Join Panama's National Beach Cleanup Sunday September 27 2015, 8:00 a.m. Coronado Marine debris is defined as persistent solid material that has been manufactured or processed, and is disposed of or abandoned in the marine environment.
Leaks have appeared from concrete of one of the interior chambers of the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side of the waterway during testing. A concrete sample pulled from the Locks shows a piece of cement with many air holes.
Former President of the Society of Panama Engineers and Architects (SPIA) Nicolás Real said that he is concerned about a section about two kilometers from the Centennial Bridge, near the Rod Carew National Stadium, where there are 25 meters of cracked concrete slabs.
This September is oceans month in Panama. For one month the country of Panama comes together to help spread the word that the ocean needs our help.
Due to recent El Niño-related drought that caused water shortages in Panama, and lower water levels in the Canal, the Panama Canal planned to restrict the draft (the depth of ships).
Endura Energy, a Canadian company specializing in delivering solar energy has opened an office in Panama to serve a growing Latin American market. “We believe Panama is an ideal location which provides us with a launching ground into a number of other markets we are evaluating”,
Sunday August 30 San Carlos’ residents requiring mobility assistance, received wheelchairs. The Rotary club of Coronado provided several regular wheelchairs along with special chairs that were made to measure for children and adults.
Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano doesn’t think the Nicaragua Canal will pose any competition for the Panama Canal, as the canal will need to charge twice the amount of the Panama Canal in order to be successful.
Panama City's Cinta Costera has won this year's Global Best Project in Roads and Highways award in Engineering News-Record's (ENR) third annual competition.
Panama lawmakers are currently reviewing a bill that would make hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transsexuals illegal. The bill that is sponsored by the Association of New Men and Women of Panama,
The first supermoon of 2015 will appear tonight when a particularly bright and large full moon graces our skies. You will be able to see the supermoon just after the moon rises this evening, with the best time to watch around 1am Monday morning.
Last year we checked out the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival that transforms the mountain town, Boquete each year. The festival is held for four days in February every year.
The Ministry of Public Works for Panama announced that starting tomorrow, Saturday August 29 2015, there will be intermittent closures of the bridge of the Americas. These closures are expected to last up to, and potentially beyond 10 months.
By: Epicurious Em
My husband and I were recently invited by friends to a special dinner for 50 people sponsored by the Canadian Club at a new restaurant in the city, Avatar. The restaurant is the joint venture of two Canadians, Avatar Singh and Sanjay Seghal, who are committed to this project and the food that they offer.
On Saturday August 23 we set out from Coronado to the first ever Feria Santa Mónica de Coclé! There was steady traffic from Playa Blanca up until the fair exit (approx. 5km).
Saturday August 22 Seguros FEDPA, celebrated their new Coronado location with a grand opening party. Many were in attendance to enjoy music, drinks and appetizers while getting to know more about the services FEDPA offers.
2015 will be the first year Feria Santa Mónica de Coclé will take place. The event is aimed at boosting tourism in the province, while offering a family friendly event that highlights the diversity and cultural of the region.
By: Epicurious Em
"We thought it would be helpful to do a comparison of prices between Machetazo, Super 99, El Rey, and Riba Smith to help us all in figuring out where to buy what.
A total of 48 animals (14 cats & 34 dogs) were seen at last Sunday's Spay the Strays clinic in El Espave. While, the turnout was lower than usual for animals, there was no shortage of volunteers.
Thursday August 13 the police force, serving areas from Chame to San Carlos, held a Community meeting at La Teca. The meeting began just after 2:00 p.m. with only standing room available.
Yesterday (Aug. 12. 2015) The Panamanian government declared a state of emergency in response to the nation wide drought.
August 14 is National Golden Frog Day! Why does this frog have it's own day you ask? The golden frog is a critically endangered amphibian that is endemic to Panama. The bright yellow amphibian, has become a symbol of Panama, ppearing on lottery tickets, souvenirs, maps and more. Believed to bring good luck, the tiny frog, that’s actually a toad, has great cultural importance.
This year's Golden Frog celebration in El Valle will take place on Aug. 15 in the plaza commercial Paseo El Valle starting at 11:00 a.m. There will be educational activities for kids, food trucks, music and more!
The golden frog festivities in El Valle will continue on later in the month on Aug. 30 with a race. There will be 5k, 10k, and 15k tracks, inscription closes on July 26th and is offered at a cost of $25.00 for more info on this event visit caminandopanama.com
If you are unable to attend the events but would still like to learn more about the golden frog, you can see the little creature in captivity at El Nispero, the zoo in El Valle. The golden frog exhibit is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
August 10 2015 - 10:44 A.M. There is a protest taking place in front of the High School in Chame. The protestors are primarily students. We have information stating their demonstration is in response to the unreliable electricity the school has been receiving.
Both directions of the highway are blocked causing significant traffic. We recommend avoiding the PanAmerican Highway in Chame and the surrounding areas.
We will update once the highway is clear.
Update: 11:45 A.M.. - the road is clear. The protest lasted about 45 minutes in total.
The police forces servicing the areas of Chame & San Carlos will be holding a meeting focusing on a new security program. The meeting will be held Thursday August 13 at LA Teca starting at 2:00 p.m.
We spoke with Major Howard Friday Aug. 7 about the new Security Program. The Major explained the program, in collaboration with the Pacific Beach Community, is an effort to mitigate crime occurring in the area. The program's aim is to offer a greater level of security in the beach area through an increase of patrols and greater level of communication. Mayor Howard explained in this meeting engaging the community as a whole will be crucial in executing the new program.
Did you know that health care provided by the Panamanian Government is available to permanent residents and citizens working in Panama? Despite this, most still prefer private health care. Why? Because it's affordable and it guarantees the best care, quickly.
While it is possible to live in Panama without any insurance, as paying the full cost of medical treatment is sometimes feasible, it makes good sense to be insured. The risk of having an accident is always present. And while most medical procedures are offered at a cost lower than in North America, the price of medical treatment in Panama rises annually. It is important to assess these costs and take into account, when seriously injured medical costs add up quickly.
Health insurance is the best way to mitigate the risk.