After several weeks of preparation, the long-awaited Miss Panama beauty pageant has reached its final stretch. Ilka Ender, one of the pageant organizers, commented that it has been a very difficult process to select the candidates, as they had to choose only 19 girls out of the 97 who registered for the competition.

The preliminary round is programmed for this coming March 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Hotel Riu, where 12 contestants will be selected for the grand final, which will take place on April 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Anayansi Theater. 

Panama is part of the plans of two major companies in international aviation.

Both the U.S. company United, which merged with Continental in 2012, and the German airline Lufthansa did not rule out increasing their presence in the Panamanian market. Salvador Marrero, the executive director for United in Central America, explained that the airline manages nine hubs in the United States, and therefore there are possibilities to establish new flights between the two countries.

Lufthansa might be evaluating the possibility of establishing a direct flight to Panama. The airline recently appointed a sales manager for the Panamanian market, and so the connections from the Tocumen airport hub to European destinations and those currently offered from countries like Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, are expected to be promoted.
The Government of Panama and the Cervantes Institute signed an agreement today to hold the Sixth International Congress of the Spanish Language from October 20 to 23 in Panama City, under the theme of "Spanish in the book: from the Atlantic to the South Ocean" and in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain.
The book "Vasco Núñez de Balboa and the Chroniclers of the Indies", launched in Panama on Tuesday by its author, the Spaniard Luis Blas Aritio, shows that the discoverer of the Pacific Ocean was “a more peaceful conqueror than the rest.” Aritio declared to the news group Efe that the book “sheds light on many things about Balboa,” among them that “the figure of this man, who differed from the other conquerors by his far-sighted vision of treating the Indians more peacefully, is very important for Spain and Panama.”