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Stories by Jovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

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...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:13 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

With the general election just four days away, a bullish Prime Minister Andrew Holness is declaring that his ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has done enough for Jamaicans to reward it with another term in office. “The JLP administration has put...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has promised residents of three upscale St Andrew neighbourhoods that their complaints about a development being pursued by his wife will be addressed “strictly by the rules”. Residents of Leas Flat, Forest Hills and...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Residents of three upscale St Andrew communities are demanding Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ intervention to address alleged breaches at a housing development linked to his developer wife, Juliet Holness. Juliet was the member of parliament for...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Lyndsey McDonnough did not tell her fellow board members of the National Health Fund (NHF) that she was co-owner of Market Me, the company they were giving millions in taxpayers’ money to implement the physical health campaign, Jamaica Moves. The...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Lola Marshall-Williams, the partner of Cabinet Minister J.C. Hutchinson, who has been punished over his role in the Holland Estate sweetheart deal saga, has declared that her hands are clean in the latest scandal that has erupted in the Andrew...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:31 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

There are conflicting accounts about how a company, with a director and shareholder who is the partner of a Cabinet minister, was selected in 2019 to operate more than 1,400 acres of old sugar lands in St Elizabeth. The entity, Holland Producers...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) could make another push to have former Petrojam executives Floyd Grindley and Perceval Bahado-Singh extradited to Jamaica to face charges over their alleged roles in the messy Petrojam...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:29 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The Caribbean’s COVID-19-ravaged telecommunications industry is in need of “urgent” government bailout, amounting to millions of dollars, to prevent poor-quality service and higher prices for consumers, a powerful regional lobby group for firms...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:31 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A billion-dollar catering contract approved by Cabinet is now the subject of an official complaint before the Integrity Commission. Sunday Gleaner investigations have revealed that Elegant Weddings Event Planning...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

SOME SENIOR administration officials at the St Ann Municipal Corporation who have claimed that they were stifled in speaking out about a myriad of alleged questionable practices at the local authority are rejoicing now that the country’s main anti-...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:36 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The curtain on a new era of transparency in public service appeared ready to be lifted when three months before his February 2016 election win, then Opposition Leader Andrew Holness promised to publicly release his health records. The Holness-led...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Fourteen firefighters on the cusp of major career moves in April 2018 following news of their promotion had their celebrations cut short as three days after the announcement, the decisions were rescinded by a board, which claimed that the then fire...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Three weeks after a probe revealed that most local private hospitals were unregistered, The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that the island’s private ambulance service is operating without oversight, putting members of the public at risk. When contacted...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Fresh allegations are confronting the Government that its inaction is exposing Jamaicans participating in decades-old overseas work programmes in the United States and Canada to human trafficking. A showdown also looms between Jamaica’s Office of...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:19 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Only four private hospitals in Jamaica are currently certified to operate. The state of affairs was uncovered during a Sunday Gleaner probe into the circumstances that led to the death of 23-year-old first-time mom Jodian Fearon, hours of giving...

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