This Week’s Water Cuts

Water service will be cut to parts of Upper Arraijan and Burunga today, Tuesday, and to San Francisco on Wednesday for much of the day. The first suspension will take place from 7 am to 4 pm to accommodate repairs to the Miraflores water treatment plant pipeline. Water consumers have been advised that it could take 12…

Rice Producers Clash with Police

Riot police reacted when rice producers shut down four lanes of the Pan-American Highway near Divisa on Monday. The rice producers are calling for an end to rice imports and exclusion from price controls. Last December, the government committed to purchasing 500,000 quintals for $18 million from local producers. Ruben Zeballos, president of the Rice Importers Association…

The Terraplén Stalls Are Gone

The 150-some stalls of the Terraplén in Santa Ana, also sometimes referred to as Panama City’s black market, were removed on Saturday. After reaching an agreement with the United Microentrepreneurs Association of the Terraplén, the city is moving some of the vendors to 5 de Mayo market and others to a new Market of the Americas that will…

New Logo for Fourth Bridge over Panama Canal

Ginela Franceschi, a student at Santa Maria La Antigua University, designed the winning logo for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal. The bridge will extend from Corredor Norte, north of the Bridge of the Americas and should be ready by 2021 if all goes according to plan. It is set to include six new lanes for…

Lottery Makes Record Sales

The National Lottery sold nearly $522.4 million in tickets during the first nine months of 2016. That represents a 3.5% increase from the same period the previous year, or close to an additional $17.9 million. After pay outs and commissions, profits totaled $106.7 million, which is $11.3 million or $12.2% more than last year. See Also: the Office of…

Test Measures to Ease Traffic

Measures to ease traffic in Panama City will go into effect on December 5, a spokesperson for the Presidency said. Government agency employees will work from 7:30 am to 3:30 am to ease road sharing with the private sector. And, during the 5 pm to 7 pm peak hours, transit officials will open three lanes across the Bridge of…