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The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
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Canal de Panamá Spillway
Alternate title:
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
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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).
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Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
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Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
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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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Spill way
Vol. XXX, No. 18 Friday, August 28, 1992

New pilot reporting station inaugurated

New reporting station Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Arriving at the new pilot reporting station in Diablo are Panama
Canalpilots Jeffrey B. Robbins and Harry G. Smith. Designed by
the ArchitecturalBranch, the building's large windows, seen at left,
give the dispatcher a panoramic view of the Panama Canal.

The new pilot reporting sta-
tion for the southern end of
the Panama Canal was offi-
cially inaugurated this month
in Diablo. A modern concrete
structure with rows of large
windows, the 2,000-square-
foot building houses the pilot
dispatcher and has comfort-
able waiting rooms for both
pilots and jitney drivers.
Designed by Panama Ca-
nal Commission architect Juan
F. Lara, the station was built
by contractor Kunkel Wiese
Inc. at a cost of $338,233. The
foundation piles were dug es-
pecially deep in order to reach
bedrock through the fill that
forms the area. The building
has ample waiting space in-
side, with large chairs, a televi-
sion and a kitchenette. Pilots
can check their schedules on
any of three computer termi-

nals that display ship arrival
and departure times.
The person spending the
most time at the station is the
dispatcher, who has a special
room with a commanding view
of the Canal, the landing dock,
the parking area and the build-
ing entrances. A refrigerator
and microwave are also avail-
able to allow the dispatcher to
take a meal break or a snack.
There is also a special room
for the harbor pilot, the per-
son on call for ships that need
docking assistance. Bathrooms
and a locker room complete
the setup.
Pilots comment that they
are enjoying the extra space
and computer terminals. Dou-
glas G. Rodriguez says he is
hanging around longer after
work to visit with co-workers
and enjoy the new building.

ush approves

b11-3 increase
Earlier this month, U.S.
President George Bush ap-
proved a 9.9 percent increase
in Panama Canal tolls.
Scheduled to become ef-
fective October 1, the increase
will raise the toll rate per
Panama Canal net ton from
$2.01 to $2.21 for laden vessels
and from $1.60 to $1.76 for
vessels in ballast. The toll rate
per displacement ton will in-
crease from $1.12 to $1.23.

Reward established
for information on
soldier's murder
The following press release
was prepared by the U.S. Em-
The United States Embassy
in Panama announces that the
U.S. Department of State has
established a reward fund of
up to $100,000 to help appre-
hend those responsible for the
death of Sgt. Zak A.
Hernandez and the wounding
of a second U.S. soldier on
June 10, 1992, near Chilibre.

(continued on nextpage)

Third phase of locks overhaul completed

The third phase of the
Miraflores Locks valve over-
haul was completed this week,
with several hundred Panama
Canal Commission workers
participating hi the rehabilita-
tion of 12 rising-stem valves --
the huge structures that,jointly
with cylindrical valves, control
the flow of water to raise and
lower vessels in the lock cham-
bers. Other underwater equip-
ment and structures were in-
spected and repaired at the
same time.
This year's $6-million over-
haul hasbeen divided into four
phases. One of the main goals
of the first three phases has
been to convert rising-stem
valves from a roller-train as-
sembly system to a sliding plas-
tic track system. According to
Pedro Miguel Locks mainte-
nance scheduler Joseph

Turner, this new system is
based on a simpler valve de-
sign that not only lasts longer,
but is also easier to maintain.
Commission engineers expect
that the use of modern materi-
als and technology will expand
the life cycle of rising stem
valves from seven to 15 years.
In the first two phases of
the overhaul, performed in
February and March, 16 ris-
ing-stem valves in the
Miraflores Locks sidewall cul-
verts were rehabilitated. Dur-
ing the fourth and last phase,
scheduled for September 13 to
October 3, the 20 upper-level
cylindrical valves will be re-
placed and necessary repairs
will be made to valves in the
lower level. The life cycle of
cylindrical valves is 50 years.
Turner is working with
Graphic Branch personnel to

Documentation needed for some imports

Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees importing ve-
hicles, boats, trailers and re-
lated items from the United
States into Panama at their
own expense should contact
the Transportation Services
Branch for guidance on how to

obtain proper documentation
prioi to shipment. Failure to
obtain this documentation
could result in fines and deliv-
ery delays. For additional in-
formation, call the Transpor-
tation Services Branch at 52-

Services held for Flores after

fatal diving accident at locks

Funeral services were held
last Friday at Basilica Don
Bosco for Leonel A. Flores, a
Locks Division rigger-diver,
who died August 16 in an acci-
dent at Miraflores Locks.
Flores was 38 years old and
had more than 12 years of ser-
vice with the Panama Canal
Commission. He is survived
by his mother, Beatriz

Camargo de Kailey; his wife,
Delfina Cordoba de Flores;
and four children.
The accident occurred
while Flores was diving to in-
stall an intake bulkhead in the
centerwall culvert. He was
removed from the water and
taken to Gorgas Army Hospi-
tal, where he was pronounced

document the rising-stem valve
conversion procedure to pro-
duce a training video to show
future Panama Canal workers
how the job is done. In addi-
tion, the increasing participa-
tion of apprentices in over-
hauls is providing the future
craftsmen more opportunities
to learn from experienced

The smooth operation of
the Canal locks -- colossal
structures built between 1906
and 1914 -- depends on care-
fully planned overhauls. The
parts and equipment neces-
sary for these vital projects are
procured manymonths before
the actual work starts, and the
whole process is monitored
carefully to ensure everything

is done according to plan.
Four Gatun Locks miter
gates will be removed in Octo-
ber to be rehabilitated during
the fiscal year 1993 overhaul,
while the overhauls for fiscal
years 1994 through 1996 will
all involve the rehabilitation of
rising-stem and cylindrical
valves at Gatun and Pedro
Miguel locks.

Roller-train removal
In thephoto at left, Locks Divi-
sion machinists remove rising-
stem valve roller trains to re-
place them with theslidingplas-
tic track system during the third
phase of the Miraflores Locks
overhaul. A closerlook, above,
shows the corrodedbronze train
through which the 12-ton, steel
valves were raised and lowered
to control the waterflow in lock
Photos by Jaime Fernmndez

Take note
Drivers are reminded
to be cautious and pre-
pared for delays as con-
struction work continues
along the Panama-
Arraij6n highway. There
have been several fatal
accidents in the area.

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, August 28, 1992

Wisconsin mural commemorates opening of Panama Canal

The Wisconsin State Capitol in
Madison opened the same month as
the Panama Canal, and its Senate
Chamber contains a mural represent-
ing the opening of the waterway.
Called "Marriage of the Atlantic
and Pacific," the three-panel mural
was designed and painted by Kenyon
Cox. In the middle panel, a classical
figure of Columbia, representing the
United States, presides over the mar-
riage from her throne. On her right,
Neptune, the Roman god of the sea,
symbolizes the Atlantic and is seen
placing a ring on the finger of a god-
dess who represents the Pacific. Be-

low, two cherubs support a shield with
thecoat of arms of the United States.
The side panels, which represent peace
and commerce, depict classical figures
traveling toward the center in row-
boats. On the right, representations of
Germany, France and Britain, as sym-
bols of the Atlantic, speak to the figure
that represents peace. The left panel
depicts the god Mercury, symbolizing
commerce, beckoning to figures rep-
resenting the Pacific, including Japan,
China, the Semitic people and
According to Tony Rajer, the resi-
dent art conservator at the Madison

capitol, the artist told his wife in a
letter that he was planning to propose
the theme to the Wisconsin capitol
building commission because he had
learned the Canal was about to open
and that the opening would coincide
with the inauguration of the capitol in
August 1914. The commission readily
approved his idea.
Rajer, who was in Balboa Heights
with other prospective bidders to ex-
amine the soon-to-be-restored mu-
rals in the Panama Canal Commission
Administration Building rotunda, says
that the murals are not the only simi-

larities between the Administration
Building and the Wisconsin State Capi-
tol. Both were constructed during the
so-called "City Beautiful Movement"
in the United States and share a ma-
jestic style and location. Several of the
same types of marblewere also used in
both buildings.
The murals themselves are similar
too, not only in that they share the
theme of the Canal, but because both
were painted on canvases and later
placed on the walls, where they now
form part of the history of two distinct

Dependent works as intern in U.S. senator's office

Symbolic mural
Thisphoto, reproduced from aguidebook to the Wisconsin State Capitol, shows the
three panels of the mural "Marriage between the Atlantic and Pacific," which
symbolizes the opening of the Panama Canal.

Not every 17-year-old student is
lucky enough to land an exciting sum-
mer job, but that's the way it worked
out for Caroline Hinkle, who was an
intern in the office of Sen. John Warner.
A Republican from Virginia, Warner
is currently serving on the Armed Ser-
vices and the Environment and Public
Works committees. Caroline's father,
William S. Hinkle, is chief of market
development for the Panama Canal
Commission Office of Executive Plan-
Caroline was chosen from among
hundreds of applicants for the full-
time, five-week appointment, which
gave her the opportunity to learn first-
hand about the fascinating world of
politics. She said that being the young-
est of eight interns and the only one
from outside Virginia made her a little
apprehensive at first, but that every-
one was friendly and helpful. "By the
end, we all hated to leave," she added.
Caroline's job was to answer in-
coming mail. She had to research the
latest information and prepare a reply,
which was cleared by her supervisor
before being sent out. The fact that
most of the questions were on current
issues, such as environmental policy
and abortion rights, allowed her to
gain knowledge in many different ar-
eas. She explained that being exposed
to the political environment made it
easy for her to keep up to date with

everything going on around the world,
especially with U.S. politics. Caroline
remembers a night when she and her
friends went to a restaurant after work
for a friendly meal, but ended up get-
ting into a discussion on the presiden-
tial campaign with other diners.
Caroline and the other interns had
the chance to tour the White House
and Pentagon and to attend hearings
and conferences with well-known per-
sonalities and government officials,
such as Republican Sen. Robert Dole
of Kansas and Secretary of Defense
Richard Cheney. She also told her
friends about life in Panama and re-
calls their astonishment as she re-
counted her participation in the last
Cayuco Race through the Panama
Once out of high school, Caroline
plans to major in marketing at the
University of Virginia. She believes it
is important to try and learn about
different fields by taking advantage of
opportunities like summer jobs and to
keep in touch with the people she
meets along the way. "For instance,"
she says, "political science could be
inviting if marketing doesn't work out."

Suspected terrorists
The U.S. State Department has established a reward fund of up to $100,000 for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the murder of
Sgt. ZakA. Hemdadez. In connection with the crime, Panamanian authorities have
issued arrest warrants for, from left, Pedro Miguel Gonzdlez, Roberto Garrido (alias
Cholo) and Daniel Batista (alias Marajd Hussein).

Reward for information on soldier's murder

(continued from page 1)

The reward fund is part of the U.S.
State Department's Rewards Program
for Terrorism Information, established
in 1984 to encourage individuals to
come forward with information re-
lated to terrorist attacks against U.S.
citizens or property.
Sergeant Hernindezwas murdered
and his passenger badly injured in a
midday shooting from another car on
the Transisthmian Highway, three ki-
lometers north of the Chagres River
bridge. A 12-year-old Panamanian
boy was also hurt in the incident.
The U.S. fund will be used to re-
ward those who provide to Panama-
nian authorities reliable information
leading to the arrest and conviction of
the terrorists involved.
The U.S. government also can pro-

vide for the protection of identity and
the possibility of relocation for per-
sons and their families furnishing such
In connection with this crime, Pana-
manian authorities have issued arrest
warrants for Pedro Miguel Gonzalez,
Roberto Garrido (alias Cholo) and
DanielBatista (alias MarajA Hussein).
If you have factual information
about the crime itself or the where-
abouts of these people or others in-
volved, call the information hotline
(28-4082 or 28-4682).

Warning: individuals who provide
false information are subject to pros-
ecution under Panamanian law for
obstruction of justice, calumny and

Summer internship
Caroline Hinkle posesfor a photo with
Sen. John Wamerof Tirginia after work-
ing in hii office as a summer intern.
Caroline is the daughter of William S.
Hinkle, who is chief of market develop-
ment for the Panama Canal Commis- ,
sion Executive Planning Office.

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Dredging Division barbecue Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Dredging Division employees enjoy a friendly barbecue on August 14, the day
before the Panama Canal's 78th anniversary. The Dredging Division has
played a vital role in Canal operations since the construction of the waterway.
The barbecue was held in Gamboa and included a coed volleyball tournament
featuring teams from the division, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
and the community. The competition ended in a three-way tie.

_ i I

SAMAAP celebrates Panama Canal's anniversary

As part of its weeklong commemo-
ration of the Panama Canal's 78th
anniversary, the Society of Friends of
the West Indian Museum of Panama
(SAMAAP) held a wreath-laying cer-
emony August 14 in Gaillard Cut to
honor the West Indians who died dur-
ing the construction of the Canal.
Panama Canal Commission Ad-

ministrator Gilberto Guardia F., the
guest speaker for the event, remem-
bered the thousands of West Indians
who came to the Isthmus from their
island homes in the Caribbean and
"assumed a historic role in the realiza-
tion of two of humanity's most impor-
tant technological achievements -- the
construction of the Panama Railroad

and the construction of the Panama
Among the other officials present
were SAMAAP President Dr. Carlos
Smith and representatives of the
Panama government and various
Panama City schools. A song espe-
cially recorded for the occasion by
well-known singer and SAMAAP
member Leroy Gittens was played,
adding to the emotional tone of the
The ceremony was held in connec-
tion with SAMAAP's "Know Your
Canal Week," which also included an
art workshop for high school students
led by local artist Eugenio Dunn at the
West Indian Museum on August 11, a

visit to Miraflores Locks on August 12
by students from the San Miguelito
Junior High School and the Bilingual
Cultural Institute and a trip to Barro
Colorado Island by SAMAAP repre-
sentatives and guests on August 13.
The week closed with a dinner for
members and friends of the West In-
dian community in Panama, at which
Commission Construction Division
Chief Enrique Sanchez was honored
for his outstanding contributions to
the West Indian community and the
Canal. Sanchez is a direct descendant
of Canal construction workers; his two
grandfathers arrived on the Isthmus
from Jamaica early in the century to
help build the waterway.

Tornado victim sends letter of gratitude

Honoring the dead Photo by Jaime Fernandez
RetiredPanama Canalpilot EarlHolder, left, and Canute Cockbum, assistant chief
of the Panama Canal Commission Canal Services Division, lower a wreath onto
the waters of Gaillard Cut in honor of the West Indians who died during the
construction of the Canal.

After a tornado cut through the
outskirts of Panama City last month,
the Panama Canal Spillway reported
that Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees had responded by volunteer-
ing their time and skills and sharing
their financial resources to help fellow
employees victimized by the unusually
severe and sudden storm.
Last week, the Spillway received a
letter from Gloria Russell of the Lo-
gistical Support Division, one of the
recipients of this generosity, asking

help in getting an expression of her
and her family's "deepest gratitude"
to all those who gave them assistance
and support during the difficult times
they faced as a result of the tornado.
Her special thanks go to co-workers
and friends in the Logistical Support
and Maintenance divisions, the Asso-
ciation of Canal Employees
(ASODEC) and fellow employees
throughout the Commission whose
names, faces and units she does not

Employee receives wheelchair from concerned co-workers

The hardships of life have become
a little easier for 27-year-old N6stor A.
Rodriguez since his co-workers pre-
sented him with a special orthopedic
wheelchair. Miraflores Locks employ-
ees spearheaded an effort to raise
$1,400 to buy the wheelchair after
Rodriguez's legs were paralyzed when

he dove into shallow water and injured
his spinal column.
The accident occurred while
Rodriguez was on vacation in Cocl6
Province this past dry season. While
enjoying himself at a swimming hole
on the Mendoza River, a place he had
visited several times before, Rodriguez

miscalculated a dive and landed in
shallow water. He immediately lost
his ability to move his legs, and friends
had to rescue him from the water.
After his initial operation at the
social securityhospital in Panama City,
Rodriguez spent an entire month re-
cuperating. A second operation last
month improved his ability to move his
Upon hearing of the accident,
Rodriguez's co-workers immediately
began raising funds for the special
wheelchair, which has a suspended
seat, adjustable headrest and easily
rotated wheels. More than 100 Com-
mission employees at Miraflores Locks
contributed to the fund, and Itza Pinilla,
Panama Canal Commission worker's
compensation specialist, helped out
by arranging for a contribution from
the Committee for Aid to Heart, Can-

cer and Handicapped Patients. The
Dollar Club, another local charitable
organization, also pitched in.
Friends, family and co-workers
were at the hospital when Rodriguez
tried out the new chair. He was happy
to discover that he could easily move it
himself by pushing on the aluminum
wheel rails and said that it felt com-

Look before you leap!
Water is dangerous as well
asfun, and diving injuries can be
especially serious. Always check
the water depth and look for
objects that may be hidden be-
low the surface before jumping
or diving in -- even in places
you've been before, since condi-
tions can change.

NARFE to open retiree service center

New wheels Photo by Jaime Fernmndez
Raising his hand in appreciation, Panama Canal Commission line handler Nestor
A. Rodriguez tries out the new orthopedic wheelchair his Miraflores Locks co-
workers bought with donated funds. Presenting the chair at the social security
hospital are Commission welderAzael Samaniego, machinist leader Eduardo C.
Quarless, electrician Serafin E. Blis and occupationalhealth nurse Matilde Cooper.

A federal retiree service center will
begin operating soon next to Building
560, Corozal, according to Leland L.
Dupont, field vice president for the
National Association of Retired Fed-
eral Employees. NARFE volunteers
will be available at the center to help
retirees fill out insurance claims,
survivorship forms and other paper-
work. The center will also help expe-
dite the processing of these documents
by submitting them to the appropriate
organizations through official chan-
There are currently 94 such centers
in operation worldwide, the majority
located in the United States. Besides
providing assistance at the centers,
NARFE also keeps abreast of legisla-
tive developments that might affect
federal retirees and lobbies to main-
tain retiree benefits. In addition, it
works through its 10 regional offices to
resolve problems faced by retirees in
specific areas. Membership in the

association is open to all federal retir-
ees and to current federal employees
with at least five years of credited
service under either the Civil Service
Retirement System or the Federal
Employees Retirement System
The new center will serve all of
Panama's 12,000 federal retirees --
NARFE members and non-members
alike. Those who have not yet retired
from federal service should continue
seeking assistance with retirement
matters from their agency retirement
offices. (At the Panama Canal Com-
mission, the Retirement and Insur-
ance Branch is responsible.) NARFE
hopes to eventually open a second
center in Panama to better serve retir-
ees in the Colon area.
For information on NARFE or the
new center or for assistance in the
interim until the center opens, contact
Enrique Richards at 29-1336 or
Rathburn Springer at 45-3220.

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yadirF August 28, 1992

The Panama Canal Spillway

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, August 28, 1992

Canal pilots share information with youthful sailors

Panama Canal pilots Jostein Elde
and Kenneth Puckett boarded a two-
masted Japanese sailing ship during its
transit through the Panama Canal this
month to provide information on the
waterway to the 30 young people
currently in training aboard the vessel.
One of the voyage organizers for the
Kaisei knew Elde and thought that
meeting the pilots would be a good
experience for the youths.
The Kaisei is a privately owned sail
training vessel operated by a Japanese
corporation, with sponsorship from

Hispanic heritage

observance set
The month of September is being
observed as National Hispanic
Heritage Month. The theme for this
year, "Five Hundred Years of
Hispanic Heritage, 1492-1992: Con-
tributing to America's Progress,"
recognizes the rich contributions of
Hispanics since the time of Christo-
pher Columbus.

various other firms around the world.
Its goal is to offer adventurous training
and sea experience to youngsters
between the ages of 16 and 20. About
half the trainees are Japanese, with U.S.
inner-city youths and Europeans com-
pleting the group. Some pay their way,
while others travel on scholarships. A
small professional crew guides the
students through the training program.

Rising early and working through a
day of trimming sails and scrubbing
decks, the youths seem to enjoy what
they are doing, Puckett says. He adds
that the vessel was well kept and the
disciplined youngsters exuded a sense of
accomplishment and well-being.

The ship began its voyage in Cadiz,
Spain, in May, when it sailed with other
tall ships in a regatta to Puerto Rico to
commemorate the 500th anniversary of
Christopher Columbus' discovery of
America. It also participated in the tall
ship parade held in New York harbor
on July 4. It sailed to Panama from the
Caribbean island of Antigua, and its
next port of call is Acapulco, Mexico.

Certificate of appreciation Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Lt. Col. Mitchell E. Marovitz receives a certificate of appreciation for his
continuous and extensive support to the Panama Canal Commission while
serving as head of the Southern Command Network. Marovitz recently
transferred to the post of Los Angeles Branch chief for Department of the
A rmy 's Office of the Chief of Public Affairs. Pictured from left are Commission
Executive Administration Director Joseph J. Wood, who presented the
certificate; Marovitz; his wife, Cheryl Lou; and Commission Deputy
Administrator Raymond P. Lavertr.


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Training vessel transit Photo by Jaime Fernindez
The 151-foot two-masted "Kaisei" (which means "ocean planet" in Japanese)
transits Mirqflores Locks on its way to the- Pacific. The training vessel will call
at Mexico, California, Hawaii and other Pacific islands before returning to its
home port of Misaki, Japan, in January 1993. It began its voyage in Cadiz,

Position Vacancy List
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted to the
Employment and Placement Branch (Building 366. Ancon) on Form 443, Application forTransfer. no later than
seven days from the date of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions
(TDPs) will be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position
change. Persons already serving in a TDP will not be subject to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center
(Building 38. Balboa). For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify
applicants when their backgrounds included closely related experience that provides the skills necessary for
successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised.
Employees selected will be placed in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 52-3583).
l.o- Va-
ca- can-
Permanent position Salaries nit ion cies
Computer operator. NM-6 71 (Shift work)(Knowl-
or VTAM NCP operating systems) $9.45 $13.64 Financial Mgmt. P 2
Supervisory electrical engineer. NM-132' (Bilin-
gual) (Swimming ability and driver's license
required.) . . . . ....... $22.14 $28.78 Engineering P I
S In-service employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-lower level or the
second-lower level of this position.
2 Only PCC employees will be considered.
3 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in official personnel folder or
attached to the application: otherwise applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline advanced
for next Spillway
The deadline for submitting ma-
terial for publication in the Septem-
ber II issue of the Panama Canal
Spillway will be advanced to
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because of the Labor Day holiday.
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What's happening

Folkloric dance group
A new group is being formed for
Panama Canal Commission employees
and dependents who are interested in
Panamanian folkloric dancing. The
non-profit group will represent the
Commission in various local activities.
For further details, call Manuel M&dica
at 52-4128 or Raul Ricord at 56-6640.

Girl Scout registration
Girls between the ages of 5 and 1,7
who wish to participate in the local Girl
Scout program will be able to enroll
next week. Registration will be open
from 5 to 8 p.m. September 3 at
Building 809, Albrook; from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. September 5 at the Zodiac
Recreation Center in Howard; and
from noon to 4 p.m. September 5 at
the Valent Recreation Center in Fort
Clayton. The fee is $6.
To find out if you are eligible or for
further information, contact the Girl
Scout Office in Building 806, Albrook
(telephone 86-3670). The office is open
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays, from noon to 5 p.m. on
Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to
I p.m. on the first and third Saturday
of each month.

Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Mar-
keting Office will hold a surplus sale on
September 3 at Building 745, Corozal.
Customers may inspect the merchan-
dise between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on
August 31 and September 1 and 2.
Registration will be accepted in advance
or at 7 the day of the sale.

BOA activities
The Bikers Off-Road Association is
planning a ride to the Madden Dam on
Sunday, August 30, with participants
meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Summit
Gardens parking lot.
A special outing to El Valle for the
Labor Day weekend will include a ride
around the mountains on Sunday,
September 6, and a trip to Coronado
on Monday. Both will begin at 8 a.m.
at the Campestre hotel parking, lot.
There will also be a ride to Arraijan
from the parking lot of the Cocoli
Veterans of Foreign Wars building at
7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 13.
BOA's next meeting will be held at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, at
the Jade restaurant on 50th Street. For
more information, call Steve Belok at
52-7742 or 52-6426.

Piano concert
French pianist Pascale Le Corre,
winner of the Oporto and Maria Canals
competitions, will perform in the
National Concert Association's sixth
concert for the 1992 season at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8, in La Huaca
Theater at the ATLAPA Convention
Center. Regular tickets are $20, and
student tickets are $5. They can be
obtained from the association (25-
The annual charitable international
bazaar "Caravana de Asistencia Social"
will be held from noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 6, at the ATLAPA
Convention Center. This year, 28
countries will participate in the event,
which is sponsored by Panama's
diplomatic community. Native foods,
entertainment, crafts, art and prizes
from around the world will be available.
All proceeds will go to charities.
Activities at the U.S. booth will
include a raffle and the sale of baked
goods and food. Those wishing to make
a monetary contribution or volunteer to
donate baked goods may call Carmen
Lilley at the U.S. Embassy (27-1777,
extension 2317 or 2318).

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Vol. XXX, N 18 Viernes 28 de agosto de 1992

Inauguran nueva estacion para practices

Nuevas instalaciones Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Los prdcticos del Canal de Panamn, Jeffrey B. Robbinsy Harry G.
Smith, llegan a lanueva estaci6n deprdcticos en Diablo. Disefiada
por el Ramo de Arquitectura, los ventanales del edificio, que
aparecen a la izquierda, brindan al despachador una vista
panordmica del Canal.

La nueva estaci6n de
practices en el extremo sur del
Canal de Panama fue
oficialmente inaugurada este
mes en Diablo. El edificio,
una moderna estructura de
concreto de 2,000 pies
cuadrados con ventanales de
vidrio, aloja al despachador
de practices y tiene c6modas
salas de espera para prActicos
y choferes.
Disefiada por el arquitecto
de la Comisi6n del Canal Juan
F. Lara, la estaci6n fue con-
struida por KunkelWiese Inc.,
a un costo de $338,233. Para
colocar los pilares se excav6
hasta alcanzar la capa de roca
en el relleno sobre el cual se
levanta el edificio El espacio
de espera es amplio, con sillas
grandes, televisor y cocinilla.
Los practices comprueban sus
horarios en tres terminales de
computador que indican la

llegada y partida de las naves.
La persona que mas tiempo
permanece en la estaci6n es el
despachador, cuya oficina tiene
una vista amplia del Canal, el
muelle, el estacionamiento y
las entradas al edificio. Una
refrigeradora y un microondas
permiten al despachador
almorzar o tomar un bocadillo
durante el descanso.
Tambi6n hay un cuarto es-
pecial para el practice del
puerto, oficial de turno para
las naves que necesitan ayuda
para atracar en el muelle.
Varios baiios y un cuarto de
armarios completan el lugar.
Los practices dicen
disfrutar el espacio adicional y
las terminales de computador.
DouglasG. Rodriguez dice que
hasta permanece mis tiempo
despu6s del trabajo para
coriversar consus compafieros
y disfrutar del nuevo edificio.

Termina otra fase de reacondicionamiento

Esta semanase complet6 la
tercera fase del reacondiciona-
miento de vAlvulas de las
Esclusas de Miraflores. Varios
cientos de empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal participa-
ron en la rehabilitaci6n de 12
valvulas de vstago ascendente
-- las enormes estructuras que,
junto a las valvulas clindricas,
controlan el flujo de agua que
sube y baja las naves en las
esclusas. AdemAs, inspecciona-
ron y repararon otras estruc-
turas y equipos sumergidos.
SEste aflo, el reacondiciona-
miento se ha dividido en cuatro
fases a un costo de $6 millones.
Uno de los objetivos principales
de las tres primeras fases fue el
de reemplazar el sistema de
rodamiento de bronce de las
vilvulas de vstago ascendente
por el sistema de deslizamiento
sobre carriles de plAstico. Segin
el programador de manteni-
miento de las Esclusas de Pedro

Miguel, Joseph Turner, el
nuevo sistema se basa en un
disefio de valvula mis sencillo,
que no s6lo es mis duradero
sino mis fAcil de mantener.
Los ingenieros del Canal
esperan que el uso de materiales
y tecnologia modernos exten-
derAn el ciclo de vida de estas
vilvulas de siete a 15 afios.
En las dos primeras fases
del reacondicionamiento,
ejecutadas en febrero y marzo,
se rehabilitaron 16 vilvulas de
vAstago ascendente en las
alcantarillas de los muros
laterales. En la cuarta y filtima
fase, del 13 de septiembre al 3
de octubre, se reemplazarin
las 20 valvulas cilindricas del
nivel superior y se repararan
las del nivel inferior. El ciclo de
vida de las vilvulas cilindricas
es de 50 afios.
Turner y personal del Ramo
deArtes Graficas documentan
el proceso de conversi6n de las

vAlvulas de vstago ascendente
para un documental de
adiestramiento que mostrard a
los futuros empleados del Ca-
nal la manera de hacer el
trabajo. Adembs, la participa-
ci6n de aprendices en los
trabajos ofrece a los futuros
artesanos mayores oportu-
nidades de aprender con
trabajadores experimentados.
SLa eficiente operaci6n de

las esclusas del Canal --
estructuras colosales cons-
truidas entre 1906 y 1914 --
depende de reacondiciona-
mientos anuales planificados
cuidadosamente. Las piezas y
equiposnecesarios secompran
muchos meses antes de iniciar
los trabajos, y se vigila todo el
proceso para asegurar que se
ejecuta segfin lo programado.
En octubre se removerin

Requieren documentos para importaci6n
Los empleados de la documentos que deben Ilenar
Comisi6n del Canalde PanamA antes de embarcarlos.
que importen vehiculos, botes, No obtener estos
remolques o articulos afines documentos puede resultar en
de los Estados Unidos hacia multas y retrasos en la entrega
Panama para su uso particular de los mismos. Para mis
deben contactar el Ramo de informaci6n, llame al Ramo
Servicios de Transporte para de Servicios de Transporte al
informarse sobre los 52-7845.

Entierran a buzo fallecido

El viernes pasado tuvo
lugar el funeral del buzo-
aparejador de la Divisi6n de
Esclusas, Leonel A. Flores,
quien muri6 el 16 de agosto en
un accidente en las Esclusas
de Miraflores.
Flores tenia 38 afios y mis
de 12 afios de servicio en la
Comisi6n del Canal de
PanamA. Lo sobreviven su

madre, Beatriz Camargo de
Kailey; su esposa, Delfina
C6rdoba de Flores, y cuatro
El accidente ocurri6
cuando Flores buceaba para
instalar un mamparo en la
alcantarilla del muro central.
Fue sacado del agua y llevado
al Hospital Gorgas, donde lo
declararon muerto.

cuatro compuertas de las
Esclusas de Gatfin, las cuales
seran rehabilitadas durante el
reacondicionamiento del aiio
fiscal 1993. Mientras que los
reacondicionamientos de los
afios fiscales 1994 a 1996
involucraran la rehabilitaci6n
de las vAlvulas de vAstago
ascendente y cilindricas de las
esclusas de Gattin y Pedro

Fuera lo viejo
A la izquierda, mnecdnicos de la
Division de Esclusas remueven
el sistema de rodamientos de
las vdlvulas de vdstago
ascendente para reemplazarlo
porelsistema de deslizamiento
sobre carriles de plastico.
Arriba, un acercamiento
muestra laspartes corroidas de
bronce, por donde se sublan y
bajaban los cuerpos de las
vdlvulas de doce toneladaspara
controlar elflujo de agua.
Fotos por Jaime Fernmndez

Tome nota
Se le recuerda a los
conductores que deben
ser precavidos y estar
preparados para de-
moras durante el en-
sanche de la carretera
Panamb-ArraijBn. Han
ocurrido varios acci-
dentes fatales en el area.

Suben peajes
A mediados de mes, el
Presiderte de Estados Unidos
George Bush aprob6 un
aumento de 9.9 por ciento en
los peajes del Canal de
Panama. Programado para
entrar en vigor el lo.. de
octubre, el aumento elevara
la tarifa de peajes por tonelada
neta del Canal de PanamA de
$2.01 a $2.21 para las naves
cargadas y de $1.60 a $1.76
para las naves en lastre. La
tarifa de peajes por tonelada
de desplazamiento aumentara
de $1.12 a $1.23.
Ofrecen recompensa
por informes sobre
asesino del soldado
El siguiente comunicado fue
preparadoporla Embajada de
los Estados Unidos:
La Embajada de los
Estados Unidos en Panama
anuncia que el Departamento
de Estado de los Estados
Unidos ha establecido un
fondo de recompensa de hasta
$100,000 para ayudar en la
captura de los responsables de
la muerte del Sgto. Zak A.
HernAndez y de herir un

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 28 de agosto de 1992

Mural de Wisconsin conmemora inauguracion del Canal

El Capitolio Estatal de Wisconsin en
Estados Unidos, que fue inaugurado el
mismo mes que el Canal de Panama,
tiene en su Sala del Senado un mural
que representa la apertura del Canal de
Llamado "Matrimonio entre el A-
tlantico y Pacifico", el mural de tres
paneles fue disefiado y pintado por
Kenyon Cox. En el panel del medio,
una figura clasica de Columbia,
representando a los Estados Unidos,
preside sobre los esponsales desde su
trono. A su derecha, el dios romano del
mar, Neptuno, simboliza el Atlintico, y
aparece colocando un anillo en el dedo

de una diosa que representa el Pacifico.
Debajo, dos querubines sostienen un
escudo con el emblema de los Estados
Unidos. Los paneles laterales, que
representan la paz y el comercio,
muestran clasicas figuras humanas
viajando hacia el centro en botes de
remo. A la derecha, representaciones de
Alemania, Francia y las Islas Britanicas,
como simbolos del Atlantico, Ilaman
hacia si a figuras representantes del
Pacifico, incluyendo Jap6n, China, los
pueblos semitas y Polinesia.
Seg6n Tony Rajer, el restaurador del
capitolio en Madison, el artista dijo a su
esposa en una carta que pensaba

proponer ese tema a la comisi6n de
construcci6n del capitolio porque se
habia enterado que el Canal estaba por
abrir y la apertura coincidiria con la
inauguraci6n del capitolio en agosto de
1914. La comisi6n aprob6 gustosamen-
te la idea.
Rajer, quien estuyo en Balboa junto a
otros licitadores potenciales examinan-
do los murales de la rotonda del Edificio
de Administraci6n de la Comisi6n del
Canal, que pronto seran restaurados,
dijo que los murales no son la inica
similitud entre el Edificio de Adminis-
traci6n y el Capitolio Estatal de

Wisconsin. Ambos edificios fueron
construidos durante el Ilamado "Mo-
vimiento Ciudad Bella" en los Estados
Unidos y comparten un estilo y
ubicaci6n majestuosos. Varios tipos
iguales de marmol tambi6n fueron
usados en los dos edificios.

Los murales en si tambi6n se parecen,
no s6lo porque ambos tratan el tema del
Canal, sino porque ambos fueron
pintados sobre lienzos y luegos coloca-
dos en las paredes, donde ahora forman
parte integral de la historia de dos muy
distintas organizaciones.

Dependiente trabaja de interna en oficina de senador

Mural simb6lico
Estafoto, tomada de la guia del Capitolio del Estado de Wisconsin, muestra los
tres paneles del mural "Matrimonio entre el Atldntico y el Pacifico", el cual
simboliza la apertura del Canal de Panamnd.

Sospechosos de terrorismo
El Departamento de Estado ha establecido unfondo de recompensa de hasta
$100,000 por informacidn que conduzca al arresto y condena de los
involucrados en el asesinato del Sgto. Zak A. Herndndez. En relacidn con este
crimen, las autoridades panamehfas han ordenado el arresto de, desde la
izquierda, Pedro Miguel Gonzdlez, Roberto Garrido (alias Cholo) v Daniel
Batista (alias Marajd Hussein).

Recompensa por informaci6n sobre crimen

(viene de pdgina 1)

segundo soldado el 10 de junio de 1992
cerca de Chilibre.
El fondo de recompensa es parte del
Programa de Recompensas por Infor-
maci6n sobre Terrorismo, establecido
en 1984 para exhortar a las personas a
suministrar informaci6n relacionada
con ataques terroristas contra ciudada-
nos o propiedades estadounidenses.
El Sgto. HernAndez fue asesinado y
su compafiero gravemente herido cuan-
do les dispararon a medio dia desde otro
carro en la Carretera Transistmica, tres
kil6metros al norte del puente sobre el
Rio Chagres. Un nifio panamefio de 12
afios tambien fue herido en el incidente.
El fondo estadounidense sera utiliza-
do para recompensar a quienes suminis-
tren a las autoridades panamefias
informaci6n veraz que conduzca al
arresto y condena de los terroristas

El gobierno de los Estados Unidos
puede proteger la identidad de las
personas que suministren informaci6n y
posiblemente reubicarlas junto con sus
En torno a este crimen, las autorida-
des de Panama han emitido 6rdenes de
arresto contra Pedro Miguel Gonzalez,
Roberto Garrido (alias Cholo) y Daniel
Batista (alias MaraiA Hussein).
Si posee informaci6n de hechos
acerca del crimen en si o del paradero de
estos individuos u otros involucrados,
INFORMACION (28-4082 6 28-4682).
Advertencia: las personas que pro-
porcionen informaci6n falsa estan
sujetas a ser enjuiciadas bajo las leyes
panamefias por obstrucci6n de la
justicia, calumnia e injuria.

Aunque pocos estudiantes de 17 afios
tienen la suerte de encontrar un trabajo
de verano emocionante, esto le ocurri6
a Caroline Hinkle durante su practice
en la oficina del Senador John Warner.
En la actualidad, Warner, Republicano
de Virginia, es miembro de los comit6s
de Servicios Armados y Obras Piblicas.
El padre de Caroline, William S.
Hinkle, es jefe de desarrollo de
mercadeo en la Oficina de Planificaci6n
Ejecutiva de la Comisi6n-del Canal.
Caroline fue escogida entre cientos de
aspirantes para trabajar tiempo comple-
to durante cinco semanas, lo que le dio
la oportunidad de aprender de primera
mano sobre el fascinante mundo de la
politica. Ser la menor de los ocho
practicantes, y la linica que no provenia
de Virginia, la hizo sentirse un poco
inc6moda al principio, pero todos
fueron amistosos y serviciales. "Al final,
todos odiamos irnos", agreg6.
Caroline respondia la corresponden-
cia que Ilegaba a la oficina. Buscaba
informaci6n actualizada y preparaba
las respuestas, las cuales eran revisadas
por su supervisora antes de ser enviadas.
El hecho de que la mayoria de las
preguntas giraban en torno a temas de
actualidad, tales como la politica
ambiental y el derecho al aborto, le
permiti6 obtener conocimientos en
muchas areas diferentes. Al estar
expuesta al ambiente politico le era facil
mantenerse al dia sobre los eventos del

Empleo de verano
Caroline Hinkle aparece con el
Senador John Warner, de Virginia,
luego de trabajar durante el verano
en su oficina. Caroline es hija de
William S. Hinkle, jefe de desarrollo
de mercadeo de la Oficina de
Planificacidn Ejecutiva de la Comi-
sidn del Canal de Panamd. .

mundo, especialmente la politica en
Estados Unidos. Caroline recuerda una
noche que sali6 a cenar con sus amigos
despu6s del trabajo y terminaron
envueltos en un debate sobre la
campafia presidencial.
Caroline y los demas practicantes
visitaron la Casa Blanca y el Pentagono,
y asistieron a diversas audiencias y
conferericias con reconocidas persona-
lidades y oficiales del gobierno, tales
como el Senador Robert Dole, de
Kansas, y el Secretario de Defensa
Richard Cheney. Ella tambi6n cont6 a
sus amigos sobre la vida en Panama y
recuerda su asombro cuando les habl6
sobre su participaci6n en la iltima
Regata de Cayucos por el Canal de
Una vez terminada la secundaria,
Caroline desea estudiar mercadeo en la
Universidad de Virginia. Ella piensa que
es importante aprender de distintas
ramas, aprovechando las oportunida-
des que ofrecen los trabajos de verano,
asi como mantener contacto con las
personas que se conocen en el trayecto.
"De hecho", dice, "las ciencias politicas
serian muy tentadoras si el mercadeo no

iPAina 2

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Barbacoa en Gamboa Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Empleados de la Divisidn de Dragado disfrutan una amena barbacoa el 14
de agosto, un dia antes del 78-aniversario del Canal de Panamd. La Divisidn
de Dragado ha jugado un papel vital en la operacidn del Canal desde la
construccidn de la via acudtica. La barbacoa se realized en Gamboa, e inclu yd
un torneo de voleibol mixto entre equipos de la divisidn, el Instituto de
Investigaciones Tropicales Smithsonian Y la comunidad. La competencia
termind empatada.

Viemes 28 de agosto de 1992

Spillway del Canal de Panamd

Como parte de su celebraci6n del 78
aniversario del Canal de Panama, la
Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afro-
Antillano de Panama (SAMAAP)
realiz6 una ceremonia en aguas del
Canal el 14 de agosto a alturas del Corte
Gaillard en honor a los antillanos que

ebra aniversario del Cana
murieron durante la construcci6n del origen en el Caribe y "asumieron un
Canal. hist6rico papel en la realizaci6n de dos
El Administrador de la Comisi6n del de los logros tecnol6gicos mis impor-
Canal de Panama, Gilberto Guardia tantes de la humanidad-la construc-
Fabrega, orador invitado del evento, ci6n del Ferrocarril de PanamA y la
record6 a los miles de antillanos que construcci6n del Canal de PanamA".
vinieron al istmo desde sus islas de Entre los otros dignatarios presentes
estaban el Presidente de SAMAAP Dr.
Carlos Smith y representantes del
gobierno de Panama y escuelas de la
ciudad capital. Se toc6 una canci6n
especialmente grabada para la ocasi6n
por el conocido cantante y miembro de
SAMAAP Leroy Gittens, afiadiendose
a la emoci6n existente en la reunion.
La ceremonia fue parte de las
actividades de la semana "Conozca su
Canal" de SAMAAP, que incluy6 un
taller de arte para estudiantes de
secundaria conducido por el artista
Eugenio Dunn el II de agosto en el

de Panama
Museo Afro-Antillano, una visita a las
Esclusas de Miraflores el 12 de agosto
por estudiantes del Primer Ciclo de San
Miguelito y el Instituto Cultural
Bilingie y un viaje a la Isla Barro
Colorado por representantes de
SAMAAP e invitados el 13 de agosto.

La semana concluy6 con una cena
para los miembros y amigos de la
comunidad antillana de Panama, en la
cual se rindi6 homenaje al jefe de la
Divisi6n de Construcci6n de la Comi-
si6n, Enrique SAnchez, por sus impor-
tantes contribuciones a la comunidad
antillana y al Canal. SAnchez es
descendiente directo de constructores
del Canal; sus dos abuelos vinieron al
istmo desde Jamaica a principios de
siglo para ayudar en la construcci6n de
la via acuatica.

Victima del tornado agradece ayuda recibida

Honrando a los muertos Foto por Jaime Fernindez
El prdctico.jubilado del Canal, Earl Holder, a la izquierda, y Canute Cockburn,
subjefe de la Divisidn de Servicios al Canal de la Comisidn del Canal de
Panamd, depositan una ofrenda floral en las aguas del Corte Gaillarden honor
de los trabajadores afro-antillanosfallecidos durante la construccidn del Canal.

Luego del tornado que irrumpi6 en
las afueras de Panama el mes pasado, el
Spillway del Canal de Panama inform6
que empleados de la Comisi6n del
Canal habian ofrecido su tiempo y
destrezas, ademas de ayuda financiera,
para ayudar a los compafieros de
trabajo que fueron victimas de la fuerte
e inusual tormenta.
La semana pasada, el Spillway
recibi6 la carta de una de las victimas
beneficiadas, Gloria Russell, de la
Divisi6n de Apoyo Logistico, expre-

sando su "mas profundo agradecimien-
to" y el de su familia a todos aquellos
que les ayudaron y apoyaron durante
los dificiles tiempos vividos a conse-
cuericia del tornado. Su especial
gratitud va a sus compafieros de las
divisiones de Apoyo Logistico y
Mantenimiento, a la Asociaci6n de
Empleados del Canal (ASODEC) y a
los demas compafieros de trabajo de la
Comisi6n cuyos nombres, rostros y
oficinas desconoce.

Empleado recibe silla de ruedas de companieros de trabajo

Las durezas de la vida se han aliviado
un poco para Nestor A. Rodriguez, de
27 afios, desde que sus compafieros de
trabajo le obsequiaron una silla de
ruedas ortopedica especial. Los emplea-
dos de las Esclusas de Miraflores
recolectaron $1.400 para comprar la

silla de ruedas, luego que Rodriguez
lastimara su columna vertebral al
zambullirse en aguas poco profundas.
perdiendo en la lesi6n el uso de las
El accidente ocurri6 el verano pasado
durante las vacaciones de Rodriguez en

la provincia de Cocl6. Mientras se
bafiaba en el Rio Las Mendozas, el cual
ya habia visitado anteriormente, Rodri-
guez calcul6 mal y se lanz6 en aguas
poco profundas. Enseguida perdi6 la
movilidad de las piernas y sus amigos
tuvieron que sacarlo del agua.
Despu6s de una primera operaci6n
en el hospital del seguro social en
Panama, Rodriguez pas6 un mes entero
en recuperaci6n. Una segunda opera-
ci6n el mes pasado mejor6 la movilidad
de sus brazos.
Al saber del accidente, los compafe-
ros de Rodriguez de inmediato comen-
zaron a recoger fondos para una silla de
ruedas especial, con sill6n suspendido.
cabecera ajustable y Ilantas que giran
con facilidad. Mas de cien empleados de
las Esclusas de Miraflores contribuye-
ron. e Itza Pinilla, especialista de
compensaci6n de empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal, obtuvo una

contribuci6n del Comit6 para Ayuda a
Pacientes del Coraz6n. Cancer e
Impedidos. El Dollar Club. otra
organizaci6n ben&fica. local, tambien
Familiares, amigos y compafieros de
trabajo estuvieron en el hospital cuando
Rodriguez estren6 su nueva silla. El se
alegr6 al descubrir que podia moverse
con facilidad. y dijo que se sentia muy

iMire antes de lanzarse!
El agua es tan peligrosa como
divertida, y las lesiones produci-
das al zambullirse pueden ser
muy serias. Verifique siempre la
profundidad del agua y busque
objetos ocultos bajo la superficie
antes de lanzarse--aun en sitios
conocidos, ya que las condiciones
pueden haber cambiado.

NARFE abrira centro para pensionados

Ruedas nuevas Foto por Jaime Fernandez
El pasacables de la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd, Nistor A. Rodriguez,
levanta la mano en agradecimiento alprobar la nueva silla de ruedas ortopidica
adquirida por sus companeros de las Esclusas de Miraflores con ayuda de
donaciones. Entregando la silla en el Hospital del Seguro Social estdn el
soldador Azael Samaniego, el lider mecdnico Eduardo C. Quarless, el
electricista Serafin E. Blisy la enfermera de salud ocupacional Matilde Cooper.

Un centro de servicios para los
pensionados federales iniciara opera-
ciones proximamente al lado del
Edificio 560, en Corozal, segun Leland
L. Dupont, vicepresidente de la Asocia-
ci6n Nacional de Empleados Federales
Pensionados (o NARFE, por sus siglas
en ingl6s). En el centro, voluntarios de
NARFE ayudaran a los pensionados a
llenar reclamos de seguros, herencias y
otros formularios. El centro tambi6n
facilitara el tramite de estos documen-
tos, mediante su entrega a las organiza-
ciones apropiadas a trav6s de los canales
En la actualidad funcionan 94 de
estos centros en todo el mundo, la
mayoria en Estados Unidos. AdemAs de
ofrecer asistencia en los centros,
NARFE esti pendiente de nuevas leyes
que puedan afectar a los pensionados
federales y realiza audiencias para
mantener los beneficios de los pensio-
nados. Tambi6n trabaja en diez oficinas
regionales para resolver problemas
enfrentados por los pensionados en

areas especificas. A la asociaci6n
pueden ingresar todos los pensionados
federales y los empleados federales con
al menos cinco afios de servicio bajo el
Sistema de Jubilaci6n del Servicio Civil
o el Sistema de Jubilaci6n del Gobierno
Federal (FERS).
El nuevo centro atendera a los 12 mnil
pensionados federales en Panama-ya
sean miembros o no de NARFE. Los
empleados que ain no se han pensiona-
do del servicio federal deberAn conti-
nuar solicitando asistencia sobre asun-
tos de jubilaci6n en las oficinas
encargadas de su agencia. (La unidad
responsable en la Comisi6n del Canal es
el Ramo de Jubilaci6n y Seguros.)
NARFE espera abrir eventualmente un
segundo centro en Panama para
atender mejor a los pensionados en el
area de Col6n.
Para informaci6n sobre NARFE, el
nuevo centro o para asistencia mientras
el centro abra, contactar a Enrique
Richards al 29-1336 o Rathburn
Springer al 45-3220.

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 28 de agosto de 1992

Practicos del Canal colaboran con j6venes marineros

Los practices del Canal de Panama,
Jostein Elde y Kenneth Puckett,
abordaron un velero japones de dos
mAstiles durante su transito este mes,
para brindar informaci6n sobre la via
acuatica a treinta j6venes que entrenan
a bordo de la nave. Uno de los
organizadores del viaje del Kaisei,
conocido de Elde, pens6 que seria una
buena experiencia para los j6venes
conocer a los prActicos.
El Kaisei es un velero de adiestra-
miento privado, operado por una
corporaci6n japonesa con el patrocinio
de varias compaiiias internacionales. Su

Commemoran Mes

de la Hispanidad
El mes de septiembre es el Mes
Nacional de la Hispanidad. El tema
de este afio, "Quinientos Aios de
Legado Hispanico, 1492-1992: Con-
tribuyendo al Progreso de America",
reconoce las importantes contribu-
ciones de los hispanos desde la 6poca
de Crist6bal Col6n.

meta es ofrecer adiestramiento y
experiencia en el mar a j6venes entre los
16 y 20 afios. Casi la mitad de los
aprendices son japoneses, completando
el grupo norteamericanos y europeos.
Algunos pagan el costo del adiestra-
miento, mientras que otros viajan
becados. Un pequefio grupo de profe-
sionales asesora a los estudiantes
durante el programa.

Los j6venes parecen disfrutar madru-
gando y trabajando todo el dia arriando
las velas y limpiando la cubierta, dice
Puckett. Afiade que la nave estaba
nitida y era notable el sentido del deber
cumplido y bienestar que mostraban los

El barco inici6 su travesia en Cadiz,
Espafia, en mayo, cuando zarp6 junto
con otras naves en una regata hacia
Puerto Rico en conmemoraci6n de los
500 afios del descubrimiento de Ameri-
ca. Tambien particip6 en el desfile de las
naves en el puerto de Nueva York el 4 de
julio. Arrib6 a Panama procedente de la
caribefia isla de Antigua rumbo a
Acapulco, Mexico.

Certificado de apreciaci6n Foo por Kevin Jenkins
El Tnte. Col. Mitchell E. Marovitz recipe un certificado de apreciacidn por su
continuo apoyo a la Comisidn del Canalde Panamd mientras estulio a cargo de
las estaciones de radio y television del Comando Sur. Marovitz acaba de ser
nombrado jefe del departamenio de relaciones puhlicas en los Angeles de la
Oficina del Jefe de Relaciones Phblicas del Ejircito. Aparecen, desde la
izquierda, el Director de Administracidn Ejecutiva de la Comisidn, Joseph J.
Wood, quien entregd el certificado; Marovitz; su esposa, Cheryl Lou; y el
Suhadministrador de la Comisidn Raymond P. Laverty.



Nave de adiestramiento Foto por Jaime Fernindez
El velero de dos mdstiles y 151 pies "Kaisei" (que significa "planeta del ocano"
en .apones) cruza las Esclusas de Mirqflores rumbo al Pacifico. La nave de
.entrenamiento visitard Mixico, California, Hawaii y otras is/as antes de
regresar a su puerto de origen en Misaki, Japdn. en enero de 1993. La nave
inicid su travesia en Cadiz, Espahia.

Lista de Vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Los formularios de solicitud deben
presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones. Edificio 366. Anc6n; en el Formulario 443. Solicitud de
Traslado. a mis tardar siete dias despues de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un Puesto Designado para Prueba al Azar por
Drogas (TDP) tendrin que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para descartar el uso ilegal de drogas antes del
nombramiento o del cambio de posici6n permanente. No se exigirA el urinalisis a los empleados que ocupen un
puesto sujeto a prueba por drogas 3 anteriormente se hayan sometido a dicha prueba.
Los solicitantes pod rin repasar los req uisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panami (Edificio 38. Balboa). Aquellos que. por raz6n de su experiencia. posean las pericias y
habilidades necesarias para ejercerel puesto cxitosamente seran calificados en base a requisitos modificados. Esto
no se aplica si se trata de un ascenso. tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y miximas de pago por hora correspondientes a los
grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para Ilenar una vacante seran colocados en el
escal6n. grado tarifa bisica salarial correspondiente. de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mavor informaci6n. comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones. Ilamando al 52-3583.
Salarlo Si- can-
Puestos permanentes bisico Unidad tio tes
Operador de computadoras. NM-6/71 (Debe
trabajar turnos y tener conocimientos de los
sistemas operativos VRX. VM/SP, DOS/VSE.
SSXVSE o VTAMINCP) . . . ... $9.45/$13.64 Admin. Fin. P 2
Ingeniero electric supervisor, NM-132 3 (Bilingiie.
Debe tener licencia de conducir y saber nadar.) $22.14 $28.78 Ingenieria P I
SLas personas que trabajen para la Comisi6n calificarAn con un minimo de on aio de experiencia
especializada al siguiente nivel inferior o al segundo nivel inferior de esta posici6n.
S6lo se considerari a empleados de la Comisi6n.
3 La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante Ilena los requisitosespecialesdebeadjuntarsea la solicitud o
incluirse en el expediente oficial de personal: de lo contrario. no se considerari al solicitante para la vacante.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama es un empleador que se ajusta a la Ley sobre Igualdad
de Oportunidades.

Adelantan cierre de
planas de Spillway
El cierre de planas de la edici6n del
Spillway del 11 de septiembre se
adelantara al 2 de septiembre a las
11:45 a.m. en atenci6n al feriado del
Dia del Trabajo. Comuniquese con
la editora en el 52-3202 para mayores

Spillway t^
Administrador, Comisidn del Canal de Panamd
Directora de Relaciones Ptiblicas
Director Asociado
Directora Asociada
El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial
quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Los articulos
que en ella aparecen pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir auto-
rizaci6n, Snicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colabora-
ci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodia del jueves anterior
a la semana de su publicaci6n, o antes del mediodia del mirr-
coles si hay algsn dia feriado durante la semana de publica-
ci6n. Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por
correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y $19
por correo a6reo. Envie cheque o giro postal a favor de la
Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Para mayor informaci6n,
lame al 52-3202 o escriba a a Oficina de Relaciones Piblicas
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011
o Altos de Balboa, Panama.

Eventos locales

Danzas folkl6ricas
EstA en formaci6n un grupo de
danzas folkl6ricas panameiias para
empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama y sus dependientes. El grupo
sin fines de lucro representara a la
Comisi6n en diversas actividades loca-
les. Para detalles, Ilame a Manuel
M6dica al 524128 o Raill Ricord al 56-

Muchachas guias
Las inscripciones para las nifias de 5 a
17 afios interesadas en formar parte del
programa de las Muchachas Guias (Girl
Scouts) serAn el 3 de septiembre de 5 a
8 p.m. en el Edificio 809 en Albrook; el
5 de septiembre de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. en
el Centro Recreativo Zodiac en Howard
y el 5 de septiembre de mediodia a
4 p.m. en el Centro Recreativo Valent
en el Fuerte Clayton. La cuota es de $6.
Para saber si su nifia puede participar
o para mayor informaci6n, comunique-
se con la oficina de "Girl Scouts"
ubicada en el Edificio 806, Albrook
(tel6fono 86-3670). La oficina esti
abierta de 9 a.m. a I p.m. los martes y
jueves, de mediodia a 5 p.m. los
miercoles y de 10 a.m. a I p.m. el
primer y tercer sabado de cada mes.

Venta de excedentes
La oficina de Reutilizaci6n y Merca-
deo de la Defensa del Gobierno de los
Estados Unidos tendrA una venta de
excedentes el 3 de septiembre en el
Edificio 745, Corozal. Los interesados
pueden inspeccionar la mercancia el 31
de agosto y el 1 y 2 de septiembre, entre
8 a.m. y 2:30 p.m. e inscribirse como
licitante entonces o a partir de las 7 el
dia de la venta.
Actividades de BOA
La Asociaci6n de Ciclistas a Campo
Traviesa tendra un paseo a la Represa
de Madden el domingo 30 de agosto,
saliendo a las 7:30 a.m. del estaciona-
miento de los Jardines Summit.
Una excursi6n a El Valle para
celebrar el Dia del Trabajo incluira un
paseo por las montafias el domingo 6 de
septiembre y otro a Corohado el lunes.
Ambos empezaran a las 8 a.m. en el
estacionamiento del Hotel Campestre.
Tambien habrA un paseo a Arraijan,
que saldra del estacionamiento del Club
de Veteranos en Cocoli el domingo 13
de septiembre a las 7:30 a.m.
La pr6xima reuni6n de BOA sera el
martes 8 de septiembre a las 7:30 p.m.
en el restaurante El Jade, ubicado en la
Calle 50. Para mas informaci6n, Ilame a
Steve Belok al 52-7742.

Concierto de piano
El pianista frances Pascale Le Corre,
ganador de las competencias de Oporto
y Maria Canals, se presentard en el
sexto concierto de la temporada 1992 de
la Asociaci6n Nacional de Conciertos el
martes 8 de septiembre alas 8 p.m. en el
Teatro La Huaca del Centro de
Convenciones ATLAPA. Los boletos,
de $20 y $5 para estudiantes, pueden
obtenerse en la asociaci6n (25-4951).

La tradicional Caravana de Asisten-
cia Social se celebrara este afio el
domingo 6 de septiembre, desde el
mediodia hasta las 8 p.m., en el Centro
de Convenciones ATLAPA. Habra
comidas tipicas, espectaculos, artesa-
nias, arte y premios de los 28 paises que
estaran representados. La actividad es
organizada por el cuerpo diplomatico y
las ganancias se destinan en su totalidad
a organismos de caridad.
En el pabell6n de Estados Unidos
habra una rifa y venta de reposteria y
platos americanos. Las personas que
deseen contribuir con dinero, tiempo o
platos de reposteria pueden llamar a
Carmen Lilley a la Embajada America-
na (27-1777, extensi6n 2317 o 2318).

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