Economy

Grade on “5 Year Plan” to come in JUNE of 2025.

Back in 2020 the UNWTO- or “World Tourism Organization” was tasked to put together a “Master Plan” that would bear the fruit of an increase in sustainable tourism projects of ( 50% ). This even took into account the effect of COVID-19 on the Economy. I am aware that there is REAL …

Editorial Contribution

“SPOCK” is nothing if not determined and consistent.

OP ED “JB”- Sort of a dead time for me topic wise as nothing is particularly “juicy” to chime in on. Pretty much the opposite of an election year back home. Romelo Roux- whom “PNO” has lovingly monikered “Spock” for years now because, well,……………………….?  OK, having passed the obvious, it …

Politics

VP of “RM” steadfast in exonerating Martinelli.

José Raúl Mulino asked all the candidates to: “make the effort, go find the votes to lead us to victory on May 5th.” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/ayudaremos-a-martinelli-a-salir-de-este-problema-y-pondremos-al-pais-a-volar-mulino-YC6217735 In next year’s festivities in Soná we will be celebrating, with Ricardo Martinelli, in his land,” stated the vice presidential candidate for Realizing Goals and the …

Darien

22K more migrants through Darien than at this time last year.

The increase in migrants through the Darién on their way to the US or Canada in search of better living conditions has been progressive since 2021, reaching the record number of more than 520,000 last year https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/mas-de-68400-migrantes-han-cruzado-el-darien-en-2024-22000-mas-que-un-ano-antes-BD6225164?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc More than 68,400 migrants have crossed the Darién jungle, the dangerous border between …

Politics

2024 Election a story of who is NOT there more than WHO is.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/una-contienda-electoral-con-eliminacion-de-candidatos-MH6229817?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Political Campaign Advisor Julio Villalobos describes the fact that these judicial processes are in the middle of the electoral period and just a few days before the general elections as a great risk for the democracy of this country. The electoral contest of May 5, 2024 has become a …

International Relations

Brazilian Prez unwanted in Israel after Holocaust comparisons.

The Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel Katz, declared this Monday, February 19, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva “persona non grata” for comparing the current war against Hamas in Gaza with the Holocaust. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/israel-declara-a-lula-persona-non-grata-por-sus-comentarios-sobre-el-holocausto-ED6162006 “He is persona non grata in the State of Israel as long as he does not retract his …

Politics

Carrizo wants “clean” debates, but you can’t have a Prez with “bitch tits”. Hit the bench Gaby.

Carrizo expressed that he has warned that in the debates he will not attack or slander anyone “as they have slandered me since I arrived.” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/carrizo-al-te-no-nos-cambien-las-reglas-del-juego-YB6157818 The presidential candidate of the PRD-Molirena alliance, José Gabriel Carrizo, asked the Electoral Tribunal (TE) to “not change the rules of the game” after …

Bocas del Toro

Some Bocas del Toro History: Once destined for takeover by Mexico

The Mexican government wants to reconstruct the bizarre story of Catarino Garza https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/el-general-mexicano-que-quiso-tomarse-bocas-del-toro-XB6157145?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Hidden in a corner of Bocas del Toro, Panama, is a part of the history of the Mexican revolution. One that the journalist and general, Catarino Erasmo Garza Rodríguez, wrote with his actions. A rebel who took …

Legal

Absence of Martinelli has even more consequences on election than his inclusion.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/preven-estrecha-eleccion-ante-la-salida-de-martinelli-de-la-carrera-presidencial-AE6134174#google_vignette Martinelli’s lawyer, Carlos Carrillo, announced that he filed an appeal for clarification of the cassation and warns that the criminal actions have not yet ended. The eventual disqualification of the presidential candidate due to the alliance between the Realizing Goals (RM) party and the Alianza party, Ricardo Martinelli, according …

"JB"

Kansas City Chiefs make it 3 out of 4 in winning SUPER BOWL. Just ask Taylor.

I am well aware of the difference between what LATAM refer to as “FOOTBALL” and us GRINGOES, but the biggest sporting event in the US passed last SUNDAY, with KANSAS CITY taking home the crown. With Pop Icon TAYLOR SWIFT cheering on her boyfriend of the moment, the CHIEFS needed …

Human Interest

WOW- Election Year and Gabby remembers there are Indigenous voters, lets shake some hands.

On the third day of his tour of the Ngäbe Buglé Region, a large crowd reiterated their support for Gaby in the midst of indigenous cultural demonstrations https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/carrizo-anuncia-ministerio-indigena-ante-miles-de-panamenos-en-la-comarca-ngabe-bugle-IB6102802?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Residents of the 27 townships of the Müna and Ñürüm districts gave a great welcome to presidential candidate José Gabriel Carrizo. On …

Human Interest

30 year era of Martinelli “Magic” coming to inglorius END.

A name and effigy revered by millions. One who continuously faced enemies, a rebel, a voice to be heard, one who seemed to always find a way out.  RICARDO MARTINELLI will never be the same in Panama. The “machine” has got him by the balls. He’s made too many enemies, …

Legal

Off we go. Screws tightening on Martinelli already. He should’ve taken my parachute hint.

Election Year in PANAMA= the worlds BEST reality TV. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/cancilleria-niega-salvoconducto-al-expresidente-martinelli-DL6085656 The Criminal Chamber sent the file of Ricardo Martinelli’s sentence to the Second Criminal Court, which must notify the Electoral Court. The former president’s legal team announces new resources The Foreign Ministry of Panama denied the safe passage requested by …

Art/Entertainment

Carnaval is HERE. Not exactly on par with Brazil, but a big deal in PANAMA nonetheless.

In parallel to the celebration, the 2024 electoral campaign adds an additional element of interest. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/panama-da-inicio-a-sus-carnavales-2024-con-esplendor-y-una-campana-electoral-GH6090697 Infectious music and an explosion of color mark the beginning of the 2024 Carnivals, which this year takes on special meaning as it coincides with the 2024 electoral campaign, adding a political touch to …

Air Travel

TOURISM BOOST? COPA adds route to encourage more EAST COAST travel to PANAMA.

Opening up to Raleigh-Durham, NC in June. Major EAST coast hub. https://www.travelandleisure.com/copa-airlines-panama-raleigh-durham-north-carolina-june-8559396 Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines is making it easier to get to Central America with a new route from Raleigh-Durham, NC, to Panama City. The new flight, which will take off for the first time on June 21, will …

Politics

Guess Ricardo is afraid of heights. Standing firm like he always does.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/martinelli-no-estoy-derrotado-AI6028112 Martinelli explained that they have created a criminal case against him and that they want to remove his electoral immunity The presidential candidate for the Realizing Goals and Alliance parties, Ricardo Martinelli, at the beginning of his political campaign assured that he is innocent and said that Panama has …

"JB"

Newbies…….,was I lying? Nothing more entertaining than PANAMA politics.

A incredibly popular ex-President, who has done prison time in the US, been sent back to Panama, done prison time here. Won Mayoral race while incarcerated. Has had two sons do prision time in Guatemala and US. Family owns the equivalent of the nation’s WAL MART, is exonerated on charges. …

Political FRAUD

Get ready for tons of political posts for 2024. Let the PANAMA GAMES begin!!!

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/corte-suprema-no-admite-otro-amparo-al-expresidente-martinelli-LH6009195?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The presiding judge in this case was Olmedo Arrocha and it was announced on February 1 The plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) did not admit a protection of guarantees filed by lawyer Shirley Castañeda, defender of former president Ricardo Martinelli, against an order of the …

"JB"

Get ready for a bloodbath election year. Gloves are off with these people.

This was covered in great detail for both of our Spanish and English readers, but as I welcomed the “NEW” readers and contributors to life here in PANAMA, people considering retirement, and Ex-Pat status. I like to cover just how “cannibalisitic” the political scene is down here. I have to …

Energy/Infrastructure

Now this makes me HAPPY, cause Mi AMBIENTE sucks so royally!!! Outside visionairies

The environmental diversity of PANAMA has the potential to lead the way in the progress and pursuance of CLEAN energy for generations going forward. This forward thinking company is leading the way in LATAM. EnfraGen has become one of the largest renewable energy generators in the country with an operational …

"JB"

“A fish rots from the head down” ENGLISH READERS

EDITORIAL: The President of the Supreme Court of Panama (Maria Eugenia López) continues to appear to be doing everything within her power and beyond to keep Ricardo Martinelli (RM) from running and becoming the next President of Panama (Does that sound familiar)?   In my homeland to the North there is …

Editorial Contribution

“Un pez se pudre de la cabeza hacia abajo”

EDITORIAL: La Presidenta de la Corte Suprema de Panamá (María Eugenia López) sigue pareciendo estar haciendo todo lo que está dentro de su poder y más allá para evitar que Ricardo Martinelli (RM) se postule y se convierta en el próximo Presidente de Panamá (¿Le suena familiar)? En mi tierra …

"JB"

EU- to “headquarter LATAM operations in PANAMA” Win by DEFAULT.

“JB” This is actually historic and prolific news that appeared as merely a “blurb” in the news today.  Effective as of JANUARY 16, 2024-  The European Union has identified The Republic of PANAMA as the destination of it’s HEADQUARTERS for LATAM operations. In and of itself, it is a highly …

"JB"

MINSA approves (7) legal licenses to produce cannabis derivatives.

“JB” This is actually to me “huge” news. PANAMA has been 10 steps behind on Medical and Legal Marijuana production it is a joke. Marijuana and Production of THC derivatives could be a HUGE economic BOON to the agricultural GDP export of PANAMA. PANAMA is still rooted in Judeo-Catholic beliefs …

International Relations

Claims of GENOCIDE against Israel, sure to send shockwaves and divisiveness amongst UN.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/stoppioni-juicio-a-israel-por-genocidio-clave-para-la-legitimidad-del-derecho-internacional-NY5881807   The spiral of violence and death suffered by the Gaza Strip reached a new stage after South Africa presented a lawsuit against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the possible commission of the crime of genocide against the Palestinian population. The historic process, which held …

"JB"

Who would sacrifice “God Given Natural Beauty” to make a buck?? Give you one hint……..

Op Ed: Well the holidays were fantastic. Got to see my Grandaughter ( my God is she growing!!) . She made the Dean’s List, and she is becoming John Legend on the piano. I truly hope everyone else’s was as rewarding as mine. Even got the wife to somehow chug …

"JB"

Martinelli makes it hard for PNO- he can’t stay out of his own way.

Op Ed – “JB” “PNO” has long been a supporter for Ricardo Martinelli, despite the fact he makes it almost impossible to do so. I have consistently blamed an indemic system of corruption that is rich and historic in PANAMA. Dating back to Noriega and Escobar, to Mossack-Fonseca, to ODEBRECHT.  …

Agriculture

PANAMA still can’t get it’s shit together with “illegal logging” affecting our tropical canopy.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/operacion-de-la-europol-con-panama-contra-la-tala-ilegal-HH5823009?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc An international operation against illegal logging coordinated by the Italian Carabineros (military police), under the guidance of Europol, and with the collaboration of the police of Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica and Panama, concluded with the seizure of wooden containers from Myanmar and Brazil worth tens of thousands of euros. …

"JB"

EX-PATS: Perform your Due Diligence BEFORE writing the check in PANAMA investment.

“JB” Op Ed If your new to this blog, pay close attention. If your a veteran, same old story of me venting my shit. I just posted a POSITIVE outlook contributed by both La Estrella, CNN, and Trip Advisor, that list PANAMA as a “must visit” tourist destination. Key word …

Editorial Contribution

Time to take advantage of early positive outlook on Tourism for 2024

Editorial La Estrella de Panamá journalists@laestrella.com.pa 01/06/2024 00:00   PANAMA is perceived in better eyes in the world and we must take advantage of that. A couple of days ago, CNN Travel included the isthmus as one of the 24 destinations to visit in 2024. The media praises its tropical forests and …