May 14

Chimy Ávila: “My representative was talking to Barça”

first_imgBarcelona interest: “They did not contact me, but I know that my representative spoke with them. It is nice to know that people loved me in Barcelona.”The hardness of its beginnings: “At Empalme Graneros I was hungry, sad, happy, I learned to walk, to kick the ball. Every time I take a breath, I reflect and remember it.” Sharing costumes with Messi: “In the national team or at Barça? Where God forbid. But if I grab the captain’s armband, it’s going to be screwed up for me to take it off (laughs).”Soccer in your area: “It has happened to me many times to be shooting penalties and at four in the morning to start running because two started shooting themselves. He who forgets where he comes from, does not know where he is going.”Chimy Ávila, a soccer worker: “I collected cardboard, I worked in a demolition plant, I cut the grass of the neighbors … I did everything before dedicating myself to soccer.”Recovery support: “Ramos encouraged me, his brother called my agent to get interested. It will be because of the hosts that he hit me and I never complained. Felipe, from Atlético, also kicked me, I got up and said ‘what’s wrong, you’re Crazy? ‘But nothing happens, I’m used to shooting penalties to a goalkeeper with a gun to my waist. “ Enjoy your passion: “If I have been through so many risks in the neighborhood, why shouldn’t I be happy here? I don’t feel pressure. There is pressure from those who have to feed their children, get up at night to work on a farm. Soccer it’s not pressure for me. “last_img read more

August 19

Panamas presidentelect wants to review trade agreements with US Costa Rica

first_imgThe president-elect of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, said he wants to revise free-trade agreements with the United States and Central America and that he will bring respect to a country whose image has been stained by tax evasion.Cortizo (Democratic Revolutionary Party, PRD) defeated the right-wing Rómulo Roux by a narrow margin on Sunday. It marked the sixth general elections after the 1989 US invasion, which put an end to the dictatorship of Manuel Antonio Noriega (1983-1989).Analysts doubt that Cortizo, who will succeed current president Juan Carlos Varela, will make major changes to international policies, and they are uncertain of what he could do to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.Cortizo resigned in 2006 as Minister of Agricultural Development for arguing that Panama should not accept the relaxation of the sanitary norms that, in his judgment, the FTA imposed.Cortizo said Sunday that “like it or not, it is a treaty that we Panamanians have to respect”, although “there are clauses in the treaty that allow us to make that request” for a review.“Obviously with the United States we have to be very cautious when we request to revise treaties […] because they are our main trade partner,” Cortizo said.But some analysts believe it is unlikely that the future president will revise the trade pact with the United States.“I do not think there will be a revision of the FTA, but perhaps adjustments that are included in the protocol of the Treaties. The relationship between Panama and the United States, especially with the PRD governments, has always been good and intense,”  James Aparicio, director of the newspaper Metro Libre, told AFP.– Will he dare? –The United States is the main commercial partner of Panama and the first user of its Canal, with which it transported 174 million tons of cargo last year.In addition, the countries operate joint security programs in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, money laundering and illegal immigration.Carlos Guevara-Mann, a professor of International Relations at Florida State University in Panama, believes Cortizo will follow “the orbit of influence of the United States,” so he will “avoid taking actions that irritate” the Donald Trump government.“I doubt they dare to propose reforms to the FTA,” he said.Cortizo, a businessman and rancher, has also been in favor of reviewing trade agreements with Central American countries, which in his opinion are detrimental to Panamanian producers who complain about the imports that displace their products.“I do know that there are other treaties in Central America that we are going to request a review, like Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” Cortizo said on Sunday, though he did not provide further details.– ‘Rescue the image’ –The president-elect also stressed that he will enforce the interests of Panama, a phrase he has repeated to accuse the Varela government of not fighting enough change the country’s reputation as a tax haven.One of his plans is to create a group of experts to develop a strategy to “rescue” the name of the country, three years after it was exposed as a sanctuary of tax evasion of the rich, famous and powerful in the so-called “Panama Papers.”“Of the 125 commitments we have in the action plan, the number one talks about rescuing the name of Panama,” Cortizo said.Panama has made legal reforms to adapt to the international fight against money laundering and tax evasion.“It is up to the new government to continue along these lines,” said Rita Vásquez, director of the newspaper La Prensa.However, local sectors consider that these reforms threaten the country’s sovereignty and damage the competitiveness of its financial system.“Cortizo really, like the government of Varela, has among its close associates people who are directly involved with the business related to the creation of offshore companies,” said the vice president of the Center for Democratic Initiatives (CIDEM), Claire Nevache.“Obviously it is an important factor, but there is little room for movement, so I think there is a little show for the electorate [in Cortizo’s statements],” Nevache added.“These are demagogic statements; the best way to rescue the name of Panama is to fight the corruption that suffocates the country,” said Guevara-Mann. Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83 Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Plastic bottles recycled into eco-village in the jungle of Bocas del Torolast_img read more