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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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International Relations

Varela stance on China is in direct opposition to the US.

The President of China, Xi Jinping , is already on Monday, December 3, the Palace of the Herons. This, as part of the official agenda for his first visit to the isthmus. In the Palacio de las Garzas, Xi was received by the president Juan Carlos Varela, with whom, immediately …

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Legal

Judge observes and validates the 4 alleged crimes of Martinelli as charged by Prosecutor Diaz

Everything presented in this note has didactic purposes, and does not imply or affirm the guilt of Ricardo Martinelli for the commission of any crime. Former President Martinelli maintains the presumption of innocence for all the charges against him. In his opinion on Monday, November 26, Supreme Court Justice Jerónimo …

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Legal

“No justice” screams Martinelli. If Varela is main PLAINTIFF, will he agree to questioning by defense??

OP ED: Just a wandering thought from me “JB”.    Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said today that “there is no justice in Panama”, after a judge of Guarantees decided to send him to oral and public trial for a cause of alleged illegal wiretapping during his term (2009-2014), by …

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Crime

PNO.com presents your DAILY ODEBRECHT BRIBE UPDATE. We admit it is hard to keep up.

The lawyer Mauricio Cort, key witness who would provide evidence of the final destination of bribes paid by Odebrecht – “is telling the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office the way, time and place of how all the facts occurred.” In addition, the defendant in the Odebrecht case has given “key information …

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International Relations

Interesting CHINA, US, and……….PANAMA blog.

At the end of November the G20 , the group of 20 countries of the most important economies in the world , will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina . The United States, Mexico and Canada will sign the revised Naphtha, which will henceforth be called Usmca. Argentina will seek an …

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Legal

Judge of Guarantees has hands full to assure compliance in Martinelli trial.

The magistrate J erónimo Mejía – acting as judge of guarantees – dictated yesterday the opening of judgment to president Ricardo Martinelli, as part of the process that is followed by the alleged commission of crimes against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy , embezzlement for embezzlement …

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Environmental

LaEstrella: Great article about PNO concerns over Progress vs Environment of Panama

Development and environmental protection: a political dilemma The Government is promoting two road projects that have resulted in the destruction of forested areas and the questioning has come to the fore. There are those who consider it inevitable. Others, which is part of the inconsistencies in government policy     ALWAYS THERE …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Chinese contractors finishing studies for massive train project to Chiriqui.

OP ED: So no engineering firms in US, UK, Canada, Spain, Germany, etc.  Apparently just China and Odebrecht. The feasibility study for the establishment of a rail transport system between Panama and Chiriquí “is basically finished”. Chinese President will visit Panama from December 2 to 3 Know the 25 agreements …

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To all PNO.com visitors both here and back in the States: HAPPY THANKSGIVING

by James “JB” Bryson So it has been quite a busy year since we first went “live” earlier in 2018. And while I personally have been quite pre-occupied with many of the things that are “wrong, askew, questionable, off” or downright “criminal” over here in Panama since making it my …

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