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Unemployment in Panama Down To 5.6% in 2008

Employment & Jobs Telemetro Reporta - Unemployment in Panama dropped to 5.6% in 2008 according to the Ministry of Labor, and they estimate that in 2009 the Panamanian economy will maintain the conditions necessary to continue to generate new jobs. "One should not fear an apocalyptic scenario because there are conditions to generate dignified and decent jobs," said Labor Minister Benjamin Salamín today, Wednesday, making reference to the international financial crisis. Salamín said unemployment in Panama was at 14% in 2004 and that it has been continuously lowering. "2008 closed with an unemployment level of 5.6% which is very positive - it means approximately 215,218 new jobs have been created in the country," he said. The economic activities that have contributed more to the creation of new jobs are commerce, construction, and tourism among others. The government has said sustained growth of the economy based on public and private investment has allowed Panama's poor access to new jobs. (See Comments)
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His US sentence served, Noriega fights extradition

Panama News By CURT ANDERSON – MIAMI (AP) — As the only prisoner of war held on U.S. soil, inmate No. 38699-079 gets annual visits from the Red Cross and can wear his military uniform and insignia when he goes to court. Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega frequently sees his wife and children, who make the trip to his private bungalow at a federal prison near Miami from their home in Panama. The onetime CIA operative is a dedicated news junkie, reads voraciously about history and politics and is working on a memoir. Whether the vanquished dictator's story ends in prison or freedom, at home or abroad, depends on how courts in three countries on two continents decide to punish him for his drug-running past. (more)
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Panama's Political Community All A'twitter...

Politics

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This evening for the 6:00 pm daily news the polling company Dichter & Neira will release the results of their most recent evaluation of the Panamanian political scene with regards to intent to vote in the upcoming national general election. Leaked information indicates the presidential candidate from the Cambio Democratico (CD) political party Ricardo Martinelli will extend his lead by about two to three percentage points, and will be the first candidate to break the 40% barrier with a total of about 42%. Supposedly Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD) candidate Balbina Herrera will increase her support by about one or two points but she remains about five points behind Martinelli. These two candidates gain support at the expense of Panameñista candidate Juan Carlos Varela, who drops even lower in the polls and loses additional support. Finally, Guillermo Endara barely even registers as having a pulse. (more)

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Charges Formed Against FARC Guerrilla in Panama

Crime & PunishmentBy Rocío I. Martins A. for El Siglo - The Colombian FARC guerrilla still has not been positively identified. Panama's Auxiliary Prosecutor has formulated official criminal charges for "crimes against the collective security" and possession of military weapons against the Colombian FARC guerrilla who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with units of the Border Police on 12 December 2008 in the town of Manené in Panama's Darién province. The Auxiliary prosecutor, Luis Martinez, said the interrogation of the Colombian guerrilla fighter had to be suspended because the suspect avoided answering any questions and maintained that he did not remember anything, and that the charges were formulated based on evidence found at the moment he was detained. The insurgent provided a name to the prosecutor's office which was investigated in Colombia, but everything seems to indicate the name he provided was either false or an alias, and his fingerprints were sent to Colombia in an attempt to positively identify the man. So far the government of Colombia has not responded with any further information or an identification.
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Panamanian Economist Predicts 80,000 Jobs Will Be Lost in 2009 (He's Wrong)

Money MattersBy Manuel Luna G. for La Estrella - 2009 will be a year of challenges; the global financial crisis will strike the country forcefully and the projections are not good. Economist Rolando Gordón sends the first warning, and according to his estimations this year there could be 80,000 jobs lost. Although this number is far less than the 2.8 million jobs expected to be lost in the United States, for a small economy such as ours the number calls for some reflection. Gordón's predictions are sustained in the forecasts being made by most economists who expect the economic growth in the country in 2009 to be less than 5%. Most jobs will be lost in the construction, commerce, and tourism sectors. Negative numbers began to show themselves last trimester. For example during the month of October 2008 real estate sales fell 78%. The former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Domingo Latorraca, does not talk numbers, but he agrees that the international financial crisis will effect the employment scenario in the country. Amidst this panorama, businessmen are betting that in 2010 the economy will turn around when the most significant portions of the construction work on the expansion of the Panama Canal begins. (Comments Follow)
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ANFACSS Blocks Transistmica For Third Day - They Want A Raise

Protests & DemonstrationsLa Critica - The Association of Functionaries and Administrative Workers of the Social Security Office (ANFACSS) blocked all four lanes of Via Transístmica today near the Bolivar building. While a large number of employees keep this important road blocked, a commission from the ANFACSS is meeting with representatives from the Board of Directors of the Office of Social Security. The protesters, who today enter their third consecutive day of strikes and street closings, are asking for a $75 dollar per month raise, the payment of a "productivity bond", improvements in the availability of medical supplies, and improvements to the labor structure. Guillermo Gotti, the General Secretary of the ANFACSS, said the employees want the Board of Directors to prove there are no funds for a raise. On the other hand, Eduardo Carrasquilla, director of Economic Subjects of the CSS, said through a press release that in order to grant the request for a raise the CSS would have to increase the quota paid by both workers and employers by 1%. National police officers are positioned around the edges of the protest, while vehicular traffic is being routed through the area of Pueblo Nuevo.
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ATTT Begins $25,000 Payments To Park "Diablo Rojo" Buses

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday Panama's Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT) made the first payments of $25,000 per bus to the owners of "Diablo Rojo" buses as part of a plan to upgrade and improve the mass transit system in Panama City. To date an estimate 1,250 bus owners have submitted the requisite paperwork to qualify for the payments. As part of the deal, once the bus owners receive the $25,000 payment for their bus, the vehicle must be immediately parked and taken out of circulation. This program could eventually cost the Panamanian government more than $31 million dollars to take all of the Diablo Rojo buses off of the road. In a few weeks the government will decide who will provide 420 new buses as a further step to improve and upgrade mass transportation in Panama City.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Travis Pastrana Will Record Show for MTV in Panama

Entertainment(Source: Press Release) Panama City, Panama- The world famous American athlete, Travis Pastrana will visit Panama, Jamaica and Puerto Rico starting next weekend to film a few episodes of his new reality show for MTV. Pastrana will join his colleagues in the Nitro Circus, a group of athletes who perform daring feats by air, sea and land. During the filming a group of high-class athletes will join the crew, such as like Colombian Orlando Duque, diver world champion, and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, former boxing world champion. "We are very pleased to visit Panama, Jamaica and Puerto Rico for our new show for MTV," said Pastrana. "Last year we visited Costa Rica to film our most recent movie, Thrillbillies Doublewide, and we were eager to return to the region," he added. (more)
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Two Happy Warriors Were We

Books & Reading By Hunter Baker (The American Spectator) The Reagan I Knew By William F. Buckley, Jr. (Basic Books, 279 pages, $25) When William F. Buckley died in February 2008, it was widely known that he had been working on a book about Ronald Reagan. He died before completing the task. The unfinished nature of the work is something that should be understood at the onset. It is quite clear that The Reagan I Knew runs short of a great deal of personal reflection by Buckley on the former president. There is simply no question about it. The good news for readers is that the editorial team made skillful use of Buckley-Reagan correspondence and a series of footnotes to create a highly engrossing reading experience. Indeed, the book may have begun as the narrative story of a relationship with substantial personal reflection, but of necessity it became a successful collection of letters with a solid array of commentary by an author who pre-deceased his project's completion. (more)
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Shipping hit by global downturn

Canal Daily OperationBy Barry Turnbull, Liverpool Daily Post - Shipping lines and major ports like Liverpool are having to rethink their futures in the face of the credit crunch. The international shipping trade has been hit by the global economic slowdown that looks set to have a knock-on effect on the Port of Liverpool. Container traffic, in particular, is sharply down, which may have repercussions for Peel Ports’ plan for a £100m post-Panamax container terminal at Seaforth. Peel says it will take account of economic and financial conditions when it makes a final decision about the in-river engineering project in May. The company has obtained a Harbour Revision Order to enable the work to go ahead if the plan proves viable. Frank Robotham, Peel Ports marketing manager, said: “We are still doing detailed work on the engineering and costings, which won't be finished till next May. It is only then that we will look at the total costs and take a view on timescales. (more)
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Rough seas throw 36 containers overboard

Panama NewsThanh Nien News.com - Huge waves swept away 36 containers from a Panamanian cargo ship in central Phu Yen Province on Sunday, the provincial border guards’ office said Monday. The border guards have salvaged two containers of furniture, while one sank and others are drifting, said Nguyen Truc Thom, head of the Phu Yen Border Guards. On Saturday, the soldiers also received a drifting container from local fishermen and are investigating the case. In related news, fishermen in central Quang Ngai Province have collected many sweaters in plastic packages that swept to the coast over the past few days. The sweaters came from an unknown drifting container that was destroyed by the big waves. Reported by Trinh Ke - Hien Cu
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Founder of DIGICEL Awarded Key to Panama City

Panama News Anguilla Life.com - PANAMA CITY, PANAMA: Denis O’Brien, the Founder and Chairman of Digicel Group, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, was yesterday granted the key to Panama City by Juan Carlos Navarro, the Mayor of Panama City, in recognition of Digicel’s significant contribution to the future growth of the country. According to Juan Carlos Navarro, Mayor of Panama City: “It is a great honour for us to recognize the work of a person who has achieved so much in the world of telecommunications and has now placed his trust in Panama as a good market in which to invest. We welcome Digicel’s entrance into Panama which has already generated new opportunities for employment and further strengthened the growth of our economy.” (more)
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Firm recovers money owed

Panama NewsBy K. C. Vijayan Law Correspondent for The Straits Times - A PANAMA-REGISTERED firm that chased a state-owned Serbian company for 15 years through Switzerland and England to get back S$75 million owed to it brought its long-drawn saga to the Singapore courts. And after several rounds of legal battles here lasting four years, the Republic's highest court, the Court of Appeal, has allowed Westacre Investments to recover some US$14 million (S$21.6 million) from Serbian-based firm Yugoimports SDPR. Yugoimports had parked US$14.8 million in a bank account here through a firm which it held a 49 per cent stake in. (more)
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Panama seizes 53 tonnes of drugs in 2008

Drug TraffickingPANAMA CITY (AFP) — Panama seized 53 tonnes of drugs in 2008, took over 42 bank accounts, confiscated 700 cell phones and 209 vehicles connected with drug trafficking, prosecutors said in an annual report Monday. Drug seizures were slightly below the previous year, which saw a record haul from a cargo ship of 20 tonnes in March 2007, said drug prosecutor Edwin Guardia. The 2008 haul included 51 tonnes of cocaine and two of marijuana. One tenth of the seizures were in joint naval operations with the United States in international waters, the report said. Police also seized more than three million dollars in cash linked to drug trafficking and confiscated 1.5 million from 42 bank accounts. A total of 540 people were charged in connection with drug trafficking; mostly Panamanians, but also Colombians and Mexicans, the report said. "Colombian cartels concentrate on the production of illicit drugs," while Mexican cartels are "transport cartels working on bringing illicit drugs to the United States and Europe," said chief drug prosecutor Jose Abel Almengor.
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Cuba-Panama Ties Braced

Panama NewsHavana, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro and his Panama peer Martin Torrijos held official talks that confirmed the excellent state of bilateral ties and commitment to brace them further. A Tuesday press release in the Granma daily says the friendly talks held yesterday dealt with economic, social and political affairs amid the complex international situation and the aftermath of climate change. They also discussed development of bilateral ties, multilateral and regional affairs, plus key international issues. President Martin Torrijos praised the Cuban people on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution and thanked Cuba for training Panama doctors, whose first graduates are working at home. Raul Castro lauded the graduates' human quality and their will to work in remote places and thanked on behalf of his people the aid Panama sent after last summer's hurricanes. The Cuban president also asked about the ships that will be able to cross the Canal after the enhancement project, and its benefits for the national economy.
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Panama Congratulates Cuban Revolution

Panama NewsPanama, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) National Committee for Defending Sovereignty and Peace, CONADESOPAZ congratulated the Cuban people, in recognition to the five decades of the revolutionary process in the island. According to the organization, that memorable date not only constitutes an important page in the history of the Cuban nation, but it is also a new chapter in the history of the independence of Latin America and world revolution. The friendship, affection and admiration we feel about Cuba are based on the memory, due to significant meaning of the revolution, the Committee highlighted. CONADESOPAZ added that revolutionary process guaranteed Cuban people a fairly secure job for all, universal and progressive education, scientific and humanist culture and total coverage of health care. Cuban Revolution also showed Latin America the path to follow concerning the comprehension of the possibility of conquering the second independence, giving back hope and optimism to the movement of national liberation.
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Mel Gibson Spends The Last Days of 2008 Visiting Panama

Panama News (30 December 2008) Panama America - American actor and producer Mel Gibson was in Panama to review some investments and to legalize several projects and spend New Years Eve in Panama, local press reports today. Gibson, who has several properties in Pedasí in the district of Los Santos in the central region of the country, during his stay will review some investments and will legalize some local projects, according to the "Panama America" newspaper. The director of the films " Braveheart" (1995) and "Apocalypse" (2006) started a tour last Monday with a trip to Bahía Piña in the jungle region of the Darién near the Panama - Colombia border. He later went to Boquete in the Western part of the country and will finish with a tour of the Azuero peninsula in the central region. According to the newspaper, which does not specify exactly when Gibson will be in Panama, the artist will stay at the Casita Margarita, a small and cozy hotel in the Azuero. Gibson is expected to stay perhaps until his birthday on 3 January 2009. Gibson has met on other occasions with the Panamanian president, Martin Torrijos, the actor and minister of Tourism, Rubén Blades, and former Minister of Commerce and Industry Carmen Gisela Vergara, to speak on the development of the real estate market in the country and the natural scenery Panama would potentially provide for future film projects. This is the fifth time the producer of the "The Passion of Christ" has visited Panama since 2007. (See Comments)
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Administration of Cerro Patacón Sanitary Landfill Passes to Private Contract

Panama News By Magda Maxwell for TVN Noticias - As of this Friday the administration of the Cerro Patacón landfill will pass to the hands of a private company that will begin the process of removing the people who have lived and worked in the dump for years. Jose Domingo Gutiérrez has spent the last 17 years digging through the trash to find anything that can be recycled. It's a hard way to make a living. But with the new administration of the Cerro Patacón sanitary landfill, he will have to adjust to the changes, among them the removal of the makeshift wooden houses built by the scavengers. Jose Domingo knows things no longer be the same. The representative from the company Urbaser Plotosa said they will change the way waste has been managed, and they will be investing more than $10 million dollars. With regards to the scavengers, the clarified that these people will be relocated to an area designated for the processing of recyclable material away from where the waste is dumped, and now they will be working under a cooperative system. Another change taking affect as of this Friday is that hospital waste will no longer be received. The concession for the administration of Cerro Patacon was won by the Urbaser Plotosa company in a public bidding process, and they will hold the concession for 15 years.
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Lane Closings On Ave Balboa To Allow For Cinta Costera Construction

Cars & Transportation

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Due to the ongoing construction of the "Cinta Costera" (Coastal Strip) or expansion of Ave. Balboa, starting on Monday 5 January 2009 from Ave. Balboa to Via Israel there will only be one lane open for traffic. In addition, Vía Italia will only be open to traffic in the morning hours. Work on the project is expected to continue until at least June 2009. Traffic in the area will be significantly restricted until the project is completed.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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30' Yacht Owned By Americans Burns and Sinks Near Amador Causeway

Boats and Sailing By Milerick Alvendas for El Siglo - Nine people had to jump into the ocean and they were rescued by another boat. In an impressive way the yacht My Tiche burned near Isla Naos just off of the Amador Causeway. The fire occurred at 8:30 yesterday morning causing the occupants of the boat to jump into the ocean and they were later rescued by another boat that was nearby. The American occupants were enjoying a morning on the Panamanian Pacific. Then the smell of smoke coming from the engine room alerted the crew, who tried to extinguish the fire that was spreading all through the boat. Upon observing there was nothing they could do, they signaled for help by firing off a flare and calling on the radio, put on their life jackets, and jumped in to the water and swam as far away as possible from the burning boat. A boat that saw the flare changed their course and rescued the Americans, taking them to the pier on the Causeway. The Americans from the boat as well as passers-by observed how the 30 foot long yacht burned on the water. The boat burned for almost an hour and a half, putting up a black column of smoke that could be seen for miles. Other boats approached and talked via radio to ensure no one else was aboard the burning vessel. The fire department arrived and said there was nothing they could do. Eventually, the boat sank.
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Scouting Mets Prospect #14: Ruben Tejada

Sports Section By Jon Star Mets Scout.com - The New York Mets signed the teenage shortstop out of Panama in the summer of 2006. Tejada was so impressive during his debut in rookie ball that he made the jump all the way to St. Lucie in year two, but struggled to consistently matchup against the skill level of the Florida State League. Now eyes will be on Tejada to see how he moves forward.
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Fitch Affirms HSBC Bank Panama & Sub's Ratings; Outlook Positive

Panama NewsNEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Fitch Ratings has affirmed HSBC Bank Panama (HBPA) and its subsidiary Primer Banco del Istmo's (PBI) ratings as follows: HSBC Bank Panama: --Foreign Currency Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB+'; --Foreign Currency Short-term IDR at 'F2'; --Individual Rating at 'C/D'; --Support Rating at '2'. The Rating Outlook is Positive. Primer Banco del Istmo: --Foreign Currency Long-term IDR at 'BBB+'; --Foreign Currency Short-term IDR at 'F2'; --Individual Rating at 'C/D'; --Support Rating at '2'. The Rating Outlook is Positive. HBPA and PBI's IDRs reflect the support from its parent (HSBC, rated 'AA' by Fitch Ratings) and are constrained by Panama's country ceiling rating. The individual ratings reflect HBPA and PBI's strong franchise, market share and improving revenue diversification; they also factor in the challenges of their merger and the weakening economic scenario. (more)
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A Tree Grows in Panama

Expat Tales By ANDREW C. REVKIN for the New York Times - While working in eastern Panama between 2002 and 2006, four young Peace Corps volunteers conceived of a plan to help restore the region’s disappearing tropical forests, provide income for struggling landowners and make money for investors and themselves. It’s one thing to have an idea and another to start a business, of course. But the partners — using skills gleaned from academic programs in business, design and international relations — have pulled it off. Their company, Planting Empowerment, leases land in the region — a pocket of biological riches that has been eroding under decades of slash-and-burn farming. Money from investors is used to plant and tend about 500 trees an acre that, in 25 years, should become a source of valuable tropical hardwood. (more)
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Panama President to Cuba

Panama NewsHavana, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Fulfilling an invitation from Cuban Army General and President of the Cuban State and Minister Councils, Raul Castro Ruz, Panamanian President Mr. Martin Torrijos Espino arrives in Cuba in Saturday. The new visit of the Panamanian President is an expression of the excellent relations between Cuba and Panama, and constitutes a sample of the friendship joining the peoples of Cuba and Panama, said Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde. During his stay in Cuba, President Torrijos will have official conversations with Raul Castro. He will also unveil the monument in honor to his deceased father, General Omar Torrijos Herrera, in Havana.
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FAQ: Is Bocas del Toro Open For Business?

Weather

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Hi, I was hoping you could provide some update-information on the situation in Bocas del Toro. I live in Norway, and the plan was to fly to Panama on Friday, and spend a month in Bocas del Toro. I have plane tickets that I am considering changing because of all the press releases after the flood, but I am having a hard time finding some current information from the last weeks(s) on which I can base my decision. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance, Martin." I immediately wrote back to this guy to let him know that the situation in Bocas del Toro has stabilized, that there is no longer any kind of an emergency, and that he should most definitely continue with his planned trip. It's official folks - Bocas del Toro is open for business and there's no reason not to visit. Wait, that's a double negative. I guess I should say there's every reason in the world to check out Bocas del Toro, and no reason not to go. Wait, damn double negative again. Must be the coffee...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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What The Hell Is Going On At The Banco Nacional in Bocas del Toro?

Expat Tales

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Last week I received some troubling information from Mike Smith in Bocas del Toro. It seems he has a checking account with the Banco Nacional on Isla Colon which he uses to pay bills and to cover the social security expenses for his employees. Mike, his wife, and a person named Virginia Vasquez are the owners of the account. They have it set up this way because Virginia is a business to business service provider in Bocas del Toro - she will pay your bills, make sure your social security payments have been made, etc. The problem arose last week when the new manager of the Banco Nacional notified Virginia that the account would be closed, for no apparent reason. Mike contacted me with a "what the hell" request. He also went directly to the bank, and went through his lawyer, but no one at the Banco Nacional would answer his basic question - why are you closing my account? (more)

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For Sale By Owner - Beachfront Condo in Playa Blanca

Real Estate

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A friend has asked me to help them sell their three bedroom condominium in Playa Blanca. They bought it new a few years ago, used it as a weekend getaway, and have decided to sell. They are selling the unit completely furnished with everything included. The unit is ready to go and according to the owner "whoever buys it will just have to show up with their suitcase and move in." The unit is located in the "Los Balcones" building. It measures 144 square meters (1,550 square feet) in size and is located in one of the first condominium buildings in Playa Blanca that's the closest to the beach. It's a ground floor unit, and the back patio sliding doors open up directly to the pool and common area. (more) Update: Asking price is $280K. Monthly maintenance fees are $150 per month.

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Balbina Herrera Would Require Visas For Colombians

Immigration Issues Panama America - PRD presidential candidate Balbina Herrera said today Mexicans and Colombians should be required to have a visa in order to legally enter Panama. Herrera recognized that there are good Colombians, but said that upon becoming the next President of Panama, Colombians will need a visa in order to enter the country in an attempt to reduce the arrival of persons with "bad intent." Herrera said drug trafficking is fought with intelligence and that the theme of the visas is vital in order to regain control of the persons who are entering the country. She added that her plan of government will revolve around five fundamental axis, among those are Human Rights, the quality of life for Panamanians, economic growth and the generation of jobs as well as the strengthening of institutions.
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All Taxis Must Be Painted Yellow No Later Than 30 May 2009

Cars & Transportation By Saúl Quintero Quirós for El Siglo - In Panama City there are still 16,800 taxis that still have to be painted yellow. The owners of these vehicles have just a very short time in order to comply with the new regulations from the Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT) which mandates that all taxis nation-wide must be painted yellow by 30 May 2009. According to the director of the ATTT, Heraclio Batiste, there are about 28,000 taxis in Panama City, and of those about 40% or 11,200 cars have already been painted. And although the regulation dates back to June of 2006, and the ATTT has already granted one extension, there are still more than 16,000 taxis circulating the city of various colors said Batiste, when remembering the extension requested by the Taxi Board of Directors that has already been granted. But, in spite of changes, such as the zoning, which represented an increase in the tariffs and a reduction in the cost of fuel, car owners still have to overcome the cost of painting the cars at a price of between $500 to $900 dollars. For the secretary of the National Union of Bases of Transport of Taxis (UNBATT), González Marks, are a situation that stops some of the proprietors is difficult, but where the majority is conscious of the necessity to fulfill the norm. “Many must fulfill a series of documents as they are the new registry to carry, certification of the change of color and inscription of the car for the selective transport service”, said González. The carrier leader criticized that very few agencies of cars bring yellow cars, which is a problem.
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A Recommendation for Casa Egeo

I Know A Guy...

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "I seem to recall Don suggesting that if you have a good service experience with someone let others know (could have Panama Guide article, not sure). Over the past two years I have called Casa Egeo (236-4445) several times about our gas water heater. It's a Titan model and I am not overly impressed with it but the service that Casa Egeo provides has been EXCELLENT. This morning is typical: I called at 10am and they said they would arrive between 2-3pm. They arrived about 1:45pm and it took the guy less than a minute to diagnose the problem. He fixed it and did not charge me anything! That is not the first time they have not charged. Maybe it is still on warranty but it is two years old now. Jim" Thanks, Jim. As a matter of fact my gas hot water heater has been acting up lately...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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