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Stories by Janet Silvera

Published:Saturday | August 19, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica's tourism officials are placing special focus on the UK diaspora market as the country positions itself to surpass its greatest Caribbean competitor, Barbados."The diaspora represents 11 per cent of all arrivals and, globally...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

London, England:Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia 'Babsy' Grange remains upbeat and confident in the country's track and field athletes, hours after visiting the team in London."We had an extensive discussion on the way...

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

London, United Kingdom:Steel Pulse's highly anticipated performance at Jamaica House in London was received with enthusiasm by those who turned out for the group's hour-long set at the 02 Arena on Wednesday night.The English-based reggae band shared...

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

London, UK:Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has Barbados firmly in its cross-hairs and could soon replace that Caribbean country as the leading destination for British tourists to the region.Bartlett, who was speaking at a dinner for...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

LONDON, England:Placing tremendous confidence in world record holder Usain St Leo Bolt, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the athlete, who has taken on the moniker 'The Legend', is to become the face of national activities."Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | August 5, 2017 | 8:05 AMJanet Silvera

The 2017 IAAF World Championships is underway in London England and supporters of Jamaica's national team are out in their black, green and gold colours to help encourage the athletes and soak up the excitement at the event. Here are...

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 8:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:One of the things we know is that people love food and will travel miles for good food.This was evidenced by the hundreds who turned out for the Hah-R-Mony Entertainment Ocho Rios Seafood Festival on Emancipation Day at the Turtle...

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Josef Bogdanovich and his DownSound Entertainment team were forced to turn back patrons on Friday night (July 21), as thousands flocked to the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St James, for Red Stripe Reggae...

Published:Monday | July 24, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:The thousands at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, on Saturday for Reggae Sumfest 2017's closing night were reminded how powerful and lasting reggae music is.Jah Cure, who called for the release of Buju Banton and...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 7:58 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU: With a lot to celebrate, weeks after the signing of a peace treaty in their homeland, Colombians in Jamaica commemorated the start to Independence Day, at Tristan Alvarado and wife Laura Mazabel’s home at the Tryall Club,...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Musically speaking, 'Sparks' ignited, Crazy Neil went wild and at 2 a.m. Wednesday, the damage done was evidenced by the 'Smoke' that filled the atmosphere at the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest All White party at Pier One in Montego Bay.Three big DJs at...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Media personality and university lecturer Fae Ellington says Jamaicans may need to be re-educated on the significance of the national fabric, the bandanna, and the iconic Louise Bennett-Coverley, the woman responsible for its international fame....

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Visiting the Caribbean was definitely on the bucket list for 23-year-old Ryan Steel, and when he got the nod to come to Jamaica to play the bagpipes at the reception in celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, he was "over the...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is dismissing reports that the Falmouth Port will be losing three major cruise ships.In a media release, the PAJ, part owners of the port, sought to clarify that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL)...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Tourism's retentive capacity is not being felt by the people aligned to the sector, causing concern to the island's minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett.Over the past two weeks, Bartlett has expressed concern that, despite growth at...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Watered down and diluted was how Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange described what now exists and is being presented as Jamaica's Festival Song Competition.The minister was responding to questions regarding...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:There were no obvious tears as Kelly Tomblin bid farewell to a group of women who have accepted the classification - 'Women in Energy' (WIE).Instead, the group of women at AMResorts' Breathless...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Secrets Wild Orchid's Barracuda beach, was transformed into a sea of white and a buffet set for a feast as American Airlines Montego Bay staff dressed to the hilt, came out in their...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange says that Jamaica's jerk brand is a global phenomenon that has the potential to significantly boost visitor arrivals.Speaking at the 2017 media launch of the eighth annual...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica is on track to welcoming 50,000 German tourists by 2020, with the addition of some 20,000 seats out of Germany.The announcement comes at a time when the country is experiencing a 24 per cent increase in German arrivals, in...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Last weekend, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) made its presence felt in the second city of Montego Bay first by turning on 300 smart LED street lights in the Fairview area, then feting 90 women at the Women in Energy brunch.Both...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 7:03 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Reiterating his company's commitment to invest some US$1 billion in several hotel projects, totalling 5,000 rooms on Jamaica's northern coast, Karisma Hotels...

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:American Airlines (AA) Montego Bay has outperformed 22 international cities, copping the AA Customer Cup for the fourth time in six years.Montego Bay, which operates between 10 and 14 flights daily out of the Sangster International...

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Government will be looking to utilise to full potential smart LED street lights that were installed in four sections of the island last week by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).This includes not just achieving a reduction in...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 7:00 AMJanet Silvera

Following on the heels of Queen Ifrica, Mr Vegas and Ian Sweetness, Jamaica's songbird Karen Smith was the featured artiste at the VP Records monthly block party at their Miramar, Florida, headquarters, recently.Smith, whose new single, True...

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