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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

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...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the rebuilding of the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, has almost been completed after being razed by fire in 2017, Chairman Hartley Perrin is disappointed that the Government has not yet lived up to its promise...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although jury trials have been suspended in COVID-19 era courtrooms locally, lawyers representing three cops charged in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane in a Montego Bay lock-up have indicated that they would prefer...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mark Barnett, the president of the National Water Commission (NWC), believes that Jamaicans living in rural areas must be willing to use traditional methods of sourcing water, as it is not economically possible to expand water-...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is dismissing suggestions that the vector-control programme under his oversight has suffered from a redeployment of workers to COVID-19 relief. The...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The density of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population in St James almost doubled in the three-month period to August, resurrecting the threat of a resurgence of dengue fever that killed dozens and infected more than 7,500 across...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DAINE MACKLIMORE, a jack-of-all-trades who has worked in various jobs from sales to tiling, is demonstrating his versatility by using social media to outsource the services of his Montego Bay-based construction business, Impulse...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica’s COVID-19 cases now standing at 2,896 infections and 29 deaths following the recent spikes, some stakeholders in western Jamaica are urging the Government to be more stringent in enforcing the Ministry of Health’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:41 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More than three years after it first opened its doors to house some departments of the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC) remains committed to supporting the...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:31 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the reopening of schools pushed back a month because of a spike in coronavirus cases, educators in western Jamaica have renewed concerns about how patchy or non-existent Internet service will impede online teaching when...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) is not worried about the possibility of some defendants held in detention contracting the coronavirus as news emerged of at least five cases being discovered at the St Andrew-based Horizon Adult...

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