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Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:57 PM UTC

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2 Vehicular Crossings Opened By The MOP

Panama News

Today, two important vehicular crossings were opened to drivers who travel to the communities of Brisas del Golf and San Antonio.

The crossings were opened simultaneously by the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) but they haven't been inaugurated yet.

The works were carried out at a cost of $235 million and included the repair of the deteriorated roads, according to the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford.

According to Ford, these type of works should've been done years ago, he also said the roads have suffered severe deterioration as they were not built to accommodate the weight of the construction of the Metro, specifically on Via España and Transístmica.(TVN)

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725 Cases Of Dengue Reported In Panama West

Panama News

The Ministry of Health stated 725 cases of dengue have been reported up to date in Panama West.

The Regional Director of Health of Panama West, Jorge Oro, said the district of Arraijan has more dengue cases with 435, followed by La Chorrera with 162.

Oro made ​​a call to people in order to eliminate breeding sites, since the spraying only kills the adult mosquito but no the larvae and eggs.(TVN)

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Panama Will Receive A Loan From The CAF Of $203 Million

Panama NewsThe Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) announced they will grant a loan for $100 million for an educational program that will benefit over 7 thousand children in Panama, and another loan of $103 million for cleaning the city and the Panama Bay.

Through a statement they sent to Panama, CAF said the first of the two projects, the Expansion and Improvement of the Educative Infrastructure (Pamie), will be carried out by the Ministry of Education of Panama through the national department of Engineering and Architecture.

"CAF believes investing in education is necessary for the inclusive and productive development needed in Latin America,” said the executive president of the Latin American financial institution, Enrique García.

He said they seek to increase the access, equity and quality of pre-school, basic and medium education, by financing the construction and equipment of educative centers of public administration in areas with few schools and of recently developed.

The institution said García and the Minister of Economy and Finances of Panama, Frank de Lima, subscribed the contract for the loan of $103 million for the works of the Cleaning Project of the city and the Panama Bay, carried out by the Panamanian government through the Health Ministry, as a response to the accelerated development of the city in the last decades.

García said the impact of the project seeking to recover the sanitary and environmental conditions of the city and coastal zones of the Panama Bay is positive. (Estrella)

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2 Men Remain Hospitalized After Starring In A Machete Fight

Panama News

Two men remain hospitalized after starring in a fight using machetes as weapons in Gualaca, Province of Chiriqui.

The incident took place in the community of Paja de Sombrero in Gualaca, Yesterday night, when both men were in a meeting and started discussing.

People who were nearby managed to separate them and take them to a hospital, both have wounds on their arms and head.(Dia a Dia)

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Polyclinic In San Francisco Will Be Closed For 3 Months

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Today, the CSS announced from December 16th, 2013, to March 1st, 2014, the "Dr. Carlos N. Brin” clinic in San Francisco will be closed due to renovation works in its facilities.

Works include ceiling change and air conditioner insulation, among other minor works added to the construction process taking place at the facility.

It was also reported during the works, they have coordinated with other nearby medical centers in Panama and San Miguelito to offer supportive care within the period the clinic is closed.

In this regard, the supporting polyclinics will be: "Generoso Guardia" in Santa Librada, "Manuel María Valdés" in Paraíso, "Joaquín J. Vallarino" in Juan Diaz, "ULAPS" in Las Cumbres, "San Cristobal" in Rio Abajo and "Máximo Herrera" in Hipódromo.(Panama America)

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A Picture Of Martinelli Writing His Name With Spray Paint Was Spread Through Social Networks

Panama NewsAfter the mural of the martyrs at the Avenida de los Martires was covered in gray paint, a picture taken on 2011 has started going around the social networks, showing President Ricardo Martinelli painting his name and last name with a can of spray at the tunnel of the Panama Metro.

A discussion about this “urban art” has started recently, between people who defend this idea as it being an artistic expression and others who question it for being illegal.

Besides the graffiti painted by El Kolectivo as a tribute to the martyrs from 9 January 1964, a train of the Panama Metro was also painted with graffiti.

With this image, they now say President Martinelli was the first to start this trend. (Telemetro)

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$300 Million Circulating In The Country Due To The "13th Month" And Christmas Savings

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During the month of December, more than $300 million will be circulating in the country due to the payments of the "13th month" and Christmas savings from banks and cooperative offices.

Argelis Gordon from consumer education of the ACODECO advised consumers to direct some of the extra money they will receive to their savings.

Also ACODECO asked consumers to verify the merchandise before purchasing it and to request a warranty, since people usually buy gifts for Mother's Day, Christmas and New Year during this time of the year.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce and Consumer Rights Institute adviced people to spend wisely.

In the case of public sector banks and cooperative offices, about $85 million will be given in savings.(TVN)

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The President Went To The First Sod Of The Sports City In Colon

Panama NewsThe State Communication Secretary informed through Twitter that President Ricardo Martinelli was attending the ceremony of the first sod of the Sport City in Colon.

According to the design of this sport city, it will have soccer fields, basketball courts, running tracks and a field for athletics, besides the gymnasium and the administrative building with bedrooms.

Outside the project, a group of residents who oppose to the location of the project were protesting, because they say they only have one entrance and one exit. (TVN)

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Noriega Must Ask For Forgiveness First

Panama NewsOnly few days before the 24th anniversary of the Panama invasion by the U.S., the issue on granting house arrest to Manuel Antonio Noriega is back on the radar.

The retired general Roberto Díaz Herrera, who publicly reported Noriega back in 1987, now believes the former dictator is an old man of 79 years old who is not a threat anymore.

The former leader of the Civil Crusade, Aurelio Barría, believes the same thing. “I think Noriega, as any other man deprived of liberty, had human rights as an individual and he should receive the medical care he requires, regardless of his actions in the past,” he said.

However, Barría says the relatives of the victims of the former dictator must agree with this first, taking into consideration that Noriega has not publicly apologized to Panamanians for all the damage he did, or showed any regret at all.

Aida Jurado, from the Pro Justice Citizens’ Alliance agrees with granting house arrest to Noriega, because he is an old man who can’t take care of himself, but he has to apologize first. “What he did can’t be fixed, however he must ask Panamanians for forgiveness,” said Jurado. (Estrella)

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Pentagon: Chemical Weapons in Panama Won't Be Sent to U.S. for Disposal

Panama NewsBy Rachel Oswald (Global Security Newswire)

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department on Tuesday said there are no plans to return aging U.S. chemical weapons left behind in Panama to the United States for destruction, seemingly contradicting a recent statement on the matter made by a top Panamanian official.

Pentagon spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea in released comments said the department would be dispatching a team of chemical weapons experts to the Central American nation "to assess the munitions identified by the Panamanians for appropriate future destruction options," which could include on-site incineration or chemical neutralization.

Panamanian Foreign Minister Fernando Núñez Fábrega last month reportedly announced an agreement had been reached with Washington for U.S. defense specialists to retrieve the handful of degrading toxin-filled munitions that were abandoned by the U.S. Army on San Jose Island after its chemical testing program there ended in 1947.

Núñez Fábrega was reported to have said in a statement posted online Nov. 21 that the intention was for the weapons to be transported to "the New Mexico desert, where they will be buried."

However, Elzea said the notion of sending the chemical arms back to the United States is not on the table.

"Relocation of the munitions from Panama to the Unites States is not an option being considered by the United States government, nor is it an option being discussed between the two countries," she said.

The Pentagon statement did not cite a time frame for when the experts would be going to the country.

The method of weapons destruction would depend on the type, number and condition of the munitions, Elzea said.

Panama City has pushed for years for Washington to dispose of the chemical weapons, arguing that San Jose Island's touristic value cannot be realized as long as the corroding munitions are there, posing a potential threat to public health.

The munitions on the island are thought to contain mustard agent and phosgene.

Editor's Comment: So, Fernando Núñez Fábrega was talking out of his ass again. Go figure. He's the president's "special" cousin who has been a problem since day one. First he was the "anti corruption czar" but he botched that. Then he was appointed as a governor and shipped off to the interior, where he caused a bunch or problems. Then he was promoted again to be the Foreign Minister - where (surprise?) he's fucking up again... They should give him a yo-yo, a funny hat, and a seat in the corner somewhere.

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