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Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government has withdrawn the national award it bestowed on popular pastor Merrick ‘Al’ Miller, bowing to public pressure over the decision amid the clergyman’s criminal convictions and his unrepentant attitude. The development comes as Prime...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Transport and mining ministry representatives were sidelined as the boards of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and a subsidiary decided on the first part of a $450m investment in First Rock Capital Holdings (FRCH), meeting records have...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

An official of Airports Authority of Jamaica’s (AAJ) finance committee in March 2021 said he was not convinced that “proper due diligence” was done before the group pumped almost a half a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money in start-up First Rock...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:08 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Shanice Hawthorne telephoned a relative from her hospital bed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James on August 29 complaining that her complexion had turned “black and blue” and she was “stifling” - signs she believed signalled her...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica has been jolted back into lockdown mode owing to a suffocating third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Andrew Holness administration continues to fend off deciding whether mandatory vaccination will have to be implemented. Some of the...

Published:Monday | August 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Four board members of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) were dumped in July, weeks after a meeting they insisted on to get the position of president advertised and a forensic audit done of more than $300 million worth of...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Bruce Golding, chairman of First Rock Global Barbados, said it would have been “proper” for Fay Hutchinson to disclose to the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) her interests in First Rock Capital Holdings in which the state entity questionably...

Published:Saturday | July 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The board of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) should be sacked for the controversial $443m investment in start-up First Rock Capital Holdings that broke the law, the opposition People’s National Party has said. Transport Minister Robert...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The spotlight is now on Transport Minister Robert Montague to indicate whether he is confident in the leadership of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), which disregarded the law in a $443 million investment of taxpayers’ money in start-up...

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Two public bodies, the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and a subsidiary violated government regulations in their $443-million investment in start-up private equity firm First Rock Capital Holdings, the finance minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, has...

Published:Wednesday | July 7, 2021 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

CARICOM leaders ended their annual meeting on Tuesday with a bullish pronouncement that they are targeting 80 per cent herd immunity from COVID-19 in the region by December 31 amid concerns about vaccine supply. Chairman of the bloc, Gaston Browne...

Published:Wednesday | June 30, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

William Shagoury, under whose board chairmanship the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and a subsidiary bought US$3m (J$409) worth of shares in First Rock Capital Holdings, said he did not know that his deputy Fay Hutchinson was also a director...

Published:Tuesday | June 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The US$3-million (J$409-million) investment in First Rock Capital Holdings by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and a subsidiary has shocked a former board chairman, Dennis Morrison, who says up to the time he left office, the public body was...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:11 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The now-troubled board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) meets today amid the developing scandal over how more than $500 million was spent on an IT project at the institution that is now four years past its delivery date. The...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

George Wright returned to the House of Representatives on Tuesday in a snub to critics as the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) bristled at the prospect of having the man accused of battering a woman with a stool sit on its side of the...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

THE HEART/NSTA Trust says it has now provided to the finance ministry information sought on an unauthorised tax it has imposed on hundreds of travelling officers. However, in its latest communication to staff, the agency did not say whether it...

Published:Friday | June 4, 2021 | 12:13 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Criminal defence lawyers weary of Parliament granting powers of appeal to the country’s main prosecutorial body need to “grow up” and enter the 21st century, Paula Llewellyn, the state’s chief prosecutor, has argued. “The pendulum of justice must...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2021 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) was forced to seek the intervention of the HEART/NSTA Trust board chairman in March to get the agency to explain an unauthorised tax on travelling officers, documents show. HEART falls under the direct...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 1:54 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

An unusual relationship between government and a private school notwithstanding, it is unfortunate that any school on the island should close. But closing is a real possibility for the Western Hospitality Institute. Interestingly, the school's...

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:27 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration has played down concerns that acting Permanent Secretary Dr Grace McLean’s authority in the education ministry poses a conflict of interest to the ongoing investigation of programmes for which she held responsibilities...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:24 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The more than 1,500 employees of the HEART/NSTA Trust are expected to get some clarity on the troubled leadership of the national training agency today when senior officials speak to them on “strategic matters”. Concerns have been mounting among...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is yet to indicate whether it will revoke the permit violated by Bengal Development Company, the entity that wants to mine limestone in the ecologically sensitive Dry Harbour Mountains on the...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 11:51 PMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

While Prime Minister Andrew Holness agreed with those who said Major General Antony Anderson’s and Ainsley Powell’s contracts should be a matter of public record but pointed out that there were complicated legal hurdles to traverse...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:18 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the employment contracts of the police and tax commissioners should be made public. However, he said there may be “legal hurdles” that have to be surmounted before the documents for Major General Antony Anderson...

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Over the last two decades, only three academics at The University of the West Indies (UWI) appealed decisions not to promote them to professorship, an administrator has disclosed to back up claims of an “objective” selection process. Growing...

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