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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...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Child Care and Protection Act and the Domestic Violence Act are among four pieces of legislation that are being amended as part of the steps his Government is taking to end violence against...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The poor storage of raw material is being blamed for the current inactivity at the J$27.8-million sorrel-processing factory in Bethel Town, Westmoreland, which was officially opened in 2014, but ceased operations two years ago."It's...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has issued an apology to the more than 4,000 detainees, many of whom were freed without charge, for the horrible conditions under which they were housed in the early days of the ongoing state of public...

Published:Tuesday | November 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says approximately $100 million has been earmarked to transform the Old Shoes Market on St James Street in Montego Bay into a modern arcade for small business owners.Davis, who is also chairman of the St...

Published:Monday | November 26, 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:Friday | November 23, 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:Monday | November 19, 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:Thursday | November 8, 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:Tuesday | October 30, 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:Tuesday | October 30, 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:Tuesday | October 23, 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:Monday | October 22, 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...

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