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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...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Audley Shaw, the minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, is expressing a desire to expand the 'mother farm' concept, which allows for large companies to enter into partnerships with small and medium farmers to...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Catherine Masinde, practice manager of the World Bank Group's global business regulation unit, believes that while Jamaica has significant growth potential, it needs to implement several consistent reforms to be viable as an...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Prime Minister Andrew Holness has assured potential international investors that Jamaica has adopted a mindset of proper fiscal management and discipline that will result in guaranteed safety and stability of business assets.Holness...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Fresh battle lines have been drawn in the ongoing dispute over an 867-acre property in Westmoreland as members of the political directorate, including Western Westmoreland's member of parliament, Wykeham McNeill, take the side of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:With his release from police custody without charge yesterday, the way has now been paved for dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta to appear as one of the headline acts at the 2018 staging of Reggae Sumfest.In an interview with The...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay's mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's commander for the state of emergency (SOE) in St James, have said that there would be no relaxation of...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:02 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Lennox Wallace, the chief public health inspector for St James, says the St James Health Department's ongoing drive to bring unscrupulous business operators to book for returning flood-contaminated food to the food chain is continuing...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Health Department is currently putting plans in place to build a new live-in facility for Montego Bay's homeless people as part of a move to reintegrate the intended recipients into society, as well as to improve the...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite being on the job for a mere one month, Errol Greene, the new regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), already has been making significant steps in his quest to mastermind the restoration of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Karl Samuda, the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, wants to see a removal of the bureaucracy, which he says is stifling the growth of several Jamaican sectors, including the rising...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The three police officers who are facing multiple charges in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane will stand trial in the St James Circuit Court on September 18, following a committal hearing to remove the case from the...

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Mercia Fraser, the mother of Mario Deane, who died as a result of a brutal beating at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay in 2014, was relieved yesterday when the court ruled that three police officers implicated in his...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:In the wake of Tuesday's deadly shootings in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, which left seven persons dead, Police Commissioner Antony Anderson has revealed that 13 persons have since been arrested following a police operation in the area....

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While praising the success of the ongoing state of public emergency (SOE) in St James, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says that measures must be instituted to maintain the current low crime levels in the parish when the...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

Stacy-Ann Young, the president of the Cornwall Bar Association, has criticised the Ministry of National Security for failing to sign several detention orders, which she said would speed up the ongoing tribunal on behalf of detainees held during the...

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