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Stories by Janet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Placed in a girls’ home for uncontrollable behaviour at age 14, Phelisa Ricketts-Graham has made a 360-degree turn and now operates the Western STEM Academy, focusing on transforming the minds of Jamaican students. The 25-year-old...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica is experiencing its largest hotel and resort development boom in any single year, with 8,000 rooms, mainly European investor-led, under construction in varying stages. In an interview with The Gleaner from travel and tourism...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Gleaner understands that the 20 handguns and 40 magazines that were found at the Sangster International Airport cargo on Friday were intended for a gun shop in another jurisdiction. The guns were reportedly shipped to Jamaica...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Sergeant Sheldon Dobson was not accustomed to taking his one-year-old daughter to daycare and a change of routine on Monday is said to have resulted in the death of the toddler, who was reportedly left locked inside his car for...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Heinz Simonitsch School in Rose Hall, St James, is rejecting discrimination claims by the mother of an eight-year-old boy, who is in the transitional phase of growing his dreadlocks in sync with his religion, that he was being...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Departing COVID-19-positive visitors who are asymptomatic will no longer need a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in order to be released from isolation, says Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness. This is in keeping with the...

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...

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