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International Relations

Tension mounts as Maduro ousts Colombian diplomat.

The Venezuelan government agreed Thursday on the expulsion of a Colombian consular official as a reciprocal measure to a similar action that Bogotá agreed against an employee of the Venezuelan Embassy in that city, an action that further cracks the strained relations between the two countries. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge …

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US News of note

Noose tightens on Ortega as US issues sanctions

President Donald Trump gave the green light on Thursday to a bill that seeks to limit the access of the Government of Nicaragua to international funds and sanction the countries that assist the Central American nation. Dictatorship of Daniel Ortega expels the IACHR from Nicaragua Nicaraguan journalist denounces police chief …

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Legal

Martinelli medically transferred yet again as health deteriorates.

Ricardo Martinelli, former president of the Republic, was transferred at dawn on Friday, December 21, to the Santo Tomás Hospital amid complaints from relatives, lawyers and supporters. Martinelli is transferred to the National Hospital; will undergo medical exams Martinelli – detained in El Renacer jail for the case of the …

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Crime

Inside Job as 26 arrested for Bank Fraud

The First Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime carried out a joint operation with the Directorate of Judicial Investigation in which approximately 26 people were arrested related to the damage of about $ 3 million against Banistmo. The prosecution charged the detainees, who worked in the bank, for financial crime. The operation …

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International Relations

Christmas Wish: Ortega rule hopeful to crumble! Nicaragua bloodshed to end!

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is in a “terminal crisis”, without direction and with the economy collapsed after eight months of protests, while leading the repression against human rights organizations and the media, he said in an interview with the AFP Carlos Fernando Chamorro, journalist critical of the …

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Sport

SuperClub MANCHESTER UNITED: Fire Jose’ Mourinho

The story is repeated for José Mourinho : the charismatic Portuguese coach, unable to stay more than three years on the benches of the great European teams, left “with immediate effect” Manchester United, said on Tuesday the prestigious English club, in the midst of an unprecedented sports crisis The richest …

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Politics

Early polls seem to still favor Cortizo.

The results of a public opinion study that measured the intention to vote with a view to the presidential elections of May 2019 place Laurentino Cortizo as the favorite at this time. OPINION STUDY Cult Advertising requested consultation of intention to vote for 2019 Laurentino Cortizo was the candidate with …

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International Relations

Eyes on Bolivia as corrupt Morales seeks 4th term.

La Estrella:   The Supreme Electoral Court of Bolivia authorized more than 3,000 precincts throughout the country for the militants of the eight presidential binomials to vote in the primaries, prior to the 2019 elections, said that electoral body yesterday. According to a communiqué from that court, 3,751 electoral precincts …

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Legal

Martinelli ends rumors of VP role; based off this picture he has other concerns

Former president Ricardo Martinelli yesterday declined his aspirations to become a potential running mate – as vice president – of Rómulo Roux , presidential candidate of Cambio Democrático (CD) for the 2019 elections. Formula Martinelli-Roux, the controversy takes the campaign of Democratic Change Roux and Martinelli would be political formula …

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US News of note

US News: Former TRUMP top Lawyer and confidante is singing like a bird!

Michael Cohen, guardian of President Donald Trump’s personal and business secrets, will go to prison, but has vowed to continue providing potentially damaging information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller and other judicial authorities. After cooperating half-heartedly with prosecutors, Cohen did not gain the indulgence he sought. Yesterday was sentenced to …

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Legal

Some Panamanians want Statute of Limitations to NOT apply to Jewish Faith.

The plenum of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) rejected an amparo filed by the anti-corruption prosecutor of discharge , Javier Miter, who sought to revoke the decision of the Second Superior Court to declare the criminal action against Aaron Mizrachi extinguished in the investigation related to an alleged payment …

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Environmental

Surrounded by Ocean,…How will Climate Change affect PANAMA?

Millions of years ago, where the narrow strip of land we now call Panama is located, there was a deep ocean. When the isthmus was formed, a cascade of global events was unleashed. Looking to the future, the isthmus could once again play an important role in global change. When …

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Point of Interest: PUNTA CULEBRA NATURAL CENTER

by James “JB” Bryson Just noticed an nice story about a place I have actually visited upon settling in Panama. At the PUNTA CULEBRA NATURAL CENTER, you can visit a place that in conjunction with the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE brings attention to the natural beauty of Panama and all the things …

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Human Interest

PNO.com: EX-PAT Contribution Page: HOLIDAY RECIPE

by James “JB” Bryson Not only has this been a great first year for me personally on PNO.com. But my wife has also been able to use the forum as a way to meet and socialize with other people who have moved here. In the spirit of the Holidays, she …

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Politics

Follow Up: La Prensa article regarding Martinelli/Roux dual ticket for Presidency

Can former President Ricardo Martinelli be a candidate for vice president of Rómulo Roux , presidential champion of Cambio Democrático? Roux and Martinelli would be political formula for the elections of 2019 The Electoral Tribunal (TE) , an instance that serves as an arbitrator in the electoral tournaments, will not …

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Politics

Can’t make this SHIT up: Martinelli possible VP for Roux. This is PANAMA!!

Former President Ricardo Martinelli , detained in El Renacer prison, could be the payroll partner of the Democratic Change presidential candidate (CD) , Rómulo Roux , in the general elections of May 2019. This was announced on Wednesday, December 12, Luis Eduardo Camacho , spokesman for the ex-governor. “Former President …

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Crime

Odebrecht tentacles reach all the way back to the US.

One of the biggest corruption scandals in Colombian history took a new turn Tuesday when a billionaire’s banking group said the investigation had reached the United States. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA said in a notification to the regulatory authorities that it received a query from the US Department …

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US News of note

US NEWS: Former Trump personal Lawyer sentenced to 3 years in Federal Prison

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I am am equal opportunity shot taker for any that read PNO.com. I pull no shots over the Varela administration of my new home, however I am not above my birth country either. We have quite the shit show back home and with far to …

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Crime

The (5) ODEBRECHT projects awarded under Varela Administration get lost in Martinelli fog.

The Anti-Corruption Special Prosecutor’s Office reported that the investigation of the bribes that Odebrecht paid in Panama has an advance of 80%; could end in the first quarter of 2019; assets have been recovered for $ 255.1 million in money and goods apprehended; sum to 76 accused, 5 convicted and …

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Agriculture

ALTRIA- (US company that owns MARLBORO) enters the Cannabis business.

One of the largest tobacco companies in the world has launched the cannabis market with an investment of $ 1.8 billion in Cronos Group , a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company. Altria , which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is acquiring a 45% stake in Cronos. He added that the tobacco …

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Legal

Amazing how the CURRENT and potential FUTURE President are avoiding ODEBRECHT. (Varela-Roux)

So far, the defendants in the Odebrecht case number just over 70 people. None of them is former President Ricardo Martinelli , although his sons, Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares do appear. Who will judge Ricardo Martinelli in the SPA? Decision of the Court gives way to impunity: …

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Human Interest

Street brawl before courts: Women with baton gets DROPPED with a head kick. Calm down people

Three people faced this Monday, December 10, a hearing on an incident that occurred on the public highway in the capital. At the end of the diligence, the Court of Guarantees referred the case to mediation, this, by consent of the victim and the three persons who were charged for …

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BURNS MY ASS: The “CLASSIC dumb Gringo” Syndrome

by James “JB” Bryson I have been working a bit more than planned it seems over the past few months, in a capacity that take me a bit deeper into some issues than were originally planned when we started this site for ex-pats and to re-distribute pertinent news. Due to …

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World Events

Polarizing Turkish leader affirms support of Maduro.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said during his official visit to Venezuela that his country will ‘cover most of the needs’ of the South American nation, which is in a serious economic and social crisis. ‘We are going to cover most of Venezuela’s needs, we have that strength, …

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International Relations

Chinese hand release continues during visit- Varela grants 4th bridge to China firm

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, delivered the order to proceed to the Consorcio Panama Cuatro Puente, formed by the companies China Communications Construcction Company Ltd and China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd, for the start of the work. The fourth bridge over the Panama Canal is a work …

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La Prensa PODCAST: ALL should watch regarding Panama ENVIRONMENT

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson I wanted to hopefully extend the reach of this attached La Prensa podcast to any of the visitors of PNO.com, as I feel it is very informative and brings light to an issue that any of the readers of this site will know is …

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Legal

Martinelli sons no longer detained in US, Immigration judge has granted bail

Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares will continue in the United States, where a migratory judge set the bail of release for each one in one million dollars. Migratory hearing of the Martinelli will be behind closed doors Brothers Martinelli Linares: From Coral Gables to the Everglades Martinelli Linares …

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Following up on the PROPERTY SCAM issues PNO.com is involved in. Attached separate story.

by James “JB” Bryson I am preparing to update PNO.com on the two cases we have intervened with. The first in BOCAS del TORO, and the second in PEDASI. I am not breaking the ceiling in saying these issues are “new”, quite the contrary. People have been getting screwed with …

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US News of note

US prepares for Memorial of PRESIDENT George H.W Bush

Washington (CNN)The official schedule of memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at the age of 94, was released Saturday evening. An arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate will be held at 4:45 p.m. ET on Monday at the US Capitol, where Bush will …

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