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Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The announcement that Audley Shaw, the self-styled ‘Man A Yaad’, has been handed the reins of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries again in the wake of yesterday’s resignation by Floyd Green, is being hailed as a strategic move by experts in...

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is searching for a new leader of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) after Chief Executive Officer Peter Thompson was reportedly issued with an ultimatum to resign, be fired, or accept a...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A prominent trade union leader has expressed concern that the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is at serious risk of being derailed by conspiracy theorists who are drowning out the voices of reason. Jamaica is currently struggling to...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Popular Arnett Gardens community activist George Phang, who miraculously survived 19 bullets in 2003, was yesterday advised to consult his personal physician before taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Phang told The Gleaner that the advice was given...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

President of the Transport Operator Development Sustainable Service (TODSS), Egerton Newman, has set the ambitious target of getting at least 65 per cent of the islands estimated 200,000 transport operators – owners, drivers, conductors, backup men...

Published:Wednesday | September 8, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The joint select committee reviewing the proposal for Portmore to become Jamaica’s 15th parish met on Thursday and approved the plan, which is to undergo further fine-tuning before being sent to Parliament. However, it did not include any input...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Construction of a 60-bed field hospital on the grounds of The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in Papine, at a former staff parking lot adjacent to the accident and emergency ward, began on Friday, with a floor plan for as many as 27...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Small businesses have taken a battering from a second week of coronavirus lockdowns, with fears emerging that the imposition of more no-movement days could further cripple commerce. Those anxieties have left business people hesitant about...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Residents of Padmore, Coopers Hill, Rock Hall and other communities in the rural outreaches of Red Hills are at their wits’ end, frustrated by frequent disruptions in Internet service caused by the theft of copper cable. The latest theft occurred...

Published:Monday | August 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Broilers Group pulled out all the stops last Friday and Saturday to get as many of its employees and members of their families, as well as other community members, vaccinated during the start of its two-day vaccination drive at the...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A homeless man on the streets of Kingston is advising the Government to mount an effective grass-roots campaign to educate the public on the possible side effects of the COVID-19 jabs and clear up concerns over the different brands to drive up...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green has directed the management of Newport Fersan, the country’s sole manufacturer of fertiliser, to report to him in a week’s time on possible adjustments that can be made to provide cheaper products for...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica achieved a one-day record of 21,000 COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, bolstering hope that the country could meet its target of 65 per cent herd immunity by March 2022. Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Leslie Meade has called...

Published:Tuesday | August 24, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica’s foremost authorities on environmental and nuclear sciences and decorated scientists, Professor Gerald Lalor, is being mourned after his passing Sunday night at the age of 90. Yesterday, RJRGLEANER Communications Group Chairman...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The heavy showers Jamaica encountered on August 17 prevented the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) from conducting an investigation into a report of juvenile fish, lobsters, crabs, sea cucumbers and other marine species washing up on...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The scientific evidence suggests that the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was in Jamaica some two months ago, so the country should brace for an uptick in virus cases during the coming weeks, according to Opposition...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness may face an uphill battle in convincing parents and guardians to have students inoculated during its weekend vaccination blitz targeting children aged 12 to 18. The Holness administration is moving to avert...

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

It was just after 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon and shopkeeper Latoya Campbell was perched on a stool outside her business place in Bannister, St Catherine, just like she had done so many times before. However, this wasn’t like any other day. Not with...

Published:Tuesday | August 17, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

“We are in grave danger, to put it bluntly.” That’s the frank assessment of Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) President Dr Andrew Manning as the island saw a record high 46.1 per cent positivity rate in COVID-19 testing on Sunday, as reported by...

Published:Saturday | August 14, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The acquisition of the Jamaica lll – a new utility vessel with advanced capabilities – is part of a much larger programme to enhance Jamaica’s competitiveness in the global maritime sector, in keeping with the long-term strategy for the further...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

ALL PERSONS having conch or conch products in their possession have until August 21 to make a declaration of the amounts to the National Fisheries Authority (NFA), with offices at 2C Newport East, Kingston 11. This includes hotels, restaurants, bed...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday hailed the acquisition of the Jamaica lll, a state-of-the-art utility vessel, by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) as an indication of the Government’s thrust to modernise public infrastructure and...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Cruise ships will be making calls to Jamaican ports very soon, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who made the disclosure last evening, failed to provide any details about the timeline even as he emphasised the importance of walking a tightrope...

Published:Saturday | July 31, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Pleasure boat operators are being warned that any failure to observe COVID-19 protocols on the high seas, including sticking to the curfew deadlines, will result in prosecution. This as the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), working in...

Published:Monday | July 12, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The global COVID-19 pandemic which closed international borders, shut down industries across the world and cut international as well as domestic travel, did not in any way slow the impact of climate change on the economies of small island...

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