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US News of note

Back in US, further testimony rocks White House.

OP ED: “JB”- While back home I always was a political hawk and paid attention to every last move within the administrations. While I have been over here since Obama, it is hard to miss when I return the environment of my home country. While still viewed as the pillar …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Panama Metro receives bids,….let’s see if all 3 are refused for ODEBRECHT.

https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Contrato-Metro-atrae-companias_0_5424957522.html hree offers received the Panama Metro for the contract for the development of the diagnosis and urban analysis of the extension of line 2 from the San Miguelito sector to the Paitilla area. The results of the feasibility study will serve as the basis for preparing the tender specifications …

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Conservation

Coiba is home to new species of Coral.

OP ED: “JB”- I have had the pleasure of being on a scuba excursion in Coiba, but never quite 63 meters deep. https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/Descubren-nuevo-coral-aguas-panamenas_0_5424957524.html The Psammogorgia pax is a new species of coral discovered 63 meters deep on the Hannibal Bank, an underwater mountain in Coiba National Park. It is a …

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PNO delivering direct response from Red Frog Beach/Bastimentos Holdings.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: To those that have been keen to keep contacting me in regards to this 12 year old issue between two groups battling over land in Bocas, I am providing to you the following. Below is a direct response from Mr.Joe Haley, CEO of Red Frog …

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Environmental

Take a 500 year walk into History.

https://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/Ruta-transistmica-paso-mulas-neopanamax_0_5418208190.html Because of its importance for global communications, the colonial transistmic route has remained in force until today. From the Hispanic trail, following ancient tribal paths on foot and mule to conquer a new sea, to the construction of an interoceanic canal, there are 500 years of history marked by …

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Politics

Surprise, Surprise, …Zulay in another spat.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Mirones-premisa-aumentado-indices-delictivos_0_5416708305.html An unexpected recess had to be decreed by the president of the National Assembly, Marcos Castilleros, when there was an intense crossing of words between the Minister of Security, Rolando Mirones, and the official deputy Zulay Rodríguez. The exchange of questions and answers for allegations of alleged irregular rise, …

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Canal

2019 ends with 6.2% increase in goods through the Canal.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/191009/6-2-ano-2019-canal Despite the economic and commercial situation in the international environment, the tonnage of cargo by the Canal maintained its dynamism, according to the figures of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). According to statistics, the Canal closed fiscal year 2019 with a 6.2% increase in tonnage, compared to the previous …

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Even “New” Panama, still guilty of selective moral high ground.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/191010/malo-raul-saint-medida-revocan OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As they usher yet another high level scumbag out of court in handcuffs, with the appearance that Panama is cracking down on BRIBES and PAYOFFS, I do have to laugh. Look, I am certain this MFer is guilty and complicit with ODEBRECHT. Not my …

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Journalism

Martinelli taking a page from Trump with legal attacks against “Noticias Falsas”.

OP ED: Or “Fake News” as the US rallying cry is. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191007/sip-cuestiona-denuncias-martinelli-periodistas The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) questioned the “abuse of the judicial system” by former President Ricardo Martinelli with the filing of criminal complaints and civil lawsuits against journalists and the media. “The exorbitant sums that are being claimed …

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Local Culture

Ministry of Culture seeks to restore National Fortress Landmark.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/Ministerio-Cultura-Castillo-San-Lorenzo_0_5412208757.html The Ministry of Culture uploaded to the Panama Buy portal a public event for the restoration of the Castillo San Lorenzo del Chagres, in the province of Colón, will be restored. This colonial fortress is part of the Monumental Complex of Portobelo and San Lorenzo, and since 2012 it …

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International Relations

Colombia experiencing it’s own “Punctures” type case, as popular ex President faces court.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– As the novela that was the Martinelli trial has come to closure here in Panama, it is interesting to see that Columbia is now going through the a similar issue. One of the more popular leaders is now experiencing a judicial procedure that can certainly …

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International Relations

Israel seeks to view Panama as global trade partner.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/191006/hub-israel-panama-regional-considera Panama has enormous potential to be a hub or production center so that Israeli companies can from here do business with Central America, the Caribbean and all of Latin America, said Israel’s ambassador to this country, Reda Mansour. The diplomat said that they are waiting, by the National Assembly, …

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US News of note

“UkraineGate” continues back in States as cries for impeachment echo.

https://prospect.org/impeachment/real-lesson-of-ukraine-gate-trump/ Amid the impeachment furor, don’t lose sight of the renewed importance of protecting the integrity of the 2020 election. The difference between Richard Nixon’s abuse of power (trying to get dirt on political opponents to help with his 1972 reelection, and then covering it up) and Donald Trump’s abuse …

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Crime

Your ODEBRECHT update. Focus now on the creditors.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/Reestructuracion-Odebrecht-complica-division-acreedores_0_5413708582.html Creditors of Odebrecht SA, are divided on how to restructure 25 billion dollars of the obligations of the Brazilian conglomerate, which harms the possibilities of a preliminary agreement that concludes the greater case of bankruptcy protection in Latin America . On the one hand, there are five local banks …

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Politics

Laurentino and Varela spar via TWITTER.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Colon-manzana-discordia-Varela-Cortizo_0_5409209127.html The speech of President Laurentino Cortizo during the extended Cabinet Council, held on Tuesday October 1 in the province of Colon, led to the ex-president Juan Carlos Varela criticara in his Twitter account the statements made by the ruler. Almost at 8:00 pm, Varela tweeted in his account “unfortunate …

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Quick post while away: Support for AWF continues.

by James “JB” Bryson– Visiting family in states, and have been PNO banned for a few days. I did however see this blurb on YAHOO, where it shows one of my actual heroes. While other celebrities and those of influence are not very involved, the Royal Family of the UK, …

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Siesta time for the weekend. And well deserved.

by James “JB” Bryson– I have answered this question before, and “NO”, this old skinny prick in the photo is not me. I Googled “Retired Man“, and this image appeared so I ran with it. I am FAR better looking than this liver spotted guy. Back in the states to …

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These posts will be getting far more PNO attention.

Looking to bring both Panamanian and Ex-Pat attention to the shady deals that the powers that be engage in that hurt the environment. Far too close in proximity to the Smithsonian. “JB” https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/190923/colon-alerta-secreta-concesion An area of ​​reefs and corals with an area of ​​up to 31 hectares in the Columbus …

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Calling a quick TIMEOUT!!

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– All, please read below which is from our PNO home page. Through sharing relevant articles as reported in the local press as well as through contributing writers and affiliates this site was designed to share not just news and information but to provide a …

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Economy

LA ESTRELLA reports on bleak outlook for Panama youth.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/190918/aguda-crisis-buscar-jovenes Panama faces the worst youth unemployment crisis of the last thirteen years. During the administration of Juan Carlos Varela, the population aged 15 to 29 increased by 64,511 people – 83% of them economically active -, which resulted in the increase of young people who neither study nor work …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT body count rising as ex Ministry head sentenced.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Carlos-Ho_0_5398710103.html The ex-head of Special Projects of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), Carlos Ho , signed a penalty agreement with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of the Odebrecht case, and was sentenced to 108 months in prison for committing crimes against public administration and money laundering of capitals. info Prosecutor asks …

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PNO- more than just a referee.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– To my loyal email assault list that prompt me to disseminate more information on Tres Cruces and RFB, I think I made it abundantly clear that I have heard from both sides. I DO INDEED, have a laptop and am aware that there was another …

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ALL readers make up your OWN MINDS……but this does seem like total BULLSHIT.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– In the process of an interview that is obviously posted on my blog, I was made aware of another website. www. panamainsights. org. I spelled with a break in between the words, to not even allow a link to be generated into this editorial. Whereas …

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TRES CRUCES: Questions answered regarding Bocas del Toro dispute.

Panama Now Online- Interview: September 9, 2019  10:57 AM ESTJB:  ( inaudible)- OK, Richard, I am apprising you that I am recording this chat and you are aware I am recording it, and that my son in law Steve is also listening on this call. You are allowing me to proceed.? RK: …

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TRES CRUCES replies to PNO request for answers. OPEN DISCLAIMER.

RE: INTERVIEW of Mr.RICHARD KIIBLER- Tres Cuces de Oro/ SDRI By James “JB” Bryson- Anyone who has read my blog over the past 19 months will know that I am not someone that professes to be some sleuth. I am not a reporter. In addition to me not being an …

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Editorial Contribution
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PNO Reader Editorial: El Renacer del Minero Estafador.

OP ED: Sr. Alberto Stanziola El Renacer del Minero Estafador Definitivamente que Panama es el Pais de las Maravillas. Ahora veo una noticia y una pagina pagada por Richard Fifer Carles, un hombre Encontrado Culpable de malversacion de Fondos cuando fue Gobernador de Cocle, Encontrado de uso y distribucion de …

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PNO is not asleep, just gathering information.

by James “JB” Bryson Over the past few weeks I have had to deal with two Hurricanes. The one of the weather variety that was scaring the shit out of my daughter and son in law in Florida, and the one that was occurring in my inbox over the dispute …

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PNO supports AWF. Please use link.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– I know we are in the midst of Oceans Month here in Panama, and I hope people are looking into my last post and link to help out. Since our readership and online presence has grown over the last 18 months, I wanted to add …

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PLEASE SUPPORT THIS.

by James “JB” Bryson– As mentioned the other day, SEPTEMBER is OCEANS MONTH in Panama. Please use this link and see if there is any way you can take time to get involved in this in your area of the country. _____________________________________________________________________________ https://playacommunity.com/panama-articles/panama-national-news/6156-september-is-ocean-month-in-panama.html This September is oceans month in Panama. …

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All tired of this shit yet? Pray for Cortizo.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Read many of my posts and you will see I have a genuine bug up my ass for these types of stories. For a number of reasons. ONE (1) – Being the frequency. Every goddamn day you see that there was somebody new that was …

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