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Published:Friday | May 28, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The tourism capital, Montego Bay, is leading all other major resort towns in terms of its average occupancy level for the next 90 days, a survey commissioned by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) indicates. The news...

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: First out the door to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has embarked on a strategic growth plan for its Jamaica operations, breaking ground for two multibillion-dollar resort investments...

Published:Tuesday | May 25, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There are positive signs on the horizon for Jamaica’s post-COVID-19 economic outlook as the AMResorts Group has confirmed a 280-room Dreams in Montego Bay and a 700-room Secrets resort in Richmond, St Ann. The new rooms are among...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government is to spend a further $328 million this year to continue the protection of the Montego Bay coastline by building more groynes and protective structures, particularly for lands dumped up years ago. The money...

Published:Friday | May 14, 2021 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A 77-year-old man who has lost 11 friends and his personal doctor to COVID-19 is appealing to Jamaicans who have taken their first jab to return for the critical second dose as health officials say the UK variant is the most...

Published:Monday | May 10, 2021 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ laughter reverberated through the airwaves last Tuesday in Parliament, wedding event planners across the island cringed in dismay. The prime minister quipped that he was getting no pushback from...

Published:Monday | May 10, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A New York-based bride says her dream wedding planned for Jamaica has not only been her biggest mistake, but has now turned into a nightmare, putting her at risk of losing an additional US$75,000 to US$80,000 if forced to cancel...

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s chief construction industry lobby has raised concern about a legislative order exempting China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) from procurement rules and which also sets employment benchmarks for local workers on a Montego Bay roadworks project. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The party boat that capsized in Negril last weekend was not licensed to carry visitors, says the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), an agency of the Ministry of the Tourism. And the operators are to be charged by the...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Travel classifications on the basis of national COVID-19 vaccination take-up have been condemned as unfair and shocking by stakeholders in the tourism-dependent Caribbean. The objection comes in the wake of proposals in the United...

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:26 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Government has been urged to provide a lifeline to craft merchants facing eviction in markets across the island. Tagging craft traders “the most vulnerable in tourism”, Opposition Spokesperson Janice Allen has called for...

Published:Monday | April 26, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A multifunctional agro-processing plant estimated to cost $35 million is being established at the Sydney Pagon STEM Academy in St Elizabeth as a gift from the JWN Foundation, the charity and community outreach arm of the rum...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Production has started on the 876 Roommates reality television show, which kicks off this summer in Jamaica. The series, which will see 15 of Jamaica’s young comedians and pranksters competing for $1 million cash and prizes, has...

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In the wake of the capsizing of the industry in 2020 under the weight of global COVID-19 restrictions, Jamaica anticipates welcoming 570,000 cruise shipping visitors and one million stopover travellers by year end. Spurred by...

Published:Tuesday | April 20, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s tourism sector is to get a shot in the arm from at least four major carriers out of the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, introducing new destinations or a return to the island. Virgin Atlantic will commence...

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Within months, legislation which allows judges to place children in penal institutions without being charged could be repealed if the tough-talking junior education and youth minister, Robert Morgan, has his way. Morgan, who has...

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...

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