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Legal
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Nearing the end, Prosecution seeking 21 years! I predict all charges thrown out.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Juicio-Martinelli-tribunal-escucha-alegatos_0_5368713087.html The phase of allegations in the oral trial followed by former president Ricardo Martinelli , for alleged political and peculated espionage, began this Thursday, August 8, with almost an hour late. info The Martinelli trial will not be transmitted; the court rejected the prosecutor’s request Ricardo Martinelli trial, in …

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"JB"

Still no reply from RFB about contact request.

by James “JB” Bryson Just an FYI, that I have yet to receive my request for a verifiable email or contact number after my “sketchy” contact purported to be from Mr.Joe Haley of RED FROG BEACH. To be honest, I’m kinda over this bullshit. The more I hear and am …

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Human Interest

5K Run competed to support Plastic Ban.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– If I wasn’t too big with shot knees, I would have loved to partake in this great cause. If they can arrange one for fishing or poker, I’m all in. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/dicen-chao-plasticos-corriendo/24133115 The MarViva Foundation announced that 200 people participated in the # ChaoPlásticoDesechable 5K …

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International Relations

US backed Guaido in favor of Trump blockade.

http://laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/guaido-dice-bloqueo-eeuu-busca-proteger-venezolanos/24133252 The head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized as the interim president of the country by more than 50 nations, said that the total blockade of Venezuelan state assets in US territory announced by the Donald Trump Administration “seeks to protect Venezuelans.” “This action seeks to protect Venezuelans,” …

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Legal

Novela to end Friday- “Le Carnivale de Martinelli”

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/viernes-sabra-martinelli-culpable-inocente/24133236 This Friday, August 9, Ricardo Martinelli will know if he is innocent or guilty of four charges charged by the prosecution: against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy, or interception of telecommunications without judicial authorization; monitoring, persecution and surveillance without judicial authorization. To this are added two crimes …

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Environmental

Climate Change Denial Club: UPDATE. Get your scuba tank ready!!

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/planeta/calor-dispara-temperaturas-acelera-deshielo-groenlandia/24133099 The heat wave coming to the Arctic after its passage through Europe has caused record temperatures and an acceleration of the thaw in Greenland in recent days, a phenomenon that experts relate to climatic oscillations.  The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) station at Summit, in the center of the permanent …

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Crime

La Prensa article nails it: The ruling reeks of elitism.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Fallo-Odebrecht-envia-mensaje-impunidad_0_5365713422.html Former presidential candidate Ricardo Lombana said he is not surprised by the decision of the Second Court of Justice not to grant an extension to investigate the Odebrecht case , since in this case the Judicial Branch has always tried to avoid investigations. info Failure would prevent prosecutors from …

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Crime
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The Good Ol’ Days: Before $1 Million was paid to secure extradition. Sounds like a bounty to me.

https://www.critica.com.pa/nacional/varela-se-gasto-casi-1-millon-para-extraditar-el-loco-554868 The government of Juan Carlos Varela hired a firm that represented Chavismo and the Sandinistas and paid him about $ 1 million to manage the extradition of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli who had requested the Judicial Branch and was managed by Ambassador Emanuel González Revilla before the US Department of …

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International Relations

Kinda a big deal. 32 year old Cold War Nuclear pact ENDS between US and Russia.

https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Unidos-Rusia-tratado-desarme-INF_0_5364213527.html&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhimgEcFv4aVhm2IhjeRMk9ElGiMZA The United States and Russia ended the INF nuclear disarmament treaty on Friday, signed at the end of the Cold War, in a decision that rekindles the fear of an arms race between world powers. The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Weapons (INF) treaty limited the use of intermediate-range missiles (500 …

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Environmental

San Francisco International Airport is supporting bottle ban. GREAT NEWS

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– near and dear to my heart this initiative. Time for the entire PLANET to catch on. https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Aeropuerto-San-Francisco-prohibira-botellas_0_5364963517.html San Francisco International Airport will ban single-use plastic bottles and ask passengers to buy refillable bottles if they don’t have them, US media reported. The rule will be …

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US News of note

US News: Horrible day in the states as TWO mass shootings occur.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/tiroteos-dejan-muertos-pocas-Unidos_0_5365713376.html The United States lived one of its worst weekends due to violence with firearms, after two attacks carried out in less than 24 hours resulted in 29 deaths and fifty wounded. info They confirm 20 dead and 26 wounded after shooting in Texas The first of the shootings, recorded …

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Editorial Contribution

Did ODEBRECHT pay bribes during Torrijos and Varela terms? Hmmmmmm

OP ED: “JB”- While I love any expose’ on Odebrecht, the content is pretty funny to me. Superior Court is keeping these time frames out of prosecution and is looking squarely at the Martinelli years. YGBFKM!!! Of course these criminal bastards were paying those administrations. What, they took those years …

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Please support and fund the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

by James “JB” Bryson Just a quick plea and shout out to any of the readers and visitors of the site. Whereas the vast majority of my philanthropy and charitable efforts are focused on wildlife and the environment, I do have one exception. WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT is about as important …

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PNO was contacted “apparently” by Red Frog Beach.

by James “JB” Bryson Taking a break from my new role as ref in a 13 year old Hatfield and McCoy’s like dispute, ( I did some fishing yesterday in what was one of the hottest damn days of the year. Fresh sushi on the boat, can’t beat it) and …

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Now “La Estrella”?? Maybe when “American Greed” does an episode RFB can stop picking on PNO.

by James “JB” Bryson http://laestrella.com.pa/economia/tres-cruces-gana-disputa-legal-contra-frog/24132310 OP ED: (as in EDITORIAL, as in MY OPINION, …as in EAT S–T ) I wake up to yet another news agency running the story on RED FROG BEACH. I really, really, really, want to know if Carmen Vicente at GMAIL is contacting them like …

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Attn: Newspapers- Expect an incoming threat from Gmail. RFB mum while I am getting hammered.

______________________________________________________________________________ by James “JB” Bryson So let me start by saying I am not and will not have my site PNO get dragged through the mud as a shill for some 15 year old pissing war. (Yeah, I did my digging and I will NOT be the blogger that got …

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Bocas del Toro
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PanamaAmerica:RED FROG BEACH. (NOT from PNO.)

https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/judicial/denuncian-red-frog-de-acaparar-tierras-en-isla-bastimentos-1140157 The Supreme Court of Justice and the National Land Administration Authority (Anati) put an end to a conflict of more than 10 years, where a purchase of 22 hectares of land on Bastimentos Island, in Bocas del Toro, where A five-star eco-luxe tourism project will be developed. With this decision, the Tres Cruces …

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Agriculture

WOW!! Ministry of Environment levies $600 fine for illegal Teak.

OP ED: Maybe it’s just me, but how about making the fine more than a fancy dinner and bottle of wine. I mean teak wood floors are like $14 per sq ft. Just a thought. “JB” https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Ministerio-Ambiente-decomisa-cargamento-Santos_0_5357464214.html The Ministry of Environment (Miambiente) confirmed on Wednesday the confiscation of a shipment …

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Environmental

Enough of “frog” talk. Bores me. Save some Monkeys.

AZUERO FORESTS ARE VITAL TO SPECIES. https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Investigadores-reiteran-Azuero-proteger-especies_0_5359713980.html After analyzing the results of a study, a group of researchers reiterated the importance of conserving forests in the Azuero Peninsula to protect two species of howler monkey. The report is from the Foundation for the Conservation of Panamanian Primates , in which …

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More RED FROG shit, but PNO remains idle.

by James “JB” Bryson So, TWO big pieces of news distributed in the papers about RED FROG BEACH RESORT. One was last week and another today. In BOTH, there are stories and issues brought to light that PANAMANOWONLINE has covered openly for the entirety of 2019. And in BOTH cases, …

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Advantages to Venezuelans (US backed Guaido), contrast with those of Mexicans. Right or wrong?

The TPS is a migration program created in 1990 through which the United States grants extraordinary permits to citizens of affected countries. “Live without distress”…… http://laestrella.com.pa/venezuela/venezolanos-agradecen-aprobacion-medida-para-vivir-angustias-eeuu/24131617 Venezuelan exile organizations in Miami thanked Friday for approval in the US House of Representatives.of a bill that, if it receives a green light …

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Journalism

Porcell is waffling and LATE to the party. With Varela gone she now finds voice.

https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/judicial/kenia-porcell-asegura-que-el-gobierno-de-juan-carlos-varela-tambien-es-investigado-por-caso The Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, tried to defend herself against the accusations that exist against “selectivity of justice”, indicating that in the Odebrecht case all governments have been investigated, including that of former president Juan Carlos Varela .RELATED NEWS They denounce Juan Carlos Varela for receiving …

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"JB"

New VP putting Varela travel on front street.

OP ED: My post from the past…. http://panamanowonline.com/varela-no-stranger-to-travel-expenses-for-panama/ ‘Juan Carlos Varela was staying in rooms of $ 4,500 and used huge black limousine’ https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/politica/juan-carlos-varela-se-hospedaba-en-habitaciones-de-4500-y-utilizaba-limusina-negra-enorme The Vice President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo said that in the Government of former President Juan Carlos Varela there were inconceivable expenses both in …

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Local Culture

The Bryson’s are becoming socialites…..? Ballet on Sunday

by James “JB” Bryson So if you see a big guy at this event sitting with ear buds in his ear it may be me. LOL. In all actuality, I am sure it will be a nice event. My wife and her friends are quite into ballet. So if your …

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International Relations

Eyes on Puerto Rico. US protectorate amidst major turmoil.

http://laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/puerto-rico-vive-momento-cumbre-renuncia-gobernador-fuerza-popular/24131480 The institutional life of Puerto Rico is going through a milestone summit on Wednesday the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after two and a half years in power, after the scandal unleashed by his participation and that of some of his advisors in a chat private in which political …

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Legal

No longer President,…..Varela not called by prosecution to testify. SHOCKER

OP ED: No shit. PNO showed you the guy at Houston heading to China last week. BOOM https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Expresidente-Varela-testificar-juicio-Martinelli_0_5357464290.html Former President Juan Carlos Varela was left without testifying in the trial that is also followed by ex-president Ricardo Martinelli for the punctures. David Cuevas, lawyer for Rosendo Rivera, one of the …

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Crime

Public Ministry loophole has Prosecution pissed in ODEBRECHT case.

The Odebrecht case, considered an emblem of corruption in recent years, was left without the expert of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) who was in charge of the financial report of the process. This, as a result of the new National Police authorities removing IDJ investigators who were assigned …

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Some people…. “fell into a burning ring of fire”. JEEZ is the heat coming fast and furious.

By James “JB” Bryson PNO is apparently now the new inter-pleader and sourcing platform for some pretty pissed off people concerning RED FROG BEACH RESORT.  Ever since I made some people aware, quite transparently, of a few shady contact and retraction requests made to me by people I could not verify. Then …

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Varela Travel Advisory: NO…I’m not a psychic.

by James “JB” Bryson Look readers, I’ve had quite the couple of weeks taking a fair amount of shit from complete strangers that want to impose their will on my ability to do three things I enjoy doing . Reading Forming an “opinion” based on said reading. Sharing said “opinion” …

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EX PAT TIPS: This new thing called “BRUNCH”

by James “JB” Bryson So I managed to go through 51 years of life back in the US and can truly say that I NEVER really planned a “BRUNCH”. I mean I may have had a late breakfast or early lunch, but to my wife this brunch business is a …

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