US News of note

Ex-Pats from the South have keen eye on Hurricane Barry.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/tropical-storm-barry-saturday-2019-intl/index.html Barry made landfall this afternoon in Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, before being downgraded into a tropical storm. The system is now crawling north-northwest at 7 mph, brining extended downfalls that could prompt heavy flooding to the area. Here’s what you need to know about the storm: Where …

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” …

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 …

Colón

ODEBRECHT project in Colon’ causes closure of over 800 local companies.

Some 860 companies in the province of Colón have closed since the Renovación Colón project began, according to the balance made by the Chamber of Commerce of Colón. Its president, José Ortega Hidalgo, also estimated in ‘several million’ the losses caused to the entrepreneurs of the Atlantic coast as a result …

Energy/Infrastructure

Deeper investigation continues into blast that killed 1 and injured 13 in Costa Mare’.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office reiterated that it was investigating ex officio the gas explosion that occurred in the PH Costa Mare, which left one fatal victim and 13 injured. It is pronounced construction of PH Costa Mare project after the tragedy Hospital del Niño confirms death of baby who suffered …

Energy/Infrastructure

Water treatment intends to improve quality of rivers and beaches.

To recover the quality of the water of the rivers through the collection and the due treatment of the residual waters and to improve the sanitary conditions of the districts of Panama, San Miguelito, Arraiján and La Chorrera are some of the main objectives of the Sanitation program of Panama …

"JB"

Largest ship to record passes into new expanded Canal.

The container ship Triton, of the shipping Evergreen, became this Wednesday the largest and largest capacity ship to transit the Canal expanded since its opening on June 26, 2016. Neopanamax help port growth Huge LNG vessel, in the bowels of the Canal The neopanamax Triton set a new record with …

Air Travel

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Air quality in Mexico City deemed extraordinarily dangerous.

Authorities of Mexico City and its metropolitan area declared an extraordinary environmental risk on Tuesday due to high levels of pollution , which implies the restriction to vehicular traffic and the reprogramming of a semifinal game of the Mexican soccer tournament. The measures come amid complicated weather conditions and numerous …

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 …

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 …

Energy/Infrastructure

Whiffs of bullshit and payoffs related to sweetheart deal for Oil Company in Taboga.

The National Economic Council (Cena) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) justified the low rent lease authorized in the concession contract between the Mayor’s Office of Taboga and the company Bona Pacific Corp. , to establish an oil terminal in more than 34 hectares located on Boná Island. …

Energy/Infrastructure

Increasing tropical temperatures causes worrisome spike in Electrical demand.

The overwhelming heat caused by the high temperatures of the dry season and an increase in customers increased the demand for energy to 1,801 megawatts (MW) on Monday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. ASEP differs with Etesa in fourth electric line When the dry season began last January, the peak …

Energy/Infrastructure
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Low River levels call for H20 moderation.

Due to the prolongation of the dry season that occurs in the country, the flow of most rivers has decreased, therefore, the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (Idaan) asks the population to “reduce the consumption” of water potable. Due to the drought, production of drinking water decreases in Pacora …

Environmental

Other countries had chance to see rare “Blood Moon” yesterday, next is not until 2021

A series of unusual celestial circumstances coincided on Sunday night to hide the Moon that then reappeared dressed in a faint red in a total eclipse that captivated observers in the Americas, Europe and Africa. In Mexico and Los Angeles, from Paris to Uarzazat, the eyes settled on the sky …

Energy/Infrastructure

Much anticipated Mass Metro line to start Test runs.

From this Monday, January 14, the Panama Metro began the period of blank march of line 2. They carry out tests with trains on line 2 of the Metro for WYD That is to say, a test of the system, without counting on passengers yet. The blank march will be …

Energy/Infrastructure

Chinese contractors finishing studies for massive train project to Chiriqui.

OP ED: So no engineering firms in US, UK, Canada, Spain, Germany, etc.  Apparently just China and Odebrecht. The feasibility study for the establishment of a rail transport system between Panama and Chiriquí “is basically finished”. Chinese President will visit Panama from December 2 to 3 Know the 25 agreements …

Agriculture

More shameful expansion as PANAMA environment is prostituted yet again. Camino de Cruces threatened

The Camino de Cruces National Park, in the village of Ancón, has more than 4 thousand hectares of primary forests, which over time have been disappearing to make way for construction projects not only private, but also state. Its creation dates back to 1992 and constitutes one of the basic …

Energy/Infrastructure

Water service across Panama remains an issue, 50% in Chitre.

The lack of water in several sectors of Chitré is maintained on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Education issued instructions to the directors of schools and schools in the district of Chitré to suspend educational work. Chitreanos rise without drinking water service Since Monday, the Regional Education of Herrera sent …

US News of note

EX-PAT ADVISORY- Check on loved ones in the US as deadly Hurricane approaches Eastern coastline

“Go now!”: The United States authorities implored on Wednesday, September 12, to leave the risk areas before the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which threatens to hit the east coast of the country in the next 48 hours with the power of a punch by Mike Tyson. + info East Coast …

Canal

Varela slight on Taiwan has EVERYTHING to do with money and coziness with communist China

ED OPINION: by James “J.B” Bryson If you so choose to go back and read some of the previous posts and re-distribution of articles on PNO.com, you will see that we have paid close attention to the awarding of contracts to multiple Chinese corporations as Panama continues to try to …

Energy/Infrastructure

Outisde of Brazil: Questionable Odebrecht finding it hard to establish new trust

At the reception of the ninth floor of the headquarters of the Odebrecht Group , in Sao Paulo, time seems to have stopped. The magazines on the tables are dated, at most, from the beginning of 2015 and still portray the dynamism of the time. From large projects in Caracas, …

Energy/Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE update: Revision needed on Chinese electrical contractors

After the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Panama and the United States to promote the storage, distribution and transmission of energy, in addition to investment in infrastructure, the Fourth Line of Electrical Transmission could become an international chapter of the commercial war, until now cold, between the United …

Energy/Infrastructure

First Natural Gas plant to begin operations

President Juan Carlos Varela indicated that the AES Colón plant will help the Panamanian economy, since the energy matrix is ​​expanded. Varela recalled that this plant will reduce the use of petroleum derivatives in the production of electricity for the country. He added that carbon dioxide emissions will also be …

Energy/Infrastructure

Panama City infrastructure succumbs to flooding in even light rainfall; Upgrade mandatory

Last June 10 it rained less than an hour in the district of Panama and several points of the city were flooded. Among them: Ricardo J. Alfaro avenue in front of Cochez, Domingo Díaz avenue, San Antonio and Don Bosco, in addition to Balboa Avenue, in front of Urracá Park, …

Weather

WARNING: Severe rain and flooding in Panama City from Electrical storms

The city of Panama woke up this Monday with heavy rains with electrical activity, temporary that is monitored by the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc), who ask citizens to take precautions. Up to now, floods have been recorded in Panama City, El Ingenio, El Carmen Church, Vía Porras, Tumba …

Energy/Infrastructure

China submits another bid for FOURTH bridge; Disputes previous disqualification

The consortium formed by the companies China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) and China Railway Group Limited (CREC) filed a claim action against the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) in the tender for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal . Chinese consortium winner of the fourth bridge has controversial …

Canal

Contract for Balboa shipyard amended

An addendum to the concession contract between the State and the Mec Shipyards consortium, signed in 2012 by the last administration, seeks to modify two clauses of the agreement. The request of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) entered the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on June 6 …

Energy/Infrastructure

Solar Energy rebates extended

After the revolution that generated in public opinion the proposal to establish a charge to customers who install solar panels for self-consumption, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) decided to extend the period of consultations for 60 days. The initiative for additional charging (for energy demand) to residential customers …

Energy/Infrastructure

Panama looks to capitalize on Solar for the future

It is a call that insistently touches the shoulder of every nation. The duty of each of them is to accelerate the transition to an energy system based on renewable technologies, that is, to develop clean energies. What is left behind are fossil fuels to reduce the polluting emissions of …

Chiriqui

Resources denied to Chiriqui Hydroelectric plant

The Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice denied three appeals seeking to stop the cancellation of the Barriles hydroelectric project in the province of Chiriquí. Hidroeléctrica Barriles, SA, through the Morgan & Morgan law firm, filed an administrative claim for annulment against a note from the Chiriqui Regional …