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Stories by Christopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Following a tour of the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre in west Kingston yesterday, State Minister of National Security Rudyard Spencer alluded to plans to ramp up the level of production and productivity at the facility that houses boys...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Thursday's tour of the Spike Industries Limited factory at 99 Windward Road, Kingston 2, is evidence that the manufacturing sector is alive and well, according to Metry Seaga, president ofthe Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) who led a...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

After three days of discourse, participants in the first Caribbean Conference of Mayors, held at the University of the West Indies, Mona Regional Headquarters, have agreed in principle on a template for strengthening local governance at the regional...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's failure to embrace and fully participate in Airbnb, a web-based directory of bed and breakfast-type vacation properties, which is redefining the global tourism product, will result in the country missing out on vast economic benefits to...

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Applications opened on Tuesday, April 3, for licences to deal in coffee, cocoa, coconut, and spices, the commodities whose regulatory functions have been incorporated under the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), but the...

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Almost eight years after advocating the severance of the apron strings linking the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) to the agriculture ministry, as a prerequisite for renewal and growth of the farmers' organisation, Norman Grant has done an about-...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Audley Shaw, the newly appointed minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, yesterday announced that Cabinet had dropped demands for $2 billion from dividend earned on Seprod shares owned by the Coconut Industry Board.The decision...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

A full-page advertisement on 'Concerns About the Obesity Epidemic in Jamaica' published in the Sunday Gleaner of March 25 as an open letter to the Government of Jamaica by a coalition of nine medical groups supporting the proposed tax on sugar-...

Published:Monday | April 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Kevin Condappa, acting director of the agricultural services division, has called for a return to the defunct centralised marketing system known as the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) with headquarters at 188 Spanish Town Road in Kingston...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

The Fisheries Division is reminding fishers and other persons engaged in the harvesting, sale and export of spiny lobsters to be mindful of the new regulations which will be in effect again when the annual close season begins on Sunday, April 1.Even...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Dr Andrew Wheatley, minister of science, energy and technology, has warned against any unrealistic expectations of a financial windfall in the short term from the three-dimensional (3-D) seismic survey for offshore oil and gas exploration now...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is warning taxpayers against getting complacent in light of the extension for filing their tax returns and making payments, which were due on Thursday, March 15."We still encourage persons to beat the rush and not...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Paul B. Scott, chairman of the SEPROD Group Board of Directors, has singled out bakers and retailers as critical to the company's success over the years and vowed to match their contribution with ongoing customer service of the highest order."There...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday gave his administration a pat on the back for creating an enabling business environment, citing as evidence the official opening of Jamaica Grain and Cereals' state-of-the-art multigrain milling facility,...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Ambassador Nestor Mendez, assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), made it abundantly clear on Monday that he was very impressed with the impact of the New Path project, during a visit to the South Camp Juvenile...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Heath minister Dr Christopher Tufton has served notice of Government's intention to regulate all food and drink offerings to children within and outside of school compounds to promote healthy eating habits and lifestyle across the country in a...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

The process has formally begun to have the courts break the deadlock over ownership rights to the estimated $4 billion in Seprod share dividend earnings, now under the stewardship of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) and which Karl Samuda, minister...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

The General Post Office (GPO) in downtown Kingston, across from the Supreme Court, will be closed to the public for six months, starting next Monday, to facilitate renovation work by the Ministry of Justice.The renovations will include improvements...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

An executive of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called on local policymakers to use the regional conference set for March 5-8 in Montego Bay,St James, to provide the impetus for their activities. This is if the country...

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Thieves continue to undermine the economic viability of the West Indies Alumina Company's (Windalco) livestock operations, with seven Jamaica Hope calves valued at $84,000 discovered missing on Monday, February 12.The dairy calves - three bulls,...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

The impasse at the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) has claimed its first casualty, with Jethro Greene, its chief coordinator, being stripped of his post with immediate effect at the hastily called meeting in Barbados last Saturday.But that is not...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Almost five months after it announced plans for demonetisation of one-, 10- and 25-cent coins, which are being taken out of circulation and will cease to be legal tender after tomorrow, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is yet to receive even one response...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Thursday is the last day that one-cent, ten-cent and 25-cent coins can be used as legal monetary tender in Jamaica.However, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will continue to redeem them indefinitely, during its regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m....

Published:Tuesday | February 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

A mangrove island that sits about two kilometres off Port Royal is virtually dead - overwhelmed by tons of garbage, and marine biologists are warning that if it is allowed to die, it will take with it the livelihood of fishers, as well as the...

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