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Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ST MICHAEL, Barbados:Nutrition specialist Patricia Thompson is calling for new approaches to raise public awareness and properly inform the debate on nutritional challenges in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.She argues that there is a serious risk...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"Everything stopped and then I just replayed it to make sure it was my name that was called and then I started to smile," Sherona Forrester told The Gleaner yesterday, minutes after Governor General Sir Patrick Allen had announced the 2016 Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ST MICHAEL, Barbados:More than 40 years after implementing various interventions to address chronic malnutrition among the poorest members of the population, the region is now struggling to stem the growing incidence of malnutrition among more...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ST MICHAEL, Barbados:It is time that small-island developing states in the Pacific and Caribbean regions, which have long been tricked into economic underdevelopment by their former colonial masters, awaken and stem the ongoing exploitation of their...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ST MICHAEL, Barbados:Governments in the Caribbean and Pacific region are being challenged to unite in resisting the coordinated approach by developed countries to destabilise their economies, often under the guise of development-assistance...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ST MICHAEL, Barbados:This week's inaugural Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum taking place at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus in Barbados, presents an oppor-tunity for coordinated action, according to Michael Hailu, director...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Construction work on the Royalton Negril in western Jamaica has ground to a halt after the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) followed up its stop notice with a cessation order for the US$150-million development project.The developers...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

AS JAMAICANS come to terms with the realities of the credit-reporting system, they will need to exercise much more financial discipline not only in ensuring that mortgages, utility bills, hire-purchase payments, and loans are paid regularly, but...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Strapped for cash, the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) is struggling to reproduce the success of its 1970s 'Two is better than too many' public-awareness campaign, which encouraged families to embrace a two-children per family ideal.With...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaicans need to wake up to the reality that the credit-rating system is in full operation here and already impacting the way business is done locally.That was the overriding message from yesterday's educational forum on credit reports, hosted by...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Jamaican Network of Rural Women Producers is moving to promote meaningful dialogue it hopes will go a far way in dismantling long-standing institutionalised biases which have been instrumental in keeping women, especially in rural Jamaica,...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

One of Jamaica's leading scientists has charged policymakers to put in place the necessary measures to ensure the country can grab its share of the growing global nutraceutical industry, now estimated at US$600 billion."We are sitting on a gold mine...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Locked behind bars for crimes they were found guilty of, scores of prison inmates are learning new skills, and theirtalent, expertise and workmanship, held visitors captive during an art and craft exhibition at the Tower Street Adult Correctional...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's ability to develop appropriate climate-adaptation measures is limited due to inadequate capacity and resources to collect reliable climate and water resources data, Dr Alvin Hayles, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Land, Water,...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Oversubscribed best describes yesterday's college fair hosted by the American International School of Kingston (AISK) at its campus located at 2 College Green Avenue, Kingston, where hundreds of prospective college students turned out to get...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Jamaican Government remains committed to pursuing the issue of reparation for the historical injustice of African slavery with the United Kingdom, according to Minister of Justice, Mark Golding.He told The Gleaner it was regrettable that the...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's poet laureate Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris has weighed in on Marlon James winning the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction as a national source of pride and joy."It's something we can all rejoice in. It's a major achievement, and I think...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

SENIOR OFFICIALS from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) have indicated that offenders who end up in the country's correctional institutions are already being punished and, as such, the intention is not for them to undergo additional...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

In the ongoing efforts to improve the global competitiveness and ensure sustainability of Jamaica's agricultural sector, priority attention is being given to protecting the health and safety of the primary producers of fresh food: the nation's...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"I think it's absolutely wonderful that Marlon James' novel has won this distinguished prize. He's a great writer. We saw the promise in his earlier books, and to get this major prize is a fantastic milestone in his career," declared Carolyn Cooper...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica has received grant funding of US$6.8 million to be used for improving the quality and use of climate-related information, which will inform effective development planning and action at the local and national levels in order to reduce the...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Her early intellectual upbringing, which started on the plains of Vere in Southern Clarendon, triggered a hunger for learning about things Jamaican which would eventually lead to a lifetime of work for which she is credited with rescuing Jamaican...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica is to benefit from a US$20-million pilot climate-change adaptation programme to be funded mainly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will be implemented by the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, working...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

THERE WERE early signs that directors of the board of the National People's Co-operative (PC) Bank were operating as a law unto themselves and defying repeated efforts by the Agricultural Credit Board (ACB) to rein in their misuse of millions of...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

National Security Minister Peter Bunting yesterday made a case for the expansion of social-intervention programmes as a critical component of the fight against crime, arguing that the gains from empowering at-risk youth through training and...

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