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Discover beautiful and historic San Juan during your visit to Puerto Rico for the 2011 Technical and Marketing Training.
Welcome to our Newest Associate Members
The CCTA has welcomed 12 new Associate Members since the beginning of 2011.
The organization’s newest members in this category include: B.A.S.E Technologies, Cisco Systems, Digital Latin America, Evertz, Ledger Activated Business Systems, Inc. (LABS), Lorac Communications, MagnaQuest, Maxxian Integration Inc., Multilink Inc., Quality Cable Electronics, The Sportsman Channel, and WideOrbit.
For information on the new members and all Active and Associate Members of the association, please check the membership listings on the CCTA website. You will find full contact details for each member’s representative to the association, and in some instances a description of the services provided by the member.
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…in the 2nd quarter issue of Broadband Library International? Those were the attendees at the CCTA’s 2011 Annual Meeting held on Aruba, having a great time! Take a look at pages 36 through 39 and you’ll see what we mean. Publisher Cathy Wilson attended the meeting for the first time and enjoyed the mix of industry representatives from the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe. Check out her great quarterly publication, which regularly features articles from Emerson Sampaio of Liberty Cablevision and reports on the CCTA’s Annual Meeting.
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The CCTA has just announced the dates for its annual Technical Training Seminar and Marketing Training Session. This year, for the first time, both trainings will occur during the same week at the same host hotel, and will feature a joint cocktail party for attendees of both events. The three-day Technical Training has been scheduled for August 16, 17 and 18, and the Marketing Training will occur on August 18. A joint cocktail party will be held on Wednesday evening, August 17.
The Technical Training and the Marketing Training are available at no cost to employees of the association’s Active Member cable operators. The CCTA will provide the training and daytime meals for each participant, but transportation, dinner and hotel expenses are the responsibility of each attendee. For other individuals wishing to attend the training, there will be a reasonable daily fee to cover meal expenses.
Associate Director John T. Kurpinski, Sr., is currently developing the full schedule for the three days of training modules. Suggestions on content and speakers are always welcome, so feel free to send your thoughts and ideas directly to John via his e-mail address:
. The CTAM Caribbean chapter is once again producing the Marketing Training, and members Patrick Harrell of Outdoor Channel and Jennifer Bulvanoski of A&E Television Networks are leading that effort. The group has already identified some exciting speakers. Full details of the training content for both the Technical and Marketing sessions and registration forms will be distributed to each Active Member by e-mail in the second week of July.
The Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center and Casino
The 2011 training sessions will take place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel Casino located at 200 Convention Boulevard in San Juan. This hotel is modern and fairly new, and includes state-of-the art meeting rooms, restaurants and bars, a casino, fitness area and pool, and a business center. Wireless internet service is free. The Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel is also the host hotel for the 2012 Annual Meeting in January.
The hotel has provided a rate of $125 per night, single or double occupancy, plus 11% tax and a $10 hotel fee. There is also a $1.00 per room, per day maid gratuity and $5.00 per person, one-time bellman gratuity. This special rate will be available from August 14 through August 18, based on availability. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s reservations department at 1-787-993-3500, or through the Central Reservations office at 1-866-932-7269. You must mention the “2011 CCTA Technical and Marketing Training” to be eligible for the special rate.
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The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association unanimously agreed to award a total of $15,000 to 15 charitable organizations located in the Caribbean through the Community Charities Program. Each individual charity was nominated by a cable system operator that is part of the CCTA. The Community Charities Program, which was established by the CCTA in 1993, has awarded more than $253,000 during its existence.
The missions of these 15 nominees made it difficult to decide between them, so the board members decided to award each one a grant. The CCTA originally established the program to give just ten grants per year, but the program has generated so much interest among members that the number of applicants continues to exceed the original number. Each nominee will receive $1,000. The board took this action at their meeting on May 26.
The 15 grant recipients and their sponsoring companies are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda nominated by Bermuda CableVision Ltd.; Hogar Ninos que Suenan, Inc. nominated by Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise Youth Mentoring Program nominated by Columbus Communications Inc. of Bahamas; Grenada Carriacou & Petite Martinique Foundation for Needy Students nominated by Columbus Communications Grenada; SOS Children’s Villages Jamaica nominated by Columbus Communications Jamaica; Joshua Home for Boys nominated by Columbus Communications Trinidad; Queen Louise Home nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; Nana Baby Children’s Home, Inc. nominated by Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Colegio de Educacion Especial y Rehabilitacion Integral nominated by Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; Operation Youth Quake nominated by SAT Telecommunications Ltd. of Dominica; St. Lucia Mission of Seventh-day Adventist - Adventist Community Services nominated by St. Lucia Cablevision; Nature Foundation of St. Maarten nominated by St. Maarten Cable TV; Fundacion pu Hende Muhe den Dificultad nominated by SETAR; St. Kitts-Nevis 4-H Club nominated by The Cable of St. Kitts; and Special Olympics Cayman Islands nominated by WestStar TV Limited.
Each cable company was sent a check made payable to the nominated charity in the amount of $1,000. Hopefully, the publicity generated by each check presentation will promote the cable operator, the CCTA and the industry throughout the Caribbean. The funding for the Community Charities Program comes mainly from Auction Proceeds and Raffle Ticket Sales at the Annual Meeting.