Phillips happy to see cassava used in beer
Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips is lauding Red Stripe's decision to push ahead with its plan to use cassava in its beer products.
"So instead of importing hops from overseas and putting a farmer in foreign to work, by using the Jamaican cassava we can put more Jamaican people to work; more Jamaican farmers to work," Phillips said.
He was referring to a Sunday Gleaner article in which Red Stripe assured the cassava base would not affect the quality of the product.
Dr Phillips said a number of changes were necessary, the objective being to have more local things produced to put more Jamaican people to work, hence his pleasure with the move.
"Government can't create the factory itself and run it itself," he said. "What we have to do is create the conditions that other people can do those things and provide jobs so many people need."
He was was speaking at yesterday's Diageo Learning For Life 2013 graduation ceremony. Diageo graduated its biggest single class, with 3,000 students aspiring for careers including bartending, food and beverage services and project entrepreneurship, now prepped for the workforce.
St Ann's Bay Hospital back to normal
Normality has returned to the St Ann's Bay Hospital following a meeting Saturday at the Ministry of Labour between the hospital's management and ancillary workers.
The workers walked off the job on Friday forcing the hospital to activate its contingency measures.
According to the hospital's management, the industrial action stemmed from efforts by the workers to force the reinstatement of one of their colleagues who was recently reassigned.
Neville Graham, director of communications at the Ministry of Health, said the decision to reassign the worker remained in place, but added that both sides had agreed to meet again on November 18.
Diageo adds more courses to training programme
Diageo's head of corporate relations, Dianne Ashton-Smith, says the company is this year hoping to professionally train and certify 5,500 more Jamaicans under its Learning For Life programme.
The programme will include new courses such as social media, small business management, and artiste management.
In 2008, the programme's inaugural year, 34 students graduated. By 2012, the number had climbed to 2,468.
Ashton-Smith said more than 11,000 students have graduated since the programme started.
She was speaking at yesterday's Diageo Learning For Life 2013 graduation ceremony, where it graduated its largest single class, with 3,000 students aspiring for careers including bartending, food and beverage services and project entrepreneurship, now ready for the workforce.
Police commish probes inmate beating
Following a Sunday Gleaner exposť on a mentally ill man being beaten at the Falmouth Police lock-up last month, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington yesterday announced that he has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.
In a media release, Ellington promised full disclosure as soon as the investigation is complete.
Ellington has also instructed that a report on the matter be submitted to him by Tuesday.
The Sunday Gleaner reported that Kamoza Clarke, a 31-year-old mentally ill man of Bunker's Hill, Trelawny, was lying on a hospital bed in a vegetative state because of what is believed to be "repeated blunt-force trauma to the head" sustained while in lock-up.