Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dengue in Panama

From an ExPat blog:

 just want to bring a few facts to everyone attention regarding this serious disease.We have recently had a friend go through hell and after all was said and done they concluded in San Fernando Hospital in PC he had contracted Dengue. The symptoms begin with a loss of energy,weakness,shortness of breath,,,blood pressure goes all over the map.,heart rate drops drastically as does your platelet count drops through the floor,you become extremely dehydrated and you suffer from extreme body pain. As it worsens your capacity to think clearly becomes difficult. A lot of people in the onset think they are suffering from the flu as the early symptoms are similar.This particular man never did have a fever or nausea. Long story made short ...he came within hours of passing on.If you feel flu like symptoms especially a lot of body pain..ask to be checked for Dengue as if you are bitten again by the lethal mosquito carrying this disease it could very well be fatal.Have your yards sprayed for mosquitos as this disease is really on the rise in Central and South America.Do not have any standing water in your yard where they can bred.Wear bug repellant and again if you start to have symptoms get to a doctor right away and ask to be tested as a lot of doctors here may just pass it off as the flu.This particular fellow went from a healthy active man to close to death in five days. This is not meant to scare people but simply to make you all aware of the rise of this disease right now during wet season.Be careful.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

High Winds damage in Chiriqui, Panama

HIGH WINDS and heavy rain caused heavy damage to 82 homes in Chiriqui on Monday, July 14, The roofs of 23 houses were totally torn away and multiple vehicles were damaged by falling trees. says the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC).Classes have been at the Divalá Polytechnic Institute.
The most affected communities that are Divalá and Nuevo México de Alanje in the Baru district.
An elderly woman of 65 and a pregnant woman 19  were transferred to the regional hospital in David.
SINAPROC staff are working on removing fallen trees trees and damage assessments and bottled water will get bottled water canned goods, clothes for children and adults, blankets, books and school supplies are being delivered to those affected by the storm reports La Prensa.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

3rd lock progress

3rd lock progress, see:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Coronado & Beaches, Playa Community News

Playa Community news (Coronado & beaches):

Vegas Night, Real Estate Fair and more Upcoming Events
The latest edition of La Playa is at a distribution point near you, and we are already working on July’s edition. The ad deadline comes up quickly - to get your message in July’s La Playa, be sure to contact us by June 15th.

You know, this month is supposed to be slow season, but you would never know it from June’s calendar of events. Here are some upcoming event highlights:

Vista Mar announces the start of tennis classes with instructor Franco Gallucci, who brings 25 years experience of playing and teaching tennis. Classes are $30/hr for 1 person, $40 for 2 and $50 for 3 people. To arrange a session email: or call: 345-4096.

U-Realtors, a member of Panama’s MLS system is having a Real Estate Fair this coming weekend from June 6 - 8th. With over 450 listings, this is a good opportunity for those seeking to buy or list a home. Details at the link below:

You gotta know when to hold em, know when the fold them…
Bring out your best game on June 26th for Vegas Night at Pacific Casino in Coronado and get ready to WIN WIN WIN!

From 5pm on, Pacific Casino will be periodically holding free Slots, Black Jack and Poker Tournaments for prizes. If you haven’t played a casino game before, this is a good chance to give it a try and have some fun. For those hard nosed gamblers, paid slots and tables will be open for play - YES! there will be poker, if we have the players.

Get a $3 slots play coupon, when you RSVP. One coupon per person, only valid for June 26th’s event.


When you visit Rincon del Chef this month, you will get a chance to try out a new Special Menu. Fernando is offering dishes from World Cup Countries. Here is a sample menu:

The Coronado Community Center announces Spanish classes for Gringos, starting June 22. Check the link for details and enrollment contact:


These and many more events are going on this month. There is yoga, Rotary meetings, karaoke, live music, happy hours, Spanish classes, pet shows and lots, lots more. For up-to-date event listings, check the calendar at:

I’ll be at Pacific Casino on the 26th. Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Panama U.S. Navy League next event

Panama U.S. Navy League next event:

Next Second Tuesday Dinner -- A Special Subject

Navy League is known for the quality of our speakers and their subjects. We also take on subjects with special significance and next month's dinner is one of those.

While we enjoy the many things Panama offers residents, there comes a time when a friend reaches out to ask about how to handle a serious illness. Our next dinner features Joyce Perrin, a former nurse (like a US Marine, are they ever former?) who co-founded Panama Hospice and Respite.

Knowing what options are available and what they enable, may help someone you care about in the future. We all understand the power of the relationships we establish here. We think this is one to take note of.

Joyce will be giving a short presentation followed by Q & A.

Please do plan on joining us.

Menu to be announced, and yes, we listened to the feedback from our last dinner.

Date: June 10
Time: 7:00pm
Place. Le Meridien Hotel
Price: $30 including glass of wine

Please do RSVP by noon, Monday, June 9th.

Thanks for your support.

Kind regards,

Hunter Schultz
Navy League Panama

American Society of Panama next "Social"

The American Society of Panama next Meet & Mix, Monday 02 June at SAL RESTAURANT
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“Signature Drinks” especially for the

American Society of Panama

Expat Meet and Mix June 2, 2014 from 6:30 -8:30 PM

At the SAL RESTAURANT – a new eating experience with Chef Ramón Freixa

Avenida Balboa, Edificio YOO, Planta Baja  (Valet Parking)

Between Calle Aquilino de la Guardia (new Hilton Hotel) and Calle Uruguay on Ave. Balboa

Fabio Lembo and the staff at SAL are going out of their way to make this a “night to remember.” 

clip_image002Their RED, WHITE, and  BLUE  2x1 signataure drinks designed just for the American Society of Panama  will include:

White: Seco Sour
Blue: Vodka, Blue Curacao and Lemon Soda
Red: Strawberries and Rum

Also they are offering 2x1 on:
- Draft Beer (Balboa)
- White Wine: Duquesa de Valladolid (Verdejo)
- Red Wine: Glorioso Crianza (Tempranillo)

They are also offering “tapas”   We encourage you to stay for dinner and enjoy a truly wonder eating experience.    SAL blends traditional Spanish food with the cuisine of Ramón Freixa resulting in a unique experience in Panama Gatronomica .
clip_image004“Degusta” gives them excellent ratings and so do our members who have eate
 there.  It is truly unique, fun and exquisite food.  Fabio and his staff are the Best.  

The American Society of Panama
"Americans and Friends United Abroad"

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

United Airlines will fly nonstop between Denver International Airport and Panama City, Panama

Denver & CO people take note, thanks to my daughter Shawna who lives in Denver for the following news:

Caitlin Hendee
Digital Producer / Social Engagement Manager-
Denver Business Journal

United Airlines will fly nonstop between Denver International Airport and Panama City, officials announced Wednesday.

Denver leaders have long had their sights set on the Central American city for a nonstop flight, seeing it as a gateway to destinations across Latin America.

The service will begin Dec. 3, subject to government approval. Service will be offered daily November through August and five times weekly in September and October.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, DIA manager Kim Day and United officials announced the new destination at a news conference Wednesday on the steps of the City & County Building.

Hickenlooper visited Panama City last year to promote commerce between the two cities. Wednesday, he said the city will be an important hub for international commerce, especially when the expansion of the Panama Canal is finished.

"It will be a major source of commerce, and it's incredibly important for Denver to be connected there," Hickenlooper said.

The Panama Canal serves as an important trade route connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, but its relevance to the global oil trade diminished over the years because of changing trade patterns and the fact that many modern tankers are too large to travel through it, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

United's new flights will connect at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport to various other points in Central and South America on United and its strategic partner, Copa Airlines.

“Following the success of our Denver-Tokyo flight, our new service to Panama City will link our Denver business and leisure travelers to the business and finance capital of Central America and open the door to other new, international destinations through our partner airlines,” said Steve Jaquith, United’s managing director of its Denver hub.