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 …

Darien

Almost 180,000 came through the Darien Gap. see “PNO” archive link

I have made it a point to be aware of this growing CRISIS to all of my readers. See Below of Post. Numerous organizations have warned about the dangers of crossing the plug-  ( LIKE JB @ PN-fucking O ) =-) https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/mas-de-170-mil-personas-cruzaron-el-darien-este-ano-AD7647828 From January to June 2024, a total of …

Crime

Many factors contribute to alarming rise in violent crime; Panama sees a “deadly” weekend.

The loss of fundamental values ​​and the expansion of organized crime in Panama are eroding the security and well-being of society, leaving in their wake a trail of violence and fear under the regime of death, said criminologist Marco Aurelio Álvarez. The expert refers to the violence that is ravaging …

Environmental

Past years HEAVY RAINS are expected to continue for forseeable future.

This year the climate is expected to be very similar to 2010, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2022; years where the rains left mourning and pain https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacionales/impactos-de-las-lluvias-que-podrian-repetirse-este-ano-NY7616942?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc RAINS A lot of rainfall is expected and there will be landslides, floods, etc. Panama is going through a prolonged drought and is in …

Bocas del Toro

Bocas tragedy could be prevented. Young boy killed getting run over.

Traffic accidents occur every day. In a bustling city, with cars and taxis going everywhere, it is understood.  BUT, in a bohemian island city, it is from just plain “lawlessness”.   I noticed of my time in Bocas (dealing with scumbags), that “Bocas Town” or “Isla Colon” more or less operates …

Human Interest

With new administration in POWER……………”Let the PANAMA GAMES begin!!!!!!!”

For years I have watched like “Game of Thrones” the underbelly of drama that defines the Panama political landscape. So now with the foreplay over (elections), the real screwing begins. Where else will you find the “de-facto” leader of a newly elected President, housed up in exile in an embassy, …

Crime

Former thieves provide the best tips to avoid being victim.

When in doubt, ask a former scumbag out.  https://www.247mirror.com/es/avoid-getting-robbed?ly=native_one&abtv=e5cce607-dfc8-45d4-94ca-fc3b994be19f Do you think your neighborhood is safe? Unfortunately, in the US alone there are more than 2.5 million robberies a year, which means that a robbery occurs every 26 seconds. Thieves will most likely laugh out loud at the common “one …

Conservation

Anyone who reads this blog, understands this is IMPORTANT as shit to me.

Scumbags always find slimy avenues of interpretation to skate past penalties imposed on illegal wildlife trafficking.   https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/mundo/en-el-mundo-se-trafican-mas-de-4000-especies-de-vida-silvestre-FE7350315?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc   Among the most affected species are rare orchids, succulents, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals, says the Cites report. Wildlife trafficking has not reduced substantially in two decades, reports the World Wildlife …

Darien

As requested and suggested by PNO,,,,,Mulino states strong stance on addressing Darien.

https://apnews.com/article/panama-immigration-mulino-darien-f46becc989e0f2c944922b03e6417a3f   PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama is on the verge of a dramatic change to its immigration policy that could reverberate from the dense Darien jungle to the U.S. border. President-elect José Raúl Mulino says he will shut down a migration route used by more than 500,000 people last year. Until …

Environmental

SAFETY tip for all visitors to the coastal waters of Panama. RIP CURRENTS/UNDERTOW= R.I.P

Courtesy:CNN On Good Friday 2017, Wyatt Werneth got a call from his wife, who had gone grocery shopping with their daughter: The car’s broken down. Please rescue us. Werneth hopped in his vehicle to assist, driving by Patrick Space Force Base near Cape Canaveral, Florida. From the A1A highway, Werneth …

Darien

The DARIEN disaster needs to be addressed by ALL of the candidates.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/70-de-los-migrantes-han-visto-muertos-en-la-ruta-de-darien-AC7004332 The Ombudsman’s Office, with the support of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a bulletin with the results of interviews carried out in Darién, on the human rights situation of irregular migrants and refugees who arrive. to the province. The number of migrants …

"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, …

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 …

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, …

"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 …

Human Interest

“BIOMUSEO” Cultural venue in Panama celebrating 10 Year Anniversary.

The wife has us going. I’m interested in the diving exhibit. https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/vida-y-cultura/biomuseo-celebrara-sus-10-anos-con-los-patrones-de-la-cumbia-YA6345375?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc ‘A Night at the Biomuseo’ is an activity that the cultural center will carry out to celebrate its anniversary. In its first decade, the Biomuseo has been visited by more than 1 million people from Panama and the …

Human Interest

WOW- Election Year and Gabby remembers there are Indigenous voters, lets shake some hands.

On the third day of his tour of the Ngäbe Buglé Region, a large crowd reiterated their support for Gaby in the midst of indigenous cultural demonstrations https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/politica/carrizo-anuncia-ministerio-indigena-ante-miles-de-panamenos-en-la-comarca-ngabe-bugle-IB6102802?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Residents of the 27 townships of the Müna and Ñürüm districts gave a great welcome to presidential candidate José Gabriel Carrizo. On …

Human Interest

30 year era of Martinelli “Magic” coming to inglorius END.

A name and effigy revered by millions. One who continuously faced enemies, a rebel, a voice to be heard, one who seemed to always find a way out.  RICARDO MARTINELLI will never be the same in Panama. The “machine” has got him by the balls. He’s made too many enemies, …

Art/Entertainment

Carnaval is HERE. Not exactly on par with Brazil, but a big deal in PANAMA nonetheless.

In parallel to the celebration, the 2024 electoral campaign adds an additional element of interest. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/panama/politica/panama-da-inicio-a-sus-carnavales-2024-con-esplendor-y-una-campana-electoral-GH6090697 Infectious music and an explosion of color mark the beginning of the 2024 Carnivals, which this year takes on special meaning as it coincides with the 2024 electoral campaign, adding a political touch to …

"JB"

EU- to “headquarter LATAM operations in PANAMA” Win by DEFAULT.

“JB” This is actually historic and prolific news that appeared as merely a “blurb” in the news today.  Effective as of JANUARY 16, 2024-  The European Union has identified The Republic of PANAMA as the destination of it’s HEADQUARTERS for LATAM operations. In and of itself, it is a highly …

"JB"

MINSA approves (7) legal licenses to produce cannabis derivatives.

“JB” This is actually to me “huge” news. PANAMA has been 10 steps behind on Medical and Legal Marijuana production it is a joke. Marijuana and Production of THC derivatives could be a HUGE economic BOON to the agricultural GDP export of PANAMA. PANAMA is still rooted in Judeo-Catholic beliefs …

"JB"

EX-PATS: Perform your Due Diligence BEFORE writing the check in PANAMA investment.

“JB” Op Ed If your new to this blog, pay close attention. If your a veteran, same old story of me venting my shit. I just posted a POSITIVE outlook contributed by both La Estrella, CNN, and Trip Advisor, that list PANAMA as a “must visit” tourist destination. Key word …

Editorial Contribution

Interesting article about 2024 outlook for Panama.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/nacional/panama-feliz-navidad-pero-prospero-ano-nuevo-LY5616850?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc In 2024 the country will inaugurate a new government, it will face the process of closing the Donoso mine, and Panama’s relations with China will obviously be on the table. The festive and consumerist atmosphere is palpable in almost all Panamanian capitals; Can you imagine the tension if the anti-mining …

Agriculture

Sociologist says 18 days of protest reveal RACIST undertones within Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231108/jesus-alemancia-crisis-minera-aflorado When 18 consecutive days of anti-mining demonstrations have passed, tensions are growing between those who demand an end to the closures and those who continue protesting in the streets due to distrust that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the company Minera Panamá. The speeches against the …

Economy

Bleak job outlook for “young” Gen-Z Panamanians

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/231204/jovenes-representan-54-desempleados-pais   The recent results of the Labor Market Survey as of August 2023, carried out by the Institute of Statistics and Census (Inec), which collects the evolution of employment, marked a strong trend of the crisis experienced by Panamanian youth employment. In the reference month of the survey, the …

Conservation

Positive Environmental Decision gets kickback from short sighted fishermen.

DECISION OUTLAWS “TRAWLING”-   Please look it up.  IT “DESTROYS” THE OCEAN The new Executive Decree No. 14 of November 20, 2023, which modified Executive Decree 13 of November 1, 2023 and regulates Law 204 of 2021, which regulates fishing and aquaculture in the Republic of Panama and dictates other provisions, …

Human Interest

Panama riots still main story of LATAM.

Fecamco issued an alert about the crisis that has affected Panama for almost a month, marked by road blockades in rejection. The businessmen made an urgent call to the Panamanian Government and other actors involved to immediately establish a dialogue that promotes the search for a solution. The Evangelical Alliance of …

Chiriqui

Issues with Indigenous disputes causing a “perfect storm” of in country infrastructure.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231117/manifestaciones-tomaron-calles-pais In Panama City and in the interior of the country the scenes were the same: Street closures and mobilizations. The protests began early at a slow pace, but progressively increased as citizens traveled by different modes of transportation to get to their workplaces. In the capital city, public transportation …

Air Travel

Civil unrest in Panama becoming more than a “regional” disturbance. Affecting flights.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/231116/united-cancela-vuelos-panama-disturbios-civiles The mishaps that have caused road blockages in Panama City caused United Airlines to cancel three flights scheduled between November 16 and 17. Information from the company indicates that the canceled return is UA1034, from Houston, which ends up impacting the itineraries of flights UA727 and UA1031, which will …

Human Interest

I woke up a little late this morning. Chaos in the streets

My wife, whom we always seem to coordinate things together took it upon herself to run a few errands. I then get my cell ringing, and the background is like she’s in the middle of a war zone. Indeed, the issues with the Mining workers and the government is reaching …