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Published:Monday | November 21, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: This mechanical organ is a complicated instrument, built 132 years ago in the United Kingdom, but appears to have no plans of retiring soon. Today, its home is the 248-year-old St James Anglican Church in Montego Bay. Eighteen...

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2022 | 1:26 PMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some 1,400 team members at Carnival Cruise Line report to Jamaica-born ‘Yorkist’ Dave Chang, but the status has not gone to the head of the senior vice-president of contact centre, sales, and services of the world’s largest cruise...

Published:Monday | November 14, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One of the world’s largest cruise shipping companies, Carnival, says it is hiring some of the most qualified candidates directly from Jamaica’s Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMU). The cruise line launched a partnership with the...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2022 | 5:58 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Jamaican woman who became homeless twice in the United States now owns a 60-key hotel and is offering expert advice as part of a masterclass she has designed. Dr Ellen Bryant Brown knew nothing about daycare, nursing, real estate...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The infusion of visitors with locals in the tourism capital made several steps to becoming a reality with the official staging of Reggae Nights at the multimillion-dollar Harmony Beach Park in Montego Bay on Sunday. At the...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A STEM academy aimed at boosting performance for gifted students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics has been established in Falmouth, Trelawny. An extension of Western STEM Academy, where 25-year-...

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Passengers arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Wednesday said they were forced to remain in immigration for more than one hour as Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) officers went on a go...

Published:Monday | October 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: “Untenable!” That’s how Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President La Sonja Harrison has described the security crisis in rural schools where she said principals have assumed the role of guards quelling flare-ups in violence....

Published:Friday | October 21, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Amid a rise in cases of gastro-enteritis in St James and St Andrew, doctors at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay have confirmed that a two-year-old boy who was admitted to the medical facility Tuesday night with...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the start of the winter tourist season weeks away, local tourism stakeholders are forecasting that the buoyancy in stopover arrivals will continue into 2023. Aiming to surpass 2019 pre-pandemic numbers – the best year in travel...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Investment banker Dr Rasheed Oladipo tried impressing actuary Dana-Marie Dick with his medical doctor status, but she was not easily impressed. Instead, he had to earn her attention through traditional dating. And IT administrator...

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A United States pastor charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition by the Jamaican police walked scot-free out of the Western Regional Gun Court in St James on Friday morning, after being admonished by Justice Martin...

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Amid a shortage of tourism workers to meet the rebound of the industry, at least three Caribbean tourism ministers have said that those in hospitality jobs should be paid better to achieve sector sustainability. The trio,...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Jamaican hotelier Kevin Hendrickson has won the coveted Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) 2022 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year award. Hendrickson, the managing director of the Courtleigh Hotel Group, was...

Published:Monday | October 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: More than 400 buyers from 26 territories are expected to converge on Puerto Rico for the return of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, two years after the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) was forced to cancel face-to-face...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 8:53 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One of the most respected reggae bands in the world, Steel Pulse, is reimagining how it does business as the music takes on new faces and new bands displace traditional hitmakers, staking their claim on the genre. The United...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Rita Marley sat in the audience in a ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York, last Friday night, watching her daughter and ‘bestie’ Cedella Marley accepting the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) 2022 International...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Romaine Welds hid from the Taliban in Afghanistan; swam at the beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, with armed bodyguards; and hoisted the Jamaican flag with pride at Babylon Gate in Iraq. The Jamaican, who said he has visited 195 countries...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

GRAND CAYMAN: Superseding all growth figures for any city in the English-speaking Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica’s tourism capital, is enjoying a 23 per cent increase in stopover arrivals in 2022. The western Jamaica city has contributed...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands: As the tourist industry rebounds, the Caribbean is being urged to set its sights on Africa, which Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has described as the next frontier. The region gets most of its business...

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands: The Barbados government is to establish a cooperative aimed at protecting the interests of smaller stakeholders of the flourishing cruise tourism sector. Responding to the trickle effect cruise tourism could have on...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands: Several Caribbean destinations are boasting a rebound from the COVID-19 hit with projections to either surpass or break even with pre-pandemic 2019 performances. Antigua and Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, The...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MAROON CHIEF Richard Currie says reports that he was ousted by a unanimous vote by the Accompong Town Maroon Council of Elders is fake news, adding that the provision in the maroon constitution by which such an action could have...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The last Jamaican equerry, or aide, to Queen Elizabeth II while she visited Jamaica, describes her as an excellent conversationalist who was very knowledgeable about military protocols and parades. “She would know what to do at the...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two white feather banners appear out of nowhere, and there is no signpost indicating arrival at the destination, but residents of Unity Hall, Montego Bay, know how to find Jerk Friday at Shingle Hut. Privacy, and seclusion, within the confines of a...

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