Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) will host the Caribbean’s first digital publishing conference, titled #TheOnlineMind in Kingston, Jamaica, from November 2nd – 5th. The event will highlight and address the global trend towards digital and online publishing.

Carol Newman conference chairperson and JAMCOPY general manager, described the event as a superb networking opportunity and an excellent learning experience for all stakeholders.

The conference will provide valuable information and practical applications for everyone involved in writing and publishing. Bringing to the forefront issues such as the impact of digital technology on publishing, copyright protection in the digital era, global markets and digital distribution and making dollars and sense out of digital books.

The target audience is varied and includes authors, IP management practitioners, publishers, self-published authors, attorneys, educational technologists, booksellers, librarian/information specialists as well as government policy makers.

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The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority 

(ECTEL) has called upon telecommunications providers in the OECS sub-region to stop blocking Over The Top (OTT) services to their subscribers. In a statement, ECTEL said it had received media reports that some telecommunications providers have blocked such services like WhatsApp voice service, over their network in the ECTEL Member States of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica.

ECTEL said it had been advised that a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers were concerned over these reports and added: “ECTEL is therefore appealing to all services providers operating within its Member States, to immediately refrain from the practice of blocking OTT services, websites and or throttling speeds, and commit to the principle of an open Internet, as concluded through a public consultation conducted by ECTEL and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities (NTRCs) between 23rd September 2013 and 4th November 2013.

ECTEL Managing Director Embert Charles said, “ECTEL is advising the public to report instances of blocking of OTT services to their service providers in the first instance, and if not resolved to report to their respective NTRC. The procedures for filing complaints against a service provider are contained in the Dispute Resolution Regulations in all the ECTEL Member States” 

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Khan Academy helping Bajan Students Improve Math Skills

Two Bajan schools participating in the Khan Academy Mathematics Initiative, received 30 refurbished laptops compliments JetBlue on  Thursday. Khan Academy Ambassador, Alex Eiden, presented  the two schools involved in the pre-pilot phase of the Mathematics Initiative ¨C St Ambrose and St Luke's Primary Schools, with the laptops allowing them to extend the programme. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harcourt Husbands thanked Alex, his father Frederick, as well as JetBlue for assisting the children of Barbados.

Senator Husbands said that it is widely recognised that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  or STEM were the way of the future. “This is where the well-paying jobs are and this initiative ... of the Eiden family and JetBlue will assist us tremendously. The Ministry is always open to assistance from whatever source, and we are extremely pleased to be associated with this initiative” he expressed.

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Mona School Of Business Launches Mobile App

As students around the region went back to school, the students of the Mona School of Business & Management got a new App! Executive director of Mona School of Business & Management, Professor Densil Williams said, "In order to continue to deliver an exceptional teaching and learning experience to our students, MSBM has provided a solution that will meet the information needs of its students in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Our mobile app will provide the students with real-time information on developments in the school and will allow our students to always be in the know. It is the first of its kind anywhere in the university system in Jamaica."

Meanwhile, director of the MSBM Centre of Excellence, Dr Maurice McNaughton demonstrated the app to the incoming class of undergraduate MSBM students at their orientation session. He noted that "the app's objectives are to integrate mobile applications and a mobile-friendly website as key elements of MSBM's digital strategy and to exploit the capabilities of the mobile channel as a means of engaging with current and prospective students, and enhancing student service delivery." The app was developed by UWI students using the Kurogo Open Source platform.

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