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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....

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE JAMAICA Teachers’ Association (JTA) has publicly honoured Ann-Marie Robb, the teacher who spearheaded the search for Nattalie Dawkins, the Clarendon teacher who went missing on March 30 and was subsequently found dead in bushes...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Education Minister Fayval Williams is refuting the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA) claims that educators are being blamed for the challenges in the sector, a phenomenon which the organisation’s president, Winston Smith, said...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Noel Cowell, a senior lecturer at The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona School of Business and Management, has taken Prime Minister Andrew Holness to task for failing to include teachers on his Education Transformation...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Ministry of Health and Wellness has launched its official COVID-19 vaccination website, which will provide critical information for persons seeking clarity on the protocols and queries surrounding the ongoing drive to achieve...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Winston Smith, the newly installed president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), said that teachers should not be blamed when the education sector is hit with challenges, as this adds to the mental distress that educators...

Published:Monday | August 16, 2021 | 12:47 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Attorney-at-law Roy Fairclough, one of western Jamaica’s most prominent lawyers and a member of Jamaica’s Legal Aid Council, died on Sunday morning following a brief period of illness. Fairclough, who was in his early 70s and had...

Published:Saturday | August 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the nation’s health infrastructure under stress as several hospitals are now beyond their maximum capacity as it relates to bed-space for COVID-19 patients, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is seeking available...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With two private schools buckling under pressure from the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Faithlyn Wilson, president of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), is predicting that the financial situation of these...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the judicial system in western Jamaica taking a battering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the shutting down of the parish courts in St James and Westmoreland earlier this week, the St James Health...

Published:Wednesday | August 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With recent outbreaks of the coronavirus resulting in the closure of the St James and Westmoreland parish courts, the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) is calling for court sittings to be done virtually, which will allow cases to be...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the island grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases, readjustments are being done for shift assignments and monitoring of oxygen usage at medical facilities in under the umbrella of the the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA...

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