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y! News Review May 2019         Writer: Krystal Bowen

Yiga-Tastic!
May was an exciting time for Yiga and the island. Our Director of Yiga Caribbean Limited, Jaslyn Hall made national headlines in the 10 minute manager of the Nation newspaper’s Barbados Business Authority May 6 edition and we launched our app officially on May 8 at the Rum Café in Pelican Village.

NEWS

Successful Launch for Yiga!
On May 8, it was business and pleasure as The Minister for Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, the Hon. Dwight Sutherland attended the successful launch at the Rum Cafe. The Minister said Yiga has the potential to serve the local consumer market regionally and globally to enhance our tourism product. He said it is in alignment with the Government's digital framework for doing business in Barbados as well as providing an easy accessible way for visitors to have the best of what Barbados has to offer at their fingertips. He also commended the innovation, passion and hard work of the yiga! team.

School Launch Virtual Reality Classroom
Primary school students at an urban school are learning about the world in a virtual way. With a donation of equipment valued $8,000 from the Principal, Dr. Colin Cumberbatch, students at the St. Stephen’s Primary school are using VR units to learn about a variety of subjects.

A True Hero
Barbados Transport Board Driver, Dale Hall was a real life superhero as he carried an ill Lodge School student to Randall Phillips Polyclinic for medical attention on April 30. For his bravery, he was recognised by the school this month for his assistance to the student who was asthmatic. Well Done Dale!!

Barbados Opens To Cannabis Industry
Plans are being made to start an industry for cannabis in Barbados. This month, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced plans to establish a medical marijuana industry project implementation unit. Recently the Ministry of Health approved the importation of five marijuana-based drugs to be placed on the National Drug Formulary.

BUSINESS
Bank Moves!
A big change is happening in the financial sector soon. One major Canadian bank brand, Scotiabank is selling its business in nine Caribbean markets to Republic Financial Holdings Limited. Managing Director for Eastern Caribbean, David Parks said the transaction is under review by Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for the countries of EC and regulators for Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Maarten.

Massy Stores, Makeover on South Coast
A change is coming for shoppers on the South Coast. Local retail conglomerate Massy is promising a makeover of its store in Oistins, Christ Church. The upgrade will have aesthetics similar to Sunset Crest operations. With an enhanced service grocery store, the company also revealed plans for a daily shuttle service from Oistins Plaza to Worthing supermarket.

IMF in Bim, Gives Passing Grade
A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials visited the island early May to assess the measures being carried out under the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme. The programme featured tough taxation, job cuts and closure of public corporation in an effort to reduce debt and stimulate growth.
On May 21, reports came that the international financial aid entity was satisfied with the progress Barbados has made.

Arts & Culture
National Cultural Foundation  Bajarama  event voted  A Hit
The action happened at Dover, Christ Church as thousands of locals and visitors enjoyed the sweet tunes of Bajarama hosted by National Cultural Foundation. The night event featured Edwin Yearwood, Nikita and Stiffy. Health.

Visit their website for a full programme of Crop Over events.

Photo Credit:  Hastings Beach-1 

Photograher : Krystal Bowen

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