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Glow in the dark mushrooms found in Belize

Mycena luxaeterna

Mycena luxaeterna

As if teensy night-lights were dangling from tree trunks and branches, glow-in-the-dark mushrooms illuminate the forests across the globe. Now, scientists have discovered several species of such radiant ‘shrooms.

The freaky findings, reported today in the journal Mycologia, increases the number of aglow mushroom species from 64 to 71, shedding light on the evolution of luminescence in nature.

The newly identified mushrooms, which emit a bright, yellowish-green light 24 hours a day, were found in Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia and Puerto Rico. They include four species new to science and three new reports of luminescence in known species. (more…)

Sanford Health to open children’s clinic in Belize

Sanford Health

Sanford Health

Belize will be the site of Sanford Health’s first international children’s clinic. The new Sanford Children’s Clinic Belize is expected to open in 2011 in Belize City. Sanford Children’s Clinic Belize will work collaboratively with a number of organizations to assist in development and ongoing operations. Sanford Health also opened its first Sanford Children’s World Clinic location in Duncan, OK, in August. (more…)

Is international real estate on the upswing?

Belize

Belize

I’ve been reading articles lately which indicate a possible step up for international real estate. According to some international property real estate salespeople, overseas property is on an upswing.

Not so fast, I would say. Two of the things that could happen in this market are increased sales volume and increased sales price. While perhaps there is an increase in the volume of sales (and I’m not agreeing there is), I see nothing indicating that the sales prices are recovering–or even leveling off. (more…)

SAGA Humane Society and SACNW working together

Saga Humane Society

Saga Humane Society

In an effort to control the stray and domestic animal population of South Ambergris Caye SAGA Humane Society and South AC Neighborhood Watch (SACNW) are working together to educate pet owners and provide spaying/neutering for those animals in need. “It’s nice to see these two great organizations working together for the betterment of our community” one area resident was heard saying.

Initially, area pet owners are approached by members of the SACNW Patrol to find out if they are interested in having their pets spayed or neutered, later members of the SAGA Humane Society staff and volunteers come on site to discuss the benefits of these and other procedures with the pet owners.  Once they have the pet owner’s permission the animals are taken to the clinic where the procedures are done at no cost to the pet owner. (more…)

Port of Belize joins Caribbean Shipping Association

Port of Belize

Port of Belize

The Port of Belize is now an official member of the Caribbean Shipping Association.

Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) was established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. Since then the Association has become the voice of the Region’s Shipping Industry and a major regional forum in which matters relevant to the growth and development of Caribbean Shipping are discussed.

The CSA represents its membership in regional hemispheric groupings, associations and organizations-governmental, multilateral and private sector; and maintains observer status with leading Caribbean multilateral bodies CARICOM and the Organization of Caribbean States.

For further info go to: www.caribbeanshipping.org

Source: portofbelize.com

Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise ships collide in Cozumel

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Carnival Legend

A Carnival cruise ship pulling out of Cozumel late Wednesday collided with a Royal Caribbean ship docked nearby in an incident that has left both vessels damaged. Carnival says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend had just untied from its berth at the popular Mexican resort town when it was caught by heavy winds and pushed into the 2,446-passenger Enchantment of the Seas.

“Extremely strong winds pushed the vessel up against the side of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas,” the line says in a statement to USA TODAY. “The (Royal Caribbean) ship was at dock when the incident occurred. The Carnival Legend sustained broken glass and other minor damage to some open deck areas.” (more…)

Rotary Club Reaches Far to Help Belize

3322Bixby Rotary is shipping a sea container full of medical supplies and equipment to the country of Belize. This international effort is being coordinated with The Rotary Club of Belize. Belize is located at the lower tip of Mexico between Guatemala and Honduras.

The planning and gathering of the 7,200 pounds of medical supplies is being handled by the Medical Supplies Network, Inc. Medical Supplies Network, Inc. is a Rotary District 6110 Project that collects used and new supplies that are still working or in sterile packages. Medical Supplies Network, Inc. ships at least one 40-foot sea container every month out of the warehouse located at 1123 S. Erie in Tulsa. The warehouse is a vital extension of the program because so many supplies are packaged and loaded into containers. (more…)

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