Wednesday, December 31, 2008
*Please note that this week's edition of the newspaper will hit the streets on Saturday, January 3, 2009. Pick up a copy and see who was named Person of the Year 2008!
A delightful display of planets and the moon will occur on New Year's Eve for anyone wishing to step outside and look up just after sunset. Venus, brighter than all other planets and stars, will dangle just below the thin crescent moon in the southwestern sky. It'll be visible -- impossible to miss, in fact -- just as the sun goes down, assuming skies are cloud-free.
Soon thereafter, Mercury and Jupiter will show up hugging the south-southwestern horizon (just above where the sun went down) and extremely close to each other. Jupiter is very bright and easy to spot; Mercury is faint and harder to see, but it'll be apparent by its location just to the left of Jupiter.
Jupiter and Mercury will set less than an hour after the sun, so timing your viewing just after sunset is crucial. You'll also need a location with a clear view of the western horizon, unobstructed by buildings, trees or mountains.
All the planets, along with the moon and sun, traverse an arc across our sky called the ecliptic, which corresponds to the plane in space that they all roughly share. For this reason, you could draw an imaginary line from the general location of Venus and the moon, down through the other two planets, and the line would point to where the sun went down. This line could also initially help you find Jupiter and Mercury.
One last trick: Venus is so bright you can see it during daylight if you know where to look. Given Venus' proximity to the moon on New Year's Eve, this would be an excellent moment -- just before sunset -- to use the moon to help you find Venus and gain bragging rights for being one of the few people to be able to claim seeing more than one planet during the daytime (Earth being the other one).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friends and family of Luis Uribio are asking for assistance from the community to donate as much as they can so that Luis can obtain much needed medical attention after an injury left him seriously ill. A member of the San Pedro Dolphins Soccer team, Luis Uribio suffered from a head injury that has left him speechless, temporarily paralyzed and in a semi-unconscious state.
A fund-raising radiothon and food sale is taking place today, Tuesday, December 30, at Central Park. Any assistance that can be rendered to Luis "Wicho" will be much appreciated.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Lazy Sunday Afternoon Pics
Check out the leading lady in this new music video of Flex/Nigga. It's Anais Solis, Miss Panama at this year's Costa Maya Pageant. More pictures of Anais in our Costa Maya Gallery.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
San Pedro Hardware Raffle: First Place $10,000 - George Sierra
Second Place 110CC ATV: Stephanie RuizThird Place Plasma TV: Cesar Aldana
Fourth Place Miter Saw: Gerardo Reyes
Fifth Place Angle Grinder: Gustavo Cardenas
Wally's Electrical Supply
Utility belt won by Manuel Heredia Jr.
Harmouch Center: First Place Golf Cart Manuel Heredia Jr.
Third Place Winner Selene Gonzalez - Microwave Oven
Second Place 30" Stove - Jorge Ortiz
1st Prize Scooter - Noemi Mendez
2nd Prize Stove - GildaValladarez
3rd Place MP3- Miguel Howe
4th Place Ham & Tshirt - Brian Interian
Coral Cable Vision: First Place Computer System - Alberto Wade
Second Place Plasma Flat Screen TV - Eileen Jamison
Third Place Ham & Turkey Basket - Armando Lemus
Fourth Place 3 Months Free Cable - Jovanne Ramos
Fifth Place 3 Months Free Cable - Victor Barbosa
Castillo's Hardware: First Place $10,000 Elvia Staines
Second Place Two Door Stainless Steel Refrigerator - Norman Mai
Third Place Sony Stereo Component System - Deston Swift
Fourth Place Heavy Duty Washing Machine - Terry Guerrero
Fifth Place Makita 18V Compact Lithium Ion Kit - Caye Management
Caribeña Enterprises: First Place Scooter - Estuardo Lima
Second Place Washing Machine - Hob Medina
Third Place 50 Gal. Fuel - Freedom Tours
Fourth Place 20" Gas Range - Lester Lima
Fifth Place 19" Color TV - Seaduced
Sixth Place Microwave - Antonio Perdomo
Seventh Place Ham & Turkey - Isaias Diaz
Eighth Place Blender - Giovanni Reyes
Monday, December 22, 2008
Selene Gonzalez claimed her second prize gift - a microwave oven
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Areas to be affected: All of San Mateo Area, Tres Cocos Area,
Playa Blanca Area, Buena Vista Area, Punta Reina Area, Mata Grande and Mata Chica Area.
BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused but this outage is necessary for the company to upgrade the distribution system in the area. For customer inquiries and services call us toll free at: 0-800-BEL-CARE OR 0-800-235-2273
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is a picture of a squid that we took a picture of during the Christmas Boat Parade. The flash of our camera seemed to trigger the animal to burst into bright colors.
These moray eels live within the rocks in front of Rico's Bar & Grill at the Villas at Banyan Bay. The eels have come to like the restaurant staff who feed them on a regular basis for their guests to catch a glimpse at.