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Environmental

11 Hectares illegally removed with no sanctions to date

The Ministry of the Environment (Mi Ambiente) , in the province of Los Santos, confirmed on Wednesday June 6 that there is still no sanction for cutting down 11 hectares of mangroves in the Pacific coastal area, in the village of Santa Ana. For more than two months, residents of …

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Legal

“Buko Millionario” entangles Martinelli son

The Anti-Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office charged six people for the alleged commission of crimes against the public administration , as part of the investigation carried out by that office for alleged irregularities in the televised bingo Buko Millonario contract. Supreme Court endorses proceedings in Buko Millionaire case Case Buko Millonario …

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Politics

Ministry attacks political preferential loopholes

The controversy between the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) and the Electoral Tribunal (TE) for the criminal electoral jurisdiction arrived yesterday at the Supreme Court of Justice . Martinelli brothers would once again have jurisdiction Public Ministry demands the unconstitutionality of the electoral penal jurisdiction He rejects the reconsideration of Martinelli …

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Politics

Aleman to leave post at Ministry next year

One of the trusted men of President Juan Carlos Varela and head of the Ministry of the Presidency, Alvaro Aleman , will leave the government from next July 1, informed sources of the Executive . In the month of June will follow the consultations on the parallel constituent German on …

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Politics

Independents list increases prior to elections

Dimitri Flores, Ana Matilde Gómez and Ricardo Lombana are the three candidates for free nomination who lead the list of independents seeking the presidential candidacy for the general elections of May 5, 2019. Electoral Tribunal will make ‘meticulous review’ of the process of validation of signatures Precandidates or candidates can …

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Legal

Martinelli legal case: UPDATE

THE DEFENSE OF MARTINELLI OUTLINED THE POLITICAL ARGUMENT BEFORE JUDGE EDWIN TORRES AND EVEN BEFORE ANOTHER COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PROBABLE CAUSE IS SUSTAINED ‘ AT HIS JUDGMENT, WHY DOES RICARDO MARTINELLI DECIDE TO WAIVE HIS APPEAL TO EXTRADITION? There is a confusion. Mr. Martinelli has never appealed the extradition …

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Politics

PRD Leader criticizes BOTH Varela and Martinelli

The political leader Laurentino Cortizo, candidate to be the presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), said yesterday that “corruption and impunity increased with Martinelli and consolidated with Varela.” In the presence of more than 1,200 members of the PRD, among leaders, delegates and pre-candidates of Chame and San …

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Sport

Panamanian success Barrria goes for 5th MLB victory Friday

Panamanian pitcher Jaime Barria returns to the mound Friday, for the Los Angeles Angels , in search of his fifth Major League baseball victory, when they face the Texas Rangers . Barría (4-1) comes to beat the New York Yankees last Saturday and will now climb the hill at home, …

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Agriculture

Coffee producers to grind and toast beans directly in Canal basin

The goal of marketing a coffee bean of the robusta variety under the Cuencafé brand is near for the members of the Association of Coffee Growers of the Ciri Grande and Trinidad Rivers Sub-basin of the Panama Canal (Acacpa) . This seal seeks to certify the qualities of the robust …

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Legal

Former National Assistance Program director admits to illegal benefits

The ex-director of the now defunct National Assistance Program (PAN) Rafael Guardia Jaén betrayed Adolfo Chichi De Obarrio, former private secretary of former president Ricardo Martinelli. + info They support agreement to Rafael Guardia Jaén in case of Christmas bags He said that he received economic benefits through him, who …

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International Relations

Panama urges dialogue after bloody week in Nicaragua

The vice president and chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado said this Thursday May 31 that they are closely following the situation in Nicaragua . Bishops announce that they will not resume dialogue as long as repression in Nicaragua does not stop Violence left 11 dead on Wednesday in …

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Politics

Change of National Police Chief commenced

Alonso Vega Pino took on the morning of this Friday, June 1, the position of general director of the National Police (PN). Omar Pinzón leaves his post at the National Police this June 1 Vega Pino is in charge of this entity, after Omar Pinzón accepted his retirement. The president …

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Politics

Balladares throws hat into the ring before the primary elections for (PRD)

Ernesto Pérez Balladares , president of the Republic in the period 1994-1999, made the decision to present his candidacy to aspire to the presidential candidacy in the primary elections of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). The announcement of Perez Balladares was a meeting with his support team at the national level, …

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International Relations
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Cuba throws open arms around Maduro election results

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, showed his support for the recently re-elected Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro, during his visit to Caracas and his first trip out of the island since he came to power. During a special session of the National Constituent Assembly, the Cuban leader repudiated the attempts …

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Human Interest

Advocate claims Panama remains unobservant of Black Culture

Proudly Afro-descendant. This is how Alberto Barrow, director of the Panama Afro Observatory, feels. The persistent inequalities that exist for his peers have led him to become one of the most emblematic voices of the Afro-Panamanian social movement. Alberto Barrow spoke about his longing to live in a country where there …

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Colón

Multiple viral deaths in Colon cause immediate concern

Two deaths from dengue and one from the hanta virus have been recorded so far this year. Until the epidemiological week 20, which ended on May 19, 1,285 cases of dengue had been registered in the country, reported the head in charge of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Israel …

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Crime

Here we Go!! Martinelli defense will focus on actions of Ambassador Feeley of US.

The strategy of the new defense team of former President Ricardo Martinelli is to remove the process of telephone jabs-for which Panama has requested his extradition-from the legal plan and center it on a supposed persecution on the part of the current president, Juan Carlos Varela. The lawyers Inna Shapovalov …

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Crime

State of Panamanian Prisons?? Don’t get arrested!!

Currently, our country’s prisons house more than 15,000 people deprived of their liberty. The state of the same does not facilitate reintegration into society. It is a fact that in our country some prisons, such as La Joya and La Joyita , present problems because they do not cover the …

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Human Interest

Former Public Safety Minister throws support to Martinelli letter

The former Minister of Public Safety José Raúl Mulino , justified this Monday, May 28, the letter of former President Ricardo Martinelli – currently a prisoner in Miami – where he confesses that he followed the instructions of the US intelligence agency and that he served 100% of the interests …

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Crime

Prosecution continues ramp up against Mossack Fonseca

Seven other people were investigated and investigated by the Second Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime, which accused them of the alleged commission of the crime of money laundering in the investigation that seeks to establish the possible nexuses of the Mossack Fonseca (MF) firm and the management of money “of …

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Human Interest

Ortega protests turn deadly in Nicaragua

Eight dead in Managua and two in Estelí left the attack of armed groups to demonstrations that took place this Wednesday, May 30, in Nicaragua against the government of President Daniel Ortega . They repress opponents of Daniel Ortega, who demanded advancement of elections Federation of chambers of commerce condemns …

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Legal

National Police Director retires amidst allegations

The general director of the National Police, Omar Pinzón, will leave his post from this Friday, June 1 and will take refuge in his retirement. Alonso Vega Pino is the new deputy director of the National Police Pinzón since last year was retired, however, remained in the institution, because according …

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Crime

Prosecutor’s Office reveals massive spike in Corruption Cases filed

by James “JB” Bryson These stories do and will continue to dominate the PON.com site, as until we as both true Panamanians as well as the ex-pats that now call this country home, see a decrease in the massive amounts of “pay to play” incidents that occur in a country …

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Economy

Panama City no longer the deal it was a few years ago, living costs rising steadily in Latin America

Panama City is the most expensive Latin American city in the world, followed by Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, according to the benchmark index of the Swiss bank UBS published today, which places Zurich in the first position of the most expensive cities, ahead of Geneva and Oslo. The …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Solar Energy rebates extended

After the revolution that generated in public opinion the proposal to establish a charge to customers who install solar panels for self-consumption, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) decided to extend the period of consultations for 60 days. The initiative for additional charging (for energy demand) to residential customers …

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Labor

Woman elected to lead Maritime Chamber of Commerce signifies progressive change

Patricia Velásquez was elected last Friday as president of the Maritime Chamber of Panama for the period 2018-2019 to replace Julio De La Lastra . It is the first time that a woman has been elected to lead the guild founded in 1979, and in which there are more than …

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Crime

Comptroller audit reveals yet more evidence of alleged crime

The deputies Manuel Cohen (Herrera) and Dana Castañeda (Coclé) accumulate the greater amount of money exchanged in cash or deposited in private banks of funds coming from their circuits (2009-2014), according to an audit of the Comptroller General of the Republic to the communal boards. For this, the deputies used …

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Politics

“Cambio Democratico” candidate announced for primary election

Rómulo Roux , excanciller and current president of Cambio Democrático (CD) , will seek the presidential candidacy for that political party. The morning of this Tuesday May 29 was formally registered to compete in the primaries of this political party on August 12. José Raúl Mulino formalizes his candidacy to …

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"JB"

Have family here for MEMORIAL DAY, back to it Tuesday.

by James “JB” Bryson It’s been an occupied weekend as we have family from Illinois that came to visit as they have the long holiday for MEMORIAL DAY in the US. Let me take this time to state my most heartfelt appreciation for ALL of the MEN and WOMEN of …

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"JB"

Martinelli team preps for return to Panama, much more than meets the eye. STAY TUNED

by James “JB” Bryson I am quite fascinated with the whole scenario around the multiple yearlong detention, subsequent firing of his attorneys, and the pending return of former president and polarizing figure of Ricardo Martinelli. I have always been of the opinion that Varela has been opportunistic, and tries so …

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