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Panama WYD: Virtual reality will allow one to travel to Jesus' times  Rome Reports

During World Youth Day Panama 2019, Omar Park will be transformed into Cristonautas Park. It is a space filled with technology, art and music for the enjoyment ...

Rome Reports
Driver identified in deadly single-vehicle crash on Panama Lane  KERO 23ABC News

The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating a deadly crash on Panama Lane Friday night.

KERO 23ABC News
Tribunal orders Panama canal construction group to pay back US$848 million  Channel NewsAsia

The Panama Canal Authority said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal has ordered the construction consortium behind the waterway's expansion to pay ...

Channel NewsAsia
Panama Canal consortium ordered to repay $847M in advances  Minneapolis Star Tribune

An international arbitration panel has ruled the Spanish-led consortium that built the expansion of the Panama Canal must repay $847 million in advances it ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Panama Archbishop: WYD 2019 will be “a great celebration of faith”  Vatican News

Organizers of the World Youth Day in January 2019 in Panama, presented the event at a press conference in Rome on December 11. Themes such as ...

Vatican News
Mandatory garbage collection for Panama City Beach residents  WJHG-TV

Ordinances which make garbage collection mandatory and remove height incentives were approved during Panama City Beach City Council's special meeting ...

WJHG-TV
Panama musician arrested for ganja at Sangster Airport  Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A musician from Panama was arrested and charged with several breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act after he was nabbed with several ...

Jamaica Observer
Best Buy in Panama City plans soft reopening Saturday  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — After spending the past few months drying out, Best Buy in Panama City is planning a soft reopening Saturday.The store at 1000 E. 23rd St.

The News Herald
Panama the new flashpoint in China's growing presence in Latin America  The Guardian

A spat over the site of China's embassy has underlined the strategic value of the canal – through which two-thirds of ships to or from the US pass.

The Guardian
Panama, China sign accords on Xi visit after diplomatic ties start  Reuters

Panama and China on Monday signed 19 cooperation agreements on trade, infrastructure, banking, tourism and other areas on Chinese President Xi Jinping's ...

Reuters
Salini sees maximum $334 million hit from Panama arbitration award  Reuters

Italy's biggest construction company Salini Impregilo does not expect any impact from Wednesday's Panama Canal arbitration award beyond a worst-case ...

Reuters
More than two years later, no Canadian Panama Papers charges have been filed  CBC News

Two and a half years after the landmark Panama Papers leak of offshore financial information, the Canada Revenue Agency has yet to charge or convict anyone ...

CBC News
Panama awards $1.4 billion bridge project to Chinese group  ABS-CBN News

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The government of Panama awarded Tuesday a Chinese consortium a $1.4 billion contract to build a bridge over the Panama Canal, ...

ABS-CBN News
Beach Art Group reaches out to artists  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Hurricane Michael destroyed galleries that show and sell art, studios where art is created, and the resources artists tap for materials.

The News Herald
Panama City turns 500 next year, but with a fresh makeover it's never felt more new  The Telegraph

“Ron de cortesía” is probably the nicest welcome I've encountered checking into a hotel. The decanter of courtesy rum was just to the right of the tiny reception in ...

The Telegraph
Panama City Beach Advertising for Bids for New Fire Station  My Panhandle

Panama City Beach has started advertising for bids for the construction of a new fire station. It will be located off nautilus street north of panama city beach ...

My Panhandle
Panama City leaders create plans for the city's future  WJHG-TV

Panama City leaders have created a list of guiding principals to help the city move forward from Hurricane Michael.

WJHG-TV
On the trail of the sloth-eating eagles of Panama  The Telegraph

It is mid-morning in Darién National Park, Panama, and I'm wilting in the rainforest heat. Three hours ago, with the ramshackle border town of Yaviza still asleep, ...

The Telegraph
Panama cruise port guide  The Telegraph

The waistline of the Americas, Panama is often overshadowed by its better known neighbours – Costa Rica and Colombia – much like a middle child ...

The Telegraph
Panama City Beach Police Department Christmas Eve Run tradition ending  WJHG-TV

A decades-long tradition in Panama City Beach has come to an end.

WJHG-TV
New rules at Panama Canal expected to boost U.S. LNG industry  Houston Chronicle

New rules allowing a greater number of liquefied natural gas tankers to pass through the Panama Canal per day are expected to boost the development of the ...

Houston Chronicle
CIS in Panama and Costa Rica: How America Filters Potential Terrorists in Distant Lands  Immigration Blog

PASO CANOAS, Costa Rica – At least every other day, the long arm of America's counterterrorism effort reaches out and touches this essentially lawless, ...

Immigration Blog
Reaction to Panama City Mall's closing  WTVY, Dothan

Holiday shopping may be tougher for many locals now that the Panama City Mall has closed its doors for the 'foreseeable future.'

WTVY, Dothan
Panama City and state at odds over response to Hurricane Michael  Tampa Bay Times

When Hurricane Michael destroyed the Panhandle last month, Panama City officials asked state emergency managers to send tents and portable showers for ...

Tampa Bay Times
Panama City leaders, FEMA will work to designate trailer staging areas at Wednesday meeting  My Panhandle

As many try to find available housing after Hurricane Michael, others are just looking for a place to put their FEMA trailers.

My Panhandle
Boxing News: De La Rosa beats Hibbert in Colon, Panama » December 15, 2018  Fight News

By Héctor Villarreal In the main event of the one and only boxing show of 2018 in Colon, Panama, welterweight Fernando De La Rosa (4-1-1, 3 KOs) came from.

Fight News
Panama City Public Works Crews Help Church Clean Up After Tent City Shut Down  My Panhandle

For nearly two months, dozens of displaced people lived in tents at the Forest Park United Methodist Church in Panama City. This tent city, was home for workers ...

My Panhandle
WOW!'s Network Rebuild Nearly Complete in Panama City  My Panhandle

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone provider, announced in a press release on December 12, 2018, the company's rebuild of its network in Panama City is nearing ...

My Panhandle
Xi plans 'unprecedented visit' to Panama despite warnings from U.S.  Washington Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first official state visit to Panama next week in a bid to deepen ties between the two countries, despite growing U.S. ...

Washington Times
Panama City hosts Hope and Healing event  WJHG-TV

The city held its Hope and Healing event at Joe and Jeannette Chapman Field at Tommy Oliver Stadium in Panama City.

WJHG-TV
China's president to make first visit to Panama in December  Reuters

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to Panama at the start of December, the Panamanian presidency said in a ...

Reuters
Charges in Panama Papers Probe Shine Light on ‘Enablers’  Wall Street Journal

Charges announced last week against four people with ties to defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co. demonstrate how professional *service* ...

Wall Street Journal
Photos: A recent look at the tent city in Panama City  The Northwest Florida Daily News

Tents stand in the parking lot on Dec.10 at the tent city at Forest Park United Methodist Church. [PATTI BLAKE/THE NEWS HERALD]. [2/17]. Temporary workers ...

The Northwest Florida Daily News
Entrepreneurs can’t find supplies in Cuba — so they are flying to Panama to stock up  Miami Herald

Since Panama began issuing tourism cards to Cubans, Cuban entrepreneurs seeking to supplement Cuba's meager wholesale market have been lining up ...

Miami Herald
4 men charged in Panama Papers investigation  Wichita Eagle

Federal authorities in New York say four men have been charged in an international tax scheme related to the so-called Panama Papers.

Wichita Eagle
Trial ordered for Panama ex-president over alleged spying  Washington Post

A judge in Panama has ordered former President Ricardo Martinelli to stand trial on charges of political espionage.

Washington Post
Panama City Commission Hires Illinois-based Disaster Recovery Consulting Firm  My Panhandle

Like many local governments, the city of Panama City is spending millions of dollars in Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.

My Panhandle
Konrad Mizzi claims his rights are breached in Panama Appeals saga  Times of Malta

A new twist has been given to the Panama Appeals court saga as Minister Konrad Mizzi on Friday filed a Constitutional application claiming a breach to his right ...

Times of Malta
Successful trade mission with Charleston's sister city, Panama City  WCBD News 2

Charleston Sister Cities International (CSCI) in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce (SCDOC) report that their recent Trade Mission to ...

WCBD News 2
Bay District Schools issues call for bus drivers  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — Bay District Schools needs 10 qualified school bus drivers to complete its fleet.“It's a great job because it is a job with the school board,” said ...

The News Herald
Grammy-nominated artists deliver toy donations to Panama City  WJHG-TV

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panhandle kids are getting extra help this holiday season thanks to some star power. Grammy-nominated artists Natalie ...

WJHG-TV
Hurricane season is over but Panama City is still digging out  Tampa Bay Times

The last time Bay County Emergency Operations Chief Mark Bowen talked to fellow emergency workers in the outside world before ferocious Hurricane Michael ...

Tampa Bay Times
Itinerary for Pope's visit to Panama released  Vatican News

The itinerary for Pope Francis' visit to Panama to attend World Youth Day celebrations, has been released. He will travel to the country from the ...

Vatican News
Panama City Jaycee's Christmas Parade jingling all the way through Downtown  My Panhandle

After being postponed, the Panama City Jaycee's Christmas Parade is jingling all the way down Harrison Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

My Panhandle
Panama girls volleyball falls in Class D state tournament final  Buffalo News

Panama was defeated by Bainbridge-Guilford Bobcats, who defended their state title, 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.

Buffalo News
Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit  EWN

The sound of nails being deftly hammered into wood mingles with music in the makeshift workshop of the overcrowded La Joya prison, northeast of Panama ...

EWN
Panama City has affordable housing plan in works  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — Stopping just short of building homes themselves, Panama City is taking steps to address the burgeoning housing crisis at their regular ...

The News Herald
Panama Food: Panama's Tropical Treats  International Living

Sunny days in Panama are made for tropical treats. Rum-laced cocktails sipped from swinging hammocks…fried fish and cold beer on a pristine ...

International Living
Japanese Exchange Bitpoint Launches Trading Platform in Panama  Bitcoin News

On Wednesday Dec. 12, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint announced the launch of a crypto-to-fiat trading platform in Panama. The The Japanese ...

Bitcoin News
German police raid Deutsche Bank in 'Panama Papers' graft probe  EWN

Some 170 police officers and investigators from the prosecutor's office were searching for six of the bank's premises in and around the city.

EWN
Callihan shines, brings home gold from Panama  247Sports

South Carolina signee Tyler Callihan went to Panama for almost two weeks and came back to the United States with a gold medal. Callihan helped his 2018 ...

247Sports
United States announces January Panama friendly, will be Gregg Berhalter's first in charge  ESPN

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the United States will play Panama in a Jan. 27 friendly (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2) in Glendale, Arizona. It will be the first ...

ESPN
Panama City mall theater to reopen  WJHG-TV

According to VIP Cinemas, the theater inside the Panama City Mall will reopen Friday night.

WJHG-TV
Panama City plans to plant 100,000 trees  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — The first of what the city hopes ultimately will be 100000 trees was rooted behind the “Welcome to the Cove” sign Thursday as a symbol of ...

The News Herald
Panama City Beach Marathon scales back  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — In the weeks after Hurricane Michael struck the coast, people have started thinking in the long term again. No longer are they ...

The News Herald
A million dollar traffic stop will help Hurricane Michael recovery  The News Herald

GCSO deputies reported a traffic stop at about midnight Wednesday on Brian Setterich Road resulted in the recovery of almost half a million dollars in U.S. ...

The News Herald
Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope's Panama itinerary  National Catholic Reporter

When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day in January, he will meet with young people not able to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some ...

National Catholic Reporter
Panama City Mall staying closed for ‘foreseeable future’  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — After what looked like hopeful signs the past two months as a few businesses started to reopen, on Wednesday operators of the Panama City ...

The News Herald
2 Sons Of Former Panama President Detained In Coral Gables  CBS Miami

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter. MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) -— Panama's chief prosecutor says two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli have ...

CBS Miami
Panama's Ultimate Beach Escape | On Retirement  U.S. News & World Report

Retirees can escape the crowds in this secluded beach community along Panama's Pacific Coast.

U.S. News & World Report
US Soccer announces Panama friendly  Stars and Stripes FC

The United States Men's National Team will begin 2019 in the desert. U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that the USMNT will open its 2019 slate with a friendly ...

Stars and Stripes FC
Central American Migrants Should Caravan to Panama  National Review

The migrants who have arrived at the U.S. border as a caravan should have gone south to Panama instead.

National Review
Interior Secretary Zinke cites vicious attacks in resigning  The News Herald

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the ...

The News Herald
Panama City Beach gets into the holiday spirit with annual parade  WJHG-TV

The parade kicked off around 5 p.m. and some familiar NewsChannel 7 faces were among those walking and passing out candy.

WJHG-TV
Panama canal builders told to repay almost $1bn of cost overruns - News  GCR

The Panama Canal Authority said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal had ordered the construction consortium behind the waterway's expansion to return ...

GCR
100,000 trees coming to Panama City after Hurricane Michael destruction  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

When Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle, it uprooted countless trees.

WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Prosecutors file first U.S. charges stemming from 2016 Panama Papers leak  MPR News

Prosecutors have unsealed the first U.S. criminal charges filed since the Panama Papers, a trove of secret documents revealing details of offshore ...

MPR News
Future of Downtown Panama City  WJHG-TV

Downtown Panama City took a hit during Hurricane Michael, but officials with the Downtown Improvement Board say they see a bright future ahead for the area.

WJHG-TV
Panama's indigenous games - in pictures  The National

For two days, more than 100 competitors from the main indigenous groups of Panama — the Guna, Embera and Ngabe-Bugle — converged for the second time ...

The National
Christmas parade rescheduled in Panama City  WJHG-TV

The Christmas parade has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 15th.

WJHG-TV
City grants request to close 13th Street  The News Herald

The terms of the closure leaves wiggle room for officials to open the road on weekends or during the summer. PANAMA CITY — With portable classrooms going ...

The News Herald
Local accounting firms merging - News  The News Herald

Panama City — Two local accounting firms — Tipton, Marler, Garner & Chastain and Randolph McInvale Accounting — plan to merge by year's end, according ...

The News Herald
Some Bay County homeowners say insurers lowballing their claims  The News Herald

As recovery has begun in earnest in the two months since Hurricane Michael devastated Bay County, some area public adjusters and attorneys say they've had ...

The News Herald
4-year-old boy recognized by the Panama City Fire Department  WJHG-TV

Garrett Moore is a 4-year-old boy suffering from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and the Panama City Fire Department recognized him for his bravery.

WJHG-TV
C-SPAN bus visits Panama City  WJHG-TV

The interactive bus is full of technology aimed at piquing students' interest in civic affairs.

WJHG-TV
Busy Bee coming to Panama City Beach - News  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The buss is a Busy Bee is coming to Panama City Beach.The St. Joe Company and Johnson & Johnson intend to partner on a new ...

The News Herald
Lorrie Morgan to open chicken restaurant in Panama City Beach  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY BEACH — County music star Lorrie Morgan has announced plans to open a restaurant in Panama City Beach.There's no set opening date for ...

The News Herald
Xi to visit Spain, Portugal and Panama around G-20 trip  Nikkei Asian Review

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Spain and Portugal between late November and early December, around the time of his trip to Arg.

Nikkei Asian Review
Christmas Calendar: Lights shine in Panama City  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — Light Up St. Andrews coincides with the Christmas Tree Lighting at Oaks by the Bay Park on Friday — just a day after the Bay County ...

The News Herald
Annual Christmas tree lighting in Panama City had a change of venue this year  WJHG-TV

The annual Christmas tree lighting in Panama City kicked off the holiday festivities this year.

WJHG-TV
Javien Elliott's 'My Cause' cleats shine light on Panama City, Florida - NFC South- ESPN  ESPN

TAMPA, Fla. -- When Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Javien Elliott intercepted a pass by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday, the play ...

ESPN
Report: Panama youth international Saed Diaz joining Union/Steel FC  Brotherly Game

A 19-year-old Panama youth international is set to join the Philadelphia Union organization, according to the president of his current club in Panama.

Brotherly Game
Panama City buildings may be used for FEMA housing  The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — Panama City Commissioners will be considering offering up a handful of city-owned properties for the FEMA direct housing program.During ...

The News Herald
Burglary suspect wanted by Panama City Police  WJHG-TV

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a burglary in Panama City.

WJHG-TV
Hurricane recovery highlights housing shortage in Panama City  Alabama's News Leader

Brittany Cole thought her Panama City home was safe from the wrath of Hurricane Michael. It wasn't. The house is still standing but significant water damage ...

Alabama's News Leader
Downtown Panama City to host Christmas parade despite hurricane damage  WJHG-TV

The Downtown Panama City Jaycees Christmas Parade is still on despite damage from Hurricane Michael. Jordan McCool was live to tell you about some ...

WJHG-TV
International Roundup: Quakes' Cummings nets for Panama, 8 play in PER-CRC  MLSsoccer.com

San Jose Earthquakes center back Harold Cummings scored Panama's goal in a 2-1 friendly loss to Ecuador on Tuesday, a match packed with MLS players and ...

MLSsoccer.com
Deroy Murdock: Central American migrants should caravan to Panama  Fox News

Illegal immigrants from Central America should head south to Panama instead of north to the U.S..

Fox News
Pope to meet with young inmates, AIDS patients in Panama  Boston 25 News

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend ...

Boston 25 News
Panama City Police Catch Man After a Short Chase on Foot  My Panhandle

A Panama City man is now in police custody after a short chase. Panama City Police said that officers tried to pull a vehicle over on Martin Luther King Blvd.

My Panhandle
Globe Trekking Cross Carrier Stops in Panama City  My Panhandle

PANAMA CITY Fla. - A former Atheist, now devotes his life to spreading the gospel. Christian Evangelist Rick Newton carries a cross symbolic of the one Jesus ...

My Panhandle
Six stores are open at the Panama City Mall  WJHG-TV

Six stores are open and ready for business at the Panama City Mal, just in time for the holiday season.

WJHG-TV
Florida Blue coming to Panama City for a Week to Provide Services  My Panhandle

The team from the Florida Blue center in Tallahassee is going to be set up in the Panama City Walmart parking lot all this week.

My Panhandle
Busy Bee Convenience Store Coming to Panama City Beach  My Panhandle

Locals are buzzing as a new convenience store comes to Panama City Beach. A New Busy Bee will be built, at the corner of Nautilus St. and Panama City ...

My Panhandle
Margaritaville Beach Resort, new hotel, and sports complex coming to Panama City Beach  WJHG-TV

The new developments will help make Panama City Beach a vacation destination all year long.

WJHG-TV
US brings first charges in Mossack Fonseca 'Panama Papers' case  International Investment

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that they have brought charges against four former employees, associates and clients of the now-defunct law firm ...

International Investment
Ex-billionaire's widow gets boost in Panama Papers tax fight  Accounting Today

The widow of a onetime Frenchman billionaire won a round of her fight against a criminal tax investigation linked to the Panama Papers leak that initially ...

Accounting Today
Panama City Tax Collector's Office experiencing Higher Volume than Normal  My Panhandle

Following Hurricane Michael, many are working quickly to get their lives back to a sense of normalcy.

My Panhandle
Ascension will offer free health clinic in Panama City  WJHG-TV

Ascension Health will be providing a free health clinic this weekend in the Catholic Charities parking lot.

WJHG-TV
Bay Medical layoffs could create ripple effect  The News Herald

The sudden loss of so many workers, particularly those in higher-paid jobs, could hurt other sectors, from real estate and retail to food *service*, some economic ...

The News Herald
 

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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.