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Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

With the current state of crime affecting the western region of the island, particularly Montego Bay, key stakeholders gave their views: ...

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The St. James Parish Council has taken the first step in keeping its promise to provide better care for the less fortunate in the parish by breaking ground for the construction of a new ward at the St James Infirmary, in Montego Bay,Montego Bay...

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Although the University of Technology (UTech) has closed down its campus at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, near Falmouth, the university plans to maintain a strong presence in western Jamaica through its Montego Bay-based campus.Michelle...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Residents of Cambridge in St James were recently exposed to potential employment prospects and given lessons on how to make themselves marketable, during an opportunity fair, which was hosted by the Cambridge Tri-Star Police Youth Club.The fair,...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

RAYMOND PRYCE, the former member of parliament for north east St Elizabeth, has asked the students of the Merlene Ottey High School, in Hanover to embrace the principle of 'self-respect as a way of contributing to the End Bullying Globally Campaign....

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

WESTERN BUREAU:With the rumblings on the ground suggesting that local government elections are imminent, the five parishes in the county of Cornwall are poised to fall squarely in the crosshairs of both the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and...

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:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The after-school academic mentorship programme for students who resides in the inner-city community of Canterbury in Montego Bay, St James, will be taking a new approach to reading lessons for the new academic year.Pastor Lascelles Thomas, who...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Are you satisfied with the level of representation you have been getting from your parish council representatives since they were elected in 2012?Clement Cranston - security officer(St Elizabeth):"Yes, I would say, so far, so good. They are doing a...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Stakeholders in western Jamaica are expressing satisfaction with the level of disaster preparedness in the region last week, in light of the threat Hurricane Matthew, which narrowly missed the island posed. The hurricane lashed the island's eastern...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Shamitha Pulikanti's successful copping of 11 grade ones during the recent sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations is only the latest example of excellence in her family, as her sister achieved a similar feat in...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

Many young people living in western Jamaica were seemingly unconcerned about preparing for the approach of Hurricane Matthew last week compared to their older counterparts.Western Focus spoke to several young adults, many of whom were in their early...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Claudine Forbes,disaster preparedness coordinator,St Elizabeth:"The first responders have...

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 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

There are few things than can terrorise a mother more than a crying baby that won't be consoled. It's even worse if she is tired from getting up frequently at nights to attend to the baby and she has no support. These situations can, at times, lead...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Just like in adults, many of the health problems that children have are caused, and can be helped, by dietary choices. Many of the things we give our children to eat are not healthy, even some that are promoted as being so. Here are some tips on...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

Veteran hotelier Godfrey Dyer says poor supervision is one of the key factors which have led to a breakdown in the quality of policing in Montego Bay.While addressing a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum in Montego Bay, Dyer, a former policeman, said the...

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:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Mayor of Lucea Wynter McIntosh says he will follow the lead of the Hanover Parish Library and spearhead a workplace wellness programme at the municipality to promote physical activity and reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs).McIntosh was speaking...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Pastor Knollis King, founder of the Rose Heights Covenant of Peace, has attributed the rising crime rate in St James partially to the fact that many young people in the parish are pursuing a get-rich-quick lifestyle instead of seeking honest...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Godfrey Dyer, chairman, Tourism Enhancement Fund:"I think it creates nervousness and panic, and everybody is on edge. Everybody you talk to expresses great concern for their own safety,...

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:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A number of products, touted as 'instant foods' or 'convenience foods', have been introduced to our market over the past few years. This is probably due to the 'instant culture' that we have developed, plus the limited personal time that we have in...

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

The Knockalva Agricultural School lies in the midst of one of Jamaica's most fertile expanse of agricultural lands, the rural community of Ramble in eastern Hanover.The school, which is the only one of its kind in the parish of Hanover and western...

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