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Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Diane Edwards, president of Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO), says that while the country is doing everything to equip its human capital with skills for the job market, global companies like Google are employing critical thinkers over...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:24 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The University of Technology and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) were both presented with accreditation credentials for the administrative year spanning April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, at the just-concluded University...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Phylicia Marshall, assistant chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, says the quality assurance services offered by tertiary institutions should not be watered down with a growing demand for...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Special-needs educator and trustee at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Dr Polly Bowes-Howell is calling for more male teachers to be placed in the early childhood sector as gifted boys are increasingly becoming underachievers. That...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:07 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The police unit established to rein in farm theft will have to be overhauled because of its failure to put a dent in praedial larceny, Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said. Shaw lamented the state of penury in which hard-working...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:16 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Transport Minister Robert Montague has indicated that two major commercial airlines have expressed an interest in operating domestic flights in and out of the Negril Aerodrome in Westmoreland. “We are moving to do some work on the...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Business stakeholders have welcomed plans to establish a one-stop facility in Montego Bay to handle government-related services. In an interview with The Gleaner following the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:15 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the Holness administration is pointing to the Opposition’s vote against extending the now-defunct states of public emergency (SOEs) last December as the reason for rising levels of crime in parts of the country, the prime...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Ganja investor Balram Vaswani is positioning a multimillion-dollar ganja enterprise in the resort town of Falmouth to tap into tourism interest in Jamaica’s embryonic medicinal marijuana market. Kaya Herb House, a $33-million...

Published:Monday | January 28, 2019 | 12:23 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Peter Phillips has assembled what he dubs a high-profile team of prospective candidates to launch a political assault on St James after a blistering defeat in the 2016 general election that left the party clinging to only one...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay's mayor Councillor Homer Davis, who is also the chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, says he is disappointed that instead of immediate action, styrofoam is being given a much longer time to continue to destroy...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Asif Ahmad, the British high commissioner to Jamaica, has said farmers could produce more if they were being paid on time by the hotels and restaurants that buy their goods."I reminded the private sector that they, too, have to change...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing frustration with the economic condition of the country, arguing that despite doing everything correctly, the economy has not grown satisfactorily over the last three years."Last quarter, the...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Custos of St James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, is calling on the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) to do away with how things have been done in the past to better aid students in today's globalised world.Pitkin, who was...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Garth Anderson, president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, is calling on the Government to provide the legislative frame-work that would empower and equip community colleges to effectively prepare their students to meet the...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Education Ruel Reid is adamant that while no child should be barred from school, he is not about to tolerate any form of undisciplined behaviour from students in schools."We are not going to tolerate their indiscipline or...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The government has devised a plan to fully fund the educational cost for all students from birth through to their 18th birthday, over a three-year period, Minister of Education Ruel Reid has said."I am now trying to get us to this...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang is reassuring Jamaicans that the presence of the security forces will remain in troubled communities after the three states of public emergency (SOE) end.The enhanced security measure...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:Opposition Senator Damion Crawford, who is also a vice president of the People's National Party (PNP), has charged that some prominent politicians and attorneys are among the persons benefiting from the proceeds of crime in Jamaica....

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Verona Carter, the vice-president of public affairs at New Fortress Energy, says her company is seeking to ensure that as many children as possible in St James and other parishes get a chance to enjoy the spirit of Christmas this...

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

Dr Wykeham McNeill, member of parliament for Western Westmoreland and a vice-president of the opposition People's National Party (PNP), says two months is sufficient time for the Government to develop a plan to counter the country's crime problem.He...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:12 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:   Patrick Gilchrist, the public cleansing officer at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) in western Jamaica, says plans are in place to ensure the effective removal of solid waste from the Montego ...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is urging the recent graduates of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) not to be satisfied with just their current qualification, but to keep striving...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Winston Lawson, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, says that the auditor general's damning report, which alleges nepotism and breaches of operating standards at Petrojam, is hostile to the objectives of Vision 2030."...

Published:Saturday | December 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Leith Dunn, head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, believes the Government's 'tablets-in-schools programme' could be exposing children to human traffickers."So, we give...

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