Up in the ranks: According to the International Civic Aviation Organization, Jamaica successfully adheres to international air control standards and receives an unprecedented grade of 82%. The average for most global airlines is approximately 63%, with the rest of the Caribbean garnering about 69%. Jamaica’s compliance has steadily increased over the years from an audit in 2007 that yielded a score of 54%. Plans for a new air control tower will improve the quality of service and safety for airlines that utilize Jamaica’s airways.
Prince Harry in Antigua: Prince Harry begins his second trip to the Caribbean this week. The Prince of Wales’ visit will commemorate the anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s’ independence along with the 35th anniversary of Barbados and Guyana respectively. The Prince’s two-week trip will span seven islands and continue the bond between the Royal family and the Caribbean.
Geothermal St. Lucia: Representatives from the World Bank, St. Lucia Electricity Services, and Clean Infra Partners are meeting with government of St. Lucia this week. These partners will gather to discuss the potential of a geothermal energy program and facility on the island. The world bank is attempting to secure a $18 million grant to get a facility underway by 2023.
Flooding in the DR: More than 2,000 people have been displaced in the Dominican Republic due to flooding. River banks have been overflowing from the rainfall during Hurricane Matthew and has continued steadily. Officials have warned those living on the hillsides to beware of flash flooding and landslides.
Zika in Turks: Three new cases of Zika have been confirmed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This raises the total to 15: 12 females and three males. Mosquito activity has increased in response to frequent rains. The ministry of health is continuing its efforts to prevent transmission by educating citizens, fogging, and treating bodies of water.