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Title: The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Alternate Title: Spillway
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Physical Description: 37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Publisher: Panama Canal
Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: January 16, 1998
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
Subject: Periodicals -- Canal Zone   ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
Coordinates: 8.95 x -79.566667 ( Place of Publication )
Language: Text in English and Spanish; Spanish text inverted.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 33 (Feb. 1, 1963)-Vol. 37, no. 26 (Dec. 30, 1999).
Issuing Body: Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
General Note: "Official Panama Canal publication."
General Note: Imprint varies: Balboa Hights, <1966-1978>; Miami, Fla., <1979-1982>; Balboa Heights, Pan. <1983>-1999.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
General Note: Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
General Note: Special "80th anniversary supplement" issue published on Aug. 12, 1994.
General Note: Special ed. for 65th anniversary of the Panama Canal issued at end of Oct. 1979, is also a joint issue with: The News: authorized unofficial publication of the U.S. Armed Forces, Quarry Heights, Panama, and includes the text of the Panama Canal Act.
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Volume ID: VID00343
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 02582102
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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M 0 I |Canal remains favored cruise destination

By Susan Harp

Whether headed around the
world or carrying out less ambi-
tious itineraries, an impressive
collection of luxury linersis mak-
ing the Panama Canal a voyage
highlight. The historic water-
way, a well-known engineering
marvel of the world, remains a
popular destination for cruise pas-

sengers, especially during this
time of year as they abandon icy
winter weather and head for warm
oceans and sunny skies.
Small and exclusive or over-
whelmingly grand, the glistening
ships always make an impressive
sight for Canal employees,
Panama residents and land-based
tourists as the vessels enter the

locks, glide through Gaillard Cut
or stand out against the jungle-
filled banks of Gatun Lake. This
page contains photos of just some
of the ships that have visited the
Canal recently, and many of them
can be glimpsed again in the near
future as they make return trips
through the link that joins the
world's two greatest oceans.

New Panama resident '
Above, "Grande Caribe" Capt.
Michael Snyder, right, and Capt.
Luther H. Blount, President of the
American Canadian Caribbean
Cruise Line that operates the ves-
sel, accept a plaque commemorat- -" .
ing the ship's inaugural transitfrom
Panama Canal Commission Pub-
lic Relations Division Manager
Willie K. Friar. At right, the
"Grande Caribe" enters Pedro
Miguel Locks on its way to the
Pacific Ocean during its inaugural
Panama Canal transit. The 183-
foot-long by 40-foot-beam ship will
make Panama its home port, offer-
ing cruises to Isla del Rey,
Contadora, San Blas and the
Darijn. Photos by Kevin Jenkins

Circling the globe via Panama
The "Rotterdam VI," above, represented at the Panama Canal by C.
Fernie & Co., and "Queen Elizabeth 2," left, represented by C.B.
Fenton, transit Gaillard Cut as part of their around-the-world itinerar-
ies. The neatly terraced banks ofHodges Hill, part of a project to widen
the Cut channel, are visible behind the brand-new "Rotterdam VI,"
which paid over $126,000 in tolls. Other ships transiting recently
include the "Brasil," "Maasdam," "Norwegian Dynasty," "Seaborne
Pride and "Zenith. Photos by Jaime Yau and Kevin Jenkins

French ship takes Canal route toTahiti

By Susan Harp
When French Post-Impression-
ist artist Paul Gauguin visited
Panama in 1887, he was a penni-
less and unrecognized painter seek-
ing a simple life in tropical para-
dise. Encountering instead the
French canal construction project
on the verge of failure, he stayed on
the Isthmus only two months, even-
tually travelling further west to
make his home in Tahiti and the
Marquesas, where he died still un-
discovered in 1903. Could he have
imagined that, more than a century
after his Panama visit, a super-
luxury liner bearing his now-fa-
mous name would transit the
equally famous Panama Canal with
Tahiti as its destination?
The Paul Gauguin arrived at
the Panama Canal on Christmas
Day on its inaugural, 16-day cruise
between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
and San Diego, California. Before
leaving Florida, the vessel was
christened by French owners Ser-
vices et Transports while invited
guest Maria Gauguin, great grand-
daughter of the artist, looked on.

All 160 staterooms on the 513-
foot-long by 71-foot-wide luxury
liner were sold out for the inaugu-
ral voyage sponsored by Radisson
Seven Seas, the company that has
chartered the Paul Gauguin as its
fifth cruise ship.
Designed with a very high
space-per-guest ratio, the luxury
liner was constructed by Chantiers
de l'Atlantique in France and is the
only ultra-deluxe vessel to be built
in 1997. It features a retractable
marina stocked with comprehen-
sive water sports equipment; a spa
by world-renowned Carita'of Paris;
and cuisine designed by two-star
Michelin chef Jean-Pierre Vigato,
owner of the Apicus restaurant in
Paris. Imitating its namesake, the
Paul Gauguin will call Tahiti home
by the end of January and will offer
7-night cruises to nearby islands
and atolls bearing exotic names
like Bora Bora, Rangiroa and
The ship's small size and shal-
low, 17-foot draft allow it to navi-
gate French Polynesia's shallow
lagoons and narrow channels. The

Tahiti bound Photo by Dilsia Alleyne
The "Paul Gauguin" makes its way through Miraflores Locks during its inaugural transit of the Panama
Canal. The French flagged vessel was headed for Tahiti, where it will offer exclusive, luxury cruises.
Represented by C.B. Fenton at the Canal, the ship paid $38,273.46 in tolls.

watersports platform gives guests
access to the sea, where they may
windsurf, kayak, sail, water-ski,
snorkel or underwater dive. Guest
lecturers will offer background in-

formation on the history and ecol-
ogy of their surroundings, and pas-
sengers can also try their luck in
the casino or enjoy folkloric shows
featuring the arts of the islands. Or

if they prefer, they can just lay
back, relax and enjoy the same
scenery that inspired the father of
the Primitivist-Symbolism Move-
ment, Paul Gauguin.

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Friday. January 16, 1998

The Panama Canal Spillway

New Inspector General appointed

By Susan Harp
Deputy Inspector General Victor Dia-
mond became the Panama Canal Commis-
sion new Inspector General on January 4.
Diamond fills the position previously held
by William C. Forbes, who retired this month
after serving the Canal agency for 19 years.
Diamond joined the Commission in August
1996, bringing with him over 20 years of
financial and general management experi-
ence in Panama's private sector. He was an
audit manager with the accounting firm Price
Waterhouse before becoming finance man-
ager and then general manager for an air
conditioning contractor. He then worked as
the finance manager for General Mills de
Panama for seven years.
He holds a bachelor's degree in account-
ing from the University of Panama and is a
certified public accountant and a member of
the Panama College of Certified Public Ac-
countants. Over the years, Diamond has
been very active in the Panama business
community, having served as a member of
the board of directors for the Panama Con-

struction Chamber from 1980 through 1989.
He was also the chamber's treasurer for
most of that time. In 1984, he received the
chamber's William A. Ross award for dis-
tinguished service to the construction indus-
try. He also received the Pedro Boyd
Galindo medal in 1993 for outstanding work
on behalf of the Panama Association of
Business Executives, an organization to
which he still belongs and which he served
as treasurer on the board of directors from
1984 to 1986.
Diamond assumed the post of Deputy
Inspector General in January 1997. As In-
spector General, he is responsible for pro-
moting economy, efficiency and effective-
ness and for preventing and detecting fraud,
waste and abuse in Canal operations. Asked
about the transfer of Canal audit responsi-
bility to Panama on December 31, 1999,
Diamond highlights the importance of hav-
ing achieved the adoption of the inspector
general concept in the organic law of the
Panama Canal Authority.

Technical meeting Photo by Jaime Yau
Kawasaki Heavy Industries representative Hideo Fujita, standing, explains details of the
construction of 26 new locks locomotives to Panama Canal Commission officials during a
meeting held recently at the Pedro Miguel Locks conference room. Details ofthe contract and
locomotive design features were among the main topics discussed at the meeting, which also
included field visits to Gatun and Miraflores locks for the collection of informationforpre-
design studies. The Commission and Mitsubishi signed a multi-year contract for the
construction of the new locomotives to augment the Canal's fleet as part of the waterway's
accelerated modernization program and Kawasaki will be a subcontractor. From left are
Rolando Josephs and Donald McKeon, from the Engineering Division Mechanical Branch;
Fujita; Jesus Saiz, from the Engineering Division Specifications and Estimates Branch;
Abdiel Pirez, Maritime Operations Department Contracting Officer Representative; and
Patricia de Baquero, from the Contracting Division.

Take note

Effective January 5, the Albrook
Opening the gates gate will be open for traffic from 5 a.m. to
9 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-
U.S. Senator Trent Lott, representative of days through Fridays, excluding holi-
Mississippi, turns a handle to open a days.
Miraflores Locks miter gate during a re- *ThePatriotState, a Massachussetts
cent visit to the Panama Canal. Looking Maritime Academy training vessel, will
on are Commission AdministratorAlberto transit the Panama Canal on Sunday,
AlemdnZubieta, left, senior control house January 18 and dock at Rodman Naval
Station. About 30 Academy graduates
operator Arturo Lloyd and Franki Rob- currently work for the Panama Canal
erts, right, wife of Kansas Senator Pat Commission in Maritime Operations,
Roberts. During their recent visit to and ten Panama Nautical School ca-
Panama, Lott, and the group of senators dets will be joining the ship during its
who accompanied him todiscuss bilateral current training voyage. The Patriot
issues with Panama officials, took a close State will hold an open house from 1 to
look of Panama Canal operations. 5 p.m. on January 20 and 21 for all
Panama Canal Commission employ-
Photo by Armando De Gracia ees.

Canal agency makes every effort to delay draft restrictions

Always committed to guaranteeing safe and expedi-
tious transit of vessels from one ocean to the other
across the Isthmus of Panama, the Panama Canal Com-
mission is currently working with heightened diligence
to delay draft restrictions for vessels transiting the Ca-
nal during the current dry season. A draft restriction is
necessary when a lessened amount of water decreases
the depth of the Canal channel. A shallower channel
means that certain transiting vessels may need to reduce
their draft, that is, the depth that the vessel's hull ex-
tends below the water's surface, by decreasing the amount
of cargo carried.
Because of the unusually dry rainy season caused by
the El Nifio weather phenomenon, the agency is making
every effort to support Madden and Gatun Lake levels.
Madden Lake, for example, is full at 252 feet of water, but
currently it is at 234 feet and the worst is yet to come. The
situation has prompted various Panama Canal Commis-
sion units to initiate measures to conserve the water the
Canal does have.
One of the most important by-products that comes
from water is electrical energy. Even though hydroelec-
tric power is not the Canal's only source of energy, it
constitutes a considerable resource both for the Canal
Commission and other areas it supports including Ancon,
Parafso, Pedro Miguel, Gatun, and U.S. military bases,

among others. When there is not enough water to generate
the necessary hydroelectric power, the Canal must use
other sources, namely diesel fuel to operate combustion
turbines. Thermal generation is a much more costly
source of power. To conserve water, the Electrical
Division has been using combustion turbines. Supervisory
Power Dispatcher John Coffey explained how vital it is to
provide electrical power to the locks to ensure the Canal's
continuous and safe operation. "Every little bit helps," said
Coffey, referring to the need for PCC electrical power
clients to save energy. Although measures have been taken
to maintain lake levels, there is a great need to conscien-
tiously save energy and water both at home and at work to
avoid the need for scheduled outages. As the El Nifio
phenomenon has so vividly reminded us, the Canal's water
supply is not a limitless resource.
The following are some conservation practices that
Canal employees and their family members can use to
help the Canal weather this time of water shortage.
Water your lawn and plants at night or very early in
the morning to avoid instant water evaporation.
Install a nozzle on your garden hose to control the
waste of water.
Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car.
Don't let children play with water.

Take quick showers instead of baths.
Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth or
washing the dishes.
Solar energy is free, so use it as long as possible.
Only turn on lamps when it starts to get dark.
*Turn off lights and any electrical appliance that is not
being used.
Install fluorescent instead of incandescent lamps
because they consume less energy.
Try ironing all your clothes at once and disconnect
the iron if you receive a phone call or visitor. This,
besides saving energy, will prevent accidents.
Install curtains or smoked glass in your windows to
diminish the heat effect from the sun.
Keep doors and windows closed when you use your
air conditioner and keep it at a reasonable temperature.
Avoid the constant opening of refrigerator doors to
reduce energy loss.
Washing machines and clothes dryers can consume
a lot of energy, particularly if you use hot water. It is
better to wash a full load a few times a week, or whenever
necessary, than to wash a small load every day.
If you havean electric water heater, turn iton half an hour
before you shower and turn it off as soon as you are done.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, January 16, 1998

Employee retires after 21 years of

service with the Canal organization

By Teresa Arosemena
A surprise breakfast banquet organized
by Panama Canal Commission Opera-
tions Support Division employees re-
cently paid homage to Budget Officer
Gloria C. Russell who retired after a 21-
year career with the Canal agency.
Russell's positive attitude, courage, and
self-determination enabled her to over-
come physical disabilities and to gain the
admiration and respect of co-workers and
Back in 1957, during her sophomore
year at College of the Pacific at Stock-
ton, Calif., Russell accepted inocula-
tion with the then new Salk polio vac-
cine. The vaccine was being adminis-
tered to students in general as part of a
nationwide program to eliminate polio.
Two weeks after the vaccination,
Russell developed the Guillain-Barre
syndrome and was paralyzed from the
waist down.
Being handicapped, however, did not
stop her in terms of pursuing a profes-
sional career. Back in Panama and after
undergoing intensive physical therapy,
and moved by her desire to be indepen-
dent, she decided to look for a job at a
time when the idea of hiring the handi-
capped was nearly unheard of. Russell
was first hired in 1965 by the Middle

America Research Unit (MARU). She
laterjoined the Canal organization in 1976
as a budget analyst with the old Civil
Affairs Bureau in the Fire Division. She
later transferred to the Logistical Support
Division, under the former General Ser-
vices Bureau, where she worked until the
Commission's 1997 reorganization, when
her position was moved to the Operations
Support Division.
Russell has kind words for her co-
workers during her career, "I received full
support from all of them," Russell says,
adding that a former supervisor, Budget
Officer Louis Reyes, organized the pur-
chase by the Panama Canal Commission
of her first electric wheelchair in 1983. "I
remember the long hallways in Building
729. It would have beennearly impossible
to negotiate them without that chair,"
Russell recalls.
One of the highlights of her career was
her designation as the Commission's
nominee for the 1984 Outstanding Handi-
capped Federal Employee of the Year
Award. In recognition of her nomination,
she received an Office of Personnel Man-
agement (OPM) certificate signed by then
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and a
Panama Canal Commission Equal Em-
ployment Opportunity Award for her per-

sonal and professional achievements in
advancing equal opportunity.
Throughout the years, Russell has been
actively involved inincreasing community
awareness of the problems faced by people
with disabilities and has petitioned the
Panama City Mayor's Office requesting
that more access ramps and accommoda-
tions be built for the handicapped. "I have
indeed seen an improvement in this prob-
lem," she says.
When asked about her Canal experi-
ence, Russell says, "A Budget Officer
position entails a lot of responsibilities. I
learned a great deal about budget because

Retirement party
Operations Support Di-
vision Manager Enrique
B. Mdrquez presents a
flower corsage to Budget
Officer Gloria Russell
during a surprise break-
fast held in appreciation
of her 2] years ofservice
at the Panama Canal. In-
ventory Management
Specialist Cecil F.
Haynes, the Canal em-
ployee with the mostyears
of service, looks on.

Photo by Jaime Yau

I had good supervisors and enjoyed my
work thoroughly." Russell is very thank-
ful for the support she received through-
out the years from her co-workers, espe-
cially from Safety, Environment and Se-
curity Budget Officer Viodelda Miller
and Operations Support Division Man-
ager Enrique B. Marquez, with whom she
worked during the last months of her
Canal career.
Now that she is retired, Russell plans
to dedicate more time to volunteer work
and to her duties as secretary of the Soci-
ety of Friends of the West Indian Mu-
seum of Panama (SAMAAP).

Employees of the Year

"Employee of the Year" awards were
presented recently to 210 employees from -
various branches of the Panama Canal -
Commission Maintenance Division, who
excelled in the performance of their duties
during the year. The division's annual f:
Employee of the Year ceremony was held .
at the Balboa High School auditorium and
was attended by Administrator Alberto
Alemdn Zubieta, Chief Financial Officer
Ricaurte Vdsquez, Engineering and
Industrial Services Director Tom Drohan,
Maintenance Division Manager Ernst
Schnack, Contracting Division Manager
Enrique Sdnchez and several other
officials who also presented awards.

Photo by Jaime Yau

Fitness branch offers a variety of activities

Exercise improves your health, re-
duces the impact of stress in your life
and is a vital part of weight control. It
also changes the way your body uses
food and contributes to your fitness.
Following are some of the exercise-pro-
moting activities the Panama Canal Com-
mission Employee Fitness Branch has
scheduled for upcoming weeks.
The Balboa Physical Fitness Center is
sponsoring a series of tournaments, in-
cluding women's and men's billiard and
ping-pong tournaments and a summer
program (gymnastics and swimming classes
for children and teenagers), which begins
January 19. Registration is currently open
for these events. For more information
on registration and dates of the events,
call 272-1212.
The Balboa Gymnasium has scheduled
a racquetball tournament for women on
February 2. Registration for this event

closes on January 23. Registration for the
coed softball league, which begins on Janu-
ary 26 is still open.
The Diablo Fitness Center is offering
tennis classes for adults, walking classes
and a summer program. The Gamboa
Fitness Center has scheduled a tennis tour-
nament starting on February 16, with reg-
istrations closing on February 13. For
additional information, call the Diablo
Fitness Center at 272-6827 and the Gamboa
Fitness Center at 276-6274.
Registration for the beginners' tennis
classes at the Gatun Fitness Center closes
today, with classes beginning on January
30. A 30-and-over tennis tournament has
also been organized beginning on Febru-
ary 2 and you can register up to that same
day. Call the Gatun Fitness Center at
The Margarita Fitness Center is spon-
soring billiard tournaments on February 9

and 26 with registration open until Janu-
ary 23 and February 13, respectively. The
center will also host a table tennis tourna-
ment on February 27 with enrollment until
February 23. For details, call 443-7300.
The Gatun Youth Center has orga-
nized numerous activities for children,
teenagers and adults. It will also pro-
vide various sessions of introductory
computer courses from January through
March. For specific details call 443-
The Balboa, Los Rios and Gatun swim-
ming pools have scheduled courses in wa-
ter safety, rescue techniques and other
activities. For more information, call the
Balboa pool at 272-5493; the Los Rios
pool at 272-6417; the Gatun pool at 443-
5233, or the Margarita pool at 443-7229.
The Albrook swimming pool will be open-
ing soon, so look out for special announce-

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Take note

Panama 1998 vehicle inspec-
tion sticker stations are now open
at Transportation Operations
Branch buildings on both sides of
the Isthmus until March 31.
Panama Canal Commission and
U.S.-citizen employees of the
U.S. military and retirees are eli-
gible to use the centers. The fee
for each inspection is $10, and
owners are required to showtheir
identification cards, 1997 inspec-
tion and vehicle registration pa-
pers. The Ancon inspection sta--
tion is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday and from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and
vehicle owners should enter
through the back gate from
Curundu Road. The Mount Hope
station is open from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Fridays only, and patrons
should enterfrom St. Kitts Street.

yadirF January 16 1998

The Panama Canal Spillway

SMusical show highlights West

SIndian culture, contributions

"Heritage" rehearsal Photo by Hermenegildo Zaldivar S.
Actor/director Danny Calden, left, dramatizes a poem about West Indians participating in
the Panama Canal construction with the help of percussionist Domingo Mufioz and an
painter's rendition of turn-of-the-century workers during a rehearsal of the
production, "Heritage."

Employee's efforts in support of

co-workers, community will be missed

By Susan Harp
"Heritage," a colorful production filled
with music and art, will be presented in
Panama at the Balboa Theater at the end of
January. The show adapts a collection of
poems about West Indian culture in
Panama, written by Panama Canal Com-
mission lead security guard Melvin Brown.
Brown explains that his poems, pub-
lished under the same name as the play,
were influenced by the oral history tradi-
tion of African people who were brought
to the Caribbean as slaves and whose free
offspring immigrated to Panama to work
on the construction of the Panama Canal.
Brown says his grandparents kept the oral
tradition alive by telling him stories about
their parents' and grandparents' experi-
ences and inspired him to write them down
as verse.
Directed by Danny Calden, "Heritage"
displays the talents of not only Brown,
who is the production's executive direc-
tor, but also music professor Leslie R.
George, art professor Hermenegildo
Zaldivar S. and sociologist Manuel
Calder6n Pimentel. Some 15 young per-
formers dramatize the poems with a per-
cussion accompaniment that evolves from

calypso into blues, jazz and rap.
The dramatization preserves the feel-
ings and flavors of the unique blend of
African-Caribbean-Panamanian culture.
Actors dressed in colorful garb sing or
chant lyrics to a percussion beat that varies
to reflect the mood. Backdrops of larger-
than-life-size paintings display a visual
history of changes in black culture, from
the bright red robes and feather head-
pieces of African warriors to the conserva-
tive dark suits and tailored white shirts of
20th century workers. Bilingual topics
range from a description of life in a poor
barrio to the experience of West Indian
workers at the Canal.
The production is also part of an orga-
nized effort to give the community an
opportunity to participate in cultural
events. Brown explains that several non-
profit organizations support cultural
projects such as this to promote social
development in Panama, and the audience
is given an opportunity to discuss its reac-
tion and ideas with the performers at the
end of each show. Performances will be
given at 8 p.m. January 30 and 31 at the
Balboa theater, with refreshments served
beginning at 7 p.m.

By Yira A. Flores
It is always nice to be remembered by
friends and co-workers for your good
deeds. Although Atlantic-sider Fl6ix
Modestin retired recently from his post as
Canal Security Division Inspector, many
will remember him for his contributions to
the community.
Modestin joined the Canal organiza-
tion in 1966 as a detention guard with the
former Canal Zone Police Division in
Cristobal. Throughout the years he occu-
pied many different positions within the
division, including Atlantic Assistant
Branch Chief. Explaining that Modestin's
easy-going ways helped him build a fan-
tastic network with personnel in different
Atlantic-side units, Canal Security Divi-
sion Atlantic Branch Chief Arthur T.
Malcolm says that it was fascinating to see
the ease with which he performed his du-
ties. "His contacts made everyone's job
easier," he says, adding that he will miss
Modestin around the office. Reminiscing
on the many occasions in which Modestin
supported him at work, Canal security
guard Porfirio Williams adds, "He is a
mentor and an example to follow."
An avid amateur softball player,
Modestin served for several years as cap-
tain of the Canal Protection Division soft-
ball team and as president of the Atlantic
divisional softball league for six years.
"He was always concerned about the mo-
rale and welfare of his co-workers and
always promoted extracurricular activi-
ties in that respect," says Malcolm.
Modestin's many extracurricular ac-
tivities include being a member of the
Colon Bomberos "Banda de Cornetas y
Tambores," which hejoined in 1955. Since
1994, he has been in charge of the band's
drum and bugle section with the rank of
lieutenant. During his years with the
bomberos band he received several awards,
including a silver medal for 25 years of

service in 1980, the Commander Julio A.
Salas gold medal in 1992, and the Major
Gilberto Sollas gold medal in 1997. Last
year Modestin marched down Franklin
Avenue in New York with the band during
a parade organized by the Panamanian
community in New York in commemora-
tion of Panama's independence.
Modestin has also put his expertise to
work for the community by managing the
Margarita teenager football team for three
years and as captain of the Banda de
Cornetas y Tambores softball team for 10
years. For many years, Modestin was
also a member of the former Club
Juventud Francesa, a club founded by
descendents of French-Antillean citizens
to maintain their heritage and promote
their customs. His parents, Joseph F.
Modestin and Marie Hyatt Modestin ar-
rived on the Isthmus of Panama in 1907,
during the Canal construction period, and
his father worked for the Canal for many
years. Modestin served as president of
the club for five years and was honored in
1975 for his contributions to the organi-
zation. During his term, several chari-
table activities were held, including the
presentation of a gift basket to the first
child born at the Amador Guerrero Hos-
pital in Colon on July 14, Bastille Day.
More recently, Modestinjoined a com-
mittee formed by Atlantic side employees
to help Commission employees who suf-
fer from life-threatening illnesses. The
committee has conducted several activi-
ties and is currently seeking funds to help
cover the expenses of a kidney transplant
for a former co-worker.
Asked about his plans for the future, he
says, "For now I plan to keep working with
the bomberos band and use some of my spare
time to play tennis." He adds that he will also
be available to continue supporting his former
co-workers in anything they need.

Well-deserved retirement Photo by Alfredo Ryan
Former Canal Security Division Inspector Felix Modestin, who retired recently after
more than 30 years of service with the Canal agency, takes a break from his work for
this photo taken a few days before his retirement. Modestin, an avid supporter of
extracurricular and community activities, was always looking for ways to boost morale
among his co-workers.

What's happening

Cayuco Race
The 451" Boy Scouts of America Ocean-
to-Ocean Cayuco Race will be held on
April 3-5. The event will be preceded by
the regatta on March 14 at the Gamboa Air
Strip. A general meeting and deadline for
swimming skills proof will be held on
February 3, with another general meeting
on February 17. The registration deadline
for all documents in the patch boat cat-
egory will be February 24, while March 3
will be the deadline for registering all
documents in the trophy boat category,
and a final mandatory meeting will be held
on the same date. All meetings will be
held at the Curundu Middle School cafete-
ria beginning at 7:15 p.m. For additional
information call Rick Williams at 272-
6839 after 6 p.m.

"Heritage" musical drama
The Panama Cultural Integration Asso-
ciation is sponsoring "Heritage," a dance
dramatization of the history of West Indian
workers who helped build the Panama Ca-
nal. The production uses dance; poetry;
paintings; and several musical styles, in-
cludingjazz, calypso, blues and rap, to bring
West Indian heritage to life. It will be
presented at 8 p.m. on January 30 and 31 at
the Balboa theater, with refreshments served
beginning at7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15.
For more information, call Melvin Brown at
195-1195 or 613-0861.
Nova Southeastern University is offer-
ing a variety of programs during its next
term, including a bachelor in Hospitality,
Customer Service and Professional Man-
agement. The application deadline is Febru-
ary 27. Call the university at 272-2494 or
272-2071 for more details.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, January 16, 1998

Employee rescues seaman who fell into locks chamber

By Yira A. Flores
The quick reaction of Locks Division
line handler Rojenix Montenegro saved
the day at Gatun Locks recently when he
rescued a seaman who fell overboard in-
side an east-lane locks chamber while tran-
siting northbound on the yacht Moby Dick,
as part of its crew.
At around 11 a.m. on the day of the
incident, three yachts, including the Moby
Dick, and a roll-on/roll-off automobile car-
rier were all inside a locks chamber on a
tandem transit. Montenegro, who was stand-
ing on the east centerwall, threw a line to
the seaman on board the Moby Dick, which
was inside the first chamber, to prepare it
for the lockage. When the seaman saw the
line, he ran to catch it but tripped on the
edge of the yacht, landing in the water on
his back.
Montenegro says the situation was further
complicated by the fact that the seaman, who
was not a Commission employee, was not
wearing a life vest, and the vessel in front of
the yachts started its engines preparing to
move into the middle chamber. 'The current
created by the engine was pulling the man out
of the chamber and into the Atlantic Ocean,"
Montenegro explains.
Montenegro knew that if he jumped
into the water to grab the man, the current
would catch him too. Noticing that every-
one around was petrified by the. scene,
Montenegro threw another line to the man

Recognizing special act Photo by Alfredo Ryan
Gatun Locks Superintendent Noris Lopez presents an on-the-spot award and certificate to
line handler Rojenix Montenegro for saving the life of a seaman who fell overboard in a
locks chamber while transiting on the yacht "Moby Dick." Acting Operations Supervisor

Ricardo Alleyne observes.

for him to hold on to. When the man was
finally able to grab the line, Montenegro
began pulling him to the centerwall. "I
was fighting the current and he was heavy,
but somehow I found the strength to keep
pulling him," Montenegro says.

Montenegro continued pulling until the
man reached an emergency ladder on the
chamber wall. Once the seaman was safe,
Montenegro asked the helper on the deck
of the yacht to throw him a life vest. Then,
the helper proceeded to pull the seaman,

back to the yacht. "The rest of the crew of
the Moby Dick did not learn about the
accident until everything was over," says
Once on the deck of the yacht, the man
thanked Montenegro for saving his life. "I
felt like hours had passed, but everything
happened in just a couple of minutes. I
guess he was nervous, just as I was," says
Montenegro, explaining that it was the
first time he had ever been involved in
such a situation.
Gatun Lockmaster Javier Palma wit-
nessed the scene, and after asking
Montenegro a couple of questions, he pre-
pared an incident report. Palma also rec-
ommended Montenegro for an on-the-spot
award for his valiant action in rescuing the
seaman. Montenegro says that after ev-
erything was over, all his co-workers con-
gratulated him. "Thank God everything
came out alright," he says, explaining that
he was still nervous when he called his
mother and then his wife to tell them about
the incident. "They told me they were
very proud of me," he says, adding, "I
made a decision on the spur of the moment
and acted spontaneously without thinking
of being rewarded for it."
Gatun Locks Superintendent Noris L6pez
congratulated Montenegro for his action and
presented him with an on-the-spot award
and a certificate of appreciation, which he
proudly says he will frame and keep at home.

Safety Division issues alert for areas

near ongoing Gaillard Cut projects

Effective immediately and due to an
increase in hazardous activities related to
.the Gaillard Cut Widening program, cer-
tain areas have been identified as danger
zones and have been declared "off limits"
to all except those directly involved in
those operations.
Construction and road building/repair,
heavy equipment deployments and blast-
ing operations are being conducted onboth
banks of the Canal. All divisions not
covered under the Blasting Plan Protocol
who need to place personnel and/or per-
form tasks within the danger zones must
contact the appropriate Contract Specialist
(Construction Division) at 272-3517. Divi-
sions must also contact the Dredging Divi-
sion field office at 276-6691 for information
on the day's blasting schedule (including the
location and time of the shot), permission to
use an approved radio communication sys-
tem and clearance for the personnel/activity
to be performed in the area.

This procedure is designed to preclude
possible accidents. For any questions re-
garding this safety alert, please contact the
Commission explosives safety specialist
Rail Gonzilez at 276-6675, beeper 1747.

Annual training
Panama Canal Commission Towboat Mate
Vasco Saldahia, left, explains procedures
to operate a tugboat to Panama Nautical
School second-year cadets on board the
"Guia." The visit is part of the annual
training received byfirst- and second-year
cadets at various Canal installations.
Other activities that have been scheduled
for cadets include practicing with the Mari-
time Training Unit navigation simulator,
transiting the Canal and attending En-
glish and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
classes, among others.
Photo by Jaime Yau

Graduating class
Total Immersion English Program gradu-
ates pose in front of the Panama Canal
Training Center just prior to their gradu-
ation last month. Sixty Industrial Train-
ing Branch apprentices graduated from
this course during fiscal year 1997. Lan-
guage Instructor Christopher McLean, far
right, coordinated the course, which fea-
tured the implementation of a Computer
Assisted Language Learning Program

Photo by Jaime Yau


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The Panama Canal Spillway

Five Dredging Division operators

complete intensive training program

By Teresa Arosemena
Five operators of the Panama Canal
Commission Dredging Division pusher-
style towboats, Gorgona and Culebra, re-
cently completed an intensive, five-week
training program designed to enhance their
knowledge and skills.
Carlos Ortega, Abraham Cajar, Melenik
Banner, Miguel Tejada and Leonardo Palma
attended classes for one full week every
other week to complete some 200 hours of
specialized maritime instruction. All are
former launch operators who moved to the
rank of captain, motor vessel, based on
their experience and knowledge.
The training program was designed by
the Maritime Training and the Employee
and Management Development branches
to add to the operator's practical experi-
ence. It included an overview of Canal
rules and regulations, tides and currents,
weather, signaling, oil pollution, shipping

operations, lifesaving, fire fighting and
safety procedures, seamanship, lockage
procedures, dredging operations, radio and
compass communications, engine machin-
ery and administrative procedures.
Dredging Division Pusher Towboat
District Manager Ricardo Sandoval says,
"I feel confident that complementary aca-
demic knowledge has been provided and
these key employees are much better pre-
pared tol fulfill their job requirements in a
more professional manner." Sandoval adds
that the Culebra and Gorgona are used
primarily to support the dipper dredge
Rialto M. Christensen with dump scow
movement and occasionally are used dur-
ing Canal locks overhaul projects. The
towboats' versatility, maneuverability and
functional design have made them key
assets for miter gate and barge towing

Enhancing skills Photo by Jaime Yau
Maritime Training Branch Seamanship and Towboat Training Officer Capt. Marco
Collazos, right, uses the Maritime Training Branch navigation simulator to explain a
feature of the towboats "Culebra and "Gorgona" to a group of employees who partici-
pated in the "Journeyman Enhancement Training" course. The five former launch
operators who now hold the rank of captain, motor vessel, are, from left, Abraham Cajar,
Miguel Tejada, Carlos Ortega, Melenik Banner and Leonardo Palma.

30-year service awards

Panama Canal Commission employees
who recently completed 30 years of
Canal service display the award certifi-
cates they received from Deputy Admin-
istrator Joseph W. Cornelison. From
left are Cornelison, Towboat Seaman
Leader Orlando A. Delgado, Custodial
Worker Julia D. Espinosa, Production
Machinery Mechanic Jose M. Galindo
and Small Craft Operator Percival
Renwick J.

Photo by Kevin Jenkins

Applications for scholarships now available

The Panama Canal Commission is offer-
ing ten full-tuition scholarships for the fall
1998 and spring 1999 semesters at the Panama
Canal College. Applicants will be judged on
the basis of financial need, academic excel-
lence and leadership qualities. The scholar-
ship commences with the fall semester and
continues through the spring semester, pro-
vided that the recipient's grade-point average
is maintained at an acceptable level.
Candidates must be minor dependents
of Commission employees and must have
graduated from high school by the time the

fall semester begins in August. Recipients
must be proficient in English and must
register as full-time students. A recipient
will be disqualified subsequent to the award-
ing of the scholarship if it is discovered that
eligibility requirements have not been met.
Applications are available from counselors
at Balboa High School and Panama Canal
College as well as in Room 254, Adminis-
tration Building. The deadline for return-
ing applications is Friday, April 3.
Questions should be directed to Berta
Bricefio, at 272-7991.

New Form W-4 due by February 15

to claim exemption from withholding

Employees currently claiming "exemp-
tion" from United States federal income tax
withholding and who wish to claim exemp-
tion from the withholding in tax year 1998
must file a new Form W-4, Employee's
Withholding Allowance Certificate, with the
Payroll Branch by February 15, 1998. The
1997 certification claiming exemption from
withholding expires on that date and, if a
new certificate is not received, the Commis-
sion must begin withholding U.S. federal
income tax from affected employees' wages.

Resident aliens of the U.S. (Green Card
holders) who are currently claiming exemp-
tion from U.S. income tax must file a new
Form W-4 by February 15 to avoid US.
income tax deductions.
U.S. citizen and U.S. resident alien em-
ployees who are not currently claiming the
"exemption" from U.S. income tax with-
holding do not need to file a new certificate.
They may file a new certificate at any time
throughout the tax year if they wish to
change the amount of their tax withholdings.

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Technical Resources Center


This column provides information on new services available at the Commission's
Technical Resources Center. To obtain additional information about services
offered at the center or to request a publication, call 272-4929 or 272-4925.

New books

Reputation: Realizing Value from the Corporate Image. By Charles J.
Fombrun, 1996.
Cost Effective Strategies for Client/Server Systems. By Bernard H. Boar,
1001 Ways to Energize Employees. By Bob Nelson, 1997.
Managing Radical Change: Beyond Survival in the New Business Age.
By Jerome H. Want, 1995.
World Wide Web Database Developer's Guide. By Mark Swank, 1996.
Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design. By Guillermo
Gonzalez, 1997.
El Liderazgo Centrado en Principios. By Stephen R. Covey, 1996.
Innovations in Fluid Power: Seventh Bath International Fluid Power
Workshop, 1995.
Introduction to Building Management. By R. E. Calvert, 1995.
Using Windows 95. By Ron Person, 1996.
Jig and Fixture Design. By Edward G. Hoffman, 1996.


The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, January 16, 1998

Commission announces training courses

The schedule of training courses to be offered to Panama Canal Commission
employees during February is provided below. Those marked by an asterisk will be
conducted in Spanish. In cases where "videocon" is indicated as the location, the course
will be offered simultaneously on both sides of the Isthmus via videoconference
transmission. Nominations should be submitted through training program coordinators
by the suspense dates indicated; training program coordinators should submit the
nominations for the "Partnership Awareness" sessions in order of priority to the Office
of Industrial Relations.
In addition to the listed courses, a number of individualized training packets are
available at the Multimedia Center, among them "Introduction to Microcomputers," a
prerequisite to the introductory Windows 95 courses.

Course (and target audience) Dates
Handling Electronic Records 2/4 6
& Related Documents
(records liaison officers,
LAN administrators and IMCR
Visual Basic Intermediate 2/4 6
(computer specialists)
Basic Labor Relations 2/4 6
(managers, supervisors 2/9 11
and union representatives)
Partnership Awareness 2/13
(all employees)
Supervisory Development: 2/11&12
Problem Solving and
Decision Making (Supervisors)
Coaching in Times of Change 2/17
Giving Clear Instructions* 2/19
Giving Constructive Criticism 2/20
Customer Care on the Telephone* 2/11
(office support staff)
Customer Service: It Pays to Please* 2/18
Self Empowerment (all employees) 2/18
Planning for Retirement* 2/18&19
(all employees planning to
retire and stay in Panama)
Making Effective Presentations 2/20
(all employees who make presentations)
New Employee Orientation* 2/23
(new employees)
Introduction to Windows 95 2/11&12
(those who have Windows 2/19&20
95 already installed)
Introduction to Windows 95: 2/26&27
Computer-Based Training
(those who have Windows
95 already installed)
Introduction to Word 2/2&3
(those who have taken a 2/19&20
Windows course or skill
assessment test and have
Word already installed)
Automating Tasks Using Word 2/5
(those who have taken
Moving from WordPerfect to Word)
Word, Tables 2/6
(those who have taken
Moving from WordPerfect to Word)
Introduction to Word: 2/26&27
Computer-Based Training
(those who have taken a Windows
course or skill assessment test
and have Word already installed)
Excel Charting (those who have taken 2/5&6
Excel Worksheets)
Introduction to Excel 2/9&10
(those who have taken a 2/19&20
Windows course or skill assessment
test and have Excel already installed)
Introduction to Excel: 2/26&27
Computer-Based Training
(those who have taken a
Windows course or skill
assessment test)
Introduction to Access 2/11&12
(those who have taken a
Windows course or skill assessment
test and have Access already installed)
Introduction to Access: 2/26&27
Computer-Based Training
(those who have taken a Windows
course or skill assessment test and
have Access already installed)
Introduction to PowerPoint 2/19&20
(those who have taken a
Windows course or skill assessment
test and have PowerPoint already installed)
Introduction to PowerPoint: 2/26&27
Computer-Based Training
(those who have taken a Windows
course, skill assessment test
and have PowerPoint already installed)

8:00 4:00

Suspense Location
1/16 Tr.Ctr.

8:00- 4:00 1/16 BHS/Rm.411

8:00 4:00 1/16 Tr.Ctr.
8:00- 4:00 1/19 Tr.Ctr.

8:30 4:00 1/23 Tr.Ctr.

Explaining Canal transition Photo by Armando De Gracia
Transition Management Manager Jaime A. Bocanegra briefs a group of about 52 alumni
from Dartmouth College and Cornell University on the Panama Canal transition process.
The briefing was given to members of the group as part of the activities during their stay in

Position vacancy list

SApplicants 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.
8:00 4:00 1/27 Tr.Ctr. 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.
8:00 4:00 1/29 Tr.Ctr. 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
8:00 4:00 1/30 Tr.Ctr. specialized experience at the second-lower level of the position.
For in-service actions other than promotions, modified qualifications will be used
8:00- 4:00 1/21 Tr.Ctr. whenever an applicant's background includes closely related experience providing the
8:00 4:00 1/28 Tr.Ctr. skills necessary for successful performance.
8:00 4:00 1/28 Tr.Ctr. Proof that applicant meets special requirements (such as swimming ability or possession
8:00 4:00 1/28 Tr.Ctr. 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
8:00 4:00 1/30 Tr.Ctr. with regulations.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical
8:00 4:00 2/2 Videocon. Resources Center, Building 38, Balboa.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch, at
11/2days 1/21 Gatun 272-3583
1 days 1/29 717Bal. '
Permanent positions Salaries Unit Location Vacancies
1/2 days 2/5 717Bal. General engineer, NM-13 1 2 $25.45/$33.08 Maritime Oper. P 1
Computer specialist, NM-11 13 $17.86/$23.22 Maritime Oper. P 1
Technical writer-editor, NM-I $17.86/$23.22 Locks P 1
(Bilingual. Swimming ability and
/2 days 1/12 Gatun civil driver's license required.)
11/2days 1/29 717Bal. Accountant, NM-10 4 $16.25/$21.13 Accounting P 1
Shipfitter, MG-10 $14.61/$17.04 Transit Rsrcs. A 1
Small craft operator, MG-08 '5 $7.51/$8.01 Envrmtl. Mgmt. A 1
8:00 4:00 1/16 717Bal. (Swimming ability and civil
driver's license required.)
Temporary Promotion (not to exceed one year)
8:00 11:45 1/16 717Bal. Supervisory computer $25.45/$33.08 Infor. Mgmt. P 1
specialist NM-13 '
Supervisory civil engineer, $21.40/$27.82 Engineering P 1
P1 days 2/5 717Bal. NM-12 16 (Knowledge of Spanish,
civil driver's license and
swimming ability required.)
SOnly PCC employees will be considered.

1 2 days

12 days
1 V2days

1/2 days

12 days

1 2 days

12 days

1 2 days

1/16 717Bal. 2 Must have a substantial background in the following engineering disciplines: industrial,
mechanical and electrical. Knowledge of planning and programming in capital budgeting
1/19 Gatun is required.
1/29 717Bal. 3 Knowledge of microcomputer programming in database management systems (e.g.
Foxpro, Visual Basic, Clipper or Oracle). Knowledge of network control software (e.g.
Novell) is required.
2/5 77Bal 4 Computer specialist knowledge is required.
5 A 24-hour on-call position. Motorboat operator's license to operate launches up to 26 feet
is required. In addition, must be able to obtain within 90 days a motorboat license to operate
launches up to 65 feet.
1/21 717Bal. 6Extensive background and experience in surveying, mapping and related fields is required.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

2/5 717Bal.

1/29 717Bal.

2/5 717Bal.

Aihninivtrator. Panama Canal Conmms.sion



Deptlt Admtinitrator

Manager. Public Relati MYRNA A. IGLESIAS
Acting EFditor
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permission by crediting the source. All material should be submitted by 11:45 a.m. Thursday of the week before publication or hb i 1:45 a.m.
Wednesday if thcre is a holiday during the week of publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are 56 hb regular mail. 54 hb regular mail for
students and $19 by airmail, Checks or money orders should he payable to the Panama (anal Commission. Call 272-3202 for further
information or write the Public Relations Division. Panama (anal Commission. l nit 2300. APO AA 3401 1-230( or Balboa Heights. Panama

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Canal continua siendo destino turistico

Por Susan Harp
Ya sea que se dirijan a recorrer
el mundo o que tengan itinerarios
menos ambiciosos, una colecci6n
impresionante de impecables
cruceros de lujo hacen del Canal de
Panama uno de los atractivos de
sus recorridos. La hist6rica via
acudtica, reconocida maravilla de
la ingenieria mundial, sigue siendo
un destino popular para los pasa-

jeros de cruceros, especialmente
en esta 6poca del aio en que aban-
donan los climas helados para
dirigirse hacia los calidos oc6anos
y cielos soleados. Ya sean
pequenos y exclusivos o impresio-
nantemente grandes, los cruceros
siempre ofrecen un excelente pan-
orama para los empleados del Ca-
nal, residentes de Panama y turistas,
al entrar a las esclusas, deslizarse

por el Corte Gaillard o destacarse
al pasar junto a las verdes orillas
del Lago Gatin. Esta pdgina
contiene fotos de s6lo algunos de
los barcos que han visitado el Ca-
nal recientemente, y muchos de
ellos podrin ser vistos pr6xima-
mente cuando retornen de sus
recorridos a trav6s del eslab6n quef
une a los dos oc6anos mas grandes
del mundo.

Nuevo crucero residente '
Arriba, el Cap. del "Grande Ca-
ribe" Michael Snyder, derecha, y el
Cap. Luther H. Blount, Presidente
de American Canadian Caribbean
Cruise Line, agencia que opera la
nave, aceptan una placa conmemo-
rativa del trdnsito inaugural de la
nave de manos de la Gerente de la
Division de Relaciones Plblicas,
Willie K. Friar. A la derecha, el
"Grande Caribe" entraa las Esclu-
sas de Pedro Miguel rumbo al Ocja-
noPacificodurante su trdnsitoinau-
gural por el Canal de Panamn. El
barco de 183 pies de largo y 40 pies
demangahard de Panamdsupuerto
sede, ofreciendo cruceros a Isla del
Rey, Contadora, San Bias y Daridn.
Fotos por Kevin Jenkins
I -.~

Recorriendo el mundo via Panamd
El "Rotterdam VI", arriba, representado en el Canal por C. Fernie & Co.,
y el "Queen Elizabeth 2", izquierda, representadoporC.B. Fenton, transitan
por el Corte Gaillard como parte de sus itinerarios alrededor del mundo.
Las orillas escalonadas del Cerro Hodges, parte delproyectopara ensanchar
el cauce del Corte, se observan detrds del nuevo "Rotterdam VI", quepag6
mds de $126,000 en peajes. Otros barcos que transitaron recientemente
incluyeron al "Brasil", "Maasdam", "Norwegian Dynasty", "Seaborne
Pride" y "Zenith ". Fotos por Jaime Yau y Kevin Jenkins

Barco frances transita el Canal hacia Tahiti

Por Susan Harp
Cuando el artista francs del Post-
Impresionismo, Paul Gauguin, visit6
Panamaen 1887, era unpintordesco-
nocido y pobre que buscaba una
vida sencilla en un paraiso tropical.
Porel contrario, al encontrarse con el
proyecto de laconstrucci6n del canal
frances al borde del fracaso, perma-
neci6 en el Istmo s6lo dos meses y
eventualmente viaj6 mds al oeste
para establecerse en Tahiti y las Islas
Marquesas, d6nde falleci6 en 1903
sinserdescubierto. ,Sehabnraimagi-
nado alguna vez que mis de un siglo
despu6s de su visita a Panama, un
lujoso crucero que Ileva su ahora
famoso nombre, transitarfa el igual
famoso Canal de Panama con desti no
a Tahiti?
ElPaul Gauguin lleg6 a Panama
el Dia de Navidad en su crucero
inaugural de 16 dias entre Ft. Lau-
derdale, Florida y San Diego, Cali-
fornia. Antes de salir de Florida, la
nave fue bautizada por sus duefios
franceses Services et Transports,
ante la presencia de la invitada
Maria Gauguin, bisnieta del artista.
Todos los 160camarotes del crucero

de 513 pies de largo por 71 de
manga fueron reservados para el
viaje inaugural organizado por
Radisson Seven Seas, compafifaque
ha contratado al Paul Gauguin
como su quinto crucero.
Disefiadocon un amplio radio de
espacio por hu6sped, el crucero de
lujo fue construido por Chantiers de
l'Atlantique en Francia y es la finica
nave ultralujosaconstruida en 1997.
Incluye una marina retractable que
cuenta con un equipo deportivo
completo; un gimnasio de la reco-
nocida mundial mente Carita de Paris;
y cocina disefiada por el cocinero
Michelin dos estrellas, Jean-Pierre
Vigato, dueflo del restaurante Apicus
de Paris. Imitando el origen de su
nombre, el Paul Gauguin tomard
Tahiti como su puerto sede a finales
de enero y ofrecera cruceros de 7
noches a las islas y atolones cerca-
noscon nombresex6ticos como Bora
Bora, Rangiroa y Moorea.
El tamaiio pequefio del barco y el
bajo calado de 17 pies le permite na-
vegarpor laslagunaspocoprofundas
y cauces angostos de la Polinesia
francesa. La plataforma de deportes

Rumbo a Tahiti Foto por Dilsia Alleyne
El "Paul Gauguin "pasa porlas Esclusas de Miraflores durante su transit inaugural por el Canal de Panami.
La nave de banderafrancesa se dirige a Tahiti, donde ofrecerd exclusivos cruceros de lujo. Representada en
el Canal por C.B. Fenton, la nave pag6 $38,273.46 en peaje.

acuiticos ofrece acceso al mar a los
hu6spedes, donde pueden deslizarse
en tablas con vela, usar cayucos,
veleros, esquiar en el agua o bucear.
Oradores invitados ofreceran infor-

maci6n sobre la historia y ecologia
de sus alrededores, y los pasajeros
podran probar su suerte en el casino
o disfrutar de presentaciones fol-
cl6ricas que muestran el arte de las

islas. O si prefieren, pueden tan solo
relajarse y disfrutardel mismopaisa-
je que inspire al Padre del Movi-
miento Primitivista-Simb6lico, Paul

Pigina 2


Viemes 16 de enero de 1998

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Designan nuevo Inspector General

Por Susan Harp
El Subinspector General, Victor Dia-
mond, asumi6 el cargo de Inspector General
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama el 4 de
enero. Diamond llena la posici6n que ocup6
previamente William C. Forbes, quien se
jubil6 este mes luego de servir al Canal
durante 19 afios. Diamond se uni6 a la
Comisi6n en agosto de 1996, trayendo
consigo mas de 20 afos de experiencia
financiera y de administraci6n general en el
sector privado de Panama. Fue gerente de
auditoria con la firma de contabilidad Price
Waterhouse, antes de convertirse en gerente
de finanzas y luego gerente general de un
contratista de aires acondicionados. Luego
trabaj6 como gerente de finanzas para Ge-
neral Mills de Panama durante siete afios.
Cuenta con una licenciatura en conta-
bilidad de la Universidad de Panama y es
contador piblico autorizado y miembro del
Colegio de Contadores Pdblicos Autorizados
de Panama. A trav6s de los afios, Diamond ha
estado muy activo en la comunidad comercial

de Panama, sirviendo como miembro de la
junta directiva de la Cimara Panamefia de la
Construcci6n entre 1980 y 1989. Tambi6n
fungi6 como tesorero de la camara la mayor
parte de ese tiempo. En 1984, recibi6 el
premio William A. Ross de la camara por su
servicio distinguido a la industria de la
construcci6n. En 1993 tambi6n recibi6 la
medalla Pedro Boyd Galindo por su trabajo
sobresaliente con laAsociaci6n Panameia de
Ejecutivos de Empresa, organizaci6n a la que
adn pertenece y de la cual fue tesorero en la
junta directiva de 1984 a 1986.
Diamond asumi6 el puesto de Subinspec-
tor General en enero de 1997. Como Inspector
General, se encarga de promover la economfa,
eficiencia y eficacia y de prevenir y detectar el
fraude, despilfarro y abuso en las operaciones
del Canal. Con respecto a la transferencia de la
responsabilidad de auditoria del Canal a
Panama el 31 de diciembre de 1999, resalt6 la
importancia de haber logrado la adopci6n del
concepto de inspectorgeneral en laley organica
de la Autoridad del Canal de Panama.

Reunidn ticnica Foto por Jaime Yau
El representante de Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Hideo Fujita, de pie, explica afuncionarios de
la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd detalles de la construccidn de 26 nuevas locomotoras de las
esclusas, durante una reunion realizada recieniemente en la sala de conferencias de las Esclusas
de Pedro Miguel. Los detalles del contrato y las caracteristicas del diseho de las locomotoras
estuvieron entre los ternas principales discutidos en la reunion, que tambien incluy6 visitas de
campo a las esclusas de Gatun y Miraflores para recolectar datos para los estudios previos al
diseiio. La Comisidn y la Mitsubishifirmaron un contrato multianualpara la construccidn de
las nuevas locomotoraspara aumentar laflota del Canal como parte del programa acelerado
de mejoras a la via acudtica, en el cual Kawasaki serd subcontratista. Desde la izquierda estdn
Rolando Josephs y DonaldMcKeon delRamo de Mecdnica de la Divisidn de Ingenieria; Fujita;
Jests Saiz, del Ramo de Especificaciones y Presupuestos de la Divisidn de Ingenieria; Abdiel
Perez, representante del oficial de contratos del Departamento de Operaciones Maritimas; y
Patricia de Baquero, de la Divisi6n de Contratos.

Tome nota

Desde el 5 de enero, la puerta de
Abriendo las compuertas Albrook est6 abierta al trafico vehicu-
El senador estadounidense Trent Lott, larde5a9a.m.yde 2 a6p.m. delunes
representante de Mississippi, gira una mani- a viernes, excepto los dias feriados.
velapara abrir una compuerta de las Esclusas
de Miraflores durante una visita reciente al La nave de adiestramiento de la
Canal de Panamd. El Administrador de la AcademiaMaritimadeMassachussetts,
Comisi6n, AlbertoAlemdnZubieta, izquierda, Patriot State, transitara por el Canal
elprimeroperadorde casetade control, Arturo de Panama el domingo 18 de enero y
Lloyd y Franki Roberts, derecha, esposa del atracara en la Estaci6n Naval de Rod-
Senador de Kansas, Pat Roberts, observan. man. Unos30egresadosdelaacade-
Durante su reciente visita a Panamd, Lott y el mia actualmente laboran en Operacio-
grupo de senadores que lo acompafil para nes Maritimas del Canal, ydiez cade-
analizar temas bilaterales con funcionarios tes de la Escuela Nautica de Panama
panamehios, observaron de cerca las opera- se unirdn al barco durante su actual
ciones del Canal. viaje. El PatriotStateabrira al piblico
el 20 y 21 de enero de 1 a 5 p.m. para
Foto por Armando De Gracia todos los empleados de la Comisi6n.

Comisi6n realiza esfuerzos para aplazar restricciones de calado

Para seguir garantizando el transito seguro y expedito
de las naves de un oc6ano al otro a trav6s del istmo de
Panama, la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama actualmente
trabaja arduamente para aplazar las restricciones de calado
proyectadas durante la temporada seca.
Una restricci6n de calado se hace necesaria cuando
disminuye la cantidad de agua, y por tanto, la profundidad
del cauce del Canal. Un cauce menos profundo trae como
consecuencia que ciertas naves tengan que reducir su
calado, es decir, la profundidad a la que se extiende el casco
de la nave bajo la superficie del agua, disminuyendo la
cantidad de carga que llevan.
Debido a la temporada extraordinariamente seca causada
por el fen6meno climatico de El Niflo, la agencia realiza
esfuerzos para mantener los niveles de agua de los lagos
Madden y Gatuin. Porejemplo, el Lago Madden tiene un nivel
miximo de 252 pies, pero actualmente se encuentra a 234 pies
y se espera que siga cayendo. La Comisi6n del Canal de
PanamA ha respondido ante la situaci6n tomando medidas
agresivas para conservar el agua con que cuenta el Canal.
Uno de los beneficios secundarios mas importantes que
genera el agua es la energia hidroel6ctrica. Aunque la
energia hidroel6ctrica no es la dnica fuente de energia del
Canal, constituye un recurso considerable para la Comisi6n
del Canal y Areas aledafias, entre ellas Anc6n, Paraiso,
Pedro Miguel, Gatin y las bases militares estadounidenses.

Cuando no hay agua suficiente como para generar la
energia hidroel6ctrica necesaria, el Canal debe utilizar
otras fuentes, principalmente diesel, para operar turbinas
de combusti6n. Esta generaci6n termal de energia es
mucho mas costosa que la generaci6n hidroel6ctrica. Para
conservar agua, la Divisi6n El6ctrica ha estado utilizando
turbinas de combustion.
El Despachador Supervisor de Electricidad, John Coffey,
explic6 la importancia de proveer energia el6ctrica a las
esclusas para garantizar la operaci6n continua y segura del
Canal. "Cada poquito ayuda", dice Coffey al referirse a la
necesidad de que los usuarios de energia de la Comisi6n
ahorren electricidad. Aunque se han torado medidas para
mantener los niveles de agua de los lagos, existe una gran
necesidad de concientizar sobre el ahorro de energia y agua
en casa y el trabajo para evitar los apagones programados.
Como el fen6meno de El Nifio claramente ha recordado a
los funcionarios del Canal, el abastacimiento de agua en la
cuenca no esta siempre asegurado.
Las siguientes medidas de conservaci6n pueden ayudar
a los empleados del Canal y sus familiares a sobrellevar
esta 6poca de escasez de agua.
Riegue el jardin de noche o muy temprano en la
mariana para evitar la evaporaci6n instantanea.
Instale una pistola en la manguera del jardin para
controlar el desperdicio de agua.

Utilice un cubo en vez de.una manguera para lavar su
No permita que los nifios jueguen con agua.
Tome duchas cortas en lugar de bafios de tina.
No deje el agua correr al cepillarse los dientes o fregar.
La energia solar es gratuita, asi que utilicela lo mas que
pueda. S61o encienda luces el6ctricas cuando comience a
Apague luces y aparatos el6ctricos que no est6n en uso.
Instale luces fluorescentes en lugar de incandescentes,
porque consumen menos energia.
Intente planchar toda su ropa a la vez y desconecte la
plancha si recibe una llamada o visitas. Ademas de ahorrar
energia, esto evitara accidentes.
Instale cortinas o vidrios ahumados en sus ventanas para
disminuir el calor del sol.
Mantenga las puertas y ventanas cerradas cuando utilice el
aire acondicionado y mant6ngalo a una temperatura razonable.
Evite abrir constantemente el refrigerador para reducir la
p6rdida de energfa.
Las lavadoras y secadoras pueden consumir mucha
energia, especialmente si utiliza agua caliente. Es mejor lavar
una tanda llena de ropa un par de veces a la semana, o cuando
sea necesario, que lavar poca ropa todos los dias.
Si tiene un calentador de agua el6ctrico, enci6ndalo
media hora antes de ducharse y apAguelo en cuanto termine.

Pagina 3

Soillwav del Canal de Panama

Viernes 16 de enero de 1998

Empleada se jubila tras 21 afos

de servicio a organizaci6n canalera

Por Teresa Arosemena
Los empleados de la Divisi6n de Apoyo
a Operaciones de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama recientemente homenajearon con
un desayuno sorpresa a la Oficial de
Presupuesto Gloria C. Russell, quien sejubil6
tras una carrera de 21 afios con la agencia
canalera. La carrera de Russell se destac6
especialmente por su actitud positiva, su
valor y determinaci6n propia, caracteristicas
que le ayudaron a sobrepasar sus limitaciones
fisicas y ganarse la admiraci6n y respeto de
sus colegas y supervisores.
En 1957, durante su segundo afio en la
Universidad del Pacifico en Stockton, Cali-
fornia, Russell acept6 ser vacunada con la
entonces nueva vacuna Salk. La vacuna era
administrada a los estudiantes en general
como parte de un programa a nivel nacional
para eliminar el polio. Dos semanas despu6s
de ser vacunada, Russell desarroll6 el
syndrome Guillain-Barre y qued6 paralizada
de la cintura para abajo.
Sin embargo, estar impedida fisicamen-
te no la detuvo en su afan de seguir una
carrera profesional. De vuelta en PanamA y
luego de una terapia fisica intensiva, y
motivada por su deseo de ser independiente,
decidi6 buscar trabajo en una 6poca en la que
no se concebia la idea de contratar a perso-
nas impedidas. Russell fue contratada en

1965 por la Middle America Research Unit
(MARU). Luego se uni6 a la organizaci6n
canalera en 1976 como analista de presu-
puesto con la antigua Direcci6n de Asuntos
Civiles en la Divisi6n de Bomberos. Mis
tarde se transfiri6 a la Divisi6n de Apoyo
Logistico, bajo la antigua Direcci6n de
Servicios Generales, donde trabaj6 hasta la
reorganizaci6n de la Comisi6n en 1997,
cuando su posici6n fue trasladada a la
Divisi6n de Apoyo de Operaciones.
Russell se refiere carifiosamente a sus
colegas diciendo: "Recibf un apoyo total de
todos ellos", y afiade que su exsupervisor, el
Oficial de Presupuesto Louis Reyes, organiz6
en 1983 la compra de su primera silla de
ruedas el6ctrica por la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama. "Recuerdo los largospasillos en
el Edificio 729. Hubiera sido pricticamente
imposible recorrerlos sin esa silla", dice
Uno de los puntos sobresalientes de su
carrera fue su nominaci6n por la Comisi6n
parael Premio al Empleado Federal Impedido
Sobresaliente en 1984. En reconocimiento
por su nominaci6n, recibi6 un certificado de
la Oficina de Administraci6n de Personal
(OPM) firmado por el entonces Presidente
de los Estados Unidos, Ronald Reagan, y un
Premio de Igualdad de Oportunidades de la
Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA por sus logros

personales y profesionales al promover la
igualdad de oportunidades.
A trav6s de los afios, Russell ha luchado
activamente para aumentar la concientizaci6n
de la comunidad sobre los problemas que
confrontan las personas con impedimentos y
ha escrito varias cartas a la Alcaldia de la
Ciudad de Panama solicitando la instalaci6n
de mas rampas de acceso y comodidades para
las personas impedidas. "Realmente he visto
una mejoria en este sentido", dice.
Al preguntarle sobre su experiencia en el
Canal, Russell dice: "Como Oficial de Pre-
supuesto me di cuenta de que este puesto
conlleva bastante responsabilidad. Aprendi

Fiesta de despedida
El Gerente de la Divisi6n
deApoyoa Operaciones,
Enrique B. Mdrquez
coloca un corsage a la
Oficial de Presupuesto
Gloria Russell durante
un desayuno sorpresa
ofrecido para celebrar
sus 21 aiios de servicio
al Canal de Panamd. El
Especialista de Admi-
Snistracidn de Inventa-
rios y empleado del Ca-
nal con mds afios de
servicio, CecilF. Haynes,

Foto por Jaime Yau

mucho sobre presupuesto porque tuve buenos
supervisores y disfrut6mi trabajo al maximo".
Russell agradece el apoyo que recibi6 de sus
colegas a trav6s de los afios, especialmente de
la Oficial de Presupuesto de Seguridad
Ocupacional, Medio Ambiente y Seguridad
del Canal, Viodelda Miller y del Gerente de la
Divisi6n de Apoyo a Operaciones, Enrique
B. Marquez, con quienes trabaj6 durante los
dltimos su carrera canalera.
Ahora que se hajubilado, Russell planea
dedicar mas tiempo a sus trabajos como
voluntaria y a sus responsabilidades como
secretaria de la Sociedad de Amigos del Museo
Afroantillano de Panama (SAMAAP).

Empleados del Aio
Doscientos diez empleados de diferentes
ramos de la Divisidn de Mantenimiento de
la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd que
sobresalieron en la realizaci6n de sus
tareas durante el aiio, recibieron el
"Premio al Empleado del Aio ". La
ceremonia se realize en el auditorio de la
Escuela Secundaria de Balboa, y
asistieron el Administrador, Alberto
Alemdn Zubieta; el Jefe de Finanzas,
Ricaurte Vdsquez; el Director de
Ingenieria y Servicios Industriales, Tom
Drohan; el Gerente de la Divisidn de
Mantenimiento, Ernst Schnack; el Gerente
de la Divisi6n de Contratos, Enrique
Sdnchez y varios otrosfuncionarios,
quienes tambiMn entregaron los premios.

Foto por Jaime Yau

Programan actividades deportivas de verano

El ejercicio mejora la salud, reduce el
impacto del estr6s en su vida y es vital para
el control de peso. Tambi6n cambia la forma
en que su cuerpo utiliza la comida y
contribuye a su buen acondicionamiento. El
Ramo para el Acondicionamiento Fisico del
empleado ha programado las siguientes
actividades durante las pr6ximas semanas
para promover el ejercicio.
El Centro Deportivo de Balboa organiza
una serie de torneos que incluyen billar de
mujeres y hombres y tenis de mesa y un
programa de verano (gimnasia y clases de
nataci6n para niiios y adolescentes) que
comienza el 19 de enero. Las inscripciones
para estas actividades ya estan abiertas.
Para mAs informaci6n sobre las inscrip-
ciones y fechas de las actividades, llame al
El Gimnasio de Balboa ha programado
un torneo de racquetball para mujeres el 2 de
febrero. Las inscripciones para esta actividad

cierran el 23 de enero. Adn estan abiertas las
inscripciones parala liga mixta de bola suave
que comienza el 26 de enero.
El Centro Deportivo de Diablo esta
ofreciendo clases de tenis para adultos, clases
de caminata y un programa de verano. El
Centro Deportivo de Gamboa ha programado
un torneo de tenis que comienza el 16 de
febrero. Las inscripciones cierran el 13 de
febrero. Para mas informaci6n, Ilame al
Centro Deportivo de Diablo al 272-6827 y al
Centro Deportivo de Gamboa al 276-6274.
Las inscripciones para las clases de tenis
para principiantes en el Centro Deportivo de
Gattn cierran hoy, y las clases comienzan el
30 de enero. Tambi6n se organiz6 un torneo
de tenis para personas de 30 afios o mas,
iniciando el 2 de febrero y las inscripciones
abren hasta ese dia. Llame al Centro
Deportivo de Gatdn al 443-5242.
El Centro Deportivo de Margarita esta
organizando dos toreos de billar para el 9 y

26 de febrero. Las inscripciones abren hasta
el 23 de enero y 13 de febrero, respecti-
vamente. Este centro tambi6n tendra un
torneo de tenis de mesa el 27 de febrero con
inscripciones hasta el 23 de febrero. Para
mas detalles, Ilame al 443-7300.
El Centro Juvenil de Gatdn ha organizado
diversas actividades para niiios, adolescentes
y adultos. Tambi6n ofrecera diferentes
sesiones de cursos introductorios de
computadores desde enero hasta marzo. Para
mas detalles, llame al 443-5353.
Las piscinas de Balboa, Los Rios y
Gatdn han programado diferentes cursos
sobre seguridad acuatica, t6cnicas de
rescate y otras actividades. Para mayor
informaci6n, Ilame a la piscina de Balboa
al 272-5493; la piscina Los Rios al 272-
6417; la piscina de Gatin al 443-5233; o la
piscina de Margarita al 443-7229. La
piscina de Albrook abrira pronto, asf que
est6 atento a los anuncios especiales.

Piaina 4&

Tome nota

Las estaciones de expendio de
las calcomanias de revisado vehicu-
lar para 1998 abrieron en el Ramo de
Operaciones de Transporte en am-
bos lados del Istmo hasta el 31 de
marzo. Los empleados de la Comi-
si6n del Canal de Panama y emplea-
dos estadounidenses y jubilados del
ej6rcito de los Estados Unidos podran
utilizar estos centros. Cada revisado
cuesta $10, y los duehos de los autos
deberan mostrar su identificaci6n,
revisado de 1997y papeles de registro
vehicular. La estaci6n de revisado
de Anc6n abre de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. de
martes a viernes y de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m.
los sibados, y los conductores
deberan usar la entrada trasera en
Calle Curund0. La estaci6n de Mount
Hope abre de 9 a.m. a 2 p.m. s6lo los
viernes, y los usuarios deben entrar
por Calle St. Kitts.

I U6111U 7 - -

Vieres 16 de enero de 1998

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Prdctica de "Legado" Foto por Hermenegildo Zaldivar S.
El actory director Danny Calden, izquierda, dramatiza un poema sobre los afroantillanos
participando en la construccidn del Canal de Panamd, con la ayuda del percusionista
Domingo Muiioz y el mural de un pintor de principios de siglo, durante una prdctica de la
produccidn teatral "Legado".

Esfuerzoscomunitariosde empleado

seran extranados por companeros

Drama musical resalta cultura

Ki y contribuciones afroantillanas

Por Susan Harp
"Legado", una vistosa producci6n Ilena
de mdsica y arte, se presentara en Panama en
el Teatro Balboa a fines de enero. La
presentaci6n es una adaptaci6n de una
colecci6n de poemas sobre la cultura
afroantillanaen Panama, escrita por el primer
guardia de seguridad de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama, Melvin Brown.
Brown explica que sus poemas, publica-
dos bajo el mismo nombre de la obra, son
una influencia de la historia oral tradicional
de los africanos, traidos al Caribe como
esclavos y cuyos hijos libres emigraron a
Panama para trabajar en la construcci6n del
Canal de Panama. Brown dice que sus
abuelos mantuvieron viva en 61 la tradici6n
oral, contindole historias sobre las expe-
riencias de sus padres y las suyas y lo
inspiraron a escribir sobre ellas en verso.
Dirigida por Danny Calden, "Legado"
despliega los talentos no s6lo de Brown,
quienesel directorejecutivo de laproducci6n,
sino tambi6n del profesor de misica Leslie R.
George, el profesor de arte Hermenegildo
Zaldivar S. y el soci6logo Manuel Calder6n
Pimentel. Unos 15 j6venes dramatizaron los
poemas con un acompafiamiento de percusi6n
que evolucionadel calipso al blues,jazz y rap.

Ladramatizaci6n conservalos sentimientos
y sabores de una mezcla tnica de la cultural
africana-caribelia-panamefia. Luciendo
vistosos trajes, los actores cantan o recitan
Ifricas al ritmo de unapercusi6n que variapara
reflejar el ambiente. Un fondo de pinturas en
tamaio mural muestran lahistoria visual de los
cambios en la cultura negra, desde las batas en
rojo vivo y los sombreros de plumas de los
guerreros africanos, hasta los conservadores
trajes oscuros e impecables camisas blancas
de los trabajadores del siglo 20. Los temas
bilingues van desdeunadescripci6ndelavida
en un barrio pobre hasta la experiencia de los
trabajadores afroantillanos en el Canal.
La producci6n tambi6n es parte de un
esfuerzo organizado para brindar a la
comunidad la oportunidad de participar en
actividades culturales. Brown explica que
varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro
apoyan los proyectos culturales como este
para promover el desarrollo social en
Panama, y se brinda una oportunidad a la
audiencia de discutir sus reacciones e ideas
con los actores al final de la presentaci6n.
Las presentaciones seran el 30 y 31 de enero
a las 8 p.m. en el Teatro Balboa, con un
refrigerio desde las 7 p.m.

Por Yira A. Flores
Siempre es agradable ser recordado por
amigos y compafieros de trabajo por las buenas
obras. Aunque el residente del Atlantico,
F61ix Modestin, sejubil6 recientemente de su
puesto como Inspector de la Divisi6n de
Seguridad del Canal, muchos lo recordarin
por sus contribuciones a la comunidad y a sus
compaferos de trabajo.
Modestin se uni6 ala organizaci6n canalera
en 1966 como guardia de detenciones con la
antigua Divisi6n de Policia de la Zona del
Canal en Crist6bal. A trav6s de los afos
el deJefeAsistentedelRamo Atlantico. Expli-
cando que la buena disposici6n de Modestin
lo ayud6 a construir una red fantistica con
personal dediferentes unidadesen el Atlantico,
el Jefe del Ramo del Atlantico de la Divisi6n
de Seguridad del Canal, Arthur T. Malcolm,
dice que fue fascinante ver la facilidad con
quedesempefiabasus funciones. "Sus contac-
tos hicieron mas facil el trabajo de todos",
dice, afiadiendo que extrafiar6 a Modestin en
la oficina. Recordando las diferentes ocasio-
nes en que Modestin lo apoy6 en el trabajo, el
guardiade seguridad Porfirio Williams agrega:
"Es un mentor y un ejemplo a seguir".
Jugadorentusiasta de bola suave, Modestin
fungi6 como capitan del equipo de bola suave
de la Divisi6n de Protecci6n del Canal y como
presidente de la liga divisional de bola suave
del Atlintico durante seis aios. "Siempreesta-
ba pendiente de la moral y bienestar de sus co-
legas y siempre promovia actividades extracu-
rriculares para mejorarlos", dice Malcolm.
Muchasde las actividades extracurriculares
de Modestin incluyen ser miembro de la"Banda
de Cornetas y Tambores" del Cuerpo de Bom-
beros de Col6n, a la cual se uni6 en 1955.
Desde 1994, ha estado a cargo de la secci6n de
tambores y cornetas de la banda con el rango de
teniente. Durante sus afios con la banda de los
bomberos, ha recibido varias distinciones que
incluyen una medalla de plata en 1980 por 25
afiosde servicio, lamedalladeoroComandante

Julio A. Salas en 1992, y la medalla de oro
Mayor Gilberto Sollas en 1997. El afio pasado,
Modestin march6 con la banda por la Avenida
Franklin durante un desfile organizado por la
comunidad panamefa en Nueva York para
conmemorar la independencia de Panama.
Modestin ha aplicado su experiencia
trabajando para la comunidad al administrar
el equipo juvenil de f6tbol americano de
Margarita y como capitAn del equipo de bola
suave de la Banda de Cornetas y Tambores
durante 10 aios. Por muchos afios, Modestin
tambi6n fue miembro del antiguo Club
Juventud Francesa, un club fundado por los
descendientes de ciudadanos francoantillanos
para mantener su legado y promover sus
costumbres. Sus padres, Joseph F. Modestin
y Marie Hyatt Modestin, llegaron al istmo de
Panama en 1907, durante la 6poca de la
construcci6n del Canal y su padre trabaj6
para el Canal durante muchos afios. Modestin
fue presidente del club durante cinco afios y
fue honrado en 1975 por sus contribuciones a
la organizaci6n. Durante su t6rmino se
realizaron varias actividades de caridad,
incluyendo la entrega de una canastilla al
primer nifio nacido en el Hospital Amador
Guerrero en Col6n el 14 de julio, Dia de la
Toma de la Bastilla.
Mas recientemente, Modestin entr6 a
formar parte de un comit6 formado por
empleados del Atlantico para ayudar a los
empleados de la Comisi6n que sufren de
enfermedades que amenazan sus vidas. El
comit6 ha realizado varias actividades y
actualmente recoge fondos para ayudar a
cubrir los gastos de un transplante de rifi6n
para un excompafiero de trabajo.
Al preguntarle sobre sus planes futuros
dijo que, "Por ahora planeo seguir trabajando
con la banda de los bomberos y usar parte de
mi tiempo libreparajugartenis". Afiadeque
tambi6n estard disponible para continuar
apoyando a sus excompafieros de trabajo en
cualquier cosa que necesiten.

Jubilacidn bien merecida Foto por Alfredo Ryan
Elantiguo Inspector de la Division de Protecci6n del Canal, Filix Modestin, quien sejubild
recientemente luego de mds de 30 ahos de servicio al Canal, toma un minuto de su trabajo
para estafoto, tomada unos dias antes de sujubilacidn. Modestin, un entusiasta promotor
de actividades extracurriculares y comunitarias, siempre buscdformas de elevar la moral
de sus compaieros de trabajo.

Actividades locales

Carrera de cayucos
La 45o. Carrera de Cayucos de Oc6ano a
Oc6ano de los Exploradores de Amdrica sera
del 3 al 5 de abril. La actividad estaradprecedida
por una regata el 14 de marzo en Gamboa. La
reuni6n general y el plazo para tomar la
prueba de nataci6n sera el 3 de febrero, con
otra reuni6n general el 17 de febrero. El plazo
para inscribirse y enviartodos los documentos
en la categoria de botes que compiten por
parches vence el 24 de febrero, mientras que
el 3 de marzo vencerd el plazo para entregar
los documentos en la categorfa de botes que
compiten por trofeo y se realizara una reuni6n
final obligatoria ese mismo dia. Todas las
reuniones serin en la cafeteria del Primer
Ciclo de Curundd a las 7:15 p.m. Para mas
informaci6n Ilame a Rick Williams al 272-
6839 despu6s de las 6 p.m.

Drama musical "Legado"
La Asociaci6n Integraci6n Cultural de
Panama presentarA "Legado", una dramatiza-
ci6n bailada sobre la historiade los trabajadores
antillanos que ayudaron aconstruirel Canal de
Panama. La producci6n presenta bailes, poesia,
pintura y varios estilos musicales, incluyendo
el jazz, calipso, blues y rap para dar vida a la
herencia antillana. Se presentard el 30 y 31 de
encro en el Teatro Balboa, y se servira un
refrigerio desde las 7 p.m. Los boletos cuestan
$10 y $15. Para mas informaci6n, Ilame a
Melvin Brown al 195-1195 6 613-0861.

La Nova Southeastern University estara
ofreciendo distintos programas durante cl
pr6ximo periodo, que incluyen Hospitalidad,
Servicio al Cliente y Administraci6n Profe-
sional. Elplazoparahacersolicitudesvencecl
27 de febrero. Llame al 272-2494 6 272-2071
para mas informaci6n sobre los programas.

Pigina 5

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 16 de enero de 1998

Empleado rescata a marino que cayo en camara de esclusas

Por Yira A. Flores
La ripida reacci6n del pasacables de la
Divisi6n de Esclusas, Rojenix Montenegro,
evit6 una tragedia en las Esclusas de Gattin
recientemente, cuando rescat6 a un marino
que cay6 por la borda dentro de una cimara
de la via este de las esclusas al transitar hacia
el sur como parte de la tripulaci6n del yate
Moby Dick.
Alrededorde las 11 a.m. el diadel incidente,
tres yates, incluyendo al Moby Dick, y un
buque roll-on/roll-offque llevabaautom6viles
estaban dentro de una cimara en un trinsito
consecutivo. Montenegro, quien estaba parado
en el muro central, arroj6 una linea al marino a
bordo del Moby Dick, que estaba dentro de la
primera cnimara, para prepararlo para el es-
clusaje. Cuando el marino vio la linea, corri6
para atraparla pero se tropez6 con el borde del
yate, cayendo de espaldas al agua.
Montenegro dice que la situaci6n se com-
plic6 ain mis por el hecho de que el marino,
que no eraempleado de la Comisi6n, no lleva-
basalvavidas y, al momento del accidiente, la
nave en frente de los yates encendi6 los
motores preparindose paraavanzara la camara
central. "La corriente creada por los motores
estaba halando al hombre hacia afuera de la
camara y haeia las aguas del Oc6ano Atlin-
tico", explica Montenegro.
Montenegro sabia que si saltaba al agua
para agarrarlo, la corriente lo halaria a 61
tambi6n. Sin pensarlo una segunda vez, y
luego de notar que todo el mundo estaba

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Reconocen accidn especial Foto por Alfredo Ryan
La Superintendente de las Esclusas de Gattin, Noris Ldpez, entrega un premio inmediato
y un certificado alpasacables Rojenix Montenegro por salvar la vidade un marino que cay6
por la borda dentro de una cdmara de las esclusas, al transitar a bordo del yate "Moby
Dick". El Supervisor Interino de Operaciones Ricardo Alleyne observa.

petri ficado por la escena, Montenegro le tir6
otra linea al marino para que se pudiese
agarrar. Cuando el hombre finalmente pudo
agarrar la linea, Montenegro comenz6 a
halarlo hacia el muro central. "Tenia que
pelear contra la corriente y 61 estaba pesado,

pero de alguna forma encontr6 la fuerza para
seguir halandolo", afiade.
Montenegro continu6 haldndolo hasta
que el hombre alcanz6 una escalera de emer-
gencia en el muro de la camara. Una vez a
salvo, Montenegro pidi6 al ayudante sobre

cubierta en el yate que le tirara un salvavidas
y luego este procedi6 a halarlo hacia el yate.
"El resto de la tripulaci6n del Moby Dick no
se enter6 de lo sucedido hasta que ya todo
habia pasado", dice Montenegro.
Una vez en lacubierta del yate, el hombre
le agradeci6 a Montenegro por salvarle la
vida. "Senti que habian pasado horas, pero
todo ocurri6 en un par de minutos. Imagino
que 61 estaba nervioso, igual-que yo", dice
Montenegro al explicar que era la primera
vez que habia estado involucrado en una
situaci6n como 6sta.
El Maestre de Esclusas de Gatdn, Javier
Palma, presenci6 laescena, y luegode hacerle
un par de preguntas a Montenegro, redact6 un
informe sobre el incidente. Palma tambi6n
recomend6 a Montenegro para un premio
inmediato por su valiente acci6n al rescatar al
marino. Montenegro dice que despuds de que
todo habia pasado, sus compafieros de trabajo
lo felicitaron. "Gracias a Dios que todo sali6
bien", dice, al explicar que todavia estaba
nervioso cuando llam6 a su mama y a su
esposa para contarles sobre el incidente. "Me
dijeron que estaban muy orgullosas de m"',
dice, afiadiendo que, "Tom6 una decisi6n en
el momento y actu6 espontineamente sin
pensar que iba a ser recompensado por ello".
La Superintendente de las Esclusas de Ga-
ttin, Noris L6pez, felicit6 a Montenegro por su
acci6n y le entreg6 un premio inmediato y un
certificado de agradecimiento, el cual dice
orgulloso que enmarcard para tenerlo en casa.

Divisi6n de Seguridad alerta sobre

peligros en areas de ensanche del Corte

Debido a un aumento en las actividades
peligrosas vinculadas al programa de ensanche
del Corte Gaillard, se han identificado ciertas
dreas como zonas peligrosas y por lo tanto se
han declarado "prohibidas" para todos, excep-
to aquellos que est6n directamente involucra-
dos en las operaciones.
SeestAn construyendoy reparandocalles,
desplegando equipo pesado yhaciendo vola-
duras en ambas orillas del Canal. Todas las
divisiones que no est6n cubiertas por el Plan
de Procedimientos para Voladuras y deban
colocar personal y/otrabajar dentro de las zo-
nas de peligro, deben contactar al Especialista
deContratos indicado (Divisi6n de Construc-
ci6n) al 272-3517. Tambi6n deben Ilamara la
oficina de campo de la Divisi6n de Dragado
al 276-6691 para mis informaci6n sobre el
horario de las voladuras (incluyendo ubica-
ci6n y hora de la explosi6n), permisos para
utilizar un sistema aprobado de comunicaci6n
por radio y autorizaci6n para el personal o
actividad que vaya a desarrollarse en el area.

accidentes. Si tiene preguntas sobre esta alerta
de seguridad, llame al Especialistaen Seguridad
de Explosivos de la Comisi6n, Rail Gonzalez,
al 276-6675, buscapersonas 1747.

Adiestramiento anual
El Ayudante de Remolcadores de la Comisidn
del Canalde Panamd, Vasco Saldahia, izquier-
da, explica el procedimiento para operar un
remolcador a cadetes de segundo afio de la
Escuela Ndutica de Panamd a bordo del
"Guia". La visita formd parte del adiestra-
miento anual que reciben cadetes de primer y
segundo ailo en varias instalaciones del Ca-
nal. Otras actividades que se hanprogramado
para los cadetes incluyen prdcticas con el
simulador de navegacidn de la Unidad de
Adiestramiento Maritimo, trdnsitos por el
Canal y clases de ingls y resucitacidn cardio-
pulmonar, entre otras.
Foto por Jaime Yau

Clase graduanda

Los egresados del Programa de Ingles
Intensivo posan frente al Centro de Adies-
tramiento del Canal de Panamad poco antes
de su graduaci6n el mes pasado. Sesenta
aprendices del Ramo de Adiestramiento In-
dustrial se graduaron de este curso durante
el aio fiscal 1997. El Instructor de Idiomas,
Christopher McLean, extrema derecha,
coordin6 el curso, que incluy6 la imple-
mentacidn de un Programa Computarizado
para el Aprendizaje de Idiomas (CALL).

Foto por Jaime Yau

Pigina 6

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Cinco operadores de Divisi6n de

Dragado culminan adiestramiento

Por Teresa Arosemena
Cinco operadores de los remolcadores de
empuje Gorgona y Culebra de la Divisi6n
de Dragado de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama, culminaron recientemente un
programa de adiestramiento intensivo de
cinco semanas, disefiado para incrementar
sus conocimientos y destrezas.
Carlos Ortega, Abraham Cajar, Melenik
Banner, Miguel Tejada y Leonardo Palma
asistieron a clases durante una semana cada
15 dias hasta completar 200 horas de
instrucci6n maritima especializada. Todos
son exoperadores de lancha, promovidos al
rango de capitan de naves a motor en base a
sus experiencias y conocimientos empiricos.
El programa lo disefiaron los ramos de
Adiestramiento Maritimo y Capacitaci6n de
Empleados y DesarrolloGerencial para ampliar
su experiencia prictica. Incluy6 un estudio
general de las regulaciones del Canal, mareas
y corrientes, clima, sefializaci6n, contamina-

ci6n por petr6leo, operaciones marftimas,
salvamento, combate de incendios y seguridad,
practices de marina, procedimientos de
esclusajes, operaciones dedragado, comunica-
ciones de radio y compas, maquinaria de
motores y procedimientos administrativos.
El Gerente del Distrito de Remolcadores
de Empuje de la Divisi6n de Dragado, Ricardo
Sandoval, dice: "Estoy seguro de que se han
ofrecido conocimientos acad6micos comple-
mentarios y que estos empleados claves estAn
mejor preparados para cumplir con sus requi-
sitos de trabajo de forma mis profesional".
Sandoval afiade que el Culebra y el Gorgona
se usan principalmente para apoyar a la draga
Rialto M. Christensen moviendo las barcazas
de desecho, y ocasionalmente se usan durante
proyectos de reacondicionamiento de las
esclusas del Canal. La versatilidad, maniobra-
bilidad y diseiio funcional de los remolcadores
los han convertido en instrumentos claves en el
trabajo de empuje de compuertas y barcazas.

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Mejorando habilidades Foto por Jaime Yau
El Oficial de Adiestramiento de Marinos y Operadores de Remolcadores del Ramo de
Adiestramiento Maritimo, Cap. Marco Collazos, derecha, utiliza el simulador de navegaci6n
para explicar una caracteristica de los remolcadores "Culebra" y "Gorgona" a un grupo de
empleados queparticiparon en el "Curso deMejoramientodeArtesanos". Desde la izquierda
estdn los exoperadores de lanchas y actuales capitanes de naves a motor Abraham Cajar,
Miguel Tejada, Carlos Ortega, Melenik Banner y Leonardo Palma.

Treinta anios de servicio

Los empleados de la Comisidn del Canal
de Panamd que completaron
recientemente 30 ahos de servicio al
Canal, muestran los certificados que
recibieron de parte del Subadministrador
Joseph W. Cornelison. Desde la izquierda
estdn Cornelison; el Primer Marino de
Remolcadores, Orlando A. Delgado; la
conserje, Julia D. Espinosa; el Mecdnico
de Maquinaria de Produccidn, Jose M.
Galindo y el Operador de Embarcaciones
Pequehas, Percival Renwick, J.

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Disponibles solicitudes para becas completas

La Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd esti
ofreciendo diezbecascompletasparael primer
semestre de 1998 y el segundo de 1999 en el
Panama Canal College. Los solicitantes serin
juzgados en base a necesidad financiera,
excelencia acad6mica y liderazgo. La beca
cubrird ambos semestres siempre y cuando el
becario mantenga un promedio de notas a un
nivel aceptable.
Los candidatos deben ser dependientes de
empleados de la Comisi6n menores de edad,
y deberan haberse graduado de secundaria
para cuando inicie el primer semestre en

agosto. Los becarios deben saber ingl6s y
deberan inscribirse como estudiantes a tiempo
completo. Elbecarioserddescalificadoluego
del otorgamiento de la beca si se descubre que
no cumple con los requisitos de elegibilidad.
Las solicitudes estin disponibles con los
consejeros de laEscuela Secundaria de Balboa
y el Panama Canal College y en la Oficina254
del Edificio de Administraci6n. El plazo para
devolver las solicitudes vence el viernes 3 de
Cualquier pregunta debe ser dirigida a
Berta Briceiio al 272-7991.

Los empleados que en la actualidad est6n
exentos del pago del impuesto sobre la renta
del gobierno de los EE.UU. y que deseen estar
exentos de descuentos para los impuestos de
1998, deberin llenarel nuevo formulario W-4,
Certificado de Autorizaci6n de Descuentos del
Empleado, en el Ramo de Planillas antes del 15
de febrero de 1998. La certificaci6n para estar
exentos de los descuentos de 1997 expira en
esa fecha y, en caso de no ser recibido, la
sobre la renta del gobierno de los EE.UU. de
los salarios de los empleados afectados. .

Los residentes extranjeros de los EE.UU.
(portadores de tarjeta verde) que actualmente
solicitan ser exentos del pago de impuesto
sobre larentade los EE.UU., deben completar
el nuevo Formulario W-4 antes del 15 de
febrero para evitar descuentos de impuestos.
Los ciudadanos estadounidenses y residen-
tes extranjeros de los EE.UU. que actualmente
no soliciten ser exentos del pago de impuesto
sobre la renta del gobierno de los EE.UU. no
deberAn Ilenar un certificado nuevo. Pueden
llenar uno nuevo durante el afio si desean cam-
biar lacantidad de sus descuentos de impuestos.

PAgina 7

Formulario para exclusion de pago

de impuesto expira el 15 de febrero

Recursos Tecnicos

Esta columna ofrece informaci6n sobre los nuevos servicios disponibles en el
Centro de Recursos Tecnicos de la Comisi6n. Para obtener informacidn adicional
sobre los servicios que ofrece el centro o para solicitar una publicacidn, Ilame al
272-4929 6 272-4925.

Libros nuevos

Reputation: Realizing Value from the Corporate Image. Por Charles J.
Fombrun, 1996.
Cost Effective Strategies for Client/Server Systems. Por Bernard H. Boar,
1001 Ways to Energize Employees. Por Bob Nelson, 1997.
Managing Radical Change: Beyond Survival in the New Business
Age. Por Jerome H. Want, 1995.
World Wide Web Database Developer's Guide. Por Mark Swank, 1996.
Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design. Por Guillermo
Gonzalez, 1997.
El Liderazgo Centrado en Principios. Por Stephen R. Covey, 1996.
Innovations in Fluid Power: Seventh Bath International Fluid Power
Workshop, 1995.
Introduction to Building Management. Por R. E. Calvert, 1995.
Using Windows 95. Por Ron Person, 1996.
Jig and Fixture Design. Por Edward G. Hoffman, 1996.

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Comisi6n anuncia cursos de adiestramiento
Los siguientes cursos se ofrecerin a los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA
en febrero. Aquellos marcados con un asterisco se dictaran en espafiol. En los casos en que
se indique"videocon" bajo lugar, el curso se ofrecera simultAneamente en ambos lados del
Istmo via videoconferencia. Las nominaciones deben enviarse a trav6s de los coordinadores
de programas de adiestramiento antes del plazo indicado; los coordinadores de programas
de adiestramiento deben enviar las nominaciones para las sesiones de "Consejo Obrero-
Patronal" en orden de prioridad a la Oficina de Relaciones Industriales.
AdemAs de los cursos listados, existe una variedad de paquetes individualizados de
adiestramiento en el Centro de Multimedios, entre ellos "Introducci6n a las Microcom-
putadoras", prerequisito para los cursos introductorios de Windows 95.

Curso (y grupo objetivo)
C6mo Manejar Archivos Electr6nicos
y Documentos Afines
(oficiales de enlace de archivos,
administradores de redes y
personal de IMCR)
Curso Intermedio de Visual Basic
(especialistas de c6mputo)
Curso BAsico de Relaciones Laborales
(gerentes, supervisores
y representantes sindicales)
Consejo Obrero-Patronal
(todos los empleados)
Desarrollo del Supervisor:
C6mo Resolver Conflictos y
Tomar Decisiones (supervisores)
C6mo Ofrecer Apoyo en Tiempos
de Cambio (supervisores)
C6mo Dar Instrucciones Claras*
C6mo Hacer Criticas Constructivas
C6mo Atender al Cliente por
Tel6fono* (personal de apoyo
en oficinas)
Servicio al Cliente: Vale la Pena
Automotivaci6n (todos los empleados)
C6mo Planificar su Jubilaci6n*
(todos los empleados que est6n
planificando jubilarse y
permanecer en Panam)
C6mo Hacer Presentaciones Efectivas
(todos los empleados que
hacen presentaciones)
Orientaci6n a Empleados Nuevos*
(empleados nuevos)
Introducci6n a Windows 95
(quienes tienen Windows 95
Introducci6n a Windows 95:
Adiestramiento Computarizado
(quienes tienen Windows 95
Introducci6n a Word
(quienes hayan tornado un curso
o prueba de Windows y tienen
Word instalado)
Tareas Automatizadas Usando Word
(quienes hayan tornado Cambiando
de WordPerfect a Word)
Word, Tablas
(quienes hayan tornado Cambiando
de WordPerfect a Word)
Introducci6n a Word:
Adiestramiento Computarizado
(quienes han tomado un curso o
prueba de Windows y tienen
Word instalado)
Cuadros en Excel (quienes hayan
tomado Hojas de Trabajo en Excel)
Introducci6n a Excel
(quienes hayan tornado un curso o
prueba de Windows y tienen Excel
Introducci6n a Excel:
Adiestramiento Computarizado
(quienes hayan tornado un curso o
prueba de Windows)
Introducci6n a Access
(quienes hayan tornado un curso o
prueba de Windows y tienen Access
Introducci6n a Access:
Adiestramiento Computarizado
(quienes hayan tornado un curso o
prueba de Windows y tienen Access
Introducci6n a PowerPoint
(quienes hayan tornado un curso
o prueba de Windows y tienen
PowerPoint instalado)
Introducci6n a PowerPoint:
Adiestramiento Computarizado
(quienes hayan tomado un curso o
prueba de Windows y tienen
PowerPoint instalado)

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8:00 4:00 1/16 C.A.

8:00 4:00 1/16 BHS/411 Explica transicidn del Canal Foto por Armando De Gracia
El Gerente deAdministracidn de la Transicidn, JaimeA, Bocanegra, hace unapresentacidn
8:00 4:00 1/16 C.A. a un grupo de 52 egresados de Dartmouth College y Cornell University, sobre el proceso
8:00 4:00 1/19 C.A. de transicidn del Canal de Panamd. La presentacidn formed parte de las actividades
realizadas durante la estadia del grupo en Panamd.
8:30 4:00 1/23 C.A.

8:00-4:00 1/21 C.A.

Lista de vacantes

Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Para hacer su
8:00- 4:00 1/27 C.A. solicitud, deberAn presentar el Formulario 443, Solicitud de Traslado, a mis tardar el
proximo viernes al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Edificio 366, Anc6n.
8:00 4:00 1/29 C.A. Quienes sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un puesto designado para
prueba al azar por drogas, tendran que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para descartar
8:00 4:00 1/30 C.A. el uso de drogas ilegales antes del nombramiento o del cambio de puesto permanente.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la linea
8:00 4:00 1/21 C.A. de ascenso normal, los empleados permanentes podrdn calificar con un minimo de un aflo de
experiencia especializada en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
8:00 4:00 1/28 CA.Cuando se trate de acciones que no sean ascensos, los solicitantes seran calificados en base
a requisitos modificados cuando el historial del solicitante incluya experiencia especializada
8:00 4:00 1/28 C.A. que suministra las habilidades necesarias para desempefiar exitosamente el puesto.
8:00 4:00 1/28 C.A. Las pruebas de que el solicitante califica para requisitos especificos de la posici6n (tales
como saber nadar y tener conducir) deben archivarse en el Archivo Oficial del
Empleado o incluirse con el Formulario 443.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y maximas de pago por hora, corres-
8:00 4:00 1/30 C.A. pondientes a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados sernn coloca-
dos en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bAsica salarial correspondientes segdn los reglamentos.
Los solicitantes podrAn revisar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos
8:00- 4:00 2/2 Videocon.
T6cnicos de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Edificio 38, Balboa).
21/ dfas 1/21 Gattin Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones al 272-3583.

1V2 dias 1/29 717Bal. Puestos permanentes Salarios
Ingeniero general, NM-13 12 $25.45/$33.08
1 dias 2/5 717Bal. Especialista en c6mputo, NM-11 $17.86/$23.22
Redactor-editor t6cnico, NM-11 $17.86/$23.22
(Bilingue. Debe saber nadar y
dfas 1/12 Gatdn tener licencia de conducir.)
1 dias 1/29 717Bal. Contador, NM-10 14 $16.25/$21.13
Armador de barcos, MG-10 $14.61/$17.04
Operador de embarcaciones $7.51/$8.01
8:00 4:00 1/16 717Bal. pequefias, MG-08 '5 (Debe saber
nadar y tener licencia de conducir.)
Ascenso temporal (que no exceda un aiio)
8:00 11:45 1/16 717Bal. Especialista supervisor de $25.45/$33.08
computadoras, NM-13
as 2/5 717Bal. Ingeniero civil supervisor, $21.40/$27.82
NM-12 '6(Debe saber espafiol,
nadar y tener licencia de conducir.)
S61o se considerara a empleados de la Comisi6n.

1 dias

1 dfas
11/2 dias

12 dias

/2 dias

11/2 dias

12 dias

12 dias

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Ingenierfa P 1

2 Debe tener conocimiento sustancial en las siguientes disciplinas de la ingenierfa:
1/16 717Bal. industrial, mecAnica y eldctrica. Debe saber sobre planificaci6n y programaci6n de
presupuesto de capital.
1/19 Gattin Debe conocer programaci6n de microcomputadoras en sistemas de administraci6n de
1/29 717Bal. bases de datos (ejemplo, Foxpro, Visual Basic, Clipper u Oracle). Debe conocer de
programas de control de redes (ejemplo, Novell).
2/5 717Bal. 4 Debe ser especialista en c6mputo.
5Puesto en alerta las 24 horas. Debe tener licenciapara operar lanchas de hasta 26 pies. Debe
poder obtener una licencia para operar lanchas a motor de hasta 65 pies en 90 dias.
6 Debe tener conocimiento extenso en levantamiento topogrifico, confecci6n de mapas y
1/21 717Bal. campos relacionados.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se Ajusta la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades.

2/5 717Bal.

1/29 717Bal.

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:itiora kEtlargadu
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pucden scr reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n. unicamente acredilando la fuente. 'oda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mcdiodia
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las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por corrco regular. $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y $19 por correo atrco. Envie
cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Para mayor informacirn. Ilame al 272-3202 o escriba a la Divisi6n de
Relaciones Pdblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300. APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa. Panama.

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