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Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s rich culture and solid foundation with cannabis has catapulted the island to the Uruguayan shores of South America. Kaya Herb House, founded by Jamaica-based businessman Bali Vaswani, has planted its roots in the first...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A new mandatory COVID-19 test requirement introduced by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) is about to further sink the Caribbean’s dismal arrival numbers. The new protocol, effective January 7, requires that all...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In what has been tagged an unduly harsh sentencing, a Jamaican man has been imprisoned for six months in Barbados for breaking quarantine; while influential tourists flouting the COVID-19 protocols, when caught are reportedly...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Up to Christmas Eve, Rohan Harriott, Pearl Kerr and her husband ‘Blacks’ had not been outside their London, England, homes in days as they endured melancholy, shock and hopelessness. The Kerrs had spent every Christmas in Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lights, camera, action! For the first time in 20 years, the large acacia tree in the centre of Oracabessa, St Mary, has come alive with lights and Jamaican artistry – just in time for Christmas. The tree, the largest on the main...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With a steep 75 per cent drop in tourist arrivals for the last three quarters of 2020, the Caribbean is expected to contract by 20-30 per cent this year, says Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. He has cautioned that it...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Christopher Allen lifted his hand to hit his wife Antoinette Nelson-Allen, but felt like he had hit a cast iron. The impact broke his wrist. “That was the last time I lifted my hand to hit her. Following that incident, we started...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Hague, Trelawny-bred mathematics major, who minored in economics at The University of the West Indies, Mona, has staked the claim of being the first in Jamaica to introduce an influencer marketing agency. At age 30, Carisse...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the aim to make women who are victims feel beautiful, empowered and relevant as they tell their stories on their feet, celebrity shoe stylist Erica M (Erica Mitchell) is giving three breast cancer survivors custom-made shoes...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The divide-and-rule strategy outgoing US President Donald Trump was accused of using to win support for some policies from some Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, is an issue diaspora representatives say they hope the incoming...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While there will be considerable euphoria and pride in a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris win in the US presidential race, Jamaica-born New York-based political scientist, Diana Cassells, is cautioning Jamaica and the Caribbean about their...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Winston Dear picked up a paintbrush once during a ‘Sip and Paint’ event late last year, and it meant nothing for him but an evening of socialising. But when COVID-19 forced him into lockdown, the 80-year-old developer, renowned...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Ohio, United States: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has poured cold water on suggestions of mass violence should the outcome of the United States presidential and congressional elections be unfavourable for supporters of the two main...

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...

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