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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...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Members of the clergy in western Jamaica say the disparity in the most recent COVID-19 containment measures announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness covering weddings, funerals and church services leaves room for...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The national Youth Parliament of Jamaica (NYPJ) says it is in full support of the Ministry of Education’s recent announcement that only students taking external exams should attend face-to-face classes as part of efforts to curb the...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The head of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has likened the operations of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, to a war zone as it grapples to find space to admit a rising number of COVID-19 patients...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Grange Hill High School’s graduation class of 1993 recently gave back to their alma mater by providing computer tablets to 37 of the Westmoreland-based institution’s students, to help them pursue their studies online, because of...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sixteen small business operators from the communities of Mt Salem and Salt Spring in St James got a major financial boost to their various enterprises on Friday, thanks to an Enterprise Development Project Grant valued at $2.4...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: John-Earle Spence, the lead psychologist in the Fight for Peace youth programme, says that while some tradesmen may have learned their craft under an informal apprenticeship system, they will be overlooked for employment because...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said arrangements are being finalised with the Chinese Embassy for work to resume on the construction of the Western Children and Adolescents Hospital in Montego Bay, after the...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed a claim by his opposition counterpart, Dr Morais Guy, that the restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay will cost as much as J$12 billion. “I...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy is blasting the Government for what he has described as a lack of will to finish the ongoing restoration work at the St James-based Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which he estimates...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The National Youth Parliament of Jamaica wants schools to provide more diverse employment options for students to choose from, aside from the skills gained under curricula such as STEM - which focuses on science, technology,...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two youth leaders have pushed back at suggestions for the current school year to be cancelled due to myriad challenges affecting online classes and concerns over learning loss as many students have been unable to access lessons...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The staff and students at Cornwall College, in Montego Bay, will soon have one of their science laboratories significantly refurbished, as a contract for the work was signed on Tuesday by the school’s administration and members of...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some 80 students at the Montego Bay-based Mt Alvernia High School are now equipped to access online learning, thanks to a generous donation of laptops and tablets, valued at some US$20,000 (J$2.8 million), by members of the school’s...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: More schools across St James and Westmoreland are slated to resume face-to-face classes next Monday as the Ministry of Education continues its systematic drive to bring students back to the physical classroom after almost a year’s...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although generally pleased with how the parish has tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, stakeholders in St James are hoping they will be able to stay on top of the outbreak even as new variants emerge. With 1,427 cases up to Saturday, St...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Melody Ennis, director of family services in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, says that COVID-19 treatments must be supported by scientific evidence that can be reproduced, which is not an advantage that natural medicine...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is presently overseeing the construction of an additional ward now being built at the Falmouth Public Hospital in Trelawny. Construction of the facility comes even as the Falmouth...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: For the first time in their 283-year history, the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth held their annual celebration of the signing of the Maroon treaty and the birth of revered hero Cudjoe virtually. The celebrations were restricted...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sixteen children from Salt Spring in St James, who previously had trouble accessing online schooling, are now able to do so, thanks to Wednesday’s US$2,000 (J$284,020.40) donation of electronic devices by the Salt Spring Community...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) is appealing to the Government to provide direct financial support to private-school students whose parents’ earning power has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to...

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