Interesting Things Happen When Your Country Has Gold Mines, Then You Find Oil, $100Billion+

By: digitalCaribbean.LIVE – Caribbean Business News & Politics – Category
– Updated – Sunday July 19th. 8.30am

PART 1

In the primary city of this country there is a main street named Albert Street, and another named Regent Street, and Church Street; and it looks a lot like Belize City in some parts.
But this is not Belize City, it is Georgetown Guyana.

The country is on the verge of profound changes that some observers say will cause it to become the wealthiest country south of the United States.

In the past few months since the March 2nd. election, Guyana is in a delicate balance of possible civil war or chaos or profound prosperity and peace.

Basic Country Facts
The nation of Guyana attained its independence from colonial British rule in 1966 and the capital ‘Georgetown’ is the headquarters of the CARICOM secretariat.
Guyana is (214,969 km² ) about 10 times the size of Belize (8,867 square miles, or 23,000 km²) and has a population of almost 780,000 people.

The Election
On March 2nd. 2020 the country had a general election, and a little over 451,000 ballots were cast’d . Some of which were from Guyanese-born people, living in the United States. The election on the ground inside the country had a high turnout rate of 70.3%; of registered voters who elected 65 candidates to their house of representatives, including the president.

The Presidential Candidates
The incumbent president David A. Granger leads the ‘A Partnership for National Unity’ (APNU+AFC) and the opposition party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is lead by Irfaan Ali.

The incumbent, David A Granger was first elected as Guyana’s president after a coalition of the APNU & AFC joined to form the current government which took office in May 2015.

David A. Granger
Irfaan Ali

The supporters of incumbent president David A Granger have loudly call for him to be sworn back in as president, but on March 6th. a high court blocked efforts to declare anyone as the president elect until the all matters are heard by the courts.

A Rumble in CARICOM
More than 2 months after the election there was still no declared winner and the rangeling and claims of fraud was all over regional news. The incumbent government of President David A Granger invited a team of observers from CARICOM member states, and on May 6th. a recount of the ballots began.

The statistics are a starting point for concern because most countries in the region have never had such a large number of ballots or votes, when compared by ratio with the population. In this election almost 451,000 ballots were counted; in a country with a population of 780,000, considering that the under voting age population is almost 290,000, including school age children and toddlers.

The high-level group from other CARICOM member states arrived in Georgetown Guyana on 1 May, and the recount exercise began on May 6th. and ended on June 9th.

The CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana

The following report from the observer team was submitted to the secretary-general of CARICOM. – CARICOM Observer Report PDF

The team of observers from CARICOM member states arrived in Guyana to watch the recount. The team was lead by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at UWI, Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They were met at the airport by CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General for Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson.

One of Jamaica’s leading newspaper, the Jamaica Gleaner reported that the Chairman of CARICOM (at that time) Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley may have been too quick to chastise the Granger government in Guyana.

The Caribbean Court of Justice
There has been heated accusations of fraud and claims of sophisticated voter and-or ballot tampering from both sides, which has culminated in legal action at the highest courts in Guyana, and finally leading to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

During the process of validating ballots, Guyana’s Chief Election Officer determined that over 100,000 votes were invalid. However, On Wednesday, July 15th. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down a unanimous decision which does not agree with the methods used by the Chief Election Officer (CEO) to invalidate the ballots.

Latest Developments In Guyana’s Election Saga
The following is the latest news from the Guyana Chronicle Newspaper. (Friday July 17th.)

Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh

“ATTORNEY General Basil Williams, on Friday, argued that the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (Ret’d) Claudette Singh is constitutionally bound to declare the Leader of the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change, David Granger, as the President Elect in accordance with the advice tendered by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield.

In his virtual appearance before Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George-Wiltshire, Williams – the fourth named respondent in the Misenga Jones Case – told the High Court that though the Chief Elections Officer submitted his Elections Report in accordance with the Article 177 (2) (b) of the Constitution and Section 96 of the Representation of the People Act, the Chair of the Elections Commission has rejected the report.

Such, he argued, is a constitutional breach. The report indicated that more votes were cast in favour of the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), for which President David Granger is the Presidential Candidate. “The Chairman of the [Elections] Commission was obliged to then declare him [David Granger] as having been elected under the said Article 177 (2) (b); that has not happened, and so we have a constitutional crisis in that regard,” the Attorney General told Justice George-Wiltshire during a five hour marathon court hearing on Friday.
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THE OIL INDUSTRY
“A series of successful offshore discoveries by ExxonMobil – estimating eight billion barrels of recoverable resources – has catapulted Guyana to global prominence, promising to transform the tiny rainforest nation into a major oil economy.”
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Those were the words of a news article on April 13th. 2020 in the highly regarded oil analytic and research publication NE ENERGY.

in 2005 Guyana had a very modest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of only US$77-million dollars, which grew to US$247-million dollars in 2011. (Gov. of Guyana data).

Since the announcement of oil being found off the coast of Guyana in an area known as the Takutu and Guyana Basin in the Atlantic ocean, the annual FDI growth rate of 21% would now be estimated to be US$1.7-billion for the year 2019.

Both Rystad Energy and Exxon have published data indicating that Guyana’s oil reserves are approximately 8 billion barrels of crude oil, which will transform the country into a major oil producing state that will output 130,000 barrels per day (bpd) in late 2020 and 750,000 bpd by 2025, and an even further 1.3 million bpd by 2030.

GOLD
Additionally, digitalCaribbean-dot-LIVE has verified published data that Guyana produced approximately 96,000 ounces of gold in 2019. The projection for 2020 is estimated to be the same or more production from its Aurora gold mining operations.

On May 4th. 2020 the stock price of Guyana Gold Fields Inc. traded at $0.70cents on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). As of Friday July 17th. 2020 the stock has traded as high as $1.80.

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– OPINION –
The people of the CARICOM union should all pay close attention to what is happening in Guyana, afterall, the headquarters of CARICOM itself is in Georgetown, Guyana.
The continuous practice of democracy in our CARICOM union states is the most critical mechanism that makes small countries strong. – That they not be looked upon as uncouth relics of former Banana republics, but rather, well managed, democratic and sovereign states that punch well above their global weight.

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URL Resource List: – Guyana Demographics: wiki
Guyana Country Review – Caribbean Development Bank
Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources: Petroleum & Environmental Report
On June 27th. 2020 – The Guardian

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BRADS GAMING GROUP LTD. AWARDED LOTTERY GAMING CONTRACT FOR 10 MORE YEARS

By: digitalBelize.LIVE ( in-depth business reporting )

The multi-million dollar business of various lottery games has been extremely beneficial to both the Government of Belize and Brads Gaming Group Limited.

In 2009 the company won the original contract to administer several different lottery games, that contracts was for 10 years.

In September of 2019 the tender was offered by the government to all interested and qualified organizations to submit offers to GOB, the government stated last year that it was not going to aromatically award the contract to BRADS Gaming Group.

Today (July 3rd.) GOB announced that BRADS Gaming Group Ltd. owned by Kim Jen Chee will continue to administer all lottery games in Belize for 10 more years.

A Great Revenue Stream ( Some for Education )
It is estimated that at least $10.7-million (on Average) is spent each week on all lottery games in Belize. All lottery winnings above $750 is taxed 15% which goes to the Government of Belize, in addition to the taxes and fees paid by other companies such as SCRATCH-OFF and other games of chance and gambling.

A large portion of all gaming and gambling taxes collected by the government are earmarked for education, that is according to part III of the Gaming Control Act of Belize.

The government’s press release said –
The Government of Belize, via the Lotteries Tender Panel, has completed negotiations with Brads Gaming Group Limited for a license to administer the Belize Government Lottery for the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2030.

In September 2019, the Government of Belize announced the open tender for the license to administer the Government Lotteries for the period April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2030. Consequently, a Lotteries Tender Panel was established comprising representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Lotteries Committee, and the Gaming Control Board to assess proposals for the administration of the Government Lotteries. The evaluation was conducted in accordance with procurement policies as advised by the Ministry of Finance using a quality and cost-based approach.

Bids were received from three interested parties. The Lotteries Tender Panel evaluated and ranked all three bids based on the pre-determined criteria established for the procurement process. At the end of the evaluation process, the Lotteries Tender Panel recommended to the Government of Belize that the license to administer the Belize Government Lottery be awarded to the proposal with the highest score.

Subsequent to the Government of Belize’s acceptance of the recommendation, and as required by the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act, the negotiated license and contract, along with the tender report and related documents, were submitted to the Office of the Contractor General for review and no-objection prior to execution. Having received the no-objection from the Office of the Contractor General, the license and contract to administer the Belize Government Lottery was signed on June 26th.

The executed license and contract will be laid before the House of Representatives at its next sitting as required by the Finance and Audit (Reform) Act.

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Westrac’s Phylanthrophy: Paid For All The Students School Fees

June 24th. 2020 – The managers of Westrac present a check to pay for the school fees of all students at Unity Presbyterian Primary School in Belize City.

The teachers, the students and the principal of these lucky schools in Belize City are all happy tonight. Thanks to some well needed donations from a good corporate citizen, Westrac.

Drive down Antelope Street Extension from Central American Blvd. and you will pass through one of the most challenging neighborhoods in Belize City; and the difficulties in that community is even more amplified by the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, that has left many people unemployed.

But the afternoon of Wednesday June 24th. was different, there was smiles from ear to ear and at least for the students and parents and teachers and especially the principal, this was a very good day.

As the principal stood at a podium in the church building, she explained how she got the phone call, and at first she was in disbelief, then she was elated to get the news that a donor will pay all the school fees for all the children that attend her school . All 255 students of Unity Presbyterian Primary School have received a donation of (a) 1 year of paid school fees, and (b) A book bag, Back-Pac.

The philanthropic work and efforts of WESTRAC Ltd. has been done before, but this time they got suggestions from several community organizations and then carefully made a choice of who should get a donation and how it would be disbursed. In this case, all the parents of students at that school will have a receipt that indicates that the school fees for the entire school year 2020-2021 is paid in full.

Earlier in the day, Westrac Ltd. donated to Queens Street Baptist School and similarly paid the school fees for all the students at that school.

Way to go – Westrac

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Written & Compiled by – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter: + channel1Belize.com
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Government Of Belize Announces A Request To ‘Interest Capitalization’ of Bonds Due In 2034

Updated Thursday, June 18th. 7..21am

Today, ( Wednesday, June 17th. 2020) the Government of Belize issued a press release with a ‘Heading’ that said “Belize Announce Request For Interest Capitalization’ To the holders of Belize’s US Dollar Bonds.

We were not aware of exactly what the term means, and we have a feeling that ‘you’ our readers are also unsure of what that term means, so we did some research in the financial world and this is what it means.

What Is Capitalized Interest?
Capitalization is the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance of your loan. The principal balance of a loan increases when payments are postponed during periods of deferment or forbearance and unpaid interest is capitalized. As a result, more interest may accrue over the life of the loan, the monthly payment amount may be higher, or more payments may be required.

What we can tell you is that basically the letter is asking the holders of Belize’s Bonds to wait a few months for the next payment, due to the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As is stated above in the government’s press release, Belize is due to make a payment on August 20th. That payment would normally be $25 million Belize dollars.

What Does The Request For Interest Capitalization Mean
The request to the bond-holders ( ie: investors that purchased Belize’s Bonds) is for the payment of $12.5 million U.S dollars that is due on August 20 should be deferred ; then added to the entire principal balance due, and a payment will be made at a later date, (February 2021), when the country is expected to be in a better financial position.

Additionally, In a separate financial juggling act, on Thursday June 4th. Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belize Central Bank presented a 30 million U.S Dollar denominated 5 year Treasury Note to buyers, each Treasury Note has a value of $50 thousand U. S dollars.

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THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC ENGINE IS REVVING UP – ARE YOU READY BELIZE ?

By: digitalBelize.LIVE ( in-depth business reporting )

Updated June 8th. – Photos & Videos Below

Many people may think that it will take many years for the global economic engine to get back to where it was prior to the COVID19 Pandemic, which, bey-the-way is still going on in many countries in the region.

In the Caribbean and Central America the dependence on tourism has become the Achilles-heel of their economic hardship and high unemployment.

But everyday the stock markets in most countries are open and all of the major industrialized countries in the world are cranking up their economic engine, BECAUSE!, no matter how bad the Corona-virus COVID-19 crisis gets, people have to get back to normal everyday life, there is no other option, and that means going to work and earning a living.

Sink or Swim – The Reality Of Tourism In The Caribbean
The tourism and hospitality Industry was a major part of all Caribbean country’s economy, and the governments of those countries have realized that they better do something fast, because there is no ‘sure-thing’ safety net. As independent nations they must navigate the challenges of the pandemic, just like every other country, or watch their economy’s die, and watch their people suffer.

Opening up airports and borders are just the first step in a strategy to restart your tourism industry, and that does not mean that the visitors will come, because there are no visitors banging at the doors of departure airports to travel to tropical destinations in the Caribbean. But there are strategists and resort owners and hoteliers and AD-agencies and government health departments that are doing all sorts of efforts to make their tourism industry swim through the crisis.

They are using sophisticated and low-tech methods to focus on the vacationer that made money and are making money during the pandemic, and are surely in need of a vacation.

They have created teams and situation rooms that are strategically facing the challenge like they are going to war. They are developing new policies to make the people who will visit feel very safe. and, They are developing new policies to keep their local population and workers safe.

Some strategist are tracking when each of the destinations in the Caribbean will open to foreign visitors . Here is a list of when various Caribbean island-nation will open their borders (airports & seaports).

Reopen date source: Official local government data collected June 3rd, 2020
COVID-19 data source: World Health Org. data.collected June 3rd, 2020

CountryAirports
Re-Opening
COVID-19 DNotes
Antigua and BarbudaJune 4th.26 3 None
ArubaJune 15 to July 1stNone
Bahamas Unknown10211None
BarbadosUnknown927
BelizePlanned July 1st. 182 Uncertain
British Virgin Islands (UK)Unknown …………………………………………Phased reopening to residence
and other selected people with vested interest in the country
Cayman Islands (UK) Sept. 1st.1521 Uncertain
CubaJuly 1st.2,10783
DominicaUnknownPlan to open its borders to regional travelers on July 1st. or Mid July
Dominican RepublicJuly 1st.18,040516 Phased re-opening
The Dominican Republic has been hit the hardest by COVID 19 of all Caribbean country ‘s
Grenada
JamaicaJune 15th.590 cases9
Montserrat (UK)Unknown111
Puerto RicoUnknown4,023140
Sint Maarten77 15
St. Kitts and NevisUnknown
St. LuciaJune 4th.180
Saint Vincent & Grenadines260
Trinidad & TobagoLate June1178Phased re-opening & conditional on COVID-19 decline
Turks and Caicos (UK)July 22nd.121

One of the leading websites that aggregate tourism data and tourism news in the region is TravelPulse.com, which has seen a huge up-tick in online ADs that focus on mitigating the fear of COVID-19, those AD-Agencies work for big-name resorts and small countries that are trying to attract visitors to those destinations.

The Maruba Resort in Belize

In Belize
Belize, St. Lucia and St. Vincent is a part of a handful of countries in the Caribbean that have not had any reported new cases of COVID-19 for more than 35 days now. This is supposed to position the country as having a huge advantage to market itself to foreign vacationers who have worked hard during the pandemic, and are now wanting to vacation somewhere safe from COVID-19.

Marketing & Communication Efforts
A resort in Cancun (Le Blanc Resorts) has developed a comprehensive housekeeping cleaning routine and made a 5 minute video to ‘specifically‘ mitigate the fears of COVID-19

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness pitched his country as ‘soon opening’ on CNN’s Business Editor at Large, Richard Quest.

Watching The Rest Of The World
The BBC’s Travel Show looks at the challenges in the near future. – Coronavirus: Flying in the age of Covid-19? – BBC Travel Show

Additional URL watch list
Which businesses are benefiting from COVID-19 pandemic? ( Al Jazeera Business )

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WARRANT ISSUED FOR FORMER MINISTER – FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT

Update: June 2nd. 2020
This morning at the supreme court in Belmopan former minister Elvin Penner made an appearance before a Judge and explained that because of some urgent personal matters that had arisen, he was unable to be at court on June 1st. as required. Mr Penner stated that he realize the importance of making required court appearances but on this occasion he was unable to be present. The court accepted his explanation and he was free to go.

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Monday, June 1st. 2020

In a stunning fall from grace, former Minister and U.D.P Cabinet member Elvin Penner may be arrested by police, when this morning (June 1st.) the supreme court issued a bench warrant for his detention due to his failure to appear in a Belmopan court to face charges of Manslaughter.

In 2017 Penner was the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed Kenrick Myvett on the George Price Highway. (western hwy.)

Penner was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, and served in the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2015 representing the Cayo North East constituency. He is the first Belizean Mennonite elected to national office.

The ministry of Immigration was tarnished by several scandals and corrupt activities, the worst was the Won Hong Kim passport scandal, in which a jailed criminal in South Korea was claiming Belizean citizenship, which he reportedly acquired after Penner’s intervention or during his oversight of that ministry.

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The Aftermath Of Tropical Storm ‘NANA’ – Damage Report From Dangriga, Toledo & Cayo

By: digitalBelize.LIVE – Top Stories – Category
Thursday September 3rd. 10.30am

Tropical Storm ‘NANA’ spared Belize City and caused no damage to the most populated city in the country, but it did some minor damage in the south.

The storm reached the category 1 status and was approximately 50 mile wide with winds of 60-70 mph and even stronger gusts caused some damage in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts, including the major towns of Dangriga and Punta Gorda.



The storm expanded like a balloon once it crossed over the southern districts and increased in size by 50-70% of its former size, with heavy rains and strong wind gusts that were felt far inland, and as far north to Belmopan and southern Cayo.

In Stann Creek & Dangriga Town
There are reports of many Banana and Plantain Farms losing hundreds of plants; broken by strong winds.

There no reports injuries or death due to hurricane ‘Nana’, and there are no reports of any major damage to any buildings in Dangriga Town. Some small wooden homes suffered minor wind damage. Electricity is on for the town of Dangriga and no reports of interruption of any utility services. However there are power poles and equipment that were damaged, causing loss of power to some villages. Here is the latest notice from BEL.

Remnants of the Placencia Dock after Hurricane Nana made landfall on September 3rd.

In Toledo & Punta Gorda
There are no reports injuries or death due to hurricane ‘Nana’ in Punta Gorda and there are no reports of any major damage other than a few down power poles and some small wooden homes. Electricity is on for all towns and no reports of interruption of any utility services.

In Cayo & All Major Towns
There are no reports injuries or death due to hurricane ‘Nana’ in the Cayo District and there are no reports of any major damage other than a few down power poles. Electricity is on for all towns and no reports of interruption of any utility services.

Chalillo DAM – Macal River
As of 3pm Thursday Sept. 3rd. there are no spillway activity. The Chalillo is at normal level.

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The Safest Strategy Against COVID-19 Is To Behave As If It Is Everywhere: Because It Is

By: digitalBelize.LIVE – Community & Public – Category
– Updated – Monday Aug 31st. 10.30pm

There are people that wash their hands often; – There are people that sanitize their hands often and wear face coverings, and or a face shields. – And then there are those that go to what some would say is a bit extreme or even paranoid, – But!, those paranoid people right here in Belize may be on to something.

They spray their shopping bags with Lysol, they rub rubbing-alcohol on the money or change they get from store-clerks and shopkeepers, they boil bottled drinking water, they pure boiling water over the fruits and veggies they get at the market, and some of them believe that small (very low amounts) of the COVID-19 Virus may even be in the tap water they shower with.

The truth is that those people may be more right than wrong, because the COVID-19 Virus is literally everywhere, it all depends on a term referred to as the ‘Viral Load

In one instance we know of several persons in a Belize household that have no symptoms of COVID-19 but all complained of a strange feeling in their stomach, which they all believe was caused by the bottled water they drank. The family said that the feeling went away after 2-3 days, and they started to boil the drinking water and they don’t eat anything that is not cooked.

A friend also explained that he witnessed the following on more than 1 occasion: the temperature of a person that was about to enter a store was too high and the security asked the person to please go to the hospital, ‘the individual just walked away and surely did not go to get checked out. That was probably because of the stigma we attribute to those who may have it, although they did not cause COVID-19, they spread it because of not wanting to know.

The little microscopic COVID-19 devils are so small that they can only be seen with an Electron-Microscope, and from a biological standpoint the virus functions just like the cold or flu virus.

A Better Way To Test For COVID-19
The health directors in many countries have been in continous debate as to which COVID-19 test is best.

A Short List Of Countries Using Saliva Test As First Step Screening
1. United Kingdom
2. Island
3. Japan

“On August 15th. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Yale School of Public Health for its Saliva-Direct COVID-19 diagnostic test, which uses a new method of processing saliva samples when testing for COVID-19 infection.”

A recent CBS News report said: “The FDA has authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results. The 15-minute test from Abbott Laboratories will sell for $5, giving it a competitive edge over similar tests that need to be popped into a small machine. The self-contained test is the size of a credit card and is based on the same technology used to test for the flu, strep throat and other infections”.

Safety FirstRe-training Our Natural Behavior
It is so easy to disregard or lose your conscious awareness that a deadly virus is around, because we cannot see them, It is also a part of the problem; so we need to re-train our own natural behavior to act as if the virus is everywhere (because it is)

In a recent article in the New York Times, several medical doctors and scientist from several countries wrote to the W.H.O

” But in an open letter to the W.H.O., 239 scientists in 32 countries have outlined the evidence showing that smaller particles can infect people, and are calling for the agency to revise its recommendations. The researchers plan to publish their letter in a scientific journal next week”.

FACTS
If small particles of COVID-19 can hang in the air for several minutes then it can get on items you purchase at the markets and stores.

Washing hands regularly and wearing face masks are a good start, but you should start thinking of it as dust particles in your home and workplace.

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The Emotional & Psychological Damage Being Caused By COVID-19

By: digitalBelize.LIVE – Community & Public – Category
– Updated – Tuesday Aug 25th. 10.30pm

We are all affected by this mysterious, unseen boogie-man called COVID-19, or SAR2 COVID bla-bla-bla or whatever the “hek yo-wah-kall-it”. – The mystery Boogie-Virus that operates like the cold or flu, then supposedly goes away and can come back, but can kill you , is too stressful to ignore.

The reality of an uncertain future that make us all have second thoughts about planning anything too far into next month, or lets say November or December, is taking a silent toll on our thoughts.

Some people have been out of work for months and have to worry about food and rent or god forbid, medicine for the elderly or sick children. This has never happened before and some of us are too strong and ignorant to recognize when others are silently suffering.

Some of us are praying to the almighty – – “ dear covid, please go the hek away to another planet. Oh sorry, Dear Lord, please protect us all, our family, our friends and please help Belize and the government so they can help all the people. Thank you Lord!.

We really don’t know where the hek COVID came from; some say China, others say its a silent war (“president of Uganda”) others say it’s some sort of secret population control project.

What we do know is that it is affecting the psychology of everyone. Children in Belize barely know if school will ever open this year, because it’s all dependent on what happens in the next few weeks. And similarly, those people who were steadily employed in the tourism sector don’t know what will happen next week or next month.

The prime minister mentioned at Friday’s virtual press briefing (August 21st.) that the World Health Organization does not recommend “more lock-down for entire countries” unless absolutely necessary. The reason that the W.H.O has made that recommendation is because they are getting fresh data that is indicating how damaging ‘lock-downs’ are to the emotional health of everyone.

  1. Exercise / Workout
  2. Eat Healthier than you use to
  3. Inform Yourself with “How To’s”
  4. Learn that hubby you always had a passion for.
  5. Play family board-games and communicate more with loved ones.
  6. Do not watch or listen to too much news about how bad the pandemic is.

Some Recommendations – Strategy for Emotional Survival
Since we are not doctors or therapist, we read many articles on the subject and found some very enlightened content that is worth sharing.

The Psychology of The Subconscious
Underneath the surface of how we behave is the subconscious, which is ever present in guiding our behaviour and thoughts. Someone once said that, “The subconscious trauma of COVID-19 is like driving down a dark road and listening to the radio telling you how many people have died on that same road”.

Watch Your Language
Sometimes the people with the best of intentions are using the wrong language to describe issues related to COVID-19, so I would like to share a few suggestions.

(a). People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are ‘Victims of COVID-19′

(b). In Belize, like many other places – the mare mention of the word ‘Mental Health: when describing some affected by COVID;s trauma is interpreted as “crazy“, and should be replaced with the words ‘psychological and emotional trauma of COVID-19′.

(c). The stigma is very damaging to a person’s self esteem, so we should all try to behave differently in the way we view the victims of COVID-19, because they did not cause it.

This Has Never Happened Before In Our Modern World
Nobody has ever dealt with this type of situation before, where entire countries are basically closed, or so infected that you wouldn’t want to go there.

The daily news blasts about COVID-19; and news that make some people not sure if work will be available for them or if your company or government will survive such an uncertain pandemic, is emotionally traumatic. Create confidence building plans within your family that speaks of better days ahead, ‘Because there will be!.

One of the strange comforts is that we are all in the same boat together, although some may have it better than others. Which should give us all the more reason to be more kind, more understanding and be ever mindful of the subconscious pressures and circumstances that can make things go wrong.

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The following flyer is from the Belize Ministry of Health, with some basic but useful tips about stress relief and stress management.

Helpful URL Resource: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

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THE REAL YELLOWMAN – THE TENACITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT – THIS IS A BLACK MAN

By: digitalCaribbean.LIVE Staff Reporter –  Entertainment – Category
– Updated – Sunday August 16. 8.30am

Suppose you found out that the beginning of your life on earth was that you were ‘a newborn baby’ found in the garbage in a plastic bag. That’s the beginning of the life of a popular Jamaican reggae artist, YELLOWMAN.

The human spirit is amazing, Yellowman is a black Jamaican man, but he was born an albino (skin pigmentation disorder), as a young boy many people shunned him and treated him very bad. But that same person arises above all that and becomes a liked musician.

Born in 1956, Winston Foster, YELLOWMAN was abandoned by his parents and grew up in the Maxfield Children’s Home and the Catholic orphanage Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1979 Yellowman finished second in the Tastee Talent Contest, and people slowly started to realize his creative musical skills.

YELLOWMAN in the 1980s – Jamaica

After many nightclub performances in Jamaica YELLOWMAN’S popularity and music genre lead him to perform at large music concerts in Europe. In the 1980s he signed record contracts with Columbia Records and Greensleeves Records & Publishing which specializes in dancehall and reggae music.

About Albinism
Approximately 1 in every 20 thousand children born in sub-saharan Africa will be an albino child. Ignorance and superstition has made many black parents in Africa believe that it is a curse from god, or a mark of the devil.

Mother & Child: The father is darker than her.

In 1982 Yellowman was diagnosed with skin cancer and was told that he only had three more years to live, that diagnosis was later considered inaccurate and YELLOWMAN continued his music career.

In 1986 it was diagnosed that the cancer had spread to his jaw; Yellowman underwent very invasive jaw surgery to remove a malignant tumor. This surgery permanently disfigured Yellowman’s face, as a large portion of the left side of his lower jaw had to be removed to successfully remove the tumor

His 1983 music track “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”, was remade by Beenie Man and released on July 3, 2020. Yellowman said of the release, “I wish somebody else did”

The most interesting observation about YELLOWMAN over the years is “how a black-man behaves when people treat him as white, and how people behave when they think that someone is white, (caucasian).

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Written & Compiled by digitalCaribbean.Live – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter:  digitalCaribbean.LIVE@gmail.com

The World A-BUZZ With News That The Russians Have Developed A COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 has become the modern day plague of the 21st century and the people of all nations have come to the stark reality that the virus will probably be with us all for much longer that we think.

But today August 11th. 2020 could be a critical milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 Virus which has killed more than 740,000 people at this news writing and is predicted to kill more than 3 million people worldwide by years-end, if no vaccine is developed.

The Russians have announced that they have developed and registered the 1st. COVID-19 Vaccine.

The news was delivered to the world by the Russian leader ‘Vladimir Putin’ in a press conference earlier today.

The primary news organizations of all major countries has carried the news, and if proven to be effective, it will surely be another “Sputnik Moment” for the Soviet Union. (Russia)

The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, and all over the world, including The Indian Times and news outlets In Africa, Europe and major TV Stations in the U.S has carried the news with a dash of skepticism, that questions the validity of the announcement and also points to the traditional phase trials that is normally done for a vaccine to be approved for widespread use.

Other countries have already announced that they will work with the Russians to produce the vaccine.

The state of Parana in Brazil announced that they will meet with the Russian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss a co-production agreement. – which should not be a surprise to most, since Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 deaths; only the United States has more than Brazil.

If proven effective against the COVID-19 Virus, the Russians will probably rack up a lot of ‘brownie-points’ all over the world, as people are wanting effective solutions no matter where it is made or created.

This is “Big News” with a grain of caution salt.

For this historic announcement to be made by the president of Russia himself is probably the biggest thing to happen on the global-stage since the Russians were the first to orbit a satellite in space, known as the ‘Sputnik Moment’ for doing it before the Americans.

If effective the Russians would get an extremely high windfall profit for the new drug, as hundreds of millions of people worldwide would seek the vaccine.

The traditional view of the Russians as the bad-guys and or adversaries would surely be different if this is really a solution to the scourge called COVID-19.

Shortly after the news was announced on Tuesday August 11th. The financial and stock-market news channel CNBC in the U.S reported “that the surge of the stock-market was a reaction to the announcement that an effective vaccine was developed”.

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Written & Compiled by digitalCaribbean.Live – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter:  digitalCaribbean.LIVE@gmail.com

Who Owns the Port of Belize?

By: digitalCaribbean.LIVE Staff Reporter – Caribbean Business News & Politics – Category
– Updated – Monday August 3rd. 8.30pm

The lifeblood of all modern economies is heavily dependent on cargo flowing in and goods sold flowing out on ships VIA the shipping port. There are two operational ports in Belize “Port of Belize” and “Port of Big Creek”, the larger is in Belize City and the other is in the Stann Creek District.

According to data from the Port of Belize and Government Information, the Port of Belize handles 84% of the country’s imports and the Port of Big Creek facilitates the agro-productive sector and handles the majority of the country’s exports.

Ever thought about how our boxes and barrels come in? or even how Brodies and other supermarkets get their items? Well it comes through the port.

Now you may be thinking; how can such a profitable stake not be nationalized? Well, the Port of Belize was first established by the Belize Port Authority, a regulatory body, and Maritime Agency, responsible to regulate and develop Belize’s Ports, Harbors and Shipping within the territorial waters of Belize.

The Port was run by the government until 2002, then it was privatized and sold to shareholders. The main shareholder at that time was Luke Espat.

Due to overleveraging of the many projects such as the Cruise Ports, Renaissance Towers and Crockland, just to name a few, the Port came into receivership by the British Caribbean Bank.

On the morning of January 5th 2012 the ‘Port of Belize’ was taken over by representatives of the Belize Bank; (acting as agents for an affiliated company British Caribbean Bank), the port has been in ‘receivership’ since that date. The Belize Bank indicated that it took over the ‘Port’ due to loan defaults, and subsequently appointed Arturo Vasquez as the receiver.

In 2018 WaterLoo Investment Holdings Limited began a plan to expand the Port of Belize to include a cruise ship docking pier and facilities for cruise tourists. However, the Covid-19 Pandemic put a damper on the project which would directly compete with the Stake Bank project for the lucrative cruise-tourism business.

The Stake Bank project which is a huge US$300 million island and cruise-ship terminal project just off the coast of Belize City has been in development for many years. The project is so large and ambitious that it’s probably the largest construction project that the country has seen in many decades.
It is still a mystery as to why planning authorities would issue permits to two large companies to engage in planning and constructing large-scale projects that would compete with each other.

The primary investor for the cruise-tourism project at POB is WaterLoo Investment Holdings Limited. According to their 2019 Annual Report in the ‘Financial Services Division’ it highlights the British Caribbean Bank as producing a profit of $2.2M.

The Port is in receivership by British Caribbean Bank, and it is highly possible that said company WaterLoo Investment could be the current owners of the port. If both companies, Port of Belize Limited and WaterLoo Investment Holdings, are being financed by the British Caribbean Bank, then it is more plausible to believe this is true.

In an interview conducted on local TV station Channel 5 Belize, entitled “Ashcroft Has No Interest in Owning Port of Belize” he mentions “none of [his] companies in this case Waterloo has an Interest in the port of any ownership”. It can be assumed that both private entities are in collaboration.

We may not know exactly who owns the port, but we know that there exist strong ties between the two companies.

Editor’s Note: What is ‘Receivership‘ – we have listed the British UK definition because it is an English business term that is a part of British corporate law which was handed down to most former British colonies.

Additional reference to the term may also be found at (What Happens When A Company Goes Into Receivership) https://www.realbusinessrescue.co.uk/articles/receivership/going-into-receivership

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Written & Compiled by digitalCaribbean.Live – digitalBelize.LIVE staff reporter:  digitalCaribbean.LIVE@gmail.co