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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: July 16, 1993
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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Bibliographic ID: UF00094771
Volume ID: VID00226
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 02582102
lccn - 83642750
issn - 0364-8044
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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Vol. XXXI, No. 14Friday, July 16, 1993

Vessel sets record for most Can

By Susan Harp
With a phenomenal 584 passages through
the Panama Canal, the Keystoner, a regular
Canal customer for the past 39 years, broke
all known records at the waterway for
ocean-to-ocean ship transits by a single
vessel this July.
A tanker flying the U.S. flag, the ship is
owned by the Keystone Shipping Company
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has paid
an estimated $6 million in Canal tolls in its
lifetime. It crosses Panama about 15 times a
year, carrying petroleum products and
chemicals between Houston, Texas, and
west coast ports.
The vessel's master, Capt. James J.
Leftwich, was the first to call attention to
the fact that the tanker had surpassed its
500th transit of the Canal. Through C.
Fernie and Co., the ship's representative in
Panama, he contacted Commission Chief
Admeasurer Jos6 A. Melgar.
"I was a boarding officer in 1968 and
remember the Keystoner as a regular

customer," said Melgar, who, along with
Supervisory Management Assistant Isabel
E. Macias and Victor E. Joseph, a
supervisor in Agents Accounts Branch,
researched Canal records to come up with
the total transit and tolls figures.
Melgar also found that the Keystoner
made its maiden transit of the Canal on
January 25, 1954, paying $7,835.40 for
8,706 Panama Canal net tons. Measure-
ment methods, tolls rates and the ship itself
have changed several times since the 1950s,
and the vessel, which measures 551 by 68
feet, is currently registered at 9,145 Panama
Canal net tons and paid $20,210.45 for its
July transit.
During the transit, Commission Marine
Bureau Director George T. Hull and Public
Affairs Director Willie K. Friar boarded the
Keystoner and presented a plaque com-
memorating the vessel's remarkable transit
record to Leftwich. In his remarks, Hull
said, "You've been a valuable customer to

the Canal, and I hope well see you for
many more transits."
The tanker is one of a trio of ships built
in 1953 by Bethlehem Steel Corporation in
Sparrows Point, Maryland. Its 32 separate
tanks range in capacity from 105,000 to
378,000 gallons, allowing the vessel to carry
a variety of products at the same time.
According to George Clark, a vice-president
at Keystone Shipping Company, the ship
was completely renovated in the 1980s,
receiving new navigation equipment and
other improvements to keep up with
modern shipping standards. The Keytrader
and Keytanker, its former sister ships, are
no longer in service.
The Keystoner was not the only old-timer
on this transit. Irving V. Schmidtke, its 81-
year-old radio electronics officer, first saw
the waterway in 1929. Only 17 years old at
the time, he worked as an oiler in the engine
room of a cargo ship travelling from
Washington state to New York and back.

Board vistis Gatun Locks
Members of the Panama Canal
Commission Board of Directors visit
Gatun Locks to observe the
rehanging of one offour refurbished
miter gates being replaced this week
in the final phase of the Gatun Locks
fiscal year 1993 miter gate overhaul.
From left are board members Dr.
Cecilia E. Alegre, Walter J. Shea,
John J. Danilovich and Robert R.
McMillan, Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F., board members William
E. Carl and Joaquin Vallarino Jr.
and Secretary Michael Rhode Jr. The
board held its final meeting for the
current fiscal year at the
Administration Building on
Wednesday, July 14.
Photo by Jaime Fernandez

Transit number 584 Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Locks locomotives guide the "Keystoner" into the northernmost chamber at Gatun Locks, a familiar
procedure for both the tanker and its crew. Since 1954, the ship has transitted the Panama Canal about 15
times each year, always fully laden, whether southbound or northbound.

Special recognition Photo by Kevin Jenkins
"Keystoner" Capt. James J. Leftwich, right, accepts a
plaque commemorating his vessel's 584th transit through the
Panama Canal. The vessel has broken all known records for
the number of times a single ship has passed -through the
waterway. Presenting the plaque is Panama Canal
Commission Marine Bureau Director George T. Hull, left,
with Roger L. Crespo, the ship's agent from C. Fernie and
Co., in the center.

se r iiar in I-ana/
The i an Assoc p f Mer-
chant M i SSeaman's
Week at the rs' Club on
Wednesday with a symposium titled "The
Merchant Marine Profession in Prepa-
ration for the Year 2000."
Many Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees are members of the association,
including its president, Canal Pilot Capt.
Jos6 Lin Young, and Limited Pilot Capt.
Aurelio Dutari, the coordinator for this
year's meeting.
During the seminar, Commission Mari-
time Training Unit Chief Capt. Orlando
Allard spoke to the association about the
Canal's pilot training program, and Pana-
manian Legislator Olimpo Siez, Presi-
dential Ad-Hoc Commission for Canal
Affairs President Carlos Gonzilez de la
Lastra and University of Panama Maritime
Sector Development Program Coordinator
Calixto Malcolm addressed the group on
topics important to the maritime profession
in Panama.
Other activities during the week included
sports competitions and ceremonies held on
Flamenco and Taboga islands honoring
sailors and their patron saint, the "Virgen
del Carmen."

al transits
"The chief engineer let me come up and
ride on the outside deck instead of down in
the dungeon so I could see the Canal, and I
really enjoyed it," Schmidtke recalled. He
added that the hardships of the trip
convinced him to return home to
Washington and graduate from high
school, much to the relief of his father, the
high school principal.
"All the seamen liked to stop at the
Panama Canal," said Kent C. Jennings,
remembering that onshore leave was the
highlight of his first visit to Panama during
World War II. Now 70 years old, Jennings
has worked in the engine room of the
Keystoner for almost 20 years.
As the Keystoner neared the end of its
.584th passage through the waterway, third
mate Rikkii Andrews pointed out that the
crew had another reason to celebrate. With
a big smile he explained, "Today is also the
day everybody on board starts receiving a 4
percent cost-of-living pay raise."

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, July 16, 1993

Playoff winners Photo by Roberto Vaca
Pedro Miguel Locks soccer team members hold their first place trophies after winning this year's Panama Canal Commission
Divisional Soccer League playoffs. Eleven teams participated in the regular season, with four teams-Pedro Miguel Locks,
Motor Transportation Division, Logistical Support Division and last year's winners, Canal Services Division-competing in the
playoffs. The final match between Pedro Miguel Locks and Canal Services was close, with a scoreless game forcing them into
two overtime battles, also without a goal. The victors were finally decided when Pedro Miguel Locks scored on a penalty kick.

Katherine Gaillard writes of construction days

Part 10: An "inside" jungle

Orchids became
of great interest to
T Katherine Gaillard,
wife of Canal en-
gineer Col. David
DuBose Gaillard.
Here she tells about her idea to bring the
jungle plants inside the house and of how
she began to collect and grow Panama's
exotic plants andflowers.
Although my plan had failed in bringing
the real jungle plants up to the door outside,
I audaciously planned to bring them inside,
on the piazza, which went around three
sides of the house and, in its emptiness,
seemed miles long. There, the proper
conditions could be more easily reproduced,
and the piazza might be made into a
miniature jungle. Yet more audaciously, I
planned it should be filled with the orchids
that I had learned were to be found in the
Knowing only the florists'cut blossoms, I
became a ready victim for local entre-
preneurs, who, when they learned I would
buy, brought great bags of plants, which
they brazenly assured me were orchids, and
which would soon "give beautiful flowers."
I bought everything they brought and
planted them as best I could, in my
ignorance, but with some queer results, for
seeming dwarfs rapidly grew into giants,
upstanding ones suddenly turned down into
hanging vines and quiet, low ones sent out
amazing shoots and climbed over everything.
In spite, however, of this bizarre
behavior, they were tenderly cherished, even
after an expert told me that not one of them
was an orchid! Orchids or not, the stunning
foliage of these things, later known to be
anthurium, polypodium, philodendron and
tillandsias, would make a charming back-
ground for the real orchids, when found.
For find them, I would!
I would go into the jungle myself and get
them. Fortunately, I had been a tomboy in
my childhood, and have no real fear either
of bugs or snakes. So in a short, khaki skirt,
with a man to climb for them and a
machete for cutting the trail, I followed the
lure of the orchid into the jungle. By
pouring over books at home and peering
into trees in the jungle, I learned little by
little to know them.

I would take the early train from Culebra
and get off at some place to which the
jungle was near, for though cut away from
the settlements, it was back of the hills and
comparatively easy of access. I would spend
the whole day and return on the late
afternoon train, my "spoil" safe in the hands
of some friendly baggagemaster. They all
knew me and were very tender with the
buds and new shoots of the plants.
On some days I would find no orchids, or
find them only to leave them waving
tantalizingly from the top of some un-
climbable tree or so full of tender young
bud shoots that the most agonizing care
would fail to get them home unbroken.
But only those who have followed the
orchid into the jungle itself can know the
joy when, after a long day of pushing
through the trees, climbing under vines and
clambering over fallen trunks, there comes
suddenly into view, within easy reach, a
long blossoming spray gently waving in the
breeze like some gigantic butterfly about to
Although later I had orchids from other
countries, and even cultivated hybrids, none
appealed to me as did these native ones,
possibly because I had gotten them myself,
and which, because of their abundance,
could be arranged in great masses and,
when their effloresence was over, had only
to be hung under the alligator pear tree in
the back yard and left to themselves until
the next year. There, tied in great bunches
on logs of native wood, they did not seem to
realize their captivity, for they grew and
budded, as though they were at home in the
There was keen rivalry between us of the
"cult." We traded orchids occasionally and
very infrequently they were gifts. These were
always easily recognizable as such, because
for no other reason than politeness could
they have been given a place in a collection!
Once when ill I never fully realized the
gravity of my condition until several of my
rival collectors sent me beautiful flowering
orchid plants in "good condition."
Occasionally when "jungling" things
other than orchids were found. Once,
having seen a fine specimen about fifty feet
from the ground in the crotch of a large
tree, I asked my Barbadian climber, who
had once been a sailor and was unafraid of
heights, if he could get it for me.
"H'oh! Yes, mistress, hI will be happy to

procure it," he said in his British-influenced
manner of speaking, with broad a's and
added h sounds.
Up he clambered and I walked off.
Presently I heard, "Please, mistress, h'I
regret, but h'I cannot procure these
particular blossoms."
"Why not," I asked, for he seemed well
up the tree.
"H'oh, mistress, there h'are monkeys h'up
in this tree."
Overjoyed I called out, "Well, get the
"No, mistress, h' h'ask pardon, but h'I
cannot procure the monkeys, their bite is
very severe."
Despite my offer of five dollars he
persisted-"H'oh no, mistress, they h'are
quite capable and h'anxious of h'injuring
Going nearer and looking up I saw on a
limb just above his head three spittling little
furies, the mother monkey, the father
monkey and the baby monkey, all in a row
on a branch, tails straight down and stiff,
making faces, spitting and scolding.
No, I would not have "procured" them
either, not for many times five dollars!
To be continued...

What's happening

St. Andrew's Society
A "Ceilidh," an informal Scottish get-
together, featuring fiddlers, dancing and a
presentation on the history and meaning of
the clan tartans, will be held at 7 p.m. on
Saturday, July 31, at the Fort Amador
Officer's Club. For more information, call
Violet Icaza at 30-1683, Jeannie Hickman
at 52-6425 or Lorri Gilchrist at 36-1191.

Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Mar-
keting Office-Panama will conduct a
surplus sale on Thursday, August 5, at
Building 745, Corozal. Customers may
inspect property from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
on August 2-4. Bidders may pre-register
during the period of property inspection or
beginning at 7 a.m. on the day of the sale.

Business women's bazaar
The Panama Canal Chapter of the
American Business Women's Association
will sponsor a bazaar from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at the Valent
Recreation Center on Fort Clayton. The
event will feature an image consultant,
jewelry and African American, country and
Latin American arts and crafts. For more
information, call 87-3521 or 60-4744.

Deaf association
The National Association of the Deaf of
Panama is seeking donations to help with
the cost of printing their book, "Panamanian
Sign Language." The association hopes the
book will help improve communications for
all deaf people in Panama, especially deaf
children. Donations may be made directly
to the National Association of the Deaf at
the Banco General, account number 01-2-
01-005-454794-00. For more information,
contact Maria Isabel Pimentel at 61-6996.

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Memorial award Photo by Bob Eckerle
Winners of the Bill Joyce Memorial Sportsmanship Award show the plaques they
received for sportsmanlike conduct while playing in the Pacific Junior Girls
Softball League. The memorial fund was established in 1990 by the family and
friends of former Panama Canal Commission acting Chief Financial Officer
William J. Joyce in memory of his many contributions to youth sports in the
Canal area. Award winners Janelle Hauser, Lucia Lincoln, Beth Foster and
Wilma Engelke were elected by their peers on each of the four softball teams.

- i I

yadirF July 16 1993

The Panama Canal Spillway

Local fierce-looking beetles

totally harmless to humans

By Joaquin Horna
Most people react to insects in one of
three ways-they either crush them, ignore
them or run away from them.
One large flying insect likely to produce
the latter response is the rhinocerous beetle.
It derives its name from the male of the
species, which has a long rhino-like horn
protruding from its massive armored body.
In fact, the male beetles look more like
miniature triceratops than ordinary patio
insects. The hornless females resemble huge,
overgrown June bugs. Both sexes may grow
as large as the palm of a person's hand.
Although normally found in tropical
forests, some of these beetles have shown up

... these beetles are

no more harmful

than any other non-

biting insect.

recently at the Panama Canal locks and at
other Canal installations. Bolivar A. de la
Guardia, a Canal Protection Division
guard, recently captured one of these large
beetles at Miraflores Locks. He noted that
the insects' size alone gives them a scary

In spite of their threatening appearance,
however, these beetles are no more harmful
than any other non-biting insect. They do
make hissing sounds when picked up, and
they have lots of sharp spines on their legs,

but people who experience a close en-
counter with them have no reason to be
"Like most beetles, they are attracted to
bright lights," explains Anayansi Scott, a
biological technician with the Entomology
Unit of the Facilities Management and
Support Division. Examining the rhi-
nocerous beetle, or Megasoma elephas,
found by de la Guardia, she adds that the
bright high-mast lighting helps explain its
presence at the locks.
According to Scott, the beetles' principal
mission on earth is to reproduce-and they
usually have no more than two months to
accomplish this task. The males use their
horns during the mating ritual. Like other
members of the animal kingdom around the
world, the male of the species must fight
other males for its right to mate.
They have only a brief life span in the
adult stage. As metamorphic insects, they
live most of their lives, approximately eight
months, in the larval stage, feeding on roots
and rotting logs. After emerging from the
pupa, the adults eat leaves and fruits and
may also be found around fungi and rotting
Scott emphasizes that rhinocerous beetles
pose no threat to humans. They neither bite
nor transmit disease, and their size makes
them too heavy to move fast or fly far.
Although adult rhinocerous beetles may
be seen throughout the year, notes Scott,
there seem to be more of them in the early
rainy season. "They usually come out with
the first rains," she says, "just like the

Position Vacancy List
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted to the Employment and
Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443, Application for Transfer, no later than seven days from the date
of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-designated positions (TDPs)
will be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment or permanent position change. Persons
already serving in a TDP will not be subject to urinalysis prior to a permanent position change.
For certain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal line of promotion, in-service
employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-lower level or second-lower level of
the position.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center (Building 38,
Balboa). For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be used to qualify applicants when their
backgrounds include closely related experience that provides the skills necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions advertised. Employees
selected will be placed in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 52-3583).
Lo- V-
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Permanent positions Salaies Unit tion des
Budget assistant (OA), NM-71 2 (Driver's license)... $10.89/$14.15 Dredging P 1
Supply clerk (OA), NM-32 (Swimming ability re-
quired).................................... $5.52/$7.00 Locks A 1
Mechanical engineer, NM-7/111 23 (Swimming ability
and driver's license required.) ................. $10.89/$20.94 Dredging P 2
Temporary promotion or detail
(Not to exceed two months)
Inspector (crane), NM-91 2 (Swimming ability and
driver's license required.) ..................... $13.32/$17.31 Safety Division P 1
Permanent, part-time position
Medical officer (occupational medicine), NM-12/13*
(Bilingual ability required.) ................... $19.31/$29.85 Occ. Health P 1
Position is not restricted to career or career-conditional applicants. Application forms may be obtained in the
Employment and Placement Branch, Building 366, Ancon, and must be returned by July 30, 1993. Applicants must have
a Doctor of Medicine degree and evidence of approval by the Consejo T6cnico de Salud to practice medicine in the
Republic of Panama, or be licensed to practice in the United States.
i Only PCC employees will be considered.
2 Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in Official Personnel Folder or attached to
the application; otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
3 Position will be filled at NM-7 level.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Training Branch announces seminars
The Industrial Training Branch will offer the following seminars beginning in August to enhance the
skills of Panama Canal Commission craft personnel. All sessions will meet from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the
Apprentice School (Building 2-A of the Balboa Industrial Area). Nominations should be submitted
through program training managers on form 2827.
Basic Solid State Electronics (for Electrical Division employees) ...... August 5 through September 2**
Welding Inspection (for Industrial Division employees) ........................ August 11 through 13
Anti-lock Brake Systems (for Motor Transportation Division employees) ........... August 11 and 18
The Metric System ................. .............................................. August 12
Electric Codes (for Electrical Division employees) .................. August 18 through September 2*
The Metric System ............................................ ....... ............ August 19
Pumps .................... ............. ... ............... ....... August 19 and 26
The Metric System ..................... . ...... ............. ................ August 26
*Each Wednesday and Thursday
**Each Thursday

Displays harmless
Anayansi Scott,
Management and
Support Division
Entomology Unit
biological technician,
supports one of the
six, prickly legs of a
rhinocerous beetle
found recently at
Miraflores Locks. The
prominent horn on
the males, such as can
be seen on this
specimen, is
important in the
insects' mating ritual.
Photo by Jaime Fernindez

Multimedia Center offers courses
The Panama Canal Multimedia Center offers the following courses that may be coordinated on an
individual basis. For nomination, complete form 2827, leaving the date space blank, and send it to the
Employee and Management Development Branch (PRHM). Branch personnel will call unit training
coordinators to schedule individual employee appointments. Courses will be presented at the
Microcomputer Laboratory in Building 717, Balboa. For further information on the Multimedia Center,
call Pilar Miro or Aixa Medina at 52-4866.
Management and Supervision
Providing Direction and Monitoring Performance ........................................ 8 hours
Communicating Across Functions .................................. ........ ..... 8 hours
Creating Upward Communication................................................ 8 hours
Strategies for Maintaining High Performance .................. ......... ............. 8 hours
Employee Development
Decision Making and Taking Action ................. .... ...................... 8 hours
Planning and Organizing in a Changing World ......................... ........... 8 hours
Perception and Interpersonal Relations ..................... ........................ 8 hours
Effective Oral and Written Communication ................................... ... 8 hours
Introduction to Microcomputers .......... .. .......................... .......... .. ..... 16 hours

In case of fire-what's your score?

On-the-job safety is always emphasized at
Panama Canal Commission worksites, but
what about safety in employees' homes?
One way to promote safety at home is to
install smoke detectors that give early
warnings in case of household fires. Fire
extinguishers also add to a home's fire
safety. To test your household's fire
readiness, answer the following questions-
it may someday save your life!
Does your home have smoke detectors?
Are they working?
Before answering, you must know that
detectors are tested by pressing firmly on
the test button for about 10 seconds. If the
alarm makes a continuous, loud sound, the
detector and its batteries are working
Now, give yourself 15 points if you
answered "yes" to the first question and 10
more points if you also said "yes" to the
second one.
Does your home have a fire extinguisher?
Does it show that it is correctly charged?
Chalk up another 15 points if you said
"yes" to the first question and 10 points for
answering affirmatively to the last one.
Now add the points for your final score.
If you rated 50, congratulate yourself for
having the necessary tools to warn or fight
against household fires!
Forty points means you are almost
there-correct the problem and give yourself
a chance!
Those with 30 should know that smoke
alarms and fire extinguishers are no good if

they do not work properly. Do yourself a
favor and get them in shape! A score of less
than 30 points indicates that the proper
equipment should be obtained to avoid
future tragedy.

Commission housing residents can ob-
tain smoke detectors or fire extinguishers
by calling the housing offices in Balboa
(52-3384) or Gatun (43-5648). New batteries
for the detectors are also available there. If a
detector does not work even with new
batteries, report it to the nearest housing
office. Fire extinguishers that have lost their
charge can be replaced or recharged by
taking them to the Balboa Furniture Pool
in Building 78 (52-7882) or the Gatun Fire
Station (43-5446).

Spillway ja6^
Administrator, Panama Canal Commission
Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
Associate Director
Associate Director
Acting Editor
The Panama Canal Spillway is an official biweekly publication of
the Panama Canal Commission. Articles may be reprinted without
further permission by crediting the source. All material should be
submitted by 11:45 a.m. Thursday of the week before publication or
by 11:45 a.m. Wednesday if there is a holiday during the week of
publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are $6 by regular mail, $4 by
regular mail for students and $19 by airmail. Checks or money
orders should be payable to the Panama Canal Commission. Call
52-3202 for further information or write the Office of Public Affairs,
Panama Canal Commission, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 or
Balboa Heights, Panama.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, July 16, 1993

Admeasurer gives first aid to restaurant shooting victim

By Joaquin Horna

When the shooting stopped, Panama
Canal Commission Admeasurer Robert
Will emerged from underneath the long
table where he and 11 friends had been
dining on the patio of a downtown pizza
restaurant one night last month.

"Robert, dont get up," warned the friend
he had pushed against the wall a few
seconds earlier. The bullets had begun flying
just as the group was about to order dessert.
Will was pretty sure he knew which
direction they had come from-he also
remembered from his U.S. military service
in Vietnam how much harm the small
pieces of lead could do.

In 1969, while leading his platoon out of
the Vietnam jungle, Will was hit in the thigh
with an AK-47 bullet. It took nearly three
years for him to recover. In fact, he was still
wearing a leg brace when he joined the
Panama Canal apprenticeship program in
1971. He graduated as a power plant
electrician four years later and became an
admeasurer in 1979.

Now Will was facing danger again. As he
left the shelter of the table, he replied to his
worried friend, "I have to see what's

In front of the restaurant, he saw its
private security agent standing near a man
who was lying in the street, bleeding from
the head. He also noticed that the security
agent had been hit in the arm. Will recalls,
"He was bleeding badly-I knew he was on
our team and needed help."
By this time, people were coming out of
the restaurant, but, according to Will,
nobody ,did anything. Without thinking
twice, Will took off his shirt and wrapped it
securely around the security agent's wounded
arm to help stop the bleeding.

He said later that he knew what to do
thanks to the first aid training he received
while in the military and, more recently,
through Panama Canal Commission
courses. Will says, "If nobody else takes
charge, you have to take charge of the
An ambulance arrived shortly. Will
helped the wounded agent to the ambulance.
Inside, he used his pocket knife to cut
bandages for him, for the downed hoodlum
and for a bystander who had been hit in the
This is not the first time Will has
responded to an emergency. Years ago, he
witnessed a car accident on the road to
Portobelo. Although other people saw it

-too, they stood by and did nothing.
Smelling gasoline and afraid the vehicle
would ignite, Will hurried to it and helped
the occupants escape.
"You always wonder if you're going to
react correctly in a situation like this," he
points out. "I only hope I do the right
Last week, Will visited the young security
agent, Eduardo Martinez, in the hospital.
That's when he learned what had actually
happened the night at the restaurant.
Martinez explained that two hoodlums
had taken him by surprise. While one
pointed a gun to his head, the other

demanded his weapon. When Martinez
refused to cooperate, they started shooting.
One bullet caught Martinez in the arm and
another just missed his head. A third hit one.
of the accomplices. Although wounded,
Martinez managed to subdue the injured
hoodlum and fire at the one who fled.
In the crowded hospital room, the two
men shook hands like old friends. Will
learned that Martinez is awaiting bone graft
surgery on his arm. Breaking the language
barrier, they recalled each other's actions
the night they met at the restaurant. Will
said, "It takes a lot of guts to do what he

New training schedule announced
The schedule of training courses to be offered to Panama Canal Commission employees is provided below. "New
Employee Orientation" and "Supervisor's Update: Performance Appraisal" are the only courses that will be offered in
Spanish. Nominations should be submitted through training program managers by the suspense dates indicated.
In addition to the listed courses, there are also a number of individualized training packets on a wide variety of topics
available at the Multimedia Center (52-4866). Among them is "Introduction to Microcomputers," a prerequisite to the

courses shown with an asterisk.
Course (and target audience) Dates
Electrical Standards (electricians) ........... 8/2-6
Situational Leadership and Delegation (man-
agers & supervisors) ..................... 9/4-6
Managerial Assessment of Proficiency (super-
visors and managers, NM-11 and above, or
equivalent).............. ............... 8/4-11
Contract Auditing (IG personnel) ........... 8/9-13
Data Acquisition & Control (electronics tech-
nicians and related personnel working with
Data Acquisition Applications.).......... 8/10-12
Personnel Management for Supervisors (super-
visors)................................ 8/10-13
Cathodic Protection (Marine Bureau and En-
gineering and Construction Bureau person-
nel) ................. ................ 8/16-20
Performance Improvement Workshop (super-
visors)............................... 8/18-19
Financial Management for Non-Financial Man-
agers (managers) ...................... 8/18-20
Supervisor's Update: Performance Appraisal
(Maintenance Division personnel) ........ 8/23
Transformer Maintenance (Electrical Division,
Exterior Branch personnel)............... 8/24-27
New Employee Orientation (new employees) 8/26
Developing and Presenting Audit Findings
(Office of Inspector General personnel)..... 8/30-31
Presentation Skills (personnel with briefing
and/or orientation responsibilities) ........ 8/30-9/1
Introduction to Supercalc* ................. 8/3-5
Introduction to WordPerfect* ............. 8/9-11
Advanced WordPerfect Features:Tables (Those
who have taken Introduction to WordPerfect
and who need to type any kind of document
that involves columns and rows) .......... 8/10
Advanced WordPerfect Features:Merge/Sort
(Those who have taken Introduction to
WordPerfect and who must prepare form
documents and/or organize data in alpha-
numerical order) ...................... 8/12
WordPerfect for Managers (managers and su-
pervisors). ............................. 8/13
SuperCalc Macros (This programming class
intended for experienced SuperCalc users) 8/16-18
Introduction to DBASE III+*.............. 8/16-18
Advanced WordPerfect Features:Columns &
Graphics (those who have,taken WordPerfect
who must integrate text and graphics in the
same document) ................. ...... 8/19-20
Introduction to Clipper (those who have taken
advanced dBASE III+ and who have Clipper
5.01 with its corresponding manual) ....... 8/23-27
Advance WordPerfect Features: Basic Macros
(those who have taken Introduction to Word-
Perfect)................................ 8/25-26
Advanced SuperCalc Features: Linking Spread
sheets (intensive SuperCalc users who have
taken Introduction to SuperCalc) ......... 8/30

8:00- 4:00
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7:30-11:30 8/2
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Mutual admiration Photo by Jaime Fernmdez
Panama Canal Commission Admeasurer Robert Will, right, visits hospitalized
private security agent Eduardo Martinez. Will administered first aid to Martinez
after the young agent was wounded in a shoot-out in front of the restaurant where
Will and severalfriends had been dining.

Rains flood streets,

block morning traffic

If you were among the many Pacific-area
T. Panama Canal Commission employees
Tr. Ctr.
Tr. Ctr. drenched by rain or delayed by flooded
streets and congested traffic on the morning
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Tr. Ctr. just what the weather was up to that day.

ECME-P Meteorologist Jorge A. Espinosa of the
ECME-P Meteorologic and Hydrographic Branch
ECME-A reports that, beginning after 1:15 am., an
ECME-A-Spa. isolated thunderstorm produced six inches
Tr. Ctr. of rainfall in just under six hours in the
Tr. Ctr.-Spa. Balboa area. It was not a record, however.
Back in 1944, according to Meteorological
Tr. Ctr. and Hydrographic Branch statistics, 4.49
Tr. Ctr. inches fell in Balboa Heights in just one
Gatun hour to set the all-time record.

7:30-4:00 8/2 Gatun "An isolated thunderstorm means just
that-sometimes it rains in Balboa and it
doesn't rain in Pedro Miguel," said

7:30- 4:00 7/20 717-D2 Espinosa, adding, "This one was stronger
than usual."

7:30- 4:00 7/22

7:30- 4:00 7/23

7:30- 4:00 7/26
7:30- 4:00 7/26

Local newspapers reported floods and
landslides in different areas of Panama City,
and many homes were affected. Friday
717-Al morning commuters found themselves
717-Al trying to skirt the various streams that
717-A2 overflowed their banks throughout the city.

"I came from the transisthmian highway
7:30- 4:00 7/29 717-Al at 6 a.m., and after I passed Curundu
Elementary School, I had to turn around
and cut over to Central Avenue to get to
7:30- 4:00 8/2 717-A1
work," said Rolando F. Greenidge, senior
lockmaster at Pedro Miguel Locks.
7:30- 4:00 8/4 717-A2 Greenidge wasn't alone-he said that he
recognized many of his co-workers suffering
7:30- 4:00 8/9 717-Al the same predicament.

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Take note
Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees are advised that beginning
July 12, new one-way streets have
been established in the Obarrio area
of Panama City to help traffic move
more smoothly. New street signs
have been installed and the transit
police are on hand to direct traffic.

To obtain information from the
Panama Operators License Section
located in Building 5150-X, Diablo
Heights, call 52-1472 or 32-6525.

The Panama National Transpor-
tation Bureau has announced that the
new law requiring the use of seat
belts in motor vehicles in the Republic
of Panama will become effective on
Monday, August 16. By that date,
seatbelts must be installed in all
privately owned or commercial sedans
and vans, and the driver as well as
passengers in these vehicles must
buckle up. In trucks, the driver and
front seat passengers will be required
to use seat belts. Those passengers
riding in the backs of open trucks or
those equipped with benches and
side rails will not be required to use
seat belts. In both commercial and
school buses, only the driver will be
required by law to use seat belts.
Tractors, forklifts and emergency
vehicles will be exempt from the seat
belt requirement. Those who fail to
observe the law will be fined from
$25 to $100. In addition, repeated
offenses may result in drivers license
suspensions for periods of three to six



Vol. XXXI, NQ 14 Viernes 16 de julio de 1993

Directiva en las esclusas
Miembros de la Junta Directiva de la
Comisidn del Canal de Panamd
visitan las Esclusas de Gatzn para
observar la reinstalacidn de una de las
cuatro compuertas completamente
rehabilitadas, quefueron
reemplazadas esta semana en lafase
final del reacondicionamiento de
esclusas del aio fiscal 1993. Desde la
izquierda estdn los directivos Dra.
Cecilia E. Alegre, Walter J. Shea,
John J. Danilovich y Robert R.'
McMillan; el Administrador Gilberto
Guardia F., los directivos William E.
Carl y Joaquin Vallarino Jr. y el
Secretario Michael Rhode Jr. La
directiva celebr6 su ultima reuni6n
del aio fiscal en el Edificio de
Administraci6n el 14 dejulio.
Foto por Jaime Fernandez

Barco establece nuevo record de transitos

Por Susan Harp
Con unos asombrosos 584 trinsitos por
el Canal de Panama, el Keystoner, usuario
regular del Canal en los filtimos 39 afios,
rompi6 este mes todas las marcas conocidas
de transitos interocednicos por una sola
nave en la via acuatica.
El tanquero de bandera estadouriidense,
propiedad de la Keystone Shipping Com-
pany de Filadelfia, Pensilvania, ha pagado
un estimado de $6 millones en peajes del
Canal durante su vida. Pasa por Panama
unas 15 veces al afio, Ilevando derivados de
petr6leo y productos quimicos entre Hous-
ton, Texas, y los puertos de la costa oeste.
El capital de la nave, James J. Leftwich,
fue el primero en avisar que el barco habia
sobrepasado su transito nimero 500 por el
Canal. A trav6s de su agente naviero en
Panama, C. Fernie and Co., el capitin
contact6 al Jefe de Arqueadores de la
Comisi6n Jos6 A. Melgar.
"Yo era oficial de abordaje en 1968 y
recuerdo al Keystoner como un cliente
regular", dice Melgar, quien, junto a la

Supervisora Asistente de Administraci6n
Isabel E. Macias y Victor E. Joseph,
supervisor del Ramo de Cuentas por
Cobrar y Pagar, investig6 los records del
Canal, hallando las cifras totales de
trinsitos y peajes.
Melgar tambi6n descubri6 que el Keys-
toner transit6 por primera vez el 25 de
enero de 1954, pagando $7,835.40 por 8,706
toneladas netas del Canal de PanamA. Los
m6todos de arqueo, las tasas por peaje y el
barco en si han cambiado desde 1950, y la
nave, que mide 551 pies por 68 pies, esta
ahora registrada con 9,145 toneladas netas
del Canal de Panama y pag6 $20,210 por su
trAnsito de julio.
Durante el transito, el Director de
Marina de la Comisi6n George T. Hull y la
Directora de Relaciones P6blicas Willie K.
Friar abordaron el Keystoner y entregaron
a Leftwich una placa conmemorativa por el
admirable record de transitos de la nave. En
sus observaciones, Hull dijo, "Ha sido un
valioso usuario del Canal, y espero que

sigamos vi6ndolo por muchos mas transitos".
El tanquero es uno de tres buques
construidos en 1953 por Bethlehem Steel
Corporation en Sparrows Point, Maryland.
Sus 32 tanques separados varian en
capacidad desde 105,000 a 378,000 galones
y permiten a la nave levar gran variedad de
productos al mismo tiempo. Segin George
Clark, vicepresidente de la Keystone Ship-
ping Company, el buque fue comple-
tamente remodelado en los afios 1980, y
recibi6 nuevo equipo de navegaci6n y otras
mejoras para mantenerse al dia con los
estandares del transporte maritimo. El
Keytrader y Keytanker, sus naves gemelas,
estin fuera de servicio.
El Keystoner no fue el inico veterano en
6ste trinsito. Irving V. Schmidtke, el oficial
de radio, vio la via acuatica por primera vez
en 1929. Con s61o 17 afios entonces,
trabajaba como aceitero en el cuarto de
maquinas de un buque de carga que viajaba
del estado de Washington a Nueva York
ida y vuelta.

"El ingeniero jefe me dej6 subir y viajar
en la cubierta exterior en vez de abajo en la
bodega para que pudiera ver el Canal, y de
veras lo disfrut', Schmidtke record6.
Afiadi6 que las dificultades del viaje lo
convencieron de volver a casa en Washing-
ton y graduarse de secundaria, para alivio
de su padre, el director de la escuela.
"Todos los marinos adoraban parar en el
Canal de Panama", dijo Kent C. Jennings,
recordando que el tiempo libre en tierra fue
la mayor atracci6n de su primera visita a
Panama durante la II Guerra Mundial. Con
70 afios hoy, Jennings ha trabajado en el
cuarto de maquinas del Keystoner por casi
20 afios.
Al acercarse al final de su transito
n6mero 584 por la via acuitica, el tercer
oficial Rikkii Andrews seiial6 que la
tripulaci6n tenia otra raz6n para celebrar.
Con una gran. sonrisa explic6, "Hoy
tambi6n es el dia que todos a bordo
comenzamos a recibir un aumento de 4 por
ciento por el costo de la vida".

Trinsito nfmero 584 Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Las locomotoras de las esclusas guian al "Keystoner" hacia la cdmara inferior de las Esclusas de Gatdn,
procedimiento familiar para el tanquero y su tripulaci6n. Desde 1954, el buque ha transitado el Canal de
Panamd unas 15 veces al afio, siempre cargado, en direcci6n norte o sur.

Reconocimiento especial Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El capitdn del "Keystoner" James J. Leftwich, a la derecha,
acepta una placa conmemorativa del trdnsito ndmero 584 de
su nave por el Canal de Panamd. El buque ha roto todas las
marcas conocidas por nutmero de veces que un barco ha
cruzado la via acudtica. El Director de Marina de la
Comisidn del Canal de Panamd George T. Hull, a la
izquierda, entrega la placa. Al centro estd Roger L. Crespo
de C. Fernie and Co, el agente del barco.

Asociaci6n maritima
celebra Semana del
Marino en Panama
La Asociaci6n Panamefia de Oficiales de
Marina Mercante celebr6 el minrcoles la
Semana del Marino con el simposio
titulado "La Profesi6n de Marino Mercante
en Preparaci6n para el Afio 2000", en el
Club de Oficiales de Amador.
Muchos empleados de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama pertenecen a la asocia-
ci6n, incluyendo a su presidente, el prActico
del Canal, Capt. Jos6 Lin Young, y el Capt.
Aurelio Dutary, otro practice, quien
coordin6 la reuni6n este afio.
El jefe de la Unidad de Adiestramiento
Maritimo, Capt. Orlando Allard, ofreci6
una charla sobre el programa de adiestra-
miento de practices del Canal, y el
legislador Olimpo Siez, el Presidente de la
Comisi6n Presidencial Ad-hoc para Asun-
tos del Canal Carlos GonzAlez de la Lastra
y el Coordinador del Programa de
Desarrollo del Sector Maritimo de la
Universidad de Panama Calixto Malcolm
hablaron de temas importantes para la
profesi6n maritima en el pais.
Otras actividades durante la semana
incluyeron competencias deportivas y cere-
monias en las islas Flamenco y Taboga
distinguiendo a los marinos y a su patrona,
la "Virgen del Carmen".

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 16 de julio de 1993

Equipo triunfador Foto por Roberto Vaca
Los miembros del equipo de fttbol de las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel muestran los trofeos que obtuvieron al ganar la Liga de
Fztbol Divisional de la Comisi6n del Canal este aifo. De los once equipos compitiendo, sdlo los equipos de Pedro Miguel,
Transporte Motorizado, Apoyo Logistico y Servicios del Canal, los ganadores del anio pasado, llegaron a las rondas finales. El
partido final entre los equipos de Pedro Miguel y Servicios del Canal fue parejo, con un juego sin goles, forzdndolos a un
tiempo extra tambign sin anotaci6n. La victoria se decidi6 cuando Pedro Miguel meti6 un gol tras un tiro de penalty.

Katherine Gaillard escribe cr6nicas del Canal

Parte 10: La selva "interior"

S Las orquideas
fueron de gran in-
terespara Katherine
W Gaillard, esposa del
Col. David DuBose
Gaillard. Ahora na-
rra su idea de traer las plantas de lajungla
dentro de la casa, y cdmo comenz6 a
coleccionar y sembrar plantas y flores
ex6ticas panamenas.
A pesar que mi plan de traer las plantas
de la selva verdadera a la puerta de afuera
fracas6, con audacia program traerlas
dentro, al p6rtico que ocupaba tres lados de
la casa y que, en su desnudez, parecia varias
millas de largo. Alli se podian reproducir
mis ficilmente las condiciones apropiadas
para convertir al p6rtico en una selva en
miniatura. Afin con mis audacia, planee
que podia ser llenada con las orquideas que
podian encontrarse en lajungla.
Conociendo s61o. las flores del florista,
me converti en presa facil de los comer-
ciantes locales, quienes, al enterarse que yo
compraria, trajeron grandes bolsas de
plantas y descaradamente me aseguraron
que eran orquideas que pronto "darian
bellas flores".
Compr6 todas las plantas y las sembr6 lo
mejor que pude, dentro de mi ignorancia,
pero con resultados curiosos, al ver enanas
crecer para convertirse en gigantes, otras
erguidas transformarse en enredaderas
colgantes y las tranquilas y chiquitas trepar
sobre todas las cosas a sorprendentes alturas.
Sin embargo, a pesar de este extrafio
comportamiento fueron tratadas con ter-
nura, afin despu6s de que un experto dijo
que ninguna era orquidea! Orquideas o no,
el sorprendente follaje de estas cosas,
identificadas luego como anthurium, poly-
podium, filodendro y tillandsias, serian un
fondo adorable para las orquideas verda-
deras, cuando las encontrara.
Porque yo las encontraria!
Iria yo misma a la selva y las conseguiria.
Afortunadamente, fui una nifia ruda y no
sentia miedo de insectos o culebras. Asi que,
en una falda corta de caqui, con un hombre
para trepar por las plantas y un machete
para abrir camino, sali a buscar orquideas
en la jungla. Aprendi poco a poco a
conocerlas por medio de abundantes libros
en mi casa y mirando con atenci6n los
drboles en la selva.

Tomaria el tren temprano hacia Culebra
y me bajaria en alguin lugar cerca de la
selva, la cual, afin cuando habia sido
cortada en los poblados, era facilmente
accesible tras los cerros. Pasaba el dia
entero y regresaba en el tren vespertino, mi
"botin" seguro en manos de algin jefe de
equipajes amistoso. Todos me conocian y
eran muy carifiosos con los capullos y los
nuevos retofios de las plantas.

Algunos dias no encontraba orquideas, o
las hallaba s6lo para dejarlas saludando
desde lo alto de algfin arbol que no podia
ser trepado o tan Ileno de nuevos botones
tiernos que hasta el mas grande esfuerzo
fracasaria en Ilevarlas a casa enteras.

Pero s6lo aquellos que han seguido las
orquideas hasta la selva misma conocen el
placer cuando, luego de un dia abri6ndo
paso entre los arboles, trepando enreda-
deras y subiendo troncos caidos, aparece de
repente, y a facil alcance, un gran ramillete
floreado movi6ndose con la brisa como una
gigantesca mariposa a punto de descender.

A pesar que mas tarde tuve orquideas de
otros paises y hasta hibridos cultivados,
ninguna me gust6 tanto como las nativas,
posiblemente por que yo misma las
conseguia y, por su abundancia, podian
arreglarse en grandes grupos y cuando
florecian, s6lo tenian que ser colgadas bajo
el ;rbol de aguacate en el patio, trasero y
dejadas alli hasta el pr6ximo afio. Alli,
atadas en grandes racimos sobre troncos de
madera local, parecian no darse cuenta de
su cautiverio, ya que crecian y florecian
como en su casa en la selva.

Habia una fuerte rivalidad entre nosotras
las del "culto". Ocasionalmente cambii-
bamos orquideas y no las regalabamos con
frecuencia. Estas se podian reconocer muy
ficilmente, porque s6lo por educaci6n se les
podia haber dado un lugar en una colecci6n!

Una vez enferm6 y no me habia dado
cuenta de lo grave de mi condici6n hasta
que algunas de mis coleccionistas rivales me
mandaron lindas y florecientes orquideas en
"buenas condiciones".

En ocasiones, cuando salia a la jungla,
encontraba otras cosas. Una vez, despu6s de
ver un lindo especimen a 50 pies entre las
ramas de un gran irbol, le pedi a mi
trepador de Barbados, que una vez fue

marine y no tenia miedo a las altura;, si la
podia conseguir.
"Oh! Si, sefiora, estar6 encantado de
conseguirla", dijo en su acento britanico.
El trep6 y yo me fui. Al rato escuch6:
"Por favor, sefiora, lo lamento, pero no
puedo proporcionarle estas flores".
"Por qu6 no?", pregunt6, ya que 61 habia
llegado bien alto.
"Oh, sefiora, hay monos en lo alto de este
Loca de alegria le grit6, "Bien, atrapa los
"No, sefiora, con su perd6n, pero yo no
puedo atrapar estos monos, su mordida es
muy fuerte".
A pesar de mi oferta de cinco d6lares 61
persisti6: "Oh no, sefiora, ellos son capaces
y estan ansiosos por lastimarme".
Acercandome y mirando hacia arriba vi
en una rama justo sobre su cabeza tres
pequefias furias, la mama mono, el papa
mono y el beb6 mono, todos en linea sobre
una rama, las colas rectas y rigidas hacia
abajo, haciendo muecas, escupiendo y re-
No, yo tampoco hubiera intentado
atraparlos, ni por muchos cinco d6lares!
Continuard. .

Eventos locales

Reuni6n escocesa
La Sociedad St. Andrew realizara un
"Ceilidh" o reuni6n informal escocesa, con
misica de violines, danzas y una presen-
taci6n de la historia y significado de las
faldas de cuadros escocesas. El evento
tendra lugar el 31 de julio a las 7 p.m. en el
Club de Oficiales de Amador. Para mis
informaci6n, Ilame a Violet Icaza (30-1683),
Jeannie Hickman (52-6425) o Lorri Gil-
christ (36-1191).

Venta de excedentes
La Oficina de Reutilizaci6n y Mercadeo
tendri una venta de excedentes el jueves 5
de agosto en el Edificio 745 de Corozal. Los
compradores podran revisar la mercancia
de 8 a.m. a 2:30 p.m. del 2 al 4 de agosto.
Tambi6n podran inscribirse por adelantado
o alas 7 el dia de la venta.

Bazar de artesanias
El Capitulo del Canal de Panama de la
Asociaci6n Americana de Mujeres de
Empresa tendra un bazar el sabado 31 de
julio de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m. en el Centro
Recreativo Valent de Fuerte Clayton.
HabrA una consultora de imagen, ademAs
de joyeria y artesanias de Africa, Estados
Unidos y Am6rica Latina. Para mis
informaci6n, lame al 87-3352 6 60-4744.

Mejores comunicaciones
La Asociaci6n Nacional de Sordos de
Panama solicita donaciones para ayudar
con los costos de impresi6n del libro
"Lenguaje de Sefias Panamefias". La
asociaci6n espera que el libro ayudara a
mejorar las comunicaciones de todos los
sordos en Panama, especialmente la de
nifios sordos. Las donaciones pueden
hacerse directamente a la Asociaci6n
Nacional de Sordos en el Banco General,
cuenta nfmero 01-2-01-005-454794-00. Para
mis informaci6n lame a Maria Isabel
Pimentel al 61-6996.

Pagina 2

Premio deportivo Foto por Bob Eckerle
Las ganadoras del Premio Deportivo a la Memoria de Bill Joyce muestran las
placas obtenidaspor su espiritu competitivo en la Liga Juvenil de Bola Suave para
Ninas. Elpremiofue establecido en 1990 por lafamilia y amigos del antiguo Jefe
Encargado de Finanzas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, William J. Joyce, en
memoria de su contribuci6n al deportejuvenil en el drea canalera. Las ganadoras,
Janelle Hauser, Lucia Lincoln, Beth Foster y Wilma Engelke, fueron elegidas por
sus compaieras en cada uno de los cuatro equipos.

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Viemes 16 de iulio de 1993

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Amenazantes escarabajos no

son peligro para los humanos

Por Joaquin Horna
La mayoria de las personas reacciona
ante los insectos de tres formas-los
aplastan, los ignoran o les salen huyendo.
Un insecto volador de gran tamafio que
suele producir la tercera reacci6n es el
escarabajo con cuemo. Su nombre se deriva
del macho de la especie, cuyo largo cuemo
sobresale de su gran cuerpo acorazado. De
hecho, los escarabajos machos mis parecen
triceratops en miniatura que insectos de
patio ordinarios. Las hembras, que no
poseen cuemo, parecen enormes escara-
bajos comunes. Ambos sexos pueden crecer
hasta del tamafio de una mano.
Aunque normalmente se encuentran en
los bosques tropicales, algunos de estos

... los escarabajos no

hacen mds dan o que

otros insectos que

no muerden.

escarabajos han Ilegado a las esclusas del
Canal de PanamA y areas aledafias. Bolivar
A. de la Guardia, un guardia de la Divisi6n
de Seguridad del Canal, recientemente
atrap6 uno de estos escarabajos en las
Esclusas de Miraflores. Observ6 que s6lo su
tamafio les da un aspecto amenazante.
Sin embargo, a pesar de su apariencia,
estos escarabajos son tan inofensivos como
cualquier otro insecto que no pica. Aunque
si emiten un silbido al ser atrapados y tienen
muchas espinas filosas en sus patas, las

personas que tienen un encuentro cercano
con ellos no tienen raz6n para asustarse.
"Como la mayoria de los escarabajos,
ellos son atraidos por las luces brillantes",
explica Anayansi Scott, t6cnica bi6loga de
la Unidad de Entomologia de la Divisi6n de
Administraci6n y Apoyo de Instalaciones.
Al examinar el escarabajo con cuemo, o
Megasoma elephas que encontr6 de la
Guardia, afiade que el brillo de las luces de
poste alto explica su presencia en las
Seg-in Scott, la misi6n principal del
escarabajo en la tierra es reproducirse-y
no suelen tener mas de dos meses para
hacerlo. Los machos utilizan sus cueros
durante el ritual de apareamiento. Como
otros miembros del reino animal alrededor
del mundo, el macho de la especie lucha con
otros machos por su derecho a aparearse.
Su vida adulta es muy corta. Son insectos
metam6rficos y viven la mayor parte de su
vida, unos ocho meses, como larvas,
comiendo raices y troncos podridos. Al salir
de la pupa, los adultos se alimentan de
hojas y frutas y tambi6n pueden encontrarse
cerca de hongos y vegetaci6n descompuesta.
Scott enfatiza que los escarabajos con
cuerno no son un peligro para los humanos.
No pican ni transmiten enfermedades, y su
tamafio los hace muy pesados para moverse
con rapidez o volar lejos.
Aunque los escarabajos con cuemo
adultos pueden verse a lo largo del afio,
Scott afirma que parece haber mis al inicio
de la 6poca lluviosa. "Usualmente legan
con las primeras lluvias", dice, "igual que los

Lista de Vacantes
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(Maximo de 2 mess)
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Insecto inofensivo
Anayansi Scott,
ticnica bi6loga de la
Unidad de
Entomologia de la
Division de
Administraci6n y
Apoyo de
Instalaciones, sostiene
una de las seis patas
de un escarabajo con
cuernos encontrado
hace poco en las
Esclusas de
Miraflores. El
prominente cuerno de
los machos, como el
de este especimen, es
usado en su ritual de
Foto por Jaime Fernandez

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La Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA
eis mpre promueve la seguridad en l s

Va- ---- ------
si- can- de trabajo, pero qu6 pasa con la seguridad
Unidad tio tes en los hogares de los empleados? Una

Dragado P 1 forma de promover la seguridad en el hogar
es instalando detectores de humo que
Esclusas A 1 alertan al inicio de incendio en el hogar. Los
extintores de incendios tambi6n son impor-
Dragatantes en el hogar. Pruebe su preparaci6n
para los incendios, contestando las siguien-
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Seguridad P 1 vida!

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Salud para ejercer la medicina en la Repdblica de PanamA, o tener licencia para trabajar en los Estados Unidos.
I S61o se considerara a empleados de la Comisi6n.
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Motorizado) ................................................ agosto 11 al 18
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El Sistema M6trico .................................................. agosto 19
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Tiene detectores de humo en su hogar?
Funcionan bien?
Antes de contestar, sepa que los detecto-
res se prueban oprimiendo con firmeza el
bot6n de prueba por 10 segundos. Si la
alarma suena alto y continuamente, el
detector y las baterias funcionan correctamente.
Ahora, an6tese 15 puntos si contest6 "si"
a la primera pregunta y 10 puntos mas si
tambi6n contest6 afirmativo a la segunda.
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incendios? Esta correctamente cargado?
Sume otros 15 puntos si contest "si" a la
primera pregunta y 10 mis si tambi6n lo
hizo en la iltima.
Ahora sume los puntos para el resultado
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alcanz6-corrija el problema y d6se una
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Hagase un favor y reparelos.
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(52-7882), o en la Estaci6n de Bomberos de
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Pigina 3


Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 16 de julio de 1993

Arqueador aplica primeros auxilios a victima de tiroteo

Por Joaquin Horna
Despu6s del tiroteo, el Arqueador de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama Robert
Will sali6 debajo de la larga mesa donde 61 y
11 amigos cenaban en la terraza de una
pizzeria de la ciudad el mes pasado.

"Robert, no te levantes", dijo el amigo
que habia empujado contra la pared pocos
segundos antes. Las balas comenzaron a
volar justo cuando el grupo se disponia a
pedir el postre. Will estaba casi seguro de
d6nde habian venido las balas-tambi6n
record6, de su servicio militar en Vietnam,
el dafio enorme que pueden causar los
pequefios fragmentos de plomo.

En 1969, al dirigir a su pelot6n fuera de la
jungla vietnamita, Will fue alcanzado en el
muslo por una bala de AK-47. Le tom6 casi
tres afios recuperarse. De hecho, a6n usaba
un yeso cuando se uni6 al programa de
aprendices del Canal de Panama en 1971.
Se gradu6 como electricista cuatro afios
mbs tarde, y se convirti6 en arqueador en

Ahora Will se enfrentaba al peligro
nuevamente. "Tengo que ver lo que sucede",

le respondi6 al preocupado amigo cuando
abandonaba la protecci6n de la mesa.
Frente al restaurante vio al agente de
seguridad del lugar parado junto a un
hombre tirado en la calle que sangraba por
la cabeza. Observ6 que el agente de
seguridad estaba herido en el brazo.
"Sangraba mucho", recuerda Will. "Sabia
que era de nuestro equipo y necesitaba
La gente comenz6 a salir del restaurante,
pero, segin Will, nadie hacia nada. Sin
pensarlo dos veces, Will se quit6 la camisa y
la amarr6 fuerte en el brazo herido del
agente para detener la hemorragia.
Luego dijo que supo qu6 hacer por el
entrenamiento en primeros auxilios que
recibi6 en la milicia y, ms recientemente,
en cursos de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama. "Si mas nadie lo hace, tfi tienes
que hacerte cargo de la situaci6n", dice Will.
Una ambulancia lleg6 poco despu6s. Will
ayud6 al agente herido hasta la ambulancia.
Adentro us6 su cuchilla para cortar sus
vendajes, asi como los del maleante y de un
hombre alcanzado accidentalmente en una

Esta no es la primera vez que Will se
involucra en una emergencia. Afios atrAs,
presenci6 un accidente automovilistico en la
carretera a Portobelo. Otras personas
tambi6n lo vieron y se detuvieron, pero no
hicieron nada. Al oler gasolina y temiendo
que el carro se incendiara, Will corri6 hacia
el carro y ayud6 a salir a sus ocupantes.

"Uno siempre se pregunta si va a
reaccionar correctamente en una situaci6n
como 6sta", sefiala. "S61o espero hacer lo

La semana pasada, Will visit6 al joven
agente de seguridad, Eduardo Martinez, en
el hospital. Fue entonces cuando supo qu6
habia sucedido esa noehe en el restaurante.

Martinez explic6 que dos maleantes lo

habian sorprendido. Mientras uno le apun-
taba a la cabeza, el otro le pidi6 su arma.
Cuando Martinez se neg6 a cooperar, ellos
comenzaron a disparar. Una bala hiri6 a
Martinez en el brazo y la otra le fall6 la
cabeza por pulgadas. Un tercer disparo
hiri6 a uno de los maleantes. A pesar de su
herida, Martinez logr6 reprimir al maleante
herido y disparar al otro que escapaba.

En el cuarto leno de gente del hospital,
los dos hombres se estrecharon la mano
como viejos amigos. Will supo que
Martinez esperaba una cirugia de injerto de
hueso en el btazo. Venciendo la barrera del
idioma, recordaron sus respectivas acciones
la noche que se conocieron en el restau-
rante. "Se necesitan muchas agallas para
hacer lo que 61 hizo", dijo Will.

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Liderazgo de Situaciones y Delegaci6n (para
gerentes y supervisores) .................. 8/4-6
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trucci6n .............................. 8/16-20
Taller sobre C6mo Mejorar el Desempefio
(para.supervisores) .................... 8/18-19
Administraci6n de Finanzas para Otros Geren-
tes (para gerentes) ..................... 8/18-20
Actualizaci6n de Supervisores: La Evaluaci6n
del Desempefio (para el personal de la Divi-
si6n de Mantenimiento) ................. 8/23
Mantenimiento de Transformadores (para el
personal del Ramo de Exteriores de la Divi-
si6n de Electricidad).................... 8/24-27
Orientaci6n de Empleados Nuevcs (para em-
pleados nuevos) ....................... 8/26
C6mo Desarrollar y Presentar los Resultados
de Auditorias (para el personal de la Oficina
del Inspector General................... 8/30-31
C6mo Hacer Presentaciones (para el personal
que debe dar charlas o hacer presentaciones) 8/30-9/1
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Introducci6n a WordPerfect* .............. 8/9-11
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han tornado Introduccio6n a WordPerfect y
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pervisores) ................. .......... 8/13
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Admiraci6n mutua Foto por Jaime Fernindez

El Arqueador de la Comisi6n del Canal Rob
seguridad Eduardo Martinez en el hospit
Martinez luego que eljoven agentefuera her
donde Willy varios amigos cenaban.

Lluvias inundan calles,

obstaculizan el trafico
Si Ud. se encuentra entre los empleados
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama en el
sector Pacifico que se empaparon por la
lluvia y Iegaron tarde por las inundaciones
y el trafico la mafiana del viernes 2 de julio,
seguramente se preguntard qu6 sucedi6 con
el clima ese dia.

C. A. El meteor6logo Jorge A. Espinosa, del
Ramo de Meteorologia e Hidrologia,
C. A.-Esp. informa que, poco despu6s de la 1:15 a.m.,
una tormenta el6ctrica aislada dej6 caer seis
C. A. pulgadas de lluvia en menos de seis horas en
el drea de Balboa. Sin embargo, esto no fue
Gat n un record. Segfin las estadisticas del Ramo,
717-A2 en 1944 cayeron 4.49 pulgadas de lluvia en
Gatfin Balboa en s6lo una hora para marcar el
717-D2 record mas alto.

"Una tormenta aislada significa preci-
samente eso-algunas veces llueve en
7:30- 4:00 7/20 717-D2 Balboa pero no en Pedro Miguel", dijo
Espinosa, afiadiendo: "Esta fue mAs fuerte
de lo usual".
7:30- 4:00 7/22 717-A1 Los diarios locales informaron sobre

7:30- 4:00 7/23 717-A1 inundaciones, derrumbes y hogares afec-
tados en diferentes Areas de la Ciudad de
7:30- 4:00 7/26 717-A1 Panama. Esa mafiana, los viajeros tuvieron
7:30- 4:00 7/26 717-A2 que esquivar las corrientes que inundaron
calles en toda la ciudad.
"Yo vine por la Transistmica a las 6 a.m.
7:30- 4:00 7/29 717-A!
y, al pasar la Escuela Primaria de Curundu,
tuve que devolverme y tomar la Avenida
7:30- 4:00 8/2 717-A1 Central para l1egar al trabajo", dijo
Rolando F. Greenidge, primer maestre de
7:30- 4:00 8/4 717-A2 esclusas en Pedro Miguel. Greenidge no
estaba solo-dijo haber reconocido a
muchos compafieros de trabajo sufriendo el
7:30- 4:00 8/9 717-A1 mismo problema.

,ert Will, a la derecha, visita al agente de
tal. Will practic6 primeros auxilios a
*ido en una balacerafrente al restaurante


Pagina 4

Tome nota
Se avisa a los empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal que, a partir del
12 de julio, se han establecido otras
calles de una sola via en el area de
Obarrio para ayudar a agilizar el
transito. Se han instalado nuevos
letreros en las calles y policias est6n
dirigiendo el tr6nsito.

Para informaci6n sobre la Sec-
ci6n de Licencias de Conducir ubi-
cada en el Edificio 5150-X en Diablo,
Ilame al 52-1472 6 32-6525.

La Direcci6n Nacional de Transito
y Transporte Terrestre anuncia que la
nueva ley que requiere el uso de
cinturones de seguridad en los vehi-
culos a motor en Panama entrarS en
vigor el 16 de agosto. Para entonces
se debera haber instalado cinturones
de seguridad en todos los autos y
microbuses privados y comerciales, y
tanto conductores como pasajeros
deberdn usarlos. En los camiones, el
conductor y los pasajeros delanteros
deber6n usar cinturones. No se
requerir6 su uso a los pasajeros que
viajen en la parte trasera de camiones
abiertos o equipados con bancas. En
buses comerciales y escolares, s6lo el
conductor deber6 usarlos. Tractores,
montacargas y vehiculos de emer-
gencia estan eximidos de este
A los transgresores de esta ley se
les impondran multas de $25 a $100.
Ademas, las licencias de los rein-
cidentes podr6n ser suspendidas por
tres o seis meses.

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