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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 …

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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 …

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International Relations

UK claims that Panama relations have never been better.

The Panamanian Chancellery, the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May , the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Panama and several State Ministers, have highlighted the cordiality of the meeting held last Monday, in London, between May and President Juan Carlos Varela , thus denying any disagreement between both …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Fire shuts down METRO station

he Panama Fire Department reported on Wednesday May 16 that an electrical fault caused the San Miguelito Metro station to be filled with smoke. After detecting the incident, maintenance personnel of the Panama Metro interrupted the electrical system at the station. For this reason, his eviction was ordered afterwards. The …

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Crime

Lawsuit against “Code” reaches Supreme Court

A claim of unconstitutionality against some sentences of article 193 of the single text of the Electoral Code , referring to pre-election public financing for the 2019 general elections, was presented to the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) . The lawyer Roberto Ruiz Diaz filed the appeal after considering that …

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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 …

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Health

Attorney General requests to be recused from poisoning case.

The Attorney General of the Administration, Rigoberto González, asked the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice to declare him precluded from hearing the civil lawsuits against the State, filed by hundreds of people affected by the massive poisoning with medication contaminated with diethylene glycol. At least 323 lawsuits …

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Entertainment

Soderbergh film on “Panama Papers” to star Academy Award winner Streep.

Meryl Streep will be the star of “The Laundromat”, a drama directed by Steven Soderbergh on the case of the Panama papers, The Hollywood Reporter reported today. Recent Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Spaniard Antonio Banderas are currently negotiating their participation in the project, the publication said. The film will …

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Crime

PETROBAS, and dirty cops scandal dismantled in Brazil

The Brazilian police today dismantled a network of international traffic of narcotics in which participated at least one investigated in the operation Lava Jato, which investigates the vast corruption scandal uncovered in the state oil company Petrobras, informed official sources today. About 90 agents of the Federal Police served eight …

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Air Travel

Lufthansa (largest German carrier), and other airlines to increase traffic to Tocumen

The inventory of air frequencies is expanded. Several airlines have announced new frequencies from Panama in order to expand their service in the region and meet the demand of their customers. As of November 3 of this year, the German airline Lufthansa will add an additional frequency to its route Panama …

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Human Interest

Crisis in Nicaragua leads to more fatalities

The city of Masaya, a little over 25 kilometers southeast of Managua, awoke in chaos and destruction after uninterrupted clashes between anti-riot agents and Sandinista mobs against the protesters. On Sunday, Nicaragua celebrated 26 days of a crisis that has left at least 54 dead, caused by massive demonstrations in …

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Human Interest

Group makes last effort call to suspend elections in Venezuela

The Lima Group yesterday made a “last call” to the government of Nicolás Maduro to suspend the presidential elections on May 20. Meeting in Mexico City, the representatives of the Group condemned Maduro’s ‘regime’, demanding Caracas ‘free, fair and transparent’ elections, reported La Voz de América. Monday’s meeting in the …

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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 …

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Entertainment

Panamanian composer at forefront of Social change.

Danilo Pérez, a Panamanian musician and teacher, will be one of the persons in charge of inaugurating the Trama event , with the conference ” Social change through music “, on May 15, at 7:00 p.m. This activity, with one of the largest national exponents of the music, is free …

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Agriculture

Insect that ravages coffee harvest may have hope to being mitigated

When the rainy season begins, the insect of the coffee borer takes advantage to attack. The Hypotenemus hampei , also known as coffee borer, punches the mature grain and severely damages the quality and flavor of the product. Its effect is so devastating, that it reduces coffee production by 50% …

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Church

Pope ponders his time to say “Farewell”

Pope Francis said Tuesday May 15 that he has been thinking about when it would be time to “say goodbye” to his flock. The pontiff made this reflection during his homily this Tuesday. The Holy See did not disclose the full text. Just as Saint Paul thought at the time …

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Economy

Class system struggles awash all of Venezuela under Maduro rule

Corina lives in a luxurious house but can not frequent restaurants; Federico , journalist, does not have for the cinema; and Alida , a seller, longs to eat chicken but it is not enough. Even with their class differences, the crisis changed their lives. The arepa – corn tortilla typical …

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Politics

Administration accounts remain questioned.

As mentioned and posted yesterday, and followed up today, the scrutiny over the travel polices of the Varela administration continues. James “JB” Bryson- La Prensa aticle— The Attorney General of the Administration, Rigoberto González , when questioned about the trips of the officials, like those of the president, Juan Carlos …

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International Relations

Varela jetsetting again, meets with UK Prime Minister May

At 10 Downing Street, in the city of London, the Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela , met Monday May 14 with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May . May and Varela will discuss different topics to strengthen British and Panamanian relations, including the one related to the Panamanian commitment to …

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Politics

Gender parity to be maintained through Electoral process

With the intention of “guaranteeing” gender parity in the nominations of political parties during the Panamanian electoral process, the Electoral Tribunal repealed the articles of Decree No. 19 of April of this year . This was reported by the Electoral Tribunal, which reported that the plenum of the magistrates issued …

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Human Interest

El Siglo Interview of Prof.Murgas: Choosing of Constituents goes unchecked

INTERVIEW In the call to reform the Constitution there are untouchable issues, such as social issues and the title of the Panama Canal, for example. In the opinion of the former judge of the Electoral Tribunal, it is important that the choice of the persons who will draft this new Constitution …

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Human Interest

First Panamanian music library to open doors; Youth Music School enlivens the classical arts

It has become medicine and remedy for the soul. Music has benefits that range from the physical aspect of the human being to the social sphere, because through it, as an educational tool, changes can be achieved in a society. In this sense, aware of the value of musical development in …

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Legal
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Second phase of interviews begin for Supreme Court nominees

The Commission of State for Justice begins today the second stage of interviews to the aspirants to the position of magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ). After interviewing, last week, the first ten candidates for the post, from today until this Friday, May 18, the second group of …

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Economy

FACEBOOK enters alliance with Latin America; 1.9 Million Panamanian users

Facebook signed an alliance with Cisneros Interactive that makes the latter the official commercial representative of the social network in nine countries in the region: Panama, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. At present, 1.9 million Panamanians enter Facebook every month, of which …

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Economy

CCIAP calls for oversight of discretionary spending

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP) yesterday asked the National Assembly to stop the discretionary use of State resources through the deputies. In a pronouncement of this business entity signed by its president, Gabriel Barletta, the CCIAP asks the members of the Assembly to fulfill the …

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Crime
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Confession sheds light on bribes under Varela watch

The businessman from Chihuahua, Juan Alexis Rodríguez Sáez, arrived at the Public Prosecutor’s Office to tell other facts that he suddenly remembered while reviewing the social media. All this in the corruption scheme in which allegedly handled bribes for $ 40 million. Rodríguez Sáez, manager of Constructora Rodsa, SA had been …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Floods cause Colombia evacuations

Nearly 600 farmers had to be evacuated in northwestern Colombia because of the violent flooding of the river that feeds the Ituango hydroelectric project, the largest built in the country, authorities said Sunday. The inhabitants of the town of Puerto Valdivia are in shelters enabled in the urban area after …

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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 …

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Canal

Record Largest ship passes through Canal

According to the Panama Canal Authority, 150 people are related to the transit of the waterway cruise. This ship is of the Neopanamax type, which are the largest capacity that can transit through the new set of locks in the Canal. The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis …

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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 …

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