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PNO.com will disseminate differing opinions. In this case “Red Frog Beach” in Bocas del Toro.

by James “JB” Bryson Earlier this year I had a PNO.com reader contact us after I posted a blog entry about my friend having a squatter issue on land he purchased (or believed he purchased) a few years back. That article sparked a bit of an influx of people wanting …

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Entertainment

Alfredo de Saint Malo Musical Festival mixes together the best that Panama has to offer.

A musical exchange The 13th edition of the Alfredo de Saint Malo International Music Festival links and bridges between different musicians to offer quality concerts to the country. The event starts from today. https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/intercambio-musical_0_5315468430.html From today, we will witness a cultural exchange between various musicians of our country and the …

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Unholy alliance of Tocumen and Odebrecht just keeps chugging along. Horrible!!

by James “JB” Bryson- IMHO   A fifth addendum signed Tocumen, SA and the Brazilian company Odebrecht to complete the construction of the new passenger terminal. Tocumen will give 120 days to Odebrecht to finish work The modification will be for 120 days and does not include an increase in …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Water treatment intends to improve quality of rivers and beaches.

To recover the quality of the water of the rivers through the collection and the due treatment of the residual waters and to improve the sanitary conditions of the districts of Panama, San Miguelito, Arraiján and La Chorrera are some of the main objectives of the Sanitation program of Panama …

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Environmental

Only 1 of 3 vital environmental areas protected in Cerro Canajagua.

Only one of the three areas of the Cerro Canajagua National Park, in the province of Los Santos, is protected by a municipal agreement; the rest lacks that shielding. Only the Municipal Council of Las Tablas through Agreement No. 22 declares Cerro Canajagua as a forest, animal and river reserve. …

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Crime

PNO.com “Dream article”- Finally a in depth expose of ODEBRECHT. The mob of Panama

LAVA JATO CASE Cooperation between Brazil and Latin America in the worst case of corruption in recent history PLEASE CHECK ON INDIVIDUAL LINKS:  https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Transparencia-Internacional-Lava-Jato_0_5314718537.html The Press releases on Wednesday, May 29, a report by Transparency International , chapter of Brazil, and JOTA (https://www.jota.info/lavajota/ ) on the exchange of information and cooperation …

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PNO.com visitors: Personal Plea to Aid in this cause for all of PANAMA. Protect the JAGUAR

by James “JB” Bryson PNO.com is proud to support and solicit any and all people to be more aware of this cause. The Jaguar is the largest indigenous mammal in Panama, as well as being one of the strongest of the big cats. It has been considered since the days …

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Pope stresses the overcoming of fear with worldwide influx of immigrants

by James “JB” Bryson Ironic timing that the Pope called for mercy and empathy concerning migrants, when we see a story released today about people seeking refuge in Baja Chiquito.   https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Caravana-migrantes-zarpa-Chiquito_0_5313218691.html ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Pope Francis called today to overcome the fear of migrants and to welcome them, both to help these …

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Politics

Cortizo preparing for July 1st assumption of office.

The elected president, Laurentino Cortizo, will hold a meeting with the National Development Agreement in order to know the progress of the constitutional reform package. The meeting will take place before noon. Cortizo requested, last Friday, the Minister of Social Development and president of the Concertación, Michelle Muschett, the meeting for …

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My “personal” interest: Albino Panda spotted in China

by James “JB” Bryson I love animals, and I love stories like this. I hope Varela and his new Chinese chums don’t make a Churrasco out of him however. A rare specimen of a completely white panda was photographed in a nature reserve in southwest China, which shows that albinism …

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Bocas del Toro
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Recent death in Bocas another reminder of danger in Paradise.

by James “JB” Bryson As I have become more familiar with Bocas in the past year. Visiting a few times and speaking with many who live there. I hope that this most recent tragedy can become a bit more of a cautionary tale as something to avoid. Sounds like a …

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Human Interest

Ex-Pat Forum: Upcoming Opera event looks to be a nice cultural experience

Starts in 1 day Tue 28 May 18:30 – 21:30 Costs 40.00 USD Donation at the door 24 attendees Favorite arias and ensembles from Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela and famous popular songs. Residence of the Honorary Consul of Jamaica, Judith Edwards. Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Donations at the door. Schedule: 6:30 …

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International Relations

Guaido ramps up rhetoric in firm defiance of Maduro.

The president of Venezuela in charge Juan Guaidó defended this Sunday the sending of delegates to Oslo in a mediation of Norway in the Venezuelan political crisis, warning critics of his own side with this way that they can end up being accomplices “of the dictatorship” of Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó …

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How cool is this? UBER offering submarine rides off Barrier Reef in Australia.

View video from La Prensa: https://www.prensa.com/videos/videos_del_dia/Uber-submarino-Gran-Barrera-Coral_2_5310988851.html

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International Relations

Maduro slyly enters the growing cyber battle between US and China.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced investments in telecommunications with Huawei and other Chinese and Russian companies, despite what he described as “tremendous aggression” by the United States against that company, indicated by Washington of espionage in favor of Beijing.     VS        Huawei lies about its collaboration …

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International Relations

WORLD NEWS: Amid Brexit debacle, UK Prime Minister May to step down.

Visibly moved and with a broken voice, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Friday that she will leave office in two weeks, recognizing, after months of chaos, her inability to make accept the Brexit agreement she negotiated with Brussels. Critics corner English minister “I tried it three times” but “I …

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Panama Tourism

The wait has been long, but 2019 Tourism Campaign can finally be embarked upon.

After a wait of nine months, the international tourism promotion fund could enter into formal operation in the coming days. The General Comptroller approved that this fund (managed as a public-private entity) has access to 20 million dollars a year. Although the fund assumed responsibility for the international promotion of …

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After puppet Roux has lost, Varela working hastily to secure his appointments.

OP ED:  This is not independent of Varela and Panama. It is a right of passage back in the US for exiting Presidents to push all their agendas through up to and including the Presidential pardons of friends and white collar criminals. Just always something I have hated. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– President …

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June starts musical journey at the Allegro Art Gallery.

by James “JB” Bryson While speaking of music, please click on link for new PNO.com visitor “JOHN CARNEY MUSIC” on our homepage. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ In this fourth season of jazz at Allegro, the saxophist, composer and educator Luis Carlos Pérez indicates that he wants to share with the audience “the cultural …

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Chiriqui

Panama “Luxury” Eco Lodging makes the list at National Geographic.

by James “JB” Bryson Love Chiriqui……. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Panama is already listed in the Unique Lodges of the World ranking by National Geographic , a list made up of low-density luxury hotels, but with environmentally friendly features . Worldwide there are 55 properties that have the National Geographic category, and one …

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Editorial Contribution

Corruption in Tocumen continues.

https://m.panamaamerica.com.pa/economia/negociado-en-tocumen-se-impondria-ante-la-oaci-1135084 Spanish Version in Link The outgoing president of Tocumen SA management, Dulcidio de la Guardia, and the former manager, Joseph Fidanque, would have responsibility for negotiating the treatment of the international garbage that Tocumen airport handles daily . Since 2014, Fidanque entered Tocumen SA . and admitted that he directly hired the Incineration Technology Services (STI) company from one of his personal …

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Local Culture

Panama born hotel chain now expanding the tropics to the World.

The hotel chain Selina, which was born in Pedasí by the hand of entrepreneurs and travelers Rafael Museri and Daniel Rudasevski, currently operates 46 locations in Latin America and Europe; and by the end of the year he expects to have more than 60 open. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ http://laestrella.com.pa/economia/marca-hotelera-nacio-panama-famosa-mundo/24121642   Worldwide, different hotel …

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“Game of Thrones” ends historic run with a dud of a finale.

by James “JB” Bryson Simply stated. YAWN. Very disappointed with what I waited 8 years for. Too much to comment on. I’m simply too hurt. LOL ________________________________________________________________________________________ Cries of joy, sobs, scenes of hysterics, applause: the followers of Game of Thrones lived with passion until the last second of the …

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Legal

Oral trial ended today at 11:30am for Martinelli. New witnesses tomorrow.

Approximately at 11:30 am on Monday, May 20, the oral trial session of former President Ricardo Martinelli ended, so it will resume tomorrow with the appearance of a new witness. Martinelli trial: Prosecutor’s office asks the Tribunal for equity Martinelli trial: expert falls into contradictions Case Martinelli: the prosecutor accuses …

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Crime

Get up to speed on your latest ODEBRECHT update. Panama’s Favorite Vendor

The Twelfth Criminal Court annulled the order of inquiry (of November 21, 2018) and the correction to this document (of December 6, 2018) issued by the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office against Fotis Lymberópulos , as part of the investigation of the bribes paid by Odebrecht. In a ruling dated May …

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Largest ship to record passes into new expanded Canal.

The container ship Triton, of the shipping Evergreen, became this Wednesday the largest and largest capacity ship to transit the Canal expanded since its opening on June 26, 2016. Neopanamax help port growth Huge LNG vessel, in the bowels of the Canal The neopanamax Triton set a new record with …

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Legal

Opposing counsel battle over chain of evidence in Martinelli case

The head of Computing of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences , Luis Rivera Calle , said yesterday in the hearing of the trial that the former president Ricardo Martinelli is followed by the punctures, that during the analysis of the compact discs obtained in the National Security …

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International Relations

After brief siege attempt, US Embassy secured in Venezuela

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Embajador-Carlos-Vecchio-recuperacion-Washington_0_5305719383.html The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, confirmed on the morning of Thursday, May 16, that his embassy in the city of Washington, DC was recovered. Vecchio explained that US federal police officers entered the diplomatic headquarters and evicted four pro-regime activists from Nicolás Maduro. “Out the …

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Politics

As predicted here on PNO.com BEFORE elections,,,,,,Varela/Roux defection from Martinelli validated.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I’m not going to break my arm patting myself on the back, but I have to state that SO MUCH of what was transparent and visible about the manner in which Varela and Roux were trying to distance themselves from Martinelli, while at the same …

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Air Travel

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Air quality in Mexico City deemed extraordinarily dangerous.

Authorities of Mexico City and its metropolitan area declared an extraordinary environmental risk on Tuesday due to high levels of pollution , which implies the restriction to vehicular traffic and the reprogramming of a semifinal game of the Mexican soccer tournament. The measures come amid complicated weather conditions and numerous …

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