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Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Slashing the excessive taxes on building materials while significantly cutting the waiting time for approvals from the regulatory agencies and utility companies could go a far way in stimulating the economy through the housing sector suggests...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"It is very encouraging to see that in the current economic climate, there are opportunities to grow, including in manufacturing. And that is, of course, exactly what we need to make this economic programme succeed," Bert van Selm, the International...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Regional governments have been challenged to unite in articulating their concerns about the devastating impact of the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons on their populations and economies.The aim of such a move, as outlined...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Piracy of the Jamaican brand continues to hit exporters hard in the pocket as overseas manufacturers trick consumers into paying higher prices for products based on the distinct flavour of crops such as Blue Mountain Coffee, ginger which is rated...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Half-way through the six-month pilot Chemical E-Waste Project, being conducted by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change in seven St Catherine and St Andrew communities, indications are that Jamaicans are supporting the...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The slow pace of Government's procurement process, which includes getting approval from the National Contracts Committee (NCC), is at the root of the situation under which some Clarendon farmers have already lost millions of dollars, and are set to...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The importance of labeling as a key component on the packaging of all food items (fresh and processed) entering the United States market was brought into sharp focusduring a recent workshop hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The decision by France to ban over-the-counter sales of the very popular weedkiller, Roundup, because it could probably cause cancer, is not likely to affect its sale and distribution in Jamaica, where its is widely used by farmers."I have asked...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Having lived and worked in May Pen, Clarendon, for the past 40 years, medical doctor Winston Dawes has much more than a passing interest in the welfare and future of this bustling rural town and the people who populate it. Despite continuing neglect...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Banana Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has started a sensitisation programme about Panama Tropical Race 4 (PD TR4), a disease which is posing a global threat to bananas and plantains. The programme, which...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The combination of societal pressure and built-in biases of Jamaica's penal system continue to make it much harder for female ex-convicts to reintegrate into society, after completing their sentences for similar crimes committed by men.This...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's export of agricultural produce is being exposed to serious risk of being banned from some markets because of the unscrupulous actions of some certified exporters who, according to the country's acting chief plant quarantine officer, are...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

How thieves made off with a hot-water boiler tank, estimated to weigh between two and three tons, 12 feet high, and about six to seven feet in diameter remains a puzzle for Bogues Brothers Industry Limited. The company is still clueless as to how...

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Insurance companies in Jamaica have been paying for damage to road furniture over the years, but the State seems to have dropped the ball in terms of making claims.In yesterday's Gleaner lead story, Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Talks on issues relating to the economic, political, and security challenges affecting the region have been taking centre stage in London, England, at the Caribbean 2030 conference, which runs from June 1-3. Some 60 participants, 15 from the United...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Local exporters are missing out on the lucrative United States market in various fruits, crops, herbs, tubers, and cut flowers for which Jamaica enjoys pre-clearance approval. A 52-item list of the produce includes breadfruit, callaloo, pineapple,...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

SIGNIFICANT SHOWERS and thunderstorms will continue to affect Jamaica because of a trough that will influence local weather conditions for at least the next three days, according to the Meteorological Service.In a release yesterday, the...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

An executive of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has confirmed that farmers are guilty of abusing the receipt book system, which was designed to provide a solid paper trail of the sale of farm produce by legitimate farmers."Yes, it is a...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Achieving prosperity at an early age has led to a culture of independence among residents of Junction, St Elizabeth, but that factor is now said to be threatening to stifle further growth and development in the rural township.And while Junction...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

THE ISSUE of the ongoing scarcity of seed coconuts, which dominated the agenda during the recent annual general meeting of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB), is not likely to be resolved any time soon. The board was unable to provide a satisfactory...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The pressing need for public sanitary conveniences to meet the demands of commuters and customers in the growing south coast town of Junction, St Elizabeth, has been cited as a major failing of policymakers tasked with guiding its structured...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

As farmers across the island struggle to cope with the impact of a devastating drought, in the heart of Denham Town, Kingston, a project to enrich the minds and bodies of at-risk youth is taking root. There at the Metcalf Street Juvenile Secure...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Marcia Meredith, principal of Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School is urging adults to continue to encourage and support children in their education and development, not just in May when Child Month is observed, but throughout the year.She made...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Carreras Jamaica Limited has expressed alarm at allegations by Dr Fenton Ferguson that he is a victim of a conspiracy to undermine his status as health minister, as a result of his decision to take the fight to tobacco entities."Some of the licks I...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A 40-member contingent from Canada, comprised of police officers from three police districts and their civilian support teams, will leave the island on Sunday after what has already been described as a very successful whirlwind week of humanitarian...

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