Bombardier Continues African Market Penetration with Pre-Owned Q400
PassionAir becomes first Bombardier operator in Ghana with three Q400 aircraft
CaribPR Wire, MONTREAL, Aug. 13, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.
“Bombardier has sold about [...]
Free Accessing Capital Workshop For Fort Lauderdale
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Aug. 13, 2018: Business and project developers seeking to raise capital are being offered a free opportunity to learn how to access finance by the Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale this fall.
“Accessing Capital – from Start-Up To Major Funding,” is the theme of the workshop being presented by [...]
UWI Bestows Honorary Doctorate On Award-Winning Jamaican Jazz Maestro Monty Alexander
CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 10, 2018: Over five decades of performances and more than 70 CDs later, award-winning Jamaican-born jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, is being bestowed with a honorary doctorate degree from the University of West Indies, (UWI).
Alexander, born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica, will be presented with an [...]
Replay Destinations and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to open the most anticipated resort in the Caribbean in 2021
Arton Capital has been appointed strategic advisor and exclusive sales agent in the MENA region for Half Moon Bay Antigua
MONTREAL, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Appointed by acclaimed resort development company Replay Destinations, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will manage one of the most highly anticipated projects in the Caribbean – Half Moon Bay [...]
Global Canna Labs Invests US$1M into Zimmer & Co. Strategic Partnership with Jamaican Health & Wellness Distribution Company
*For Immediate Release*
CaribPR Wire, MONTEGO BAY, Mon. July 30, 2018. Jamaican company Global Canna Labs (“GCL”) is pleased to announce a US$1M investment through its partners LGC Capital (“LGC”) via a convertible note into Zimmer & Co. Limited (“Zimmer”). The capital will be used to finance Zimmer’s expansion and accelerate its plans to distribute quality health [...]
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!
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...
Virgin Island Football Hits Home, “So Nice” Bus Ride
SOUTH FLORIDA – The opening round of the CONCACAF League of Nations will take place September 6th – 11. 34 of the CONCACAF’s 41 teams will contest play during the opening round, the six teams who qualified to the hexagonal round (round before World Cup Finals) have received a bye, and will commence their tournament play […]
Jamaican Educator Pens New Book on Parental Involvement in Schools
by Howard Campbell ATLANTA – With technology’s impact on education increasing rapidly, many parents believe their influence on children’s progress in the classroom is threatened. In her latest book, Families As Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education, Andrea Nelson-Royes addresses these concerns. She makes a comprehensive case for a return to basics. The Jamaican […]
Caribbean American Primary Election Voters’ Guide -August 2018: Palm Beach County
PALM BEACH COUNTY – Since 2000, a group of concerned Caribbean-Americans in South Florida, has developed Voters’ Guides to help you 1) select the better candidates who may promote the interests of Caribbean-American people in South Florida, and 2) provide guidance on constitutional ballot amendments. We have watched various political news programs, read local and national […]
Broward County Caribbean American Primary Election Voters’ Guide -August 2018
BROWARD COUNTY – Since 2000, a group of concerned Caribbean-Americans in South Florida, has developed Voters’ Guides to help you 1) select the better candidates who may promote the interests of Caribbean-American people in South Florida, and 2) provide guidance on constitutional ballot amendments. We have watched various political news programs, read local and national […]
Caribbean American Primary Election Voters’ Guide 2018 – Miami-Dade County
MIAMI-DADE – Since 2000, a group of concerned Caribbean-Americans in South Florida, has developed Voters’ Guides to help you 1) select the better candidates who may promote the interests of Caribbean-American people in South Florida, and 2) provide guidance on constitutional ballot amendments. We have watched various political news programs, read local and national newspapers, […]
Trinidad and Tobago chief justice loses Privy Council appeal
By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor email@example.com LONDON, England — Trinidad and Tobago chief justice, Ivor Archie, has lost his appeal to the Privy Council in London seeking to terminate the investigation into his conduct by the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT). The Privy Council on Thursday unanimously dismissed the chief […]
Editorial: The dirty war on the free press must end
Many of our readers will have noted the recent editorial-writing initiative by The Boston Globe that as of Wednesday morning had enlisted nearly 350 news organisations proposing a coordinated response under the theme “The dirty war on the free press must end” to President Donald Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” rhetoric. “We propose to […]
Heavy rainfall expected over Lesser Antilles on Friday and Saturday
By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA — A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located about 700 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands is associated with a tropical wave, which is likely to bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the Lesser Antilles on Friday and Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center […]
When salt water intrusion is not just a threat but a reality for Guyanese farmers
By Jewel Fraser GEORGETOWN, Guyana (IPS) – Mikesh Ram would watch his rice crops begin to rot during the dry season in Guyana, because salt water from the nearby Atlantic Ocean was displacing freshwater from the Mahaica River he and other farmers used to flood their rice paddies. The intrusion of salt water into the […]
BVI government prepares submission to UK Parliamentary Committee on the future of overseas territories
ROAD TOWN, BVI — British Virgin Islands premier, Dr Orlando Smith, has announced that his government is preparing its submission to the UK Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on the future of the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs). Announced on July 20, the inquiry will consider the resilience of the OTs, how effectively the FCO […]