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Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:21 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Outgoing airline passengers now have access to rapid antigen COVID-19 tests at the Sangster and Norman Manley international airports before boarding flights. The new feature, which falls under the aegis of...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nine-nights, wakes and a general disregard of protocols are being blamed for the uptick in the COVID-19 cases in Manchester, leading to tighter curfew hours being instituted yesterday as its public hospitals come under increasing...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A COVID-19 testing certification and reporting system created by a Jamaican systems architect could offer a real-time snapshot of management of the disease in public and private health facilities islandwide. Tagged ‘The OutbrakeR’,...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Canadian cabin crew refused to fly a group of unruly passengers from MBJ’s Sangster International Airport to Pearson International in Toronto on Sunday after they were threatened and called “white trash”. The crew, working the low...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When The Star-Spangled Banner is belted out on Tuesday at a ceremony in honour of United States Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, the voice behind the music will be 17-year-old Jamaican multi-instrumentalist Joseph Davis. The...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Kevin Thomas would go to bed dressed nightly anticipating that he would be on the last flight out of Cairo, Egypt. But little did he know he would have to stay to replay the stories of his dead countrymen. Stranded in Egypt for...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican Matthew Sewell, who was left to languish in a Bahamian prison for a combined period of nine years and nine months, has won another round in a lawsuit filed against the government of The Bahamas. Yesterday, the Bahamian...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the United States set to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country as of January 26, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is aiming to increase PCR testing to 25,000 weekly to accommodate...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s honorary consul to Barbados is trying to locate a Jamaican prostitute who was reportedly caught with two British tourists in a hotel in Barbados on December 30. The Jamaican was said to have been invited to the hotel room...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dalton ‘Red Yute’ Smith has cried every morning since Tuesday, unable to temper his mourning for the man he called ‘Father’, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, whose life was celebrated yesterday at the chapel at Sandals Montego Bay in St...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican craft merchants have credited Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s intervention in their lives, with the success their children have had in accessing university education. “Sandals was the first hotel to welcome craft traders on their...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite reeling from a $76 billion loss in earnings and a 2.3 million decline in visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says not only was 2020 a watershed moment for his industry, but that Jamaica emerged from it the epitome of “tourism...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lip-syncing has found its way into the Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) Hall of Fame as the chain’s general managers took a virtual battle to unprecedented levels. “Though lip-syncing was the name of the game, the teams left...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica experienced its best period of tourist arrivals between December 22 and 26, with some 19,000 visitors landing at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the highest since the country’s borders reopened in June....

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The woman who became the first female pilot to captain an Air Jamaica aircraft has hung up her wings after more than four decades of commandeering the skies. A Montegonian by birth, Captain Maria Ziadie-Haddad, who has the record of...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Negril Chapter chair, Ann Chen, is pleading with residents of Westmoreland not to lose courage or succumb to “COVID fatigue” as recent scientific developments signal that an end to the...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Jamaica closed its borders to United Kingdom flights on Monday, the country’s largest lobby of hoteliers and tour operators has thrown its weight behind the Holness administration’s decision to shut out British travellers amid...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The call Brenda Isaac received recently is the kind many firefighters say no one wants to hear. Isaac was in Atlanta, Georgia, when her Jamaican neighbour telephoned her about a blaze at her Highland House home in Montego Bay, St...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica is to make a decision within the next 72 hours on whether it will introduce travel restrictions on United Kingdom flights coming into the island as an aggressive new COVID-19 strain that is 70 per cent more contagious has...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE CLUBHOUSE at the world-famous Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club has been renamed in honour of the late Montego Bay businessman and philanthropist, Antony ‘Tony’ Hart. In a sand-lit ceremony complemented by a backdrop of the sun fading...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:32 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The raging COVID-19 pandemic has severely dampened prospects of a resurgent winter tourist season, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Clifton Reader, has forecast. In an unusually sombre letter to members...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Failure to deliver the rehabilitation of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) three years after closing sections of the main building to the medical facility is being blamed on a lack of local expertise. That has prompted Health and...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: British Airways has ended its 11-year drought with Montego Bay, bringing hope to the struggling tourism sector by introducing two weekly flights for the winter tourist season. The flights herald the recovery of the tourism industry...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Westmoreland struggling with a double dose of health crises in dengue and the coronavirus, Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Berthel Moore has called for more police personnel to be deployed to the parish to boost enforcement of COVID-19...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bauxite operations by Noranda in Special Mining Lease (SML) 173 of the Cockpit Country will not cause above-ground and subsurface water pollution, environmental consultant Dr Conrad Douglas has said. Douglas said, during a...

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