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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...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Gloria Henry, says she remains committed to fulfilling the mandate of her organisation's 'My MoBay' anti-litter education campaign, despite citizens' continued...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:St James disaster coordinator Tamoy Sinclair wants citizens to acknowledge the impact of improper waste disposal on flooding during periods of rain.Sinclair cited Tuesday's flooding of Montego Bay's Fairview shopping centre during the...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Buoyed by the growing success of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency's (MOCA) anti-lottery scam campaign in schools in western Jamaica, the convener of the project, Sergeant Kevin Watson, now wants to take the...

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Dr Winston De La Haye, the chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, says a task force has been appointed to address the chronic issue of patients who have been discharged from hospitals but have refused to leave.According to De La Haye,...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has said Jamaicans must turn their backs on the 'see-and-blind' culture, where persons witness criminal acts but choose not to report them."We have gotten selfish as a...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

For the fifth consecutive year, the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association (EREA) has partnered with the United States-based Ja Mobility Volunteer Group to provide wheelchairs for immobile Jamaicans with a grand total of 1,100 wheelchairs.Last...

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says Jamaica's justice system is failing Jamaicans and could be contributing to the high crime rate.He also took a jab at local judges, blaming them for the protracted delay in settling some cases."Let me...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:There are ongoing concerns in Falmouth, Trelawny, about the capacity of the town's leaders to create the conditions necessary to derive maximum spin-off benefits from its thriving cruise shipping business, which many feel is not being...

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:Victor Wright, the member of parliament for North Trelawny, is recommending that some of the lands at the Hampden Sugar Estate, where the emphasis has shifted from sugar to rum...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:01 AMChristopher Thomas

 Six students of the Salt Spring Primary School  in Montego Bay, St. James, were recently presented with monetary bursaries for books and uniforms, thanks to the generosity of Maurice Rushton, a past student,  who has been giving...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

The capacity of the Ophthalmology Department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay got a major boost last Friday when Rotary Club International presented the hospital with microscopic equipment valued at $10 million.The...

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