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Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites

Judge issues bench warrant for murder accused

A bench warrant has been issued for Quron Patterson, one of the three men charged with the murder of prominent attorney-at-law Clover Graham.

The warrant was issued by senior puisne judge Gloria Smith after Patterson, who is on bail, failed to appear in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

Attorney-at-law Vincent Henry asked the court for leniency, saying Patterson has always attended court in the past.

The judge then ordered that the warrant should be stayed until October 10.

Co-accused Shannon Campbell, who is in police custody, also did not turn up for court yesterday. No explanation was given for his absence.

Campbell, Patterson and the third accused, Simeon Lewis, who is out on bail, are to appear in court on October 10, when the case will again be mentioned.

Graham's body was found in bushes near the Caymanas Polo Club in St Catherine on August 19, 2012, with the throat slashed.

The Crown is alleging that Graham was taken from her home and murdered.

Hanna: Teach children good oral-health practices

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna is encouraging parents to instill good oral-health practices in their children from the earliest age possible.

Speaking at the launch of Oral Health Month at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on Thursday, Hanna noted the importance of good oral hygiene in maintaining a healthy smile, and improving appearance and self-worth.

She said many young people lose their confidence because of their smile or the appearance of their teeth, causing them to "go through a very awkward stage of their development".

Hanna said good oral health is also important to overall health as research has shown that cavities and gum disease may point to serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases.

She commended the dental students at the function for embarking on such an important profession.

"We need more dental hygienists [and] more dental nurses, especially in our rural areas. Regardless of what is happening in our lives, a smile on our faces and a laugh can do wonders, and so you are so important because you help to make our smiles and our laughs that much more effective in the world," Hanna stated.

Custos bemoans shoddy treatment of the elderly

Ewen Corrodus, custos of St James, is bemoaning the shoddy treatment of the country's senior citizens. He argues that many elderly persons are left in the care of persons who are oblivious to their needs.

The custos made his remarks while bringing greetings at the National Council for Senior Citizens St James branch award ceremony, which took place on Thursday at the Water Lane New Testament Church of God, Montego Bay.

"We must always remember the foundation laid by the elderly members of the society and return our gratitude by affording them the best possible care," he said.

Corrodus told the senior citizens that their contribution to society remains valuable and they should continue building their communities and the nation.

Kevin Wilson, youth pastor at the Water Lane New testament Church of God, said the wisdom of senior citizens is vital for the country's survival, and urged the youth to learn from them.

John Donaldson was named Male Senior Citizen of the Year for St James, while Hazel Stennett won the female title for work done in the community and the parish.

Thwaites urges parents to be on alert for sick children

In the wake of the recent deaths of two students, reportedly as a result of complications brought on by the chikungunya virus, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is appealing to parents to be on the alert for symptoms in their children.

Thwaites is urging parents to pay keen attention to information provided by the health ministry, and to take children showing symptoms of chikungunya, dengue fever or flu to a medical facility.

Xavier Miller, a grade two student at Mona Heights Primary, passed away on Tuesday while being transported from home to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Fourteen-year-old Azee Baker of St Jago High also died at the Spanish Town Hospital from complications triggered by the mosquito-borne virus.

Thwaites has expressed condolences to the grieving relatives and school communities. He said the ministry's trauma-response team is available to offer counselling and support.