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NFE/5.0en-USnews-webmaster@google.com2019 Google Inc.Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:07:53 GMTGoogle News
Panama to build migrant shelter as hundreds of Cubans enter  Fox News

PANAMA CITY – Panama's government says it will build a migrant shelter on its southern border with Colombia, after the latest wave of migrants crossed into the ...

Fox News
About 600 Cubans and 120 other migrants are in Panama for a “freedom caravan” to the U.S.  Miami Herald

A "freedom caravan" of about 600 Cubans and about 120 other migrants is in Panama in hopes of reaching the United States and ask for asylum.

Miami Herald
Panama team wins country's first Caribbean Series since 1950  ESPN

With a team that wasn't even supposed to be in the tournament, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 on Sunday to win its second ever Caribbean Series and first since 1950.

ESPN
Official: Brazil to meet Panama in Porto  Goal.com

The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour will return in March with a trip to Portugal where Brazil will take on Panama. A Selecao will host the North Americans at FC ...

Goal.com
Panama to call its EU envoy for consultations over 'high risk' list  Reuters

Panama said on Wednesday it will call home its ambassador to the European Union for consultations over the renewed inclusion of the Central American ...

Reuters
FEMA trailer sites coming to Panama City  WTVY, Dothan

FEMA officials say trailer group sites will house hundreds of families displaced by Hurricane Michael.

WTVY, Dothan
Panama City Target Re-opening For Business  My Panhandle

Since October 10th of last year the, panhandle was changed forever. Now, there is a new norm and part of that norm is just idle curiosity of what businesses may ...

My Panhandle
Panama City to buy lots for affordable housing  The News Herald

Despite objections about the appraisal, Panama City Commissioners are enthusiastic about the project, which will court developers to build affordable housing ...

The News Herald
Panama City Beach man arrested on child pornography charges  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A Panama City Beach man was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after investigators learned he was allegedly ...

The News Herald
Panama City Applebees to reopen, donate portion of sales to Hurricane Michael relief  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — More than four months after Hurricane Michael, the Panama City Applebee's will reopen Monday, Feb. 18.The restaurant, located at 678 W ...

The News Herald
Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title  Washington Post

Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.

Washington Post
Contract modified for recovery work at Naval Support Activity Panama City  The News Herald

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY PANAMA CITY — URS Group Inc. was awarded a $21 million “modification” on a current contract for repairs to Naval Support ...

The News Herald
Panama Takes Regular Season Finale | News, Sports, Jobs  Jamestown Post Journal

PORTVILLE — Panama improved to 14-6 with a 79-53 nonleague win over Portville (5-15) on Wednesday evening. Cameron Barmore led the winners with 21 ...

Jamestown Post Journal
Ditch your diet for the Panama City Beach Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Forget resolutions this weekend when the second annual Panama City Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival returns to Aaron ...

The News Herald
Food trucks pop up in Panama City after Hurricane Michael  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — Food trucks from anywhere were welcome sights in Hurricane Michael's immediate aftermath — not just for foodies, but for survival. And four ...

The News Herald
Through the Panama Canal in your yacht: everything you need to know  Yachting World

How to transit the Panama Canal in your yacht - preparation, costs, top tips and more for a smooth crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Yachting World
Campaigns work to remove trash in Panama City Beach  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — I signed a pledge last weekend. I promised that, the next time I go to the beach, I will pick up and properly dispose of at least five pieces of litter ...

The News Herald
The Latest: Pope departs for Rome, ending Panama visit  Washington Post

Pope Francis has left Panama, concluding his visit to the Central American nation for World Youth Day 2019.

Washington Post
Pope tells Panamanian Jesuits to remember their roots  Vatican News

A transcript of Pope Francis' conversation with members of the Society of Jesus on 27 January in Panama has been published by “La Civiltà Cattolica” ...

Vatican News
Photos: GALLERY: Food trucks featured at the PCB Food Truck Festival  The News Herald

The Semilla Food Truck of Charleston, South Carolina, features a brisket taco with beef brisket, salsa adobo, cabbage slaw, and cilantro. [CONTRIBUTED ...

The News Herald
Caribbean Series goes from Venezuela to Panama  ESPN

The 2019 Caribbean Series will be played Feb. 4-10 at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation confirmed ...

ESPN
Panama Canal Authority to lower draft restriction to 47 feet as of March 13  S&P Global Platts

The Panama Canal Authority said Tuesday it will tighten the maximum draft restriction in the Neopanamax Locks to 47 feet, or 14.33 meters, starting March 13.

S&P Global Platts
Halt To Plaza De Panama Revamp Frees Up $10 Million For Balboa Park  KPBS

San Diego city leaders may have an extra $10 million to spend on upgrades to Balboa Park after news broke this week that high construction costs had halted a ...

KPBS
The Plaza de Panama Plan Is on Hiatus  Voice of San Diego

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a group of major philanthropists are shelving a plan to remodel Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama after bids for the project came in ...

Voice of San Diego
Panama City missing person  WJHG-TV

The Panama City Police Department is asking for help in finding Yeferson Pino-Maquillon, 24.

WJHG-TV
Locarno, Panama Festival Team for New Academy Program  Variety

The Locarno Academy and Intl. Film Festival of Panama partner on the Academy's fourth and final Latin American program.

Variety
Panama rallies to beat reigning champion Puerto Rico  Star Tribune

Pinch-hitter Jilton Calderon hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning and Panama rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Puerto Rico 8-7 on ...

Star Tribune
Bring it on home: Panama  STLtoday.com

Who and where • From left: Dan Gould and Pamela Hodge of St. Louis and Kathleen and Wayne Rutter of Overland Park, Kan., on a stateroom balcony on the ...

STLtoday.com
Morning Report: The On-Again-Off-Again Plaza de Panama Plan Is Off Again  Voice of San Diego

The controversial Plaza de Panama project is on hold. Again. Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs, who has long championed the Balboa Park makeover, confirmed that ...

Voice of San Diego
2019 Caribbean Series moved to Panama from Venezuela amid political unrest  CBS Sports

The 2019 Caribbean Series will be played Feb. 4-10 at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation confirmed ...

CBS Sports
Volcanic growth 'critical' to the formation of Panama: Scientists put forward new explanation as to how land bridge formed between North and South America  Science Daily

It is a thin strip of land whose creation kick-started one of the most significant geological events in the past 60 million years. advertisement ...

Science Daily
Panama City's City Manager kicks off weekly public meetings  WJHG-TV

The goal of the forum was to encourage community participation in the rebuilding process.

WJHG-TV
St. Joe hotel project on Panama City Marina moving forward  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — By early 2020 work could start on a hotel at Panama City Marina under a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) the Panama City ...

The News Herald
Brussels to add Riyadh and Panama to dirty money blacklist  Financial Times

Brussels is pushing ahead with plans to name Saudi Arabia and Panama on a blacklist of high-risk countries that fail to fight dirty money despite resistance from ...

Financial Times
Massive power outage in Panama ahead of papal visit  Channel NewsAsia

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Panama on Jan 23-27 for the World Youth Day festival, which is expected to draw some 200,000 people. (AFP/Vincenzo ...

Channel NewsAsia
Panama should serve as a lesson for the U.S. on Venezuela  The Washington Post

The Feb. 7 editorial “The way forward on Venezuela” told it as it is. In December 1989, Panama was invaded. Dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega's capture cost ...

The Washington Post
Pope Francis to Panama's authorities, civil society, diplomatic corps: Full text  Vatican News

Pope Francis, who is in Panama for World Youth Day, on Thursday dedicated his first discourse on Panamanian soil to the country's authorities, civil ...

Vatican News
City manager pitches Panama Citys untapped potential at first coffee meeting  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — It was a full house at the inaugural “Coffee with the City Manager” on Monday.“A lot of folks showed up,” said Panama City City Manager Mark ...

The News Herald
Panamá Prequel Take 2: A Tale of Two Cities  Vatican News

By Seàn-Patrick Lovett. Imagine, just for a moment, that you are a young pilgrim attending the 34th World Youth Day in Panamá City. If you are lucky, you will ...

Vatican News
After qualifying last month, Mickey DeMorat off to hot start in Panama  pgatour.com

PANAMA CITY, Panama – A traditional PGA TOUR-sanctioned event is structured whereas an open qualifier is contested on a Monday, three days before the ...

pgatour.com
Pope sends telegrams to heads of State on flight to Panama  Vatican News

Pope Francis sent telegrams to heads of State of the countries over which the papal plane flew on Wednesday, as he made his way to Panama for World ...

Vatican News
Highlights of Pope's last day in Panama  Vatican News

Sunday marked Pope Francis' last day in Panama City as World Youth Day celebrations came to an end. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

Vatican News
Pope at General Audience: 'WYD was joyful feast for Panama'  Vatican News

By Devin Watkins. *Fresh* from his Apostolic Journey to Panama, Pope Francis relived World Youth Day with the pilgrims present at the Wednesday General ...

Vatican News
Panama City Working to Identify and Correct Reported High Water Bills  My Panhandle

Many Panama City residents say their water bills are incorrect and too high after Hurricane Michael. The storm devastated the city utility system and repairs are ...

My Panhandle
Agriculture chairman seeks state hemp program - News  The News Herald

TALLAHASSEE — With officials seeing a potentially lucrative industry, Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is proposing creation of a state ...

The News Herald
Netflix's tantalising Panama Papers expose angers Argentine users  Buenos Aires Times

Social media was awash with outrage over Netflix's offering, which appears on the Argentine platform but is no.

Buenos Aires Times
HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit  Minneapolis Star Tribune

PANAMA CITY — Like many others from his poor, indigenous region of Panama, Raul Tugri left for the capital years ago in search of opportunities. He found ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
AM Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of MAPFRE Panamá S.A.  Global Banking And Finance Review

AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to a+ from a and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) of MAPFRE ...

Global Banking And Finance Review
325 trees were knocked down by Hurricane Michael in a Panama City park. On Wednesday, the city planted one back  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — A total of 325 trees fell at Harvey Dee Mathis Walking Park during Hurricane Michael.On Wednesday, Panama City put one back — a 30-foot ...

The News Herald
Five Things to Know: Panama  U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Men's National Team begins a new era under head coach Gregg Berhalter when it takes on Concacaf foe Panama on Sunday, Jan. 27 at State Farm ...

U.S. Soccer
Frewsburg/Southwestern Captures Class C Title; Strong Honored For Panama/CL/MG | News, Sports, Jobs  Jamestown Post Journal

BUFFALO — Albion and Frewsburg/Southwestern will be sharing the Section VI Class C swimming and diving championship after finishing the day's races at Ci.

Jamestown Post Journal
Photos: GALLERY: Bay District Schools celebrate Spirit Day #850Strong  The News Herald

Waller Elementary Students stand in the shape of a heart while wearing a new shirt printed by Brilliant Tees for Spirit Day on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

The News Herald
Pilgrims arrive in Panama City ahead of World Youth Day celebration  My catholic standard

Though much of Panama was hit with a power outage on Jan. 20, shutting down the entire subway system in Panama City, energy still ran through the streets in ...

My catholic standard
Panama City Target to reopen February 17  WJHG-TV

The store has been closed since Hurricane Michael made landfall October 10, 2018.

WJHG-TV
Engineers Without Borders fundraiser to help Panama clean water project  WSU News

Washington State University's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders will hold a fundraising dinner and auction 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Ensminger ...

WSU News
Rock and roll nuns hope to make the Pope dance in Panama  Euronews English

With millions of YouTube views and hits on Spotify and iTunes, a group of young nun rockers play one of their biggest gigs next week, and thousands of ...

Euronews English
Tim Wilkinson leads after windy first round in Panama  pgatour.com

PANAMÁ CITY, Panamá – New Zealand's Tim Wilkinson survived windy conditions on Thursday at the Panamá Championship with a 5-under 65 to take the ...

pgatour.com
Rock and roll nuns to perform for pope in Panama  Channel NewsAsia

Known as "Siervas" or Servants, a band made up of nuns plays catchy Christian songs that sound indistinguishable from many of their peers in mainstream rock ...

Channel NewsAsia
Troopers release picture of vehicle involved in fatal Panama City Beach hit-and-run  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in identifying a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run and have released a ...

The News Herald
Panama City Beach Police seeking suspects in rash of gym car burglaries  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Police are searching for two suspects tied to a rash of car break-ins at local gyms on Panama City Beach.According to Panama City ...

The News Herald
Day one in court for Panama City Mall and PC Cinemas  WJHG-TV

Lawyers for the Panama City Mall and the PC Cinemas met for the first time in court Wednesday.

WJHG-TV
WYD Panama: Pope Francis' “Mercy Friday”  Vatican News

By Seàn-Patrick Lovett. Alessandro Gisotti, the ad interim Director of the Vatican Press Office, was beside Pope Francis on Friday when he visited the Juvenile ...

Vatican News
Panama Tribal Gathering: The 18-day festival with over 60 tribes  TheFestivals

Tribal Gathering begins this weekend, bringing the cultures of over 60 tribes from around the world together.

TheFestivals
Panama shows solidarity with pilgrims along route to World Youth Day vigil  Catholic News Service

PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- As thousands of pilgrims streamed through the neighborhood of Las Acacias en route to the World Day Youth vigil, those from ...

Catholic News Service
Tips on mosquito-borne diseases in Panama | Emigrate News  Emigrate.co.uk

Tips on mosquito-borne diseases in Panama | Emigrate News | Emigrate UK.

Emigrate.co.uk
Panama beats Dominican Republican 4-2 in Caribbean Series  Star Tribune

Rodrigo Orozco hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, helping Panama beat the Dominican Republic 4-2 on Tuesday in a Group B match in the ...

Star Tribune
Pope's video message to World Indigenous Youth Gathering in Panama  Vatican News

By Vatican News. Pope Francis on Friday addressed a video message to the world's young indigenous people holding their World Indigenous Youth Gathering ...

Vatican News
Panama Country Club in the midst of major reconstruction following damage from Michael  WJHG-TV

The Panama Country Club continues to the early stages of a major renovation following severe damage sustained in October's hurricane.

WJHG-TV
Pedestrian dies after hit-and-run crash in Panama City Beach  WJHG-TV

Troopers say the vehicle, described as a dark-colored sedan, left the scene.

WJHG-TV
WYD Panama: Jewish synagogue hosting WYD group  Vatican News

The synagogue of Panama City is hosting a group of WYD pilgrims. Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik of the synagogue spoke to Seàn-Patrick Lovett of Vatican ...

Vatican News
Pope's homily at Mass in Panama's Cathedral: Full text  Vatican News

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Panama City's Cathedral of Santa Maria La Antigua on Saturday, reconsecrating the altar following a lengthy ...

Vatican News
Panama City new city hall  WJHG-TV

Panama City's new city hall will open its door to the public this Monday at 10 a.m..

WJHG-TV
From Panama to home, pilgrimage of faith continues  My catholic standard

They were united in faith, even though they were about 2000 miles apart. About 1400 young adult Catholics from 30 dioceses across the United States gathered ...

My catholic standard
Pope WYD Panama: Homily at concluding Mass - full text  Vatican News

Sunday, Jan. 27, was the final day of the World Youth Day in Panama City. Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Holy Mass at the capital's Metro Park ...

Vatican News
Businesses from Panama City are relocating to Panama City Beach  WJHG-TV

Many businesses in Panama City were damaged during Hurricane Michael and now they've moved to Panama City Beach temporarily.

WJHG-TV
Panama City police looking for robbery suspect  WJHG-TV

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local police are asking the public for assistance in finding a robbery suspect they say is armed and dangerous. According ...

WJHG-TV
WYD Panama: Pope says Shelter shows 'Maternal face of the Church'  Vatican News

Pope Francis visits the Good Samaritan Shelter in a symbolic gesture of being close to all those who, because of illness or disability, were unable to ...

Vatican News
In Panama, DC couple says series of 'yeses' led to vocation of marriage  Catholic News Service

PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- A young Catholic couple told World Youth Day pilgrims about the series of "yeses" that transformed their lives. "If you told me five years ...

Catholic News Service
USA vs Panama match preview: 5 things to know about Panama  Stars and Stripes FC

The United States Men's National Team takes on CONCACAF rival Panama, in its first match of 2019. Because this game takes place outside FIFA international ...

Stars and Stripes FC
WYD Panama: Long-term benefits from technological innovations  Vatican News

Panama has been working hard to ensure advances in technological innovations are made ahead of World Youth Day. Now officials say they are “ready” for ...

Vatican News
When will the Panama City Target reopen? Team members say soon.  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — If red and white color schemes and giant bullseyes put you at ease, you're in luck: the Target store on 23rd Street is reopening soon.The store ...

The News Herald
Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general  The News Herald

The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, mostly along party lines. Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, will succeed Jeff Sessions.

The News Herald
Wrap up of Pope's visit to Panama  Vatican News

Pope Francis travelled to Panama from the 23 to 27 January to celebrate World Youth Day with young people from across the world. Here are some of the ...

Vatican News
After Panama City Beach Council letter, a sudden gas price drop at some stations  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Call it a half a victory in the struggle over the region's stiff gasoline prices.While state officials in Tallahassee this week said they were ...

The News Herald
Pedestrian dead after Panama City Beach crash  WJHG-TV

The identity of the pedestrian has not been released.

WJHG-TV
Panama City's new city hall is officially open for business  WJHG-TV

PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - The new Panama City City Hall located on Harrison Avenue opened its doors at 10 a.m. Monday. City employees moved ...

WJHG-TV
Two Macedonia Garden Apartment Buildings Damaged in Panama City Fire  My Panhandle

The Panama City Fire Department responded to a fire at Macedonia Garden Apartments on Tuesday night.

My Panhandle
An American in Panama: Finding the Body of Christ at World Youth Day  Aleteia EN

Last week I joined a group of nearly 30 students and teachers from my school on a faith-filled pilgrimage known as World Youth Day—also known as WYD, ...

Aleteia EN
Panama City Center for the Arts celebrates Black History Month  WJHG-TV

The Panama City Center for the Arts blended culture and canvas Friday night as they opened their new exhibits to celebrate Black History Month.

WJHG-TV
WYD Panama: Swaziland youth challenges elders to listen to Pope  Vatican News

On the sidelines of WYD in Panama, 28-year-old Thoba says the reality in Swaziland is that young people are afraid of following their calling, and he ...

Vatican News
Recap: US Men's National Team vs. Panama 01/28/2019 | Matchcenter  Chicago Fire

The US men's national team kicked off the Gregg Berhalter era with a promising victory on Sunday night, dominating Panama in a 3-0 friendly win at State Farm ...

Chicago Fire
Panama's Lesson to the World  The Georgetown Voice

Pope Francis' announcement that Catholic youth from around the world would convene in Panama City for World Youth Day 2019 provoked an expected ...

The Georgetown Voice
Panama City Beach Food Truck Festival lineup announced  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Get ready to expand your waistlines when the second annual Panama City Beach Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival expands over ...

The News Herald
Senate President attends FOPREL meeting in Panama  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019. 7:18 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, is in Panama attending the 37th meeting of ...

Breaking Belize News
MSC's Vago tours site of new Amador homeport with Panama president  Seatrade Cruise News

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez said MSC Cruises has shown interest in establishing a homeport at the new Panama Cruise Terminal at ...

Seatrade Cruise News
 

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Panama ( (listen) PAN-ə-mah; Spanish: Panamá [panaˈma]), officially the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.Panama was inhabited by indigenous tribes before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th century. It broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined the Republic of Gran Colombia, a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela. After Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada eventually became the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the construction of the Panama Canal to be completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. The 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties led to the transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama on December 31, 1999.Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama's GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. In 2015 Panama ranked 60th in the world in terms of the Human Development Index. Since 2010, Panama has been the second-most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. Covering around 40 percent of its land area, Panama's jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of them found nowhere else on the planet. Panama is a founding member of the United Nations and other international organizations such as OAS, LAIA, G77, WHO and NAM.