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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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Legal

Panamanian already accusing abuses ahead of 2019 elections

Traditional parties “fear” The “partidocracia” and “a small group of rich” control the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama (TE) to “prevent” independent candidates from participating in the 2019 elections, because he has “fear,” Efe said today. tycoon and politician Iván Blaser. “The traditional parties and their owners manipulate …

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Local Culture

Parade in Boquete marks anniversary

Today there will be school competitions and tomorrow recognition will be made to boqueteños coffee growers Chiriqui Under a pleasant climate and fertile land, the district of Boquete, in Chiriqui, on April 11 celebrates its 107 years of foundation, so they have prepared an agenda of activities that began this …

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Economy

New Car sales fall in Panama

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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Technology

FACEBOOK under investigation from European agencies

European national authorities, including the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD), investigate “the true scope” of the filtering of data from Facebook users to a consultancy linked to the electoral campaign in the US. who gave the victory to Donald Trump. “We are investigating the case in coordination with the British …

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Legal

10 new lawsuits for the Electoral Code

The Electoral Code, amended by Law 29 May 2017, faces at least ten lawsuits in the Supreme Court of Justice. The actions filed before the highest justice corporation by lawyers representing politicians and in their own name, warn of the violation of the Political Constitution, which dates back to 1972. …

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Entertainment

New series shows dark face of Mexico by Gael Garcia Bernal

With the television series Aquí en la Tierra , which premieres in Latin America next Friday, the Mexican star Gael García Bernal hopes to contribute to the political debate in Mexico by using the most obscure face of the country as a common thread: corruption. The actor, producer and director …

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Journalism

More journalists abducted near Ecuador border

The government of Ecuador announced on Tuesday, April 17, that two other people were kidnapped on the border with Colombia, according to a video sent by the same group that killed the three journalists from El Comercio . “Through the channel of communication with alias Guacho (leader of the captors) …

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Labor

SUNTRACS strike start as planned across Panama

Members of the Single Union of Workers in Construction and Similar ( Suntracs ) marched, the morning of this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by different points of the capital and the interior of the country, in demand of “fair wages”. + info Suntracs protests on demand for salary improvements Capac …

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Local Culture

OMAR Park in San Francisco provence awarded $5.4 million

The Ministry of the Presidency awarded the company Construcciones y Remodelaciones Eurox, SA , the study, design and construction of the improvements in the  Omar Cultural and Recreational Park, in the corregimiento of San Francisco, for the sum of 5.4 million dollars. This process was finalized, after last March the …

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Legal

Former CSS Director seeks termination of sentence

The former director of the Social Security Fund (CSS )  René Luciani , was presented this Monday April 16 at the compliance hearing held in the First Judicial Circuit of Panama , to resolve his request for commutation and termination of sentence. + info René Luciani is notified to prosecutors …

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Local Culture

Local Guna cuisine gaining new fans

To get to the Cartí Sugdub community center in Santa Ana, you have to know the way. On H Street, just behind the Presidente Remón Polyclinic – or 17th Street – there is a small hall with a plot of land on one side of a half-finished building. Then, on …

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Politics

Varela called to VETO Bill 514

In an open letter, nine chapters of Transparency International of  Latin America joined the clamor of the Foundation for the Development of Citizen Freedom , Panamanian IT chapter, to ask President  Juan Carlos Varela for a partial veto of Bill 514 , on imprescriptibility of corruption offenses and disqualification of …

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Entertainment

“Una Noche de Calypso” shines at IFF Panama

Fernando Muñoz likes the music of Panama because he considers it “very rich and varied. There are very good musicians here. The calypso had seemed strange to me, since I only saw older adults playing it and it was different from everything else, so I started to get interested and …

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Canal

Canal vows “uninterrupted” work flow

The Practitioners of  the Panama Canal on Sunday, April 15, urged the directors of the waterway and tugboat captains to establish a “real dialogue” in order to resolve the current labor dispute. + info Certificate orders two sailors per tugboat ACP notifies tug captains of their separation Labor conflict hinders …

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Infrastructure

Guna Yala threatened by climate change

The natives of the island Cartí Sugdup , in the archipelago of  Guna Yala – known worldwide as San Blas -, northeast of the province of Panama, are enlisting fear and hope to move to the mainland and become the first indigenous settlement in America Latina reassured by climate change …

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Church

Ulloa calls for end of corruption

The Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, said yesterday during the Eucharistic Quotation that our country continues to be hurt by corruption and the lack of an expeditious justice. 280 days are missing for the realization in Panama of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2019. 22 to January 27, 2019 …

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Legal

Requests presented to overhaul and review court nominations

The Association of Lawyers Force Gremial yesterday asked the Government to announce the parameters of evaluation for the selection of the two figures that will replace the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice Oydén Ortega (First Room) and Jerónimo Mejía (Second Chamber), whose periods expired in December 2017. The …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Major digital ecosystem summit planned for Panama

Panama will host the GSMA Latin America Plenary Meeting # 46, on May 10 and 11 that will include the participation of specialists and executives of the digital ecosystem and the telecommunications and ICT industry of Latin America. Roberto Meana Meléndez, General Administrator of the National Authority of Public Services …

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Infrastructure

All signs point to SUNTRAC strike to go as planned

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) expressed its concern about the strike announcements of the Single Union of Construction Workers and Similar Workers (Suntracs) and civic organizations of the province of Colon, and warn of the adverse impact of said measures in the economic performance of …

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Sport

Selection squad set for Trinidad/Tobago friendly

The selection of Panama has already arrived in Port of Spain, in view of the preparation meeting they have on Tuesday, April 17, against Trinidad and Tobago. The Panamanian eleven that is composed of players of the Panamanian Football League (LPF), will perform the recognition of the Ato Boldon court …

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Politics

Maduro gains expected ally in Bolivian President Morales

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, met with his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales, at the presidential palace of Miraflores, in Caracas, to strengthen the “strategic alliances” between both countries. The meeting between the leaders takes place after the conclusion of the VIII Summit of the Americas and to which the …

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World Youth Day (WYD)

Honesty and Open Transparency the topic for WYD in Panama

The Catholic Church of Panama, through the metropolitan archbishop, José Domingo Ulloa, cried during the XLIV Eucharistic Quotation so that all those accused of corruption would be brought to justice and thus ‘know the truth’. COMMITMENTS OF THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS WILL BE LAW IN PANAMA The commitments signed …

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Legal

Former Minister Ferrafino facing money laundering charges

The former Minister of Social Development, Guillermo Ferrufino , appeared on the morning of this Monday, April 16, to the First Criminal Circuit Court to face the alternate hearing for the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering. He did it with his wife Milena Vallarino. Ferrufino is charged …

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Legal

Personal lawyer of TRUMP called to appear upcoming Monday

Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, must appear before the Court on Monday after the FBI seized recordings between the lawyer and two of the women who say they had an affair with the president, according to local media. This new episode …

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Legal

Panamanian journalists condemn murders

The Foundation Forum of Journalists for the Freedoms of Expression and Information of Panama lamented and condemned the murder of the journalistic team of the newspaper El Comercio of Ecuador . + info Ecuador, in mourning, looking for the bodies of murdered journalists Inter-American Press Association requires leaders of America …

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Immigration

Varela questioned if Panama is ready for mass exodus from Venezuela

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , called on all the countries of the region so that through dialogue and concrete actions “we may seek a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis experienced by the Venezuelan people.” + info Summit of the Americas approves ‘commitment’ against corruption …

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Legal

Greek power broker now cornered by corruption

Nothing happened in the Palacio de las Garzas without his approval, and he himself was in charge of proclaiming it. + info The Papadimitriu and its $ 16 million in Andorra Jimmy Papadimitriu, at his residence Newspaper ‘El País’ reveals encrypted accounts of the Papadimitriu Odebrecht deposited $ 2.1 million …

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Sport

World Cup host Qatar to also play as guest for Copa America

Qatar, located in the Arabian peninsula, will play the Copa América of Brazil-2019 as a guest team, a spokesman for the Qatar Football Association said yesterday in Doha. “Qatar will play the Copa América in 2019, it’s a great opportunity for us to participate in that tournament,” the spokesperson told …

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