Panama Canal Cost Dispute Goes to Arbitration

The first arbitration hearing for the cost overruns of the Panama Canal expansion project begins Monday in Miami. The first $180 million claim – over the cost of draining a work space near the canal’s Pacific locks –  is part of a total $1.6 billion dispute between the Panama Canal Authority and Grupo Unidos por…

Noriega Sues Video Game

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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the maker of the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II for using his name and likeness without permission. Noriega, age 80, claims that Activision Blizzard, the California-based game developer, portrayed him as a “kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state” with the nicknames Pineapple Face…

Canal to Earn Less than Projected

Revised forecasts indicated that the Panama Canal will generate less income for the state over than originally expected over the next couple of years. According to the medium-term fiscal outlook 2015-2019, Panama’s Ministry of Finance expects $7.22 billion during that five year period compared to the $10 billion anticipated by the Panama Canal Authority back in 2006. The…

Panama Dengue Report

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There have been 4,262 confirmed cases of dengue so far this year. According to the Ministry of Health, this is 30 more than the total number of cases reported last year. According to the Pan American Health Organization, dengue remains a public health problem in the region with 72,227 cases in Central America reported through May.…

Potato and Onion Production is Down

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Potatoes and onions are in shorter supply in Panama’s markets. A longer dry season and a shortage of seeds delayed potato planting this year by a month and a half, while uncontrolled imports during the harvest season have contributed to a decline in local production. According to the Panamanian Food Safety Authority, 32,504 pounds of potatoes entered the county, or 11,114…

U.S. Army Sergeant Held in Murder of Panamanian Woman

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A U.S. soldier has been detained on suspicion of killing a Panamanian woman. On June 23, authorities discovered the badly beaten body of 26-year-old Vanessa Rodriguez on a farm in the town of Guararé in Panama’s central Los Santos province. According to early local media reports, Master Sergeant Omar Velez of the U.S. Army was found standing…