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Saga Rose Tranisits Panama Canal For Final Round-The-World Cruise

Cars & Transportation Maritime Global Net PANAMA CITY, Panama – One of the oldest operating cruise ships, the Saga Rose transited the Panama Canal as part of its final round-the-world cruise. This will be the ship’s 44th global tour, more than any other cruise ship in history. The Saga Rose arrived at the Canal February 5, following an initial departure from Southampton, England January 5. The ship will travel for more than 104 nights to destinations in the Caribbean, South America, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, before returning to Portsmouth, England April 20. Built in 1965, the Saga Rose is dedicating its last world tour to the 60th anniversary of the modern British Commonwealth, an association of 53 states including former British colonies and territories. Beginning in late October 2009, the Saga Rose will embark on a farewell voyage in the Mediterranean before retiring December 6, 2009.
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Helicopter HP-AM3 Crashes at Tocumen Killing Three

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just received some updated information regarding the helicopter crash at Tocumen. The tail number of the helicopter was HP-AM3. There were three people aboard the aircraft and preliminary reports indicate that all three were killed in this accident. So far officials have not released their names, identities, or nationalities. The aircraft was returning from the Darien province and was scheduled to land at Albrook when the pilot reported some kind of mechanical malfunction and requested permission to land at Tocumen. According to reports, the helicopter exploded in the air. According to Panama's Public Registry, HP-AM3 is a Robinson R-44 Raven II owned by the "Atlantic Suntoys Corp."

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Helicopter Accident at Tocumen

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to TVN Channel 2 news, a helicopter just crashed into the parking lot of the Tocumen International Airport, killing the three people who were aboard. More information as it becomes available...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Transistmica Closes Tonight at Midnight

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Just a reminder, Via Transistmica will be closed starting tonight at midnight. The road will be closed from the McDonald's restaurant as far as the bridge over Tumba Muerto near the brewery. The road is being closed to allow for the installation of the primary stage that will be used during the carnival celebrations. Some of the businesses in this area have already installed fences to protect their properties from carnival revelers. If you're coming from El Carmen you will still be able to cross Via Transistmica to go towards El Dorado, and you can also cross under Via Transistmica via Tumba Muerto. Tomorrow night the closure will be extended from the brewery down past the University of Panama.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Via Transistmica Closed as of 12:00 Noon Tomorrow for Carnival

Cars & TransportationBy Mirna Ospino for the Panama America - As of tomorrow at 12:00 noon, the work to prepare for carnival celebrations will begin, and therefore the Ground Transportation and Transit Authority (ATTT) and the Carnival Board of Directors have ordered that Via Transistmica be closed, from the bridge over Tumba Muerto near the National Brewers to Paical. On Thursday, starting at 12:00 noon, the closures will extend from the bridge over Tumba Muerto near the National Brewery until the traffic signal at El Ingenio Simon Bolivar, until 66th Street West (Vista Hermosa). All drivers who use these routes on a daily basis should exercise patience, which is why Ricardo Guerra, the President of the Carnival Board, said that all drivers who come down Via Transistmica to enter the city should turn down the street toward El Ingenio, and go through Bethania in order to get to Ricardo J. Alfaro. The ATTT also announced that all of the buses from the Transistmica route will be deviated toward Tumba Muerto and those that come from the east part of the city will go toward Via España. (See Comments)
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French National Killed in Plane Crash

Cars & TransportationBy Melquíades Vásquez for La Critica - The Frenchman Healver Joan Lewis died yesterday when the small plane with tail number HP-1367 crashed against a tree on Isla Cébaco in Panama's Veraguas province. The pilot Pablo Espinoza and French citizen Serge Antone Joseph Pérez were severely injured in the accident. The airplane from the company Panama Aircraft Rental & Sales left Albrook airport enroute to Coiba but it crashed at about 10:00 am. Samuel Ábrego, a resident of the Platanares en Cébaco, said they managed to remove both of the survivors from the burning airplane.
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Copa Airlines Takes Delivery of New Boeing 737 Next Generation Aircraft

Cars & TransportationPANAMA CITY, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings S.A. (NYSE: CPA), has added a new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft to its fleet, one of the youngest in the industry, with an average age of 4.3 years. "This aircraft delivery is a reflection of Copa Airlines' continued growth and helps strengthen our leadership position in Latin American aviation with a product that is both attractive to our passengers and extremely efficient for our business," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines. The high-tech Boeing Next Generation aircraft are designed for performance and reliability. In addition, all Copa aircraft are equipped with environmentally friendly features such as winglets that help reduce airport noise, fuel consumption and greenhouse gases. (more)
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Chinese Bus Company Booted from Transmóvil Public Bid

Cars & TransportationBy Jessica Tasón and Grisel Bethancourt for La Crítica - The Chinese company Higer Bus Company Limited has been excluded from participating in the public bidding process to supply 420 new city buses for the Transmóvil project for having falsified a bond to guarantee their work, which was attributed Interoceánica de Seguros. The insurance company, Interoceánica de Seguros, said yesterday their company never issued any bond (called a "fianza de garantía" in Spanish) to the Higer Bus Company Limited. Through a press release directed to Panama's Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), the insurance company warned if the Chinese company should win the public bidding process, the contract for the project should not be awarded to the Higer Bus Company Limited based on a bond of guarantee from the company Interoceánica de Seguros, and if the bus company had presented any document stating otherwise then that document is a fake or a forgery. (more) (See Comments)
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Higher Ticket Prices for Domestic Flights in Panama

Cars & Transportation By Mirna Ospino for the Panama America - Prices for domestic flights will increase effective today, Saturday, 31 January 2009. Flights from Panama City to David, Bocas del Toro and Changuinola will increase $10 dollars, raising the cost of a ticket from $70 to $80 dollars. This represents a 14.3% increase according to the details of a resolution approved by Panama's Civil Aviation Authority. Flights to Kuna Yala will increase 5$ dollars, flights to the Darién will increase by $3.50, and flights to Colón and Isla Contadora will increase $3.00 dollars. The reason cited for the increase ticket prices is that the recent drops in fuel expenses did not offset increasing expenses in other areas.
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Irregularities in the Transmóvil Bidding Process

Cars & TransportationBy SHELMAR VÁSQUEZ SWEEN for La Prensa - Three companies are competing to with the government bid to provide 420 buses to modernize public transportation in Panama City. The Group Q consortium which represents Mercedes Benz, the Volvo consortium, and an Asian company called Higer Bus Company Limited participated. None of the three participating companies fulfilled all 25 points established by the government. In fact, Higer Bus Company Limited, which offered the lowest price and therefore is being considered as the winner, was criticized during the act witnessed by a notary public because they failed to comply with seven points. The other two companies only failed to comply with one point each. According to the legal representative of the Volvo Partnership, Jessica de Cortés, some of the established parameters are essential to guarantee the quality of the buses that will circulate in the country. “They did not bring the certificate of guarantee of the manufacturing company, nor did they present the three certifications that demonstrate they have led systems similar to the Transmóvil”, complained Cortés in talking about Higer. Meanwhile, Elbert López, the lawyer for the company that distributes Higer buses in Panama (Ameristar Sales International) said Higer does not have the facilities in the country to provide maintenance to the buses. “The Public Ministry should investigate them for the crime of falsification," he said, because Higer said they do have the facilities. Juan Carrera Guillén, of Higer, said the fear of their adversaries is that their company can produce about 22,000 buses per year, which would allow them to deliver the first 420 buses required by the project in only 125 days. The State gives them a term of 210 days. The proposals will be sent to an evaluating technical board.
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