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Stories by Adrian Frater/News Editor

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: A multinational research team, which includes some Jamaicans, is claiming to have made a major breakthrough by using menthol crystals to stop the deadly spread of the coronavirus. The team, which comprises medical doctors and...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:17 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The murderous rampage in St James since the start of the year has outpaced corresponding 2020 figures by 222 per cent, with disputes between families and friends proving deadlier than gang feuds. Between January 1 and February 24,...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: As the wanton disregard for the COVID-19 health and safety protocols continues to manifest itself in more positive coronavirus cases across western Jamaica, the region’s health services are now in a scary tailspin as hospitals,...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the blood-curdling murders being committed by some of the nation’s criminals, two former top cops have taken objection to them being referred to as terrorists, saying that the label makes them seem far more powerful than...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:44 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s premier tourism destination Montego Bay further solidified its ties with China when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a sister city arrangement with Zhuhai last Friday. The pact was signed by...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Business mogul, the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, is poised to be immortalised in Montego Bay, St James, the city where he started his business empire, the Sandals Resorts, over four decades ago, with the naming of a street in his...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: It is not often that elderly persons get to the golden years enjoying good health. So, for the family of Vera Brown, who celebrated her 100th birthday on January 21, it is more than a miracle that she is still able to clown around...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Montego Bay-based mathematics guru Richard James and popular Flankers-based barber Robert Hines are today basking in their new-found respect after they were chosen as the two recipients of New Fortress Energy’s (NFE) 2020 Community...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Desiree Rankine, a year-two biology and mathematics student with a 4.12-grade point average (GPA), and Kardine Dunkley, a first-year student whose GPA of 3.904 was the highest among the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) students,...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite not being able to do face-to-face teaching since March, the staff at the infant department at the Bull Savannah Primary and Infant School in Bull Savannah, St Elizabeth, found a creative way to stage their annual Christmas...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:19 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: In response to cries from vendors, the St James Municipal Corporation has decided to facilitate earlier vending hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve as a result of the nightly curfew for those days beginning...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:27 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: For the first time in 283 years, the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth will not be staging their customary face-to-face annual celebrations on January 6, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which features several...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While western stakeholders are not taking kindly to the news that the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which has been operating below capacity since being hit by a toxic- fumes issue in 2016, will not be restored to full service...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:14 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Had there been a tidy transfer between the old and new board installed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) after the change of government in 2016, indications are that Jamaica could have avoided spending some of the more than $1...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Several Westmoreland residents are not surprised that their parish has now emerged as the epicentre of the nation’s COVID-19 cases, including Custos Hartley Perrin, who is among those who are deeply worried about persons who are...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:23 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton all but declared the parish of Westmoreland Jamaica’s new COVID-19 epicentre, telling the nation’s Parliament on Tuesday that with more than 100 new confirmed cases, including 12 deaths in the...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:12 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: A new ward being constructed at the St James Infirmary at a cost of $24 million will be ready for occupancy by the end of January. The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) says the new ward is approximately 85 per cent ready and...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:16 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay will be shedding its current white elephant status to support a worthy cause, as it has been commissioned into service to temporarily house the Catherine Hall Health Centre, which will be...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the United States issuing a Level 3 travel advisory warning its citizens to reconsider travel to Jamaica as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the operators of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay remain hopeful...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite the expected resistance from some street vendors, Montego Bay’s Mayor Leeroy Williams remains resolute that the recent decision to put an end to vending on St James Street in the heart of the downtown section of the western...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite many previous failed attempts, the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) has again declared St James Street, located in the heart of downtown Montego Bay, which is currently being overrun by street vendors, as a no-vending...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2020 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Legendary Newspaper vendor William ‘Jay’ Parkins, who was the face of The Gleaner on the streets of Montego Bay, St James, for over 50 years, died last Thursday after what his family said was a brief bout of illness. The 89-year-...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: The Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St James, which started its 2020-2021 academic year on Monday, has been informed that perseverance in the ongoing COVID-19 environment will require adopting new techniques to meet the times. The...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:18 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: As the nation continues its relentless drive to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, two communities, Rae Town, in Kingston, and Cornwall Courts, in St James, were placed under special area curfew because of the troubling...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:15 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the many and varied challenges, including a worrisome crime problem, Mayor Leeroy Williams says Montego Bay, which is celebrating its 40th year of city status, has much to be proud of with incredible strides made in several...

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