Bombardier Delivers First 90-seat Q400 Aircraft to SpiceJet
SpiceJet becomes the first airline to take advantage of the Q400 aircraft’s increased profit potential
CaribPR Wire, TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced the delivery of its first 90-seat Q400 aircraft. The aircraft was handed over to India’s SpiceJet Limited (“SpiceJet”) the launch operator for the extra-capacity, 90-seat aircraft.
“We are [...]
Carnival-Themed Voter Promotion To Push Participation Of Caribbean Immigrants In U.S. Elections Launched
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 21, 2018: With 46 days until the November 6, 2018 mid-term election in the U.S. from today, September 21, 2018, CaribPR Wire, the PR newswire of the Caribbean and partner of the PR Newswire, is launching a carnival-themed voter promotion campaign across the United States to urge Caribbean [...]
Costa Rican utility plans to deploy an intelligent network, distribution automation and sensing devices
ATLANTA, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) announced it has been selected to provide smart grid automation technology and data services to Costa Rican utility ESPH as part of a comprehensive grid modernization project.
Based in Heredia, Costa Rica, [...]
Biman Signs Order for Three New Bombardier Q400 Aircraft
CaribPR Wire, TORONTO, Canada Sept. 10, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. has ordered three new Q400 turboprops by signing a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).
Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$106 million.
“We are [...]
Cryptofacil to Launch Digital Asset Platform; Platform Will Be Powered by Bittrex
New cryptocurrency platform to offer Latin America and Caribbean customers a reliable and robust exchange with a selection of over 200 digital tokens
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Cryptofacil, a new fintech digital asset trading platform, and Bittrex, the premier U.S. based blockchain trading platform, announced a partnership today that will launch [...]
Antiaging And Regenerative Center Offers GAINSWave® in Distrito Nacional
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Antiaging And Regenerative Center is pleased to announce they now offer GAINSWave! This breakthrough noninvasive medical therapy uses low-intensity shockwave therapy to enhance sexual performance and to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) symptoms.
As men age, the vessels in their penis weaken, contract and fill with [...]
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...
Miami New Drama announces cast for One Night in Miami
When Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali- it happened, One Night in Miami MIAMI – Miami New Drama is proud to announce the cast for its season opener, One Night in Miami… a play with music that focuses on the night of February 25th, 1964 when a young Cassius Clay celebrated his victory over Sonny Liston with […]
JN Money Launches Online Remittance Service in the United States
SOUTH FLORIDA – JN Money Services (JNMS), owners of the JN Money brand, has launched its online remittance service website, JN Money Online in the United States. The online remittance service is now available in all major send markets; UK, USA and Canada a first for a fully-owned Jamaican remittance company. The online remittance service is available […]
Rising U.S. Based Reggae Artist, Sun Shade Aims for Hit Song in Jamaica
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland is known for big-selling acts like rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and rock band Nine Inch Nails. The city’s reggae scene is still growing, and one of the artists leading that growth is Sun Shade. The singer launched his Don’t You Be EP in Cleveland in August. It has seven songs including the […]
VP Records Celebrates the Life of Channel One Producer Joseph “Jo Jo” Hoo Kim
NEW YORK – VP Records is saddened by the passing of Joseph “Jo Jo” Hoo Kim, whose enormous contributions as a producer and businessman helped define the sound of reggae and Jamaican music in the 1970s and 1980s through the Hoo Kim family’s Channel One record label and recording studio. The Hoo Kims’ friendship and business […]
Mr Vegas Celebrates 20 Years of Hits & Ism Album Launch
by Howard Campbell LAUDERHILL – At the September 15 launch of his latest album, Ism, Mr. Vegas took humorous jabs at the audience inside Fort Lauderdale’s Krave Lounge. His snide comments on backsliding Christians and overweight men had the full house cracking up. But Ism is serious business for the 43-year-old deejay who celebrates his […]
Minster Shaw and JAMPRO Set the Stage for Attracting Foreign Investment NEW YORK — Jamaica is open for business and its business climate remains ripe for investment were the central messages of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw during a recent luncheon themed “Doing Business with Jamaica” at the Empire Steakhouse in Midtown […]
Miami Mayor Suarez to attend Bermuda industry forum
MIAMI – Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez will join Bermuda Premier David Burt for a “fireside chat” kicking off next month’s multi-industry forum being held in Miami by the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). The mayor’s participation in the October 18 Bermuda Executive Forum follows a meeting last December in Miami between the two leaders. Miami-born Mayor […]
Highlights from the Bermuda Business Development Agency second forum featuring leading stakeholders from across industry sectors in Bermuda in New York on May 2, 2018. See also: Miami Mayor Suarez to attend Bermuda industry forum – Oct 18
Bad PR is also PR. This is a golden rule that professional marketing managers follow. Everyone knows that even the bad and negative PR is still a PR. A bad review can be damaging, but most of the time, it can be scandalous. And what can attract more people better than freshly-baked scandalous news? Our […]
Jamaica’s Famous Tastee Cheese Month Celebrated In South Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA – September is Tastee Cheese Month and you will have an opportunity to sample and purchase Tastee Cheese throughout South Florida on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am – 3pm at the following store locations: STORE ADDRESS CITY BRAVO SUPT/ ROYAL PALM FOOD CORP 10301 ROYAL PALM BLVD CORAL SPRINGS BRAVO SUPT/J R 6001 […]
US sanctions Trinidad and Tobago nationals as key ISIS financial facilitators
By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA — The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Wednesday designated two Trinidad and Tobago nationals as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financiers pursuant to a presidential executive order, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of […]
New tropical depression likely to form as it heads towards the Caribbean
By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA — Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave in the eastern tropical Atlantic are showing some signs of organization. The environment is forecast to be conducive for slow development, and a tropical depression could form early next week while the system moves westward at 15 to 20 […]
Cayman Islands governor officially removed from post
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury will not be returning to the Cayman Islands but will be re-posted to London, according to an extremely brief statement from the governor’s office on Thursday. Officials said that a short-term successor will now be appointed while the recruitment process for a permanent replacement […]
Consensual sex between male adults no longer illegal in Trinidad and Tobago
by Caribbean News Now contributor PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — In delivering a 14-page decision in Port-of-Spain on Thursday, High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad modified sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which had previously criminalised buggery and serious indecency in Trinidad and Tobago, even between consenting adults. Although Rampersad had declared that […]
Trinidad and Tobago foreign ministry hosts security meeting for diplomatic corps
By Caribbean News Now contributor PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Senator Dennis Moses, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of foreign and CARICOM affairs, hosted an interactive meeting on security in conjunction with Stuart Young, minister of national security, minister in the office of the prime minister and minister in the ministry of the attorney general and […]