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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says that following discussions with the Ministry of Finance, a decision has been taken for some 16 dieticians to be placed in infirmaries across Jamaica to offer better nutritional care to...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In a sweeping indictment of critics of security crackdowns across the island, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has insisted that there will be no let-up on states of public emergency (SOE). Holness defended the success of SOEs, which...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:32 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is urging shoppers to be mindful of personal safety during the Christmas season, even as he is promising that additional security measures will be put in place in the western city. The St James...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nichala Facey, the St James man who is charged with the murder of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair, who died a day after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire, is to reappear in the St James Parish Court on January 17, 2020...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:34 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The man charged with the January 5 murder of University of Technology (UTech) student Demar Stennett will have to wait until January 23, 2020, to return to the St James Circuit Court as his DNA is currently undergoing laboratory...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The plan by Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) to roll out its Mandarin programme has received strong backing from Professor Ian Boxill, who argues that the teaching of the Chinese language will increase the skill sets and...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the two inmates charged in connection with the 2014 death of Mario Deane, will have to wait until January 7, 2020 before their outstanding psychiatric forensic reports will be ready for submission to...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Falmouth Mayor Collen Gager has reaffirmed that vendors will not be permitted to ply their wares illegally in the Trelawny parish capital’s historic Water Square during the upcoming Christmas season. Gager said the town would come...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local Government Min­ister Desmond McKenzie has warned residents of St James and the wider Jamaica to be on the lookout for unscrupulous persons trying to steal the Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) newly ­installed...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the custos of St James, wants the parish’s current state of public emergency (SOE) to remain in place until crime becomes more manageable, arguing that Montego Bay’s level of investment could increase if the...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has painted a frightening picture of how Jamaica could be crippled by disasters affecting the coastline because of a significant number of important state institutions and parish capitals...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: At a time when Jamaica’s men and boys are falling prey to violence, crime, and other ­unsavoury vices, the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association (EREA) last week presented scholarships and gifts to 15 male students in western...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In the wake of a recent fire in St James that killed two children at home while their mother was reportedly at a party, a senior firefighter has called for tougher laws to punish negligent parents. While addressing a child...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the custos of St James, is hitting out against parents who allow their daughters to get married before reaching the age of consent, while also warning that such young brides can become victims of human...

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2019 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid has lashed out at former education ministers, describing their policies as disrespectful and a major trigger for the exodus from the classrooms to greener pastures. While...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:42 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis believes that the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, which is home to the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival, could become a prime entertainment venue for the western city if the proposed plan to...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While condemning Jamaica’s chronic criminality, including last Wednesday’s rape of a senior citizen in St Ann, Dr Meric Walker, secretary of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, gave assurance that there is hope...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Unlike some residents in the western city, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is expressing ­confidence in the capacity of the ongoing state of emergency (SOE) in the parish to blunt the lawlessness which has claimed 128 lives since the...

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite a protracted education drive to educate residents about the dangers of rat infestation, the St James Municipal Corporation is still getting reports that food vendors and restaurant operators are dumping food waste...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:43 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica should establish an optometry school in order to provide improved eye care, particularly for students whose learning is compromised by poor vision, an advocate has urged. Gary Robinson, founder of the non-profit organisation...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dr Lisabeth Crossman, regional psychiatrist at the Western Regional Health Authority, believes that education needs to play a key role in helping young people in the region to deal with mental-health issues, especially those whose...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While two years has elapsed since the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ (WJC) took the decision to allow the embattled Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) to use its facilities to provide some of its services, the...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that in order for Jamaica to progress and improve as a nation, chaotic land and community developments, such as what pertains in some sections of Montego Bay, St James must undergo change and...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More than one year after a 77-year-old woman’s badly deteriorated body was discovered at her home in Chatham, St James, residents who described her as a household name and...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The tripling of mental-health cases in western Jamaica over the last 18 years has prompted Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to call for targeted intervention and a vigorous programme attacking social stigma. Data...

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