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    Coronado Community News

    Community Meets with Director of Garbage and Waste Management

    Community Meets with Director of Garbage and Waste Management

    Today members of the community group Libre de Basura and Marjorie Calipoliti of the Coronado Residential Association met with with Sra. Calderon, the director of Garbage and Waste Management for the Chame district. Their goal was to find out ways that they could support each other. 

    Body of Drowning Victim Found

    Body of Drowning Victim Found

    After a 22 hour long search conducted by the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), the body of 20 year old Enrique Joshua Karamañites has been found. The body was found washed up face down on Playa Serena in front of the Punta Prieta towers, a few kilometers from where the disappearance was reported.

    Ex Chame Mayor Among 51 to Receive Reduced Sentences

    Ex Chame Mayor Among 51 to Receive Reduced Sentences

    President Juan Carlos Varela has granted reduced sentence to the ex Chame mayor, Euclides Mayorga, the father of the current mayor. His daughter, Nieves Mayorga Caballero currently holds the office after winning elections in 2014.

    Watch TV for Free at the Beach

    Watch TV for Free at the Beach

    Does free TV sound too good to be true? Rest assured, this is the real deal!  The Android TV box turns your regular TV into a SMART TV with just a click of a button! What does that mean to you? It means access to every episode of your favorite TV series, sports events, news and movies.

    Chame Mayor seeks to Transform Dump

    Chame Mayor seeks to Transform Dump

    Nieves Mayorga, the mayor of the Chame is trying to put and end an open-air dump that is contaminating a nearby mangrove and negatively effecting the community by continuous burning causing air pollution. Mayorga has been speaking with Ecological Fuels Panama, a company that uses technology to transform dumps into areas that sort garbage in a more effective way.

    Shop at the Río Hato Market

    Shop at the Río Hato Market

    Looking for some local produce and fresh seafood? The Río Hato Market is a great place to find both! Located just off the Panamerican Highway, 100 meters from the Río Hato airport right beside the Resort Playa Blanca Panama, the market is a great place for travelers and locals alike to shop for fresh local food items and handicrafts.

    The Marked Children

    The Marked Children

    It´s hard to look at their faces full of marks. These marks reflect the difficulties that families face in remote areas of the district of Capira. Here, where life for most is not as easy, not only do these families facing daily labors, many of their children suffer from a serious disease, which they will struggle with for a lifetime.

    Meetings to Install Overpass at Coronado Intersection

    Meetings to Install Overpass at Coronado Intersection

    In a recent Coronado Residence Association Bulletin the community association announced that they had coordinated meetings with Juan Carlos Arango, representative and president of the Commission of Infrastructure and National Assembly along with Mr. Orestes del Rio of the ATTT Agency in La Chorrera.

    Landscaping the Beach Community

    Landscaping the Beach Community

    The roadway, be it public or private, is the asphalt, pavement, gravel or dirt pathway in front of your property. This is the area that connects our neighborhood. It is an important part of our community and we are all responsible for ensuring it is a safe place for pedestrians, vehicles and animals.

    Read La Playa online at PlayaCommunity.com

    Read La Playa online at PlayaCommunity.com

    After 3+ years and 40 paper editions of La Playa Community Newspaper we have decided go back to our roots and continue to publish online daily at PlayaCommunity.com. If you loved reading the paper, check out the same great content digitally, on our mobile friendly website Playa Community, from here in Coronado or anywhere around the world.

    Panama National News

    Fire in Plaza Cinco de Mayo

    Fire in Plaza Cinco de Mayo

    Firefighters worked for over two hours to control a fire in one of the buildings in Plaza 5 de Mayo, Calidonia this morning (Sunday, July 24). The fire, reported at about 10:30 a.m. has affected about 60 people, a number of which were foreigners who sell crafts in the neighborhood.

    The Prado Museum in Panama

    The Prado Museum in Panama

    Replicas from Madrid’s famous Prado Museum, will be on display in Plaza de Francia in Casco Antiguo until September 18th, 2016.  The exhibition organized, by the Cultural Center of Spain in Panama, is working in collaboration with the National Prado Museum in Spain, the National Institute of Culture (INAC) and the City of Panama to bring the city alive with art. 

    The Presidency and Ministry of Education ask Teachers to Return to School

    The Presidency and Ministry of Education ask Teachers to Return to School

    Friday July 22, 2016, President Juan Carlos Varela held a cabinet meeting to present the 2017 education budget draft. The budget of $21 000 670 million was approved by the cabinet. The budget allocated $300 million to salaries of officials of which $80 million would be dedicated to raise the salaries of 45,000 teachers in the country. 

    La Pokemanía Hits Panama

    La Pokemanía Hits Panama

    Pokémon GO, an extension of the Pokémon television series,  is an interactive  game that works using a smart phone’s camera and GPS.  Within a short period of time the viral phenomenon has reached Panama without being officially released in the country.

    Teachers Call 72 Hour Strike in Panama

    Teachers Call 72 Hour Strike in Panama

    Yesterday, July 18th 2016 marked the beginning of what will be a 72-hour strike by sixteen teachers unions in Panama. The announcement was made at 11:00 a.m. on Monday following a general assembly that took place in the local school.

    Panamanian Athletes Competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics

    Panamanian Athletes Competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics

    The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5th to the 21st, and several Panamanian athletes have qualified to compete. According to the Rio 2016 Olympics wiki Panama has been taking part in the Summer Olympics since 1928.

    ATTT Cameras on PanaPass Corridors

    ATTT Cameras on PanaPass Corridors

    Starting Monday July 18, Transit Authority and Land Transportation (ATTT) will put into action a new plan to use cameras and issue electronic tickets to drivers who dodge payment on the northern and southern corridors.

    Panama Remains Divided over Sex-Ed

    Panama Remains Divided over Sex-Ed

    On Thursday July 14th the Panamanian government filed a motion for the controversial bill 61 which would offer sexual and reproductive health education in public schools across Panama. The bill has society divided, with individuals and organizations both in favor and against the new curriculum to be taught in Panama's public schools, which continues to be debated.

    Car Accident Kills two Panamanian Officials

    Car Accident Kills two Panamanian Officials

    Sunday July 3 2016, Panama’s Minister of Security Secretary, General Emilio Royo and Minister of the Presidency’s security, official Jordi Velasquez, were killed in a car accident. The fatal accident occurred on the Pan-American highway between Arraijan and La Chorrera.

    Panama Pride Parade 2016

    Panama Pride Parade 2016

    July 2nd 2016 thousands of people marched in Panama’s 12th national Pride Parade, lobbying for LGBT rights and sexual diversity. This year there were more than 40 national and international organizations dedicated to human rights marched in the Panama Pride Parade.

    New Uber Service hits Panama

    New Uber Service hits Panama

    Uber service is still a major controversy in Panama City, as taxi drivers continue to protest the company’s competitive alternative transport model. While the battle rages on, Uber has announced another offering for those living in and visiting Panama.

    The Panama Canal Expansion has been Inaugurated

    The Panama Canal Expansion has been Inaugurated

    Yesterday, Sunday June 26th the new third set of locks in the Panama Canal was inaugurated. The expansion project took 9 years of work, it’s revealing and maiden voyage was witnessed by over 20,000 people.

    Panama City Street Repair Budget Exceeds 50 Million

    Panama City Street Repair Budget Exceeds 50 Million

    Recently the Panama City Mayor’s office announced that the renovation of Via Argentina and Calle Uruguay in Bella Vista would cost the city $52 million dollars, which left not only residents but engineers surprised.

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    National Park Camino de Cruces Looses 185 Hectares

    National Park Camino de Cruces Looses 185 Hectares

    The National Park Camino de Cruces will once again loose land. 185 hectares of forested areas of Clayton and land adjacent to the Panama Canal basin will be cleared to make space for “sports, cultural and social interests” according to a resolution signed by Minister of the Environment Mirei Endara. 

    Swimsuit Care in the Tropics

    Swimsuit Care in the Tropics

    Panama can be hard on swimwear. From the constant sun and strong pool chemicals to the salt, sand and lotions, you will need to wash and dry swimwear in an effective way if it is going to last. Here are some ways to make you suit last more than a season in the tropics: 

    Wash before you Wear

    Wash before you Wear

    When buying new clothes in Panama, or anywhere else in the world for that matter it is a good idea to wash before wearing. There are a couple compelling reasons why:

    Smithsonian Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

    Smithsonian Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

    The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) is celebrating the recent expansion of the Panama Canal. Over the past five years, the Panama Canal expansion has offered a rare and complete sample of Panama’s geology.

    La Amistad National Park may lose UNESCO World Heritage Status

    La Amistad National Park may lose UNESCO World Heritage Status

    The 40th session of the UNESCO Heritage Committee stated on Sunday July 10th, where a team of UNESCO members will be meeting in Istanbul, Turkey to decide if La Amistad National Park will hold on to it’s status as World Heritage site or join a growing list of sites at risk.  

     The Sidemen of Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival

    The Sidemen of Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival

    If you have been to a Bouquet Jazz and Blues festival (BJBF), you will have seen several familiar faces play back up as sidemen to various headliners. Who can forget the hypnotic rhythms of LA Smith on bongos and percussion, or the accomplished Lance Anderson on keyboards.

    Finding Fondas in the Pacific Beach area

    Finding Fondas in the Pacific Beach area

    Fondas are small restaurants or food stands, usually cared for by their owners and family. They sell homemade food, typically Panamanian dishes. Some fondas are only open for breakfast, while others also open for lunch and dinner. Some have chairs and tables for people to eat, while others only offer takeout.

    Must Try Mango Recipes

    Must Try Mango Recipes

    With the rain come mangoes! Juicy, sweet and delicious these tropical fruits are in season for several months with the hight of mango season usually taking place in the month of June. 

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    Today's Events In Coronado and Panama's Pacific Coast

    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Shiatsu with Pablo @ The Picasso Blue Lounge

    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Hatha Yoga with Kristie - Lift Studio

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Bootcamp with Miranda - Lift Studio

    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Adult Ballet with Alondra

    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Spinning with Miranda - Lift Studio

    See the complete Events Calendar

    Tourist Places to Visit in Panama

    Boquete Panama

    San Blas Panama

    Cerro Punta y Volcan

    La Yeguada Veraguas

    Pearl Islands Panama (Contadora)

    Santa Catalina Panama

    Azuero Peninsula

    Puerto Armuelles Panama

    Suggested Reads

    Everything you need to know about Coronado Panama

    A breif Visit to Panama's Embera Quera Tribe

    Panama's Independence, Separation and its relation to the Panama Canal

    Juan Carlos Varela Promises

    Are Humpbacks off the endangered list?

    See Turtles on Mata Oscura

    Cooking up Culture

    Conservation Panama fights to save wild cats

    Panama School guide

    Coronado Restaurant Guide

    Machete Kites 15 years in Punta Chame

    Martyrs Day A Day in the Fight for Panama’s Sovereignty

    How to treat Jelly Fish stings

    Isla Palenque: Escape from Civilization

    Rainy Season Surf Guide

    5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Beach

    Off Roading Playa Style Panama

    Riptides - How to Identify and Escape

    The Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum

    Panama's Stance on ISIS

    Birding Panama’s Pipeline Road

    Here is what you can find in Playa Community

    PLAYA COMMUNITY is a reliable source for daily Panama news in English. Read travel articles before you visit Panama to learn about the best beaches and mountain towns around Panama. Connect with expats in Coronado Panama and beyond. For beautiful beaches close to Panama City, take a vacation on the pacific coast at one the area’s top all inclusive resorts, Hotel Riu, Playa Blanca or Decameron Panama. Take a trip up to the mountains for a breathe of fresh air, visit El Valle, Boquete or Volcan Chiriqui and enjoy amazing coffee, ocean views, and rushing waterfalls. If it’s empty shorelines you seek, surf the beaches of Playa Venao and Pedasi Panama.

    Check in with us along the way to find great restaurants and Panama hotels. Once you explore Panama, we are certain you will want to stay. PLAYA COMMUNITY offers a variety of relocation resources including a complete Panama real estate directory giving you access to best beach and mountain properties on the market.

    Moving to Panama?, browse the classified ads for deals on used cars, furniture and more, and check the business directory to find services. Once you have settled in, check the tide table section for the best time to go to the beach!

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