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Health

Health System of Panama to be analyzed

“For a preventive, universal and quality health system” , is the name of the forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, allied with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other business associations. This forum on health and social security is part of the “Agenda …

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“Burn My Ass” Entry- Rain, Taxi, Texting

by James “JB” Bryson So maybe it is the old man in me, but I don’t think texting while driving is a good thing. I further don’t think texting while driving in the rain is a good thing. And I definitely don’t feel that texting while driving in the rain …

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Editorial Contribution

Cortizo Aun tiene la ventaja en las Primarias del PRD

Apezar de la reciente union de Juan Carlos Navarro a la Candidatura de el Dr Ernesto Perez Balladares (El Toro) el Candidato  Laurentino Cortizo Continua arriba en nuestra ultima encuesta utilizando el Padron Electoral del PRD con muestras basadas en la misma metodologia de las encuestadoras mas reconocidas. Cortizo cuenta …

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Legal

Travel Abuses outlined for National Assembly members: SEE “J.B” Blog

Travel abroad with tickets and per diem included is only one of the privileges of the National Assembly deputies . From January 2015 to June 2018, the National Assembly has paid more than 2 million dollars in travel for deputies and other officials of that body. They have attended meetings …

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Church

Upcoming World Youth Day something to be proud of for Panama

Israel Ramos V., parish priest of the church San Antonio María Claret, from the capital town of Pueblo Nuevo, was on a formative visit to the city of Madrid (Spain) when he learned the good news: Panama would be the headquarters of World Youth Day (WYD) The voice of Christ …

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Is Federico Humbert the ONLY person in Panama looking out for public funds?

by James “JB” Bryson Just a quick thought on the general tenor of almost every single visit to the paper. You need not look further than the front page to see what is the new and in some cases quite old, instance of back room dealing and payoffs occurring in …

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Economy

Comptroller audits reveal egregious abuse of public funds

“It is very sad to see how the funds of all Panamanians were handled in such an irresponsible manner,” said Comptroller Federico Humbert , regarding the audits of payrolls and donations in the National Assembly . Deputy Adolfo Valderrama named nephew who lives in Mexico Deputy Leandro Ávila must render …

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Politics

Porcell makes her case before Coalition

The Procurator of the Nation, Kenia Porcell , began the morning of this Wednesday, August 22, her appearance before the Council of the National Agreement for Development , to explain the events that led to a confrontation with the interim president of the Supreme Court of Justice ( CSJ), Hernán …

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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 …

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Politics

Former First Lady seeks privacy from the press

Five journalists from the newspaper La Prensa attended an audience in the Family Court this morning, after the former first lady Marta Linares de Martinelli filed a claim ” for family protection and the family image “, in which she asks the newspaper to cease and refrain from disclosing and …

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Economy

Over $52 Million owed to Social Security

A total of $ 52.4 million owes the State to the Social Security Fund (CSS) in worker-employer quotas that stopped reporting dependencies of the central and decentralized government, and those generated by special laws. The vice-president of the board of directors of the CSS, Roberto Valencia , provided a report …

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Legal

Porcell to present report on her side of Council crisis

The Attorney General of the Nation, Kenia Porcell , will present this Wednesday, August 22, a report before the Council of the National Agreement for Development , on the current crisis facing the administration of justice. Concertación requests the appearance of Porcell and De León Four notions of what was …

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Take a close interest into PANAMA politics- or just look around you.

by James “JB” Bryson Many will see that at the present time, the tone of PNO.com is fairly political in nature. Many of the posts and articles we look to re-distribute are pertaining to the upcoming elections here in Panama. I certainly have my opinions, but as a non voter …

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World Events

Organization of American States calls for immediate change in Nicaragua under Ortega

Nicaragua needs to go to elections to stop violence, repression and “re-democratization”, after four months of protests calling for the departure of President Daniel Ortega , OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro warned in an interview on Sunday, August 19 in Santiago. Thousands of Nicaraguans demand departure from Ortega, after 4 …

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Legal

Plaintiffs request NO bail for Martinelli

The plaintiffs in the process followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli for allegedly spying on the communications of at least 150 people, announced that they will oppose the request for bail filed by the exmandatario’s lawyers, a remedy that will be analyzed by the full the Supreme Court of Justice …

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Politics

Surveys of PRD recently conducted

The pollster Stratmark Consultores decided to conduct two surveys on the primaries of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). This was announced by Jaime Sosa, one of the regents of this company with more than 40 years of experience in surveys in Panama and abroad. PRE-FILING POLL For Monday, August 20, the …

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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 …

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Politics

Roux appeals to CD defectors to join him

At 2:30 pm on Thursday, the National Search Board proclaimed Rómulo Roux as the Democratic Change presidential candidate (CD) for the May 2019 elections. Roux arrived at the Electoral Tribunal (TE) , where the event was held, accompanied by his family and friends. He accepted the certification and gave a …

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My weekly “Burns My Ass” Entry for PNO.com

by James “JB” Bryson Greetings readers and thanks for stopping by. The posts have been slow recently due to many of the same issues that people are feeling here in Panama City. My wife advised me that at least once a week I inform her in a very loud manner, …

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Local Culture

Miss Panama 2018 takes stance on bias shown to indigenous women

Miss Panama 2018 , Rosa Montezuma , spoke on discrimination against indigenous women in an event held on Friday, August 10 by the Organization of American States (OAS) , at its headquarters in Washington. The Panamanian miss was one of the exponents in the segment of the rights of indigenous women in the Inter-American Forum on Indigenous Peoples …

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Legal

Bahia Honda residents denounce they were pressured by Martinelli

An appeal to oppose the petition filed by the defense of former President Ricardo Martinelli for the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) to file file 137-15, related to the Bahía Honda case, by residents of that community. The legal action was presented before the CSJ by the lawyer Donaldo Sousa …

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Politics

Roux claims ownership of divided CD party

The mutation that started Cambio Democrático (CD) last January was completed yesterday. ‘We are close to getting the country out of the hole where Varela has put it’: Roux Roux prevails in the presidential CD primaries; Mulino recognizes his defeat José Raúl Mulino accuses Yanibel Ábrego of preventing entry of …

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Politics
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Navarro y ‘Nito’ Cortizo con empate técnico- ESPANOL

Una encuesta a lo interno del Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD) coloca en un empate técnico por ahora a los precandidatos presidenciales Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo y Juan Carlos Navarro. La medición a cargo de la empresa Call Center Services WorldWide le aporta 31% de intención de voto tanto al exministro Cortizo como al exalcalde Navarro, que desde ya se presentan …

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Politics

Navarro and ‘Nito’ Cortizo with technical draw- ENGLISH VERSION

A survey inside the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) puts in a technical tie for now presidential candidates L Aurentino “Nito” Cortizo and Juan Carlos Navarro. The measurement by the company Call Center Services WorldWide gives 31% of intention to vote both former Minister Cortizo and former Mayor Navarro, who already appear as two of the most voted in the presidential figures …

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Bocas del Toro

Inquiries arriving into further Bocas del Toro ownership issues

by James “JB” Bryson The interview I had over coffee with “Anthony” and subsequently posted on PNO.com, has been a lightning rod for many people to contact the site regarding their own horror stories in Bocas. I have since sent an email and left a phone message to inquire if …

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International Relations

Varela attends inauguration of new Colombian leader

The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela , arrived yesterday in Bogota with the vice president and chancellor Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado to participate in the inauguration of Iván Duque as president of Colombia. + info President Iván Duque, the turbulent beginning of his government in Colombia Prior …

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Politics

Meet your CD Candidates

With the latest update of the La Prensa website: www.ruta2019.com , you will be able to meet the different presidential candidates of the Cambio Democrático (CD) party . In the main page you can find the news coverage made by this means about the primary elections of the party. The …

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Politics

Defiant Martinelli announces Mayoral run while facing indictment

In the session of the National Assembly yesterday, the deputy of Cambio Democrático (CD) Sergio Chello Gálvez announced the intention of former President Ricardo Martinelli to run as a candidate for the mayoralty of the capital district under free application . Gálvez also announced that he would be Martinelli’s running …

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Journalism

TWITTER cleans up bogus accounts of Presidential candidates

Fake accounts and robots were the target of the social network Twitter. In an attempt to reduce the flow of misinformation and the spread of false news, Twitter eliminated more than 70 million accounts in the past May and June . “We understand that this may be difficult for some, …

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Politics

Roux v.s Mulino- Head to Head before Elections

The Democratic Change (CD) party officially opened its candidacies for presidential candidates on May 28, and as it approaches August 12, the decisive date in the process, it seems that the contest focuses on two candidates: Rómulo Roux and José Raúl Mulino Last days of the Democratic Change party campaign …

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