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Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Stakeholders in the Westmoreland sugar belt have identified issues such as illicit cane fires, climactic conditions, and inadequate fertilisation as the main factors that have resulted in the relatively poor quality of sugar cane...

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:36 AMClaudia Gardner

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Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Finances and health care are said to be the two main issues affecting Jamaica's elderly at this time, and indications are that they are likely to affect persons who are poised to attain senior-citizen status in the upcoming decades....

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:The Noel Holmes Hospital's recent Nurses' Week food exposition and competition proved to be more than just a morale-building exercise. It was a showcase of fine culinary skills comparable to those found in some of western Jamaica's...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Sixty-year-old Neville Grant, national champion farmer and owner of the 126-acre Green River Farm in Hanover, has had a connection with agriculture from since he was a boy growing up in Kendal in the parish.In...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Jamaica's number-one-ranked farmer, Neville Grant, has recommended that the Government look to the widescale cultivation of corn and soybeans as alternatives for farmers who want to exit sugar-cane cultivation.According to Grant, if farmers are...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

The Jericho Reunion Planning Committee in Hanover recently honoured 41 senior citizens from the rural farming community at a special recognition dinner at the Tryall Club as a part of its annual reunion activities.According to chairman of the...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

The effect of crime on investment in Jamaica has been the subject of research for at least the past decade.A 2007 joint report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank on the costs of crime to businesses in Jamaica said...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw is urging commercial banks to make more low-interest loans available to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are involved in the productive sector.According to Shaw,...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Some residents of Negril say many owners of hotels on the Norman Manley Boulevard, in the resort town, have contributed to the degradation of the beach by removing coastline vegetation, including seagrass meadows, making the areas...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:One coastal management expert from the Netherlands has recommended that Negril stakeholders ensure thorough investigation of solutions to beach erosions are conducted to prevent the implementation of beach restoration projects which...

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Two Rotarians, one each from the Negril and Lucea Rotary Clubs were officially designated as Paul Harris Fellows, during a joint meeting of the clubs at the Grand Palladium hotel in Lucea, Hanover, recently.The designations went to Lillie Barrows of...

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Some members of the agricultural sector are again expressing grave concern about the conversion of prime agricultural lands in some parishes in western Jamaica to residential areas.Of concern to vice-president of the Veteran Farmers...

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Hanover Charities, the charitable arm of the Round Hill Hotel, recently handed out cheques valued at a record $37 million for projects and scholarships, from funds generated from its annual Sugar Cane Ball, held earlier this year.The cheques were...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Wester Bureau:Lucea's mayor Councillor Wynter McIntosh says the Hanover Parish Council will be writing to the National Water Commission (NWC), requesting that the commission conduct leak checks on its main pipeline, which runs along Seaview Drive in...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Nurses of the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, ditched their white uniforms for stylish ensembles at their first fashion show and awards ceremony on the lawns of the hospital last July 23.The event was punctuated with laughter...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Bruce Barrett, the Jamaica Public Service Company's (JPS) reliability unit manager in Hanover says the organisation is taking steps to curtail the frequent poweroutages being experienced by severalcommunities in the parish.Speaking at the recent...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Christopher Tufton, the minister of health, has said the shortage of bed space at the Black River Hospital and complaints by residents of lengthy waiting times emphasise the need for changes in the way community clinics operate....

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says persons living in western parishes, who have not yet had confirmed cases of the Zika virus, should not become complacent but should brace for cases as the mosquito-borne disease is likely to...

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the establishment of a Mosquito Control Unit in his ministry is being contemplated in light of the continued global emergence of mosquito-borne diseases affecting Jamaica such as the Zika...

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has said the establishment of a mosquito-control unit in his ministry, is being contemplated in light of the continued global emergence of mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus.Tufton...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMClaudia Gardner

Western Bureau:Some major stakeholders in Falmouth, Trelawny, are concerned that the resort town is not getting the economic spin-off which was expected from the five new major housing developments over the last 10 years.According to Dennis Meadows...

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