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Stories by Janet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Weighed down under ash, thirsty for water and oxygen, accessible only by sea, predictions are it will take Vincentians three to four months to recover from the devastating volcanic eruption that has displaced 20,000 people in that...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The fear of being among the COVID-19 statistics drove scores of tourism workers to the weekend vaccine blitz that was flocked by residents across northern and western Jamaica. “I have seen the damage COVID has done in and around the...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:26 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The woman accused of beating a two-year-old baby while in her care at the T’s Tiny Tots Daycare Centre in Falmouth, Trelawny, is to be charged this Friday, the police have confirmed. The caregiver, Jacqui Harding-Fearon, who spent...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One month and five days after an alleged severe beating of a two-year-old infant at a daycare centre in Falmouth, Trelawny, the accused perpetrator remained on the job without sanction from childcare watchdogs or other state...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 8:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

The image of a six-year-old praying that her father isn’t taken by COVID-19 early last week warmed the heart, but there was that sinking feeling that maybe disaster was around the corner. Later, The Gleaner captured the recovery of 65-year-...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 1:05 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eight-year-old Ngozi Wright, who made history in 2019 when she became the youngest person to speak in the Jamaican Parliament, wants murderers and rapists to “low” the country’s children. Her cry for an end to the vicious attacks on...

Published:Monday | March 29, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Richard Peters’ six-year-old daughter, Rebbekah, asked him if he was going to die the day he was admitted to hospital. He promised her he would return home alive. “Keeping that promise was most important to me,” said the 65-year-old...

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Eight-year-old Ravi and six-year-old Rebbekah crave the embrace of their dad, Richard Peters, who remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The two, who have a strong bond with their...

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With many developed nations hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and shutting out several smaller nations from the market, at least one regional leader is calling for greater transparency over the development, procurement, allocation and...

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It took two field handlers two hours to unearth the 140lb Mozella yam that Denville ‘Fuzzy’ Reid reaped from his Welcome district farm in eastern Hanover two weeks ago. This is the largest head of yam the businessman, who does...

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Newly elected Accompong Chief Richard Currie has distanced himself and the Maroons he leads from the Economic Six Region (Eco-6), Bank of Accompong, the LUMI currency and their secretariat. In a statement to The Gleaner on Wednesday...

Published:Tuesday | March 16, 2021 | 12:24 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The creators of the Lumi currency are not concerned about being accepted by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), which has sent out an advisory stating that the Central Solar Reserve Bank of Accompong is not licensed here. During a...

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Their aim was to build a trusted, curated, cross-category brand that customers could rely on, reducing the decision paralysis that many ‘pet parents’ experience, particularly during online shopping. Today, Jamaican Minali Chandiram...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Jamaica rolled out its coronavirus vaccine programme on Wednesday, tourism stakeholders are jostling to be get at the front of the line for the second phase scheduled to commence in July. That assertion, by Clifton Reader,...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican trendsetter Monique Powell has entered the tourism capital, Montego Bay, with her innovative direct-to-consumer food-delivery app. Powell’s QuickPlate is now dishing out meals throughout the Second City, after capturing...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jalisa McGowan’s death seems to have been avoidable, the 17-year-old apparently dying from an untreated asthma attack. The cries of her mother have not gone unheard and Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton, to declare that no asthmatic is...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When the soles fell off Ruby Robinson’s school shoes, she used wire to hold them together. And when it rained, she walked miles barefooted. Born in Brown’s Town, St Ann, the 55-year-old account director with Google, who has aplastic...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Debbie Baker thought the COVID-19 pandemic would last just a few months and she could live off her savings, but within 90 days of the devastating virus landing on local shores, reality struck. The former Spanish-speaking tour guide...

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican public hospitals are not to turn away any patient suffering from the life-threatening disorder asthma, even if they have concerns with heightened anxiety over coronavirus infection. The order comes in the wake of the death...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spoke in the wheels of plans to commence construction on a new police headquarters in No Man’s Land in southern St Andrew. National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said that the project, which...

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As coronavirus numbers skyrocket, all persons entering the island, including Jamaicans, will now be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result conducted no less than 72 hours before the date of travel. The new measures,...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A new prison expected to replace the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is to be constructed in St Catherine at an estimated cost of J$10 billion. The project will be executed by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which has...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 8:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

The elections of the Accompong Maroons rarely grab national interest, with the small community usually going about its business with the rest of the country none the wiser. However, 2021 has seen the rise of Chief Richard Currie, who at just 40...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Newly elected Chief Richard Currie is rejecting the depiction of his Accompong Town enclave as a quasi-sovereign state, saying that it helps drive the misconception of who the Maroons are and what they represent. Pointing to the...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seventy-two hours after defeating a colonel who spent 11 years at the helm, Chief Richard Currie of the Accompong Maroons says he wants to leverage the rich natural resources and technical capacity in the quasi-sovereign territory...

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