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Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

In the aftermath of the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, a Royal Commission investigation into the actions of Governor Edward John Eyre thereafter, which resulted in the random execution of at least 400 blacks,...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Public-health inspectors are slated to return to the sugar warehouse along Marcus Garvey Drive operated by Jamaica Cane Sales Products (JCPS) to continue their evaluation of the extent of the stock of the sweetener that was damaged by flood waters...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The ground floor of the Fisheries Division of the agriculture ministry was laid bare by rampaging flood waters on Friday that destroyed valuable office and laboratory equipment, as well as data records, the full extent of which is yet to be...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Government is looking to ramp up its mosquito-control programme as it intensifies efforts to beat back the health threats from the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton on Wednesday disclosed that...

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Legalisation of ganja is not likely to become a reality in Jamaica anytime soon.Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda yesterday warned that too many people have misinterpreted last year's decriminalisation of small amounts of ganja (less than two ounces...

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Workmen under the supervision of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) last week began clearing debris from the roadway along the North-South Highway where a landslide has reduced traffic flow to single lane, between Unity Valley and Treadways in...

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

All four lanes on Mandela Highway will remain open to motorists during the preliminary phase of the roadworks that started on the weekend.For this reason, says Stephen Shaw, communication and customer services manager at the National Works Agency (...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju

The defence will on Monday begin closing arguments in the murder trial of businessman Stephen Causewell, after the case which was set to resume this past Tuesday was again postponed."The ruling is that the matter will continue," Justice Carol...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Some of the prevailing confusion about the full implications of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which allows for decriminalisation of small amounts of ganja for personal use, played out a recent public function hosted by the Rural...

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The failure of sugar-producing countries in the Caribbean to diversify their operations will begin to hit home after the changes to the European Union (EU) agricultural policy comes into effect next year. The uncertainty is a cause for concern among...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju

Former agriculture minister Roger Clarke was remembered for his commitment to the sustainable development of the local and regional agriculture sectors, and the welfare of small farmers in particular, during Tuesday's launch of a scholarship in his...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The incorporation of climate-change resilience as a critical component of all projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was highlighted last Monday during the opening session of the two-day workshop 'Coral Lifeline Exploring...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA) wants Jamaicans to get cracking - more eggs, that is - and increase consumption of what it considers to be nature's value food, well above the one egg per person per week.To this end, it has partnered with...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The clearing of debris from the roadway to facilitate reconstruction work for the replacement of the retaining wall along a section of the North-South Highway between Unity Valley and Treadways, St Catherine, is due to get under way anytime now....

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Pollution of the marine environment along Old Fort Bay, St Ann, has started to impact the economic fortunes of property owners along the affected shoreline, with a few summer rental cancellations reported.The National Environment and Planning Agency...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"We just want to see our beach come back. Basically, plain and simple, we want it restored to what it was," declared businessman Michael Drakulich yesterday during a Gleaner Editors' Forum at Jewels Dunn's River in St Ann.Drakulich is one of several...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Impressed with what he saw and heard over two days at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, Michael Hailu, director of the Netherlands-based Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), has challenged organisers to...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Local beer drinkers should benefit from a 12-pack Red Stripe carton offering following the commissioning into service of a new production line, exclusively for export production by late next year, according to Ricardo Nuncio, managing director of...

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica will pay dearly in terms of the health of its people and the environment if the new owners of the Alpart bauxite facility in Nain, St Elizabeth, are allowed to build a proposed 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant, according to the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet', a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet', has been widely accepted over the centuries to mean that what matters most is not the name by which something is called...

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaicans must get up to speed, be proactive and move to counter the potential fallout from Brexit, Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller is warning."It is established that this isa watershed moment in geopolitics," Fuller said of the pending departure...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Steadman Fuller, custos of Kingston has described climate change as the single greatest threat to local agriculture and, by extension, the Jamaican economy."Sadly, ladies and gentlemen, the food security to which we are traditionally accustomed is...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:42 AMChristopher Serju

Making the necessary changes to ensure ongoing sustainability of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Jamaica’s version of a state pension will require greater political will in order to achieve more compliance by workers and their bosses,...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Severe financial constraints make it impractical for the 98 extension officers employed by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to effectively service the 178,837 registered farmers in its databank, on an individual basis, regularly....

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The country's main agricultural extension and rural development agency, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), is being accused by Clarendon and St Catherine farmers of failing to deliver on its mandate and of now being more of a...

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