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Coronado Residents Association held a meeting with Mr. Juan Carlos Arango, Deputy and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the National Assembly, and Mr. Orestes del Rio from ATTT, Chorrera agency to discuss the Coronado intersection.
The annual travel convention, Expo Turismo, will return to the Atlapa convention center this weekend on May 27 & 28 for the 7th year in a row.
Coronado and surrounding coastal communities are located in what is known as Panama’s ‘Dry Arc’ (or Arco Seco in Spanish). The name is derived from the pockets of tropical dry forest scatted through regions. Like the name suggests, this region of Panama enjoys some of the best weather in the country.
The community of Coronado Panama is growing quickly and with development has come a variety of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Whether its a local bar you seek or a upscale restaurant for a special event, we can help you find it!
Did you know that there is a movement in the dog world, called “The Yellow Dog Project” aimed at avoiding unpleasant encounters with dogs?
Buona Cucina Cafe will open its doors this Friday kicking off it’s weekly Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bahia Resort in Gorgona. Well known for their authentic Italian pizza and pasta at their Coronado location owners of Buona Cucina are stepping outside the box and on to the beach every weekend
Mail Boxes Etc. Coronado is a family run business. Michael Poirier, and Jeannine Nadeau, Canadians from Quebec took over the store from an American couple in 2007. “Those were the early days of the expat influx in the area. When we first started we had about 70 boxes and today we run at about 350”.
By: Roberto Diaz It’s better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war! - Martial Arts Proverb Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was a huge surprise for me. I was living in California and had recently turned 38 years old when a friend dared me to come try a class where he was training.
The Surf is a luxury oceanfront residence made up of 28 exclusive homes. The Surf is designed to be a beautiful show case for ArtSTONE finishes, offering new buyers the exclusive opportunity to customize and personalize finishes. Home owners at The Surf will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one to with artisans to design these finishes.
In Coronado today? Make sure to stop by the Mercadito del Mar & Sunset Fest in the at the Coronado Mall Plaza from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m! The monthly event brought to you by Del Mar events & Surfea Panama offers the community live music, local crafts, organic products, art & photography!
The rain has arrived in Coronado, which has brought a sigh of relief for many. However, with the rain has come a weather warning. The season change could bring a range of sever weather including electrical storms, floods and landslides. The alert was issued by Etasa weather center on Tuesday April 26th.
Residents in Coronado reported the ground shake around 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Sunday April 17. The shake was in fact a small earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale (low intensity).
Panama National News
As the government announces that testing of the Barro Blanco hydro electric project is close to beginning, Indigenous residents continue to protest on the banks of the Tabasara River.
According to a recent report published in La Prensa, From July 2014 through March deputies spent $297,000 on trips. An article by noticias7dias wrote that $55 thousand of that was spent on one single trip.
Manuel Noriega’s Lawyer, Ezra Angel, has formally requested that Noriega be considered for house arrest due to his current health condition. Recently, Noriega was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which has since worsened. While surgery is imminent for 82 year old Noriega, no date has been set.
Panama taxi drivers are still up in arms about the Uber system that has taken Panama city by storm. While the transit authority has taken to the sidelines, both Uber Panama and Panama’s taxi drivers are attempting to claim their right to serving the city’s public transit users.
Yesterday, Tuesday May 17th Panama’s Tourism Authority (ATP) inaugurated an installation on the Cinta Costera, that will offer visitors a photo opportunity that has become popular around the world.
Tickets for the 2017 Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival go on sale this month on May 1, 2016. The festival which has lit up the slopes of the Chiriqui Highlands for the last 10 years is an incredible opportunity to watch and listen to some of the world’s best blues and jazz artists preform at their best in small, intimate venues.
Members of the Waked family, a prominent family in Panama have been accused by US authorities of laundering drug money through businesses. Nidal Waked son of Abdul Waked was arrested in Colombia, officials say that he will extradited to the US to face charges.
The evacuation of thousands of Cubans who have been stranded in the province of Chiriqui began this week on Monday May 9th.
The new Locks in the Panama Canal are set to Open June 27, 2016. These locks have already received a lot of attention with 102 request for ships to use the new locks, among which there are 98 reservations from container ships, three linefeed gas carriers and one cruise ship.
The Cannes Festival, wchich begins Wednesday May 11th, will be screening a special showing of Hands of Stone, a movie about the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, which was filmed in Panama. The event will pay tribute to the Oscar-winning actor who plays Duran's manager and coach, Robert De Niro.
Recently Panama opened their first poultry farm, that operates on solar energy. The project is the first to be funded under the new green energy program Panama has introduced in an effort to reach environmental and sustainability targets, while generating profit for local businesses in the nation.
Yesterday, Sunday May 1st marked Labor Day in Panama, and millions of workers took to the street to speak about current issues in Plaxa Porras. The event was well attended, by journalists, workers, miners, teachers and members of other organized groups.
An announcement made by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) confirmed that for the first time since 1998 the Panama Canal will need to restrict the depth of vessels passing through the canal. This is due to extremely low water levels in the Gatun and Alajuela lakes, which El Niño has contributed to.
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Canadian Robert Bezeau is the owner and creator of a innovative Bocas eco-friendly real estate project called the Plastic bottle Village. Robert spearheaded the Bocas recycling program in 2012, making a positive change on island.
One of the best ways to celebrate the season, brush up on you mango knowledge and taste a wide variety of mangos the country serves up is to visit the Río Hato Mango Festival! This year the festivities begin on May 19th continuing until May 22nd, events are held at Casa de la Cultura Río Hato.
QUOTE: “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” ---Fran LeibowitzSansara Surf and Yoga Resort, located in Cambutal on the Azuero Peninsula is a fabulous creation. Much time, effort, and money was spent in making the entire Sansara adventure an exciting, but peaceful, tranquil, and healthy experience.
My name is Rachael Pruitt and I am a third year student at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but I am originally from Dayton, Ohio. I am an environmental studies major with a concentration in wildlife and conservation biology.
Panama’s Pacific coast has been recognized as one of the best places in the world to spend the golden years of life for Panamanians and foreigners alike. But it is not just retirees interested in the area, more and more young people and families are also exploring the Pacific beaches!
An organization called Diving For A Cause was recently at Hooked on Panama fishing lodge on Punta Burica, not only to spear fish, but give back to local schools in the area. The group has been spearfishing from the lodge for 5 straight years, each time they have given practical donations to local schools in the area.
By M. Stefan - The Wine GuyPop quiz: who is the most respected and honored woman winemaker in the world? Answer: Susana Balbo
Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) reported nearly fifty bottle nose dolphins beached on playa Ostonal in Tonosí this morning (Wednesday April 20th). 25 dolphins were successfully returned oceans by officials and local residents. According to residents in the area 10 dolphins did not survive the stranding.
Scientists recently discovered a cloud formed of thousands of crabs on Panama's seafloor. The swarm was like nothing that has every been recored. Jesús Pineda, a biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the lead author of a paper on the crabs published on Tuesday, explained that he pored through scientific literature, looking for similar behavior among the many kinds of crabs, lobsters, shrimp and marine creatures that dwell near the bottom of the ocean, but found nothing of this nature.
A large number of Pelamis platura sea snakes, commonly known as yellow-bellied sea snakes ave been appearing on beaches in the province of Los Santos, specifically in Pedasí.
Interesting Information for Expats in Panama
Today, Monday May 9 at 2:00 p.m. the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release the identities of at least 625 Canadians from the Panama Papers.
Is your windshield stained with a film that prevents you to see properly especially when looking at direct sunlight? This film appears after years of storing your car in direct sunlight as many of us do here in Panama.
Currently Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years are currently not able to vote in federal elections. However Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, renewed hope that these Canadians living abroad may be able vote in future elections.
In last month’s article, I explained how US taxpayers face horrendous fines for failing to accurately report foreign financial assets on the annual 1040 tax return using form 8938. The fines range from 50%-125% of the asset value every year not accurately reported. This is very serious stuff.
The National Highway Company of Panama ENA, has announced problems that there are problems occurring in the computer platform used to recharge the Panapass, that allows access to both the North and South Corridors in Panama City.
Financial Shock WavesIn case you missed it, the RG Hotels Bankruptcy case has caused shock waves throughout the Panama financial community. A Coclé judge backdated the bankruptcy of RG Hotels to July 31, 2012.
With January comes the beginning of Panama’s National Fairs! Each year, districts throughout the country of Panama offer a variety of fairs and festivities bringing tourists, both national and international, to discover traditions and customs unique to each region. Find the full list for 2016 National Fairs in Panama below.
By Clinton DonnellyTwice this past month, clients have lamented to me about the ordeal of sending money to Panama to buy an apartment. “It’s MY money”, they say. “Why can’t I send it?” Unwittingly, they are entangled in the international laws that bind nations together.
In 2007, Kent Davis of Panama Equity published an essay called This document was downloaded by more than 14,000 people. alled Blood On The Streets: Everything That's Wrong With Panama Real Estate Agents And Why I'm One Of Them.
Each year during the month of November, many Panamanians vacation on the Pacific Beaches of Panama for Fiestas Patrias (Panama’s Independence days). The celebratory days are as follows this November 2015:
Today's Events In Coronado and Panama's Pacific Coast
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Spanish with Rebekah - Picasso Blue Lounge
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Happy Hour at Caracoles
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Happy Hour at Bahia Buona Cucina Cafe at Gorgona
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: 2X1 Pizza Night - Picasso
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