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RENT: The Musical

Opened Thursday September 10th, 2015

Runs to October 3rd, 2015

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Doors open at 6:30 PM for Happy Hour

try our special Tom Collins cocktail!

at The Prospect Playhouse

Do not miss out on the musical event of the year!

No Day but Today!

Click here for tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rent-the-musical-all-ticket-prices-in-us-tickets-17993960420?aff=ehomecard

See iNews Cayman review: “Rent The Musical is NOT Rogers and Hammerstein! But it’s Brilliant!!” at: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/rent-the-musical-is-not-rogers-and-hammerstein-but-its-brilliant/

 

Please join the Cayman Jewish Community for the following programmes:

Sunday September 27th

6:30 pm Sukkot Under the Stars

Tuesday, September 29th

4:00pm Sukkot Children’s Party

Monday, October 26th

Mark Halawa: From Kuwait to Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 9th

4:00 pm Pardes Rock Chanukah Concert

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Jerusalem Uncovered: Rabbi Avraham Stolik

 

8th Annual CISPA Gala “Back to the Future-Celebrating 45 years of excellence”

Date: 10/10/2015

Time: 6:30 PM

Ritz Carlton Seven Mile Beach

Phone: 749 3360

Register

Event Description: The 8th Annual CISPA Gala “Back to the Future-Celebrating 45 years of excellence” is a time to celebrate Caymanians who recently attained their professional accounting designations as well as a chance to celebrate the past and look to the future

Directions: The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

 

Annual Meals on Wheels Dress Down Day

SAVE THE DATE

Dress Down Day Friday, 20th November, 2015

Help feed our Seniors we believe no-one in Cayman should go hungry.

Individuals can help by purchasing an orange ribbon for $5.00 or a tee shirt for $15.00 and wearing them on Dress Down Day, we are encouraging companies to match employee donations.

For more information or to sign up to participate please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 949-3905.

 

Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Brenda Tibbetts-Lund Memorial 5K Walk/Run5K

Sunday October 3, 2015 in North Side at 6am

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Public Consultation Meetings Begin for Marine Parks

Public meetings on the proposed Enhanced Marine Parks System are being held this month in all districts on Grand Cayman. The schedule is as follows:

*         Bodden Town Primary School Hall on Wednesday, 23 September, at 7pm

*         North Side Civic Centre on Thursday, 24 September, from 8pm

*         East End Civic Centre serves on Monday, 21 September, at 8pm

Details of meetings for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will be announced soon.

For more information of the proposed Enhanced Marine Parks System, visit http://www.doe.ky/marine/marine-parks-review/.

To submit an opinion about the proposals, email [email protected]

General queries can be directed to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 4 December.

 

Grand Court Jurors Report Date Changed

The Grand Court jury report date has been changed.

For Grand Court Jurors who are in the 1 July – 6 October 2015 session, the report date has been changed to Monday, 21st September 2015 at 9:45 a.m.

Please call the Jury Information line at 945-5072 for the most up to date information.

 

AIMA – CAYMAN ISLANDS CHAPTER MEETING

Ron S. Geffner, Partner and Head of the Financial Services Practice will speak at the AIMA Cayman Chapter Meeting on US Regulatory Developments and the outlook for the US and Cayman investment funds industry on November 24th at 12:00 noon.

Speaker: Ron S. Geffner

Start Date: 11/24/2009

End Date: 11/24/2009

Location: The Wharf Restaurant, Cayman Islands

Associated: Ron S. Geffner

 

THU SEP 24

Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s PACCE Committee Awareness Meeting

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman’s PACCE Committee invites you to their prostate and colon cancer awareness meeting on Thursday (24 Sept) at 7pm with PSA testing at 6:30pm at the Webster Memorial United Church Hall.

Enhanced Marine Parks System

Public meetings on the proposed Enhanced Marine Parks System are being held this month in all districts on Grand Cayman. The next is at North Side Civic Center on Thursday (24 Sept) at 8pm

National Gallery presents EY’s Meet Me

The National Gallery presents EY’s Meet Me on Thursday (24 Sept) from1130 — 1230pm. The National Gallery’s offerings for caregivers and individuals wanting to combat dementia is designed for groups coming from care organisations such as The Pines, and for members of the general public in the early and middle stages of dementia. This programme incorporates conversations about artworks, may include art-making components and takes place in the Gallery’s exhibition halls and education studio.

 

FRI SEP 25

Breast Cancer Awareness Meeting Cayman Brac

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens in partnership with the Lions Club of Cayman Brac are hosting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an awareness meeting on Friday (25 Sept) at 730pm at Layman Scott High School Hall.

Booths Set Up for Trade and Business Licensing Law

The Department of Commerce and Investment will have a booth on the new Trade and Business Licensing Law from 9am to 4pm on Friday, 25 September, at the Strand and Airport locations of Foster’s Food Fair. There will be giveaways and hand-outs related to the new law.

For more information, visit www.dci.gov.ky or email [email protected].

 

SAT SEP 26

Men’s Breakfast Meeting

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday September 26th at 7:30am, at The Upper Crust restaurant in Camana Bay. Dr. Curtis Barnett to be our guest speaker.

Come out to hear the how God is making a difference in the life of men like you, right here in Cayman.

CIBC FirstCaribbean Auto Fair

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Saturday, 26th September 2015

10:00am – 4:00pm

25 Main Street, George Town, Grand Cayman

Shout with a Voice of Triumph

The Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry presents Shout with a Voice of Triumph concert on Saturday (26 Sept) at #100 Greenwood Drive in George Town at 630pm.

Family Day at Bodden Town Public Beach

There is a Family Day at Bodden Town public Beach with music, a treasure hunt, storytelling and prizes on Saturday (26 Sept) from 4 — 7pm.

Dominica tropical storm Erika relief effort

There will be a collection drive for the Dominica tropical storm Erika relief effort on Saturday (26 Sept) at the George Town Church of Christ off Smith Road and at the West Bay Church of Christ on Batabano Road.

Write It Now

There will be a writer’s symposium — Write It Now — on Saturday (26 Sept) at 10am at 51 Fort Street, Macdonald Square Building.

Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K Memorial Walk/Run Cayman Brac

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens in partnership with the Lions Club of Cayman Brac are hosting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Brenda Tibbetts Lund 5K Memorial Walk/Run leaving Layman Scott High School on Saturday (26 Sept) at 630am.

World Heart Day Health Expo

Cayman Heart Fund is hosting a World Heart Day Health Expo. The health expo will take place at The Crescent at Camana Bay on Saturday (26 Sept) from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

CARE announces Cayman Islands 5th Annual Paws for wine

Sat Sept 26th Ristorante Pappagallo

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Nominations Sought for Pioneers of Cayman Islands Agriculture

Nominations continue to be encouraged throughout the month of September for the names of agriculture pioneers throughout the history of the Cayman Islands – up to the present time. The definition of agriculture used for this drive is the science and / or practice of farming, including the growing of crops, and the rearing of animals to provide food, fibre, and other products used to sustain and enhance human life.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from: ministryofhealth.gov.ky

There are five nomination categories for outstanding contributions to the development and/or delivery of agriculture in the Cayman Islands:

Early Pioneer – Anyone who has made a significant contribution before 1960 (may be alive or deceased).

Pioneer – A person who has made a significant contribution between 1960 and 2005 (may be alive or deceased). A commemorative insignia and certificate will be awarded.

Emerging Pioneer – Persons who have made significant contributions from 2005 to present. These persons will receive certificates, but will not receive a commemorative insignia.

Memorial Scroll – Any deceased persons who were leaders or notable contributors to the development and/or delivery of agriculture in the Cayman Islands. These persons will be recognised with certificates, but will not receive commemorative insignias.

Long Service Award – Persons (living) who may not necessarily have been a leader, but who have contributed for ten years or more. These people will be recognised with certificates, but will not receive commemorative insignias.

To submit the names of agriculture pioneers before the end of September, complete the forms which are available at post offices, the Government Administration Building, or online at: www.ministryofhealth.gov.ky

 

Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique

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Stuart Hall policing the crises from the Caribbean Commons

Thursday, 24 September – Saturday, 25 September 2015

Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College & SUNY Stony Brook, Manhattan Campus

Welcome to the Caribbean Commons blog. Begun as part of the Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center, this blog primarily announces Caribbean Studies CFPs, events, and publications of interest to those in the Northeast US. It also archives information from the CE Seminar. Blog run by Kelly Baker Josephs.

Described by Henry Louis Gates as ‘Black Britain’s leading theorist of Black Britain,’ Stuart Hall was the preeminent post-colonial intellectual of Great Britain from the 1960s until his death in 2014. One of the founders of ‘cultural studies,’ Hall’s influence extended across the intellectual spectrum of the Left, rocking political and academic worlds with his theorizations of race, ethnicity, feminism, nationality, and politics, shaping their discourse for the rest of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. Using Hall’s key essays and books as touchstones, the conference will examine how his ideas can help us to think through some of the most urgent problems of the contemporary moment. With ongoing crises of authority caused by police violence, mass and racialized incarceration across the United States, as well as concerns around economic, environmental, social and religious justice across the world, Hall’s bold and prescient theorizations of neoliberalism and its operations remain intensely relevant.

Conference Program

Thursday, 24 September

Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Roundtable: Reconstructing the Popular

Chair, E. Ann Kaplan (Stony Brook University)

Susan Willis (Duke University)

Rob King (Columbia University)

Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)

Jane Gaines (Columbia University)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception

 

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Friday, 25 September

The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB)

Stony Brook University Manhattan Campus, 387 Park Ave South

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Coffee

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Introduction and KeynoteKeynote by David Scott (Columbia University) Introduced by Tina Campt (Barnard College)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

History of the Present: Race, Nation, Empire

Chair, Kathleen Wilson (Stony Brook University)

Antoinette Burton (University of Illinois)

Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London)

Geoff Eley (University of Michigan)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Where is the Black?: Revisiting the Black Popular Culture Conference (1991)

Chair, Jane Gaines (Columbia University)

Kellie Jones (Columbia University)

Racquel Gates (CUNY, Staten Island)

Gina Dent (University of California Santa Cruz)

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Coffee Break

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Practice of Critique: Race, Gender, Sexuality

Chair, Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Terri Francis (Indiana University)

Rinaldo Walcott ( University of Toronto)

Jacqueline N. Brown (CUNY, Hunter College)

 

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Saturday, 26 September

Event Oval, Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Coffee

9:30 AM – 11:15 AM

New Media: Encoding, Decoding, Coding

Chair, Rob King (Columbia University)

Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California)

David Morley (Goldsmith’s College, University of London)

Nicholas Mirzoeff (Culture, and Communications, NYU)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Policing the Crises: Thinking It Forward

Chair, Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Barnor Hesse (Northwestern University)

Ben Carrington (University of Texas, Austin)

Karla Holloway (Duke University)

Venues are accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

This event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Register here.

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

Posted in Northeast US Events.

By Kelly Baker Josephs– September 22, 2015

SOURCE: http://caribbean.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2015/09/22/policing-the-crises-stuart-hall-and-the-practice-of-critique/

 

The Caribbean Wave

Join the Wave to Transform and reach the Nations

The Caribbean Wave is all about reaching out to, but also empowering people, to live to their full potential and become a blessing to the Nations. it involve various program of YWAM Saint Lucia, equipping from here in the Caribbean all those that want to Go, but also Welcoming those that want to make the difference in the Caribbean.

Some of our program presently operational are listed below click to Read more: http://www.ywamsl.org/caribbean-wave or apply directly: http://www.ywamsl.org/apply-to-volunteer

 

Haiti – Security : Europe support risk reduction in the Caribbean

From Haiti Libre

The impact arising from extreme natural phenomena in the Caribbean region continues to grow in importance, despite the efforts of national and regional preparedness, response and mitigation of the worst effects.

To address this growing concern, the service of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and its partners, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Federation of Red Cross societies and Red Crescent, are convened in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (21 to 23 September), together with stakeholders and regional and national developers of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as part of a planning workshop.

Note that since 1994, the financial assistance awarded by the European Commission in the Caribbean reached a total of €488.3 million whose 68% of this amount (€332) was spent in Haiti, notably to contribute to the response to the January 2010 earthquake, the cholera epidemic, food insecurity and to organize a major natural hazards preparedness. The remaining 156 million were invested in humanitarian aid for the Caribbean to support the efforts to respond to emergencies and preparedness activities to natural hazards.

ECHO contributed since 2005 to confirm the implementation of Sendai framework for risk reduction for the period 2015-2030, as was the case with the previous program (Hyogo Framework for Action). ECHO also developed essential tools and processes to strengthen the management of risk management systems, their emergency planning capabilities and the definition of priorities in DRR.

This workshop will promote the coordination, exchange and synergies between partners, projects and allies of Plan DRR DIP (DIsaster Preparedness) ECHO for the Caribbean 2015-2016, in the many countries of the region.

In order to articulate a coordinated vision of DRR procedures, the following round tables will focus on: international, regional and national scenarios in DRR; translating global frameworks in field operations; early warning systems and the communication related to DRR.

The workshop aims to develop a common approach to design mechanisms for the Caribbean. DRR projects will be analyzed and coordinated, so to continue the support to local and national institutions responsible for the management of disaster risks.

HL/ HaitiLibre

For more: http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15228-haiti-security-europe-support-risk-reduction-in-the-caribbean.html

 

This is the Caribbean’s most innovative country

From Caribbean Journal

If the Caribbean wants to compete in the global economy, it will need to come up with new ideas, new platforms and new strategies. That means innovation.

So what’s the most innovative place in the Caribbean?

It’s Barbados, according to the newest edition of the Global Innovation Index, which is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

“Innovation holds far-reaching promise for spurring economic growth in countries at all stages of development. However, realizing this promise is not automatic,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. He added: “Each nation must find the right mix of policies to mobilize the innate innovative and creative potential in their economies.”

Barbados was ranked 37th in the world in the ranking, which covers 141 economies, or 95.1 percent of the world’s population.

The index looks at 79 indicators to “gauge both innovative capabilities and measurable results,” according to the GII, from university performance and patent applications to whether economies outperform their peers.

The index revolves around five key input pillars: institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication and business sophistication, along with two key output pillars: knowledge and technology outputs, along with creative outputs.

Barbados was ranked head of Lithuania and just behind Slovakia.

Other Caribbean countries that made the ranking included Trinidad and Tobago (80), Guyana (86), the Dominican Republic (89) and Jamaica (96).

For the full report, click here: https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/content/page/GII-Home/

For more on this story go to: http://caribjournal.com/2015/09/22/this-is-the-caribbeans-most-innovative-country/

 

Cyclists race to Tobago International Cycling Classic 2015

SOURCE: eTN

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Over 300 cyclists from around the world are expected to descend on the Caribbean island of Tobago for the Tobago International Cycling Classic, which takes place from September 29-October 4, 2015.

The action-packed cycling event comprises six days of international cycling: 3 days of mountain bike races, 2 days of fun races for children and culminates in the flagship race – the world-ranked UCI Tour of Tobago on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The Tour of Tobago will take cyclists on a tough but scenic 120-kilometer course along Tobago’s Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean coastlines.

Fans are invited to attend and support their favorite cyclists. The event will be broadcast internationally on ESPN and other international media.

Also on the calendar of cycling activities is the Republic Day Cycling Classic, which will be held in Trinidad from 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2015. This circuit-cycling race commences at 2:00 pm from Nelson Mandela Park (formerly King George V Park), in Trinidad’s capital of Port of Spain to the St. Mary’s grounds.

The Tobago International Cycling Classic 2015 and Republic Day Cycling Classic are sponsored in part by the Tourism Development Company Limited of Trinidad and Tobago.

About Trinidad & Tobago

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthlyfestivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago-the true Caribbean!

For more information on upcoming special events and attractions in Trinidad & Tobago visit www.trinidadandtobago.com or visit www.tobago.gov.tt

 

Eastern Caribbean Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 2-4 on St. Maarten

The St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) has announced the upcoming annual Eastern Caribbean Golf Association Tournament (ECGA). The highly competitive tournament will take place over two days at the Mullet Bay Golf Course on St. Maarten on Oct. 3 and 4.

The ECGA Tournament is organized each year by a different host country and consists of the best players from 11 countries that are a member of the ECGA. These countries are: Anguilla, Antigua-Barbuda, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.

Each country will be represented by a team of maximum 12 players which are divided in 4 playing categories. These categories are:

  • Ladies: 3 players
  • Men: 4 players younger than 50 years old
  • Seniors: 3 players between 50 and 60 years old
  • Super-Seniors: 2 players older than 60 years

At the present moment, 113 players are registered who will compete for team and individual gross and net prizes. Over the last years, the teams to beat have been Antigua-Barbuda, St. Kitts and St. Croix, which all have a long history of representing teams with very talented and low handicap golfers.

This year Guadeloupe and Martinique are also bringing some low handicap players to try entering the winners circle and challenge the previous year’s winners. Besides that, St. Maarten, as host country, will do their utmost to capitalize on their home field advantage. Mullet Bay Golf Course is a relatively short golf course but, nevertheless, not an easy pick. With lots of water hazards and windy conditions, it might be trickier than most players expect.

The festivities will begin with the team registration on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1 and 2. The 36 holes stroke play tournament will kick off with the first round of 18 holes at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The second round will be played on Sunday, Oct. 4. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition party will be held.

The SMGA is a non-profit organization of avid golfers that promotes the practice of the game of golf and to foster community sense. It organizes golf matches and tournaments for its members and non-members, and donates most of its proceeds that are made through membership fees, club tournaments and the annual St. Maarten Open, to multiple community organizations on the island.

If you like more information about this event, contact Marc van Iersel.

www.facebook.com/St.MaartenGolfAssociation

 

Law firm staffer claims pregnancy got her fired

By Patience Haggin, From The Recorder

SAN FRANCISCO — A former office assistant in Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco office has sued the firm and the staffing agency that placed her, saying she was fired after supervisors learned she was pregnant. Salena Wright filed a wrongful termination and gender discrimination suit in San Francisco Superior Court last week, alleging the firm and the agency, Williams Lea, Inc., declined to make her employment permanent after she became pregnant during a three-month probationary period earlier this year. The suit claims a male supervisor told her to keep quiet about her pregnancy and peppered her with questions like “Are you able to do the work” and “Have you told anyone at Arnold & Porter?”

Less than two months into her job as an office services assistant working for $15 per hour, Wright learned she was pregnant and informed her supervisors, who were employees of Williams Lea, according to her complaint, which was filed September 18. Her supervisors told her to keep her pregnancy a secret from the staff at Arnold & Porter, according to the complaint.

Wright’s attorney Daniel Feder, an employment attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel Feder, alleges in the suit that she complained to an HR manager for Williams Lea about her supervisor’s urging her not to disclose her pregnancy and reported that she had been required to cancel doctor appointments relating to her pregnancy.

Douglas Winthrop, managing partner of Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, said the firm does not comment on pending litigation. Williams Lea, Inc. did not respond to requests for comment made Tuesday. The firm and the staffing agency have not yet responded in court.

Wright says she got good feedback during her probationary period and was told she could expect to keep the job. However, her employment was terminated on June 30, several days after her probationary period had ended. It’s not clear in the suit whether her supervisors at Arnold & Porter were aware of her pregnancy.

To prevail, Wright will have to show her employers took her pregnancy into account in their decision not to extend her employment, said Kelly Armstrong of The Armstrong Law Firm in San Francisco. Armstrong, a plaintiffs lawyer who specializes in discrimination cases, said it was typical for suits of this kind to allege joint employer liability against both the staffing agency and the contracting company.

Armstrong noted that Wright’s probationary employment was at will. “Even if she was given positive feedback regarding her work performance, ultimately the employer can decide whether to make her employment status permanent or not,” she said.

Wright is seeking back pay, punitive and compensatory damages.

For more: http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202737921642/Law-Firm-Staffer-Claims-Pregnancy-Got-Her-Fired#ixzz3mZnv7LcR

 

Amory dismisses concerns about FACTA’s impact on the offshore financial sector

From WINN

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Premier Vance Amory is not concerned that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), which the Federal parliament passed last week will impact Nevis’ offshore financial sector. Financial institutions in the federation will under FATCA, be expected to fulfill a requirement to report on US persons income to facilitate US collection of taxes.

Concerns were raised by the Opposition St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party that FACTA would affect American investment in St. Kitts and Nevis. Nevis MP Patrice Nisbett during the debate in parliament last week suggested that the Nevis’ offshore sector could be impacted by FACTA considering that the industry prides itself in secrecy and protecting the identity of their clients.

For more: http://www.winnfm.com/index.php/news/local/14023-amory-dismisses-concerns-about-facta-s-impact-on-the-offshore-financial-sector#sthash.UuWmRTw9.dpuf

 

Radio firsts

By Paul McGowan From PS Audio

I have written much of my colorful youth and there are many stories to share, but I don’t think I’ve yet told you about my earliest radio career.

The year was 1967 and I wanted more than anything to be a rock and roll disc jockey with all the supposed benefits: women, fame, and fortune (and in that order). But I was instead pursuing higher education, not because I wanted one, but because it was a better option than being drafted.

California’s Fullerton Junior College had a radio announcer’s course taught by a Mr. Thompson, who had himself never been on the radio. Though not ideal, this seemed a natural foot in the door towards my lifelong goals–commensurate with the honest desires of most 18 year old males. So I sat at attention with thirty others taking notes on diction, history, technique and everything that mattered not when it came to being a DJ. Little did I care of Emile Berliner and his invention of the microphone, or Marconi’s, or Sarnoff’s and the others, long dead. But that was the first semester.

Semester two was sitting at the control board playing records and being a DJ–not on the radio, but into a loudspeaker broadcasting to the rest of the class. Lame. It was real radio, girls, adulation and riches I was after, not playing music into a speaker for 29 other 18 year old males lusting after the same things.

Another inmate–and I wish I could remember his name, perhaps we’ll call him Lance–told me he had actually built an AM transmitter and all he lacked to go on the air was an audio control board. I knew enough electronics to build one and spent the summer conspiring with Lance on a real radio station, something Mr. Thompson and his loudspeaker could never compete against.

My second year at FJC found me petitioning the school board for an audience.

For more: http://www.psaudio.com/pauls-posts/radio-firsts/

 

[US] TV stations & radios can now just tell you to go online for contest rules

motorolaadBy Chris Morran From Consumerist

In 1976, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the so-called “Contest Rule,” which sought to increase transparency in on-air contests by requiring that TV and radio broadcasters disclose the terms of the contest over the air. And even though there have been huge technological and cultural changes in the nearly 40 years since, allowing shows to also put their rules online, broadcasters must still explain them on air. That’s about to change.

This morning, the FCC adopted new rules that would give broadcasters the option of disclosing contest rules online without showing them on TV or explaining them over the radio — often in fine print or in words spoken so quickly they can be hard to make out.

Rather than air the rules, shows will only be required make on-air announcements about where contest terms can be found. It does not require that the rules be placed online, but most broadcasters are already making these terms available through their websites anyway.

That’s a big departure from the existing rule § 73.1216 [PDF], which explains a broadcaster’s obligation to disclose the contest terms “at the time the audience is first told how to enter or participate,” and states that these rules “should be disclosed periodically by announcements broadcast on the station conducting the contest, but need not be enumerated each time an announcement promoting the contest is broadcast.”

With an increasing number of people having ready access to the Internet, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly called for the Commission to review the decades-old rule to give broadcasters the online option.

“I agree that it is important to notify the public about the terms and conditions of the contests aired on broadcast stations,” he wrote at the time, “but are these fast-talkers and tiny, on-air print the most effective means to communicate this information in the Internet age?”

Then last November, the FCC began process of revising the Contest Rule. The proposal [PDF] was supported by all the commissioners, who all agreed on the need to modernize the contest disclosure process.

“The FCC began this rulemaking in response to the dramatic changes that have occurred in the way Americans obtain information since the Contest Rule was adopted almost four decades ago,” reads a statement from the Commission. “The rule changes give broadcast stations more flexibility in the way they comply with the Contest Rule, and give consumers a more convenient way to obtain contest information normally aired through television and radio advertisements.”

IMAGE: (Mark Amsterdam)

(For more on this story go to: http://consumerist.com/2015/09/17/tv-stations-radios-can-now-just-tell-you-to-go-online-for-contest-rules/

 

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