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Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Things are definitely looking brighter in sections of downtown Kingston with eye-catching murals along Water Lane and other sections of the capital generating a groundswell of positive vibrations. Workers and passers-by in the area dubbed the...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Sticking with the good values learnt at home and resisting the lure of the bling culture which promotes hype over substance is critical to achieving one’s life goals. And it matters not which high school you attend, if you adhere to some simple,...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Every year, 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean — on track to triple by 2040 without concerted global efforts to stop it. In the Caribbean specifically, native mangroves and coral reefs could help protect more than a quarter of...

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

A youth training programme is geared at closing the massive gap in Jamaica’s complement of agricultural extension officers, the technical personnel who operate as key liaisons with the island’s farmers. The first cohort of 40 young women and men...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

An islandwide survey by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) to determine the full extent of the damage to crops and livestock is ongoing and won’t be known for some time, as the island continues to be affected by heavy rains. However, already...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A leading agriculturalist has called into question the focus and practicality of the national campaign aimed at getting Jamaicans to eat and utilise more local foods in an effort to substantially grow domestic agriculture, while building on the...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaicans from all age groups continue to struggle to cope with the restrictions on movements and public gatherings, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has recognised that there could be some fallout in terms of how individuals, especially...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A FACE mask, whether made of cloth or disposable material ,should not be worn for more than four hours, after which it ceases to be effective in containing the spread of the coronavirus. Senior Public Health Nurse Charmaine Vassell-Shettlewood...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

One unit of blood can make the life-saving difference for as many as three persons, acting director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, Dr Alisha Tucker, has said. Tucker was speaking last Friday during a drive to ramp up supplies. COVID-19...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Four of the eight women who usually clean and shred callaloo at Farm Best Vegetables in Lakes Pen, St Catherine, were absent when The Gleaner visited yesterday. The company, which usually produces between 500 and 1,000 one-pound bags of the...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government on Tuesday moved $10 million closer towards bridging the digital divide with a donation from the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation to its ‘One Laptop or Tablet Per Child’ initiative. Minister of Education, Youth and Information...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has signalled his intention to take strong action against poachers who continue to plunder Jamaica’s territorial waters. Green, who delivered the keynote address at the formal handover of a twin-...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The special coronavirus curfew imposed on Rae Town on October 23 in response to a spike in infections in the Kingston community could be lifted on Friday, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton has said. The disclosure came during a...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE DONATION of medical equipment and supplies to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), valued at $5 million, by the Good Samaritan Inn on Tuesday, will go a far way in improving healthcare delivery, Regional Director of the SERHA,...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture Floyd Green is well aware that while there is the need for urgent action to address the concerns of farmers hard hit by the ongoing heavy rain across the country, with more showers projected for the island, a quick fix is...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With eight acres of papayas ready for harvesting, St Elizabeth farmer Omar Ramsamugh was all set for a merry Christmas. That was until the elements, it would seem, conspired to wipe out his bumper crop, dealing him a severe financial blow....

Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A World Bank consultant to the Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has expressed concern that most Jamaican judges presiding over cases of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has given SCJ Holdings Limited until the end of November to provide a report on the status of the lease arrangements of all land over which it has jurisdiction. Thereafter, he will decide on a...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bayshore Park in Harbour View are not optimistic that the main road leading into their community will be rehabilitated anytime soon following the destruction of several sections of the surface after a weekend of withering wind and rain...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:14 PMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Shalk Electronic Security Limited, one of five companies which this year won lucrative government contracts for providing security services to hospitals and health centres across the island, is again in the news for its failure to make outstanding...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Governments in the Eastern Caribbean have been making use of the Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment (eCPA) toolkit, with one using it to help guide their response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government officials have noted that the...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A survival guide produced in Braille for persons who are blind or living with vision impairment was unveiled at a handover ceremony recently as part of an effort to ensure that they are not left behind when disaster strikes. The ceremony at the...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The global coronavirus pandemic has created some business opportunities for local food exporters who have been able to adopt their strategies in line with the challenges and have been able to survive and thrive. One such business is Carita Limited...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Cornel Alphanso Grant, affectionately called ‘CJ’, is being remembered for his outstanding courage and faith in the face of overwhelming odds, which now serve as a source of strength for grieving the passing of the Calabar High School student....

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

A Patrick City shopkeeper said on Wednesday that she was still traumatised by the gun murder of a 70-year-old man in the western St Andrew community the night before. The killing of Maurice Bailey, otherwise called ‘Beenie’ or ‘Likkle B’, has...

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