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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WHILE A decision has been taken to cut the funding earmarked for the ongoing restoration works at the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH), top stakeholders say the adjustments, which were made in the Government’s 2020-21 Estimates...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) is seeking to have a dialogue with Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) about devising convenient ways for residents of the parish to pay their property taxes, following reports that payment...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is urging the councillors of the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) to educate their constituents on the facts regarding COVID-19, in light of reports of discrimination against persons in the parish...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The poor quality of the customer service at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, has added another layer to the inadequacy at the facility, which is undergoing restoration work, despite being the main...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the 2020 ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championship derailed by COVID-19, Petersfield High School in Westmoreland has decided to provide food, including chickens that were being reared for the athletics team, to the more than 280 needy...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: CLERGYMEN IN western Jamaica are somewhat cautious about how church services are to be conducted during the upcoming two-week trial period announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday evening as part of the effort to ease...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: David Martin is staging online workshops to help persons learn a new skill in animation and the digital arts as they spend more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Martin, a Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Justices of the Peace (JP) in western Jamaica are not being barred from inspecting police lock-ups and seeing inmates, despite reports suggesting that they have been barred from doing so due to concerns that outside persons could...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC) has been assisting persons affected financially by the COVID-19 outbreak through a generous outreach programme valued at J$5 million. Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ANCHOVY HIGH School in St James is seeking corporate assistance to support its students who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for whom the school has, within the past week, provided 30 food packages prepared from its own...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WITH LIMITED Internet access to support their efforts, Camille Davis-Williams, principal of St Paul’s Primary School in Westmoreland, and her staff, have decided to add a special touch to their mandate to their students by...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In a bid to help ease the suffering sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Jamaica Conference (NJC) of Seventh-day Adventists has been dishing out care packages valued at J$2.5 million to 2,000 households across the island....

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: ALTHOUGH SCHOOLS have been ordered closed due to the presence of COVID-19 in Jamaica, author and publisher Dr Jermaine Gordon has begun hosting storytelling sessions aimed at schoolchildren, utilising the Zoom conferencing app,...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Except for the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay, there is no other public medical facility in western Jamaica that is equipped to handle a case like that of Jodian Fearon, who died under controversial circumstances...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: With the increased pressure brought on by the onset of COVID-19, Carmen Johnson, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), is calling for greater support for the nation’s nurses as it relates...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Errol Greene, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), says the entity has counselling services for the relatives of persons who died from COVID-19. The WRHA boss made the announcement in the aftermath...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn believes that several laws, including the Disaster Risk Management Act and the Cybercrime Act, should be amended, allowing for harsher penalties when persons use technology to...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although taking a financial hit with coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings making allowance for no more than 10 persons present at each service, local churches are still pressing on with their mandate as stewards of their...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) is currently awaiting the Ministry of Education’s decision on whether the island’s independently run schools will be getting state relief in light of the impact of the coronavirus...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition spokesman on Science and Technology, Julian Robinson, has warned that great care must be taken when sharing sensitive information on the many videoconferencing options on social media. There has been a sharp increase in...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The restriction on social gatherings as a result of COVID-19 has not stopped the philanthropic drive of former banker Janet Richards, who has stepped up her outreach charity projects for at-risk children in St James, which she has...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Delroy Fray, clinical coordinator at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, says he is confident that the Mount Salem-based health facility can adequately facilitate COVID-19 patients, even if the numbers increase...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MONTEGO BAY Mayor Homer Davis is calling on residents of St James not to selfishly deprive others of water when the commodity is trucked to their communities, as an adequate supply of water is needed for proper sanitation to...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has instructed representatives of the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) not to collect fees from vendors at the Charles Gordon Market before the official opening time to prevent a violation of the...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Workers in the essential services in St James, including medical personnel and firefighters, are calling for greater protection as they work on the front lines responding to emergencies even as the island battles the coronavirus...

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