Tuesday, December 2, 2014

News from the Panama U.S. Navy League

News from the Panama U.S. Navy League:

Hope you all had a terrific long weekend and Thanksgiving.

Courtesy of Rick Montanari, we once again have a tour of the new locks as part of our scholarship fundraising dinner next week.

Here are the details

Tour Canal Expansion PAC Locks - Bid to become one of five lucky visitors to the PAC Locks Expansion project site in Cocoli, Panama.  Right across the Pan American bridge, 20 minutes from Balboa, is Cocoli.  The top 5 bidders will be contacted and a tour set up for a Saturday starting at 730AM and ending at 12 Noon.  Dont miss this singular opportunity; bring your camera.

More items coming, so stay tuned.

Please RSVp by noon next Monday, December 8th.

Kind regards,

Hunter Schultz
Navy League Panama Foundation

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Panamanian American Academic Network (PANAM Network), helping student in Panamá

Forwarded from the American Society of Panama, GOD BLESS the children of Panamá
Remitió de la Sociedad Americana de Panamá, Dios bendiga a los niños de Panamá:
Item of Interest: PANAM Network Outstanding Students Profiled
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Note: "Items of Interest" sent out by the American Society to its membership are activities, news bulletins or items/events not sponsored by the American Society but deemed of interest to our community.

Cc: Jorge Brathwaite ; MLH_Gmail #2
Subject: PANAM Network Outstanding Students Profiled
Dear Amsoc Members:
Attached please find a press release from Panam Network, a US-based organization that provides scholarships, leadership and life skills training to needy but educationally motivated students in the marginalized City of Colón.
We are forwarding it, as it features one of the students
- Jorge Daniels - we currently support with a scholarship, thanks to your generosity.
Panam Network is looking for sponsors, which is $25 per month per student. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated as a one-time donation, or ongoing. There is much need in Colon, as many students don't have the financial support at home. They use the funds for bus fare, or meals, as some go to school without breakfast; or supplies for projects.
Panam Network/supporters/mentors have been doing wonders for these kids, & we hope we can count on you as one.
Contributions are eligible for USA tax deduction and can be made online.
Any questions, feel free to contact me.
Gracias/agradecida/thank you
Marcia Henry, MA

Friends and Supporters,
It is with much pride and joy that I introduce your to some of the students that we have had the pleasure to meet and learn how truly motivated they are to be somebody despite many hardships.
I trust that you are equally as elated with the results of our efforts in Colon as we at PANAM Network are. Feel free to circulate as we believe that once aware, others will be inclined to support our efforts with their time, talents and /or treasure .
The Power to Make a Difference in the Lives of Panamanian Children
Panamanian American Academic Network (PANAM Network)
(501(c-3) tax-exempt organization)

PRESS RELEASE # 19, November 12, 2014
PANAM Network proudly introduces three of the student gems who are active participants in our initiatives in Colon, Republic of Panama. These three students are shining examples of the dormant talent that would remain untapped and undeveloped were it not for the efforts of those who believe that we can make a difference in Colon, if only we dare to try.
Our Shining Stars of whom we are exceedingly proud:
1. Student Jorge Daniels: A 16-year old student in ninth grade at Colegio Abel Bravo, where he has the second highest grade point average (4.7) of all the students in his grade group which has close to one thousand students. Colegio Abel Bravo is the most historically prestigious secondary school in the city of Colon. PANAM Network recognized the talents of Jorge and arranged for Don and Gloria Inniss to be a monthly stipend sponsor as well as a mentor for Jorge.
ASPIRES: To be a doctor.
2. Student Mileyka Santizo Hall: An 11-year old, 5th grade student in the rural community of New Providence who has overcome many obstacles living with an extended family and a single unemployed mother. It was not long ago that Mileyka had to arise at 4:00 am to catch a bus, travel on an unpaved road, to get to school by 7:00am. Despite these impediments she has been on the honor roll since 1st grade. She is the highest grade point average student in her school (4.7) and a model student with a radiant personality. Her PANAM Network sponsor is Cecilia Dyett.
ASPIRES: To be a doctor and perhaps President of Panama.
3. Student Stefany Guerna: A 10-year old student at Republic of Uruguay Elementary School, Stefani is in the 4th grade and has a 4.7 grade point average which is one of the highest in her school. She lives in the city of Colon in a building scheduled for demolition that rocks every time a bus passes by. Stefani has been part of multiple PANAM Network Programs having recently been invited to be a stipend recipient and part of the monthly “ I am the leader of my life” Leadership Program implemented by PANAM Network in 2013. Sponsor is Allstate Foundation – Her Schultz.
ASPIRES: To be an educator
There are others who could benefit from a sponsor. Is it time for you to be a sponsor?
PANAM Network’s Vision
It is possible that despite our best efforts
We may not be able to change the world!
But we can certainly change the world of a child!
Child-by-child! If only we dare to try!
We welcome you to join us and try!
We thank our contributors and general supporters for their continued trust in lending a hand to make a difference, despite tremendous odds in the city of Colon. Your support makes it possible for the efforts of PANAM Network to reach and touch the lives of students in ways that we never even imagined. Contributions are accepted on line atwww.panamnetwork.com or by mail to: PO Box 268121, Weston FL 33326.
Blessings / Bendiciones
Jorge Brathwaite President
PANAM Network
PO Box 268121
Weston, FL. 33326
www.panamnetwork.org or .com
The American Society of Panama
"Americans and Friends United Abroad"

Friday, November 14, 2014

US Marines from the American Embassy are doing their Toys For Tots Drive & Elks Lodge news

Balboa Elks news:

It’s that time of the year again where our yearly Christmas Drives become active again.

The US Marines from the American Embassy are doing their Toys For Tots Drive again this year.

We will have their box set up in the club reading room and their deadline will be Friday the 19th of December.  They are requesting toys for between child and teenage for the orphanage they sponsor.
Also nothing electrical or battery operated and not gifted wrapped.

Woody Dejernette’s Christmas Drive is going to El Barnisal de Calobre in the Veraguas Province this year.  His cutoff date is also Friday, 19 December as they are heading up on the 20th.

He is requesting toys, clothing for children, shoes, and including monetary donation which can be placed in an envelope with his name on the envelope and left behind the bar.

Again, no electrical or battery operated toys or other items.  There will be a poster board on the wall of the club room with a box for the donations.  There will be about 60 infants in the 1 to 4 year old range, and 110 children from 5 to 13 years old.

The monetary donation will allow Woody to purchase clothing and other items as they see what has been donated.

Ginny Ann Jackson also has a Christmas Drive going for the Malombo Orphanage out in Chorrera.
A box will be set up for toys and clothing for orphans.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Last gates for canal expansion arrive


Last gates for canal expansion arrive
THE LAST four lock gates for the completion of the Panama Canal expansion, running a year late late, arrived Wednesday. November 13 country from Italy. President of Juan Carlos Varela, was there to receive the giant structures structures.

 "Today is a historic day when we not only receive the gates but we get closer to this new era of our expanded Canal which will bring better days for all Panamanians," Varela said.
With this shipment from Trieste the delivery of all 16 gates, made in Italy by the company Cimolai, to be used in the new Panama Canal locks are completed.

"This is an important milestone because it is the last of the most critical components of the project and once installed all gates will fill the locks with water and we will begin testing" the new channel, said Canal Authority administrator Jorge Quijano.

The Panama route, through which passes 5% of world sea trade is being expanded for vessels up to 14,000 containers, triple the capacity of those which can now passthrough the canal.

The work, estimated at $5,250 million, involves the construction of a third set of locks for Panamax vessels, equivalent to four football fields, to cross the 80 kilometers waterway

Friday, October 31, 2014

Join the American Society Thanksgiving Luncheon at the TRYP Hotel Sunday 23 Nov. 2014

U.S. Navy League meeting in Panama City

U.S. Navy League meeting in P.C.:
Our next dinner -- Julian Fernandez, APM Terminals
We wish you well over the long holiday weekend and for the 10th of November.
Our next speaker will be Julian Fernandez for an inside look at terminal operations and a little insight on the Nicaraguan Canal. I visited Julian at his office and saw a rather fascinating wall chart on all the facets of terminal operations. I simply had no idea and I think you will enjoy understanding how much more goes into the terminals here in Panama. They are not all about the cranes!
ulian is project manager in the APM Terminals’ Business Development office for Latin America, based in Panama City, Republic of Panama.
He joined the A.P. Moller – Maersk organization in 2001 as a MISE trainee in Bogotá, Colombia. In December 2011, he transferred to Business Development in Latin America, located in Panama, with the primary focus on identifying and securing new port terminal investments in the region. During his tenure in Latin America, he has worked on several large port concession tenders, including Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.
For December, we are looking forward to another Silent Auction for our scholarship fund. If you are able to donate gift certificates, prizes, etc., please do let us know soon so we can start promoting same.
Please do remember that we will be thanking our veterans on the same day as our dinner. Please do join us at Corozal American Cemetery at 9:00am.
For this month's dinner, please RSVP by noon Monday the 10th.
Date: November 11th
Time: 7pm
Place: Le Meridien
Dress: Business casual
Dinner: $30 per person inc. glass of wine
Please send your confirmation to this address.
Kind regards,
Hunter schultz
Navy League Panama.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Annual El Valle Panama American Society Event

American Society of Panama:


Please take note that we are sending this out now anticipating you will
want to stay overnight and attend the special complimentary
 Member’s Only Evening Lasagna Party.

Many have already made reservations at the hotels.  Don't wait until the last moment and find yourself without a reservation

Everyone is welcome to attend our El Valle Membership Drive Outing!

Come and enjoy the day with us!
Date:  Saturday 17 January 2015


Where:  HOTEL Campestre
Time: 11:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Menú (Comida Typica Panamaña)
Door Prizes

         Dues paid members:  $20 (Dues must be paid 17 Jan).
            Non-dues paid members: $25
            Children 12 years or under: FREE
    Non-members:  $35 - Children 12 years or under: $10

The party will continue that evening
at the home of Dr. Charly Garcia in El Valle with
   our complimentary Annual Lasagna Party
                   ONLY FOR MEMEBERS IN GOOD STANDING (dues paid)
Bus transportation
Will be available for those that wish to go just for the day.
If you are interested contact Eunice Greaves
229-4009, 6618-1896 or by email panaeac@yahoo.com

To obtain tickets please contact one of the following Board Membersor contact us at american.society.panama@gmail.com

The American Society                6747-6762

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Elks Lodge fun in Balboa, Panama

Elks Lodge fun in Balboa, Panama:

Lodge Members,
A note from ENF Chairman, John Blennhassett
Tickets on sale at your Elks Club

Get ready to Par-ty!!!

The ENF Sub-Committee is announcing their annual Halloween Party - on HalloweenCostume Par-ty!

B.P.O.E. 1414
Elks National Foundation Fund Raiser
Halloween Party
Friday October 31st
FROM 8:30pm to 11:30pm
Support the ENF Charity and have some fun!
Best Costume Contest!!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

1st annual Wellness Fair in Ciudad del Saber

1st annual Wellness Fair in Ciudad del Saber

Saturday, October 11 from 9am to 4pm

We are proud to announce the 1st annual Wellness Fair in Ciudad del Saber! Together with Operación Sonrisa Panama we have banded together as small business and Panamanian organizations to bring to you the newest and best innovations, products and creations to help you be the best you that is possible! 

Join us for free yoga, pilates, and cooking demonstrations and check out the latest in Oriental therapy along with some of the newest, eco-friendly active wear on the market. See and feel beauty all around you. 

Where to find us..... follow this link to find us on the map: 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The American Society of Panama information

All nationalities are welcome, FYI

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

Panama U.S. Navy League future meetings (2014)

From the Panama U.S. Navy League:
We are pleased to announce the following dinner speakers for the next two months, and our Christmas dinner in December.
This month, on the 14th, we have the pleasure of welcoming Nicolás Liakópulos Falcon for a talk in Spanish about the Historia de la Moneda Panameña -- The history of Panamanian Coins. You may know him as Niko of Niko's Cafe fame. And yes, you read correctly. It will be in Spanish.
We are also happy to inform that Hernan Arauz indicated he will join us with some of his coins.
In November, we are happy to announce our speaker will be Julian Fernandez, General Manager
Business Development Latin America of APM Terminals, for an inside look at terminal operations and a little insight on the Nicaraguan Canal.
For December, we are looking forward to another Silent Auction for our scholarship fund. If you are able to donate gift certificates, prizes, etc., please do let us know soon so we can start promoting same.
For this month's dinner, please RSVP by noon next Monday the 13th.
Time: 7pm
Place: Le Meridien
Dress: Business casual
Dinner: $30 per person inc. glass of wine
Please send you confirmation to this address.
Kind regards,
Hunter schultz
Navy League Panama




The following questions were addressed during the Town Hall Meeting held at the Ambassador’s Residence on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  In addition to these general Q&A, a few audience members raised personal topics of concern that the Embassy will address privately.

Question 1) What is the likelihood that Medicare will be available to U.S. citizens residing in Panama, due to the large population of U.S. citizens here?

Answer: Medicare is only available to individuals who are residing in the United States.  This is a world-wide policy; therefore it is unlikely that there will be any change to this policy.

Question 2) I have heard that I will need to take a written test (in Spanish) to transfer my United States pilot’s license to a Panamanian pilot’s license.  Do we have a treaty with Panama that allows us to obtain a Panamanian pilot’s license just by presenting the U.S. license?

Answer:  An audience member responded that holders of U.S. pilot’s licenses should be able to bring their license to the 2nd floor of the Aeronautica Civil Office and get the Panamanian license without having to take the exam in Spanish.

Question 3) I am a dual-national and I require a certification to keep my U.S. pilot’s license valid.  I need a Certified Flight Instructor to process my pilot’s license.

Answer: An audience member indicated that he is a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) and would be willing to assist the individual.  He also indicated that there is only one U.S. AI (Authorized Inspector) for aircraft in Albrook.

Question 4) What is the status of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) implementation in Panama?  What impact is it having on U.S. citizens?

Answer: The United States and Panama reached an agreement on FATCA, but it has not yet been signed.  However, Panama is currently operating as if the document were in effect and already signed.  Anecdotally, we have heard of several cases from U.S. citizens where they indicated that opening a bank account or running a business overseas has become more difficult due to FATCA, and Panama is no exception.

Question 5) How do I get information on how to comply with FATCA?

Answer: You can visit the following IRS website to learn more about FATCA: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Summary-of-FATCA-Reporting-for-U.S.-Taxpayers.  If you have additional questions, you can also send an e-mail to the American Citizen Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama at: Panama-ACS@state.gov and we will do our best to provide the requested information or direct you to the appropriate office.  From time to time, local non-profit groups may offer information sessions and we will also direct these to the attention of U.S. citizens.

Question 6) I have had my credit/debit cards cloned in Panama on two separate occasions.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Is this common in Panama?

Answer: If this happens to you, we understand that the normal procedure is to go to your bank first and file a complaint.  If you do not receive a reply in 30 days or if you are not satisfied with this initial response,  you can go to the Customer Service office of the Superintendencia de Bancos located on the first floor of the old HSBC Bank in Obarrio across from Mercurio Jewelry.  Please be suspicious of any online requests for money from individuals unknown to you.

Question 7) When you are admitted to Panama as a tourist, you are generally given permission to remain for 6-months.  The length of time that tourists are allowed to drive in Panama on their foreign driver’s license is 3-months.  Can you please bring awareness of the discrepancy to the Panamanian Authorities to have the driver’s license validity for tourists who hold foreign licenses extended to 6-months?

Answer:  We can raise this issue with the relevant Panamanian authorities, but there is no guarantee that it will have an impact on their current policy.  Each country and even each state in the U.S. makes their own rules relative to obtaining a driver’s license.

Question 8) I was told that if I don’t travel to the United States at least once a year to have a medical check-up, I will lose my Medicare benefits.  I was told this by Blue Cross/ Blue Shield.

Answer: Medicare benefits should be valid in the United States unless the individual writes directly to Social Security indicating that they no longer wish to receive Medicare benefits.  The length of time spent outside of the United States or the frequency of medical exams in the United States should have no impact on Medicare in the United States.  However, an audience member answered that, if you have Blue Cross or another secondary insurance provider, they are free to institute their own standards and often do require that you be seen yearly by an approved Physician in their network.

Question 9) I noticed that you have a list of Panamanian physicians on your website.  Do you have a list of Panamanian attorneys and accountants as well?

Answer: Yes—we have a list of Panamanian attorneys on our website at the following link:


Some of the attorneys listed specialize in tax law—please review the information below their names.  In addition, we understand that Accountants are listed in the Panamanian yellow pages under “Consultores de Impuestos or Contadores”.  Note: if any of the Physicians or lawyers on the list does not provide adequate service, please alert the U.S. Embassy so we can remove them.

Question 10)  I was told by a friend that the DHL office in David, Panama requested a U.S. citizen pay double the required fee to send a pre-paid envelope to the Embassy.

Answer:  We will contact the DHL office in David to ensure that U.S. citizens are charged the correct fee for this service.  In general, passport applicants are required to mail a pre-paid envelope to the Embassy and include the following items in that envelope: their old passport (so we can cancel it), the cashier’s receipt from the Embassy showing their passport payment, and only one DHL way-bill so we can return the items to DHL in David.  We do not require individuals to mail us the payment receipt that they receive from DHL.

In cases where there is no old passport to mail to us (replacement of a lost/stolen passport, adding pages, etc.), the applicant can contact DHL to arrange the payment and e-mail us the DHL account number to Panama-ACS@state.gov with a note indicating that we should return their passport to the DHL office in David in that pre-paid envelope.

Question 11) Why do checks from U.S. banks take so long to process in Panama?

Answer:  An audience member mentioned that Panama’s Superintendencia de Bancos has recently passed a regulation minimizing the credit of money for personal checks from Panamanian Banks to T+1 (day of deposit plus one day) so, service should speed up.  In addition, banks will standardize check sizes and will also include routing as well as account numbers in a standard format as in the U.S.  Both of these processes should be implemented by March 31, 2015.  U.S. checks deposited in local banks are not affected by this new procedure since they have to be processed through clearing houses in the U.S.

Monday, October 6, 2014

American Overseas Schools Historical Society

Robert L Webster is retired U.S. Army with two tours in Panama, last tour assigned to the BHS ROTC cadre. (Robert's wife is also Panamanian from Chiriqui). Robert lives in Wichita, Kansas & is a staff member of the American Overseas Schools Historical Society. Among other things Robert collects personal history of years people attended DoD schools. Robert can be contacted via facebook at Robert L Webster or email at AOSHSOffice@sbcglobal.net Their website iswww.aoshs.org

Robert L Webster in front of the AOSHS office in Wichita, Kansas USA

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

American Society of Panama Membership Drive

Special Bulletin: The American Society of Panama Special Membership Drive Campaign & Incentives

2015 New Member and Membership Renewal

The American Society Board of Directors extends an invitation to our community and our former members who would like to reinstate their membership. The Board is renewing the membership drive offering incentives to past members encouraging them to return and making it attractive for new members to join the American Society of Panama. We have developed a very active and attractive calendar of events and want you to be part of these activities. Details of some listed and unlisted events are still in the planning states.

1. Monday, Oct 6th Meet & Mix Hilton Hotel, Balboa Ave., The High Society Restaurant Terrace

2. Sunday, Nov 23rd 12 noon – 3 PM Traditional Family Thanksgiving Dinner at the TRYP Hotel Albrook
3. Monday, Dec 01 - Meet & Mix Fontanella Restaurant – Ramada Plaza Hotel, Via Israel

4. Thursday, Dec 18th: Christmas Dinner/Dance at the SORTIS Hotel. Cocktail hour from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Dinner at 8:00 followed by dance, special program and door prizes.
5. Monday, Jan 5th 2015 Meet & Mix – TRYP Hotel Albrook Bristol Lounge – Welcoming the New Year!
6. Saturday, Jan 17th 2015 11 AM – 3 PM El Valle Day Outing at the Hotel Campestre and Complimentary Membership Appreciation Dinner that evening in El Valle at a private home.

7. Monday, Feb 2nd Meet & Mix - Xuvia Restaurant, Costa del Este

8. Saturday, Feb 14th Tentative moonlight cruise in the Bay of Panama (Full Moon) – or – Partial Panama Canal Transit with lunch at the Gamboa Rainforest Hotel.

We are in the planning stages for the following Meet and Mix and monthly events, but below is tentative information: Note: all Meet and Mix events are from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on the first Monday of the month.
9. Monday Mar 2nd March Meet & Mix

10. March – Art Show/Auction

11. Monday, April 6th Meet & Mix

12. April – Election Night Dinner Party

13. Monday, May 4th Meet & Mix

14. May – Installation Dinner

Our website www.amsoc.org is up and running and lists many of our past and upcoming events. We need you to help us give back to the community. You the members are the pillars that sustain our organization. Your support helps us meet our social, charitable and scholarship commitments.

WE NEED YOU: Our membership fee is the prime source of funding for our scholarship fund and our supported charities.

Founded in 1931, and after 83 years of existence, The American Society of Panama now has a membership that includes Americans and Panamanians, as well as citizens of other nations residing in Panama. We are a non-profit organization, and are duly recognized as such by the Panamanian Government.
Together we can do more!
The American Society of Panama is offering an Amnesty to members who have not paid their 2014 dues and to all past members who would now like to reinstate their membership by paying the regular membership renewal fee of $40.
1. We are waiving the penalty fee of $10 for all returning members.
2. In addition, those past members who return and rejoin between 01 Oct. & by 31 Dec. 2014 will have all arrears forgiven.
3. These returning, rejoining members and all new members as of 01 Sept. 2014 will also have that payment applied towards their 2015 dues.
4. These returning-reinstated members and those that become new members between now and 31 Dec. 2014 will receive a 10% discount in their tickets for the upcoming Membership Drive event in El Valle on Saturday 17 Jan. 2015 and invited to join us at the complimentary Lasagna dinner party that evening at the private home of one of our members in El Valle.
5. There is a new cost differential for our events. Members will receive a $15 discount on all our events.
Our New Member fee is $50 and Membership Renewal is $40 and applicable for the calendar year.
We encourage potential new members to visit our website www.amsoc.org and to apply electronically for membership.
You may also contact us at American.Society.Panama@gmail.com for more information and to obtain your tickets for our upcoming events.

Dr. Charles Garcia Membership Chair

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Risk behind the Panama Canal Expansion

See:  http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/132889/what-risks-lurk-behind-panama-canal-expansion/

Face Book group Panama, land of my heart Panamá tierra de mi corazón

My Panama fb group FYI  Panama, land of my heart Panamá tierra de mi corazón  Check it out.

Diablo Rojos

"Diablo Rojos" video Gone but not forgotten, a few Diablo Rojos are still running around I'm told?   http://www.nowness.com/day/2014/7/13/3997/shorts-on-sundays--diablo-rojo/?ut

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:   http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/128227/panama-canal-expansion-well-on-track/

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: ivary@vistamarresort.com 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: http://www.playacommunity.com/en/events/cal

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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Butterfly House in El Valle, Panama

New Butterfly House in El Valle, see:  www.butterflyhavenpanama.com  

American Society meeting in Panama

American Society meeting in Panama:

When:  7 P.M  Thursday 24 April 2014
Where:  Fontanella Restaurant / The new Ramada Plaza
                  Ave. Israel & Calle’s 71E+72E San Francisco next to Hogar & Salud.
Agenda:   Welcome
                       National Anthems
                       Introduction of Candidates and voting
                       Musical Program
                       Election Results
                       Door Prizes

The Fontanella Restaurant has reopened as part of the new Ramada Plaza Hotel.  This has been one of our favorite locations where we have held several previous election night events.
Come meet the Candidates
Cast your vote for your new Board of Directors.
(2014 Dues must be paid prior to casting your vote).
Enjoy our Musical Program – Balboa High School Students
Great door prizes
Here is the special menu we have prepared for you. 
Please advise in advance if you prefer a vegetarian meal.
Members: $35  Non-Members $40

Copa de Vino o Sangría de la Casa
Cup of Wine or Sangria of the House

Canasta de
Pan y Mantequilla de la Casa
Basket of House Bread & Butter
Crema de Zapallo con Especias
(Coronada con Mozzarella)
Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Spices
(Crowned with Mozzarella)
Ensalada Cesar
(Lechuga Romana con Parmesano y Crotones)
Ceasar Salad
(Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan and Croutons)

(All Items)
Rib Eye Horneado en su Jugo
(Con Ajo Confitado y Romero)
Sobre Pudín de Maíz Verde y Queso Nacional
(Coronado con una Delicada Ensaladilla de Alfalfa Con Vinagreta de Piña)
Rib Eye aux Jus
(With baked Garlic and Romero)
Served with Green Corn Pudding and Panamanian Cheese
(Crowned with delicate Alfalfa Salad and Pinapple Vinaigrette)
Filete de Pollo al Grill
(Glaseado con Jalea de Cebolla Blanca y Menta Fresca)
Grilled Chicken Filet
(Glazed with White Onion and Fresh Mint Jelly)

Pudín de Pan al Coco y Ron
Bread Pudding with Coconut and Rum

To obtain tickets please contact one of the following Board Members