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In collaboration with LUCELEC and WindTex Energy, a US-based company, the government of Saint Lucia have erected a test tower that will help assess the potential for the construction of a 12 megawatt wind farm in Dennery, Saint Lucia's first utility scale renewable energy project. For the project, WindTex Energy is expected to collect wind energy data that is collected at the site and at the turbine hub height of 60 metres. The information collected will then be included in the preparation of a bankable proposal to ensure the success of the venture.

The data collected at the tower will include wind speed, wind direction, humidity and barometric pressure. This will occur everyday for a period of about six months. It will also feed in to a model to determine the feasibility of establishing wind turbines that can provide energy for a lower cost to the population of Saint Lucia. Just a few meters off the highway, the test tower is located in the vicinity of the Bordelais Correctional Facility. According to pre-feasibility studies, this site is a more preferred one for wind-generating energy. The land for the establishment of the wind farm was also leased from the landowners by WindTex Energy via a secured agreement.

Permanent secretary in the ministry of sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Sylvester Clauzel, shared that the erection of the test tower is a significant milestone in Saint Lucia's quest to achieve 35% renewable energy independence by the year 2020. He added that this initiative complements the surface exploration for geothermal energy which is currently taking place in Soufriere. This project is seeking to provide a 15 megawatt base-load facility, with a view to expanding to 30 megawatts.

The manager of the wind project, Daune Heholt, said the proposed wind farm is an exciting project that can positively shape the energy landscape of Saint Lucia.

"The project developer, WindTex Energy which is based in Dallas, Texas has extensive experience in all aspects and phases of wind energy development," he said.

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Sourcing Of Wind Energy For Power Being Trialed In St. Lucia With New Wind Tower

April 17, 2015
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In collaboration withLUCELEC and WindTex Energy, a US-based company, the government of Saint Lucia have erected a test tower that will help assess the potential for the constructio...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => As of yesterday, Caribbean Airlines passengers will only be allowed one free carry-on and one free check bag. The announcement which was made via a statement that was issued the media shares:

Caribbean Airlines first announced its intention to revise its baggage policy in December 2014 and the roll out of the new baggage policy began on 18 December 2014 on flights to/from Toronto.

The new checked baggage policy, whereby Caribbean Airlines passengers now have the option to pay for additional checked baggage, is in alignment with prevailing industry trends.

Starting Wednesday 15 April, on all Caribbean Airlines flights, passengers will be entitled to one (1) free carry-on and one (1) free piece of checked luggage, with the option to pay for up to three (3) additional checked pieces. Each checked bag must not exceed 50lbs.

The new baggage policy applies immediately to all passengers who purchased their tickets on or after 01 February 2015.

All baggage fees, dimensions and weight restrictions based on passenger destination, along with other optional services can be viewed via our website at: http://caribbean-airlines.com/index.php/optional-fees

Some customers will be exempted from the baggage fee for their 2nd checked bag, and these include:

• Business Class passengers

• Customers enrolled in our Caribbean Miles & 7th Heaven Rewards Loyalty

programmes who have earned silver, gold or executive status

• Passengers purchasing flexible economy fares

• Customers who purchased their tickets before February 1st, 2015

• Passengers traveling to/from London

Business Class passengers on international services now have an increased baggage allowance of three (3) complimentary checked pieces with a weight limit of 50 lbs per bag.

Passengers who choose to travel with carry-on baggage, will be entitled to one (1) piece of carry-on not exceeding 22 lbs and one (1) personal item which could be in the form of a laptop, briefcase or small bag.

Customers will enjoy the convenience of paying for their extra bags ahead of their travel date via our Ticket Offices and Reservations Call Centres, or at their departure Airport where our agents are equipped with Smart Hand Held Computers to ensure a quick seamless experience.

More information on our One Bag Policy is available on the Caribbean Airlines website.
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Caribbean Airline Flights Alters Their Baggage Policy To Allow One Free Carry-On & One Free Check Bag

April 16, 2015
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As of yesterday, Caribbean Airlines passengers will only be allowed one free carry-on and one free check bag. The announcement which was made via a statement that was issued the me...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Jamaica government has announced that the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which is also commonly referred to as the "Ganja Law" will go into effect on Wednesday. The act was passed by both Houses of the Parliament in February. A statement that was released on Monday from the Ministry of Justice shared that notification of the Governor General's assent to the Act has been published in the official Gazette and that senator Mark Golding, who reigns as the Minister of Justice, will bring the legislation into operation today, April 15.

In addition to strengthening respect for the rule of law and building a more just society, by eliminating a common cause of corrosive antagonism between the police and young men (particularly in less affluent communities), the Ministry of Justice said that the legislation is expected to have a number of positive implications for Jamaica. It said the legislation would 'reduce the heavy burden of cases on the Resident Magistrates' Court' and 'acknowledge the constitutional rights of the Rastafari community, who use ganja as a sacrament'.

In addition, the government said that the legislation 'paves the way for emergence of a lawful, regulated legitimate medicinal and industrial marijuana industry that may have significant economic opportunities and benefits.

"This is a landmark piece of legislation, that is long overdue," Golding said. He also added that "Jamaica is approaching these reforms in a responsible manner, and in keeping with our international obligations."
"The benefits of these reforms will be significant, and the possible negative implications will, for the first time, be mitigated by a public education campaign to discourage ganja use by adolescents, persons with mental disorders, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups," he continued.
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Jamaica 'Ganja Law' Goes Into Effect Today

April 15, 2015
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The Jamaica government has announced that the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which is also commonly referred to as the "Ganja Law" will go into effect on Wednesday. The act ...Continue reading