Trash Authority to Buy More Trucks

The Urban and Household Authority announced  that it will buy 105 garbage trucks for Panama City. According Carlos Monterrey, head of the authority, there are currently 70 company-owed and 30 rented compactor trucks. The previous administration spent $20 million on a total of 99 vehicles, including the compactors. The authority is also looking to collect approximately $63.3 of money…

Egypt Uses Wrong Canal for Stamp

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Egypt issued stamps to commemorate big plans for the extension of the Suez Canal but mistakenly used an image of the Panama Canal. The country’s Ministry of Communications originally denied the allegations, claiming that the stamp was a fake, but has since stopped the printing. Plans for a multibillion-dollar extension of the 145-year old Suez Canal were unveiled last…

Panama #1 in Global Well-Being Poll

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Panama ranks first amount 135 countries in a new subjective well-being poll about how people feel about their lives. The well-being index, released Tuesday by Gallup and Healthways, evaluates people’s sense of purpose, social connections, community, finances and physical vigor. In Panama, 61% of those polled are “thriving” in at least three of the categories and were most…

Special Anti-Gang Group Created After Family Murder

President Juan Carlos Varela announced the creation of a special gang fighting group to rout out gang leaders and members operating in Panama City and Colon. The announcement came following the shooting death of a family of four in the San Antonio neighborhood of La Chorrera on Friday night. Roberto Acosta, age 28, his wife and two…

Government Hires International Law Firm for Finmeccanica Case

Panama will be represented by international law firm Hogan Lovells in civil and criminal cases involving the Italian defense group Finmeccanica. The foreign ministry hired the firm as Italian prosecutors probe allegations of international corruption tied to several contracts between the former Panamanian administration and Italian companies.  It will also investigate the possibility of recovering $100 million for 18 faulty radars…

Panama Dengue Report

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The Ministry of Health confirmed the ninth death from dengue so far this year – a 14-year-old girl from the 24 de Diciembre district. Ministry statistics indicate that there have been 4,542 cases of dengue so far this year, a tropical disease transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Fumigation operations are being carried out throughout the…