Air Travel

CRWD/MSFT issue with AI platform causes a “shit storm” worldwide. Hope you weren’t travelling.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/19/business/microsoft-outage-cause-azure-crowdstrike.html Airlines grounded flights. Operators of 911 lines could not respond to emergencies. Hospitals canceled surgeries. Retailers closed for the day. And the actions all traced back to a batch of bad computer code. A flawed software update sent out by a little-known cybersecurity company caused chaos and disruption around …

Economy

Middle East and UAE businesses are bullish on Panama opportunities.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/inversionistas-exploran-oportunidades-de-negocio-en-panama-GC8004998 The Ministry of Commerce explained to businessmen the strategic position of Panama, the competitive advantages and the benefits it offers as an ideal place for foreign investment A group of foreign investors, led by Kuwaiti businesswoman Dana Al Salem, came to Panama to learn about the competitive advantages and …

Darien

Mulino states re-patriation among apprehended immigrants will be voluntary. But opening plugged.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-us-migrants-darien-gap-ee20be313dcbed5d4b01b74754e112f8 PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama’s President José Raúl Mulino said Thursday that migrants entering Panama through the treacherous Darien Gap will only be sent back to their countries if they agree to do so, potentially diminishing the impact of stricter immigration enforcement Mulino had pushed. Mulino, who took office July 1, promised …

Darien

Mulino already showing progress with immigration via Colombia.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-migration-colombia-darien-mulino-18a5784429a23c4c8fe7e966ba3213c0   PANAMA CITY (AP) — Migration through the Darien Gap dividing Colombia and Panama has declined significantly this month since Panamanian President José Raúl Mulino took office and ordered authorities to get control of the dense jungle frontier, the country’s border police said Wednesday. Still, migration through the Darien remains close …

"JB"

PREZ MULINO: Take a look at RED FROG BEACH in Bocas!! New ASEP fines for operating without concession.

How does 20 years under 4 administrations without a concession sound?  Arbitrarily assigning different prices per KwH that are unregulated and essentially a “monopoly” run by an asshole that has been permitted to act with impunity.   TAKE A LOOK at ECO-FLOW.    Your Welcome Prez.  Your pal-  “JB”.  AMERICAN and …

Conservation

Dovetailing off yesterday post on PANAMA’s importance to sea-levels.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-panama-caribbean-pacific-b2558193.html Hammocks began appearing this week in the doorways of 300 new houses built in what was previously a yucca field along Panama’s Caribbean coast for families from the country’s first low-lying island evacuated due to rising sea levels. Indigenous Guna families from the island of Gardi Sugdub ferried stoves, gas cylinders, …

"JB"

Is it just me?,,,,,,or am I “CARNAC” again. Let the feast begin.

  https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/former-mayor-of-colon-alex-lee-facing-criminal-proceedings The former mayor of Colón, Alex Lee, is not only facing criminal proceedings for alleged irregularities in the management of funds from the Barrio Sur Communal Board in Colón; now the Court of Accounts has notified him of a summons to trial, the result of an investigation by …

Agriculture

The “Profiteering, Greenwashing, and Prostitution” of PANAMA’s ecology, downplays the significance in LATAM.

Hoping that Mulino sees the “profiteers” that have LIED, CAJOLED, BRIBED, and DAMAGED the preious eco-systems in places like……BOCAS del TORO specifically via irresponsible and illegal development for the sole benefit of money. PANAMA plays a major role in the stabilization of the environment of all of LATAM> JB   …

"JB"

New Administration brings out the “Panama Piranha” on the old regimes. Target #1

OP ED: “JB” For years I have been able to not only post on, but PROVE an ingrained pattern within the institution of Panamanian politics to “feast and revenge” on the conquered. I have referred to it as “cannibalistic”. I speak of the fact that the underhanded dealings that have …

Canal

Panama plans for further expansion of an additional “lock” within 6 years.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/panama-canal-expects-water-reservoir-232824557.html PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – The Panama Canal expects to complete a billion-dollar construction of a new water reservoir within six years that will help ensure the passage of 36 ships a day, the administrator of the global waterway said on Monday. The Indio River reservoir project would become part …

Darien

Deadly migration through “Darien” continues as Mulino and US cooperate to address.

https://www.nbcnews.com/investigations/panama-using-barbed-wire-block-darien-gap-us-bound-migrants-rcna159774 In a bid to block U.S.-bound migrants, Panama has installed barbed-wire fencing along the Darien Gap, sparking panic among migrants trying to cross the jungle that links South and Central America — but not necessarily stopping them. Videos of the barbed-wire barriers appeared as early as June 27 in WhatsApp …

Bocas del Toro

Any of my “Bocas Brigade” feel a little shake, rattle, or roll? Checking in.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.56 strikes Panama-Costa Rica border, GFZ says https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/earthquake-magnitude-556-strikes-panama-costa-rica-border-gfz-says-2024-07-08/ PANAMA CITY, July 8 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 5.56 struck the Panama-Costa Rica border region on Monday, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said. The quake, which occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), …

Local Culture

“Indigenous” Panamanian culture wants to be shared with the world.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/vida-y-cultura/la-belleza-indigena-que-representara-a-panama-ante-el-mundo-BX7909553?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Representing the seven indigenous peoples with pride is Cristel Jiménez’s goal Cristel Jiménez, a girl from the Cerro Coco community in the Ngäbe-Buglé region, stands out for her simplicity. She has skills and talent. All of her qualities made her the winner of Miss Indigenous of Panama 2024. The …

"JB"

To ALL US Ex-Pats, PNO readers, and my Panama Friends. HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!!!!!!

To all of you HERE, and your families and relatives back in the States. God “help” us ALL, and God “bless’ us ALL.     Saludos- “JB”

Economy

Mulino decisions already having ripple effect in global markets.

https://www.mining.com/web/first-quantum-stock-jumps-on-panama-plans-for-mine-environmental-audit/ Shares of Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals jumped 6% on the Toronto Stock Exchange in early trading on Tuesday, following news that Panama would conduct an environmental audit of the Cobre Panama mine to decide whether it can safely be reopened. President Jose Raul Mulino officially took charge of …

Local Culture

Casco Viejo luring people to Panama with old world charm.

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/panama-citys-casco-viejo-what-to-see-eat-drink-and-do-b1162386.html The capital city’s old town is the place to be: here’s how to make the most of a stay Coffee, rum and sunny blue skies: the tiny tropical country of Panama has it all. And while most people that come to Panama come pass over Panama City in favour of the …

Politics

MULINO sworn in as Prez amid the pomp and circumstance deserved. ( Already on “Darien”)

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/panama-has-a-new-president-jose-raul-mulino/ On May 5, Panamanians elected José Raúl Mulino to be their next president. Mulino, who was nominated by Partido Realizando Metas and Partido Alianza, is a lawyer and previously served as minister of security and minister of foreign affairs. On the campaign trail, he vowed to put more money …

Politics

Nito leaves a “Legacy” of NADA. The most boring and un-accomplished run ever.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/el-ultimo-dia-de-nito-FY7818070?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Hand in hand with his wife and with a frown, the President of the Republic, Laurentino ‘Nito’ Cortizo, went down the stairs of the Palacio de las Garzas, for the last time. Covered with his usual black mask, the man who served as president of Panama for the past …

Political FRAUD

Martinelli calls for draining the swamp from exile.

He’s not wrong,,,,,but far from right.  The Attorney General of the Nation, Javier Caraballo, confirmed this Friday night that he dismissed prosecutor Zuleika Moore https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/martinelli-pide-a-procurador-caraballo-limpiar-el-ministerio-publico-LJ7821148?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Following the announcement of the dismissal of then-prosecutor Zuleyka Moore, former President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, requested this Saturday, July 29, that the Attorney …

Immigration

This guy could be BEST PREZ EVER, and it’s not even a month. MULINO is true DOER!!! Not TALK

Actually addressing the LARGEST PROBLEM we have.  Panama and the US will sign an agreement to stop migration http://Panama and the US will sign an agreement to stop migration José Raúl Mulino explained that the agreement entails an orderly repatriation process for any migrant who tries to enter Panama without …

Food
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Finally a place to find great JAMAICAN food in Panama. Go get your “Oxtail on”.

Owners of Future Scholars Childcare and Pre-school in Ocho Rios, St Ann, young couple, Andre and Terrie-Ann Mesquita, were hoping to enjoy themselves as much as they could on their vacation to Panama City in February 2021. However, as fate would have it, their vacation was interrupted by an unfortunate …

Local Culture

Summer tourism spots that are popular to be seen.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/panama-five-must-see-spots-125402856.html   Panama, a captivating country nestled between Costa Rica and Colombia, has so much more for visitors to see than the canal that makes it famous. Linking Central and South America, Panama boasts diverse landscapes stretching from the Caribbean to the Pacific, including lush jungles, expansive plateaus and old …

"JB"

Hey, Tyson is back in the ring, …..why not me? Coming off the sidelines as this is TOO CRAZY!!

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson The 20 Year Dysfunctional Fuck Story that is RED FROG BEACH AND RESORT is truly taking on zeigeist worthy and mythical proportions. Needless to say, I “still” receive snippets, updates, “little birdies”, and “new stories of buffoonery” from my “BOCAS BRIGADE”.  TRUE, my wife has …

Energy/Infrastructure

Funding options remain hurdle for proposed Panama-David Train Project.

The president of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction, Alejandro Ferrer, considers that the Public Private Association figure could be an alternative for the execution of this and other projects, at a time when the national Government is highly indebted. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/capac-ve-viable-construir-el-tren-panama-david-bajo-el-modelo-app-FX7716326 For Alejandro Ferrer, president of the Panamanian Chamber of Construction …

Real Estate

Panama Real Estate still not recovering from “years” of shady operations. Need REAL groups.

The main reasons for these complaints were due to refunds, hidden defects, lack of information and abusive clauses, according to Acodeco data. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/quejas-contra-inmobiliarias-superan-los-8-millones-a-mayo-DX7716126?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc A total of 222 complaints against real estate companies were filed with the Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (Acodeco), from January to May 2024. …

"JB"

JW Marriott turning LEMONS into LEMONADE with “re-branding” of TRUMP failure/fiasco.

Just go back a mere 10 years, and you will see a grandiose opening, Prez Martinelli in tow, speeches by “Donny” and Ivanka, and assurances of the success of TRUMP OCEAN CLUB. Located in the heart of Punta Pacifica, this mixed use Hotel/Condo project was the apex of development at …

Immigration

Seven arrests made in Colombian “human trafficking” ring. Affecting all of LATAM.

The network ‘gave foreigners lodging, food, transportation and false documentation’ https://www.laestrella.com.pa/mundo/detienen-a-siete-miembros-de-una-red-dedicada-al-trafico-de-migrantes-enviados-a-panama-JM7680083 Colombian authorities detained seven alleged members of a criminal network known as ‘Los Coyoteros’ that was dedicated to smuggling migrants from the borders with Venezuela and Ecuador, and located six buses with more than 100 migrants that were going …

"JB"

US Prez Biden goes on record to NOT pardon son for drugs, hookers, and guns.

Best part of being an Ex-Pat is not getting so consumed in this type of shit. Just wondering if “Donny” would do the same for “HIS” shitbag sons.  Let’s not forget the Panamanians he fucked at the previous “Ocean Club” and GREENLAND.     ( Pussy, Rich, Entitled dipshits hunting endangered …

Human Interest

MEXICO committing over $108 Million to address Migration………PANAMA???????

The Mexican Foreign Ministry indicated that currently, Amexcid, 26 cooperation projects are being executed https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/mexico-destina-1083-millones-para-atender-las-causas-de-la-migracion-en-la-region-XC7657202?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid) and the International Development Cooperation (CID) mechanisms, reported this Tuesday that it allocated 108.3 million dollars to address causes of migration in …

"JB"

WAKE UP PANAMA!!! Your new President “might” have just been quoted with the BEST line EVER!

For the open record, PNO is an un-apologetic SUPPORTER of the new president, and furthermore, feel he is in a unique position to possibly become the BEST ever!  He knows the “real” issues as he was NOT a career politician or member of the pre-established Panamanian ELITE. As much can …