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Stories by Christopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After five years in farming, Tyrone Robinson answered the Government’s call to ramp up production of Irish potatoes and really went in big. Having landed deals with a number of hotels, he was on track to deliver 90,000lb of produce. Then COVID-19...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:31 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security said that it is working with Jamaica Post to ease a cash-flow shortage at a number of post offices across Jamaica. The problem has been attributed to pensioners, some of whom would accumulate their...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

What started as a goodwill gesture has grown into a national effort centred on loyalty and patriotism to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. When the global pandemic started to impact Jamaica, Colonel Martin Rickman thought it would make...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

THE FINANCIAL downturn sparked by COVID-19 had begun to affect operations at Apparel Wearhouse, forcing the management to lay off some workers. But in an ironic twist, by last Friday evening, the global pandemic that had threatened to close down...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Elaine Simpson and other farmers in South East St Elizabeth are facing serious financial setbacks from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has restricted her ability to travel to the Coronation Market in Kingston to sell tomatoes, cucumbers...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

IN SOUTH east St Elizabeth, farmers in the communities of Red Bank, Port Sea, and Melksham are cultivating a wide range of vegetables – tomato, cucumber, cauliflower, melon, garden egg, scallion, broccoli, Scotch bonnet pepper and cabbage – like...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Controversial entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three murder co-convicts will be vindicated this morning when their appeal ruling is handed down, say two members of the high-level legal team representing the men. All four men were sentenced to life...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy, is backing the call made by government Senator Don Wehby last Friday in the Senate for the suspension of importation of some agricultural produce as the country grapples with the...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

At least two major players in the fisheries sector remain unimpressed by the Government’s pronouncements on steps to help the sector in light of $2.1-billion hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Roderick Francis, head of B...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:24 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a harsh blow to the operations of Crafton Holdings, the liquid egg plant run by Damion Crawford. The academic-and-politician-turned-entrepreneur said that his company might be...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Restrictions will be lifted this Saturday on residents in quarantined sections of Seven Miles and Eight Miles in Bull Bay who have had their communities under lockdown since Friday after contact-tracing concerns linked with Jamaica’s first...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

THE CARIBBEAN Development Bank’s (CDB) has US$90 million in financing as well as other funding available which it is prepared to make available to regional states, at very reasonable interest rates, to bolster their efforts to cope with the ravages...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, Reverend Karl Johnson, in supporting the National Days of Prayer and Fasting which started at 6 p.m. yesterday and will run until 6 p.m. tomorrow as declared by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, has...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

At a recent meeting of stakeholders in the fledging bamboo industry at the Miracle Lane Church of the Full Truth in Peckham, Clarendon, David Christie arrived early and took a seat in the front row. He seemed like an eager beaver who wanted to see...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The outlook for domestic food production over the next two months is very good, with pork, poultry and eggs topping the list in areas which Jamaica has achieved near self-sufficiency. In addition, there are enough crop inputs in place to drive...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Plans by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to install a designated phone line to provide information about the health and welfare of wards and inmates in its care are yet to be implemented, even though it has suspended visits and the...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:37 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Long-standing rituals such as communion will be altered or suspended in the wake of the emergence of novel coronavirus infections in Jamaica, the Rev Dr Howard Gregory, archbishop of the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies, has said...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:32 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The parliamentary Opposition’s decision to preach about corruption and scandal in the Holness administration has begun to wear thin on electors and accounts for the bounce in public opinion for the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as reflected...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Lack of knowledge, coupled with the limited access to modern technology are among the major issues keeping Jamaican small farmers shackled to subsistence farming, unable to scale up their farming operations to the feasible business ventures they...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The laid-back and nonchalant attitude of some members of staff of the Plant Quarantine Division of the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is hurting efforts to get some urgent sanitary and phytosanitary projects, intended to...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

More than half the Jamaicans surveyed are convinced that roadworks in the Corporate Area over the past two years were worth the disruptions encountered, the latest RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll has shown. Fewer than one-third of the 1,...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican society first needs to recapture the essence of respect for persons and institutions of authority if the country is to make any progress in its fight against crime and violence, according to Reverend Astor Carlyle of Webster Memorial...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

An adviser to the Government on agricultural policies and development recently warned farmers to be wary of Bernard Lodge and other mother mega-farm plans earmarked for St Catherine. He cautioned that the plans could lead to the demise of small...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The strength and commitment of an injured unnamed policeman who was hurt in a two-vehicle smash-up at the intersection of Harbour and Pechon streets yesterday afternoon was the talking point among workers from a nearby furniture store, some of whom...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Decades of neglect by successive political administrations have left residents of Bonnett, a rural community in Guy’s Hill, St Catherine, disenchanted with both political parties – the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the parliamentary...

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