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Published:Thursday | October 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU As St James continues to bleed at the hands of criminals, the parish’s custos, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, is urging law-abiding citizens to unite in a bid to take back their communities with a view of creating the peace and tranquillity...

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Veteran journalist Clinton Pickering and radio and television technical officer Byron McDonald were among 26 residents of St James who received special National Heroes Day recognition for their contribution to the national life in...

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WITH THE St James Police Benevolent Foundation (StJPBF) now up and running, thanks to a J$1.5-million financial input from a philanthropist, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said police officers in the parish...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams has said that despite many notable achievements over the last four decades, the Second City is being held back from realising its true potential by challenging social issues. Montego Bay, which is...

Published:Tuesday | October 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Players in the island’s global services – formerly business process outsourcing (BPO) – sector are aiming to generate some 7,500 new jobs by March 2022, bringing the total numbers of persons employed to upwards of 50,000. Gloria...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Morland Wilson, the member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western, is calling for the $42 million, which was granted to the parish municipal corporation for the Savanna-la-Mar Infirmary project, to be withdrawn, citing poor...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some 26 young men and women from western Jamaica, who are now pursuing studies at some of the island’s universities, have been selected to share $2.9 million in scholarship funds, courtesy of the Joe and Angella Whitter Foundation...

Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the global services sector is pushing to have at least 70 per cent of its 44,000-strong workforce inoculated against SARS-CoV-2 by the end of the year, a number of private-sector bodies are calling on the Government to make...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says it has the expertise required to resettle the approximately 300 squatters now occupying Crown lands earmarked for further development in the town of Negril in Westmoreland. The property in...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Radhica Newell, the health education officer at the St Elizabeth Health Department, says the use of technology to distribute approximately $1 million to frontline healthcare workers by WiPay Jamaica will play a part in the national...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:SEVERAL PROMINENT stakeholders in Westmoreland are clamouring for the Old Fort site in Savanna-la-Mar to be developed as both a tourist attraction and a logistic hub for commercial goods. In the era when sugar was the central part of...

Published:Wednesday | September 29, 2021 | 2:43 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: BUSINESSMAN EGERTON Forrester, the president of the St James chapter of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ), says going forward, his association will be operating as a ‘union’ to advocate for better working conditions...

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James Custos Bishop Conrad Pitkin has warned justices of the peace (JPs) in the western parish about manufacturing and using seals that are not issued by the Ministry of Justice, saying it is bringing their office into...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE FACTORIES Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss plans for the long-awaited new town centre for the tourist resort of Negril, Westmoreland. The FCJ intends to request that the...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A group calling itself Friends of Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland has threatened to take civil action against a prominent business operator in the community if a chain-link fence erected last week is not removed, claiming that it...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There was disappointment all around Floyd Green’s St Elizabeth South Western constituency yesterday after he resigned as agriculture and fisheries minister amid the fallout from footage that surfaced showing him frolicking at an...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WHILE DISCUSSIONS are ongoing between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), indications are that, by the end of October, 20 of the more than 60 social patients now...

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Waterlogged soil has caused a further delay in the construction of the 36-bed field hospital on the grounds of the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland. The field hospital, which should have started more than a month ago, only...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Family and friends of the Rastafarian faith have been plunged into mourning at the death of the elder Bongo Isaac, a survivor of the 1963 Coral Gardens atrocity. Isaac, 86, passed away at the Cornwall Regional Hospital last...

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Health Department has raised concern over the sharp increase in COVID-19 infections among children in the parish, with roughly 100 currently afflicted with the illness. Delivering an assessment of the COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | September 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Arguing that some Jamaicans may not be grasping the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and understanding the need to be vaccinated, two Westmoreland leaders are calling for the messaging to be simplified. Custos Hartley Perrin...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There is still no word as to when the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) restoration project will be completed, as there has been no communication between key players to discuss the projected 2022 timeline. The Gleaner has been...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St Andrade Sinclair has re-emphasised that front-line workers in the west will not be singled out for special treatment at public-heath facilities, noting that the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) does not differentiate...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tuesday’s death of a nurse to COVID-19 jolted healthcare workers at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, the tearful grief a graphic reminder of how the coronavirus has cast a shadow over families and workforces. Diagrea (...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A senior hospital administrator in western Jamaica has recommended boosting bed capacity by 25 per cent to manage the surge of coronavirus cases. Increasing the bed count from 800 to 1,000 is viewed as critical to hospitals staying...

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