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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...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In a radical shift from a moderate inoculation plan, the Jamaican Government will now purchase 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at a cost of $5 billion to immunise two million citizens in 2021. Originally, the Government had...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2021 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Consulate in New York has been bombarded by an almost 100 per cent increase in calls sparked by the abduction hoax spun by an American air stewardess, with at least one human-trafficking organisation expressing concern....

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While the world was convinced JetBlue Airways stewardess Kalina Collier and her mom Candice Walker had gone missing in Jamaica, Walker was recorded leaving and entering the Ocean Coral Spring Resort in Trelawny daily, driving a...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has defended the signing of the $422-million emergency vaccine communication contract, even before eyebrows are raised about the massive budget. The one-year contract, which has been awarded to...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: Memorialised as the visionary, trendsetter, and pioneer who steered Jamaica into the era of ‘destination management’, Montego Bay businessman Ralph Smith was sent home to rest after two days of celebration of his life. The two-day...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three books, seven CDs, remarkable work as an international motivational speaker, even inspiring hundreds of Jamaican children to perform her work at Festival annually, Joan Andrea Hutchinson remains the ‘Bumpy Head Gyal’. A quarter...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Canada locks out the Caribbean and Mexico from its borders, Jamaican tourism stakeholders are hopeful the United States will not take the same approach. The US is Jamaica’s largest source market, with Canada playing a significant...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Transportation mogul Ralph Smith, who founded the Montego Bay-headquartered Tropical Tours more than 45 years ago, died at his Park Avenue residence in the tourism capital yesterday morning after a long illness. One of the...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: For the first time in 30 years, Indians residing outside of Kingston have been able to access consular services without having to journey to the capital city. In a programme dubbed ‘High Commission at Your Step’, India High...

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