Innovation

TV and WiFi for Panama City Buses

Panama City’s My Bus Company says that its fleet will soon have a number of upgrades that should improve the public transportation experience. Updates include equipping buses with television and WiFi;changing the side panels, door mechanisms, driver’s seats and the handrails; and modifying the platform for people with disabilities. In January, Panama bought out the shares of the…

Panama Canal Expansion Opens

Panama celebrates the opening of the Panama Canal expansion today, 102 years after the inauguration of the waterway. Originally scheduled for a 2014 commencement and a centennial celebration, the $5 billion project has had to overcome labor strikes, concrete issues and a major international dispute with the contractors, among other challenges. The expanded canal will allow for…

Panamanian Wins Nikon Small World Contest

Panamanian Rogelio Moreno took the top prize in the 2014 Nikon Small World photography contest for his image of the heart-shaped mouth of a rotifer — a microscopic animal ranging from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm in length and found primarily in freshwater. Founded in 1974, the competition showcases the beauty and complexity of life as seen…

Will Expand Inter American Highway to Six Lanes

President Juan Carlos Varela announced plans to expand the Inter American Highway to six lanes between the Bridge of the Americas and Arraijan. The widening of the road will enable a dedicated route for public transport along this stretch in the hopes of easing traffic congestion and decreasing the commute, which can take hours. Other plans for Panama…

New Prison Empty and Flooded

La Gran Joya, Panama’s new and yet unoccupied penitentiary suffered severe flooding on Friday. According to a statement released by the Ministry of the Interior, Sector B cells, entrances, custodian areas, security offices and green areas were affected. La Gran Joya has a capacity for 5,504 inmates and was built at a cost of $158.5 million. Inaugurated in…