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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...

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...

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