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OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Amazing what some “away time ” can accomplish for anyone during this time of Covid. For many Ex-Pats that have been stuck here in what is supposed to be our “paradise”, we are chomping at the bit to go home. Jose “Josito” Zapata will be …

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Human Interest

UN rightly and openly condemns “Dictator” Maduro of Human Rights crimes.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/mision-de-la-onu-vincula-a-maduro-y-al-gobierno-venezolano-con-crimenes-de-lesa-humanidad/ Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the most important ministers of his government are linked to possible “crimes against humanity,” said a UN mission on Wednesday when presenting a report that seeks the systematic use of torture and extrajudicial executions in that country. “The Mission found reasonable grounds to believe that the Venezuelan authorities and …

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Health

Hospitals showing signs of progress as Panama rapidly approaches full open borders.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/mortalidad-de-pacientes-en-uci-disminuye-a-un-30/ After six months of the pandemic, doctors in Panama’s intensive care units have managed to reduce the mortality of patients with the Covid-19 disease who are admitted to intensive care units (ICU) by 30% . Julio Sandoval, advisor to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on the subject of ICUs, assured that mortality went from 50% in …

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Economy

Something to look at for Ex-Pat owners of income properties.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/reforma-a-la-ley-sobre-arrendamientos-se-mantiene-en-consulta/ The Ministry of Housing and Land Management (Miviot) consults with various sectors to make changes to Law 93 of October 4, 1973, which dictates measures on leases in the country. The draft of a change proposal, which the Miviot sent to some unions on September 8, has raised criticism among …

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Crime
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This will NEVER lose attention on PNO.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Josito mu amigo. It’s very important you ALWAYS maintain a hand up the ass of ODEBRECHT. This case is bigger than MOSSACK-FONSECA. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/caso-odebrecht-en-manos-de-marquinez/ The Odebrecht case, an iconic investigation that follows the trail of the millionaire bribes that the Brazilian construction company paid in Panama to award …

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Crime

Could Darien continue to grow into the drug funnel of Latin America?

OP ED: Coming from a Customs background……just saying this area screams as a conduit for illegal contraband. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200901/senafront-aprehende-dos-colombianos-e-incauta-785-paquetes-drogas-darien Units of the National Border Service (Senafront), through surveillance and verification work, apprehended two Colombian citizens after locating in the Playa Cocal sector in Darién, 15 sacks with 785 packages with alleged …

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Human Interest

Enough depressing shit…..Panamanians helping Panamanians. Enjoy

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/un-bocado-de-esperanza/ Cocinando y Donando (Cocydon ) is a social gastronomy initiative that was born in 2016, when Luis Fernando Norato cooked 12 dishes in the kitchen of his apartment to distribute them to people who were homeless. Some time later, this gesture of solidarity became a gastronomic movement made up of …

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Health

Panama bullish on COVID progress as country looks to re-open.

Panama maintains below 1 the effective reproductive number of cases (Rt) or average value of the contagion rate of the Covid-19 disease . https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/panama-cerca-de-lograr-el-control-de-la-epidemia/ This was reported by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) by detailing that the Rt of the last epidemiological week (August 23 to 29) was 0.96; the one reported in the previous epidemiological …

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"JB"

Meditation— I’m doing it, you should to.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– I can tell you that my wife would come unglued if I continued to blog or post about negative shit, and not post this article. She has “personally” re -Tweeted it and shared it with her cache of friends already. “Happy wife, Happy life” …

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Health

End of August shows some positive signs of Covid decline…..but not out of woods.

In recent days the impact of the new coronavirus has decreased and the figures for August project that they will be lower compared to July, which was the month where the virus hit the country the hardest. According to statistics from the Ministry of Health (Minsa) until yesterday’s report, Tuesday, August 25, …

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Flights resuming at Tocumen as Panama slowly crawls back to life….”JB” soon out!

OP ED: By James “JB” Bryson After a major surge in infections after the first failed attempt at re-opening the country, flights are now beginning to bleed slowly out of the country as certain permissions have been granted for travel. As many have still contacted me via email and friends …

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Ex-Pat Struggles during COVID. One Opinion

by James “JB” Bryson So as we are approaching 5 MONTHS of essentially home imprisonment, the term EX PAT takes on a bit of a different meaning. After 12 YEARS, and being an AMERICAN citizen, being an EX PAT has always translated to a good thing. Being away from the …

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Crime

This HAS to be a movie one day. ODEBRECHT crime is as big as any story in US.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200727/convenio-odebrecht-acuerdo-premiado-e The MEF and the Public Ministry, entities that must provide information on the payment of the fines imposed on the construction company Odebrecht, do not do so or do not find the figure in their records. The company is inhibited from giving statements about it Neither the Ministry of Economy …

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Varela goes back to prosecution for Odebrecht. AKA ” well they did it too” LOL.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/varela-acude-nuevamente-a-la-fiscalia-para-ampliar-declaracion-indagatoria-en-caso-odebrecht/ The former President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , returned again this Monday, July 27, to the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. + info Varela must return to the prosecution next weekVarela claimed that he gave important information to the prosecution in the Odebrecht case This, in order to expand his …

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Human Interest

US plans for the Martinelli brothers.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/guatemala-los-hermanos-martinelli-linares-estan-en-una-audiencia-para-conocer-los-motivos-de-su-extradicion-a-estados-unidos/ Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , detained last Monday in Guatemala, were taken to a court on duty this Tuesday, to begin the process of their eventual extradition to the United States, where they are required for an alleged conspiracy to launder money. + info Guatemala captures two children of …

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Human Interest

Saga continues for the Martinelli brood.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/ricardo-alberto-y-luis-enrique-martinelli-linares-tenian-salvoconducto-para-circular-en-la-pandemia/ Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , detained since last Monday in Guatemala at the request of the United States, had a safe-conduct validated by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) , which would have allowed them to move around the country, despite sanitary restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic . + info Ricardo Martinelli …

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Newly cemented “Pussy” of Panama changes the low hanging fruit in Cabinet. NOT the real problems.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Ol’ Nito continued his empty rants of transparency and change, by firing the Minister of Health as a result of Covid. Another huge cop out on promises of change. This was a patsy move. The REAL changes on his cabinet are the slick US college …

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Crime

Seems just like yesterday he was calling the shots. Varela and team fumble under scrutiny.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200625/defensa-varela-sufre-reves-audiencia The defenders of former President Juan Carlos Varela and former Housing Minister Carlos Dubois suffered a setback at the legality control hearing requested by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office as part of an investigation that is being carried out for the alleged commission of the crime against economic order …

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Chiriqui

What is “Bojal’a” and what does it mean to Chiriqui?

ANSWER: Delicacy fish to be farmed responsibly with US corporation. https://www.martesfinanciero.com/portada/el-golfo-de-chiriqui-atrae-millonaria-inversion-en-acuicultura/ The US-owned company Forever Oceans Panama will plant bojalá in the Gulf of Chiriquí and its first production will be exported to the United States in 2021. In October 2020, a US investment group will begin planting bojalá on …

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PNO Wildlife Rant: South African proposal is short sighted and will send them all to Hell!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– I have forever been against the brain dead argument that sponsored BIG GAME and ENDANGERED SPECIES hunting as a means of conservation was utter BULLSHIT. It’s counter intuitive white elitist nonsense to justify pampered pussies to shoot and kill planter supporting food chain wildlife for …

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Hurts to report that we have lost a second friend to the COVID-19 back in states.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson Every now and again when I can find a moment, PNO has been able to post upon some things during these unprecedented times. Like the “Young Scumbags” that are ruining the Republic right under the nose of Nito, who has in an an incredibly short …

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Crime

What a crock of SHIT! Carrizo says Corruption cases not on the agenda…? I wonder why? # NITOISAPUSSY

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/proyectos-anticorrupcion-no-estan-en-el-radar-del-ejecutivo/ OP ED: “JB”- My biggest regret so far this year??? Having PNO vigorously throw support around this gutless pussy of a President that continues to “talk tough” about corruption . Who succeeded handsome Satan and Porcell, and who continues to let these punk power hungry young cabinet of his …

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Riots

Just as Corona fears ease, US lit afire amid Racial Police murder.

OP ED: “JB:- As we were anxiously looking towards to 22nd and the possibility of visiting family. I had to watch the streets of Miami filled with tear gas and armored riot patrols as the US is bracing with yet another high profile and videotaped murder of a Black male …

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Crime

Rotation of Moore from ODEBRECHT once again screams of BS right under our noses.

MORE ODEBRECHT BACKHANDED BULLSHIT https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/el-procurador-ulloa-retira-a-los-fiscales-de-los-casos-odebrecht-y-blue-apple/ The Attorney General of the Nation, Eduardo Ulloa , announced movements in various offices, among which stand out the rotations of Zuleyka Moore and Aurelio Vásquez , who until now had been in charge of the prosecutors who handle the cases of the Odebrecht and Blue Apple bribes. , respectively. In …

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Legal

Assembly to review charges against our shiny hypocrite.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200525/querellas-envio-asamblea-seran-repartidas The package of complaints that the Credentials Commission of the National Assembly sent to the office of the Attorney General, Eduardo Ulloa, contains eight complaints against former President Juan Carlos Varela, two against former Vice President Isabel De Saint Malo, and three against both. The complaints cover alleged crimes …

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Editorial Contribution

OP ED: Steven in South Florida. US taking strange steps to “new normal”.

OP ED: Steven for PNO Hello PNO readers and contributors. I wanted to take a minute to sort of reach out to JB and at the same time comment on what “our” family has experienced over the past 3 months being unable to get back and forth to Panama. Yesterday …

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Health

Influential Panama business tycoon heads home after Covid death rumors.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200508/poderoso-empresario-hotelero-herman-bern-supero-covid-19 The images of videos filming on social networks showed Herman Bern, one of the country’s best-known businessmen, wearing pajamas, leaning on a walker, surrounded by a team of doctors, receiving the best news of his life: “the second test COVID-19 is negative, “said Lillian Tang, an intensivist. The 70-year-old …

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PNO still trying to stay “isolated”. Hoping for country to re-open.

by James “JB” Bryson As we all try to diligently navigate these strange and unprecedented times, I like I am sure the rest of you are hoping we are close to getting back to our families. The Ex-Pat as of life is great in many ways. Quality of life. Economic …

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Air Travel

National airline COPA votes to hold dividends as they look to stem Corona impact.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/economia/copa-pospone-pago-de-dividendos-por-coronavirus/ Copa Holdings, an airline group that manages Copa Airlines and Wingo airlines , continues to take action to reduce the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) respiratory pandemic on its finances. Recovery in the airline sector will be slow and the industry is projected to return to pre-Covid-19 levels in late 2021 or mid-2022. Under this scenario and with …

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PNO continues to promote protection for Darien. These trees should be TOURISM and NOT LOGGING.

GREEN GIANTS could be a boon for ECO-TOURISM. https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/los-gigantes-verdes-del-darien/ In the deep Darien are what are arguably the oldest and largest trees in the country, “green giants” embedded in the jungle, which have begun to be studied by a team of scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Stri) . After a …

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