Mayor Plans to Spruce Up Mock Villages

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The mayor of Panama City, Jose Isabel Blandon, has announced plans to revive the Mi Pueblito tourism village. At the foot of Cerro Ancon, Mi Pueblito is currently a very tranquil destination with three mock villages replicating distinct Panamanian cultures including colorful Afro-Caribbean homes furnished in the 1950s-style, tile-topped wooden houses from the interior of the country and…

Panama Crime Series, Part 99

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Cocaine found floating near Taboga – The National Aeronaval Service seized 20 packets of cocaine floating 13 nautical miles off Taboga Island. No arrests have been made but the investigation continues. Killed in Colon- Rafael Perez Sanjur, age 37 and also known as Wabi, was murdered late Sunday night near Portobelo, Colon. He was shot in the head,…

Martinelli Accesses Albrook Tarmac, Authority Investigates

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating President Ricardo Martinelli unauthorised access onto the tarmac of the Marcus A. Gelabert Airport in Albrook on Saturday. According to the authority, Martinelli arrived in two vehicles at 5:40 p.m. and headed the Office of Airport Safety, where he roughly requested information on a yellow helicopter that had allegedly been flying over his residence. The Civil Aviation Authority says…

Weekend Water Cuts

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Water service will be cut to much of Panama City from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. Affected areas include San Miguel, Caledonia, Perejil, Calle J, Avenida de los Martires, Avenida Nacional, Chorillo, Casco Vieo, Balboa, Amador, La Boca, Llanos de Curundu and Ancon. According to the National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems, cuts are…

Colombia Takes Panama Off Tax Haven List

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Colombia excluded Panama from its list of tax havens after agreeing to negotiations to avoid double taxation. This wraps up two weeks of tenuous discussions, which began when Colombia included Panama in its list of tax havens, published on October 8, which implied penalties on transactions for Panamanian companies in Colombia. Panama threatened reciprocal measures and set a deadline for removing its…

Will Expand Inter American Highway to Six Lanes

President Juan Carlos Varela announced plans to expand the Inter American Highway to six lanes between the Bridge of the Americas and Arraijan. The widening of the road will enable a dedicated route for public transport along this stretch in the hopes of easing traffic congestion and decreasing the commute, which can take hours. Other plans for Panama…