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Alejandro Urrea brings polo to the Equestrian Club in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 01 October 2012 11:33

Urrea 143x200Playacommunity spoke with Alejandro Urrea, professional polo player from Bogotá, on his work with Roberto Esiermann to bring Polo to the EquestrianClub in Coronado.

We asked Alejandro to tell us a little bit about the sport of polo and its prominence here in Panama:

Polo in Panama
Polo is a very prominent sport in Panama There are many professional and aspiring players living in Panama. Cerro Azul, Hacienda Country Club, located in Panama City is home to one of the most noted Polo clubs in Panama. Alejandro plays polo at the club, and speaks highly of many aspiring players and professionals who play there. Alejandro has his own polo school in Panama City aswell, the school is called Oropolo.

 
Sunwave Fitness classes in the Pacific beach area PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:55

natasha-sunwave-fitnessNatasha of Sunwave Fitness is back in Panama! Natasha teaches a range of fitness classes at several of the developments in the Pacific beach area, including Coronado and Playa Blanca. With over 30 years of experience in fitness instruction, Natasha teaches classes daily. These classes include:

Agua Fit – A full workout that strengthens and tones your whole body. The class takes place in the big pool in Playa Blanca.

Beach Fit – Take in the beauty of the beach while getting fit! This is an overall workout that focuses on cardio, strength and agility.

 
New Copyright Law in Panama Fines People and Ignores Artists PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Friday, 28 September 2012 08:50

A new bill passed in Panama's legislature on Wednesday night has technology forums calling it the "worst copyright law in history". Bill 510 will allow the Panama copyright office to individually identify torrent downloaders and issue fines upto $100,000 for a first offense and $200,000 for a second offense, without giving any of the money to to artists or copyright owners.

Torrent downloaders, BEWARE.

 
Growing up in the Pacific beach area of Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 17:03
camilaura-playacommunity-kids-events-youthRecently I found myself wondering, what it would it have been like growing up as an expat in Panama? I asked some friends what their thoughts were, and together we listed some of the pros and cons. One pro that came to mind was, learning a new language. The first con we thought of was leaving behind friends. We continued to list these pros and cons, until it became strikingly clear that the majority of them could have been applied to our own lives.

How do we overcome the cons? And how do we take advantage of the pros? I think many of us do both through social interactions within the community. We attend mixers to make new friends, we write on forums for support, and take classes in hopes of achieving continual growth. As a kids in the area are the same opportunities available? While I don’t think they always were here, these oppertunities are certainly starting to emerge. 
 
Over the last couple years, the youth population in the beaches area has grown immensely. There are several businesses in the area stepping outside the box to offer something new for this group of young people. Mama Mia is one of these businesses.
 
Coronado Extremo Triathlon – 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 16:35

Coronado-Extremo-Triathlon – 2012-average-athlete-participation Ever think of competing in a Triathlon but cannot swim? Knees not good for a run, the bike has flat tires?

Coronado Triathlon last Sunday may be just the place for you. It's an entry level triathlon with short distances. The Triathlon held last Sunday was a place where top competitors could battle each other over a 750 meter Swim,  a 20k bike circuit and a 5k run to finish it off. But if all three is not for you, then the event also allows teams of three to compete where one competitor does one or two legs and the team mates do the others. It caters for young and not so old, where you can only compete against yourself or the whole field.
 
As I settle into my favorite armchair dreams of next year flash through my mind and what might be?
 
The Computer Whisperer's Explanation of 3G, WIFI, and You... PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Useful Information
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:10

world-wide-web-globeThese days, who doesn’t need to connect to the internet everyday?  However, something as simple as connecting to the internet can prove to be a confusing and daunting task.  For instance, even though you may be connected to the internet, you may be confused as to HOW you are connected.  Are you connected via Wifi, 3G, Ethernet or Bluetooth? Or, are you “Tethering?”   If the difference between these types of internet connection methods confounds you, never fear!  DA-DA-TA-DAAAAAA!  The Computer Whisperer is here!!!

So, what really IS  the difference between these internet connection methods?  Read on my pretties, because I’ve provided definitions below which anyone can understand.

 
Playacommunity Mixer at PIcasso in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:20

party1This month's Playacommunity Mixer to be held at Picasso Bar & Restaurant in Coronado on Wednesday Sep 26th. Event begins at 5pm. Come to make new friends and meet up with the usual suspects.

Drinks! Food! Games! Prizes!

Big Super-Salad and All- you-can-eat-pizza from 5-7pm for $12 a head.
Pizzas or grills a la carte for arrivals after 7pm.

Drinks will be usual Merry Miercoles fabulousness:

 
Fiesta Alrededor del Mundo en Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Panama News Wire
Saturday, 22 September 2012 16:20

panama fashion thumb-15The 2012 Fiesta Alrededor del Mundo, the “Round the world party” was held on 20th Sept at the ATLAPA center in Panama City. The event was organized by the Diplomatic and Panamanian Dames (DDP) of the Caravana of Social Assistance. This is a showcase of the world’s peoples and cultures that have made Panama their work place. The funds raised will be for the benefit of the Children’s Hospital, the financial target for this event was set to $80,000.

The countries and cultures showcased were from many continents and they made their displays beautifully colourful with their traditional dress. A centre stage had traditional singing and dancing from many groups of both young and old.

Event visitors were treated to gourmet foods and beverages from the world’s diverse pallets: spicy finger foods, sweet deserts and plates of traditional home cooking along with some  fine wines and beers.

A number of consulate and embassy personnel were on location and mingled with the crowds and were readily available to chat.

No event like this would be complete without an exhibition of handicrafts, and a fashion show made for a wonderful day. (Click read more for pictures)

 
A parent’s perspective on the Coronado International School PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:05

 Coronado-International-SchoolOn August 30th, the new Coronado International School proudly opened its doors to the first class of entering students. Now, with the opening of the new Coronado International School, residents have a choice of three excellent alternatives for international schools available within a 30-minute radius. 

The Coronado International School is a private bilingual school that was founded by Group Coronado.   The school is dedicated to providing a quality, affordable education with a curriculum that will prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a 21st century global society.

Over 22 students are currently enrolled in classes from pre-kinder to grade four.  The school is located in the area, Colinas del Mar, just a short two minutes from the Pan American.  Applicants must complete a comprehensive application process, including an interview for both the applicant and parents by a licensed school psychologist.

 
Save money and the enviroment. A concerned expat's call to action. PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:14

 

green earthIt is safe to say that most people in Panama are not living light on the planet.  Many of us often drive large cars with only a few people aboard, buy things made of inferior plastic and wrapped in plastic.  We then “use” this stuff and then we throw it away, where ever “away” happens to be.  That usually means it ends up in a dump.
Most of us have lived in societies where environmental consciousness is a way of life and we were well trained how to do our parts to preserve the resources on our plant.  And when we arrived in Panama we were shocked and angry to see how the population as a whole has no environmental awareness or concern.  For years many expats have groused about this but have done nothing about it.  Well, it seems we now have enough concerned people along the coast to put some programs into place and show that a few people can make a difference.  Here are two programs that can  be developed quickly.

 
Sea turtles nesting in Panama PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:42

Leatherback-turtle-hatching-Copyright-WWF-CanonRoger-LeGUEN 151x200Every year, 20,000 - 30,000 sea turtles head to coastlines in Panama to lay their eggs. The Azuero peninsula on the Pacific coast of Panama is one of these places. Isla de Canas, an island off southern coast of the peninsula, is one of the most important nesting sites for 4 species of sea turtles: Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys Olivacea) Pacific Green (Chelonia Mydas) Leatherback (Dermochelys Coriacea) Hawsbill (Eretmochelys imbricate)

 

In the Azuero peninsula, sea turtle nesting most commonly occurs between the months of September and November; however, nesting can happen as early as May and continued well into December. There is no telling when the turtles will show up, but when they do, they attract humans, some are interested in harvesting their eggs for food, while others are there to protect the eggs.

 
Playacommunity Business Breakfast in Coronado PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Monday, 17 September 2012 20:37

Tanya Coronado and Katyel from Pty Lawyers at Playacommunity Business breakfast.On Friday September 7th, The Playa Community held its 3rd Beach Business Breakfast at Picasso Restaurant in Coronado. There were over 30 in attendance from the business community which made it the most successful business to date.

The Playacommunity Business Breakfast was created by Karyn Saunders and Jamuna Burry of Playacommunity.com as they saw a need for business professionals at the beach to get together, network and share challenges and successes to help make the beach community an even better place for consumers and business owners and those yet to come.

 
Nitro City host BMW dual-sport motorcycle event PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Saturday, 15 September 2012 21:26

IMG 8539 200x133Tomorrow, Sunday September 16th 2012, BWM Motorrad Latin America is hosting the 2012 Regional GS trophy elimination. This event will be hosted at Nitro City, the popular extreme sports destination founded by Travis Pastrana in Punta Chame. The 2012 Regional GS trophy elimination will determine three finalists who will move on to the tournament finals, which will be held in Chile on November 24th.

Playacommunity spoke with Federico, director of BMW Motorrad Latin America at Nitro City, who expressed extreme excitement about the finals tomorrow. Several heats will take place at Nitro City from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. These mixed motorcycle events will test riders’ endurance and technical abilities.

 
Discovering Surf Talents 2012 Youth Surf Competition PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Community News
Thursday, 13 September 2012 14:45

taosurfing 200x132Today, Wednesday September 12th, is the last day to register for the 18 and under surf competition, happening here in the Pacific Beach area. The competition will take place at Playa Serena in Coronado this weekend, Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th, starting at 8:00 a.m. both days.

 
Panama Animal League Dog of the Week: Tailor PDF Print E-mail
Panama News - Cats and Dogs
Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:59

Tailor-seven-months-adoptable-dog-housebroken-trainedTailor was rescued as a scrawny little baby and has been lovingly cared for by her foster parents at a beautiful home on the beach. This medium size dog, so full of energy and love, is now 7 months old. She is very smart. On command, she will sit, speak and shake hands ... Here's your chance to adopt a dog that is healthy, housebroken and already trained! She loves the beach, swimming pool, other dogs and loves people. She has had all her shots, has been spayed and is ready to be adopted by her fur-ever family.

   
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