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International Relations

International outcry a wake up call to Russia. “COLD WAR” a thing of the past.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220327/guerra-ucrania A necessary reflection The editors of the Monthly Review are right when they point out that the war unfolding in Ukraine “represents a turning point in the New Cold War and a great human tragedy.” Understanding the origin and impact of this situation is a necessary task for those of …

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Health

Spike in China reminds us COVID is part of our new reality forever.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220328/confinada-mitad-ciudad-china-shanghai-brote-covid-19 Millions of people in the eastern part of China’s financial hub of Shanghai were confined to their homes on Monday to contain the country’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak. Authorities announced a two-phase lockdown in the city of 25 million people on Sunday night for massive testing. The announcement prompted a …

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International Relations

Ambitious, Young, Costa Rican President states what we have knows for years……Nicaragua is a MESS.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220328/nicaragua-rasgo-democracia-afirma-presidente-costarricense The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, affirmed this Monday that Nicaragua no longer presents “any trace of democracy”, during a visit to Spain before leaving power in May. “What is happening in Nicaragua is very unfortunate, as the democratic institutions have progressively been eroded, destroyed; it no longer …

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Health

Mandatory mask usage LIFTED as of today. EX-PAT ALERT

After almost two years of having been adopted as one of the main biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of the deadly covid-19 virus, (about 665 days to be more exact) as of today, Panama lifts the mandatory use of mask or chinstraps in open or free spaces; but its use …

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Colón
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Colon: Certainly a lovely place to invest, retire, and get murdered. EX-PAT: ALERT

http://elsiglo.com.pa/cronica-roja/asesinan-miembro-policia-colon/24196886 Colón has been marked by continuous acts of blood In recent days the province of Colón has been shaken by several homicides, one of the most recent was that of the minor Yosuanis Williams, 14 years old, found dead inside a garbage tank on Calle 12 Justo Arosemena. While …

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International Relations

Nito forms “Commission” to clarify Panama position on Ukraine. Should be easy decision.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220325/comision-alto-nivel-evalua-impacto-pais-guerra-rusia-ucrania President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, accompanied by the Vice President and Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo Jaén, met yesterday Thursday with the members of the High Level Commission (CAN) to analyze the impact on the country of the war between Russia and Ukraine. The head of the Executive …

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Panama Tourism

Tourism EXPO aimed at jumpstarting post-Covid economy.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220325/expo-turismo-internacional-panama-abre-puertas-oportunidad-reactivar-industria The eleventh version of the International Tourism Expo, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap), was inaugurated this Friday, March 25, with the firm objective of promoting Panama as a tourist destination par excellence and the industry as an engine for economic recovery. Within …

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Editorial Contribution

Hear an alternative perspective to retiring in PANAMA.

https://www.travelawaits.com/2741082/retire-in-panama-things-to-know/ RE-POSTING OF ABOVE LINK WRITER.   The decision to move from one’s native homeland to ride out the golden years can present a challenging situation for many retirees. On the other hand, maybe not quite so much. I am of the “other hand” crowd. The decision to move overseas …

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Political FRAUD

PNO Favorite organized CRIME and CORRUPTION company back in the news.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220323/juicios-suspendidos-imputado-corrupcion-guerra-judicial-venezuela-odebrecht Three Odebrecht lawsuits against Venezuela were suspended this month, while the State maintains a lawsuit against the construction company. Six years after the outbreak of the bribery scandal of the Brazilian company, there are no accused of corruption in this South American country. Without explanation, the Supreme Court of Justice …

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Agriculture

WORLD WATER DAY: Important to Panama and beyond. READ included Attachment.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/minsa-insta-poblacion-proteger-fuentes-agua/24196669 They ask to practice rainwater harvesting  Under the motto ” Groundwater, making the invisible visible”, this March 22 is commemorated, World Water Day, to raise awareness among the world’s population about the importance of this vital liquid.  During this day, from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) they reported that they promote …

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Agriculture

Aquaponics: A growing environmental alternative in Panama and beyond.

Aquaponics: a saving system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvSw5sLexEQ Combine fish farming and plant cultivation in water and reduce your expenses. Aquaponics is a system that mixes aquaculture (farming fish) with hydroponics (growing vegetables in water), in a sustainable way to reduce costs and space in production farms. Aquaponics can be carried out on …

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Immigration

Democratic Latin American countries meet with US on migration issues.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220322/costa-rica-panama-republica-domincana-alian-eeuu-atender-migracion Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic, transit countries for thousands of migrants seeking to reach the United States irregularly, established a strategic alliance with Washington to “address the structural causes of migration,” their governments reported Monday. The agreement was reached in San José during the IV Summit of …

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Financials

This news is like “Christmas Morning” in Panamanian politics.

Panama getting $100 Million  http://elsiglo.com.pa/economia/panama-tendra-acceso-100-millones-banco-mundial-para-reduccion-riesgo-desastres/24196328 “This loan represents a great advantage for Panama in advancing financial risk management,” said the Minister of Economy and Finance, Héctor Alexander  In order to support the actions of the Government of Panama to manage the risk of disasters resulting from the occurrence of natural …

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Human Interest

Panama right down the middle on Nito going into 3rd year.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220321/situacion-actual-pais-mejor-2021 At least 51% of Panamanian citizens have a very good or good image of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, while 41% believe that the situation in the country is better and much better than last year. This was the result of the Gismo Services, SA survey, …

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Labor

SUNTRACS pissed off again.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220321/suntracs-presenta-hoy-mitradel-declaratoria-huelga-capac-advierte-graves-perjuicios-traeria The Single National Union of Workers in the Construction and Similar Industries (Suntracs) announced that this January 21 at 1:00 pm it will officially present the declaration of a national strike at the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel). The Sunctracs called its members to an   indefinite general …

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International Relations

Biden to engage Russia’s biggest ally in speaking with China.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220317/biden-hablara-viernes-xi-guerra-ucrania-casa-blanca US President Joe Biden will talk with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Friday, mainly about the war in Ukraine, the White House reported Thursday. “The two leaders will discuss how to handle competition between our two countries as well as Russia’s war in Ukraine and other issues of …

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Economy

Great article about the “Impunity” I have mentioned occurring in Panama. Global “Black List”

While the government is preparing for a face-to-face meeting with the Gafi in May and September, the World Compliance Association, a chapter in Panama, says that the first problem that Panama has to tackle is ‘to see the real problems as a country when it comes to to comply with …

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READER EDITORIAL
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Red Frog and Haley JOB POSTING: Murderers wanted for SECURITY POSITIONS. Hiring IMMEDIATELY

So……I really can’t believe that these people are STILL operating and playing from the same playbook full of lies and deception. Even further surprised that it took this long for a group of people to STOP drinking the Kool-Aid and organize in the US. ALL of this was known and …

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Human Interest

Nasty weather has given time to catch up on e-mails. Op-Eds flowing in.

Anyone who has been away and moved back after a long absence can certainly feel some culture shock, When last here, it literally felt like “escaping” back home due to the Covid travel embargoes that we were dealing with. Then to come back home and have a medical setback, mage …

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Editorial Contribution

Welcome “Home”. A lot has changed…

So after travel over the weekend, we are back in Panama. After Covid, a medical emergency, and almost 2 years away, it seems surreal. Was able to get first peek of the new terminal I have been so absorbed with. Same traffic getting through Balboa. And a particularly gloomy day …

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Economy

As Russia sanctions tighten, Panama sees rise at the pump.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/precio-gasolina-diesel-aumentan-desde-este-viernes/24195767?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http The price of gasoline and diesel suffer another increase. This Friday, at 6:00 am the new maximum prices come into effect Increase. The price of gasoline and diesel suffer another increase. This Friday, at 6:00 am The new maximum sale prices of liquid fuel in Panama begin to take effect. In the provinces of …

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Economy

Panamanian “Staycations” are boon to economy during Carnival.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/200-millones-genero-turismo-interno-durante-dias-asueto-carnavales/24195549?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http The average cost per person between food, transportation and recreational activities is around 200 balboas An economic impact of approximately 234 million balboas in internal tourism was generated during the holidays due to the celebration of the Carnival party, according to the Statistics Department of the Panama Tourism Authority …

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Conservation

BAYANO- region holds environmental marvels and prosperous commerce.

The dawn embraces the port of Bayano. The landing is covered by fishing boats crammed with tilapia. From the bow of his boat, Elíseo Morales talks with the tour guide Dimas Núñez. [Video] The Cave of Pueblo Nuevo “A part of the fish is sold for local consumption, another part, to the …

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World Events

EU tightens financial grasp over Russia as “talks” bear no fruit.

The European Union is finalizing the withdrawal of the status of “most favored nation” to Russia under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as confirmed on Thursday by community spokesperson Miriam García Ferrer, within the framework of the sanctions that the EU is imposing on Moscow for the …

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Conservation

Indigenous Ocelot captured unharmed.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/felino-rondaba-clayton-puesto-salvo/24193199 Specialized wildlife agents set a trap for him and thus safeguard the integrity of the feline and the residents Residents of a neighborhood in the Clayton area notified the authorities of the sighting of a feline, which was located and rescued by units of the National Directorate of the …

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Bocas del Toro

Don’t see this everyday. Drunk Bocas drivers take a swim.

The occupants were unharmed and the landing of the ferry was affected Early this Wednesday, a pick-up vehicle went to the bottom of the sea in front of the Ferry ramp on Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro. It was known that the occupants managed to get out in time. According to …

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Legal

More Panamanian “dirty dealings” reach the “crooked courts”.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220308/inicia-juicio-oral-hijo-ex-secretaria-ex-magistrado-oyden-ortega In the facilities of the Accusatory Penal System (SPA) of Plaza Ágora, the oral trial against Oyden Ortega Collado, son of the former magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) Oyden Ortega and against Claudia Purcait who was the secretary of the former magistrate, indicated for the alleged …

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International Relations

Brief cease fire reached to permit humanitarian access.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220309/ucrania-rusia-acuerdan-seis-corredores-humanitarios-evacuacion-civiles Ukraine and Russia have agreed on six humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. Vereshchuk said that the parties to the conflict will cease hostilities to evacuate civilians from the town of Energodar, in southern …

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Health

Panamanian schools returning to face to face classes after 24 Months.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/presidente-cortizo-evalua-24-meses-escuela-virtual-tenia-otra-opcion/24195533 Cortizo recounted the challenges he faced in addition to the pandemic, and described vaccination as one of the best in Latin America and the Caribbean In the traditional presidential tour for the start of classes, President Laurentino Cortizo, upon his arrival at the Concepción de Juan Díaz School, asked …

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World Events

Russia/Ukraine try to speak again in Belarus as World energy woes tighten.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220307/llega-bielorrusia-delegacion-rusia-nueva-ronda-negociaciones The Russian delegation arrived in Belarus on Monday to hold the third round of negotiations with representatives of Ukraine, the Russian agency BELTA reported. For its part, the Ukrainian side confirmed its participation and assured that the negotiations will begin at 4:00 p.m. (14 GMT). The parties will hold …

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