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US News of note

Back in the states: TRUMP getting the MARTINELLI treatment

The former president of the United States Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the 34 charges in relation to irregular payments to the porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign, so that she would not make public a sexual relationship between the two. Former US President …

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"JB"

STAY in TOUCH: New update for the “Bocas Brigade” COMING SOON.

Just a little teaser into the fact that it seems people are “FINALLY” getting REAL and ORGANIZED to not allow PNO to be the lone site shining a light into the darkness that is RFB and Bocas.

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Conservation

Coiba National Park: History of fishing in protected area

On several of the beaches of the Coiba National Park, the presence of linear rock structures that long ago were used to catch fish and other marine species stands out. They are fishing corrals with a lot of history, presumably pre-Hispanic, a theory that seeks to confirm the Arqueomar Coiba scientific …

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US News of note

Trump: 1st US President in History to be charged criminally. Common in Latin America

The criminal prosecution of Donald Trump marks the first time that a former president has been charged in the United States, but it is by no means unprecedented in other parts of the world, such as in Latin America, where cases have proliferated. The judicial investigations against Trump (2016-2020) exceed …

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US News of note

America continues to FAIL at protecting it’s children.

A more heartrending and quintessentially American scene is hard to imagine. A human chain of children, hand-in-hand, shepherded by police officers, fled the latest school struck by unfathomable tragedy. On Monday, it was Nashville’s turn to join the roster of cities made notorious by a mass shooting epidemic much of the country seems prepared …

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Human Interest

The abuse of corporations and the rich as the average workday is FAR from average.

Mexicans work 2,124 hours a year, more than Costa Rica (1,913), Russia (1,874) and Japan (1,598). Several countries in the Americas, especially Chile and Colombia, are considering reforming by law the length of the working day, which in some places like Mexico reaches a grueling nine or ten hours a day. Especially …

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Human Interest

Government puts an end to private contracting for Refuse and Cleanup. About time

The Urban and Home Cleaning Authority (AAUD) reported that in the next three months it will manage the largest landfill in the capital city: the one on Cerro Patacón. The decision, according to the company Urbalia, SA, occurs when his contract is still valid until the end of the year and …

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Air Travel

New routes established to promote tourism with US.

With the aim of attracting more tourism to the country, the Panamanian airline will inaugurate flights to Baltimore and Austin in the United States; and Manta in Ecuador. These new destinations will generate a great economic contribution for the country Panama is an ideal and easily accessible destination for all world travelers. It …

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Politics

Let the political sparring begin, it’s gonna be a long year. Abrego vs. Spock

The legal struggle between the president of the Cambio Democrático (CD) party, Rómulo Roux, and the deputy Yanibel Ábrego, who leads the faction “El cambio es ya”, does not stop. A war of legal resources against the regulations and the calendar of primary elections of CD, which includes the issue …

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Conservation

Indigenous monkeys freed from certain death in lab testing in Colombia.

In the mountains of Palmira, in southwestern Colombia, 108 monkeys are undergoing treatment to recover from the mistreatment and cruelty to which they were subjected in the laboratories of a foundation that used them to test a vaccine against malaria. The apes were for years in the Centro de Investigación …

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Darien

Record number of immigrants passed through Darien in 1st Qtr of 2023

So far this year, a record number of 78,585 migrants have crossed the dangerous Darién jungle on foot, the natural border that divides Panama and Colombia, which is five times more than the figures registered in 2022, according to an alert this Saturday by the Ministry of Panamanian Public Security. …

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Chiriqui

Overwhelmed migration leads to movement of people to Chiriqui.

Commissioner Ascanio Ellis, Senior Officer of Migration Border Management, together with the director of the Transit and Land Transportation Authority (ATTT), Carlos Ordóñez, made a tour this Thursday to observe the mobility process of irregular migrants who are in the Temporary Migratory Reception Stations (ETRM), in the province of Darién. …

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Politics

Abrego feels “fox in the henhouse”. Calls for recount of minutes for CD

The internal elections of the Cambio Democrático party to choose the new leaders of the Secretariat for Women and Youth, as well as the conventional ones responsible for choosing the new board of directors, have been full of controversy and denunciations of irregularities since their inception. The last Sunday. While the …

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Darien

DARIEN- flat out one of the most DANGEROUS places on Earth.

https://www.themanual.com/outdoors/darien-gap-feature/ CONTENT NOT written by JB. The Pan-American Highway is an epic 19,000-mile route that starts at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska and terminates at the southernmost end of South America in Ushuaia, Argentina. It’s continuous except for a small section missing along the southern border of Panama, often referred to …

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Politics

Abrego comes out swinging against “Spock”.

The deputy of Cambio Democrático (CD), Yanibel Ábrego, in the company of the deputies of this bench, spoke out for the slowness of the National Scrutiny Board, the counting of the votes, the internal elections of this political group, which It took place last Sunday, March 19.Ábrego assured that his …

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Politics

Martinelli and Abrego intend to wrap this up quickly. This is the winning ticket.

The deputy and current secretary of Cambio Democrático (CD), Yanibel Ábrego, went to the Federico Boyd Bilingual School in Capira, to exercise her right to vote.Ábrego arrived at this voting center in the company of the presidential candidate for Realizando Metas, Ricardo Martinelli. In addition, members of the political groups …

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Darien

Immigration issue in Darien hits Panama in the pocket!

In the first three months alone, almost 66,000 people have crossed the jungle The migratory crisis worsens and may reach record numbers this year. Almost 66,000 people have crossed the jungle in the first three months of 2023 alone, which is why specialists in migration issues consider that it is …

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Human Interest

Former General paints bleak picture of Political landscape……..this we all know.

I was always curious to know the reason why a kepi, one of those worn by members of the then Defense Forces, remained placed at the main entrance of the residence of ex-general Rubén Darío Paredes.It turns out that when Paredes decided to take his “good leap”, already outside the …

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Art/Entertainment

Health problem puts an end to Dragon Boat races in Amador

” Something very cool to see if given the chance,……..shame” In Panama City, on the Amador Causeway, the 2023 Pan American Dragon Boat Club Championship began with the participation of 92 teams. The countries of Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, United States, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago …

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Drugs

Stolen deadly drug Fentanyl hits the streets of Panama

More than 10,000 units of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but with the difference that it is up to 100 times more powerful, were lost from the deposits of the Social Security Fund (CSS).The drug that is prescribed for patients with severe or chronic pain and for end-of-life …

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Church

Pope celebrates 10 years since appointment.

Pope Francis celebrates a mass today at his residence, Casa Santa Marta, with the cardinals present in Rome Today marks the tenth anniversary of that March 13 when Argentine Jorge Bergoglio, elected pope, leaned out onto the balcony of the façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica and, with a simple: “Brothers …

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Economy

Gap widens in Panama between the “Haves” and “Have Nots”

At the end of the 80s, the economist Williams Hughes presented, together with the sociologist Iván Quintero, the book “Who are the owners of Panama?”, an x-ray of the time of how economic and political power was distributed in the countryAfter 36 years of the first edition of that study, …

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Air Travel

Metro Line now open with DIRECT access to Tocumen is big step forward.

Few cities in Latin America have a metro system linked to the airport. The Terminal Aérea station of line 5 that serves terminal 1 of the Benito Juárez airport (MEX) in Mexico City is one of the main examples. Some US cities such as San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), Chicago …

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Human Interest

EX-PAT ALERT: Danger while hiking as woman falls to death

A woman died on the morning of this Sunday, March 12, on Los Picachos de Olá hill, Coclé province, after being surprised by gusts of winds, falling to the precipice on the slopes of the hill.Units of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) and the Fire Department went to the …

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Panama Tourism

Panama looks to be new player in terms of cruise destinations.

In December 2024, the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) company will make its last itinerary in Panama. The cruise line did not offer a particular reason for the decision.However, both the tourism sector and the administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority, Iván Eskildsen, are aware that the Pacific port in Amador, …

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Politics

“Marty, don’t waste your time and money!” No shot

Martín Torrijos, former President of the Republic (2004-2009), announced through his social networks that he will run for the presidential elections of the next 2024.”Our Panama is experiencing a severe crisis that cannot be hidden. Things are not going well for Panamanian families. It only takes an illness in the …

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Human Interest

Martinelli, Carrizo, Roux lead unofficial poll taken.

” How is it the guy doing no huge rallies and announcements for himself, is leading?” “Because life was better overall under his leadership” Voting intention is maintained. If the elections were held this weekend, Ricardo Martinelli, José Gabriel Carrizo and Rómulo Roux would lead the results.Martinelli would win the …

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Agriculture

Tourism authority pledges 30km for public trails.

The Panama Tourism Authority (Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá, ATP), together with the private sector and local governments, inaugurated the first phase for the Ruta de la Caldera in El Valle de Antón this Friday, composed of 30 kilometers of trails, aiming to position El Valle as an adventure tourism …

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US News of note

In US: Trump may be sued for inciting Capital riots. Don’t hold breath.

“He has no absolute immunity” Mess. The United States Department of Justice considered this Thursday that the former president of the country Donald Trump (2017-2021) can be sued for having incited the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. According to a brief from the Justice Department’s civil law …

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Crime

EX-PAT ALERT: Colon remains most dangerous area of the Republic

And more than 530 search procedures carried out during the months of January and February The National Police has already captured 33 people for crimes against life in the province of Colón. Of these, 21 were for homicide and 12 for attempted homicide, in more than 530 search procedures carried …

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