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Stories by Christopher Thomas

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...

Published:Tuesday | August 22, 2017 | 7:38 AMChristopher Thomas

School principal Georgia Waugh Richards has been installed as the 53rd president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA). Waugh Richards, the principal of the Harmons Primary and Infant School in Manchester, is the eleventh female...

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Keith Russell, the owner of the Duncans Bay Development Company in Trelawny, has flatly rejected claims by residents of the Duncans Bay community that his company is involved in illegal sand-mining in violation of several conditions...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:With battle lines now drawn, social activist O. Dave Allen, who is representing business operators at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay, says the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) is on a mission to disenfranchise them.During a...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The attorneys representing the three police officers charged in relation to the beating death of Mario Deane are slated to make written submissions in the case before the matter returns to court on September 14.When the case came up...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The absence of two of the defence attorneys for the five policemen implicated in the 2013 death of Kamoza Clarke resulted in the highly anticipated ruling on the defendants' fate being deferred until September 8, when they appeared...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:As rehabilitative work continues to progress at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, the major focus at this time is on the radiotherapy unit, which is needed to provide critical services to cancer patients.In an...

Published:Saturday | August 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC), has reaffirmed his organisation's commitment to assist the neighbouring Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) with provision of space while the...

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:While the nation is celebrating Emancipation and Independence, Mercia Fraser, the mother of Mario Deane - who died from a brutal beating he sustained while in police custody three years ago - is on another mission: a relentless bid to...

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 5:15 PMChristopher Thomas

Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane, has been released from police custody and into the care of his relatives. Presiding High Court Justice Vivienne Harris made the...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Unlike some of his fellow clergymen, who are seemingly waffling on the issue, Charles Brevitt, the outspoken pastor of the Glendevon circuit of Seventh-day Adventist churches, in St James, says buggery is just as wrong as other sexual...

Published:Monday | July 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Mario Morrison and Gregory Roberts, the men charged with murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old Shineka Gray, a student at the Green Pond High School in St James at the time of her death, are to undergo a committal hearing...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 1:05 PMChristopher Thomas

The two men charged with murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, earlier this year, will undergo a committal hearing in September, for their case to be transferred to the St James Circuit...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Health Department will be serving notice to the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to improve sanitary conditions at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay, which has been converted by squatters into a partial residential area...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 7:17 PMChristopher Thomas

The St James Health Department says it will be serving a notice on the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to improve the sanitary conditions at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay or face court action. The chief public health inspector for...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 4:13 PMChristopher Thomas

The St James Health Department says it will be serving a notice on the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to get it to improve sanitary conditions at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay. The chief public health inspector for St James,...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is appealing to the wider community to play its part in reducing the number of trauma cases that come to hospitals in western Jamaica as a...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane, following a beating he received while in police custody, will be brought back before the St James Circuit...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane, following a beating he received while in police custody, will be brought back before the St James Circuit...

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