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Published:Sunday | September 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The pain has not lessened 20 years later. It is just as intense. And Simone Mitchell and her son Julian Davis don’t envisage it will subside anytime soon. Mitchell lost her fiancé, Clinton Davis in the 9/11 attack on the World...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The resilient corridor has been credited as the singular most important safety feature of Destination Jamaica, playing a critical role in the country retaining its amber position in the United Kingdom (UK). In June, the UK...

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Surviving two major health events – critical surgery and COVID-19, which is killing younger patients – 104-year-old Isola Mamby’s family and doctors credit early home care as the main reason why she is still in good health. Mamby, a...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica will welcome its one millionth stopover visitor this afternoon, one year and two months after reopening its borders, signalling the fastest growth period in the island’s history. The island has achieved this milestone...

Published:Monday | August 2, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Eighty-one-year-old diabetic amputee Castel Cunningham and his wife Millicent Clarke, who suffers from hypertension, are among 110 people afflicted with lifestyle diseases to benefit from i-doc health club’s multimillion-dollar healthcare...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:18 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: At age nine, Dionne Sinclair was told by her Jamaican primary school educator, ‘Teacher Thomas’, that she was her “Scholarship Girl”, and that title directed her life throughout her illustrious career in the medical field in Canada...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Anselm Dewar was never an emotional child, and neither is he as an adult. Yet he was moved to tears recently, crying like any son would while recognising his dad, Ashman Dewar, during their first commercial flight together. The 34-...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Under fire for not tendering the procurement contract for the Montego Bay Perimeter Road, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced plans to have the Integrity Commission as observers during the negotiations. Holness is hoping to...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A narrow, stony path, which can be quite treacherous, leads to the brightly painted green one-bedroom hut that houses the Williams family of six. There was a time seven of them slept in the small room, but the eldest has moved out...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three months after flying the historic flight delivering the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in the world, FedEx pilot Muriel Zarlingo still gets goose pimples. The female captain, who was invited by chief pilot Tom Gregory to...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Like a bridge connecting the tourism industry to other vital sectors of the economy, this weekend’s Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF) is being hailed as an important vehicle in the Tourism Linkages Programme. Underscoring the annual event’...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:36 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the race for vacation destinations heats up, several Jamaican hoteliers and tour operators have joined the country’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, in looking on with cautious optimism as the island’s tourist arrivals point...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Michael Aird, husband of Nadine Aird, who lost millions of dollars in assets in a fire which razed the house she lived in with her family in Content, Hanover, recently, is rejecting claims he abandoned his wife. Nadine Aird’s...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Burnt out of her home and a thriving farming business, Nadine Aird was forced to find refuge in a Toyota Crown motor car, where she slept nightly, until that, too, was taken from her. The 45-year-old farmer of Content in Hanover...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WE STERN BUREAU: The Jetblue Airways stewardess who reported that she was being held hostage in Jamaica is expected to depart the island later today, after being quarantined for 14 days owing to a positive COVID-19 test result. Kalina Collier,...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF), now in its third year, has been described as an educational undertaking that adds enormous value to the tourism industry. That’s the assessment by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, who has...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2021 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A 2021 Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) survey has shown an alarming figure of 47 per cent of the island’s accommodation inventory that has remained closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotels closed their...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2021 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One month shy of a year since being furloughed, more than 60 employees of the National Insurance Fund-owned (NIF) El Greco Resort in Montego Bay, St James, remain in limbo, struggling to survive without a salary or redundancy...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:58 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The cumulative effect of the very strong COVID-19 protocols being implemented by source markets Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) will have a deleterious effect on Jamaica’s winter tourist season recovery prospects and may...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s rich culture and solid foundation with cannabis has catapulted the island to the Uruguayan shores of South America. Kaya Herb House, founded by Jamaica-based businessman Bali Vaswani, has planted its roots in the first...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A new mandatory COVID-19 test requirement introduced by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) is about to further sink the Caribbean’s dismal arrival numbers. The new protocol, effective January 7, requires that all...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In what has been tagged an unduly harsh sentencing, a Jamaican man has been imprisoned for six months in Barbados for breaking quarantine; while influential tourists flouting the COVID-19 protocols, when caught are reportedly...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Up to Christmas Eve, Rohan Harriott, Pearl Kerr and her husband ‘Blacks’ had not been outside their London, England, homes in days as they endured melancholy, shock and hopelessness. The Kerrs had spent every Christmas in Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lights, camera, action! For the first time in 20 years, the large acacia tree in the centre of Oracabessa, St Mary, has come alive with lights and Jamaican artistry – just in time for Christmas. The tree, the largest on the main...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With a steep 75 per cent drop in tourist arrivals for the last three quarters of 2020, the Caribbean is expected to contract by 20-30 per cent this year, says Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. He has cautioned that it...

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