On Wednesday, March 26 2014, the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) banned circuses from entering the country of Panama with wild animals of any species. While resolution 149 was approved last month, it was not published until last week (GlobalPost, 2014). The resolution states that traveling circuses, public shows, and other similar entertainment organizations are now prohibited from bringing wild animals into the country of Panama.
The ban does not apply to animals intended for zoos, private collections or animal rescue centers, nor does it apply to domestic animals. Panama still permits pets such as dogs and horses to be used in the circus, on the condition that their owners comply with health measures established by the ministry of health.
“Tipico Panama”, a photography exhibition by Maudy Bom, will be on display at Café Viana March 28. This Friday, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. come enjoy the exhibit and gain a fresh perspective on what is typically Panamanian.
Maudy grew up in Tanzania, Africa where she started taking pictures at a young age. Even then her photos were largely of the world around her. Maudy moved to Panama in 2004.
Wonderful things continue to evolve at Finca La Maya! The next special events will be two days of music, singing, lessons, and playing instruments for students in classes at La Maya every Saturday.
Thanks to the generosity and talent of Janice and Elmore Stuart, this will be a rare treat for everyone. The Stuarts will be bringing not only musical instruments to donate, but will be teaching the kids about music, musical concepts, singing, and then applying those ideas by teaching them to play some notes and simple songs on the recorders and keyboards.
Except for older students who learn to play for a town’s band, music is a stranger to most families in the interior. “Music is the universal language” grins Elmore. “There is never enough of it!”
The Bahia towers are a Groupo Corcione project. Groupo Corcione has over 17 years of building experience, with over 150 projects delivered. The inauguration on the second Bahia tower will offer the community the opportunity to view 1, 2, 3 bedroom and loft model units.
Are you creative? Do you like to perform? Do you think you can pull together a short play from scratch within a 24-hour period?
That's what Locos Coronado's 24-Hour Playwriting Contest is all about.
In Panama, scorpions are usually seen in the dry season. These creatures often turn up in a dark corner of the bathroom or kitchen causing a few moments of panic.
Scorpions spend much of the day hiding in dark places and come out at night seeking food and water. In dry season, these creepy crawlers have a harder time finding water outside and are more likely to find their way to an indoor water source. Scorpions prey on insects, so if can eliminate an insect problem indoor, the scorpions will have nothing to prey on.
St. Patrick's Day is widely appreciated for its mid-Lenten season break from behavioral restrictions and "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" t-shirts. Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day celebrations are held worldwide, with parades, parties, and a lot of green beer.
Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day, as it is the color of the shamrock. It is said that the leaf is what Saint Patrick used to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (in Christian doctrine, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the people he wished to introduce to Christianity.
Panama's warm, sunny days provide the perfect setting for an active lifestyle. A nice long walk is a great way to take advantage of the weather and do something good for your body at the same time.
Walking at a brisk pace burns calories and tones the legs. It elevates your heart rate, giving you a cardiovascular challenge and lowering bad cholesterol along with your risk of heart disease and diabetes. As a weight-bearing activity, it helps strengthen your bones and maintain healthy joints.
Arch PTY, a medical services company, providing medical interpretation, consultation and Specialist referrals services will be hosting a medical fair in the Coronado Equestrian Center on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:30 - 1:00 pm. The fair will host free tests for Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Vnous Dopper, which tests the legs for circulation problems. Low cost vaccinations for Influenza and Strep Throat will also be provided.
“I was on vacation in the Coronado area for 10 days. With a sad swell report for the Pacific coast, I set off to Nitro City in Punta Chame to ride the cable park - It was the perfect playground for a board sports enthusiast.” – Sam Richardson Toronto Snowboarder and owner of OATS apparel.
Nitro’s cable park is an electrically driven cable that pulls a rope with a handle over a man-made body of water, called the ‘wakelake’. It is usually ridden on a wakeboard or wakeskate, but kites and surfboards sometimes find their way onto the Nitro wakelake.The cable park offers a consistent experience on the water. By taking out the natural variables, like wind and waves, and minimizing the downtime of traditional wakeboarding you’re guaranteed lots of ride time and the opportunity to try the same trick several times in a session. It is the perfect learning environment.
The RC Flying Club is an activity-focused group, new to the Coronado area. RC flying is the flying of a remote controlled model aircraft or helicopter. George Thomsen, the coordinator of the group, is a retired pilot with over 38000 hours of in-flight experience. His love for flying, along with an urge to continue flying after retirement, is what drove him to create the Coronado Beach RC Flying Club.
Every Sunday, at 7:00 a.m, if the winds co-operate, flying enthusiasts of all ages gather at the Coronado Equestrian Center to fly their aircrafts in the open field. The group meets early in the morning, as this is when the winds are the calmest.
Before I share my notes about the wines for this column, I would like to discuss a confusing and somewhat controversial subject: wine closures.
The use of cork to close a bottle of wine dates to the mid 17th century. Before that, wine was sealed with everything from olive oil to rags to wax. No one knows who developed the method of harvesting the bark of a cork tree, drying it, boiling it and jamming it into a wine bottle.
On March 15 and 16 the Yankees will meet the Marlins in Panama to play two preseason games. Both games will take place in the Rob Carew Stadium in Panama City.
Mariano Rivera, who recently retired from his role as the Yankee’s closer, grew up in the small town of Puerto Caimito, near Panama City. Rivera was arguable one of the best relievers to play the game, with 5 World Series Championships under his belt.
After 19 years with the Yankees, Rivera will put on the pinstripes one last last time here in Panama. The game is sure to be an emotional event for both Rivera and baseball fans throughout Panama.
When you think about Panamanian art, you probably think first about the mola. These multi-layered cloth designs are part of the Kuna's traditional dress, but the designs were originally painted directly on the body. Of course, you can purchase a mola at any souvenir shop in Panama; they make beautiful decorations for your home or gifts for your friends not fortunate enough to visit this country!
Panama has also given birth to its share of world-renowned artists like Antonio Jose Guzman and Alfredo Sinclair, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 98. His daughter, Olga Sinclair, is also an artist, and she recently organized a world-record painting event. On January 18, 5,084 children aged 1-18 got together and painted the mural "2014: un siglo uniendo al mundo" in celebration of 100 years of the Panama Canal.
UPDATE: If you are driving home from a carnival fiesta today, there are even more items you should have in your car. Throughout high season, especially during carnival, police road blocks have been set up to check for documents. Motorists are expected to have the following documents on hand: Passport (or residency card and drivers license), car registration, insurance and a minor accident report form. It's a good idea to keep these things in your car at all times. Combined with the beach toys and list of roadside breakdown items below... you might need a bigger truck!
Panama City is booming. In recent years the city has transformed into a thriving metropolis, with an abundance of opportunity. As the city grows culturally and environmentally aware, a flourishing arts community emerges. The City has become home to some innovative and forward thinking festivals. Festivals like MacroFest, Open Festival and IFF, Panama’s International Film, have become important annual events, paving the way for a new generation of creative minds.
MacroFest: March 11 – 15
MacroFest, taking place annually in Casco Antiguo, is among the most important art and design festivals in the country. The event in its 6th year, strives to bring together visionaries in the fields of fashion, art, architecture, cinema and photography. Each year, talented national and international artists, come together to showcase their work through fashion shows, concerts, installations, art exhibits, and live performance.
This year Panama Pacifico will host a kid’s triathlon on March 16 in Panama City. The event consists of cycling, running and swimming. Organized by Panama’s Triathlon Union, the event encourages a positive, healthy attitude towards physical activity, and builds confidence in a family friendly atmosphere.
Gavin Barclay, beach resident and student at PCIS, has participated in triathlons before in his home country Canada and was looking for the opportunity to compete in Panama.
Gavin’s enthusiasm sparked an idea for Karyn Saunders, triathlete and Gavin’s swim instructor, why not offer the opportunity to participate in the upcoming city triathlon to kids at the beach? Karyn sent out an email to parents with kids in her swim class, great response was received.
The answer is upwelling. What is upwelling you ask? Upwelling is the movement of surface water due to northern winds and the resulting rise of cold, deep, nutrient rich waters. The process of upwelling occurs on the Eastern side of all major oceans.
Throughout dry season (Jan – April) the Pacific Coast, particularly the Bay of Panama, becomes the regional center of upwelling. The change in season brings with it a shift from warm, low salinity, nutrient-poor water to cold, high salinity, nutrient-rich water.
Not only does upwelling mean colder water for the Pacific coast, it also means a shift in the aquatic ecosystem. Factors including a decrease in temperature, a rise in salinity and food abundance can be associated with increased productivity throughout the summer on the Pacific coast of Panama. (Journal of Plankton Research, 2008)
Wine purchasers are always looking for great “quality price ratio” or QPR in the lingo of the wine trade. When I was a wine merchant, I prided myself in finding wines at every price point that could easily have sold for much more. After all, we are all looking for a great deal.
The other day, I had the opportunity to taste 8 red wines that were provided to me by Felipe Motta Wine Store. They range in price from $7.50 to $22.00. Of the 8 tasted, 5 performed very well with an excellent QPR!
A young man with a small trumpet (a pocket trumpet, he said it was) stood at the edge of the crowd. What band was he with?
"I'm not with a band. I didn't even know about the festival. I just happened to be here this weekend."
Then what's with the trumpet?
"I carry this with me everywhere."
That much was obvious as soon as he climbed on the stage, playing along beautifully, professionally, with musicians he'd never met.
That's the beauty of the jam sessions, which are nightly occurrences during the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival. Pre-festival events began as early as February 12, with a "warm-up jam" that day and a Mardi Gras-style parade on Thursday.
What do those craving silence and solitude, those seeking a behind-closed-doors place to party and those looking for a venue for their physical pleasures have in common?
Panama’s “Push Button” motels!
If you’ve driven the Panamerican highway between Chame and Coronado then you will have seen the sign for “Brisas del Amor” (Breezes of Love) just before the entrance to Gorgona. Brisas del Amor is one of several Push Button motels in the area and one of hundreds across the country.
Good health care is among the many reasons Panama has become a top destination to retire. Panama offers low cost public, and private healthcare as well as many well-trained bilingual medical professionals in populated areas like Coronado, Panama City and David and Boquete.
Today, Panama’s health care system is not only benefiting residents, it is also working efficiently for tourists.
In 2011 Panama’s Tourism Authority (ATP), administered a program that would grant all tourists entering through Tocumen airport, 30-day emergency medical insurance. The policy was in an effort to encourage tourism and transparency into their health care system.
“Those who take advantage of the health services in the country will see that Panama is an ideal place for medical tourism with highly trained physicians and hospitals.” Said the Minister of Tourism of Panama and Director of the ATP, Solomon Shamah.
Last year, a 71 year-old Canadian citizen, visiting Coronado, slipped and hit her head. Bleeding, she was taken to the San Fernando Clinic in Coronado.
9 cooks went head to head to win the coveted Pepto Bismo Cup at the CASA Chili Cook-off at Alcaza Towers, yesterday Feb 10. The event marked the 5th year for the CASA Chili Cook-off at the beaches. The cooks came with a range of chili making experience, from seasoned chili-chefs to first time dabblers. Before the voting began, the contestants took turns to talk up their own chili skills while talking down other contestants.
Every guest was a judge who received tasting cups filled with chili numbered from 1 to 9. The chills ranged in tastes from mild to hot, featuring various tastes and colors. There was even a White Turkey Chili to off set the crockpots filled with red. Ballots determined the winning recipe.
If you were to ask me 5 years ago what the Gold Coast would look like today, you might have found my answer hard to believe. Back when the Gold Coast was just a sleepy stretch of beaches along the Pacific, it was hard to imagine it becoming the epicenter of progress and promise that we know today.
But I saw it coming, as both a community member and an investor of real estate. I felt in my bones that this area had something special going for it- a rare combination of benefits; spanning from its ideal location and natural beauty to the breed of residents it had already begun to attract. I had no doubt- the Gold Coast was destined to be the next big thing in Panama.