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Plane disappears over Panama lake

Panama NewsPANAMA CITY, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Cessna 152 aircraft with two crew members on board disappeared on Tuesday over a mountainous area of Madden Lake. The plane, HP-1518TC, traveling from Panama City to Colon Province, lost contact with the ground at 13:30 local time (1830 GMT) when it was over the lake, Manuel de la Hoz, a spokesman for the Authority of Civil Aeronautics, told Xinhua. A search for the aircraft is under way.
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Panama searches for plane seen crashing into lake

Panama NewsAssociated Press - Rescuers are searching for a small plane that was seen crashing into a lake that feeds the Panama Canal. Panama's Civil Aviation Authority says residents near Lake Madden reported seeing the plane fall from the sky Tuesday. The two-seat Cessna 152 belongs to a flight training school and was carrying an instructor and a student. Both are Panamanian. The aviation authority said in a statement that civil defense crews were searching for the plane and its occupants.
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"Gai Kukken Afen Yam" - Raw Sewage Flowing Directly Into the Bay of Saigon in Bocas del Toro

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just confirmed what I had previously suspected regarding the area of Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro described by La Prensa as "environmentally fragile." I'll say. There's no black water sewage pipe to service the houses bordering that area. Right now the residents living along the shore of Saigon Bay take a crap and "plop" - floaters straight into the ocean. I wonder how the tropical fish swimming playfully amongst the "environmentally fragile" coral and reefs feel about that action. Well, it's probably good fertilizer for the plankton or whatever, and it probably makes for some interesting test results for the nearby research Smithsonian research facility, but it sure as hell isn't the "untouched by human hands" idyllic tropical paradise portrayed by La Prensa this morning. (more, I ain't done yet...)

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Panama boxing boom!

Sports SectionBy Robert Coster for Fightnews.com - Panama, the perennial hotbed of fistic talent and tradition, went through another year of exceptional boxing activity with an average of two shows per month while counting presently four world champions, five dynamic promotional companies and new young stars coming forward. Boxing is alive and well in the land of Roberto Duran and the stats prove it. Boxing cards: There were 24 boxing shows this year, nine in the capital city, three shows featured title bouts. The famous “KO to Drugs” festival presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo (Rogelio Espino) featured for the first time three Panamanians boxing in world title bouts. (more)
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SMUGGLED VENEZUELA ROUGH CHANNELED THROUGH PANAMA

Crime & PunishmentDiamond Intelligence.com - Well over a year ago the government of Venezuela suspended itself from the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and declared that it suspended all official exports of rough diamonds, even though the country is a producer of diamonds. Now the president of the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE) has blown the whistle on one dealer who seems to be actively engaged in trading with Venezuela. In a letter to diamond bourses around the world, PDE President Erez Akerman writes, "there is an individual in Panama by the name of Kobi Kamahji, who is claiming to represent the PDE. This person has sent letters to the Panamanian government in our name and said that he is a member of the Israel Diamond Exchange and the WFDB. He has even submitted a request, in our name, for the government to declare his business premises as a ‘Free Zone'". (more)
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Molirena Deputy Marilyn Vallarino Switches to Cambio Democratico

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to a press release from Ricardo Martinelli's political camp, Marilyn Vallarino, a Deputy in the Panamanian National Assembly with the Molirena political party, switched her party affiliation to Ricardo Martinelli's Cambio Democratico political party today, together with some 300 other people at the offices of the Electoral Tribunal in Arraiján. She expressed her support for Martinelli because she feels he will put the interests of the people ahead of any personal or party interests. In addition, leaders from the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) and the Panameñista party went to the offices of the Electoral Tribunal in David in the province of Chiriquí to switch to the CD as well.

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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Bocas del Toro Marina Hearing Canceled Due To Logistical Complications

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to a lawyer who is working with the company proposing to build the Harbor of the Americas on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, they were forced to cancel the public meeting scheduled for Monday because two of the primary engineers involved in the planning who were supposed to be in attendance could not obtain transportation from Changuinola to Isla Colon. I don't know the specifics, but apparently whatever they had set up fell through and they were basically stranded. Since these two guys were the primary technical people behind the plan, their presence was critical and necessary, and since they could not be there the company made the decision to cancel the hearing and to reschedule for a future date. No word yet as to when that next public hearing will be held. Most importantly, the meeting was not called off simply because La Prensa starting writing about the project, contrary to what they might have you believe.

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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Public Hearing on Bocas "Mega Marina" Cancelled

Foreign Direct InvestmentBy RAFAEL E. BERROCAL R. for La Prensa - A public hearing that looked to obtain citizen endorsement for the construction of a megamarina for 435 boats in the Bay of Saigón on Isla Colon was suspended yesterday as soon as this newspaper (La Prensa) warned of the problem. According to the environmentalists, the project called Harbor of America will affect a zone that is environmentally fragile, and would be located in the middle of a protected zone and on coral reefs that have already been identified. The National Authority of the Environment (ANAM) said yesterday the company never coordinated with its regional offices in Bocas del Toro to hold this public forum, but they did not enter in detail on the environmental impact the project would have in this zone. In contrast, the Administrator of the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) Fernando Solórzano, said he has asked for more information on the controversial project, and that he would not grant a definitive concession him to this company until all environmental evaluations are complete. Solórzano said the Harbor of America only has a preliminary authorization, which does not allow the company to construct anything in the area until the revision of the case is complete. He also said foreign economic interests backing this mega marina are pressuring for approval, but said approval will not be forthcoming until "all circumstances are evaluated." (more) (Comments Follow)
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The world’s strangest New Year’s traditions

Panama News By Travelandleisure.com - Quick question: What will your wardrobe be on New Year’s Eve? Nice dress? Black tie? How about your, ahem, underwear? If you lived in parts of South America, it wouldn’t even be a question. In Sao Paulo, La Paz and other spots, people don brightly colored underpants to ring in the New Year — red if they’re looking for love, and yellow for money. No matter what we wear, though, the new year signifies a new beginning. Flipping open a fresh calendar, with its 12 pristine, as-yet-unmarked months, is perhaps one of the most universally hopeful acts we humans perform: finally, a chance to shrug off a year’s worth of worries, conflicts and mistakes; finally, a chance to start over. (more)
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The sea-going Chinese navy and its rapidly-expanding submarine fleet

Panama NewsBy Sol Sanders for the World Tribune.com - The Chinese decision to send a contingent to engage, under the umbrella of a United Nations resolution, in the multinational operations against pirates off the Horn of Africa is of enormous significance. It comes at a moment of severe crisis in the Chinese economy, a reflection of the worldwide credit squeeze and the onset of what looks to be a severe worldwide recession. In mid-December a Chinese commercial ship fought off a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden. And seven Chinese vessels have come under attack by Somalia pirates since the first of this year. For those who believe that Chinese aspirations are legitimate and nonthreatening – and there are advocates of that assessment even in the upper echelons of the U.S. Navy – Beijing is only exercising its responsibility as a growing “stakeholder” in the world order. With even Russian navy elements as well as Indian, French, British and Germans backing up American naval units in the vast area, Chinese protection of its own shipping could be helpful and has been officially welcomed by the U.S. It may he shortly joined by Japanese naval units if and when Tokyo can unsnarl its legal difficulties under its constitution on how its “self-defense forces” can be deployed outside Japanese waters. (more)
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Classical composer dies weeks before concert

Panama NewsBy Khalid Moss for the Dayton Daily News - Roque Cordero, a noteworthy classical composer, died in Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 27 at age 91, just weeks before the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled to perform one of his pieces. Cordero's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra is scheduled to be performed by guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine for the DPO's "Color and Contrast" classical concert on Friday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Schuster Center. DPO marketing consultant Joe Aiello said the Cordero piece will be rendered as a memorial to the composer on both evenings. Neal Gittleman, music director of the DPO, said Color and Contrast was intended to be a "coming-out party" for Cordero. "This was going to be the first time his fellow Daytonians were going to hear one of the major Cordero pieces," Gittleman said. "I'm very sad he won't be here to see it." Cordero was born in Panama in 1917, earned a doctorate from Hamline University and was a distinguished professor emeritus at Illinois State University. He is survived by his wife, two sons and nine grandchildren. He lived in Dayton for the past eight years. Gittleman said the community was fortunate an artist of Cordero's stature decided to join his family in Dayton when he retired. "I think Roque was a really amazing composer," Gittleman said. "He was a hard-core 12-tone man. That's the language he felt most comfortable in. It's strong, uncompromising music that a lot of people think isn't 'pretty enough.' But that's the way he heard music and he expected the performers and listeners to find the beauty he put in there."
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Three utilities to ship in MOX fuel in 2009

Panama NewsKyodo News - Three electric utilities are planning shipments of mixed oxide plutonium-uranium fuel from France sometime between January and March that would arrive by sea between April and June, according to sources. The shipments for Kyushu Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. would enable Japan to commence its first MOX fuel power generation as early as in the next fiscal year, which starts April 1, the sources said. The three firms will not release the times or transportation routes out of security concerns. The shipments would be the third of their kind from Europe and the first since 2001, the sources said. The previous two shipments were purportedly for Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co., but neither has commenced MOX power generation. The fuel for the shipments has been reprocessed in France using spent nuclear fuel from Japanese reactors. The MOX fuel to be shipped next year is destined for Kyushu Electric's Genkai power plant in Saga Prefecture, Shikoku Electric's Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture and Chubu Electric's Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, the sources said. The sources declined to clarify the departure or arrival times of the shipments. It would take around two months to transport the fuel from France to Japan using three possible routes — via the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn or the Panama Canal, they said. The vessels would be armed to deter attacks, they said.
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Had Some Problems With The DNS Server Last Night

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Starting last night and into this morning there were some serious problems with the DNS server and IP resolution for the website. It seems that (somehow) all of the IP addresses were changed. They worked through the night and into this morning to resolve the issues and to get everything pointed back in the right direction. So, if you tried to visit Panama-Guide either yesterday or this morning and received an error message - that's why. From what I understand the problems have now been fixed and the DNS and IP's redirected back to where they are supposed to be, although it might take awhile for that information to "propagate" back through the net. Just thought you'd like to know...

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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Home Invasion Robbery in Villa Zaita

Crime & PunishmentPanama America - The crime wave and lack of security has touched the homes of another Panamanian family. In Villa Zaita a family was tied and gagged by several assailants who entered the house to steal a large sum of money. The victims said the suspects entered the house through a window and they tied and gagged the owner of the house they locked the women into one of the rooms. The suspects managed to steal two vehicles and several thousands of dollars in cash. (See Comments)
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Road to Bocas Reopened After Landslides Last Friday

Cars & TransportationLa Estrella - Members of SINAPROC and employees from the Ministry of Public Works began the labor of repairing the road and cleaning up in the sector of Rambala, Changuinola, one of the points most affected by landslides caused by heavy rains last Friday. Authorities now have the road reopened, but with restrictions after 6:00 pm due to the risks.

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Security Officers Frustrate Attempted Armored Car Robbery

Crime & Punishment By Kathyria Caicedo for Telemetro Reporta - Police are searching the sector. Assailants tried to assault a vehicle from the ProVal armored car company that was going to make a pickup at the Texaco gas station on Calle 17 in Rio Abajo. Hooded delinquents attacked the vehicle, leaving several impacts in the windshield. Nevertheless, security guards responded to the attack and frustrated the assault. The would-be criminals fled from the area amidst the exchange of gunfire. The police recovered a Mitsubishi with license plate 231704 in the area of San Cristóbal. Another vehicle involved in the assault, a gray taxi with license place 19523, was stolen this morning according to a complaint filed with the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ).
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Attempted Assault Against Armored Car

Crime & PunishmentBy Flor Altamiranda for TVN Noticias - Delinquents armed with assault rifles tried to steal an armored car belonging to the company GRESINSA this morning. The incident occurred at the Texaco gas station located at Calle 17 in Rio Abajo. Preliminary reports indicate the assailants arrived at the gas station in a taxi, and while the GRESINSA security officers were putting fuel into the armored car, they threatened the personnel working at the gas station as well as other clients, and they opened fire against the vehicle and its occupants. The armored car had more than 15 impacts caused by the gunfire, and the driver of the vehicle Germán González was grazed in the knee. The three assailants, who didn't managed to steal anything, fled the scene in a black Mitsubishi. In addition, it was learned the taxi used by the assailants to arrive at the gas station was abandoned near the police station in San Cristóbal. Police arrived at the scene to begin their investigations and to start to search for the three suspects involved in this incident. There have been several assaults against armored cars in the past weeks.
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Balbina Treading Water - Martinelli Still Leading in Polling Results By 6%

Politics By Eduardo Mendoza for El Siglo - The PRD is not improving in the polls. Contrary to expectations, the selection of Juan Carlos Navarro as Balbina Herrera's Vice Presidential running mate has not changed the polling results. Herrera was behind Ricardo Martinelli in the last two polls conducted by the international company Unimer. In November and before the selection of Juan Carlos Navarro as Herrera's Vice Presidential running mate, Ricardo Martinelli was beating Herrera by four points. In the most recent polling results announced this month in December and after the selection of Navarro, Martinelli is still beating Balbina Herrera by six percentage points. In the Unimer polling results, 36.2% said they would vote for Martinelli while just 30.8% said they would vote for Herrera. Political analyst Renato Pereira said the situation faced by presidential candidate Balbina Herrera with regards to the polling data is not very encouraging, and he thinks the addition of Juan Carlos Navarro as her running mate has not garnered many additional votes. "Their speeches gloss over the subject of security, while the electorate leans toward this subject - Balbina Herrera's speeches on this subject must be stronger," he said. He also said Herrera should adopt the speech of Juan Carlos Navarro and eliminate the word "re socialization" from her rhetoric. Political analyst Edwin Cabrera said "it is evident Juan Carlos Navarro was selected to unite the party but not necessarily to gain more votes." For Cabrera, everything indicates Balbina made an appropriate selection for a running mate. He also recommended the PRD should redefine their campaign strategy.
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Kidnapped Couple (American Man) Rescued in Calidonia

Crime & PunishmentBy William Sala for La Prensa - The Panamanian National Police managed to rescue a tourist couple (an American man and a woman from the Dominican Republic) who had been kidnapped on 27 December 2008 in the area of Juan Díaz. Thieves stole jewelry and bank cards from the couple. The police found them in Calidonia.
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Gunned Down In The Push Button - Drug Related Hit

Drug Trafficking By Carlos A. Rodríguez for La Critica - 39 year-old Armando Méndez Rocero was shot to death in a "push button" located on the Pan American Highway in the sector of Tocumen. The murder occurred at 4:35 am in the early morning hours yesterday, Sunday. According to a witness, someone called the victim on his cell phone and he left room #2 of the push button called the "Monte Carlos." The victim spoke to three subjects for several minutes, but everything changed when one of the subjects produced a revolver and started shooting. Méndez Rocero tried to avoid the bullets, but he was hit twice in the right side of his chest from about ten meters distance. He was bleeding profusely and died shortly thereafter. The assailants fled the scene in a red sedan. There was a Toyota Tercel at the location. Police are investigating the motive for this murder. The suspects were asking about the location of a drug shipment. Recently in the Eastern part of the province of Panama a drug shipment was stolen from another group of recognized Colombian drug traffickers, which is why authorities expect there will be more murders related to this activity. There have been no arrests in this case. The victim's companion was taken by the authorities to make a statement.
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Varela Continues As The Panameñista Candidate

Politics By Elkiriam Caballero for TVN Noticias - The Presidential Candidate for the Panameñista Party on Friday afternoon said he will continue his bid for the presidency even though there is a multi million dollar campaign functioning against him. After a many hour delay, Varela arrived at the party headquarters accompanied by his closest supporters, among them Alberto Vallarino to reiterate his intentions to remain as the presidential candidate in spite of the pressure against him. Juan Carlos Varela will continue his campaign looking towards the elections in May 2009. Varela, accompanied by former political rival Alberto Vallarino, recognized that they are going through a rough patch in their campaign, and they announced they will be taking a new approach in their strategy. Varela was cautious when speaking about the desertion of MOLIRENA and said he would wait for the results of their convention which will be help on 11 January 2009. He said their decision is being influenced by personal interests and not politics. On the confrontation that occurred last Wednesday at the party headquarters, Varela rejected the action. What's peculiar is that in spite of the most recent incidents within the party, their supporters deny there's a crisis and that the exit of the MOLIRENA is shaking their party. A group of Panameñismo party members asked Varela this week to study the idea of uniting with the Cambio Democratico party, when faced with the decision by the MOLIRENA party to abandon their alliance and to support Ricardo Martinelli. Another larger element within the party is giving Varela their support for him to continue forward with his presidential campaign. This controversy within the Panameñismo arises as a result of the most recent survey results placing their candidate in a distant fourth place.
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Government Bid for 420 New Buses Coming in January

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By Santiago Cumbrera for the Panama America - Starting on Monday morning the Panamanian government will begin the process of approving the charge sheets for the bidding process to purchase the first 420 new buses in a public act that will be witnessed by a notary public and held on 15 January 2009. The bid will he held amid complaints from some transportation workers charging that some presidents of bus yards signed an indemnification proposal from the government to "remove them from the system." Those partnerships and companies interested in selling the new buses to the government that will replace the "Red Devils" will meet at the Transit Authority at 10:00 am on Monday morning. The company that wins the bid - determined by the government to represent the best overall value - must assume the responsibility of preventative maintenance of the buses for the first 250,000 kilometers. According to the charge sheet (or instructions for the bidding process) the buses must have a capacity for 80 to 90 passengers, automatic transmission, and air conditioning. In addition, the concessionaire will have to have a space of at least 3,500 square meters to store the units.
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Chito Montenegro Requests Sanction for Lawmaker

Corruption By Saúl Quintero Quirós for El Siglo - The application of justice continues to be one story for the average Panamanian and a whole different thing for those who enjoy privileges and immunity, and the case of the Deputies of the National Assembly is no exception. This was demonstrated after the lawmaker Zulay Vásquez of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Democratico prevented authorities from administering a blood alcohol test to her son on 24 December 2008. Enrique “Chito” Montenegro, of the National Front Against Corruption, requested an investigation and a moral sanction in this case. "The actions of Deputy Vásquez leaves much to be said and it is a poor example for the citizenry," he said. The Deputy from Capira created the scandal when, apparently, her son collided with a police patrol car at the traffic light located at the entrance of the El Bosque residential neighborhood on Tumba Muerto. According to Montenegro, parliamentary ethics do not establish that a person who is not member of the National Assembly should enjoy the protections and privileges, only for using a car owned by a member of the National Assembly. "Deputy Vásquez should have let the police do their jobs because no one is immune from the law," he said. Deputy Elías Castillo, a former member of the Ethics Commission of the lawmaking body, said the National Assembly has established a code of conduct, but that in these cases they can only apply a moral sanction and that only the courts of justice can determine a legal or criminal sanction. Deputy Vásquez has remained silent on this case and has not shown her face, like she did on Christmas eve. (Comments Follow)
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Murdered and Sleeping With the Fishes near Amador Causeway

Crime & Punishment La Critica - A man was assassinated in the style of the American Mafia from the 1930's. He was killed, and instead of cement shoes, they tied a sack around his neck and weighted him with metal so that the waters of Isla Flamenco would swallow him. But it was not the perfect crime. The victim emerged to the surface and yesterday his body was found floating among the yachts of this tourist zone. It is suspected the victim is a 21 year-old young man who has been missing since 22 December 2008 from Boca la Caja when he was taken by some Colombians. The victim was unrecognizable; there were tattoos visible on his shoulders. In the area of his abdomen there were two holes. The cadaver had a plastic bag on its head. (Photo Credit: Erick Marciscano / EPASA)
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Body Found Floating in the Bay of Panama Near the Amador Causeway

Crime & PunishmentLa Prensa - Authorities recovered the corpse of an unknown person that was found floating in the ocean near the Amador Causeway. The body of a man, approximately 20 years-old, had a sack of car parts tied around his neck and was in an advanced state of decomposition according to preliminary reports. Police have begun investigating the case to determine if it was an execution.
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Carlos Ruiz Will Play for Panama in World Baseball Classic

Sports Section USA Today - Ryan Howard is putting the Phillies before his country. Howard, the Phillies' slugging first baseman, has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic because he'd rather maximize his at-bats in spring training. Howard is a notoriously slow starter in April and May, and he'd prefer to make sure he's ready to help the Phillies defend their World Series championship. "He feels like he needs to spend his time in the spring getting ready for the season so he gets off to a better start," Team USA manager Davey Johnson told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We'll miss him. We would have liked to have had his bat in the middle of our order." Johnson said Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will play for the U.S. and split time with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. But Phillies ace left-hander Cole Hamels and closer Brad Lidge also bypassed a chance to pitch for Team USA. Several other Phillies players are expected to play for their countries in the World Baseball Classic, which will be held in March. Reliever J.C. Romero already has committed to pitch for Puerto Rico, catcher Carlos Ruiz likely will play for Panama and reserve outfielder Matt Stairs probably will play for Canada.
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Taiwan's Aid for Trade programs cited by WTO

Panama NewsCentral News Agency - Aid programs that Taiwan has launched in two of its diplomatic allies have been recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as "successful cases of Aid for Trade," a non-profit foundation said yesterday. A program launched in Guatemala to help that nation export papayas and another launched in Panama to help produce and export safe vegetables and fruit were cited in a workshop sponsored by the WTO and other global organizations in October, said Chen Lien-chun, secretary-general of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The workshop was sponsored by the WTO's Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) , the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (more)
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"You Can't Buy This Election With A Checkbook"

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Panameñistas and Juan Carlos Varela spoke today at a press conference, saying he will stay the course and that he will not be stepping aside or joining Ricardo Martinelli. Saying "you can't buy the presidency with a checkbook," the battle cry of the Panameñistas is obviously going to be to attack Ricardo Martinelli and his money. For their part the CD camp calmly said the Panameñistas are apparently trying to blame all of their internal problems on Ricardo Martinelli, and that "each is responsible for the things that happen in their own house." In the exchanges today the people speaking for the Panameñista party reminded everyone that "we are the largest opposition party," which is true, at least until after this current round of elections. It's becoming pretty clear to me that if you add up all of the people who support Ricardo Martinelli, the members of the UP and MOLIRENA, then those guys outnumber the party membership of the Panameñistas by quite a bit. There's blood in the water coming from two sources; the first source is Balbina Herrera who is weak, and the second source is the Panameñista party which is weak within the ranks of the opposition. Right now the only shark swimming with confidence is Ricardo Martinelli.

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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Panameñistas Self Destructing - Conflict Comes to Blows

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Last Wednesday there was an embarrassing incident at the Panameñista party headquarters in Calidonia. Internal differences and rifts erupted to the surface resulting in physical altercation. Party leaders Carlos Santana, José Blandón Figueroa, Junior Herrera, Álvaro Alemán and Alcibiades Vásquez were inside the party headquarters when a group of people arrived, shouting slogans in support of Juan Carlos Varela. As the party leaders left, Carlos Santana was chased and assaulted by a woman who was visibly upset. The rumor was that the party's executive directorate had started unilateral and direct negotiations with Ricardo Martinelli's Cambio Democratico party, and that they were offering up Jose Miguel Aleman as a Vice President on that ticket. The protesters did not want to see Juan Carlos Varela step down from his presidential aspirations, and accused some top members of the party of accepting money and bribes from Martinelli. All of this comes on the heels of MOLIRENA's decision to split from the Panameñistas and join the CD. Now, everyone is waiting for a statement from Juan Carlos Varela...

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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Latest Link Swapper - Panama Equity Real Estate

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Welcome aboard to our latest link swapper - Panama Equity Real Estate. From their website: "Panama Equity is a fully licensed real estate brokerage based in Panama City, Panama. We are buyer's agents focused on on a high level of customer service and will help you find, negotiate, and purchase your city, beach, or mountain property. We provide an honest and comprehensive analysis of the real estate market in Panama to investors, second home buyers, and expatriates who plan to relocate to Panama. Welcome to Panama!" This is Kent Davis - a buddy of mine who's been knocking around Panama for a few years now. He's developing exactly the right "niche" at this moment in time as a buyer's agent concentrating on excellent customer service. He's going to do well, just because he's a good dude who works hard. And, he's bright enough to recognize the value of swapping links with Panama Guide as part of our long established link exchange program. See, I told you he was smart...

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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