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Published:Thursday | July 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Reggae Sumfest organisers, in collaboration with VIP Attractions, have taken the offerings at the annual festival up several notches with the introduction of white-glove Luxe Lounge, which will serve up a treat on Friday and...

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Tiffany Ellis and her 14-month-old son Xien, who was denied a British visa at five months, are booked to depart Jamaica this evening, arriving in London Thursday morning on a Virgin Atlantic flight. The two will be reunited with...

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Like a case of déjà vu, Jamaica’s first monkeypox case was confirmed yesterday in a patient travelling from the United Kingdom, two years and four months after the island’s first COVID-19 case was detected in a visitor from the...

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica seems set to equal its 2019 tourist arrival figures, with June and July giving strong indications of what Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has tagged as a “strong recovery”. June 2022 has seen 224,721 stopover visitors to...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:38 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Westmoreland has been tagged by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton as one of the motorcycle crash epicentres of the Western Hemisphere, with the parish’s fragile public-health system grappling with three to five new...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:37 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When all the other students in Jenell Walters’ class chose careers in medicine, law, education, policing, the 12-year-old credited with having the mind of a scholar would always answer: “Portia. Teacher, I want to be Portia.” And...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:34 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Montego Bay’s Gloria Henry has been named Nearshore Americas Nexus Illuminate Award – Executive of the Year 2022 for her role in sustaining the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The likes of sculptor Basil Watson, late former US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Vice-President Kamala Harris, and reggae superstars Jimmy Cliff and Beres Hammond will feature significantly in the historic Jamaican Museum and...

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: HAVING MADE its name in bobsledding and ice hockey, Jamaica has set its sights on fielding a curling team at the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Italy. A team sport played on ice where two teams take turns sliding stones made of...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: An expanded departure area of 2,700 square metres of retail space and seating are among the improvements MBJ Airports Limited has added to the Sangster International passenger experience. And this is just the beginning of the...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Veronica ‘Wildchild’ Paige wrote a nice little letter asking Bridgette Young’s Jamaican mother for her hand in marriage. She received the approval, paving the way for a magical proposal in Tulum, Mexico, six months later. Bridgette...

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Climate change is a critical concern for Downsound Entertainment’s Joe Bogdanovich, prompting the Reggae Sumfest promoter to declare the annual festival green. Bogdanovich’s bold move comes after the festival’s face-to-face two-year...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Hailed as a man who fought for proper working conditions for tourism workers and quality standards of the product, Francis Tulloch was one of four men left standing from an era of great social change. Tulloch died at the age of 81...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It is estimated that as many as 10,000 Jamaican households are in need of social housing intervention, according to Prime Minister (PM) Andrew Holness. He made the revelation while handing over the key of ‘Hope’ used to open the...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A man is in custody and three AR-15 rifles and two Smith...

Published:Monday | June 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Last Friday’s Negril Great Morass fire, which caused jitters among several tourists vacationing in the Long Bay area, is being blamed on the delay in implementation of a US$3.1-million grant from the United Nations Environment...

Published:Monday | June 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Ending the winter with an impressive 800,000 stopover visitors, Jamaica’s tourism sector is expected to continue its buoyancy and surpass pre-COVID-19 arrivals by year end. But the number of visitors is not the only reason for...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: She was poised to ace all nine Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams and would have sat the first of them today. But Shevanae Besley drowned last Friday, days ahead of her 18th birthday. The 17-year-old Green Island High...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: An avid reader of The Gleaner for 88 years, nonagenarian Fitzroy Buchanan has credited his development to the knowledge and awareness gained from reading the near-200-year-old newspaper. Buchanan, who turned 95 on Monday, picked up...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:05 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he has asked the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to give him an assessment of what the country’s prospects are for growth in light of recent shocks to the economy, including the industrial...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The 30,000-strong union representing civil servants has rejected the Government’s latest compensation package, issuing a 72-hour ultimatum to respond to simmering concerns or face industrial action. The Jamaica Civil Service...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Emaar Properties, a multinational real estate development company in the United Arab Emirates, is in discussions with Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and is eyeing St Thomas and Portland for potential hotel projects. Tourism Minister...

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

WESTERN BUREAU: The St James police’s new operations boss, Deputy Superintendent Eron Samuels, has credited the increase in high-intensity searches in the western Jamaica parish for the recent arrests, gun finds, and gang disruption. In...

Published:Monday | May 9, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Early childhood institutions (ECIs) within Region Four have the highest ratio of compliance with industry benchmarks, outpacing the rest of the island, and educators have credited consistency for the achievement. With a compliance...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Popular gospel group Adoracion is mourning the death of two of its singers, who were killed when their car hit an embankment and a utility pole along the Bogue main road in Montego Bay, St James, on Monday night. Collin Graham, a...

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