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Published:Thursday | May 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Farmers and fisherfolk in rural Jamaica will no longer have to travel to Kingston to seek agricultural assistance or get their complaints resolved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, thanks to a new online customer...

Published:Wednesday | May 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A call has been made for more rigorous background checks to be conducted in the recruitment of healthcare staff. Advocacy for the bolstering of screening for unemployment comes in the wake of scandalous allegations that a male...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Thirty students at the Salt Spring Primary School in St James became happy recipients of their own tablets yesterday, courtesy of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ Positive Jamaica Foundation. In addition to the tablets presented to...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness says some 30,000 housing solutions are to be established on government-owned lands across the island as part of efforts to reduce the decades-long issue of squatting. “We have identified several...

Published:Friday | May 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With western Jamaica’s second wave of COVID-19 vaccination now on the way, St Andrade Sinclair, the acting regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is urging persons in the over-60 age group to come out and...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, and the pharmaceutical Bioprist Group on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the creation of a health and wellness-focused economic zone for medical tourism...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Clifford Williams, one of three executives of the Montego Bay-based Sun Investments Limited accused of breaches of the Bank of Jamaica Act, pleaded guilty in the St James Parish Court yesterday and is to be sentenced on Monday, May...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: True to its calling to serve the hungry and less fortunate, the Montego Bay-based Lighthouse of Praise Ministry, which has been shining its light of generosity since 2016, has added another dimension to its mission since the advent...

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While men are reported as dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately higher rate than women, the Ministry of Health says that men’s rate of COVID-19 vaccination to date is 43 per cent, trailing behind women’s vaccination rate of 57...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While 24 public educational institutions in western Jamaica remained closed yesterday, 129 welcomed students in a partial reopening of schools to help students in grades six, 11, 12 and 13 to prepare for exit examinations. The day...

Published:Saturday | May 8, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While St James’ 4,415 is the highest number of COVID-19 cases among the western parishes, the parish’s health department says that based on the most recent monthly reported cases, April’s figure is 50 per cent lower than the...

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ALTHOUGH COVID-19 pandemic has restricted large social events for many people, that did not prevent Maysie Culliton-Moore and members of her family from celebrating her 100th birthday in supervised but still loving style last...

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DR HERBERT Gayle, lecturer in social anthropology at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, says boys who successfully complete their secondary-level education are up to 10 times less likely to become high-risk crime...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: This past Sunday was a bittersweet day for the family of former Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) boss Owen Speid, as he, alongside family, friends and well-wishers, celebrated the life of his mother, Iota Speid, in an event that...

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Agriculture Minister Floyd Green says he is confident that the construction of a hot-water treatment plant, which is slated to be completed during the current financial year, will help to open more doors for Jamaica in the mango-...

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the number of in-house COVID-19 patients at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) now down to 18, the Western Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) clinical coordinator, Dr Delroy Fray, says that plans can proceed to gradually...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican teachers who fraudulently mark up students’ School-Based Assessment (SBA) coursework have been condemned for undermining the integrity of the education system and robbing children of valuable experience needed for...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President Janet Silvera is calling for the stricter enforcement of law and order in downtown Montego Bay, particularly with taxi operators, as part of the effort to reduce...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Academically minded young women from the parishes of St James and Westmoreland are being given an opportunity to receive a newly launched scholarship, created in honour of the similarly academic and philanthropic Carmen Victoria...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: LLOYD DISTANT, the president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), is renewing the call for business operators to join Jamaica’s formal economic system instead of lingering in the informal sector, which includes unincorporated...

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2021 | 1:58 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Journalism lost a giant last week with the passing of Michael Sharpe. Sharpe’s legacy was never in question, though the 65-year-old seemed far from calling it a day before his untimely passing. He had more to do. That zeal for journalism was...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Shannon Worton, assistant director of school-related psychological assessments and clinical interventions at the Florida-based Nova Southeastern University, is dismissing claims that vaccines cause autism. “There have been some...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF) is calling for inter-ministerial cooperation between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and other stakeholders, to provide proper social support for people...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Economist Johnique Francis is warning that if Jamaica’s politicians do not adequately address the problem of gender-based violence, that neglect will result in a lack of trust that will impact the nation’s economic opportunities. “...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When Michael Sharpe came under the wings of news editor Janet Mowatt at RJR in 1983, she recalled the energy and enthusiasm that the cub reporter had on assignments. It was that youthful zeal that colleagues say propelled him to...

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