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PNO.com= OPEN FORUM

Have an Opinion? Disagree with a post? Agree with a post? CONTRIBUTE. by James “JB” Bryson So after finally catching up on the emails from the long weekend, we had quite a few people to get back to. Allow me to WELCOME the many new friends we have gathered and …

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Back from US. Hope all had good weekend.

by James “JB” Bryson So we are happy to be back “HOME” in Panama after a somewhat debatable trip back to the states. Was great to see some family, but MAN are people still ANGRY all the time back in the states. It is a tangible feeling one gets when …

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Legal

Ex-PRD leader cites under oath that Martinelli admitted to wire tapping.

The ex-leader of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Mitchell Doens , one of the plaintiffs’ victims in the trial of Ricardo Martinelli for alleged political espionage, indicated that the former president confessed that he had “punctured” him. This is what Doens told him when he testified, under oath, on Tuesday, …

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Heading back to the States. Perfect time to send in PNO editorial contributions.

by James “JB” Bryson So the wife and I are heading back to Illinois for Father’s Day, and my PNO.com activity will be reduced to whatever I can sneak online in between family activity. I bring this up, as I have this site up as a tool and forum for …

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Politics

Nito making transparency a priority regarding Public Finance.

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/nosotros-necesitamos-cifras-reales-cortizo/24125116 In a scenario of struggles and accusations, public finances have stressed the transition process of the new government. The differences between the incoming and outgoing authorities on this issue have transcended the public eye and generated a huge expectation about the financial situation of the State. The first to …

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US News of note

Trump Jr. set to be grilled by Congress over Russia.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Trump-Jr-Capitolio-testimonio-injerencia_0_5325967361.html President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., arrived on Wednesday, June 12, at the US Congress to testify before a Senate committee and confirm the statements he gave during the investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential elections. “Nothing to correct,” Trump Jr. told reporters upon arriving …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT tentacles strangle Ex-Peruvian Governor with 8 year sentence.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/anos-carcel-exgobernador-peruano-Odebrecht_0_5325217501.html Peruvian justice on Tuesday condemned the former Ancash region governor of Ancash César Álvarez to eight years and three months in prison for receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht for the construction of a highway. info Odebrecht case: former mayor of Lima, imprisoned for …

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Martinelli freed from Renacer. My new neighbor in San Francisco.

Ex-President to be confined to his private residence. https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Martinelli-libre-prohibido-autorizacion-judicial_0_5325967356.html After 6:40 am this Wednesday, Ricardo Martinelli was already at his home located in the corregimiento of San Francisco. Wide expectation for the eventual release of former President Martinelli This, after the trial court of the process followed the former president …

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Environmental

Panama cutting it’s own throat, as Darien logging activity kills swathe of vital land.

The country lost 352 thousand hectares in 18 years The province with the highest forest loss between 2000 and 2017 was Darién. There, during the last years, several denunciations have been presented for illegal logging. The country lost between 2000 and 2017 about 352 thousand hectares of forests, due to …

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Sport

Dominican superstar “Big Papi” being transported to Boston after DR shooting.

The expelotero Dominican David Big Papi Ortiz, who was shot on Sunday, is in stable condition after a surgery of six hours, according to the ESPN . Several versions indicate that Ortiz was shot in the back and the bullet went through the abdomen. Big Papi Ortiz, 43, was operated …

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International Relations

Guaido bristles as Maduro opens border with Colombia.

http://laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/guaido-dice-maduro-reabrio-frontera-colombia-presion-ciudadana/24124701 The head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, said on Saturday that the government of Nicolás Maduro ordered the reopening of border crossings with Colombia due to pressure from citizens. For the ‘pressure of citizens (because) there is a need …

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Environmental

FOLLOW UP: Beach clean up in Bella Vista

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/operativo-limpieza-recolectan-Bella-Vista_0_5323717578.html A large amount of garbage was collected at Bella Vista beach, in Guararé, to avoid affecting the marine species of the sector. The Ministry of Environment staff and a group of volunteers collected plastic, glass, tires and cans in the area of ​​Bella Vista beach. In addition to the …

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Environmental

Metropolitan Park to receive $5Million facelift.

$ 5 million will be invested to create cultural and artistic areas, as well as new trails and facilities to increase the influx of visitors. https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Parque-metropolitano-ampliara-atracciones_0_5322967709.html Enter the domain of the Metropolitan Natural Park is a blow to the senses. The change in temperature is immediate and, despite being a …

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World Events

Over a MILLION gather in Hong Kong for Human Rights protest

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Gigantesca-manifestacion-Hong-Kong-China_0_5323717581.html Hong Kong witnessed this Sunday, June 9, the largest demonstration since it stopped being a British colony, in 1997, when more than a million people, according to the organizers, protested against the plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. The demonstrators marched under a scorching summer heat through the …

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Human Interest

Soccer star Neymar in Brazil to fight rape charges. Cites extortion.

https://www.prensa.com/deportes/Neymar-declara-difusion-intimas-violacion_0_5321467848.html Neymar appeared Thursday night at the police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro to give evidence in the case that investigates him for having disseminated intimate images of a woman who accuses him of rape, in order to show his innocence. The attacker, aged 27, entered the City of Police …

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Legal

Shady Mayor of San Miguelito being audited.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Contraloria-audita-Alcaldia-San-Miguelito_0_5321467889.html A forensic audit is carried out by the Comptroller General of the Republic in the form of the Mayor’s Office of San Miguelito, which is headed by Gerald Cumberbacht. During the last two days, the auditors have consulted in offices located in the headquarters of the Mayor’s Office, and …

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PNO.com business focus. LIVE WELL PANAMA

by James “JB” Bryson Just taking a moment to spotlight on a business that I have used since I came to Panama and am highly in support of. Back in the US, the “anti-aging” industry is growing in a massive way. I have been on a TRT program for many …

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Legal

“Popi, Yunito, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy”…and the other characters in Martinelli circus.

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/popi-recopilo-evidencias-contra-yunito-vega/24124262 The debate on the possible freedom of former President Ricardo Martinelli, about to complete a year in detention, begins to be a recurring theme in the trial sessions against the exmandatario by telephone jabs.The defense announced that on Tuesday it will request the trial court, led by Judge Roberto …

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International Relations

US feels internal bickering will undermine overthrow of Maduro.

The head of the US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo , warned in a private meeting that the internal divisions of the Venezuelan opposition are undermining the joint efforts to evict President Nicolás Maduro, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday . “Our problem, which is to keep the opposition together, has proven …

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Infrastructure

5 year delay about to end as Amador Convention Center set to open.

After five years of delay, including the abandonment of the first contractor, assignment of contract and failures in the execution of the works, everything indicates that the construction of the convention center in Amador is about to end. The company China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CCA) informed the Administrator …

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Colón

ODEBRECHT project in Colon’ causes closure of over 800 local companies.

Some 860 companies in the province of Colón have closed since the Renovación Colón project began, according to the balance made by the Chamber of Commerce of Colón. Its president, José Ortega Hidalgo, also estimated in ‘several million’ the losses caused to the entrepreneurs of the Atlantic coast as a result …

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International Relations

US and Trump trying to ally with UK in HUAWEI 5G conflict.

US President Donald Trump said he hoped his country would reach an “extraordinary” trade agreement with the United Kingdom after Brexit, and was convinced that it would reach an agreement with London on the Chinese Huawei group. The United Kingdom had to leave the European Union on March 29, but …

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MI MAR environmental movement to be in Panama on JUNE 8th. SUPPORT

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Read more about this great and important movement of like minded Environmentally aware people. Keep Panama beautiful. Read this related article about how much “Plastic” humans are consuming from La Estrella. http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/planeta/persona-puede-ingerir-70000-particulas-microplastico/24124110 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ A year ago the Mi Mar Movement was born, with the slogan …

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Air Travel

ODEBRECHT grip on Tocumen extended with addendum.

The Comptroller General of the Republic received on Monday, June 3, the documents of the addendum five signed by Tocumen, SA and the construction company Odebrecht to extend the presence of the company in the construction of the new passenger terminal. The airport management had assured that the company would …

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“TRUMP” hotel flag’s dirty “not so little” secret at Punta Pacifica. Those who know, know.

https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Empresas-Trump-acusadas-evasion-Panama_0_5319218068.html OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson There is much more to this story if anyone is aware of what occurred when this building was being marketed. They tried to get my wife and I to purchase one of the residences. As I watch this unfold. maybe I one day …

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Politics

Cortizo finalizes appointments. Meet your new Cabinet.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Cortizo-completa-Consejo-Gabinete_0_5319967959.html The president-elect of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo , announced on Tuesday, June 4, the names of the people with whom he completes his Cabinet Council . He did it in the company of the Vice President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo Jaén. Cortizo announces 7 ministers: Carrizo to the …

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Politics

Cortizo appointments will round out new direction for Panama.

The president-elect must appoint six magistrates of the Court, the electoral prosecutor, five directors of the ACP and two of the CSS, among others. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Nombramientos-afectarian-equilibrio-Nito-Cortizo_0_5318468159.html In his term, Laurentino Cortizo must appoint six principal magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice . Credentials will not be held; appointments of magistrates …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Deeper investigation continues into blast that killed 1 and injured 13 in Costa Mare’.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office reiterated that it was investigating ex officio the gas explosion that occurred in the PH Costa Mare, which left one fatal victim and 13 injured. It is pronounced construction of PH Costa Mare project after the tragedy Hospital del Niño confirms death of baby who suffered …

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Punta Culebra Natural Center starts Whale exhibit.

by James “JB” Bryson I wrote a blog entry about this great place back in December of last year. I think it is a fantastic place and great if you have young children eager to learn about the natural and wildlife diversity here in Panama. They have just started a …

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Editorial Contribution

Ex-Pat forum is a great avenue to connect with others. New events always planned.

by James “JB” Bryson I have recently engaged in an online forum that I feel is a great tool to meet people and particularly ex-pats. InterNations.com is a worldwide site dedicated to connecting ex-pats from all over. Many events planned to meet people. I was just informed of this one upcoming.  …

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