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Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government will be moving to increase transparency and provide more information to the public on all projects being undertaken at each stage of development via a web portal. Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, Information...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Agriculture Industry Stakeholders Forum, which is set to take place tomorrow at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, will present an opportunity for a reset of the country’s agriculture focus, organisers have said. ‘Strategic Imperatives for the...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Six months after a number of concerns were raised in an Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) report last July, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has provided a spare response to the findings, dismissing some of the issues raised. In one...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang on Wednesday evening admitted that the current government of which he is deputy prime minister has been complicit, as have successive administrations over the years, in keeping inner-city residents...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With fewer than half of the HEART/National Service Training Agency (NSTA) Trust’s students being certified at the end of their programmes between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the institution is moving to adjust its target rate of 70 per cent certification...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to undertake a comprehensive garbage characterisation survey, slated to get under way in the second quarter of the year, to determine what percentage of much of the country’s solid waste is...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday took a swipe at the critics over their “hypocrisy” in calling for an end to states of emergency (SOEs) across the island last year. Pointing out that the Government has spent $40 billion on equipping the...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Farmers and fishers across the island have been seeing a fall in production and productivity as many are unaware that they have been exempted from curfew restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yesterday, the Jamaica Agricultural...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green is anticipating an excellent year for farming as he spearheads a number of initiatives aimed at insulating the sector against external shocks and extreme weather conditions, having learnt lessons from...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Since a major breakaway along the Gordon Town main road in rural St Andrew left a number of communities almost cut off, residents have been rallying to rid the area of waste and prevent a public health nightmare as the districts can no longer be...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The recent visit of Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffery Onyeama on the inaugural direct flight operated by Air Peace from Lagos was timed to commemorate 50 years of excellent bilateral relations between both countries. One of the scheduled stops on...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels has raised a red flag over what he describes as the scant regard shown for the Caribbean’s maritime ecosystem when the United States Coast Guard destroyed a Jamaican vessel, Lady Lawla, at sea on October 12. Samuels,...

Published:Friday | December 25, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A number of elderly, indigent and disabled persons in Allman Town in downtown Kingston are enjoying a Christmas dinner today, thanks to the effort of Pastor Junior Whyte of the Faith Healing Ministries in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine....

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jolly Trotters story is one of high expectations followed by disappointment, with perseverance and innovation being hallmarks of the stewardship of Roger Thompson, the man at helm of a company which was poised for take-off when at the 11th hour...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

PriceSmart’s plan to build out a sprawling second store in Portmore can’t come too soon for residents of Valentine Gardens in St Andrew, who have complained of years of traffic trauma. While motorists were perhaps elated at the police Public Safety...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has charged local feed manufacturers to engage with local scientists to fast-track research on finding local substitutes for animal feeds, the input for which is largely imported. The minister, who...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The wave of farmers market which flooded the country in the first quarter of the country, including innovations such as the Drive-Thru Farmers’ Market at the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) at 188 Spanish Town Road, has practically dried...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Chances are that if his tablet had been in good working order, 14-year-old Allan Roberts might not have ventured out on Thursday, losing his life in a gun attack that has left his 20-year-old cousin hospitalised, according to his eldest brother...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s poultry production hit an unlikely all-time high last month, averaging about three million kilogrammes of chicken per week, or 20 per cent above the corresponding period last year, with small farmers making a significant contribution to...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Farmer Clifford Wilson, who also goes by the name ‘Dennis the Menace’, had returned from his field and was relaxing across from the shop operated by Miss Precious. He was chatting with the shopkeeper and her daughter-in-law, Shanice, when The...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Derrick Banks, once one of the harder working and more successful farmers on a section of land across from the Caribbean Estate housing scheme in Greater Portmore, is these days a broken man. On Tuesday when The Gleaner caught up with him at the...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s chicken-meat import policy may be overhauled to concentrate licences in the hands of local poultry producers, as a cure to perceived systemic corruption that has dogged the trade, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said. The proposed fix...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Major Jamaican chicken producers are pressing the Government for 100 per cent inspection of all poultry imports in the wake of a damning report by the Integrity Commission citing fraud, duty evasion, and a permit process that lacks integrity and...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Veteran farmer Paul Henry is well aware of the potential of the 26-acre parcel of land he will be forced to give up when the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited takes control of the property on the former Bernard Lodge Sugar Estates in...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Saturday acknowledged that the major breakaway along the Gordon Town main road in St Andrew, which has effectively restricted movement into and out of the area to motorcycle and pedestrian traffic, is due to the...

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