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Bocas del Toro

Bocas tragedy could be prevented. Young boy killed getting run over.

Traffic accidents occur every day. In a bustling city, with cars and taxis going everywhere, it is understood.  BUT, in a bohemian island city, it is from just plain “lawlessness”.   I noticed of my time in Bocas (dealing with scumbags), that “Bocas Town” or “Isla Colon” more or less operates …

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Human Interest

With new administration in POWER……………”Let the PANAMA GAMES begin!!!!!!!”

For years I have watched like “Game of Thrones” the underbelly of drama that defines the Panama political landscape. So now with the foreplay over (elections), the real screwing begins. Where else will you find the “de-facto” leader of a newly elected President, housed up in exile in an embassy, …

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Politics

End of Trump trial near: Result? Already knew he was “liar”, still can run for Prez. So……NADA.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/el-juicio-al-expresidente-donald-trump-en-nueva-york-llega-al-final-CG7495703 Trump is accused of falsifying accounting records to buy the silence of former porn actress Stormy Daniels about a sexual encounter between the two in 2006, which could have damaged his 2016 presidential bid. The historic trial of Donald Trump in New York enters its final stretch this Tuesday, …

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Church

The “woke’ world judging the most LIBERAL 87 year old Pope ever.

The 87-year-old pope used a word from the Roman dialect, “frociaggine,” which is considered derogatory. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/el-papa-usa-un-insulto-para-referirse-a-los-homosexuales-segun-los-medios-italianos-JL7490496 Pope Francis used a derogatory term to refer to homosexuals in the Catholic Church during a meeting with Italian bishops, several local media reported on Monday. During the assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference …

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Crime

Former thieves provide the best tips to avoid being victim.

When in doubt, ask a former scumbag out.  https://www.247mirror.com/es/avoid-getting-robbed?ly=native_one&abtv=e5cce607-dfc8-45d4-94ca-fc3b994be19f Do you think your neighborhood is safe? Unfortunately, in the US alone there are more than 2.5 million robberies a year, which means that a robbery occurs every 26 seconds. Thieves will most likely laugh out loud at the common “one …

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US News of note

US Missionaries MURDERED in totally F’—-D up HAITI.

Baker’s daughter, Natalie, and her husband, Davy Lloyd, were in the country serving as missionaries. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/asesinan-a-tres-misioneros-en-haiti-incluyendo-a-la-hija-de-un-legislador-de-ee-uu-GF7456976?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Three American missionaries died at the hands of armed bandits who attacked an orphanage that houses dozens of children at Lison 49, in Plaine, north of Port-au-Prince, under the control of armed gangs for …

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Agriculture

Mulino hits ground running with new cabinet appointees.

Ameglio will accompany the designated minister Roberto Linares in Agricultural Development The president-elect, José Raúl Mulino, appointed this Friday, May 24, Francisco José Ameglio Vásquez as vice minister of Agricultural Development to accompany the designated minister Roberto Linares in this portfolio. Ameglio has worked as an assistant in the Legal …

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Air Travel

BUSINESS INSIDER reports on RAVE reviews on air travel within PANAMA.

https://www.businessinsider.com/copa-airlines-panama-economy-review-2024-5?r=MX&IR=T#if-i-could-avoid-a-lengthy-layover-for-future-trips-to-and-from-panama-id-book-the-carrier-again-in-a-heartbeat-24 I flew economy on Copa, Panama’s flagship airline. My only regret was not booking it for a long-haul flight home. Monica Humphries May 14, 2024, 7:02 AM GMT-5 The exterior of the Copa Airlines plane. Monica Humphries/Business Insider Copa Airlines is Panama’s flag carrier. The airline offers flights across the …

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World Events

President of IRAN: Confirmed dead in Helicopter crash.

The death of the 63-year-old Iranian president opens a period of political uncertainty in Iran https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/el-presidente-irani-raisi-muere-en-un-accidente-de-helicoptero-EC7411341 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Minister died in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran, the government announced  Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday appointed First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim …

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Panama Tourism

Focus on 5-Star Luxury is on the radar for 2025 tourism. A day of luxury step by step.

https://www.businessinsider.com/punta-pacifica-panama-richest-neighborhood-photos-2024-5?r=MX&IR=T Duncan McGowan describes Panama City’s Ocean Reef Islands as “perfection.” The landscaping is manicured flawlessly, never a leaf or branch out of place. You’d have to hunt to find trash anywhere on the islands, and instead, you’re more likely to notice bird songs filling the air. Looking one way, …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Hold on,,,,,,,So ASEP does in fact have a “working office”???? Just not open to Ex-Pats I guess.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/contenido-patrocinado/eficiencia-energetica-para-la-industria-panamena-una-oportunidad-de-sostenibilidad-y-competitividad-con-erco-energia-XG7239275 Erco Energía presents itself as a strategic ally for companies in Panama that are looking for advice and solutions regarding energy efficiency for their production processes. Panama’s industrial sector has long been a key driver for the country’s economy and progress. However, the increase in energy and power rates, …

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Conservation

Anyone who reads this blog, understands this is IMPORTANT as shit to me.

Scumbags always find slimy avenues of interpretation to skate past penalties imposed on illegal wildlife trafficking.   https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/en-el-mundo-se-trafican-mas-de-4000-especies-de-vida-silvestre-FE7350315?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc   Among the most affected species are rare orchids, succulents, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals, says the Cites report. Wildlife trafficking has not reduced substantially in two decades, reports the World Wildlife …

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Bocas del Toro

EX-PAT/VISITOR ALERT- For those on Eco-Tours in jungle regions, remember word “Jungle”.

https://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/nacionales/cocodrilo-casi-le-arranca-el-pie-cuando-cruzaba-quebrada-en-veraguas-EA7332134 The scare of his life got a man who was attacked by a crocodile when he was crossing the La Toyoza ravine, in the district of Cañazas, province of Veraguas. The man managed to get away from the animal, but suffered serious injuries to one of his legs, so …

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US News of note

Ex-Prez TRUMP will be proven a Liar and a Cheat, but it won’t make a shred of difference to base.

Lies are like quicksand. The more you say, the more you sink.  If he just said–“yeah, I cheated on my wife and banged a Porn star”, nobody would care. You can’t be trusted with nuclear missiles, if you can’t tell truth about your prick.    There could literally be video …

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Air Travel

Numbers do not lie- TOCUMEN expansion has turned PTY into new hub for all Latin America.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/aeropuerto-internacional-de-tocumen-procesa-mas-de-15-millon-de-pasajeros-en-abril-LA7323591?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The main port of entry and exit of the country has served a cumulative total of 6,153,781 passengers. With 44%, South America is the subcontinent with the main destinations departing from Panama The Tocumen International Airport processed 1,557,428 passengers during the month of April, that is, 9.8% more than …

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Crime

The cost of pursuing freedom MUCH HIGHER and DANGEROUS for women.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/mujeres-migrantes-victimas-de-robos-violaciones-y-con-sus-hijos-a-cuestas-MX7213817 So far this year, some 130,000 people have crossed the Darién jungle, of which 104,000 are adults, and of this figure around 35% are women. Migration has long ceased to be a man’s thing. Women alone, with children or with their partners leave their homes behind, having to go …

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Environmental

Raging floods are pummeling Brazil.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/los-rios-aumentan-su-caudal-en-el-sur-de-brasil-arrasado-por-las-inundaciones-AE7314130   The historic floods in Rio Grande do Sul, caused by heavy rainfall since the last days of April, have affected more than two million people, leaving 143 dead, 806 injured and 131 missing. The torrential rains hitting southern Brazil increased river flows and created scenes of “chaos” in …

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Darien

As requested and suggested by PNO,,,,,Mulino states strong stance on addressing Darien.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-immigration-mulino-darien-f46becc989e0f2c944922b03e6417a3f   PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama is on the verge of a dramatic change to its immigration policy that could reverberate from the dense Darien jungle to the U.S. border. President-elect José Raúl Mulino says he will shut down a migration route used by more than 500,000 people last year. Until …

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International Relations

CHINA “CHIMES” in on Mulino victory. (“asks if he wants same deal as Varela”) * IMHO

* This guy had his hand up Varela’s ass more than Jim Henson did with Kermit!” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/china-felicita-al-presidente-electo-jose-raul-mulino-XF7304606 Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Mulino on his election as President of Panama, highlighting the milestone of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Panama in 2017. Xi Jinping’s message …

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Political FRAUD

In typical PANAMA fashion- Political Life changes on a DIME.

I’ve said since I started this blog, that PANAMA despite it’s progressive exterior as an emerging country that is ready to operate in a 1st “world” environment, they continue to “cannibalize” opposition. Zulay, once a shining star in the political landscape, is suddenly “persona non grata”. Zulay denounces fraud. “I …

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Environmental

MASSIVE Humanitarian effort underway next door with neighbor Brazil.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/operacion-de-guerra-en-el-sur-de-brasil-para-rescatar-a-las-victimas-de-las-inundaciones-MN7285196?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc With warships, cargo plans and field hospitals, the Brazilian Armed Forces deployed a huge operation to help the victims of the devastating floods in the south of the country, which have left at least 108 dead, 136 missing and entire cities under Water. The Army, the Navy and the …

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Politics

Under butthurt scrutiny from losers,,,,,,Mulino lays out his priorities.

    https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/migracion-comercio-y-recuperar-la-confianza-en-panama-retos-de-mulino-como-presidente-BM7248726?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc José Raúl Mulino, winner of Sunday’s presidential elections in Panama, faces great challenges, such as the economic crisis or the fight against corruption, as well as regaining confidence in the country and clearing up doubts about whether he intends to undertake a constitutional change. . These are …

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Politics

HEY GABY???? Eat a “BOD’s”. Your scumbaggetry ends at the steps of the Presidential palace.

Go finish your MANSION fuckface! https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/carrizo-reconoce-a-mulino-como-virtual-ganador-de-las-elecciones-2024-GY7230855?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The presidential candidate and current vice president of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo, thanked God and advocates for the new president to unite the country José Gabriel “Gaby” Carrizo, presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and Molinera, with 88,897 votes, recognized the …

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Politics

IT’s OFFICIAL!!!!! COUP of JUSTICE FAILS. MULINO SHOCKS as NEW PRESIDENT.

PANAMA CITY (AP) — José Raúl Mulino, the stand-in for former President Ricardo Martinelli in Panama’s presidential election, was set to become the new leader of the Central American nation as authorities unofficially called the race Sunday night after his three nearest rivals conceded.   https://apnews.com/article/panama-election-president-mulino-martinelli-a9954f8a3622885232771ffd51e69715 The 64-year-old former security …

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Environmental

This is just a cool story and PIC.

Solar Orbiter footage shows an intriguing feature, which is glowing gas. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/vida-y-cultura/solar-orbiter-muestra-la-corona-del-sol-de-cerca-HA7211180 The European Solar Orbiter mission, which aims to study the Sun, filmed the transition between our star’s lower atmosphere and the outer corona, with images showing the glowing gas forming lace-like patterns, called coronal moss. The European Space …

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Politics

LMFAO. Cries from the BUTTHURT. They are DONE before first ballot is cast. Bow out with dignity.

“Captain’s Log-Stardate 2024- 1st officer SPOCK is incredibly pissed off” https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/contendores-de-mulino-reaccionan-al-fallo-de-la-csj-GB7210549?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Roux pointed out that with this ruling the pact for the impunity of RM-Gaby-Mulino-Benicio is confirmed The presidential candidates remained vigilant to the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice to declare unconstitutional or not the candidacy of José …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT,”Mossack/Fonseca”,PANAMA PAPERS- Trial finally underway.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-papers-odebrecht-trial-50e8e62ae2021c417e49751d7cfe0331 PANAMA CITY (AP) — Eight years after 11 million leaked secret financial documents revealed how some of the world’s richest people hide their wealth, more than two dozen defendants are on trial in Panama for their alleged roles. The repercussions of the leaks were far-ranging, prompting the resignation of …

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Politics

Intrigue of Panama’s election not escaping Western news sources.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-martinelli-mulino-election-president-5440083e749efb687adee89c5601c864 PANAMA CITY (AP) — Six of the eight candidates vying to be Panama’s next president laid out their plans to generate jobs and to manage the country’s water crisis in their final debate Wednesday night before the country’s May 5 election. Former government minister José Raúl Mulino, who has …

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Environmental

SAFETY tip for all visitors to the coastal waters of Panama. RIP CURRENTS/UNDERTOW= R.I.P

Courtesy:CNN On Good Friday 2017, Wyatt Werneth got a call from his wife, who had gone grocery shopping with their daughter: The car’s broken down. Please rescue us. Werneth hopped in his vehicle to assist, driving by Patrick Space Force Base near Cape Canaveral, Florida. From the A1A highway, Werneth …

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Weather

EX-PATS: Happier here than in Oklahoma???

Multiple tornadoes touched down on Saturday night in several counties in the state of Oklahoma (USA), causing at least two deaths and material damage that is being evaluated. https://elsiglo.com.pa/internacional/america/multiples-tornados-causan-destruccion-en-oklahoma-FC7141160 Republican Governor Kevin Stitt reported yesterday that the state remains on “high alert” for bad weather after several tornadoes and thunderstorms …

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