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Stories by Jovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:35 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Eight more legislators say they are not aware whether they are the subject of the Integrity Commission’s probe involving two politicians for alleged illicit enrichment. This brings to 30 the number of parliamentarians who have given definitive...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Another 10 lawmakers have indicated that they have not been contacted by the Integrity Commission (IC), Jamaica’s anti-corruption agency, about its investigation involving two parliamentarians who allegedly cannot satisfactorily explain how they’ve...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:52 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Twelve parliamentarians say they have not been contacted by the Integrity Commission (IC) with respect to the corruption probe of two lawmakers for alleged illicit enrichment. This comes as Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson has accused Greg...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:52 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Loose network and cybersecurity with the problem-plagued Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) that’s gobbling up millions in cost overruns has exposed to hackers thousands of patient data at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A memo from a consultant instructing the human resource manager at the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) on who to hire and how much to pay for a multimillion dollar school-train project stunned officials at the state entity which is rushing to...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

CARICOM governments are moving to block nationals of countries who opt out of receiving skilled workers from benefiting from that right in other member states. The stance is being backed by Jamaican business interests, and former Prime Minister...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

For a year, Fay Hutchinson overlapped as a director of First Rock Capital Holdings, in which she’s a shareholder, while serving as deputy and then board chair of Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), a public entity which, along with a subsidiary,...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

AS The $500-million information technology scandal rocking the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) deepens, former Principal Professor Archibald McDonald has admitted that there is “solid basis” for the contract for the Hospital...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

After more than half a billion dollars in expenses and four years past its deadline, there’s no end in sight for a project to transform the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) into a paperless institution, a Sunday Gleaner investigation...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaican judges are increasingly signalling to bureaucrats and lawmakers that they will not tolerate public bodies hiding behind laws that do not require reasons for things, such as firing an employee. Three major cases on administrative decisions...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:20 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The HEART/NSTA Trust could be facing millions in liabilities to hundreds of current and former employees it has questionably taxed for nearly two decades under an unauthorised fuel policy, which the finance ministry has ordered to be halted. It is...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The education ministry has blocked the release of basic information that could provide more details on how more than $7 billion in vocational programmes for students was administered and spent since 2010. The Sunday Gleaner has been denied access...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:28 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The closure of the embattled, privately operated Western Hospitality Institute (WHI), which gets 90 per cent of its revenue from the education ministry, is being considered as questions mount over how it came to enjoy such close financial ties with...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Cecil Cornwall-led Western Hospitality Institute (WHI), which has campuses in three parishes and received millions from the education ministry to deliver programmes, only declared two employees per year for 2017-2019 in payroll taxes to the...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:37 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Services Commissions (OSC) has reversed its position and released the contract of Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson, which shows the top cop with an $18 million annual salary package. The OSC had initially denied...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:20 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Officials at HEART/NSTA Trust have been wrestling with conflicts of interest claims over the award of millions in contracts to a technology company whose CEO is the State’s multibillion-dollar training agency’s board chairman. Edward Gabbidon, the...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:17 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

For half a decade, two multibillion-dollar education ministry programmes, troubled by conflicts of interest concerns, saw the Western Hospitality Institute (WHI), whose leader wielded significant influence over ministry resources, earning more than...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A carnival-like splashing of at least $3 billion of taxpayers’ money from a ministry with responsibility for Jamaica’s poorest dominates the findings of a 2018 audit of the National Insurance Fund Resort Management Company Limited (NIFRMCOL). The...

Published:Sunday | March 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Just what does the Office of the Services Commissions (OSC) have to hide why it is refusing to let taxpayers know the employment terms of Police Commissioner Antony Anderson and other senior civil servants? The issue has taken on greater...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:19 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Integrity Commission, Jamaica’s main anti-corruption watchdog, is probing a multimillion-dollar Independence Grand Gala contract as Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange remains silent over a damning audit on the operations of the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:38 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) loses approximately $1 million every year because of theft or fraud involving employees, even as it has gobbled up almost $40 billion in taxpayer-funded bailouts since 2010. But even amid...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s major hospitals are teetering on the very thin edge of collapse as some have either run out oxygen stock or are dangerously low amid rising COVID-19 hospitalisations and the resulting demands for the life-preserving chemical. “There is...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:19 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Major General Antony Anderson will continue as commissioner of police for at least another three years as the Office of the Services Commissions (OSC) continues to face criticisms for refusing to disclose the top cop’s employment contract. “I...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Women comprise less than a third of the total number of professors among four of Jamaica’s top universities and colleges, a situation labelled ‘unacceptable’ by the leaders of the institutions who admit that structural patriarchy continues to...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A Sunday Gleaner request for the employment contracts of the police and tax commissioners has been denied, shocking some civil society advocates who are insisting that the holders of the two key public positions cannot benefit from oft-used privacy...

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