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Air Travel

Nito appoints executives to oversee Tocumen.

President looks to oversee the expansion and cease the prostituting. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Cortizo-designa-directivos-Tocumen-SA_0_5348465161.html The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , appointed the Deputy Minister of the Presidency, Juan Antonio Ducruet , as president of the board of directors of Tocumen Airport, SA According to Law 23 of 2003, said board of …

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US News of note

Ex-Pats from the South have keen eye on Hurricane Barry.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/tropical-storm-barry-saturday-2019-intl/index.html Barry made landfall this afternoon in Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, before being downgraded into a tropical storm. The system is now crawling north-northwest at 7 mph, brining extended downfalls that could prompt heavy flooding to the area. Here’s what you need to know about the storm: Where …

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Kudos to volunteers doing beach clean up in Pedasi.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Voluntarios-recogen-desechos-isla-Iguana_0_5349215038.html Using trolleys, rakes, shovels and plastic bags, at least 100 volunteers cleaned up on Saturday, July 13, the vicinity of Isla Iguana, district of Pedasí, province of Los Santos. Miguel Batista, mayor of Pedasí and manager of the initiative, said that this is the first day of winter clean-up …

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Hey RED FROG BEACH CLUB ??,,,,,,I’m WOKE, and I HATE BULLIES and LIARS. DING-DING-,,,,bell is rung.

by James “JB” Bryson All I can say is “WOW“. I have dealt with some shady and insincere people in my life, but it is apparent to me clearly now how some people just don’t get or fathom the concept of FREE SPEECH, DEBATE, and SHARED OPINIONS. So,,,,,,welcome to my …

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My personal (soon to be public) message to those who want to muzzle free speech.

by James “JB” Bryson So this is what I LIVE for. I enjoy a good bully. I am ex Military and really don’t like being pushed around. Furthermore, although my affairs and business “require” the use of lawyers and attorneys, I generally don’t like them. I think they are spineless. …

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Crime

La Prensa BLOWING up on ODEBRECHT again. KUDOS

Mary Triny Zea Due to the expansion of the airport, more than 7 million were paid in bribes, a document reveals that the construction company prepared one of the addendums of the work. From the expansion of the Tocumen airport , Odebrecht paid about $ 7.2 million in bribes in …

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VISITOR OP ED: “JB, you are spot on about Varela. Only person online saying so”

by James “JB” Bryson– So, if you read past archives of post and news articles that we disseminated, I make it abundantly clear that in my time in Panama I have had issues with FORMER President VARELA. I really don’t give a shit if people agree with me or not, …

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Hoping all US Ex-Pats had a HAPPY 4th!!!

by James “JB” Bryson Took the weekend off to spend it with visiting family for the 4th. I truly hope that all of the US residents of Panama and back at home enjoyed their holiday. An with special appreciation shown to the men and women of all US Armed Services.

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US News of note

Back in US: Trump intent of sabre rattling show of Military force for JULY 4th.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Just saying, as noted in article, the United States is BY FAR the largest Military with largest arsenal on the planet. https://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp . The practice of showing Military might has always been left to the countries and leaders that feel the need to shoe perceived …

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Legal

Martinelli trial gets suspended for the day.

He takes opportunity to complain of excessive force during transfer from his home to Plaza Agora. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/juicio-contra-martinelli-suspendio/24127985 The trial against the former president, Ricardo Martinelli, was suspended on Tuesday until tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. The measure is due to the fact that the trial judge, Arlene Caballero, could not attend …

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Politics

Trump sends message to Nito.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I wonder if he added, “Oh by the way, forget about that whole TRUMP Ocean Club and Newland Group thing. You know?, the hotel and residence fiasco where I screwed people out of their deposits. By the way, I hope your like me and doing …

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Politics

Cortizo policy shift is a backhanded slap to the reign of the CD party.

No lying, no cheating, no stealing should be the behavior of the new government of Cortizo, who in his first speech listed the actions to reactivate the economy. He called for justice and advanced the projects that he will send to the Assembly http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/cortizo-instala-nuevo-codigo-conducta/24127973 Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo approached the podium at …

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Crime

GUILTY AS SIN,,,,the prosecution of ODEBRECHT will still be challenging.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/desafios-procesales-nuevas-revelaciones-Odebrecht_0_5339466068.html The development of a complex investigation such as that of the Odebrecht case depends fundamentally on four aspects: the investigative capacity of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP), effective collaboration of some of the participants in the acts of corruption, diligent action by the Judicial Organ in the face of …

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Politics

Nito adds more to the new staff. Note new appointments.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/nombramientos_0_5337216294.html The elected president,  Laurentino Cortizo made new appointments for his government, this Thursday, June 27, in ministries, addresses, secretariats and authorities. As manager of Tocumen SA, he appointed Raffoul Arab Pinzón; The new general director of the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and Family (Senniaf) is Sara Rodríguez and …

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Economy

We look back at Varela as Nito era begins.

OP ED: Based on what we reported on during the year, thought this would be higher. I’m pissed I can’t rant a bit more. “JB” https://www.prensa.com/politica/millones-dolares-publicidad-gastaron-Varela_0_5339466030.html During the five years of administration of President Juan Carlos Varela , (2014-2019), the investment in advertising amounted to $ 26 million 447 thousand …

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Back from the dead. Hello PNO.com

By James “JB” Bryson Sorry for the lag in topics, and to the emails, sorry for the lag in replying. Not only did I have some terrible internet and router issues this past weekend. The wife got a bit ill and I was on nurse patrol. We all have been …

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Politics

Fiery Zulay has Humbert and Odebrecht in her crosshairs.

The deputy Zulay Rodriguez presented, this morning, a complaint against the Comptroller General, Federico Humbert, against the prosecutor, Zuleika Moore, and three former directors of the Brazilian company Odebrecht. The complaint is based on the fact that the penalty agreement between the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Brazilian company, validated …

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Environmental

Global fishing industry cuts it’s own throat with thoughtless killing of sharks.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- These assholes that run and control international fishing entities continually go against decades worth of data and go on with the mindless slaughter of sharks on a yearly basis. Not only do they disrupt the natural order of things by decreasing an apex species at …

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ODEBRECHT and Varela connections exposed even further.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– THANK YOU to Mary Triny Zea and the editors of La Prensa for wrapping up nicely an expose of what I have been opining on at PNO.com. ODEBRECHT did not merely enrich the coffers of “others”, but please notice who is in this picture………….. DIVISION …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT: Inside the anatomy of a corrupt enterprise.

*Great insightful expose of the investigation into Odebrecht. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/ICIJ-filtraciones-revelan-Odebrecht-conto_0_5335716494.html THE DIVISION OF SOBORNOS ICIJ: leaks reveal that Odebrecht did not tell everything Although the Brazilian company undertook to cooperate, in practice there are proven facts that have not been revealed. The Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals unpublished details. Results of …

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Legal

As I was saying…………read below.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Denuncian-Varela-Saint-Malo-radares_0_5335716501.html A few days before the installation of the National Assembly in the 2019-2024 period, a new complaint was presented yesterday at the Legislative General Secretariat against President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado . The appeal was filed by Alejandro Pérez , lawyer …

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OP ED: Varela using his last week to continue hypocritical pursuit of Martinelli clan.

by James “JB” Bryson I have been fielding shrapnel from many on PNO.com for my opinions as it relates to the ongoing trial and prosecution of former President Ricardo Martinelli. Many have accused me of being a shill or apologist of the man, And in reading some of my past …

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Local Culture

Barrio decorates streets in striking colors for Corpus Christi celebrations.

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/cultura/villa-santos-viste-calles-colores-corpus-christi/24126338 The main avenue of the Villa de Los Santos, in the province of Los Santos, was colorful with works of art made on sawdust. They are paintings of different colors that mix religiosity, culture and that give beginning to the celebration of the festivities of Corpus Christi. The festivity that …

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Human Interest

US and Costa Rica have differing opinions of possible ISIS members that were in Panama.

https://www.critica.com.pa/sucesos/eeuu-alerta-presencia-de-isis-en-panama-551888 Three suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) were in Panama a few weeks ago for almost a month , warned the United States Department of Homeland Security (HSI).The HSI report details that the Egyptians Hibrahim Mohamed and Mohamed Eissa, along with the Iraqi Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Juburi, were detected during their visit …

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PNO.com in front of the big boys on this one. TOCUMEN corruption.

We followed up on this Panamerica.com article on 5/21. I’m all over this shit. “JB” http://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2986&action=edit https://m.panamaamerica.com.pa/economia/negociado-en-tocumen-se-impondria-ante-la-oaci-1135084 ______________________________________________________________________________ http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/contrato-entre-tocumen-aerojato-panama/24126970 During the government of Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019), Dulcidio De La Guardia was appointed president of the Board of Directors of Tocumen International Airport, SA (Aitsa). At the same time, De La …

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“Hey Nito?”. One request,…..look to end UNHOLY ALLIANCE between Panama and CRIMINAL ODEBRECHT.

by James “JB” Bryson For the love of Holy GOD, I am hopeful that after the July 1st Inauguration of the new President, he makes the crippling and embarrassing dependence on the PROVEN CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE OF ODEBRECHT come to an END. As Panama has continued to grow and expand into …

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Bocas del Toro

Moving around Bocas getting tough as agreement not reached with carriers.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Continua-paro-transporte-Bocas-Toro_0_5335716383.html For the second consecutive day the stoppage of the transporters in Bocas del Toro continues , after failing to reach an agreement with the governor of the province, Esteban Chacón. Carriers in the provinces of Bocas del Toro are unemployed. The five borrowers operating in the province are paralyzed. …

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Editorial Contribution

El Nuevo Patron.

OP ED: PNO READER CONTRIBUTION A pocos dias del tan esperado cambio de Gobierno el En el Pais se respira un aire de esperanza ya que han sido 5 largos años de Persecucion Politica y Incapacidad. Tradicionalmente El Presidente de Panama tiene alguna persona o grupo economico que lo maneja …

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Politics

The end of the Varela rule will end in one week.

Article from CRITICA. Also uses my favorite Pic. https://www.critica.com.pa/opinion/el-triste-final-551800 The date was far away. Day by day we counted the minutes to arrive at the end of the nefarious government and sponsored by Varela’s power centers. There is jubilation and celebration in large sectors. Fear and desire to run in others. The refrain of …

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Bocas del Toro

Man finally sentenced for Bocas del Toro 2018 murder.

https://www.critica.com.pa/sucesos/condenado-pagar-17-anos-por-homicidio-en-bocas-del-toro-551411 A trial court in the province of Bocas del Toro after a hearing in which 28-year-old Norberto Baker was found guilty , sentenced him to 17 years in prison and five years of disqualification from public service for Jeremy Brown’s 18-year homicide. years, who died after receiving a puncture wound in the thorax. The sentence was handed down by the trial court …

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