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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...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaicans now have access to affordable loan financing to invest in climate-smart agricultural and climate-change mitigation solutions, thanks to a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development Agency (USAID) and First...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Local activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain got underway yesterday with a service of thanksgiving at the Garrison Church, Up Park Camp, which was followed by a brunch and band concert at Curphey Place.Tomorrow, there...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Limited is looking to get rid of 60 derelict buses, which it is offering for sale on an 'as is where is' basis as scrap metal.In a newspaper advertisement yesterday, the company invited tenders for the...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The anticipated challenge from within the ranks of the People's National Party (PNP) to incumbent Member of Parliament Patrick Atkinson as its standard-bearer in North Trelawny is now unlikely to emerge.PNP General Secretary Paul Burke told The...

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

"VALID AND transparent" is how Allan Rickards, chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association has described the process under which Donovan Stanberry, permanent secretary in the agriculture ministry, received a loan under the Cane...

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

Farmers in Dominica are to benefit from aid valued at €20,000 from the Europe-African, Caribbean and Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) to help with rehabilitation of their farms, which were devastated by Tropical Storm Erika.The Caribbean...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Top executives of Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO) have come out in defence of the agency's role in promoting the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, denying claims by businessman Davon Crump that it has failed the sector in which he...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 11:01 PMChristopher Serju

Jamaicans living abroad must back up their talk about love of country with practical action, such as buying into investment opportunities.That's the challenge from Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI),...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it has no record of a request for an environmental impact assessment application for the Noisy River community project in north-west Manchester which was highlighted in the House of...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Some Chinese business operators are in fact contributing to the economic and social well-being of the communities in which they operate. It is for this reason that the Hanover and St Catherine Chambers of Commerce are not lending their support to...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Marine Police have charged seven Jamaican men with breaches of the Fisheries Act, following the detention of the boat on which they were working in Jamaican waters last Friday.Six of the men were charged with fishing without identification, as...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The struggle to correct the costly over-supply of some categories of teachers, as well as the misalignment of others, is gaining traction as the Government steps up efforts to improve the quality of education offered in Jamaican schools."We're...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Ministry of Education will be appointing truancy officers as part of a concerted effort to arrest the chronic absenteeism among primary and secondary school students, a problem which is even more pronounced in western Jamaica."We are striking a...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday gave the assurance that her administration is committed to making it easier for manufacturers to export their products, pointing to the continued modernisation and upgrading of the export systems for...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 1:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica still has a long way to become export competitive on the global market, Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce admitted last week at the launch of the 2015-2019 phase of the National Export Strategy held at the Terra...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"It's a hell of a significance," Kenneth Benjamin, executive chairman of the Guardsman Group, told The Gleaner yesterday, following the 50th anniversary service for Guardsman Armoured at the Garrison Church of the Ascension, Up Park Camp, St Andrew...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Normal operations returned to Jamaica's airspace Saturday night when air traffic controllers returned to work after a poor turnout of staff forced a closure of the island's airports from Friday night into Saturday morning.Nari Williams-Singh,...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

For more than a decade, Sally Porteous has been a strong advocate of the death penalty, and despite criticisms from some opposed to this form of punishment, the custos of Manchester is not backing down."I want to know how many more are to be killed...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has cut the annual bird-shooting season by one week as a result of the likely impact of the prolonged drought on the availability of feed for birds.As a result, the season, which usually starts the...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The 11 parish champions who participated in last Friday's National Farm Queen Competition on the opening night of the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show showed poise, determination and character, given the trying circumstances...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The fact that there was no water coming from the face-basin tap on Tuesday did not faze Pamella Thomas. After all, experiencing severe drought conditions was nothing new for her. The reality for Thomas, however, was that she was in fact in a hotel...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A Guyanese government official has called for a re-examination of the policies that govern intraregional trade, with a view to setting an agenda for the Caribbean to achieve food nutrition and security.George Jervis, permanent secretary in the...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaicans are being warned that they could fall prey to human trafficking as people, including professionals, seek and are offered employment in other countries. While it is a fact that persons living in abject poverty are at much greater risk, the...

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