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Templar Panama Donates Christmas Gifts, Meals

Panama NewsPanama City, Panama (PRWEB) January 2, 2009 -- Templar's top officers handed over hundreds of toys to four children's charities in a ceremony at Panama City's Hard Rock Café. Several company employees also visited the village to deliver gifts to that indigenous community. One-year-old Milagros, of Chichivali, Panama, is one of hundreds of children to receive gifts and a Christmas meal for Templar Panama this year. We bought more than 1,000 toys At the company President Gonzalo De La Guardia and Investment Division President Martin Lamb briefly took the stage to explain Templar's gifts to Panama's Children's Hospital, Casa Esperanza, CSS Chepo and Aid for AIDS. "We bought more than 1,000 toys," Gonzalo said. "That was the easy part. Distributing them is much harder. These wonderful institutions know the best ways to put a toy in the hands of hundreds of children who would receive no other gifts this Christmas." (more)
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Panama Congressman Found Dead at his Residence

Panama News (Latin American Herald Tribune) PANAMA CITY -- Congressman Agustin Escude was found dead Thursday at his residence in the western province of Chiriqui, Panamanian media reported. Police and prosecutors are gathering evidence at the house and preparing to remove the body, an RPC radio correspondent reported from David, the provincial capital. The cause of the 48-year-old physician's death is not known. Escude was a member of the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party, or PRD, and chairman of the congressional human rights committee. National Assembly speaker Raul Rodriguez confirmed the legislator's death and said he was "very sad over this news." "I don't have any more details, I need to contact his family," Rodriguez said. Escude "had been dealing with health problems recently," causing him to miss some sessions, Rodriguez said. Panamanian legislators just started their recess after a marathon meeting that ended early Wednesday with the approval of eight of the 21 bills introduced during the last session, which started in September. Rodriguez said he planned to hold a special session to honor Escude, who was the second PRD legislator to die recently. In July, Congressman Carlos Alvarado, who also represented Chiriqui province in the National Assembly, died. Escude was born Aug. 2, 1960, in David, where he graduated from high school before going on to earn a medical degree at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico.
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Panama Canal protected by detection tech

Canal Daily Operation COLON, Panama, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New nuclear threat detection technologies are currently operating in Panama after a recent agreement with the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. The United States and Panama recently reached an agreement that paved the way for the NNSA, in partnership with the Manzanillo International Terminal and others, to install advanced radiation detection systems at the Panama Canal's Atlantic and Pacific Ocean megaports, the NNSA reported. The ports, located at Colon and Panama City, are currently operating the scanning technologies to prevent the smuggling of illicit nuclear materials in cargo containers, as part of the Container Security Initiative. "We are working closely with the Panamanian National Customs Authority and with the private terminal operators in Panama to prevent nuclear terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," William Tobey, NNSA deputy administrator for defense nuclear non-proliferation, said in a statement. "The success of this project reflects a strong commitment and desire on behalf of the government of Panama to secure its ports from illicit trafficking in nuclear and other radioactive materials."
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Free Trade Should Be Part of the Stimulus Plan

Panama NewsBy JAMES BACCHUS for the Wall Street Journal - President-elect Barack Obama is rightly focused on preparing a stimulus plan to "jolt" the American economy toward recovery. Yet missing thus far is any mention of international trade as part of his plan. Democratic presidents -- Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton -- have long been advocates for trade. What about Mr. Obama? The last time we Democrats elected a president, trade was a clear part of our plan. We knew President Clinton's strategy. He promised to conclude the Uruguay Round of global trade negotiations, complete the North American Free Trade Agreement, and to get tough on unfair foreign trade practices. Our next Democratic president has said, "When it comes to trade, there is no one-size-fits-all approach." He's right. But then what? (more)
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Venezuela reduces dollar allowance for travelers

Panama NewsBy RACHEL JONES Associated Press Writer (AP:CARACAS, Venezuela) Venezuela has cut in half the dollar allowance that Venezuelan travelers are permitted to spend abroad on their credit cards, reducing the amount from $5,000 to $2,500 a year. The measure to tighten currency controls announced Wednesday is the first major step President Hugo Chavez's government has taken to conserve the dollars it obtains from declining oil earnings. Venezuela _ which relies on oil for 94 percent of exports and roughly half the government's budget _ has seen its main source of revenue contract as oil prices plunged from July's record highs. The government "will see much less foreign currency coming in next year, so it is restricting the amount of currency given," said Pedro Palma, a Caracas-based economist. (more)
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Panama recovers 2 bodies from plane crash

Panama News(AP) PANAMA CITY, Panama — Rescuers have recovered the bodies of two passengers of a small plane that crashed into a lake that feeds the Panama Canal. Panama’s Civil Aviation Authority says the two-seat Cessna 152 was found early Wednesday floating near the village of Tranquillas. The craft belongs to a flight training school and was carrying an instructor and a student. Both are Panamanian. Officials are investigating.
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End Of Year 2008 Traffic Statistics

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Happy New Year! With the closing of 2008 this is the one chance I get every year to compare traffic and stats on an annual basis. If you find this stuff boring then the short version is that we're still maintaining steady and sustainable growth over time, and that's what I'm really trying to achieve. The more experience I accumulate running this website the less attention I pay to the traffic and statistic numbers on a day-by-day basis. There are spurts of growth followed by slow periods and lags, but over the long haul all upward trends continue. Obviously, we set new records in every category of traffic in 2008, and I've put together some pretty charts and graphs to show you... (more)

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Alberto Vallarino Distances Himself Politically from Juan Carlos Varela

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By ALEXIS CHARRIS PALACIOS for La Estrella - The formal press release issued by former presidential candidate from the Panameñista party Alberto Vallarino yesterday could not be any clearer. It says he is not and nor will he be the campaign chief for the Panameñista campaign. Nor does he have any interest in being the Vice Presidential candidate on the campaign ticket of Juan Carlos Navarro, and much less any other candidate from another party. With that public explanation Vallarino is distancing himself from Varela whom he accompanied last Friday, 26 December 2008, when Varela reiterated his intention to continue his presidential campaign until the general national elections on 3 May 2009. Vallarino's appearance next to Varela generated all kinds of comments. For example, it was rumored Vallarino had been made Varela's campaign chief and even former Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso congratulated Varela for having incorporated Vallarino into his campaign. In his press release Vallarino explains that due to multiple personal and professional commitments he will not be able to assume responsibilities of a political nature, and thus he has informed Varela and his supporters. The press release also states Vallarino is working hard toward the inauguration of the Hotel Bristol Buenaventura, in the middle of February and that he will be out of the capital until the second week in January 2009. (Comments Follow)
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About Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon, Raw Sewage in the Bay of Saigon, and a Mega Marina

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Hi Don, A few years ago i was an advocate of the town of Bocas. I was a civil engineer from Key West with a more than average interest in sewage. The city of Key West had finally realized that the pollution of the near shore waters around the island was being caused by the 2500 or so boats anchored around the island and dumping their sewage into the water. I was instrumental in the design and implementation of a pump out system for the marinas and the offshore boats. It has worked well and been expanded since i retired. OK to make a long story short, when i was in Bocas and bought property there around 2001 I did see the waste problem that was arising there. I saw the direct dumping into the Bay of Saigon and the open cesspit near the airport that was "treated" before being dumped into the water. Upon my return to the states I contacted the company that had done some of the sewer work in Key West. The owner of the company agreed to accompany me to Bocas for a "look see". He looked over the problem and figured that for less than $100,000 a small sewage treatment plant could be installed in Bocas to clean all the sewage before dumping it into the ocean. The plant would take care of the present need and a future need of 3X the population in 2002. The plant could also be expanded for more extreme future growth. Well, we went to the local "officials" with this info and were literally laughed out of the administration building as crazy gringos who should go back to Florida. So that was my experience with Bocas. I have sold my property there and have not returned. Now here is my point. If 6 Diamonds wants to build this mega marina (which personally I think is way to big) then the sewage issue has to be dealt with. A sewage plant must be built and one of the stipulations of the marina permit would force the marina owners to build a plant large enough to also take care of the town of Bocas and the other open cess pit on Carrenero. In this way, the government would be getting something in exchange for a permit to build the marina. The other issue in Bocas is the fresh water issue. That is another subject to be dealt with. Joe Pulvino, Majagual." Thank you very much for your input, Joe. I think the two will go hand-in-hand, development spurring improvements in basic infrastructure which will benefit all residents. Or at least, let's hope so. It's either that or open the "Floating Turd Bungalows in Bocas del Toro."

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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Tourist Assaulted and Robbed, Thieves Caught

Crime & PunishmentBy Leadimiro González C. for El Siglo - Minors and adults robbed a tourist but they were caught. A Venezuelan tourist and a hotel receptionist lived through a great scare at dawn on Tuesday when six armed suspects entered the Hotel Marparaíso, located on Calle 34 and Justo Arosemena and escaped after having stolen $2,000 in cash. The thieves struck the tourist with the butt of the revolver in the head and took $1,941 dollars in cash, two cell phones, 457 Venezuelan Bolivars, and several important documents. From the hotel receptionist they took $60 dollars in cash, and from the driver of the hotel van they took a cellular phone and a check that had been written to him before fleeing the area in a gray Nissan Sentra. They were spotted near the Santo Tomas hospital by a patrol from the Diplomatic Protection Corps and a gunfight erupted. They were chased until, in Cabo Verde they crashed their car into a garbage bin. Four of the thugs were arrested. The other two were arrested near the buildings of the Mayorship of Panama City in Calle Q. The names of the thieves are Héctor Rodriguez, 34 years old, Victor Murillo 19 years old, two 16 year old minor, one 17 year old minor, and another 14 year old minor.
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Economy Grew 9.5% in 2008, 5.5% Expected in 2009

Money MattersBy Aet Elisa Tejera C. for La Critica - The Panamanian economy will grow 5.5% during 2009, compared to 9.5% growth in 2008, according to projections of economist Alexis Soto. Soto says if the sever distortions that exist in the market are not resolved through concrete and intelligent measures instead of mere subsidies and surface fixes, will will have a correction in the prices of petroleum in the second trimester that will have a devastating impact on the costs of basic food items. This, added, will cause the Gross Internal Product to fall, which is why he made a call to take advantage of the good years in preparation for the lean years to come. When doing a balance of the year, the economist said the best thing was that the sectors of the economy that propel economic growth in the country have the economic foundations to survive the present recession striking the primary economies of the world. With regards to the situations that affect the development of the country, he said the economic growth has been disorderly and poorly administered, which has increased the demand added to the economy generating unprecedented inflation, not only in the price of fuels and petroleum products, but caused by the severe internal distortions that in his opinion have not been solved. In his opinion this poorly administered growth has widened the gap between rich and poor, which is why there are still significant negative indications with regards to the distribution of wealth. (Comments Follow)
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National Assembly Divided Over ROP Titling Law

Real EstateBy LEONARDO FLORES for La Prensa - Panama's National Assembly finished a marathon session at dawn this morning characterized by the pulse between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. This time the Executive branch did not come away with the same extraordinary powers granted to them by the National Assembly in December of 2007 and June of 2008, but they did manage to gain the support of those PRD Deputies who are working hard to pass the bill that would allow for the sale of island and coastal lands through a titling process of Rights of Possession, a bill which has received the endorsement of the PRD presidential candidate Balbina Herrera. After skirmishes and informal meetings between PRD and opposition Deputies, the President of the Property Commission, Pedro Miguel González, held a meeting with members of the Committee in Defense of the Rights of Possession, where he informed them the bill would not be passed by this legislature because it would draw a veto by the President of the Republic Martin Torrijos. (more)
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Copa increases next-generation Boeing 737 order

Cars & TransportationNEW YORK (AP) - Copa Airlines of Panama is ordering four additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Copa Holdings and Boeing Co. said late Tuesday The next-generation 737s will be delivered within the next three years. In total, Copa has now ordered 13 of the planes from Chicago-based Boeing. Panama City-based Copa currently has 42 aircraft in its fleet, and 27 of those are 737-800s. Up to 160 passengers can fit in the aircraft, with 144 seats in the main cabin and 16 in executive class.
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Drug Trafficker Dies in Shootout with Police in Panama

Drug TraffickingLatin American Herald Tribune - PANAMA CITY -- The suspected drug trafficker killed in a shootout with police during an anti-drug operation on the coast of the Caribbean province of Colon was Panamanian, not Colombian, as originally reported, officials said Tuesday. The five drug traffickers arrested and the one who was killed, identified as Alcibiades Guzman Ramirez, 24, were all Panamanians, National Police inspector general Florencio Flores said in a press conference. "All those under arrest are Panamanians, but there are several people who are fugitives who are indeed of Colombian nationality," Guzman said. Flores died in a shootout with police during a pursuit on the high seas, the National Police inspector general said. Officers seized 132 kilos of cocaine and five kilos of heroin, as well as two boats, a satellite telephone and a cell phone, in the operation. Police said they did not know where the drugs were being smuggled.
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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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