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Published:Saturday | January 29, 2022 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: POLICE OFFICERS deserve a better salary package and they will be getting more, says Dr Horace Chang, deputy prime minister and minister of national security. “While not getting into too big a debate, the police deserve more pay and...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has said that allegations of abuse by soldiers within the zone of special operations (ZOSO) in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, will be probed by the army. Residents in the troubled...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MINISTER OF Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie has refused to comment on the damning report from the Integrity Commission on the corruption scandal surrounding the installation of a 220-volt charging port at...

Published:Friday | January 28, 2022 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has rebuffed calls for his resignation amid an escalating homicide rate and pledged that Jamaicans will soon see the gains of an assault on violent crime. The country ended last year with...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE WESTERN Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has frozen all vacation leave over the next two months because of skeletal staff treating swelling numbers of COVID-19 patients at the four major hospitals in the region. Approximately 15...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:13 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bertel Moore, chairman of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation (WMC), has said that he will not be forced to disrupt the livelihood of small business operators in order to build a fruit and vegetable market in Negril. Speaking at...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: According to Desmond McKenzie, minister of local government and rural development, the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is currently conducting two separate assessments with a view of constructing new fire stations in Westmoreland and St...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie has announced the deployment of additional technical support to the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation (WMC), on the basis that it is performing at an unacceptable...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Inclement weather in the latter part of last year is being blamed for yet another delay in the planned opening of the newly built Montego Bay Fire Station in St James, but Local Government Desmond McKenzie has said that the building...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MORE PEOPLE could be killed if the divisional headquarters (HQ) for the Westmoreland police is relocated outside the parish capital to Llandilo, says former violence interrupter Bishop O’Neil Russell. Russell, who is also the...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MEMBERS OF the legal fraternity in the Cornwall Bar Association welcomed the appointment of Dr Derrick McKoy as the country’s newest attorney general, noting that he was expected to provide “sound legal advice” to the Jamaican...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Business and civic leaders in St Elizabeth are hailing as “a move in the right direction” the promotion of Franklyn Witter to the Holness executive as state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Witter, member of...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: LUCEA MAYOR Sheridan Samuels is among sitting councillors the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) will seek to replace for the impending local government elections, The Gleaner has learnt. Samuels, who chairs the Hanover...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Morland Wilson, member of parliament (MP) for Westmoreland Western, wants stronger penalties for convicted murderers. “Three hundred years in prison, I think, is quite acceptable for persons who are going around slaughtering others...

Published:Tuesday | January 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Richard Currie, colonel of the Accompong Maroons, has said that the Government’s decision to grant Noranda Bauxite permission to mine 1,324 hectares of their lands in the protected area of St Ann is in direct violation of the rights...

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Two parents received the perfect gift on New Year’s Day, as they welcomed their babies at the Savanna-La-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland for 2022. Mitsy Billings of Kentucky district gave birth to a healthy baby girl, the first baby to...

Published:Friday | December 31, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: STAKEHOLDERS IN the Ministry of Education continue to work outside the classrooms in facilitating the learning and overall growth of students in sections of Montego Bay. Their latest effort was carried out by administrators and...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Former education minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the Government’s plan to roll out a sixth-form pathways programme among secondary schools is the wrong approach in trying to improve Jamaica’s education sector. Instead, the retired...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Stakeholders in western Jamaica are clamouring for Senator Matthew Samuda to be promoted to the national security portfolio, replacing his boss, Dr Horace Chang, amid a soaring murder rate islandwide. The call came after Prime...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, 650 families from Westmoreland, Trelawny, and St Catherine got something to smile about going into Christmas as they were the gracious recipients of much-needed care packages from the United...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite a runaway islandwide murder count hovering around 1,400 so far, ex-mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis, says Jamaicans will soon have a renewed sense of security. While referencing the failed bid of the Holness administration...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is currently working overtime to construct some six groynes that are expected to mitigate the further erosion of the Montego Bay shoreline, which is constantly under threat from flooding...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) says the multimillion-dollar Harmony Beach Park in Montego Bay, St James, is to be retrofitted with closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance that will be linked to the JamaicaEye network...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Young men in St James who had difficulty getting into the formal sector as it relates to training and employment opportunities because of their criminal past, will not have that hurdle to climb going forward, as the HEART/NSTA Trust...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2021 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Janet Silvera, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says that should workers begin to get the feeling that they are not being paid enough they could well resign from their jobs and push the country’s labour...

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