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Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:50 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The absence of a clear government policy in relation to the appropriation of former sugar cane lands in Trelawny is being met with consternation by soil scientist and member of parliament for Trelawny North, Victor Wright. Speaking...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Cabinet minister Audley Shaw has rapped Washington for bristling at Kingston’s deepening ties with Beijing, suggesting that the “nervous” White House was hypocritical in discouraging investment and commercial ties when China was its...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The soon-to-be-built Marriott-managed hotel in Trelawny will give Jamaican firms and staff preference in its construction and operations, Keith Russell, chairman of the Amaterra Group, has said. Speaking at the official signing of a...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican hotels have been urged to curb their appetite for imported foods and to build linkages with local farmers and distributors to provide tourists with island fare. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Attorney-at-law Ella Drummond, Jamaica’s honorary consul in Barbados, has lamented the fact that Jamaica has become so desensitised to murder and dying that the 1,000-plus murder annual figures are now seen as normal. Speaking...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:42 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

A year ago, 53-year-old Brenda Lee Campbell discovered a lump in one of her breasts, but the Bethel Town resident, who was unemployed at the time, could not afford to pay to have a mammogram done. Last week, her turmoil came to an end as she was...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eight Men of Might (MOM) who have served as presidents of the Cornwall College Alumni Association of South Florida were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the organisation during their 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:52 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: “I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh. I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh leaders. I must obey Avyhwh Yahweh authority,” were the lines written by a 49-year-old mother after being kicked out of the controversial Qahal Yahweh Church in Norwood, St James...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Qahal Yahweh sect in Norwood, St James, wooed followers with a benign message that soon evolved into a toxic cocktail of “mind control” that entrapped believers with scaremongering dogma, says a former member of the religious...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Security forces battled their way on to the Qahal Yahweh Church compound Tuesday afternoon to remove three children reportedly in need of care and protection at what has been styled as a cultic stronghold of abuse, sexual assault,...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seven months ago, 75-year-old Clifford Preston, a one-time member of Qahal Yahweh, was thrice the victim of a brutal assault meted out by a group of ultra-radicals loyal to the religious sect. In the first attack, he said he was...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 8:05 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sixteen-year-old Campion College whiz-kid Kyle Pratt has aced the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) mathematics exam, scoring the highest grade in the region. Kyle, who was in fourth form at the age of 15 when he sat...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

LONDON, United Kingdom: Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett has made a call for investment in the tourism industry to go beyond the development of hotel rooms and other infrastructure. Bartlett made the call during his presentation on the...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Cornwall Funding Services’ fifth anniversary celebrations continued in fine style at the Sunscape Beach Resort in Montego Bay recently. The praises and accolades that poured from the lips of mayor of Montego Bay and chairman of the...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Seeking to reside in Jamaica with his Canadian husband, LGBT activist and attorney-at-law Maurice Tomlinson has taken his same-sex marriage case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Tomlinson, who has been embroiled in another...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaicans have nothing to fear from the proliferation of foreign-owned hotels and other tourism-related companies across the island. He said that tourism investors have a high level of...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 10:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As was expected, the ‘coming of age celebrations’ for Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril took place in fine style this past weekend. And guests who attended the 21st anniversary parties at the two sister resorts were in for a...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Alice Li won the hearts of the patrons who attended the Miss Global International Talent segment at Hard Rock Café last Thursday, and two days later she did a double flip, capturing first place in the minds of the judges. A...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Mt Alvernia High School in Montego Bay has got its first ever school bus in its 90-year history, courtesy of an effort led by the all-girls institution’s Central Florida International Alumni Association. The 35-seater coach, valued...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:31 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The first batch of 333 Thomas Cook visitors left the island yesterday as the Jamaica Tourist Board plans to ramp up efforts this weekend to mitigate any decline in future tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom in the wake of the...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Director of Tourism Donovan White says that while Jamaica has been having a less-than-stellar year in cruise shipping so far, stopover arrivals have been making up for the shortfall. Addressing stakeholders and journalists at a...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:24 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Andrew Holness-led Cabinet’s approval of a new board for the beleaguered Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts continues to be embroiled in controversy and a number of stakeholders are urging the prime minister...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett will be pushing to mobilise global support for hurricane-recovery efforts for The Bahamas when he attends the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in St Petersburg,...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Hours ahead of the delivery of a letter of suspension to principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the vice-chair of the board of governors, Sheryn Hylton Parker, broke ranks with her colleagues. Hylton...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eleven-year-old Benjamin Davis has not only been racking up high marks in his academic pursuits at the Mount Alvernia Preparatory School, where he aced the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam recently, but has also demonstrated immense...

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