The national government has announced a new schedule for air conditioner cuts today, Wednesday May 15:
Public and private institutions, schools, colleges and universities that do not have self-generation plant equipment should turn off their air conditioners from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. Malls should keep their air conditioners off from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Today is the Playacommunity Mixer (May 29th)! This month's mixer will be held at Picasso Bar & Restaurante from 5:00 p.m. onwards. There will be two dinner sittings, if you have reserved for the first sitting it will take place from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. This sitting is full, but not to worry the second sitting will begin shortly after. If you would like to try some of Picasso’s new menu options, reserve for the second sitting by calling Picasso at 345-3777.
Picasso will be serving some new items like the Ensalada Playera (beach salad). The main course will be a choice veggie curry or spaghetti bolonesa. And for desert, the famous Picasso brownie.
For only $15.00, enjoy this 3-course meal plus one free glass of wine, beer, iced tea or a mixed drink. This price includes the jubilado discount.
Yesterday, Tuesday May 7 2013, Panama’s cabinet approved a resolution to relieve the recent energy crisis caused by the lack of rain in Panama. The Cabinet had initially discussed the closure of schools and universities for three days, in order to reduced power usage.
The final resolution came to also include the closure of supermarkets, cinemas, bars, casinos and nightclubs, Monday through Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This effort to reduce power consumption will come into effect today, Wednesday May 8 2013.
As off today it is also ordered that air conditioners in public offices and the commercial sector are turned off between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Government of Panama and the Center for Citizen Attention have opened up a new channel of communication. 3-1-1 is a single access number where you can file complaints and reports. 3-1-1, unlike 9-1-1 is not for emergency calls, it is a call center where complaints, notices and suggestions can be processed.
With citizen involvement and the 3-1-1 system the government seeks to resolve problems related to infrastructure, health, society, economy, education, security, weather and politics.
Today (May, 4 2013) brings the start to 2013 ISA Reef World Surfing Games (WSG) in Santa Catalina, Panama. For nearly 10 days surfers from more then 20 countries will compete in one of the biggest surfing events in the world. This is the 4th ISA event hosted by Panama, last year the ISA WSG was held in Playa Venao.
The event will be inaugurated today with Opening Ceremonies and a Parade of Nations. At 10:00 a.m. this morning teams will meet for the Sand Ceremony. Competing countries have brought sand from their home breaks; the mixing of the sand symbolizes a shared love for the sport, and the unity of all 20 nations.
A few months ago Jerry Dodson walked into the Playacommunity office. Jerry told us the heart-wrenching story of how him and his wife battled illnesses fighting for their retirement here in Panama. Their story and the support it has garnered touched us all.
Marj and Jerry made the decision to move to Panama in 2009. To their dismay 2010 brought a whirlwind of medical complications. In February of 2010 Marj was diagnosed with two types of cancer. Jerry, who was recovering from a stroke at the time, expressed to us how thankful he was that friends and family offered their support. Jerry was able to recover.
Three-time Grammy Award winner, Damian Marley preformed at the Figali on April 27, 2013. Three Panamanian acts, including a reggae roots band called Cellula, had their time to shine before the son of the great Bob Marley took the stage.
Cellula has roots in the Pacific Beach community. Their bass player Cesar Paniagua lives in Gorgona, and has played with many musicians in the community.
The Punto G grand re-opening has been Rescheduled to Saturday, May 18.
Punto G has moved to a new location. They are now located across the highway between Asados Del Campo and California Burger. In case you didn't know, Punto G Electronics is the premier electronics store not only in the Coronado Beach area, but in the entire country. They cater primarily to North Americans in need of computers with English keyboards and Operating Systems, computer repairs and/or unique computer accessories. In addition, they offer in-home service and repairs. Many of the items they sell would be difficult to find even in some of the most popular electronics stores in the U.S.A. All of their staff speaks English, and their customer service is unparalleled! The ex-pat owner and Lead Technician, Vera Bucek, is a Native New Yorker, and has a degree in Information Systems, is A+ Certified to perform computer repairs, and has over 35 years of experience in computer repair and technical support. In addition, Vera is working on, and will soon receive her Apple Technician Certification.
When Clyde Coles first moved to Panama with his wife he was really uncomfortable living in a house with bars on the windows. Being a firefighter and paramedic for 30 in Texas, according to him “bars on the windows are a death trap.” “There’s no way for us to get out and no way for a firefighter to get in to rescue the inhabitants should a fire occur.” And when everyone he met assured him that “houses here can’t burn since they’re all made of cement,” he knew he needed to clear up some misconceptions.
But first a visit to a local fire station was in order to see just what they do have to offer here. At the bombero station in Chame, he was greeted by two male firemen who were proud to show him around. They explained that the two of them staffed the fire station in Chame and it was equipped with a rescue truck that can hold 300 gallons of water. Clyde was impressed that the rescue truck also has a “jaws of life” which is used to rescue victims out of wrecked cars. They also mentioned that the Coronado station has a tanker truck and San Carlos has a pumper. The three stations work together during large fires.
On May 1 2013 students, teachers, parents and volunteers at the Coronado International School, brought awareness to labor day. Children dressed up as doctors, policemen, firefighters, singers, actresses, construction workers, painters, and dancers!
At 7:30 a.m. the students of Coronado International School gathered together in a classroom to hear about some of the professions they were impersonating. Police sergeant, Isaac Hidalgo was there to speak about the police force.
Sargent Hidalgo works in Coronado as a police sergeant. He told us about his job, and the jobs of others in the force. He was energetic and interactive with the audience.
There’s never a dull moment at Picasso’s Bar and Restaurant in Coronado, and this weekend was no exception. A well-known rock band from Panama City called INVICTA, packed the house. With a collection of classical rock songs that spanned the ages, the music transported the crowd back to the yesterdays of their youth. With some Swing dancing, swaying, gyrating and belly rubbing on the dance floor, the music rocked the quiet, little beach community.
As the word “invicta” in Spanish indicates, this group is always victorious and undefeated as a favorite among both expats and locals alike. The musicians have been performing together since they were kids and sing in Spanish and English to appeal to both expats and locals alike.
One of the best places to Kiteboard in Panama is a long peninsula off the Pacific coast called Punta Chame. The long strip of land takes you out to Nitro City, Travis Pastrana’s action sports resort. The resort draws big name kiters like Youri Zoon, the current world champion of kiteboarding.
Each year athletes head to Punta Chame to take advantage of the calm bay and strong winds. On windy days kites can be seen dancing about the peninsula from kilometers away.
At the tail end of the kiting season, friends of mine Brais and Geraldine were passing through Coronado on their way to Costa Rica. Brais was egger to get some surfing in, but with no waves on the Pacific coast, he had high hopes there would be wind.
Science is a way of understanding the world around us by asking questions and making educated guesses in order to draw a conclusion. It doesn’t exactly prove anything since all ideas are subject to change once new evidence is found.
Recently a group of students at Panama Coast International School (PCIS) in Gorgona had the opportunity to participate in their first ever Science Fair. The PCIS Science Fair was held on Tuesday at California Burger in Coronado from 4-6 in the afternoon.
“Summoning Worlds” is an international project that will bring together over 250 national and international artists to showcase their work in 65 different places throughout Panama City. Art installations will appear throughout the city from April 15th until May 30th in various public spaces, museums and cultural landmarks.
The Figali Convention Center, Amador Causeway, and Tocumen International Airport will all partake in the event. In Casco, art will be displayed at the National Institute of Culture, Casa Gongora, the Interoceanic Museum, the National Theatre, the Anita Villalaz Theatre, the Juan Manuel Cedena Gallery, Plaza Francia and Arco Chato.
For the past year, Panama A/V has been offering the SONOS Wireless HiFi solution. SONOS is a perfect audio solution for the Panama’s concrete building construction. Now SONOS has released the PLAYBAR for wireless HiFi Home Theater, making your investment in SONOS a wise one.
The Sonos Wireless HiFi System lets you stream all the music on earth wirelessly in every room of your home with control from your laptop, Android® smartphone, iPhone®, or iPad®. In addition to playing your personal digital music collection, Sonos gives you access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations.
To get to Coronado by bus, go to Allbrook mall - the national bus terminal is on the south side of the mall. A taxi will drop you off in front of the terminal. From the airport a taxi is around $35.00, there is also a bus from the airport that will take you to the terminal.
1. Go into the terminal and look for a booth that says "Anton" or "San Carlos". Ask for tickets to Coronado. No matter what your level of Spanish is, just saying "Coronado" will do. The cost should be $3.00 per ticket for the Anton bus, or $2.50 for the San Carlos bus.
2. Exit the terminal to the south (through small hallways the opposite of where you came in.) There is a 10 cent terminal tax to exit and most people use a card that has cash on it. Just look around and you will notice someone that is using their own card to let people through. They do this for a courtesy to gringos. I usually pay them double for not having to hassle with standing in another line and buying a card that you won't ever need again. Call it a tip for them being nice.
Since there’s no Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Panama buying property here can be difficult. A perspective client must go from one real estate office to the next, comparing properties and dealing with more than one agent at a time.
Recently a group of realtors joined forces in an effort to create a Real Estate Alliance here in the beach communities. The meeting organized by Corrin Skubin of Try Panama Real Estate would be the first of many. The thinking behind this endeavor is to create an alliance that real estate agents and brokers can join, under the guidance of a board of directors. Each applicant would be required to submit an application listing his or her qualifications along with letters of reference. All agents would pay a nominal fee on a monthly or yearly basis to belong to the alliance.
Driving over the bridge of the Americas catch a glimpse of the Biodiversity Museum, an architectural icon in Panama. The colourful metal building, designed by world-renowned Architect Frank Gehry, will be the first of its kind in Latin America.
The Arial view is somewhat chaotic. Up close, the building seems out of place, sitting besides an old Canal Zone building. Since Gerhy’s work usually reflects the country it stands in, I was curious how the bio museum reflected Panama.
Every Saturday, tours of the construction site are open to the public. I decided to take a tour with some friends. We met a group of design students and Margo Lopez, the museum's communications director, to learn about the museum.
As the sunset over the beaches of Gorgona, a small group of its citizens geared up for a basketball game in the town center under the stars. On Friday night the citizens of Gorgona faced off against the National Police in another basketball game sponsored by Vecinos Vigilantes.
Donned in bright yellow and black uniforms, the police looked sharp and ready to play. Both teams dribbled and dunked aggressively determined to out play the other and walk away with the bragging rights of victory. What started as a little friendly competition ended in some rough play which the referee called out as a “foul.” Although the score remained close throughout the game, in the end the citizens of Gorgona forfeited the game supposedly because of the rough play with a final score of 27-25.
Organized by Vecinos Vigilantes of Gorgona, these games provide a fun way to interact with the community and raise a little money too. Hotdogs, snacks and drinks were sold for a nominal fee, and all proceeds benefit the organization.
What is the coverage of the insurance?
Your insurance protects you within the basic coverage when you face the following events:
Your residence catching fire as long as it not is originated by the risks expressly excluded in your insurance.
Damages from the water while suffocating the fire or for the efforts displayed specifically to control said fire.
The Impact of lightning, which generates a fire.
Damages due to smoke and soot from the fire and also if was originated in residence contiguous to yours.
The explosion of any type except those caused by boilers, internal combustion engines or pressurized devices.
Yesterday (Wednesday, April 17, 2013) brought an end to Panama’s International Film Festival (IFF). Closing ceremonies took place in Casco Viejo, celebrating films from all over the world. This year three Panamanian films had screenings at the festival. Paraiso for Sale, directed by Anayansi Prado. Reinas, directed by Ana Endara Mislov. And Maids and Bosses directed by Abner Benaim.
All three films were documentaries, each discussing an aspect Panamanian life. The films gave viewers an inside look to the cultural traditions, values, political systems and beliefs held surrounding specific practices in Panama.
In Paraiso For Sale we were taken to the islands of Bocas Del Toro, to discuss the complications that surround land titles. We were given the chance to see the situation through the eyes of locals, expats as well as the investors interested in buying land. The film was eye opening. It spoke to political struggles, indigenous rights and the future of tourism in Panama. It presented an argument for a land crisis in Panama, one that would endanger the environment, local traditions and the people of Panama.
El Cielo Spa located inside the Coronado Hotel has recently undergone some changes. New services and treatments have been added and renovations completed, giving way to a full luxury spa experience in the heart of Coronado.
The tranquil waiting room is dimly lit giving visitors a calming place to unwind before their treatments begin. Fresh lemon infused water and complimentary tea or coffee is available. El Cielo Spa is staffed with certified massage therapists, cosmetologist, hairdressers and estheticians.
I couldn't help but fall somewhat in love with Elizabeth, a 16-year old Emberá tribes-girl, as she painted a traditional tattoo on my shoulder using an ink made from a local juaga fruit. She worked slowly and meticulously, giving me plenty of time to study her, though she no doubt felt my North American glare upon her. But how could I ignore her crown of vibrant crimson flowers or her perfect chocolate complexion. Her lips were tinted red with the fruit of some tree I have surely never heard of. How could I look away from her top as it jangled with the bustle of hundreds of ordaining coins or her heavily patterned sarong wrapped tightly around her unshaved legs? She spoke softly when answering the trite questions I could muster up in my confused Spanish and, while doing so, she would sometimes look up at me, always with a flutter of her long eyelashes.
In the last couple years Panama has begun a nationwide shift to the Accusatory System of Justice. While part of the country remains under the old written Inquisitorial System, the change has been imposed in two judicial districts of Panama. The adoption of the Accusatory System has been in an effort to reduce overcrowding in prisons and reduce a backlog in the courts. According to www.unhcr.org, 66% of prisoners are pre-trial detainees. Under the Inquisitorial System many of those imprisoned will wait over a year before a pre trial judge hearing.