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Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton made it clear yesterday that Jamaica's efforts to tap into the multibillion-dollar global medicinal marijuana industry would continue to be guided by public health concerns taking precedence over potentially...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Victoria Mutual Group copped six of seven sectionals awards en route to sweeping the Large Business Category at Tuesday's Service Excellence Awards 2018 hosted by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel,...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Howard Mitchell, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), has called on political leaders to obey a higher moral and legal code of governance as an example for citizens to follow. Without this paradigm shift, he argued, no...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

"Hunt them!" is advice the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is expected to give to game bird hunters who encounter the white-tailed deer during the 2018 season which gets underway on Saturday, August 18 and runs until Sunday,...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has promised more funding for the cash-starved Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) in order to ramp up the pace of operations.He told The Gleaner recently that there was a...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

An estimated 38,000 Jamaican youth between the ages of five and 17 years old are involved in child labour, and 26,000 work in hazardous conditions, as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO).These are some of the findings contained in...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has advised Jamaicans to take their business elsewhere if commercial banks fail to follow the lead of the central bank in reducing their interest rates."Medium-sized and small businesses need to demand of their...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The influx of brown seaweed known as sargassum, which has been affecting beaches along Jamaica's north and south coasts, is projected to continue to affect the island's shorelinebut poses no threat to human life or the environment, the National...

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Professor Errol Morrison, director general of the National Commission on Science and Technology, has lamented the unwillingness of Jamaican investors to support local research and science, even where there was ample proof that just a little more...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Everton Hansen is out as director general of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority.The Gleaner understands that the decision was announced during an emergency board meeting at the authority's office, 1 Willie Henry Drive, off...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) O'Neil Grant has warned of major trouble on the industrial scene if more is not done to protect the rights of workers.In his president's address to the 99th annual general meeting of the JCSA...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's growing obesity problem comes under the microscope during this year's Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) symposium, which will run from Sunday, June 3, to Sunday, June 10.'Obesity: Do we even have a slim chance?' is the theme for the...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Business Developing Corporation (JBDC) is well aware of the inherent difficulties of the value-chain system, requiring as it does the same high level of input from each contributor along every step of the chain.Though cognisant of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans should continue to track developments and brace for fallout from Tuesday's announcement by United States President Donald Trump that he intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord, Leonard Green, past president of the Jamaica Gasolene...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Government's much-touted Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), the umbrella organisation under which all former crop commodity services, with the exception of banana, are being subsumed, has no chance of working,...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After finally getting the green light to acquire the 1,000-acre Water Valley property in St Mary, the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) now finds itself saddled with two non-performing assets in the parish which the Government has failed to offload after...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Anticipation is high ahead of today's annual general meeting (AGM) of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston where Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is expected to...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday gave the assurance that his administration has the solution to Jamaica's long-standing and growing squatter problem, which it is on track to resolving once and for all.The provision of affordable housing...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday lamented the level of inefficiency in the public sector and appealed for bipartisan support in tackling its long-overdue reform...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Rehabilitation and successful reintegration of juvenile offenders into society must be given national priority, with all Jamaicans playing a part and not relying solely on the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).That is the view of Rudyard...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.Speaking at the St Mary Agri-Expo at the Gray's Inn sports complex, Annotto Bay,...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) was following the orders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and did not have a say in the decision to cut off funding to the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Campaign implemented by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET),...

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Persons who can benefit from a 50 per cent discount on property tax for land used primarily for agriculture have been unable to access this benefit available under the Land Taxation Relief Act for more than a year now. This is because the Land...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Eric Khant, United States charge d' affaires to Jamaica, earlier this week underscored the planned visit of Major General Rocky Meade, chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), to the United States as acknowledgement of Jamaica's key role...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 3:37 PMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Any sustained strategy for dismantling transnational criminal activities in the Caribbean must have strong, effective follow-up sanctions that extend well beyond the seizure of illicit drugs and the arrest of small-time criminals, a senior United...

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