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151. Replies About The Bocas Situation -- It's All ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Apparently someone is trying to shut down two of the water taxi operations in order to take them over. Apparently, it's political, because the owner of the Taxi25 is a PRD guy. Anyway, those people who have been affected by the government shutdown have ...
152. Indian Protest is a "Whim That Does Not ...
Panama's Minister of Trade and Industry Ricardo Quijano said today, Thursday, 2 February 2012, that the protest being held by the indigenous Indians from the Comarca Ngäbe Buglé, in Chiriquí "is a whim that does not make sense." Quijano said the protest action of the Indians, who are opposed to ...
153. Victims Of Fire In El Chorrillo Protest
A group of victims of the fire which consumed two mansions located on Calle 19 in El Chorrillo, made a protest to demand housing solutions. Those affected by the fire kept Calle 20 of El Chorrillo closed, where they barricaded the road to prevent the passage of vehicles. Although police ...
154. Two Arrested in Murder of SUNTRACS Activist Osvaldo ...
By José Otero for La Prensa - Panama's Fourth Superior Prosecutor Tulia Pardo formally charged two employees of the Odebrecht construction company with murder in the death of SUNTRACS activist Osvaldo Lorenzo, and ordered the release of the other thirteen people who had been detained in the case. Lorenzo was ...
155. Protesters In Colon Demand Drinking Water Improvements
In the area of Villa del Caribe, in the province of Colon, the leaders of the "Broad Front For Colon" closed the road in protest, demanding a solution to problems with the supply of drinking water. The leaders, members of 23 different communities in the area of Sabanitas of Colon, ...
156. Funeral For Two Banana Workers Killed in Changuinola ...
Virgilo Castillo and Antonio Smith, the two banana workers who died during the demonstrations that occurred in the province of Bocas del Toro to demand the repeal of Act 30 of 2010, were buried on Sunday in the cemetery at Finca 6, in the district of Changuinola. The coffins were ...
157. FRENADESO Still Has Not Decided on a Date ...
By José Arcia for La Prensa - The date for the general strike being called for by the National Front for the Defense of Social Rights (Frenadeso) has not yet been defined. Frenadeso held a national meeting yesterday during which they decided to create a coordination commission to define the ...
158. IDAAN (Water) Workers On Strike
A group of workers of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (Idaan) has started an indefinite strike. The decision, as explained by Rafael Mejia, a leader of the Idaan workers, was taken last Saturday, July 7th, after a march and a meeting they organized. According to Mejia, it's been ...
159. Increase To Retiree's Pensions Will Be Funded With ...
(Editor's Comment: Background Information - The retirees have been out in the streets for weeks, demanding a $50 per month increase in their monthly pensions. In recent days Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli has promised to make it happen one way or another, and right now they are trying to figure ...
160. The Future Of The Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Project ...
Among street closures and accusations of delaying the dialogue by some indigenous groups, the talks resumed yesterday about the project 415 of the Mining Code. At the meeting, which began around 10:00 a. m. and ended at 6.00 p. m., at the headquarters of the Organization of the United Nations ...
161. Protesting Banana Workers Block Paso Canoa Border Crossing
By Astrid Milixa Carreño I. for El Siglo - Workers from the Multiple Services Cooperative of Puerto Armuelles (COOSEMUPAR) blocked the Paso Canoa border crossing in Chiriquí yesterday, because, according to them, they have not been taken into account in the negotiations being carried out between a government commission and ...
162. Residents of Unión Santeña and Chimán Block Highway ...
The patience of the residents of Chiman has been exhausted, and they blocked the Pan-American Highway for eight hours. The triggers were the lack of a decent road to connect their community with the rest of the country, the legalization of land (titles), and the cessation of logging activity in ...
163. School Starting Again at the Instituto Nacional
By Urania Cecilia Molina for La Prensa - Five hours after Juan Daniel, the Director of the National Institute who was recently removed from this position, called a press conference to "publicly apologize for the inconveniences caused by his separation," the Education Ministry announced they had reached an agreement with ...
164. Bus Driver Protest Continues - Riot Police Trying ...
The protest began at about 10:30 a.m. this morning. Bus drivers from different routes - such as Torrijos Carter - are holding a protest this morning on the Boyd Roosevelt Avenue, near the entrance to San Isidro. At this time (12:30 pm) riot police have arrived at the scene and ...
165. A Reminder About the SUNTRACS "Martyrs"
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I'm hearing people discussing the shooting death of Airomi Smith in Colón on Tuesday last week. And, people generally seem to have bought into the SUNTRACS version of events, that "some poorly trained cop shot an unarmed worker in the back." I would simply ...
166. Funeral Services Held For 16 Year Old Who ...
Yesterday funeral services were held for Mauricio Iván Méndez, 16, who died in a confusing incident during a protest on 6 February 2012, in Las Lomas, David, province of Chiriqui. The sad farewell ceremony was held at the Breath of Life Temple, Assemblies of God. The body was taken to ...
167. Protesting Ngäbe Bugle Close Pan American Highway, Clash ...
As they had announced, the indigenous Ngäbe Bugle protested on the Pan American highway on Saturday, triggering clashes between them and the riot control units of the National Police. The clashes occurred after noon, after the leader and president of the Regional Congress, Toribio Garcia, announced that the primary demand ...
168. Reader Updates From Bocas Del Toro
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received the following via email: "Power is back on in Almirante, it went on at 9:30 this morning. Water is running again. Gas station in Almirante now has gas. Gas will be available in a couple of hours on Isla Carenero. Ferry is ...
169. Indian Protesters Kidnap About 40 Costa Rican Tourists ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The situation in San Felix just changed significantly. According to the Director of Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC), Arturo Alvarado De Icaza, the protesting indigenous Ngöbe Bugle Indians have kidnapped about 40 Costa Rican citizens who were traveling aboard a "Tica Bus" in ...
170. MEF Minister De Lima Says There Are Political ...
#Panama - The Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, has not ruled out the idea that there are political reasons behind the recent demonstrations staged by small businessmen in the interior of the country, who reject the obligation to acquire fiscal printers. He said "according to the information ...
171. Remains of Burned Bus Taken to the DIJ
By Mirna Ospino for the Panama America - Wednesday night the remains of the bus from the Don Bosco route that was set on fire earlier in the afternoon were transferred to the Direction of Judicial Investigation of the National Police. A large number of police officers (including riot control ...
172. SUNTRACS Calls For Nation-Wide 24 Hour Strike
Panama America - The Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Construcción y Similares (SUNTRACS) construction labor union announced a national strike for 21 August 2007 in protest over the killing of Oswaldo Lorenzo Pérez. The decision was taken by union leaders who gathered early this morning in the José Dolores ...
173. Banana Workers Protesting in Changuinola
A rain that fell yesterday in the province of Bocas del Toro did not prevent the workers from the San Bosco company from conducting a ten-hour closure on the Changuinola River Bridge to demand back wages. Dozens of workers have been protesting for the past eight days and have taken ...
174. Transistmica Is Closed - Use Other Routes
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In Panama City protesting students have closed Transistmica. They continue to exchange rocks for tear gas with a small group of riot police who have responded to the area. Use alternate routes. Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever ...
175. Panamanian Government Freezes Electricity Rate Hike
After one week of intense protests in all the country, the Panamanian Government announced a 90 day suspension yesterday of the last increase of the electrical tariff. The measure, as explained by the Minister of the Presidency Ubaldino Real, will allow the National Commission on Power Conservation to analyze a ...
176. Government Admits Guilt in Changuinola Clashes
The Government has assumed its guilt. Last night, the Minister of the Presidency, Jimmy Papadimitriu admitted there were flaws in the handling of the crisis in Bocas del Toro which left two dead and more than 200 wounded last week. "We regret what happened in the province of Bocas del ...
177. Protesting Ngäbe Buglé Indians Refuse To Meet With ...
After waiting four hours for the government commission to arrive in the area of San Lorenzo in Chiriqui on Saturday to negotiate, the Ngäbe Bugle leaders withdrew and returned to the streets to continue their protest against mining and hydroelectric projects. They said they will remain at the San Felix ...
178. Frank de Lima (MEF) Explains New Law 72 ...
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, talked about some of the points outlined in the new Law 72 which, among other things, allows the sale of the lands of the Colon Free Zone. The minister said the new law creates a trust that will provide benefits to ...
179. Chief Silvia Carrera Says She Did Not Sell ...
Faced with accusations by some indigenous groups in the Ngobe-Bugle region, the General Chief Silvia Carrera said the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project had not been sold nor negotiated. Carrera said he who says she was bought off should prove it with evidence, because there is a saying: "If you have ...
180. Protesters March To Andrés Bello Park on Via ...
Protesters gathered this afternoon in front of the El Carmen church on Vía España and marched to the Andrés Bello Park on Via Argentina. The group was comprised of workers, environmentalists, teachers and students who reject the new Law 30, and who express their support for the striking banana plantation ...
Current Tides for BalboaClick Here for a very nice real-time visual representation of the current tides at Balboa, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The small "cross" marks the current tide level.
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