A perspective on the drought from Chiriquí Province. Thank you Kris once again.
This is a news release regarding the measures the government has put in place:
Government orders electricity rationing nationwide
Por: Redacción 07/05/2013 22:10:00 tvn Noticias
The Cabinet Council approved the afternoon of Tuesday, May 7, a resolution mandating rationing electricity consumption in the public and private sectors nationally and mechanism to ensure domestic consumption.
The measure provides for the closure of supermarkets, cinemas, bars, pubs, casinos, discos and night clubs, used home Monday through Thursday from 10 pm to 6 am.
In its Resolution, which comes into force from tomorrow, Wednesday May 8, the Cabinet also ordered off the air conditioning systems in hours from 11 am to 3 pm for offices, malls, shops and other activities.
In his Twitter account the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, said that “The Asep fined all who violate the regulation of energy savings as signs, shops, etc.. Lack of water is serious.”
These measures are in addition to those announced earlier, which contemplates the suspension of classes for three days in public and private schools in the country (primary, secondary and university).
It also ordered off air conditioners in public offices and apply this same measure in the commercial sector of 11am to 3pm. Additional working time is kept in the public sector of 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm
The above actions have been taken in coordination with the Secretary of Energy, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), Electricity Transmission Company, SA (ETESA) and the National Dispatch Centre (CRC), and seek to ensure the efficient, continuous and uninterrupted public service until phase electricity rationing ordered to be suspended.
It also declared a state of emergency in the so-called dry arc region includes the provinces of Cocle, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera as a result of the absence of rain.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Osorio, climatic and meteorological conditions were characterized by a long period of no rain in the country that has affected the development and production of rainfed crops and improved pastures with which it feeds most cattle production in the country.
The declaration of emergency, Osorio said, provides for approval to the Ministry of Economy and Finance for that, if required, the waiver request before the National Assembly, for the temporary suspension of financial limits and the attainment of economic resources necessary for the Ministry of Agriculture, up to an amount of 3 million Balboas.
The vacas came through the field again last night trying to reach through the fence. They were delighted to discover that SU had weeded the vecino’s garden and put all the nice green weeds in the field for them. Unfortunately when it was gone there was no more. It’s difficult to see them like this but they do look better than some of the vacas we’ve seen around the campo. Isn’t this one a sweetie?
Hopefully the weather forecasters are wrong and the rains will come soon. Today has dawned grey but I have a feeling the sky is making way for the blue. I never thought I’d be complaining about too much hot weather. Today, life is good in the campo, I just wish it was a little wetter. 🙂
Cows are everywhere! Our neighbor Roberto even had a couple calves in his yard for a while. They have gone to his farm now, but there are plenty of others in the area. When I see cows I think of my blogging friend Karen and her stories of the vacas (cows) in her neighborhood looking longingly at her green garden while they eat brown grass (pray for rain in her neighborhood!)
We came across this playful calf near our house a couple weeks ago.
Today, we spotted Roberto feeding a bit of corn to the cows in the field next to his house.
Roberto told me that he was giving the cows a treat because they are having a hard time getting by on grass after such a hot, dry summer. Here, cows fend for themselves with minimal human intervention. Things are looking much more green now…
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