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The San Pedro Sun

Holiday Hotel’s Halloween Bash 2015 was EPIC!
The Holiday Hotel did it again, with another spooktacular Halloween bash held on Saturday, October 31st. The anticipated event is one of Holiday Hotel’s biggest celebrations, attracting people from all over Belize and even internationally, who bring out their best masterpieces to impress. Ranging from elegant to the super creative, pretty and classic, to the bizarre, there were plenty of costumes, and, again, according to spectators, they surpassed expectations. A large crowd of onlookers gathered around the traditional orange carpet excited to see what this year’s event would bring. Around 9PM, creative participants began sashaying down the carpet to a captive audience that marveled at the unique entrances. The prize for the Craziest, a $50 gift certificate courtesy of El Fogon went to Vic Murphy for his Rum and Coke costume. Best Make up went to Inez the Witch Doctor, and she took home two round trip boat tickets to Belize City (San Pedro Belize Express). The Manager’s Favorite went to ‘Friki Tiki,’ who walked away with $100 gift certificate courtesy of Caprice Bar and Grill and three months membership at Train Station Fitness Club. Most Spectacular was the ‘Las Vegas’ costume, by Leonel Milan, and he won one- night stay for two with breakfast and guided tours at Chaa Creek Lodge. The Maya Warriors were awarded for the Scariest costume, with two round trip tickets to either Merida or Cancun Mexico, courtesy of Tropic Air. The top prize of the evening, Most Creative, was definitely a clear winner: Jurassic World! That grand prize included a $1,000 in cash courtesy of Holiday Hotel and two nights stay at Los Cocos Hotel in Chetumal, Mexico.

Health Agreement Signed with Merida – Cancer Treatment for Children
The Ministry of Health and the Belize Cancer Society today signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health of Merida, Yucatan for the treatment of children with cancer from Belize. The agreement will allow children under the age of 18 to access treatment services in Merida once they have been referred by the Belize Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health – with costs being covered through the generous grant recently provided by the Social Security Board for this purpose. Treatments available under this – first of its kind – agreement include: specialist consultations, hospitalization, chemotherapy, biopsy, imaging including CT scans and ultrasound and other treatments for children with cancer.

Revision of NPAS ACT and amendments to PACT
The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development informs about two important new laws that will increase environment protection and boost sustainable economic development in Belize. The National Protected Area System (NPAS) Act and amendments to the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) became law on October 22, 2015. Both measures will, for the first time, create a unified management and financial system for Belize’s NPAS which is central to our economic development and already contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy every year in direct uses, such as tourism, fishing and forestry. Equally important for the economy and wellbeing of all Belizeans are the indirect uses of “ecosystem services”, such as the provision of healthy food, clean air, precious water, affordable electricity and respectable jobs. NPAS even protects us from storms and the impacts of climate change.

Countdown to General Elections 2015
On Wednesday, November 4th, registered voters will be heading to the polls to cast their votes in an early General Elections. With only days remaining, The San Pedro Sun has detailed the rules and regulations involved when exercising your right to vote. The Belize Rural South (BRS) electorate will be voting for one of three candidates running for Area Representative, and they are José “Elito” Arceo of the People’s United Party, José Manuel Heredia Jr. of the United Democratic Party and Robert “Bobby” Lopez of the Belize Progressive Party. The election process for BRS will be overseen by Returning Officer Martin Alegria and Election Clerk Leodan Torres. The rules of Election Day remain the same as that of past years. All political parties and candidates are expected to conduct themselves in a civil manner while abiding by the rules agreed on. No political booths or political banners will be allowed within the 100-yard polling area. Members of the media will also need to maintain the same distance from the polls and wait for an election officer to feed them with information.

Ambergris Today

Halloween Party Selfies on Fleek at Holiday Hotel Bash
It was that time again for all the witches, mermaids, vampires and many more walk down the orange carpet at the annual Halloween Party inside Holiday Hotel. On Saturday, October 31, 2015, hundreds of spectators outside Holiday Hotel and those inside the party celebrated and enjoyed some of the most oustanding, funny and scary costumes that walked the island during the spookiest night of the year. It was a great halloween party to remember and most definitley full of selfie taking. Gerry Badillo of Ambergris Today (our selfie specialist) was on the scene to capture some of the best moments of the night.

Anti-Bullying Awareness Month a Success, Ends with 5K Marathon
On behalf of the San Pedro High School, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all persons who assisted us in making our bullying awareness month, under the theme “Make a Noise about Bullying” a success. For three of our biggest events, which included a poster competition, a school assembly and our final event, a 5K marathon, we received gracious support from community members. For the poster competition, two judges were tasked with selecting the first, second and third place winners from 20 entries. The judges were distinct community members: Mrs. Melody Wolfe, a local artist, and Mr. Shamir Guerrero, a graphic designer, who also designed the fliers for the 5K marathon. As for the “Make a Noise about Bullying” assembly, we welcomed three other judges from the community; we had two alumni from San Pedro High, Ms. Lisette Graniel, and Mr. Francisco Mendez, and we also had our past principal, Mr. Angel Nunez. The event was successful, and the winners are as follows: First Place: Esther Galeano and Rose Romero Second Place: Camryn Briceno Third Place (tie): Erika Lopez, and Divya Wadwha

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Trick or Treat at The Island Link Internet Cafe
Love the costumes!! Next year again!

2 job vacancy available at caye caulker rentals
Yard maintenance and house keeping please feel free to call 6301008 or visit the office for more info. thank you!! have a nice day

Fisheries Department closed til Friday
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the general public that its Licensing Section, located on Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City, will be closed from Tuesday November 3, 2015 to Thursday November 5, 2015 due to the staff’s engagement with Election 2015. The Fisheries Administrator regrets any inconvenience caused during this period. The issuance of permits and licenses will resume on Friday November 6, 2015. For any further information, kindly contact the Belize Fisheries Department at 224-4552 or 223-2187.

Dental Mission Belize
Another successful dental mission, this time in Armenia Village. Thanks to all the doctors that participated! "Highlights of the Dental Mission Belize held Oct 25-27 in Armenia Village. We thank all the doctors that took time to making smiles beautiful in the village!"

KMI Motivational Seminar
BELTRAIDE is teaming up with KMI to bring a set of motivational speakers to Cayo on Wednesday, November 18th. The seminar theme is 'Getting Motivated for Business and Success,' and will be held at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

Beautiful Birds of Belize
Some pictures taken around the grounds of Belize Bird Rescue

Proxy forms disagreement
The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to categorically state that the office of the Chief Elections Officer has approved only proxy forms meeting the stipulations as set out in Rule 19 of the Electoral Rules, Representation of the People’s Act CAP 9, Laws of Belize. Please be advised that the Elections and Boundaries Department has not and will never violate the sanctity of the Electoral laws. The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to place on the record that its paramount mandate is to ensure free and fair elections and secure the integrity of the electoral process. At no time did the Department ever approve or execute any blank proxy forms. In the circumstances, all allegations of that nature that is in the public domain are false, mischievous, and egregious and calculated to cause public discomfort and unease at this critical juncture.

Mini Peach Cobbler
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular size muffin tin. Combine the first 5 ingredients by hand… sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Put 2 tbsp of batter into each regular size muffin tin… on top of the melted butter. Then put 1 tbsp diced peaches on top of the batter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and then cinnamon.

Caye Caulker BTIA Tourism Training Week
Our second annual tourism training week will be held next week. Trainings will be posted this week with sign up and registration fee information.

MCHS 25th Anniversary
They had a big celebration for Mount Carmel High School's 25th anniversary. There were some sports events too. Happy birthday MCHS! "Live from MCHS! Lots of fun and activities commemorating our 25th Anniversary."

Channel 7

Murderous Devils At Blue Angels
A man was stabbed to death in Cayo in front of Blue Angels Night Club this weekend. 20 year old Eteer Munoz Espino went to the club along with his friend Franklin Garcia on Saturday night. But just when all the Halloween fun was ending around 4:00 on Sunday morning, a fight broke out during which Espino was fatally stabbed. San Ignacio police told us more today. It’s on these dusty green cement steps that 20-year-old Eteer Munoz Espino took his last breath. This was the furthest he could go after he was stabbed 4 times right in front of Blue Angels Night Club in San Ignacio. Reports are that Espino left his home in Buena Vista Village on Saturday morning. His stepfather told us he saw him riding around on his motorcycle throughout the day But later on Espino met up with his friend Franklin Garcia and they both went to Blue Angels – that’s where the trouble started.

Five Year Old Shot In Belmopan Drive By
A pair of twin brothers and a 5 year old boy were shot in Salvapan on Saturday night. The brothers 26 year old Elvis Godoy and Josel Godoy were hanging out in their yard on Saturday night when two men pulled up on a motorcycle and shot at them. Elvis’ 5 year old son Elvis Jr. had just come out of the house and was also shot. Luckily they all survived. We spoke with the father of the twin brothers and he told us he has no idea who would want to harm his boys This red Nintendo DS is 5 year old Elvis Godoy Junior’s favourite video game. On Saturday night he rushed out of the house – like many nights - to show his dad how good he was at playing it. His dad Elvis Godoy Sr. and his uncle Josel Godoy were sitting on this makeshift bench under this tree. But as little Elvis ran out to meet them, two men on a motorcycle stopped in front of the house and fired about 12 shots at them.

The Cop Called Cruz Crashed and Died
If you watched the news last week, you saw Sergeant Orlando Cruz talking about the situation with the Hattieville Prison – where persons were trying to smuggle illegal products inside. He did that as the officer commanding in Hattieville. Cruz was a rising star in the police department – but that star got very suddenly snuffed out when he crashed and died on Sunday morning near the Haulover bridge. Today his commanding officer told us about it with a heavy heart:… Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander - Eastern Division Rural "Our deepest condolences to the family of Sergeant Orlando Cruz, he met his demised early Sunday morning at about little after 2. Apparently he was travelling from Belize City to the Ladyville area on his police issued motorcycle where he collided into the guard rail after crossing the Haulover Bridge. And apparently flipped to the side of the road and met his untimely death. Sergeant Orlando Cruz is a very hard working intelligent officer who I believe would have been going far if not reaching the number 1 spot in the Belize Police Department. We've seen trial marks where it indicated that he came too close to the guard rail and what we've seen on the scene is confirmed to an unfortunate accident."

PUP Says Batsub's Return Not A Defence Guarantee
The biggest headline last week was the announcement by a British General Evrard that BATSUB would be re-establishing a permanent presence in Belize. For the ruling UDP, they used that to suggest a kind of military backative – if not a real defence guarantee. It’s strategic for the ruling party, since the PUP had been criticizing them for being soft on Guatemala. But now the UDP is bolstered by their leader’s hard talk – and by the arrival of the UK’s Commander of Land Forces just in time for elections. Today, the PUP’s Eamon Courtney called the press for an impromptu briefing to stress that BATSUB’s re-emergence is not a defence guarantee:… Eamon Courtenay - Former PUP Foreign Minister "BATSUB has always been here and in fact what they have announced it that there is an increase in their permanent presence and an increase in the frequency with which they are going to visit Belize. As a result approximately 2,000 men will be coming through starting from next year. That is a far cry from suggesting or implying that Belize has the protection of the British where Guatemala to mount any type of military aggression. The British have not announced a defence guarantee, the British have not given any type of comfort to Belize and Belizeans we believe should note that the risk that Belize faces because of the election of President Moralez is a matter that has to dealt with by Belize and we should not depend on the British to come to our aid and defence."

PUP Scoffs At EIU Election Prediction
Courtenay also commented on a report which came out last week from the Economist Intelligence Unit – a product of the UK Based Economist Magazine – one of the most respected weekly magazines in the world. Under the heading “Election Watch”, the EIU predicts that the UDP will win the general election. The report says, quote, “We expect that Mr. Barrow will win a comfortable majority of seats and a third consecutive term.” That comfortable prediction has rankled the PUP and today Courtney says their internal polls show differently than what he calls the EIU’s assumption:… Eamon Courtenay - Former PUP Foreign Minister "When one looks at that article, one has to take it with a grain of salt or perhaps a lump of salt. First of all it was not based on a poll. When you read it you will see that they simply are making certain; in their words, assumptions. I don't think that anyone is going to give much credibility to an article that seeks to predict the outcome of a general election on the basis of an assumption. Our internal polls are showing that the momentum certainly on our side."

Five Ejected From Crashed Vehicle, No Fatal Injury
There was a serious accident at mile 25 on the Western Highway yesterday and fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. It happened at around 1:30 at mile 25 where a GMC Yukon had a blowout and careened off the road. Five adults and a girl were inside, and 4 of the adults and the girl were flung from the vehicle as it tumbled down the embankment. Only the driver – reported to us to be on Earl Pitts managed to stay inside the vehicle. There were multiple injuries, but luckily none fatal. It is presumed that those who were flung out were not wearing seatbelts. The accident caused the road to be closed for 45 minutes.

BDF Team Up With US Southcom to Burn Weed
The Ministry of National Security is reporting tonight that a Law Enforcement team consisting of the BDF, the Coast Guard, police, and the United State Southern Command has destroyed approximately 61 million dollars’ worth of marijuana. The operation was planned by the Joint Intelligence Operation Center. The JIOC, viewers may remember, is a facility on the Price Barracks Compound which pools the resources and intelligence of all law enforcement agencies to make policing easier and more effective. The team of Belizean law enforcement were assisted with helicopter support by the US Southern Command’s Joint Taskforce Bravo. These marijuana fields were located in remote areas of north, west and south of the country, and without the helicopter support, the operation would not have been possible.

Mass Parties Throw Big Rallies
This weekend was the last before the Wednesday’s General Elections, and the two mass parties used the opportunity to hold their biggest political rallies Now, rallies are a heat check to see what kind of support that the mass parties can expect for the elections, and they also double as feel-good events to energize the base. We have coverage of 3 of the 4 rallies held this weekend, but we start with the PUP Rally in Belize City from last night. Here’s what the 12 standard bearers for the Belize District had to say out at the Pound Yard Bridge: Paul Thompson - PUP Candidate, Albert Division "In this campaign the PUP has already won the argument; people over concrete. I'll say that again, people over concrete." Dorla Vaughn- PUP Candidate, Mesopotamia "When I look around I see only pain and suffering of my people. Hearing the cried of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons who have lost their loved ones."

The Battle In Cayo North
Tonight we have previews of the candidate races in two divisions: that’s Cayo Northeast and Lake Independence. We start in Cayo North where the UDP’s Omar Figueroa won a bye-election by a huge margin just 10 months ago. But, now a new PUP opponent, attorney Michel Chebat hopes to unseat Figueroa and overcome a 1300 vote margin. It’s no easy task, but when we saw Chebat on Saturday he seemed confident… The PUP were flexing, and hugging on the streets of San Ignacio on Saturday: Michel Chebat - PUP Candidate Cayo North "It’s been an excellent day, I mean it’s a bit hot but we've been out visiting our voters, trying to get the last message out. I'm getting ready for Wednesday, making sure voters making sure our voters are ready." Flags aloft, Chebat was doing a fast and last tour of this area in the heart of San Ignacio. Michel Chebat - PUP Candidate Cayo North "People are enthusiastic people are waiting for Wednesday. We feel that people are going to come out in their numbers in Wednesday looking forward to that While we found his opponent Omar Figueroa making the rounds with a smaller group at a much more leisurely pace in a UDP stronghold in Bullett Tree.

Protecting Intellectual Property
The World Intellectual Property Rights Organization, is in Belize to help law enforcement and the judiciary learn how to prosecute intellectual property rights violations. Now that may sound arcane, but violating someone’s intellectual property might be as simple as ripping song a from the internet. We found out more today:… Louise Van Gruden - World Intellectual Property Organization "We are confronted globally with escalation of counterfeiting and piracy and these are really challenges which we should address because they also have a negative impact not only economically but on health and safety." Candice Westby Fisher - Deputy Registrar of Intellectual Property "All over the world there is an issue with the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the use of these rights without permission and she gave the example of 8 out of 10 young people downloading music without permission. What happens is that our laws that you can works for your use within certain parameters; so if it’s for educationally purposes, if it’s reporting for the news you can sample a part of that work and you can use that work; otherwise you would have to get a license from the copyright holder.

Expert: Caribbean Has Appetite For Internet
CARIBNOG – it may sound like some strange Caribbean version of eggnog, but actually it’s the Caribbean Network Operators Group. They are holding their tenth regional meeting in Belize – which is also where they held their sixth meeting. Today, the program director told us that they are looking at a changing landscape with the use of internet:.. Steven Lee - Programme Director, CARIBNOG "The whole internet industry and community have developed and moved on since we're here 2 years ago. At that point in time we had just announced plans to establish an internet exchange point in Belize. Since then the agreement to cause that to happen was done earlier this year and just the whole internet landscape has changed significantly, more services becoming available in the Caribbean region. The appetite from users are changing so with the increase changes in the landscape and a deeper relationship with the public utilities commission we thought it would be appropriate to come back; later this week we want to get some feedback and updates from those who were at the first CARIBNOG meeting to see where they are two years down."

"Invest Belize" Celebrates More Flights To Belize
“Invest Belize” – it’s the flagship magazine of BELTRAIDE, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service Today, they launched volume four of the magazine – which Trade CEO Mike Singh pushed for as an encapsulation of what BELTRAIDE has worked for in the past few years. Mike Singh - CEO, Ministry of Trade "I think today the magazine really is an encapsulation of everything that we have been doing for the past 5 years when I got involved in trade and investment. I was previously involved in tourism so I'm happy that my past colleagues in tourism are here as well. To me this is really a signature culmination of everything that we have been doing and the magazine has been part of the success and I think it's something we need to celebrate and coming to issue number 4 today is really very telling that is something that was worthwhile doing." This fourth edition focuses specifically on all the new flights coming to Belize – or “airlift” as it is called which Singh started out working on when he was CEO in the Ministry of Tourism. THE MAGAZINE IS designed by McNab publishing.

Young And Ingenious Entrepreneur Gets Boost With Regional Award
And one young entrepreneur who may one day grace the front of that magazine is Crystal Samos. The 22 year old is the owner of a line of home-made beauty products called “Carpe Diem” – Latin for “seize the day.” She seized her opportunity when she realized that the coffee-based skin and hair treatment products that she had developed for her own use – were gaining popularity amongst her friends. By word of mouth, her product had gained popularity – and so she branded it, and started producing enough to sell in local supermarkets. But now the Carpe Diem line has gained regional recognition after she attended an entrepreneurship conference in Granada. She won two major prizes – and told us how shocked she was:… Crytal Samos - 22 yr. Old Entrepreneur "Carpe Diem" "And then the emcee says well the 2015 product service of the years to; and everybody is kind of like sitting there waiting wanting to hear. And she says Carpe Diem. Now I'm sitting in front of her and I'm looking at her and I'm still there sitting like. And then she said Ms. Samos come up and I'm still looking at her in awe, can't believe what she is saying.

The Battle For The Lake
In our last segment we showed you the candidates in Cayo North – which was not Cayo northeast – as we had said. But there’s no mistaking the might Lake Independence. With over six thousand voters, it’s the biggest in the city – and this time it’s a battleground. Three time PUP representative Cordel Hyde is going up against the current area rep. Mark King – the first UDP to hold the seat since 1993. King is none too shy about self promotion, but is the work that he has done enough to swing support in his favour against Hyde, who’s never lost an election? On Wednesday we’ll find out. But right now, both candidates are preparing themselves for the showdown. A few weeks ago, King invited us along on the campaign trails, and tonight, we’ve put together that story, comparing and contrasting both candidates. Daniel Ortiz reports: A few weeks ago, Lake-I Incumbent Mark King invited us along on the campaign trails, where he was continuing his walk through the division, greeting the voters asking for their support once again. That’s the first main difference we noticed between him and his political opponent who told us that he prefers to keep campaigning to on personal level. He made a similar point last night, as well as to further distinguishes himself from King.

Ladyville Police Score A New Ride
Belize Rural police are mourning the loss of one of their own, Sergeant Orlando Cruz – but they are also making small progress in their crime fighting with the acquisition of a brand new pickup. Commanding Officer Sr. Superintendent Edward Broaster says the pickup will be used for road safety patrols: The vehicle will also be used as part of the station’s quick response team.

Battered Woman Viola Pook Will Get Early Release
Last week Thursday, we told you how 57 year-old Viola Pook was sentenced to 8 years in jail after she pleaded guilty in her retrial. Well, the court has done the math, and because she has spent extensive time in jail while this case is being dealt with, she will only have to spend approximately 2 more years in jail. That’s because she has spent 2 years on remand while she awaited trail, and an additional 4 years while she waited for her case to be appealed. Justice Lucas, after being given all the information, deducted 6 years and 10 months, so depending on how the authorities at the Prison calculate her time, she will spend no more than 2 years. On New Year’s Eve in 2008, she threw kerosene on her common-law husband, Orlando Vasquez, and set him on fire. She was convicted in 2011, and she was sentenced to life in prison for murder. The Court of Appeal quashed that conviction based on the fact that she was a battered woman who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her deceased common-law husband.

Halloween In City: Scary In More Ways Than One
While politics is dominating every aspect of public life, this weekend, that didn’t stop kids of all ages from going Trick or Treating on Saturday. Our news team was out in Belize City where the costumed candy lovers were out in swarms. Daniel Ortiz spoke with a few of the kids to see how it was going:

Remembering Finados
And while the Halloween trick or treating is the fun side of the observance of All Saints Day, in western Belize, it is far more serious with the cultural and religious practice known as “Finados”. Today, November second scores of families from Benque Viejo spread their dinner tables with the favourite foods and drinks of their dearly departed loved one. Last year Courtney Weatherburne travelled to Benque Viejo to find out how deep the tradition goes:… Finados is celebrated annually on the 1st and 2nd of November. The 1st is All Saints Day, which is set aside for young children or, while the 2nd is All Souls Day for the souls of adults.


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Channel 5

Leaked B.D.F. Report – Escalation in Guatemalan Aggression Towards B.D.F. in the Sarstoon
Confidential documents show that the aggression by the Guatemalan army and navy started years ago, but intensified dangerously and persistently so since 2010, to the point where the Guatemalans were [...]

Former Foreign Minister Says BATSUB Not Here to Defend Belizean Sovereignty…
British Army commander, Lieutenant General James Everard made an official visit to Belize last Wednesday where he met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the status of the British Army [...]

…Eamon Courtenay Says It’s A Political Strategy by the U.D.P.
According to Courtenay, the matter is being treated as a political strategy by the United Democratic Party, a blatant attempt to gain mileage from the timely announcement.  Courtenay reiterates that [...]

Is U.D.P. Candidate for Orange Walk South Linked to Narco-Trafficking?
At least three newspapers including Diario Respuesta from neighbouring Quintana Roo published articles on Sunday, October thirty-first, which make very serious allegations against the U.D.P. candidate for Orange Walk South, Guadalupe [...]

Father & Son Fight For Life Following Shooting on Halloween Night
There was violence in Belmopan and San Ignacio over the weekend. In the outskirts of the capital, two men on motorcycles wearing Halloween masks rode up to a home in [...]

Fatal Stabbing of a Guatemalan Youth Outside Nightclub in San Ignacio
Four persons are currently detained at the San Ignacio Police following a brawl on Sunday morning outside of the Blue Angels Night Club. Twenty year old Iter Espino’s body was [...]

Body Found Near Farm in Valley of Peace
Meanwhile, Roaring Creek police are investigating a case of the sudden death of a Salvadoran living in the Valley of Peace. On Saturday afternoon, the body of fifty-eight year old [...]

English Magazine Says U.D.P. Will Win Third Term
The Intelligence Unit of the Economist, an English magazine published in London, produces a number of reports each year focusing on current issues affecting specific countries, regions and industries.  The [...]

A Strike by Stevedores is Called Off
At news time, a strike has been called off at the Port of Belize and an agreement has been reached between the Port and stevedores. The update is that stevedores [...]

How Much Time Will Voila Pook Serve Behind Bars?
Sentencing took place today by Judge Adolph Lucas, of Viola Pook who set her common-law-husband, Orlando Vasquez, on fire on December thirty first, 2008. Pook was sentenced to eight years [...]

Ignatius Williams Arraigned for Attempted Murder of Jerome Locke
Police believe they have cracked the case of a stabbing that occurred over the weekend in the Saint Martin’s area of Belize City which left a man in a critical, [...]

Massive Crowd at Political Rally in the City
Both mass political parties are wrapping up an intensive round of rallies across the country as they head to the polls on November fourth. On Sunday, the P.U.P. held its [...]

The Right to Vote
On the eve of elections, the Elections and Boundaries Department is reminding employers that by law every voter should be provided with a reasonable time to cast their ballot during [...]

Intellectual Property Rights Workshop for Judges and Lawyers
A two-day workshop on the enforcement of intellectual property rights for the judiciary and law enforcement officials is underway in Belize City.  The seminar, organized by the Belize Intellectual Property [...]

CTV3

Another Traffic Accident In Yo Creek Road Claims Life Of Villager
The month of November started off with a fatal road traffic accident as yesterday, a resident from the San Lazaro Village lost his life in a traffic collision. Authorities say the victim who has been identified as Jorge Moguel was riding his motorcycle accompanied by Josue Chan on the Yo Creek road when on the opposite direction and upon reaching a curve, collided into a red Ford F150 pick-up truck. Traffic Officer at the Orange Walk Police Department, Roger Briceno gave us an official account of the incident. “Police visited the area where it was learnt that Rudy Reyes of San Carlos Village was driving a Ford F150 pickup coming towards Orange Walk Town when he collided with a motorcycle that was traveling toward Yo creek Village the driver of the motorcycle was transported to Northern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the time he was accompanied by Josue Chan who also received body injuries who also was admitted at the hospital.”

Orange Walk East Area Rep. Weighs On Opponent Rally
This Wednesday more than 90 Belizeans will appear on 31 ballots. This is one of the largest fields of candidates in modern day politics in Belize. Here in Orange Walk 12 candidates entered their names into nomination. Of all the candidates countrywide, Josue Carballo the PUP candidate is the youngest. Although young in age, Josue has been involved in 3 successful campaigns in Orange Walk where he is currently serving his third term as a member of the PUP, Orange Walk Town Council. On Wednesday Josue will face off against Elodio Aragon for the UDP and former UDP supporter, Dr. Javier Reyes who is running for the BPP. This is one of the hottest contested elections here in the north and indeed in all of Belize and already signs of tensions are appearing. Last night UDP supporters of Elodio Aragon tore down and destroyed signs, flags and posters of Josue Carballo from Liberty Avenue. This was done during a UDP rally for the entire north that was held in the area last night.

BHOC Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos
The celebration of “Dia de Los Finados” is a long lived tradition in the Maya, Mestizo and the Garifuna cultures. The first and second day of November is traditionally when family members remember and commemorate their deceased loved ones. Over the years, this cultural custom has been forgotten in Belize, and for this reason the Banquitas House of Culture has taken the initiative to revive the tradition. Today’s “Los Finados” celebration merged religion, cultural and authentic traditional cuisine into one area, all remembering the dead …. Coordinator at the BHOC, Cindey Rivero says this year the event is being observed at the Old Piemonte Cemetery. “We have three alter that we have displayed here and we have different dishes and local sweets and different traditional food that we have and we have the candles, this one in particular is what we use for the kids whereby we have more traditional sweets, el Caldo de pollo just to invite the souls as a celebration of an offering for them then we also have on the other side the altar mayor whereby we also have different traditional foods, sweets and in honor of them, we also have another alter for the lonely souls we have that as well and we have today a new altar for the Maya and that is right at the entrance and it is very traditional and everything that is use there is gotten from our natural environment so today we are having a prayer and we invited the entire community to come and celebrate with us dia de finados or as you may know it Dia de Muertos .”

LOVE FM

Top CXC Performers Announced for 2015
The outstanding students who sat the May June 2015 CXC Examinations have been announced. Alisha Anipha Garraway of Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College is the most outstanding candidate for the CAPE examination and is the recipient of the Belize Scholarship. Edward P. Yorke High School captured the top two spots in the CSEC examinations. Nisa […]

60 Million Belize Dollars Worth of Marijuana Goes Up in Smoke
The Belize Defense Soldiers were recently on an operation that saw the destruction of marijuana with a street value of over sixty million Belize dollars. Love News spoke with Lieutenant Colonel James Requena, who told us how the exercise was carried out. JAMES REQUENA “The operation started on the 25th and ended on the 30th […]

Vehicle Blow Out Leaves Group Injured
Police in Hattieville Village responded to a traffic incident just after one o’clock on Sunday afternoon near mile 25 on the George Price Highway. Officer in Charge of Hattieville Police Station, Inspector Rochelle Chan, briefed the media today. ROCHELLE CHAN “Police responded to mile 25 after receiving information that gold Yukon GMC with license plate […]

Minor Gets Knocked Down in Rural Belize
Yesterday morning, Police in Ladyville were called out to an area on the Philip Goldson Highway Sunday at around ten o’clock where they found a 12-year-old boy lying on the side of the road with bodily injuries. Officer in Charge of Ladyville Village, Belize District, Inspector Juanito Cocom, briefed the media on the incident. JUANITO […]

Belize Police Loses One of Its Finest to an RTA
Dozens of police officers gathered at the foot of the Haulover Bridge just after two o’clock on Sunday morning as the news of one of their colleagues being involved in a fatal accident spread across the police precincts. 38-year-old, Orlando Cruz, who was the second in command at the Hattieville Police Station, was found in […]

PUP and Chief Elections Officer Continues Back and Forth over Proxy Register
Yesterday we told you of the letter that the PUP sent to the Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, asking for consistent monitoring of the Proxy Register up until Tuesday, November 3. This letter came a day after Tamia had already responded to a previous letter from the PUP, giving them a set schedule as to […]

Veola Pook’s Family Pursues Option of Her Parole
57-year-old Veola Pook who was sentenced to eight years for manslaughter in the killing of her common-law husband, Orlando Vasquez appeared in court today. Justice Adolph Lucas ruled that six years and 10 months will be deducted from her sentence; so within the next two year or less Pook is expected to be a free […]

Dia de Los Muertos Celebrated via Mexican Embassy in Belize
The Mexican Embassy celebrates Dia de los Muertos which means Day of the Dead at the Embassy tonight. It is a day when Mexican’s and other Hispanic cultures celebrate their loved ones who have passed. Consul of Press and Legal affairs, Hugo Juarez Carrillo, spoke about why they celebrate this day and what is the […]

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Accused in stabbing of Jerome Locke charged
22 year old Jerome Locke remains in a critical but stable condition after being stabbed in the chest last week, but police say they have caught the man alleged to have done it. 21 year old Ignatius Williams of Belize City appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, charged with at...

Caribbean Network Operators Group returns to Belize
Two years ago, the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CARIBNOG) made its first appearance in Belize at a time when Belize was just starting to break free from the shackles of slow Internet and a lack of awareness of the positives of technology. This week, they have returned, and one might say, thing...

Viola Pook on verge of freedom after most of sentence deducted
Having served nearly seven years in the Central Prison on a conviction of murder that was overturned by the Court of Appeal, Rancho Dolores housewife Viola Pook is expected to be out of jail within the next year. She was sentenced to eight years in prison after taking a plea of manslaughter for the ...

Three persons including 5 year old shot in Belmopan
A 5 year old boy was the victim of a shooting in Belmopan, Salva Pan Area, on Saturday night. The child, Elvis Godoy Jr., was one of three persons shot. Also shot were his father and uncle who are twin brothers. They are Elvis and Josel Godoy, both 27 years old. According to reports, the two men an...

Night at Blue Angels Club turns deadly
A man was stabbed and killed near a San Ignacio club this weekend. It happened around 4:30 in the morning when a fight broke out on Hudson Street, San Ignacio. During that fight, 20-year-old Iter Eliel Espino, a Guatemalan of Buena Vista Village, was stabbed and fell to the street motionless. Po...

Police officer dies in traffic accident
38 year old Orlando Cruz, second in command at Hattieville police station, was killed in a traffic accident on Sunday November 1st sometime around 2 o’clock. Cruz was heading North in the wee hours of the morning, driving a motorcycle when he apparently lost control while crossing the Haulover Cree...

Motorcycle driver knocked down and killed
There was another fatal traffic accident this weekend, this one in the Stann Creek district and the victim was 31 year old Ervin Ramirez. According to police reports, Ramirez was driving a motorcycle on his way to Middlesex village where he lives sometime around 6:30 on Saturday evening. That is wh...

Woman choked by robber for $25.00
A woman was choked by a robber for $25.00. On Thursday October 29, 23 year Shamika Patterson, a Belizean customer representative of a Belize City address ,reported that about 6:30 a.m. while walking on Kelly Street, a dark complexion male person rode up to her and began choking her as he demanded...

Mentally ill murder accused freed
He was accused of killing his own father in the village of Teakettle, Cayo District, nearly a quarter century ago. But 45 year old Leroy Arnold is a free man tonight after appearing today in the Supreme Court. When he was 19 years old according to court and prison sources, Arnold was charged for th...

Kidnapping charges dropped
Businessman 41 year old Amir Reid and construction worker 23 year old Alexander Lopez are free of kidnapping charges tonight after their alleged victim, Abel Lara Jr., told police in an additional statement that he would not pursue further court action against the two. Reid and Lopez, also charged w...

16 year old stabbed in the back
A 16 year old was stabbed to the back in Belize City. On Wednesday October 28, 16 year old Darwin Gamboa, a Belizean student of a Belize City address, was rushed to the KHMH after he received one stab wound to the lower back. Police say that the incident occurred when Gamboa was walking on Antelope ...

PUP demand to inspect Proxy register
Yesterday the People’s United Party came out in full force against the Elections and Boundaries Department for alleged wrongdoing as it relates to the authorization of electoral proxies. The PUP made damning allegations that the Chief Elections Officer instructed the sitting registering office...

CCJ delivers partial damages for Maya in land rights case
On the heels of the historic admission in April by consent order between the Government of Belize and the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) that the Maya system of customary land tenure gives rise to property rights within the meaning of the Constitution of Belize and an order that the Government develop ...

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Political tension in Cayo North
Belize Media Group has learned that in San Ignacio Town, standard bearer for Cayo North under the People’s United Party (PUP) banner, Michel Chebat, and his supporters organized a stand-off infront of the CCET institute. On an over the phone interview with Chebat, he explained to our reporter that members […]

Dia de los Muertos observed in OW
Today, November 2nd is being observed as “Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos” in Mexico and in Belize it is no different. In Orange Walk Town, the Banquitas House of Culture (BHOC) organized a traditional observance with three altars of offerings to the dead. According to […]

Man and minor from Succotz busted for weed
20-year-old Jason Cal along with a 16-year-old male, both of Succotz Village were arrested and charged for the offense of “Drug Trafficking”, after officers on an early morning mobile patrol busted them with 252 grams of cannabis. Around 1:00 yesterday morning, officers saw a group of male persons socializing at […]

Mexican press claims UDP candidate is involved in narco-trafficking
The Mexican press has linked United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate for Orange Walk South Guadalupe Magaña and her husband with organized crime. They further allege that he is financing her campaign with proceeds from organized crime. The Diario Respuesta is alleging that Magaña’s husband, Nyco Dyck is working with Emerlindo […]

Driver charged for fatal Road Traffic Accident in Orange Walk
Orange Walk Police are investigating a road traffic accident that claimed the life of a San Lazaro resident and the first fatality recorded in the north for November. According to police, on Sunday about 1:30 p.m., they responded to a road traffic accident on mile 1 1/2 miles on […]

Elvin Penner got acres for dirt cheap
Just days away from the November 4th general election another scandal involving former Minister Elvin Penner is facing the reigning United Democratic Party (UDP). This time, documents have surfaced that show Penner along with his mom and dad were leased and sold massive plots of land for very low prices from the […]

Missing 15-year-old found safe
The Police Department is happy to inform the public that 15-year-old Holianna Conorquie was found alive and well in San Ignacio Town, then taken home to Belize City. Conorquie was reported missing by Lorna Louise Bardalez on October 27th, 2015.

Accused in stabbing of Jerome Locke charged
22 year old Jerome Locke continues to fight for his life after being stabbed in the chest last week, but police say they have caught the man alleged to have done it. 21 year old Ignatius Williams of Lavender Street in Belize City appeared today before Senior Magistrate […]

PUP-Church meeting causes controversy
A press release from the People’s United Party (PUP) issued last week, announced that its leader, Francis Fonseca, had met with various church leaders who affirmed their support for Wednesday’s general elections. The release states that Fonseca and church leaders discussed issues of concern such as the state […]

Armed robber’s plot foiled in PG
23-year-old Jermaine Sutherland of Maxboro Village in the Belize District, was arrested and charged for several offenses after he attempted to rob Johnson Distributors in Punta Gorda (PG) on Friday, October 30th. Owned by a well-known resident of PG, the distributor is an outlet of Bowen and Bowen […]

Fisheries closed until Friday
A release from the Belize Fisheries Department advises that the issuance of permits and licenses will resume on Friday November 6th, as its licensing section in Belize City will be closed from tomorrow until Thursday, November 5th due to the staff’s participation in Wednesday’s election. The Fisheries Administrator regrets any […]

Mayas observe Hanal Pixán
“Food of Souls” or Hanal Pixán as it is translated in Maya, is the day-of-the-dead celebrations, native to the Yucatan Peninsula Mayans. It is a festive time in which traditional dishes are prepared for the spirits, as it is believed that they return to visit their families on that day. […]

PUP and UDP hold pre-election rallies
As the road to election day has been paved and the polling stations are almost set for the November 4th, general elections, both major political parties in the country hosted respective pre–election rallies over the weekend. In the north of Belize it was no exception. A little after […]

Belize: Blue or Red, The Status Quo Has Already Won
General elections will be held in Belize on November 4, 2015. These elections will determine which political party gets to win and control the purse strings of the nation. However, regardless of which party wins….the status quo has already won! The status quo want the laws and policies of […]

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Halloween in San Pedro, Belize, 2015: It’s Not to Be Missed, Part Two
So many pictures of one of the biggest holidays in San Pedro and so. little. time. Halloween is historically an American holiday – but a party that allows people to dress up, eat candy, get creative and sexy and party? It’s embraced everywhere. Especially Ambergris Caye.

An Exciting Adventure at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
A very popular snorkeling and diving site in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a must-visit. Its four zones offer something unique and exciting for every tourist. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley Travel in Belize are two of the most popular snorkeling/diving sites in Belize. This is all thanks to its close proximity to San Pedro, the large amount of fish life in the Hol Chan cut which is accessible by snorkelers and beginner divers, the diversity of marine life that can be encountered through the park’s four zones, and the novelty and excitement of swimming with big numbers of sting rays and nurse sharks. The Hol Chan Cut is just 15 minutes south of San Pedro and about 30 minutes north of Caye Caulker. Trips from San Pedro last about half a day, while trips from Caye Caulker which includes a visit to San Pedro last a full day. During the boat ride going to the park, make sure that you keep an eye out for flying fish and jumping rays. Because of the protected status of the area, fish populations have exploded. In waters less than 5 feet deep, large a schools of snappers, groupers, barracuda and jacks are abound.

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Belize Reports Improved Third-Quarter Visitor Arrivals
Belize tourism stakeholders are hopeful the country’s strong September tourist arrivals augur for an improved year-end picture. Belize recorded 14,242 overnight visitors in September, a 19.3 percent increase over the same month in 2013 and part of a 6.9 percent increase in the country’s third quarter arrivals from July to September, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials reported recently. In a statement, BTB officials attributed the arrivals surge to a 28.6 percent increase in U.S.-based visitors during that period. American travelers are utilizing improved air links to the country, including direct service from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Miami and Dallas, BTB officials said. U.S. residents remain the country’s largest visitor source, accounting for nearly 65 percent of arrivals, said BTB officials. Belize endured an uncharacteristically flat tourist arrivals performance in the first half of 2015, with 183,210 overnight arrivals from January to June, a 1.5 percent decline from 2014 according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The BTB officials said the decline narrowed to 0.8 percent within the first seven months of 2015.

Belize exports increase drastically
Belize's exports this September were up by 23.2%, earning the country $36 million, a third of which was from bananas. Earning $36 million in exports was an increase this year as last September the country earned $29.2 million. Banana exports grew steadily from January-September with banana sales rising from $72 million in 2014 to $77 million in 2015 (roughly 7%). Imports for September 2015 were down marginally from $163.6 million last September to $162.1 million this September. Belize's import bill is more than triple the country's export earnings. Merchandise imports for the nine months from January to October 2015 amounted to $1.5 billion.

Belizean elections official denounces security threats prior to elections
Belizean chief elections officer Josephine Tamai said Monday that the people threatening her and her family should stop, with her comments coming two days before the national elections. "I actually felt threatened and my family has been threatened," Tamai told reporters. Tamai has complained of "political mischief" and said police have been providing her with round-the-clock protection. "I won't get into much details because of security issues and, like I said, issues with my family, but I found it very alarming when I had masked men showing up at my house ... one with a ski mask and one with a stocking pulled over his head," Tamai said.

Jungle warfare: How to survive and fight in extreme environments with the Coldstream Guard
In a dispatch from the Central American country of Belize, David Wells, a news editor at the Western Morning News, joins Westcountry soldiers of the Coldstream Guards for jungle warfare training on Exercise Mayan Warrior. In sweltering hot, humid temperatures, surrounded by dense jungle vegetation, the first mission of the men and women of the Coldstream Guards is to survive. It means that in the days before the Coldstreamers steel themselves for an arduous push through what can seem like impenetrable jungle territory, where every step through the thick foliage presents a real risk – where even the flora and fauna of the subtropical forest themselves can be an unwary soldier’s enemy – they must first practise the skills that ordinary civilians take for granted in comfortable lifestyles back home. Even before they put their battle skills to the test in an exercise to develop their jungle warfare tactics, these soldiers, many of whom are from Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, must initially learn how to use the resources around them to find water, keep themselves fed and fighting fit.

D.C. Made A Change To Its Tax Law, And Caribbean Countries Aren't Happy About It
Faced with outrage from over a dozen otherwise placid Caribbean nations, D.C. officials are backtracking on a plan to openly call out countries it says allow big U.S. businesses to skip out on paying local taxes. At issue is a change to existing tax law made through the 2016 D.C. budget that took effect last month. Here's what happened. In 2011, D.C. passed a law requiring combined reporting by large corporations. That means that national corporations with a local presence have to pay D.C. taxes on their combined income, instead of just paying the taxes on the income of the local affiliate alone. Advocates say combined reporting laws make it harder for big businesses to skip out on taxes by moving money around to states and countries with lower tax rates — "tax havens" in populist parlance. When the change was implemented, the D.C. Chief Financial Officer estimated it would bring in $22 million in new tax revenue per year. But what amounts to a few million dollars a year for D.C. has been taken as a significant insult — and threat — by the countries on the list, especially those in the Caribbean. In late September, Eugene Newry, the ambassador of the Bahamas to the U.S., wrote a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of Congress protesting its inclusion on the list. The Bahamas was included, he wrote, on "seemingly arbitrary and spurious grounds." "The Bahamas has an exemplary history of functional cooperation through tax information exchange with the United States since 2003," he wrote in the letter.

Central America Trip #15
2004 Central America trip… This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Scientists launch global shark and ray census
Out of the 100 million sharks caught each year, scientists estimate that up to 73 million have their fins sliced off (often while still alive) to make shark fin soup — a Chinese delicacy eaten as a luxury dish at weddings and other special occasions. A growing appetite for shark fins and meat is considered the leading cause of sharply declining shark populations. An ambitious project to conduct a global survey of sharks aims to find out how much is left of these top marine predators. Launched in July with $4 million in funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Global FinPrint is an international initiative that will assess the health of populations of sharks and rays — aka elasmobranchs — in 400 different locations over a period of three years. The project’s mission is “to produce the first globally standard survey of elasmobranch density and diversity across the world’s continental and insular shelves” in order to improve the understanding of the animals’ status and inform conservation efforts, according to the Global FinPrint website. “Because of a lack of consistent surveys, it is difficult to determine what pristine densities and diversities ‘should’ be to set restoration targets,” the website states.

Caribbean to Seek Measures to Stop Rise in Temperatures
The Caribbean has agreed to ask for measures to limit the temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP21, set to begin Nov. 30 in Paris, the government of St. Lucia said on Monday. In a statement, the government said this expectation was agreed to in the second meeting of climate change negotiators and ministers held in Saint Lucia last week with representatives from the 15-member Caribbean Community, or CARICOM. “We want to limit the temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, because 1.5 degrees Celsius is the threshold for Small Island Developing States,” St. Lucian Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology Minister James Fletcher said. The Caribbean regional group wants to ensure an agreement is reached at COP21 “that will allow the main issues to be addressed under some form of protocol,” Fletcher said.

Videos

  • What is Hillside's role in the community?, 2.5min. Hillside students share about Hillside's role and impact in the community we serve in Belize. Hillside Health Care INTL

  • What services does HHCI provide?, 3min. Curious about what services Hillside provides? Watch this video to learn more! Hillside Health Care INTL

  • Visiting Caracol, Archaeological Site in Chiquibil Forest Reserve, Belize, Central America, 3min. Caracol is the name given to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located in what is now the Cayo District of Belize. It is situated approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich and the town of San Ignacio Cayo, and 15 kilometers away from the Macal River. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.

  • Visiting Caye Caulker, Island in Belize, Central America, 3min. Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles (8.0 km) (north to south) by less than 1 mile (1.6 km) (east to west). The town on the island is known by the name Caye Caulker Village.

  • The Cahal Pech Ruin in Belize, 10min. This video shows some highlights from a tour of the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruin in Belize.

  • Chef Rob's Gourmet Cafe - Hopkins Belize, 4min. Chef Rob's Gourmet Café is located just south of Hopkins Village. We are located right on the beach behind Parrot Cove Lodge

  • Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic Inauguration, 10min. The beginning of Izzie the spider monkey's story and the Inauguration day at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic on the 21st of October 2012.

  • Explore Northern Belize!, 1min. by Belize Tourist Board

  • UNTOLD STORIES OCTOBER 29, 2015, 51min.

  • Swimming with sharks and turtles in Belize!, 1.5min. Went to Belize and had a great time swimming with sharks and turtles and manta rays!

  • Belize Dive Adventure 1, 12min. Channel Islands Dive Adventure on Aggressor 3.

  • Belize Hol Chan Night Dive Feb 2015, 4.5min. Night dive at Hol Chan Marine Park Belize.

  • "Uptown funk" Placencia, Belize April 2015, 5min. April 2015- Placencia, Belize with the crew doing a lip sync to Uptown Funk! Enjoy!

  • Wild Red-Lored Amazon Parrots feasting on fresh fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, 1.5min. Beautiful creatures but such terrible table manners!

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