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Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While he is usually a behind-the-scenes operator, RJRGLEANER Communications Group’s Television Jamaica news correspondent Garnet Beckford stole the spotlight as one of 17 awardees at the 2019 National Heroes Day Civic Awards...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Former police Corporal Clive ‘Karate Georgie’ Lawrence’s exploits have attained legendary status in St James, and he himself was publicly recognised for his heroic deeds on Monday when he was listed among 17 honourees at the 2019...

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The president of the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA) is suggesting that sections of the Emergency Powers Act may need to be challenged in the Constitutional Court in order to bring an end to questionable detention practices under...

Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says he wants to see more effort going into improving the credibility of Jamaica’s primary healthcare system, which includes promoting greater use of community health clinics by...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 9:57 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is calling on Jamaicans to develop the requisite maturity to put aside their political and other persuasions so they can join together to build a productive and prosperous Jamaica. According to Davis,...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:45 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lennox Wallace, acting parish manager for the St James Health Department, has dismissed claims that the parish’s vector-control programme is mainly targeting upscale communities, with little focus on the less affluent communities. “...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the Supreme Court expected to hear gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride’s discrimination lawsuit against the St James Municipal Corporation today, one St James pastor has staunchly declared that Jamaicans must uphold the country’...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton says that by the end of this year, his ministry will be bringing forward legislation to clamp down on public smoking as reports have surfaced that approximately 15 per cent of...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is expressing gratitude to the Church and some members of the public for their support as he prepares for his legal face-off against gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride, which is set to begin in the...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Acting Parish Manager of the St James Health Department Lennox Wallace says workers at the agency have been carrying out their duties effectively. He was responding to concerns raised by Dr Morais Guy, the shadow ­minister for...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Gregory Roberts and Mario Morrison, the two men charged with the 2017 murder of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray, will have to wait until 2020 for their trial to start in the St James Circuit Court. The men...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:26 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Circuit Court yesterday set November 25 as the next mention date for the case against Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the inmates charged in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane. It was done to facilitate the full...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Michael Taylor, lecturer in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at The University of the West Indies, Mona, says that the Caribbean must develop solutions for the increasingly unpredictable weather conditions so that...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the St James teacher charged for causing the death of Anchovy Primary School student Easton Stapleton, who was killed in a vehicular accident on the school’s compound last June, was given a new court date when...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:32 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness believes that Jamaica can potentially host more renewable-energy sources to add up to 50 per cent of electricity to the national grid by 2030, which would also give the country more options for cleaner...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Floyd Green, minister of state in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has said farmers and agriculturists must be re-educated on the dangers of climate change, as Jamaica has suffered approximately J$30 billion in crop losses...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Circuit Court yesterday activated a warrant for the arrest of Melissa Harriot, the woman accused of stealing a baby at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay earlier this year, after she failed to attend court for...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rahjif Morgan, the man charged with the January 5 murder of University of Technology (UTech) student Demar Stennett, was given a new mention date of October 23 when he made his first appearance in the St James Circuit Court...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has acknowledged that numerous social intervention projects implemented in Montego Bay over the past two decades have failed to stem the violence plaguing St James. He warned that nothing...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Circuit Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Melissa Harriot, the St James woman who allegedly stole a baby at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in January. The warrant was issued after she failed to show up in...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Acting Deputy Commis-sioner of Police Fitz Bailey is suggesting that more resources and attention be given to diverting children from getting involved in the illicit lottery scam. He expressed scepticism that social-intervention...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The trial of Dana Minto, the nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving, was hit with its first delay last week when a ruling was made for the matter to undergo a plea and case management hearing in the St James Circuit...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tempers flared in the St James Parish Court yesterday as the prosecution and the attorneys representing the four Montego Bay men on trial in a major drug-smuggling and money-laundering case clashed over claims that full disclosure...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Kerry-Ann Cunningham, the teacher who is charged in connection with the death of a student at Anchovy Primary School in St James, is slated to appear in the St James Circuit Court on October 3 to answer a charge of common-law...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite an order from the Supreme Court to halt the trial of four men who are charged with drug smuggling and money laundering, an overseas witness was allowed to give evidence against the defendants by video link in the St James...

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