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David Murcia pleads guilty in U.S. Court

Colombian businessman David Murcia Guzmán, who was convicted in his country of fraud and other crimes, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money, before a court in New York, United States (U.S.). The information was confirmed on Tuesday, Nov. 23, by Murcia Guzmán's lawyer, Robert Abreu, through Radio Caracol in Colombia. In the interview, Abreu said that his client accepted responsibility for approving a business through Margarita Pabón and former director of the ...

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Panama officially withdraws from PARLACEN

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, marked the last day that Panama was a member of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), as established in Act 78 of 2009, which repealed the legal basis allowing the country to be part of the regional body. This law, which was adopted on Nov. 30, 2009, received 39 votes in favor and 14 against, for approval. In a statement released yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that, 12 months ago, Vice-President and Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos ...

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Panama presents criminal complaint against former DAS director

A lawsuit against the former director of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS) of Colombia, Maria del Pilar Hurtado - who has asylum in Panama, was presented yesterday to the Public Ministry by lawyer Luis Guillermo Pérez, spokesman for the Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo, a Colombian human rights NGO. Pérez reported that the complaint was filed in a personal capacity, but also makes mention within the document of the people affected by the ...

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Government selects company to manage sanitation in Colón and Kuna Yala

The project coordination unit of the Ministry of Health/LAFISE has chosen the company that will handle the drainage works in Colón, Kuna Yala, and Panama by a resolution published in PanamaCompra on Friday, November 19, 2010. The company Consorcio Contractors/Enercom, S.A., which offered a proposal estimated at $2.3 million, was chosen for the design and construction of ten integral water-sanitation projects. The other companies involved were Contratistas Generales y Eléctricos, ...

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2011 Panama City Carnival route still undefined

The route of the 2011 Carnival in the capital has not yet been defined; nonetheless, authorities are exploring the possibility of holding the celebrations along Vía España, as was done this past year. According to Salomón Shamah, Administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Vía España is the best route, as it allows the authorities to provide better security to the Panamanian population. While Shamah told news program “Telemetro Reporta” ...

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Cabinet approves ban on use of tinted windows on buses and taxis

The Cabinet Council approved a bill ordering the elimination of the use of tinted windows on public passenger transportation vehicles. The information was released yesterday evening by the Ministry of Communication.  The statement did not divulge details regarding the proposal that was presented by Minister of Government, Roxana Méndez. According to the press release, the official said the measure was proposed to help reduce crime rates in the ...

Economy

AIDS is costing Latin America $1.7 billion annually

UNAIDS director for Latin America, César Antonio Núñez, informed yesterday, Tuesday, that the fight against HIV/AIDS is costing Latin American countries an estimated $1.7 billion in controlling the disease and financing health campaigns. The disease, caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, known as HIV, causes loss of lives and an estimated $16.5 billion worth of damages to the global economy, and the best way to combat it is through prevention, said ...

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Government invests $32 million in education for indigenous regions

An estimated $32 million will be invested by the Panamanian government to improve the quality of education in the indigenous regions of Emberá-Wounaan, Ngäbe Buglé, and Kuna Yala. This, after the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan to Panama for educational activities and quality of learning in these three regions, as reported at a news conference on Tuesday. Through the program that will be developed with resources from the loan, the government plans to ...

Economy

Plague affects plantain crops in Los Santos

Hundreds of plantain plants have been affected in the province of Los Santos by the attack of the Black Sigatoka plague. Because of this plague, and the heavy rains that have fallen in the region as of late, the plants are dying and cash crop has been affected, according to reports. Pablo Castro, who owns a small plot located in the community of El Corozal Arriba de Macaracas, said the leaves of the plants they have began to dry up. The same situation is occurring in other sectors of the ...

Lifestyle

Vallarino presents holiday village project

Panama City Mayor, Bosco Ricardo Vallarino, presented the 2010 holiday villages project yesterday, Tuesday.  The project is entitled "Panama at Christmas 2010". Vallarino arrived with his team to the meeting of mayors in the capital. During the ceremony, the mayor reported that, to-date, a total of 90 contracts have been awarded for the development of this project along the “cinta costera” (coastal strip). Vallarino further informed that the Mayor’s Office of ...

 

 

 



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