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Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) gave now-retired firefighter Dolfin Doeman a noteworthy send-off during its first monthly meeting for 2022 with a citation praising his contributions to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) since...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE ANCHOVY High School in Anchovy, St James, has launched a yearlong series of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary as an institution, starting with the recent swearing-in of its past students’ association’s 2022-2024 executive...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Fire investigators were working up to late Sunday afternoon to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed three shops at the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, St James, earlier in the day, resulting in losses of up to $3...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: TREYA PICKING, an environmental officer at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), is advising residents of Montego Bay, St James, not to be alarmed by crocodiles living in the western city’s lagoon near the Bogue...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AS Jamaica continues to endure a wave of murders and other violent crimes in the early weeks of 2022, two western Jamaica stakeholders are urging parents to be more proactive in raising their children and to closely monitor their...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Winston Smith is calling for mutual collaboration between schools, parents, and communities for the development of students, as the absence of any one of these stakeholders will result...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: WITH A number having been murdered in St James since the start of the year, Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams is urging the Government to fast-track legislation that will severely punish perpetrators of gun crimes and persons who...

Published:Thursday | January 13, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: NURSES ASSOCIATION of Jamaica (NAJ) President Patsy Edwards-Henry believes they are now in “crisis mode”, given the number of healthcare workers across the island who have been impacted by COVID-19, and other illnesses with flu-like...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DELEGATES OF the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) will be meeting this Friday, January 14, to determine whether to accept the Government’s latest offer in ongoing wage talks. Providing a brief update on the protracted wage...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: HOWARD MITCHELL, board member of the Issa Trust Foundation, has made a call for strategic assistance to be given by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in developing the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland so it can...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AS PART of its ongoing thrust to support the local health sector, the Issa Trust Foundation has donated $57 million in COVID-19 personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA...

Published:Saturday | January 8, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE TRAINING to use the recently acquired COVID-19 genome sequencer, which was expected to begin on January 10, has been pushed back by at least a week, with no definitive date as to when that training will commence. Chief Medical...

Published:Saturday | January 8, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie has expressed distress and disappointment at the continued lack of vaccine take-up in the Jamaican populace, which she says is making the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ COVID-19...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AFTER ALMOST two years of being absent from face-to-face classes since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students in western Jamaica are excited at the prospect of having in-person schooling so they can meet with their...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Schools across western Jamaica are having their students return to classrooms in phases this term, many having been closed for the better part of the last two years. Yvonne Miller-Wisdom, principal of the St James-based John Rollins...

Published:Saturday | January 1, 2022 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: HEALTH MINISTER Dr Christopher Tufton says that overseas visitors who are reportedly complaining about getting positive COVID-19 results from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing after previously getting negative results from...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Michelle Pinnock, regional director for the Ministry of Education’s Region Four, says plans remain in place to balance rotational face-to-face learning with virtual learning if the established COVID-19 vaccination rate of 65 per...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE UNITED States-based Building Stronger Communities Foundation (BSCF) has been proactive in its mandate to build stronger communities in Jamaica, with one of its most recent projects being the donation of equipment and COVID-19...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has announced that within a week, Jamaica should begin importing some of the expected 150,000 COVID-19 home-testing kits for distribution. Tufton has encouraged private entities to...

Published:Thursday | December 23, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The lightning-fast Omicron coronavirus variant could generate a daily record of 1,500 COVID-19 cases by mid-January if the infection rate goes unchecked, a sober warning of the scale of spread that could be unleashed after the high-...

Published:Thursday | December 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Representatives of Scotiabank Group Jamaica held a special Christmas luncheon at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, on Tuesday, catering to 1,600 healthcare workers as a show of appreciation for the...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has lost 10 nurses in recent months to job opportunities overseas, the organisation believes that its recruitment drive will fill the void in short order. However, concern...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three nurses assigned to the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, were honoured last week as they were selected by the New Fortress Energy company (NFE) as 2021 Community Heroes for St James, in recognition of...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Montego Bay-based Pregnancy Resource Centre of Jamaica (PRCJ) has received special commendations for its work, along with a $100,000 donation, from the Western Gynaecology Association (WGA) in recognition of the centre’s mission...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Parish Court has issued bench warrants for the arrest of two American women who failed to show up in court last Thursday to continue their matter after previously being granted bail in the sum of $1 million each on...

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