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Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:36 AMClaudia Gardner

The year 2016, in western Jamaica, has featured a mixture of a myriad of woes on one hand, and some good fortune on the other. On the political scene in the region, the Jamaica Labour Party wrested control of all but one of the parish councils away...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Stakeholders in the west are optimistic that the new year will bring economic success to the region. Some say the only militating factor that could stand in western Jamaica's way is the high crime rate.Collin Johnson, a businessman and vice-...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Sprint king Usain Bolt says he has big plans for the development of the sporting facilities at his alma mater, the Waldensia Primary School, in his hometown, Sherwood Content, in Trelawny.Bolt was speaking during a Christmas treat...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

There are mixed reviews from stakeholders in western Jamaica regarding the Local Government's Strategic Laws, which were enacted to, among other things, properly regulate the operations of the island's municipal corporations and hold transgressing...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

With the change in the composition of the respective municipal councils in western Jamaica, some stakeholders say they are hoping the councillors will take a new approach to governance - not only focusing on parochial matters but encourage economic...

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Senior councillors of municipal corporations in western Jamaica say that councils will be playing a greater role as drivers of growth and economic development in the region during this term.Under the Local Governance Act of...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Negril and Lucea to spearhead a series of consultations with stakeholders in western Jamaica, ahead of a proposed one-day peace and conflict skills-building conference set...

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Veteran hotelier Kevin Hendrickson was as surprised as he was elated when he was announced the Hospitality Personality of the Year during The Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica Awards ceremony, held Saturday night at the Montego Bay...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Fourteen awards will be presented to the island's top performers at the Biennial Hospitality Jamaica Awards ceremony, which is set for the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday night, three more than the 11 accorded in 2014.More than 30,000...

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

On Local government election day, incumbents Wynter McIntosh of the Chester Castle Division and Devon Brown of the Hopewell Division will be the only two councillors seeking another term in the Hanover Municipal Corporation.McIntosh, who is the...

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 12:05 AMClaudia Gardner

While the HEART Trust/NTA is one of the main state development agencies residents say is having a positive impact in the region, stakeholders are nonetheless calling for the scale-up of the agency's itinerant community-based training programmes.A...

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Residents in Western Jamaica are expressing relief that a permanent branch of the Companies Office of Jamaica (CoJ) has finally been established in western Jamaica, to serve its clients in the region.The office was officially opened on Monday...

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie is urging residents in western Jamaica to remove non-performing councillors, regardless of party affiliation, in the imminent election.McKenzie was addressing the...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite grading himself a nine out of 10 for his four-year stint as the councillor for the Lorimers division in the Trelawny Parish Council, businessman Paul Patmore, who ran and won as an independent candidate, will not be seeking re...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Managing Director of the SEPROD Group of Companies, Richard Pandohie, said Government must implement policies to ensure Jamaican manufacturers and farmers are given first preference in the purchase of goods by the tourism sector, if...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Veteran Negril-based boat captain Noel Stennett says the relevant authorities should quickly implement public hurricane and geography education programmes to increase awareness about how hurricanes manifest in the Caribbean, as without this, many...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Phase one of the renovation works at the historic Fort Charlotte in Lucea, Hanover, commenced recently as a precursor to the restoration and preservation works scheduled for the 255-year-old national monument.Several dilapidated structures, which...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Charles Sinclair, councillor for the Flankers division, is gaining support for his calls for a limited state of emergency in sections of Montego Bay in light of the slew of gun killings...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda says the prospect of the Knockalva Agricultural School being handed over to his ministry would be more than welcome as it could serve as an economic driver by engaging youth and adults in...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:The Hanover Parish Library will host its first-ever workplace mini fitness exposition this Thursday, in collaboration with the Hanover Health Services, on the lawns of the library at Watson Taylor Drive in Lucea.The event will be held...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:The Knockalva Agricultural School in Ramble, Hanover, is begging for new students as it is operating with just 33 per cent of its capacity.The school was built to accommodate 300 boarders but now has only 102 students enrolled, and...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the Hanover Parish Council has been successful in putting satisfactory mechanisms in place to remedy breaches in operations which were discovered during an audit of the municipality he had ordered in...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Despite being ranked among the parishes with the highest prevalence of unattached/at risk youths in the island, it would appear that Hanover is getting very little attention in terms of the welfare of the youths, especially those youngsters in poor...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Based on a 2009 report entitled, Unattached Youth in Jamaica,' which was prepared by the Planning and Project Development Division of HEART Trust-NTA, the chances for youth advancement in Hanover is quite dim on account of the high level rate of...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:University of the West Indies lecturer in social enterprise and entrepreneurship, Dr K'adamawe K'nife, has called for the government to establish a Diaspora Investment Strategy to encourage Jamaicans living overseas to invest in the...

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