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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 …

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Re-Visiting the DANGER of BOCAS del TORO.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson The more deeply we are helping our fellow ex-pats with real estate issues, legal wrangling, and other problems they got suckered into in and around the area of BOCAS DEL TORO, COLON, BOQUETE, etc, I feel it is our duty to remind those that are …

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EX-PAT Follow UP: Bocas Del Toro Property Scam; Ex-Pats WARNING Ex-Pats!!

by James “JB” Bryson As 2019 storms ahead, we find ourselves re-visiting an issue that PNO.com covered back in July when we went to Bocas del Toro to see how my friend and fellow ex-pat “Buddy” has people literally living on property that the Panamanian registry states is “TITLED” to …

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Infrastructure

As Tocumen expands, energy use will explode. Original Odebrecht sub-station was granted to public bid.

The energy demand of the Tocumen International Airport will triple when the new passenger terminal (T2) comes into operation at the end of next April. The current terminal (TI), which has 34 boarding gates and which last year handled more than 16 million passengers, has a daily demand of 6 …

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International Relations

UPDATE: OAS breaks relations with Venezuela, refuses to recognize Maduro legitimacy.

The Organization of American States ( OAS ) resolved to ignore the legitimacy of the second presidency of Venezuela that took on Thursday Nicolás Maduro . Nicolás Maduro swears in for a new term Nicolás Maduro starts second term in the middle of the worst context Meanwhile, Paraguayan President Mario …

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Infrastructure

UPDATE: Chilibre water plant back at 100% capacity

The water treatment plant Federico Guardia Conte, is working 100%, after completed the repair work on a pipe of 18 “that on Tuesday afternoon had presented a break in the area of ​​Gonzalillo. The information was confirmed by the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers from its official Twitter account. …

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International Relations

Maduro implies threats to group that does not recognize legitimacy of new term

President Nicolás Maduro warned the Lima Group on Wednesday that he will take tough diplomatic measures if he does not rectify his position on Venezuela in 48 hours, on the eve of assuming a new term of six years, whose legitimacy does not recognize that bloc. Latin American and Caribbean …

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Colón

Varela returns from crime meeting in US with pledge to reduce activity in Colon region.

President Juan Carlos Varela, announced on Tuesday in the province of Colon the creation of a Task Force and a search block to deal with crime. Varela said that this Task Force will be made up of all the State security agencies, so that Colón maintains the same security figures …

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Crime

Darien back in news as possible weak point for illegal smuggling; Border Patrol receives more support

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson In the past we covered the haphazard logging operations that were occurring in the Darien region. What makes this region even more challenging is the location it serves as a possible conduit of illegal trafficking and smuggling between Panama and the Colombian borders. A …

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Air Travel

With expanded Terminals, TOCUMEN now recognized as most ON TIME regional airport in the world

The Tocumen International Airport with an index of 91.11% was awarded the On Time Performance Airport 5 star award, as the most punctual medium-sized airport in the world, according to the British aeronautical analysis consultant, Official Airline Guide (OAG), after evaluating the performance of global punctuality during the year 2018. …

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Economy

IMF forecasts Panama to grow back at 5% up from 4% in 2018

After 2018, with projected growth of around 4%, the most moderate in the current decade, projections indicate that the country’s economy will rebound at rates above 5% in the short and medium term. MEF: Panama is set to return to the FATF gray list Debt grows $ 2,710 million Panama’s …

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Politics

Applicants fighting tooth and nail for the 3rd Place assignment in Free Application

The deadline for the submission of signatures for the candidacies for the free application closed yesterday, in the middle of a bitter dispute for the third place in the race for the Presidency. Ricardo Lombana and Dimitri Flores are fighting for that position. Yesterday, Lombana presented 26 thousand signatures – …

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Legal

Martinelli defense can’t be accused of being lazy; they are appealing to new criminal jurisdiction

The legal defense of former President Ricardo Martinelli intends to shield him with a new electoral criminal jurisdiction in the case that he is followed for allegedly ordering to spy on the communications of at least 150 people. Martinelli presents new appeals before the Court Victims: failure confirms that Martinelli …

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Politics

Abrego formally protests Varela allowance of (SPI) into Legislative Palace during session

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson-  He will have to read it on Monday as he took a bunch of buddies to Key West for a Friday “conference”.  All coming back the same day.       The president of the National Assembly, Yanibel Ábrego , sent a letter of protest to …

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US News of note

Back in US, invigorated Democrats seek immediate reform as they take charge of House

Now that they have control of the House of Representatives , Democrats are preparing an ambitious electoral reform to limit the influence of money on politics. Democrats approve plan to reopen US government United States opens a Congress hostile to Trump in full ‘closure’ The proposal, among the first to …

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Politics

Year starts with clash between Humbert and Payroll of National Assembly

The year 2019 started with a new clash between the Comptroller’s Office and the National Assembly. Assembly concludes extraordinary sessions without ratification of judges General Comptroller suspends payment of payroll 002 The comptroller, Federico Humbert , annulled more than 500 checks corresponding to the salaries of officials who work for …

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Hello 2019 PANAMA!!!

by James “JB” Bryson So in the spirit of giving, my visiting family did a bang up job of giving me the flu. So apologies for the stagnancy on the site over the past few days. I do however, love the fact that I can get everything I need with …

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End of 2018: Status of Varela in PANAMA.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson As I bring 2018 to a close on the first year of being online with PANAMA NOW, I reflected on how much time and effort I placed into examining and let’s face it “criticizing” a Varela Administration that I honestly feel is flawed to …

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Air Travel

Tocumen begins preparedness for massive influx for WYD.

The maneuverability of the Tocumen International Airport will be put to the test to receive a large part of the participants in the World Youth Day (WYD), which will run from January 22 to 27. Currently, in the hours of greatest demand (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) the operation of …

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Infrastructure

Comptroller calls for bond to exceed $220 Million for Odebrecht project at Tocumen for protection

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson A necessary step and actually shocking that the government does not have the ability to get out of bed with these pre-existing agreements with such a dangerous and sullied enterprise. Tocumen, SA will expand the scope and amount of the fourth addendum to the …

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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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Politics

Political opinion begs the question if Varela is acknowledging “lame duck” status as term comes to end.

The country is practically immersed in the electoral process towards the general elections of 2019 and various sectors of society begin to toughen their protests and claims towards the government of President Juan Carlos Varela. On the one hand, Customs officials paralyzed the customs activity earlier this month, claiming a …

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Legal

Martinelli enters 2019 with ever changing stable of Lawyers

The team of lawyers of former President Ricardo Martinelli , imprisoned in El Renacer while being investigated for spying on communications from at least 150 people, has had several changes in recent months. Ex-prosecutors Dimas Guevara and Cristóbal Arboleda , for example, stopped being members of the group for several …

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Church

Venezuela and Nicaragua tumult reach all the way to Vatican for Papal plea at Christmas

In St. Peter’s Square, in the Vatican, before tens of thousands of pilgrims, dressed in a white dagger that held a cincture at waist height, Pope Francis held yesterday the message Urbi et Orbi (at the city ​​and the world), which did not let escape the difficult situation that exists …

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of the PNO.com Readers and Contributors

by James “JB” Bryson While we are not quite a mover and shaker in the world of the internet blogosphere at the moment, we are very thankful for the people that visit our site on a daily basis. We have a core group of followers or around 210, but when …

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Legal

Transfer of Martinelli due to lack of confidence and “refusal” of evaluation at National Hospital

The Ministry of Government (MinGob), attributed Friday the transfer of the former president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, to the Santo Tomas Hospital, to the refusal of the exmandatario to perform studies and ambulatory medical examinations, as planned, at the National Hospital . Through a statement, the ministerial body indicated …

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International Relations

Tension mounts as Maduro ousts Colombian diplomat.

The Venezuelan government agreed Thursday on the expulsion of a Colombian consular official as a reciprocal measure to a similar action that Bogotá agreed against an employee of the Venezuelan Embassy in that city, an action that further cracks the strained relations between the two countries. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge …

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US News of note

Noose tightens on Ortega as US issues sanctions

President Donald Trump gave the green light on Thursday to a bill that seeks to limit the access of the Government of Nicaragua to international funds and sanction the countries that assist the Central American nation. Dictatorship of Daniel Ortega expels the IACHR from Nicaragua Nicaraguan journalist denounces police chief …

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Legal

Martinelli medically transferred yet again as health deteriorates.

Ricardo Martinelli, former president of the Republic, was transferred at dawn on Friday, December 21, to the Santo Tomás Hospital amid complaints from relatives, lawyers and supporters. Martinelli is transferred to the National Hospital; will undergo medical exams Martinelli – detained in El Renacer jail for the case of the …

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Crime

Inside Job as 26 arrested for Bank Fraud

The First Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime carried out a joint operation with the Directorate of Judicial Investigation in which approximately 26 people were arrested related to the damage of about $ 3 million against Banistmo. The prosecution charged the detainees, who worked in the bank, for financial crime. The operation …

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