Gunfire in the Casco Viejo

Just before 10 p.m. there was a fairly long series of shots around calle 7 in Casco Viejo.  Caught in the cross-fire were the Café Mayal host/security personnel and an out-of-towner dining at the sidewalk table.  Subsequent reports indicate that it was actually two French tourists who were shot. Apparently, a red taxi pulled up…

Panama Getting Wired

Municipal Wi-Fi Liberty Technology has the $25.5 million contract to bring free Wi-Fi Internet service to no less than 220 access points in 10 Panama cities beginning in October. Does Panama have that many cities?  Yes it does, and they include:  Penonome, Colon, David, Chitre, Las Tablas, Pese, Panama City, Arraijan, La Chorrera, Santiago, and President…

Beginning 2009: Taco Bell vs. The Taco Maker

U.S. Tex-Mex Giant to face off with Puerto Rico’s largest Mexican quick-service restaurant in the Panama Arena. Taco Bell had a bit of a head start with the June 24th opening of its first branch in Multiplaza.  In the next months, the chain plans to open additional branches in the El Dorado, Albrook and Metro…

For Sale: 1969 Presidential Jet

Panama’s new President, Ricardo Martinelli, said before leaving to the UN General Assembly in New York that he “will not allow any Panamanian to board that clunker of a presidential plane.” The Gulfstream II HP-1A was built in 1969, consumes 530 gallons of fuel per hour, and previous administrations have spent more than $5 million…

Super-Inclusive Resort to Grace Panama’s Pacific Coast

Another mega-resort joins the hyper-growth along the Pacific Coast near Santa Clara. Breezes is advertised as the first Super-Inclusive resort set to “grace the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean.” If you book by October 25th for travel October 1-31, you can save 25% on rates from $109 per person, per night for a cocoon destination…

Flooding the Ngöbe Bugle Not a Good Idea

In a beautiful land of hills and rivers in the province of Bocas del Toro, there lived a simple people known as the Ngöbe Bugle.  In 2005, in came the US Allied Energy Systems (AES) corporation in partnership with the Panamanian government and began razing their homes and farmlands to make way for the first of…