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Politics

Martinelli shifting gears as he aims for re-election and saving PANAMA.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/220730/martinelli-retira-candidatura-precandidato-presidencial-libre-postulacion Former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) withdrew his candidacy as a presidential candidate for the free candidacy for the 2024 elections, after one day of presenting his papers to the Electoral Tribunal (TE). “I decided to withdraw my candidacy as an independent because there is a loophole in the law …

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International Relations

History will show EU inclusion of Ukraine will represent major shift in conflict.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/220728/parlamento-europeo-dice-ayudara-ucrania-paso-adhesion-ue The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, has indicated this Thursday that the institution will help Ukraine in “every step” of its candidacy to join the European Union, although it has recognized that the process may not be “easy”. “The granting of candidate status to Ukraine on June …

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International Relations

What a surprise,,,,,,Human Rights cites multiple Russian violations.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220728/torturas-humillaciones-campos-filtracion-rusos-ucrania Humiliation, beatings, constant hunger, overcrowding and no medical assistance. These are the experiences told by some of the victims of the so-called “filtration camps” that Russia has set up in occupied areas of Ukraine. The nightmare of Ihor Talalay, 25, lasted exactly 88 days and began on March 19 because …

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Human Interest

Another week, another show of dis-satisfaction. What is the driving force of anger?

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220727/crecen-protestas-e-incertidumbre-latinoamerica-costo-vida-combustible The high cost of fuel in Latin America has led food manufacturers, carriers and other people to demand a fair price from their governments so as not to turn off their engines that drive productivity and seek a solution to the high cost of gasoline. . On the one …

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Human Interest

Important issue,,,,,but c’mon La Estrella “INVISIBLE”,,,,,,,,,,,,really??

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220728/ninas-trabajadoras-domesticas-realidad-invisible-latinoamerica Domestic worker girls: an invisible reality in Latin America Many of them, both from cities and rural areas, must prematurely assume the adult role in their own home or go to another home as domestic workers. Enjoying childhood or finishing school are still unattainable issues for millions of girls …

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"JB"
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PNO OPINION: So what is REALLY happening in PANAMA, and when will it change???

It is hard for anyone Ex-Pat or National to deny that there is SIGNIFICANT tectoinic shifts in the running of PANAMA that goes back to the failed Varela years.  The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article touching on this subject. https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-panama-next-for-a-hard-left-turn-war-gapast few mes-venazuela-russia-china-iran-drones-special-operation-military-exercise-11658680168 Since the full turnover of the …

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"JB"
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Just your everyday grocery run under this Administation.

It’s times like these when you are able to see the WEAK come to light. As in CORTIZO and CARRIZO. And even more reason why the RE-ELECTION of RICARDO MARTINELLI will be one of the biggest “LEGAL” runaway victorioes since REAGAN/MONDALE.  MARTINELLI is a master politician in what a politician …

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Chiriqui

The dirt rises as CORRUPT lawyers are being found guilty of FRAUDULENT TITLING. Sound Familiar WB?

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/abogado-estafador-condenado-20-anos/24205043 Two crimes of cloning property titles are pending prosecution The lawyer from Chirica, Cley Estenio Caballero and the cowboy Daniel Polanco, were sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crimes of falsehood, fraud and illicit association to commit crimes committed to the detriment of the foreign retiree, Christopher …

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Bocas del Toro
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Red Frog Security Guard Arrested and booked with 1 Kilo of Marijuana en route to the resort.

OP ED CONTRIBUTION: Red Frog Security Guard Augustin Rodriguez known on the streets as “Lipra” was arrested in Almirante on Friday the 27th of May 2022 carrying a “printer” filled with drugs and two illegal firearms.   The police were allegedly tipped off by locals that Augustin was allegedly acting as …

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Political FRAUD

ODEBRECHT scumbags both Past and Present reach deal.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220712/marcelo-odebrecht-novonor-llegan-acuerdo-pone-disputa-judicial Novonor, former Odebrecht, and Marcelo Odebrecht, former president of the conglomerate, reached an agreement to end the legal dispute between the company and the former executive, the Brazilian company reported Monday. The agreement was signed on July 7 and ends the processes between both parties that began in 2020, …

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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 …

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International Relations

Biggest NON-NEWS/NEWS of the DAY: Venezuela and Maduro denounces sanctions against Russia.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/220704/venezuela-condena-sanciones-impuestas-rusia-envio-material-militar-ucrania?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Carlos Faría, has condemned this Monday from Moscow the sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine and has also criticized the shipment of military material to reinforce the Ukrainian Army. “We express our …

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Health

HEALTH alert: Something to monitor yet not freak out. Panama sees first Monkeypox infection.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220705/panama-confirma-primer-caso-viruela-mono?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre confirmed the first case of monkeypox or monkeypox in the national territory. He is a 30-year-old man who underwent a test yesterday at the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies.  The patient remained isolated at home and was transferred this Tuesday, July 5, to the …

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Conservation

13 donors contribute $150 Million to improve Latin America Marine corridor

http://elsiglo.com.pa/economia/panama-tres-paises-recibiran-150-millones-para-fortalecer-corredor-marino/24204196 Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador will receive $150 million to strengthen the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR). This money will be financed by 13 international, public and private organizations dedicated and committed to protecting the seas and the environment. In addition, they will offer technical assistance. The announcement …

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Air Travel

More flights scheduled into Bocas del Toro. Maybe improve that airport????

http://elsiglo.com.pa/economia/green-airways-iniciara-vuelos-bocas-toro-desde-costa-rica/24204153 With the beginning of flights of this Costa Rican airline to national territory, Panama continues to increase its air connectivity The Green Airways airline will start operations in Panama from next August with flights from San José, Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro, one of the priority destinations of …

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Chiriqui

Previously unacesible protected area now open for discovery.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220704/autorizan-acceso-areas-protegidas-chiriqui?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Visits by national and foreign tourists to the protected areas of the province of Chiriquí are already allowed, after the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) decreed lowering the yellow alert to green alert in four provinces and the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca, authorizing access to the four protected areas of the …

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Editorial Contribution

ASK JOYCE: Different Cities,,,,,Different Lifestyles

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTION: Courtesy of JOYCE BARR.  Please visit her BLAST BOOMER link on the home page.  I arrived in Panama in December 2018 and secured an Airbnb for a minimum month’s stay while looking to obtain permanent residency. As it turned out, an extended Airbnb stay was not to be …

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Energy/Infrastructure

If you feel pain at the pump, look no further than Putin.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220702/cae-minimos-historicos-transito-gas-traves-ucrania Ukraine’s Gas Transmission System Operator (TSO) reported Friday that gas transit through its system has fallen to a 30-year low. “Through the Ukrainian TSO in June this year, monthly traffic volumes have reached a historical low since 1991: 1.25 billion cubic meters,” the company explained in a statement posted …

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Health

EX-PAT ALERT: COVID anti-virals showing new promise.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220703/minsa-tratamientos-antivirales-han-dado The Ministry of Health (Minsa) assured that the antiviral treatments Remdesivir, Molnupiravir and Paxlovid have given the expected results, since they have reduced the impact of symptoms in patients with covid-19. Yashica González, coordinator of the outpatient services of the Figaly Care Center aimed at Covid-19 patients, emphasized in …

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Conservation

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) logs complaint against SEA ENERGY SHIPPING for violations.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/220622/amplian-denuncia-empresa-sea-energy?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The environmental lawyer, Harley James Mitchell Morán, has filed a criminal complaint against the company Sea Energy Shipping, INC., for having put the marine environment at risk through its poor management of the fuel barge called Sea Lion. The criminal complaint is based on documents from the Panama Maritime …

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International Relations

EU shows massive support for UKRAINE acceptance. Would be vital in terms of military support.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/mundo/220620/ministros-exteriores-27-expresan-favor-candidatura-ucrania-ue?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The foreign ministers of the European Union expressed themselves this Monday in favor of Ukraine’s candidacy for the bloc, in the first meeting of Twenty-seven after Kyiv received the favorable opinion of the European Commission for its European integration and requested the status of candidate. After Brussels advocated in …

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Air Travel

The (ODEBRECHT) T2 Terminal at Tocumen formally opens.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220622/nueva-t2-principal-aeropuerto-panama-comienza-formalmente-operaciones?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Tocumen International Airport, the main one in Panama, put into operation this Wednesday the new terminal two (T2), a work of 917 million dollars that triples the operational capacity of this important regional connection center. With the new terminal, boarding gates and 12 remote aircraft parking positions at …

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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 …

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Air Travel

TRAVEL INFO: COPA to begin operations in ODEBRECHT “stained” bribe money next week.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/220615/copa-airlines-abrira-operaciones-nueva-terminal-principal-aeropuerto-panama?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Copa Airlines will operate from June 22 at the new terminal of the Tocumen International Airport, the main airport in the country and an important regional connection hub, being the airline that will inaugurate the so-called T2. Starting next Wednesday, all Copa international operations with origin and final destination …

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Conservation

Panama with another HUGE step in conservation,….but why then allow fishing exceptions in protected areas?

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/220616/comienza-panama-reunion-interamericana-proteger-tortugas-marinas?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (COP 10 CIT) began this Wednesday a three-day meeting in Panama with the presence of almost twenty countries and the objective of deepening efforts to protect these endangered species. “Today this important COP for the region begins, with …

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Church

Pope asserts that “World War III” has been declared with Russia’s Ukraine aggression.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/mundo/220614/papa-francisco-afirma-declarado-tercera-guerra-mundial?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Pope Francis stated that, in his opinion, “World War III has been declared” and that the war in Ukraine after the invasion of Russia “perhaps, in some way, was provoked or not prevented”, according to the transcript of the conversation. that he held a few days ago with the directors …

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Health

EX-PAT ALERT- COVID update for the week.

Panama registers 2,080 new infections of covid-19; one new death reported The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), reported that to date 896,924 accumulated cases of covid-19 have been registered in Panama, of which 2,080 are new positive cases in the last 24 hours. The Minsa, through the …

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Environmental

MiAmbiente defends fishing in a protected area, raises more concerns.

GD!!!  Lately I have been giving some props to the Panamanian government in regards to what was seemingly a refreshing upbeat take on environmental issues. Then I READ B.S like this and it just sets me back. The Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) alleged that the four licenses for fishing …

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Health

EX-PAT ALERT: Know the Insurance scenario.

https://www.allianzcare.com/en.html Do you want to keep your family healthy while exploring new horizons abroad ? Planning to retire outside of the US? Allianz Care’s plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Our flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs …

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