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"Express Kidnapping" Ring Broken Up

Crime & PunishmentYesterday two men abducted two women at a shopping center in El Dorado in Panama City. The men were armed with a shotgun and the forced the women to use their ATM card to widthdrawl cash. The suspects left the victims bound in their car and fled the scene. Police identified the suspects and searched their home where they found "zip-cuffs" used to tie-up victims and other evidence related to the crimes. This kind of crime is called an "express kidnapping" in which the victims are briefly snatched while they are being robbed.
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So far in 2006 - 198 People Have Died in Traffic Accidents

Cars & TransportationLast night one person died and five were injured in a single-car accident on Calle 50. The car was apparently speeding and the driver lost control and slammed into a billboard sign pillar. So far this year 198 people have died in traffic accidents around the country.
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Flooding in Santiago (Veraguas)

WeatherYesterday afternoon heavy rains caused streams and rivers to overflow and flooded out at least 25 homes. Residents blamed a new road bridge that was recently build as part of an infrastructure upgrade in Santiago for restricting water drainage and causing the flooding. May and June are always heavy rainfall months in Panama, and small streams can turn into raging torrents in short order.
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Land Values Rocket in Calidonia (Lower Balboa Ave.)

Real Estate The increasing value of prime lots along Balboa Avenue in Panama City have taken investors, promoters and government authorities by surprise. Mega-construction projects in Calidonia have shot-up the value of land. "Nobody expected that foreign investors would pay attention to those lands, which has unleashed a transformation in the sector", said Jose Batiste, Director of Development of the Housing Ministry. The Spanish group Olloqui is building the the Palace of the Bay (Palacio de la Bahia), a 97-story steel-framed building that will cost more than $160 million dollars to build. This and other projects have driven up the value of land in the area which now costs more than $1,000 per square meter, more than 10 times what it was worth a year ago. New construction projects will continue to transform the Panama City skyline, and high-rise towers will replace long-standing Balboa Ave. landmarks such as the Boulevard Balboa, La Cascada, and the post office.
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International Attention Needed For The Displaced

Panama News With more than 2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) uprooted by Colombia's decades-long civil war and hundreds of thousands more seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency is calling for more international attention to be paid to the humanitarian crisis. These numbers, which continue to rise, make the Colombian situation not only the largest UNHCR operation in the Americas but also one of the world's biggest and most forgotten humanitarian tragedies,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Judy Cheng-Hopkins has just concluded a four-day mission to neighbouring Ecuador and today is expected to cross the border into Colombia on her way to the city of Pasto in the department of Nariño, which has seen a marked increase in violence and forced displacement since the start of the year.
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"...a problem of political credibility" - IADB

Money Matters BY PABLO BACHELET: WASHINGTON - The 1,100-mile natural gas pipeline was supposed to be a jewel of Latin American integration, connecting Peru's massive Camisea deposit with energy-hungry Chile and then on to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. But after months of talks, the $2.5 billion project was quietly shelved earlier this year because governments feared a future leader could simply shut off supplies and leave a neighbor in the lurch, analysts say -- exactly what Argentina has done with Chile and Uruguay. ''They've stopped talking about it,'' said Jaime Millán, a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, which was looking to fund part of the venture and hosted some of the discussions. ``It is a problem of political credibility.'' With gas pipelines often touted as the backbones of Latin America's economic and even political integration, the failure to expand the Camisea project shows just how a region made up of seemingly like-minded governments -- operating in a natural-fit environment of energy surplus countries next to energy-hungry ones -- have so far failed to overcome political volatility and grudges that in some cases go back centuries, experts say.
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Teens need help in a hurry for mission trip

Groups & Organizations By Kent Green: ST. CHARLES — A pair of teens from a St. Charles church need to raise $2,000 this weekend, and their church wants to help them do it. Danielle Valdes, 16, and Sarah Ferguson, 19, decided to go on a mission trip to Panama earlier this year. The $2,355 cost for each seemed daunting, but they were sure they could do it. Then they realized the payment schedule required them to have the money in much sooner than they had thought. They have been rushing to raise funds, but so far have only come up with about $2,500 total. Now, their church, St. Charles-based HELPS, is rallying around them with two fundraisers: a car wash that was held on Friday and a donation sale today at Ragamuffin Coffee House in St. Charles today. Church member Steve Bowen said that, when Valdes and Ferguson came to the church for help, he and other members rushed to assist them. "I think it's wonderful. They're so young, and they're doing such positive things with their lives," Bowen said. "We're putting a heartfelt plea to everybody to help."
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U.S. Health Secretary Urges Central America To Plan for Pandemic

Healthcare By Charlene Porter: Washington -- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt urged regional cooperation and partnership in preparing for a human influenza pandemic when he spoke to Central American health ministers June 8. At the meeting in Panama City, Panama, Leavitt outlined initiatives already launched to step up the region’s capability to fight infectious disease, anticipating that the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that already has stricken much of the world soon will arrive in the Western Hemisphere. In late 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus began appearing among birds in Southeast Asia, and since has spread to more than 50 nations, infecting wild birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry flocks. More than 200 million birds have died or been destroyed to prevent further spread of the virus. In 10 nations, humans also have been infected by this deadly flu, usually after close contact with ailing birds. The World Health Organization has confirmed deaths of 128 people due to H5N1, more than half of those known to have contracted the disease.
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Panama Canal Announces FY 2006 2nd Qtr Metrics

Canal Expansion PANAMA CITY, Panama, June 6, 2006 – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today second quarter (Q2) operational metrics for fiscal year 2006. During Q2, there was an increase in net tonnage, total transits and transits of Panamax vessels. Additionally, there was a decrease in official accidents. Canal Waters Time (CWT), the average time it takes a vessel to transit the Canal including waiting time for passage, increased in Q2 and booking slot utilization remained steady. These metrics are based on operations from January through March, the second quarter of the ACP's 2006 fiscal year. Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tonnage increased 5.7 percent – to 75.0 million PC/UMS tons from 70.9 million PC/UMS tons. In addition to a spike in tonnage, the Canal realized an increase in traffic. Total Canal transits increased 3.5 percent – to 3,862 transits from 3,730. Moreover, transits of Panamax vessels (100 feet or more in beam and the largest vessels that can pass through the Canal) increased 7.5 percent – to 1,501 transits from 1,396.
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Venezuela's Chavez to Travel to Panama to Broaden Energy Ties

Money Matters June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Panama on June 22 to broaden energy ties between the two Latin American countries. Talks will center on possible sales of crude and petroleum products to Panama, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Pavel Rondon said in an interview with the state Bolivarian news agency. Chavez and Panamanian President Martin Torrijos also may discuss building an oil refinery in Panama as well, as the extension of a planned natural-gas pipeline between Venezuela and Colombia to the Central American country, Rondon said. Panama isn't in Venezuela's PetroCaribe initiative, which offers its 13 members petroleum products on preferential terms, cutting out third parties. Countries also are allowed to pay for oil in goods and are offered special financing.
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Influent's Colon, Panama Contact Center Honored

Internet & Technology DUBLIN, Ohio, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has selected Influent's Colon, Panama contact center as an exemplary "best in class" facility. Each year, the DMA's Teleservices Council Programming Advisory Committee identifies outstanding facilities which embody industry best practices and demonstrate leadership in teleservices performance. The Colon contact center was featured in a virtual tour presentation to a packed audience at the 22nd Annual DMA Teleservices Conference held earlier this week in Newport Beach, CA. Influent, a leading provider of outsourced customer contact solutions with offices in the U.S., Philippines and Panama, created a truly unique conference experience that allowed teleservices executives from around the world to experience Influent's best practices without leaving their seats. A virtual tour DVD described how Influent has developed the facility, including every aspect from the original vision to construction, hiring, and employee development. The center is established at the former Ft. Davis Army base previously occupied by the American military as part of its management of the Panama Canal.
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AIDS Authority Warns Central America

Healthcare Panama, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Elizabeth Rodriguez, HIV/AIDS coordinator for Central America, alerted Friday of the dramatic regional situation of the mortal virus and outlined a series of measures to fight it. Rodriguez, official of the Social Central American Integration Office, told Prensa Latina that the problem has taken on great importance because most of the transmissions of the disease are between heterosexual people. She said there are many still incomplete studies to determine bisexuality, which makes the matter more complicated. AIDS is affecting women and young people in increasing numbers. In Central America, Honduras and Belize have the highest rate of affected people. “The disease has spread quickly in Central America because of migrations, so this makes it much more complex to control,” she said. Integral attention in the region, general care of basic services, especially to those with the disease, and access to public health services in some countries are some of the things that must be done, in opinion of the specialist. High vulnerability studies are being made in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, including studies of prostitutes and men who have sexual relations with them. She said her office is in charge of the important project of exchanging information and experience.
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"We Are Overdue and Under-Prepared" HHS Secy. Michael O. Leavitt in Panama

Healthcare Last week the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States, Michael O. Leavitt, visited Panama and addressed a meeting of the Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA) at the Caesar's Park Hotel. His remarks and visit were centered around the threat of avian or pandemic influenza, and he announced more than $775,000 in funding for the Gorgas Institute to establish a key monitoring and detection facility for Latin America. Dr. Jorge Motta is now the Director of the Gorgas Institute, and this additional funding will help all of the nations of Central America prepare for the inevitable arrival of the avian influenza virus in this region. Panama's Minister of Health Dr. Camilo Allenye, in his speech before the assembly of his regional counterparts, outlined a plan through which the nations of Central America can work together and pool their resources to obtain advantages of scale with regards to procurement of drugs and equipment. This is the first time a sitting Secretary of Health has visited Central America. Secretary Leavitt's remarks follow below.



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Amphibian Crisis in Panama - It's Not Easy Being Green

Animals & Pets By Joseph R. Mendelson III and Ronald W. Gagliardo: Amphibians are undergoing a mass extinction event on a scale unprecedented in human history. Habitat loss, human exploitation, and environmental contamination are among the main causes of this threat of extinction. A deadly new threat has emerged recently. An infectious fungal disease called amphibian chytridiomycosis is having catastrophic effects on amphibians all over the globe. This disease may well be the result of global climate change. Recent events in Panama illustrate perfectly a pattern of amphibian decline clearly associated with this disease and the power of scientific data to that allows scientist to launch pro-active conservation responses. Recently, Dr. Karen Lips of Southern Illinois University and colleagues offered a model of a wave-like spread of the fungus across Costa Rica and Panama. This model predicted that in 2006 the rich amphibian fauna in the vicinity of El Valle de Antón in central Panama, would suffer a catastrophic decline because of chytrid fungus.
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CAFTA-DR Could Open New markets for Florida

Money Matters By JAMES THORNER: Out by the railroad tracks on Tampa’s Adamo Drive, Calvin Reed’s factory hisses and hums with steelworkers making girders and storage tanks. Heavy industry like steel is supposed to be dying domestically, the victim of cheap foreign labor. Don’t tell that to Reed and his 150 employees. More than a quarter of Reed’s market for petroleum storage tanks is in Latin America. The region is being courted by Florida as the United States pushes for passage of the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which would create a largely tariff-free trading bloc from Hudson Bay to the Panama Canal. Reed’s $50-million company, Tampa Tank Inc., was active in two recent trade missions — to Panama and Guatemala. One notable sale was a $4-million fuel tank to serve ships on the Panama Canal. If CAFTA-DR succeeds, expect the tropics to be on Reed’s itinerary more often. “I was impressed with the Panama trade mission. It was business. There was no tennis, golf or nightlife fooling around. We were in meetings the two days we were there,’’ said Reed, who’s conversant in Spanish from a boyhood spent partly in Argentina.
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Volleyball Men in Quarterfinals

Sports Section The Canadian Men's Volleyball Team have advanced to the quarterfinals of the inaugural Men’s 2006 Pan American Cup in Mexico. They beat Trinidad & Tobago in three straight sets. Scores were 25-17, 25-9, 25-19. Team Canada will now advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow where they will take on 37th-ranked Panama. A win over Panama would see Canada face the USA in the semi-finals on Saturday. http://www.cjob.com/news/index.aspx?src=loc&mc=sports&rem=40022
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Panama's Chief Proves Nimble on High Wire

Politics By Chris Kraul: PANAMA CITY — Not many leaders have the political dexterity to bear-hug Fidel Castro and male-bond with former President H.W. Bush soon after. But it's a balancing act that Panamanian President Martin Torrijos seems to be carrying off with aplomb. Torrijos, the 42-year-old son of the late strongman Omar Torrijos, knows a thing or two about the high wire: He has distanced himself from his father's authoritarianism without rejecting his legacy of winning control of the Panama Canal and reaching out to the country's poor. And he says that accommodating leaders on the left and the right in the region, as well as within Panama's fragmented political scene, is less a matter of personal predilection than of dealing with "geographical and economic reality." "We respect the different views in the region, the different stands of the countries, and we try to get along," Torrijos said, sitting in his ornate Spanish Colonial office in this capital's historic Old City.
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Bellhaven Ventures Reports High Grade Gold Values From its Los Hatillos Concession, Panama

Money Matters PANAMA CITY, PANAMA--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2006) - Bellhaven Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BHV - News) is pleased to report on the results of continuing fieldwork on its Los Hatillos concession in the Veraguas Gold Belt of western Panama. The concession is located near two former gold producers: the Santa Rosa open pit mine (105,000 ounces) and the Remance underground deposit (89,000 ounces). Carl Nelson, president of Bellhaven, commented as follows, "Our field crews have confirmed the presence of high-grade gold mineralization at Los Hatillos. The next step will be an aggressive drill program to test 8 kilometers of established vein strike length for epithermal, base and precious metal, bonanza vein deposits." Surface samples collected by Bellhaven from steeply dipping, epithermal quartz veins at Aguacatal (Los Hatillos concession) returned up to 52.5 g/t gold. Sixty-one of 241 samples returned values in excess of 1 g/t gold; fourteen of those samples returned values in excess of 10 g/t gold. Analyses were performed by ACME Labs using standard assay procedures (30 gram sample, fire assay preparation, ICP-MS finish). Michael Druecker, Ph.D., is the Independent Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 responsible for ensuring that the geological information in this release is accurate..
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Panama as an Incentive Destination

Travel & Tourism By A.E. Smith: Last October, Penny Wing and Ashle Trucano of Incentive Travel Inc. found themselves in a situation planners dread: They were six months deep in designing a Super Bowl-weekend trip for 170 guests to the Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, when Hurricane Wilma effectively wiped their destination off the map. The trip was an annual event rewarding CBS Television's top football-season advertisers, and the attendees were well-traveled and hard to impress. But with only six weeks' preparation, the team was able to pull together an itinerary that wowed the client with singular events, stunning scenery, gourmet dining and excellent value. They went to Panama. If all the word Panama conjures are impressions of white linen suits, a canal built despite malarial plagues, Noriegan dictatorship and a mid-80s song by Van Halen, you're not alone; but if you haven't considered Panama as an incentive destination, you should. "Panama to me has everything you always wanted Central America to offer, but never could quite find," says Randolph Snapp, president of DMS Incentives, a Clearwater, Fla.–based DMC that has seen a steady uptick in demand this year.
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Panama Boxing Beat!

Sports Section Christian Giudice: This weekend, Panama will celebrate Saturday's big boxing extravaganza with "Alto Voltage" (High Voltage) an 8-bout card promoted by Promociones y Eventos de Isthmo. Highlighting the ATLAPA card will be Colon's Miguelito Callist (21-5-1, 16 KOs) facing Darien's Juan Mosquera (22-3-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds of light-welterweight action in one of the more competitive bouts in Panama City this year. Along with Callist vs. Mosquera (both WBA-ranked), in a do-or-die career match and possibly the most intriguing bout of the evening, William "La Esperanza Blanca" Gonzalez (18-2-1, 5 KOs) faces Wilmer Gomez (20-4, 6 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBA Fedecentro Super Lightweight crown. Flyweights Juan Piero Perez (9-1, 7 KOs) and Ronald Ramos (12-5-1, 6 KOs) also battle in a 10-rounder. In light-heavyweight action, Tito Mendoza (32-7, 25 KOs) takes on Ecuador's Washington Grueso (0-1-0) in a 10-rounder. Those fans who recall Mendoza as a 140-pounder, and later middleweight prospect can now see the power in his punch at 175+ pounds. The bout is the aftermath for Friday's much anticipated World Cup matches between Costa Rica and Germany, then Ecuador and Poland. After making the third defense of his WBA Light Flyweight title with a decision win over Venezuela's Noel "El Verdugo" Arambulet, Panama's Roberto "Arana" Vasquez has ended his reign and officially relinquished the light flyweight belt. Noting that his body has grown out of the division, Vasquez will move up in search of more prominent challengers and bigger paydays. http://www.fightnews.com/fightnews_2/headlines//EEuAZAVpklACKkNtPJ.html
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Samsung books $1.5 billion in ship orders

Money Matters SEOUL, South Korea (UPI) -- Samsung Heavy Industries has booked orders from Naviera Daniela of Panama and Danaos of Greece for 14 container ships worth a total of $1.5 billion. The vessels being ordered consist of eight Post Panamax class ships and six Panamax class ships, scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2009, Marinelog.com reported Thursday. The ships will operate between Europe and Asia.

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CWP Fined Heavily for Blocking Competition

Panama News In the last three days, the telephone company Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP) has been fined six times by the National Authority of Public Services (ANSP) and, in some cases, with severity. It was disclosed yesterday that CWP is being fined $10,000 a day until the company complies with a requirement to interconnect with a competitor, Telecarrier. But CWP has accumulated several other sanctions, among them a fine of $100,000 for altering documents related to long distance services. ANSP also imposed a fine of $30,000 dollars for obstruction of their competition. CWP also will have to face two fines of $1,000 each for blocking three-digit numbers on public telephones required to access competitor's services, and for noncompliance with a regulation stating how the telephone book should be formatted. The company was assessed one more a fine – of $5,000 – for breach of the norms of interconnection of its competitors. A CWP spokesmen said they would not comment on regulatory decisions while the processes are still being decided.
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Tourist forum on Veracruz

Travel & Tourism Next Tuesday 13 of June, the Panamanian Hotel Association and the Panamanian Association of Company Executives will hold a seminar called "The Potential of Tourist and Hotel Development in the Veracruz Sector." The purpose of the seminar will be to explore the benefits Panama would receive by developing Veracruz as a tourist zone and increasing tourism on the Pacific coast.
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Only 44% of Panamanian Students Attend Middle School

Panama News In Panama only 44% of the student population has access to middle school, which means that 56,421 students will not be educated above the primary level. The problem is accentuated in rural and indigenous areas where schools do not exist to allow students to continue secondary (high school) education. Although middle school education occupies the second line of importance within the budget of the Ministry of Education with $127 million dollars assigned, greater attention is requred from the State. Minister of Education Miguel Ángel Cañizales said extending the coverage of middle school education it is the main educational challenge facing the country. Greater funding is requred to address the problem, and the education budget for 2006 is $504 million dollars. The objective (with regards to middle school education) is to obtain the 55.3% of coverage reached in pre-school education, and the 100% of coverage reached in primary education. Juan Carlos Planells, director of the National Institute of Professional Formation Training for Human Development, said the problem is one of poor distribution of resources and identification of the problems and priorities in education. Nivia Rossana Castrellón, president of the National Union of Private Schools, said that only 10% of education resources go to help the poor and that too much is spent on the university level. State-owned universities have a budget of $160.4 million dollars, almost equal to the $165.92 million spent on primary education.
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More Beachfront Properties Linked to Rayo Montaño

Panama News Another 20 properties linked to Colombian narcotics trafficker Pablo Rayo Montaño have been discovered in Panama, specifically in the western sector, according to sources familiar with the investigation. They said two residences were located in the beachfront areas of Punta Barco and Las Uvas in San Carlos. Properties belonging to people associated with Rayo Montaño are being investigated in Gorgona, Chame, Santa Clara and Capira. The properties are in the name of figureheads of Rayo Montaño, with their respective titles enrolled in the Public Registry of Panama. So far the Drug Office of the public prosecutor has seized about 25 properties belonging to the organization that was dismantled through operation "Twin Oceans". Referring to this case, last Monday lawyers for Colombian soccer player Freddy Rincon filed for a writ of hábeas corpus before the Supreme Court of Justice after having been indicated as one of the presumed figureheads of Rayo Montaño. The request is in the hands of Winston Spadafora.
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Public Prosecutor Inspects SMN Offices

Corruption The Third Public Prosecutor for Anti-Corruption, Yolanda Austin, inspected the Direction of Human Resources of the National Marine Service yesterday to obtain the list of civil employees who worked in that organization in January of 2005, when sailor Natanael Chiari died. During the inspection it was learned that the SMN has not established regulations or norms to manage physical training of its members, and that they customarily use Defense Force standards.
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AMP Employees Investigated for Misuse of State Property

Crime & PunishmentThe Electoral Office of the public prosecutor ordered the investigation of two civil employees of the Panama Maritime Administration (AMP), among them Domingo Espino who is the chief of the AMP at the port of Mensabé in Los Santos. The measureme comes after an investigation into the reported use of state resources to promote an event on the expansion of the Panama Canal. Espino, who is the secretary of the Popular Party (PP) in Los Santos, and his sobordinate Isolda Saavedra, who is the coordinator of personnel in that port, used an AMP computer to produce invitations with the PP logo for the canal expansion event.
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Chinese National Busted With 1.7 tons of Pot

Crime & Punishment Agents of the Judicial Technical Police (PTJ) seized today more than 1.7 tons of marijuana from a Chinese national in a residential zone of the Panamanian capital. During the operation, executed in the sector of San Francisco, agents of the PTJ seized 757 packages of the drug, according to a PTJ news release. The total weight of marijuana seized was 3,785 pounds (1,720 kilos). Most of the haul, 627 packages, was seized in an automobile that the suspect was driving, and another 130 packages were found in a house where he was storing the drugs. Police did not release the name of the suspect, but said he has been referred to the Drug Office of the First Public Prosecutor of the Panamanian Public Ministry.
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Ricardo Garibaldo Will be Tried for Murder

Law & Lawyers Ricardo Garibaldo attended trial yesterday for the disappearance of popular opposition leader Heliodoro Portugal in May of 1970. The retired lieutenant colonel, who was accompanied by other ex-military officers such as Rubén Darío Paredes, pleaded innocent to the charges. The prosecutor asked a jail sentence for Garibaldo, who is the first military leader sent to trial for crimes committed during the years of the military dictatorship. "In March, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Second Superior Tribunal by ruling that the prosecution of members of the former National Guard in the death of leftist leader Heliodoro Portugal was not barred by the statute of limitations. Heliodoro Portugal disappeared in 1970. In 2000, his family identified his remains by DNA as those found in an unmarked grave on the grounds of a former military base in Panama City. At year's end, the Second Superior Court ordered the detention of Ricardo Garibaldo for his involvement in the disappearance and death of Portugal and the 2002 petition before the IACHR regarding the Portugal case remained pending." http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rsd/rsddocview.html?tbl=RSDCOI&id=4226d99520

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Carlos Jones Taken to Make Statement

Law & LawyersLast weekend an influential lawyer, Carlos Jones, was involved in a fatal accident at 3:00 am which resulted in the death of Nicolasa Vásquez de Díaz y Toribio Díaz. According to Jones he was hit from behind by another vehicle that caused him to lose control, cross the median, and hit the victims. When the accident occurred the police took Jones into custody and took him to the Santo Tomas hospital for a blood alcohol test. Jones basically slipped out the back door, disappeared for 24 hours, and then checked himself in to the Hospital Nacional where he was until this afternoon. There have been all kinds of uproar in the media over this case and pressure is growing on the government. This afternoon Jones finally left the Nacional Hospital, accompanied by this wife, the Second Superior Prosecutor and his children.
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