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Volume 17, Number 2
February 14, 2011

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Also in this section:
FRENADESO starts a new FAD
Harassed PRD meets to plot an election comeback
Legislature to take up election law changes
Martinelli backpedals in the face of Ngabe protests
It's not just uncollected garbage boosting the rat population
Fallout continues in juvenile detention center fire
Spin accelerates, information controls tighten after stories of US military activity here
Two Panama City Carnivals taking shape
The murdered women of Juarez
Cuba: Journalist's release and unblocking of dissident blogs
Mining debate will have lasting effects
Police fire on indigenous protesters


Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page

Collapsing city services lead to a booming rat population
It's not just the uncollected garbage



This is not El Chorrillo, or Curundu, but Paitilla --- Via Winston Churchill to be exact. It's also an illustration of how the conditions for a boom in rodent populations have been created by collapsing city services. The most notorious thing about rats is that if someone feeds them --- that is, the garbage doesn't get collected before they can get into it --- then the neighborhood gets more of them.

However, there are other ways to boost the rodent population. One of these is to allow weeds to overtake vacant lots and the rights-of-way along city streets, and worse yet allow litter to accumulate in such places. That creates nesting conditions for rats and consequently breeds more of them.

Around the world different cities have taken various approaches to conditions like those shown above, but there are two common ones. Some cities require private property owners to clear the weeds and trash off of the rights-of-way in front of their property and send out ordinance enforcement officers to ticket them if they don't. Others just maintain the rights-of-way as another municipal service at taxpayer expense. In Panama City, for the most part neither of these things are being done.

Photo by Joan Manfredo


Also in this section:
FRENADESO starts a new FAD
Harassed PRD meets to plot an election comeback
Legislature to take up election law changes
Martinelli backpedals in the face of Ngabe protests
It's not just uncollected garbage boosting the rat population
Fallout continues in juvenile detention center fire
Spin accelerates, information controls tighten after stories of US military activity here
Two Panama City Carnivals taking shape
The murdered women of Juarez
Cuba: Journalist's release and unblocking of dissident blogs
Mining debate will have lasting effects
Police fire on indigenous protesters


Many things that used to be in a Panama News Briefs feature of the website have now migrated to our constantly updated Facebook page

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