Crime

EX-PAT ALERT: Murder near Las Acacias

http://elsiglo.com.pa/cronica-roja/asesinato-rellenan-balas-dentro-auto/24204635 This Tuesday a man was killed by several shots in the Versailles sector, Las Acacias. He was inside his vehicle when he was surprised by two citizens on a motorcycle.  He was transferred to the Dr. José Joaquín Vallarino polyclinic, located in Juan Díaz, but minutes later he lost his …

Health

EX-PAT ALERT- COVID numbers still dangerously high.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220621/casos-activos-covid-19-suman-15-285-reportan-2-080-nuevos-contagios?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Panama reported a new death from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, but three deaths from previous dates are updated for 8,329 accumulated deaths and a lethality that remains at 0.9%, according to the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Health. (Minsa). The report indicates that 906,435 accumulated cases of …

Editorial Contribution
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ASK JOYCE: So, You’re Thinking of Becoming An Expat?

OP ED Contribution from the lovely Ms. Joyce Barr.     So, You’re Thinking of Becoming An Expat? When contemplating a move abroad for retirement, especially where you will go, it is also the time to decide if you are ready to take the plunge and step into the expat …

Conservation

Mysteries and Beauty of the COIBA preserve studied and shown to world.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/ciencia/220603/mirada-profunda-cordillera-coiba Using underwater strategies and near-surface video cameras, a pioneering international team documented the mountains of the marine reserve. Dr. Guzmán participated in all 11 dives. STRI Sharks, lobsters and abundant soft corals were some of the species that scientist Héctor Guzmán observed from a submarine, on the first scientific expedition …

Health

EX-PAT ALERT: COVID rise for the week.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220531/panama-suma-27-994-casos-activos-covid-19-reportan-3-819-nuevos-contagios?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc At least 3,819 new positive cases of covid-19 were registered in Panama in the last 24 hours and no deaths were reported, but one from a previous date is updated for a cumulative of 8,255 deaths and a lethality of 1.0%. The report from the Department of Epidemiology of …

Food

I’ll drink to that,……..PANAMA sets up brewery run off solar energy. Leaving no carbon footprint.

  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220526/panama-cuenta-primera-cerveceria-region-operacion-energia-100-renovable   Cervecería Nacional, a subsidiary of AB InBev, signed this Wednesday an agreement with Avolta Energy and Banistmo for the installation of 33,809 solar panels, becoming the first brewery with operation and production of its 100% renewable portfolio in Central America and the Caribbean. The investment for the …

Food

Varela buddy Putin and his “INVASION” is affecting Food Supply Chain in Latin America.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220524/guerra-ucrania-agrava-inseguridad-alimentaria-latinoamerica The World Food Program (WFP) warned on Tuesday that the “domino effect” of the conflict in Ukraine aggravates the problems of the pandemic, worsens food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean and leads to the need for more resources to help vulnerable people in the region. The United …

Human Interest

7 Reasons Panama Is A Perfect Destination For Early Retirees

With me focussing on much about Panama that bothers me,,,it is refreshiong for me to re-post a view of another person that paints a different picture. This is a great article by a very informed author.    https://www.travelawaits.com/2753566/why-panama-is-perfect-destination-for-early-retirees/ I am an early retiree who chose Panama as my retirement destination, …

Health

EX-PAT ALERT: COVID Weekly Update

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220516/panama-alcanza-24-129-casos-activos-covid-19-reporta-nueva-defuncion Panama reached 24,129 active cases of covid-19 this Monday, after 1,799 new positive cases were detected and 8,403 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, which translates into a positivity of 21.4%. Juan Díaz, Bethania, San Francisco, Rufina Alfaro and Penonomé are the areas that register the …

Human Interest

EX-PAT ALERT: Read Link on Missing Persons

https://cayman.loopnews.com/content/over-400-people-disappeared-panama-last-12-months

Human Interest

Here: the translated version notes from the New York prosecutor’s office to the judge in the Martinelli Linares case

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/aqui-la-version-traducida-al-espanol-de-las-notas-de-la-fiscalia-de-nueva-york-al-juez-del-caso-de-los-martinelli-linares/   In 10 days, the brothers Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares will know the sentence that corresponds to them, after having pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder $28 million in bribes from Odebrecht , using the US financial system. The United States calculates that the Martinelli Linares have laundered $58 million in …

Health

EX-PAT ALERT: COVID increases continue to be seen. Stay vigilant.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220509/casos-activos-covid-19-panama-incrementan-13-732-reporta-1-fallecido?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Panama maintains 13,732 active cases of covid-19, after registering 1,359 new positive cases this Monday, May 9, so according to the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) positivity reaches 22.4%. In addition, the report detailed that in the last 24 hours there was a death due …

Health

Health official sees Panama entering a 5th stage of COVID amid recent spikes.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220503/eduardo-ortega-panama-inicio-quinta?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc With the increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, between 700 and 900, everything seems to indicate that Panama is at the beginning of a fifth wave, warned the secretary of the Eduardo Ortega, national secretary of the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt). Ortega explained, during …

Health

EX-PAT ALERT: Slight rise in New COVID infections

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220427/leve-aumento-nuevos-casos-covid?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Panama registered 744 new infections of covid-19 in the last 24 hours and total up to this Tuesday, April 26, 772,830 confirmed cases. For this Tuesday, one death is reported, for a cumulative of 8,183 deaths and a lethality of 1.1%. The number of people recovered from the disease amounts …

Bocas del Toro

EX-PAT ALERT: BOLO for another murderous scumbag……..probably headed to Chiriqui or Bocas.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/cronica-roja/desaparecido-buscan-nicaraguense-oscar-danilo-valverde/24198741?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http The complaint for the disappearance was filed by his sister, on April 10, 2022 The Primary Care Section of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of San Miguelito maintains an investigation for the alleged commission of a crime against life and personal integrity, for the disappearance of citizen Óscar Danilo Valverde …

Energy/Infrastructure

Completed plant will add 15 Million Clean Gallons per day.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220418/ampliacion-planta-potabilizadora-chilibre-presenta-94-avance?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc At 94% is the progress presented by the expansion works of the project «Study, Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the New Module for the purification of water in the Federico Guardia Conte de Chilibre treatment plant.  The work, which presents an investment of $36,973,504.78, will seek to increase …

Human Interest

Panama dips it’s toe into touting HORSESHIT quasi-religion of SCIENTOLOGY

What a crock of SHIT! The balls of the Government to allocate funds and a workforce to shill for a religion under FALSE PRETENSES is ridiculously hollow and transparent.  EX-PATS and incoming TRAVELERS, please wipe your ass with these upon receipt.    https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220412/gobierno-panama-reparte-polemico-folleto-cienciologia-rescate-valores The Government of Panama admitted on Tuesday …

Chiriqui

Chiriqui continues to be armpit of Panama. Trial of 13 year old “pregnant” murdered child to begin.

So some dirty fucking bastard gets a 13 year old pregnant and stabs her in the abdomen with a knife. They should bulldoze this entire region. The lawlessness simply continues.  http://elsiglo.com.pa/deportes/nina-tamara/24198399 Tamara was about three months pregnant, approximately. This afternoon, at 4:00 pm, a man allegedly linked to the murder …

Health

Here’s a nice look……..PANAMA get your “shit together” literally!! Go play kids.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/aguas-servidas-basura-preocupa-usuarios-parque-brisas-golf/24198393 Orlando Pinzón pointed out that for almost 10 years they have been demanding better management of the park from the authorities.  In the township of Rufina Alfaro, district of San Miguelito, residents denounce the large amount of garbage in the surroundings of the Brisas del Golf Park, added to …

Conservation

Just a quick PNO shout out to one of the few places catering to regional Wildlife.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/destinoestrella/220412/220413-conejo-pintado-granja-interactuar-naturaleza If you still haven’t defined a route for the days off for Easter , we have an option for you to take a tour of the Finca Ecoagroturistica Conejo Pintado , just 45 minutes from the capital city. A perfect getaway to share with family and friends, where you will disconnect from the …

Bocas del Toro

Disease in Bocas shows sign of decreasing: EX-PAT ALERT

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/disminuyen-casos-leishmaniasis-bocas-toro/24198208 With everyone still worried and dealing with Covid and the fallout from all accompanied with the virus. Travelers and Ex-Pats in and around the biggest tourism area of Panama need to take notice of this disease that has indeed caused deaths, and is spread via mosquitoes ( or more …

Human Interest

Haters will always hate. Fruitless attacks on Martinelli will continue before he is elected.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/220330/corte-recibe-demanda-inconstitucionalidad-resolucion-favorece-martinelli The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) received a claim of unconstitutionality against a ruling by the Electoral Court (TE), which favors Ricardo Martinelli. Linda Guevara González, acting on her behalf, filed the lawsuit in court and remained in the office of Judge Maribel Cornejo. Guevara González tries to have …

Human Interest

UN issues warning of Venezuelan INFLUX into PANAMA. PNO covered 2 YEARS ago. See ARCHIVE

Even before COVID, myself and PNO, wanred EX-PATS ( in particular those along the border of Darien) on the increasing number of Venezuelans trying to enter the country illegally into Panama. Granted they are doing so to flee the autocratic and totalian rule of a fractured government, it remains a …

Health

Mandatory mask usage LIFTED as of today. EX-PAT ALERT

After almost two years of having been adopted as one of the main biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of the deadly covid-19 virus, (about 665 days to be more exact) as of today, Panama lifts the mandatory use of mask or chinstraps in open or free spaces; but its use …

Human Interest

Panama right down the middle on Nito going into 3rd year.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220321/situacion-actual-pais-mejor-2021 At least 51% of Panamanian citizens have a very good or good image of the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, while 41% believe that the situation in the country is better and much better than last year. This was the result of the Gismo Services, SA survey, …

Human Interest

Nasty weather has given time to catch up on e-mails. Op-Eds flowing in.

Anyone who has been away and moved back after a long absence can certainly feel some culture shock, When last here, it literally felt like “escaping” back home due to the Covid travel embargoes that we were dealing with. Then to come back home and have a medical setback, mage …

Conservation

BAYANO- region holds environmental marvels and prosperous commerce.

The dawn embraces the port of Bayano. The landing is covered by fishing boats crammed with tilapia. From the bow of his boat, Elíseo Morales talks with the tour guide Dimas Núñez. [Video] The Cave of Pueblo Nuevo “A part of the fish is sold for local consumption, another part, to the …

Health

Panamanian schools returning to face to face classes after 24 Months.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/presidente-cortizo-evalua-24-meses-escuela-virtual-tenia-otra-opcion/24195533 Cortizo recounted the challenges he faced in addition to the pandemic, and described vaccination as one of the best in Latin America and the Caribbean In the traditional presidential tour for the start of classes, President Laurentino Cortizo, upon his arrival at the Concepción de Juan Díaz School, asked …

Health

MONDAY: Covid report for PANAMA

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220306/panama-registro-3-nuevas-defunciones-covid-19-detectan-81-nuevos-contagios Panama registered 3 new deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, for a cumulative to date of 8,114 deaths and a lethality of 1.1%. Until this Sunday, 757,568 confirmed accumulated cases of covid-19 and 81 new positive cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. …

Colón

Colon averaging ONE MURDERED WOMAN a MONTH in 2022. Traveler ALERT

A minor is the alleged murderer and killed her in an old mansion On the morning of Ash Wednesday, the province of Colón woke up shaken by the macabre discovery of a corpse inside a garbage tank. It was a woman whose body was wrapped in cardboard and plastic. It is …