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

Marijuana entrepreneurs hope to see green at pitch event

first_imgHomeBusinessMarijuana entrepreneurs hope to see green at pitch event Aug. 20, 2018 at 5:01 amBusinessFeaturedNewsMarijuana entrepreneurs hope to see green at pitch eventKate Cagle3 years ago420MarijuanaweedFile photo Investors looking to cash in on California’s burgeoning marijuana industry can learn about local start-ups this week at a pitch competition at Expert Dojo inside Santa Monica Place on Wednesday.“This is a booming, growing economy,” said Peter Vogel, CEO of Leafwire, the company behind the event. “Like any industry, getting in at the beginning rather than the middle or the end, you’re more likely to see bigger, more exciting returns.”Despite banking restrictions and other complications related to dealing with a product that is still illegal at the Federal level, cannabis-related companies secured more than $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018, according to New Frontier Data. Vogel said having a good lawyer is key to participating in the marijuana market.He said hesitant investors can start with one of 45,000 ancillary businesses that don’t directly deal with marijuana, but supply payment processing software, media, human resources, or compliance aspects of the industry.“For new investors, there’s less regulation and less exposure investing in those companies,” Vogel said. “It’s an easier entry point.”Nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use. Leafwire estimates the legal industry is already worth $9 billion. Given the illegal nature (and stigma) surrounding the drug, many entrepreneurs are inexperienced and need guidance to scale their ideas and secure funding.In this state, second quarter tax revenue from cannabis totaled $74 million, according to new data from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). That amount does not include additional taxes imposed by cities. Santa Monica only recently permitted medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits and does not currently allow recreational stores.Vogel’s event here is just one of a national cash call to get more investor money into the industry. He’s hosting similar “Shark Tank” inspired events in Miami, Oakland and Boston this fall. During the Future of Cannabis Pitch Competition, six companies will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges. The panel of investors will award the winner with a $10,000 PR distribution from AxisWire and tickets to the High Times Cannabis Cup, the industry’s top competition for growers.Tickets are still available for the event at and cost $19. The program will run from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Expert Dojo, 395 Santa Monica Place on Wednesday, August [email protected] :420Marijuanaweedshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsLetters to the EditorCity Manager envisions a larger pedestrian zone for DowntownYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agolast_img read more

ITTF Africa Cup: Quadri Into Final After Dispatching Defending Champion Assar

first_imgAruna Quadri produced a comeback for the ages to defeat long-term rival and defending champion Omar Assar 4-3 in the semifinal of the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup on Tuesday, 25 February in Tunis.Quadri’s victory over the Egyptian means that for the first time in two editions, the defending champion fails to progress to the final of the men’s singles.The tie between the two best players in Africa lived up to the billing with a healthy dose of suspense, incredible shotmaking and extensive rallies that left fans at the Rades Multi-Purpose Hall breathless at the end.Omar Assar entered the match boasting a 9-6 head-to-head advantage over the Nigerian and looked like extending it when he won the first two games 11-6, 11-5 to open up a 2-0 lead.Quadri, Africa’s top-ranked player, however, found his rhythm and eventually worked his way back into the game taking the next two games 11-4, 14-12 to restore parity.There was little to separate both players as spectators enraptured by the nailbiting tension-soaked encounter watched on as Assar went 3-2 up after winning the 5th game 11-7. The Egyptian was immediately pegged back by his Nigerian nemesis who produced some magical shots to level the tie after triumphing 11-5 in the sixth game.A gripping deciding set ensued and saw the Egyptian come to within a point of vanquishing his foe at 10-8 but Quadri showed incredible mettle to win the next three points to turn the tie in his favour.With the finish line in sight, Quadri called a time-out when leading 11-10, presumably to gather himself and still his racing heart, and it seemed to do the trick as an unforced error from Assar handed Quadri the win and a place in the final leaving Assar to rue his missed chances.Quadri will battle another Egyptian in the final after veteran Ahmed Saleh beat Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw 4-1(14-12,11-7,3-11,11-9,11-7) in the other semifinal.Nigeria could make it a clean sweep in the men and women’s single with Offiong Edem also making the final after she beat Egyptian Helmy Yousra 4-2 (6-11,14-16,11-811-7,11-7,11-6) in the semifinal.She will contend with Yousra’s compatriot and defending champion Dina Meshref who beat Sarah Hanffou 4-2 (11-6,11-1,11-13,9-11,11-7,11-4) in a repeat of last year’s final.The winners of the tournament will represent Africa at the 2020 ITTF World Cups.Relatedlast_img read more

Midfielder turned down Wolves contract – Wanted a whole lot more…

first_imgNumerous reports emerged that an offer had been made by the Premier League side for the Ivory Coast international, but, much like the early days of their attempts to sign Patrick Cutrone (who eventually moved to Molineux), the player wasn’t that excited at the prospect.Without the time needed to change his mind, a transfer never materialised, and Corriere dello Sport give a bit more details as to why.According to the Italian newspaper, the player wasn’t pleased at the contract Wolves put in front of him, deeming the €2.6m/year salary insufficient compared to his €4m/year demands (£71k/week or so).Embed from Getty ImagesWith these figures being post tax, it’s perhaps understandable why Nuno Espirito Santo’s side never pursued it further, leaving Milan with a player they wouldn’t mind selling.The offer, fitting previous reports, is stated to have been of €25m + €3m in bonuses, which is an amount the Serie A side could have used in their hunt for Atlético Madrid’s Angel Correa.They’ll just have to do with the Cutrone money for Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題UndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Towards the very end of the transfer window, with less than 24 hours left, Wolverhampton apparently came forward for Milan’s Franck Kessie.last_img read more

Wigan say goodbye to Kingson

first_imgRichard Kingson will be on the lookout for a new club after Wigan Athletic decided not to renew his deal at the end of June.The Ghana shot stopper did not make a single appearance for the English Premier League side even though he has remained first choice for Ghana’s Black Stars.Now the goalkeeper who is set to be Ghana’s first choice again at the world cup has been told in no uncertain terms he will have to look for a new home.“The situations with Paul Scharner, Richard Kingson and Tomasz Kupisz are very clear, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said. “We will find out where we are with the other out of contract players over the next few weeks. The majority of our contracts run out on June 30, and I am sure it is going to be an ongoing situation between now and then.”Kingston had previously played at Birmingham City where he again barely played and will be seeking to impress on the grand stage of the World Cup as he looks for a new club.He is presently with the Ghana team in Paris training ahead of the World Cup. Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

The Premier League brings forward the end of the transfer window

first_img The window will close at 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the start of the league, although clubs will be able to sell players to other leagues where the window will remain open until 31 August as before. Brian Owen The January window and the windows in other European leagues will not be affected by the decision. IN SPORT.ES CEST The Premier League has announced that from next season the transfer window will shut the day before the start of the competition. The Premier Leagues hope that the decision, taken without the unanimous agreement of the clubs, will set a precedent other European leagues will follow. La Premier adelanta el cierre de su mercado Upd. at 17:02 07/09/2017last_img

Arsene Wenger ready to make January return to management – Bayern Munich waiting?

first_imgAdvertisement 6u8igNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eug( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9dfflWould you ever consider trying this?😱a1Can your students do this? 🌚ulhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Bavarians are without a win in four games, which has triggered speculation that changes are imminent. Niko Kovac , the Bayern Munich boss has lead Bayern to a fairly poor start as per Bayern’s standards. Losses to Gladbach and Berlin and draws with Ajax and Augsburg sees Kovac on shaky grounds. To add to the entropy , Bayern has announced a shock press conference scheduled for Friday morning.Advertisement German publication Bild report that club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic will all attend the press conference and the last time all three men held a joint press conference was to announce that Jupp Heynckes was returning as manager.Advertisement This shock press conference gives rise to speculation that Arsene Wenger could make a return to the footballing scene after departing from his Arsenal empire prior to this summer. Some reports claim Arsenal is in for a managerial role at Munich while the others believe the French coach could be hired in an advisory role.“If you can’t beat them, join them.” could be a saying come true if Arsene Wengers joins the Bavarians while the memories of Arsene taking the defeat against Bayern Munich more often than not are fresh in the fans’ memories.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

TAC funds police blitz

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM CARDINIA Highway Patrol has partnered with the TAC to target unsafe driving on local roads. The patrol…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

400 mile charity cycle in aid of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – This Weekend

first_imgTimeline for Sunday 31st – Cycle from Dublin to Galway via Athlone7am: Dublin cyclists leave Lucan Spa hotel car park12:30pm: Dublin cyclists arrive in Athlone (B&Q/AppleGreen Car park, just off Athlone bypass Exit 11)12:30pm: First group of cyclists leave Athlone1:15pm: Main group of cyclists leave Athlone5:30pm: All cyclists arrive in GortThe main stop on the leg from Athlone to Gort will be in Kilreekil where there will be toilet facilities available.There will be real time updates on Facebook so keep an eye for accurate times as the day progresses Link to their Facebook page and website below print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email With the Tour de France over, club members of Kilburn Gaels are taking part for a mammoth physical challenge of their own this weekend. Over 80 cyclists of the London hurling cub are to honour the late Cathal Forde with a 400-mile charity cycle from Highgate in England’s capital to Gort, Co. Galway, starting on July 28 (yesterday) arriving in Gort Co Galway on Sunday evening. All proceeds going to The Cormac Trust and MS Ireland, two charities close to the heart of Cathal’s friends and former team-mates. Gort native Forde, who was part of the first Kilburn side to win a London Senior Hurling title in 2010, died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) during a training session in Highgate, aged 28, in April 2012.   The Cormac Trust is a charity that was set up following the sudden death of All-Ireland winning former Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen in 2004.  It was largely due to the death of Cormac and subsequent cases, such as with Cathal, that the Irish public became aware of the issue of sudden cardiac death among young people. Cathal’s brothers Niall, Sean and Liam, and cousin Brian are all taking part in the cycle. From the time of Cormac’s death the McAnallen family was keen to direct public attention to these cardiac conditions that cause such sudden deaths. Hence the family, with the assistance of the Tyrone County Board of the GAA, set up the Cormac Trust. The following are its four objects:To raise awareness of sudden cardiac deaths in young people, and its causes;To promote cardiac screening for young people, especially for athletes;To provide education and information to raise awareness at government level and among other authorities as to the value of providing facilities for the screening of young people;To provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for sports clubs in the local region, for the use of the entire local community, and to train people in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators.If you are interested in speaking with Liam Forde brother of the late Cathal Forde about the cycle or JP O’Neill Manager of The Cormac Trust please contact me on 0879268066.last_img read more

Taylors Hill Win All-Ireland Junior Soccer Semi-Final

first_img Forward 60 seconds After The Game, Manager Geoff Drea Spoke to John Mulligan Galway Bay FM Sport Taylors Hill Win All-Ireland Junior Soccer Semi-Final Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Back 15 seconds Taylors Hill is through to the FAI Schools Under 17 Girls National Cup Final after hammering Glenties in the Semi-Final at McSharry Park. Goals from Lucia Lobato with two, Lily Hengerer with two and Amelia Koziel giving them a 5-0 win. Taylors Hill Win All-Ireland Junior Soccer Semi-Final Back 15 seconds Currently Playing Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport Taylors Hill Win All-Ireland Junior Soccer Semi-Final Galway Bay FM Sport 更多 The final is fixed for Tuesday the 28th of February.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more