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Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Michael McMorris, chairman of the Victoria Mutual Group, says the Government’s failure to abolish distortionary, temporary asset taxes in the same manner it did for non-financial businesses has forced financial institutions to...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Residents of Accompong Town in St Elizabeth are ready to begin planting marijuana legally under a special government pilot project, J.C. Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: If the nation integrates gender in education, it will produce a better return on investment and better educational outcomes. That’s the word from Dr Leith Dunn, head of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at The...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:33 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In an apparent swipe at the head of Jamaica’s most powerful business lobby, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday led a spirited defence of the central bank’s foreign exchange management, batting aside criticism of currency...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:22 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Leith Dunn, senior lecturer and head of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona, says she is not in support of the recommendation that parents who abuse or abandon their children...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Grace McLean, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says Jamaica is at a point that it can seriously impact policy changes to achieve gender equality in education. “I believe, however...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang is supporting the Rastafarian community’s view that it would be an injustice to demand that they pay the exorbitant fees to get a medical cannabis licence, being the true pioneers in...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Starting September, teachers who administer corporal punishment in local schools will face serious consequences, says Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and...

Published:Saturday | April 20, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says that legislation is in the pipeline for parents who abuse and abandon their children to automatically lose their parental rights once the...

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rosalee Gage-Grey, the chief executive officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), says the welfare of children in state care is improving with a sharp decline in incidents of abuse. “We have a critical-...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says sweeping changes are coming to bring an end to the vexed issue of seasonal and contractual work arrangements in the tourism sector, as the Government moves to professionalise the industry and...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With close to 100 requests per month and mounting environmental concerns, the Westmoreland Public Health Services is moving to drive the final nail in the coffin of backyard burials in several communities. Steve Morris, chief public...

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:24 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has declared a 47-day amnesty to allow persons building residential homes without the relevant permits to seek approval without penalties. The amnesty period of April 15 to May 31 was declared...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:41 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Westmoreland is suffering from a major brain drain as increasing numbers of highly trained and qualified workers are leaving the parish to live overseas or migrate to other regions of Jamaica, says a leading business lobbyist. Moses...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:19 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the St James Parish Court and the St James Parish Library will be relocated from the city centre of Montego Bay to Lower Bevin Avenue, where a one-stop facility to provide government services...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In a not-so-diplomatic quip seemingly made in jest on Monday, Chinese Ambassador Tian Qi questioned the presence of a photograph of Ruel Reid, the embattled former education minister, hanging in the boardroom of the Montego Bay...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:19 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Superintendent Vernon Ellis, commanding officer for St James, has moved to assure members of the local Chinese business community in the western parish that the security forces are working to ensure that the commercial environment...

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Montego Bay business community is appealing to the Government and the leadership of the security forces to move swiftly to address the high levels of lawlessness in St James. “The chamber must once again appeal to the Government...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says that millions of international visitors will now be able to recognise the name Jimmy Cliff with the renaming of Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay to the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, in honour of reggae...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A rise in crime in Westmoreland is being blamed on an inadequate deployment of police and soldiers. Dr Wykeham McNeill, member of parliament for Western Westmoreland, has called for the ramping up of boots on the ground to drive...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said that restoration work on the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) building in Montego Bay, St James, was progressing well and that the J$3.5 billion work to fully restore the facility was...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Diane Edwards, president of Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO), says that while the country is doing everything to equip its human capital with skills for the job market, global companies like Google are employing critical thinkers over...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The University of Technology and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) were both presented with accreditation credentials for the administrative year spanning April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, at the just-concluded University...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Phylicia Marshall, assistant chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says the quality assurance services offered by tertiary institutions should not be watered down with a growing demand for...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Special-needs educator and trustee at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Dr Polly Bowes-Howell is calling for more male teachers to be placed in the early childhood sector as gifted boys are increasingly becoming underachievers. That...

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