Gov’t to Create Super Regulatory Body for Telecoms Sector

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t to Create Super Regulatory Body for Telecoms Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said that the government is moving to establish a “super regulatory body” to effectively monitor the telecommunications sector. The functions of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Broadcasting Commission will be merged to create this super agency, he informed. Mr. Paulwell was addressing members of the newly appointed SMA board during a meeting on Friday (March 16) at the agency’s head offices downtown Kingston. “We do have a number of regulatory systems in place, all operating almost at silos, and creating, I believe, unnecessary bureaucracy for the private sector. We have the OUR that is ostensibly the lead regulator in the industry, we have the SMA, and then there’s the Broadcasting Commission. “What we are going to do, and it’s now policy, is to merge and to collapse the functions of the OUR, SMA and the Broadcasting Commission into one super body that is going to be the high-powered ICT (Information Communications and Technology) regulator for all aspects of the infrastructure,” the Minister said. He informed that the Ministry will be spearheading the formulation of the legislation that will make the body a reality.  “But, we need now to make sure that as we develop the legislation… it doesn’t take us two or three years after that for us to have the body up and running,” he stated, informing that he has set a timeline of 18 months to complete the process. Minister Paulwell told the SMA board members that they are now charged with the mandate to make the merge a reality. “I believe you are well appointed to start to fashion the transition that will see the single regulator embraced within the physical structure of SMA. We will come up with a name, very shortly, that will be the name for the three companies,” he said. He acknowledged that the task will not be easy “but, it is now a reality, so it means that you will have to embrace (OUR) along with the Broadcasting Commission, to work out that transition. It means that you will have to revamp your own organisation; you will have to spell out in great detail that transition path.” The Technology Minister told the SMA board members that one of his main objectives is to ensure that Jamaica quickly regains its position as the leading ICT destination in this Hemisphere, and to re-establish the SMA as the centre of excellence in relation to wireless services in the Caribbean. “We want this organisation to be the pre-eminent agency in the region that has the capabilities to share information, while it develops its own expertise,” he remarked. The newly appointed board members of the SMA are: Chairman, Chris Honeywell; Deputy Chairman, Dr. Denzil Williams; Sophia Fraiser-Binns; Adrian St. Louis; Desmond Palmer; Mario Mitchell; Danielle Hickling; Shynelle Anderson; Pierre Shirley; Andrew Geohagen; Marlene DeMercado; and Olivia Leigh Campbell. The SMA, established in 2000, is the national regulator for the radio frequency spectrum and is an advisory body to the Minister with principal responsibility for telecommunications. The SMA works closely with other related regulatory agencies, including OUR,the Broadcasting Commission, the Fair Trading Commission(FTC), and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), in formulating policy and legislation in relation to the communications industry. Gov’t to Create Super Regulatory Body for Telecoms Sector TechnologyMarch 20, 2012 RelatedGov’t to Create Super Regulatory Body for Telecoms Sector By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter RelatedGov’t to Create Super Regulatory Body for Telecoms Sectorlast_img read more

Science teacher retiring from SMMUSD

first_imgHomeNewsEducationScience teacher retiring from SMMUSD May. 23, 2016 at 6:20 amEducationScience teacher retiring from SMMUSDJeff Goodman5 years agocaliforniacity of santa monicaLos AngelesNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica news For parts of three decades, Robert Seymour figured out how to make science engaging and relevant in classrooms filled with pubescent preteens.It was perhaps the former stuntman’s greatest act.Seymour, a longtime teacher at Lincoln Middle School, confirmed this month that he’ll be retiring from the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year.But for Seymour, teaching middle school students about everything from genetics and ecology to bacteria and viruses was less of a stunt than a thrill.“You can still excite them about the wonder of science,” he said.Raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, Seymour studied biology and psychology at the University of Michigan while developing his skills as an acrobatic cheerleader.Seymour started dental school at Michigan but steered himself in a different direction after two years, going to Orlando to work as a stuntman at the former Disney MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios).Seymour eventually relocated to Southern California to pursue acting and began taking classes at UCLA to earn a master’s degree in education. With his science background, he said, teaching “was a perfect fit.”Seymour first landed in SMMUSD as a student teacher at Santa Monica High School and was hired to work at Lincoln Middle School in 1992.In 1996, Seymour obtained a second master’s degree in administrative services and later served one year as an assistant principal at Lincoln.In 2005-06, Seymour achieved National Board Certification in early adolescent science, a highly regarded credential in the teaching profession and perhaps the biggest highlight of his teaching career. The distinction is earned through a rigorous, performance-based assessment. As of last year, SMMUSD had more than 70 teachers with the prestigious certification.Seymour’s tenure at Lincoln was broken up by a one-year stint in Albuquerque, where he taught middle school science in 2007-08. But, he said, he missed the people and environment in SMMUSD.“There’s nothing like Santa Monica,” he said. “It’s an awesome district, and Lincoln is an amazing place.”Seymour said the camaraderie among the staff at Lincoln made his job enjoyable and inspired him to prepare for his classes each day.He added that he will miss “working tirelessly to make learning come alive for our kiddos and being able to have some fun doing our yearly Faculty Follies.” He served many years as director of the follies, a popular series of stage performances featuring members of Lincoln’s staff.Seymour said it was a satisfying challenge to figure out how to maximize each student’s potential and come up with ways to make the academic material accessible through a variety of methods.“Each one is like a puzzle,” he said.Seymour said his only regret is not embarking on his teaching career sooner. He didn’t start until he was 32.In retirement, Seymour plans to move back to New Mexico and take up another to-be-determined job.“I’m sure something will come my way,” he said. “I am not good at just sitting still.”[email protected] :californiacity of santa monicaLos AngelesNewsSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentStraight out of rehabParking fees in place at parks near Expo LineYou Might Also LikeBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more

Voting ban for long-term expats unconstitutional

first_img Share “The world has changed,” Wagner wrote. “Canadians are both able and encouraged to live abroad but they maintain close connections with Canada in doing so. Citizenship, not residence, defines our political community and underpins the right to vote.” Share In a dissenting minority opinion, justices Suzanne Cote and Russell Brown called the five-year restriction reasonable. They note not all Canadians — such as those who have never lived in Canada — are allowed to vote. This decision will change that, they said.“We see this development as regressive, undermining the long-standing and entirely salutary practice in Westminster parliamentary democracies of privileging local connections in deciding who may elect local representatives,” Cote and Brown said. © Provided by, Jamie Duong is shown in Toronto […]. Two Canadians living in the U.S., including Duong, launched the challenge to part of the Canada Elections Act.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Diana Mehtam- Published on 11th January, 2019.A recently repealed law that barred Canadians living abroad for more than five years from voting in federal elections was an unjustified violation of the Constitution, Canada’s top court ruled on Friday.In a long-awaited decision that solidifies voting rights, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected government arguments that the law, enacted in 1993, promoted electoral fairness.Writing for the 5-2 majority, Chief Justice Richard Wagner called the right to vote a “core tenet” of Canadian democracy. Any limit, he said, would have to have “compelling” justification — something the government had failed to offer.“The vague and unsubstantiated electoral fairness objective that is purportedly served by denying voting rights to non-resident citizens simply because they have crossed an arbitrary five-year threshold does not withstand scrutiny,” Wagner said. “There is little to justify the choice of five years as a threshold, or to show how it is tailored to respond to a specific problem.”The impugned provisions of the Canada Elections Act had been on the book for decades but it was only under the Conservatives of then-prime minister Stephen Harper that Elections Canada began active enforcement.After being denied the right to vote in the 2011 election, two long-time expats living and working in the United States, Gill Frank and Jamie Duong, launched the charter challenge.Essentially, Frank and Duong argued that nothing warranted the abridgment of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to vote. They insisted they maintain deep ties to Canada, and taxes and other laws passed by Parliament still affect them. Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 413 Views   one comment InternationalNewsPrint Voting ban for long-term expats unconstitutional by: – January 12, 2019 For its part, the federal government conceded the five-year limit violated the Constitution. However, it argued the measure was democratically justified on fairness grounds because resident Canadians are directly affected by Parliamentary decisions, unlike those abroad.The Supreme Court disagreed, saying the harms caused by the law outweighed any “speculative” benefits it might have.“The measure improperly applies to many individuals with deep and abiding connections to Canada and to Canadian laws (and) does so in a manner that is far broader than necessary to achieve the electoral fairness objective,” Wagner wrote. “The disenfranchisement of these citizens not only denies them a fundamental democratic right, but also comes at the expense of their sense of self-worth and their dignity.”The expat voting issue took on prominence in the 2015 election and the campaigning Liberals promised a review. After winning office, the government under Justin Trudeau, which faces an election in October, passed electoral-reform legislation last month that did away with the five-year provision.In an interview from Richmond, Va., Frank expressed delight with a ruling he said had practical implications even though the offending law was recently repealed. He no longer has to worry, he said, that a future government might again strip him of his vote.“This is now made permanent,” said Frank, 40, who is with the University of Virginia. “I feel secure in my democratic rights, and that hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of other Canadians who have left Canada for various reasons will never again feel that their right to access their government will be compromised.”Duong, 35, of Ithaca, N.Y., echoed similar sentiments.“We are thrilled that (the Liberals) changed the law but we’ve really been looking forward to this Supreme Court decision to make sure that those rights are protected going forward,” said Duong, who works in IT at Cornell University.Toronto-based lawyer Andrew Bernstein, who was not involved in the case, said the Supreme Court has historically been deferential to Parliament when it comes to election laws. This decision, he said, signals a shift.“In deciding who gets to participate in elections, the court came out strongly in favour of voting rights and set a pretty high bar for depriving any citizen of the right to vote,” Bernstein said.The case, which garnered attention from civil liberties groups, initially went in favour of Duong and Frank when an Ontario Superior Court justice sided with them in 2014. However, the federal government appealed and, in a split decision in 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the earlier ruling.While the Appeal Court agreed the law infringed on the rights of citizens, the majority found the infringement justified in a democracy because the rules preserved the “social contract” between voters and lawmakers.The Supreme Court flatly set aside that notion, saying the government had failed to offer evidence in support of its social contract theory.last_img read more

Crystal Palace player arrived at airport last night, gets hero’s welcome…

first_imgYesterday we covered reports from Turkey with regards to the Super Lig side’s interest in the Norwegian, and it now seems they are very close to completing a deal for the Eagles player.The Norwegian striker got a hero’s welcome at the airport with a number of Trabzonspor fans greeting him with chants and flares.It’s been reported there are some details to cover with regards to the deal, but Fanatik say the 22 year old will join the Turkish club on a season long loan deal.Reportedly Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu has managed get a deal done for the Crystal Palace man in ‘complete secrecy’ (which he clearly hasn’t) and Fanatik say he’s very happy with the imminent arrival of the young forward.The Turkish newspaper report that after his medical, Sorloth will be officially announced as a Trabzonspor player.Sorloth joined the Premier League side in 2017 but failed to make an impact in England, leading to a loan move to Gent last season. Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth arrived in Trabzon last night to complete his move to Trazbonspor.last_img read more