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11 October 2015 - 17 October 2015 News Archive
(70 categories)
Investing/financing
in/around Panama
Business resources in,
and studies of, Panama
Technology transfer
to/from Panama
Recent Laws
of Panama
Important people
in Panama

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
With discounts up to 70%, stores in shopping centers trying to boost their end of year sales
         - Panama America, 17 October
Panamanian consumers prefer branded products from regional companies
         - La Estrella, 17 October
Regional exports hurt by slowing Chinese economy and drop in commodity prices
         - Panama America, 17 October
Colon Free Zone says that it is on the point of extinction if it doesn't get tax breaks during its economic crisis
         - La Estrella, 17 October
Over $1 million in fines have been levied against stores that violated basic food price control laws
         - Panama America, 17 October
Real estate developer Amarilo is considering expanding its market into the provinces with new residential community projects
         - La Estrella, 17 October
Government suspends 11 hydroelectric concessions, 5 in Chiriqui and 6 in Veraguas
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 October
Government suspends 11 hydroelectric concessions, 5 in Chiriqui and 6 in Veraguas
         - Prensa, 17 October
How Martinelli and his business partners "captured" the hydroelectric concessions for Rio San Pablo in Veraguas
         - La Estrella, 17 October
Government will need to spend $300 million to build sewer system for David's roadways
         - Panama America, 17 October
The Health and Environmental Ministries restart project to create a wetlands park along Panama Bay to guarantee conversation of mangroves
         - Prensa, 17 October
Farmers in Veraguas organize workshop about effects of climate change on their activities
         - Prensa, 17 October
Government to spend $4.5 million to restore historic government building in Colon
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 October
Government to spend $4.5 million to restore historic government building in Colon
         - Prensa, 17 October
Online discounts/coupons, a growing business in Panama
         - Prensa, 17 October
Diesel prices in Costa Rica highest in Central America
         - La Estrella, 17 October
U.S. dollar could rise in Costa Rica if China doens't buy a new government bond
         - CostaRica Star, 17 October
Everything costs less in small-town Panama, such as in Las Tablas
         - International Living, 17 October
Video of Panama police burning 11 tons of illegal drugs
         - Reuters, 17 October
Examining the scope of Costa Rica's data protection laws
         - NearShore Americas, 17 October
New, provably fair bitcoin casino games are developed in Costa Rica
         - CostaRica Star, 17 October
National Assembly asks Administration to revise its requested 2016 budget of $20.1 billion
         - Prensa, 17 October
Teachers in Veraguas to have a one day work stoppage seeking to exclude education from government decentralization plans
         - La Estrella, 17 October
Citizens and store owners in Panama West demand better security
         - Panama America, 17 October
National Assembly to discuss partial veto of new law to make it harder to prosecute government officials
         - Prensa, 17 October
Opinion: more work needed to create judicial indpendence in Panama
         - Prensa, 17 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panama's ASSA insurance company to acquire 100 percent of AIG's operations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama, making it a top regional insurer
         - Newsroom Panama, 15 October
Panama's ASSA insurance company to acquire 100 percent of AIG's operations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama, making it a top regional insurer
         - Prensa, 15 October
63% of the workforce doesn't have social security insurance
         - La Estrella, 15 October
Canal Authority running out of time to decide on bidding out a concession to build a port at Corozal
         - Prensa, 15 October
President Varela proposes that the planned fourth bridge over the Canal should have a toll
         - Prensa, 15 October
Panama Canal could deliver a higher dividend to the government this year, on increased volume of cargo through the Canal
         - Panama America, 15 October
206,000 cruise ship passengers have visited Panama in 2015 as of August
         - Prensa, 15 October
MetroBus service in Panama City operating with half of the fleet of buses
         - Panama America, 15 October
Finance Ministry asks for the revision of 110 laws that govern $800 million in tax exemptions
         - El Siglo, 15 October
Government seeks bids for $21 million contract to provide food for prisons in the provinces
         - Prensa, 15 October
Tocumen Airport negotiating with El Al Airlines to arrange four direct flights a week between Panama and Israel
         - Prensa, 15 October
Nicaragua reports a record $400 million of coffee exports this year
         - Panama America, 15 October
South African pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharma to open service center in Costa Rica
         - Prensa, 15 October
Gulf of Nicoya towns (Costa Rica) uniting against pirate threat
         - AM Costa Rica, 15 October
New tax reporting system in Costa Rica causing confusion
         - AM Costa Rica, 15 October
Costa Rica's telecom authority (SUTEL) to spend $20 million to wire the country's Atlantic coast with broadband Internet
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 October
Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli to be charged with political espionage
         - The Guardian, 15 October
Supreme Court rejects Martinelli's latest attempt to delay his trial on illegal wiretapping
         - Newsroom Panama, 15 October
Supreme Court rejects Martinelli's latest attempt to delay his trial on illegal wiretapping
         - Prensa, 15 October
Supreme Court approves investigation of embezzlement of tax monies allegedly given to Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 15 October
Attorney General to investigate flows of embezzled tax monies allegedly used by Martinelli family to invest in hydroelectric projects
         - Prensa, 15 October
Martinelli hires defense lawyers in Italy for possible bribery charges
         - Prensa, 15 October
25 lawyers submit applications for two open positions on the Supreme Court
         - Prensa, 15 October
Child, Adolescent and Family Agency issues no-bid contract for $150,000
         - Panama America, 15 October
Costa Rica's Minister of Security calls for immediate action to combat rising organized crime
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 October
Gulf of Nicoya towns uniting against pirate threat against fishing communities
         - AM Costa Rica, 15 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Corn farmers have lost 6000 hectares of crops due to drought
         - Panama America, 14 October
More large businesses closing their operations in Colon Free Zone
         - Panama America, 14 October
Did Martinelli use tax monies embezzled through Cobranzas del Istmo to personally invest in hydroelectric projects?
         - El Siglo, 14 October
Did Martinelli use tax monies embezzled through Cobranzas del Istmo to personally invest in hydroelectric projects?
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 October
Did Martinelli use tax monies embezzled through Cobranzas del Istmo to personally invest in hydroelectric projects?
         - Prensa, 14 October
How slot machine parlors proliferated during the Martinelli-era, often placed in poor neighborhoods
         - Prensa, 14 October
Residents of Chiriqui Grande (Bocas del Toro) block roads to protest oil-burning power plant
         - Prensa, 14 October
Panama slips briefly into deflation in September, as prices drop 0.4%
         - Reuters, 14 October
Inflation is only up 0.5% for all of this first nine months of 2015
         - La Estrella, 14 October
Finance Ministry opposes real estate tax cut
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 October
Finance Ministry opposes real estate tax cut
         - Prensa, 14 October
Panamanians are the most in debt in Central America
         - Prensa, 14 October
Panama Canal Authority considering legal action over leaks in new Canal locks
         - Ship and Bunker, 14 October
Panama - a growing transhipment opportunity
         - Am.J. Transportation, 14 October
Vessel congestion pushing up Panama bunker oil prices
         - Ship and Bunker, 14 October
Government to start tests of using taxi meters in taxi cabs
         - La Estrella, 14 October
Government's $960,000 restoration of the historic Baison Blanch building in Colon is 60% complete
         - El Siglo, 14 October
Farmers in the north of Penonome are tired of waiting for paved roads
         - El Siglo, 14 October
New restaurant, Intimo, reviewed in New York Times, located on Calle 72 Este en San Francisco district
         - New York Times, 14 October
What happened when Panama condo owners tried to fire Donald Trump
         - Fortune, 14 October
Costa Rica's largest shopping mall to open November 11th, the new City Mall in Alajuela, creating 3500 new jobs
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 October
Only six police guard the town of El Valle de Anton (Cocle), which has 7,265 residents
         - Prensa, 14 October
Plastic is the biggest contaminant of Panama's rivers and beaches
         - Panama AMerica, 14 October
Will Martinelli resign from the useless Central American Parliament, so his corruption prosecutions transfer from Supreme Court to National Assembly?
         - La Estrella, 14 October
Candidates for the Supreme Court to be published by October 30th
         - Prensa, 14 October
In Costa Rica, massive public sector strikes expected to cripple traffic and business, as unions oppose efforts to rein in high salaries and benefits paid to public sector employees
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 October
Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose, becoming more violent, mostly the result of narco gangs competing for turf in San Jose and Limon
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
More Colon Free Zone businesses to close in near term without government help during their time of crisis
         - Panama America, 13 October
Majority of retailers probably not paying all of their sales tax
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 October
Majority of retailers on the Amador causeway and Casco Viego are not paying all of their sales tax
         - Panama America, 13 October
Majority of retailers on the Amador causeway and Casco Viego are not paying all of their sales tax
         - La Estrella, 13 October
Basic food price controls losing effectiveness
         - Panama America, 13 October
Agriculture sector in Chiriqui is stagnating, according to farmers
         - Panama AMerica, 13 October
El Nino weather conditions delay coffee harvest in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 13 October
Controversy still lingers over award of 350 megawatt power project to AES Panama
         - La Estrella, 13 October
Environmental Ministry evaluating routes for power interconnection transmission lines with Colombia
         - Panama America, 13 October
Two year delay (2014 to 2016) for opening the expanded Panama Canal will cost the Canal $450 million in revenue
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 October
Two year delay (2014 to 2016) for opening the expanded Panama Canal will cost the Canal $450 million in revenue
         - Prensa, 13 October
President Varela apologizes to the Guna Manungandi people for construction of dam that violated their human rights by flooding their homes, and pays $2.5 million in reparations
         - Prensa, 13 October
President Varela apologizes to the Guna Manungandi people for construction of dam that violated their human rights by flooding their homes, and pays $2.5 million in reparations
         - La Estrella, 13 October
Martinelli not in Miami, and Paraguay denies that he is there
         - La Estrella, 13 October
President's Cabinet authorizes government to spend $49.7 million to buy 100% of the MiBus MetroBus system
         - Prensa, 13 October
President's Cabinet authorizes government to spend $49.7 million to buy 100% of the MiBus MetroBus system
         - Panama America, 13 October
MetroBus drivers threaten to strike if government doesn't pay them for some unpaid back wages
         - Panama America, 13 October
Prosecutors to charge four more people with the deaths of 10 neo-natal infants who were poisoned with bad medicine
         - Prensa, 13 October
Prosecutors to charge four more people (14 total) with the deaths of 10 neo-natal infants who were poisoned with bad medicine
         - Prensa, 13 October
More men dying of prostate cancer in Colon province
         - PRensa, 13 October
CD party suddenly realizes it needs to delay its party elections, which conveniently lengthens Martinelli's immunity from prosecution
         - Prensa, 13 October
National Assembly formally approves new law to reform the Judicial Code
         - Prensa, 13 October
Civic groups request that three new Supreme Court justices be "honest and brave"
         - Prensa, 13 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Hydroelectric concessions are destroying sources of drinking water across the country
         - Prensa, 12 October
Competitors say that AES Panama's domination of the local power generation market is dangerous
         - La Estrella, 12 October
President Varela promises to help the Colon Free Zone during its crisis
         - Panama America, 12 October
Coffee harvest begins late in Renacimiento, as drought conditions required more time for beans to mature
         - Panama America, 12 October
11 entities interested in buying the assets of Banco Universal
         - Prensa, 12 October
11 entities interested in buying the assets of Banco Universal
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Ownership controversies at the Trump Ocean Club
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Copa Airlines files complaint that government rushed in accepting bids to provide airplane travel services for government uses
         - Prensa, 12 October
President Varela formally launches the $500 million Colon city revitalization project
         - Prensa, 12 October
President Varela formally launches the $500 million Colon city revitalization project
         - Panama America, 12 October
President Varela formally launches the $500 million Colon city revitalization project
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Public Works ministry to spend $23 million to pave roads in San Miguelito and north Panama
         - Prensa, 12 October
Public Works ministry to spend $23 million to pave roads in San Miguelito and north Panama
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Seven consortiums submit bids to build new children's hospital on Balboa avenue
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 October
Seven consortiums submit bids to build new Children's Hospital on Balboa avenue
         - Prensa, 12 October
Seven consortiums submit bids to build new Children's Hospital on Balboa avenue
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Panama's science agency (Senacyt) budget is cut 40%, disappointing those supporting scientific research in Panama
         - La Estrella, 12 October
Government (Ifarhu) passes out $57 million in scholarships and tuition support to students
         - Prensa, 12 October
Environmental Ministry wastes $60,000 buying a luxury SUV for the Minister of the Environment
         - Panama America, 12 October
Anti-corruption prosecutors order Martinelli agriculture minister Emilio Kieswetter to not leave the country
         - Prensa, 12 October
Key issues in the accusations against Martinelli involving illegal wiretaps
         - Prensa, 12 October
Civic groups ask Supreme Court judge Jeronimo Mejia to rigorously investigate the Martinelli wiretapping case "without fear" of retribution
         - Prensa, 12 October
Supreme Court finds evidence linking Martinelli to Cobranzas del Istmo tax collection scandal
         - Prensa, 12 October
Despite a backlog of cases at the Supreme Court, chief justice Ayu Prado takes his 26th trip, this time to Russia
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 October
Despite a backlog of cases at the Supreme Court, chief justice Ayu Prado takes his 26th trip, this time to Russia
         - Prensa, 12 October
PRD party signs up 7000 new members
         - La Estrella, 12 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panamanian exports have dropped 14.7% in the first six months of 2015
         - Prensa, 11 October
Despite new law in 2013 to help farmers, rice production has dropped from the last two years, from 67,000 hectares to 50,000 hectares
         - Prensa, 11 October
8% fewer foreigners seeking job permits in Panama
         - La Estrella, 11 October
Panama's diamond exchange interested in expanding operations into Mexico
         - La Estrella, 11 October
Finmeccanica contract scandal still upsetting relations between Panama and Italy
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 October
Finmeccanica contract scandal still upsetting relations between Panama and Italy
         - Prensa, 11 October
How condo owners in the Trump Ocean Club fired Trump Panama Condo management
         - Yahoo News, 11 October
How condo owners in the Trump Ocean Club fired Trump Panama Condo management
         - Prensa, 11 October
Seeking ways to improve the growing amount of tourism in the provinces
         - Panama America, 11 October
Argentinian-born Lucio Garcia, founder of the Decameron chain of hotels, dies in New York City, after fighting surgical complications
         - Prensa, 11 October
Fortuna/Arenal: tourist paradise in northern Costa Rica
         - Panama America, 11 October
Panama Supreme Court judge accuses Martinelli over illegal spying in a report to the entire court
         - FoxNews, 11 October
Panamanian judge on InterAmerican Commission of Human Rights, Esmeralda Arosemena, says Martinelli's illegal wiretapping is a violation of human rights
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 October
Panamanian judge on InterAmerican Commission of Human Rights, Esmeralda Arosemena, says Martinelli's illegal wiretapping is a violation of human rights
         - Prensa, 11 October
Government starts process to choose new Supreme Court judges
         - Prensa, 11 October
Government starts process to choose new Supreme Court judges
         - Panama America, 11 October
Children's Hospital in Panama City faces crisis due to lack of blood donors
         - Panama America, 11 October
Medical workers union (Comenenal) denounces that the social security agency (CSS) won't audit privatized health services that happened during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 11 October
Penonome preparing to confront more drought and less drinking water in 2016
         - Panama America, 11 October
Garbage collection authority (AAUD) is owed $67 million in unpaid bills as of end of September
         - Prensa, 11 October
Residents of Chitre still waiting for installation of new sewage pumping system
         - Prensa, 11 October
Seven communities in Santiago request closure of El Espino landfill
         - Prensa, 11 October
65 illegal garbage dumps facing closure, while government will spend $13 millon in 70 municipalities to improve garbage collection services
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 October
65 illegal garbage dumps facing closure, while government will spend $13 millon in 70 municipalities to improve garbage collection services
         - Prensa, 11 October
Fight breaks out in Panama City bus when a Nicaraguan journalist, who has lived for 10 years in Panama, is heard calling Panamanians filthy
         - El Siglo, 11 October
Fight breaks out in Panama City bus when a Nicaraguan journalist, who has lived for 10 years in Panama, is heard calling Panamanians filthy
         - La Estrella, 11 October

04 October 2015 - 10 October 2015 News Archive
(70 categories)
Investing/financing
in/around Panama
Business resources in,
and studies of, Panama
Technology transfer
to/from Panama
Recent Laws
of Panama
Important people
in Panama

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panama embarks on series of non-deal roadshows as it prepares to issue an additional $1 billion in international bonds
         - Reuters, 10 October
Panama lacks an effective public policy for on-the-job training
         - Panama America, 10 October
Home buyers entitled to a return of all of their deposited monies if the homebuilder fails to deliver the home per contract
         - El Siglo, 10 October
Farmers in Nicaragua have lost $50 million due to drought
         - Prensa, 10 October
Banana disease known as the "Panama fungus" is spreading from Asia to Africa and the Middle East
         - Panama America, 10 October
Panama Canal sets tonnage record at 341 million tons through the Canal in fiscal year 2015
         - Maritime Executive, 10 October
Costa Rica consumer association calls for tougher enforcement of tax on imported beer, with all taxes collected at customs
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 October
Prosecutors reject Panama-based Grupo Wisa's claims that it has paid the taxes it owes for its duty-free shops at the airport in Guatemala
         - Prensa, 10 October
Consumer protection agency (Acodeco) has levied $2.8 million in fines so far in 2015
         - La Estrella, 10 October
Tax inspectors visit retail establishments in Amador to see if they are properly reporting their tax receipts
         - Prensa, 10 October
Supreme Court judge Harry Diaz charges Martinelli with crimes linked to illegal wiretapping
         - Prensa, 10 October
Supreme Court judge Harry Diaz charges Martinelli with crimes linked to illegal wiretapping
         - La Estrella, 10 October
Martinelli's lawyers in Panama whine about his being charged by the Supreme Court with crimes linked to illegal wiretapping
         - Panama America, 10 October
Civic groups want to be involved with selection of new Supreme Court judges
         - Panama America, 10 October
President Varela proposes allocating 830 hectares in the Azuero to be used by students in the Agricultural Sciences depertment of the national agriculture institute
         - La Estrella, 10 October
Government funds Spanish company Ineco to do a $755,000 study of the Cerro Patacon landfill
         - Prensa, 10 October
Social Security agency (CSS) hopes to catch up on 450 cardiovascular surgeries
         - El Siglo, 10 October
How the Catholic Church relocates abusive priests to Latin America to escape prosecution
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 October
Costa Rican police seize 285 olive ridley sea turtle eggs from driver near Jaco
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government refuses to provide much support to the struggling Colon Free Zone
         - Panama America, 09 October
Antitrust lawsuit filed against AES Panama for controlling too much of the Panamanian power generation market
         - Panama America, 09 October
The truth about the leaks in the new Panama Canal locks
         - La Estrella, 09 October
Panama Canal posts a 3.1% drop in year-to-year vessel transits in September
         - TradeWinds, 09 October
Credit insurer Solunion begins operations in Panama
         - La Estrella, 09 October
Increasing consumption of eggs in Panama, from 342 million in 2005 to 438 million in 2014
         - El Siglo, 09 October
Salt producers in Guarare, Las Tablas and Pocri (Los Santos) confirm that they have lost $50,000 due to flooding caused by high seas
         - Prensa, 09 October
Public Works ministry will be able to use illegally harvested wood seized by the Environmental Ministry, for use in rural construction projects
         - Prensa, 09 October
Lawmakers in Costa Rica considering reducing tax on cruise ship tourists landing at Caldera port from $3 to $1.50 to boost tourism
         - TicoTimes, 09 October
Ten airport shops of the La Riviera chain are closed at the Guatemala airport due to tax evasion charges by Panamanian-owned Grupo Wisa
         - Panama America, 09 October
Ten airport shops of the La Riviera chain are closed at the Guatemala airport due to tax evasion charges by Panamanian-owned Grupo Wisa
         - Prensa, 09 October
Ten airport shops of the La Riviera chain are closed at the Guatemala airport due to tax evasion charges by Panamanian-owned Grupo Wisa
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 October
Supreme Court decides that Martinelli can be prosecuted for ordering illegal wiretaps, and orders "blue alert" for his arrest to Interpol
         - Prensa, 09 October
Supreme Court decides that Martinelli can be prosecuted for ordering illegal wiretaps, and orders "blue alert" for his arrest to Interpol
         - La Estrella, 09 October
Supreme Court judge Harry Diaz affirms that there are sufficient grounds to convict Martinelli for role in illegal wiretapping of 150 people
         - Prensa, 09 October
Supreme Court separates judge Jose Ayu Prado from Financial Pacific case invovling Martinelli, who appointed Ayu Prado to Supreme Court
         - Prensa, 09 October
President Varela to select new Supreme Court judges from list of candidates provided by new commission of government ministers
         - Prensa, 09 October
New Cancer Insitute will increase cost of the City of Health project
         - Prensa, 09 October
CSS insists on spending $24 million to rent 97 ambulances for five years instead of buying them, despite much public criticisms
         - Panama America, 09 October
New headquarters for the Maritime Authority will cost $26 million
         - Prensa, 09 October
Parents protest lack of maintenance in schools in Arraijan
         - Prensa, 09 October
Education Ministry to do an inventory of the state of condition of Panama's schools
         - Panama America, 09 October
Opinion: doubts about decentralization part of Panamanian government
         - Prensa, 09 October
Costa Rica's palliative (pain relief) care program among best in Latin America
         - TicoTimes, 09 October
After brutal killing of 86-year-old Cuban American in southern Costa Rica, squatters invade his property
         - TicoTimes, 09 October
Young man in Costa Rica brutally stabbed after posting viral video of government employee photographing the body of a young woman on streets of San Jose
         - TicoTimes, 09 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panama City has collected $84 million in taxes as of September 2015
         - Prensa, 08 October
Farming quail eggs proving to be a profitable business for some Panamanians
         - El Siglo, 08 October
Del Monte will buy lands in the banana growing zone of Baru (Chiriqui) for $7500/hectare
         - La Estrella, 08 October
Government to create a new higher learning institute for agriculture
         - El Siglo, 08 October
Government to create a new higher learning institute for agriculture
         - Panama America, 08 October
Does the fact that AES Panama controls over 50% of Panama electricity market violate the law?
         - La Estrella, 08 October
Anti-corruption prosecutors examine solar panels in solar energy farms in Herrera, Los Santos and Bocas del Toro
         - Prensa, 08 October
Can the Panama Canal fulfill its global LNG promise?
         - Oil Price, 08 October
Vessel congestion at Panama Canal boosts bunker fuel prices
         - Platts, 08 October
Ngabe-Bugle to resume protests against Barro Blanco hydroproject
         - Panama America, 08 October
Panama Canal moved 341 million tons of vessel weight in Fiscal Year 2015
         - Prensa, 08 October
Panama Canal moved 341 million tons of vessel weight in Fiscal Year 2015
         - La Estrella, 08 October
National Assembly deputies receive data about purchase of MiBus
         - Prensa, 08 October
WTO panel grants Panama victory in Argentine financial services case
         - ICTSD News, 08 October
British charter airline, Thomson Airways, to provide non-stop service between London's Gatwick airport and Liberia, Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 October
Costa Rica to ban the import of used vehicles older than 14 years
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 October
Supreme Court president Jose Ayu Prado recuses himself from corruption investigation of Martinelli, who appointed Ayu Prado to Supreme Court
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 October
Supreme Court president Jose Ayu Prado recuses himself from corruption investigation of Martinelli, who appointed Ayu Prado to Supreme Court
         - Prensa, 08 October
If Martinelli has to leave the U.S., where will he go?
         - Prensa, 08 October
Anti-corruption prosecutors ask Comptroller General to do an audit of the $517 million Hospital City project started by Martinelli for instances of corruption
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 October
Anti-corruption prosecutors ask Comptroller General to do an audit of the $517 million Hospital City project started by Martinelli for instances of corruption
         - Prensa, 08 October
Comptroller has endorsed $7.2 billion of government spending in 2015
         - Prensa, 08 October
National Assembly to abandon efforts to create a national bar exam, endorsed by the National Bar Association, after law students hold widespread street protests
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 October
National Assembly to abandon efforts to create a national bar exam, endorsed by the National Bar Association, after law students hold widespread street protests
         - Prensa, 08 October
Key issues: National Assembly to abandon efforts to create a national bar exam, endorsed by the National Bar Association, after law students hold widespread street protests
         - Prensa, 08 October
National Assembly to abandon efforts to create a national bar exam, endorsed by the National Bar Association, after law students hold widespread street protests
         - Panama America, 08 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Bocas del Toro Boat Yard - American owned and operated
         - All At Sea, 07 October
Mahesh Klemlani named head of Panama Diamond Exchange
         - JCK Online, 07 October
DHL Express to increase shipping prices by 5% in 2016
         - Prensa, 07 October
Martinelli seeking 'political asylum' in the U.S., after the expiration of his 180 day tourist visa, but probably will be denied
         - Newsroom Panama, 07 October
Former Martinelli health officials Guillermo Saez-Llorens and Javier Diaz are indicted for corruption and to stand trial
         - Prensa, 07 October
Civic group says Supreme Court president Ayu Prado must resign, and that President Varela must openly and honestly appoint three judges to the Supreme Court to fill vacancies
         - Newsroom Panama, 07 October
President Varela to start Supreme Court judge selection process on Monday
         - Prensa, 07 October
30% of Panamanian women don't have their own financial resources
         - Prensa, 07 October

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Tocumen Airport director Joseph Fidanque awards no-bid contracts to companies of billionaire Stanley Motta, who is a major stockholder of Copa Airlines, where Fidanque was a member of the board of directors before becoming Tocument Airport manager
         - Panama America, 06 October
Proposed law to turn all of Colon into a Free Zone will benefit scandal-plagued Odebrecht
         - Prensa, 06 October
Giacomo Tamburelli, former PAN director under Martinelli, faces new corruption charges
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 October
Giacomo Tamburelli, former PAN director under Martinelli, faces new corruption charges
         - Prensa, 06 October
Calls to investigate for corruption, Salomon Shamah, tourism director under Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 October
Stock market superintendent calls for an investigation for corruption, Salomon Shamah, tourism director under Martinelli
         - Prensa, 06 October
Stock market superintendent calls for an investigation for corruption, Salomon Shamah, tourism director under Martinelli
         - La Estrella, 06 October
CEPAL predicts drops in Latin American growth in 2015 from 0.5% to -0.3%
         - El Siglo, 06 October
CEPAL predicts drops in Latin American growth in 2015 from 0.5% to -0.3%
         - Panama America, 06 October
Corn production in Los Santos province is in a criticial situation due to drought
         - Panama America, 06 October
Rising costs of agricultural chemicals reduce the profits of harvests
         - Panama America, 06 October
Burger King closes its 29 restaurants in Costa Rica, firing 434 employees
         - La Estrella, 06 October
Canada's SkyPower announces 500 MW of solar energy projects in Panama, an investment costing more than $1 billion
         - MarketWatch, 06 October
Government doesn't have a strategy to prevent traffic jams during construction of Metro Subway Line II
         - Panama America, 06 October
Panamanian ports eye more transshipment
         - Journal of Commerce, 06 October
Minister of Commerce visiting with the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
         - El Siglo, 06 October
Links between Martinelli and the ex-directors of the now bankrupt Petaquilla Minerals mine
         - La Estrella, 06 October
First Quantum cuts costs 7% at Cobre Panama development to remain profitable
         - Canadian Mining Journal, 06 October
Groupon to cease operations in Panama and Uruguay
         - Near Shore Americas, 06 October
Costa Rica says it will not protect any shark species of "commercial interest", and will support shark fin exports
         - Inside CostaRica, 06 October
Tourism Authority to spend $400,000 to repair San Lorenzo historic fort in Colon
         - Prensa, 06 October
Nicaragua constructing nine artificial islands on southern Caribbean coast to boost tourism
         - Inside CostaRica, 06 October
40% of Costa Rica's 303 road deaths are of motorcyclists
         - Inside CostaRica, 06 October
Panamenista party, governing without opposition, positioned well for the 2019 elections
         - La Estrella, 06 October
National Mortgage Bank (BHN) owes water authority (IDAAN) $3.3 million in unpaid water bills
         - La Estrella, 06 October
Guillermo Cochez, former law professor for Supreme Court president Ayu Prado, says that Ayu Prado should resign
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 October
Scandal in Supreme Court over dismissal of a public contracting judge
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 October
Civic group Movin demands public role in scrutiny of people nominated to be new judges
         - Prensa, 06 October
66-year-old American woman is shot near to death at her home in Dolega (Chiriqui)
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 October

  


  

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Panamanian tax breaks given to scandal ridden Odebrecht by Martinelli administration are coming under scrutiny
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 October
Panamanian tax breaks given to scandal ridden Odebrecht by Martinelli administration are coming under scrutiny
         - Prensa, 05 October
Panama Canal plots logistic expansion with the container terminal project at Corozal
         - Journal of Commerce, 05 October
Panama City suspends awarding new building construction permits in Condado del Rey, after recent floodings question strains on infrastructure
         - Prensa, 05 October
Questions raised for why some 700 professors at the Univ. of Panama (most loyal supporters of reigning rector Gustavo Garcia) are receiving "salaries" of over $4000/month, second highest for government officials after the Canal, while reigning rector Garcia takes $12,000/month
         - Prensa, 05 October
President Varela says he opposes proposed law to regulate journalists
         - Prensa, 05 October
Garbage collection, a never ending battle in Panama City
         - Panama America, 05 October
El Nino could unleash epidemics of Dengue
         - El Siglo, 05 October

  


  

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Colon Free Zone's commercial activity has dropped 10% in last two years, and is expected to be done by 15% by the end of 2015
         - Prensa, 04 October
Colon Free Zone merchants, between boredom and hope
         - Panama AMerica, 04 October
Customs officials seize 40-foot container with contraband liquor and cigarettes bound for Colombia
         - La Estrella, 04 October
Panama continues to be second more competitive economy in the country
         - La Estrella, 04 October
Finland is interested in importing fruits from Panama
         - Prensa, 04 October
New home owners, and old, fear government decentralization, because it gives local authorities the right to impose more taxes on their homes, which they won't be able to pay
         - Panama America, 04 October
Cattle ranchers in Herrera killing some of their cattle so that they won't die due to hunger caused by the drought
         - Panama America, 04 October
Sugar cane harvest drops 5.4%
         - La Estrella, 04 October
Costa Rica will celebrate the national day of cacao on July 4th
         - Prensa, 04 October
Chamber of Tourism is seeking options to overcome the crisis due to a drop in tourists coming to Panama
         - Panama America, 04 October
Agrotourism in Costa Rica becoming more popular
         - Chicago Times, 04 October
The comforts of dental tourism in Costa Rica
         - CostaRica News, 04 October
China approves entry of Costa Rican pineapples
         - FreshPlaza, 04 October
Costa Rica coffee growers struggle to adapt to climate change
         - QCostaRica, 04 October
InterAmerican Press Society labels "terrible" a proposed Panamanian law to regulate journalists
         - Prensa, 04 October
InterAmerican Press Society worried about attacks on the press in Venezuela and Ecuador
         - Prensa, 04 October
Univ. of Panama doesn't provide office space for the university's Student Rights Defender (Defensoria)
         - La Estrella, 04 October
Many are questioning why President Varela is slow to nominate replacements for Supreme Court judge openings
         - Panama America, 04 October
Many are questioning why the health service (CSS) is spening millions to rent ambulances, instead of buying them outright
         - Panama America, 04 October
Interview with Jose Luis Varela, Panamenista deputy and brother of President Varela
         - Prensa, 04 October

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Supreme Court upholds order to seize Carlos Slim's assets in an illegally granted hydroelectric project originally granted to Panamanian businessman
         - Reuters, 03 October
Panama and Colombia extends talks on a tax information exchange accord
         - Prensa, 03 October
Tax authority (DGI) inspectors examine books of stores in shopping malls in Panama City
         - Prensa, 03 October
Tax authority (DGI) inspectors examine books of stores in shopping malls in Panama City
         - La Estrella, 03 October
In last twelve months, customs has seized $1 million at Tocumen Airport
         - La Estrella, 03 October
On Monday, construction begins on Metro Subway Line II
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Value of constructions and repairs in principal districts of the country drops year-to-year in August
         - Panama America, 03 October
Increasing consumption of coffee around the world creates opportunities for coffee-growing developing countries
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Future of Casco Viejo in the hands of UNESCO
         - Prensa, 03 October
Tocumen Airport, for second time, seeks bids for waste disposal services
         - Prensa, 03 October
Increasing the airport export tax for passengers will hurt tourism
         - Panama America, 03 October
Government of Taiwan wants to promote tourism to Panama for its citizens
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Tourism can be a tool for the country's economic development
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Panama Canal facing transit backlog
         - Marine Link, 03 October
National Assembly budgets $1.4 million for Environmental Ministry to develop baseline index of water quality in the country
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Canal Authority proposes creation of hydrometrology institute
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Chief Justice Ayu Prado continues stalling over whether or not he will recuse himself from investigations of Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 October
Chief Justice Ayu Prado continues stalling over whether or not he will recuse himself from investigations of Martinelli
         - Prensa, 03 October
Despite meeting with civic groups, Ayu Prado has no plans for recusing himself from handling corruption investigations into Martinelli
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Despite complaints about poor conditions, government doesn't plan to move inmates from the Isla Coco prison
         - La Estrella, 03 October
Too much garbage dumped on the streets of Panama City clogs sewer lines and streams, leading to more flooding during heavy rains
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 October
Too much garbage dumped on the streets of Panama City clogs sewer lines and streams, leading to more flooding during heavy rains
         - Prensa, 03 October

  


  

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Civic groups and economist worry about Tocumen Airport's heavy reliance on no-big contracts, which caused much fraud in last administration
         - Panama America, 02 October
Dropping occupancies in hotels due to fewer tourists is hurting restaurants as well
         - Panama America, 02 October
Government to rent 97 ambulances for five years for $24 million, instead of buying the ambulances, for social security service (CSS), leading to complaints of fraud
         - Panama America, 02 October
President Varela doesn't support the temporary reduction in taxes for the Colon Free Zone during their time of crisis
         - Prensa, 02 October
President Varela doesn't support the temporary reduction in taxes for the Colon Free Zone during their time of crisis
         - Panama America, 02 October
600 hectares of corn and 700 hectares of rice have been damaged by lack of rain
         - Prensa, 02 October
Panama and Colombia agree to continue tax treaty negotiations
         - Prensa, 02 October
Chinese telecom company Huawei open distribution center in Colon Free Zone
         - Prensa, 02 October
Analyzing how the water crisis could affect Canal operations and supplies for human
         - Panama America, 02 October
Panama Canal expansion contractors vow to repair leaks in new locks
         - Yahoo News, 02 October
Construction of Nicaragua Canal postponed after details of environmental study made public
         - Inside CostaRica, 02 October
Nicaragua's $50 billion Panama Canal alternative is "fraught with risks and uncertainties"
         - Ship and Bunker, 02 October
Chinese billionaire trying to build Nicaragua's $50 billion canal sees his fortune frop 84% from $10.2 billion to $1.1 billion
         - SCMP, 02 October
Costa Rica has very workers with advanced English skills
         - TicoTimes, 02 October
Much-hyped daily direct flight from Denver to Panama is dropped by United Airlines only 10 months after it started
         - Denver Post, 02 October
Air Panama to offer flights between David, Changuinola and Isla Colon
         - Panama America, 02 October
Business executives association (APEDE) rejects new law that requires three hours of free parking in shopping mall and retail parking lots
         - Panama America, 02 October
Business executives association (APEDE) rejects new law that requires three hours of free parking in shopping mall and retail parking lots
         - Prensa, 02 October
Northern Corridor highway expansion to open October 15th, extending highway from Brisas del Golf to 24th of December
         - Prensa, 02 October
Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia among 10 worst countries in which to drive
         - Inside CostaRica, 02 October
Living in David for $1500 per month
         - International Living, 02 October
Costa Rican Tourism Institute trying to promote domestic tourism, which is relatively rare
         - Inside CostaRica, 02 October
More civic groups demand that Supreme Court president Ayu Prado remove himself from cases involving Martinelli, who appointed him to the court
         - Prensa, 02 October
Two gangs members sentenced to 49 years in jail for killing two rival gang members in 2012
         - Panama America, 02 October
Is their a danger in allowing the Catholic Church greater influence in the government
         - Prensa, 02 October
The long-term uselessness of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica in terms of helping U.S. citizens
         - AM CostaRica, 02 October

  


  

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Costa Rica hopes to sell $1 bill in debt to China to cover government deficit spending
         - Inside CostaRica, 30 September
The 50% drop in the value of the Colombian peso compared to the U.S. dollar is hurting Panamanian exports and tourism
         - Panama America, 30 September
Panama and Colombia continue to negotiate an agreement for exchanging tax information
         - Prensa, 30 September
Panama drops from 48 to 50 in a global index of competitiveness
         - Prensa, 30 September
Panama drops from 48 to 50 in a global index of competitiveness
         - Panama America, 30 September
Government reduces the costs of buying its insurance by $27 million
         - La Estrella, 30 September
Collected insurance premiums rise 3.9% in first half of 2015, while claims payments rise 6%
         - La Estrella, 30 September
Chinese storeowners worried about increasing violence in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 30 September
Government lacks new plans to develop logistics in Panama
         - Panama America, 30 September
Cracks in new Panama Canal locks caused by inadequate amount of steel reinforcement
         - Prensa, 30 September
Cracks in new Panama Canal locks caused by inadequate amount of steel reinforcement
         - MarineLink, 30 September
National Assembly passes new law to require 3 hours of free parking at places such as shopping malls
         - Prensa, 30 September
Food safety agency (AUPSA) incinerates 5 tons of food from Asian sources
         - El Siglo, 30 September
Former judges call of Supreme Court president Ayu Prado to recuse himself from cases involving Martinelli
         - Prensa, 30 September
Former Panama ambassador to the OAS, Guillermo Cochez, says Jose Ayu Prado should recuse himself from cases involving Martinelli
         - La Estrella, 30 September
16 corruption investigations are paralyzed after Electoral Tribunal says that the Attorney General mis-interpreted the electoral law, with the Attorney General giving an entire case immunity when the immunity is only for certain people involved
         - Prensa, 30 September
16 corruption investigations are paralyzed after Electoral Tribunal says that the Attorney General mis-interpreted the electoral law, with the Attorney General giving an entire case immunity when the immunity is only for certain people involved
         - Newsroom Panama, 30 September
Public Works ministry won't/can't transfer control of the Cinta Costera highway until it pays off contractor Odebrecht by 2019
         - El Siglo, 30 September
Food given to prison inmates is more expensive than food given to students
         - La Estrella, 30 September
PRD's Perez Balladares questions the competence of most of President Varela's cabinet
         - Panama America, 30 September
Highest tides in 200 years flood hundreds of homes on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, many in Puntarenas and Golfito
         - Inside CostaRcia, 30 September
High tides flood homes in Cocle and Panama provinces
         - Prensa, 30 September
High tides flood homes in Playa Leona
         - Prensa, 30 September

  


  

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Unfinished Amador Convention Center fails to help hotels gain business, another Martinelli-era megaproject that wasted money
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 September
Tourism Authority set to name new contractor to finish construction of Amador Convention Center
         - Prensa, 29 September
Hotels, suffering from room oversupply and having to lower prices, complain to government about the growing number of illegal, short-term, apartment rentals to tourists
         - El Siglo, 29 September
Aurlio Barria, manager for AES Panama and Grupo Motta, says there is no conflict of interest with his brother being general manager of state power distributor Etesa
         - La Estrella, 29 September
One of the businesses that lost the power supply contract to AES Panama, IPPCO, says AES Panama's bid was fraudulent and lacks substance
         - La Estrella, 29 September
Government loses control of the high cost of foods
         - Panama America, 29 September
Employment levels drop 1% in July
         - La Estrella, 29 September
Government suspends bidding on contract to build new Children's Hospital
         - Prensa, 29 September
Government to require new, health-ugly, photos on package of cigarettes
         - Panama America, 29 September
National Assembly close to passing a new law requiring 3 hours of free parking time at public parking lots
         - Prensa, 29 September
With liquid natural gas prices low, will there be little additional Panama Canal traffic, so who cares if the new locks leak?
         - Platts, 29 September
Presidents of Egypt and Panama discuss cooperation between Panama Canal and Suez Canal
         - Egypt State Information Service, 29 September
BIOMIN opens new production plant in Panama to make chicken feed additive
         - The Poultry Site, 29 September
Copa Airlines and GOL (Brazil) enter into code-sharing agreement
         - La Estrella, 29 September
Currency drop in Brazil leaves Panama looking for tourists from Cuba
         - Bloomberg Business, 29 September
Fewer visitors to Panama from Brazil and Colombia, concerning President Varela
         - Prensa, 29 September
Retire to Panama and pay $600 month for rent for a nice place in Pedasi
         - International Living, 29 September
Supreme Court president Jose Ayu Prado, appointed by Martinelli, has eight complaints against him before the National Assembly
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 September
Supreme Court president Jose Ayu Prado, appointed by Martinelli, has eight complaints against him before the National Assembly
         - Prensa, 29 September
Supreme Court president Ayu Prado could be removed from overseeing lawsuits against Martinelli
         - Prensa, 29 September
Hit and run driver who killed Monica Licona, 22, pleads guilty
         - Prensa, 29 September
Hit and run driver who killed Monica Licona, 22, pleads guilty
         - Panama America, 29 September
Hit and run driver who killed Monica Licona, 22, pleads guilty
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 September
Despite public perception, Panama's murder rate drops by 21% in 2015
         - BBC, 29 September
Priests have been threatened by gang members in David
         - Panama America, 29 September
Panama's Water Authority (IDAAN) sought $512 million budget for 2016, but was also budgeted $335 million
         - Prensa, 29 September
Nearly 700,000 people in Costa Rica to suffer daily water cuts of up to 12 hours over next 9 months, as drought will reduce water supplies and lower water pressure from reservoirs
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 September
Panama had over 3000 divorces in 2014
         - Prensa, 29 September
Government decentralization discussions further split the PRD party
         - La Estrella, 29 September
Government defends $21 million contract to buy food for prison inmates
         - La Estrella, 29 September

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Martinelli government illegally granted slot machine licenses in violation of gambling laws, many of which were installed in poor districts of Panama City to prey on low income people
         - El Siglo, 22 September
Social security service (CSS) is listening to and acting on complaints that its bidding rules to supply waste service contracting are not clear
         - El Siglo, 22 September
80-year-old farmer in Chiriqui struck and killed by an automobile, the 54th such victim in Chiriqui province this year
         - El Siglo, 22 September

  


  

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Panama's large public debt will hurt the country's economy in the long term
         - Panama America, 21 September
Workers' unions request a minimum salary of more than $1000 for workers to cover the basic family costs
         - La Estrella, 21 September
Odebrecht is doing its best to undermine the investigations in Brazil of political corruption that it is linked to
         - Prensa, 21 September
2500 cattle have died in two provinces due to drought conditions
         - Panama America, 21 September
Regular three month dry season will last seven months in 2016
         - La Estrella, 21 September
Panama and Cuba sign an agricultural cooperation agreement
         - La Estrella, 21 September
Foreign workers sent and received $618 million in the first half of 2015
         - la Estrella, 21 September
Tuitions are private schools continue to rise
         - Prensa, 21 September
Suez and Panama Canal rivalry to be unprecedented in 2016
         - BigNews Network, 21 September
PortMiami finishes dregding for Panama Canal expansion
         - Sunshine State News, 21 September
Transas Electronic Logbook approved by the Panama Maritime Authority
         - Hellenic Shipping News, 21 September
More than 3000 public schools are in a bad state of affairs
         - Panama America, 21 September
Supreme Court questions why its budgets were slashed for 2016, asking for $257 million but only receiving $118 million
         - Newsroom Panama, 21 September
Supreme Court questions why its budgets were slashed for 2016, asking for $257 million but only receiving $118 million
         - Prensa, 21 September
Public Security Ministry to have 2016 budget of $750 million
         - Prensa, 21 September
Panama's public health sector needs 800 more nurses
         - Prensa, 21 September
Even a few weeks into the rainy season, 40 communities in Los Santos remain with out water due to drought conditions
         - Prensa, 21 September
Protest rallies are planned to protest the hit and run death of Panamnian triathelon athlete, Monica Isabel Licona
         - Newsroom Panama, 21 September
Protest rallies are planned to protest the hit and run death of Panamnian triathelon athlete, Monica Isabel Licona
         - Prensa, 21 September
27 year old man is arrested for hit and run death of Monica Isabel Licona
         - Prensa, 21 September
Arrest warrant issued for 27 year old man for hit and run death of Monica Isabel Licona
         - Panama America, 21 September
81-year-old Canadian ex-pat, Andreas Zakos, bound and killed in new home in Playa Leona (La Chorrera) where he had been living for five months
         - Newsroom Panama, 21 September

  


  

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Maritime industry comprises 33% of Panama's GDP, part of which includes the Panama Canal, which creates 7% of Panama's GDP
         - Prensa, 20 September
The expanded Panama Canal should help boost exports from Costa Rica
         - Prensa, 20 September
Panama Canal expansion obligating ports in the region to invest in preparing their ports for the larger ships passing through the Canal
         - Panama America, 20 September
Despite embarassment of building locks that leak, the Canal expansion contractors (GUPC) file lawsuit demanding $282 million in cost overruns
         - La Estrella, 20 September
Colon Free Zone to lower user fees for businesses inside the Free Zone
         - Prensa, 20 September
Opinion: is it right for the government to waive taxes for a future concession to build a port at Corozal?
         - Prensa, 20 September
Agricultural Ministry implementing drought plan in zone less affected by drought in the Darien
         - Panama America, 20 September
Panama needs to double the supply of veterinarians to 500 to properly service the needs of agriculture
         - Prensa, 20 September
Cattle ranchers in Chiriqui should be punctual in vacinating their cattle, in light of recent cases of bovine rabies
         - Panama America, 20 September
Cattle ranchers in Herrera are worried about constant theft of cattle
         - Panama America, 20 September
Residents of Guaca (Chiriqui) worried about the deaths of 13 cattle on private farm
         - Panama America, 20 September
Owners of supermarket chains will have to provide support for the recent high prices of basic foods
         - Panama America, 20 September
Juan Diaz, the district of Panama most at risk for disasters
         - Panama America, 20 September
Martinelli administration paid $9 million of $22 million for digital map of Panama supplied by Finmeccanica, yet nothing has been delivered to Panama, and Varela administration is asking Supreme Court to nullify the contract
         - Prensa, 20 September
Civic groups request regulating the foreign travels of judges on the Electoral Tribunal, after it is reported that Judge Pinilla has made more than 40 trips outside the country
         - Panama America, 20 September
Civic groups pressuring President Varela to appoint some women to the all-male Supreme Court
         - Panama America, 20 September
Electoral Tribunal judge Pinilla is elusive in giving explanations of his 40 trips outside of Panama
         - Panama America, 20 September
Interview with Rigoberto Gonzalez, Solicitor General of Panama, on fighting corruption in Panama
         - Prensa, 20 September
Civic groups strongly criticize President Varela for not removing Nicolas Corcione from Canal board of directors, who has refused to show up to Canal board meetings while fleeing persecution for Martinelli-era corruption invovlement
         - Prensa, 20 September
President Varela says that he doesn't have the authority to have Corcione removed from the Canal board
         - Prensa, 20 September
Government promises to build more quickly low-cost housing, after numerous delays
         - Panama America, 20 September
Panama City mayor Blandon asks Electoral Tribunal to ban political ads from more public spaces
         - Prensa, 20 September
Prime Minister Henriquez is losing control of the country's prisons
         - Panama America, 20 September
Eight inmates escape from the La Joya prison outside Panama City
President Varela requests investigation as to how guns were smuggled into La Joyita prison
         - Prensa, 20 September
Residents of Chiriqui take to the streets to protest rising crime
         - Panama America, 20 September
Government implementing measures to protect the birth of protected turtles on Isla Canas
         - Prensa, 20 September

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Government tax revenues increase, but not enough to cover costs, leaving a deficit of $190 million (5.2% of GDP)
         - Prensa, 19 September
Exports of manufactured goods drop 15%, led by drops in agricultural exports as agricultural sector lacks sufficient government support
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Business associations are worried about ambitious government spending plans as tax revenues tighten
         - Panama America, 19 September
Business executives association (APEDE) announces its "2025 Vision Plan"
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Panama's logistic center seeking new and better opportunities to Panama
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Colon Free Zone merchants and government discuss possibility of lowering CFZ taxes as their revenues are dropping (down 7% so far in 2015)
         - Panama America, 19 September
Gambling revenues up 6%
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Transit Authority (ATTT) states that Uber is acting illegally in Panama
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Tax Authority (DGI) sends inspectors to a job fair for Uber, to make sure everyone there is paying their taxes
         - Prensa, 19 September
Minimum salary in Panama now is enough to only survive with the basic necessities
         - Panama America, 19 September
Panama City's Seafood Market celebrates its 20th anniversary
         - Panama America, 19 September
Three members of the board of directors of the Panama Canal strongly suggest that President Varela remove Nicolas Corcione from the board of directors for his absences while he is fleeing prosecution
         - Prensa, 19 September
Ex-Comptroller General Alvin Weeden ask Attorney General to investigate Panamanian overlords Norberto Odebrecht for money laundering using Panamanian banks
         - Prensa, 19 September
Copa Airlines stock down to $47, from a January 2014 high of $160, due to weakening travel demand and competition from low-cost regional airlines
         - Prensa, 19 September
Swiss relief group, Displacement Solutions, suggests that the Panamanian government create a re-location plan for those made homeless by climate change
         - Prensa, 19 September
Panama City government creates commission to make plans to respond to natural disasters
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Cayman Islands fugitive used mirror-named corporations in Panama to launder money
         - Caribbean News Now, 19 September
El Nino weather conditions affecting 20% of the harvest in Colombia
         - Prensa, 19 September
Some political experts fear that decentralizing some government spending will lead to more corruption at the local level
         - Panama America, 19 September
National Assembly begins debate on decentralization on Monday
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Indigenous groups demand the firing of vice-minister for Indigenous Affairs, Irene Gallegos, for incompetence and poor execution
         - Panama America, 19 September
Residents of David hold protest march today to demand better security in Chiriqui province
         - Prensa, 19 September
Residents of David hold protest march today to demand better security in Chiriqui province
         - La Estrella, 19 September
Five killed in Chiriqui province just in September
         - Panama America, 19 September
Residents of David hold protest march today to demand better security in Chiriqui province
         - Panama America, 19 September
Multinational company Gaes, a leader in treatment of hearing problems, opens center in Panama
         - La Estrella, 19 September

  


  

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Employment levels drop for the firs time in three years
         - Panama America, 18 September
Economic growth continues to slow
         - Panama America, 18 September
Former comptroller Alvin Weeden files lawsuit saying that Odebrecht laundered $50 million through Panamanian banks
         - Prensa, 18 September
Bloomberg News reveals details of Odebrecht's money laundering operations that included banks in Brazil, Panama and Switzerland
         - Prensa, 18 September
Attorney General launches three criminal investigations into money laundering crimes during Martinelli era involving the Financial Pacific brokerage
         - Prensa, 18 September
Costa Rica's Central Bank says it has no plans to devalue the colon, despite a comment made by the Finance Ministry
         - Inside CostaRica, 18 September
New influx of European buyers hits Panama City real estate
         - Breitbart, 18 September
For CSX and Norfolk Southern, Panama Canal expansion could be a positive
         - Forbes, 18 September
Amazon Support Services plans to hire 800 new employees in Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 18 September
In response to price undercutting by multi-billion dollar funded Uber, poor taxi drivers in Costa Rica are asking government to allow them to lower their rates to not be driven out of business
         - TicoTimes, 18 September
Former National Assembly president, member of Martinelli's CD party, Sergio Chello Galvez, to be investigated by the Supreme Court for his participation in the PAN embezzlement scandal during the Martinelli era
         - Newsroom Panama, 18 September
Former National Assembly president, member of Martinelli's CD party, Sergio Chello Galvez, to be investigated by the Supreme Court for his participation in the PAN embezzlement scandal during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 18 September
Supreme Court starts fourth criminal investigation into Ricardo Martinelli's activities when president of Panama
         - Prensa, 18 September
Supreme Court starts fourth criminal investigation into Ricardo Martinelli's activities when president of Panama
         - La Estrella, 18 September
From his Miami 'Scarface' pad, Panama's exiled ex-president Martinelli fights back against multiple charges of corruption
         - TicoTimes, 18 September
Environmental Ministry has less than 70 workers to monitor the 700,000 hectares of the ecologically rich area of Darien province
         - Prensa, 18 September
Indigenous groups President Varela to fire Indigenous Affairs vice minister Irene Gallego
         - La Estrella, 18 September
Students and faculty at the Univ. of Panama protest irregularities in a supply service contract for the university's cafeteria
         - Prensa, 18 September
Panama government is loosening gun control laws, in response to rising crime rates
         - Breitbart, 18 September
385 structural fires reported in the first 260 days of the year
         - La Estrella, 18 September
President Varela assures that homicides have diminished in San Miguelito
         - Prensa, 18 September
Presence of guns in prison cells must be attributed to police agents
         - Panama America, 18 September

  


  

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Panama's public debt has increased $2.1 billion in last year, now up to $19.9 billion
         - Prensa, 17 September
Foreign direct investment in Panama has grown 18% in 2015, up $2.5 billion
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Government auditors determine that Cobranzas del Istmo received $28 million during the Martinelli era in unexplained payments for collecting taxes
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Tole (Chiriqui) has 40 day quarantine imposed on cattle farmers, after another case of bovine rabies is detected
         - Panama America, 17 September
30,000 plants of two varieties of coffee to be planted in Herrera in the Rio La Villa watershed
         - Prensa, 17 September
Thousands of Ngabe-Bugle migrant workers prepare their annual travels for this years coffee harvests in Panama and Costa Rica
         - Prensa, 17 September
Panama and Costa Rica sign agreement protecting migrant workers between the two countries
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Despite recent rains, the nation's reservoirs are not refilling to optimum levels
         - Panama America, 17 September
Lawsuit filed to block further development along Juan Diaz River and Corredor Sur, after recent flooding shows affects of damages to natural resources
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 September
Lawsuit filed to block further development along Juan Diaz River and Corredor Sur, after recent flooding shows affects of damages to natural resources
         - Prensa, 17 September
Lawsuit filed to block further development along Juan Diaz River and Corredor Sur, after recent flooding shows affects of damages to natural resources
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Prosecutors in Brazil and Switzerland investigating money laundering schemes done by Odebrecht
         - Prensa, 17 September
Prosecutors in Brazil and Switzerland investigating money laundering schemes done by Odebrecht
         - Bloomberg, 17 September
Commerce Ministry announces initiative to help modernize Panama's manufacturing sector, which has dropped from 12% to 5% of the GDP in last 20 years
         - Prensa, 17 September
Commerce Ministry announces initiative to help modernize Panama's manufacturing sector, which has dropped from 12% to 5% of the GDP in last 20 years
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Government trying to crack down on people offering short-term rentals of their apartments to tourists
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 September
Panama Canal hopes that loyalty incentives will boost competitiveness with the Suez Canal
         - Journal of Commerce, 17 September
Panama Canal Authority is not satisfied with report from the expansion contractors (GUPC) regarding leaks in the new Canal locks
         - Panama America, 17 September
Hotel owners across the country to meet October 8 and 9, to develop new ways to promote tourism to boost their low occupancy rates between 35% and 45%
         - El Siglo, 17 September
Costa Rica's government hostile to Uber, but ignoring Airbnb
         - TicoTimes, 17 September
Civic groups ask President Varela to create a more honest, and harder working, Supreme Court
         - newsroom Panama, 17 September
Civic groups ask President Varela to create a more honest, and harder working, Supreme Court
         - Prensa, 17 September
Influence peddling, the black box of Panamanian politics
         - La Estrella, 17 September
National Assembly committee refuses to approve a proposed law that would prohibit Univ. Panama reigning rector Gustavo Garcia from being re-elected
         - Prensa, 17 September
Government approves $55 million in emergency spending for people and homes hurt by recent flooding in Juan Diaz and San Miguelito
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Government and nurses' union announce agreement to raise base salary to $1080 per month, starting in 2016
         - Prensa, 17 September
Government and nurses' union announce agreement to raise base salary to $1080 per month, starting in 2016
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Private sector working with social security service (CSS) to find ways to help the CSS to more efficiently purchase medicines
         - Panama America, 17 September
Director of Water Authority (IDAAN) assures that it will not be privatized
         - La Estrella, 17 September
Director of Water Authority (IDAAN) assures that it will not be privatized
         - Prensa, 17 September
Average waiting time for surgery in Costa Rica's public hospitals is 1 year and 3 months
         - Inside CostaRica, 17 September

  


  

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Government auditors to investigate Martinelli-era contract with Cobranzas del Istmo to collect taxes, a deal with led to embezzlement
         - Prensa, 16 September
Tax Revenue Authority (DGI) to require large companies to better report purchases that lead to taxes that needed to be reported to the government
         - Prensa, 16 September
Tax Revenue Authority (DGI) to require large companies to better report purchases that lead to taxes that needed to be reported to the government
         - Panama America, 16 September
Consumers and economic experts disagree on how to measure consumer prices
         - Panama America, 16 September
Int. Transport Workers Federaton raises concerns over tugboat safety in expanded Panama Canal locks
         - gCaptain, 16 September
Uncertainty continues with completion of Panama Canal expansion, now due to leaks in the new locks
         - Maritime Executive, 16 September
Canal expansion contractors GUPC deliver incomplete report about the leaks in the new Canal locks
         - Panama America, 16 September
Canal Authority to offer $450 million in bonds (to build third bridge) in markets in the United States and the UK
         - Prensa, 16 September
Truck drivers want more customs facilities at the Paso Canoas border crossing point with Costa Rica
         - Panama America, 16 September
How artisans in the Darien use the hard cocobolo wood to produce beautiful designs
         - El Siglo, 16 September
Panama Bay sanitation project with be extended to include Panama West province at an extra construction cost of $700 million
         - Prensa, 16 September
Panama Bay sanitation project with be extended to include Panama West province at an extra construction cost of $700 million
         - La Estrella, 16 September
Government paid $75 million in subsidies in 2014 to the MiBus Metro Bus system
         - Prensa, 16 September
Colombian-owned MiBus Metro Bus system (just sold to the Panamanian government) has only paid $55 million of $250 million it borrowed to buy 1236 buses
         - La Estrella, 16 September
The government's takeover of the MiBus Metro Bus system was negotiated without the participation of the board of directors of the Transit Authority (ATTT)
         - Panama America, 16 September
Civic groups launch campaign against Supreme Court: "Investigate Martinelli now for corruption, or resign"
         - El Siglo, 16 September
Environmentalists complain that the Martinelli-era had an orgy of issuing construction permits
         - La Estrella, 16 September
Civic groups request that President Varela veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute corruption politicians, for example, which will continue to protect Martinelli from prosecution
         - Prensa, 16 September
National Assembly committee refuses to discuss a Law proposed to prohibit re-election of the rector of the Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 16 September
National Assembly committee refuses to discuss a Law proposed to prohibit re-election of the rector of the Univ. of Panama
         - La Estrella, 16 September
Roberto Corcione, Canal Board member in flight to avoid prosecution for money laundering, may be illegally taking a leave of absence from the Canal board - if so, he is removable and open to prosecution
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 September
Roberto Corcione, Canal Board member in flight to avoid prosecution for money laundering, may be illegally taking a leave of absence from the Canal board - if so, he is removable and open to prosecution
         - Prensa, 16 September
Attorney General Porcell denies that there is selectivity and persecution in cases of corruption
         - La Estrella, 16 September
Martinelli accuses National Security Council director Rolando Lopez of really running Panama, and overseeing the government's political persecutions
         - Panama America, 16 September
Panama burns thousands of marijuana plants on the Perlas islands
         - Times of India, 16 September
Cubans can now apply for multiple entry visits to Panama
         - Cuba News, 16 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Suspicions of corruption, as Grupo Motta's Gas Natural de Atlantico (partners with U.S.-based AES Panama) wins $350 million bid to build a natural gas power plant, despite Grupo Motta's VP, Aurelio Barria Mock, being the brother of the state power (Etesa) company's general manager Ivan Barria Mock
         - La Estrella, 15 September
Panama's economy up 5.8% year-to-year in the second quarter of 2015
         - Prensa, 15 September
Panama's grew by $480 million year-to-year in the second quarter of 2015
         - La Estrella, 15 September
Panama Canal Authority seeks $450 million in financing to build a third bridge over the Canal on the Atlantic side
         - Prensa, 15 September
Panama Canal Authority seeks an additional $108 million in its 2016 budget for the Canal expansion
         - La Estrella, 15 September
Consumer prices drop 0.4% in August
         - Panama America, 15 September
Transportation cost suffer strong inflation, up 9.5% from December 2014 to August 2015
         - La Estrella, 15 September
A lack of new non-metal mining concessions is driving up the price of sand and rock for construction
         - Panama America, 15 September
Opening of the Panama Market food distribution center will depend on an audit of the long-delayed Cold Chain storage system being constructed
         - Prensa, 15 September
The Cocle ports of Aguadulce and El Salado to be monitored for landings of illegal fish harvests
         - Prensa, 15 September
Soil erosion in Los Santos province making it easier for strong winds to known down trees
         - Prensa, 15 September
U.S.-based consulting group Louis Berger wins $12.3 million contract to develop a management plan for a sanitation project for Arraijan and La Chorrera
         - Prensa, 15 September
Experts at the Univ. of Panama warn of land erosion caused by heavy rains in Panama City causing holes to form in the ground in residential and business areas
         - Prensa, 15 September
Tuitions rising at many private schools for children
         - El Siglo, 15 September
AES Panama to build first natural gas plant in Panama
         - Zacks, 15 September
Panama Canal Authority not satisfied with expansion contractor GUPC's explanation of why there are leaks in the new locks
         - SeaTrade Maritime, 15 September
6th Panama Bunkering forum on October 6 and 7 hopes to attract 500 industry executives
         - Prensa, 15 September
Petredec orders two 78,000 cubic meter LPG carriers from Hyundai that will be able to transit the Panama Canal
         - Platss, 15 September
Taxi drivers in Costa Rica hold protest to demand the government crackdown on Uber's illegal services
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 September
Low-cost Mexican airline Volaris offers $230 round-trip flights between Costa Rica, and Mexico City and Cancun
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 September
President Varela's administration proposing new law to make it easier to posecute corruption politicians, after National Assembly passed new law making it harder to prosecute
         - Prensa, 15 September
San Miguelito's mayor, Gerald Cumberbatch, is in Spain vacationing while heavy rains and flooding are destroying homes of his constituents
         - La Estrella, 15 September
PRD leader, and former president, Perez Balladares says that he wants to be preisdent again
         - La Estrella, 15 September
Interview with Univ. Panama sociology professor Marco Gandansegui, on how private donations to political campaigns is used to obtain power and influence
         - La Estrella, 15 September
Government spokeswomen, Castalia Pascual, resigns
         - Panama America, 15 September
Costa Rica will need to spend an additional $467 million a year (1% GDP) to be able to offer now legalized in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for the 3000+ couples that will want such services, though critics say this cost is ten times higher than in Panama
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 September
Costa Rica has most homicides ever in one month, 60 in August, despite security minister saying that Costa Rica is "mostly free of gangs"
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 September

  


  

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Why Panama remains a money laundering haven
         - InSight Crime, 14 September
Tourists arriving on cruise ships has dropped 70% in 2015
         - La Estrella, 14 September
Stanley Motta, Panama's richest man, not only was a huge donor to Varela, but now has many ex-employees working in the government
         - La Estrella, 14 September
$1.5 billion of roadway projects signed by Martinelli administation (presumbly with some bribes flowing) are still unfinished and left to Varela administration to pay the costs
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 September
$1.5 billion of roadway projects signed by Martinelli administation (presumbly with some bribes flowing) are still unfinished and left to Varela administration to pay the costs
         - Prensa, 14 September
Residents of Coca del Mar don't understand how protected mangroves were allowed to be destroyed by building project linked to Martinelli-era public works minister Federico Suarez
         - La Estrella, 14 September
Proposed law seeks a moratorium on new hydroelectric projects in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 14 September
Public water supplies in Herrera province remain in crisis
         - Panama America, 14 September
Water to begin filling the new channels of the expanded Canal
         - La Estrella, 14 September
Housing Minister Alvaro Aleman defends the high costs and no-bid contracts of the government's Roofs of Hope housing project
         - Panama America, 14 September
Corruption in Panama: how Panamanian courts during Martinelli-era helped crooked Panamanian lawyers steal the estate of a dead American, Wilson Lucom
         - Eurasia Review, 14 September
Cable & Wireless Panama claims to have paid dividends of $511 million to the government since 2007, while government says it was only $474 million
         - La Estrella, 14 September
The "Coffee Boss", the first mobile coffee shop in Panama City built using a double-decker bus from England
         - Prensa, 14 September
Panama has an inflation rate of 1% for January to August of 2015
         - Prensa, 14 September
Multiple civic groups criticize the incompetent negotiations of the Varela administration that led to a high price being paid to nationalize the Colombian-wned MiBus Metro Bus system
         - Panama America, 14 September
Panama reports rising bunker volumes, but local players say demand remains weak
         - Ship and Bunker, 14 September
After nine months of work, National Commission for Electoral Reform has only discussed 20% of the modifications to the Electoral Code
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 September
After nine months of work, National Commission for Electoral Reform has only discussed 20% of the modifications to the Electoral Code
         - Prensa, 14 September
Government owes over $300 million in court-ordered judgments, some payments outstanding for decades
         - Prensa, 14 September
Performance of Prime Minister Henriquez is viewed as negative
         - Panama America, 14 September
Transit Authority (ATTT) to compulsory collect monies from people who owe more than $500 in driving fines
         - Prensa, 14 September
Panamanians, per capita, drink the second most amount of alcohol in Latin America
         - Prensa, 14 September
Burning of garbage in the city landfill is affecting the health of people in Chitre
         - Prensa, 14 September
Number of scholarships to the Univ. of Panama Medical School to rise from 200 to 300 per year
         - Panama America, 14 September
Government to expand the faculty of the Medical School at the University of Panama
         - Prensa, 14 September
President's Cabinet approves $8.5 million for Comptroller General's office to buy the building it rents on Avenida Balboa
         - Prensa, 14 September
Electoral Tribunal seeks to reduce the role of private donations in political campaigns
         - La Estrella, 14 September
Government to demolish 90 homes in San Miguelito destroyed by recent heavy rains
         - Prensa, 14 September
Supreme Court judge Harry Diaz interviews PRD leader Mitchell Doens on his phones being wiretapped by the Martinelli and his CD-party adminstration
         - Prensa, 14 September
PRD party split between forces loyal to party leader Torrijos and party leader Perez Balladares
         - La Estrella, 14 September

  


  

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How Martinelli made the government an extension of his businesses, helping his family, friends and company employees
         - La Estrella, 13 September
New evidence links Nicholas Corcione to money laundering involving former (now jailed) Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 September
New evidence links Nicholas Corcione to money laundering involving former (now jailed) Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 13 September
Canal expansion contractors (GUPC) still haven't delivered a report about the causes of and solutions for the leaks in the new Canal locks
         - Panama America, 13 September
Government seeks bids from airlines to provide travel services for government agencies
         - Prensa, 13 September
Tocumen Airport makes expansion plans for next 20 years, including construction of third terminal
         - Prensa, 13 September
Repeating scandals of Martinelli era, Tocumen Airport making much use of no-bid contracts
         - Panama America, 13 September
Chamber of Commerce asks government to not create false expectations about bus service, now that it controls the Metro Bus system
         - Prensa, 13 September
Panama seeks to become known as a producer of cacao
         - La Estrella, 13 September
Panama seeks to become known as a producer of cacao
         - Panama America, 13 September
Franchises are more profitable for small business owners than independent brans
         - Panama America, 13 September
Store owners in Chiriqui alarmed by the increase in crime
         - Panama America, 13 September
Panama considering a curb on gambling, especially slot parlors, in low income neighborhoods
         - World Casino News, 13 September
Negotiations for a new minimum wage to begin in December
         - Panama America, 13 September
More of Martinelli's inner-circle of friends are fleeing the country to avoid being prosecuted for crimes of corruption, the latest fleeing criminals being Gabriel Btesh and Ricardo Calvo
         - El Siglo, 13 September
Former Martinelli-era health officials Guillermo Saez-Llorens and Marion de Souza ordered not to leave the country while being investigated for corruption
         - La Estrella, 13 September
Former Martinelli-era health officials Guillermo Saez-Llorens and Marion de Souza ordered not to leave the country while being investigated for corruption
         - Prensa, 13 September
Interview with PRD deputy Elias Castillo
         - Prensa, 13 September
Panama and Cuba sign an immigration agreement to make travel visas easier
         - Prensa Latina, 13 September

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Public Works Ministry forced to spend half of its 2016 budget paying off debts for "pay upon delivery" construction projects started by Martinelli administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 September
Despite government statements, work has not be resumed on the new $103 million public hospital in Los Santos, managed by the IBT Group, which has been repeatedly criticism for its other proejcts
         - Prensa, 12 September
Security Minister Aguilera avoids explaining his alleged connection to the Financial Pacific brokerage scandal from the Martinelli-era, invoking as a lawyer attorney-client privilege
         - Panama America, 12 September
Coffee growers in Chiriqui hope for a harvest of 70,000 quintals
         - La Estrella, 12 September
Consumer prices rise 1% in July
         - La Estrella, 12 September
Government has imposed fines for a total of $1.7 million for stores and markets violating basic food price control laws
         - Prensa, 12 September
Varela administration's accounting tricks to downplay the rise in food prices
         - Panama America, 12 September
Agricultural Marketing Institute (IMA) to have 2016 budget of $61 million
         - Panama America, 12 September
Onion producers complain that tens of thousands of onion imports are still flowing into the country, destroying their livelihoods
         - Panama America, 12 September
National Assembly requests hearing for government to explain the high price it paid for the MiBus Metro Bus service
         - Panama America, 12 September
Slowing economy leads to a 5% reduction in letters of credit to small and medium enterprises
         - Panama America, 12 September
Lands and forests of the Panama Canal's watershed capture 141 million tons of carbon
         - La Estrella, 12 September
Panama Canal Authority to seek international financing to build a third bridge over the Canal on the Atlantic side
         - La Estrella, 12 September
Government stops drilling for new water sources in drought-plagued Los Santos, due to lack of success in finding new water sources
         - Prensa, 12 September
International Panama Power, which lost the recent bidding to AES Panama to supply 350 megawatts of power, warns government that AES Panama's bid may be too low, and could lead to problems similar to other low-bid wins in the past
         - Prensa, 12 September
Fitch Ratings to assign a rating of 'A' to the Panama Canal Authority's $450 million unsecured notes
         - MarketWatch, 12 September
Hanwha Q CELLS announces the sale of 33 megawatts of utility scale solar power equipment to solar project in three sites in Herrera, Cocle and Los Santos
         - MarketWatch, 12 September
Despite large calls for cutbacks, political parties vote to keep the public subsidy of election campaign funds at one percent of government revenues, plenty of money for fraud for all parties
         - Prensa, 12 September
2500 people have been seriously affected by recent heavy rains
         - La Estrella, 12 September
2500 people have been seriously affected by recent heavy rains
         - Prensa, 12 September
People affected by heavy rains chide President Varela and demand immediate government action
         - Panama America, 12 September
National Assembly deputies from the PRD party continue their fights over power in the Assembly
         - Panama America, 12 September
Sanitation Authority (AAUD) to have 2016 budget of at least $64 million
         - Prensa, 12 September

  


  

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Fitch Ratings says slower growth in Panama may erode credit strength of Panama's competitive local banks chasing fewer loan opportunities
         - MarketWatch, 11 September
Government to borrow $3.976 billion to finance 2016 budget
         - La Estrella, 11 September
Construction project debts from Martinelli era, "pay upon delivery", is complicating efforts by Public Works ministry to start new projects, which is forced to spend its current budget paying off Martinelli-incurred debts
         - Prensa, 11 September
Bupa Global health insurer opens its first office in Panama
         - El Siglo, 11 September
Bupa Global health insurer opens its first office in Panama
         - La Estrella, 11 September
Business executives (APEDE) question the high levels of government subsidies that could affect the economy badly
         - El Siglo, 11 September
Government to reduce subsidy spending in 2016 by 9%, down to $1.345 billion
         - Prensa, 11 September
Business owners fear that the government will impose more taxes
         - Panama America, 11 September
60 businesses to offer almost 2000 new jobs at job fair this weekend
         - La Estrella, 11 September
Agricultural Development Ministry 2016 budget at $131 million to change little from 2015 budget
         - Prensa, 11 September
Panama's Food Safety Agency assures that its has reduced the number of certified importers of food, a demand of local farmers
         - Panama America, 11 September
Agricultural Development ministry accuses importers of driving up food prices with speculation
         - Panama America, 11 September
Rice harvest advances, despite problems due to drought conditions
         - Panama America, 11 September
Coffee harvest in Colombia exceeds predictions, with 4% growth this year
         - Prensa, 11 September
Canal Authority seeks international financing to complete third bridge over the Canal
         - Prensa, 11 September
Canal Authority seeks international financing to complete third bridge over the Canal
         - La Estrella, 11 September
New expanded Panama Canal for large ships could lower costs for agricultural producers in Kansas
         - Wichita Eagle, 11 September
Police in Costa Rica arrest gang of eight in Guanacaste that had stolen more than $1.5 million in cattle from local farmers
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 September
300 Costa Rican companies display their export products to 200 buyers from 35 countries
         - TicoTimes, 11 September
Government will pay the equivalent of $157,000 for each of the 1236 buses is is acquiring as part of the buyout of MiBus' Metro Bus system, a big benefit to the Colombian company that received $246 million in payments from the Martinelli administration
         - La Estrella, 11 September
Traffic is paralyzed in Panama City, due to street flooding caused by heavy rains
         - Panama America, 11 September
As of January 2016, minor traffic accidents in Costa Rica will not require the presence of police to prepare a report, and vehicle owners will be able to move their cars to the side of the road, ending endless numbers of idiotic traffic jams
         - CostaRican Times, 11 September
Too many stupid tourists crowd Ostional beach in Costa Rica, preventing ridley sea turtles from laying their eggs
         - TicoTimes, 11 September
Martinelli's former social security director, Guillermo Saez-Llorens, sued for million dollar rental of facilities never used
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 September
Teachers in Veraguas province protest the government suspension of providing meals to poor students
         - Panama America, 11 September
Martinelli's former social security director, Guillermo Saez-Llorens, sued for million dollar rental of facilities never used
         - Prensa, 11 September
In Santa Cruz (Costa Rica), municipal workers go on indefinite strike
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 September
Employees of the public hospital in Nicoya (Costa Rica), vandalize the hospital and threaten non-striking staff
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 September
Government confirms death of border control (Senafront) agent due to equine encephalitis
         - Panama America, 11 September

  


  

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Hotel room rates have dropped 40%, due to massive oversupply of hotel rooms in Panama City
         - Prensa, 10 September
Decreasing exports worries the industrial sector with regards to the country's competitiveness
         - Panama America, 10 September
Drop in international prices for palm oil is causing an export crisis for Panama's palm oil industry
         - Panama America, 10 September
Government's Agricultural Development Bank to adjust its lending policies to palm oil farmers
         - Prensa, 10 September
National Assembly, copying Martinelli administration tactics, approves $511 million in "pay upon delivery" construction projects, shifting debts to the future
         - Prensa, 10 September
Supreme Court to investigate Martinelli's account transactions at the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage linked to manipulation of the stock of failed Petaquilla Minerals mine
         - Prensa, 10 September
Supreme Court to investigate Martinelli's account transactions at the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage linked to manipulation of the stock of failed Petaquilla Minerals mine
         - La Estrella, 10 September
To protest destructive government import policies, onion growers in Chiriqui distributed 5000 poounds of free onions in David
         - Prensa, 10 September
To protest destructive government import policies, onion growers in Chiriqui distributed 5000 poounds of free onions in David
         - La Estrella, 10 September
To protest destructive government import policies, onion growers in Chiriqui distributed 5000 poounds of free onions in David
         - Panama America, 10 September
Transporte Masivo de Panama to be new government corporation to take control of the Mi Bus Metro Bus system
         - Prensa, 10 September
DHL Express announces new Express Easy shipping service for Latin America
         - La Estrella, 10 September
Panama Port Company (a subsidiary of Hutchinson Port Holdins) dominates the local container movement market, with a 56% market share, followed by Manzanillo International Terminal (29%) and Colon Container Terminal (11%)
         - La Estrella, 10 September
Varela administration awards no-bid transportation management contract to First Transit worth more than $13 million, a practice Varela promised not to do
         - Panama America, 10 September
Panama Canal Authority awaiting report on water leaks in the new Canal locks
         - Sand and Gravel, 10 September
AES Panama to invest $900 million in a natural gas processing power generation plant to comply with its recent 350 megawatt supply contract with Panama
         - Prensa, 10 September
Panama-flagged bulk carrier is detained in Australia amid concerns about the welfare of the crew
         - Yahoo News, 10 September
Bannockburn Global Forex visits Panama to start offering FX services
         - EIN News, 10 September
Panama has spent $1.5 billion in the war on drugs in the last three years while making no progress, prompting sociologists at the Univ. of Panama to propose legalizing some drugs
         - La Estrella, 10 September
Anti-corruption agency (Antai) has its 2016 budget slashed by $232,000, down to $2.9 million, despite an exploding caseload of corruption cases to investigate
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 September
Anti-corruption agency (Antai) has its 2016 budget slashed by $232,000, down to $2.9 million, despite an exploding caseload of corruption cases to investigate
         - Prensa, 10 September
Security Minister Aguilera admits that some robberies and assaults are not being reported and counted in national crime statistics
         - Panama America, 10 September
Report prepared by McKinsey in 2009 contradicts former security minister Mulino's assertions that he was not responsible in the Finmeccanica radar purchase scandal
         - Prensa, 10 September
Public unions in Costa Rica organizing largest strike in decades to protect their jobs and accusations of being overpaid
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 September
Politicians and journalists condemn threats by public union leaders in Costa Rica, after one union leader threatened journalists with violence for reporting on some public workers being overpaid
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Onion and potato farmers in the High Lands say President Varela lied about not favoring imported vegetables
         - Panama America, 09 September
Employment levels in Panama to drop to lowest levels in five years, as large construction projects are completed
         - Panama America, 09 September
Alarms are raised as US-based AES Panama will handle 70% of the energy generation in Panama
         - Panama America, 09 September
National home lending bank (Caja de Ahorros) has reached $1.2 billion in home mortgage loans
         - Panama America, 09 September
National Assembly considering new law to restructure Gambling Control Board (JCJ) so it can better regulature the proliferation of casinos
         - Prensa, 09 September
1500 packages of contraband cigarettes are destroyed in Colon
         - Panama America, 09 September
Panama implements advanced severe weather monitoring system from U.S.-based Earth Networks
         - BusinessWire, 09 September
Resident of La Chorrera protest the expansion of the Pam Am Generating company's oil-fired power plants, as new generators arrive from Italy
         - La Estrella, 09 September
Metro Subway system is removing seats from subway trains, to make space for more passengers than planned for
         - Prensa, 09 September
Metro Subway system is removing seats from subway trains, to make space for more passengers than planned for
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 September
Government to purchase MiBus Metro Bus system for $49.7 million while assuming $195 million in debt for total cost of $245 million
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 September
Government to purchase MiBus Metro Bus system for $49.7 million while assuming $195 million in debt for total cost of $245 million
         - Prensa, 09 September
Government to purchase MiBus Metro Bus system for $49.7 million while assuming $195 million in debt for total cost of $245 million
         - Panama America, 09 September
Arrest warrants issued for 4 men linked to money laundering involving former Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna, appointed by Martinelli
         - Prensa, 09 September
Arrest warrants issued for 4 men linked to money laundering involving former Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna, appointed by Martinelli
         - Newsroom PAnama, 09 September
Residents of Via Argentina, the most cosmopolitan neighborhood, complain of poor sidewalks, too many garbage dumpstes, and traffic noise
         - Prensa, 09 September
Residents of Via Argentina, the most cosmopolitan neighborhood, complain of poor sidewalks, too many garbage dumpstes, and traffic noise
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 September
Petaquilla Minerals mining facilities are deteriorating due to vandalism, as company abandons the mines after years of financial problems
         - Prensa, 09 September
Petaquilla Minerals, a business, political, environmental and jobs scandal, despite shipping $500 million in gold out of the country to Canada
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 September
Drug traffickers using indigenous people in Donoso (Colon) to transport drugs
         - Prensa, 09 September
Supreme Court judge Hernan de Leon, appointed by Martinelli, rejects complaint against Martinelli involving Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 September
Rest of Supreme Court to investigate possible financial crimes of Martinelli involving Financial Pacific brokerage
         - Prensa, 09 September
Rest of Supreme Court to investigate possible financial crimes of Martinelli involving Financial Pacific brokerage
         - La Estrella, 09 September
Comptroller General orders suspension of double salaries to government officials who are also deputies to the useless Central American Parliament
         - Prensa, 09 September
Comptroller General orders suspension of double salaries to government officials who are also deputies to the useless Central American Parliament
         - La Estrella, 09 September
67% of adult Panamanians are overweight
         - Prensa, 09 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government policies failing to alleviate purchasing problems of consumers
         - Panama America, 08 September
Chamber of Commerce economist recommends that basic food price controls be revised, because unregulated foods are driving up overall food costs
         - El Siglo, 08 September
Employment scene in Panama is worsening somewhat, as megaprojects end and government is slow to start new projects
         - Panama America, 08 September
Employment scene in Panama is worsening somewhat, as megaprojects end and government is slow to start new projects
         - La Estrella, 08 September
No growth in construction jobs in Panama
         - Panama America, 08 September
However, the number of government employees has risen by 17,900 in last six months
         - La Estrella, 08 September
Former clients of scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage, once braggarts of their profits, now hide in the shadows
         - Prensa, 08 September
Italian authorities document how Martinelli's friend, Valter Lavitola, fraudulently billed Finmeccancia (then selling radars to Panama) to obtain money to bribe Panamanian officials
         - Prensa, 08 September
US-owned AES Panama awarded 10 year contract to supply 350 megawatts of power to Panama, making it as dominant in power as Brazil's Odebrecht is in construction
         - Prensa, 08 September
US-owned AES Panama awarded 10 year contract to supply 350 megawatts of power to Panama, making it as dominant in power as Brazil's Odebrecht is in construction
         - Panama America, 08 September
Balboa port installs new cargo container cranes, increasing capacity
         - Panama America, 08 September
Univ. of Panama threatens to cancel $109 million sale in 2012 of 285 hectares of land to Tocumen Airport, since it is still owed $50 million, especially after Tocumen Airport offered to later sell the University 10 hectares of land fo $20 million - five times more for the same land
         - Prensa, 08 September
President Varela defends overpriced sale of land from Tocumen Airport to Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 08 September
Civic groups ask President Varela to reconsider overpriced sale of land from Tocumen Airport to Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 08 September
AeroMexico to offer 14 flights a week to Panama's Tocumen Airport
         - La Estrella, 08 September
Production of coffee is up 10% in Colombia
         - Prensa, 08 September
Housing minister Mario Etchelecu still having problems explaining the slow construction of new homes by his ministry (Miviot)
         - Panama America, 08 September
People who have recently bought homes in Panama should expect to spend upwards of $32,000 to remodel their homes
         - Prensa, 08 September
100 franchise companies to seek local franchisees at expo at El Panama hotel
         - Prensa, 08 September
100 franchise companies to seek local franchisees at expo at El Panama hotel
         - Panama America, 08 September
Business-friendly and warm: Panama attracts retirees and more
         - Globe and Mail, 08 September
Bocas del Toro: a Caribbean ex-pat paradise without hurricanes
         - The Street, 08 September
Heavy rains flood Panama City, disrupting business and traffic
         - Prensa, 08 September
Heavy rains flood Panama City, disrupting business and traffic
         - Panama America, 08 September
Supreme Court dragging its feet in terms of processing 12 corruption lawsuits against the Martinelli administration, while government seems to be content to allow Martinelli and other alleged criminals to flee the country
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 September
Supreme Court dragging its feet in terms of processing 12 corruption lawsuits against the Martinelli administration, while government seems to be content to allow Martinelli and other alleged criminals to flee the country
         - Prensa, 08 September
Supreme Court asked to rule on unconstitutionality of new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - Prensa, 08 September
Opinion: new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies should be rejected
         - Prensa, 08 September
New primary care health center will serve 4600 residents of Pedasi
         - Prensa, 08 September
Nicaraguan laborer who killed Cuban-American rancher living in Costa Rica near the Panama border, the laborer may have fled to Panama
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 September
Costa Rica government could spend over $100,000 per couple seeking to have a baby using using in-vitro fertilization
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 September
Political parties could share $99 million in public funding for 2019 elections
         - Prensa, 08 September
Electoral Tribunal to have 2016 budget of $60 million
         - Prensa, 08 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Economic crisis in the Colon Free Zone is not just hurting its merchant shipping business, but decreasing its need for air shipments
         - Panama America, 07 September
Government analyzing some special tax breaks to apply to Colon Free Zone
         - Panama America, 07 September
Panama earns $150 million in selling ship registrations, flags of convenience, as the world leader, which it fights to remain number one
         - Panama America, 07 September
Metro Panama orders Odebrecht's consortium to start construction of Metro Subway Line II, even though multiple countries are investigating Odebrecht for corruption
         - Prensa, 07 September
Metro Subway Line II should be ready in 44 months
         - Panama America, 07 September
Company in Italy, Agafia, set up to bribe Martinelli-era officials to buy radars from Finmeccanica, is linked to Finmeccanica
         - Prensa, 07 September
Supreme Court judge Hernan de Leon, appointed by Martinelli, is criticized for refusing to process lawsuit before court involving alleged crimes committed by Martinelli and others with regards to Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - Prensa, 07 September
Anti-corruption prosecutors request investigation of former tourism minister Shamah, for links to Financial Pacific scandalC
         - Prensa, 07 September
Another son of Rafael Guardia is detained for money laundering related to the PAN scandals for which his father is in jail
         - Prensa, 07 September
Panama Canal Authority has recovered 96% of the lands it needs to build a new port at Corozal
         - Prensa, 07 September
Panama Canal Authority has recovered 96% of the lands it needs to build a new port at Corozal
         - Prensa, 07 September
Law proposed to require taxi drivers to post identification in their cabs
         - Prensa, 07 September
U.S. consortium proposes $80 million waste-to-energy plant in Colon
         - Prensa, 07 September
Ecologists in Chiriqui ask UNESCO to declare La Amistad National Park to be in danger
         - Prensa, 07 September
$17 million needed to complete restoration of the Santa Maria basilica en Casco Antiguo
         - Prensa, 07 September
More civic groups request President Varela to veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute deputies of the National Assembly
         - Panama America, 07 September
Teachers' unions protest purchase of overpriced purchase of land from the Tocumen Airport for new Univ. of Panama facilities (land with the Univ. Panama a few years ago sold more cheaper to Tocumen Airport)
         - Panama America, 07 September
Cuts in the budget of the Ministry of Social Development is hurting its social welfare programs
         - Prensa, 07 September
Social Development Ministry (MIDES) has $79 million cut from its proposed 2016 budget of $286 million, by the Finance Ministry
         - La Estrella, 07 September
Finance Ministry proposes $35 million budget for Commerce Ministry
         - La Estrella, 07 September
More than 4000 people die each year due to heart disease in Panama
         - Prensa, 07 September
Colon city, plagued by 35 gangs, mosquitoes and poverty
         - Prensa, 07 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Gambling tax revenues are down 15% year-to-year for first half of 2015
         - La Estrella, 06 September
Panama's consumers satisfied with Panama Canal, the city's Metro Subway system, the new Cinta Costera coastal highway, banks and telecom services - but unhappy with public services, the police, the health service and Metro bus
         - La Estrella, 06 September
Private debt of pensioners and retirees rises $600 million to $3 billion, a 25% rise, as more elderly borrow money to live
         - Panama America, 06 September
Appointment of a National Assembly deputy from the PRD party, Elias Castillo, to the board of directors of the Panama Canal, a non-professional, raises worries about the independence of the Canal
         - Panama America, 06 September
Interview with Maria del Carmen Delgado about management of the Panama Canal and its ports
         - La Estrella, 06 September
State-owned Tocumen Airport sells 10 hectares of land back to government for five times more than the Airport paid for the land to the government in 2013
         - Prensa, 06 September
Fungal invasion has affected 44% of the palm oil plantations in Chiriqui
         - Prensa, 06 September
Government cautions farmers in Los Santos not to drill wells more than 160 feet deep, in coastal areas, to avoid leaking salt water into aquifiers
         - Prensa, 06 September
Panama's best rivers for hydroelectric projects are all used up, so Panama will need to find new energy sources
         - Prensa, 06 September
Barro Blanco hydroelectric project controversy now before the InterAmerican Court on Human Rights
         - La Estrella, 06 September
Drinking and irrigation waters are vanishing due to drought and pollution
         - Panama America, 06 September
Costa Rica detects "orange spot" rice disease in farms near Arenal
         - Prensa, 06 September
Panama is still far from being a convention and conference "hub" in the region
         - Panama America, 06 September
Panama's firefighters to have 2016 budget of $24 million, only $800,000 of which is for investments in new equipment
         - Prensa, 06 September
National Assembly committee to study modifications to Panama's pension laws
         - Prensa, 06 September
Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among Panamanians
         - El Siglo, 06 September
Public hospital in Veraguas goes for more than 15 hours without electricity
         - Panama America, 06 September
The country's new cancer institute (ION) will be located in the new city health complex being built
         - Prensa, 06 September
Insecurity and crime are worrying mulitple sectors of the country
         - Panama America, 06 September
National Womens' Institute asks for 2016 budget of $4.6 million
         - La Estrella, 06 September
National Police putting together a special unit to deal with domestic violence
         - Prensa, 06 September
Some in Martinelli's CD party accused for working for President Varela and his Panamenista party, while Martinelli hides in Miami
         - La Estrella, 06 September

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18,000 quintals of locally grown onions not yet sold this year, because market is flooded with imports
         - Panama America, 05 September
Colon Free Zone merchants paying around $200 million a year in taxes, but only want to pay about $100 million a year to alleviate their financial crisis
         - La Estrella, 05 September
Local residents upset about proposed incinerator for ship wastes to be built at Rodman port
         - Panama America, 05 September
Corruption at Supreme Court, as Supreme Court Judge Hernan De Leon, appointed by Martinelli, has not decided or not to accept massive stock fraud complaint against Martinelli filed by the Attorney General two months ago
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 September
Corruption at Supreme Court, as Supreme Court Judge Hernan De Leon, appointed by Martinelli, has not decided or not to accept massive stock fraud complaint against Martinelli filed by the Attorney General two months ago
         - Prensa, 05 September
Martinelli's brother-in-law admits he is sole owner of company used to launder money from Martinelli-era scandals
         - Prensa, 05 September
Government and Petaquilla Minerals arguing over who will clean up contaminated tailings waters on the mine's property
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 September
Government and Petaquilla Minerals arguing over who will clean up contaminated tailings waters on the mine's property
         - Prensa, 05 September
Quarry owned by Constructora Alfa S.A. is fined $1.4 million for violating environmental regulations
         - Prensa, 05 September
Quarry owned by Constructora Alfa S.A. is fined $1.4 million for violating environmental regulations
         - La Estrella, 05 September
High cost of medical services is driving up cost of medical insurance
         - Panama America, 05 September
Seeking ways to increase the potential of the country's logistics sector
         - Panama America, 05 September
Lightning kills eight high-genetic-quality cattle in Dolega
         - Panama America, 05 September
Lack of rains hurting the rice harvests of subsistence farmers in Los Santos
         - Prensa, 05 September
Consumer protection agency (Acodeco) gets $11 million of $16 million it requested for its 2016 budget
         - La Estrella, 05 September
Number of franchise chains increased 4.2% in 2015, 78% foreign
         - Prensa, 05 September
The beautiful waterfalls of the Santa Fe district of Veraguas
         - Panama America, 05 September
The now-abandoned Puerto Armuelles, near the Costa Rican border on the Pacific, in the 1970s and 1980s, an important port for banana exports, but now a tourist destination
         - Prensa, 05 September
Nature Air in Costa Rica to invest $2.5 million to double its fleet
         - Inside CostaRica, 05 September
PRD deputy, Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, says National Assembly could override a veto by President Varela of a new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - Prensa, 05 September
Internal elections in CD party are breaking the party apart, without Martinelli to control things
         - La Estrella, 05 September
Of 1688 foreign prisoners in Panama's jail, 1200 have not been sentenced
         - La Estrella, 05 September
Government to spend $6.5 million to buy new equipment for the National Police
         - La Estrella, 05 September
From Costa Rica, this tech firm protects global press freedom
         - CostaRica News, 05 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Costa Rica's fiscal deficit to reach 6.9 percent of GDP by 2015, with 30% of budget going to debt servicing
         - TicoTimes, 04 September
Tomato growers in Los Santos hope for a harvest of 12,000 tons
         - Prensa, 04 September
Panama Port workers declare strike over fears of their jobs being outsourced
         - Panama America, 04 September
Government considering the reduction of tax rates for Colon Free Zone to be more similar to those of the Panama Pacific logistics park
         - Prensa, 04 September
Reducing $100 million worth of Colon Free Zone taxes will require the govenrment to find a similar amount of new tax revenues
         - La Estrella, 04 September
Government inspecting construction projects in San Francisco, after complaints of nearby residents
         - Prensa, 04 September
Construction of Metro Subway Line II to start on Monday, despite project by scandal-plagued Odebrecht
         - Panama America, 04 September
Martinelli's brother-in-law, Aaron Mizrachi, only stockholder of company that paid to buy illegal wiretapping equipment
         - Prensa, 04 September
Ties of corruption between former President Martinelli and Haitian president Juan Luis Correa
         - Prensa, 04 September
11 financial entities interested in buying Banco Universal, shut down for ties to money laundering during Martinelli-era
         - Prensa, 04 September
More people are accused of being involved in the Martinell-era Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - El Siglo, 04 September
More people are accused of being involved in the Martinell-era Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - Prensa, 04 September
More people are accused of being involved in the Martinell-era Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - Newsroom Panama, 04 September
Supplies Trading, located in th Darien, is successfully manufacturing and exporting ambulances
         - El Siglo, 04 September
Estimates are that the government will pay over $250 million to buy the Metro Bus system from its private owners
         - El Siglo, 04 September
Number of tourists visiting Panama rises 17% in first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 04 September
The charms of visiting the San Blas islands and their people
         - Huffington Post, 04 September
Rent for $500 a month by the beach in Pedasi, Panama
         - International Living, 04 September
Despite criticizing Martinelli's use of PAN monies for no-bid contracts, so too now is the Varela administration doing the same thing
         - Panama America, 04 September
Civic groups question competence of new Canal Board of Directors member Elias Castillo, saying it was another unjustified political appointment
         - Panama America, 04 September
National Insitute of Women (Inamu) has its budget cut 50% while facing more work to protect women from abuse and death
         - Panama AMerica, 04 September
More civic groups ask President Varela to veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - Prensa, 04 September
More civic groups ask President Varela to veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - La Estrella, 04 September
PRD deputy says he heard wiretaps of his conversations in the chambers of then President Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 04 September
PRD deputy says he heard wiretaps of his conversations in the chambers of then President Martinelli
         - Prensa, 04 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Chamber of Commerce worried about one company, AES Panama, controlling more than 25% of Panama's electricity generation capacity, after award of new contract to AES Panama for 350 megawatts
         - Prensa, 03 September
Government is not considering any reduction in taxes of Colon Free Zone merchants
         - Panama America, 03 September
Economists question the government giving milk producers $8.1 million in subsidies to lower prices, which probably won't happen
         - Panama America, 03 September
FBI investigating Martinelli for securities fraud related to Financial Pacific brokerage scandal in Panama
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 September
FBI investigating Martinelli for securities fraud related to Financial Pacific brokerage scandal in Panama
         - Prensa, 03 September
Former stock market regulator, Ignacio Fabrega, sentenced to only five years in jail for crimes related to Financial Pacific brokerage scandal during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 03 September
Former stock market regulator, Ignacio Fabrega, sentenced to only five years in jail for crimes related to Financial Pacific brokerage scandal - prosecutor appeals for a harsher sentence
         - La Estrella, 03 September
Comptroller General affirms award of Metro Subway Line II contract to consortium led by scandal-plagued Odebrecht's consortium
         - Prensa, 03 September
Comptroller General affirms award of Metro Subway Line II contract to consortium led by scandal-plagued Odebrecht's consortium
         - Panama America, 03 September
636 new hotel rooms added to an already overcrowded hotel market
         - Prensa, 03 September
Small business agency (Ampyme) will be 7% less in 2016
         - Prensa, 03 September
Commerce Ministry hopes to have online processing of import and export paperwork within one year
         - Prensa, 03 September
Deadline to open expanded Panama Canal is delayed further, to give time to repair water leaks in new locks
         - Panam Post, 03 September
Over five months of vacanies, and President Varela has not nominated replacements for Supreme Court judges
         - Panama America, 03 September
Uproar across Panama as National Assembly deputies pass a law that effectively makes it harder to prosecute them
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 September
Multiple civic groups demand demand that President Varela veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - Prensa, 03 September
National Bar Association asks President Varela to veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies
         - Prensa, 03 September
National Bar Association asks President Varela to veto new law that makes it harder to prosecute National Assembly deputies, and will file lawsuit before Supreme Court asking new law be declared unconstitutional
         - La Estrella, 03 September
After passing new law to make it harder to prosecute deputies, deputies want to pass new law to make it harder to prosecute the president and the Supreme Court
         - Panama America, 03 September
Health Ministry warns that sales of electronic cigarettes is still illegal
         - Prensa, 03 September
New case of bovine rabies reported in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 03 September
Environmentalists in Costa Rica outraged after park ranger is given 12 year sentence in jail for shooting a protected turtle egg poacher who was attacking the ranger with a machete
         - Inside CostaRica, 03 September
Martinelli puppet, Mario Miller, clashes with Alma Cortes (a former minister under Martinelli) for leadership of the Martinelli's CD party
         - La Estrella, 03 September

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Finance Ministry says eliminating taxes for Colon Fre Zone merchants, during their troubled times, will cost the government $100 million a year, which has to be found elsewhere in the budgets, not easy to do
         - La Estrella, 02 September
Housing Ministry (Miviot) incompetence is driving up the price of low-cost homes it is building for low-income people
         - Panama America, 02 September
National Assembly to order National Agricultural Development Bank to cancel debts of small and medium-sized farmers
         - Panama America, 02 September
Prosecutors issue arrest warrants for 4 suspected money launderers tied to now-jailed Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 September
Prosecutors issue arrest warrants for 4 suspected money launderers tied to now-jailed Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 02 September
Agafia, a Panamanian company formed to be a middleman in the sale of Finmeccancia radars to Panama, was nothing more than "a screen to hide bribes to former President Martinelli"
         - Prensa, 02 September
While Varela denies any involvement in the Finmeccanica scandal, documents link him to the purchase contracts
         - Panama America, 02 September
President Varela denies negotiating contract with Finmeccanica while he was a chancellor
         - Panama America, 02 September
Former security minister Mulino says President Varela negotiated the Finmeccanica contracts
         - La Estrella, 02 September
Agafia, a Panamanian company formed to be a middleman in the sale of Finmeccancia radars to Panama, was nothing more than "a screen to hide bribes to former President Martinelli"
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 September
AES Panama becomes the biggest power generation company in the country, as it wins new supply contracts
         - Prensa, 02 September
Two types of private investment funds in Panama
         - Mondaq, 02 September
Chilean food exports to Panama increase by 70% to $51 million
         - FreshPlaza, 02 September
Canal Authority considered new Pacific port on western side of the Canal at Playa Farfan, before choosing Corozal on the east side
         - La Estrella, 02 September
Panama Canal repairs to take one month to fix leaks in new locks
         - IHS Maritime 360, 02 September
National Assembly appoints Elias Castillo as its representative to the board of directors of the Panama Canal
         - Prensa, 02 September
Air Panama to offer $99 flights between San Jose (Costa Rica) and Bocas del Toro
         - Inside CostaRica, 02 September
How El Nino will affect rain patterns in Costa Rica this year
         - AM CostaRica, 02 September
Is son of Mexican drug lord, "El Chapo", in Costa Rica?
         - Inside CostaRica, 02 September
Panama's vote at the OAS to support Venezuela against Colombia (ostensibly to curry favor to get some of the Colon Free Zone debt paid) was against the spirit of human rights
         - Panama America, 02 September
$180 million of government spending to be transferred to the municipalities
         - La Estrella, 02 September
National Assembly passes law to extend time to prosecute corruption politicians and judges, but adds provisions to make it almost impossible to do so
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 September
National Assembly passes law to extend time to prosecute corruption politicians and judges, but adds provisions to make it almost impossible to do so
         - Prensa, 02 September
New law altering prosecution of politicians awaits Varela's signature
         - La Estrella, 02 September
Critics criticize mayor of Panama City, Jose Isabel Blandon, for budgeting $3.7 million for a two-hour Christmas parade, using no-bid contract to a little known subsidy of Disney
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 September
CD party confronts the dilemma for removing Martinelli from control of the party, as long as he remains hiding outside the country
         - La Estrella, 02 September
CD party has a big internal fight over control of the party
         - El Siglo, 02 September

  


  

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Government admits that it has faults in its measurements of foods that are under price controls
         - Panama AMerica, 01 September
Government puts condictions on the subsidies that could be given to struggling farmers
         - Panama America, 01 September
Price of tomatoes should remain unchanged due to increased supply
         - El Siglo, 01 September
Former stock market regulator, Ignacio Fabrega, says Martinelli gave him orders on how to handle the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage he was supposed to be investigating for fraud linked to ... Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 01 September
Former stock market regulator, Ignacio Fabrega, says Martinelli and Shamah "called him constantly" to give him orders on how to handle the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage he was supposed to be investigating for fraud linked to ... Martinelli
         - La Estrella, 01 September
125 people are under investigation for corruption during the Martinelli era, including 50 former government officials
         - Prensa, 01 September
Panamanian ambassador to Italy says there is evidence that inside now-cancelled deal with Finmeccanica to sell useless radars to Panama, was $25 million in monies to use to bribe Martinelli-era officials
         - Prensa, 01 September
Martinelli may face more criminal charges linked to the Financial Pacific borkerage scandal during his administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 01 September
Martinelli may face more criminal charges linked to the Financial Pacific borkerage scandal during his administration
         - Prensa, 01 September
Diaz Seixas is appointed to the board of directors of the Superintendent of Banks
         - Prensa, 01 September
Companies selected to supply government with 350 megawatts will invest $700 million in infrastructure
         - Prensa, 01 September
Companies selected to supply government with 350 megawatts will invest $700 million in infrastructure
         - Panama America, 01 September
Colon Free Zone businesses ask government to eliminate their main taxes, during a period where they are suffering financially
         - Panama America, 01 September
Colon Free Zone wants same tax benefits enjoyed by the Panama Pacifico logistics park
         - La Estrella, 01 September
Many groups criticize Canal authority for wanting to give a 20 to 40 year tax exemption to constructors of new port on Pacific side of the Canal
         - La Estrella, 01 September
Canal Expansion contractors, GUPC, have yet to deliver a report explaining the water leaks in the new canal locks
         - Panama America, 01 September
Concrete sample extracted from one of the Expansion locks that are leaking, looks like Swiss cheese - how much concrete will have to be replaced?
         - gCaptain, 01 September
Video of multiple leaks in new locks of the Canal Expansion
         - gCaptain, 01 September
President Varela congratulates Manzanillo International Terminal, after it received four ZPMC super post-Panamax cranes as part of its $270 million expansion
         - Seatrade Maritime, 01 September
New study from the University of Miami warns of health risks present in the beach sands, such as those of Costa Rica and Panama City
         - AM CostaRica, 01 September
President Varela ignores human rights issues, and backs Venezuela in border dispute with Colombia at the OAS (probably in attempt to try to get some Colon Free Zone debt paid)
         - Panama America, 01 September
President Varela's Cabinet proposes new law to decentralize more power to the municipalities
         - Prensa, 01 September
President Varela's Cabinet proposes new law to decentralize more power to the municipalities
         - La Estrella, 01 September
National Assembly gives final approval to new law to extend the time that National Assembly deputies can be prosecuted for crimes
         - Prensa, 01 September
National Assembly gives final approval to new law to extend the time that National Assembly deputies can be prosecuted for crimes
         - La Estrella, 01 September
Social Security Agency (CSS) cancels contract to build new $14 million health clinic in Cocle, due to lack of performance by contractor
         - Prensa, 01 September
Education Ministry strongly criticized at hearing in the National Assembly for poor performance
         - El Siglo, 01 September
Teachers' unions say a 1% increase in the Education Ministry budget for 2016 is inadequate
         - La Estrella, 01 September
Doctors and administrators in David demand a government audit of their important Jose Domingo Maternity Hospital
         - El Siglo, 01 September
Residents of La Chorrera and Arraijan surprised by a strong rain accompanied by hail
         - El Siglo, 01 September
Families of inmates at the Punta Coco prison challenge President Varela to go to the fail and see the cruel conditions there
         - El Siglo, 01 September

  


  

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Panamanians using more debt financing (e.g., credit cards) to purchase the necessities
         - Panama America, 31 August
Commerce Ministry admits that prices of unregulated foods are rising
         - Panama America, 31 August
Business friends of Martinelli, including his brother-in-law, laundered millions through Financial Pacific by manipulating the stock fo Petaquilla
         - Newsroom Panama, 31 August
Business friends of Martinelli, including his brother-in-law, laundered millions through Financial Pacific by manipulating the stock fo Petaquilla
         - Prensa, 31 August
Martinelli and ex-tourism minister Shamah asked now-jailed, former stock market regulator Ignacio Fabrega, to "take care" of problems at the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage
         - Prensa, 31 August
Critics complain Varela administration is wasting $2 million on private consultants to assess the acquisition of the MiBus system, which government workers could do as part of their normal work
         - Prensa, 31 August
Uproar as Finance Ministry pays Spanish economics consultant $156,000 for a development study, which could have been done by plenty of Panamanian economists, though the government would pay them less for the same work
         - Panama America, 31 August
Uproar as Finance Ministry pays Spanish economics consultant $156,000 for a development study, which could have been done by plenty of Panamanian economists, though the government would pay them less for the same work
         - La Estrella, 31 August
Panamanian professionals repudiate $156,000 granted to a foreign economist
         - Panama America, 31 August
27 companies offer to sell electric power to the government power distributor (Etesa)
         - Prensa, 31 August
State power distributor Etesa seeks 350 megawatts of energy from bidders
         - Panama America, 31 August
Mexico's Axalta Coating Systems wins four-year contract to supply Panama Canal with industrial coatings and building paint
         - MarketWatch, 31 August
Sales of bunker fuel in Panama grew 10% in the first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 31 August
Costa Rica bans hydroelectric projects on 2 rivers for 25 years
         - Inside CostaRica, 31 August
Republic Asset Management run by two men who are fugitives from the Cayman Islands justice system
         - Caribbean News, 31 August
Finance Ministry says justice is a priority, approving a 25% increase in the justice's system budget for 2016, though less than what was asked for
         - Prensa, 31 August
Law proposed to allow Panama to extradict criminals back to Russia
         - Prensa, 31 August
Law proposed to allow Panama to extradict criminals back to Russia
         - Newsroom Panam, 31 August
Panama abstains on failed OAS voting to call an extraordinary meeting to discuss the Colombia-Venezuela border dispute
         - Prensa, 31 August
Diminishing interest in maritime careers by Panamanians
         - La Estrella, 31 August
Interview with Nestor Vega, president of the board of directors of the national social services agency (CSS)
         - La Estrella, 31 August

  


  

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Why isn't the Varella administration investigating the corruption inside of the mega-construction works of the Martinelli era?
         - La Estrella, 30 August
Slow growth of lottery tickets sales in the first half of 2015
         - Panama America, 30 August
Chamber of Commerce asks Comptroller General to endorse contract to group led by Odebrecht to build Metro Subway Line II, while Transparency International wants to Attorney General to investigate possible corrupt activities of Odebrecht in Panama
         - Prensa, 30 August
Anti-corruption prosecutors to investigate radar purchasing contract with Finmeccanica's Selex division, 19 anti-drug radars bought by Martinelli's administration for $125 million, that did not work as promised
         - Prensa, 30 August
Agricultural Ministry to evaluate Cabinet proposal to provide help to drought-stricken milk producers
         - Prensa, 30 August
Producers of grade C milk want an increase in 10 cents per liter
         - Panama America, 30 August
Government still doesn't have a viable routing option for electric power interconnection system with Colombia
         - Panama America, 30 August
Panama ranks near bottom in the region for providing mobile broadband service
         - Prensa, 30 August
Panama ranks near bottom in the region for providing mobile broadband service
         - Newsroom Panama, 30 August
Tax raiders hit 50 businesses in Casco Viejo's tourist district
         - Newsroom Panama, 30 August
Tourism Ministry seeks 2016 budget of $25.4 million, $13.5 million for publicity
         - La Estrella, 30 August
Great deterioration in the Pacific ports of Veraguas province
         - Panama AMerica, 30 August
Seven Peruvian companies explore the Panamanian markets at trade show
         - La Estrella, 30 August
Former president of National Assembly says "some government ministers should drink more coffee so they have more energy to do their jobs"
         - La Estrella, 30 August
Finance Ministry cuts $215 million from the proposed budgets for the judicial system, despite expanded judicial workloads, though budgets are up a bit from 2015
         - Prensa, 30 August
Supreme Court judge Harry Diaz recuses himself from a hearing involving Nicolas Corcione and money laundering charges, since he is a neighbor of Corcione's
         - Newsroom PAnama, 30 August
87% of Panamanians are treated in public hospitals and clinics
         - Prensa, 30 August
The challenges of parents when their children use the Internet
         - El Siglo, 30 August
Two volcanoes considered not extinct in Panama: Baru and Yeguada
         - Panama America, 30 August

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Government infrastructure spending drops 44% year-to-year in first half of 2015, reducing public deficit
         - Panama America, 29 August
Government infrastructure spending drops 44% year-to-year in first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 29 August
Tomato farmers in the Azuero are recommended to use greenhouses during drought conditions
         - Prensa, 29 August
Milk producers in the Azuero demand higher prices for their milk
         - Prensa, 29 August
Cattle ranchers in the Azuero demand $8 million for small producers
         - Panama America, 29 August
Increased consumption of meat is forecasted
         - La Estrella, 29 August
Nicolas Corcione, suspected of Martinelli-era money laundering, has missed Panama Canal Board meetings
         - Prensa, 29 August
Canal Authority suspends restrictions on maximum drafts of ship passing through the Canal, as recent rains have replenished Canal lock waters
         - La Estrella, 29 August
PH Plaza Independencia construction project in Casco Viejo loses permit
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 August
PH Plaza Independencia construction project in Casco Viejo loses permit
         - Prensa, 29 August
La Palma (Darien), a tourist favorite located on the Tuira estuary
         - Panama America, 29 August
Gas Natural Fenosa fined $380,000 for violating some regulations
         - El Siglo, 29 August
Annual housing fair hopes to attract 400 businesses
         - El Siglo, 29 August
Alfredo Monge, retail mogul in Costa Rica, to speak at 3rd Annual Private Wealth Latin America summit
         - CostaRica News, 29 August
Costa Rica consumer confidence drops 8.3% in the last quarter, the largest drop in 14 years, and down 18% year-to-year
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 August
Martinelli-era security officials Garuz y Perez will go on trial in March 2016 for illegal wiretapping
         - Prensa, 29 August
Martinelli-era security officials Garuz y Perez will go on trial in March 2016 for illegal wiretapping
         - Panama America, 29 August
Calls for Health Minister Terrientes to resign due to lack of progress
         - Panama America, 29 August
Health Ministry investigating 50 complaints against doctors
         - Panama America, 29 August
New scandal at Maritime Authority over the selling of marine licenses
         - La Estrella, 29 August
Costa Rica headed down dangerous path of violence, according to country's Attorney General
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 August
Mayor of Alajuela, Costa Rica, Roberto Thompson (PLN party) is arrested for influence peddling
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 August

  


  

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Agricultural students at the Univ. of Panama blockade the Transitmica roadway, demanding immediate payment for lands owned by the Agricultural Department at the school and sold to Tocumen Airport
         - El Siglo, 26 August
Milk farmers in the Azuero want compensation of 10 cents per liter due to the drought
         - El Siglo, 26 August
Funeral homes continue to be profitable, especially for those near Avenida Justo Arosemena, near the Santo Tomas hospital
         - El Siglo, 26 August

  


  

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Devaluation of the Chinese yuan is another big blow to Colon Free Zone
         - Panama America, 25 August
Panama's international banking sector reaches $114 billion in assets, up 11% from 2014
         - Prensa, 25 August
Cattle ranchers auctioning more cattle, as drought conditions hurt their businesses
         - Panama America, 25 August
Former stock market regulator Ignacio Fabrega is declared guilty of corruption in the Financial Pacific brokerage scandal
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Former stock market regulator Ignacio Fabrega links Martinelli and former tourism director Shamah to the Financial Pacific brokerage corruption
         - El Siglo, 25 August
Former stock market regulator Ignacio Fabrega pleads guilty, and links Martinelli and former tourism director Shamah to the Financial Pacific brokerage corruption
         - Prensa, 25 August
Former stock market regulator Ignacio Fabrega links Martinelli and former tourism director Shamah to the Financial Pacific brokerage corruption
         - Newsroom Panama, 25 August
Has the Comptroller General been "bought" by Odebrecht, for his refusal to seriously investigate Odebrecht's corruption problems?
         - Newsroom Panama, 25 August
Comptroller General approves awarding of another big contract to Odebrecht
         - Newsroom Panama, 25 August
Odebrecht is suffering multiple corruption-related problems around the world, but Panama still gives it big contracts
         - PRensa, 25 August
Panama prohibits entry of imported potatoes and onions into farming regions of Panama to avoid entry of new pests
         - Fresh Plaza, 25 August
National consumption of petroleum products increased 146% from 2000 to 2014
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Mayor Blandon meets with residents and restaurant/nightclub owners of Calle Uruguay to discuss complaints of too much noise and violence at night
         - El Siglo, 25 August
National Police maintain post along InterAmerican Highway to keep roadway open in Tole and Vigui
         - Prensa, 25 August
What's mostly good, and what's bad, about living in Panama
         - The Street, 25 August
Sun International's (South Africa) Ocean Sun casino in Panama has disappointing performance
         - BD Live, 25 August
50 "red devil" type buses (now banned) are discovered at Manzanillo port, trying to be illegally imported into Panama
         - Panama America, 25 August
Transit Authority affirms that imports of "red devil" buses are illegal
         - Panama America, 25 August
Transit Authority prohibits importation of "red devil" buses for public service
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Corozal port is necessary for Panama to remain competetive in the region
         - Prensa, 25 August
Expansion contractors GUPC could pay fines for leaks in the new Canal locks
         - Panama AMerica, 25 August
Commerce Ministry suspends concession to Gethsa International to extract sand and rock construction materials from the Rio Pacora
         - Prensa, 25 August
Commerce Ministry suspends concession to Gethsa International to extract sand and rock construction materials from the Rio Pacora
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Pre-construction real estate sales return to Panama City
         - NuWire Investor, 25 August
Juan Valdez brank opens coffee shops in Paraguay and Malaysia
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Costa Rica pineapple growers expect losses of $100 million this year, due to climate change
         - Inside CostaRica, 25 August
New $52 million farmers market in northern Costa Rica is near approval
         - AM CostaRica, 25 August
Anti-corruption prosecutors to investigate contracts issued by now-jailed Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 25 August
Turkey's new direct flight connection to Panama may facilitate terrorist financing for Hamas (based in Istanbul), which has financiers in Panama City
         - Caribbean News Now, 25 August
Political analysts say the policies of Security Minister Aguilera have failed
         - Panama America, 25 August
Classes suspended at Univ. of Panama due to protests by students of the Agricultural Department
         - La Estrella, 25 August
More than 700 African illegals allowed to travel through Panama en route to the United States this year
         - Breitbart, 25 August
Government will donate $6.7 million to a museum in Amador
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Dissidents in the PRD party seek to control the PRD party
         - La Estrella, 25 August
PRD questions the law of decentralization
         - La Estrella, 25 August
Panama has over 4,000 divorces a year
         - La Estrella, 25 August

  


  

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Credit rating agency Moody's hopes for 6% economic growth in Panama in 2015
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Construction industry continues to see its growth slowing, due in part to lack of government infrastructure spending
         - Panama America, 24 August
Civic group MAVIP objects to new port at Corozal, which it says will be detrimental to surrounding communities
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Drought threatens 400 acres of rice in Cocle
         - Prensa, 24 August
Cattle are losing weight as grazing lands are exhausted in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 24 August
Superintendent of Banks to have a 2016 budget of $18.4 million, with funds to hire new inspectors to prevent money laundering
         - Prensa, 24 August
Efforts to stop money laundering will include a focus on the country's 583 cooperative savings banks
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Banco Nacional to have a 2016 budget of $1.8 billion
         - Panama America, 24 August
Lawsuit filed against Martinelli's public works minister, Federico Jose Suarez, accused of allowing overruns in Arraigan-La Chorrera highway project
         - Prensa, 24 August
Lawsuit filed against Martinelli's public works minister, Federico Jose Suarez, accused of allowing overruns in Arraigan-La Chorrera highway project
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Government to spend $74 million to repair 31 kilometers of roadways in the Ngabe-Bugle comarca
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Roberto Corcione, linked to money laundering during Martinelli era, is given choice of appearing voluntarily before corruption prosecutors, on be placed on the Interpol capture list
         - Prensa, 24 August
Roberto Corcione, linked to money laundering during Martinelli era, is given choice of appearing voluntarily before corruption prosecutors, on be placed on the Interpol capture list
         - Newsroom Panama, 24 August
Comptroller General approves Odebrecht's CUSA consortium to help rebuild Colon city, despite the company's scandal problems in Brazil
         - Prensa, 24 August
Panama Canal expansion prompts safety concerns, with new locks not using electric "mules" to guide ships through
         - BBC, 24 August
Failures in the design is causing leaks at the new Canal Expansion locks
         - Panama America, 24 August
Canal Authority says repairing leaks won't affect completion of Canal expansion
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Dropping cost of technology makes solar power an increasingly attractive option for renewable energy generation in Panama
         - Prensa, 24 August
The 'Rinconito Colombiano' restuarant continues to violate the law, with complaints by neighbors of excessive noise and fights
         - Panama America, 24 August
Indonesia and Panama agree to boost relations
         - Jakarta Post, 24 August
Private universities in Panama are costly, while public universities are affected by corruption
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Wastewater treatment plants at capacity in Panama City
         - Prensa, 24 August
Multiple public health problems reported near Patacon landfill
         - Prensa, 24 August
Varela administration awards no-bid contract of $588,000 to law firm that does work for the family business of Varela
         - Panama America, 24 August
Attorney General to have increased budget in 2016 of $154 million, to better handle the large number of corruption investigations
         - Prensa, 24 August
Fights continue in the PRD party, as some members in the National Assembly are losing good jobs, some paying as high as $6000/month
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Interview with Zulay Rodriguez of the PRD: "Martin Torrijos wants to be president again, with the help of President Varela"
         - El Siglo, 24 August
74 drugs used by the Social Security Service (CSS) do not have sanitary registrations
         - La Estrella, 24 August
Unclaimed bodies overflow at the country's forensic institute (Imelcf), as government hasn't provided money to bury the bodies
         - Prensa, 24 August
Unclaimed bodies overflow at the country's forensic institute (Imelcf), as government hasn't provided money to bury the bodies
         - Newsroom Panama, 24 August
Three new cases of equine encephalitis reported in the Darien
         - Prensa, 24 August

  


  

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Costa Rica's government deficit rises to 3.3% of the GDP in the first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 23 August
Majority of small and medium farming businesses have been abandoned for lack of government suport, leaving Panama with one of the worst agricultural sectors in the region
         - Panama America, 23 August
A proposal to build two new dams in the Azuero to insure water supplies
         - Prensa, 23 August
Tomato farmers in the Azuero on alert for damages due to drought
         - Prensa, 23 August
With imports, there will be sufficient rice until March 2016
         - La Estrella, 23 August
Cattle ranchers will lose $500 million this year due to El Nino drought conditions
         - Panama America, 23 August
El Nino has Honduras approaching famine conditions
         - Panama America, 23 August
Government to spend $1.9 billion in the second stage of the Panama Bay Sanitation project
         - La Estrella, 23 August
Despite fuel prices being lower for businesses because of falling oil prices, prices for consumer goods are not dropping
         - Newsroom Panama, 23 August
Drivers in Panama have saved $47 million due to drop in oil prices
         - Prensa, 23 August
The effect of falling oil prices on the Panamanian economy
         - Prensa, 23 August
Ngabe-Bugle of Bocas del Toro travel to Chiriqui to join the Ngabe-Bugle there protesting the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - Prensa, 23 August
GUPC expansion constructors present report on leaks at new locks to the Panama Canal Authority
         - Prensa, 23 August
Panama Canal Authority analyzing plans to repair the leaks in the new locks
         - Panama America, 23 August
Government has not given its final approval to the $237 million Domingo Diaze Avenue project, since new roadways have multiple flaws
         - Prensa, 23 August
Traffic jams in Panama City hurt producivitiy and worsen health
         - EL Siglo, 23 August
PRD and CD parties taking steps to revitalize themselves
         - Panama America, 23 August
Supreme Court judge Ayu Prado does't confirm or reject the idea of running for reelection
         - Prensa, 23 August

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Nicolas Corcione refuses to be interviewed by prosecutors over his role in Martinelli-era money laundering
         - Newsroom Panama, 22 August
Nicolas Corcione refuses to be interviewed by prosecutors over his role in Martinelli-era money laundering
         - Prensa, 22 August
Odebrecht lied in court that it did not know that Casco Viejo was a World Heritage site
         - Newsroom Panama, 22 August
Odebrecht lied in court that it did not know that Casco Viejo was a World Heritage site
         - Prensa, 22 August
In last days of Martinelli administration, Martinelli administration helps Odebrecht embezzle money from the Cinta Costera project
         - Newsroom Panama, 22 August
In last days of Martinelli administration, Martinelli administration helps Odebrecht embezzle money from the Cinta Costera project
         - Prensa, 22 August
More controversies over the now-cancelled power generation contract with AES Panama that was signed in the last days of the Martinelli administration, with the government now saying the deal is bad for Panama
         - Prensa, 22 August
Second stage of the Panama Bay Sanitation Project is being delayed
         - Panama America, 22 August
Government defends paying cost overruns to Hidalgo & Hidalgo for delays in construction of Panama Bay Sanitation project
         - La Estrella, 22 August
Panama Canal Authority holds GUPC expansion contractors responsible for leaks in the new locks
         - Panama America, 22 August
Panama Canal Authority holds GUPC expansion contractors responsible for leaks in the new locks
         - La Estrella, 22 August
Panama Canal Authority easing restrictions on transits as recent rains help increase water supplies
         - Prensa, 22 August
Insurance business growing less slowly this year
         - Panama America, 22 August
Costs of food continue to rise that comprise the Panamanian diet
         - Panama America, 22 August
The minimum salary does not cover the cost of the basic food basket
         - La Estrella, 22 August
Workers at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut announce strike starting August 31st
         - La Estrella, 22 August
Gulf of Chiriqui is an attractive tourist site for its biodiversity
         - Panama America, 22 August
Exhibition of hot air balloons begins today in Cocle
         - Panama America, 22 August
Microsoft interested in establishing a regional headquarters in Panama
         - Prensa, 22 August
Microsoft interested in establishing a regional headquarters in Panama
         - Panama America, 22 August
Government promises to find ways to increase exports
         - La Estrella, 22 August
FlorExpo, a flower export company in Costa Rica relocates to Guatemala, firing 400 employees, citing too much government red tape
         - TicoTimes, 22 August
Costa Rican company, Innovo, opens first liquid egg processing plant in Central America
         - TicoTimes, 22 August
U.S.-based Fiserv and UST Global to hire a total of 470 people in Costa Rica
         - TicoTimes, 22 August
Costa Rican police raid law offices in connection with 8.5 million euro fraud investigation linked to a Dutch businessman buying property in Costa Rica
         - TicoTimes, 22 August
U.S. man shot to death and dumped out of a car in San Jose (Costa Rica), was a well-known ex-pat who owned a hostel in Playas del Coco, possibly as a result of a fake car offer on Craigslist
         - Inside CostaRica, 22 August
Opinion: when will the goverment prepare an urban development plan?
         - Prensa, 22 August
Public workers in Costa Rica threaten general strike if lawmakers approve new law reducing their pay
         - TicoTimes, 22 August

  


  

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Endangering investments in Panama due to systemic corruption
         - La Estrella, 21 August
New Canal Locks are already leaking, as seen in new videos and photos
         - Panama America, 21 August
New Canal Locks are already leaking, as seen in new videos and photos
         - Prensa, 21 August
New Canal Locks are already leaking, as seen in new videos and photos
         - La Estrella, 21 August
A smaller 2016 budget for the Agricultural Ministry is proposed, despite the crisis in the agricultural sector
         - Panama America, 21 August
Pig farmers are adapting new technologies to deal with climate change
         - Panama America, 21 August
Cattle ranchers are auctioning off more of their cattle, due to drought
         - La Estrella, 21 August
New free zone in Cuba threatens re-export business of the Colon Free Zone
         - Panama America, 21 August
Fast food workers considering calling for an indefinite strike
         - La Estrella, 21 August
Negotiations for new minimum salaries are far from consensus
         - Panama America, 21 August
Lack of parking spaces at new Metro Subway terminal at San Isidro is causing traffic problems
         - Panama America, 21 August
Repairs to the Bridge of Americas are 73% complete
         - Prensa, 21 August
State power distributor Etesa to require a 10% deposit on new electricity projects
         - Prensa, 21 August
A sea-view condo close to Panama City for $177,000 with views of Panama City
         - International Living, 21 August
German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd gears up for the Panama Canal Expansion with an order for 6,000 reefer containers
         - Container Magazine, 21 August
Nicaragua keeps dreaming of a canal
         - Bloomberg View, 21 August
Costa Rican dockworkers join ten unions in protests against the government
         - Inside CostaRica, 21 August
Massive protests fill the streets of San Jose by public workers and taxi drivers
         - Prensa, 21 August
Panama's national forensics institute (Imelcf) operates without budget, as trained personnel quit to find other jobs
         - Prensa, 21 August
National Assembly not convinced by testimoby of Security Minister Aguilera that crime rates are dropping
         - Panama America, 21 August
Health Ministry issues countrywide alert after one man dies due to equine encephalitis
         - Newsroom Panama, 21 August
Health Ministry issues countrywide alert after one man dies due to equine encephalitis in the Darien
         - Prensa, 21 August
Health Ministry issues countrywide alert after one man dies due to equine encephalitis in the Darien
         - Panama America, 21 August
Finance Ministry proposes 2016 budget of $4.4 billion for the health sector
         - Prensa, 21 August
Agricultural Research Institute makes plans to save 30 native trees of Panama
         - PRensa, 21 August

  


  

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Despite new law, money laundering continues to remain a big problem
         - Prensa, 20 August
Rice growers say there is no local shortage of rice, but rather middlemen are manipulating the market to force the importation of more expensive rice
         - La Estrella, 20 August
Increasing price of the basic food basket is the biggest worry of Panamanians
         - Panama America, 20 August
Price rises predicted for meat products
         - Panama America, 20 August
Slowness in the execution of government project hurts small businesses
         - Panama America, 20 August
Government seizes $100,000 of contraband products at Paso Canoas crossing point with Costa Rica
         - Panama America, 20 August
Varela administration adds $3.7 million to contract for Hidalgo & Hidalgo for health project, while company is being investigated for corruption relating to the failed Tonosi irrigation project
         - Newsroom Panama, 20 August
Varela administration adds $3.7 million to contract for Hidalgo & Hidalgo for health project, while company is being investigated for corruption relating to the failed Tonosi irrigation project
         - Prensa, 20 August
Government to pay indigenous groups $2.6 million for their forced displacement from their homes in 1972 to build the Bayano reservoir and power plant
         - Prensa, 20 August
Despite low river levels, companies continue to pump water from Rio Cocle
         - Prensa, 20 August
More tourists visiting Panama, up 16%, but hotel occupancy rates continue to drop, down to 54.4% if not lower
         - Prensa, 20 August
Panama high-sulfur bunker fuel prices hit lowest level in nearly seven years
         - Platts, 20 August
Panama bunker prices under pressure from illegal players, too much competition, and low demand
         - Ship and Bunker, 20 August
South Korea and Panama to deepen political and economic ties
         - Yonhap News, 20 August
Turkish Airlines offers direct flight from Istanbul to Panama City, three times a week
         - Newsroom PAnama, 20 August
Turkish Airlines offers direct flight from Istanbul to Panama City, three times a week
         - Prensa, 20 August
Opinion: President Varela, when will you keep your promise to close the scandal-plagued national assistance program (PAN)?
         - La Estrella, 20 August
Martinelli, his wife, and three sons to run in CD party elections, which will give them temporary protection from corruption prosecution
         - Prensa, 20 August
Judicial decision creates widespread protest, in which two Martinelli figures detained in jail for wiretapping charges, are given house arrest
         - Newsroom Panama, 20 August
After appeal by victims, two Martinelli figures (Perez and Garuz) will remain detained in jail for wiretapping charges
         - La Estrella, 20 August
Nicolas Corcione suspends his activities on the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority, while he is being investigated for money laundering
         - Prensa, 20 August
Nicolas Corcione suspends his activities on the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority, while he is being investigated for money laundering
         - La Estrella, 20 August
Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera promises to reduce crime in Panama, while speaking for the second time before the National Assembly this week
         - Prensa, 20 August
Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera promises to reduce crime in Panama, while speaking for the second time before the National Assembly this week
         - La Estrella, 20 August
United Nations asks Panama to stop transferring prison inmates to the jail at Punta Coco
         - Prensa, 20 August
United Nations asks Panama to stop transferring prison inmates to the jail at Punta Coco
         - Panama America, 20 August
United Nations asks Panama to stop transferring prison inmates to the jail at Punta Coco
         - La Estrella, 20 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Public Services authority (ASEP) ends suspensions of construction of new renewable energy projects
         - Prensa, 19 August
Javier Pariente, who architected the embezzled of monies from the National Assistance Program under Martinelli, using the purchase of dehydrated foods for children as a cover, also obtained economic concessions from Tocumen Airport
         - Newsroom Panama, 19 August
Javier Pariente, who architected the embezzled of monies from the National Assistance Program under Martinelli, using the purchase of dehydrated foods for children as a cover, also obtained economic concessions from Tocumen Airport
         - Prensa, 19 August
Tocumen Airport to spend $38 million to make facility improvements
         - Prensa, 19 August
Director of Panama's anti-corruption authority (Antai) once again insists that the board of directors of the Panama Canal remove Nicolas Corcione from its board, for his ties to money laundering
         - Prensa, 19 August
Director of Panama's anti-corruption authority (Antai) once again insists that the board of directors of the Panama Canal remove Nicolas Corcione from its board, for his ties to money laundering
         - La Estrella, 19 August
Rio Toleta (Los Santos) is the dryest river in the Azuero peninsula
         - Prensa, 19 August
Government is analyzing the rationing of water in the Azuero
         - La Estrella, 19 August
Panama's water droughts could last into 2016, hurting Canal operations and supplies of water to homes and businesses
         - Newsroom Panama, 19 August
Panama Canal to restrict travel through Panama Canal to boats and ships with at least six inch draft
         - Prensa, 19 August
Agricultural Ministry activates emergency plan in Los Santos province, as farmers are hurting due to the drought
         - El Siglo, 19 August
Rice growers ask government to declare a state of emergency due to the drought
         - Panama America, 19 August
Meat prices rises due to the drought and rising demand
         - Panama America, 19 August
More farmers are selling their produce without using middlemen
         - La Estrella, 19 August
90% of car washes in Barrio Norte (Colon) will be closed due to lack of rain due to the drought
         - El Siglo, 19 August
First phase of the Colon City Reconstruction project begins
         - Prensa, 19 August
Trade Minister Meliton Arrocha says that Cuba is a key strategic partner
         - Prensa Latina, 19 August
Trade Minister Meliton Arrocha says that Cuba is a key strategic partner
         - La Estrella, 19 August
Laundermats - a lucrative business as familes spend hundreds of dollars a year to have the clothers washed
         - Prensa, 19 August
Jobs will be eliminated of those government workers who retire early
         - Panama America, 19 August
Second National Assembly fails to meet quorum, as supplementary deputies and some primary deputies boycott meetings, in protest of government no more allowing supplementary deputies to get paid for two government jobs
         - Prensa, 19 August
Calls are made for Security Minister Aguilera to resign
         - Panama America, 19 August
Journalists and politicians agree that some journalists are being persecuted by President Varela's administration
         - Panama America, 19 August
Despite the crticisms of expert, government moves forward to decentralize more power to the municipalities
         - Panama America, 19 August
Malignant tumors continue being the second leading cause of deaths in Panama
         - Prensa, 19 August
PRD deputy De Leon says the PRD party has an uncertain future
         - La Estrella, 19 August
Ruben Arosemena Guardia dies, founder of the Christian Democrat Party (now the Popular Party)
         - Prensa, 19 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panama's public government debt rises to $19.3 billion
         - La Estrella, 18 August
Unemployment is high among young adults between 15 and 29, despite the government spending millions on education and training
         - Prensa, 18 August
Regional experts say that El Nino effects is putting at risk Panama's food segurity
         - Panama America, 18 August
Anti-corruption civic groups in seven Latin American countries want their governments to investigate possible corruption due to Odebrecht and its partners in Brazil under investigation
         - Newsroom Panama, 18 August
Anti-corruption civic groups in seven Latin American countries want their governments to investigate possible corruption due to Odebrecht and its partners in Brazil under investigation
         - Prensa, 18 August
Attorney General to investigate the bribes that SAP paid to government officials to win health system IT contracts during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 18 August
Attorney General to investigate the bribes that SAP paid to government officials to win health system IT contracts during the Martinelli era
         - La Estrella, 18 August
SAP also paid bribes to win IT contract with Electoral Tribunal
         - La Estrella, 18 August
Anti-corruption prosecutors launch new investigation of embezzlements related to purchase of dehydrated food for schools
         - Prensa, 18 August
Cattle ranchers and farmers in Las Guabas complain that too much water is being pumped out of Rio Cocle
         - Panama America, 18 August
Over 5000 cattle in Las Guabas (Los Santos) are on cattle ranches that remain without water
         - Prensa, 18 August
Cattle ranchers killing more cattle during to drought conditions
         - Panama America, 18 August
Panama's Metro transportation system requests 2016 budget of $446 million
         - Prensa, 18 August
Panama's economy is favorable for small and medium sized businesses
         - La Estrella, 18 August
The Economist rates Panama City as one of the best cities in Latin America to live in
         - Panama America, 18 August
The disorderly growth of Panama City, which needs a new urban development plan
         - La Estrella, 18 August
Much of Cocle province is not benefitting from more flights into Rio Hato airport, as most passengers go directly to beach resorts
         - Panama America, 18 August
Government to spend $148 million building and repairing 102 kilometers of roadways in the Darien
         - El Siglo, 18 August
Government to spend $148 million building and repairing 102 kilometers of roadways in the Darien
         - Prensa, 18 August
Ships carrying liquid natural gas are a growing amount of traffic through the Panama Canal
         - Prensa, 18 August
APM Terminals plans to invest in the port of Cartagena
         - Prensa, 18 August
APM Terminals plans to invest in the port of Cartagena
         - La Estrella, 18 August
Cement maker Pylcem to use robots in cement plant in Costa Rica
         - Prensa, 18 August
Costa Rican construction activity has fallen across the board in 2015
         - Inside CostaRica, 18 August
Honduras cancels 12 concessions for clean energy projects for lack of environmental impact statements
         - Prensa, 18 August
National Assembly working on law to prohibit restaurants from automatically adding a tip to the bill
         - Prensa, 18 August
Super Xtra opens 12th supermarket in Santiago, creating 150 new jobs
         - El Siglo, 18 August
National Assembly deputies show little interest in public security issues
         - Panama America, 18 August
Ricardo "Ali Baba" Martinelli and the 40 Thieves of his administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 18 August
President Varela's administration has fired 25,000 government workers, many hired by ex-President Martinelli's administration
         - Panama America, 18 August
Environmental Ministry to spend $49,000 to host a dinner for 250 conservationists from around the world
         - Panama America, 18 August
Over 100,000 children are not in schools, due to poverty or child labor
         - Prensa, 18 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Revenue from concessions at Tocumen Airport could double by 2016, as new airport management cancels the no-bid, undervalued leases for concessions that were given away during the Martinelli era
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 August
Revenue from concessions at Tocumen Airport could double by 2016, as new airport management cancels the no-bid, undervalued leases for concessions that were given away during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 17 August
Businessman accuses a senior manager of Martinelli's Super 99 supermarket chain, Javier Pariente, of extorting $10 million to win a construction contract
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 August
Businessman accuses a senior manager of Martinelli's Super 99 supermarket chain, Javier Pariente, of extorting $10 million to win a construction contract
         - Prensa, 17 August
Maritime Authority to verify that waterfront construction projects in Punta Paitilla are violating laws about waterfront developments
         - Prensa, 17 August
Public hopes for better integration between Metro Subway system and Metro Bus system
         - Panama America, 17 August
Constant roadway blockades for protests in Bocas del Toro is costing local businesses millions of dollars
         - Prensa, 17 August
Police break up a blockage of the InterAmerican Highway
         - Panama America, 17 August
Farmers in northern part of Veraguas suffering from poor road conditions
         - Panama America, 17 August
How one family in Chitre is successfully growing grapes
         - El Siglo, 17 August
Oyster cultivation is growing on Isla Canas (Los Santos)
         - Prensa, 17 August
Maersk's new 14,000 TEU vessels won't fit in new Panama Canal locks
         - Maritime Executive, 17 August
More info on paying corporate shell taxes for ex-pats in Costa Rica
         - AM CostaRica, 17 August
Security Minister Aguilera says the increase in violence is a public perception, not a fact, as murders are down 19% from 2014
         - Panama America, 17 August
Many wells in Cocle province are running dry, according to Water Authority
         - Prensa, 17 August
Former government official proposes that the government started limited rationing of water
         - Panama America, 17 August
Despite heavy workloads, some Supreme Court judges are travelling the world attending conferences
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 August
Despite heavy workloads, some Supreme Court judges are travelling the world attending conferences
         - Prensa, 17 August
Waste landfill in Penonome to be transferred to another part of town
         - Panama America, 17 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Tax Authority (DGI) asks Attorney General to investigate $5 million of tax reporting fraud by local businesses
         - La Estrella, 16 August
New law being considered to regulate sport fishing, a popular tourist activity
         - Prensa, 16 August
Increasing demand at lower cost government food fairs reflects failures of government to improve the food supply
         - Panama America, 16 August
Very long lines at lost cost government food fairs suggests the crisis conditions of Venezuela
         - Panama America, 16 August
High cost of construction makes the industrial market rentals more expensive
         - Panama America, 16 August
Suspension of three hydroelectric construction projects worries national investors in new power projects
         - Panama America, 16 August
Panama betting big on oil fired power generation plants, with $2 billion allocated in the 2016 budget
         - La Estrella, 16 August
The continual challenge of provided skilled workers for companies
         - Prensa, 16 August
Public Ministry prosecutors investigating 200 complaints of corruption during the Martinelli era, with the government trying to recover hundreds of millions of dollars of embezzled monies by Martinelli officials and friends
         - El Siglo, 16 August
Interview with constitutional lawyer Carlos Bolivar Pedreschi: "There is not political targeting in corruption investigations of Public Ministry"
         - Prensa, 16 August
Much of the overpriced dehydrated bought with PAN monies by the Martinelli administraiton was dangerous and unhealthy (excessive salt)
         - Prensa, 16 August
New Metro Subway stations opens at San Isidro
         - Prensa, 16 August
New Metro Subway stations opens at San Isidro
         - Panama America, 16 August
After two years of waiting, residents of Quimba and La Palma in the Darien demand the government build promised piers
         - Prensa, 16 August
Panamanian government beings infrastructure projects in the Darien
         - La Estrella, 16 August
Panamanian government beings infrastructure projects in the Darien
         - Panama America, 16 August
Businessmen from Dubai visiting Panama with investment interests
         - La Estrella, 16 August
Martinelli-era security officials, Garuz and Perez, go on trial in the illegal wiretapping scandal
         - La Estrella, 16 August
Parents prefer their children get educated to obtain jobs in logistics, tourism/hotels, construction and medicine
         - El Siglo, 16 August
Panama lists 30 teenage deliveries every day
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 August
In last 30 months, there have been 27,374 new teenage mothers
         - Prensa, 16 August
Incidents of cancer continue to grow, with health officials recommending that Panamanians live healthier lifestyles
         - Prensa, 16 August
Panama has two cases of leprosy
         - El Siglo, 16 August

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Anti-corruption agency head, Angelica Martin, is disgusted with the marriage of the Panamanian government and Odebrecht, with more groups calling for an investigation into why scandal-plagued Odebrecht wins all the begin infrastructure projects
         - Prensa, 15 August
Transparency International requests that the Attorney General investigate government contracts to Odebrecht
         - Prensa, 15 August
Public Works Ministry continues its audits of roadway projects started during the Martinelli era
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Poor financial results are encouraging regional airlines to merge, as have many airlines in the United States
         - La Estrella, 15 August
How El Nino is bedeviling Panama, too much rain in some place, drought in other places
         - Prensa, 15 August
National Assembly president De Leon to meet with cattle ranchers in Los Santos to discuss El Nino effects on their water supplies
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Producers of non-traditional agricultural goods (watermelons, pineapples, papaya) seek $8.5 million in government support from Finance Ministry
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Rains starting falling all over the country, except the important Azuero growing region in Los Santos and Herrer
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Wind power supplies 10% of the country's electricity
         - Prensa, 15 August
Costa Rica's ICE set new record of 94 straight days of 100 electric power from renewable energy
         - Inside CostaRica, 15 August
Banana workers for the Bocas Fruit Company agree to end their strike
         - Prensa, 15 August
President Varela travels to Hato Chami in the Ngabe-Bugle comarca, to present his $300 million development plan for the comarca
         - Prensa, 15 August
Local real estate developers and builders prefer building supplies from Colombia
         - El Siglo, 15 August
In the midst of the whalewatching season, from June to October
         - Prensa, 15 August
Anton Valley celebrates the annual national Golden Frog festival
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Public Services Authority (ASEP director Roberto Meana could go to jail for six years for refusing to implement Supreme Court orders to restore a hydroelectric concession to Julio Lisac, which the Martinelli administration had illegally transferred to Mexican megabillionaire Carlos Slim
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Civic groups support multiple government investigations in to Martinelli-era corruption, and request prosecutors be given more support
         - Prensa, 15 August
Civic groups support the investigations of anti-corruption prosecutors
         - Prensa, 15 August
National Assembly hopes President Varela will sign new law that regulates judicial careers
         - La Estrella, 15 August
15 key aspects of the bribe scandal involving SAP's contract with the health service
         - Prensa, 15 August
Martinelli's three health service (CSS) directors say they didn't receive any of the SAP bribes, and accuse the Innovation Agency (AIG) directors of receiving the bribes
         - La Estrella, 15 August
Martinelli-era law to be fixed that allows prosecutors only TWO months to investigate National Assembly deputies for corruption
         - El Siglo, 15 August
Alberto Quiros Guardia dies, a fighter for democracy in Panama CIT La Estrella
Health Authority (Minsa) confirms 153 cases of Chikungunya across the country
         - La Estrella, 15 August

  


  

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Government leaves modernization of the agricultural sector to the farmers
         - Panama America, 14 August
Former agricultural minister Laurentizo Cortizo says the slowing economy is due to the inexperience of many government officials
         - Panama America, 14 August
No-bid contracts at Tocumen Airport reflect the "double standard" of the Varela government
         - Panama America, 14 August
While Martinelli-era officials were embezzling millions from the National Assistance Program (PAN) to buy dehyrdatde food for students, teachers and parents were complaining that the children were vomiting and suffering stomach aches just by smelling the rotten food
         - Prensa, 14 August
While Martinelli-era officials were embezzling millions from the National Assistance Program (PAN) to buy dehyrdatde food for students, teachers and parents were complaining that the children were vomiting and suffering stomach aches just by smelling the rotten food
         - Prensa, 14 August
Transparency International asks Attorney General to investigate possible acts of corruption by Odebrecht in Panama
         - Prensa, 14 August
In last 15 years, the Panama Canal has paid $9.6 billion in dividends to the Panamanian government, more than the U.S. government paid for 85 years of its management of the Canal
         - La Estrella, 14 August
Despite allegations of money laundering and bribery, Panama Canal Authority says it can't remove Nicolas Corcione from its Board of Directors
         - Prensa, 14 August
Despite allegations of money laundering and bribery, Panama Canal Authority says it can't remove Nicolas Corcione from its Board of Directors
         - La Estrella, 14 August
Martinelli confident, Canal Board Director, and real estate developer Nicolas Corcione refusing to meet with corruption prosecutors to be interviewed with regards of charges of money laundering and bribery
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 August
Municipal leaders and manager of Colon Free Zone to meet August 31
         - Prensa, 14 August
Government will need three months to spend an allocation of $2.8 million to fight drought-related problems
         - Prensa, 14 August
Rural aqueducts that are fed by Lake Gatun and supply towns in La Chorrera are without water
         - Prensa, 14 August
Opinion: time to close the Cerro Patacon waste landfill and build environmentally friendly landfills
         - Prensa, 14 August
Stores trying to get consumers to spend their "13th month" bonus payment, but many prefer to save
         - El Siglo, 14 August
Will Panama Canal restrictions impact U.S. shoe companies?
         - Footwear News, 14 August
The charming patterns of colored bricks on the streets of Casco Video
         - Prensa, 14 August
Beaches to be reopened on Isla Taboga, after officials clean up an oil spill
         - Prensa, 14 August
Share prices of Copa Airlines drop after reports of a 15% drop in revenue and 34% drop in profits
         - Prensa, 14 August
Copa Airlines studying the increase of flights to Villahermosa, Mexico
         - La Estrella, 14 August
Unemployment creeps up slightly to 9.5% in Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 August
U.S. citizen sentenced to six years in jail in Miami for conspiracy to run fraudulent investment schemes in Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 August
Uber begins registering drivers in Costa Rica, expected to begin service without official approval
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 August
Uber drivers in Costa Rica risk having their license plates seized by transit police
         - Inside CostaRica, 14 August
Attorney General investigating head of Border Police, Frank Abrego
         - Prensa, 14 August
President Varela defends Frank Abrego, head of the Border Police, from charges of corruption
         - Prensa, 14 August
Government will no longer tolerate protestors who close major roadways
         - Panama America, 14 August
Indigenous groups don't fear government intimidations to stop them from blocking roads
         - Panama America, 14 August
President of National Assembly say there will no Christmas "bonuses" of $25,000 for deputies to use to buy stuff for their constituents
         - Prensa, 14 August
President of National Assembly say there will no Christmas "bonuses" of $25,000 for deputies to use to buy stuff for their constituents
         - La Estrella, 14 August
Rector of the Maritime University fires vice-rectors Carlos Ayu Prado and Giusepe Bonissi
         - Prensa, 14 August
Hundreds of teachers in "telebasica" schools around the country demand higher salaries
         - El Siglo, 14 August
Battle rages between PRD leadership and dissident PRD deputies
         - La Estrella, 14 August
Dissident deputies in CD party will remain in CD party for the time being
         - Panama America, 14 August

  


  

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Government to spend $5.1 million to help farmers and cattle ranchers in Los Santos province deal with drought
         - Prensa, 13 August
Government to spend $2.7 million to help farmers and cattle ranchers in Los Santos province deal with drought
         - La Estrella, 13 August
More than a thousand cattle have died in Los Santos due to drought
         - Prensa, 13 August
Panama went from exporting rice to losing 60% of its rice plantings
         - Panama America, 13 August
Panama Fruit's new pineapple and orange processing plant starts operations in Penonome
         - Panama America, 13 August
Water Authority (IDAAN) to conduct a census of its customers to improve billing practices
         - Prensa, 13 August
Panama has a rate of inflation of 1.4% in first six months of 2015
         - Prensa, 13 August
Company linked to Tocumen Airport general manager Joseph Fidanque has won three no-bid contracts during his management
         - Panama America, 13 August
Panama's Aviation Association opposes the move of operations of Albrook Airport to the former Howard military base airport
         - Panama America, 13 August
SEC filing reports that a senior SAP executive bribed three Panamanian government officials to close a sale for a computer system for the health service (CSS)
         - IT World, 13 August
SEC filing reports that a senior SAP executive bribed three Panamanian government officials to close a sale for a computer system for the health service (CSS)
         - Prensa, 13 August
Former tax chief, Luis Cucalon, transferred to El Renacer prison for health reasons
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 August
Former tax chief, Luis Cucalon, transferred to El Renacer prison for health reasons
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 August
Martinelli-era scandal involving embezzlements from Tonosi irrigation projects has results in 12 people facing criminal charges
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 August
Martinelli-era scandal involving embezzlements from Tonosi irrigation projects has results in 12 people facing criminal charges
         - Prensa, 13 August
Panama to investigate Martinelli in illegal spy equipment from Israel
         - Panam Post, 13 August
12 key issues in the Finmeccanica radar contract scandal from the Martinelli-era
         - Prensa, 13 August
A great part of the $60 million embezzled during the Martinelli-era from the national assistance program (PAN) was hidden in offshore bank accounts
         - Prensa, 13 August
Preventative detention ordered for a former branch manager of Banco Universal, Alberto Ortega, for his ties to money laundering related to now convicted, former Supreme Court judge, Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 13 August
Preventative detention ordered for a former branch manager of Banco Universal, Alberto Ortega, for his ties to money laundering related to now convicted, former Supreme Court judge, Moncada Luna
         - La Estrella, 13 August
Odebrecht bribery scandal in Brazil involves money laundering through Panamanian banks, with links to Martinelli's family
         - Prensa, 13 August
Odebrecht bribery scandal in Brazil involves money laundering through Panamanian banks, with links to Martinelli's family
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 August
Drought conditions in Panama could force the government to limit the use of water by automobile cleaning services
         - El Siglo, 13 August
90% of Isla Taboga beaches are cleaned up after oil spill
         - Prensa, 13 August
Government collecting soil and water samples to prepare criminal complaints against those who caused Isla Taboga oil spill
         - La Estrella, 13 August
InterAmerican Development Bank (BID) urges Costa Rica to pass tax reform package, opposed by many sectors of Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 13 August
Cost of building a home would increase as much as 14 percent if new tax plan is approved in Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 13 August
Roche Pharmaceuticals announces $5 million expansion of Costa Rica operations, adding 40 employees to its current staff of 175
         - Inside CostaRica, 13 August
Finally, Costa Rica to allow motorists in minor traffic accidents to move their cars out of the roadway (a source of constant traffic jams) and file insurance reports without a police officer coming to the accident
         - Inside CostaRica, 13 August
Government puts Julio Miller (lawyer, journalist and critic of Varela administration) in preventative detention over tax issues for which others are getting house arrest
         - Panama America, 13 August
Experts say government plan to pay government employees to retire early won't reduce the number of government workers, since government can hire new ones
         - Panama America, 13 August
Prosecutors request 50 years in jail for prison gaurds who allowed five boys in jail to burn to death
         - La Estrella, 13 August

  


  

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While government revenues have dropped 3% in first half of 2015, government spending dropped 16%, so deficit fell from 4.1% of GDP to 1.5%
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 August
While government revenues have dropped 3% in first half of 2015, government spending dropped 16%, so deficit fell from 4.1% of GDP to 1.5%
         - Prensa, 12 August
While government revenues have dropped 3% in first half of 2015, government spending dropped 16%, so deficit fell from 4.1% of GDP to 1.5%
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Scandals from the Martinelli-era involving embezzlement of PAN monies is starting to hurt the credibility of the banking sector in international circles
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Government spends $11 million to import 450,000 quintals of rice from the United States
         - Prensa, 12 August
Strike by 2500 banana workers at the Bocas Fruit Company in Changuinola stops exportation of 200,000 boxes of bananas
         - Prensa, 12 August
Only eight countries can export meat to Panama
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Cattle ranchers in Los Santos have lost $1.8 million worth of cattle due to cattle dying during drought conditions
         - Prensa, 12 August
Agricultural Ministry starts anti-drought plan next week in Los Santos
         - Prensa, 12 August
Agricultural Ministry starts anti-drought plan next week in Los Santos
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Government declares state of emergency in Panama due to drought conditions caused by El Nino
         - Prensa, 12 August
Water Authority (IDAAN) to buy 30,000 meters to increase billings
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Government declares state of emergency in Panama due to drought conditions caused by El Nino
         - Panama America, 12 August
Public Works Ministry has acquired 500 tons of asphalt to repair the roadways of Panama City
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Government reaches agreement with the MiBus company to buy their Metro Bus service
         - Panama America, 12 August
As predicted when Martinelli opened Metro Subway Line I and set artificially low fares, the passenger fares collected ($11 million in the first year) don't cover operating costs ($52 million in the first year)
         - Prensa, 12 August
Comptroller General spending two weeks receiving the contract to build Metro Subway Line II, to make sure finances and borrowing will not prejudice the Panamanian public
         - Panama America, 12 August
Family of former Martinelli minister Jimmy Papadimitriu loses appeal to regain 54 hectares of ocean front land in Juan Hombron freely given to them by former Martinelli land title registry director Anabelle Villemonte, who used to work for the Papadimitriu family
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 August
Family of former Martinelli minister Jimmy Papadimitriu loses appeal to regain 54 hectares of ocean front land in Juan Hombron freely given to them by former Martinelli land title registry director Anabelle Villemonte, who used to work for the Papadimitriu family
         - Prensa, 12 August
Martinelli-era government officials, including Jimmy Papadimitriu, knew of $60 million scam involving purchase of dehydrated foods
         - Prensa, 12 August
Maritime Authority closes beaches on Isla Taboga for eight days, after oil spill
         - Prensa, 12 August
Maritime Authority closes beaches on Isla Taboga for eight days, after oil spill, and investigates cause
         - Panama America, 12 August
Costa Rica's tourism police blame "carelessness", cultural differences for rising crime against U.S., foreign tourists
         - Inside CostaRica, 12 August
Emirate Airlines to offer direct flights from Panama to Dubai, starting in 2016
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Private plane owners reject government plans to move operations of Albrook Airport to the Panama Pacific airport on the former Howard military base
         - Prensa, 12 August
Private plane owners reject government plans to move operations of Albrook Airport to the Panama Pacific airport on the former Howard military base
         - Panama America, 12 August
Two Panamanian students arrested in Malta for smuggling in 11 kilograms of cocaine
         - Independent, 12 August
Reigning rector of Univ. Panama, Gustavo Garcia, is questioned by National Assembly over irregular handling of university monies
         - Prensa, 12 August
Reigning rector of Univ. Panama, Gustavo Garcia, is questioned by National Assembly over irregular handling of university monies
         - La Estrella, 12 August
Water supply problems worsen in Cocle province
         - El Siglo, 12 August
18,000 students in 20 schools across Panama are benefitting from new school gardens, thanks to $65,000 in government funding to buy seeds and fertilizer
         - El Siglo, 12 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government pays off $49 million debt to Banistmo for loans made to the now-stalled Amador Convention Center construction project
         - La Estrella, 11 August
Government declares a state of emergency in response to the El Nino phenomenon that is affecting 70% of the country
         - Prensa, 11 August
Government declares a state of emergency in response to the El Nino phenomenon that is affecting 70% of the country
         - La Estrella, 11 August
Restrictions on cargo travel through the Canal could be good for Panama's ports, which can offload cargo and send across the country by railroad
         - Prensa, 11 August
Costa Rican government proposing $1.5 billion package of new taxes, most to affect ex-pats bringing assets in the country
         - AM CostaRica, 11 August
Costa Rican government proposing $1.5 billion package of new taxes, but probably won't pass without big revisions
         - AM CostaRica, 11 August
Panama as a hub for global brands to penetrate Latin America
         - Hellenic Shipping News, 11 August
450,000 quintals (100 kilograms each) of imported rice from the United States are unloaded at Balboa Port
         - Prensa, 11 August
Experts worry that importing 450,000 quintals of rice from the United States will hurt local rice farmers
         - Panama America, 11 August
Government offering retirement packages to government workers
         - Panama America, 11 August
Canal Expansion consortium (GUPC) and workers' union reach agreement to avoid a strike over wages
         - Prensa, 11 August
Canal Expansion consortium (GUPC) and workers' union reach agreement to avoid a strike over wages
         - Panama America, 11 August
National Assembly preliminarily approves 2016 budget of $2.6 billion for the Panama Canal
         - Prensa, 11 August
National Assembly preliminarily approves 2016 budget of $2.6 billion for the Panama Canal
         - Panama America, 11 August
Banco Universal, seized for links to Martinelli-era scandals, is now being sold by the government
         - Prensa, 11 August
Truckers block highway exit to Tocumen Airport, protesting suspended construction projects that are depriving them of work
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 August
Government orders National Police to prevent more of the roadway blockages that are springing up all over the country
         - Prensa, 11 August
$1.3 billion bet in Panama in first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 11 August
Leon, Nicaragua, hoping for its share of the Nicaragua tourist boom
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 August
Fly from Australia to Panama through Santiago, to avoid Los Angeles
         - Independent, 11 August
Costa Rica's government power agency, ICE, wants to increase electricity rates by 13.7%
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 August
Costa Rica's main reservoir, Lake Arenal, is really full due to extra rains in the country
         - Inside CostaRica, 11 August
Civic groups demand that investigation be reopened into allegations of nepotism made against Electoral Tribunal judge Erasmo Pinilla
         - Panama America, 11 August
Electoral Tribunal informs Supreme Court that Martinelli does not have immunity from prosecution for the illegal wiretapping scandal
         - La Estrella, 11 August
Prosecutors order preventative detention for Franklin Oduber, ex-Administrator of the anti-corruption agency (Anati) for his role in the illegal rent of helicopters during Martinelli-era
         - La Estrelal, 11 August
Son and daughter of jailed Martinelli-era director, Rafael Jean Guardia, join father in jail for being linked to Martinell-era corruption
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 August
Son of jailed Martinelli-era director, Rafael Jean Guardia, joins father in jail for being linked to Martinell-era corruption
         - Prensa, 11 August
Prosecutors order arrest of Julio Terrientes for his links to the Martinelli-era Tonoosi irrigation project embezzlements
         - Prensa, 11 August
Board of directors of Panama Canal to hold special meeting to discuss if Nicolas Corcione should be removed from the body for his links to Martinelli-era money laundering
         - Prensa, 11 August
Lawyers argue that Nicolas Corcione should be investigated by prosecutors, not the Supreme Court
         - Prensa, 11 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Challenges facing Panama's future economic development
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Conflicts of interest surround current Superintendent of Stock Markets, Marelissa Quintero
         - Panama America, 10 August
Government has received $49 million in gambling taxes in first six months of 2015
         - Prensa, 10 August
Costa Rica faces tough problem of raising taxes to balance budgets while their economy is slowing
         - Prensa, 10 August
Lawsuit filed against Bay Tower construction project in Punta Paitilla, for using illegally extracted sand and rock
         - Prensa, 10 August
Cattle ranchers in Los Santos start selling their cattle early, as drought conditions hurt their operations
         - Prensa, 10 August
Newly imported rice to be distributed to millers at end of the week
         - Panama America, 10 August
Worries grow in Herrera as rivers there lose half of their water sources
         - Panama America, 10 August
Worries grow in Cocle are losing their water supplies
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Interview with Panama City vice-mayor Raisa Bendfield, on how climate change is hurting the City's water supplies
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Panama Canal facing multiple challenges: strikes, water shortages and new lawsuit from expansion contractors
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 August
Panama Canal sets cargo limits on ships due to drought
         - CBC News, 10 August
Canal expansion contractor Salini Impregilo (Italy) files $2 billion lawsuit, seeking damages for cost overruns it blames on Canal Authority
         - Prensa, 10 August
Impending strike will paralyze completion of Panama Canal expansion
         - Prensa Latina, 10 August
Canal Expansion contractors insist on dialog before threats of strike
         - Prensa, 10 August
Canal Authority says expansion contractors (GUPC) must cover costs of demands for higher salaries
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Panama Canal director Quijano says the country cannot tolerate a strike by Canal workers so close to expansion completion
         - Prensa, 10 August
National Transparency Authority requests suspension of Nicolas Corcione from the board of directors of the Panama Canal, for his ties to Maritinelli-era scandals
         - Prensa, 10 August
National Transparency Authority requests suspension of Nicolas Corcione from the board of directors of the Panama Canal, for his ties to Maritinelli-era scandals
         - La Estrella, 10 August
National Transparency Authority says it was wrong for Supreme Corut to dismiss nepotism complaint against Electoral Tribunal judge Pinilla
         - Panama America, 10 August
Supreme Court rejects lawsuit from Ngabe-Bugle protesting environmental impact statement for Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, rejecting because it was improperly filed
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 August
Government and Ngabe-Bugle sign accord to create new commission for the BarroBlanco hydroelectric project
         - Prensa, 10 August
Company building Barro Blanco hydroelectric project questions accord between government and Ngabe-Bugle
         - Panama America, 10 August
Indigenous groups preparing large-scale protests for August 17th to protest various hydroelectric projects
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Part of the banking district loses power for the day
         - Panama America, 10 August
Part of the banking district loses power for the day
         - La Estrella, 10 August
Health officials shut down Water Rinconada Tropical water bottling plant in Chiligre for sanitary reasons
         - Prensa, 10 August
Copa Airlines has transported a bit more than 8 million passengers in first half of 2015, up 2.8% for the year
         - Prensa, 10 August
Air France to expand its service to Panama City, now offering six weekly flights from Paris to Panama City
         - Caribbean Journal, 10 August
Calle 18 in Santa Ana, its version of Calle Uruguay for Panama's poor
         - El Siglo, 10 August
4.1 earthquake in Chagres National Park is felt in Panama City
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 August
National Assembly president De Leon hopes Assembly will pass law making it easier to investigate deputies for corruption
         - Prensa, 10 August
CD party wants 13 disident members in National Assembly to resign from the party
         - Panama America, 10 August
CD party wants 13 disident members in National Assembly to resign from the party
         - El Siglo, 10 August
Court trial begins for Rafael Guardia Jaen, accused of corruption during the Martinelli era
         - El Siglo, 10 August
Teachers' unions complain that proposed 2016 budget for the Education Ministry is insufficient
         - Prensa, 10 August
Interview with Gustavo Garcia, reigning rector of the Univ. of Panama
         - El Siglo, 10 August
Is Panama ready for decentralizing power to municipalities?
         - Panama America, 10 August
Increase in the number of women being murdered
         - La Estrella, 10 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panamanian businesses upset that the government keeps on awarding big contracts to foreign companies, hurting the ability of local businesses to grow and gain experience
         - Panama America, 09 August
Some 5000 tons of meat to be imported from Paraguay
         - La Estrella, 09 August
Three rivers in the Azuero (Herrera) have lost 45% of their water supplies due to El Nino conditions
         - Prensa, 09 August
Three rivers in the Azuero (Herrera) have lost 45% of their water supplies due to El Nino conditions
         - Panama America, 09 August
Parts of Chitre remain without water for the third time in 72 hours
         - Prensa, 09 August
5000 residents of Chitre remain without water
         - Panama America, 09 August
Martinelli's fantasy of turning Panama into the next Singapore was destroyed by the corruption during his Administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 August
Banana workers on 21 farms in Bocas del Toro go on strike
         - Prensa, 09 August
Banana workers on 21 farms in Bocas del Toro go on strike
         - La Estrella, 09 August
Heavy bulk cargo container ships could stop using the Panama Canal due to restrictions due to lower water levels
         - Panama America, 09 August
Strike by Canal Expansion workers threatens the April 2016 completion date, and worries Canal Authority
         - La Estrella, 09 August
Strike by Canal Expansion workers threatens the April 2016 completion date
         - Panama America, 09 August
Strike by Canal Expansion workers threatens the April 2016 completion date
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 August
Panama Canal expansion contractors to negotiate with canal workers' union, despite calls for a strike
         - Prensa, 09 August
Panama Canal expansion contractors to negotiate with canal workers' union, despite calls for a strike, facing demand for 8% raises
         - La Estrella, 09 August
Indigenous groups plan nationwide road blocks to protest Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, tired of the government pretending to negotiate
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 August
Indigenous groups plan nationwide road blocks to protest Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, tired of the government pretending to negotiate
         - Prensa, 09 August
Indigenous groups plan nationwide road blocks to protest Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, tired of the government pretending to negotiate
         - La Estrella, 09 August
The Ngabe-Bugle will end their protests/blockades of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project if they receive 25% of the profits
         - El Siglo, 09 August
Supposed sale of part of the beach at Maria Chiquita (Colon) generates protests
         - Prensa, 09 August
Construction of new South Terminal at Tocumen Airport is 53% complete
         - La Estrella, 09 August
New adventure cruises from Un-Cruise Adventures to focus on Panama
         - USA Today, 09 August
Copa Airlines begins non-stop flights between Panama and San Francisco
         - SF Gate, 09 August
Costa Rica, a more accessible destination for Panamanians
         - Panama America, 09 August
The testimonies that link Martinelli to various corruption investigations
         - Prensa, 09 August
Martinelli's brother-in-law, Aron Mizrachi, seen in self-exile in Miami
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 August
Martinelli's brother-in-law, Aron Mizrachi, seen in self-exile in Miami
         - Prensa, 09 August
Experts criticize the proposed security plan of the government
         - Panama America, 09 August
Studying abroad, an increasingly available option for Panamanian students
         - Prensa, 09 August
Authorities in Boquete trying to combat a crime surge
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 August
Interview with veteran politician Marylin Vallarino
         - Prensa, 09 August
Health Ministry assures that the HPV vaccine for children is safe
         - Prensa, 09 August

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in/around Panama
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and studies of, Panama
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to/from Panama
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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
U.S. FBI has been investigating possible money laundering, and three Panamanian Supreme Court judges, linked to Panamanian estate of Wilson Lucom, whose fortune at this death with $100 million
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Panama's public debt continues to grow (now $19.2 billion) while the economy slows
         - Panama America, 08 August
Slow government budget spending and lower tax revenues is threatening economic development
         - Panama America, 08 August
Rice growers in Cocle demand emergency government support due to lack of rains
         - Panama America, 08 August
Lack of rains begins to hurt farmers in Chiriqui, who blame a proliferationof hydroelectric projects
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Two Martinelli-era Government Innovation Authority (AIG) officials are arrested for corruption
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 August
Martinelli-era Government Innovation Authority (AIG) official, Eduardo Briceno, is arrested for corruption
         - Prensa, 08 August
Martinelli-era Government Innovation Authority (AIG) official, Eduardo Juan, is arrested for corruption
         - Prensa, 08 August
Imminent sale of Banco Universal, seized by the government, for its ties to Martinelli-era corruption
         - Prensa, 08 August
Public Works ministry (MOP) has no personnel to monitor the quality of the country's roadways
         - Prensa, 08 August
Public Works ministry (MOP) has no personnel to monitor the quality of the country's roadways, and lacks equipment
         - Prensa, 08 August
Public Works minister says that they need to foster a culture of maintenance
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Environmental Ministry to spend $1.6 million to montior the quality of drinking water in Panama
         - Panama America, 08 August
Constitutional law Miguel Antonio Bernal asks Canal Authority to explain the legality of its October 2014 granting of a port concession at Corozal to APM Terminals (part of the Maersk group)
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Panama Canal Authority presents proopsal to develop port at Corozal
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Panama Canal expansion construction workers to go on strike to demand a raise of 8%
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Panama Canal does not fear competition from the Suez Canal
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Container movement grew 4.2% in first half of 2015 in Panama's ports
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Panama Canal to restrict access to ships after El Nino drought
         - Independent, 08 August
Panama Canal to restrict access to ships after El Nino drought
         - Prensa, 08 August
Panama Canal to restrict access to ships after El Nino drought
         - Panama America, 08 August
Government signs memorandum of understanding with Latin American Development Bank (CAF) to jointly promote energy efficiency across the country
         - Prensa, 08 August
Government signs memorandum of understanding with Latin American Development Bank (CAF) to jointly promote energy efficiency across the country
         - Panama America, 08 August
Government signs memorandum of understanding with Latin American Development Bank (CAF) to jointly promote energy efficiency across the country
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Charco Azul, a beautiful waterpool in the mounts of Chame
         - Panama America, 08 August
Fifth annual flower show, ExpoFlora, begins at Atlapa Convention Center
         - La Estrella, 08 August
Costa Rican tourism officials express concern about rising crime against U.S., other foreign tourists, especially in Quepos, Jaco, San Jose and Puerto Viejo
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 August
Interview with Kenia Porcell, Panama's Attorney General
         - Prensa Ellas, 08 August
Videos shown at court trial show prison guards laughing at teenage inmates as they burned to death in a prison in January 2011
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 August
Videos shown at court trial show some of 12 prison guards laughing at teenage inmates, as five of them burned to death in a prison in January 2011
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 August
Lack of resources at national forensics institute (Imelcf) hurts their ability to help prosecutors
         - Panama America, 08 August
Low salaries forcing forensic investigators to quit the national forensics insitute (Imelcf)
         - Panama America, 08 August
Martinelli's brother under house arrest and ordered not to leave country
         - Prensa, 08 August
Martinelli's brother under house arrest and ordered not to leave country
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 August
Gun owners have 90 days to register their unregistered guns
         - Prensa, 08 August
Health authorities deny a shortage of medicines in public hospitals, saying levels of supplies at 80% or more
         - Panama America, 08 August
50,000 doses of HPV vaccine to be given to 10 year old girls living in San Miguelito
         - Prensa, 08 August
50,000 doses of HPV vaccine to be given to 10 year old girls living in San Miguelito
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 August
Municipalities will receive at least $500,000 in 2016 as part of the process of decentralization
         - Prensa, 08 August
Decentralizing power to municipalities receives support of Veraguas province
         - Prensa, 08 August
Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly to debate legalizing medical marijuana
         - Inside CostaRica, 08 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Economic inequality - a challenge for Panama
         - Prensa, 06 August
Panama maintains high levels of economic inequality
         - Panama America, 06 August
Government agencies need to spend their monies more rapidly to promote economic development
         - Panama America, 06 August
Lack of water aggravates the rice harvest, leading to 3 million quintals of rice being imported in 2015
         - Prensa, 06 August
Government imports tons of rice to quell controversy over alleged shortages in local supplies
         - La Estrella, 06 August
Panama Canal Authority could soon approve restrictions on shipping due to the drought reducing its water supplies
         - Panama America, 06 August
Government pays $151 million to terminate power supply contract with AES Panama
         - La Estrella, 06 August
Spanish builder FCC, one of builders of Metro Subway Line II, is investigated for money laundering in Spain
         - La Estrella, 06 August
Billionaire Mottas try getting trapped Copa Airlines money ($470 million) out of Venezuela - partial owners of Copa, Grupo Assa, Banco General and more
         - Bloomberg, 06 August
Billionaire Mottas try getting trapped Copa Airlines money ($470 million) out of Venezuela - partial owners of Copa, Grupo Assa, Banco General and more
         - Prensa, 06 August
Superintendent of Securities suspends investment firm, Clever Financial, for its ties to the scandal-plagued Banco Universal
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 August
Government prepares to sell Banco Universal, which it recently seized for corruption
         - Panama America, 06 August
Superintendent of Securities suspends investment firm, Clever Financial, for its ties to the scandal-plagued Banco Universal
         - Prensa, 06 August
Corruption in Panama: the three-billion dollar city never built, and swindled and impoverished children of Lucom
         - Caribbean News, 06 August
Loraine Brigitte Guardia is arrested for money laundering, daughter of arrested Martinelli official Rafael Guardia of the PAN scandal
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 August
Loraine Brigitte Guardia is arrested for money laundering, daughter of arrested Martinelli official Rafael Guardia of the PAN scandal
         - Prensa, 06 August
Construction magnate Nicolas Corcione skips meeting with anti-corruption prosecutors to answer money-laundering questions tied to convicted Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 06 August
Multi-million dollar construction project for the new Amador Convention Center remains paralyzed
         - Prensa, 06 August
Hotels in Playa Blanca meet to develop a joint promotional campaign for their tourist zone
         - Prensa, 06 August
National Assembly deputies question the (lack of) performance of the Tourism Authority (ATP)
         - Panama America, 06 August
Government seeks to design a long term logistics strategy
         - Panama America, 06 August
Starbucks open first of five retail locations in Panama near the Multiplaza
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 August
Starbucks open first of five retail locations in Panama near the Multiplaza
         - Prensa, 06 August
Ngabe-Bugle unite forces to fight the Barro Blanco hydroproject
         - El Siglo, 06 August
Licensed taxi drivers in Arraijan block four lanes of InterAmerican highway for four hours to protest business lost to illegal taxi drivers
         - El Siglo, 06 August
National Security Council asks arrest of Martinelli's security council secretary general, Julio Molto, for links to illegal wiretapping
         - Prensa, 06 August
National Assembly passes new law to regulate judicial careers
         - Prensa, 06 August
National Assembly passes new law to regulate judicial careers
         - La Estrella, 06 August
Even Panamanians who are not victims of crime are feeling more insecure
         - Panama America, 06 August
Alternate National Assembly deputies protest ban on double salaries, salaries working for Assembly and another government agency
         - Prensa, 06 August
Alternate National Assembly deputies protest ban on double salaries, salaries working for Assembly and another government agency
         - Panama America, 06 August
Environmental Ministry budgeted $1.6 million to study the quality of water in Panama
         - La Estrella, 06 August

  


  

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Agricultural Minister Arango accuses rice growers of hoarding supplies and creating panics that there are rice shortages
         - Panama America, 05 August
Agricultural Minister Arango accuses rice growers of hoarding supplies and creating panics that there are rice shortages
         - La Estrella, 05 August
Onion growers in Chiriqui receive $437,000 in government support
         - Panama America, 05 August
Colon Free Zone is now owed $530 million by clients in Venezuela, whose currency is collapsing
         - Prensa, 05 August
Rio Estivana has run dry due to drought, a supplier of water in Los Santos province, according to Water Authority
         - Prensa, 05 August
New water treatment plants needed in Veraguas
         - Panama America, 05 August
Housing deficit rises with the rising cost of construction materials
         - Panama America, 05 August
Superintendent of Insurance seizes control of insurance company Seguros Constitucion, with no reason stated yet
         - Prensa, 05 August
Superintendent of Insurance seizes control of insurance company Seguros Constitucion, with no reason stated yet
         - La Estrella, 05 August
Public Works Ministry delivers two more no-bid contracts
         - Panama America, 05 August
Panama's government calls for its Supreme Court to cancel $125 million contract with Finmeccanica for useless drug radars acquired during Martinelli era, because of alleged $25 million bribe to Martinelli
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 August
Panama's government calls for its Supreme Court to cancel $125 million contract with Finmeccanica for useless drug radars acquired during Martinelli era
         - Reuters, 05 August
Director at Finance Ministry, Aurelio Mejia, is arrested for his links to embezzlements from the failed Tonosi irrigation project from Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 05 August
Director at Finance Ministry, Aurelio Mejia, is arrested for his links to embezzlements from the failed Tonosi irrigation project from Martinelli era
         - La Estrella, 05 August
Panama lifts ban on gun imports and amid rising crime wave
         - Panama America, 05 August
Panama lifts ban on gun imports and amid rising crime wave
         - Panama Post, 05 August
Taxi drivers in Arraigan threaten strikes over presence of illegal taxi drivers
         - Panama America, 05 August
New law proposed to prevent automobile towing companies from charging too much money
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 August
President Varela is hostile to proposed law to regulate journalists, mostly foreign journalists, who threaten jobs of Panamanian journalists
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 August
Journalists' union expresses to President Varela their hostility to proposed law to regulate journalists, mostly foreign journalists
         - La Estrella, 05 August
Commerce Ministry suspends is cancellation of Petaquilla Gold's mining concession, after company files appeal
         - PRensa, 05 August
Commerce Ministry suspends is cancellation of Petaquilla Gold's mining concession, after company files appeal
         - PRensa, 05 August
Ngabe-Bugle call on all indigenous groups to support their protests against hydroelectric projects such as Barro Blanco, Changuinola 2 and others
         - Prensa, 05 August
The Suez and Panama canals are being expanded, but some ships still won't fit into either
         - Quartz, 05 August
Egyptian government predictions of doubled Suez Canal traffic are unrealistic, as existing Canal isn't even at capacity
         - Wall Street Journal, 05 August
New Suez Canal expansion's success depends on surrounding port infrastructure
         - The National (AE), 05 August
Endofa to expand its maritime services operations in Panama
         - Ship and Bunker, 05 August
British Airways to launch direct flight between London and San Jose (Costa Rica)
         - Inside CostaRica, 05 August
Airplane taxes increase at Howard airport (Panama Pacifico) to pay for new security measures
         - Prensa, 05 August
In Costa Rica, business confidence continues to drop
         - Panama America, 05 August
Costa Rica's government has few options to reduce large government deficit (soon to be 6% of GDP), given costly public payroll that is hard to reduce, driving government budget up 19% - five times inflation
         - AM CostaRica, 05 August
Costa Rica government admits its hard to reduce the government payroll, with most public institutions not controlled by Finance Ministry, with 300,000 public employees' salaries untouchable for the most part
         - Inside CostaRica, 05 August
Fissures in the PRD could affect productivity of the National Assembly
         - Panama America, 05 August
5000 Panamanians plant 40,000 trees across Panama on the 29th, the first step in million hectare reforestation project
         - Prensa, 05 August
5000 Panamanians plant 40,000 trees across Panama on the 29th, the first step in million hectare reforestation project
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 August

  


  

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Lengthy drought even affecting plants that typically are tolerant to high heat conditions
         - Panama America, 04 August
Health authorities receall 80,000 liters of grade A milk for being unfit for consumption
         - Panama America, 04 August
Government files lawsuit with Supreme Court to nullify $125 million contract with Finmeccanica (signed during Martinelli era) for anti-drug radar systems that failed to work properly
         - Prensa, 04 August
Government files lawsuit with Supreme Court to nullify $125 million contract with Finmeccanica (signed during Martinelli era) for anti-drug radar systems that failed to work properly
         - La Estrella, 04 August
National Police brought in to guard entrences to the Colon Free Zone in light of protests by members of Colon's municipal council
         - Prensa, 04 August
Anti-corruption prosecutors send to the Supreme Court their investigation files about Martinelli's links to embezzlements of government tax receipts
         - Prensa, 04 August
Anti-corruption prosecutors send to the Supreme Court their investigation files about Martinelli's links to embezzlements of government tax receipts
         - La Estrella, 04 August
Retail chain Almacen Saks opens new location in Santiago Mall in Veraguas, creating 400 new jobs
         - El Siglo, 04 August
Government agrees to increase commissions for lottery ticker sellers by 12%
         - Panama America, 04 August
Panama Canal warns of possible draft restrictions due to 'El Nino'
         - Seatrade Maritime, 04 August
Panama Canal presents 2016 budget of $2.6 billion to the National Assembly
         - Panama America, 04 August
Panama bunker sales hit 2015 high, jumping 42% year-to-year in May
         - Ship and Bunker, 04 August
Price of gasoline has dropped 24 cents in recent weeks
         - Prensa, 04 August
Panama's banks used by failed U.S. drug investigation that wired more than $70 million but led to no arrests
         - Caribbean News, 04 August
Panama's Casco Viejo cleans up nicely, now a charming tourist district
         - New York Times, 04 August
Government and deputies in final negotiations with Mi Bus for the government to buyout the company and take control
         - Prensa, 04 August
Environmental Ministry recommends new route for electric power interconnection line to Colombia
         - La Estrella, 04 August
Can Costa Rica become carbon neutral by 2021 while building a $1.5 billion oil refinery with the Chinese?
         - Inside CostaRica, 04 August
Security camera captures shooting of Dominican man by Colombian man outside bar in Costa Rican tourist town of Jaco
         - Inside CostaRica, 04 August
Costa Rica homicides increase by 50 percent, reach "epidemic" levels, mostly due to drug gang wars in San Jose
         - Inside CostaRica, 04 August
Municipality of La Chorrera could receive $5 million for operations as part of plans to decentralize government spending
         - Prensa, 04 August
Doctors at Aquilino Tejeira hospital in Penonome extend their strike
         - Prensa, 04 August
National Assembly discusses new law to regulate judicial careers
         - Prensa, 04 August
Comptroller General blocks second job payment of National Assembly deputies with a second government job
         - Panama America, 04 August
Number of government employees increase 8.5% in first six months of 2015, 16,600 new government workers
         - Prensa, 04 August
Opinion: increased violence towards women is the responsbility of the state
         - Prensa, 04 August

  


  

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Non-performing loans increased 15% in first five months of 2015, now up to $682 million of outstanding loans
         - La Estrella, 03 August
Environmental Ministry reviewing proposed project to construct electric power interconnection line with Colombia through the Darien
         - Prensa, 03 August
PRD National Assembly deputy wants Environmental Minister Mirei Endara to testify about weak management and lack of protection for the country's mangrove wetlands
         - Panama America, 03 August
Colon Free Zone merchants want to make it easier for Haitans, Cubans and Dominicans to entry the Colon Free Zone to shop
         - Prensa, 03 August
Colon Free Zone merchants want to make it easier for Haitans, Cubans and Dominicans to entry the Colon Free Zone to shop
         - La Estrella, 03 August
National Assembly commission to debate future of Colon Free Zone
         - La Estrella, 03 August
$200 million private security agency business to have new regulatory law
         - La Estrella, 03 August
Prices of construction materials continue to rise, impacting the construction industry
         - Panama America, 03 August
Martinelli's former director of garbage collection services, Zenon Navaio, is arrested for money laundering in Guatemala City
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 August
Martinelli's former director of garbage collection services, Zenon Navaio, is arrested for money laundering in Guatemala City
         - Prensa, 03 August
Martinelli's former director of garbage collection services, Zenon Navaio, is arrested for money laundering in Guatemala City
         - La Estrella, 03 August
Pirate buses continue to drive on streets of Panama City, despite being illegal, and with transit authority issuing fines between $150 to $500
         - Panama America, 03 August
Pirate buses continue to drive on streets of Panama City, despite being illegal, and with transit authority issuing fines between $150 to $500
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 August
Graduates with advanced skills prefer to work for the Canal Authority
         - Prensa, 03 August
Patients owe Hospital Santo Tomas $82 million in unpaid bills
         - Prensa, 03 August
Supreme Court rules that Torrijos administration made $5 million error with an insurance company
         - Panama America, 03 August
Air Panama to offer more direct flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, making Costa Rica's famed Tabacon hot springs more accessible to Panamanians
         - La Estrella, 03 August
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort's successful protection of the environment while being a responsible business
         - La Estrella, 03 August
The heroin connection between Florida and Costa Rica
         - Inside CostaRica, 03 August
Costa Rica on alert for the import of used vehicles in poor conditions
         - Panama America, 03 August
Chinese contractors announce change in route of proposed canal in Nicaragua to minimize environmental damages
         - Prensa, 03 August
Chinese contractors announce change in route of proposed canal in Nicaragua to minimize environmental damages
         - Panama America, 03 August
Electoral Tribunal ends Martinelli's immunity from prosecution in case involving illegal wiretapping
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 August
Electoral Tribunal ends Martinelli's immunity from prosecution in case involving illegal wiretapping
         - Prensa, 03 August
Electoral Tribunal ends Martinelli's immunity from prosecution in case involving illegal wiretapping
         - La Estrella, 03 August
Opponents of PRD party leader Robinson plan strategy to confront him
         - La Estrella, 03 August
President Varela does not support efforts to pass new law to regulate the journalism profession
         - Prensa, 03 August
Obesity and high blood pressure are leading diseases of Panama
         - El Siglo, 03 August
Interview with Irving Centeno, security expert, and his views of government security ministers over the years
         - El Siglo, 03 August
Penonome will be without water for two days to clean treatment plant
         - Panama America, 03 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Interview with Marcos Tellez, president of CFZ users assocation: 70% of Colon Free Zone merchants are small and medium businesses, who have suffered up to 40% contractions in the business
         - Prensa, 02 August
Guatemalan prosecutors arrest ex-government official for providing illegal $7.7 tax break to airport retail stores owned by Panama's Grupo Wisa (La Riviera stores)
         - Prensa, 02 August
Guatemalan prosecutors arrest ex-government official for providing illegal $7.7 tax break to airport retail stores owned by Panama's Grupo Wisa (La Riviera stores)
         - Panama America, 02 August
Money laundering from convicted Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna's office to businessmen such as Roberto Corcione
         - Prensa, 02 August
Cattle farmers in Los Santos request urgent government action to perserve water supplies, with 70% of the farms suffering water shortages
         - Prensa, 02 August
Business groups demand government solve problem of inadequate supply of water
         - La Estrella, 02 August
Business groups demand government solve problem of inadequate supply of water
         - Panama America, 02 August
Opinion: using Rio Bayano to supply more water to the Canal and to Panama City
         - Prensa, 02 August
The ruins of the bankrupt/abandoned Petaquilla Gold mining project
         - Prensa, 02 August
Illegal mining is increasing across Panama, upsetting the legal miners in the Chamber of Mining
         - Panama America, 02 August
The ruins of the bankrupt/abandoned Petaquilla Gold mining project
         - Prensa, 02 August
Many unlicensed day care centers in Panama, staffed by unqualified people
         - Prensa, 02 August
Government proposes new law to regulate some 18,000 private guards
         - Panama America, 02 August
Law is proposed to ban compulsive gmablers from casinos
         - Panama America, 02 August
Workers at the national forensics institute (IMLCF) start campaign to win more funding for the institute so they can better investigate crimes
         - Prensa, 02 August
Medical interns at public hospital Aquilino Tejeira in Penonome go on strike
         - Panama America, 02 August
Government heatlh services strained by caring for 40% of the country's informal workers who don't pay social security taxes
         - Panama America, 02 August
Attorney General says corruption investigations are not political persecution, but just that - corruption investigations of the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 02 August
Attorney General says corruption investigations are not political persecution, but just that - corruption investigations of the Martinelli era
         - Panama America, 02 August
Three violent deaths of women in Panama City
         - Panama America, 02 August
United Nations begins to mediate between government and Ngabe-Bugle over Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - Prensa, 02 August
United Nations begins to mediate between government and Ngabe-Bugle over Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - La Estrella, 02 August
Balbina Herrera: our PRD party needs to recover its ideals
         - El Siglo, 02 August
PRD party leader Robinson questions his critics at a commeration of party founder Omar Torrijos
         - La Estrella, 02 August

26 July 2015 - 01 August 2015 News Archive
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in/around Panama
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and studies of, Panama
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Panama's educational system is not matching the needs of the labor market
         - Panama America, 01 August
Need to train technicians to fill jobs in free trade zones
         - Panama America, 01 August
Onion farmers accuse middlemen of forcing up the retail price of onions
         - Panama America, 01 August
Nine Martinelli-era government ministers either in preventative detention or under house arrest
         - Prensa, 01 August
City of Panama funds six-month study to prepare designs to remodel Calle Uruguay and Via Argentina
         - Prensa, 01 August
City of Panama funds six-month study to prepare designs to remodel Calle Uruguay and Via Argentina
         - El Siglo, 01 August
For third day, residents of Punta Paitilla block roads to protest the chaos of construction projects in their neighborhoods
         - Prensa, 01 August
Public Works Ministry to spend $148 million to renovate 100 kilometers of roadways in Darien province
         - Prensa, 01 August
Supreme Court orders resumption of construction of 29-MW Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - HydroWorld, 01 August
Panama fuel oil and marine diesel sales up year-to-year in May
         - Platts, 01 August
The hiring of more teachers is increasing the cost of private schools
         - La Estrella, 01 August
The Parita district of Herrera province has the most stores/bar selling alcohol, 49, to serve a population of about 9000 people
         - Prensa, 01 August
Costa Rica's president says its economy cannot survive another year without new taxes, but opposition says government is increasing spending too much
         - Inside CostaRica, 01 August
Costa Rica's president says its economy cannot survive another year without new taxes, but opposition says government is increasing spending too much
         - Nacion, 01 August
Ten key aspects of the illegal wiretapping during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 01 August
Attorney General's office to investigate flows of money used to buy illegal wiretapping equipment during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 01 August
Comptroller General approves $8 million to be spent to pay for heart surgeries at private hospitals for patients of public health system
         - Prensa, 01 August
Transit Authority (ATTT) has collected $1.3 million in drunken driving fines
         - La Estrella, 01 August
Transit Authority (ATTT) has collected $1.3 million in drunken driving fines
         - Panama America, 01 August
Law proposed to have insurance pay damages to third-party victims of drunk drivers, though critics say this will greatly increase premiums
         - Panama America, 01 August
Environmental Ministry developing a plan to prevent forest fires in Chiriqui
         - Panama America, 01 August
Martinelli's CD party splitting into three fractions before party elections in October
         - La Estrella, 01 August

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
To pay for its 2016 budget, the government will have to borrow $2.6 billion, and obtain $7 billion in tax revenues
         - Panama America, 31 July
Farmers accuse middlemen of driving up the costs of the basic food basket
         - Panama America, 31 July
Cattle ranchers want to increase annual production from 70,000 to 110,000 tons of meat
         - Panama America, 31 July
Cattle ranchers in Los Santos request equipment to fight theft of their cattle
         - Panama America, 31 July
Superintendent of Insurance worried about the increased number of insurance claims for health and automobile accidents
         - Panama America, 31 July
Indigenous groups in the Bocas blockade roads in support of their fellow Ngabe-Bugle groups protesting the Barro Blanco project
         - Panama America, 31 July
Government suspends issuance of licenses for solar and wind power projects, despite saying that it wants to increase use of renewable energy
         - Prensa, 31 July
Petaquilla Gold appeals the government's decision to cancel its mining concession
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Government files lawsuit to cancel contract for useless raders brought from Italy's Finmeccanica during the Martinelli administration
         - Prensa, 31 July
Government files lawsuit to cancel contract for useless raders brought from Italy's Finmeccanica during the Martinelli administration
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Transit Authority to regulate fees charged by towing services
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Casino promote new law to block compulsive gamblers from entering casinos
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Costa Rica yet to suffer the worst from El Nino this year, with drought in the Northern Pacific and floods in the Caribbean
         - TicoTimes, 31 July
Stable exchange rate with U.S. dollar in Costa Rica has Costa Ricans seeking more credit and debt denominated in dollars
         - Inside CostaRica, 31 July
Cuban-American Luis Milanes on trial in Costa Rica, 12 years after his $46 million investment scam was closed down by Costa Rican authorities
         - Inside CostaRica, 31 July
New bus terminal in San Jose (Costa Rica) to serve Pacific Coast and Nicaragua
         - TicoTimes, 31 July
National Assembly modifies Penal Code to increase penalties for domestic violence
         - Prensa, 31 July
Former vice president Felip Virzi, and Martinelli brother-in-law Ronny Aaron Mizrachi, were key players in illegal purchase of spy equipment during the Martinelli era
         - Newsroom Panama, 31 July
Former vice president Felip Virzi, and Martinelli brother-in-law Ronny Aaron Mizrachi, were key players in illegal purchase of spy equipment during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 31 July
Five schools in the Darien were damaged during Tuesday's 6.0 earthquake on the Colombian border
         - Prensa, 31 July
Group of professors demand resignation of reigning rector of the Univ. of Panama, Gustavo Garcia
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Private ambulance services generate controversy between firefighters and Panama Canal Authority
         - Panama America, 31 July
Nicolas Solana hospital in La Chorrera needs millions of dollars for repairs
         - Prensa, 31 July
14 new cancer patients detected each day in Panama, straining government health agencies ability to treat
         - El Siglo, 31 July
34 years after the death of Omar Torrijos, his PRD party is in crisis
         - El Siglo, 31 July
No one in PRD party able to be the unifying leader
         - Panama America, 31 July
Former president Martin Torrijos questions the leadership of PRD party
         - La Estrella, 31 July
Costa Rica's Supreme Court says town of Talamanca can't expel two environmentalist ex-pats
         - TicoTimes, 31 July

  


  

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Comptroller General warns of fraud if more power is decentralized across the country, if there isn't a strong accounting mechanism for reviewing
         - Prensa, 30 July
60% of 2016 government budget will be on expenses, and 40% for investment
         - Prensa, 30 July
Finance Ministry presents 2016 government budget to National Assembly
         - La Estrella, 30 July
Colon Free Zone requests equal tax levels to those paid by businesses in the Panama Pacific logistics park
         - La Estrella, 30 July
Too many hydroelectric projects in Chiriqui is reducing water supplies to farmers, threatening the country's food security
         - La Estrella, 30 July
Ngabe-Bugle once again blockade the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project managed by Genisa S.A.
         - La Estrella, 30 July
A new man, Javier Cachafeiro Richa, is arrested in connection with embezzlements from the national assistance program during the Martinelli era
         - Newsroom Panama, 30 July
A new man, Javier Cachafeiro Richa, is arrested in connection with embezzlements from the national assistance program during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 30 July
Aaron Roni Mizrachi, brother-in-law of Martinelli, flees Panama in Martinelli's private jet, after being linked to illegal purchase of spy equipment during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 30 July
Aaron Roni Mizrachi, brother-in-law of Martinelli, flees Panama in Martinelli's private jet, after being linked to illegal purchase of spy equipment during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 30 July
Aaron Roni Mizrachi, brother-in-law of Martinelli, flees Panama in Martinelli's private jet, after being linked to illegal purchase of spy equipment during Martinelli era
         - La Estrella, 30 July
Martinelli's brother, Mario, is to be questioned for his role in embezzlements linked to purchase of school backpacks
         - Newsroom Panama, 30 July
Martinelli's brother, Mario, is to be questioned for his role in embezzlements linked to purchase of school backpacks
         - Prensa, 30 July
Varela government seeks to nullify contract signed by Martinelli administration with Finmeccanica for useless anti-drug radar systems
         - Prensa, 30 July
Despite drying growing conditions in the Azuero, one family in Chitre is succeeding at growing grapes
         - El Siglo, 30 July
Copa Airlines to launch a route between Panama and Belize
         - Prensa, 30 July
Copa Airlines to launch a route between Panama and Belize
         - Travel Pulse, 30 July
Foro Civil civic group requests that the government give less financial support to political parties
         - La Estrella, 30 July
Worries in Penonome, as lack of rain lowers Rio Zarati water levels, threaten water supplies
         - El Siglo, 30 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government revenues drop and the government has no plan "B" to improve the economy, with $3.2 billion expected in tax income but only $2.9 billion actually collected
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Martinelli's brother-in-law, Aaron Mizrachi, flees Panama to Miami on Martinelli's private jet, to avoid arrest in purchase of illegal spying equipment by the Martinelli administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 July
Martinelli's brother-in-law, Aaron Mizrachi, flees Panama to Miami on Martinelli's private jet, to avoid arrest in purchase of illegal spying equipment by the Martinelli administration
         - Prensa, 29 July
Former Martinelli business associate, Nicolas Corcione, flees Panama to avoid prosecution for money laundering linked to former Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 July
Former Martinelli business associate, Nicolas Corcione, flees Panama to avoid prosecution for money laundering linked to former Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 29 July
Bank accounts of Martinelli's prime minister, Jimmy Papadimitriu, to be investigated by Attorney General's office
         - Prensa, 29 July
Martinelli's former small business agency director, Giselle Burillo, is ordered not to leave the country while being investigated for corruption
         - Prensa, 29 July
Martinelli's former small business agency director, Giselle Burillo, is ordered not to leave the country while being investigated for corruption
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Government of Panama projects that Panama will grow 6.3% in 2016
         - Prensa, 29 July
Panama Canal Authority hopes to earn $1 billion in the first year of operations of the expanded Canal
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Panama's agricultural sector needs a $2.5 billion investment to reverse its economic decline
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Panama's agricultural sector needs a $2.5 billion investment to reverse its economic decline
         - Panama America, 29 July
Lack of government support is causing the drop in Panama's rice production
         - Panama America, 29 July
Agricultural Minister Jorge Arango asks Panamanians to stop complaining about the increasing price of basic foods
         - Panama America, 29 July
Marcos Tellez is elected new president of Colon Free Zone merchants association
         - Prensa, 29 July
Marcos Tellez is elected new president of Colon Free Zone merchants association, taking possession of the office during a state of crisis
         - Panama America, 29 July
Colon Free Zone requests rapid government support to help deal with its economic crisis
         - Panama America, 29 July
Petaquilla Gold loses its mining contract after failing to pay millions in royalties and back wages
         - Newsroom Panama, 29 July
Ngabe-Bugle protesters injured and arrested during their protests against the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - Intercontinental Cry, 29 July
Panama and South Africa sign maritime cooperation agreement
         - Seatrade Maritime, 29 July
Xylem Inc. (New Jersey) wins $6 million contract to rent dewatering pumps to the Panama Canal
         - MarketWatch, 29 July
Costa Rica's state-owned telecom company, ICE, says current phone rates are not enough to cover its costs, despite rising income with telecom companies
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 July
Colombia to invest $1.7 billion over the next ten years in its impoverished Pacific coast regions
         - Inside CostaRica, 29 July
Martinelli says he will run to be the new president of his CD party
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Martinelli says he will stop fleeing from Panama when he wants
         - La Estrella, 29 July
New president of National Assembly fires Rogelio Paredes, head of general services for the National Assembly, Paredes being a PRD member who back the failed campaign of PRD leader Benicio Robinson
         - Prensa, 29 July
New president of National Assembly fires Rogelio Paredes, head of general services for the National Assembly, Paredes being a PRD member who back the failed campaign of PRD leader Benicio Robinson
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Comptroller General asks Finance Minsitry for more funds to hire more prosecutors
         - Prensa, 29 July
Jorge Arrocha, Panamenista deputy from Penonome, accused of acts of corruption and nepotism
         - Panama America, 29 July
Jorge Arrocha tries to justify the naming of members of his family to government jobs
         - Panama America, 29 July
Health workers' unions achieve salary increase in talks with government
         - Prensa, 29 July
Health workers' unions achieve salary increase in talks with government
         - La Estrella, 29 July
Hospital San Tomas still lacks many medical supplies
         - Prensa, 29 July
More than 7000 people have been fined for drunken driving
         - Panama America, 29 July
New Panama City Hospital being constructed has its current name removed, that of former president Ricardo Martinelli
         - Prensa, 29 July
John Feeley to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Panama
         - Panama America, 29 July
John Feeley to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Panama
         - Prensa, 29 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government to present a $20.1 billion budget for 2016 to the National Assembly
         - La Estrella, 28 July
Government to present a $20.1 billion budget for 2016 to the National Assembly, up $535 million from 2015
         - Prensa, 28 July
A prolonged El Nino, with less water in power reservoirs, could force Panama to generate more electric power by burning imported oil
         - Panama America, 28 July
Panama increases its dependence on imported rice
         - Panama America, 28 July
Eight fruit exporting companies in Los Santos province have stopped growing fruits due to climate change and lower international prices
         - Prensa, 28 July
Cattle ranchers request a subsidy from the government
         - Panama America, 28 July
Food price controls - regulations that exist only on paper
         - Panama America, 28 July
Agricultural Ministry (MIDA) bans imports and transport of onion and potatotes to regions of Panama where they are grown, to avoid infestations
         - Fresh Plaza, 28 July
Colon Free Zone merchants continue waiting for government support
         - Panama America, 28 July
Panama Pacifico, a laboratory for good logistic practices
         - La Estrella, 28 July
Emergency clean up at Petaquilla Gold mine will be paid for with $2.5 million of monies from national assistance program (PAN)
         - Newsroom Panama, 28 July
Emergency clean up at Petaquilla Gold mine will be paid for with $2.5 million of monies from national assistance program (PAN)
         - Prensa, 28 July
Greenwood Energy (USA) to build 1 megawatt solar power system at the Hospital Chiriqui in David
         - See News, 28 July
Panama Canal expansion is 91% complete
         - Prensa, 28 July
Panama Canal expansion is reshaping America's ports
         - World Property Journal, 28 July
Pedasi: laidback living on Panama's pristine beaches
         - International Living, 28 July
Costa Rica taxi drivers "declare war" on likely arrival of Uber service
         - Inside CostaRica, 28 July
Colombian man arrested in Panama who ran drug operation in the U.S. while serving time in a Canadian prison
         - Newsroom Panama, 28 July
Lawyer links Porfirio Ellis, a member of Martinelli's CD party, to management of embezzlement of money from the Tonosi irrigation project
         - Prensa, 28 July
Today completes six months that former President Martinelli has fled the country, mostly living in Miami
         - La Estrella, 28 July
Teachers in Herrera province go on strike
         - Prensa, 28 July
Divisions within political parties could lead to boycotts that disrupt passage of new laws in the National Assembly
         - El Siglo, 28 July
Four former presidents of Costa Rica urge Legislative to pass Water Resources Act
         - Inside CostaRica, 28 July
Costa Rica experiencing more lightning strikes this summer, due to El Nino
         - Inside CostaRica, 28 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Accusations that in 2009, Martinelli and Varela agreed to give tax collector Luis Cucalon a $10 million bonus if he collected billions in unpaid taxes
         - La Estrella, 27 July
The drop in international food prices is not reflected in food prices in Panama
         - Panama America, 27 July
New basic food basket loses credibility, as its lower assessed price does not reflect shopping realities of families
         - La Estrella, 27 July
Chamber of Commerce denounces lack of government policies to deal with the drought
         - Panama America, 27 July
The water crisis in Panama is technical, financial and political
         - La Estrella, 27 July
Prosecutors circling-in on members of Martinelli's inner circle linked to corruption, such as businessmen Gabriel Btesh and Ricardo Calvo (both of whom have fled Panama)
         - El Siglo, 27 July
Former Finance Minister Frank de Lima excuses $46 million in embezzlement from the national assistance program (PAN) to "administrative errors", when contracts above $300,000 (and thus needing government review) were split into contracts worth $299,000 on orders of De Lima - a classic scam
         - Newsroom Panama, 27 July
Former Finance Minister Frank de Lima excuses $46 million in embezzlement from the national assistance program (PAN) to "administrative errors", when contracts above $300,000 (and thus needing government review) were split into contracts worth $299,000 on orders of De Lima - a classic scam
         - Prensa, 27 July
United Nations will mediate discussions between government and the Ngabe-Bugle regarding the Barro Blanco project
         - Prensa, 27 July
Transit Authority (ATTT) could levy severe fines for those illegaly posting road signs
         - Prensa, 27 July
Metro Subway system considering removing some seats from the trains to make more room for more passengers
         - Prensa, 27 July
20 businesses interested in building a new port in Aguadulce
         - Prensa, 27 July
Airplane repair shop being considered for Jimenez airport in Colon
         - Prensa, 27 July
Copa Airlines has the best on-time record in Latin America so far in 2015
         - El Siglo, 27 July
Copa Airlines has the best on-time record in Latin America so far in 2015
         - La Estrella, 27 July
Colombia's crony economy bans discount travel site to please rich owner of overpriced travel agency with government connections
         - Panam Post, 27 July
Government of Costa Rica plans to spend $50 million to improve the water infrastructure of Guanacaste province
         - Inside CostaRica, 27 July
Emails were key evidence in conviction of respected Costa Rican lawyer who stole more than $1 million from seven U.S. real estate investors
         - AM Costa Rica, 27 July
Panama has invested large amounts of money to fight crime, with few improvements in security while violence and crimes grow
         - Panama America, 27 July
Violence and crime spirals out of control in Panama City
         - Panama America, 27 July
More than 16,000 Panamanians are detained in jail
         - Panama America, 27 July
Private sector argues that public contracting laws must be modified to make government purchasing less corrupt
         - Panama America, 27 July
A law is proposed to regulate the journalism profession
         - Prensa, 27 July
Suggestions out of Social Development Ministry to cut social programs for indigenous groups are met with denunciations
         - Panama America, 27 July
Secretary General of Social Development Ministry is fired for proposing reforms to pensions
         - Prensa, 27 July
Secretary General of Social Development Ministry is fired for proposing reforms to pensions
         - Panama America, 27 July
Efforts to reform Panama's pension law (law 42 of 2012) is causing a controversy in social networks
         - Prensa, 27 July
Panama needs to increase its funding of national research and development
         - Prensa, 27 July
Teachers in Herrera and Veraguas provinces declare two-day strike
         - Prensa, 27 July
15,000 people in Penonome without water as river suction pumps fail
         - Prensa, 27 July
Lower water levels in Rio Zarati affecting water supplies in Penonome
         - La Estrella, 27 July
15,000 people in Penonome without water as river suction pumps fail
         - Newsroom Panama, 27 July

  


  

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Crisis in the tourism industry will persist at least until the end of the year, and government won't be spending $8 million in promotion until 2016
         - Panama America, 26 July
Lack of qualified personnel - a real problem or a fiction?
         - La Estrella, 26 July
Panama has the lowest levels of exports in Central America
         - Prensa, 26 July
Farmers in Los Santos trying to export more untraditional food crops to the Asian markets
         - Prensa, 26 July
Cocle province trying to position itself as a province for agriculture and manufacturing
         - Panama America, 26 July
Government to pay out $500,000 to onion growers for support
         - Panama AMerica, 26 July
Teachers' pension fund (PRAA) reaches $200 million in assets
         - Panama America, 26 July
The fragile state of insurance in Panama, with only 25% of the population having insurance policies
         - Prensa, 26 July
Metro Line II construction contract signed with Odebrecht as its CEO sits in jail in Brazil
         - Newsroom Panama, 26 July
Metro Line II construction contract signed with Odebrecht as its CEO sits in jail in Brazil
         - Panama America, 26 July
CEO of Odebrecht remains in jail as courts deny him bail
         - Newsroom Panama, 26 July
CEO of Odebrecht remains in jail as courts deny him bail
         - Prensa, 26 July
Businessman says he was given contract and then ordered by Nicolas Corcione to pay out $600,000 in bribes related to money laundering during Martinelli administration involving now-jailed judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 26 July
Infinito Gold ends its 10-year lawsuit against Costa Rica, as the company plummets into bakruptcy
         - Costa Rica Star, 26 July
Five pig farms in Los Santos are fined $7100 dollars for violating environmental regulations
         - Prensa, 26 July
Panama wastes water during a very rainy season, causing a water crisis throughout the country
         - Newsroom Panama, 26 July
Costa Rica's president greeted by protests over lack of water in Nicoya
         - Tico Times, 26 July
In midst of water crisis, Health Ministry is investigating suppliers of bottled water for contamination issues
         - Panama America, 26 July
Health Ministry orders recall of two brands of bottled water, and cancels their health permits
         - Panama America, 26 July
Police keep open roadways in Chiriqui that had been blockaded by those protesting hydroelectric construction projects
         - Prensa, 26 July
Ngabe-Bugle insist in meeting with Vice President Saint de Malo that the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project be cancelled
         - Prensa, 26 July
20 arrested at Ngabe-Bugle protests of Barro Blanco project
         - La Estrella, 26 July
Foreign money laundering in London is driving up real estate prices
         - La Estrella, 26 July
Anti-corruption prosecutors inspect homes of five Martinelli-era figures under house arrest for corruption: Felipe Pipo Virzi, Cristobal Salerno, Carlos Arauz, Roberto Carretero y Juan Carlos Maciaga
         - Prensa, 26 July
Violence and crime intensifies in various parts of the country
         - Panama America, 26 July
Panama government provides $600 of support each year for primary school students, up to $3000 in support for high school students, a total of $4600 in support before they graduate to the university level
         - Prensa, 26 July
Health Ministry reports 1528 cases of dengue and 155 cases of chikungunya
         - Prensa, 26 July
Opinion: the structural problems of Panama's health system
         - Prensa, 26 July
Martinelli's CD party wants to kick out deputy Raul Hernandez for supporting the Panamenistas in recent National Assembly committee elections
         - Panama America, 26 July
PRD party prepares its "face" for 2019 elections, lead by Ernesto Perez Balladares, Benicio Robinson, Samuel Lewis Navarro and Martin Torrijos
         - La Estrella, 26 July
Colombian ex-pat killed at love motel in Tibas (Costa Rica) moments before a sex party
         - Costa Rica Star, 26 July

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Appeal filed against quick decision, from slow-deciding scandal plagued, Supreme Court which suspended an Environmental Ministry moratorium against new hydroelectric projects in Chiriqui
         - La Estrella, 25 July
Despite slowing economy, Panamanians borrowing more ($276 million more in 2015) to finance their consumption, paying $79 million a year in interest
         - Panama America, 25 July
Did Odebrecht pay $3 million in bribes in Brazil using one of its businesses in Panama, with monies from Swiss bank accounts?
         - Prensa, 25 July
Despite foreign controversies and arrests, Panama still signs Metro Subway Line II construction contract with Odebrecht - only awaits approval by Comptroller General
         - La Estrella, 25 July
Despite foreign controversies and arrests, Panama still signs Metro Subway Line II construction contract with Odebrecht
         - Prensa, 25 July
Prosecutors in Brazil request that Odebrecht pay $2 billion in fines for damages to government caused by bribes paid to Petrobras
         - Prensa, 25 July
Real estate developer Nicolas Corcione could lose his seat on board of the Panama Canal (appointed by Martinelli) because of his links to money laundering related to Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 25 July
Water Authority (IDAAN) needs to spend $1.2 billion in next five years, at a minimum, to fix Panama's water supplies
         - Prensa, 25 July
31,000 new cars sold in Panama in first half of 2015, but only 31 new parking spots are made available
         - Prensa, 25 July
Vice president De Saint Malo meets with Ngabe-Bugle to discuss Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - El Siglo, 25 July
Police break-up blockade of PanAmerican Highway by protesting Ngabe-Bugle
         - Prensa, 25 July
Police break-up blockade of PanAmerican Highway by protesting Ngabe-Bugle
         - La Estrella, 25 July
Ngabe-Bugle re-block the PanAmerican highway
         - Panama America, 25 July
Ngabe-Bugle re-block the PanAmerican highway
         - Panama America, 25 July
Residents of Bugaba (Chiriqui) insist on cancellation of two hydroelectric projects
         - Prensa, 25 July
A California lifestyle for less in Coronado, Panama
         - International Living, 25 July
International trademark association (INTA) to have annual membership meeting in Panama
         - World Trademark Review, 25 July
The faction of the PRD party led by Benicio Robinson loses power in the National Assembly after being outmaneuvered
         - La Estrella, 25 July
Canadian man living in Boquete is shot to death in his home by men stealing his property
         - Global News, 25 July
How Latin America's top Libertarian party plans to win in Costa Rica
         - Panam Post, 25 July

  


  

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Government doesn't have a policy to deal with this year's severe drought that is hurting agriculture and Canal operations
         - Panama America, 24 July
Government to prohibit sales of imported potatoes and onions in the provinces where they are grown
         - Prensa, 24 July
The government will guarantee $1.8 billion in financing for Metro Subway Line II, to be built by scandal-plagued Odebrecht
         - Prensa, 24 July
U.S. ambassador in Panama alerted U.S. State Department about possible bribes involving Martinelli and Odebrecht in 2009 related to a no-bid $60 million construction contract
         - Prensa, 24 July
No-bid contracts at Tocumen Airport: an exception becoming a custom
         - Panama America, 24 July
Martinelli's PAN director, Rafael Guardia Jaen, reveals cash payments made to businesses to launder bribes related to government contracts
         - Prensa, 24 July
National Assembly studying new criminal charges against Martinelli's director of the Maritime Authority
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Money laundering case against former president Perez Balladares, and 14 others, is still open
         - Prensa, 24 July
Six people arrested in Nata (Cocle) for involvement in the murder of a businessman, Idelfonso Vega
         - Prensa, 24 July
Six people arrested in Nata (Cocle) for involvement in the murder of a businessman, Idelfonso Vega
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Six people arrested in Nata (Cocle) for involvement in the murder of a businessman, Idelfonso Vega
         - Panama America, 24 July
One of Martinelli's favorite real estate developers, Nicolas Corcione, received a $200,000 bribe from a government construction project
         - Prensa, 24 July
Nicolas Corcione's links to money laundering linked to former Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Hundreds of street vendors in San Miguelito have been fined thousands of dollars in recent months for unauthorized sales
         - El Siglo, 24 July
Over 500 artisanal businesses to display at this year's fair
         - El Siglo, 24 July
Construction permits are up 5.7% year-to-year in May
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Repairs begin of the air conditioning system at Tocumen Airport
         - Prensa, 24 July
Government study finds unacceptable levels of bacteria in bottled water
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Government studying quality of bottled water sold in the country
         - La Estrella, 24 July
Costa Rica exports down 16 percent in first six months of 2015, as effects of Intel's downsizing continue having an impact
         - TicoTimes, 24 July
Most Costa Ricans still prefer to pay in cash when shopping
         - TicoTimes, 24 July
President of Costa Rica receives poor marks from business sector
         - TicoTimes, 24 July
National Assembly passes law to give more time to prosecutors to investigate corruption in the government
         - Prensa, 24 July
Increasing number of murders of women not receiving much government attention
         - Panama America, 24 July
AfroPanamanians denounce Increasing number of murders of their women
         - La Estrella, 24 July
A model school to be built in Veracruz
         - El Siglo, 24 July
Lack of medicines and faulty equipment upsets retirees in David
         - Prensa, 24 July
Shortages of medicines in public hospitals due to slow procurement
         - Panama America, 24 July
Residents of Llano de Piedra (Los Santos) denounce that their drinking water supplies are dirty
         - Panama America, 24 July

  


  

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Rising unemployment is impacting almost every sector of the economy
         - Panama America, 23 July
Workers enter 13th day of strikes at the brewery Cerveceria Nacional
         - La Estrella, 23 July
More than half of the workers of the Ministry of Public Works are administrative, forcing Ministry to rely on private contractors to do field work
         - Panama America, 23 July
Workers argue that increasing productivity depends on their employers offering more training
         - Panama America, 23 July
Restaraunts still able to do business, despite food and drink supply prices rising 50% in recent years
         - Panama America, 23 July
Implementing the new anti-money laundering law is proving difficult
         - Panama America, 23 July
Government approves financing for construction of Metro Subway Line II by consortium led by Odebrecht, despite Odebrecht scandal bank in Brazil
         - Prensa, 23 July
Modernizing the border controls with Costa Rica at Pasp Canoas will cost $60 million, $10 million from Panama and $50 million in loans from BID/IDB
         - Panama America, 23 July
Modernizing the border controls with Costa Rica at Pasp Canoas will cost $60 million, $10 million from Panama and $50 million in loans from BID/IDB
         - La Estrella, 23 July
Nicolas Corcione, real estate developer appointed to board of directors of the Panama Canal by Martinelli, to be investigated by prosecutors for money laundering linked to convicted judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 23 July
Nicolas Corcione, one of Martinelli's favorite local real estate developers, favored with construction contracts from Martinellli government
         - Prensa, 23 July
National Economic Council approves $30 million credit line for Tocumen Airport for infrastructure projects
         - Prensa, 23 July
National Economic Council approves $30 million credit line for Tocumen Airport for infrastructure projects
         - La Estrella, 23 July
Tourism Authority to spend $400,000 to rehabilitate the historic Portobello and San Lorenzo forts in Colon province
         - Prensa, 23 July
100 lumbermen from Bocas del Toro province blockade the Environmental Minsitry
         - Prensa, 23 July
Environmental Ministry rejects report filed by Petaquilla Gold with regards to its Molejon mine in Donoso (Colon)
         - Prensa, 23 July
Why bananas as we know them might go extinct, as a new strain of Panama disease threatens the Cavendish variety (which outlasted the better tasting Gros Michel)
         - CNN, 23 July
75 construction materials exporters from Colombia to display at construction supplies trade show in Panama on August 12th and 13th
         - El Siglo, 23 July
Retired and loving Panama on $1500 a month in David, Chiriqui
         - International Living, 23 July
Residents of David (Chiriqui) worried about having the most murders in the country
         - Panama AMerica, 23 July
High waves flooding the properties of residents of Puero Armuelles
         - Panama America, 23 July
Panamenistas deputy Jorge Rosas, new president of the National Assembly's Budget Commission
         - Prensa, 23 July
Panamenistas deputy Jorge Rosas, new president of the National Assembly's Budget Commission
         - Panama America, 23 July
Director of social security agency (CSS) delivers audit of new city hospital construction project to the Comptroller General
         - Prensa, 23 July
Attorney General authorizes bodyguards for an anti-corruption prosecutor, Geomara Guerra de Jones, who has been threatened for doing her job
         - Prensa, 23 July
AfroPanamanian women worried by increased number of women being murdered
         - Panama America, 23 July
Police seizing most guns in David, Boquete and Bugaba
         - Panama America, 23 July
Rising crime reigns as the principle social problem that is hurting the popularity of President Varela
         - Panama America, 23 July
Delinquents kill a businessman in his house in Nata (Cocle), Idelfonso Vega
         - Prensa, 23 July
Delinquents kill a businessman in his house in Nata (Cocle), Idelfonso Vega
         - Panama America, 23 July
Delinquents kill a businessman in his house in Nata (Cocle), Idelfonso Vega
         - La Estrella, 23 July
National Police burn 6 tons of drugs at Cerro Patacon landfill
         - La Estrella, 23 July

  


  

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Martinelli's national assistance program (PAN) director, Rafael Guardia Jaen, accused of illegally laundering $20 million through a dozen companies he formed while director
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Prviate businesses received $60 million in subsidies in 2014, $50 million in the form of import tax exemptions
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Panama's public debt rises to $19.3 billion
         - Prensa, 22 July
Crime, unemployment and high cost of living are hurting the popularity of President Varela
         - Panama America, 22 July
Slowdown in government infrastructure spending, and crisis at the Colon Free Zone, is hurting the nation's insurance companies
         - Panama America, 22 July
Panama Canal could suffer the same crisis of diminished business this year, as it did in 1997 and 1998, for the same reason - drought conditions
         - Panama America, 22 July
How to divide lesser amounts of water from the Rio Chagres rivershed between public consumption and needs of the Panama Canal?
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Government prohibits imports of onions and potatoes in parts of Panama where there is local production, to protect local production from diseases
         - Panama America, 22 July
Workers request salary increases that match rises in the cost of basic foods
         - Panama America, 22 July
Today is the first day of meetings of the national minimum salary commission
         - Panama America, 22 July
$1.36 billion gambled in Panama from January to May, up 9% from 2014
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Government approves $157 million expense to buy 70 new trains for the Metro Subway system to increase capacity
         - Prensa, 22 July
Metro Subway system will extend its hours to 11 PM
         - Panama America, 22 July
Cattle farmers in Los Santos are organizing private security control groups to prevent cattle theft
         - Panama America, 22 July
Martinelli's small business agency director, Giselle Burillo, ordered to appear before prosecutors
         - Prensa, 22 July
Swiss government expands its investigations into bribes paid by Odebrecht to Petrobras
         - Prensa, 22 July
Prosecutors say the national savings bank (Caja de Ahorros) should become a plaintiff to recover monies from fraudulent loans to two construction projects
         - Prensa, 22 July
A lack of government planning forces government to suspect new licenses for renewable energy projects
         - Prensa, 22 July
Business executives' association (APEDE) hold forum to promote tourism in Colon
         - La Estrella, 22 July
How to retire on $25,000 a year? Move to Panama
         - CNN Money, 22 July
Banco de Costa Rica and its workers agree to cut job benefits
         - Nacion, 22 July
500 employees of Banco Nacional in Costa Rica are suing the bank for cutting their annual bonuses
         - Nacion, 22 July
Giuseppe Zanotti opens shoe boutique in Panama City
         - FootWear News, 22 July
Opinion: a proposal to reduce Panama's presidency from five to four years
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Sanitation authority (AAUD) to evaluate status of the Penonome landfill
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Panamenista party outmaneuvers PRD party leader Benicio Robinson with regards to membership of National Assembly committees
         - El Siglo, 22 July
Chitre will be the first municipality to be the first digital municipality in Panama
         - Prensa, 22 July
National government analyzing mechanisms to decentralize government operations
         - La Estrella, 22 July
Government inspectors confirm that construction projects in Punta Paitilla are too noisy and loud
         - Prensa, 22 July

  


  

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Exports of pineapple and watermelon have dropped significantly, with pineapple exports down 40% to $9.6 million, and with watermelon sales down 6%
         - El Siglo, 21 July
Rice growers warn of rice shortages due to poor execution of policies by the government
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Drop in Panama's exports, down 10% year-to-year, conincides with drop in economic growth in Central and Latin America
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Former Martinelli agricultural minister, Emilio Kieswetter, is arrested in David for his ties to embezzlement from the failed Tonosi irrigation project
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Former Martinelli agricultural minister, Emilio Kieswetter, denies ties to embezzlement from the failed Tonosi irrigation project
         - Prensa, 21 July
Production of pre-mixed concrete drops 21%, due to slowdown in construction and end of Canal expansion
         - Panama America, 21 July
Cost of basic food basket continues to slowly rise, $300 in Panama City as of May
         - Prensa, 21 July
Slowdown in government megaproject spending is increasing unemployment
         - Panama America, 21 July
Some Panamanians convicted of money laundering in the U.S. are linked to foundation that donated money to President Varela's election campaign
         - Panama America, 21 July
Panamanian priest, priest to Panama's "nobles", and his brother are linked to money laundering
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht, is indicted for corruption, money laundering and fraud
         - Newsroom Panama, 21 July
Brazilian prosecutors to investigate 2011 trip to Panama by former Brazilian president Lula de Silva, paid for by Odebrecht to meet with Martinelli
         - Prensa, 21 July
Panama Canal Authority to announce in ten days if it needs to restrict passage through the Canal, due to lower water levels in Lake Gatun because of less rain this season due to El Nino
         - Prensa, 21 July
State power distributor (Etesa) forecasts that El Nino will last until March 2016
         - Prensa, 21 July
State power distributor (Etesa) forecasts that El Nino will last until March 2016, prolonging the drought
         - Panama America, 21 July
National Police to meet with national Bank Association to discuss measures to reduce bank robberies
         - Prensa, 21 July
Anti-corruption prosecutors call in for questioning, former small business agency (Ampyme) director, Giselle Burillo
         - Prensa, 21 July
Martinelli's small business agency (Ampyme) director, Giselle Burillo, has fled the country
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Auctions of reverted Canal lands worth $2.2 million to resume in August
         - Panama America, 21 July
Auctions of reverted Canal lands to resume in August
         - Prensa, 21 July
Costa Rica's power and telecom agency, ICE, spent $70 million on a failed database system
         - Nacion, 21 July
Widespread corruption reported among deputies in Panama's national assembly, tie to illegal spending in last year's elections
         - Caribbean News Now!, 21 July
39 National Assembly and Parlacen deputies have still not filed reports on people who donated money to their campaigns
         - Prensa, 21 July
After 21 days of discussion, National Assembly chooses the membership of its legislative committees
         - Prensa, 21 July
After 21 days of discussion, National Assembly chooses the membership of its legislative committees
         - Panama America, 21 July
Panamenistas to control 8 National Assembly committees, the PRD party 4 and the CD party 2
         - La Estrella, 21 July
Chilibre water treatment plant at 60% of capacity due to a problem with pumps
         - Prensa, 21 July
Chilibre water treatment plant at 60% of capacity due to a problem with pumps
         - Panama America, 21 July
Panama West province (La Chorrera, Arraijan) confront a second water crisis in less than a year
         - Prensa, 21 July
Expenses of the Costa Rican government in the last 28 months have grown more than tax income
         - Nacion, 21 July
Gorgas Health Institute studying new ways to detect dengue
         - Prensa, 21 July

  


  

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Panama government's system for bidding public construction works leads to losses of millions of dollars
         - Panama America, 20 July
Brazil formally accuses Marcelo Odebrecht (CEO) and four executives of corruption, which will have some affect on Odebrecht Panama's subsidiary, the country of Panama
         - Prensa, 20 July
Ex-president Martinell's brother, Mario Martinelli, accused of owning company that that embezzled PAN monies to buy overprived/undelivered school backpacks
         - Prensa, 20 July
Anti-corruption prosecutors to investigate the sons of Rafael Guardia for money laundering, their father in jail for embezzlement of PAN monies during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 20 July
Anti-corruption prosecutors to investigate the sons of Rafael Guardia for money laundering, their father in jail for embezzlement of PAN monies during the Martinelli era
         - La Estrella, 20 July
Ngabe-Bugle to hold new protest marches to request cancellation of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - La Estrella, 20 July
Government's Agricultural Development Bank's load portfolio has dropped 60% in the last seven years
         - La Estrella, 20 July
Government's Agricultural Development Bank requests exemption from final loan approval by the Comptroller General, to speed up issuance of loans, despite fraud with earlier bank loans
         - Prensa, 20 July
Government's Agricultural Development Bank requests exemption from final loan approval by the Comptroller General, to speed up issuance of loans, despite fraud with earlier bank loans
         - Panama America, 20 July
Loans originated by the government's Agricultural Development Bank (BDA) drop 18% in the first five months of 2015
         - Panama America, 20 July
Banana producers in Bocas del Toro demand government support
         - Prensa, 20 July
Israel and Panama start the third round of free trade talks
         - La Estrella, 20 July
Free trade agreement with Israel continues being developed by both countries
         - Panama America, 20 July
Petaquilla claims to have delivered on Friday a plan to the govenrment to restart its mining operations
         - Prensa, 20 July
Workers at Petaquilla demand that the government not cancel Petaquilla's mining concession
         - Panama AMerica, 20 July
Mendoza water treatment plant will be back to 25% capacity on Tuesday, of some relief to homes in La Chorrera and Arraijan
         - Prensa, 20 July
12 water tanker trucks will deliver drinking water to La Chorrera and Arraijan
         - Panama America, 20 July
77,000 students affected by lack of drinking water in La Chorrera and Arraijan
         - Panama America, 20 July
Egyptian government will offer training scholarships to professional Panamanian agriculturalists
         - FreshPlaza, 20 July
Portugal could be cheaper than Panama for retirement
         - Huffington Post, 20 July
Missing corporate books in Costa Rica can lead to a freeze of assets
         - AM Costa Rica, 20 July
Pharmacy chains in Costa Rica increase sales and continue investments
         - Nacion, 20 July
Former president Martinelli, hiding from prosecution in Miami, sends threatening messages to dissident members of his CD party
         - La Estrella, 20 July
20 days into start of new session of National Assembly, and parties unable to agree on how to structure membership of important Assembly committees
         - Prensa, 20 July
Panama's Government Counsel receives ethics complaint against sub-director of the government's training institute (Ifarhu), Carlos Rubio, a member of the Popular Party allied with the ruling Panamenista party
         - Panama America, 20 July
Education Ministry suspends classes in Arraijan and La Chorrera for a lack of water
         - El Siglo, 20 July
40% of residents of Pajonal (Penonome) suffer from hypertension, diabetes and/or obesity
         - Prensa, 20 July
High blood pressure is the leading health problem of Panamanians
         - La Estrella, 20 July

  


  

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Hotels are lowering their room rates up to 70% percent to fill rooms to avoid losses due to massive oversupply of rooms
         - Panama America, 19 July
Imports drop 13% in first five months of the year, reflecting a slowing economy
         - Panama America, 19 July
How will the slowdown in the Chinese economy affect Panama?
         - La Estrella, 19 July
Another criminal complaint filed against Martinelli, over reverted lands inthe Rodman area given out in a 2014 concession
         - Prensa, 19 July
Chamber of Commerce favors reforms of government contracting practices
         - La Estrella, 19 July
Ngabe-Bugle call for referendum for completing Barro Blanco hydroproject
         - Prensa, 19 July
El Nino drought conditions threatening Panama Canal water supplies, possibly limiting passages through the Canal locks
         - Panama America, 19 July
El Nino drought conditions threatening Panama Canal water supplies, possibly limiting passages through the Canal locks
         - La Estrella, 19 July
Mendoza water treatment plant, operated by Canal Authority, and supplying La Chorrera and Arraijan, loses 10 million gallons per day of capacity
         - Prensa, 19 July
Mendoza water treatment plant, operated by Canal Authority, and supplying La Chorrera and Arraijan, loses 10 million gallons per day of capacity
         - Panama America, 19 July
Government to spend $4 billion over next five years on water supply construction projects, at least 20% of its budget
         - Prensa, 19 July
Planned Nicaraguan canal in more trouble, as Nicaraguans turn from Chinese to Taiwanese for support
         - Panama America, 19 July
Slow progress being made in burying telecon and power cables strung above Panama City's streets
         - Prensa, 19 July
Comptroller General asked to investigate no-bid, $3.5 million contract, issued by Panama City's government, for a Christmas "Disney" parade
         - Panama America, 19 July
Sales of lottery tickets rise 0.2% in five months
         - Panama America, 19 July
Optima Ballistic Glass, local producer of bulletproof glass, exporting more to Mexico thanks to new free trade agreement as of July 1st
         - El Siglo, 19 July
Future of Punta Coco prison is being debated, after accusations of violations of human rights
         - Prensa, 19 July
19 gangs operating in Chiriqui province
         - Panama America, 19 July
Accusations of theft of scholarships meant for Ngabe-Bugle students
         - Prensa, 19 July
7000 new homes are needed in Chiriqui province
         - Panama America, 19 July
Young boys join young girls in being vaccinated against the human papiloma virus
         - Prensa, 19 July
Women in Colon protest this weekend against murders of women in their city
         - Prensa, 19 July
Interview with Panama City mayor Jose Isabel Blandon
         - Prensa, 19 July

12 July 2015 - 18 July 2015 News Archive
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Government debt has risen $1.65 billion so far under President Varela
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Millions of dollars sent from Panama bank accounts to pay bribes to FIFA officials, according to U.S. prosecutors
         - Panama America, 18 July
Governments starts training financially-related businesses with regards to new anti-money laundering laws
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Panama Canal Authority recommends that the government develop new sources of drinking water, as demand on Canal waters grows as rainfail weakens
         - Prensa, 18 July
An unnamed business illegally landfills 1.5 hectares of wetlands associated with Rio Juan Diaz
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Businesses in Colon Free Zone might participate in trade fair in Havana in November 2015
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Logistics inefficienes driving up the cost of vegetables, hurting profits of restaurants owners, who complain government is failing with the country's Cold Chain storage system
         - Panama America, 18 July
Chicken, rice and milk farmers in Costa Rica are worried, as import tariffs for U.S. products start to decrease, while the government does little to support local production
         - Nacion, 18 July
35 stolen cattle are recovered for a farm in Los Santos
         - Prensa, 18 July
Small businesses in the Darien and Bocas del Toro, dedicated to harvesting and transporting wood, organize to protest government restrictions
         - Prensa, 18 July
Honey producers given training to make better use of products to support their bee hives
         - Panama America, 18 July
Government agricultural researchers closer to finding a cure for the coffee rust plague
         - El Siglo, 18 July
650 national brewery (Cerveceria Nacional) workers continue their strike, demanding salary increase from $480 to $550 per month
         - El Siglo, 18 July
Automobile sales rose 7.5% between January and May of 2015
         - Prensa, 18 July
Power consumption is up 7% year-to-year in May
         - Panama America, 18 July
Indigenous groups slam government restart of Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - TeleSurTV, 18 July
Ngabe-Bugle groups meet to discuss strategies to fight the Barro Blanco project
         - Prensa, 18 July
Odebrecht's operations at higher risk, as its credibility suffers due to its links to scandals in Brazil
         - Prensa, 18 July
Low-cost airline VivaColombia transported more than 123,000 passengers in the last year, with Panama its most important destination
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Panama Canal recaptures cargo lost to Suez Canal, Alphaliner says
         - Journal of Commerce, 18 July
Re-election of Jose Alberto Alvarez as president of the National Bar Association is a win for Varela's supporters and a "defeat" for Martinelli
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Government of Taiwan to donate $5 million so that Health Ministry can buy 50 ambulances
         - Prensa, 18 July
President Varela is third most popular president in Latin America, after the Dominican Republic's Danilo Medina and Bolivia's Evo Morales
         - La Estrella, 18 July
Panama has 365 cases of multiple sclerosis, the majority of which are women
         - Prensa, 18 July
Martinelli's CD party candidates distributed musical instruments paid with public assistance (PAN) monies during the last election campaigns, in violation of the law
         - Prensa, 18 July
Criminal charges being prepared for students who destroyed National Institutute school properties during a recent protest
         - Prensa, 18 July
Criminal charges being prepared for students who destroyed National Institutute school properties during a recent protest
         - Panama America, 18 July
Port Authority (Japdeva) workers in Costa Rica allowed unlimited paid overtime, another case of overpaid government workers causing controversy
         - Nacion, 18 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
International Monetary Fund reduces forecast for economic growth in Panama in 2016 down to 4%
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Business in Colon Free Zone in April and May year-to-year
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Prices of some construction materials continue to rise
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Clients withdraw $4.7 million from Banco Universal, half of what the government allowed after it seized control of the bank linked to Martinelli era scandals
         - Prensa, 17 July
Lack of incentives and strategic plan are hurting exports of manufactured goods
         - Panama America, 17 July
Panama's Stock Market regulators (SMV) adopts guidelines to help detect illegal transactions in the market
         - Panama America, 17 July
Cable & Wireless Panama will pay government $23.9 million in dividends for the governments 49% share
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Environmentalists in Boquete warn that mining concession granted during Martinelli era will lead to contamination of Baru Volcano National Park
         - Prensa, 17 July
Hotel owners join forces to address the crisis affecting the tourism sector
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Hotel owners join forces to address the crisis affecting the tourism sector
         - Panama America, 17 July
Panama will have its first Molecular Biology laboratory to investigate agricultural diseases
         - Prensa, 17 July
8% fewer cattle slaughtered in June than in May
         - Panama America, 17 July
$9 million a day being bet/gambled across Panama
         - Prensa, 17 July
Three arrested on charges of money laundering linked to former Supreme Court Judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 17 July
Costa Rica's colon is overvalued, public debt too much, real estate market hurting
         - AM Costa Rica, 17 July
Costa Rica taking steps to joint the OECD, along with Mexico and Chile as the only Latin American countries in the OECD
         - Tico Times, 17 July
Cheaper supplies of bunker for ships is helping Panama Canal win more business back from the Suez Canal
         - Ship and Bunker, 17 July
Panama Canal expansion to boost China-LatinAmerica infrastructure cooperation
         - Want China Times, 17 July
Government will repair homes and schools in the Ngabe-Bugle comarca
         - Prensa, 17 July
22 fans used throughout Tocumen Airport after air conditioning malfunctions
         - PRensa, 17 July
Three sisters are brewing and selling Japanese "Kombucha" alcoholic tea in Costa Rica
         - CostaRine News, 17 July
Gold mining company, Infinito Gold, that sued Costa Rica, files for bankruptcy with $160 million in debt
         - Tico Times, 17 July
Administrations of presidents Torrijos (PRD) and Martinelli (CD) spent $21.5 over ten years on illegal wiretapping equipment
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Panama has yet to officially inform Interpol that it wants five Martinelli era officials and businessmen to be arrested
         - La Estrella, 17 July
$12 million of overpriced musical equipment for schools bought during Martinelli era using monies embezzled from national assistance program (PAN)
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 July
$12 million of overpriced musical equipment for schools bought during Martinelli era using monies embezzled from national assistance program (PAN)
         - Prensa, 17 July
Panama City mayor Jose Blandon signs no-bid $3.7 million contract to a company to organize the city's Christmas parade
         - Panama America, 17 July
30,200 people work for the social security service (CSS)
         - La Estrella, 17 July
Ngabe-Bugle don't want to talk to government "assistants" anymore with regards to Barro Blanco, but only want to talk with President Varela
         - Newsroom Panama, 17 July
Ngabe-Bugle don't want to talk to government "assistants" anymore with regards to Barro Blanco, but only want to talk with President Varela
         - Prensa, 17 July
Jose Alvarez is re-elected as president of the National Bar Association
         - Prensa, 17 July
Residents alarmed by a wave of armed robberies in David
         - Panama America, 17 July
Dangerous rapist escapes from a prison in Changuinola
         - Panama America, 17 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Brazilian prosecutors allege that ex-Brazil president Lula da Silva helped Odebrecht inflate construction costs in Panama during Martinelli-era
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 July
Brazilian prosecutors allege that ex-Brazil president Lula da Silva helped Odebrecht inflate construction costs in Panama during Martinelli-era
         - Prensa, 16 July
Hit men try to kill a witness in the PAN embezzlement scandal with regards to $46 million purchase of rice at grossly inflated prices under the Martinelli administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 July
Hit men try to kill a witness in the PAN embezzlement scandal with regards to $46 million purchase of rice at grossly inflated prices under the Martinelli administration
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 July
Second branch of Banesco bank is robbed in less than one month
         - Panama America, 16 July
Correspondent banks from the United States will visit their Panamanian partners in November
         - Prensa, 16 July
Government to discuss shifting $180 million of central government spending to municipalities
         - Newsroom Panama, 16 July
Government publishes modified import tariffs for rice to help boost local production
         - Prensa, 16 July
Health Ministry seizes and destroys unregistered artisanal cheeses in Chitre (Herrera)
         - panama America, 16 July
Customs authority asks for a larger budget to fulfill its mission
         - Prensa, 16 July
Mayor of Panama files complaint against some bars and restaurantes in San Felipe (Casco Viejo) for submitting false documentation to sell alcohol
         - Prensa, 16 July
Mayor of Panama files complaint against some bars and restaurantes in San Felipe (Casco Viejo) for submitting false documentation to sell alcohol
         - La Estrella, 16 July
Tourism Authority (ATP) announces "emergency plan" to boost tourism
         - Panama America, 16 July
Tourism Authority (ATP) announces "emergency plan" to boost tourism
         - Prensa, 16 July
Worker layoffs by hotels and restaurants reflects a crisis in the tourism sector, compounded by morons who added to many new hotel rooms, driving down occupancy rates
         - Panama America, 16 July
Slowdown in the economy will complicate the debate about raising the minimum wage
         - Panama America, 16 July
Workers ask that rising costs for necessities (transport, education, housing) be an important factor in wage negotiations
         - Panama America, 16 July
Restructuring the operations of the Bocas-Colon-Cartagena ferry
         - Prensa, 16 July
Indigenous groups will continue to block the entrance to the Barro Blanco hydroproject
         - Panama America, 16 July
Indigenous groups complain of increased police presence at Barro Blanco
         - La Estrella, 16 July
President Varela talks with indigenous groups about construction of power interconnection line with Colombia
         - Panama America, 16 July
Education Ministry will regulate the cost of tuition at private schools
         - El Siglo, 16 July
The Azuero growing region has more then 700 festivals (with queens) a year
         - El Siglo, 16 July
Water Authority (IDAAN) and Canal Authority studying water shortages this year due to 'El Nino'
         - Prensa, 16 July
President Varela denies allegations that his government is conducting illegal wiretapping
         - La Estrella, 16 July
President Varela says that Martinelli's lawsuit against six Supreme Court judges is an attempt to deflect attention from investigations of Martinelli's illegal wiretapping scandal
         - Prensa, 16 July
National Assembly calls reigning rector Gustavo Garcia (Univ. Panama) to testify about scandal of private foundation (Fudep) controlling university monies
         - Panama America, 16 July
National Assembly calls reigning rector Gustavo Garcia (Univ. Panama) to testify about scandal of private foundation (Fudep) controlling university monies
         - Prensa, 16 July
President of National Assembly asks Supreme Court to investigate an attempt at a legislative coup by members of the PRD and CD party
         - Prensa, 16 July
Dissident PRD deputies in National Assembly continue to challenge the party's leader in the Assembly
         - El Siglo, 16 July
Resentment persists among the deputies of the PRD
         - Panama America, 16 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
The five most sought business colleagues and government aides of Martinelli sought by police because of their links to Martinelli era corruption, some who are hiding outside Panama
         - La Estrella, 15 July
Latin American development bank (CAF) loans Panama $110 million (in addition to $223 million lent earlier) to be used for the Panama Bay sanitation project
         - La Estrella, 15 July
Panama issues $80 million in four year bonds paying 3%
         - Panama America, 15 July
Personal consumer loans up 11% year-to-year in May, led by Banco General with $942 million in consumer loans
         - La Estrella, 15 July
Price of lettuce rises 50% in recent months, due to lack of support from government and increased cost of supplies for farmers in Chiriqui
         - El Siglo, 15 July
Customs seizes smuggled agricultural products from Costa Rica
         - Prensa, 15 July
Customs seizes smuggled agricultural products in highlands of Chiriqui
         - La Estrella, 15 July
Government to invest $5 billion to increase power supplies
         - Prensa, 15 July
Government to invest $5 billion to increase power supplies
         - La Estrella, 15 July
National commission to discuss increasing the minimum salary starts discussions this week
         - La Estrella, 15 July
National commission to discuss increasing the minimum salary starts discussions this week
         - Prensa, 15 July
Drop in world oil prices is not helping Panamanians who buy fuel
         - Panama AMerica, 15 July
Panama's Metro Subway system evaluating alternatives to correct for repeated electric power failures
         - Panama America, 15 July
Panama Canal regains lead over Suez Canal on Far East to US East Coast shipments
         - Hellenic Shipping News, 15 July
Santa Catalina - Panama's Pacific Coast paradise, two and half hours southwest of Santiago (Veraguas), close to Isla Coiba
         - International Living, 15 July
PRD party members supportive of party leader Robinson are losing their jobs in the National Assembly, while supporters of PRD dissent (and now National Assembly president) Ruben de Leon, are getting jobs - political revenge is sweet
         - Panama America, 15 July
Roubts are raised about security cameras placed throughout Panama City and used by police
         - Panama America, 15 July
Heated negotiations between political parties and dissidents over leadership of important National Assembly commissions
         - El Siglo, 15 July
President Varela starts discussions to decentralize more power to municipalities
         - La Estrella, 15 July
Lawyers for "hiding outside the country" Martinelli file complaints against six Supreme Court judges, with the National Assembly
         - Prensa, 15 July
Appeals court upholds ruling that workers of TCT who blockaded the entrances to La Prensa (which was investigating scandals at TCT during the Martinelli era) did so legally, even if they distrupted business
         - Newsroom Panama, 15 July
Appeals court upholds ruling that workers of TCT who blockaded the entrances to La Prensa (which was investigating scandals at TCT during the Martinelli era) did so legally, even if they distrupted business
         - Prensa, 15 July
Former Berlusconi lover, Federica Gagliardi, feted in Panama when Berlusconi visited Martinelli, is sentenced to 10 years in jail for drug trafficking
         - Newsroom Panama, 15 July

  


  

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Panama could import meat from Paraguay in the coming months
         - La Estrella, 14 July
Proposed change to law would allow Panamanians to buy up to $1000 worth of goods tax-free in all of Colon, not just the Free Zone
         - Prensa, 14 July
Changing the laws of the Colon Free Zone, another piece of the puzzle of revitalizing Colon
         - Prensa21, 14 July
No bid contracts to supply clean water are awarded to company owned by Panama's richest man, and friend of President Varela, Stanley Motta
         - Panama America, 14 July
Strike by owners of licensed vans against pirate vans ends after President Varela threatens to take their licenses, a victory for the pirate buses
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 July
National chamber of transportation companies demand the government put an end to pirate transportation services
         - Panama America, 14 July
National chamber of transportation companies demand the government put an end to pirate transportation services
         - La Estrella, 14 July
Government to spend $25 million to repair roads in Puerto Armuelles
         - La Estrella, 14 July
ScotiaBank to acquire Citigroup's Panama and Costa Rica banking businesses
         - StreetInsider, 14 July
ScotiaBank to acquire Citigroup's Panama and Costa Rica banking businesses
         - Prensa, 14 July
Nicaragua's proposed Panama Canal is finding investors in Europe, the United States and Asia
         - Prensa, 14 July
Tantalo Group opens Teatro Amador Nightclub and Caliope Bar in Casco Viejo
         - MarketWatch, 14 July
Costa Rica tourism entreprenuers report millions lost to bad weather
         - Tico Times, 14 July
Government of Costa Rica propose law to increase age of retirement from 55 to 60
         - Panama America, 14 July
Workers' strike at the national brewery reaches 72 hours
         - La Estrella, 14 July
Government forensic experts quitting low paying jobs ($400) to work for the private sector, making it harder to prosecute crimes
         - Panama America, 14 July
Discussions for a new minimum wage start with little agreement between business owners and unions
         - Panama America, 14 July
Save $80 per month by bringing your own food to work
         - Panama America, 14 July
Price of food outside the home rises by 9%
         - La Estrella, 14 July
Panama City affected by heavy rains, causing much flooding
         - Prensa, 14 July
Lack of cleaning for city sewers is causing extra flooding during heavy rains
         - Prensa, 14 July
How to buy energy-efficient, cost effective, appliances
         - El Siglo, 14 July
Private schools will have to warn families of tuition increases at least six months before they are raised
         - Prensa, 14 July
Comptroller General threatens to have arrested reigning rector of the Univ. of Panama, Gustavo Garcia, if he continues to block audits of university monies
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 July
Comptroller General threatens to have arrested reigning rector of the Univ. of Panama, Gustavo Garcia, if he continues to block audits of university monies
         - Prensa, 14 July
Multiple controversial new laws face the National Assembly under new leadership
         - Prensa, 14 July
President Varela awards bonuses to members of his Panamenista party working at the Maritime Authority
         - Panama America, 14 July
600 cases of domestic violence in first half of 2015
         - Prensa, 14 July
600 cases of domestic violence in first half of 2015
         - Panama America, 14 July
Health Ministry issues Dengue alert as the number of cases reach 800
         - Newsroom Panama, 14 July
Health Ministry has reported 15,300 cases of diarrhea in San Miguelity in 2015
         - La Estrella, 14 July
Public Ombudsman recommends shutting down Punta Coco prision for violating rights of the prisoners
         - Panama America, 14 July
Public Ombudsman recommends shutting down Punta Coco prision for violating rights of the prisoners
         - Prensa, 14 July
PRD divisions and power grab out in the open, after failed attempt to get rid of party leader Robinson
         - Newsroom Panamam, 14 July
PRD divisions and power grab out in the open, after failed attempt to get rid of party leader Robinson
         - Panama America, 14 July
Interview with U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
         - Tico Times, 14 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Government to expand $900 million Panama Bay sanitation project to $1.3 billion
         - Prensa, 13 July
The Darien, the poor "cinderella" province, waits for the government to build school, hospital and sewerage systems to sesrve 50,000 people
         - Prensa, 13 July
La Amistad International Park, shared by Panama and Costa Rica, to be listed by UNESCO as an endangered site
         - Prensa, 13 July
Isla Gamez, an enchanting island in the Gulf of Chiriqui
         - Prensa, 13 July
Tourist guides will have to be accredited to lead tours
         - Panama America, 13 July
Cattle ranchers and butchjers say that price controls are hurting their businesses
         - Panama America, 13 July
Workers continue to strike at pineapple export business in La Chorrera
         - Panama America, 13 July
Crackdown on illegal parking inside Colon Free Zone
         - La Estrella, 13 July
Loans to buy automombiles increase 21% year-to-year in May
         - La Estrella, 13 July
Health Ministry reiterates that since 2005, it has been illegal to sell the diet drug phenylpropanolamine
         - Prensa, 13 July
Health Ministry reiterates that since 2005, it has been illegal to sell the diet drug phenylpropanolamine
         - La Estrella, 13 July
Illegal "Red Devil" bus, speeding on city roads, kills Colombian woman on motorscooter
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 July
Complaints filed against 20 students involved in violent protests at the National Institute
         - Panama America, 13 July
Classes continue to be suspended at National Institute after violent protests by someone students
         - Panama America, 13 July
Women's activist groups demand government spend more money to prevent murders of women
         - Prensa, 13 July
Most murders of women committed by men under 40
         - La Estrella, 13 July
Government without action plan to lower rates of murders of women
         - Panama America, 13 July
Over 10,000 schoolgirls in Panama get pregnant each year
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 July
Firefighters receive 460,000 fake alarm calls each year
         - Prensa, 13 July
PRD party admits that it has multiple leaders, as party is split between the Robinson faction and party dissidents
         - Panama America, 13 July
29 National Assembly alternate deputies accused of collecting two government salaries
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 July
29 National Assembly alternate deputies accused of collecting two government salaries
         - Prensa, 13 July
29 National Assembly alternate deputies accused of collecting two government salaries
         - Panama America, 13 July
Head of Panama Sports Insitute (Pandeportres) linked to illegal helicopter rentals during Martinelli era using PAN public assistance monies
         - Newsroom Panama, 13 July
Head of Panama Sports Insitute (Pandeportres) linked to illegal helicopter rentals during Martinelli era using PAN public assistance monies, and resigns under pressure
         - Prensa, 13 July
Head of Panama Sports Insitute (Pandeportres) linked to illegal helicopter rentals during Martinelli era using PAN public assistance monies, and resigns under pressure
         - La Estrella, 13 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Rice farmers had predicted a shortage of rice, but the government did not listen
         - Panama America, 12 July
Cattle ranchers taking steps to improve the fertility of their herds
         - La Estrella, 12 July
Company building new food market in Panama City, MCM Global, is demanding the government pay $12 million for damages due to project delays
         - Prensa, 12 July
Colon Container Terminal is leading Panama's port in growth
         - La Estrella, 12 July
BAC bank and Copa Airlines offer new frequent flyer credit card
         - La Estrella, 12 July
Panama is the worst country in the region for women to start businesses
         - La Estrella, 12 July
The Nagbe-Bugle "Movement 22" group enters third week of its blockade of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project
         - Prensa, 12 July
Infrastructure at Coiba Island National Park is greatly deteriorated
         - Prensa, 12 July
New universities finding it harder to function with accreditation
         - Panama America, 12 July
Lottery ticket buyers complain that street sellers are demanding they buy extra, "married, tickets so sellers can earn more money, since government hasn't increased their commission
         - El Siglo, 12 July
A sportsbook based in Costa Rica, 2BetBob, to move to Panama, citing too much red tape in Costa Rica
         - Costa Rica Star, 12 July
Second Hard Rock Cafe to open in Costa Rica in July
         - Costa Rica Star, 12 July
Head of Panama's sports association (Pandeportes), Monica Rodriguez, is linked to the PAN embezzlements during the Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 12 July
60% of those arrested for homicide are never convicted, due to scared witnesses and lack of forensic support
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 July
How some young, repeat, criminals are the headaches of the national police
         - El Siglo, 12 July
Eight crimes committed per day in Panama, led by cases of theft
         - Prensa, 12 July
Santo Tomas Hospital still in crisis, due to lack of medical supplies and maintenance issues, the home of Panama's public medical and nursing school
         - Newsroom Panama, 12 July
Santo Tomas Hospital still in crisis, due to lack of medical supplies and maintenance issues, the home of Panama's public medical and nursing school
         - Prensa, 12 July
Government is looking to eliminate problem of drug shortages in public hospitals
         - Prensa, 12 July
Panama is certified free of measles and congenital rubella syndrome
         - Latin American Herald Tribune, 12 July
PRD party to have National Congress in October 2016 to re-choose party leadership - dissidents had wanted elections earlier, in May
         - Prensa, 12 July
PRD party leader extends his control of the party until October 2016
         - Panama America, 12 July

05 July 2015 - 11 July 2015 News Archive
(70 categories)
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in/around Panama
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and studies of, Panama
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Government is delaying the release of economic statistics to hide the rising prices of many foods
         - Panama America, 11 July
Business in the manufacturing sector drops 3.5% year-to-year in first three months of 2015
         - La Estrella, 11 July
Government defends its cancellation of public construction contracts to corrupt companies
         - Prensa, 11 July
Comptroller General urged to order cancellation of two big contracts to Odebrecht (Metro Subway Line II, Colon housing project) because of Odebrecht's corruption problems in Brazil
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 July
Comptroller General urged to order cancellation of two big contracts to Odebrecht (Metro Subway Line II, Colon housing project) because of Odebrecht's corruption problems in Brazil
         - Prensa, 11 July
Two Ngabe-Bugle groups fighting the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project agree to join forces to oppose the government
         - La Estrella, 11 July
Resistance from the Ngabe-Bugle people grows as contested Barro Blanco hydroelectric project moves forward to completion
         - Telesur TV, 11 July
Rice and corn reserves in the Azuero region are at low levels
         - Prensa, 11 July
Many small wells in the Azuero region are running dry
         - Prensa, 11 July
The effects of 'El Nino' on Panama's water supplies
         - Prensa, 11 July
Part of Lake Gatun is seeded with 15,000 shrimp larvae
         - La Estrella, 11 July
Brewery workers go on strike, after being unable to reach agreement with the management of Cerveceria Nacional
         - La Estrella, 11 July
Up to $30 million paid fraudulently by government to owners of "red devil" private buses
         - Newsroom Panama, 11 July
THe economy of Costa Rica has had continuous deceleration for last 13 months
         - Nacion, 11 July
Rostipollos invests more than $1 million in three new chicken restaurants in Costa Rica
         - Nacion, 11 July
Panama needs a brand image beyond that of the Canal to attract tourists and investments
         - Panama America, 11 July
Ten key points to understand the latest Martinell-era political spying scandal involving Italian hacking company Hacking Team
         - Prensa, 11 July
Comptroller General's office still being denied access to records of private foundation, Fudep, that controls some of the public monies of the Univ. of Panama under reigning rector Gustavo Garcia
         - Prensa, 11 July
Comptroller General's office still being denied access to records of private foundation, Fudep, that controls some of the public monies of the Univ. of Panama under reigning rector Gustavo Garcia
         - La Estrella, 11 July
Thousands of patients at risk because of lack of medications at pharmacies at public hospitals
         - Prensa, 11 July
60% of homicides in Panama are not resolved because of lack of police resources
         - Prensa, 11 July
Women protest to demand increase police budgets to investigate murders of women
         - Panama America, 11 July
Women protest to demand increase police budgets to investigate murders of women
         - La Estrella, 11 July
PRD party dissidents request resignation of central executive and new elections to replace party president Robinson
         - Prensa, 11 July
Central executive of PRD party refuses to resign
         - Panama America, 11 July
President Varela meets with leadership of Supreme Court to discuss elections to fill open judgeships on the Court
         - Prensa, 11 July

  


  

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Government's budget deficit decreased to 3.4% of GDP in 2014
         - Panama America, 10 July
Government's budget deficit decreased to 3.4% of GDP in 2014
         - Prensa, 10 July
Panama is an exporting weakling, as compared to Costa Rica and Nicaragua
         - El Siglo, 10 July
In last 12 months ending in May, exports from Costa Rica have dropped by $1 billion, about 10%
         - Nacion, 10 July
Colon Free Zone hopes to find a way to exit its financial crisis
         - Panama America, 10 July
15% fewer cruise ship tourists visit Panama in first half of 2015
         - La Estrella, 10 July
Two major water supplies in the Darien, Rio Tuira and Rio Chucunque, are running dry during the drought season
         - Prensa, 10 July
Sales of agricultural supplies have dropped 40% in Azuero growing region, due to drought conditions decreasing farming needs
         - Prensa, 10 July
Completion of Panama Canal expansion will shift 10% of East Asia container traffic from U.S. West to East coasts
         - Fortune, 10 July
Ngabe-Bugle blame President Varela for halting dialog over Barro Blanco project
         - PAnama America, 10 July
U.S. outsourcing and software company to open Costa Rican service center
         - TicoTimes, 10 July
Amazon to hire 400 new employees for service center in Costa Rica
         - TicoTimes, 10 July
New beach hotel planned for Cabo Velas, Guanacaste (Costa Rica), operated by Starwood Hotels (with its own water desalination plant)
         - TicoTimes, 10 July
Government asks Interpol to arrest another Panamanian, Ricardo Calvo, linked to money laundering with now convicted ex-Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 July
Government asks Interpol to arrest another Panamanian, Ricardo Calvo, linked to money laundering with now convicted ex-Supreme Court judge Moncada Luna
         - Prensa, 10 July
Panamanian lawfirm Mossack & Fonseca linked to FIFA scandal
         - Panama America, 10 July
Spanish and Panamanian police arrest ten people for money laundering scheme based on current exchange rate differentials in Venezuela
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 July
Spanish and Panamanian police arrest ten people for money laundering scheme based on current exchange rate differentials in Venezuela
         - Prensa, 10 July
Spanish and Panamanian police arrest ten people for money laundering scheme based on current exchange rate differentials in Venezuela
         - Panama America, 10 July
Costa Rican lawyer goes to prison for 10 years for scamming seven U.S. investors out of $626,000 related to a fraudulent hotel purchase
         - Inside CostaRica, 10 July
Complaint against Supreme Court judge Ayu Prado to be tried in National Assembly, involving firing of a police officer by Ayo Prado when he was working in the National Police in 2011
         - Prensa, 10 July
Police receive 100 complaints each month regarding domestic violence
         - Prensa, 10 July
Police receive thousands of complains of thefts and assaults each month
         - La Estrella, 10 July
National forensics agency (IMELCF) has insufficient money and personnel to do criminal investigations
         - La Estrella, 10 July
Humiliating corruption charges piling up against former president Martinelli's administration
         - EurAsia Review, 10 July
New wiretapping scandal linked to Martinelli administration, which spent $750,000 to hire services of Italian hackers
         - Prensa Latina, 10 July
New wiretapping scandal linked to Martinelli administration, which spent $750,000 to hire services of Italian hackers
         - Prensa, 10 July
New wiretapping scandal linked to Martinelli administration, which spent $750,000 to hire services of Italian hackers
         - Newsroom Panama, 10 July
New wiretapping scandal linked to Martinelli administration, which spent $750,000 to hire services of Italian hackers
         - El Siglo, 10 July
Intense rains in Costa Rica's Caribbean and northern regions prompt evacuations
         - TicoTimes, 10 July
Reigning rector Gustavo Garcia orders private foundation with university monies, Fudep, to not cooperate with Comptroller General
         - Prensa, 10 July
Reigning rector Gustavo Garcia orders private foundation with university monies, Fudep, to not cooperate with Comptroller General
         - La Estrella, 10 July

  


  

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IMF warns that Panama's government spending deficit will be 3.8% in 2015, approximately $1.8 billion, higher than allowed by law
         - La Estrella, 09 July
Government pays AES Panama $20 million to end over-priced, five-year contract signed at end of Martinelli administration - government will save $142 million
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 July
Government pays AES Panama $20 million to end over-priced, five-year contract signed at end of Martinelli administration - government will save $142 million
         - Prensa, 09 July
Low levels of water in Yeguada Lake (Veraguas) threatens of electric power for local residents
         - Prensa, 09 July
Government repeats its intentions to complete Barro Blanco hydroelectric project that is opposed by the Ngabe-Bugle
         - Panama America, 09 July
Government repeats its intentions to complete Barro Blanco hydroelectric project that is opposed by the Ngabe-Bugle
         - La Estrella, 09 July
While other countries are investigating corruption linked to Odebrecht, after its president was arrested in Brazil, Panama's government gives Odebrecht billions more in construction contracts
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 July
Illegal landfill along Amador Causeway claimed by Figali's Grupo F belongs to the government, according to Maritime Authority
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 July
Illegal landfill along Amador Causeway claimed by Figali's Grupo F belongs to the government, according to Maritime Authority
         - Prensa, 09 July
Theft of livestock in Chiriqui is severely hurting cattle ranchers
         - Panama America, 09 July
200 dairy bulls will be delivered to small milk producers
         - La Estrella, 09 July
200 dairy bulls will be delivered to small milk producers
         - Panama America, 09 July
Price of meat will not be sufficiently lowered by regulations
         - Panama America, 09 July
Poor living conditions of subsistence pineapple growers in La Chorerra
         - El Siglo, 09 July
60% unemployment in the Divala district of Alanje (Chiriqui)
         - El Siglo, 09 July
Government to spend $9 million to build a logistics training center at Panama Pacifico
         - La Estrella, 09 July
Solar panels becoming more cost effective for Panamanians to install in their homes, with cost savings over 40 years
         - El Siglo, 09 July
Three U.S. men arrested for smuggling cash from the U.S. to Panama
         - Bloomberg, 09 July
Panama government spent $96 million since 2010 buying "red devil" buses to take them off the streets, due to their noise and pollution
         - El Siglo, 09 July
Civic groups complain that subsidies to political parties for the 2019 elections will reach $99 million, which they say is too much
         - Prensa, 09 July
National Assembly will call head of Public Security Ministry to testify about problems with growing crime in Panama
         - Prensa, 09 July
National Assembly will call head of Social Security Service (CSS) to testify about problems at his agency
         - Panama America, 09 July
National Assembly will call head of Social Security Service (CSS) to testify about problems at his agency
         - Prensa, 09 July
Political fight between the PRD's Zulay Rodriguez and the Panamenista's Katleen Levy weakens the image of the National Assembly
         - La Estrella, 09 July
CD party unable to elect a new leader for its National Assembly deputies, split between dissidents and Martinelli puppets
         - El Siglo, 09 July
Pregnant woman is killed, 17th woman killed in Panama in 2015, probably by boyfriend
         - Newsroom Panama, 09 July
Residents of El Coco (Penonome, Cocle) block local garbage dump, complaining of lack of response from government to problems with dump
         - La Estrella, 09 July
Residents of El Coco (Penonome, Cocle) block local garbage dump, complaining of lack of response from government to problems with dump
         - Prensa, 09 July

  


  

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Insurance claim payments growing faster than premium income, with claims up 11% and premiums up only 1.5%
         - La Estrella, 08 July
Government to import 2 million quintals of rice in August from the United States, but local rice growers complain that it is too much
         - El Siglo, 08 July
Agricultural sector has received $95 million in government support in the last twelve months
         - Prensa, 08 July
Financial conditions of the agricultural sector expected to get worse
         - Panama America, 08 July
Drought hurting rice and corn farming in Cocle
         - Panama America, 08 July
Meat products outside food price controls now costing $4 per pound
         - Panama America, 08 July
Servicarnes S.A. slaughterhouse in Herrera is clsoed for violating health and environmental rules
         - Prensa, 08 July
Grupo Roble denies outbreak of robberies and assaults at the Multiplaza and Metromall
         - La Estrella, 08 July
Cerverceria Nacional (National Brewing company) and its unions without agreement on new wage pact
         - La Estrella, 08 July
Public servants' pension fund (Siacap), celebrating 15th anniversary, now has assets worth $663 million
         - La Estrella, 08 July
IMF executive board concludes consultation with Panama, and foresees good growth
         - FinChannel, 08 July
Public Services authority demands power distributor Edemet repair its transmission lines that affect water supply systems
         - Panama America, 08 July
$9.5 million to be spent to build 115 kilowatt transmission line in David
         - Panama America, 08 July
Only 20% of Metro Bus drivers go on strike, partially disrupting commuters
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 July
Only 20% of Metro Bus drivers go on strike, partially disrupting commuters
         - Prensa, 08 July
President's Cabinet approves a 2016 budget for the Canal at $2.6 billion
         - Panama America, 08 July
The Panama Canal is about to become an even bigger 'big ditch' (photos)
         - CityLab, 08 July
Law proposed to not allow Gustavo Garcia to be re-elected, again, as rector of Univ. of Panama, with charges of his "totalitarian" management
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 July
Law proposed to not allow Gustavo Garcia to be re-elected, again, as rector of Univ. of Panama, with charges of his "totalitarian" management
         - Prensa, 08 July
Education Ministry says families of students who damaged the National Institute will pay for the damages
         - La Estrella, 08 July
New, $170 million La Gran Joya prison is only 11% filled with prisoners
         - La Estrella, 08 July
Supreme Court dismisses complaints against 34 deputies over charges of misuse of $403 million in local district funding during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 08 July
Martinelli's government used Italian spy equipment to spy on opponents
         - Prensa, 08 July
Martinelli and key ex-ministers get three months of immunity from criminal prosecution, after Martinelli orders his CD party to hold elections in October
         - Newsroom Panama, 08 July
Martinelli and key ex-ministers get three months of immunity from criminal prosecution, after Martinelli orders his CD party to hold elections in October
         - Prensa, 08 July
Martinelli friends Silvio Berlusconi and Valter Lavitola sentenced to three years in prison in Italy for using bribes to bring down the government
         - Prensa, 08 July
Martinelli friends Silvio Berlusconi and Valter Lavitola sentenced to three years in prison in Italy for using bribes to bring down the government
         - La Estrella, 08 July
Health Ministry has an immediate need for 350 nurses, but low pay and high workloads discourage new students
         - El Siglo, 08 July
Internal divisions in the PRD party threatening agenda of national leaders
         - Panama America, 08 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
International Monetary Fund (IMF) asks Panama to improve its system of public statistical reporting
         - Prensa, 07 July
International Monetary Fund (IMF) asks Panama to improve its system of public statistical reporting
         - La Estrella, 07 July
World Bank approves of $8.5 million loan for development projects for the country's indigenous comarcas
         - Prensa, 07 July
14.6% of young people are unemployed
         - La Estrella, 07 July
President's Cabinet approves a 2016 budget of $2.6 billion for the Panama Canal Authority
         - La Estrella, 07 July
Cargo movement in Panama's ports grows 4% in first four months of 2015
         - Prensa, 07 July
Users of the Colon Free Zone hopes that the government takes some immediate measures to help the Zone
         - Panama America, 07 July
Internacional de Seguros insurance company to pay a dividend of $0.35
         - La Estrella, 07 July
Business leaders are worried that President Varela is not seeking their advice or support
         - Panama America, 07 July
President Varela to raise some import tariffs that were lowered under Martinelli, to help the agricultural sector, at least for products such as port, tomato puree and sausages
         - La Estrella, 07 July
Price controls are distorting the retail prices of meat products
         - Panama America, 07 July
Water Authority might have to raise rates to pay for service improvements
         - Panama America, 07 July
Rice production in Veraguas, Cocle and Chiriqui provinces being hurt by drought conditions
         - El Siglo, 07 July
Local stores and shops in the El Dorado mall hoping for increased sales in the second half of 2015, after lower sales in the first half of the year, though consumers complain of lack of parking
         - El Siglo, 07 July
Government releases request for bids to build new childrens hospital for $8.5 million, to be built on Avenida Balboa
         - Newsroom Panama, 07 July
Public Transparency agency (Antai) requests that companies linked to corruption not be allowed to bid on government projects
         - La Estrella, 07 July
Increasing number of 'pirate' buses on the streets of Panama City
         - Prensa, 07 July
Maritime Authority not commenting on illegal waterfront landfill done by Grupo F International for constructing a marina
         - Prensa, 07 July
Government releases request for bids to build new childrens hospital for $8.5 million, to be built on Avenida Balboa
         - Prensa, 07 July
Panama asks Interpol to arrest Ignacio Fabrega, and Martinelli's former private secretary, Adolfo De Obarrio
         - Prensa, 07 July
Panama asks Interpol to arrest Ignacio Fabrega, and Martinelli's former private secretary, Adolfo De Obarrio
         - La Estrella, 07 July
President Varela has spent $273,000 of his discretionary budget on religious activities in 2015
         - Panama America, 07 July
Prosecutors in Italy to investigate $750,000 worth of spying software sold by Italian company to Martinelli administration
         - Prensa, 07 July
Did president of private foundation controlling public Univ. of Panama monies effectively confess to embezzlement on television?
         - Newsroom Panama, 07 July
Did president of private foundation controlling public Univ. of Panama monies effectively confess to embezzlement on television?
         - Prensa, 07 July
Panama's Metro Subway system and National Highway Agency (ENA) rank worst for government agencies with regards to transparency
         - Prensa, 07 July
Parents, students and teachers in Alanje (Chiriqui) block roads to protest lack of janitors in the schools to keep them clean
         - El Siglo, 07 July
Chiriqui province seeing more violent acts committed against women
         - El Siglo, 07 July
Leadership of the PRD party urges investigation of PRD deputies that didn't vote the party line for National Assembly president
         - Prensa, 07 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Francisco Bustamante to head Finance Ministry office to investigate possible instances of money laundering
         - Prensa, 06 July
Tocumen Aiport operating at peak capacity during prime hours, and will reach 118 percent of capacity by the end of 2015
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 July
Tocumen Aiport operating at peak capacity during prime hours, and will reach 118 percent of capacity by the end of 2015
         - Prensa, 06 July
Tocumen Airport negotiating with Citibank to borrow $625 million to finance construction and retire older debt
         - Prensa, 06 July
Government taking steps to monitor the safety of shrimp sold in the country's seafood markets, verifying that the shrimp sector is free of early mortality syndrome
         - FIS News, 06 July
Government taking steps to monitor the safety of shrimp sold in the country's seafood markets, verifying that the shrimp sector is free of early mortality syndrome
         - El Siglo, 06 July
Production of eggs rises, as consumption has increased 14% in 2015
         - Panama America, 06 July
Consumer prices being impacted by rising costs of meat
         - Panama America, 06 July
Water Authority wants to raise water prices to better cover its costs of operations and supplies
         - Panama America, 06 July
Mining companies complain that illegal mining is caused in part by delays of the government in issuing permits for legal mining
         - Panama AMerica, 06 July
AES Panama is able to buy back 72% of its outstanding debt for a 6.35% 2016 bond
         - PR Newswire, 06 July
About 3500 traffic accidents a month in Panama
         - Prensa, 06 July
Metro Bus drivers continue to threaten a strike on July 8th
         - La Estrella, 06 July
Government and Metro Bus drivers' union in sharp disagreement
         - Panama AMerica, 06 July
Authorities in Boquete aspire for city to be more self-sufficient
         - Prensa, 06 July
385,000 undernourished people in Panama, while during the Martinelli era, millions of dollars were embezzled from food programs to help the undernourished
         - Newsroom Panama, 06 July
385,000 undernourished people in Panama, while during the Martinelli era, millions of dollars were embezzled from food programs to help the undernourished; the majority are indigenous
         - Prensa, 06 July
PRD party to investigate the behavior of party members who didn't support party leader Robinson's choice for next president of National Assembly
         - Prensa, 06 July
PRD party to investigate the behavior of party members who didn't support party leader Robinson's choice for next president of National Assembly
         - La Estrella, 06 July
Dissidents in the PRD party want to remove Robinson from power
         - La Estrella, 06 July
Education experts want Comptroller General to investigate private foundation, Fudep, that controls monies of the public Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 06 July
Not enough full-time criminal court judges to preside over cases of high government crimes
         - Prensa, 06 July
Similar to Martinelli, President Varela achieves control of three branches of government: administration, judicial and legislative
         - Panama America, 06 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Stock market and investment funds to report to the Financial Analysis unit of Finance Ministry
         - Prensa, 05 July
At least 50 businesses under restrictions for government contracting, due to poor performance in the past
         - La Estrella, 05 July
National Assembly considering modifying law 18 of 1948, which will exempt Colon Free Zone from taxes, during a time when CFZ is owed hundreds of millions from Venezuela and losing sales to Venezuela, causing job losses and closed businesses
         - Prensa, 05 July
Digicel's Panama operations (30% owned by local Bettsak family) is not proving profitable
         - Sunday Times, 05 July
Panama's architects and engineers society (SPIA) want to help the government with its infrastructure projects
         - Prensa, 05 July
Panama's government fighting old data that suggests that Panama is a tax haven
         - Newsroom Panama, 05 July
Mexico introduces new variety of coffee bean resistant to rust virus
         - Panama America, 05 July
Residents of Puerto Armuelles in Baru fear damaging effects of strong ocean waves
         - El Siglo, 05 July
Tourism sector needs major promotion by the government
         - Panama America, 05 July
Mobile phone apps such as Uber and Tu Chofer making it easier to find taxi
         - Prensa, 05 July
Iberia launches first direct flight from Madrid to Medellin
         - Prensa, 05 July
Low levels of water in Lake Alajuela, due to El Nino, worrying the Water Authority (IDAAN)
         - Prensa, 05 July
Allegations that some monies embezzled from PAN program during Martinelli-era was used to finance political campaigns of Martinelli's CD party candidates, including those of Jose Domingo Arias and Roxana Mendez (who both lost)
         - Prensa, 05 July
Shortly after Martinelli administration lost national elections in May 2014, orders were given to destroy evidence of PAN embezzlements
         - Prensa, 05 July
Prosecutors say 5 different scams embezzled over $100 million from National Assistance Program (PAN) under the Martinelli administration
         - Prensa, 05 July
Prosecutors inspect site of failed Tonosi irrigation project, during which the Martinelli era, had tens of millions embezzled while nothing was built
         - Prensa, 05 July
Ex-president of Panama's executives association (APEDE) criticizes President Varela's manipulation of recent National Assembly elections
         - Panama America, 05 July
PRD dissidents who supported Panamenistas in recent Assembly elections are rewarded to commission leaderships in the Assembly
         - Panama America, 05 July
Complications that arise if the health ministry (Minsa) and social security service (CSS) are integrated
         - La Estrella, 05 July
Government hiring environmentalists for jobs in the Environmental Ministry
         - Panama America, 05 July
Resignation of national cultural institute (INAC) director leads to other resignations at the institute
         - La Estrella, 05 July
Truth commission on 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama to be formed to determine the number and fate of victims of the invasion
         - Daily Telegraph, 05 July
"Torrijos": a man, a name, a cult - 40 years later
         - La Estrella, 05 July

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(70 categories)
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in/around Panama
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and studies of, Panama
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to/from Panama
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Europe will postpone deciding if Panama is a tax haven until the end of the year
         - Prensa, 04 July
Alliance of Pacific trade bloc, which Panama seeks to join, searches for ways to strengthen small businesses
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Decreasing agricultural production in Panama is obligating the country to spend money importing food
         - Panama America, 04 July
Caribbean countries facing worst drought in five years
         - Weather.com, 04 July
Exports drop 1.3% between January and May
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Government extends price controls for basic foods, while their cost continues to rise
         - Panama America, 04 July
Government has abandoned the agricultural sector of the country
         - Panama America, 04 July
Architects and engineers society (SPIA) criticize government construction projects for lack of coordination
         - La Estrella, 04 July
15,900 clients of Banco Universal will be able to withdraw up to $2500, while the bank is being reorganized after links to Martinelli-era scandals and the Virzi family
         - Prensa, 04 July
More than 2000 street vendors could be dislodged in Arraijan by failure to pay municipal taxes
         - Panama America, 04 July
Disruptions in electricity supplies is the biggest consumer complaint
         - La Estrella, 04 July
May 2015 saw the least amount of rain falling on Canal lands, as climate change and El Nino is affecting the ability to refill Lake Gatun
         - Prensa, 04 July
Canal Authority takes actions to conserve Canal waters during period of low amounts of rain
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Panama may accept oil or gas from Venezuela to resolve debt to Colon Free Zone and Copa Airlines
         - Fox News, 04 July
Civil Safety agency (Sinaproc) has 30 lifeguards to protect beaches of Chiriqui province
         - Panama America, 04 July
Civil Safety agency (Sinaproc) has 30 lifeguards to protect beaches of Chiriqui province
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Strong waves damage 8 coastal homes in Chiriqui
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Metropolitan Cathedral will cost $11 million to repair
         - Prensa, 04 July
Supreme Court approves third investigation against ex-president Martinelli, this one for illegal pardons
         - Channel News Asia, 04 July
New president of National Assembly wants investigation of members of PRD and CD parties, for possible political coup attempt during recent Assembly elections
         - Prensa, 04 July
Univ. of Panama to operate normally, while illegal diversion of funds is investigated by Comptroller General
         - Prensa, 04 July
Private foundation, Fudep, controlled by Univ. of Panama officials, handled $1 million of government funds from multiple agencies during Martinelli era - why?
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Reigning rector Gustavo Garcia says Fudep is private, and can't be audited by the Comptroller General
         - La Estrella, 04 July
Bases of the CD party are ready to revitalize and strengthen the party
         - Panama America, 04 July
Government analyzes ways to recognize the Palestine State without affecting relations with Israel
         - Prensa, 04 July
Three fire in recent times at the municipal waste dump in Chitre
         - Panama America, 04 July
Residents of Charagres (Bocas del Toro) fear isolation as heavy rains wash away their main connector road
         - Panama America, 04 July
18.5% of people in Chiriqui have some disability, compared to 12% nationwide
         - Prensa, 04 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Finance Ministry authorized to borrow $300 million with bond sales to fund government expenditures
         - Prensa, 03 July
Government falls to find new revenue sources to make up for lower tax revenues
         - Panama America, 03 July
Venezuela could pay off $1 billion debt to Panamanian companies with oil and gas
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 July
Venezuela could pay off $1 billion debt to Panamanian companies with oil and gas
         - Prensa, 03 July
Comptroller General halts all transfers of money to private foundation that illegally controls monies of the Univ. of Panama under reign of rector Gustavo Garcia
         - Prensa, 03 July
Comptroller General halts all transfers of money to private foundation that illegally controls monies of the Univ. of Panama under reign of rector Gustavo Garcia
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Former president Martinelli now also facing charges of stock market manipulation involving shares of Petaquilla Minerals listed on New York Stock Exchange, opening up him to arrest by U.S. authorities, where he is hiding to escape detention in Panama
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 July
Only one company, STI, bids in second round of bidding for waste processing contract from Tocumen Airport, questioning the management of airport administrator Joseph Fidanque
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Panama government will do all possible to fight European Union charges of being a tax haven
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Government to extend basic food price controls for six months
         - Prensa, 03 July
Government to extend basic food price controls for six months
         - Panama America, 03 July
Government to import up to one million quintals of rice by end of the year
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Some stores selling meat are injecting the meat with artificial gel to increase the perceived weight, so that can charge more
         - El Siglo, 03 July
Ex-employee of Agricultural Development Bank (BDA) in Chepo stole from farmers, taking their loan payments but not depositing them in the bank
         - Prensa, 03 July
Coffee rust plague affecting coffee growers in Colon province located in Canal zone water sources
         - Prensa, 03 July
Gas Fenosa promises to improve electricity delivery (less outages) in Changuinola
         - Prensa, 03 July
Garden Apartments, a luxury residential complex in Panama Pacific logistics park
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Power distributor ENSA to test LED streetlamps to help save electricity
         - La Estrella, 03 July
Ngabe-Bugle still reject Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, and insist on its demolition
         - Prensa, 03 July
Ngabe-Bugle still reject Barro Blanco hydroelectric project, and insist on its demolition
         - Panama America, 03 July
Manzanillo port readies of Canal Expansion completion by installing four new post-Panamax gantry cranes being shipped from China
         - Journal of Commerce, 03 July
Hotel Colombia and Plaza Bolivar in Casco Antiguo - old Panama at its best
         - Prensa, 03 July
Residents of Paquera (Nicoya, Costa Rica) blockade popular Gulf of Nicoya ferry service between Puntarenas and Paquera, demanding better roads
         - TicoTimes, 03 July
Flooding from heavy rains damaging Costa Rica's banana and pineapple plantations in the Caribbean
         - TicoTimes, 03 July
16-year-old Panamanian teenager gets $1.25 million signing bonus with the Chicago Cubs baseball team
         - Newsroom Panama, 03 July
Supreme Court admits multiple complaints against Martinelli
         - Prensa, 03 July
PRD party dissidents say party leader Robinson should resign to better the party and the country
         - La Estrella, 03 July
PRD party: internal fighting with betrayals, recriminations and without political direction
         - Prensa, 03 July
Porfirio Ellis in preventative detention linked to Tonosi irrigation scandal during Martinelli era
         - Prensa, 03 July
After negotiations, water authority (IDAAN) workers halt their strike
         - Prensa, 03 July
Water Authority (IDAAN) workers say government provokes strife as part of strategy to privatize their jobs
         - Panama America, 03 July
Religously conservative politician in Costa Rica faces two complaints from women about sexual abuse
         - TicoTimes, 03 July

  


  

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Business/Negocios Politics/Politica
Panama spends $931 million to service its public debt in the first three months of 2015, $564 million more than in the same time period in 2014
         - Prensa, 02 July
Unemployment rises from 4.3% to 5.2% from March 2014 to March 2015, with 94,500 unemployed people
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Government receiving less tax revenue because taxes on imports are dropping as prices/volumes of imported goods are dropping
         - Panama America, 02 July
Opinion: Colon Free Zone has great challenges to overcome to remain the shipping hub of the region
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Consumers are calling for a lowering of the price of the basic food basket
         - Panama America, 02 July
Water Authority (IDAAN) has not ruled out a raise in prices of water
         - Panama America, 02 July
Ex-candidate of Martinelli's CD party, Porfirio Ellis, linked to Tonosi scam during Martinelli era by receiving $319,000, is arrested at Tocumen Airport trying to flee the country
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 July
Ex-candidate of Martinelli's CD party, Porfirio Ellis, linked to Tonosi scam during Martinelli era by receiving $319,000, is arrested at Tocumen Airport trying to flee the country
         - Prensa, 02 July
Ex-candidate of Martinelli's CD party, Porfirio Ellis, linked to Tonosi scam during Martinelli era by receiving $319,000, is arrested at Tocumen Airport trying to flee the country
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Superintendent of Stock Markets sends files to Supreme Court alleging financial crimes committed by Martinelli with regards to manipulation of the stock of Petaquilla Minerals, using the scandal-plagued Financial Pacific brokerage
         - Prensa, 02 July
Private business groups reject European Union accusations that Panama is a tax haven
         - Prensa, 02 July
Private business groups reject European Union accusations that Panama is a tax haven
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Another citizen's group questions recent contracts to Odebrecht (which has 60% of Panama's public contract work), whose CEO was recently arrested in Brazil for corruption
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 July
Banco Universal, seized after being linked to Martinelli-era scandals, is being reorganized, with current board of directors pretty much ignored
         - Prensa, 02 July
Virzi family, members of Martinelli's inner circle, are stripped of their control of Banco Universal
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Environmental Ministry to present a report this week on the impact of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project on the Ngabe-Bugle
         - El Siglo, 02 July
President Varela meets with Ngabe-Bugle, but they reject his proposals to resolve the Barro Blanco protests
         - Prensa, 02 July
President Varela meets with Ngabe-Bugle, but they reject his proposals to resolve the Barro Blanco protests
         - Panama America, 02 July
President Varela meets with Ngabe-Bugle, but they reject his proposals to resolve the Barro Blanco protests
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Panama and Nicaragua - two canals, one shared dream
         - IPS News, 02 July
Panama Ship Registry extends payment of fees for Greek shipowners while banks in Greece are under restraints
         - Hellenic Shipping News, 02 July
Panama Ship Registry extends payment of fees for Greek shipowners while banks in Greece are under restraints
         - Prensa, 02 July
14 businesses interested in bidding on $11 million contract to buy 27 trucks for the Sanitation Authority (AAUD)
         - Prensa, 02 July
Government still hasn't decided to bid, or award no-bid, a contract to manage the operations of the Metro Bus system
         - Panama America, 02 July
First branch of supermarket chain Xtra opens in Chitre
         - Panama America, 02 July
Costa Rica's roadways council (Conavi) spent over $30 million to improve 972 kilometers of roadways, without improving their state
         - Nacion, 02 July
PRD party leader Benicio Robinson, as his attempt to win Assembly president by cutting deal with corrupt members of Martinelli's CD party is a failure, as other PRD members, and members of all other political parties, support PRD reform candidate Ruben De Leon, making Martinelli a big loser as well
         - Newsroom Panama, 02 July
PRD party leader Benicio Robinson, as his attempt to win Assembly president by cutting deal with corrupt members of Martinelli's CD party is a failure, as other PRD members, and members of all other political parties, support PRD reform candidate Ruben De Leon, making Martinelli a big loser as well
         - Prensa, 02 July
Martinelli and Robinson are big losers in recent National Assembly leadership elections
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Martinelli and Robinson give orders to punish members of their parties who disobered their orders in recent National Assembly elections
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Secretary General of PRD party, Carlos Perez Herrera, strongly criticizes PRD deputies who didn't obey orders of party leader Robinson
         - Panama America, 02 July
President Varela, who attacked Martinelli for luring away opposition party members to the CD cause, is now attacked for doing the same thing
         - Panama America, 02 July
Supreme Court approves Electoral Tribunal request to terminate Martinelli's recently acquired immunity from prosecution
         - Prensa, 02 July
Government budgets $8 million to arrange more cardiac surgeries at the public hospital in Panama City
         - La Estrella, 02 July
Rising population of homeless, public drunks and the mentally ill in David (Chiriqui)
         - Prensa, 02 July
Water Authority (IDAAN) workers threaten a strike
         - Prensa, 02 July

  


  

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As Panama's economy booms, so do concerns over debt and the environment, with wetlands destroyed and the poor ending up paying huge corrupt debts
         - NPR, 01 July
A year of slowdown in the economy, and lack of security with approved government projects
         - Panama America, 01 July
After one year of price controls, basic food basket price has dropped only $23, not $58
         - La Estrella, 01 July
Price controls increasing the cost of meat across the country
         - Panama America, 01 July
Panamanian families having less purchasing power as economy slows
         - Panama America, 01 July
Panama leads GDP growth in Latin America, but at what cost?
         - El Siglo, 01 July
Farmers in the High Lands reject the partial veto of the new food import safety bill
         - Panama America, 01 July
Rice farmers in Los Santos province planting less rice due to lack of rains
         - Panama America, 01 July
Panama continues to get closer to membership in the Pacific of the Alliance
         - Panama America, 01 July
Morabia Guerrero is elected new president of APEDE
         - Panama America, 01 July
Public Works ministry will invest close to $3 billion in the five years of the Varela adminstration
         - Prensa, 01 July
Banco Universal enters process of reorganization, under the scrutiny of the Superintendent of Banks
         - Prensa, 01 July
Banco Universal enters process of reorganization, under the scrutiny of the Superintendent of Banks
         - La Estrella, 01 July
Banco Universal enters process of reorganization, under the scrutiny of the Superintendent of Banks
         - Panama America, 01 July
Unlimited Vacation Club to open two high-end, all-inclusive resorts in Panaa at Playa Bonita and Playa Buenaventura
         - PRWire, 01 July
New hospital and fresh water supplies for the 16,000 residents of Bocas del Toro
         - Prensa, 01 July
7 government ministers under Martinelli being investigated for corruption
         - Prensa, 01 July
Comptroller General will audit private foundation that controls the finances of the public Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 01 July
Ruben de Leon, PRD deputy who challenged leadership of party leader Robinson, with help of Panamenistas, is elected the next president of National Assembly
         - El Siglo, 01 July
Ruben de Leon, PRD deputy who challenged leadership of party leader Robinson, with help of Panamenistas, is elected the next president of National Assembly
         - Prensa, 01 July
Ruben de Leon, PRD deputy who challenged leadership of party leader Robinson, with help of Panamenistas, is elected the next president of National Assembly
         - Panama America, 01 July
Kathleen Levy (Panamenistas) and Raul Hernandez (CD) are elected vice presidents of the National Assembly
         - Prensa, 01 July
Panamenistas cause split in PRD party by supporting PRD dissident Ruben de Leon to be next Assembly president
         - Panama America, 01 July
Panamenistas' latest Assembly tactic are losing it credibility
         - Panama America, 01 July
Both CD and PRD parties are split internally during recent elections at the National Assembly, with dissidents in both parties ignoring party leaders
         - El Siglo, 01 July
PRD deputies explain why they ignored party leader Robinson
         - El Siglo, 01 July
CD party, controlled by Martinelli from Miami, tries grabbing power during recent Assembly leadership elections
         - El Siglo, 01 July
CD party requests that those of its deputies who didn't vote the party line in recent Assembly elections, that they should resign from the party
         - La Estrella, 01 July
Civic groups request that President Varela devote more resources to the Attorney General's office
         - Prensa, 01 July
Canadian waiting extradition to Canada to stand trial for fraud, Arthur Porter, dies of cancer in Panamanian hospital
         - National Post, 01 July

  


  

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Corruption at the Univ. of Panama, will all public income flowing to private foundation controlled by reigning rector Gustavo Garcia, with the foundation claiming it is beyond audit by the Comptroller General
         - Prensa, 30 June
Comptroller General says that it is completely in his authority to audit the private foundation that controls the public monies of the Univ. of Panama
         - Prensa, 30 June
President's Cabinet extends Free Zone status to all of the city of Colon
         - Prensa, 30 June
Government argues that start of Free Trade Agreement with Mexico will help Panama join the Alliance of the Pacific
         - Panama America, 30 June
Onion growers demand that the government purchase their harvests, facing a loss of $10,000 if the onions go rotten
         - El Siglo, 30 June
Butchers assure consumers that increases in the price of meat are "just and correct"
         - Panama America, 30 June
Non-metallics miners (sand, rocks) demand that the Government discuss with them $12 million in new taxes, which they can't afford
         - Panama America, 30 June
Panamanian business leaders argue that operations of the Government are inefficient and costly
         - Panama America, 30 June
Government to pay Mi Bus Metro Bus workers $12 million to settle labor disputes
         - Panama America, 30 June
Expanded Panama Canal expected to affect ground transportation in the U.S
         - The Packer, 30 June
Commercial and industrial electricity rates to drop 15% to 28%, with government providing $28.7 million in subsidies
         - Prensa, 30 June
932,000 of 946,000 of the country's electricity consumers are residential
         - La Estrella, 30 June
Electricity rates to drop for businesses
         - El Siglo, 30 June
Manzaniilo International Terminal waits for the arrival of four new superPostPanamax cranes from China
         - Prensa, 30 June
Panama, a country where prostitutes suffer more from police abuses
         - La Estrella, 30 June
National Assembly prosecutor sends indictment of former Supreme Court judge Benavides to the Attorney General
         - Prensa, 30 June
Despite problems with scandals and delays, since 2012, Supreme Court judges have spent $248,000 on foreign travel
         - Prensa, 30 June
Despite problems with scandals and delays, since 2012, Supreme Court judges have spent $248,000 on foreign travel
         - La Estrella, 30 June
Supreme Court judges start interviews for appointees to new judgeships
         - Prensa, 30 June
President Varela ask Panamenista and PRD parties to reach agreement on who will be next president of the National Assembly, to bring peace to the country
         - Prensa, 30 June
PRD party still fighting internally as to who will be their candidate for Assembly president
         - Prensa, 30 June
Dissedent deputies of PRD party in National Assembly challenge party leader Benicio Robinson
         - La Estrella, 30 June
Dissedent deputies of PRD party in National Assembly challenge party leader Benicio Robinson
         - Panama America, 30 June
Panamenistas want to maintain alliance with PRD party
         - Prensa, 30 June
President Varela annonuces new heads of Cultural, Tourism and Small Business agencies
         - Prensa, 30 June
Families in Santa Fe (No Kribo comarca) demand government do repairs to the local schools and roadways
         - Prensa, 30 June

  


  

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Law 44 of 2015: modifies law 25 of 2001 with regards to national agricultural policy
         - Gaceta Oficial 27802A, 29 June
Law 43 of 2015: modifies law of the national local development program
         - Gaceta Oficial 27801A, 29 June
Law 42 of 2015: declares second week of June to be Social Security week
         - Gaceta Oficial 27801A, 29 June
Law 41 of 2015: declares October 14th to be day celebrating Central American integration
         - Gaceta Oficial 27801A, 29 June
Law 40 of 2015: creates program to develop one of the Ngabe-Bugle towns
         - Gaceta Oficial 27801A, 29 June
Law 39 of 2015: creates new district in Changuinola
         - Gaceta Oficial 27801A, 29 June
Law 38 of 2015: approves the Doha amendments to the Kyoto Protocol
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