Colón

Superhero movie bringing needed jobs to impoverished area of Colon.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/las-plazas-de-empleo-que-genera-la-filmacion-de-escuadron-suicida-ii/ A group of colonists showed satisfaction for the employment opportunity generated by the shooting of the film Suicide Squad II , which uses locations between 7th and 9th streets and Amador Guerrero and Justo Arosemena avenues, in the city of Colon. Sequence of ‘Suicide Squad II’ will be filmed in the …

Crime

Of course I’m back on ODEBRECHT. New faces every week.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200217/continuan-hoy-indagatoria-jaime-lasso-caso-odebrecht The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) resumed on Monday morning the inquiry followed by the former ambassador of Panama in South Korea, Jaime Lasso, in relation to the Odebrecht case. Lasso, alleged to have received bribes from the Brazilian construction company, showed up at the …

"JB"

Hoping all PNO couples had a pleasant Valentine’s weekend.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson Sorry for the sporadic posting lately, but much has been going on behind the green Oz curtain over here. Not only are we following some corruption cases pretty closely, but we are trying to organize a fundraising function for WOUNDED WARRIOR in Old Town over …

Conservation

The Panamanian Capital of “Illegal Logging” is actually RICH with History.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200126/expedicion-darien Since the discovery of the South Sea by Vasco Núñez de Balboa in 1513, the great powers of the world saw the need to make a passage between the two oceans that would facilitate trade and navigation in times of war. There were many expeditions and studies carried out since …

Crime

VOTE FOR THIS: Proposal before Assembly looks to remove cushy punishments for those on the TAKE!!!

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/proponen-impedir-la-sustitucion-de-penas-en-casos-de-corrupcion/ That persons who commit a crime against the public administration are excluded from the benefit of substitute penalties for house arrest and community work. This is one of the proposals raised in a preliminary bill submitted to the plenary of the National Assembly. The initiative, promoted by the independent deputy Gabriel Silva , …

Energy/Infrastructure

Keep an eye on this “BULLSHIT”. Contract has $3.5 Million of FLUFF baked in.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/aaud-gastara-cerca-de-20-millones-en-contratos-directos/ Ten contracts drawn up in November 2019, by the Urban and Home Cleaning Authority (AAUD), for the rental of heavy equipment for the amount of $ 19.5 million, rest in the Comptroller General of the Republic pending endorsement. The contracts, whose endorsement was rejected in December last year by the then …

Economy

WOW, a massive contract that Odebrecht did not win. Pinch me.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/metro-de-panama-adjudico-hoy-a-consorcio-hph-joint-venture-diseno-y-financiamiento-de-la-linea-3/ The Panama Metro awarded the HPH Joint Venture Consortium on Tuesday, February 4, the design, construction of civil works and financing of the third line of the transportation system. The HPH Consortium is made up of the Korean Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Posco E&C. The ACPC Consortium, formed by the Spanish Acciona …

Politics

Roux and Martinelli battles continue as CD party fractures.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/200204/200203-martinellistas-anuncian-inscripcion-nuevo-partido The decision of the Board of Democratic Change (CD), to deny the convening of an Extraordinary National Convention, apparently ended up atomizing the collective founded by the former president of the Republic Ricardo Martinelli. The conventional CD, which collected the signatures to convene the Extraordinary National Convention to renew …

Crime

Charges levied against those involved in massive prison massacre.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/200203/doce-imputados-masacre-joyita The crimes are: aggravated intentional homicide and aggravated intentional homicide for the 13 dead and 14 wounded, resulting in the killing in hall 14 of the prison. Prosecutor David Mendoza says he has the evidence supporting his accusations The Superior Prosecutor of Homicide Prosecutor, David Mendoza, got the Guarantees Judge, …

"JB"

Nito “triples down” on the actions of his administration.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/el-presidente-laurentino-cortizo-evalua-hoy-a-su-equipo-de-trabajo/ OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: My 3rd post on this, so obviously I am fascinated by the quotes coming from Cortizo. He’s backing himself into a corner and drawing a line in the sand with his insistence that all the bullshit of the past Political officials, Ministers, Comptrollers, Assembly …

International Relations

Got my eye on these young kids, as Colombia goes to shit.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/colombia/200131/200130-continua-reclutamiento-menores-colombia More than 7,400 children and adolescents were victims of the recruitment of illegal armed groups in Colombia between 1985 and 2019, a “generalized and systematic practice” that adapts to the new dynamics of the conflict in the country, a report presented Thursday said. After the signing of the peace …

Bocas del Toro
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PNO knew this and did NOT post: Legality of Red Frog Titles to be determined by Supreme Court.

OP ED: Steven– I have occasionally jumped on these issues for JB since the rhetoric and nasty comments from the “Bocas Brigade” ramped up. To be clear, PNO was aware of these issues from lawyers requesting information from us which was refused, and others contacting us from email. I am …

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This should be STUNNING!! C’mon Nito….Open Your Eyes!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: I hope all my readers and any visitors to PNO.com can take the time to go back in our archives and see what a STAUNCH supporter of Nito Cortizo we were during the past year. OPENLY supporting him. I am not foolish enough to imply …

Environmental

Environmental exhibition up to raise awareness in Panama.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/una-ciudad-en-resiliencia/ Global warming and its consequences are undeniable, bringing with it a climate crisis from which Panama does not escape. That is why, in search of finding and promoting actions that help the isthmus in its fight against these effects, the Biomuseo inaugurated its new temporary room “Your new city: how to …

Sport
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UPDATE: Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28572984/helicopter-carrying-kobe-bryant-made-climbing-turn-rapid-dive NBA legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters were among nine people killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bryant was 41. Bryant was on his way to a youth basketball game with his daughter Gianna Bryant, who was 13, when …

"JB"

Indigenous of Panama: Native inhabitants fall victim to religious “Bubba Miseh”

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As my readers know, I am not a member of the Jewish faith, yet my granddaughter is being raised between two faiths, as her father is Jewish. That is how I first learned of the Yiddish term of Slavic origin above. “Bubba Miseh”, as I …

Crime

Will Supreme Court grant additional term to prosecute Odebrecht?? Or will people continue to CYA?

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/caso-odebrecht-queda-en-manos-de-la-corte/ The Odebrecht case was now in the hands of the Supreme Court of Justice. This court must decide whether or not to grant an additional term to the investigation carried out by the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor to continue investigating bribes paid by the construction company in Panama. The process remained …

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Apparent thief in lawless Bocas. Help me “OUT” this piece of SHIT.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson Over the course of this past year, I have been able to meet and correspond with quite a few locals in Bocas del Toro. Of course it was generally not talking over a good subject, but some of the people (“some”) have been pretty …

World Events

Rain brings both help and harm for Australia fires.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/australia/australia-weather-intl-hnk/index.html Severe thunderstorms are pelting some regions of Australia suffering from historic wildfires with powerful rain and large hail.The storms could bring some much-needed relief to the firefighters battling some of the worst blazes the country has seen in decades. But forecasters say it’s not yet clear if the rain will fall where …

Crime

Nito’s “swamp cleaning” update. More cannibalism in Public Ministry.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200116/200115-cae-segundo-fiscal-ministerio-publico In a second case of alleged corruption in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, an official of the Office of the Specialized Prosecutor for Drug-related Crimes is investigated for the commission of the crime against public administration. The incident was reported through a statement from the Public Prosecutor’s Office in which …

Conservation

Help coming to aid pollution in Costa del Este.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/marea-verde-recibira-fondos-internacionales-para-proyecto/ An initiative of the Green Tide Foundation, which will integrate a mechanical device equipped with artificial intelligence to the garbage container barrier (BOB) that since the beginning of 2019 was installed at the mouth of the Matías Hernández river, in Costa del Este, was chosen as the most outstanding …

Legal

Martinelli officially files complaints against Porcell and Varela

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/despues-de-la-posicion-de-eu-martinelli-pone-querellas/ After knowing that the United States Department of State will inform the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) that the former president Ricardo Martinelli does not apply the principle of specialty and, therefore, other processes can be advanced, his lawyers filed complaints against the former head of MP Kenya Porcell, and …

Bocas del Toro

Emails quiet as a church mouse from the “Brigade” on this.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/fiscal-confirma-hallazgo-de-cadaveres-en-una-fosa-de-la-comunidad-el-terron-comarca-ngabe-bugle/ The superior prosecutor of Bocas del Toro, Rafael Baloyes , confirmed this Thursday, January 16, the discovery of seven bodies in a grave in the community of El Terrón , in the Ngäbe Buglé region . + info National Police confirms grave finding after capture of sect members in the Ngäbe Buglé region These are victims …

Politics

“Transparency”……this is a steaming pile of BULL….!

OP ED- James”JB” Bryson- I wish I could read this type of press and have the slightest bit of confidence it will amount to ANYTHING. Even in the halcyon early days of Nito’s presidency, ( One that PNO openly campaigned for) we can already see that “Transparency” is a crock …

Energy/Infrastructure

Dialogue renews over the City (Shitty) coastline of Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200113/200112-playas-ciudad-deben-acondicionarse A peaceful demonstration, on the outskirts of the Municipality of Panama, on January 15, 2019, has proposed those who are against the construction of artificial beaches in the Bay of Panama. On the subject, the architect, environmentalist and former mayor, Raisa Balfield believes that instead of building artificial beaches, …

"JB"

World should be WOKE to tragedy in Australia. Hoping all can help.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Of all the shitty things that happened in a shitty week, it is this horrible event that has me the most upset. Australia is literally going through an extinction level event with these wildfires. A country so unique with an abundance of animals and fauna …

Politics

The yelling and finger pointing has Zulay facing criticism.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/piden-al-prd-y-a-la-asamblea-nacional-aplicar-el-codigo-de-etica-a-la-diputada-zulay-rodriguez/ A group of citizens urged both the official Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the president of the National Assembly, Marcos Castillero, to apply the corresponding Code of Ethics to the PRD deputy Zulay Rodríguez . + info Zulay Rodríguez does not clarify if she has the gold platesDeputy Zulay Rodríguez files a complaint …

Politics
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He won Mayor while in PRISON, he will win PRESIDENT in 2025.

Martinelli remains the choice of PANAMANIANS. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/martinellistas-dan-primer-paso-para-tratar-de-deponer-a-roux/ A group of conventions that fan the return of Ricardo Martinelli to the presidency of Democratic Change (CD) presented yesterday, at the headquarters of the party, one thousand 18 signatures so that the process of renewal of the current board of directors, which Rómulo Roux presides, begins . Almost two …

Crime

Will “NITO” and new AG ULLOA help or squash the prosecution of the biggest thieves in the history of PANAMA.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/moore-gana-amparo-pesquisa-de-odebrecht-tiene-5-meses-mas/ In a kilometer unanimous ruling of 38 pages, the three magistrates of the First Superior Court of the First Judicial District decided, on January 3, to grant the superior anticorruption prosecutor Zuleyka Moore the protection of constitutional guarantees that interposed in the Odebrecht case. + info Odebrecht, a case in limbo, three …

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United States UPDATE: Recent Trump statement implies de-escalation.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- If some of the military Ex-Pats over here have not stayed in immediate attention, the 12 land based missiles that hit US appropriated military installations in Iraq resulted in ZERO casualties. This is being universally viewed as a coordinated saving of face in light of …