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yiga!  News Review for April 2019

The Stories Making Headlines Across Barbados

It is April, a time for spiritual reflection, kite flying and enjoying other Easter traditions. In this month’s review, slow sales for one fish market on South Coast, a prominent broadcaster passes away suddenly. Barbadians try to adjust to a new bus fare hike and the Transport Board new smart cards. One local bank closes it’s West Coast branch and the Reggae Festival expected to be better than in previous years.

Fisherfolk Report Slow Sales for Easter

In the last week (April 15-19) before the Easter holiday, fish vendors in the South of the island have indicated that fish sales have been slow. According to a local newspaper report, vendors in the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins highlighted that many of their clients have been sent home and do not have the spending power. But they anticipated a last minute rush as the weekend approaches.

A Possible Death Sentence

With the amendment of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019, there was a deletion of the provision in Section 15 that made the death sentence for murder mandatory. During the address at the Barbados Labour Party St. Peter Branch (April 7), Attorney General Dale Marshall said that this would help justice to be better served in the courts.

Broadcaster Passes Suddenly

April 9, Veoma Ali, communications and advertising executive passed away after having a heart attack. A well-known broadcaster on Capital Media HD 99.3, most of her fans remembered her as one of the former radio voices on Starcom Network Inc. During a service at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, her co-workers, friends and loved ones paid tribute to the Trinidadian native who was in her late thirties.

Transport Board Reports Good Sales with Smart Cards

On Monday, April 15, the Transport Board staff told the local media that the smart cards, which are available in $32, $48, $68 and $84 variants, were selling well. In the recent Budget, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley revealed that bus fare was being increasing from $2 to $3.50 in the middle of April. During the week, commuters expressed their frustration with the poor service provided by existing buses noting that some routes were inadequately supplied and how the recent fare hike was placing a financial burden on their household. Pensioners and school children will travel free on the public buses, and pay only $2.50 on private minibuses and ZRs.

Vendors getting Boost with Credit Cards

The Ministry of Tourism is making plans to help small entrepreneurs earn more from visitors’ spend. Early this month, Tourism Minister, Kerrie Symmonds invited Mastercard advisors to Barbados to meet with representatives of the local vending sector. At the event, a small portable device was displaying showing the possibilities for vendors to receive payment from credit cards.

Scotia Bank Closes Holetown Branch

Scotia Bank Barbados is closing its Holetown branch and its operations will be consolidated with Warrens branch effective July 19, 2019. Customer accounts are expected to be transferred from the West Coast branch to Warrens. Additionally, no job losses are expected with the consolidation and the bank will maintain its ATM at Rubis Sunset Crest.


Reggae Festival to Be Bigger, Buju Banton Tickets Selling Fast

Organizers of the 2019 Reggae Festival is promising a better than ever event which is in its fourteenth year. Allison Hunte, one of the organizers revealed that tickets were moving quickly for with less than 85 tickets available (as of the week of April 12) for the Buju Banton concert.

The Buju Banton Long Road to Freedom tour is scheduled for April 27 at Kensington Oval while the Vintage reggae show and dance will be at this venue also on April 30.

Xhosa Promises Bigger and Better Band for Crop Over 2019

Bandleader of premium costume band, Xhosa admitted that the band has had some ups and down but it will be better for 2019. During its launch on April 14, the costumes were showcased with this year’s theme, Ethos.


Barbados Under 19 wins Silver at Carifta

Barbados Under 19 water polo CARIFTA team had to settle for silver after Trinidad and Tobago took gold on April 14 at the Aquatic Centre. Top scorer was Nathan James with eight goals but the night belonged to the Trinis who won 24-14.

Roddy Estwick Returns

Senior cricketing coach, Roddy Estwick has returned to senior men’s side for the ICC World Cup, Cricket West Indies.  He will be assistant coach to interim head coach, Floyd Reifer. Last year, Estwick was sacked in 2018 after a two-year stint with the West Indies team.


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