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Air Travel

Tocumen receiving bids to expand

The International Airport of Tocumen, SA -which operates the terminal under the model of a private company- informed on Wednesday May 9 that it received five technical and economic proposals for the first phase of construction of the free zone that will be developed adjacent to the terminal of cargo. …

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Colón

Crackdown in Colon.

On Thursday, May 10, the Panamanian authorities carried out an anti-gang operation in the province of Colón . In the operation, called Gideon, participated officials of the National Police and the Public Ministry. According to the authorities, in this action at least 26 people have been apprehended. Omar Pinzón, general …

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Politics

New election committee for Panamenista

The National Directory of the Panameñista Party chose the night of this Wednesday, May 9, in a secret vote, the members of its new National Elections Committee. The members of the National Elections Committee will be in charge of organizing the internal processes of the Panameñista Party on the occasion …

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Human Interest

Panama no place for Neo-Liberalism

Panama will host the Second Regional Global Industrial Union Conference where trade union leaders from different parts of the world will participate, who will denounce that neoliberal policies are again on the agenda of the governments of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This activity will take place …

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Human Interest
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Tiger kills caretaker who profited from imprisonment

A personal interest story for me “JB”. I am a fan of seeing poachers and illegal game trade criminals fall at the very hands of those they exploit.  Enjoy A caretaker has died after suffering a tiger attack at a zoo in Guilin, southern China, which was accused of producing …

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Labor

Another meeting held to end SUNTRACS

The third meeting of the “parallel table” between the leadership of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC) and the Single Union of Construction Workers and Similar (SUNTRACS), the parties moved their positions, which seems to put more close an agreement and put an end to the strike that is now …

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Labor

No vacation from SUNTRACS

by James “JB” Bryson So we are back from our little coastal trip and find that the labor strike is still affecting the areas near our home. The logjam coming into the city (which is already at a slow crawl generally) was quite worse. Hoping this ends quicker than expected. …

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Uncategorized
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Supreme Court interviews continue

For the second day, the State Commission for Justice continues on Tuesday May 8, 2018 with the process of interviewing candidates for magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). ‘We must change the face of justice’ Waleska Hormechea: ‘dream with a fair justice’ State Commission for Justice will interview …

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Labor

National Assembly hiring all askew

Civic and business organizations rejected the increase in funds, by more than 600%, in three budget items used to hire personnel managed by the deputies of the National Assembly (AN) . These are items 02 (temporary staff); 080 (trusted staff) and 172 (professional services contracts), which went from $ 5 …

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Uncategorized
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Takin a little siesta.

by James “JB” Bryson   Hello site visitors and email friends, I will be a bit out of pocket over the next few days. Driving up the coast with the wife for a few days with stops in El Valle, and then onto Santa Catalina. Hope to have a few …

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Economy

Increasing numbers of public debt released

The balance of the public debt rose to $ 23 thousand 673 million in the first quarter of 2018, reported the Public Financing Directorate . The figure represents an increase of one thousand 710 million dollars compared to the balance one year earlier. In March 2018, the Government received disbursements …

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Economy

Subsidy approved for the SUNTRACS strikers

The Single Trade Union of Construction and Similar Workers ( Suntracs ) continued this Friday, May 4 with the granting of the strike subsidy to the workers who started this measure since April 18. + info $ 9 million, disbursement that Suntracs must assume in two weeks of strike Varela …

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Labor

Feeling effects of Strikes

by James “JB” Bryson   I can’t speak for all of course, but we have been feeling the effects of the recent strikes and protests that have been taking place for the past week. Reminding me of the time the wife and I were in NYC during the “Occupy Wall …

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Politics

Criminal complaints to be filed today against Carles

To the magistrates, according to the norm, also corresponds to send the file with the recent failure to the electoral public prosecutor JUDICIAL Two criminal complaints will be filed today against the Labor Minister, Luis Ernesto Carles, after magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal, through a ruling, sanctioned the dismissal that …

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Labor

Suntracs strike expected to go into late May

They go 14 days of the unemployment and still, Capac and the workers, they do not reach an agreement CONFLICT The strike that has paralyzed 95% of the construction works in the country, could extend beyond May 15. This is because yesterday the Secretary General of the Single Union of …

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Canal

ACP and tugboat captains to meet today

Members of the Commission for Public Infrastructure and Canal Affairs of the National Assembly urged the directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and captains and mariners of tugboats to seek an understanding of the conflict between both parties. The transit through the neopanamax locks was interrupted on April 12 …

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Local Culture

Deaf population of Panama still facing big challenges

In Panama, through Law 53 of November 30, 1951, the Panamanian Institute of Special Enabling (IPHE) was created, with the objective of empowering young people with mental retardation, deafness and blindness in the School of Special Education, the School National of the Deaf and the School of the Blind, respectively. …

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Economy

Uber service extension rejected

Carriers leaders yesterday expressed their rejection of the Government’s decision to allow an extension for six months (until October 31, 2018) so that operators of technology platforms such as Uber can cash in for the service provided. Carriers object to the modifications made by the Ministry of Government to Executive …

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Health

Hospital de Chitre to send non-urgent cases to polyclinic for care

Those who do not require immediate attention will be attended from 7:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon The Social Security Fund (CSS) reported that as of Wednesday, May 2, 2018, all patients classified as “green”, according to the Triage system, who attend the emergency service of the …

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Sport

Real Madrid reaches its third straight final

One of the best matches in the modern history of the Champions League, an emotional classic, which left nothing to the imagination. They were 90 epic minutes, with drama, with suffering and the maximum expression of resistance against the desire to win despite adversity. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich gave …

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Politics

Ayala to be denounced before the Supreme Court

The questioned modification presented by the deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Roberto Ayala, to bill 53, with which the so-called “legislative shrimp” was introduced to repeal Law 2 of February 10, 2015, continues to generate criticism and actions legal The lawyer Ernesto Cedeño today filed a complaint with …

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Economy

Young people in Panama finding it harder to get a job

When it comes to finding a job , young people have the most difficult task. Be men or women, live in Panama, London or the United States. In the Panamanian case, it is estimated that each year about 70,000 young people intend to enter the labor market, according to official …

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Legal

Crimes of animal abuse will result in jail time starting May 2

On Wednesday, May 2, prison sentences against people who commit a crime of animal abuse begin to apply . This was recalled by the organizations Spay Panama, Angels of Animals, Foundation San Francisco de Asis and Patas y Pies, and a group of independent rescuers  who celebrate this validity. People …

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Politics

List of 20 candidates sent to Supreme Court

The Executive sent the list of 20 candidates to the Supreme Court POSTULATIONS After a lot of waiting, the Executive Body forwarded the purged list of the 20 aspirants to the magistracy of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). Only two will be chosen magistrates (one for the criminal chamber …

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Economy

Rice farmers ask for 10 million in government incentives

Next May 15, rice producers nationwide will have five and a half months of not receiving the payment of $ 7.50 per quintal that is part of the National Agreement for Agro, which dates from 2014 and will add $ 10 million to that date. Given this fact, the members …

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Health

1.5 million flu vaccines arrive in the country today

A total of 1.5 million tetravalent vaccines against influenza will arrive in the country today, confirmed the Minister of Health, Miguel Mayo. The doses that the State acquired this year from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have a cost of $ 5.60 per unit, representing an investment of $ …

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Local Culture

March on Labor Day

A group of people marches, the morning of this Tuesday, May 1, from the Porras Park to the Plaza 5 de Mayo, to commemorate the Day of the Worker. + info Suntracs agrees to maintain strike in the construction sector Prior to the march, a mass was held in the …

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Politics

Electoral registry for 2019 elections

  In compliance with the General Elections Plan, the  Electoral Tribunal (TE) reported that it carried out this Monday, April 30, 2018, the closure in the country of the electoral registry, for the next electoral tournament of 2019. This step was completed after two years of debugging and updating this …

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Uncategorized

Eyes wide open for appointments of 20 candidates for CSJ

by James “JB” Bryson   Little bit of a late post for me here, but I for one am going to be doing my own due diligence on the persons that comprise the 20 newly named candidates for the CSJ. In Panama, this is the Commission for the State Pact …

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Infrastructure

10% of slaughterhouses need veterinarians

There are 350 of these professionals in the country, but one thousand 200 are required RISK The responsibility of monitoring the quality of the meat consumed by the Panamanian is on the shoulders of only 350 veterinarians in public entities. The shortage of personnel is notorious, according to the president …

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