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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Friday’s opening of the Michaelmas session of the St James Circuit Court was a sombre affair as heartfelt tributes were paid to three attorneys and a judge who have died within recent times after many years of service to the...

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has lauded the recent elevation of Commodore Antonette Wemyss-Gorman to the position of chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), saying that it a reflection of the...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ALTHOUGH DISCUSSIONS are ongoing concerning the relocation of several social patients from hospitals in western Jamaica, Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) chairman Eric Clarke believes that the best long-term solution is to...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Even after months of demonstrations and threats from residents of Friendship and surrounding communities in St James over poor road conditions, the National Works Agency (NWA) says there is still no definite timeline for a fix. This...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Health Department’s planned COVID-19 vaccination campaign for prisoners in the parish’s police lock-ups has been pushed back by a month to allow for completion of an ongoing education drive. Lennox Wallace, the parish...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A St Elizabeth man and a St James woman who were arrested on September 8 after more than five kilogrammes of cocaine were allegedly found in their vehicle, were each offered bail in the sum of $500,000 with three sureties when they...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The three police officers facing multiple charges arising from the 2014 death of Mario Deane, who died subsequent to a brutal beating he suffered while in police custody, had the case against them rescheduled for a 10th time last...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Patsy Edwards-Henry, president of the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ), is calling for a special award to be created to recognise and honour nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in managing the COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: PATSY EDWARDS-HENRY, the president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), has said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the long-standing structural deficiencies which have been plaguing the nation’s healthcare sector over...

Published:Thursday | September 9, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While more than a year has elapsed since Jamaica’s education system was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of Jamaica’s teachers not being adequately compensated or equipped to properly conduct classes in the virtual...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Tanique Bailey-Small, the acting medical officer of health for St James, has estimated that less than a third of secondary school students targeted to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 jab in St James have received their first dose of...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Educators across western Jamaica were pleased with yesterday’s start of the new school year despite reports of a few technological glitches as classes commenced via the online platform due to COVID-19 containment restrictions....

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite efforts to get St James residents out in large numbers for Sunday’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, approximately 60 persons got their shots at John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall. That number was fewer than a third...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sudeen Hylton, the St James woman who is charged with murder in relation to the August 12 shooting of Richard Baker in the Glendevon community, was last week offered bail in the sum of $1 million during her first appearance before...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Buoyed by the desire to rise above her experience growing up in Jamaica’s foster-care system and enduring bullying because of a skin condition, Julian Clarke has used her past as the inspiration behind creating her own skin-care...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica’s public healthcare system overwhelmed and under strain due to the steep rise in COVID-19 cases, western Jamaica-based i-doc Concierge Wellness Services has launched a drive-thru treatment option for persons exhibiting...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reiterated that he will be the one spearheading the ambitious vaccination education drive, which he hopes will inspire other stakeholders to support the campaign to increase the island’s COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Healthcare and business leaders have welcomed the extension of no-movement days for another two weeks, saying the lockdowns were crucial to restricting the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Private-sector groups and social-service organisations have been urged to collaborate in establishing a school bus system in a bid to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as well as to improve the educational system. The call has been...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While Jamaica’s hospitals got their oxygen supplies replenished on Monday following a near-critical shortage of the precious commodity last weekend, persons with respiratory illnesses are questioning why the authorities were not...

Published:Monday | August 30, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Robertino Gordon, the dean of discipline at Cornwall College, says that teachers must approach the education of boys differently from that of girls, otherwise boys will seek validation from gangs when they are punished in the...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A call by Dr Roger Hunter for the use of pulse oximeters in all public spaces as part of the effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus has been deemed as unnecessary by two colleagues of the medical fraternity. Dr Mike Mills,...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Accustomed to perennial poor service at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), many persons who showed up at the Montego Bay-based facility yesterday were initially unaware of a sickout among nurses, with almost half of the cohort...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) is throwing its support behind the St James Health Department’s plans to start a vaccination drive in the parish’s lock-ups next month as a part of the ongoing national effort to curtail the spread...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eleven-year-old Veerendra Biragie has proven that burning the proverbial midnight oil has incredible rewards after being honoured as Jamaica’s top-performing boy in the recent sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination....

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