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Stories by Jovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

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

Details have emerged that HEART/NSTA Trust paid out undisclosed millions in new salaries to senior executives before getting the required approvals. However, the public agency that reports to Prime Minister Andrew Holness has denied a Sunday...

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

Just under 50 per cent of the monetary value of all contracts awarded by HEART/NSTA Trust to SynCon Technologies took place during the period the company’s CEO chaired the board of the state agency. There is no evidence Edward Gabbidon was involved...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Convicted sex offender and former religious leader, Kevin O. Smith, who is now deceased, had some of his first footprints in Jamaica at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where he operated a mentorship programme involving over three...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A month after he registered an entity with the same name as the Government’s Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) that he led, Cecil Cornwall told his executive to get its house in order because they could be audited, meeting records have...

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2021 | 12:07 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The instalment of a board member of the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) as human resource (HR) manager of the public entity is stirring disquiet at the agency with the reality that the post was being advertised weeks after the board official took...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Several former directors of a government company that provides food to schoolchildren and who served during the period of a damning audit say they’ve either not read or have been advised against commenting on the report that has accused them of...

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

The Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) Group invested almost a half-billion dollars of taxpayers’ money in start-up First Rock Capital Holdings (FRCH), despite an initial board recommendation against the move, a Gleaner investigation has found....

Published:Saturday | September 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The number of deaths being blamed on last weekend’s shortage of oxygen in some public hospitals has risen to eight, including a pregnant woman, a Gleaner investigation has found, as pressure mounts on the Holness administration for an independent...

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...

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