Well, the firefighters strike has ended, without any major crisis. The only thing I noticed was a go-slow driving of fire engines through the centre of the city which held up the traffic (but, such is the state of trafic in the city, I guess that not many noticed).

Some good news. The other day thieves raided a US flag yacht off the Islas Perlas. Today we are told that the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) has recovered ‘Stella’, a dog kidnapped from the sailboat. I don’t think the cellphones, cameras and cash has been reovered though.

In other news, so far in 2023, 5 migrant children a day are arriving alone in Panama after crossing the Darien jungle, numbers being said to be 7 times higher than in 2022.

On the health front, a report yesterday said that, so far this year there have been 1,125 cases of dengue; 12 cases of hantavirus; 2,661 cases of malaria, 248 cases of leishmaniasis and 1 case of Chinkunkuya. I had to look up the last 2. The former is spread by the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies, and generally calls skin ulcers, and can affect the mouth, throat and nose. The latter is another mosquito-borne disease, and its most common symptoms are fever and joint pain.

1 APRIL 2023

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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