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Panama Tourism

On the positive: PANAMA still ranks high in places to visit. Encouraging for tourism

The publication Lonely Planet highlighted Panama in the fourth position among the top 10 countries in the world to visit in 2019. “Welcome to the crossing of the Americas. In Panama, the north meets the south at a tropical biodiversity festival held at a world-class BioMuseo. The east meets the …

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Legal

Counsel and victim states Martinelli offered to settle with wire tap accusers to the tune of $75K

Carlos Herrera Morán and Mitchell Doens , defense counsel and victim, respectively, in the case of the punctures, revealed that former President Ricardo Martinelli offered up to $ 75,000 to the plaintiffs as part of a compensation agreement for the victims. Oydén Ortega issues draft ruling in favor of Martinelli …

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International Relations

It seems US agrees with PNO.com; Criticizes Varela and Panama for siding with China and freezing Taiwan

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Look at my PNO.com archive about the decisions of the “Opus Dei” President of Panama Varela. I am not even in the need to type more. I am all over this stuff.   US Vice President Mike Pence criticized China on Friday for convincing Panama, …

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Crime

President of Peru in Panama for deposition of ODEBRECHT.

Peruvian President Alan García appeared today at the office of prosecutor José Domingo Pérez to answer for the bribes paid by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in the construction of Line 1 of the Lima Metro, during his second Government (2006-2011). Garcia arrived today in Lima, from Madrid, and immediately …

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Politics

ECONOMIST: First to go on record of predicting Cortizo to oust Varela

A report from the Intelligence Unit (UI) of The Economist projects the future president of Panama to the candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Laurentino Cortizo. The document entitled ‘Nito Cortizo becomes the presidential candidate of the PRD’, dated in September, reveals that his past as businessman and center-left …

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Legal

Criminal court annuls investigation into those charged with $12.3 Million Grain Sale Fraud

The Fifteenth Criminal Court admitted an nullity incident against the investigations of former ministers Lucy Molinar (Education), Roberto Cohen Henríquez (Presidency), Guillermo Ferrufino (Social Development) and Jaime Ford Castro (Public Works), as part of the investigation by the grain sale with funds from the extinct National Aid Program (PAN). Scandal …

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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 …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT update: Panama contractor of choice in headlines as key prosecution witness dies.

One of the key witnesses in the corruption plot of the Brazilian firm Odebrecht in Colombia, who died of an apparent heart attack, “believed he was going to be killed” and sought to collaborate with the United States justice, the senator said on Wednesday, November 14. opponent Gustavo Petro. Poison …

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US News of note

US Headlines: All eyes on Immigrant “Caravan” as Mass Exodus approaches Mexican Border

TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of migrants in the caravan traveling from Central America have begun arriving in the northern Mexico border city of Tijuana, setting up a potential confrontation with the American authorities that has been brewing for weeks. Their arrival in Tijuana marked the end of one struggle — …

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"JB"

PEDASI follow UP: Same story, different Gringo. More on Panamanian SCUMBAGS

by James “JB” Bryson So yesterday, VETERAN’S DAY in the US I might add, I was driving back from a weekend in Pedasi along with Peter AKA “Gustavo” and “Big” Anthony to gather up more due diligence of a real estate swindle that took in Peter. Post was back on …

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"JB"

BURNS MY ASS: Varela is purported “Opus Dei”- some education versus evidence.

by James “JB” Bryson OK, by now anyone can see that I have a strong distaste for politics in general. I would be a hypocrite if I, as an American Ex-Pat, only pointed my daggers towards the current Panamanian administration. My country of birth is RIFE with hypocrisy, and as …

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Crime

More delays and stalls for scumbags. Judges reviewing FIFER most recent request.

Judges of the Trial Court of Coclé, Amarelis Sucre (speaker), Florelia Bonilla and Omaira Macías, ordered an evaluation by the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine of the ex-governor of Coclé, Richard Fifer, as he presented a medical disability and did not attend this act of hearing. The doctor must …

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International Relations

Surprise. Varela back in CHINA.

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, arrived after 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, local time (Tuesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m.) at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. The president was received by the Chancellor of the People’s Republic of China, Qin Gang, who visited Panama on …

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Legal

Hanging on by a thread!!! Martinelli back to Renacer. Condition “stable” my ASS.

The ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was transferred the morning of this Tuesday to the prison El Renacer , from the Santo Tomás Hospital , where he was admitted a day before, after he presented a picture of vomit . Penitentiary system ensures that Martinelli’s health is stable Mejía concludes assessment of …

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Infrastructure

Humbert at it again! Now he’s even looking up the Olympic Committee rear end. Thank YOU!!

The Comptroller General of the Republic, Federico Humbert , revealed yesterday that the audits of the millionaire funds that the Panamanian Sports Institute (Pandeportes) allocated to the circuital parties of deputies will include all the sports federations and even the Olympic Committee of Panama (COP ). Pandeportes: thousands of dollars …

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"JB"

READ this article- Then Re-READ PNO.com from weeks ago. JB just saying……..

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson One line- Can you see the forest between the trees?   The former president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli was rushed to Santo Tomás Hospital, confirmed his spokesman Luis Eduardo Camacho. Earlier, Alejandro Pérez, one of Martinelli’s lawyers, announced through a voice note on …

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Politics

LaPRENSA: Interesting article opining on what PNO.com does weekly. The Varela/Martinelli quandry

The traditional bipartisanship that reigned in Panama was broken in the elections of May 2009 with the arrival of a new force: the one led by the presidential candidate of Cambio Democrático (CD) , Ricardo Martinelli , who along with the standard-bearer of the Panameñista Party , Juan Carlos Varela …

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Crime

You think I’m making this SHIT up people??? More on ODEBRECHT being granted ANOTHER contract.

by James “JB” Bryson Please read yet another article about this shit. And it truly is “SHIT”. I am just a blogger that notices things, but I can’t be the only one that sees this hypocrisy and back door dealing. This is the stuff that keeps Panama in the dark …

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"JB"

AS PROMISED- PNO.com follow up to EX-PATS GETTING SCREWED ON LAND DEALS IN PANAMA

by James “JB” Bryson In what is not so quickly, becoming the biggest not so hidden secret, is unless you actually work for the Public Registry, ANATI, or barbecue on the weekends with a judge, then quite simply…….DON’T BUY LAND IN PANAMA. Previously I covered and saw first hand with …

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"JB"

Varela quite the Communist errand boy,,,,,after Russia, China, he is adding Cuba to his IPhone contacts.

By James “JB” Bryson I have not hid my underlying in some cases and outright blatant in others,  lack of approval of the Varela administration. Merely look back into the index of PNO.com since we started live and you will see a very apparent willingness that Varela shows to curry …

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Politics

Carles resigns to join Panamenista ticket for Presidential campaign

Luis Ernesto Carles , Minister of Labor and Social Development (Mitradel) , reported that he presented his resignation because he will be part of the campaign team of presidential candidate José Blandón , of the Panameñista Party, and he will run as candidate for deputy in circuit 2-3 (La Pintada, …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT- Panama’s favorite contractor,,,,at it again in MEXICO. Offers $18 Million to settle corruption

Brazil’s Odebrecht offered the Mexican state to pay a reparation of $ 18 million – less than a third of the fines imposed in Mexico – and give information about bribery cases in the country, in exchange for being able to hold public works contracts again, a draft of the …

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International Relations

Netanyahu on US attack: “horrible Anti-Semitic violence”, as world mourns victims

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed his solidarity with the United States and the victims of a “horrible anti-Semitic” attack in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where an individual killed several people before surrendering. Several killed in shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, United States “I am distressed …

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US News of note

US News: Pittsburgh Synagogue suffers bloody Anti-Semitic attack, multiple deaths

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/27/us/synagogue-attack-suspect-robert-bowers-profile/index.html   (CNN)As officials try to put together a picture of the alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, one focus of the investigation is his social media postings, the FBI said. Here’s what we know so far about suspect Robert Bowers, 46: He allegedly made anti-Semitic statements after his arrest The shooter …

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Editorial Contribution

Roux interview in La Estrella: Reveals despite incarceration, Panamanians linger to days of Martinelli

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson As an American, I can certainly understand the cult of personality, and the head scratching ways that polarizing people obtain public office. I am of course being quite sarcastic, as a reality TV show star, admitted “Pussy Grabber” (sorry honey) and accused Russian collaborator …

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Politics

Pay to Play in Panama is a equal Party offender

by James “JB” Bryson Last week PNO.com commented and illustrated the large disparity between what was spent on among the candidates of the PRD for the primaries. This new La Prensa article will show how it affects the positioning of the CD as well.  The 2 thousand 548 votes that …

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World Events

VIDEO: China opens up the largest bridge over water on the Planet

  VIDEO LINK:https://www.prensa.com/videos/China-inaugura-mayor-puente-maritimo_2_5152004756.html

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US News of note

US News of Note: Strange packages arrive in New York, shut down Time Warner Center

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/clintons-obama-suspicious-packages/index.html CNN LINK ABOVE The Time Warner Center , where is the writing of the American chain CNN in New York, was evacuated this Wednesday, October 24, after a suspicious package was received in the mail classification office . In New York they evict CNN by suspicious package similar to …

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Agriculture

Varela to meet with Dairy and Livestock farmers in Chitre’.

In the face of threats to resume the protests, a group of Panamanian producers will be treated this Wednesday, October 24, in the city of Chitré by President Juan Carlos Varela . Commission of breeders will have courtesy of room in the Cabinet After five hours of closure, producers reopen …

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"JB"

Another Ex-Pat getting screwed story- this time in Pedasi

by James “JB” Bryson So after a long bout with bronchitis, I check the old INBOX, and see that PNO.com was contacted by a gentleman named Gustavo who is an American citizen that was looking for some land to retire in in Panama. (Sound familiar?) He said he read the …

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