6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Ian Boyne was ‘ready to go’
  2. Gov’t offers to buy back stake in Petrojam
  3. NDM wants probe into bad gas reports
  4. #IanBoyne broke social media
  5. Ninja Man gets life, haunted by his past
  6. 15-year sentence for Crystal Towers murder

1. Ian Boyne was ‘ready to go’

His wit, patriotism and insatiable appetite for knowledge secured his legacy as one of Jamaica’s foremost journalists while making him a household name. Ian Anthony Boyne, 60, host of Jamaica’s longest-running television interview programme, ‘Profile’, and host of Television Jamaica’s riveting talk show, ‘Religious Hardtalk’, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning after a brief illness. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t offers to buy back stake in Petrojam

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says the government is written to the authorities in Venezuela making an offer to buy back Jamaica’s stake in Petrojam as the country seeks to cauterise any further financial fallout. A state-owned Venezuelan company has a 49 per cent stake in Petrojam. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. NDM wants probe into bad gas reports

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is calling for the Energy Ministry to launch a probe into reports of an emergence of contaminated fuel on the market.The NDM says it’s concerned about new reports of bad gas being sold by some gas stations. The party says an immediate investigation is needed and those culpable identified and held accountable. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. #IanBoyne broke social media

Yesterday’s passing of highly respected journalist Ian Boyne occasioned an outpouring of grief on popular social media sites, with many users taking to Facebook and Twitter to register their disbelief and utter shock at the news of his death. On the latter, the words “Ian”, “Veteran”, “#IanBoyne” were consistently the top trends for much of yesterday, not only in Jamaica, but throughout the wider Caribbean region and Western Europe. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ninja Man gets life, haunted by his past

There were the stories yesterday of how veteran entertainer Ninja Man became a positive role model and an activist for peace since his two convictions, decades ago, for gun and drug possession, but in the end, his past came back to haunt him. The entertainer, whose given name is Desmond John Ballentyne, has two convictions, one in 1996 for possession of cocaine and another in 1999 for illegal possession of firearm, and for High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, his latest transgression, which also involved the use of a gun, is a clear indication that the deejay learnt nothing from his previous brushes with the law. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 15-year sentence for Crystal Towers murder

Following public backlash Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn has sought to explain the rationale behind the 15-year sentence for the man who killed his pregnant girlfriend at her Crystal Towers apartment in St Andrew. On Friday, Phillip Brown was given the 15-year sentence after he chose to make use of the Government’s offer of a reduced sentence for a guilty plea. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.