Judge Suspends Martinelli Bail

A day after granting bail to former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli on February 13, Miami Federal Judge Marcia Cooke suspended her decision following an emergency motion filed by the Prosecutor’s Office. In the order granting the United States’ motion to stay the execution of order, which was released by the US Embassy in Panama, the…

Sea Snake Warning for Azuero Beaches

The Ministry of the Environment issued a warning to tourists and visitors to the province of Los Santos that yellow-bellied sea snakes have been spotted along the coast. Characterized by a yellow underbelly and a brown back, a laterally compressed body and paddle-tail, the Hydrophis platurus species often uses surface currents to move around but can submerge…

Carnival Transit Fine Report

Police handed out 13,077 transit fines during carnival, or 5,304 more than the previous year. Accordingly to recently released Ground Transportation and Transit Authority statistics, of the total fines, 646 were for drunk driving and 501 for alcohol breath. There were 71 people injured and four people killed on the road.

Judge Grants Martinelli Bail

Miami Federal Judge Marcia Cooke granted $1 million bail to ex-Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. Martinelli, age 65, will not be able to leave the United States until the issue of his extradition is resolved, and he will have to wear an electronic bracelet while under 24-hour surveillance at his Miami mansion. Should he violate any…

Race for Water Arrives at Panama Canal

Race for Water, the world’s first solar-hydrogen-kite-powered boat, is awaiting transit through the Panama Canal. Launched by the Swiss foundation of the same name, the vessel’s mission is to promote innovative solutions that give an economic value to plastic waste and prevent the plastic pollution of the world’s waterways. Race for Water began a five-year…

USDA Interested in Panama Agro

Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture arrive next week to tour food production sites in the western region of Panama. During the four-day visit, the US delegation will explore how the agency might support the Agricultural Master Plan for the Western Region, a public-private initiative involving an investment of $557 million over the next…