TTCS OSSWIN v1.62, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.62, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Several software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.62, including Mozilla Firefox 50.1.0, Audacious 3.8.1, BlueGriffon 2.1.2 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.61, including LibreOffice 5.2.3, Mozilla Firefox 50.0.1, Virtualbox 5.1.10 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

Mobile Number Portability now available in Trinidad and Tobago

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has noted, that as per its press release on October 6 , Mobile Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago has been implemented on October 31 2016.

TATT has a dedicated page at https://tatt.org.tt/NumberPortability.aspx

Both Bmobile and Digicel have pages about number portability:

 

 

 

TATT publishes price schedule of Residential Fixed Broadband Internet Prices in Trinidad and Tobago as of October 21 2016

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has posted a price schedule of Residential Residential Fixed Broadband Internet Prices in Trinidad and Tobago as of October 21 2016 “to improve consumer awareness……as part of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (the Authority) mandate to promote and protect the interests of consumers”

You can read the announcement at https://tatt.org.tt/Announcements.aspx and download the PDF.

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Number Portability in Trinidad and Tobago to begin October 31 2016 for Mobile Numbers and November 28 2016 for Fixed Numbers

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The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has noted in a press release dated October 6 2016 that

  • Mobile Number Portability (the ability to change mobile service providers without changing your phone number) will launch on October 31 2016 and
  • Fixed Line Number Portability (the ability to change fixed line providers without changing your phone number) will launch on November 28 2016.

Number portability was delayed before, the last delay announced by TATT on July 1 2016. However TATT’s determination 2016/01 dated October 4 2016 which notes the “go-live” dates also says:

“The Authority hereby declares that it shall cease forthwith to exercise forbearance on non-compliance by Operators who are subject to this DETERMINATION.”…. This Determination is binding upon all Operators so required by the Authority to implement number portability pursuant to section 25(2)(j) of the Act AND SHALL NOT BE AMENDED, REPEALED OR RESCINDED………..Non-compliance with this Determination 2016/01 will result in the Authority’s commencement of enforcement proceedings against the Operator in accordance with the Telecommunications Act”

TATT’s Number Portability page at https://tatt.org.tt/NumberPortability.aspx has yet to be updated.

Trindad and Tobago Computer Society resource on ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is making available a resource of ICT related laws and policies in Trinidad and Tobago online.

This TTCS resource documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) since 1999.
 
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies and links to our comments have also been provided.
Furthermore. we have also linked to local copies of policies that have disappeared with the removal and/or redesign of government websites over time.

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday October 12 2016 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://cs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday October 12 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including:

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Please note that for this meeting, you will be able to purchase food directly from Wendy’s at your own expense. The minimum contribution to TTCS for this meeting is $20.

ICT related aspects of the 2017 #Trinidad and #Tobago Budget Statement

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Cover image of the Trinidad and Tobago Budget Statement 2017 document (via Ministry of Finance website)

The Minister of Finance, Honourable Colm Imbert presented the 2017 Budget Statement in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament on September 30 2016.

The 2016 Budget Statement and related documents can be downloaded at http://www.finance.gov.tt/budget-statement-2017/

This post will focus on the ICT related aspects of the 2017 Budget Statement.

The ICT related aspects of the 2017 Budget Statement :

Page 22: under “Information and Communication Technology”

“Consistent with our manifesto commitment, we are
already rolling out free and easy access to broadband
internet in public spaces through the recentlyimplemented
TT WI-FI initiative. We are building a
knowledge-based and well-connected society as a
foundation for increasing productivity and for generating
sustainable growth and development. In fact, all WI-FI
enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops and
tablets, now have access on thirteen (13) specific Public
Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) buses, twelve
(12) in Trinidad and one (1) in Tobago. And this is just the
beginning.”

Page 29: Under “Education”

Madam Speaker, the previous Administration introduced
a “Free Laptop Policy” for first year students in secondary
schools at an estimated cost of $310 million over a
four-year period. In our view, the programme brought
limited benefits because it was done in the absence
of an overarching ICT education policy and there was
inadequate ICT infrastructure in schools: limited access
to high speed Internet services, insufficient relevant
digital content, sparse training of teachers in ICT and no
management procedure for ICT projects and initiatives.
In light of this, a comprehensive ICT in Education Plan
will be rolled out in the next fiscal year. This 5-year plan
will ensure:
1. The establishment of an overarching ICT in
Education Policy;
2. Training and Professional development of teachers
and other educators;
3. Provision of adequate and appropriate ICT
infrastructure in schools;
4. Curriculum reform to include ICT-infused lesson
plans for students; and
5. Establishment of an ICT Steering Committee.

The new Plan will provide for laptops for each Form Level
at each secondary school; laptops will be used during
class sessions that require the use of ICT-related tasks
and will remain the property of the Ministry of Education.
Students writing CSEC and CAPE will soon benefit from
the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for those who
would like to use their own device for School Based
Assessments and other research projects while at school.

Page 45: Under “Tax on On-line Purchases”

Madam Speaker, the popularity of online purchases has
increased significantly over the past few years. Reducing
the demand for these items helps to save on foreign
exchange and to assist local industry. There are 31
Courier Companies registered and bonded in Trinidad
and Tobago and is estimated that the value of packages
cleared by these Courier Companies exceeds $1 billion
a year.
Madam Speaker, as I announced previously I intend to
impose with effect from October 20, 2016, a 7 percent
charge on purchases that arrive in Trinidad and Tobago
through the courier companies or are brought in directly
by individuals via air freight. This measure will generate
approximately $70 million in additional revenue. The
tax will be due and payable at the bonded warehouses
before clearance of goods or directly to customs in
the same way that VAT and customs duty are currently
collected.
To assist in the implementation of this measure the
Government will ensure that the Customs and Excise
Division is provided with the resources necessary to
strengthen their capability to inspect and assess packages
generally and specifically from Courier Companies.

 

TTCS OSSWIN 1.60, a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows is available for download

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The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is pleased to announce the release of the TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, a collection of the latest version of Free and Open Source Software for Microsoft Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP) for download.

The name change from TTCS OSSWIN DVD to TTCS OSSWIN was done to reflect that whilst the collection can (for now) be burned on a DVD, DVDs are becoming less prevalent on many modern Windows computers and that TTCS OSSWIN can be extracted to the hard drive or to USB flash drives.

The TTCS OSSWIN collection features a web based interface for browsing programs organised into several categories:  Desktop Applications, Educational, Games, Graphics, Internet, Server, Sound and Video and Utilities.

Lots of software updates for TTCS OSSWIN v1.60, including LibreOffice 5.2.1, Mozilla Firefox 48.0.2, Virtualbox 5.1.6 and more. See the changelog for more details.

Visit the TTCS OSSWIN page at https://www.ttcs.tt/osswin for more details and to download the collection as an ISO file for burning onto a DVD or extracting to your harddrive or USB storage device.

 

 

 

ICT-related Laws and Policies in Trinidad and Tobago

These series of posts on the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s website documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) since 1999.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies and links to our comments have also been provided.

Furthermore. we have also linked to local copies of policies that have disappeared with the removal and/or redesign of government websites over time.

ICT Related Laws and Policies sorted by Year

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2006

2005

2004

2003

2001

2000

How laws are passed in Trinidad and Tobago

(This is a layperson’s understanding of the process. A lot of information was obtained from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s website.)

Laws are introduced and passed in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago which consists of the President of Trinidad and Tobago and two bodies, a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has forty one (41) elected representatives of the constituencies in Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate has 31 senators appointed by the President, sixteen on the advice of the Prime Minister ; six on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and nine Independents appointed by the President.

Proposed laws are introduced in either in the House of Representatives or in the Senate as a Bill (Note: certain types of Bills known as “Money Bills” cannot be introduced in the Senate) . The Bill is debated and after a vote, is passed with or without amendments. This Bill (as passed) is then introduced in the other chamber of Parliament where it is similarly debated, possibly amended and voted on.

If there are no amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, then the Bill is passed.

If there are amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, the amendments have to be voted by the chamber where the Bill was first introduced.

Once the Bill in its final form has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Bill as passed becomes an Act. Depending on the the legislation, the Act comes into effect on the Date of Assent, and/or when proclaimed by the President.