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The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
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Parallel title:
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Alternate title:
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Canal Zone
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Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
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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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Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
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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.
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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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"Aedes aegypti" breeding raises

chances of local dengue outbreak

Newpatrol launch Photo by Arnando De Gracia
Officials inspect the new police launch, "Cote Culebra," after its christening ceremony. The
launch is the first in afleet that is to be used by Panama police forjoint patrols with Panama
Canal Commission personnel in Panama Canal waters.

Police boat launched for joint patrols

Panama Canal Commission and govern-
ment of Panama officials attended a cer-
emony at Diablo last month to christen the
new patrol launch, Corte Culebra.
Assigned to patrol the area between
buoys 1 and 18 at the Pacific entrance to the
Panama Canal, tie Corte Culebra is the first
in a series of Panama police launches that
will be used forjoint patrolsbythe police and
the Commission's Canal Protection Divi-
sion. The launches will be used to protect
navigational aids and other Canal equip-
ment and to prevent the unauthorized use of
Canal waters for fishing, skiing and related

recreational activities. As additional boats
are placed in service, their operations will
expand to protect the Canal watershed and
prevent deforestation.
Personnel from the Panama police were
trained bythe Commission Maritime Train-
ing Unit in the operation of small craft.
Coordination and preparationswere handled
by the Commission Liaison Office.

The joint participation of both the Com-
mission and the Panama police in the pro-
tection of the Canal represents an important
step in deterring illegal activities.

RP polling station information to be distributed Monday

Panamanian employees will receive in- complete, call the Electoral Tribunal (25-
formation with Monday's pay statements on 9179 or 27-0767) by October 23 to allow the
their designated polling stations for the May necessary changes to be made on time.
1994 elections. Panama's Electoral Tribu- Those who feel they are entitled to vote but
nal made the information available to the do not receive the polling-station informa-
Panama Canal Commission to promote tion should also contact the tribunal, along
participation in the elections. with anyone desiring additional informa-
If the information is inaccurate or in- tion.

By Joaquin Horna

Recent experiences in nearby countries
indicate that hundreds of thousandsofpeople
might become sick during a dengue epi-
demic -- so many, that it might be necessary
to close schools and businesses and turn
churches into hospitals. Although the den-
gue virus is not present in Panama at this
time, increased Aedes aegypti mosquito
breeding in Panama City, Colon and other
areas greatly increases the odds of an out-
In addition to causing a great deal of
human suffering, an epidemic in Panama
could have a staggering economic impact, as
a large part of the labor force is susceptible
to the disease. Furthermore, the dengue
virus would be likely to remain on the Isth-
mus, and people would continue contracting
the disease.
Panama Canal Commission employees
and their families are every bit as vulnerable
to this threat as the rest of the population.
According to health authorities, one of the
best ways we can protect ourselves is to
prevent mosquito breeding in our own neigh-
Aedes aegpti mosquitoes can breed in
any place where water is collected -- both in
man-made articles such as used tires, glass
jars, plastic cups or tin cans and in natural
objects like tree holes or hollowplant leaves.
A female mosquito can lay nearly 150
eggs, and to ensure the survival of the spe-
cies, she will use several different water
containers. Up to 20 eggs can be placed in
an object as small as a bottle cap, provided
there is a trace of water inside, with adult
mosquitoes emerging nine to 12 days later.
Health authorities working to identify
and eliminate Aedes aegypti breeding sites
urge everyone to cooperate fully with this
important endeavor. The entire community
must fight alongside the professionals if this
war is to be won.
BecauseAedes aegypti is a mosquito that

cannot fly very far, cleaning the area around
your own home will greatly reduce your
chances of contracting dengue. The time
and effort it takes to eliminate, drain, clean
or turn over potential water containers will
be well worth the protection it provides to
you and your family. All employees will
receive a sample checklist ofpotential breed-
ing sites with their pay statements on Mon-



Mosquito-development cycle

Under normal conditions, it takes two
days for "Aedes aegypti" eggs to develop
into mosquito larvae. These, in turn,
develop into pupae in five to seven days,
with the pupae becoming adult mosqui-
toes two to three days later. If the water
in a container dries up after eggs have
been depositedthere, the eggscan remain
latent for up to a year, reactivating when
they become wet again.
Illustration by Osvaldo Herrera

Jobsite citation, arrest
procedures explained

Personal legal problems can be a hassle
at any time, and when they follow an em-
ployee to his or her worksite, the added
complications and public embarrassment
intensify the trauma.
Under established policy, Panama au-
thorities contact the Panama Canal Com-
mission Liaison Office for assistance in serv-
ing legal papers on Commission employees
or, in the case of arrest, to coordinate the
removal of the employee from the worksite.
If the employee's work is deemed essential
to the operation of the Panama Canal, a

Continued on page 3...

Construction progresses

Progress on the Marine Bureau complex un-
der construction on the Cristobal dike is
clearly visible in the photo at left.

Photo by Susan K. Stabler



Vol. XXXI, No. 19 Friday, September 24, 1993

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, September 24, 1993

Former jockey shares love of horses with her Gatun family

By Susan K. Stabler

A rare phenomenon today, fe-
male jockeys were even more of a
rarity in the late 1960s and early
1970s when Panama Canal Com-
mission dependent Lettie Millar
was racing. Millar is married to
Maintenance Division industrial
equipment mechanicforemanWil-
liam "Billy" Millar, who she
desribes as her "first boyfriend."
She explains that they used to ride
ponies together when they were
kids. She became a jockey after
winning a couple of amateur races
locally and was 24 when she began
racing at President Rem6n Race-
You get the feeling when talk-
ing to Millar that all it would take
to get her back on a horse at the
track is the sound of the bugle.
"You never lose the urge to be a
jockey," she says. Millar last raced
at the track 20 years ago. Pledging
all her winnings to charity, she
wasn't in it for the money -- all she
wanted to do was race. Today, her
eyes still dance when she exclaims,
"It was the most exciting thing in
the entire world!"
Although tall for a jockey,
Millar compensated byholdingher
weight to ascant 101 to 108 pounds.
She says shejogged and swam laps
every day and lived on grapefruit
juice. "I was starving myself," she
She remembers spending more
time galloping horses to exercise
them than actually racing. One of
herfavorite horses was named Ivan,
who she describes as almost black
with an oversized head. "He was
one of the ugliest horses I ever
saw," she says, "but when a jockey

was lifted onto his back, he was all
business. He won more races and
more beautiful silver trophies."
Millar's devotion to horses be-
gan long before she became a
jockey and has continued through-
out her life. As early as age 5 or 6,
she began taking care of other
people's horses when theywere on
vacation. Chief, a pony at the
Curundu Stables, became one of
her favorites and she eventually
ended up owning him.
Overall, she's owned various
horses and devoted years to
Isthmian stables, contributing her
energy for the past 10 years to the
Gatun Stables. As ayoung woman
she worked for well-known
Isthmian horse enthusiast,
Frederick "Rudy" Rudesheim, who
owned Baxter Moving Company
and built the Howard Riding
Stables. "I rode his horses," she
says, "and worked as a secretary
for his moving company. I quit
when I got married."
Curiously, she never rides any-
more. "Too busy," she says. But
the family owns three horses, and
all three of the Millar daughters,
12-year-old Sabra, 16-year-old
Honorine and 20-year-old Ponell,
ride like experts. Taught by their
mother, who continues to work
with them sometimes for many
hours a day, they each began show-
ing horses competitively at age 3
and jumping them by the age of 5.
Millar explains that she started
her children on really good, trust-
worthy horses. One such animal
was Molasses, as in "as slow as,"
who, according to Millar, would go
no further than the fence if a kid
wasn't sitting right. Today the
Millar family owns three horses

who are as much a part of the
family as are the Millar girls.
Their 15-year-oldbuckskin, Mr.
Z, has won over 400 ribbons in the
nine years he's spent performing
with the Millars, first ridden by
Ponell, then Honorine and then
Sabra. This year, Millar fashioned
a royal blue blanket for him out of
all his ribbons and draped it across
his back, thus formally retiring him
at his last show. Not bad for a $100
pony. "He's a great champ," says
The most recent member of
the family is a tall, elegant black
gelding called Special Effect. He
was originally purchased from the
Rem6n track by someone else, but
Millar says the first time she saw
him she whispered to herself, "This
horse should belong to me."
Admitting she spent more
money to buy him than a person
should spend on a horse, Millar
says she got him for Sabra, who
shares her mother's passion for
horses. Under the tutelage of the
two Millar women, Special Effect,
like Mr. Z, will likely become an-
other Millar legend.
The Millars' third horse is a
gelding named Prelude. He cur-
rentlybelongstoPonell, theMillars'
oldest daughter, and has been a
member of the family for nearly as
long as she has. Also from the
racetrack, Prelude was presented
in 1976 as a gift to Millar by race-
track trainer Eric Gittens.
A living legend, Prelude has
been participating in local and in-
ternational horse shows for the
past 16 years. An oil painting of the
horse dominates an entire wall in
the Millar's Gatun home. Among
his many honors is the rotating
Bruce L. Harkness Perpetual Chal-
lenge Trophy, Hunter Under
Saddle, which he retired after win-
ning for three consecutive years at
the Fort Clayton Riding Club in
1981, 1982 and 1983.
A little over a year ago, the
Millarsflew Prelude to Costa Rica
to compete in an international
show. Millarsays they'llkeep show-
ing him until his body says "no
more." Most people who know
Millar, especially those on the
equestrian circuit, believe that she,
too, will continue working with
horses until her body says, "No
more." She herselfadmits, "Horses
have been my life -- I don't know
how to do anything else."

Riding lessons

At left, equestrian expert LettieMillar
shares some of the finer points of
English riding with Panama Canal
Commission dependent Monica de
Alvarado and her horse, Estrella.
Photo by Susan K. Stabler

Historical note

The Panama Canal Record of October 2, 1907, printed a letter from Vincent Leat of Tavernilla, Canal
Zone, in which enclosed a clipping from the News of the World, a London paper, that he thought "may prove
of interest to the readers of your highly interesting paper."
The clipping, titled "Supply of Brides Given Out," read as follows: "The American Government recently
offered free houses to married couples along the Canal route in Panama; the husband to be employed in the
construction works. The result was a rush on the part of the employees to get married, and the supplyof brides
in the Canal Zone was speedily exhausted. An agent has now arrived in New York seeking wives for the Canal
employees, and already has met with considerable success."

Reflector-installation project Photo by Armando De Gracia
Panama Canal Commission Fire Division engineer Julio Narvaez, left
hands Panama Fire Department Maj. Oscar Cunningham an epoxy
applicator that will be used to affix blue reflectors on Canal-area streets to
helpfirefighters on both sides of the Isthmus locate hydrants more quickly.
One of the new reflectors is visible on the center line of the street in front of
the two men.

Reflective devices to help

firefighters locate hydrants

ByYira A. Flores

A project to place blue traffic
reflectors on Canal-area streets is
being carried out jointly by the
Panama Canal Commission Fire
Division and Panama Fire Depart-
ment to help firefighters on both
sides of the Isthmus locate hy-
drants faster when responding to
emergency calls.
Approximately 400 reflectors
are beingplaced on the Pacific side
in areas ofBalboa, LaBoca, Diablo,
Corozal, Cardenas, Los Rios and
Ancon, with some 200 in theAtlan-
tic-side areas of Gatun, Mount
Hope, Cristobal and Margarita.
They are being installed in Conm-
mission townsites first and then in
areas that havebeen turned over to
Panama where the Commission

and Panama firefighterssharejoint
responsibility for emergency ser-
The Commission Fire Division
provided the necessary materials
and safety gear for the project,
while Panama firefighters volun-
teered to install the reflectors on
the streets. Fire Division engineer
Julio Narvaez, who is overseeing
the project, adds that the Fire Di-
vision Inspection Unit offered
training and safety tips to partici-
pating Panamanian firefighters.
"The epoxyused to affixthe reflec-
tors to the pavement has a strong
smell and can burn your skin if it is
not used properly," he explains.
The project will be completed
by the end of this month, with the
four-by-four-inch reflectors in
place for future emergencies.

Locks employee wins third Ultramarathon

Pedro Miguel Locks machinist
helper LuisA. Camaio M. nabbed
his third straight victory in the
ocean-to-ocean Ultramarathon,
completing this year's race in 6
hours 16 minutes 30 seconds.
Camaiio holds the record in the
event, having run the course of
about 50 miles in 5 hours 53 min-
utes 38 seconds in 1991.
Sixteen men and two women
competed in the grueling competi-
tion earlier this month, coming
from Canada, the United States,
Mexico and Costa Rica as well as
the Republic of Panama.
Camafio was the only runner
from the Panama Canal Commis-
sion, but Capt. Marcos Avila of the
Fire Division served as an orga-
nizer, with logistical support from
Sgt. Cecil Reynolds and Sgt. Eric
The race was sponsored by
Deportes Mauricio.

Luis A. Camafio M.

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Photo by Bob Weedin

Friday, September 24, 1993

The Panama Canal Spillway

Mail System employees face continuous challenge

By Myrna A. Iglesias
An agency asbig as the Panama
Canal Commission receives a lot
of correspondence from all over
the world. In July alone, 136,325
pounds of mail were handled and
$13,013.73 was paid in postage.
The Administrative Services
Division's Mail System is in charge
of processing all incoming, outgo-
ing and internal official mail for
the Commission. Supervisor Eddy
J. Smith says, "We do everything
here that is done in a post office,
even more because we also wrap
up boxes and deliver mail to mili-
tary offices and to different offices

in Panama City."
When the Canal Zone Postal
Service was disestablished on Oc-
tober 1, 1979, as called for by the
1977 Panama Canal Treaty, the
Panama Canal agency became
entitled to use the U.S. military
postal system, which operates un-
der Department of Defense and
U.S. postal regulations. All the
agency's incoming and outgoing
official mail is processed through
Albrook. "That's the main postal
distribution facility, and we use its
service," Smith notes.
Incoming mail has to be picked
up every weekday morning from

Express delivery Photo by Jaime Fernndez
Mail clerks Edwin Espino, left, and Magin Navarrete pile boxes of all
shapes andsizes onto the MailSystem loadingdock at theAdministration
Building. This shipment of express mail was sent from the United States
on a two-day delivery schedule through thepost office atAlbrookAirForce

Albrook. It is then taken to the
Mail System's offices, where it is
processed and, from there, distrib-
uted to Commission units on both
sides of the Isthmus.
The Mail System has 13 em-
ployees on its rolls -- 11 on the
Pacificside and two on the Atlantic
who work out of Gatun's Building
122. Two daily office mail runs are
made to outlying Pacific-side of-
fices -- one in the morning and one
in the afternoon -- plus a morning
trip to the Atlantic side and an
afternoon press run for the Office
of Public Affairs. Within the Ad-
ministration Building, as many as
eight mail runs might be made in a
single day.
"The work in this office is con-
tinuous, and it has to be done,"
Smith says, "even if we are short-
handed because someone is on
vacation or sick." He adds that the
work can also involve lifting heavy
packages. For example, in one day
the unit handled about 350 boxes
containing computers and acces-
sories, each weighing between 28
and 43 pounds.
Records Management Branch
Chief Jeanne Hinek says Smith
"runs a tight ship." He does not
allow the mail to sit unprocessed
overnight, she explains. Every-
thing is either delivered the dayit is
received or else placed in the ap-
propriate cubbyhole for delivery
early the next workday. Hinek
adds that Smith and his employees
work hard and that there is a great

Newspaper delivery Photo by Jaime Fernmndez
Panama Canal Commission mailclerkArturoRussellscans the headlines
as he unloads issues of the U.S. Southern Command newspaper, Tropic
Times. Every Friday, a mail clerk picks up the weekly from the Corozal
printing plant and takes it to the La Boca Printing Office, where it is
processed for distribution by roll and gang to Commission employees on
both sides of the Isthmus. Every second Friday, the same routine is
followed with the Panama Canal Spillway.

deal of team spirit and camarade-
rie among them.
In general, the busiest days for
the Mail System are Mondays,
because of the mail accumulated
during the weekend, and Fridays,
because many offices send special
correspondence on that day and
also because of the distribution of
the Tropic Times and Panama
Canal Spillway.
Smith points out that all em-
ployees can help make mail service
more efficient by using correct
envelopes for official correspon-
dence, typinginaddresses correctly,

complying with Mail System rules
and deadlines and advising those
who send them mail on how to
address the correspondence prop-
erly. He explains that when mail is
received without the correct ad-
dress or name of the addressee, it
requires special handling and time
is spent unnecessarily determining
who it should go to, which delays
mail distribution.
Smith has been in charge of the
Mail System for about 12 years.
He says that his staff is very profes-
sional and dedicated and that he's
extremely proud of them.

Citation, arrest procedures explained

liaison officer will make every pos-
sible effort to postpone the arrest
untilthe employee's shift is over or
a replacement can be found.
If Panama authorities should
arrive at a worksite without a liai-
son officer, the employee should
request that the Liaison Office be
contacted. The employee can do
this directly or have someone else
do it, preferably the supervisor. In
the case of arrest, the supervisor

should definitelybe made aware of
the situation.
All employees, regardless of
nationality, are governed by the
laws of the Republic of Panama
and must comply with official or-
For most civil matters in
Panama, such as labor or family
disputes or debt payments, a per-
son is first sent three consecutive
citations to appear in court. Police

... continued from page 1

contact the Liaison Office, and the
citation is then delivered via the
employee's supervisor. Arrest or-
ders are not issued until all three
citations have been ignored, so an
order canbe avoided by answering
one of the citations.
Employees are responsible for
seeking their own legal counsel to
handle personal cases before they
become legal problems.
Standards of ethical conduct
require employees to pay their just
financial obligations in a timely
fashion. Employees who receive
notice through the Commission of
debt-related court orders and who
fail to promptly resolve their finan-
cial problems may be subject to
disciplinary action, including re-
moval from service. Anyone need-
ing assistance in this area may con-
tact the debt counselor at 52-3934.

Suggestion-award recipient Photo by Armando De Gracia
VirgilioE. CastilloM., right, a seniorhydro and generatingstation operator
with the Power Branch, explains the computer software program he
developed to actingshift foreman Juan Rodriguez The improvedprogram,
which earned Castillo a suggestion award will provide easier access to
information on electrical circuits, drawings, electrical equipment invento-
ries and circuit specifications.

Health-fair inauguration Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Employees from the Panama Canal Commission Locks and Occupa-
tionalHealth divisionsgatheras electrician generalforeman Juan LunaA.
prepares to cut the ribbon to officially open the Miraflores Locks Health
Fairon Monday. Computerized questionnaires were used to help evaluate
the overall health of employees, and blood-pressure and cholesterol
readings were also provided. A similar event was held Tuesday at Pedro
Miguel Locks.

Trophy presentation
In the photo at left, Panama Canal
Commission Deputy Marine Direc-
tor Carlos A. Alvarado, right, pre-
sents the Gilberto Guardia F. Ro-
tating Cup to Norton Lilly & Co.
Manager Christopher Glasscock
after Norton Lilly won a basketball
league featuringcompetition among
employees from shipping agencies
and the Commission. This was the
league's first year, and 10 teams
participated, including one repre-
senting Panama Canal pilots and
anothercomposed ofmarine traffic

Photo by Kevin Jenkins

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, September 24, 1993

What's happening

Amateur radio exams
Examinations for all classes of Federal
Communications Commission amateur radio
licenses will be administered by the Panama
Canal Amateur Radio Association at 9 a.m.
Saturday, October 2, at the Panama Canal
Training Center. A nominal fee will be
charged to cover costs.
Those wishing to upgrade their licenses
should bring the original and a photocopy
of the current license and any unexpired
certificates from previously passed exams.
The exams for the novice and technician
classes will be based on a new question pool
that became effective July 1.
For further details, call 52-7400.

EMT training
Firefighter Guillermo Beleifo, left, pre-
pares a fracture board for immobilized
firefighter Manuel Esquivel as training
officer Capt.-FiMarcos Avila observes
during an emergency medical technician
training course offered at the Panama
Canal Commission Firefighter Training
Unit. Esquivel is wearing a traction
splint used to stabilize fractures of the
femur (thighbone). Fifteen Commission
firefighters and 12 trainees from the U.S.
Army Medical Department Activity
(MEDDA C) recently completed the six-
week course in preparationfor a test that
all EMTs must pass to be certified.
Photo by Walt O'Neill

Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Marketing
Office will conduct a surplus sale October 7
at Building 745, Corozal. Customers may
inspect the merchandise between 7:30 am.
and 3 p.m. October 4 through 6. Bidders may
register in advance or at 7 the day of the sale.

La Boca High reunion-cruise
The La Boca Occupational High School
Class of 1955 is planning a cruise to the
Bahamas in 1995 as part of its 40-year
reunion. La Boca alumni and other
interested persons should contact Silvia
Mullings (32-4364), Orlando Scott (52-
2298), Sybil Josiah (29-2404) or Alfred and
Judith Gibbs (21-1650).

Dog show
Club Canino de PanamA will hold an
international and national dog show Octo-
ber 16 and 17 at the ATLAPA Convention
Show classes will be offered at 9 am. on
Saturday, October 2 and 9, for junior
handlers and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October
6 and 13, for adult handlers. Both groups
will meet in the Balboa High School
Stadium parking lot.
Volunteers, experienced and inexperienced
alike, are welcome to help with the show. For
more information, call Diane Ellis at 56-6606
evenings or Bridget Groome at 86-4896
during duty hours.

Trapshooting day
The Amateur Trap Association (ATA)
and Isthmian Clay Bird Association (ICBA)
will observe National Trapshooting Day
with four handicap competitions of 25
rounds each on Saturday, October 2, at the
Rodman Trapshooting Range, beginning at
9 am.
The cost for those who are members of
both the ATA and ICBA is $10.50. Non-
members will also be required to pay the
$12 ATA and $5 ICBA membership fees.
Ammunition must meet ATA standards
and will be available at the range. Food and
drinks will also be available.
Further information may be obtained by
calling Roberto Vallarino (36-0371 at work
and 25-9370 at home), Robert Fearon (43-
7413 at work and 56-6308 at home), Robert
Mercade (64-7946 at work and 64-0023 at
home) or the Rodman Gun Club (83-4851
on Wednesdays between 3:30 and 5:30

Katherine Gaillard writes of construction days

Part 14: Horticultural days

As every gardener
knows, once you
have a plant, you
must take care of it
andplant itproperly
or it will wither and
die. In this episode, Katherine Gallard wife
of Canal builder Col. David du Bose
Gaillard tells how she set aside time and
worked underneath her Culebra quarters to
take care of her precious, hard-won jungle
plants and of the work involved in
displaying them to her liking in the house.

After getting my spoil from the jungle,
there were many days spent under the
house, where the space left by the high
foundations made an ideal workshop. The
ferns and anthurium were placed in baskets
of moist moss; the orchids were wired on
logs of hard wood. It was real work and less
exciting than getting the things from the
jungle. I often wished that in some topsy-
turvical way the fixing could precede the
getting, leaving the best for last. On these
"horticultural days," as Mrs. H called them,

I was always "out" to callers, though often
in plain view under the house, with Mrs. R,
my inseparable floral companion, discus-
sing some new find.
Like the old giant Antaeus, I was only
renewing my strength by touching earth and
was forgiven by my friends when the next
day I would be out and ready for bridge,
luncheon or whatnot.
In the arrangement of plants on the
piazza I tried to reproduce the same effect
as seen in the jungle. People often spoke of
"balance" of broad and narrow leaves, as
though it had just happened. I would smile,
for only I and my West Indian helper could
know of the time spent in arranging and
rearranging those heavy boxes and high
hanging logs of orchids in an effort to get
just the right effect. My helper, after having
to move things back and forth several times,
would lose no time in leaving when the five
o'clock whistle would blow, congratulating
himself, I have no doubt, upon his escape
from "lunatic lady."
Note: Katherine Gaillard gives no further hint as to
the identities of Mrs. H and Mrs. R. Antaeus refers to
the mythical Greek giant overcome by Hercules.
To be continued...

The Vienna Boys Choir
The National Concert Association, with
the sponsorship of the Super 99, invites the
public to a performance by the world-
famous Vienna Boys Choir, under the
direction of Roland Purcell, at 8 p.m.
September 30, at the ATLAPA Convention
Center's Anayansi Theater. Tickets are $25,
$20 or $10 and can be purchased at the
Paitilla or El Dorado Super 99, Argosy
Bookstore, Allegro, the concert association
or at the door (beginning at noon the day of
the concert).

Gamboa Nature Fair
The Gamboa community will hold its
1993 Nature Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 2, at the community

"Agnes of God" tryouts
Director Carlos Williams is looking for
three women to star in the Ancon Theatre
Guild's production of "Agnes of God."
Tryouts will be held at 7:30 p.m. October 4
and 5 at the Panama Canal Training

Applications available for nomination to U.S. academy

The Panama Canal Commission admin-
istrator may nominate up to ten candidates
for each of two vacancies for appointment
to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
To be eligible for nomination by the
administrator, applicants must be U.S.
citizens and the children of U.S. residents of
areas and installations in the Republic of
Panama made available to the United
States pursuant to the 1977 Panama Canal

Treaty and related agreements or the
children of U.S. or Panamanian personnel
of the U.S. government (including the
military and the Commission) who reside
anywhere in Panama.

Application forms are available in the
principals' offices of the Balboa High
School and Cristobal Junior-Senior High.
They should be completed by October 22.

Savings bond distribution procedures change

Effective October 1, U.S. savings bonds
sold by the Panama Canal Commission will
be printed by the U.S. Treasury's Philadel-
phia Financial Center rather than locally.
The bonds will be mailed directly by the
Philadelphia office to employees who have
addresses in the U.S. postal system
(including the U.S. military and diplomatic
pouch systems). The bonds for all other
employees will be mailed to the Commis-
sion Treasurer's Office for jobsite delivery.
Information on U.S. savings bonds sold
through the payroll deduction system will
be transmitted by the Commission to the
Philadelphia center at the end of each pay
period so that the bonds can be printed
every two weeks. Information on bonds
that are sold over the counter by the
Treasurer's Office will be accumulated and
transmitted at the end of the month, with
the bonds printed and mailed by the
Philadelphia center two to six weeks after
the sale.

Employees buying a bond over the
counter to give as a gift will receive Form
5276, Gift Certificate. It may be used by the
purchaser to notify the recipient that a bond
is being issued in his or her name.
The new system consolidates the issuance
of U.S. savings bonds for the U.S.
government worldwide. The slight delay
that may occur in the receipt of bonds will
in no way affect the issuance date on which
the bonds begin to accrue interest or the
date on which bonds may be redeemed.
Those with questions on the subject may
contact the Systems Division at 52-3501.

Canal observes National
Hispanic Heritage Month
The Panama Canal Commission
joins other U.S. government agencies in
commemorating National Hispanic Her-
itage Month. The observance began
September 15 and ends October 15.

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- Va-
ca- can-
Permanent positions Salaies Unit tion cees
Clerical assistant (stenography/office automation),
NM-51 (Shorthand at 80 words per minute.)..... $6.57/$8.29 Industrial A 1
Supervisory management analyst, NM-7/9 ........ $10.89/$17.31 Admin. Services P 1
Temporary promotion or detail
(Not to exceed one year)
Quality assurance specialist, NM-11 2 (Bilingual)
(Swimming ability and driver's licence required.
Electrical or mechanical knowledge also required
to inspect and test equipment.) ................ $16.11 /20.94 Logistical P 1
I 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.
2 Only PCC employees will be considered.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.



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Director of Public Affairs

Associate Director

Deputy Administrator

Associate Director

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 S19 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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Aumentan criaderos de "Aedes aegypti"

y posibilidad de epidemia de dengue

Lancha patrullera Foto por Armando De Gracia
Funcionarios inspeccionan la nueva lanchapatmllera de lapolica, "Corte Culebra", luego
de la ceremonia de bautizo. La lancha es la primer de una flota que usard la policia
panamena para patrullajes conjuntos con personal de la Comisi6n del Canal en la via

Lanzan bote para patrullaje conjunto

Funcionarios de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama y del gobierno panamefio
asistieron a una ceremonia en Diablo el mes
pasado para bautizar la nueva lancha
patrullera, Corte Culebra, que sera usada
para vigilancia en aguas del Canal.
Asignada a patrullar entre las boyas 1 y
18 en la entrada del Canal en el Pacifico, la
Corte Culebra es la primera de una serie de
lanchas que utilizara la policfa panamefia
parapatrullajes conjuntos conlaDivisi6nde
Protecci6n del Canal. Las lanchas ayudarin
a proteger las ayudas a la navegaci6n y otros
equipos canaleros, y evitaran el uso no
autorizado de las aguas del Canal para

pescar, esquiaryotrasactividadesrecreativas
relacionadas. Al poner en servicio otras
lanchas, la operaci6n se expandira para
proteger la cuenca canalera y prevenir la
LaUnidad deAdiestramientoMaritimo
ensefi6 al personal de policia de Panama el
funcionamiento de lanchas pequefias. La
coordinaci6n y los preparativos fueron
manejados por la Oficina de Enlace de la
El trabajo conjunto de la Comisi6n del
Canalylapolicfapanameia esun importante
paso para evitar actividades ilegales enlavia

Distribuyen informaci6n sobre sitios de votaci6n el lunes

Los empleados panamefios recibiran
informaci6n sobre sus lugares de votaci6n
para las elecciones de mayo de 1994 junto a
sus talonarios de pagoellunes. El Tribunal
Electoral de Panama proporcion6 la
informaci6n a la Comisi6n del Canal para
promover la participaci6n en las elecciones.
Si la informaci6n esta errada o

incompleta, llame al Tribunal Electoral (25-
9179 6 27-0767) antes del23 de octubre, para
hacer los cambios necesarios a tiempo.
Aquellos que crean tener derecho a votar
pero que no recibieron informad6n sobre
sulugar de votaci6n, asf comocualquier otra
persona que desee informaci6n adiconal,
deben ponerse en contacto con el tribunal.

Por Joaquin Horna

Experiencias recientes en paises cercanos
indican que cientos de miles de personas
podrfan enfermar durante una epidemia de
dengue -- tantos, que podria ser necesario
cerrar escuelas ynegocios yconvertir iglesias
en hospitales. A pesar de que el virus del
dengue no se encuentra en Panama en este
momento, elcreciente n6mero de criaderos
delmosquitoAedesaegptienPanam, Col6n
y otras areas aumenta grandemente las
posibilidades de una epidemia.
Ademas de causar mucho sufrimiento
humano, una epidemia en Panama tendria
un impacto econ6mico asombroso ya que
gran parte de la fuerza laboralseriavulnera-
ble a la enfermedad. Ademis, el virus del
dengue podria permanecer en el istmo, yla
gente seguirfa contrayendo la enfermedad.
Los empleados dela Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama y sus familias son tan vulnerables
aestaamenazacomo elresto delapoblaci6n.
Segfn las autoridades de salud, una de las
mejores maneras de protegerse es prevenir
los criaderos del mosquito en nuestro
Los mosquitos Aedes aegypti pueden
reproducirse en cualquier sitio donde se
acumule agua-- yasea enartfculos artificiales
como lantasusadas, frascos devidrio, vasos
plasticosylatas, oen objetos naturales como
irboles huecos yplantas con hojas c6ncavas.
Un mosquito hembra puede poner cerca
de 150 huevos y para asegurar la
sobrevivencia de la especie usara varios
recipientes con agua. Puede poner hasta 20
huevos en un objeto tan pequefio como la
tapa de una botella, siempre y cuando
contenga agua, y los mosquitos adultos
saldran de nueve a doce dias despu6s.
Las autoridades de salud que trabajan
para identificar y erradicar los criaderos de
-Aedes aegypti le piden a todos cooperar con
tan importante tarea. La comunidad entera
debe luchar conjuntamente con los
profesionales si se quiere ganar esta guerra.

El Aedes aegypti no puede volar muy lejos,
asi que limpiar el area alrededor de la casa
reduce mucho el riesgo de contraer dengue.
El tiempo y el esfuerzo que toma eliminar,
drenar, limpiar o voltear recipientes que
de usted y su familia. Junto con el talonario
de pago del lunes, todos los empleados
recibiran una lista de los criaderos
potenciales del mosquito.


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Ciclo reproductor del mosquito
En condiciones normales, toma dos
diasparaqueelhuevode "Aedesaegypti"
sedesarrolleen larvademosquito. Esta,
a su vez, necesita de cinco a siete dias
para convertirse en pupa, y la pupa se
vuelve mosquito adulto de dos a tres
dfas despuds. Si el agua en un recipiente
se seca luego de depositar los huevos,
dstospuedenpermanecerlatentes hasta
por un aAo, reactivdndose al volver a

Grifica por Osvaldo Herrera

Explican procedimientos

de citaci6n y arresto

Los problemas legales personales pueden
Ilegar a ser un martirio, y cuando siguen al
empleado a su trabajo, las complicaciones
adicionales yla verguenza pfblica agrandan
el trauma.
Segfn las normas, las autoridades
panameiias contactan a la Oficina de Enlace
de la Comisi6n del Canal para asistencia al
tramitar documentos legales de empleados
de la Comisi6n o, en el caso de arresto, para
coordinar la remoci6n del empleado de su
lugar de trabajo. Si el trabajo del empleado
es esencial para la operaci6n del Canal, el

Continta en lapdgina 3...

Progresa edificaci6n
En lafoto a la izquierda se aprecia el
progreso de la construcci6n del complejo
de la Direcci6n de Marina en el dique de

Foto por Susan K. Stabler



Vol. XXXI, NQ 19 Viernes 24 de septiembre de 1993

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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 24 de septiembre de 1993

Antigua jockey comparte amor por caballos

Por Susan K. Stabler
Un fenomeno raro en la
actualidad, lasjockeys eran mucho
menos comunes en la d6cada del
Millar, dependientedelaComisi6n
delCanal, corria. Millaresta casada
conWilliam "Billy" Millar, capataz
de mecAnica de equipo industrial
de la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento,
a quien llama "su primer novio".
Ambos solfan montar caballojun-
tos cuando eran niiios. Millar se
convirti6 en jockey despu6s de
ganar algunas carreras locales de
aficionados y tenia 24 cuando
comenz6 a correr en el Hip6dromo
Presidente Rem6n.
Cuando hablamos con Lettie
Millar nos da la impresi6n de que
lo inico que falta para que vuelva
a cabalgar en el hip6dromo es el
sonido de la trompeta. "Nunca
pierdes el instito de ser unjockey",
dice. Millar corri6 por iltima vez
en la pista hace 20 afios. Donaba
todas sus ganancias a obras de
caridadpuesnocorria poreldinero
-- lo inico que queria era correr.
Hoy sus ojos afin bailan cuando
exclama: "Era lo ms excitante del
Aunque alta para ser jockey, lo
compensaba manteniendo su peso
entre 101 y 108 libras. Trotaba y
nadaba a diario y vivia del jugo de
toronja. "Me mataba de hambre",
Recuerda que pasaba mas
tiempo galopandopara ejercitar a
los caballos que compitiendo
realmente. Uno de sus caballos
favoritos se llamaba Ivan, un
ejemplar que describe como casi
negro con una cabeza enorme.
"Era el caballo mas feo que he
visto", dice, "pero cuandounjinete
subia a su lomo, era lo mrximo.
Gan6 un gran nfimero de carreras

y hermosos trofeos de plata".
La devoci6n de Millar por los
caballos comenz6 mucho antes de
convertirse en jinete y ha
continuado toda su vida. A los 5 6
de las personas que se iban de
vacaciones. Chief, un poney de los
establos de Curundu, se convirti6 0
en uno de sus favoritos y
eventualmente se convirti6 en su
En general ha tenido varios
caballos y ha dedicado afios a los
establos del istmo, concentrando
su energia durante los filtimos 10
ailos a los de Gattin. De joven
trabaj6 para el conocido hipico
local Frederick "Rudy"
Rudesheim, propietario de una
compaiifade mudanzasyconstruc-
tor de los Establos de Howard.
"Yo montaba sus caballos", dice,
"y trabajaba como secretaria para
su compafifa de mudanzas.
Renunci6 al casarme".
Curiosamente, ellayanomonta
mis. "Estoy muy ocupada", dice.
Pero la familia tiene tres caballos,
y las tres hijas de Millar, Sabra de
12 afios, Honorine de 16 y Ponell
de 20, son expertas jinetes.
Adiestradas por su madre, quien
a6n les ensefia, a veces muchas
horas al dia, cada una comenz6 a
competir en eventos ecuestres a
los 3 afios y de saltos a los 5 afios.
Millar explica que inici6 a sus
hijas con caballos muy buenos y
confiables. Uno de estos animales
fue Molasses, "tan lento como su
nombre", el cual, segfn Millar, no
avanzaba mas alla de la cerca si el
niiio no estaba bien sentado. Hoy
la familia Millar tiene tres caballos
que son tan parte de la familia
como las niias.
Su caballode 15 afios, Mr. Z, ha
ganado mis de 400 cintas en los

nueve aios que se ha competido
para los Millar, primero montado
por Ponell, luego por Honorine y
despu6sporSabra. Esteafio,Millar
arregl6 una capa azul real hecha
con sus cintas y se la puso sobre la
espalda cuando fue retirado
formalmente en su uiltima
competencia. Nada mal para un
poney de $100. "Es un gran
campe6n", dice Millar.
El miembro mis reciente de la
familia es un caballo negro
castrado, alto y elegante, Ilamado
Special Effects. Lo compr6 otra
persona primero en el hip6dromo
Rem6n, pero Millar se dijo a si
misma la primera vez que lo vio:
"Este caballo deberia ser mio".
Millar admite que gast6 mas
dinero para comprarlo de lo que
una persona debiera gastar en un
caballo, pero lo queria para Sabra,
quien comparte su pasi6n por los
caballos. Bajo la tutela de las dos
Millar, Special Effects, como Mr.
Z, se convertira en otra leyenda de
los Millar.
El tercero de los caballos Millar
es un castrado Ilamado Prelude.
En la actualidad pertenece a Ponell,
la hija mayor, y ha sido miembro
de la familia casi tanto tiempo
como ella. Tambi6n proveniente
del hip6dromo, Prelude le fue
regalado a Millar en 1976 por el
entrenador Eric Gittens.
Una leyenda viviente, Prelude
ha estado participando en
competencias locales e
intemacionales de caballos en los
fltimos 16 afos. Un oleodel caballo
domina toda una pared del hogar
de los Millar en Gatin. Entre sus
muchos honores esta el trofeo
rotativo Bruce L. Harkness, el cual
retuvo despues de ganarlo
consecutivamente en 1981, 1982 y
1983 en el Club de Equitaci6n de
Fuerte Clayton.
Hace poco mas de un afio, los
Millar llevaron a Prelude a Costa
Rica para competir en un evento
internacional. Continuaran
exhibi6ndolo hasta que su cuerpo
diga "ya no mas". La mayoria de
los que conocen a Millar,
especialmente aquellos en el
circuito ecuestre, creen que ella,
tambi6n, seguira trabajando con
caballos hasta que su cuerpo diga
"ya no mas". Ella misma admite:
"Los caballos han sido mi vida --
no s6 hacer otra cosa".

Lecciones hipicas
A la izquierda, la experta ecuestre
Lettie Millar ensefia a cabalgar al
estilo britdnico a M6nica
Alvarado, dependiente de la
Comisi6n del Canal, quien monta
su caballo Estrella.

Foto por Susan K. Stabler

Apunte hist6rico

El Record del Canal de Panama del 2 de octubre de 1907 public6 una carta de Vincent Leat, de Tavernilla,
Zona del Canal, a la cual adjunt6 un recorte del Mundo de las Noticias, un diario londinense, que 61 pens6
"seria de inter6s para los lectores de su tan interesante diario".
El recorte se titulaba "Se Ofrece Suministro de Novias" y decia lo siguiente: "El gobierno estadounidense
recientemente ofreci6 casas gratuitas a matrimonios a lo largo de la ruta del Canal en Panama, si el esposo
era empleado en los trabajos de construcci6n. Esto produjo que los empleados tuvieran prisa por casarse,
lo cual agot6 el nfmero de novias en la Zona del Canal rapidamente. Un agente ha llegado a Nueva York
buscando esposas para los empleados del Canal, y ya ha tenido bastante 6xito".

Instalan reflectores de calle Foto por Armando De Gracia
Julio Narvaez, izquierda, ingeniero de la Divisi6n de Bomberos de la
Comisi6n del Canal, entrega alMayor Oscar Cunningham, del Cuerpo de
Bomberos de Panamd, el adhesivo ep6xido para pegar los reflectores
azules en las calles del drea canalera que ayudardn a los bomberos en
ambos lados del istmo a localizarlos hidrantes ms rdpido. Se aprecia un
reflector en el centro de la callefrente a los dos hombres.

Reflectores ayudan a

encontrar hidrantes

Por Yira A. Flores
Un proyecto para colocar
reflectores azules de trAnsito en las
calles del area canalera estA
realizandolaDivisi6nde Bomberos
de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama y el Departamento de
Bomberos de Panamapara ayudar
alos bomberos en ambos lados del
istmo a ubicar mis rapido los
hidrantes al responder a una
Se estin colocando cerca de
400 reflectores en Balboa, La Boca,
Diablo, Corozal, Cardenas, Los
RiosyAnc6n enelPacifico,yotros
200 en Gatfn, Mount Hope,
Crist6bal y Margarita en el
Atldntico. Los reflectores se estin
colocandoprimero enlospoblados
de la Comisi6n y luego en las areas
revertidas a Panama donde los
bomberos de la Comisi6n del Ca-
nal y de Panama comparten la

responsabilidad conjunta de los
servicios de emergencia.
La Divisi6n de Bomberos
facility los materiales necesarios y
el equipo de seguridad para el
proyecto, mientras que los
bomberos dePanama seofrecieron
para colocar los reflectores en las
calles. El ingeniero de la Divisi6n
de Bomberos JulioNarvaez, quien
supervisa el proyecto, aiade que la
unidad de inspecci6n de la divisi6n
ofreci6 adiestramiento y consejos
de seguridad a los bomberos
panamefios participantes. "El
pegamento usado para fijar los
reflectores al pavimento tiene un
fuerte olor y puede quemar la piel
si no se usa bien", explica.
El trabajo se completara para
fin de mes, cuando los reflectores
de cuatro por cuatro pulgadas
estaran colocados para emer-
gencias futuras.

Empleado de esclusas gana otra marat6n

Luis A. Camafio, mecfnico de
en la marat6n de ocano a ocano,
completando el recorrido de este
afio en 6 horas, 16 minutos y 30
segundos. Camaio tiene el record
del evento, habiendo recorrido las
50 millas en 5 horas, 53 minutos y .
38 segundos en 1991.
En la agotadora competencia a
principios del mes participaron 16
hombres y dos mujeres
provenientes de Canada, los
Estados Unidos, M6xico, Costa
Rica y Panama.
Camafio fue el finico corredor
de la Comisi6n del Canal, pero el
Cap. Marcos Avila, de la Divisi6n
de Bomberos, fue uno de los
organizadores, con la ayuda del
Sgto. CecilReynolds yelSgto. Eric
Deportes Mauricio patrocin6
la carrera.

Luis A. Camafio M.

Pagina 2

Foto por Bob Weedin

s enreiV 24 de septiembre de 1993

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Empleados de correos enfrentan reto continuo -I

Por Myrna A. Iglesias
Una agencia tan grande como
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama
recibe gran cantidad de
correspondencia de todas partes
delmundo. Solamente enjuliose
manejaron 136,325 libras de
correspondencia y se pag6
$13,013.73 en franqueo.
El Sistema de Correos de la
Divisi6n de Servicios Admi-
nistrativos procesa todo el correo
oficial que lega, sale o circula
internamente en la Comisi6n.
"Hacemos todo lo que se hace en
un correo y hasta mis porque
tambi6n envolvemos cajetas y
entregamos correo en oficinas

militares y en diferentes oficinas
en la ciudad de Panama", dice el
supervisor Eddy J. Smith.
Cuando el Servicio Postal de la
Zona del Canal fue clausurado el
lo. de octubre de 1979, segiin el
Tratado del Canal de 1977, la
Comisi6n comenz6 a usar el
sistema postal militar que opera
bajo el Departamento de Defensa.
y las regulaciones postales de los
Estados Unidos. Todo el correo
oficial de la agenda es procesado a
trav6s de Albrook. "Es la oficina
principal de distribuci6n de correo
y nosotros usamos sus servicios",
sefiala Smith.
El correo que llega tiene que

Entrega rdpida Foto por Jaime Fernandez
Los oficinistas de correo Edwin Espino, izquierda, y Magfn Navarrete
acomodan cajetas de toda forma y tamatio en el anddn de carga del
Sistema de Correos en elEdificio deAdministraci6n. La carga de correo
expresoproveniente de los Estados Unidos llega cada dos dias a travis de
la oficina de correos de la base area de Albrook.

ser recogido en Albrook todas las
mafianas en los dias de semana.
De alli se leva a las oficinas del
Sistema de Correos, en donde se
procesa y, de alli, se distribuye a las
unidades de la Comisi6n enambos
lados del Istmo.
El Sistema de Correos tiene 13
empleados --11 en el lado Pacifico
y dos en el Atlntico, en el Edificio
122 deGatin. Se hacen dos rondas
de correo al dia a oficinas alejadas
del lado Pacffico -- en la maiiana y
en la tarde -- ademds de unviaje al
AtlAntico en las mafianas y un
servicio de mensajeria para la
Oficina de Informaci6n en las
tardes. En el Edificio de Ad-
ministraci6n se hacen hasta ocho
recorridos en un s6lo dia.
"El trabajo en esta oficina es
continuo", dice Smith, "y tiene que
hacerse aunque estemos cortos de
personal porque alguien esta
enfermo o de vacaciones". Agrega
que el trabajo tambi6n incluye
levantar paquetes pesados. Por
ejemplo, unavezlaunidadmanej6
en un dia cerca de 350 cajetas con
computadoras y accesorios, cada
una pesando de 28 a 43 libras.
La Jefa del Ramo de
Administraci6n de Archivos
Jeanne Hinek dice que Smith
El no permite que el correo
el dia siguiente, explica. Todo se
entrega el mismo dia en que se
recibe o se coloca en el cubfculo
apropiado para ser entregado
temprano en la mafiana. Hinek

Entregan peri6dicos Foto por Jaime Femrnndez
EloficinistadecorreosArturoRussell mira los titularesmientrasdescarga
las edicionesdelperi6dico delComando Sur, Tropic Times. Cadaviemes,
un oficinista de correos recoge los semanarios en la imprenta de Corozal
y los lleva a la Oficina de Imprenta en La Boca, donde se distribuyen a
los empleados de la Comisi6n en ambos lados delistmo. La misma mtina
se sigue con el Spillway del Canal de Panamd cada dos semanas.

agrega que Smith y sus empleados
trabajan duro y que existe mucho
espfritu de trabajo en equipo y
camaraderia entre ellos.
En general, los dias mis
ocupados para el Sistema de
Correossonloslunes, por elcorreo
acumulado durante el fin de
semana, y los viernes, porque
muchas oficinas mandan co-
rrespondenda especial ese dfa y
tambi6n por la distribuci6n del
Tropic Times y el Spillway.
Smith sefiala que todos los
empleados pueden ayudar a que el
servicio de correo seams eficente
usando los sobres adecuados para
la correspondencia oficial,

correcta, cumpliendo con reglas y
plazos del Sistema de Correos y
explicando a quienes les escriben
la manera correcta de dirigir la
correspondencia. Explica que
cuando el correo se recibe sin la
direcci6n correcta o el nombre del
destinatario, 6sta requiere un
manejo especialy se pierde tiempo
tratando de determinar para qui6n
es la correspondencia, lo cual
atrasa la distribuci6n del correo.
Smith ha estado a cargo del
Sistema de Correos alrededor de
12 afios. Dice que sus empleados
son muyprofesionales y dedicados
y se siente muy orgulloso de ellos.

Explican proceso de citaciones, arrestos ...vienedelapdgna

para posponer el arresto hasta que
termine elturno del empleado o se
consiga un reemplazo.
Si las autoridades pariameiias
liegaran al lugar de trabajo sin un
ofidal de enlace, el empleado debe
solicitar que la Oficina de Enlace
seacontactada. Elempleadopuede
hacer esto 6l mismo o dejar que
otro lo haga, preferiblemente su
supervisor. En caso de arresto, el
supervisor definitivamente debe

ser informado de la situaci6n.
Todos los empleados, sin
distingo de nacionalidad, se rigen
por las leyes de Panama y deben
cumplir las 6rdenes oficiales.
Para la mayoria de los asuntos
civiles en Panama, como disputas
laborales o familiares o pago de
deudas, se envian tres citaciones
consecutivas a la persona para que
asista ala corte. Lapolicia contacta
a la Oficina de Enlace y la citaci6n
es enviada por medio del supervi-

sor del empleado. Nose entregan
6rdenes de arresto hasta que se
hayan evadido las tres citaciones,
por lo que se pueden evitar las
6rdenes atendiendo a una de las
Los empleados deben buscar
su propia asesorfa legal para
manejar casos personales antes de
que se conviertan en problemas
Segin los estandares de 6tica,
los empleados deben cumplir sus
obligaciones financieras a tiempo.
Los empleados que reciben
notificaci6ndelacortepor demoras
de pago a trav6s de la Comisi6n y
no resuelven sus problemas
financieros con prontitud pueden
ser sometidos a acciones
disciplinarias, incluso la p6rdida
del empleo. Cualquiera que
necesite ayuda puede llamar al
consejero de deudas al 52-3934.

Inauguranferia de salud Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Empleados de las divisiones de Esclusas y Salud Ocupacional de la
Comisi6n del Canal rodean al capatazgeneral de electricistas Juan Luna
A. cuando seprepara a cortarla cintapara inauguraroficialmente laFeria
de la Salud de las Esclusas de Miraflores, el lunes. Se utilizaron
empleados, seles tom6lapresi6nysehicieron exrmenes de colesteroL Un
evento similar se realiz6 el martes en las Esclusas de Pedro Miguel.

Entregan trofeo
El Subdirector de Marina de la
Comisi6n del Canal CarlosA.
Alvarado, derecha, entrega la
Copa Rotativa Gilberto Guardia
F. al gerente de Norton Lilly &
Co. Christopher Glasscock, luego
que su empresa ganara la liga de
baloncesto para empleados de
agendas navierasy la Comisi6n.
Estefue elprimer aio de la ligay
10 equipos participaron,
incluyendo equipos representando
a los prdcticos del Canaly al
personal de control de trdfico

Ganador de premio por sugerencia Foto por Armando De Gracia
Virgilio E. Castillo M., derecha, primer operador de hidroeldctricas y
estacionesgeneradoras delRamodeEnergla, leexplicaal capatazde tumo
encargado Juan Rodriguez elprograma de computadoras que desarroll6.
Elprograma le vali6 a Castillo unpremiopor sugerencia, ya que ofrecerd
un acceso mdsfdcil a la informaci6n sobre circuitos eldctricos, dibujos,
inventarios de equipo eldctrico y especificaciones de circuitos.

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Pagina 3

Spillway del Canal de Panami

Viernes 24 de septiembre de 1993

Eventos locales

Pruebas de radioaficinados
Los examenes para toda clase de licencias
para radioaficionados que ofrece la Comi-
si6n Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC)
sera ofrecida por la Asociaci6n de Radio-
aficionados del Canal de Panama a las 9
a.m. el 2 de octubre en el Centro de
Adiestramiento del Canal de PanamA. Se
cobrara una tarifa m6dica para cubrir los
Aquellos que deseen mejorar sus licencias
deberan traer la original y una fotocopia de
la licencia actual y cualquier certificado
vigente de exAmenes pasados aprobados.
Los examenes para novatos y t6cnicos se
basaran en un nuevo cuestionario que entr6
en vigencia el lo. de julio.
Para mAs detalles, Ilamar al 52-7400.

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Adiestramiento paramedico
El bombero Guillermo Belefio, izquierda,
prepara una tablilla para fracturas para
el inmobilizado bombero Manuel Esquivel
mientras observa el oficial de adiestra-
miento, Cap. Marcos Avila, durante un
curso de adiestramiento para ticnicos
medicos de emergencia ofrecido en la
unidad de adiestramiento de la Divisi6n
de Bomberos de la Comisi6n del Canal.
Esquivel tiene puesta una tablilla de
tracci6n usada para estabilizar fracturas
del fmur. unos 15 bomberos del Canal y
12participantes del departamento medico
del Ejercito de los Estados Unidos
completaron recientemente el curso de
seis semanas en preparacidn para un
examen que todos los tecnicos medicos
deben pasar para obtener su certificaci6n.
Foto por Walt O'Neill

Venta de excedentes
Se realizara una venta de excedentes el 7
de octubre en el Edificio 745, Corozal. Se
podra examinar la mercancia de 7:30 a.m. a
3 p.m. del 4 al 6 de octubre, y podrAn
registrarse antes o a las 7 el dia de la venta.

Feria de la Naturaleza
La comunidad de Gamboa realizarA su
Feria de la Naturaleza de 9 am. a 4 p.m. el
sabado 2 de octubre en el centro comunal.

Nifios Cantores de Viena
La Asociaci6n Nacional de Conciertos
invita a la presentaci6n de los famosos
Nifios Cantores de Viena, bajo la direcci6n
de Roland Purcell, a las 8 p.m. el 30 de
septiembre en el Teatro Anayansi del
Centro de Convenciones ATLAPA. Los
boletos cuestan $25, $20 y $10 y pueden
comprarse en los Super 99 de Paitilla y El
Dorado, la Libreria Argosy, Allegro, la
asociaci6n o la taquilla (el dia del

Especticulo canino
El Club Canino de Panama celebrara un
espectaculo canino nacional e internacional
el 16 y 17 de octubre en el Centro de
Convenciones ATLAPA.
Se ofrecera adiestramiento a entrenadores
juveniles el 2 y 9 de octubre alas 9 a.m., y a
entrenadores adultos el 6 y 13 de octubre a
esa hora. Ambos grupos se reunirAn en el
estacionamiento del estadio de Balboa.
Se necesitan voluntarios, con o sin
experiencia, para ayudar en el espectaculo.
Para mbs informaci6n, Ilamar a Diane Ellis
al 56-6606 en las tardes o a Bridget Groome
al 86-4896 en horas laborables.

Competencia de tiro
La Asociaci6n de Lanza Platos Aficio-
nados (ATA) y la Asociaci6n de Lanza
Platos del Istmo (ICBA) celebraran el
"National Trapshooting Day" con cuatro
competencias de 25 rondas cada una el 2 de
octubre en el campo de Rodman a partir de
las 9 am.
El costo para los miembros de ATA e
ICBA es de $10.50. Los no afiliados
tambi6n tendrin que pagar las membresias
de ATA ($12) e ICBA ($5). Las municiones
tienen que lenar las especificaciones de
ATA y podran obtenerse en el campo.
Tambi6n habra comidas y bebidas.
MAs informaci6n puede obtenerse con
Roberto Vallarino (36-0371, oficina, 6 25-
9370, casa), Robert Fearon (43-7413,
oficina, 6 56-6308, casa), Robert Mercade
(64-7946, oficina, 6 64-0023, casa) o al Club
de Tiro de Rodman (83-4851, los mi6rcoles,
de 3:30 a 5:30 p.m.)

Katherine Gaillard escribe cronicas del Canal

Parte 14: Dias de horticultura

Como todojardi-
nero sabe, cuando
S se tiene unaplanta,
se debe cuidar y
sembrar apropiada-
mente o se marchi-
tard y morird. En este episodio, Katherine
Gaillard, esposa del constructor del Canal
David du Bose Gaillard, relata cdmo sacd
tiempo para trabajar en laparte inferior de
su casa en Culebra cuidando a sus
apreciadas y dificiles de conseguir plantas
selvdticas y el trabajo que involucraba
colocarlas a su gusto en la casa.
Luego de conseguir mi botin de lajungla,
pas6 muchos dias bajo la casa, en donde las
altas fundaciones formaban un taller ideal.
Los helechos y los anturios fueron coloca-
dos en canastas de musgo; las orquideas,
colgadas en troncos de madera. Era trabajo
verdadero, menos emocionante que sacar
cosas de jungla. A menudo deseaba que
todo fuera al rev6s, y que el arreglo
precediera a la obtenci6n para dejar lo
mejor para lo Altimo. En estos "dias de
horticultura", como los llamaba la Sra. H.,

nunca estaba para las visitas, aunque
estuviera a plena vista bajo la casa, con la
Sra. R., mi compafiera inseparable, discu-
tiendo un nuevo descubrimiento.
Como el gigante Antaeus, s61o recupera-
ba mi fuerza tocando la tierra, y mis amigas
me perdonaban cuando salia al dia
siguiente para jugar "bridge", almorzar o
cualquier otra cosa.
Trate de reproducir el mismo efecto
selvAtico al arreglar las plantas en la casa.
Las personas a menudo hablaban del
"balance" de las hojas anchas y angostas,
como si eso sucediera solo. Yo sonreia, ya
que solamente mi ayudante afro-antillano y
yo sabiamos el tiempo pasado colocando y
cambiando pesadas cajas y guindando
orquideas para conseguir el efecto deseado.
Mi ayudante, despu6s de tener que mover
las cosas de un lugar a otro varias veces, no
perdia tiempo en irse cuando sonaba el
silbato a las 5 de la tarde, felicitAndose,
seguramente, por haber escapado de la
"sefiora lunatica".
Nota: Katherine Gaillard no ofrece detalles sobre las
identidades de las sefioras Hy R. Antaeus es elgigante
de la mitologia griega derrotado por Hercules.
Continuard ...

Gira de exalumnos de La Boca
La generaci6n de 1955 de la Escuela
Secundgria Vocacional de La Boca planea
realizar un crucero a las Bahamas en 1995
para celebrar su 400. aniversario. Los
egresados y otras personas interesadas
deben contactar a Silvia Mullings (32-4364),
Orlando Scott (52-2298), Sybil Josiah (29-
2404) o Alfred y Judith Gibbs (21-1650).

Audiciones para
"Agnes de Dios"
El director Carlos Williams busca tres
protagonistas femeninas para la producci6n
del Theatre Guild de Anc6n, "Agnes de
Dios". Las audiciones se realizardn a las
7:30 p.m. el 4 y 5 de octubre en el Centro de
Adiestramiento del Canal.

Solicitudes disponibles para becas de marina mercante

El administrador de la Comisi6n del
Canal podra nominar hasta diez candidatos
para cada una de las dos vacantes para la
Academia de la Marina Mercante de los
Estados Unidos.
Para ser elegible a la nominaci6n del
administrador, los solicitantes deben ser
ciudadanos estadounidenses e hijos de
estadounidenses residentes en Areas e
instalaciones en la Repfiblica de Panama
usadas por los Estados Unidos segin el

Tratado del Canal de 1977 y acuerdos
relacionados, o hijos de personal estado-
unidense o panamefio del gobiemo de los
Estados Unidos (incluyendo militar y de la
Comisi6n) residentes en cualquier parte de

Las solicitudes estan disponibles en las
oficinas de los directores de las escuelas
secundarias de Balboa y Crist6bal. Deben
devolverse antes del 22 de octubre.

Cambia forma de distribuir bonos de ahorro

Desde el lo. de octubre, los bonos de
ahorro de los Estados Unidos que vende la
Comisi6n del Canal se imprimiran en el
Centro Financiero de Filadelfia de la
Tesoreria de los Estados Unidos y no
localmente. La oficina de Filadelfia enviara
los bonos por correo directamente a los
empleados con direcciones del sistema
postal estadounidense (incluyendo el militar
y la valija diplomatica). Los bonos para el
resto de los empleados se enviaran por
correo a la Oficina del Tesorero para su.
entrega a los sitios de trabajo.
La Comisi6n transmitira al centro de
Filadelfia la informaci6n sobre los bonos de
ahorro vendidos por descuento directo al
final de cada periodo de pago, para que los
bonos puedan imprimirse cada dos semanas.
La informaci6n sobre los bonos que vende
la Oficina del Tesorero se acumulara y se
transmitirA a fin de mes, y los bonos se
imprimirAn y seran enviados por el centro
de Filadelfia de dos a seis semanas despu6s
de la venta.
Los empleados que compren bonos en la

tesoreria para obsequiar recibirAn el Formu-
lario 5276, Certificado de Regalo. Puede ser
usado por el comprador para notificar al
beneficiario que se esta emitiendo un bono
a su nombre.
El nuevo sistema consolida la emisi6n de
bonos de ahorro para el gobierno de los
Estados Unidos a nivel mundial. La ligera
demora para recibir los bonos de ninguna
manera afecta la fecha de emisi6n en que los
bonos empiezan a acumular intereses o la
fecha en que los bonos puedan ser
Para m6s informaci6n sobre este tema,
llamar ala Divisi6n de Sistemas al 52-3501.

El Canal celebra el mes
de la herencia hispana
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se
une a todas las agencies del gobierno de
los Estados Unidos en la conmemoraci6n
del Mes Nacional de la Herencia
Hispinica. La celebraci6n comienza el
15 de septiembre y termina el 15 de

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 despu6s de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un Puesto Designado para Prueba al Azar por Drogas
(TDP) tendrAn que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para descartar el uso ilegal de drogas antes del nombramiento o
del cambio de posici6n permanente. No se exigira el urinalisis a los empleados que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por
drogas y anteriormente se hayan sometido a dicha prueba.
Para ciertas posiciones en series de un grado de intervalo, en donde no hay posiciones en la linea normal de promoci6n,
los empleados en servicio podrAn calificar con al menos un afio de experiencia especializada en uno o dos grados
inferiores al de la posici6n.
Los solicitantes podrin repasar los requisites de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama (Edificio 38, Balboa). Aquellos que, por raz6n de su experiencia, posean las pericias y habilidades
necesarias para ejercer el puesto exitosamente serin calificados en base a requisites modificados. Esto no se aplica si se
trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y maximas de pago por hora correspondientes a los grados de
las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para Ilenar una vacante seran colocados en el escal6n, grado y
tarifa basica salarial correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones, Ilamando al 52-3583.



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I La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante Ilena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud o incluirse
en el expediente oficial de personal; de lo contrario, no se considerard al solicitante para la vacante.
2 S61o se considerari a empleados de la Comisi6n.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama es un empleador que so ajusta a la
Ley sobre Igualdad de Oportunidades.


Administrador. Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd


Director de Relociones Pdblicas

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El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n oficial quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Los articulos que en ella aparecen
puedcn ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n, inicamentc acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodla
deljueves anterior a la semana de su publicaci6n, oantes del mediodla del mi6rcoles si hay algiln dla feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n.
Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y S19 por correo aerco. Envie
cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Para mayor informaci6n, lame al 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de
Relaciones Pblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

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