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SALE BY MORTGAGEE
OFFERS ARE INVITED FOR THE
PURCHASE OF THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE:
2009 Hyundai H-100 two door
pickup- TCM 718
Stored at Stanleys Car Sales
#34 Sieudass Street, El Socorro.
623-9091 ext. 2579/2581
SEND SEALED BIDS TO:
The Manager (Vehicle Sale)
Commercial Workout Unit
3rd Floor 45 Abercromby Street
Bids must follow the guidelines herein given to
ensure they are duly considered.
Bids, in a sealed envelope, must be received
by 3:00 pm on August 20th, 2013.
Late bids will not be considered
The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept
the highest or any offer. The vehicle will be
sold as is / where is.
Unsuitable bids will not be acknowledged.
Voices across the region have been calling for
more local content. Although organisations such
as Columbus International, BrightPath Foundation
and other agencies across the region might all recog-
nise the importance of local digital content, there
are at least five major challenges hindering the
Caribbean from having more local content online.
1. Limited Internet access
Across the region, less than three out of ten people
have a fixed broadband Internet subscription (Source:
ICT Pulse). Although wireless connectivity, such as
Wi-Fi and mobile broadband are available, high prices
and restricted bandwidth/transmission speeds to
execute large volume uploads (which can be necessary
depending on the type of content that is being created)
tend to limit the utility of these mediums as work-
horses of online content development.
2. Internet still too expensive
Coupled with the previous point, Internet broad-
band access is still too expensive in the region and
restricts the number of people who can afford the
The most basic Internet broadband service, a plan
with an advertised download speed of up to 2 Mbps,
would consume more than 5 per cent of an average
person s monthly salary in almost half of the countries
A plan with an advertised download speed of up
to 8 Mbps represented more than ten per cent of a
person s monthly income in more than half of the
countries assessed (Source: ICT Pulse).
3. Governments are not leading by example
Although the region has recognised the fact that
many countries worldwide are shifting towards
becoming information societies and knowledge-based
economies, many of our countries are still reluctant
to implement measures to promote this.
An important example of this is in relation to e-
government. In the last e-government survey con-
ducted by the United Nations Department of Eco-
nomic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), most
Caribbean/Caricom countries were ranked in the
latter half of the rankings.
More importantly, across the region, citizens are
still experiencing considerable difficulty in engaging
government online or in conducting transactions
online with specific government agencies.
4. We are lazy
To demonstrate this point, we ought to
bear in mind the impact of North American
content on Caribbean culture, and on local
content creation. From a broadcast TV per-
spective, we do not have to create all of the
content that is aired within the region.
We depend on international programming
to bolster what little content we actually
create, which may speak not only to an
inherent reliance on non-Caribbean content
to satisfy our needs, but also our own
entrenched inertia to change the status quo.
5. We still believe we are insignificant
Finally, as small-island developing states,
the Caribbean region can seem insignificant
relative to other countries and country-
grouping in the world.
All too often, our countries, individually
and collectively get lumped in with Latin
America or with North America, and tend
not to be recognised for our own uniqueness
It therefore should not be any surprise
when, as it relates to digital content creation,
we do not appreciate the value we can add
to our own countries, the region, and to the
Furthermore, we, individually, might also
be stumped to identify who our audience
might be for whatever content we create---
who will find our content interesting? Who
will benefit from having it?
Creating online content can be expensive
Hence from the outset and until local
content creation becomes second nature,
people may need to understand the potential
impact and value of their contributions to
their countries and to the Caribbean region
as a whole in order to participate in the
effort to get more local content online.
Creating local online content a regional challenge
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