CARIBBEAN NATIONS INSTALLING SOLAR STREETLIGHTS—02/02/13
St. Kitts and Nevis has taken the lead in the search for alternative energy sources in the Caribbean by installing new solar streetlights, replacing traditional lights with more energy efficient and “green” fixtures. The project in St. Kitts is a collaboration between the government of that country and Taiwan, which have had diplomatic relations for 28 years. The solar streetlights were installed by Speed Tech Energy, a Taiwanese firm. Solar panels convert sunlight to electricity during daylight hours and store it in a battery for nighttime use.
GOVERNMENT OF ST. KITTS PROVIDES ALL HIGH SCHOOLS WITH WIFI—02/03/13
All of the public high schools in St. Kitts and Nevis will have access to high-speed WiFi Internet services as the nation’s government moves to improve its technology infrastructure. Glenn Phillip, the Minister with responsibility for technology, said the WiFi service is provided under a project known as Education Network (EDUNET). It is provided for free to those who receive laptop computers from the government’s One-to-One Laptop initiative. This program gives students and teachers personal computers. Internet service under EDUNET is provided by LIME.
PAULWELL, UTILITIES OFFICE GIVEN DEADLINE TO ACT—02/07/13
Several of the top private-sector groups in Jamaica have given the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and Minister of Energy Phillip Paulwell 30 days to develop a clear plan for reducing electricity rates in a significant way. The government had been relying on liquefied natural gas (LNG) to reduce electricity costs by 40 percent, but the future of the proposed LNG project is in limbo after the government withdrew its participation from the project. Paulwell has assured interested parties that the Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) will continue the LNG initiative within established timelines.
JAMAICAN TO TRAIN AVIATION PROFESSIONALS—02/08/13
Jamaica has received a full membership to “Trainair Plus,” a program designed to train aviation professionals for global markets established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This organization is a specialized agency operating under the United Nations. It is the only global aviation standards group in the world. Accreditation by the group has been provided just as aviation faces considerable challenges, including a decrease of available skilled workers due to retirement.