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Published:Sunday | February 25, 2024 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: After pioneering the development of an international airport in St Mary, Member of Parliament Robert Montague has set his sights on a new milestone: daily flights, now that American Airlines has landed on the Ian Fleming tarmac....

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2024 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The year 2023 stands as a testament to the resilience and collaborative efforts that fuelled the remarkable recovery of tourism in Jamaica. The strength of this recovery can be attributed to the robust collaboration between industry...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2023 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: STANDARD PROCEDURE was followed and there was no ulterior motive behind the request made by a policeman for delegates attending the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) congress at the Montego Bay Community College yesterday, says JFF...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2023 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Zion church stands to the left side of the street, while a traditional clothes line with boxers uses a vestige of a light post for crutch, as a go-go club beckons from across the street. An imaginary line separates the two roads...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2023 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaican colloquial term “chatty chatty” implies talkativeness, and has inspired one of the island’s most captivating tunes Chatty Chatty Mouth, which remains a favourite among music lovers. This distinctive term has sparked an...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2023 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: IT HAS been her vision since 2008 to create a Jamaican brand presence in stadiums throughout the world, and Olive McNaughton has done what others can only dream of. In the last 10 years, McNaughton, through her Jamaica Sports 876,...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2023 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In the heart of Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport, a long-cherished dream has come to life: Bob Marley’s One Love Restaurant. This remarkable establishment is the culmination of a journey that began more than 16 years ago...

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2023 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Relatives and friends came together on Saturday in a thanksgiving service filled with tears and love to celebrate the life of Jill Stewart, a woman who left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Jill’s soulmate and...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2023 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Despite initial struggles, Reggae Sumfest is now celebrated as a global showcase of Jamaican music. In a remarkable feat, Robert Russell and his dedicated team took on the challenge of transforming a swamp into a world-class venue...

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2023 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jill Stewart, who fought valiantly against cancer for over a year, died Friday night, deeply shaking the core of her family and a close-knit community that had come to admire her brave soul. Stewart, who was married to hotel mogul...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2023 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Having built itself into a national treasure, Reggae Sumfest is not about the line-up anymore, the festival is now a drawing card that attracts people from all walks of life, says a man who has been with the event for 30 years. “...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2023 | 6:56 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sandals 2:0, the reimagined tropical paradise, has emerged as a testament to the late tourism magnate Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s deep connection to Jamaica. With a unique blend of elements, including signature hand crafted bean-to-bar...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2023 | 1:26 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Prohibitive inter-regional travel, connectivity issues, climate change and investment concerns are among the main factors threatening to derail the Caribbean’s record as the fastest recovering tourism region in the world post the COVID-19 pandemic...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2023 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican-born obstetrician gynaecologist Dr Monique Rainford has been causing quite a stir in the United States with the release of her new book, ‘Pregnant While Black’. The book seeks to address the issue of maternal health and justice in America...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2023 | 1:34 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announced plans to relocate the Tinson Pen Aerodrome, to expand cargo space for the country’s ports, has put stakeholders at the Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston facility in a bind. The Government’s plans...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2023 | 1:22 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: At age 20, Debbie Baker became involved with a group of drug smugglers, quickly moving up the ranks. By age 21, she was serving 10 years in a Panamanian prison for drug trafficking. Baker was second in command of the drug ring,...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2023 | 1:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Joy Thorpe, a convicted drug mule and the only female among a group of 37 Jamaicans recently deported, is threatening to sue the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons for the inhumane and cruel conditions she said she faced...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2023 | 12:41 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: His friendship is as solid as a rock; hard as a diamond and fortified as gold. Prominent Montego Bay business magnate, and founder of Pier One, Robert ‘Ducksie’ Russell celebrated his 75th birthday last Saturday on the waterfront in...

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2023 | 1:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Taking guests and staff on a trip down memory lane to the years when Harry Belafonte sang Island in the Sun, the 65-year-old Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, hosted its blue sapphire jubilee last Tuesday night, paying tribute to old-time...

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2023 | 3:38 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: There was no pre-requisite that a Jamaican-born actor had to be cast in the musical, The Harder They Come, moreover, actor Andrew Clarke wasn’t looking to be handed an olive branch. The sole Jamaica-born actor confirmed to play in...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2023 | 1:40 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Growing up in Jamaica, Marlene Gordon had no idea she was poor, as any inkling of hardship was eclipsed with love, shaping her identity and self-confidence. Born in Kingston, Gordon spent her early years in Round Hill, St Elizabeth, where she...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2023 | 1:41 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Unmarried, with merely 26 years under his belt, Aaron Ballantyne has become an expert on directing people’s journey in The Pursuit of Greatness, The Pursuit of Love and The Pursuit of Life. Inspired to write three books on the themes at age 25,...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2022 | 2:20 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

The only black woman on the executive and lone Jamaican medical director at Connecticut’s Greenwich Hospital, Dr Kisha Mitchell-Richards has won the first Phil McWhorter Physician of the Year Award at the United States health facility. Mitchell-...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Two home-grown Jamaicans have joined forces to invest US$100 million into the construction of a multipurpose vacation and residential resort that will reshape Jamaica’s tourism capital, Montego Bay in St James. Ground was broken...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Caribbean countries reel from the losses caused by the absence of critical intra-regional travel, stakeholders are calling on the region’s governments to take immediate action to resolve the issue. “Having the regional capacity to move our...

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