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Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Joseph Southhall, a Canadian national who was arrested on cocaine trafficking charges at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on May 24, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment when he appeared in the St James Parish...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:When the 2016 Jamaica Festival Queen competition unfolds later this year, 25-year-old Kyesha Randall will be wearing the Miss James sash, having secured the parish title at the Iberostar Hotel, Montego Bay, on Sunday evening."I feel...

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite having a little hearing difficulty and requiring a cane to walk around, at age 103, Pearline Reid of Content district in St James, still has a sharp memory and is only too willing to share words of wisdom with all and sundry....

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Finance Minister Audley Shaw says the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) should seek to maximise opportunities to provide financial assistance as well as encourage partnerships to boost weakened Caribbean economies."Financing for the...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Since the downsizing of Hampden Sugar Estate, located on the St James-Trelawny border, the economic life in surrounding communities has changed from buoyant to burdensome.The estate, once a leading sugar producer, has been restructured by its new...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Minister of National Security Robert Montague has tasked the Jamaica Police Federation to play its part in ridding the police force of corruption and rogue agents who would foster criminality within its ranks."As the country invests...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Former national football star, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, was one of nine prominent St James residents to have roads renamed in their honour at a ceremony hosted by the St James Parish Council at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Issa Trust Foundation has given a commitment to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland to fully outfit the facility's neonatal unit as well as finance the training of staff to care for premature babies.The...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Tony Hart, the chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), says the troubling matter of patients refusing to leave the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) after being discharged is to be addressed by his...

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau: The highly anticipated trial of the two St James men who were arrested after 66 kilograms of cocaine was allegedly found inside the Guardsman Limited vehicle in which they were travelling on April 20, 2013, has been put off until...

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James police are poised to get additional manpower and vehicles by the end of this month to bolster their crime-fighting capacity and protect business investments in Montego Bay, the nation's tourism capital."We have gotten a...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has expressed a desire to meet with representatives of the Jamaican Bar Association and the Advocates Association of Jamaica to address the long-standing issue of the slow pace at which justice...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas

Six months after the opening of its new Fidel Castro Campus in Montpelier, Lambert Robinson, principal of Anchovy High School, in St James, says the school's transition from a double shift to a single shift institution is progressing smoothly."We...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas
Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Hotelier Daniel Grizzle, founder of the Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC), has declared that immediate steps must be taken to provide the town's young people with adequate education so they can fit into the workforce, creating the...

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The ongoing preliminary examination in the case against three police personnel who are facing multiple charges arising from the August 2014 beating of Mario Deane, while in custody, is to continue in the Montego Bay Resident...

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Despite the recent change of government, in the aftermath of the 2016 general election, the much-touted Montego Bay Action Plan, which is a joint initiative between the St. James Parish Council (StJPC) and the International Development Bank (IDB),...

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Gloria Henry, the president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and noted Montego Bay family therapist Dr Beverly Scott believe that urgent action needs to be taken to arrest the current lack of civic pride which is behind the...

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James police were kept busy over the weekend as they engaged in gun battles with criminals in two separate incidents that resulted in four men being killed and four illegal guns being seized.Two of the dead men have been...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas - Gleaner WriterWESTERN BUREAU:The St James policeman who was arrested in relation to the shooting death of his child's mother on Christmas Day, last year, will make his next appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Trudy-Ann Stephens, the woman said to be the girlfriend of one of six inmates who escaped from the Freeport lock-up in Montego Bay, St James, last November, will stand trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on April 6....

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 11:02 PMChristopher Thomas

The Ulster Spring Community Hospital in southern Trelawny, which is currently being upgraded, is now one step closer to being fully completed, thanks to the recent work done by community volunteers to partition the facility into usable patient-care...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Senior superintendent of police in charge of St James Steve McGregor is dismissing the idea that crime is on the rise in the parish despite the division recording 22 murders since the start of 2016 - three more than the corresponding...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 11:05 PMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas - Gleaner WriterWESTERN BUREAU:Accused murderer Kelvin Hodges, one of the six inmates who escaped from the Freeport lock-up, in Montego Bay, last November, was shot and killed in an alleged confrontation with the St James police...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:03 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against three police officers, who are currently undergoing preliminary examination on multiple charges arising from the August 2014 beating of Mario Deane, while...

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