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Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A senior banker has recommended that banks and other financial institutions must move beyond simply providing financing and, instead, get in the habit of educating and clarifying issues for persons in the productive sector. The recommendation came...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:43 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A St Catherine housing scheme that was shelved after the private-sector partner jumped ship is being resurrected and rebranded as a template for future housing developments in Jamaica. Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) Chairman Norman Brown told...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Business operators must guard against a sense of complacency as a result of the favourable economic outlook accorded to Jamaica by external ratings agencies in recent times, one of the country’s leading businessmen has warned. The president of the...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:34 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

An unwavering commitment to service and betterment of the less fortunate. That was the defining characteristic of Dr Kenneth Baugh, whether he was at home in the role of husband and father, in the operating theatre as a gifted surgeon, or on the...

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Stakeholders are accusing the Plant Quarantine Division in the agriculture ministry of mismanagement in the fight to eliminate the frosty pod rot disease. The division, which took over the programme to battle the devastating disease from the Cocoa...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money invested in irrigation infrastructure will go to waste if the Government goes ahead with plans to build out the new Bernard Lodge city in St Catherine. That’s the warning from Opposition Leader Dr Peter...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Rampant corruption in his own North East Manchester constituency, incompetence of some members of the technical staff under his command, and an out-of-step Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) are just some of the issues...

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) has called into question Government’s commitment to the animal health sector in the wake of its failure to fund any veterinary medicine course, even as it announced scholarships for 47 more medical...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A bully is someone who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those who he or she perceives as vulnerable, and bullying is now widely recognised as a serious problem that affects children at all grades and levels. However, Consultant Psychiatrist...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Social scientist Dr Henley Morgan is warning that some members of the security forces who took part in the Tivoli incursion in 2010 are still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, nine years later. Describing them as “damaged”, Morgan said...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

It was a celebration of breadfruit, a showcase of the fruit in just some of the ways it can be used to create culinary delights – from breadfruit salad, fritters, curried breadfruit to breadfruit drink. The occasion was the launch of The...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:42 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

There are mounting concerns that some Jamaicans could be exposing the rest of the population to serious diseases and infections – and possibly death – by their self-serving insistence on smuggling exotic animals into the island. Dr Osbil Watson,...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Almost three weeks after Prime Minister Andrew Holness assured the country that the requisite environmental impact assessment (EIA) had been done for the Cockpit Country, the National Planning and Environment Agency (NEPA) has determined that the...

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Senator Matthew Samuda last week told the 5th Sherpa Meeting of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands that the potential impact of climate change on small-island developing states (SIDS) such as Jamaica...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Game bird hunters have been given the green light to shoot the white-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus), an alien invasive species of major concern in Jamaica, any time throughout the year. The okay has come from National Environment and...

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Health officials have been moving to calm fears after a work crew excavating an area at the Cornwall Regional Hospital on Monday stumbled upon poorly discarded medical waste. Western Regional Health Authority Regional Director Errol Greene told...

Published:Saturday | August 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Producers CEO Jeffrey Hall is urging policymakers to stop treating agriculture as a poverty-alleviation measure but as a sound business enterprise. Warning that geopolitics is dictating that there is a need to change the conversation around...

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is undertaking research on new food sources to stave off any potential negative impact from the loss of some traditional crops and foods because of climate change. Among those being eyed are the sea grape, whose commercial...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently announced that the long-awaited environmental impact assessment that will inform his administration’s decision on mining in the Cockpit Country is now completed. Delivering the keynote address on the final day...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After years of being involved in the natural juice business, Tollentio and Winston Barr are now looking to spice things up for Jamaicans and anyone else interested in cooking healthier meals. They are looking to influence culinary decisions with a...

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Farming decisions and climate conditions are inextricably linked, and if we isolate them, it is to our detriment, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has warned. Jamaica is listed as one of the top 40 climate hotspots in the world, meaning it is one...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will kick off at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon tomorrow, with organisers promising to excite patrons over the three days. Under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We...

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 12:21 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean does not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on climate change, given that every year without fail, one or more of our islands will be hit by weather events with greater frequency and intensity, which can wipe out an...

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Tang Brand Manager Shellian Thompson on Tuesday issued a challenge to other members of the private sector to join the push to promote excellence in mathematics, given the urgent need for improvement in this subject among Jamaican students. She made...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The CEO of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson, has painted a grim picture of the implications of climate change on the island. “What we are experiencing in the environment now is not normal,” he told Tuesday’s...

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