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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
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Publisher: Panama Canal
Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: January 28, 1994
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
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Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
Coordinates: 8.95 x -79.566667 ( Place of Publication )
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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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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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THE PANAMA CANAL


Administrator gives report at


Board of Directors meeting


"Current patterns indicate a gradual re-
covery of Canal trade is under way,"Admin-
istrator Gilberto Guardia F. reported dur-
ing a meeting of the Panama Canal Com-
mission Board of Directors Wednesday in
Balboa Heights. Guardia added that tolls
revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year
1994 was up 53 percent compared with the
same period for fiscal year 1993 and that
oceangoing transits and Panama Canal net
tonnage had increased by3.1 percent and 5.6
percent, respectively.
In his report to the board, the adminis-
trator also indicated that Panamanian par-
ticipation in the work force had risen to 88
percent, an increase of 18.8 percent since the
implementation of the PanamaCanal Treaty.
He also outlined important procurement
and construction contracts, discussed plans
for a rising-stem and cylindrical valve over-
haul at Gatun Locks later this fiscal year,
provided an update on the Gaillard Cut
widening program and highlighted other
challenges currently facing Commission
managers.


Guardia referred to the first locally ac-
quired cases of dengue fever in Panama
since the 1940s, noting that the Commission
was enhancing efforts to control mosquitoes
and to educate its work force concerning the
need to eliminate potential Aedes aegypti
breeding sites.
In his concluding remarks, he noted that
former U.S. PresidentJimmy Carter and his
family visited Miraflores Locks last month
while in Panama for the holidays.
Among the agenda items considered by
the Board of Directors during its second
quarterly meeting of the fiscal year were the
Commission's budget premises for fiscal
year 1996 and a proposal that would restruc-
ture the board's standing committees and
establish a transition committee and an
audit committee. Board members also vis-
ited the full-bridge marine simulator at the
Maritime Training Unit for an orientation
and briefing in conjunction with board ac-
tivities. Full coverage of the board meeting
is planned for the next issue of the Panama
Canal Spillway.


Unique ship Photo by Don Goode
The unconventional twin-hulled design of the cruise ship "Radisson Diamond" frames the
small cruise ship "AuroraII, "asthetwo vessels transitsouthboundthrough the Panama Canal
on January 15. This was the inaugural transit for the 420-foot-long, 103-foot-wide "Radisson
Diamond," which has a passenger capacity of 350 and carries an international crew of 191.
The agent for the ship at the Canal is C.B. Fenton & Co. S.A.




Project to replace potable water

system begins at Miraflores Locks


Recovered property
Acting tools and parts attendant Hubert
Estwick proudly displays the special act
award he received for helping recover a
chainsaw stolen from the Maintenance
Division tool room in Cristobal. On his
way to work the day after reporting the
saw missing, Estwick happened to see
someone with a package containing a
chainsaw. He investigated and found the
Panama Canal Commission identifica-
tion tag on the saw; however, the person
who had it claimed to have bought it from
someone who had won it in a raffle. After
a heated argument that brought police to
the scene, the saw was returned. Photo by Dick Wilson


Dengue fever threat continues into dry season


The number of activeAedes aegypti sites
normally decreases during the dry season,
but it is not a time to lower one's guard.
If not positioned with care, lawn sprin-
klers might spray into areas that are nor-
mally protected from the rain and items
under houses or patios could collect enough
water to become mosquito-breeding sites.
Everyone should, therefore, take the time to
check where sprinklers are set and require
any maids or gardenerswho might be water-
ing lawns to do likewise.
In some areas of Panama, piped water
can be cut off for several hours each day
during the driest months. This encourages
the storage of water for household use in a
variety of containers. If it is not kept cov-
ered, this stored water can also become a
mosquito-breeding source.
The dry season is a good time to prepare
for the return of the rains in a few months.
Keep roof gutters clear of fallen leaves and
look for blocked storm drains near your
home.
The number of Panama dengue cases
stood at 16 as of January 21. This figure


includes one "imported" case involving a
person who became ill shortly after arriving
from Colombia. So far, all cases have been
in the district of San Miguelito. However,
two recent cases indicate the disease has
spread from the district's Santa Librada
area to Alcalde Diaz and San Isidro, two
communities along theTransisthmian High-
way. Panama health authorities are actively
applying insecticides within the affected ar-
eas to discourage the further spread of the
dengue virus.


in response to employee requests for
improved drinking water at Miraflores
Locks, the entire potable water system there
will be replaced at a cost of almost $340,000.
Contractor William A. Rogers will perform
the work, which began this month. "The
project willgive usbetter water pressure and
cleaner drinking water and will eliminate
the constant maintenancework onthe pipes,"
says locks equipment maintenance general
foreman Mike T. Norman.
The contract calls for the replacement of
more than two miles of pipe that run through
the centerwall and sidewall tunnels. Built-
up mineral deposits in the galvanized pipes
have been restricting water flow and affect-
ing the taste of the water.
"We had the water tested and it was
judged to be discolored but perfectly safe to
drink," says Panama Canal Commission
civil engineer C6sar P. Saavedra, who de-
signed the replacement project. The pipes
will be replaced with 2,595 meters (about
8,500 feet) of ductile iron pipe and 1,092
meters of copper tubing.
"Ductile iron pipe is a material that lasts
at least 50 years without much corrosion and
is resistant to tuberculation," says Saavedra,
explaining that tuberculation is the accumu-
lation of mineral deposits inside the pipe.
With the help of personnel at the Technical
Resources Center, Saavedra researched the
types and costs of materials available for


water transportation. He also took into
consideration demand and pressure require-
ments, possible future water needs and the
durability and cost-effectiveness of materi-
als.
Saavedra spent long hours in the miles of
tunnels at Miraflores Locks comparing the
actual current location of the pipes with
their placement on maps originally drawn in
1938. "LocksDivision sent a pipefitter down
withus to orient us in every section, and then
wdwewe on our own for another week or so,"
says Saavedra, who also helped with the
design' on the project to replace all the
potable'water lines at Pedro Miguel Locks.
"We learned from the Pedro Miguel
project that it-s a challenge to remove and
replace-the pipes and still maintain water
service At thd locks," said Saavedra. An-
other challenge is finding a way to move 20-
foot sections of pipe down access shafts and
negotiate the 90-degree turns into the tun-
nels. That problem was solved by specifying
shorter sections of pipe. Other modifica-
tions were made after consultations with
locks personnel.
The water lines at Gatun Locks have
already been partially replaced. When the
Miraflores project is completed, employees
there will enjoy drinking water with no dis-
coloration and the locks will have a plumb-
ing system that is easier to maintain and
should last for a good half century.


Training Center presents satellite transmission for personnel specialists


The Panama Canal Commission Office
of Personnel Administration, in conjunction
with the U.S. Office of Personnel Manage-
ment, presented a two-hour satellite trans-
mission on the latest developments in fed-
eral human resources management to 60
personnel specialists from the Commission,
U.S. Armed Forces and Smithsonian Tropi-
cal Research Institute this month at the
Panama Canal Training Center.


The first of a series of television broad-
casts, the program addressed the sweeping
changes that are currently taking place in
response to the U.S. government's national
performance review.

It included videotaped remarks from
Vice President Albert Gore, the Office of
Personnel Management Director James
King and other administration officials as


well as a live interactive portion with a panel
of agencypersonnel directors who answered
questions posed by viewers via telephone or
facsimile.
It also contained a legislative update and
presentations on changes to the federal sys-
tem for locality pay, the establishment of the
National Partnership Council and the pro-
posed elimination of the Federal Personnel
Manual.


Spillway

Vol. XXXII, No. 2 Friday, January 28, 1994


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The Panama Canal Spillway


Friday, January 28, 1994


Fitness center opens for Atlantic line handlers


By Myrna A. Iglesias
Northern District Launch/Linehandling Branch em-
ployees received a special present this past Christmas. A
physical fitness center was inaugurated December 21 under
a program to make line handlers stronger, less accident
prone and more productive.
Line handling is one of the toughest jobs at the Panama
Canal, according to Occupational Health Division physical
therapist Jennifer Gondos, who notes that back and hand
injuries are common among line handlers. "If they are not
strong enough, there is a high probability that a back injury
might occur," she adds. Northern District Launch/
Linehandling Chief R. D. Dunlap explains that the more
physically fit line handlers are, the less likely they are to be
injured in the performance of their duties. "We want to
reduce back injuries to zero in the line-handling field," he
says.
Located at Building 13 in Gatun, the new center has
weight machines and three abdominal boards. Employees
can use the equipment whenever they have free time, but
they first must be certified by trained experts from the
Employee Fitness Branch.
The Northern District office employs approximately300
line handlers, including three women. There are also 37
launch seamen and 37 launch operators. Dunlap explains,

1


Basketball champs Photo by Roberto Vaca
Members of the Fire Division team pose with their
trophies after defeating the Employee Fitness Branch
team in the final game of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion divisional basketball league for men over 30.

Replicas of 17th-century boats visit area
By Joaquin Horna

Panama Canal Commission employees and other inter-
ested persons are invited to enter another era by boarding
two unique vessels anchored at the Balboa Yacht Club.
The St. Paul and St. Peter are replicas of 17th century
sailboats used by Russian seamen to cross the Bering Sea to
Alaska during the time of Peter the Great. They were built
in northern Siberia -- a place rich in old Russian culture --
and are like floating museums. On the prow, each displays
a wooden statue of its respective saint made by artisans
under the guidance of a Moscow artist. The artisans also
carved handrails around the deck, figures of animals and
elements of nature in the cabins and windows and doors
similar to those found in old cabins of Russian farmers.
The boats sailed from the port of Vladivostok on June 1,
1991. With their colorful sails unfurled and the wind in their
favor, the two-masted, 50-foot-long and 12-foot-in-beam
replicas can achieve a speed of up to 10 knots. They fly the
czarist flag of imperial Russia, but are sailing under the
slogan "Peace And Love Without Frontiers."
Crew members explain that they consider themselves
ambassadors on a mission of peace, goodwill and culture.
They plan to sail to ports in 153 countries following routes
used by seafaring pioneers like Christopher Columbus and
Ferdinand Magellan and expect to set a new world record
for distance and number of countries visited by a sailing
expedition. But setting records is not their goal.
"We want to understand our planet and its people and
honestly report what we have seen and felt," says expedition
leader Michael Poboronchook. A 45-year-old journalist
who felt tired of writing stories about other people and
decided to make his own stories, Poboronchook organized
this voyage after leading an expedition to the North Pole. "I
wanted to see places and write about my own experiences,"
he explains.
Crew member Irina Lomonosova shares these feelings.
"For me, it is important to personally know the different
people and cultures in the world-- not read about them," she
says.


however, that all branch personnel can participate; in fact,
he and Superintendent R.J. Bjorneby are among those whot .
have signed up. By the end of last month, there were 135 'i
employees registered, with 65 of them already certified to
use the equipment. Dunlap says the line handlers are very
enthusiasti c.a nIeLtheir new center and that there are plans
to expg t i e ase of two new aerobic machines
in Mth(n6 future.
ndos says the ce ii as established under a pilot
'pfitram based on the co of "the industrial athlete,"
i. ch has arise fr4ltfhe n that physical activities in
4td wop' &e can lead to u uloskeletal injuries similar OjTialc inauguration Photo by Dick Wilson
to those on the athletic fiel that they should, therefore, Officially inaugurating the new fitness center for Northern
6'trtfted and rehabilita .d ssentially the same manner. District Launch/Linehandling Branch personnel are, from
',he points out mployee Fitness Branch was left, OccupationalHealth DivisionphysicaltherapistJennifer
invo ul.,,uipment for the center as well as Gondos, Employee Fitness Branch weight instructor Matilde
in training e eto use it correctly. She adds that Cevallos, linehandlerOscarSdenzonthechestpress, Launch/
participants are also being instructed in back anatomy and Linehandling Branch Superintendent R.J. Bjomeby, North-
in how to prevent and treat back injuries. In addition, the em District Chief RD. Dunlap, Employee Fitness Branch
program includes courses in body mechanics that cover recreationspecialistCarlosCampoandLaunch/Linehandling
proper lifting, pulling, pushing and carrying techniques. Branch custodial worker Ricardo Kelly on the bench press.


Local bee season corresponds with dry weather


The dry season brings with it increased numbers of
Africanized honeybees. Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees and residents of Commission housing areas are
urged to be on the lookout for bee swarms or nests and to
report any unusual bee activity. For example, bees around
fluorescent lights or security lighting in the early morning
hours could indicate the presence of a nest nearby.
Africanized bees will attack from a considerable dis-
tance and are easily provoked by loud noises and by persons
or animals approaching their nests. After a bee stings, it
leaves its stinger embedded in the skin, along with the
attached venom sac and odor gland. These emit powerful
chemicals that arouse and attract more bees, which can
result in several thousand bees attacking within a matter of
minutes. Such an attack would not only be painful, it might
also be life threatening.
If you are attacked by bees, run away from them as fast
as you can and try to take cover in a building or vehicle.
Immediately scrape any stingers from your skin with your


Welcoming visitors Photo by Jaime Fernandez
Adventurers Irina Lomonosova and Vladimir Zvidrin wel-
come visitors aboard the "St. Paul."

To date, the expedition has sailed 12,000 miles -- only
one-fifth of its planned course. The group first crossed the
Sea of Japan and Bering Sea to Alaska and visited ports in
Canada, the United States and Central America. Panama
is the tenth country they have stopped at.
The going, however, has been rough for the adventurers.
The expedition originally consisted of three vessels. The
third, the St. Gabriel, ran into rocks during a storm off the
coast of Mexico and sank. Furthermore, many crew mem-
bers returned to their homeland after the disintegration of
the Soviet Union in December 1991.
Funds for the privately sponsored expedition are run-
ning low, and the remaining four crew members are looking
for local sponsors and for persons with sea experience tojoin
the expedition. In the meantime, they are welcoming
visitors to come aboard the replicas to learn about their art,
culture and expedition. The launch at the Balboa Yacht
Club pier takes visitors out to the boats.


fingernails to reduce the amount of venom injected. Mul-
tiple stings, especially to young children or domestic pets --
or even one sting to a person who is allergic to bee venom
-- can be dangerous. Anyone who receives more than just
a few stings or who feels ill after being stung only once or
twice should seek medical attention right away.
Owners should be aware that pets confined to cages or
kennels or tethered outside the home cannot flee from
attacking bees and could be fatally stung.

Sightings of bee swarms and nests and unusual bee
activity in Commission operating and housing areas should
be reported to the Sanitation and Grounds Branch. During
working hours (from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays), call 52-
7466 or 52-3464 on the Pacific side and 43-5235 or 43-7466
on theAtlantic. Calls onholidays andweekends and at other
times should be directed to the emergency operator at 113.
Once notified, specially equipped and trained personnelwill
respond and eliminate the bees.

Historical notes

The Isthmian Canal Commission band was discontinued
March 1, 1913. It had been originally formed as a private
organization in September 1905, with the Commission
appropriating $600 to buy instruments. In March 1907, the
Commission authorized hiring a director at a yearly salary
of $2,000, a librarian for $1,500 a year and 35 musicians, each
at $25 per month. During its official life, the band gave a
concert every Sunday at a Canal townsite.

The October 9,1907, issue of the Canal Record reported
that, on October 2 of that year, the Canal Zone Medical
Association honored Col. William Crawford Gorgas, chief
sanitary officer and Isthmian Canal Commission member,
with a dinner on the occasion of his 53rd birthday. The
following were reportedly toasted: "the doctors," "the
Sanitarian," "the United States on the Canal Zone," "the
ladies," "sanitation in earlier days" and the "lights and
shadows of Isthmian life."


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Training model Photo by Jaime Fernmndez
ArchitecturalBranch student assistants Tamara Salamin
and Cdsar Montemayorput the final touches on a scale
modelof theAdministration Buildingthey completed for
the Fire Division. Models of specific buildings will be
used for training firefighters, and firefighting strategies
and tactics may be modified if necessary following this
training.


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Friday. January 28, 1994


The Panama Canal Spillway


Construction-day worker carries on


lifelong affair with Panama Canal


By Susan Harp
The Panama Canal Society of
Southern California honored
Panama Canal constructionworker
Robert L. Dill with a party on
October 24 to commemorate his
104th birthday. During the festivi-
ties, he was presented a framed
letter from Panama Canal Com-
mission AdministratorGilberto
Guardia F. thanking Dill for his
contribution to the waterway.
Dill may be the last surviving
recipient of theRooseveltmedal,an
award that was given to more than
7,000 U.S. employees who worked
on the construction of the Canal
for at least two consecutive years.
Made of bronze salvaged from
equipment used during the French
attempt to dig the waterway, the
medal bears the likeness of
Theodore Roosevelt and the in-
scription "The Land Divided -- the
World United." Dill's copy is also
inscribed with the number 6726,
representing his position among
the recipients in order of employ-
ment date.
Born in 1889 in Chelsea, Mass.,


Dill grew up in Houston. He stud-
ied accounting and business man-
agement at the Universityof Hous-
ton and then worked for a railroad
company and in banking. One day
he was visited by an old friend,
Charles G. Calvit, who was on
leave from his work with the Canal.
Calvit convinced him thatjobswere
to be had in Panama, and Dill
pulled up his roots and headed
south. He began working for the
Canal organization on July7,1911,
earning 38 cents an hour.
"I had experience building rail-
road cars for the Southern Pacific
Railroad in Houston, so they put
me to work repairing dirt spread-
ers," recalls Dill, adding, "When
they learned I knew accounting,
they promoted me to property ac-
counting." While there, he helped
set up a system for keeping track of
tools and equipment for the me-
chanical department. His other
assignments included a stint as a
timekeeper at Pedro Miguel Locks
and service as a motor bus chauf-
feur.
Like many Canal workers in


those days, Dill fell victim to ty-
phoid in 1914. When his tempera-
ture soared to 106 degrees
Farenheit (41 degrees Celsius), he
remembers literally being packed
in ice. He spent part of his six-week
recovery at a sanitarium on Taboga
island.
"Once the tropical diseases
were controlled, Panama was a
paradise," Dill says. Baseball was
the most popularsport at that time,
and card playing afforded indoor
entertainment. Outings to the
beach and the ruins in Old Panama
were also favorite pastimes. "A
friend, Scud Emory, founded a
minstrel group and Colonel
Goethals gave us permissionto use
the train to visit the different towns
and put on shows -- if we paid the
train operators out of our own
pockets," he reminisces.
Dill returned to Houston after
ending his employment with the
Canal on December 31, 1916. Af-
ter a brief stint in the military, he
worked in private business, own-
ing a tire distributorship among
other activities. He then spent 11


Robert L. Dill


years working as a civilian for the
U.S. military and retired in 1954.
Active in Masonic organiza-
tions since 1946, Dill currently en-
joys giving slide shows about the
Canal and speaking to youth and
civic groups about his experiences
in Panama. He and his wife, Rosa,
live in a retirement community in
southern California.

After this story was written, word
was received that Dillhad diedsud-
denly at his Hemet, Calif, home on
December 21, shortly after he fin-
ished an interview foran upcoming
national television feature on the
Canal.


Form to serve purpose
of certification letters

The Pan-American Life Insur-
ance Company informs all Panama
Canal Area Benefit Plan policy-
holders that letters of certification
of 1993 health insurance premi-
ums will not be issued. Employees
should instead use Form 3006
"Informe de Ingresos e Impuestos
sobre la Renta" for claiming in-
come-tax returns.
This form displays the total
annual premium paid by an em-
ployee for health insurance and
will be distributed by the Payroll
Branch to all employees at the end
of January with paychecks. It has
been recognized by the Panama
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
as avalid document for income-tax
return purposes.

Take note
The Employee Fitness
Branch will offer beginners
and advanced beginners ten-
nis classes to Panama Canal
Commission employees and
dependents at the Diablo
courts, with separate ses-
sions for children and adults.
Registration is open through
February 4.


Cruise ship passenger recounts memories

of local childhood, years of Canal service


Gatun Locks was by far the
most eagerly awaited part of a
recent transit through the Panama
Canal by Clara May Chambers.
The 83-year-old Canal retiree re-
members hervisitsthere asa young
girl, when she used to take lunches
to her father, Victor May, a
lockmaster. Securitywas less of an
issue in those days, and she recalls


Lessons learned-

Panama Canal Commission float-
ingequipmentinspectorJames Craig
urges drivers to be wary of what may
appearto beharmless objects on the
streets. As darkness fellone evening,
he ran over this 30-pound cast-iron
section ofa drum brake from a large
truck thinking it was only a card-
board box. He believes that if he
had been in a small car instead of a
truck, the contraption would have
shearedthrough the floorboard Fur-
thermore, when he hit the debris, it
flew up into the air and could have
caused serious injury to anyone in


feeling free to explore many areas
that are now fenced off.
The 6-year-old Clara May ar-
rived in Panama in 1916, two years
after the Canal opened, and grew
up in Gatun, right next to her
father's work. She remembers
playing volleyball with the neigh-
borhood kids and other highlights
of life of the Isthmus, but says that


the area. Craigalsorecalls hearingofan incident in which a child was killed
in Chicago inside a cardboard box when it was presumed empty and run
over by a garbage truck. Other readers who have leaked personal lessons
in safety may share them in this column by calling 52-3202.


Housing rate increase set for March

Panama Canal Commission housing rental rates will increase 2.6
percent in March, based on the annual percentage change in the
residential rent category of the Consumer Price Index. The index
changed from 146.9 to 150.7 between September 1992 and September
1993.
The Commission has revised its housing rental policy, and future
rental adjustments will be made each March, rather than in February.
The current increase will be effective with pay period 5, which com-
mences March 6, for employees and on March 1 for renters who pay on
a monthly basis.


the best thing that happened to her
here was meeting her husband,
Harold E. Chambers, a Panama
Railroad engineer.
Clara Chambers was employed
as a clerical worker in the Aids to
Navigation officein Gatun for more
than a decade and in the Cristobal
Port Captain office for almost a
quarter of a century. For about 10
years of her timewith the Cristobal
Port Captain, she served as a short-
hand reporter for marine accident
investigations and was subject to
being on call for 24 hours a day to
come in to work. "It was tough at
Christmastime," says the mother
of four.
Another unusual feature of the
job was sometimes having to read
aloud the testimony of witnesses to
an accident. She remembers a lot
of snickering on one occasion as
she gave a verbatim account of a
45-minute statement laced with
profanity, no doubt because those
present thought the salty vocabu-
laryofan agitated seafarer sounded
a bit strange coming from her lips.
A typing error in a report about
a separate marine accident cre-
ated another humorous incident.
After Chambers prepared the re-
port, it was proofread by the office
manager, the port captain, the
marine director and his assistant
before going to the governor for
signature. Chambers said the gov-
ernor called her office to express
his feigned bewilderment over the
pilot having "no criticism of the
manner in which the master and
crew carried out their cuties."
Chambers retired from the
Canal in 1966 and moved to Texas
with her husband. On several oc-
casions while her daughter was on


Agent's greetings Photo by Jennifer Jones
Roger Crespo of C. Femie and Company SA., the agent for the "Song of
Norway" at the Panama Canal congratulates Clara May Chambers after
presenting her with a welcome packet from the Panama Canal Commis-
sion. Looking on are Chambers' daughter and son-in-law, Alice and E.


John Wiedenhoff.

maternity leave, she filled in as an
office substitute with a shipping
firm, saying the work was "Mickey
Mouse" compared to what she had
done at the Canal. Although firm
representatives might not agree
with the reference to the cartoon
rodent, they did seem to feel that
Chambers' experience with the
Canal had prepared her well for
her work with them. "They said
there weren't many grandmothers
who could come in and take over
the job," she explains.
Chambers has returned to
Panama on only one other occa-
sionsince retiring. When a Panama
Railroad conductor who had
worked with her husband visited
them in Texas a year after they left
the Isthmus, they gave him money
and asked him to buy them some
Panama lottery tickets. The sec-
ond-place winnings paid for the
first trip back.
Chamber's transit was part of a
cruise aboard the Song of Norway.
She made the trip with her son-in-
lawE. JohnWiedenhoffand daugh-


ter Alice to celebrate their anni-
versary and Alice's completion of
doctorate-level studies. The
Wiedenhoffs are experienced pas-
sengers, having made a number of
cruises in recent years. Chambers,
however, claims tohave influenced
the decision to make the voyage on
the Song of Norway. "When I
found out it was going to come to
the Panama Canal," she explains,
"I wouldn't hear of any other
cruise."
After learning that his mother
was going to transit the Canal,
Chambers' son, Richard, wrote to
the Panama Canal Commission,
saying, "If you might be so kind, I
am sure she would treasure a greet-
ing from her old team (the Marine
Bureau)."
The Commission responded by
preparing a welcome packet for C.
Fernie and Company SA. repre-
sentative Roger Crespo to present
to Chambers during her transit. It
contained a letter wishing her "a
pleasurable and momentous tran-
sit of the Panama Canal."


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The Panama Canal Spillway


Friday, January 28, 1994


What's happening Scholarship-fund lunch
The Isthmian College Club will hold its
l c p c scholarship fund luncheon at noon on
Saturday, February 5, under the bohio by
The Panama National Concerts Associa- the pool at Hotel El Panama. The event will
on is presenting two free concerts at the feature door prizes and fashions by My
church in El Valle de Anton this month in Name is Panama. The $20 tickets are
)nnection with its ninth musical camp for available from Shirley Maduro (52-7636).


youths. The 79th Army Band will perform
at 6 p.m. tomorrow, with camp participants
scheduled to perform at 11 a.m. Sunday,
January 30.
The camp's closing concert will be held at
7 p.m. January 31 at the Panama National
Theater, featuring musical directors Kenneth
and Margot Sarch and Oberlin Conserva-
tory professors. Tickets are $5 and $2 and
may be obtained at the Argosy bookstore,
Allegro music store or the association.


Paraiso reunion
The Paraiso Junior-Senior High School
Class of 1974 will celebrate its 20th
anniversary with a dinner dance in honor of
Professor Cecilio Williams on February 11
at the Seaside View Hall on Balboa
Avenue. Tickets are $20 per person. For
more information, call Sheryl Amantine at
33-1076 or Ramona Green at 32-4532.


New papers needed for retirement checks


College registration
Classes begin January 31 at the Panama
Canal College, with spring semester regis-
tration open from 8 a.m. to noon and from
1 to 4 p.m. January 31 through February 4.
Call 52-3107 or 52-3304 for more information.

Bazaar registration change
New registration dates have been set for
the Officers' and Civilian Wives Club-
Pacific spring bazaar on April 30. Holders
of identification cards recognized by the
Valent Recreation Center may register there
between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. February 7, as
previously announced. Registration for all
other vendors has been rescheduled for the
same hours on February 24 and 25 at the
Fort Amador Officers' Club. The $7-per-
linear-foot charge for table space must be
paid in full during registration.


First pitch
Panama Canal Commission Deputy
Administrator Raymond P. Laverty
throws the pitch inaugurating the 44th
season of the Pacific Little League to
construction and maintenance general
foreman Charles Hinz this month at the
league complex in Balboa. Dependents
of the Commission and U.S. military
between 6 and 15 years of age form the
league's four divisions. Laverty also
inaugurated the Employee Fitness Branch
industrial softball league for Commission
employees.
Photos by Jaime Fernandez

Audubon Society
Dr. Jack Peterson of the Panama Canal
College will speak on tide pool biology at
the Panama Audubon Society meeting to
be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10,
at the Metropolitan Nature Park.


Amateur radio exams
Examinations for all classes of U.S.
amateur radio licenses will be administered
by the Panama Canal Amateur Radio
Association at 9 a.m. Saturday, February 5,
at the Panama Canal Training Center in
Balboa. A nominal fee will be charged to
cover costs. Persons interested in upgrading
a license should bring the original and a
photocopy of the license and any unexpired
certificates from previously passed exams.
For further details, call 52-7400.


In February 1993, beneficiaries of the
U.S. federal retirement system (Civil Service
annuitants) who receive retirement checks
at Panamanian post offices or the U.S.
Consulate were advised to obtain power of
attorney documents if they wished to
authorize other persons to pick up their

Historic preservation
observance scheduled
Noting the need for programs to
promote efforts to further historic
preservation, the U.S. Congress desig-
nated the 10-year period beginning
January 1, 1994, as the "National
Decade of Historic Preservation."


checks. Those documents should be renewed
at this time, as checks will not be
surrendered to persons other than benefici-
aries after February 1 without a current
notarized power of attorney.

The power of attorney must specifically
state that it is valid for collection of checks
from the Panamanian post office and the
U.S. Consulate. It must include the
beneficiary's name, cedula number and civil
service, social security, retiree or survivor
number. It must also have the name and
cedula number of the designated representa-
tive, and the signatures of both the
beneficiary and the representative must be
witnessed before a notary public.


Seminars set at Technical Multimedia Training Center
The Technical Multimedia Training Center will offer the courses listed below in February to upgrade the skills of
Panama Canal Commission craft personnel. The duration of each class is indicated in parentheses. All will be conducted
in Building 2-A of the Balboa industrial area between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For further assistance, call 52-4192.
Troubleshooting in Electronic Systems (four days).
Digital Circuits Application and Troubleshooting (two days).
Forklifts and Cranes (one day).
Hand-Operated Equipment (one day).
Ladders and Scaffolding (one day).

Training courses scheduled for employees
The training schedule for Panama Canal Commission employees is provided below. Microcomputer classes will meet
from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 717, Balboa. All other classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Panama Canal
Training Center, with the exception of "Listening: The Forgotten Skill," which is being offered in Gatun, and
"Supervisors' Update: Performance Appraisal," which will meet at the Training Center from 8 to 11:45 a.m. "Planning for
Retirement" is being offered in Spanish, with all other classes conducted in English. Nominations should be submitted
through training program managers by the suspense dates indicated.
In addition to the classes shown below, Module 2 of the Clerical Training Program will be offered, with "Customer
Service: It Pays to Please," "Filing Made Fun," "Records Management" and "Basic Writing Skills" scheduled for
February 22 to 25. There are also a number of individualized training packets on a variety of topics available at the
Multimedia Center, including "Introduction to Microcomputers," a prerequisite for the courses seen below with an
asterisk.
Course (and target audience) Dates Suspense
Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Foremen ....................... 2/1 & 2 1/28
Listening: The Forgotten Skill (supervisors) ............................ 2/2 1/28
Supervisors' Update: Performance Appraisals ......................... 2/3 1/28
The Organized Office Professional (office support staff) .................. 2/3 1/28
Planning for Retirement (those planning to retire within five years) ........ 2/7 & 8 1/28
Communication Skills Workshop ................................... 2/8-10 1/28
Communication for the Office Professional (office support staff) .......... 2/9 & 10 1/28
The Other Side of Delegation ..................................... 2/10 1/28
Operating Practices in Contract Administration (Logistical Support Division
contract specialists) ................................................. 2/22-25 2/1
Improving Employee Performance (supervisors)........................ 2/23 & 24 2/2
Job Instruction Techniques (Fire Division employees) .................... 2/23-25 2/2
How to Give Clear Instructions to My Subordinates (supervisors) ......... 2/28 2/7
New Employee Orientation ................. ...................... 2/28 2/7
Career Intern Seminar I ......................................... 2/28-3/2 2/7
Microcomputer classes
Introduction to SuperCalca ........................................ 2/2-4 1/28
Norton Commander Workshopa ...................................... 2/22 2/1
R & R Relational Report (those who have taken "Intermediate dBase III Plus") 2/23-25 2/2
Introduction to WordPerfecta ...................................... 2/23-25 2/2
WordPerfect for Managers (managers and supervisors)................... 2/28 2/7
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Tables (those who have taken "Introduc-
tion to WordPerfect") .................. .......................... 2/28 2/7
2/28 2/7


THE PANAMA CANAL

Spillway

GILBERTO GUARDIA F.
Administrator, Panama Canal Commission
WILLIE K. FR
Director of Public
FRANKLIN D. CASTRELLON
Associate Director


RAYMOND P. LAVERTY
Deputy Administrator
IAR
Affairs
JANET G. LEN-RIOS
Associate Director


JENNIFER JONES
Editor
The Panama Canal Spillway is an official biweekly publication of the Panama Canal Commission. Articles may be reprinted without further
permission by crediting the source. All material should be submitted by 11:45 a.m. Thursday of the week before publication or by 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday if there is a holiday during the week of publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are $6 by regular mail, $4 by regular mail for
students and $19 by airmail. Checks or money 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.


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Two positions were mistakenly omitted from the Position Vacancy List published in
the Spanish section of the January 14 issue of the Panama Canal Spillway, and an
incorrect footnote was used with all the positions that did appear there. In fairness to
potential applicants, the January 14 listing has been reprinted with corrections on this
page and the deadline for applying is extended to February 4. The temporary promotion
for the program manager, advertised at the NM-13 level in the last issue, is being
re-advertised in this issue at the NM-12/13 level. Those who have already applied for
any of the advertised positions are not required to resubmit applications.


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 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).
Lo- Va-
ca- can-
Permanent positions Salaries Unit tion cies
Electrical engineer, NM-121 .................. $19.31/$25.10 Electrical P 1
Engineering technician, NM-7' 2 3 (Knowledge of
Spanish required.) $10.89/$14.15 Industrial A 1
Mason supervisor, MS-101 2 (Knowledge of
English and driver's license required. Knowl-
edge of Spanish desirable.) ................. $16.77/$19.56 Maintenance P 1
Mechanical engineer, NM-9/11 2 (Swimming
ability and driver's license required.) ........ $13.32/$20.94 Dredging P 2
Temporary promotion or detail
(Not to exceed one year)
Administrative services assistant, NM-7' 2(Bilingual) $10.89/$14.15 Maintenance P 1
Temporary promotion (not to exceed one year)
that may become permanent
Program manager (assistant chief, Canal Protection
Division), NM-12/131 ..................... $19.31/$29.85 Canal Protection P 1
I Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in Official Personnel Folder or attached
to the application; otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
3 Knowledge in the area of mechanical, civil or marine engineering is required.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.






















Administrador ofrece informe


en reuni6n de Junta Directiva


"Los patrones actuales indican que se
esti dando una recuperaci6n gradual del
comercio por el Canal", dijo el
Administrador Gilberto GuardiaF. durante
la reuni6n de la Junta Directiva de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama en Altos de
Balboa el mi6rcoles. Guardia aiiadi6 que
los ingresos por peajes del primer trimestre
del afio fiscal 1994 aumentaron 5.3 por
ciento con respecto al mismo periodo en el
afio fiscal 1993, y que los transitos y el
tonelaje neto del Canal de Panama
aumentaron 3.1 y 5.6 por ciento,
respectivamente.
En su informe alajunta, el administrador
indic6 que la participaci6n panamefia en la
fuerza laboral habia aumentado a 88 por
ciento, un aumento de 18.8 por ciento desde
la entrada en vigor del Tratado del Canal.
Guardia tambi6n mencion6 las compras y
contratos- de construcci6n importantes,
discuti6 los planes para el reacon-
dicionamiento de valvulas cilfndricas y de
vastago ascendente en las Esclusas de Gatin
este afio fiscal, explic6 el progreso del
programa de ensanche del Corte Gaillard y
destac6 otros retos que enfrentan los


gerentes de la Comisi6n del Canal.
Guardia se refiri6 a los primeros casos
de dengue registrados en Panama desde los
afios 1940, indicando que la Comisi6n incre-
ment6 los esfuerzos para controlar los
mosquitos y educar a su personal en cuanto
a la necesidad de eliminar los criaderos
potenciales de Aedes aegypti.
En sus observaciones finales, coment6 la
visita del Presidente Jimmy Carter y su
familia a las Esclusas de Miraflores durante
su estadia en Panama para las fiestas de fin
de afio.
Los temas considerados por la Junta
Directiva en su segunda reuni6n trimestral
del aio fiscal incluyeron el presupuesto de la
Comisi6n para el afio fiscal 1996 y una
propuesta para reestructurar los comit6s
permanentes de la junta y establecer un
comit6 detransici6nyun comit6de auditoria.
Los directivos tambi6nvisitaronelsimulador
de navegaci6n computarizado de la Unidad
de Adiestramiento Maritimo en donde
recibieron una orientaci6n y charla como
parte de las actividades de la junta. El
Spillway presentara la cobertura completa
de la reuni6n en su pr6xima edici6n.


Moderna embarcacidn Foto por Don Goode
Elpoco convencional disetio de doble casco del crucero "Radisson Diamond" enmarca al
pequeio crucero "Aurora II" cuando ambas naves transitaron hacia el surpor el Canal de
Panaidm el 15 de enero. Este fie el trdnsito inaugural del "Radisson Diamond", con 420
piesdelargo, 103piesde anchoycapacidadpara350pasajerosy unatripulaci6nintemacional
de 191 miembros. El agente del barco en el Canales C.B. Fenton & Co. S4A.



Reemplazan el sistema de agua

potable en Esclusas de Miraflores


Amenaza de dengue continue en estaci6n seca


El nimero de criaderos deAedes aegypti
normalmente se reduce durante la estaci6n
seca, pero no por eso hay que bajar la
guardia.
De no colocarse con cuidado, los
regadorespueden rociar Areas normalmente
protegidas de las lluvias y articulos bajo
casas o en patios pueden recoger suficiente
agua para convertirse en criaderos de
mosquitos. Es importante dedicarse a revisar
d6nde se colocan los regadores y procurar
que las empleadas y jardineros hagan lo
mismo.
En algunas Areas en Panama, el agua
potable puede ser cortada por varias horas
al dia durante los meses mas secos. Esto
motiva a la recolecci6n de agua en vasijas
para usos dom6sticos. Si estas no se cubren,
el agua recolectada puede convertirse
tambi6n en criadero de mosquitos.
La estaci6n seca sirve para prepararse
para el regreso de las lluvias en pocos meses.
Retire las hojas caidas que bloquean los
canaletes de techos y busque drenajes
obstruidos cerca de su casa.
Diecis6is casos de dengue se reportaron


en Panama hasta el21de enero. La cantidad
incluye un caso "importado": una persona
que se enferm6 poco despu6s de legar de
Colombia. Hasta ahora, todos los casos se
han dado en el distrito de San Miguelito. Sin
embargo, dos casos recientes indican que la
enfermedad se ha extendido del area de
Santa Librada a Alcalde Diaz y San Isidro,
dos comunidades a lo largo de la carretera
transistmica. Las autoridades de salud de
PanamA aplican insecticidas activamente en
las Areas afectadas para evitar la expansi6n
del virus del dengue.


En respuesta a la solicitud de los
empleados de una mejor agua potable en las
Esclusas de Miraflores, el sistema completo
de agua se reemplaza a un costo de casi
$340,000. El contratista William A. Rogers
comenz6 el trabajo este mes. "El proyecto
nos dara mas presi6n y agua para tomar mas
limpia y eliminarA la necesidad de
mantenimiento constante en las tuberfas",
dice el capataz general de mantenimiento
de equipo de las esclusas Mike T. Norman.
El contrato requiere el reemplazo de
mis de dos millas de tuberfas que corren a
lo largo de los tineles del muro central y el
muro lateral. Los dep6sitos acumulados de
minerales en las tuberfas galvanizadas han
estado restringiendo el flujo del agua y
afectando el sabor del agua.
"Hicimos examinar el agua y se con-
sider6 que estaba perfectamente segura
para beber", dice el ingeniero civil de la
Comisi6ndel Canal C6sar P.Saavedra, quien
diseii6 el proyecto. Las tuberias se
reemplazaran con 2,595 metros (casi 8,500
pies) de tuberia de hierro dfctil y 1,092
metros de tuberia de cobre.
"La tuberia de hierro dfctil es de un
material que dura por lo menos 50 afios sin
mucha corrosi6n y es resistente a la
tuberculizaci6n", dice Saavedra, explicando
la acumulaci6n de dep6sitos de minerales
dentro de la tuberia. Con ayuda del Centro
de Recursos T6cnicos, Saavedra investig6
los tipos y costos de los materiales disponibles


para transportar agua. Tambi6n tom6 en
consideraci6n los requisitos de demanda y
presi6n, posibles necesidades futuras de
agua y durabilidad y costos del material.
Saavedra pas6 muchas horas dentro de
los tineles de las Esclusas de Miraflores
comparando la localizaci6n actual de las
tuberias con la de los mapas traz4dos en
1938. "La Divisi6n de Esclusas envi6 a un
montador de tuberfa para que nos orientara
en cada secci6n y luego fuimos por nuestra
cuenta como una semana mas", dice
Saavedra, quien tambi6n ayud6 a disefiar el
reemplazo de todas las lineas de agua po-
table en las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel.
"EnPedro Miguel aprendimos que es un
reto remover yreemplazar las tuberias y ala
vez mantener el servicio de agua en las
esclusas", dijo Saavedra. Otro reto es
encontrar la manera de mover las secciones
de tuberia de 20 pies por los elevadores de
acceso y franquear las esquinas de 90 grados
en los tineles. Ese problema fue resuelto
especificando secciones de tuberia mis
pequefias. Otrasmodificaciones se hicieron
tras consultar con el personal de las esclusas.
Las tuberfas de agua en las Esclusas de
Gatfn ya han sido reemplazadas
parcialmente. Cuando el proyecto de
Miraflores est6 terminado, los empleados
podrin tomar agua sin descoloraciones y las
esclusas contaran con un sistema de tuberias
mas facil de mantener que durara por unos
50 afios.


Centro de Adiestramiento ofrece conferencia via satelite a especialistas


La Oficina de Administraci6n de Per-
sonal de la Comisi6n del Canal, junto a la
Oficina de Administraci6n de Personal de
los EstadosUnidos, ofreci6unatransmisi6n
via sat6lite de dos horas sobre los filtimos
avances en la administraci6n federal de
recursos humanos a 60 especialistas de per-
sonal de la Comisi6n, las Fuerzas Armadas
estadounidenses y el Instituto Smithsonian
en el Centro de Adiestramiento.


Elprimero de unaserie de transmisiones
televisadas, el programa trat6 sobre los
arrasadores cambios que se estan dando en
respuesta a la revisi6n nacional del
desempeiio del gobierno de los Estados
Unidos.
Incluy6 comentarios grabados del
Vicepresidente Albert Gore, el Director de
la Oficina de Administraci6n de Personal
James King y otros funcionarios


administrativos, al igual que un panel
interactive en vivo con directores de per-
sonal de la agenda, quienes respondieron a
interrogantes de los televidentes por tel6fono
o fax. Tambi6n incluy6 un reporte
actualizado y presentaciones de cambios al
sistema federal para pago local, el
establecimiento del Consejo Nacional de
Asociaci6n y la propuesta eliminaci6n del
Manual Federal de Personal.


EL CANAL DE PANAMA




Spillway

Vol. XXXII, No 2 Viernes 28 de enero de 1994


UI


Recuperan propiedad
El asistente encargado de herramientas y
piezas, Hubert Estwick, muestra orgulloso
elpremioporservicios especialesque recibi6
por ayudara recuperar una sierra electrica
robada del cuarto de herramientas de la
Divisi6n de Manteniniento en Crist6bal.
Al ir a trabajar el dia despuds de haber
reportado la sierra perdida, Estwick vio a
alguien llevando una sierra. Investig6 y
encontr6 la placa de identificaci6n de la
Comisi6n en la sierra; sin embargo, la
persona dijo haberla comprado de alguien
que la habia ganado en una tifa. Luego de
una acalorada discusi6n que requiri6 de la
policia, se devolvi6 la sierra.


I


Foto por Dick Wilson









Spillway del Canal de Panami


Viemes 28 de enero de 1994


Inauguran gimnasio para
Los empleados del Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables del
distrito norte recibieron un regalo especial en Navidad. Un
centro de acondicionamiento fisico fue inaugurado el 21 de
diciembre, dentro de un programa para conseguir que los
pasacables sean mas fuertes, menos propensos a accidentes
y mas productivos.
Los pasacables realizan uno de los trabajos mas duros en
el Canal de PanamA, de acuerdo con la terapista fisica de la
Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional Jennifer Gondos, quien
sefiala que las lesiones en espalda y manos son comunes
entre los pasacables. "Si no son suficientemente fuertes,
existe una alta probabilidad de que se puedan lesionar la
espalda", agrega. El Jefe de Lanchas y Pasacables del
Distrito Norte R.D. Dunlap explica que mientras mis
condiciones fisicas tengan los pasacables, es poco probable
que se lesionen al realizar sus funciones. "Queremos
reducira cero las lesiones en la espalda entre los pasacables",
dice.
Localizado en el edificio 13 en Gatfin, el nuevo centro
tiene mAquinas de pesas y tres tablas para ejercicios
abdominales. Los empleados pueden usar el equipo en su
tiempo libre, pero antes tienen que ser certificados por
expertos del Ramo de Acondicionamiento Fisico.
La oficina del distrito norte emplea unos 300 pasacables,
incluyendo tres mujeres. Tambi6n tiene 37 marineros y 37
operadores de lanchas. Sin embargo, Dunlap explica, todos


Campeones de baloncesto Foto por Roberto Vaca
El equipo de la Divisi6n de Bomberos muestra los trofeos
ganados tras derrotar al equipo del Ramo para el
Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado en eljuego de
campeonato de la liga divisional de baloncesto masculina
de la Comisi6n del Canal para mayores de 30.

Arriban replicas de naves del siglo 17
Por Joaquin Horna
Los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal y las personas
interesadas estAn invitados a entrar en otra era abordando
dos naves inicas ancladas en el Club de Yates de Balboa.
El San Pablo y el San Pedro son r6plicas de veleros del
siglo 17, usados por marinos rusos para cruzar el Mar de
Bering hacia Alaska durante la 6poca de Pedro El Grande.
Fueron construidos en el norte de Siberia -- un lugar rico en
cultura rusa antigua -- y parecen museos flotantes. La proa
de cada nave tiene una estatua de madera de su respective
santo, construidas por artesanos bajo la direcci6n de un
artista de Mosci. Los artesanos tambi6n tallaron pasamanos
alrededor de la cubierta, figuras de animales y la naturaleza
en los camarotes, y ventanas y puertas como en las viejas
cabafias de los campesinos rusos.
Las naves zarparon del puerto de Vladivostok, cerca de
la frontera de Corea del Norte y frente a Jap6n, el lo. de
junio de 1991. Con sus coloridas velas desplegadas y el
viento a favor, las replicas de dos mastiles, 50 pies de largo
y 15 pies de ancho alcanzan velocidades de hasta 10 nudos.
Navegan bajo la bandera zarista de la Rusia imperial, con el
lema "Paz y Amor Sin Fronteras".
Los tripulantes se consideran embajadores enuna misi6n
de paz, buena voluntad y cultura. Piensan visitar puertos en
153 pauses siguiendo las rutas usadas por exploradores como
Crist6bal Col6n y Fernando de Magallanes, y esperan
establecer una nueva marca mundial de distancia y numero
de pauses visitados por una expedici6n de veleros. Pero
establecer marcas no es su meta.
"Queremos entender nuestro planeta y a su gente, e
informar honestamente lo que hemos visto y sentido", dice
Michael Poboronchook, capitAn del San Pablo y lider de la
expedici6n. Un periodista de 45 afios que se cans6 de
escribir historias sobre otras personas y decidi6 hacer sus
propias historias, Poboronchook organiz6 este viaje tras
dirigir una expedici6n al Polo Norte. "Queria ver lugares y
escribir sobre mis propias experiencias", aiiade.
La tripulante Irina Lomonosova comparte estos
sentimientos. "Para mi es mAs importante conocer
personalmente las diferentes personasy culturas del mundo
que leer sobre ellas", dice.


pasacables delAtl ntico
los empleados del ramo pueden participar y, de hecho, 61y
el superintendente R.J. Bjorneby estin entre los que ya se
han inscrito. Al final del mes pasado, habian 135 empleados i
inscritos, 65 de ellos ya certificados para usar el equipo.
Dunlap dice que los pasacables estin muy entusiasmados
por su nuevo centro y se planea expandirlo en el future con
dos miquinas aer6bicas nuevas.
Gondos diceque el centro se estableci6 bajo un programa
piloto basado en el concepto del "atleta industrial", el cual
surgi6 de la noci6n que las actividades fisicas en el trabajo
pueden generar lesiones musculo-esquel6ticas similares a
aquellas en los campos atl6ticos y que 6stas deben, por lo
tanto, ser tratadas y rehabilitadas esencialmente de la Inauguracid6n oicial Foto por Dick Wilson
misma manera. Inaugurando el nuevo centro de adiestramiento fsicopara el
Sefiala que el Ramo para el Acondicionamiento Fisico personal del Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables del Distrito
se involucr6 en la selecci6n del equipo para el centro asi Norte aparecen, desde la izquierda, la terapista fisica de la
como en el entrenamiento de los empleados en el uso del Divisi6n deSalud OcupacionalJennifer Gondos, elinstructor
mismo. Agrega que los participantes tambi6n estin siendo depesas delRamo deAdiestramientoFisicoMatilde Cevallos,
instruidos en la anatomia de la espalda y en c6mo prevenir elpasacables Oscar Sdenz, el Superintendente del Ramo de
y tratar las lesiones de espalda. El programa tambi6n Lanchasy PasacablesRJ. Bjomeby, elJefe delDistrito Norte
incluye cursos sobre mecAnica corporal que explica t6cnicas R.D. Dunlap, el especialista de recreaci6n del Ramo de
apropiadas para levantar, halar, empujar y transportar Adiestramiento Fisico Carlos Campoyeltrabajadorcustodio
objetos. del Ramo de Lanchas yPasacables Ricardo Kelly.

Temporada de abejas coincide con estaci6n seca


La estaci6n seca trae consigo un aumento en el nuimero
de abejas africanizadas. Se exhorta a los empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama y a los residentes de
viviendas de la Comisi6n a estar atentos a enjambres o
panales y reportar cualquier actividad inusual de las abejas.
Por ejemplo, la presencia de abejas alrededor de luces
fluorescentes o deseguridad temprano en la mafiana pudiera
indicar la presencia de un panal cerca.
Las abejas africanizadas atacan desde una distancia
considerable y son provocadas facilmente por ruidos altos
y por personas o animales cercanas a sus nidos. Al picar, la
abeja deja en la piel su aguij6n junto a las glAndulas de
veneno y de olor. Estas emiten fuertes quimicos que excitan
y atraen mas abejas, que puede resultar en el ataque de miles
de abejas en cuesti6n de minutos. Ese ataque no s61o sera
doloroso, tambi6n puede ser peligroso.
Si usted es atacado por abejas, huya de ellas lo mAs
rapido posible y trate de protegerse en un edificio o vehfculo.
De inmediato retire con las ufias cualquier aguij6n en su piel
para reducir la cantidad de veneno inyectado. Picadas


Dando la bienvenida Foto de Jaime Fernmndez
Los aventurerosIrinaLomonosovay VladimirZvidrin reciben
a los visitantes a bordo del "San Pablo".

Hasta la fecha, la expedici6n ha navegado 12,000 millas
-- solamente una quinta parte de su travesia. El grupo cruz6
primero los mares de Jap6n y Bering hasta Alaska y visit6
puertos en Canada, los Estados Unidos y Centro Am6rica.
PanamA es el d6cimo pals que visitan.
Pero la travesia ha sido muy dura para los aventureros.
La expedici6n original consistia de tres naves. La
tercera, el San Gabriel, choc6 contra rocas durante una
tormenta en la costa mexicana y se hundi6. Ademas,
muchos tripulantes regresaron a sus patrias despu6s de la
desintegraci6n de la Uni6n Sovi6tica en diciembre de 1991.
Los fondos para la expedici6n privada escasean y los
cuatro tripulantes restantes buscan nuevos patrocinadores,
asf como personas con experiencia en el mar para unirse a
la expedici6n. Mientras tanto, reciben a los visitantes que
quieran abordar las r6plicas para aprender sobre su arte,
cultura y la misma expedici6n. La lancha del Club de Yates
de Balboa lieva a los visitantes hasta las embarcaciones.


multiples, especialmente a nifios pequefios o mascotas -- o
hasta una sola picada a una persona al6rgica al veneno de
abejas-- pueden ser peligrosas. Cualquiera que reciba mis
de unas cuantas picadas o se sienta enfermo luego de ser
picado solamente una o dos veces debe buscar ayuda m6dica
de inmediato.
Los dueiios de mascotas deben saber que 6stas no
pueden huir del ataque de abejas si estan enjaulas o perreras
o amarradas fuera de la casa y pueden ser picadas
mortalmente.
Si ve enjambres o actividades inusuales de las abejas en
Areas de operaci6n y vivienda de la Comisi6n del Canal de
PanamA, rep6rtelos al Ramo de Sanidad y Predios. En
horas de oficina (de 7 a.m. a 3:30 p.m. los dias de semana),
llame al 52-7466 6 52-3464 en el Pacffico y al 43-5235 6 43-
7466 en el AtlAntico. En dias feriados, fines de semana o
fuera de horas de oficina debe liamar al operador de
emergencias al 113. Una vez notificados, personal
especialmente equipado yadiestrado respondery eliminara
las abejas.

Notas hist6ricas
La banda de la Comisi6n del Canal Istmico fue
descontinuada el 1 de marzo de 1913. La banda fue
originalmente formada como una organizaci6n privada en
septiembre de 1905, con la asignaci6n de parte de la
Comisi6n de $600 para comprar instrumentos. En marzo
de 1907, la Comisi6n autoriz6 la contrataci6n de un director
con un salario anual de $2,000, una bibliotecaria por $1,500
anuales y 35 misicos, cada uno a $25 por mes. Durante su
vida oficial, la banda ofreci6 un concierto cada domingo en
algfn poblado del Canal.
La edici6n del 9 de octubre de 1907 del Canal Record
inform6 que, el 2 de octubre de ese afio, la Asociaci6n
M6dica de la Zona del Canal honr6 al Col. William Crawford
Gorgas, oficial en jefe de salubridad y miembro de la
Comisi6n del Canal Istmico, con una cena en ocasi6n de su
cumpleafios 53. Se report6 que se brind6 por lo siguiente:
"los doctores", "los expertos en Sanidad", "los Estados
Unidos en la Zona del Canal", "las damas", "la sanidad en
tiempos antiguos", ylas "luces y sombras de la vida istmica".


Piaina 2


Modelo de adiestramiento Foto por Jaime Fernindez
Los asistentes estudiantiles del Ramo de Arquitectura
Tamara Salamin y Cesar Montemayor dan los toques
finales al modelo a escala del Edificio de Administraci6n

modelos de ciertos edificios serdn usados para entrenar a
los bomberos y las estrategias y tdcticas para combatir
incendios serdn modificadas en caso de ser necesario
siutiendo este entrenamiento.


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Spillway del Canal de Panama


Constructor canalero vive relaci6n


duradera con el Canal de Panama


Por Susan Harp
La Sociedad del Canal de
Panama del Sur de California
honr6 al constructor del Canal de
Panama Robert L. Dill con una
fiesta el24de octubre paracelebrar
su 1040 cumpleafios. Durante la
celebraci6n se le entreg6 una carta
enmarcada del Administrador de
la Comisi6n del Canal, Gilberto
Guardia F., agradeciendo su
contribuci6n a la via acuatica.
Dill puede ser el filtimo
sobreviviente de los galardonados
con la medalla Roosevelt, un
premio otorgado a mis de 7,000
empleados norteamericanos que
trabajaron en la construcci6n del
Canal por lo menos dos afios
consecutivos. Hecha de bronce
salvado de equipo usado durante
elintento francs de excavar la via
acuatica, la medalla lleva la imagen
de Theodore Roosevelt y la
inscripci6n "La Tierra Dividida --
elMundoUnido". LacopiadeDill
tambi6n tiene inscrito 6726, su
posici6n entre los galardonados
segfn la fecha de empleo.
Nacido en 1889 en Chelsea,
Massachusetts, Dill creci6 en
Houston. Estudi6 contabilidad y


administraci6n de empresas en la
Universidad de Houston y luego
trabaj6 para una compaiifa de
ferrocarriles yen labanca. Un dia
recibi6 la visita de un viejo amigo,
Charles G. Calvit, quien
vacacionaba de su trabajo en el
Canal. Calvit lo convenci6 que
habia buenos empleos en Panama,
yDill se dirigi6 al sur. Comenz6 a
trabajar con la organizaci6n del
Canal el 7 dejulio de 1911, ganando
38 centavos la hora.
"Tenia experiencia cons-
truyendo vagones de tren para el
SouthernPacificRailroadenHous-
ton, asf que me pusieron a trabajar
reparando esparcidoras de tierra",
explica Dill, afiadiendo: "Cuando
supieron que yo era contador me
ascendieron a contabilidad de
propiedad". Mientras estuvo alli,
ayud6 a crear un sistemapara llevar
cuenta de herramientas y equipo
para el departamento de mecAnica.
Sus otros trabajos fueron como
registrador de tiempo en las
Esclusas de Pedro Miguel y con-
ductor de bus.
Como muchos empleados
canaleros en esos dias, Dill cay6
victima de tifoidea en 1914.


Coment6 que, cuando su
temperatura alcanz6 106 grados
Farenheit (41 grados Celsius), fue
literalmente empacado en hielo.
Pas6 parte de las seis semanas de
recobro en el sanatorio de Taboga.
"Cuando las enfermedades
tropicales fueron controladas,
Panama se convirti6 en un paraiso",
dice Dill. Elbeisboleraeldeporte
mAs popular de la dpoca y las
barajaseranla diversi6nbajotecho.
Los paseos a la playa ylas ruinas de
Panama Viejo tambi6n eran
pasatiemposfavoritos. "Unamigo,
Scud Emory, fund6 un grupo de
juglares y el Cnel. Goethals nos
permiti6 usar el tren para visitar
distintos poblados para montar
espectaculos -- si pagabamos a los
operadores del tren de nuestros
propios bolsillos", recuerda Dill.
Dill regres6 a Houston al
terminar su empleo con el Canal el
31de diciembre de 1916. Luego de
un breve servicio militar, trabaj6
por su cuenta, siendo propietario
de una distribuidora de llantas
entre otros logros. Luego pas6 11
afios trabajando para el ejercito
estadounidenseysejubil6en 1954.
Activo en organizaciones


Robert L. Dill

mas6nicas desde 1946, en la
actualidad Dill disfruta
presentando diapositivas sobre el
Canal y hablando a los j6venes y
grupos civicos sobre sus
experiencias en Panama. El y su
esposa, Rosa, viven en una
comunidad de jubilados en el sur
de California.


Despuds de que fue escrito este
articulo, Dillmuri6 repentinamente
en su hogar de Hemet, Calif, el 21
de diciembre, poco despugs de
tenninar una entrevista para un
program de television futuro sobre
el Canal.


Formulario reemplaza
cartas de certificaci6n

La CompaiifaPanamericana de
Seguros de Vida informa a los
duefios de p6lizas de seguros del
Plan de Beneficio del Area del
Canal de Panama que no se
emitiran cartas de certificaci6n de
primas de seguros de saludde 1993.
Los empleados deberan usar el
Formulario 3006 "Informe de
Ingresos e Impuestos sobre la
Renta" para declarar impuestos.
Este formulario muestra el to-
tal anual de la prima pagada por un
empleado por seguro de salud y
sera distribuido por el Ramo de
Planillas alos empleados a final de
enero con los cheques. El
documento es reconocido por el
Ministerio de Hacienda y Tesoro y
es valido para efectos de
declaraci6n de impuestos.

Tome nota
El Ramo de Acondicio-
namiento Ffsico ofrecerb
clases de tenis avanzadas y
para principiantes a los
empleados y dependientes
de la Comisi6n en las canchas
de Diablo, con clases
separadas para nifios y
adultos. La inscripci6n esta
abierta hasta el 4 de febrero.


Pasajera de crucero recuerda ninez en el

istmo y anos de servicio en el Canal


El paso por las Esclusas de
Gatin fue la parte mAs esperada
por Clara May Chambers durante
su transito reciente por el Canal de
PanamA. Lajubilada canalera de
83 afios recuerda sus visitas al lugar
cuando era nifia y le llevaba el
almuerzo a su padre, Victor May,
maestre de esclusas. Entonces no
habia tanta seguridad, y recuerda
sentirse libre de explorar areas que


Buena lecci6n -
James Craig, inspector de equipo
flotante de la Comisi6n del Canal,
advierte alos conductoresque tengan
cuidado de los objetos aparen-
temente inofensivos en las
carreteras. Al oscurecer, Craig
arroll6 estasecci6n dehierro colado
de 30 libras deltawnbordefrenos de
un camiongrande,pensandoquese
trataba de una caja de carton vacia.
Dice que si hubiera estado en un
autopequeio en lugarde un cami6n,
el objeto hubiera atravesado elpiso
del auto. Mds aan, cuando lepeg6,
el objeto vo16 por los aires y pudo
haber causado danos graves si
hubiera golpeado a alguien. Craig
tambidn recuerda haber escuchado
de un incidente en Chicago, donde
un nifo murid dentro de un caja de
cart6n presuntamente vacia,


hoy estan rodeadas de cercas.
Clara May tenia seis afios
cuando lleg6 a Panama en 1916,
dos afios despu6s de la apertura
del Canal, y creci6 en Gatimn,justo
al lado del trabajo de su padre.
Recuerda los juegos de voleibol
con los nifios del vecindario y otras
atracciones de la vida en el istmo,
pero dice que lo mejor que le
ocurri6 fue conocer a su esposo,


arrolladoporun cami6n de basura.
Otros lectores que hayan aprendido
lecciones personales de seguridad
pueden compartirlas en esta
columna llamando al 52-3202.


Sube alquiler de viviendas en marzo
Las tarifas de alquiler de viviendas de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama seran aumentadas en un 2.6 por ciento en marzo, basado en el
cambio de porcentaje anual en la categoria de alquileres residenciales
del Indice de Precios al Consumidor. El indice cambi6 de 146.9 a 150.7
entre septiembre de 1992 y septiembre de 1993.
La Comisi6n ha revisado su politica de alquiler de viviendas, y ajustes
futuros de alquiler seran hechos cada marzo, en vez de en febrero. El
aumento actual para empleados sera efectivo con el periodo de pago 5
que empieza el6 de marzo,ypara arrendatarios que pagan mensualmente
sera el lo. de marzo.


HaroldE. Chambers, un ingeniero
del Ferrocarril de Panama.
Clara Chambers trabaj6 como
oficinista en la oficina de Ayudas a
la Navegaci6n en Gattin por mis
de una d6cada, y en la oficina del
Capitan de Puerto en Crist6bal
por mas de un cuarto de siglo.
Durante unos diez afios con el
CapitAn de Puerto de Crist6bal
trabaj6 tomando dictados en
investigaciones de accidentes
marinos, y podia ser llamada a
trabajar en cualquier momento las
24 horas del dia. "Era duro en las
Navidades", dice la madre de
cuatro.
Otro rasgo inusual de su trabajo
era que en ocasiones debia leer en
vozaltael testimonio delostestigos
de los accidentes. Ain recuerda
las risasdisimuladas en una ocasi6n
en que ley6 una declaraci6n de 45
minutos llena de palabrotas, sin
duda porque los presentes
pensaron que el picante
vocabulario de un molesto
marinero sonaba algo extrafio
viniendo de sus labios.
Un error tipografico en un
informe sobre otro accidente
naviero cre6 otro incidente
gracioso. Luego que Chambers
prepar6 el informe, lo leyeron el
gerente de la oficina, el capitan de
puerto, el capitan de marina y su
asistente antes de enviarlo al
gobernador para su firma. Cham-
bers dice que el gobernador llam6
a su oficina para expresar su
aparente "desconcierto pues el
practice aprobaba la forma en que
el capitanylatripulaci6n realizaban
sus mareas".
Chambers se jubil6 del Canal
en 1966 y se mud6 a Texas con su
esposo. En varias ocasiones,


Bienvenida al Canal Foto por Jennifer Jones
Roger Crespo, representante de C. Femie and Company SA., el agente del
"Songof Norway" en el Canal dePanamd, felicita a Clara May Chambers
tras entregarle un paquete de bienvenida de la Comisi6n del Canal.
Observan la hijay elyemo de Chambers, Alicey E. John Wiedenhoff.


mientras su hija estaba de licencia
por gravidez, ella se convertia en
su suplente en una firma naviera, y
dice que el trabajo era muy facil
comparado con el que ella hacia en
el Canal. Aunque esto no
enorgullecia a los representantes
de la firma, si pensaban que la
experiencia de Chambers en el
Canal la habia preparadobien para
su trabajo con ellos. "Decian que
no habian muchas abuelas que
vinieran a tomar el empleo",
explica.
Chambers s6lo regres6 a
PanamA en otra ocasi6n despu6s
de jubilarse. Cuando un conduc-
tor del Ferrocarril de PanamA que
trabaj6 con su esposo los visit6 en
Texas un afio despu6s de partir del
istmo, le dieron dinero para
comprar billetes de la loteria de
Panama. Las ganancias del
segundolugar cubrieron su primer
viaje de vuelta.
El trdnsito de Chambers fue
parte de un viaje a bordo del
cruceroSongofNorway. Ellaviaj6
con su yerno E. John Wiedenhoff


y su hija Alice para celebrar su
aniversario y la culminaci6n de los
estudios de doctorado de Alice.
Los Wiedenhoff son pasajeros
experimentados, habiendo
realizado varios cruceros en afios
recentes. Chambers, sin embargo,
dice haber influenciado en la
decisi6n de hacer el viaje en el
SongofNorway. "Alenterarmede
que vendria al Canal de Panama",
explica, "ya no escuchaba de ningin
otro crucero".
Al saber que su madre
transitaria el Canal, el hijo de
Chambers, Richard, escribi6 a la
Comisi6n del Canal: "Si fuera tan
amable, estoy seguro de que a ella
le encantaria un recibimiento de
su viejo equipo (la Direcci6n de
Marina)".
La Comisi6n respondi6 con un
paquete para que el representante
de C. Fernie and Co. SA., Roger
Crespo, le entregara a Chambers
durante el transito. Contenia una
carta deseandole "un agradable e
inolvidable transito por el Canal
de Panama".


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Viemes 28 de enero de 1994


La Asociaci6n Nacional de Conciertos
Socie d An presentara dos conciertos gratuitos en la
Socedad Audubon iglesia de El Valle de Ant6n durante el
El Dr. Jack Peterson, del Panama Canal noveno campamento musical paraj6venes.
College, hablara sobre la biologia de las La Banda 79 del Ej6rcito estadounidense se
pozas de mareas en la reuni6n de la presenta mariana a las 6 p.m., y los
Sociedad Audubon de Panama, a las 7:30 participantes del campamento se presentan
,.m. el 10 de febrero en el Parque Natural a las 11 a.m. el domingo 30 de enero.
Metropolitano.
El fltimo concierto del campamento sera
Matricula del College a las 7 p.m. el 31 de enero en el Teatro
Las clases para el pr6ximo semestre del Nacional, con la participaci6n de los
Panama Canal College comienzan el 31 de directores musicales Kenneth y Margot
;nero. Las matriculas serin del 31 de enero Sarch y profesores del Conservatorio
al 4 de febrero de 8 a.m. al mediodia y de 1 Oberlin. Los boletos cuestan $5 y $2 y
a 4 p.m. Llame al 52-3107 6 52-3304 para pueden obtenerse en la Libreria Argosy, el
nis informaci6n. almac6n Allegro o en la asociaci6n.


Piden renovar documentos para cheques


En febrero de 1993 los beneficiarios del
sistema federal de jubilaci6n estadounidense
jubilados del servicio civil, quienes recibian
sus cheques de jubilaci6n en las oficinas del
correo panamefio o en el Consulado de los
Estados Unidos, fueron notificados que
tenian que obtener un poder si deseaban


Designan decada para la
preservaci6n hist6rica
En vista de la necesidad de programas
que promuevan una mayor preservaci6n
hist6rica, el Congreso de los Estados
Unidos ha designado el periodo de diez
afios que comienza el lo. de enero de
1994 como la "D6cada Nacional de la
Preservaci6n Hist6rica".


autorizar a otras personas a recoger sus
cheques. Ese documento debe ser renovado
ahora, ya que no se entregaran cheques a
otras personas que no sean los beneficiarios
desde el lo. de febrero sin un poder
actualizado y notariado.
El poder debe especificar que es valido
para retirar los cheques de los correos
panamefios y el Consulado de los Estados
Unidos. Debe incluir el nombre del
beneficiario, su nfimero de cedula y uno de
los siguientes: el nimero de jubilaci6n del
servicio civil, el nfimero del seguro social o
el nimero del jubilado (o persona que le
sobrevive). Debe incluir tambi6n el nombre
y numero de c6dula del representante
designado, y las firmas del beneficiario y el
representante deben ser autenticadas por un
notario p6blico autorizado.


Centro computarizado de adiestramiento ofrece cursos
El Centro Computarizado de Adiestramiento T6cnico ofrecerd en febrero los cursos enlistados abajo para
mejorar las destrezas del personal t6cnico de la Comisi6n del Canal. La duraci6n de cada curso se indica en
par6ntesis. Todos se ofrecerin en el Edificio 2-A del Area industrial de Balboa de 7 am. a 3:30 p.m. Para mAs
detalles, llamar al 52-4192.
Reparaci6n de Averias en Sistemas Electr6nicos (cuatro dias).
Aplicaci6n y Reparaci6n de Averias en Circuitos Digitales (dos dias).
Montacargas y Gruas (un dia).
Equipo Operado a Mano (un dia).
Escaleras y Andamios (un dia).


Programan adiestramiento para empleados
El siguiente es el calendario de adiestramiento de los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal. Las clases de microcomputadoras
tendran lugar de 7:30 a.m. a 4 p.m. en el Edificio 717 en Balboa, Todas las demAs clases tendran lugar de 8 am. alas 4 p.m. en el
Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal de PanamA, con la excepci6n del curso "C6mo Escuchar. La Habilidad Olvidada", que se
ofrece en Gatfn, y "Actualizaci6n de Supervisores sobre la Evaluaci6n del Desempefio", en el Centro de Adiestramiento de 8 a
11:45 am. "C6mo Planear su Jubilaci6n" se ofrece en espafiol, y todas las demas clases son en ingl6s. Hay que enviar las
nominaciones a trav6s de los gerentes de programas de adiestramiento antes de la 1ltima fecha de nominaci6n indicada.;
Ademis de las clases que se enumeran a continuaci6n, se ofreceri del 22 al 25 de febrero el M6dulo 2 del Programa de
Adiestramiento para Oficinistas sobre "Servicio a los Clientes: Conviene Complacer al Cliente", "Divi6rtase Archivando",
"Administraci6n de Archivos", "Tecnicas BAsicas de Redacci6n". Tambi6n hay disponibles.en el Centro Multimedia un nimero de
paquetes de adiestramiento individualizados sobre una variedad de temas que incluyen "Introducci6n alas Microcomputadoras",
que es un requisite preliminar de los siguientes cursos:
Cuso (Grpo al que se Asigna) Fecha Ulfima fecd
de nominad6n
Liderazgo para Supervisores y Capataces ............................ Feb. 1 y 2 Enero 28
C6mo Escuchar: Una Habilidad Olvidada ............................. Feb. 2 Enero 28
Actualizaci6n de Supervisores sobre la Evaluaci6n del Desempefio......... Feb. 3 Enero 28
El Oficinista Profesional Organizado (para el personal de oficinas)......... Feb. 3 Enero 28
C6mo Planear su Jubilaci6n (para los que piensan jubilarse en cinco afios) Feb. 7 y 8 Enero 28
Taller sobre la Comunicaci6n ...................................... Feb. 8-10 Enero 28
Comunicaci6n para el Oficinista Profesional (para el personal de oficinas) Feb. 9 y 10 Enero 28
El Otro Lado de la Delegaci6n ....................................... Feb. 10 Enero 28
PrActicas de Operaci6n para la Administraci6n de Contratos............. Feb. 22-25 Feb. 1
C6mo Mejorar el Desempefio de los Empleados (para supervisores) ........ Feb. 23 y 24 Feb. 2
T&cnicas para la Ensefianza del Trabajo (para empleados de la Divisi6n de
Bomberos). ............................ .......... ........... Feb. 23-25 Feb. 2
C6mo Dar Instrucciones Claras a mis Subalternos (para supervisores)...... Feb. 28 Feb. 7
Orientaci6n para Empleados Nuevos .................................. Feb. 28 Feb. 7
Seminaries para Internos de Carrera Profesional........................ Feb. 28-Marzo 2 Feb. 7
Clases de Microcomputadoras
Introducci6n al SuperCalc* ....................... ................ Feb. 2-4 Enero 28
Taller de Norton Commander* ....................................... Feb.22 Feb. 1
Informe de Relaci6n R & R (para quienes han tomado dBase III Plus
Intermedio) ........................ ...................... Feb. 23-25 Feb. 2
Introducci6n a WordPerfect* ....................................... Feb.23-25 Feb. 2
WordPerfect para Gerentes (gerentes y supervisores) ..................... Feb. 28 Feb. 7
WordPerfect Avanzado: Tablas (para quienes han tomado Introducci6n a
WordPerfect) .................. ............ ................. Feb. 28 Feb. 7
Feb. 28 Feb. 7


Los Graduados del 74 de la Escuela
Secundaria de Paraiso celebrardn su 200.
aniversario con una cena bailable en honor
al Prof. Cecilio Williams el 11 de febrero en
el Sal6n Seaside View de Ave. Balboa. Los
boletos cuestan $20 por persona. Para mis
informaci6n, Ilame a Sheryl Amantine al
33-1076 o a Ramona Green al 32-4532.

Cambia inscripci6n de bazar
El Club de Esposas de Oficiales y Civiles
del Pacifico ha reprogramado la inscripci6n
para su bazar del 30 de abril. Los
portadores de tarjetas de identificaci6n
reconocidas por el Centro Recreativo
Valent pueden inscribirse alli de 11 a.m. a 2
p.m. el 7 de febrero. La inscripci6n para
otros vendedores fue reprogramada para el
24 y 25 de febrero en el mismo horario en el
Club de Oficiales de Amador. El costo de
$7 por pie lineal para mesas debe pagarse
por completo durante la inscripci6n.


Primer lanzamiento
El Subadministrador de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panamd Raymond P. Laverty
lanza la bola inaugural de la 44a.
temporada de la Pequefia Liga del Pacifico
al capataz general de construcci6n y
mantenimiento Charles Hinz en el campo
de la liga en Balboa. Las cuatro divisiones
de la liga la integran dependientes de la
Comisi6n y de militares estadounidenses
de 6 a 15 aios. Laverty tambidn inaugur6
la liga industrial de bola suave que
organiza el Ramo de Acondicionamiento
Fisico para los empleados de la Comisi6n.
Fotos por Jaime Fernndez

Almuerzo para becas
El Isthmian College Club realizara un
almuerzo para su fondo de becas el 5 de
febrero desde el mediodia en el bohio de la
piscina del Hotel El Panama. El evento
incluye premios de entrada y desfile de
modas de My Name is Panama. Los
boletos de $20 pueden obtenerse con
Shirley Maduro (52-7636).



Licencias de radio
La Asociaci6n de Radioaficionados del
Canal de Panami ofrecera examenes para
todo tipo de licencia estadounidense de
radioaficionados el 5 de febrero a las 9 a.m.
en el Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal
en Balboa. Se cobrard una cuota para
cubrir los costos. Los interesados en
mejorar sus licencias deben traer el original
y una copia de la licencia y cualquier
certificado vigente de examenes aprobados.
Para mas detalles, lame al 52-7400.


Dos posiciones fueron omitidas por error en la Lista de Vacantes publicada en la
secci6n en espafiol de la edici6n del 14 de enero del Spillway, y una nota al pie de la
pigina incorrecta fue usada en todas las posiciones que aparecieron alli. Para ser justos
con los aplicantes potenciales, la lista del 14 de enero se volvera a publicar con las
correcciones, y la fecha para entregar las aplicaciones ha sido extendida al 14 de febrero.
La promoci6n temporal de gerente de programas, anunciada como grado NM-13 en la
edici6n pasada, esta siendo anunciada en esta edici6n como grado NM-12/13. Quienes
ya aplicaron para cualquiera de estas posiciones no tendrin que volver a aplicar.

Lista de Vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Los formularios de.solicitud deben
presentarse al Ramo de Empleoy Colocaciones, Edificio 366, Anc6n, en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a
mAs tardar siete dias despubs 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 exigira el urindlisis 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 podrAn calificar con al menos un afio de experiencia especializada en uno o dos
grades inferiores al de la posici6n.
Los solicitantes podran 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 llenar una vacante seran 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.


Puestos permanentes
Ingeniero el6ctrico, NM-12 ..................
Tecnico en ingenieria, NM-7' 2 3 (Debe saber es-
pafiol.)................... .. .........
Albafiil supervisor, MS-101 2 (Debe saber ingl6s y
tener licencia de conducir. Conocimiento de
espafiol es deseable.) .....................
Ingeniero mecanico, NM-9/11' 2 (Debe saber
nadar y tener licencia de conducir.) .........
Ascenso/Asignaci6n temporal
(mAximo un afio)
Asistente de servicios administrativos, NM-71 2
(Bilingiie) ...............................
Ascenso temporal (maximo un afio);
puede convertirse en permanente
Gerente de programas (Subjefe de la Divisi6n de
Protecci6n del Canal), NM-12/13' ..........


Salario
bisico
$19.31/$25.10
$10.89/$14.15

$16.77/$19.56
$13.32/$20.94



$10.89/$14.15



$19.31/$29.85


Si-
Unidad tio
Electricidad P


Industrial A 1

Mantenimiento P 1
Dragado P 2


Mantenimiento


Protec. Canal P 1


S61o se considerard a empleados de la Comisi6n.
2 La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante llena los requisites especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud o
incluirse en el expediente official de personal; de lo contrario, no se considerara al solicitante para la vacante.
3 Debe tener conocimiento de ingenieria mecanica, civil o marina.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panam as un empleador que so ajusta a la
Ley sobre Igualdad de Oportunidades.


Spillway
OEL CANAL DE PANAMA

GILBERTO GUARDIA F.
Administrador, Comisidn del Canal de Panamd


RAYMOND P. LAVERTY
Subadministrador


WILLIE K. FRIAR
Directora de Relaciones Piblicas


FRANKLIN D. CASTRELLON
Director Asociado


JANET G. LEN-RIOS
Director Asociada


JENNIFER JONES
Editora
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 mi6rcoles si hay alg6n dia feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n.
Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan 56 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y S19 por corrco aCreo. 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
Relaciones Plblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.


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