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Truck Overturned At The CSS Administrative Offices In Clayton

Panama News

Today, a truck carrying concrete construction material overturned on the exit of the Social Security Fund, specifically in the administrative offices located in the area of ​​Clayton.

Fortunately no casualties were reported at the place of the occurrence.

The transit authorities are investigating the accident and how it occurred.(Telemetro)

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The Corridors Will Be Free During December Holidays

Panama News

The Cabinet Council approved a Cabinet Resolution authorizing the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) to give free pass in the corridors to drivers on the eve of Mother's day, Christmas and New Year.

"To alleviate the traffic, the North and South Corridors are free on December 7th, 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st, helping the movement of citizens who travel through the city during those days" as said in a statement by the Cabinet Council.

It was formerly stated the corridors were going to be free on December 7th, 24th and 31st, but the 23rd and 30th were added as these are going to be the busiest traveling days for most Panamanians in the capital city, mainly to make their purchases.(Panama America)

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Panamanians Consider The Panama Metro Will Not Be Ready For Its Free Trials

Panama News

Today, during a poll, Panamanians said they consider the Panama Metro will not be ready for this month's free trials as announced by the Government.

During the metro route travel it was observed workers are still laboring with cement and other materials, and various machines are still at the place.

The Panama Metro project has suffered trauma in terms of cost, it was primarily announced it would cost $446 million, under a turnkey contract in 2010.

After three years, the figure rises to $2091 million, however, the project is expected to be inaugurated before the elections in May 2014.(TVN)

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One Of The Metro Trains Was Painted With Graffiti

Panama NewsThe State Communication secretary, Luis Eduardo Camacho, posted on Twitter that the wagon of the Panama Metro was painted with graffiti.

This report was followed by a picture. "Wagon of the Panama Metro was attacked with graffiti. This is not art; this is vandalism,” he said at 5:07 p.m.

Another picture was twitted by Edwin Cabrera at 4:44 p.m., who said: “This happened at the workshop of the Metro in Albrook near the North Corridor… are we okay with this?” This was retweeted by President Martinelli.

This event took place right after a confrontation between the Government and the street artists from the group El Koelctivo, after the Government erased with gray paint a mural in honor of the martyrs of January 9th made by El Kolectivo.

Also, the President said everything painted by any graffiti artist would be erased.

Last November 14, Martinelli also asked the citizens not to leave bubble gum or paint the wagons of the Metro with graffiti.

On the other hand, the group El Kolectivo said they didn’t do this and they don’t know the signature: “D&D.” We called our friends who do graffiti and they don’t recognize it either,” said a representative.

The group said they don’t do graffiti, they do murals, which is different, because their messages are direct, and graffiti is illegible. (Mi Diario)

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North Korea to pay fine for ship’s release

Panama NewsPANAMA CITY, Panama – North Korea has agreed to pay a reduced fine to ensure the return of a ship stopped near the Panama Canal that had military weapons from Cuba on board.

The settlement should end a protracted dispute over the Chong Chon Gang, the freighter intercepted by Panamanian customs officers on July 10 as it approached the canal.

Authorities uncovered 25 containers of military hardware, including two MiG-21 fighter jets, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles, concealed under 200,000 sacks of sugar.

Panama, which is holding the North Korean ship’s 35-strong crew at a former U.S. naval base, previously said North Korea must pay a US$1 million penalty for the boat’s release.

But Julio Berríos, a lawyer for the crew, said a reduced fine of $670,000 had been agreed between local officials and a North Korean delegation that traveled to Panama to resolve the issue.

Editor's Comment: That'll show those pesky North Koreans. Personally I think they were actually going to just refurbish the MiG-21's and SA-2 SAM systems in North Korea, and then send them back to Cuba. The good news is that the old allies of the former Soviet Union are still using weapons systems from the Cold War - which we can now spank at will. So, do you think Fidel Castro will ever die? Will Cuba and North Korea ever be free? They both have been screwed up for my entire lifetime, so I'm not holding my breath.

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"Guns and Ammunitions for Food and Medications" Program Will Be Held On Friday

Panama News

The Government of Panama will perform the "Guns and Ammunitions for Food and Medications" program on Friday December 6th, at Plaza 5 de Mayo, from 8am to 4pm.

People's guns will be evaluated by experts of the Panamanian Association of Gun Owners (APPA) and the National Police Armory, in order to buy guns at a real market price, they will not make any kind of questions nor will question the origin of the gun.

On Thursday December 12th, the program will be performed again at the Los Andes shopping center.

Through this program, conducted since 2010 to date, 1514 guns and around 110 thousand ammunitions have been taken out of circulation.(La Critica)

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March Against Violence Made In Colon

Panama News

One month after the murder of the priest, Aníbal Gómez, Catholic people from Colon and the general public took to the streets to demand an end to violence.

"Peace requires four conditions: Truth, justice, love and freedom" claimed some of the banners held by students who participated in the march.

Aníbal Gómez was killed on October 30th, at the residence of Bishop Carlos María Ariz, located in the area Jose Dominador Bazan, province of Colon.(Panama America)

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Criminals Attempted To Enter Alberto Cigarruista's House

Panama News

Today, Criminals attempted to enter the residence of former magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, Alberto Cigarruista, located in La Villa de Los Santos.

Cigarruista explained the lady working at his household suspected the intentions of the subjects and prevented their entry.

The former judge of the Court stated he didn't file the complaint because he doesn't believe in the accusatory penal system.(La Critica)

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35 Inmates Might Be Getting Probation On December

Panama News

The director of public custody of David, Ismael Flores, announced about 35 inmates of this prison were evaluated by the disciplinary board and could be getting probation for the month of December.

Flores said the results of the evaluations made by the board and the prison were already made and they're only waiting for the prison system to follow the procedures established by law 55 for the benefit of its inmates.

"We hope once the list is published it will be signed by the president, Ricardo Martinelli," as said by Flores.

He also announced this Wednesday, December 4th, about 80 inmates who participated in the educational programs developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) will graduate in a small ceremony made ​​within the prison.(TVN)

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Fire Outbreak Reported In A Fishing Vessel

Panama News

Today, a fire outbreak occurred in a fishing vessel located between Taboga and Amador.

According to unofficial reports, 7 people were aboard the ship and were rescued by members of the Fire Department of Panama, who approached the scene to deal with the emergency.

To reach the area where the boat was located, firefighters used tugs of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

No one was reported injured in this incident.(TVN)

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