Panama. At the end of August, no less than five ministers resigned from the government, and President Martín Torrijos took the opportunity to present a fully re-formed government on the three-year anniversary of his take-over as president on September 1. According to CountryAAH, Panama City is the capital city of Panama. Such government transformations are fairly normal in Panama, but the five departed ministers had incurred a particularly massive popular dissatisfaction. Although Panama’s economy is growing at a record level, crime, unemployment and corruption are still unsolved problems. To improve law enforcement, Torrijos appointed a new Minister of the Interior, but still criticized the cops militarization of the police system by simultaneously appointing Severino Mejía, one of the former dictator Manuel Noriega’s closest men, as Deputy Interior Minister.
In August, a US court ruled that Manuel Noriega himself, who in September served 17 years in prison in Miami, USA, after US forces overthrew and imprisoned him in 1990, could be extradited to France, where he was already sentenced in his absence to ten years in prison. for money laundering. In Panama, too, he is charged with crimes that can total a total of 64 years in prison, but critics said the Panama government has negotiated with the United States and France to expel him to France to keep him at a distance from Panama, where he still has supporters.
Panama Canal – gold mine and cornucopia?
The Panama Strait is at its narrowest at the canal, only 82 kilometers. If ships had to circulate from one sea to another, they would have to travel more than 14,000 kilometers. Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal, was chosen to lead the first canal project. However, malaria and yellow fever taxed his workforce – up to 25,000 men died of disease – and the length of the rainy season surprised builders. The work was not completed, de Lesseps withdrew and hundreds of thousands who invested in the project lost their property.
The United States now acquired the building rights for itself, leased the canal area from Panama, and began construction in 1903. The project was succeeded, led by engineer George Goethals, with a maximum of 60,000 workers. Yellow fever was also brought under control.
The first ship in the canal sailed during World War I in 1914. The 305-meter-long and 35-meter-wide locks on the canal were dimensioned according to the Titanic, the world’s largest ship at the time. Today, the number of PANMAX vessels of this size has increased and I would like to build even bigger ones. The ship travels through the canal in an average of ten hours, but because the traffic is heavy, it has to wait a full day at the red.
In the Panama Canal, nature does the work: the water of the Chagres River lifts ships through three locks to a height of 26 meters on the artificial Gatúnjärvi and descends through three locks on the other side. Surrounding by tropical rains will take care of an adequate water supply, and pumps are therefore needed. Every year, 14,000 ships pass through the canal – many of them under the Panama Comfort Flag. When the canal expansion is completed in 2015, traffic volumes will double.
Panama weather in March, April and May
According to Bridgat.com, daily temperatures averaging 31 to 32 ° C are to be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 26-27 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In March, rainfall is expected on approximately 2 days, in April 6 (Panama City) to 7 days (Bocas del Toro) and in May (Panama City) to 21 days (Bocas del Toro).
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 6 to 8 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Panama City is in March, but with less sun you will have to get by in April.