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Pedro Miguel Gonzalez Will Not Seek Reelection

Politics By Fermín Estribí for the Panama America - The President of the National Assembly Pedro Miguel Gonzalez formally announced he will not seek reelection to the position he currently holds. Without expounding on the details of his decision, González emphasized his decision is final and will take effect on 1 September 2008 when the next legislative session begins. Gonzalez added "he thinks it necessary for the National Executive Committee (of the PRD) to evaluate the possibility of advancing the election to select his replacement to the end of June or early July" due to the situation. The politician informed Panama's President Martin Torrijos of his decision through a letter that was distributed to the press. The announcement coincides with a trip Martin Torrijos is taking to meet with US President George Bush to discuss subjects of mutual interest. Among the subjects that will probably be discussed in the meeting is the bilateral Free Trade Agreement that has not been ratified by the US Congress due to the presence of González as the President of the National Assembly. The US considers González to be a fugitive from justice in the terrorist assassination of US Army Soldier Zak Hernandez in 1992. On his trip to the United States scheduled for 6 May 2008 Martin Torrijos will be accompanied by Chancellor Samuel Lewis Navarro as well as the Minister of Commerce and Industry Carmen Gisela Vergara.
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No Wonder IDAAN is Screwed Up ... 75% Loss Rates

Infrastructure Upgrades

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In watching the newly reformatted "Debate Abierto" on Channel 4 this morning, they had on an all-star board of five of the candidates who want to be the next President of Panama. Among them, Panama City Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro pointed out that "of ever 100 gallons of water produced by the water purification plants, only half of that is delivered to customers. The rest is lost in leaks and broken pipes. Of the water that is actually delivered, they only actually get paid for 25% of the total produced." Man, I love it when politicians throw around numbers... (more)

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Fire Still Buring at Cerro Patacón Landfill in Panama City

Panama News By Urania Cecilia Molina for La Prensa - Although Abraham Goti of the Municipal Direction of Urban and Domiciliary Cleanliness of the Municipality of Panama (Dimaud) said yesterday that the fire causing smoke at the Cerro Patacón dump had been controlled, this newspaper can confirm that dense smoke continues to come from this sector. "As of dawn on Monday morning you should not smell smoke or bad odors," said Gotti. Meanwhile, residents in Rio Abajo such as María del Carmen Tovio, said she has not been able to sleep for two days. The Ministry of Health (Minsa) said those being affected by smoke are not asking for medical attention. Health Minister Rosario Turner said that the Direction of the Environment of the MINSA have started an investigation into the situation. Juan De Arco, of the Fire Department's Office of Security said yesterday that they have not found indications that the fire was intentionally started. The smoke produces problems in the sinuses, reddening of the eyes, cough and sneezing. The fire started on the morning of 30 April 2008 at Cerro Patacón. By that evening the smoke had invaded Panama City. (Photo Credit: La Prensa/Víctor Arosemena)
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Panama Sees New World Record in Trans-Isthmian Motorized Para-Glider Flight

Panama News La Estrella de Panama - The Panama Canal was witness of a new world flight record in a "Flight for Life." Eight professional pilots flew across the Isthmus of Panama in motorized para-gliders. They shattered a world record for time aloft in a para-glider with a three hour flight time (the previous record was 35 minutes.) They flew an 80 kilometer route, from Colon to Farfán.
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Filly’s injury, euthanasia mar Derby (Jockey from Panama)

Sports Section By Mike Jensen for the Philadelphia Inquirer - LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The jockey of Eight Belles said he felt his horse start to "gallop funny" yesterday after getting past the wire in the Kentucky Derby. "I tried to pull her up, but she went down," Gabriel Saez, a 20-year-old from Panama, said just outside the jockeys' room at Churchill Downs. A filly based at Delaware Park, Eight Belles had just finished second, 43/4 lengths behind the favorite, Big Brown, in this country's biggest horse race. Galloping out a good quarter-mile after it was over - part of the normal throttling-down after every horse race - Eight Belles went down because she had suffered fractures in both front legs. A bone had broken through the skin on her left leg. (more)
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Commentary on Roberto Duran

Sports Section By Anthony Coleman for eastsideboxing.com - I’ve been watching Boxing all of my life and for the last six years, it has probably been my favorite sport, and in that time, I’ve come to immerse myself in the history of this great sport. As a result, I’ve amassed a lot of knowledge which challenged or changed what I thought I knew about Boxing. I learned that Boxing doesn’t begin and end with Muhammad Ali, no matter how many times ESPN will try to convince you otherwise. I learned of the greatness of Henry Armstrong, the man responsible for the sport’s greatest achievement: Holding three world titles, in three different weight classes at the same time. But the most surprising thing that I discovered during my research was the deep reverence of one boxer: Roberto Duran. (more)
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Rafael Arosemena Requests Habeas Corpus

Law & Lawyers La Critica - Although the director of the Penitentiary System, Luis Gordón warned that this week the former general manager of the Banco Nacional de Panama, Rafael Arosemena, could return to the El Renacer prison, his lawyers presented a request for Habeas Corpus before the Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice. Gordón said based on the opinion issued by the Institute of Legal Medicine, the Technical Board of the Penitentiary System decided to revoke the house arrest provision granted 13 months ago to the 75 year-old banker. Arosemena's lawyers can appeal the decision to the Minister of Government and Justice Daniel Delgado Diamante. The request for Habeas Corpus in favor of Arosemena will go before the President of the Supreme Court, Harley James Mitchell. The banker has eight convictions for fraud in cases involving a total of more than $14 million dollars. Rafael Arosemena remained in hiding in Mexico for 16 years, but returned to Panama in December of 2006.
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Seafood Market Closed Monday for Cleaning

Food & Drink Panama America - The municipal Seafood Market in Panama City will be closed this Monday, 5 May 2008, for cleaning. The work will start at 6:00 am and will continue until 6:00 pm, and during that time the seafood market will be closed to the public. The dates for these cleanings were decided during a meeting held between the administration of the market, the vendors, and the municipal office of Health.
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Funds Approved to Move Immigration to New Offices

Immigration IssuesBy José González Pinilla for La Prensa - The National Economic Council (CENA) approved yesterday $7.1 million dollars for the Ministry of Government and Justice to help pay for the the refurbishing of the new building that will house the National Direction of Immigration, as well as moving costs, furniture, and technological upgrades. The new office will be located on Ricardo J. Alfaro according to a press release. It is estimated the move will occur before August 2008, when the Law (Decree) Number 3 of 22 February 2008 which creates the New National Immigration Service takes effect. The government purchased the four story building for $8.2 million dollars.
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How to Ride a Diablo Rojo (Public Transportation System)

Cars & Transportation

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In Panama the public transportation system is based primarily on recycled school buses from the United States. By law those buses can only serve for so many years before they have to be retired, and many of them end up in service on the streets of Panama (where they are driven until the wheels fall off.) They don't have air conditioning, a major drawback in a hot tropical country where the temperatures average around 90 degrees during the day with 60% humidity or more. But, they are cheap and efficient and you can use them to get around the city. A video of a ride on a Diablo Rojo follows. (more)

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Another Home Invasion Robbery - This Time in Chiriquí

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just received word today of another home invasion robbery of an American expat living in Chiriquí. The assault and robbery actually occurred about three weeks ago but the victim is basically a private person and did not want the details of his experience known to the general public. Now, three weeks after the original assault the victim was returned to the hospital where he had to undergo emergency surgery to relieve swelling in the brain, resulting from the trauma of the beating he took during the robbery. The details of this assault were given to me as follows, and I'm going to edit out the identifying information to protect the privacy and identity of the victim. And as usual, I'm publishing this so that the rest of the members of the community can know what's going on, and to encourage you all to take increased safety and security measures at home. (more)

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Mariano Rivera Now Has 8 Saves Thus Far in 2008

Sports Section

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Yankees future hall of fame star relief pitcher, Panamanian Mariano "Sandman" Rivera, picked up his 8th save (451 career) yesterday in the Yankee's game vs. the Seattle Mariners. In eleven games Mariano has pitched 12 innings, has given up just four hits and no runs, preserving his 0.00 ERA. Mariano still needs 27 more to tie Lee Smith on the 2nd all time career saves list at 478. Trevor Hoffman, who is 40 years old and still throwing for the San Diego Padres, leads the all-time list with 529 total and has 5 saves so far in 2008. Mariano trails Hoffman right now by 78.

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 Open the Books for Upcoming Party Primary Elections

Politics By Ereida Prieto Barreiro for the Panama America - The Elections Committee of the Panameñista Party announced they will open the books party members to officially register as candidates starting on Monday, 5 May 2008, at their headquarters on Ave. Peru. Anyone interested in running in the primary elections for the different positions must present a certificate and a sworn declaration of their residence before Saturday, 10 May 2008. Also, the committee established a period of two days to allow for any possible challenges to the qualifications of the candidates, as established in the electoral code. The primary elections of the Panameñista party will be held on 6 July 2008, and for that primary election the party will establish more than 1,000 voting tables in the 620 different counties throughout the country. The candidates will be listed on the ballots alphabetically by their last names.
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Bush Asks Congress to Approve Pending Free Trade Agreement Deals

Panama News White House - House leaders recently changed the previously agreed to House rules in order to put off a vote on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. If this decision stands, it will kill the agreement and hurt American business and workers. By obstructing this agreement, Congress is signaling to countries in the hemisphere and around the world that the United States cannot be trusted to support its allies. The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will level the playing field for U.S. companies that export to Colombia. Over 90 percent of imports from Colombia enter our country duty-free, but the 9,000 American businesses that export to Colombia – including 8,000 small and mid-sized firms – face tariffs up to 35 percent on their non-agriculture products. Colombian tariffs on many U.S. agricultural products can be even higher. (more)
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Former Banco Nacional Director Rafael Arosemena Going Back To Prison

Corruption By William Sala for La Prensa - One year after having been conditionally released from prison to house arrest for health concerns, the former manager of the Panamanian "Banco Nacional" Rafael Arosemena will be returning to the El Renacer prison. This report was confirmed yesterday by Luis Gordon, the Director of the National Penitentiary System, who received a report from the Technical Board of that penitentiary. Gordon said the Board believes that Arosemena's condition of health allows him to return to the prison that he left on 5 April 2007 after having spent only 76 days incarcerated. Arosemena returned to Panama after having spent 16 years in hiding in Mexico. But last night defense lawyers for Arosemena tried to keep their client from being transferred back to prison, and sent a note "To Whom It May Concern" from Dr. Temístocles Díaz which warns that Arosemena - who has had a heart operation - suffers from "persistent asthma," which "places him at a greater risk of pneumonia lobar that could be mortal." Arosemena faces sentences in eight legal cases for having diverted as much as $14 million dollars of state funds.
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Biologists turn to captivity to try to save Panama's golden frog from deadly fungus

Animals & Pets The Associated Press - EL VALLE DE ANTON, Panama: The golden frog is a symbol of Panama — revered by indigenous cultures in the past and the lucky emblem on lottery tickets today. Now threatened by a lethal fungus that has killed other species, the national treasure may be facing life in captivity. A pair of biologists have decided that plucking the frogs from the cloud forests and putting them in quarantine is the only way to save them. Their goal is to eventually return the frogs to the wild, but these scientists cannot predict if or when the fungus will disappear. "It's sad to seem them in tanks," said Heidi Ross, 31, of Park Falls, Wisconsin. "They're so perfect. They're like our children." (more)
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Obituary: Doug Hayward - The Inspiration for "The Tailor of Panama"

EntertainmentBy Veronica Horwell for The Guardian - Doug Hayward's distinctive sense of style came out of his working-class childhood, a world where men like his dad, who had laboured all week in mucky boiler suits, went out of a Friday night scrubbed, shining and metamorphosed by their best - their only - suits, pressed to perfection. He shared the satisfaction of the better persona that a man puts on with proper tailoring, and for almost 50 years, until his death at the age of 73, he suited blokes like himself, only with more money - movie stars and footballers and snappers and hacks and even Americans. He upheld the centuries old British tradition in which male style ascends, and transcends, classes. (more)
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Alarm Over FARC Kidnapping

Crime & Punishment By Irlanda Sotillo e Hilda Bernal for La Estrella de Panama - The news was surprising. It was known that the "Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia" (FARC) operated in Panama, but a news report from the American ABC News put the country on alert. At issue is the case of Cuban-American businessman Cecilio Juan Padrón who was kidnapped in Costa del Este. Authorities of the government of the United States confirmed to this newspaper that Padrón is being held by the FARC. The FBI and authorities in Bogota are investigating the kidnapping. This crime not only aggravates the atmosphere of insecurity in the nation, but it can also cause a negative impact and scare away investors. Analyst Renato Pereira said "Panama has become a market for kidnapping, and this can cause a negative impact among investors." Sociologist Raúl Leis said he did not know much about the case, but added that because Panama is an open country for business, it becomes an "area of influence to break the law, not only by the FARC but also by drug traffickers on both borders." The information also caused restlessness in the business sector. The President of the National Council of Private Companies (CONEP) Severo Sousa was surprised, "it is worrisome to see how this type of kidnapping is intensifying." He urged the Embassy of the United States to help if they have proof. Retired General Rubén Darío Paredes was more cautious, he thinks it would be better to wait for the DIJ to confirm if the FARC was involved.
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Panama Has no Army; Give it Military Cash, Anyway

Panama Newsblog.wired.com - By Noah Shachtman - Panama has no military forces, strictly speaking. So, why, you might ask, is the Pentagon insisting on giving the Central American country cash to train its "troops?" Funny, Congress was wondering the exact same thing. In an April 23 missive to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Inside the Pentagon reports, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton and the panel’s ranking Republican, Rep. Duncan Hunter, said they wouldn't approve for the Panama proposal. “Congress explicitly provided this authority to train and/or equip the military forces of partner nations,” states the letter, which Inside the Pentagon reviewed. “We are told the purpose of this specific program is to provide support to the Panamanian National Maritime Service. However, we note that Panama has no military forces, per that nation’s constitution, and therefore do not believe that this program meets the intent of the law.” "In October 1994,' the CIA's World Factbook notes, "Panama's Legislative Assembly approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting the creation of a standing military force, but allowing the temporary establishment of special police units to counter acts of 'external aggression.'" While you consider this conundrum, enjoy a little Van Halen. I know, I know. 1984 is no Diver Down. But this song, at least, still rocks. (Shredding: DD)
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Panama to conduct underwater survey to trace missing ship

Panama NewsBy P. Manoj for livemint.com - Bangalore: A Panama-flagged cargo ship MV Rezzak, that went missing in the Black Sea on 18 February with 25 Indian sailors on board, misjudged the stormy seas, India’s maritime regulator has found. The ship “underestimated the prevailing stormy weather and sea conditions for safe navigation” when it sailed from Novorossysk port in Russia on 17 February, carrying steel billets to Bartin Limani port in Turkey, the provisional investigation report of the directorate general of shipping has said. Maritime authorities of India, Turkey, Russia and Panama have so far failed to trace the missing ship and its Indian crew. Turkish maritime authorities called off search and rescue for Rezzak’s crew a week later. Panama may conduct an underwater survey. (more)
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Cuba: Ambassador Defends Strengthening of Angola-Panama Cooperation

Panama NewsHavana – Angolan ambassador to Cuba, António Condesse de Carvalho “Toka” Wednesday expressed the desire to boost the relations with Panama. The diplomat, who showed the referred desire during a meeting with ambassadors accredited in Cuba, highlighted the need of both countries to work together in favor of world stability. António Condesse de Carvalho stressed that war is not an option to solve the conflicts among nations, therefore the need for countries to give privilege to the defense of stability. Climatic changes and its effects and the global problems that affect the humanity, in general, were the topics discussed by ambassadors accredited in Cuba, at a meeting held last April 30 in Havana. The meeting, held in a friendly and fraternal climate was witnessed by Panama`s first vice President and minister of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Lewis Navarro, and by that country’s minister of Trade and Industries, Carmen Gisela Vergara. Other official accompanying the President of Panama, Martín Torrijos Espino, in his official visit to Havana at the invitation of the Cuban President, Raúl Castro Ruz also attended the meeting, as well as the ambassadors of Angola, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Benin, Hungary, Serbia and Cambodia, among others.
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Correction - Only 40 Months on Bus Sentence

Crime & Punishment

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - (Source: Judicial Press Release) Judge Rolando Quezada Vallespi of Panama's First Criminal Circuit Court found bus owner Ariel Ortega Justavino and his brother, the driver of bus B-06 Prospero Ortega Justavino criminally responsible and sentenced them each to a primary penalty of 40 months in prison, with additional provisions to keep them from driving a motor vehicle, which expires at the same time as the primary prison sentence. Ariel Ortega, the owner of the bus, was sentenced as the author of the crime and Próspero Ortega, the driver of the bus, was sentenced as an accomplice; they are both being held as responsible for the crime of manslaughter and damages to the occupants of bus number 8-B-06, which caught fire on 26 October 2006 in the sector of La Cresta were 18 people burned to death. The judge decided that the windows of the bus were blocked and would not allow for a person to escape in an emergency. Both were sentenced to 48 months, which was reduced by 1/6th (8 months reduced) because they asked for and received and abbreviated process.

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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40 (Months) for Those Responsible for Fatal Bus Fire

Panama News

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The owner and driver of bus B-06, responsible for the tragic bus fire that killed 18 people were each sentenced to 40 month prison sentences today. On 23 October 2006 bus number B-6 caught fire with more than 60 people aboard after having left the Northern Corridor at the Martin Sosa exit. Those responsible bypassed safety and security mechanisms in the engine, basically forcing the air conditioner to run even when overheating. In addition, the air conditioning system was charged with a type flammable type of gas only suitable for industrial applications. (Note - Corrected. Sentence was only 40 months. Mechanic was not convicted in this sentence.)

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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Farfán Mega-Port Might Jeopardize Panama Canal Security and Efficiency

Infrastructure UpgradesBy Juan Manuel Díaz C. for the Panama America - The construction of a new mega-port near the Pacific end of the Panama Canal can effect security of the canal, according to a former director of the Panamanian Maritime Authority (AMP) Jerry Salazar. According to Salazar, the mega-port project should be analyzed with extreme care, because it can increase the movement of ships in one of the exits of the Panama Canal. "To add to the works to expand the Panama Canal the increase in ship traffic implied by the construction of the mega-port could affect the efficiency of the Canal," he said. Last month the government authorized Commerce Minister Carmen Gisela Vergara to negotiate a contract directly with Cosco Pacific Limited and Ports America Group for the construction of a container port terminal in the area of Farfán. This action caused mistrust among the business sector.
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Immigration Has Deported 1,015 So Far in 2008

Immigration IssuesBy José Quintero De León for La Prensa - Panama's National Direction of Immigration and Naturalization is investigating cases of falsified Panamanian visas as part of actions being taken to detect foreigners who have entered the country without complying with the law. Tayra Barsallo, the Assistant Director of Immigration, did not specify exactly how many people are under investigation, but specified that the falsification of immigration seals and Panamanian visas is occurring abroad (outside of Panama.) And, she exonerated from responsibility the national consulates outside of Panama. "We have not detected conspiracies between Panamanian authorities and the individuals who practice this crime," said Barsallo. She added they have already identified and captured illegal immigrants with false passports and others with falsified identities (identity theft) who have been arrested and deported. As of 24 April 2008, so far this year Immigration has deported 1,015 foreign citizens. Of them, 405 were Colombian, 48 Nicaraguan, 23 Peruvian, 24 Dominican, 16 Chinese, 9 Ecuadorian and 9 Salvadorans. Another 64 were deported from other countries. Barsallo explained that the remaining 417 never passed through the immigration controls at Tocumen Airport, and were returned to their countries of origin immediately.
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U.S. anti-Castro activist kidnapped in Panama

Crime & Punishment PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Cuban-American businessman on the board of an influential anti-Castro organization has been kidnapped in Panama, officials said Wednesday. The attorney general's office said three police officers have been arrested in connection with the abduction of Cecilio Padron, and authorities are searching for two other suspects. The officers face charges of depriving someone of their freedom, a less serious charge than kidnapping because no ransom has been requested, officials said. Luis Martinez, a top federal police investigator, declined to give details, saying only that Padron, 66, was kidnapped April 4. He was last seen in an exclusive residential section in Panama City, where he has lived for several years. A police spokesman, who was not authorized to give his name, said that a Colombian reportedly was the mastermind behind the kidnapping. He would not say more and Martinez declined to comment on the nationalities of those involved. The director of the judicial police, Ayu Prado, has said Padron's relatives told him they were contacted by his captors who indicated Padron is alive. Padron is a director of the Cuban American National Foundation, a politically influential organization based in Florida that lobbies for U.S. pressure on the Cuban government of Fidel and Raul Castro. "We are aware of his abduction and wish that the matter would be resolved as quickly as possible," said foundation spokeswoman Sandy Acosta Cox.
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Cuba, Panama sign energy cooperation agreement

Panama NewsHAVANA, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Cuban President Raul Castro and visiting Panamanian President Martin Torrijos on Wednesday signed an energy cooperation agreement, local media reported. The agreement was signed during a ceremony at the Revolution Palace in the Cuban capital Havana. The agreement aims to expand bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the rational and efficient use of energy, the use of renewable energy for promoting economic development, environmental protection and social equity. "We thank this project for keeping alive the solidary memory and spirit, for what represented Omar Torrijos (former Panamanian president), for the brotherhood between Cuba and Panama and between the Latin Americans," Torrijos said. The Panamanian president, who is on his fifth visit to Cuba and the first official visit since 2004, also said relations between the two countries are in their best period of time.
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Senate says McCain can be president although born overseas

Politics WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Senate unanimously resolved Wednesday that Republican presumptive candidate John McCain is eligible to be US president even though he was born abroad, in the Panama Canal zone. The bipartisan measure put an end to a controversy raised by The New York Times in February, and was supported by all senators, including the two Democrats vying to run for the White House in November, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The Times called into question McCain's eligibility to run for the high office on the basis of the US constitution's requisite that a president be a "natural born citizen," meaning born on US soil. McCain, 71, was born to a military father in the Panama Canal zone when it was under US jurisdiction. Senate sources said the issue was analyzed by former Solicitor General Theodore Olson and Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, both of whom concluded that McCain is a natural born citizen within the meaning of the constitution. "The Senate was right to quickly pass this measure, and we can now put to rest any question of his eligibility," said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and co-sponsor of the measure Patrick Leahy, a Democrat. "John McCain and his family have a proven record of public service and sacrifice and I am proud to support this bipartisan resolution recognizing the fact that John McCain is a natural born citizen," said Senator Tome Coburn, a Republican and also co-sponsor of the measure. The bipartisan resolution was introduced on April 10 by senators Leahy, Coburn and Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
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35 Cars Impounded in Drunk Driver Checkpoints

Cars & Transportation

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Last night the Panamanian National Police were out in force with their breathalysers in several checkpoints all over town. At least 35 vehicles were impounded and their drivers sanctioned for drunk driving. A lot of people were out partying last night because today, 1 May 2008, is Panamanian Labor Day and a national holiday.

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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The Cerro Patacón Fire Is Not Out Yet...

Panama News

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the fire at the Cerro Patacón landfill has not been extinguished. Today the camera crews were out at the dump and I can tell you from experience - that fire is not going out until the rainy season kicks in. The things fire fighters are doing are simply not enough - they can't pump enough water to put that fire out. It's going to be smoldering for a long time, so you might as well get accustomed to the smoke because it's going to be there for awhile...

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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