Monday 19th September 2016. Nice easy morning after a weeks break.

September 19, 2016

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Three dollars to use the luggage trolley at Tocumen.

Great to be back after a very nice break. Our featured picture today is of Christopher Stone who was the BBC’s first radio DJ and today just happens to be his birthday. Yes he did have to wear a tux to work!

Also today after traveling back to Panama in a congested luggage and customs area… they are charging $3 to use a luggage trolley, this is after increasing the airport tax to $50 and announcing a $220 million profit! Thanks for the service.

Shopping in the stores a thing of the past?

I shopping as we know it dying out? On our trip up north what we wanted to buy was not in the shops! We went back to the hotel and bought on line!

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The results of a request for judicial assistance submitted to Brazilian authorities by Prosecutor Oyden Ortega was admitted on Thursday as evidence in the case involving former President Ricardo Martinelli and irregularities in the purchase of dehydrated food through the National Assistance Program (PAN).

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an ultimatum to a company that is building an automotive park in an adjoining area and has affected the watershed, through erosion and uncontrolled illegal deforestation of over one hectare.

President Juan Carlos Varela and Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani agreed yesterday to begin exploring the possibility of connecting the countries through a flight that would be routed through Barcelona, Spain.

The General-Ngäbe Bugle Congress rejected the Barro Blanco project agreement that had been signed by indigenous leader Silvia Carrera and President Juan Carlos Varela, and which allowed for the implementation of the hydroelectric project.

President Juan Carlos Varela has announced that the minimum wage for government employees will rise to $600 monthly starting in January.

With posters asking for the rejection of the crime of sexual and labor exploitation, hundreds of Panamanians, including civil servants marched yesterday morning to reject human trafficking.

President Juan Carlos Varela met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday to request greater support for dealing with immigrants that are arriving in the country, particularly from Haiti.

The College of Agricultural Engineers of Panama (CINAP) is teaching students from different public schools with school gardens to create their own garden using bamboo and other recyclables.


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