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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...

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 6:52 PMChristopher Thomas

High Court Justice Vivienne Harris is to make a ruling on July 18 on how to proceed against Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane. Cargill is a deaf-mute and at a special hearing...

Published:Tuesday | July 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:As part of its ongoing drive to combat St James' growing rat infestation problem, the health department will this morning launch a baiting exercise to encompass sections of the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay.Lennox Wallace, the...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 5:47 PMChristopher Thomas

Constable Kaye Falconer who was convicted of harbouring a fugitive has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison. The sentence was handed down on Friday in the St James Parish Court. At one point, the policewoman was seen wiping...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says his ministry will prioritise the welfare of the nation's homeless population during the 2017 hurricane season and is planning to outfit parish infirmaries as temporary shelters for...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Constable Kaye Falconer, the Montego Bay-based policewoman who was convicted in February for harbouring a fugitive, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in the St James Parish Court on Friday.Falconer, whose sentencing was...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says that as part of a cost-saving exercise, the Government will be taking steps to close approximately 200 of the 900 disaster shelters across the country.McKenzie, who was addressing...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:As the Government continues to make preparations for the 2017 hurricane season, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie is urging parish disaster coordinators across the country to take their responsibilities seriously by making...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Renowned western Jamaica-based family psychologist Dr Beverly Scott believes it is absolutely important that children who witnessed murderous incidents, such as last Friday's gun slaying of nine-year-old Kela Bailey of Hendon-Norwood...

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Stakeholders in St Elizabeth think there is an urgent need to improve the education of farmers in a bid to improve the overall quality of the local agriculture sector, as well as to help develop an understanding of food safety issues....

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Noxious fumes that have left Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay operating below capacity since the start of the year resurfaced yesterday when several nurses called in sick."Despite what has been said, the situation remains...

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 10:42 AMChristopher Thomas

The sentencing of police constable Kaye Falconer has again been postponed and the policewoman, who was out on bail, has been remanded into custody. Falconer, who was found guilty of harbouring a fugitive, was set to be sentenced yesterday in the St...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 12:17 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 | 12:00 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 | 4:24 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

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