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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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International Relations

WORLD NEWS: Amid Brexit debacle, UK Prime Minister May to step down.

Visibly moved and with a broken voice, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Friday that she will leave office in two weeks, recognizing, after months of chaos, her inability to make accept the Brexit agreement she negotiated with Brussels. Critics corner English minister “I tried it three times” but “I …

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Panama Tourism

The wait has been long, but 2019 Tourism Campaign can finally be embarked upon.

After a wait of nine months, the international tourism promotion fund could enter into formal operation in the coming days. The General Comptroller approved that this fund (managed as a public-private entity) has access to 20 million dollars a year. Although the fund assumed responsibility for the international promotion of …

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After puppet Roux has lost, Varela working hastily to secure his appointments.

OP ED:  This is not independent of Varela and Panama. It is a right of passage back in the US for exiting Presidents to push all their agendas through up to and including the Presidential pardons of friends and white collar criminals. Just always something I have hated. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– President …

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June starts musical journey at the Allegro Art Gallery.

by James “JB” Bryson While speaking of music, please click on link for new PNO.com visitor “JOHN CARNEY MUSIC” on our homepage. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ In this fourth season of jazz at Allegro, the saxophist, composer and educator Luis Carlos Pérez indicates that he wants to share with the audience “the cultural …

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Chiriqui

Panama “Luxury” Eco Lodging makes the list at National Geographic.

by James “JB” Bryson Love Chiriqui……. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Panama is already listed in the Unique Lodges of the World ranking by National Geographic , a list made up of low-density luxury hotels, but with environmentally friendly features . Worldwide there are 55 properties that have the National Geographic category, and one …

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Editorial Contribution

Corruption in Tocumen continues.

https://m.panamaamerica.com.pa/economia/negociado-en-tocumen-se-impondria-ante-la-oaci-1135084 Spanish Version in Link The outgoing president of Tocumen SA management, Dulcidio de la Guardia, and the former manager, Joseph Fidanque, would have responsibility for negotiating the treatment of the international garbage that Tocumen airport handles daily . Since 2014, Fidanque entered Tocumen SA . and admitted that he directly hired the Incineration Technology Services (STI) company from one of his personal …

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Local Culture

Panama born hotel chain now expanding the tropics to the World.

The hotel chain Selina, which was born in Pedasí by the hand of entrepreneurs and travelers Rafael Museri and Daniel Rudasevski, currently operates 46 locations in Latin America and Europe; and by the end of the year he expects to have more than 60 open. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ http://laestrella.com.pa/economia/marca-hotelera-nacio-panama-famosa-mundo/24121642   Worldwide, different hotel …

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“Game of Thrones” ends historic run with a dud of a finale.

by James “JB” Bryson Simply stated. YAWN. Very disappointed with what I waited 8 years for. Too much to comment on. I’m simply too hurt. LOL ________________________________________________________________________________________ Cries of joy, sobs, scenes of hysterics, applause: the followers of Game of Thrones lived with passion until the last second of the …

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Legal

Oral trial ended today at 11:30am for Martinelli. New witnesses tomorrow.

Approximately at 11:30 am on Monday, May 20, the oral trial session of former President Ricardo Martinelli ended, so it will resume tomorrow with the appearance of a new witness. Martinelli trial: Prosecutor’s office asks the Tribunal for equity Martinelli trial: expert falls into contradictions Case Martinelli: the prosecutor accuses …

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Crime

Get up to speed on your latest ODEBRECHT update. Panama’s Favorite Vendor

The Twelfth Criminal Court annulled the order of inquiry (of November 21, 2018) and the correction to this document (of December 6, 2018) issued by the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office against Fotis Lymberópulos , as part of the investigation of the bribes paid by Odebrecht. In a ruling dated May …

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Largest ship to record passes into new expanded Canal.

The container ship Triton, of the shipping Evergreen, became this Wednesday the largest and largest capacity ship to transit the Canal expanded since its opening on June 26, 2016. Neopanamax help port growth Huge LNG vessel, in the bowels of the Canal The neopanamax Triton set a new record with …

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Legal

Opposing counsel battle over chain of evidence in Martinelli case

The head of Computing of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences , Luis Rivera Calle , said yesterday in the hearing of the trial that the former president Ricardo Martinelli is followed by the punctures, that during the analysis of the compact discs obtained in the National Security …

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International Relations

After brief siege attempt, US Embassy secured in Venezuela

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/Embajador-Carlos-Vecchio-recuperacion-Washington_0_5305719383.html The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, confirmed on the morning of Thursday, May 16, that his embassy in the city of Washington, DC was recovered. Vecchio explained that US federal police officers entered the diplomatic headquarters and evicted four pro-regime activists from Nicolás Maduro. “Out the …

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Politics

As predicted here on PNO.com BEFORE elections,,,,,,Varela/Roux defection from Martinelli validated.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson I’m not going to break my arm patting myself on the back, but I have to state that SO MUCH of what was transparent and visible about the manner in which Varela and Roux were trying to distance themselves from Martinelli, while at the same …

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Air Travel

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Air quality in Mexico City deemed extraordinarily dangerous.

Authorities of Mexico City and its metropolitan area declared an extraordinary environmental risk on Tuesday due to high levels of pollution , which implies the restriction to vehicular traffic and the reprogramming of a semifinal game of the Mexican soccer tournament. The measures come amid complicated weather conditions and numerous …

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Local Culture

No longer just “Balboa”. Panama sets roots in billion dollar craft beer market.

The craft beers are stomping. In 2013 there were at least 4 local breweries dedicated to artisan production, and for this year the number has increased fivefold: there are 20 companies. The local consumer has the decision in their hands, says Ricardo Fernández, co-founder of Casa Bruja and founding partner …

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Air Travel

US Travel Update: Air Service to Venezuela is suspended

The US Department of Transportation ordered this Wednesday, May 15, the suspension of air service between Venezuela and the United States. This order affects the cargo and passenger services that were offered between both nations. It also includes public and private mail services. https://www.prensa.com/economia/Unidos-suspende-servicio-aereo-Venezuela_0_5304969470.html    

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Varela can exit environmentally “horrible” term on a high note by saving Bona’ Island.

by James “JB” Bryson I hope that Varela can do something beyond crying that Roux did not assume his puppet role, and do something significant about saving Bona’ Island.  Please read La Prensa story below________________________________________________________ https://impresa.prensa.com/panorama/Isla-Bona-decreto-destruir-habitat_0_5304219614.html   Faced with the new threat of converting Boná Island into an oil terminal, …

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by James “JB” Bryson As PNO.com continues to post and look for different topics to exchange upon, we are seeking to become more of a tool to be used by ex-pats and Panamanians alike. During the past election, we have had traffic increase to sometimes as high as 10,000 views …

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International Relations

China and US trade impasse keeps on the uptick.

China announced on Monday that it will increase its customs duties as of June 1 on $ 60 billion of annual imports of US products, in retaliation for the actions taken by Washington . Trump advises China not to retaliate against the United States Customs duties will increase on a …

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Legal

Martinelli ally speaks loudly in his favor. Proposes amnesty.

Today Luis Eduardo Camacho speaks, ‘the faithful friend’ of Ricardo Martinelli. Of the impugnation that it will present, of its loyalty, of its calm, the future of the party and more. — One reason why you would be better than Pancho Alemán. I do not fight with my friend, but …

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Canal

Cortizo makes Panama H20 one of the first priorities of administration.

The government of Laurentino Nito Cortizo will be put to the test to avoid a future water crisis for human consumption and the transit of more and more ships through the Panama Canal . Time is short for water supply “After the year 2024 or 2025, if we do not …

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Crime

Back to the business of corruption: ODEBRECHT back in spotlight in Spain

The authorities of Spain sent to the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor the statements of Rodrigo Tacla Durán , one of the external structurers of Odebrecht to pay bribes. The new crossroads in the Odebrecht case Interpol cancels red alert against Rodrigo Tacla Durán These statements are key to confirm facts that …

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Sport

Soccer world still reeling from MASSIVE Champions League upset of Messi and Barcelona versus Liverpool.

Intractable in the domestic scene, FC Barcelona played again in Europe on Tuesday falling in the worst way against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals, wasting a three-goal lead in a game that left the Barça team and several of their players. “Right now we are touched”, coach Ernesto Valverde …

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Bocas del Toro

Bocas protests continue in defiance of re-election of Robinson.

The governor of Bocas del Toro province, Esteban Chacón, moved to the closing area in the Electoral Tribunal (TE) office on estate 11 (Changuinola) on Wednesday, with the presence of electoral attorney general Eduardo Peñaloza. Protests in Bocas del Toro after re-election of Benicio Robinson; ask for new elections This, …

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US News of note

After receiving billions in capital influx, US drivers of UBER and LYFT coordinate strike.

The drivers of the Internet taxi companies Uber and Lyft are turning off their apps to protest what they see as the reduction of their salaries at a time when the two companies are receiving billions of dollars from their investors. The organizers are planning demonstrations in Chicago, Los Angeles, …

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This is playing out as EXPECTED. VARELA and ROUX are predictable and transparent.

by James “JB” Bryson As a resident full time and a person that “LOVES” Panama, I will do my best and all in my power to educate the fringe or those that are uniformed on the complete dysfunction and incest like behavior that has infected the Presidency since Varela assumed …

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