The office of The Attorney General in Panama, has opened a central crime processing office in San Carlos. The office will centralize the Prosecutor’s office and the DIJ.
Plans include a small holding cell and a legal doctor, to process victims of crime. In a La Prensa article, Ana Belfon, Attorney General of Panama pointed out that this type of restructuring is part of a strategy that aims at providing greater security for national and foreign citizens in the Pacific coast areas. She pointed out that crime in the area has grown, become organized and has acquired a greater level of complexity.
The idea is to implement early investigation and decision on crimes. The office will attend the public from Chame and San Carlos 24 /7.
Living in a beautiful country like Panama, it is easy to forget that our garbage ends up in overflowing landfills much like it does in the rest of the world. The world is slowly learning and relearning that garbage takes up lots of land space, and that over time harmful chemicals are released into our soil, air and water.
Recycling has only recently begun to gain momentum in Panama. This year several campaigns have been launched to inform people that many items which are tossed can be reused. By making an effort to recycle we can reduce the amount of garbage that is thrown out, which eventually ends up in the food we eat, the air we breath, the water we drink and in oceans we swim in.
Life at the beach is supposed to be simple! However, if you have lived here long enough, you’ll know that sometimes things take longer and end up being more complicated than anticipated. While we may not have the solution to every problem, here are 10 little things to help make your life a little easier. We landed on them by doing things the hard way, and thought it would be nice to save someone else a little trouble:
1) Make your mobile provider work for you.
If you have a pay-as-you-go plan here in Panama, you have probably noticed that your provider sends you a plethora of messages with a variety of daily offerings. To stop these messages, all you need to do it head into to your local mobile provider and ask. Provide any agent with your phone number and ask them to kindly remove you from their messaging database.
With many mobile providers (including Digicel and +Movil) you can load minutes automatically from your credit card. Set up prepaid payments by visiting your providers website.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker
It takes a special type of person to move to a foreign country and decide to do business. The road curves uphill. Culture, bureaucracy and language differences challenge one regularly. Nothing works the way you think it should and while you want to hit the road running, you are just not sure where 'the road' actually is and what the pace of the run is - too fast or too slow and you are out of the game.
At a recent Networking dinner, put on for clients of Mail Boxes Etc. and La Playa, businesses were surveyed, to get a feel for what the business community wants.
A few short years ago businesses had a driving need for more clients - in order to survive. While the need for new business is always at the core of operations, we are now seeing more stable businesses look for other things as well. Many businesses now are growing up and looking for new ideas, new alliances, new ways to expand and break into new markets.
The Panama Christian Foundation is involved in working with children of all ages and their families in some of the poorest, remote villages in the area. PCF works through the local schools there and gets to know the families. The general living conditions of most are abhorrent to most of us, but are ‘normal’ to the rural folk there. Their expectations in life are low which means they are so easy to please with the slightest bit of attention. Working with them is a pure delight.
Our missionary team makes regular visits to these wonderful people with activities, joy and some of life’s basics, which are a real treat to them.
November is a month packed full of national holidays and celebrations here in Panama. Each year the festivities begin with a bang at midnight of November 2nd, as the bands start to play and women dressed in colorful polleras and intricate headdresses dance through the streets. Bands composed of drums, trumpets and bugles, called Dianas begin to play. These are the elements of Panama’s long standing traditions and are instrumental in celebrating November’s national holidays. Celebrations go on loud and long, so expect ample noise if you live near a town center.
This celebratory month also brings closures of streets, banks and public offices. With days off scattered throughout the month, very little seems to get done in the country.
November 3 – Separation from Colombia
This day commemorates Panama’s separation from Colombia and is the beginning of las Fiesta Patrias (Patriotic Parties) in Panama. On August 12, 1903 Colombia refused to sign the Herran-Hay agreement between the US and Colombia, which would allow for the construction of a canal through Panama. This was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak, and a reason among many to end Colombia’s 80-year rule over Panama. On November 3, 1903, with the support of the US, Panama leaders declared the Republic of Panama a fully sovereign nation.
Vista Mar hires Juan Carlos Patiño as Director of Golf
San Carlos, Panama. October 31, 2013 - Vista Mar recently announced that it has named Juan Carlos Patiño as its new Director of Golf. Patiño, whose background includes proven success as General Manager, Director of Golf, and Head Golf Pro throughout the Americas, comes to Vista Mar most recently from the Summit Golf & Resort in Panama City.
“Juan Carlos is a star among pros of Central and South America and I am sure that will bring the expertise and energy that will lead our golf course in delivering a high-end country club experience for members, residents, and guests alike” said Marcelo Joffe, Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort General Manager.
IR-2013-87, Oct. 31, 2013
WASHINGTON — For tax year 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced today annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2013-35 provides details about these annual adjustments.
The tax items for tax year 2014 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following dollar amounts.
The tax rate of 39.6 percent affects singles whose income exceeds $406,750 ($457,600 for married taxpayers filing a joint return), up from $400,000 and $450,000, respectively. The other marginal rates – 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent – and the related income tax thresholds are described in the revenue procedure.
Our good friend Woody (Werner Woods) is gone. He slipped into a coma and passed in his sleep yesterday afternoon. He was 53 years old.
He died as he had asked to: at home, with his wife Monique at his side, and surrounded by friends and family. Thanks to Tina and Scott Wilcox, who assisted in his care, he was not in pain.
This month a new and exciting addition to the arts and culture scene of the beaches has opened its doors. Situated in the new, bright and modern Coronado Mall Plaza (opposite the Equestrian Club), Artistic Director, Fury Darlington, and Director of Productions, Mary Jay, have a vision to “put Panama on the map” in the world of ballet.
Fury, originally from Montreal, Canada, has been dancing since 9 years of age and was a professional dancer for many years with several world-famed ballet companies such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, before intensive years of studying and teaching in Canada, Russia and, most recently, Costa Rica. She describes ballet as being a “passion from the soul” and seeks to give Panama’s budding dancers the opportunity to learn the beauty of the Vaganova Ballet technique.
This year’s Fashion Week in Panama 2013 (FWP13) held in Panama City was a huge success, taking fashion to new heights in Panama. The designers list this year was like a who’s who in the fashion world, with exhibits from Tom Van der Borght from Belgium, Lodovika Koch from NY, and winner of the acclaimed TV series Project Runway, Dmitry Sholokhov.
Latin and South American deisgners were well represented with big names as Fatima Arrieta from Peru, and local talent such as Fatima Vargas and Gaby and Norma Valenzuela. There names were only a few of 20 or more local designers.
We have a host of new models that are very professional in their trade and this year the face of FWP13 was Natalia Blasser.
In 2011 the Panamanian government declared the decision to rebuild the Rio Hato airport, located in the province of Cocle, near the Decameron Beach resort and property development. The new airport has been built on existing U.S. military infrastructure that dates back to 1942. This decision saved a significantly higher investment. According to airport administration, the Scarlett Martinez International Airport will cost the Panamanian government approximately two hundred million dollars. If the airport had been build without using the existing infrastructure, costs would have been upwards of a billion dollars.
In September of 2012, President Ricardo Martinelli expressed that the airport would bring new opportunities to the province of Cocle through the generation of jobs in the tourism, agriculture and the real estate industry. At that time, it was thought that the airport would open in July 2013.
Moringa Oleifera is the most popular of 13 species of Moringa trees. With more than 90 nutrients, it is the most enzymatically active plant known to man. Moringa trees are currently being cultivated right here on the Pacific coast of Panama, at Finca La Maya and Finca La Moringa. Last month Playacommunity visited Finca La Moringa to learn more about the magical tree.
We met Bruce Roberson and his son Thomas at the Picasso Community Market where they sell Moringa plants and products. At the market we picked up a packet of Moringa powder and were surprised to learn how many vitamins, minerals, proteins and beneficial fats the super food contained.
With November around the corner, we're gearing up for a month full of National holidays. Expect some closures including streets, banks and public offices. You can also expect a very busy beach community throughout the month. If you want to avoid the November crowds it would be best to stock up on groceries before the 1st of the month. You will not be able to buy liquor or beer at grocery stores or in restaurants on the 2nd, as it is dia de los muertos (day of the dead).
Click read more for a full list of holidays!
This information bulletin is especially for those taxpayers who are behind in their payment of the various taxes
administered by the National Authority for the National Income, ANIP, for its initials in |Spanish. For these
taxpayers on the 5th of September 2013, was enacted Law 51. This law permits delinquent taxpayers to pay
delinquent taxes during the 3 months from the 9th of September until the 6th of December of this year.
There are several benefits including
a) 100% exoneration of fines;
b) 100% exoneration of late charges; and
c) 25% discount on interest.
Gastritis is an inflammation in the stomach produced when it is weakened or damaged. There are two types of Gastritis, non-erosive, the most common, or erosive, which may cause ulcers or erosions in the stomach lining that can bleed. It can present it self as acute, when lasts for short periods, or chronic, when it last for long periods of time.
Gastritis can be caused by a bacterial infection, regular use of painkillers, old age, stress, excessive use of alcohol, reflux, or other health problems.
Not treating gastritis, could lead to stomach cancer.
They could be as common as upper abdominal discomfort, burping, bloating or loss of appetite. Or more serious symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in vomit or stool, feeling pain in the belly and under rib area, weakness, low blood levels or hemoglobin…. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all.
Much like the shuffle made popular by LMFAO, the stingray shuffle involves sliding your feet along the floor. Shuffling your feet when entering the ocean acts as a warning to creatures like stingrays that enjoy hanging out in shallow shoreline waters.
In Panama, when the roof of a house goes up it is tradition for the homeowner to host a party for the workers. The party, called a Mondongada, gets its name from the main dish served at the event – mondongo, or in English, tripe stew.
A Panamanian tripe stew typically contains beef tripe (stomach lining), chorizo, carrots and potatoes. The stew is served to the workers, along with friends and family of the host. The homeowner is expected to join in and enjoy the meal along with the workers, however it’s typical for them to provide other goodies like roasted chicken rice, salads and of course beer!
Following my article published a week ago, here are some of the most common questions asked:
The percentages detailed are a guide only of what the policy covers, however each home or property should be analyze on a case by case basis.
The past several years have shown considerable development taking place within Panama’s Gold Coast, the glistening stretch of Pacific beaches running west of Panama City. With Coronado serving as the coastal hub for the Pacific stretch, its neighbors are following suit as developers and investors are drawn to the opportunity-rich shores of the Pacific.
This is perhaps most true for Playa Nueva Gorgona, the scenic fishing village situated just 5 minutes from Coronado. Besides being Panama City’s closest beach at just 50 minutes away, Nueva Gorgona offers a variety of benefits that are attracting investors and developers worldwide.
Let’s face it just say the word “boobs” and all ears are listening. Men have a fascination with them, women tolerate them, obsess about them and either want them bigger or smaller. But when it comes to protecting the "boobs", women cringe at the thought of having them poked, squeezed and exposed to some stranger during a mammogram. But like it or not mammograms are the best way for women to protect themselves against breast cancer. Yearly exams will show any changes in breast tissue and can be compared to past films to see if changes have occurred.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and diagnostic centers in many facilities offer low cost exams. The closest to the beach area is SYMSA Central Medico and Diagnostico in La Chorrera, who are offering Mammograms in October for $25.
An excited bunch of athletes, met Sunday September 22 to partake in the Coronado Extreme Triathlon. This sprint Triathlon has been taking place in Coronado for at least 14 years. The race includes a 750 meter ocean swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. While a sprint triathlon is an entry level triathlon with the shortest distances, not all participants are beginner athletes.
The excited energy of the event is tangible as seasoned and amateur athletes gave their all to best personal goals. As teams are also allowed to participate, new athletes can train for one event and still get chance to participate.
For photos of the event visit us on Facebook!
Wednesday October 2 - Playacommunity was in Panama City at the Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum for the unveiling of CORPRENSA’s 2014 projects. With over 15 publications including La Prensa, Mi Diario and Revista K, CORPRENSA is a leader of news media in Panama.
The exclusive event was attended by many prominent figures in the community. Photographers snapped photos of the many well-dressed couples as they entered the building. Attendees were given a ticket to the opening of the Bio Museum, which will take place in January 2014.
The golden frog is a national symbol for Panama, appearing on lottery tickets, souvenirs, postcards, maps and more. Believed to bring good luck, the tiny frog, that’s actually a toad, has great cultural importance. So much so, the country decided to create a day to raise awareness for their beloved amphibian.
This year National Golden frog day fell on August 14th, it was Panama’s 3rd Golden Frog Day. The day was inaugurated in 2010, a few years after a fungus called chytrid reached El Valle, and began wiping out amphibian populations.
The Panamanian golden frog, once found only in the mountain ranges of west-central Panama, can no longer be found in the wild, and is in danger of extinction.