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Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:17 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Education Minister Ruel Reid believes that in order to get maximum economic benefits, the education sector must focus on providing prospective university graduates with the type of training that suits the demands of the local labour...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James police could soon be putting in increased security measures within the precincts of the St James Parish Court in Montego Bay as an extra layer of protection when persons considered to be high risk are down to appear in...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 6:24 PMChristopher Thomas

Head of Operations for the St James Police, Deputy Superintendent, Gary McKenzie, says the police will be paying closer attention to potential threats to defendants who attend the St James Parish Court. The commitment follows an incident last...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis says that effective Monday, June 5, several streets in the western city will be designated no-vending zones and a ban will be placed on the sale of ground provisions along the roadways."No vending will be...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:There were numerous 'milk moustaches' on the smiling faces of students at the Barracks Road and Bickersteth Primary schools in St James on Thursday, as they took part in Jamaica's second annual celebration of World Milk Day, as...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay mayor Homer Davis said the St James Municipal Corporation will be taking action against business operators whose unhygienic practices are contributing to the ongoing rat infestation that has been plaguing the parish."We...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 6:04 AMChristopher Thomas

The sentencing of police Constable Kaye Falconer who pleaded guilty to harbouring a fugitive has been pushed back to June 26. The sentencing hearing was scheduled for yesterday in the St James Parish Court. However, the matter was...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 5:39 PMChristopher Thomas

The case against the three inmates charged with the murder of Mario Deane has been moved to the Home Circuit Court. Marvin Orr, Adrian Morgan and Damion Cargill are to appear in the court on June 29. The venue was changed yesterday because the...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 5:02 PMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: The three police officers who are facing multiple charges arising from the 2014 incident in which Mario Deane was badly beaten while in police custody and subsequently died in hospital were given a new mention date when they...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, who heads the St James Police Division, said young people, especially girls and young women, should be careful about falling prey to bogus 'talent searchers' who they meet either online...

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The fourth, fifth and sixth floors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay are now ready to be put back into full service as the rehabilitation work to get that section of the hospital, which houses the operating...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:43 PMChristopher Thomas

The Western Regional Health Authority says the three floors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital which house the operating theatre and intensive care unit, should be ready for use by next week Tuesday. Operations were halted at the 400-bed type-A...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:37 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: With the hurricane season looming on the horizon, the municipal corporations in western Jamaica are now fast tracking preparations, having recently experienced a period of erratic rainfall, which resulted in flooding in...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the fact that murders have raced passed the 100 mark since the start of the year, the Police High Command in St James is still claiming some success, as, according Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, they have...

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...

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