Some of the news in Panama
The United States reduced by 78% its drug fighting aid to
Panama. Of US $4,450,000, given in previous years the contribution
will be cut to US $1-million due to the U.S. government channeling
resources to other areas that include Iraq and Afghanistan. This was
explained by the head of the Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy,
City of Knowledge
With the establishment in Panama of the regional office
of the United Nations agency for Human Rights, there are now seven
UN regional agencies in the so-called United Nations House at the
City of Knowledge in Panama, including the Population Fund and the
Program for Development.
State Money Surpluses
The fiscal balance of 2006 will show a surplus of US $88-million,
that is to say, 0.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according
to a report of the Ministry of Economy and Finances. The results
show a reversal of the negative tendency that had prevailed since
1997. This is attributed to prudent management, responsibility for
public finances and fiscal cleaning up.
The National Bank of Panama (BNP) showed a surplus of US $117.4-million
during 2006, the highest in its 102 years of operation. This is
US $24.8-millions more than the previous year, it was reported by
the general manager, Juan R. De Dianous H. At December 31, 2006,
the National Bank had total assets of US $3,822.8 million, achieving
an increase of US $180.8-million over 2005. The credit accounts
receivable was US $1,974.6-million, US $1,202.6-million in private
accounts and US $772 million in the public sector.
The province of Los Santos was the latest area to come
under the scrutiny of the Authority of Protection of the Consumer
and Defense of Competition. They counted a total of 24,835 anomalies
in stores, restaurants, grocery stores and newsstands in the province.
They found 2,877 expired products, 2,311 food products not showing
their dates of expiration, 380 articles in a deteriorated state
and with no clear dates and some 19,267 products without a price
The director of the Women Voters League of Florida, United
States, Dorrit Marks, gave a seminar on strategies for a political
campaign by women, technical financing and leadership. Marks is
an economist and specialist in development, with 30 years of experience
on the matter of civic participation.
The daily newspaper Panama America reported that the National
Police Force seized an arsenal in a warehouse, property of a former
member of the US Air Force, William Leon Clouton, located in a sector
of the reverted canal areas. It was revealed that among the weapons
are rifles with telescopic sights, rifles, double-barrel shotguns
and munitions for AK-47, M-16 and calibers .22, .35, .38 and .50
Commerce between panama and Mexico last year reached US
$560-million, reported the Aztec ambassador, Yanerith Morgan. Panama
has become the third ranked commercial associate of Mexico on the
Central American Isthmus, after Costa Rica and Guatemala. The diplomat
emphasized the growing number of investors including CEMEX, Banco
Azteca, Electra, Pycsa, ICA and Cinepolis.
clean up enters second phase
second phase of the project of cleaning up the city shoreline
and the Bay of Panama, which includes the construction of
an intercepting waste transportation system and a wastewater
processing plant, started recently thanks to an agreement
between the governments of Panama and Japan, through the
Ministry of Health and the Bank of International Cooperation
HSBC Email Alert
The HSBC Bank, that last year bought the local bank, Banistmo,
notified its clients of a rash of malicious e-mails, whose intention
is to obtain the pin numbers of its debit cards to steal money from
the accounts. An e-mail has been circulating to addresses of clients
of HSBC and Banistmo, that is headed "IMPORTANT: or your account
will be suspended".
The investigations into the spill of 5,030 barrels of
crude oil in the Chiriqui Grande Bay, Bocas del Toro, indicates
that the land area affected exceeds two hectares, with a high probability
that the damage caused to vegetation is irreversible. This was brought
to light by Beatriz Ho Luck, of the Department of Protection of
Environmental Quality of the national Environmental Authority (ANAM).
Control and cleaning work has recovered more that 1,000 barrels.
Petroterminales de Panama, operator of the terminal called the spill
and said it was caused by an accident in one of the valves of the
loading system at the buoy whom was moving petroleum from the ship
The Austrian police are investigating a powerful international
network of child pornographers. Panama and many other countries
are involved, among them Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,
Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
The secretary of Panama’s
International Affairs of the Attorney General’s Office, Gretta
Marchosky, revealed that they are expecting the Austrian authorities
to give judicial aid to Panama to determine if there are members
of the international network of child pornographers in Panama.
Adding to the woes of the banana industry, an insect known
as the "woodlouse" has been affecting the banana plantations
of the Multiple Services Cooperative (COOSEMUPAR) to the point of
causing losses of 30% in production, it was reported by the secretary
general of the Union of Workers of the Chiriqui Land Company and
related businesses (SITRACHILCO), Salustiano Degracia. The union
leader blamed bad work of the Ministry of Agricultural Development
The Minister of Education, Miguel Angel Cañizales,
reported an alarming statistic: that 43% of the students of the
country consume some type of drug. The statements of the minister
were made during his appearance before the Drug Commission of the
National Assembly. Cañizales explained the programs being
carried out in the schools such as those on drug use.
About thirty foreign orchestras contracted to play during
carnival were paid an estimated US $669,500. The 55 local groups
were assigned a budget of US $169,837. The number of foreign orchestras
is less than the national but they are taking away almost 80% of
Power price Rigging?
Investigations are being carried out into 18 electricity-generating
companies by the Authority of Protection of the Consumer and Defense
of Competition, suspected of coming to an agreement to set the prices
of electricity before tenders are called. The measure would guarantee
them winning the contracts given by the distributors. The investigation,
that has the backing of the Eighth Court is searching for evidence
which, if proved could result in fines of $1 million each, reported
the daily newspaper La Prensa.
The director of Pharmacies and Drugs of the Ministry of
Health, Pablo Solis, and the former director of this same department
in the past administration, Ralph Anderson, were arrested after
the Fourth Superior District Attorney’s Office made charges
against them for the alleged crimes against public health safety
as part of the investigations into the contamination of medicines
of the Social Security Fund.
Four new companies will compete in the cable TV market
that is dominated at present by Cable Onda and DirecTV. They are
Technical Information Group Inc., Corporación de Frecuencias
S.A., Compañía de Comunicaciones S.A. and CTV Redes
& Telecomunicaciones S.A..
The Minister of Commerce of France, Christine Lagarde,
reported to the Panamanian Minister of Commerce, Alejandro Ferrer,
the interest of her country to participate in the large projects
of infrastructure in Panama, such as in the fields of energy, transportation,
megaport and in the cleaning of the bay, among others. More than
30 French businessmen declared their interest.
New Port for
The port company Singapore PSA Internationa, the third
biggest business of that country will enter the Panama market. According
to the Minister of Commerce and Industries, Alejandro Ferrer, it
will install a new terminal on the Pacific, in the former US navy
port of Rodman (on the west bank of the canal), which it aims to
convert into a multimodal facility.
The Japanese Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. will be at the
front of financial advising on the project to enlarge the Panama
Canal with the construction of a third set of locks. The Panama
Canal Authority (ACP) confirmed yesterday the contracting of the
Japanese bank, after finalizing a process of tender oriented to
the concept of best value, and after a detailed economic and technical
Contrary to what had
been announced, the new locks of the Panama Canal will be built
by a single company, at a cost of US $2,140-million. Jorge Quijano,
director of maritime Operations in charge of the enlargement project,
indicated that the tender would be carried out in the third quarter
of this year.
Giselle de Calcagno, director of the Authority of Micro,
Small and Medium Business Authority (AMPYMY), has placed at the
disposal of the finance companies US $2.5 million as a guarantee
for loans to micro businessmen.
Kunas Deny Drug
Criminal hands were not involved in the wave of fires
that took place in diverse native areas, assured the Kuna Yala deputy,
Enrique Garrido. He claimed that these fires were accidental and
rejected that some Indians of that region were connected with illicit
activities. He claimed that the natives have been defamed, since
many people took happily to the airwaves "to link the Indians
to matters related to drug trafficking.
to better enjoy the rising temperatures
Dry season has finally
arrived with its vast array of opportunities for outdoor entertainment.
However, it is important that visitors take the necessary steps,
not only to have fun, but to protect themselves from the negative
effects of sunrays and water during this time of year
The following is a
list of advice on how to prevent and treat summertime accidents.
Before any prolonged
exposure to the sun, be sure to drink lots of water and moisten
your skin with body lotion and the appropriate type of sun screen
for your skin. A good dose of anti-oxidants (vitamins E and C)
is also recommended. Such vitamins are found in fruit juices,
salads or supplements.
It is important to
note that all types of skin, despite an appropriate care, tend
to end up dry after long exposures to the sun. In order to minimize
the effects of dryness and irritation, correctly follow the instructions
that come along with your sun screen or moisturizing lotion.
Parents should always
take special care with children in the sun. One needs to remember
that most adult skin cancer cases are associated with a long history
of sun exposure which, in many cases, starts during childhood.
According to Panamanian
dermatologist Dr. Armando Mocci, children six months or younger
should not be exposed directly to the sun and neither should they
use any sun screen. Whenever playing outdoors, children should
be well-clothed and always be in a shadowed area.
The type of sun screen
is directly related to skin color. Darker complexions should use
an spf between 15-25, whereas light-complected people should use
screens with an spf between 30 and 50.
According to Dr. Mocci,
sun screens should be applied in thick layers approximately every
hour or hour and-a-half. In Panama, it is best to avoid direct
sun light between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Coffee with Bob and Lineth
radio show launched
Radio show hosts Lineth Esquivel and Bob Stiff.
Mornings in Panama have
just become a little brighter with the launching of a new radio
program, "Coffee with Bob and Lizeth", on Ultra Stereo
FM, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 9 am.
The show is a mix of
music, restaurant and movie reviews, interviews with various celebrities,
businessmen, actors, directors, lawyers, etc…."people
who make a difference to the quality of life here in Panama".
Hosts Bob Stiff and
Lizeth Esquivel both have impressive backgrounds in the entertainment,
Founder of Teatro de
los Niños and now head of his own production company, Duo
Productions, Bob is an award-winning writer/director for television
and director of several professional stage productions in the U.S.
His theatrical directing
credits include "The Cherry Orchard", "Our Town",
"night Mother", "Singin’ In The Rain",
"The Odd Couple", "Plaza Suite", "Macbeth",
"An Evening With Noel Coward" and "Sins of The Fathers",
the last two of which he also wrote. He produced and designed the
set for the highly acclaimed production of "Mujercitas"
at Teatro En Circulo here in Panama in 2006.
Utilizing several different
professional pseudonyms, he has written for such popular television
shows as "Magnum P.I." "Murder She Wrote" and
the syndicated series, "L.A. Heat". Bob had his first
motion picture script, "Spider’s Web", starring
Stephen Baldwin, released in 2002. Another script is currently being
marketed to major production companies in Hollywood.
Now a full-time resident
of Panamá, Bob is a part-time story consultant for the "Law
& Order" television series franchise, writes a popular
restaurant review column for "El Visitante", and is directing
a major musical for Teatro En Circulo for August, 2007.
Lizeth has been involved
in both radio and journalism in Panama for many years.
She is currently host
and producer of "Ultra Café", a morning magazine
on Ultra Estereo.
She has also hosted and
produced a daily legal program on Emisora Lo Nuestro 102.1 FM with
lawyers who solve questions and problems on the air.
Lizeth also produced
the magazine "Mujer", a monthly edition that was published
and inserted in the La Estrella newspaper and was editor of the
their daily page "Expats News".
While working for Hosanna
Visión Canal 37 (56 cable) she was executive producer of
the radio and TV weekly show "A Viva Voz", an opinion
show with public participation. She produced and hosted the morning
show "Mañana Jubilosa".
She was producer of
a TV show "Veredicto", a weekly program about human rights,
giving legal advice on national matters.
Lizeth Founded and directed
the monthly publication "El Jubiloso" and the weekly TV
programs and daily radio shows of the same name, especially for
She created the first
Panamanian web site exclusively made for senior citizens.
"Arroz con Pollo"
Preparation time: 35 mins. aprox.
Cooking time: 25 mins. aprox.
Yield: 2 Servings
1 pound of chicken breast
4 tablespoons of oil
2 pounds of rice
2 crushed chicken consommé cubes
1/2 cup of grated carrots
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1/2 cup of chopped sweet pepper
1/4 cup of coriander
1/2 spoon of Chinese sauce
Cook the chicken breast with a little water and salt for 20 minutes.
Shred the breast.
In a pot put 2 spoons of oil, the rice, salt and the chicken consommé
and cook for 15 minutes stirring continuously. Cover with water,
boil on small flame until dry. Cover, reduce flame and cook for
another 15 to 20 minutes. Stir with a fork.
Cover and take from flame.
In a frying pan lightly fry the vegetables in the other 2 spoons
of oil until soft. Add the chicken and cook for 2 more minutes.
Mix the rice with the chicken and vegetables and add the Chinese
sauce before serving.
to all "Colonenses"
you consider yourself an addict of the history of the Panama Canal
or a nostalgic "Zonian" looking for your fondest childhood
memories on the Isthmus, you simply cannot ignore the city of Colón.
All you need to know about Panama’s Caribbean capital, from
the days thousands of Black and Asian laborers laid down the first
railroad tracks to the establishment of the Colón Free Zone,
is found at www.geocities.com/coloncitypanama. The information is
"spiced" with quotes, poems and anecdotes of the city’s
founders and early residents, as well as late-19th and early-20th
century postcards. The site’s most interesting feature is
a rarely-seen, five-second footage of Col. William C. Gorgas (who
lead the sanitation campaign of the Canal Zone) riding on a passenger
train passing through Colón. The footage’s speed and
quality are not bad at all, considering the fact it was filmed circa
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Konchalovsky, with Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov,
Bryan Adams, Stanislav Varkki. In Russian and Chechenian
with subtitles in Spanish. During the Chechenian war,
the patients of a psychiatric hospital take over a military
regiment and a romance awakens between a nurse and a
soldier. Based on a true story. Special UNICEF award
at the Venice Festival. 104’.
over Penal Code
Three articles of the
proposed changes to the Penal Code, which are being discussed in
special sessions by the Commission of Government Affairs of the
National Assembly, have caused great furore in all segments of society.
The articles, approved
in the first debate, impose prison terms for divulging information
on third persons without their authorization. Articles 187, 189
and 422 are described by the president of the National Counsel of
Journalism, Simón Bolivar Alemán, as an insanity.
"They are a block against freedom of speech, above all against
the writing of the media", he said.
The journalist Marcel
Chéry, of the Front for Defense of Freedom of Speech (FREDELEX),
described the decision of the deputies as a "legislative conspiracy"
against freedom of speech.
A group of journalists
asked for the removal of the articles, but deputy Jerry Wilson,
while promising to present the petition to the full sitting, warned,
"there is no guarantee that it will be approved".
Meanwhile, the Front
for Defense of Freedom of Speech called a protest march to the National
Assembly to demand the elimination of the articles.
The journalists were
supported by the Secretary General of the Attorney General’s
Office, Rigoberto Gonzalez, who described as "fascist and dictatorial"
the proposals in the reform of the Penal Code that restrict access
to information, and executive secretary of the Office of Anti-corruption,
Alma Montenegro de Fletcher who said that, as they are edited, the
controversial three articles on the freedom of speech, would collide
with the role played by the mass media in the accusation of acts,
that on many occasions the authorities cannot divulge because of
A number of civic and
political groups made objections to other articles in the Penal
Penalties for domestic
violence should be more severe and not commutable to fines per day
as established in the Penal Code, said the president of the National
Network of Support to Children and Adolescents, Roxana Méndez.
The group of Panameñista
Party deputies in the National Assembly suggested that implementation
of article 74 dealing with the age of offenders would allow condemned
criminals, such as former General Manuel Antonio Noriega, to evade
to deal with
Gabriel E. Leonard
Certified Public Translator
learning a foreign language, students often run into false friends
– pairs of words in two languages that look and sound similar,
but bear different meanings. Awareness of this linguistic phenomenom
is essential, as it can cause serious problems in translation and
the cultural contexts in which two words are used can help us deal
better with the "false friend" phenomenon. The English
word, "suburb" and the Spanish, "suburbio",
for instance, have completely opposite meanings and connotations.
In the U.S., after World War II, thousands of middle and upper-class
families moved en masse to the suburbs (outskirts), a better place
to live than the crime-infested, decaying inner cities.
A few of them
Actual: exact, punctual
Assist: to offer help
Bizarre: strange, unusual
Constipation: unfrequent bowel movements
Carpet: a type of floor cover
Disgust: a sickening feeling
Embarrassed: feeling of shame
Exit: the opposite of entrance
Molest: sexual abuse, harrassment.
Record: to log or register
Fabric: clothing material
Asistir: to be present
Bizarro:a brave person
Constipar: to catch a cold
Carpeta: a folder
Contestar: to answer
Destituido: removed from office
Fastidiar Molestar: to bother, annoy
Recordar: to remember
Fábrica: manufacturing shop
Spanish-speaking world, generally speaking, things turned out the
opposite way. In Latin America, roughly around the same time, millions
of displaced peasants moved closer to the city, establishing slums
around large metropolitan areas, while city centers remained fashionable
for the well-to-do. In Spanish, "suburbio" (from the Latin
sub=under, urbi=city) generally means slum.
living in the "white collar"communities of Condado del
Rey or Cerro Viento in the outskirts of the Panama City area, would
be terribly offended if you were to describe their community as
a "suburbio". Even residents of lower-class, downtown
districts such as Calidonia or El Chorrillo would appreciate if
you would call their community a "communidad", "sector",
"barriada" or "barrio" (Unlike the U.S.-borrowed
term, "barrio" in proper Spanish means "neighborhood,"
regardless of social condition, which means that the wealthy areas
of Paitilla and La Cresta, downtown, are also "barrios").
like this, of course, would prompt anybody to offer the offended
party an apology. In such a case, be sure not to use the term, "apología",
as it is another word for "defense", especially when backing
or defending an idea or point of view. "Discúlpeme,
por favor" ("forgive me, please") would be a better
solution. Just remember this is only a warning ("advertencia")
which is obviously not an advertisement ("anuncio").
of a hat
This is the story of
Albert Peters, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, who lived in Panama
during the construction of the Canal. At age 21, he read in the
papers that the U.S. government was building an ocean-to-ocean waterway
and decided he could not miss on such a monumental task. His parents,
however, were completely against the venture, due to the poor sanitary
conditions in Panama at the time. Nevertheless, the young Albert
Peters disembarked in Colón in August of 1906 and immediately
found a job as part of a rail track relocation crew.
However, it wasn’t
long before his parents fears came true. The young man soon contracted
malaria, and was admitted to Ancón Hospital, in the Pacific
terminus of the Canal. His stay in the hospital was terrible. His
ward was a large army tent filled with uncomfortable stretchers.
After a number of days watching hospital personnel carrying away
the corpses of his fellow patients, Albert soon remembered his parents’
words, although he managed to get better and eventually re-joined
the construction work.
In 1910, Albert got
a new job. He was now a diver, working at the hydraulic excavations
at Culebra Cut. Assigned to a four-member crew, Albert worked eight-hour
shifts in which each crew member spent two hours in the water.
Albert Peters was one of the thousands of laborers from
the Caribbean who come to build the Panama Canal.
In those days, Canal
workers were paid in a train car that tra-veled along the project’s
route. Laborers were often required to form long lines in order
to reach the clerk at the car’s window. Once at the window,
the clerk would ask laborers to hold out their hats up, where he
would then place the money.
One day, while on duty
at Culebra Cut, Albert Peters heard the pay car whistle, signaling
departure. There was one problem. He was on the opposite side of
the cut. "Wait, wait!" he shouted and swam across the
cut at an incredible speed. He then struggled to negotiate a rugged
hill 12-meters high, covered with mud as slippery as soap.
Exhausted and panting,
Albert finally reached the summit and managed to run to the car
window, where he presented his hat. His satisfaction, however, turned
into embarrassment, as he noticed he was completely naked. Albert
then grabbed the money and covered himself with the hat.
Albert Peters worked
for the Isthmian Canal Company until 1913, leaving behind his contribution
to one of the world’s greatest wonders of modern times. He
lived the remainder of his days always wearing a hat.
(This is an adapted
version of the story “Historia con sombrero”, which
appeared in El Faro, a bi-monthly publication of the Panama Canal
The Tourist Police force
cops help visitors and promote tourism
and research by
Rubén Flores Ulloa.
units patrol key areas of Panama City and the Interior.
of Tourism Police may intrigue or puzzle visitors from many countries,
which do no boast such an institution. Are they there to deal with
tourists who commit crimes or tourists who have crimes committed
a little of both, but the truth is that Panama’s Tourism Police
are there to help and guide tourists and consider themselves promoters
of the country and its tourist industry.
Police Force, founded in 1992 with 60 officers, has now grown to
170 well-trained men and women who patrol key areas, especially,
airports, seaports, malls, popular beaches and popular areas like
The Amador Causeway, Casco Viejo and Panama Canal locks.
of the force are identified by khaki uniforms, prominent armbands
and shirts with "Policia" in bold letters on the back
and many speak various languages, especially English, French and
police officers are selected from the ranks of regular, trained
policemen and also participate in a three-month special course.
The Panama Tourism Bureau (IPAT) instructs them on "tourism
promotion", while the Panama Chamber of Commerce gives a course
on “Treatment of the client”: They also receive some
basic knowledge of languages.
Tourist Police contingent is headed by Major Belkys D. Vega under
Commissioner Eliceo Aguirre Director of Special Services of the
National Police Force.
Major Belkis Vega.
they provide are many and varied. They will rescue you if you get
lost in the rainforest - or in the concrete jungle of the city.
For stranded souls who lose their documents, the police will contact
families, friends or consulates. In case of sickness they will ensure
immediate medical help. And they will guide you to the nearest bus
stop, bank or pizza parlour.
central places the officers go on foot or with bicycles for easy
mobility. Motorized units are deployed on roads, especially the
Panama-Colon highways along which visitor travel to the Colon Free
force naturally works closely with IPAT (Instituto Panameño
de Turismo) the Panama Tourism Bureau and the Ministry of Government
& Justice, which controls the regular police force, and the
Corporal Anibal Duarte of the tourist Police
pauses on his rounds to greet and direct a group of visitors on
a walking tour of the Casco Viejo, Panama’s Old City.
tribe of Dorasques
Did they leave Aztec
or Mayan-style buildings hidden in the western jungles of Panama?
Could these petroghyphs yield clues to the
discovery of the home of the Dorasques?
read your column in "The Visitor". Your articles are excellent,
this letter to our correspondent, David Dell, a reader gives
The Visitor some fascinating clues to an ancient civilization.
I read your article about "Cerro Pando’s Hot Springs
" I wanted to send you an e-mail. I visited those places in
July, 1999. I remember that was an interesting tour. There were
butterflies, birds, squirrels and many kinds of prickly caterpillars
on the trees’ leaves and walking on the ground. The road was
in very bad conditions. We had to walk for three hours while it
was drizzling. We had to pass creeks that cross the road and walk
over a trunk. Years later, the road to "Los Pozos" continues
in the same condition. I don’t know why the government or
local authorities don’t do something about it. This area has
a great tourism potential.
newest article published on January 26th, attracted my attention
specially. I believe those petroglyphs have not been studied as
they really need. Since long time ago, people have said there are
some kind of ruins or buildings among the forests of Chiriqui or
Bocas del Toro, but there isn’t any photographs of those ruins.
a book, it’s name is "Un pueblo visto a través
de su lenguaje" ("A nation seen through its language").
It was written by Beatriz Miranda de Cabal, one of the best historians
of Chiriqui during last century.
book, she described the Dorasque/Dorace people, their way of living,
language (she included a dictionary of words and phrases), traditions
were Dorasques/Doraces? you could ask. They were indigenous people
that used to live in Chiriqui, Bocas del Toro and near Terraba River
( Costa Rica ). They gave Chiriqui its name, not the Gnöbe-Bugle
indigenous, like many people believe. They became extinct before
1950. Beatriz Miranda de Cabal interviewed an elderly indigenous
woman (the last Dorasque) for her book, but she only could publish
it several years later, in 1974.
Juan Gutierrez pointing at the strange stone
carvings found at Caldera, Chiriqui.
Miranda de Cabal was my grandmother’s godmother and she dedicated
and signed the book for her. She handwrote short notes about legends,
one of them said: "There are colonial documents that confirm
an Aztec village in the Isthmus’ North coast" (in Bocas
del Toro). Another one says: "Juan Landau (one of the pioneers
of Boquete) found in "Potrero de La Estrella " (between
Caldera and Jaramillo Arriba there is the village of La Estrella
) monumental ruins similar to Mayan buildings. I don’t know
but I think that she was a reliable historian and she would not
write a lie.
you and your wife to visit Museum Jose De Obaldia y Barrio Bolivar,
David, and then go to Fundacion Cultural Gallegos, next to the museum.
There, you can ask for Mr. Mario Molina (Historian) or his wife,
Mrs. Dalva Acuña de Molina (History Teacher). I think they
or another historian could help you to know more about Chiriqui’s
past. Before going to explore you should know what you want to look
suggestion: please, you should not believe people without History’s
knowledge. Petroglyphs tell us about real ancient villagers of our
lands and that is more interesting than UFO’s and aliens.
I think if there is something unusual among our forests. It could
be only ancient, forgotten ruins, instead of secret pyramids or
treasures that some ingenuous country people imagine for telling
to tourists. Anyway, whoever gives the truth to the rest of the
world will be famous, like archaeologists or explorers interviewed
in Discovery or History Channel.
thanks for writing those interesting articles about Chiriqui for
and continue writing!!
Laura Nieto Bruña
benefit dinner aids Malambo Orphanage, Arraijan
benefit dinner of the organization, "Charity Expat Socials",
at the City Grill in Panama City raised over $900 dollars for the
was standing room only. Expats ate, met new friends and had fun",
said Stuart Greatbanks, founder of the organization.
next charity event to benefit the orphanage will be at the Beirut
Restaurant across from the Hotel Marriot Casino, February 26, starting
at 6:45pm. The buffet-style dinner will be "all you can eat".
There will be a cash bar for those who want mixed drinks, beer or
food will include all the Middle Eastern specialties as well as
Hindu food and food from Indonesia. Vegetarians will enjoy a wide
variety. "This will be a special attraction for those who have
traveled a bit and enjoy these cuisines or for those who would like
to try something different", said Lynda Greatbanks.
group will meet in the dining room upstairs which is large enough
to seat in excess of 150 people. The sponsor of the event is John
Edwards of Private FX. The charity´s goal is to "Give
Something Back". All expats and Panamanians are invited and
warmly welcome. As usual all funds received are donated immediately
to the Nuns who run the Malambo orphanage.
individual or company wishing to sponsor an event, can contact:
Stuart Jackson Greatbanks. Tel. (507) 263-2243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cel. (507) 6674-6492 or GSL Real Estate, Vía España
/Eusebio Morales, Panamá, Republic of Panamá.
retirement plans? Consider living in Panama
are living longer, they are wealthier and travel more than earlier
generations. Today’s retiree population constitutes, in fact,
one of the top segments of international tourists. But not only
are they traveling abroad. They are also choosing to live overseas
in increasing numbers.
is rapidly becoming a popular destination for foreign retirees,
thanks to the country’s long list of advantages.
or making money is, of course, one of the main concerns among retirees,
a somewhat difficult task in other countries of the region due to
inflation. In addition to the century-old use of the U.S. dollar,
Panama has one of the lowest inflation rates in the world, historically
ranging between 1 and 2%.
town of Boquete (considered by Modern Maturity Magazine one of the
best cities for American retirees outside the U.S.) is only one
location out of many Isthmian cities where one can live peacefully
and at the same time, increase savings. In the last decade, the
country has passed attractive investment incentive laws for foreigners
in a number of industries, including tourism, one of the fastest
growing segments of Panama’s economy.
example, Law 8 of 1995 specifies that private citizens or companies
investing in the construction, furnishing, remodeling or development
of lodging facilities with a minimum investment of $50,000 in a
location other than the Panama City metropolitan area, will receive,
among other things:
The exoneration of all taxes or duties on capital.
exoneration for a twenty-year period of the import tax due on
the introduction of materials, equipment, fixed furnishings and
vessels and automobile vehicles with a minimum capacity of eight
20-year exemption of real property tax, starting on the date of
registration of the company at the National Registry of Tourism.