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Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Western Jamaica-based therapist Dr Beverly Scott believes the Ministry of Health and Wellness should involve the residents of Norwood, St James, in programmes promoting sanitisation and social distancing, and provide counselling for...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) is yet to receive any money from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for sanitisation work in the parish, the corporation has identified several rural communities and key locations...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two representatives of western Jamaica’s health authorities are voicing cautious optimism that the region’s schools will have all the necessary cleaning and sanitising protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in time...

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: NEEDY STUDENTS of Anchovy High School, in St James, who would be benefiting from programmes designed to help them if school was in session, were presented with 100 care packages, valued at J$250,000, by the school’s past-...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Following reports of a low take-up of the influenza vaccine locally, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is pushing back against the anti-vaccine movement, saying that the vaccines are scientifically proven to be safe. “Our...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James is to receive an additional 30 temporary vector-control workers to assist the 11 permanent workers and the 63 temporary workers already active in the St James Health Department’s fight to control the...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Gay-rights group, Montego Bay Pride, says it is contemplating legal action against Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, following his declaration last Thursday that the St James Municipal Corporation would not grant permission for the group to use the...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Fire Department has launched an investigation to determine what led to the damage of the engine of its newly acquired fireboat. The boat was handed over to the department in December last year to boost its firefighting...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is now awaiting a policy to be crafted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Ministry of Local Government to address the issue of social...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Health Department will be writing to the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) this week about its management of the People’s Arcade in the capital, Montego Bay, which chief public health inspector Lennox Wallace has...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The anticipated committal hearing for Dana Minto, the nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a collision that claimed two lives in 2017, has been deferred to March 4 as the St James Parish Court is awaiting...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is suggesting the implementation of more stringent procedures to prevent attempts at abducting babies from hospitals.This follows a recent incident in...

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Residents and businesses in St James are giving mixed responses to the Government's ban on single-use plastic bags, with some practising or otherwise approving of the initiative and others believing that it has been too hastily...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Stacy-Ann Young, president of the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA), has said that the time has come for the police in St James to show the country the results that have flowed from the state of public emergency (SOE) that was...

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

The Day-O Plantation in Montego Bay, St James, was the scene of celebration, music, food and camaraderie for the employees and stakeholders of the Caribbean HR Solutions business-processing company during its first annual grand gala and awards...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Come next year, the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland will no longer have to rely on its heavy portable cylinders for medical air and oxygen, as the facility will be equipped with pipes that will supply the entire...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle, who collapsed in court three weeks ago when he was found guilty for shooting a pregnant woman in Montego Bay, escaped a prison term but was fined $1 million when he appeared in the St...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU::High Court Justice Glen Brown yesterday ordered the prosecution to arrange for psychiatrists to testify before the St James Circuit Court on January 7 concerning the psychiatric reports for Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the inmates...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Linnette Vassell, advocacy specialist in the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients' Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health (MNIH), says her organisation will be pushing for the institution of guidelines to protect the...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness has joined tourism minister Edmund Bartlett in expressing the view that the $17 million budget for the construction of a new 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign, which has been generating much criticism, needs...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:Chief Justice Bryan Sykes says he has seen encouraging signs that an investment of J$15 million to provide leadership training in the court system is beginning to bear fruit.Sykes made the announcement during his keynote address at...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Demar Scott, the man who was arrested and charged with allegedly raping two female American visitors at gunpoint at the RIU Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay, had his case transferred from the St James Parish Court to the Western Regional...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The much-anticipated committal hearing for Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the teacher charged in connection with the death of a student at the Anchovy Primary School in St James, was put off until December 5, when she appeared in the St James...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Several major stakeholders in St James, including West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC) president, Pastor Glen Samuels, are calling for fresh attention to be paid to the increase in societal violence and the...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:As restorative work continues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says that work will begin this week to address the issue of moisture in the Type A facility's roof, which...

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