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American Society of Panama - Gala Scholarship Ball

Groups & OrganizationsThe American Society of Panama is rolling out the red carpet for you for the Gala Scholarship Ball on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dance to the music by Orquesta Zafiro.

Cocktail Attire (Red, White or Black). Will be held at the US Ambassador’s Residence, Calle Manuel J. Hurtado , La Cresta.

This is your opportunity to meet the students who have been awarded scholarships for 2014.

R.S.V.P. via email to: american.society.panama@gmail.com or by calling cell phone 6747-6762.

The deadline to get tickets is February 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

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UNESCO Says Casco Antiguo is Still A World Heritage Site

Groups & OrganizationsIn its 37th annual session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, it was decided that the Monument Casco Antiguo-Panama Viejo will maintain its World Heritage status.

In the letter, Panama had the opportunity to reiterate the explanation already given on the status of the Monumental Casco Antiguo-Panama Viejo, which was seen as positive by the Committee members and therefore, they took the decision in favor of Panama.

It was concluded that the marine viaduct of the Coastal Beltway built on the site is not enough reason to change the status of World Heritage of Casco Antiguo-Panama Viejo, and due to this the site is now out of the "World Heritage in Danger" list.

The Government made a commitment to invite a high-level reactive surveillance mission from the World Heritage Centre and then send all the documentation to UNESCO to present it during the 39th meeting of this organization.

However, the World Heritage Portobelo-San Lorenzo, in Colon, will be kept in the “World Heritage in Danger” list after a consensus between Panama and the Committee; however, this does not mean they are out of the list of World Heritage. (Telemetro)

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Operation "Chatarratón"

Groups & OrganizationsThe municipal cleaning operation called "Chatarratón" began this weekend in the village of San Felipe.

This operation consists on the collection of mattresses, furniture and various metal objects by staff of the Municipality of Panama to get rid of unnecesary objects on the street, in other words, a cleansing operation.

After San Felipe, this operation will head to Juan Díaz, on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May 2013, while in Pacora it will be from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 June 2013. (Mi Diario)

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Educating The Population About Homosexuality

Groups & OrganizationsMembers of the Association of New Men and Women of Panama (AHMNP) conducted yesterday afternoon in the Plaza de 5 de Mayo a leafleting to educate the population of Panama about the myths of homosexuality.

According to Ricardo Beteta, president of the association, the leafleting is a way to join the activities carried out against homophobia, as May 17 is the International Day of Homophobia.

'This activity is to make citizens aware about the taboos existing in society about homosexuality' said Beteta.

Among the myths of homosexuality, according to Beteta, is considering lesbianism, transgender and homosexuality as unnatural, and considering it as a mental illness and saying the HIV is a punishment from God for this new population. 'We demand the same respect other citizens receive,’ said the leader.

He said the leafleting is also a prelude of the march that will take place on Saturday, June 29, called 'Gay and Proud.’

Beteta requested the Government to do something for this population, as there is still discrimination against this group.

According to the leader, in 2010 they handed over to the National Assembly a bill for non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, but this process is stuck. They asked the delegates to discuss this topic.

According to Nelva Reyes, from the Meeting Point of Women, the activity to educate Panamanians is just and necessary for society to tolerate this group. (Siglo)

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Personal and Home Safety Class in Gorgona

Groups & OrganizationsOn April 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm at Loco's Restaurant in Gorgona, the Nueva Gorgona Vecinos Vigilantes will be holding a personal safety and home safety class. The class will be for 1 1/2 hours and food and drinks will be served at a reasonable cost. Please RSVP to Jim Rizik at jwr2001@msn.com.
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Marathon Fundraiser To Fight Cancer

Groups & OrganizationsHis name is Jerry Dodson and, like many expats from many other countries, he and his wife Marj chose Panama to make their new home after they retired. They had been looking for the right country for a couple of years but in 2009, fell in love with Panama and all it had to offer. In 2009, they purchased some land and broke ground in 2010. They were expecting to move into their new home in the fall of 2011.

Little did they know, their future was up for grabs and that their new home may be wishful thinking. In late 2010, his wife underwent some challenging surgery for severe migraines that plagued her for many years. She would be a ‘new woman’. Jerry’s job was to nurse her through those two months. Little did they expect, a late Christmas present in early January left him with impaired vision and a few side effects from a stroke. So Marj then became the caregiver. However, just around the corner in early February, Marj was diagnosed with two types of cancer after exploratory surgery for something non-life-threatening. Family, amazing friends and work colleagues came to their rescue and ensured they were looked after. They were overwhelmed by their unsolicited generosity and concern for them and are forever grateful.

As Jerry’s vision began to come back (he now has 90%), their roles reversed again and he again became the caregiver through a very long and tough journey and regimen of cancer treatments. As tough as it was, incredibly, Marj never complained, except for not being allowed to have a glass of red wine once in a while! At this point they doubted they would ever see their new adopted home in San Carlos. Their answer and their motivation for making the move immediately after the treatments, came in the form of a second, however smaller stroke. That was their turning point. Either they gave up, sold their home and moved into a condo or forge ahead with their plans for Panama. Needless to say, Panama won out!

They hadn’t gone through all of those challenges to then just give in and not have the future they dreamed about for years. So they came to Panama and moved into their home last December to see if they had made the right choice…..they had! They returned to their cottage in Canada for the Canadian summer to gain their strength back and put the past behind them. During his nightly regimen of walks along the beach, Jerry got stronger and began 3-5 km nightly walks. They developed into faster and longer jaunts and he felt a new life-energy. An opportunity came along to sign up for training for a cancer marathon and he couldn’t say no. This was his chance to pay forward his second chance at life and to help make a difference to those who faced what his wife had to face. No one should endure that kind of pain and uncertainty about life. It is so hard on loved ones and family and friends as well, especially for those who lost their battle, as did some of their friends. What he could do to help change that, he knew he had to. This will be his legacy and what he will be most proud of, not what he accomplished through his career or what he has personally amassed.

His neurosurgeon has given him the go-ahead with the caution to ensure he pace myself. His goal is to not finish first but cross the line for his wife Marj and those that face this horrific disease, so they and future families may have hope.

He feels very fortunate to be in a position to meet this marathon challenge compared to the anguish and pain those with the disease have to deal with. Fortunately, cancer research has given many people a new lease on life. Marj is one of those who he considers the real heroes. She has been amazing through her ordeal and that only inspires him to do what he can.

There aren’t too many people who haven’t been touched by cancer. What little we can all do, can and will make staggering inroads to eradicating the disease so others’ lives may be saved. Would you help make a difference by sponsoring Jerry?

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Researchers have made incredible strides in new treatments primarily because people understand the value of giving to help others in need. Jerry will deal with the stress and pain of doing the marathon but he needs your support to help him reach his financial goal ($7,777.77) and bring awareness to as many people in Panama as possible. The more people are aware, the greater chance they have of fighting this disease.

Corporate Sponsorship is desperately needed as well as through individuals. Businesses that are community minded and want to make a difference can contact Jerry personally at any time by calling 6844-9275. Corporate sponsors also will receive benefits and recognition, up to and including next year’s marathon. Your help would be most invaluable and you would be doing a good thing for the people of Panama and the world while being recognized for your contribution and support.

Together, we can all make a difference! Cross the finish line with Jerry!

Jerry’s website and donation page is: http://tinyurl.com/jerrys-marathon-homepage

Remember the big fundraising event at Paraiso, Las Uvas on March 15th, starts at 6pm. Great food, dancing, sala, prizes, 50-50, games, and more! Tickets are $15.00.

Tickets are available now from the following locations:

1) Paraiso. Rose has also graciously offered Paraiso as the venue to host this event….. thank you Rose!

2) From the office of PlayaCommunity.com in Coronado. Or …

3) From Jerry , just call 6844-9275 ( he will deliver within a reasonable distance)

(Press Release)

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Gorgona Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Luncheon, And Fund Raiser

Groups & OrganizationsOn Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:30 am-1:00 pm at La Ruina Restaurant in Gorgona, the Nuevo Gorgona Vecinos Vigilantes group will be holding a meeting where we will introduce our classes which you will be able to sign up for at this meeting. At this meeting we will give a short presentation of what the classes will be about. The upcoming classes will consist of personal safety, home safety, self defense and first aid. All ex pats and Panmanians are welcome to attend from Punta Chame to the far reaches of Panama. La Ruina will be providing food and drink at a reasonable cost. To RSVP, please email Jim Rizik at jwr2001@msn.com including the number of guests.

On Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the basketball courts in Gorgona (next to the soccer field), the Nuevo Gorgona Vecinos Vigilants group will be sponsoring a basketball game between the National Police and the residents of Gorgona. This is the second game between the police and Gorgona citizens with the Gorgona residents winning the first game 37-36 in a shot at the buzzer. Sodas, hot dogs, baked goods will be sold at the game benefiting the Nuevo Gorgona Vecinos Vigilantes.

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American Society Health Fair

Groups & OrganizationsThe American Society of Panama is hosting their first Annual Health Fair on Saturday March 9, 2013 at PH Las Brisas de Obarrio on Calle 53 (across from Sanctuario Nacional Church) from 9am - 1pm. The event will feature Speakers, Screening tests, Evaluations, Advice from the Professionals and Demonstrations all related to a Healthy Lifestyle. Contribution of $5.00 per person at the door towards the Society's Scholarship Fund for Panamanian Students.
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Special Republicans Abroad Breakfast on Tuesday February 19, 7:30-9:30 AM.

Groups & OrganizationsWe invite the American community to join us in welcoming Licenciada Ana Matilde Gómez, former Attorney General of Panama, as our guest speaker in the Salón Berlín of the Hotel Riu on 50th Street (across from St. George's Bank).

Licenciada Gómez's work in the private sector has included litigating and consulting for USA-AID in the program of Improvement of the Hydrographic Basin of the Panama Canal, and the position of Vice-President of Legal Affairs for the Continental Bank. In the public sector she has been a corporate lawyer for the Authority of the Oceanic Region (early Panama Canal authority under Panama), and was Executive Director of the Truth Commission, formed to investigate the crimes of the military dictatorship.

The breakfast will be a buffet for $17, payable in cash at the Salón door, which price includes a 10% tip and the 7% tax. A 50/50 raffle opportunity is optional at the door for a $5.00 donation per ticket. There is gratis but obligatory valet parking, requiring only a $1 tip to the parker.

You must RSVP to aiams@hotmail.com by February 15. The buffet menu can be sent on request.

The event is sponsored by Republicans Abroad Panama.

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Americans in Panama Yahoo Group Nearing 6,000 Members!

Groups & OrganizationsBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Here's the headline: the Americans in Panama Yahoo! Email Group now has almost 6,000 members. As of this moment in time there are 5,993 members and soon after I publish this article we will probably go over the 6K mark.

People write to me all the time with their specific questions about moving to or living in Panama. I almost always give them the same advice. I suggest they should join the Americans in Panama Yahoo Email Group and ask their question in that forum. It simply makes more sense to ask 6,000 people the question. You're more likely to get a variety of answers and information you can use. It's more efficient and effective.

I started the Americans in Panama email group more than ten years ago specifically for that purpose - to create a friendly and useful Panama Forum where members can share their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences. The rules are simple. Members are expected to help their fellow expats, and to treat one another with respect. Rookies are expected to "do their homework" first before asking really simple questions that can be easily answered with a routine Google search. Don't expect the AIP members to search the Internet for you. But with that having been said, if you can't find the answer on the Internet somewhere then the joint brain trust of the AIP membership most likely has the answers at their fingertips. And whatever adventure you're about to start, someone else probably just finished doing the same thing.

Management: Don't worry about it. Clyde Jenkins and I run a fairly tight ship. Over the years we've honed our skills at identifying and booting out trolls and troublemakers and most of the real blazing idiots were banned from the group years ago. As such, only reasonable and helpful adults are left. Nice trick, eh? AIP is by far the most practical and useful of the Panama related Yahoo groups, and our focus is to maintain and preserve the usefulness of the group for the entirety of the body of members - sometimes at the expense of one ranting lunatic (boot...).

So, if you want to know more about what's going on in Panama on a daily basis, join the almost group with almost 6,000 members. You'll be glad you did, and your clue bag will be just that much heavier.

Copyright 2013 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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