The Panama Canal spillway =

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The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Portion of title:
Parallel title:
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Alternate title:
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Place of Publication:
Balboa Hights C.Z
Panama Canal
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Copyright Date:
Biweekly[Jan. 6, 1984-1999]
Weekly[ FORMER <June 1966>-Dec. 23, 1983]
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37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.


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Periodicals -- Canal Zone ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama) ( lcsh )
federal government publication ( marcgt )
periodical ( marcgt )
serial ( sobekcm )
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Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
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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).
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."
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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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New Year's holiday to affect THE
Canal paycheck distribution PANAMA

Since New Year's Day for 1995 falls on
Sunday, most Panama Canal Commission
units will observe the holiday on Monday,
January 2, which is the first scheduled pay-
day of the 1995 tax year. Most employees
will, therefore, not receive their paychecks
until Tuesday, January 3.
Moving the payday ahead to the previous
Friday, as the Commission normally does
when a holiday is observed on a scheduled
Monday payday, is not practical on this
occasion because the earnings for the pay
period would be reported in the 1994 tax
year, which would cause large additional tax
withholdings for certain employees.
The 1994 pay and leave calendar pub-
lished in the December 30, 1993, issue of the
Panama Canal Spillway incorrectly shows
that the payday will be advanced to Decem-
ber 30.

December 1 observed

as World AIDS Day

Yesterday was World AIDS Day, a time
set aside for the world to reflect on the spread
of the human immunodeficiency virus, to
remember those who have died from the
acquired immune deficiency syndrome and
to renew our commitment to fight against the
disease on all fronts.
AIDS is of continuing concern not only
to individuals, but also to families. U.S.
President William J. Clinton says, "Family
members must work together to protect their
loved ones from becoming infected. And all
family members share responsibility for those
who have become ill."
To learn more about AIDS, infection,
.transmission, prevention and working along-
side people with the disease, attend one of
the "HIV/AIDS in the Workplace" training
sessions that are currently being conducted
throughout the Panama Canal Commission.
Further information or assistance is avail-
able by contacting any Commission occupa-
tional health center nurse, the Employee
Assistance Program (52-7885, 43-4628 or
43-5258), the U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol national AIDS hot line (800-342-AIDS)
or the Asociaci6n Panamefia Contra el SIDA


Vol. XXXII, No. 24

Locks Division gears up for 1995 overhaul

Just as most people's thoughts are turn-
ing toward the holiday season, employees at
Gatun Locks are gearing up for the annual
Locks Division overhaul. Dry-chamber work
is scheduled for January 8 through 14, with
the rehanging of intermediate miter gates 29
and 30 in the upper-level of the east lane set
for January 15 and 16. Acting overhaul
engineer Juan Wong explains that using the
intermediate gates will allow for water con-
servation through the use of short chamber
lockages during the dry season.
Scheduled outages during the week of
November 14 through 19 in the east and west
lanes were used for overhaul preparations.
Approximately 70 percent of the regularly

available Gatun Locks force worked a spe-
cial shift from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., performing
structural repairs to the vehicular bridge,
testing the caisson and blasting hollow quoin
plates from the lock wall. Other outage-
related work was also accomplished, includ-
ing the cleaning and repair of the conductor
slot and the changing of strut arms.
The coming overhaul, which will in-
volve an east-lane outage, will coincide with
a week-long Dredging Division operation at
the northeast approach to the locks. Wong
notes, "This will allow two different types of
work to be performed during a single lane
The lane outage will also be used by

Gatun Locks employees to rehabilitate the
conductor slot and to convert four rising-
stem valves from roller-train bearing assem-
bly system to the ultrahigh-molecular-weight
polyethylene sliding system.
The Maintenance Division will break out
the sill, repair the cutwater and perform
cathodic protection work in the lock cham-
bers and in east sidewall culvert. The Indus-
trial Division will repair the lubrication sys-
tem on three miter gates, as well as inspect
the vehicular bridge frame and perform any
required repairs. In addition, touch-up paint
will be applied under contract to portions of
the downstream side of miter gates 5 and 6
that sit above water level.

Switchgear work under way at Miraflores power plant

By Myrna A. Iglesias
A 2,400-volt distribution switchgear that
has reached the end of its service life is being
replaced by the Panama Canal Commission
Electrical Division at a cost of more than
$700,000. Located at the Miraflores Power
Plant, the switchgear feeds the Panama
Canal's most important operational loads on
the Pacific side -- Miraflores and Pedro
Miguel locks -- as well as the Miraflores
Filtration Plant and other important areas.
"It generally feeds 75 percent of its load to
the locks and the rest to other areas, but its
main function is to feed the locks," explains
electrical engineer Enrique Tejera.
The project, which started in July, has
been divided into two phases. The first,
which consisted of replacing the first half of
the switchgear units, was completed at the
end of September, and the second one is now
in its final stages.
"The transition from the old to the new

equipment was crucial since any interrup-
tion here might have affected Canal opera-
tions," says Tejera. Electrical foreman Jos6
Chird notes that the work involved the in-
stallation of parallel circuits to avoid out-
ages and that it has been carefully coordi-
nated by the Locks, Electrical and Mainte-
nance divisions.
Featuring the latest technology available,
the new switchgear will decrease unit main-
tenance costs. "It will also increase our
capability in handling the loads," Chiri adds.

New equipment
Using new 2,400-volt distribution equip-
ment at the Miraflores Power Plant, electri-
cal foreman Jose Chird monitors the electri-
cal power load going to Miraflores Locks.
Photo by Kevin Jenkins

Commission modernizes Ship Data Bank

Work was recently completed on the first
phase of a long-term project to modernize
the Panama Canal Commission's Ship Data
Bank computer system. This major project,
which began last year, is a joint effort of
Management Information Systems and the
Marine Bureau. Modification of the com-
puter system for the Panama Canal Univer-
sal Measurement System (PC/UMS), effec-
tive October 1, was tackled in the first phase
of the project.
The second phase will convert data-base
measurements to the metric system in con-
formance with U.S. government require-
ments. The third phase will focus on a broad
range of improvements to enable the system
to provide a more user-friendly interface for
report and analysis capabilities and to fully
integrate it with the Marine Traffic Control
System. These last two phases are currently
in the initial design stage.
The Ship Data Bank, which became op-
erational on October 1, 1972, is a computer-
ized library containing information on the
more than 32,000 ships that have transited or
visited the Panama Canal. It is updated daily

and includes 240 separate items of informa-
tion on each vessel transit -- 145 dealing
with the ship's characteristics and 95 with its
activities at the Canal. A result of the third
phase of the project will be expansion to
include even more ship-characteristic fields
in line with recent developments in maritime
The system generates the transit, cargo
and revenue information that is used in man-
aging and operating the Canal. Serving a
large number of Commission units and Ca-
nal customers, the system is maintained by
the Admeasurement Division and operates
through the Management Information Sys-
tems Central Computer Facility.
According to Marine Bureau and Man-
agement Information Systems project-man-
agement personnel, the system is being mod-
ernized to accommodate several major new
requirements and, at the same time, take
advantage of new computer technology that
has become available since the Ship Data
Bank was originally developed. This sig-
nificant project is still in its early stages and
will take several years to fully implement.

TSP open season under way through January

Inaugural transit Photo by Jaime Fernndez
The "Silver Cloud," which combines the intimacy of a private yacht with the amenities and
luxuries ofa large liner, moves through Gaillard Cut on a southbound transit of the Panama
Canal. The small 16,800-ton vessel was en route from the Caribbean to the West Coast of
the United States. Its cruise calendar includes itineraries in Europe, the Far East, Africa
and many other exotic locations throughout the world. The captain of the vessel was
presented a welcoming plaque by Panama Canal Commission Deputy Administrator R.P.
Laverty recognizing the ship's inaugural transit. The agent for the vessel at the Canal is C.
Fernie and Co. S.A.

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) open sea-
son under way through January 31 provides
the opportunity for eligible employees to
enroll in TSP, change the amount of their
contributions or change the way future con-
tributions are invested. Changes become
effective the first pay period after receipt,
but no earlier than January 8 (the start of the
first full pay period for 1995).
Employees who do not wish to make any
change in their enrollment do not need to

take any action; others should complete the
TSP-1 election form, entering their IP num-
bers in item 6. The TSP account statement
will be mailed to the address provided in
item 1. TSP participation rules and features
are explained in the plan summary, which is
available, along with the necessary forms
and information, from the Panama Canal
Commission Retirement and Insurance

(continued on page 3 ...)

the twenty-first century-


Friday, December 2, 1994

The Panama Canal Spillway

Family member makes week-long bike trip across Iowa

Oscar Dominguez, the husband
of Panama Canal Commission
Deputy General Counsel Patricia
Lindley-Domfnguez, visited Iowa
for the first time this summer. By
the time he left, he had pedaled
more than 500 miles in the
RAGBRAI (the Register's Annual
Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa),
organized by Iowa's leading news-
paper, the Des Moines Register.
Staged to support charitable
organizations in Iowa, the one-
week event began 23 years ago
with only seven cyclists, all em-
ployees of the Des Moines Regis-
ter. Today, official admission is
limited to 7,500, but non-registered
riders bring the total to about
10,000. Dominguez says the paper
received 60,000 applications from
33 different countries this year, but
that he was the only rider from
Latin America.
The ride begins on the Missouri
River side of Iowa, where the cy-
clists wet the back wheels of their
bikes, and ends across the state at
the Mississippi River, where a one-
mile-long red carpet leads partici-
pants to the banks of the river where
the front wheels are immersed.
A cycling enthusiast for three
years, Dominguez decided to go
on the ride after Jay Sieleman, a
native Iowan and RAGBRAI vet-
eran who is an attorney in the Of-
fice of General Counsel, assured
him that Iowa was flat as a pan-
cake. "He tricked me," Dominguez
laughs, "but I enjoyed the adven-
ture anyway."
Dominguez trained for four
months before the event and was
somewhat nervous at the start.
After a couple of days, however,

Pedaling across Iowa
Oscar Dominguez sports a
Panama-flag T-shirt while partici-
pating in the Register's Annual
Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
(RAGBRAI), a 500-mile, week-long
event sponsored by Iowa's leading
newspaper, the Des Moines Regis-
ter. Dominguez was featured in
the paper after being interviewed
bya reporter who was riding along-
side him. This year's RAGBRAI
was the first for Dominguez, but he
says it will not be his last.

he became confident that he would,
indeed, be able to complete the
ride. "That's when I really started
to enjoy it," he says.
Dominguez spent an average of
eight hours a day on the road, but
was not cycling the whole time.
Every town the riders passed had
food, drinks and different activi-
ties to offer. "One town had a band
playing salsa, and some of us
stopped to dance," Dominguez re-
calls, adding that, in another town,
he had to laugh when they were
greeted with a sign promising free
back rubs.

I kis

Student uses CPR training to revive family member

By Yira A. Flores

When Construction Division
student assistant Anjanette M. Rose
took a cardiopulmonary resuscita-
tion course with the Panama Canal
Commission Safety Division, she
never imagined that fate would put
her skills to the test just three
months later.
Rose's grandmother called the
family in great distress one evening
asking for help. While visiting the
grandmother, Rose's uncle began
to have terrible chest pains. It was
a heart attack. Rose and her father
hurried to the grandmother's house
and found the uncle sitting in a
chair. Everyone was frantic.
Rose suggested they put her
uncle on the floor so he could
breathe better and then pulled his
head back to open the respiratory
tract, but seconds later he became
unconscious. He was not breath-
ing and had no pulse. "My entire
body was shaking," Rose says, "but
I had an idea what to do."
Rose took a deep breath and
started CPR. After what felt like an
eternity, her uncle regained con-
sciousness and she heard him say
he was OK. The paramedics ar-
rived afterward and took him to the
hospital. Doctors told the family
that had it not been for the CPR
applied at home, the uncle would
have died on the spot. The uncle

went through open-
heart surgery a few
days afterward,
but, sadly, passed
away in the hospi-
tal two weeks later
due to problems as-
sociated with high-
blood pressure.
Although her
uncle did not sur-
vive, Rose says she
is very grateful she
had the chance to
take CPR because
it helped him live a
little longer. She
urges others to take
the training be-
cause they may find
themselves in a
similar situation

Practicing CPR Photo by Armando De Gracia
Anjanette M. Rose practices cardiopulmonary re-
suscitation techniques with Safety Division in-
structor Arturo A. Alain Navarro. After taking a
CPR course with Alain, Rose recently used the
skills learned in the training to resuscitate a rela-
tive who was having a heart attack.

one day, and it would be tragic if
lack of knowledge prevented them
from helping someone.
"You take the course, but you
never really expect to have to put
what you've learned into practice,"
she says, adding that there is much
more pressure when administering
CPR to a relative. The most impor-
tant thing, she notes, is to remain
calm and follow the steps taught.
"Having the knowledge but not
being able to put it to work won't
help anybody," she explains.
Safety specialists point out that
knowledge ofCPR is crucial. Once

a person stops breathing and has no
pulse, it takes only four to six min-
utes before brain damage begins
and this doesn't give paramedics
much leeway for getting to the
scene in time.
Commission employees may
sign up for the CPR and first aid
training offered by the Safety Divi-
sion by contacting their unit train-
ing coordinators. Dependents are
also allowed to sign up on a space-
available basis. Similar training is
available weekends at the Balboa
pool. For information, call Vincent
Thomas at 52-5493.

But the most memorable stop
for Dominguez was one he made in
a small town with a population of
78. After getting something to
drink, he sat down to chat with a
nice old man who asked him where
he was from. "When I said Panama,
his eyes sparkled," says
Dominguez. The man's father had
worked as an engineer with the
Panama Canal construction effort,
and, although the son never had the
chance to see the waterway in per-
son, he still has photographs and
the memories of his father's tales.
"It's a small world," says
Dominguez, who adds that Capt.
Richard Asaro, former head of the
Commission Marine Safety Unit,
also participated in the ride.
"It was a great chance to make
friends, and people in Iowa were
very nice to us," Dominguez says.
But the highlight for him was see-
ing his wife and two grandsons
waiting at the end of the ride. "I
knew how much it meant to them
to see Grandpa cross the finish line
along with so many people," he
Shortly after returning to
Panama, Dominguez received an
invitation from the Des Moines
Register to cycle across the United
States in 1996, with a preliminary
ride next year. "They must have
thought that if I survived the
RAGBRAI, I could do anything,"
Dominguez jokes.
Although he knows he would
enjoy that ride, too, Dominguez is
still thinking about the proposi-
tion. "It would mean being away
from home for two months on a
bike, and that's not an easy thing,"
he explains.

By Susan K. Stabler
Like many young women, Ana
Chang enjoys spending her week-
ends going to the movies, dancing,
listening to music and watching
television. But during the week,
she puts on work clothes, laces up
steel-toed boots, dons a hard hat
and reports to work as the Panama
Canal Commission's first and only
female plumber.
Chang didn't originally think
she would end up being a plumber,
but says that after learning about
the Commission's apprenticeship
program in 1981, she "just wanted
an apprenticeship -- no matter
what." And when offered an ap-
prentice plumber position ten years
later, she eagerly accepted. Gain-
ing most of her on-the-job training
on the Atlantic side, she says her
graduation from the apprenticeship
program in September represented
the achievement of one of her goals.
One of the most interesting as-
pects of her training, she says was
helping install a fire system in the
Industrial Division paint shop. The
fire system called for 2-inch pipe,
which was not only heavier than
usual, but also required extra care
for fittings.
Most people, says Chang, think
plumbers work only with pipes that
conduct water and that they work
largely in bathrooms, laundry fa-
cilities and kitchens. Yet Chang
rarely performs household plumb-
ing. As one of five plumbers in the
Northern District, her duties take
her to places like the Industrial

Female first
Ana Chang connects the water line
to an ice-making machine at the
Atlantic Maintenance compound.

Division, Gatun Locks and the
Gatun and Fort Davis boat land-
ings, where, in addition to working
with water lines, she installs diesel
and air lines, digs trenches, solves
plumbing-related problems and
repairs lines and equipment.
There have also been lighter
moments that come with being a
female plumber. Once, while work-
ing in a locker room at Gatun Locks,
a male employee advised her, "This
isn't the ladies' room; the ladies'
room is on the other side of the
Chang's overall outlook on her
training experience is very posi-
tive. "Everyone everywhere gave
me support," she explains. And
now that she is working for the
Maintenance Division as a jour-
neyman, Buildings Maintenance
General Foreman Ernesto Morales
says he is happy to have her on his
staff. Besides the fact that she is an
excellent plumber, he says, she also
got the highest grade on the Com-
mission plumber's license exami-
nation of anyone in the last 15

Photo by Susan K. Stabler

Page 2

Friday, December 2, 1994

New sign Photo by Kevin Jenkins
A new sign being installed by Panama Canal Commission Maintenance
Division workers provides information on the history and significance of
the 40-year-old Goethals Memorial in Balboa. Two other signs nearby
ask visitors to refrain from damaging the monument and its surroundings
by skateboarding and engaging in other destructive acts. Police are
monitoring the area. From left are maintenance worker Jairo Magalldn,
carpentry worker Andris Navarro, cement worker Evangelio Sdnchez
and acting timber worker leader Santiago Martn. Assisting from the
crane is operator apprentice Luis Gudiiio.

Commission's first woman plumber

reaches goal with recent graduation

Friday, December 2, 1994

The Panama Canal Spillway

Canal builders

Highlighting the contributions of those and nails had to be brought from thousands
who played key roles in the construction of of miles away.
the Panama Canal, this series commemo- With thousands of workers spread along
rates the 80th anniversary of the waterway. the 47-mile construction route, Quartermas-
It is dedicated to each of the 75,000 men and ter Devol and his staff got what was needed
women whose efforts led to the opening of ... to where it was needed ... when it was
the Canal on August 15, 1914. needed contributing to the successful
completion of the Panama Canal.
Col. Carrol Devol

Before coming to Panama, Col. Carrol
Devol had already acquired fame as the head
of the relief effort after the 1906 San Fran- i
cisco earthquake. When he arrived on the
Isthmus in 1908, he found that thousands of
workers had to be recruited, transported,

Bags of cement poured in by the millions
aboard the fleet of ships that transported
them. Every month 400,000 pounds of dy-
namite had to be on hand. Housing was
needed for 50,000 people, and the lumber

Rate increases announced for health plan

After offering benefit increases and re-
ductions in premiums for the past two years,
the Group Insurance Board was obliged to
increase Panama Canal Area Benefit Plan
rates for 1995. The new biweekly rates for
employees, which will be effective January
8 and reflected in January 30 paychecks, are
$16.56 (an increase of $1.91) for self-only
coverage and $35.92 (up by $4.13) for self
and family. The monthly retiree rates, which
become effective January 1 and will be re-
flected in the February 1 annuity checks, are
$35.88 (up by $4.13) for self-only coverage
and $77.83 (an increase of $8.96) for self
and family.
In a continuing effort to reduce costs for
plan subscribers, the outpatient maximum
benefits for 1995 have been increased to
$1,500 for family coverage and $650 for
self-only enrollments. Other 1995 benefit
changes include coverage for autologous

bone marrow transplants for the treatment of
breast cancer, multiple myeloma and epithe-
lial ovarian cancer and an increase in the
daily rate payable for Gorgas Army Com-
munity Hospital confinements. Efforts by
the Group Insurance Board to increase
amounts payable for dental benefits were
not approved.
All benefit improvements that have been
made in the plan since 1990 will remain in
effect. The Panama Canal Area Benefit Plan
is among the least expensive plans in the
Federal Employees' Health Benefits Pro-
gram, while providing extensive benefits.
The announced increases for 1995 were ne-
cessitated primarily by rising health-care
costs, including those associated with im-
proved technology and treatment procedures.
The Group Insurance Board is committed to
continue providing the best benefits avail-
able at the lowest cost to subscribers.

Take note
U.S. citizen Panama Canal Commission
employees planning to terminate or retire in
the near future should contact the Transpor-
tation Services Branch (52-7845) to confirm
their repatriation benefits.

Personnel from the Panama Canal Com-
mission Orientation Service are available at
Miraflores Locks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
to provide visitors with information on the
Panama Canal. Although there are no Ori-
entation Service employees assigned to
Gatun Locks, it is open to the public daily
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours to
Miraflores Locks (and to Gatun Locks when
an Orientation Service staff member is avail-
able) can be arranged by calling 52-3187.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Af-
fairs has been plagued with inquiries from
veterans who have heard a false rumor that
dividends would be paid on the insurance
they had while on active duty in the U.S.
Armed Forces. The department has issued a
statement that the rumor is a hoax and that
the U.S. Congress has not passed any new
law giving veterans such a dividend. In
response to another false rumor that refunds
would be paid to individuals who are cur-
rently serving or have served in the military
after 1965 and who are or were insured
under the Servicemen's Group Life Insur-
ance program, the Department of Veterans
Affairs has announced that there never have
been any dividends, rebates or refunds due
to surplus funds in this program.

People in the news

Parrot found
Panama Canal Commission security guardJacinto V. Moses
visits the parrot he found two weeks ago while working a i
midnight shift in the Corozal area. Moses noticed the tame
bird underneath a building and reported it to a supervisor. Q
The parrot is now waiting at the Corozal veterinary clinic for
its owners to claim it. Call Dr. Nate Gale at 85-6106 for I
more information. Photo by Susan Harp


I-. Aminta D. Guardia, right, a voucher exam-
iner in the Inventory Management Branch,
thanks security guard Flor Restrepo for re-
turning the wallet she lost in a bank parking
Slot recently. Restrepo found the wallet the
/. same day and, by calling phone numbers
listed inside, was able to return it to Guardia
Photo by Jaime FernAndez with everything intact.

TSP open season under way (...continued from page 1)

Branch in Building 287, Ancon (52-7831).
The branch, however, is not in a position to
offer counseling on TSP investments.
The TSP is a voluntary retirement sav-
ings plan offering participants the choice of
investing in a government securities (G)
fund, common-stock index (C) fund or fixed-
income index (F) fund. Contributions are
made through payroll deduction.
Participation is limited to employees cov-
ered by either the Civil Service Retirement
System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees'
Retirement System (FERS). CSRS benefi-
ciaries may contribute up to 5 percent of
their basic pay, but do not receive agency
contributions. FERS beneficiaries may con-
tribute up to 10 percent, with agency contri-
butions matching the first 3 percent and
providing 50 cents on the dollar for the next
2 percent.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service limits
the amount that can be contributed to the
TSP, setting $9,240 as the maximum for
1994. The 1995 limit will be announced
before the next open season, which begins
May 15. Those who are affected by the
limitation should consider reducing contri-
butions in order to get all agency contribu-
tions. The Retirement and Insurance Branch

can provide assistance in this area.
TSP contributions do not affect income
tax paid to the Republic of Panama. If you
pay U.S. income tax, TSP contributions and
earnings are tax exempt until you withdraw
your account when you retire or otherwise
leave federal service. In the past, the Com-
mission has stated that non-U.S. resident
aliens were exempt from U.S. taxation on
their entire TSP distribution (contributions
and interest) if they were employed outside
the United States. This statement was based
on an analysis issued by the IRS concerning
the U.S. tax-free status for non-U.S. resident
alien employees working outside the United
The Commission continues to believe
that the analysis applies to its non-U.S. resi-
dent alien employees, even though some
recently retired employees have been told
that U.S. taxes must be withheld on their
TSP distributions when they requested with-
drawals. The Commission is currently hold-
ing discussions with the IRS in an attempt to
convince the agency that no U.S. taxes should
be collected from former non-U.S. resident
alien employees. Notice of the outcome will
be sent to all non-U.S. participants in the

Employee of year Photo by Susan K. Stabler
Electrician Jose Herazo smiles with pride after being presented the Industrial Division's
"employee of the year" award for safety. From left are Panama Canal Commission safety
officer Frank Arosemena, Industrial Division Chief C.P. Corrigan, electrician supervisor
Albert W. Robinson, Herazo and electrician Hictor A. Torres, Herazo's supervisor.

Recent graduates Photo by Susan K. Stabler
Canal Protection Division officials join a group of 14 new Northern District security guards
during their graduation ceremony last month at the Gatun Minitheater.

Page 3

The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, December 2, 1994

Visitors to the locks

De Lesseps descendants
In the photo at right, descendants of French canal construc-
tion officials take advantage of an opportunity to visit the
Gatun Locks control house while in Panama for the French
Embassy's observance of the 100th anniversary of the death
of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the visionary who led the failed
French effort to build the Canal. From left are Hictor
Escoffery, acting superintendent of the Atlantic Branch of
the Panama Canal Commission Locks Division; French
Ambassador to Panama Alain de Beaupuy; Maximilien de
Lesseps and Francois Ferdinand de Lesseps, de Lesseps'
great-grandson and great-great-grandson, respectively; and
Louis Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse, great-grandson of the
French canal promoter Lucien Napoleon-Bonaparte Wyse.

Photo by Susan K. Stabler

Shrine officials
Darryl L. Steiner, right, potentate ofAbou Saad Temple and
a computer specialist with the Panama Canal Commission,
shows Burton E. Ravellette Jr., imperial potentate of the
Shrine ofNorth America, the plaque on the Miraflores Locks
centerwall commemorating the first Shrine initiation cer-
emony in Panama, which was held in 1913 in the west lane
of the upper locks chamber. While on the Isthmus for a
special initiation, Ravellette also visited the locks control
house and participated in a dedication ceremony for a
recently erected statue in front of the Hospital del Nifio. The
statue calls attention to Abou Saad efforts to send crippled
and burned children whose families cannot afford transpor-
tation costs to the United States for free treatment at Shrine

Photo by Bob Russell


Secretary of Army
In the photo at left, Togo D. West Jr., secretary of the U.S.
Army, turns a handle to open a Miraflores Locks miter gate
during a visit to the Panama Canal last month. Looking on
is Panama Canal Commission senior control house opera-
tor Toni Wong Cheng.

Photo by Kevin Jenkins

What's happening

Softball tryouts
Tryouts for the Pacific Junior Girls'
Fastpitch Softball League will be held at
4:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, on the field
behind Balboa Elementary School. Girls
who -attend St. Mary's or Department of
Defense Dependents Schools and who are at
least 9 years of age and will not become 15
before April 1 are eligible. For information,,
call Bob Eckerle at 52-6705.

Martial arts
Classes in the Korean martial art of Tang
Soo Do are taught from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday at the Gamboa
Civic Center by Aries Fernandez, who holds
the rank of fifth dan, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at the Pacific Theater
Arts Center in Curundu by second dan Debora
Nissenbaum. The classes are open to Panama
Canal Commission and Department of De-
fense employees and their dependents who
are over 5 years of age. For additional
information, drop by the civic center during
the class or call the arts center at 86-3814 or

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 calendar 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
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 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).
Permanent positions Salaries Unit Location Vacancies
General claims examiner, NM-9/11 $13.60/$21.38 Gen. Counsel P 1
(Bilingual) (Part-time not to
exceed 30 hours)
Industrial hygienist, NM-I 112 $16.451$21.38 Safety A 1
(Knowledge of Spanish, driver's
license and swimming ability
Supervisory procurement $11.11/$14.45 Motor Trans. P 1
technician, NM-7'
Technical manuals writer, NM- 114 $16.45/$21.38 Locks P 1
(Bilingual) (Driver's license
and swimming ability required.)
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 At least 30 semester hours of chemistry at the undergraduate level (or its equivalent at the graduate level)
or equivalent professional experience in chemistry or a combination of both is desirable.
Only PCC employees will be considered.
Knowledge in any of the following engineering disciplines is desirable: mechanical, industrial, electrical
or civil.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Information on savings bonds
Information on U.S. savings bonds is
available from the Panama Canal Commis-
sion Office of Personnel Administration and
can be obtained by contacting Dolores A.
Eskildsen at 52-3544.

"Plaza. Suite" at Theatre Guild
The Ancon Theatre Guild announces its
production of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite," a
trio of one-act plays set in a New York City
hotel room. Curtain time is at 8 tonight and
tomorrow night. For reservations, call 52-
6786 or leave a message at 52-5359.

BHS concert
The Balboa High School Music Depart-
ment invites the public to a free concert at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, in the
school gymnasium. Participants will in-
clude the beginning and advanced choruses,
symphonic band and community orchestra.

Santa to visit townsites
Special arrangements have been made
for Santa to visit Panama Canal Commission
townsites on the Pacific side on December
24. His first stop, at 6:30 p.m., will be the
Balboa Elementary School. The second is
Los Rios Elementary School at 7:15 and
then Cardenas Community Center at 8.
Those who want Santa to present a per-
sonal gift to someone at one of these stops
should deliver it by noon December 23 to
Quarters 967, La Boca, for the first stop;
Quarters 6539-A, Corozal, for the second;
and Quarters 7229-A, Cardenas, for the last.
The gifts should be wrapped and labeled
with masking tape to show the recipient's
full name printed in letters at least 1 inch
high, the number of the stop and the phone
number of the giver. For additional informa-
tion, call Joan Ohman at 52-2007.

Rotunda music
The Casablanca musical group will be
playing in the Panama Canal Commission
Administration Building from 2 to 6 p.m.
Friday, December 16.

Brisas del Mar bazaar
The Brisas del Mar home for the elderly
is having its Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 3. Christmas
ornaments and other crafts designed by resi-
dents of the home will be available. The
home is located on the road to Veracruz
before Kobbe Beach. For additional infor-
mation, call 28-8545.

Industrial Training Branch
offers multimedia classes

The Industrial Training Branch has
scheduled the courses below at its multime-
dia center next month. Each is followed by
the estimated course length. Interested
Panama Canal Commission employees may
call Reinel O. Sisnett (52-7068) for details.
-- Hydraulic Power Components -- three days
-- Hydraulic Power Basics -- one day
-- Hand-Operated Equipment -- one day
-- Gould 584 Programmable Controllers -- three days


Administrator. Panama Canal Comnission
Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
Associate Director
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 I1:45 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.

Paee 4


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t : $

Aio Nuevo cambia entrega EL
de cheques en el Canal CANAL

En virtud de que el Afio Nuevo de 1995
cae domingo, la mayorfa de las unidades de
laComisi6n del Canal dePanama locelebraran
el lunes 2 de enero, coincidiendo con el primer
dia de pago de 1995. Por tanto, la mayorfa de
los empleados no recibirAn sus cheques hasta
el martes 3 de enero.
Adelantar el dia de pago al viernes ante-
rior, como normalmente hace la Comisi6n
cuando el lunes de pago es libre, en esta
ocasi6n no es practice porque los salarios del
period de pago se registrarian para los
impuestos del afio 1994, lo que causarfa
descuentos adicionales por impuestos a
ciertos empleados.
El calendario de pago y dias libres
publicado en laedici6n del 30dediciembrede
1993 del Spillway del Canal dePanamamuestra
incorrectamente el adelanto del dia de pago
al 30 de diciembre.

Dedican diciembre 1

Dia Mundial del SIDA
Ayer fue el Dia Mundial contra el SIDA,
dia designado parala reflexi6n mundial sobre
la diseminaci6n del virus de inmuno-
deficiencia humana, para recordar a aquellos
que han muerto por el sindrome de inmu-
nodeficiencia adquirido y renovar nuestro
compromiso de luchar contra la enfermedad
en todos los frentes.
El SIDA es una preocupaci6n constante
no s6lo individual, sino familiar. El Presidente
WilliamJ. Clinton dice: "Los miembros delas
familias deben trabajar unidos para proteger
a sus seres queridos de infectarse. Y todos
los miembros de familias deben compartir la
responsabilidad por aquellos que se han
Para conocer mas sobre el SIDA, su
infecci6n, transmisi6n, prevenci6n y c6mo
trabajarjunto a enfermos, asista a una de las
sesiones de adiestramiento de "HIV/SIDA
en el Trabajo", que conduce actualmente la
Comisi6n del Canal. Mis informaci6n o ayuda
puede obtenerse de cualquier enfermera de
centros de salud ocupacional del Canal, el
Programa de Asistencia al Empleado (52-
7885, 43-4628 6 43-5258), la linea de
informaci6n nacional de los Centros para
Control de Enfermedades de los Estados
Unidos (800-342-AIDS) o la Asociaci6n
PanamefiaContrael SIDA(64-6048).

Asegurando el paso hacia el siglo veintiuno

k Spillway

Ii- I r I lmiii'l

Viernes 2 de diciembre de

GatOn prepara

Mientras los pensamientos de las perso-
nas se vuelcan hacia las fiestas navidefias,
las Esclusas de Gatun se preparan para el
reacondicionamiento anual. El trabajo en
cdmara seca esta programado del 8 al 14 de
enero, con la reinstalaci6n de las compuertas
intermedias 29 y 30 en el nivel superior del
carrilesteparael 15 y 16deenero. El ingeniero
de reacondicionamientos encargado Juan
Wong explica que las compuertas intermedias
permitiran la conservaci6n de agua a trav6s
de esclusajes de cdmara corta durante la
estaci6n seca.
Se hicieron interrupciones programadas
durante la semana del 14 al 19 de noviembre
en los carriles este y oeste como preparativo
para el trabajo. Casi el 70 por ciento de la
fuerza de trabajadores disponible en las

gran obra de mantenimiento

Esclusas de Gattin trabaj6 un turno especial empleados de las Esclusas de Gatin para
de 8 p.m. a 6 a.m., haciendo reparaciones rehabilitar el canal de rieles conductores y
estructurales al puente vehicular, probando para convertir cuatro valvulas de vdstago
la compuerta flotante y volando las cuiias ascendente del sistema de rodillo de
huecas del muro de la esclusa. Tambi6n se ensamblaje de cojinetes al sistema de
realizaron otros trabajos relacionados con deslizamientodepolietilenodepesomolecu-
interrupciones, incluyendo la limpieza y lar ultra alto.
reparaci6n del canal de rieles conductores y LaDivisi6ndeMantenimientoromperael
el cambio de los puntales oblicuos. batiente, reparard el espol6n y realizard
El pr6ximo reacondicionamiento, que trabajos deprotecci6ncat6dica en las camaras
implica una interrupci6n en el carril este, de la esclusa y la alcantarilla del muro lateral
coincidird con una operaci6n de una semana este. LaDivisi6nIndustrialrepararael sistema
delaDivisi6ndeDragadoenlaaproximaci6n de lubricaci6n en tres compuertas e
noreste de las esclusas. "Esto permitird inspeccionard el marco del puente vehicular
realizar dos diferentes tipos de trabajos para realizar cualquier reparaci6n necesaria.
durante interrupciones de un solo carril", Ademds, se retocard bajo contrato la pintura
sefiala Wong. en las compuertas 5 y 6 que descansan sobre
La interrupci6n tambi6n la aprovecharan el nivel del mar.

Cambian panel de distribuci6n en Planta de Miraflores

Por Myrna A. Iglesias
Un panel de distribuci6n de 2,400 voltios
que finaliz6 su vida dtil estd siendo
reemplazado por la Divisi6n de Electricidad
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama a un
costo de mas de $700,000. Situado en la
Planta E16ctrica de Miraflores, el panel
alimenta las operaciones canaleras mis
importantes del Pacifico -- las esclusas de
Miraflores y Pedro Miguel -- asi como la
Planta Potabilizadora de Miraflores y otras
Areas importantes. "Generalmente alimenta
el 75 por ciento de su carga a las esclusas y
el resto a otras dreas, pero su funci6n princi-
pal es la de alimentar las esclusas", explica el
ingeniero el6ctrico Enrique Tejera.
El proyecto, que se inici6 enjulio, ha sido
dividido en dos fases. La primera, que
consisti6 en el reemplazo de la primera mitad
de las unidades del panel, fue terminada a
final de septiembre, y la segunda esta ahora
en su etapa final.
"La transici6n del equipo viejo al nuevo

fue significativa ya que cualquier interrupci6n
en este punto pudo haber afectado las
operaciones del Canal", diceTejera. El capataz
de electricidad Jos6 Chird menciona que el
trabajo necesit6 la instalaci6n de circuitos
paralelos para evitar apagones y que el mismo
ha sido coordinado por las divisiones de
Esclusas, Electricidad y Mantenimiento.
Incorporando los iltimos adelantos
tecnol6gicos, el nuevo panel de distribuci6n
reducird los costos de mantenimiento.
"Tambi6n aumentard nuestra capacidad para
manejar cargas", agrega Chirdi.

Nuevo equipo
El capataz de electricidad Jose Chira vigila
la carga que va a las Esclusas de Miraflores
en el nuevo panel de distribucidn de 2,400
voltios de la Planta Eldctrica de Miraflores.

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Canal mejora banco de datos sobre naves

Acaba de terminar la primera fase de un
proyecto a largo plazo para modernizar el
sistema de computadoras del Banco de Datos
sobre Barcos de la Comisi6n del Canal. Este
gran proyecto, iniciado el afio pasado, es un
esfuerzo conjunto de la oficina de Sistemas
de Informaci6n Administrativa y laDirecci6n
de Marina. La modificaci6n del sistema de
computadoras para el Sistema de Arqueo
Universal del Canal de Panama (PC/UMS),
efectivo el lo. de octubre, se realiz6 en la
primera fase del proyecto.
La segunda fase convertira las medidas
de la base de datos al sistema m6trico en
conformidad con los requisitos del gobierno
de los Estados Unidos. La tercera fase se
centrard en una amplia gama de mejoras para
permitir que el sistema brinde una interco-
nexi6n mds sencilla en sus funciones de
reporte y anilisis, y para integrarlo totalmente
al Sistema de Control de Trifico Maritimo.
Estas dos iltimas fases estdn empezando a
ser disefiadas.
El Banco de Datos sobre Barcos, opera-
cional desde el lo. de octubre de 1972, es una
biblioteca computarizada con informaci6n
sobre mds de 32,000 barcos que han transitado

o visitado el Canal de Panama. La actualizan
a diario e incluye 240 diferentes datos de
informaci6n sobre cada trdnsito -- 145
correspondientes a caracteristicas del barco
y 95 relacionadas a sus actividades en el
Canal. Un resultado de la tercera fase del
proyecto sera su expansi6n para incluir adn
mis caracteristicas del barco de acuerdo alos
El sistema genera la informaci6n de
transito, carga e ingreso utilizada para
administrar y operar el Canal. Sirviendo aun
gran ndmero de unidades de la Comisi6n y
usuarios del Canal, el sistema es mantenido
por la Divisi6n de Arqueo y opera a trav6s de.
las Instalaciones Centrales de Computadora
del Sistema de Informaci6n Administrativa.
Seg6n el personal de la Direcci6n de
Marina y el Sistema de Informaci6n Adminis-
trativa a cargo de administrar el proyecto, se
moderniza el sistema para acomodar algunos
requisitos nuevos importantes y, al mismo
tiempo, aprovechar la nueva tecnologia de
las computadoras surgidas desde que el
Banco de Datos fue iniciado. Este proyecto
estd adn en su etapa inicial y pasardn varios
afios antes de su implementaci6n total.

Temporada abierta de ahorros sigue en enero

Trdnsito inaugural Foto por Jaime Femrndez
El "Silver Cloud", que combina la intimidad de un yate privado con el entretenimiento y
los lujos de un crucero mayor, atraviesa el Corte Gaillard durante su trdnsito hacia el sur
por el Canal de Panamd. La pequeiia nave de 16,800 toneladas se dirigia del Caribe a la
Costa Oeste de los Estados Unidos. Su calendario de cruceros incluye itinerarios en
Europa, el Lejano Oriente, Africa y muchos otros lugares exdticos alrededor del mundo.
El capitdn de la nave recibi6 una placa de bienvenida de manos del Subadministrador de
la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd R.P. Laverty en reconocimiento a su trdnsito inaugural.
El agente de la nave en el Canal es C. Fernie &Co., S.A.

La temporada abierta del Plan de Ahorros
(TSP), que se extiende hasta el 31 de enero,
ofrece la oportunidad a empleados elegibles
de inscribirse en el TSP, cambiar la cantidad
de sus descuentos o cambiar la forma en que
las contribuciones futuras seran invertidas.
Los cambios seran efectivos a partirdel primer
period de pago luego de recibir la solicitud,
pero no antes del 8 de enero (cuando se inicia
el primer periodo de pago completo de 1995).
Los empleados que no deseen hacer

cambios en su inscripci6n no necesitan tomar
ninguna acci6n; los otros deben Ilenar el
formulario TSP-1, incluyendo su ndmero de
identificaci6n en el punto 6. El estado de
cuenta de TSP serd enviado por correo a la
direcci6n proporcionada en el punto 1. Las
reglas y aspectos para participar en el TSP
estdn explicados en el resumen del plan, que
esta disponible, junto con los formularios e
informaci6n necesaria, en el Ramo de
(Continfa en la pdgina 3 .. .)

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 2 de diciembre de 1994

Ciclista local pedalea una semana a traves de Iowa

Oscar Dominguez, esposo de la
Subconsejera General de la Comi-
si6n del Canal de Panama Patricia
Lindley-Dominguez, visit Iowapor
primera vez este verano. Para
cuando volvi6, habiapedaleado mis
de 500 millas en la Gran Vuelta
Ciclistica Anual a trav6s de Iowa,
evento conocido como RAGBRAI,
que organiza el principal peri6dico
de Iowa, el Des Moines Register.
Realizado para apoyar organi-
zaciones de caridad en Iowa, el
evento de una semana se inici6
hace 23 afios con s61o siete ciclistas,
todos empleados del Des Moines
Register. Hoy, la admisi6n oficial
esta limitada a 7,500, pero ciclistas
no registrados llevaron el total a
unos 10,000. Dominguez dice que el
peri6dico recibi6 60,000 solicitudes
de 33 pauses diferentes, pero que 61
era el finico ciclista de Am6rica
La vuelta comienza en el Rio
Missouri, donde los ciclistas mojan
la llanta trasera de sus bicicletas, y
termina al otro lado del estado en el
Rio Mississippi, donde una alfom-
bra roja de una milla de largo gufa a
los participantes a la orilla del rio
donde mojan las llantas delanteras
de sus bicicletas.
Entusiasta del ciclismo por tres
afios, Dominguez decidi6 participar
en la vuelta luego que Jay Sieleman,
oriundo de Iowa y veterano del
RAGBRAI, quien tambi6n es
abogado en laOficinade Consejeria
General, le asegur6 que Iowa era
planocomo unatorta. "Meengaii6",
rfe Dominguez, "pero de todos
modos disfrut6 la aventura".
Dominguez entren6 durante
cuatro meses antes del evento y
estaba algo nervioso al inicio.
Luego de un par de dias, sin em-

Cruzando Iowa
Oscar Dominguez luce una cami-
seta con la bandera panameiia
mientras participa en la Gran
Vuelta Ciclistica Anual a travis de
Iowa (RA GBRAI), un evento de 500
millas de una semana de duraci6n
que patrocina el principal perid-
dico de Iowa, el Des Moines Regis-
ter. Dominguez aparecid en el
diario luego de ser entrevistadpor
un periodista que pedaleba a su
lado. El RAGBRAI de este aiiofue
el primero de Dominguez; sin em-
bargo, el ciclista dice que no sera
el iltimo.

bargo, tuvo confianza de que, en
efecto, iba a completar la vuelta.
"Fue entonces cuando realmente
comenc6 a disfrutarlo", dice.
Dominguez pas6 un promedio
de ocho horas diarias en el camino,
pero no pedaleaba todo el tiempo.
Cada pueblo por donde pasaban
los ciclistas ofrecia comidas,
bebidas y diferentes actividades.
"Un pueblo tenia una banda
tocando salsa, y algunos de
nosotros paramos a bailar", re-
cuerda Dominguez, agregando que
en otro pueblo, tuvo que reirse al



Estudiante usa tecnica de RCP para revivir a familiar

Por Yira A. Flores
Cuando la ayudante estudiantil
de la Divisi6n de Construcci6n
Anjanette M. Rose tom6 un curso
de resucitaci6n cardiopulmonar en
la Divisi6n de Seguridad de la
Comisi6n del Canal, nunca pens6
que el destino pondria a prueba lo
aprendido tres meses mas tarde.
La abuela de Rose llam6 a la
familia muy alarmada una noche
pidiendo auxilio. Al visitar a la
abuela, un tio de Rose habia
comenzado a sentir fuertes dolores
en elpecho. Era un ataque cardiaco.
Rose y su padre corrieron a la casa
de la abuela y encontraron al tfo
sentado en una silla. Todos estaban
Rose sugiri6 poner a su tio en el
suelo para que pudiera respirar
mejor, y luego le coloc6 la cabeza
hacia atras para abrir la via res-
piratoria, pero poco despu6s perdi6
elconocimiento. Norespirabay no
tenia pulso. "Mi cuerpo entero
temblaba", dice Rose, "pero tenia
una idea de qu6 hacer".
Rose respir6 profundo y co-
menz6 la RCP. Luego de lo que
pareci6 una eternidad, su tio
recobr6 la consciencia y le escuch6
decirqueestababien. Losparam6-
dicos llegaron y lo llevaron al hos-
pital. Los doctores dijeron a la
familia que de no haber sido por la
RCP que le aplicaron en casa, el tfo
hubiera muerto ahi. Pocos dias
despus le realizaron unacirugfade

coraz6n abierto, pe-
ro lastimosamente
muri6 en el hospital
dos semanas mis
tarde por proble-
mas asociados a su
Aunque su tfo
no sobrevivi6, Ro-
se dice agradecer el
haber tenido la o-
portunidad de to-
mar RCP porque
eso ayud6 a su tio a
vivir un poco mas.
Ella exhorta a otros
a tomar el adies-
tramiento porque
alg6n dia pudieran
encontrarse en una
situaci6n similar, y
seria trigico que

Prdctica de RCP Foto por Armando De Gracia
Anjanette M. Rosepractica ticnicas de resucitacidn
cardiopulmonar con el instructor de la Divisi6n de
Seguridad Arturo A. Alain N. Luego de tomar el
curso con Alain, Rose hace poco aplico las recign
aprendidas destrezas para resucitar a un pariente
que sufria un ataque al corazdn.

por falta de

conocimiento no pudieran ayudar a
"Uno toma el curso pero nunca
espera tener que poner en practice
lo aprendido", dice, agregando que
se siente mucha mis presi6n al
administrar RCP a un pariente. Lo
mis importante, sefiala, es perma-
necer calmado y seguir los pasos
aprendidos. 'Tener el conocimiento
pero no poder ponerlo en practice
no ayudari a nadie", explica.
Los especialistas de seguridad
sefialan que saber RCP es vital. Una
vez que una persona deja de respirar
y no tiene pulso, s6lo toma de cuatro
a seis minutos antes que comience

el daiio cerebral, lo que no damucho
tiempo a los param6dicos de llegar
a la escena.
Los empleados de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama pueden
inscribirse para los cursos de
adiestramiento de RCP y primeros
auxilios ofrecido porla Divisi6n de
Seguridad, contactando a los
coordinadores de adiestramiento
de sus unidades. Los dependientes
tambi6n pueden inscribirse segdn
el espacio disponible. Los fines de
semana se ofrece un adiestramiento
similar en la piscinade Balboa, y se
puede obtener informaci6n Ila-
mando al instructor Vincent Tho-
mas al52-5493.

ver un letrero de bienvenida que
prometia masajes gratis en la
Pero la parada mis memorable
para Domiguez fue la que hizo en un
pequefo pueblo con una poblaci6n
de 78. Luego de buscar algo de
tomar, se sent6 a conversar con un
anciano que le pregunt6 de d6nde
era. "Cuando dije Panama, sus ojos
brillaron", dice Dominguez. El pa-
dre del hombre habia trabajado
como ingeniero en la construcci6n
del Canal de Panama y, aunque el
hijo nunca tuvo la oportunidad de
ver la via acuatica en persona, ain
conserva fotografias y los re-
cuerdos de las historias de su pa-
dre. "Es un mundo pequefio", dice
Dominguez, quien agrega que el
Cap. Richard Asaro, antiguojefe de
la Unidad de Seguridad Marina de
la Comisi6n tambi6n particip6 en la
"Fue una buena oportunidad
para hacer amigos, y la gente en
Iowa nos trat6 muy bien", dice
Dominguez. Pero lo mas importante
para 61 fue ver a su esposa y sus dos
nietos esperando al final del evento.
"Supe cuanto significaba para ellos
ver al abuelo cruzar la metajunto a
tantas personas", explica.
Poco despu6s de volver a
Panama, Dominguez recibi6 una
invitaci6n del Des Moines Register
para cruzar los Estados Unidos en
bicicleta en 1996, con una vuelta
preliminar el pr6ximo afio. "Deben
haber pensado que si sobrevivi el
RAGBRAI podria hacer cualquier
cosa", bromeaDominguez. Aunque
sabe que tambi6n disfrutaria esta
vuelta, Dominguez ain lo esta
pensando. "Significaria estar dos
meses lejos de casa en unabicicleta,
y eso no es nada facil".

Por Susan K. Stabler
Como otras mujeres jdvenes,
AnaChang disfruta el cine, el baile,
la mfisica y la televisi6n en los fines
de semana. Pero durante la semana,
se pone su ropa de trabajo, se amarra
sus botas de seguridad, se pone su
casco y se presenta a trabajar como
la primera y inica fontanera de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama.
Al principio, Chang no pensaba
que iba a trabajar en plomeria, pero
dice que luego de escuchar sobre el
programa de aprendices de la
Comisi6n en 1981, "s6lo queria ser
aprendiz-- sin importar en qu". Y
cuando le ofrecieron una posici6n
como aprendiz de plomerfa diez afos
mis tarde, acept6 emocionada. Tras
realizar la mayor parte de su
adiestramiento practice en el
Atlantico, considera su graduaci6n
del programa de aprendices en
septiembre como la realizaci6n de
una de sus metas.
Uno de los aspectos mas inte-
resantes de su adiestramiento, dice,
fue ayudar a instalar un sistema
contra incendios en el taller de
pinturade la Divisi6n Industrial. El
sistema contra incendios requeria
tuberfas de 2 pulgadas, que no s6lo
eran mas pesadas de lo usual, sino
que requerian cuidado extra al
Dice Chang que la mayoria de la
gente piensa que los plomeros s6lo
trabajan con tuberias para agua y
que trabajan siempre en bafios,
lavanderiasycocinas. Sin embargo,
Chang raramente trabaja en plome-
rfa de casas. Como una de cinco

Primera mujer
Ana Chang conecta una tuberia
de agua a la mdquina de hielo
del complejo de Mantenimiento
del Atldntico donde trabaja.

plomeros en el Distrito Norte, sus
tareas la levan a lugares como la
Divisi6n Industrial, las Esclusas de
Gatin y los muelles de lanchas de
Gatdn y Fuerte Davis, donde,
ademas de trabajar con tuberias de
agua, instala tuberfas de combus-
tible y aire, excava canales, resuelve
problemas relacionados con plome-
rfa y repara tuberias.
Tambi6n ha tenido incidentes
por ser una fontanera. Una vez, al
trabajar en un vestidor en las
Esclusas de Gatlin, un empleado le
advirti6 que, "Este no es el baiio de
las mujeres; el baiio de mujeres esti
al otro lado del edificio".
La experiencia completa de
adiestramiento de Chang es muy
positiva. "Todos en todos lados
meapoyaron",explica. Yahoraque
trabaja para la Divisi6n de Mante-
nimiento comojoralera, el Capataz
General de Mantenimiento de
Edificios Ernesto Morales dice que
esta feliz de tenerla entre su per-
sonal. Ademis de ser una excelente
fontanera, dice, tambi6n obtuvo el
puntaje mis alto en el examen para
lalicenciadeplomero de laComisi6n
en los iltimos quince afios.

Foto por Susan K. Stabler

Pa5ina 2

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Nuevo letrero Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El nuevo letrero que instalan trabajadores de la Divisi6n de
Mantenimiento de la Comisidn del Canal informa acerca de la historia
y el significado del Monumento Goethals de 40 afios en Balboa. Otros
dos avisos cerca solicitan a los visitantes evitar daiar el monumento y
sus alrededores con patinetas y actos destructivos. La policia vigila el
drea. Desde la izquierda aparecen el trabajador de mantenimiento
Jairo Magall6n, el carpintero Andr6s Navarro, el albahil Evangelino
Sdnchez y el primer trabajador de madera encargado Santiago Marn.
El aprendiz operador Luis Gudifio ayuda desde la graa.

Primera fontanera de la Comisi6n

logra meta en reciente graduaci6n

Viemes 2 de diciembre de 1994

Spillway del Canal de Panama

--- Tome nota


del Canal

Resaltandolascontribucionesdequienes desde miles de millas de distancia.
jugaron roles importantes en la construccidn Con miles de trabaj adores esparcidos a lo
del Canalde Panamd, estaserie conmemora largo de 47 millas de construcci6n, el
el 80 aniversario de la vfa acudtica. Estd comisario Devol y su equipo tenfan todo lo
dedicada a cada uno de los 75,000 hombres que hacia falta... donde hacia falta... cuando
y mujeres cuyos esfuerzos condujeron a la hacia falta -- contribuyendo a la exitosa
apertura del Canal el 15 de agosto de 1914. construcci6n del Canal de Panama.

Cnel. Carrol Devol

Antes de venir a Panama, el Cnel. Carrol
Devol habia ganado fama al dirigir los
trabajos de socorro despu6s del terremoto de
San Francisco en 1906. Cuando lleg6 al
Istmo en 1908, encontr6 que habia miles de
trabajadores que contratar, transportar,
hospedar y alimentar.
Millones de sacos de cemento Ilegaban a
bordo de la flota de barcos que los
transportaba. Cada mes 400,000 toneladas
de dinamita tenfan que estar a mano. Hacia
falta vivienda para 50,000 personas, y tenia
que construirse con maderas y clavos traidos

Anuncian aumento de tasas en plan medico

Luego de aumentar los beneficios y
reducir las primas en los dos iltimos aflos, la
Junta de Seguro de Grupo tuvo que aumentar
las tarifas del Plan de Beneficios del Area
del Canal de Panama para 1995. Las nuevas
tarifas bisemanales para empleados, efectivas
el 8 de enero y reflejadas en los cheques del
30 de enero, son $16.56 (aumenta $1.91)
para cobertura del empleado solo y $35.92
(aumenta $4.13) para el empleado y su fami-
lia. Las tarifas mensuales para jubilados,
efectivas el lo. de enero y reflejadas en los
cheques del lo. de febrero, son $35.88 (au-
menta $4.13) para cobertura del jubilado
solo y $77.83 (aumenta $8.96) para el
jubilado y su familia.
En un esfuerzo continuo por reducir los
costos para los subscriptores del plan, los
beneficios maximos ambulatorios para 1995
han sido aumentados a $1,500 por cobertura
familiar y a $650 para el empleado solo.
Otros cambios en los beneficios para 1995

incluyen cobertura para transplantes de m6-
dula 6sea propiaparael tratamiento de cancer
de mamas, mieloma multiple y cancer de
ovario epitelial, y un aumento en la tarifa
diaria por hospitalizaci6n en el Hospital
Gorgas. Los esfuerzos de la Junta de Seguro
de Grupo por aumentar las cantidades paga-
deras por beneficios dentales no se aprob6.
Todos los incrementos en beneficios he-
chos al plan desde 1990 seguiran en vigor.
El Plan de Beneficios del Area del Canal esta
entre los planes menos caros dentro del Pro-
grama de Beneficios de Salud de los Emplea-
dos Federales, al tiempo que proporciona
amplios beneficios. Los aumentos anuncia-
dos para 1995 fueron necesarios por el
aumento en los costos m6dicos, incluyendo
los asociados con procedimientos mejorados
en tecnologia y tratamientos. La Junta de
Seguro de Grupo esta comprometida a seguir
ofreciendo los mejores beneficios disponi-
bles al menor costo para los subscriptores.

Los empleados estadounidenses de la
Comisi6n del Canal que piensan renunciar o
jubilarse deben llamar al Ramo de Servicios
de Transporte (52-7845) para confirmar sus
beneficios de repatriaci6n.

Personal del Servicio de Orientaci6n de
la Comisi6n del Canal ofrece informaci6n
sobre el Canal de Panama a los visitantes en
las Esclusas de Miraflores de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.
todos los dias. Aunque no hay personal del
Servicio de Orientaci6n asignado a las
Esclusas de Gatdn, 6sta abre al pdblico a
diario de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Se pueden arreglar
visitas de grupos alas Esclusas de Miraflores
(y alas Esclusas de Gatin cuando un miembro
del personal del Servicio de Orientaci6n est6
disponible) Ilamando al 52-3187.

El Departamento para Asuntos de Vete-
ranos de los Estados Unidos ha recibido
muchas preguntas de veteranos sobre el falso
rumor que se pagarian dividendos del seguro
que tuvieron durante su servicio activo en
las Fuerzas Armadas estadounidenses. El
departamento ha desmentido el rumor y ha
dicho que el Congreso de los Estados Unidos
no ha aprobado ninguna nueva ley otorgando
dicho dividendo a los veteranos. Referente
a otro falso rumor que sepagarfan dividendos
a individuos sirviendo actualmente o que
hayan servido en el ej6rcito despu6s de 1965
y quienes estan o estuvieron cubiertos por el
programa de Seguros de Vida de Grupo para
Soldados, el Departamento para Asuntos de
Veteranos anunci6 que nunca han existido
dividendos, reembolsos o devoluciones de
fondos excedentes en este programa.

Gente en la noticia

Encuentran loro 9u. i
El guardia de seguridad de la ComisiOn del Canal de Panamd a
Jacinto V. Moses visita al loro que encontro hace dos semanas
al trabajar un turno de medianoche en Corozal. Moses vio al
ave doinistica bajo un edificio y la report a un supervisor.
El loro estd ahora en la clfica veterinaria de Corozal i j
esperando que sus duenos lo reclamen. Llamar al Dr. Nate a
Gale al 85-6106 para inds infornnaciOn. Foto por Susan Harp


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Foto por Jaime Fernmndez

Devuelven billetera
Aminta D. Guardia, derecha, examinadora
de bonos del Ramo de Administracidn de In-
ventarios, agradece a la guardia de segu-
ridad Flor Restrepo el haberle devuelto la
billetera que perdid recientemente en el
estacionamiento de un banco. Restrepo
halld la billetera el mismo dia y, llamando
a varios telefonos que habia en ella, pudo
devolverla intacta a Guardia.

Temporada abierta de ahorros ...vienedelapdgina 1)

Jubilaci6n y Seguros de la Comisi6n del
Canal, Edificio 287, Anc6n (52-7831). Pero
el ramo no esti en posici6n de ofrecer
consejeria sobre inversiones en el TSP.
El TSP es un plan voluntario de ahorros
dejubilaci6n que ofrece la opci6n de invertir
en un fondo de valores del gobierno (G),
fondo de indice de acciones (C) o fondo de
indice de ingresos fijos (F). Las contribucio-
nes se hacen por deducci6n de planilla.
La participaci6n se limita a empleados
bajo el Sistema de Jubilaci6n del Servicio
Civil (CSRS) o el Sistema de Jubilaci6n de
Empleados Federales (FERS). Los beneficia-
rios del CSRS pueden aportar hasta el 5 por
ciento de su salario basico y no reciben con-
tribuciones de la agencia. Los beneficiarios
del FERS pueden aportar hasta el 10 por
ciento, y las contribuciones de la agencia
igualan el primer 3 por ciento y ofrecen 50
centavos por el siguiente 2 por ciento.
El Servicio de Rentas Internas (IRS) limi-
ta la cantidad que se puede contribuir al TSP,
estableciendo en $9,240 el miximo para
1994. El limite de 1995 se anunciara antes
de la pr6xima temporada que se inicia el 15
de mayo. Los afectados por la limitaci6n de-
ben considerar reducir sus descuentos de
manera de conseguir todas las contribucio-
nes de la agencia. El Ramo de Jubilaci6n y

Seguro puede brindar ayuda en esta drea.
Las contribuciones al TSP no afectan el
impuesto sobre la renta pagado a Panama. Si
paga impuesto sobre la renta a Estados Uni-
dos, las contribuciones y ganancias al TSP
estan exentas del pago de impuestos hasta
retirar su cuenta al jubilarse o dejar el ser-
vicio federal. Antes, la Comisi6n manifes-
taba que los extranjeros no residentes en Es-
tados Unidos estaban exentos del impuesto
en la distribuci6n total de su TSP (contribu-
ciones e intereses) si trabajaban fuera del
pafs. Esto se basaba en un andlisis del IRS
sobre el estado libre de impuestos estadouni-
denses de empleados extranjeros no residen-
tes trabajando fuera de Estados Unidos.
La Comisi6n sigue creyendo que el andli-
sis se aplica a sus empleados extranjeros no
residentes en Estados Unidos, adn cuando a
algunos reci6njubilados se les dijo que deben
descontar los impuestos de Estados Unidos
en sus distribuciones de TSP al solicitar su
retiro. La Comisi6n mantiene conversacio-
nes para convencer al IRS que no se pueden
retener impuestos de Estados Unidos a em-
pleados extranjeros no residentes en Estados
Unidos. Se enviara informaci6n sobre el
resultado de las conversaciones a todos los
participantes no estadounidenses del

Empleado del anio Foto por Susan K. Stabler
El electricista Jose Herazo sonrie orgulloso tras recibir el premio del "empleado del ailo"
por seguridad de la Divisidn Industrial. Desde la izquierda estdn el oficial de seguridad
de la Comision del Canal Frank Arosemena, el Jefe de la Divisidn Industrial C.P. Corrigan,
el electricista supervisor Albert W. Robinson, Herazo y el electricista Hictor A. Torres,
supervisor de Herazo.

Nuevos guardias Foto por Susan K. Stabler
Funcionarios de la Divisidn de Proteccidn del Canal acompaiian a un grupo de 14 nuevos
guardias de seguridad del Distrito Norte durante su ceremonia de graduacion el mes
pasado en el teatro de Gatrn.

Pigina 3

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 2 de diciembre de 1994

Visitantes en esclusas

Descendientes de de Lesseps
En la foto derecha, descendientes de constructores del
canal francs visitan la caseta de control de las Esclusas
de Gattn durante su estadia en Panamd para la
conmemoracidn del centenario de la muerte de Ferdinand
de Lesseps, el visionario que dirigid elfracasado esfuerzo
canalerofrancis, organizada por la Embajada de Francia.
Desde la izquierda aparecen Hictor Escoffery, super-
intendente encargado del Ramo Atldntico de la Divisi6n de
Esclusas; el Embajador de Francia Alain de Beaupuy;
Maximilien de Lesseps y Francois Ferdinand de Lesseps,
bisnieto y tataranieto de de Lesseps, respectivamente; y
Louis Napoledn-Bonaparte Wyse, bisnieto del promotor
del canal frances Lucien Napole6n-Bonaparte Wyse.

Foto por Susan K. Stabler

Potentados Shrine
Darryl L. Steiner, derecha, potentado del Templo Abou
Saad y un especialista en computadoras con la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panamd, muestra a Burton E. Ravellette Jr.,
potentado imperial de los Shrine de Norteamirica, la placa
en el muro central de las Esclusas de Miraflores que
conmemora la primera ceremonia de iniciaci6n Shrine en
Panamd, realizada en 1913 en la via este de la cdmara
superior. Durante su estadia en el Istmopara una iniciacidn
especial, Ravellette tambidn visit la caseta de control y
participo en la dedicaci6n de una estatua erigida
recientemente frente al Hospital del Nifio. La estatua
destaca los esfuerzos del Templo Abou Saad para enviar a
nifos lisiados y quemados cuyas familias no pueden pagar
el transporte a los Estados Unidos para recibir tratamiento
gratuito en los Hospitales Shrine.

Foto por Bob Russell

l', .

Secretario del Ejercito
En lafoto izquierda, Togo D. WestJr., secretario del Ejdrcito
de los Estados Unidos, acciona una compuerta de las Esclusas
de Miraflores durante su visita al Canal de Panamd el mes
pasado. Observa el operador de la caseta de control de la
Comisidn del Canal de Panamd Toni Wong Cheng.

Foto por Kevin Jenkins

Artes marciales
Clases del arte marcial coreano Tang Soo
Do seran impartidas de 5:30 a 7p.m.los lunes
y los miercoles en el Centro Comunal de
Gamboa por Arles Fernmndez, quien ostenta
el rango de quinto dan, y de 6 a 7:30 p.m. los
martes y los jueves en el Centro de Artes
Teatrales del Pacifico por la segunda dan
Debora Nissenbaum. Las clases estin
abiertas para empleados de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama y el Departamento de
Defensa y sus dependientes que tengan mis
de 5 afios de edad. Para mas informaci6n, ir
al centro comunal o llamar al centro de arte al

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 mAs tardar siete dias calendario despues de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un puesto designado para prueba al azar
por drogas (TDP) tendrin que someterse a una prueba de urindlisis para descartar el uso de drogas ilegales
antes del nombramiento o del cambio de puesto permanente. No se exigirA el urinalisis a los empleados
que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por drogas, antes del cambio de puesto permanente.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la linea de ascenso
normal, los empleados permanentes podran calificar con un minimo de un afio de experiencia especializada
en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Los solicitantes podrAn repasar los requisitos 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, seran calificados con base en requisitos
modificados. Esto no se aplica si se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas minimas y miximas de pago por hora correspondientes

a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados selecci
colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bAsica salarial correspondient
Para mayor informaci6n, lamar al Ramo de Empleo y Coloc
Puestos permanentes Salarios
Examinador de reclamos generales, $13.60/$21.38
NM-9/11 (Bilingue) (Tiempo
parcial, mdximo 30 horas.)
Higienista industrial, NM-11 '2 $16.45/$21.38
(Debe tener conocimiento de espafiol,
licencia de conducir y saber nadar.)
T6cnico supervisor de compras, NM-7 $11.11/$14.45
Escritor de manuales t6cnicos, NM-I1 '4 $16.45/$21.38
(Bilingue) (Debe tener licencia de
conducir y saber nadar.)

La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante Ilena los requisitos
o incluirse en el expediente oficial de personal; de lo contrario, I
2 Es deseable poseer al menos treinta horas/semestre de quimica a
nivel de postgrado), o experiencia profesional equivalente en quir
$ S61o se considerara a empleados de la Comisi6n.
4 Es deseable poseer conocimientos en algunas de las siguientes
industrial, eldctrica o civil.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se ajusta a la Ley

Bonos de ahorro
Informaci6n sobre bonos de ahorros de
los Estados Unidos esta disponible en la
Oficina de Administraci6n de personal de la
Comisi6n y puede obtenerse con Dolores A.
Eskildsen en el 52-3544.

"Plaza Suite" en el Teatro Guild
El Teatro Guild de Anc6n presenta la
pieza de Neil Simon "Plaza Suite," tres obras
de un acto que ocurren en un cuarto de hotel
en Nueva York. Las funciones se inician alas
8 esta noche y mafiana. Para reservaciones,

Concierto musical
LaEscuelaSecundariade Balboainvitaal
pdblico a un concierto gratuito alas 7:30 p.m.
el 15 de diciembre, en el gimnasio delaescuela.
Los participantes incluyen a los coros de
principiantes y avanzados, la orquesta
sinf6nica y la orquesta comunitaria.

onados para lenar una vacante serin Santavisitacomunidades
e, de conformidad con los reglamentos. Se han hecho arreglos especiales para
caciones al tel6fono 52-3583.
que Santa visite comunidades dela Comisi6n
Unidad Sitio Vacantes delCanal en el Pacifico el 24 dediciembre. Su
Legal P 1 primera parada sera a las 6:30 p.m. en la

EscuelaPrimariade Balboa. Lasegundaesen
Seguridad A 1 laEscuelaPrimariadeLos Rios alas7:15 yen
la comunidad de Cardenas a las 8.
Transporte P 1 Los que quieran que Santa entregue
Esclusas P 1 regalos en una de estas paradas deben
enviarlos hasta el mediodiadel 23 de diciembre
a laCasa 967, LaBoca, paralaprimera parada;
la Casa6539-A,Corozal, para la segunda; y la
especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud Casa6539A, Corozal, paralaeg da;la
no se considerard al solicitante para la Casa7229-A, Cirdenas, para la iltima. Los
regalos deben estar envueltos y marcados
Snivel universitario (o su equivalente a con cinta adhesiva indicando el nombre
nica o una combinaci6n de ambas. completo del recipiente en letras de al menos

s disciplinas de ingenierfa: mecAnica, una pulgada de alto, el ndmero de la parada
y el tel6fono de quien lo obsequia. Para mis
de Igualdad de Oportunidades. informaci6n, llamar aJoan Ohman al52-2007.

Musica en la rotonda
El conjunto Casablanca tocard en el
Edificio deAdministraci6ndelaComisi6n del
Canal de Panama de 2 a 6 p.m. el viernes, 16
de diciembre.

Bazar en Brisas del Mar
El hogar para ancianos Brisas del Mar
tendrd su bazardeNavidad de 10a.m.a 2p.m.
el sabado 3 de diciembre. Adornos de Navidad
y otras artesanfas hechas por los residentes
estaran disponibles. El hogar estd localizado
en la carretera a Veracruz antes de Playa
Kobbe. Para informaci6n adicional, Ilamar al

Ramo de Adiestramiento
Industrial ofrece cursos
El Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial
ofrecerd los siguientes cursos en su centro
computarizado el pr6ximo mes. Cada uno
indica el tiempo estimado del curso. Los
empleados de la Comisi6n interesados
puedenllamar a ReinelO. Sisnett(52-7068).
-- Componentes de Energia Hidraulica
(tres dias)
-- Energia HidrBulica Basica (un dfa)
-- Equipo manual (un dia)
-- Controles Programables Gould 584
(tres dias)

Adlninislrador, Com ision del Canal de Panamnd
Iireciora de Relaciones Ptihlcas
Director Asociado
Directora Asociada
El Spillway del Canal de Panama es una publicaci6n olicial
quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panami. Los articulos que en
ella aparecen pueden scr reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n,
unicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe scr
entregada antes del mediodia del jueves anterior a la semana de su
publicaci6n. o antes del mediodia del midrcoles si hay algdn dia
feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n. Las subscripciones de 52
iejmplares cuestan $6 por correo regular. $4 por correo regular
para estudiantes y $19 por correo a6reo. Envie cheque o giro postal
a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor
informaci6n. Ilame at 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de Relacio-
nes Piblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, Unit 2300.
APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa. Panama.

Panina 4

Eventos locales

Pruebas de bola suave
Las pruebas para la Liga del Pacifico de
BolaSuavedeLanzamiento RpidoparaNifias
sern alas4:30p.m. elvieres, 16dediciembre,
en el campo detras de la Escuela Primaria de
Balboa. Pueden participar niiias que estudian
en St. Mary o en escuelas del Departamento
de Defensa de entre 9 y 15 afios de edad. Para
mis informaci6n, llamar a Bob Eckerle al 52-

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