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Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:49 AMCedric Stephens

  ADVISORY COLUMN: INSURANCE The insurance claims settlement process is certainly not rocket science. It should be easy to design, operate, explain or understand. Settling most claims quickly and fairly should be a matter of routine. In the...

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: My car was damaged in an accident along Old Hope Road. The other vehicle ran into its back. The third party agreed to fund the repairs, but when she found out the cost, she changed her mind and reported the accident to her insurers. They...

Published:Sunday | February 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

'Big up' to South St Catherine Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson. This is for taking action to amend the Banking Services Act in an effort to protect depositors/consumers.The MP wants to give banking industry regulator Bank of Jamaica control over...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

Q: I slipped in some water at my work complex and hit my leg last January. As a result, my knee was injured. The doctor prescribed medication and therapy. My employer conducted investigations. I was told that since the accident did not occur inside...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

Q: A few days ago, one of my friends in Trinidad told me that Uber, the global online transportation network company, started to operate in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando. What will happen when that service comes to Jamaica, as inevitably it will?...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

"Key Legislative Amendments - Insurance" trumpeted a headline in the December 2016 issue of Compass, published by insurance and non-bank financial services regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC).Last month's article was one of many...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

Owners and operators of regular taxi services (red plates) who send white plates (robot taxis) "to the gates of passengers" even while acknowledging the dangers posed to those persons who use these services are being very foolish.In the event of...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: I am the owner of a St Thomas-based small business. We use farm products grown nearby to manufacture and distribute sauces, salad dressings, seasonings and food flavourings. Consumer feedback has been very positive. Four persons are...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: My vehicle was hit by another driver who was exiting a church compound along Molynes Road, Kingston. I was travelling along the roadway when she met head on with my rear left side. To fix my vehicle, my insurance company is telling me to...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: I understand that the Government will soon sign an agreement with Airbnb. That company, according to information on its website, is an "online marketplace and home-stay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in...

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 11:04 PMCedric Stephens

MP appeals for help for flood-ravaged farmers’ said the headline of an article published in this newspaper on October 28. Gareth Davis Sr wrote on the same subject two days later. This one was more specific. It was about a banana farmer, Fredericka Appleby. Her farm is in the Rio Grande Valley, near the town of Windsor in Portland...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: I bought motor insurance on a Nissan Caravan through a broker. All of the documents that were required to obtain coverage, including the driver's licence, were given to the company. After filing a claim, I was very surprised to learn that...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

This newspaper's editorial said last Wednesday that "despite the nearly 900 deaths in Haiti, the emerging story of Hurricane Matthew ... is perhaps North Carolina in the United States. It is one to which Jamaica should pay attention and learn from"....

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: The new Road Traffic Bill is now before Parliament again for debate. One area of contention is whether there should be a complete ban on the use of electronic devices by drivers. What are your views on the subject? E.S., Kingston...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the Jamaican Government "to establish a financial inclusion council as part of the efforts to achieve higher economic growth by, among other things, improving financial access", according to an article...

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

Today's article is the concluding part of 'It matters how drivers position to turn' (August 7), and 'It matters how drivers position to turn! A rethink' (August 14). The official response to my written request for information from the Island Traffic...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 12:39 AMCedric Stephens

ADVISORY COLUMN: INSURANCE QUESTION:  I am a Jamaican who lives overseas. I bought and insured a vehicle, which is only used during my visits home. When I am abroad the vehicle is garaged. Can the insurance coverage be suspended during the...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2016 | 12:45 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: My car was hit in the back by another car owned by a former church member. The accident occurred on February 8, 2008 along Mountain View Avenue. The photos of the accident that I took prove that the accident occurred and that I was not at...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 12:51 AMCedric Stephens

Work on the legislative framework, “which will give effect to the implementation of micro-insurance in Jamaica”, continues. These remarks were made on May 5, 2016, by the acting deputy executive director of the Financial Services...

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: Is GAP insurance available in Jamaica? If so, which company offers the best deal?- R.T., Kingston 7INSURANCE HELPLINE: Guess what? I have never heard of this term before. This is in spite of all my many years of experience in the insurance...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: I bought an International Tractor Head in the US and sent it to a relative in Jamaica over 17 years ago. It has been registered in the relative's name since it landed. The vehicle, which has been insured with the same company over the...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

Last week's article produced a lot of chatter. This took place among different groups of persons. This is exactly what I had intended.Based on the reactions ofpeople with whom I came into contact, the group included consumers, professionals in the...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION: I was involved in a single vehicle accident in June. We were driving along the Duncan's Highway in Trelawny. It was raining heavily and our vehicle picked up a skid. We ended up in a ditch. I am the owner of the vehicle. Three other...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMCedric Stephens

QUESTION:My wife had an accident in early October. She stopped her Nissan Versa and was waiting to turn right on to Winchester Avenue from Ruthven Road. A Mitsubishi Pajero, owned by the Ministry of Transport and Works came out of Winchester Avenue...

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