Monthly Archives: March 2011

Repairs to the Centenario Bridge: $33 Million

It will cost $33 million to repair the access ramp to the Centenario Bridge, damaged as a result of last December’s heavy rains. Work includes stabilizing the access ramp and building a 577-foot bridge.  The project is 38 percent advanced and is expected for delivery some time between August and September of this year. If the…

Women Arrested for Kissing in Casco Viejo

Two women were caught kissing  in Panama’s historic Casco Viejo neighborhood over the weekend and arrested. The incident occurred as psychologist Valentina Hernandez took a Sunday stroll down 4th Street  with her girlfriend. They kissed “as any couple might” Hernandez said, but an Institutional Protection Service official witnessed the act and told the kissing couple…

Panama Presidents Lunch at Palace

Former Panamanian presidents Ernesto Perez Balladeres, Mireya Moscoso and Martin Torrijos joined current President Ricardo Martinelli for lunch at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. On the menu was squash soup, meat wrapped in bacon, salad and lemon pie, La Prensa reports. After lunch, Martinelli took his guests on a tour of the new annex, the…

Brain Surgery Unit Growing on Azuero Peninsula

The Health Ministry has taken another step towards creating a neurosurgical unit on the Azuero Peninsula. With the appointment of a Panamanian doctor, the Joaquin Pablo Franco Hospital in Las Tablas now has two neurosurgeons, including the Nicaraguan surgeon who recently performed the region’s first successful brain surgery. The idea is to expand the range…

Italy Donates Six Boats to Panama

The Italian government will donate six boats to strengthen security and surveillance along Panama’s coasts. The boats will be used by the National Air Service in the fight against narcotrafficking and organized crime. Two of them are 173-feet long, built out of steel and can carry up to 427 tons. The other four are 82-feet…