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Swedish girl compelled to promote climate measures is chastised by my President. #asshole

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I find it so crazy that “any” leader, can find “any” issue with what this young lady has done to promote conversation over climate change. When most “tweens” are wondering what is happening with the Jonas Brothers or the newest PlayStation game, this one is …

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Crime

Cyber threats and computer bullshit to continue in 2020 and beyond.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/tecnologia/191212/principales-amenazas-ciberseguridad-dominaran-2020 The impact of cybercrime will undoubtedly grow in the coming years. Cybersecurity Ventures statistics reveal that such crimes will cost the world $ 6 billion by 2021, compared to $ 3 billion in 2015. This represents the largest economic transfer in history, its amount exceeds, for example, the illegal transfer …

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Legal

Ulloa to become new face of justice for Cortizo administration.

The Attorney General of the Nation is one of the most powerful men after the President of the Republic. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why in the last ten years, a term that indicates the Constitution as validity of his appointment, five people before the newly appointed have sat …

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Crime

Peru essentially indicts former “VP” over Odebrecht bribes.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/peru-juez-envia-a-prision-a-exnumero-dos-del-presidente-vizcarra-por-caso-odebrecht/ A judge sent César Villanueva , former number two of the current Peruvian government on Wednesday , accused of obstructing the investigations against him for allegedly receiving illegal payments from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht a decade ago. “I declare the request of the Prosecutor’s Office for 18 months of preventive detention against César Villanueva …

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A possible better option than Paper Straws to replace Plastic.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As much as the bay surrounding my condo in Panama makes me sick to my stomach, coming home to the states I am reminded in full how pollution once it hits the seas is not relegated to the 2nd and 3rd world nations. Quite the …

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Conservation

Two endangered Pandas born in captivity in Berlin.

https://www.prensa.com/salud-ciencia/zoologico-de-berlin-presenta-a-dos-bebes-pandas-gemelos/ The Berlin Zoo introduced its two new stars on Monday, the first two twin pandas born in Germany, at the end of August, which will be called Meng Yuan and Meng Xiang . As the Chinese tradition says, the two mammals, two males, were baptized 100 days after their birth, and were presented …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT follow up. I just can’t stop covering this.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/las-cuatro-lecciones-del-caso-odebrecht/ It was a Wednesday, December 21, four days of Christmas. It was the year 2016. The news, published on most information websites in the region, shook the business, political and judicial world: the US State Department revealed that executives of the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht confessed that they had as a practice …

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Entertainment

Art Basel occupied our entire weekend in Miami.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- if your an “arty” try to make this event next year. Once your past the traffic, it was a good time. https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article47447980.html Art — and by association, big money — takes center stage in Miami-Dade this week with the start of Miami Art Week, and …

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International Relations

Back here in US, DEMS still headstrong for impeachment.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/05/politics/trump-impeachment-message/index.html Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats are injecting an urgent new argument into their already fast-moving impeachment drive: President Donald Trump poses such a flagrant threat to American governance and democracy that there is no time to waste.”If we allow a President to be above the law, we do so surely at …

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Journalism

“Varelaleaks” covers intrusion into Supreme Court.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191204/191203-injerencia-varela-corte-suprema-justicia The Executive’s interest in appointing in the Supreme Court of Justice persons who can serve the interests of the president in office, or his relatives, has prevailed in several government administrations. Perhaps the subject has not been exposed as fluently as in the case of the conversations of the …

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Canal

I’m being restrained. Not even allowed to comment on this.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As I eluded to yesterday, the vim and vigor is taking a back seat for the holidays. But I am so keen to speak on this action, as if is finally making news. I have too many friends to count that work in Customs either …

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Posting few and far between for PNO. Home for the Holiday’s

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Taking a moment while looking at the Atlantic ocean on a beautiful day today just to reflect. The overwhelming conclusion I come to is ” I have much better shit to do then open this site every day“. We are staying in the US for …

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Politics

How “Varelaleaks” could become the enema that Panama truly needs.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Hope all had a great Thanksgiving with you and yours. Please read this translated article from “La Estrella”. Great commentary on the issues facing Panama. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191124/191126-191125-varelaleaks-oportunidad-depurar-poderes Although the origin of the leaks of the mobile of former president Juan Carlos Varela (Varelaleaks.com) is a questionable fact, the …

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PNO Thanksgiving checklist: Varelaleaks, Bocas del Toro, and Steven.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– In taking this time to truly be thankful, I really have to scrub my brain to find some things that made sense for me. I say that because overall, this year has been a bit of a “pain in the ass“!! My simple past time …

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Politics

What we “should” be looking for in the New Attorney General.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-perfil-de-un-nuevo-procurador-general-de-la-nacion/ Article 221 of the Political Constitution establishes that in order to be the Attorney General of the Nation and Attorney General of the Administration, the same requirements required to be a magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice must be met. According to article 204 of the Constitution , there are five requirements …

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Crime

Lawyer debate on “Varelaleaks” from La Estrella.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191122/191125-filtracion-renuncia-nuevo-debate A solicitor of the Nation cannot commit any crime or any act that tarnishes its transparency and credibility. Do you consider that there are enough merits to investigate the attorney of the Nation for the messages leaked in the ‘Varelaleaks’? I believe that there is enough merit to open …

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Editorial Contribution

Venezuela migration continues to increase.

OP ED: We tried to shed light on this back in APRIL of 2018. This was easy to forecast. http://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=593&action=edit For the regional headquarters of Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, the migration of Venezuelans is the greatest mobilization in the countries of the area in recent …

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Conservation

PANAMA steps up as Global Partner in protecting Endangered Species.

The largest of cat species indigenous to PANAMA. Protect the Jaguar. 40% of natural territory has already been taken. Chucunaque is 4 to 6 years old, 55 kilos, two puppies and his skin looks dark stained. It is the first jaguar (Panthera onca) that wears a GPS collar for its …

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Politics

Cortizo wise to not immerse himself into “Varelaleaks”.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Presidente-Cortizo-Pozos-cautela-Varelaleaks_0_5443705600.html President Laurentino Cortizo e vitó deepen, this Saturday, November 16, on the theme of the “Varelaleaks”. What he did make clear is that he does not like threats when referring to the warnings received by ex-president Juan Carlos Varela , via whatsapp. This Friday, former President Varela (2014-2019) reported …

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Crime

Unshackled Martinelli, a big problem for the Status Quo.

Criminal accusations of $10 Million in payments being alleged against Mejia’ and Di’az. https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Martinelli-millones-magistrados-Mejia-Diaz_0_5447455217.html Former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) claims a payment of $ 10 million – $ 5 million each – to magistrates Jerónimo Mejía and Harry Díaz , whom he criminally accused on Thursday, November 21, for the …

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I hope all can feel the joy I have in this. Better than picking Super Bowl winner.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I’m just saying being “RIGHT” about a topic is so much better than being “WRONG”. All the shit I took in looking at the Martinelli case with open eyes has been vindicated. Even more so now as I live here and learn the patterns of …

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Crime

Tables now turned on Porcell. Better learn Mandarin.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Procurador-investiga-Porcell-Varelaleaks_0_5445205471.html The Office of the Attorney General, in charge of Rigoberto Gonzale z, is carrying out two investigations against the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, following the leak of private communications by former President Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019). González informed La Prensa that the first investigation has to …

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This was fairly hidden from Ex-Pats. At least this one….

OP ED: “JB” Bryson- There is not much scientific to what I post here daily. I generally peruse the local papers in English format and find topics that I want to opine upon. Not rocket science. I was alerted to this story by some readers in America, and found it …

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Colón

ODEBRECHT campaigning for 72km of Infrastructure work in Colon.

After losing tenders to build the extension of line 1 of the Panama Metro to the Villa Zaíta sector and the expansion of the Concepción-Volcán highway, in the province of Chiriquí, combined projects exceeded 280 million dollars, the Constructora Norberto Odebrecht (CNO) prepares to dispute two new state contracts. It …

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RE: Conde’ Nest . Panama spending $6 Million for Tourism campaign.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- It is apparent that Panama is interested in getting more visitors to come here, but as my son in law mentioned and I have echoed constantly. Where is the contribution to get people to STAY? I/E Why do the Ex-Pats and the land issues and …

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Legal

Varela leaning heavily on Martinelli for “Varelaleaks”

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191113/191114-piden-investigar-origen-contenido-varelaleaks After the announcement of the resignation of the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcel, after making known the so-called “Varelaleaks”, various reactions from political sectors and civil society have emerged, both nationally and internationally. For the former president of Transparency International José Ugaz, the resignation of the Attorney …

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Just a little tidbit for PNO followers, as “privacy” is ruling the day.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Since all of us are now reading of the Martinelli “punctures”, and now Varelaleaks, I still have some lingering questions about the “who” and the “why” behind certain things myself. Though admittedly not nearly as high profile. As I post each day with my own …

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Legal

Every case she touched has to be looked at now.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/investigaciones-iniciadas-administracion-Kenia-Porcell_0_5440705960.html During the administration of prosecutor Kenya Porcell, the Public Ministry has conducted 105 high-profile investigations, mostly related to crimes against public administration, money laundering and corruption. Among some of the most emblematic causes advanced in this period is the investigation for peculation and money laundering generated by the payment …

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Uncategorized

This is like Christmas morning for PNO. I saw this coming.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– If the tone of PNO seems giddy with all this Varela stuff coming to light, it is only natural. I mean please see that I have absolutely expected this same skullduggery, backstabbery, and fully predictable Panama government to play out this way. So just so …

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Legal
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PORCELL OUT!! Here comes the fallout.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Kenia-Porcell-Cortizo-designara-procurador_0_5440705969.html “I am not attached to the position, I have made the decision to submit the resignation, because I want an investigation to be done accordingly.” Thus, during an interview with Radio Panama , the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, announced yesterday to the country that he will …

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