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91. The Tourist - Taxi Wallet Snatch
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Don, I read your story about the guy who escaped and rips off tourists. Just a heads up that may be worth sharing. In the past few years I have seen tourists ripped off three times in exactly the same ...
92. Chemical Spill Forces Closure of Via Transistmica in ...
The authorities closed the roadway this morning near the bridge on Via Transístmica located near the National Brewery, which lead to the outskirts of the city. TVN News reported the decision was taken after a truck spilled chemicals on the roadway. The chemical, which will be examined, was being transported ...
93. Expat Survives Attempted Mugging in Curundu During Downpour ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email (relay): "Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you about it. So much has been going on. On Wednesday I had to go to Central Marine to pick up parts and fuel filters for the boat. It was pouring down rain. ...
94. Pinkerton - My Patootie
The last time I debunked the "Pinkerton" thing was almost a year ago and it's been awhile since I've had the time to toss a few stones at the businesses and website owners that are still using this reference. So, I am now launching a "Panama Pinkerton Most Wanted List" ...
95. Nine Firemen Injured During Panama City Supermarket Fire ...
Nine firefighters were injured during a supermarket fire in the area of El Cangrejo, in Panama City. This was reported by the Captain of the Fire Department of Panama, Angel Delgado, who said the situation was already controlled. According to Delgado, at this time the firemen are working to control ...
96. National Crisis Coordination Center Created in Panama
The signing of the Executive Order which reorganized the State Security Council last Friday allowed for the expedited entry into operations of the National Crisis Coordination Center (CNCC), affiliated to the Council Secretariat of the Ministry of the Presidency. According to a statement made last night by the Minister of ...
97. Car Totally Consumed By Flames in El Dorado
A car caught fire on Via Ricardo J. Alfaro today (Tumba Muerto) with no reported injuries. The vehicle was quickly engulfed in flames and caused fear among the bystanders. This is the second vehicle fire in less than a week. On Saturday another vehicle, a truck, which had mechanical problems, ...
98. Fire Rips Through Rodelag Warehouse in David
Panic and nervousness took hold of employees and customers of the Rodelag company in the city of David, after a devastating fire ripped through one of their warehouses at approximately 3:45 pm yesterday. The fire gained strength when it reached a large stockpile of tires, paint, mattresses and other flammable ...
99. Flash - Airplane Making Emergency Landing at Tocumen ...
#Panama - By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Breaking news - apparently a "large" airplane is trying to make an emergency landing at the Tocumen International Airport. According to residents in the area, the aircraft has made several low passes over the area, and there are smoke and flames coming ...
100. Cameraman Drowns in Gorgona
A cameraman who worked for the City of Panama, Fernando Arauz, 56, drowned at the beach yesterday afternoon at Gorgona, in the district of Chame. The incident occurred near the fishermen's pier in the village of Nueva Gorgona yesterday morning, as Fernando was enjoying a family outing. One witness said ...
101. Arriving Tourists Robbed Leaving Airport
Last night at about 7:30 pm three tourists (one each from Spain, Italy, and Venezuela) were robbed at gunpoint after having arrived in Panama. They rented a car at the airport and were driving towards their hotel in the center of town when they were hit by another small sedan ...
102. Breaking: Explosion and Fire in Building in Obarrio ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - And this just in off of the Twitter-sphere: Panama America is getting citizen's reports of an explosion that has occurred in the Obarrio neighborhood of Panama City. Supposedly there is smoke and fire coming from a building under construction on the same street as ...
103. House Fire This Afternoon - Ciudad Radial
The contents of one house were totally destroyed, and another house was affected, by a fire this afternoon on Calle 19 of Ciudad Radial. For now the causes of the fire are unknown, but there is talk that the fire started in one house, and then spread to another house ...
104. Explosion in "White" Building on Ave Balboa
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This afternoon at 5:45 pm there was a gas explosion in the newly constructed "White" building on Ave. Balboa. Three workers were installing a gas water heater and were injured as a result of the exceptionally strong gas explosion. The windows of apartment number ...
105. Ave Balboa Closed Tomorrow For Concert
The Mayor of Panama recommended that drivers should use the Centennial Bridge on Monday, December 8th, because the Cinta Costera viaduct and Ave. Balboa will be closed due to a Disney concert, being organized by this entity. (more) You've just hit a "pay wall." Panama-Guide subscribers who have logged in ...
106. Authorities To Investigate Gas Tanker Explosion
The general director of Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC), Arturo Alvarado, said he would meet today with Panama City Mayor Bosco Vallarino to discuss the explosion and explosion caused by an LPG tank in the banking area yesterday. At about 1:52 p.m. yesterday an LPG tank truck from the ...
107. Grass Fires Everywhere in Panama Today
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I'm going to spare you the details, but today the Twitter-sphere is alive with reports of grass fires, basically everywhere. All of the Fire Department sectors are reporting fires near roadways, heavy smoke in areas, a new fire has been reported, one was put ...
108. Videos of LPG Tanker Fire in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Here are a few videos uploaded to Youtube, shot from an apartment in the area where the Tropigas LPG tanker caught fire yesterday afternoon, in the banking district behind the Marriott hotel. I've got a few that I shot myself that I'm working to ...
109. Fire Safety Regulations Lacking in Panama City
(Source: La Prensa) In Panama a very peculiar thing is happening: its rate of growth is outpacing legislation. This, according to Federico Cvetreznick, a specialist in fire safety, in discussing the shortage of laws to force building owners to adopt fire safety standards that are in effect around the world. ...
110. Fire Department Gets 33 New Fire Trucks Worth ...
The Fire Department of the Republic of Panama has formally received 33 new trucks from the national government, which will be distributed in Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Veraguas, Los Santos, Herrera, Cocle and Panama. The investment for the acquisition of this new fleet was more than $11.8 million dollars, and ...
111. Fireworks Factory Explodes in La Enea de Guararé, ...
A small company dedicated to the production of fireworks exploded, but fortunately there were no injuries. The explosion occurred in the village of La Enea de Guararé, in the province of Los Santos, as reported by Javier Vega, the TVN channel 2 news correspondent in the Azuero. The factory was ...
112. Gas Leak Kills Woman in Punta Pacifica
By William Sala for La Prensa - The office of the Auxiliary prosecutor has opened an investigation into the death of Venezuelan Vanesa Mercedes de Silva, 31 years old, who was found dead yesterday morning in apartment 22D of the Mystic Point building in Punta Pacifica. Police sources said the ...
113. Panamanian Fire Protection Lacking
Panama City is growing rapidly, and the quality of the fire protection service is not keeping up. Their facilities, equipment, personnel, and training are all lacking. My father is a retired Fire Chief in New York, and I grew up riding with him as he responded to fires and accidents ...
114. Surviving A Fall From Height
We've all heard stories about the skydiver who landed in the muddy field and survived, or others who have lived after falling from great heights. We talk about those things as amazing feats because any fall from a considerable height is usually fatal. There are a whole lot of mathematical ...
115. Self Contained Emergency Lighting Solutions From Luzdecor
Hi Don, I know you have a lot of friends in the construction field so I reckoned that they could be very interested in some new emergency lighting that I now have in stock and available for major high end projects and homes. They are the SentryLight. Five Years in ...
116. Aeroperlas Aircraft In Flight Emergency After Takeoff - ...
About 45 passengers on Aeroperlas flight number 204 got the scare of their lives when one of the aircraft's engines had mechanical problems minutes after taking off from the Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport at Albrook. Passengers said they even saw flames coming from one of the motors, causing fear ...
117. Garbage Dump Fire Now Causing Health Problems
The fire at the Cerro Patacón garbage dump, which started in the afternoon of Tuesday, is far from being extinguished, and is still burning. Yesterday, after 7:00 pm, the flames still persist in the western area of the landfill, despite the hard work on Wednesday by a group of 300 ...
118. SENAN Accident At Sea Kills Two
Two members of the Naval Air Service were killed and one more is missing after a maritime accident in which, according to initial reports, a boat with a crew of six crashed. The team departed from the Senan base at Fort Sherman in Colon for a routine night patrol when ...
119. Two Men Crushed To Death, Two Injured, When ...
Two men who were working for the company Asfaltos Panameños were killed yesterday morning in Salamanca, province of Colón, as they prepared to begin their work of building the road to the community Santo Domingo. The two laborers, along with other comrades, came down a hill on a backhoe, which ...
120. Fire Department Dealing With Unknown Chemical Spill
Due to a chemical spill the authorities have closed down one lane of Via Transistmica (Simon Bolivar) on the bridge where it crosses Via Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto), on the side of the road that goes towards the outskirts of town. The mishap occurred in the lane headed towards ...
Current Tides for BalboaClick Here for a very nice real-time visual representation of the current tides at Balboa, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The small "cross" marks the current tide level.
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