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With the rain in Panama comes blooming flowers. With orchids, plants and vegetables in abundance, it is the time for flower fairs! Visit the flower fair of Limon, a small in the village in the foothills of Campana, in the province of Panama West from June 2 to 4.
The Sunshine Day Camp in Coronado is open to kids from 9 to 13 years of age. Registration for the camp is currently open for two sessions from June 12th to July 7th and July 10th to August 4th. Sunshine Day Camp runs 5 days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and will take place at El Litoral in Coronado on Calle Punta Prieta #12.
On Sunday May 21, at 10 am, the Rotary Club of Playa Coronado will be selling approximately 1000 new books at Picasso in Coronado. The books are fiction, non-fiction, hard bound and soft cover. Also included will be coffee-table style books, children’s books as well as educational materials.
Wondering what watching TV is like in Coronado Panama and the surrounding beach communities? Well, it depends! With local cable services the majority of channels are in Spanish, and while there are a few English channels available there is really no telling what will be broadcasted.
Organizers of the Rio Hato Mango Festival have announced that the mango festival will be suspended for this year, due to climate changes which have affected mango production.
We have been working to make it easier to manage Real Estate and Classified ads on Playa Community! Playa Community users can now use the My Account button the the top of the homepage to see and edit listings in the Real Estate or Classified sections of Playa Community.
After asking the community what they really wanted, Picasso has confirmed that the Coronado community really likes to dance. With that in mind Picasso, Coronado’s popular bar restaurant & cafe has a new event every to announce.
Join the Coronado International School (CIS) at the Playa Serena public beach entrance Saturday April 22nd at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Earth Day with some fun in the sun. The students will be painting the new wall to the entrance of the beach. The wall will be environmentally themed, everyone is welcome to participate.
After a resurgence of Yellow Fever in Brazil, Panama is getting proactive about vaccinating the population against Yellow Fever in areas that could be affected.
The rain has arrived in Coronado Panama, following a heat waves that affected a good portion of Central America. After temperatures ranging between 34 C and 42 C throughout the country, many are thankful for the drop in temperature that comes with rain.
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The ISA World Surfing Games returned to the French town of Biarritz for the first time since 1980 this year. The event aired live from May 20-28. Almost 250 surfers from 47 countries competed in what is often called Europe’s “California of Surfing.”
Pilots from the Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines demonstrated for better working conditions and increased pay Thursday May 25 in front of the Ministry of Labor and Development (Mitradel).
President Juan Carlos Varela, announced Thursday May 25th that Banapiña , a subsidiary of Del Monte, will revive banana production in Barú, Chiriquí. With an investment of $ 100 million, the work will generate thousands of jobs in the region.
The popular musical Rent will play at Teatro La Plaza, in Panama City from July 13 to 30. The musical that tells the story of group of friends residing in the East Village of New York, between the 1980s and 1990s is produced by Diana Abouganem.
94 restaurants and hotels have been sanctioned since August of 2016 for automatically charging gratuity. The fines total $47,000 according to the Authority of Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco).
Of the 16,296 people in Panamanian prisons, 1,609 are foreign nationals, according to figures from the National Penitentiary System. This number represents 9.8% of the total population. The foreign country with the largest number of people detained in Panama was Colombia.
Six people (one woman and five men) were arrested on Monday, May 21, 2017, in Arraiján, Panama west for attempting to run over a member of the National Police.
Panamá will become on the first country in Central America to teach Sciences in English in public schools according to a new law created under the administration of President Juan Carlos Varela.
Canadian financial manager, Quintin Sponagle has served a 19 month sentence in La Joya prison in Panama for an investment scam with a company registered in Panama.
A truck driving towards the interior past Coronado flipped Thursday May 11th 2017 in the afternoon blocking all lanes going towards David. Police arrived on site around 2:00 p.m. to redirect traffic while a tow truck worked to remove the vehicle from the road.
The first “Rodeo Mi Bus” event took place May 7th in Panama City. Drivers and maintenance staff wore cowboy hats and thousands of family members came out to watch the show.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Panama has charged the Institutional Protection Service (SPI) officer who shot a 22 year old American tourist in Casco Viejo on April 28.
A 22- year-old American is in stable condition in Santo Tomas hospital after being shot in Casco Viejo. The female tourist was a bystander when an incident occurred between an agent from the Institutional Protection Service (SPI) and a taxi driver the morning of Friday April 28th.
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A new scientific analysis indicates that Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly than throughout most of the 20th century. The paper from the National Academy of Science is not the first to find that the rate of the rising seas is increasing, however the rate of acceleration that it reports is the largest.
2016 ended with a decline in Panamanian tourism, a trend that continues in the first five months of 2017. While the Comptroller General reports that hotel occupancy in the capital city was 51% in the first quarter of the year, others in the industry estimate this percentage to be lower with hotels using only 40% of their rooms.
A bill that calls for the “reasonable use of plastic bags” and to “eliminate the current abuse” of plastic in Panama, has been approved. Politican, Acan-Efe Samir Gozaine from the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) proposed the bill that was approved in April.
Monday May 9th 2017, the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Aupsa) reported that a batch of frozen products of the Aunt Jemima brand were removed from the market.
A tourist complex plans to remove at least 16 hectares of mangroves from the bay of Chame. The Environmental Impact Study (EIA) for the Portones del Mar Yacht Club & Resort is currently under review by the ministry of environment.
Sinaproc, Panama’s Civil Protection System, has issued a warning for Panama’s Pacific Coast urging people to avoid the beach from April 29th 2017 until May 7th 2017 due to waves and strong currents.
In less than a month, the Gamboa Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center will begin the process of reintroducing amphibian species back into the wild. This will be the first time an amphibian born and raised in the center will leave the laboratory.
A new species of pistol shrimp was recently discovered in Panama, and has been named in honor of the band Pink Floyd. Synalpheus pinkfloydi, the new species of shrimp with a single pink clamp, was announced on Wednesday April 12th 2017, by zoologists who are clearly Pink Floyd fans.
J2L Seguros in Coronado has informed us they has added new coverage to Fire (structure) and Multirisk (content) policies, this new coverage is "leakage coverage". Leakage coverage is important in Panama.
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