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Environmental

Panama on board for Plastic Bag ban. Effective JULY 20th.

In Panama, it will be prohibited, as of July 20, 2019 , the delivery of plastic bags of polyethylene in supermarkets, pharmacies and retailers, as established by Law 1 of January 19, 2018, recalled the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of the Competition . Panama says goodbye to polyethylene …

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International Relations

Venezuela: Essential functions begin to crumble under Maduro.

Millions of Venezuelans have been left “without a drop of water” by a shortage sharpened by the series of massive blackouts since early March, which forced Nicolás Maduro to ration electricity and reduce working hours in the oil country. Protest for lack of electricity and water Cacerolazos and spontaneous protests …

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Varela heads to China for third time. ( Looking for condo in Beijing on July 1st. “IMO”)

( “So I’d like a place with a big kitchen to make tostones and Corvina.”)   The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela , will travel to China in the coming days, confirmed the Secretary of State Communication yesterday afternoon. It will be the third time the president traveled …

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Air Travel

BE ADVISED: American Airlines suspending travel to Venezuela

American Airlines will suspend its flights to Venezuela indefinitely due to the political crisis and turmoil that continues to afflict the South American country, the airline announced on Thursday. Mexico has not considered giving asylum to Nicolás Maduro American Airlines will try to resume service when conditions are right, but …

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Heading out with the wife to see a pal. Loving the upgrade in COPA.

by James “JB” Bryson So heading out to meet some pals who we have not seen in a while. Have to say I am enjoying the new upgrades of the COPA 1st Class lounge at Tocumen. This life if not normally afforded to the Jubilado Pensionado gringos that are now …

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Politics

Cortizo solidifies his position and firm lead in quest for Presidency.

A few days before reaching the middle of the political campaign, heading for the presidential elections of May 5, Laurentino Cortizo, candidate of the PRD / Molirena, remains at the head of the intention of votes and registers above 50%, according to an opinion study by StratMark Consultores SA This …

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International Relations

Venezuela polarizes the tension between US and Russia/China.

The United States warned on Monday, March 25, that it will not remain passive while Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela with its support for the government of Nicolás Maduro . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his counterpart Sergei Lavrov that “the continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support …

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Environmental

Study reinforces importance of Colon’ to Panamanian Ecosystem.

The always cautious jaguar. A couple of cougars. Trigrillos, peccaries, deer, capybaras or a tapir … At least 25 species of mammals use the biological corridor or strip of forest that joins the Panama Canal basin, to the west, with the natural reserves of Chagres and Portobelo, in the East …

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Legal

Big week planned to occur in the Martinelli prosecution.

The electoral prosecutor, Eduardo Peñaloza , presented last Saturday to the Fifth Electoral Court his position on the claims of challenge against the candidacies of former President Ricardo Martinelli to deputy of the circuit 8-8 and mayor of the district of Panama. Electoral judge receives challenge to candidacies of Ricardo …

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US News of note

Mueller unable to prove a direct link to US President.

The special prosecutor Robert Mueller concluded, after an investigation of almost two years, that there is no evidence of collusion between the campaign team of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 elections, said Sunday March 24 the Department of Justice. United States expectant to know the Mueller report, …

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US News of note

US MAJOR NEWS: Trump cleared by Mueller. President was deemed distant from the guilty.

The US president, Donald Trump , declared himself completely exonerated after the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller highlighted the absence of evidence of collusion with Moscow during the 2016 elections, clarifying the horizon to seek re-election. Mueller Report: There was no collusion between Trump and Russia But the prosecutor …

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Politics

VP Candidates all take to the stage to state their case.

Candidates for vice president promise to pay government suppliers, encourage agriculture and boost tourism to revive the economy The axis of the third block of the debate for candidates for the Vice Presidency, organized by ‘The Star of Panama’ and ‘Eco TV’, revolved around the concrete and immediate plans of …

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Agriculture

UPDATE on Coiba National Park.

The Environmental Advocacy Center (CIAM) , the Mar Viva Foundation and the Pro-Defense Committee of Coiba yesterday questioned the development proposals promoted by the Ministry of the Environment (Miambiente) for the Coiba National Park, in the province of Veraguas. The organizations rejected the project to build an airstrip in this …

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International Relations

Guaido reaffirms support of Military that abandons Maduro in favor of his leadership.

The military that abandons Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will keep their ranks and will be reinstated when a new government takes office, according to an agreement approved on Tuesday by the opposition majority parliament. Trump reaffirms that EU evaluates ‘all options’ in Venezuela The crisis in Venezuela was addressed by …

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Every time I give Panama credit for Environmental forward thinking…..THEY FUCK IT UP!!!

by James “JB” Bryson Just the other day I posted how a plan to save the necessary and essential mangroves that are generally run right through for the sake of development, La Prensa does an expose on how Panama takes one step forward and 20 steps backwards as they intend …

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Agriculture

Plan to RESCUE mangroves as opposed to destroy them is a step in right direction.

A pilot plan to rescue the mangroves at the mouth of the Juan Díaz River is implemented between the Nature Foundation and the Municipality of Panama. Specifically, the project seeks to protect the coastline, so that the mangroves can withstand the forces of the waves. For this, dry mangrove trees …

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Journalism

Abrego supporters have no issue attacking journalists.

Activists of the president of the National Assembly, Yanibel Ábrego , were surprised by the digital platform team Clearly when they were about to distribute supposed bags of food in the village of Cirí de Los Sotos, in a mountainous and isolated area two hours from Capira. Mauricio Valenzuela, a …

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Legal

Martinelli son arrives as required in Miami court.

Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares attended the morning of this Monday, March 18, at a hearing in the Immigration Court of Miami, Florida, the US city where he was provisionally arrested, last November, for being illegally in that country. Family Martinelli is sheltered in the Parlacen Ricardo Martinelli Linares moves to …

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US News of note

Two years ago he was Trump’s “right hand”, today he is in PRISON for 7 years.

Sentenced for tax and banking fraud, the former campaign chief of US President Donald Trump will spend more than seven years in prison after being convicted by the courts. The judge of the District of Columbia, Amy Berman Jackson, issued the sentence against Manafort for three and a half years, …

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What will remain as Panama continues to grow? New conversations arise weekly

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson In America it is called “Imminent Domain“, or in lay terms, when the government is able to emancipate properties that are deemed proving to be an obstacle in development that they feel would be for the greater good of the neighborhoods and cities involved. …

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Legal

Martinelli arrived for yet another medical evaluation prior to trial

Former President Ricardo Martinelli was transferred the morning of this Thursday, March 14 to the offices of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (Imelcf) , to comply with the examination ordered by the Court of Judgment , of the process that is followed by the alleged commission of …

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Politics

NEWS FLASH: Embrace Cortizo, because he IS GOING TO WIN.

With the beginning of the electoral campaign, Laurentino Cortizo, flag bearer of the PRD and Molirena, remains at the head of the intention to vote, breaking the fifty percentage point barrier in the preference of the people consulted; while Marco Ameglio, an independent candidate, was placed in the basement of the …

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Politics

Varela gives quote about him leaving office. “I go in peace”. Yeah, to the first non-extradition country that lets him in.

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, said Sunday that on June 30, when he leaves office, he will go in peace, because he leaves the people in peace. Holding that the political differences in Panama is nothing compared to what happens in other countries, reiterating that the most …

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I was in Cuba in 2016 and it was a dump. Never saw THIS type of place.

by James “JB” Bryson While visiting Cuba I certainly did not expect it to be anything other than a country torn at the seams by poverty and a 50 year embargo. As is the case in most of the deprived places I have visited for various reasons in life ( …

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International Relations

Back on Venezuelan soil, Guaido is calling for a state of emergency.

Venezuelan President-in-Charge Juan Guaidó announced on Sunday that he will ask Parliament on Monday to declare a “state of alarm” in Venezuela over the blackout that has kept almost the entire country collapsed since last Thursday, in order to request international assistance. The ‘agony’ of waiting for electric power to …

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International Relations

EU cancels existing “blacklist” that included Panama as high risk for financial crimes.

It was an open secret, but this Thursday it became official. EU countries unanimously cancel the money laundering list that includes Panama The 28 countries that make up the European Union (EU) formally knocked down the ‘black’ list drawn up by the Commission that included Panama on the grounds that …

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Bocas Buyers: Please note that MORE is coming in regards to issues on “particular property”. More readers respond

By James “JB” Bryson Just giving a heads up. I have far too many people contacting me about issues they have had PAST, and PRESENT with their land purchase in Bocas del Toro. I would LOVE to hear a alternate and separate side to the story, but as of this …

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International Relations

Guaido returns to Venezuela, with a little help from COPA and Panama. Still a threat to be arrested

“We are going to recover our democracy, without any doubt, our freedom, at the service of our country,” enunciated the Venezuelan deputy Juan Guaidó through the open microphone. His words caused a stir on board the Copa Airlines flight 254, which departed from the Tocumen air terminal on Monday, at 8:55 …

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Politics

Cortizo ahead of the game with election ads, No foul play with Google tactics.

The political campaign of Laurentino Nito Cortizo, presidential candidate of the PRD, went through the questioning of the ads on Google , which invited to look for his name when writing another candidate’s. Ricardo Laviery, director of communications for the campaign, said it is “a common marketing technique.” His adversaries …

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Crime

FINALLY!!!!! Panamanian Press includes standing Varela administration with Odebrecht SWINDLE.

by James “JB” Bryson Anyone who reads PNO.com, will see that I have a very direct slant. NO, I am not an Martinelli apologist. But YES, I feel this country had a level of respect and admiration for the man that is still seen to this day. I don’t feel …

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