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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...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:16 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Health Department on Wednesday ordered the Teleperformance Call Centre in Montego Bay Freeport closed after the outsourcing entity was accused of operating in contravention of coronavirus laws, with 18 cases of COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Embattled Lucea Mayor Sheridan Samuels, who is the subject of a three-video attack in which he is being accused of nepotism and corruption as it relates to projects done by the Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC), is turning to the...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Noted cane farming stalwart Allan Rickards, who died late Tuesday night, has been hailed as an unflinching advocate for the rights of sugar workers and a proponent of innovation in the wider agricultural sector. Karl James, sugar...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams has denied reports that four councillors and a municipal police officer employed to the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) had been afflicted by COVID-19 as he sought to calm fears amid panic at...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Except for rape, which has seen troubling increases in Hanover and Trelawny, the latest serious crime statistics for western Jamaica, which had been wearing the dubious tag as the nation’s crime capital over recent years, appear...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite being of a less forceful demeanour, Montego Bay’s new mayor, Leeroy Williams, has said he plans to match the assertiveness of his predecessor, Homer Davis, in his bid to settle the long-running Bogue lands saga, which has...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:08 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: A call by Montego Bay’s newly minted mayor, Leeroy Williams, for the removal of election paraphernalia from public spaces around the city has fallen on deaf ears. At his inauguration just over a week ago, Williams said one of his...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2020 | 12:06 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Before last Thursday’s general election, business development specialist, 39-years-old Morland Wilson, was virtually unknown in political circles outside of Westmoreland, and any thought that he was capable of beating an established...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: The accident-prone Trelawny leg of the North Coast Highway registered yet another death yesterday when a young woman lost her life as the car in which she was travelling collided with a trailer,with both vehicles careening off the...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Despite the buzz around his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) challenger, Tamika Davis, Ian Hayles of the People’s National Party (PNP) is flush with confidence that come September 3, he will retain his seat as member of parliament (MP)...

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