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Stories by Christopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2023 | 1:24 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: LATOYA MINNETT-Hall, public education and special projects manager in the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), is lamenting how children are being sexualised to the point that they are no longer allowed to enjoy their formative...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2023 | 1:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DARIEN HENRY, principal of the Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) in St James, is strongly recommending that Jamaica’s education system should get proactive in arresting the widening wave of pornography addiction among the nation’...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2023 | 12:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

Shavaniese Arnold, manager of governance, risk and compliance at Privacy...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 12:59 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Shavaniese Arnold, manager of governance, risk and compliance at Privacy...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 12:54 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: REVEREND DAVEWIN Thomas, pastor of the Burchell Memorial Baptist Church in Montego Bay, St James, is suggesting that a national day of mourning be put in place for Jamaicans who have died under various circumstances, to allow for...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DETECTIVE SERGEANT Sheldon Dobson, the policeman whose infant daughter died after being locked in his car at the Black River Police Station last January, will have to wait until February 28 to know whether he will stand trial in the...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 12:38 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: An outstanding forensic certificate has forced the St James Parish Court to delay the continuation of the case against Ashanta Ferguson, the British woman charged last November in relation to the seizure of two kilogrammes of...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 6:23 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Customs Agency has been praised by a senior manager for innovating during the COVID-19 era and surmounting challenges presented by the pandemic. That response has included renewed attention on the improvement of customer...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 6:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AMID OUTRAGE over reports of fraud at financial institutions, including a $3-billion scam at investment firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL), a St James pastor has warned against casting judgement too quickly on the accused...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Homer Davis, minister of state in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in the Office of the Prime Minister, is recommending that media workers should have a pension scheme put in place in order to support them...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2023 | 12:12 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: ORLEN DEERS, a resident of Glendevon in St James, is bracing for a head-on collision with the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) over his worries about the absence of a sidewalk along Felicity Road in the community. It is a...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2023 | 1:00 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) will be pushing for legislation to mandate representatives of state agencies such as the National Works Agency (NWA) to attend the corporation’s monthly sittings, in light of that agency’s...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2023 | 12:11 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE FATHER’S House transitional home in St James, which has been recently linked to the scandal-hit Embracing Orphans charity’s executive director, Carl Robanske, is currently still in operation, albeit with scant and inconsistent...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2023 | 12:28 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DR FRANCINE Phillips-Kelly, the medical officer of health for St James, is urging fresh caution and renewed vigilance in preventing COVID-19 spread and infection, as 15 positive cases of the disease have been confirmed in the parish...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2023 | 12:19 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AHEAD OF this year’s 43rd annual staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), the initiative’s chairman, Reverend Samuel McCook, says the event is an avenue for the Church to exercise its influence in combating...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2023 | 12:42 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: REVEREND SAMUEL McCook, the chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), has said that religious leaders are playing a key role in helping the island tackle social ills, including crime and violence. McCook expressed...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2023 | 1:07 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: TWO MONTHS after fire gutted her home and destroyed her sewing equipment and goods in Wakefield, Trelawny, 58-year-old Pearly McLean is facing an uncertain future as she has been unable to make her own living since then. While...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2023 | 1:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE CORNWALL Bar Association (CBA) is throwing its support behind statements recently issued by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes questioning the increasing use of the term ‘violence producers’ in reference to persons who are accused by the...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:59 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says he would have no issue with taking into consideration a call from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn for 30 to 40 year’ imprisonment as the starting point for a life sentence...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:50 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has issued a fresh appeal for relatives of criminals to help rid the streets of illegal firearms as the island grapples with a high level of crime. Speaking at Thursday’s commissioning ceremony for 43...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says she will be examining whether the beautification plans for the historic Devon House are in keeping with what was approved by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust [JNHT], following backlash...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2022 | 1:27 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is issuing a call for justices of the peace (JPs) to work more closely with their local police stations in an effort to curb crime and violence in the communities they serve and throughout the wider...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2022 | 1:01 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DR PATRICK Prendergast, the campus director at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus, is advocating for more seminars similar to the recently held Sam Sharpe Flames of Freedom Lecture, to emphasise to...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2022 | 12:21 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE ST James Parish Court has set February 1, 2023, as a committal hearing date for two men accused of the October 9 shooting death of 21-year-old Gareth Leslie, for a ruling to transfer their case to the St James Circuit Court for...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2022 | 12:55 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: On December 19, Cornwall College fifth-formers put their gentlemanly stature and social graces on show during the Montego Bay-based boys’ school’s fifth annual staging of its Royal Soirée at the Grand-a-View Restaurant in the Second...

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