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Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the rebuilding of the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, has almost been completed after being razed by fire in 2017, Chairman Hartley Perrin is disappointed that the Government has not yet lived up to its promise...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although jury trials have been suspended in COVID-19 era courtrooms locally, lawyers representing three cops charged in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane in a Montego Bay lock-up have indicated that they would prefer...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mark Barnett, the president of the National Water Commission (NWC), believes that Jamaicans living in rural areas must be willing to use traditional methods of sourcing water, as it is not economically possible to expand water-...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is dismissing suggestions that the vector-control programme under his oversight has suffered from a redeployment of workers to COVID-19 relief. The...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The density of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population in St James almost doubled in the three-month period to August, resurrecting the threat of a resurgence of dengue fever that killed dozens and infected more than 7,500 across...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DAINE MACKLIMORE, a jack-of-all-trades who has worked in various jobs from sales to tiling, is demonstrating his versatility by using social media to outsource the services of his Montego Bay-based construction business, Impulse...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica’s COVID-19 cases now standing at 2,896 infections and 29 deaths following the recent spikes, some stakeholders in western Jamaica are urging the Government to be more stringent in enforcing the Ministry of Health’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:41 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More than three years after it first opened its doors to house some departments of the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC) remains committed to supporting the...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:31 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the reopening of schools pushed back a month because of a spike in coronavirus cases, educators in western Jamaica have renewed concerns about how patchy or non-existent Internet service will impede online teaching when...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) is not worried about the possibility of some defendants held in detention contracting the coronavirus as news emerged of at least five cases being discovered at the St Andrew-based Horizon Adult...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the COVID-19 isolation wards at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and the Princess Margaret Hospital now at their full capacities, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has indicated that the main public-...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the customary face-to-face interaction, this year’s Salt Spring Summer Camp, which was done virtually, turned out to be an overwhelming success and culminated with 25 of the 70 participants...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:42 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Twelve young mothers from the Salt Spring community in St James were left overwhelmed with gratitude on Friday after they were presented with baby supplies valued at just under $100,000 by the Salt Spring Community Outreach...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Amid credible reports that the established coronavirus-prevention protocols were flaunted with impunity on Tuesday’s nomination day, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says it will be intensifying its COVID-19 public...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Three hundred students from 17 schools in St James were the grateful recipients of $5 million in school supplies provided by the New Fortress Energy company, which had a somewhat scaled-down back-to-school fair on the grounds of...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government might engage security guards to help enforce Jamaica’s COVID-19 health regulations because of persistent breaches, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has said. “There are still too many individuals who have...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2020 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Though mass gatherings are already prohibited under coronavirus legislation, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has cranked up its public-education machinery to promote compliance with safety laws as Jamaica’s election...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Amid the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, where Jamaica has recorded some 1,023 cases and 14 deaths, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is voicing hope that the country will recover from the crisis due to the strong spirit of its people...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: After approximately 30 years without access to running water in their homes, residents of Flower Hill, St James, are now singing praises following an official ceremony commissioning a supply system in the community on Friday. The...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the country celebrated 58 years of independence amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and the war on crime, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has made a fresh appeal for Jamaicans to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus and...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Anthony Stultz, president of the Godfrey Stewart High School Past Students’ Association’s local chapter, has promised that his organisation will play its part to upgrade the school’s feeding programme, to include the creation of an...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Forensic psychiatric expert Dr Myo Kyaw Oo has lamented the shortage of psychiatrists to treat Jamaica’s approximately 240 prison inmates who have mental-health issues. Oo, the only doctor in Jamaica who is licensed to do forensic...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mercia Frasier, the mother of Mario Deane, is now nursing bittersweet emotions after a judge ruled yesterday that the two men who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to her son’s 2014 death should be released. “Honestly, I...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With increasing calls for the construction of the long-awaited western justice court complex in Montego Bay to get under way, three years after its initial announcement in 2017, the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) has said additional...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2020 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The much-anticipated plea and case management hearing for Rahjief Morgan, the man accused of last January’s stabbing death of University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) student Demar Stennett, has been rescheduled to October 8,...

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