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Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Opposition spokesperson on Justice, Donna Scott Mottley, has called for a thorough investigation into the actions of correctional officers monitoring incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, following a recent seizure of...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Being a society with a social interaction tradition heavily based on physical contact, renowned western Jamaica-based family therapist Dr Beverly Scott says the sudden change in social norms, brought on by the onset of the COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite the all-round dislocation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says that the multibillion-dollar restoration work at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) will continue, despite...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the global spread of COVID-19 becoming increasingly ominous, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says it is boosting its isolation room and protective gear capacity for hospitals for which it has oversight. Errol...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ERROL GREENE, the regional director for the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is making a fresh appeal to citizens not to violate the Government’s restriction on social gatherings, one of the measures put in place to reduce...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Private schools have urged the Government to outline whether they will receive a COVID-19 stimulus to stay afloat amid mass closures that will last for at least a month. Dr Faithlyn Wilson, president of the Jamaica Independent...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: IN A bid to observe the COVID-19 protocol, the St James Circuit Court on Wednesday shifted the next hearing date for the case against Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: OWEN SPEID, the outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, is calling for an increase in pension allocations for retired and disabled teachers, who are among Jamaica’s most vulnerable citizens, as the nations put...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ATTORNEY-AT-LAW LAMBERT Johnson, the president of the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA), says his organisation is fully supportive of the regulations put in place to dictate how many persons can be in a courtroom at any one time, and...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:30 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It would appear that the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is struggling to rigidly enforce strict compliance with the COVID-19 social-distancing protocols and mass-gathering ban. The MoBay hospital’s Accident and Emergency...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Reverend Hartley Perrin, custos of Westmoreland, believes that the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica has given a fresh sense of urgency to completing the rebuilding of the Clifton Boys’ Home so that the 28 displaced...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The long-awaited trial of Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the St James teacher who is charged in connection with the death of a student who was killed in a car accident at the Anchovy Primary School in St James in June 2018, was last Tuesday...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Courtney Morgan and Pauline Smith, who recently pleaded guilty in relation to the theft of 19 guns and several rounds of ammunition from a security company they operate in Montego Bay, had their sentencing put off yesterday until...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak which has emerged as a significant global threat, killing close to 1,000 persons globally, appears to be an even greater threat to persons who smoke or use narcotics, especially minors, says the...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay residents have been urged to be more proactive in managing mosquito-control activities in order to prevent a potential collision of dengue fever with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far recorded 12 confirmed cases. “...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against England McCrane, the woman who allegedly conned residents of western Jamaica out of hundreds of thousands of dollars while posing as a medical doctor, has again been deferred by the St James Parish Court until May...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) has revealed that the court case in which it was embroiled with gay-rights lobby Montego Bay Pride, after the corporation refused to allow the group to use the Montego Bay Cultural Centre...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:55 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that the community spread of COVID-19 was expected because of the difficulty of tracking people who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, even as he insists that there is...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rayharna WrighT, acting director of employment and career services in the HEART/National Service Training Agency Trust (HEART/NSTA), says as part of its COVID-19 protocol, the entity will be seeking to reduce face-to-face...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sunday’s staging of the Montego Bay Orchid Club’s 29th annual orchid show and sale saw a first-time attendee reaping the reward of his natural green thumb as an orchid plant he found growing in the wild won three awards out of the...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Garnet Edmonson, regional operations manager for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), says that teaching children about proper garbage-disposal practices is part of how Jamaicans can take personal responsibility...

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Tanique Bailey-Small, medical officer of health for St James, is dismissing reports circulating on social media that cases of COVID-19 are in Jamaica and being covered up, even as she assured that there were no suspected cases...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:30 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s long-term tolerance of a culture of violence is to blame for the recent wave of student-centred violence in schools, Richard Troupe, the acting director of the Ministry of Education’s Safety and Security Unit, has said....

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: An American national who was arrested on February 21 after attempting to smuggle 14 pounds of cocaine in two suitcases at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is to be sentenced on March 10. Percival Joseph, 48, had a tense...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says better days are on the horizon for ‘home-seeking’ tourism workers in St James as the agency is now formalising plans to provide them with legitimate housing solutions. In outlining the plans...

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