More Pygmy Sloths in Panama’s Pacific

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The pygmy sloth population in Panama has been underestimated, a new study shows. Found only on the tiny Escudo de Veraguas Island in Panama’s Pacific Ocean, the threatened three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) does not only live in the mangroves on island’s edge but also in the inland forest. Bryson Voirin, a former fellow at the Smithsonian…

Fried Food Court is Coming

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The fried food court planned for the Cinta Costera 3 will be open no later than July 15, according to Mayor Jose Blandon. Also known as “Flavors of El Chorillo” and the “Fritodromo”, Panama’s new fried food destination will have around 11 locales operated by small entrepreneurs who have been selling street food for years in…

Authority Raising Driving Fines

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The Transit and Transportation Authority will be raising fines for bad driving. The penalty for talking on a cell phone at the wheel will increase from $75 to $300, and drivers who sneak the shoulder of the road will be fined $200 instead of $50. Tickets for running a red light will double from $100 to $ 200 and speeding tickets will be $150 instead of $50.…

Panama Canal: Container Volumes Already Peaked

The heyday of booming container trade may be a thing of the past, having hit highs in 2007. So said Jorge Quijano, head of the Panama Canal Authority, in an interview with the Financial Times, attributing the drop to changing patterns in global trade and manufacturing, as well as a decrease in spending by U.S. consumers. He hopes that…

Murder Cat Murdered

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Panamanian reggae singer Murder Cat was killed Tuesday night on Street 3 in Juan Diaz. Also known as El Clickiti and Omar Bellido, his given name, the singer was reportedly talking to some people, including singer Ruff Dad, when several individuals rolled up in a grey sedan and shot him at least seven times before driving off. The police are investigating.…

Ex-Minister of Economy and Finance Detained

Frank de Lima, Minister of Economy and Finance in the Ricardo Martinelli administration, was detained for his alleged involvement in dodgy grain sales through the National Assistance Program. According the charges, the Ministry of Economy and Finance would have helped to transfer funds to pay for inflated contracts between 2012 and 2014. One of the most suspicious deals…