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International Relations

Horrible story in Colombia, as young and aspiring politician is murdered.

OP ED: Makes me sick to my stomach. “JB” https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Asesinan-candidata-alcaldia-personas-Colombia_0_5387461213.html A candidate for the elections to be held in October in Colombia was killed along with five people in a “massacre” perpetrated in a municipality in the southwest of the country on Sunday night, authorities said Monday. The armored vehicle …

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Crime

Final Word: Acts were proven, Illegality was not. THE END

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/fiscalia-espionajes-ilegales-tribunal-Martinelli_0_5382961678.html The Public Ministry failed to prove its theory of the case , as a lot of reasonable doubts arose that forced the accused to acquit. info Court affirms that there were failures in puncture investigation That was the conclusion of judges Roberto Tejeira, Raúl Vergara and Arlene Caballero , …

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PNO offers overwhelming support of this initiative. MONTH of the OCEANS PANAMA!!!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson With my Hurricane bothers over, please note that SEPTEMBER is a HUGE month for PANAMA with 30 activities over 30 days to help in the cleaning and protection of our ocean. I IMPLORE anyone who has the time to contact the organizers and PLEASE get …

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Economy

Cortizo to finally appoint the new director of CSS (Social Security) Fund.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/noche-sabra-nombre-director-CSS_0_5385961359.html The president of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo , declared in El Espinal de Guararé, in Los Santos, that tonight he will announce the name of the new director of the Social Security Fund (CSS). info President Cortizo: in a month it will be known who will be the new …

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Don’t get me started on this Hurricane shit!!!!!

by James “JB” Bryson Let me begin by saying that I am very at ease in knowing that Hurricane Dorian has taken a northern approach and seems to be steering clear of Southern Florida where my daughter and son in law live. The past few days have been filled with …

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PNO assured an open forum. RED FROG has reached out.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– To PNO readers and visitors, over the past few months I have been having my issues with some people on the web that were taking shots at me for following up on some claims made originally about a person, and then about a development. …

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PNO focused on family as Hurricane strengthens.

OP ED: “JB” – We have family in both South Florida as well as the Bahamas, so my posts have been a bit lax the past few days. One of the major benefits we took into consideration when not following many friends to either Florida or other locations to retire, …

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Environmental

Commission set “yesterday” for logging crisis that has existed for YEARS.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Darien-diputados-crean-comision-investigar_0_5382961664.html The plenary session of the National Assembly yesterday approved the formation of a commission that will be in charge of investigating the problem of deforestation in Darien. info Darien loses 8.1 hectares per day The above, after that in the last 7 years that province has lost 20 thousand …

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Environmental
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Stay informed on what we are losing.

https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/lista-roja-especies-amenazadas_0_5382211759.html The negative news for the environment not only comes from the burning Amazon. The total number of animals and plants at risk of extinction increased from 26 thousand 197 in 2018 to 28 thousand 338 in 2019, according to the recent update of the Red List of Endangered Species …

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Entertainment

SEPT.5th starts Icarus Film Festival in Panama.

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/cine/festival-cine-icaro-panama-presentara-diez-peliculas-nacionales/24136090 From September 5, Panama will receive the 12th version of the Icarus Film Festival, with the aim of achieving recognition of Central American audiovisual expressions, within which Panamanians are an important part. “We are making cinematographic works that represent us as societies that have their own cultural identity and …

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ASSHOLES of the YEAR: HUMANS

by James “JB” Bryson I think we should all take a moment to give credit to the fact that HUMANS have managed to take one of the most amazing and recognized mammals ever to walk the face of the Earth, and reduce it to the point where we need to …

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Economy

#1 watchdog delivers another “F – You” to the Assembly. Panama will miss Humbert.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Diputados-beneficiaron-donaciones-Asamblea_0_5379212103.html Deputies and former deputies of different political parties in the country are mentioned in the audits delivered by the Comptroller to the Public Ministry (MP) on the management of contracts and donations from the National Assembly. info ‘That of the forms are guayabitas’: Tito Rodríguez Assembly again prevents the …

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Environmental

Related topic: Brazil claims France is hollow in claims to care about Amazon.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Bolsonaro-Macron-disfraza-intenciones-Amazonia_0_5382211732.html The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro , said Monday, August 26 that his French pair, Emmanuel Macron , “disguises his intentions” behind his calls to “save” the Amazon , an issue that has caused an escalation of tensions between several days ago Both countries. info G7 will unlock emergency aid …

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Agriculture

“THIS” topic is what Panamanians and Ex-Pats should focus on. Kudos to La Prensa. DARIEN

OP ED: La Prensa (more than any other Panamanian news source) are continually providing educational pieces on what is occurring right here in Panama as it relates to our own “deforestation”. Brazil has routinely been the focus of this topic, due to the importance of the Amazon basin to the …

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Attn: E-mailers and Contacts.PLEASE EXHALE

by James “JB” Bryson Gotta tell ya, as much as I love some of the interaction with many of the people that e-mail me, I feel some of you wake up with a cattle prod up your ass. I mean like a massive jolt of energy to continue a topic. …

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THIS is what I proposed to be organized in Bocas. Place is too beautiful to be filthy.

The call aims to join a large volunteer to undertake the adventure on August 25. http://laestrella.com.pa/tag/vida-cultura/8 OP ED: “JB”- I took some shrapnel when a few people thought that I was taking shots at Bocas del Toro with some of the posts I have had. I hope now that I …

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Environmental

So far so good Cortizo: Bill presented to define Pacora as ecological preserve.

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/planeta/ciam-presenta-denuncias-contaminacion-pacora/24135554 The Center for Environmental Incidence (CIAM) filed two administrative complaints for contamination in rivers and streams that flow into the Pacora River. “A bill was recently presented at the Assembly to declare the entire area of ​​basin 146 as an ecological reserve. However, from what we have seen, it …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT tentacles extend to Peru. GOOD

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Abren-proceso-exfiscal-Peru-Odebrecht_0_5379212029.html Peruvian justice opened a criminal proceeding on Wednesday to former Attorney General Pedro Gonzalo Chávarry, who is accused of the alleged crime of covering up in the corruption scandal unleashed by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. info Critics raining against prosecutor in Peru for removing investigators from the Odebrecht …

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Economy

Our neighbors have it very bad in tumultuous Venezuela.

http://laestrella.com.pa/venezuela/salario-venezolano-llega-punto-bajo-historia/24135210 To date, the price of the dollar is 14,483.54 bolivars – official value set by the Central Bank of Venezuela – a figure that has multiplied unstoppably since the beginning of the current year Venezuela’s minimum monthly salary has reached its lowest point in the country’s history, on Tuesday …

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Environmental
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Javier Bardem is vocal latino supporter of the environment.

OP ED: “JB”- After spending my weekend enjoying the beautiful waters of Panama, it was pleasant to read this story this morning. While in the states, Leonardo DiCaprio is at the forefront of a Hollywood led movement of bringing attention to the environment. ( He has both narrated and produced …

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Local Culture
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Back to the “brunch” thing. SIETE MARES. Thumbs Up.

by James “JB” Bryson OK, so there is not a damn thing to eat in Portobelo. At least not up to the standards of what my wife and her friends wanted to eat. So after literally spending the day swimming around and looking at fish, what a better way to …

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Quick note: Monday came and went……I’m walking away from the nonsense.

by James “JB” Bryson Title says it all. Monday was dedicated to people claiming I had some agenda or slant. People that were messaging me through e-mail and then “ghosting me” as my granddaughter defines it as. I had a great weekend in the water, which was much more enjoyable …

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MONDAY the 19th is RED FROG DAY.

by James “JB” Bryson In one of the more open platform and generous gestures of free speech I can imagine, I am dedicating my entire “shitty” little blog the entire day of MONDAY- AUGUST 19, 2019 to RED FROG BEACH. ALL of the DEFENDERS that claim I have some angle …

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The anatomy of RED FROG BULLSHIT broken down once again….Thanks to “Vinny”

by James “JB” Bryson Ever see that shitty 3rd adaptation of “The Godfather”??. The only memorable line was when an old “Michael” relents in his kitchen by saying “Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in“. This time by bar owner whom I affectionately refer to …

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PNO Stats: Just Because I feel like it.

by James “JB” Bryson– Some of my incoming mail lately has been filled with the recent uptick of people being a little butt hurt from my stance with some “people” in Bocas del Toro at a “certain” Resort. Don’t want to mention by name anymore because I realize I may …

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FINALLY a Frog I want to talk about! “F” Red Frog, I am concerned about Golden Frog.

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/planeta/rana-dorada-resignada-cautiverio/24134308 OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– PNO has done entries about Spix Macaw, Sea Turtles, the Jaguar, and many other of the species that are vital to the Panama Eco-System. Probably none more precarious at the moment than the story printed below. ______________________________________________________________________________ The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation …

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Economy

The National Assembly got who they wanted, now let’s see how he does.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Gerardo-Solis-electo-contralor-Republica_0_5372462726.html The lawyer Gerardo Solís , former electoral attorney and former magistrate of the Electoral Tribunal (TE) , was elected with 68 votes in favor and 2 abstentions by the plenary of the National Assembly , the afternoon of this August 13, as the Comptroller of the Republic, in replacement …

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Don’t think I just go after Varela. My dipshit Prez keeps pissing me off too.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-makes-changes-to-endangered-species-act-critics-say-changes-will-drive-more-creatures-to-extinction-2019-08-12 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics contend could speed extinction for some struggling plants …

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Legal

Lawyers against Martinelli will file a waste of time appeal.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Talk about going through the motions,,,,, https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Querellantes-presentaran-Corte-Suprema-Justicia_0_5372462709.html The group of lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the case of punctures will present an appeal to the Supreme Court against the verdict of not guilty to former president Ricardo Martinelli . info Court rejects evidence and declares …

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Crime

Greed in politics is gender less. High ranking female Mexican accused of $300 Million in diverted funds.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Exministra-Enrique-Pena-Nieto-Mexico_0_5372462707.html Rosario Robles , former State Minister in the government of former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) was arrested on Tuesday, August 13 and will remain in prison in a prison in Mexico City, accused of corruption for the diversion of more than 300 million dollars of public resources. The …

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