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181. 30-Day Suspension of Gomez Called "A Joke"
By Elizabeth González A. for the Panama America - The Committee of Relatives for the Right to Health and Life qualified the 30-day suspension of Jose Gomez, the Director of the Institutional Protection Service (SPI), as "a vacation" and "as a joke." On 23 July the Ministry of the Presidency ...
182. A Replay of August 2007 SUNTRACS Demonstration
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - On 26 July 2007 four construction workers were killed in an accident on the job in San Francisco. The accident occurred on the job site of the Torre 7400 and is being built by the Corcione Group, and this job site was not organized ...
183. Riots and Protests - What To Expect For ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Tomorrow according to SUNTRACS union leader Saul Mendez, construction workers will be returning to the street to continue the protests they started today. Most of the protesting is being done by members of the Sindicato Único Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de la ...
184. University of Panama and Instituto Nacional Will Remain ...
By JORGE D. GUTIÉRREZ for Dia a Dia - Panama's Minister of Education, Miguel Ángel Cañizales, made clear that neither the School of Arts and Offices of the University of Panama or the Instituto Nacional will reopen until they have a chance to seriously analyze all of the events that ...
185. "Student" Protester Swatted My Video Camera Today on ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There was a protest this afternoon down on Via España in front of the Banco Nacional. A small group of about 50 of the "regulars" who always come out to block Via Transistmica over by the University of Panama had marched down, and they ...
186. Protests and Counter-Protests Over Petaquilla Gold Mine
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - OK, now it makes sense. A group of farmers has been blocking the road leading to the Petaquilla gold mine for more than two weeks. They claim the mine is doing environmental damage to the surrounding area, and they want it shut down completely. ...
187. Striking Doctor's Reject Government Proposal for 14% Wage ...
By Alexis Charris Palacios for La Estrella de Panama - In a meeting at the Headquarters of the National Medical Association the representatives of the National Medical Negotiating Commission (Comenenal) rejected the government's proposal for a 14% wage increase as well as the Single Health System project being proposed by ...
188. Indians Close Pan American Highway at San Felix
Indigenous of Ngäbe Bugle ethnicity closed the Pan American highway in the area of San Felix, in expectation of what is happening at the dialog table. The Indians were waiting to see what happens in the Capital City and to see if Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino will remain in ...
189. Striking Doctors Want to Restart Negotiations "From Zero"
By Ohigginis Arcia for the Panama America - Striking doctors in the Republic of Panama who work for the public health system and who have been on strike for thirteen days told government negotiators they want to restart negotiations "from zero" because they are not satisfied with any of the ...
190. Edy Pinto of the FAM - An Interview ...
This morning I wandered over to the Rodelag on Via Transistmica to see the start of the daily teachers strike. I've been hearing about these strikes daily and wanted to take the pulse myself. I spoke to Edy Pinto, one of the primary leaders of the Teacher's Action Front (FAM) ...
191. The "Handing Out Pamphlets" Myth and SUNTRACS
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - IN order to make a "big lie" stick you have to decide on key elements and then keep to it no matter what anyone else says. SUNTRACS has been saying all weekend that their people in Paitilla were arrested for "handing out pamphlets" as ...
192. Protesting Indians Take Over Governor's Mansion in Chiriqui
Ngöbe Indians who are protesting against Law 8 that amends the Mining Code have taken over the Governor's mansion of Chiriqui and are stationed outside of the building without letting any official enter. The protesters conducted a march yesterday in rejection of Law 8, and they demanded the presence of ...
193. Albrook Bus Terminal Shut Down - Chaos - ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The ongoing protest actions by the SUNTRACS labor union have reached the Albrook Bus Terminal. There are reports of "chaos" and no one is apparently able to catch a bus to move anywhere. This makes perfect sense, because all of the major roads and ...
194. "Corporal Fired Under Threat" - Mirones
La Prensa - The Director of Panama's National Police Rolando Mirones told La Prensa yesterday that, according to preliminary investigations, the shooting death of SUNTRACS construction worker Luigi Argüelles occurred in an "extreme situation" in which one of the twenty construction workers who are living on the island fired the ...
195. Government Gives Retirees a COLA Increase
(Source: La Critica) The government and retirees signed an agreement yesterday to raise pensions but the money for the increases is not in the national budget which will cost an additional $14 million dollars per year. Eladio Fernandez, of the Independent Association of Pensioners and Retirees and Vice President Rubén ...
196. US Embassy in Panama Issues Another Warning on ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The US Embassy in Panama has issued another warning due to the ongoing protests and confrontations between striking banana workers and riot police in Changuinola, in the Western province of Bocas del Toro in the Republic of Panama; Date: July 10, 2010 To: U.S. ...
197. SUNTRACS Screwed Up Panama City This Morning
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The SUNTRACS construction union came out to screw up traffic all over Panama City this morning. They knew all of the riot control police officers of the National Police were deployed to Colon, so they took advantage of the situation to launch simultaneous street ...
198. Labor Day Protestors Climb the Bridge of the ...
Four men climbed the Bridge of the Americas in protest today, to demand that the Panamanian government comply with a decision from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Labor leader Manrique Mejía said the protest, the second of its type since 29 July 2005, was done to call attention to ...
199. US Embassy Emergency Message: Widespread Disruption and Protests ...
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel along the Pan-American Highway in western Panama and other parts of the country at this time. UPDATE: The two sides are in negotiations to end the protests and the Pan American Highway was open as of February 7. The ...
200. Frenadeso announces demonstrations (again)
Frenadeso announced they would go back to the streets in protest, again. This time they will be protesting against the reforms to the social security system here, which have been passed by the assembly and just need the signature of President Torrijos to become law. They will also be protesting ...
201. Emergency Message For U.S. Citizens - Widespread Disruption ...
The U.S. Embassy in Panama City alerts U.S. citizens to road closures due to indigenous protests on the Pan-American Highway near San Felix, Pacora, Horconcitos, Tole, Las Lomas and Vigui areas. The Embassy urges American citizens to avoid traveling on the highway near those locations. Other protests and road closures ...
202. "Warning Strike" Generates Uncertainty
By José Somarriba Hernández for La Prensa - Public school students face the possibility once more of not being able to attend classes, thanks to the threat of a "warning strike" that has been called by the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Rights (FRENADESO) which could ...
203. Firemen vs. Riot Control Police on Ave Cuba
About 21 firemen were arrested yesterday afternoon after a clash with riot control officers of the National Police, when the firemen closed Ave. Cuba using their fire trucks as a form of protest. The firemen used their fire hoses against the riot control police, who responded with tear gas and ...
204. 20,000 Liters of Milk To Be Thrown Out ...
By Gilberto Pérez for El Siglo - More than 20,000 liters of "Grade A" milk being stored in the cold storage facilities of the La Estrella Azul milk processing plant will expire in the next two days, and most likely will have to be thrown out. These were the declarations ...
205. Paso Canoas Border Crossing Still Closed By Protesting ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - As of this morning protesting banana workers still have the border crossing between Panama and Costa Rica closed, now for the third day. The are worried that their concerns are not being addressed in ongoing negotiations taking place between the government of Panama the ...
206. How's That for "Disinformation" - The Truth Slams ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday I published an article detailing how the government of Ricardo Martinelli leaked an audio recording of a cell phone conversation supposedly between the President of the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) (Revolutionary Democratic Party) in the Republic of Panama, Francisco "Pachi" Sánchez Cárdenas, and ...
207. FRENADESO Plans Demonstration for Tomorrow
The National Front for Economic and Social Rights (FRENADESO) announced they will be protesting again tomorrow afternoon (Wed., 8 Feb 2006). This time they are protesting against the rise in electricity costs and the way the Panamanian government has handled the issue. According to the Secretary of the National Coordinator ...
208. Protesting Indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé Indians Partially Close Pan American ...
Protesting Indians have closed one lane of the Pan American highway at Viguí, the border between the provinces of Veraguas and Chiriqui, over their dissatisfaction with the way the talks between their representatives and the government are progressing over the issues of mining and hydroelectric power. The Indians are on ...
209. Bird Shot, Rubber Bullers, Tear Gas, and Zipcuffs ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panamanian riot police are demonstrating their newest tactics to respond to these kinds of protests. When the protesting construction workers pull back into the building (where they were supposed to be working), the riot police penetrate the circumference of the building and secure the ...
210. Fishermen Close Streets in Protest
A group of Riot Police officers of the National Police this afternoon are trying to restore the flow of traffic on Avenida Balboa and the coastal strip, which were closed by fishermen who oppose Decree No.486 of 28 December 2010. Fishermen from the interior of the country closed the roadway ...
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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