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Welcome to our Whale Watching Panama Newsletter, #25, November 2014

Bringing you photos, videos, promotions and news from Whale Watching Panama


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Best year ever!

It has been way too long since our last newsletter. Where have I been? The answer is simple; out with the whales! We had a banner Humpback whale watching season July-October, 2014. For the second year in a row we enjoyed 100% success on our full day whale watching tours! We also had some of the most amazing encounters, more opportunities to swim with the whales and more clients than any year previous. Each year we grow in numbers of tours and clients, this year we had over 1,200 guests on our tours, compared to 790 in 2013. On some days we had 4 different boats going out from Panama city. As they said in the movie Jaws, “I think we need a bigger boat.” Which we are currently looking into a bigger and better dedicated boat for our tours from the city. Stand by for details.
I am also looking into some fun new projects, one of which is expanding our whale watching expeditions to other parts of the world. In February, 2015, we will be taking our first trip to meet the friendly Gray whales in Baja, Mexico, and we would love to have you join us. More details below. We have another very exciting project that we will be announcing very soon. Even though the Southern hemisphere Humpbacks have gone South now, as I write this, I just received a report from our staff on Contadora Island, that at this moment there are 3 Humpbacks in front of the island! Very likely some early arrivals from the North, escaping the early cold temperatures in North America. Come on out and lets see if we can find them. Of course, we always have our resident pods of Bottlenose and Pantropical spotted dolphins we can play with all year long. We hope to see you all soon on one of our tours.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends. I am so grateful to all of our valued tour guests be able to share the Whales and Dolphins with you all. And of course, I am grateful to the whales and dolphins who blessed us with allowing us to observe them in their natural habitat and gracing us with their presence.Whale and Dolphin Blessings,
Anne Gordon de Barrigón
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Its Dolphin Season!


A pod of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins in the Pearl Islands.

During the months of November-June when there are very few whales around to watch, we focus our tours on the resident pods of Dolphins. We have several species of dolphins in Panama. The two most common dolphins here are the Pantropical spotted dolphins and the much larger Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. We most often find the Spotted dolphins about half way to 2/3 of the way between Panama city and the Pearl Islands and the Bottlenose dolphins are seen closer to the Pearl islands, sometimes very close to the beaches. We also occasionally see Spinner and Short-beaked common dolphins on our tours. Sometimes we even see two or more species of dolphins together in a large super pod. To learn more about each Dolphin species go to our Dolphin page on our website.
On our Dolphin & Snorkel tours we spend time looking for the dolphins in the areas we are most likely to find them to see if they are interested in riding our boat’s bow wave or surfing behind the boat. Maybe we will get to observe feeding or sleeping behavior or watch them showing off their incredible leaps in the air. We may even have a chance to swim with the dolphins, depending on their interest level in us. After spending time with the dolphins we will visit a nearby island for a refreshing snorkel a beautiful coral reef teeming with colorful, tropical fish and explore a secluded white sand beach.

to book your Dolphin & Snorkel tour now.

Gray Whales in Baja, Mexico

Something I have always wanted to do is visit the friendly Gray whales of San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. I am finally going this February 9-13, 2015 and you are invited to come along with me! The Gray whales are known as the “Friendliest whales on earth”, because they actively seek out and approach the boats to be touched by humans! The mothers will even bring their young calves and push them up to be touched or even kissed by the people. Amazingly, the Gray whales were almost hunted to extinction in this same lagoon and were known as “Devil Fish” by the whalers because there were the only species of whales that aggressively fought back against the whalers.
We will also take an extra two days to watch the giant Blue whales on the Sea of Cortez as an optional trip extension.
On this trip we are calling Gifts from the Gray Whales Retreat I will be co-hosting with my dear friend, Laurie Reyon who is an Interspecies Communicator and Soul Healer. Laurie and I will be leading guided meditations, sharing communications and Whale Wisdom with our participants. Spaces are limited and we are filling up fast, so go to our website for more info and to sign up. Don’t miss this opportunity to touch and be up close and personal to a Gray whale.

For more information and to book this trip.

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Enjoy this video taken on one amazing day in August this last season. We had not only one, but, two pairs of Humpback mothers and calves come close to our boat to check us out. While they did I lowered my camera into the water and got some amazing footage of them under the water. One of the calves was quite playful and was practicing his breaching and tail lobs. See if you can see the eye of the first calf as he rolls on his side to look at us above the water. The video starts out a bit jumpy but just keeps getting better until the end “money shot” as we used to say in the film biz.

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Panama Protects Whales

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), led by scientist, Dr. Hector Guzman, has been studying the movements of the Humpback whales that frequent the Panama Pacific coastline from July-October. STRI found that the whales are commonly found in the areas of the Pearl Islands, Pedasi, Isla Coiba and Gulf of Chiriqui areas, and there is an area between Pedasi and the Pearl Islands where there seems to be less whale activity. They have proposed to restrict all ships entering and leaving the canal into one narrow channel instead of each ship choosing its own path to and from the canal entrance. This would concentrate all ships into the least whale populated area, ideally allowing the whales to avoid this area. It would also require the ships to decrease their speed while traveling through the Humpback whale’s traditional birthing waters. Dr Guzman calculates this would reduce the total area of sea where the whales would be at risk of collision by about 95%. This plan is proposed to take affect in the next few years and has been approved unanimously by the International Maritime Organization.
In early July of this year we saw on several occasions a young humpback calf with a deep gash down its back and flank. (Above photo) The cut was about 5-6″ (12-15 cm) deep and went below the blubber layer into the muscle and was about 4 feet (1 meter) long. The good news is that the calf was active and playing the first time we saw him and on subsequent sightings the gash appeared to be healing. We showed photos of this calf and his wound to a marine mammal rehabilitation veterinarian and to ARAP (Panama’s fisheries and water resources dept.) they all verified that it appeared to be an injury from a ship’s propeller. Hopefully, the calf healed completely and is on his way to Antarctica with his mother for his first taste of krill. to read more about Panama’s proposed whale protection plan.

Wanted: 2015 Whale Retreat Facilitators


A happy group led by Animal Communicator, Asia Voight on a Whale Wisdom Retreat.

Are you a teacher, healer, Animal communicator or simply have a lot of friends or family that would like to spend 5 days immersed in the healing energies of the Humpback whales and dolphins? If you gather a group of at least 6 people for your selected week then your trip will be absolutely free! If you fill the trip with 12 people, then you can earn some money too. Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for our 2015 Humpback whale watching season (July-October). We will handle all the logistics and payments. All you have to do it spread the word and promote the trip to all of your contacts, clients, friends and family. Not a bad way to earn a free 5 day trip to spend each day out on a luxury catamaran sailboat observing and swimming with curious Humpback whales and friendly dolphins. Send us an email and we will give you all the details about becoming a Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreat facilitator.

To receive more information about becoming a retreat facilitator.

Please Send us your Feedback

Planet Whale has a great resource, which is a listing of almost every whale watching tour operator around the world! Here at Whale Watching Panama we value your opinion. We do our very best to accommodate everyone’s desires and make their whale & dolphin watching experience the best ever. We are very grateful to those of you who have already given us excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. I would like to invite anyone who has gone on a trip with us to feel free to post an honest review on both Planet Whale &Trip Advisor or any other internet, print or other media review opportunity. We are a small company that offers our whale and dolphin trips as a way to share the wealth of humpback whales and dolphins we are blessed with here in Panama. We do not have a huge advertising or marketing budget so word of mouth and customer reviews means everything to us. So check us out and read the reviews we have on both Planet Whale and Trip Advisor and feel free to post a review of your whale and dolphin watching experience with us.
Click here to go to our Planet Whale review page.
Click here to go to our Trip Advisor review page. now for more information or to book your Dolphin or Whale Watching tour with us.
Anne@WhaleWatchingPanama.com

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book

This book is a collaboration of inspiring life experiences from some of the world’s top whale and dolphin visionaries, including Anne Gordon de Barrigon, founder of Whale Watching Panama. Each chapter of this exciting new book is written by a different whale and dolphin wisdom teacher, healer or communicator from around the world. These stories will touch your heart and help you open a spiritual connection with dolphins and whales.

for more info and to order your copy.


Kayak & Snorkel tour

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Emberá Village Tours

As many of you may know, I am married to an Emberá Indian man, Otniel Barrigón, whose family still love in traditional villlages in the jungles of Panama. Spending a day or an overnight tour with the Emberá is like stepping back in time and into a National Geographic documentary. The Emberá people are warm, open hearted and friendly people who are eager to meet new people and equally curious about visitors.

In fact it was the warmth of the Emberá people who first touched me deeply when I first came to Panama early in 2004 to work on a movie as a film animal trainer. The first time I spent the night in one of their villages I woke up knowing that these people would be in my life forever. I did not know how yet, but I knew I would always be with them. That was even before I had met my husband!

The Emberá people have the quality of life the rest of the world is searching for. For them Family and Community are the most important things in life. Work is a very distant third priority for them. The children grow up surrounded by love, and support, yet are given freedom to run and play as they wish, and the older kids eagerly and happily watch out for and play with the younger ones. The kids grow up with a strong sense of Self and I have never seen a child over the age of 5 talk back to their parents, ever! In fact, I never fail to see a distince softening in the faces of the guests I take to visit the Emberá on a tour after spending time in the village.

To learn more about booking your Emberá Village Tour in Panama emailEllie@EmberaVillageTours.comor go to www.EmberaVillageTours.com

Thanksgiving, what we were taught and what really happened are two different things

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700 Americans Indians Murdered. They killed the Indian Men and boys and women first, then they raped their young girls killing them afterwords. the American Indians should be protesting Thanksgiving not the Washington Redskins Football Team’ .

Costa Rica police rule out foul play in death of Ann Patton’s boyfriend last week

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Costa Rica the most corrupt country in Latin America, Waring if you have money do not go to Costa Rica, they will kill you for it or send you to jail for it. Just ask Ann Bender serving a life sentence for a husband she did not kill.

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More difficult news happened last week for Ann Maxine Patton, who was convicted last May in Costa Rica of killing her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender in 2010 in a case that has drawn ongoing international scrutiny, the latest of which is from the CBS program “48 Hours.”

Last Wednesday, Patton’s boyfriend, 40-year-old New York State native Greg Fischer, was found dead in his Escazú apartment southwest of San José, from an apparent heart attack or asthma attack, his brother Brian stated in a Facebook post.

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A spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Police confirmed the death to The Tico Times and said no foul play is suspected.

A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Claude R. Boyd/Spencer Funeral Home in West Islip, New York, Brian Fischer posted on Facebook.

In recent months, Greg Fischer had joined Patton’s friends and family members in a campaign to draw attention to her case, which has been featured on CNN, CBS and several other international news outlets. A court previously had exonerated Patton of the charges of shooting to death her husband John in 2010 in the bedroom of their extravagant jungle estate in southern Costa Rica. Patton always has maintained the death was a suicide.

Yet after an appeal by prosecutors, a second trial was ordered, and last May a different court found Patton guilty of murder and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. Friends, family members and supporters are fighting for her release, citing several inconsistencies in the evidence presented by prosecutors, and what they say is enough reasonable doubt to have the case tossed.

Patton’s supporters have started a signature drive at change.org and a fundraising effort atgofundme.com.

According to the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office, Patton currently is held at the Buen Pastor women’s prison in San José, where she awaits a hearing on an appeal of the conviction.

 

 

The Day After Festival 2015 In Panama City, Panama

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Thousands from across the world will descend along the beautiful shores of Panamá for the return of The Day After Festival. Join ShowPro and Disco Donnie Presents once again for Latin America’s #1 destination festival in Panama City on January 16-18, 2015.

This is the third year that the festival has come to Panama City, which includes some of the world’s top DJs. It will take place over three days at Figali Convention Center.

Featuring the exclusive premier of the TDA official anthem:
Michael Brun & DubVision ft. Tom Cane – “Sun In Your Eyes”.

Tickets On-Sale Now at http://dayafter.com

Big Hotel Chains Targeting Panama City Growth

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Panama, Panama City | By Duncan McGowan | November 18, 2014 10:10 AM ET


This month Hyatt opened its first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama, the 165-room Hyatt Place Panama City. Located in the heart of the financial zone, Hyatt says the new hotel is part of a Latin America growth strategy, an expansion plan which reportedly includes a new hotel in Costa del Este, the waterfront development in south Panama City.

Hyatt is also rumored to be considering another Hyatt-branded facility on the Amador Causeway, where the Amador Convention Center is scheduled to open next year.

Hyatt’s debut follows the opening earlier this year of the first Hilton-branded hotel in Panama City, the 347-room Hilton Panama. Hilton already runs three other hotels in Panama City, including a Waldorf Astoria and a fifth Hilton is expected to open soon.

But that’s not all. This month Grace Hotels, a fast-growing luxury brand specializing in “contemporary urban boutique” hotels, opened its first hotel in Central America in the distinctive Twist Tower, which looks like a giant corkscrew.

Overall, the number of hotel rooms available in Panama City has almost doubled since 2007, with more than 13,000 hotel rooms now available in Panama City.

In the short term, the result is a clear oversupply of hotel rooms in the city. Competition is high. As a result, room rates are declining, which means inexpensive and discounted rooms for both businesses and leisure travelers.

There is a hotel war looming, as the hotels compete for customers. That will mean great deals for tourists, who will be encouraged to visit and explore Panama City. Corporations and associations will also take advantage of the competition to host meetings and events in the city.

In the long term, the growth of the hotel market is good news for the residential property market. Hotels tend to be a leading indicator of property expansion and a clear driver of second home and investment home sales. Hotels promote a destination and invest in infrastructure. They expose the market to people who may not be familiar with Panama City. And they help create a business friendly environment.

The current abundance of supply is not slowing down the hotels, which have clearly identified Panama City as a market for expansion. Many of these brands have never built projects in Central America before, but now they see Panama City as a maturing market.

Several brands are expected to target the Amador Causeway, which is attracting a new wave of development. In addition to the Amador Convention Center and the new Frank Gehry-designed biomuseum, the Causeway is attracting investors from around the world for its unique waterfront opportunities.

In Punta Pacifica, the neighborhood of luxury towers on Panama Bay, the anchor hotel is the Trump Ocean Club, the tallest building in Central America and the first hotel to carry the Trump name in the region. Last month the Trump opened the largest casino in Central America, a top-of-the-line facility run by Sun International, the South African operator known for its high-end clientele.

For Panama, the Trump is the social and cultural hub of the community, which is another benefit of having a big hotel brand in the neighborhood. The addition of more top brands like Hyatt and Hilton will help transform the city and a sure sign that more international companies are ready to make their mark on the Panama City success story.

 

Vacations Venice Beach California U.S.A. from Central and South America

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If you are coming to the United States and are going to Los Angeles California, then Panama Jack has the perfect choices for renting houses, apartments, condo’s and rooms in the Venice beach area of Los Angeles, California.

Venice Beach is the most exciting beach in the world and it is close to everything in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu and Downtown Los Angeles.

We have a condo in a luxury building that will sleep 3 people within 8 minutes of (LAX) for only $150.00 2 night minimum. It is 2 miles from the airport and 1 mile from the beach at Play Del Rey

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Are rentals go all up to the most beautiful original Craftsman Style Luxury Venice Beach House that is great for special events and sleeps 10 people for $1500.00 a night 2 night minimum.

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Our rentals start at $125.00 a night for a studio apartment and go all they up to $1,500.00 for a five bedroom luxury beach house on Venice Beach.

Contact Numbers

Phone Number 310-857-9895

If calling from Panama, Costa Rica or any Central or South American Country 001-310-857-9895

Skype Phone jacksoninpanama all one word.

E-Mail jack@republicofpanama.net reference Venice Beach subject

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THIS IS Camila from Chile South America who came and stayed with her girlfriend for one week, they had a great time and are now our friends and are in New York City. Photo by Jack Miller

Panama Photography by Lois Iglesias

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Lois is a Panamanian photographer whose world picture focuses on man and his environment. For humans it is not just as the universe, but justification for the creation of ethical, sociological and historical postulates. LOIS His gaze penetrates deep and goes hand in hand with a conscience in full swing, which returns an active, vital entity and lends itself to build your environment.

Thank You for your beautiful pictures Panama Visitors Guide

Last of the natural paradise of San Blas, Panama.

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Ibedi natural is the last natural paradises of San Blas, Panama.
Visit this destination, reconnect with nature. Surrounded by trees, mountains, rivers and beaches, various species of birds, butterflies, turtles and an ancient culture that make your vacation unforgettable.

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Lately Ibedi Natural (Armila ) has become a popular destination for eco-tourists, conservationists, nature lovers and adventurers who like appreciate the flora and fauna, a different experience in contact with nature and sense of adventure and in good health (Physics).
If you are one of them and live an adventurous spirit in you, what you waiting for? Book now!

 

CONTACT

NATURAL IBEDI

Armila, San Blas. Panama.
Tel .: 6014 7395
e-mail: ibedialnatural@hotmail.com
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Panama’s Official Vacation Website and Tour Guide

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The Official Tourism Website of the Republic of Panama, Here at Panama Visitor’s Guide we do our best to help you find information on the Republic of Panama, on the Panama Canals Tours and Day Trips, Boquete Tourism, Panama Hotels and Hostels, Panama Nightlife, San Blas Vacation Hotels and Hostels, Bocas Del Toro Hotels and Hostels, Panama Casinos, Beach, Panama Sport Fishing, Whale Watching in Panama, Panama Canal Live Web-Cam, Maps of Panama, República de Panamá

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The Panama Canal, Panama Hotels, Panama Nightlife, Panama Medical Tourism, Panama Sport Fishing.
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PARADISE FISHING LODGE, September 2014 Panama Fishing Report

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PARADISE FISHING LODGE, September 2014 FISH 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 Worst Eco-Offenders on Earth Will Surprise You Costa Rica

By Bret Love

Costa Rica is one of several destinations that appear on both our “World’s Best” and “Needs Improvement” lists.

Though it was heralded as the first country to brand itself as a premier ecotourism destination, Ethical Traveler founder Jeff Greenwald suggests that Costa Rica is still lacking in important ways.

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“Corruption is still a big problem there,” he says, “and because of it, Costa Rica is now a hub for child prostitution. Worse, the government prosecutes eco-activists like Paul Watson from
Sea Shepherd, and criminal gangs [of poachers] murder sea turtle conservationists.

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Famous chef Gordon Ramsay was forced to flee the country after trying to report on illegal shark-finning.”

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Costa Rica News by AM Costa Rica
Trio of thugs ruin life in Costa Rica for Canadian retirees
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Robert Gill fought back when bandits invaded his Caribbean property. So the crooks pistol whipped the 75 year old and left him for dead.

His wife, a few yards away, saw the attack and then was confronted by a masked man demanding “Dinero, Dinero” and wielding a knife. She was dumped from a hammock and watched as the crook scooped up money, a computer, a cell phone, a camera and her husband’s wallet.

The two retired Canadians are both in their 70s, and have been splitting the year since 2001 between Costa Rica and the north.

“We leave December 12th, walking away from most of what we own after more than a decade in this beautiful, horrendously perilous country,” said Judy Gill via email Wednesday. “But at least we leave with our lives.”

Their home is in Punta Riel, midway between Cahuita and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

She captioned her email “So dies the dream . . . “

Of a potential news story, Mrs. Gill said : “I hope it will warn others who seek to warm arthritic joints in the balmy air here that after dark Costa Rica can only be safely enjoyed behind locked doors and barred windows, and even that is no guarantee.”

As A.M. Costa Rica readers, the Gills know about criminal activity in the country. But their home invasion did not show up on any of the usual police reports to which newspeople have access. That suggests that the incidence of crime is understated.

Expats around Puerto Viejo are sensitive to such news stories because they believe such crimes hurt tourism. There have been several local security efforts.

Mrs. Gill said that her husband on the evening of Nov. 12 stepped outside to fill the household water tank, something he did every night.

“Clearly, they had been watching and waiting because they were hiding in the dark under the house, having gained access over our surrounding fence,” she said of the bandits trio. “As they screamed ‘Matar! Matar’ which translates as ‘Kill! Kill!,’ he fought back. If he had died, this would have been premeditated murder. They overwhelmed him and beat him with a pistol butt until he was unconscious.”

She ended up gagged on a bed as the crooks left. Her husband could not stand or walk well and kept falling. She was unpleasantly surprised to find out that the 911 emergency service did not answer after repeated calls.

Finally the pair made it to a helpful neighbor’s house, and an ambulance later took a bloodied Robert Gill away for treatment.

Why they were targeted still puzzles Mrs. Gill. “We live in a small house, on a small piece of ground, do not own a car, take buses for shopping in local stores and do not flaunt our wealth because we have none to flaunt,” she said. In addition to the electronic items, the bandits got away with two Canadian $20 bills and 110,000 colons, a bit more than $200.

“Gringo apologists would have us believe these men attacked us and stole from us because they are poor and uneducated and can’t find jobs,” said Mrs. Gill, adding:.

“That is not true. Education is free and mandatory in this country. There are jobs tending and harvesting crops for export and local consumption. There are construction jobs, land clearing jobs and many other possibilities for earning honest livings. Those men have chosen to live as predators, and I don’t understand it. I will never understand. Nor will I forget my husband fighting for his life and mine, or forget seeing men in white hoods with only eye-holes, bursting into a place where I felt secure enough to dine, entertain friends, relax and write.”

Mrs. Gill said that she and her husband will miss the howler monkeys, humming birds, trees, flowers, and “the good friends in this Gringoless community who adopted us into their midst.”

Ritz-Carlton Slated for Panama’s Pearl Island

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company plans to expand its Reserve hotel collection with a resort on Pearl Island, located 45 miles south of Panama City.

The Ritz-Carlton is part of the second phase of a luxury real estate and leisure island development on the barely-inhabited, 3,500-acre Pearl Island, which will eventually include three five-star hotels, a marina and a low-density, high-end residential development.

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Developed by Dolphin Capital Investors and Panama-based Grupo Eleta, the first phase of Pearl Island, located on the north-eastern Peninsula Zancadilla, features home sites ranging from 3,000 to 20,000 square meters. Seventy-five percent of the island will remain untouched as a natural reserve.

The project’s landing strip has been completed, according to a company announcement.

The Ritz Carlton Reserve is the sixth planned Reserve property for the chain. The center of the Reserve will feature an open-air resort with 80 guest rooms, and a variety of luxury amenities including a spa, private beach club, three swimming pools, access to a world-class marina, dive and fishing village and equestrian center, the company said.

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The Reserve will also include one- and two-story villas with oceanfront views, large guest rooms with private plunge pools and private terraces. During the construction phase of the Reserve, a collection of Ritz-Carlton branded Residences will be available for sale, designed in the same architectural style as the resort.

The Pearl Island Ritz-Carlton location is expected to open in 2016. It joins current Reserve locations in Phulay Bay in Thailand and Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Upcoming locations including Molasses Reef in Turks and Caicos, Tamuda Bay, Morocco and Cabos San Lucas, Mexico.
- See more at: http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/latin-america-vacation-news/ritz-carlton-pearl-island-pearl-island-ritz-carlton-reserve-dolphin-capital-investors-grupo-elata-peninsula-zancadilla-five-star-hotels-7472.php#sthash.qxvRRVxm.dpuf

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Whale Watching Panama Newsletter

Welcome to our Whale Watching Panama Newsletter, #25, November 2014

Bringing you photos, videos, promotions and news from Whale Watching Panama

Keep up with us on Facebook where we regularly post our photos and videos.

Best year ever!

It has been way too long since our last newsletter. Where have I been? The answer is simple; out with the whales! We had a banner Humpback whale watching season July-October, 2014. For the second year in a row we enjoyed 100% success on our full day whale watching tours! We also had some of the most amazing encounters, more opportunities to swim with the whales and more clients than any year previous. Each year we grow in numbers of tours and clients, this year we had over 1,200 guests on our tours, compared to 790 in 2013. On some days we had 4 different boats going out from Panama city. As they said in the movie Jaws, “I think we need a bigger boat.” Which we are currently looking into a bigger and better dedicated boat for our tours from the city. Stand by for details.
I am also looking into some fun new projects, one of which is expanding our whale watching expeditions to other parts of the world. In February, 2015, we will be taking our first trip to meet the friendly Gray whales in Baja, Mexico, and we would love to have you join us. More details below. We have another very exciting project that we will be announcing very soon. Even though the Southern hemisphere Humpbacks have gone South now, as I write this, I just received a report from our staff on Contadora Island, that at this moment there are 3 Humpbacks in front of the island! Very likely some early arrivals from the North, escaping the early cold temperatures in North America. Come on out and lets see if we can find them. Of course, we always have our resident pods of Bottlenose and Pantropical spotted dolphins we can play with all year long. We hope to see you all soon on one of our tours.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends. I am so grateful to all of our valued tour guests be able to share the Whales and Dolphins with you all. And of course, I am grateful to the whales and dolphins who blessed us with allowing us to observe them in their natural habitat and gracing us with their presence.

Whale and Dolphin Blessings,
Anne Gordon de Barrigón

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Table of Contents
Its Dolphin Season!
Gray Whales in Baja, Mexico
Featured Video
Panama Protects Whales
Wanted: 2015 Whale Retreat Facilitators
Please Send us your Feedback
Dolphins & Whales Forever Book
Emberá Village Tours

Its Dolphin Season!

A pod of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins in the Pearl Islands.

During the months of November-June when there are very few whales around to watch, we focus our tours on the resident pods of Dolphins. We have several species of dolphins in Panama. The two most common dolphins here are the Pantropical spotted dolphins and the much larger Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. We most often find the Spotted dolphins about half way to 2/3 of the way between Panama city and the Pearl Islands and the Bottlenose dolphins are seen closer to the Pearl islands, sometimes very close to the beaches. We also occasionally see Spinner and Short-beaked common dolphins on our tours. Sometimes we even see two or more species of dolphins together in a large super pod. To learn more about each Dolphin species go to our Dolphin page on our website.
On our Dolphin & Snorkel tours we spend time looking for the dolphins in the areas we are most likely to find them to see if they are interested in riding our boat’s bow wave or surfing behind the boat. Maybe we will get to observe feeding or sleeping behavior or watch them showing off their incredible leaps in the air. We may even have a chance to swim with the dolphins, depending on their interest level in us. After spending time with the dolphins we will visit a nearby island for a refreshing snorkel a beautiful coral reef teeming with colorful, tropical fish and explore a secluded white sand beach.

to book your Dolphin & Snorkel tour now.

Gray Whales in Baja, Mexico

Something I have always wanted to do is visit the friendly Gray whales of San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. I am finally going this February 9-13, 2015 and you are invited to come along with me! The Gray whales are known as the “Friendliest whales on earth”, because they actively seek out and approach the boats to be touched by humans! The mothers will even bring their young calves and push them up to be touched or even kissed by the people. Amazingly, the Gray whales were almost hunted to extinction in this same lagoon and were known as “Devil Fish” by the whalers because there were the only species of whales that aggressively fought back against the whalers.
We will also take an extra two days to watch the giant Blue whales on the Sea of Cortez as an optional trip extension.
On this trip we are calling Gifts from the Gray Whales Retreat I will be co-hosting with my dear friend, Laurie Reyon who is an Interspecies Communicator and Soul Healer. Laurie and I will be leading guided meditations, sharing communications and Whale Wisdom with our participants. Spaces are limited and we are filling up fast, so go to our website for more info and to sign up. Don’t miss this opportunity to touch and be up close and personal to a Gray whale.

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Featured Video

Enjoy this video taken on one amazing day in August this last season. We had not only one, but, two pairs of Humpback mothers and calves come close to our boat to check us out. While they did I lowered my camera into the water and got some amazing footage of them under the water. One of the calves was quite playful and was practicing his breaching and tail lobs. See if you can see the eye of the first calf as he rolls on his side to look at us above the water. The video starts out a bit jumpy but just keeps getting better until the end “money shot” as we used to say in the film biz.

To see the video.

Panama Protects Whales

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), led by scientist, Dr. Hector Guzman, has been studying the movements of the Humpback whales that frequent the Panama Pacific coastline from July-October. STRI found that the whales are commonly found in the areas of the Pearl Islands, Pedasi, Isla Coiba and Gulf of Chiriqui areas, and there is an area between Pedasi and the Pearl Islands where there seems to be less whale activity. They have proposed to restrict all ships entering and leaving the canal into one narrow channel instead of each ship choosing its own path to and from the canal entrance. This would concentrate all ships into the least whale populated area, ideally allowing the whales to avoid this area. It would also require the ships to decrease their speed while traveling through the Humpback whale’s traditional birthing waters. Dr Guzman calculates this would reduce the total area of sea where the whales would be at risk of collision by about 95%. This plan is proposed to take affect in the next few years and has been approved unanimously by the International Maritime Organization.

In early July of this year we saw on several occasions a young humpback calf with a deep gash down its back and flank. (Above photo) The cut was about 5-6″ (12-15 cm) deep and went below the blubber layer into the muscle and was about 4 feet (1 meter) long. The good news is that the calf was active and playing the first time we saw him and on subsequent sightings the gash appeared to be healing. We showed photos of this calf and his wound to a marine mammal rehabilitation veterinarian and to ARAP (Panama’s fisheries and water resources dept.) they all verified that it appeared to be an injury from a ship’s propeller. Hopefully, the calf healed completely and is on his way to Antarctica with his mother for his first taste of krill.

to read more about Panama’s proposed whale protection plan.

Wanted: 2015 Whale Retreat Facilitators

A happy group led by Animal Communicator, Asia Voight on a Whale Wisdom Retreat.

Are you a teacher, healer, Animal communicator or simply have a lot of friends or family that would like to spend 5 days immersed in the healing energies of the Humpback whales and dolphins? If you gather a group of at least 6 people for your selected week then your trip will be absolutely free! If you fill the trip with 12 people, then you can earn some money too. Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for our 2015 Humpback whale watching season (July-October). We will handle all the logistics and payments. All you have to do it spread the word and promote the trip to all of your contacts, clients, friends and family. Not a bad way to earn a free 5 day trip to spend each day out on a luxury catamaran sailboat observing and swimming with curious Humpback whales and friendly dolphins. Send us an email and we will give you all the details about becoming a Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreat facilitator.

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Please Send us your Feedback
Planet Whale has a great resource, which is a listing of almost every whale watching tour operator around the world! Here at Whale Watching Panama we value your opinion. We do our very best to accommodate everyone’s desires and make their whale & dolphin watching experience the best ever. We are very grateful to those of you who have already given us excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. I would like to invite anyone who has gone on a trip with us to feel free to post an honest review on both Planet Whale &Trip Advisor or any other internet, print or other media review opportunity. We are a small company that offers our whale and dolphin trips as a way to share the wealth of humpback whales and dolphins we are blessed with here in Panama. We do not have a huge advertising or marketing budget so word of mouth and customer reviews means everything to us. So check us out and read the reviews we have on both Planet Whale and Trip Advisor and feel free to post a review of your whale and dolphin watching experience with us.
Click here to go to our Planet Whale review page.
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now for more information or to book your Dolphin or Whale Watching tour with us.
Anne@WhaleWatchingPanama.com

Dolphins & Whales Forever Book
This book is a collaboration of inspiring life experiences from some of the world’s top whale and dolphin visionaries, including Anne Gordon de Barrigon, founder of Whale Watching Panama. Each chapter of this exciting new book is written by a different whale and dolphin wisdom teacher, healer or communicator from around the world. These stories will touch your heart and help you open a spiritual connection with dolphins and whales.

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Kayak & Snorkel tour

Tours@ContadoraIslandTours.com

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Emberá Village Tours

As many of you may know, I am married to an Emberá Indian man, Otniel Barrigón, whose family still love in traditional villlages in the jungles of Panama. Spending a day or an overnight tour with the Emberá is like stepping back in time and into a National Geographic documentary. The Emberá people are warm, open hearted and friendly people who are eager to meet new people and equally curious about visitors.

In fact it was the warmth of the Emberá people who first touched me deeply when I first came to Panama early in 2004 to work on a movie as a film animal trainer. The first time I spent the night in one of their villages I woke up knowing that these people would be in my life forever. I did not know how yet, but I knew I would always be with them. That was even before I had met my husband!

The Emberá people have the quality of life the rest of the world is searching for. For them Family and Community are the most important things in life. Work is a very distant third priority for them. The children grow up surrounded by love, and support, yet are given freedom to run and play as they wish, and the older kids eagerly and happily watch out for and play with the younger ones. The kids grow up with a strong sense of Self and I have never seen a child over the age of 5 talk back to their parents, ever! In fact, I never fail to see a distince softening in the faces of the guests I take to visit the Emberá on a tour after spending time in the village.

To learn more about booking your Emberá Village Tour in Panama email Ellie@EmberaVillageTours.com or go to www.EmberaVillageTours.com
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Grupo Viva announces the opening of a holding company in Panama

The likelihood of low-cost regional air travel is on the horizon with the entry into the market of Europe’s very successful Ryanair with Colombian and Mexican partners.

The owners of Mexican Viva Aerobus and Viva Colombia have announced the opening of a holding company in Panama to start operations in Central and South America.

VivaAerobus and VivaColombia

A statement from Irelandia Aviation and the IAMSA Aviation Group, owners of the low-cost airline of Mexico, VivaAerobus and VivaColombia, the Colombian airline, announced their intention to expand the Viva airline brand in Central and South America.

A company statement says Grupo Viva is being established in Panama City as an airline holding company of the multinational carriers. The new company will be responsible for the future development of the Viva brand beyond current operations in Mexico and Colombia, maximizing cost synergies and operating efficiencies across the group, in addition to the centralization of key management functions.

The Viva Group is chaired by Roberto Alcántara Rojas, who is also Chairman of the Board of IAMSA and the VivaAerobus Group.

Irelandia Aviation director and partner, Declan Ryan, will be a lead investor.

Declan Ryan is the founder and Managing Partner of Irelandia Aviation. He is also one of the founders of Ryanair and has held several senior management positions in Ryanair, including CEO and member of Board (1986-2004). He is a Board member of VivaAerobus and Chairman of VivaColombia. Ryan is also founder of the One Foundation in 2004, a major Irish and Vietnamese philanthropic organization.

Tony Davis, currently Partner and COO of Irelandia Aviation, has been appointed CEO. He is responsible for the creation of the corporate structure of the Group and management infrastructure in the next 12 months. He is Chief Operating Officer of Irelandia Aviation with responsibility for portfolio company performance.

He was CEO of Tiger Airways (2005 -2011) and led successful development of company and IPO on Singapore exchange in 2010.

He has over 25 years’ airline management experience, including with British Airways and Gulf Air prior to BMI, Tiger and Irelandia Aviation.

Joe Mohan, former Senior Vice President Commercial of Copa Airlines, has been named president and chief operating officer. He is responsible for the expansion of the regional group coverage and improved cost synergies and operational efficiency of the airline group.

Keira Knightley Posed Topless to Protest Photo Retouching

by The Insider 1:20 mins and a few other perverted asshole who used fake pictures

Kara Knightley bared it all for a recent issue of Interview magazine as a personal protest against photo alterations. In an interview with British newspaper The Times, the 29-year-old explained that she demanded the topless photos remain unedited so people could see what she really looked like.

“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters,” she said. “That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”

Back in 2004, controversy swirled around Knightley’s enhanced depiction in the movie poster for “King Arthur,” and in 2006, she came under fire after Vanity Fair ran an altered picture of a nude Knightley and Scarlett Johansson with a fully clothed Tom Ford on the cover. But today it’s all about fighting the industry standard. Check out the video to hear what else the actress had to say about her untouched topless photos and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.

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Staying Safe in Costa Rica

The Perils of Living in Costa Rica By Moose

Staying Safe in Costa Rica

By Alley Cat and Moose the Tom Cat
Summary: Recent crimes in Costa Rica have involved robbers arriving at homes and impersonating police officers. Alley Cat offers great advice and detailed information about what you need to know when the police are at your door.
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A number of months ago an incident occurred involving a private home that was approached by several police officers arriving in a truck. They presented the owner with an official looking sheet of paper and claimed that they had been sent to search the premise. The owner obliged and opened the main gate and what resulted was a nightmare. The men entered the home and then proceeded to threaten the people within. Within minutes, they had tied everyone up and began stealing everything of value. If anyone had been watching from a neighboring house, they would have thought that everything was normal. The police had been allowed to enter and after the gate had closed nobody could see the men loading up the truck nor could they imagine the distress of the inhabitants.
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This type of scenario is all too frequent these days. What should one be aware of if faced with a similar situation? What are your rights? What are the rights of law enforcement regarding yourself and your property? And finally, what do you need to know to prevent a situation like this from happening to you and your place of business or family home?
First of all, it is important to understand the different divisions of police here in Costa Rica as well as their roles and rights. There are 2 basic divisions when it comes to law enforcement. The first division is Administrative Law Enforcement and the second is Local Law Enforcement. Administrative law enforcement deals with cases that can be a danger on a national level. They do not wear uniforms and are plain clothed. This sector includes the OIJ (Judicial Investigation Organization), the PCD (Drug Control Police), and Immigration Police. The most common on a public level are the OIJ and the PCD. These squads are not the ones that will be politely knocking at your door requesting entrance. The OIJ is sent out to rescue kidnap victims, find wanted felons and negotiate hostage situations. When they or the DITA are sent to an address it is so they can take the location by surprise and force.
The second division of law enforcement includes The Fuerza Publica and other units like Frontier Police, Touristic Police and Transit Police to name the most common. They are uniformed with their unit clearly marked on the breast and their vehicle. These units are an aid to the administrative units. They deal with everyday law enforcement and petty crimes.
It is important to understand that if an officer with a notice or summons arrives at your door he will most often come alone (maximum two officers), usually on a motorbike clearly marked as a police vehicle and will present you with two copies: an original for you to keep and a copy for you to sigh that he will keep. They will not come by truck. They only deliver between the hours of 8am and 5pm. If a police officer comes to your place of business or home, make sure that you keep these points in mind. Always ask why he is there and what the delivery pertains to. If it seems improbable or suspicious take that as a warning sign. Remember that you have two options within your rights when in this situation. The first is to ask the officer to slip the paper under the door or drop it to the ground and back away until you can read and sign the paper, the second is to ask the officer which police station he represents, and to tell him that you will personally go to the station to sign the documents and that you will not open the door.
Also remember that if an officer comes to your door and asks to enter the premise you have every right to deny entry unless he has an official warrant to see your property and is accompanied by a functionary (called a fiscal in Spanish)whose job it is to remain impartial and be a witness to the police investigation . Even if he presents you with documents, don’t just open the door. It is important to always:
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  • Call the nearest Fuerza Publica station to confirm the situation. It is always up to the office nearest to you to dispatch any officers within their area of command. It is important to have the number to the station at hand (posted on the fridge for example).When you call ask if the station is aware that officers are at your address and try to give them information such as full names and badge numbers. If the station did not send the officers, ask them to send someone over right away and then remain indoors until the authorities arrive.
  • Call your lawyer. Explain the situation and ask him to come over right away. If the situation is legitimate, you have the right to explain to the police that you will not open the door until your lawyer arrives. Your lawyer will act as a witness should something not be done to code and will also be able to counsel you on your rights. If you do not know the number to the local Police station, or do not speak Spanish, you can call 911 and explain the situation to an English speaking representative. They will be able to contact your nearest police office and confirm or deny the dispatch.
  • If you find out that the officers at your door are false, call family members, employees or anyone else that should be on their way to your location and tell them not to come over until further notice. You don’t want to put anyone in danger if things get physical when the authorities confront the suspects. Also you don’t want anyone to become a potential hostage or target for the suspects.
These safety procedures also apply to anybody that comes to your door unsolicited. You always want to call the company office they claim to represent and confirm the situation. Do not ask the person at the door for the number if you don’t have it available. Better to call 1113 and ask the ICE representative to give you the number you need. You don’t want to be calling the suspects friends to confirm his identity. If things are not right, call 911 immediately.
Lastly it is important to do full background check on any and all employees that work for you. These types or robberies are almost always inside jobs. The suspects need to know how many people are at the location and what is of value inside before they begin setting up a plan to rob you. They do not just pick random homes or businesses to stop at.
Even when a program like DATUM does a background check on your employees you can’t be too sure. DATUM only gives you information that is registered nationally. If for example a person is a rapist but has never been caught, the information will not appear on DATUM. It is always better for your safety to use a reputable security company to do a thorough check of not only the person in question but also his family members. Knowing what kind of friends a person has, and where they are frequenting can often give you all the information you need. You also don’t want to be hiring someone who’s brother or cousin runs with a gang or has been arrested for theft in the past. A good security company will be able to provide you with that information.
About the Author

Alley Cat describes herself as, “a world crunching; fact munching, face slapping, truth unveiling bite your lip ’cause it’s gonna hurt kinda gal. Been there…saw that…conquered….left my mark!!!!”