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

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

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Pastor Knollis King, founder of the Rose Heights Covenant of Peace, has attributed the rising crime rate in St James partially to the fact that many young people in the parish are pursuing a get-rich-quick lifestyle instead of seeking honest...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:The five parishes in Cornwall, western Jamaica, enjoyed relatively calm weather throughout the day yesterday, even as the country braced for anticipated thunderstorm conditions as Hurricane Matthew drew closer to the island.In St...

Published:Saturday | October 1, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Disaster coordinators in western Jamaica are reporting that the five parishes in that region are ready for Hurricane Matthew should it make landfall in Jamaica.When The Gleaner contacted the coordinators in St James, Trelawny,...

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against Richard Ewen, the man accused of the 2009 murder of British consul John Terry, will be mentioned in the St James Circuit Court on October 10, following his appearance in the St James Circuit Court on Friday.Ewen, of a...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The rampant, violent criminality in Montego Bay, St James, is squeezing the lifeblood out of the public health system in the parish, but the main facility in western Jamaica, the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), is coping.Last week, medical...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, two of the three inmates charged in connection with the death of Mario Deane, following a beating he sustained at the Barnett Street lock-up in Montego Bay, St James, on August 3, 2014, will stand trial...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has expressed alarm at the rampant murders that have rocked the parish of St James in recent times, with 20 murders being recorded since the start of September, out of the more than 180 recorded in the...

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

More than 100 children from the Bounty Hall community in Trelawny were given a good reason to return to school smiling last week as they were the recipients of $250,000 worth of back-to-school items, thanks to the Christelle Harris Charity Fund....

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

Shellion Rhoden, the business manager of Falmouth Jamaica Land Company Limited (FJLCL), operators of the Falmouth cruise ship pier, says contrary to the views of several prominent stakeholders in the resort town, her organisation is playing its part...

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

High Court Justice Vivienne Harris has announced that new sentencing guidelines are to be released next week to speed up the progression of court cases and make the plea-bargaining process easier for defendants."The sentencing guidelines will be...

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

Western Bureau:The long-anticipated trial against a former Guardsman employee and another St James man, who are before the St James Parish Court on cocaine charges, has been pushed back to November 3 to facilitate one of the defendants giving...

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

Do you believe Jamaica's educational system is being negatively affected by the double-shift system in some schools?"I don't think it impacts the system negatively. In fact, it sort of helps the Ministry of Education's goal of more students being...

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

The Government's plan to banish the double-shift system from the Jamaican schools cannot come too soon for some western Jamaica-based school administrators, who think it is quite burdensome, if not totally counterproductive.Leighton Johnson, the...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the campaign financing scandal, which is now rocking the opposition People's National Party (PNP), is pointing to the need for greater transparency on the part of politicians and political parties."...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is urging Jamaicans, especially those residing in Montego Bay, St James, to take a firm stance against the lottery scam despite the level of acceptance the practice has gained due to its spin-off...

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

Western Bureau:For Jhenelle Small, student of the Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, her achievement of nine grade-one distinctions in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations is just one step on her...

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 11:02 PMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:James Peart, student of the Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, wants to pursue a career in dentistry, and his recent successful acquiring of 10 grade ones in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)...

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Allan Rickards, the chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association (AIJCFA), is of the view that ultimately, the divestment of the local sugar industry will bring to the forefront the need for adequate arrangements to...

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:With sugar steadily losing the great appeal it had in the era of preferential treatment in the European market, there is now a suggestion that the time might be right for sugar interests to turn their backs on that sector and look to...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Edmund Bartlett, the member of Parliament (MP) for East Central St James, has said his annual scholarship awards programme to fund the educational pursuits of students in his constituency, is designed to help wage war against social...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Some high school principals in western Jamaica are adopting a cautious wait-and-see approach to determine how they will respond to the Education Ministry's thrust to abolish auxiliary fees when the new school year begins in September.Donna-Marie...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

With the government set to abolish auxiliary fees for high schools in the new school year beginning in September, some retired principals in western Jamaica have weighed in on the issue, which has been a contentious one for many school...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

A public health official is warning that persons living in the People's Arcade in Montego Bay, St James, are putting themselves at serious risk.Medical officer of health for St James, Dr Derrick Ledford, said that the lack of proper living...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:The five policemen charged in connection with the 2014 death of Kamoza Clarke after he was beaten in 2013 while in police custody will make their next appearance in the Trelawny Parish Court on September 9, when a hearing date will be...

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