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Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Kevin O. Smith, the man who presided over a murderous ritual in Montego Bay, St James, enjoys a commanding presence on social media, with posts detailing his objection to, among other things, mandatory vaccination, likening it to...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: WHILE THE Government is placing much faith in the intermittent lockdown of the country as a COVID-19-containment measure, Dr Christopher Ogunsalu, the outspoken senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of...

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay-based medical cannabis dispensary Outlier has joined the effort to get Jamaicans vaccinated against COVID-19 with the novel ‘Weed for Vaccine’ campaign, which it hopes will push smokers to line up for the jab. But one of...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) was thrown into mourning yesterday when news broke that businessman Ewan Stephenson, who represented the party in the September 3, 2020 general election in St Elizabeth South West,...

Published:Wednesday | September 8, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: The rampaging coronavirus has claimed yet another high-profile victim in Montego Bay, St James, with Tuesday’s passing of iconic barber and renowned musicologist Neville ‘Dada’ Gilchrist. The stylist owned and operated the city’s...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:10 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: News of the passing of the well-known Constable Damion Knight from complications associated with COVID-19 has shattered the mood among colleagues at the police post at the Sangster International Airport, as some did not even realise...

Published:Tuesday | August 31, 2021 | 12:08 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Prominent western Jamaica educator Jeannette Solomon has died from complications from the coronavirus, one of 1,510 people who have succumbed here to the ravages of the disease in the 17 months of the pandemic. Her death was a...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite being under constant stress to find ways to keep overworked nurses and doctors motivated to handle the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the region, the leadership of the Western Regional Health Authorities (...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: COVID-19 pushed the crisis-hit healthcare sector in western Jamaica perilously close to breaking point on Tuesday when overworked nurses and colleague workers at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland temporarily withdrew their...

Published:Tuesday | August 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: As the rampant bloodletting in Granville, St James, continues to further rattle fearful residents, the community saw yet another murder on Saturday – the 15th in the past three months, leading the police to renew a call for greater...

Published:Saturday | August 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While legal experts are divided over the authenticity of the Accompong Maroons’ claims to sovereignty based on a 1739 treaty with the British, the leaders of the enclave insist that their claims are not based solely on the...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:08 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: While his preferred option is for peace, Chief Richard Currie, the head of the Accompong Maroons, says he stands willing and ready to fight to defend the sovereign rights of the people he was elected to lead, serve, and protect. In...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Leeroy Williams has called for a unified approach from stakeholders in the quest to improve the quality of life of the residents of St James. In his recent Independence Day statement, Williams intimated that some...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Rose Heights and the wide Montego Bay is mourning the passing of Pastor Knollis King, whose larger-than-life personality and unwavering commitment to peace and community building in the area made him a much-revered figure. The...

Published:Wednesday | August 11, 2021 | 12:10 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: St James yesterday passed the grim mark of 100 homicides since the start of the year, when a man said to be a top-tier member of the notorious Granville-based ‘Big Yard’ Gang was shot and killed gangland-style in the parking lot of...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Financial controller Conroy Barrett, one of the two employees of the Negril-based Rick’s Cafe Sports Bar who were charged in relation to the Mocha Fest event, which was staged at the location in contravention of the Disaster Risk...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: With 200 murders since the start of the year, western Jamaica remains a major challenge to the security forces despite the arrest of some criminal suspects and the seizure of several firearms in operations over the same period....

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Prominent members of the Rastafarian community in western Jamaica and sympathisers of the movement staged a peaceful demonstration in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on Thursday to protest what they have described as state-...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Prominent Montego Bay-based religious elder Bongo Manny, the first Rastafarian to legally wear dreadlocks in the Jamaican prison system, is calling for the right to sport natural hair to be specifically inscribed in the Constitution...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: David Earle, who provided yeoman service at the Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club for over five decades, during which the club emerged as one of the most respected institutions in western Jamaica, has died. Earle, who died last...

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Councillor Arthur Lynch of the Montego Bay South East Division is convinced that the age-old problem of state agencies not working in unison is to blame for chronic water woes affecting the St James communities he represents. Lynch...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Renowned attorney-at-law Nathan Robb was on Tuesday hailed as a legal luminary, a committed family man, and a loyal son of Montego Bay in a moving funeral service at the city’s St John’s Methodist Church, where tributes flowed...

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2021 | 12:11 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: The opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) long-running internal strife churned out more turmoil yesterday with the resignations, with immediate effect, of vice presidents Damion Crawford, Dr Wykeham McNeill, Mikael Phillips and...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:54 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: IT WAS one of those serene Montego Bay nights. A rookie Gleaner reporter was walking through Sam Sharpe Square when she saw men, believed to be members of the St James Parish Council work crew, and police officers rounding up street...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:51 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Bishop Zachariah Nepaul, arguably one of Savanna-la-Mar’s most revered sons, has died, leaving his personal family, his church family, and the wider Westmoreland community to reflect on a life of exemplary service, marked by...

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