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Martinelli Arrested in Miami

US marshals arrested former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli on Monday. Martinelli moved to Miami in January 2015, and Panama’s Supreme Court issued an arrest order for him in December 2015 after declaring him in absentia during a hearing. The request for his arrest was filed as part of a criminal case that alleges illegal wiretapping during his…

Manuel Noriega is Dead

Panamanian General Manuel Noriega died at 11 pm Monday night in Santo Tomas Hospital at age 83. President Juan Carlos Varela shared the news soon after, tweeting: “The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history: his daughters and family deserve a peaceful burial.” The former dictator had been in an induced coma…

Thursday Water Cuts

Water service will be cut to most of Panama City on Thursday from 2 pm  to 10 pm. According to The National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems (IDAAN), cuts are due to the annual maintenance work on the electrical substation of the Federico Guardia Conte water treatment plant in Chilibre. Residents in certain parts of the city will…

Panama Heat Wave 2017

Temperatures have reached record highs in Panama and throughout Central America this March and April and are expected to peak today, Thursday. According to the Electric Transmission Company (ETESA), solar rays hit Panama nearly perpendicularly during the month of April, which makes it one of the hottest times of the year. This means dangerously high ultraviolet radiation levels and that…

Yellow Fever Vaccine Recommended for Brazil-bound Travelers

Panama’s Ministry of Health says that anyone traveling to Brazil should get a yellow fever vaccine. In January, Brazilian health authorities detected a yellow fever outbreak, particularly in the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Esparto Santo, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. To date, there have been over 430 cases. Yellow fever, like dengue and…