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Today the new Cinta Costera walkways along Ave. Balboa were packed with holiday goers (located on the Pacific Coast of Panama). This morning, hundreds of people walked, biked, jogged, played, skate boarded, roller bladed along the new walkways.

Today is the swearing in of the new Panamanian President Martinelli at the Atlapa Convention Center so it is a National Holiday in Panama (Canada Day as well- a holiday in Canada!).

SCROLL DOWN THE BLOG PAGE 2 STORIES TO MORE CINTA COSTERA PHOTOS.

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Speaking at the Live and Invest in Panama Conference

Speaking at the Live and Invest in Panama Conference

I was invited to speak at the Live and Invest Overseas Conference a while back in Panama City. The Conference was very well organized by Kathleen Peddicord and Lief Simon; attendees flew in mainly from North America for from several days to several weeks to explore Panama.

My subject this conference (I had spoken a number of times for previous International Living Conferences) was “Opening a Business in Panama – Our Experience”. We also set up an information table about Taboga Island and our B&B Inn Cerrito Tropical.

Conference Table for B&B Inn Cerrito Tropical

Conference Table for B&B Inn Cerrito Tropical

People often ask me, if not for financial gain, why do I speak publicly at these types of Expat / Investment conferences?
My answer is quite simply, I love the challenge of speaking to a large group, and the opportunity to speak about Taboga Island.

Expat

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The New Cinta Costera in Panama City

The New Cinta Costera in Panama City

Check it out when you have time. A super new area to walk, run, or bike along Panama Bay (Pacific Ocean side of Panama). The traffic is much improved with a beautiful new bypass for Avenida Balboa in Panama City. Nicely designed and much needed additions to Panama City – more green space, more parking, and a bypass through Chorillo and Cinco de Mayo direct to Amador and the Bridge of the Americas, and reverse – direct to the highway to the Tocumen Airport (Corredor Sur).

Walkways and Bike Paths

Walkways and Bike Paths

Parking lots

Parking lots

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Yellow Fever Shots

Yellow Fever Shots

Yellow Fever Vaccination Lines Long and Slow. Take a Good Book or Enjoy a Social Morning with Other Travelers.

UPDATE: ALTHOUGH SOME INTERNET INFO NOW HAS IT THAT THE YELLOW FEVER SHOT HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A RECOMMENDATION FOR PANAMA (I HAVE NOT SEEN THE OFFICIAL NOTICE POSTED), WE STILL RECOMMEND THE SHOT FOR 2 REASONS: A. THE GOVERNMENT CAN EASILY SWITCH BACK TO A REQUIREMENT B. OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION REQUIRE THE SHOT.

We went to the Department of Health Clinic near Allbrook last week on Friday to get yellow fever shots for my husband and son, arriving at 9 am. Dozens of people were lined up in different areas of the health clinic. There was no guide to their new system so I went directly to the cash. Wrong. Eventually we were turned away because we did not have a number and there were no numbers left. It seems they can only handle a certain amount of people per day. I was told 250 people per clinic but we were #288. The day we received our number there were numbers to 295.

This week we tried again on Monday but at the new location they opened for Yellow Fever shots just off Avenida Balboa, located directly behind the former US Embassy. We drove around for a good 30 minutes not knowing where the clinic was, no one on the street knew either. You cannot turn up from Balboa on Calle 38 which is where the clinic is located because it is one way. The clinic is on a small dead end street on the right side directly behind the former embassy in a Department of Health compound. There is some parking inside so you may be lucky.

Finally we arrived at about 9 am, and stood in a huge line. We were some of the last accepted and eventually were given numbers, we were # 288. Some people had arrived very early. We finally waited a total of 4.5 hours to get the shots and the yellow fever “passports” having a social morning with all the others in the clinic.

In the end our son could not get his “passport” because for the second time in the day they had completely run out of booklets. Today, I went back to get the booklet and the scene was identical. The crowd thought I was butting in line and were upset with me until the doctor explained to them that we had received the shot yesterday.

The nurses are doing their utmost with the huge lines and a new regulation even they probably didn´t know was coming.

TIP: If you are going for a Yellow Fever vaccination in Panama City or in Corozol, get there well before 8 am. Bring your cedula or your passport and a good book.

LOCATIONS: Yellow Fever Vaccinations are available at the Department of Health (Salud) Regional Health Center – “International Immunization Center” Clinic in Clayton (Corozal), look for the IDAAN sign on the right on the street just before the Crossroads Church (if you see the church you have gone too far) on the way to the Miraflores Locks.

Also now in the provisional Dept. of Health Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic directly behind the former US Embassy off Avenida Balboa, Panama City.

HOURS:
Corozol:
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 7:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON AND FROM 1:00PM TO 3:00 P.M.
Panama City: Although not confirmed that this is a permanent schedule, yesterday they worked through the lunch hour.
NUMBERS:
Corozol numbers: 512-6600 and 512-6666.
Panama City numbers – not available at the time of posting.

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Mayor of Taboga and Taboga Expat at Health Center Donation Ceremony

Mayor of Taboga and Taboga Expat at Health Center Donation Ceremony

Taboga Island Community Joins Forces to Donate to the Health Center and the Fire Fighters.

Medical and other equipment, as well as construction materials for repair, were donated this past Friday by the Taboga Island community to the local health center (Centro de Salud, Isla Taboga); organized by two expat Taboga residents to assist this Panama community.

Taboga Health Center
Because of the ongoing dedication of the Doctor, nurses and health officials, the expats on Taboga Island in Panama wanted to help the island. They asked the doctor at the clinic what supplies and repairs were needed and she came up with a list. Since Taboga is a small island community it is often forgotten by those in charge of government funding on the mainland and the health center is in dire need of building repair and working equipment. A fund was set up, money collected, and purchases made of the following items for the health center which assists so many on the island.

Financial Donations were used to purchase:

Air conditioner for the pharmacy
Air conditioner for the administration area
2 – 60 pound medical oxygen tanks
Fetal Doppler (monitor)
Stethoscope
Blood Pressure Monitor
2 cots to be used for stretchers or beds
Roofing and paint plus workers to repair and paint the leaking roof

The Ceremony
This Friday past, September 26th a ceremony was held in the council room on Taboga to present the donations. Held in the council room at the Department of Health, a number of people were present including the mayor, and the people´s representative.

During the ceremony a number of people spoke including representatives of the expat group. One of the expat Tabogringa organizers expressed: “ When an emergency arises in this special small village, the people of Taboga come to your aid – you helped us as you would your own.” “We are foreigners who live here in Isla Taboga but we came here for only one reason, we have a big love for your island.”

The department and doctor received the thanks as well as much needed supplies which will be used to help the islanders, expat residents, and visitors alike.

Note on further donations: This article is not an attempt to solicit donations, but if anyone reading this would like to donate to the Taboga Health Clinic or the Taboga Firefighters (below), please contact us and we will put you in touch with the group.

Still needed for the health center: Electrocardiograph, defibrillator, video computer display for educational purposes. Screens/curtains for examining room, toilet room needs repair.

Note on further donations: The Firefighters are also in need of equipment and supplies.

The list can be found here: http://www.bomberostaboga.org/donacionesusa_files/necesidades.htm
this is in Spanish with photos, if anyone is interested in donating to, or assisting with this cause we will put you in touch with the Taboga Island Fire Chief, Luis Endara, (he speaks English). Just comment here on our blog article and we will contact you.

Bomberos English Blog: http://bomberostaboga.wordpress.com (English site)

Bomberos website: http://www.bomberostaboga.org (English and Spanish site)

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Dr. Marco Antonio Belizaire
Sports and Family Chiropractor

Dr. Belizaire

Dr. Belizaire

Dr. Belizaire was recommended to me by several of our readers who are his patients. He has visited Panama one week out of every month to see patients since the year 2000, his fees are $35.00 for the initial consultation, evaluation and adjustment, plus the report of findings. After that if he treats patients anywhere from 3-5 times during the week that he is in Panama it is $45.00 dollars per person, or $20.00 per one adjustment. He also offer family plans where a family of 2 will pay $75.00 for the weeks adjustments 3-5 times.

Information is listed below for both addresses, in Atlanta as well as in Panama and his cell number for Panama is listed also, as most people contact him on his cell if their Spanish is limited and cannot communicate with the receptionist who is provided by the hospital. His office is located in Centro Medico Bella Vista located in Avenida Peru and 39th street, suite # 108, next to Hotel Costa Inn.

His schedule normally is Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9-1 AM and 3-7 PM, Tuesday 10-1 AM and 3-7 PM, Thursday 1-7 PM and Saturday 9:30-1:00 PM. He has special hours for adjusting and hours for New Patients and report of findings because he spends time with the new patients educating them about chiropractic, its benefits as it related to health and gives them a list of Do’s and Don’ts because it is very important to him that the patient follows the recommendations outside the office because that will determine the success of the care they render. Dr. Belizaire states that he offers “a partnership in health and well-being”. At times the above schedule becomes altered but he always does his best to accommodate.

Dr. Belizaire´s services are primarily chiropractic, full spine, extremities adjusting; he uses the drop peace table as well for those that needed it, and the activator technique. Because of his Olympic background, he does a lot of work with athletes for injury prevention and peak performance. He treats patients of all ages. Some patients visit mainly for pain management, others for stress relief, injury treatment or health maintenance and prevention.

The doctors´s next trip to Panama will be this week from July 6.

Dr. Marco Antonio Belizaire
Sports and Family Chiropractor

http://www.agapechirospa.com/
Georgia: AGAPE Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Inc.
1246 B Concord Road Suite 100
Smyrna, GA 30080
Tel: 770-434-5707
http://www.juiceplus.com/+db84084
Panama: AGAPE Chiropractic Center/Panama
Centro Medico Bella Vista
Avenida Peru y Calle 39 #108
Tel: 011-507-227-3444/011-507-6639-0635
Email: DrMarcoDC@gmail.com

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Tomorrow evening, June 26th, 2008, Cynthia Mulder of Cerrito Tropical will be a guest on KYS 104.3 between 6 and 7 PM and will chat with Ursula Kiener Ford about opening a small business in Panama, and how she and her husband got started with their Bed & Breakfast Cerrito Tropical on Taboga Island.

KYS 104.3 is a new radio station in Panama with an adult contemporary theme; listen in from Monday to Thursday from 6 -7 PM. Ursula´s co-host on the show is Jacob – the editor of the English publication The Visitor.

The regular talk show is mixed with some musical interludes. Subjects range from real estate, tourism, what is going on in Panama, how to invest, health, the news, etc.

http://kyspanama.com/
KYS RADIO 104.3
Ursula Keiner Ford
forlacol@gmail.com

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