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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:43 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With what appears to be a runaway success in Jamaica’s recent COVID-19 vaccination drive, Errol Greene, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), says he is not concerned with the anti-vaccination...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:42 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel has dismissed declarations from Education Minister Fayval Williams of declining classroom engagement time with students. Gabriel said that he has received no reports of...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:36 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, was abuzz with activity on Sunday as residents came out in droves to receive their vaccination against COVID-19, as part of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ four-day...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There was a war of words at last Thursday’s monthly sitting of the St James Municipal Corporation as several councillors accused their Mt Salem division counterpart, Kerry Thomas, of ingratitude as it relates to the effectiveness...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says the Government is looking into ways to address what he has described as an upsurge in acquaintance violence, where close family members and persons involved in relationships are using...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang believes that the piloted E-commerce National Delivery Solution (ENDS) linking customers in St Andrew; Portmore, St Catherine; and Montego Bay, St James, with food service providers during...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With church services having to be restricted due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some congregations in Jamaica had mixed results in seeking to conduct Easter Sunday services this year, as some held worship online while others...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James has exceeded its vaccination target for the first phase of COVID-19 inoculation, says Lennox Wallace, parish manager for the health department. Wallace said that some sites doubled or tripled their goals. “At one site, it...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lennox Wallace, the parish manager for the St James Health Department, says that the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay is still a worrisome potential site for COVID-19 spread in the parish despite a COVID-19 testing and education...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 1:02 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some principals in rural Jamaica say their students are now facing serious challenges in completing their school-based assessments (SBA) for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams because of the suspension of face-to...

Published:Monday | March 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two experts are calling on persons in leadership positions not to let themselves be restricted or crippled by a fear of the unknown. This, especially, they said should be taken into consideration when making decisions on how to...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Rotary Club of Montego Bay did not allow the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to stop them from celebrating their 60th anniversary yesterday, as they used the popular Zoom platform to connect members for a virtual celebration of the...

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness had no choice but to suspend face-to-face classes for students preparing to sit external examinations in the wake of an unprecedented wave of COVID-19 cases islandwide. That is the view of Jamaica...

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sharon Donaldson, the general manager of General Accident Insurance Company, says that businesses that shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot collect on business interruption coverage claims, even while admitting that...

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The nation will have to wait longer than promised for the report into Monday’s mysterious disappearance of a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, as the auditor assigned to that...

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Sherridene Lee, managing director of I-Doc Concierge Wellness Services Limited, has said that her organisation wants to use its medical service network to help redirect non-COVID-19 patients to appropriate private facilities in...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Several staffers within the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) have been reassigned after an investigation was launched on Tuesday into 10 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that went missing from the Cornwall Regional Hospital in...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams believes that while there is now greater compliance to COVID-19 prevention protocols at the city’s Charles Gordon Market, he thinks there is a need for shoppers and vendors to be constantly...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley, the president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), says she is alarmed by reports that persons are using their connections with hospitals to get COVID-19 vaccines ahead of persons with legitimate...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Entertainer Patrick ‘Curly Loxx’ Gaynor is suggesting that citizens are disregarding the Government’s protocols against public gatherings, which were instituted to control the spread of COVID-19, because of a psychological mindset...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) President Dr Faithlyn Wilson is disappointed that the Government has not yet addressed the organisation’s appeal for COVID-19 economic and other support. The crisis has again drawn...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Melody Ennis, director of family health in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, believes that citizens’ hesitation to get tested for COVID-19 is due to the ‘watch-it-and-see’ culture, which has resulted in them monitoring...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Charmin McKoy, the regional health educator at the South East Regional Health Authority, says that Christians who are defying the COVID-19 safety regulations, claiming they are “covered under the blood”, must set an example by...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel says many educators are uneasy over the face-to-face teaching arrangements for students preparing for external examinations as the island grapples with the COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With a noticeable indifference towards mask-wearing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the Second City, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) kicked...

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