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Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) is offering small business owners across Jamaica an opportunity to improve their business skills through its newly launched Vision Achiever programme, unveiled during the bank's Vision Day business...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Speaking against the background of the drought now affecting the country, Education Minister the Reverend Ronald Thwaites wants water conservation to be taught in schools starting this September."I am asking our teachers and...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 11:03 PMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:While the Jamaica Teachers' Association has voted to accept the government's offer of seven per cent increase in salary over the next two years, some teachers, albeit a small minority, remain unhappy with the deal that was agreed to."...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The absence of a number of witnesses who were slated to figure in the preliminary examination of three cops facing multiple charges arising from last August's beating death of Mario Deane has forced the matter to be deferred until...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:A lecturer from the University of Technology (UTech) is calling on ganja researchers to stop politicising the ongoing studies into the weed's medicinal properties, and to provide accurate information so health-care workers can...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:In a gesture, which brought smiles to the faces of many parents, Dwayne Vaz, the member of parliament for Central Westmoreland, handed out education grants, valued at over J$1 million, to 49 students from his constituency on Tuesday....

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The three St James men who were arrested and charged last month for allegedly stealing aviation fuel from Jamaica Aircraft Refuelling Services (JARS) in Montego Bay had their bails extended until next month when they appeared in court...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

THE NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) says the emergency repair work to rectify the recent overflow of raw sewage in a section of downtown Montego Bay, St James, should be completed by Sunday."We are progressing fairly well, and we expect that by...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Despite being an established landmark on the Montego Bay landscape for several years, it would appear that the Old Shoe Market, located on the corner of St James and Strand streets, is operating with the blessing of the St James Parish Council (PC)....

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Lloyd B. Smith, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Central St James, wants Montego Bay's business community to become more proactive in the fight against crime, especially in light of the recent spike in murders in the St James police division."It is...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Lloyd B. Smith, the member of parliament (MP) for Central St James, is preparing to spearhead an intervention programme aimed at providing skills training to 100 at-risk youths in his constituency.It is a part of a strategy to curtail crime in the...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has said that measures must be implemented to aid quicker resolution of cases that come before the courts, and to bring an end to the ongoing problem of cases being put off for lengthy...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Thirteen residents of Jamaica's western county of Cornwall were honoured last Thursday, when they were presented with the 2015 Governor General's Achievement Awards for Excellence in a ceremony held at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2015 | 7:51 PMChristopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

A second suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the July 12 murders of four persons in Whithorn, Westmoreland. Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of St James, Steve McGregor, says the man, who is believed to be one of the...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has denounced the increase in violent crimes, including last week's murder of two police officers in Denham Town, Kingston, and has called on citizens to play their part in curbing criminality across...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Carol Palmer, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice, says come December 10, the responsibilities of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) will be expanded in order to establish a national human rights commission in...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Dwayne Vaz, the member of parliament for Central Westmoreland, says the get-rich-quick mentality, which has seemingly made Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, a fertile ground for lottery scammers, is what is fostering the lawlessness...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Several stakeholders in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, believe the proliferation of motorcycles in the town, especially the ones being driven by young people, contribute significantly to lawlessness and disorder in the town.Dwayne Vaz...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Senior manager of service support at ACS Xerox, Montego Bay, Douglas Williamson, has declared that more people must receive information technology training in order to contribute to employment growth, including support for Jamaica's...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has announced that additional resources will be provided to the St James police division this week in an effort to curb the recent spike in murders in the parish. Bunting attributed the...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Kimiko Jones of Paradise, Norwood, St James, is urgently in need of assistance to pay for her first dialysis treatment for renal failure.Jones, who came to The Gleaner with swollen feet, and a puffed stomach, and looking tired, assisted by a friend...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:The five policemen charged in connection with the death of Kamoza Clarke will make their next appearance in the Clark's Town Resident Magistrate's Court in Trelawny on August 17.District constables Alwayne Eccleston and Onecko Brown...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

DAMION CARGILL, one of the three inmates charged in the Mario Deane murder case, is to be taken for psychiatric evaluation in order to determine his fitness to submit a plea before the matter is next mentioned in court on September 18.Resident...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 11:01 PMChristopher Thomas

It would appear that downtown Montego Bay has indeed gone to the dogs as these three stray dogs are seemingly quite at home as they relax on the sidewalk outside Sangster’s Book Store on King Street in the western city.

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

The case against embattled attorney Lennox Gayle and several co-defendants, who were arrested last April in connection with a massage parlour scandal, has been set for hearing in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court over three days, from...

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