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Society of the Sojourner – Part II

Well it’s been quite a journey since my last post – sojourner. To sum it up I would say that I have come to the realisation that the world we live in, with its social structures that we have come accustomed to, are quite different than what they appear.

Anayansi decided to change her name to “Sojourner” literally because of her belief.  She openly believed that God told her to change her name, and it is so interesting how her name (Anayansi) has a profound meaning [She was an indigenous woman, a woman in love, who opened her heart to the blond conquistador with his steel armour, newly arrived to win glory in the Isthmus of Panama-KEY TO HAPPINESS]. She changed her name to “Sojourner” because she planned to travel.

anayansigamboa sojourner Panama
Images courtesy of Google -Panama Kuna Island, San Blas

As for my story, what I feared in 2007/2008 when I began to awake to the political and social turmoil going on in the United States of America is now coming true, I decided to return to my home country.  I had a fear then for the lack of respect for the sovereignty of individual human beings. Government has a monopoly on human beings. Without a birth certificate or passport or ID, you are nobody even though we are alive, living flesh and blood man; we are who we say we are and no government ID can change that. We have been brainwashed in believing, we are some name written on a passport ID.

I would like to go into the issues I have with the whole government system but lets just not waste time. Let’s just say, once you are awake, your eyes can never closed again. It is like a light bulb is on 24-7.

So while I was preparing to travel back to Panama [“Panama” is of indian origin, from a word meaning “the abundance of fish” or “the abundance of butterflies”], a friend of mine from the States told me to visit this psychic lady from down town (she was the one interested in having a palm reading). I don’t believe it much so I went along. After her reading, the lady asked me if I wanted a palm reading. I said, “why not.” Nothing to lose as I am already here.

All I can remember her saying ”…soon you will meet someone and move…I see a lot of water surrounding this place…lots of water…” I said to myself. “That must be Panama.” We have the canal, rivers, lakes and two oceans…When her last words were “I see a trip to Europe”. That was 2008 and now fast forward to 2014.

anayansigamboa sojourner Panama
Images courtesy of Google – Panama Canal, Amador, Balboa, Punta Pacifica

My decision was, that I must leave this city; it was not place for me; yea, I felt on called it spirit to leave it and to travel east.

It’s been 5 years since I got out of Dodge for the…onto Society of the Sojourner III -to be continued. Until then…

anayansigamboa sojourner Panama
Images courtesy of Google – Panama City, Balboa, Pacific Ocean

 Saludos y hasta luego!

Notes: sojourner means a temporary resident. Who knows that one of the most beautiful stories of the Spanish Conquest belongs to Panama? The story in question is related with Vasco Núñez de Balboa, who was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He was the first European to see and stand in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, on September 1513. He claimed the Pacific Ocean and all its shores for Spain, which opened the way for Spanish exploration and conquest along the western coast of South America. But it was the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand de Magalhães (not Balboa), who, because its waters seemed so calm, gave this ocean the name Pacific (meaning peaceful).

anayansigamboa Panama Pacific Ocean
Courtesy of Google – Balboa, Parque Anayansi, Pacific Ocean

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Anayansi Gamboa, MPM, an EDC Developer Consultant and clinical programmer for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry with more than 13 years of experience.

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Translations and interpretation services in Panama City, Panama

#1  Translation

What is a certified translation?

​In Panama, a certified translation is one performed by a professional translator, also known as “Traductor Publico Autorizado”, who attests in writing to the completeness and accuracy of the translation. You cannot do the translation yourself, even if you are otherwise qualified. Other countries (or consulates) may have their own rules, so check with them first.

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No. We work with any legible copy of your document. Typically, the fastest way to get started is to e-mail the documents. You can use a scanner or even a digital camera to take a high-quality photo of your certificate or other document…

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However you like! A member of our team can send you an electronic copy (PDF) as soon as it’s ready. For notarized documents, you will want the hard copy as well. We can mail or deliver in person the translation anywhere in Panama or around the world if you are not local (we charge only for destinations outside Panama. or for overnight delivery).

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Generally a 1- or 2-page document takes just a couple of days, but it does depend on the language and how busy we are.

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Anayansi Gamboa, MPM, an EDC Developer Consultant and clinical programmer for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry with more than 13 years of experience.

Available for short-term contracts or ad-hoc requests. See my specialties section (Oracle, SQL Server, EDC Inform, EDC Rave, OpenClinica, SAS and other CDM tools)

As the 3 C’s of life states: Choices, Chances and Changes- you must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. I continually seek to implement means of improving processes to reduce cycle time and decrease work effort.

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Third Set of Locks – Pacific Area

The project design and construction of the third set of locks of the Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering works in the XXI century.

Despite these will have larger chambers, used 7% less water than the existing locks on each transit.

Pouring Concrete

In the industrial park produces concrete required for construction of the locks. Until December 2012 has been emptied approximately eight hundred twenty-two thousand meters cubic (822.000 m3) of concrete. In the pictures you can see the activity in the structure to drain valves water saving basins in the upper chamber.

The Gates

Throughout the new locks are niches will have four gates that separated each of the three chambers. High, Medium, Low. These niches allow the placement of gates and peer mobilization will be sliding.

In the Pacific and Atlantic sectors forward with the construction of a cabinet which aims to get the gates to be placed to divide the cameras together.

The construction of the gates is being made in Italy and were used approximately 50,000 tons of steel.
Gates highest measured 58 meters long, 33 meters high, 10 meters thick and weighs approximately 4,300 tons more. Each complex will have eight gates, ie four pairs.

Wildlife Rescue and Relocation

The number of animals rescued and relocated successfully to December 2012 (Pacific sector) is:
Reptiles – 480
Mammals – 300
Birds – 64
Amphibians – 45

Source: UPC

A Big Project from Initiation to Closing – a Canal: Panama

Apart from wars, this is the most expensive undertaking in the world. It was a huge engineering project that started in the mid-1800’s and that employed thousands, cost millions of dollars, and took years to complete.

We will follow the story of the Panama Canal project as documented in Identifying and Managing Project Risk by Tom Kendrick. We will also discussed the latest canal expansion project to be completed by the year 2014.


Part 1: Anatomy of a Failed Project:
The first Panama Canal project was a failure. The work the began on 1881 by Ferdinand de Lesseps, the builder of the Suez Canal, which triumph earned him the nickname “The Great Engineer,” but this project was abruptly stopped 8 years later.

It has been said that the canal failure was due to improper Risk management planning. It is important to pay attention and take into account lessons learned on projects from the past and not just plan for the future. Mistakes were made for a long, long time until finally it failed.

Risks were not identified effectively or were ignored, and the primary risk management strategy seems to have been “hoping for the best.”

Planning for the project was also a low priority. De Lesseps paid little attention to technical problems. Many engineers voted against the canal project due to technical difficulties but De Lesseps ignored the views of those who disagreed with him. He believed that need would result in innovation, as it had at Suez, and that the future would take care of itself.

The original estimates of the volume of excavation required started to rise, to 120 million cubic meters-almost triple the estimates provided in the original plan. As the magnitude of the effort rose, De Lesseps made no public changes to his cost estimates or to the completion date.

About Panama:
Panama is in the tropics, and torrential rains for much of the year created floods that impeded the digging and made the work very dangerous. The frequent rains turned Panama’s clay into a flowing, sticky sludge that bogged down work, and the moist, tropical salt air combined with the viscous mud to destroy the machinery. There was also the issue of elevation. The continental divide in Panama is not too high by North or South American standards, but it does rise to more than 130 meters. For a canal to cross the central portion of Panama, it would be necessary to dig a trench more than fifteen kilometers long to this depth, an unprecedented amount of excavation. Digging the remainder of the eighty-kilometer transit across the isthmus was nearly as daunting.

Funding for the work was a problem, as only a portion of the money that was raised was allocated to construction (most of the money went for publicity, including a very impressive periodic Canal Bulletin, used to build interest and support).

Diseases like malaria and yellow fever were also troublesome and killed many workers. Eventually, thousands of workers died, creating a negative publicity and the idea of a sea-level canal doomed.

Project Status:
the Canal Bulletin reported good progress (regardless of what was actually happening). As the project continued, many changes were made but not disclosed or reported out. The opening of the canal eventually delayed and millions of more dollars spent for less than 1/5 completion.

Failures to raise funding, De Lesseps liquidated his company and the project ended. The French empire collapse with the most costly project in history.

With no post-project analysis, the French and many investors lost over $300 millions, decade of work and no canal including many lost of lives (workers who came to Panama).

In conclusion, while it seems as the possible idea of a sea-level canal became the impossible task; nevertheless, the project management practices of those years could have been beneficial with the appropriate objective, better communication and the appropriate risk management plan.

You can not effectively manage the resources, time and money in a project unless you actively manage the project scope.

Identifying and Managing Project Risk by Tom Kendrick
Wikipedia-Panama Canal

Part2: U.S.A Construction of the Panama Canal

Part3: Future-Building the New Canal