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

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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…

Mayor’s Office Shopping for Stun Guns

The Panama City Mayor’s Office would like to purchase 100 electroshock weapons for its municipal watchmen. With a budget of $199,000, each gun must have a laser and an high-density built-in light, and the company that wins the bid must provide training to 300 security guards. Panama Shooters, Taser and Creaciones Pitty are participating in the tender.

Metro ATMs Are Coming

As of December, all 14 of Panama City’s metro stations will have automated teller machines. There will be a total of 24 machines representing Banco General, Banistmo and BAC, servicing over 240,000 passengers. Each bank will be responsible for maintenance of their ATMs and make a monthly payment to the Metro for use of the…

$4 Billion Destroyer Towed in Panama

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The USS Zumwalt, the most expensive destroyer ever built for the US navy, was towed to the former Rodman naval station in Panama following an engineering problem on Monday. The $4.4 billion ship was on its way to its new homeport of San Diego when it lost propulsion in the Panama Canal, hitting the lock walls and causing minor…

Black Friday Will Move to September

Starting next year, Panama will celebrate Black Friday on September 15th instead of the traditional day after Thanksgiving. Nadkyi Duque, the president of the Association of Shopping Centers, which includes the country’s 11 biggest malls, explains that the change was made in order to avoid competition with Black Friday in the United States, coordinate promotions with airlines…