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

A record 1000-plus volunteers turned out at 10 locations across the Montego Bay coastline to participate in clean-up activities on International Coastal Clean-up Day, which was observed on Saturday, September 17.The activities were coordinated by...

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

Tracy-ann Hines,merchandiser:"Definitely, yes. In Jamaica, agriculture is big business, because there are not many people in farming, and you would make a profit if you have the...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

More than 100 children from the Bounty Hall community in Trelawny were given a good reason to return to school smiling last week as they were the recipients of $250,000 worth of back-to-school items, thanks to the Christelle Harris Charity Fund....

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Obesity is an ever-increasing problem worldwide with all the attendant problems, not only in developed nations but also in developing countries. The authorities are facing serious challenges slowing down its increasing prevalence. But what is...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Shellion Rhoden, the business manager of Falmouth Jamaica Land Company Limited (FJLCL), operators of the Falmouth cruise ship pier, says contrary to the views of several prominent stakeholders in the resort town, her organisation is playing its part...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

When former Prime Minister Bruce Golding officially opened the US$269-million cruise ship pier in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, residents of the historic Georgian town could only envisage one thing - prosperity in their immediate...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Since the Falmouth cruise ship pier came into being in 2011, there have been differing views on the impact it has had on Falmouth and the wider Trelawny. Here are some of the various views from The Gleaner archives:"I feel a part of this (lack of...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Do you believe Jamaica's educational system is being negatively affected by the double-shift system in some schools?"I don't think it impacts the system negatively. In fact, it sort of helps the Ministry of Education's goal of more students being...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Just under a year after discarding its former double-shift system and embracing the current single-shift arrangement, the administration at the Anchovy High School, in St James, is already feeling the impact and basking in its benefits.In a recent...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The Government's plan to banish the double-shift system from the Jamaican schools cannot come too soon for some western Jamaica-based school administrators, who think it is quite burdensome, if not totally counterproductive.Leighton Johnson, the...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke

The organisers of the third annual Women With A Purpose Treasure Beach 5K Treasure Hunt Breast Cancer Run/Walk are expressing confidence that this year's event, which will be held in the St Elizabeth township on Saturday, October 15, will be much...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

Scores of children from Water Wheel district in Martha Brae, Trelawny, will go back to school for the new school year in fine style, thanks to the generosity of the United States-based recording company, Most Wanted Records, who recently held a...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

There a 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 if she has no support. These situations can at times lead...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

WESTERN BUREAU:Residents of Turks Avenue in Cornwall Court, Montego Bay, are hopping mad at the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) in the aftermath of last Sunday afternoon's power surge and outage which damaged numerous electronic items, including...

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:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

"How do you envision the future for the youths in your community?Kameil Scott - Agriculturist"As long as they are given the infrastructure and resources they require and an effort is made to change their mindset. There is still hope. I think the...

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

What can you do to help you age better with improved mobility and strength?                             ...

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

As Jamaica's senior-citizen population continues to rise due to higher life expectancy, stakeholders are calling for the Government to pay closer attention to the needs of this vulnerable segment in the western region before it is too late.According...

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Last week, scores of children from Montego Bay, St James, turned out for a day of fun, frolic, and gifts as Tango's Entertainment, in association with Digicel Foundation, staged its annual back-to-school fair, where the youngsters received much-...

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, recently staged its inaugural health fair at the Seaview Community Centre, under the theme 'Ready, Set, Glow from Head to Toe.'Scores of community members turned out for the event and were...

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:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMichelle Parkes

Being a teenager has never been easy, but that's a fact that many of us forget after we become adults. Most teens are adult size, but they still haven't mastered adult skills.Parents can help their teenagers by listening and answering questions as...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Some high school principals in western Jamaica are adopting a cautious wait-and-see approach to determine how they will respond to the Education Ministry's thrust to abolish auxiliary fees when the new school year begins in September.Donna-Marie...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

With the government set to abolish auxiliary fees for high schools in the new school year beginning in September, some retired principals in western Jamaica have weighed in on the issue, which has been a contentious one for many school...

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