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JAMAICAN Teas plans to develop an upscale residential complex in Manor Park, St Andrew, which will become its third real estate development.

The beverage brand also announced plans to start selling moringa tea after securing several thousand pounds of the wonder plant.

The company, listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, will develop the land following completion of its second real estate venture in St Thomas.

"We acquired a lot of land last year in St Andrew around the Manor Park area," said director John Jackson in the capacity of chairman at the annual general meeting on Bell Road, Kingston, on Wednesday. "That lot is slated for an apartment complex once we have completed or substantially completed our St Thomas development."

One of Jamaica's largest hotels, the Grand Palladium, Hanover, has been outfitted with what is believed to be the largest solar plant in the country.

The hotel expects to save over J$80 million in energy cost per year from the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant by local manufacturer, Sofos Jamaica.

The plant was unveiled at the 1,000-room resort last Friday.

"We are pleased to be pioneers in the industry as the first hotel in Jamaica to embark on such an investment," stated the resort's general manager, José Morgan.

He describes the investment as a win-win for the tourism sector and destination Jamaica.

AT one time it was to be the site of the Jamaica Football Federation's training centre. Then there was talk that it was to be the home of the municipal offices. But last Friday, 15 acres of open lot across from the Portmore Mall was unveiled as the site for a climate change park.

It is a joint venture between the city of Hagen in Germany and the municipality of Portmore in St Catherine, and is one of several projects to be completed under the Municipal Climate Partnership Programme.

TRECIA Rose had an idea and she ran with it.

While lying in bed one morning, Rose thought to herself how much she enjoyed cinnamon tea.

Alone, it was refreshing, she thought. So, imagine how great it would be when combined with the ultimate thirst quencher — water.

"I just got out of the bed, did a sample and it worked," Rose told the Jamaica Observer. "I then went straight to the SRC (Scientific Research Council)."

Its great taste plus several health benefits was enough to get the project off the ground.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Less than two years in, Herboo Enterprise — a herbal cosmetic company in Cedar Grove Manchester — is a cottage industry with one product to its credit — an organic two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.

STEER Town Primary and Vere Technical were the respective winners in the 10-14 and 15-19 categories of the Young Inventors/Innovators Competition hosted by the Scientific Research Council (SRC). This was the third instalment of the competition which began in 2008.

The overwhelming response to the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s Proof of Concept Competition – 300 applications were submitted – is evidence that the region is creating the next generation of climate tech entrepreneurs and is ready to invest in its green future. 

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — A team of experts from the US-based Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative (CFCI) is due here later this month as the organisation seeks to help St Kitts and Nevis in developing a strategy to reduce the cost of electricity on the twin island Federation, Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas has said.

Dr Douglas, accompanied by Energy Minister Dr Earl Martin, held talks with CFCI officials and later announced that the continuing high cost of imported oil for electricity generation was not sustainable for the country's socio-economic development.

Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter

It's only appropriate that an entity targeting the wellness of mind and body, should promote the wellness of the environment.

Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, which comes under the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) of Jamaica, has implemented the use of green technology in all operational initiatives. Michelle Samuels, assistant manager, special projects. at EHF Resource Development Limited (the commercial entity of the EHF Group), explained that the green surge began in earnest in 2011, utilising the expertise of consulting engineers Basil Nelson and Associates. The redevelopment, which cost J$63 million, includes a state-of-the-art rainwater harvesting system, variable refrigerant volume (VRV) inverter air-conditioning 

Jamaica is being praised for making significant strides in raising public awareness about climate-change issues.

A United States official has noted that the nation is working in a structured way to put in place the necessary infrastructure to address the potentially devastating impact of global warming on agriculture and other environmental issues.

Denise Herbol, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Jamaica, is so impressed with the country's progress on these issues, she has committed to further support programmes centred on environmental sustainability.