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

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has, with immediate effect, imposed a ban on the importation of all poultry, poultry products, poultry by-products which are not fully cooked, as well as hatching eggs and pet foods originating in the...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A Chinese, 41-year-old businessman, Lan Yan, has been charged with breaches of the Trademark Copyright Act in connection with the seizure of $50-million worth of fake name-brand footwear, seized at Kay's Superstore, 88 Orange Street,...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 11:03 PMChristopher Serju

Thousands of pairs of counterfeit name brand shoes valued at millions of dollars were seized from K's Superstore at 88 Orange Street, Downtown Kingston yesterday during a raid by a joint Contraband Enforcement team from Jamaica Customs and a squad...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson's insistence on total exclusion of persons representing tobacco interests from the regulatory process or from engagement with those in authority tasked with regulating the tobacco industry is inconsistent with the...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

If they could envisage the agonising, excruciatingly painful manifestation of end-state prostate cancer, most Jamaican men would likely be more inclined to get screened early and upon being diagnosed with the disease be proactive in getting...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Cultural barriers are preventing scores of Jamaican men from doing a simple test for prostate cancer which could save their lives.Prostate cancer, which affects only men, is one the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Jamaica, and among the leading...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will this morning serve a range of Notices of Intention to Suspend the permit, on the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), for several breaches of the terms and conditions of the two...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 7:27 PMChristopher Serju

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will this morning serve a range of Notices of Intention to Suspend the Permit on the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for several breaches of the terms and conditions of the two...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

EVEN THOUGH he spent most of the day romping with a friend and generally enjoying the day, checking out booths at the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show at the Hague Show Grounds in Trelawny on Ash Wednesday, Matthew Thomas made it clear he was a...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Once known as the 'Land of Wood and Water', Jamaica is facing a serious threat of desertification, which is the transformation of habitable land to desert, by climate change or destructive land use."Some of the significant changes have been the...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Carreras Limited, which distributes the Craven 'A' and Matterhorn brands of cigarette, has rejected as impractical and draconian, the warning from Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson that the tobacco industry's and public-health interests are "...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

A thanksgiving service for the life of agriculturist Courtney Fletcher, who served as president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) from 1974-93, will take place at the Saxthorpe Methodist Church on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, next...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has served notice that Jamaica will be moving soon to implement Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco...

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

It has taken some doing and is still a work in progress, but the fisherfolk in and around the seaside community of Oracabessa, St Mary, are beginning to understand and...

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

Even with the recent significant fall in the price of crude oil on the world market, the Jamaican Government remains committed to increasing its involvement, as well as promoting foreign direct investment in renewable energy-generation options, in...

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

An employee of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been arrested and charged, following a lengthy investigation into allegations of corrupt practices of meter tampering involving business customers.

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

Consumers received a total of just under $24 million in compensation from utility companies last year, thanks to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), whose Consumer Affairs Unit reported that $4 million of this amount was recouped during the...

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

Jamaica seems likely to miss out on millions of dollars which could be earned from the increasingly popular cage fishing, which utilises existing bodies of water to raise fishes in a cage or basket that allows the water to pass freely through...

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

After some initial hiccups, the Yallahs Agro-Park in St Thomas is reportedly on track to provide the template for successful implementation of this intensive agricultural production system in Jamaica.Now into its second season, some 60 farmers in...

Published:Wednesday | February 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

With AN extended dry spell projected for 2015, the Government is moving to prevent a recurrence of last year's devastating impact of drought on the economy, in general, and the agriculture sector, in particular, when it spent at least $50 million...

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

For all their reputation as harbingers of terror and architects of nightmares across the world, bats actually contribute to the economic welfare of human beings, especially in the areas of agriculture and the environment, with little understanding or appreciation of their contribution by those who benefit the most.

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

With more offerings available for farmers seeking fertiliser, one of the nation's leading suppliers of the product, Newport Fersan, is expressing confidence that it remains the best bet.

Published:Wednesday | February 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Ministry of Justice is promoting the process of restorative justice as a practical and effective method of resolving conflicts, as well as for providing healing and restitution in the wake of crimes, with offenders taking full responsibility f...

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


A  WEEK after the initial enquiry for the sale of 300,000 table eggs, the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association is still awaiting word from the Barbados Agricultural Society as to whether it will accept 200,000 eggs to help alleviate a severe sh...

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

THE DECISION by Government to continue its monthly subventions, to help in management of fish sanctuaries, has been welcomed by two offic

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