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Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings has revealed that it enjoyed autonomy over the leasing of government land without Cabinet or ministerial oversight. This admission from SCJ Holdings Managing Director Joseph Shoucair left Dr Wykeham McNeill,...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Business operators got a reminder on Wednesday that with the Fourth Industrial Revolution already impacting global transactions, they need to get on board or get left behind. Chief Executive Office of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship,...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness last week admitted that he was well aware and taking note of the public discourse around events affecting the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), of which he is leader, and the Government he leads. He was delivering the...

Published:Friday | July 10, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the country is still paying for ideological missteps of the Michael Manley-led People’s National Party (PNP) administration from 1972 to 1978. Speaking yesterday at the launch of this year’s Jamaica...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The disruptions in the egg market triggered by COVID-19 have left many farmers on the brink of ruin, with others facing severe financial hardships, a situation which may result in Jamaica being forced to import eggs for Christmas – for the first...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A small urban farm is springing some pleasant surprises – Rocksprings Farm off Windward Road, Kingston, in the vicinity of the Jamaica Flour Mills, is operated by a farm group comprised of young people. They said they are engaged around common...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A woman identified as Adaica ‘Poochie’ Lawrence of Fourth Street, Greenwich Town, in south-west St Andrew was taken into custody by the police on Thursday following a protracted search of the premises, a day after Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, yesterday warned that “complacency is our greatest enemy” in the fight against the COVID-19 spread, charging that countries and territories in Latin America and the...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A falling-out amid the executive of the Jamaica Egg Farmers’ Association (JEFA) over alleged abuse of government subsidy, as well as the subsequent sidelining of the sector lobby, has pitted President Roy Baker against his vice-president, Mark...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

From humble beginnings at Collies Road in Olympic Gardens, where he was regarded as an exceptional goalkeeper, Bobby Grantley Dixon rose to achieve international acclaim for his skills in the recording studio, in the process earning the moniker ‘...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Leaders of the Maroon communities in Portland and St Mary on Thursday signed a petition, appealing to the authorities to respect the final resting place of their forefathers and the cultural legacy bequeathed to them by stopping all further leases...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture and Rural Affairs Victor Wright’s analogy of the police killing of American George Floyd with the Government’s “disgraceful removal” of small farmers from the former Bernard Lodge Sugar Estate failed to ignite a...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2020 | 12:39 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ decision to strip Portland West Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz of the land, environment, and climate-change portfolio has been lauded by a leading environmentalist and public commentator. But Peter Espeut does not...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

SMALL BUSINESS Asso-ciation of Jamaica (SBAJ) President Hugh Johnson has vowed step up its advocacy in support of farmers he claims are being evicted from a section of the former Bernard Lodge sugar estate of which Cabinet has approved a sale of...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The recent delivery of 10,000 pounds of West Indian Red peppers from the farm of Gary Coulton at the Spring Plain Agro-Park in Clarendon was met against the backdrop of a major COVID-19 setback. As the farm was ramping up activities to meet this...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

THE JAMAICA Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) has said that Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was ill advised in seeking to obtain a 25-year lease that would have allowed him to construct a private cabin on protected lands in...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican public-health inspectors have been accused of being complicit in facilitating the sale of carcasses of stolen animals, a senior agriculture official has said. The surprise disclosure by Peter Thompson, CEO of the Rural Agricultural...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one with a significant difference from other years, with regional countries already reeling from a prolonged drought, as well as the economic fallout from the global pandemic COVID-19. Among...

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 1:06 PMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Late aged-care and social work advocate Sybil Francis has been described as a gentle powerhouse and a source of inspiration to hundreds of people whose lives she touched. Francis, a former director of the Social Welfare Training Centre and chairman...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2020 | 12:26 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Government is fast-tracking plans to divest the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) complex at 188 Spanish Town Road in Kingston on condition that investors convert it into a state-of-the-art agro-processing facility, with Minister of...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Despite the island’s two major political parties being birthed out of trade union movements and to which they are still closely aligned today, Jamaica continues to lag behind its smaller Caribbean neighbours in providing adequate protection for...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2020 | 12:28 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Everyday Value Jamaica Limited has demonstrated confidence in the future of Jamaica’s economy with its acquisition of St Bess Foods and Lowe’s Peanut Brittle Limited amid the downturn in global fortunes from the devastating impact of COVID-19. St...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

THE LEGAL wrangling over the verification and establishment of the Protected Area boundary within the Cockpit Country is not likely to be resolved any time soon. That was the main take-away from Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague’s...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The devastating economic decline during the month of April was still fresh in the minds of many business operators in the Constant Spring Road plaza strip - from 7th Avenue to Half-Way Tree Square - on Thursday. Most were unwilling to speak on the...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica should brace for a large-scale mental-health fallout among returning cruise ship crew members after being stranded on the high seas for weeks, Dr Shane Alexis, the People’s National Party’s junior health spokesman, has warned. Alexis, who...

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