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Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, in Jamaica, has made it clear that it will not tolerate its members taking part in the lottery scam, following the arrest of two pastors of unspecified denominations in Westmoreland, in...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Western Jamaica-based family therapist Dr Beverley Scott believes the key to rescuing young people from a life of lawlessness lies in addressing parenting issues first."Parents need to deal with themselves first ... . I was speaking...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica's minister of science, technology, energy and mining, says Jamaica, which is currently taking on US$200 million worth of investments in renewable energy, will be the Caribbean leader in the use of renewable...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Yoni Epstein, president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), said the organisation would be aiming to help people in the western city find employment."We have decided to start a programme called 'Sign Up,...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Edmond Marsh, vice-president of business development at the Port Authority of Jamaica, has announced that his organisation will speed up modernisation of the Montego Bay shipping port to support the conversion of the Jamaica Public...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2015 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

The Ministry of Health, through the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), has approved a J$12.27 million contract to perform much-needed expansion work on the Green Pond Type One Health Centre in St James.The expansion work, which will be...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Owen Sinclair, owner and founder of Sinclair's Bargain Centre in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, has been the company's main proprietor for more than 55 years, despite being well past the age of retirement. And he has no plans to retire."If you buy...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Tony Hart, founder of the Hart Group of Companies, may be semi-retired at 83 years of age, but he is still active in the running of the enterprise's associated businesses, and is leading a very productive life otherwise.A business giant in Montego...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against three St James men, who were arrested in July for allegedly stealing aviation fuel from Jamaica Aircraft Refuelling Services (JARS) in Montego Bay, has been set for mention in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 11:02 PMChristopher Thomas
Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

It was a case of shoes galore at the Chester Castle All-Age School in Hanover on Wednesday as all the students were given new shoes courtesy of the United States based Darryl S. Brister (DSB) International Ministries in a ceremony at the school.At...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Dolfin Doeman, the chief of the St James Fire Department, said the absence of a fireboat has significantly reduced the capacity of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) to fight fires on the seas surrounding towns like Montego Bay."A...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

It was quite an interesting day at the St James High School in Montego Bay last Monday as the school, which started back in 1961 as Montego Bay Senior School, started the new school year by staging a colourful ceremony to mark its 54th anniversary....

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:02 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Several business stakeholders in Montego Bay are of the view that the main reason branches of Kingston-based businesses sometimes fail in the western city is because of their failure to connect with the local community.Speaking during...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamberof Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), says there is a need for more garbage trucks and litter wardens to help drive the chamber's 'My MoBay' initiative to clean up the western city."The...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:A key component of the upcoming Montego Bay Expo 2015 will be a job fair, which is aimed at presenting career options to tertiary-level and high-school students in western Jamaica, who might be interested in pursuing a career in the...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against two inmates accused of beating Marvin Orr, one of the suspects in the death of Mario Deane while in police custody, last August, took a new twist on Thursday when the complainant expressed a desire not to continue the...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Charles Brevitt, the outspoken head of Granville Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James, has said special efforts must be made to get young people to appreciate the value of honest labour as a means of getting them to reject...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The National Works Agency (NWA) is complaining that damage to several lights recently installed along the Elegant Corridor in Montego Bay, St James, was caused by drivers who speed and disregard traffic regulations. This, the agency...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) is offering small business owners across Jamaica an opportunity to improve their business skills through its newly launched Vision Achiever programme, unveiled during the bank's Vision Day business...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Speaking against the background of the drought now affecting the country, Education Minister the Reverend Ronald Thwaites wants water conservation to be taught in schools starting this September."I am asking our teachers and...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 11:03 PMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:While the Jamaica Teachers' Association has voted to accept the government's offer of seven per cent increase in salary over the next two years, some teachers, albeit a small minority, remain unhappy with the deal that was agreed to."...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The absence of a number of witnesses who were slated to figure in the preliminary examination of three cops facing multiple charges arising from last August's beating death of Mario Deane has forced the matter to be deferred until...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A lecturer from the University of Technology (UTech) is calling on ganja researchers to stop politicising the ongoing studies into the weed's medicinal properties, and to provide accurate information so health-care workers can...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:In a gesture, which brought smiles to the faces of many parents, Dwayne Vaz, the member of parliament for Central Westmoreland, handed out education grants, valued at over J$1 million, to 49 students from his constituency on Tuesday....

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