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Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In light of misgivings being expressed nationally about the widescale opening of Jamaica to overseas visitors, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has asserted that the industry’s corridors will be split to accommodate the island’s...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the loss of direct tourism revenue to the Government owing to COVID-19 for April 2020 to March 2021 has been estimated at 38.4 billion, a severe blow to the island’s economy. According to...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:34 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There will be no pretesting or quarantining of visitors to Jamaica when the island reopens its borders for international travel on Monday, June 15. Jamaica closed its borders on March 24 to flatten the curve of the coronavirus...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:24 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: REELING FROM losses of ­between US$3.5 and $4 ­million per month, Jamaican car-rental operators are appealing to the Government for a host of ­concessions to pull themselves from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE 200 Jamaicans who arrived via air from New York and Fort Lauderdale on May 13 are accusing the Government of giving preferential treatment to the 1,044 Adventure of the Seas cruise ship workers who have already been processed a...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Pitching a working timeline of four to six weeks for the reopening of the tourism industry, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it fully supports the pretesting of guests. The group also backs the wearing of masks...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE ANDREW Holness administration has come under immense pressure from the powerful and influential Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), which has called for a planned reopening date of the island’s borders for...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the decision to cancel Medevac helicopter support for the mother of two who suffered a miscarriage while aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas was made by...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Fear, dread, and anxiety have become maternity ward nurse Samantha Brown’s closest friends as she navigates working at the popular Cornwall Regional Hospital during COVID-19. Brown says that every day, she fears for the safety of...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: CONROY STERLING begged his mom, Joan Spence, not to break down and cry as he, twin Conrad, and adopted brother Rohan were repatriated to the island aboard the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship on Tuesday afternoon. After months of...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Veteran hotelier John Issa has described the late decades-long friend Oliver Clarke as a fierce, “pro-truth” advocate whose leadership of The Gleaner Company in the 1970s saved Jamaica’s democracy. “He was a highly principled,...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Airline and cruise-ship visitors to Jamaica may be required to present medical certificates of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the island when the country reopens its borders for tourism. The medical certificate, which...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: MAUREEN FORDE has been strapped for cash; father-of-five Donovan Bruce has been out of work since the start of the pandemic; and Richard Wallace is keen on ensuring his constituents are fed in a time of crisis. Forde, whose bar...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has said that the post-COVID-19 era will see a new kind of tourism in which traditional norms will take a back seat to both forward thinking and creative planning. Bartlett, in a Gleaner interview...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A reported 70 per cent reduction in business has forced fast-food chain Mother’s to close its 18 stores islandwide, relieving 900 staff and 200 vendors of their jobs for the next 30 days. It takes effect Saturday. Mother’s joined...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) has been accused of flaunting its authority by setting up a COVID-19 quarantine facility in a complex where some 70 families reside, but a senior regional official has pushed back at the criticism. The...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: UNIVERSITY OF the West Indies tourism lecturer Damion Crawford has painted a grim picture of a protracted recovery period for Caribbean tourism. The period spans more than 18 months. According to Crawford, who served as junior...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Jamaican is at the helm of virus-infection efforts at 13 clinics in Seattle, Washington, where the first COVID-19 case was recorded in the United States. Registered nurse Norma Avonie Amos, a certified infection specialist, is...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the coronavirus (COVID-19) showing no signs of letting up, a number of the island’s leading hotel operators have joined in the fight, with donations exceeding US$1 million, to assist with the response efforts. The announcement...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Linford Graham* feels like he is living in a cage while being in solitary confinement for Samantha Willis* means refuge from the novel coronavirus on the outside. The two Jamaicans working on separate cruise ships, Harmony of the Seas...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: REELING FROM a near $283-million annual loss from the closure of hotels, the island’s farmers have been given a lifeline in the form of easier access to restaurants and supermarkets to sell their produce Minister of Tourism Edmund...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has said that while the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought tourism to a grinding halt, the industry remains optimistic. Bartlett, who was addressing stakeholders from his Knutsford...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two Jamaican men are hungry and homeless after being stranded by Caribbean Airlines. Miguel Bailey and Lendert Pearson are lamenting being forced to sleep at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados since Monday night....

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jakes Treasure Beach is the first local hotel to offer its 65 rooms for quarantine or isolation purposes for COVID-19 patients, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has said. The resort, located in St Elizabeth, will...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AS THE world mourns the death of late superstar Kenny Rogers, producer of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Walter Elmore remembers the American singer-songwriter as a fabulous human being to work with. Elmore worked with Rogers,...

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