Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 22nd 2013 Contents A12
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 22, 2013
SENIOR CASE OFFICER, ECONOMICS
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority ("URCA") of The Bahamas came into effect on 1 August
2009 as the converged regulator for the Electronic Communications Sector (ECS) in The Bahamas -- covering
broadcasting, telecommunications, radio spectrum and other forms of electronic communications.
URCA is further strengthening its capacity in policy and regulation of the communications sector and is seeking
to employ a suitably qualified individual to fill the post of Senior Case Officer in the Policy and Regulation
Department with the requisite competencies and experience in the area of Economics and Regulatory Finance.
The position will be based in The Bahamas and will report to the Director of Policy and Regulation at URCA.
CORE DUTIES -- Senior Case Officer, Economics:
The successful candidate will be required to support URCA's regulatory and policy development activities as
• Mentoring and development of junior staff within the Economics and Regulatory Finance discipline.
Direct policy and regulatory teams in cases and projects within URCA, in accordance with URCA's strategy
and sector policy
Provide specialist advice, lead projects and cases with emphasis on economic regulation, regulatory
finance and competition economics
Ensure effective oversight of the development of various policy positions for URCA supported by activities
including but not limited to industry and international regulatory policies and practices, economic analysis.
Have a good sustainable external relationship with the regulated industry as well as international bodies.
QUALIFICATIONS & OTHER REQUIREMENTS -- Senior Case Officer, Economics
The successful applicant must have:
A Postgraduate Degree in Economics or Economics and Finance from an accredited university/college;
Minimum of seven (7) years work experience in the telecommunication industry, consulting or regulation
with two (2) years in a team leadership, supervisory or management capacity.
Minimum of three (3) years progressive, relevant experience with a regulatory body, as a consultant on
regulatory matters, or in the regulatory department of a regulated entity.
Qualifications and or exposure in competition economics will be an asset.
Experience in the regulation of a competitive communications market, including required knowledge of
one or more forms of retail price control, access and interconnection regulation, and the design and
interpretation of regulatory financial statements and related reports.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES FOR ROLE:
Proven experience in managing post liberalization legal and regulatory issues.
Strong commitment to development of staff and building of regulatory capacity.
Proven track-record of working independently on major projects, leading multi-disciplinary teams and
managing external advisors.
Strategic outlook and capable of conceptual thinking and decisive decision making.
Ability to absorb new facts, data and information rapidly.
Capable of modifying strong views in the face of new information, market realities and compelling logic;
and is humble enough to ask questions to ensure an understanding of the situation.
Strong bias for action and capable of translating the strategic agenda into actionable, quantitative plans,
convey a sense of urgency and drive to closure.
Capable of managing projects from inception within time-frames and approved budgets
Good communication and inter-personal skills, and the right attitude to be part of a winning team.
REMUNERATION & BENEFITS:
URCA is a performance driven organization and offers a competitive and attractive remuneration and benefits
package and opportunities for further training and career experience. Further information about URCA can be
obtained from the website: www.urcabahamas.bs
Interested applicants should email their resume to:
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Applications should be received on or before December 27, 2013. URCA thanks all applicants for their interest
but only applicants who have been short-listed and have the qualifications and experience will be contacted.
CHARLES KONG SOO
All that Tunapuna residents want for Christ-
mas is to have silent nights. These are residents
living near a bar that plays loud music into the
wee hours of the morning. They dream of silent
nights for the rest of the season and into the
Carlos Foster, 67, said for more than two years
residents have been subjected to unrelenting loud
music emanating from the Aquarios Club at 188
Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna.
He said the indiscriminate playing of music at
excessive volume when the venue was rented out
to hold parties---lasting from 11 pm to 6 am and
beyond---had caused several elderly residents
deaths due to stress.
Foster said, "I ve personally made several reports
at the Tunapuna Police Station. They take the
report and pass it on. Although they have respond-
ed, all they say they can do is reduce the noise
level or tell us the music wasn t too hard when
they were passing. How did the club know when
the police would pass?"
He said some residents said when the police
left, the club DJ turned back up the volume full
Foster said things came to a head when over
200 residents signed a petition to take to the
EMA (Environmental Management Authority)
concerning Aquarios Club in an effort to revoke
its liquor licence, such as loud music, litter, patrons
urinating on neighbours walls, cars blocking
neighbours driveways, revving engines, blowing
horns, fighting and anti-social behaviour.
The EMA s Environmental Police Unit (EPU)
visited the club to take sound pressure level (SPL)
readings on several occasions, but as soon as they
left, the volume was turned back up.
He said in tandem with the EMA report, he
initiated court action against the club in October
last year, and the court referred the matter to the
mediation centre in Tunapuna.
Foster said the club s owner, Rishi Hardit Singh,
agreed to make changes to soundproof the prem-
ises and reduce the volume and duration of the
music; however, it did not matter to whom the
club was leased, as the acoustic assault continued.
Foster said the music was so loud with the DJ
screaming at the top of his lungs that it rattled
windows and made beds shake, parents couldn t
put back their young children to sleep, students
couldn t study, seniors in their 80s and 90s could
not be comfortable, toddlers and expectant moth-
ers sleep was affected, and the sick could not
recuperate in peace.
A summons was served on Hardit Singh and
he is to appear before a Tunapuna magistrate in
February 2014 to report on whether he has done
When the Sunday Guardian contacted Hardit
Singh by telephone, he said a proposal was carried
to the judge to build a soundproofing wall, change
the music system and re-position the speakers
to mitigate the noise.
Singh said he and the tenant to whom he rented
the club, Ricardo Diaz, were trying to resolve the
issue with the residents and the judge gave them
until February to comply. However, he said, it
would take time to build sound-dampening struc-
tures, noise screens and wooden fencing.
He said the tenant was working with the res-
idents and the EMA was monitoring the sound
levels from the club.
Diaz did not return the Sunday Guardian s calls.
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