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Legal

Victims of alleged Martinelli phone taps seek $56 Million in compensation

Some $ 56 million would amount to the amount of the economic claim made to former President Ricardo Martinelli, the victims of phone jabs-made without judicial authorization-during the 2012-2014 period. Balbina Herrera quantified a payment of $ 30 million in compensation for the damage, while Mitchell Doens estimated the impact …

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World Events

World turning blind eye to “massacre” in Nicaragua under Ortega

The whole world is dismayed at the release of videos and audios in which priests are observed and listened to who have not been able to contain the weeping in the midst of journalistic interviews, due to the impotence of seeing so many people, mainly young people, die in defense …

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Church

Pope affirms Church disagreement with Capital Punishment

Pope Francis has modified the teaching of the Church on the death penalty and said in a text published on Thursday that it is always “inadmissible” because it “undermines” the inherent dignity of every human being. The Vatican announced on Thursday that the pontiff approved a change in the Catechism …

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Legal

Martinelli defense aims for no distinction to be made between trial as individual or President of Panama

The ex-president Ricardo Martinelli provoked a new controversy at the end of another session of the audience yesterday due to the punctures. ‘If they condemn me, it is the Panamanian State that will have to pay’: Martinelli Accusation to Ricardo Martinelli complies with the law: Jerónimo Mejía Defense of Ricardo …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Panama City infrastructure succumbs to flooding in even light rainfall; Upgrade mandatory

Last June 10 it rained less than an hour in the district of Panama and several points of the city were flooded. Among them: Ricardo J. Alfaro avenue in front of Cochez, Domingo Díaz avenue, San Antonio and Don Bosco, in addition to Balboa Avenue, in front of Urracá Park, …

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Editorial Contribution
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Romulo Roux Defrauda al Estado $264 Millones “ Es esto el Nuevo Cambio???

Por:  Esteban Icaza- Contribucion del Lector   La Ley 18 Mejor conocida como la ley Banistmo que hizo posible que el Banistmo de Alberto Vallarino y todos sus accionistas dejaran de pagar al estado 264 Millones de dólares  en la Venta al HSBC fue hecha y Orchestrada a la asamblea …

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Weather

WARNING: Severe rain and flooding in Panama City from Electrical storms

The city of Panama woke up this Monday with heavy rains with electrical activity, temporary that is monitored by the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc), who ask citizens to take precautions. Up to now, floods have been recorded in Panama City, El Ingenio, El Carmen Church, Vía Porras, Tumba …

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Economy

Administration sees Public sector debt rise over $30 Million

The total debt of companies linked to the public sector in Panama totaled $ 31,445 million, according to official reports from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). According to reports from the Public Financing Directorate of the MEF, the debt of the Non-Financial …

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Politics

PRD exhibiting major signs of discontent

Although it tries to project unity, inside, the official Panameñista Party does not escape from the conflicts. And two events have deepened the cracks in recent days: the distribution of National Assembly commissions and nominations to elected offices for 2019. Deputy Juan Moya was one of the first to give …

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Legal

Martinelli defense team pushing for criminal jurisdiction in 2015

A safeguard of guarantees presented by the defense of Ricardo Martinelli seeks to annul the complaints filed by the victims of the process that is followed by the former president for allegedly spying on communications from at least 150 people. The appeal was lodged by the lawyer Dimas Guevara , …

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Legal

Administration starts prosecution of Mizrachi

In the Thirteenth Criminal Court this Monday, July 30, the hearing of Mayer Mizrachi Matalón -and four others- is held for the alleged crime against the public administration to the detriment of the Government Innovation Authority (AIG). Judge denies annulling Mayer Mizrachi Matalón process Mizrachi Matalón arrived at the courthouse …

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Legal

Martinelli hearing suspended due to inability of magistrate

The hearing against former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) over the illegal wiretapping process, contemplated for today, was suspended due to the inability of the fiscal magistrate, Harry Díaz, and rescheduled for next Monday, July 30. In the judicial act whose start was scheduled for 9:30 am, the Prosecutor’s Office had …

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Local Culture

Zulay Rodrigues- Deputy for PRD speaks on Religion and Choosing of Gender

Tuesday, at around 2:00 p.m. and with the threat of heavy rain, Zulay Rodríguez Lu arrived at the newsroom of La Estrella de Panamá, dressed in a blue miniskirt and bluish gray blazer, revealing a slender body, then of having lowered more than 20 pounds, as he confessed. He attended the …

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Sport

Swimmer earns First GOLD medal for Panama in Central America and Caribbean Games

The swimmer Edgar Crespo , 29 years old, gave Panama its first gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games, which take place in Barranquilla (Colombia), to dominate the 50 meters chest. With an explosive start and a rhythm that did not go down, the Panamanian surprised the favorites …

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Crime

Hearing resumes in bank embezzlement case in Caja de Ahorros

After 8:00 am this July 24, in the Fourteenth Criminal Court, the hearing was resumed for an alleged case of embezzlement in the Savings Bank, in which the anti-corruption prosecutor Tania Sterling asked yesterday to call trial of 16 people, including individuals and former employees . Prosecutor requests trial for …

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Politics

Candidate Flores very outspoken of private support for campaign to avoid owing political favors

Before starting the interview, sitting in front of the television cameras, his wife Rosella, approached to accommodate the socks left by the feet of the interviewee. With great delicacy, the lady bent down and pulled up her stockings. He proudly exclaimed that his wife is a great support in his desire to …

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Politics

Independent candidate signatures rejected in MASS by Electoral Tribunal

The Electoral Tribunal (TE) revealed in a report that it has rejected 77,784 signatures to independent candidates who aspire to the Presidency of the Republic . Independents talk about ‘signature factory’ Electoral Tribunal updates figures of firms collected by independent Electoral Tribunal reveals percentage of people in parties that signed …

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"JB"
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BOCAS del TORO PROPERTY SCAMS-

by James “JB” Bryson For the PNO.com readers that both read and commented upon my trip down to Bocas del Toro to accompany a friend dealing with a land deal gone bad, I promised a follow up that was both educational and factual. One of the people that read what was occurring …

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Politics

Ley propuesta por Zulay Rodrigues pudiera obligar a Varela a eliminar el incremento del costo de la energia

La diputada del Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), Zulay Rodríguez presentó ante el pleno de la Asamblea Nacional, un anteproyecto de ley que fija normas a las empresas eléctricas cuando estas soliciten aumento en las tarifas y que las obliga a publicar en su página web sus informes financieros auditados cada …

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Politics

ENGLISH VERSION: Zulay Rodriguez blasts electric companies for price increases

The deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Zulay Rodríguez presented before the plenary of the National Assembly, a draft law that sets standards to the electricity companies when they request an increase in tariffs and that forces them to publish on their website their audited financial reports every year. …

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Politics

Abrego strongly re-affirms her support of Romelo Roux; National Assembly behind candidate

The president of the National Assembly, deputy Yanibel Abrego, reaffirmed her support for the presidential candidate in the primary elections of the Democratic Change Party (CD), Rómulo Roux, heading for the 2019 general elections. ‘On the CD we want a change. If the PRD wants to support us in this, we …

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Energy/Infrastructure

China submits another bid for FOURTH bridge; Disputes previous disqualification

The consortium formed by the companies China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) and China Railway Group Limited (CREC) filed a claim action against the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) in the tender for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal . Chinese consortium winner of the fourth bridge has controversial …

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US News of note

Trump making no friends at NATO summit; Challenges Germany to do more

The German government’s chief, Angela Merkel , on Wednesday defended her country’s right to make its own decisions, after US President Donald Trump criticized Germany for buying gas from Russia, the country’s main threat. NATO. “I myself experienced how a part of Germany was controlled by the USSR, and I …

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Politics

Former Mayor Navarro announces candidacy for President

The former mayor of Panama, Juan Carlos Navarro , ran on Tuesday, July 10, for the office of President of the Republic in the face of the primary Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) to be held on September 16. José Luis Fábrega is running as a candidate for the Mayor of …

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Legal

Health of Martinelli to be examined prior to hearing

The magistrate Jerónimo Mejía , acting as judge of guarantees, suspended yesterday the hearing of accusation of the process that is followed to the ex-president Ricardo Martinelli by the supposedly illegal listeners and announced that the diligence will be resumed when it has a forensic evaluation on the state of …

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Legal

Church chimes in for it’s opinion on Martinelli case

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza warned that the process followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli “is an emblematic case for the justice of the country and it is necessary for justice to put on the trousers of legal age, to face something that may be decisive for the future of Justice”. …

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Infrastructure

Varela backed Chinese bridge project winners have shady background and history

The background of the companies qualified in the tender to build the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal were not subject to analysis by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) . But they must have been. Several of these companies have been identified in other countries for alleged acts of …

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Legal

All Martinelli appeals to nullify prosecution are denied by Judge

In a hearing that lasted two and a half hours, Judge Jerónimo Mejía -acting as judge of guarantees-denied seven appeals for absolute nullity filed by the defense of former President Ricardo Martinelli, in the process that is followed by the illegal interception of communications. They perform medical procedure on Ricardo …

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Legal

Bond for Btesh is suddenly revoked by Superior Court

The Second Superior Court reported on the afternoon of this Wednesday, July 4, that it decided to revoke the release bond in favor of businessman Gabriel Btesh , who is not in Panama. Prosecutor requests that Gabriel Btesh be set bail in the New Business case Gabriel Btesh and his …

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"JB"

Happy 4th of July to PNO.com readers here and in the US.

by James “JB” Bryson Just a very simple and sincere wish of a Happy Independence Day for all Ex-pats in Panama and all our friends and family back home in the USA. I am very pleased with the growth and reach of the site and want to thank all of …

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