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New Work Schedule for Panamanian Government - 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cars & TransportationBy Eliana Morales Gil for La Prensa - The Panamanian public sector workers will begin 2009 with a new work schedule. According to the Minister of Public Works Benjamín Colamarco, starting 2 January 2009 government institutions will work from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, in order to reduce vehicular traffic congestion on the streets of Panama City. He did not specify how long this new work schedule will be in effect.
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Panama's Copa Holdings reports November traffic

Cars & Transportation(COMTEX) -- Panama-based Copa Holdings SA has reported November 2008 traffic results for its operating subsidiaries, Copa Airlines and Aero Republica. Consolidated revenue passenger miles for the month rose by 12.4% compared to November 2007, while available seat miles increased by 13.5%, resulting in a load factor of 74.9%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points. Revenue passenger miles for Copa Airlines for November 2008 showed an increase of 15.3%, while available seat miles grew by 17.1%, resulting in a load factor of 77.2%, a drop of 1.2 percentage points. Aero Republica's November 2008 revenue passenger miles decreased by 2.8%, available seat miles fell by 1.7% and the load factor dropped by 0.7 percentage points to 63.2%.
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American Pedestrian Dies in Traffic Accident (Take Two, Different Details)

Cars & Transportation By Carlos A. Rodríguez for La Critica - An American was hit and killed by a taxi last night on Vía España in front of the San Fernando Clinic in Carrasquilla. According to police sources the victim was Ronald Mairon, 64 years old, who was crossing the street in the crosswalk at about 9:00 pm when he was struck by a green Toyota Tercel taxi with license plate 8T-10475. The force of the impact of the collision reportedly threw the victim 20 meters into the air. The victim lives in Pennsylvania in the United States and arrived in Panama just recently. The driver of the vehicle, 29 year old Enrique Calderón was arrested immediately to begin the investigations into this case.
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American Pedestrian Dies in Hit and Run Traffic Accident

Cars & Transportation By Rubén Polanco for El Siglo - One car stopped to allow the American to cross the street, but another car did not stop and struck him as he tried to cross Via España using the crosswalk. The accident occurred at 8:10 pm on Sunday evening, 7 December 2008. American Ronald Byron, 62 years old, died after having been struck by a taxi on Sunday night near the bus stop in front of the McDonald's restaurant on Vía España. Byron entered the street to cross the road in the crosswalk. One car stopped to let him pass, but another that was coming in the next lane of traffic did not stop for the pedestrian and ran him over. Paramedics from the Denade ambulance from the Office of Social Security arrived to provide first aid but it was too late. He died at the scene, having suffered a broken arm and back as well as internal injuries. The taxi that hit Byron was a green Toyota Tercel with license plate 8T-10475. Byron's body struck the windshield of the taxi and was then thrown to the pavement. So far the driver has not been identified. Police sources indicate Byron was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So far this year 407 people have died in traffic accidents.
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Panama Gov. Will Pay $25,000 For Each "Diablo Rojo"

Cars & Transportation By Jessica Tasón and José Edwin Sánchez for La Critica - Members of the "Transportation Members Movement" described the government's proposal of $25,000 as an insult. The government will pay $25,000 as compensation to the owners of the 1,500 buses ($37.5 million dollars) currently circulating in the area of Panama City and announced the purchase of 420 buses, but that will be based on the selection of a contractor. In order to justify accelerating the purchase of the buses, the government declared a "state of emergency" and consequently the publication in the "Panama Compra" system announcing the call of the purchase of 420 buses will be reduced to only ten days. All of these measures were unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Ground Transportation and Transit Authority (ATTT) and comprise the "Process of the Administrative Rescue of the Panama City Public Transportation System." The offer of $25,000 dollars in compensation to the bus owners will be open for 45 calendar days during which time they will be able to voluntarily sign an agreement to participate. Nevertheless, the "Transportation Members Movement" has already rejected the proposal and announced they will present a counter proposal next week. Sergio Molina, a spokesman for the bus owners, said the offer of $25,000 per bus was an "insult."
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Airplane Accident in the Darién

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to Panama's Civil Aeronautical Authority (AAC) this morning there was an incident involving a Cessna T-207A with tail number HP-1356. The aircraft, piloted by captain Fabio Sanford, took off from the Marcos A. Gelabert airport at Albrook in Panama City, destined for the El Real de Santa María airport in the Darién province. The accident occurred at 10:38 am when one of the wings of the aircraft struck a tree located next to the runway as the pilot was landing. Five people were aboard the aircraft, including the flight crew. There are no reports of injuries produced by this accident. (Note: There were a couple of mistakes in the AAC press release - they got the name of the Marcos A. Gelabert wrong as well as the aircraft type.)

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

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Road to Bridge of the Americas Fixed and Reopened

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received yesterday afternoon via email: "Hi Don - Early this afternoon I got a call that the damaged section of the Pan American Highway in the area of Loma Cova was opened as planned. Reason for the call was because I am in need to get to the Interior to give out food and clothing as I do every year. Then at 5pm on Channel 2 program Al Descubrieto they showed it with a few cars going and coming. This is for your information. Have a nice day and keep report as usual. Bill." And, the same information was confirmed on the yesterday evening news channels. The road between Arraijan and the Bridge of the Americas near Loma Cava has been repaired and the road reopened. Crews from the Ministry of Public Works increased and improve the subterranean drainage so hopefully this section of road won't wash out again.

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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Traffic Jams Continue on the Centennial Bridge

Cars & Transportation By URANIA CECILIA MOLINA for La Prensa - It's going to take about another 20 days of work to repair the broken slab of highway along the access road leading to the Western side of the Centennial Bridge, whereas the repair of the 80 meters of road that sank in Loma Cová will be finished today at noon. This, according to Luis Manuel Hernandez, the Vice Minister of Public Works (MOP), who explained that their crews will continue working until the repairs are finished in the area of Loma Cová on the road leading to the Bridge of the Americas in order to facilitate the flow of traffic for the thousands of drivers who will be returning to Panama City today from the interior. In the area to the West of the Panama Canal where the access road to the Centennial Bridge is damaged, the MOP will have only one lane open leading to the interior and one lane open leading towards Panama City for at least the next 20 days while repairs are completed. In both areas they will be constructing "French Canals" in order to facilitate the drainage of accumulated groundwater which caused the collapse of both roads. Amarilis Ulloa, the Director of Operations of the Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), explained that since the first day (of this problem) they have been working to streamline the flow of traffic and that as of today the number of traffic police assigned to these routes will be increase to 100, and that ATTT inspectors will also be present all along the route leading to the Centennial Bridge. She added that, depending on the number of cars that want to travel to Panama City in the afternoon hours, they might decide to initiate an operation to switch lanes (shut down traffic headed towards the interior) to allow for greater traffic flow towards Panama City. And even though the sun came out yesterday in Panama City, rains in Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí caused two more deaths in Barú on Sunday. According to the Vice President of the Republic, Rubén Arosemena, "174,037 products have been distributed in these provinces," but those affected by flooding in some areas have complained that the aid is not reaching them, and they say they need water, food, and other basic articles. (Photo Credit: LA PRENSA/Víctor Arosemena)
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Gaoline Available on Isla Carenero in Bocas del Toro

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - One of the biggest remaining problems as a result of the torrential rains and flooding last week is the supply line - getting enough food, water, and supplied into the province of Bocas del Toro in the Western part of the Republic of Panama. And, while it's hard enough to supply the mainland part of the province, there are dozens of large inhabited islands offshore, home to thousands of residents. These people survive via the outboard motor - everything moves via small boats, so the lack of gasoline is much more important to the boats than for cars or trucks. I receive the following this morning from Forrest Walker, who lives on Isla Carenero and who has been closely monitoring the supply situation there; "As I write this at 7:33 this morning, gas is arriving at the Accel Station on Caranero. Please pass the word. It will not last long!" (more)

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Roads To Both Bridges Closed

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received via email this afternoon: "Hello Everyone, The road may be open to Bocas, but the roads are CLOSED from the interior to the bridges, both the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge. I left the beach (Gorgona)at 6:30 AM and at 9:30 AM we were all turned around by the police in Arraijan and told that the roads are not safe leading to the bridges. I don't know if it is still in effect, but perhaps check before attempting the trip into the city-and the tranques are unbelievable! KC" This is a reflection of the two road wash-outs. The rains continue and the general situation continues to deteriorate somewhat.

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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