June 6, 2013 |
I suppose it has something to do with summertime, these extreme stunt-challenge contests in which people do physically difficult, psychologically intimidating things in the hope of winning big money. Anyway, they're back. Two premiere Thursday on TNT: "72 Hours" drops its players into the wilderness (a new wilderness each week) with only the clothes on their back, a GPS system and a bottle of water to spend three days in search of a briefcase full of cash. Shot in Panama, "The Hero" finds Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shepherding a group of Americans through hair-raising stunts and (what we are to regard as)
April 9, 2013 |
Travelers heading to Latin America will have a new option for a luxury stay. Waldorf Astoria Panama recently opened near the Calle Uruguay entertainment area in Panama City. Prices start at $159 a night for room only and $219 for a hotel-breakfast package. The deal: The new-build hotel in Panama City has 248 rooms, a spa and fitness center and is within walking distance of the city's Cinta Costera trail overlooking the Pacific. The lowest advance purchase price ($159 a night plus tax)
February 22, 2013 |
Port and city officials have called for expediting planned upgrades at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to stave off the threat of losing cargo traffic when the $5.25-billion Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. At a hearing Friday at Los Angeles City Hall, state officials heard testimony from trade economists, shipping line representatives and labor groups on how the state can promote the ports so they keep their share of U.S. cargo traffic, which harbors on the East and Gulf coasts are eager to lure away.
July 19, 2012 |
Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - When Mitt Romney launched Bain Capital in 1984, he struggled at first to raise enough money for the untested venture. Old-money families like the Rothschilds turned down the young Boston consultant. So he and his partners tapped an eclectic roster of investors, raising more than a third of their first $37-million investment fund from wealthy foreigners. Most of the foreign investors' money came through corporations registered in Panama, then known for tax advantages and unusual banking secrecy.
January 3, 2012
Is nothing sacred? Re "Stars' prints set in cement, not stone," Dec. 29 So the owners of Grauman's Chinese Theatre think it's a jolly good idea to "broaden the range" of the theater's forecourt concrete blocks to include athletes and musicians. Such audacity. May we remind them that this theater is not a sports or rock concert venue but an icon that is truly a repository of Hollywood history and film. Check the daily throngs in the forecourt — the tourists are looking for and taking photos of film favorites, and yes, that includes the past.
December 28, 2011 |
A major expansion of the Panama Canal is raising alarms in Southern California, where business, labor and public officials are warning that the project threatens to dent the region's role in international trade. The $5.25-billion project will make the canal wider and deeper, allowing huge freighters from Asia to bypass West Coast ports and head straight to terminals on the Gulf Coast and East Coast. The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handle about 40% of the nation's imported Asian goods, could lose as much as a quarter of their cargo business by some estimates after the Panama expansion is completed in 2014.
December 11, 2011 |
Manuel Noriega, the onetime military dictator of Panama who also moonlighted as a CIA spy and successful drug-trafficking money launderer, was flown home Sunday after two decades in U.S. and French prisons and faced yet more jail time in Panama. Noriega, 77, was extradited from France, where he was convicted of laundering several million dollars through Paris real estate, and placed under heavy guard on a flight to Panama City. Television footage from a Panama airport Sunday evening showed a stooped man covered in a hooded parka arriving and being loaded onto a wheelchair for transport to the Renacer ("Rebirth")
November 24, 2011 |
The last time he was in Panama, former dictator Manuel Noriega was being bombarded around the clock with deafening pop and heavy metal music as American troops tried to flush him out of the Vatican diplomatic mission where he had taken refuge. Now, after more than two decades in prison in the United States and in France, the ex-general who ran the strategic Central American state with an iron fist between 1983 and 1989 is likely to be back home for Christmas after a Paris court on Wednesday approved his extradition.
October 17, 2011
After years of partisan wrangling that has blocked Congress from taking major steps to boost the flagging economy, Republicans and Democrats finally found something they could agree on last week when they approved long-stalled free-trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia. It's a big victory for the Obama administration, the U.S. economy (which is expected to benefit from the pacts to the tune of $12 billion a year added to the gross domestic product) and for Congress itself, whose reputation as a do-nothing pack of squabblers has caused its approval ratings to plummet.
October 13, 2011 |
Congress passed a trio of free-trade agreements late Wednesday, removing barriers to trade with Panama, South Korea and Colombia — but exacerbating deep disagreements among Democrats on the government's role in protecting U.S. industries. The approval of the pacts, in a rare bipartisan collaboration, is a big victory for President Obama, who sold the deals as a key step toward bolstering job growth. But it angered liberal groups and labor unions that say the agreements will hurt working Americans by subjecting them to additional foreign competition and accelerating a race to the bottom on wages.