Thursday, November 5, 2009

Police investigate death of San Pedro resident

San Pedro Police continue their investigation in the death of a San Pedro resident. Sometime around 4:20 PM Police visited the western end of Jewfish Street next to the lagoon where they found a Hispanic man, later identified as 64 year old Juan Guemez, floating in the water.

According to Police, the body of Guemez was found by a local resident who was checking on his boat following a heavy rain. The cause of death is unknown at this time and Police continue their investigation. The San Pedro Sun will have more details in the next week's issue.

Francis "Chino" Eiley returns home a free man

After serving 7 years of a lifetime prison sentence, Francis "Chino" Eiley has been freed. He arrived on the island, much to the joy of his family and friends, who welcomed him with open arms, emotional tears and lots of love.
Chino's lifetime sentence was overturned by the Privy Council in London. He, along with two other men, Ernest Savery and Lenton Polonio were convicted of the November 2nd, 2002 murder of 62-year-old Justo Jairo "Galento" Perez. They were officially sentenced to life in prison on August 13th, 2004. After their original appeal was overturned, they turned to the Privy Council wherein a panel of 5 judges heard their case.
On Wednesday morning (November 4th, 2009) in Her Majesty in Council, Chief Judge Lord Phillip handed down its decision overturning the conviction. According to one of their attorneys, Antoniette Moore, "all three men will be released after being imprisoned for seven years. They were unfairly, unsafely and unsatisfactorily convicted of murder without sufficient evidence."

Letty Lara Fashion Show - Fun!!

Letty Lara hosted a fashion show at Fido's Courtyard on Wednesday night (November 4). Lovely young ladies paraded the island fashions down the runway, much to the delight of those in attendance. The funds raised will go towards Letty's upcoming trip to South Africa as Belize's delegate to the Miss World Pageant. We wish Letty the best of luck in her endeavor!

Hurricane Ida moves across Nicaragua

A very small Hurricane Ida is now inland, moving across northeastern Nicaragua. As of 10:00 AM EST, Hurricane Ida was located about 75 miles north of Bluefields, Nicaragua with top winds of 75 mph. The current movement is off to the northwest or north-northwest around 6 mph.
Hurricane warning is in effect for the east coast of Nicaragua from Bluefields to Puerto Cabezas and then a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning extend northward to the Honduras border. The system is expected to stay in weak steering environment the next few days with a slow movement off to the north into eastern Honduras and then the Yucatan Channel.
Ida will weaken rapidly over land to a tropical depression by Friday before re-emerging into the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras early Saturday. Due to the very small wind field, waves from Ida will be less the 15 feet and any surge will be less than 3 feet. Heavy rain is a huge threat and will impact Nicaragua and Honduras. The heaviest amounts of 15 to 20 inches, with locally 25 inches are possible in eastern portions of Honduras and Nicaragua. Life-threatening flooding and mudslides will be likely as a result. Be ready and take precautions if you live in a low lying area or flood plain. On average, about one tropical storm develops every two years during the month of November and every three years a hurricane develops. The southwest Caribbean is the most favored location for this to occur.

The last season with a named storm in November was 2008 when Paloma developed and impacted the Cayman Islands and Cuba.

Ride in class and comfort to Chetumal aboard the San Pedro Belize Express

Belizean and visitors can now ride in class and comfort to and from San Pedro Town and Chetumal City three times a week via a spacious water taxi. This new service was added to the many routes that the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi is providing to its customers. The new route eliminates the hustle and bustle that passengers would normally go through when travelling to Chetumal City, giving them more time to see and do and enjoy!

The warm and pleasant staff at San Pedro Belize Express ensures that their passengers are comfortable from the minute you step onto their dock. The sales person welcomes you with a beautiful smile and a pleasant attitude; an indicator of professional and experience in the services they offer. After purchasing your ticket, you will be directed to the Customs and Excise Department as well as the Immigration booths where you are processed and cleared to travel. Once you are cleared through the Customs and Immigration authorities, you are directed to the new addition of the water taxi fleet.

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