International Relations

Brazil opposite of Panama, and showing gains in jobs as unemployment falls.

The unemployment rate in Brazil fell to 8.9% of the economically active population in the quarter ended in August, which fell to its lowest level in the last seven years, the government said Friday. The unemployment rate in Latin America’s largest economy was not that low since the 8.7% measured …

Economy

PANAMA job market is reaching point of tipping over.

“I have been out of work for four months. I’m looking for anything. The situation is very difficult!” exclaimed Jackeline Aguilar almost bursting into tears, as sweat ran down her pink cheeks due to the sweltering sun. The almost 40-year-old woman is among the more than 30,000 attendees who came from …

Colón

AGAIN!!!! Now school shootings. WAKE UP Nito and Carrizo!!! Colon is a WAR ZONE.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/inician-clases-enel-rufo-garay-colon-directora/24210233?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http In full school activity, a student was murdered and two more were injured. This month alone, 12 homicides have been registered in Colón After a week of being closed, the Rufo A. Garay de Colón Institute cautiously opens its doors. Just five days ago, hooded subjects entered the Institute’s facilities and …

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EX-PAT ALERT: Recognize LABOR DAY in US and do,,,,,,,,,,,absolutely nothing.

It is “Labor Day” back in the US, and like many of the Ex-Pats that are now calling Panama home I encourage you to take this day to do something different and enjoy the day. All of us worked hard to get to be in a tropical paradise, and why …

Labor

The “MADHOUSE” can start again. Protests start to form again.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220810/suntracs-retoma-cierres-calle-exigir-cumplimiento-acuerdos-mesa-dialogo?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Single National Union of Workers in the Construction and Similar Industries (Suntracs) resumed the street closures this Wednesday morning as a pressure measure to demand that the Government comply with the agreements reached at the dialogue table. Drivers and users of public transport were affected by the closures …

Human Interest

Important issue,,,,,but c’mon La Estrella “INVISIBLE”,,,,,,,,,,,,really??

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220728/ninas-trabajadoras-domesticas-realidad-invisible-latinoamerica Domestic worker girls: an invisible reality in Latin America Many of them, both from cities and rural areas, must prematurely assume the adult role in their own home or go to another home as domestic workers. Enjoying childhood or finishing school are still unattainable issues for millions of girls …

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Just your everyday grocery run under this Administation.

It’s times like these when you are able to see the WEAK come to light. As in CORTIZO and CARRIZO. And even more reason why the RE-ELECTION of RICARDO MARTINELLI will be one of the biggest “LEGAL” runaway victorioes since REAGAN/MONDALE.  MARTINELLI is a master politician in what a politician …

Labor

SUNTRACS due to meet with Nito.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220329/dirigentes-suntracs-reuniran-presidente-cortizo-abordar-conflicto-laboral-capac The general secretary of the Single Union of Construction and Similar Workers (Suntracs), Saúl Méndez announced that this Wednesday they will meet with the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen to address the conflict that exists with the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac ), with whom they negotiate …

Labor

SUNTRACS pissed off again.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220321/suntracs-presenta-hoy-mitradel-declaratoria-huelga-capac-advierte-graves-perjuicios-traeria The Single National Union of Workers in the Construction and Similar Industries (Suntracs) announced that this January 21 at 1:00 pm it will officially present the declaration of a national strike at the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel). The Sunctracs called its members to an   indefinite general …

Economy

SUNTRACS unhapy with progress of resumption of projects.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201116/suntracs-reporta-reincorporacion-13-mil-obreros-puestos The general secretary of the Single Union of Construction and Similar Workers (Suntracs), Saúl Méndez affirmed that as of Monday, November 16, 14 thousand workers have been reinstated to their jobs. This he said is important because the figures in March of suspended contracts were 23 thousand workers, that …

Economy

Nito plans to fine tune reopening. ( Bad news for his underlings that are fleecing country)

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/200430/panama-afina-plan-reapertura-economica The Panamanian government refines plans for the gradual reopening of the country. The president, Laurentino Cortizo, said he has been working on the plan for the new normal and hopes that by tomorrow it will be “quite well tuned.” Cortizo said he hopes that the plan for the new normal …

Economy

LA ESTRELLA reports on bleak outlook for Panama youth.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/190918/aguda-crisis-buscar-jovenes Panama faces the worst youth unemployment crisis of the last thirteen years. During the administration of Juan Carlos Varela, the population aged 15 to 29 increased by 64,511 people – 83% of them economically active -, which resulted in the increase of young people who neither study nor work …

Crime

The (5) ODEBRECHT projects awarded under Varela Administration get lost in Martinelli fog.

The Anti-Corruption Special Prosecutor’s Office reported that the investigation of the bribes that Odebrecht paid in Panama has an advance of 80%; could end in the first quarter of 2019; assets have been recovered for $ 255.1 million in money and goods apprehended; sum to 76 accused, 5 convicted and …

Crime

You think I’m making this SHIT up people??? More on ODEBRECHT being granted ANOTHER contract.

by James “JB” Bryson Please read yet another article about this shit. And it truly is “SHIT”. I am just a blogger that notices things, but I can’t be the only one that sees this hypocrisy and back door dealing. This is the stuff that keeps Panama in the dark …

Canal

Contract for Balboa shipyard amended

An addendum to the concession contract between the State and the Mec Shipyards consortium, signed in 2012 by the last administration, seeks to modify two clauses of the agreement. The request of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) entered the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on June 6 …

Labor

Woman elected to lead Maritime Chamber of Commerce signifies progressive change

Patricia Velásquez was elected last Friday as president of the Maritime Chamber of Panama for the period 2018-2019 to replace Julio De La Lastra . It is the first time that a woman has been elected to lead the guild founded in 1979, and in which there are more than …

Agriculture

Steps taken to combat illegal fishing operations

Technicians from institutions linked to the fishing sector of Panama gathered at a technical meeting to advance in the fight against illegal fishing and in the implementation of the Agreement on Port State Measures, the Global Registry of fishing vessels, transport, refrigerated and supply, and other international instruments. The country …

Human Interest

Panamanians have low participation in high positions

The incorporation into the economic activity of women in Panama is far from assimilating to their educational achievements with an imbalance in their labor participation and decision-making positions in companies, since 12 percent have females in senior management positions, when the goal defined by international studies is 33 percent. This …

Canal

Canal Tugboat Captains file criminal complaint

The tugboat captains of the Panama Canal yesterday filed a criminal complaint against waterway administrators, accusing them of having affected maritime transport on 12 and 13 April, by unilaterally eliminating the third seaman who goes aboard the tugboats to support the transit of the neopanamax. The Union of Captains and …

Human Interest

75% of Panamanians receiving some measure of Social Security assistance.

The population protected by the Social Security Fund (CSS) between 1990 and 2016 went from 1.2 million to 3 million 26,769 people, which represents 75% of the country’s population. The figures, from the CSS and the Comptroller General of the Republic , show that in 26 years the entity went …

Human Interest

Light seen at the end of the tunnel for SUNTRACS, resolution possibly close

Yesterday, leaders of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and the National Union of Construction Workers and the like (Suntracs) tried to find a middle ground that would put an end to the strike that keeps the construction sector paralyzed for more than a month. Although they are close to …

Economy

SUNTRACS hoped for agreement last night, still no end to strike

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and the Single Union of Construction and Similar Workers (Suntracs) sought to reach an agreement last night. However, at the close of this note (7:00 pm) they were still negotiating. Suntracs leader Luis Gonzalez said in the afternoon that there might be ‘white smoke’ in …

Human Interest

Minister of Security under fire for corruption claims by retired police.

An Amparo of Constitutional Guarantees against the Minister of Security, Alexis Betancourt, presented the Association of Retirees of the National Police in the Supreme Court of Justice. “The protection of guarantees states that the Ministry of Security violates due process and effective judicial protection by refusing to give due process …

Human Interest

US cereal giant “Kellogg’s” to cease South American operations due to Venezuela tumult

by James “JB” Bryson So a piece of my youth, the breakfast cereal conglomerate based in Battle Creek, MI ( a place I spent much time in) has had to cease operations due to the situation in Venezuela. Brings me sadness at a time when everyone could use a nice …

Human Interest

Arbitration rejected, as SUNTRACS continues past 28 days

The strike in the construction sector – paralyzed for 28 days – will continue until the 2018 and 2021 collective agreement between the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and the Single Trade Union of Construction Workers is signed directly. and Similar (Suntracs ). + info Suntracs will define today in …

Labor

Comptroller promises “audit” of National Assembly

The General Comptroller of the Republic notified this Tuesday, May 15, the president of the National Assembly (AN) , Yanibel Ábrego , who will proceed to carry out a “forensic audit” to form 080 , which contains the contracts of the personnel that works for the deputies, and that since …

Economy

Parque Porras set for SUNTRACS assembly ahead of arbitration meeting

The construction workers affiliated to the Suntracs begin to arrive at the Porras Park for the General Assembly in the debate about the continuity or not of the strike that today has 27 days. The assembly is scheduled to start at 10:00 in the morning and according to the leaders …

Energy/Infrastructure

Rejection of proposed Port of Balboa stoppage

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) and the Logistic Business Council rejected the afternoon of this Saturday, May 12, the stoppage of operations in the port of Balboa, as it is an action with millions of repercussions on the cargo and its transshipment as well as …

Labor

SUNTRACS set for arbitration

The arbritraje raised by President Juan Carlos Varela to the National Union of Construction Workers and the like (Suntracs) and the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac), to end the strike in the construction sector, will be analyzed Tuesday by the workers’ union. This was reported on Sunday, May 13, the …

Labor

SUNTRACS affecting all sectors of economy

The paralysis of work in the construction sector has generated an unprecedented impact for the Panamanian economy. To date, it is estimated that the country has lost about $ 750 million of productive activity. + info Strike generates chain of economic losses The construction companies, the transport sector, the food …