Un grupo de rescatistas del Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (Sinaproc) se mantiene en la búsqueda de al menos 13 personas que fueron reportadas este domingo como desaparecidas en la provincia de Veraguas.
Se trata de personas que fueron sorprendidas por la fuerte corriente tras la crecida del Río Bejuco en Calovebora, mientras dormían.
Carlos Rumbo, director del Sinaproc indicó que están en coordinación con el Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (Senan), ya que al ser un área de difícil acceso, se dificulta el traslado terrestre y los ríos están crecidos, por lo que se descartó el uso de lanchas.
Para este domingo las autoridades advirtieron del paso de una nueva onda tropical. Se prevé aguaceros con descargas eléctricas en los diferentes puntos del país en horas de la mañana y de la tarde.
Nos mantenemos en coordinación con el @SENANPanama, ya que al ser un área de difícil acceso, se dificulta el traslado terrestre y los ríos están crecidos, por lo que hemos descartado utilizar lanchas.
Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has confirmed that it has asked thousands of staff to work fewer hours, as part of a post-pandemic restructuring.
Despite the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, trading continues to be slow as many office workers are still at home.
Staff in stores have been asked to work about 20% fewer hours than before.
A Pret spokeswoman said: «Our biggest priority is to do everything we can to save jobs.
«With footfall in our shops still significantly below normal levels, we have had to review the hours team members are contracted to work each week – although of course we hope to increase these hours as trade improves.
«By making these changes we are able to save a large number of roles.»
Pret is reliant on sales from commuters and office workers at lunchtime, which have been significantly impacted by the lockdown.
The firm runs 550 outlets globally, employing 13,000 staff, including 8,000 people in the UK.
A majority of Pret stores are now open for significantly fewer hours than they were prior to the pandemic.
Trade across the country is understood to be down by 65% since the lockdown came into force in late March. In the City of London, business has fallen by 80%.
In July, Pret announced that it would be closing 30 outlets and cutting about 1,000 jobs across its business as part of a post-pandemic restructuring.
Pret said 339 of its 410 UK shops have so far reopened following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Consultations are currently ongoing between the firm and the affected employees working at the 30 shops that will not reopen.
Pret is also in talks with landlords about reducing its rent bill. In May, it appointed advisory firms to help restructure the business, and in April it raised €100m (£90m) in emergency funding from its banks.
In a televised address, Lebanese PM Hassan Diab said he would ask for early elections as a way out of the crisis. The issue will be discussed in cabinet on Monday.
Lebanon was already mired in a deep economic crisis and struggling to tackle the coronavirus pandemic before the explosion tore through Beirut.
An anti-government protest movement erupted last October, fuelled by the financial situation and a collapsing currency.
What’s happening on Sunday?
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on Thursday, and announced he wanted to coordinate international aid for the country.
A statement from France’s presidential palace says Sunday’s conference «will aim to mobilize Lebanon’s main international partners and to organize and coordinate emergency support from the international community».
Representatives from European Union member states, China, Russia, Egypt, Jordan and the UK will all take part, with many others invited to attend.
In a series of tweets, President Trump said he had discussed the «catastrophic event» in Beirut with Mr Macron and would himself join the call.
«Everyone wants to help!» he wrote.
A number of countries have already pledged millions of dollars worth of aid and sent ships, health workers and materiel to assist Beirut.
But UN agencies have called for more help and warned about the massive challenge ahead. Many homes are without water or electricity, there are growing worries about food shortages, and cases of Covid-19 are spiking in the country – an additional challenge for hospitals which are already overwhelmed.
«The needs are immediate and they are huge,» Unicef spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva on Friday.
What happened at the protests?
The aid conference comes amid ongoing fury about the government’s failure to stop the blast.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 people gathered for demonstrations on Saturday, to show that rage and also to remember those victims of the explosion.
As the protests got under way, mock gallows were erected in Martyrs’ Square to indicate the demonstrators’ view of the country’s political leaders.
Skirmishes began early on, with police responding to rocks and sticks thrown by protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Police confirmed to Reuters news agency that live ammunition had been fired in central Beirut, though it is not clear by whom.
One officer died after falling into a lift-shaft in a hotel, reportedly after being chased there by protesters.
The local Red Cross said it treated 117 injured people at the scene. Another 55 were taken to hospital.
Dozens of protesters stormed government ministries and the headquarters of the country’s banking association.
The raids started after a group of people chanting anti-government slogans and burning a portrait of President Michel Aoun entered the foreign ministry and called for all ministries to be occupied.
Reports suggest security forces have since retaken the buildings from the demonstrators.
El Juez de Garantías, Donado Góndola, legalizó la aprehensión de dos personas y les dictó la medida cautelar de detención provisional por su presunta implicación en el robo y violación a turistas ocurrió en la comunidad Nombre de Dios, provincia de Colón.
Asimismo se dio por formulada la imputación de cargos solicitada por la fiscal Shadira Ashby, en representación del Ministerio Público, cuyo argumento estuvo basando en la existencia de riesgos de destrucción de pruebas y peligro para la vida de los testigos.