Earthquake Shakes Panama and Colon

There was a 5.4-magnitude earthquake late Saturday night, the latest in a series that has shaken Panama in the last few weeks. The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama reported the quake at 11:45 pm local time at a depth of 6.8 miles in the Chagres National Park, about 30 miles northeast of Chepo. It was…

Bidding Open for Albrook Aviation Park

The Civil Aeronautics Authority is accepting bids for the construction of a lookout park near Marcos A. Gelabert Airport, also known as Albrook Airport, to provide families with a safe recreational area to observe airport operations. It would be built on over an acre in an area known as Threshold 19 along Avenida La Amistad,…

It’s Carnival Time in Panama

This year’s carnival – with the slogan “A country in celebration” – kicks off today with the crowning of Panama City’s carnival queen and an exodus toward the interior of the country. From Saturday to Tuesday in the city, daily activities include culecos (the spraying of water from cistern trucks) from 9 am to 3 pm…

Panama Crime Series, Part 103

Boxing champ going to jail – Former world boxing champion Pelechin Caballero was sentenced to five years in prison for transporting drugs. He was arrested on March 10, 2016 in the Corridor Norte with 10 packets of cocaine in his car. Public servant caught smuggling – An employee of Panama’s court system was arrested Friday…

More LNG Tanker Traffic Projected for Panama Canal

The Panama Canal expects a 50 percent increase in the number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers transiting the waterway by September. “We are about to reach one (LNG tanker) per day,” Jorge Quijano, head of the Panama Canal Authority, told Reuters, attributing the increase to a growing global demand and rising exports of the cleaner burning…

Thursday Water Cuts

Water service was unexpectedly cut to several parts of Panama City on Thursday. According to The National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems (IDAAN), temporary suspension was due to breaks in two lines in Albrook and one line in Via Domingo Diaz caused by private companies. Affected neighborhoods included Ancon, Albrook, Altos de Curundu, Juan…