Canal

Panama plans for further expansion of an additional “lock” within 6 years.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/panama-canal-expects-water-reservoir-232824557.html PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – The Panama Canal expects to complete a billion-dollar construction of a new water reservoir within six years that will help ensure the passage of 36 ships a day, the administrator of the global waterway said on Monday. The Indio River reservoir project would become part …

Darien

Deadly migration through “Darien” continues as Mulino and US cooperate to address.

https://www.nbcnews.com/investigations/panama-using-barbed-wire-block-darien-gap-us-bound-migrants-rcna159774 In a bid to block U.S.-bound migrants, Panama has installed barbed-wire fencing along the Darien Gap, sparking panic among migrants trying to cross the jungle that links South and Central America — but not necessarily stopping them. Videos of the barbed-wire barriers appeared as early as June 27 in WhatsApp …

Bocas del Toro

Any of my “Bocas Brigade” feel a little shake, rattle, or roll? Checking in.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.56 strikes Panama-Costa Rica border, GFZ says https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/earthquake-magnitude-556-strikes-panama-costa-rica-border-gfz-says-2024-07-08/ PANAMA CITY, July 8 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 5.56 struck the Panama-Costa Rica border region on Monday, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said. The quake, which occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), …

Local Culture

“Indigenous” Panamanian culture wants to be shared with the world.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/vida-y-cultura/la-belleza-indigena-que-representara-a-panama-ante-el-mundo-BX7909553?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Representing the seven indigenous peoples with pride is Cristel Jiménez’s goal Cristel Jiménez, a girl from the Cerro Coco community in the Ngäbe-Buglé region, stands out for her simplicity. She has skills and talent. All of her qualities made her the winner of Miss Indigenous of Panama 2024. The …

"JB"

To ALL US Ex-Pats, PNO readers, and my Panama Friends. HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!!!!!!

To all of you HERE, and your families and relatives back in the States. God “help” us ALL, and God “bless’ us ALL.     Saludos- “JB”

Economy

Mulino decisions already having ripple effect in global markets.

https://www.mining.com/web/first-quantum-stock-jumps-on-panama-plans-for-mine-environmental-audit/ Shares of Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals jumped 6% on the Toronto Stock Exchange in early trading on Tuesday, following news that Panama would conduct an environmental audit of the Cobre Panama mine to decide whether it can safely be reopened. President Jose Raul Mulino officially took charge of …

Local Culture

Casco Viejo luring people to Panama with old world charm.

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/panama-citys-casco-viejo-what-to-see-eat-drink-and-do-b1162386.html The capital city’s old town is the place to be: here’s how to make the most of a stay Coffee, rum and sunny blue skies: the tiny tropical country of Panama has it all. And while most people that come to Panama come pass over Panama City in favour of the …

Politics

MULINO sworn in as Prez amid the pomp and circumstance deserved. ( Already on “Darien”)

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/panama-has-a-new-president-jose-raul-mulino/ On May 5, Panamanians elected José Raúl Mulino to be their next president. Mulino, who was nominated by Partido Realizando Metas and Partido Alianza, is a lawyer and previously served as minister of security and minister of foreign affairs. On the campaign trail, he vowed to put more money …

Politics

Nito leaves a “Legacy” of NADA. The most boring and un-accomplished run ever.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/el-ultimo-dia-de-nito-FY7818070?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Hand in hand with his wife and with a frown, the President of the Republic, Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo, went down the stairs of the Palacio de las Garzas, for the last time. Covered with his usual black mask, the man who served as president of Panama for the past …

Political FRAUD

Martinelli calls for draining the swamp from exile.

He’s not wrong,,,,,but far from right.  The Attorney General of the Nation, Javier Caraballo, confirmed this Friday night that he dismissed prosecutor Zuleika Moore https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/martinelli-pide-a-procurador-caraballo-limpiar-el-ministerio-publico-LJ7821148?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Following the announcement of the dismissal of then-prosecutor Zuleyka Moore, former President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, requested this Saturday, July 29, that the Attorney …

Immigration

This guy could be BEST PREZ EVER, and it’s not even a month. MULINO is true DOER!!! Not TALK

Actually addressing the LARGEST PROBLEM we have.  Panama and the US will sign an agreement to stop migration http://Panama and the US will sign an agreement to stop migration José Raúl Mulino explained that the agreement entails an orderly repatriation process for any migrant who tries to enter Panama without …

Food
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Finally a place to find great JAMAICAN food in Panama. Go get your “Oxtail on”.

Owners of Future Scholars Childcare and Pre-school in Ocho Rios, St Ann, young couple, Andre and Terrie-Ann Mesquita, were hoping to enjoy themselves as much as they could on their vacation to Panama City in February 2021. However, as fate would have it, their vacation was interrupted by an unfortunate …

Local Culture

Summer tourism spots that are popular to be seen.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/panama-five-must-see-spots-125402856.html   Panama, a captivating country nestled between Costa Rica and Colombia, has so much more for visitors to see than the canal that makes it famous. Linking Central and South America, Panama boasts diverse landscapes stretching from the Caribbean to the Pacific, including lush jungles, expansive plateaus and old …

"JB"

Hey, Tyson is back in the ring, …..why not me? Coming off the sidelines as this is TOO CRAZY!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson The 20 Year Dysfunctional Fuck Story that is RED FROG BEACH AND RESORT is truly taking on zeigeist worthy and mythical proportions. Needless to say, I “still” receive snippets, updates, “little birdies”, and “new stories of buffoonery” from my “BOCAS BRIGADE”.  TRUE, my wife has …

Energy/Infrastructure

Funding options remain hurdle for proposed Panama-David Train Project.

The president of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, Alejandro Ferrer, considers that the Public Private Association figure could be an alternative for the execution of this and other projects, at a time when the national Government is highly indebted. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/capac-ve-viable-construir-el-tren-panama-david-bajo-el-modelo-app-FX7716326 For Alejandro Ferrer, president of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction …

Real Estate

Panama Real Estate still not recovering from “years” of shady operations. Need REAL groups.

The main reasons for these complaints were due to refunds, hidden defects, lack of information and abusive clauses, according to Acodeco data. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/quejas-contra-inmobiliarias-superan-los-8-millones-a-mayo-DX7716126?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc A total of 222 complaints against real estate companies were filed with the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco), from January to May 2024. …

"JB"

JW Marriott turning LEMONS into LEMONADE with “re-branding” of TRUMP failure/fiasco.

Just go back a mere 10 years, and you will see a grandiose opening, Prez Martinelli in tow, speeches by “Donny” and Ivanka, and assurances of the success of TRUMP OCEAN CLUB. Located in the heart of Punta Pacifica, this mixed use Hotel/Condo project was the apex of development at …

Immigration

Seven arrests made in Colombian “human trafficking” ring. Affecting all of LATAM.

The network ‘gave foreigners lodging, food, transportation and false documentation’ https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/detienen-a-siete-miembros-de-una-red-dedicada-al-trafico-de-migrantes-enviados-a-panama-JM7680083 Colombian authorities detained seven alleged members of a criminal network known as ‘Los Coyoteros’ that was dedicated to smuggling migrants from the borders with Venezuela and Ecuador, and located six buses with more than 100 migrants that were going …

"JB"

US Prez Biden goes on record to NOT pardon son for drugs, hookers, and guns.

Best part of being an Ex-Pat is not getting so consumed in this type of shit. Just wondering if “Donny” would do the same for “HIS” shitbag sons.  Let’s not forget the Panamanians he fucked at the previous “Ocean Club” and GREENLAND.     ( Pussy, Rich, Entitled dipshits hunting endangered …

Human Interest

MEXICO committing over $108 Million to address Migration………PANAMA???????

The Mexican Foreign Ministry indicated that currently, Amexcid, 26 cooperation projects are being executed https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/mexico-destina-1083-millones-para-atender-las-causas-de-la-migracion-en-la-region-XC7657202?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid) and the International Development Cooperation (CID) mechanisms, reported this Tuesday that it allocated 108.3 million dollars to address causes of migration in …

"JB"

WAKE UP PANAMA!!! Your new President “might” have just been quoted with the BEST line EVER!

For the open record, PNO is an un-apologetic SUPPORTER of the new president, and furthermore, feel he is in a unique position to possibly become the BEST ever!  He knows the “real” issues as he was NOT a career politician or member of the pre-established Panamanian ELITE. As much can …

Darien

Almost 180,000 came through the Darien Gap. see “PNO” archive link

I have made it a point to be aware of this growing CRISIS to all of my readers. See Below of Post. Numerous organizations have warned about the dangers of crossing the plug-  ( LIKE JB @ PN-fucking O ) =-) https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/mas-de-170-mil-personas-cruzaron-el-darien-este-ano-AD7647828 From January to June 2024, a total of …

Crime

Many factors contribute to alarming rise in violent crime; Panama sees a “deadly” weekend.

The loss of fundamental values ​​and the expansion of organized crime in Panama are eroding the security and well-being of society, leaving in their wake a trail of violence and fear under the regime of death, said criminologist Marco Aurelio Álvarez. The expert refers to the violence that is ravaging …

Politics

Mulino facing expected pushback from PRD over assembly appointments.

Mulino announced that this week he will meet with the PRD bench and the deputies of the Popular Party and Moca https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/sigue-pulseo-entre-rm-y-mulino-por-el-control-de-la-presidencia-de-la-asamblea-JX7642658 With 20 days until the new government is installed and the new National Assembly is formed, it is expected that in the coming days the meetings between the …

"JB"

Just something a liitle bird told me.

I think some things are going to get mighty “shitty” for a mighty “liar” who is also a mighty “asshole” who has mightily “underestimated” the resolve of a mighty, mighty “determined bastard”. “WHAT A LOVELY DAY……………….”   But hey, who am I ?  I just post on a “shitty little …

Crime

Search of prisons reveal worlds worst kept secret—“Panama jails are anything but safe”

EX-PATS-  Don’t get arrested here. Period!!!  ( unless your from MINNESOTA =-)   =-)  ) More than 500 units of the National Police participated in each of these searches. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/decomisan-armas-de-fuego-drones-y-mas-de-27-mil-dolares-en-centros-penitenciarios-AK7628406?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc In the current administration of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, the public security forces, in more than 250 …

Political FRAUD

Zulay case to be heard in regards to vote integrity.

The Second Electoral Court admitted this Monday, June 10, the lawsuit for partial annulment of the election in the 8-2 circuit (San Miguelito) presented by the still deputy Zulay Rodríguez. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/juzgado-admite-demanda-de-zulay-rodriguez-sobre-nulidad-de-eleccion-en-circuito-8-2-CB7636545?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The lawsuit was filed for the counting of the votes recorded in the minutes of voting stations 4672, 4682, …

Environmental

Past years HEAVY RAINS are expected to continue for forseeable future.

This year the climate is expected to be very similar to 2010, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2022; years where the rains left mourning and pain https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacionales/impactos-de-las-lluvias-que-podrian-repetirse-este-ano-NY7616942?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc RAINS A lot of rainfall is expected and there will be landslides, floods, etc. Panama is going through a prolonged drought and is in …

Conservation

Mulino posts head of the MOST problematic agencies. AIG, ASEP, and IDIAP.

Mentioned the massive failures and corruption within these broken agencies of the past. Very pivotal to the future of Ex-Pats and new development, especially in the outer areas of Panama.  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/mulino-designa-a-viceministro-de-ambiente-y-a-directores-de-la-aig-asep-e-idiap-CY7607307 Also nominated as general administrator of the AIG, Adolfo José Fábrega, who until recently served as president of the …

International Relations

Panama applauded and welcomed into EU Security Council. Big step, on big stage.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/union-europea-felicita-a-panama-por-su-ingreso-al-consejo-de-seguridad-de-la-onu-IE7611208 Borrell pointed out that the EU hopes to maintain “close” cooperation with Panama The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, congratulated Panama, as well as Denmark, Greece, Pakistan and Somalia, for their election as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for the …