Earthquake Shakes Panama City

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook Panama City and surrounding areas midday on Monday. The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama reported the quake at 2:35 p.m. local time at a depth of 4 miles in the Bay of Panama, not far from Isla del Rey in the Las Perla Archipelago. It lasted for five seconds. Metro stations and public buildings were…

Fonseca Calls Out President from Jail

Partners of the law firm Mossack Fonseca at the center of the Panama Papers scandal were indicted on money laundering charges on Saturday, but the allegations don’t stop there. Ramon Fonseca Mora, who along with Jurgen Mossack is being held as a flight risk in Ancon, says that President Juan Carlos Varela, in the presence of deputies…

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…