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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the Government continues to search for solutions to the problems plaguing local landfills, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says relocation and divestment are two of the options being explored. “There is no quick fix to...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Stephen Price, country manager of telecommunications company FLOW, is urging business operators to shun questionable contractors selling equipment even as they try to secure deals to improve their energy efficiency. “A lot of you...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As St James continues to grapple with an increasing number of suspected cases of dengue fever, the health department in the parish is reporting that some 889 suspected dengue cases have been recorded since January. Medical Officer...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Ministers’ Fraternal has come out in support of the decision by Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis’ decision to deny permission for the gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride to host a series of events at the Montego Bay...

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: High Court judge, Justice Glen Brown, yesterday bemoaned the perpetual problem of the low turnout of potential jurors to try cases in St James, when it was brought to his attention that only 13 persons obeyed the 31 summonses that...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says the gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride will not be granted permission to use the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for a series of events it is planning to stage in the western city. Davis, who chairs...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Montego Bay-based Trumpet Call Ministries International recently gave a back-to-school boost to more than 500 children in the western city with its annual medical fair and treat. Working in partnership with volunteers from the...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said that ground is to be broken within weeks for the new Chinese-financed paediatric hospital to be built on the grounds of Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against Cordel Clarke, the Trelawny businessman accused of sending bomb threats to two of the parish’s courthouses, last year, came to an unexpected end yesterday after the court was told that Clarke died recently. Clarke,...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The new school year got off to a smooth start in western Jamaica yesterday as fears that a planned strike by taxi operators and issues such as a shortage of teachers would have created problems never materialised. Clayton Smith,...

Published:Saturday | August 31, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Residents of St James whose loved ones have been affected by dengue are demanding that more effort be put into tackling the illness even as the authorities ramp up efforts to battle the mosquito-borne virus. Megan Green, a resident...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Ministry of Justice will embark on a special trauma-intervention programme in Montego Bay in September to provide assistance and treatment for students with behavioural issues stemming from psychological trauma. Garey Gardener,...

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Ministry of Education is rubbishing reports that teachers who are currently employed to schools on the shift system are likely to lose their jobs if their institutions become full-day operations. Dr Grace McLean, acting...

Published:Monday | August 26, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Grace McLean, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education (MOE), has promised that the ministry will address concerns about alleged indoctrination, which have arisen following the push to introduce the Seventh-day Adventist...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Elizabeth Molina, acting dean of Education Pathway at Broward College in the United States, is urging local teachers to pursue avenues of professional development in order to become effective leaders in their classrooms. Molina...

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Karl Samuda, the minister with responsibility for the education portfolio, says immediate action is needed to address weak performances in mathematics as nearly half of the students who sat the subject in this year’s Caribbean...

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has indicated that work to install piped medical gas at the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland is on target for completion before the end of this month. According to WRHA...

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Scores of persons turned out yesterday as the St James Municipal Corporation tipped its hat to 12 persons and one organisation for their contribution to uplifting and representing the parish. The Independence Uniform Parade, Flag-...

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has called on citizens of St James to continue supporting the ongoing state of public emergency (SOE) in western Jamaica. Speaking at yesterday’s Independence service at the Bethtephil Baptist Church in...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Circuit Court yesterday set September 18 as the date for the much-anticipated plea agreement discussions in the case against Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the men charged in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane....

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is taking steps to provide more effective treatment for mental health patients. In an interview with The Gleaner, Regional Director of the WRHA Errol Greene provided an update on several...

Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has said it is reviewing the current protocols for dealing with any potential cases of the deadly Ebola virus following reports of an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Errol...

Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nichala Facey, the St James man facing a murder charge arising from the death of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair, who was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire, was remanded in custody when he appeared in the St James Parish Court...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Science, Energy and Technology Minister Fayval Williams is pledging to bridge the technological gap between Jamaica and the rest of the world by finalising the review of the Data Protection Bill and a report from the Digital...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The committal hearing for Norval Bulgin, the man who allegedly tried to solicit the support of a student to poison Carol Walters, the vice-principal at the Montego Bay Community College in St James, was last week rescheduled to...

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