Brazilian mayors torn between Carnival and pandemic safety
Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with both New Year’s Eve and its legendary Carnival, each likely to attract millions of revelers. But others have opted for a more conservative approach: Several municipalities in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and other states cancelled Carnival altogether, including the street parties known as “blocos". Officials in favor of maintaining events stress the importance of carnival for local economies that deeply suffered during the pandemic. The city of Sao Paulo has not ruled definitely yet, but in October, Mayor Ricardo Nunes spoke in favor of maintaining Carnival, which is expected to attract some 15 million visitors. But as many as 70 other cities in the interior of Sao Paulo state have chosen to cancel the festival, citing either health reasons or lack of budget, according to online news site G1.wftv.com
The Latest: Japan races to vaccinate as coronavirus surges
Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for more than a week, hospitals are filling up, and thousands of people infected are isolating at home. ___NICOSIA, Cyprus — Lekulutu Nsima said he’s a “lucky man” after receiving his first Pfizer vaccine shot against COVID-19. ___ATLANTA — Fights over masks in schools continue to tear at Georgia communities even as hospital leaders again warned of shrinking bed space amid rising COVID-19 cases. — Mississippi has broken its single-day records of COVID-19 hospitalizations, intensive-care use and new coronavirus cases. The new cases reported Thursday were a 26% increase over the 3,488 cases the department reported in the state Tuesday.wftv.com
27 people aboard Carnival cruise test positive for COVID-19
BELIZE CITY — (AP) — Twenty-seven people aboard a Carnival cruise tested positive for COVID-19 just before the ship made a stop in Belize City this week, according to the Belize Tourism Board. The positive cases were among 26 crew members and one passenger on the Carnival Vista, which is carrying over 1,400 crew and nearly 3,000 passengers, the board said in a statement. The tourism board said 99.98% of the ship's crew was vaccinated, as well as 96.5% of its passengers. The Washington Post reported Carnival said it announced last week that there were positive cases on board, but the cruise line did not not give specific numbers. Carnival is requiring passengers to be vaccinated, though there are exceptions for children and people with medical issues.wftv.com
Help! My Carnival cruise credit offer is sunk, and I can’t get a refund
Q: Last year, I paid a $750 deposit for three tickets on a Carnival cruise from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After the COVID-19 outbreak, Carnival canceled its cruises. Carnival refunded one of the deposits. It sent me a letter stating we had until May 2021 to decide whether to accept a full refund or reschedule a cruise and get $500 additional cruise credit.news.yahoo.com
Cruise giant Carnival says customers affected by breach
Carnival Corp. said Thursday that a data breach in March might have exposed personal information about customers and employees on Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. In a letter to customers, the Miami-based company indicated that outsiders might have gained access to Social Security numbers, passport numbers, dates of birth, addresses and health information of people. Carnival spokesman Roger Frizzell said the company detected outside access to some of its information-technology systems on March 19 and shut down the intrusion and hired a cybersecurity company to investigate. He said Carnival is making changes to improve security of its information systems. Frizzell said the company has notified the affected people and set up a call center to answer their questions.wftv.com
Two travel stocks and one ETF could ride reopening wave as U.S. hits 70 million vaccine doses, strategists say
The S&P 500 may be coming off a losing week, but travel and leisure stocks have run hot. Bets on the reopening trade as the U.S. passed 70 million vaccine doses have ignited a fire under these stocks. "Lido Advisors has taken a position in their Lido recovery portfolio in Las Vegas Sands," Sanchez told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday. Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Sandler, says one stock could be a way to get exposure across the entire travel industry. He now sees the stock heading back to its former highs set in 2018 — a target that implies 35% upside.cnbc.com
First in US, new fueling technology coming to Port Canaveral
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Port Canaveral welcomed a new tug and barge system this week that will provide a cleaner burning fuel source for cruise ships including Carnival’s Mardi Gras scheduled to set sail later this year from Florida. The Port will become the first in the U.S. to become a liquified natural gas, or LNG, cruise port. With the fueling system, Mardi Gras can sail for two weeks between refueling. Port Canaveral Chief Financial Officer Michael Poole is projecting $32.59 million in operating revenue and a $43.12 million loss for the port in the current budget year that ends Sept. 30, reports Florida Today. “There is unanimous and overwhelming support for Port Canaveral,” Diane Luensmann of Port Canaveral Communications told Port commissioners Wednesday.
Kia unveils 2022 Carnival as new SUV-inspired minivan with VIP lounge seating
Kia Motors is replacing its Sedona minivan with a new SUV-inspired model called the Carnival beginning in the second quarter of this year. The 2022 Carnival "multi-purpose vehicle," also known as a minivan, features a boxy exterior, large front grille and an overall design that looks more bold and rugged than the outgoing model. It features new front and rear signature lighting as well as Kia's new logo, which was announced earlier this year. The vehicle, which was unveiled Tuesday, features a host of new safety features as well as new sliding configurations for the second-row seating and an available "VIP Lounge Seating" with power controls and leg extensions much like a traditional reclining chair. "The Kia Carnival is here to disrupt a staid segment and proves once again what is possible when conventions are shattered," Kia Motors North America CEO Sean Yoon said in a release.cnbc.com
Germany ekes some fun out of a quiet Carnival
A reveller stands in front of a political carnival float depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin fighting with opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the streets of Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Because of the coronavirus pandemic the traditional 'Rosenmontag' carnival parade are canceled but eight floats are pulled through the empty streets in Duesseldorf, where normally hundreds of thousands of people would celebrate the street carnival. But organizers in Duesseldorf, one of the German Rhineland's main Carnival strongholds, didn't want to let Rose Monday in 2021 go completely without the traditional caricatures of current events. “It's a small signal that we're alive,” float builder Jacques Tilly told the German news agency dpa. Another depicted the brain flying out of the head of an activist against coronavirus restrictions.
Brazil Carnival goes online with street parties banned
A woman dressed as a superhero and wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus performs in the "Desliga da Justica" street band in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Their performance was broadcast live on social media for those who were unable to participate in the carnival due to COVID restrictions after the city's government officially suspended Carnival and banned street parades or clandestine parties. “When everyone is immunized, we are going to have the biggest Carnival that Brazil has ever seen. One of the biggest street party associations, Blocos da Sebastiana, this year organized workshops on Carnival makeup and instruments and offered playlists of their music. “We would like to be partying on the street but we can’t.” said Rita Fernandes, president of Blocos da Sebastian.
Rio makes do as Carnival festivities are canceled
“It’s magic,” said Das Chagas, who has participated in the Carnival parade for the past 44 years. Eduardo Cerqueira das Chagas speaks with a customer in a store recently opened by the Uniao da Ilha samba school in Rio de Janeiro’s Ilha do Governador. “Do you have masks?” Das Chagas nods, pulling out a few different models. Samba schools — mostly rooted in working-class and favela communities — rely on an army of seamstresses, carpenters and artisans to realize their visions. Because, even without Carnival, Carnival is within us, it’s in our blood.”AdvertisementIonova is a special correspondent.latimes.com
A subdued year for Germany's Carnival, thanks to the virus
A carnival reveler is watched by public order guards at the "Alter Markt" where normally tens of thousands of revelers dressed in carnival costumes would celebrate the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. This year all carnival celebrations are banned due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)BERLIN – Germany’s renowned Carnival celebrations got underway Thursday but without any of their usual raucous revelry. One of Germany’s first superspreader events stemmed from a Carnival celebration in a town west of Cologne last February where many people came in contact with an infected man. Cologne festival committee President Christoph Kuckelkorn told Germany’s dpa news agency that Carnival could emerge from this year purified, returning closer to its roots from the increasingly commercial, excessive celebration it had become.
With Carnival scrapped, Rio’s Sambadrome hosts vaccinations
In a normal year, Rios Sambadrome would be preparing for its great moment of the year: the worlds most famous Carnival parade. But a week before what should be the start of Carnival, the pandemic has replaced pageantry. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)RIO DE JANEIRO – In a normal year, Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome would be preparing for its great moment of the year: the world’s most famous Carnival parade. Rio’s hotel occupancy rate normally reaches about 80% in the hot summer months and 100% during Carnival. It's now at roughly 50-60%, according to Alfredo Lopes, the president of Rio’s Hospitality Workers Union.
Cruises out of Port Canaveral could return in July
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Disney, Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean all announced this month the companies will wait even longer to restart, Port Canaveral officials now predict cruises might return in July. Port Canaveral commissioners approved a revised port budget to update its losses to $43 million. Fortunately, with savings built up from record years before coronavirus, Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray is confident the port will outlast the pandemic even all the way into next year. Port officials said it is most likely the beginning of the restart will feature one ship per cruise line and each ship will operate at 50% capacity. The first cruises will be crew members only, the next set of cruises will be volunteers, all before regular passengers can get a ticket.
2 detained in double fatal shooting in Orange County
LAKE MARY, Fla. – Two people have been detained in Lake Mary for a double fatal shooting on the 1900 block of Americana Boulevard in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Orange County deputies are investigating a deadly shooting that happened here along Americana Blvd around 2pm. Authorities were able to detain two people on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in the area of U.S. 17-92 in Lake Mary. The photo featured above shows investigators from Orange County and Seminole County responding to the scene by Lake Mary. Two people have been detained in Lake Mary for a double fatal shooting on the 1900 block of Americana Boulevard in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida background checks for guns skyrocket in first days of 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. – With more than 30 years of selling guns under his gun belt, John Lassiter, of Addison’s Gun Shop in Kissimmee, has seen his industry revolve between gun-lows and gun-highs. “I call this a ‘gun run.’ We have been through gun runs before,” Lassiter said. Using data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the agency responsible for running firearm background checks for those purchasing guns, shows that in the first 10 days of 2021, background checks were up 71%. Industry leaders said the boost is driven by many first-timers: people buying guns for the first time. “A lot of people in the firearms business say 2021 is going to make 2020 look like a normal year,” Lassiter said.
Mother of 3 newborns abandoned at apartment complexes found, could face charges, police say
DNA testing has shown three newborn babies found abandoned years apart at an Orlando, Florida apartment complex are all siblings. ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police say they have found the biological mother of the three newborns left at apartment complexes across a span of three years. A note found with the baby said the mother left him because she was in fear of the child’s father, according to police. Officials said Wednesday they’ve been in contact with their biological mother since late November and were able to track her down with a DNA match. Authorities add that it is an open criminal investigation and the biological mother is also cooperating with detectives.
SpaceX completes resupply mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The SpaceX Cargo Dragon undocked from the space station Tuesday morning and completed the splashdown off Florida’s west coast. A day after the weather postponed the undocking, Dragon got the green light to undock around 9:05 a.m. Tuesday. 🐉 The upgraded @SpaceX cargo Dragon successfully undocked from the @Space_Station at 9:05am ET & is on its way back to Earth for splashdown on Jan. 13, west of Tampa off the coast of Florida. @ISS_Research will be delivered to researchers at @NASAKennedy: https://t.co/Dqltf5ME8X pic.twitter.com/esYxtUmBfH — NASA (@NASA) January 12, 2021Back at the space station, the crew onboard is preparing for upcoming spacewalks planned for Jan. 19 and 25. Commander Mike Hopkins and pilot Victor Glover, who both flew aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon in November, will conduct both spacewalks.
More Florida Publix pharmacies to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine
Ron DeSantis announced that more Florida Publix pharmacies will soon begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65 and older. He said registration will open Wednesday for seven Publix stores in Okaloosa County, five in Santa Rosa County and six in Escambia County. He emphasized that the Publix locations are only open to elderly Florida residents and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. A full list of Publix locations offering the shots is available here. Last week, DeSantis announced that select Publix locations in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties would begin inoculating seniors.
Officer rescues dog trapped from marsh area known to have gators
An Animal Enforcement Officer rescued a dog trapped from a marsh area known to have gators, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – An Animal Enforcement Officer rescued a dog trapped from a marsh area known to have gators, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Officer Amy Riccio responded to an area in Bassville Park in Leesburg to a call for a service on a dog trapped on an island swamp area. Officer Riccio was able to get the dog’s trust and carry the pup across the makeshift bridge to safety. Deputies said the dog was taken to the Lake County Animal Shelter until the owner can be located.
Sanford firefighter faces charges for his role in Capitol riot
SANFORD, Fla. – A Sanford firefighter who was pictured inside the Capitol building during a large-scale riot last week has been arrested on federal charges, records show. Andrew Williams was taken into custody Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering the temporary residence of the president without authority to do so. The picture sent to News 6 shows Williams wearing a Trump 2020 hat and pointing at a placard for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. I ask for the public’s patience as we move through this process,” Sanford Fire Chief Craig Radzak said in a news release. Now, ahead of next week’s inauguration, authorities nationwide are preparing for potentially violent protests and demonstrations.
News 6 helps unemployed military veteran claim jobless benefits
Much to his surprise, he said he was unable to get unemployment benefits approved because of a denial for benefits dating back to 2008. “I haven’t seen any back-pay,” a frustrated Brulotte told News 6 from his home. News 6 contacted the DEO’s outgoing press scretary Paige Landrum, who was able to get Brulotte’s account updated in 24 hours. On Saturday, Brulotte told News 6 his bank account had a $5,000 deposit from the DEO just in time for his 51st birthday. “You were my last hope .”The DEO is working to update cases as quickly as possible.
Cocoa Beach officials don’t want FDOT’s flashing-yellow mid-block crosswalks on SR A1A
COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Adding mid-block crossings with flashing-yellow lights along State Road A1A poses “an unreasonable safety risk” for pedestrians — because some drivers fail to stop when the lights are activated, the Cocoa Beach City Commission argues. The address is 900 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach. Cocoa Beach — S.R. It’s remarkable that FDOT doesn’t do anything about this,” Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Ed Martinez said during last week’s meeting. It’s remarkable that FDOT doesn’t do anything about this,” Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Ed Martinez said during last week’s meeting.
Brevard residents drive to Indian River County for COVID-19 vaccine
Doug Gray of Melbourne brought his 87-year-old dad to the health department drive-through site in Vero Beach rather than the Brevard County site in Viera. News 6 also met people Tuesday from Palm Beach County, an hour and a half away. And also like the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, Indian River County advised people to sign up for its text-alerts to know immediately when new appointments open up. “I can’t say enough about Indian River County and the whole nine yards. In Indian River, the county Tuesday afternoon said it does not know when its next shipment is coming.
Florida leaders concerned about opioid crisis worsening amid COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. – There has been a rise in opioid use and overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the founder of the Opioid Project, Andrae Bailey, and the issue has caught the attention of Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson. Thompson hosted a virtual forum Tuesday morning to discuss the opioid epidemic with doctors and organizations a part of the conversation. “The COVID-19 pandemic has absolutely, definitively, no question about it, exacerbated the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Aaron Wohl, an emergency medicine physician with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Orlando. He said during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the largest increase in overdose deaths of any demographic was in the African American community. The conversation also offered up resources like Aspire Health Partners, who offers services to those with opioid addiction.
AdventHealth opens first community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 1,500 people 65 or older or health care workers with affiliations to AdventHealth pulled into an empty economy parking lot at the Orlando International Airport Tuesday to get their first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine through AdventHealth. It’s the first community vaccination site provided by the health care system. “We set this up to be able to give as many shots as our community needs as we are able to get them,” said Dr. Scott Brady, CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care. Last week, AdventHealth sent an email to patients and employees saying they were going to open up 7,000 appointments. AdventHealth saying they have no extras left.
High-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda walks the plank at Legoland Florida
WINTER HAVEN, Fla – Florida’s famous high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda walked the plank at the Legoland Florida Resort on Friday. The performer, originally from Sarasota, performed the epic high-wire walk nearly 600 feet cross the skies of the theme park. Legoland Florida also started a new show, Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show and PirateFest Weekends. During the new PirateFest Weekends, guests can meet the famous Lego Pirate characters and participate in all-new shows and activities. Pirate Weekends runs Feb. 12-14, 20-21, 27-28.
Marion man, woman accused of killing criminal informant
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A Marion County man and woman accused of killing a criminal information were indicted Tuesday on federal charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]“On April 6, 2016, K.B. was found deceased in her parked vehicle near a cemetery in Oxford, Florida, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. They’re both facing charges of murder of a government witness, conspiracy to murder a government witness and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the case with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Osceola County schools consolidating meal distribution sites
A Hillsborough County lunch room worker holds up food while parents wait in a line Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at the Brandon High School in Brandon, Fla. Hillsborough County Schools have stopped daily breakfast and lunch pickups for students and are distributing a week's worth of food one day a week. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County Public Schools announced Tuesday it’s consolidating its curbside meal program to fewer schools. The school district says it intends to provide free breakfast and lunch to virtual learning students through the rest of the semester but will be adjusting its curbside meal program next month. Elementary schools and Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy serving times are 9-9:30 a.m., middle school serving times are 10-10:30 a.m. and high school serving times are 3:30-4:30 p.m.District officials say Tuesday meals will be bundled with two breakfasts and two lunches per child. Current student ID card, birth certificate or any state-issued ID or passport are acceptable, OCPS officials said.
Hemingway look-alikes urge mask-wearing in Florida Keys
Past winners of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest in Key West. KEY WEST, Fla. – Ernest Hemingway look-alikes are being used by the Florida Keys tourism council to encourage visitors and residents to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. Play It Safe in the Florida Keys What would Ernest "Papa" Hemingway say? Posted by The Florida Keys & Key West on Monday, January 11, 2021The video is part of the Keys tourism council’s ongoing “Play It Safe” video series promoting personal responsibility and health protective measures to combat the global pandemic. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 40th annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s last July.
Central Florida lawmaker pushing governor to prioritize school workers for vaccination
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A state representative from Central Florida is putting pressure on the governor to make COVID-19 vaccines available to teachers. State Rep. Carlos Smith sent a letter to Florida Gov. We’ve just sent a letter urging @GovRonDeSantis to make #COVID19 vaccines IMMEDIATELY available to K-12 essential FL teachers and school district personnel 65+ currently in direct contact with students. Smith represents the 49th congressional district, which covers a large portion of Orange County, including the University of Central Florida. Several school leaders in Central Florida have sent similar letters to the governor, urging him to give educators and school staff priority when it comes to vaccinations.
New Oreo ‘Brookie’ cookie hits store shelves
You know about brownies and you’ve heard of Oreos. Now introducing the Brookie-o, the love child of an Oreo and a brownie. The tasty treat features Oreo’s original chocolate wafers with a three-layered filling of brownie cream, original cream and cookie dough cream. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]They’re on sale now but only for a limited time. The cookie company hit the market in 1912 and about 100 years later, it got big into the new flavor game.
Florida taking part in Emergency Rental Assistance program
Florida is taking part in the Emergency Rental Assistance program to help Floridians impacted financially by the coronavirus. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state would take part in the program, which was established by the COVID-19 relief legislation that was passed in December. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]The program would provide $1.4 billion in emergency rental assistance to Floridians who qualify, with more than $850 million administered by the state. Today I announced the state of Florida’s participation in the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide $1.4 billion in critical rental assistance funding to Floridians. More info here – https://t.co/Iv1yQuFo3R — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 12, 2021Household qualifications for assistance:.
Lake County to offer appointment-based COVID-19 vaccinations
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Starting Tuesday, Lake County will now offer shots of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine via appointment. The Florida Department of Health in Lake County has a limited number of vaccines to be distributed to Florida’s priority groups including long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older and health care workers with direct patient contact. Registration opened at 2 p.m. and the appointments were filled within minutes. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]“We have been listening to concerns from our community and wanted to expedite appointment-based immunization for our residents and vulnerable seniors,” Lake County Board Commission Chairman Sean Parks said in a news release. The Florida Department of Health will also continue first come, first serve vaccinations.
Man shoots lifelong friend who came at him with pitchfork, Volusia deputies say
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Volusia County deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose friend said he opened fire on him because the victim came at him with a pitchfork, according to a report. According to a news release from Volusia County deputies, the alleged shooter reported that he and his friend were outside the home when his friend pointed the pitchfork at him in a threatening manner. The shooter, who was armed with a handgun, told his friend to put down the pitchfork, and he did, according to deputies. The man, a lifelong friend of the victim, told deputies he was in fear for his life and his wife’s, who was also home at the time of the shooting. The shooting is still under investigation, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Polk teacher found passed out in car arrested on drug charges, deputies say
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A sixth grade math teacher who was found passed out behind the wheel of a car is now facing drug possession charges, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. That is completely unacceptable,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release. Ramos is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Polk County Public Schools said Ramos has no prior disciplinary action on her file. She’s also taught at Wendell Watson Elementary, Socrum Elementary and Oscar J. Pope Elementary.
Here are the security measures you could see in place ahead of possible nationwide protests
According to an internal FBI bulletin, nationwide protests at state capitols and courthouses are being planned from Jan. 16 until Jan. 20. Montiero said when law enforcement receives a warning like this one, it’s important for agencies to act quickly. So, the FBI has issued their information, you have the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) that gathers their own and then the sheriff’s offices,” he said. “Of course, they share information and then they begin to put action to prevent anything from happening.”A likely part of the security plans would be to put officers in places where they can be seen. “You’re going to get an obvious response (and) there’s going to be visual deterrents” Montiero said.
Royal Caribbean cancels cruises through end of April
Royal Caribbean is pushing back its plans to resume sailing. The company posted a statement on its website and social media accounts Monday announcing the suspension of sailing through April 30. Royal Caribbean is offering refunds or credits for a future cruise to customers affected by this suspension. 🔗 bit.ly/RCIOperationsUpdate Posted by Royal Caribbean International on Tuesday, January 12, 2021This comes despite the CDC lifting its no sail order at the end of October. [RELATED: Port Canaveral reports $18 million loss in budget year as cruise operations remain idled]Florida Today reports the biggest factor in the loss was the suspension of sailings.
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibit coming to EPCOT
ORLANDO, Fla – Walt Disney World officials on Tuesday said that a new exhibit, The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure will debut at EPCOT beginning next month. The exhibit will be located inside the American Adventure and will introduce and allow guests to explore the colorful and surprising history of jazz. Officials said the exhibit will feature Joe Gardner, the music teacher from the new animated Disney-Pixar film, “Soul.”Guests will experience the musical history of jazz in the cities of New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]“Jazz is the story of America. It unites people from every walk of life, and it’s a living breathing art form that is always evolving and always changing,” said Carmen Smith, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering “We’re working with top jazz museums across this country from New Orleans to New York and we’re excited to have their participation in this project.”An official opening date has not been announced, but Disney officials said they look forward to welcoming guests soon.
Woman hit twice, killed on Sand Lake Road in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A 54-year-old Orlando woman was struck and killed by two vehicles and may have been run over by others Monday night in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fatal crash happened at 9:10 p.m. on Sand Lake Road near Voltaire Drive. [TRENDING: Manatee found with ‘Trump’ etched into skin | Carnival says 2020 bookings are strong | Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine]The FHP said a car driven by a 17-year-old Orlando girl and another vehicle driven by a 60-year-old Florida man struck the woman, who was crossing Sand Lake Road. The victim then may have been run over by other cars, with the drivers unaware of the incident, troopers said. Anyone who might have been involved is asked to call the FHP at 407-737-2213.
Gov. DeSantis helps debut new COVID-19 vaccine site at The Villages
THE VILLAGES, Fla. – People in Sumter County now have a new opportunity to get a coronavirus vaccine. Through a partnership with the Florida Department of Health and Global Medical Response, those who are 65 and older can receive a vaccine free of charge at a new outdoor site. Steve and Gene Uhrick found out about the new site on Monday and right away signed up online for an appointment. As you register for the vaccine, you will also be asked how you want to receive your special PIN number. The governor assured Tuesday the site has the capabilities of administering around 800 shots a day to start.
Manatee found in Florida river with ‘Trump’ scratched on its skin
CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – A manatee was recently spotted swimming along the Homosassa River with the word “Trump” scraped onto its skin and now, a federal investigation is underway. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating. Fish & Wildlife Service is investigating the harassment of a manatee...reported to federal authorities over the weekend discovered w/ words "Trump" scraped in its back ...discovered in Blue Hole on the Homosassa River” (via @CitrusChronicle )-Insurrectioning wildlife? Fish and Wildlife Service. Fish and Wildlife Service is aware of this incident and is working closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Pandemic-era Mardi Gras: No big crowds, but plenty of cake
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Mondo Kayo parades down Chartres Street during Mardi Gras, in New Orleans. The Mardi Gras season always starts on Jan. 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on Feb. 16. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc is a club that annually pays homage to the fallen French hero with a parade through the French Quarter on the official start of the Carnival season. In Mobile, Alabama, dozens of parades, balls and other events also have been canceled. The city on the Gulf of Mexico calls itself the birthplace of Mardi Gras since celebrations began there a few years earlier than in New Orleans.
S&P 500 ends at another record high as tumultuous 2020 ends
The benchmark S&P 500 index finished with a gain of 16.3% for the year, or a total return of about 18.4%, including dividends. And the S&P 500 rose or fell by at least 1% on twice as many days in 2020 than it did, on average, since 1950. The electric car maker jumped 743.4% in 2020 for the biggest gain in the S&P 500. All told, the S&P 500 set 33 record highs in 2020. The S&P 500 rose 24.03 points, or 0.6%, to 3,756.07, an all-time high.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Pfizer, Nikola, Carnival, FuboTV & more
Pfizer — Shares of Pfizer rose 2% after the drugmaker said it would supply the U.S. with 100 million additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine by July. The U.S. government will pay $1.95 billion for the incremental doses, bringing the total paid to Pfizer to nearly $4 billion. Nikola — Shares of Nikola Corp. dropped nearly 10% after the company announced that it has ended its partnership with Republic Services to jointly develop electric garbage trucks. FuboTV — Shares of FuboTV lost more than 8% after a major run-up in shares recently. Chevron, Exxon, Diamondback Energy — Energy stocks rose as investors bet on cyclical sectors and oil futures rose.cnbc.com
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Tesla, Dollar Tree, Carnival, Best Buy and more
Tesla – Shares of the electric vehicle company jumped more than 4% to hit a record high as investors continue to favor the stock. The company reported better-than-expected earnings amid strong online sales in the third quarter. Dollar Tree reported third-quarter earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $6.18 billion. The medical technology company reported earnings of $1.02 per share, topping estimates of 80 cents per share, according to Refinitiv. The apparel retailer reported quarterly earnings of 78 cents per share, beating the 45 cent consensus estimate, according to Refinitiv.cnbc.com
Coronavirus: Carnival cancels early 2021 cruises
Coronavirus: Carnival cancels early 2021 cruisesPublished: November 18, 2020, 12:37 pmCarnival said Wednesday that as it continues to outline plans to sail with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, it has notified guests that is has canceled cruises planned for early next year.
Travel companies cheer Pfizer Covid vaccine news as 'welcomed step' toward return in demand
Today's Pfizer news is a welcomed step in the right direction," Steve Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor, told CNBC over email. "This is a very positive development for the world, and, of course, our company and our brands, as well as the cruise industry. In the meantime, the cruise operators are working around the clock, setting up testing facilities for all crew and conducting simulated voyages with their new COVID protocols. Analysts also are wondering whether a new administration under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden will result in different protocols for the cruise industry. Prior the Pfizer vaccine news, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on the company's earnings call last Friday said, "We'll start to see meaningfully more bookings when those vaccines start to take effect."cnbc.com
Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
A "quadra" or court, which this time of year is usually filled with Carnival performers practicing their dance moves, sits empty in the Unidos de Padre Miguel samba school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Sept. 24, said it has delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazils continued vulnerability to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
The samba schools are community institutions, and the parades are just one detail of all that,” Luiz Antonio Simas, a historian who specializes in Rio’s Carnival, said in an interview. As the number of infections grew, the samba schools that participate in the glitzy annual parade halted preparations for the 2021 event. Nearly all of Rio’s samba schools are closely linked to working class communities. “Carnival is our life.”The last year Rio’s Carnival was suspended was 1912, following the death of the foreign relations minister. A statement from the agency Thursday provided no further clarity on the fate of the Carnival street parties.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO: 'We expect to sail sometime in 2020'
Norwegian Cruise Line hopes to resume sea trips this year, despite a global coronavirus pandemic that has rocked the industry. CEO Frank Del Rio on Thursday told CNBC's Jim Cramer that his cruise company is consulting with government officials and public health experts to ensure its fleet is safe for crew and passengers to board. "We expect to sail sometime in 2020," he said in a "Mad Money" interview. Norwegian could resume cruise operations as soon as July 1, according to information a spokeswoman shared with The New York Times earlier this week. The liquidity gave Norwegian the "encouragement and confidence to go forward," Del Rio said.cnbc.com
White House task force quietly softened cruise ship no-sail restrictions after months of industry deference
Almost 100 cruise ships wait off the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific coasts, with about 80,000 crew members on board, according to the CDCs latest no-sail order. The Coast Guard reported it oversaw 250,000 passengers removed from cruise ships during that time. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment, the warning said. But by early March, it was clear the industry had another crisis on its hands on another Princess cruise: the Grand Princess. "The failure to act on the cruise industry is just another example of it.dailycommercial.com
White House task force quietly softened cruise ship no-sail restrictions after months of industry deference
Almost 100 cruise ships wait off the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific coasts, with about 80,000 crew members on board, according to the CDCs latest no-sail order. The Coast Guard reported it oversaw 250,000 passengers removed from cruise ships during that time. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment, the warning said. But by early March, it was clear the industry had another crisis on its hands on another Princess cruise: the Grand Princess. "The failure to act on the cruise industry is just another example of it.ocala.com
White House task force quietly softened cruise ship no-sail restrictions after months of industry deference
Almost 100 cruise ships wait off the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific coasts, with about 80,000 crew members on board, according to the CDCs latest no-sail order. The Coast Guard reported it oversaw 250,000 passengers removed from cruise ships during that time. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment, the warning said. But by early March, it was clear the industry had another crisis on its hands on another Princess cruise: the Grand Princess. "The failure to act on the cruise industry is just another example of it.news-journalonline.com
Jim Cramer says there is a key difference between the 'coronavirus recession' and Great Recession
Cramer pointed out a big contrast in the underlying causes of the current economic downturn, which he called a "coronavirus recession," and the last recession. The economic downturn of the late 2000s, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s, was triggered by a financial breakdown. The Saudi sovereign wealth fund revealed that it bought 43.5 million shares of the American cruise company. Carnival also said it sold nearly $2 billion worth of senior notes with a 5.75% coupon and expects to close on another $4 billion in senior notes with a 11.5% coupon, both due in 2023. In the case a company goes into bankruptcy, the senior notes, or bonds, are prioritized for payback.cnbc.com
Beleaguered cruise ship company Carnival to raise $6 billion in stock and debt, shares jump
Carnival is issuing $6 billion in stock and debt as the beleaguered cruise ship company tries to shore up its finances after suspending operations following COVID-19 outbreaks on at least three of its ships. The company said Tuesday it plans to issue $1.25 billion in stock, $3 billion in secured notes and $1.75 billion in convertible notes all due 2023. President Donald Trump has indicated that the federal government will help the struggling cruise industry, which employs more than 400,000 Americans, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. "What we take away from this is a recognition that the recently passed $500bn 'Economic Stabilization Fund' doesn't figure to bring the cruise industry much help," Bilson wrote. Earlier this month, the Cruise Lines International Association, of which Carnival is a member, announced a 30-day suspension of North American operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.cnbc.com
Traders caution against buying travel stocks: 'When in doubt, stay out'
Travel stocks are tumbling. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are down over 50% year to date, with Carnival not far behind at a 45% loss. "We don't know where this goes, and we still need to figure out what the bottom looks like," she said, warning that "the cruise industry, airline industry, hotel industry, they're not going to be able to recoup this later." Stocks like Carnival are down over 60% just since the highs were made back in January 2018." The transports as a whole remain "a very weak group," Newton said.cnbc.com
Italian stocks plunge over 5% as coronavirus shuts down towns, schools and soccer matches
Italian stocks plunged in Monday trade, as the euro zone's third-largest economy grappled with the largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia. Shares of Italian banks fell sharply while the stock of Juventus soccer club was briefly halted after falling 11%. Schools, museums, universities and cinemas have been closed while other public events, including Serie A soccer matches, have been canceled. A woman wear a protective mask in Venice, Italy, on February 23, 2020 due to concerns over coronavirus infection. Earlier in February, and before the virus hit the country, the bank warned that the coronavirus could have a significant impact on the Italian economy.cnbc.com
Coronavirus shuts Venices Carnival and threatens Italys economy
Its like the war here, nothing like this has been seen since 1945, said Francesco Passerini, the mayor of Codogno, one of the quarantined towns in Lombardy. By striking the heart of Italys wealthy, industrial northern heartland, the virus could yet help tilt the stuttering Italian economy into recession. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday said the outbreak could have a very strong impact on Italys economy. But in Codogno, quarantined residents were taking no chances and staying home or donning masks to join the long lines and the few open food stores. Its surreal but calm, said Giuseppe Felisi, a financial advisor who lives in Bertonico, one of the quarantined towns.latimes.com
Former Carnival cruise ship makes nausea-inducing entrance into Florida port
This ship was launched in 1986 as a Carnival cruiser, but switched branding in 2008 and 2014, to Carnival's subsidiary Ibero Cruises and then Costa Cruises, before finally being sold in 2014, to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. No damage was reported from the incident, and it looks like some good piloting saved the day. It's far from the only scary incident for this vessel.Just last month, the ship broke off its moorings while docked in Freeport, Bahamas, during a passing cyclone. Maritime blog Fleetmon reported the ship collided with its pier during the Jan. 3 incident, before being brought back by tugboats. The Celebration stuck around to rescue 42 survivors.No injuries were reported from Friday's incident, but there were probably more than a few spilled bloody marys.orlandoweekly.com
Carnival stock's rally is a sign 'this market is driven by hope,' Jim Cramer says
Carnival stock managed to bounce as investors attempt to get ahead of the coronavirus story, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Wednesday. "When you see Carnival stock up 2.6% today on the possibility of a big but quantifiable chunk of earnings going away, well, you know this market is driven by hope." In the broader market, Cramer attributed the gains on Wall Street to easing fears over the epidemic in China and results from the New Hampshire primary. "That sums up the prevailing view on Wall Street, though: They're confident Sanders will lose if he's the nominee," Cramer said. Last time Wall Street was pretty convinced that Hillary [Clinton] had it locked up, right?"cnbc.com
With 117 new ships on the way, Florida's cruise industry faces new competition
click to enlarge Photo via CarnivalData from the report reveals some developing trends in the ever-evolving industry, with 39 different cruise lines included. More than half of the 117 ships currently in the pipeline have a capacity of fewer than 1,000 passengers. From Virgin to Ritz Carlton, it seems like every major hospitality brand is embracing the cruise industry. According to a new report published by Cruise Industry News , 117 new cruise ships will be delivered within the next seven years.Data from the report reveals some developing trends in the ever-evolving industry, with 39 different cruise lines included. With an average capacity of 2,113 passengers and an average tonnage of 82,000, its clear that the mega-ships popular with lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival will remain the exception in the industry.orlandoweekly.com
Dow soars more than 400 points, Tesla surge leads Nasdaq to all-time high
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 407.82 points higher, or 1.4%, at 28,807.63. The S&P 500 gained 1.5% to end at 3,297.59 while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.1% to a record of 9,467.97. Tesla, meanwhile, powered the Nasdaq with a surge of more than 13% that lifted the stock above $900 for the first time. Billionaire investor Ron Baron, a longtime Tesla bull, said Tuesday that Tesla could see revenues of $1 trillion in 10 years. At its high of the day, Tesla had surged more than 24%.cnbc.com
Leah Chases enduring legacy and independent spirit remembered on this Twelfth Night
But to fully appreciate Chases legacy, let alone learn from it, we need to keep in mind that her independent spirit was the bedrock of who she was. Leah Chasep prepares lunch at her restaurant Dooky Chases in New Orleans on Jan. 20, 2009. Dooky Chase restaurant is located across the street from what was once the Lafitte public housing project. He was a good man, Chase recalled. When the Mardi Gras season culminates on Fat Tuesday itself, the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club will pass in front of Dooky Chase as it always does.latimes.com
Man on cruise ship goes overboard
The Carnival Dream departed Galveston, Texas, Thursday on a four-day cruise when a guest went overboard. GALVESTON, Texas - The Coast Guard is searching for a 26-year-old man who was reported overboard from a Carnival cruise ship Thursday evening. The Carnival Dream departed Galveston, Texas, Thursday on a four-day cruise when the guest went overboard, Carnival said in a statement to CNN. A 22-year-old man with autism was on a cruise to Mexico with a nonprofit organization that works with disabled adults when he climbed over a deck rail and went missing, according to the cruise line. Days earlier, a 26-year-old man went overboard from a ship 35 miles south of the Florida Keys, sparking search and rescue efforts.
Carnival cruise execs due in court on ocean pollution case
Carnival Cruise "Triumph" along with two other ships are seen in the Houston Port. MIAMI - Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. Earlier this year, Carnival admitted violating probation from a 2016 criminal pollution case as its ships continued to cause environmental harm around the world since then and was hit with a $20 million penalty. Carnival operates more than 100 ships across its nine cruise brands and sails to more than 700 destinations.