Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

Mattress Factory Goes Up in Smoke

The Plastifom mattress factory caught on fire Thursday night around 9:30 p.m in the Villa Zaita neighborhood of Las Cumbres. Four fire trucks and 12 National Civil Protection System cars arrived to control fire that threatened to spread to the Imperial mattress factory nearby. Firefighters could not enter the factory immediately due to difficulty in cutting the electricity, La Prensa reports. In somewhat related news, a 14-year-old was…

Martinelli Says Will Repeal Controversial Mining Reforms

President Ricardo Martinelli asked lawmakers to rescind the recently passed amendments to the 1963 mining code. The reforms sparked a wave of protests throughout the country, powered by the Ngöbe Bugle indigenous populations who objected vehemently to a clause granting foreign governments the right to invest in Panama’s mines.  Last week, a confrontation between police and protestors blocked…

Panama Bridge Hours During Carnaval

Drivers traveling to and from Panama City and the interior of the country should be aware of the Centenario Bridge’s special Carnaval schedule. On March 4, 5 and 7, the bridge will be open to traffic flowing towards Panama City from 5 to 9 a.m.  On March 8, it will be open from noon to…