorasyotros objetos
grandes abandonados. Se exhorta
a los residentes poner los objetos
para recoger frente a sus casas.

Defensa del Canal vital en guerra

de una serie de cuatro en con-
memoraci6n del 50o. aniversario
de la participaci6n de los Estados
Unidos en la Segunda Guerra
Mundial. Laserie trata sobre c6mo
la guerra afect6 la operaci6n del
Canal de Panamd, y la gente que
vivi6 cerca y trabaj6 en el Canal
durante ese tiempo -- un tiempo de
peligro duranteelcualelmovimiento
de materiales, tropas y suministros
a travis de la via acudtica jug6 un
papel vital en el esfuerzo bilico.

Por Susan Harp
El domingo 7 de diciembre de
1941 los japoneses atacaron Pearl
Harbor. Temiendo que un ataque
similar se diera en el Canal de
Panama, se orderaron apagones
en las Areas alrededor de la via
acuAtica. Para garantizar el
absoluto cumplimiento del apag6n,
se desconectaron los in-
terruptores, cortando el suministro
de electricidad las dos primeras
noches. Despu6s de eso se
restableci6 la electricidad, pero los
residentes eran responsables de
apagar las luces con el apag6n.
Por fortuna losjaponeses nunca
llegaron. Pero se peleaba una
guerra, ylas operaciones del Canal
tuvieron que cambiar. Del afio
fiscal 1941 al 1942, la cantidad de
tonelaje transportado por la via
acuatica en trAnsitos comerciales
decay6 un 50 por ciento pues el
transporte maritimo era muy

peligroso. El
tonelaje b6lico se
El plan de
defensa del Canal
prohibia fo-
tografiar las ins-
talaciones. A-
demAs, los mili-
tares disefiaron
una red de cables
de metal a trav6s
del espacio a6reo
sobre las esclusas
para atrapar a-

Dirigible de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

viones enemigos
que pudieran volar sobre la via
acuatica. Los cables eran
sostenidos con dirigibles, pero los
fuertes vientos causaron
problemas.En 1943seregistraron
15 interrupciones del servicio
el6ctrico causadas por cables del
globo arrasando lineas el6ctricas.
Para reducir la visibilidad de
cualquier avi6n enemigo que volara
sobre el Canal, los militares
establecieron una red de miles de
envasespara hacer humo, similares
a los usados para combatir el frio
en los sembradios de citricos de
Florida. Al ser encendidos, los
envases crearian te6ricamente una
cortina de humo sobre la via
acuatica. La Compaiifa de
Quimicos 776 estaba a cargo de los
envases en un Area cubriendo cerca
de 60 millas cuadradas. Las tropas
acampaban en tiendas cercanas,
listos para encender el humo

cuando sonaran las sirenas. Sin
embargo, los vientos de la tempo-
rada secano fueron favorables para
el globo ni las cortinas y se
abandonaron estos planes.
Redes de cables de metal se
extendieron a lo largo del fondo de
la entrada del Canal en el Pacifico,
cerca del muelle del Ferry
Thatcher, listos para atrapar a los
submarinos enemigos. Minas
flotantes protegian ambas
entradas. En 1943, el remolcador
Chagres de la Divisi6n de Dragado
choc6 con una mina y ocho
tripulantes murieron.
Los barcos transitaban el Ca-
nal escoltados por infantes de ma-
rina. Guardias armados con
ametralladoras vigilaban puntos
estrat6gicos a lolargo delas riberas
de la via acuatica y en las esclusas,
elpuente de Mirafloresylacalzada
de Fuerte Amador.

Empleados canaleros reciben y ofrecen adiestramiento
Una amplia variedad de cursos de adiestramiento disponibles para elpersonal de la Comisin
del Canal de Panamd les ayuda a mejorar destrezas, aumentar conocimientosy enfrentar
emergencias. En ocasiones, los empleados hasta pueden hacer el papel de instructores.
Seguridad contra gas t6xico
A la derecha, el operador de planta
purificadora Winston Davis, centro, y el .
operador aprendiz Eduardo G6mez, izquierda,
cierran la vdlvula de un tanque de gas de cloro
durante un adiestramiento sobre seguridad en
la Planta Purificadora de Miraflores. James H.
Clifton, del Centro de Adiestramiento,
Investigaci6n y Educaci6n para Ocupaciones
Relacionadas con el Medio Ambiente de la
Universidad de Florida explica el
Fotos por Armando de Gracia y Susan K. Stabler
Compartiendo conocimientos
Abajo, empleados del Ramo deSanidad y Predios muestran el
manejo de la sierra elWctrica a un equipo de la Policia Nacional en el
drea canalera. Los policias fueron adiestrados sobre mantenimlento
y seguridad de sierras eldctricas, y su uso para eliminar drboles
caidos despues de una tormenta. La policia serd responsable de esta
labor en dreas revertidas a Panamd en el sector Pacifico.

Aprendiendo en el trabajo
Arriba, el instructor de la compaiia Fairbanks Morse,
Robert Jung de Wisconsin, quien aparece alfondo, usa
el cuarto de mdquinas de un remolcador para que un
grupo de empleados de la Divisi6n Industrial revise el
sistema de inyecci6n de combustible durante un
adiestramiento de cuatro dias en el Canal. Fairbanks
Morse ofreci6 dos cursos en la Divisi6n Industrial.
Tambign aparecen, desde la izquierda, los maquinistas
Mario Lamont y Rogelio Soils, ambos depie; el
maquinista Sebastian Ibarra y el Capataz General de
Instalaciones de Miraflores George Patton.

Mantenimiento electr6nico
Arriba, el instructor de la compaiia
estadounidense Reliance Electric, Greg Stefaniak,
derecha, revisa una unidad de control de
transmisi6n en un torno del taller de mdquinas
de la Divisi6n Industrial junto al tdcnico de
electr6nica Clifton Waisome y la electricista
Maria Morales, participantes de un curso sobre
mantenimiento y soluci6n de problemas de
transmisiones estdndar de corriente directa.

Paeina 2


Viemes 5 de noviembre de 1993

Spillway del Canal de Panami

Jubilado transit6 como infante

Por Susan Harp
Una parte de la historia del
Canal de Panama fue revivida el
mes pasado cuando Walter G.
Brown y su esposa, Pearl,
visitaron la via acuatica durante
sus vacaciones. Brown afirma
ser el primer beb6 en transitar
el Canal y esta muy orgulloso de
ello. S61o tenia 3 meses, antes
de que se inventaran las
modernas cargadoras de bebes,
y viaj6 en brazos de su madre,
Nannie Morrison Brown, en una
pequefia almohada.
Brown hizo su "primer"
transito ain antes de que se
abriera el Canal de Panama al
trifico comercal el 15de agosto
de 1914. En preparaci6n para la
apertura del Canal, los vapores

hist6rica del evento, la madre
de Brown guard6 la invitaci6n.
Los registros del Canal
muestran que el padre y el
abuelo de Brown comenzaron
a trabajar en la via acuatica en
1906. William F. Morrison, su
abuelo materno, trabaj6 para
varias divisiones como herrero,
trabajador de metal y capataz
hasta su jubilaci6n en 1930. El
padre de Brown, Walter G.
Brown, tenia 22 afios cuando
fue contratado. Trabaj6 con el
Canal durante casi 40 afios
como maquinista e inspector
hasta su jubilaci6n en 1945.
Brown, el beb6 que hizo el
transito, creci6ytrabaj6parala
ahora Divisi6n Industrial como
inspector de pesas y medidas

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Pasaje para transitar
Una copia delpasaje originalde los Brownpara eltrdnsito deprueba
muestra el enfoque prdctico de la agencia del Canaly lafirma del
Cnel. George W. Goethals.

Crist6bal, Advance y Panamid
a trav6s de las esclusas varios
dias antes. Unos pocos
empleados y sus esposas,
incuyendo los padres de Brown,
fueron invitados alas travesfas.
Por limitaciones de espado, no
se permitieron nifios, pero ya
que Brown era un beb6 se. le
otorg6 un permiso especial para
que pudiera acompafiar a su
madre a bordo del Advance,
que sali6 de Crist6bal alas 5:30
a.m. el domingo 9 de agosto y
termin6 su transito en una via
luego de pasar las Esclusas de
Miraflores. Por supuesto, 61no
recuerda la travesia, pero sf
guarda la invitaci6n original del
evento, firmada por el propio
constructor del Canal, Cnel.
George W. Goethals. En
aprecio a la importancia

de aceite. Se cas6 con Pearl
Tuttle Brown, cuyo padrastro,
Herbert C. Shaw, trabaj6 para
la organizaci6n canalera en los
afios 20 y 30. La pareja cri6 a
sus hijos aqui y se jubilaron en
Florida en 1970.
Desde entonces han vuelto
a Panama dos veces a bordo de
cruceros, pero nohabian tenido
oportunidad de bajar a tierra.
Sin embargo, esta vez vinieron
por avi6n y se quedaron un
tiempo, visitando la ciudad de
Panama yvarios sitios de recreo
del interior del pais, ademas de
los lugares en el Canal.
"Trabaj6 en reacon-
dicionamientos en todas las
esclusas y fue bueno verlas de
nuevo", coment6 Brown.
"Pensamos que seria bueno
venir y tomar una vez mas esa
agua buena del Rio Chagres".

Recuerdo delpasado Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Durante una reciente visita al Edificio de Administraci6n de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, el jubilado canalero Walter G.
Brown medita sobre su primer trdnsito al visitar laplaca dedicada
a los constructores de la via acudtica.

Simulacro de inundaci6n Foto por Jaime Fernndez
El coordinador del ejercicio de control de inundaciones, Carlos A. Vargas, a la derecha, comenta con los
participantes las grdficas de descargasy niveles de los lagos en una inundaci6n simulada en el drea del Canal
de Panamd. Desde la izquierda aparecen el coordinador de esclusas Lawrence M. Drennan, la hidr6loga
supervisora Siegelinde Probst, elDirectorde Ingeniernay Construcci6n Numan H. Vdsquezy elJefe de la Divisi6n
de Ingenieda Thomas Drohan. Desde los atios 1970, el ejercicio simula condiciones de inundaci6n en la via
acudtica, proporcionando a los empleados del Canalprdctica en la tomadedecisionesylasoluci6n deproblemas
que les ayudardn a realizar las acciones correctas para minimizar los dailos durante una inundaci6n real.

H6roe an6nimo salva a nifos del mar

Por Susan K. Stabler
Dosnifios colonensesvivenhoy
por un empleado de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama diestro en
primeros auxilios y resucitaci6n
cardiopulmonar. Por razones
personales, el empleado desea
permanecer an6nimo, pero accedi6
a compartir su experiencia para
resaltar el valor del adiestramiento
que recibi6 en la Divisi6n de
Seguridad y recordar que una
emergencia puede ocurrirle a
cualquiera... donde sea... y en
cualquier momento.
El empleado estaba en su
trabajo el 13 de julio, mientras la
nifia de 9 afios Felicia Rose y su
hermano de 5, Vicente, se metian
a la playa frente a su vivienda
multifamiliar. Era undiacaluroso
y los nifios estaban solos; quizas
entraron al agua para refrescarse,
jugando y salpicando mientras se
alejaban descuidados de la orilla.
Se dieron cuenta cuando el agua ya
cubria sus cabezas y era demasiado
tarde. Felicia desapareci6
totalmente, mientras que Vicente
de alguna manera consigui6
mantenerse a flote, su pequefia
manito levantandose sobre la
superficie ocasionalmente.
Casi al mismo tiempo en que
los niiios se alejaban de la orilla, el
empleado, afn en su oficina, recibi6
una llamada telef6nica de su prima.
Ella tenia prestado el auto de su
esposa y llam6 para decirle que no
encendia. Estaba cerca de la playa,
en un parque donde se habia
detenido con la tia del empleado
para que sus pequefios hijos
jugaran, y le pidi6 que viniera a
El acudi6 y encendi6 el auto de
unavez, una mala mafia de muchos
vehiculos, lo cual comentaban
cuando el ms pequefio de los hijos
de su prima interrumpi6 pidiendo
permiso para meterse al agua. El
empleado le explic6 que el agua

Estaba casi seguro de
haber visto una mano
pequefa como a 150
pies de la orilla.

estaba sucia, pero el mayor insisti6
en que habia visto a dos nifiosjugar
en el agua poco antes. Al escuchar
eso, el empleado, su prima y su tia
instintivamente voltearon y
recorrieron el mar con la mirada.
El empleado dice que su tfa pens6
que el solle hacia desvariar, pero 61
estaba casi seguro de haber visto
una pequefia mano -- como a 150
metros de la orilla.
Admite que el agua sucia le
hizo vacilar, pero en un instante se
quit6 los zapatos, le dio su cartera
a su prima y nad6 hacia Vicente.
Al llegar a la orilla, Vicente estaba
inconsciente yno respiraba, por lo
que el empleado le aplic6
resuscitaci6n cardiopulmonar.
Poco despu6s, el niiio vomit6
espuma blanca y recobr6 el
conocimiento, lo suficiente para
responder negativamente cuando
el empleado le pregunt6 si estaba
No habia serial de Felicia por
ningfn lado. "No s6 c6mo la
encontr6", dice el empleado.
"Busqu6 por todas partes bajo el
agua, hasta que senti algo. Me
volte6 y pis6 o pate6 algo. Era su
Cuando la llev6 a la orilla,
Felicia parecia muerta. El
empleado intent6 revivirla, pero
nada funcion6, hasta que le dio un
abraz6 Heimlich modificado -- un
procedimiento usado para
destapar la trAquea de una victima
asfixiundose. Adn inconsciente,
Felicia al menos respondi6 con un
resquicio de vida.
El empleadoysuprimallevaron
a los dos niiios a un hospital de

Col6n, y aunque estuvieron
delicados por varios dias,
especialmente Felicia, ambos niios
estan bien ahora.
"iOu6 tal si el carro no se hubiera
parado?" "LY si la prima no
hubiera Uevado a sus hijos a ese
parque?" Qu6tal si el empleado
no hubiera visto la mano de
Vicente?" "LY si el empleado no
hubiera sabido qu6 hacer?";
entonces habra identificado la
verdadera naturaleza de una
emergencia: ocurre de imprevisto,
ysiestamos en ellugarcorrecto, en
el momento indicado y sabemos
qu6 hacer podemos afectar el
El especialista supervisor de
desarrollo del empleado Bryant
Teale dice que "cualquiera puede
tomar los cursos de adiestramiento
que ofrece la Divisi6ndeSeguridad.
El personal clave tiene prioridad,
perohasta los dependientes pueden
tomar los cursos segfn la
disponibilidad de cupos".
Durante el afio fiscal de 1993,
un total de 1,684 personas tomaron
los cursos de adiestramiento en
primeros auxilios y CPR en la
division. Los empleados de la
Comisi6n que deseen tomar o
renovar su adiestramiento deben
hablar con sus supervisores o
coordinadores de adiestramiento
de su unidad. Pocas veces hay
cupos para dependientes, pero
pueden anotarse en una lista de
espera Hamando a la Unidad de
Adiestramiento de Seguridad al
Obviamente, no todas las
emergencias involucran a
desconocidos como Felicia y
Vicente. Uno podria tener que
prestar primeros auxilios o salvar
lavida de un compafiero de trabajo
o ser querido. iPor qu6 no estar

Pigina 3

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 5 de noviembre de 1993

Eventos locales

Parrillada en Gatuin
El Club de Yates de Gatfin realizara su
Noche de Carnes mensual el jueves 18 de
noviembre a las 6:30 p.m. El plato incluira
came y papas asadas, pan y ensalada.
Deben hacerse reservaciones llamando a
Alberta Corrigan al 89-5181 6 43-5393.

Pequefas ligas
Las Pequefias Ligas del Pacifico invitan a
dependientes de la Comisi6n del Canal, sin
importar su residencia, a la 44a. temporada
de beisbol. Nifios y nifias de 6 a 15 afios
pueden unirse a una de las cuatro
divisiones, seg(m sus edades y habilidades.
Tambi6n pueden jugar dependientes del
Ej6rcito de los Estados Unidos.
Las inscripciones y pruebas serAn del 15
al 19 de noviembre en los campos de juego
de las Pequefias Ligas, en Balboa. Tambi6n
se buscan entrenadores y administradores.
Para mis informaci6n, lame a Mark
Dillon (52-6371) en las noches, o a John
Carlson (52-2622).

Desfile de modas
El Isthmian College Club presentard las
creaciones de Helene Breebaart a las 4 p.m.
el domingo 4 de noviembre en el Club de
Oficiales de Amador. Se subastarAn pre-
mios en sobres cerrados, habran premios de
entrada y se rifara una canasta para el Dia
de Acci6n de Gracias. Se aceptaran pedidos
para vestidos despubs del desfile de modas,
y el 10 por ciento del costo sera donado al
fondo de becas del club. Un nimero
limitado de boletos de $10 esta disponible
con Ellen Major, Ilamando al 64-2528.

Bazar navideiio
El Club de Esposas de Oficiales y Civiles
realizara su Bazar Anual de Navidad el 13
de noviembre de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. en el
Club de Oficiales de Amador. Se venderin
artesanias y articulos de los Estados Unidos
y America Latina. Habra un Area especial
de compras para nifios, cuya ganancia irA al
programa de "Juguetes para Infantes" del
club. Los nifios podran fotografiarse con
Santa y las fotos se venderan a precios

Katherine Gaillard escribe cr6nicas del Canal

Parte 17: La culminaci6n

Este articulo con-
cluye las cr6nicas
Sde Katherine Gail-
lard, esposa del
constructor del Ca-
nal Cnel. David du
Bose Gaillard, sobre los esfuerzos por
arreglar su casa en Culebra durante su
estadia en el istmo. En el tiltimo episodio
nos cuenta c6mo, con el trabajo en casa
terminado, hizo preparativos para poner a
prueba sus logros e impresionar al artista
Joseph Penell, quien vino de visita al Canal
para hacer susfamosas litografias durante el
final de la construcci6n, y de c6mo el la
mantuvo en un estado de ansiedad mientras
aguardaba sus comentarios sobre sus logros
en la casa y sus predios.

Eventualmente no hubo nada mAs que
hacer. Todo estaba listo.. Mantuve mi plan
original lo mis posible, pero condiciones y
fuerzas imprevistas a menudo lo modifica-
ron. Pero fui consistente usando s6lo el
material que tenia a mi alcance y que
cualquiera hubiera podido conseguir con
tan s6lo tomarse la molestia.

Siempre hubo que considerar la interre-
laci6n entre el jardin, la casa y el patio
interior. Pero a pesar de tener mucho
cuidado, me aventur6 mis alld de la idea de
hacerlos simplemente tipicos y trat6 de
reproducir en ellos colores que podian tener
un efecto sicol6gico sutil.

Spill way
Administrador. Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
Directora de Relaciones Piblicas
Director Asociado
Directora Asociada
Editora Encargada
El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial
quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Los articulos que en
ella aparecen pueden ser reproducidos.sin pedir autorizaci6n,
(nicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser
entregada antes del mediodia del jueves anterior a la semana de su
publicaci6n, o antes del mediodia del misrcoles si hay algun dia
feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n. Las subscripciones de 52
ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular
para estudiantes y S19 por correo a6reo. Envie cheque o giro postal
a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor
informaci6n, Ilame al 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de Relacio-
nes Pfiblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300,
APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

Siempre era interesante ver las caras de
nuestros visitantes del mundo exterior para
observar si lo sentian. Para ellos lo primero
era la subida calurosa a trav6s de casas
peladas, sin flores, desde la estaci6n 300 pies
mis abajo. Luego el inesperado giro en la
cima, el primer vistazo a la casa y la entrada
al jardin, que a pesar de ser verde y
sombreado, estaba Ueno de colores tan
vivos que parecia ser s61o un poquito menos
caliente que la loma afuera. Luego, el patio
interior con sus helechos colgantes movi6n-
dose suavemente con la brisa, pero con
masas de orquideas amarillas que mante-
nian el efecto de la luz solar, pero de una luz
secundaria mis fresca. Luego el interior de
la casa, blanca y verde y acogedora, Ilena de
flores, puertas y ventanas abiertas, con la
luz exterior filtrandose por cortinas de
helechos y orquideas. Luego una fresca,
acogedora y ancha silla blanca, un mayor-
domo habil, una bandeja con tintineantes
vasos altos, con escarcha blanca y corona-
dos de verde! Qu6 mis se podia pedir, auin
en el tr6pico!

Cuando el Sr. Pennell estuvo en el istmo
dibujando sus insuperables litografias de la
obra cen6 con nosotros. Fue una cena tipica
tropical-papaya, corvina del Pacifico,
helado de coco, ensalada hecha con el
coraz6n de las palmas que ahora agoni-
zaban en el reci6n formado Lago Gatfin. Yo
misma arregl6 todas las flores y las plantas.
Estaba presentando mi trabajo a un

El disfrut6 la cena; asi lo dijo.

Mir6 todo a su alrededor, pero ni una
palabra. Se me cay6 el alma a los pies.

Despu6s de la cena salimos al patio entre
helechos y orquideas, hombres y mujeres
vestidos de blanco, las luces apagadas y la
luna tropical invadiendo el lugar. De seguro
comentaria ahora, pero no. Yo estaba muy
triste en este momento. Tanto trabajo todos
estos afios en vano? Acaso no habia
realizado nada, salvo tener un grupo de
drboles, flores y muebles? Habia perdido el

"Todo es tan maravilloso", dijo de
pronto, "casi increible. Es como Drury
Lane (un sitio en Londres) ya que en ningfin
otro lugar del mundo podrian tantos efectos
hermosos ser tan perfectos!"

Guild presenta
El Teatro Guild de Anc6n presentara
Agnes de Dios, la segunda de cuatro obras
programadas para esta temporada. Por 43
temporadas, empleados del Canal de
Panamd, sus familias y otros voluntarios
han apoyado las presentaciones del Guild, y
Agnes de Dios no es la excepci6n. El drama
presenta a una dependiente de la Comisi6n
en el elenco y a empleados activos y
jubilados en la direcci6n, producci6n y
escenografia. El resto del elenco esta
relacionado con el ej6rcito de los Estados
El antiguo Director de Politicas y
Programas de Personal Carlos Williams,
quien ha actuado en el teatro por mis de 25
afios, dirige la obra. Luego de realizar todos
los trabajos tras bastidores excepto el de
director, Williams dice que el pequefio
elenco de tres talentosas actrices ha
facilitado su primera experiencia.
"En esta obra no hay escenarios compli-
cados ni lineas graciosas tras las cuales
esconderse", dice Williams, enfatizando que
el conflicto emocional entre las tres mujeres
crea la esencia del drama. La Dra. Martha
Livingstone, siquiatra de la corte, protago-
nizada por la dependiente de la Comisi6n
Caroline Hall, va al convento a evaluar la
cordura de Agnes, una monja. El papel de
Agnes sera protagonizado en noches
alteras por Kirsten Anne Traughber y
Magan McCallum. En secreto, Agnes ha
dado a luz a un nifio que luego fue
estrangulado. Agnes asegura no recordar la
concepci6n ni el nacimiento del bebe, pero
es acusada de asesinato. Linda Christensen
es la Madre Superiora, quien busca renovar
su flaqueante fe creyendo que el embarazo
de Agnes fue bendecido de alguna manera
misteriosa. Asi se forma un triangulo
conflictivo entre la opini6n objetiva de la
doctora, las fantasias de Agnes y la

Ensayan drama
Caroline Hallse enfrenta a Kirsten Anne
Traughber, sentada, mientras observa
Linda Christensen durante un ensayo de
la obra "Agnes de Dios".
Foto por Carlos Williams

Lista de Vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Los formularios de solicitud deben
presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Edificio 366, Anc6n, en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a mas
tardar siete dias despuds de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un Puesto Designado para Prueba al Azar por Drogas
(TDP) tendran que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para descartar el uso ilegal de drogas antes del nombramiento o
del cambio de posici6n permanente. No se exigird el urinalisis a los empleados que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por
drogas y anteriormente se hayan sometido a dicha prueba.
Para ciertas posiciones en series de un grado de intervalo, en donde no hay posiciones en la linea normal de promoci6n,
los empleados en servicio podrdn calificar con al menos un afio de experiencia especializada en uno o dos grados
inferiores al de la posici6n.
Los solicitantes podrsn repasar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos de la Comisi6n del
Canal de PanamA (Edificio 38, Balboa). Aquellos que, por raz6n de su experiencia, posean las pericias y habilidades
necesarias para ejercer el puesto exitosamente serAn calificados en base a requisites modificados. Esto no se aplica si se
trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y maximas de pago por hora correspondientes a los grados de
las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para lenar una vacante serin colocados en el escal6n, grado y
tarifa bAsica salarial correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Ilamando al 52-3583.

Si- cn

Ascenso o asignaci6n temporal bisico Unidad tio tes
(maximo un afio)
Analistaprogramadorde computadoras, NM-ll/121 2 $16.11/$25.10 Admin. Trafico P 1
SDebe tener conocimiento de sistemas operativos de disco de tiempo real y conocimiento comprensivo de manejo de
bases de datos.
2 S61o se considerarA a empleados de la Comisi6n.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama es un empleador que so ajusta a la
Ley sobre Igualdad de Oportunidades.

Anuncian cursos para diciembre
Los siguientes cursos de adiestramiento se ofrecerAn a los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama en
diciembre. Las nominaciones deben enviarse a trav6s de los administradores de programas de adiestramiento dentro del
plazo indicado. Los cursos marcados con asterisco pertenecen a la serie de Excelencia Gerencial ofrecida a los gerentes y
participantes del Programa de Evaluaci6n de Destreza Gerencial. Se exhorta a los participantes a asistir a las cinco clases,
pero tambi6n podran elegir m6dulos individuales. Ademas de los cursos listados, el Centro de Adiestramiento de
Multimedios ofrece paquetes de adiestramiento individual sobre temas variados.

Curso (y audiencia) Fecha
Autoridad-La Fuerza que Impulsa* ........ 12/13
Manejando Gente Problemitica en Tiempos Di-
ficiles* ................................ 12/14
Haciendo Funcionar la Delegaci6n* ......... 12/15
C6mo Resolver Problemas y Tomar Decisiones
Inteligentes* ........................... 12/16
Obteniendo Logros por Disefio-No por Suerte 12/17
Orientaci6n a Empleados Nuevos (empleados
nuevos)................................ 12/28
Caracteristicas Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Ta-
bias (quienes hayan tomado Introducci6n a
WordPerfect). .......................... 12/6
Taller de Norton Commander (administradores
de programas y archivos) ................ 12/6
Introducci6n a WordPerfect (prerequisito: In-
troducci6n a las Microcomputadoras)...... 12/13-15






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Pagina 4

'Agnes de Dios"
personalidad dominante de la Madre
"El papel del doctor es probablemente el
mayor reto que he tenido en el escenario",
comenta Hall, explicando que ademas de
todas las lineas que debi6 aprenderse, su
personaje nunca deja el escenario excepto
en los intermedios.
El productor de la obra es el ingeniero de
remolcadores del Canal Daniel Golds-
worthy. El ex-empleado de la Comisi6n
Bruce Quinn disefi6 los escenarios y los
controladores supervisores de trafico mari-
timo Jerry Hall y Ed Mcllvaine los
construyeron. Quinn, Williams, los Hall y el
Teatro Guild han recibido Premios por
Servicio PNblico de la Comisi6n por sus
contribuciones al teatro comunitario.
La obra se estrena el 19 de noviembre, y
las funciones son a las 8 p.m. de jueves a
sabado hasta el 4 de diciembre. La funci6n
del jueves 25 de noviembre se cambi6 para
el mi6rcoles 24 por la celebraci6n del Dia de
Acci6n de Gracias. Pueden hacerse reserva-
ciones llamando al 52-6786.


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