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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: March 27, 1997
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
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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.
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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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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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The Panama Canal Spillway


Thursday, March 27, 1997


Cable support replacement project

completed on transmission towers


By Susan Harp
Observant motorists at the in-
tersection of Balboa Road and
Roosevelt Avenue in Balboa may
have been wondering what several
workers perched on top of thepower
transmission towers near the Con-
struction Division offices have
been doing in such a precarious
position. The workers were replac-
ing the horizontal strut arms and
insulators that hold two, 44-kilo-
volt circuit lines thatprovide power
for Balboa and nearby communi-
ties. The project was being per-
formed by the contractor Formal
Management Systems, Inc. under a
$59,000 contract administrated by
the Construction Division.
"If you get too close to a 44-
kilovolt line, the electricity can arc
through your body even if you
never actually touch the line," says
Construction Division inspector
Alfonso Him, who was one of the
Commission personnel monitoring
the work. He explains that one of
the safety requirements was that
workers keep at least 22 feet away
from the three "hot" cables or ac-
tivated circuit while they were work-
ing on the opposite side of the
tower. Other requirements in-
cluded wearing fall protection har-
nesses and tethers, hard hats and
special gloves, and providing an
on-the-ground observer to make
sure that passing vehicles and
pedestrians did not venture un-
derneath the four towers whilework
was going on above.


To further assure that safety
rules were followed at all times, elec-
tricians from a five-member Electri-
cal Division crew headed by high-
voltage electrician supervisor Jos6
Santana were always on the site
during working hours. Santana ex-
plains, "The contractors were work-
ing 12 hours a day, seven days a
week until it was finished, so my
crew took turns observing six days
at a time."
Because each of the two cir-
cuits is the main source of power
for the Balboa area, maintaining
continuous service during the
project was a high priority, and
efforts were made to assure that
one circuit was active at all times
and a backup would be available.
Him explains that the original plan
called for the deactivation of one
of the circuits for up to three weeks
at a time while the cable supports
were being replaced, a condition
that would have left the Balboa
Substation without an instantly
available backup in case of prob-
lems with the circuit in use.
Seeking a way to solve the di-
lemma, Santana and his crew sug-
gested that the lines of the second
circuit be temporarily relocated to
a lower position on the towers
during the work. This would allow
the circuit to be activated when the
contractors were not working on
the towers or in the case of an
emergency. Following up on the
idea, Santana consulted with Elec-
trical Division electrical engineer-


Replacing supports Photo by Jaime Yau
Contract electricians use a crane to remove a two-ton metal arm that normally holds one of the two 44-kilovolt circuit
lines that supply power to Balboa and nearby areas. The three lines that make up the circuit have been inactivated
and are visible on the tower's left leg, where they are being temporarily held in place by specially designed brackets.
The three lines to the right of the workers are live, indicated by the two flags on the tower's right leg.


ing technician Jos6 Mendieta on
the design of temporary cable sup-
ports that could be attached to the
towers without drilling holes in the
vertical steel members of the tow-
ers, which might affect the strength
of the structures. Another require-
ment was for the supports to be
strong enough to withstand the
weight of the aluminum electric


cables, which weighapproximately
5,000 to 6,000 pounds per section
between supports.
Mendieta and Santana designed
abracket made of4 -inch-thick steel
that gripped the towers like a vise.
Maintenance Division personnel
fabricated the brackets, and Engi-
neering Division engineers field-
tested them before approving their


use. Santana and his team then
installed two brackets per cable on
the towers to-support the backup
lines before the contractors started
removing the strut arms.
The brackets can be adapted to
other projects if needed, and
Santana says, "The contracted
work went faster and safer because
of the brackets."


Applicants sought for apprentice program


The Employment and Placement
Branch is accepting applications
frompermanentPanamaCanal Com-
mission employees who wish to learn
new skills undertheApprentice Pro-
gram. The program should be of
particular interest to employees at or
below the MG-9 orNM-8 grade lev-
els. Employees who are currently
earning a rate of pay higher than that
of an apprentice will not be entitled
to retain the higher rate during the
apprenticeship.
Most of the apprenticeships on
the vacancy list in this issue of the
Panama Canal Spillway have target
grades of MG-10 and MG-11 and
require four years of training. Three
of the crafts (carpentry, painting and
roofing) have target grades of MG-
9 and require three years of training.
Some positions require passing a
swimming test, others require a civil
driver's license and some require


both. Shift work, including Satur-
day and Sunday work, will be re-
quired for certain crafts, beginning
with the second or third year of the
apprenticeship.
Apprentices generally spend two
years attending classes and work-
shops at the Apprentice School lo-
cated in the Balboa industrial area. If
necessary, they also receive English-
language instruction. The last two,
years of an apprenticeship include
extensive on-the-job training.
Classes will begin September 29.
Applicants must be high school
graduates and must take a written
test in Spanish or English. Those
who have already passed the test
and are not interested in being re-
tested must specify so in their appli-
cation. Areview of arithmetic, deci-
mals, fractions, percentages,
weights and measures, areas and
volumes, ratios and proportions,


algebra and mechanical principles is
recommended before taking the test.
Sample questions are available at
the Employment and Placement
Branch in Building 366, Ancon.
Applications should be submit-
ted in Form 443 "Application for
Transfer." All forms should be re-
ceived by the April 4 deadline and
only one Form443 is necessary. The
forms are available through admin-
istrative officers or at the Employ-
ment and Placement Branch. Posi-
tions within the same craft may be
located in both the Pacific and the
Atlantic districts; the preferred dis-
trict should be indicated on form
443. Applicants may select up to
five crafts using a supplementary
form thatwill be available afterpass-
ing the required written test. Assis-
tance is available by visiting the
Employment and Placement Branch
orby calling 272-3583.


Administrator speaks Photo by Emesto A. Holder
Panama Canal Commission Administrator Alberto Alemdn Zubieta
speaks to members of the Young Presidents Organization on aspects
of Canal administration and operation and the transition process.
The conference was held on March 13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as
part of annual activities held by the organization, which is composed
of chief executive officers from various worldwide corporations.


On the cover
The photo on the front page of this issue was taken by
Don Goode and gives an aerial view of three ships
entering and exiting Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side of
the Panama Canal.


Gorgas Hospital to end medical services July 1


The U.S. Medical Department
Activity (MEDDAC) has advised
the PanamaCanal Commission that
Gorgas Army Community Hospital
is.scheduled to close on October 1,
1997. In preparation for the impend-
ing closure, the Gorgas is planning
to terminate all medical services by
July 1, 1997. On that date, all medi-
cal records currently being main-
tained at Gorgas and the Fort
Clayton Clinic will be transferred to
the 24th Medical Group.


Normal procedures for hand
carrying medical records still apply
for personnel relocating to the
United States. Medical records for
the remaining military and civilian
personnel will be transferred to ei-
ther the Howard or Fort Clayton
clinics based on personnel residen-
tial addresses. Retirement eligible
records (those with no activity for
three years) will be forwarded to St.
Louis, Missouri.
All personnel, both military and


civilian, relocating to the United
States are reminded to stop by the
Gorgas X-Ray Department to pick
up mammogram films priorto depar-
ture. Anyone wishing copies of
their medical records or original X-
rays, should go to the Patient Ad-
ministration Office, located in Sec-
tion B of Gorgas, to fill out a written
request.
For further information, call
Gorgas Hospital Patient Adminis-
tration at 282-5407 or282-5214.


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Thursday. March 27. 1997


The Panama Canal Spillway


IAPA luncheon Photo by Jaime Yau
Administrator Alberto Alemdn Zubieta addresses delegates to the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) congress on Canal operations
and administration during a luncheon held at a local hotel. The IAPA delegates also visited Miraflores Locks as part of the program
of activities of the congress, which was held in Panama City last week.



Employees invited to attend upcoming Safety and Health fairs


The Panama Canal Commission
Safety and Occupational Health divi-
sions invite all Commission employees
to the 1997 Safety and Health Fair.
Under the theme "Safety, Health &
Environment: Everybody's Job," this
year's fair will be bigger and better
than ever, with 14 Commission units
and several private companies man-
ning booths and exhibits covering vari-


ous safety and health subjects.
The fair will be held at the Panama
Canal Commission Training Center in An-
con from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. on April 9 and from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 10 and 11. On the
Atlantic side, the fair will be held at Building
5138, at the Mount Hope Industrial Division
area, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 16 and
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 17.
All employees working in non-critical


operational duties are encouraged to
attend the fair. Up to three hours of
administrative leave have been ap-
proved for this purpose upon supervi-
sory approval. Employees are also
encouraged to ride to the fairs on the
free shuttle buses that will be avail-
able on both sides of the Isthmus. Bus
schltules will be distributed to all
units prior to the fair.


Board to meet April 8

The Panama Canal Commission Board of
Directors will hold its third quarterly meeting
of fiscal year 1997 on Tuesday, April 8, at the
Commission Administration Building in
Balboa Heights.
Items on the agenda for the full meeting
include reports from Commission Adminis-
trator Alberto Alemdn Zubieta on Canal op-
erations, Chief Financial Officer Ricaurte
Vasquez, and Secretary John A. Mills. The
board will also hear a report by Deputy Ad-
ministrator Joseph W. Cornelison on the
progress of the transition milestone plan, as
well as reports from its three standing com-
mittees, Transition, Audit, and Personnel
and Security.


Applications accepted

for Chief, Budget

Management Division

Applications will be accepted from
Panama Canal Commission employees for
the Budget Officer, NM-13/14, position of
Chief, Budget Management Division. The
Budget Management Division is respon-
sible for the development of capital and
operating budget presentations to the Board
of Directors, the U.S. Office of Management
and Budget and the U.S. Congress.
This position is excluded from regular
merit promotion procedures. Applicants
must have at least one year of specialized
experience at the next lower level. Employ-
ees interested in being considered for this
position should send a Professional Office
System (PROFS) note addressed to PROE-
C (Mrs. Aurora V. de Diaz, telephone 272-
3583), no later than April 4, 1997.


Applications accepted for student assistant program


The Panama Canal Commission is accept-
ing applications for the 1997 U.S. Schools Va-
cation Student Assistant Program. Students
hired under this program will work for a maxi-
mumof 13weeks,betweenMay27 andAugust
29, 1997, and will be paid $3.40 an hour, with
most appointments being made for a 40-hour
week. Preferential consideration will be given
to Commission dependents.
Applications will be accepted from high
school juniors and seniors, and from full-time
(at least 12 semester hours) undergraduate
university students not graduating at the
end of the current school year. Applicants
must have a cumulative grade-point average


of at least a "C" (two on a four-point scale, or
one on a three-point scale) and will be re-
quired to provide certification of the average
and of full-time enrollment by their high
school or college.
Application forms are available from the
Personnel Operations Division, Building 366,
Ancon, during working hours and at the Per-
sonnel Office, Building 215, Gatun, from7:15
a.m. through 12 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to
3:15, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Completed applications should be returned by
April 30. Failure to complete the form fully and
accurately could result intheloss of an employ-
ment opportunity.


Work progresses on new Tow Track

Maintenance Branch headquarters


By Susan Harp
Construction of a metal-frame building
to house the new Tow Track Maintenance
Branch is well under way at Miraflores
Locks. The new branch is part of the
Maintenance Division and is currently
headed by acting Branch Chief Manuel
Alvarado. It was created to support the
Locks Division program to completely re-
place some 53,000 feet of locks locomotive
towing track at all three locks over the next
ten years.
Maintenance Division personnel are
building the 150-foot-long by 85-foot-wide
shed in an open space just north of the
Miraflores swing bridge, and construction
cranes and the rapidly rising metal frame
can be glimpsed from Gaillard Highway.
The building will house a prefabrication
shop where the tow tracks will be assembled,
and eventually will also accommodate the
branch offices and headquarters.


Alvarado says that the building should
be ready to house some of the branch's 100
employees by mid-April, when workers are
scheduled to begin assembling the 39-foot-
long tow track sections that will be in-
stalled during the Miraflores Locks over-
haul scheduled for early June. The sec-
tions are preassembled to allow workers
more time to align them just right and to
keep actual installation time to a minimum.




New branch headquarters
Panama Canal Commission Maintenance
Division personnel use a crane to set metal
beams in place while constructing the
division's new Tow Track Maintenance
Branch headquarters at Miraflores Locks.
Photo by Jaime Yau


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Thursday, March 27, 1997


Employees use artistic skills to

decorate Commission building


By Susan K. Stabler
Panama Canal Commission deckhand
Anthony Ferro made a name for himself
last December as a yuletide window painter
for the Southern District Launch and
Linehandling Branch, Building 43-A. Now
he's put his artistic skills to work for the
branch again, this time joining forces with
deckhand Jos6 Moreno to paint wall-sized
Panama Canal murals on three outside
walls of the building.
Their work is the first thing you notice
when you approach the area the murals
fill both sidewalls of a loading platform
and an adjacent wall that leads to the
building's main entrance. Ferro, who
sketched the murals, based two of them on
artwork found in official Commission pub-
lications, including the Panama Canal
Spillway and the official color brochure,
The Panama Canal. The other is a home-
grown "invention" depicting the Bridge of
the Americas.
Launch and Linehandling Southern Dis-
trict Chief Frank Hoover, who initiated
the project, beams with pride over the
work of his employees. He says, "In many
cases, when you do something like this,
there's a lot of jealousy on the part of other
employees, but on this project, everyone
wanted to help out. It has instilled a spirit
of camaraderie."
According to Hoover, employees who


gather in the area be-
fore and after shift
changes say the murals
contribute to their pride
in being an important
part of the Panama Ca-
nal operation. On the
insistance of office
clerical assistant Gloria
de Alvarez, who said
that "the paintings have
to reflect the launch and
linehandling opera-
tion," a vessel steam-
ing under the Bridge of
the Americas is named
Canal Services SD, talen
Artistic talent
while one in the west
chamber of Miraflores Southern Distric
Locks is called in front of a Pane
Linehandlers. outside wall of th
Ferro says a fellow the name given I
employeecomplimented
him for bringing "new blood" to the job site,
saying, "In more than 30 years, no one like
you has come along to improve our build-
ings." Moreno adds that employees have
told him that even if they come to work
feeling tired, the murals "motivate and
invigorate" them.
To say that Ferro and Moreno are "new
blood" may be the understatement of the


Photo by Susan K. Stabler
t Launch and Linehandling Branch deckhands Josi Moreno and Anthony Ferro stand
2ma Canal mural of Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks that they recently painted on an
.e branch headquarters at Building 43A in Balboa. Although it's hard to see in the photo,
by the painters to the vessel in the west lane is "Linehandlers."


year. The artists demonstrate a love for the
Canal that gives the impression they've been
a part of it for a while, yet Ferro has been a
deckhand for only four-and-a-half months
and Moreno for less than two.
Neither artist has had any formal train-
ing, yet both have an uncanny artistic
sense. To make the locks high mast lights
appear to glow, Ferro sprayed yellow


paint against a cardboard frame for the
desired effect. At the suggestion of a
fellow employee, Moreno added a life-
sized replica of a pelican to the corner of
one mural.
Hoover, who can't take his eyes off
the finished product, says, "I'd love to
screen all my employees. I bet they have
all kinds of hidden talents."


Employee wins full-tuition masters

degree scholarship at local university


By Yira A. Flores
Patricia H6via de Baquero, a contract
specialist with the Logistical Support Di-
vision Purchasing and Contracts Branch,
believes that some things are destined for
us in life. Baquero competed with 70 other
applicants for two full-tuition and two 50-
percent tuition masters degree scholar-
ships at a local private university. She
won one of the two full-tuition scholar-
ships, a situation that will help her fulfill
her wish of completing a masters in busi-
ness administration degree.
Baquero had been researching masters
programs in various local universities, only
to find out how expensive they all were.
Since her and her husband's priority at the
moment is the education of their three
children, she saw her chances of getting a
masters degree getting smaller. "Most
universities do not have a scholarship
fund," says Baquero.
One Friday afternoon she decided to call
the Inter-American University of Panama
and learned that an exam would be adminis-


tered the next day to select the awardees of
scholarships for their masters program.
Baquero confesses to being nervous about
not knowing the subjects that would be
included in the exam, and, since she had
been out of school for a long time, she
thought she needed a refresher-course.
As she entered the room where the
exam was being administered, she noticed
that most applicants looked rather young.
A civil engineer applying for an MBA,
Baquero acknowledges that she has only
taken one economics course in her life.
Baquero completed the test in one and
a half hours. The scholarships were
awarded to the four highest scorers among
participants. "I guess experience, besides
knowledge in general business subjects,
was also important because the two full-
tuition scholarships were won by older
people," she says, adding that she was also
the only woman to win one of the scholar-
ships.
With the 18-month program starting on
April 1, Baquero says, "Now all of us at


home will be in school except for my
husband." She explains that her children
have all excelled as students, with her
youngest daughter just beginning to study
on a scholarship she won after competing
with students from different junior high
schools. Baquero herself has studied on
scholarships most of her life. Having gradu-
ated as head of the class both in elementary


Scholarship awardee
Purchasing and
Contracts Branch
contract specialist
Patricia Hevia de
Baquero shows the
advertisement printed
in a local newspaper
congratulating the
winners of scholar-
ships for masters of
business administra-
tion degrees from the
Inter-American
University of Panama.


Photo by Kevin Jenkins


and high school, she completed her entire
high school and university studies with
scholarships.
."After seeing how things happened, I
really believe that scholarship was meant for
me," she says, explaining that if she had
waited until the next Monday to call, she
would have missed the opportunity to com-
pete for it.


Performance awards
Engineering Division
employees pose for a
group photo before the
division's annual job
performance awards
ceremony held last month
at the Balboa Fitness
Center. During the
ceremony, 76field and
office personnel were
recognized for their
superior job performance.
Engineering and Construc-
tion Bureau Director Tom
W. Drohan, second from
left in the back row,
presented the awards.

Photo by Armando De Gracia


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Canal history


Effie Rodman Goethals, wife of construction day chief engineer


One seldom hears much about Effie Rod-
man Goethals, the wife of Panama Canal
construction-day Chief Engineer Col.
George Washington Goethals. This ar-
ticle, published in the April 2, 1954,
Panama Canal Review, provides one of
the few glimpses into the character of the
woman who for nearly ten years was mis-
tress of the quarters now known as the
Administrator's House and experienced
the challenges and excitement of this busy
time alongside her famous husband.
Like the wife of many a famous man,
Mrs. Effie Rodman Goethals rarely shared
the spotlight of public attention with her
husband. Her home, her husband, and her
children were her main interests.
However, she shared quietly with him
those momentous occasions of his event-
ful life. Of these, perhaps none was more
thrilling than the night of February 18,
1907, when Col. Goethals (then major)
received the unexpected call to the White
House to be told of his selection to head
the Canal work.
According to New York newspaper-
man Joseph Bucklin Bishop's "Goethals:
Genius of the Panama Canal," Maj. and
Mrs. Goethals were entertaining Col.
Fieberger, an old West Point friend, when
the call came. Relating the incident and
the surprise of all three, Bishop says:
"At this point Mrs. Goethals probably
hurried him straight upstairs to put on his
full-dress uniform, though neither she nor
Col. Fieberger has the faintest recollec-
tion as to whether or not he wore it to the
White House that night. All they can
remember is the agony of impatience with
which they awaited his return."
Both Col. and Mrs. Goethals avoided,
whenever possible, public attention. No
project ever attracted greater attention than
the Canal construction and thousands of


pictures were taken of the work and the
men in charge. Despite this, there are few
in existence in which the man responsible
for the Canal project appears and only one
or two of Mrs. Goethals in the Canal's
extensive photographic files.
She is well remembered by those who
lived on the Isthmus during that ten-year
period of her life, but principally for her
quiet devotion to her home and family.
Although she never sought social
prominence, she probably entertained more
public celebrities during her life on the
Isthmus than anyone, for there was a con-
stant stream of visitors to see the "big
ditch" being dug. Many of these stayed or
were entertained at the Goethals home at
Culebra.
Mrs. Goethals was born April 4, 1858,
in New Bedford, Mass., the daughter of
Capt. and Mrs. Thomas R. Rodman. Dur-
ing her girlhood days she came to know
well something of military life, for her
father served during the Civil War as a
captain in the Union Army Infantry. Much
of her girlhood days were spent on the
island of Martha's Vineyard off the south
shore of Cape Cod where she was to live in
later life.
She was visiting her brother, Lt. Samuel
Rodman, at Vancouver Barracks in the
Washington territory, when she met her
future husband. They were married De-
cember 4, 1884, at the Grace Episcopal
Church in New Bedford.
Col. Goethals became enthusiastic
about Vineyard Haven as a homesite when
he went there with Mrs. Goethals for the
first time in the summer of 1889. Four
years later he bought a lot there and built
a substantial New England type frame
house which still stands.
They first occupied the house in 1894
and it continued to be their home during


Prominent visitors
In this historical photo, chief engineer in charge of Canal construction Gen. George
W. Goethals and his wife Effie Rodman Goethals pose with a group of prominent
visitors at the entrance of their Culebra residence. Pictured are Secretary of War
Henry L. Stimson, Mrs. Goethals, Gen. C. R. Edwards, an unidentified woman and
General Goethals.


the remainder of their
lives. It was the only
place where Col.
Goethals ever voted al-
though he lived there a
comparatively little time
because of his Army as-
signments and later his
work in New York.
Following his death,
Mrs. Goethals returned
to make Vineyard Haven
her home until her death
at Wellesley, Mass., on
December 31, 1941.







Mrs. Goethals
In this portrait, taken
about1912, Mrs. Goethals
poses wearing her
niosqueta, one ofthe types
of jewelry traditionally
worn with Panama's na-
tional dress, "lapollera."


Canal news notes from the 1920s

The following items were published in Volume 14 of "The Canal Record" covering the
period of August 18, 1920, and August 10, 1921.

Aeroplane flight to Washington
First Lieut. Charles B. Austin left France Field, near Cristobal, at 6:26 a.m., October
6, in an attempt to accomplish the first flight by aeroplane from the Isthmus to Washing-
ton. His machine is a remodeled DeHaviland 4, the front seat of which was removed to
provide additional space for gasoline. He is carrying 220 gallonsof gasoline and 15
pounds of mail. His first stop is to be Kingston, Jamaica, and from there his route will be
to Habana, Cuba, thence to Miami, Florida, and thence to Bolling Field, Washington, with
possibly a stop somewhere in the Carolinas. He is making the flight alone, but was
accompanied 75 miles out to sea by 2 other planes, which then returned to France Field.
The first 60 miles of the trip were made in just 40 minutes. The weather was clear and
prospects are very good for a successful flight.

Naval seaplane flight to Kingston
In addition to the aeroplane flight to Washington, D.C., mentioned on page 93 of this
issue, 2 naval seaplanes, type F-5-L, No. 4295, with Lieutenant Wynne as pilot, and
Ensign Lucas as assistant pilot, and No. 4294 with Lieutenant Connell as pilot, and Ensign
Dyer as assistant pilot, left at 7:20 this morning for Kingston, Jamaica. The 2 naval planes
expect to return to the Isthmus Friday. Kingston is 551 nautical miles from Cristobal.

Result of aeroplane flights
All 3 of the aeroplanes that started from Cristobal in the morning of October 6 to fly
to Kingston, one with the intention of continuing to Washington, were forced by a severe
storm over the Caribbean south of Jamaica to return to the Isthmus. The 2 naval planes,
equipped with radio, were warned of the storm from Cristobal and returned after getting
out about 200 miles. The Army plane, piloted by Lieutenant Austin, with Washington as
his final destination, was not equipped with radio and ran into the storm when about 400
miles out. The pilot attempted to drive through it, but trouble with his propeller compelled
him to give it up, and he struck back for Cristobal, arriving there at approximately 4:20
p.m. He had been flying continuously for 10 hours and 25 minutes, and had traveled about
900 miles.
While the flights were unsuccessful in reaching the goal, they are considered success-
ful in experiment. For several months the Naval Air Station has been securing and
recording data on air currents and storms over this section, and the observations made are
of value not only to aviation but to shipping.
Weather conditions at this season are not the most favorable for the flight to Kingston,
and the effort to fly to the United States will be deferred; the naval aviators, however,
expect shortly to make another attempt to reach Kingston.
Note: The article goes on to mention that observations of meteorological conditions
being of interest to shipping, the Panama Canal Record requested Mr. Samuel Gottlich,
observer in the Section of Meteorology and Hydrography of the Panama Canal, who
assisted in the observation of weather conditions over the course of the flight, to
contribute an article on this phase, which was published in the Record.









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"Paz" crew recognized Photo by Danny Uselton
The crew ofthe towboat "Paz" poses together after being recognized with a special act award
for actions during an incident involving the dipper dredge "Rialto M. Christensen" and a
southbound transiting vessel. Picturedfrom left are seaman ElidcerAcosta, boatswain Felipe
Campbell, master-in-charge Christian lilies, seaman Alejandro Machado and oiler Nicolds
De Gracia. Not appearing in the photo is chief engineer-in-charge Luis Naar.


Reducing risk factors can

help prevent heart attacks


ByVanaidaHolder,R.N.
Myocardial infarction refers to the necro-
sis or death of heart muscle caused by an
inadequate blood supply. In most instances,
it is the result of severe narrowing of one or
more of the coronary arteries.
Studies reveal that most patients suffer
the onset of infarctions at rest or with mod-
erate activity. Research points to some rela-
tionship between a daily pattern (circadian
rhythm) and the onset of acute infarction,
which peaks from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a
seasonal pattern, with 15 to 20 percent more
cases during the winter. Nonetheless, the
combination of severe exertion and exces-
sive fatigue or unusual emotional stress have
been associated with the precipitation of a
myocardial infarction. Life events with a
powerful impact on the individual, for ex-
ample, the loss of a job, divorce, or death of
a significant other person, are common be-
fore a myocardial infarction.
How can we know when someone is hav-
ing a heart attack or myocardial infarction?
Chest discomfort is the most significant sig-
nal of a heart attack. Often times the pain is
described as an uncomfortable pressure,



Take note


Personnel from the
Panama Canal Commission
Orientation Service are avail-
able at Miraflores Locks from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to pro-
vide visitors with information
on the Panama Canal. Al-
though there are no Orienta-
tion Service employees as-
signed to Gatun Locks, it is
open to the public daily from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours to
Miraflores Locks (and to
Gatun Locks when an Orien-
tation Service staff member is
available) can be arranged by
calling 272-3187.


usually in the center of the chest behind the
sternum. It may spread to the shoulders,
neck or arms. Frequently, the pain lasts
longer than two minutes, and it is hardly ever
described as sharp and stabbing. Other
signs of a myocardial infarction may include
shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and
weakness. These signs may subside and
return. Sometimes the pain is not severe and,
since the person does not look bad, the
victim's first reaction is to deny the possibil-
ity of a heart attack.
The good news is that scientific evidence
indicates that reducing risk factors will prevent
heart attacks. Children will benefit most from
learning the habits of "prudent heart living"
early in life. While some risk factors like sex,
race, age and heredity cannot be changed,
there are other factors that we can change.
These include high blood pressure, cholesterol
levels, smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, lack of
exercise, stress, and "unhealthful" diets.
Prudent heart living coupled with prompt
recognition of symptoms and treatment are
key factors in determining the outcome for a
myocardial infarction victim.


Position Vacancy List

Applicants -must have career or career-conditional status. To apply, submit Form 443,
Application for Transfer, by next Friday, to the Employment and Placement Branch, Building 366,
Ancon.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position or a testing-designated position will be
tested for illegal drug use prior to appointment or 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 qualify if they possess at least one year of specialized experience at
the second-lower level of the position.
For in-service actions other than promotions, modified qualifications will be used whenever an
applicant's background includes closely related experience providing the skills necessary for successful
performance.
Proof that applicant meets special requirements (such as swimming ability, or possession of a civil
driver's license) must be filed in the Official Personnel Folder or added to Form 443.
Salaries reflect the minimum and maximum rates of pay for the grades of the advertised positions.
Those selected will be placed in the appropriate grade and step, in accordance with regulations.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources
Center, Building 38, Balboa.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch, at 272-3583.


Permanent positions
Apprentice (carpenter), AP-09 '
Apprentice (crane operator), AP-11 12
Apprentice (drill rig
operator), AP-10 12
Apprentice (electrical equipment
repairer), AP-10 I
Apprentice (electrician), AP-10
Apprentice (electronic digital,
computer mechanic-
telecommunications), AP-11 '
Apprentice (electronic
mechanic), AP-11'
Apprentice (heavy mobile
equipment mechanic) AP-10
Apprentice (high voltage
electrician), AP-10 12
Apprentice (instrument
mechanic), AP- 111
Apprentice (insulator), AP-10 1
Apprentice (machinist), AP-10 '
Apprentice (marine machinist), AP-10 '
Apprentice (painter), AP-9
Apprentice (painter), AP-10 1
Apprentice (pipefitter), AP-10 1
Apprentice (production machinery
mechanic), AP-101
Apprentice (rigger), AP-10 12
Apprentice (roofer), AP-9 '2
Apprentice (sheet metal
mechanic), AP-10'
Apprentice (shipfitter), AP-10 '
Apprentice (shipwright), AP-10
Apprentice (structural
iron worker), AP-1012
Apprentice (welder), AP-10 1
Budget Analyst, NM-9
Secretary (stenography/office
automation), NM-7 (Shorthand at 80
words per minute. Bilingual.)


Salaries
$4.59/$10.58
$6.71/$17.43
$6.71/$16.71


Unit
Personnel
Personnel
Personnel


Location
P/A
P/A
P


Vacancies
1/1
1/1
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$6.71/$16.71 Personnel

$6.71/$16.71 Personnel
$6.71/$17.43 Personnel


$6.71/$17.43 Personnel

$6.71/$16.71 Personnel

$6.71/$16.71 Personnel

$6.71/$17.43 Personnel


$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71
$4.59/$10.58
$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71

$6.71/$16.71
$4.59/$10.58
$6.71/$16.71

$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71
$6.71/$16.71


Personnel
Personnel
Personnel
Personnel
Personnel
Personnel
Personnel

Personnel
Personnel
Personnel

Personnel
Personnel
Personnel


$6.71/$16.71 Personnel
$14.47/$18.81 Admin. Svcs.
$11.83/$15.38 Admin. Svcs.


Temporary promotion-detail (not to exceed one year)
Industrial engineer, NM-7/12 $11.83/$22.76 Exec.Plann. P 1
Temporary promotion (not to exceed six months)
Clerical Assistant (stenography/office $7.14/$9.01 Admin. Svcs. P 1
automation), NM-5 (Shorthand at 80
words per minute.)
Term appointment (not to exceed two years)
Heavy mobile equipment $14.32/$16.71 Dredging P 2
mechanic MG-10 1 (Swimming ability
and civil driver's license required.)
SOnly PCC employees will be considered.
2 Testing designated position
SKnowledge of data base spread sheet and word processing software programs (e.g; latest versions
of dBase, Supercalc and WordPerfect) is desirable.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.


Cayuco race
Participants in this
year's ocean-to-ocean
cayuco race, held
March 21 through
March 23, transit
Miraflores Locks in the
third lap of the race.
The "Rapid Transit"
won the male category
with a time of 5 hours,
25 minutes, 20 seconds;
the "Snafu" and the
"Almost" won the coed
and female categories,
with times of 6 hours, 2
minutes and 10 seconds
and 6 hours, 16 minutes
and 30 seconds,
respectively.


Photo by Jaime Yau


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The Panama Canal Spillway


Commission participates in


42nd annual David Fair


By Yira A. Flores
Hundreds of visitors to the San Jos6 de
David International Fair in Chiriquf Prov-
ince learned more about the Panama Canal
and plans for its transfer from U.S. to Pana-
manian stewardship when'they visited the
exhibit, "Panama- A Canal in Transition,"
sponsored by the Panama Canal Commis-
sion this month. Celebrating its 42nd year,
the fair was held from March 14 to 23 and
attracted visitors from the Isthmus as well as
from all over the world.
The Canal exhibit featured a locks bull
wheel that revealed varied scenes of the
waterway as it turned, including posters of
Panamanian Canal employees working in
all sectors of Canal operations and informa-
tion on Commission support of the Univer-


sal Congress of the Panama Canal, which
will take place in September in Panama City.
A press conference was held at the Canal
pavilion on the last weekend of the fair,
during which Chief Financial Officer Ricaurte
VAsquez and Office of Public Affairs Associ-
ate Director Franklin D. Castrell6n answered
questions about the waterway from visiting
journalists and officials.
The David pavilion and two additional
Canal exhibits presented recently in Panama
City are featured on the next 30-minute
television program, also titled "Panama -
A Canal in Transition," produced monthly
by the Office of Public Affairs. The pro-
gram was aired yesterday by Channel 11
and will be aired at 5 p.m., March 30, on
Channel 5.


Panama Canal exhibit
In the photo above, a group of children poses at the entrance to the David Fair Panama
Canal pavilion, which featured a locks bull wheel that revealed varied scenes of the
waterway as it turned. At left, two children take an exam to test their knowledge on Canal
matters, while a visitor and a younger child observe.


Photos by Roger Guerra


Comet to be most visible during April


By Susan K. Stabler
With a name that sounds like a 1960's
rock-and-roll tune, comet Hale-Bopp is hur-
tling through the universe in a defined orbit
that lies nearly at a right angle to the plane of
known planets in our solar system. Already
seen by some local amateur astronomers, the
comet will perhaps be its most visible about
an hour after sunset during April and early
May on the northwestern horizon.
Crane and diving safety inspector David
Dempsey, who observes the night sky
through a 10-inch diameter Schmidt-
Cassegrain telescope, saw Hale-Bopp on
March 5 from a site near his home in La
Boca. He says, "I saw it, but it was lost in the
glow of the city lights."
Dempsey saw it again on the weekend of
March 8 and 9 from Panama's interior near San
Carlos, but says that compared to all the hype
that has preceded it, the comet was disappoint-
ing. He will view it again on April 4 and 11
from the same area and says, "This time I'm
hoping it will live up to my expectations."
Dredging Division general engineer
Carlos A. Rogers, Jr., President of the Pana-
manian Association of Astronomy Enthusi-
asts, shares Dempsey's disappointment in
the Hale-Bopp show. He says, "This comet
has brought a lot of attention because it's
been a long time coming, and although it's
been quite visible from sites in the northern
hemisphere, it's been very hard to see here in


Panama." He adds, "If it was as close to the
earth as the Hyakutake comet, it would be
awesome." Hyakutake passed within a mil-
lion miles of earth last year, whereas Hale-
Bopp never gets closer than 120 million miles.
According to the April 1997 issue of
Astronomy, Hale-Bopp will be its brightest
on April 1 when it makes its closest ap-
proach to the sun. Locally, however, be-
cause of the new moon, April 7 may be the
best viewing date. For those who want to see
it, Rogers recommends finding a clear view
of the horizon as far away from the glow of
city lights as possible. He says Hale-Bopp
will be located almost in the center between
north and west. "It will be a "thumb-and-
pinky-stretch at arm's length off the hori-
zon, where it will look like a small cloud
with little or no tail. Binoculars with a power
of 7 X 50, says Rogers, are the best way to
view Hale-Bopp.
Dempsey suggests looking for the comet
an hour after sundown about "four out-
stretched hands" to the right of where the sun
sets. Both Dempsey and Rogers hasten to
say, however, that for all its size, it only
remains visible for about an hour before it
follows the setting sun and disappears below
the horizon.
Hale-Bopp was discovered on July 23,
1995, simultaneously by Alan Hale of the
Southwest Institute for Space Research in
Cloudcroft, N.M., and Thomas Bopp, an


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amateur astronomer from Glendale, Ariz. its discover
According to an article in the February 18, Accordii
1997, Miami Herald, within 12 hours of the Radio, the cc
reported sightings, the International Astro- and dust, is
nomical Union announced the existence of According t
the comet and named it Hale-Bopp for its little too far
two discoverers. liance. "For
Hale-Bopp is estimated to be 25 miles in horizon, whi
diameter, four times broader than Halley's the thickest
comet, which last passed earth in 1986. The Laterinti
Miami Herald cites Harold Weaver, a re- Hale-Bopp,
search scientist at Johns Hopkins University the sky, pro
in Baltimore, as saying, "Hale-Bopp hasjust it will be nt
been a monster in terms of brightness since says, it will


Comet location

This illustration by
Carlos A. Rodgers, Jr.
may help Hale-Bopp
viewers locate the comet
about 15 degrees
(roughly a thumb and
pinky spread at arm's
length) above Panama's
northwestern horizon at
7p.m. on April 7.








y."
ng to a report on National Public
omet, which is largely made of ice
; the brightest one in 21 years.
o Rogers, however, Panama is a
r south to benefit from its bril-
us," he says, "it's too low on the
ch means wehaveto see itthrough
portion of the atmosphere."
o April and May, reports Rogers,
will climb somewhat, higher in
viding a better view. But, since
loving away from the earth, he
be seen smaller and smaller.


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May courses listed for Commission employees


The schedule of training courses for Panama Canal Commission employees is pro-
vided below. Nominations should be submitted through training program managers by
the suspense dates indicated. Courses that show "videoconf" as the location will be held
simultaneously in the Training Center and Gatun Minitheater through a video-confer-
ence transmission. Classes marked with an asterisk will be conducted in Spanish. In lieu
of Windows 95, Word and Excel classes, skills-assessment tests can be scheduled with


the Microcomputer Training Center (272-7448).

Course (and target audience) Time
Let's Punctuate 8:00 4:01
Transitional Stress Management*
(supervisors) 8:00 4:01
Supervisory Development: Problem Solving
and Decision Making (supervisors) 8:00 4:0
Skills with Numbers 8:00 -10:C
(employees who work with numbers)
Maintenance, Repair, and Set-Up of 8:00 4:01
Industrial Hydraulics (MR machinists,
machinist leaders and supervisors)
Personnel Management for Supervisors: 8:00 4:0(
Disciplinary Actions (supervisors)
Mastering the Little Words: 8:00 -11:4
Articles and Prepositions
You Can't Do It All: The 8:00 4:0
Benefits of Delegation (supervisors)
Basic Skills for the Effective Canal 8:00 4:0(
Worker* (non-supervisory manual workers)
Goal Setting and Action Planning 8:00 4:01
Personnel Management for Supervisors: 8:00 4:0A
Training and Development (supervisors)
Customer Care on the Telephone 8:00 4:0(
(office support staff)
Labor Relations for Supervisors 8:00 4:0(
(supervisors, managers and 8:00 4:0(
union officials) 8:00 4:0(
Administrative Personnel Seminar: Equal 8:00 4:0(
Opportunity (administrative officers,
adm. services assist. and clerical assist.)
Partnership Awareness 8:00 4:0(
Giving Clear Instructions* (supervisors) 8:00 4:0(
New Employee Orientation* 8:00 4:0(
Working Together: The Power 8:00 4:0(
of Teamwork (leaders)
Customer Service for Manual Workers* 8:00 4:0(
(non-supervisory manual workers)
Giving Constructive Criticism 8:00 4:0(
(supervisors)
Planning for Retirement* (all employees 8:00 4:0(
planning to.retire in Panama)
Professionalism in the 8:00 4:0(
Office (office support personnel)
Problem Solving 8:00 4:0(
Techniques for Planning, Scheduling, 8:00 4:0(
and Controlling Projects
(NM-9 and above)
Self Empowerment* 8:00 4:0(
Microcomputer training courses
Word: Tables (those who have taken 8:00 -11:4
"Moving from WordPerfect to Word") 8:00 -11:4
Introduction to Windows 95 8:00 -11:4
(those who have taken W1 days
"Introduction to Microcomputers" V1 days
and have Windows 95 installed) 1/2 days
8:00 -11:4
12 days
Moving from WordPerfect 5.1 8:00 -11:4
to Word (those who have V1 days
taken a Windows course 12 days
or test, have WordPerfect 11 days
experience and have Word installed) 1 days
Moving from Supercalc to Excel W1 days
(those who have taken a Windows 8:00 -11:4
course or skills assessment test, 11/2 days
have Supercalc experience and have 1 days
Excel installed)
Excel: Charting (those who 8:00 -11:4
have taken "Excel Worksheets")
Introduction to Powerpoint 8:00-11:4
(those who have taken a Windows 1 days
course or test and have Powerpoint
installed)
Moving from dBase to Access (those 8:00 -11:4
who have taken a Windows course
or test, have basic database experience-
and have Access installed)
Introduction to Windows 95: 1:00 4:0(
Computer-Based Training (those who
have taken "Introduction
to Microcomputers")
Introduction to Word: 1:00 4:00
Computer-Based Training (those who
have taken a Windows course or test)
Introduction to Excel: 1:00 4:0C
Computer-Based Training (those who
have taken a.Windows course or test)
Schedule+ Basics (those who have 1:00 4:0(
taken a Windows course or test)


Dates Suspense L
0 5/1 4/10

S 5/1 & 2 4/10

3 5/5 & 6 4/14
)0 5/5-9 4/14


0 5/5-9


3 5/6 4/15

.5 5/7 & 8 4/16

3 5/7 & 8 4/16

3 5/7 & 8 4/18


3
3


5/12 4/21
5/13 4/22


3 5/13 4/22


3
3
3
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3
3
3
3


5/13 & 14
5/19 & 20
5/22 & 23
5/14


5/16
5/16
5/19
5/20 & 21

5/21


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Location
TC

Gatun

TC
TC


Bldg. 2A


TC What's happening

TC Annual meeting
The Cooperativa de Ahorro y Cr6dito
TC Gamboa, R.L., will hold its annual member-
Videoc ship meeting at 8:30 a.m., March 29, at the
Gran Hotel Soloy. All members are urged to
TC attend. Formore information, call 276-6869.


Videoc

TC
Gatun
TC
TC


TC
TC
Videoc
Gatun


5/7 TC


5/28 & 29 5/7


0 5/29


5/8 TC


Toastmasters meeting
The Pan-American Toastmasters meet
at 5 p.m. the first and third Thursday of
each month at the Panama Canal Training
Center. For more information, call Bill Wing
at283-3364.


3 5/29 5/8
3 5/29 & 30 5/8


0 5/30


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5/9 TC


5/5
5/19
5/5-7
5/13 & 14
-5/15 & 16
5/15 & 16
5/19 21
5/29 & 30
5/7
5/15 & 16
5/20 & 21
5/22 & 23
5/27 & 28
5/8 & 9
5/12- 14
5/22 & 23
5/22 & 23


5/12& 13 4/21

5/12- 14 4/21
5/29 & 30 5/8


45 5/19-21 4/28


5/19- 21 4/28



5/19-21 4/28


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Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Gatun
Bldg.717
Gatun
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Gatun
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Bldg.717
Gatun Visiting students Photo by Armando De Gracia
Panama Canal Spillway writer Susan Harp explains about the murals that depict the
Bldg.717 construction of the Panama Canal to a group of students from the La Loma de Guarare
School in the province of Los Santos during a visit the group made to the Panama Canal
Bldg.717
Bldg.717 Commission Administration Building rotunda. The children visited Gaillard Cut, the
Administration Building and other sites during a trip arranged by its U.S. Army sponsor,
the members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment.


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THE PANAMA CANAL

Spillway


JOSEPH W. CORNELISON
Deputy Administrator
WILLIE K. FRIAR
Director of Public Affairs
JANET G. LEN-RIOS
Associate Director


4/28 B g717 MYRNA A. IGLESIAS
4/28 Bldg.717 Acting 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.
5/8 Bldg.717 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
5/8 Bldg. 7 students and $19 by airmail. Checks or money orders should be payable to the Panama Canal Commission. Call 272-3202 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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Industrial Training Branch announces class schedule

The Industrial Training Branch has scheduled the classes below to upgrade the
skills of Panama Canal Commission craft personnel. All will meet in the Apprentice
School from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nominations should be submitted through
program managers by the suspense dates indicated. In addition to the classes listed
below, a number of individualized training packets on craft subjects are available
through the Technical Multimedia Center. For further assistance, call 272-4190.

Course (and target audience) Dates Suspense
Coating Inspection (masters in 5/6-9 4/15
charge) (MRCT personnel) 5/13-16 4/22
New Windlass Operation (Pacific 5/6 4/15
Locks personnel) 5/13 4/22
5/20 4/29
Basic Electronics for Electricians Part II 5/5, 12 & 19 4/14


1.


ALBERTO ALEMAN ZUBIETA
Administrator, Panama Canal Commission

FRANKLIN D. CASTRELLON
Associate Director


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Reemplazan sostenes para cables

en torres de transmisi6n electrica


Por Susan Harp
Los conductores observadores
podrdn haberse preguntado qu6
hacian varios trabajadores trepados
en las torres de transmisi6n electrica
cerca de las oficinas de la Divisi6n
de Construcci6n, en la intersecci6n
de la Carretera Balboa y la Avenida
Roosevelt, en Balboa. Los traba-
jadores reemplazaban los brazos y
los aislantes que sostienen dos
lineas de circuito de 44 kilovatios
que suministran elec-tricidad a
Balboa y a otras comu-nidades
cercanas. El proyecto lo realizaba la
empresa Formal Management Sys-
temsInc.,bajo uncontratode$59,000
administrado por la Divisi6n de
Construcci6n.
"Si te acercas mucho a una linea
de44kilovatios, laelectricidadpuede
pasar a tu cuerpo aunque nunca
llegues a tocarla", dice el inspector
de la Divisi6n de Cons-trucci6n
Alfonso Him, uno de los empleados
de la Comisi6n que ha supervisado
la obra. Him explica que uno de los
requisitos de seguridad fue mantener
alos trabajadores alejados, al menos
dos pies y medio de distancia, de los
tres cables "calientes" del circuito
activado, mientras trabajaban en el
lado opuesto de la torre. Otros
requisitos incluyeron el uso de
correas de protecci6n contra caidas,
cascos y guantes especiales, y
mantener a un observador en tierra
para asegurar que coches y perso-
nas no se aventuraran debajo de las
cuatro torres mientras se trabajaba
arriba.
Para garantizar que se aplicaban


las reglas de seguridad todo el
tiempo, cinco electricistas de un
equipo de laDivisi6n de Electricidad
dirigido por el supervisor de alto
voltaje, Jos6 Santana, estaban
siempre presentes en horas labo-
rales. "Los contratistas trabajaban
12 horas al dia, siete dias a la semana
hasta que terminaron, asi que mi
cuadrilla se turnaba para observar
los trabajos durante seis dias", dice
Santana.
En virtud de que los dos circuitos
son las principales fuentes de energia
para el Area de Balboa, mantener el
servicio continuo durante el
proyecto fue la primera prioridad, y
se hicieron esfuerzos para asegurar
que un circuito estuviera activo todo
el tiempo y hubiera otro de apoyo
disponible. Him explica que el plan
original contemplabadesactivaruno
de los circuitos hasta por tres
semanas mientras se reemplazaban
los soportes de los cables, una con-
dici6n que habria dejado a la
Subestaci6n de Balboa sin un apoyo
disponible inmediato en caso de
problemas con el circuito en uso.
En busca de una manera de
solucionar el dilema, Santana y su
cuadrilla sugirieron que las lineas
del segundo circuito fueran colo-
cadas temporalmente en una po-
sici6n debajo en las torres durante el
trabajo. Esto permitirfa que los
circuitos estuvieran activados
cuando los contratistas no estu-
vieran trabajando en las torres o en
caso de emergencia. Dando segui-
miento a esa idea, Santana consult6


Reemplazando los sostenes Foto por Jaime Yau
Contratistas usan una grua para remover el brazo de metal de dos toneladas que sostiene una de las dos lineas
de 44-kilovatios que suministran electricidad a Balboa y otras dreas cercanas. Las tres lineas que componen
el circuito han sido desactivadas y se pueden apreciar en la columna izquierda de la torre. Las tres lineas
a la derecha estdn funcionando, lo cual indican las dos banderas en la columna derecha de la torre.


al tecnico en ingenieria electrica de
la Divisi6n de Electricidad, Jos6
Mendieta, sobre el disefio de
sostenes temporales para el cable,
que se colocarfan en las torres sin
perforar agujeros que pudieran
afectar la fortaleza de la estructura.
Otro requisito era que los sostenes
fueran lo suficientemente fuertes
para aguantar el peso de los cables
electricos\de aluminio, que pesan de


5,000a6,0001ibrasaproxi-madamente
por secci6n entre los sostenes.
Mendieta y Santana disefiaron
un sosten hecho de acero, de un
cuarto de pulgada de ancho, que se
prensaba en las torres. El personal
de la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento
fabric6 los soportes, y los inge-
nieros de la Divisi6n de Ingenieria
los probaron en el campo antes de
aprobarsuuso. Santana y su equipo


entonces instalaron dos sostenes
por cable en las torres, para sostener
las lineas de apoyo antes de que los
contratistas comenzaran a remover
las columnas.
Los sostenes podran adaptarse
a otros proyectos si es necesario.
"El trabajo de los contratistas se
hizo en forma mas rApida y segura
gracias a los sostenes", dice San-
tana.


Se aceptan solicitudes para aprendices


ElRamodeEmpleo.yColocacio-
nes esta aceptando solicitudes de
empleados permanentes de la
Comisi6n del Canal que deseen
aprender nuevas destrezas bajo el
ProgramadeAprendices. Elprogra-
ma debe ser de interns particular
para empleados en o debajo de los
grados MG-9o NM-8. Los emplea-
dos que en la actualidad ganan
salarios mayores que un aprendiz,
no podran mantener sus salarios
durante el aprendizaje.
La mayorfa de las carreras de
aprendizaje que aparecen en la lista
de vacantes de este Spillway tienen
grados tope de MG-10 o MG-11 y
requieren cuatro afios de adiestra-
miento. Tres de las carreras
(carpinteria, pintura y techado)
tienen grados tope de MG-9 y
requieren cuatro afios de adiestra-
miento. Algunasposiciones requie-
ren pasar una prueba de nataci6n o
licencia de conducir o ambas. En


varias posiciones se trabajarin
turnos rotativos, incluso sibados
y domingos, desde el segundo o
tercer afio de aprendizaje.
Los aprendices generalmente
pasan dos afios asistiendo a clases
y talleres en la Escuela de Apren-
dices, ubicada en el Area industrial
de Balboa y, de ser necesario,
tambi6n reciben clases de ingl6s.
Los iltimos dos afios del aprendi-
zajeincluyen adiestramiento intensi-
vo en el mismo sitio de trabajo. Las
clases inician el 29 de septiembre.
Los solicitantes deben ser
graduados de secundaria y aprobar
un examen escrito en espafiol o
ingles. Aquellos que ya han
aprobado el examen y no estin
interesados en repetirlo, deberin
especificarlo en su solicitud. Se
recomienda repasar aritm6tica,
decimales, fracciones, porcentajes,
pesos y medidas, Areas y voldme-
nes, radios y proporciones, algebra


y principios mecinicos antes de
tomar el examen. Ejemplos de
preguntas estin disponibles en el
Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones,
en el Edificio 266 de Anc6n.
Las solicitudes deberan entre-
garseenelFormulario443 "Solicitud
de Transferencia". Todos los
formularios deberdn recibirse antes
del 4 de abril y s6lo se necesita un
Formulario 443. Los formularios
pueden obtenerse con los oficiales
administrativos o en el Ramo de
Empleo y Colocaciones. Las
posicionespueden estarlocalizadas
en el distrito Pacifico o en el
Atlantico, y el distrito depreferencia
debera indicarse en el Formulario
443. Los solicitantes pueden
seleccionar hasta cinco ocupa-
ciones usando un formulario
adicional, que estard disponible al
aprobar el examen escrito requerido.
Se ofrece asistencia personal en el
Ramo, o llamandoal 272-3583.


Habla el Administrador Foto por Ernesto A. Holder
ElAdministradorde la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd, Alberto Alemdn
Zubieta, explica a miembros de la Organizacidn de Jdvenes Presidentes
los distintos aspectos de la administracidn y la operacidn de la via
acudtica, asi'como elprogreso de la transicidn. La conferencia se llev6
a cabo el 13 de marzo en Buenos Aires, Argentina, como parte de las
actividades que realiza anualmente la organizacidn, que estd compuesta
por altos ejecutivos de varias corporaciones alrededor del mundo.


En la portada
La foto de Don Goode en la portada, muestra una vista
area de tres naves ingresando a las Esclusas de Gatin en
el lado Atldntico del Canal de Panamd.


Gorgas termina servicios medicos el lo. de julio


El Departamento deActividades
M6dicas de los EE.UU. ha avisado
a la Comisi6n del Canal que el Hos-
pitalComunitario Gorgas del Ej6rcito
estA programado para cerrar el lo.
de octubrede 1997. En preparaci6n
para la clausura, el Gorgas terminara
todos los servicios medicos el lo.
dejuliode 1997. En esa fecha, todos
los registros m6dicos que en la
actualidad mantienen el Gorgas y la
Clinica de Fuerte Clayton serin
transferidos al Grupo M6dico 24.


Los procedimientos normales
para llevar registros m6dicos
todavia se mantienen para personal
que sera reubicado en los Estados
Unidos. Los registros m6dicos para
el resto del personal militar y civil
seran transferidos, ya sea para las
clinicas de Howard o Clayton,
segun la direcci6n. Los registros de
elegibilidad de jubilaci6n serin
enviados a San Louis, Misouri.
Todo el personal, tanto militar
como civil, que sera reubicado en


los Estados Unidos debe recordar
pasarporel Departamento de Rayos
X para recoger peliculas de mamo-
graffa antes de partir. Cualquiera
que desee copias de sus registros
medicos o radiografias originales,
deberd acudir a la Oficina de
Administraci6n de Pacientes,
ubicada en la Secci6n B del Gorgas,
para hacer una petici6n escrita.
ParamAs informaci6n, llamarala
Administraci6n de Pacientes del
Gorgas al 282-5407 6 282-5214.


Pagina 2








Jueves 27 de marzo de 1997


Spillway del Canal de Panama


Almuerzo con periodistas Foto por Jaime Yau
El Administrador Alberto Alemdn Zubieta explica a los delegados del congreso de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) la
operacidn y administracidn de la via acudtica, durante un almuerzo realizado en un hotel local. Los delegados de la SIP tambiin visitaron
las Esclusas de Miraflores como parte delprograma de actividades del congreso, que se realizd en la ciudad de Panama la semana pasada.



Se invita a los empleados a la Feria de la Seguridad y la Salud


Las divisiones de Seguridad y Salud
Ocupacional invitan atodos los empleados
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama a la
Feria de la Seguridad y la Salud de 1997.
Bajo el lema "Seguridad, Salud y Medio
Ambiente: Un Deber de Todos", este afio
laferiaser mas grande y mejorque nunca,
con 14 unidades de la Comisi6n y varias
compafifas privadas presentando exhi-
biciones sobre varios temas relacionados


con la seguridad y la salud.
La feria se llevara a cabo en el Centro de
Adiestramiento de la Comisi6n, en Anc6n,
de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. el 9 de abril, y de 8 a.m. a
3 p.m. el 10 y 11 de abril. En el lado Atlantico,
la feria se llevard a cabo en el Edificio 5138, y
en el Area de la Divisi6n Industrial de Mount
Hope, de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. el 16 de abrily de 8
a.m. a3 p.m. el 17 de abril.
Todos los empleados que trabajan en


tareas operativas que no son criticas estin
invitados a participar. Hasta tres horas de
licencia administrativa han sido aproba-
das con este prop6sito, dependiendo del
supervisor. Los empleados tambi6n estin
invitados a ir a la feria en buses gratis que
estaran disponibles en ambos lados del
istmo. El horario de los buses sera
anunciado a todas las unidades antes de
la feria.


Se reune directiva
La Junta Directiva de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama realizara su tercera reuni6n
trimestral del ailo fiscal 1997 el martes, 8 de
abril, en el Edificio de Administraci6n en
Altos de Balboa.
La agenda de la sesi6n plenaria incluye
informes del Administrador Alberto Alemin
Zubieta sobre la operaci6n del Canal, del Jefe
deFinanzas Ricaurte Vasquez y del Secretario
John A. Mills. La directiva tambidn escuchard
el informe del Subadministrador Joseph W.
Cornelison sobre el progreso del plan de
transici6n de la agencia, lo mismo que
informes de los comitds permanentes de
Transici6n, de Auditoria y de Personal y
Seguridad.

Aceptan solicitudes

para jefe de divisi6n

de presupuesto
Se aceptan solicitudes de empleados de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama para la
posici6n de Oficial de Presupuesto, NM13/
14, Jefe de la Divisi6n de Administraci6n de
Presupuesto. La divisi6n es responsable del
desarrollo de presentaciones de los presu-
puestos de inversiones y operaciones para la
Junta Directiva, laOficinade Administraci6n
y Presupuesto de los Estados Unidos y el
Congreso de EE.UU.
Esta posici6n se excluye de los procedi-
mientos regulares de promoci6n por mdrito.
Los solicitantes deberan tener al menos un
afio de experiencia especializada en el
siguiente nivel mas bajo. Los empleados
interesados en ser considerados para esta
posici6n deben enviar un mensaje por el
Sistema Profesional de Oficina (PROFS)
dirigido a PROE-C (Sra. Aurora V. de Dfaz,
tel6fono 272-3583) hastael4 de abril de 1997.


Anuncian pr6ximo programa de asistente estudiantil


La Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA esta
aceptando solicitudes para el Programa de
Asistentes Estudiantiles para las vacaciones
de las escuelas de los Estados Unidos de
1997. Los estudiantes contratados en este
programa trabajaran un maximo de 13
semanas, entre el 27 de mayo y el 29 de agosto
de 1997, se les pagara $3.40 la hora, y la
mayoria de los nombramientos sera por 40
horas a la semana. Se dard preferencia a
dependientes de la Comisi6n.
Se aceptaran aplicaciones de estudiantes
pre-graduandos y graduandos de secundaria,
y de estudiantes permanentes de universidad
(al menos 12 horas semestrales) que no se
graduaran al final del presente ailo escolar.


Los solicitantes deberan tener un promedio
acumulado de notas de al menos "C" (dos en
una escala de cuatro puntos, o uno en una
escala de tres) y se les pedira certificaci6n del
promedio o de la matricula permanente de su
escuela o universidad.
Los formularios estan disponibles en la
Division deOperaciones de Personal, Edificio
366, Anc6n, durante horas laborales y en la
OficinadePersonal, Edificio 215 en Gatdn, de
7:15a.m. a 12p.m. yde 12:30a3:15p.m.lunes,
midrcoles y viernes. Los formularios Ilenos
deberan entregarse hastael 30 de abril. Fallas
en completar el formulario en forma precisa
pueden hacer perder la oportunidad de
empleo.


Avanza construcci6n de talleres y

oficinas de nuevo ramo de rieles


Por Susan Harp
La construcci6n de un edificio de
estructura de metal para albergar el nuevo
Ramo de Mantenimiento de Rieles de
Remolque estabien avanzado en las Esclusas
de Miraflores. El nuevo ramo es parte de la
Division de Mantenimiento y actualmente es
liderizado por el Jefe interino Manuel
Alvarado. Fue creado para apoyar los
programas de la Divisi6n de Esclusas para
reemplazarcompletamentealrededorde53,000
pies de rieles de locomotoras de remolque en
las tres esclusas en los pr6ximos diez afios.
El personal de la Divisi6n deMantenimien-
to construye el local de 150 pies de largo por
85 pies de ancho en un espaciojusto al norte
del puente giratorio de Miraflores, y las grdas
que trabajan en la construcci6n y la creciente
estructura de metal pueden verse desde la
Carretera Gaillard. El edificio albergara un
taller donde se armaran los rieles, y eventual-
mente acomodara las oficinas del ramo.


Alvarado dice que el edificio debera estar
terminado para alojar a los casi 100 empleados
del ramo para mediados de abril, cuando los
trabajadores deberan comenzar a armar las
secciones de los rieles de remolque de 39
pies, que seran instaladas durante el
reacondicionamiento de las esclusas
programado para principios de junio, Las
secciones han sido pre-armadas para permitir
a los empleados mayor tiempo para alinearlas
y reducir al minimo el tiempo de instalaci6n.

Nuevos talleres
Personal de la Divisi6n de Manteni-
miento de la Comisidn del Canal usan
una griia para colocar columnas de metal
en su posicidn, mientras construyen las
nuevas oficinas del Ramo de Manteni-
miento de Rieles de Remolque de la
divisidn en las Esclusas de Miraflores.
Foto por Jaime Yau


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Spillway del Canal de Panam6


Jueves 27 de marzo de 1997


Empleados decoran oficina con

murales de temas canaleros


Por Susan K. Stabler
El pasabarcos de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama Anthony Ferro se dio a conocer
en diciembre por sus decoraciones navidefias
para el Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables del
Distrito Sur, en el Edificio 43-A. Ahora ha
vuelto a poner su destreza artistica al servicio
del ramo, en esta ocasi6n uniendo fuerzas
con el pasabarcos Jos6 Moreno para pintar
murales del Canal de Panama en tres paredes
exteriores del edificio.
La obra es lo primero que observa quien
se aproxima al area, pues los murales llenan
las dos paredes laterales de una plataforma
de carga y una pared adyacente que conduce
a la entrada principal del edificio. Ferro,
quien hizo los bosquejos de los murales,
bas6 dos de ellos en obras artisticas que
encontr6 en publicaciones de la Comisi6n,
incluyendo el Spillway y un folleto titulado
"El Canal de Panama". La otra es una
inspiraci6n suya que muestra el Puente de
las Am6ricas.
El Jefe de Lanchas y Pasacables del
Distrito Sur, Frank Hoover, quien inici6 el
proyecto, esta muy orgulloso de la labor de
sus empleados. "En muchos casos, cuando
haces algo como 6sto se producen celos de
parte de otros empleados, pero en este
proyecto, todos querian ayudar", dice. "Ha
inspirado un espiritu de camaraderia".
Segin Hoover, los empleados que se
retinen en el area antes y despu6s de cambiar


sus turnos dicen que los
murales les hacen sentir
orgullo de ser una parte
importante de la opera-
ci6n del Canal de Pa-
nami. A petici6n de la
oficinista asistente Glo-
ria de Alvarez, quien dijo
que "las pinturas de-
berfan reflejar la o-
peraci6n de lanchas y
pasacables", una nave
que pasa bajo el Puente
de las Am6ricas se llama
Canal Services SD,
mientras que otra en las
Esclusas de Miraflores
lleva el nombre de Line-
handlers.
Ferro dice que un
compafiero le felicit6 for
traer "sangre nueva" al
trabajo. "En mis de 30


Talento artistic Foto por Susan K. Stabler
Jose Moreno y Anthony Ferro, pasabarcos del Ramo de Lanchas y Pasacables del Distrito Sur, aparecenfrente
a los murales de las esclusas de Miraflores y Pedro Miguel que pintaron recientemente en la pared exterior de
las oficinas del ramo en el Edificio 43-A de Balboa. Aunque es dif(cil apreciarlo en lafoto, el nombre que los
pintores le dieron a la nave en la via occidental es "Linehandlers".


afios, nadie ha mejorado
nuestro edificio como td lo has hecho", le
dijo. Moreno afiade que los empleados le
han dicho que aunque llegan cansados al
trabajo, los murales les "motivan y llenan de
vigor".
Decir que Ferro y Moreno traen "sangre
nueva" es demasiado poco. Los artistas han
demostrado un amor por el Canal que da la
impresi6n de que hubieran formado parte de


la via acuAtica durante mucho tiempo, pero
Ferro solamente tiene cuatro meses y medio
de trabajar comopasabarcos y Moreno menos
de dos.
Para personas que nunca han tomado
clases de arte, ambos pintores tienen un
incredible sentido artistico. Para hacer que
las luces de poste alto de las esclusas brillen,
Ferro roci6 pintura amarilla contra un marco


decart6nparaobtenerel efecto deseado. Por
sugerencia de un compafiero, Moreno afiadi6
una replica de tamafio real de un pelicano en
una esquina del mural.
Hoover, quien no puede quitar los ojos,
del producto terminado, dice: "Me gustaria
conocer mis a todos mis empleados. Estoy
seguro de que tienen toda clase de talentos
ocultos".


Especialista en contratos gana beca

para estudiar una maestria


Por Yira A. Flores
Patricia Hevia de Baquero, especialista
de contratos del Ramo de Compras y
Contratos de laDivisi6n de Apoyo Logistico,
cree que algunas cosas estin predestinadas.
Baquero compiti6 con otros 70 concursantes
por dos becas completas y dos becas medias
para estudiar una maestria en una universidad
privada local. Gan6 una de las dos becas
completas, lo cual le ayudarS a cumplir su
suefio de completar una maestria en
administraci6n de empresas.
Baquero habia estado investigando los
programas de maestrias en varias uni-
versidades locales, s6lo para descubrir lo
caros que eran. Como su prioridad y la de su
esposo era la educaci6n de sus tres hijos,
vefa las posibilidades de estudiaruna maestria
hacerse cada vez ms pequefias. "La mayoria
de las universidades no tienen un fondo de
becas", dice Baquero.
Un viernes en la tarde decidi6 llamar a la
Universidad Interamericana de Panama, y
descubri6 que se impartirfa un examen al dia
siguiente para seleccionar a los ganadores de


las becas para su programa de maestrfas.
Baquero confiesaque estaba nerviosa porque
no conocia las materias del examen y, en
virtud de que hacia mucho tiempo que no
asistia a clases, pens6 que necesitaba un
curso de afianzamiento.
Al ingresar al sal6n donde seria el exa-
men, observ6 que la mayoria de los
concursantes lucian algo j6venes. Una
ingeniera civil aplicando para una maestria
en administraci6n de empresas, Baquero
reconoce que solamente habia tomado un
curso de economic en su vida.
Baquero complet6 la prueba en hora y
media. Las becas fueron otorgadas a las
cuatro puntuaciones mas altas. "Creo que la
experiencia, ademds de los conocimientos
generales sobre negocios, tambi6n fue
importante porque las dos becas completas
las ganaron personas mayores", dice,
afiadiendo que tambi6n fue la unica mujer
becada.
El programa de 18 meses inicia el primero
de abril. "Ahora todos en casa estaremos en


Becada de nuevo
La especialista en
contratos del Ramo de
Compras y Contratos,
Patricia Hevia de
Baquero, muestra el
anuncio que apareci6
en la prensa local
felicitando a los
ganadores de las becas
para estudiar una
maestria en
administracidn de
empresas en la
Universidad
Interamericana de
Panamd.



Foto por Kevin Jenkins


clases, excepto mi esposo", dice Baquero. como en secundaria, complet6 toda la
Explica que sus hijos son estudiantes secundaria y la universidad con becas.
sobresalientes, y su hija acaba de iniciar "Luego de ver c6mo han sucedido las
estudiosconunbecaqueobtuvotrascompetir cosas, realmente creo que las becas fueron
con estudiantes de distintos primeros ciclos. hechas para mi", dice, explicando que si
La misma Baquero ha estado becada casi hubiera esperado hasta el lunes, habria
toda su vida. Graduada con la mejor perdido la oportunidad de competir por la
puntuaci6n de su clase, tanto en primaria beca.


Premian desempenio
Empleados de la Divisidn de
Ingenieria se reunen tras
recibir sendos premios por su
desempefio anual en una
ceremonia realizada en el
Centro Deportivo de Balboa.
Durante la ceremonia se
reconocid el desempeiio
superior de 76 empleados que
laboran en el campo y la
oficina. El Director de
Ingenieria y Construccidn,
Tom W. Drohan, segundo
desde la izquierda en la
ultima fila, entreg6 los
premios.


Foto por Armando De Gracia


Paigina 4


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Jueves 27 de marzo de 1997


Spillway del Canal de Panama


Historia canalera


Effie Rodman Goethals, esposa del ingeniero jefe del Canal


Pocas veces escuchamos sobre Effie
Rodman Goethals, esposa del Ingeniero Jefe
de la construcci6n del Canal de Panamd,
Cnel. George Washington Goethals. Este
articulo, publicado en el Review del Canal
de Panamd del 2 de abril de 1954, ofrece
uno de los pocos vistazos al cardcter de la
mujer que por casi diez ahos se encarg6 de
la casa conocida hoy como la Residencia del
Administrador, y experiment los retos y la
conmoci6n de la 6poca junto a su famoso
esposo.

Como esposa de un hombre famoso, la
Sra. Effie Rodman Goethals raramente
comparti6 el foco de atenci6n piblica con su
esposo. Su hogar, su esposo y sus hijos
fueron su mayor interns.
Sin embargo, comparti6 en privado con
61 aquellas ocasiones memorables de su
agitada vida. De estos, quizds ninguno fue
mds excitante que la noche del 18 de febrero
de 1907, cuando el Cnel. Goethals (entonces
mayor), recibi6 una llamada inesperada de
la Casa Blanca en la que se le anunci6 de su
selecci6n para liderizar el trabajo del Canal.
Seg6n el periodista neoyorquino Joseph
Bucklin en su obra "Goethals: Genio del
Canal de Panama", el Mayor y la Sra.
Goethals atendian al Cnel. Fieberger, un
viejo amigo de West Point, cuando recibieron
la lamada. Relatando el incidente y la
sorpresa de los tres, Bishop dice que:
"En este punto la Sra. Goethals pro-
bablemente lo apresur6 a subir a ponerse su
uniforme completo, aunque ni ella ni el
Cnel. Fieberger recuerdan si visti6 el uni-
forme en la Casa Blanca esa noche. Todo lo
que pueden recordar es la agonia de la
impaciencia con la que aguardaron su
regreso".
Tanto el coronel como la Sra. Goethals
evitaron, dentro de lo posible, la atenci6n
pdblica. Ningdn otro proyecto atrajo tanta


atenci6n como la construcci6n del Canal y
se tomaron miles de fotos del trabajo y los
hombres a cargo. A pesar de 6sto, existen
s6lo algunas en las que aparece el hombre
responsable del proyecto del Canal, y s6lo
una o dos de la Sra. Goethals en los extensos
archivos fotogrdficos del Canal.
Es bien recordada por aquellos que
vivieron en el Istmo durante ese perfodo de
diez afios de su vida, pero. principalmente
por su calmada devoci6n a su hogar y su
familia.
Aunque nunca busc6 prominencia so-
cial, probablemente atendi6 a mds cele-
bridades durante su vida en el Istmo que
cualquiera, pues una corriente constante de
visitantes llegaba a ver la excavaci6n de la
"gran zanj a". Muchos deestos se hospedaron
o fueron atendidos en la residencia Goethals
en Culebra.
La Sra. Goethals naci6 el 4 de abril de
1858 en New Bedford, Massachusetts, hija
del Cap. y la Sra. Thomas R. Rodman.
Durante su nifiez conoci6 bien la vida militar,
pues su padre sirvi6 durante la Guerra Civil
como capitan de Infanteria del Ej6rcito de la
Uni6n. Gran parte de su infancia la pas6 en
la isla de Martha's Vineyard en la costa sur
del Cabo Cod, donde vivid posteriormente.
Visitaba a su hermano, el Tnte. Samuel
Rodman, en Vancouver Barracks en el
territorio de Washington, cuando conocid a
su futuro esposo. Se casaron el 4 de diciem-
bre de 1884 en la Iglesia Episcopal Grace en
New Bedford.
El Cnel. Goethals se entusiasm6 con
Vineyard Haven paraestablecer su residencia
al visitarlo por primera vez con la Sra.
Goethals en el verano de 1889. Cuatro afios
despuds compr6 un lote allf y construy6 una
casa tipo New England que adn se mantiene
en pie.
Ocuparon la casa por primera vez en
1894 y continu6 siendo su hogar por el resto


Visitantes prominentes
En esta foto hist6rica, el ingeniero jefe a cargo de la construcci6n del Canal, General
George W. Goethals y su esposa Effie Rodman Goethals, posan con un grupo de visitantes
prominentes a la entrada de su residencia en Culebra. Aparecen en lafoto el Secretario de
Guerra Henry L Stimson, la Sra. Goethals, el Gen. C.R. Edwards, una dama no identificada
y el General Goethals.


de sus vidas. Fue el dnico
lugar donde el Cnel.
Goethals vot6, aunque
vivid allf relativamente
poco tiempo debido a sus
asignaciones en el Ejdr-
cito y su posterior trabajo
en Nueva York.
Luego de su muerte,
la Sra. Goethals volvi6 a
hacer de Vineyard Haven
su hogar hasta su muerte
en Wellesley, Massachu-
setts, el 31 de diciembre
de 1941.







Sra. Goethals
En este retrato, tornado
alrededorde 1912, laSra.
Goethals posa con su
mosqueta, pieza de jo-
yeria tradicional usada
con la pollera, el vestido
nacional de Panamd.


Notas del Canal de la decada de 1920

Las siguientes notas se publicaron en el Volumen 14 del "Record del Canal", en el
periodo del 18 de agosto de 1920 al 10 de agosto de 1921.

Viaje en aeroplano a Washington
El Tnte. Charles B. Austin parti6 de France Field, cerca de Crist6bal, a las 6:26 a.m. del
6 de octubre, en un intento por completar el primer vuelo en aeroplano del Istmo a
Washington. Su miquina es un DeHaviland 4 remodelado, al cual se elimin6 el asiento
frontal para tener espacio adicional para la gasolina. Lleva 220 galones de gasolina y 15
libras de correo. Su primera parada sera Kingston, Jamaica, y de allf su ruta sera La Habana,
Cuba; Miami, Florida y luego Bolling Field, Washington, con una posible parada en algdn
sitio de las Carolinas. Viaja solo, pero las primeras 75 millas hacia el mar estuvo
acompafiado por otras dos naves, que luego volvieron a France Field. Las primeras 60 millas
del viaje las hizo en s6lo 40 minutos. El tiempo estuvo despejado y hay buenas proyecciones
para un viaje exitoso.

Viaje a Kingston en hidroplano naval
AdemAs del vuelo del aeroplano a Washington, D.C., mencionado en la pAgina 93 de esta
edici6n, 2 hidroplanos navales, tipo F-5-L, No. 4295, con el Tnte. Wynne como piloto y el
Subtnte. Lucas como copiloto, y el No. 4294 con el Tnte. Connell como piloto y el Subtnte.
Dyer como copiloto, partieron a las 7:20 esta mailana hacia Kingston, Jamaica. Se espera
el retorno de los dos hidroplanos navales al Istmo el viernes. Kingston esta a 551 millas
nduticas de Crist6bal.

Resultado de los viajes en aeroplanos
Los 3 aeroplanos que salieron de Crist6bal la mafiana del 6 de octubre hacia Kingston,
uno con la intenci6n de continuar hasta Washington, fueron forzados a volver al Istmo por
una tormenta severa sobre el lado sur en el Caribe de Jamaica. Los dos aviones navales,
equipados con radios, fueron advertidos de la tormenta desde Crist6bal y volvieron luego
de viajar unas 200 millas. La nave del Ej6rcito, piloteada por el Tnte. Austin, con direcci6n
a Washington, no estaba equipada con radio y entr6 en la tormenta luego de viajar unas 400
millas. El piloto trat6 de atravesarla, pero su propela le convencid de abandonar el intento,
y retorn6 aCrist6bal, llegando aproximadamente a las 4:20 p.m. Habia volado continuamente
durante 10 horas y 25 minutos, recorriendo unas 900 millas.
Aunque los vuelos no pudieron Ilegar a sus destinos, se consideran experimentos
exitosos. Por varios meses, la Estaci6n A6rea Naval ha estado recolectando datos sobre
corrientes de aire y tormentas en esta secci6n, y las observaciones hechas son de valor no
s6lo para la aviaci6n sino para la navegaci6n.
Las condiciones climaticas en esta 6poca no son las mas favorables para el viaje a
Kingston, y el intento de viajar a los Estados Unidos sera postergado; sin embargo, los
aviadores navales esperan hacer pronto otro intento por Ilegar a Kingston.
Nota: El articulo continia mencionando que al ser las observaciones de las condiciones
meteoroldgicas de interest para la navegaci6n, el Record del Canal de Panamd solicit al
Sr. Samuel Gottlich observar en la seccidn de Meteorologia e Hidrografia del Canal de
Panamd, que ayudd en la observaci6n de las condiciones climdticas en el curso del viaje,
y contribuir con un articulo sobre estafase, el cualfue publicado en el Record.


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Siillwav del Canal de Panama


Jueves 27 de marzo de 1997


Lista de Vacantes


Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o carrera condicional. Las solicitudes deben presentarse
en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a mas tardar el viernes siguiente al Ramo de Empleo y
Colocaciones (Edificio 366, Anc6n).
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un puesto designado para prueba al azar
por drogas (TDP) tendrin que someterse a una prueba de uso ilegal de drogas antes del nombramiento o
del cambio de puesto permanente.
Para algunos puestos de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la linea de ascenso normal,
los empleados permanentes podrAn calificar con un minimo de un afio de experiencia especializada en
puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Cuando se trata de acciones que no sean ascensos, se calificard a los solicitantes con base en
requisites modificados cuando el historial del solicitante incluye experiencia especializada que
suministra las calificaciones necesarias para desempefiar exitosamente el puesto.
Las pruebas de que el solicitante Ilena los requisitos especiales (tales como saber nadar o tener licencia
particulardeconducir)deberan archivarseenel ArchivoOficialdelEmpleadooserafiadidos alFormulario443.
Las tarifas de pago citadas son las minimas y miximas correspondientes a los grados de las vacantes
anunciadas. Los 8mpleados seleccionados para llenar una vacante serfn colocados en el escal6n, grado
y tarifa bdsica salarial correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Los solicitantes podran revisar los requisites de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Edificio 38, Balboa).
Para mayor informaci6n, comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones llamando al tel6fono
272-3583.


Tripulantes del "Paz" Foto por Danny Uselton
La tripulacidn del remolcador "Paz" se retune para una foto luego de recibir premios por
actos especiales por sus acciones durante un incidente que involucrd a la draga "Rialto M.
Christensen" y una nave que transitaba hacia el sur. Aparecen, el marino Elidcer Acosta,
el botero Felipe Campbell, el capitdn Christian Ilies, el marino Alejandro Machado y el
aceitero Nicolds De Gracia. No aparece en lafoto el ingeniero jefe encargado Luis Naar.


Reducir factores de riesgo

ayuda a prevenir infartos


PorVanaidaHolder,E.R.
El infarto del miocardio se refiere a la
necrosis o muerte del misculo del coraz6n
causado por un suministro deficiente de
sangre. La mayoria de las veces, es el
resultado del congestionamiento severo de
una o mas arterias coronarias.
Los estudios revelan que la mayorfa de los
pacientes sufre de infartos al descansar o al
realizaractividad moderada. Las investigacio-
nes muestran alguna relaci6n entre un patr6n
diario (ritmo circadiano)y el evento de infartos
agudos, que aumentan entre 6 a.m. y 12 p.m.,
y un patr6n de estaciones, con 15 o 20 casos
ms durante el invierno. Sin embargo, la com-
binaci6n de esfuerzo severo y fatiga excesiva
o estr6s emocional inusual han sido asociados
alaprecipitaci6n de un infarto del miocardio.
Eventos de la vida que tienen un impacto
fuerte en el individuo, como la p6rdida del
trabajo, undivorcio, lamuertedeun serquerido,
son comunes antes de un infarto del miocardio.
,C6mo podemos sabercuando alguien esta
sufriendo un ataque oinfarto del miocardio? El
dolor en el pecho es la principal serial de un
ataque cardiaco. Algunas veces se describe el
dolor como una presi6n inc6moda, general-



Tome nota


Personal del Servicio de Orien-
taci6n de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama esta disponible en las
Esclusas de Miraflores de 9 a.m. a 5
p.m. diariamente para ofrecer
informaci6n sobre el Canal de Panama
a los visitantes. Aunque ho hay
personal del Servicio de Orientaci6n
asignado a las Esclusas de Gatun,
estas abren al pbblico diariamente de
8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Las giras de grupos
a las Esclusas de Miraflores (y a las
Esclusas de Gatin cuando haya un
empleado del Servicio de Orientaci6n
disponible), pueden arreglarse
Ilamandoal 272-3187.


mente en el centro del pecho detras del ester-
n6n. Puede extenderse a los hombros, cuello o
brazos. Con frecuencia, el dolor dura mis de
dos minutos, y dificilmente se describe como
agudo y punzante. Otras sefiales de un infarto
del miocardio pueden incluir respiraci6n
entrecortada, nauseas, sudoraci6n y debilidad.
Estas sefiales pueden irse y volver. Algunas
veces el dolor no es severo y, como la persona
nosevemal,laprimerareacci6ndelavictimaes
negar la posibilidad de un ataque cardiaco.
La buena noticia es que la evidencia
cientifica indica que reducir los factores de
riesgo previene los ataques cardiacos. Es
beneficioso ensefiar a los nifios hibitos
prudentes para cuidar el coraz6n durante su
infancia. Aunque algunos factores de riesgo
como el sexo, raza, edad y herencia no se
pueden cambiar, hay otros factores que sf
podemos cambiar. Estos incluyen la presi6n
arterial alta, los niveles de colesterol, fumar,
la diabetes incontrolada, la falta de ejercicio,
el estrds y las dietas poco saludables.
El cuidado del coraz6n y el reconocimiento
a tiempo de los sintomas y el tratamiento son
factores clave al determinar el destino de una
victima de un infarto del miocardio.


Puestos permanentes Salario
Aprendiz (carpintero), AP-91 $4.59/$10.58
Aprendiz (operador de gria), AP-1l 2 $6.71/$17.43
Aprendiz (operador de equipo $6.71/$16.71
de perforaci6n), AP-10 12
Aprendiz (reparador de equipo $6.71/$16.71
el6ctrico), AP-10 '
Aprendiz (electricista), AP-10 1 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (mecAnico de computadoras $6.71/$17.43
digitales electr6nicas-telecomunicaciones),
AP-11 I
Aprendiz (mecanico en electr6nica), $6.71/$17.43
AP-11 '
Aprendiz (mecanico de equipo $6.71/$16.71
pesado m6vil), AP-10 l
Aprendiz (electricista-alto $6.71/$16.71
voltaje, AP-10 2
Aprendiz (mecAnico de instrumentos), $6.71/$17.43
AP-11 '
Aprendiz (aislador), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (mechnico tornero), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (mecinico tornero $6.71/$16.71
marino), AP-10 '
Aprendiz (pintor), AP-9 $4.59/$10.58
Aprendiz (pintor), AP-10 I $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (montador de tuberia), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (mecinico de maquinaria $6.71/$16.71
de producci6n), AP-10
Aprendiz (aparejador), AP-10 12 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (techero), AP-9 12 $4.59/$10.58
Aprendiz (mecAnico laminador), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
Aprendiz (calderero naval), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
(trabajador metalirgico de barcos)
Aprendiz (carpintero de $6.71/$16.71
ribera), AP-10 '
Aprendiz (trabajador de estructuras $6.71/$16.71
de hierro), AP-10 12
Aprendiz (soldador), AP-10 $6.71/$16.71
Secretaria (estenografia/automatizaci6n $11.83/$15.38
de oficina), NM-7 (estenografia 80 ppm, bilingiie)
Ascenso o asignaci6n temporal (maximo un afio)
Ingeniero industrial, NM-7/12 1 $11.83/$22.76
Ascenso temporal (maximo 6 meses)
Oficinista asistente (estenogra- $7.14/$9.01
fia, automatizaci6n de oficina), NM-5
(estenograffa 80 ppm)
Nombramiento por tiempo definido (maximo 2 afios)
Mecanico de equipo pesado m6vil, MG-10 $14.32/$16.71
(Debe saber nadar y tener licencia de conducir.)


Unidad
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Personal P/A 9/7
Personal P/A 2/1


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Personal P

Personal P

Personal P


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Personal
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Personal
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Personal A


Personal P/A 1/1

Personal P/A 1/2
Serv. Ad. P 1


Plan. Ejec. P 1

Serv. Ad. P 1


Dragado P


SS61o se considerarA a empleados de la Comisi6n.
2 Posici6n designada para prueba al azar de drogas.
3 Es deseable que tenga conocimientos de hojas de calculo de base de datos y programa de procesamiento
de datos (v.gr., iltimas versiones de dBase, Supercalc y WordPerfect).

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se Ajusta a la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades.


Carrera de cayucos
Los participantes de la
carrera anual de cayu-
cos, realizada del 21 al
23 de marzo, transitan
por las Esclusas de
Miraflores durante la
tercera etapa de la ca-
rrera. El "Rapid
Transit" gan6 la cate-
goria masculina con 5
horas, 25 minutos, 20
segundos; el "Snafu" y
el "Almost" ganaron
las categorias mixta y
femenina, con tiempos
de 6 horas, 2 minutos y
10 segundos y 6 horas,
16 minutos y 30 segun-
dos, respectivamente.


Foto por Jaime Yau


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Spillway del Canal de Panama


Comisi6n participa en 42a.


versi6n de la Feria de David


Por Yira A. Flores
Cientos de visitantes de la Feria Intera-
cional de San Jos6 de David en la provincia de
Chiriquf aprendieron mis sobre el Canal de
Panama y los planes para su transferencia de
los Estados Unidos al control panamefio, al
visitar la exposici6n "Panama- Un Canal en
Transici6n", organizada por la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama este mes. Celebrando sus
42 afios, la feria se realiz6 del 14 al 23 de
marzo, atrayendo a visitantes del Istmo y de
todas partes del mundo.
La exposici6n del Canal incluy6 un engra-
naje maestro de las esclusas que mostraba es-
cenas de la via acuitica al girar, e incluy6 afi-
ches de empleados panamefios del Canal
trabajandoen todoslos sectoresdelasoperacio-
nes del Canal e informaci6n sobre el apoyo de


la Comisi6n a la realizaci6n del Congreso
Universal del Canal de Panama, a celebrarse
en septiembre en la ciudad de Panami.
El iltimo fin de semana de la feria serealiz6
una conferencia de prensa en el pabell6n,
durante la cual el Jefe de Finanzas, Ricaurte
Vasquez, y el Director Asociado de la Oficina
de Relaciones Pdblicas, Franklin D. Castrell6n,
contestaron a preguntas sobre la via acuatica,
de los periodistas y funcionarios asistentes.
El pabell6n en David y otras dos exposi-
ciones del Canal presentadas recientemente en
la capital, apareceran en el programamensual
de 30 minutos tambi6n titulado "Panama -
Un Canal en Transici6n", que produce la
Oficina de Relaciones Piblicas. El programa
se transmiti6 ayer por Canal 11 y se transmitira
a las 5 p.m. el 30 de marzo por Canal 5.


Exposici6n del Canal de Panamd
En lafoto de arriba, un grupo de nihos se detiene a la entrada del pabelldn del Canal en
la Feria de David, el cual incluyd un engranaje maestro de las esclusas que mostraba varias
escenas de la via acudtica al girar. A la izquierda, dos niios llenan un examen paraprobar
sus conocimientos del Canal, mientras un visitante y un nino pequeio observan.


Fotos por Roger Guerra


Cometa sera mas visible durante abril


Por Susan K. Stabler
Con un nombre que suena como una
canci6n de rock and roll de los afios 60, el
cometa Hale-Bopp esti atravesando el
universo en una 6rbita definida que se
extiende casi en angulo recto hacia el piano
de planetas conocidos en nuestro sistema
solar. Visto ya por algunos astr6nomos
aficionados en Panama, el cometa quizis
est6 en su punto mas visible una hora luego
de la puesta del sol en abril y principios de
mayo al noroeste del horizonte.
El inspectorde seguridad en grias y buceo,
David Dempsey, quien observa el cielo noc-
turno con un telescopio Schmidt-Cassegrain
de 10 pulgadas de diametro, vio al Hale-Bopp
el 5 de marzo desde un sitio cerca de su casa
en La Boca. "Lo vi, pero se perdi6 en el refle-
jo de las luces de la ciudad", dice.
Dempsey lo vio nuevamente el fin de
semana del 8 y 9 de marzo en el interior de
Panama cerca de San Carlos, pero dice que
comparado con todo el alboroto previo, el co-
meta lo defraud6. Lo observara nuevamente
el 4 y el 11 de abril desde la misma Area y dice:
"Esta vez espero que Ilene mis expectativas".
El ingeniero general de la Divisi6n de
Dragado, Carlos A. Rodgers, Jr., Presidente
de la Asociaci6n Panamefia de Aficionados
a la Astronomfa, comparte la decepci6n de
Dempsey por el espectaculo del Hale-Bopp.
Dice que: "Este cometa ha atraido mucha
atenci6n pues ha tornado mucho tiempo en


Ilegar, y aunque se ha visto desde sitios en el
hemisferio norte, ha sido muy dificil verlo
aqui en Panama". "Si estuviera cerca de la
tierra como el cometa Hyakutake, seria
increible", agrega. El Hyakutake pas6 a un
mill6n de millas de la tierra el afio pasado, al
contrario del Hale-Bopp que nunca se acerca
a la tierra mis de 120 millones de millas.
Segtun la edici6n de abril de 1997 de As-
tronomy, el Hale-Bopp estard en su punto mis
brillante el 1 de abril cuando se acerque mas al
sol. Sin embargo, localmente, por la luna
nueva, el 7 de abril podria ser la mejor fecha
para observarlo. Para quienes quieran verlo,
Rodgers recomienda buscar un sitio despejado
en el horizonte, lo mis lejos posible del reflejo
de las luces citadinas. Dice que el Hale-Bopp
se ubicar casi al centro entreel norte y el oeste,
donde se vera como una pequefia nube casi sin
cola. La mejor forma de ver al Hale-Bopp, dice
Rodgers, es con binoculares de 7 x 50.
Dempsey sugiere buscar el cometa una
hora despu6s de ponerse el sol como "a cuatro
manos extendidas" a la derecha de donde se
pone el sol. Sin embargo, Dempsey y Rodgers
dicen que debido a su tamafio, s6lo permanece
visible por casi una hora antes de seguir al sol
poniente y desaparecer en el horizonte.
El Hale-Bopp fue descubierto el 23 dejulio
de 1995 simultineamente por Alan Hale del
Instituto de Investigaciones Espaciales del
Suroeste en Cloudcroft, Nuevo M6xico, y
Thomas Bopp, astr6nomo aficionado de Glen-


Ubicaci6n del cometa
Esta ilustracidn de Carlos
A. Rodgers, Jr. puede
ayudar a los observadores
del cometa Hale-Bopp a
ubicarlo aproximadamente
a unos 15 grados sobre el
horizonte al noroeste de
Panamd, alrededor de las
7p.m. del 7 de abril.


WEST NW NORTH


dale, Arizona. Segin un articulo en el Miami de brillo desde su descubrimiento".
Heralddel 18defebrerode 1997, a unas 12 ho- Seg6n un informe en la National Public
rasdelosreportesdelcometa, laUni6n Intema- Radio, el cometa, formado en gran parte por
cional de Astronomfa anunci6 la existencia del hielo y polvo, es el mis brillante de los iltimos
cometa y lo llam6 Hale-Bopp por sus dos 21 afios. Sin embargo, segdn Rodgers Panama
descubridores. estA muy al sur para apreciar su brillo. "Para
Se estima que el Hale-Bopp mide 25 nosotros",dice,"estamuybajoenelhorizonte,
millas de diimetro, cuatro veces mas que el lo que significa que tenemos que verlo a trav6s
cometa Halley, que pas6 por la tierra en de la parte mis espesa de la atm6sfera".
1986. El Miami Herald cita a Harold Weaver, A fines de abril y en mayo, dice Rodgers, el
cientifico investigador de la Universidad Hale-Bopp subirAiunpocoen el cielo, ofrecien-
John Hopkins de Baltimore, diciendo: "El do una mejor vista. Pero, como se estard ale-
Hale-Bopp ha sido un monstruo en t6rminos jandodelatierra,severicadavezmispequefio.


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Programan cursos para empleados en mayo


El siguiente es el calendario de cursos de adiestramiento para los empleados de laComisi6n
del Canal de PanamA. Las nominaciones deben enviarse a trav6s de los gerentes de cursos
de adiestramiento antes del plazo indicado. Los cursos marcados "videoc" bajo "Lugar" se
transmitirAn simultineamente en el Centro de Adiestramiento y en el Miniteatro de Gatin por
videoconferencia. Los cursos marcados con un asterisco se dictarin en espafiol. En
reemplazo de los cursos de Windows 95, Word y Excel, se puede pedir una evaluaci6n de
conocimientos en el Centro de Microcomputadoras (272-7448).


Curso (y grupo objetivo) Horas
Usemos la Puntuaci6n Correcta 8:00 4:00
C6mo Manejar el Estr6s de la Transici6n* 8:00 4:00
(supervisores)
Desarrollo del Supervisor: C6mo Resolver 8:00 4:00
Problemas y Tomar Decisiones (supervisores)
Habilidades con los Ndmeros 8:00 -10:00
(empleados que trabajan con ndmeros)
Mantenimiento, Reparaci6n e Instalaci6n 8:00 4:00
de Maquinaria Hidrdulica Industrial
(mecinicos toreros, primeros mecdnicos
tomeros y supervisores)
Administraci6n de Personal para Supervi- 8:00 4:00
sores: Acciones Disciplinarias (supervisores)
El Uso del Articulo y la Preposici6n 8:00 -11:45
Usted No Puede Hacerlo Todo: Los 8:00 4:00
Beneficios de Delegar (supervisores)
Destrezas Bdsicas del Trabajador Canalero 8:00 4:00
Eficaz* (empleados manuales no supervisores)
C6mo Fijar Metas y Planificar Acciones 8:00 4:00
Administraci6n de Personal para Supervi- 8:00 4:00
sores: Adiestramiento y Desarrollo
C6mo Atender a los Clientes por Tel6fono 8:00 4:00
(personal de apoyo de oficina)
Relaciones Laborales para Supervisores 8:00 4:00
supervisorse, gerentes y representantes 8:00 4:00
sindicales) 8:00 4:00
Seminario para Personal Administrativo: 8:00 4:00
Igualdad de Oportunidades (oficiales
admin., asist. admin. y oficinistas assist.)
Colaboraci6n Obrero-Patronal 8:00 4:00
C6mo Impartir Instrucciones Claras* 8:00 4:00
(supervisores) .
Orientaci6n para Empleados Nuevos* 8:00 4:00
Trabajando Juntos: El Poder 8:00 4:00
del Trabajo en Equipo (lideres)
Servicio al Cliente para Trabajadores 8:00 4:00
Manuales* (trabajadores manuales no supervisores)
C6mo Criticar Constructivamente 8:00 4:00
(supervisores)
C6mo Planificar su Jubilaci6n* (todos los 8:00 4:00
empleados que piensen jubilarse en Panama)
Profesionalismo en la Oficina 8:00 4:00


(personal de apoyo en la oficina)
C6mo Resolver Problemas
T6cnicas para Planificar, Programar
y Controlar Proyectos
(NM-9 en adelante)
C6mo Desarrollar su Propio Potencial*
Cursos de Microcomputadoras
Word: Tablas (quienes hayan tornado
"Cambiando de WordPerfect a Word")
Introducci6n a Windows 95
(quienes hayan tornado
"Introducci6n a las Microcomputadoras"
y tengan Windows 95 instalado)


Fechas
1/5
1 y 2/5


Plazo
10/4
10/4


5 y 6/5 14/4

5-9/5 14/4

5-9/5 14/4



6/5 15/4

7 y 8/5 16/4
7 y 8/5 16/4

7 y 8/5 18/4


12/5
13/5

13/5

13 y 14/5
19 y 20/5
22 y 23/5
14/5


16/5 25/4
16/5 25/4

19/5 28/4
20 y 21/5 29/4


21/5


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Asambleaanual
CA La Cooperativa de Ahorro y Cr6dito
CA Gamboa, R.L., tendri su asamblea anual el 29

Videoc demarzo alas 8:30a.m.enel GranHotel Soloy.
Se exhorta a todos los miembros a asistir. Para
CA mds informaci6n, llameal 276-6869.


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7/5 CA


Reuni6n deToastmasters
Los Panamerican Toastmasters se red-
nen a las 5 p.m. el primer y tercerjueves de
cada mes en el Centro de Adiestramiento del
Canal de PanamB. Para mis informaci6n,
llame aBill Wing al 283-3364.


28 y 29/5 7/5 CA


8:00 4:00 29/5 8/5
8:00 4:00 29 y 30/5 8/5


8:00 4:00 30/5


8:00 -11:45
8:00 -11:45
8:00-11:45
1 dias
1 dias
1 dias
8:00-11:45
1 dias


Cambiando de WordPerfect 5.1 8:00 -11:45
a Word (quienes hayan tomado un 1 dias
curso o prueba de Windows, tengan 1 dias
experiencia en WordPerfect y tengan 1 dias
Word instalado) 12 dias
Cambiando de Supercalc a Excel 1V2 dias
(quienes hayan tomado un curso o 8:00 -11:45
prueba de Windows, tengan experiencia 1 dias
en Supercalc y tengan Excel instalado) 1 dfas
Excel: GrAficas (quienes hayan tomado 8:00 -11:45
"Hojas de Trabajo Excel")
Introducci6n a Powerpoint 8:00 -11:45
(quienes hayan tomado un curso o WI dias
prueba de Windows y tengan Powerpoint
instalado)
Cambiando de dBase a Access (quienes 8:00 -11:45
hayan tornado un curso o prueba de Windows,
tengan experiencia bdsica en bases de datos
y tengan Access instalado)
Introducci6n a Windows 95: 1:00 4:00
Curso Computarizado (quienes hayan
tornado "Introducci6n a las
Microcomputadoras")
Introducci6n a Word: 1:00 4:00
Curso Computarizado (quienes hayan
tomado un curso o prueba de Windows)
Introducci6n a Excel: 1:00 4:00
Curso Computarizado (quienes hayan
tornado un curso o prueba de Windows)
Schedule+ Basics (quienes hayan tornado 1:00 4:00
un curso o prueba de Windows)


9/5 CA


5/5
19/5
5-7/5
13 y 14/5
15 y 16/5
15 y 16/5
19- 21/5
29 y 30/5
7/5
15 y 16/5
20 y 21/5
22 y 23/5
27 y 28/5
8 y 9/5
5/12- 14
22 y 23/5
22 y 23/5
12 y 13/5


12- 14/5 21/4
29 y 30/5 8/5


19 21/5 28/4



19-21/5 28/4



19 21/5 28/4


19 21/5 28/4


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de Administracidn y otros sitios durante un viaje organizado por sus anfitriones de la
Companlia C, ler. Batall6n, Regimiento de Aviacidn 228 del Ejdrcito de los Estados Unidos.


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Spillway
DEL CANAL DE PANAMA


ALBERTO ALEMAN ZUBIETA
Administrador, Comisidn del Canal de Panamd


WILLIE K. FRIAR
Director de Relaciones Pjblica:


FRANKLIN D. CASTRELLON
Director Asociado


JOSEPH W. CORNELISON
Subadminisrrador

JANET G. LEN-RIOS
Director Asociada


MYRNA A. IGLESIAS
Editora Encargada


El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Los artculos que en ella aparecen
pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n, 6nicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodia
deljueves anterior a la semana de su publicaci6n, o antes del mediodia del midrcoles si hay algin dia fcriado durante la semana de publicaci6n.
8/5 Edif.717 Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y $19 por correo anreo. Envie
cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 272-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de
Relaciones Pfblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.


Pigina 8


Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial anuncia clases

El Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial ha programado las siguientes clases para
mejorar las habilidades del personal t6cnico de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panami. Todas
se reunirdn en la Escuela de Aprendices de 7:30 a.m. a 3:30 p.m. Las nominaciones
deben enviarse a trav6s de los gerentes de adiestramiento antes del plazo indicado.
AdemAs de las clases listadas, se ofrece una variedad de paquetes individualizados
de adiestramiento sobre temas t6cnicos enel Centro T6cnico de Multimedios. ParamAs
informaci6n, llame al 272-4190.
Curso(ygrupoobjetivo) Fechas Plazo
Inspecci6n de Capas (capataces) 6-9/5 15/4
(personal de MRCT) 13-16/5 22/4
Operaci6n de Nuevos Molinetes (Personal 6/5 15/4
de Esclusas en el Pacifico) 13/5 22/4
20/5 29/4
Electr6nica Basica para Electricistas II Parte 5, 12 y 19/5 14/4


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