Did a monkey break your smartphone? Aviva reveals its most unusual insurance claims

first_imgChief executive of Aviva UK Insurance Andy Briggs said: “Insurance is there to protect against the unexpected, no matter how unlikely the circumstance.“In volume and variety, our data on the claims we accepted in 2018 shows that Aviva helped its customers when they needed us most.”The insurance giant cited a number of significant events, such as the storms that battered the country at the beginning of the year and airport problems including the Gatwick airport drone disruption, as total payouts rose from £3.6bn the previous year.Successful claims for individuals and businesses rose by three per cent to 991,700 – and 96 per cent of claims were accepted.Read more: Aviva appoints new CEO to boost shareholder returns Callum Keown whatsapp A horse mounting a car after mistaking it for a female companion, a monkey smashing a holidaymaker’s phone and a gorilla biting a trekkers arm, were just some of claims paid out by insurance giant Aviva last year.The insurer paid out more than £3.8bn last year as the Beast from the East and airport woes led to a spike in successful claims. Did a monkey break your smartphone? Aviva reveals its most unusual insurance claims Airline strikes, IT issues at airports and the Gatwick incident led to a 28 per cent rise in successful travel insurance claims – with 127,500 payouts, Aviva said.The insurer said a major fire at the Liverpool Echo Arena car park on New Year’s Eve 2017 led to more than 120 fire claims, while severe weather in March saw around 7,000 home insurance claims and 3,000 weather-related motor claims. center_img Read more: Aviva share price falls as it warns of ‘muted’ 2019But the company has lifted the lid on some of the more unconventional claims it accepted last year.The horse in question managed to get its front legs up onto the car, leading to Aviva paying for the bodywork to be repaired.It also paid out when a holidaymaker’s phone was snatched and smashed by a monkey and paid for medical bills when a customer’s arm was bitten by a gorilla on a trek.A waxwork business was also reimbursed when cracks emerged in busts of Ben Affleck and Justin Bieber. whatsapp Share Wednesday 10 April 2019 12:39 am Tags: Aviva Company Insurancelast_img read more

Tesla: Nice cars, shame about the bottom line?

first_img Tesla: Nice cars, shame about the bottom line? Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Reading deeper into the detail, Tesla’s cash reserves plummeted by $1.5 billion by the end of March, partly down to the repayment of a near-$1 billion bond. But mercurial chief executive Elon Musk is predictably bullish, and has already raised his eyes to the horizon of more sophisticated technology and the advent of autonomous driving. It’s optimistic, but, in fairness, it’s a lot more positive than some of the headlines that Musk makes.I’ll lay my cards on the table. I’m a Tesla driver, and I love my Model S. It’s a great car, genuinely, and it’s not just me. The Telegraph declared it the most important car of the last 20 years, and one consumer magazine really loaded on the praise, declaring it a “technological tour de force”. So people who drive and buy Teslas are getting a good product. That’s half the battle. The problem is the other half. The company promises to deliver between 360,000 and 400,000 units this year. Bear in mind that in its first five years of production, the Model S only sold 118,817 cars. So rapid growth is pretty much a fundamental part of Musk’s strategy to achieve profitability. And big promises are very much his schtick: going to the moon, or using submersibles to rescue trapped children. All of this means that he’s not taken entirely seriously – his persona diminishes his professional standing.Time will tell whether that’s short sighted of the automotive industry and the wider business community. There’s little question that Musk has an inquiring and creative mind, and has done more to bring plug-in electric vehicles into the mainstream market than anyone since Tesla was founded 15 years ago. His presence has been transformative, and, in a sense, so what if he’s quirky and unpredictable? Innovators often are. I don’t know if Gottlieb Daimler ever smoked marijuana on a radio programme but you often see words like “stubborn” and “determined” whenever his name is mentioned.To be fair to Musk and Tesla, sector analysts have pointed out that the wider car market is not in the best of health. One talked about the “less than glowing trend for profitability in car manufacturing”, and there are problems across the spectrum: the future of diesel, the consolidation of platforms, the economics of engineering, and – whisper it softly – Brexit. So we shouldn’t judge Tesla too harshly just at the moment. In any case, I think received wisdom would suggest that EVs are the most likely way out of the current crisis for the automotive industry. Tesla have been pioneers, of course, but Jaguar Land Rover are openly discussing making their Jaguar range all-electric, and major manufacturers are introducing electric technology at every turn. Even Porsche will introduce an all-electric model next year.I want to close with a more general thought about market development. I’ve been in business for 20-odd years now and I’ve seen a lot of things. But I don’t have a crystal ball. So I don’t know if Elon Musk will succeed in making Tesla a leading player not just in the EV market, but in the car market as a whole. As a customer, I kind of hope he does. But, given that he’s worth north of $20 billion and is still in his 40s, I think he’ll be okay. But it may just be that Tesla becomes another example of the trend that the true innovators tend not to be those who reap the eventual rewards. When you think of the steam engine, you think of James Watt, not Thomas Newcomen. Musk has made a brave stab at automotive construction, in a sector which is notoriously difficult to disrupt. Maybe the big manufacturers, for all their current woes, will swoop in and cash out on his pioneering efforts. Or maybe he’ll buck the trend. Either way, he’s talking a good game at the moment: now he just needs the solid figures to back that up. Let’s see what Q3 brings. whatsapp whatsapp Friday 26 April 2019 8:13 am City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Paul BlanchardPaul Blanchard is founder of global reputation management practice Right Angles, host of the Media Masters podcast and author of Fast PR Tags: Elon Musk People Share Opinionlast_img read more

Burford executive accused of exchanging documents for sex tape in lawsuit

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamazenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.combonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory whatsapp Burford executive accused of exchanging documents for sex tape in lawsuit A senior executive at Burford Capital has been accused of unlawfully trading “sensitive” documentas for a sex tape in a $91m (£75m) lawsuit in the High Court. Thursday 22 August 2019 9:37 am Read more: Burford Capital ditches finance chief in response to activist pressure Burford has been fighting to limit the damage inflicted by Muddy Waters’ short attack. The US shortseller released a scathing report into Burford earlier this month, calling it “a poor business masquerading as a great one” and criticising aspects of its accounting and corporate governance.  Share Novoship is arguing that if Ruperti’s claim against it is successful, Burford should compensate it for the full amount.  Lawyers for Novoship said in a High Court claim that Hall and Burford “unlawfully made use of those documents otherwise than for the limited purpose for which they had been given to him”.  “This is not a case against Burford; rather, the claim is brought by Wilmer Ruperti against Novoship, and Burford’s only involvement is that Novoship has claimed that if it is found liable to Ruperti then Burford should step in and indemnify it.” In court documents submitted by Burford, lawyers for the company said it was not liable to Novoship for any loss or damages, and said: “the relevant information was in the public domain and was otherwise not private and confidential”. whatsapp “It is not uncommon for Burford to find itself involved in litigation relating to matters that it has financed, and this case is no exception; this is simply part of Burford’s business,” he continued.  The lawsuit marks the latest battle for the troubled litigation funder, which was subject to a short attack by US firm Muddy Waters earlier this month.  Hall is alleged to have exchanged these “sensitive” documents for “video material of a sexual nature” relating to a US oil billionaire, Harry Sargeant III, the Financial Times reported. Hall is said to have been investigating Sargeant’s assets for another client.   Daniel Hall, co-head of Burford’s global corporate intelligence, asset tracing and enforcement business, is alleged to have supplied confidential documents he obtained while working for Novoship, a Russian shipping group. “Burford believes that the main claim here is meritless and that Novoship’s indemnity claim is also meritless, and the subject of a prior litigation release.”  Burford’s shares were down just over three per cent in morning trading to 788.5p. Novoship are suing Hall and Burford over the alleged trade of information. The lawsuit is part of a wider case, in which Venezuelan shipping tycoon Wilmer Ruperti is attempting to sue Novoship for up to $91m for allegedly breaching an earlier legal settlement.  Anna Menin Main image credit: Getty Read more: US watchdogs receive allegations of manipulation over Burford Capital share price Hall declined to comment on the case. Lawyers for Novoship also declined to comment. Burford chief executive Christopher Bogart dismissed both Novoship’s claim and the wider case as “meritless” in a statement. Burford later said it had identified evidence consistent with “illegal market manipulation” of its shares in the run up to the attack. Financial regulators in the UK and the US are investigating the claims. last_img read more

Alaska students compete in 2018 Poetry Out Loud state finals

first_imgArts & Culture | JuneauAlaska students compete in 2018 Poetry Out Loud state finalsMarch 7, 2018 by Annie Bartholomew, KTOO Share:Thunder Mountain High School junior Morgan Blackgoat was among 11 Alaska high school students competing Mar. 6, 2018, in Poetry Out Loud state finals in Juneau. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)Eleven students competed Tuesday in the state finals Alaska’s Poetry Out Loud, a national program encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/03/7POETRY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thunder Mountain High School junior Morgan Blackgoat competed Alaska’s Poetry Out Loud state finals held in Juneau Tuesday night.She opened the contest with her recitation of Natalie Diaz’s poem “Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation.”Blackgoat, who is of Navajo descent, said she chose the poem because it was written from the perspective of an indigenous author.Students must prepare to recite three poems that are judged on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation,  dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance.Petersburg High School’s Elisa Larson took first place, and will advance to the National Finals in April in Washington, D.C.Jania Tumey of West Anchorage High School was runner up.Watch Ernestine Hayes address the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Alaska state finals:Before the final round of the competition, Alaska State Writer Laureate Ernestine performed the late Koyukon Athabaskan poet Mary TallMountain’s poem “The Last Wolf,” and then addressed the students.The annual competition is produced in collaboration with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. 360 North co-produces the television coverage. View the entire broadcast of the Poetry Out Loud 2018 Alaska state finals:Share this story:last_img read more

A reversal of fortunes: Judge voids order Gilead must pay $2.5B to Merck over a patent dispute

first_imgPharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Mel Evans/AP GET STARTED Log In | Learn More In a reversal of fortunes, a federal judge overturned a jury verdict ordering Gilead Sciences (GILD) to pay $2.54 billion to Merck (MRK) for infringing a patent in order to develop a pair of blockbuster hepatitis C treatments.In a 52-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Stark ruled late Friday that a Merck patent at issue was invalid, because the inventions did not meet a requirement for disclosing how to make and use the treatment it covered without undue experimentation. What’s included? About the Author Reprints What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDcenter_img [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. A reversal of fortunes: Judge voids order Gilead must pay $2.5B to Merck over a patent dispute Ed Silverman Tags drug pricesLitigationpatentspharmaceuticals Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. @Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Feb. 17, 2018 Reprintslast_img read more

MFDA fines 12 former WFG Securities reps

first_img A hearing panel of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) has ordered fines totalling $865,000 against 12 former mutual fund reps at a Mississauga, Ont. branch of WFG Securities Inc., the MFDA announced Thursday.The panel found the reps falsified know-your-client (KYC) information in order to secure investment loans for clients, among other offences, and conspired to hide the scheme from both the firm and regulators. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale In total, the scheme affected about 50 clients, who borrowed a combined $4.2 million to invest in mutual funds, according to the panel’s decision, generating between $100,000 and $150,000 in combined commissions (not including trailer commissions).The fines for the individual reps range from $35,000 to $110,000. The panel also order the reps to pay a combined $32,500 in costs.In its decision, the panel wrote: “in view of the significant nature of the misconduct, namely, the long-lasting, deliberate, widespread, and co-ordinated deceit of the participants in the scheme, the conspiracy to cover up and mislead the investigation of WFG, the disregard for the suitability criteria, the unsophistication of the clients involved, and the apparent unfamiliarity of the respondents with the nature of the leveraged investments sold to their clients, appropriate fines were necessary as a deterrent to others in the industry.”Nany of the reps that were involved with the scheme were part timers, who held down other jobs, and were themselves naïve, the panel noted.“We concluded that the respondents were unsophisticated and not knowledgeable about the leveraged investments they sold. This was inexcusable,” the panel wrote. Closeup of mallet being hit on stacked coins at table in courtroom andreypopov/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

Citizen scientists, community groups awarded grants to study impacts of oil and gas development

first_img“We embrace the opportunity to work with citizens and students of all ages and backgrounds in all parts of the state who want to learn more about the impacts of oil and gas development and how to create a sustainable future in their communities,” said Michael Hannigan, AirWaterGas co-investigator and CU-Boulder associate professor of mechanical engineering. Five community-led projects from across Colorado will explore air and water quality and sustainable energy development with support from the latest round of grants from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder.The grants aim to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as identified by community organizations.This year’s grant recipients, including community groups, centers and school groups, will have continued professional support from – and will work with – AirWaterGas researchers for the duration of their one-year projects.”We embrace the opportunity to work with citizens and students of all ages and backgrounds in all parts of the state who want to learn more about the impacts of oil and gas development and how to create a sustainable future in their communities,” said Michael Hannigan, AirWaterGas co-investigator and CU-Boulder associate professor of mechanical engineering. “We often learn as much from the community members as they do from us.”Many of the projects will incorporate cost-effective, portable air quality monitors that were developed by the AirWaterGas research team at CU-Boulder. The monitors, called U-Pods, allow individuals and groups to carry out preliminary investigations of community air quality with support from AirWaterGas researchers.After a competitive review process, grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to five school groups and community organizations. Here are descriptions of some of the projects:Trinidad Water Festival The Culebra Range Community Coalition in Trinidad will host the fifth annual Trinidad Community Water Festival this spring. The event involves the entire K-12 student population of Las Animas County (about 2,000 students) at the Trinidad State Junior College. The AirWaterGas Community Small grant will contribute to developing new programs for the water festival and preceding classroom visits to engage students in assessing benefits and tradeoffs of local natural gas development in collaboration with local oil and gas industry partners.Expansion of High Altitude Air Quality Monitoring: Collection and Analysis of Ozone Trends as Related to Elevation and Population Density The Soaring Eagle Ecology Center (SEEC) in Red Feather Lakes and Livermore has received a second year of funding to continue a citizen science project monitoring air quality at various elevations (5,000 feet to over 9,000 feet) and population densities. SEEC will continue to teach elementary school air quality programs, and begin collaborating with science teachers and students at Wellington Middle School to develop air quality inquiry projects and math classes at Preston Middle School to assist SEEC with its ongoing air quality monitoring  and data analysis. Wellington has a history of older oil and gas development/wells and there is interest in seeing what the air quality data on ozone and volatile organic compounds reveal.Well Watch Project The Poudre Learning Center in Greeley received a second round of funding for its Well Watch Project in which participants and K-12 students monitor groundwater samples and learn about the science of groundwater. Through workshops and ongoing sampling, the project aims to help teachers and students understand the importance of groundwater resources, how they are used and replenished and how they can potentially be contaminated. The grantees will continue to work with researchers to develop curricular and teacher training content on the potential impacts of oil and gas development on groundwater quality.WESTern Air Quality: Citizen Science in STEM Programs on Colorado’s Western Slope Students in Grand Junction – at West Middle School, Central High School and participants of the Math Engineering Science Achievement (M.E.S.A) program  – will build upon existing air quality monitoring programs with the assistance of the Air Quality InQuiry (AQIQ) monitoring equipment and curriculum that is offered as part of the AirWaterGas education and outreach team efforts. Students will develop emission-reducing air pollution inventions and participate in the local eco-engineering competition with the support and mentoring of AirWaterGas researchers.Energy Awareness Initiative The North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River is currently under consideration for expanded oil and gas development, and Delta County residents’ attitudes are split about the benefits and tradeoffs of increased development. The Western Slope Conservation Center in Paonia, Colo., will host a series of events to explore and understand the implications and impacts of energy development for diverse audiences in Delta County. The organization will continue to build upon citizen science efforts and mapping resources for community members.The AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network is a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. The interdisciplinary network involves researchers from nine institutions and aims to provide a logical, science-based framework for evaluating the environmental, economic and social trade-offs of developing oil and natural gas resources and protecting water and air resources. The goal is to provide research results to key stakeholders and share these results with the public.Funding for the community grants was made possible by the CU-Boulder Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the grants are administered by the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network and the CU-Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.For more information visit the AirWaterGas website.Contact:Mike Hannigan, [email protected] Hafich, [email protected] Poppen, CU-Boulder media relations, (O) 303-492-4007, (M) [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 1, 2016 Categories:EnvironmentNews Headlineslast_img read more

Colorado basketball tips off this week

first_img Published: Nov. 15, 2019 After a trip to China and a win against Arizona State to start the season, the Colorado men’s basketball team returns to the CU Events Center for their home opener against San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Students can purchase $1 tickets for the game at the door and there will be free Raising Canes chicken, while supplies last. Fans can purchase $10 tickets for the game by by visiting the CU athletics tickets website and entering the promo code FLASH to purchase.  Then, on Monday, Nov. 18, the Buffs host 2018 NCAA tournament participant UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Students can purchase $1 tickets for the game at the door and there will be free Chick-fil-A, while supplies last. Both games are free with the CU Sports Pass. Season tickets, Buzzer Beater and 5 game Mini Plans, as well as single game tickets are on sale now!The Colorado women’s basketball team will play their next home game of the season on Sunday, November 24th at 6 p.m. against Jacksonville. Admission is free for all students with the Buff OneCard, and single-game tickets are available.Go Buffs!Categories:Sports & RecreationEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Graduates urged to make use of literacy skills

first_imgRelatedGraduates urged to make use of literacy skills FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Graduates of the Documentation Skills Project, being implemented by the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), are being urged to use their newly acquired skills to empower themselves to better serve their communities.“Use your literacy to solve problems. We are all on a journey of lifelong learning, so move on to other areas and encourage others who cannot read and write to participate in this journey,” said Executive Director of the JFLL, Dr. Alison Cross.She was speaking at the graduation and awards ceremony held recently at Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon, for 51 trainees, who have successfully completed level three tests under phase one of the project.The US$110,000 Documentation Skills Project, which is being funded by Alcoa Foundation through Jamalco, aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of some 180 residents in six communities located in Jamalco operations area in Clarendon and South Manchester. It is being implemented by the JFLL over a two-year period.Jamalco’s Manager for Corporate Services and Government Affairs, Leo Lambert, told the graduates that they now have “the key to unlock the door to a greater future”.“If you are going to be masters of your own destiny, you need tools, including education. You cannot be educated without literacy and numeracy,” he said, while congratulating the tutors for committing their time and energies to the project.Class valedictorian, Donnette Graham, of Mount Airy in Clarendon, said it was a “glorious day to graduate”.“We have been given another opportunity to unlock the mysteries of this world by reading and discovering things for ourselves,” she said.Nardia Williamson from the community of Farm in South Manchester, who gave the vote of thanks, praised the Alcoa Foundation, Jamalco and the JFLL for organising “this empowering programme.”“Thanks for being a lighthouse in our lives,” she added.Awards were presented for highest scores, best attendance, and most improved trainees.Phase one of the project was implemented in Mount Airy and Ashley in Mocho, Clarendon; and in Farm, Manningsfield, Broadleaf and Harmons in South Manchester. Phase two will be rolled out in six other communities in the two parishes shortly. RelatedGraduates urged to make use of literacy skills Graduates urged to make use of literacy skills EducationNovember 30, 2010center_img RelatedGraduates urged to make use of literacy skills Advertisementslast_img read more

PM says it is time to debate dual citizenship issue

first_imgRelatedPM says it is time to debate dual citizenship issue RelatedPM says it is time to debate dual citizenship issue FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, has reiterated calls for serious debate and possible amendment to Section 39 of the Constitution, which bars Jamaicans who are citizens of countries outside the Commonwealth to sit in Parliament.  Labeling the practice as an “absurdity”, Mr. Golding said it was high time that the matter be brought up for discussion, as there was a level of irrationality in the current law. He was speaking at the swearing in of the Hon Shahine Robinson, who was reinstated as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Tuesday (January 11). The ceremony, attended by a large number of Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians, was held at King’s House. Mrs. Robinson, who was recently triumphant in a by-election for the North East St. Ann constituency, was also sworn in as Member of Parliament at Gordon House later Tuesday. “There is an absurdity that has to be corrected. That someone who is Jamaican, born and bred, who has lived virtually all his life or her life in Jamaica, but who becomes a citizen of the United States, is not eligible to serve. But, someone who was not born in Jamaica, has resided in Jamaica for only 12 months, is a citizen of any Commonwealth country is not only eligible to be elected a Member of Parliament, but can become the Prime Minister of Jamaica,” he argued. “It’s an issue that we need to place on the table for debate, because with all of the debate that has surrounded this issue of the eligibility of persons with dual citizenship to sit in Parliament, that discussion has been so adversarial, so polarised, that we have not really focused on the issue as to whether or not what Jamaica wants going into the future is a situation where, for you to be a Member of Parliament, you must be a citizen of Jamaica and a citizen of Jamaica only,” he argued. “Or whether we want to recognise what is now a reality, that there are citizens of Jamaica who are citizens of other countries who manage their loyalties between the two and who consider themselves not to be 50 per cent Jamaican and 50 per cent American, but certainly 100 per cent Jamaican,” Mr. Golding added. He said while the courts have an obligation to interpret the law, Parliamentarians and, ultimately, the electors, have a duty to address the absurdity. He said Jamaica has shared a particular relationship with countries like the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. There has been strong migration to these countries and many Jamaicans reside in those metropolises, “perhaps as many Jamaicans as those living in Jamaica”, who had dual citizenship acquired by birth or through the process of naturalisation.  “I make bold to say that the vast majority of Jamaicans who obtain citizenship of these countries, consider themselves no less Jamaican than when they left home. They take an abiding interest in their country; many of them invest significantly in their country. When we triumph, they share our joy; when we feel pain, they share that pain with us,” he stated. He said there have been attempts to address the law in previous years through the Constitutional Reform Commission and Joint Select Committees of Parliament. “Fifteen years ago, in the process of reviewing the Constitution, we agreed, at that time, to recommend that the constitution be amended to make it clear that only a Jamaican citizen can be elected a Member of Parliament,” he stated noting, however, that it did not address the problem of a Jamaican citizen who may be a citizen of another country. “We have to make a determination as to whether we are saying to those Jamaicans who live in New York, those Jamaicans who come home every year; you cannot be elected to Parliament unless you renounce your citizenship,” he said. Advertisementscenter_img PM says it is time to debate dual citizenship issue Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 12, 2011 RelatedPM says it is time to debate dual citizenship issuelast_img read more