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Two new frog species discovered in Panama

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 This article was published in The Panama News, Erik Jackson's online newsmagazine. Roberto 

Photo by Andrew Crawford
Pristimantis educatoris, collected in El Cope, in Panama's Omar Torrijos National Park, is about 2-4 centimeters long and has expanded, round and even finger disks and toes that distinguish it from other, closely related species. Its eye color varies from blood red to yellow-orange above and dark purple to dark grey below. The pupil is horizontal.


Two new frog species discovered in Panama's fungal war zone


by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:09 Read more...
 

Panama Best Business Climate in Latin America

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 This report was published in the Latin America Business Chronicle. Roberto

Special Reports 
Latin America Business: Panama Best

GOLD WINNER: Panama and its president Ricardo Martinelli win gold in this year's Latin Business Index. 

Panama, Uruguay and Dominican Republic improve their business climate, while Venezuela worsens.

Panama has replaced Chile as the Latin American country with the best business climate, according to the fifth annual Latin Business Index from Latin Business Chronicle

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 June 2010 23:19 Read more...
 

Hot new bar opens in Coronado

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UPDATE: October 2010: MADAME BLANCHE ROAD HOUSE CLOSES IN CORONADO

The famous Madame Blanche (of Calle Uruguay fame) in Panama City opened a new roadhouse in Coronado. It was located where the old Twisters Restaurant used to be, between Cochez and the new (soon to be opened) Coronado Village mall on the north side of the Interamericana.
NOTE: Sadly the restaurant did not last. 

Madame Blanche Roadhouse was opened by Alfredo Bocanegra, the well-respected photographer, drummer, guitarist and publisher of Madame Blanche music/art magazine. 

Frozen margaritas flowed freely at the opening. The rock band PAOLA was on hand to kick-start the festivities. This rockin' five piece group features lead singer Paola Andrea belting out her own versions of Janis Joplin, The Eagles, CCR, The Rolling Stones and many more favorites.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 14:46 Read more...
 

Solving pool water problems in Panama

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 This request came in on the website. Roberto

Dear Roberto,

 Own a home in Buenaventura and have had continual problems with the pool water there. There are large deposits of minerals in the water peculiar  to the area three that reacts with chlorine. It is a struggle. Can you let me know who you used for the copper ion purification and can the existing filter/pump etc that I have be used ?

 
Last Updated on Friday, 11 June 2010 22:25 Read more...
 

Panama cracking down on illegal guns

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This article first appeared in Southern Pulse newsletter. My comments follow. Roberto

PANAMA

There are 130,000 illegal guns in Panama, double the 65,000 legal guns in the country. The new congress has vowed to forge a law regarding the carrying, ownership, importation, and sale of firearms. (June 2010)

Editors Note: El Salvador reportedly had 500,000 illegal guns in 2009.

Panama has increased the jail term for possession of an illegal firearm to 6 years, up from 4 years. RC

 

Panama coffee sets new record

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This article was published in Newsroom Panama. com. -Roberto

World record price for Panama Geisha coffee
Panama continues to lead the world in the quality of Geisha coffee.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 June 2010 19:15 Read more...
 

Panama Canal live webcam

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See the Panama Canal live via the webcam:
Panama canal web cam


 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 June 2010 13:12
 

Best place to use as a base to explore Panama

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 This is a question that came in on where best to set up a base to explore Panama. Roberto

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2010 16:14 Read more...
 

Starting a business in Panama

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 Here is an e-mail form a member from Kingston, ON. He is asking about starting a solar business in Panama. Roberto

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2010 16:18 Read more...
 

Is Playa Blanca a wise choice?

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This came in, asking about the villas at Playa Blanca in the Pacific beaches area of Panama. Roberto

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 June 2010 19:16 Read more...
 

Panama Best Place to Do Business in Latin America

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 This article is from the Panama Realtor newsletter. Roberto

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2010 16:16 Read more...
 

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