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Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican manufacturers have expressed reservations about the political will to enforce public procurement reform, the first phase of which will come into effect at the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year. The Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, which...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The results of an RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll revealing that 72 per cent of Jamaicans believe that businesses should be compensated for losses incurred as a result of major road projects now under way in the Corporate Area, have found...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, has set a 10-year timeline for the newly opened Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) at Up Park Camp, St Andrew, to achieve the necessary accreditation status in...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has denied claims by the Opposition People’s National Party that the army has almost halved the number of troops in the parish of St James just over a month after a state of public emergency expired. The security...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:30 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s progress continues to be hindered by the failure of policymakers to combine common sense with data-driven research to better inform national decisions, bakery mogul and philanthropist Gary ‘Butch’ Henrickson has said. The chairman and CEO...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Roderick Francis is applauding the Fisheries Division for declared intention to hit poachers hard in pocket following the recent announcement that the agency will be seeking forfeiture of two boats, fishing equipment, and 55,769lb of assorted...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Less than six months after it was unanimously passed into law, the adequacy of the Fisheries Act, 2018 has been called into question by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, who made public his concerns yesterday. “...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican conch interests must pursue creative and sustainable strategies if they are to cushion the impact of the one-year ban on harvesting the mollusc, a major seafood trader has said. Those interventions could see Jamaica riding a massive wave...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A whopping 55,769.2 pounds of assorted seafood catch is the overall take poachers had stocked on board the two Dominican Republican industrial fishing boats intercepted by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard off the Pedro Banks on Saturday. After...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health is on a collision course with players in the food and beverage industry who have vowed to “fight to the death”’ against what they termed the wide-scale and sustained misinformation behind the Government’s campaign to get...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Officers from the Fisheries Division will return to the Coast Guard base at Cagway, Port Royal, this morning, to continue their inventory of conch, lobster, fin fish and other marine products aboard the two Dominican Republic boats caught poaching...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

More than 15,000 pounds of conch was confiscated from a fishing boat flying the Dominican Republic flag, which was intercepted and detained by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard on Saturday. They were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The estimated multibillion-dollar campaign designed to influence policymakers to impose a minimum 20 per cent sugar tax on drinks is funded by external forces with no genuine interest in the promotion of health, a Jamaican business czar has claimed...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Big Sugar has characterised as ill-advised and misguided a months-long media blitz against the sweetener and has warned that the militant campaign for a tax on sugary drinks will not achieve behaviour change. Any imposition of a sugar tax would...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Analysis of data of the conch population off Jamaica’s coast indicates that the ban on the fishing, sale and export of queen conch (Genus strombus) will be extended well beyond the near one-year timeline announced by the Ministry of Industry,...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:26 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The public will learn the full details of the severance package of Yolande Ramharrack, the former human resources manager at Petrojam whose non-disclosure agreement stoked a firestorm of criticism for Prime Minister Andrew Holness. The disciplinary...

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Caribbean journalists have been challenged to up their game by helping different regional populations to fully understand climate-change issues such as global warming, most of which are linked to the use – or misuse...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Big-game hunters from the United States are trying to get permission to head to Jamaica to hunt the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), which is reportedly breeding at an alarming rate and emerging as a major threat to the natural...

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s failure to achieve sustainable economic growth has long been attributed to its inability to move beyond primary production in agriculture, as well as the mishandling of its mineral resources. Now a prominent businessman is...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) Metry Seaga on Tuesday challenged other business owners/operators to turn the spotlight on themselves in the fight against corruption."When we think corruption, we tend to only...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica continues to pay dearly for corruption, with an estimated five per cent of the gross domestic product lost each year to the practice, amounting to millions of dollars. This is a serious indication of the failure of successive administrations...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Investments in the local coffee industry in general, and Jamaica Blue Mountain in particular, must extend beyond the planting, harvesting and processing of the beans - which are at the core of the premium hot beverage for which Jamaica has achieved...

Published:Saturday | January 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Educator Albert Green on Thursday took control of the Kingston and St Andrew Association of Branch Societies (ABS) of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Supported by first vice-president Thomas Mayne and second vice-president Lansford Moore,...

Published:Saturday | January 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Hannah Town are today breathing much easier following Thursday's clean-up of a massive garbage pile-up along Blount Street by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which engaged the services of two private tipper trucks...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The strong appeal of Brand Jamaica is drawing more visitors from Latvia and the country should do more to encourage the flow of stopover arrivals from that Baltic state, according to honorary consul for the Republic of Latvia in Jamaica, Robert...

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