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June 9, 2024


Remembering the birth of the Civilist Crusade, 37 years ago, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) highlights that the country requires actions that are aimed at strengthening democracy, institutions and that the law is the same for all .

In its weekly letter to the country, the Cciap, one of the leading unions against the military dictatorship, highlighted that as a Nation we must fight to strengthen the institutions.

It is also emphasized that democracy requires strong, transparent and independent institutions for its proper functioning. Furthermore, the rule of law must be ensured, within whose framework the law prevails, and that it is applied to everyone, without difference.

“Almost four decades ago the Civilist Crusade was born in order to achieve justice, democracy and freedom, fundamental rights that had been taken from us for more than 20 years. Today one of its leaders, José Raúl Mulino, is the elected president of Panama, and starting July 1 he will have the opportunity to transcend and lay the foundations for Panama to move forward together towards sustainable and equitable development as a Nation,” is reflected in the message.

The business union, in order to remember this Sunday, June 9, the 37th anniversary of the beginning of the Civilist Crusade, calls for unity without preconditions with the firm purpose of working without rest to undertake a new cycle where through public policies the social, economic and political progress of the country can be promoted.

José Raúl Mulino , president-elect, has just announced the names that will be in charge of the Ministry of Education (Meduca) , together with the designated minister, Lucy Molinar. These are Agnes Chacón de Cotes as Academic Vice Minister and Roberto Sevillano Shin as Administrative Vice Minister.

According to the statement from Mulino’s team, De León has a degree in faith education, a degree obtained at the Santa María La Antigua Catholic University (Usma). She is also a secondary school teacher with a specialization in ethical studies at Usma.

She was also an educational supervisor at the regional level and national director of Education.

On the other hand, Sevillano is an engineering technician with a specialization in programming and systems analysis and a graduate in programming technology and systems analysis from the Technological University of Panama (UTP).

In his professional career, Sevillano has held the position of external IT consultant in the following companies: Interamericana de Fianzas y Seguros, Seguros Suramericana, SA, World Wide Medical and Aseguradora del Istmo.

The Second Electoral Court rejected as inadmissible the challenge against elected representatives of the 13-4 circuit of La Chorrera , Panamá Oeste, filed by the former candidate for deputy for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) , Eliécer Montenegro .

According to Gilberto Cruz , a lawyer from Montenegro, the annulment of the elections in that electoral circuit was requested due to alleged altered minutes, in which they said that some tables opened at 6:00 am and closed at 11:00 pm, outside the schedules permitted by the Electoral Tribunal.

Montenegro, who is currently a representative of the Barrio Balboa district, was requesting a review and a new election in 40 of the 60 tables in that electoral circuit, according to what his lawyer indicated a few weeks ago to La Prensa .

So far it is not known whether the Montenegrin team will appeal this decision.

In the 13-4 circuit, Yutzaida Marín and current representative Lilia Batista were elected , both for the Realizing Goals party (RM), and Patsy Lee , for the Popular Party (PP).

With this there would be 6 challenges for deputy that are rejected just 22 days after the installation of the National Assembly for the next five years.

We are still waiting for the ruling on the lawsuits filed by Alejandro Pérez in circuit 8-4 and Zulay Rodríguez in circuit 8-2 (San Miguelito).

José Ruiloba Pineda , who was a candidate for deputy for the circuit (8-2) for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), appealed the resolution that did not admit his challenge against the election of the deputies of the Vamos coalition in the district of San Miguelito , province of Panama.

“The colleague and candidate for deputy José Ruiloba, in the exercise of his right, presents an appeal against the resolution of “non-admission” of his challenge to the process and count in the 8-2 circuit elections,” he reported in his X account. the PRD.

Last Friday, June 7, it was reported that the Second Electoral Court rejected the challenge presented by the former candidate for PRD deputy and nephew of deputy Raúl Pineda, against 29 of the 524 minutes of the elections in circuit 8-2 in San Miguelito.

Now it will be up to the full Electoral Court to decide whether the challenge is admitted or the decision of the Second Electoral Court is upheld.

Ruiloba Pineda challenged 29 of the 524 minutes of the 8-2 circuit election, a lawsuit that would directly affect the four seats of the Vamos coalition. Those affected were: Eduardo Gaitán, Luis Duke, Alexandra Brenes and Yarelis Rodríguez.

Raúl Pineda (PRD), Luis Eduardo Camacho (Realizing Goals) and Luis Omar Ortega (Realizing Goals) were also elected in this circuit.

In the last 24 hours, 1,541 packages of drugs were seized in operations carried out by security agents together with Public Ministry personnel throughout the country.

In turn, 178 arrests were made, of which 106 were by trade, 498 for administrative offenses, 64 for flagrante delicto, 3 for drug trafficking and 7 for micro-trafficking.

In 22 raids, 4 firearms, 18 ammunition, $1,486 in cash were seized, a vehicle was recovered and a boat was seized. Additionally, 1,478 foreigners were processed.

On the other hand, the units of the National Directorate of Transit Operations issued 2,414 tickets for violations of traffic regulations. Of these, 339 were for speeding, 31 for proven drunkenness and 200 for improper lights.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa ) has launched a call for the assignment of a registry of training providers in medicinal cannabis and its derivatives.

This initiative is part of the National Program for the Study and Medicinal Use of Cannabis and its Derivatives (Pneucam) , with the aim of regulating and professionalizing training in an area of ​​growing medical importance.

  • Base availability: Until Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Place of collection: Headquarters of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Minsa
  • Deadline to submit applications: June 17, 2024 at 4:00 pm

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the “Bases for the Selection of Companies Interested in Obtaining Registration of Training Providers in Medicinal Cannabis and its Derivatives .” These bases have been prepared following the requirements and procedures established in Law 242 of October 13, 2021 and Executive Decree No. 121 of September 1, 2022, the Minsa reported.

The bases will be available at the main headquarters of the General Directorate of Public Health of the entity through Pneucam and can be consulted on the next business day of the last publication of this call notice.

Standards to meet

The registry of training providers seeks to ensure that companies interested in providing training on the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives comply with established quality standards and legal requirements. This is crucial to ensure that health professionals receive adequate and up-to-date training, thus contributing to the safety and effectiveness of the medicinal use of cannabis.

The Minsa invites all interested companies that meet the requirements to participate in this call, contributing to the development and professionalization of the medicinal use of cannabis in Panama.

Due to prevention and maintenance work, the Laguna Alta water treatment plant in Arraiján (Western Panama) will suspend operations tomorrow, Monday, June 10, this was announced by the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) in a statement.

These tasks will begin from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and consist of replacing two macro meters at the plant and correcting failures in the drinking water network.

Consequently, the water supply will be affected in Nuevo Emperador, Santa Clara, Chapala, Nuevo Chorrillo, Lluvia de Oro, Princesa Mía, Burunga, Cerro Silvestre, Cáceres, Vista Alegre, La Alameda and El Clavel.

The institution recommends clients take the necessary supply measures so that their daily activities are not affected.

After several days of tasting the various varieties of the best coffees in Panama, the international judges determined that the award for the best producer of the year goes to Lamastus Family Estate.

Lamastus Family Estate also obtained first place in the natural process geisha coffee variety, in addition to fourth place for washed process geisha coffee.

First place in geisha with a washed process went to the coffee of producer Marcus Durán, who grows the beans in the mountains of Camiseta in Boquete, Chiriquí.

Meanwhile, in the varietal category, first place went to Black Mountain coffee, a bean called chirozo , from producer Hunter Tedman, produced in Boquete.

For Wilford Lamastus, the prize won by the Panama Cup means “consistency in work on the farm, it is a very close competition, but behind everything there is a passion for producing the best coffee in the country.”

Lamastus also congratulated all the best coffee lots that achieved high scores. “That makes Panama’s name very high when it comes to coffee,” he stressed.


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