President Martinelli and the Dehydrated Food Contract

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The Electoral Tribunal notified the Supreme Court Thursday of its decision to suspend the immunity of former President Ricardo Martinelli. This launches the investigation into corruption charges against Martinelli related to anomalies in the purchase of $44.9 million worth of dehydrated food from a company called Lerkshore International Limited through the National Assistance Program, or $30 million more than its value. Martinelli…

Panama Mayor Evaluating Bay Issues

The Panama Mayor’s office is evaluating coastal areas along the Bay of Panama to find a solution to a history of poor water resource management. Deputy Mayor Raisa Banfield explained that over the last two decades, the area along the bay was developed without proper planning which has led to the reduction of rivers, the replacement of mangroves with…

Police Will Stop Foreign and National Motorists

Foreigners on small motorcycles and driving taxis will be stopped and investigated by police. The directive was announced last week by National Police chief Omar Pinzon and is an attempt to neutralize cases of theft by motorcycle and taxi, he said. La Prensa later reported that a police spokesman said the measure would apply to nationals as…

Trash Authority Workers on Strike

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The Workers Association of the Urban and Household Waste Authority are on indefinite strike as of Monday. The workers are calling to be included in the discussion of law 173 that would establish comprehensive management of waste and a culture of zero trash. The proposed law transfer the responsibility for trash collection to the Panama City Mayor’s…

World’s Largest Container Ship Registered in Panama

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The Panama Maritime Authority announced that the Merchant Marine Department has registered the world’s largest container ship in Panama. Christened on January 8, 2015, the MSC Oscar is 1,300-feet long – or four football fields – and has a capacity of about 19,224 standard containers – or 39,000 cars or 1.15 million washing machines. It was built by Daewoo…

Mark Zuckerberg is Coming

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Mark Zuckerberg will be arriving in Panama to participate in a business forum being held alongside the Seventh Summit of the Americas. President Juan Carlos Varela will reportedly meet with the 30-year-old Facebook founder, chairman and CEO to discuss the launch of Internet.org in Panama, an initiative to bring internet to the two-thirds of the world that is…