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    Foreigners workers without permits face deportation

    Foreigners workers without permits face deportation

    According to the Ministry of Labor Panama, only approximately 19,000 of the 70,000 foreigners whose immigration status was regularized during the previous administration have formalized their labor status in the Ministry of Labor.

    Surfer Drowns at Punta Barco

    Surfer Drowns at Punta Barco

    Saturday, July 29th, at 9:00 a.m. a surfer drowned at Punta Barco in Panama West. Panama’s National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) recovered the lifeless body and extended a previously issued wave alert. The warning that had been issued July 26th, 2017, originally ended on July 30th, was extended until August 2nd. 

    Victor Cristmat extradited from Miami

    Victor Cristmat extradited from Miami

    27-year-old Víctor Manuel Crismat Jr. has been extradited from Miami to Panama where he will face trial for his father’s homicide, according to the National Police of Panama.

    U.S travelers to experience more delays

    U.S travelers to experience more delays

    Traveling to the U.S from Panama sometime soon? Be sure to arrive early! Passengers traveling from Panama to the United States have reported that it now takes longer to get through security in Panama if you are traveling to the United States.

    Scholarships to study English abroad

    Scholarships to study English abroad

    Thirty Panamanian students between the ages of 18-23 will have the opportunity to study English-language in Canada or the United States for 8 months. The Institute for Training and Exploitation of Human Resources (IFARHU) announced the scholarships, adding students that interested should have an average of 4.0 GPA, and a valid passport.

    Dinner Mixer at Rincon del Chef

    Dinner Mixer at Rincon del Chef

    Take part in a community Mix-n-Mingle Sit-down Dinner Mixer at Rincon del Chef on Saturday, July 22, 2017, starting at 5 pm. The event coordinates nicely with a Flora & Fauna of Panama Photo Exhibition at Coronado Frame taking place earlier in the Rincon del Chef Plaza. 

    Softball with the National Police

    Softball with the National Police

    Note: The time and date has been updated for this game *Friday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m. A softball game with the National Police of Panama has been planned for Friday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m. The game will take place in Gorgona and will be Coed. While the game is open to anyone, it has become pretty competitive say’s Jim Rizik, the organizer. 

    Minsa says to check vaccination card before traveling

    Minsa says to check vaccination card before traveling

    Outbreaks of measles which began being reported late 2016 in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States, have Panama’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) asking the population to check their vaccination cards before traveling abroad.

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    Santos and Pence speak about Venezuela

    Santos and Pence speak about Venezuela

    The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, met with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos on August 13th, 2017. Among the main topics covered in their meeting was the role that the U.S would take in restoring democracy in Venezuela.

    Wild Bill and ex-wife jailed in Panama

    Wild Bill and ex-wife jailed in Panama

    A sentence of 47 years and a month was given to American, William Dathan Holbert, aka “Wild Bill”. Monday, August 14, 2017. Holbert was imprisoned for killing and stealing from five people in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

    Panama’s economic activity grows 6.49%

    Panama’s economic activity grows 6.49%

    Panama’s monthly index of economic activity (Imae) grew by 6.49% in the first five months of the year (2017), when compared to the same period of the previous year (2016).

    Pence to Visit Panama

    Pence to Visit Panama

    The Vice President of the Untied States, Mike Pence is scheduled to arrive in Panama Thursday, August 17 to kick off his official tour of the region.

    Minsa declares Pink Eye epidemic

    Minsa declares Pink Eye epidemic

    The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has declared an epidemic after 10,646 viral conjunctivitides (commonly referred to as pink eye) cases were reported in Panama.

    Police officer honored for rescuing child

    Police officer honored for rescuing child

    Last week a nine-year-old boy was rescued after falling into a sewer in Dos Rios, Colon by a member of the national police of Panama, Officer Álvaro Sánchez.

    Expat arrested for hit-and-run

    Expat arrested for hit-and-run

    July 30th, 2017, 48-year-old Feliciano Lorenzo Perez was hit by a pickup while crossing the highway with his dog near the Pio Pio in Anton, Cocle. The driver, a 52-year-old expat, was driving a pickup and fled the scene.

    Panama Geisha coffee sets record

    Panama Geisha coffee sets record

    Panama has set a new record with its world renowned Geisha coffee, as Asian buyers bid record breaking $601 a pound at the recent Best of Panama Coffee Auction. The coffee, from the winning 100-pound lot from Hacienda La Esmeralda in Boquete, shattered previous price records.

    Panama’s Paid Paternity Leave Law Takes Effect

    Panama’s Paid Paternity Leave Law Takes Effect

    On May 24, 2017, Panama passed a law that grants new fathers paid paternity leave of three business days starting from the date of the child’s birth. In order for the new dad to qualify for the leave he must provide his employer with the following:

    The new face of the Apostolic Headquarters

    The new face of the Apostolic Headquarters

    The new headquarters of the Apostolic Nunciature of Panama has 12 rooms, along with several dining rooms, offices, libraries, meeting rooms and other amenities. At a cost of between $ 1,000 and $ 1,200 a square meter, with 'luxury finishes', according to its environmental impact study.

    Will Ruben Blades run for President in 2019?

    Will Ruben Blades run for President in 2019?

    Panamanian Salsa musician, author, and actor, Ruben Blades announced Friday, July 14th in Madrid that he will be taking a break from Salsa. The Multiple Grammy winner has decided to suspend touring as a musician while he considers other interests, among which could be a second run at Panama’s presidency.

    30 years since Panama defied dictatorship

    30 years since Panama defied dictatorship

    July 10, 1987, thousands of Panamanians challenged the civic-military dictatorship led by Manuel Antonio Noriega and former President of Panama Eric Arturo Delvalle. 

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    Birds close Tocumen runway

    Birds close Tocumen runway

    A flock of migrating birds closed a runway in Panama at Tocumen International Airport for over an hour on Monday, August 14, 2017. According to Copa Airlines, 25 flights were diverted during the closure from 9:50 a.m. lasting until 11:10 a.m.

    Dinner & Photography in Coronado

    Dinner & Photography in Coronado

    Enjoy an evening out in charming Rincon del Chef Plaza on July 22nd from 5:00 p.m. Coronado Frame & photo will be open late, hosting a photography exhibition, at the same time CASA (the Coronado and Area Social Association) will be hosting a Mix & Mingle and sit down dinner at Rincon Del Chef on July 22.

    Fascinating Greek Wines

    Fascinating Greek Wines

    M. Stefan: The Wine Guy - Wine has been an important part of Greek culture for over 4000 years as the numerous archeological discoveries throughout Greece have revealed. The ancient Greeks knew well the nutritional value of wine as it became an inseparable part of their daily regimen.

    Panama bound Salmon Eggs to Stay in Canada

    Panama bound Salmon Eggs to Stay in Canada

    AquaBounty Canada Inc., a company that originally said its plans were to produce salmon eggs in P.E.I. Canada and then ship them to Panama to mature has decided to rear the fish in Canada.

    The Accusatorial Criminal Justice System

    The Accusatorial Criminal Justice System

    A meeting was held to explain the new accusatory system in Panama On Friday, June 23rd in Gorgona Panama. Here is the document prepared in English that was used as a reference for the meeting.

    Discover Punta Burica Panama

    Discover Punta Burica Panama

    Punta Burica Panama is a small coastal stretch that separates Panama’s Pacific from Costa Rica. This isolated part of Panama is home to a few quaint towns, an abundance of wildlife and some of the best waves on the country’s Pacific coast. 

    Minsa Recalls soda and bottled water

    Minsa Recalls soda and bottled water

    The Ministry of Health (Minsa) removed bottled water from the Tropical Water brand, along with Coca Cola and Fresca Toronja sodas from Coca Cola Femsa.

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