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Robert De Niro Started Shooting The Film "Hands Of Stone" In Panama

EntertainmentThe American actor Robert de Niro started working with complete commitment on his character Ray Arcel, the coach of the Panamanian boxer Roberto "Hands of Stone" Durán, in the shooting of "Hands of Stone," which is being filmed in Panama by Jonathan Jakubowicz.

This part of the film was taken at the Campus Harmodio Arias Madrid, of the University of Panama, with the participation of the Venezuelan Édgar Ramírez as Durán, and Rubén Blades as Carlos Eleta, the boxer’s manager.

The team started shooting this film on October 20 and has gone to popular places such as Santa Ana, San Felipe, El Chorrillo, Bella Vista and the building of the Canal Administration, as well as Portobelo in Colon.

Jakubowicz said they will end shooting this film on December 20. (Panama America)

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Panama Will Invest 1.2 Million Dollars In The 2014 Panama Film Festival

EntertainmentThe National Government will invest 1.2 million dollars in the third edition of the Panama Film Festival, which will take place between April 3 and April 9 of 2014, according to an official source.

The Minister of Trade and Industries (MICI), Ricardo Quijano, told journalists that their intention is to project Panama as a film center in order to receive actors, producers, directors and other personalities from the world cinema.

Quijano said the Film Festival is a platform that will allow developing the local industry by creating opportunities for Panamanian filmmakers to promote and distribute their productions.

The minister said they will release the “first cut” of Roberto Duran’s biographical movie during the festival in 2014, called “Hands of Stone,” in which the actors Robert De Niro and the singer Usher will participate.

In the 2014 festival they will present the new production of the Panamanian filmmaker Abner Benaim, called “Dónde estabas tú? (Where were you?),” a documentary about the Panama invasion from the United States in December 1989 to overthrow the dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, according to official information.

Quijano said they were expecting to receive more than 23,000 attendees, which was last year’s figure.

The minister signed with the president of the International Film Festival of Panama Foundation (IFF Panama), Yasser Williams, the sponsorship agreement, in which they will also offer speeches from local and international directors and producers.

Also, the director of the Festival, Pituka de Heilbron, said she expects to maintain the same amount of movies presented this year, and consolidate the work done since 2012, when they organized the first edition.

In the II Festival a total of 68 movies were presented, and approximately 60 of them were Latin American, artists such as Gerardine Chaplin, the Spanish director Pablo Berger and the Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, participated at the festival, among others. (Telemetro)

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Nine Countries Will Participate in The 10th International Guitar Meeting of Panama

EntertainmentYoung artists from nine countries will participate in the 10th International Guitar Meeting of Panama, which will be held from the 10th to the 16th of June, this was reported today by the Guitar Association of Panama (AGUIPAN).

The classical guitar contest will have three scenarios, the National Theater of Panama, in Panama city, the city of Santiago in Veraguas and Boquete, indicated by a statement from AGUIPAN.

To remain faithful to the tradition, as part of the 10th International Guitar Meeting, Panama 2013, master classes will be delivered by the artists, as well as lectures and other cultural exchanges aimed at students.

The AGUIPAN, a nonprofit organization that works "to spread the love for classical guitar music in Panama, together with the National Institute of Culture (INAC), we will undertake the tenth edition of this festival which is already renowned national and internationally," he says.

"For two decades, when we were young, we had high hopes of opening a space for the classical guitar in the national cultural field," said the president and artistic director of AGUIPAN, Emiliano Pardo-Tristan.

He added "for years, the International Guitar Meeting has been an impressive showcase of our genre which also promotes every year the national culture and raises the musical level of the students and audience in Panama."

The nine countries represented at the meeting this year will be: Germany, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, USA, Kosovo, Panama and Russia.

Among the guitarists who will participate are the German Matthias Lang, the American Max Zuckerman, the Russian Piotr Pakhomkin, the Croatian Ana Vidovic, the Chilean Christian Galvez, the Kosovar Petrit Ceku and the Colombian-Panamanian Steven Campos. (Panama America)

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Usher prepares to play Sugar Ray Leonard in boxing film about Roberto Duran

EntertainmentBy Stacey Plaisance - NEW ORLEANS — Grammy-winning singer Usher is stepping into the boxing ring to portray Sugar Ray Leonard in the new film "Hands of Stone."

Usher says he has spent more than a year preparing to play Leonard, who was known for his fast hands, quick feet and wide smile.

The film is based on the story of boxing great Roberto Duran. He rose from the slums of Panama to become a world champion in four weight divisions.

Duran's rivalry with Leonard included three bouts. The most infamous was the "no mas" fight.

Robert De Niro will star as Duran's Hall of Famer trainer, Ray Arcel.

Filming is scheduled to begin in Panama in October. (AP)

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Carolina Brid - New Miss Panama 2013 (a.k.a. Camel Toes On Parade)

Entertainment Carolina Brid, who represented the province of Veraguas, was chosen last night, 30 April 2013, as Miss Panama to represent the country in the Miss Universe 2013 competition.

She is 22 years old, studying media at the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua, and is a catwalk model from the Physical modeling agency. She represented the country as Miss Tourism Metropolitan, in Malaysia, in 2011.

Sara Bello, the former Carnival Queen of Calle Abajo of Las Tablas, Los Santos, was crowned as Miss Intercontinental and María Gabrielle Seally of Panama City, who is studying dance at the University Of Panama, was crowned as the Miss American Continent. (dealante.com)

Editor's Comment: Let's see. Where to begin. That's nice - there's a new Miss Panama. I started off with the intention of writing an article about the event, toss up a couple of photos of Carolina Brid as the newly crowned champ, and done. However when I went to see the photos of the event at the dealante.com website (they always do the best job of covering this sort of thing) it became obvious that I would be required to cover another angle of this story. But first, I find the need to provide a definition for a slang term, by way of establishing an important reference, necessary before I can proceed.

Camel Toe: Camel toe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female's labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes. Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the snugness of the fabric covering it, the crotch and pudendal cleft may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel. The causes of the camel toe effect are not always obvious. Camel toe commonly occurs as a result of wearing tight fitting clothes, such as shorts, hotpants or swimwear – particularly when the labia majora are hairless and the pubic hair cannot help to mask the underlying shape of the mons. Some fashion analysts have identified clothing design as a cause, rather than its size. Camel toe may be exacerbated by garments with a tight central seam that serves to divide the labia majora. (Wikipedia)

The swimsuit competition for this event probably set some sort of record for "most cameltoes appearing on stage in twenty minutes." Apparently the clothing designer who "created" the swimsuits used by these women during the event was out to make sure every nook and cranny was completely on display (bless his heart.) And he apparently gave them all a "bikini wedgie" right before they took the stage. Just look at the photos, you'll see what I mean...

This is just a selection. If you would like to see more please visit dealante.com

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"The Rock" Filming Reality Show in Colon, Panama

EntertainmentThe actor and wrestler known as "The Rock" is in the province of Colon.

The Rock, who is in Panama filming a reality show called "The Hero" is located in Colon along with the production team who are filming some scenes.

The arrival of the actor to the Atlantic city has caused a great stir among the ladies, who want a closer look. (Critica)

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"The Rock" Filming Causing A Stir in Panama City

EntertainmentThis time it was the Amador Causeway that was used as the backdrop to record another of the scenes from the reality show being produced by the actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson, better known as "The Rock."

Extreme sports, cars and other accessories were part of the scene which took place during the afternoon of Thursday.

On Wednesday, The Rock was on 50th Street, also in the filming of the television program "The Hero" where helicopters were present.

This reality show will be premiering in July 2013.

After the shooting on the Causeway they went to enjoy a Panamanian dish at one of the restaurants in town. (Telemetro)

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Panamanian Lottery Will Pay $3.6 Million In Prizes This Weekend

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Headquarters Of The National Lottery in Panama
Headquarters Of The National Lottery in Panama
A total of $3.63 million dollars will be paid in prizes in the First Special Drawing the National Lottery to be held on Sunday, 15 April 2012. The money will be distributed in 11,397 prizes through fractions of the winning tickets, which cost two dollars. You can also buy an entire sheet of 30 tickets for $60 dollars. THREE STRIKES - The first prize is $20,000 dollars for each winning ticket (fraction), or $600,000 for the entire sheet. For the second prize, $8,000 dollars will be paid per winning ticket (fraction), or $240,000 for the entire sheet. For the third prize, $3,000 dollars will be paid per winning ticket (fraction), or $90,000 dollars for the entire sheet. INCENTIVE BONUSES - The National Lottery has added an incentive bonus of $92,500 dollars to the first prize, $75,000 to the second prize, and $10,000 dollars to the third prize. In addition, there is a bonus of $7,500 dollars for having five digits of each prize and the award-winning series and page number. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: Playing the lottery is like a national sport in Panama. As with lottery games everywhere else around the world, your chances of winning are relatively small. But what the heck, for a couple of bucks you might end up with the $20,000 first prize. Something to do, fun if you're bored. They pull the numbers on Sunday morning on television, and the results also appear in the newspapers the next day. The also do drawings on Wednesdays, and the "fat" drawing at the end of the month.

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ACODECO Chief (Unknowingly) Recommends XXX Movie Theaters For Poor People

EntertainmentThe Spanish writer Baltasar Gracian said: "The first step of ignorance is to presume to know." We say this because last week the Director of the National Authority for Consumer Protection and Competition (ACODECO) Pedro Meilan, while speaking on the program "Defend Your Rights" on Telemetro, said Panamanians should be aware of the entertainment they can afford, and he even recommended movie theaters in Calidonia and Santa Ana.

During the interview the reporter Aracelis Leoteau questioned Meilan about the rising costs of living in the country, saying not only are the costs for basic food items increasing, but the increases also extend to other areas such as the cost for cell phone service and entertainment. Regarding the recreational facilities of Panama, such as cinemas, Meilan replied: "There are cheaper cinemas ... There are cinemas in Calidonia, Santa Ana, maybe you dont know because you have not gone over there (referring to the journalist Aracelis), but that is reality, there are movie theaters where people have access ... There is the 'Variety', which is in Santa Ana." Meilan ended by saying Panamanians should make adjustments to pay for the entertainment their pockets can afford or consume.

So, we toured the movie theaters in Calidonia and Calle 17. One afternoon, a team from "Mi Diario" was given the task of touring the different movie theaters Meilán recommended to Panamanians as the cheaper options he deemed fit to attend.

The first one we went to was the "Apollo Cinema" located in Calidonia, in the neighborhood of San Miguel, what we saw outside on the door of this theater was a sign saying "Adults Only" and all of the films being shown were "triple X". The person in charge of this movie theater blocked access, saying they did not allow access to the press, so they would not "disdain" the contents of the movies they were showing.

Given this refusal we then went to the "Teatro Tropical", located close to the Office of the Social Security on Calle 17 in Santa Ana. There we were able to enter the "lobby" of the premises where there was "musty" smell and something else that was there to greet us. We also saw some men who were walking around the area as if they were waiting for something. In this theater also we found that all of the posters promoting movies both inside and outside had sexual content with titles like "Nympho," "In your dreams," and "carnal attraction" to name a few.

We also went to the Santa Ana park and there we saw that the movie theaters "El Dorado," "Amador," and "Variety" were all closed and no longer operating. Another aspect to report is that the only two theaters still standing in these sectors, the "Apollo" in Calidonia and the "Tropical" in Santa Ana are located in areas with a high degree of exposure to theft.

Our question is - Do the poor families of the country only deserve access to these types of movie theaters? (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Whoops. A "musty smell" and guys standing around the lobby like they're waiting for something? Well, that's my definition of wholesome affordable family entertainment, by golly! But seriously, folks. There are no good movie theaters in the areas of Calidonia or Santa Ana. These smaller local movie theaters that were built 70 years ago can no longer compete with the huge "multi-plex" 12 screen jobs at the malls. I see this as a great opportunity for the government to step in, buy a couple of these old theaters, fix them up, and run them basically as a non-profit service for the poorer communities. Animated films for the kids on Sunday afternoon, cheap popcorn, that sort of thing. In my hometown the old theater where my parents took me to see Disney movies when I was a kid, is now known as the "Paramount Theatre, one of the areas finest examples of community support for restoration of a Downtown Landmark, and for the extensive cultural development of the City and the area." The theater went out of business at the end of the 70's, the building was taken over for back taxes, the municipal city government ran if for awhile, and now it's become profitable as a venue for stage productions and live bands. Anyway, this kind of thing has happened at many small town or local movie theaters around the world. I think Panama as an opportunity to do something good with these properties.

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"Needing" is one thing, "Getting" is another

EntertainmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This is hilarious. You know, this weekend I appeared on a major network television news program that was viewed by literally millions of people in the United States and around the world. I spent most of the day on Sunday live-blogging the events in Panama as they unfolded, with the riot police clashing with the protesting indigenous Ngäbe-Bugle Indians. Then later on Sunday my beloved New York Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 and won Super Bowl XLVI. So, by any standard whatsoever it was a "good weekend." But when you think about it, my participation in these events required me to basically sit on my ass and stare at a computer monitor or television screen. After watching this video, for some reason it feels like I just get enough done this weekend. Because "needing" is one thing, and "getting" is another. You'll see what I mean if you watch this video. More than 2.6 million views in less than two days. Warning: This has nothing to do with Panama, but it's undeniably cool...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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The Bachelor's Courtney Flashes Her Boobs in Panama

EntertainmentFirst The Bachelor's Courtney Robertson stripped down to skinny dip with Ben Flajnik in Puerto Rico, and now TV's most hated bachelorette is taking her skin-flashing to Panama. When Robertson, Flajnik and the remaining bachelorettes trek to Panama to meet with locals, the women go on a date that requires them to dress in traditional garb -- including a skimpy see-through bikini top made of beads.

Clearly never one for discretion, Robertson opts to let it all hang out by wearing the skimpy outer layer without her bra underneath, shocking her local hosts. "We're getting dressed up and these girls are so prude. Why be modest? We're one with nature, it's raining, let's go bikini-less," she argues, as bachelorettes Emily and Lindzi look on in horror. "I'm bare-chesting it. I wanted to do the local flavor. It's fun."

For more of Robertson's wacky antics -- and her fellow competitors' reactions -- check out the wild clip above before the full episode of The Bachelor airs Monday at 8 p.m.(EST) on ABC.

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Panama Air Festival 2012 Was A Success

EntertainmentThe Panama Air Festival 2012 became a true family attraction as hundreds of people went to the Howard Airport to enjoy displays of airplanes, custom cars, model airplanes, skydiving and more. The aerial acrobatics was one of the main attractions performed by international guests: Fred Cabanas and Gary Ward who drew waves of applause from the audience. Musical artists Principal, Víctor Juliao and Roba Morena performed on stage. Among the aircraft on display were models of the Boeing and Cessna line, and several helicopters. Panama Air Festival 2012 was organized as part of the celebrations of "Pilot Day" as well as the celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of the Civil Aviation Authority. (Telemetro)

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US Embassy Film Series - "The Tuskegee Airmen"

EntertainmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The US Embassy has started a Film Series program, which is free to the public, and it starts this week. Received today via email: Hi Don, We are starting a Film Series, this week, Thur. Jan. 26. We will have a different film, one time every month, free to the public. Here is some information if you would like to spread the word. - US Embassy Film Festival. Date: Thur. January 26, 2012. Film: The Tuskegee Airmen (in English with Spanish Subtitles). Information: Based on a true story of the 332nd Fighter Squadron. A group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II. Doors Open: 6:15 pm. Show starts: 7:00 pm. Location: Museo Del Canal, San Felipe, Plaza de la Independencia. Entry Fee: GRATIS. Limited seating!"

Editor's Comment: Here's your chance. If you haven't been to the Museum of the Inter-oceanic Canal then this would be a great opportunity to check it out, and catch the movie as well. Here's a link to their website with the exact location of the museum in Casco Viejo in case you've never been there. The museum itself is wonderful and definitely worth the trip under any circumstances. The museum is open on Thursday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and the ticket office closes at 4:30 pm. So if you want to see the museum itself, then go early, check it out, leave and eat dinner somewhere (there's lots of excellent options nearby), and then go back at 6:15 when the doors open to catch the movie at 7:00 pm. Here's a little known fact - Panamanians and permanent residents with identification can enter the museum for free on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Air Festival in Panama - 29 Jan 2012

EntertainmentThe Air Festival is back in Panama, and this year promises a number of attractions and exhibits for the whole family. The event, organized by the Civil Aviation Authority, the Tourism Authority of Panama and Cable and Wireless, will be held at the Panama Pacific International Airport at Howard on Sunday January 29 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and is free. The activities include: skydiving, exhibition airplanes, model airplanes, children's games, food sales, bikers, skaters, and presentations with artists such as Principal, Los 33, and Roba Morena. There will be expert presentations by American pilots Fred Cabanas and Gary Ward, who perform extreme aerial stunts. (Telemetro)

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WVU Marching Band - Tribute To The US Armed Forces (Video - Don't Miss)

EntertainmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A friend of mine sent me a link to this performance by the West Virginia University Marching Band - a tribute to the armed forces played during the halftime performance at a recent game. From the description of the video: "No celebration of our freedom can be complete without a tribute to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve and protect our country. The WVU Band presents our "Armed Forces Salute," which features a medley of the songs from all branches of our great military. This selection will close with a stirring rendition of "America, The Beautiful." • The United States Army! • The United States Coast Guard! • The United States Marines! • The United States Air Force! • The United States Navy! No one can argue the great service that the men and women of the armed services have provided to our nation over the centuries. By serving in two World Wars, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and in the war on Terror, as well as continually providing support and aid to those in need when all types of disasters strike, our American service men and women have made us all swell with pride. Therefore, we pay honor to all the brave men and women who helped to make, and continue to make this country, the greatest nation on earth!"

Editor's Comment: Check out the video, it's a "don't miss..."

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Kids Festival at Parque Omar This Weekend

EntertainmentTo celebrate Children's Day, starting this Friday, 15 July 2011, there will be activities at the Omar Recreation and Cultural Park in Panama City for all children. The event, entitled "A Fantasy of Stars - Giving Dreams To The Boys And Girls of Panama" will start on Friday and end on Sunday, 17 July 2011. During the course of the event there will be different shows with clowns, magicians, folklore and pet shows. Besides the shows, children can also play for free on the baseball and basketball courts, inflatable jumping areas and rides. The schedule of the fair is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 15 July. On Saturday and Sunday the fair will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. This event has been organized by the Office of the First Lady. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: We went to this last year. Sarah had a great time. Lots of stuff for the kids to do. However if you look closely at this photo from last year you will see it was taken in a downpour. Expect the same and plan accordingly.

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Panama Will Implement US-style "Lotto" System

Entertainment Panama will implement a "Lotto" lottery system, similar to those used in the United States, with six numbers drawn and a minimum starting prize of $3 million dollars. The ticket will cost $2.00 dollars. This was announced by the Director of the National Lottery, José Pablo Ramos, who said the law already allows for the institution to explore new games. Ramos said they would hold an international bidding process and the winning company will be that which meets the requirements and which has the financial capacity (to build and implement the new system). (TVN Noticias)
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And Now, With Only Two Days Left in May - Water Balloons in Super Slow Mo'

EntertainmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - You know, when there are only a couple of days left in any month, the traffic arriving to the website during that time either make the month record breaking, or just a "normal" month of solid traffic. Well, as it turns out, May 2010 has a shot a breaking a couple of records, but it's going to be close. Therefore, as is my standard practice, I like to toss up something a little different to try to "pad" the stats a little, just to see if it might help to put things over the top. I make blatant pleas to all of you, my faithful regular readers, to help spread the word, to send articles and links to friends and relatives who you think might be interested in the website. But mostly, I toss up photos of hot chicks in tiny bikinis because, well, I just kinda like to do that. This month it's time for something a little different. I like science, a lot. I love those programs where they film stuff in super high definition slow motions cameras, because it allows you to see things you don't normally get a chance to see because it goes by too fast. I love this video for a couple of good reasons (grin). First of all, check out the ball of water seemingly suspended in the air after the balloon has broken but before gravity has taken back over to bring the water crashing down. Then there's the "bounce and resonance" affect that's clearly visible. Anyway, I'll set aside any further weak attempts to justify why I'm throwing this video up on the website. If you can think of anyone who might think it's cool too, send them the link. Good lighting, sharp focus, super slow mo', and water balloons. What's not to like?



Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Poker Tournaments This Weekend At The Veneto Hotel and Casino

EntertainmentThe Veneto Hotel is holding a series of poker tournaments, starting tonight and running through Sunday, 30 May, 2010. For all dates inscriptions start at 7:00 pm. The first two nights, 27 and 28 May, there will be $2,500 guaranteed cash prizes, $50 buy-in, unlimited rebuys until the first break. On Saturday, 29 May, there will be $4,000 guaranteed cash prizes with $100 buy in. The winners from the first three days have free entry to Sunday's "Big Tournament" with a grand prize of $10,000. Note: All tournaments must have at least 20 participants or they will be canceled.
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Horoscope for the Week of April 5 to April 11

EntertainmentARIES:
There is a lot of baby potential brewing in the darkness of your psyche, Aries. It’s like a seed germinating in the depths of the dark, dark earth; very fragile but full of great possibility. Take care of your baby seed; send it positive thoughts and lots of love and it could turn into a new romance, or an exciting creative project. The choice is yours. Career developments need lots of focus and ambition, you will need to put some logs on the fire and intensify your drive. The slow and steady method works best. Also watch your own ego; it could get in the way of a good thing. It’s not just about you; it is also about the team you work with as well. Financially; overspending is a great temptation, especially when it comes to fun events. You want to do something lavish, but you will need to hide the plastic money away for this week. Treat yourself like a movie star, but avoid outings that require a lot of cash. Saturn; the teacher, dresses up in Virgo school-marm gear once more, which means that it is time to face old health issues. Have you been eating all your greens, Aries? Do you get enough exercise? If not, you’ll get a reminder that it’s time to change your ways.

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Horoscope for the Week of March 29 to April 4

EntertainmentARIES:

Romantic adventures spark thanks to the chemistry laden combination between Venus the planet of love, and chatty Mercury in your sign, and Neptune in social-loving Aquarius. Shared adventures await, full of magical surprises. You find it easy to express yourself, people are more than happy to listen with rapt attention. This Tuesday, during the full moon, doors open up for you, and new partnerships are forged that inspire you to achieve great things. Chances are high that you’ll find a new best friend. Your connections are the key to success, so make use of the contacts you have. By the end of the week, things slow down considerably, but it’s an excellent time to make some extra money, use that fiery charm of yours to impress the right people. Drive sales forward with a “can do” attitude. If you believe in your success, it will happen.

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2nd Annual Bastimentos Boat Race Weekend

EntertainmentThe second annual Isla Bastimentos Boat Race weekend will be held on March 27-28, 2010. The purpose is to bring the entire Bocas del Toro community together for a fun weekend of boat races, water sports, sport games, food, drink, and music. Sukimotor, S.A. is the main sponsor and is giving away a 15 hp Suzuki motor to be raffled on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Many other prizes will raffled on an hourly basis on both days. Last year over 1,000 people attended comprised of locals, tourists & expats. This action packed event will include motor boat races, cayuco jousting, lumberjack log rolling, kayak relay races, cayuco paddling contest, diving for dollars, greased pole climbing, blind dinghy races. The money raised from the concessions, local businesses & vendors will go to the community for specific community projects. For info, contact 6880-3050 or email jbseligman@aol.com.
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Saturday Night Fever at Expat West

EntertainmentYou do not want to miss the March 24 Expat's West Mixer at El Rincon de Chef! Please click on this link to RSVP. Once again we will be dancing the night away after a wonderful meal from Chef Fernando. Only this month it's not salsa, no it's not line dancing...... IT'S DISCO!!! And you thought Disco was dead!! Well not at Expat West! We will be joined by such favorites as Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, KC and the Sunshine Band and many more. You've got two weeks to practice your John Travolta moves. (Yes, we expect to see them!!) Come and join us as we shake our booties and dance the night away to all those tunes you still know the words to! We are very pleased to announce that Chef Fernando is presenting an ITALIAN styled menu this month. You can view the full menu on our events calendar. Once again if you will be eating at Rincon del Chef please complete the RSVP form on our website so that Chef can be prepared accordingly. A big thank you again to all those that did utilize the RSVP form last month. Prize sponsors this month are: - $25 gift certificate from Panama Roadrunner Security Transport - Dinner for 2 at La Carreta by the Restaurant - A lovely surprise by VIP Insurance - And you just never know what is in Playacommunity’s hat. Please join us this month for a fun evening, the opportunity to meet new people and to catch up with old friends. Remember to come and meet me at the Playacommunity table in order to obtain your door prize tickets. Get down!!!! Linda van Dyk http://www.playacommunity.com
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Ultimate Fighting Championship - Live at Superbook - Saturday Night

Entertainment If you're a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) then the Superbook VIP Sports Club is the place to be this Saturday night, 20 February 2010. The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes Australia by storm for the first time and fans at Sydney’s Acer Arena will be treated to explosive matchups featuring two early Fight of The Year candidates. In the main event, a world heavyweight title shot is on the line when unbeaten young gun Cain Velasquez takes on former UFC and PRIDE champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Plus, UK superstar Michael “The Count” Bisping hopes to spoil the middleweight debut of the legendary ‘Axe Murderer’, Wanderlei Silva. UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez, Saturday, February 20, live on pay-per-view from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. UFC 110 Relentless is being broadcast via pay per view, but the people at the Superbook will bring you all the action for free! The Superbook VIP Sports Club - Panama's Premier Sportsbook - has recently completed all renovations, so come by early and enjoy a quick game of pool and your favorite refreshments while getting ready to enjoy Saturday Night at the Superbook catching all the action friom the UFC! Superbook will have the latest lines for all the headline fights. Drink Specials: We will have the following drink specials for the UFC Fight - All national beers by the bucket 6 for $7, Heineken 6 for $10, Smirnoff Ice, Budweiser, Corona, & Miller - 6 for $11. The fight starts at 8:00 pm. Remember at the Superbook bet today get paid today!
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Horoscopes for the Week of February 8- February 14, 2010

EntertainmentARIES
At work, the best thing you can do is to remain in the background. The less you say, the better your position. Luck comes to those who are willing to stay silent and allow their work to speak out for them. Push all your passion into your cause. Inspiring conversations occur between you and your friends, if you are feeling empty, connect with someone who lives a dynamic creative life. When it comes to love, this Valentines Day, you’ll need to show the softer; more vulnerable “you” to someone, this action will solidify your relationship and make it stronger. It may feel scary to open yourself up like that, but in the end, it will allow your love to understand that you have feelings too. See this as an act of courage. Poetry and balcony serenades come highly recommended by planetary forces.

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Horoscopes for the week of February 1- February 7, 2010

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This is a week chock full of brilliant creative ideas. They come rushing out of your subconscious like a flock of bats rushing out from a hidden cave. You can’t ignore that feeling- you know the one that leads you to a better situation. Challenge yourself to move one step further along the game board. Push aside fear and move in for the kill. You have hidden allies, ones that you have not considered before. Someone steps in and makes things much better for you. A good plan helps you deal with unexpected surprises, the more prepared you are, the better, because then you can take advantage of any good fortune that comes along.

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No More Porno in Bars? WTF is This?

Entertainment It's too bad for people who like to watch pornographic films in bars and taverns. You can't do it in the district of Boquete anymore, thanks to a recent decree handed down by the Mayor which bans such displays in these establishments. Manolo Ruiz, the mayor of the district, said these displays are detrimental to good morals. The owners of these premises who do not comply with this new rule will be fined $500 for the first offense, and they can be fined up to $5,000 dollars for the second or subsequent offenses, and their clubs can also be closed. (Source: Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: WTF? What the hell are you people doing up there in Boquete? Porno in bars? Really? Sit around and drink beer with your buddies while watching porno in public? That's just weird.But hey, whatever. Boquete has always been a "little different" if you know what I mean... The word "Boquete" is actually derived from an old Indian word which means "friggin' weird."

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Brouhaha Over Presidential Happy-Snap

EntertainmentBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Panamanian press is having a field day today with president Ricardo Martinelli. Over the weekend he "summoned" the owners of the major television stations in order to ask them to self-regulate the content of the news, arguing that there is too much of an emphasis on crime and violence. Martinelli went on to criticize the popular television soap operas that are mostly from Colombia, which contain depictions of organized crime, drug trafficking, killings, murders, and good looking women with big hooters. Then this morning this happy-snap photo appeared on the cover of the "El Siglo" newspaper, showing Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli and Vice President Juan Carlos Varela posing with two actors in those same soap operas he was criticizing. And of course although he surely posed for photos with all of the actors, they published the photo of him posing with the actors who play the parts of some of the worst and most violent offenders (within the plot and story line of the soap opera), namely Julián Arango who plays Álvaro José Pérez (a.k.a "Guadaña") and Wílber Alirio Varela who plays Milton Jiménez (a.k.a. "el Cabo") in the series. Reacting to all of this today, Ricardo Martinelli came out and said that posing with people who visit Panama is part of his job. In my humble opinion this entire cycle is and was completely unnecessary. The president should do his job to control crime, and if there is less crime then we reporters will do our jobs and report on it less. Anyway, that's what's going on, for what it's worth. And obviously, the photo credit goes to El Siglo.



Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Horoscopes for the week of January 25- January 31, 2010

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Expect a busy interactive week as opposite planetary forces influence your daily activities. Your luck increases, so it’s great to network and take advantage of opportunities. You’ll find it easy to interact with people from all walks of life. Bring some creativity into your work life. Romance, especially amongst friends, heats up. It’s easy to get involved in a fling. Don’t expect any long term commitments; the time isn’t right to make any promises. Any large event works for you, so if you’re planning a big lavish party, do so, Aries. This is also a wonderful time to buy a lottery ticket, since your fortune is great. Plan something bold and lavish for the full moon this Saturday. Go over the top, because victory favours the brave.

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60 Hookers Busted in Panama Immigration Sweep

Entertainment Some of the relatives of the women who were arrested during a raid conducted by immigration authorities at various brothels in Panama City are desperate and very annoyed. The women say their papers are in order but they are being deported to their home countries anyway. By way of protest, one of the women undressed inside of the Transitional Prison of the Immigration System. For her part the Director of Immigration, Maria Cristina Gonzalez, denied such accusations. She said the women are being deported because they do not, in fact, have their papers in order. They lack the card for "performing artists" issued to allow them to work in prostitution legally for nine months in Panama. Relatives of the detained women say they are sleeping on the floor due to overcrowding in the immigration jail. During the raid more than 60 people from different nations were arrested for not having their papers in order. (Source: TVN Noticias)
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