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April 30, 2018
Nelly Warsop performs a stunt on is bike in the community of Newport in South Manchester. The town of Newport is approximately five miles south of Mandeville, the capital of Manchester.

Father's tears save son from prison

A father broke down in tears at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday after he heard that his son would be sentenced to six months at hard labour in prison.

The man pleaded for his son, Shemar Clarke, 20, not to be sent to jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of simple larceny. The charge arose out of the theft of a Samsung S4 phone, which Clarke said he returned.

"A one yute mi have inna life, mi nuh have no more pickney inna life fi send guh shop," the crying father said.

Judge Chester Crooks heard the father's pleas for mercy and suspended the sentence for two years.

Convict steals dead man's name

Devon Harriot, who absconded bail and was sentenced to 35 years in prison, in absentia, for the murder of Craig Lewis in December of 2009 has been captured.

Harriot, who eluded the justice system for two years, was captured by lawmen on Wellington Street, Spanish Town, St Catherine. After he absconded bail, he assumed the identity of a dead man, and produced an identification card under that name when he was questioned. However, intense investigation led to the uncovering of his real identity.

Harriot was charged jointly with Oshane Coley and Michael Jacobs.

Some Grace Mackerel packaged in China

Grace Mackerel is being packaged in countries other than Jamaica.

Zak Mars, head of innovation and global sourcing for GK Foods, told THE STAR that "Our Grace Mackerel is co-packed by selected sources located in multiple regions, which include Thailand, Chile and China."

A Jamaican Grace Mackerel lover residing in the United States was surprised recently when he went to a grocery store in New York to purchase the item. The label indicated that the product was manufactured in Chile.

Grace Kennedy said it is the norm to have multiple sources for risk mitigation.

Lady Allen urges youth to read

Lady Allen said that reading should always be considered as important for the development of each youth in the country.

"I learnt long ago, a little gem that says 'One who reads, leads'. Books can give you counsel and wisdom when you need it most. Through history, biographies of remarkable men and women tell us that most of them became great because of the inspiration they got from reading books, especially during their childhood days," Lady Allen said.

The Governor General's wife was speaking at the 2018 staging of the 'Western Union I Pledge (Reading) Programme' at King's House on Friday.

Lay Allen, who was a teacher for 18 years, noted that reading can inspire, empower and boost one's confidence to achieve greatness,

"Although technology has changed the way we read, the ability it has to inspire and provide knowledge is unchanging," Lady Allen said.

Ganja growers want space for small farmers

The Ganja Growers and Producers Association Jamaica said the last People's National Party (PNP) administration "messed up the budding ganja industry".

The association said the industry has been strangled with bureaucracy and regulations, and that the last government took its "own sweet time in so doing and even worse, not facilitating the small and traditional ganja farmers to get a head start".

According to the ganja growers, the legalisation of ganja is the best way to transform the local cannabis industry and to help reposition Jamaica as a major player in the international cannabis market.

The group continue to lament that traditional ganja cultivators, a number of them being of the Rastafarian faith, who were hounded, beaten, prosecuted, arrested, convicted, criminalised for growing ganja and laying the basis of the Jamaican ganja industry, are being left behind.

Workplace safety to be taught in schools

Zavia Mayne, minister of state in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, wants occupational health and safety to be taught in schools.

Speaking about the Occupational Safety and Health Bill, which was tabled in Parliament in February, Mayne said it is important that persons know and understand the provisions.

"I believe that going forward, we should not just use this bill as a compliance tool, but certainly we should use it for the purposes of education," he said.

"It, therefore, means that occupational safety and health has to find its way into the syllabuses of our secondary and our tertiary institutions. And while I am mindful that there are institutions that make occupational safety and health a part of their curriculum, that is not widespread enough," the state minister said.

Mayne noted that occupational injuries have negative impact on the country's labour market, especially when the injuries occur at a very early stage in a young person's life.

"This is what we want to reduce or eliminate, so preparing persons for the world of work in respect of occupational safety and health is important," he said.

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