PRESS ALERT & INVITATION: Arbitrade to Hold a Press Conference on June 28th From Bermuda – Its New Global Headquarters
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, June 22, 2018: This is an invitation to all media following Arbitrade and/or covering the cryptocurrency markets. You are invited to join Arbitrade’s Chairman, Len Schutzman, and management who will discuss their progress toward establishing Arbitrade as a world-class cryptocurrency exchange and coin company. They will also discuss their move [...]
CORRECTING and REPLACING — PRESS ALERT & INVITATION: Arbitrade to Hold a Press Conference on June 28th From Bermuda – Its New Global Headquarters
CARIBPR WIRE, NEW YORK, June 23, 2018: In a press release issued under the same headline earlier today by Arbitrade, please note that the correct date of the event is Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The corrected release follows:
This is an invitation to all media following Arbitrade and/or covering the [...]
Delta Air Lines Becomes Launch Operator of ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin with New Order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900
CaribPR Wire, MONTRÉAL, June 20, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft – becoming the launch operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.
Based on the list price for the [...]
New UAE T20 League Promises to Be a Unique Development Platform for Regional and International Players Alike
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A new elite international T20 cricket league, organised in partnership with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), is set to take place in the UAE this December 2018 – January 2019.
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Award Winning Jamaican Jazz Maestro Gets Ready For Busy Round Of Caribbean American Heritage Month Performances
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. June 7, 2018: Over five decades of performances and more than 70 CDs later, award-winning Jamaican jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, is still thrilling jazz fans and introducing newbies to the genre with style. And this June, he is getting ready to do it all over again, as he gears [...]
Corona Renames The World Surf League’s Bali Pro To “Corona Bali Protected” To Bring Attention To Marine Plastic Pollution
On a Mission to Protect Paradise, Corona Transforms Championship Tour Event to Raise Awareness of Marine Plastic Pollution
KERAMAS, Indonesia, May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – As title sponsor of the WSL’s Bali Pro Championship Tour event, Corona is transforming the previously announced “Corona Bali Pro” and renaming it “Corona Bali Protected.” This [...]
After almost two years at RIM, I am pleased to announce that I have taken on a new role as Director of Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft. As my new title suggests, my work at Microsoft does not include telecom and broadcasting regulation - it is focused on IP Policy issues. Therefore, I do not expect that I will be updating the Caribbean Communications Law and Regulation blog in the near future. Instead, I have decided to start a new blog focused on Caribbean IP issues. I sincerely believe that the development of a modern IP legislative framework in the Caribbean is an important building block to promote economic growth and prosperity in the region. I am hoping that this blog will play a small role to stimulate the discussion within the Caribbean IP and policymaking community.
I am pleased to announce that, effective January 4th, 2011, I have taken on the role of Public Policy Counsel at Research in Motion in Waterloo, Canada. I am now part of the RIM Legal Department and my work is focused on global regulatory and public policy matters. Since my work is no longer centered on the Caribbean, I do not expect to update this blog on a regular basis. I hope that you found it to be helpful. If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Television and Radio Broadcasting Services: ECTEL proposes to modify some of the frequencies allocated to broadcasters including 1605-1705 kHz (AM radio stations), 88.1-88.9 (low-power FM community radio stations), 235-267 MHz (digital audio broadcast services), 335 MHz-399 MHz (studio-to-transmitter links), 454.975-462.5625 MHz and 467.7125-470 MHz (outside broadcast television and radio).
GSM Services: The consultation document proposes to allocate the 912-915 MHz band to GSM service in Dominica. This proposal may prove to be problematic as this band is currently allocated to ISM by the ITU-T in Region 2 countries, which includes Dominica. ECTEL also proposes to allocate, in all ECTEL countries, the 1710-1990 MHz band to GSM service and the 1990-2025 MHz band to "future Mobile Services; eg 3G mobile services".
Broadband Services: While the wording of the consultation document is somewhat unclear, it appears that ECTEL intends to allocate the 3.4-3.6 GHz band to fixed WiMax service and the 2.3-2.4 GHz band to mobile WiMax service. There would be provision for licences to be awarded to four providers with 25 MHz each (5 blocks of 5 MHz each), plus one operator with 22 MHz (3 blocks of 5 MHz each, and one block of 7 MHz), in each band. In addition, 120 MHz of spectrum would be made available in the 2.5 GHz band. This spectrum would be assigned to a maximum of four operators (2 blocks of 15 MHz each) on a technology-neutral basis as this band can be used for WiMAX, IMT 2000 and MMDS service.
Land Mobile Services: ECTEL is proposing to allocate the 148-174 MHz band to VHF land mobile band (with 156-163 MHz allocated for maritime mobile use) in order to facilitate the implementation of a nationwide/regional public-private network for emergency, Government, Police, etc.
In their respective submissions, Digicel and LIME requested that ECTEL modify these proposals in order to accommodate the spectrum requirements of products they intend to offer in the Eastern Caribbean in the near future (and which they currently offer in Jamaica). Digicel's submission disagreed with ECTEL's proposal to limit the assignments to 30 MHz per operator within the 2.5 GHz band. According to Digicel, this is an insufficient allocation of spectrum given the volume of traffic that is expected to be generated by WiMax services. Instead, it suggested that the available 120 MHz of spectrum be assigned to a maximum of two operators (4 blocks of 15 MHz each). This suggestion was presumably an attempt by Digicel to harmonize the WiMax spectrum allocation in the Eastern Caribbean with its own WiMax licence in Jamaica.
LIME's submission was more focused on mobile television services. It requested that ECTEL clarify which of the frequencies set aside for broadcasting services would encompass mobile television service. In addition, LIME requested that the UHF band (470-862 MHz) be made available for mobile TV services. Again, LIME's arguments appeared to be an attempt to harmonize the frequency allocations in the Eastern Caribbean with its own mobile television licence in Jamaica.
Last week, the Conseil National des Télécommunications (CONATEL), the telecommunications regulator in Haiti, adopted new guidelines for the interconnection of telecommunication networks. These guidelines provide detailed information on the procedure to be followed by new operators seeking to interconnect with existing operators, the content of interconnection agreements and the role of CONATEL in resolving interconnection disputes.
To my knowledge, these are the first interconnection guidelines issued by CONATEL since the Haitian telecommunications market was opened to competition in 1999. Under their current licences, the operators are required to negotiate interconnection agreements, but little regulatory guidance is provided for the negotiation of these agreements (see, for example, art. 11 of the Teleco licence). Whilst the operators have done their best over the past few years to negotiate interconnection agreements, the rights and responsibilities of each party (and of CONATEL) were not clearly specified under Haitian law.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Haiti has faced several interconnection disputes over the past decade. In the summer of 2006, for example, Le Nouvelliste reported that Digicel was refusing to sign the interconnection agreement previously signed by Comcel et Haitel. This dispute was eventually resolved, in September 2006, when Digicel, HaiTel and Comcel signed interconnection agreements. Later, in October 2007, the incumbent fixed-line provider, Teleco (recently purchased by Viettel, the largest Vietnamese telecom operator) ceased all interconnection with Haitel due to non-payment of interconnection fees. This dispute was later resolved, following a ruling of the Haitian courts.
Interconnection disputes will continue to be a fact of life in the Haitian telecommunications market, despite the adoption of these guidelines. However, the adoption of these guidelines will clarify the rights and obligations of the parties. This, in turn will make Haiti a more attractive and predictable market for investors wishing to enter the telecommunications market.
On Friday, the Bermuda Sun reported that Digicel has launched a court challenge of a decision of the Bermuda Department of Planning, which denied Digicel's request for retroactive approval of a 35ft cellular tower.
According to the Sun's article, the Department determined in 2009 that a 23ft pole had been erected by Digicel on Knapton Hill, Smith’s, with the agreement of the landowner, but without the prior approval of the Department. A retroactive application was subsequently submitted, but then withdrawn after Digicel realized that this property is not zoned for trade or business. A few months later, in February 2010, Digicel was ordered to remove the tower. Instead of complying with this order, Digicel replaced the 23 ft tower with a 35 ft one.
In March 2010, Compu-Cad Ltd filed a retroactive application on behalf of Digicel to retain the structure. This request was denied on the basis it was contrary to the zoning order and had an “adverse visual impact” on neighbouring property. The board also noted that Digicel had shown “a blatant disregard for the planning process”. Digicel then appealed the decision to the Minister responsible for Planning, Glenn Blakeney, who dismissed the appeal at the beginning of September.
The Department of Planning has now ordered Digicel to remove the tower by the end of this week. If Digicel does not comply with this order, the Department could decide to take enforcement action in the Supreme Court of Bermuda. Instead of waiting for this enforcement action, Digicel has decided to launch proceedings in the Supreme Court of Bermuda to challenge the denial of its planning application.
The Sun's article does not specify the legal arguments that Digicel intends to make before the Supreme Court. Therefore, it is difficult for me to comment on Digicel's chances of success. In other jurisdictions, however, it is quite common for telecom operators to encounter opposition to the construction of cellular towers and masts. Digicel has been involved in similar proceedings in several jurisdictions. In December 2003, for instance, an interim injunction was issued (and subsequently rescinded) by the Jamaica Supreme Court to stop the construction of a cell site in Saint Andrew, Jamaica.
More recently, Digicel was deemed by the chiefs on the island of Pentecost (Vanuatu, South Pacific) to have damaged an historical site when building a cellular tower. Digicel was sanctioned with the highest penalty the chiefs can impose for wrongdoing: 10 tusked pigs!
Destra injures ankle after falling off stage, see video
Trinidad & Tobago Soca star Destra Garcia is said to be in need of surgery after she fell off a stage in Bermuda and broke her ankle. LOOP news in Trinidad & Tobago reports that Garcia was performing at the Cup Match Summer Splash when the incident occurred. The video that captured the incident shows...
Freddie McGregor Embarks on the “Go Freddie Go” Tour
NEW YORK – Reggae legend Freddie McGregor is embarking on his “Go Freddie Go” tour beginning in Seattle, WA. Following the March release of his single and video with the same title, “Go Freddie Go’, the singer is taking his talents and vast catalog live to over 25 cities (and counting) for this Summer 2018 North […]
Caribbean-American Elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council
Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council FORT LAUDERDALE – Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has been elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council. “To be elected by the Council for this role is an honor. There are complex issues that must be […]
Replay: Sizzla ft. XXXTentacion – “My Girl” and Pour Some Liquor For X
LAUDERHILL – There is never an easy way to deal death, especially when it’s the death of a young person. By now you’ve heard about the passing of young rapper XXXTentacion. Everyone is shocked by the senseless killing and mourning the fact that at the age of 20, X will not have the opportunity he needed to […]
Five Jamaican Schools Supported by Atlanta-Based Integrity Children’s Fund
ATLANTA – The Atlanta-based Integrity Children’s Fund (ICF) has contributed over US$700,000 to support five educational institutions in Jamaica, since its inception over sixteen years ago. According to its president and founder, the retired Major Karl Chambers, the five organizations that have benefitted are the Jones Town Learning Center; Operation Restoration Christian School in Western […]
American Airlines Introduces Daily Flights to Barbados from Charlotte, NC
Seasonal services kick off December 19, 2018 DALLAS – American Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop, daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) beginning December 19, 2018. This announcement comes just weeks after the carrier unveiled its third daily flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Barbados, which is […]
Tower Isles partners With ICS to Present 30 Under 30 Caribbean ChangeMakers
WASHINGTON, DC – Thirty emerging leaders and changemakers of Caribbean heritage will be honored at Caribbean American Heritage Month festivities on Friday, June 22nd at the Inter-American Development Bank, under the auspices of Jerry Butler, the Executive Director for the Caribbean region. The 30 Under 30 Caribbean Changemakers will attend a breakfast reception in their honor, […]
George Nooks Delivers ‘Just in Time’ on Tad’s Record
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sometimes in our life we experience a stand-still moment that disheartens our spirit. We then start looking for a word, sound or rhythm to strengthen that weaken body, mind and soul. Tad’s Record recently released Just in Time by the beloved George Nooks. This track inspires and encourages the faint of heart so much that […]
Miami Carnival Joins Caribbean305 Celebration This Weekend
MIAMI – Caribbean305, the Caribbean culinary and cultural celebration with flavors from more than a dozen Caribbean nations, features a new partnership this weekend with the organizers of Miami Carnival. Through the partnership, Caribbean305 patrons will experience a robust infusion of entertainment in addition to sizzling flavors from 16 Caribbean destinations. A steel pan group, masqueraders, mocko […]
Long Term Effects of Trauma on Forcibly Separated Children
BROWARD COUNTY – Over the last few weeks our country has been gripped by images of crying children ripped from the arms of their parents. The knowledge of how such trauma and the resulting toxic stress effects the brain development of even very young children has driven the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) […]
Outgoing Caribbean Hotel Tourism Assoc. President Hailed For Contribution
MIAMI – As the fourth Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) gets under way in Miami this weekend, the CEO of the Caribbean’s largest private sector organization is paying tribute to one of its leaders for uniting the region in the aftermath of last September’s hurricanes. Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean […]