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Stories by Albert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is urging the recent graduates of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) not to be satisfied with just their current qualification, but to keep striving...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Winston Lawson, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, says that the auditor general's damning report, which alleges nepotism and breaches of operating standards at Petrojam, is hostile to the objectives of Vision 2030."...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Leith Dunn, head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, believes the Government's 'tablets-in-schools programme' could be exposing children to human traffickers."So, we give...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Child Care and Protection Act and the Domestic Violence Act are among four pieces of legislation that are being amended as part of the steps his Government is taking to end violence against...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The poor storage of raw material is being blamed for the current inactivity at the J$27.8-million sorrel-processing factory in Bethel Town, Westmoreland, which was officially opened in 2014, but ceased operations two years ago."It's...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has issued an apology to the more than 4,000 detainees, many of whom were freed without charge, for the horrible conditions under which they were housed in the early days of the ongoing state of public...

Published:Tuesday | November 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says approximately $100 million has been earmarked to transform the Old Shoes Market on St James Street in Montego Bay into a modern arcade for small business owners.Davis, who is also chairman of the St...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While he is not overly enthused with the Planning Institute of Jamaica's (PIOJ) growth projection figure of 1.9 per cent, Prime Minister Andrew Holness nonetheless believes that if the current upward trajectory is maintained, all...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Ivan Anderson, managing director of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC), says construction of the highly anticipated Montego Bay bypass road will commence as early as January 2020."The actual construction will start the...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie has said that he will be withdrawing funds for Christmas programmes from a municipal corporation that has been unable to account for funds provided by an international agency for a special project.The...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Claudia Uribe, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) director of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean, has said the teaching profession is facing several...

Published:Tuesday | October 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:entertainment promoters who are staging medium-size to large events in St James will be mandated to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) as part of their security measures under the ongoing state of public emergency in the parish....

Published:Tuesday | October 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Labelling Government Senator Charles Sinclair as "an idiot", former minister of national security Peter Bunting has responded with disdain to a call for him to tell the country what he knows about a firearm dealer's licence issued to the operator of...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis said that while the western city is enjoying major investments, the road network, which is one of the most needed supporting structures in development, is falling apart due to lack of proper maintenance...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has upped tourist arrival projection to 6 million tourists by the end of the 2021. The figure is one million more than the previous projection of five million visitors by Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett recently. The...

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Patrick Prendergast, the Campus Director at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, has been appointed the Co-Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee to advise the Office of the Mayor of Montego Bay on matters...

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Peter Burnett, the chairman of the St James Ministers' Fraternal, has sharply rebuked the organisers of the weeklong celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lifestyles, describing the event, which will kick off...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:In what appears to be a radical move, Montego Bay's mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, is urging the Government to demolish the St James Parish library, which is across the road from the St James Parish Court, and build a multistorey...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the National Water Commissioner (NWC) is now taking steps to install solar panels at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston in an effort to reduce its energy consumption."The NWC is coordinating with another...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Opposition Senator Damion Crawford is of the view that Jamaica will be in serious trouble over the next 30 years if the education system is not adequately tweaked to engage the minds of the current generation of children.Crawford, who...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis says that he is moving to establish an advisory committee to forge greater linkages between the St James Municipal Corporation and the local business community in a bid to foster a more orderly...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has said unclaimed money in the banking sector is being targeted to establish a development fund that will provide funding for ganja farmers and other members of the small and medium-sized enterprises...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Small ganja farmers seeking a stake in the emerging cannabis industry are worried that inadequate funding to streamline their cultivation could relegate them to plantation workers when the multibillion-dollar industry takes shape."We...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:If he had the power and the authority, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, said he would legalise every drug in the world, returning to mankind to the freedom of choice with which they were created.Fox, who ruled drug-ravaged...

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said that while some of the nation's children pose a danger to the police, he is urging the lawmen to obey the rules of engagements as outlined under the Child Justice Guidelines (CJG...

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