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Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The three police officers who are facing multiple charges in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane, who died as a result of a beating he sustained while in police custody, had their matter mentioned for case management when...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court yesterday issued subpoenas for the doctors who examined Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the two inmates charged with murder in connection with the 2014 beating death of Mario Deane, to appear in court on...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The administration at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland might be forced to continue to grapple with its 'social patients' issue for some time to come as the building, which was earmarked to house them, is unfit to suit that...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says he does not support views that a hospital is needed in Negril, Westmoreland, currently. He says residents should, instead, be more socially responsible to reduce accidents and violence."This is where we...

Published:Thursday | September 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While the National Council of Taxi Associations (NCOTA) is contemplating its next move in relation to a fare increase, members of the Western Taxi Association are eager to hike their fares, saying that the current economic climate...

Published:Tuesday | September 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid believes if Jamaica is to become a viable, productive force in the 21st century, educational opportunities must be made available to all ."The reality of Jamaica today is that only 15 per cent of...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Pastor Glen Samuels, president of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [WJC], said his organisation remains dedicated to assisting the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital [CRH] in Montego Bay, despite the...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the strike action taken by unionised Montego Bay Metro Company (MBMC) workers, which impacted transportation, in addition to minor hiccups with regard to furniture delivery, the 2018-19 school year got off to a relatively...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Westmoreland Custos, the Reverend Hartley Perrin, who is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clifton Boys' Home in Darliston, has launched a fresh appeal for funds to help rebuild the home, which was destroyed by fire...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw said that starting today, Jamaica will be exporting live lobsters to China in an initiative that will result in greater profits for local fisherfolk.Shaw made the...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says plans are afoot to refurbish an abandoned building in Westmoreland to house some 20 'social patients' who are currently occupying much-needed bed space at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital."We have...

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While Jamaica's teachers have entered into a four-year wage agreement with the Government, their Trinidadian counterparts will have their own industrial action in September on account of their government's refusal to pay teachers for...

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:IN A radical departure from the position taken earlier this week by the leadership of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Minister of Education Ruel Reid says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination is easy to understand and...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is making a fresh call for Jamaicans to end the stigmatisation of individuals who suffer from mental illness. He also wants the relatives of mentally ill persons to be more proactive in their care and support....

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While some school principals in western Jamaica are in a state of readiness for the start of the 2018 school year, which is less than a month away, there are others who have still not received their supplies from the Ministry of...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Errol Greene, chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), is blaming the current bed-space shortage, which is crippling operations at the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland, on social patients, who occupy...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The members of the 194-year-old Burchell Memorial Baptist Church in Montego Bay were in a praise and celebration mood on Sunday as they conducted a rededication service for their worship chapel, which was rehabilitated recently.The...

Published:Saturday | July 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:As the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season continues, Dr Leith Dunn, a sociologist and gender specialist at the University of the West Indies, Mona, is warning that such weather systems and other natural disasters may put Caribbean...

Published:Monday | July 16, 2018 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that $28.5 million will be spent to place 1,800 high-school students across Jamaica in a six-week summer programme.The students will be placed in 200 tourism-related businesses with a view to providing...

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the two inmates charged with murder arising from the 2014 death of Mario Deane, will have to wait until next Wednesday to know the status of the case against them.When Orr and Morgan appeared before...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The teacher who was charged in relation to the death of a seven-year-old student of Anchovy Primary in St James was given a new date when she appeared in the St James Parish Court yesterday to answer a charge of death by dangerous...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne believes that the successful integration of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) cannot be accomplished without addressing the current vexing issues concerning transportation...

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The Reverend Ronald Webster, pastor of the Hopewell Missionary Church in Hanover, believes that Jamaica has adopted a culture of trickery over the last three decades, which allows deceptive criminal practices such as the lottery scam...

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has expressed disappointment that the amended plea-bargaining system introduced last April in an effort to reduce the backlog of cases in Jamaica's courts has not achieved the success that he had...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Owen Glaze and Andrew Brown, the men who were recently found guilty in relation to 66 kilograms of cocaine valued at J$264 million, were yesterday sentenced when they appeared in the St James Parish Court.The two men were sentenced by...

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