Trend Media CEO Aileen Corrigan (second left) and team members - from left, Chamal Bethel, Declan Tully, Kishner Cowell, Tonnette Williams, Andre Wedderburn and Andrea Whittick - pose with their awards.

The Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) hasnamed Trend Media the top non-traditional media outlet in the island. The digital media sales house won the coveted "Media of the Year - Alternative Media" trophyat AAAJ's annual awardceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday. The alternative media category includesdigital, indoor videos and point of purchase content advertising. "I want to thank the AAAJ for recognising the efforts of this amazing team that I work with. Trend Media is proud to be leaders in the digital field which istransforming the media landscape in Jamaica,"Trend Media CEO Aileen Corrigan said. "We will continue to support the AAAJ and its affiliates incontinuingto deliver best in class digital advertising solutions for our customers," she added. Trend Media's Tonnette Williams and Andrea Whittick also won 'Best Service Agent' awards for alternative media and local cable respectively. Loop News publisher Trend Media is the largest digital media house in the Caribbean, operating across 27marketswith access to over two million unique users and 12.5 million page impressions on Loop each month. It has access to over 12 million Digicel subscribers and, using its programmatic solution,reaches any person who is online. For the latest news, download our app at Android; and at IoS.

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The US National Hurricane Center is monitoring two weather systems moving in the central Atlantic In an update on Thursday morning, the NHC said the system has a small chance (10 percent) of developing into a cyclone. "A tropical wave located about 750 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands is producing a large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers." "Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph toward the Windward Islands." "By late Saturday, unfavourable environmental conditions should limit the chances for additional development while the system moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, this system is likely to bring locally heavy rainfall to portions of the Lesser Antilles during the next few days. "Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent." "Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent." Meanwhile, the NHC is also monitoring Subtropical storm Ernesto which currently approximately 975 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland and is heading north-northeast toward the UK. "At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Ernesto was located near latitude 40.8 North, longitude 44.1 West. The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h). A significantly faster northeastward motion is expected during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days. Ernesto is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Thursday night or early Friday, and merge with a frontal zone near Ireland and the United Kingdom on Saturday. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches)." The NHC is monitoring both weather systems and will issue updates on Thursday afternoon. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Google has revised anerroneous descriptionon its website of how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they've disabled the setting. The change came three days afteran Associated Press investigationrevealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History. Google has not changed its location-tracking practice in that regard. But its help page for the Location History setting now states: "This setting does not affect other location services on your device." It also acknowledges that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps." Previously, the page stated: "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." The AP observed that the change occurred midday Thursday, a finding confirmed byInternet Archive snapshotstaken earlier in the day. The AP investigation found that even with Location History turned off, Google stores user location when, for instance, the Google Maps app is opened, or when users conduct Google searches that aren't related to location. Automated searches of the local weather on some Android phones also store the phone's whereabouts. In a Thursday statement to the AP, Google said: "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centres." The statement contrasted with a statement Google sent to the AP several days ago that said in part, "We provide clear descriptions of these tools." Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau, said the wording change was a step in the right direction. But it doesn't fix the underlying confusion Google created by storing location information in multiple ways, he said. "The notion of having two distinct ways in which you control how your location data is stored is inherently confusing," he said Thursday. "I can't think off the top of my head of any major online service that architected their location privacy settings in a similar way." K. Shankari, a UC Berkeley graduate researcher whose findings initially alerted the AP to the issue, said Thursday the change was a "good step forward," but added: "they can make it better." For one thing, she said, the page still makes no mention of another setting called "Web & App Activity." Turning that setting off that would, in fact, stop recording location data. Huge tech companies are under increasing scrutiny over their data practices, following a series of privacy scandals at Facebook and new data-privacy rules recently adopted by the European Union. Last year, the business news site Quartz found that Google wastracking Android usersby collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. Google changed the practice and insisted it never recorded the data anyway. Critics say Google's insistence on tracking its users' locations stems from its drive to boost advertising revenue. It can charge advertisers more if they want to narrow ad delivery to people who've visited certain locations. Several observers also noted that Google is still bound bya 20-year agreementit struck with the Federal Trade Commission in 2011. That consent decree requires Google to not misrepresent to consumers how they can protect their privacy. Google agreed to that order in response to an FTC investigation of its now-defunct social networking service Google Buzz, which the agency accused of publicly revealing users' most frequent Gmail contacts. A year later, Google wasfined$22.5 million for breaking the agreement after it served some users of Apple's Safari browser so-called tracking cookies in violation of settings that were meant to prevent that. The FTC has declined to say whether it had begun investigating Google for how it has described Location History.

The head one of the world’s most important anti-money laundering organizations will be speaking at a financial services seminar in Cayman on August 29, 2018. Dawne Spicer, Executive Director of the CFATF, the regional arm of the FATF and the global standard setting body on anti-money laundering, will be delivering a keynote presentation on AML/CFT best practices, relating to payment systems and Cryptocurrencies for financial services institutions. “I am very pleased to participate in this seminar in the Cayman Islands. Innovations within payment systems, as well as the introduction of Cryptocurrencies have important implications for risk management within the financial services industry and I look forward to discussing these topics and engaging with the audience on the global best practices to mitigate these risks,” said Spicer, Executive Director of the CFATF. Other speakers at the seminar include Francis Arana, Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Cayman Islands Government, as well as local industry expert Peter McKiernan of Risk Pass AML & Compliance Ltd. “The seminar will feature presentations on how the existing AML/CFT framework can be applied to Cryptocurrencies and ICOs, as well as the mechanics of how the new segments of industry operate and where their risk exposure lies,” said Paul Byles, Director of FTS and organizer of the seminar. “As one of the world leaders in the fight against money laundering, Ms. Spicer has a very busy schedule, so we were very pleased to have been able to include her as the keynote presenter at this unique seminar,” he added. “New technologies are disrupting the way in which the financial services industry operates and with that comes a range of new risks that need to be adequately managed. The purpose of the seminar is to provide guidance to financial services staff in the Cayman Islands on how to identity the new risks and how to adjust their compliance systems to mitigate them”, said Byles. The seminar will take place on Wednesday August 29th, 2018, at The Westin Resort and Spa, from 8:30am to 11:30am. Registration is USD$400 (CI$336) and can be made online at

Course Leader at the Cayman Islands Law School Laura Panades hasbeen invited to present her research at an international conference in Florence, Italy. Panades’ research examined how the European Union reshapes public-private partnerships in European countries via the use of funding. The 7th Conference on the Regulation of infrastructures on New Network Structures discussed the latest developments on the regulation of water, energy and transport at a global level. The network brings together academics, law-makers and practitioners from different disciplines, such as politics, economics, engineering and the Law. This research feeds into the LLM in ‘International Finance: Law and Regulation’ at the Truman Bodden Law School, which includes a course on public-private partnerships. Publication of the conference paper is expected later this year in a reputable international journal. “The conclusions of my study seek to improve and inform future EU public funding programmes via public-private partnerships,” said Panades. “My research was received warmly and spurred interesting feedback from professionals working in a variety of policy area, “ added Panades. “This conference evidences the cutting-edge research skills and communication abilities of our faculty,” said Mitchell Davies, Law School director. “Conferences assist our staff in updating their knowledge and skills, which later feeds on the quality of the studies received by our student community,” she added. The European University Institute, one of Europe’s leading postgraduate research centres, is behind this initiative.

Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) has appointed Joel Burke asDeputyDirector ofFinance,Administration andCustomerService. Burkeis set totake up his new role on September1,2018. He will be charged with responsibility for WORC’s accounting and financial management functions along with managing its human resources and customer service sections. WORCInterimDirector, Sharon Roulstone,described the role as “multifaceted”, saying she was “delighted to welcome Joel to the team". Burke started his career at EY, where he earned his qualification as a certified public accountant. Since then he has worked in various senior finance positions before taking on his current position as Chief Financial Officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs. Burke also volunteers on a government committee responsible for training opportunities and software development. “Joel is the perfect candidate for this role,” said Roulstone. “He is a young, energized professional who desires to positively impact the lives of his fellow Caymanians. He has the qualifications and aptitude to achieve great things at WORC.” Burke said he was “honoured”, adding: “I believe in the Ministry’s senior management, the Interim Director, and the Premier’s vision for the Cayman Islands. It is exciting to be part of the department charged with changing the landscape of this country by empowering Caymanians to create a brighter future for generations to come.”