Panama Crime Series, Part 100

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Police break up “Kill the Nasty” gang – Early Tuesday morning, police raided the Kill the Nasty gang, based out of Street 17 in Rio Abajo and linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Main gang leader Jorge Zurita, also known as El Pibe (The Kid) was arrested, as well two other leaders – El Gordo…

State Will Spend $68.2 Million on Office Space

The government has allocated $68.2 million this year for office rent for state agencies. Previous governments have considered proposals to reduce rental costs by building a government city, and one of the last actions of the Ricardo Martinelli administration was to launch a tendering process for a $400 million contract for the mega project. Pre-approved construction companies included Constructora Norberto Odebrecht,…

Panama Pays Big for Morocco Gift

In July, Panama received Morocco’s first donation: 2,800 metric tons of NPK 12-24-14 fertilizer in 141 20-foot containers, packed in 56,400 50-kg bags. The donation also included the cost of shipping, but there was a delay in registering the shipment due to the change in government and missing safety and health papers, translating to $988,762.50 in product storage fees…

Cultural Institute Orders Removal of Mermaids in Casco Viejo

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Upon orders, the Manolo Caracol restaurant in Casco Viejo painted over a large mural on its facade of two colorful mermaids by Panamanian artist Rolo de Sedas. On Wednesday, the National Cultural Institute (INAC) gave the restaurant five days to comply with regulations for the restoration of Panama’s old town, which prohibit the painting of signs or other graphic expression…

Panama Sets New Raptor Record

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More than two million migrating raptors flew over Panama City on Sunday, doubling the previous record of almost 900,000 tallied in a single day last year. “The official count from Sunday’s massive raptor migration is 2,105,060 birds, most of them Turkey vultures and Swainson’s hawks,” said George Angehr, a Smithsonian ornithologist and authority on Panama’s birdlife.…

Last of the Panama Canal Gates are Here

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The last of the gates for the Panama Canal expansion project arrive today, Wednesday, aboard the Xia Zhi Yuan freighter from Italy. This shipment completes the order for 16 gates built by Italian subcontract Cimolai S.p.A in seven factories in northeastern Italy. President Juan Carlos Varela is expected to receive the gates at the Gatun Locks in the Colon province.…