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Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:35 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Removing medical doctors from the list of witnesses in wounding and assault cases could help to speed up some trials, says Chief Justice Bryan Sykes. Speaking at yesterday’s opening ceremony for the Judiciary of Jamaica National...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Damia Dawes-Monthrope, a director of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is recommending that the existing $1-million cap on claims brought to the parish court be increased to $5 million to alleviate the problems litigants face when...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore says the inactivity of the National Contracts Commission (NCC) and a typographical error in a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development detailing the value of the...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Westmoreland Municipality Corporation (WMC) on Thursday voted to give persons building residential homes without the relevant permits, a two-month extension on an amnesty which was previously granted. This means they will now...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:11 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Since a state of emergency was declared in Westmoreland on April 30, there have been four murders in the parish, Carlos Russell, the deputy superintendent of police with responsibility for operations in the Westmoreland Police...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:36 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore says the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation (WMC) plans to take action unless the National Works Agency (NWA) takes steps within the next 30 days to repair the Paradise Bridge in Ferris, which has...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:19 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has mandated the Coconut Industry Board to spend a portion of the $10 billion it has in the bank to expand the industry to meet international demands for coconut and its by-products. According to...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MBJ Airports Limited, the consortium operating the Montego Bay-based Sangster International Airport in St James, is now hunting investors to build a 160-room hotel targeting business tourists. Sharon Hislop-Holt, manager of...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:05 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips is urging Comrades who might have turned their backs on the People’s National Party (PNP) to return to the fold ahead of the next general election, which is constitutionally due by February 2021,...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:19 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga was one of three stalwarts who were honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) for their contribution to early childhood development in Jamaica. The other awardees were Professor...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Alando Terrelonge, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is calling on parents, early childhood practitioners, and other caregivers to apply discipline with love to the children in their care, saying...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Domestic airlines will return to the Jamaican skies within the next two months as the Government is now fine-­tuning deals with two airlines to offer flying services, which will add another dimension to local travel. According to...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the booming local tourism sector needs approximately J$40 billion in supplies from the agricultural sector to satisfy the demands of the millions of visitors who come to Jamaica annually....

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Eight senior personnel, including two agricultural specialists, are to be employed to the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to boost its capacity. The announcement was made by Minister of State in the ministry of Industry,...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says that by the end of the year, regulations will be in place for investors in the local medical cannabis trade to comfortably access...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:18 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Councillor Danree Delancy, the deputy mayor of Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland, has described as shameful and disgraceful the manner in which the establishment of a fire substation, which the Japanese government is funding in the...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:13 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Montpelier, St James base will become the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) western regional headquarters and training facility when it gets up and running under the leadership of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment. This was...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While noting that there is no proof to support his assertion, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang is of the view that human traffickers could be involved in the number of children, especially girls, who have been murdered...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:25 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With additional security assets being deployed and investments being made in boosting accommodation for the security forces in western Jamaica, the national security minister Dr Horace Chang is expressing confidence in containing...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:35 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says small-scale Jamaican property owners who provide hospitality services in the country’s tourism sector will not be required to pay a tax for their properties, as has been the case for players in...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:22 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore is unhappy with the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Ministry of Local Government because of their decision to reassign two of four fire trucks and two of three ambulances outside the parish, which...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Deputy Superintendent of Police Gasford Cole, the commanding officer for Westmoreland, told last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation that he was quite pleased with the impact the ongoing state of...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:16 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s first artisan village, under construction in Falmouth, Trelawny, is 75 per cent complete and on track to becoming operational for the upcoming 2019-2020 winter tourist season, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said. The...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, who is also chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, says construction of the much-anticipated closed Harbour Beach Park project on Montego Bay’s waterfront will commence today. “...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:18 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: As the police in St James struggle to clamp down on lawlessness, residents have been jostling for spaces in gated communities as they try to avoid the wave of crime and violence sweeping the northwestern parish, a Jamaica National...

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