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

Xebec on impact of coronavirus

first_imgThe Canadian company today released an update on its global operations and said its operations in Shanghai were shut down for three additional weeks after the normal two-week Chinese New Year holiday.During this period, the rest of the operations were working remotely to continue progress on designs of various customer contracts.As a result, Xebec said Xebec Shanghai may experience a moderate impact on its first quarter of 2020 revenues and earnings, but does not expect a material impact on full-year 2020.The company’s operations in Lombardy, Italy have recently been impacted by the mandated lockdown of the country.Although Xebec does not have full manufacturing capabilities in Italy, projects are mostly outsourced into the supply chain.Xebec said it is now starting to see delays from suppliers based in Northern Italy because of the transportation shutdown.There are two ongoing projects in Italy that are under construction, one located in Sicily and the other in Genova. Work on both projects is now halted and will restart after 3rd April at the earliest.Similar to Xebec Shanghai, Xebec said its operations in Italy may experience moderate impacts on its first and second quarters of 2020 revenues and earnings, but the company does not expect a significant impact on full year numbers.Xebec said its Canadian operations in Québec currently remain unaffected and are operating close to capacity.The company’s schedule for North American deliveries remains the same and no impact has so far been experienced due to the coronavirus.Xebec said it continues to follow the current developments and will provide further communications should the effect on operations change materially.Kurt Sorschak, President and CEO of Xebec Adsorption, commented, “COVID-19’s spread has left both a human and economic toll in its wake.”“Xebec’s first priority is to ensure the health and safety of its employees, customers, and partners. We continue to watch the situation closely as we execute our rapid scale up.”“We have been dealing with the novel coronavirus since its first outbreak in China 12 weeks ago.”“This has led Xebec to prepare for a similar situation in North America and we are in the fortunate situation to have all necessary protocols in place to continue operating in this challenging environment.”“Over the last 10 weeks, we have increased our inventory and work in progress levels to withstand certain supply chain disruptions and continue our Blainville operations to the best possible extent.”“The steps we have taken to protect our stakeholders include travel restrictions, a significant reduction of in-person meetings as we have started to utilise remote working solutions such as telephone and video conferencing and instant messaging applications.”“We have also provided a number of our employees with laptops to allow working from home.”“Last week Xebec has implemented a COVID-19 Protocol for all its North American employees and suppliers, which includes actions for a clean and disinfected work environment, travel and self-quarantine guidelines and remote working instructions.”“I believe we have taken reasonable steps to protect not only our employees, suppliers and customers but also safeguard to the best possible extent our ability to deliver financial results that will protect the expectations of our shareholders.”last_img read more

Former Reggae Boy Kenardo Forbes makes United Soccer League (USL) move

first_imgFormer Reggae Boy, Kenardo Forbes, has been signed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.Forbes, a former USL All-League midfielder, is making the switch from Rochester Rhinos, who have been targeted by Pittsburgh new head coach Bob Lilley.Lilley was coach of the Rhinos before taking up a post at Pittsburgh.Lilley has ensured Forbes will have company, having brought Jordan Dover, Christiano Francois, Raymond Lee and Dan Lynd from Rochester as well.“Kenardo was the most influential player in Rochester over the past two seasons,” said Lilley.“His ability to dictate the tempo of the game and his leadership qualities were critical to our success. He is a player that is consistently good and always seems to show up in the biggest moments.”Forbes has had 19 assists in three seasons for the Rhinos, leading all midfielders from the USL side, and was made captain last year.The 29-year-old midfielder debuted for the Reggae Boyz in 2010, going on to play three games, but fell off the radar for a spell before joining the Rhinos in 2015.Before his debut for the Reggae Boyz, Forbes was a star in Jamaica’s Manning Cup with Bridgeport High School before going on to play for Naggo Head FC, and then Portmore United. He would end up playing for Waterhouse FC before moving overseas.last_img read more

Farmington Hills council member Rich to host conversation

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Hills city council member Theresa Rich (Contributed)Farmington Hills city council member Theresa Rich will host a Community Conversation on Sunday, August 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the first floor at the Farmington Community Library, 32737 West 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. The event will give constituents an opportunity to voice concerns, ask questions, and talk about happenings in the City. Reported bylast_img