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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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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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