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Published:Monday | June 17, 2024 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU The Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), is claiming to have detected what it calls a “security threat” in the force. Sergeant Arlene McBean, the federation’s...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2024 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC) is making an impact on the lives of Jamaican youths through a transformative scholarship programme of which high-school bound 11-year-old Enyameikie Daley is the latest...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2024 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), Sergeant Arleen McBean, has warned rank-and-file members of the police force that they will not get her support should they choose to use their powers and abuse civilians. Speaking at...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Councillors in the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation (WMC) have delayed their decision on a resolution seeking to amend the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, so that persons with a criminal record who have been...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rastafarian elder Ras Iyah V, former chairman of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association, wants the Government to redistribute those lands formerly used for sugar cane farming to high schools across the parish to expand...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2024 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

A revelation that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) does not possess the equipment to access, or training to assess the black box of a Shacman truck involved in a crash that left five persons dead in Westmoreland last year has thrown the defence...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Investors from Bamboo Bioproducts are preparing to break ground in 2025 for a state-of-the-art bamboo mill that will use Jamaican bamboo pulp to make toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitary napkins. Established in Jamaica three...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2024 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Coote Savannah narrowly won the 2024 Westmoreland Parish Library Network Grange Hill Branch Library’s Early Childhood Institution Quiz competition which was staged as part of Child Month activities, this year. The competition,...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2024 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-two grade 10 agricultural science students from 11 high schools in St Elizabeth on Wednesday received a share of $660,000 in academic grants to pursue their studies. The grant was made possible by Jamaica workers who are employed to Gebber...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2024 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Association of Branch Societies (WABS), an arm of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), has expressed its willingness to embrace the cultivation of ackee, breadfruit and mangoes (ABM) to meet the demands of the...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2024 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Members of the Special Operations Team of the St James Police Division now have their own operational and administrative base in the form of a container mobile office at the St James Police Divisional Headquarters in Freeport,...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2024 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Hospitality stakeholders who suffered financial losses during the heightened period of the ongoing severe water crisis in Hanover and Westmoreland are to receive some level of support from the Government. While the details and...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A request by a female detective constable from Westmoreland for the Government to consider allowing the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to establish a dedicated blood bank for police officers has not found favour with National...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2024 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says a monument to honour fallen police officers, especially those who have died on duty, will be erected as part of the delayed Police Plaza in Kingston. The commitment came following...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two low- to middle-income earners are among several contributors to the National Housing Trust (NHT) who are now the happy new owners of a piece of Jamaica after receiving credentials to their service lots from Prime Minister...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2024 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eighty-four year-old Ivette Myles, a resident of Cornwall Mountain in Westmoreland, has welcomed the construction of a wheelchair access ramp at the Cornwall Mountain Health Centre, which she attends for her medical check-up on a...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2024 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Police Commissioner Dr Kevin Blake says he does not foresee Government preparing legislation any time soon that will mandate business owners to install cameras at their establishments to aid the police in their crime-fighting....

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2024 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Former Jamaica Police Federation Chairman Corporal Rohan James says he has given instructions and guidance to delegates on who they should vote for in today’s election of officers to lead the rank-and-file members of the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2024 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government is being urged to remove the burden of keeping and caring for persons detained in lockups at stations across the island from the police. The call came on Tuesday from Detective Sergeant Doris Stewart, Joint Branch...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2024 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A 73-year-old senior citizen from Llandilo in Westmoreland, who used to work as a painter, cut cane, pick apples, and work on the United States’ seasonal farmwork programme, is now seeking assistance from good Samaritans to purchase...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2024 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With no formal education, centenarian Uton Samuels is believed to be Jamaica’s second-oldest living person and Hanover’s oldest man. At 109 years old, he is still batting well, and, despite slight hearing challenges and joint pain...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2024 | 12:08 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: COMMANDER of the St James Police Division, acting Senior Superintendent Eron Samuels, has tasked the 19 newly trained public transportation marshals, formerly known as loader men, to show respect to everyone using the public...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2024 | 12:10 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Transport Minister Daryl Vaz says while the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) needs a fleet of approximately 500 to 600 buses, the Government in the short term cannot afford that level of capital expenditure. Instead, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2024 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Detective Corporal Pearline Simmonds and Corporal Karen Austin were honoured by their commanding officer of the St Elizabeth Police Division Superintendent Coleridge Minto on Sunday for the role they continue to play in adopting and...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2024 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Marcia Graham, medical officer of health for Westmoreland, says there is a critical need for blood, admitting that persons have actually died because it is lacking. “We need more blood donors. The system has come under...

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