Two Panama ministers fired on Dominican’s 2nd prison break : Weekly News Roundup, February 7th, 2020

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Two Panama ministers fired on Dominican’s 2nd prison break

The second escape from a Panama prison of the Dominican Gilberto Ventura Ceballos, sentenced to 50 years for the kidnapping and murder of five people, prompted the firing of security minister, Rolando Mirones, and of government, Carlos Romero, president Laurentino Cortizo announced Wed., EFE reports.

Ventura, 44, escaped from cellblock C of La Nueva Joya, the country’s most modern prison, presumably on Monday night.

Authorities conduct a wide search and raised the reward to US$50,000 for information leading to his detention.

In a televised address Cortizo announced the resignation of Mirones and of Romero.

Source: Dominican Today

How Golden, Mummified Bees Hid in a Panama City Cathedral Altar.

When Panama was still a part of Colombia and surrounded by a mosaic of tropical forest, Panama City had just one cathedral.The Catedral Basílica Santa María la Antigua, built in just 108 years—a blink of an eye, parochially speaking—isn’t baroque, but the altar is beautiful and ornate.

In addition to the people assembled in the pews, the priests there had another, hidden audience: clusters of orchid bees with electric green faces that had made their cellular homes in the crevices of the altarpiece, buzzing softly and, one might assume, soaking in the word of God.

Whether the priests thought anything of them is something we’ll never know, but the bees vanished in 1875, when restoration workers, repairing damage from an 1870 fire, covered their cells in gold leaf. The bees, entombed in gold and later mummified, stayed hidden in the cathedral until 2018, when a new set of restoration workers unearthed their cells while cleaning the columns of the altarpiece, also known as the reredos.

Source: Atlas Obscura

Norwegian Eyes Direct 787 Flights From London To Panama.

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is considering operating non-stop flights from Panama to London using one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. According to CAPA, the Scandinavian airline met with a Panamanian government trade mission led by Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Sosa.

The two parties met to discuss the possibility of Norwegian operating direct flights from the Central American country to the United Kingdom.

The route being discussed would see the Oslo headquartered airline deploy a Boeing 787 on a route between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Source: Simple Flying


Digital Nomad in Panama? Yes, it’s a great option for work!

How to work remotely from Panama as explained here involves first understanding Panama’s laws, including immigration and taxes. We cover that all here for a complete guide to working remotely.

People often ask, “What is a remote worker”? Business dictionaries define a “remote worker” as an employee working outside of a company’s workplace. Often from home or an outside office. Communications mainly occur by telephone, email, or text messaging.

Over the past 10 years, remote workers also include people working outside of their countries. Whether in a company’s satellite office in another country or as an independent contractor in a foreign land.

Source: POLS Blog

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