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Stories by Christopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans who have overstayed their visas for long periods have been warned by immigration attorneys to regularise their status in the face of threats by the Trump administration to kick out millions of migrants living illegally in the United...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Elections for the post of Miami-Dade County mayor are more than a year away – August 25, 2020, to be exact – but when attorney-at-law Marlon Hill came calling at the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:31 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, last evening charged Jamaican green card holders living in America to embrace dual citizenship as a potential foil against the four pillars of immigration reform enunciated by US President...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:47 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night appealed to members of the diaspora for help in addressing the country’s growing crime problem but hinted that focus be placed on new and emerging threats to Jamaica’s all-round security. “The...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has partnered with a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, Mona, to conduct research on the seaweed, sargassum. The research will...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The effort given to ensuring that clean agricultural produce make their way on to supermarkets shelves and to tourists should also be made for food items sold to locals in parochial markets across the island, Lenworth Fulton, president of the...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) got a last-minute reprieve on Tuesday from Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz, that will ensure that its Schools Environment Programme (SEP) continues. The announcement came...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Plans are under way for the closure of a section of John’s Lane in the vicinity of the P.A. Benjamin manufacturing and processing plant to facilitate expansion of its operations. P.A. Benjamin bought the property for $5 million, Town Clerk Robert...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica’s top marine biologists, Dr Dayne Buddo, has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA, this week. The 20th Meeting of the United Nations Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Teachers in Jamaican schools are coming under increasing scrutiny from the police over a spate of sexual assault cases in which students as young as 12 have been targeted by predators. Citing police statistics indicating that in Kingston and St...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is sitting on a gold mine of innovation research which has not been tapped by angel investors and other entrepreneurs, which partly accounts for the country’s unimpressive ranking of 83rd on the Global Innovation Index, according to a...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Agricultural practices in Jamaica are lagging a half-century behind the rest of the world, and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President Lenworth Fulton wants to speed up the development of the local sector. Fulton, who is in his first year as...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Farm interests have lambasted the framework of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulation Authority (JACRA) as a bureaucratic nightmare, labelling the oversight measures fiscally punitive and anti-competitive. A snippet of the heavy financial...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:32 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After failing to get its hands on the Seprod shares of members of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB), the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has embarked on a hostile takeover of the Banana Board. Plans are on track to...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, has shot down any speculation about press advisories to all operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more properly known as drones, as a pre-emptive...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Seeking to bolster the confidence of Jamaican businesses eager to deepen their export footprint across the Caribbean, Prime Minister Andrew Holness urged investors to push back at perceived structural or cultural barriers to trade by regional...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Seprod Group of Companies is mulling over the feasibility of ploughing ahead with planting of coconuts and other crops after its impending exit from sugar manufacturing when it shutters its Golden Grove, St Thomas, operations. Speaking at the...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 1:10 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Licence plate-recognition software that will allow law-enforcement authorities to nab delinquent motorists is to be introduced in Jamaica this year, the National Works Agency (NWA) has warned. According to the NWA’s manager of communication and...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A whopping 11,336 pounds of trash was collected from the surface of the sea yesterday during the inaugural 2019 Kingston Harbour Trash Tournament, with the top three boats accounting for 4,483 pounds worth of garbage. Mama Mia, with 1,988 pounds,...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

She misses him and longs for the days when he ruled as prime minister, but she has had more than a lifetime of personal and professional ­memories to cherish. She is Daisy ‘Hazel’ Smith, retired auxiliary worker, and he is Edward Phillip George...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:24 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Investments in infrastructural retooling, including state-of-the-art technology, must be paired with matched spend on human resource development in order to achieve meaningful economic growth, one of the country’s top business leaders has posited....

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Twelve luxury and sport fishing boats have already been confirmed for Thursday’s 2019 Kingston Harbour Trash tournament, but there are no takers for the outboard boat division, which could see the prize for the canoe with the heaviest load of trash...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:34 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A businesswoman with a passion for safeguarding the natural environment, Kerry-Ann Willis, is on a mission to get other Jamaicans just as excited about doing their part to preserving it. During Wednesday’s closing day of the Jamaica Business...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:30 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

In addition to being quite a mouthful, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) would seem to be a misnomer for an agency operating in Latin America and the Caribbean and so while any confusion would be quite understandable,...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Brandon McKoy has plans to set sail from the Kingston Harbour on Labour Day, May 23, and when The Gleaner asked him about fishing expedition, the young businessman just wouldn’t stop talking trash – volumes of it. In fact, McKoy is so hooked on...

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