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Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With 20 of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association’s (JISA) 150 member schools having reopened during the just-ended school term, the organisation is looking forward to more of its private schools resuming classes in the...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three charity organisations that cater to St James’ less fortunate residents have been given good reason to sing praise this Christmas as the Whitter Group of Companies donated a combined sum of J$500,000 on Monday to support their...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel has welcomed the Holness administration’s plan to have Internet connectivity in all homes by 2025 as a potential game-changer for educational advancement. Schools were...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting Jamaica’s capacity to earn from tourism, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett believes that e-commerce and the online marketplace are providing a viable avenue to entice...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the planned construction of a new St Regis Hotel in Bull Bay in St Andrew is among the more than US$1 billion in potential tourism investments that have withstood the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic....

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ST JAMES’ health authorities have revealed that the parish’s average positive infection rate for COVID-19 stands at 15 per cent, which is higher than the national positive average of nine per cent and among the highest rates in...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Several past students of the Montego Bay High School for Girls, now all grown women, continue to hold great pride in their sisterly bond with each other and their alma mater, a feeling they got to indulge in over the weekend at the...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Following St James record high mosquito Aedes index of 25.6 per cent in October, the St James Health Department is reporting that the index has reduced significantly to 18.2 per cent in November, which is in keeping with the parish’...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seventy-year-old Trelawny resident Leon Jackson, who has been playing the role of Santa Claus almost every Christmas since 1985, will not be donning the iconic fluffy red suit with white fur trimming this year, as the COVID-19...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Gloria Henry, president of the Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ), is calling for the establishment of a field hospital in Montego Bay to supplement the scaled-down services being offered by the Cornwall Regional Hospital...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition Senator Dr Floyd Morris, who was recently elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, wants Jamaica’s church community to ensure that it supports the passage of the Disabilities Act...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: William Knibb Memorial High School alumni came good for the Trelawny-based institution on Tuesday when they handed over a generous donation of tablets and football boots to assist current students with their academic and sporting...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As part of the quest to make teachers more equipped to handle disabled persons, the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC) in Montego Bay, St James, will be working with The University of the West Indies Mona Campus (UWI Mona) to...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three schools in Hanover and Westmoreland opened their doors for resumption of face-to-face classes on Monday, joining several other schools islandwide which likewise reopened following an announcement from the Government. Dr...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Family Literacy specialist Dr Hixwell Douglas is urging parents of special-needs children to educate themselves about their children’s disabilities to know how to address any related behavioural issues. “Know about your child’s...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2020 | 8:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Cornwall Combined Disabilities Association (CCDA) has revealed that, since its formation in 2014, it has been receiving an average of three reports per month of disabled persons being the victims of abuse by various persons,...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Robert Nesta Morgan, the state minister in the Ministry of Education, has said the ministry is currently discussing means to provide a remedial strategy for students who have not been able to adequately engage with the education...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rosalee Gage-Grey, the CEO of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), says children’s homes have received roughly $50 million in extra grants and additional donations from corporate Jamaica and citizens during the...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Maureen Dwyer, the chief inspector at the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), says she was surprised at the call for a delay in inspecting schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She was speaking during a recent Jamaica...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although Andrew East’s life was forever changed after he was shot and crippled 20 years ago, his experience as president of the Cornwall Combined Disabilities Association (CCDA) since 2014 has fuelled his determination to ensure...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed concerns about the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH) capability to adequately deliver antigen testing for COVID-19 amid the facility’s ongoing restoration work, which...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The annual Montego Bay Christmas Grand Market, one of the city’s stellar attractions at Christmas, will not be staged this year as the St James Municipal Corporation tries to blunt the spread of the coronavirus in the western...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:01 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Westmoreland native Edward Waite, who has served Jamaica as a junior municipal corporation councillor and a youth parliamentarian, believes student leadership is key in moulding young people for similar roles as adults. “Student...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) is describing recent criticisms from the St James Health Department in regard to its alleged failure to address several long-standing, health-related concerns at the People’s Arcade, in Montego...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Health Department says the parish’s mosquito Aedes index, the indicator for the geographical spread of the dengue virus, had soared to a record 25.6 per cent at the end of October, which is a steep climb over the 13.2...

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