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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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Energy/Infrastructure

Growth and Infrastructure collide as Panama economy rises

Panama has led economic growth in Latin America in the last five years, but this bonanza has not translated into a better quality of life in terms of urban mobility. + info More time behind the wheel A report by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) on urban growth …

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Panama Tourism

Climate Change affecting Latin American hemisphere, and potential tourism

“Here was my business,” said Julio Rodriguez standing in the sand. At the point that marked his feet was a local wood in which since the 90’s offered packages of excursions to tourists. In 2006, he looked at the turquoise water of the Arena Gorda beach 25 meters away from …

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International Relations

Panama seeks to improve commerce with India

The Chancellery of Panama announced today that the Vice President of India, Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, will visit the country in May and will meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. Venkaiah Naidu, the first high-level authority in India to visit Panama, will also meet with the vice president and foreign …

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International Relations

Amidst US and Panama turmoil, Maduro skipping summit.

It is speculated that the president of the United States will attend the international event Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced today that he will not attend the VIII Summit of the Americas because security was supposedly withdrawn from the delegation of his country and because he considers this event “a …

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Air Travel

COPA to refund Venezuela bound passengers

Yesterday Venezuela ordered the suspension of the economic, commercial and financial relationship with subjects of the Republic of Panama Copa Airlines said in a statement that the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ordered, by resolution published in Official Gazette No. 6369, dated April 5, 2018, the suspension of …

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Infrastructure

Panama Traffic congestion leads to higher fatalities

The residents of Tocumen woke up yesterday with a huge traffic jam, due to a fatal traffic accident. It was approximately, at 6:30 in the morning of yesterday, when a young man tried to cross about 20 meters from the church of San Antonio, in the sector of La Morelos, …

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Entertainment

Suspect arrested in Kardashian robbery

French police arrested a person on the Côte d’Azur suspected of involvement in the robbery of US television star Kim Kardashian in October 2016, local media reported on Monday. The arrest took place this week and the detainee will be presented today before the investigating magistrate investigating the facts, which …

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Labor

SUNTRACS strike forthcoming

In the morning members of the National Union of Workers of the Construction Industry and Similar (Suntracs) closed several roads in the city of Panama to the conflict that remains with the Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac) for a salary increase during the six months of negotiation of a collective …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Tug Captains creating embargo at Canal

The five Neopanamax ships scheduled to transit this Thursday for the new set of locks could not complete the transit because the tugboat captains refused to comply with an order from the administration. Since the beginning of the third set of locks, inaugurated on June 26, 2016, the Canal administration …

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Politics

Varela and Saint Melo at the Summit

With the objective of participating in the “VIII Summit of the Americas” , the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , and the Vice President and Chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado traveled to the city of Lima, Peru . + info Corruption will be the highlight of …

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Entertainment

Flag of Panama- tune for the World Cup.

Only 63 days after the start of the foot ball event, on the Youtube platform, the video of the Russian World Cup 2018 anthem, called “Colors” sung by the American Jason Derulo, was released. The video shows the different flags of the 32 participating teams of the world cup, where …

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