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Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With indications that the country could continue to experience adverse weather conditions for weeks to come, Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams is urging Jamaicans to take the necessary preventive measures to prevent potential...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: DR Marcia Johnson-Campbell, St James’ medical officer of health, has said the community of Cornwall Courts, which was recently placed under a special area curfew in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases, is currently experiencing a...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: PASTOR WESLEY Boynes, a past president of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), is warning that private schools must be willing to work together with each other, including sharing resources, if they are to survive the...

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

Western Bureau: The Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) will be launching a programme for private-school students similar to the Ministry of Education’s current One Tablet or Laptop Per Child initiative, aimed at facilitating distance...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Educators across the island are growing anxious over what they say is a lack of communication by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on how it intends to administer the 2021 sittings of the regional exams in light of the COVID-...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Taxi operators in the Cornwall Courts community of St James, which is under a special curfew due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, are calling for greater support in combatting the virus, including assistance for persons who have to...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is urging the residents of Cornwall Courts in St James, which is under a special curfew owing to an increase in COVID-19 cases in that community, to work with the local health...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite more European countries heading into lockdown and several American states witnessing record surges in COVID-19 cases, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is projecting that Jamaica will see a 40 per cent increase in arrivals...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Cornwall College Alumni Association (CCAA) South Florida chapter is calling on individuals and organisations with the capacity to help to assist the Montego Bay-based school by providing scholarships to students. Businesswoman...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The trial of four Montego Bay businessmen who are accused of being major players in a drug-smuggling and money-laundering ring between Jamaica and the United States was set for continuation in February 2021 when the men appeared in...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Sunday’s launch of the philanthropic Janet Richards Foundation has provided persons who have a spirit of giving, similar to founder Janet Richards, with a gateway to healthier and happier living at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica expected to face a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases in the upcoming weeks, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says it is doing all it can to brace itself albeit with limited numbers of personnel and bed spaces for...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Ministry of Education’s upcoming ‘One Laptop or Tablet Per Child’ programme, which will see children across Jamaica receiving electronic learning devices, may not be coming quickly enough for some St James primary schools,...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Businessman Chris Dehring, the chief executive officer of ReadyTV, wants the Ministry of Education to consider the full use of digital television as a learning tool for students, based on its capacity to provide long-distance...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The regional health authorities across the island are taking issue with Carmen Johnson, the immediate past president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), over recent statements in which she claimed that they were being too...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Immediate past president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Carmen Johnson, is urging the regional health authorities to make it easier for local nurses to find employment in the badly understaffed health sector. While...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: As the rebuilding of the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, remains high on the agenda of those spearheading the rebuilding, the success of Jordan Watson, a resident of the home, who passed nine subjects in this year’s...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James health authorities are raising concerns about the parish’s Aedes index, the indicator for the geographical spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue virus, as it has jumped from 11.5 per cent in...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Salt Spring Primary School in St James will soon have an additional classroom to facilitate social distancing, thanks to the generosity of the United States-based Children of the Caribbean Foundation. Rosie Hodge-Adams, co-...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While preparing for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, Danella Rowe was forced to overcome two major struggles – financial difficulties and the death of her beloved father. However, with a strong...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2020 | 6:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Yesterday’s start to the 2020-2021 academic year was marred by access challenges for many students in western Jamaica wishing to log in to virtual classrooms. Fears by educators of a lack of adequate Internet connectivity and...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: For Kimona Barnes, her decision to burn the proverbial midnight oil in preparation for the 2020 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations has paid off handsomely as it has earned her the annual Seymour Panton...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite hurdles, Khadeelia Simpson remains optimistic about achieving her next goal of becoming a nurse, having accumulated 19 subjects and units in external exams while at Anchovy High School in St James. “It was a lot of work,...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: With local schools slated to reopen on October 5, the Rotary Club of Montego Bay has come good for over 100 students in St James by equipping them with back-to-school supplies, including school bags and books. The students, who were...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Academic excellence is something 16-year-old Topaz Christie places a great deal of value on. Attaining 11 subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams came as no surprise to the top-performing student at...

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