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Abandoned Property Owners to be Fined (Casco Viejo)

Real Estate Authorities from the National Institute of Culture, through the Direction of Historical Patrimony, will apply fines of up to $10,000 to owners of 45 buildings and unimproved lots located between First and Eighth streets of Casco Viejo that have been abandoned for more than two years. The decision was made yesterday after a meeting attended by representatives from the Ministry of Housing, the Mayor's office, the Panamanian Institute of Tourism, Office of Casco Antiguo (OCA), National Institute of Culture, the Superintendent of Banks, and tax officials, to deal with the subject of abandoned buildings and to apply sanctions to their owners. Ariel Espino, director of the OCA, added that officials also evaluated the application of Law 9 of 1997 that granted financial and fiscal incentives to investors in the historical center of the city, because they wanted to know how effective the law has been as an incentive. Espino clarified that the property owners will not be able to avoid paying the fines unless they can prove that they have started restoration projects or if their property is facing a legal process such as repossession or litigation.
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Panama butterflies cosy up to other species

Animals & Pets By Michael Day: BUTTERFLIES in Central America are providing evidence for inter-species breeding as an evolutionary force. Contrary to existing theories, the resulting hybrids can be highly fertile and viable, a study of two members of the Heliconius genus suggests. James Mallet, an evolutionary biologist at University College London, set out to study the flow of genes between the two genetically and physically distinct butterfly species Heliconius cydno and H. melpomene (see below) whose ranges overlap in Panama. H. cydno, which is found mainly to the north, is coloured black, white and blue, sometimes with iridescent yellow markings. This pattern mimics other poisonous butterflies in its range. H. melpomene has distinctive red markings that mimic poisonous species prevalent in the Andes. The two species are thought to have diverged 1.5 million years ago. Mallet and colleagues compared the structure of five different genes in the two species and found that one, which codes ... http://www.newscientisttech.com/article.ns?id=mg19025504.700&feedId=life_rss20

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Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.: Plan of Arrangement Update

Money Matters VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/12/2006 -- Michael Levy, the President of Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("Petaquilla" or the "Company") (TSX:PTQ)(OTCBB: PTQMF)(FWB:P7Z), is pleased to announce that the Company will be holding an Annual and Special General Meeting of shareholders on Thursday, 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. 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. The effective date of the Arrangement is expected to take place before the end of June, 2006. 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. Michael Levy, President and Director http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=128888




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More than an apple of discord

Canal Expansion BY NIDIA DIAZ: ON April 24, Martín Torrijos, president of Panama, announced the official proposal for the extension of the Canal, consisting of the construction of a third lock with a view to the so-called Panamax boats, superior in depth to the current Panamax, transiting that inter-ocean route. From that point and even long before, voices have been raised to renege on that decision, approval of which is to go before Parliament and a national referendum. Viability studies on the project were undertaken by the ACP (Panama Canal Authority) and its executive, while the president has made the green light conditional on – in the first place – the amplification being self-financing, meaning that the investment would have to be recouped from progressive increases in tolls and not via taxes on the population. In second place, he warned that the funding must be acquired by the ACP and not by the government, whose budget has to be allocated to the basic needs of Panamanians. And finally, a commitment not to create new reservoirs that would imply the uprooting of campesinos living in the area and far less new flooding that would destroy or damage the environment.
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Survivor Panama Exile Island: Clash Of The Titans!

Entertainment This week's episode of Survivor: Panama Exile Island caused me to wax nostalgic about the carefree days of my youth. I remember the sunny, endless days of my childhood, spent most happily on the school playground. It was there at age six that I learned about life. It was there that I got my first kiss and had my heart broken for the first time. It was there that I learned about competition. I learned to play hard but fair, to treat my competitors with respect and to play by the rules. And, I learned the most important lesson of all. If all my honest and respectful efforts did not bring me victory… …then I would step on the throat of any snot-nose first grader who got in my way. I would crush the competition. I would sucker-punch. I would bob and weave. I would terrorize the sand box. I would take what was rightfully mine. VICTORY WILL BE MINE I TELL YOU! YOU WILL RUE THE DAY THAT YOU CROSSED MY PATH…
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Panama Pushing Through Land Transfers

Real EstateThe time limits allocated to the inter-institutional commision established to oversee the transfer of reverted properties to prvate hands in insufficient. Therefore, the ex-housing Minister and the new commissioner of this new entity, Olmedo Miranda, will recommend that the mandate is extended until 31 December 2006. "We have less than two months left, and it is not humanly possible to coclude the work we have left to do in that amount of time" the ex- minister said. Miranda will take this request before the commission which is comprised of real estate investor María Mercedes Morales de Morgan, the minister of Economy and Finanzas, Carlos Vallarino, and the general comptroller Dani Kuzniecky. The commission, which was established at the beginning of this month and has a mandate until the 30 of June, already began proceedings to transfer several parcels to diverse public organizations. The green areas will be placed under the control of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), some 1,200 in all, under a trust in a state-owned bank (Caja de Ahhoros.)
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Statesmen's Forum with Samuel Lewis Navarro, Vice President of Panama

Canal Expansion The Honorable Samuel Lewis Navarro, vice president and foreign affairs minister of Panama, will discuss the historical announcement of the expansion of the Panama Canal and its implications. He will address some of the key issues and concerns regarding this important project. If you would like to attend, please click on the link above for the formal invitation and send your RSVP by Wednesday, May 17. Date: May 19, 2006 Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m. Location: B1 Conference Center CSIS 1800 K Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006 | Tel: 202-887-0200 | Fax: 202-775-3199 http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_events/task,view/id,978/
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ADM to add palm oil plant in Germany

Money Matters (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co., one of the world's largest processors of oilseeds, corn and wheat, on Thursday said it will add a palm oil refinery with an annual capacity of 350,000 metric tons per year to its Hamburg, Germany, plant. The expansion also adds 50,000 metric tons of additional storage capacity that will allow the plant to receive Panamax-size vessels. Panamax-size ships are those with the largest dimensions that will fit through the Panama Canal’s locks. The plant is expected to be operational by 2007. With the addition, the Hamburg plant, which produces rapeseed, soy and palm oils, will become Europe's largest vegetable oil refinery, the company said. ADM has more than 250 processing plants worldwide. Shares of ADM rose 30 cents to $45.30 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=20576
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Panama Increases Cuba Flights

Cars & Transportation Panama, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Panama´s Copa Airlines will make seven more direct flights to Cuba, Cuban Civil Aeronautics Authority (AAP) announced Wednesday. In its release, the AAP said the initiative emerged during the recent bilateral talks in Havana, and will be implemented as soon as possible. The source noted Cuba has agreed to increase weekly Panama City-Havana flights from 14 to 21, given the high demand of the route. The idea will become reality once the two sides write the corresponding diplomatic notes, AAP indicated.
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18 000 enter Survivor: South Africa

Entertainment Johannesburg - More than 18 000 South Africans have entered MNet's upcoming reality TV programme Survivor: SA, and are anxiously waiting to hear if they made it onto the shortlist. Staff at Endemol SA, the producer of the reality series, are working through over 12 500 valid applications. More than 5 000 applicants failed to answer all the questions or send in photographs. The 18 000 applications by prospective participants is a new record for the pay channel's reality TV programmes. Although the closing date for applications was not postponed, Endemol SA is still receiving applications which were delivered on time at MultiChoice branches before being sent to Johannesburg. MNet will not divulge how many candidates will be on the shortlist, but said applicants have until Monday to find out whether they had been chosen. "People are still being called, but those who have not heard from us by the end of the day on Monday May 15, have not made it onto the shortlist," said MNet publicity chief Lani Lombard.
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Concern in Chiriqui and Boquete Over Earthquakes

Earthquakes It seems like reports of minor earthquakes are coming out of Chiriqui and Boquete almost daily. Another earthquake registering 4.1 on the Richter scale was reported this morning. This afternoon on RPC News (channel 4) reported that two construction projects owned by "foreigners" (not further specified or defined) have been suspended due to concerns over the recent earthquake activity. The report was not really clear, but seemed to indicate that the owners or developers of the projects wanted to ensure their construction methods were adequate for the risk and activity. There have been earthquakes registered on five different faults in the area in just the last two weeks, in Paso Canoa, Puerto Armuelles, and Boquete. The report said that scientists are deploying more and better equipment to make sure that Volcan Baru is not in the process of coming back to life.
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Bladex - Net Income $16.7 million 1st Qtr 2006

Money Matters PANAMA CITY, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Banco Latinoamericano de Exportaciones, S.A. (NYSE: BLX) ("Bladex" or the "Bank") announced today its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. The table below depicts selected key financial figures and ratios for the periods indicated (the Bank's financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and all figures are stated in U.S. dollars): Key Financial Figures (US$ million, except percentages and per share amounts): (see below)
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Offensive to Enlarge Panama Canal Continues

Canal Expansion Panama, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Although the number of groups opposed to the enlargement of the Panama Canal continues to increase, influential sectors of society and the National Government itself have stepped up actions to defend the project, which will be voted in a referendum. First Vice President and Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro will take advantage of his European tour to promote the enlargement project in Austria and Germany. Besides, the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP, in Spanish), headed by former Minister Ricaurte Vasquez, and a parliamentary commission presided over by ex Government and Justice Minister Hector Aleman are drawing up the strategies to promote the project. The idea of building a third set of locks to modernize the interoceanic enclave, at a cost of 5.25 billion dollars, is the focus of debates in the country, as part of a race to convince Panamanians to vote in favor of the project in a referendum that may be held this year. The project will soon be debated at the Cabinet Council, which will surely approve it, and will be discussed later at the National Assembly. If passed, as expected, it will go from Parliament to the Election Court, which will call a popular referendum in a 90-120-day period to decide on the future of the canal, which has linked the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans over the past 92 years.
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Panama Canal Museum cookbook wins first place

Food & Drink SEMINOLE – The Panama Canal Museum’s cookbook, “Opening the Gates to Canal Cuisine – Preserving the American Era,” placed first in the Morris Press Cookbook’s Sixth Annual Community Cookbooks Awards for 2005. The $3,000 prize goes to the museum. The awards recognize organizations that have created outstanding cookbooks as fundraisers for worthy causes. Morris Press Cookbooks of Kearney, Neb., publishes 3 million cookbooks every year as keepsakes and fundraisers for churches, schools, organizations and families. Committee members from four different states invited Zonians (former residents of the Panama Canal Zone) to contribute their favorite recipes. The result is 450 recipes that represent the international community that lived in the Canal Zone and Panama. The museum sold out its first printing of 500 the first week the books went on sale, and the books from the second printing are going fast. Besides bringing in the prize money, the cookbook project has resulted in sales that have also helped with the museum’s fund-raising efforts.
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Sycuan Signs Mauricio Martinez

Sports Section Sycuan Ringside Promotions has signed the No. 2-ranked bantamweight in the world, Mauricio Martinez of Panama, to an exclusive, multi-year promotional agreement. Martinez, the former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, is ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association and the WBO among 118-pounders and has a record of 30-6-1 with 21 knockouts. The 30-year-old southpaw also is ranked No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation and No.13 by the World Boxing Council. Martinez, who is managed by Randall Ramirez, was the WBO bantamweight champion from 2000 to 2002. He won the title with a fifth-round knockout of Lester Fuentes Sept. 4 in England and then defended successfully Dec. 16 with a first-round knockout of Esham Pickering in England. Martinez, who has won 11 of 12 bouts dating back to February of 2003, won the WBO Latino bantamweight championship with a 10th-round knockout of Edinso Torres Nov. 19 and successfully defended in his most recent outing, a second-round knockout of Diego Martinez March 26. Both bouts were in Panama.
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One More Time HELP

Internet & TechnologyNeed to configure a internet connection for SambuHause in Darien jungle.... Tell me how..................in US Direct TV has an internet link...here in Panama...Nooooooo...Why is that ? How can I fix this ?
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Panama Canal Transits Sold to the Highest Bidder

Canal Expansion Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Advisory to Shipping No. A-07-2006. To: All Steamship Agents, Owners, and Operators. Subject: Addition of a Transit Booking Slot through Auction Process. In recent years the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has implemented several changes to the Transit Reservation System in order to better serve the needs of our customers, such as vessel swaps, substitutions, change of transit date, and a recent increase in the number of available slots. However, customers with lower rankings have expressed concern regarding difficulties in acquiring booking slots, particularly in the 3 rd period, due to the “weighted ranking” system, which tends to favor customers with higher rankings, leaving them with no option but to wait their turn to transit on a first come-first served basis. In order to provide these customers with an alternative, effective April 1, 2006, and for a 60-day trial period, the ACP will offer an additional booking slot through an auction process, available only during the 3 rd period, and for any booking condition present at the time.
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65% of Panamanians Earn Less Than $400 Per Month

Money Matters 65.3% of the 766,000 employees who work in Panama earn less than $400 per month, and 35.8% earn less than $250 dollars per month. According to a report which is due to be released by the General Comptroller of the Republic this Friday, the average wage rose slightly from $316.60 in 2004 to $322.30 in 2005. Labor leaders said families are not making enough to pay for basic necessities, considering that the price of basic goods is now over $200 per month. In Panama 73,548 people earn less than $100 per month, according to a comptroller survey. José Javier Rivera, the President of the National Council of Private Companies, said that compared to the rest of Latin American Panamanians are not doing so badly, and emphasized that new jobs are being created all the time. Union leader Julia Suira said the reality of the situation is worse that the numbers indicate, and said the government should investigate those cases in which people are being paid less than the $284.96 dollar minimum wage.
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Crew praised in clipper's big test

Sports Section CREW members won praise after they powered the Glasgow Clipper across the finishing line of the latest stage of the round the world race. The clipper came eighth out of the 10 vessels following a 5600-mile voyage from China to Canada. Glasgow Clipper ended up behind a Chinese crew and the New York Clipper to cross the finishing line within 14 minutes of each other. Skipper Rory Gillard said: "We overtook New York Clipper four times in the last two hours but they beat us to the line. My crew did a phenomenal job." The crew will rest in the Canadian port of Victoria before embarking on their next stage, south to Panama City and the Panama Canal. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5051884.html
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Sutron Corporation Books $2,064,582 April 2006

Money Matters STERLING, Va. --(Business Wire)-- May 8, 2006 -- Sutron Corporation (NASDAQ:STRN), a leading provider of hydrological, meteorological, and oceanic monitoring products, systems and services, is pleased to announce the receipt of orders totaling $2,064,582 in April, 2006. The following orders were the most significant: (1) A $705,887 order from Prime Controls to install monitoring stations in New Orleans on three primary water control canals for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Reliable real-time monitoring of these canals is vital for managing risk during the up-coming 2006 hurricane season, beginning in one month. Sutron plays a key role in securing this critical New Orleans infrastructure by providing monitoring, warning and control expertise, systems and services. (2) Three orders equaling $603,939 from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for supplemental engineering services.
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The Re-birth of the Panameñista Party?

Politics Late last night I wandered down to the headquarters of the Panameñista party on Ave. Peru to check in on the internal party elections they held yesterday. I was able to speak to the President of the Panameñista party, Marco Ameglio, for about twenty minutes. He was rushed and deeply involved in tracking the election process through aides and cell phone calls, receiving informal election result reports from around the country. But in between phone calls and other distractions, I was able to ask him about his views for the future of the Panameñista party, and how they plan to beat the PRD in 2009 and to regain the positions of power in Panamanian politics. Marco Ameglio pointed out that the yesterdays elections were just the first step of a long process of democratization of the party that has been long overdue. He blamed earlier political defeats on an outdated internal structure and prehistoric power structures within the party. According to him, that's all in the past.
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Catcher Ruiz shows off arm in first start

Sports Section By SCOTT LAUBER, The News Journal: One night after being called up, catcher Carlos Ruiz got his first start for the Phillies on Saturday. "They told me I was going to be playing [Saturday], and I called my mom in Panama at 3 o'clock in the morning," Ruiz said. "It's unbelievable." Ruiz, 27, is regarded as a solid defensive catcher, and he caught Giants outfielder Randy Winn trying to swipe second in the first inning. "He's not afraid to call [pitches] that's out of the norm," reliever Geoff Geary said. "And he's got an arm on him." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz "is going to catch quite a bit" while Mike Lieberthal is on the disabled list with a bone bruise on the outside of his left knee. http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/SPORTS01/605070350/1002/SPORTS
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Copa announces direct flights to Maracaibo, VE

Cars & Transportation Panamanian Copa Airlines has announced that it will begin direct flights to Maracaibo (Venezuela) with six flights a week, starting July 24, 2006. Maracaibo is Venezuela's second largest city and the capital of the state of Zulia, the most important oil-producing state. This year, the company will also be initiating flight service to Manaus, Brazil, and Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic on July 15; to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on July 24; to Montevideo, Uruguay, on August 15; and in the last quarter of the year, to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. "We are pleased to offer our passengers six new destinations and are moving forward with our plans for the airline's growth in the region," said Jorge Garcia, Commercial vice president of Copa Airlines. "Passengers will be able to continue making their connections quickly and efficiently to numerous destinations serviced by Copa in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through our Hub of the Americas in Panama," he added. "This flight will depart from Panama every day except Friday at 7:58 p.m., arriving in Maracaibo at 10:30 p.m. The return flight will depart Maracaibo every day except Saturday at 8:35 a.m., and will arrive in Panama at 9:15 a.m."

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Taste this coffee & feel God!

Food & Drink BAMBITO (PANAMA): Some tasted bergamot, or felt god, others wanted a cigarette, but the judges gathered in Panama recently were agreed on one thing, the coffee they had swished round their mouths was outstanding. The connoisseurs who met to judge a competition in the highland growing region declared the same Panamanian specialty coffee a world-beater for the third consecutive year and said such events have saved the industry from ruin. A world-wide coffee glut that ran from late 1999 through ‘04 sent commodity prices sliding and put many coffee growers out of business but some in Panama survived by focusing on quality and promoting their coffee in competitions, like the one last weekend in Bambito, in Panama’s western highlands. The winning coffee was a shade-grown Arabica bean from the Hacienda Esmeralda-Jaramillo farm, 1,600 m above sea level in the mountain town of Boquete — the third win in a row for the bean at the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama’s (SCAP) annual competition.
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Martin Torrijos to Attend Oscar Arias Swearing-In in CR

Politics Panama's President Martin Torrijos and his wife Vivian arrive to Juan Santamaria international airport outside San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, May 7, 2006. Tomorrow Torrijos will attend the swearing in of Costa Rica's president-elect Oscar Arias. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)
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Panama's Alselmo Moreno retains regional bantamweight title

Sports Section Alselmo Moreno, known as Chemito, beat Venezuelan challenger Felix Machado on points in Panama City to retain the Fedecentro regional bantamweight title, local media reported on Sunday. The 10-round fight took place in the ATLAPA Convention Center on the shores of the Pacific coast Panama Bay. Moreno began the fight with a clear dominance of the early rounds, as his Venezuelan rival was unable to figure out his fighting style. The three World Boxing Association judges were unanimous in giving Moreno the victory, scoring the bout 98-91, 97-94 and 99-91. Source: Xinhua http://english.people.com.cn/200605/08/eng20060508_263739.html



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Panameñistas Go To the Ballot Box

Politics Two years after losing power to the PRD after five years in power, the Panameñistas go to the ballot boxes today to elect internal leaders. The party today started under the charismatic and authoritarian politician Arnulfo Arias Madrid, three times President of the Republic. Today party members are electing 1,356 convention representatives, who will choose their future candidates in July 2006. The party has recently made some radical changes in their rules and regulations, including changing the name of the party known as the "Arnulfistas" for the last 15 years. All party members who were enrolled before last 5 March can vote today for 15 members of the board of directors in 621 voting regions in the country. Women voters will also be choosing delegates to elect a "National Secretary of Women", a new position for the party. Four factions - Marco Ameglio, Harmodio Arias, Juan Carlos Varela and José Blandón In October of 1991 the Electoral Tribunal recognized the "Arnulfista" party. In August of 2005 the party changed its name to the historically significant "Panameñista" party. As of March 2006 there were 194,629 enrolled members.
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No One Claiming Crosby's Body

Panama NewsNo relative of American Bruce Crosby, recently found dead in the house he was renting in El Empalme in Changuinola has appeared to claim his corpse or personal belongings. Crosby was being investigated by the National Police and by the Sexual Crimes Investigation Unit of the Judicial Technical Police (PTJ) for his supposed participation in an international network of child pornography and for presumed sexual abuse of a minor. According to the autopsy Crosby committed suicide. He had already been dead for more than 24 hours when his body was found on 24 April 2006 by journalists who were investigating the child pornography case. Wilfredo Hurtado, head of Criminal Investigations of the PTJ, and who participated in the investigation in Changuinola, said the hard disk of Crosby's computer is blocked but they are trying to recover the information it contains. He said there have been more cases of pedofilia reported in Panama, and that they are investigating every report. In addition he said they have created a new specialized unit within the Sex Crimes division to investigate crimes involving child pornography.
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Paris in Panama by Anton Rajer

Books & Reading By Art Mokray: Just a quick note here. For those that have had the opportunity to visit the National Theater in the Casco Viejo area of Panama City and had the chance to look up at the ceiling, you may have noticed the mural and probably didn't give it much thought. Few probably know the artist was Roberto Lewis and that through the years little, if any, care was given to its preservation. The theater has had coats of paint applied, new rug installed, air conditioning installed, and countless other things to make it better and possibly in the process making it worse. Back in the 80's, the then Panama Canal Commission contracted a restoration expert to redo the murals that are painted in the Rotunda of the Administration Building after an earlier attempt, by another expert, didn't turn out as good. This restoration expert turned out to be Anton Rajer, from the University of Wisconsin, and during the restoration work, fell in love with Panama.
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Boquete on "Green" Alert Due To Earthquakes

Earthquakes The population of Boquete felt more earthquakes last night with tremors registering between 4.2 and 4.7 on the Richter scale. Authorities are thinking about declaring a "Green" alert, which obligates coordination between the different government organizations responsible for responding to emergencies to better prepare for any possible consequences. The eqrthquakes yesterday are aftershocks of a 4.9 earthquake that happend on 4 May which reopened cracks in the walls of the schools originally caused by another earthquake in 2003. Tito Atencio, who lives in Boquete, said that he heard a loud sound before the earthquakes. The most intense earthquake took place at 8:30 p.m. and was felt throughout the discrict of Boquete. According to Eric Chichaco, Director of the Geosciences Institute of the University of Panama, these tremors are being caused by a system of active geologic faults and "it is a phenomenon that has not been seen since the 70's, although back then it was less intense". Chichaco said that personal from the SINAPROC are going to the area of Alto Quiel today, where most of the movement has taken place, to evaluate the gravity of the situation.
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