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Air Travel

US Travel Update: Air Service to Venezuela is suspended

The US Department of Transportation ordered this Wednesday, May 15, the suspension of air service between Venezuela and the United States. This order affects the cargo and passenger services that were offered between both nations. It also includes public and private mail services. https://www.prensa.com/economia/Unidos-suspende-servicio-aereo-Venezuela_0_5304969470.html    

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Varela can exit environmentally “horrible” term on a high note by saving Bona’ Island.

by James “JB” Bryson I hope that Varela can do something beyond crying that Roux did not assume his puppet role, and do something significant about saving Bona’ Island.  Please read La Prensa story below________________________________________________________ https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Isla-Bona-decreto-destruir-habitat_0_5304219614.html   Faced with the new threat of converting Boná Island into an oil terminal, …

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by James “JB” Bryson As PNO.com continues to post and look for different topics to exchange upon, we are seeking to become more of a tool to be used by ex-pats and Panamanians alike. During the past election, we have had traffic increase to sometimes as high as 10,000 views …

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International Relations

China and US trade impasse keeps on the uptick.

China announced on Monday that it will increase its customs duties as of June 1 on $ 60 billion of annual imports of US products, in retaliation for the actions taken by Washington . Trump advises China not to retaliate against the United States Customs duties will increase on a …

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Legal

Martinelli ally speaks loudly in his favor. Proposes amnesty.

Today Luis Eduardo Camacho speaks, ‘the faithful friend’ of Ricardo Martinelli. Of the impugnation that it will present, of its loyalty, of its calm, the future of the party and more. — One reason why you would be better than Pancho Alemán. I do not fight with my friend, but …

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Canal

Cortizo makes Panama H20 one of the first priorities of administration.

The government of Laurentino Nito Cortizo will be put to the test to avoid a future water crisis for human consumption and the transit of more and more ships through the Panama Canal . Time is short for water supply “After the year 2024 or 2025, if we do not …

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Crime

Back to the business of corruption: ODEBRECHT back in spotlight in Spain

The authorities of Spain sent to the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor the statements of Rodrigo Tacla Durán , one of the external structurers of Odebrecht to pay bribes. The new crossroads in the Odebrecht case Interpol cancels red alert against Rodrigo Tacla Durán These statements are key to confirm facts that …

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Sport

Soccer world still reeling from MASSIVE Champions League upset of Messi and Barcelona versus Liverpool.

Intractable in the domestic scene, FC Barcelona played again in Europe on Tuesday falling in the worst way against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals, wasting a three-goal lead in a game that left the Barça team and several of their players. “Right now we are touched”, coach Ernesto Valverde …

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Bocas del Toro

Bocas protests continue in defiance of re-election of Robinson.

The governor of Bocas del Toro province, Esteban Chacón, moved to the closing area in the Electoral Tribunal (TE) office on estate 11 (Changuinola) on Wednesday, with the presence of electoral attorney general Eduardo Peñaloza. Protests in Bocas del Toro after re-election of Benicio Robinson; ask for new elections This, …

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US News of note

After receiving billions in capital influx, US drivers of UBER and LYFT coordinate strike.

The drivers of the Internet taxi companies Uber and Lyft are turning off their apps to protest what they see as the reduction of their salaries at a time when the two companies are receiving billions of dollars from their investors. The organizers are planning demonstrations in Chicago, Los Angeles, …

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This is playing out as EXPECTED. VARELA and ROUX are predictable and transparent.

by James “JB” Bryson As a resident full time and a person that “LOVES” Panama, I will do my best and all in my power to educate the fringe or those that are uniformed on the complete dysfunction and incest like behavior that has infected the Presidency since Varela assumed …

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“TRIUMPH IS IRREVERSIBLE” CORTIZO NEW PRESIDENT OF PANAMA

by James “JB” Bryson I’m calling it!!!!!!    PNO.com recognizes LAURENTINO CORTIZO as the NEW PRESIDENT of the REPUBLIC OF PANAMA. LA ESTRELLA LINK: http://laestrella.com.pa/   Laurentino Cortizo, presidential candidate for the “Uniting Forces” alliance formed by the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the Molirena, affirmed tonight that his triumph …

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PAY ATTENTION PANAMA!!!! VARELA and ROUX ALREADY TRYING TO STEAL DEMOCRACY

by James “JB” Bryson As I sit like the rest of you primed to celebrate the election of a real ticket and two true leaders,,,,,,the remnants of a failing and stolen CD party are already claiming afoul. Panama deserves better.  Watch how this unfolds.  

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Varela NOT assuming the parlacen. TRANSLATION: He will not pass the mantle with dignity.

by James “JB” Bryson In the US, even in a vitriolic and nasty campaign in 2016, President Obama attended the ceremony and handed over the reins to the most pwerful nation in the world to Donald Trump. PANAMA (soon to be ousted) President Varela chose to instead make a public …

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Canal

Construction of the 4th bridge to canal finally commences.

The Design and Construction project of the Fourth Bridge over the Panama Canal is progressing, despite the controversies that have arisen since its announcement, in 2015. Yesterday, President Juan Carlos Varela and the Minister of Public Works, Ramón Arosemena, gave the first shove that marks the start of the megaproject …

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Politics

Zulay goes after Humbert, Good Luck.

Congresswoman Zulay Rodríguez presented on Thursday afternoon, May 2, a criminal complaint against the Comptroller of the Republic, Federico Humbert, before the Attorney General’s Office. Zulay Rodríguez NGO, the only one that receives funds without being a football league The deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) on his departure …

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Politics

Desperate for votes Roux, throws darts and jabs at Cortizo.

The times change. The Cambio Democrático (CD) party went from closing its campaign in the broad coastal strip in 2014, to the historic Santa Ana park in 2019, but now with Rómulo Roux in the lead. Around a thousand people, including party members, sympathizers and guests, were waiting since 5:00 …

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Entertainment

World goes BATSHIT as everyone watches “Game of Thrones” and says WTF.

Winter came, there were thunder and lightning, but the storm they promised became mere rain. Yes, it was a visually beautiful episode with a spectacular production level. Once again the director Miguel Sapochnik , who was in charge of episodes like Battle of the Bastards (6×9) and Winds of Winter …

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International Relations

Guaido promotes stoppages to demonstrate for liberation from Maduro.

From Thursday, May 2, a series of staggered strikes will begin in Venezuela until a general strike with the intention of achieving the liberation of the country. US military intervention in Venezuela is ‘possible, if necessary’: Mike Pompeo Juan Guaidó tries to redouble pressure against Nicolás Maduro This was stated …

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Why is VARELA ( outgoing President) so concerned with Martinelli not being Mayor?

by James “JB” Bryson Why is the outgoing President so laser focused on his former boss not assuming office? And by office I am not referring to becoming President of the Republic again, I am referring to MAYOR of the district. Please read this attached article which raises many questions …

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Environmental

Complaints are official against Taboga as environmentalist voices are heard.

The Ombudsman’s Office opened two administrative complaints related to the Petroterminal project on Boná Island, which belongs to the Municipality of Taboga, in the Gulf of Panama. The entity joins, in addition, the voices that ask the National Assembly to approve the bill that creates the area as a protected area. …

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US News of note

US News of Note: Biden announces run for US President

Former US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his candidacy for the White House, ending months of expectation and adding to a bulging list of Democratic Party candidates to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 elections. “The fundamental values ​​of this country (…) our position in the world (…) …

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Politics

Panamanians living abroad getting ready for absentee ballots or (RERE)

Since last April 23, Panamanians living abroad who registered in the Register of Resident Voters Abroad (RERE) began the voting process through the Internet. Until midnight on Thursday, May 2 (Panama time), the 7 thousand 725 Panamanian voters are authorized to exercise their right to vote (only for the office …

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Legal

Martinelli case observes request for Day off.

The expert witness Luis Rivera Calles, key witness of the Office of the Prosecutor in the oral trial against former President Ricardo Martinelli for the case of telephone taps, acknowledged yesterday in the oral trial more than 20 files that were opened from the compact disc in which was compiled …

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Scumbag, Cowardly, Detestable ISIS claims responsibility for Easter attack in Sri Lanka.

by James “JB” Bryson In another show of cowardly soft target attacks, ISIS or “Daesh” cowards have come forward to claim responsibility behind killing worshipers at a church services on Easter. Word is they will next plan a very dangerous attack on birthday parties, camping trips, parades, and other dangerous …

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Upcoming Russia and North Korea summit approaches. ( Varela upset at lack of invite ) ?? J.B

The announced summit on Thursday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a date that the Kremlin has been waiting for four years to gain prominence in one of the great challenges of global security: denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Kim made an ugly to …

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Politics

Countdown continues as all parties prepare they’re final push. ELECTION 2019

D day is approaching. Only nine days left until the end of the political campaign , which will end on May 2 next. Therefore, in the last hours the presidential candidates have concentrated on refining their strategies to convince the electorate. The PRD resorts to the figure of Omar Torrijos …

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Local Culture

Weekend Festival will showcase convergence of diverse mix of cultures

The Festival of Congos and Devils of Portobelo 2019 will have a special halo. It will be its first celebration after the recognition of the ritual and festive expressions of the conga culture as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity in November 2018, as determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and …

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Environmental

Complaint accepted related to dirty Toboga Mayor that has allowed development to cut trees.

The Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) accepted the complaint filed by the Center for Environmental Impact (CIAM) for possible environmental damage on Boná Island. CIAM’s complaint, filed last Monday, April 15, is based on the cutting down of trees, the opening of a path of penetration inside the island, marked trees …

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Politics

15 Days and Counting: Signs point to showdown between PRD and CD. Cortizo still comfortably ahead.

To fifteen days for the presidential elections of May 2019, an opinion study conducted by the company StratMark Consultores SA for Protesa and La Estrella de Panama suggests that the results of the elections will be a duel between the candidates of two parties opponents. So far the results of …

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