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The Colon protests to revoke Law 72 spread to Panama City PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 26 October 2012 13:19

riotcolon 200x134The Back story

Last week riots broke out in the province Colon when Law 72 was passed. The law would allow for the sale of the lands of the Colon Free Trade zone. While the president stated via twitter that the law would be revoked, rioting has continued. The workers and the leadership of the National Union of Workers in the Construction Industry and Allied (SUNTRACS) labor union has announced their solidarity with those in Colon protesting against Law 72.

Today, Friday 26 October 2012 SUNTRACS have been protesting in various areas of Panama City, Panama. (Panama Guide)

Today, Friday October 26, 2012

The Bridge of the Americas is closed, in both directions.

No busses are leaving Albrook mall.

Several roads are closed or blocked due to protests.

SUNTRACS labor union protesters have looted some stores on Ave Central in Panama City.

Right now the city is pretty hectic, so avoid it if you can. With the president out of the country till tomorrow, and nothing being done to revoke the Law, chances are the chaos will continue throughout the weekend. Road closures could pop up anywhere at any time as several groups continue to show solidarity with Colon.

Don Winner of Panama guide is posting frequently in regards to road closures and developments.

For updates on this matter check

Panama Life - Spanish Lessons
Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:16

altThe Conditional Tense

The Conditional Spanish tense is another tense well worth becoming familiar with.   It is not a very difficult tense either.  And it is easy to know when to use the conditional tense, unlike some of the others.  This is true because the conditional tense follows English closely when we want to use the word 'would' plus a verb.  When we use the word 'would' in English we are expressing future uncertainty, with sometimes another condition that needs to be met.   Sound familiar?  Kind of sounds like a subjunctive tense doesn't it.  The conditional is not a subjunctive tense, but sometimes it can call for a subjunctive verb to be used within the sentence.  We will save those situations for another article.

Take a look at these English sentences that would be translated into the Spanish conditional tense.

Visiting Boquete, Panama's highland haven PDF Print E-mail
Panama Life - Panama Travel
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:44

Boquete-Panama-highland-havenThere has been a lot of talk about Panama as a top retirement/tourist destination this year!

Recently, Panama was featured in Time Magazine; the article written by Joel Stien made American Airlines in flight magazine’s cover story. (Newsroom Panama)

Panama was also included in International Living’s “The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2012.”

Many of these recent publications mention Boquete, located in the Chiriquí region of Panama. Boasted by International Living as “Panama’s highland haven”, Boquete has become an interest to not only tourist, but also retiree’s and families.

Having never visited the Chiriquí region before, a friend and myself decided to take the drive from Coronado to Boquete to see if it would live up to our expectations.

It surpassed them…

Gorgona Community Meeting a Success PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 22 October 2012 09:16

vecinos vigilantesGorgona residents concerned about the recent spate of robberies and violence met at La Ruina Restaurante on Saturday to get an update from local police and receive tips on how to stay safe.

Major Barsallo of the district police force said there have been four arrests in the recent Gorgona home invasion, which occurred approximately two weeks ago. Earlier reports had indicated that there had been six arrests. But he clarified that police are still searching for two other suspects and are following leads to break the criminal ring.


According to Major Barsallo, a case is being built against a local couple who may have been organizing the recent robberies in the community.

Panama News - Community News
Friday, 19 October 2012 11:53

Invite for Community Meeting

All residents of The Beaches area are invited to a safety and security meeting at La Ruina Restaurante in Gorgona on Saturday, October 20th at 3:00pm. This meeting is to discuss recent incidents and criminal activities.

Representatives from the local police will be in attendance, along with a translator to help with questions and answers.

Arrests Made in Gorgona Robberies - Community bands together to find solutions PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 18 October 2012 18:20

handcuffs-handcuff-behind-back 200x150As many people are aware there was a serious crime in Gorgona approximately 10 days ago. This crime involved an elderly couple from England who were renting a house near the fish market. They were subject to a home invasion, which involved a number of intruders with guns late at night. The thieves escaped with cash, credit card information and other valuables.

They also stole this couple's dream of retiring in Panama!

To say the least, this is a traumatizing experience. On a lesser scale this is very troubling for those of us who live in Gorgona, and by extension neighbouring communities such as Coronado.

J2L Insurance Consultants - Risk Management Consulting in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:43

j2l-logo-light-silver-150highAbout Julio Luque

Julio, CEO and owner of J2L Insurance Consultants, was born in Panama. After studying International Business at St. Thomas University in Miami Florida, Julio returned to Panama as the marketing manager at CITIBANK. Julio continued as a marketing manager at various banks until he found himself as the marketing manager at Seguros Centralizados (Insurance Brokerage Firm). It was at this firm where Julio gained experience in the industry and was able to build his own business, J2L Insurance Consultants. This past May J2L celebrated 12 years servicing Local and International clients and businesses.

The October Playacommunity Youth Party PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:32

youthpartyedits-8614 133x200The first Playacommunity Youth Party was held at Locos Backyard Grill last Thursday, October 11th. Organized and hosted by Max Poirier, the event brought students together to hang out, eat great food, listen to awesomely loud music, and play rock band.

Max took quite a bit of initiative to get this event off the ground. As a student at PCIS, the International school in Gorgona, Max gained assistance from other students to find music and activities which would suit the event. He worked with Locos Backyard Grill to establish a menu, and set the date and time for the event.

High tide warning for the Pacific Coast PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 15 October 2012 17:16

high-tide-warning-Pacific-beachPanama’s civil defense agency (SINAPROC) has issued a high tide warning for the Pacific Coast of Panama. This week's tides are expected to be as high as 18.2 ft. The warning which was issued early Sunday morning (Oct, 14), will be in effect until next Sunday, October 21 2012. (Panama Guide)

Check the tides on Playacommunity at:


Take precautions when swimming, and inform yourself on how to deal with riptides.

Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Low season travel deal (2012 PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:54

bocasdeltoro 200x155There are some advantages to being in Panama during the low season. One of the perks... the great travel deals! This year (2012), the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) has launched a tourism campaign offering tour packages to Bocas Del Toro. Tour packages start as low as $224.57. This cost includes round-trip flights and two nights at one of 17 participating hotels. 

Reservations must be made through a participating travel agency before November 1, for travel between November 8 and 30. 

Documentary Filmmakers Eric Soussainin and David Mandel turn to Kickstarter for support of their film about the mighty history and uncertain future of baseball in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 08 October 2012 11:11

Indestructible-Baseball-on-the-Isthmus 200x122Playacommunity received an email from David Mandel producer of Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus. David and Eric Soussainin (filmmaker) are fundraising to complete the film’s final production stage. In order to do so they have launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online system where one can make donations towards the funding of creative projects. Kickstarter funds a wide variety of creative endeavors, documentary filmmaking being one of them. After watching Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus' Kickstarter video, it became strikingly clear that the story these guys are trying to tell is one worth sharing.

The Latest News from the Spay the Strays Group PDF Print E-mail
Panama Social - Spay the Strays
Friday, 05 October 2012 14:34


How did many of your friends and neighbors spend last Saturday?  They volunteered to help Dr. Alexis Escruceria and his assistant, Jairo to spay and neuter 45 dogs and cats in Chame.  The Spay the Strays’ loyal group of volunteers cheerfully put up with heat and dirt to ensure better lives for our four legged friends.  Our customers are a mix of expats who have generously provided loving homes for strays or rescues and low income Panamanians who have no other means of sterilizing their pet.  The demand for our service is huge and we are keenly aware that we can only help a small percentage of those in need.  Sadly, we are limited by several factors: money, availability of vets, and availability of medicine.  At the moment, our problem is medicine. A crucial anesthesia is impossible to find throughout Panama due to a product contamination.  The Spay the Strays Group is doing our best to acquire a substitute but clinics will be on hold until one is found.  On another sad note, Spay the Strays will be bidding a fond farewell to Barb Schlottke who has been a mainstay of our Group for several years.  Her dedication to our cause has been instrumental to our success. 
Fashion Week Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Friday, 05 October 2012 10:53

altFashion Week Panama started of yesterday with the first of several runway events over the next 3 days, show casing fashion from many countries. There was an eclectic mix of styles from Wedding dress’s  from Pillar Sainz of Spain to men’s fashion from Jose Jhan of the Rep Dominicana.

Each of the shows has a care group that will benefit from some of the proceeds and the first group was the Foundation Manos Amigas who look after young children in their centre’s.
Shows are 3pm and 7pm Friday and 3pm 5pm and 7pm on Saturday, it is well worth the time to go see the show and help out a worthy cause.
Staying Happy & Healthy at the Beach PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:30


Hey everyone,

Life at the beach is pretty sweet… but at times we all get stuck in ruts, feel run down and end up getting caught up in the hustle and bustle.  Here are some great ways to get back to the feeling that - this is paradise! 
Eat well – It’s not always easy to eat right… but there are some great options around town if you look for them:
Visit Panama's best beaches with Yacht Latina PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:48

PastedGraphic-2Looking to travel to one of Panama's beautiful island destinations? Yacht Latina has some great packages available this month. Spend a day or the weekend sailing amongst clear waters and blue skies. Since we’re still in whale season, you might even get lucky and spot whales! Here are some of great deals from Yacht Latina: 

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