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Economy

More follow up on “REAL” Hospitality being offered in Panama.

The VerdeAzul Hotels chain reaffirmed with its participation in Fiexpo Latin America 2023, which was held at the Panama Convention Center from June 19 to 22, its interest in the meetings and congresses industry in Panama. Fiexpo is a key event that brings together exhibitors and buyers from the meetings …

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The time has come to cease these SHADOW GAMES with RED FROG BEACH “SCAM”

Quite frankly,,,,,I’m tired of it. While major publications are speaking of the emerging interest from REAL groups, `there remains the 20 YEAR stain left on Bocas del Toro and the victims that purchased at RED FROG by Joe Haley et al.  And somehow, 5 years ago I let myself get …

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Politics

The constant battles and lame attempts to derail the defiant Martinelli. #Tigerblood

The political career of former president Ricardo Martinelli has become difficult since he announced his presidential aspirations for the party he founded, Realizando Metas (RM), and it has become more acute after his victory in the last presidential primary elections of the group. His warning: “They are going to have …

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Economy
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14 Banks in PANAMA face the potential of shutdown INTERNATIONALLY for Laundering.

OP ED: “JB” Some of the most important banking Institutions in Panama were involved in a transaction!   They were a group of well funded and established Panamanian banks also included was Ex President Ricardo Martinelli who also participated as an “investor”.  The case involves the purchase of the long standing …

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Human Interest

BOLO: Hero K9 cop being looked for in Colombia.

Operation Hope met its objective on June 9 of this year to find alive Lesly (13), Soleiny (9), Tien Noriel (4), and Cristin Neryman (1), four indigenous children who were lost in the jungle de Guaviare after his plane crashed and 3 adults lost their lives, including his mother. The …

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Darien

Good question……why promote a dangerous region as “adventure” tourism.

“Our goal is to traverse what is probably the most infamous jungle in the world.” The thousands of migrants who cross the Darién Gap, which separates Colombia from Panama, could say it, but the phrase is an offer made by a German luxury adventure tourism company.Two weeks through this dense …

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World Events

Well that ended quick……Russian division in Ukraine ends before it begins.

Russian government troops withdrew from the streets of Moscow and people flocked to parks and cafes Sunday following a short-lived revolt by mercenary forces that weakened President Vladimir Putin and raised questions about his ability to wage war in Ukraine. The march on the capital by Wagner troops led by Yevgeny Prigozhin …

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Agriculture

More than 20 companies come out to lobby for approval of Marijuana growth.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) detailed the afternoon of this Tuesday, June 20, that more than 20 companies participated in the approval meeting with a view to obtaining one of the seven licenses for the manufacture of medicinal cannabis derivatives . Elvia Lau, national director of Pharmacy and Drugs of the Minsa, …

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Politics

With elections looming, Facebook type fake accounts are being held accountable.

The Electoral Tribunal (TE) processes 747 files of violation of electoral propaganda on the internet and social networks.The files are generated by the Center for Studies and Digital Monitoring of the TE and presented to the Directorate of Electoral Organization for investigation.This week the regulatory body for electoral processes issued …

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Political FRAUD

Former administation Ombudsman has sentence upheld for embezzlement.

The former Ombudsman Patria Portugal (2011-2013) was arrested at the request of the compliance judge of the first judicial circuit José Carrera, who ordered the execution of the conviction of the former official for the start of serving 96 months in prison as the main sentence and 48 months of …

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Health

PNO Travel alert: Reason to be aware and innoculated for influenza

Health authorities assure that there are enough vaccines for the population Influenza. With a total of 13 deaths due to influenza, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) called on the population to get vaccinated and if they feel symptoms go to the doctor with their respective mask. The director of the Metropolitan …

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International Relations

More political unrest in Venezuela.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/230615/mayoria-autoridades-electorales-venezuela-renuncian-cargos Three of the five main rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela, including the president, Pedro Calzadilla, resigned this Thursday, June 15, from their positions and asked the National Assembly (AN, Parliament), with an overwhelming majority of the government, appoint new officers. Calzadilla, a former Chavismo minister, …

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FORBES does amazing piece on the promise and future of Bocas development.

I wrote this little blurb last week,  https://panamanowonline.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6728&action=edit And to my surprise, I read a full expose on exactly what I was thinking about with Panamanian tourism. To my glee, they mention the success of some new destinations that are doing well and also the investment in infrastructure in Bocas del …

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Education

The mystery of how 9000 books ended up in a landfill. A real “whodunnit?”

El señor presidente the novel of the Guatemalan Nobel Prize in Literature (1967) Miguel Ángel Asturias published in 1946. El Canal Barato by Federico Tuñón. 467 serial Lottery magazines from 1941 to 2012. Rogelio Sinán’s common cradle , from 1963. Nalu Nega , by the late Panamanian author Alfredo Cantón. Conversation in the Cathedral , the third novel by the author Mario …

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Politics

Former first lady sends strong sign of unity in attempts against Martinelli.

Whereas back in the US, we have the first ever former President facing criminal charges, here is Panama we have a veteran of these wars on his resume, and he keeps on coming strong. While you have Gaby Carrizo trying his best to wash the slime of him, often carrying …

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Human Interest

Cream will rise to the top, Panama on precipice or true Tourism

The reutation of Panama will soon be undergoing an much needed enema. Gone should be the days of back door bribes, and slimy ROP land deals to take advantage of outside investment. I happen to know that there are REAL groups, with REAL plans to make Panama a much more desired …

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Uncategorized

WTF- the absolute abortion that is RED FROG for the owners just keeps gtting worse.

Back in the 80’s the “Thompson Twins” had a big hit called “Lies, Lies, Lies”. That must be playing on a loop over at RED FROG and OGI. I’m baffled by what I have heard. More to come, but to my friendly victims, hold onto that pen and don’t break …

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International Relations

Back in US, TRUMP faces biggest legal battle of any President in US history.

June 8, 2023, 7:48 PM EDT / Updated June 8, 2023, 8:22 PM EDT By Zeeshan Aleem, MSNBC Opinion Writer/Editor Once again, former President Donald Trump has been indicted. And once again, blue America is asking a familiar question: Will this be the legal case that takes Trump out? NBC News reports that Trump was indicted on …

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Human Interest

Big fish hits small pond. MESSI makes MLS deal to come to Miami.

Agurably the greatest soccer player of all time is leaving the highest levels of soccer to join Beckham owned MLS Inter Miami FC. And all LOVE it!  The last player of Messi’s caliber (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) showed us exactly the difference in competition scoring 35 goals in 37 games for LA.Expect …

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US News of note

US powers agree on raising debt ceiling in midnight hours; avoiding catastrophe

Stocks ticked higher on Thursday after the House passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling late Wednesday evening. The S&P 500 (^GSPC) rose 0.76%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) popped 0.52%, or 172 points and the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC) was 0.93% higher. Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) …

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Agriculture

Newly installed tower will monitor climate change in Coiba.

The first meteorological tower in the northeast of the Coiba National Park will allow to know the impact that the rains have on the organisms of the island, explained Edgardo Díaz-Ferguson, executive director of Coiba AIP. Coiba is a place where there is a lot of rainfall and “now we …

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Agriculture

Protected Panamanian tree species found illegally mined. 9 apprehended

More than 300 cocobolo tucas ( Dalbergia retusa) were seized at several sawmills in Cañitas, Chepo, east of the district of Panama, within the framework of operation “Sovereignty 3”, developed between intelligence agents of the Third Brigade of East Panama of the National Border Service (Senafront), in conjunction with the Environmental Crime …

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Economy

PRD puppet Carrizo pounds chest on jobs report.

  Carrizo nabs credit for 101,976 jobs. Almost as much as the sq,footage of his new home.   The Panamanian economy continues to be strong and until April of this year, it managed to generate more than 101,976 new jobs in a formal way, the presidential candidate for the Democratic …

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Weather

Bad weather something to get used to.

The Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Panama (Imhpa) announced that from this Monday, May 29 to Wednesday, May 31, Panama will be affected by the first tropical wave of the year. According to Imhpa’s analysis, the tropical wave will generate rain and storms until 11:59 p.m. this Wednesday, May …

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Infrastructure

Massive highway project to be done by end of 2023,

The Panama-Arraiján highway expansion project is only a few months away from completion. The project that began with an order to proceed on September 22, 2017, includes a construction of 11 kilometers of highway, with eight lanes on the main trunk, distributed in four towards the capital city and four towards …

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Human Interest

Panama throws it’s hat in the ring for BEST COFFEE

This May 27 and after six days, the national tasting of the Best of Panama (BOP) 2023 ends, after analyzing 186 lots of 42 kilograms among the natural geisha, washed geisha and varietal varieties , announced the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP, for its acronym in English). The SCAP announced that the national judges will …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Intra-country mass transit a talking point for next election.

The campaign in the various political parties started and with this various proposals have begun to emerge from the candidates for the Presidency of the Republic who promise to fulfill their victory in the 2024 presidential elections. One of the proposals that has resurfaced is the construction of the Panama-David …

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Human Interest

Nito will go down as a “capable” President, who just did not keep his word.

Go and read the PNO archives and see how much I postured and rallied for Nito to beat “Spock” back 5 years ago. Sure he was already an established “elitist” within Panama, but he seemed like a pragmatic man and much better than the opposing choice. As his term comes …

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Uncategorized

This week we will Re-Post some “Feel Good” articles. Pre-election and all.

https://myadventuresacrosstheworld.com/what-to-know-before-visiting-panama/ 22 Things To Know Before Visiting Panama 11 April 2023 by Claudia Tavani Long viewed as an off-the-beaten-track destination, Panama is quickly becoming a sought-after place to visit. Here you’ll find a contrasting nation with modern industry and a cosmopolitan capital, as well as lush rainforests, tropical islands and …

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Agriculture

Drought and Hot weather pose serious threat to Rice production.

Waiting for the government’s decision. Carlo Rognoni, director of the Agricultural Marketing Institute, said that for months they have been analyzing the consequences that the lack of rain will bring. He expressed that the drought has caused a delay in the planting of rice, the most consumed grain in Panama, production is …

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