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By: PCIS Upper Elementary Students This past Saturday, some of the Upper Elementary and Middle School students helped out Spay the Strays as volunteers. Spay the Strays is an organization that helps dogs and cats, whether they are strays or pets from poor people, by sterilizing them so that they don't have babies.
The Panamanian government has reported that as of Monday June 13th, 18 people have died from complications caused by influenza and there have been 607 patients admitted with acute respiratory infections, 220 of which have been discharged. However just 35% of these cases were related to the AH1N1 strain of the flu.
Panama’s National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has issued a high wave alert that will last an entire week. The warning state that waves will reach 2.1 - 2.5 meters high with durations of 20 seconds.
Digital Journal published an article recently announcing that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the end to the “super-sized” El Nino nicknamed “Godzilla.” Finally, they wrote, “we can say goodbye and good riddance.”
The Rotary Club of Playa Coronado and the Coronado International School are working together to create a special event to raise environmental awareness throughout the beach community.
PROMAR, a foundation dedicated to protecting the ocean and marine life has teamed up with Banco Nacional once again for a Children’s Drawing contest. This year’s theme is “ The oceans are the guardians of the earth and life, take care of us!”
The Panama Coast International School is pleased to invite the entire beach community to participate in a 5k run/walk on the beach in Gorgona. The school aims to integrate the community through sports and to encourage fitness for all, while having fun and raising funds!
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!
Panama National News
The National Secretary of Energy has announced that 91 and 95 octane will drop 7 cents while the cost of diesel will stay at the same price.
For all those traveling to and from the city, this Sunday you might want to stay put or plan to take the Centenario Bridge. According to the Ministry of Foreign affairs The Panama Canal Expansion will affect the the bridge of Americas with “occasional closures” for the duration of the event taking place this Sunday, June 26th.
There may be some legitimacy to the claim that driving in Panama is a bit lawless. With approximately 210 traffic related deaths this year, it may not come as a surprise to hear a former transit official allege that 17,000 drivers have received licenses without being tested.
Over the weekend The National Police of Panama helped save a 600 pound leatherback sea turtle that was caught in a fishing net north of river Guázaro in the province of Veraguas.
A Westland Mall security guard was fatally shot on Friday after trying to stop a woman from being robbed at a mall ATM.
The Christmas shopping for the Ministry of the Presidency has already begun! The presidency is working towards buying the 541,000 toys that the First Lady will distribute during Christmas of 2016.
President Juan Carlos Varela has replaced Panama’s Minister of Health, Francisco Javier Terrientes, after he reportedly left his post to catch a Copa America game in Chicago.
While Panama Canal’s new locks undergo a series of trial runs with post-panamax ships, COSCO shipping Panama, sets sail from Greece. The ship will soon be the expanded Panama Canal lock's maiden voyage.
Panama’s Transit & Land Authority (ATTT), has started a series of road safety talks aimed at students at the pre-primary level in public and private schools nationwide.
As you have probably heard, the Panama Canal Expansion will be inaugurated June 26, 2016. In anticipation the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released the promotional video below.
The line up for flu shots grows as the number of patients hospitalized with the AH1N1 rises to 197 according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The recipient of Panama’s first heart transplant has been declared stable and the transplant a success.
After billions of dollars in expenditures, the much awaited Panama Canal expansion inauguration will take place this month. On June 26th 2016 Cosco, a Chinese shipping company, will embark on the maiden voyage through the newest set of longer, wider and deeper locks in the Panama Canal.
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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.
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.
Looking to spend some more time outdoors? Panama offers a wide variety of places to connect with nature, spend a night under the stars and disconnect. Each campsite in Panama, beautiful it’s own unique way, offers a different perspective of the country.
Chicá is a small territory in the district of Chame located about 70 km from Panama City. The entrance to the mountain region is easy to spot, located on km 61 from Toda Loma, Campana. Named after a chief who ruled the land in 1519, when the Spaniards arrived, Chicá is the smallest territory in the Chame district but definitely one of the most beautiful.
QUOTE: “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. Not to be overlooked is the sixth sense...hunger.” ---Anonymous
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!
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
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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.
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