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Transfer of Cuban Migrants from Panama to Mexico Starts Today

Transfer of Cuban Migrants from Panama to Mexico Starts Today

TODAY PANAMA – The first of the Cubans stranded in Panama for months, hoping to reach the United Stated under a decades-old law which gives them privileged entry and a fast-track to residency, will be leaving for Mexico today (Monday), confirmed José Donderis, director of Civil Protection (SINAPROC). The group will travel to a border […]

Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women

Panama Ranks High in Violence against Women

Q24N (PL) The increase in number of women homicides and denounciations of aggressions against women put Panama todayh among the 25 nations of the world with highest incidence of lethal violence on women and girls. According to official data, until this date a total of seven violent deaths and over three thousand attacks against that […]

Panama Papers Whistleblower Breaks Silence

Panama Papers Whistleblower Breaks Silence

(Q24N) The whistleblower behind the massive Panama Papers data leak has broken their silence to explain how injustice drove them to release the information. The leaker – whose identity remains a secret – wrote a column for German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung explaining their reasoning and insisting they were not a spy. In April, the leak of […]

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Q24N (Prensa Latina) To US$8 million dollars is the amount already spent by Panamanian health authorities to address the Zika epidemic, said the minister of Health, Francisco Javier Terrientes. He explained that of the US$10 million dollars approved by the government last February as part of a national emergency plan, so far about 80 percent […]

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

(Q24N) Panamanian authorities announced the building of shelters for some 2.500 Cubans stranded in the border with Costa Rica, who intend to keep their journey to the United States where they will pursue the benefits offered only to Cubans citizens by the US Cuban Adjustment Act. According to an official statement cited by Prensa Latina, […]

High Incidence of Obesity in Panama

High Incidence of Obesity in Panama

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Three out of 10 Panamanian children are obese, a condition that in the case of the adult population has now reached 53 percent, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health. The source says that in the isthmus nation, as in the rest of the world, obesity tends to be higher in […]

Inside a Panamanian Prison: Portrait of a Flawed Legal System

Inside a Panamanian Prison: Portrait of a Flawed Legal System

PANAMA CITY — As Panama reels from outrage at legal loopholes that help the world’s wealthy hide their cash, inmates at the capital’s La Joya prison are paying a heavy price for flaws elsewhere in the Central American nation’s justice system. Housed in makeshift cells because of heavy overcrowding, living in grimy conditions and with […]

‘No evidence’ to take action against Panama Papers law firm

‘No evidence’ to take action against Panama Papers law firm

Today Panama – Panama’s public prosecutor against organized crime said on Wednesday there was no evidence so far to take action against the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, following a raid lasting 27 hours on its offices.”Right now we don’t have any strong evidence allowing us to take any sort […]

Panama: The Colombians that Colombia Discriminates Against

Panama: The Colombians that Colombia Discriminates Against

  TODAY PANAMA – Colombian businessmen have pointed out the damage caused to their business dealings with Panama by the respective governments inability to resolve continuing conflicts over the sharing of financial information and tariff policy. Representatives from the Colombian Chamber of Commerce – Panama stressed the importance of Panama not only as a financial […]

Panama Faces Up to the “Panama Papers” Crisis

Q24N – The Panamanian government has announced its willingness to review current practices in the legal and financial system and collaborate with other governments in legal proceedings over financial and tax offenses. Following the massive leak of financial information from a Panamanian law firm, the Government announced that it is evaluating the practices relating to […]

Panama Increases Troops on Border with Colombia

Panama Increases Troops on Border with Colombia

Q24N (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian government has ordered troops to step up their presence in the Darien zone, after an attack by a Colombian criminal gang on a National Border Service (Senafront) check-point. In a statement, the government said that the attack yesterday on the Binational Base of Alto Limón, had initiated the immediate response […]

Panama Announces Strong Sanctions Due to Zika Virus

Panama Announces Strong Sanctions Due to Zika Virus

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Panamanian Health Minister, Javier Terrientes, announced Tuesday (March 29) the implementation of strong sanctions against those who fail to comply with hygienic measures taken to counter the progress of Zika in the country. The announcement took place during a tour of the area of San Sebastián, located in the municipality of San […]

Panama’s Expanded Canal Faces a Challenging Scenario

Panama’s Expanded Canal Faces a Challenging Scenario

Q24N (IPS) When the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal begin operations, they will do so amidst numerous challenges, because of the storm clouds hanging over the global economy, especially China. But local authorities and experts are not worried about the possible impact on the expanded canal. The slowdown in the Chinese economy, the […]

Deforestation Worsens Drought in Panama

Deforestation Worsens Drought in Panama

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Panamanians will remember for years the intense drought that is currently affecting the country, with an impact on human consumption and food security, which is accentuated in some areas due to deforestation, Agriculture Minister Jorge Arango said. The irresponsible practice of burning stockyards causes soil degradation and salinization, which accelerates evaporation and […]

Transparency International urges PARLACEN to revoke membership of Panama ex-President Martinelli

Transparency International urges PARLACEN to revoke membership of Panama ex-President Martinelli

(Q24N) Transparency International today urged the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) to revoke the membership of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, according to an open letter from the Chair of Transparency International and its national chapters in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. Martinelli’s membership limits the ability of the Panamanian justice system […]

First Heart Transplant in Panama Stable

First Heart Transplant in Panama Stable

(Prensa Latina) Specialists today highlighted the successful heart transplant performed at a Panamanian woman of 51 years old, the first in this country, and whose evolution is stable so far. Medical and paramedical staff of the Social Security Fund (CSS) and from the Punta Pacifica Hospital participated in the operation that took five hours and […]

Panama to Start Transfering Cuban Migrants to Mexico

Panama to Start Transfering Cuban Migrants to Mexico

TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that the first direct flight to Mexico carrying Cuban irregular migrants who are here, will take place Today, following an agreement with the government of that country. The first operation of air transportation, which also includes a daily flight on the 24th and 25th, is […]

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

(TODAY PANAMA) The number of  cases of Zika virus confirmed in Panama had climbed to 73 by Saturday  February 20, says Health Minister, Francisco Javier Terrientes. Terrientes made the announcement  during a tour of the village of Pacora, where spraying is  underway  in the area of ​​Rio Chico,  a place under investigation for the first […]

Panama Takes Extreme Measures Due to Intense Drought

Panama Takes Extreme Measures Due to Intense Drought

(TODAY PANAMA) The drainage of an artificial 1.5 million -cubic meter-reservoir to save a thousand head of cattle downriver, is one of the extreme measures taken in Panama to alleviate the intense drought. The Alajuela and Gatún reservoirs, whose water enables the working of the interoceanic canal locks, register this month the lowest level in […]

Uber Signs Insurance Deal in Panama

Uber Signs Insurance Deal in Panama

TODAY PANAMA | While in Costa Rica taxi driver unions are blocking traffic and committing attacks that the government does nothing to repress, in Panama the insurance company Generali is protecting passengers of UBER from problems on their trips caused by mechanical problems. The private transport company based on the concepts of a collaborative economy […]

Copa Announces Third Flight To Cuba

Copa Announces Third Flight To Cuba

TODAY PANAMA | Copa Airlines will begin two weekly nonstop flights between Holguin (Cuba) and Panama City, Panama, during the second quarter of 2016. With the addition of Holguin, Copa serves 74 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Holguin is Copa’s third Cuba destination. The airline already flies […]

Panama Airport Now With Immigration Precheck

Panama Airport Now With Immigration Precheck

TODAY PANAMA – Using a mobile application travelers arriving at Panama’s Tocumen airport can carry out security prechecks up to two weeks before arriving in the country. The digital system can be used by Panamanians and foreigners on computers, tablets and mobile phones, allowing travelers to enter their personal and flight data for review prior […]

Crisis in Panamanian Court Ongoing

TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) The crisis in the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) of Panama, whose president Jose Ayu Prado requested a review in parliament, is ongoing today as a result of a lack of consensus for a pronouncing by the plenum. Yesterday they tried again to reach an agreement on what the institution should […]

Panama Arrests Former President

Panama Arrests Former President

TODAY PANAMA – Panama City, Panama – Panamanian authorities have arrested former president Ricardo Martinelli after the Supreme Court ordered his provisional detention, media reported on Tuesday. Martinelli is being held “in connection with an investigation into illegal surveillance allegedly carried out during his administration (2009-2014),” the daily La Prensa said. The judges deliberated for […]

732 foreigners deported from Panama

732 foreigners deported from Panama

Q24N – During the first 11 months of 2015, immigration officials have deported 732 people, nearly 50% percent of them Colombians The number is a slight increase from the same period of 2014, when 648 people were deported. Just under half of the people deported were Colombian citizens, with 317 citizens of that country being […]

Panama – Colombia Ferry Discontinues Service

Panama – Colombia Ferry Discontinues Service

Q24N – Despite the fact that it was announced in July that the business would be restructured to make it viable, the Ferry Xpress, the tourist and cargo ship linking the ports of Colon (Panama) and Cartagena Colombia) will not be providing the service in 2016. The Panamanian company announced that it will not be […]

Killer Bees Imprison Residents In Panama

Killer Bees Imprison Residents In Panama

Q24N PANAMA – Another bee attack has stung in Latin America, this time in Panama. Killer bees have been terrorizing the residents of the municipality of Loma Bonita in Rio Hato for several months. The swarm, becoming increasingly larger in size, can currently be found on top of a utility pole and a mango tree. […]

Panama Airport Strengthens Security

Panama Airport Strengthens Security

TODAY PANAMA – (Prensa Latina) Tocumen International Airport, located in the Panamanian capital, reduced the movement of people inside the airport terminal, as part of the new security controls adopted after the terrorist attacks in France. Among the measures also is included a more rigorous baggage inspection, in order to detect potentially hazardous materials, stated […]

Punta Coco: The ‘Guantanamo Bay of Panama’ Prison Raises Human Rights Concerns

Punta Coco: The ‘Guantanamo Bay of Panama’ Prison Raises Human Rights Concerns

TODAY PANAMA (via Insightcrime.org) – The remote island prison dubbed the Guantanamo Bay of Panama houses the country’s most dangerous prisoners, but concerns are mounting over harsh conditions and human rights violations occurring behind the prison’s impregnable walls. In March 2015, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced that the soon to be inaugurated Punta Coco […]

In Panama 3 Out of 10 Women Depend On A Man To Survive: UN Report

In Panama 3 Out of 10 Women Depend On A Man To Survive: UN Report

TODAY PANAMA, La Prensa – While Panama has an “enviable” economic growth and a high human development, the Central American country still has the challenge of achieving gender equality in the labor market, a senior official of the United Nations said. Martín Santiago, spoke during a workshop on labotr equality held in Panama City. In […]

Panama Lawmakers Ban Paid Parking In Shopping Centres

Panama Lawmakers Ban Paid Parking In Shopping Centres

TODAY PANAMA – With opposition from the business sector and partially vetoed by President Varela, the Assembly has approved the law granting the right to free parking in shopping centers. Now it will be the Supreme Court which decides whether the controversial law adopted in January and subsequently vetoed in two articles by President Varela, […]