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Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Chatham Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James was filled to capacity yesterday with relatives and well-wishers whose tears flowed freely as they said their final goodbyes to Shanique Rose, the 16-year-old student who was shot...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Mario Morrison and Gregory Roberts, the two men charged with the murder of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, will have to wait until June 29 for their case to proceed, as their case file was still incomplete...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 5:20 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A team from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is now at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, overseeing the rehabilitation work that is being done to restore the problem-plagued...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A local cybersecurity expert wants teachers to take greater care in safeguarding student data, following a recent incident in which hackers stole data for 14,000...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Attorney-at-law Dionne Meyler and a justice of the peace (JP) exchanged heated words in the St James Parish Court yesterday as the trial of the two men who were held in a Guardsman security vehicle with 66 kilograms of cocaine in 2013...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Three floors at the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, are slated to be reopened within two weeks, as rehabilitation work to correct faulty ventilation, which all but caused a complete shutdown of the...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against the five policemen charged in connection with the 2013 death of Kamoza Clarke, following a beating he sustained while in police custody, did not get off the ground on Friday as one of the defence attorneys was absent...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 4:02 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says his ministry will be taking steps to address the issue of persons who are not legitimate beneficiaries of poor relief funds collecting monies instead of the genuinely needy.While giving...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said he was alarmed by reports that some councillors in municipal corporations across the island are encouraging residents not to pay property taxes.Speaking at a special sitting of the...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), has renewed his calls for the creation of a national crop insurance scheme to protect the nation's farmers. His call comes against the background of last...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:The need for more courtroom space to adequately address the case-load at the St James Parish Court came into sharp focus during last Wednesday's opening of the St James Circuit Court's Easter session, as only one courtroom was...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The much-anticipated sentencing of Woman Constable Kaye Falconer, who was recently found guilty of harbouring a fugitive, did not materialise when she appeared in the St James Parish Court yesterday as the sentencing was deferred to...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Anglican Church is of the view that despite the recent efforts of the Government's Economic Growth Council (EGC) to create investment opportunities and a sense of financial stability, Jamaicans are still suffering from the effects...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:On a day that saw Elaine Dennis of Niagara district emerged as the 2017 female Champion Farmer for St James, patrons got a wonderful treat of food and music alongside colourful displays of farming produce and their by-products at the...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), said the 'Eat What You Grow' campaign has been shaving approximately US$40 million (J$5,134,123,600) from the nation's food import bill since its inception in...

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, believes that the imposition of a tax on imported beef to jump-start the local production of corned beef would build the Agriculture Development Fund, which,...

Published:Friday | April 14, 2017 | 4:35 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:  The residents of the St James Infirmary in Montego Bay, got an early Easter treat on Wednesday when representatives of the Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union visited and ‘feted’ them in an atmosphere of...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Corporal Elaine Stewart and district constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant, the three police officers implicated in the death of Mario Deane, will have to wait a while longer for the case against them to continue, as when they...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) is fully supportive of a recent announcement by GraceKennedy Limited that it is considering producing its own corned beef locally, instead of continuing its reliance on overseas suppliers.In an...

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is rejecting claims that the church's offer of its Montego Bay-based facilities to house dislocated services from the Cornwall Regional Hospital...

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men accused of murdering 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, were again remanded in police custody when Roberts turned up in court without a lawyer.When the men appeared...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 4:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The 16th anniversary staging of The Gleaner's Youthlink CSEC Seminar was well received, as the presentations highlighted ways to improve students' study habits and examination results in English Language and Mathematics.Held at the...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:In light of recent food security concerns, which were sparked by the Government's ban on corned beef imported from Brazil, Lennox Wallace, the chief public health inspector for St James, said his department will be taking extra...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court has issued warrants for several prosecution witnesses in the case against Councillor Sylvan Reid, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, after they failed to appear before the court...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court yesterday issued subpoenas for several witnesses to be summoned in the case against Councillor Sylvan Reid, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the 2013 accident that claimed the life...

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