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Met Service releases official statement about suspended Twitter Account
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Met Service releases official statement about suspended Twitter Account

On Monday May 26th 2014 we ran a story about the social media storm is brewing on Twitter after the official Twitter account for the Meteorological Service of Jamaica was ordered closed by management after an apparent disagreement with North East St. Elizabeth Member of Parliament and Deputy General Secretary for the People’s National Party Raymond Pryce. The Met Service has since released a statement that clear the air on the reasons why and how the account was suspended. The fill statement is embedded below. On Monday afternoon, May 26, 2014, the decision was taken by the management of the Meteorological Service Division to suspend activity on its Twitter account with immediate effect.  This decision followed several calls related to the content of some of the tweets and the percepti...
The Realities of The Jamaican Job Market From a Tech Point Of View
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The Realities of The Jamaican Job Market From a Tech Point Of View

Most young Jamaicans; university and college graduates, have become locked into the vicious failed cycle that is the Jamaican job market. There are very few options available with little prospects of creating your own job even if you develop a product that fills a niche and has attracted attention from potential customers. Why is this so? The answer is that in Jamaica there has developed a cycle of doom where you either conform with the norms of society or fail and leave the country to go make success somewhere else. For most, the latter is not possible and so many great innovators and entrepreneurs are forced to fall inline with a vicious system that robs them of their unique capacity of not only developing revolutionary products and services but also of their ability to make it big thems...
Digital JAM 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition
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Digital JAM 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition

The Government of Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank and private sector operators in the local ICT sector invites applications from Jamaican software developers and digital artists to participate in the Digital Jam 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition. Conceived as an integral part of a 3-day Business Development and Marketplace event to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston June 28-30, 2012, the following are requirements for submission into the competition: The software application should feature a mobile device interface, serving platforms widely available to the Jamaican public or to a broader international market seeking Jamaica-related inputs or contents. The app development should utilize technologies such as SMS, USSD, Java ME, iPhone Xcode, Android develop...
Digicel’s bid to Acquire Claro in Jamaica finally Approved – with conditions…
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Digicel’s bid to Acquire Claro in Jamaica finally Approved – with conditions…

Digicel's acquisition of Claro was announced in early April and was expected to be done and dusted by June but for various reasons the deal was not wrapped up until recently.  Prime Minister Bruce Golding as approved the merger but attached strict requirements to prevent Digicel from morphing into a monopoly which in turn will affect it's customers and Jamaica mobile and internet sector. Bruce Golding stated: "I have approved the acquisition of Claro by Digicel and the assignment of relevant licences without any modification to the licences and the obligations contained therein. This means that Digicel will be required to fulfill all of the obligations contained in the Claro licences with regard to the type of facility and specified service that must be provided, its interconnectio...
Jamaican Government Launches BlackBerry Developers Competition
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Jamaican Government Launches BlackBerry Developers Competition

In an effort to stimulate enterprise, encourage the use of technology to uplift the country's youth, as well as to spark greater  interest in application development for mobile devices, Jamaica's Ministry of Education, the Department of Information and Technology of the Prime Minister, and the Central Information Technology Office, have teamed up with mobile telecoms giant, Digicel, and Research In Motion, makers of  BlackBerry Smartphones, to produce Jamaica's BlackBerry Developers Competition 2011. For this competition, teams of students enrolled in Jamaican-registered primary, secondary and tertiary level educational institutions are being invited to submit ideas, or develop applications  for the BlackBerry Smartphone or Playbook.  Each submission will be judged based on areas such a...