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February the month of love was bitter sweet. Over the past four weeks, Barbadians and visitors had highs and lows  with West Indies who won two Test matches in January and winning one of the ODI at Kensington Oval last month. On the West Coast, hundreds came to the 42nd Holetown Festival to enjoy the street parade and local entertainment. But the small island also saw an increase in crime and gun violence bringing the violent and tragic deaths to fourteen. While police and military crack down on crime, dry conditions have been forecasted by meteorologists. But there is more! Take a look at the other events making the news in business, politics and local and international news!

Politics and Business

IMF Team Visits Barbados for Bert Update, PM Launches Vision 2020, Green Light from Govt on LED Lighting

The Barbados Labour Party administration concluded its meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in February. A small team ”led by Bert van Selm visited Bridgetown from February 5–8, to discuss the implementation of Barbados’ Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) plan, supported by the IMF under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF)”.

Prime Minister launches Vision 2020 which is expected to showcase the best of the island and invite Barbadians globally to come back home for the celebration.

As the government continues to explore alternative energy projects, one plan has received the ”green light”. Caribbean LED Lighting signed a contract with the public sector to use 28,000 LED bulbs to replace street lamps in Barbados.

Sports

Highs and Lows: England Two up in ODI

With veteran cricketer, Chris Gayle returning to the West Indies ODI squad, hopes were high since the team won the second ODI by 26 runs at Kensington Oval on February 22. With England winning two ODIs against WI, the last of the five match series is to be played in St. Lucia March 5.

Entertainment

Great Turn out for Holetown Festival and Agrofest

Hundreds came to see the Holetown Festival which is in its 42nd year. Local and visitors experienced the best entertainment from dance groups and primary schools across Barbados from February 10-17.

While February 22-24, the biggest agricultural event, Agrofest kicked off at the Queen’s Park attracting thousands of school children, Barbadians and island visitors to see the local animal, plants and products on display and for sale.

News

Crackdown on Crime, Busfare Hike Coming, Job Cuts, Below Average Rainfall Forecasted

With an increase in crime and violence and a rising body count, Attorney General Dale Marshall has called on Barbados Defence Force to support the Royal Barbados Police Force to deal with heightened criminal activity.

Barbadians can expect a hike in bus fare from $2. With IMF suggesting $5 fare, Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr. Duguid indicated that the expected adjustment of bus fare has not been finalised.

As part of BERT programme, the government announced that more job cuts are pending but it has not been disclosed which Ministries or departments will be affected.

Meteorologist in Barbados warned of three-month drought at the beginning of 2019. Weather phenomenon El Niño has affected the region causing low levels of rainfall.

International News

”Pied Piper” R Kelly’s Dark Past Returns to Limelight, Charged But Post Bond

After the shocking release of docuseries ”Surviving R Kelly” early this year, alleged victims have come forward and the ”I Believe I Can Fly” singer faces ten counts of sexual abuse of underage girls in his hometown, Chicago. His bond of $100,000 was posted by a female acquaintance last week.

 

Sources

Politics and Business

https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2019/02/12/pr1938-barbados-imf-staff-concludes-visit-to-barbados

http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/gather-vision-2020-tell-barbados-story

http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/thousands-streetlights-be-replaced

Sports

https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/45384357

 

 

 

 

 

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