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Tax changes for importing cars to Panama

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 This was sent in by a reader from Western Canada. It was published in playacommunity.com newletter. Roberto

New Taxes on Importing Cars to Panama

Written by Panama-Gringo 


As of March 15th, 2010 the new “Tax Reform Law” has been put into place in Panama and as a result the amount due for importing a car to Panama has changed. In the past retirees were able to bring cars into Panama tax free, but now they will be required to pay regular importation taxes on any vehicles brought into Panama. For retirees hoping to be able to bring over their car without any taxes, those days ended as of March 15th.

The new car import taxes are as follows:

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:26 Read more...
 

Pedasi, Panama

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This article was published in Great Retirement Spots.com. Roberto

Tranquil Surfing and Fishing Mecca of Pedasi, Panama Boasts Gentle Charm, Crystal Clear Waters, Solid Infrastructure, Friendly Residents and Escape from the Hustle and Bustle of Modern Day Life

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 04:46 Read more...
 

Panama hosting international military training exercises

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 PANAMA

Panamanian authorities are preparing for Panamax 2010, a joint military exercise of 4,000 military and civilian participants from 22 Western-hemisphere nations set to be held in August 2010.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 17:33 Read more...
 

Panama: Cities by population

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City by population


Panama  408,168 (total Panama City metropolitan population, which includes San Miguelito, and Tocumen below is estimated to be 1.3 million)

San Miguelito, Panama  321,501

Tocumen, Panama  88,543

David, Chiriqui  82,859

Arraijan, Panama  76,815

Colon  76,643

Las Cumbres, Panama  69,102

La Chorrera, Panama  61,232

Pacora, Panama  55,530

Santiago, Veraguas  45,355
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 13:56
 

Canada / Panama statistical comparisons

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 This info is from a great new website; http://www.wolframalpha.com, sent in by a reader. Roberto

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 June 2010 18:54 Read more...
 

What can you grow in Panama?

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 This question came in from an Alberta resident planning their move to Panama. Roberto

 

I would love to learn more about the kind of gardening possible in Panama....   for example can a person grow regular vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, etc. and also flowers... perennials, annuals of what zone?  Do people garden regularly?  We found in Mexico on the Yucatan anyway most regular folk did not.. leaving it to the rural dwellers who brought their produce to local markets.  We wondered why local people did not grow more of their own food.  Would we be able to garden and grow our own food there in the coastal or mountain areas??? year round?
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:32 Read more...
 

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

 

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