Ultraviolet Warning in Effect

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Panama weather experts have issued a warning against high levels of ultraviolet radiation this week. The highest levels are expected in Chiriqui, Veraguas, Herrera, Los Santos and coastal areas, while high levels are also projected for Cocle, Panama West, Bocas del Toro, Colon, Panama Metro and the Gulf of Panama. The warning is in effect February…

Water for Contadora Island

The National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems is calling for bids to build a new water network on Contadora Island. The $13.5 million project would supply the 160 island residents and visions of an expanded tourism infrastructure. It includes construction of a sewer system, wastewater treatment plant, storage tanks and and a desalination plant, among other elements. It is expected to produce between 150,000 and 200,000…

Ricardo Martinelli Unmasked as One of World’s Most Corrupt

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Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli came in third on a recent ranking of political leaders or multi-national companies that have massively abused their power and severely harmed society. The cases identified in the Transparency International UnmasktheCorrupt.org campaign were picked from 383 submissions voted by 170,000 netizens from around the world. Martinelli, who has been residing outside the country since…

Saturday Water Cuts

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Water service will be cut to parts of Panama City and the district of San Miguelito for much of Saturday, February 6. The suspension will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate repairs to the Chilibre water treatment plant, which supplies potable water to at least 1,176,835 people and has nearly reached its maximum capacity. Areas often affected…

Panama Looks to Terminator Mosquitoes to Combat Zika

Panama is considering releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against the Zika virus. The health ministry and Gorgas Institute are investigating whether to replicate a 2014 experiment that introduced male Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes in Nuevo Chorillo, west of Panama City, to combat dengue. The genes are altered in a way so that mosquito offspring, after mating with…

The Bush Dogs Live in Panama

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New camera trap evidence confirms the presence of the elusive bush dog throughout Panama. Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute caught the little animals on film using infrared camera traps in remote locations between the Costa Rican and Colombian borders. One of the world’s rarest canid species, the nocturnal Speothos venaticus looks like a cross between a small pig, a fox and a…