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Crime

ODEBRECHT update: Request denied to annul investigation into Deputy of the MEF

The 12th Criminal Court rejected an incident of prior and special pronouncement presented by the defense of the former Minister of Economy and Finance (MEF) Frank De Lima against the order of inquiry issued on September 1, 2017 by the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation for the Odebrecht …

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EDITORIAL FOLLOW UP: Ex-Pats also to BEWARE of LOCAL “FIXERS”. FRAUD is a HANDS ON ISSUE

by James “JB” Bryson It bears mentioning that the “info@panamanowonline.com” email has been inundated with quite a few replies and questions surrounding the reader editorial that was posted this week. Also received was a call from, whom I now consider a friend, “Big Anthony”. You may remember him from an …

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EDITORIAL: How My Family was SCAMMED and SCREWED by RED FROG BEACH in BOCAS del TORO.

FOREWARD: by James “JB” Bryson Whereas I spent my career working in the legal capacity in some form or fashion, I have spent a inordinate amount of my blog time digging into the political landmine field that is Panama. Coming from the United States and making this my new home, …

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After a monumental weekend, PANAMA has much to be PROUD of.

by James “JB” Bryson Despite the fact that there was OVERWHELMING traffic near our home (which we more that planned for and expected), I feel that Panama shined brightly and successfully during this monumental Papal visit. As much was paraphrased in an article from La Prensa.   We are halfway …

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“So your Excellency, let me tell you how good I have been”

“Pardon me your Excellency, but I have to puke”.

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Sport

Panamanian closer Rivera receives 100% ballot approval for Baseball HALL of FAME

  Mariano Rivera wrote a new story in Major League Baseball yesterday, when in the vote to define the new members of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame he received 100% of the Baseball Writers Association of North America (BBWAA). the votes. The Panamanian pitcher joins fellow Spaniard Rod Carew, who …

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International Relations

US recognizes Guaido as leader of VENEZUELA

The US president, Donald Trump, announced that he will recognize as president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, current head of the National Assembly of the South American country. According to representatives of EFE, Trump revealed his decision in a statement, minutes after Guaidó announced that he “assumes” the powers of the …

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International Relations

INTERNATIONAL: Guaido sworn in as President of Venezuela in opposition of unrecognized Maduro.

The president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, announced on Wednesday that he assumes the powers of the Executive within the framework of what he called the fight against the “usurpation” of the Presidency by Nicolás Maduro, which he considers “illegitimate”. “Today, January 23, 2019, in my capacity as president …

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DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AUDIT FINALLY IN: $42 Million

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson Please refer to the PNO.com blog entry and article last week that mentioned the fact that Varela administration was delinquent and tardy in disclosing what “discretionary spending” was for the past quarter of his term. New article in La Prensa today states that the …

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Pope Francis

World Youth Day wants to be a re-invigorating of Catholicism

While social networks are flying criticism and cynical comments about the completion of the World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama, the streets of the city have become the perfect setting for a great festival that is also meeting, dialogue and party among young people. The Catholicism of the 21st century …

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Pope Francis

PANAMA: Anticipating World Youth day!

When you get off the plane of Alitalia, Pope Francisco will meet with a Panama excited about his visit. You will be greeted with flowers, typical dances, flags and the radiant sun of January. Beyond the jubilation and festive atmosphere, a country that is preparing to choose a new president …

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Air Travel

Flight from Chile marks first use of Tocumen Terminal 2 – prior to WYD influx

At approximately 4:44 p.m. arrived at Terminal 2 of Tocumen International Airport, the first commercial flight from Chile. The first commercial flight belongs to the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines. This Tuesday, January 21, Terminal 2 opened partially by enabling the five boarding doors to receive flights. It is expected that by …

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Crime

Martinelli oral trial date is set for March 12

The Second Judicial Office of Panama, set for March 12, 2019, at 9:00 am, in the SPA of Plaza Ágora, oral trial against a former president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli. The exmandatario is accused by the crimes of inviolabilidad of the secret and right to the privacy and against …

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Environmental

Other countries had chance to see rare “Blood Moon” yesterday, next is not until 2021

A series of unusual celestial circumstances coincided on Sunday night to hide the Moon that then reappeared dressed in a faint red in a total eclipse that captivated observers in the Americas, Europe and Africa. In Mexico and Los Angeles, from Paris to Uarzazat, the eyes settled on the sky …

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Church

Pope arrives Wednesday: Speaks of hypocrisy of Religion vs Vanity. IMO- Varela

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson Please read this article about how the Pope feels, in anticipation of his monumental visit to Panama, of how he feels there is a conflict between those that espouse the virtues of Faith, while not practicing them. Those that succumb to Vanity. I “personally” wrote …

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Just Another Day in Paradise: Behind the Beauty of BOCAS DEL TORO

by James “JB” Bryson I am in the process of speaking with almost a dozen readers that have contacted me through PNO.com as a result of the blog entries we have done relating to Bocas del Toro, and the surrounding areas of Colon and Bastimentos. It is a fact finding …

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Infrastructure

Metro Line getting a shaky start as WYD approaches

In the early hours of the morning, the Panama Metro announced through social networks that they had energy problems in their internal network. ‘We face energy drawbacks. We have not been able to start the commercial service in the regular schedule.Maintenance staff works on resetting systems’ published Metro. The head of …

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Ecuador to allocate seized ODEBRECHT monies to social security retirees….AGAIN…LEGAL CARTEL.

ODEBRECHT MISSION STATEMENT:  BRIBE, PAYOFF, SWINDLE, to get contracts. In the event of getting caught, start a long drawn out legal process, all the while still working and operating. ONCE we lose in COURT, simply PAY THE DAMAGES from the billions we received by operating illegally.  Ecuador will allocate 13.5 …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT tentacles wrap around the Globe. From Italy to now also Peru! They are a LEGAL CARTEL.

PRESIDENT OF PERU IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR BRIBERY   Peruvian lawmakers voted to open an investigation into agreements between a unit of Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht and President Martin Vizcarra’s family business more than a decade ago, renewing tension between the executive and legislative branches. Peru: Attorney General announces that …

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Crime

WOW: Witness testifies that “El Chapo” bribed Mexican President to the tune of $100 MILLION. (Alleged)

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán paid a $ 100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto , a Colombian drug dealer said on Tuesday when he testified at the Guzman trial in Brooklyn. The money was sent by a woman known as Comadre María in Mexico City in October …

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BURNS MY ASS: Despite promises of transparency, Varela remains mum on discretionary spending.

by James “JB” Bryson Every now and again, I find myself being a bit above the bell curve in doing my posts. (Its does not happen often, as I am not Woodward and Bernstein). But attached link: http://panamanowonline.com/the-bill-is-in-o…arelas-euro-tour/ Is a PNO.com post that we put up months ago during the …

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Crime

Court denies appeal of controversy from Francolini for ODEBRECHT bribe claims.

The Second Court of Justice denied an incident of controversy presented by the defense of the former president of the board of directors of the Riccardo Francolini Savings Bank, against the investigation carried out by the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor for the payment of bribes through Odebrecht . In a ruling …

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WYD will be a litmus test of how Panama functions on the World Stage. (Hotels, Transportation, Security)

by James “JB” Bryson With well over a year of preparations under the belt, the Pope he is a coming. And bringing flocks of followers and congregations with him. World Youth Day is a HUGE event for this country. Perhaps the BIGGEST that has EVER occurred. I for one hope …

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Politics

Gotta Love PANAMA: CD party officially nominates Martinelli for MAYOR. Cult of Personality wins

Ricardo Martinelli , currently detained in El Renacer for the process he faces in the well-known case of punctures, was registered this afternoon as a candidate for mayor of the capital for Cambio Democrático (CD) in the midst of a murga, songs and dance dozens of followers who arrived at …

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World Youth Day (WYD)

With World watching, Panama steps up security in anticipation of WYD.

The Executive Directorate of Support for the Local Organizing Committee for the World Youth Day (WYD), led by the Deputy Minister of Security, Omar Pinzón, highlighted on Monday that the State’s security forces have strengthened their capacities to guarantee the well-being of citizens. , pilgrims, visitors, Pope Francis and the …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Much anticipated Mass Metro line to start Test runs.

From this Monday, January 14, the Panama Metro began the period of blank march of line 2. They carry out tests with trains on line 2 of the Metro for WYD That is to say, a test of the system, without counting on passengers yet. The blank march will be …

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Re-Visiting the DANGER of BOCAS del TORO.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson The more deeply we are helping our fellow ex-pats with real estate issues, legal wrangling, and other problems they got suckered into in and around the area of BOCAS DEL TORO, COLON, BOQUETE, etc, I feel it is our duty to remind those that are …

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EX-PAT Follow UP: Bocas Del Toro Property Scam; Ex-Pats WARNING Ex-Pats!!

by James “JB” Bryson As 2019 storms ahead, we find ourselves re-visiting an issue that PNO.com covered back in July when we went to Bocas del Toro to see how my friend and fellow ex-pat “Buddy” has people literally living on property that the Panamanian registry states is “TITLED” to …

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Infrastructure

As Tocumen expands, energy use will explode. Original Odebrecht sub-station was granted to public bid.

The energy demand of the Tocumen International Airport will triple when the new passenger terminal (T2) comes into operation at the end of next April. The current terminal (TI), which has 34 boarding gates and which last year handled more than 16 million passengers, has a daily demand of 6 …

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International Relations

UPDATE: OAS breaks relations with Venezuela, refuses to recognize Maduro legitimacy.

The Organization of American States ( OAS ) resolved to ignore the legitimacy of the second presidency of Venezuela that took on Thursday Nicolás Maduro . Nicolás Maduro swears in for a new term Nicolás Maduro starts second term in the middle of the worst context Meanwhile, Paraguayan President Mario …

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