YELLOW TAPE: Per end-of-year figures from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 2017 was the third most violent year in Jamaica’s history. According to the statistics, 1,617 murders were recorded, a 20% increase when compared with the number of killings reported in 2016. 2009 is the deadliest year on record, with an alarming 1,680 reported murders. 2005 is the second deadliest, with some 1,674 cases being recorded in the books.
AGAINST ALL ODDS: In spite of the social ills and socio-economic hardships, Jamaica is doing something right. In the 12th edition of the Best Countries for Business Report, published by Forbes, Jamaica outranks its Caribbean neighbours, thereby earning the title of the best Caribbean country to do business. Of the 153 countries listed, Jamaica comes in at 72, followed by Trinidad & Tobago at 75 and Belize at 111. The United Kingdom sits proudly at the top of the list. Forbes says the data is based on published reports from several reputable organizations, including the United Nations, Transparency International, the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum.