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Volume 16, Number 2
February 10, 2010

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Also in the news section:
Gómez trial process slowed
Election rule changes debated
Panama joins Colombian civil conflict
Bosco's Christmas village expense report called bogus
Gas explosion and fire in the banking district
Gómez ousted, Bonissi gets a job that doesn't exist under the constitution
Laura Chinchilla wins Costa Rica's presidency
UNESCO calls for ban on trade in Haitian artifacts
Small but broadly based protest against expanded presidential power
Constitutional crisis over Attorney General's trial

Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page, which you need not register with Facebook to see



Surprisingly few injuries
Gas explosion and fire in the banking district
photos by Allan Hawkins V.

On February 9 a Tropigas truck was refilling the tank at the Sushi Express restaurant just off of Calle 50 when something went wrong. A fire and a series of gas tank explosions rocked the area, burning a Tropigas worker seriously enough to land him in the hospital (it seems that he will survive), damaging more than 20 cars and engulfing the Edificio America in which the restaurant is located. Four more people suffered minor injuries and about 10 families were left homeless by the blaze.

Allan Hawkins was not far away, with his camera.

The bomberos did a reasonably effective job at keeping the fire from spreading, but it was a public display of how many of the firefighters responded to the alarm without proper firefighting clothing. (For all of their incessant battles for control of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, you would think that the politicians would at least get it together to provide this, but think again.)

Tropigas has been making an effort to be a good corporate citizen about this, cooperating with the fire inspectors' investigation and telling those whose cars, homes or businesses were damaged to contact them so that they and their insurance company could quickly reimburse them.



Also in the news section:
Gómez trial process slowed
Election rule changes debated
Panama joins Colombian civil conflict
Bosco's Christmas village expense report called bogus
Gas explosion and fire in the banking district
Gómez ousted, Bonissi gets a job that doesn't exist under the constitution
Laura Chinchilla wins Costa Rica's presidency
UNESCO calls for ban on trade in Haitian artifacts
Small but broadly based protest against expanded presidential power
Constitutional crisis over Attorney General's trial

Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page, which you need not register with Facebook to see

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