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Panama’s Fascinating and Crazy Political Day: Explained

7/2 Update at Bottom On a day that started with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela facing the real possibility of seeing his legislative agenda in tatters, his ruling alliance broken apart, and facing a legitimate possibility of impeachment, the President battled back and delivered a stunning turnaround as a fractured legislature elected PRD Deputy Rubén […]

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US Embassy to Host 2nd Annual American Fair on January 31st

The US Embassy will host its second annual American Fair on the Embassy grounds in Clayton, from 8am-12pm on Saturday, January 31st. The fair will host civic organizations, NGOs, volunteer organizations, religious organizations, and other English speaking organizations that serve the expat community. You do not need to be an American Citizen to attend the […]

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US Embassy to Host Free FATCA Overview with IRS Officials

American Citizen Services at the US Embassy in Panama invites American Citizens to attend a free overview of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that will be hosted by representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The event is on Tuesday, January 27th from 2pm-4pm, and will be held at the TRYP Hotel in Albrook […]

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Skype to Offer Near Real-Time Translation for English/Spanish Video Calls

Microsoft today announced the roll out of Skype Translator Preview, a program that aims to eliminate the language barrier by offering near simultaneous automated translation of video calls in different languages. Currently, the program only translates calls between English and Spanish, with more languages planned in the future. The instant messenger feature currently offers translation […]

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Gas Prices in Panama City Drop Below $3 a Gallon

  Gas prices in Panama City continued their steep decline this week as the price of Regular (91 Octane) dropped over 20 cents a gallon to land an average of about $2.81 per gallon. Over the last couple of days, gas prices at about a dozen different stations ranged from 0.734 to 0.748 cents per […]

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My Review of President Varela’s First 100 Days

President Juan Carlos Varela, who was inaugurated as Panama’s new President on July 1st, 2014, completed the 100th day of his term on October 8th. The 100 days mark of any leaders term is usually a good time to evaluate the progress they’ve made so far in beginning to implement their agenda. Usually new leaders […]

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Panama Ranks Near Bottom in English Language Proficiency Study

Despite having a reputation in some places as a country with strong English speakers, Panama ranked near the bottom in a recent international study of English Language Proficiency. The study, conducted annually by the group Education First, ranks 60 countries where English is not considered an official language. Of these 60 countries, Panama ranked 56, […]