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Murder sentence DOUBLED for man who killed US woman near Red Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) announced on Friday September 7 that the sentence handed down to an 18-year-old boy was changed for the crime of the American Catherine Medalia Johannet, whose body was found on February 5, 2017 in Isla Colón, province of Bocas del Toro. Sentenced to 12 years …

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Canal

Varela slight on Taiwan has EVERYTHING to do with money and coziness with communist China

ED OPINION: by James “J.B” Bryson If you so choose to go back and read some of the previous posts and re-distribution of articles on PNO.com, you will see that we have paid close attention to the awarding of contracts to multiple Chinese corporations as Panama continues to try to …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Outisde of Brazil: Questionable Odebrecht finding it hard to establish new trust

At the reception of the ninth floor of the headquarters of the Odebrecht Group , in Sao Paulo, time seems to have stopped. The magazines on the tables are dated, at most, from the beginning of 2015 and still portray the dynamism of the time. From large projects in Caracas, …

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Legal

Victims and Witnesses for Prosecution fight bail request for Martinelli

This week will be crucial for the process that is followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli in the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) for the punctures. Today, the plenary session of the CSJ must analyze a bail request for release that presented the defense of the exmandatario. In addition, on …

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Legal

Martinelli defense team requests $250-$500K bond for release

The defense of Ricardo Martinelli requested a bail of release “of between $ 250 thousand to $ 500 thousand” in favor of the former president, alleging his medical condition and that there is no risk of flight or destruction of evidence. Attorneys Martinelli present two other appeals in the Court …

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"JB"

Trump administration shows that the US is not above Panama concerning national division

by James “J.B” Bryson As I continually embrace me new status as a full time resident of Panama, I usually take a great interest into the political landscape of this country. Many if not the vast majority of article we post or comment on at PNO.com for ex pats center …

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Environmental

How is Climate change affecting the Canal?

In the last 32 years (1985-2017), the temperature in the water basin of the Panama Canal increased by an average of 0.5 degrees centigrade. It is a climatic variation that alerts the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), taking into account that the result of this change translates into a “water deficit” …

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Politics

CD Party primaries to be postponed in province of Los Santos

For the 7 of October the primary elections of the Democratic Change party (CD) in the corregimiento head of Guararé, Los Santos were postponed. Presidential CD cost over one million dollars: TE This was announced by Dámaso Díaz, director of the Electoral Organization in the province of Los Santos, who …

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Legal

Supreme Court rejects Martinelli request for Constitutional Guarantees

The plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) did not admit, because it was not timely, an amparo of constitutional guarantees to exmandatario Ricardo Martinelli , as part of the investigation that is followed by the supposed commission of the crime of embezzlement in the purchase of dehydrated …

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Politics

Zulay fires up more rhetoric about her party before the primaries

During the presentation of her government plan, the presidential candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) Zulay Rodríguez identified the one she considers the “anointed one” of the PRD leadership heading for the primary elections on September 16. Pérez Balladares, against re-election of deputies Political campaign in the PRD enters …

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Human Interest

Notice: Reduced Water in Panama City and surrounding areas this FRIDAY

The Federico Guardia Conte water treatment plant , in Chilibre, will reduce the production of drinking water by 50% on Friday, September 7, due to the alignment of a new broken valve, as part of the work to adapt the new suction motors. will install in the plant, reported this …

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Human Interest

Alma Montenegro de Fletcher Interview: “Corruption has eternal life”

A bogada, judge, notary, attorney, prosecutor, mother, grandmother, and teacher. Alma Montenegro de Fletcher meticulously gave his opinion on international issues, such as the power of religious groups at the polls, the figure and performance of the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and the current socio-political situation in Venezuela. The first woman …

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Crime

The reputation of The Republic of Panama in Global Eyes= Corruption

Interesting article in La Estrella today about much of what we report on at PNO.com. Recommended story.  J.B Issues such as the irregular links between Manuel Antonio Noriega and Pablo Escobar, the misnamed Panama Papers, Waked Case, Odebrecht and Martinelli have made the name of Panama in the international arena …

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Environmental

Analysis of air quality requested for Valle de Tonosi.

The members of the Frente Tonosieño against Pollution asked the Ministries of Health, Agricultural Development and Environment for an analysis of water, soil and air in the region of Valle de Tonosí, in the province of Los Santos. Tonosí producers are unhappy by decree prohibiting aerial spraying The request of …

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Crime

Punta Pacifica group raided; suspected of running human trafficking ring

In different parts of the country, 15 raids were carried out with the intention of “dismantling” an organization that is dedicated in Panama to the trafficking of migrants. This was reported on the morning of this Tuesday, September 4, by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which explained that the person in …

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Legal

Martinelli due in court,,,,,,,this time it’s the wife

The Sixth Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office summoned the former First Lady of the Republic, Marta Linares de Martinelli , on Wednesday, September 5  , to attend an investigation into the  Blue Apple case . Blue Apple will remain under reserve They discover two new societies that served as ‘basket’ to receive …

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Infrastructure

Previously corrupt Odebrecht, back in the running for Metro contracts

The Brazilian construction company Odebrecht returned to the bids of the Government of Panama. Odebrecht is interested in Metro works The company, which confessed to paying bribes millionaires to get public works contracts between 2010 and 2014, participated in the approval meetings of the extension of line 1 of the …

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"JB"

BURNS MY ASS: Abuses of the natural beauty of Panama!!!

by James “JB” Bryson Happy Labor Day to all ex-pats here and to those back stateside. On this day I am reflecting on the story that PNO.com re-distributed last week concerning the approval of logging so close to the Darien National Park. I get so angry at the short sighted …

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Legal

Complaints filed against Martinelli prosecutor

The Commission of Credentials of the National Assembly will give priority today to the processing of three denunciations, that maintains in this instance the magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Harry Diaz, although there are other ten denunciations that involve others magistrates of the highest justice corporation. RATIFICATION …

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"JB"

BOCAS BUYER BEWARE: Part 2 coming next week

by James “JB” Bryson Greetings PNO.com visitors. I am looking forward to finishing the follow up that my friend “Buddy” and I have experienced since we first ventured down to Isla Colon and attempted to make progress in regards to hectares, he purchased and LEGALLY owns according to the Public …

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Environmental

THIRD UPDATE: La Prensa coverage of Darien environmental crisis

Only 9 inspectors have the Ministry of Environment in their regional Darien to monitor more than 115 thousand hectares under forest management in the area, so indigenous loggers denounce the lack of supervision. Environment approves logging of endangered trees Tala takes protected area in Darién The cutting permits are given …

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Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE: Agreement reached with Japan to advance Metro

The Cabinet Council authorized this Tuesday, August 28, the signing of an agreement between the subcontractor of the Line 3 project, Hitachi LTDA , and the Metro de Panamá, SA for the purchase of all the equipment and wagons of Line 3 of the Metro to West Panama, at a …

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Agriculture

LOGGING Update: Sincerely hope all of Panama reject logging in Darien!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I encourage people visiting PNO.com to keep a keen eye on this story that La Prensa has been running. Part of the beauty of Panama is the indigenous flora and fauna that make the environment unique. Cutting and logging in the buffer zone of Darien …

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Economy

Debt grows but remains in lockstep with Economic Growth

The debt of the non-financial public sector increased by $ 322 million during the last year and stood at $ 24,376.7 million at the end of July. $ 24,386 million debt Since 2014, when the government of President Juan Carlos Varela began , the increase is $ 6,750 million, according …

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Environmental

Money and Greed WIN as Ministry of Environment= (Assholes) approves logging of endangered trees

James “J.B” Bryson- Always a great day when we see more and more short sighted people taking away the beauty of Panama for greed and money. Read Attached.   In the Darien forests, some 9,000 cubic meters of wood of species in danger of extinction were cut between 2017 and …

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Politics

Panamenista Party update: Varlela brother vocal in discontent

The Panameñistas converted the extraordinary convention of yesterday into a political calisthenics prior to the primary elections, in which its main leaders defended the government’s management and launched attacks on the political opposition. The president of the party, José Luis Varela , who is also a deputy of the 6-2 …

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US News of note

Trump showing lack of class by not properly honoring McCain despite past squabbles

US President Donald Trump will not attend John McCain’s funeral in Washington, DC this weekend, a spokesman for the senator confirmed Monday, Aug. 27. They raise the flags in the White House after the death of McCain United States begins a week of tributes by John McCain “The president will …

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Legal

Decision on Former Social Development Minister SUV purchase is delayed further

The morning of this Monday, August 27, in the Thirteenth Criminal Court, the hearing of the former Minister of Social Development Guillermo Ferrufino was suspended for the alleged crime against the public administration in the form of corruption of public servants, due to the purchase of a 2013 Toyota Land …

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Economy

CSS- Social Security update for Panamanians

All contributors to the Social Security Fund (CSS) that belong to the mixed subsystem of pensions have, as part of their personal savings component, a total of $ 821 million , according to the unaudited information of the institution, reported until 2016 . Mixed program reports $ 2,457 million in …

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Health

Health System of Panama to be analyzed

“For a preventive, universal and quality health system” , is the name of the forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, allied with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other business associations. This forum on health and social security is part of the “Agenda …

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