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Energy/Infrastructure

Weekend rains bring power outages

At least the structures of nine houses were affected in Parita by heavy rains that fell in the province of Herrera between this Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. The downpours also caused the partial collapse of a tree in the city of Chitré, in the province of Herrera, which …

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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 …

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Local Culture
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“Lord of Miracles” procession melds Christianity and “Witches”.

In 1709, in a remote village of Veraguas, the most famous case of witchcraft on the Isthmus took place, and although the witches (os), the elves, as well as other creatures have not completely abandoned the imaginary of all their inhabitants, today The Table – where the event occurred – …

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Human Interest

Monumental meeting planned for June between US and DPRK.

The expected summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will take place on June 12 in Singapore, the US president announced Thursday, after receiving in the early morning the three released by Pyongyang. “We will try to make it a special moment for world peace!” Trump added …

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Sport

Rookie Panamanian impressing in MLB Debut season in United States

After winning his third game of the Major League baseball season, Panamanian pitcher Jaime Barria impressed Angels coaches and teammates from Los Angeles . Barria worked solid 5.1 episodes, on Wednesday, in the Angels’ 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies and now in four starts is 3-1. The capital, 21 …

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Legal

Indicted trader is extradited back to Panama.

Trader Nidal Waked returned to Panama yesterday, two years and six days after being arrested in Colombia, at the request of the United States, where he finally pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money. Yasser Williams , Waked’s lawyer in Panama, confirmed the return of his client, although in the …

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Bocas del Toro

Agreement reached in Bocas.

After 20 hours of paralysis and closure of streets, the living forces of the province of Bocas del Toro and workers of the banana plantations reached an agreement with the government, which occurred at dawn on May 11 in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro . + info Stoppage of production in …

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Labor

Varela seeking end to SUNTRACS with intervention

President Juan Carlos Varela today requested an arbitration if they do not reach an agreement at the parallel table between the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and the Single Trade Union of Construction Workers and the like (Suntracs). day sunday “The government asks you very respectfully to go to an …

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Economy

Spending leading to a large spike in debt, Warnings issued

Economists consulted by La Estrella de Panama pointed out that the increase in Central Government expenditures versus total revenues could increase the country’s fiscal debt. Much of that debt, they added, could be purchased to meet the commitments and campaign works of the current government administration, which is about to end. The …

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Labor

Government reaches accord with Banana plantation employees

Approximately at 2:00 am today an agreement was reached between the workers of the banana plantations of Bocas del Toro and the government, after 24 hours of work stoppage and street closures. The workers presented 12 points which they expect the government to comply with, among them public health, water …

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Economy
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China continues to explore investing in Panama

A mission of the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) is located in Panama to explore investment and business opportunities in the country. The delegation of more than 30 businessmen from the sectors of energy, urban construction, machinery, environment, electronic products, …

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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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