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  1. Also included are the bi-monthly flea markets and a rental 5th Wheel RV Two long-time dedicated employees, two permanent sub-tenants. Located in the fastest growing area between David and Boquete -- right on the 4 lane highway.
  2. Amazon Kindle 7th Generation Model WP63GW 4 GB Wi-fi Black Touch Display The donor replaced this Kindle with a newer model before it was every registered with Amazon. Here we have a Amazon kindle 7th generation (wp63gw). This tablet is in mint condition it comes with a box and a charger. It is not the model that is back-lit (hence the cheap price) Easy on your eyes--touchscreen display that reads like real paper No screen glare, even in bright sunlight Single battery charge lasts weeks Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books. Tested and guaranteed by the Handicap Foundation. Sells on Amazon for $99.99 plus shipping. Our price is $50 and no shipping costs. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to purchase.
  3. Some old-timers will remember Giovy from her book store in Plaza Los Establos. She is a true entrepreneur. And so is her husband.
  4. Anybody who puts personal information anywhere on the internet and believes it will remain private is an idiot.
  5. Boquete is a desirable area in which to live and prices increase as a direct result. However, my observation (15 years worth) are that most middle class Panamanians can own their own home. I worked six days at the David Fair in the business expo area and at least 2/3 of the booths were for residential developments. These houses are priced in the 40k - 120k range and financing is easily available. Payments are made bi-monthly and are affordable. Also, it is my understanding that the Panamanian government subsidizes the first 10 years of a mortgage for citizens. I would be willing to wager that Panama has the highest per capita of home ownership of any Central American country.
  6. Three Radio Shack advanced 3-station/3 Channel FM wireless Intercoms. When this model (43-3105) was new, the price for 1 unit was around $60. -- 3 channels -- Up to 300' range Set of 3 for sale used on Ebay for $59.99 plus shipping. Our set of 3 has been thoroughly tested by the Handicap Foundation and is for sale for $50 with no shipping charges. Guaranteed for 30 days. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to purchase.
  7. Even though we kind of compete against the Panama Post office by using volunteer "mules" to take the mail to the U.S. every week, I love the Post Office here. The ladies who work there have been there forever and have dealt with enough foreigners that they've picked up a smattering of English. They will patiently look through a stack of mail trying to find a letter you think should have arrived. And, I often use them to mail in my 5 times a year correspondence with the U.S. Treasury (i.e., IRS). Since all 5 of these occasions involve a check that I'm not in a hurry to clear, the service suits me just fine as they stamp the postal date on the envelope while you're standing there and that means you mailed your check on time. Most foreign locals don't know that you can send a "con certificado" letter to the U.S. for $1 at the local post office. That, theoretically, means you can track the letter. Having said all that, there is one postal regulation that I find infuriating and nonsensical and that is no tape on your packages. I can't fathom a rationale for this one. They want you to use glue to keep your package wrapped. Why on earth would this be?
  8. No, I mean the tax for doing business. The sales tax is merely a pass-through. I'm involved with two organizations and the business tax has gone up at least 500% for both of them this year.
  9. I've never experienced any of this personally. I do, however, believe there is a move to restrict gringo-owned businesses. They seem to want to assess giant tax increases on business (or what they perceive to be a business).
  10. Several people have asked me to post the Law (Ley 6) concerning jubilado discounts in Panama. This will be a summary of the law in English rather than an exact word for word translation. First of all the discount law applies to anyone: a) With a pensionado visa as long as the person is over 18 years old unless the age requirements are spelled out in the specific provision. b) Any legal resident of Panama who has attained the age of 55 (if female) or 60 (if male) c) The law does not apply to tourists or anybody who does not have some kind of residency visa. Discount of 50% of the admission price for recreational and entertainment activities such as movies, sporting events, and other public shows. The discount is not applicable to charitable activities and fundraising events. Discount on public transportation (other than inter-urban) a) 30% for buses b) 30% for trains c) 30% for boats d) 25% for airplanes These transportations must originate in the country of Panama in order to receive the discount. The discount does not apply to the portion of the ticket for fuel surcharge or taxes. Discount on hotels, motels, and hostels: a) 50% from Monday through Thursday b) 30% from Friday through Sunday c) In hotels that sell "all inclusive" packages there is a 20% discount applied Monday to Thursday, and a 12% discount applied from Friday to Sunday. Discount of 25% on food consumed in non-fast food restaurants a) Doesn’t apply to fondas that don’t need a commercial operating license. b) The discount applies only to the qualifying persons, not everyone at the table. c) The discount applies only for a meal consumed on the premises; it doesn’t apply if the diner only orders a beverage or a dessert. d) If a restaurant is offering a special price for a meal, the diner has the option of paying the special price or obtaining the discount off of the regular price. e) The discount applies to all food except alcohol and sodas Discount of 15% in fast food restaurants a) This is for places like McDonalds, Burger King, Food Courts and franchises. b) The diner has the option of paying a special promotion price or the regular price with the discount. · Editor’s note – both McDonalds and the cafeteria at Price Smart give 25% discount although they are not required by the law to do so. Discount of 15% off the total bill for services at hospitals and private clinics. Discount of 20% off of all medicines purchased in a pharmacy. a) If the medicine is offered at a special sales price, the buyer has the option of accepting the price or paying the regular price minus the discount.\ Discount off the following medical services: a) 20% off the consultation fee for general practitioners, medical specialists, and surgeons. b) 15% off the fee for dental services c) 15% off the fee for optometrists Discount for health insurance policies must adjust their premiums to reflect the discount for jubilados. · Editor’s note – the law doesn’t say what the percentage discount should be. Discount of 20% of the charge for technical and/or professional services. a) Technical services include electricians, plumbers, building contractors, wood-workers, etc. b) Professional services include accountants, economists, lawyers, engineers, architects, etc. Discount of 20% on the price of prosthetics and other handicap aids (crutches, wheel chairs, etc) Discount of 50% on the fees and commissions for obtaining either a personal or a commercial loan. Discount on the surcharge or encumbrances from a personal or commercial loan. Discount of 15% off the interest charged by banks, financial institutions, credit institutions, etc on a personal or commercial loan. Discount of 1% off the interest charged on a mortgage. The freezing of the property tax on your primary residence that is in your name (not in a corporation or foundation). Discount of 50% off the charge for a passport (Panamanian passport) Discount of 25% on your monthly electrical bill (up to 600kwh). Discount of 50% off the Airport taxes (usually included in your ticket) Discount of 25% off the flat-rate monthly telephone contract bill when: a) The telephone bill is in your name b) The telephone bill is for residential usage c) The telephone bill is for a single phone Discount of 25% of your water bill (whether from a public or private water company) a) The bill must not be more than $30 b) The bill must be in your name c) The bill must be for a residence and be your primary residence Exoneration of 100% in the Public Registry for paying registration and judicial fees for new organizations for retirees. Discount of 20% for purchase of coffins and urns and for funeral services when the deceased qualified for the discount.
  11. We've reduced the price of this GPS to $60. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to purchase.
  12. HP Compax dx2200 Desktop Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (English or Spanish) Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 3.06GHz Processor 80 GB hard drive 2 GB RAM memory CD-ROM 6 USB Ports (4 rear, 2 front) The Handicap Foundation has cleaned and reconditioned this computer and will guarantee it for 30 days. For sale for only $95. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to purchase. We also have a monitor for sale for $35
  13. Now that the craziness of the huge venta de patio is behind us, the Handicap Foundation is able to concentrate on selling the two larger furniture items we have stored at the Mission. We started out asking $300 for this dining room table. We've now reduced it to $250. The photos don't show the extended length. Here's the ad: New cost $740 (in the US) plus shipping. The Handicap Foundation is willing to take $250. Modern dining table - brushed stainless steel frame with tempered glass top Added extension panels feature adds versatility to this elegant piece Approximate Dimensions: Width 63"(extending to 78"), Depth 3 feet, H: 30 inches Excellent condition. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to buy or make an appointment to see.
  14. Despite their efforts to keep the schedule a big secret, I'm managed to find this copy of it. I'm going to work with Judy Tovar and Linda Hart to get a bus to go to David for dinner and a game.
  15. If Chris and Justin can keep the present servers at Oasis, they will be miles ahead and lucky indeed. The Oasis has the best serving staff (Calixto and Naira) in the entire area. Attentive, prompt, and speaking English when needed.
  16. I had to take one of my semi-retarded rescue dogs in to Dra. Chely's clinic a couple of weeks ago for a badly cut foot. The people who were in the clinic when we arrived we're having an emotionally bad time because they were there for Dra. Chely to put down their elderly dog who had bone cancer. When the procedure was over, it was my turn to go in and Dra Chely cried during the entire 20 minute visit time we were there. She is definitely a sweetheart.
  17. Just learned of Hershel's passing in New Mexico. Hershel was one of the earliest expats to come to Boquete. He and his wife Mikey built a house and lived in Alto Lino for many years before bad health drove them back to the U.S. Hershel was actually the founder of News.boquete which is still known by some old-timers as "Hershel's List". Mikey writes:
  18. Royal 1212X Personal Cross-Cut Paper Shredder; 12 sheet capacity; 8.75" throat width; 5/32" x 1-5/8" shred size; Security level 3; Shreds CD/DVDs, staples, credit cards, paper clips and 3 1/2" diskettes; 3.9 gallon basket w/window; Auto start/stop and reverse; Ultra quiet motor; Casters for easy mobility, Dimensions 13.75 x 10.5 x 18.5 Sells for $73.01 on Amazon.com. Tested and guaranteed by the Handicap Foundation. For sale for $30. Email pjbarrett@aol.com
  19. You guys should also know that News.Boquete never profits from knowing your name and email address.
  20. Braun SJ3000 Spin Juicer, 0.5 Litre, 600 Watt, White Compact juicer Anti drip spout 1 speed Easy to remove pulp container Available used on Ebay for $38.79 plus shipping. Tested and guaranteed by the Handicap Foundation. For sale for $30. Email pjbarrett@aol.com
  21. For those you want to do it, Denese Rodgers supplies this information: For those interested in importing a vehicle: UNCAP is the Union Nacional de Corredores de Panama. 393-6099 uncap@uncap.org.pa We are importing our Ford F150 from the US. We received this list as we were going through the importation procedures. I do not know which ones are bilingual. This is an abridged list of Corredores for David: Venancio Serrano 774-2533 Agustin Serrano 727-7599 Rosa Morales 727-7129 Mireira Montero 727-6696 Lily Duff 727-7923 Daysi Serracin 774-2992 Marcos Vides 727-6912 Rogelio Vargas 727-6735 Luis Best 727-6962 Moserrat de Arauz 727-6030 Olmedo Alvarado 727-7605 Wilberto Santos 727-7625 Yolanda Hernandez 260-2625 Luis Carlos Jaen 727-7631 Dayanys Visuetti 279-0091 Abel Perez 236-6000 Miguel Villarreal 263-3667 Yamileth 775-2023 Yesenia 727-7735 Alan 730-3290
  22. I just heard this awful news. Dr. Drew is survived by his wife Jasmine and a daughter. No other information available at this time.
  23. Black & Decker Mini Compressor Inflator 12v 220v Asi300 160psi Powerful 160PSI Bar Air compressor handles a large variety of inflation tasks Operated through the vehicle‘s 12 V DC (cigarette lighter) power, ideal for use on the roadside Easy Air Dial with auto shut off enables accurate setting of the desired PSI / Bar with no risk of over or under inflating In like new condition. For sale by the Handicap Foundation for $25. Email pjbarrett@aol.com
  24. Do you remember Mrs. Tea? Launched in 1995, the Mrs. Tea machine was Mr. Coffee’s vaguely British counterpart, an automatic counter-top brewing machine for loose-leaf tea. The device allowed for extra steeping time, and best of all, brewed into a classy-looking plain two cup ceramic teapot. Mrs. Tea isn’t available to the tea snobs of today, though: she disappeared from the market sometime between 1998 and 1999. Amazon.com still has a new one for sale for $247.99 and they Ebay has used ones for between $20 and $49 plus shipping. The Handicap Foundation has a like new one for sale for a mere $25 and no shipping. Email pjbarrett@aol.com to buy.
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