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Moulin Rouge, Doll House, and Habano's Closed Due To Drug Sales

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe nights of fantasy on Via Veneto have been canceled since last Saturday. Two of the three sites dedicated to presenting "stripper shows" remain closed. The regular customers, both local and foreign, who frequented the Moulin Rouge and the Doll House, will have to wait to see the erotic and sensual dance of the girls who brighten the environment. Javier Caraballo, Panama's Anti Drug Prosecutor, told El Siglo that the clubs remain under investigation. In both places, the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), in conjunction with the Anti Drug Prosecutor's Office found people who were engaged in the sale of cocaine and the drug known as 'LSD'. In this operation, called Fiesta, 35 people were arrested, including tourists. Eight people remain in custody and under investigation. The authorities believe they are linked to the sale of narcotics. According to the prosecutor Caraballo, the 52 women who were dedicated to dancing and the "stripper show" had their entertainer's visas and permits. He said the operation, which also searched Habano's in the banking district near Calle 50, was carried out due to the persistent allegations of drug sales. (El Siglo)

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Two Dudes Busted For Paying Hookers With Fake $100 Bills in Panama

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingColombians Marco Alonso Ospina Sanchez, 34, and Julian Montoya Fernandez, 24, were arrested early yesterday morning, Thursday, at the Bar La Mayor in San Felipe, for attempting to defraud two sex workers. The foreigners were drinking in the bar from late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, and they tried to pay the hookers with three fake $100 bills. However the prostitutes, who are accustomed to being paid in cash, detected the bills were fake. Both girls spoke to the bartender, who alerted the National Police and a half hour later the two men were arrested by police officers assigned to the police substation in El Chorrillo. (Critica)



Editor's Comment: Dude - how low can you go? I think this story is hilarious. I can just see the hookers holding the bills up to the light, looking for the dark line, scratching that little spot to see if they are real, and then saying to themselves "hey, we've been screwed! Well, you know, like, again..." So then they report the crime, and the dudes are arrested. At the hearing the Justice of the Piece says "you're accused of paying for your hooker with Monopoly Money - how do you plead?" Now will those chicks punch holes in the bills and hang them on the wall of their room, as a warning to the next paper hanger who comes along? So Beavis and Butt-head are sitting around one night, they know the bills are fake because some other legitimate business has already rejected them, so the come up with this bonehead of an idea - "let's go get us a couple of ho's..." I wonder, did they get caught before, or after the main event? If they went limping out of there (drunk and frustrated), it's even funnier...

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Municipality of Panama City Rounds Up "Clandestine" Prostitutes

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe nightly rounds of the Municipal Police of Panama City in the Republic of Panama are apprehending hookers in the night clubs and on the street. On July 4th Avenue several transvestites were also arrested, some natives of indigenous areas. Despite warnings for the application of fines, in areas like El Dorado and Ancon several girls were caught without a municipal license for prostitution. Some nightclub owners were bothered by the "lightening operation" of the municipality and threatened to take action. In the midst of operations, some people were arrested for disrespecting the magistrate on duty. At the end of the day, more than 25 people were fined and the owners of the locations with clandestine prostitutes were were cited for breaking the law. (TVN Noticias)

Editor's Comment: Man, that chick in the red t-shirt is one ugly transvestite... Wait a minute -- "municipal license for prostitution?" They got those?

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Mom Did It Again ...

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Everyone once in awhile my mom will sit down at her computer, sort through her email, and correspond with her friends and family members. At 79 years old, she has an entire network of people she trades email with regularly, and when someone finds something cool or interesting she gets a copy. Mom understands that I'm usually inundated with hundreds of emails every day, so she only picks out the best of the litter to forward to me. She regularly sends me some really cool and funny stuff, and I got a kick out of this one today, that I felt compelled to share with you all. I think they should have paid the big bucks to have this one on the Super Bowl - they might have picked up a few converts. I love the style, colors, music, attention to detail - very well done... Thanks mom.

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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Hookers at Habanos! Imagine Our Shock And Surprise!

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingA raid by Immigration uncovered a nightclub that supposedly is primarily dedicated to selling cigars, but according to the investigation is also devoted to clandestine prostitution. Inside the business, which is located in the banking district of Panama, they found several women, women's lingerie, and an erotic dancing area. It was learned that personnel from the National Immigration Service performed the raid in response to calls from concerned citizens. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Yet another hooker bust in Panama. First of all, this article makes it sound like it was some kind of a huge surprise or mystery. Everyone in the entire world knows about the famous Habano's, located right across the street from the Marriott hotel. It's been there for years. The bar is frequented mostly by foreign businessmen who are traveling to Panama, and the men go there because the women are there. The women go there because the men are there. Immigration raids this place regularly. And for the record, what they do is sweep up the women who are there - mostly Colombian prostitutes - and they take them away to the holding cells in Immigration even though they have their paperwork in order. I mean to say that almost all of the women who were arrested last night are probably in the country legally - either on tourist visas or with some kind of a special permit. They go to this bar where they sit, drink, flirt with the men, and try to get them to go on a "date" (wink, nod.) Now, Immigration officials will squeeze these girls for bribes - usually forcing them to pay about $1,500 each before they are released. If they refuse to pay then they are threatened with forced deportation - and if you are deported from Panama then you can't come back for five years. The girls pay the bribes because it's better to turn over some of their earnings to corrupt immigration officials than to get booted out of the country. And all of this has been going on for years - under the former administration of Martin Torrijos and it has continued under the current administration of Ricardo Martinelli. "Golly, gee - there's hookers in Habanos! Imagine our shock and surprise..." Give me a friggin' break - how do they do this with a straight face? Immigration pull this extortion routine about once every four months or so. Oh, and the "report from a concerned citizen" is usually some dude's wife, who's pissed off because hubby is out banging the local (foreign) talent.

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The dram in a can: Scottish whisky the way South Americans like it..

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying By MARK HOWARTH - It is a sight that will have whisky connoisseurs spluttering into their drink – a dram in a can. A Panama-based company believes outdoor drinkers would prefer to crack open a tin rather than lug round a bottle of their favourite tipple. Now bosses at Scottish Spirits – which retains an office in Glasgow – is testing out the novelty on its Caribbean and South American markets. But last night the Scotch Whisky Association said it would try to ban the cans for breaching international labelling rules. A spokesman for the body said: ‘We are concerned that consumers may be confused whether or not the product is real Scotch and we will be investigating the matter further.’ Scottish Spirits launched the tins last week, the first time straight whisky has been sold in a can.

Chief executive Manish Panshal said: ‘We are really thrilled with the idea – it’s going to be a part of every lifestyle and occasion. ‘The can is the perfect size to be shared between three people who can mix it with other things like cola. ‘It’s lightweight and portable and entirely recyclable, which is good news. It will be one of the hot picks for any outdoor activities.’

World-renowned expert Jim Murray – author of The Whisky Bible – admitted he was intrigued. He said: ‘Obviously, this is not the traditional way to sell a dram but I’ve seen it on draught in Chicago and out of plastic sachets in Uganda, so it might catch on somewhere. It will certainly be cheaper than buying a big bottle and Scotch spends some of its life in metal containers during the distillation process anyway. ‘But you probably wouldn’t want it in aluminium cans for too long, because it would affect the taste.

‘And my biggest problem with the idea is that there’s no way of knowing what it is you’re buying – and this isn’t proper Scotch. ‘I taste around 3,000 types a year and I can honestly say I have never come across these brands.’ He added: ‘I can’t see it taking off here because a can would cheapen a product that Scots are rightly proud of. A tin of whisky could never make your heart skip a beat like a fine Scotch.’

Whisky in its more usual container. Scottish Spirits launched their tins last week, the first time straight whisky has been sold in a can Scottish Spirits – which is canning its own-brand tipple and a blend called Sir Edwin’s – was censured by the Advertising Standards Agency last September. The watchdog ruled that its advertisements wrongly suggested it was a home-grown company selling Scotch. A rival company made a complaint after spotting Scottish Spirits’ ads in a trade magazine.

Scotch whisky exports are big business, with global sales three times those of its US rivals. But when it comes to the home front, the picture is less rosy for the spirit, whatever container it comes in. UK whisky sales slipped by 11 per cent between 2005 and 2009. There is little respite in sight. Sales are predicted to stay static at 6.5million cases until 2014, data from industry analyst International Wine and Spirits Research reveals.

The UK is the third biggest market for Scotch, after the US and France. But industry insiders claim there is no cause for alarm. Paul McLaughlin of food export quango Scotland Food and Drink said: ‘I don’t think this is a cause for concern because the key focus is on exports. The home market is not the be-all and end-all.’

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Two New Full Casinos Granted Licenses in Panama

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe Gaming Control Board (JCJ) endorsed the opening of two new full casinos in Panama City, which will join the 16 already operating in the country. One of these two new casinos - the Gold Lion Casino - is related to the family of Gabriel Btesh, a businessman who has close ties to the current administration. Spokesmen from the JCJ argued that the casino, located in El Dorado, meets all of the requirements established by law, and announced it will not put limits on this activity (gambling) which moves over one billion dollars per year in wagers. Last June, Btesh was also favored - with a direct contract - with leases worth $426,000 dollars annually. (La Prensa)
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Hooker Roundup Last Night, Again

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingPolice Authorities in Panama City got tough last night and in the early morning hours, conducting "social prophylaxis" operations in bars, nightclubs, and other places of entertainment. In the operations a considerable number of prostitutes were arrested for not carrying their papers with them, even though many of them complained about the lack of coordination on the part of the authorities to update their documents. These women work as prostitutes in bars and nightclubs, others work as exotic dancers, and due to the insinuation of sex for money, the so called "easy life", because they don't have a source of income for their basic necessities, and therefore they work at night to delight men. (TVN Noticias)
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Betzaida Herrera - Miss Reef Panama - Wins the 2010 World Miss Reef

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying The Reef Hawaiian Pro was on hold, but the beach at Haleiwa was still packed with spectators in lieu of the first ever World Miss Reef Hawaiian Pro, presented by Seven Tiki Rum. Eleven Miss Reef hopefuls from around the world emerged on stage at the Reef Hawaiian Pro contest site at Ali'i Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu for a piece of a $10,000 prize purse. In the end, Miss Reef Panama, Betzaida Herrera, won over the crowd, the judges and the viewers of the live webcast to be crowned the 2010 World Miss Reef. (more) (Photos Below)
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"Dry Law" In Effect Today, 2 November 2010 - The Day of the Dead

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying Starting as of 12:01 am, today, Tuesday, 2 November 2010, the "dry law" went into affect, which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages and the use of music during this day that marks the Day of the Dead. The Mayor of Panama issued Decree 1932 of 25 October 2010 yesterday, which orders the suspension of dance activities and the sale of alcoholic beverages in the district of Panama on this date. The decree also prohibits the use of music boxes, jukeboxes and dance activities, assemblies or other means of dissemination of music, from the appointed time on November 2 until 12:01 am November 3. Also, the sale of alcoholic beverages in all bars, wineries, barbecues, shops and supermarkets is prohibited. In case of non-compliance with the provisions, offenders will be punished with fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 dollars, to be applied by Justices of the Peace, night judges, or the Mayor of Panama City. The decree, published in the Official Gazette number 26653-B, authorizes all security organizations to enforce existing provisions. (El Siglo)

Editor's Comment: Literally translated as the "Day of the Dead" - it's really more like a kind of Memorial Day to remember deceased parents, family members, relatives, and friends. The adoption of this "dry law" every year is routine and normal in Panama. Today everyone takes bunches of flowers and places them on the graves of their deceased family members. This week marks the start of the Panamanian holiday season, which continues from now through Easter (Semana Santa). From here we go through the "Fiestas Patrias" which are like Independence Day Celebrations. Starting today with the "Day of the Dead", tomorrow 3 November is "Separation Day" to mark the creation of the Republic of Panama with their separation from Colombia on 3 November 1903. Next comes "Flag Day" on 4 November, "Colon Day" on 5 November, "The Uprising in the Villa de Los Santos" on 10 November, and then Independence Day on 28 November. All of this means no work gets done this month. Then in December we start with Mother's day (8 December), Christmas, New Years, Marty's Day (9 Jan), Carnival (4 to 8 March 2011), and finally Holy Week (Easter on 24 April 2011.) And, the dry season kicks in on or about 15 December or so, and it runs through the middle of April, so everyone schedules their annual vacation during the "summer" (dry season) when the kids are out of school.

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