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Multinational oil corporation BP is planning on reopening and reversing the flow of a crude oil pipeline in Panama to bring Atlantic basin crude oil to west coast American markets. The pipeline was originally created to pump Alaskan crude from the Pacific to Atlantic side of the isthmus, yet was shut off in 1996 once [...]

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Versace Home, the interior design arm of the global fashion house Versace, is designing the interiors for the new luxury residential high rise Vita Tower in Panama City.  Versace Home has designed only a limited number of other private developments, including the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City, and is hoping the project will [...]

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While Panama has recently seen an increase in tourism, as reflected in hotel occupation rates, it still lags behind its northwesterly neighbor Costa Rica in attracting eco-tourists. This is surprising given Panama’s unique geographic location, high levels of biodiversity, and longstanding relationship with the United States. In addition to this, Panama is home to one [...]

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Panama President Martin Torrijos has announced several measures that aim to lower food prices in the country, particularly for rice. The government has announced that they will purchase 100% of the rice harvest in Panam21a this year, and sell it back to consumers at a fair price below market value. In addition to subsidizing rice, [...]

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A hydroelectric dam being built in a remote region of northwest Panama has created a major controversy among members of the Naso tribe, who have exiled their king for granting the Panama government permission to build a dam on a river that passes through their settlement. King Tito Santana is heir to a long successive [...]

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Raising the Roof reports that Newland International Properties Corp, the developer building the Donald Trump licensed Ocean Club in Panama City has requested a local court grant legal protection from Jumeirah Group, the developers of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. While the Dubai developers have yet to file a lawsuit, there have [...]

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UK developer London & Regional is currently working on one of the largest master planned mixed-used developments in the world, Panama Pacifico, at the former United States Howard Air Force Base. The decommissioned US military facility was turned over to Panama’s government in 2000 when the United States officially ended their 90 year control of [...]

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Panama was listed 48 in the Global Peace Index released by Britain’s Economist Intelligence Unit, putting Panama one spot ahead of the United Kingdom. The index ranks 140 different countries according to factors such as military spending and respect for human rights. Iceland and Denmark took the top spots in the rankings this year, beating [...]

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The government of Panama is hoping to reinvigorate their second city, Colon, which has suffered economically since the United States ended their military presence in Panama. Colon was founded in 1850 as the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Railroad, which was a major route to California during the gold rush. The United States had several [...]

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Chevron is planning on doubling the capacity of its Las Minas facility in Panama to nearly 4 million barrels.  This increase in capacity is to meet the rising demand for fuel in Central America, and for ships passing through the Panama Canal.  The Las Minas facility is located near Colon, Panama, and provides fuel, derivatives, [...]

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