Saint Lucia is exploring the possibility of setting up a cyber crime laboratory, National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has disclosed. Francis made the comments during a pre-cabinet interview with reporters on Monday while expressing concern about the proliferation of youth sex videos on social media. "This is very, very distressing," the minister said.
He indicated that he had been in contact with the Minister of Justice in Jamaica who will be sending a team to St. Lucia to look at a cyber crime lab. Francis explained that Jamaica has a very good cyber crime lab.
"IMPACS has decided that we are going to do courses; RSS has decided that we are going to do courses; but I don't think that I can wait based on the proliferation of what we have been seeing. As soon as the budget is passed, Jamaica is going to be sending a team down here to look at how we can implement our cyber crime lab," the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters.
He spoke of a breakdown of family values. "Persons sometimes talk about crime and we talk about people not working and all these sorts of things, but the family is the structure," the minister declared. "As long as you do not have a strong family structure, these things are going to happen," Francis asserted.
He recalled that in the days he and his brothers were growing up in Marchand and Conway, areas which persons would describe as very depressed communities, the adults ensured that the youngsters stayed in line by correcting them.
"You did not dare go and tell your mom that you were corrected because you would be corrected a second time," Francis stated. "Now that does not happen. If you correct a child on the streets, you had better be careful that the mother or father does not come back at you," he said.
Digicel Urges Regulation of Facebook, Whatsapp, Google
Just weeks before, the region's leaders in the telecom's industry meet for CANTO's 33rd Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition, in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Digicel is once again urging Caribbean governments to follow other countries that are on board with efforts to ensure that online companies like Facebook, Google and WhatsApp obey the law and pay their fair share of taxes.
This time, David Geary, General Counsel for the Caribbean at Digicel Group claimed a greater need for policy-makers to protect consumers, as well as revenues for governments, while ensuring a level playing field for telecoms operators.
Speaking at a recently held Telecommunications and Media Forum hosted by the International Institute of Communications, he said online players have argued that the law of the land does not apply to them because they are on the internet.
Jamaica's First Solar Power Generation Plant Commissioned Into Operation
The island's first solar power generation plant was officially commissioned into operation on Thursday, in southern Clarendon.
Located in Content District, the $7.9 billion facility is expected to produce 20 megawatts annually for supply directly to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) grid. It will produce enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.
This is expected to contribute significantly to Jamaica's goal of producing at least 20 per cent of power from renewable sources by 2020 and reduce the island's carbon emissions by 35,000 tons annually.
That reduction in carbon emission is the equivalent of taking 7,000 cars off the road. The solar energy plant is built and operated by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary of Tampa, Florida-based WRB Enterprises which has installed 150 acres of solar panels on some 300 acres of land.