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Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica now has a better mapping of its underwater coastal infrastructure, thanks to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), which recently funded a three-week capacity-building programme here to support safe maritime trade and the...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A People’s National Party (PNP) under the leadership of Peter Bunting would treat as priority the welfare of stalwarts, people who have supported and stuck with the party through times of good and bad. That’s according to the man seeking to...

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

In recent years, the People’s National Party (PNP) has had difficulty drawing on the coffers of corporate Jamaica, and Mark Golding, a key campaigner in Peter Bunting’s challenge to Dr Peter Phillips’ presidency, says they are well aware of this...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:31 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which since 2010 has drastically impacted their groves and production, has forced Trade Winds Citrus Limited in St Catherine to diversify its operations to include coconut and pineapple, Managing...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:30 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The high cost of doing business in Jamaica continues to be a major hindrance to local operators and is a matter of major concern to the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), its deputy vice -president, David Martin, acknowledged...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica was hit by 26 natural disasters of varying intensity and severity between 1993 and 2003, with total losses and damage amounting to US$2.22 billion or 1.5 per cent of the country’s average annual gross domestic production over the period....

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s obsolete radar system is set to be replaced by state-of-the-art equipment following yesterday’s signing ceremony for the design, supply and installation of an S-band Weather Radar System to boost the country’s ability to more accurately...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Canadian High Commissioner Laurie Peters has described the 53-year-old Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP), which sees thousands of Jamaicans heading north annually to boost farm labour in harvesting crops, as a “well-oiled machine”....

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans who have overstayed their visas for long periods have been warned by immigration attorneys to regularise their status in the face of threats by the Trump administration to kick out millions of migrants living illegally in the United...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Elections for the post of Miami-Dade County mayor are more than a year away – August 25, 2020, to be exact – but when attorney-at-law Marlon Hill came calling at the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, last evening charged Jamaican green card holders living in America to embrace dual citizenship as a potential foil against the four pillars of immigration reform enunciated by US President...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night appealed to members of the diaspora for help in addressing the country’s growing crime problem but hinted that focus be placed on new and emerging threats to Jamaica’s all-round security. “The...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has partnered with a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, Mona, to conduct research on the seaweed, sargassum. The research will...

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

The effort given to ensuring that clean agricultural produce make their way on to supermarkets shelves and to tourists should also be made for food items sold to locals in parochial markets across the island, Lenworth Fulton, president of the...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) got a last-minute reprieve on Tuesday from Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz, that will ensure that its Schools Environment Programme (SEP) continues. The announcement came...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Plans are under way for the closure of a section of John’s Lane in the vicinity of the P.A. Benjamin manufacturing and processing plant to facilitate expansion of its operations. P.A. Benjamin bought the property for $5 million, Town Clerk Robert...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica’s top marine biologists, Dr Dayne Buddo, has been invited to speak at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA, this week. The 20th Meeting of the United Nations Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Teachers in Jamaican schools are coming under increasing scrutiny from the police over a spate of sexual assault cases in which students as young as 12 have been targeted by predators. Citing police statistics indicating that in Kingston and St...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is sitting on a gold mine of innovation research which has not been tapped by angel investors and other entrepreneurs, which partly accounts for the country’s unimpressive ranking of 83rd on the Global Innovation Index, according to a...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Agricultural practices in Jamaica are lagging a half-century behind the rest of the world, and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President Lenworth Fulton wants to speed up the development of the local sector. Fulton, who is in his first year as...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Farm interests have lambasted the framework of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulation Authority (JACRA) as a bureaucratic nightmare, labelling the oversight measures fiscally punitive and anti-competitive. A snippet of the heavy financial...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:32 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After failing to get its hands on the Seprod shares of members of the Coconut Industry Board (CIB), the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has embarked on a hostile takeover of the Banana Board. Plans are on track to...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, has shot down any speculation about press advisories to all operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more properly known as drones, as a pre-emptive...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Seeking to bolster the confidence of Jamaican businesses eager to deepen their export footprint across the Caribbean, Prime Minister Andrew Holness urged investors to push back at perceived structural or cultural barriers to trade by regional...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Seprod Group of Companies is mulling over the feasibility of ploughing ahead with planting of coconuts and other crops after its impending exit from sugar manufacturing when it shutters its Golden Grove, St Thomas, operations. Speaking at the...

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