6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Couple convicted for Peter Vogel murder
  2. Bush war
  3. Wife, hitman get life sentence for killing J’can
  4. More traffic changes for Mandela Highway
  5. Timeline: Peter Vogel murder trial
  6. Manley private conversations released

1. Couple convicted for Peter Vogel murder

The former live-in helper for Dr Peter Vogel along with her boyfriend have been found guilty of the 2007 murder of the university lecturer. Yanika Scott and Kelvin Downer showed no emotion after the unanimous verdict was announced in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a short time ago. The jury of four men and three women deliberated for nearly two and a half hours. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Bush war

Most of the work under the controversial debushing programme last year was carried out prior to the local government election constituencies represented by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), according to a report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Wife, hitman get life sentence without parole for killing J’can

The woman who was convicted in the United States for hiring a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the NYDaily News has reported. The contracted killer has received a similar sentence. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. More traffic changes for Mandela Highway

The National Works Agency (NWA) says as of Saturday, additional changes will be made to eastbound traffic along the Mandela Highway, St Andrew. The changes will last for approximately four months. NWA Manager of Communication and Customer Services, Stephen Shaw, says come Saturday, the two lanes of traffic, travelling towards Six Miles, will be diverted onto the newly constructed ‘Q Ramp’ on the northern side of the project, just beyond the Hydel Group of Schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Timeline: Peter Vogel murder trial

Thirty-one-year-old Yanika Scott and her boyfriend Kelvin Downer, 29, were today found guilty of the murder of university lecturer Dr Peter Vogel. Scott and Downer were convicted after their 13-day trial in the Home Circuit Court in which 20 witnesses were called by the prosecution and one by the defence. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Manley private conversations released

The two-decades-long embargo on the raw, unedited version of private conversations between former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley and wife Glynne is intended to protect persons, some of whom are still actively involved in politics. Though there is no defamation in the tapes, some of the things that Manley said to her are “sensitive” and could have a negative impact on fragile reputations. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.