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Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Officers from the Fisheries Division will return to the Coast Guard base at Cagway, Port Royal, this morning, to continue their inventory of conch, lobster, fin fish and other marine products aboard the two Dominican Republic boats caught poaching...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

More than 15,000 pounds of conch was confiscated from a fishing boat flying the Dominican Republic flag, which was intercepted and detained by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard on Saturday. They were caught fishing illegally in Jamaican...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The estimated multibillion-dollar campaign designed to influence policymakers to impose a minimum 20 per cent sugar tax on drinks is funded by external forces with no genuine interest in the promotion of health, a Jamaican business czar has claimed...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Big Sugar has characterised as ill-advised and misguided a months-long media blitz against the sweetener and has warned that the militant campaign for a tax on sugary drinks will not achieve behaviour change. Any imposition of a sugar tax would...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Analysis of data of the conch population off Jamaica’s coast indicates that the ban on the fishing, sale and export of queen conch (Genus strombus) will be extended well beyond the near one-year timeline announced by the Ministry of Industry,...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The public will learn the full details of the severance package of Yolande Ramharrack, the former human resources manager at Petrojam whose non-disclosure agreement stoked a firestorm of criticism for Prime Minister Andrew Holness. The disciplinary...

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Caribbean journalists have been challenged to up their game by helping different regional populations to fully understand climate-change issues such as global warming, most of which are linked to the use – or misuse...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Big-game hunters from the United States are trying to get permission to head to Jamaica to hunt the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), which is reportedly breeding at an alarming rate and emerging as a major threat to the natural...

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s failure to achieve sustainable economic growth has long been attributed to its inability to move beyond primary production in agriculture, as well as the mishandling of its mineral resources. Now a prominent businessman is...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) Metry Seaga on Tuesday challenged other business owners/operators to turn the spotlight on themselves in the fight against corruption."When we think corruption, we tend to only...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica continues to pay dearly for corruption, with an estimated five per cent of the gross domestic product lost each year to the practice, amounting to millions of dollars. This is a serious indication of the failure of successive administrations...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Investments in the local coffee industry in general, and Jamaica Blue Mountain in particular, must extend beyond the planting, harvesting and processing of the beans - which are at the core of the premium hot beverage for which Jamaica has achieved...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Educator Albert Green on Thursday took control of the Kingston and St Andrew Association of Branch Societies (ABS) of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Supported by first vice-president Thomas Mayne and second vice-president Lansford Moore,...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Hannah Town are today breathing much easier following Thursday's clean-up of a massive garbage pile-up along Blount Street by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which engaged the services of two private tipper trucks...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The strong appeal of Brand Jamaica is drawing more visitors from Latvia and the country should do more to encourage the flow of stopover arrivals from that Baltic state, according to honorary consul for the Republic of Latvia in Jamaica, Robert...

Published:Wednesday | January 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The election of officers to form the executive for the Kingston and St Andrew Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will go ahead despite a last-ditch effort by former president Norman Grant to stall proceedings."...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Members of the Kingston and St Andrew Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will vote on Thursday in an election that could have historical significance for the local farming sector.If incumbent president...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Every single cannabis plant cultivated by Environmentally Processing International Cannabis (EPICAN) is assigned a code number and tracked from seed to sale, with the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) maintaining strict monitoring oversight.So for...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

"Wanton terror being executed by some motorists" is the major cause of the 303 fatal crashes which, up to yesterday, had claimed the lives of 343 persons, according to Kenute Hare, director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will provide critical financial support for the Export Max III programme targeted at micro, small and medium-size businesses to help them meet globally competitive standards. DBJ General Manager for Strategic...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport of Mining is projecting that there could be at least 358 road fatalities by the end of the year.The unit revealed that at the end of November, fatalities had surpassed 322, the total number of people...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Chief executive officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation(JBDC) Valerie Viera has commended the strong corporate bonds for Export Max III, which will be undertaken in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers' and Exporters'...

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

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) wants the Government to offer a low-interest special fund to facilitate the necessary adjustments to business operations in order to comply with the pending ban of plastic and styrofoam...

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

The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) on Tuesday served notice it would not tolerate any interference with the import policy for refined sugar, or any other input material, for that matter."The JMEA is steadfast in its resolve...

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

Jamaica's impressive economic growth trajectory could be derailed if a number of outstanding issues are not addressed urgently, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), Metry Seaga, has warned."We have been through a...

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