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Stories by Janet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: As Virgin Atlantic returns to Jamaica, passengers are protected with high-performance HEPA filters capable of filtering viruses, says the airline’s local airport manager, Eaton Hubbard. The British carrier, which landed a brand...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2020 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced plans for a comprehensive health insurance and repatriation programme for visitors to the island, which will be introduced on November 1. Speaking at the reopening of the Zoetry resort...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Independent community tourism consultant Diana McIntyre Pike has said if the Ministry of Tourism’s proposed special community tourism unit is to be successful, a bottom-up approach must be taken, where community grass-roots organisations are a...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It’s not a myth that girls are outperforming boys in Jamaica, but for 25 determined tenth-graders at St George’s College in Kingston, that will never be the reality. All 25 aced mathematics, attaining grade ones in the 2020...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s oldest and most vulnerable account for 70 per cent of deaths from COVID-19. Fifty-four of the 77 deaths all told have accounted for persons aged 60-99. Overall infections are closing on 5,600. Ministry of Health and...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Having run into headwinds of opposition from principals and other education stakeholders, the Holness administration has backtracked on its bullish plan to phase in face-to-face classes in October amid a monthlong spike in COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Outgoing Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) President Omar Robinson is bemoaning the stranglehold the COVID-19 virus has had on the financial health and operations of his organisation. Speaking at the JHTA annual general...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Royal Caribbean, MSC and Norwegian (NCL) have already submitted temporary schedules for their return to Jamaica, but the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival, is yet to tender its intention to the Port Authority of Jamaica...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), new Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) president, Clifton Reader, is proposing his organisation acts as COVID-19 ambassadors in local communities....

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Director of Tourism Donovan White says that while forward bookings for the winter 2020-2021 tourist season give reason for optimism, there remains a high level of nervousness within a sector still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Joan and Elvis Clarke have inherited “a mini Dunn’s River Falls”, which has literally claimed ownership of their home. It only has to rain for 20 minutes for their Rosemount Gardens home to be flooded out. Their ordeal can be...

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s queen of cutwork embroidery, the doyenne of fashion, Olga Francis Keane is dead. She was 87. Francis Keane, renowned for dressing women from all strata of the society, including Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Jamaica continues to lose millions of dollars to destinations such as Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico, some of the country’s top-producing travel agents have accused the Government of rejecting tourists. The agents, part of the...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rajiv Johnson’s signature drink is tagged South Side, a mixture of gin, mint, lime juice and simple syrup. It’s not too fresh, not too sweet. It’s the opposite of a mojito, and is much smoother because it has gin instead of rum....

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Holness administration is being urged by hotel interests to expand its approved regime on COVID-19 evaluation for travellers to include rapid tests that would be cheaper but less foolproof than the polymerase chain reaction (PCR...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: DNA samples taken from six persons of interest and close associates of murdered American model Desiree Gibbon have not led to the arrest or identity of the New Yorker’s killer three years after her death. The body of Gibbon, who was...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: American model Desiree Gibbon’s unsolved murder has forced her family to call for the intervention of Prime Minister-designate Andrew Holness three years since the heinous killing. Desiree’s mother, Andrea Gibbon, in an open letter...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2020 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: An industrious Jamaican has been inducted into the Florida International University (FIU) Dean’s High Achievers Society, having obtained a 3.97 grade point average (GPA). Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate, Robert...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2020 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Praising the success of the Tourism Resilient Corridors (TRC) concept, stakeholders in the hospitality industry are calling for the template to be replicated across all communities in Jamaica. “It literally takes a village to manage...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:33 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Extended voting hours and priority treatment for senior citizens and the disabled are among a list of requests the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches (JUGC) has made days before Jamaicans go to the polls on Thursday. The churches,...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Tamika Davis is hoping that a burning desire for change in Hanover Western will propel her to victory come next week when she will battle People’s National Party (PNP) incumbent Ian Hayles....

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Forty-eight years after first winning the Trelawny Northern seat on a People’s National Party (PNP) ticket, Desmond Leakey stood on the Falmouth Municipal Corporation’s staircase Tuesday afternoon, endorsing incumbent Victor Wright...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s key tourism stakeholder organisations are taking the Government to task for barring tourists from leaving hotel properties. In a joint letter, dated August 14, chairman of the COVID-19 Resilient Corridor, John G. Byles;...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Using the controversial July 31 Supreme Court ruling in a case that centred on the wearing of dreadlocks and the right to self-expression, Rastafarians charged on Tuesday that religious adherents continue to face discrimination....

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:26 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Five working days have turned into two months and no visible end in sight for craft merchants who were promised ‘We Care’ grants by the Government as the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions walloped the Jamaican economy. The group of...

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