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  1. Programmed Street Closures and Interruption of Water Service due to connections of the distribution system to the Main.
  2. Unlicensed and/or uninsured drivers are reckless by definition and present a risk to others. Removing these offenders from the highways improves safety for everyone else, imo.
  3. Wow, these folks just don't give a hoot. Over 35,000 tickets issued so far this year for driving without a valid License. If we don't want these people on the road, we shouldn't be complaining about the Police 'checking documents' at the Caldera turnoff Checkpoint or anywhere else.
  4. Tough spot for Panama to be in. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/24/italy-blamed-after-aquarius-migrant-rescue-ships-flag-revoked https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/ngos-refugee-rescue-ship-loses-license-pressure-italy-180924055200294.html
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    Wasabi?

    Wasabi ..at least it’s easy to pronounce in Spanish.
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    U.S Threatens to Revoke Visas

    One has to wonder what the heck they do in that massive building and it's 45 acres. Canada's Embassy and Consulate in Panama uses about a half a floor of leased commercial office space, as does the U.K.'s.
  7. Cabinet approves direct contract between MOP and construction company CUSA for more than $ 3 million By Carlos H. González 2-3 minutes The direct contracts that have been object of critics on the part of the organized civil society continue parading in the administration of the president Juan Carlos Varela. In a Cabinet resolution of September 20, 2018, the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) was authorized to sign a contract of this type with the company Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). A publication in the Official Gazette of Friday, September 22, reveals that the Cabinet Council "approved the contracting by exceptional procedure [direct contracting] to the Ministry of Public Works with the company CUSA for the sum of three million three hundred and seventy One thousand six hundred and seventy six dollars with 50/10 (B / .3,371,676.50) ". The agreement with CUSA under the figure of direct contracting is for the rehabilitation of streets in the district of Boquete, in the districts of Alto Boquete, Bajo Boquete and Los Naranjos in the province of Chiriquí. The need to repair these streets arises after the construction of the aqueduct and sewerage by the National Council for Sustainable Development (Conades); the streets in the aforementioned districts were seriously affected. According to Cabinet Resolution No. 85, "the company contracted for these works has the sufficient capacity to guarantee the supply and quality of all the essential materials, machinery and suitable professionals". Faced with the scenario of the direct contracts, in statements made to TVN Noticias, the businessman Severo Sousa said that "a new Public Procurement Law is needed that is as pristine as possible." The construction company CUSA participates in other government projects such as the urban renewal of the city of Colón and the remodeling of the Vía Argentina, work promoted by the Municipality of Panama. https://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/Gabinete-contratacion-MOP-constructora-CUSA_0_5128737102.html
  8. Centro Educativo Arturo Miro is located in Potrerillos Arriba. This article concerning the centre was published about 2 years ago. Inauguration of prevention program at the Arturo Miró farm in Chiriquí Last Friday, February 5, the inauguration of the GREAT program took place at the Arturo Miró farm, whose main objective is prevention, to contribute to the wave of existing crime, as well as to train and guide the children and adolescents who are interned in this farm. This farm functions as a center for rehabilitation and placement of minors in especially difficult circumstances and minors at social risk. This program also consists of a 6-week training for children who are in the primary stage and 12 weeks for the pre-secondary and secondary, at the end of the academic semester each participant will receive a certificate issued by the Embassy of the United States. It should be noted that this program is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States and will be taught by the Child and Adolescent Police of the Province of Chiriquí by the Trainer Lieutenant Jorge Gallardo. This agreement was requested by the judge of Children and Adolescents of the province of Chiriqui, Margarita Camargo de González had the authorization at the national level of the Director of Police Omar Pinzón, sub Commissioner Aida Villareal of the Police for Children and Adolescents and the commissioner Erik Amaya. The police authorities from the Chiriqui area, the sub-commissioner Manuel Venze, the lieutenant Hector Sánchez, the Board of Arturo Miró Farm and the Judicial Body the Judge for Children and Adolescents of the Province of Chiriquí participated in the event. Arturo Miro Farm currently has a population of 80 children, only males between the ages of 10 to 18 years old and is located in Potrerillo, district of Dolega province of Chiriquí, in this center is home to children of all the country and receive help from other institutions such as MIDES and SENNIAF. http://www.organojudicial.gob.pa/noticias/inauguran-programa-de-prevencion-en-la-granja-arturo-miro-en-chiriqui
  9. Homicides are actually down from 2017, at least they were until a bloody month of August. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/registra-baja-homicidios-comparado-2017/24069411 The number of Homicides committed per year has been steadily declining since peaking in 2009. These are the latest statistics for 2018. http://ministeriopublico.gob.pa/wp-content/multimedia/2018/08/Informe-Unidades-de-Homicidio-Enero-Julio-2018.pdf
  10. That's my opinion. What impressed me about this case is that the deaths weren't blown off by the authorities as just being the unfortunate result of inter-gang violence, which they actually were. A total of 78 years were handed down. I posted this because there are still many people out there who believe that all juvenile offenders are immediately released and never made to pay for their crimes, and that's just not so.
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    On Promoting Pet Adoption

    It's good to know that adoptions are also being promoted in other parts of the country as the pet culture continues to evolve in Panama. Providing a second chance - Adoption Roy Espinosa 22 Sep 2018 Adopting a pet is not only a reason for joy, but also a commitment that must be taken thoroughly. Adoption Moored at the entrance of a church, Mariam Gutiérrez found Kika, the name she gave to the dog, after deciding to adopt it more than 9 years ago. According to a neighbor in the area, a man in a car left the animal tied and left. Gutierrez says he was not among his plans to adopt a dog, but it is a decision he does not regret. "She changes my day to day in a positive way and when I have difficult days, she just lies next to me and comforts me." Based on his experience, Gutiérrez recommends adopting before buying. "There are so many animals in the open, suffering from hunger and aggression. They want to be loved, to be part of a family that takes care of them, as much as they will take care of one. " Responsibility Receiving a pet in your home is not just a matter of wanting, but of commitment. "It's a responsibility for life," says Andrea Guevara, a member of the San Francisco de Asís Foundation (Fundasis). "A pet is a member of the family and you have to consider, even the smallest details at the time you decide to adopt one," he says, warning that it is important to contemplate all possible situations, such as where to leave them if you have a trip, or the quality time that must be dedicated after working hours. Before adopting, Guevara recommends reflecting on the freedoms and needs that every pet needs. As a good diet, receive medical attention periodically, have a comfortable space to eat and sleep, "free of all chains", recreation and coexistence, among others. With the slogan #AdoptaNoCompres, Fundasis seeks to make people aware of the importance and benefits of adoption. "These animals are extremely grateful, as many of them know the negative side of humans: abandonment, abuse and neglect," says Guevara. Feria Tomorrow Sunday, September 23rd, Grada Radio will be holding an adoption day (AdoptaFest) at the Omar Park Dome, from 8:00 a.m. and until 4:00 p.m. "Normally they are animals that have been rescued from the street or from situations of negligence or mistreatment by various animal rescue foundations such as the Zeus Rescue Group and Saving Tails Panama," explains Mirta Rodríguez, who is part of the organization of the event. During this day, which will also have food areas, dog shows and pet training classes, attendees can interact with the animals for adoption and talk to rescuers about them to have a clear decision whether to adopt them or not. Those interested in integrating a new member to the family, must present a copy of their ID, water or electricity bill, and show the rescuers photos of their home. "The copy of the card is necessary to have the data of the person who will be responsible for the animal. The receipt is to know that the person owns the house (it is not rented), and the photos have the purpose of being able to observe if the house is near or is an apartment and there is no risk of the animal escaping or being lost ", clarifies Rodriguez, who adds that the people who adopt must sign an adoption contract and accept visits or calls for verification by the rescuers after a few months of adoption. For Rodriguez, the greatest benefit in adopting a pet is that both parties will earn a faithful companion. https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/Brindando-segunda-oportunidad_0_5127987187.html
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    Hallelujah

    This is a recent performance of Leonard Cohen's beautiful composition Hallelujah by friends Yella and Tom Werder, Yella's niece Samantha, and her boyfriend Seth Green
  13. Hefty sentences for murderous minors. Superior Juvenile Court confirms sentence for three teenagers for double homicide in David A sentence of 16 years of imprisonment was imposed on three young people, by the Superior Court of Childhood with headquarters in Panama, which confirmed the sentence issued in the first instance by a Criminal Judge of Adolescents in Chiriquí where these persons are held responsible of the double homicide against David Monje of 18 years and of a minor of 14 years of age, which happened in the district of David, in January of 2015. During the oral trial held in May, the Public Ministry through the Specialized Prosecutor Jonhy Torres Villarreal managed to accredit the evidence confirming the guilt of these people, with the commission of the facts, which allowed issuing the sentence No. 13 where the penalty is set to comply, for these people who at the time of the events had, two of them 17 and one 15 years. The events that caused the tragic event in which these two victims lost their lives were for the date of January 17, 2015, after they disappeared, which led to their search and days later the bodies were found by residents of the Port sector Pital, in the corregimiento of Las Lomas. For this crime, another adult person is sentenced to prison, who was sentenced in a trial under the parameters of the Inquisitorial System to a prison term of 30 years. Likewise, an adolescent who declared himself confessed to the facts accepted a penalty agreement and, prior to the trial, was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment. http://ministeriopublico.gob.pa/tribunal-superior-de-ninez-confirma-sentencia-para-tres-adolescentes-por-doble-homicidio-en-david/
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    Check Printing Fee

    Cheques are quickly becoming pasé as most transactions can be done electronically these days, either online or by card. People pay for a cup of coffee with their debit card here. Folks I know think Scotiabank’s Visa/Debit Card works well as there are no payments to make or interest charges to incur.
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