Lights Out for Earth Hour

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Millions of people in 172 countries and some 7,000 cities around the world celebrate Earth Hour today, Saturday, by turning off the lights for an hour. According to the Earth Hour website, an initiative from the World Wildlife Fund, lights should be turned off starting at 8:30 p.m. local time world wide to take a stand…

$67 Million More for Water Ring

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The Water Ring is expected to cost $67 million more than budgeted. Awarded to construction companies Odebrecht, MCM Consortium, Meco and Transcaribe Trading, SA, as well as contractors of the Ministry of Public Works, the project seeks to improve water distribution in Panama City and San Miguelito. However, unforeseen costs have bumped the price tag up from $323 million…

Fire Consumes ANCON Offices

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A fire broke out in the offices of the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) on Monday evening. Built of wood and concrete, it was 80 percent destroyed according to officials. Meanwhile. ANCON staff tried to save computer files but fears that they may have lost hundreds of documents on Panama’s natural resources and…

Another Panama City Island Is Coming

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Dutch marine services company Royal Boskalis Westminters has won a second contract to build a new island off of Panama City’s Punta Pacifica residential area. Created for Compañía Insular Americana, this is Boskali’s second artificial residential island project. The first, Ocean Reef Island, was delivered in 2013. The new 22-acre island is expected to cost $58 million and is scheduled for delivery…

Moncada Luna Pleads Guilty to Corruption

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Former Supreme Court judge Alejandro Moncada Luna was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and illicit enrichment. He will also have to give up two apartments valued at $1.7 million, $4.6 million in bank accounts and three luxury vehicles. Appointed by former President Ricardo Martinelli in 2010, Moncada was suspended in October when…

Sea Lion Stops By Panama Beach

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Pedasi residents on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula spotted a sea lion on El Toro beach over the weekend. Surprised since Pacific sea lions usually spend their time in colder or more temperate climates from Canada to Mexico, they called the National Environmental Authority. When authorities arrived, the animal appeared to be slightly disoriented but sitting under the shade of a beach…