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Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Yesterday's scheduled magisterial recount for the Salt Spring division in Central St James failed to get off the ground as Sylvan Reid, the People's National Party (PNP) councillor candidate, was not served with a summons to attend....

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite being a government senator and chairman of the powerful Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Four, Councillor Charles Sinclair, who retained his seat in the recent local government elections, said he would be happy to serve...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Despite suffering defeat in Monday's local government elections, businessman Glendon Harris, the outgoing mayor of Montego Bay, has no plans to walk away from representational politics and intends to remain the People's National Party...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Following the stabbing death of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis during a robbery on a bus in October and subsequent reports of similar attacks on other students, some principals in western Jamaica have acknowledged the need for stricter...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas

Residents of several municipal divisions in Trelawny are giving their councillors negative reviews, ahead of the Local Government Elections, which is set for November 28.Persons with whom Western Focus spoke across the parish were quite vocal about...

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

As the November 28 date for the local government election draws near, the two aspirants for the position of councillor for the Falmouth division in the Trelawny Municipal Corporation have provided sharply contrasting views of the current...

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

The Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay has forged a partnership with the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA), a South Florida-based non-profit organisation, for the provision of neonatal incubators to the hospital,following a...

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell, the two policemen charged in connection with the 2013 shooting deaths of three male relatives in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, are to make their next appearance in the Trelawny Circuit Court...

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation and mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris says he is confident that the People's National Party will win the majority of seats in the local government elections in the parish come Election Day, November...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:It is almost unheard of for persons to win lawsuits in the Jamaican Supreme Court without a lawyer to represent them, but Andrew Rashford accomplished exactly that in October of this year, despite not having a high school or...

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The highly anticipated trial of a former Guardsman employee and another man who were arrested for allegedly transporting cocaine in a service vehicle in 2013 has been put off once again, following the men's latest appearance in the St...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:The case against five policemen who were charged following the death of Kamoza Clarke after he was beaten while in police custody in 2013 has been pushed back to December 1 to allow the defence lawyers time to peruse the documents for...

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

Despite the mandate of the Social Development Commission (SDC) being to promote the social and economic empowerment of citizens as part of national development, the organisation's performance has gained mixed reviews from residents in western...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Superintendent Dolfin Doeman, the head of the St James Fire Department, wants restaurant operators to ensure that their food-preparation equipment are properly maintained so as to minimise the possibility of gas explosions.Doeman's...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris has vowed to establish a hard line against the perennial problems of illegal street vending and improper waste disposal in the western city."We need to bring law and order to the city, so if you are...

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Centenarian Iris Denniston, who has devoted most of her life in the service of the Orange community, in St James, created history last Monday (Heroes Day) when she became the oldest recipient of the Sam Sharpe Award.Denniston, affectionately called...

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Montego Bay mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris says it would be a travesty if the crime that is now strangling St. James is allowed to undermine and ultimately overshadow the gains the parish has made in recent years and its positive prospects for the...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The Reverend Everton Jackson, the head of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) in western Jamaica, believes that were it not for his organisation's conflict resolution efforts in strife-torn communities in St James, the murder count...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Residents of Cambridge in St James were recently exposed to potential employment prospects and given lessons on how to make themselves marketable, during an opportunity fair, which was hosted by the Cambridge Tri-Star Police Youth Club.The fair,...

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Richard Ewen, the man charged with the 2009 murder of British consul John Terry, has had his case set for trial in the St James Circuit Court on April 24, 2017, following his latest court appearance last week.Ewen, who is of a Bull...

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay's mayor, councillor Glendon Harris, says the St James Parish Council will be requesting that the Ministry of Local Government does not pay any bills to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for non-functional street...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in connection with the beating death of Mario Deane, is to return to the St James Circuit Court on December 5 when the case against him is slated to continue.Cargill, who is...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Stakeholders in western Jamaica are expressing satisfaction with the level of disaster preparedness in the region last week, in light of the threat Hurricane Matthew, which narrowly missed the island posed. The hurricane lashed the island's eastern...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Shamitha Pulikanti's successful copping of 11 grade ones during the recent sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations is only the latest example of excellence in her family, as her sister achieved a similar feat in...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Claudine Forbes,disaster preparedness coordinator,St Elizabeth:"The first responders have...

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