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How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor?

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor, a 54-year-old man who became the superdisseminator? He is currently the source of infection for 16 of the 22 people who have been confirmed with covid-19. The man is in a delicate condition at Hospital México. There...

Chinese ride-hailing platform starts operations in Panama

Chinese ride-hailing platform DiDi Chuxing on Monday announced its launch of operations in Panama as part of its expansion plan in Latin America. According to DiDi’s general director for Central America, Pablo Mondragon, Panama will be the company’s second Central American market, after Costa Rica,...

Panama Reports First Coronavirus Covid-19 Fatality

Panama. The Minister of Health of Panama, Rosario Turner, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the first coronavirus covid-19 death, a 64-year-old man school principal It is the first covid-19 death in Central America. The man, who had also suffered from diabetic complications and bacterial pneumonia, died on March...

Panama confirms 1st case of coronavirus

Panama has confirmed its first case of the Covid-19. The patient is a 40-year-old Panamanian woman, Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner reported last night in a press conference. Minutes before, Panama President Laurentino Nito Cortizo, confirmed the information through his Twitter account. According to Minister Turner,...

Civil Aviation halts flight departure to Panama for review of virus

Costa Rica's Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil) confirmed that at 11:30 pm Saturday, the flight that was delayed for practically most of the day due to an alert for the presence of the coronavirus Covid-19, departed from the Juan Santamaría International or...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

New bridge between Costa Rica and Panama making progress: at 72%

Those times in which the residents of Sixaola Limón, crossed to Panama by an old and deteriorated bridge are about to be only an ungrateful memory. This Friday, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) reported that the construction of a binational bridge has...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

The Best Places To Retire Abroad In 2020 (Podcast)

The number one for cheap and safe to retire is Austria, dubbed the Swiss alternative... number 3 is Costa Rica, the Swiss of Central America...where you can judge the friendliness of town by how friendly their stray dogs are. Listen to the entire postcast from...

13-year-old indigenous girl pregnant by man 50 years her senior

A 13-year-old Costa Rican indigenous girl from Talamanca is pregnant with a man almost 50 years older than her. Under unknown conditions, both were to Panama. It is unknown for how long and why the minor was in Panama; that will be up to the...

7 killed in Panama bizarre religious ritual

Seven people, including a pregnant woman and her five children, were killed in a suspected ritual carried out by a religious sect in a remote indigenous community in Panama, authorities said Thursday. Officials found the bodies in a mass grave in the indigenous region of...

The Panama Canal is running out of water

For over 100 years, the Panama Canal has been a staple of world trade, allowing cargo ships to avoid the long, tricky route around the southernmost tip of South America. Now things may have to change. Since it opened back in 1914, the canal has...

Nicaraguan Migrants Travel South After Northern Neighbors Tighten Borders

The ongoing socio-political crisis in Nicaragua has caused large numbers of Nicaraguans to migrate to neighboring nations in Latin America. Similar to Costa Rica, Panama is facing numerous issues related to the influx of Nicaraguan migrants. Photo UN Migration According to Panamanian Director of the National...

Guatemala Out, Panama Continues On France’s Grey List

The government of France reported that it removed Guatemala from the list of countries that do not cooperate with the exchange of tax information, but kept Panama. French authorities said that Guatemala was removed from the list because it ratified the convention on mutual administrative...

Panama’s New President Said He Found A Country In Economic Disaster and Mired in Graft

When Panama President Laurentino Nito Cortizo took over the reins of the country he found a disaster in public finances, a disorganized administration, with an unprecedented corruption record. In his first report to the National Assembly on Thursday, January Cortizo,  Newsroom Panama reported, the president...

Wage increase will increease layoffs – business group

A wage increase in the current economic slowdown would impact businesses, create layoffs and lead to bankruptcies says the National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep), Any adjustment to the salary at this time will impact operations and increase layoffs says head of business group Julio De...

Costa Rica & Panama Announced as Venues for FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup 2020

On Friday 20th December, FIFA announced that Costa Rica and Panama are set to host the Women's Under-20 World Cup in August 2020 after inspections of the two nations by the FIFA Council Bureau came back positive. It is to be the first time that a...

Panama Papers money laundering hearing stalled

Moves by the defense team of the lawyers at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal have led to the second suspension of the preliminary hearing of a process for alleged money laundering. The hearing for Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca Mora, the founding partners...

Panama Targets Costa Rica Shopping Tourism

In order to attract tourism from Costa Rica, investments have been made in the construction of new shopping centers and the expansion of some existing ones, in the Panamanian province of Chiriqui. In addition to plans to modernize the border crossings between the two countries,...

Panama Tourism Income Doesn’t Improve

The most recent report of the Comptroller General of Panama details that between the first eight months of 2018 and the same period of 2019, the expenditure made by tourists arrivals in the country decreased by US$32 million, going from US$3.346 billion to US$3.314...

BAC parent company buys Multibank Panama

Colombia's Grupo Aval, owner in Panama of BAC, has reached an agreement to acquire Multibank Financial Group, the holding company of Multibank Panama, which has assets of US$5 billion. Aval said that the transaction, which will be carried out through its subsidiary Banco de Bogotá,...

Panama Canal revenues up 3.9%

(Newsroom Panama) Revenues of the Panama Canal closed at $ 3.365.9 billion during fiscal year 2019, an increase of 3.9% reports the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) . Toll revenues, mostly driven by the container ship segment were, $2,592.5 billion said a press release published on...

Minimum Wage Negotiation Begins in Panama

Workers, employers and government representatives in Panama are discussing adjustments to the minimum wage, the changes to which must come into effect on January 1, 2020, the union sector aiming for a minimum wage of US$1,040, but employers say the current economic situation does...

New Twist in Panama-China FTA Negotiation

Weeks after the Cortizo government decided to interrupt the negotiations of the trade agreement, it announced that in 2020 the issue of the FTA with the Asian giant could begin to be seen again. The issue has generated expectation, because after having advanced to the...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Half Way There

The construction of the new binational bridge over the Sixaola River, which is being jointly carried out by Costa Rica and Panama, presents a global advance of 56%. At the same time, the relocation of the border posts of both countries in matters of migration,...

Panama Scraps Tax on Gambling

Today Panama) Panama’s Junta de Control de Juegos (JCJ) - Gaming Control Board -has announced that it will eliminate the controversial 5.5% tax on all gambling winnings, including player stakes, introduced by the country's government in 2015. The regulator said it believed the move would...

Uber Vehicles In Panama Will Have To Have Logo And Pay Tax

Uber vehicles in Panama will be obliged to place a painted logo to "identify them definitively as a transport" of the company, says a draft presented by legislators in Panama. The bill also says that the Uber in Panama will have the obligation to pay...

Central America’s 10 best tours: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Panama and beyond

If it’s volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins and abundant nature you’re after, head to Central America. From Belize to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama adventure is guaranteed. Step back in time in Nicaragua Visit the rural backwaters and remote Caribbean islands of Nicaragua on this...

New gas-to-power scheme for Panama

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company Gaslog Ltd said on Wednesday it had struck a deal to lease a tanker for 10 years to a gas-to-power project in Panama being developed by a Chinese company and supplied by Royal Dutch Shell. Gaslog will convert the...

Threat to Panama’s Air Competitiveness

A bill proposing to charge US$5 for each passenger in transit was presented, whose funds, which would reach US$65 million, would be given to airlines as incentives to attract more tourists to the country. Bill 150, called "Airline Incentive Law", was presented to the National...

Panama Testing Electric Bus

A K9 model electric bus made by China’s BYD company began operations in Panama City on Tuesday, August 13 It will circulate on different routes in the city and on the corridors for a six-month trial period while functionality and performance will be evaluated. The bus...

Panama says canal operating normally; no ships detained

(Reuters) - Panama’s Canal Authority said on Wednesday that the canal was operating normally and without delays, adding that no ships had been detained in the trade waterway. The entity posted the statement on Twitter in response to a tweet from Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy...

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