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World Events

Rain brings both help and harm for Australia fires.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/australia/australia-weather-intl-hnk/index.html Severe thunderstorms are pelting some regions of Australia suffering from historic wildfires with powerful rain and large hail.The storms could bring some much-needed relief to the firefighters battling some of the worst blazes the country has seen in decades. But forecasters say it’s not yet clear if the rain will fall where …

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Crime

Nito’s “swamp cleaning” update. More cannibalism in Public Ministry.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200116/200115-cae-segundo-fiscal-ministerio-publico In a second case of alleged corruption in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, an official of the Office of the Specialized Prosecutor for Drug-related Crimes is investigated for the commission of the crime against public administration. The incident was reported through a statement from the Public Prosecutor’s Office in which …

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Conservation

Help coming to aid pollution in Costa del Este.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/marea-verde-recibira-fondos-internacionales-para-proyecto/ An initiative of the Green Tide Foundation, which will integrate a mechanical device equipped with artificial intelligence to the garbage container barrier (BOB) that since the beginning of 2019 was installed at the mouth of the Matías Hernández river, in Costa del Este, was chosen as the most outstanding …

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Legal

Martinelli officially files complaints against Porcell and Varela

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/despues-de-la-posicion-de-eu-martinelli-pone-querellas/ After knowing that the United States Department of State will inform the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) that the former president Ricardo Martinelli does not apply the principle of specialty and, therefore, other processes can be advanced, his lawyers filed complaints against the former head of MP Kenya Porcell, and …

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Bocas del Toro

Emails quiet as a church mouse from the “Brigade” on this.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/fiscal-confirma-hallazgo-de-cadaveres-en-una-fosa-de-la-comunidad-el-terron-comarca-ngabe-bugle/ The superior prosecutor of Bocas del Toro, Rafael Baloyes , confirmed this Thursday, January 16, the discovery of seven bodies in a grave in the community of El Terrón , in the Ngäbe Buglé region . + info National Police confirms grave finding after capture of sect members in the Ngäbe Buglé region These are victims …

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Politics

“Transparency”……this is a steaming pile of BULL….!

OP ED- James”JB” Bryson- I wish I could read this type of press and have the slightest bit of confidence it will amount to ANYTHING. Even in the halcyon early days of Nito’s presidency, ( One that PNO openly campaigned for) we can already see that “Transparency” is a crock …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Dialogue renews over the City (Shitty) coastline of Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200113/200112-playas-ciudad-deben-acondicionarse A peaceful demonstration, on the outskirts of the Municipality of Panama, on January 15, 2019, has proposed those who are against the construction of artificial beaches in the Bay of Panama. On the subject, the architect, environmentalist and former mayor, Raisa Balfield believes that instead of building artificial beaches, …

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"JB"

World should be WOKE to tragedy in Australia. Hoping all can help.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Of all the shitty things that happened in a shitty week, it is this horrible event that has me the most upset. Australia is literally going through an extinction level event with these wildfires. A country so unique with an abundance of animals and fauna …

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Politics

The yelling and finger pointing has Zulay facing criticism.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/piden-al-prd-y-a-la-asamblea-nacional-aplicar-el-codigo-de-etica-a-la-diputada-zulay-rodriguez/ A group of citizens urged both the official Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the president of the National Assembly, Marcos Castillero, to apply the corresponding Code of Ethics to the PRD deputy Zulay Rodríguez . + info Zulay Rodríguez does not clarify if she has the gold platesDeputy Zulay Rodríguez files a complaint …

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Politics
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He won Mayor while in PRISON, he will win PRESIDENT in 2025.

Martinelli remains the choice of PANAMANIANS. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/martinellistas-dan-primer-paso-para-tratar-de-deponer-a-roux/ A group of conventions that fan the return of Ricardo Martinelli to the presidency of Democratic Change (CD) presented yesterday, at the headquarters of the party, one thousand 18 signatures so that the process of renewal of the current board of directors, which Rómulo Roux presides, begins . Almost two …

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Crime

Will “NITO” and new AG ULLOA help or squash the prosecution of the biggest thieves in the history of PANAMA.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/moore-gana-amparo-pesquisa-de-odebrecht-tiene-5-meses-mas/ In a kilometer unanimous ruling of 38 pages, the three magistrates of the First Superior Court of the First Judicial District decided, on January 3, to grant the superior anticorruption prosecutor Zuleyka Moore the protection of constitutional guarantees that interposed in the Odebrecht case. + info Odebrecht, a case in limbo, three …

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"JB"

United States UPDATE: Recent Trump statement implies de-escalation.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- If some of the military Ex-Pats over here have not stayed in immediate attention, the 12 land based missiles that hit US appropriated military installations in Iraq resulted in ZERO casualties. This is being universally viewed as a coordinated saving of face in light of …

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Conservation

Need some good news for my Environmental pals.

25 Year old Foundation showing great conservation progress in Brazil, which translates throughout region. The Foundation, which has turned 25 this year, has added the pechigrís parakeet to the list of species it has managed to save from extinction with its ‘in situ’ and ‘ex situ’ work. This year, as …

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Politics

Disregard my “Positive” post. Panama never lets me down. Boy did PNO see this.

OP ED: Sorry. but throughout the election PNO did OP ED after OP ED, and even had CONTRIBUTIONS sent in that covered EXACTLY what they are covering here. Please use the search engine and go back and read some of the entries we blogged about as it relates to Roux’s …

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"JB"

Back from the Holidays! PNO trying to stay positive for 2020.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– So my first “official” post for 2020 is going to try to be positive. 2019 ended,,,,well in a word “stressed” for me. The time spent in Florida whether on a boat, on the links, or playing chess with my granddaughter was appreciated and needed beyond …

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Journalism

PNO Op ED: This is more smokescreen Bullshit. Charges appear against Zulay after she Tweets of Minister Corruption.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Talk about transparent,,,,,headlines bought and paid for to go after a PUBLIC servant, over a PRIVATE payment that occurred a DECADE ago. If she has not abused her responsibility to the people of Panama, and has ZERO ACCESS to Government funds, why is it a …

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Politics

Nito starts 2020 with lofty aspirations. He needs to hold his Ministers “accountable”.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/en-su-primer-discurso-en-la-asamblea-cortizo-dijo-que-recibio-el-pais-hecho-un-desastre/ In his first report to the nation since the National Assembly as president of the Republic, Laurentino Nito Cortizo recounted what he found when he took control of the country. “In the last 10 years, Panama’s debt, that of all Panamanians tripled, from 11 billion to more than 30 billion. This amounts to a debt of 23 …

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Economy

Official handoff to new Comptroller.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191230/humbert-entrega-llaves-despacho-nuevo-contralor-gerardo-solis Federico Humbert made the official delivery of the keys of the superior office to the new comptroller, Gerardo Solís, marking the end of the transition process. Solís will begin his duties next Thursday, January 2, 2020. The symbolic delivery of the keys occurred in parallel to a tour of …

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World Events

Good Ol’ Saudis- Throw a RAVE to take mind off murdered journalist, then arrest people for indecency.

Read this link first: Would be less funny of it were not true. Insane misdirection by the media. https://www.thedailybeast.com/saudis-put-jamal-khashoggis-murder-behind-them-with-death-sentences-and-three-day-rave-party https://www.prensa.com/mundo/centenares-de-detenciones-en-arabia-saudita-por-indecencia-y-acoso/ More than 200 people were arrested in recent days in Saudi Arabia for “indecency” or “harassment”, in a first such campaign since the opening of reforms in terms of social …

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Legal

So far, No good Nito. This is some Quid pro Quo Bullshit.

So much for his big speech. This lady was as dirty as the day is long. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/procuraduria-no-admite-querella-contra-porcell-por-asunto-laboral/ The Office of the Public Prosecutor dismissed a complaint against the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, filed by a former Public Ministry (MP) official for alleged abuse of authority and violation of the duties of …

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Bocas del Toro
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To the “Bocas Brigade” both PRO and CON. PNO not driving the boat.

OP ED: Steven- To the loyal contributors that seemingly keep sending stuff to “JB” (even during the holidays), I must say your resolve is admirable. In light of the fact that I, even more than he have stated, are not interested in being the new “Bocasleaks“. Already we have done …

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Financials

2020 gives clean slate to Humbert replacement at Comptroller. Fingers Crossed

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/la-contraloria-clave-para-la-lucha-contra-la-corrupcion/ Since the beginning of the Republic there has been a succession of offices responsible for maintaining fiscal control of public spending. What we know today as the Comptroller General of the Republic was originally a tax visitor and then the state tax agent. In the 1930s it became the current institution. + info …

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History
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Before all my Holiday Cheer. One important post on Panama history.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- While perfectly content to continue to enjoy this Florida weather and NOT answer emails of press releases and more Panama skullduggery, I found this Washington Post article to be more than interesting enough to share for a number of reasons. First being it is the …

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US News of note

Trump letter to House Dems protests impeachment in ‘strongest’ terms. US Ex-Pats take note

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/politics/read-trump-impeachment-letter-to-house-democrats/index.html President Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, excoriating the House Democrats’ pursuit of an impeachment inquiry just a day before the full House is set to vote.He wildly claimed that “(m)ore due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.” And he …

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International Relations

Shady former ruler update: Play some F—–g soccer!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Looks like old Evo is having a blast of a time in Argentina since he raped Bolivia for so long. Maybe he can stay in contact with Varela when he settled in Beijing and they can play on the weekends. https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=http://elsiglo.com.pa/internacional/morales-agradece-fernandez-garanticen-refugio-argentina/24146706&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265,15700271,15700283&usg=ALkJrhgzuST1nPMYKWzQ0GMrpIGBBKob3g The former Bolivian president …

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World Events

Family of Khashoggi still rocked by lack of action.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/191217/pareja-periodista-descuartizado-embajada-saudi-critica-inaccion-internacional Hatice Cengiz, the couple of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was today “disappointed with all countries” and international organizations such as the UN or the European Union for not taking “any action” against Saudi Arabia. According to Cengiz, “everyone should be concerned” about the “null ability or ability …

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Conservation

More Panama perspective on Climate change. Ex-Pats take notice.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/el-ascenso-de-los-mares/ A year ago I wrote an article in La Prensa warning about the future impacts of sea level rise in Panama. I used a playful analogy about the fact that the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea 3 million years ago, and that, with the current climate change, the sea will …

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Crime

Defrauded businessman wants to sock Varela while at lunch.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/jueza-de-paz-desestimo-cargos-contra-sultan-por-altercado-con-varela/ The Calidonia Peace Court dismissed the charges against businessman Carlos Sultán, after the altercation he starred with the former President of the Republic Juan Carlos Varela, yesterday Monday at the Makoto restaurant. Judge Sonia Fuentes, issued a resolution filing the complaint after Varela did not appear at the court …

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Editorial Contribution

Keeping a keen eye if Nito can walk the walk. We have some stuff sent that will test resolve.

OP ED: Steven- JB re-posted an article last week where the newly elected President went out of his way to state to the world that Panama in open for business. Meaning “clean” business and not “dirty” business. I personally feel that Panama is the World Lightweight Champion in under the …

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Editorial Contribution

Who said a lawyer is perfect?STEVE’S LEGAL OP-ED.

OP ED: Regrettably over the past 7 or 8 months, I have had to more or less oversee what James is dealing with on his site. It started with “hey can you take a look at this?”, and has turned into me reading through about 15-20 emails per week. I …

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