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50 shades?

 Panama and the Gray Lists
Many and varied are the interests which on one hand keep Panama on unwanted lists and on the other try to clean up the country's image as a tax haven.

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Employment rising in Panama

 Panama: Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.1%
Between March 2013 and March 2014 participation in the labor market went up by 2.5%, from 61.8% to 64.3% of the population.

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English-language TV In Panama

 Like finding most things in Panama, getting English-language television is not an easy feat. I have found a solution.

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6.4% of Panamanian women justify abuse

 This is a disturbing article from Newsroom Panama

A study by the National Institute of Statistics has determined that 6.4 percent of women in Panama think domestic abuse is justified in certain situations. The study had the technical and financial support of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

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Happy Endings

 Happy to report that the lost dog in Santa Clara that was reported here only two days ago has found home. While his owner never surfaced, he has been adopted. Thanks to all who responded, and thanks to Sue and Leon for caring enough to take this little fella in, and help find him a home. 

 

Electricity about to cost more in Panama

 Panama to Reduce Electricity Subsidy
The subsidy amounted to 25% of consumers bills, and its progressive elimination will mean increased costs for businesses, especially those in the industrial sector.

The change in the allowance applies from July 1st and will only affect customers consuming up to 200 kWh per month, including both residences and businesses.

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Inflation down in Panama

 Panama: Annual Inflation to June Down to 2.3%
In June, the consumer price index rose by 0.5% compared to the previous month, with the divisions of food and beverages, health, clothing and footwear, and transport having the largest growth.

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More direct flights to Panama City

 

Non Stop Flights From Panama to Georgetown and Fort Lauderdale

Starting from July 11, Copa Airlines will fly twice a week to Georgetown and four times weekly to Fort Lauderdale.

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Sun Wing flying into Rio Hato starting August 1st

 Starting August 1, 2014, Sunwing Airlines will be offering year-round direct flights from Toronto, Canada to the Rio Hato/Playa Blanca area via the Scarlett Martinez International Airport in Panama.

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Two perspectives on Panama's Outlook

 This was published in Tom Bryner's Panama Perspective. 

Here is a great article from the Inter-American Dialogue with some experts on President Varela’s plans for Panama and challenges that he will face.

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