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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...

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

The devastating impact of climate change is influencing policy decisions in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, which has begun to put in place vitally necessary adaptation and mitigation measures.Permanent Secretary Donovan Stanberry told a...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

AGRICULTURE MINISTER Derrick Kellier on Thursday made it clear that he would not be swayed by rash or intemperate utterances from members of the manufacturing sector when they meet to discuss the pending imposition of a cess on imported refined...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier has commended the Jamaica Broilers Group for its strict adherence to global manufacturing standards as well as good industrial relations practices."We get the impression, cursory though it may, that your...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

THE DEVASTATING impact of the drought during the first six months of last year combined with the ongoing failure of some farmers to implement good agricultural practice is being blamed for the reduction in the size of coconuts on most properties....

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

PRESIDENT OF the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Senator Norman Grant is optimistic the farming sector will benefit from a trip to Cuba, where he is visiting as leader of a Jamaican delegation.The group from the JAS, which includes first vice-...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Some major industry players have come out in staunch support of Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier's decision to impose a cess on imported refined sugar, dismissing as frivolous and without merit the stance taken by other private sector executives...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Even as Jamaicans awaits the formation of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, one of the key agencies to facilitate the establishment of a legal ganja industry, there are concerns that local small farmers could be ambushed and cut off from the...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The projection of a local multibillion-dollar ganja and hemp industry, which could provide a financial panacea for Jamaica's economic woes, has been described as a pipe dream by Dr David Stair, the custos of Hanover.Phillip Paulwell, minister of...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Expressing concern about the ongoing decline in beef and dairy production, Agricultureand Fisheries State Minister Luther Buchanan has promised greater support for researchand development to help cattle farmers improve production and productivity.He...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

As Jamaica continues to grapple with the devastating impact of the dreaded, lethal yellowing disease, the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) is hopeful that a regional intervention strategy will help to revive the fortunes of this ailing agricultural sub-...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A TOP executive of the consortium which signed a 30-year concession deal for the development, expansion and operation of the Kingston Container Terminal has cited the port's strategic location as a key deciding factors in its decision to undertake...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Persons convicted of possession of small amounts of ganja or for smoking it, prior to October last year, will not have these convictions reflected on their criminal record. This is in keeping with the range of legislative changes that came into...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

What does the price of crude oil on the international market have to do with how much you get paid for the plastic bottles sold to Recycling Partners of Jamaica Limited?Everything, according to Ann Marie Rodriques, business deve-lopment manager of...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

President of the Whitehouse Fishermen's Co-operative in Westmoreland, Captain Havelon Honeyghan, has welcomed news of a planned multimillion-dollar investment in cage fishing to be done by...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Volunteerism is very much alive in Jamaica among all age groups and at every level of the society, but especially in inner-city communities where its impact is particularly felt by the poor and needy.However, the Council of Voluntary Social Services...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The local banana industry is still reeling from the impact of last year's drought, which has resulted in a significant reduction in production levels, according to Grethel Sessing, chairman of the All Island Banana Growers' Association (AIBGA)."It...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The police are seeking the public's help in identifying a public health inspector who, they believe, has been a key player in facilitating the sale of stolen meat at the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, where 12 butchers were arrested and more...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

In February, the House of Representatives passed the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act 2015 which, when it comes into effect, will make the possession of two ounces of ganja a non-arrestable offence.Instead, possession of such small amounts of 'herb',...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The public is being warned to be very careful in buying fish, following a major unexplained fish kill in a canal in Portmore,St Catherine, yesterday morning.For this reason, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has issued a news...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

"I'm very passionate about what I do because I'm a child of God, a born-again Christian; committed, dedicated, and whatever I do, God must get the glory. I do not lean upon my own understanding," Detective Sergeant Ava Lindo told The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

ALBION, St Thomas: "I HAVE to talk to someone," the man pleaded, bringing his bicycle to a stop on the passenger side of the marked Gleaner vehicle parked at East Albion, St Thomas, recently. "I see the vehicle and I want to talk to you because...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

SOCIOLOGIST DR Orville Taylor on Tuesday blasted Jamaican parliamentarians of yesteryear for their pivotal role and enduring legacy in seeding the criminal activities now plaguing the country.Taylor lamented that, though some of these...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

THE THUNDEROUS applause that greeted the announcement that Detective Woman Sergeant Ava Lindo was the LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year 2015-2016 gave some indication of the overwhelming popularity of the veteran cop, whose effective, hands-on...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

HOURS BEFORE last Wednesday's official opening and handover ceremony of the Fellowship Hall Police Post located in the Hill Run Agro Park, St Catherine, lawmen there were pressed into service their third day on the job at the new facility."This...

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