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Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A year ago, Allan Vanriel, a diabetic, was diagnosed with hypertension, which affected his heart. Soon after, a blood test revealed he also had kidney disease, forcing him to become completely dependent on dialysis. The freelance...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Not only has Jamaica and the music industry lost a national treasure with Friday’s passing of reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, but his death has left a mammoth vacuum in the island’s cultural landscape. “We have lost an icon,...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Shasha-Marie Williams could have been a pregnant teen, because that was the norm in Flankers, St James, where she grew up; while Shellian Blagrove was expected to scorn her problem-plagued community of Mt Salem. Their friends –...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Another closure of the Jamaican gateway to tourists would spell economic ruin, tourism stakeholders are predicting. Their concerns stem from the spike in the COVID-19 cases and the blame being placed on the industry. “There has been...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Harry Belafonte’s roots are planted nine miles from Brown’s Town, Bob Marley’s 18 miles to the southeastern end, and Marcus Garvey’s 18 miles to the north of Senator Kamala Harris’ origins in the parish of St Ann, Jamaica. The...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:24 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: They are breadwinners for their families, equal contributors to their spouses, and food basket providers for Jamaicans. The female farmers who operate the length and breadth of the land in Berkshire Wood, Pigeon ‘Piggin’ Gully,...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: COVID-19 has crippled travel to several destinations, cancelled thousands of conferences and disrupted millions of lives, but Demetrius Moye and Tanisha Bradley weren’t about to allow the global pandemic to derail their wedding....

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Newton Rodney knew his two youngest daughters, Neesha and Nicole, would one day take over what is normally depicted as a man’s job, and this knowledge was more pronounced because his was the only testosterone in his home. The father...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Craft vendors across the island who have been for years struggling to get a share of the multibillion-dollar tourism pie say that the current coronavirus pandemic has now robbed them of the occasional crumb they would get from the...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There are jitters among workers in the tourism sector that a premature reopening of the industry which has been in hibernation since the coronavirus pandemic reached local shores could be catastrophic, but they admit that they don’t...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Caribbean tourism rebounds, marketers are looking to Republican-leaning Americans to be among the first set of visitors to return to the region’s shores based on an in-depth social sentiment data analysis. The study of millions...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Already faced with billions of dollars in losses as a result of closures of hotels and entertainment attractions and massive lay-offs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaica’s tourism sector could further lose out on some US$3 billion...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Jamaican country girl whose father died when she was only about six years old, and whose mother taught her “to whom much is given, much is expected”, was named Developmental Queen Mother of the Central Region of Ghana for her...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Ward’s Power Tools’ Howard and Veronica Ward hosted more than 200 guests at their annual staff party, securing a night called ‘Unforgettable’ with the likes of musical icon Agent Sasco and saxophonist extraordinaire Fitzroy ‘Saxie’...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Caribbean Food Delight’s Vincent HoSang, Michael and Lesline Hall, Crafton ‘Tony’ Kelly, Deverline Burrell Waller and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) shared the spotlight at the Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) 25th anniversary...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Half Moon’s Guy Steuart wore a bright green jacket and an orange tie to his hotel’s 65th anniversary party last Saturday night in Montego Bay, securing political correctness in a country where politics means a lot. The hotelier was...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:39 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: At least one clinical psychologist is urging the society to do a better job of protecting the country’s most vulnerable – its children. Clinical psychologist Georgia Rose, one of the organisers behind the annual Mental Health Week...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Under verbal attack and threats since news broke of alleged human trafficking, child abuse, sexual assaults and abduction by leaders of the Qahal Yahweh church, other worshippers of the Hebrew faith are distancing themselves. One...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:43 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In its quest to increase arrivals from the Japanese market, Jamaica has repositioned itself, seeking to seal a partnership with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA). The group met with a Jamaican delegation led by Minister...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:47 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The world-famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, St Ann, known for its lush green vegetation and signature waterfalls, has been given a significant boost with the forging of a partnership with Chukka Caribbean Adventures. The deal...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Kith-Ann Excell is not the typical marketing specialist. Instead, she stands solidly unorthodox in her own right, as the Conceptualist. Her marketing strategies are deeply rooted in the skilful and ethical application of psychology...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:34 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Banned from using the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for some of their Montego Bay Pride events, the LGBT group has filed a judicial review against Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis and the St James Municipal Corporation. The case was...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Bankers Association President Jerome Smalling is warning that care must be taken to ensure that Jamaicans are not outpriced out of owning their own homes. In a plea to real estate developers, Smalling said that he was...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Torrential rainfall threatened to derail the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) 7th annual Fine Cuisine and Wine Festival at the Rose Hall Great House in St James, but the Lord would not allow it. As late as 5:30 p.m....

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Administrators of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts are being accused of being more concerned about the school’s reputation amid a sexual-harassment scandal than the impact of years-long reported abuse by a...

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