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Stories by Mark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:16 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seventy-four-year-old Roy Burns has been picking apples in Vermont for nearly 40 years, but while the United States seasonal agricultural programme has been beneficial to him and his family, he will not report for work this year. At...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:06 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: PUBLIC HEALTH officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness are conducting assessments of all local outsourcing firms to ensure adherence to the restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global services sector...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Davon Crump, chief executive officer of business process outsourcing outfit Global Outsourcing Solutions Limited (GOSL), will probably never forget the look of despair on the faces of some of his employees when...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:08 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Dermon Spence, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), has rubbished claims that the foray into representational politics by Phillip Henriques, chairman of the Sugar Enterprise...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:06 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Several local outsourcing operators are still in dialogue with their clients regarding the implementation of work-at-home (WAH) arrangement for their agents to minimise the risk of potential infection from the coronavirus (COVID-19...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:28 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) is awaiting the green light from the Government for a waiver on duties on computers for its members to support a planned work-at-home (WAH) regime, which is...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:21 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

David Coke, the 83-year-old son of Burnett Birthright Coke, late Speaker of the House and member of house of the Representative for South St Elizabeth in the 1950s, is calling for a posthumous national award to be conferred on his father for his...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:15 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government and private-sector developers have been urged to build out more multistorey residences across the western city of Montego Bay to drive down housing costs and influence public order and safety. That call has come from...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:20 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Farmers along the Trelawny-St James belt who have been affected by the closure of the Long Pond Sugar Factory will be taking control of lands surrounding the historic landmark by the end of March....

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:22 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: With a plethora of housing developments taking place in western Jamaica, and further expansion projected for the lucrative outsourcing sector, president of the Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ), Gloria Henry, is calling...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:40 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Independent auditors have called for immediate corrective action to fix a raft of issues identified during an investigation into the dysfunctional wastewater treatment plant at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, The Gleaner understands. Health and...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:16 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

The Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ), formerly the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica, is projecting annual revenue earning of US$1 billion from its membership by 2024. Currently, the more than 70 firms operating in the...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, issued a scathing rebuke on Thursday to critics of the outsourcing sector and lauded the almost 70 outsourcing firms operating locally for...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:42 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Robin Russell, chairman of the St James chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), is cautioning the Government against promoting a free-for-all model for property owners who subscribe to Airbnb, the United States-based global...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

The 2019-2020 sugar crop year got off to an early start when Chinese producers Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) started production on November 28. PCSC, Appleton and Worthy Park Estates have projected a combined 48,000 tonnes of the sweetener...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:06 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

For residents of Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, it is not a matter of if, but when, the next fisherman from their community will be taking his last voyage out to sea. The community has lost 62 fishers to date, but the sea remains the gold mine of...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 8:20 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Staff of the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland have been scolded for wrecking a multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment plant by dumping towels, sheets and other material down the drain. Last week, Eric ‘Busha’ Clarke, chairman of the...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:14 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has ordered independent auditors to probe expenditure on a dysfunctional wastewater treatment plant at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland after it was discovered that the project had racked up 180 per...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:20 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Telecoms provider FLOW was to meet with members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday as it continued to engage business leaders who have expressed discontent with the company’s network infrastructure. Following a meeting...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Immediate past chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association (AIJCFA), Allan Rickards, says successive governments have failed Jamaica by placing the agriculture sector in the shadows. Speaking to The Gleaner days before being...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:16 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Despite racking up millions of dollars in operational losses since taking ownership of Bernard Lodge, Frome and Monymusk Sugar Estates in 2009, Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) says there is no immediate plan to shutter operations in Jamaica. In...

Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 12:14 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Stakeholders in the business process outsourcing (BPO) and hospitality sectors in western Jamaica are calling on Cable...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:39 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Senior Journalist and businesswoman Janet Silvera was last night selected as the new president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), following the sudden resignation of career banker Winston Lawson yesterday. At an emergency...

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A top executive of a leading outsourcing firm has rubbished the popular notion that the imminent implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in commercial operations would result in a mass loss of jobs. Speaking to The...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:29 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President Howard Mitchell is calling for the abolition of the current foreign-exchange management programme and for the Jamaican dollar to be pegged to the US currency. Speaking at the Jamaica...

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