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Church

Pope delivers EASTER sermon in empty Basilica. Urges peace during pandemic.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/el-papa-francisco-insta-a-una-tregua-mundial-y-a-perdonar-la-deuda-de-los-paises-pobres/ The Pope Francis urged Sunday in his Easter message to establish a “comprehensive and immediate cease-fire” to address the pandemic of the new coronavirus and urged to reduce or cancel the debt of the poorest countries. In a world “overwhelmed by the pandemic, which is putting our great human family to severe test,” …

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Health

Country tries to adjust to the home quarantine.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200407/dia-mundial-salud-panama-suma-2-249-casos-59-muertes-covid-19 With 2,249 infected patients and 59 deaths, the positive cases for COVID-19 continue to increase in Panama. The Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday the new figures, which include the departure of three recovered people from the Irma Lourdes de Tzanetatos hospital. As explained by the director of epidemiology …

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Health

PANAMA update: Corona pandemic

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200411/coronavirus-panama-79-muertes-3-234-casos-acumulados-covid-19 Panama registered 5 deaths and 260 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with which it rises 3,234 positive cases, 79 deaths and 23 recovered. The Health authorities detailed that 2,817 are in home isolation, while there are 573 in hotels. According to the latest registry, there are …

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Environmental

With humans inside, the wildlife of the world stretches their legs.

https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-animals-reclaiming-cities-covid-19-pandemic-140503907.html As the coronavirus pandemic leaves the world’s major cities deserted by humans, animals have been spotted enjoying the peace and quiet. The global outbreak of the virus has seen many countries such as Spain, Italy, Japan and Chile, as well as the UK, impose a lockdown on citizens. But mother nature …

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Health

Update on US citizens riding out Corona in Latin America.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-latam-stranded-fea/beyond-trumps-wall-the-americans-riding-out-coronavirus-in-latin-america-idUSKBN21J6NE LAGO DE ATITLAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Some Americans, from young backpackers to retirees, are hunkering down for the coronavirus pandemic far from home in Latin America, saying they feel safer and see no point in scrambling to return. While thousands of Americans sought help from the government or private …

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Health

PANAMA- Is getting an “F” in terms of following quarantine.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/aprehenden-a-13-personas-en-playa-de-pedasi-unos-estaban-surfeando-otro-grupo-se-escapo/ PEDASÍ, Los Santos. About 13 people were detained in the late afternoon of this Wednesday, April 1, in Playa Venao, Pedasí district, for violating Decree 507 of March 24, 2020, which was issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus. + info China confines 600 thousand inhabitants after new case of …

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"JB"
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HELLO PNO followers. UPDATE:

by James “JB” Bryson Where do I start but by saying “WOW“!! I have to tell you that even after service to my country, this battle and the psychological effects it is having on the world is unprecedented in my lifetime. I want to begin by saying I hope that …

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Health

The faster people are smart, the quicker this will end. COVID-19 fear closes business on EARTH.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200312/coronavirus-paraliza-pais OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson: With SARS and BIRD FLU essentially maintained in previous pandemics, the western world has not felt the grip of paranoia like this since 1918. Back in those early days of medicine before all of our advances, the spread of germs was rampant. Life …

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Health

Back in US: NBA halts all games until further notice.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-suspends-2019-20-season-until-further-notice-after-rudy-gobert-reportedly-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/ After taking the initial step to play games in empty arenas, the NBA issued a statement on Wednesday night that all games will be suspended until further notice after a Utah Jazz player, reportedly Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the coronavirus. The G-League has also suspended play. The games will be suspended for at least two …

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Health

11 confirmed cases in Panama. Stay calm and clean.

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/minsa-confirma-tres-nuevos-caso-de-coronavirus/ The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Wednesday, March 11, that they confirmed three new cases of Covid-19 (new coronavirus) in Panama. + info Fedebeis announces the suspension of the major tournament until April due to the coronavirusPanama registers 1 deceased and 7 cases due to the coronavirusInsurers fear loss of …

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Conservation

March 14th, big day for Environmentalists in Panama. Please read.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/planeta/200311/agua-energia-son The importance of rivers goes beyond what is imaginable. Since ancient times, rivers have served civilizations as communication routes between cities, as well as a source of food, fresh water and energy for the communities settled in their surroundings. Within this framework, there is no doubt that “it is our …

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"JB"

EX-PATS in the American Market. “Hold onto your socks!!!”

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I think many people that are retired or approaching it, would gladly take a week in bed with the flu as opposed to seeing what is occurring every day in their 401K or personal brokerage accounts. Wall Street continues to take a brutal beating as …

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Crime
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ODEBRECHT update: So now nobody knows where all the GD money went. LOL

Never gets old and never stops pissing me off. https://www.prensa.com/politica/cual-fue-el-destino-del-dinero-que-dio-odebrecht-al-partido-panamenista-blandon-dice-que-el-te-les-certifico-que-no-se-reportaron-esos-fondos/ “The Panamanian Party in its report of 2009, 2014, and 2019, said it had not received money from Odebrecht, nor from any of the Odebrecht-related companies, such as the International Construction Company of the South.” The phrase is from José …

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Economy

PNO revisiting topic of Panama beachfront. Crucial vote forthcoming.

I/E: Don’t F- – K this up people!! https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/semana-crucial-para-el-futuro-del-proyecto-de-recuperacion-de-playas-en-la-ciudad-de-panama/ Amid a controversial debate about whether it is necessary to invest about 120 million dollars in the project to recover beaches in Panama City, this week defines the future of this initiative that drives the City Hall. Voices for and against …

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Agriculture

MiAmbiente gets it WRONG again in Darien.

Raising the Tax for cutting native and required trees DOES NOT address the issue. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/200309/impuestos-provisionales-madera The Municipal Council of Santa Fe, in the province of Darién, set $ 15 for the payment of tax for the felling of native species balsam, mahogany, espavé, quira, almond tree, provisionally, while others are …

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Coronavirus affects the Bryson household.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson So as this worldwide panic attack continues, the anxiety surrounding air travel has hit home, as our dear friends who had planned to visit us for the first time from Richmond, Virginia have chosen to cancel their travel to Tocumen for next weekend. Given …

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World Events

As biggest party in the world closes in Brazil,,,,people still detest Bolsonaro.

Top samba “schools” in Brazil’s Carnival capital Rio de Janeiro paraded for a second night on Monday, peppering the annual sizzling fusion of music, dance and costume with jabs at the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. The last six of the city’s 13 top samba schools took to the “sambodromo”, or …

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Economy

Amid bad news,,,,,Panama economy showed strong growth in 4th Quarter.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/economia-cerro-el-2019-con-3-de-crecimiento/ The Panamanian economy grew 3% at the end of 2019, which meant an increase of $ 1,256.8 million, to end with a gross domestic product (GDP), in absolute terms, of $ 43,061 million. The indicator was reported the afternoon this Monday, March 2 by the National Institute of Statistics …

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Health

To my InterNations ex-pats in Mexico. Please be careful.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I have been able to stay in contact with some of my fellow ex-pat friends I have met online that have settled in Mexico. I am certain if I know about it in Panama, it is all over the place there. Be careful and vigilant …

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Air Travel

Nito appeals for calm amid Coronavirus scare for Latin

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/presidente-cortizo-pide-no-alarmar-ante-casos-de-coronavirus-en-america-latina/ “Do not alarm” is the request made by President Laurentino Cortizo before the appearance of the first cases of the new coronavirus in Latin America. + info Meduca takes advantage of the start of classes to disseminate information about the coronavirus‘There are many questions about the unanswered coronavirus’Minsa confirms that the …

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Air Travel

Suspension of Air China flights continues in Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200225/air-china-mantendra-suspension-vuelos-panama-mes-marzo Tocumen International Airport reported Tuesday that the Air China company will maintain the suspension of the Houston-Panama-Houston route during the month of March. This was stated in his Twitter account the administration of Tocumen airport citing a statement from the Chinese company. Aeropuerto Tocumen@tocumenaero El Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen informa que …

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Environmental

Nephew just returned from Colombia and saw Hippos. Here is why.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pablo-escobars-hippos-keep-multiplying-and-colombia-doesnt-know-how-to-stop-it/ Fishing villages, small boats and children at play dot the landscape along the shallow waterways of Colombia’s Magdalena River. But an invasive species left behind by one of the country’s most infamous figures is threatening the ecosystem and, possibly, a way of life. That species? Hippos. The giants, native …

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Crime

Varela and buddies got “fat” on the take under Martinelli rule, and then went full hypocrite.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/un-nuevo-aire-para-el-caso-odebrecht/ The Odebrecht case took a new momentum this week with the decision of the Public Ministry (MP) to investigate figures close to former President Juan Carlos Varela , including the detention of former Panamanian deputy Jorge Alberto Rosas. + info Prosecutor orders the arrest of former deputy Jorge Alberto RosasProsecutor’s office investigates former deputy …

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Air Travel
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With visitors arriving,what does Panama need to know about Coronavirus strain?

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/el-mundo-debe-prepararse-para-una-eventual-pandemia-dice-la-oms/ The viral pneumonia epidemic accelerated on Monday, February 24 worldwide, with new countries affected, a situation that put financial markets on alert and led WHO to warn of the risk of a pandemic. Two months after the appearance of the new coronavirus in central China, five countries announced their …

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Conservation

Panama finally addressing “waterfront” hotels of water that can’t be used.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200224/bahia-panama-estaria-saneada-ano The waters of the Bay of Panama would be clean by 2050. Although, the administration of the Sanitation of Panama explained that there have been significant improvements in the quality of the bodies of water (streams, rivers and the Bay of Panama) in those sectors Having been intervened by …

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Crime

First US “conviction” is handed down from massive “Panama Papers” scam.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/excliente-de-mossack-fonseca-se-declara-culpable-en-eu-se-expone-a-75-anos-de-prision/ Before a US federal court, Harald Joachim von der Goltz pleaded guilty this February 18 to having participated in conspiracies to evade taxes and launder money, in addition to not properly informing the US authorities of his finances and making false statements to the authorities Americans The secret of 50 million …

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Crime

SHOCKER! Questionable transfers from Foundation to Varela. The Opus Dei hypocrite that persecuted Martinelli.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200219/transferencias-fundacion-don-james-familia Between 2009 and 2013 from the Don James Foundation account, multiple bank transfers, management checks and cash payments were made to members of the Varela family. In total, the intelligence reports to which La Estrella de Panamá has had access reveal that from the Don James Foundation expenditures were made …

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Politics

Nito Scorecard= His people still suck. His cabinet and ministry is infested with duplicity.

OP ED: James :JB” Bryson– Just to be clear, what exactly is a “sentimental” relatonship? Did they watch movies and cook together? More information please. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/200219/sheyla-grajales-renuncia-ministerio-gobierno The newly appointed Minister of Government, Sheyla Grajales would have resigned from the position, just two weeks after assuming the ministry.  Grajales, who previously …

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Colón

Superhero movie bringing needed jobs to impoverished area of Colon.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/las-plazas-de-empleo-que-genera-la-filmacion-de-escuadron-suicida-ii/ A group of colonists showed satisfaction for the employment opportunity generated by the shooting of the film Suicide Squad II , which uses locations between 7th and 9th streets and Amador Guerrero and Justo Arosemena avenues, in the city of Colon. Sequence of ‘Suicide Squad II’ will be filmed in the …

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Crime

Of course I’m back on ODEBRECHT. New faces every week.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/200217/continuan-hoy-indagatoria-jaime-lasso-caso-odebrecht The Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) resumed on Monday morning the inquiry followed by the former ambassador of Panama in South Korea, Jaime Lasso, in relation to the Odebrecht case. Lasso, alleged to have received bribes from the Brazilian construction company, showed up at the …

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