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

A pensioner with a lot of time on his hands is how George Allen describes himself when asked about his revolutionary redesign of the traditional coal stove, which has been a staple in Jamaican households for decades.'...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Efforts to build on the successful pilot phase of the Government's onion development project have hit a major snag.Farmers from Clarendon and St Catherine have refused to accept the recommended price of $50 per pound for the onions and are demanding...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

As the debate continues over who is to be blamed for the collapse of a section of the under-construction Royalton Luxury Resorts' Blue Diamond hotel in Hanover, in which five construction workers were injured, the National Environment and Planning...

Published:Friday | July 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

More than 230 small farmers in East Rural St Andrew are to receive government assistance to cultivate crops such as celery, purple cabbage, snow peas, broccoli, scallion, and Irish potato under a J$6 million project dubbed AgriHope."We are about...

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday shot down a recommendation from Julian Robinson to bring sanctions against delinquent agencies that fail to respond within the timelines prescribed by the auditor general.The member of parliament (MP)...

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) customers will see an increase in their August electricity bills as a result of the average 2.6 per cent rate increase the Office of Utilities Regulation yesterday (OUR) announced it had granted the energy...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

When Michelle Black was advised that she was the island's top female farmer last year, it caught her completely off guard."They called and said, 'you won'. I said, 'win what? Me nuh know what unnu talking about. Weh me win?'" she said.Black, who...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Master percussionist Bongo Herman spent some time in the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, Kingston, last Friday afternoon, igniting a rollicking musical journey, providing insights into some aspects of the early days of Jamaican music.In a...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Endeavour Property is so far off the beaten track that the word remote doesn't even begin to capture the isolation of the 36-acre farm in the hinterlands of Golden Grove, St Ann, where Michelle Black pursues her passion for agriculture.Once...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Consumers will have to wait six months for an approved list of brands of detergent that meet the legal requirements for distribution and sale in Jamaica despite a finding by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) that at least a quarter of the 22...

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica is on track to receive US$300,000 (J$37 million) in grant funding from the Green Climate Fund, to better equip the Climate Change Division to carry out is functions in regard to spearheading the national effort to develop effective climate...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Defending Young Champion Farmer Sheldon Williams is likely to be a no-show at this year's staging of the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show set for July 31 and August 1.This is due to the failure of the organisers, the Jamaica...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The limited decriminalisation of ganja has spawned a number of misconceptions about the herb, which is still illegal in Jamaica, with many local and foreign investors already anxiously anticipating the millions they intend to make from this emerging...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Gleaner's late assignment coordinator Glenroy Wayne 'Sinco' Sinclair was hailed as a dedicated professional, mentor to young journalists and committed company man during yesterday's thanksgiving service to honour his life at the New Haven...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A severe shortage of qualified local personnel is being pointed to as the main reason so many foreigners are in charge of commercial vessels trading in Jamaican waters.Andre Kong, director of the fisheries division in the Ministry of Industry,...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Major players in the local fishing industry are again expressing concern that foreign fishermen are exploiting the Jamaican waters for lobster.With the June 1 deadline for applications for industrial spiny lobster fishing licences now past, the...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju

Even though statistics suggest a decline in crime in recent times, Spanish Town, St Catherine, continues to be haunted by the legacy of fear from the not-so-distant days when it was viewed as the murder capital of Jamaica."The...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Serju

Construction of a logistics hub in the Caymanas area of St Catherine is set to begin in about a year from now, according to Desmond Malcolm, general manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC)."We are at the stage now where the Chinese...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Even though she had beat back the challenge of 56 other students from eight primary schools across Jamaica, en route to impressing a very select group of experts on children art from Mexico's Ministry of Culture, Eboqunie Taylor seemed quite...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

It was billed as a graduation, but what transpired at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre, St Catherine, was a curious mix of activities that left inmates and visitors on a high.As dancehall stalwart dancer Shelly Belly rocked the place, some...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaican farmers are missing out on the multibillion market for organically grown food in the US, according to Neil Curtis founder of Farm Up Jamaica.Curtis wants them to start targeting that niche market in a purposeful way.Using Farm Up Jamaica as...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Six years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the country's agriculture sector is bouncing back and a Jamaican company has been very instrumental in that aspect of its recovery."Having gone into production for four years now and gone through the...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

More than one year after the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) ordered an immediate clean-up of the Pedro Cays, in particular the Middle Cay, not much has been done and the area remains in a deplorable condition.The last check by the...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Caribbean is not able to meet the growing global demand for coconut products, especially water - a situation not likely to be resolved any time soon.Stakeholders in the regional industry, who met in Jamaica last Thursday and Friday, noted that...

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