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This Wednesday, August 31st 2016, is the last chance to buy 2017 Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival (BJBF) tickets at the pre-sale price. Right now tickets are on sale for $120 for the 4-day GA pass and $160 for the four-day VIP pass. Starting September 1st the ticket price will increase to $150 for the GA four-day pass and $195 for the four-day VIP pass. See below for a full list of prices and a link to buy tickets.
Aldo de Martino and the Saloon Hair Wellness team welcomes the beach community to the Saloon Hair Wellness Bahia opening Saturday August 27th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Take some time out of your day to relax with a free 15 minute massage and a chance to win one of five gift certificates for spa services.
The Robert De Niro film Hands of Stone, is now showing in Panama City. While the movie has received some local hype, among locals and foreigners in Panama who were either extras in the movie or know people who were, some critics have called it a flop.
The Santa Monica fair will take place this year from August 26th until August 28th in Santa Monica, Coclé. This year the fair grounds, Hacienda Santa Monica, will have new access roads leading to and from the fair, making getting in and out easier.
If you have been in Panama for a while, you may know Mary Howard. She is lifelong painter, who has travelled around the world to capture the essence of community and native life. Her original works hang in many homes around the world, and her giclee prints are in popular demand.
There are some strong winds currently affecting the Coronado area. We spoke with Annet Quinn a top Panamanian Climatologist, who explained that the winds are due to a storm which has been moving from Chorrera, west towards Coronado.
The Beaches Improv Group offers those living in the beach area of Coronado and the surrounding beach communities free improvisational workshops. The Improv troupe will meet every week for 8 to 10 weeks. timetable to be posted on in the Playa Community Events Calendar shortly.
Market Plaza, A new shopping center located in Panama West will soon open it’s doors to the public. The first stage of the trendy outdoor shopping strip located in La Chorrera will be inaugurated this December 2016.
A protest took place yesterday August 17th in front to the Supreme Court Justice in Ancon. Relatives and friends of Elibeth Zentner, who died in 2012 in Coronado in what has been called a “confusing incident”, gathered demanding justice.
Two cats from an expat family traveling back to the US are seeking a loving home in Panama. The cats are both about six years old, they were adopted from Spay Panama.
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The recent agreement reached by the Panamanian government and leaders of the Ngäbe Bugle Comarca has received recognition from the United Nations.
Monday August 22, 2016, president Juan Carlos Varela and Indigenous leaders from Ngabe Bugle Comarca signed an agreement on the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project that aims to put a end to a fight that has lasted years.
Today, Monday August 22, members of the Panamanian government and authorities of the Ngäbe Bugle Comarca signed an agreement on the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project in Chiriquí. In attendance were President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado.
Panamanian athlete, Alonso Edward has achieved his goal of reaching the 200m mens finals. This evening, Edward qualified in the semifinals with a time of 20.07, securing himself a spot in tomorrow’s final event.
The International Book Fair of Panama will once again return to Panama. The event began on Tuesday August 16, at the Atlapa Convention Center and will continue until Sunday August 21.
Authorities are investigating the death of 68-year-old German expat who fell from the second floor of his residence in Volcancito, Boquete on Monday, August 15.
Panama’s best hope for a medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Alonso Edward has qualified for the semi-finals of the 200 meters race. Edward won his elimination race Tuesday with a time of 20.19 seconds.
Currently there are about 100 to 200 African migrants occupying the Albrook bus terminal. Benjamín Solís, the terminal's head of operations, explains that most migrants will spend few days in the terminal while securing money to continue their journey. Solís estimates that on average, 3,000 immigrants travel through the bus terminal each month.
Panamanian youth dominated the Central American and Caribbean Chemistry Olympiad that took place this year in Panama, taking home the gold, silver and bronze medals.
Two international members on the Committee of Independent Experts to Assess Panama's International Service Platform, which the media has dubbed the Panama "Transparency Committee" have recently resigned. The American Criminologist with a Nobel Prize in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz and The Swiss Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Basel, Mark Pieth, have both resigned on the basis that the committee lacked “transparency” and “independence”.
The first Panamanian athletes to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic summer games were David Muñoz in shooting and Edgar Crespo in swimming. These events took places on August 6th.
Panama’s Counseling Center for Comprehensive Care (COAI), a department of the The Ministry of Social Development (Mides), reported that between January and June 2016 they received 236 complaints of negligence or mistreatment from seniors.
Surfers from Panama are currently in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica competing in the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games.
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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.
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.
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 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.
Tuesday August 16th, in the wake of the seizure of over 7000 illegally poached turtle eggs, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) released information on the toxicity levels in turtle eggs on the coast of Panama Pacific.
An illegal shipment of over 7000 turtle eggs was recently recovered from a car traveling to Panama City. The turtle eggs, from two endangered sea turtle species Green and Olive Ridley, had been poached from the Tonosí district by a man who the Ministry of Environment considers to be a ringleader of turtle poachers.
El Palmar is one of the most well known and traveled to beaches near Coronado Panama. Just 10 km from Coronado, El Palmar has the quiet small town appeal that many seek in a weekend retreat to the beach. The area is well known by surfers and those seeking to learn how to surf while visiting Panama.
Over the weekend a citizen's complaint alerted the National Police of Volcan, Chiriqui, about illegal logging occurring in La Amistad International Park. Authorities inspected the area detaining one person.
Did you know that orcas (Orcinus orca) , commonly referred to as killer whales are found in all oceans of the world? Despite their wide distribution, most of the knowledge we have on the species comes from studies conducted in higher latitudes, few studies have been done on orcas inhabiting the Caribbean.
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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
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