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Stories by Janet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Thursday | January 13, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Fourteen years in the making, some 250,000 tourism workers now have access to a $1-billion Government-funded pension scheme. Launched at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Wednesday morning, the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme (...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The local government representative for the sidelined Accompong Maroons has criticised Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ allusion to the separatist group as dangerous, suggesting that the characterisation of the centuries-old enclave...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Government ministries, departments, and agencies have been urged not to engage with, or fund, secessionist Maroons who are asserting sovereignty from the Jamaican State, a leaked Cabinet Office document has said. Though none of the...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth prepare for their 284th anniversary celebration today, two of the country’s most respected constitutional lawyers say the group is not immune from obeying the laws of the land, including a...

Published:Tuesday | January 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The halving of the isolation period for COVID-19 positive patients from 10 to five days is being hailed by president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Clifton Reader, as a game changer. The new regulation,...

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Leading the country’s economic recovery, Jamaica’s tourism sector is being credited as the linchpin for the island’s three consecutive quarters of growth, which the economy is now experiencing. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica...

Published:Friday | December 31, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It is safe to say that Jamaica has now entered the fourth COVID-19 wave, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has confirmed to The Gleaner. Impelled by the high rate of increase in COVID-19 cases, the minister made...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Wild celebrations erupted in Clifton, Hanover, yesterday as a community gripped by tension breathed a sigh of relief as five days of searching came to a joyous climax after relatives acted on a vision a cousin received in a dream to...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: While grappling with the displacement of the physical structure of the hospital in which they serve, nurses at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, have been lauded for rising to the occasion in providing...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MONTEGO BAY businessman Dr Guna Muppuri has revealed that he would be donating the TT$500,000 (J$11.4 million) in prize money from the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award to fund medical scholarships for “needy and deserving” students...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There is noticeable increase in cancellation of rooms and a fall-off in the rate of forward bookings as Omicron threatens to put a dent in the Jamaican tourism industry, particularly the small hotel sector. Most of the island’s...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seven weeks after American tourist Antiellia Sterling rented a 2017 Toyota Corolla from Sixt-Rent-A-Car in Montego Bay, St James, the company has only been able to recoup seven days of payment. The other six weeks for which the...

Published:Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: At 5 a.m., the Rose Mount Gardens community in Montego Bay was quiet, pitch dark, and distinctive. The only evidence of life was the carollers, with their candles flickering, signalling a welcome to another Christmas Day. Now in its...

Published:Monday | December 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In the trenches fighting the coronavirus pandemic over the last two years, 58 healthcare workers recognised as ‘Heroes’ on the COVID-19 ward at the Cornwall Regional Hospital were honoured by the Montego Bay business community last...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has cautioned against overplaying the scale of infection of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a day after the health ministry advised that the fast-spreading strain was likely in the population...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Affirming its confidence in the Jamaican tourism industry, Sandals Resorts International is pumping US$240 million in investment during a pandemic that has forced the sector into a spirit of resilience. The company’s executive...

Published:Monday | December 20, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Still basking in the afterglow of calling her two sons to the Bar at the Supreme Court ceremony last Thursday, Queen’s Counsel Sandra Minott-Phillips says she has not taken the double delight for granted. Jacob, 27, and 28-year-old...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A well-known United Kingdom firm is tipped to sign the contract to commence work on the runway at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, which is undergoing a US$100-million expansion. Of that amount, US$37 million will be...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite fears around emerging coronavirus variant Omicron, the Caribbean is projected to be one of the few hotspots this winter tourist season as the region regains its stronghold on international arrivals, outperforming the rest of...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Kingston Central Member of Parliament (MP) Donovan Williams may have breached tenets of the Agreement and Declaration on Political Conduct (Code) by allegedly overseeing the painting of sidewalks in his constituency in the...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite the global surge in the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Jamaica’s tourism stakeholders are confident they will experience 70 per cent occupancy this Christmas into January 2022. The island’s winter tourist season...

Published:Thursday | December 9, 2021 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MBJ Airports Limited, operator of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, is forecasting a 70 per cent increase in passengers using its facility in 2022 as it regains pre-COVID-19 dominance of travel and tourism...

Published:Thursday | December 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn prepares to appeal the “unduly lenient” sentencing of a reputed gangster convicted of two murders, the man’s lawyer is accusing Jamaica’s chief prosecutor of bringing the...

Published:Monday | November 29, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As countries have rolled down the shutters on travel to several southern African countries to buy time to stave off the Omicron coronavirus variant, Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that the scale of the impact here...

Published:Monday | November 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dozens of fathers turned out with their children at a recent back-to-school medical camp hosted by Hospiten Montego Bay for 50 children from St James communities ranging from Mt Salem, Flankers, Whitehouse, Salt Spring, Rhyne Park,...

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