Newsroom Panama posted this great article: The ex-New York Yankees closing pitcher, Panamanian Mariano Rivera has been chosen by US President Donald Trump, to be part of the Council of Sports, Physical Fitness and Nutrition. Other nominees are his ex-teammate Johnny Damon, former NFL player Herschel Walker, beach volleyball, three-time Olympic gold medallist Misty May-Treanor, golfer Natalie Gulbis, amateur wrestler Kyle Snyder, bobsled silver medalist Shauna Rohbock, actor Lou Ferrigno and television host Mehmet Oz.
On May 7 Consul General Amb. Juan B. Sosa met with a group of Panamanian retirees assembled by Ricardo Johns, a member of Pro-Panamá.
The meeting served to inform the advances of the consulate in services to the Panamanian community, and economic perspectives between Panamá and the Houston Region, with whom it has a “Strategic Partnership”.
Mr. Jeff Wagner, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, met with Amb. Juan B. Sosa, Consul General in Panama to discuss potential opportunities between Panama and Pasadena, a city on the banks of the Houston Ship Channel which is home to several petrochemical companies. The expansion of the Panama Canal has opened the way for bigger ships to transit the Canal and increase exports to the Pacific South, Central and North America and the to the Asian economies. The Consulate and the City of Pasadena will be working on programs to enhance the relationship to include trade and tourism.
Air China inaugurated its new route from Beijing to Panama via Houston starting on April 5, 2018. The new route is created nine months after Panama and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations set to stimulate investment, commerce, tourism, and cooperation between the two countries.
On March 2, 2018, the MSC Caterina became the 3,000 vessel to transit the expanded Panama Canal in 20 months of operation. Exceeding expectations and reaffirming the waterway’s importance to world commerce, the vessel made its way from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean headed Northbound.
Organizers of the next World Youth Day have announced the dates for Panama 2019: Jan. 22-27. The massive youth rally, which always has the pope as its VIP guest, will take place in Panama City during its local summer.