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Economy

Panama needs to create 30,000 jobs a year to maintain good unemployment rate

The country needs to generate 30 thousand jobs a year to maintain a healthy unemployment rate INTERVIEW The vice-minister of Economy, Gustavo Valderrama, focuses the fall of unemployment and retail consumption in the lack of specialized labor and a projection of the business sector based on the growth of the …

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Infrastructure

Panama leads the region in office building investments

Panama is the country in the region that concentrates the largest investment in office building projects with $ 900 million, this based on the commercial intelligence area of ​​CentralAmericaData. According to the business platform, 117 environmental impact studies (EIA) were presented in Panama between January and December 2017. Next is …

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Economy

Gorgas Memorial Instititute pleads for new campus

The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (Icges)  is a center for research and prevention of diseases inaugurated in August 1928, which over the years has become the reference laboratory of Central America. At present, the institution has established challenges, ranging from the construction of a new Gorgas Campus, the …

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Politics

National Assembly faces harsh criticism

The wave of criticism for lack of transparency, the inclusion of a “goal” at the last minute and the emergence of a new political alliance that, for the first time in this quinquennium, changed the correlation of forces in the  National Assembly were some of the facts that marked the …

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Entertainment

Aphrodisiac takes Panama to new heights in the entertainment world

In 2016 they won the Silver Gaviota of the Viña del Mar Festival PRIDE! A group that has taken the name of Panama very high, is ‘Afrodisiac’, who brought in 2016 the Silver Gaviota Viña del Mar Festival to our homeland. Many want to know more details of them so …

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Infrastructure

River flooding affected pipeline leading to water restriction

Several sectors were left without water CONSEQUENCES Residents of different neighborhoods located on the Tocumen road were affected by the supply of drinking water since last Friday night. The lack of this resource occurred when a 42-inch pipe was blocked, due to residues that were washed away by the heavy …

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Local Culture

Almost 4300 people diagnosed with HPV between 2016 and 2017

This virus causes more than one type of cancer, according to the authorities. In Panama, since 2016 the vaccine has been applied to male children DISEASE Take care of the human papilloma (HPV), because a man infected with this virus can infect his sexual partner even when he has no visible …

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Economy

Consumer complaints surpass 14 million dollars in the Acodeco

Consumers affected by different reasons in the commercialization of goods and services presented 894 complaints for a total amount of $ 14,940,163.00, to the Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition Authority (Acodeco) during the first quarter of this year. The administrator, Oscar García, said that the attention of the complaints …

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Panama Tourism

Panama campaigns for new tourist markets

China, Canada, the United States and Europe are the target of the tourist campaign of Panama after traditional markets such as Colombia and Venezuela register a fall due to internal economic and political factors. Last January and February, some 484,006 people arrived in the Central American country, a destination for …

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Economy

Miviot making housing progress in Curundu

With the work of emptying concrete in walls and slabs of apartments A10, A9, A8, A7 and A6 of building # 1, the Nueva Vida building project, built by the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning (Miviot) in the corregimiento of Curundú. Carlos Franco, national deputy director of Engineering and …

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Infrastructure

ENA raises revenues by 12% to 170 million in 2017

The revenues of the three stretches of corridors that circumnavigate Panama City totaled $ 170 million last year , a figure that represents a 12% increase compared to 2016. The revenues of the North corridor increased 6%, up to $ 81.7 million; those of the South corridor increased 12%, up …

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Air Travel

APA reports a number of airports in the country have “defiencies”

The deterioration of the airstrips and air terminals in the country has caused that even gangs of the  Ministry of Public Works (MOP) have to make repairs. A few days ago, a crew of the Canabo Regional Directorate of the MOP completed the rehabilitation works of several internal sections of …

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Politics

Varela delays 20 position appointments

President Juan Carlos Varela  has delayed the appointment of at least 20 important authorities in different State entities. This, despite the fact that the positions are vacant for several months. Apart from the three magistrates of the  Supreme Court of Justice who must appoint to replace Alejandro Moncada Luna , …

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Infrastructure

Suntracs and Capac to meet Monday

This Monday, April 30, marks the 13th day of the strike declared by the strike called by the National Union of Construction Workers and the like, without an agreement being reached with the  Panamanian Chamber of Construction (Capac), in the negotiating table. Between both parts are pending to agree the …

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Uncategorized
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So more Headlines ahead or REAL CHANGE? Keep eyes peeled

By James “JB” Bryson Like many that have checked out the local papers or have graced this site with a check in here and there, you will always see that I for one am keenly observant of the articles centered around the current administration of Varela and it’s often self …

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Local Culture

Turmoil in Venezuela and Colombia lead to boon in Panama tourism

China, Canada, the United States and Europe are the target of the tourist campaign of Panama after traditional markets such as Colombia and Venezuela register a fall due to internal economic and political factors. Last January and February, some 484,006 people arrived in the Central American country, a destination for …

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Legal

Zimbabwe legalizes cannabis production

Producers must have local citizenship or proven residence in the country and will be subject to controls by the Government Zimbabwe legalized the production of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes as long as it has an official license, the state newspaper The Herald reported today. The news was announced …

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Economy

Dolega banking on organic brown sugar

The producer Arcadio Pitty explained that the process for the confection of the candy consists first in cutting the cane of sugar Dolega With the objective of promoting the activity of panela or raspadura, the farmers of Palma Real and Rovira de Dolega, in Chiriquí, manage with MIDA that their …

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Crime

Mario Huezo sentenced to prison

The Salvadoran Police arrested Huezo on April 23 in one of the main hotels in the Salvadoran capital The Eleventh Court of Peace of El Salvador decreed today preventive detention and instruction for Mario Huezo, husband of the journalist Karla Turcios, murdered last April 14 in El Salvador. Huezo, formally …

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Technology

Clinical lab complex performed 4.9 million tests in 2017

During 2017, the clinical laboratory of the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund (CSS) performed 4,986,154 examinations for the insured. Of that number, the tests that were performed the most were general chemistry when adding 3,791,629, followed by the blood counts (552,879), immunochemistry (301,363) and urinalysis …

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Entertainment

First Festival of Opportunities begin today in Costa Verde

Today, starting at 1:00 pm, the first edition of the Festival of Opportunities (FDO) will start in Costa Verde, in the district of La Chorrera. Bands such as Los Rabanes, MecániK InformaL and Itss Blake will be performing at La Rambla, one of the sections of the Market Plaza shopping …

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Crime
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Odebrecht’s Alleged Bribery

A report by the Security Council that aims to establish the beneficiaries of direct and indirect payments made by the Odebrecht construction company through the Department of Structured Operations, lists a series of public limited companies and the infrastructure projects that the Panamanian State contracted through which supposedly the money …

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Politics

Pinilla defends Valdes

The ex-judge of the Electoral Tribunal (ET), Erasmo Pinilla, came out to defend the two officials of the Electoral Organization Directorate and to talk about the country’s political scene. He considered as a “very dangerous recklessness” the complaint presented by the party in formation Unión Nacional Independiente (UNI) against Osman …

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Canal

PSA contract had no objections in 2015

No deputy in the National Assembly opposed Bill 122 – which would later become Law 2 of 2015 – which endorsed the contract for the PSA port to operate in Rodman. The proposal was approved unanimously in the second and third debates – on January 27 and 28, 2015, respectively …

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Economy

Comptroller saw problems with SIPE in 2013

The authorities of the  Social Security Fund (CSS) reported this week that it was not until April 2018 when they could “close valves” and establish controls, to prevent more employers from committing unlawful payments of the employer’s contribution through the System of Income and Economic Benefits (SIPE) . The director …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Sectors of the capital are without water

Several sectors of the capital awoke this Saturday, April 28 without the supply of drinking water after some lines of the system were affected by heavy rain that fell on Friday afternoon. According to the  Institute of Aqueducts and Sewerage Systems (Idaan) product of the rains was affected the cleaning …

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Sport

Ruiz willing to represent Panama in Central American and Caribbean games

‘Calicho’ is willing to represent the country in the regional fair of Barranquilla 2018 READY The former Panamanian big league Carlos ‘Calicho’ Ruiz said he is willing to wear the shirt of the national team in the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games 2018, which will be held in Barranquilla, …

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Technology

Doctors perform successful first surgery in Panama

Also the doctors of the Irma Hospital of Lourdes Tzanetatos performed a microvascularized reconstruction surgery For seven hours the doctors of the Hospital Irma de Lourdes Tzanetatos (HILT), from Tocumen, successfully performed the first surgery in Panama for the resection of a mandibular tumor and immediate reconstruction with a microvascularized …

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Local Culture

Cases of Malaria increase in Panama

The authorities of the Ministry of Health launched a strategic plan for the eradication of this disease in the country HEALTH A total of 292 cases of malaria have been reported so far this year. Meanwhile, last year there were 682 deaths and one death, said Vice Minister of Health, Eric …

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Infrastructure

Teachers will march today to the Presidency of the Republic

In the middle of the political crisis that the country is experiencing, the Government adds a new front of struggle. The teachers will march today to the Presidency of the Republic. They will paralyze the classes. The Ministry of Education (Meduca) insists that the day will be conducted in a normal manner. The …

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