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  2. This kind of thing is out of control in the USA. Gizmo mania. I suppose there may be a lesson learned here. That said, 12 years does seem pretty harsh. A Panama prison is not a good place to be...for 12 years!
  3. Some kids from Poland arrived by tall ship. About 1,800 others from various countries arrived from Costa Rica by cruise ship.
  4. I'm sure glad not to be in the city this week! And the article provides an answer to how much Panama is spending on WYD: $61 million. While schools, criminal justice, poverty, etc. go unaddressed. Disgraceful.
  5. My God! Up to 12 years in prison for this? When crimes go uninvestigated and murderers walk free? The criminal justice system in this country is seriously screwed up.
  6. Moderator comment: Can anyone estimate how many bazillion photos are going to be taken this week related to WYD/JMJ?
  7. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/two-arrests-in-posting-of-doctored-hotphotos
  8. https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/proteting-pensioners-create-city-wide-gridlock
  9. Bonnie

    Bank rant

    I would add that, while the type of thing Penny and I suffered is annoying and inconvenient, it is nothing compared to the major errors by the bank that I've experienced. My husband was added to an account I had opened but, months later when he tried to make a withdrawal, there was no record of it. Even more alarming, I made my son the beneficiary of my bank account to avoid probate in the event of my death. Later, when I was in the bank checking on another lesser error, we discovered that the beneficiary designation had never been recorded. In fact, the paperwork had been completely lost.
  10. Bonnie

    Bank rant

    I'm so glad you posted this, Penny. I had intended to go to Caja de Ahorros, but the wind was strong and Banco Nacional closer. If I had had to go home and then go back, I would have been truly disgruntled.
  11. I treated a friend to lunch at Isabella's yesterday. The place is spotlessly clean and Isabella speaks much better English than I was led to believe from Marcelyn's post. I think my friend had the salami sandwich and I had the Isabella special. The sandwiches are panini style and very tasty French fries not an option.🤐 Total bill was $11 and included two soft drinks. I'll return. By the way, there's another new restaurant in the former Machu Piccu site. It's run by Reynaldo, the owner of Electronical Nacional next door. Basic Panama food.
  12. Penny

    Like to Gamble?

    And yours truly is going to be dealing blackjack again.
  13. Penny

    Bank rant

    What he's saying is that you need to drink more vodka and beer so that you can cope with the inefficiencies of Panama Banks. Here's my story. Last week I went to Caja de Ahorros to pay two separate annual tasa unica fees (annual corporate or foundation fees). I've done this 15 or 16 times before. You use a pre-printed and numbered form. One of the forms had the corporation number (RUC) with a few of the numbers written darker than the rest of the numbers and it was rejected -- and, of course, they had no blank forms. The other form was accepted and I got a receipt. However, an hour later they called me and told me I had to return as the number was wrong on the form. Thinking it was the corporation number I returned with a new blank form. What was wrong was the pre-printed number on the form. The number supplied by the taxing office and printed on the form. How can that be? Well, the answer is "this is Panama" so let's just shrug and continue. Then I presented the second corrected form and they rejected that for the same reason -- the preprinted number was wrong. I took that form across the street to Banco Nacional and they accepted it without question. I waited for them to call me to come back and bring a new form. No phone call so far.
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  15. I believe I read somewhere at the time that the pups were valued at $1,500 each and the balance was for training. This was a public tender awarded to a firm called Dog School K9 Security . Personally, I don't understand the criticism of the expenditure. If this K9 team saves one life, and there's no doubt it eventually will, the investment will be immediately recouped, unless of course, you put the value of a human life at less than $17,900. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Compran-entrenan-cachorros-JMJ_0_5161733865.html
  16. March 24 (Sunday) to March 26 (Tuesday), 2019 Don`t miss out on this amazing “Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour” ACP has given them permission to be open until April 15, 2019…..so don`t miss out on this adventure before it is too late! The itinerary is: A.) March 24, 2019 (Sunday) – Leave Boquete 7:30AM. Travel by tour bus to Panama City. Enjoy mimosas and a continental type breakfast on the way. We will stop along the way for short breaks. Lunch at “Va y Ven” in Santiago (you pay for your own lunch). We arrive at Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel around 4PM. That evening dinner will be on your own. B.) March 25, 2019 (Monday) – Breakfast at “Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel” (included) before boarding the 8:30AM bus to go to Gamboa (a beautiful 30 to 40 minute ride through the rainforest). Explanation of the amazing tour we will be taking today = Come experience why many tourists consider this trip one of the highlights of their visit to Panama. Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour Your day of adventure will take you to the waters of the world's most famous manmade lake. Lake Gatun is situated in the heart of the Isthmus of Panama. It was constructed between 1906- 1914 to make the Panama Canal possible. From the lake's shore (at the public ramp in Gamboa) you will board our fast motor launches for a voyage of discovery. We will navigate above ancient routes that crossed the isthmus long before the lake`s creation. Huge Ocean going ships can be seen transiting across this water bridge that links the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. We will glide past lush tropical forests to a scenic region of the lake and witness firsthand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you can view in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this tropical paradise will engulf you. Our ultimate destination will be a big barge next to a private tropical island. A delicious native style lunch with refreshments will be served. Afterwards numerous activities are available at no additional costs. Explore on your own while kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Or if you prefer, just relax in the shade swinging in a hammock and sip a cool drink while taking in the beauty of the area. Duration on the Gatun lake: 6.5 hours =Embarkation at the Gamboa public boat ramp at 9:30am. We return to Gamboa at 4:00 pm. Bus will be waiting for us to take us back to our hotel. We should be back at our hotel around 5PM. Included on this tour: Round trip transfer from our hotel Lake tour via motor launch with bilingual guide Visit of Monkey Island Lunch and refreshments (sodas and water) are included. Beer and Wine you have to buy Optional Activities, such as fishing, swimming, and kayaking to a natural spring Things to bring: Swim suits, water shoes, sun protection, cameras, and cash for purchases (wine/beer/few souvenirs) C.) March 26, 2019 (Tuesday) – After breakfast at “Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel” (included) you can relax in the hotel/swimming pool..or go shopping at Albrook Mall. At 11:30AM we leave Wyndham Hotel and start our trip back to Boquete. We will stop on the way so that you can have lunch (not included in our price). We expect to return to Boquete around 8PM/8:30PM. This entire package includes: The round trip bus, Continental breakfast on the bus on Sunday, 2 nights stay at Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel with buffet breakfast included, guided English speaking guide on the “Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour” all day Monday (lunch IS included on this tour), the opportunity to kayak or fish on the Gatun Lake, all you can drink of Mimonos/Wine/Water/snacks on the bus the whole trip. Space is limited. It will be on a first come, first serve bases. Total package: $350.00 per person Rooms are based on 2 people per room. We have rooms with 1 “King” bed..or rooms with “2 Separate Double” beds. Single occupancy an additional $50.00 charge. You have to find your own roommate. Please contact: Linda Hart - lhart249@hotmail.com Promoter OR Judith Tovar - easytravel@cwpanama.net Easy Travel Panama (www.easytravelpanama.net)
  17. Keith writes that the $1,500 each includes training. But it says, "it should take at least 1,500 hours of training." I assume the latter is correct as the dogs themselves would appear to have cost $9000. Correct?
  18. Judith Tovar

    Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour

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    March 24 (Sunday) to March 26 (Tuesday), 2019 Don`t miss out on this amazing “Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour” ACP has given them permission to be open until April 15, 2019…..so don`t miss out on this adventure before it is too late! The itinerary is: A.) March 24, 2019 (Sunday) – Leave Boquete 7:30AM. Travel by tour bus to Panama City. Enjoy mimosas and a continental type breakfast on the way. We will stop along the way for short breaks. Lunch at “Va y Ven” in Santiago (you pay for your own lunch). We arrive at Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel around 4PM. That evening dinner will be on your own. B.) March 25, 2019 (Monday) – Breakfast at “Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel” (included) before boarding the 8:30AM bus to go to Gamboa (a beautiful 30 to 40 minute ride through the rainforest). Explanation of the amazing tour we will be taking today = Come experience why many tourists consider this trip one of the highlights of their visit to Panama. Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour Your day of adventure will take you to the waters of the world's most famous manmade lake. Lake Gatun is situated in the heart of the Isthmus of Panama. It was constructed between 1906- 1914 to make the Panama Canal possible. From the lake's shore (at the public ramp in Gamboa) you will board our fast motor launches for a voyage of discovery. We will navigate above ancient routes that crossed the isthmus long before the lake`s creation. Huge Ocean going ships can be seen transiting across this water bridge that links the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. We will glide past lush tropical forests to a scenic region of the lake and witness firsthand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you can view in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this tropical paradise will engulf you. Our ultimate destination will be a big barge next to a private tropical island. A delicious native style lunch with refreshments will be served. Afterwards numerous activities are available at no additional costs. Explore on your own while kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Or if you prefer, just relax in the shade swinging in a hammock and sip a cool drink while taking in the beauty of the area. Duration on the Gatun lake: 6.5 hours =Embarkation at the Gamboa public boat ramp at 9:30am. We return to Gamboa at 4:00 pm. Bus will be waiting for us to take us back to our hotel. We should be back at our hotel around 5PM. Included on this tour: Round trip transfer from our hotel Lake tour via motor launch with bilingual guide Visit of Monkey Island Lunch and refreshments (sodas and water) are included. Beer and Wine you have to buy Optional Activities, such as fishing, swimming, and kayaking to a natural spring Things to bring: Swim suits, water shoes, sun protection, cameras, and cash for purchases (wine/beer/few souvenirs) C.) March 26, 2019 (Tuesday) – After breakfast at “Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel” (included) you can relax in the hotel/swimming pool..or go shopping at Albrook Mall. At 11:30AM we leave Wyndham Hotel and start our trip back to Boquete. We will stop on the way so that you can have lunch (not included in our price). We expect to return to Boquete around 8PM/8:30PM. This entire package includes: The round trip bus, Continental breakfast on the bus on Sunday, 2 nights stay at Wyndham Albrook Mall Hotel with buffet breakfast included, guided English speaking guide on the “Panama Canal Jungle Day Tour” all day Monday (lunch IS included on this tour), the opportunity to kayak or fish on the Gatun Lake, all you can drink of Mimonos/Wine/Water/snacks on the bus the whole trip. Space is limited. It will be on a first come, first serve bases. Total package: $350.00 per person Rooms are based on 2 people per room. We have rooms with 1 “King” bed..or rooms with “2 Separate Double” beds. Single occupancy an additional $50.00 charge. You have to find your own roommate. Please contact: Linda Hart - lhart249@hotmail.com = Promoter OR Judith Tovar - easytravel@cwpanama.net Easy Travel Panama (www.easytravelpanama.net)
  19. As was evidenced when the young Dutch women were missing, there is a real requirement here by SINAPROC for Search and Rescue animals. The Malinois pups in question were $1,500 each and the cost includes thousands of hours of training. Looks like they tagged it onto this budget.
  20. Bonnie

    Bank rant

    It’s not clear to me how inefficiency keeps costs down.
  21. I received responses regarding this new bridge from two CL members in offline private email messages. Interesting.
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