1. the ability to do something or act in a particular way, esp. as a faculty or quality.
“the power of speech”
2. the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
political or social authority or control, esp. that exercised by a government.
1. supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy.
“the car is powered by a fuel-injected 3.0-liter engine”
switch a device on or off.
“the officer powered up the fighter’s radar”
2. move or travel with great speed or force.
“they powered past the dock toward the mouth of the creek”
If you were to look up the meaning of “power” you’d find several more meanings both verbs, nouns and adjectives and relating to mathematics and physics. For brevity’s sake I’m only including the above definitions.
Yesterday between the hours of 20:30 and 21:30 local time people around the world were asked to celebrate Earth Hour by switching off their lights to the symbolic holiday, which this year is trying to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects. The last few days we’ve felt that we’ve done more than our fair share of saving energy. Friday we had no electricity or water for five and a half hours. On Saturday the electricity went out twice the first time for three hours and the second time we lost power and water for over four hours.
One of our friends called the power company yesterday and was told the reason for the power outage was that a transformer was being replaced. During Dry Season the rivers that run the dams run short of water. Offices and public companies have been required to turn on the air conditioning an hour after opening and to turn it off one hour before closing, and private companies have been asked to turn off the neon signs after 22:00 hours. The government announced these energy-saving measures through the duration of the Dry Season until the end of April when the rain generally begin again and the rivers start to fill although; last year the rains were delayed a month creating an energy crisis throughout the country in May. It stands to reason that the rivers are already quite low and the power grid cannot be consistently maintained at a high level. When the power when out on Friday it came with a “blip”, a very high surge and then quit altogether; I’m just speculating but it seemed that a few switches were being turned off somewhere. Some days it makes total sense when you see businesses and government offices doing things manually. After all what’s the point of having a computerized system when you don’t have the power to run it for a good part of the time? Until Panama increases the megawatts of power available and stabilize the system by building new infrastructure as the government is planning, sometimes the old pen and paper works better. The lesson here is when one is living in Panama be ready to go without some of the necessities taken for granted in North America.
I mentioned yesterday that there was a political rally in town on Friday evening. The event carried over to yesterday when the official presidential candidate for the Cambio Democratico party, José Domingo Arias came to town to tour the peninsula. What I didn’t mention is that his running mate and vice presidential candidate is Marta Martinelli, the spouse of the current president. Apparently he hasn’t been attending too many events with Mrs. Martinelli, who from my observation at the rally seems to be a lovely lady. I’m merely commenting as a curious observer as I’m not permitted to vote but the opposition parties claim that he is distancing himself from his running mate so as not to not link himself to the “veiled re-election” of Ricardo Martinelli. As I’ve said it’s interesting to see how politics work here, there is definitely more outreach to the people and much more enthusiasm from the supporters. As to what goes on in the background or back rooms, I can’t really say. I imagine it’s not that different from North American politics where deals are made for votes and appointments to various positions. All I know is that it was much quieter after the rally headed down the highway. And later in the day when our power returned we were very happy in the campo.
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