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Politics

The end of the Varela rule will end in one week.

Article from CRITICA. Also uses my favorite Pic. https://www.critica.com.pa/opinion/el-triste-final-551800 The date was far away. Day by day we counted the minutes to arrive at the end of the nefarious government and sponsored by Varela’s power centers. There is jubilation and celebration in large sectors. Fear and desire to run in others. The refrain of …

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Bocas del Toro

Man finally sentenced for Bocas del Toro 2018 murder.

https://www.critica.com.pa/sucesos/condenado-pagar-17-anos-por-homicidio-en-bocas-del-toro-551411 A trial court in the province of Bocas del Toro after a hearing in which 28-year-old Norberto Baker was found guilty , sentenced him to 17 years in prison and five years of disqualification from public service for Jeremy Brown’s 18-year homicide. years, who died after receiving a puncture wound in the thorax. The sentence was handed down by the trial court …

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Human Interest

Bullshit photo op, as UN Human Rights wing meets with Maduro.

http://laestrella.com.pa/tag/internacional/4 On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro received the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the presidential palace in Miraflores on the occasion of his visit in the context of the crisis in the South American country. The meeting, which takes place in private, is Bachelet’s last …

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Environmental

Ever notice this site along the Correador Sur?? More companies joining “Bag Ban”.

https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/empresas-descargado-formulario-vender-reutilizables_0_5330466964.html With 30 days to go into effect the rule that prohibits shops in general deliver plastic bags to their customers, about 100 companies have downloaded the form that authorizes the sale of reusable bags. This law does not limit the use of plastic bags in the country, which is …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT case being revived. These scumbags are back front and center.

Desempolvan case linked to the complaint of the Ministry of Security by Odebrecht https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Reviven-querella-Odebrecht_0_5334216589.html A new chapter of the Odebrecht case is being written, now related to the complaint filed by the then Minister of Public Security, Alexis Bethancourt , in 2017 . Judge Óscar Carrasquilla endorses the State’s lawsuit …

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"JB"

PNO.com Exclusive Interview coming next week.

by James “JB” Bryson I am very happy to give a teaser announcement that PNO.com will be granted an exclusive interview in the upcoming week with a high ranking member of Panamanian Government. After some important communications, I am pleased to see this interview materializing. STAY TUNED for the announcement …

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International Relations

Royalty on the way. King of Spain confirmed for Cortizo inauguration.

La Estrella: The King of Spain will travel at the end of next week to Panama to attend the inauguration of the new president of the country, Laurentino Cortizo, and participate in the commemorative events of the V Centenary of the founding of the city of Panama. As reported Friday …

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Legal

Diaz implies of threats due to Martinelli prosecution.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/responsabilidad-Ricardo-Martinelli-Harry-Diaz_0_5331216870.html The magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) Harry Diaz , ex-prosecutor of the trial of Ricardo Martinelli for alleged political espionage, responded on Wednesday, June 19, to accusations that circulated in social networks that allegedly link him to the collection of a bribe of $ 13 million. …

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Human Interest

Mother’s of unjustly imprisoned in Nicaragua are the voices for their freedom.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Madres-recibieron-amnistia-liberacion-Nicaragua_0_5331216859.html Mothers of more than 80 detainees who were not covered by an amnesty in Nicaragua protested on Wednesday to demand the release of their children, while continuing the official siege against the opposition. Opposition single demands freedom of ‘all’ political prisoners Government declares that it has complied with the …

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US News of note

US news of note: Iran set on alert as tensions escalate with US.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Iran-alerta-Trump-marcha-bombardeos_0_5332716679.html Iran warned on Friday that it will defend its territory from any attack by the United States, after having shot down an American drone and after, according to the New York Times , President Donald Trump initially approved bombings to end up backing down. Iran says it has ‘irrefutable’ …

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Agriculture

Panama to receive $2M grant for Jaguar. (Nice start….but MUCH MORE needed)

OP ED by: James “JB” Bryson While I applaud the attention, and literally “anything” that is allocated to this important issue,……is it just me or does $2Million in 2019 to protect the only apex mammal indigenous to the entire country of Panama seem a bit on the “cheap as shit” …

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Energy/Infrastructure

MAY numbers are in. 9 of 10 hottest Months in history have occurred since 2010.

In recent years, May has been hotter than in more than a century. Earth and the world’s oceans combined to reach 15.63 degrees Celsius in the month just ended, or 1.67 degrees above the 20th century average, the National Centers for Environmental Information said in a statement on Tuesday. That …

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International Relations

Guaido (not Varela chum Maduro) to represent Venezuela at inauguration.

During the inauguration of the elected president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen , the president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó , will be represented by Ambassador Fabiola Zavarce . The agenda for the change of presidential mandate is specified This was announced on Wednesday, June 19, by Miguel Lecaro, …

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Politics

Varela beginning his swan song of political goodbyes.

President Juan Carlos Varela traveled the night of this Tuesday, June 18, to Washington, United States, where he will carry out a “closing tour” to address regional and security issues, informed the Presidency of the Republic. https://www.prensa.com/politica/Presidente-Varela-viaja-Washington-cierre_0_5330466959.html Varela has made four personal trips in his management The 70 trips of …

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"JB"

PNO.com= OPEN FORUM

Have an Opinion? Disagree with a post? Agree with a post? CONTRIBUTE. by James “JB” Bryson So after finally catching up on the emails from the long weekend, we had quite a few people to get back to. Allow me to WELCOME the many new friends we have gathered and …

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"JB"

Back from US. Hope all had good weekend.

by James “JB” Bryson So we are happy to be back “HOME” in Panama after a somewhat debatable trip back to the states. Was great to see some family, but MAN are people still ANGRY all the time back in the states. It is a tangible feeling one gets when …

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Legal

Ex-PRD leader cites under oath that Martinelli admitted to wire tapping.

The ex-leader of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Mitchell Doens , one of the plaintiffs’ victims in the trial of Ricardo Martinelli for alleged political espionage, indicated that the former president confessed that he had “punctured” him. This is what Doens told him when he testified, under oath, on Tuesday, …

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"JB"

Heading back to the States. Perfect time to send in PNO editorial contributions.

by James “JB” Bryson So the wife and I are heading back to Illinois for Father’s Day, and my PNO.com activity will be reduced to whatever I can sneak online in between family activity. I bring this up, as I have this site up as a tool and forum for …

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Politics

Nito making transparency a priority regarding Public Finance.

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/nosotros-necesitamos-cifras-reales-cortizo/24125116 In a scenario of struggles and accusations, public finances have stressed the transition process of the new government. The differences between the incoming and outgoing authorities on this issue have transcended the public eye and generated a huge expectation about the financial situation of the State. The first to …

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US News of note

Trump Jr. set to be grilled by Congress over Russia.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Trump-Jr-Capitolio-testimonio-injerencia_0_5325967361.html President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., arrived on Wednesday, June 12, at the US Congress to testify before a Senate committee and confirm the statements he gave during the investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential elections. “Nothing to correct,” Trump Jr. told reporters upon arriving …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT tentacles strangle Ex-Peruvian Governor with 8 year sentence.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/anos-carcel-exgobernador-peruano-Odebrecht_0_5325217501.html Peruvian justice on Tuesday condemned the former Ancash region governor of Ancash César Álvarez to eight years and three months in prison for receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht for the construction of a highway. info Odebrecht case: former mayor of Lima, imprisoned for …

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"JB"

Martinelli freed from Renacer. My new neighbor in San Francisco.

Ex-President to be confined to his private residence. https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Martinelli-libre-prohibido-autorizacion-judicial_0_5325967356.html After 6:40 am this Wednesday, Ricardo Martinelli was already at his home located in the corregimiento of San Francisco. Wide expectation for the eventual release of former President Martinelli This, after the trial court of the process followed the former president …

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Environmental

Panama cutting it’s own throat, as Darien logging activity kills swathe of vital land.

The country lost 352 thousand hectares in 18 years The province with the highest forest loss between 2000 and 2017 was Darién. There, during the last years, several denunciations have been presented for illegal logging. The country lost between 2000 and 2017 about 352 thousand hectares of forests, due to …

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Sport

Dominican superstar “Big Papi” being transported to Boston after DR shooting.

The expelotero Dominican David Big Papi Ortiz, who was shot on Sunday, is in stable condition after a surgery of six hours, according to the ESPN . Several versions indicate that Ortiz was shot in the back and the bullet went through the abdomen. Big Papi Ortiz, 43, was operated …

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International Relations

Guaido bristles as Maduro opens border with Colombia.

http://laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/guaido-dice-maduro-reabrio-frontera-colombia-presion-ciudadana/24124701 The head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, said on Saturday that the government of Nicolás Maduro ordered the reopening of border crossings with Colombia due to pressure from citizens. For the ‘pressure of citizens (because) there is a need …

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Environmental

FOLLOW UP: Beach clean up in Bella Vista

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/operativo-limpieza-recolectan-Bella-Vista_0_5323717578.html A large amount of garbage was collected at Bella Vista beach, in Guararé, to avoid affecting the marine species of the sector. The Ministry of Environment staff and a group of volunteers collected plastic, glass, tires and cans in the area of ​​Bella Vista beach. In addition to the …

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Environmental

Metropolitan Park to receive $5Million facelift.

$ 5 million will be invested to create cultural and artistic areas, as well as new trails and facilities to increase the influx of visitors. https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Parque-metropolitano-ampliara-atracciones_0_5322967709.html Enter the domain of the Metropolitan Natural Park is a blow to the senses. The change in temperature is immediate and, despite being a …

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World Events

Over a MILLION gather in Hong Kong for Human Rights protest

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Gigantesca-manifestacion-Hong-Kong-China_0_5323717581.html Hong Kong witnessed this Sunday, June 9, the largest demonstration since it stopped being a British colony, in 1997, when more than a million people, according to the organizers, protested against the plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. The demonstrators marched under a scorching summer heat through the …

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Human Interest

Soccer star Neymar in Brazil to fight rape charges. Cites extortion.

https://www.prensa.com/deportes/Neymar-declara-difusion-intimas-violacion_0_5321467848.html Neymar appeared Thursday night at the police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro to give evidence in the case that investigates him for having disseminated intimate images of a woman who accuses him of rape, in order to show his innocence. The attacker, aged 27, entered the City of Police …

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Legal

Shady Mayor of San Miguelito being audited.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Contraloria-audita-Alcaldia-San-Miguelito_0_5321467889.html A forensic audit is carried out by the Comptroller General of the Republic in the form of the Mayor’s Office of San Miguelito, which is headed by Gerald Cumberbacht. During the last two days, the auditors have consulted in offices located in the headquarters of the Mayor’s Office, and …

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