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Legal

Shady Mayor of San Miguelito being audited.

https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Contraloria-audita-Alcaldia-San-Miguelito_0_5321467889.html A forensic audit is carried out by the Comptroller General of the Republic in the form of the Mayor’s Office of San Miguelito, which is headed by Gerald Cumberbacht. During the last two days, the auditors have consulted in offices located in the headquarters of the Mayor’s Office, and …

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PNO.com business focus. LIVE WELL PANAMA

by James “JB” Bryson Just taking a moment to spotlight on a business that I have used since I came to Panama and am highly in support of. Back in the US, the “anti-aging” industry is growing in a massive way. I have been on a TRT program for many …

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Legal

“Popi, Yunito, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy”…and the other characters in Martinelli circus.

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/popi-recopilo-evidencias-contra-yunito-vega/24124262 The debate on the possible freedom of former President Ricardo Martinelli, about to complete a year in detention, begins to be a recurring theme in the trial sessions against the exmandatario by telephone jabs.The defense announced that on Tuesday it will request the trial court, led by Judge Roberto …

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International Relations

US feels internal bickering will undermine overthrow of Maduro.

The head of the US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo , warned in a private meeting that the internal divisions of the Venezuelan opposition are undermining the joint efforts to evict President Nicolás Maduro, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday . “Our problem, which is to keep the opposition together, has proven …

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Infrastructure

5 year delay about to end as Amador Convention Center set to open.

After five years of delay, including the abandonment of the first contractor, assignment of contract and failures in the execution of the works, everything indicates that the construction of the convention center in Amador is about to end. The company China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CCA) informed the Administrator …

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Colón

ODEBRECHT project in Colon’ causes closure of over 800 local companies.

Some 860 companies in the province of Colón have closed since the Renovación Colón project began, according to the balance made by the Chamber of Commerce of Colón. Its president, José Ortega Hidalgo, also estimated in ‘several million’ the losses caused to the entrepreneurs of the Atlantic coast as a result …

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International Relations

US and Trump trying to ally with UK in HUAWEI 5G conflict.

US President Donald Trump said he hoped his country would reach an “extraordinary” trade agreement with the United Kingdom after Brexit, and was convinced that it would reach an agreement with London on the Chinese Huawei group. The United Kingdom had to leave the European Union on March 29, but …

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MI MAR environmental movement to be in Panama on JUNE 8th. SUPPORT

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Read more about this great and important movement of like minded Environmentally aware people. Keep Panama beautiful. Read this related article about how much “Plastic” humans are consuming from La Estrella. http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-cultura/planeta/persona-puede-ingerir-70000-particulas-microplastico/24124110 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ A year ago the Mi Mar Movement was born, with the slogan …

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Air Travel

ODEBRECHT grip on Tocumen extended with addendum.

The Comptroller General of the Republic received on Monday, June 3, the documents of the addendum five signed by Tocumen, SA and the construction company Odebrecht to extend the presence of the company in the construction of the new passenger terminal. The airport management had assured that the company would …

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“TRUMP” hotel flag’s dirty “not so little” secret at Punta Pacifica. Those who know, know.

https://impresa.prensa.com/economia/Empresas-Trump-acusadas-evasion-Panama_0_5319218068.html OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson There is much more to this story if anyone is aware of what occurred when this building was being marketed. They tried to get my wife and I to purchase one of the residences. As I watch this unfold. maybe I one day …

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Politics

Cortizo finalizes appointments. Meet your new Cabinet.

https://www.prensa.com/politica/Cortizo-completa-Consejo-Gabinete_0_5319967959.html The president-elect of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo , announced on Tuesday, June 4, the names of the people with whom he completes his Cabinet Council . He did it in the company of the Vice President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo Jaén. Cortizo announces 7 ministers: Carrizo to the …

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Politics

Cortizo appointments will round out new direction for Panama.

The president-elect must appoint six magistrates of the Court, the electoral prosecutor, five directors of the ACP and two of the CSS, among others. https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Nombramientos-afectarian-equilibrio-Nito-Cortizo_0_5318468159.html In his term, Laurentino Cortizo must appoint six principal magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice . Credentials will not be held; appointments of magistrates …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Deeper investigation continues into blast that killed 1 and injured 13 in Costa Mare’.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office reiterated that it was investigating ex officio the gas explosion that occurred in the PH Costa Mare, which left one fatal victim and 13 injured. It is pronounced construction of PH Costa Mare project after the tragedy Hospital del Niño confirms death of baby who suffered …

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Punta Culebra Natural Center starts Whale exhibit.

by James “JB” Bryson I wrote a blog entry about this great place back in December of last year. I think it is a fantastic place and great if you have young children eager to learn about the natural and wildlife diversity here in Panama. They have just started a …

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Editorial Contribution

Ex-Pat forum is a great avenue to connect with others. New events always planned.

by James “JB” Bryson I have recently engaged in an online forum that I feel is a great tool to meet people and particularly ex-pats. InterNations.com is a worldwide site dedicated to connecting ex-pats from all over. Many events planned to meet people. I was just informed of this one upcoming.  …

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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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