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PICA’s bureaucratic madness

Published:Monday | November 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

LIME's new

fee dampens



If you are a LIME customer, you would have seen an accompanying letter with your November bill from the CEO of LIME Caribbean, Martin Roos, informing you of an additional monthly fee of $262, inclusive of taxes as of January 1, 2015.

According to LIME, customers who do not sign up for e-billing will have to pay this additional cost to have their bill printed and sent to them by

traditional mail.

This decision by LIME is unfair since the company has given their customers less than two months notice of their intended action to impose this added charge on monthly bills. There are many customers who do not have access to a computer. What about the older LIME customers who might not be as computer savvy as others? Will there be any

provisions made at the

LIME branches to assist

customers in signing up? The November dated letter by the CEO did not mention anything to this effect.

According to LIME, their decision to go e-billing is more convenient and cost-effective. However, I humbly ask, is this decision more convenient for all your customers, LIME?

LIME's decision to impose this additional charge at this time is most ill-advised and goes against being good corporate citizens. What about those customers who are on a fixed income, such as pensioners? What about customers who are on a wage freeze?

Additionally, LIME's recent acquisition of Flow has drastically limited the Jamaican consumer's right to choose. This move cannot be in the best interest of the customer. Is this what we should expect in the future, LIME, as you acquire your competitors and strengthen your monopoly?

LIME's pending decision has certainly put a damper on the festive season. I hope LIME revisits its decision and give their customers a bit more time. Let us all have a merry Christmas.

Wayne Campbell


NHT has no trustees


I am particularly impressed with yesterday's article (Ronald Mason, 'Hypocrisy to the hilt', Sunday, November 23, 2014), and, in particular, your ability to distinguish between a trust in the context of a trust fund and the National Housing Trust, which is clearly defined at

section 3(1)of the Act as a

corporate body.

It is to be noted that the words in that section (hereinafter referred to as the trust) is in parenthesis.

Definitions, as you mentioned, is always a good way to have a discussion on a subject.

The definition I have found in my legal dictionary for 'trust fund' is a legal entity that holds property for the benefit

of another person, group or organisation.

All trust funds have three important parties: grantor, beneficiary, trustee. It is

simply dumb for people, including lawyers, to be arguing that the Housing Trust is a trust fund.

All the radio listeners I have talked to are wondering why the Gleaner's Power 106 FM did not put you in the slot where Mr Cliff Hughes is so we could have some impartial commentaries.


St James


PICA's madness


It is natural for people to protect their property or possessions, but the government, through its agencies, has decided that they should punish holders of birth certificate by not accepting laminated copies.

In Jamaica, a birth certificate is a very powerful piece of paper which can, among other things, determine whether or not a six- year-old gets primary education,

Given the importance of this document, which is made of thin, cheap paper and does not have an expiry date, why are agencies such as Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (passport office) not accepting laminated copies?

Laminating is merely putting a thin piece of transparent plastic over the document to protect it so I see no logical reason why it, should not be accepted because the information is still accessible even by a copier.

Putting red tape in the way of the average citizen only makes them more vulnerable to fraud and crime.

Claude Taylor