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Politics

Italian corruption case for Panama delayed

The judge of the preliminary investigations of the Court of Naples delayed again the opening of oral trial – until next May 8 – in the case on the alleged diversion of 20 million dollars in the frustrated construction of four modular prisons in various locations in Panama , by …

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Politics

Indemnity requested for $3mill Varela contribution

The former presidential candidate Juan Carlos Navarro , of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) , went to the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, April 12, to notify of a lawsuit filed against him by the former ambassador of Panama in Korea, Jaime Lasso , for the alleged crime against him. …

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Labor

Strike set for COLON

According to denounced Votier, “this Government at the negotiating table has become pure, not to the proposals that the colonists have Popular leaders of the City of Colon announced today a general strike on April 19 next to the refusal of the Government to formalize in a decree the agreements …

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Uncategorized

Housing EXPO set for Panama

Under the slogan “From Dream to Owner” will be held this year Expo Vivienda 2018, the most important real estate fair of the summer, organized by the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (CAPAC). The event will be held at the Atlapa Convention Center from April 12 to 15, informed the president …

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Uncategorized

Panama continues hardline with Venezuela

The relations between Panama and Venezuela are in a ‘great pause’, as defined by the chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo. In a meeting with the Association of Foreign Correspondents, he said that at the moment Panama will not seek an approach with Venezuela. It is the turn of Venezuelans to seek a …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Plant is operating in Chilbre at 50% capacity

The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers National (Idaan) reported that the water treatment plant of Chilibre is still working 50% by an electrical fault in a pumping station. For this reason, from the night of Monday, April 9, potable water will be presented at the low points, while in the …

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Politics

33% of Panamanians have confidence in the government

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD ) defended the recent policies adopted in Panama to strengthen the bond of trust between the State and society, such as the reform of public procurement laws in order to make administration more transparent and competitive, or the new rules on …

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Politics

Primary of the Panamenista to be held October 28

The  Panameñista Party announced that on October 28 will be held primary elections to choose the presidential candidate of that political group, facing the elections of 2019. That day will also be chosen candidates for deputies, mayors, representatives of corregimientos and councilors. All members legally registered in the party, on …

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Uncategorized

Panamanian is 1 of 10 young emerging leaders of the world

The young Panamanian José Alejandro Rodríguez was distinguished among the 10 young emerging leaders of the world by the United States Department of State. + info 50 young Panamanians will strengthen themselves in leadership José Alejandro Rodríguez: ‘Teachers qualify and pa late. Children are numbers’ Rodríguez (@quexopajackson) is part of …

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Politics

Court gets tough on Ferrufino

The Fifteenth Court of Panama tightened the precautionary measures against the former Minister of Social Development, Guillermo Ferrufino. The new precautionary measures contemplate that he will not be able to leave the province where he resides, to drink alcoholic beverages in public festivities, commerce or activities outside his home. Furthermore, it …

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Politics

Panama condemns Syria chemical attack

The Government of Panama said today that it “strongly condemns the alleged attack with poison gas in Syria, which left more than 60 dead and hundreds injured, including children.” The Panamanian Foreign Ministry said Monday that the “use of chemical weapons regardless of who uses them is a clear violation …

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Politics

Colon leadership rejected

The Minister of the Presidency, Álvaro Alemán, lamented that leaders of the province of Colón insist on a new strike call, despite the fact that there is a multi-thematic dialogue table headed by state ministers and directors of different public entities to find solutions to different problems that this province …

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Hotels

TRUMP feeling Varela pressure

Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC ., Belonging to the Trump Organization, intends to interfere with the Panamanian State in the dispute it is waging with Orestes Fintiklis for control of the hotel that bore the surname of the President of the United States (EU) . + info Trump Organization pressures …

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Immigration

Asylum requests spiked 3500% over 4 years

Requests for international protection or political asylum to any of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) by citizens of Venezuela have increased by 3 thousand 500% between 2014 and 2017 , Spain being the country that by far , has received more requests. According to the European …

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Politics

Aleman promoting dialogue amid strike concerns

With the commitment to maintain dialogue as a method of conflict resolution, the Minister of the Presidency, Álvaro Alemán, regretted on behalf of the Government that some leaders in the province of Colon insist on a new strike call when there is a multi-thematic dialogue table headed by ministers of …

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Financials

Property Tax moratorium rejected

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) rejects the amendments proposed by the National Assembly of Deputies to extend the moratorium decreed to property tax contained in law 66 of 2017 to other taxes that bear no relation to this tax. In this way, we intend to extend the moratorium …

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Immigration

VISA’s extended for Venezuelans

The National Migration Service (SNM) will extend the visas of Venezuelan citizens whose migratory status expires due to the suspension of flights to their country of origin for a period of 30 days. This was reported on Saturday by the Panamanian Foreign Ministry through an official statement, after President Nicolás …

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Air Travel

Emergency landing needed for BOCAS flight.

The Panama Fire Department reported that a plane from Bocas del Toro and the national airline Air Panama landed at the Rubén Cantú airport, in the city of Santiago, Veraguas. According to the firefighters, the pilot of the plane declared an emergency because the aircraft had a problem in one …

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Air Travel

COPA flights suspended into Venezuela

he decision of  Venezuela to suspend the Copa Airlines flights caused the postponement of the match between Estudiantes de Mérida and the Chilean Deportes Temuco for the Copa Sudamericana and left stranded in Panama the workforce of the Venezuelan Monagas SC. + info Varela: Suspension of Copa Airlines flights affects …

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Sport

CHIRIQUI advances in Baseball

The biggest Panamanian baseball will have a new champion. This happens after the Chiriqui team  won last night at the Rod Carew stadium to its counterpart from Colon (defending champion) 11 runs to 2, to take the direct series in five games (4-1). + info Herrera qualifies for the semifinal; …

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Politics

$37 Mil in Transfers Approved

After a long wait and a session of many interventions by the deputies, the Budget Committee of the  National Assembly approved on Thursday, April 5, 2018, $ 37 million in transfers of departure to four institutions. This, unlike the last session of March 21, where they rejected more than $ …

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Politics

US supporting Panama in escalation with Venezuela

The United States Department of State   (US) expressed its support for Panama, following the measures adopted by  Venezuela against Panamanian authorities and companies. This, in retaliation to a list of 55 people and 16 Venezuelan high risk companies recently published by Panama. + info Varela: Suspension of Copa Airlines flights …

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Air Travel

Cost of Air Tickets Curbs Tourism in Panama

Panama, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian hoteliers are now trying to counteract the impact of the high costs of air tickets, which in the airlines” criterion respond to the increase in airport taxes and the fuels” price. According to the CEO of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, the arrival of more …

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Immigration

More on the Schengen initiative

President Juan Carlos Varela and Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt, signed two executive decrees establishing new immigration measures for citizens with Schengen visa or residence permit in the countries of the European Union and in turn approved change visa status restricted to stamped visa for the citizens of India. The first …

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Immigration

Panama adopting new immigration measures for Europeans

Panama established new immigration measures for citizens who have visas for the Schengen area, which includes citizens from 26 countries in Europe.These new migratory measures in Panama also include citizens who have valid residency in the countries of the European Union. In turn, the government of President  Juan Carlos Varela …

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Sport

National Team looks outclassed in Swiss thumping

LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – World Cup debutants Panama were given a timely footballing lesson by a slick Switzerland side as they were thumped 6-0 in a friendly on Tuesday. Soccer Football – International Friendly – Switzerland vs Panama – Swissporarena, Luzern, Switzerland – March 27, 2018 Panama’s Michael Amir Murillo …

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Uncategorized

Welcome to PanamaNowOnline

Greetings to New Visitors- My name is James Bryson and I’d like to welcome you to PanamaNowOnline. A transplanted ex-pat by way of Bannockburn, Illinois, we came to Panama in the summer of 2001 to start our retirement. Over the past 17 years we have experienced first hand both the …

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Colón

Aftermath in Colón after riots

The Panamanian Government condemned the riots that broke out in the protest staged in the city of Colón last Tuesday. A statement released by the Executive said: “We condemn the riots … led by groups of criminals, supported by people with political interests and other organized crime that are against …

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Hotels

Panama hotel removes Trump branding after court battle

Within hours of the verdict from a Panamanian court, hotel staff removed the Trump name from its main entrance. Cypriot businessman Orestes Fintiklis has been fighting to cancel the contract with the Trump Organization, which he blames for a fall in profits. The Trump Organization said it had appealed against …

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Pope Francis

Pope knocks “likes” in Panama WYD message

WITH  less than a year to the World Youth Day  (WYD) to be celebrated in Panama,  over  42,000 people have registered since the lists were opened last week. On Thursday. Feb. 22 Pope Francis sent a message to the young people of the world who are thinking of participating in …

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