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Bay of Panama logging blocked.
Panama’s Environment Ministry (MiAmbiente) has detected and blocked Illegal logging of at least two hectares of mangroves within the Bay of Panama Wetland protected area.
The Ministry says the press release, points out that the logging near the Juan Diaz jetty was done by Inversiones y Transacciones Inmobiliarias which does not have the necessary environmental permits to develop activities within the protected area.
The Bay of Panama protected area, created by law 1 of February 2, 2015, covers 85,652 hectares, of which 23,342 hectares are mangrove forests.
Source: Newsroom Panama
Explainer: A Who’s Who of Panama’s Presidential Candidates.
As in many Latin American countries, support for democracy is on the wane in Panama. With the country preparing to vote May 5—marking the sixth presidential election since the end of the Manuel Noriega dictatorship—just 42 percent of Panamanians back democracy.
In 2019, corruption is at the top of voters’ concerns, dominating much of the political debate, along with calls for a new Constitution. Six of the seven candidates in the presidential field committed to incorporating anti-corruption measures into their platforms and signed a pact put forward by Transparency International. While independent candidate Saúl Mendez did not sign, he has been vocal in the need to combat corruption and impunity in the country.
Carlos Mejia Godoy Received by Nicaraguans in Panama (Video).
On Tuesday, March 5, the exiled Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy was returning to Costa Rica from San Francisco, USA, where he performed in concert with the group “Tierra Fertil”.
While on a layover of a couple of hours in Panama, he was received at the Tocumen Airport by a group of Nicaraguan exiles, members of the April 19th Alvaro Conrado Movement in Panama.
Source: Havana Times
Why this is the year you should retire to Panama!
There’s lots of talk about how Panama is the #1 expat retirement destination going around the web these days, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been that way for some time now. Panama is a huge destination for retiring for a lot of reasons, and as we move ahead through 2019, it seems like there’s no better time than now to take the plunge.
If you’re on a fixed income (social security, pension, extended family income), or just want to control your budget a bit, then Panama is a great place to retire. Yes, as many people have noted, things can get a bit pricey in Panama, however there are still many, many affordable options for retirees of all budgets. Plus, if you compare the style of living, and the quality of living to that in North America and many parts of Europe, the value is much higher in Panama. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect place for your lifestyle needs, and matching it to your budget, and thousands of retirees who are already here have done just that.
Source: POLS Blog