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Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 12:46 AMChristopher Serju

Andrew Mahfood, chief executive officer of the WISYNCO Group yesterday gave the assurance that no worker would be displaced as a result of the fire which destroyed its 260,000-square foot distribution warehouse at Lakes Pen, St. Catherine. “...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A growing number of women are among the many Jamaicans who are becoming more informed about and adept at farming, according to Georgia Sterling, assistant sales manager in the agriculture division at T. Geddes Grant (Distributors) Limited.Sterling,...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has charged employers to look beyond the impressive academic profiles of job applicants in making a determination as to their suitability for the world of work."They can write 10, 15, 20 CXC (Caribbean Secondary...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group is taking its efforts to have potential customers make informed choices to another level, with its Know Your Pork campaign.Know Your Pork is a new...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Eight months after Jamaican farm worker Sheldon McKenzie died in a Canadian hospital, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security remains clueless as to the cause of his death.Making the admission yesterday, Collette Roberts Risden, permanent...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Dauphin Miller and his wife are still upbeat about Jamaica, even after shelling out more than US$1,200 for the safe return of their prized pet parrot, Ron Rico, a kidnapping which had threatened to derail an otherwise relaxing and enjoyable sojourn...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

It was a reunion unlike anything most Jamaicans could imagine when Ron Rico came home last Saturday. After all, he had been missing for more than two weeks, and boy, was Dauphin Miller happy!In a post on Ron Rico's Instagram page, Miller said: "It's...

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The perceived inflexibility of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), compounded by the fact that it is out of step with the economic day-to-day operational realities of many small and micro enterprises (SME) is believed to be one of, if not the major...

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

In an effort to improve relations with Chinese merchants who now dominate trade and commerce in most local townships, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has begun training members to communicate in Mandarin, the standard literary and official form of...

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Some of the best food crops and livestock produced by farmers in Kingston and St Andrew will be on show Saturday at the Jamaica College grounds during the 20th staging of Kingston and St Andrew Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.Dubbed Agrofest...

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju

Many Jamaicans are unwittingly putting themselves at serious risk of becoming infected with the Zika virus (ZIKV), spread primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, due in large measure to the improper storage of water used for household chores....

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's ailing sugar industry suffered another major body blow on Friday with the announcement by J. Wray...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Following a recent Gleaner article on con men from overseas selling counterfeit chainsaws, three persons have contacted the newspaper to report that they had encountered the criminals, with one of them admitting to being conned.The article was...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 9:58 AMChristopher Serju

PORT MARIA, St Mary: Seated at her sewing machine, Mazawee Douglas was relaxed and chatting with daughter Latish Dixon, whose son was sleeping on a table when the Rural Xpress team visited her shop located in a corner of the Port Maria Market in St...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Business people who constitute the St Mary Chamber of Commerce are spearheading the revival of the dormant chamber to use it as the vehicle to drive transformation in the parish capital, Port Maria.Plagued by issues facing other towns across Jamaica...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Policymakers are in agreement about the need for the strengthening of the Praedial Larceny (Prevention) Act to more effectively punish persons who engage in the theft and sale of farm produce.Emboldened by weaknesses in this piece of legislation,...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The impact of wide-scale theft of farm crops, livestock, as well as fresh-water (aquaculture) and marine fish in undermining the individual efforts of regional farmers and fisherfolk to achieve economic independence level and regional states to...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The unsanitary conditions under which livestock is slaughtered and sold in approved public spaces has been getting the attention of the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. The potential...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Who else would come up with an accessory line created from wood - including a range of bow ties which are practical and not just showpieces?At 28, Manchester native Lacey-Ann Bartley, who spent most of her childhood days playing in the...

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

The government has no intention of providing a bailout for the sugar industry or re-investing in it ever again, and Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, was at pains to make that quite clear in an interview with...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

It is a tale of two toll roads in Jamaica - one East-West and the other North-South. Both offer an alternative to the potholes, hairpin bends, and garbage which are a fact of life for pedestrians and drivers using roadways across much of Jamaica....

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The current crisis in the sugar industry presents the greatest challenge ever to Jamaica's economic survival, according to one of the country's most senior civil servants, who insists that it also presents great opportunities for business-savvy...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The two so-called Italian men who turned up one afternoon at the offices of Original Bamboo Factory with two so-called name-brand chainsaws selling at rock bottom prices had a very convincing story. According to them, after conducting a series of...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

When Leroy Aiken's boss called him to the office advising that two men were selling top-of-the-line chainsaws at bargain prices, he wasn't particularly interested. But then when someone called Delta Supply Company Limited, authorised dealer for...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Trade union leaders were stunned and labour ministry officials embarrassed by Wednesday's revelation that a draft of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill is now in the hands of the Chief Parliamentary Council (CPC), during a meeting of the Labour...

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