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Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A pact signed by the agriculture ministry and municipal corporations will increase the turnaround time for the rehabilitation of farm roads across Jamaica. The move towards establishing the farm road MOU was designed to speed up the...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:19 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation (WMC) says it is being starved of funding from the Ministry of Local Government and is calling for equity in the distribution of monies generated into the Parochial Revenue Fund (PRF) through...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:34 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Pan-Africanist advocate Steven Golding is pleading with Maroons and the Government not to pour scorn on the ethnic group’s Lumi currency distributed by the Accompong Central Solar Reserve Bank (CSRB). His call follows months of a...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:32 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Business leaders operating along Jamaica’s north coast are poised to experience a reduction in travelling time in the near future as the Government has indicated that it will be expanding the existing road network into a four-lane...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WiPay Jamaica, a technology solutions company that simplifies e-commerce, has indicated that it will be going public and plans to list on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in the first quarter of 2020. Aldwyn Wayne,...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says solving the country’s crime problem will not be sustainable until as a nation, we can fix the continuous neglect of the security forces which has existed since independence. “The...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:31 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Homeowner Suzette Virgo, whose home falls in the projected path of the looming J$4.8-billion Montego Bay bypass, says she will have no difficulty in giving into Government’s request to acquire the property on which her Irwin home is...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It will not be a merry Christmas for the 26 wards of the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, as a funding crunch has derailed plans to have accommodation there ready for the Yuletide season. “There is absolutely no ......

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Joyce Wilson, corporate communications manager at the National Housing Trust (NHT) says in the 10 months since its inception, the Guarantee Purchase Programme (GPP) public-private partnership with developers has produced some 3,000...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Theresa Turner-Jones, general manager for the Inter-American Development Bank Caribbean Country Department has said steps are being taken to ensure that Jamaica operates on a digital platform where everyone will have its own digital...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has said that should the central bank use the country’s reserves to stem the unpredictable movement of the exchange rate, Jamaica’s external sustainability would be compromised. He said Jamaica has...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:39 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government is being urged to crack down on lavish guest houses and villas operating under the guise of Airbnb interests that are charging thousands of US dollars per night while dodging tax authorities. Wayne Cummings, a past...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:25 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In a sustained pitch for the introduction of the revised National Identification System (NIDS), Jamaica’s national security minister has championed the new framework as a bufffer to the global reach of identity theft that has...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:17 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that he is satisfied with the progress made by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in transforming the 16-acre former ‘Dump-up Beach’ into a scenic closed harbour park. The legacy project is...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:24 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia is of the view that if the cost of commercial electricity is reduced by 0.06 cents per kilowatt-hour, the country’s fortunes could explode into economic prosperity. While...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:38 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Donald Tapia, the United States’ top envoy in Jamaica, is encouraging Jamaican business leaders to take greater advantage of the five to 20 per cent tax-free export arrangement embedded in the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI),...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:30 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With only US$600-million worth of goods being exported from Jamaica to the United States (US) annually, America’s most senior diplomat here has urged local private-sector leaders to increase crossborder trade. Citing a recent report...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says some citizens are using the powers of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) as a shield to heap abuse on members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Chang said although a recent...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the Montego Bay chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Robin Russell, says there are many elderly ­visitors coming to Jamaica because they desire to die in the country. “People die, people come to Jamaica to die,...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:33 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Several business operators in Falmouth, Trelawny, appear to be flouting the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags, which are widely being used in the market and supermarkets. At the start of the year, the Government imposed a...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government’s failure to invest in the investigative capacity of the police has hampered probes into violent crime, says Fitz Jackson, opposition spokesman on national security and chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP)....

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Johann Heaven, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of PROVEN Wealth, is warning that a global financial recession is on the horizon for the fiscal year 2020-2021, and he believes it could negatively impact Jamaica’s stock...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw says the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is seeking to establish a buffer zone policy of a minimum of four miles between medicinal hemp sites and ganja farms to...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The practice of federal Air Marshals travelling on passenger aircraft to and from Jamaica under a revised agreement between the Holness administration and the United States is not about signing over our sovereignty, National...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Erick Vassell, acting regional director for the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), says if the nation’s two SOS Children’s Villages are forced to close their doors in the near future, it will severely impact the...

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