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Domino's Pizza Inspires Virgin Island Bites App

While visiting the US three years ago, John Samuel of the US Virgin Islands made use of the Domino's Pizza app'. It was the start of his journey to develop an app for the Virgin Islands.

Samuel started working on the project about a year and a half ago, with finishing touches being made over the last six months. The app has been on stream for about a month, and about 130 people have downloaded it so far, he said.

Though the project is still in its infancy he has secured the support of four restaurant owners so far, and hopes that it would become more popular throughout the Virgin Islands.

“This is something new, and when people feel comfortable doing something one way, changing their mentality is difficult,” he said. “That’s okay, but at this point in time, people want to be on the go and use mobile [devices] to get things done.”

As with most technological innovations, potential new users will have concerns of the unknown. One of the major concerns for restaurants is that they’ll receive orders but nobody will come to pick up the food, Mr. Samuel said. But in fact, the app will offer restaurants more protection against no-show customers than phone orders. That’s because customers have to register through the app before using it. 

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Head of the Information & Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in the Cayman's Says ISP's Should be Fined for Bad Behaviour

The head of Cayman’s telecommunications regulatory authority, Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), said the country’s internet customers are not getting what they’re paying for.

Alee Fa’amoe told Cayman 27, that ICTA’s role as the regulator is to step in when the market fails to resolve its own customer service issues.

He said the ICTA is working with cabinet to beef up its ability to levy fines. “The regulator needs to approach things with some sort of balance, so there needs to be some carrot and some stick. The carrot is happy customers, staying with you for a long time and generating revenue. The stick is things like fines levied against providers who don’t follow the rules,” said Mr. Fa’amoe, ICTA’s Managing Director.

Mr. Fa’amoe said it’s time for providers to stop with the excuses, and do what they need to do to give customers what they are paying for.

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Guyana's First Lady’s ICT Programme produces 27 graduates

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Programme which was started in September by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger saw twenty-seven Buxton residents graduate from the programme.

Among the graduates was Ms Sylvia Pitt, a 59-year-old retired Head Teacher who was honoured as the valedictorian of the programme. Ms. Pitt achieved a score of 983 from a possible 1000 points.

Presidential Advisor on E-Governance, Floyd Levi, who was the main speaker for the award ceremony, lauded the programme as one that will make a great difference to the beneficiaries. He also encouraged the graduates to use the programme as a stepping stone for further advancement and self-edification.“ 

He told the graduating class that the programme should be used as a launch pad for greater and better accomplishments. He emphasised that the programme shouldn’t be the end for them but a stepping-stone on the road of success.“This programme should be taken as a life lesson. You should dream positive dreams and through dedication, commitment and hard-work, you can achieve them,” he said.

The valedictorian, Ms Sylvia Pitt, in her remarks, made the audience aware that despite her age she was not bothered nor did it take away her determination to learn. The grandmother said it was very strenuous on her working during the day and attending classes in the evenings, but was dedicated in her approach towards her studies. 

She said, “The world is becoming technology and computer inclined, and I realised that I needed to keep abreast of what is going on and so I was motivated to be here. I was very focused.  I knew what I wanted and I practiced due diligence to get what I wanted.” When Ms Pitt was asked to address the younger generation, she simply said, “They need to know what they want and place their focus there. They should aim high. Age didn’t prevent me from doing what I did and so they can do way better and achieve more than I did.”

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