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Ex-Pat Struggles during COVID. One Opinion

by James “JB” Bryson So as we are approaching 5 MONTHS of essentially home imprisonment, the term EX PAT takes on a bit of a different meaning. After 12 YEARS, and being an AMERICAN citizen, being an EX PAT has always translated to a good thing. Being away from the …

Human Interest

US plans for the Martinelli brothers.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/guatemala-los-hermanos-martinelli-linares-estan-en-una-audiencia-para-conocer-los-motivos-de-su-extradicion-a-estados-unidos/ Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , detained last Monday in Guatemala, were taken to a court on duty this Tuesday, to begin the process of their eventual extradition to the United States, where they are required for an alleged conspiracy to launder money. + info Guatemala captures two children of …

Human Interest

Saga continues for the Martinelli brood.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/ricardo-alberto-y-luis-enrique-martinelli-linares-tenian-salvoconducto-para-circular-en-la-pandemia/ Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares , detained since last Monday in Guatemala at the request of the United States, had a safe-conduct validated by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) , which would have allowed them to move around the country, despite sanitary restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic . + info Ricardo Martinelli …

Health

Influential Panama business tycoon heads home after Covid death rumors.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200508/poderoso-empresario-hotelero-herman-bern-supero-covid-19 The images of videos filming on social networks showed Herman Bern, one of the country’s best-known businessmen, wearing pajamas, leaning on a walker, surrounded by a team of doctors, receiving the best news of his life: “the second test COVID-19 is negative, “said Lillian Tang, an intensivist. The 70-year-old …

Economy

Nito plans to fine tune reopening. ( Bad news for his underlings that are fleecing country)

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/200430/panama-afina-plan-reapertura-economica The Panamanian government refines plans for the gradual reopening of the country. The president, Laurentino Cortizo, said he has been working on the plan for the new normal and hopes that by tomorrow it will be “quite well tuned.” Cortizo said he hopes that the plan for the new normal …

Health

Panama making progress as Emergency Hospital nears completion.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/hospital-modular-para-pacientes-criticos-con-covid-19-tiene-un-98-de-avance/ The modular hospital that is being built in the Albrook sector to attend to critical cases of Covid-19 , is 98% complete, it was reported this Thursday, April 16. + info Gorgas Institute specialists analyze case of coronavirus in newbornSurprise due to suspension of classes in private schools and in CaipiPanamanian …

Health

Country tries to adjust to the home quarantine.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200407/dia-mundial-salud-panama-suma-2-249-casos-59-muertes-covid-19 With 2,249 infected patients and 59 deaths, the positive cases for COVID-19 continue to increase in Panama. The Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday the new figures, which include the departure of three recovered people from the Irma Lourdes de Tzanetatos hospital. As explained by the director of epidemiology …

Health

Update on US citizens riding out Corona in Latin America.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-latam-stranded-fea/beyond-trumps-wall-the-americans-riding-out-coronavirus-in-latin-america-idUSKBN21J6NE LAGO DE ATITLAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Some Americans, from young backpackers to retirees, are hunkering down for the coronavirus pandemic far from home in Latin America, saying they feel safer and see no point in scrambling to return. While thousands of Americans sought help from the government or private …

Environmental

Nephew just returned from Colombia and saw Hippos. Here is why.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pablo-escobars-hippos-keep-multiplying-and-colombia-doesnt-know-how-to-stop-it/ Fishing villages, small boats and children at play dot the landscape along the shallow waterways of Colombia’s Magdalena River. But an invasive species left behind by one of the country’s most infamous figures is threatening the ecosystem and, possibly, a way of life. That species? Hippos. The giants, native …

Conservation

The Panamanian Capital of “Illegal Logging” is actually RICH with History.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200126/expedicion-darien Since the discovery of the South Sea by Vasco Núñez de Balboa in 1513, the great powers of the world saw the need to make a passage between the two oceans that would facilitate trade and navigation in times of war. There were many expeditions and studies carried out since …

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Swedish girl compelled to promote climate measures is chastised by my President. #asshole

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I find it so crazy that “any” leader, can find “any” issue with what this young lady has done to promote conversation over climate change. When most “tweens” are wondering what is happening with the Jonas Brothers or the newest PlayStation game, this one is …

Editorial Contribution

Venezuela migration continues to increase.

OP ED: We tried to shed light on this back in APRIL of 2018. This was easy to forecast. http://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=593&action=edit For the regional headquarters of Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, the migration of Venezuelans is the greatest mobilization in the countries of the area in recent …

Conservation

PANAMA steps up as Global Partner in protecting Endangered Species.

The largest of cat species indigenous to PANAMA. Protect the Jaguar. 40% of natural territory has already been taken. Chucunaque is 4 to 6 years old, 55 kilos, two puppies and his skin looks dark stained. It is the first jaguar (Panthera onca) that wears a GPS collar for its …

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Just a little tidbit for PNO followers, as “privacy” is ruling the day.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Since all of us are now reading of the Martinelli “punctures”, and now Varelaleaks, I still have some lingering questions about the “who” and the “why” behind certain things myself. Though admittedly not nearly as high profile. As I post each day with my own …

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 …