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Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize

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Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/10/20 05:33 PM

What's on Brent's mind? He's just a guy in Belize with strong opinions on current affairs, politics, the economy, and society. Unfiltered and uncensored, this weekly podcast will give you something to think and talk about.

https://twocentsbelize.buzzsprout.com/

Episode 1 - KKK / PGIA / UDP, JULY 06, 2020

The former leader of the KKK might be a citizen of Belize. Concern about Covid-19 when the Belize International Airport re-opens in August. And everything old could be new again when the UDP elects their next leader.

It's the debut episode of Brent's Two Cents, the newest podcast from Belize!

Episode 2 - Faber Shocks the UDP! Another State of Emergency. What's Really going on at Elections and Boundaries?, JULY 13, 2020

Patrick Faber pulls off a David vs. Goliath and is the new leader-elect of the UDP. What will that mean for both major parties come election day?

How do we balance the desire to be safe with the right to be free? One retailer bans men from their store while another state of emergency gives Police the power to ignore our constitutional rights.

And why can we only transfer voter registration in July and August? My two cents on the real reason for such an odd policy.

Episode 3- Back to School Covid Concerns / Why I Did Nothing When I Witnessed Corruption at the Immigration & Nationality Department, JULY 20, 2020

Parents are worried about sending their children back to school on August 10. My two cents on why August 10 is the wrong date to start the new school year.

Also, scandal at the Immigration and Nationality Department is nothing new. I share a deeply personal story about the time I witnessed corruption happening - just as new Belizeans were being sworn in - and why I did NOTHING about it.

Episode 4 - WTF Happend at Port? / How "Karen" Could Harm the Belize Tourism Brand, JULY 26, 2020

My two cents on a dark day in Belize's history as the GSU unleashes tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters at the Port of Belize. Why did this happen and who gave the order to attack?

Also, there is more than just health risks to consider with reopening the airport to foreign visitors. A few pissed off "Karens" could destroy the tourism brand of Belize. Is BTB ready to respond when that happens?

And a bit of good news about how Rotary and other generous Belizeans raised funds to help children prepare to return to school during these challenging times.

Episode 5 - Danny Mason Sentence is Not Enough / US Ambassador Nominee Wants to Starve the Poor / Paranda Boy and the Magical Guitar, AUGUST 03, 2020

The Danny Mason Five are going to prison for life. My two cents on why justice has yet to be served and who else needs to pay for this crime.

President Trump has finally nominated a US Ambassador to Belize. However, there is one big problem... his nominee thinks poor people are like stray animals!

And in the Good News segment, I'll speak to Garifuna musician Clayton "C-Wills" Williams about Paranda Boy and the Magical Guitar. This wonderful illustrated children's book will be available starting August 14th.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/10/20 05:33 PM

Episode 6 - Belize Catches Massive Second Wave of Covid-19 / Good News from the Belize Zoo, AUGUST 10, 2020

Belize experienced 105 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in just 8 days! The second wave looks more like a tsunami. How did this happen? Who is to blame? Will we learn from our mistakes before it gets even worse?

Plus, listeners give their own two cents about the situation in Belize.

And some good news from the Belize Zoo. Generous supporters have raised enough money to make sure no animals will go hungry during this difficult time, at least for now.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/17/20 12:19 PM

Episode 7 - Stop Waiting To Be Told What Not To Do! / Comfort Food for Pandemic Patients, AUGUST 17, 2020

Belize just experienced the worst week of the pandemic so far with 300 more cases of Covid-19. The Prime Minister says a national lockdown is not going to happen, at least not yet. My two cents on why all of us need to stop waiting to be told what not to do.

Some good news from San Pedro: Alexandria Boiton is offering to provide free pot pies to anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 on the island. A bit of comfort food while Covid Warriors recover!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/24/20 11:14 AM

Episode 8 - More Community Heroes in Caye Caulker and San Pedro!, AUGUST 24, 2020

A special "good news" podcast featuring community heroes in Caye Caulker and San Pedro. The Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen is currently feeding over 20% of that village's population daily. While in San Pedro, a chef and restaurant owner is operating her own feeding program for residents of her island. Two inspirational stories of community service on this special "good news" episode of Brent's Two Cents!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 09/01/20 10:55 AM

Episode 9 - This Ivermectin Hoax is Dangerous for Belize / Local Artist Turned Superhero Crime Fighter, AUGUST 31, 2020

Counter messaging what actual health experts tell us is hurting efforts to contain Covid-19. The latest hoax getting traction in Belize, thanks to an evangelical pastor, is that ivermectin can cure Covid-19. Spoiler alert: it can't. So why are people spreading this fake news?

Plus some good news about how local artist Alex Sanker put down his paint brush, picked up a big stick and became a crime fighting superhero!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 09/08/20 08:26 PM

Episode 10 - Rape Culture in Belize / Hurricane Nana or Hurricane Nada?, AUGUST 10, 2020

A viral video depicting a heinous sexual assault is the latest example of rape culture in Belize. But issues of slut shaming and gender based violence run much deeper than just cyber bullying in our society. Plus, some good news as Hurricane Nana winds up being more like Hurricane Nada.

If you are experiencing gender based violence and need assistance please call the Family Violence Unit 24-hour hotline:
0-800-A-WAY-OUT (292-9688)
or text/WhatsApp 672-9628
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 09/14/20 06:27 PM

Episode 11 - Foreign Students Get Registered to Vote in Belize! / A Belizean Rocks the Red Carpet in Venice, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Episode 11: More madness at Elections and Boundaries as a group of foreign medical students from India and Pakistan get added to the voters list. It may be legal, but it still stinks s of corruption. Especially considering the politician who stands to benefit is the Minister who approves student visas.

Plus, Belizean Indira Andrewin's fairytale journey from Punta Gorda to the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 09/21/20 11:10 AM

Episode 12 - What Does Belize Mean to You? A Special Independence Day Episode, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Happy Independence Day, Belize! On this episode, listeners in Belize and abroad share their own two cents about what Belize means to them.
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Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 09/28/20 05:52 PM

Episode 13 - How The Equal Opportunities Bill Got Killed in Belize, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

The comprehensive anti-discrimination bill took years to make it to the Prime Minister's Cabinet, and that's where it promptly died. My two cents on how a small group of fundamentalist evangelicals managed to kill The Equal Opportunities Bill with lies.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 10/05/20 05:07 PM

Episode 14 - Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Elections in Belize!, OCTOBER 5, 2020

An election call appears imminent, but how will this campaign be different from normal due to Covid-19? My two cents on how there may be a silver lining to the pandemic as far as the Belize election is concerned.

Plus, Kim Simplis Barrow bids farewell as Special Envoy for Women & Children after 12 years.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 10/13/20 11:20 AM

Episode 15 - Covid-19, Campaigning, and Christmas. A Perfect Storm During a Pandemic., OCTOBER 12, 2020

The number of deaths from Covid-19 in Belize has nearly doubled in the last month. So why does nobody seem concerned? And just how much worse might the situation be following the election campaign, with Christmas on the horizon? Plus a mix of good and bad news from the first 10 days since the Philip Goldson International Airport re-opened.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 11/09/20 12:19 PM

Episode 16 - Pre-Election Special: Pundits, Polls, and Predictions!, NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Belize will vote in a general election on November 11. Will the UDP or PUP form the next government? To break down everything about this most unusual campaign I am joined by Glenn Tillett, Annmarie Williams, and Christian Riveroll who give their unique perspectives on election 2020.

Plus, I give my own two cents on the billion dollar question: Who will win the election?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 11/16/20 12:11 PM

Episode 17 - Election 2020 Post-Mortem / Belize Bans Gill Net Fishing!, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Did the PUP win the election, or did the UDP lose it? My two cents on why the blue party ended up with such a massive victory on November 11.

Plus, Belize has become one of the first countries in the world to ban gill net fishing in their territorial waters. Andrew Roe, president of the Belize Game Fish Association explains how this very important regulation finally came to fruition after years of consultation.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 11/23/20 06:00 PM

Episode 18 - Is the Honeymoon Over Already? / The State of the Nation is Not Good, NOVEMBER 23, 2020

Reports that PM Briceno is offering CEO positions to cronies from the Musa administration already has Belizeans in an uproar less than two weeks into his term.

Plus, the state of the nation is not good as Belize struggles with debt, corruption, and Covid-19.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 12/07/20 06:09 PM

Episode 19 - Learning To Live With Covid-19. You're Not Going To Like What That Really Means., DECEMBER 07, 2020

Over the last two weeks Belize has had one of the worst records for Covid-19 infections and deaths per capita worldwide. Government seems unwilling to take drastic action to contain the virus while many Belizeans are saying we need to learn to live with it. But living with Covid-19 doesn't mean what you think it means.

Also, some good news about a good Samaritan that Belize is lucky to have welcomed into our country.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 12/14/20 12:14 PM

Episode 20 - Does Belize Need a Lockdown to Control Covid-19?, DECEMBER 14, 2020

A very tragic weekend following a terrible week in Belize. Is a nationwide lockdown the only hope we have left to turn the tide in the war against Covid-19?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 01/18/21 05:25 PM

Episode 21 - Who is Belize's Weed Guy?, JANUARY 18, 2021

The Government of Belize appears to be moving full steam ahead to legalize marijuana and establish a commercial cannabis industry. Last month the Minister responsible even introduced the media to his very own foreign cannabis consultant! So who is this "weed guy" and why is nobody asking the right questions?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 01/25/21 12:12 PM

Episode 22 - Is Belize Finally Flattening the Curve?, JANUARY 25, 2021

The statistics for Covid-19 infections appear to be much better than they were just one month ago. But are those numbers too good to be true? My two cents on why government should not ease restrictions, even if Belize is finally starting to flatten the curve.

Plus some good news as Mrs. Rossana Briceno becomes our new Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 02/01/21 06:06 PM

Episode 23 - New Covid Rules / Good Hair / Drug Planes / Rescue at Sea, FEBRUARY 01, 2021

The Covid restrictions get relaxed. The debate over "good" hair. How come no one ever goes to jail for trafficking narcotics in Belize? And a great story about a rescue at sea in San Pedro!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 02/08/21 05:33 PM

Episode 24 - The High Cost of PPEs / Sweetheart Contracts / Why is The Gazette So Difficult to Get?, FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Belize's largest public hospital is charging Covid-19 patients $200 per day just for the PPEs worn by health care workers! Why hasn't the new government done anything to end sweetheart contracts being offered by outgoing administrations? And if The Gazette is so important for Government, why is it so difficult (and expensive) for people to get a copy?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 02/16/21 12:27 PM

Episode 25 - Is There Limited Talent in Belize? / Don't Bring Sand to the Beach!, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Prime Minister Briceno found his foot in his mouth when he tried to defend nepotism by suggesting there is a talent shortage in Belize. Plus, what was an American tourist thinking when he tried to bring 1.5kg of weed into Belize? Dude, shop local!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 02/22/21 06:57 PM

Episode 26 - Disrespect for Dr. Manza / The First 100 Days of the PUP Government, FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero may of won the hearts of minds of most Belizeans during the first 7 months of the pandemic, but it appears he has become persona non grata with his new boss. Plus, my two cents on how the new government has performed during their first 100 days.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 03/01/21 05:20 PM

Episode 27 - "I Don't Recall" / A New Low in the Dr. Manza Debacle, MARCH 1, 2021

"I don't recall". Those three little words that witnesses just love to utter at every commission of inquiry in Belize. Who is Zhourong Li, how did he acquire so much government land, and what does that have to do with Hugo Patt's government vehicle?

Plus, a new low in the war against Dr. Manzanero as the good doctor gets investigated for misconduct contributing to the deaths of Covid-19 patients 6-months before they ever got infected!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 03/08/21 12:12 PM

Episode 28 - What Was Dr. Manza's &...l Election Results Mean for Both Parties, MARCH 8, 2021

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has gone nuclear in their war on Dr. Manzanero. My two cents about what is really going on and why Dr. Manza being punished for abiding by WHO guidelines standing up to Big Pharma! Plus what the results of the municipal elections mean for both major parties and their leaders.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 03/15/21 06:41 PM

Episode 29 - The Unions vs. GOB... Let's Get Ready to Rumble!, MARCH 15, 2021

GOB is facing a massive budget deficit and the PM is asking teachers and public workers to make up the $80M shortfall by accepting wage reductions or face job cuts. My two cents on how the unions can leverage this situation to force GOB to implement some meaningful reforms that might help prevent a future financial crisis from happening again.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 03/29/21 10:36 AM

Episode 30 - Why the Sudden Rush to Re-open Schools? / The Costly Case of the Customs Comptroller., MARCH 29, 2021

Seemingly without warning the Ministry of Education has announced that schools will re-open for face to face learning on April 12. But is this really just a move by GOB to prepare for a battle with teachers over proposed salary cuts?

Plus, four very expensive lawyers are fighting over who gets to be the next Comptroller of Customs. Why would both parties spend so much for a promotion that results in a rather modest increase in salary?

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 05/04/21 11:12 AM

Episode 31 - Could Labour Troubles Lead to Devaluation? / I Got Vaccinated and You Should Too!, MAY 3, 2021

The latest tactic from GOB in their propaganda war with the unions is to suggest that refusing a 10% pay cut could result a devaluation of the Belize dollar. My two cents on why that would never happen.

Plus, I got vaccinated against Covid-19! I'll tell you about my experience with side effects and explain why you need to join the 42,000 other Belizeans who have received their first jab.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 06/07/21 06:10 PM

Episode 32 - Why Jasmine Hartin Will Get Bail / Patrick Faber Should Resign!

One of Belize's top cops is dead and the accused killer is a wealthy and well connected socialite. My two cents on why Jasmine Hartin will likely never see the inside of a prison cell ever again, once she gets bail. Plus, after the latest domestic violence situation involving Patrick Faber it's time for the UDP leader to step down.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 06/14/21 05:17 PM

Episode 33 - Jasmine Hartin and the International Media Circus. With Special Guest Cherisse Halsall!

Jasmine Hartin may be free on bail, but that's definitely not the end of the story. Not in Belize, and certainly not in the United Kingdom. 7 News reporter, Cherisse Halsall has been at the centre of the media storm for the past two weeks and she shares her own two cents on what it's been like covering one of the most sensational stories in Belize's history. Plus, whether or not justice will be served for Henry Jemmott.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 06/22/21 11:03 AM

Episode 34 - Jasmine Lowe & Faye Lin Cannon: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied!

It's been 9 years since 13-year old Jasmine Lowe was murdered. Her accused killer has yet to be brought to trial. Meanwhile, it's been 4 years since another 13-year old, Faye Lin Cannon, was found dead in her bedroom in San Pedro. Faye Lin's mother was charged in connection with her death, yet for unexplained reasons she remains free on bail as her case gets continually adjourned.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 07/20/21 10:59 AM

Episode 35 - Justice for Laddie! / Why are Anti-Vaxxers Winning the Information War?

A 14-year old child is dead, shot by police simply for being on the beach at night. My two cents on if there can ever be #JusticeForLaddie given that has never been justice for so many other innocent Belizeans killed or seriously injured by police.

Plus, why is the anti-vaxx movement is gaining traction in Belize.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/03/21 05:42 PM

Episode 36 - Drop the Hammer! Why Strict Enforcement of 'Get Vaxxed or Get Tested' is so Important

The Government of Belize has given thousands of frontline workers an ultimatum... get vaccinated, get tested, or get a new job. However, Belize is a country known for having great laws but little enforcement. My two cents on why anything less than a strict, consistent, and immediate crackdown on anyone who violates controversial S.I. 74 would spell disaster for GOB.

Posted By: Silverado1

Re: Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize - 08/21/21 03:45 PM

So they tested positive, are they hospitalised, do they have symptoms? Are the symptoms severe?
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