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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 07:48 AM EDT

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Second Death By Dengue Reported In San Miguelito

Panama News

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) confirmed the second death by dengue in San Miguelito.

Because of these two confirmed deaths, one in the community of Chepo and the other in San Miguelito, the director of the Metropolitan Region of the MINSA, Jorge Hassan, asked the public to support the clean up operations, as he said even the death of one person is already a serious situation for the institution.

The official said he's sure if every Panamanian cared about keeping their residence areas and surroundings clean, the cases will lower.(Dia a Dia)

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3 Year Old Child Found By The National Police In Tocumen

Panama News

Today, a three year old girl, who wandered around the streets of Punta del Este, Tocumen, was rescued by units of the National Police.

According to preliminary reports, the child who is of Asian descent, was left alone in the family convenience store.

Hours later, the girl's parents appeared and said they were walking around the city looking for her.

The National Police is investigating the case.(La Critica)

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Greek Arms Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Weapons to Colombia's Rebel FARC

Panama NewsNEW YORK -- Greek citizen Ioannis Viglakis, a/k/a “Pablo,” pled guilty Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to attempting to provide material support to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”), a Colombian terrorist organization.

Viglakis was arrested in Panama City, Panama, in coordination with Panamanian authorities during August 2012. He waived extradition and was subsequently turned over to the custody of the United States. Viglakis pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.

According to the Indictment previously unsealed in this case, beginning in November 2011, Viglakis had a series of meetings with a DEA confidential source who represented himself to be an associate of the FARC. During those meetings, which took place in Europe and Central America, the source informed Viglakis that he was seeking weapons for use by the FARC to attack American forces in Colombia.

“This investigation clearly demonstrates DEA’s unique ability to disrupt and dismantle the arms-trafficking networks that supply weapons to the most significant global narco-terror organizations," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "DEA will continue to aggressively pursue international arms dealers and narco-terrorists who are focused on harming our nation's security.”

Viglakis offered to provide the FARC with functional, bona fide, military-grade weapons – including assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (“RPG”) launchers and surface-to-air missiles – in exchange for cocaine and cash. During the meetings, Viglakis also discussed the FARC’s use of these weapons to fight the Colombian and American governments, including by shooting down American aircraft in Colombia.

During the following months, Viglakis indicated that he would provide several RPG launchers as a sample. O n July 18, 2012, Viglakis successfully arranged for the delivery in Europe of six live RPGs and three working RPG launchers, which were received by a DEA undercover agent.

“By providing functioning rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other military-grade weapons to an individual he believed to be a FARC associate, Ioannis Viglakis was attempting to arm a known terrorist organization that he understood would use those weapons against Americans and Colombians,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Viglakis, 53, pled guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to the FARC. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Forrest on April 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. (Latin American Herald Tribune)

Editor's Comment: They walk among us. At any given moment in time there are a certain number of active drug traffickers, weapons traffickers, and money launderers wandering the streets of Panama City. They are not a risk to the expat community (generally speaking) because they want to keep a low profile and not get into any trouble, for anything. Occasionally members of the English speaking expatriate community make the mistake of getting involved with these people, and they almost invariably end up either in prison, or dead.

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Experiment To Reduce The Population Of Dengue Fever Mosquitoes Will Start In January

Panama NewsThe Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies (ICGES) hopes to release 500 GM mosquitoes on January in Nuevo Chorrillo, Arraiján.

According to the director of this institution, Néstor Sosa, the project’s objective is to have these mosquitoes from England breed with the female mosquitoes in Panama so their offspring inherits a gene that will kill them. This way, the Aedes aegypti population will decrease, vector of dengue fever.

“We need to do this as soon as possible, because the first death caused by dengue was reported and through this GM mosquito the vector will be directly fought,” said Sosa.

According to the director of the ICGES, the results of this experiment will be seen in a year. (Siglo)

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Martinelli Scolds Mayor Carrasquilla Due To Garbage Collection Issue In San Miguelito

Panama NewsPresident Ricardo Martinelli reprimanded the Mayor of San Miguelito, Héctor Valdés Carrasquilla, for the garbage collection issue.

Valdés Carrasquilla only heard when the president told the media that he was going to ask the mayor to review the contract with the company Revisalud, responsible for garbage collection in the district.

On the matter Valdés Carrasquilla said this issue must be carefully evaluated to not affect legal security.

The President’s request takes place while several communities in San Miguelito are affected by the accumulation of garbage, and at the same time several dengue cases have been reported, and two deaths as a consequence of this disease.

The president inaugurated a water distribution project in Altos de la Torre in Cerro Batea, district of San Miguelito.

In this opportunity, the Panamanian president didn’t say anything about the accusations made by members of the Panameñismo Political Party about the intention of the CD of “buying” two protagonists in a commercial of the presidential candidate Juan Carlos Varela. (Estrella)

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Cucalon Will Not Investigate Martinelli's Mansion

Panama News“I speak for everyone and I don’t belong to a political party. I’ve been saying this for the longest time and I told the President. Only 18% of the properties in Panama pay taxes, and those who pay, pay very little.”

Luis Cucalón, the administrator of the National Public Income Authority (ANIP), gave this response on the cost of Martinelli’s properties in Altos del Golf, which have had the same cadastral value for over 20 years.

The President himself said he was not aware of this situation.

Still, Cucalón said he “won’t investigate the President,” because this is “not tax evasion.” (Prensa)

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Noriega Has Been Imprisoned In Panama For 2 Years

Panama News

Former Dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, has been at El Renacer prison for 2 years, after being extradited from France, where he was convicted for money laundering.

Noriega arrived at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama on December 11th, 2011 on a commercial flight from Spain and from there he was transferred to the prison El Renacer, amid high security from the police, who were using decoys to mislead journalists.

Noriega's lawyers have requested for him to pass the rest of his sentence at home because of his age and poor health, but they've had no success.

Noriega is convicted for the murders of Hugo Spadafora and Moises Giroldi, and on December 3rd, it was informed he'll be going to trial for the death of leader Heliodoro Portugal.(Mi Diario)

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IDAAN Repair Works At El Ingenio Are Finally Finished

Panama News

After 13 hours of repair works, the IDAAN reported the 16' pipe in front of Plaza Agora was finally repaired.

Abilio Pittí, metropolitan manager of the IDAAN, said they were not prepared for the second damage on the pipe since they only announced repair works for 2 pipes at El Ingenio.

El Carmen, Betania, Villa de las Fuentes, Pueblo Nuevo, among other sectors, were affected by the lack of drinking water supply.(Dia a Dia)

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Second Date Of The "Guns and Ammunitions For Food and Medications" Program

Panama News

Tomorrow is the second date of the "Guns and ammunitions for food and medications" program at the Los Andes shopping center, from 8am to 4pm, as reported by the Government of Panama.

Since this program started, more than 500 thousand firearms and 100 thousand ammunition were taken out of the streets, and over $270 thousand dollars in bonds have been given for them.

The authorities explained people who go to the place and deliver this kind of items will not be asked for personal information, nor will be asked on how they got the guns.(Dia a Dia)

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3 Year Old Child Fell From Second Floor Of A Building In Colon

Panama News

Yesterday night, a 3 year old child identified as Abdiel Miguel Valdes, fell from the second floor of the Torre 10 building at the Irving Saladino residential in Colon.

Luis Barria, a resident of the building, said the child climbed a chair to lean over the balcony and apparently lost his balance.

Barria also said his daughter noticed the child holding to the balcony, and despite her efforts, she couldn't prevent him from falling.

The family reported the child has a skull trauma and brain injury, but doctors are expecting for his swellings to lower in order to make the necessary treatments.(La Critica)

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