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Tosferina (Pertussis) outbreak in Panama: 11 Deaths reported

Panamanian health officials report an outbreak of tosferina (pertussis, or whooping cough) in the Comarca Ngäbe Buglé region since mid-December. To date, 95 confirmed cases have been reported, of 84 are recovering and 11 fatalities in children under two years of age. According to the head...

5 things to know about World Youth Day 2019

(CNA) The 15th international World Youth Day is beings today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Ciudad de Panama, Panama. The massive gathering of Catholic youth, which takes place every two or three years, this year will be held for the first time in Central America. Pope St....

Panama new car sales bonanza is history

New car sales in Panama continue to plunge with a drop of 11.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to 2017 which was the worst year for the industry in five years and could help explain why two major dealerships have...

Panama’s President Begins Procedure to Change Country’s Constitution

President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday launched the consultations on changes to the country’s constitution. The presidential administration on Monday will begin meeting with political parties about the possibility to convene the special panel, which would be authorized to introduce amendments to the...

Panama – Venezuela Conflict Worsens

In response to actions taken by the Maduro government, Panama will suspend cargo and passenger transport activities of Venezuelan airlines operating in the country for three months. Venezuela forces Copa Airlines to suspend flights… Airline says it will refund passengers Immediately after the retaliation measures that...

Protest Over Infrastructure Turns Violent in Panama

COLON, PANAMA —  A protest over infrastructure and insecurity turned into violent clashes with police Tuesday in Panama’s second biggest city, which is home to a strategic port at the northern end of the Panama Canal. Residents stand next to a barricade on fire as...

Top U.S. Diplomat in Panama Leaves In Protest

In a farewell video, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, filmed a scene at a tin-roofed barbershop that sits in a graffiti-tagged neighborhood here under a clattering elevated highway. Feeley, 56, seen in an image from one of his videos, left Panama on March...

Panama seeks to attract investment from UAE sovereign wealth funds

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama wants to boost UAE sovereign wealth investment in real estate and infrastructure and presented proposals to funds this week while visiting Dubai, the leader said. “We had a meeting with the main sovereign wealth funds here and we presented...

Chinese Railroad in Panama?

A rail line connecting Panama City and David is the first of several joint infrastructure projects to be studied, as part of a cooperation agreement between Panama and China. Technical discussions over the rail link, which would include both passenger and cargo operations, were held...

Panama Car Sales Down 14%

At the end of November 2017, the downward trend continued, adding up to almost 53 thousand new vehicles registered since January, 13.8% less than in the same period in 2016. Figures from the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) show that in November 2017 3,556...

Moody’s gives Canal expansion thumbs up

Eighteen months after the expansion of the Panama Canal began to operate, its performance exceeded expectations. According to a new Moody’s Investors Service report, the total tonnage of the channel increased 22% in fiscal year 2017 (from October 2016 to September 2017), as its...

Panama Hotel Votes to Drop Trump, But His Company Won’t Go

(VOA) The owners of a Trump-branded hotel in Panama sued President Donald Trump’s family-owned company in federal court Tuesday, alleging that the namesake business committed mismanagement and fraud. The Trump Ocean Club (the tallest building shown) in Panama City, July 30, 2015. The building has...

US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump

(Reuters) U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump. US Ambassador to Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump “As a junior foreign service...

UNESCO Recognizes Panama’s Hats: No, Not The Panama Hat, The Other One

LA PINTADA, Panama (AP) — Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats; the famed “Panama hat” comes from Ecuador. In this Dec. 16, 2017 photo, Pasion Gutierrez, 81, holds a finished traditional Panamanian...

Odebrecht cut from airport bidding

ODEBRECHT, The Brazilian Construction  Company that gave major election campaign donations to the Panamenista Party via the man who is now manager of Tocumen SA . and the party’s   treasurer will be disqualified from bidding on upcoming airport contracts. Tocument international airport in Panama Carlos Duboy,  in...

Canal Future Could Rest On Going Green

The future of the Panama Canal in the face of accelerating climate change may depend on innovative green initiatives including floating solar panels. A solar project has a minimum life of 25 years, which means that the strip of land where the solar panels are...

Transit Board Conflict of Interest Probe

An investigation of all the members of the Board of Directors of the Transit Authority (ATTT) was initiated on Thursday, November 30, by the National Transparency Authority Against Corruption (Antai). Shipping Panama in the middle chamber of the new Agua Clara locks . Photo: Panama...

The Franchising Business in Panama

The sectors of gastronomy, services and clothing is where most of the more than 200 franchise chains, including both Panamanian and international, that operate in the country are concentrated. As in other countries in the region, such as Costa Rica, the franchise business is becoming...

Former Panama President Wanted by Interpol

TODAY PANAMA –  AN INTERPOL Red Alert was formally issued on Monday, May 22 at the request of the Supreme Court of Panama for the location and arrest of former President Ricardo Martinelli. The court is investigating Martinelli for the illegal interception of communications by...

Judge Orders Medical House Arrest for Noriega Be Maintained for 1 Year

DAVID, Panama – Former Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega remains in “critical” condition and a Panamanian judge on Tuesday ordered that the “medical house arrest” under which the ex-strongman is serving a lengthy prison sentence be maintained for one year. Judge Katherine Pitti de Molina, in...

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

TODAY PANAMA – There appears to be a lot of confusion , that affects expats living in Panama preferring and their ‘visitor’ status, as Panama cracks down on permanent tourists. The new measure applies to foreigners residing in the country as tourists. Photo Telemetro On March...

Panama Deported 170 Foreigners In First Two Months Of The Year

Foreigners deported from Panama. Photo Newsroom Panama TODAY PANAMA – Panama’s immigration service reports having deported or expelled in the first two months of the year, a total of 170 foreigners, mostly Colombians, for being in the country undocumented. Of the the total, 106 were deported...

Panama Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest Over Imports

Panamanian Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest Over Imports TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) Growers of tomatoes in the western province of Chiriqui started an unprecedented protest and gave away their products, as a response to the policies implemented by the government. The farmers told the media...

Panama Records Increase In Consumption of Poultry Products

Photo from La PrensaThe union of poultry farmers reported an increase of 8% in the first ten months of the year compared to the same period in 2015. The National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (ANAVIP) recorded an increase in consumption of poultry meat...

Panama ponders on accepting oil or gas from Venezuela to settle accounts

(TODAY PANAMA) Swap of oil or natural gas for the millions of dollars owed by Venezuela to Panamanian businesses is among the options to settle the affair, said on Friday Panamanian Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado. In a...

How to Succeed in Business in the Best Country for Expat Entrepreneurs

(TODAY PANAMA) WSJ.com - Business founder and writer Kathleen Peddicord makes the case in this article that Panama City is the ideal venue for the entrepreneurial expat. Below are tips for aspiring startup founders mulling a move to Panama. Entrepreneurs eyeing other locations in...

Panama: Changes its Immigration Policy

(TODAY PAMANA) -- It has been announced that there will be an end to liberality in granting residence permits in the so-called melting pot, and the revision of the immigration status of resident foreigners whose papers have expired. From a statement issued by the Presidency...

Panama Closes Its Capital For The Summit of the Americas

TODAY PANAMA - With the means to facilitate the development of the VII Summit of the Americas, the national authorities issued today Executive Decree mandating the closing of private offices on April 10th and 11th, 2015 for the Districts of Panama, San Miguelito and...

Presidente Obama Is About To Have His Moment In Latin America

TODAY PANAMA —The stage is finally set for Barack Obama to have his Latin America moment: that triumphant, looking-sharp-in-a-new-guayabera wrist wave to a roomful of hemispheric leaders who cheer him on Cuba and graciously forgive his otherwise lackluster performance on the rest of the...

Panama Will Have Rice Shortage

TODAY PANAMA - Due to the poor performance of the 2014-15 harvest, local production will last only until July, and 1 million hundredweight will need to be imported in order to meet demand until September. The rice guild estimates that 2014-15 production will be 25%...

President of Panama Vetoes Free Parking

TODAY PANAMA - Citing it as unconstitutional and inconvenient the Executive has objected to two articles of a bill which aims to make it compulsory to provide three hours of free parking at shops. In a letter sent to the President of the National Assembly,...

In Panama Tax Evasion is NOT Money Laundering

TODAY PANAMA - Despite being a FATF recommendation, reforms to the law on prevention of money laundering being prepared by the government will not include the definition of tax evasion as a criminal offense. The latest update to the standard recommendations of the Financial Action...

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