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Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against Constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell, the two policemen charged with murder arising from the 2013 shooting deaths of three relatives in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, has been set for February 28 to facilitate...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With hundreds of nurses leaving Jamaica each year to take up more lucrative job offers overseas, it would appear that the trend could be a never-ending cycle as even the student nurses in training are already contemplating that...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: After several years of operating out of borrowed space, the faculty and student body at the Rose Heights Infant School in Rose Heights, St James, now have a building of their own, thanks to the input of a United States-based mission...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In literal life-and-death situations, where every second counts, many Jamaicans are left struggling to find state ambulances to respond to emergences in a timely manner and have to rely on private vehicles or public transportation...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:15 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has issued a stern warning for nurses to quit if they do not love their jobs and are more motivated by pay than by empathy and compassion for the patients they serve. The minister’s statement...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is lamenting the lack of responsibility displayed by many Jamaicans in relation to their health and well-being. “We have a country that, over the last 30 years, has not invested...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, who is also chairman of the Rural Water Supply Limited, is seeking to deliver on its mandate by rehabilitating eight catchment tanks by March amid warnings by local meteorologists of a worsening...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The case against Keron Watson, the St James man who was arrested and charged with breaches of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2017, has been set for a plea and case-management hearing to take place in the St James Circuit Court on...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dana Minto, the St James nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a traffic accident that claimed two lives in 2017, pleaded guilty in the St James Circuit Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced on April 30....

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As fears of the deadly coronavirus continue to swirl globally, the health authorities in western Jamaica say they have fine-tuned plans for rigorous screening at all ports of entry and the establishment of an isolation zone at the...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The newly formed past students’ association of the Anchovy High School in St James has announced an ambitious plan to transform the school into the high school of choice in western Jamaica, ahead of the school’s 50th anniversary...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Owen Speid, the outspoken president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), is calling on the government and local organisations to move swiftly to address the ongoing dengue crisis in Jamaica, which has claimed 64 lives over...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A High Court judge yesterday sharply criticised the police’s failure to stop romantic liaisons between children on the grounds of the St James Parish Library, which sits across from the St James Parish Court in downtown Montego Bay...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The local education sector is expected to take another hit from the lure of so-called greener pasture as, according to Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid, more teachers are poised to leave the island for...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Following emergency surgery this week, doctors have determined that a nurse who fell down a flight of stairs at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, was not as badly injured as previously thought....

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Disgruntled over working conditions at the St James Parish Library in Montego Bay, including the facility being used for sexual liaisons, staff yesterday mounted placards of protest to press home their discontentment. Marilee Moodie...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:26 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nichala Facey, the St James man who allegedly killed an elderly woman by setting her on fire last April, will have his case committed to the St James Circuit Court for trial on April 20. Facey, who is charged with murder in relation...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:29 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Janet Silvera, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), is calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips to meet with stakeholders in western Jamaica to iron out...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Public Health Department has opened up a new front in its rodent eradication campaign with the formation of small operational groups with local businesses and other stakeholders to spearhead the drive. According to...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) will be seeking dialogue with the National Water Commission (NWC) to determine what remedial action will be taken to supply water to rural communities in the parish during the planned...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Superintendent Vernon Ellis, the commander in charge of the St James Police Division, says there were no ulterior motives in the police’s failure to provide its mandated monthly report at the last two sittings of the St James...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:40 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Although the restorative justice process is being promoted as a way of resolving disputes and reducing the number of court cases being sent for trial, at least two stakeholders in the process differ on how well informed the public...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:37 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis is appealing to residents of St James to exercise greater responsibility with their garbage disposal, including motorists whose habit of throwing garbage out of their cars contributes to the parish’s...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: St James recorded one confirmed death from dengue fever in the past year, medical officer of health for the parish, Dr Francine Phillips-Kelly, has revealed. While addressing Thursday’s monthly meeting of the St James Municipal...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:09 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Member of parliament for St James North West, Dr Horace Chang, has announced plans for the construction of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school in Norwood, which is located in his constituency. The school...

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