Engage Art Contest To Award $100,000 In Cash Prizes
Powered by Ephesians 6:10-20
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Engage Art Contest invites artists to submit their original art creations based on and inspired by the Spiritual Battle topic as found in Ephesians 6:10-20.
The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original visual art, music video, film and performing arts. Total cash [...]
Integration Technologies Partners with RIB Software to Expand Its Global Footprint on Cloud, Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Integration Technologies (Intech - https://www.intechsp.com), a leading Managed Solution and Service provider for Hybrid Data Center, Cybersecurity, and Microsoft Cloud Platforms in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, today announced a majority growth investment from RIB Software and the buyout of Advent-Morro Equity Partners’ long time ownership [...]
Parkland announces acquisition of Kellerstrass Oil
CaribPR Wire, CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 16, 2020: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”, “We”, “Our” or “Us”) (TSX:PKI) announced today that through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Parkland USA”), it has entered into an agreement to acquire the entities and assets comprising Kellerstrass Oil Company (collectively, “Kellerstrass”).
Based in Salt Lake City, Kellerstrass is a regional retail [...]
FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON’S HERO OPENS LA’S 28th ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL
Caribbean Film Hero To Open LA’s 28th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival
CaribPR Wire, Weds. January 8, 2020 (Toronto, ON) – CaribbeanTales Media Group, California Pictures and Imagine Media International announce the screening of their feature film HERO: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Ulric Cross directed by Canadian-Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon at [...]
Jamaican Born Jazz Great Dr. Monty Alexander Kicks Off New Decade In South Florida
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 6, 2020: Jamaica’s world-renowned, Grammy-nominated international musician, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, is kicking off his exciting new season of performances this decade in sunny South Florida.
Dr. Alexander, whose new jazz album ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations,’ was number 1 spot on US Jazz and NACC radio weeks after its [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Guyana launches plan of action to fight human trafficking
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – A national plan of action to fight trafficking in persons has been launched by the David Granger-led administration. The national plan of action for 2019/2020 that was launched on Wednesday is now a public document and according to the Acting Coordinator of the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons, Oliver Profitt, it is built on using prevention, protection and reintegration, prosecution and partnership to combat trafficking in persons. He said there is a partnership between a number of national agencies to tackle the problem. He said the task force presents a combination of different ideas […]
Cuba praises CARICOM, insists on the region being ‘zone of peace’
GEORGEROWN, Guyana, CMC – Cuba Friday signalled its desire to maintain a close relationship with the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping insisting that “only in a climate of mutual respect and confidence shall we prosper as a region”. Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, addressing the Sixth CARICOM Cuba Ministerial meeting here, said the discussions were taking place at a time “when peace in our region is being jeopardized. “We have the duty to reaffirm our commitment with Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, as was stated in the Proclamation approved by the Heads of State and […]
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 the “Queen of Bacchanal” talking to the audience when she suddenly fell off the stage. A group of people rushed to assist the singer who was removed via a stretcher. Her manager Brian Morris confirmed that she broke her ankle and is in need of […]
Morgan Heritage Dedicates Tribute to Kobe Bryant with “Home” feat Esh Morgan
ORLANDO – Just as GRAMMY winning Morgan Heritage were in the midst of the promotional trail of their upcoming performance at the iJAM Music Festival where they will be headlining, they along with the rest of the world received the tragic news of Kobe Bryant untimely death. As sports fans themselves and dedicated fathers, like […]
Nas & Damian Marley Reunite for 10th Anniversary on 2020 Jamrock Cruise
New Cruise Added To Fill Demand (Nov 30-Dec 5, 2020) FORT LAUDERDALE – Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise (WTJRC) 2020 sold out in record time, so the annual music charter is adding another 5-day voyage from Nov 30-Dec 5, 2020 to fill the demand. Now going on its 7th year, the immersive Jamaican reggae excursion […]
Jamaica To Showcase Island Gastronomy at South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Renowned Lineup of Chefs to Deliver Mashup of Bold Caribbean Flavors at Taste Jamaica MIAMI – The best of Jamaican cuisine is returning to the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®). For the second consecutive year, award-winning chefs for Taste Jamaica, presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board and […]
Monty Alexander Brings RastaMonk Vibrations to Miramar Cultural Center
MIRAMAR – Jamaica’s world-renowned, Grammy-nominated musician, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, is scheduled to perform at the Miramar Cultural Center on Saturday, April 18, at 8:00 pm. The Monty Alexander Trio will pay tribute to his longtime friend and master guitarist Ernie Ranglin, who will be honored at the concert. Alexander and Ranglin share a special friendship, with each […]
American Friends of Jamaica sending its first sight-saving mission medical mission to Jamaica
by Derrick Scott Washington, DC – The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) announced its inaugural sponsorship of a sight-saving mission medical mission to Jamaica the week of February 9, 2020 – a surgical mission and teaching program focused on retina diseases. To execute this mission, AFJ is joining forces with Dr. Norman Saffra, Chairman of […]
Aifos Agency scores touchdown for the Caribbean Culture during Super Bowl LIVE celebration
SOUTH FLORIDA – The Super Bowl LIV has come and gone and while you may be either extremely excited that your team won or totally devastated over the unexpected loss, one thing is for certain; the Caribbean parade and concert during the Super Bowl LIVE programming at Bayfront Park was one of the highlights over […]
Reggae Music Exhibition opens at the Jamaican Consulate in NY
by Derrick Scott NEW YORK – A large number of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica turned out on Friday (January 31st) evening to witness the opening of “A Reggae Music Journey” pop-up exhibition in celebration of the Reggae Month of February, at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. The Exhibition, ‘A Reggae Music Journey’ is […]
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds kicks off Black History Month in the City of Miramar
MIRAMAR – Commissioner Yvette Colbourne is excited to kick off Black History Month celebrations in the City of Miramar with multi Grammy winning R&B artiste, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. A night of cultural relevance, soulful music, reminiscent of several years of great hits will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Miramar Cultural Center, […]
Calabar Alumni Florida and Calabar80 Present An Evening of Wine, Cheese and Art with the Gentlemen of Calabar SOUTH FLORIDA – Calabar80, in association with Calabar Alumni Florida, present “An Evening of Wine, Cheese and Art with the Gentlemen of Calabar,” to be held on February 29, 2020, at the Temple Beth Emet Ballroom in Cooper […]