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  1. Perhaps. Perhaps not. The Martinelli people claim that the seizure of the private plane was instigated via an anonymous complaint from Panama, and not from the US authorities. A three-page email in support of that claim is reproduced in the PanamaAmerica news site (affiliated with Martinelli). https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/politica/informe-revela-que-incautacion-avion-fue-por-denuncia-en-pagina-web-no-peticion-estados
  2. I am not sure how to read your question. The financial need is caused by past effects of Covid-19 on government revenues. The proposed borrowing was to fill the gap in revenues consequent to the anti-virus measures taken. The amount was to be $1.75 billion, the term three years. The conditions imposed were said to involve the sale of a couple of government-owned assets and new taxes on incomes, property, and a new tax on bank transfers. There has been an intense negative reaction by the opposition parties and by the populace. The Costa Rican border officials went on strike, joining t
  3. I believe there is a misunderstanding in the way this report is presented. The President of Costa Rica has been in negotiations with the IMF for a $1.75 billion loan, the need for which can be ascribed to the economic consequences of the Covid-19-related shutdowns. The conditions required by the IMF include spending cuts and tax increases. The Costa Rican population has demonstrated for several days against the prospective measures, and has blocked up to 36 different roads, paralyzing the country. Today, Tuesday October 6, the police report 17 blockades throughout the country, and there a
  4. I sense a lot of excitement surrounding this development. Martinelli needs 40,000 members to confirm the registration of his new political party, and it appears likely he will be successful in short order. The "Tribunal Electoral" is installing atm-like kiosks in transportation hubs and supermarkets to facilitate party registrations. Martinelli founded the CD party in 1998, and ultimately had nearly 500,000 members at the height of his presidential term. He seems confident of success, having publicly told elected CD party members who wish to join the new "RM" party to maintain their affil
  5. The lockdowns around the world have disrupted supply lines, and folks are now playing catch-up. The US west coast ports are suddenly very busy, eastbound transpacific cargo rates are at high levels, the container manufacturers are booked solid through next February. Retailers stocking for Christmas are behind schedule. Coats has 60 manufacturing plants around the world, but none in the US, and I imagine they too are playing catch-up with Amazon and all their other US customers.
  6. Today's bulletin from the Ministry of health disclosed a new project focused on oxygen therapy. Working with the Chamber of Commerce (!) a team composed of doctor, nurse and first aid technician will visit symptomatic Covid victims thought to be at risk of severe complications, and adminster oxygen therapy. This in the metropolitan zone of Panama. I hope they introduce it promptly in Chiriqui. The growing use of corticosteroid methylprednisolone (powerful anti-inflammatory), the recent re-introduction of hydroxylchloroquine as a prophylactic, and now tentative steps to provide oxygen
  7. The latest bulletin is also obscure. it states that "the Ministry and the Social Security administration are moving ahead with the acquisition of new medicines. The new strategy, based on several actions, includes the minister's decision to declare without effect the decision taken May 26 to prevent their use." The medicines are not specified. I had to check. May 26 was the day that the Ministry banned the use of hydroxylchlorquine, chloroquine, and azithromycin as treatment/prophylactic drugs for the coronavirus.
  8. The latest bulletin from the Ministry of Health displays some motion, a nice change from the frozen posture of the past. News items of greatest interest to me: 1) Starting tomorrow, July 22, hydroxylcholroquine may be prescribed, at the discretion of the treating doctor. (Comment: nice to see some news about therapies and treatment, rather than total focus on transmission and contagion). 2) Due to an increase in the Rt transmission measure in the provinces of Colon, Chiriqui, and Bocas del Toro, curfew will be enforced in those provinces: starts at 7pm Monday through Friday and is tot
  9. From panatimes.com another hint that the authorities are putting their emphasis on contagion and transmission, rather than on therapies and immunity: Minsa evaluates applying total quarantine on weekends in Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre announced on Friday 17 July that they are evaluating the possibility of applying the total quarantine on weekends in the provinces of Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro in light of the increase in cases of COVID-19. Here is an official picture of the heat-sensing drone deployed in the province o
  10. Fatalities surged again, big-time. I don't read about any analysis of the therapies and protocols used to treat the COVID-19 patients. It's all about contagion and transmission. I wonder if the Panama authorities have implemented any of the approaches that seem to be successful elsewhere, based on corticosteroids, direct oxygenation, anticoagulants, and avoiding the use of ventilators. In any event, it doesn't look promising for an early relaxation of sanitation measures... In
  11. DRONE SURVEILLANCE! Per today's bulletin from the Ministry of Health: Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health, accompanied by Ivor Pitti, Vice-Minister of Security, inaugurated on Friday the operations center for control and community traceability of COVID-19 in the province of Cocle. Drones of the Enterprise model will be used to detect persons who have elevated temperature and who are circulating on the streets and neighborhoods. The drones are high-tech and calibrated to record the temperature in real time and to locate its target. A person identified to have high temperat
  12. I agree that using masks is mandatory, because of the rulings of the authorities. I also agree that nurses and other medical professionals who work in dangerous environments such as hospitals need to wear masks and scrub often. Dismissing the data in the article without addressing the numerous studies cited in it by attacking the author is a failure of critical thinking called ad hominem argument, and is unconvincing. I'll add a couple of thoughts... The C19 virus seems to be mutating (not unexpected, it's what they do) so the effectiveness of any vaccine is likely to be limited. Even a v
  13. A serious research paper, ten pages including at least 20 article citations, refutes the mask theory (except for the N95). THE RESEARCH IS CONCLUSIVE: MASKS AND RESPIRATORS DO NOT PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF VIRUSES Dr. Denis G Rancourt, PhD researchgate.net Mon, 20 Apr 2020 20:47 UTC Abstract Masks and respirators do not work. There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnes
  14. I consider wearing my mask to be mostly a non-optional fashion statement. We exhale saturated vapor (100% relative humidity) and there are millions of small (sub-micron) condensate drops in every breath. If you are infected, those drops carry huge numbers of virons, enough to infect another person. None of these particles is filtered in either direction by anything less than an N95 mask. The US CDC publishes a journal titled “Emerging Infectious Diseases” and the May, 2020 issue carries an article stating that in 14 randomized controlled trials covering four influenza pandemics,
  15. I believe it is reasonable to expect more posts of this kind. The degree of malnutrition of the Panamanian population has been massively increased due to the shutdown of the economy. Confinement has reduced vitamin D production, and wearing of masks negatively affected the blood saturation levels of oxygen and CO2. Widespread stress in addition to those physiological damages. All of which weaken the individual and collective immune systems. Measles, mumps, scarlet fever, even smallpox are some of the words that may return to the daily vocabulary.
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