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    Coronado joins the International Costal Cleanup

    Coronado joins the International Costal Cleanup

    If you are going to be in Coronado Panama Sunday, September 25th, join one of the biggest International efforts to clean up beaches, rivers and lakes around the world! Read more about the global event here: The 30th International Coastal Cleanup. 

    Swell warning NOT tidal wave warning

    Swell warning NOT tidal wave warning

    Yesterday, September 21st, 2016, at 11:14 a.m. Hidrometeorología de ETESA, issued a hydro-meteorological warning for the occurrence of swell on the Pacific Coast. While this report should create awareness and caution among beach goers, it is extremely unlikely that Panama’s Pacific coast will experience anything near a tidal wave, as some have reported.

    Sleeping Indian raising breast cancer awareness

    Sleeping Indian raising breast cancer awareness

    A pink ribbon has been placed over the bust of  ‘India Dormida’ (the sleeping Indian), a rock formation in El Valle de Anton. The pink ribbon is a symbol for the fight against breast cancer in Panama. In Panama, October is breast cancer awareness month. 

    Join the Coronado Photo Club Casco expedition

    Join the Coronado Photo Club Casco expedition

    Sunday, September 25th the Coronado Photography Group will be headed to Casco Viejo to shoot one of Panama’s most photographic old towns. The group will be meeting in Casco Viejo’s Central Square by the General Tomás Herrera Monument at 10:00 a.m.

    A Note from the Altos del Maria Green Team

    A Note from the Altos del Maria Green Team

    By: Dennis Fria The road clean-up from Pueblo Nuevo to Sora was a huge success, thanks to many people!  Every single person played an important role which together ended in the successful completion of this huge project.

    Harvest moon eclipse

    Harvest moon eclipse

    Look up at the skies tonight, September 16th, 2016 to see a harvest moon eclipse, the last until 2024. This month’s full moon is considered to be a harvest moon because it is the closest one to the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Blood Drive for the ION Cancer hospital

    Blood Drive for the ION Cancer hospital

    The ION Cancer hospital will host a blood drive on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Las Pergolas plaza (Novey/Riba Smith plaza). The ION Cancer blood drive will set up about 5 stores down from Philipe Mota. Anyone eligible to donate blood in Panama is welcome - see requirements below.

    Heavy rain creates clean water shortages

    Heavy rain creates clean water shortages

    While it might seem paradoxical, heavy rain has left over 22,000 people in Penonomé without water since Sunday, September 11th. The lack of water is due to the flooding of the Zarati River in Penonomé, which has affected the ability for the treatment plant to effectively treat the community's water supply.

    Altos del Maria Green Team Cleanup

    Altos del Maria Green Team Cleanup

    The Altos del Maria Green Team have organized a street cleanup on the road from Bejuco to Sora Thursday, September 15th. The cleanup is a big effort that works to clean up 18 kilometers of roadway. 

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    Breast cancer awareness installation to be removed

    Breast cancer awareness installation to be removed

    The pink blanket, made from a vinyl material covering the hillside of the "Sleeping Indian" a mountain peak in El Valle de Anton, is being removed. The pink tarp, placed on the mountain side by the office of the first lady, was part of a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

    Report on teen pregnancy in Panama

    Report on teen pregnancy in Panama

    In the midst of Panama’s continued debate on how to tackle the topic of sexual education in schools, the country has released a report from 2014, revealing some grim statistics.

    Body found by fisherman near Farallon

    Body found by fisherman near Farallon

    This morning, Tuesday, September 20th, a fisherman found the body of a young man near Farallon in the province of Cocle. The 19-year-old boy was reported missing and is originally from Farallon, but live in Panama City.

    Deforestation and environmental damage of the Panama Canal watershed

    Deforestation and environmental damage of the Panama Canal watershed

    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has asked North Properties, a company developing on a 5.8-hectare site near the canal watershed, to present a remediation plan to reverse the effects of deforestation. If no plan is presented, the ACP will suspend work at the site. Work could also be suspended if the plan is deemed to be insufficient.

    Panama attends UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

    Panama attends UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

    This week Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela joins world leaders in New York for the United Nation’s 71st General Assembly. This year the global endeavor takes the form of a “twin summit”, with a conference on refugees and migration will take place Monday, September 19th. 

    Ngäbe Buglé Congress rejects Barro Blanco Agreement

    Ngäbe Buglé Congress rejects Barro Blanco Agreement

    The Ngäbe Buglé General Congress has rejected the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project agreement, deciding not to ratify the agreement that was signed in August.  The Ngäbe Buglé General Congress held a secret vote this weekend which resulted in 76 members rejecting the agreement and 67 supporting the agreement.

    President Juan Carlos Varela’s announcements

    President Juan Carlos Varela’s announcements

    Thursday, September 15 President Juan Carlos Varela announced made big two announcements, just hours apart. The president took Panama City's Cinta Costera to announce that from January 2017 there would be a “significant reduction” in fares on  the Metro Buses on the North and South corridors and that the new transport plan would end the operation of “pirate buses” on the corridors.

    Panama - The best place to retire… not the best place to drive

    Panama - The best place to retire… not the best place to drive

    According to the Driver Satisfaction Index, completed by the traffic and navigation application Waze, Panama is fourth on a long list of the worst countries to be behind the wheel. Waze analyzed driver experience in 28 countries and 238 cities, ranking driver experience from 10 for satisfactory to 1 for very bad.

    Copa Airlines among carriers bidding on Avianca

    Copa Airlines among carriers bidding on Avianca

    Copa airlines SA is among the airlines bidding to become an international partner for the Colombian carrier Avianca Holdings SA. The airline, controlled by German brothers Aleman and José Efromovich, is seeking an international partner “to help strengthen its balance sheet and to promote growth.” 

    Body of missing child found near Taboga

    Body of missing child found near Taboga

    Authorities have found the body of a 5-year-old child this morning, Tuesday, September 13th off the coast of Taboga. The young boy was helping his sister who had fallen into the storm drain when he was swept away on Sunday.

    Protests continue over Barro Blanco agreement

    Protests continue over Barro Blanco agreement

    Part of the Pan-American Highway on the way to the village of Vigui in Los Palmas Veraguas, was blocked by protesters Wednesday, afternoon (September 7, 2016). The protest, lead by a group of indigenous people from the Ngäbe-Buglé comarca, was over the latest agreement on the hydroelectric project, Barro Blanco.

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    ACP asked to take action against deforestation by North Properties

    ACP asked to take action against deforestation by North Properties

    The Center for Environmental Awareness of Panama (CIAM) is asking to the Panama Canal Authority to revoke a concession granted to North Properties. The group's plea aims to see action against environmental damage in the watershed by requiring the company to reverse the effects of deforestation they have allegedly caused.

    How to Check your Panapass for infractions

    How to Check your Panapass for infractions

    Think you may have a Panapass fine? Find out, using Panama’s transit website http://www.transito.gob.pa/servicios-en-linea. Select ‘Servicios en Linea’ ( "Online Services") and press the  “infracciones electrónicas” ("electronic breaches”). The system will provide the option to checking infractions based on the  plate of the vehicle. 

    Panama’s humpback whale population remains endangered

    Panama’s humpback whale population remains endangered

    While the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that most humpback whale populations have recovered through international efforts to protect them, the population of humpback whales that breed off the coast of Panama remains endangered.

    Reforesting Panama’s diminished Forests

    Reforesting Panama’s diminished Forests

    According to the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON), about 540 thousand hectares of forest in Panama have been lost in the last 20 years. Another estimated 2 million hectares of land has been seriously degraded, with a deforestation rate exceeding 20 thousand hectares a year.

    More Turtle Egg Poachers Convicted

    More Turtle Egg Poachers Convicted

    On Saturday August 27th, Alexis Perez the regional chief of protected areas and wildlife in Los Santos confirmed the seizure of 1,314 illegally trafficked turtle eggs in Tonosí, Los Santos. Of the eggs recovered in the most recent bust, 687 embryos were destroyed, 381 eggs were saved and are currently in a nursery located in Cambutal.  

    UnCruise Adventures Destine for Panama

    UnCruise Adventures Destine for Panama

     UnCruise Adventures is a small expedition cruise line that has been exploring in Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Columbia & the Galapagos for over 20 years. The Uncruise cruise line will soon be destine for Central America, with voyages from Panama & Costa Rica beginning in October 2016.

    Visiting the Caribbean Island - Isla Grande Panama

    Visiting the Caribbean Island - Isla Grande Panama

    Isla Grande is a small island on Panama’s Caribbean coast located 15km off the shores of Portobelo, in the Province of Colon. With clear turquoise water, palm trees and white sand, Isla Grande is a picturesque tropical island and a popular getaway for Panama City locals.

    Vehicle sales in Panama are on the rise

    Vehicle sales in Panama are on the rise

    A study done by Coptroller General shows that car sales in Panama have grown by 7.3% from the first half of 2016 to the second half of the year. The figures, that show between January and June 33,164 vehicles were sold, are based on data provided by the Panama Automobile Dealers Association.

    Five convicted for trafficking turtle eggs

    Five convicted for trafficking turtle eggs

    Five people were convicted of illegally trafficking turtle eggs on Wednesday August 17. All five perpetrators were fined $3000 and will be denied access to public services for 40 months.

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    See Turtles on Mata Oscura

    Cooking up Culture

    Conservation Panama fights to save wild cats

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

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    Isla Palenque: Escape from Civilization

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    5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Beach

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