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Cinta Costera Closed for Carnival

Every year, Panama’s main thoroughfare, the Cinta Costera, shuts down for carnival, and this year is no different. Partial closing – from Calle 29 to Viaducto 3 de November – begins Friday, February 9 at noon to set up food vendor booths. During the celebrations, lanes close to vehicular traffic completely from Avenida Ecuador to…

Spanish Group Buys Centro Medico Paitilla

A Spanish company has purchased Centro Medico Paitilla for an undisclosed amount. Established in Tenerife, Spain in 1969, Grupo Hospiten began its international expansion in 2000 and operates 20-medical-hospital centers in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. Centro Medico Paitilla was founded in 1975 and provides cancer, laboratory, maternity, physical therapy, radiology and endoscopy…

The Inspection of the Centennial Bridge

The Ministry of Public Works is over half-way through a $1.9 million inspection of the Centennial bridge that crosses the Panama Canal close to the Pedro Miguel locks. Started in June of last year, the complex and exhaustive verification includes checking the conditions the beams that support the six lanes of traffic, as well as the…

Panama Rejected 40.7% of Foreigners Married to Nationals

Immigration authorities in Panama turned down 1,425 of 3,493 applications for residence permits submitted by foreigners married to nationals in 2017. If the math is correct, that is 40.7% rejection rate for the one reason that the National Migration service determined marriages to be unions of convenience. Applicants were mostly from Colombia, the Dominican Republic,…

Metro Introduces Five-Car Train

The first five-car train of the Panama Metro began operations this Monday, February 5. President Juan Carlos Varela was on hand to inaugurate the first run of the new train, which is part of a set of five new five-car trains and a larger order of 70 train cars built by the Alstom Company in…