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"Treasures of Coiba" Photo Exhibition

Photos & Pictures The Fundación Albatros Media is presenting an exhibition of 40 large-format photographs and videos called "Treasures of Coiba" from 20 April to 20 May 2006 at the Mall Multiplaza Pacífico in Panama. The goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness of risks to Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005. The exhibition occurs at a crucial time for Coiba National Park, as a tourism and management plan is currently under development with UNESCO. This initiative is supported financially by the United Nations Foundation and the Global Conservation Foundation. The exhibition was made possible by Conservation International, Credicorp Bank, Mall Multiplaza Pacífico and TVN Noticias. http://whc.unesco.org/en/events/312
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Law Protecting Coiba Will Not be Modified

Fishing Milciades Concepción, who is a member of Panama's National Assembly and the President of the Assembly's Commission on the environment says that Law 44 of 26 July 2004 which created the Coiba National Park will not be modified. According to Concepción to date the National Assembly has not received any proposals to reform the law protecting the waters around Coiba, and if any such proposals were submitted it would not have the support of members of the Assembly. Concepción made his statements a day after the President of the Barú Free Zone (ZFB http://www.zonafrancadebaru.com/) located in Puerto Armuelles in Chiríqui, Karim Gozaine, said that they law would have to be modified in order for tuna fishing companies in the area to develop. Gozaine said that two companies, the Factory of Tuna Exquisiteces (Fextun) and Granjas Atuneras de Panamá S.A., have not started operations yet due to restrictions included in Law 44. "The only way for the fishing industry to develop is by changing the law, but I recognize that it would be very difficult because of opposition on the part of ecologists", added Gozaine.
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Work on Tocumen Runway to be Completed in July

Cars & Transportation A project to repair the runway at Tocumen airport (03 left) will be completed in the next two months. The company responsible for the management of the airport, Tocumen S.A. reported that the project has not caused delays or interruptions in airport traffic. The runway was closed in December of last year, and is used primarily by cargo planes. The repairs are part of the overall upgrade and expansion project at the Tocumen International Airport, costing more than $70 million dollars overall.
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Panamanian president tells A&M grads to set high goals

Politics Juan Lozano: COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Panamanian President Martin Torrijos noted Friday that thanks to Texas A&M University he has a "pretty decent" job. Torrijos, who graduated from Texas A&M in 1987 with degrees in economics and political science, spoke to about 1,000 students in a commencement ceremony. "As you, when I graduated I was full of pride and at the same time full of questions and concerns," he said. "At that time I did not have a job. Now I believe I have a pretty decent one." Torrijos spent nearly 20 years of his life in the United States, including his time at Texas A&M and later as a manager of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago before returning to Panama. He lost his first presidential election in 1999 but won five years later. Torrijos became the third president elected since the United States invaded Panama in 1989 and ousted strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega. Torrijos said his experiences at Texas A&M have helped guide his presidency.
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Child Labor in Panama

Panama News(Prensa Latina) More than 47,000 children and teenagers in Panama are victims of poverty and forced to work in order to be able to live at a subsistence level, according to official statistics. According to a recent report from the Comptroller's office, there are 9,548 children between the ages of 5 and 17 that are at risk of leaving school in order to earn their living. Often times Panama is a paradox of rich and poor, and increasing construction of ultramodern buildings make you think of prosperity. The report from the Comptroller's office noted in more recent statistics that most children work in agriculture doing things like harvesting coffee, while others sell candy on the street or clean shoes. According to the same source more than 3,000 minors report they have suffered some kind of one-the-job injury while working. There are many programs that are supposed to protect children from abuse, led by President Martin Torrijos and the first lady. (Note; This article was based on the Prensa Latina report here http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7B3BE2BB59-556F-4094-B329-A72E7DB5A5B1%7D&language=EN but I had to rewrite it because the translation to Enlgish was hammered.)
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Kohrang wins international tender in Panama

Money Matters TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) -– Kohrang Industrial Group is going to install dock fenders in Panama. The Iranian company won a bid in this U.S.-dominated country to construct and install rubber guards in the ports to reduce the damage on vessels during the docking, Kohrang’s sales director Abbas Sayyadizadeh noted here Saturday. The company is the sole manufacturer of this type of marine rubber in the ME and the quality of its products anticipate the Japanese super cell and M type. Another success story is that this Iranian firm has transferred this technology to China, and in return, it has imported the know-how on rubber dams. Kohrang is located in Oshtorjan Industrial Park near Isfahan and covers an area of 32,000 square meters. Mass production of both marine rubber and metal parts is done in eight units comprising 11,000 square meters total. http://www.mehrnews.ir/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=325484
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A Return to the Scene of the Crime

Crime & Punishment This afternoon prosecutors returned to the scene of kidnapping and eventual murder of two women who worked at the Gran Deli Gourmet on Ave Samuel Lewis. The purpose of the reconstruction was to clarify the statements of Ezequiel Vargas Puga, the security guard who worked at the store and who confessed to having participated in the crime. Puga is cooperating with authorities in the investigation. Holanda Martínez and Vielka Rodríguez were kidnapped, killed, and dumped on the side of the Southern Corridor on Sunday, 5 February 2006. They were killed in a crime that started as a robbery, the thieves intending to steal the approximately $3,000 the store had taken in that day. Prosecutors walked through the crime with the assailants, using the grey Toyota Yaris that was used in the crime. Photos below...
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Free Legal Seminar at the Expat Center

Groups & OrganizationsLearn about Visas, How to buy property, Estate Planning in Panama, etc. Should you form a Corporation? Title Insurance? Foundations? … Speakers Mr. Carlos Neuman, Esq. Law degree, University in Panama, Masters in Law University of London (University College London). His fields of practice include Immigration Law, Intellectual Property, Admiralty Law, Corporate Law, Contracts and Estate Planning. Fluent in English and Spanish, Certified Public Translator. Mr. Ricardo Faraudo, Esq. Law degree, the University of Santa María La Antigua. Post graduate studies in Banking, Corporate & Financial Law at Fordham Law School in New York City. His fields of practice include Immigration Law , Corporate law, Commercial law, Project Finance, Securities, Banking law, Mergers & Acquisitions & Asset Protection. Fluent in English and Spanish has held positions at the Embassy of Panama in Washington, D.C. and most recently at Banistmo, Panama`s largest private Bank.
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The American Society Installation Dinner

Groups & OrganizationsThe American Society of Panama will celebrate the Installation of their new Board of Directors on Thursday, 25 May 2006 at 6:00 PM in the Veneto Hotel & Casino. There will be as social hour in the reception area of the 7th floor, followed by dinner in the Venetia II Salon. Speaking at the dinner will be an introduciton by the Honorary President of the American Society, the Honorable William A. Eaton, Ambassador of The United States to The Republic of Panama, followed by the inauguration of American Society President-Elect, Dr. Robert Wayne Samuels, recognition of Retiring Board of Directors, the introduction of the incoming board of directors, and the President's Address.

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Transportation Strike Called Off

Cars & Transportation In order to avoid a transportation strike scheduled for Monday, 15 May, the Government decided yesterday to modify licitation requirements for the new system of articulated busses, and to extend a $0.25 cent subsidy per gallon of diésel for four more months. With the agreenement the members of the Panamanian Transportation Board (Canatra) suspended their scheduled strike. After a meeting with the leaders of Canatra, minister of Government and Justicia, Olga Gólcher, made the announcement and said - without specifying details - that they "promised" the transportaiton carriers that they would formulate "new mechanisms within the prequalification of the modernization of the collective transport". The carriers objected to the way the prequalification process was going to be conducted because, according to them, it was structured to leave them out and to make it impossible for them to compete.
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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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