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Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Demar Scott, the man who was arrested and charged with allegedly raping two female American visitors at gunpoint at the RIU Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay, had his case transferred from the St James Parish Court to the Western Regional...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The much-anticipated committal hearing for Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the teacher charged in connection with the death of a student at the Anchovy Primary School in St James, was put off until December 5, when she appeared in the St James...

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

WESTERN BUREAU:Several major stakeholders in St James, including West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (WJC) president, Pastor Glen Samuels, are calling for fresh attention to be paid to the increase in societal violence and the...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:As restorative work continues at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says that work will begin this week to address the issue of moisture in the Type A facility's roof, which...

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

Western Bureau:The two policemen who are charged with murder arising from a controversial shooting in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, in 2013, will know on November 14 whether the Trelawny Circuit Court will grant the holding of a special sitting to...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Parish Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Bermudan national who should have appeared in court on cocaine charges on Thursday but who had somehow managed to leave Jamaica despite a stop-order forbidding his...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

The Fresh Bread Ministries International worship centre in Montego Bay, St James, was the venue for musical praise and thanksgiving as church members came together for the official launch and dedication of the Regeve Cares Foundation on Sunday.The...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:The St James Circuit Court yesterday issued a subpoena for the medical records of Adrian Morgan, one of the two inmates charged with murder in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane. The medical record is with regard to his...

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Dana Minto, the nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision, which claimed the lives of two persons one year ago, will have to wait until November 9 for her committal hearing, following which her case...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas/ Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:While Montego Bay, St James, currently has 70 functioning closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras under the JamaicaEye security system, project coordinator Emil Holgate says that another 300 are to be installed in the...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 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, who died as a result of a beating he sustained while in police custody, had their matter mentioned for case management when...

Published:Monday | September 17, 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 11, 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:Friday | September 14, 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:Wednesday | September 12, 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:Thursday | September 6, 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:Wednesday | September 5, 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:Monday | September 3, 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:Wednesday | August 29, 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:Monday | August 27, 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:Friday | August 24, 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:Wednesday | August 22, 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:Wednesday | August 22, 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:Friday | August 17, 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:Thursday | August 16, 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...

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