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Published:Monday | October 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the efforts of environmentalists in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, to raise awareness about the local sea turtle population, Christine O'Sullivan, a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Technology, believes...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:As Jamaicans continue recognising Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consultant general surgeon Dr Machell Stubbs is calling for a stronger education and support system so that persons with breast cancer can receive more...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men charged with murder in relation to the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray earlier this year, has been committed for hearing in the St James...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 10:10 AMChristopher Thomas

The case against the two men charged with the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Shineka Gray, has been sent to the St James Circuit Court for a committal hearing in January. The case against Gregory Roberts and Mario...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the distraction caused by recent statements from Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) managing director Omar Sweeny, which infuriated some residents of Mount Salem in St James, the parish's Peace Management Initiative (PMI)...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 10:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The inmates who are charged with the death of Mario Deane are to return to court next month. Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan will return to the St James Circuit Court on October 12, when their medical records are expected to be brought before the...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, two of three inmates charged in connection with the death of Mario Deane, will return to the St James Circuit Court on October 12, when their medical records are expected to be handed over to the court....

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Reverend Kesla Forbes, pastor of the Pitfour Gospel Chapel in St James, is calling on the security forces to take steps to address the crime problems in Granville in a manner similar to what is unfolding under the zone of special...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis has said the St James Municipal Corporation will be moving swiftly to address the issue of unsanitary practices at the city's Old Shoe Market, which were brought to the fore by the St James Health...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Mario Morrison and Gregory Roberts, the men charged with the murder of 15-year-old Shineka Gray earlier this year, will return to the St James Parish Court on October 9 when their case will be heard for committal to the Circuit Court....

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 11:12 AMChristopher Thomas

The St James Parish Court has delayed its decision on a committal proceeding against Mario Morrison and Gregory Roberts, who are charged with the murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Shineka Gray. Parish judge Sandria Wong-Small put off the matter...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:High Court Justice Glen Brown has taken the Ministry of Justice to task for failing to create additional courtroom space for the St James Parish Court despite several appeals over the past few years for extra facilities to help reduce...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Three of the five policemen who are facing charges arising from the death of Trelawny resident Kamoza Clarke will have their case heard in the Trelawny Circuit Court on November 6.Sergeant Derrick Henry and district constables Alwayne...

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The absence of two of the defence attorneys for the three police officers charged in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane resulted in the case, which came up for mention in the St James Parish Court yesterday, being put off...

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Plans are afoot for justices of the peace (JPs) in Hanover and Westmoreland to be trained so that they will be in a state of readiness to participate in zones of special operations (ZOSO), the Government's latest initiative to battle...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:While Westmoreland is one of the leading parishes affected by crime and violence in western Jamaica, if azone of special operations (ZOSO) should be announced there, the local justices of the peace (JP) would be at a loss as to what...

Published:Monday | September 11, 2017 | 8:12 PMChristopher Thomas

The Ministry of Justice is to meet on Wednesday with Justices of the Peace (JP) from St James and Trelawny about their roles and responsibilities in a zone of special operations. The meeting is to be held at the Royalton White Sands Resort in...

Published:Friday | September 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), said the old chimney, which was part of the Cornwall Regional Hospital's (CRH) problematic ventilation system, has been assessed but is...

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Almost a week after Prime Minister Andrew Holness launched the first zone of special operations (ZOSO) in Mt Salem, St James, a roster is being prepared for the parish's justices of the peace (JP) to work in the zone.Claudette Bryan,...

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Councillor Homer Davis, mayor of Montego Bay, has praised the efforts of the police in instituting the zone of special operations (ZOSO) initiative currently under way in the Mount Salem community, and he is hoping similar action will...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:02 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay is now ready to resume its treatment of cancer patients as the facility's radiotherapy unit is once again functional. However, two other critical areas the fourth radiology department and...

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Eight months after being impacted by a noxious fumes problem, which severely disrupted normal services, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton says the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay is steadily returning to normalcy...

Published:Wednesday | August 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Howard Isaacs, immediate past president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), is calling for initiatives to address the crime and violence that have led to the deaths of educators and students. He said that was one of the issues...

Published:Wednesday | August 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Georgia Waugh Richards, the newly installed president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), is calling on the Government to include the cost of education for Jamaica's children in the national budget.She made the appeal to...

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