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Online Service Allows Antiguans to Renew Driver's Licence

Antiguan motorists will find it easier to renew their driver’s licences  with the launch of a new online platform.

The announcement came from Telecommunications Minister Melford Nicholas during a press conference at the Gate facilities. The minister said the initiative forms part of making “the process of doing business with government easier”.

Having logged into ab.gov.ag, which the government has dubbed the “Citizens Portal”, residents can select the number of years the renewal will last and after pay for the new licence.

Nicholas said the ministry would have to embark on a public awareness campaign to ensure residents know how to utilise the new technology.

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Bahamian PPP Delivers e-Services at Registrar

Bahamas Prime Minister Christie said he is a "firm believer" in the  importance of Public Private Partnerships (“PPP”) and that the launch of the Registrar General's Department E-Services facility has been a perfect example of the effectiveness of such partnerships.

"We are opening new vistas for domestic and international business, and we are making it easy for you to do business online in The Bahamas," Prime Minister Christie was speaking at an event held at the Registrar General's Department on January 5th 2016.

"The service will be available 24/7 and it will be possible immediately to get incorporation certificates and certificates of good standing," Prime Minister Christie stated. "This is the way that people expect business to be conducted in 2016. We are responding to market demand and we are doing so with a view to becoming number one in financial services in the region."

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DIGICEL Rolls Out Ad Control Technology in Barbados

The roll out of Digicel's controversial Ad Blocking technology will be implemented at the network level which means customers do not have to do anything to start controlling the advertising they receive. 

An Important deviation to other roll-outs however, will be the provision of a simple way for customers to opt out of using the ad control technology should they decide that they do indeed wish to receive these advertising messages.

Providing customers with the option to control the online advertising they receive when they browse websites through their mobile phones, Digicel Ad Control will be available free of charge for all Digicel mobile users. With ads using up as much as ten per cent of a customers’ data plan allowance, this move will allow customers to use the mobile web and apps without interruption from unwanted advertising messages.

Digicel Barbados commercial director, Mark Conway, said, “This is about putting the power in our customers’ hands. With this service we are helping our customers to protect their data allowances and their mobile spend, as well as giving them the choice of whether to receive these ads or not.”

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Start-Up Jamaica Paving The Way For Entrepreneurs

The business incubator/accelerator programme, Start-Up Jamaica (SUJ), is helping young tech' entrepreneurs to develop innovative products and services for local and international markets.

Start-Up Jamaica is an initiative of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), and was launched in June 2014 and staged its first boot camp in September of the same year.

Chief Entrepreneurship Officer (CEO) of SUJ, Mark Hugh Sam, said the start-ups that participated in the boot camp focused on aggressive product development and sales strategies to get their business ideas to a point where the proposed product, or service, is commercially viable, prior to seeking investment.

"The idea is to prove the products locally and to export them globally. So, the ideas behind Start-Up Jamaica are global ideas. What we did was to modify the ideas to get them to create a minimal viable product," he said.

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Jamaican Animated Short to Launch on iTunes

CAKLE, The Movie, a short animated film by actor/producer Donovan Watkis, will be available on iTunes and other distribution channels this month.

“Animation is big business globally and alive and well in Jamaica,” said Watkis, prinicipal of MJR Productions. “This is the first animated movie to be distributed from Jamaica, and this means we have access to markets which we wouldn’t normally.”

The distribution will be done jointly by Tuff Gong and Universal Records. Watkis said CAKLE The Movie was done for last year’s inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, where a portion of it was premiered.

According to Watkis, the 45-minute production took two-and-a-half years to complete. Funding came from “personal monies, I got some sponsorship and partnerships”.

“It’s Jamaicans telling a Jamaican story. We need to more of that, “ said Watkis. Analysts predict the global animation and gaming market will grow to US$242.93 billion this year from US$122.20 billion in 2010.

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