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y! News March Edition
This month, Barbadians and visitors anticipated the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for their tour of Barbados and the Caribbean. In Politics, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s Budget reveals bus fare hike, new taxation in gaming sector and possible postponement of multi-million dollar West Coast project . In Current news, the island reported its 20th violent death for 2019 and on sports and entertainment, primary and secondary schools culminate thrilling national athletics competitions and Dancehall/Reggae Artist, Buju Banton returns to stage at Jamaica’s National Stadium for his first major performance. There is more to read below in Yiga News Review for March!
POLITICS & BUSINESS
Mottley’s Budget Brings Little Tax Ease, Bus Fares Up from $2 to $3.50, Sandals’ Beach Project Rejected, BTMI Reports 2.7 Hike in Arrivals in 2018
On March 20, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley presented her budget which is expected to generate $117 million dollars. Local news reports indicated in the 2019 Budget that there will be ”increase in bus fare, new taxes on the gaming industry, and new rates of payment for water for commercial entities” (BT). One of the most heated points was the increase of bus fares from $2 to $3.50 in the coming weeks. Also, the Prime Minister revealed that a USD $400 million Beaches Project by Jamaican based Sandals Resorts International could be stalled or pulled completely.
On the tourism and hospitality side, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc CEO, William ”Billy” Griffith said there was 2.7 percent increase in stay-over arrivals last year (BBA).
New Champions for NAPSAC and St.Michael School Taking Lead at BSSAC on Final Day
The Kings and Queens of the Pine Hill Dairy National Primary Schools Athletic Championships (NAPSAC) are Bayley Primary School with 124 points and St. Giles Primary School with 135 points. The boys had the title in 2017 while for the girls, this is their second consecutive win.
Over at the National Stadium, Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) in on its final day (March 22) and past champions are going head to head for the title. Up to Yiga News press time, BSSAC girls champions St Michael School, Christ Church Foundation School were racing for the top with Springer Memorial School not far behind in the girls category.
While in the boys, St. Michael School, Harrison College and Christ Church Foundation School battle it out for the top spot.
Buju Banton Packs Jamaica’s National Stadium, Hailed as Legend
Recently released from prison, Dancehall Artist, Buju Banton received a warm welcome from Jamaicans and fans worldwide at the National Stadium for his historic show. Buju, considered by many as a legend graced the stage in an all white suit on March 16 and sang a spiritual “Lamb Of God” to an estimated 35,000 people.
Royal Couple Visits Barbados During Caribbean Tour, 20th Violent Death Reported on Island
Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were in Barbados March 19 as part of their Caribbean tour of a number of Commonwealth countries. While on island, they participated in a wreath laying ceremony in National Heroes’ Square, visited the Governor General’s residence at Government House and the Nidhe Synagogue. On his own, His Highness Prince Charles viewed the BDF Medical Facility and Soroptimist Village and the Duchess Of Cornwall took part in Women Of the World meeting at Ilaro Court and toured Maria Holder Diabetes Centre and Derrick Smith Vocational Centre.
Just two days after the royal visit, the island reported its 20th violent death on March 21 in Christ Church. At a popular venue, Sheraton mall and in broad daylight, a unmasked gun man shot and killed a 32 year old man . On Friday, the press reported that the police is presently interviewing two people in connection with the killing.
PM Theresa May Hopes for Brexit Deal, HBO’s ”Leaving NeverLand” Revisits Late Pop Legend Allegations of Sexual Child Abuse with New Accusers
Prime Minister Theresa May has been granted two more weeks to formulate a Brexit solution after talks with European Union Leaders. If PM May is unable to pass her withdrawal deal in Parliament, it will be pushed back to May 22 to create the required legislation (BBC).
The Late Pop Legend Michael Jackson is under the microscope after a shocking airing of docuseries, “Leaving Neverland” which interviewed two men James Safechuck and Wade Robson, former friends of the troubled star. Director of the film, Dan Reed stands by his work and research despite several accusations by Michael Jackson Estate and loyal fans of the two accusers being dishonest or manipulating the truth for personal gain.