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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Jamaica poised to improve its standing as an international competitor in the renewable energy sector, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging local interests to become flexible and adaptable to global changes so that potential...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Science, Energy and Technology Minister Fayval Williams believes that, in creating policies to promote greater energy efficiency in Jamaica, the phenomenon of persons using electricity that they do not pay for is one issue that must...

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The western chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) is calling for improved ambulance service for local residents albeit admitting that there is no policy in place to have ambulances on-site at hotels for...

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says that persons employed in solid-waste management will be receiving a 25 per cent salary increase that will take their daily rate from J$2,000 per day to J$2,500 per day effective in...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Officials at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) are dismissing reports of two suspected cases of COVID-19 infection being under quarantine at the Montego Bay-based hospital’s...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU Like the security forces, Gary Howell, the managing director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), thinks St James’ unplanned communities are helping to foster crime, hence the agency’s drive to legitimise the parish’s informal...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Alando Terrelonge, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, believes that the growing use of new technologies in the teaching of needed skills to students is hurting the bid to revive the local garment...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Amid outrage over a spike in school violence that has gone viral, Jamaican teachers have been urged to behave professionally and to be standard-bearers for moral values. That call has come from Dr Lorna Gow-Morrison, the principal...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With two of the seven government ambulance assigned to St James now out of service, there is no question that the parish is not equipped to adequately serve its just roughly 186,000 residents and thousands of visitors who travel...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell, the two policemen charged with murder arising from the 2013 shooting deaths of three relatives in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, has been set for February 28 to facilitate...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With hundreds of nurses leaving Jamaica each year to take up more lucrative job offers overseas, it would appear that the trend could be a never-ending cycle as even the student nurses in training are already contemplating that...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: After several years of operating out of borrowed space, the faculty and student body at the Rose Heights Infant School in Rose Heights, St James, now have a building of their own, thanks to the input of a United States-based mission...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In literal life-and-death situations, where every second counts, many Jamaicans are left struggling to find state ambulances to respond to emergences in a timely manner and have to rely on private vehicles or public transportation...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has issued a stern warning for nurses to quit if they do not love their jobs and are more motivated by pay than by empathy and compassion for the patients they serve. The minister’s statement...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is lamenting the lack of responsibility displayed by many Jamaicans in relation to their health and well-being. “We have a country that, over the last 30 years, has not invested...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, who is also chairman of the Rural Water Supply Limited, is seeking to deliver on its mandate by rehabilitating eight catchment tanks by March amid warnings by local meteorologists of a worsening...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against Keron Watson, the St James man who was arrested and charged with breaches of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2017, has been set for a plea and case-management hearing to take place in the St James Circuit Court on...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dana Minto, the St James nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a traffic accident that claimed two lives in 2017, pleaded guilty in the St James Circuit Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced on April 30....

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As fears of the deadly coronavirus continue to swirl globally, the health authorities in western Jamaica say they have fine-tuned plans for rigorous screening at all ports of entry and the establishment of an isolation zone at the...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The newly formed past students’ association of the Anchovy High School in St James has announced an ambitious plan to transform the school into the high school of choice in western Jamaica, ahead of the school’s 50th anniversary...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Owen Speid, the outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), is calling on the government and local organisations to move swiftly to address the ongoing dengue crisis in Jamaica, which has claimed 64 lives over...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A High Court judge yesterday sharply criticised the police’s failure to stop romantic liaisons between children on the grounds of the St James Parish Library, which sits across from the St James Parish Court in downtown Montego Bay...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The local education sector is expected to take another hit from the lure of so-called greener pasture as, according to Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid, more teachers are poised to leave the island for...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Following emergency surgery this week, doctors have determined that a nurse who fell down a flight of stairs at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, was not as badly injured as previously thought....

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Disgruntled over working conditions at the St James Parish Library in Montego Bay, including the facility being used for sexual liaisons, staff yesterday mounted placards of protest to press home their discontentment. Marilee Moodie...

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