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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The head of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has likened the operations of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, to a war zone as it grapples to find space to admit a rising number of COVID-19 patients...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Grange Hill High School’s graduation class of 1993 recently gave back to their alma mater by providing computer tablets to 37 of the Westmoreland-based institution’s students, to help them pursue their studies online, because of...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sixteen small business operators from the communities of Mt Salem and Salt Spring in St James got a major financial boost to their various enterprises on Friday, thanks to an Enterprise Development Project Grant valued at $2.4...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: John-Earle Spence, the lead psychologist in the Fight for Peace youth programme, says that while some tradesmen may have learned their craft under an informal apprenticeship system, they will be overlooked for employment because...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said arrangements are being finalised with the Chinese Embassy for work to resume on the construction of the Western Children and Adolescents Hospital in Montego Bay, after the...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed a claim by his opposition counterpart, Dr Morais Guy, that the restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay will cost as much as J$12 billion. “I...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy is blasting the Government for what he has described as a lack of will to finish the ongoing restoration work at the St James-based Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which he estimates...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The National Youth Parliament of Jamaica wants schools to provide more diverse employment options for students to choose from, aside from the skills gained under curricula such as STEM - which focuses on science, technology,...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two youth leaders have pushed back at suggestions for the current school year to be cancelled due to myriad challenges affecting online classes and concerns over learning loss as many students have been unable to access lessons...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The staff and students at Cornwall College, in Montego Bay, will soon have one of their science laboratories significantly refurbished, as a contract for the work was signed on Tuesday by the school’s administration and members of...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some 80 students at the Montego Bay-based Mt Alvernia High School are now equipped to access online learning, thanks to a generous donation of laptops and tablets, valued at some US$20,000 (J$2.8 million), by members of the school’s...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More schools across St James and Westmoreland are slated to resume face-to-face classes next Monday as the Ministry of Education continues its systematic drive to bring students back to the physical classroom after almost a year’s...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although generally pleased with how the parish has tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, stakeholders in St James are hoping they will be able to stay on top of the outbreak even as new variants emerge. With 1,427 cases up to Saturday, St...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Melody Ennis, director of family services in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, says that COVID-19 treatments must be supported by scientific evidence that can be reproduced, which is not an advantage that natural medicine...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is presently overseeing the construction of an additional ward now being built at the Falmouth Public Hospital in Trelawny. Construction of the facility comes even as the Falmouth...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: For the first time in their 283-year history, the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth held their annual celebration of the signing of the Maroon treaty and the birth of revered hero Cudjoe virtually. The celebrations were restricted...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sixteen children from Salt Spring in St James, who previously had trouble accessing online schooling, are now able to do so, thanks to Wednesday’s US$2,000 (J$284,020.40) donation of electronic devices by the Salt Spring Community...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) is appealing to the Government to provide direct financial support to private-school students whose parents’ earning power has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With 20 of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association’s (JISA) 150 member schools having reopened during the just-ended school term, the organisation is looking forward to more of its private schools resuming classes in the...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Three charity organisations that cater to St James’ less fortunate residents have been given good reason to sing praise this Christmas as the Whitter Group of Companies donated a combined sum of J$500,000 on Monday to support their...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel has welcomed the Holness administration’s plan to have Internet connectivity in all homes by 2025 as a potential game-changer for educational advancement. Schools were...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting Jamaica’s capacity to earn from tourism, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett believes that e-commerce and the online marketplace are providing a viable avenue to entice...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the planned construction of a new St Regis Hotel in Bull Bay in St Andrew is among the more than US$1 billion in potential tourism investments that have withstood the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic....

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ST JAMES’ health authorities have revealed that the parish’s average positive infection rate for COVID-19 stands at 15 per cent, which is higher than the national positive average of nine per cent and among the highest rates in...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Several past students of the Montego Bay High School for Girls, now all grown women, continue to hold great pride in their sisterly bond with each other and their alma mater, a feeling they got to indulge in over the weekend at the...

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