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Sunday, August 25 2019 @ 08:31 pm EDT

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Demonstrations and Protests Coming Soon

Panama NewsThe Panamanian government is working on a change in the law to fix their social security retirement system. The front page of today's paper warned that the unions and students are planning protests. There's a few things you should know about dealing with these kinds of situations in Panama.
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The Panama Guide Email List

What is PG?Just like a Yahoo! Group but (hopefully) faster, stronger, better, and without the advertising… http://mail.panama-guide.com/mailman/listinfo/panamaguide_panama-guide.com
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Coffee Geishas Flourishing in Panama Highlands

Panama NewsBy Mike Power
BOQUETE, Panama (Reuters) - Panama's little-known geishas are slender, exotic and seductive, and they flourish in the cool mountain air of its western highlands.

Original article available at: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=ourWorldNews&storyID=8565677
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Chat Function Now Available

What is PG?There is a new Chat Function available on Panama Guide. Just click on the link above, register your user name, and have at it...
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Panama New Real Estate Tax Exemptions and Revised Alternate and present Real Estate Tax Codes

Law & LawyersJuan Ramon Vallarino, thanks for giving us this information. I hope I do not confuse our members more than they already are.

Thanks, charly
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Battlezone - Gaming Card Central...

Panama 4 KidzThis is the best place in town for kids who collect and trade the cards from the different game systems, such as Yugioh, Duel Masters, Pokemon, Vs., and others.
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Tucan, Baby Boomers, and Panama...

Real EstateLa Prensa just did another article on the influx of retirees coming into Panama. This article focused on the Tucan Country Club and Resort (a PG sponsor). A translation into English is below, followed by the original in Spanish.
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Changing Real Estate Tax Laws

Real EstateA real estate tax holiday that can save homeowners tens of thousands of dollars and that is important to ex-pats and snowbirds ends soon in Panama. Those planning to build have to have a permit before August 31. But while one window closes, at least partially, there are fresh investment opportunities with older real estate.
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Potential for Civil Unrest in Panama

Panama NewsAccording to press reports, the Torrijos administration will soon anounce its reforms of the Social Security Administration, and it is believed the administration will move for rapid legislative consideration. There is concern that some organizations will attempt to derail the reform by sponsoring public demonstrations, which could become violent.
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Dentist--Dr. Amalia E. Membreño-- Implants and Oral Rehabilitation

HealthcareDr. Amalia E. Membreño: Dental studies in Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Graduated in 1980. Specialty obtained in the Escuela de Postgrado of the Argentinian Dental Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1988.
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Police Find Pair with $699,000 in Cash In the Trunk

Panama NewsYou know those routine roadblocks that you see around the city every now and then? They just take a look at your car and paperwork and then let you go. Well, yesterday they stopped a Panamanian man and women who looked suspiscous and they pulled them over to search the car. They found a suitcase with $699,000 dollars in cash that the pair had no explaination for. And by the way, they were driving through Marbella at the time. (Spanish text below)
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Polish Tourist Beaten in Casco Viejo

Panama NewsToday in La Prensa there was a report that a Polish tourist was severely beaten by as many as ten young men in Casco Viejo at 2:30 PM last Sunday, 8 May 2005.
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Panama's Famous Push Buttons

Sports SectionSay you’re a couple and you want to get away for a little privacy, a couple who don’t want anyone to know that you’re a couple, or a trio of criminals who need a place to chill out while the heat is on.
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Furniture/Linea Blanca (Appliances)/Bello Hogar Fair at ATLAPA

ShoppingI posted this in 2 yahoo groups in answer to a posters' request for Ethan Allan furniture. Thought that it would make sense to add the info here, in case some of you are not mmbers of that other group...
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Dim Sum/Chinese Food

Food & DrinkYou might wonder why suddenly I have started to add articles. When I visit home (Panama) or any other place, I keep a journal. Since my last visit to Panama we have been traveling and moving, so I am just catching up on my journal and the great places we visited /shopped and ate at - we have our favorites, of course, but some always are repeats!! If we get to Panama early in the day, we always go eat Chinese before going home! Dim Sum the next morning.

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Altos Del Maria Residents Yahoo! Group

Groups & OrganizationsIn case you didn't know, the residents of the Altos del Maria development have started up their own Yahoo! email group, and use it to discuss relevent issues.
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Panamanian Birth, Late Registration

Immigration IssuesThere are many U.S. citizens born in the Republic of Panama (not in the former Panama Canal Zone) between February 26, 1904 and September 30, 1979 whose births were never registered by their parents before the Panamanian Civil Registry. Many U.S. citizens are not aware of this situation until they request a certified copy of their Panamanian birth certificate and are informed that their birth record is not filed with the Panamanian Civil Registry authorities.
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Two Famous Corners: Tip-Top & Bodega Mi Amiga

Food & DrinkThere are a couple of places in Panama that literally everyone knows about. The "Tip-Top" and "Bodega Mi Amiga" sell soda, beer, ice, booze, ceviche, roasted chicken, saus, chips, cigars... You get the point. This is where you go for party supplies.
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Floresteria Victoria Flores

ShoppingFirst of all, I think you are doing a great job!

I have a suggestion, could you add in your 'sections' a CONTACT US link? and a SHOPPING section? (Yup. Great suggestion. Thanks... DKW)
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Restaurante & Bar Miraflores

Food & DrinkGood place to take your first time , to Panama,visitors - but only if you can get to sit outside. Even 'local's enjoy it. Really neat. You see the ships transit right next to you.
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"Los Camisones"

Food & DrinkRecommend "Los Camisones" restaurant on the highway between el Valle and Decameron on the right side - it is off the highway, so have to look carefully. Yummy food, cold beer, and reasonably priced.
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Catering and Gift

Food & DrinkRecommend NICOLINA - on Calle 50 next to Farmacias Arrocha. Telephone: 226-5108. Fax 226-7229.
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Warden Needed for Colon

Groups & OrganizationsThe American Citizens Services (ACS) unit of the US Embassy is looking for someone to assume the duties of the Warden for Colon. See below for details.
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Dr. Oscar Bulgim

HealthcareIf you're going to be living in Panama, there's a good chance that sooner or later you're going to need the services of a good gastrointerologist. Dr. Oscar Bulgim has been my "gut doctor" for more than 10 years. So, if you eat something that makes you sick, Oscar will take good care of you.
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Again...)

Panama NewsPANAMA CITY - The Panamanian Foreign Ministry granted political asylum to former president of Ecuador Abdala Bucaram, who was forced to go into exile once more after the recent ouster of one of his successors President Lucio Gutierrez, officials said.
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New Horizons 2005 Project Completed

Panama NewsThe US military is finishing up its three month New Horizons 2005 Humanitarian Assistence project.
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Earthquake!

EarthquakesWe had a couple of shakers yesterday, this time out in the Pacific ocean south of Panama City. These are the "good" earthquakes, that allow the stess along fault lines to dissipate without causing any damage.
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Renewing Your Tourist Visa – Part 1

Immigration IssuesSo you need to renew your Tourist Visa?

I just went through this bureaucratic procedure for my wife and thought I would share with PG readers my experience.
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The Visitor Newspaper

Travel & TourismThe Visitor is bilingual a newspaper / magazine that caters to tourists. They've recently improved their web site, and it's worth a look.
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PCity Expats' May Event

Groups & OrganizationsThe next social will start at 6:00 PM on Monday, MMay 9, 2005, and will be held at the Pencas Restaurant - located just before the Amador Causeway (frente a la Plaza Iberoamericana) on the right hand side. Details below...
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