Panama journalists protest against acts of intimidation : Weekly News Roundup, September 6th, 2018




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Fitch Affirms Panama Canal Authority’s “A” Bond Rating.

Panamanian journalists walked out from their newsrooms Wednesday to demand that authorities put an end to persecution, harassment and economic attacks in the form of lawsuits filed by officials and politicians unhappy with coverage of their actions.

Editors, television presenters and reporters gathered in Porras Park in downtown Panama City where they were joined by attorneys, journalism professors and students who view these economic attacks as a new threat to democracy and freedom of expression.

Guadalupe Castillero, a Next TV news anchor accused of defamation by a top police official, attended the demonstration after having appeared at a civil court to be notified about the $2 million lawsuit.

Source: Al Dia

Excitement palpable as Play Ball reaches Panama.

Former Major League pitcher Bruce Chen saw the future of baseball in his home country of Panama on Wednesday morning.

In front of Chen stood more than 300 ecstatic participants, running, catching, throwing and hitting during this week’s Play Ball event. The kids laughed and cheered for each other at each station. But most importantly, they had fun playing the sport they loved.

Chen will see 600 more eager players this week.

“There is lots of talent here, and the people of Panama really love baseball,” said Chen, who spent parts of 17 seasons with 11 teams in the Major Leagues. “It’s our number one sport, and the love keeps growing each year. It’s great to see the kids play.”

Source: MLB.comf

Panama Canal will change the reservation system.

The Panama Canal will implement, from October 1, changes in the transit reservation system for the new neopanamax locks, which includes a restructuring of payment fees for the natural gas segment liquefied (LNG), in order to optimize the use of the interoceanic route.

The Panama Canal will implement, from October 1, changes in the transit reservation system for the new neopanamax locks, which includes a restructuring of payment fees for the natural gas segment liquefied (LNG), in order to optimize the use of the interoceanic route.

Currently, Canal customers can book transits during three periods, and the announced modifications will introduce a new reservation space within the first period, which will be accompanied by changes corresponding to the duration and redistribution of spaces within each provision phase.

Source: The Medi Telegraph

 

The Panama Canal: 100 years of progress and incredible engineering.

The word “Panama” typically brings to mind many things for those who live, work, and travel here. But to most of the world unfamiliar with the Central American nation, the first thing that comes to mind is almost always the Panama Canal.

Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, and one of the greatest engineering feats in modern history, the Panama Canal has brought fame, fortune, and future prosperity to a country that’s small, yet incredibly powerful. Just a few years ago, the Panama Canal celebrated its 100-year anniversary, an event that marked many different eras, governments, and both economic and social cycles.

Source: POLS Blog

 

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