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Panama Supreme Court Orders "Preventative Detention" For Ecuadoran Politician Lara

Panama NewsToday the former Ecuadoran lawmaker Eduardo Galo Lara faced the Panamanian Supreme Court, regarding his arrest in Panama after the country decided to revoke the political asylum that had been granted earlier. (more)

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Blandon Finds "Abnormalities" In Panama City Municipality Payroll

PoliticsWith only 20 days remaining before the new Mayor-elect of Panama City takes office, Jose Isabel Blandon said they are moving forward with the transition process. (more)

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Castalia's Designation Revives Debate Over "Turncoat Journalism"

Panama NewsTwitter and Facebook once again became the podiums where Internet surfers could argue. This time the question was: Does the designation of the journalist Castalia Pascual as the official spokesman for president-elect Juan Carlos Varela affect her credibility? (more)

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More flu cases in May

HealthcareA report from the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health shows that during the month of May there were 807 more cases of influenza reported as compared to the same period during 2013. (more)

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Elevator Fails and Plunges To The Ground In Panama Shopping Center - Nuns Hurt

Safety & SecurityAn elevator inside of the Raenco store on Via Transistmica fell on Tuesday, injuring at least four people, among them three nuns. (more)

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Drug Bust In Panama's Kuna Yala Region

Drug TraffickingPanamanian Border Service agents seized 14 packages of cocaine in the community of Acuatupu, in the Kuna Yala region, that was found in some residences there. (more)

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Former Ecuadoran Lawmaker Lara Arrested in Panama

Panama NewsEcuador's Attorney General Galo Chiriboga called the antics of the former Ecuadoran lawmaker Galo Lara, who has been arrested in Panama after his political asylum was revoked, a "show" - for saying he's being politically prosecuted and that they want to kill him. (more)

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MOLIRENA Has No Plans To Break Their Alliance With The CD

PoliticsThe president of the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement (MOLIRENA) political party Sergio González Ruiz denied rumors saying the party intends to break their alliance with the Democratic Change (CD) party. (more)

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Taxi Driver Who Killed Television Cameraman Has To Report In...

Law & LawyersPanama's Auxiliary Prosecutor ordered the taxi driver who struck and killed TVN cameraman Bolívar Jurado on the Northern Corridor to report to his office regularly. (more)

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Mudslides...

WeatherAfter the heavy rains that fell starting at noon today, several neighborhoods in Arraiján and in Panama City were flooded, and a small river burst its banks. (more)

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President-Elect Varela Will Be Naming More Ministers This Week

PoliticsBy Friday, June 13th, 90% of the cabinet of President-elect Juan Carlos Varela should be appointed - and the only ones missing will be the Ministers of Agricultural Development and Education, to be announced after June 18. (more)

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Panama's Public Security Minister Mulino Will Travel To US This Week

Panama NewsPanama's Public Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino will sign a memorandum of cooperation and mutual exchange of fingerprint information, for purposes of criminal justice, with a representative from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). (more)

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"I didn't work for myself, I worked for the country" - Lucy Molinar

Schools & EducationEducation Minister Lucy Molinar said she changed Panama's education system to create a structure ensuring the content of the curriculum is updated every two years. (more)

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Supreme Court Keeps Financial Pacific Former Directors On The Sidelines

CorruptionThe Third Chamber of the Supreme Court denied a request made by Ivan Clare, one of the former directors of Financial Pacific, asking for the suspension of a resolution issued by Panama's Superintendency of Market Securities provisionally and indefinitely suspending his license as a securities broker. (more)

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Airbox Express Opens New Branch in Santiago!

Internet Shopping and Mail Forwarding

Santiago is the capital of Veraguas, the only province in Panama with coasts on both oceans. As of May 2014, Santiago is also the the location of the newest Airbox Express branch.

The new branch was officially inaugurated on May 24th 2014. This latest branch is located off the overpass, next to Farmacia Veraguas #2 and will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

"This is very exciting time for Airbox Express and our customers in Santiago. We want to become the online shopper of choice for the shoppers and businesses of Santiago and now with this branch we can fully serve all of their needs, whether they be Online Shopping solutions, maritime consolidation, air freight or international courier deliveries”, commented Commercial Manager Johnny Sanchez.

“We are proud to be part of the efforts to bring the services of Airbox Express to our beloved Santiago and surrounding communities. This is a step forward in helping our existing regional customers in the interior, as well as the new ones who will be joining our excellent clientele. We seek to complement their projects and ideas by bringing them closer to international commerce opportunities in a fast, affordable and friendly way!”, adds authorized agent Richie Pretto.

For customers who live in the interior, Santiago is a conveniently located branch to pick up their personal mail and packages. The Airbox Express team will be happy to serve you and help you with all your packaging needs.

Save time and hassle by enjoying the benefits of being an Airbox Express customer.

If you are not already a customer, sign up for free at www.airbox.com.pa to obtain an account number and a personalized Miami address.

PANAMA CITY BRANCH OFFICES:

Albrook: Pan Canal Plaza across from Supermercado Rey, Tel: 304-1425 M-F: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brisas del Golf: Inside Brisas del Golf, Rey Supermarket. Tel: 304-1428 M-F 9:00 am - 7:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calle 50: inside Nikos Café, Tel: 304-1411 M-F: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Centennial: Inside Centennial Mall, Rey Supermarket, Tel: 304-1458 M-F: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

El Cangrejo: next to Hotel Granada Calle Eusebio A. Morales, Edificio Marinela, 1st floor. Tel: 269-9774 Fax: 269-9396 M-F: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

La Chorrera: Ave Las Americas, across from Plaza Italia, next to local Uno Express. Tel: (507)345-0253 M-F: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

BRANCHES OUTSIDE OF PANAMA CITY:

Boquete: enter by Restaurante Bistro Calle 1 primera Sur Tel/Fax: 720-1027 M-F: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Colon: inside Copymatic near Banco General Avenida del Frente, Calle 10 local,Tel: 441-8329 Fax: 441-8329 M-F: 8:00 am a 5:00 pm S: 8:00 am a 5:00 pm

David: Obaldia Avenue, in front Parque de las Madres, Local #3, Tel/Fax : 775-4512 M-F: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm S: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Santiago: off the overpass, next to Farmacia Veraguas, Tel: 441-933-5133 , M-F: 8:00 am a 5:00 pm S: 8:00 am a 1:00 pm

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Chong Chon Gang officers await sentence in Panama

Panama NewsBy Michele Labrut from Panama - Three of the 35 North Korean seafarers of the Chong Chon Gang vessel, detained in Panama 10 months ago, were put on trial Wednesday in Panama’s Third Criminal Court.

Those arrested for this case and for whom the Panamanian Organised Crime Prosecutor Roberto Moreno asked a conviction, are the vessel’s captain Ri Yong, the first official Hong Yong Hyon and the Chong Chon Gang’s political secretary Kim Yong Gol. The other 32 seafarers were previously released without charge.

Their Panama counsel, Julio Berrios, requested an abbreviated process. Assisted by a translator, the three defendants pleaded not guilty before Judge Carlos Villarreal.

In his plea, Prosecutor Roberto Moreno said that the three defendants acted with intent to conceal the containers with weapons of war, under the shipment of 250,000 pounds of raw sugar. He said that the Koreans modified the ship's hold to transport containers.

Moreno added that the three North Koreans on trial were the only ones who knew about the shipment of arms and did not report it to the shipping company who made the arrangements for the transit through the Panama Canal.

Counsel Julio Berrios requested absolution because international law applies to states but not to individuals. "In any case, the violation [of the UN Security Council provisions] was from North Korea and Cuba, who is the owner of the weapons," he said. (seatrade-global.com)

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Report Confirms The Missing Dutch Girls Were Not On The Mountain

Expat TalesThe regional director of the National Civil Protection System in Chiriquí, Francisco Santamaria, said the report of the results from the dog handlers from the Netherlands only served to confirm the result of their operations, which determined the two missing Dutch women were not on the mountain trails near Boquete. (more)

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Port of Los Angeles approves nearly $1B budget

Canal ExpansionLOS ANGELES (AP) -- The leaders of the nation's busiest seaport approved a nearly $1 billion budget Thursday that focuses on fending off competitors by expanding and modernizing the sprawling trade complex.

The Port of Los Angeles will spend almost a third of its $939 million budget next year on upgrades to shipping terminals and transportation infrastructure. Those improvements include $107 million for road and railway upgrades to improve traffic and cargo flow, and an additional $136 million for renovations to several of the port's 23 terminals.

The capital spending is key as the port, a major economic engine in Southern California, faces competition from near and far.

The neighboring Port of Long Beach is in the middle of completing about $4.5 billion in structural upgrades. In addition, the expansion of the Panama Canal — slated to be completed in 2016 — will allow larger ships to reach East Coast ports and bypass Southern California altogether. Last year the port finished deepening its main channel to 53 feet, a $370 million upgrade that allows ever-larger vessels to reach the docks.

Last year, about $285 billion worth of cargo — ranging from furniture to scrap metal — passed across its docks, mainly in trade with Asia.

"In the face of fierce and increasing competition from around the world, we must do whatever we can to maintain our position as the nation's premier trade gateway," said Ambassador Vilma Martinez, the president of Los Angeles Harbor Commission.

To partially pay for this year's budget, the port expects to take out $200 million in bonds.

Along with the budget, the port's commissioners also approved the appointment of former shipping executive Gene Seroka as the new director. Seroka's appointment, announced last month by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, must be confirmed by the City Council.

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Traffic Accidents, and Landslides

WeatherThe heavy rain that fell on Panama City this afternoon (Thrusday) left behind several flooded roads and landslides. (more)

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President-Elect Varela's Name Appears In Lavitola Case File in Italy

CorruptionThe president-elect of Panama Juan Carlos Varela appears in the case file against the former Director of the Italian newspaper Avanti, Valter Lavitola, and the former Commercial Director of the Italian group Finmeccanica, Paolo Pozzessere, for alleged bribes paid to Panamanian officials. (more)

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Tocumen Fuel Tank Concession Going To "Friends of Martinelli"

CorruptionPresident-elect Juan Carlos Varela said yesterday the approval of a grant of 4.5 hectares of land is going to "business people who are close to the president (Ricardo Martinelli)" related to a concession for the distribution of jet fuel to aircraft at the Tocumen airport. (more)

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Television Cameraman Killed While Covering A Traffic Accident

Traffic AccidentsBolívar Jurado, a cameraman working for the Televisora Nacional (TVN), was killed on Monday afternoon while covering a traffic accident on the Northern Corridor. (more)

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Preliminary Hearing in Colon Tomorrow For North Korean Ship Crew

Panama NewsTomorrow, Wednesday, 4 June, there will be a preliminary hearing in the Third Criminal Court of Colon in the case of the North Korean sailors who were caught smuggling "weapons of war" under a load of sugar from Cuba through the Panama Canal. (more)

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Panamanian Prosecutors Travel To Italy For Finmeccanica Corruption Case

CorruptionOfficials from Panama's Public Ministry traveled to Italy to learn the details that are being released in that country regarding Lavitola Valter who faces charges of international corruption conducted in several countries, including Panama. (more)

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Crisis In The PRD Worsens: Doens Demands Navarro's Resignation, Again

PoliticsThe leader of the PRD political party Mitchell Doens is not laying off, and he again criticized the party's current Secretary General Juan Carlos Navarro, who he said should step aside after the "resounding defeat" during the May 4th general elections, during which the PRD finished in a historically low third place. (more)

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Belfon: There Is No Arrest Warrant For Hurtado

Panama NewsPanama's Attorney General Ana Belfon said there is no arrest warrant for Maria del Pilar Hurtado, the former head of the Colombian Department of Administrative Security (DAS) intelligence organization. (more)

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Sex Workers In Panama Want A New Law To Protect Them From Governmental Abuse (International Whores' Day)

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingSex workers in Panama are demanding the passage of a new law to prevent discrimination, and to protect them from abuse by government authorities. (more)

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Panama Leads Central America - Foreign Direct Investment Up 61% in 2013

Money MattersA report released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said Panama achieved an increase in foreign investment, which amounted to $4.651 billion dollars. (more)

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SINAPROC Issues Alert For Rains - Coinciding With High Tides

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) issued an alert this morning, Monday, 2 June 2014 - due to light to moderate rains that will coincide with high tides. (more)

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Immigration Doesn't Know If Hurtado Is In Panama

Panama NewsThe National Immigration Service does not know if Maria del Pilar Hurtado, the former director of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS ) of Colombia, is still in Panama. (more)

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