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Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:The St James Municipal Corporation has approved a motion for J$10 million to be taken from its Emergency Fund to begin drain cleaning, sidewalk repairs, and other beautification work in downtown Montego Bay over a six-month period,...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Derrick Kellier, member of parliament for South St James, and Homer Davis, mayor of Montego Bay, have both condemned the spike in murders in the parish, which last Friday stood at 248.Speaking at the official opening of a new...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Montego Bay's mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, has announced that come next week, a registration system will be implemented for higglers to ply their trade along several streets in the western city that have been designated for vending...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Sylvan Reid, who contested the Salt Spring division in St James for the People's National Party's (PNP) in the recent local government elections, was awarded the seat over his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) rival Gregory Harris following...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Local government minister Desmond McKenzie has said that come next year, his ministry will be reviving a financial housing grant, which, in the past, provided parish council divisions across Jamaica with funds to assist needy...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Councillor Homer Davis, the newly installed chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation and mayor of Montego Bay, has vowed to complete the sale of lands in the controversial Bogue Industrial Terrace, a task his predecessors had...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James police made a major breakthrough in their drive to rein in crime in the division with Monday morning's arrest of one of the parish's most wanted men and the seizure of two guns and several assorted rounds of ammunition....

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The streets of Montego Bay should be much safer this Christmas season as the St James police hierarchy has announced that 80 new police personnel are to being deployed to the streets of the city to bolster patrols and monitor allmovements.Speaking at...

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...

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