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Belize Welcomes MSC Divina
Today, Belize welcomed the inaugural call for a new cruise
line. MSC Cruises had its first call today, with the MSC Divina landing in Belizean waters at approximately 8:00 am. The ship left from its home port in Falmouth, Jamaica on Monday, December 28th, making its way through Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, before arriving in Belize City, Belize. MSC Cruises is a division of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). It officially began operating in the cruise business in 1988. Between 2004 – 2014, MSC Cruises grew by 800 per cent, being today’s market leading cruise company in the Mediterranean. They offer a wide range of itineraries in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, South America, South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. In 2008, they were the first cruise company in the world to be awarded the coveted “6 Golden Pearls” for outstanding standards in environmental protection, health and safety.
Misc Belizean Sources
For all Wildtracks supporters - we have finalized the third Wildtracks newsletter - a review of the past year here at Wildtracks.
Thank you to all of you for making Wildtracks and the Wildtracks rehabilitation programmes a success!
Best wishes to all for 2016...
New Year's Baby!
Happy birthday to 1st born for 2016 Aiden Alexander Rhys - 8 pounds 14 ounces - at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Born to 32 year old Bridgette Rhys just after 2 a.m. on January 1st. Today the mothers, who gave birth to beautiful babies since December 31st, were greeted with great packages from SanCas. Brand Manager Aisha Rudon says that the tradition continues and this is the first of many activities in celebration of the company's 90th Anniversary. The mothers were all overwhelmed because they also received Johnson & Johnson products from Brodies and one mother received a cheque from the Belize City Lion's Club.
2016 Caye Caulker Bartending training
Starts at Roses Grill and Bar on January 5th -10th from 9am - 3pm daily. Both Introduction and Advanced are being combined.
We are offering a combination of Introduction and Advanced Bartending training. Certificates will be offered for both trainings. Prices have been reduced as this is a sudden development. the full training will be offered just as per norm but the hours will be longer. 9am to 3 pm daily. Normal hours were 9am to 1 pm.
Inbox or call/text 664-1515 0r 626-7518.
We will only take 15 persons so spaces are limited.
We also help in finding jobs after successfully completing training.
Christmas Full Moon Concert
The SISE House of Culture had a great Christmas Full Moon Concert. Panerrifix was great! Our picture album. Happy New Year!
Vivian's Grand Opening
Vivian's has a new location, and it looks beautiful inside and out. They had their grand opening celebration yesterday, from 2pm until 10pm, and there were specials and face painting for the kids.
Another policeman accused of sexual offences, this time, against a 13 year-old girl
San Pedro police have arrested and charged one of their own with three counts of ‘sexual assault’ in connection with a report by a 13 year-old girl.
The charges against Kyle Hubert Serrano, 26, a police constable, followed the report that he assaulted the girl on three occasions between November 27th and December third.
Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser denied Serrano bail based on arguments from the court prosecutor that Serrano might want to intimidate the girl.
Serrano was not charged until three weekes after the report was made because police had to secure further information from the girl in order to have sufficient grounds to bring about the charges against him.
Serrano is remanded to the Hattieville Prison until January 26, 2016.
Breaking Belize News
Old Capital’s residents are too fat: Ministry of Health
A study done by the Ministry of Health’s Central Region Office has found that six in every ten persons in the Belize District are either overweight or obese, while 7.4 percent were underweight. The Ministry’s end-of-year health bulletin reminds Belizeans that being either overweight or obese increases the risk of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hormonal issues.
In fact, hypertension, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cerebral vascular disease were the top non-communicable diseases treated by the Ministry’s various hospitals and clinics in 2015.
The top communicable diseases were Gastroenteritis, Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Vaginitis, a
GST wants your tax money
Pay your taxes! That is the word from the General Sales Tax Department (GST), on the heels of reports denied earlier this week that the tax would be increased from its present rate of 12.5 percent to at or near 15 percent. While Commissioner of the Department, Betty-Ann Jones, concluded to the Reporter newspaper that the claim was “mischief,” she confirmed however that measures have been introduced to crack down on their collection efficiency.
Jones explained that consumers are now being brought into the fray to assist with collections, since GST is a self-policing tax.
That means making sure you have your receipt from your favorite grocer or business, that clearly shows how much tax was taken.
Gifts for first baby of 2016; last baby of 2015
Belize City’s first baby of 2016 came a little after two hours into the New Year at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Mother Bridget Rhys went into labour with baby Aidan around 8 in the morning on New Year’s Eve, which also happened to be her birthday. He was born at 2:03 a.m.on New Years’ Day.
The second-time mom says she always knew her new son would be “something else,” but she had not expected this.
The new baby is currently in the Intensive Care Unit for observation but is expected to do well, as is his mother.
First murder of 2016 on New Year’s Day in Belize City
21 year old Kieron Moss was the first shooting victim for the country of Belize, in Belize City on New Year’s Day.
Details are sketchy but we understand that the Freedom Street resident, accompanied by a female friend, was on his way home from New Year festivities when he was shot at by an armed man passing on a motorcycle. He reportedly died on the scene.
This is Belize: Chew on this ‘Shark Tank’
For a fleeting moment as I drove east on Caribena Street in San Pedro, Belize, I had a blinding flashback to an old lost friend, Monkey Bob.
Some of you may remember our earliest travel companion in Belize. He went where we went and never complained. Until he mysteriously disappeared without so much as a “See ya!”
Looking at this sad excuse for a primate, I could almost see an older, disheveled , more-alcoholic Monkey Bob behind those blood-shot eyes.
But no. It was not our Bob.
I stopped anyway. I don’t know why. I’ve seen characters like this around town before. Sleeping it off in wheelbarrows. Hungover in the shade of a palm tree. Weaving down the road with a half-filled soda bottle of high octane home brew.
It was January 2 already, for Cripes sake. Had he been partying like it was still 2015 all this time?
Naturally I needed to take a picture.
That’s when James popped up.
The little man with angelic eyes looked up at me and said, “You going to take a picture?”
“Sure,” is said, holding up my trusty Apple iPod.
Should Belize be bracing itself for, gasp, mass tourism? Some think so
Industry news website Travel Pulse sees a “reckoning” ahead for the cruise industry in Belize in 2016.
The reckoning is triggered by the opening in February of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ $50 million Belize fantasy island, Harvest Caye, coupled with the country’s already “strong tourist arrivals growth.”
So, I reckon that means Belize had better be bracing itself for even more tourism growth in the future?
Travel Pulse sees NCL’s move to its own private paradise — floating dock, beaches, water sports in a protected cove, a life-like Belizean village — as a good thing for the country’s robust cruise tourism sector.
“Harvest Caye’s debut will boost the country’s already strong cruise sector growth. Despite lacking a dedicated ship pier and terminal, Belize is on the verge of becoming the eighth Caribbean Tourism Organization destination to exceed one million annual cruise ship visitors,” says Travel Pulse in its 2016 Caribbean Tourism Outlook.
In another story on NCL, Travel Pulse says “the cruise line’s website claims visitors will find both ‘solace and adventure’ in Harvest Caye” when it opens in February. We’ll have to take travel Pulse’s work for it because the Norwegian Cruise Line website link produces a page that ominously says “Action not found.” Although we’re pretty sure their cruise passengers will find plenty to do on the caye without ever actually stepping on to mainland Belize — to the relief of little Placencia, which at one point was the designated drop off point for thousands of passengers.
A science preview of the year 2016
After a year that saw the first close-up investigation of Pluto and the unveiling of a new human species, what scientific discoveries are likely to make headlines in 2016?
Sean Paul Among Reggae Acts To Get Behind Climate Change Messaging
After lending his talents to the song Love Song to the Earth, Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul is looking to do more in the effort against climate change.
Addressing a press conference at the recently concluded international climate talks held in Paris, Sean Paul signalled a commitment to gathering and sharing information on the troubling phenomena.
And he is not alone in his resolve to promote information sharing and change in the effort to combat climate change. He is joined by other Caribbean acts, including another Jamaican, Aaron Silk, and Adrian 'The Doc' Martinez of Belize.
Both men were themselves in Paris performing under the '1.5 to Stay Alive' campaign run by Panos Caribbean in collaboration with other key regional actors, notably the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Regional Council of Martinique, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and the St Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development.
‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ Campaign Hailed A Success By CARICOM
The '1.5 to Stay Alive' campaign - run primarily in the lead-up to and during the recent international climate talks in Paris - has been given praise by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart.
"CARICOM's interests were strongly represented in a focused and coordinated manner by heads of government, ministers, the CARICOM secretary-general (Irwin LaRocque)and his staff, and a team of experienced and skilled negotiators led by Dr the Honourable James Fletcher. We are satisfied that our strong advocacy helped to ensure that the [final] agreement reflected the region's position on our major red-line issues," Stuart, who is also prime minister of Barbados, said in a release issued by the CARICOM Secretariat through Panos Caribbean.
Caribbean artistes Aaron Silk of Jamaica and Adrian 'The Doc' Martinez of Belize were also on hand to spread, through music, the '1.5 To Stay Alive' message, and were big hits with participants.
Pay Attention, 3min. New song by Lova Boy. n the spirit of new beginnings, I humbly offer you my new record/music video....PAY ATTENTION feat. Tanya Carter & Tasia Woods.
A little Belizean Hip Hop for 2016, 3min. DJ Khaled Voice
Belize 2015 - Elixir Travel Series, 1.5min. A quick look back at my trip to Belize. Stayed at the Maruba Jungle Resort and visited Caye Caulker, went cave tubing and explored the ATM Mayan site...Cool country, nice people, good food!
BELIZE BABY!, 4.5min.
Belize December 2015, 8min. Backpacking in Belize.
New Years Eve Celebrations and Fireworks ~ San Pedro, Belize 2015, 12min.
Mating Butterflies at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Belize, 1/2min. Mating butterflies at the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize.
Hummingbird in Belize, 1min. Hummingbird at the Mystic River Resort, Mountain Pine Ridge area, Belize.
Hummingbirds at the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Belize, 1.5min. Different colourful hummingbird species at the hummingbird feeder at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize.
Fishing Belize 2015, 4min. Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Belize New Years 2016 Fireworks in 4k (Part 1), min.
San Pedro Belize New Years 2016 Fireworks in 4k (Part 2), 2.5min.
San Pedro Belize New Years 2016 Fireworks in 4k (Part 3), 8min.
Zipline Belize, 10min.
Belize, 8min. During the 1980s a detachment of Royal Air Force Police NCOs were stationed at Airport Camp, Belize in Central America, supporting RAF and military operations to deter Guatemalan aggression and invasion of Belize.
Fish and Stingrays at Swash Channel near Ambergris Caye, Belize 12-20-2015, 2.5min. Our first stop on a full day snorkel trip from Caye Caulker was a place called Swash Channel at Belize's barrier reef. It is covered with conch shells and shallow enough to stand with your head above water, and it is teeming with stingrays and big schools of fish.
Belize Final Movie, 12.5min.
St. John's Bill Schaefer House - Belize 2015, 39min. St. John's Bill Schaefer House - Belize 2015 Mission Trip.
Southern Belize . Insect and Bird noises. January 2016, 7min. Our videos will be both cute wild baby animals and wild animals in general made from a distance to avoid disturbing them. We will include what we think might be of interest related to the natural world including birds and plants.