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Posting few and far between for PNO. Home for the Holiday’s

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Taking a moment while looking at the Atlantic ocean on a beautiful day today just to reflect. The overwhelming conclusion I come to is ” I have much better shit to do then open this site every day“. We are staying in the US for …

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Politics

How “Varelaleaks” could become the enema that Panama truly needs.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Hope all had a great Thanksgiving with you and yours. Please read this translated article from “La Estrella”. Great commentary on the issues facing Panama. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191124/191126-191125-varelaleaks-oportunidad-depurar-poderes Although the origin of the leaks of the mobile of former president Juan Carlos Varela (Varelaleaks.com) is a questionable fact, the …

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PNO Thanksgiving checklist: Varelaleaks, Bocas del Toro, and Steven.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– In taking this time to truly be thankful, I really have to scrub my brain to find some things that made sense for me. I say that because overall, this year has been a bit of a “pain in the ass“!! My simple past time …

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Politics

What we “should” be looking for in the New Attorney General.

https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/el-perfil-de-un-nuevo-procurador-general-de-la-nacion/ Article 221 of the Political Constitution establishes that in order to be the Attorney General of the Nation and Attorney General of the Administration, the same requirements required to be a magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice must be met. According to article 204 of the Constitution , there are five requirements …

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Crime

Lawyer debate on “Varelaleaks” from La Estrella.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191122/191125-filtracion-renuncia-nuevo-debate A solicitor of the Nation cannot commit any crime or any act that tarnishes its transparency and credibility. Do you consider that there are enough merits to investigate the attorney of the Nation for the messages leaked in the ‘Varelaleaks’? I believe that there is enough merit to open …

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Editorial Contribution

Venezuela migration continues to increase.

OP ED: We tried to shed light on this back in APRIL of 2018. This was easy to forecast. http://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=593&action=edit For the regional headquarters of Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, the migration of Venezuelans is the greatest mobilization in the countries of the area in recent …

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Conservation

PANAMA steps up as Global Partner in protecting Endangered Species.

The largest of cat species indigenous to PANAMA. Protect the Jaguar. 40% of natural territory has already been taken. Chucunaque is 4 to 6 years old, 55 kilos, two puppies and his skin looks dark stained. It is the first jaguar (Panthera onca) that wears a GPS collar for its …

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Politics

Cortizo wise to not immerse himself into “Varelaleaks”.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Presidente-Cortizo-Pozos-cautela-Varelaleaks_0_5443705600.html President Laurentino Cortizo e vitó deepen, this Saturday, November 16, on the theme of the “Varelaleaks”. What he did make clear is that he does not like threats when referring to the warnings received by ex-president Juan Carlos Varela , via whatsapp. This Friday, former President Varela (2014-2019) reported …

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Crime

Unshackled Martinelli, a big problem for the Status Quo.

Criminal accusations of $10 Million in payments being alleged against Mejia’ and Di’az. https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/Martinelli-millones-magistrados-Mejia-Diaz_0_5447455217.html Former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) claims a payment of $ 10 million – $ 5 million each – to magistrates Jerónimo Mejía and Harry Díaz , whom he criminally accused on Thursday, November 21, for the …

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I hope all can feel the joy I have in this. Better than picking Super Bowl winner.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I’m just saying being “RIGHT” about a topic is so much better than being “WRONG”. All the shit I took in looking at the Martinelli case with open eyes has been vindicated. Even more so now as I live here and learn the patterns of …

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Crime

Tables now turned on Porcell. Better learn Mandarin.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Procurador-investiga-Porcell-Varelaleaks_0_5445205471.html The Office of the Attorney General, in charge of Rigoberto Gonzale z, is carrying out two investigations against the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, following the leak of private communications by former President Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019). González informed La Prensa that the first investigation has to …

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This was fairly hidden from Ex-Pats. At least this one….

OP ED: “JB” Bryson- There is not much scientific to what I post here daily. I generally peruse the local papers in English format and find topics that I want to opine upon. Not rocket science. I was alerted to this story by some readers in America, and found it …

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Colón

ODEBRECHT campaigning for 72km of Infrastructure work in Colon.

After losing tenders to build the extension of line 1 of the Panama Metro to the Villa Zaíta sector and the expansion of the Concepción-Volcán highway, in the province of Chiriquí, combined projects exceeded 280 million dollars, the Constructora Norberto Odebrecht (CNO) prepares to dispute two new state contracts. It …

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RE: Conde’ Nest . Panama spending $6 Million for Tourism campaign.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- It is apparent that Panama is interested in getting more visitors to come here, but as my son in law mentioned and I have echoed constantly. Where is the contribution to get people to STAY? I/E Why do the Ex-Pats and the land issues and …

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Legal

Varela leaning heavily on Martinelli for “Varelaleaks”

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191113/191114-piden-investigar-origen-contenido-varelaleaks After the announcement of the resignation of the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcel, after making known the so-called “Varelaleaks”, various reactions from political sectors and civil society have emerged, both nationally and internationally. For the former president of Transparency International José Ugaz, the resignation of the Attorney …

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Just a little tidbit for PNO followers, as “privacy” is ruling the day.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Since all of us are now reading of the Martinelli “punctures”, and now Varelaleaks, I still have some lingering questions about the “who” and the “why” behind certain things myself. Though admittedly not nearly as high profile. As I post each day with my own …

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Legal

Every case she touched has to be looked at now.

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/investigaciones-iniciadas-administracion-Kenia-Porcell_0_5440705960.html During the administration of prosecutor Kenya Porcell, the Public Ministry has conducted 105 high-profile investigations, mostly related to crimes against public administration, money laundering and corruption. Among some of the most emblematic causes advanced in this period is the investigation for peculation and money laundering generated by the payment …

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Uncategorized

This is like Christmas morning for PNO. I saw this coming.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– If the tone of PNO seems giddy with all this Varela stuff coming to light, it is only natural. I mean please see that I have absolutely expected this same skullduggery, backstabbery, and fully predictable Panama government to play out this way. So just so …

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Legal
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PORCELL OUT!! Here comes the fallout.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Kenia-Porcell-Cortizo-designara-procurador_0_5440705969.html “I am not attached to the position, I have made the decision to submit the resignation, because I want an investigation to be done accordingly.” Thus, during an interview with Radio Panama , the Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell, announced yesterday to the country that he will …

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Varela claims Martinelli behind leaks……….NO SHIT you filthy Judas!! Opus Dei mistress having MFer.

OP ED: Sorry people, but did Varela state from Shanghai, that he feels Martinelli is behind his leaked communications???? Did he hire Scooby Doo and Shaggy to handle the case? My reaction is one of “No Shit”. The guy benefits from serving as VP. Fractures the party. Immediately turns of …

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Evo goes to the old playbook. Seen before.

OP ED: Nothing new here. Seen before all over the world. The Shah of Iran, Marcos, Duvalier, Mubarak, all to name a few. Some would say here in PANAMA also. Plunder your fill for the country and constituents you represent, and then golden parachute your way in the world. Maybe …

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World Events

Evo resignation is the quick getaway car.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Secretaria-OEA-cualquier-inconstitucional-Bolivia_0_5439955962.html The OAS General Secretariat , headed by Luis Almagro, rejected on Monday November 11 “any unconstitutional exit” to the crisis in Bolivia after the resignation of President Evo Morales amid strong protests over questioned elections, and urged to ensure the realization of new elections. info IACHR calls for an …

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PNO says a “Thank You” to all US Veterans.

PanamaNowOnline is taking a small blog moment to send a sincere and heart felt “THANK YOU” to each and every Man and Woman that has in the past, is currently, or will be in the future, SERVE in duty of the United States of America. Any PNO.com visitor that feels …

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Dovetailing off Steven’s post: PANAMA #1 destination of Conde’ Nest. Bocas: Get your shit together.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson: Timing is everything. Just the other day my son in law posted his first OP ED not relating to legal about his recent travel and the possibility of seeing more of Panama. Well the world seems to think that there is much to see here …

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Porcell revealed as FRAUD. Acted as a personal shield for Varela with ODEBRECHT.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/191106/191107-consejos-recibia-varela-ministerio- The way in which the then President Juan Carlos Varela and the current Attorney General of the Nation, Kenya Porcell , were inexplicable. It extended beyond a parallel hand of justice, as this newspaper revealed in a series of reports detailing the Executive’s interference in criminal cases investigated by the Public Ministry . It was more …

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No reply from Varela- “former President is at a Trade show in Shanghai”.

OP ED: No shit, we showed him flying there MONTHS ago. LMFAO. One of the benefits of granting multiple billion dollar contracts to China while in office. Martinelli went to Miami after ending his term, why is old Carlos settling in a Communist country on the other side of the …

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Conservation

Panama energy sector finally looking to solar.

https://www.prensa.com/economia/Inversionistas-apuestan-fuentes-energias-alternas_0_5436206336.html The appetite of investors who bet on the Panamanian energy sector is leaning towards alternative sources of generation. 57% of the licenses and concessions granted by the National Public Services Authority (ASEP) correspond to plants that use energy from the sun and wind. Until October 30, ASEP held 14 …

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Once again….PNO has been all over this shit. Are you kidding me?

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson– Now I have spent the better part of the past 6 months explaining to various sorts that I am NOT a journalist. Just a guy that likes to write and has an interest in some very distinct topics. POLITICS being one of them. And with …

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You ever have one of those days people? Today is one.

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson– To my critics and consistent advice givers, e-mailers, and comment makers. “JB” is gonna go eat some lunch with the wifey. My feeling today is the following sentiment posted above. Get back to all you PNO visitors when I feel like it.

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Crime

ODEBRECHT update: Payoff train pulls into Peru.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Peru-condenan-preventiva-escandalo-Odebrecht_0_5435456411.html The Judicial Branch of Peru issued 18 months of preventive detention against 14 of the 16 legal arbitrators accused of favoring the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to the detriment of the State, within the framework of a great corruption scandal. Jorge Chavez, magistrate of the Third Court of Investigation …

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