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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...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The case against three members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who are facing charges in relation to the 2014 beating death of Mario Deane, is slated to continue in the St James Parish Court on April 20 when a ruling is expected to...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Gloria Henry, president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), says that plans are in place to double the current employment rate of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, which currently employs...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men charged with murder in relation to last year's killing of Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, were ordered to stand trial in the St James Circuit Court on November 19 when they...

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Despite the myriad of challenges faced by the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that the Type A health facility continues to offer critical medical services that the...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:After almost two years of wrangling, it has now been decided that Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, two of three inmates charged in connection with the 2014 beating death of Mario Deane, are fit to stand trial, paving the way for the case...

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Janel Ricketts, the community relations officer for the National Works Agency's (NWA) western region, is blaming the current geographical structure of Montego Bay for last Friday's flooding in sections of the western city.The latest...

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Colonel Daniel Pryce, who is head of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in western Jamaica, said the rate of murder that made St James the nation's undisputed murder capital last year was so horrific that it could be compared to a civil...

Published:Monday | March 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica's Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says lack of education among the nation's people is behind the growing social problems, including the rise in crime and violence, that is plaguing the nation.Giving the keynote address at...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Following in the wake of Sunday's attack in which relatives of an accident victim threw stones and bottles at a section of the Falmouth Hospital, in Trelawny, resulting in minor damage, the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA)...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Sergeant Derrick Henry and district constables Alwayne Eccleston and Onecko Brown, who are all facing manslaughter charges arising from the 2014 beating death of Kamoza Clarke, are now slated to reappear before the Trelawny Circuit...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The accident and emergency (A&E) department at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, which is now operating out of the Mt Salem Health Centre, is seeing significantly reduced numbers...

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