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Canal

Construction of the 4th bridge to canal finally commences.

The Design and Construction project of the Fourth Bridge over the Panama Canal is progressing, despite the controversies that have arisen since its announcement, in 2015. Yesterday, President Juan Carlos Varela and the Minister of Public Works, Ramón Arosemena, gave the first shove that marks the start of the megaproject …

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Politics

Zulay goes after Humbert, Good Luck.

Congresswoman Zulay Rodríguez presented on Thursday afternoon, May 2, a criminal complaint against the Comptroller of the Republic, Federico Humbert, before the Attorney General’s Office. Zulay Rodríguez NGO, the only one that receives funds without being a football league The deputy of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) on his departure …

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Politics

Desperate for votes Roux, throws darts and jabs at Cortizo.

The times change. The Cambio Democrático (CD) party went from closing its campaign in the broad coastal strip in 2014, to the historic Santa Ana park in 2019, but now with Rómulo Roux in the lead. Around a thousand people, including party members, sympathizers and guests, were waiting since 5:00 …

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Entertainment

World goes BATSHIT as everyone watches “Game of Thrones” and says WTF.

Winter came, there were thunder and lightning, but the storm they promised became mere rain. Yes, it was a visually beautiful episode with a spectacular production level. Once again the director Miguel Sapochnik , who was in charge of episodes like Battle of the Bastards (6×9) and Winds of Winter …

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International Relations

Guaido promotes stoppages to demonstrate for liberation from Maduro.

From Thursday, May 2, a series of staggered strikes will begin in Venezuela until a general strike with the intention of achieving the liberation of the country. US military intervention in Venezuela is ‘possible, if necessary’: Mike Pompeo Juan Guaidó tries to redouble pressure against Nicolás Maduro This was stated …

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"JB"

Why is VARELA ( outgoing President) so concerned with Martinelli not being Mayor?

by James “JB” Bryson Why is the outgoing President so laser focused on his former boss not assuming office? And by office I am not referring to becoming President of the Republic again, I am referring to MAYOR of the district. Please read this attached article which raises many questions …

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Environmental

Complaints are official against Taboga as environmentalist voices are heard.

The Ombudsman’s Office opened two administrative complaints related to the Petroterminal project on Boná Island, which belongs to the Municipality of Taboga, in the Gulf of Panama. The entity joins, in addition, the voices that ask the National Assembly to approve the bill that creates the area as a protected area. …

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US News of note

US News of Note: Biden announces run for US President

Former US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his candidacy for the White House, ending months of expectation and adding to a bulging list of Democratic Party candidates to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 elections. “The fundamental values ​​of this country (…) our position in the world (…) …

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Politics

Panamanians living abroad getting ready for absentee ballots or (RERE)

Since last April 23, Panamanians living abroad who registered in the Register of Resident Voters Abroad (RERE) began the voting process through the Internet. Until midnight on Thursday, May 2 (Panama time), the 7 thousand 725 Panamanian voters are authorized to exercise their right to vote (only for the office …

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Legal

Martinelli case observes request for Day off.

The expert witness Luis Rivera Calles, key witness of the Office of the Prosecutor in the oral trial against former President Ricardo Martinelli for the case of telephone taps, acknowledged yesterday in the oral trial more than 20 files that were opened from the compact disc in which was compiled …

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"JB"

Scumbag, Cowardly, Detestable ISIS claims responsibility for Easter attack in Sri Lanka.

by James “JB” Bryson In another show of cowardly soft target attacks, ISIS or “Daesh” cowards have come forward to claim responsibility behind killing worshipers at a church services on Easter. Word is they will next plan a very dangerous attack on birthday parties, camping trips, parades, and other dangerous …

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"JB"

Upcoming Russia and North Korea summit approaches. ( Varela upset at lack of invite ) ?? J.B

The announced summit on Thursday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a date that the Kremlin has been waiting for four years to gain prominence in one of the great challenges of global security: denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Kim made an ugly to …

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Politics

Countdown continues as all parties prepare they’re final push. ELECTION 2019

D day is approaching. Only nine days left until the end of the political campaign , which will end on May 2 next. Therefore, in the last hours the presidential candidates have concentrated on refining their strategies to convince the electorate. The PRD resorts to the figure of Omar Torrijos …

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Local Culture

Weekend Festival will showcase convergence of diverse mix of cultures

The Festival of Congos and Devils of Portobelo 2019 will have a special halo. It will be its first celebration after the recognition of the ritual and festive expressions of the conga culture as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity in November 2018, as determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and …

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Environmental

Complaint accepted related to dirty Toboga Mayor that has allowed development to cut trees.

The Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) accepted the complaint filed by the Center for Environmental Impact (CIAM) for possible environmental damage on Boná Island. CIAM’s complaint, filed last Monday, April 15, is based on the cutting down of trees, the opening of a path of penetration inside the island, marked trees …

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Politics

15 Days and Counting: Signs point to showdown between PRD and CD. Cortizo still comfortably ahead.

To fifteen days for the presidential elections of May 2019, an opinion study conducted by the company StratMark Consultores SA for Protesa and La Estrella de Panama suggests that the results of the elections will be a duel between the candidates of two parties opponents. So far the results of …

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Crime

More ODEBRECHT dirt coming out, as they still receive Panamanian contracts

The Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office , which is investigating the Odebrecht case, ordered the investigation of the businessmen Fotis Lymberópulos , and Rodrigo Rod Díaz , to make a statement in this case. Odebrecht case: 76 defendants and $ 255.1 million recovered, the prosecution said Odebrecht: half a million emails, …

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Church

Pope speaks out against Maduro and Venezuela.

Pope Francis urged on Sunday to put an end to “social injustices, abuses and violence” in Venezuela and called for “a peaceful and negotiated solution” in Nicaragua . In his traditional Easter Sunday message, Francisco reminded Latin Americans that “they suffer the consequences of difficult political and economic situations.” The …

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World Events

Apparent warnings existed prior to Sri Lanka Terror attacks.

The Sri Lankan authorities did not heed the warnings of intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a radical Islamic group that authorities attribute the Easter Sunday attacks in which more than 200 people died, according to what he said on Monday. April the country’s Minister of Health. …

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"JB"

PNO.com readers: Happy Easter and Passover

I would like to extend my best wishes to all that visit our site on this most cherished day. To all our reader and contributors both here in Panama and abroad, we hope you are enjoying this day with loved ones. Saludos- “JB”

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"JB"

Varela in China………………………AGAIN!!

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson So other than China being under Communist totalitarian rule, charged with a host of human rights violations, firm allies with Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Cuba, one of the nations that still recognize the Maduro rule in Venezuela, ………………….beyond that I can see exactly …

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US News of note

US NEWS: Mueller states Trump was complicit, but could not prove criminality. Country reacts

At last publicly disclosed, special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report revealed on Thursday to an expectant United States that President Donald Trump tried to control the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and dismiss Mueller to prevent him from investigating a possible obstruction of justice on the part of …

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Legal

Prosecution presents documents in Martinelli phone tap charges

The oral trial of former President Ricardo Martinelli resumed on Wednesday, April 17, without the presence of the media and the public, with the review of a portfolio of 164 documents that must be recognized by the expert Luis Enrique Rivera Calle . Witness recognizes material intercepted by victims Public …

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World Events

WORLD NEWS: All eyes on France as work begins to save Notre Dame

After a devastating fire nearly engulfed Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, firefighters and officials are assessing damages. Paris firefighters spokesman Gabriel Plus said the challenge Tuesday is no longer fire, but how the 850-year-old structure “will resist” or remain standing. The tragedy comes during Holy Week, an important event for the Catholic Church with Easter days …

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Legal

Prosecutions eager to show evidence in Phone Tap case against Martinelli

The oral trial that is followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli , for the alleged commission of crimes against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy, and embezzlement, resumed on the morning of this Tuesday, April 16. MP: Trial court violates due process The diligence of this process …

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Legal

Imprisoned former President STILL WINNING MAYORAL RACE. Love this place!!

In the electoral race for the mayoralty of the capital district, four candidates are in contention, but two of them are competing for the leadership: Ricardo Martinelli (Cambio Democrático) and José Luis Fábrega (PRD). The first accumulates the sympathies of 25.3% of the electorate in the capital district, and the …

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Politics

Panama: And the steps needed to move into the next phase on world stage.

Taking advantage of the advantages offered by logistics, strengthening institutions and improving human capital through education are the three main ingredients of the recipe that could turn Panama into a decade in a country with similar incomes to the nations of southern Europe. . This is what Luis Alberto Moreno …

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Environmental

DARIEN LOGGING: More than just a regional issue. Panama LOSES AGAIN.

Considered the last reserve of the most important biosphere in Central America and a world heritage site, the Darién jungle is under threat, due to an activity that grows, despite regulations and local and international restrictions: logging. In the joint project of ‘La Prensa’ and the Pulitzer Center, learn the …

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"JB"

$200K Fund to preserve the only Big Cat species indigenous to Panama. KISS MY ASS

by James “JB” Bryson In what amounts to what is spent on one fancy dinner of elbow rubbing and gas bagging, a fund has been set up to help conserve the JAGUAR. One of the more endangered big cats of the world, that just happens to be native to Panama. …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Whiffs of bullshit and payoffs related to sweetheart deal for Oil Company in Taboga.

The National Economic Council (Cena) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) justified the low rent lease authorized in the concession contract between the Mayor’s Office of Taboga and the company Bona Pacific Corp. , to establish an oil terminal in more than 34 hectares located on Boná Island. …

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