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Plan of Arrangement-Petaquilla Copper Ltd.

Money Matters VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - Michael Levy, the President of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("Petaquilla" or the "Company") (TSX:PTQ)(OTCBB:PTQMF)(FWB:P7Z), reminds shareholders that the Company's Annual and Special General Meeting of shareholders will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, June 6, 2006) in Panama City, Republic of Panama. At the Meeting, shareholders will be asked to approve a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") whereby the Company will transfer the Petaquilla Copper Project in Panama to a newly-formed company called Petaquilla Copper Ltd. ("Copper"). The result of the Arrangement, if approved by the shareholders, will be that each shareholder of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("PTQ"), will receive one share of Copper, and will continue to hold one share of PTQ, for each one share of PTQ held on the effective date of the Arrangement. The effective date of the Arrangement is expected to be in late-June 2006. PTQ will continue the development of the wholly-owned Molejon Gold Project. Copper will be making application to list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In addition to shareholder approval, the Arrangement is subject to Court and Toronto Stock Exchange approvals. On behalf of the Board of Directors of PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.
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Survivor Collectables - Auction for Charity

Entertainment Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) June 5, 2006 -- The final round of collectables have been added to the Survivor: Panama – Exile Island charity auction on eBay including Aras’, Danielle’s and Terry’s torches, as well as items used on the finale show set. The one-month auction to benefit Operation Smile Panama and 24 other countries ends Sunday, June 11. To date, auction bids total nearly $100,000 which will bring new smiles to 417 children around the world. By logging onto www.survivorcharity.com or onto eBay fans and collectors can bid on authentic challenge-related items and other memorabilia signed by the castaways and host Jeff Probst. More than 250 items were added throughout the auction, with each item open for bidding for one week only. The item fetching the highest bid thus far is the Immunity Necklace, which closed at more than $20,000. On Sunday, May 14, after the winner of the CBS-TV show Survivor: Panama - Exile Island was revealed, thousands of children also became winners. Mark Burnett Productions has partnered with Operation Smile to include its one-of-a-kind challenge items and memorabilia from the show in this charity auction. 100 percent of the net proceeds goes to Operation Smile, helping the charity provide free surgery to children and young adults around the world suffering with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. For more information, visit www.operationsmile.org
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South Africa's Survivor to Begin Filming in Panama

Entertainment Cape Town - Survivor South Africa has captured the imagination of the country, with over 18 000 people submitting entry forms in the hope of getting a shot at the R1m prize. Only 14 contestants made the grade, after taxing tests and a long wait to see who would be South Africa's first group of Survivors. The wait for the lucky 14 is over - they've packed their bags, said goodbye to loved ones, and departed for Panama from Johannesburg on Sunday. The veil of secrecy which surrounded the selection process continues. Contestants were allowed to tell only those closest to them where they would be disappearing to for a month. All 14 signed confidentiality agreements, which keep their identities secret for now. M-Net publicity manager Lani Lombard says that keeping the 14 contestants' identities under wraps is a vital part of the Survivor format. "It's very difficult to keep a secret as big as the fact that you've been chosen as a Survivor South Africa contestant, but it's vital for the success of the show.
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O.A.S.’ Dominican summit a success, Panama is next host

Politics SANTO DOMINGO. - The Organization of American States (O.A.S.) Foreign Ministers today chose Panama as host of its 37th General Assembly, while the event in Dominican Republic has been labeled as a success. The ministers gathered in the Dominican capital approved, the proposal by Panama’s vice-president and foreign affairs chief, Samuel Lewis, that his country host of the O.A.S.’ ministerial-level event for 2007. Panama’s candidacy was approved at the beginning of the first plenary session of that organism’s 36th General Assembly, which groups in Santo Domingo the heads of the diplomacy from its 34 member countries under the motto: "Governance and development in the Society of Knowledge." Lewis presented his initiative in a brief statement before the plenary, in which he affirmed that he made it being aware of the challenge implied, after the organizational success in staging the hemispheric forum in the Dominican Republic. Panama was already host of the 26th General Assembly of the O.A.S., held in June, 1996. http://www.dominicantoday.com/app/article.aspx?id=14190
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Govt to Examine Panama Canal Bid

Canal Expansion Panama, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) President Martin Torrijos´ Cabinet is expected to look into the controversial Panama Canal Authority proposal to enlarge the Panama Canal, so it can be discussed next week by the National Assembly. According to official sources, Parliament President Elias Castillo asserted the deputies will examine the offer to enlarge the canal no later than June 12. So far the government has made no official statement on the issue, but observers believe the ministerial meeting is unnecessary because Martin Torrijos and his main collaborators support the 5.25 billion dollar project to build more locks. After the government and the National Assembly sessions are held, conditions will be favorable to hold a national referendum to approve the Panama Canal extension. Polls show most Panamanians now support expanding the inter-oceanic facility; however, the number of opponents to the plan is increasing and joining ex President Jorge Illueca´s rejection of the initiative. Opponents maintain that engaging in a billion dollar project to be carried out in seven years is unjustifiable and will push the small-economy country into permanent debt. http://www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID=%7B249DC1CB-A629-4771-9B45-CEC43014D67B%7D&language=EN


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42 Below and the Cocktail World Cup - Someone is Going To Have an Incredibly Great Time

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying From the cloud-white, kiln-fired label to the long, cool depth of the glass bottle, from the purest water in the world to the cleanest environment as its home, everything about 42 Below is purity, it is no wonder its story is too. 42 Below is based on one simple principle - purity. Pure ingredients, pure distillation and a pure environment - things that New Zealand can proudly boast. Tim Evans has been doing his best to cause "kafaffles" with the company's off-beat brand of Kiwi humor and gearing up to host the annual 42 Below Cocktail World Cup later this year. 42 Below challenges local bartenders from around the world to create their best concoctions using 42 Below. One lucky winner from Panama will be flown on a first-class all expenses paid trip to Queenstown, New Zealand to compete against other representatives from around the world. (more...you're going to want to see this)
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The Oxford School

Schools & Education The Oxford School is committed to the fulfillment of the goals of The National Curriculum of England and The University of Cambridge International Examinations dynamic programmes of international relevance and recognition. We educate students of all backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and abilities to pursue academic excellence in an environment of understanding, cooperation, tolerance and constant effort. As pioneers in contemporary educational systems and planning, The Oxford School is in the vanguard of educational, technological and cultural development on a global level. We will expand our reach to serve as an academic benchmark and contribute to raising academic standards around the world. We will respond to the needs of change and promote continuing education so that our students will always be prepared.
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Gamboa and the Pipeline Road

Travel & Tourism Every now and then I like to drive out to Gamboa, a relatively small enclave of the old canal zone located where the Chagres River hits the Panama Canal. The Spanish hauled gold from Peru over the Camino Cruces to a point on the other side of the river near Gamboa where it was then taken down the river, into the Atlantic Ocean, and eventually to Portobello. Gamboa is tucked up into the jungle, which regularly spills the birds and animals into the clean-cut world of man. Scientists from around the world flock to Gamboa to study the birds and animals along the Pipeline Road where birdwatchers have set world records for numbers and variety. You can watch the passing ships in canal transit, and at this point they are usually making the best speed they can get away with and not just inching along like they are near the locks. Gamboa is also a favorite launch point for fishing trips to Gatun lake and the site of the Gamboa Rianforest Resort. My photo essay of the area follows...dkw.
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More Rayo Montaño Drug Booty Seized

Crime & Punishment Yesterday the prosecutor from Panama's Anti-Drug office seized a helicopter and another luxury yacht yesterday from millionaires in Panama connected to Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Rayo Montaño. According to public prosecutor Patricio Candanedo the helicopter was in a hangar in Panama City but he did not provide any additional details. He only said that the helicopter was the property of one of the millionaires connected to the case. The prosecutor also said that in a simultaneous operation they seized a yacht that was anchored at the Flamenco Island marina in Amador. Candanedo added that the yacht was a large luxury boat with all possible comforts for navigation and with modern communications equipment. This it is the second luxury yacht that has been seized and the tenth boat that has been tied to the Rayo Montaño organization in Panama. Also, Colombian Jaime Micolta Hurtado, who was arrested in the United States for this connecitons to the network, is the true owner of the three residences that were seized on Isla Grande in Colon province.
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Latin American presidents OK energy plan

Panama News By JONATHAN M. KATZ (AP) LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- Seeking relief from soaring energy prices and dependence on foreign oil, leaders of 10 Latin American nations agreed Saturday to push forward a sweeping energy plan that includes the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant, a hydroelectric dam and a pipeline stretching from Mexico to Panama. But the most important details of the energy project were postponed, such as where to build a proposed $6.5 billion refinery that would provide up to 360,000 barrels of oil a day. Guatemala and Panama were the leading contenders for the multinational refinery, billed as the largest project in Latin America since the Panama Canal. "At this meeting there is not going to be a decision on choosing a location. That is a decision that will go after the investments are made," Mexican President Vincente Fox told reporters Saturday before a presentation with Dominican President Leonel Fernandez. The refinery project is expected to be funded by private investors who have not been named. Those investors will choose the refinery's location under an agreement signed by the leaders Saturday, officials said.
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Panama to Host Avian Flu Meeting

Healthcare Panama, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of international bodies and 21 Central American ministers of Agriculture, Health and Environment will gather in Panama City June 6-8 to discuss regional preparations against avian flu. President of the Republic Martin Torrijos will attend the opening of the meeting on strategies to prevent and face a potential outbreak of the virus. Participants, including SICA (Central American Integration System) Secretary General Anibal E. Quinonez and ministers from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize and the host country, are to exchange ideas on steps taken so far in their countries to face the disease. http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B24A9D693-D79D-4847-8095-67AA627D28F4%7D)&language=EN

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Panamanian specialty coffee smashes world price record

Food & Drink Geishas are famous for being shy and retiring, but in Panama they are breaking world records and even putting Brazilian beauties in the shade. A Panamanian specialty coffee, a rare variety of the geisha plant strain, sold for a record-breaking $50.25 (U.S.) a pound in an on-line auction hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America late Tuesday. At over 50 times the price of standard beans, the geisha beat the previous on-line record price of $49.75 a pound, held by a Brazilian bean. Specialty coffee auctions gained popularity after a global slump, when prices paid on the benchmark New York "C" contract didn't cover production costs and many farmers focused on higher-quality beans for gourmet consumers that could sell at a premium price. Daniel Price Peterson, head of Panama's Specialty Coffee Association, produced the winning lot. His geisha ripened in the shade of old guava trees at 1,600 metres above sea level at a farm in the western highlands of Panama. Mr. Price Peterson told Reuters he was in shock at the price his beans had fetched. "I'm absolutely walking on air today," he said yesterday.
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Lightning Strike Interrupts Water Supply

Panama News A lightning strike near the water purification plant in Chilibre left more than a million people without water yesterday. The lightning damaged electrical pumps which supply the plan with unprocessed water. IDAAN said their technicians fixed the problem quickly in the morning hours, but residents were forced to buy bottled water, and restaurants used disposable plates.
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Housing and Construction Fair at Atlapa This Weekend

Real Estate About 80 apartment buildings and construction projects will be on display this weekend at the Fifth Annual housing fair sponsored by the National Council of Housing Promoters (Convivienda) which will be held this weekend from 2 - 4 May at the Atlapa Convention Center. Convivienda is comprised of 15 construction companies that are building more than half of the current projects in Panama. Last year member companies built 4,781 units which sold for $289 million dollars, which represents an increase of 31% over 2004. In 2006 they expect to deliver 5,600 additional units.
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Refinery construction center of SICA Summit debates

Money Matters LA ROMANA, DR.- Selecting the country where to build a regional refinery, main debated subject by Chiefs of State and Central American Integration System (SICA) governing body in the Extraordinary meeting celebrated in this City, will depend fundamentally, on the decisions adopted by the investors who incursion in that project, which involves the countries members of SICA and the Energy Integration in Mesoamerica program. The information was released after intense debates behind closed doors between representatives of ten nations who first had the opportunity yesterday of reading about feasibility studies on this initiative and other three aspects of regional dimension: petroleum, natural gas and electricity. At 6:00 in the evening, and before journalists who did not have access to the discussions which took place in the Cacique convention center in Casa de Campo, the Presidency technical secretary, Temístocles Montás, explained part of the agreements reached in yesterday’s debates.
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SMN Forms New Tactical Anti-Drug Unit Around Donated Patrol Boats

Panama News The days of drug smuggling go-fast speedboats running up and down Panama's coasts might be numbered now that the Panamanian National Maritime Service (SMN) has created the Tactical Costal Interdiction Unit. The new unit is tasked to detect and stop go-fast boats that can do 60 miles per hour and can run ten hours straight without refueling. Yesterday the Director of Public Safety of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Christy McCampbell, was present at a ceremony to deliver two new fast patrol boats to the program. McCambell said that the boats will be used to help erect a wall against drug traffickers who use the sea to break the law. She said the United States will continue providing aid and equipment to Panamanian authorities to fight drug trafficking. SMN Director Ricardo Traad Porras said the new unit will be mobile and will deploy to different areas of the country in response to reports of drug trafficking activities.
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One Retiree Every Seven Seconds?

Real Estate Baby boomers from the United States are not safe from fraud artists. Many have fallen victim to schemers who offer lands they don't own for sale through the internet, mainly in Bocas del Toro. The situation has the National Council of Private Companies (CONEP) is asking authorities to take action "as soon as possible" due to the fear and distrust these cases could generate among retirees. CONEP President José Javier Rivera said swindlers sell ROP land that has already been sold to several people. Henry Acevedo, the National Director of Domestic Trade of the Ministry of Commerce said that last year the Prosecutor's office in Bocas del Toro handled six cases involving fraudulent land sales to foreigners. Other real estate sources said more cases exist although all of them have not been formally denounced. This is verified by Acevedo who added that they received complaints about people conducting land sales who are not properly accredited real estate agents almost daily. The President of the Technical Board of Real Estate Agents said that those types of complaints have to be handled by the competent authorities because the board can only impose fines on licensed real estate agents.
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Central American Leaders Picking Location for $6.5 Billion Refinery

Money Matters BY JULIE WATSON (AP) MEXICO CITY - The site for the largest Central American project since the Panama Canal could be designated this weekend when regional leaders meet to discuss plans for a $6.5 billion multinational oil refinery, Mexico's energy secretary said Thursday. Central America nations, along with Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, will weigh two proposed Pacific coast sites: Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala and Puerto Armuelles in Panama, Mexican Energy Secretary Fernando Canales told a news conference. The refinery, with a capacity of 360,000 barrels a day, will be able to meet the energy needs of Central America's seven nations at $8 less a barrel than the open-market prices, Canales said. The refinery is the crux of the region's most sweeping energy project to date. It aims to reduce the region's dependence on foreign oil and keep skyrocketing gasoline prices in check. Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.N. Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean, the plan also includes a regional power grid and natural gas pipeline, although details of those projects are still being decided.
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Scam Artist from USA Busted in Panama

Crime & Punishment US cizen Larry Edward Cunningham was arrested on 26 May in El Cangrejo and deported to the US by the Panamanian Department of Immigration the next day. Immigration Director Ricardo Vargas said that Edwards Cunningham entered Panama illegally near Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, on 23 May after escaping from Costa Rica when his house was searched. Vargas indicated that Cunningham stayed at the Hotel Centroamericano on Ave. Peru under a false name. When government investigators went there to capture him he had already fled. Cunningham was wanted by the US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) for having swindled nearly $20 million dollars. He was caputred at 1:40 p.m. walking down the sidewalk near the Veneto hotel. The operation resulting in the capture of 59-year-old Edwards Cunningham was coordinated by the Direction of Immigration together with agents of the National Police Directorate of Police Intelligence and Investigation.
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Cuna Indians aim to strike tourist balance

Travel & Tourism By Jane Monahan - In the San Blas region, Panama: With its narrow stretch of rainforest on the Caribbean coast and its almost 400, mainly uninhabited, coral islands, it is no surprise that tourist operators have long sought the development of resorts in the autonomous region of Panama's Cuna Indians. There is no doubting the appeal of this region, where on the 50 or so islands where the Cuna live, in densely-inhabited villages of bamboo huts near the quays, age-old customs are still an integral part of their life. A girl's passage to puberty, for example, is still marked by a ceremony in which men play reed flutes and women dance. They wear gold nose rings, bands of beads round their arms and legs, sarongs, necklaces and blouses covered in what are now considered Panama's most famous traditional handicraft - "molas" or Cuna textiles. But while the Cuna - who fought off the Spanish conquistadores 500 years ago and who have managed to preserve a great degree of political autonomy - have so far resisted proposals to build resorts in the archipelago, there are signs that the influx of tourists is having an effect on the Cuna way of life.
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Panama Base of UN Regional Agencies

Groups & Organizations Panama, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Panama will be the regional headquarters of UN offices and agencies, which will be install in Ciudad del Saber, Vice President and Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro has said. Thursday, speaking before the Commission for Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly, Navarro said that Kernal Dervis, coordinator of UN Development Group, had sent an official notice on the issue. He noted that Ciudad del Saber, an education, scientific and trade emporium that currently hosts the World Food Program, UN development Program and UN Children´s Fund, will shortly headquarter other agencies of the international body.
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Rincon claims innocence in laundering scam

Sports Section Colombian soccer great Freddy Rincon claimed his innocence on Wednesday in an investigation by authorities in Panama for alleged money laundering on behalf of a major drug trafficker. Rincon, a businessman residing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, told Caracol Radio that if necessary he would travel to Panama to clear his name. "The first person interested in clearing up this nightmare is me,'' said Rincon, whose injury-time equaliser against West Germany allowed Colombia to advance to the second round of the 1990 World Cup. Rincon is accused by Panama's anti-narcotics police of investing in a fishing company, which operated as a shell to launder drug money for cocaine kingpin Pablo Rayo-Montano. After being for a decade on the run, the Colombian-born Rayo-Montano was arrested on May 16 in Sao Paulo along with 30 more people in five countries as part of an international bust coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Before fleeing to Brazil, Rayo-Montano lived in Panama, where he owned several fishing companies and three islands. These are all part of a multinational drug trafficking empire which authorities believed shipped 15 tons (12.5 metric tons) of cocaine a month to the United States and Europe.
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Central America Leaders to Talk Refinery

Money Matters MEXICO CITY (AP) - The site for the largest Central American project since the Panama Canal could be designated this weekend when regional leaders meet to discuss plans for a US$6.5 billion (euro5.1 billion) multinational oil refinery, Mexico's energy secretary said Thursday. Central America nations, along with Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, will weigh two proposed Pacific coast sites: Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala and Puerto Armuelles in Panama, Mexican Energy Secretary Fernando Canales told a news conference. The refinery, with a capacity of 360,000 barrels a day, will be able to meet the energy needs of Central America's seven nations at US$8 (euro6) less a barrel than the open-market prices, Canales said ahead of the weekend meeting in the Dominican Republic. The refinery is the crux of the region's most sweeping energy project to date. It aims to reduce the region's dependence on foreign oil and keep skyrocketing gasoline prices in check.
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Panama to spend $166 million on anti-poverty program

Politics Panama will spend 166 million U.S. dollars on an anti-poverty program targeting 72,000 poor families, which will receive poverty-relief assistance in the form of cash, food coupons or education opportunities, a minister said on Wednesday. "The Net of Opportunities program focuses on breaking the cycle of chronic poverty by improving health and education systems," Panamanian Social Development Minister Maria Roquebert told reporters. The program's aid package includes a 35-dollar subsidy a month per household, health care facilities and compulsory education for school-age children. Around 35 million dollars are expected to be transferred directly to the 16.6 percent desperately poor living on less than one dollar a day, Roquebert said. http://english.people.com.cn/200606/01/eng20060601_270291.html
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Petaquilla Minerals - Annual Shareholders Meeting

Money Matters VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/31/2006 -- Michael Levy, the President of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("Petaquilla" or the "Company") (TSX: PTQ)(OTCBB: PTQMF)(FWB: P7Z), reminds shareholders that the Company will be holding an Annual and Special General Meeting of shareholders on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Panama City, Republic of Panama. At the Meeting, in addition to the routine business, the shareholders will be asked to approve a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") whereby the Company will transfer the Petaquilla Copper Project in Panama to a newly-formed company called Petaquilla Copper Ltd. ("Copper"). The result of the Arrangement, if approved by the shareholders, will be that each shareholder of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("PTQ"), will receive one share of Copper, and will continue to hold one share of PTQ, for each one share of PTQ held on the effective date of the Arrangement. The effective date of the Arrangement is expected to be in late-June 2006. PTQ will continue the development of the wholly-owned Molejon Gold Project. Copper will be making application to list its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In addition to shareholder approval, the Arrangement is subject to Court and Toronto Stock Exchange approvals. http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=132424
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Uniquely Singapore sails to its first victory

Sports Section At 1353 GMT on Tuesday 30 May 2006, the Uniquely Singapore Clipper sailed to its first victory in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race. Leading for much of the two-week race from Victoria B.C. to Panama, it held off a strong challenge from the Durban yacht to cross the finish line first for Race 8, with a position of 20 44.49 North 107 05.85 West. Durban finished seven minutes later, followed by Liverpool. Lying in eighth position overall prior to the start of Race 8, the Singaporean crew showed great resolve to triumph in the 2,200 mile race down the coast of Canada, the United States and Mexico, enduring frustrating periods of headwinds and light winds, broaches, ripped sails and snapped lines. Mr Ken Low, Assistant Chief Executive (Brand and Communications) at Singapore Tourism Board said, “This is a very proud moment for Singapore as we celebrate the fantastic victory of our Uniquely Singapore crew! Though many are sailing novices, their sheer determination, spirit and hard work have earned them this significant achievement.” Uniquely Singapore Skipper Richard Falk and his 17-member crew were ecstatic about their win. Said Mr Falk, “Everyone worked very hard on this leg and the crew is thoroughly deserving of this win. Having had several 4th places, it is nice to finally be upon the podium.”
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Update on Air Panama Incident - 9:15 am

Panama NewsApparently the Air Panama flight that departed Albrook airfield this morning enroute to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro crashed landed at the Isla Colon runway in Bocas. The aircraft was a Jet Stream with about 20 people on board. The plane landed on a very wet runway in the rain and reportedly slipped, dragged a wing, and slid off the runway and ended up buried in the mangrove swamp. The pilot, Captain Omar Garcia and co-pilot were both apparently injured and were taken to the hospital. No further details available yet. Check back to this article for updates. DKW 9:15 am local.
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Advertise With Panama Guide.com

What is PG? Advertising with Panama Guide gets your business out into the mainstream of a concentrated niche market - English Speaking visitors, tourists, businessmen, and expatriates who are interested in the Republic of Panama. We offer a wide variety of advertising options to fit almost any need. We are growing steadily and are gaining ground in our marketplace. (*Note: I am in the process of updating this article with traffic statistics dated 31 July 2006.) We broke traffic records in almost every category in July 2006 and continue our steady and sustained growth. Thanks to our readers who continue to rely on Panama Guide to learn more about what's going on in Panama every day.
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Evo Morales Steals Land to Grow More Coke

Politics LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's government took out full-page newspaper ads on Wednesday announcing its aim to redistribute nearly a fifth of the country's territory as angry landowners vowed to form land-defense groups. Leftist President Evo Morales has pledged an "agrarian revolution" to redistribute idle farmlands to the impoverished country's landless peasants -- a move that has highlighted divisions between the poor majority and the rich elite. Many landowners in the agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz are bitterly opposed to the land reform. At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, they resolved to "set up land-defense committees to protect our farming heritage." Some said they would be willing to take up arms to defend their land. The government warned armed vigilante groups would not be tolerated. (see comments below)
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Panama Vibrates with World Soccer

Sports Section Panama, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The name of Panama is not heard often in world soccer, but the passion of Panamanians for this sport is reaching feverish proportions as the FIFA 2006 World Soccer Cup in Germany approaches. Most Panamanians believe Brazil will win the title, while some give their vote to Argentina or England, and a few, to France or Italy. The current soccer fever is not new in Panama, as fans closely follow international tournaments and Spanish teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Panama had a major victory in 2005, when it was runner-up at the Golden Cup in the US, however, it failed in its attempts to advance from the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifications for the world showcase this year. Soccer is slowly beginning to replace baseball as the most popular sport here. Nonetheless, the New York Yankees and its Panamanian ace reliever Mariano Rivera, and Milwaukee’s slugger Carlos Lee are still favorites. RPC TV Channel 4 has announced full and live coverage of the world cup, while media outlets launch advertising to attract readers, viewers and radio listeners. http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B9A1C16F7-34DD-44FA-A03F-92862F6C1FF5%7D&language=EN
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