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Friday, February 22 2019 @ 07:06 AM UTC

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Sewer Overflow Reported In Villa Lorena

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Villa Lorena residents are worried, fearing an epidemic due to the overflow of sewage in front of several buildings in the area.

They are making a call on the authorities, who according to them, arrived to the place but didn't solve anything.

Others warn these wastewater could bring mosquitoes to the area, residents can't even sleep at night because of the bad smell.

There are reports of residents and children with skin rashes resulting from the situation.(TVN)

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Viaduct At The Third Coastal Beltway Will Be Ready By January

Panama NewsThe viaduct of the Coastal Beltway 3, connecting the Seafood Market with avenida de Los Poetas, in El Chorrillo, will be ready on January.

This was informed by the director of Special Projects from the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), Carlos Ho, who said the installation of 77 piles and over 600 girders supporting this bridge of 2.8 kilometers long has been finished.

According to the official, the paving of this viaduct, as well as the road and other structures is going well. By January, according to Ho, they should finish this project to a 100%, which had a cost of $782 million.

While the remaining works are finished, according to Ho, they will also remove the land fill over the sea that they had to build in order to set the piles and girders.

“The land fill will be removed, because it was only built to work,” he said, and at the same time he said this project will be delivered by April 2014.

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The land fill authorized by the MOP for this project must be removed to avoid contaminating the waters in front of San Felipe, said the engineer expert in environmental issues, Gabriel Barragán. (Siglo)

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No Water Supply Service In La Paz

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Today is the 15th day without water supply service in the community of La Paz, in the district of San Miguelito.

It was reported there are differences among residents, saying there's a preference in other areas as some receive water and others don't.

1400 residents are being affected by this issue, who said they're about to close one of the roads in the district in order to demand for a better service.(TVN)

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Up To 12 Years In Prison To Anyone Who Threatens Police Officers

Panama NewsThe attorney Zulay Rodríguez, reported the draft bill 651, approved on first hearing at the National Assembly (AN) on Friday, amending the Code of Criminal Procedure and regulating the activities related to organized crime; because they decided to add an article stating that anyone who threatens or intimidates a police officer can go to prison for 12 years.

This amendment says the following:

Article 42: Article 388-B is included in the Criminal Code:

"Article 388-B Anyone who uses physical force or intimidation, threatens witnesses, experts, prosecutors or agents from the public force, will be sentenced to prison from eight to twelve years.”

Rodríguez said they are seeking to put anyone in jail with this measure, without right to any bail or interim measure and they will even use protected witnesses, who can file this complaint and remain anonymous.

The attorney, who is also running for deputy in the circuit 8-6 in the PRD, said she was worried and urged the Attorney General, Ana Belfon, to not follow “the little games of the Executive Branch” and called on judicial independence. He blamed Belfon for being a “hypocrite and a liar.”

"They wear a mask saying they are investigating organized crime, and they can blame any of us, and then they throw you in prison, without the right to bail or interim measures…,” said Rodríguez on the draft bill.

Last Friday, the prosecution chamber of organized crime allowed Nataniel Murgas to explain the scope of the draft bill 651. This was after they started its discussion on second debate. (Telemetro)

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When Politics And Art Collide

Panama NewsOne of the members of El Kolective said the signs they put up on Saturday, December 7, at the Avenida de Los Mártires, were removed by the authorities.

The young man, who wanted to remain anonymous, noticed the signs were gone on Monday morning when he went by the area.

These were the paintings made on fabrics, plastics and cardboard. At the moment, representatives from El Kolectivo said they don’t want issues with the authorities and one of their missions is to keep alive the history and to honor the martyrs from 9 January 1964.

The group said they don’t make graffiti, they make murals, however, they believe graffiti is an expression of art and it should also be defended and must be appreciated.

Throughout the social networks, El Kolectivo said if the government removes or erases their works of art, they will go again and paint it.

This is the third time they paint murals and the authorities remove them. The zone, according to the media, is currently being guarded by the National Police. (Estrella)

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A Law Project Will Allow The Police To Verify Car Insurance Information

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Project 387 will allow the use of a police id tracking device to verify if the car insurance is in force, and it will be discussed during the extraordinary session period.

The initiative would authorize insurance companies to provide their database to the ATTT in order to verify policy information for vehicles.

The Panamanian Association of Insurers urgently called for the approval of this new legislation.(TVN)

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Water Service Will Be Interrupted On Monday In Several Areas Of The City

Panama NewsThe Institute of Pipelines and Sewerage (IDAAN), said the service will be suspended in several areas of the city to relocate two pipelines, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

The areas that are going to be affected are: Villa de la Fuente 2, Altos de Los Ángeles, Altos del Dorado, Betania, Altos del Chase, La Locería, Altos de Clayton, Llanos de Curundú, Broklyncito and the Albrook Bus Terminal.

The IDAAN advised all users to take the necessary precautions. (Telemetro)

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The First Lady Delivered Baskets To Mothers At The Santo Tomas Hospital

Panama NewsThe First Lady of the Republic, Marta Linares de Martinelli, participated in the delivery of baskets as part of the celebration of Mother’s Days at the maternity ward of the Santo Tomás Hospital.

All the mothers who gave birth on December 8 received a basket from Mrs. Linares de Martinelli.

They will be delivering baskets in other parts of the city and the rest of the country, an activity coordinated between the Office of the First Lady and the City Governments of the provinces in the country. (Critica)

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The Group "El Kolectivo" Is Painting Murals On Avenida De Los Martires For The Third Time

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Today, the group "El Kolectivo" is painting murals on Avenida de los Martires, after workers from the Ministry of Public Works covered their previous works with gray paint.

This is the third time El Kolectivo paints murals on Avenida de los Martires, but Today the members of this group are painting alluding to the deeds of 1964 over a plastic cover.

A lot of supporters are accompanying members of El Kolectivo, while in the distance, units of the National Police observe.

In addition to topics related to the deed of January 9th, 1964, where 22 Panamanians were killed, the members of El Kolectivo painted a slice of watermelon, to symbolize the incident on April 15th, 1856, where 18 people died and 28 were wounded, including people from the U.S. and Panamanians.(TVN)

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The Government Will Allow Muralists To Paint On Public Areas

Panama NewsPeople or artistic groups who wish to make paintings or murals in public spaces must ask the National Institute of Culture (INAC) and the City Government of Panama for them to locate a space to do so.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, who considered it would have been wise to request permission from the authorities first.

When he referred to the mural painted by the citizen’s and artistic movement “El Kolectivo,” Ford said they should have asked for permission before challenging the Government.

“There isn’t a law forbidding us from painting at the bus stops, besides, if we ask for permission, they will say no,” said an activist from this group. Today, “El Kolectivo” will paint the mural at Avenida de los Mártires once again. (Siglo)

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