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

Author: Brent Toombs

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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 about.
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Episode 36 - 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.Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast!Listen to Mada Fyah podcast.Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 35 - 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. Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast.Other Belizean Podcasts:Mada FyahThe Real Ty Belize PodcastThe Belize TravelcastTwoCanViewBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 34 - It's been 9 years since 13-year old Jasmine Lowe was murdered. Her accused killer, Bert Vasquez, 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 adoptive mother, Anke Doehm, was charged in connection with her death, yet for unexplained reasons she remains free on bail as her case gets continually adjourned. Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast!Other Belizean Podcasts:Mada FayahThe Real Ty Belize Podcast Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 33 - 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. To learn more about Cherisse Halsall, be sure to listen to this excellent episode of The Natasha Stuart Podcast!Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast.New episodes of other Belizean podcasts:Mada FyahThe Real Ty Belize PodcastTwo Can ViewBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 32 - 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. The Belize TravelcastMada FyahThe Real Ty Belize PodcastThe Blind SpotBelizeable AdventuresLeave a voice message for the podcast:https://www.speakpipe.com/twocentsbelizeBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 31 - 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.Click here to eave a voice message for the podcast.Listen episode 29 about what GOB needs to do to stop corruption and waste before demanding a salary cut.Check out all these other great Belizean podcasts!The Natasha Stuart PodcastTwo Teaspoons of BelizeThe Belize TravelcastWalasahaTwoCanViewThe Gentle PerspectiveThe Opinionated KruffyMada FyahRaw and Uncut with Kelsey CoddThe Real Ty Belize PodcastThe Blind SpotWatch the Channel 5 story on the growth of podcasts in Belize.Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 30 - 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?Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast.Visit my website.Listen to episode 3 about the last time Belize tried to re-open schools.Other Belizean Podcasts:TwocanviewThe Natasha Stuart PodcastWalasahaThe Opinionated Kruffy Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 29 - 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.Click here to leave a message for the podcast.Also check out:Two Teaspoons of BelizeThe Gentle PerspectiveTwoCanViewKimberlifeBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 28 - 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. Click here for more information on the WHO Solidarity Trials The WHO recommends against the use of remdesivirEU urged to review remdesivir deal after Covid-19 trial resultsClick here to leave a voice message for the podcast!All my social media links.Listen to some other great Belizean podcasts:WalasahaThe Opinionated KruffyThe Natasha Stuart Podcast Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 27 - "I do not recall". Those four 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! Click here to leave a voice message for the this podcast.My Social Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokNew Episodes of other Belizean podcasts:Walasaha The Natasha Stuart PodcastThe Opinionated KruffyThe Gentle PerspectiveTwoCanViewBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 26 - 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.Watch Jules Vasquez UnCutWatch The Gentle Perspective PodcastListen to The Opinionated Kruffy PodcastClick here to leave a voice message for the this podcast.My Social Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 25 - 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! Some other Belizean podcasts to check out:Dominique Noralez: Walasaha The Natasha Stuart PodcastClick here to leave a voice message for the this podcast.My Social Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 24 - 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?Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast.My Social Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 23 -  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!Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast.More info about the voyage of Adventure 2Elito Arceo - Seduced by Belize WebsiteMy Social Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 22 - 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. Click here to leave a voice message! Email to register for the virtual town hall meeting with Hon. Kareem Musa and Alex Lavin:ceo.secretary@homeaffairs.gov.bzRead "Between These Lines..." by Glenn TillettSocial Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 21 - 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?Click here to leave a voice message! Stories about Growth Industries:The Warwick BeaconWPRI-TVListen to Walasaha Podcast from Dominique NoralezSocial Media Links:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.com    Buy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 6: 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. Social Media Links:FacebookTwitterInstagramPrevious EpisodesClick here to learn more about the Belize Zoo!Recommended Belizean Podcast:Two Teaspoons of BelizeBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
The episode that started it all!Episode 1: 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. Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast! WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
Episode 15 - 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. Click here to leave a voice message for the podcast! WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokemail: podcast@oxaproductions.comBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
(Originally released 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! Social Media LinksFacebookTwitterInstagramSegment One Story Sources:The Surgisphere Ivermectin Study ScandalEvangelicals Push Ivermectin on PeruviansFDA Warning About IvermectinPAHO Warning Against IvermectinBuy Me a Coffee to Support this Podcast! If you would like to support my podcast please consider buying me a coffee for only US$3.
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