Cansortium Announces Opening of its Second Fluent™ Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Puerto Rico
MIAMI, Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cansortium Inc. (”Cansortium” or the “Company”) (CSE: TIUM), a vertically-integrated, global provider of premium-quality medical cannabis operating under the Fluent™ brand, continues to expand its global retail footprint with the July 25 opening of a new Fluent dispensary in a prime location at the San Patricio Town [...]
Leclanché and Government of St. Kitts Agree to Build Largest Solar Generation Plus Storage Project in Caribbean
Fully Integrated Solar Photovoltaic and Lithium‐ion Battery Energy Storage System Will Provide Clean and Reliable Energy for Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, DALLAS and YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland, Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC
PR WIRE/ — The largest solar generation plus energy storage project ever to be built in the Caribbean has [...]
Parkland Fuel Corporation Announces Record 2019 Second Quarter Results and Increases its 2019 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range to $1.165 Billion ± 5%
Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range Increased on Strength of Supply, International, USA and Synergy Capture
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Parkland Fuel Corporation (”Parkland”, “We”, the “Company”, or “Our”) (TSX:PKI) announced today the financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019. All financial figures are expressed in Canadian dollars [...]
Archipelago International Expands Portfolio in Cuba
Now Open: Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa
JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 29, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Archipelago International, Southeast Asia’s largest independent hotel group, today announced the signing of a Management Contract with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A, for the 5 Star Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa in Cuba. The signing [...]
Cloud Carib Ranked Among top third World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers
12th Annual MSP 501 Identifies Top Forward-Thinking Global MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services.
CARIBPR WIRE, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 18, 2019: Cloud Carib has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings. Coming in above all other providers in the Caribbean and Latin [...]
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!
Virgin Islander Heroes Honored by Carnival Cruise Line, WICO and Local Officials
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Virgin Islander heroes Kashief Hamilton and Randolph Donovan, Jr. were honored today by Carnival Cruise Line, The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) and local officials for rescuing a wheelchair-bound cruise passenger who accidentally fell off the WICO dock on St. Thomas last week. The two men were acknowledged in […]
Kingston, Jamaica – As the busy summer 2019 touring season dwindles down, there is no rest for international recording I-Octane who after wrapping up a successful US tour with stops in Canada, sets out on August 24th to begin his European leg of the tour. Facilitated by Gege Vibes, the European tour will see the […]
After Medical Hiatus, Morgan Heritage’s 1st Lady, Una Morgan is Back
The Evolution of Reggae’s Royalty 1st Lady, UNA MORGAN SOUTH FLORIDA – Amid the 2015 historic Catch A Fire tour uniting Reggae’s legendary families Morgan Heritage, Marleys and Riley’s (Tarrus Riley), Morgan Heritage’s 1st lady Una Morgan fell ill and removed herself from the limelight to focus on both her physical and mental health. And […]
by Howard Campbell KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reggae Singer Jah Cure, whose latest album will be released August 30, is preparing to write an autobiography. He said it details key periods of his life, from growing up in rural Jamaica to an eight-year prison sentence for rape. “My life story is so rich and so much […]
Back in February, we took a look at which islands you should head for if you fancy a flutter when you’re travelling around the Caribbean. Now it’s time to take a closer look inside some of the casinos these destinations have on offer. From the ultra-glamorous playgrounds of the rich and famous to friendly casinos […]
Inner Circle to curate and Headline Inaugural Labor Day ‘Reggae Splash’ Festival in Miami
Inner Circle joins Amara La Negra, 4th & Orange, Hymn Marley, and more, Tickets for ‘Reggae Splash’ – September 2nd MIAMI – Inner Circle confirmed they will curate and perform at ‘Reggae Splash’, a new Reggae music & water inspired festival coming to Miami’s Art District, ‘Wynwood’ Labor Day Monday September. 2nd. Presented by Power […]
MIAMI – Get to Know Sasha Revelous is part of the Flourish Media team hosting a women’s conference February 21-22, 2020. Sasha Revolus is a Brand consultant and Creative Director focusing on all things small business development. Born to Haitian and Cuban parents of entrepreneurial background, Sasha has always had a love of business. Sasha developed […]
MIAMI – State Representative Barbara Watson(District 107) recognized Evans St. Fort, Licensed Funeral Director and CEO of St. Fort’s Funeral Home & Cremation for his company’s compassionate guidance offered during the often trying and emotional experience of finalizing funeral arrangements for a loved one. St. Fort’s Funeral Home & Cremation continuously strives to exceed the expectations […]
New Venue, New Vibe, the 2019 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival moves to Miramar Regional Park (16801 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar) on November 10. Offering tasty jerk cuisine, culinary demonstrations by top chefs, celebrity cook-offs and more. We light up the place with top notch entertainment to satisfy everyone. Get details here
Caribbean Airlines the Official Airline for World Interhash “Carnival Of Hashes” 2020
Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago — Caribbean Airlines is the Official Airline for the World Interhash 2020, which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago from April 23-26, 2020. The airline will welcome over 4,000 visitors to Trinidad and Tobago from over 250 Interhash chapters across 75 countries worldwide who will participate in the World Interhash […]