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PARADISE FISHING LODGE, September 2014 Panama Fishing Report



The Last couple weeks has been good.  We did start to get a few nice tuna, but there still not here in full forcé.  The marlín bite was great for a couple weeks, but that slowed down a bit over the last week.  we have had very good luck around the islands and have caught plenty of big roosters and snapper along with many other types of fish.

I have made a bit of progress on expanding my marina,  my permission finally came out for me to build a gas station.  I hope to start building in the next month.  We will be selling Gas to Boats from the end of our dock and also cars and trucks that pass on the road.

Hope to see you here this year for the Best and the Biggest Fishing in Panama and all of Central America.

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The Panama Canal Turns 100 Years old

Panama Canal 100 Years Old

Historical Review

The inter-oceanic route is celebrating this 2014, its centenary.

Recounting the past, present and future of such a majestic work that caused inspiration from its inception, an engineering challenge which was led by American visionaries, where is a reality the union of two great oceans.

It took more than three centuries for its first proposal in 1534 ordered by Charles V of Spain be taken into account. 20 years after French vessels arrived to make an attempt to give effect to the work in 1880, which surprisingly fails between diseases and financial situations. As in 1903 the signing of a treaty between Panama and the United States which materialize the construction of the Interoceanic Canal, works that were performed with great dedication and skill which was completed in 10 years.

History tells us that Panama and the United States integrated knowledge, for the maintenance and operation of this important work, which was administered since 1979 by the Americans and then Panama assumes full responsibility for the operation of the Canal until December 31, 1999 .

A historic moment where all proud Panamanians celebrated the transfer to Panama in its entirety, which today serves the global trading service with the highest standards of rigor and excellence.

The expansion of the Canal: Canal Administration is committed to the improvement and modernization, a new challenge was laid.



Between studies and analysis emerges the idea of ​​creating a third lane of traffic this to double its capacity to be a level on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side, work undertaken since September 13, 2007.

Among other steps of this project is the widening and deepening of the navigation channels both Gatun Lake and Pacific entrances of the Atlantic Ocean, so the Culebra Cut.

A Panama got 2 new sets of locks a challenge to implement a new infrastructure works comprising dredging and logistics in the design, since the water navigation channels should improve by increasing the maximum operational level of Gatun Lake.

This project has provided employment opportunities and training of professionals who are proud to belong to the most ambitious project that entails in Panama City.

To preserve the cultural heritage a contract with the Research Center Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is given, allowing valuable findings verify.

How will it work?

Each complex will have 3 levels or what are called chambers. Very similar to the Gatun Locks, the project will create a new channel with a lock on each side, which will provide a capacity of up to 49 meters (160 feet) wide, 366 meters (1,200 feet) long and 15 meters (50 feet) deep, or load volume of up to 170,000 dwt and 12,000 TEU.

The location will be on the Pacific side, southeast of the Miraflores Locks and the Gatun Locks.


Expectations of the Future of the Panama Canal

Achieved 100 years of operation of the Panama Canal, you can see the innovation and constant maintenance work allowing reinvent efficiently increase marine service first world.

The use of knowledge by joining efforts with technology to allow the best physical work entails, plus the daily work in special communications is essential for development in the administrative operations in the transit of boats piece.

Techniques, designs, logistical and analyzing opportunities to improve are at the door. Advances in energy savings in data processing speed, space and transparency are part of the future of the Canal.

The generation of new resources for an entire country, investment in turn is expected to project a return to economic flow throughout Panama.



Headhunting in Panama and how to get a job

The difficulties faced by companies in hiring high-profile executives are driving growth in the recruitment market in the country.

With the advent of more multinational companies in the sectors of logistics, banking and insurance, there is growing demand for qualified personnel to fill positions of managers, vice presidents or directors.

The difficulties faced by companies in hiring high-profile executives are driving growth in the recruitment market in the country. reports that “… Headhunters have witnessed the booming labor market there, and so have had to resort to using their best tricks and tactics to attract qualified talent. This creates fierce competition between companies for the best talent. ”

Regarding hiring foreign executives, Felipe Fabrega, general manager at Amrop Panama, noted that “… The act of importing talent is not bad, but it is the first step towards later exporting national talent … local talent is an important and healthy step forward for the market, as experts from different areas come to the country and their knowledge with the Panamanian personnel, so that they then become the most sought after in international markets. ”


What is Boquete Panama Coffee

March 2, 2014 by Leave a Comment  Boquete Guide

Simply Boquete Panama, a small agricultural in the highlands of Western Panama produces some of the best coffee in the world. Coffee from Boquete Panama wins awards year after year for it’s various Arabicas coffees. Boquete Panama Coffee is different, it is worth the cost of something unique, this link explains why, link

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The most unique and expensive is Geisha Coffee from Boquete Panama.

This website was created to allow direct sales of coffee from various growers to the worldwide market on a small scale. Rather than shipping vast quantities of beans to roasters who might mix or change the blend we sell the coffee direct from the grower to you.

All our coffee is sent direct from Boquete in the Republic of Panama to you. It is mailed and arrives in two to three weeks, depending upon holidays and mail pickup days in Boquete.

This is your opportunity to order one or more unique estate blends of coffee.

Cafe Ferdabella : Learn about Cafe Ferdabella at this link
Cafe Vista Encanto
Cafe de la Luna : Visit the Dos Jefes Farm at this link
Cafe Ruiz
Cafe Saurez :  Visit the Saurez Farm at this Link
Panama Joe
Palo Alto

or even a taste of Geisha itself in a 100% pure form.

After several months of selling a shipping coffee some customers requested that we ship to them every month, do that we created the Coffee of the Month club. This allows our small growers a chance to plan their production since they want to be sure their coffee is roasted just before mailing. If you drink a pound or two of gourmet coffee each month the club is your best option. You will see a new bag every month until you cancel. There is more information on the coffee of the month club here.

This is you opportunity to try some of the best coffee in the world without having to travel two days to get to Beautiful Boquete in Western Panama. If you have visited this is your way to continue to drink our great coffee at home.

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Finca Villa Estrella Boquete Coffee

Able SerracinIn the late 1880’s, an Italian man named Antonio Saraceni left the burgeoning outpost of Panama City and departed into the jungle for points unknown. No one knows what inspired him (and his six companions) to ride into the wilderness, just as the story of the journey has been lost to time.What we do know is that by 1892, Saraceni had established a coffee orchard that he called Finca Estrella (Star Farm) in a 39-hectare sheltered valley between two mountains, with a view to the rising sun. Today, his great grandson Abel (photo, below) carries on the family tradition begun over 120 years ago, stewarding the land and managing the Villa.

Fair view of the flowers and coffee in Boquete
Summer came and with it the season of tropical fruits, nice breezes, the sun in its splendor and in Panama the fair season where domestic and foreign can enjoy various outdoor activities.


Approximately 20 fairs in which it is intended to exalt the local culture from different parts of the country will be developed in the country, opening a window to entertainment, in addition to stimulating trade.

During the first four months of the year already famous exhibits such as the Fair of Flowers and Coffee in Boquete, Chiriqui, which ends next January 19 will be made; Also, visit the Feria de San Sebastián de Ocu, La Chorrera Fair or Azuero International Fair which will take place from 3 to 13 April.

In the table below you can review the various fairs to be carried out with the exact dates.

Police Identify Panama City Shooting Victim as Christopher “Murder” Coleman

Police Identify Panama City Shooting Victim as Christopher “Murder” Coleman

PANAMA CITY– UPDATE: October 22 5:00 a.m. Google News Panama

The Panama City Police Department has released the name of the victim who was killed Saturday night.


Police say 21-year-old Christopher Coleman, known to many as only “Murder,” was fatally shot in what police are saying was a targeted attack.

They also say they released Coleman’s nickname, Murder, with his family’s permission, as police say it’s a crucial identifying feature in the investigation.

“There’s a lot of people, his associates and peers, who that’s all they know him by. So not to put that information out would be damaging to the case, because there would be people who would not recognize ‘Chris Coleman,’ as being murdered. But they would recognize ‘Murder,'” Panama City Police Dept. Public Information Officer Richard Thore said.

Police are also asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, a black male wearing black clothing.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Detective Rodgers with the Panama City Police Department at (850) 872-3100. You can also report information anonymously to CrimeStopperes at (850 785-TIPS.

NewsChannel 7 will keep this page updated as we receive more details.


UPDATE: 12:03 am

Panama City Police are still investigating a shooting of a black male that occurred Saturday evening on the 700 Block of East 13th Court.

The victim was taken to the hospital and has been pronounced dead.

According to Police, information shows that a single gunman engaged the victim, firing multiple shots.

Police say the incident appears to be a targeted attack, as there were several other people in the area at that time, and they were not fired upon.

The victims name has not been released.

Police are still on scene, and will continue to investigate this incident.

If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 850-785-TIPS.

Panama City Police were on scene Saturday night investigating a shooting.

An incident happened on the 700 block of East 13th Court, off of Highway 77 in Panama City.

Police say someone did suffer from a gun shot wound out in front of the apartment complex.

At this time, do not know how many people were involved in this incident.

Stay with Newschannel 7 with more details as they become available.

California ports to compete with the Panama Canal

California ports to compete with the Panama Canal

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Long Beach is installing more infrastructures to move containers from China.

“We are preparing for increasingly larger ships,” says Jon Slangerup, CEO of the Port of Long Beach, California. “The ships will be wider, deeper, and more containers will have to be unloaded from them faster.

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“This is about future security, and the port is spending nearly $5,000 million in infrastructure investments in a 10-year plan because I literally do not know how much more trade will enter the docks”.

The eight biggest ports in the world are in East Asia, shipping out articles of all kinds for the whole world.

The ninth is on the other side of the Pacific in California, about 13 days by sea. The Bay of Los Angeles, south of the city, is the gateway of Asia to America, the first consumer country in the world. They are actually two ports. The port of Los Angeles, the largest in the US and the port of Long Beach is the second. Together, they are moving 14.7 million containers per year, with cargo valued at $465,000 million. On a map they can’t be distinguished from each other because they are separated only by a street.

Through the Port of Long Beach (POLB) 6.7 million containers move annually with cargo valued at $ 180,000 million. Trade with Asia accounts for 90% of operations of POLB. The company expects volume figures to double towards 2030. The intensity of trade with Asia is such that the Chinese New Year holidays are noted by decreased activity in Long Beach, said Don Snyder, director of business development of the port.

They could manage more, but not with the sizes of ships that are starting to be built by the shipping lines. “Market conditions are changing to large ships,” said Slangerup. Increasingly, ship owners are associating into groups with giant ships to save on costs. “We’re going to see ships of 22,000 containers,” he says.

In this context, the jewel of Long Beach is the Middle Harbor project, costing $2,000 million in investment in modernization and making a 20% increase in cargo capacity. Highest harbor cranes are 140 feet tall. The Middle Harbor will have them at 165 feet. This allows them to get more scope to take containers from the megaships, so-called Triple E class, carrying up to 18,000 containers.

Moreover, the terminal is completely electrified. There are no diesel vehicles. The deliveries are made by robot cars that stack the containers. When completed, this dock will be the fourth largest port in the United States, with a capacity of four million containers and operate virtually without the presence of humans.

Panama, its main competitor

The main competitor of the ports of California is the Panama Canal. It was the leader for taking Chinese goods to the rest of the USA, depending on whether it is better to unload in Los Angeles and continue by train, or pass through the canal to unload in Texas or northeastern ports. Currently, the so-called Post Panamax vessels, which carry up to 8,000 containers are 16% of the world fleet but carry 45% of all cargo. The expansion of the Panama Canal, ending in 2015, is intended to accommodate these ships and more, called New Panamax, up to 13,000 containers.

Long Beach is convinced that in the next world, the Panama Canal will be obsolete before they finish their expansion works, because they can not compete to attract the Triple E ships, which he estimates, will dominate trade with Asia.

The Danish shipping company Maersk, one of the largest in the world, has announced an investment of $3,000 million in new vessels until 2019 “The Panama Canal is the same as what happened to freeways of Los Angeles, that when they finished building. the number of cars had grown so much that they were obsolete,” says Noel Hacebaga, deputy executive director of POLB.

Besides the Panama Canal, California ports have one eye on the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico, which has easy access by the railway to Texas, which also makes it a threat.

US ports are spending billions to adapt their infrastructure to the world of giant ships. Long Beach, which is underused by 30% just by this trend, takes 10% of that amount. It’s a big bet. “It is not certain that this new capacity will be full,” says Hacebaga. “In this business, time is money, literally. If the product does not pass through the supermarket in time, many people lose money.”

Isis or Isil may be hiding in your neighborhood waiting to strike a blow against anyone is in their words is a Non-Believer and that means you are their target.

Isis or Isil may be hiding in your neighborhood waiting to strike a blow against anyone is in their words is a Non-Believer and that means you are their target.

The picture above is what the profit Muhammad was supposed to look like but this is really what he looked like below with a 10 year old bride about to be raped, by the Profit Muhamad


This is true Islam and what almost every Muslim believes, death to anyone who does not follow the teaching of the profit Muhammad.

The law of Islam also know as Sharia Law.

Convert or Kill anyone who does not believe in Islam,

You may kill and kidnap their women and make their women your wives up to 4 women per man.

You will treat your women as if you own them, like sheep or camels.

If your women disobeys you, you must kill her to keep your other wive in line.

You can steal, kidnap or buy a women, but she must be over the age of 10 years old to marry her, because if you rape a women under 10 years of age you will end up killing her while making her have sex with you.

Although the profit Muhammad had fifty wives in his harem that ranged from 6 years old all the ones under 10 years died during sex with him, so in his teaching he lets you know not to do this.


Islam in a Nutshell – Scary stuff!

Islam in a Nutshell

What is the greatest threat to our western civilization?
Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it
is a
complete, total, 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal,
economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a
beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to
agitate for their religious privileges.

When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies
to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other
components tend to creep in as well.

Here’s how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given
country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving
minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States — Muslim 0.6%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1.8%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and
disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among
street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to
percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the
introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby
food preparation jobs for Muslims They will increase pressure on
chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for
to comply. This is occurring in:
France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow
them to
rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law.
ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase
lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris ,
are already seeing car-burnings. . Any non-Muslim action offends Islam
results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with
opposition to
Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
particularly in Muslim sections in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad
formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches
Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%
At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror
attacks, and
ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers
of all
other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic
cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax
placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run
ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the
infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced
and is
on-going in:

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of
Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a
Muslim, the
Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such
as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most
radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood
lust by
killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

‘Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was
against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family
my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against
world, and all of us against the infidel’. — Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under
Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations
live in
ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live
Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There
no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In
such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large.
children attend madrasses.
They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime
punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations,
Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would

Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But
birth rates are higher than the birth rates of Christians, Hindus,
Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the
world’s population by the end of this century.

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the henhouse.
The wolves will be herding the sheep!

NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified
as a
devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…? Just wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
Doesn’t this make you feel safer already??
That should make the United States much safer, huh!! Was it not “Devout
Muslim men” that flew planes into U.S. buildings only 10 years ago?

We must never forget this. Was it not a Devout Muslim man who killed
13 at Fort Hood ? (He killed “From within” -don’t forget that).

Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to
finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not
out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This
question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20
The following is his reply:

Theologically – no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of

Religiously – no. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah
Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – no. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of
and the Quran.

Geographically – no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he
in prayer five times a day.

Socially – no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make
with Christians or Jews..

Politically – no. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual
leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of
America , the
great Satan.

Domestically – no. Because he is instructed to marry four Women and
and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

Intellectually – no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution
since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be

Philosophically – no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not
freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.
Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – no. Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the
Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as
Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent

Therefore, after much study and deliberation… Perhaps we should be
suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. – – – They obviously cannot
both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish, it’s
the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the
better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

Can a Muslim be a good soldier???

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13.
He is a good Muslim!!!
Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO
Please don’t delete this until you send it on.

Building the Beach Community, Panama

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Written by Kara Patrick
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:53
Model Ania Moreno on the beach in Coronado

Model Ania Moreno on the beach in Coronado

Until recently, the expat community in the Pacific beach neighborhoods has been primarily made up of retirees. In the last 5 years a younger demographic has begun to arrive, and their needs are different than those who came before.

Many of the new residents have young children and seek social networks beyond what the beach community already offers. While “happy hours” have been the forerunner in community connection, there is now a growing need for more family oriented functions. Parents want events where their kids can meet other kids, they can connect with other parents, and spend quality family time.

The first institutions to act on the needs of young families were, naturally, the schools. The three International schools in the area, Panama Coast International School, Coronado International School and Five Stars Academy, offer a variety of kid friendly initiatives.

Coronado International School (CIS) offers dance, soccer, and music programs that are open to children in various age groups. This year CIS will also introduce parent and student councils, as well as a recycling program in their school cafeteria.

Students at Five Stars continue to nurture a school garden. They also offer ocean familiarity programs such as swimming and surfing as part of their extra curricular activities.

Panama Coast International School (PCIS) is in the final stages of completing their open-air performing arts center. The center will include a stage to host student performances, as well as fairs. This year PCIS will hold their third annual Science Fair and their first annual History Fair. Also new for students this year, are the tennis, golf and swim teams.

Schools are not the only organizations making strides to develop family friendly community programs. Parents who own local businesses have also been organizing events with kids and parents in mind. Last month United Country organized their first Family Beach Day.

We spoke to Marla and Roberto Diaz, owners of United Country Real Estate, about the event. Marla explained that the activity was created as an opportunity for not only parents and their children, but also anyone looking to take advantage of the Pacific playground in our backyard. Being avid surfers and business owners with a wholesome outlook on life, Roberto and Marla wanted a non-happy hour event that the community could be involved with. On family beach days, free surf lessons are also offered. Participants are requested to do their part to keep the beach clean, and leave with one bag of trash.

There are two Family Beach Days scheduled for October: Saturday Oct. 11 and Saturday Oct 25 – both start at 10:00 a.m. Currently the venue is Playa Serena in Coronado, but it is subject to change based on the surf conditions. For up to date information visit the PlayaCommunity events page, The Coronado Family Surf Facebook group, or email:

UPDATE: There will be a Family Beach Day on Friday October 3 at 4:00 p.m. the location will be Playa Serena

Surfing Bocas del Toro

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by Okke Ornstein

Why do I do what I do? Because I want to be stinkin’ rich and famous. Just kidding—I’ve never heard anyone say they get into public interest media projects to make a mint or claim a slice of celebrityhood. I’m a journalist because social injustices drive me nuts. I’m a storyteller because I like to provoke and entertain.

Engaged, media savvy audiences appreciate being well-informed, and they generally trust the press that gets it right. Here’s our chance to get it right together, with original and impactful work that holds immense entertainment value—even when the subjects are serious or difficult.

I’m currently overseeing the documentary project below; documentary photography about the Ngobe indigenous people of Panama, for a photo book. It’s important for historical and cultural reasons, and without your support, this story would forever be lost. Thanks for your generous contribution!

Click here to donate!

Ngobe documentary photo project

I first met the Ngobe indigenous population in Panama when I produced a radio documentary about a hydroelectric dam that is being built on their territory. While doing research for that radio piece, I noticed how little was actually documented about the Ngobe, their culture, the way they live, and their history. That prompted me to launch a photo project. I want to spend a considerable amount of time in the “comarca” to take pictures and document this piece of indigenous Latin America. Unfortunately, this is not a project that I can do just on the side. It involves travel, extra gear, and the Ngobe comarca is difficult to move around in. That’s why I’m counting on your donations to make this project possible. The end result will be a photo book. Depending on the amount you donate, I’ll give you either a copy of the book or a fine art print of your favorite photograph in return. A kickstarter funding campaign is in the works. Meanwhile, you can donate by clicking on the photo.

What Spain reads about Panama these days

by Eric Jackson

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Unpopular austerity measures at a time when a quarter of Spain’s work force is unemployed form the explosive backdrop for two deepening political scandals, one about kickbacks mainly from the large-scale construction industry that appear to have ended up in a slush fund for the benefit of Spain’s ruling Partido Popular and the other about an allegedly sticky-fingered duke, the king’s son-in-law. People who are suffering don’t want to hear about the peculations and graft of those whose “regular” maintenance they pay through taxes, and the seething popular anger may oblige King Juan Carlos to abdicate. There are also huge and sometimes violent demonstrations outside the Parliament and the offices of the ruling conservative Partido Popular, but polls suggest that for the time being Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is slightly more popular than the opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), which get a most of the public blame for the economic collapse and a good share of the blame for the corruption. At the epicenter of the allegations against the ruling party is its former treasurer Luis Bárcenas, while the royal family’s problems center on but are increasingly less limited to Iñaki Urdangarín, the former Olympian who is married to the king’s younger daughter, the Infanta Cristina. It turns out that large sums of money, the alleged graft that went through Bárcenas ultimately to Partido Popular politicians and the proceeds of frauds against the rregionalgovernments of Catalonia and Valencia that went through the Noos Foundation and ultimately to the duke, washed through some of the same Panamanian corporations that were used as money laundering shells.

So in Spain these days, what is being cast in the public eye about Panama is this:

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Why Panama?

One of the lowest costs of living for foreigners.

The great comfort of having the American dollar as currency.

The best program of benefits for retirees in the world.

The country has world class attractions, a vibrant city, Miami style, exotic rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges in the perfect climate, premier golf, diving, fishing, islands and beaches on both the Pacific and the Atlantic. With all that and more, you will never be bored.

Advantages of living in Panama

-An investor friendly state or foreign retiree.

‘The fastest growing economy in the Americas.

-Cercanía To North America. A non-stop flight will take you to Panama in just 2-5 hours from Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Tampa, Dallas, Newark, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Orlando, Chicago, Miami or Toronto.

‘The Panamanian people are “globalized” peaceful, friendly and fun.

Systems of reliable transport from paved roads to public transport.

Health-services and high quality medical care at affordable prices.

-The best buys in Latin America.

High-speed-Internet and telecommunication services.

Excellent dining and restaurants offer.

-Facilities Of powerful banking and financial services sector.

-Variety Residential areas to choose their new home.

Numerous publications have declared the United States to Panama as one of the best places in the world to retire and for many reasons! Enter to discover useful information in preparing the best retirement program. You will enjoy a fast, secure, fun and unforgettable experience full retired THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA .

Islands of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro enchant tourists

Islands of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro enchant tourists

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Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro. – Hundreds of tourists, especially foreigners, arrive daily at this time of year the paradise islands, cays and islets of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Most travelers arrive by water taxi (speedboat accommodating 16 to 20 passengers), which in 30 minutes bring tourists from the port of Almirante to Isla Colon, others come to the island in 45 minutes flights from Panama City. archipelago of Bocas del Toro is located in the Caribbean Sea northwest of Panama. It consists of Isla Colon, which besides being the resort is the largest archipelago and northern; Bastimentos island, offering its domestic and foreign maritime national park, and Carenero islands, Cayo Agua, San Cristobal, Popa and Solarte, which also have a variety of exotic paradise sites that attract tourists. ARENA BLANCA


Lovers of white sand beaches and clear waters, as fans of fishing, surfing, snorkeling and other water sports, from the Pearl of the Caribbean, the name by which it is also known to extensive Bocas del Toro archipelago of 250 kilometers, the ideal vacation destination.visitors Others liked diving among corals, see or swim with the dolphins, admire the diversity of the archipelago marine and terrestrial species, view the stunning tropical vegetation present on the islands and keys and to enjoy the dishes of the local cuisine based on seafood, fish, coconut, bananas, cassava and other crops grown in the Caribbean region. OFFER


Lukas Wunderlin is a Swiss tourist who a month of enjoying all the beauties offered by the Caribbean Bocas del Toro asked his girlfriend Valentina Iseli to travel from Switzerland to Bocas del Toro to accompany him on his tour of the islands. Now both have planned to stay in the islands until the end of March this year. The friendly nature of the people, the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere of the islands are for Wunderlin and Iseli appeal that has made ​​this region as a destination favorite of tourists worldwide.Augustina Battaglia, tourist from Argentina, meanwhile, takes six weeks in Colon Island, and plan to stay a few months in the place and return home in late March. “I like the weather and beaches of white sand and clear waters here, very different from my country,” revealed Battaglia. formed by The American Nicholas Korea and Marcela Vargas Salvadoran couple, who have four months be vacationing in the islands, what attracts them are marine sports such as surfing, diving and snorkeling.”Had not been here before, this place has an almost idyllic charm,” Vargas said adding that she and her husband does not yet have a definite date to return to the United States. “I know many beautiful places in my country and in the United States, but none equal in beauty to these islands,” said Vargas. INDUSTRY


Tourism is the engine that drives the economy of the Caribbean region of Bocas del Toro. Transport (water, land and air), hotels, hostels, restaurants, supermarkets, among other businesses, they are directly concerned with foreign exchange generated by visitors. stay rates are varied and range from $ 20 a day in small hostels and go up to $ 800 in exclusive hotels. Also, prices of meals can vary depending on the cuisine requested because there Colón Island restaurants offering national meals, Afro-Caribbean, Italian, Chinese, and others. Walks in the different islands and cays also have different costs. The boat trip to Dolphin Bay, Coral and fall Bastimentos island costs between 15 and 20 dollars; Birds visit island, Starfish Beach and Boca del Drago has a value of $ 20, while moving to fall sneaker retails for $ 25. Hermenegildo Trotman, a boat operator in the region, recognizes that the prices of the rides by sea archipelago can negotiate directly with unions or water transport operators boats. “The price depends on the places you go and the amount of people,” said Trotman. Colón Some island residents also offer domestic and foreign services as tour guides.

In this summer: Breeze, Sun and fairs

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fair view of flowers and coffee in Boquete
Summer came and with it the season of tropical fruits, nice breezes, the sun in its splendor and in Panama the fair season where domestic and foreign can enjoy various outdoor activities. Approximately 20 fairs in which aims to exalt the local culture from different parts of the country will be developed in the country, opening a window to entertainment, besides stimulating trade. During the first four months of the year and be made ​​famous exhibits such as Fair Flower and Coffee in Boquete, Chiriqui, which ends on 19 January; Also, visit the Feria de San Sebastián Ocu, Feria de CV or Azuero International Fair which will take place from 3 to 13 April. In the table below you can review the various fairs to be carried out with precise dates.



Costa Rican Jews brave hazards, homesickness and Hamas to pursue new lives in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – From the frenetic, traffic-choked streets of Tel Aviv to the lonely northern mountain town of Qiryat Shemona – only a few miles from the Lebanese and Syrian borders – some 300 Costa Ricans have built a home away from home in Israel, lured here by family ties, high-tech jobs and a lifelong dream of living in the Jewish state.

One of them is Eddie Israelsky, who “made aliyah” (a Hebrew expression meaning to immigrate to Israel) three years ago and has never looked back.

“All my life, I was raised with a Jewish upbringing, surrounded by Jewish people and traditions. But I was rebellious. After graduating from high school, I didn’t fit into this closed society,” said the 31-year-old software whiz, who attended San José’s Instituto Dr. Jaim Weizman and later Universidad Veritas. “I came to Israel with a religious group, and in the middle of the trip, I decided I should stay for a couple of months and see if I could get a job. It wasn’t the typical aliyah.”

Israelsky ended up as manager of customer service at EyeClick, an Israeli video-game developer. He got the job thanks to his expertise in computer science and 3-D animation.

“I have two nephews from Guatemala here, and my niece Ariela is serving in the Israeli Army. The rest of my family lives in Costa Rica,” said Israelsky, whose father owns a clothing store in San José. “They think it’s a blessing that I have so many opportunities here.”

Eddie Israelsky, a Costa Rican-born new immigrant to Israel, is an executive with EyeClick Ltd., a Tel Aviv-based computer animation company.

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The aspiring executive spoke to us from the rooftop garden of his sleek office in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan – only a few blocks from the Costa Rican Embassy (it was moved here in 2006 from Jerusalem on orders of then-President Óscar Arias).

Rodrigo X. Carreras, Costa Rica’s ambassador here, estimated that about 300 fellow citizens – most, though not all of them Jews – reside in the Jewish state. Some of these non-Jews are employees of computer giant Intel Corp., which has manufacturing operations in both countries, while others married Israelis who were vacationing in Costa Rica and decided to join their spouses here.

Once in a while, everyone gets together. During the recent World Cup, Israelsky was in charge of rounding up as many Costa Ricans as possible to watch the semifinal against Holland. On July 5, about 250 of them converged on Shalvata, a restaurant overlooking Tel Aviv’s waterfront – only to watch La Sele – Costa Rica’s beloved national football team – lose to the Dutch in a penalty shootout after a scoreless game.

The most recent gathering of Ticos in Israel took place on Sept. 15, Costa Rica’s Independence Day. About 40 people enjoyed a picnic organized by Dayan Webb of Kibbutz Nachshon, a rural community of 500 people west of Jerusalem.

“I really like it here,” said Webb, who first came to Israel in 2000 as a volunteer. During her year and a half at Nachshon, she met an Israeli man named Nimrod and eventually married him. The newlyweds moved to San José, but by 2007 they had enough of Costa Rica’s crime and insecurity, and decided to settle in Israel permanently.

Today, the 40-year-old mother of three manages Latin American, European and Asian sales for a kibbutz-owned company that manufactures aseptic bags for the liquid packaging industry. Her husband is a pastry chef at a restaurant near Tel Aviv.

“Even with the wars, I feel more secure here than in Costa Rica. I know that no one will break into my house,” she said. “My kids can play outside and I’m not worried about someone stealing them. This is my home now. I would never think about moving back to Costa Rica.”

Neither would Frida Grynspan, vice president of research and development and site manager for Stem Cell Medicine, an Israeli biotech company that focuses on personalized medical treatments based on cell therapy.

“There are lots of similarities between Israel and Costa Rica,” said Grynspan, who – like Ambassador Carreras – lives in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion. “Israel has a very large, middle-class, educated population, and in Costa Rica, it’s the same. Both countries have great universities, and large extended families.”

Grynspan, a descendant of Polish Holocaust survivors who settled in Costa Rica after World War II, grew up in the Caribbean slope town of Turrialba, where there were only three Jewish families. At 17, she moved to Israel, earning a degree in chemistry from Hebrew University. Grynspan later received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a post-doctoral degree from Harvard Medical School.

She eventually married José Gottlieb, who became Yosef Gottlieb upon their return to Israel in late 1996.

“When I was in Costa Rica, I was associated with being Jewish. You come here and you’re Latina. But in my heart, I never left Costa Rica,” said the lifelong Zionist. “Remember, I came here to study science, and the education I got in Costa Rica was at a very high level, sufficient to compete against people who came from Russia. My kids love Costa Rica and we go there every chance we can.”

The biologist comes from a politically prominent family back home. Her sister, Rebecca Grynspan – vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998 – was the first Jew ever to occupy that position; she now heads the Madrid-based Secretaría General Iberoamericana. And her brother-in-law, Saul Weisleder, was president of Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly from 1997 to 1998.

Young Ticos living in Israel enjoy an Independence Day picnic on Sept. 15, 2014 at Kibbutz Nachshon, west of Jerusalem.

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As much as she loves Israel, life here isn’t easy – especially during a war. Her 23-year-old daughter Tali recently finished army service, and her 22-year-old son Amihai is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Grynspan said the situation took a turn for the worse in 2005, when the late Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew Israeli military forces from the Gaza Strip – and Hamas wrested control of Gaza and its 1.7 million inhabitants. Soon the terrorist group began showering nearby Israeli towns and settlements with rockets – effectively souring the Israeli public on the idea of further territorial compromise with the Palestinians.

“That disengagement from Gaza destroyed the peace movement for a while. It was difficult and painful, and I expected that afterwards, it would be reciprocated with goodwill from the Palestinians,” said Grynspan.

The most recent war, fought this summer, left 72 Israelis and 2,143 Palestinians dead, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure in ruins. At an international donor conference earlier this week in Cairo, 50 nations pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza, with much of that money coming from Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

While physical damage to Israel was minimal, the war had a psychological impact on thousands of people here, especially those like Grynspan with sons on the front lines.

In addition, she often heard air-raid sirens warning of incoming rockets while driving to her job in nearby Rehovot.

“We’d have to stop the car and lay on the ground,” she recalled. “I’m a very liberal person and I’m in the peace movement, but regardless of our politics, we didn’t initiate this war. My son had three good friends in Gaza. One of them was kidnapped and two of them died, and his officer was killed. So he lost four very good friends in a period of one week.”

She added: “The peace movement has been hit hard, but it will come back. I think we should have a Palestinian state. I believe in a two-state solution. We have to be strong, but if we don’t talk, there will never be peace.”

Hary Pichanski and his wife, Catia Kellerman, are two Costa Rican-born “olim chadashim” who immigrated to Israel in 2009 and live in the extreme northern town of Qiryat Shemona, near Israel’s border with Lebanon.

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Up in Qiryat Shemona, Catia and Hary Pinchanski live a stone’s throw from two of Israel’s sworn enemies: Lebanon and Syria. Nevertheless, they’re about to celebrate seven years since Nov. 12, 2007 – the day they and their three sons arrived in Israel.

“It was a family decision,” said Catia, 45, who like her husband grew up in the San José suburb of Rohrmoser. “We sat down with the kids and told them we were going to Israel. They knew they’d have to join the army. It was something we thought a lot about. But seven years later, we see that it was the best decision we could have ever taken in our lives.”

The Pichanski family originally settled in Kfar Giladi – a kibbutz in Israel’s northern Galilee – through an Israeli government-subsidized program for new immigrants called Bayit Rishon Bamoledet (Hebrew for “first home in the homeland”).

“We thought it would be better for the kids to be in a kibbutz than in the middle of a city,” said Catia, who teaches English and Spanish to local residents, among other things. Shortly after their arrival, they relocated to Qiryat Shemona, an outpost of 25,000 located one mile east of Israel’s border with Lebanon, and a few miles south of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and officially annexed in 1981.

“It’s a beautiful town,” she said. “We don’t lock our doors. My neighbors don’t either. There are no robberies here. It’s like how Costa Rica was years ago.”

Each time the family visits Central America, it requires a trip to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, three hours south. But in 2016, a high-speed train will link Tel Aviv with the northern town of Karmiel, only 40 minutes away – lessening the feeling of isolation that’s long been associated with living in Qiryat Shemona.

The Pichanskis have three sons: Samuel, 22, Avi, 21, and Joshua, 17. All have either served or will serve in the IDF – a duty that may seem jarring to those from a country that abolished its military in 1948, the same year Israel declared independence.

“A lot of Jews in Costa Rica don’t make aliyah because they’re afraid of the army,” said Pichanski. “But my experience is that the army is the best thing that can happen to someone. I know it’s hard, but the army makes kids grow up.”


Why is the United States giving Terrorist Hamas-Isis Palestinians 200 million dollars

Palestinians go fuck yourself up the ass with a pig sausage.

Egypt asked ISRAEL To suck cock and bend over. and the United States kicks in $200,000,000.00 to aid Isis Palestinians Terrorists.  

Cairo (AFP) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Israel to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians as an international donor conference opened in Cairo on Sunday to raise funds for Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has asked for $4 billion (3.2 billion euros) to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, devastated during a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in July and August.

Donors are wary of committing large funds in the absence of a permanent peace treaty, with Gaza having undergone three destructive conflicts in six years.

“I call on the Israeli people and the government: now is the time to end the conflict… so that prosperity prevails, so that we all can have peace and security,” Sisi said in his opening remarks.

PA president Mahmoud Abbas repeated his calls for an internationally set timeframe for establishing a Palestinian state, telling the global envoys in attendance that the latest conflict had destroyed government institutions in Gaza.

“Gaza has suffered three wars in six years. Entire neighbourhoods have been destroyed… There is a tangible need for funds to bring back government institutions, because they have all been destroyed,” Abbas said.

“There must be a new international approach to resolve the Palestinian-Isis-Terrorist, Israeli conflict,” he added.

“More than ever, the international community needs to support our attempt for a UN Security Council resolution to set a deadline to end the occupation.”

Abbas and his Islamist Hamas rivals in Gaza have agreed on a unity government which convened last week for the first time in the enclave.

Egypt has said the conference will also try to shore up the PA in Gaza, seen as a key condition to allow aid into the Israeli-blockaded territory.

Israel, the United States and the European Union have designated Hamas, which has ruled the strip since 2007, as a terrorist group that is now fighting along with Isis, in fact 50% of Isis fighters are Palestinian hamas terrorists.

Palestinians fire Saudi Arabian Rockets at Israel and declare war on all the Jews of the World

Palestinians with Saudi Arabian Missiles, attack Israel after declaring war against all the Jews in the World

Palestinians with Saudi Arabian Missiles, attack Israel after declaring war against all the Jews in the World

Palestinians shoot Saudi Arabian Missiles at Israel in an attempt to Kill Jews

Palestinians shoot Saudi Arabian Missiles at Israel in an attempt to Kill Jews

ISIS jihadists execute four women in northern Iraq and show the true face of Islam

Baghdad (AFP) – The Islamic State group has executed at least four women, including two doctors and a politician, in their northern Iraq strongholds this month, relatives and rights activists said on Saturday.

In the IS hub of Mosul, the jihadists executed three women on Wednesday including two doctors, Hanaa Edwar, a human rights activist who heads the Al-Amal organisation, said.

A medical source in Mosul confirmed their deaths and named the two doctors as Maha Sabhan and Lamia Ismail. The third woman was a law graduate.

On October 5, Iman Mohammed Yunus, a former Sunni parliamentarian from the Iraq Turkmen Front in the city of Tal Afar, farther west towards the Syrian border, was also executed.

“They took her from her home last month and called her family this week to say that she had been executed,” said Ali al-Bayati, who runs a foundation supporting the rights of Iraq’s Turkmen minority.

“Then they dumped her body in a water well outside Tal Afar,” he said.

According to Edwar, who confirmed Yunus’ execution, at least four other women were executed by IS militants in the Mosul area in recent weeks.

Among them were a former candidate for the local council and an academic.

“Women are easy targets for them. Many of the rights activists from Mosul ran away but some of the women among them had to stay with their children,” Edwar said.

IS militants have controlled Mosul since June 10, the second day of a major offensive that saw jihadist fighters seize swathes of land in five Iraqi provinces.

They have used the city, Iraq’s second largest, as a de facto capital for the Iraqi half of the “caliphate” which their leadership proclaimed in June and also includes large parts of Syria.

“After going after the ethnic and religious minorities, they are now hunting down Sunni members of civil society groups and anyone remotely connected with the government,” Edwar said.

She said IS was probably trying to sow maximum fear among the population by openly targeting women.

“When you abduct and kill women, you are really spreading horror,” she said.

On September 22, IS executed a women’s rights activist, Samira Saleh al-Nuaimi, reportedly because she had condemned the demolition of heritage sites by IS on social media.

Edwar also said two men, a judge and a deputy prosecutor, had been executed over the past two weeks.

A source at the Mosul morgue confirmed that their bodies had been brought in earlier this month.