New Poison Dart Frog Species Identified

Andinobates geminisae identified in Panama

There is a newly identified species of poison dart frog in Panama. Although researchers found the first specimen in the headwaters of the Rio Caño back in 2011 in Colon, it was not until recently that they were able to confirm the discovery of a new species.In the species description published this week in Zootaxa, the frog…

Pope Jokes: “A Latin American with Swiss Punctuality!”

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The Panamanian Ambassador to the Holy See, Miroslava Rosas, was greeted by a joking Pope Francis when presenting her credentials at the Vatican this week. “A Latin American with Swiss punctuality!” he said during the welcome. The ambassador was accompanied by family members and the driver of the embassy, who had never had the chance…

Copa Airlines Raises Afro Ban

Copa Airlines will allow its female cabin staff to wear their hair in afros and braids. Previously, the crew manual stated that “curly hair, with a lot of volume, must be tied with band or in a braided bun in the amounts necessary to ensure that it is styled, without more than three inches of loose hair. Ponytail and…

Panama and Japan Discuss Metro Line 3

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Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to move forward in finalising the financing and construction of Panama’s Metro Line 3. The Japanese government has expressed interest for quite some in building the 13-mile railway which would connect Albrook Terminal and La Chorrera, crossing a fourth bridge over the Panama Canal. At their meeting in New York…

Panama Decreases Carnival Spending

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The Panamanian Tourism Authority has budgeted $500,000 for the 2015 carnival celebrations in the capital. If the math is correct, that is a sixth of the money spent on the $3 million city carnival in 2014. Jesus Sierra, head of the authority, says that unlike previous years, the government has also earmarked another $500,000 for celebrations in…

Archdiocese Announces New Office Hours

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Starting October 1, the Archdiocese of Panama‘s offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday to Friday, closing for an hour at noon for lunch. On Saturdays, office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Located on Calle Primera Sur in Carasquilla, the Archdiocese houses the offices of the Metropolitan…