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Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While he is not overly enthused with the Planning Institute of Jamaica's (PIOJ) growth projection figure of 1.9 per cent, Prime Minister Andrew Holness nonetheless believes that if the current upward trajectory is maintained, all...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Ivan Anderson, managing director of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC), says construction of the highly anticipated Montego Bay bypass road will commence as early as January 2020."The actual construction will start the...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie has said that he will be withdrawing funds for Christmas programmes from a municipal corporation that has been unable to account for funds provided by an international agency for a special project.The...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Claudia Uribe, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) director of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean, has said the teaching profession is facing several...

Published:Monday | October 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:entertainment promoters who are staging medium-size to large events in St James will be mandated to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) as part of their security measures under the ongoing state of public emergency in the parish....

Published:Monday | October 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Labelling Government Senator Charles Sinclair as "an idiot", former minister of national security Peter Bunting has responded with disdain to a call for him to tell the country what he knows about a firearm dealer's licence issued to the operator of...

Published:Thursday | October 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis said that while the western city is enjoying major investments, the road network, which is one of the most needed supporting structures in development, is falling apart due to lack of proper maintenance...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has upped tourist arrival projection to 6 million tourists by the end of the 2021. The figure is one million more than the previous projection of five million visitors by Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett recently. The...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Patrick Prendergast, the Campus Director at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, has been appointed the Co-Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Committee to advise the Office of the Mayor of Montego Bay on matters...

Published:Friday | October 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Peter Burnett, the chairman of the St James Ministers' Fraternal, has sharply rebuked the organisers of the weeklong celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lifestyles, describing the event, which will kick off...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:In what appears to be a radical move, Montego Bay's mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, is urging the Government to demolish the St James Parish library, which is across the road from the St James Parish Court, and build a multistorey...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the National Water Commissioner (NWC) is now taking steps to install solar panels at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston in an effort to reduce its energy consumption."The NWC is coordinating with another...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Opposition Senator Damion Crawford is of the view that Jamaica will be in serious trouble over the next 30 years if the education system is not adequately tweaked to engage the minds of the current generation of children.Crawford, who...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis says that he is moving to establish an advisory committee to forge greater linkages between the St James Municipal Corporation and the local business community in a bid to foster a more orderly...

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has said unclaimed money in the banking sector is being targeted to establish a development fund that will provide funding for ganja farmers and other members of the small and medium-sized enterprises...

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Small ganja farmers seeking a stake in the emerging cannabis industry are worried that inadequate funding to streamline their cultivation could relegate them to plantation workers when the multibillion-dollar industry takes shape."We...

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:If he had the power and the authority, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, said he would legalise every drug in the world, returning to mankind to the freedom of choice with which they were created.Fox, who ruled drug-ravaged...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said that while some of the nation's children pose a danger to the police, he is urging the lawmen to obey the rules of engagements as outlined under the Child Justice Guidelines (CJG...

Published:Friday | September 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw yesterday said that the United States Government has an obligation to facilitate greater levels of transparency that can help small and medium-size entrepreneurs access funding to invest in medical...

Published:Thursday | September 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is warning ganja smokers attending the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo in St James not to light and puff their chalice in public spaces in the western city.Davis was addressing the opening...

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer at the Ministry of Education, said that they were working assiduously to give teachers the necessary support to make sure that there are no irregularities in the preparation of students for the new Primary...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said that with more than 100,000 new airline seats secured from North America, South America and Europe, Jamaica should expect a bumper 2018 winter tourist season.Bartlett made the announcement while...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says if it comes to that, the government is prepared to be more aggressive in pursuing criminal elements murdering children and other law-abiding citizens in Westmoreland by raising the bar...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the Government is looking to acquire the parcel of land in front of the Freeport Police Station, in Montego Bay, St James, to build a new state-of-the-art court facility which will be able to...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Plans are now afoot for persons living at the Retirement Landfill in St James to be provided with suitable housing on lands approved by the minister of local government."The lands have been identified, and we have asked the St James...

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