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Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism interests have poured cold water on Opposition Leader Mark Golding’s call for the Government to insist on COVID-19 vaccination of all visitors. President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Clifton Reader,...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bus driver Andrew Grizzle interacts with no fewer than 150 visitors to the island monthly, and still, he never feared the coronavirus until Westmoreland nurse Diagrea Cunningham’s life succumbed to the deadly disease. For months he...

Published:Tuesday | August 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the ministry kick-started a vaccination drive to have 170,000 industry workers vaccinated yesterday, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett attempted to walk back comments made two weeks ago because of pushback on the domestic front....

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s favoured position in travel and tourism will be heavily weighted on the success of its vaccination campaign, the country’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has said. Bartlett was responding to news that Jamaica’s...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In 18 days, Camille Campbell lost two sisters, a brother, and her common-law husband. Four family members in the height of a pandemic is a mountain of sorrow for the 46-year-old former gas station attendant. Other cases like hers...

Published:Tuesday | August 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: COVID-19 left a trail of death in its path in western Jamaica last weekend, taking with it a high-school teacher, two family-operated gas station proprietors, an auto parts worker, and a popular boutique owner. The diverse profiles...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Diamond Club presidential suite at Royalton Negril with butler service; luxury at Half Moon; a grand affair at Iberostar; the complete package at Moon Palace, Ocho Rios is how Tijana Kawashima will roll while in Jamaica. The...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The police have ruled out foul play in the death of a 50-year-old taxi driver whose body was found submerged in a tank in the district of Stephen’s Run in St Elizabeth on Wednesday. The father of two, Dayon Foster, was found by his...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Weddings in Las Vegas or Monaco were popular in the mid-1980s, but this was also the era of James Bond, the waterfalls of Ocho Rios, and the music of Bob Marley, separating Jamaica from the pack. Getting married in Jamaica was the...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaicans in Grand Cayman say they were surprised by the strength of Tropical Storm Grace, which battered the island between 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, disrupting electricity and Internet connection as it flooded...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaican executive who is at the helm of cruise ship giant Carnival Corporation’s networking with Caribbean governments has praised the island’s COVID-19 protocols that have led to the restoration of an industry whose fortunes...

Published:Tuesday | August 17, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: By next winter season, which kicks off in October, Jamaica expects the return of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Disney and MSC to the country’s tourism roster. All three cruise lines will join Carnival, which officially reopened...

Published:Monday | August 16, 2021 | 12:48 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

All tourism workers in Jamaica who interface with cruise-ship passengers must be vaccinated. That’s the word from Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who has said that cruise lines will not be calling in Jamaica if all persons who intend to...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The country’s youth are to be given priority in accessing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is being touted as one of the safest for use in children and adolescents, when 200,000 doses arrive in the island next week to boost the...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the island witnesses a third COVID-19 wave, a group of medical practitioners are lobbying for the implementation of early home-based treatment to minimise hospitalisations and death in the country. The doctors, who staged a press...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As international tourism trends reflect a shift from the traditional ‘sun, sea and sand’ to experiential-type travel, prospective investors in Jamaica are being urged to capitalise on soft adventure, natural parks, hiking, mountain...

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As early as age five, Michael Daley knew he wanted to be a doctor and he would correct his neighbours when they assigned the wrong title to him. “Call me Dr Michael,” he would tell them. In fact, the former Herbert Morrison High...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s tourism sector is facing a middle-management crisis, which Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) president, Clifton Reader, is calling on the island’s newest training group, Key Advantage, to fix. “We have the right...

Published:Saturday | July 24, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s tourism stakeholders are steering clear of any blame that they have contributed to the latest COVID-19 surge on the island, which is threatening to reverse recent decisions made by the Government to relax restrictions on...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Hospital bed occupancy is at pressure-point, positivity rate in transmission has increased significantly, and vaccination is too low for Jamaica to effectively fight a third wave of COVID-19. The raw truth has forced Minister of...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Jamaican-trained medical students are rethinking their career plans, owing to the climate of uncertainty regarding future residency and stability in the healthcare sector. An indication jitters...

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness is not averse to helping the Chinese to import their state-owned COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm into the island if asked to assist. Director of Family Health Services at the health ministry, Dr...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:54 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: OF THE 15 street victims who were identified by the St James Municipal Council 22 years ago, six have died, while nine remain in the system, says the organisation’s chief executive officer, Gerald Lee. The 15 were among some 18...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When arrival numbers were down, it was local travel agents who boosted the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) ‘Rediscover Jamaica Campaign’, accounting for 68 per cent of the bookings between June and December 2020. And their zest has...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Correspondence denouncing the wearing of African Bantu knots by graduates of Manning’s School in Westmoreland two weeks ago was not evidence of a discriminatory hair policy, principal Steve Gordon has said. The western Jamaica...

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