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Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:33 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Extended voting hours and priority treatment for senior citizens and the disabled are among a list of requests the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches (JUGC) has made days before Jamaicans go to the polls on Thursday. The churches,...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Tamika Davis is hoping that a burning desire for change in Hanover Western will propel her to victory come next week when she will battle People’s National Party (PNP) incumbent Ian Hayles....

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Forty-eight years after first winning the Trelawny Northern seat on a People’s National Party (PNP) ticket, Desmond Leakey stood on the Falmouth Municipal Corporation’s staircase Tuesday afternoon, endorsing incumbent Victor Wright...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s key tourism stakeholder organisations are taking the Government to task for barring tourists from leaving hotel properties. In a joint letter, dated August 14, chairman of the COVID-19 Resilient Corridor, John G. Byles;...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Using the controversial July 31 Supreme Court ruling in a case that centred on the wearing of dreadlocks and the right to self-expression, Rastafarians charged on Tuesday that religious adherents continue to face discrimination....

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:26 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Five working days have turned into two months and no visible end in sight for craft merchants who were promised ‘We Care’ grants by the Government as the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions walloped the Jamaican economy. The group of...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The man tagged ‘Mr Virtual’, Freddie McGregor, broke the mould last Thursday night, delivering his first live performance since January, at the Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, St Ann. McGregor, who has become a staple on some of...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says the Level 3 United States travel advisory published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was an upgrade from Level 4, which advises Americans ‘NOT TO...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Jamaica’s COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, the impact is being felt by passengers arriving at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. For three weeks in a row, passengers have complained that they have had to wait for up...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The blast that killed more than 70 people and injured 4,000 in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday was felt as far as the Republic of Cyprus and is being described as an “atomic bomb”. Speaking with The Gleaner from Toronto, Canada, Tuesday...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Long before Buju Banton’s I am Jamaican Festival song won the hearts of locals and members of the diaspora, the woman responsible for giving the region Island Dolls was busy manufacturing masks depicting the island’s rich culture....

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:30 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Fighting to regain its footing from a backlog of thousands of COVID-19 test samples, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) says it is courting five private laboratories to help slash delays in garnering coronavirus results. The...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Four years after being courted by the St Vincent and the Grenadines government, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will operate its first Beaches Resorts in that island, having acquired the former five-star Buccament Bay Spa Resort...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:30 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Weeks after Jamaica reopened its borders to travel markets, tourism interests argued on Tuesday that strained cash flow threatened to send some hotels into bankruptcy amid the looming prospect of mass redundancy payouts. Glenn...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says that it will “not be advocating” for the closure of Jamaica’s borders to travellers from the United States. Instead, the tourism stakeholder group has called for the ramping up...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Heinz Simonitsch, the man credited with positioning the pairing of luxury resorts with environmental sustainability, has died. The Austria-born hotelier, who was responsible for significant growth and recognition of Montego Bay’s...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Hotels and other industry operators that fail to comply with health and safety protocols designed to facilitate the phased reopening of the tourism sector will be shut down, says portfolio Minister Edmund Bartlett. The minister...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Just under six weeks after the north coast reopened to overseas visitors, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced a second phase of the Resilient Corridor that spans Jamaica’s south coast. Bartlett, who made the announcement...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One of Jamaica’s quaintest boutique properties, Tensing Pen, has been ranked 16th among the top 100 hotels in the world by readers of one of the sphere’s leading travel magazines, the influential Travel + Leisure. The Negril resort...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A health and safety protocol is being developed for Jamaica’s south coast as that section of the island anxiously awaits phase two of the reopening of the tourism sector, which was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:23 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism stakeholders on the island’s south coast are sitting in limbo, a week after a June 30 deadline for the Government to announce the second phase of reopening plans for the sector. The situation has left them unsure of when...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican nationals who are permanent residents of the states of New York, Florida, Texas, and Arizona who want to travel home will be barred from returning if they do not have proof of testing negative for COVID-19. Chief Medical...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Visitors from the high-risk American states of Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas are now required to pretest for the new coronavirus before travelling to Jamaica, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Combined, the four states...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:37 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has urged Jamaica’s hotel staff and other hospitality stakeholders not to lose their good-naturedness in trying to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. The minister’s comments came during his...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:28 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The man who played a key role in Andrew Holness’ internal leadership victory over Audley Shaw, as well as marshalling the machinery in the St Ann North East constituency for the last 20 years, is being tipped to replace Shahine...

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