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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed that the total number of reported dengue cases in Jamaica last year stood at 996, over 100 more than had previously been reported, and that 79 cases have been recorded to date since...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has announced thatSt James will soon receive 50 vector-control workers to complement the 12 who are currently working in the parish as efforts continue to control the dengue fever outbreak...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the inmates charged with the 2014 murder of Mario Deane, has been set for mention on May 2, at which time the doctors who wrote their psychiatric reports will answer questions from the...

Published:Saturday | January 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is ramping up its public education and sensitisation campaign to fortify western Jamaica against the spread of dengue fever, which the Ministry of Health says has reached epidemic levels...

Published:Saturday | December 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Local government Minister Desmond McKenzie has pledged that his administration will provide some much-needed equipment to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) over the course of the upcoming financial year. This will include two fire-boats...

Published:Monday | December 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Errol Greene, president of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ), is urging citizens to immediately report any justices of the peace (JP) who breach the regulations of their appointed offices by charging for their services...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Zachaeus Smith, vice-president of the New York-based Northeast Alumni and Friends of Godfrey Stewart High School (NAF), wants to see the removal of political influence from the education sector. He is calling for the creation of an...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Social activist O. Dave Allen, who is representing business operators at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay, St James, is planning to take legal action to keep the commercial facility open after it was closed by health authorities recently due to a...

Published:Saturday | November 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle collapsed in the St James Parish Court yesterday after he was found guilty for a 2016 shooting of a pregnant woman. She was shot in her back as she sat in a taxi that was fired on by...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Gregory Roberts, one of the two men charged with murder in relation to last year's stabbing death of schoolgirl Shineka Gray, will have to wait until November 26 to hear whether his request to be tried outside the parish of St James...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Following the murders of 43-year-old Dionne Smith and her 16-year-old daughter, Jay-Shenel Gordon, committed by Smith's common-law husband in September, two pastors are urging women to leave abusive relationships and to be careful in...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Lennox Wallace, chief public health inspector for St James, says stricter punishments are needed for persons who breach the parish's health laws, including illegal waste disposal and unsafe food handling.Wallace said that while the St...

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Well-known western Jamaica-based family therapist Dr Beverly Scott is calling on the Ministry of Health to provide sensitisation training for the families of mentally ill persons so that they will be better equipped to properly treat...

Published:Tuesday | October 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Scotiabank Jamaica yesterday made a donation of J$1.4 million to three schools in St James as part of its Nutrition for Learning programme. Thirty-four schools island-wide will receive a combined amount of $20 million to assist their...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Family members, government representatives, and other well-wishers gathered yesterday to pay tribute in speech and song to the late Honourable Headley Washington Cunningham, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, in an...

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Emil Holgate, the project coordinator of the JamaicaEye security system, says that footage captured on the national security initiative's video cameras will be of superior quality when compared to footage that is currently caught on...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:O'Neil and O'Brian Walters, the brothers who were on trial for the murder of Kahni Erskine following a brazen daylight attack by gunmen at a St James gas station in 2016, were found not guilty yesterday afternoon in the St James...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Education Minister Ruel Reid is hopeful that the Ministry of Education will be able to open a new 'time-out' facility in its Region Four division by next academic year after two similar facilities were opened recently in Kingston and...

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Transport Minister Robert Montague says that while he has agreed to meet with the National Council of Taxi Associations (NCOTA) to hear its concern in relation to a fare increase, he wants to make it clear that granting a fare...

Published:Thursday | September 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Patients utilising the services at the Accident and Emergency Department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay should be enjoying much greater comfort going forward as a new building to house that department is slated...

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Errol Greene, regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), has rubbished claims that the dialysis machines assigned to the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay are being used privately by some doctors...

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Several food items, including the popular bulla cake, will be affected by the collaborative effort of the ministries of education and health to remove products high in sugar content from local schools as part of a campaign to promote...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Elaine Foster-Allen, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, wants teachers to utilise the latest available resources to educate their students, while opening their own minds to new teaching and learning techniques."...

Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Shamere McKenzie, an ambassador for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), who is also a survivor of human trafficking, earlier this week announced that she plans to start a scholarship to assist other...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Andre Davis, an associate counselling psychologist at the Bellevue Hospital in Kingston, has suggested that the resocialisation of victims of human trafficking is sometimes made difficult because of the bond they develop with their...

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