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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...

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

Adam Stewart has under his leadership portfolio 10 major companies, and with Sandals 2.0 a reality, the executive chairman of the luxury-included resort brand is dominating prime time when it comes to creative innovativeness. The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kevin Lewin’s shooter asked him if he could recall the licence plate of the vehicle which slammed head-on into his in a hit-and-run collision. Little did he know that the man who questioned him had come back to silence him. Today, the immigration...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

The vibe was pure magic, the ambience majestic, the venue peaceful and tranquil, as hundreds of Montegonians converged on Bear Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, New York, USA, last weekend. There was unconditional love, camaraderie, family time,...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2022 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Born in 1948, Shalman Scott, one of the most prominent mayors to lead the St James Municipal Corporation and the city of Montego Bay, had the privilege of experiencing Jamaica’s Independence in 1962. Not known to hold back his opinions on matters...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: For four months, Jamaica has been waiting for it, and this Sunday, Beverley Manley Duncan will tell her story in Beverley Manley Uncensored. The entire country has been waiting to hear from the former wife of late Prime Minister...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Powered by the feats of their nationalist grandfather, the late Cecil Hugh Donaldson, four of his grandchildren committed to carrying on his legacy as torchbearers during a thanksgiving service at the St James Parish Church...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is forecasting that the city of Montego Bay will earn between $5 billion and $6 billion from the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2022. The festival, which took a two-year hiatus from the...

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2022 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Steering clear of nations that marginalise, harm and kill them because of the colour of their skin, blacks from 30 different countries have embarked on an exodus into Jamaica. With a high concentration from the United States,...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Andrea Timmonds* had an out-of-body experience, expressing that her heart went straight to her gut when Russia launched a military assault on Ukraine last Thursday. The single mother of twin boys studying medicine in Ukraine, who up...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Just like the blast that shook the buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, last Thursday, this was the same impact news of the invasion had on two Ukrainians living in Jamaica. “I was shaking, and it was very difficult to stop,” journalist...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A red-and-white Austrian flag stood tall, depicting the Vienna opera theme which embraced the food and fashion that created the mood for the 2022 Hanover Charities (HC) Sugar Cane Ball. Montego Bay’s Tai Flora transformed the...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With his knapsack on his back carrying his cellular phone, laptop and shoes, Kyle Mais is taking the reduction of carbon footprints to the next level by paddleboarding to work some mornings. The Jamaica Inn hotel general manager and...

Published:Wednesday | February 23, 2022 | 4:54 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kingston hoteliers are anticipating an increase in business and leisure travellers with the abolition of mandatory quarantine as well as an end to the JAMCOVID travel authorisation. The change becomes effective March 1, Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Local authorities say they are now cooperating with their international counterparts after a Jamaican policewoman attached to the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) was jailed in the United States on accusations of being a major...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 11:24 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: LEAH CHIN did not choose to be a swimmer initially, but after the gymnast was injured, her talent-infused DNA helped the 13-year-old pivot and within six months of swimming competitively, the Montegonian is already breaking records...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With entertainment events still being restricted as the usually party-heavy Christmas into New Year’s Day period approaches, sector players as well as those in the culture and creative industries have welcomed yesterday’s...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Three hundred and twenty-eight days in hospital, 33 operations, 22 months in a wheelchair, and before Stephenie Rodriguez could walk, she had to hand over her lifeless feet in exchange for a semi-robotic existence. Australia’s...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU : A man fingered in the death of trainee police constable Duvaughn Brown of Williamsfield in Naggo Town, Westmoreland, had threatened the student policeman’s brother hours before the shooting, stating that he had not yet made any...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Danny Wegman, whose company Wegmans Food Markets was again named #1 Fortune Best Workplaces in Retail for 2021, literally rocked a shimmering Versace suit recently at the English Ball in New York. Wegman’s wife, Paula Kerr Jarrett...

Published:Saturday | October 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: After pumping more than $300 million in cash and kind into the Jamaica’s COVID-19 response effort, alcohol producers here have become the pariahs of the health sector. Their fate was decided by Minister of Health and Wellness Dr...

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