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 …

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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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 …

Environmental

Scumbag filth egg poachers have their stash seized in Tonosi.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/operativo-Policia-decomisan-tortuga-Tonosi_0_5368713084.html A shipment with 898 turtle eggs and the apprehension of a person was the result of an operation carried out by the National Police in the district of Tonosí, province of Los Santos. This was confirmed this morning by Alfredo Icaza, Chief of the Los Santos Police Zone. Icaza …

Human Interest

5K Run competed to support Plastic Ban.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– If I wasn’t too big with shot knees, I would have loved to partake in this great cause. If they can arrange one for fishing or poker, I’m all in. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/dicen-chao-plasticos-corriendo/24133115 The MarViva Foundation announced that 200 people participated in the # ChaoPlásticoDesechable 5K …

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Please support and fund the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

by James “JB” Bryson Just a quick plea and shout out to any of the readers and visitors of the site. Whereas the vast majority of my philanthropy and charitable efforts are focused on wildlife and the environment, I do have one exception. WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT is about as important …

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Some people…. “fell into a burning ring of fire”. JEEZ is the heat coming fast and furious.

By James “JB” Bryson PNO is apparently now the new inter-pleader and sourcing platform for some pretty pissed off people concerning RED FROG BEACH RESORT.  Ever since I made some people aware, quite transparently, of a few shady contact and retraction requests made to me by people I could not verify. Then …

Environmental
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Fantastic law now into effect as PLASTIC BAG ban starts.

PANAMA is the first country in Central America to prohibit the use of plastic bags in commercial premises, a measure that will help reduce the volume of garbage that affects the oceans. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Bolsas-plasticas-desaparecen-locales-venta_0_5352964738.html Consumers and retailers are aware that starting tomorrow – when Law No. 1 of January 2018 , …

Environmental

Global fishing industry cuts it’s own throat with thoughtless killing of sharks.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- These assholes that run and control international fishing entities continually go against decades worth of data and go on with the mindless slaughter of sharks on a yearly basis. Not only do they disrupt the natural order of things by decreasing an apex species at …

Crime

ODEBRECHT: Inside the anatomy of a corrupt enterprise.

*Great insightful expose of the investigation into Odebrecht. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/ICIJ-filtraciones-revelan-Odebrecht-conto_0_5335716494.html THE DIVISION OF SOBORNOS ICIJ: leaks reveal that Odebrecht did not tell everything Although the Brazilian company undertook to cooperate, in practice there are proven facts that have not been revealed. The Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals unpublished details. Results of …

Human Interest

US and Costa Rica have differing opinions of possible ISIS members that were in Panama.

https://www.critica.com.pa/sucesos/eeuu-alerta-presencia-de-isis-en-panama-551888 Three suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) were in Panama a few weeks ago for almost a month , warned the United States Department of Homeland Security (HSI).The HSI report details that the Egyptians Hibrahim Mohamed and Mohamed Eissa, along with the Iraqi Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Juburi, were detected during their visit …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Entertainment

Alfredo de Saint Malo Musical Festival mixes together the best that Panama has to offer.

A musical exchange The 13th edition of the Alfredo de Saint Malo International Music Festival links and bridges between different musicians to offer quality concerts to the country. The event starts from today. https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/intercambio-musical_0_5315468430.html From today, we will witness a cultural exchange between various musicians of our country and the …

Human Interest

Ex-Pat Forum: Upcoming Opera event looks to be a nice cultural experience

Starts in 1 day Tue 28 May 18:30 – 21:30 Costs 40.00 USD Donation at the door 24 attendees Favorite arias and ensembles from Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela and famous popular songs. Residence of the Honorary Consul of Jamaica, Judith Edwards. Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Donations at the door. Schedule: 6:30 …

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How cool is this? UBER offering submarine rides off Barrier Reef in Australia.

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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. …

Human Interest

No surprise here. Beaches reach capacity during Carnival.

Overcrowded were the beaches and rivers of the coast up and down Colón, during the four days of carnivals in these communities. Visitors – national and foreign – visited Cuango, Puerto Lindo, Palenque, Isla Grande, Nombre de Dios, Santa Isabel, Viento Frio, Cacique, Portobelo, Miramar, María Chiquita and Playa Chiquita …

Environmental

Thought to be extinct Giant Tortoise is discovered in Ecuador.

JB- Sorry folks, this stuff just interests me.  A copy of one of the endemic giant turtle species of the Ecuadorian archipelago of Galápagos, considered extinct a century ago, was found on an expedition on Fernandina Island , Environment Minister Marcelo Mata announced on Tuesday, February 19 . “On Fernandina …

Human Interest

New referendum calls to make Tax Evasion a harsher criminal offense

The Minister of Economy and Finance, Eyda Varela de Chinchilla , asked the National Assembly to restart the debate on the bill that increases tax evasion to criminal offense. Assembly concludes extraordinary sessions without ratification of judges They close extraordinary sessions without key projects “I ask the National Assembly to …

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Point of Interest: PUNTA CULEBRA NATURAL CENTER

by James “JB” Bryson Just noticed an nice story about a place I have actually visited upon settling in Panama. At the PUNTA CULEBRA NATURAL CENTER, you can visit a place that in conjunction with the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE brings attention to the natural beauty of Panama and all the things …

Human Interest

PNO.com: EX-PAT Contribution Page: HOLIDAY RECIPE

by James “JB” Bryson Not only has this been a great first year for me personally on PNO.com. But my wife has also been able to use the forum as a way to meet and socialize with other people who have moved here. In the spirit of the Holidays, she …

Human Interest

Street brawl before courts: Women with baton gets DROPPED with a head kick. Calm down people

Three people faced this Monday, December 10, a hearing on an incident that occurred on the public highway in the capital. At the end of the diligence, the Court of Guarantees referred the case to mediation, this, by consent of the victim and the three persons who were charged for …

Chiriqui

EX PAT ALERT: Traffic deaths surge in Chiriqui. Look out for reckless and drunk drivers

Authorities in the province of Chiriqui reported Monday, September 17 that, so far this year, there are 54 fatalities due to traffic accidents. Elmer Castillo, regional director of the Directorate of Traffic Operations, confirmed that drivers, despite preventive actions, continue driving “recklessly” on the roads of the province of Chiriqui. …

Human Interest

Notice: Reduced Water in Panama City and surrounding areas this FRIDAY

The Federico Guardia Conte water treatment plant , in Chilibre, will reduce the production of drinking water by 50% on Friday, September 7, due to the alignment of a new broken valve, as part of the work to adapt the new suction motors. will install in the plant, reported this …

Human Interest

Alma Montenegro de Fletcher Interview: “Corruption has eternal life”

A bogada, judge, notary, attorney, prosecutor, mother, grandmother, and teacher. Alma Montenegro de Fletcher meticulously gave his opinion on international issues, such as the power of religious groups at the polls, the figure and performance of the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and the current socio-political situation in Venezuela. The first woman …