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Technology may be changing faster than laws can keep up, but that cannot be said of DNA and its use in paternity claims.   The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of AK v HA-P [2020] JMCA Civ 25 has been heralded as a major breakthrough in the use of technology to …

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For some reason, as I was pondering what to write about this week, one word came to mind: ‘shot’. Now in Jamaica, land we love, that can mean a variety of things. The first one would be obvious: somebody got shot, whether by gunmen or the security forces. Thankfully, that’s not where I’m going with …

TO SHOOT YOUR SHOT, OR NOT? Read More »

One of the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is the inevitable effect it has on employment contracts. The fact is that businesses of all sizes and natures are enduring the adverse effects of the virus on productivity and income, with the consequence that serious cost-cutting measures may have to be explored. For most businesses, …

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAY-OFF AND REDUNDANCY Read More »

I dedicate this one to a fab lady I know who is burning up my Instagram timeline showing people how to be stylish during the COVID lockdown. Before we look at the dystopian present, let’s trek back to the good old days (and no, I’m not talking February). When I was a mere lad, I …

COVID CHANGING MY STYLE ( IN A GOODISH-WAY) Read More »

As the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, wreaks havoc across the globe, the one thing everyone relishes is the ability to retreat to a safe home. The unfortunate truth is that it is readily apparent that persons who are homeless do not have that option. What is less obvious, though, is that many persons who …

Domestic violence during lockdown Read More »

“These walls are kind of funny. First, you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them.” – Red from The Shawshank Redemption The (necessary) coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown of the world has shown me many things; one of them is that working from home ain’t for everybody. …

The walls around us … Read More »

The offspring of COVID-19 are panic, fear, and anxiety, and they are nurtured by confusion about new rules and regulations regarding when persons can leave their homes, where they can go, and what they can do. Although there is not enough space in this column to explain it all in detail, I will at least …

Understanding COVID-19 restrictions Read More »

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France Last week, as the world continued its COVID-19 clampdown, I started to feel sad. Perhaps I was just going through …

These are sad times (thanks a lot, coronavirus) Read More »

The talk of the town these days is the novel coronavirus. As it continues to sweep across nations, many are taking the necessary steps to secure their safety through self-quarantine and isolation. In light of this dilemma, as a way of curtailing the panic, we posed this hypothetical question to a few ladies. “You’re quarantined …

Quarantined with last lad: happy or mad? Read More »

COVID-19 has sent shockwaves throughout the world, and its adverse impact on local and global economic activities has forced employers to assess whether they can actually retain their employees. One March 18, 2020, Gleaner headline read, ‘Hotels closing – RIU shutting three out west, 1,000 workers going home’. The article explained that several other hotels and tourist …

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