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Food/Bar Scene

CULTURE: Flor de Cana sponsors ECO “cocktail” challenge in PANAMA. This just seems cool.

Anything that promotes SUSTAINABLE ideas, I will promote.  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/contenido-patrocinado/flor-de-cana-abre-inscripciones-en-panama-para-el-sustainable-cocktail-challenge-2024-XK6905347 Those passionate about sustainable cocktails can join this platform to compete for the title of national champion and then be able to participate in the Global Final Flor de Caña Rum, the first distillate in the world certified Carbon Neutral and …

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"JB"

MI AMBIENTE sucks generally, but they are RIGHT on this point.

The equivalent of the “EPA” in PANAMA is “Mi AMBIENTE”. Who in my opinion are a “rudderless” agency that is generally “LOST at SEA” in terms of what is BEST for PANAMA environmentally. That being said, the attempts to “domesticate” and make PETS of wildlife is wrong on many levels, …

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Conservation

Mulino stating all the right things and stands as PNO ENDORSED choice. Not a PUPPET. Recognizes importance of REAL TOURISM and CONSTRUCTION.

PANAMA is missing the boat on SO MUCH tourism it is not even funny. The environmental beauty is still untapped as people have concentrated on the Mega Hotels and Gambling.  BOCAS should be a LUXURY destination, and not some overlooked and poorly run area. More police, better airport, more flights, …

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Conservation

Politics aside- Rising GREENHOUSE temps are not make believe and sea levels will rise. PANAMA not exempt.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/vida-y-cultura/aumento-del-nivel-del-mar-impacto-en-los-poblados-costeros-de-panama-DK6963894?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc A report indicates that between 1909 and 1969, tide gauges showed a rise in sea level of 9.6 centimeters in the Pacific, and 6.8 centimeters in the Caribbean. In 1983, three scientists from the Institute of Ocean Sciences of Canada reported in an article published by the Intergovernmental Oceanigraphic …

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Crime

60 year old gets (6) years for robbing national hero Duran. “More than some murders in US”

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/cronica-roja/robo-en-la-casa-de-roberto-duran-el-delincuente-a-la-chirola-CJ6920646?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Judge of Guarantees of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama, Meylin Jaén, validated the sentencing agreement agreed upon between the prosecution and the defense, and sanctioned a 60-year-old citizen to 72 months in prison (six years) as the author of the crime against economic assets in the form …

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Crime

“Lorena Bobbit” shows up in Spain. “Let’s cut to the chase.”

https://elsiglo.com.pa/curiosidades/ruleta/mujer-es-condenada-a-siete-anos-de-prision-por-cortar-el-pene-a-su-expareja-CX6918949   A woman, accused of cutting off the penis of her ex-partner and boss in the bar where she worked, accepted this Tuesday seven years in prison and the payment of compensation of 250,000 euros to the victim for the physical and psychological consequences caused. In a trial held in the Barcelona Court, …

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Crime

Can you believe the “Panama Papers” case is STILL NOT ADJUDICATED YET? They made a GD movie!

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/se-inicia-juicio-por-el-caso-panama-papers-FK6914052?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The scandal involving the defunct law firm Mossack & Fonseca was uncovered eight years ago Eight years after the publication of the “Panama Papers” by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which revealed that a Panamanian law firm structured offshore companies to hide money and assets, a trial began …

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Politics

Zulay steamed as plug pulled in the middle of her rant!! Kinda funny though.

As she was talking about “double standards”, her mic was cut. Kinda good timing. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/zulay-rodriguez-denuncia-que-le-apagaron-el-microfono-en-el-conversatorio-sobre-libertad-de-expresion-YI6903643?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc According to Rodríguez, they turned off her microphone when she began to explain about the double agendas In the intervention of the presidential candidate for free nomination, Zulay Rodríguez, in the conversation on freedom of …

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Crime

“Escobar” like volume of narcotics seized in 1st Quarter of 2024.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/decomiso-de-drogas-supera-las-315-toneladas-en-los-tres-primeros-meses-del-2024-ED6720644 So far in the current administration of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, 573.4 tons of drugs have been seized, surpassing the last two administrations. So far this year, public security forces have seized more than 31.5 tons of drugs throughout the national territory in more than …

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"JB"

US policy on Haitian immigrants carries the waft of racism given the current situation.

OP ED: by “JB”- Before all the REDS freak out, let me clarify. I am NOT in favor of recklessly open borders with anyone being able to enter the US unchecked or undocumented. In the same way I am NOT in favor of it here, and mention DARIEN probably more …

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Politics

Mulino confidently standing on his own for RM with absence of Martinelli.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/veinte-expresidentes-se-pronuncian-a-favor-de-candidatura-de-mulino-KH6801149 The group recalled that citizens should not only enjoy rights, but also ‘opportunities’ The former heads of State and Government members of the Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA), aware of the unconstitutionality lawsuit filed against the presidential candidacy of José Raúl Mulino after it was admitted …

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World Events

Taiwan continues search in rubble for more survivors.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/taiwan-mantiene-busqueda-de-mas-de-600-personas-atrapadas-o-desaparecidas-tras-el-sismo-CK6837747?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc On the positive side, 70 people left the Hualien mining areas alive This Thursday, April 4, rescue teams continue the search for more than 600 people trapped or missing after the earthquake that shook the east coast of Taiwan this Wednesday, the second most intense in the history of …

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Political FRAUD

SHOCKER- Brazilian courts far more forgiving for Martinelli in regards to ODEBRECHT.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/toffoli-veta-pruebas-de-odebrecht-en-contra-de-martinelli-LY6818591?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Brazilian magistrate extended in favor of former president Ricardo Martinelli the uselessness of the contents of box 2 and testimonies from executives of the construction company Judge José Antonio Dias Toffoli, member of the Supreme Court of Brazil, extended the effects of the decision in favor of former …

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World Events

SHIT just keeps happening……….Taiwan Earthquake could end up killing thousands.

In the last two weeks, there was a devastating terror attack in Moscow, an entire bridge collapse in the US, and now an Earthquake in Taiwan that currently has “thousands” trapped under rubble.  Try to think of that when we are complaining about “our” days.   https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/cerca-de-un-millar-de-personas-atrapadas-en-la-montana-tras-el-fuerte-terremoto-de-taiwan-AJ6803147?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc At least 654 …

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Darien

Human Rights Watch calls for investigation into the Darien Gap immigration crisis.

In Miami, they came via rafts and boats. In California and Texas, it is through the desert. But these immigrants are passing through a treacherous jungle landscape to try to seek asylum. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/hrw-pide-a-panama-y-colombia-atender-los-derechos-de-migrantes-HN6791687?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc An investigation by the organization points out the deficiencies in care for victims of sexual violence, as …

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Canal

Singapore owned vessel from Baltimore bridge collapse calling on an 1851 Law to limit liability.

https://fortune.com/2024/04/01/baltimore-francis-scott-key-bridge-liability-cap-44-million-singapore/ The owner and manager of a cargo ship that rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge before the span collapsed last week filed a court petition Monday seeking to limit their legal liability for the deadly disaster. The companies’ “limitation of liability” petition is a routine but important procedure for cases litigated under …

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Conservation

University of Miami- “The U”, focusses on Panama for their Environmental Sciences

https://news.miami.edu/stories/2024/03/panama-trip-offers-new-perspectives.html Until recently, Carmen Chavez had spent just a few days in Panama, but never got the chance to truly understand its history and culture. Yet during spring break, Chavez, a doctoral student studying environmental science and policy, along with 12 other graduate students studying law or the environmental sciences …

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US News of note

EX-PAT NEWS: Just WTF happened in Baltimore with bridge collapse?

Ship passed through Canal two weeks ago with no issues. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/acp-choque-de-barco-en-baltimore-afecta-el-suministro-de-carga-contenerizada-IF6667039?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The ACP told this media that the cargo that was moving to Baltimore will be moved to other ports on the East Coast The collision of the cargo ship Dali against a pillar of the Francis Scott Key Bridge …

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"JB"

PANAMA requires “REAL” western developers to take advantage of regional positivity.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- I certainly have much to critique about the way things are done in my adopted home here. I still feel that despite the “boon” we see in Panama City, there lies a 3rd world underbelly we can’t seem to shake. With every “Four Seasons” or …

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Riots

Right around corner,…………HAITI remains a GD war zone of anarchy.

Not like Haiti is in any way an “Ex-Pat” or Tourist destination, but STAY AWAY just in case anway.  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/sufrimiento-humano-a-escala-alarmante-en-haiti-alerta-funcionaria-de-la-onu-IF6557291 The Caribbean country has experienced weeks of chaos since armed gangs launched a fight against controversial former Prime Minister Ariel Henry Gang violence in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, increasingly widespread, …

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World Events

France,,,unlike Russia, heeds US warning of heightened ISIS activity threat.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/francia-pone-en-alerta-a-otros-4000-militares-para-el-dispositivo-antiterrorista-XN6609077 The announcement was made this Monday by the French Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal. The French authorities have put 4,000 soldiers on alert, who could be mobilized along with the 3,000 already patrolling the streets, after activating the highest level of alert due to the risk of an attack. The …

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Economy

PANAMA economic outlook remains stable before expected administation change.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/moody-s-mantiene-en-baa3-estable-su-perspectiva-para-el-centro-bancario-de-panama-DN6609324 In his opinion, the solid performance of the banks will offset the sharp drop in economic growth, the political noise prior to the presidential elections, as well as the weakening of consumer and business confidence. Moody’s Ratings maintains its outlook for Panama’s banking system at “Baa3 stable”. In his …

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Conservation

Panamanian elections draw international interest in regards to “environment” and “Darien” nightmare.

  http://theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/21/panama-elections-environment-young-voters-corruption-prd-moca–politics Buoyed by forcing the closure of a vast copper mine, a new generation of eco-conscious candidates are taking on the ‘shameful and corrupt’ status quo in May’s general elections Supported by About this content Daniel Harkins in Panama City Share In October, seven months before Panama’s general election, …

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Legal

Massive fall from grace for one of most successful soccer players of recent memory.

Former “Barcelona FC” star has earned well over 100 million Euros over career, unable to post bail. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/deportes/futbol/alves-dormira-otra-noche-en-prision-al-no-haber-depositado-el-millon-de-euros-de-fianza-NA6561087 The footballer’s defense continues trying to raise the sum for bail from his entourage, without being able to make it effective throughout this morning. The former FC Barcelona player Dani Alves will …

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Energy/Infrastructure

300 million in LATAM do not have access to clean sewage and water.

I hope this includes the group of people living in RFB……….. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/el-3-de-la-poblacion-en-latinoamerica-y-caribe-carece-de-acceso-al-agua-LB6560782 A total of 300 million people in cities do not have sewage systems In the Latin American and Caribbean region, 17 million people, 3% of the population, have limited basic access to water or consume it from unsuitable …

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Conservation

Scientists look to past to try to save marine future in Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/vida-y-cultura/descubriendo-el-pasado-marino-XF6557365 Researchers at STRI’s O’Dea Laboratory focus on marine paleontology to understand the history of the oceans and provide valuable information for conservation and public policy. The Punta Culebra Natural Center of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), located on the Amador Causeway, receives visitors and students from Panama and …

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"JB"

Torrijos brings up topic of “electricity” compliance as major election point.

I wonder if the operation of a “business” that has been run for 20 years without the necessary concession to sell utility services will be looked at?  Or does Bocas del Toro not exist in this regard?  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/torrijos-califica-como-un-desastre-el-servicio-de-energia-electrica-KF6557084   The candidate raised the urgent need to supply water to Panamanians …

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International Relations

Things are BAD when Ortega administration in Nicaragua are being un-supportive.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/panama-nicaragua-enfrentados-martinelli/24247191 The government of Nicaragua alleges that the State of  Panama ‘has the obligation to provide’ all facilities ANSWER.  Panama and Nicaragua maintain a diplomatic dispute that has as its central axis the political asylum granted to former president Ricardo Martinelli. Through a note from the government of Daniel Ortega, the Panamanian government is …

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US News of note

Justice for Ohio infant left alone to die for 7 days. Life sentence, no PAROLE.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/internacional/cadena-perpetua-para-madre-irse-vacaciones-dejo-sola-bebe-murio/24247162 The woman admitted that she left her daughter alone and without care inside the house from June 8 to 16, 2023  The mother of a 16-month-old baby, who died after being left alone for eight days in a home in Cleveland, Ohio, while she was on vacation on an …

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Politics

History of the Panamanian Presidents, a story within itself.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/despues-de-la-silla-el-impacto-de-la-presidencia-en-sus-protagonistas-AX6451570 The presidency of the Republic of Panama is a position of great responsibility, which can cause health problems. What did the country’s presidents look like before and after leaving office? Since the invasion of the United States, Panama has had seven presidents, who, despite being elected for a five-year period, …

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