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Published:Saturday | July 3, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the effects of Hurricane Elsa projected to impact Jamaica over the weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging Jamaicans to assess the safety of their building sites and, if necessary, to relocate before any storm arrives...

Published:Wednesday | June 30, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Principals across western Jamaica said Monday’s first day of this year’s sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) was a success at it saw the full cohort...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie is confident that after several delays in the rebuilding of the Montego Bay Fire Station since 2008, the western city’s long-awaited dream of having its own firefighting facility restored...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Residents of The Estuary Housing Scheme in Friendship, St James, may have to wait a while longer to find out how soon repair work will begin on the nearby main road, which they say has been in disrepair for approximately 25 years...

Published:Saturday | June 26, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay’s Mayor Leeroy Williams says it is not true that Salt Spring, St James, is experiencing political victimisation as it relates to water being trucked to the community, which is currently without political representation...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay’s Mayor Leeroy Williams has rubbished claims by opposition leader Mark Golding that the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) has not been adequately addressing the concerns of craft vendors, whose businesses have...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As part of the overall efforts to control roadside vending in Montego Bay, the city’s mayor, Leeroy Williams, says the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) will be embarking on a vendor registration exercise commencing next month...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Black River High School student Yhannai Ferron has clearly taken academic excellence to another level, as from early days in basic school she has consistently been topping her class. It is, therefore, no surprise that the fifth-form...

Published:Saturday | June 19, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Businessman and farmer Hugh Gentles, who was officially installed as Trelawny’s new custos rotulorum on Thursday, has pledged to strengthen the parish’s cohort of justices of the peace (JP) as part of his mandate to deliver high-...

Published:Friday | June 18, 2021 | 1:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Pastor Jason Rose, who is facing a rape charge for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl; his wife, Kemhi Rose; and the mother of the child, who are all charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, were all remanded...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Melody Ennis, director of family health services in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, says that while consideration may be given later this year for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Jamaica is not yet in a position...

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Tanique Bailey-Small, St James’ medical officer of health, says that if Jamaica follows the United States’ footsteps in rescinding some of the same COVID-19 restrictions, the island could be in trouble. “At this point in time, it...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that as more Jamaicans get fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, more of the current restrictions to slow the spread of the virus locally may be relaxed as has been proposed in the...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Health Department says 216 premises in the parish were identified during the month of May to be positive for mosquito breeding that could potentially lead to the spread of dengue fever, which is 113 more than was...

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley, the president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, believes that better communication strategies and compassionate information delivery are needed to help address the vexing issue of long wait times at...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Blame for inordinately long wait times for medical treatment has been placed at the feet of hospital managers who have been urged to organise human and other resources to offer efficient service to patients. But St Andrade Sinclair...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James’ second COVID-19 vaccination blitz, scheduled for later this month, will focus on tourism workers, a crucial group for the return of the once-buyoant hospitality sector that collapsed in 2020 because of coronavirus travel...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson recommended that a cess, or tax, should be imposed on past students of the Westmoreland-based Manning’s School for them to support the restoration of the school’s Thomas Manning Building. “...

Published:Saturday | June 5, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Immediate past president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid, believes the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic – including closed borders and economic uncertainty – have helped the local education sector,...

Published:Saturday | June 5, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland-based Manning’s School on Thursday received $30 million in financial pledges toward the restoration of its historic Thomas Manning Building, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. The financial...

Published:Tuesday | June 1, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Clifton Williams, one of the three executives of the Montego Bay-based Sun Investments Limited who were arrested and charged with several breaches of the Bank of Jamaica Act, was yesterday ordered to pay a $300,000 fine or serve two...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the start of the 2021 hurricane season just days away, Montego Bay Deputy Mayor Richard Vernon has stated that no plans are in place to relocate residents in downtown Montego Bay, should there be a repeat of the devastating...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Herbert Gayle, social anthropology lecturer at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, says that boys should not be expected to act like girls in emotional expression or communication style and must be trained in how to...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although quiet by nature and not one for long speeches, nine-year-old Shahiem Morris was the toast of Wednesday’s award ceremony for the St James Municipal Corporation’s (StJMC) 13th annual Disaster Education Awareness Competition,...

Published:Friday | May 28, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the start of the 2021 hurricane season just days away, Tamoy Sinclair, parish disaster coordinator for St James, says the parish’s 63 disaster shelters are at 85 per cent readiness, including the designated isolation areas for...

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