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Stories by Janet Silvera

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:As Montego Bay's First Dance Studios gears up to stage its annual Christmas concert in two weeks, there are renewed calls for the establishment of a world-class performing-arts centre for western Jamaica.The six-year-old studio...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Ian Dear, chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company, has promised that the new 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign now under construction will depict the evolution of the island's tourism capital, and reflect the 'Bay's'...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Jamaica, particularly the resort town of Negril, has captivated the hearts of Russian tourists, and is fast becoming their destination of choice.This was evidenced by some 30 Russian travel agents, who were...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:When The Sunday Gleaner team arrived at the Pitfour Nyahbinghi Centre in St James, the drumming had already begun, and the words from Bob Marley's Rastaman Chant, 'Babylon You Throne Gone Down' felt like music for the soul.Gathered on...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Enchanted by witches brew and cobweb trees, zombies and ghosts turned out last Saturday night with two intentions in mind: making a difference in the lives of Jamaica's abandoned animals and dancing to DJ...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera

​Some of Jamaica's top reggae and dancehall artistes, were at their musical best performing at the annual 'Open Ear' acoustic concert, held last Friday at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Visa restrictions have been abolished for certain categories of Russians travelling to Jamaica, 48 years after the two countries officially established bilateral relations.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett made the announcement last...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry is upbeat about the expected positive impact of the soon-to-be opened 120-room S Hotel on the St James economy, and particularly the city's tourism centre, the Gloucester Avenue hip strip.The resort,...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Negril-based sister hotels Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away celebrated their 20th anniversary in true Jamaican style last weekend.The resorts, which are renowned for their ecological prowess, their...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Nassau, Bahamas:With marked reduction from its main source market, the United States, and only a marginal increase out of Europe, tourist arrivals into the region in the last six months has been a mixed bag.Indications are that international...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Twenty-four years after pioneering one of the country's most successful hospitality distribution entities, Tom Tyler has waded into new territory.This time, the Montego Bay-based businessman, who co-founded Caribbean Producers Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

As hard as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac tried, it didn't have the strength to derail Jamaica Inn's fabulous 60th anniversary long-service award in Ocho Rios, St Ann, recently.In fact, any force of winds that rained on the...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Oversubscribed, best describes the awesome and fabulous seventh staging of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association's 'Celebration of Fine Jamaican Cuisine' at the Rose Hall Great House last Saturday...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Not only does Montego Bay now have its own herb house, which trades as Island Strains, the cannabis being prescribed by doctors there is reaped from the first legal ganja-growing farm in western Jamaica.Island Strains, which is operated by Chris and...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica's language training arrangements for tourism workers is not only crucial to the island's multi-destination arrangements with neighbouring countries, but must act as a catalyst to enable...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Hopes of finding Jamaican Dawna Munroe and her nine-year-old daughter Crystal were crushed last Friday when Italian authorities confirmed they were among the 43 people killed when a bridge they were driving across collapsed in Genoa,...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

White Plains, Rochester, New York, will never be the same, after the invasion by hundreds of former Mount Alvernia students and their spouses, celebrating from the Central Florida Alumni Association.The annual event, now in...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 1:15 AMJanet Silvera

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley, who turned 40 today, says it is great to be home performing at Reggae Sumfest on his birthday. The artiste, who recently completed a European tour, said it was very normal to perform on his birthday. "Music...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 5:22 AMJanet Silvera

Neither Gucci, Moschino nor Michael Kors made it into the fashionable Reggae Sumfest mall that transformed the grounds of the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St James. In fact, Night One of the event tagged the world's largest reggae...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 4:17 PMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU: Promoter, manager and booking agent Copeland Forbes, feels that if Jamaica capitalises on  reggae music, the country will not need to borrow from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Forbes, who has had over 50 years ...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Simone Haughton Campbell's ascension to executive chef at Couples Swept Away in Negril, took a total of "20 fabulous years" at the resort, the 44-year-old says.Today, she boasts the title of being...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Over 3,000 persons turned out for the 14th staging of the Calabash Literary Festival, hundreds of them, virgins, seemingly on a 'pilgrimage' of sorts.One thing was for certain, first-timers at Calabash 2018 were 'Lit' by...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 7:12 AMJanet Silvera

Victorious Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader, Mia Amor Mottley says the general election which saw her party trouncing the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was the most significant since the country’s Independence. Mottley and...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 2:01 PMJanet Silvera

At least one member of the Barbadian clergy wants persons to “mind their own business” as it relates to the sexuality of head of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Mia Mottley. Responding to suggestions by Democratic Labour...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 10:12 AMJanet Silvera

Barbadians were out from as early as 4:30 a.m. local time, ready to cast their votes in what has been tagged as a historic election. "We have seen a marked increase in the number of young people voting in this election," returning...

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