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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...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 8:12 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Amber Group has broken its silence on the exposure of personal data on thousands of travellers on the government’s COVID-19 website (JAMCOVID) it developed, but saying nothing about how such a lapse could have occurred and why allegedly...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Last year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness argued, amid a fierce public outcry, that his administration’s reversal of a decade-old transparency practice of having Opposition members chair all key parliamentary oversight committees was to shake the...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:25 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A dispute between labour laws specialist and industrial relations expert Dr Orville Taylor and The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, over its decision not to promote the senior academic to professor is deepening amid claims of a ‘kangaroo...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:57 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

In 2019, the average pay for the chief executive officer (CEO) of a commercial bank in Jamaica was $47 million, based on a Sunday Gleaner analysis that gives a rare glimpse into executive compensation amid a simmering call among shareholders for...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:18 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The scandal at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) over the loss or misuse of $3.3 billion in two years is deepening with the impending resignation of at least one member from an embattled board and revelations that 60 recommendations...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:16 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Bengal Development Limited, the company which was controversially granted an environment permit to mine in the ecologically sensitive Dry Harbour Mountains, also called the Puerto Bueno Mountain, has been given an extra 60 days to pay a $40-million...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:15 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Poor decisions at dozens of government departments have exposed more than $40 billion of taxpayers’ money to loss or misuse, an analysis of the last two auditor general annual reports has shown. And with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:15 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Like many of her colleagues, Nurse Sian Smart-Seymour had fears in the early days following Jamaica’s confirmation of the first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case in March last year. “I would think everybody was fearful. There was fear of...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Obesity and poor outcomes from men, in particular, are among the key issues to have emerged from Jamaica’s battle with COVID-19 last year, 10 months to the date since the first case of the deadly and highly contagious virus was confirmed on the...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:16 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s national security establishment is now grappling with how to deal with four serving policemen who have been sanctioned by a “hypocritical” lame-duck Trump administration for alleged “gross violations in human rights”. “I’m searching and...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Almost a dozen employees of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) have alleged intimidation from some senior officials and even board members since The Sunday Gleaner last week published a report on a leaked audit suggesting bad...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:17 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The employment of the close associate of a high-ranking government official for a job already being performed, contract payments before work completion and seemingly routine overpayments are among major findings in a leaked 2019 audit report on the...

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