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Panama Deputies Look At Ombudsman

Politics Panama, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian National Assembly is expected to vote on removal of Ombudsman Liborio Garcia Correa, following Tuesday’s recommendations by the Ad Hoc Committee responsible for examining his work. The committee based its conclusions on investigations into issues, including the accusation that Garcia Correa did not inform officials of familial violence denunciations against him. The ombudsman is also charged with inappropriate political behavior, and the committee used as an example his participation with Deputy Sergio Galvez two weeks ago in a political event where he distributed bags of food to over 5,000 people. Two-thirds of the Panamanian Congress must vote for dismissal. Garcia Correa took his post on April 3 despite a series of allegations of domestic violence records, neglecting responsibilities, and inopportune statements.
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More Panamanians Satisfied with Torrijos

Politics (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Public support for Martín Torrijos increased this month in Panama, according to a poll by Dichter & Neira published in La Prensa. 64.4 per cent of respondents rate the performance of their president as excellent or good, up 2.9 points since April. Torrijos—the son of Omar Torrijos, an army general who ruled Panama from 1968 to 1981—won the May 2004 presidential election as a candidate for the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) with 47.44 per cent of the vote. On Apr. 24, the Panama Canal’s board of directors presented their expansion plan. The project will cost $5.25 billion U.S. which will be paid entirely by users through a graduated toll system. The development can only be enacted after a nationwide referendum. On May 15, Torrijos urged voters to become informed about the situation, saying, "It is fundamental for all Panamanians to know as profoundly as possible what the expansion means, and when the time comes to vote, that they do so fully aware of what the canal entails." Last year, the Panamanian government officially opted to "suspend" a series of proposed Social Security reforms after a series of public demonstrations against the changes.
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U.S. Joins with Brazil, Panama, Colombia To Break Up Drug Ring

Crime & Punishment Washington -- U.S. authorities, working in partnership with law enforcement agencies in Latin America, have broken up an international drug ring responsible for smuggling more than 13,605 kilograms of cocaine per month from Colombia to the United States and Europe, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In a May 17 statement, the DEA said a three-year investigation, dubbed "Operation Twin Oceans," netted more than 100 arrests, the seizure of 47,555 kilograms of cocaine and nearly $70 million in assets. The DEA said it worked with a coalition spearheaded by the Brazilian federal police, Panama's judicial police and Colombia's national police to break up what was known as the Pablo Rayo-Montano drug trafficking organization. The DEA also credited law enforcement agencies in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and Venezuela with helping to achieve arrests in the case.
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Clipper yachts set to sail away

Sports Section By Matthew Gauk: Yachts in Round the World Race leave at 2 p.m. for leg to Panama After a whirlwind week and a half stay in Victoria, the crews of the 10 yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Race will depart today for warmer waters. The yachts will line up at the starting point off Clover Point and at 2 p.m. sail south toward Panama. After a few days in Panama the yachts will leave for Jamaica, head to New York, then Jersey in the Channel Islands, and finally arrive in July in Liverpool, England, where they started their journey last September. During their stay in Victoria, those crew members who are continuing on have been wined and dined and shown around town. Over the last few days, the crews have been busy preparing the boats for the rest of the race, mending sails and loading provisions. They are to be seen off Wednesday morning in the Inner Harbour with a parade and each boat's individual theme song.
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RESIDENTE CALLE 13 in panama

Bands & Music Today the Puerto Rican reggaeton group Residente Calle 13 held a press conference at the Crowne Plaza hotel at 6:30 PM. The artists talked about their upcoming concert and answered questions from the media. The group will be playing tomorrow night, Thursday, 18 May at the Next disco on Balboa Avenue. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP and are available at Blockbuster. This is the first time the group has held a concert outside of either the United States or Puerto Rico. In the press conference the artists expressed their respect for Panama as the birthplace of reggaeton and also as a demonstration of their respect for Ruben Blades. Official website:
http://www.lacalle13.com/ and http://www.sonycenter.com.pa/calle13/

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Formal Complaint Filed in Prisoner Food Scandal

Corruption The president of the Support for the Prisoner Foundation, Javier Justiniani, filed a formal complaint with the Public Ministry denouncing irregularities in the way the Administrative Division of the Ministry of Government and Justice awards concessions for kiosks and contracts for feeding prisoners. According to Justiniani, his organization has detected irregularities in the jails in La Chorrera, Natá, Aguadulce, Penonomé, Santiago, Changuinola, and others. The new director of the Penitentiary System, Carlos Landero, has said he will not tolerate corruption and that he will investigate. (Editor's Comment: This is the kiosko and food in the prisons thing again. This goes back to late last year when Winston Spadafora upheld his own decision to grant a buddy-boy contract for the kiosks, then Hector Aleman fired back, worked around Spadafora, the PRD took over the Supreme Court, shutting up Spadafora in the process, and then started letting buddy-boy contracts of their own. These guys are basically fighting over who gets to rip off the prisoners the hardest, and the awarding of prison food contracts to close friends and allies of Hector Aleman will eventually be his undoing, and will probably be the basis for the first big black-eye to strike the Torrijos administration.)
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SUNTRACS Announces Strike for 29 May

Panama News The leadership of the Construction Workers Union (Suntracs) announced yesterday that more than 10,000 of their members will go on strike starting 29 May after having failed to reach an agreement in negotiations with the Panamanian Construction Board (CAPAC) over a new contract. Juan Rosero, the union negotiator, said they are asking for a $.60 cent per hour raise for the next four years. Eduardo Rodriguez of CAPAC said the demand is excessive and unacceptable, although indicated a willingness to return to the negotiating table. (Editor's Comments: The construction workers know that a lot of people are getting rich in the current construction boom and that they can shut it all down overnight. This is a replay of the transportation union threat to strike last week which got them quick concessions from the government. I don't think there will be a strike, and that this threat is just a reminder of the strength of SUNTRAC's position right now. Eventually the construction workers will get a pretty good raise of of this. If the CAPAC is stupid enough to drag this out and let a strike happen it's going to be bad, because the construction workers are very good at shutting down streets in front of job sites and creating havoc. Find the construction site closest to where you live, and that's where you can expect to see some excitement. In the end of the day, the CAPAC will cave in , and eventually prices of new real estate will come up a few dollars per square meter across the board as builders pass the higher labor costs on to consumers.)

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Italian Couple Busted at Tocumen with Coke

Crime & Punishment Units from the National Police, working together with the Joint Special Antidrug Task Group (GETCA), apprehended a pair of Italian citizens last night. According to a press release, the couple tried to leave Panama through the Tocumen International Airport enroute to Italy with four wrapped packages containing cocaine. They were in the waiting area and appeared nervous, which caused agents to conduct a closer inspection. (Editor's Comment: These people will be spending the next five years (at least) in hell. If you can read this, and if you're thinking about taking a kilo or two back for the fella's in the hood back home, think again. People get busted at Tocumen all the time trying to smuggle a few kilos back home either for personal use or to make a few bucks. Ask Billy Cook about his "bonehead move of a lifetime." Anyone want his cellphone number in La Joya?)
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Europe's "Robinson Expedition" Program to Film in Panama

Entertainment Panama (ACAN-EFE). - The Las Perlas Archipelago in the Panamanian Pacific has been selected by STRIX Television of Europe to film the tenth season of its survivor style reality program called the Robinson Expedition. Shooting of the program will start on 6 June and will run until 31 July. People from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Africa, Czech Republic and Turkey will participate, according to a press release from the Panamanian Institute of Turismo (IPAT) and representatives of STRIX. The general manager in charge of the IPAT, Carl Fredrik Nordstrom, said he was please "that Panama has been chosen as the first Latin American country in which STRIX will film their Expedition Robinson".
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Police Seized 483 Kilos of Coke on Ice

Crime & Punishment Panama (ACAN-EFE). - The Panamanian National Police (PN) seized 483 kilos of cocaine today that was hidden in a fish shipment and arrested two foreigners and five Panamanians who are presumably tied to the drugs. This drug bust was part of "Operation Lightning" and was under the control of agents from the Police Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (DIIP) and the police Riverine Operations Unit. The first part of the drugs were found in the cargo section of a truck carrying seafood in Panama City. The truck was transporting fish in tubs covered in ice, and under the fish police found 17 sacks with 410 kilos of cocaine.
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"Fake Judge" Dulio Arrocha Official Fired

Corruption The "fake judge" of the Superior Court of Herrera and Los Santos Dulio Arrocha was official fired from his position as the magistrate of the fourth judicial district today. The Supreme Court made their unanimous decision to fire Arrocha today, and gave the reason as a "disciplinary process." Arrocha has a case pending against him for the supposed falsification of his law degree.

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Living An Authentic Life

Professional ServicesWhat do I want to do with my life? This is the hardest question to answer, yet it is the most important answer in any person’s life. This question is commonly phrased, “What should I do with my life?” It is generally answered in the voices of your family, teachers and social circle. In other words, all the folk who know exactly what you should do with your life. Their voices imply that you must live-up to certain standards. The trouble is, those standards are not your own. When you answer this question, your life takes on resonance and purpose. You define success in a way that has meaning and vibrancy for you. You may even start having more fun! Tyler grew up believing he wanted to be a Fire Fighter. His Uncle, a Fire Fighter and a local hero, got a lot of attention. Tyler’s eyes lit up whenever he saw his Uncle, just like most other people in the town. Tyler wanted to be just like him, and when asked “What are you going to be when you grow up?” he would say “a Fire Fighter!” This response got lots of positive reinforcement from adults.
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Panama unveils plan to double the Canal’s capacity

Canal Expansion The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is recommending the building of a new lane along the Panama Canal that would double capacity at an estimated cost of 5.25 billion US dollars. The ACP says the expansion “will be paid entirely by users of the canal through a graduated toll system”. The recommendation was formally put to the Panamanian Government in a set piece last week and according to a public opinion poll published Sunday in the country’s main newspaper “La Prensa”, 57% of the population support the project. The authority said after several years of analyzing and reviewing hundreds of studies and projections, it is recommending the expansion of the Panama Canal. “Our vision is clear — this project will be for the benefit of the people of Panama and world trade. “Panama’s geographic location is its destiny — we aim to be at the centre of global trade and become a great maritime hub. The time is right and the time is now,” ACT CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta said.
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Oro Gold Granted Eligibility Status for Panama Properties

Money Matters VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - Oro Gold Resources Ltd. ("Oro Gold") (TSX VENTURE:OGR) is pleased to announce that its application for mineral title to 6 properties in Panama covering over 750 km2 has been granted eligibility status. The Company has added to its exploration team with the appointment of Frank Powell as President of Oro Gold de Panama S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oro Gold Resources Ltd. Panama's Ministry of Commerce and Industry has declared eligible Oro Gold's concession applications, previously announced on October 27, 2005. This declaration of eligibility represents the final step prior to granting of mineral title. The granting of title is expected within the next two months, at which point the Company intends to increase its regional exploration activity and potentially engage a suitable joint venture partner to advance select properties.
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Panama Hosts Child Obesity Workshop

Healthcare Panama, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Specialists in childhood health from 10 Latin American nations are meeting from Monday in Panama City to seek solutions to the growing obesity in children and teenagers. Attendees at the workshop, concluding May 19, will draw up projects to prevent the disease and control the cases reported. According to experts, one in four minors in the world is currently suffering from this anomaly, while one in three is prone to suffer it. They alert that this phenomenon is a risk factor for the development of chronic respiratory and heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and some kinds of cancer, among others. For them, the main cause of obesity in minors is the consumption of so-called junk food. http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7BB74603D3-1B8D-49F8-B231-8FD6D9C7115E%7D&language=EN
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Aras Survives "Survivor: Panama"

Entertainment by Gina Serpe: Becoming the ultimate Survivor champ was more than just a balancing act. Which, for Aras Baskausas, was a good thing. The 24-year-old yoga instructor became the 12th winner of the CBS reality show, taking home the $1 million prize and earning the title of sole survivor in Sunday night's finale of Survivor: Panama--Exile Island. The peace-loving warrior, who once played pro basketball in Lithuania, ultimately outwitted, outplayed and outlasted fellow finalist Danielle DiLorenzo, a 24-year-old medical sales rep from Boston, bringing to an end 39 days of battling elements, shifting tribal alliances and one of the show's fiercest rivalries. He prevailed five to two in the final vote, announced live from New York's Ed Sullivan Theater. Following his win, Baskausas told CBS.com that victory felt "awesome" and that he would use his hefty payout to open his own yoga studio and "just stay grounded."
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Panama: former banana plantation workers claim plantations

Money Matters Tholen - A two hundred former plantation workers from Barú have requested the Panamanian government for the fourth time to confiscate and turn over the Mega Tres plantations. It concerns an acreage of more than 1000 ha at the plantations of Jocote, Lechoza, Guayacán and Ceiba. The Puerto Armuelles Fruit Company put the Mega Tres plantations at non-active in 2002 and since then the workers have continued to grow several crops on the acreage, amongst which bananas, yucca and beans. However, the acreage is property of the Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples de Puerto Armuelles and the plantations are used as bank guarantee for a loan that the National bank has issued to the cooperative. Publication date: 15 May 2006 Author: André van der Wiel http://www.freshplaza.com/2006/15may/1-2_pa_claims.htm
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And "Jaws" Was Just A Big Old Fish...

Earthquakes I'm getting mixed signals on the whole "earthquakes in Boquete" issue. It was all over the news again tonight, there were a couple more small shakers this weekend. Reporters and camera crews deployed to Boquete to cover the story at to talk to anyone with a clue or an opinion. The best interview in my opinion was with a guy who has lived in Boquete his entire life, and he talked about how one of his earliest memories was his first day at school, and the kids were taught what to do in case of an earthquake. He said that the area is seismically active, and that's just a fact of life that most people who have lived in Boquete for a long time have come to grips with. He said the activity tends to by cyclical, and there are long periods with less activity, and then short periods with lots of small activity, like what's been going on lately. But for the most part, the media feeding frenzy isn't doing anything but scaring people. (more...)
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New Transportation Terminal Under Construciton

Cars & Transportation The construction of a new transportation terminal of transport in western Panama has caused different reactions among carriers and retailers. Jorge Arias, president of the board of directors of the project said the project will help the zone grow. Celso Cedeño, president of the labor union Western Transportation Coordination said his union is against the project because they have not been consulted.

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Many Panamanians Are Afraid of the National Police

Crime & Punishment Most Panamanians (68.6%) think there are serious security problems in their neighborhood. Recently the National Police have increased deployments of units and agents to combat delinquency. The problem is that half of the population (50.7%) are afraid of the National Police. Recent scandals have seriously damaged the public image of the National Police force. The polling data comes from a recent "Pulse of the Nation" survey of 1,201 people from all over the country, by the consultant Dichter & Latin Neira Research Network between the 5th and 8th of May with a margin of error of 2.9%. The fears reflected in the poll are understandable. Recently, several police officers have been tied to things like assaults on prisoners. Approval ratings for the Chief of the National Police Force, Rolando Mirones, dropped to 51.2% from a high of 74.6% in March of 2006.

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Cracking Down on Water Treatment

Panama News Time is running out. Most of the factories in the country are not in compliance with new requirements for residual water treatment. The National Authority for the Envoronment (ANAM) has given all companies until 1 July to comply, and then they will start a program of "intense fining" to force the more than 1,000 factories to come into compliance. Natalia Young, national director of environmental quality protection, said that all companies that are failing to comply with the newly established requirements after 1 July will be fined. ANAM can assess fines of up to $1 million dollars, and in extreme cases the National Council on the Environment can assess fines of up to $10 million dollars and close companies. Young indicated that so far only 54 companies in the entire country have presented a request for a residual water permit, indicating that most of the others have done nothing. "Many companies have come forward asking for an extension because they know they won't be able to meet the deadline" said Young.

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Survivor Panama: Exile Island Winner Announced

Entertainment Yoga Instructor Takes Home $1 Million (AP) NEW YORK Aras Baskauskas is now a millionaire, as the sole survivor on "Survivor Panama: Exile Island." Baskauskas won beat out Danielle DiLorenzo of Boston, after a jury of others who played the game voted him sole survivor. Baskauskas is a yoga instructor in California. In a reference to the legal troubles faced by original Survivor winner Richard Hatch, show host Jeff Probst had one piece of advice for Aras: "pay your taxes!" http://cbs3.com/entertainment/entertainment_story_134210739.html

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Torrijos Presents Canal Expansion Plan to Houston Port Authority

Canal Expansion HOUSTON - Panamanian President Martin Torríjos yesterday presented the proposal to expand the Panama Canal to James Edmonds, Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority. Also at the presentation were Alberto Alemán Zubieta, Administrator and CEO of the Panama Canal Authority and Thomas Kornegay, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority. The expansion of the Panama Canal would entail the creation of a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks. Expansion would greatly benefit the Port of Houston, bringing an increase in traffic and helping to invigorate the Houston economy. The Port of Houston currently ranks first in the United States for foreign tonnage and as the sixth largest port in the world. "The benefits of a Canal expansion to the Port of Houston are many. It would allow for Houston to compete with East Coast ports, handling the same larger and wider vessels. And, it would help continue the Port's economic growth," said Thomas Kornegay, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority.
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LOWLANDS: Return visit gives deeper look at canal's ties to nature, culture

Fishing By Lynn Ferrin: Gatun Lake, Panama -- A terrible, hoarse roar echoed through the forest. Howler monkeys. In a large tree hanging over the water, a dozen of them leapt up from their naps, fidgeted through the branches and glared down at us. We peered back and added them to our list of jungle spottings for the day: red-naped tamarins and white-faced capuchins, three-toed sloths, wattled jacanas and a 50,000-ton, blue-and-orange container ship. Not the usual fare in most deep-jungle nature preserves, but in Panama, where the world's best-known waterway slices through miles of primeval rain forest, economy and ecology are irrevocably intertwined. The result is pristine rain forest teeming with wildlife that is both protected and accessible because without it, one of the world's grandest engineering projects and one of its busiest waterways could not function.
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HIGHLANDS: Coffee tasting is prime perk of misty region

Food & Drink By Sam Zuckerman: Boquete, Panama -- It was in Boquete, a green jewel of a town nestled at the edge of a cloud forest in the western Panamanian highlands, that I discovered that most of what I thought I knew about coffee was wrong. My wife, Judy, and I had just concluded a tour of Cafe Kotowa, one of the many small coffee farms that dot the mountainsides around Boquete, a place esteemed among java aficionados for its exquisite beans. It was an afternoon early in January during what was supposedly the beginning of the dry season, but it seemed suspiciously wet as a chill drizzle fell on us. Of course, after sweltering in Panama City, bathing in the sun of Panama's Caribbean coast and sweating in the country's steamy lowlands, the cool high country surrounding the nation's tallest peak, Volcán Barú, was an oasis. And the occasional rain shower, which the locals call bajareque, led to many rainbows during our stay in the flower-filled town of Boquete, which is becoming a popular tourist destination. Close to two national parks, it offers panoramic mountain vistas, temperate breezes, cloud-forest hiking, whitewater rafting and a vast array of bird and animal life.
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Policy Change - Reciprocal Link Exchange

What is PG?I'm making a policy change with regards to the web resources (links) section of Panama Guide and the (currently) 390 other web pages we link to. Anyone who operates either a business or personal webpage related to Panama will have an "enhanced link listing" if they link back to Panama Guide. If you don't link back, we will still list your website but without the enhanced page description. For those who can't afford or don't want to spend the money to advertise on Panama Guide this is a quick and easy way to draw some attention to your business. Reciprocal links help both sites in traffic and search engine rankings, so please tell your webmasters to add a link to url http://www.panama-guide.com, and to email a site description to don@panama-guide.com to get the upgrade. Also, please include the url to your links section where we're listed on your site. Thankos muchos, and may the SEO force be with you.
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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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