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Retirees suffering through rough 2022 so far with market swings.

For the Ex-Pats that are financially dependent on their 401Ks and Retirement accounts, the foreseeable future will be a test of patience and resolve. The tensions on the border of the Ukraine in lockstep with the anticipation of a March Interest rate hike have the markets struggling to adjust.  Every …

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Environmental

River pollution remains threat to the Panama coastline.

Anyone flying into Tocumen from anywhere can see the brown and gray water that make up the “bay” that is supposed to be so vital to Panama tourism. The fact is outside of areas like Bocas and Contadora, the real beauty of Panama is missed by the massive failure of …

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Human Interest

Some “Good” news. Essentially Humane Society of Panama getting results.

We would see cats all around our condo when last in Panama. Our housekeeper took in one, and we would of course have liked to help more. I am anxious to see what the area looks like after such a long leave of absence, but this news seems promising. https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220217/fundacion-manchitas-afirma-han-recibido-aporte-economico-gobierno-central …

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"JB"

Ex-Pat Lifeline: The raft has been afloat for awhile.

I have expressed my thanks to those that have stayed in contact long after Covid and my time in the hospital. Not a army of people, but I am thankful that PNO and the ExPat Exchange has allowed me to meet some great people. I have been a huge proponent …

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Air Travel

Once back I will never stop on ODEBRECHT. Panama must cut the cord.

Listen to tape for audio: https://www.prensa.com/impresa/panorama/tocumen-acusa-a-odebrecht-ante-el-tacp/ Tocumen SA accused the Odebrecht company of presenting false arguments and misrepresenting the airport’s position before the Administrative Court of Public Procurement (TACP). Tocumen asks the public procurement court to reject Odebrecht’s letter The Brazilian company presented a document to the TACP where it assures that …

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Immigration

Covered this topic over 2 years ago. Darien migration not going away.

In addition to the logging issues we opined on in the Darien region last PNO was up and full of gas, we felt the need to alert Ex-Pats and locals alike about the immigration passages that exist there.   In reading today, it seems it is an issue that Panama has …

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Infrastructure

Ex-Pat Info: Always stay informed of infrastructure and basic utilities.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220215/idaan-avanza-construccion-importantes-obras-abastecimiento-agua   The construction of important drinking water supply projects advances the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) at the national level, many of which are in the delivery phase and others with considerable physical progress.   Among those that are close to being delivered is the project for …

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Air Travel

Tocumen expansion ready to go.

What was in the construction phase when I was last in Panama, is poised to now become the flagship terminal for air travel into Panama. Anxious to see what so much money went into, and then my mind wanders to those who profited greatly under Varela during it’s approval, planning, …

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"JB"

To my friends in Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica. RESEARCH everything before returning

To all friends and contacts met through the Ex-Pat Exchange and via direct contact, consult the consulate and embassies before planning a long term return from the states.  My battle with COVID was absolutely brutal and compounded by my other health issues. I miss the warm temperature for certain, but …

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Health

Some encouraging signs regarding recent testing.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220214/ops-inmunizacion-covid-19-sido-efectiva-reducir-numero-hospitalizacion   According to the most recent report of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the fourth wave of covid-19 infections that has been registered in Panama, since the end of December 2021, with a sharp increase in positive cases, “apparently” is having a “decline” in a short period of …

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Health

Information for Ex-Pats considering return to PANAMA. COVID stats

https://www.prensa.com/sociedad/data-studio-casos-de-coronavirus-covid-19-en-panama/   Visit link to listen to update.   The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that 1,203 new cases have been reported this Sunday, for a total of 742,854 infections by covid-19 in the country. 12 deaths are recorded in the last 24 hours for a cumulative of 7,950 deaths …

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"JB"

Catching Up Re-Cap: Many to Thank

A long expected hello back to the visitors of PNO. Needless to say, it has been AWHILE. For those ex-pats and daily readers that stayed in touch either through e-mail or to Steven, I would like to say “thank you”.  You are all very kind. To be clear, I had …

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"JB"

Still around, still kicking……..

More to come soon. Thanks to all for the well wishes over the past year.

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"JB"

RED FROG: continues to illegally sell properties owned by Tres Cruces de Oro

JAMES BRYSON DID NOT WRITE THIS ARTICLE; this is merely an ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF “LA CRITICA” https://www.critica.com.pa/nacional/denuncia-red-frog-sigue-vendiendo-fincas-propiedad-de-tres-cruces-de-oro-606475     La Crítica 6/22/2021   The Tres Cruces de Oro group, a subsidiary of Six Diamonds Resorts International, denounced the fact that the Red Frog Beach group continues to sell lots and …

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"JB"

To the “sleepers” that have sent in like 85 e-mails………YES, it has been read.

First and foremost, we hope that all are having a SAFE summer. We hope that people realize that COVID is still a threat and to not be footloose and fancy free and remain diligent. Secondly, JB is recovering well in Illinois and is far away from all this Haley/Bolton bullshit. …

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JOE HALEY: “Red Frog – The Land, The Myths, and the 18 Year Scam that just keeps going”

HOW A GROUP FROM MINNESOTA, USA HAS MANAGED TO LIE, MANIPULATE,
MISINFORM, AND PROFIT FROM THE INVESTMENT OF EX-PATS INTO A MIRAGE
OF TROPICAL LIFE THAT WILL NEVER BE DELIVERED,,,,,,FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS

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Hello PNO readers and contributors: 2021 Update.

Contributed by Steven and Bryson family It seems only right in sharing that after the many emails we have received from people we have come to know as friends and contributors, that December 2020 ended poorly. James “JB” Bryson, had his second TIA two days after Christmas. These are also …

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PNO prepping for 2021

By James “JB” Bryson To my fellow ex-pats and visitors. I have been inundated with questions about PNO ever since the wife and I came back to the states once allowed. 2020 quite frankly SUCKED!! For so many reasons I choose NOT to re-visit. Like all people, I needed a …

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Air Travel

TWO steps FORWARD, THREE steps BACK. Covid proving to be elusive as travel spikes prove world is not out of the woods.

https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&pto=aue&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=http://elsiglo.com.pa/internacional/segunda-pandemia-vuelve-hundir-demanda-aerea-70/24169140&usg=ALkJrhhLWtpQ3uqzZgzNgj7QguFkVMRvgA International flights were the most affected, with a drop of 87.8% compared to that registered in October last year Total demand for air travel fell 70.6% in October compared to the same month last year, a sign of how “desperately slow” the sector’s recovery is going to be due …

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Human Interest

Keep an eye on this SHIT ex-pats. Panama continues to be cozy with the wrong people.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/politica/201208/nicolas-maduro-reune-delegacion-prd-panama The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduo, met with a delegation from the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) of Panama. At the meeting, which was held at the Miraflores Palace, seat of the Venezuelan Presidency, the PRD secretary, Pedro Miguel González; the Secretary of International Relations, Héctor Alemán; the Secretary for Community …

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"JB"

ANATI delivers TITLES to “well deserved” in Veraguas. So why haven’t EX-PATS got theirs in 12 years from developers?????

He has his TITLE…….where is YOURS EX-PATS??? OP ED: by “JB”– In a sign of good charity and humanity, ANATI, the final word on land ownership in Panama has awarded legal title of property to 70 families in need, and a Health Center in Veraguas. Good news indeed. So why …

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"JB"

Meet the newest patsies in the never ending quagmire that is BDT.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201205/bocas-toro-10-nuevos-corregimientos-ejecutivo-sanciona-ley-impulsada-benicio-robinson The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizar, sanctioned Law 172 of October 19, 2020, which created 10 new townships in the province of Bocas del Toro. Law 172, signed on October 19 by Cortizo and the Minister of Government, was promulgated in the Official Gazette. The new rule began to …

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Crime

Martinelli brood still in the clink. Where’s Varela and Porcell?

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201206/hijos-expresidente-martinelli-cumplen-cinco-meses-presos-guatemala The brothers Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, sons of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014), completed five months of arrest in Guatemala this Sunday, waiting to be extradited to the United States, where they are wanted for money laundering. . The children of the former Panamanian president …

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Agriculture

As the Marijuana industry reaches BILLIONS, the UN has finally woke up.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/salud/201202/onu-reconoce-oficialmente-propiedades-medicinales-cannabis The United Nations (UN) has recognized the medicinal properties of cannabis on Wednesday in a vote in Vienna of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the executive body on drug policy of the United Nations. The simple majority of the 53 States of the Commission have decided to withdraw cannabis …

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"JB"

Just like Panama…..it takes Covid for them to realize the importance of nature to the economy.

JB: “Green Tourism” on a beautiful island, WOW what a tremendous fucking idea. https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&pto=aue&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=es&sp=nmt4&u=http://elsiglo.com.pa/economia/miambiente-activan-turismo-verde-conservacion-panama/24168240&usg=ALkJrhix1DY-zTrYWqRgJM2GI3ee4-xvdQ “We plan to increase the protected areas on the maritime surface by 2021 from 10% to 30%” The Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), the Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) and the Fundación Caminando Panamá held a working …

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"JB"

Scientist debunks how invasive plant species reached Panama.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/planeta/201201/cientifica-smithsonian-esclarece-leyenda-urbana JB: to my e-mailers,,,,screw you, this shit interests me. LOL Urban legends abound about the origins of canal straw in Panama, but the Smithsonian has new evidence that puts an end to the question. Gutter straw is an invasive weed, native to Asia. Because its tiny seeds are carried by the …

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Health

Vaccines from various producers start to hit the air. Panama awaiting Astra-Zeneca.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/201127/united-airlines-empieza-transportar-vacunas-pfizer-covid-19 The United States airline United Airlines began operating on Friday charter flights with vaccines against covid-19 developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in order to accelerate its distribution if the product receives approval from the health authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, which cites anonymous sources …

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Health

Panama getting wrecked as vaccines hit our shores.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201129/panama-suma-1-276-nuevos-casos-acumula-3-060fallecidos-covid-19 The health authorities of Panama presented this Sunday the updated balance of the covid-19 outbreak in the country: 164,729. accumulated cases and 3,060 deaths. According to the daily report of the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours there were 1,276 new infections. Regarding the condition of the patients, …

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"JB"
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My Thanksgiving gift to fellow Ex-Pats……Common Sense.

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson Ex-Pat Denial:As I am away from Panama City and staying in the US until after holidays, I am realizing why I felt the need to start PNO, and why I was destined to meet Marcell and Big A. Ex-Pat Denial. Specifically AMERICAN Ex-Pat Denial.I see it at …

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Health

Frontline nurses in ER march to protest lack of support from Nito.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/201125/enfermeras-marchan-presidencia-pedirle-cortizo-les-atienda-peticiones Today, November 25, a group of nurses carries out a symbolic march, representing the 6,500 in the country, to demand that the President of the Republic Laurentino Cortizo attend to them because they have not yet found an answer to their request that they do comply with the law …

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