A Panama Vacation Offers A Tropical Paradise With An Urban Edge

During an excursion to Monkey Island, a crew of monkeys leapt on board. My guide said that they were looking for bananas, but I like to think they were just saying hello, she jokes. For most of us, the Central American country is best known for its 77-km (48-mile) canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and perhaps the Panama hat, which actually originated in Ecuador. In reality, however, theres so much more to Panama, Central Americas hidden gem. Theresa Storm, a public affairs coordinator for the City of Calgary, booked her first trip to Panama with a group of friends. Having travelled to several Caribbean islands, Storm wanted a destination that was different but also safe for women and with plenty of activities. I was amazed that Panama offered so much, says Storm. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.thestar.com/sponsored_sections/greatwintervacations/2014/01/06/a-panama-vacation-offers-a-tropical-paradise-with-an-urban-edge.html

Back from vacation, Congress focuses on unemployment, Obamacare

28. He is expected to focus heavily on the twin problems of income equality and declining upward mobility, following a Democrats, in an effort to stay away from some of the bad press from Obamacare and position themselves for the upcoming election, will likely focus on similar issues in 2014. Raising the minimum wage has been identified as a goal by both the president and Senate Democrats in the coming year. In the coming weeks, Congress will also face a debate over the country's debt limit, which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and President Obama argue must be lifted by February. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/news/back-from-vacation-congress-focuses-on-unemployment-obamacare/

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