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Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 9:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:The world's oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown, is caught in the middle of a tug of war between members of her family as one group that claimed that she was not getting the best of care has snatched her from her Duanvale,...

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 9:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:The authorities at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny say it is costing approximately $130,000 per day to care for the 10 social patients occupying much-needed bed space at the hospital, and they are expressing a desire to be relieved...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:Despite being a breach of the Child Care and Protection Act, Maxine Headlam, regional director of Region Three in the Ministry of Education, says some schools are still using corporal punishment, much to the chagrin of the ministry."...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 8:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:The Trelawny Municipal Corporation is projecting that it will require a budget of $420 million to carry out its business for the 2017-2018 financial year and acting chief financial officer Trevan Clayton has identified the sources...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 8:00 AMLeon Jackson

Outspoken Trelawny churchman, the Reverend Devere Nugent, has flayed the political system for the imbroglio now engulfing the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).According to Nugent, the way the boards of state agencies are appointed by the Government...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:03 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:The Trelawny Co-Operative Credit Union (TCCU) now has an asset base of $2.1 billion, and according to the company's management, it now has a surplus of $55 million, which is available for distribution."We have had a trade growth over...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2017 | 7:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Garth Anderson, the president-elect of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), says that there is no provision in the Ministry of Education's Code of Regulations to prevent a teacher, who is a licensed firearm holder, from taking his...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the redeployment of cruise ships from Jamaica is never something the Government wants to see, but that such decisions are entirely up the cruise lines and the way they structure their itinerary....

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 6:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:Falmouth's mayor, Councillor Colin Gager, says he is disappointed with the recent call by the Reverend Devere Nugent for residents of the Trelawny parish capital to resist the plan by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) to do further...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Outspoken Trelawny pastor, the Reverend Devere Nugent of the William Knibb Baptist Church, is calling on the people and churches in the parish to resist the plan to do further dredging of the sea, which is a proposal to bring more...

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:History was created in the 57-year-old Trelawny Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) yesterday when Patrick White became the first sitting president to be removed from office via a 'no confidence'...

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 6:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:A decision has been taken to further dredge the Falmouth Pier in the second quarter of this year. The dredging is to facilitate an expansion of the US$269 million pier, which was opened in March 2011.Mervis Edghill, a senior vice-...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Kenneth Grant Jr, the acting president of the Trelawny Association of Lay Magistrates (TALM), said the work of the association in the western parish is being undermined because there are far too many lazy justices of the peace (JP) in...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:Nearly three dozen people were arrested on Saturday night when police swooped down on Falmouth's infamous 'Back Road', which has become a haven for prostitutes and their clients, making life miserable for residents."We conducted a...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:A critical stakeholder in the agricultural sector in Trelawny has labelled climate change and praedial larceny as two of the major factors negatively impacting farming in the rural parish.Speaking at the recent launch of the parish's...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:As the need to find a suitable place to house the mentally ill persons roaming the streets of Falmouth, Trelawny continues to be a matter of much concern, Dr Lisabeth Crossman-Nugent, a psychiatrist at Cornwall Regional Hospital in...

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 4:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Stakeholders in the sugar sector in Trelawny are contending that the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) owes cane farmers in St James and Trelawny approximately $21 million from the 2004-2005 sugar crop year.According to trusted sources,...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:The $136 million, 4,700 square feet Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) building on Cornwall Street in Falmouth, Trelawny, is on target for its projected August 2017 completion date.Once done, the offices of the TAJ will move from their...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:00 AMLeon Jackson

A $250,000 recycling project launched by Trelawny Recycle culminated with the awarding of prizes during the parish's Annual 4-H Achievement Day 2017.Conceptualiser of the project, Sheona Muschett, told Western Focus that her organisation had sought...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 4:00 AMLeon Jackson

Monday, April 4, 2017 will forever be etched in the mind of 45-year-old construction worker Alford Johnson, of Lowe River, near Wait-A-Bit, in the hilly terrains of southern Trelawny.It was the day he was called to return home quickly from where he...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 3:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Ten years after being constructed as part of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup legacy, the two operating theatres at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny were last week declared fully equipped and ready for use by Health Minister Dr...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 3:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:With the $3-million repair of the Icy Allen Care Centre now completed, the Trelawny Municipal Corporation said the facility was now ready to house the 36 social patients who are to be transferred from the problem-plagued Cornwall...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Some cruise ship passengers who got caught in the heavy rains that lashed Falmouth, Trelawny, yesterday, flooding several roads, got a novel taste of what it is like to be transported Jamaican handcart-style.The handcart operators,...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 3:00 AMLeon Jackson

WESTERN BUREAU:Clark's Town and surrounding communities in Trelawny are said to be reeling under the impact of the lack of activity at the Long Pond Sugar Factory, which has been the economic lifeline in that section of the parish for decades."There...

Published:Saturday | March 11, 2017 | 3:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:While yesterday was the 117th birthday of the woman believed to be the world's second oldest person, Vioris Brown, who has that enviable distinction, did very little celebrating, choosing to revel in the visit she got from Jamaica's...

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