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Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

What do you think can be done to make back-to-school expenses less burdensome for parents? Chicconey Swabysocial worker"The preparations do not necessarily begin when school opens. While the children are going to school, the parents can buy books and...

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:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Many of us are afraid to think about dying, but some embrace our mortality as we all know death is inevitable. Only persons who commit suicide get to choose how they go, but what if we could all could choose? what would be your choice?A former...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Approximately 200 students in western Jamaica are spending their summer holiday learning robotics, which is being offered as part of a wider scope of learning options at the Summer Knowledge Donation Camp in Hanover, which comes to a close this...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Dairy Development Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, along with its private-sector partners, recently took its milk promotion campaign to western Jamaica, where their representatives provided fresh milk to antenatal mothers at several of the...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

While some stake-holders have expressed concern about criminal activities taking root and negatively impacting commerce in western Jamaica, others are upbeat that investment continues to trend upwards despite the troubling crime problem.Gloria Henry...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Over the years, several key stakeholders in Jamaica have commented on the potential impact of crime on investment in the country. Here are some of those quotes from The Gleaner Archives.Godfrey Dyer chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund - June...

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 AMOkoye Henry

The 2016 SOS Children's Village Rose Hall Football Camp was held in Montego Bay, St James, recently and featured 93 youngsters from the SOS Children's Village facilities in both Barrett Town in St James and in Kingston.The week-long programme...

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:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's good to be back after an unavoidable break; my sincerest apologies to our readers and followers of this etiquette column. As I focused on our etiquette summer camps, it became more apparent to me that etiquette has become a lost art.As much as...

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:28 AMClaudia Gardner

Sharon Chambers, Public Relations Practitioner:"I am most excited about the opportunities ahead for the creation of spa products and neutraceutical industries comprised of Jamaican companies, right here in Jamaica."Dwayne Clayton, Businessman:"I am...

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 AM

Residents of St James received an opportunity to learn about the versatility of some of Jamaica's local fruits, during the inaugural hosting of the National Council for Senior Citizens' St James Parish Committee's Fruit Expo in Montego Bay recently....

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The national Policy Framework and Procedures Manual for the Divestment of Government Lands, which was published in 2015 by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, provides guidelines for how the sale or lease of Crown land is to...

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:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

There is the general perception that women spend more time, money and effort optimising their appearance. There are many industries that capitalise on this. It seems at times that even health may be sacrificed in the process. Is this the case with...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Over the years, several key stakeholders in Falmouth have lamented the failure of the authorities to follow through on development plans, which they feel would have repositioned the town to realise its fullest potential. Here are some of those...

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:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Hanover Parish Council is dissatisfied with the large number of ill-placed signs that have been erected by several corporate entities along the roadway between the communities of Negril and Hopewell in the parish.According to Neville Clare, the...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's summertime and with that comes the young folks out and about doing their thing. I'm all for having fun and enjoying your summer, but what I'm not for is anyone participating in any behaviour that devalues them or their growth, not to mention...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry

The St James High School Past Students' Association (StJHSPSA) has donated two wheelchairs to the school's nursing station to assist in the health care of students who might require their use.In accepting the wheelchairs, the school's vice-principal...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater

Just a week after critical stakeholders painted a damning picture of Falmouth at a Gleaner Editor's Forum, the Ministry of Tourism has announced that a whopping J$1.1 billion is to be spent to complete ongoing projects in the Trelawny parish capital...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

While the Falmouth cruise ship pier could be described as, a promise kept, from a physical standpoint, in terms of benefits to the residents of the seaside town, it is still a yet-to-be realised promise.Speaking at the recent Gleaner Editor's Forum...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater & Christopher Thomas

Instead of serving up the usual fun and frolic, many of the beaches in Montego Bay, St James, are seemingly poised to become 'summer spoilers' this year, based on the increasing number of persons complaining about their filthy state."Why are the...

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