This morning (Wednesday, April 2) at 11:13 a.m., a 5.8 magnitude earth quake hit 53km south of Pedregal, Panama. Pedregal is in the Chiriqui region near David. So far no injuries have been reported, although some schools have been evacuated. The earthquake was felt along the Pacific coast as near as Santa Clara. Other have reported feeling the quake in Veraguas, Colon, Bocas, and Panama City. Some people have evacuated their buildings on Costa del Este (TVN).
Annie Canavaggio’s “Romper La Ola” (Breaking the Wave) will screen at this year’s International Film Festival (IFF) Panama. The documentary about three Santa Catalina Surfers, Oli, Deivis and Cholito, explores the challenge of becoming a professional surfer in a small town. Last May, the three surfers along with Gary Saavedra, represented Panama in the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) that took place in Santa Catalina. The games came to an emotional close with Oli taking home a silver medal on his home break.
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Tuesday April 1st, approximatly 83km NW of Iquique, Chile. Within 45 minutes of the quake the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reported high sea level readings indicated a tsunami wave had been generated.
6-foot waves have reportedly already hit the Chilean coast (CNN.com). A tsunami warning is in effect for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama. A tsunami watch has been issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras (PTWC).
Don Winner of Panama-guide has up to date info on the situation. His last update at 8:24 p.m. reported the tsunami wave is expected to reach Panama in about 4 hours. Bulletins will be posted on Panama-guide.com hourly or sooner if conditions warrant.
UPDATE: All tsunami watches and warnings previously issued have been canceled except for tsunami warnings for Chile and Peru, the Pacific Tsunami Center announced.by CNN's Steve Almasy 9:44 p.m.
For this April 1, I thought it would be appropriate to review some very special wines I’ve tasted. Having worked long and hard at this particular group, I even borrowed (stole) a few descriptions by other wine writers whose work I admire. I know some may think it’s all whiffing, sniffing and guzzling. But believe me, it can be very hard work. Especially with these particular bottles!
2013 Lemon Hills Vineyard and Lemonade Stand, Sauvignon Blanc, $47.00 (on sale this month for $2.99) 17.9% alc. California, USA.
Is this citrusy and crisp or just sour and tart? Like being whipped five or six times with a leather belt by a dominatrix; then just as it starts to hurt she gives you a slice of fruitcake. Great legs but a wrinkly butt. I suggest it be put back on the horse. I recommend this wine be laid down for some time…and forgotten about.
March 30, at approximately 8:00 pm a fire started in the building located on 9th Street, La Terraza, San Felipe (Casco Viejo). The Fire Department needed support from other units, as the firemen had problems with water supply. The Director of the Fire Department also said they had a hard time accessing the fire due to narrow streets and improperly parked vehicles.
Hooked on Panama is a family operated fishing lodge located in Punta Burica, a small town 17 km south of Puerto Armuelles. Situated on the Costa Rican border, the lodge offers 3000 square feet of lush tropical beachfront, a wealth of wildlife, access to empty surf breaks and some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world. The country’s best known fishing destinations, Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa, Isla Ladrones and the 1000 Fathom Drop are only a short boat ride away from the lodge.
In 2004, brothers, Mike and Dan Peavy and their father Don purchased the 20 hectares of beachfront in the sleepy town of Punta Burica. Nautical charts for the region showed some of the best surfing and fishing in Panama. For about 2 years, the two brothers and their father worked together to create plans for the lodge, where they themselves would like to stay and play.
PCF is registering a new soccer team with PanDeportes which is the Panama Sports Authority (Instituto Panameno de Deportes). Operating as a ‘persona juridica’ (legal entity) The new club will be called: FUTBOL CLUB – PCF’ or FC-PCF
The team is being formed as a ‘selectivo’ team which is by invitation only. The best players from around the area including Panama City will be invited to participate. The focus of the team will be on ‘EXCELLENCE, ACHEIVEMENT AND PROFESSIONALISM’ both on and off the field. PCF is working with each player personally to further develop attitudes and values which support a successful life.
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.