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Energy/Infrastructure

Panama defines its borders after 22 years

The maritime space of the country was defined in a draft law promoted by the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP). The initiative establishes the baseline, from which the 200 miles of maritime space in which Panama is measured. Within the 200 nautical miles include the 12 miles of territorial sea, in …

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Politics

PRD looks to add 50,000 new members

The secretary general, Pedro Miguel González, indicated that they will hold primaries for all elected offices INCRIPTIONS The deputy and general secretary of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Pedro Miguel González, is betting that his party on Sunday will be joined by more than 50 thousand new adherents, in this …

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Economy

International coffee tasting to be held in Boquete

They confirmed that 19 international judges from the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and European countries will be in the international tasting Event. The producers of special coffee are already in the final stages of preparation of their lots to face the Geisha, Pacamaras and traditional varieties, in the …

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Air Travel

Air Europa to open a route to Panama

Air Europa will return to China, the country it flew between 2005 and 2006, but had to stop operating due to lack of profitability Air Europa, Globalia’s air division, continues with its expansion and plans to fly to China in two years, in addition to opening “imminently” a route to …

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Economy

New car sales in Panama fall to begin 2018

The segment of light SUVs or SUVs recorded the sale of 2,656 units, 8.8% less than the 2,913 of the previous period The sale of new cars in Panama in the first two months of 2018 fell by 10.5% to add 7,843 units compared to 8,768 in the same period …

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Riots

10 dead after Nicaragua deploys military

The military was also deployed in the city of Estelí, 149 kilometers north of Managua, where they guard public institutions Nicaragua woke up today with soldiers deployed in several cities after a night of clashes and vandalism that left at least seven dead, bringing to ten the number of victims …

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Politics

Venezuelan President Maduro ready to settle with Panama

Venezuelan President  Nicolás Maduro said on Friday, April 20, to be ready to resolve the diplomatic and commercial tension that exists with Panama  and greeted the statements of his Panamanian counterpart  Juan Carlos Varela by showing his willingness to speak this afternoon. The Venezuelan leader reiterated that “in any conversation …

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Economy

Capac and Suntracs still at an impasse on salary increases

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) and the Single Union of Construction and Similar Workers (Suntracs) are still unable to agree on the salary increase. With the day of this Friday, April 20, three days of negotiations are held in the middle of a strike decreed by Suntracs, which has …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Construction strikes prove very costly

Building and acquiring a residence in Panama is expensive in relation to the salary that most of the population receives. The price of materials, the square meter, the payment of taxes, permits and bank financing rates, as well as the payment of benefits to workers in that sector are part of …

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Crime

Lawyer arrested and accused of two homicides

The Court of Appeals of the Accusatory Penal System, led by magistrate Mario Carrasco, confirmed the preventive detention measure of the lawyer Zoraida Saucedo, accused of the murder of the Italian Furio Ferrari and Marianela Vallarino. With shackles on his hands and feet, jeans and a white shirt, Saucedo was …

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Economy
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Repeal of RODMAN Law a step in right direction

by James “JB” Bryson This story that appeared today and I have further linked online may seem like an afterthought or something to just fill the political quota of the news day, but in terms of the possible impact it can have on future business with Americans and avoiding the …

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Politics

Maduro losing mind. Insists on elections

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said today that his country will hold the presidential elections on May 20, in which it will seek re-election, regardless of what other governments say. “What foreign governments say does not matter to us at all in Venezuela (…) the legality of Venezuela matters,” …

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Legal

Truck driver sentenced to life. Killed 10

The 39 bodies were found among urine, feces and vomiting The driver who left locked in July in the cabin of his truck to 39 undocumented, of which 10 died asphyxiated and heat, was sentenced today by a Texas court to two sentences of life imprisonment. The man, James M. …

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Legal

New process being developed for Supreme Court Justices

The State Commission for Justice is preparing to develop a “comprehensive and participatory” process, when it is up to interview and scrutinize the candidates for judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) . This was reported to this means by the Administration’s attorney, Rigoberto González , who also serves …

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Infrastructure

Transport carriers hit with sanctions for illegal rate hikes

In the first three months of this year – from January to March – the  Transit and Ground Transportation Authority (ATTT) has imposed 245 sanctions for violating the prohibitions related to passengers or for refusing to take them. And it is that the inspections carried out by personnel of that …

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Entertainment

International Fair of Azuero turns 56

With the participation of some 600 exhibitors, on the night of Thursday, April 19, the fifty-sixth version of the International Fair of Azuero was inaugurated  in La Villa de Los Santos, which will run until May 1. The president of the event, Alberto Castillero, said that for the first time …

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Immigration

Immigration procedures to increase

Given the massive fraudulent affiliation of foreigners in the  Social Security Fund (CSS) and the delivery of irregular peace and save in the General Directorate of Income (DGI) , two executive decrees were enacted yesterday that eliminate these procedures to regulate and renew permits immigration for foreigners in the country. …

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Economy
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14 companies investigated for embezzlement

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) is  investigating 14 companies linked to a presumed embezzlement for about $ 300 million in employer-employee contributions to the detriment of the Social Security Fund (CSS) . The Public Prosecutor of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Marina García Collado , revealed that she asked the Public …

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Uncategorized
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Appreciating the new visitors to PANAMANOWONLINE.

by James “JB” Bryson   As a new blog that the wife and I started to serve as a resource help people that were not able to help us when we came here, we are happy to see some of the chatter come in. Nothing beats getting up and having …

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Canal

Panama hosts environmental and maritime safety meeting

Officials from the Security and Environment portfolios of Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Colombia will meet this Friday in the Panamanian capital to review cooperation in those sectors. The Ministry of Public Security of Panama reported today that the head of that office, Alexis Bethancourt and his Costa Rican colleague, …

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Politics

Independent groups say “NO” to re-election

A group of independent citizens met this Thursday, April 19 in the legislative park to call a large rally next Sunday, April 22, called “No to Reelection”, which will be held in the Plaza 5 de Mayo at 10:00 am. With this initiative they seek to promote “in a forceful …

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Uncategorized

Civil society wants a national blood center

Social networks have become a tool to expedite the discussion of bills that promote blood donation and promotes the creation of a national center for the processing, storage and distribution of blood components throughout the country. With the hashtag #HemocetroNacionalya and with the red color as a hallmark, different organizations …

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Crime

Comptroller asks for reports to begin audit for fraud

The comptroller of the Republic, Federico Humbert , said on Thursday, April 19 that he sent a letter to the director of the Social Security Fund (CSS) , Alfredo Martiz , to deliver “as soon as possible” the internal audits that revealed the possible evasion of $ 300 million in …

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Politics

Panama and Venezuela meeting fails

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry confirmed that a ” meeting ” with Venezuelan authorities was held in Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic, in an attempt to resolve the trade and diplomatic differences between the two countries.The meeting was held at the request of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro , …

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Energy/Infrastructure

95% of work is stopped as strike continues

95% of the construction projects remain paralyzed and the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) requested the vote count to determine if the workers want the strike or not, informed Saúl Mendez, Secretary General of the Union of Workers of the Construction and Similar (Suntracs) According to Méndez, yes, the strike …

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Legal

Commission files complaints for Varela

The Commission of Credentials, Regulation, Ethics and Judicial Affairs of the National Assembly yesterday filed three complaints, two of them filed against magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and one against the president of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela. The first criminal complaint filed was filed by Marco …

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Canal

What is really occurring with Canal?

Practically, the only virgin entity that remained in our Panama was recently raped by domestic terrorists who attempted, in a very particular and simplistic way, against everything that in more than a century had remained intact: The uninterrupted form of the operation of the Channel. It is incredible how a …

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Energy/Infrastructure
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IMF predicts Panama will grow by almost 6%

by John “JB” Bryson April 18, 2018 Similar in tone to my earlier post, with the IMF stating that the Panamanian economy is due to grow above average to 5.6%, it can lead to a false sense of optimism in relation to being able to sustain an influx of immigrants. …

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Immigration
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How Will exodus of Venezuelans affect us?

James “JB” Bryson April 18, 2018 One story that I have been paying particular attention to other than the many other articles we have been adding is the escalation between Panama and Venezuela, and what type of impact it will have on an already crowded Panama City? When we arrived …

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Crime

Drug arrest in Chiriqui

Those apprehended and the evidence were placed at the orders of the competent authority, for the corresponding procedures. A Panamanian and a woman of Colombian nationality were detained in the province of Chiriquí, when they were traveling in a vehicle with two minors. When checking the car, the Senafront units detected …

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