Roundup: for the week ending 13 May 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 7 May to Sunday 13 May 2012., 7 May 2012

Money laundering and murder in Jamaica lottery scams

Jamaica – Lottery scams are the single most significant contributor to the increase in murders in the St James parish in most recent years… more

We have honoured our GCT requirements — DIGICEL

Jamaica – Telecommunications Company Digicel says despite checks by Tax Administration Jamaica that an operation at its New Kingston office on Friday was to ensure that the company was paying over its General Consumption Tax (GCT) it has always complied with the requirement… more

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Ritz-Carlton introduces new mobile app

Cayman Islands – The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has introduced a mobile application… more

Digicel Heads To Court Over Tax Raid

Jamaica – Lawyers for telecommunications company Digicel are to go before the High Court today, to challenge a warrant granted to the tax authorities to search its head offices… more

Jamaica looking to make greater use of social media

Jamaica – The government of Jamaica is looking to implement an appropriate social media policy to more effectively engage ordinary Jamaicans in decision making… more


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Call Centre Closing

Antigua & Barbuda – Call Center Services (CCS) which operates from the ACT Teledome Building on Old Parham Road, has told its 156 employees that the company will be shutting up shop as of July 9… more

Cayman Government Visits Panama Social Telecoms Projects

Cayman Islands – Representatives from the Cayman Islands Government have visited Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC) operations in Panama to see how telecoms technology has improved public service delivery… more

Digicel snarls back

Jamaica – Digicel snarled back at the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) yesterday, accusing the government body — which launched an armed raid on the cellphone operator’s offices last week — of “utter and complete incompetence”… more

Fewer digits, more business

Jamaica – The Office of the Utilities Regulations (OUR) has opened discussions on premium rate and value-added services that could be provided by telecommunications operators using common short code… more

Internet threat to cable

Jamaica – Jamaican cable operators are at a competitive disadvantage against emerging Internet protocol television (IPTV) providers with lower infrastructure costs and no regulatory constraints, says the head of the local broadcasting commission… more

Microwork promises jobs for Jamaicans

Jamaica – Microwork, via the Internet, could provide thousands of jobs to unemployed youth and women in Jamaica… more

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Call center job losses worry labour officials

Antigua & Barbuda – Labour Minister Dr Errol Cort and Labour Commissioner Hesketh Williams have both expressed concern over the impending closure of Call Center Services (CCS), a business process outsourcer to the Bodog Brand, its biggest client… more

Digicel appoints new CEO

Antigua & Barbuda – Digicel is today announcing the appointment of Victor Corcoran as CEO of its operations in Antigua & Barbuda… more

Does the Govt Really Care

Antigua & Barbuda – Sometimes, the Government of Antigua & Barbuda simply fails to properly address the problem. For me, this has never been clearer than with the cell tower project… more

Belize Telemedia to launch 4G Services in Belize

Belize – Looking at the ecological process that humankind has transitioned through, it is quite evident that communication is a requirement… more

Gov’t Defends Digicel Tax Raid

Jamaica – The Ministry of Finance and Planning has broken its silence in a vigorous public debate over a tax raid on telecommunications firm Digicel late last week, claiming there appears to be “a concerted campaign to discredit the work of the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ)”… more

Social media is an opportunity for journalism: World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Kingston

Jamaica – Declaring that governments must stay connected to the people, Ms Falconer said, “We have to use social media as one of the new voices for transforming our society. By challenging ourselves to use social media, we will allow more people to participate in our democracy.” … more

Global Hindi language resource portal to be launched in Suriname

Suriname – After hosting the World Hindi Conference in 2003, Suriname will now host a global Hindi language initiative. This will not be a conference or seminar but Suriname will witness the launching of the largest global resource portal of the Hindi language at hindihomepage.commore

Friday, 11 May 2012

Jobs website goes mobile

Regional – The first mobile website for Jamaican jobseekers has been launched, enabling people to search and apply for jobs on the go… more

Saturday, 12 May 2012

New IBM delivery center opens in Costa Rica

Costa Rica – IBM officially opened on Thursday its new Costa Rica Delivery Center, in America Free Zone, Heredia. IBM will invest US$300 million over 10 years, and intends to employ up to 1,000 people by 2014… more

Ellington probing cops’ role in Digicel raid

Jamaica – Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has launched a probe into the conduct of police personnel who accompanied representatives of the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) on its raid of Digicel’s head office in New Kingston last Friday… more

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Cops need technology to fight high-tech lottery scam

Jamaica – WITH criminals involved in the multi-billion dollar lottery scam resorting to highly sophisticated tactics, the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) says it needs additional resources to sustain the crackdown on those behind the racket, which has further tainted Jamaica’s image overseas… more

Lotto scammers living large

Jamaica – Lottery scammers are living high on the hog, earning millions of Jamaican dollars a week and using Champagne to wash their cars in a boastful lifestyle reflecting the ease with which they come by their ill-gotten gains, police from the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) have reported…more

Make doing business with lottery scammers a crime, say police

Jamaica – Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), who has been engaged in a near five-year offensive against perpetrators of the multi-billion- dollar lottery scam, says local legislators should consider introducing laws that will make it mandatory for businesses to report suspicious cash transactions… more

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