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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...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:16 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The ecologically sensitive Puerto Bueno Mountains on Jamaica’s north coast, the current focus of an environmental controversy, was the centre of two court disputes among eight parties up to September 2017, when the last case was withdrawn. Claims...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The National Housing Trust’s (NHT) insistence on getting $5 billion it claims private security firms owe for their workers is being viewed as an existential threat to the multibillion-dollar industry. Granting security guards long-demanded benefits...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

It’s been a ‘rough’ last 19 months for 61-year-old Kojo Dawes who is in a keenly watched court battle with two government entities over his forced early retirement from the public service after he became blind on the job. It is a case leading...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

For more than a decade, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), the Caribbean region’s premier teaching medical institution, has been operating in breach of Jamaica’s fire safety standards. The revelation comes as the hospital faced an...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Staff and members of the public could be putting themselves in danger when they enter the main buildings for two government ministries which have failed to meet minimum fire safety standards, The Sunday Gleaner has found. While the Ministry of...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:16 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Authority (KSAMC) has issued an order for the developers at 9 Evans Avenue, St Andrew, to halt work on a multifamily dwelling amid a Sunday Gleaner probe which raised potential violations. The developer,...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:16 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is to lift the veil of secrecy and publish the names of at least 30,000 taxpayers who received almost $250 billion in tax write-offs between 2014 and 2015, in a stunning development in an ongoing Sunday Gleaner probe. Finance and...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:17 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Since 2018, the Government has written off approximately $4 billion in taxes owed by 86 companies, including one entity which had $1.5 billion in corporate income tax (CIT) arrears, a Sunday Gleaner probe has found. The revelation comes as the...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:37 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A Sunday Gleaner probe in downtown Kingston, Half-Way Tree in St Andrew and May Pen in Clarendon has found that a flood of unapproved hand sanitisers are on shelves for sale to unsuspecting members of the public, who could be putting themselves in...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:24 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

It’s one of the shocking results of the 2020 general election – how Rhoda Moy Crawford, 32, a first-timer to representational politics, overcame the machinery might of three-term Member of Parliament Peter Bunting to claim Manchester Central for...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A second term with a crucial parliamentary majority sets the stage for legacy-defining actions from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, asserts Bruce Golding, the former head of government who paved the way for Holness’ ascent to high office. In last...

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