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Bocas del Toro
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PNO EXCLUSIVE OP-ED- News on dubious Judge Eric DeLeon of Bocas and his sordid connection to RED FROG.

OP ED: Peter McKinney Once again, thank you to Steven and JB for allowing me to keep exposing the wrongs being done by Red Frog.   Not to mention all of the shenanigans going on under the guise of a REAL development at RED FROG BEACH in Bocas del Toro.  I …

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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 …

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Colón

EX-PAT ALERT: Steps to be taken to curb crime in lawless Colon.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/seguridad-busca-bajar-criminalidad-colon/24202252?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http Pacifying my neighborhood will be executed starting next week in Altos de Los Lagos The crimes that have shaken the province of Colón, especially in 2022, is reason enough for the Ministry of Security to implement the ‘Pacifying my Neighborhood, Building the Future’ program, which seeks to get weapons …

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Infrastructure

GARBAGE UPDATE: AAUD- Pick up your game and clean the city.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/basura-ciudad-volver-vieja-formula/24202253?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http The idea that the collection returns to the hands of the capital’s mayor’s office begins to gain strength The constant complaints about deficiencies in garbage collection in the capital city have the Urban and Home Cleaning Authority of Panama (AAUD) against the wall. One of the alternatives that is …

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Conservation

VIDEO: Much like Darien, Peru sees decline in Rainforest timber.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/planeta/220603/video-silencioso-ocaso-abuelos-bosque-peruano   PNO readers please visit this video, very informative. 

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Energy/Infrastructure

Carriers for Business, Transportation, and Supply Chain sectors to benefit from fuel CAP.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220602/transportistas-podran-adquirir-viernes-gasolina-diesel-3-95-galon-congelamiento-precio Carriers in the collective, selective, collegiate and special tourism service sectors will be able to purchase 91 and 95 octane gasoline, in addition to low-sulfur diesel, at a cost of $3.95 per gallon, after the National Government approved the freeze time of its price. According to a statement from …

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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 …

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Health

Citizens of China spread wings as 2 MONTH mandatory lockdown is lifted.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/mundo/220601/euforia-traumatizada-shanghai-final-confinamiento?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The vast majority of the 25 million inhabitants of the eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai returned to their streets today after the authorities ended more than two months of a strict confinement imposed to stop their worst outbreak of covid. The end of the lockdown came at midnight on …

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World Events

Delusional Putin raises salaries for the soldiers dying in a LOSING war.

I’m sure this makes it easier for the families of the soldiers that he is ordering to have buried in MASS GRAVES in the Ukraine, as opposed to flying them back to Russia. “GREAT WORLD POWER”??????????   Literally losing to the Ukraine as the world witnesses his madness.  https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220525/putin-ordena-aumentar-salarios-soldados-rusos-destinados-ucrania?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The president …

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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 …

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Political FRAUD

PNO not always RIGHT. I used to praise this guy as ONE good person under Varela. WRONG.

” THIS IS PANAMA” see Martinelli persecution piece from last week. This guy OF COURSE had his hand in cookie jar too.  I was WRONG it seems. Oh, well- even Jordan missed a few shots.  https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220530/excontralor-federico-humbert-audiencia-penal-presunto-abuso-autoridad The former comptroller of the Republic, Federico Humbert, must appear this June 2 at …

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"JB"

PRAISE GOD! Is this really MY PANAMA?? Country can be a LEADER in CONSERVATION in Latin America.

Anyone who knows me, knows I could go on for HOURS about my feelings over MiAMBIENTE in the past. Be it logging in Darien, or pollution in the Bay. I STRONGLY feel that the ENVIRONMENT and WILDLIFE are THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS for PANAMA to PROTECT.  Read the archives and …

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"JB"

Hoping all enjoyed an observant and happy MEMORIAL DAY.

As a veteran of war, I definitely observe MEMORIAL DAY in the US, and as such I did not post. I would like to believe the sacrifice made by both men and women over the years reflects more of what the US as a country “aspires to be”, as opposed …

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Legal

U.S Judge authorizes transfer of Martinelli sons out of Brooklyn facility, to low security in Pennsylvania.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/autorizan-traslado-hermanos-martinelli-prision-pensilvania/24201798 The defense had requested a transfer to another penitentiary This Friday it was learned that federal judge Raymond J. Dearie authorized the transfer of Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli, sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli, to a low-security prison in Pennsylvania.   Both brothers are currently being held …

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Colón

Cortizo finds his way to Colon. At present time, the armpit of Panama. Promises progress.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220527/presidente-cortizo-entrega-orden-proceder-construccion-nuevo-hospital-colon This Friday in the province of Colón, the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, gave the order to proceed for the construction of the new Manuel Amador Guerrero hospital, the construction of commercial premises for handicrafts in La Feria and Buena Vista, as well as the protocol to …

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"JB"
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Contributor Introduction: PNO welcomes Joyce Barr and her fresh insights on Panama.

So,,,,greetings to my PNO readers and contributors. Let me start by saying thanks for tuning back in after my long hiatus due to COVID and my own personal medical issues. It’s nice to be back in the warm weather after a year in Illinois.    For those long timers, you …

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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 …

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Politics

June 1st starts countdown to 2024 election.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/220525/1-junio-abre-proceso-electoral-2024-que-pasara-ese-momento Next Wednesday, June 1, the Electoral Court (TE) will convene and open the electoral process for May 5, 2024, which will conclude with the renewal of all elected authorities. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday and once the opening is made official, the calendar will begin …

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Conservation

Keep an eye here…..PNO just posted about OVER-FISHING. Here is agreement with Panama and her “Prince” future husband in Ghana.

This reeks of INSIDER BS. Bust as I have stated….’THIS IS PANAMA”.  http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/principe-diputada-harding-prometen-apoyar-panama-tema-pesquero/24201569 Harding assured that from the National Assembly he will provide all the necessary support The Prince of Ghana, Anthony Bart-Appiah, together with his Panamanian fiancee, Deputy Kayra Harding, met with the General Administrator of the Aquatic Resources …

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Environmental

OP ED: Panama and it’s GARBAGE issues.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/opinion/entre-lineas/220524/disposicion-basura   garbage disposal There is a serious problem in some neighborhoods, where the population refuses to pay for the service   Garbage collection has been shown to be a problem in Panama City. Nor is there good management in the final disposal of waste, much less is there a general …

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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 …

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Economy

Years after Mossack/Fonseca and “Panama Papers”, our country still WASHING a great deal.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220524/panama-obtiene-alta-puntuacion-opacidad Panama is responsible for 1.4% of financial secrecy risks worldwide. This is established by the Index of Financial Secrecy (IFS, for its acronym in English), which is prepared by the Tax Justice Network, an international network for tax justice based in London, which reveals the extent to which countries can …

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Legal

Character assasination of Martinelli backfires: Brothers sentenced to 36 Months w/ Time Served

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/panamanian-intermediaries-each-sentenced-36-months-international-bribery-and-money Please feel free to state that PNO-  OPENLY SUPPORTS MARTINELLI.  He was the president when my wife and I decided to retire here, and in that time I saw MASSIVE growth and improvements in the quality of life for BOTH Ex-Pats and Panamanians alike. So for the past 7 …

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Local Culture

EX-PATS and Locals alike: Take advantage of MUSEUM MONTH in Panama.

I personally have visited both “Rainforest Doscovery Center” and “Biomuseo”. Had a great time at both. https://club.prensa.com/mes-de-los-museos/ Museum Month: Museums tell stories In the month of May we celebrate the month of the Museums and we have organized together with the Network of Museums and Visitor Centers of Panama a special tour:  Museums …

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Colón

Water Treatment plant for Colon almost complete. Please help people in that region soon.

If they have to live in a lawless dump, at least give these people potable water.  https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/panama/ampliacion-potabilizadora-sabanitas-presenta-68-avance/24201244?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http Once the work is completed and delivered, the contractor will give 3 years of operation and maintenance  The National Aqueduct and Sewer Institute (IDAAN) reported that the expansion works of the Antonio Yepes …

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Political FRAUD

What is going through the minds of USDOJ and Defense counsel? VIDEO

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/nacional/politica/220519/video-actua-favor-hermanos-martinelli?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc    

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Political FRAUD

Brothers to learn of fate at 4pm EST.

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/sons-ex-panama-president-be-sentenced-us-money-laundering-charges-2022-05-20/ NEW YORK, May 20 (Reuters) – Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli will be sentenced on Friday in a U.S. court for their roles in helping launder millions of dollars in bribe payments Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht made to a high-ranking Panamanian official. Prosecutors are seeking prison …

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Health

EX-PAT ALERT: Bocas del Toro reports HIGHEST rate of Dengue fever in country

Hard to believe after I have been calling for 5 years for the Government to TRULY INVEST REAL MONEY into the Bocas region that this occurs.  For an area that is one of the gems of tourism for this country, it still has a POS airstrip and next to nothing …

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Environmental

As a FIRM believer in CLIMATE CHANGE, Latin America is VITAL key to any progress.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220519/presidente-caf-mundo-frenara-crisis-climatica-latinoamerica The world must understand that any solution to the climate crisis passes through Latin America, a region rich in biodiversity that “can solve the global carbon problem” and take advantage of its digital transformation to create millions of jobs, the president of the Development Bank tells Efe of Latin …

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Canal

Putin’s senseless war affecting GLOBAL supply chain. In particular, PANAMA.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220519/guerra-ucrania-frena-recuperacion-economica   The war in Ukraine is slowing down the fragile economic recovery that the world had begun after the covid-19 crisis, the UN said on Wednesday, lowering its global growth forecast for this year from 4% to 3.1% and warned that the deterioration may end up being even greater. …

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