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Ministers back ganja
KINGSTON---Ministries of Government have
given their full support to the National Coun-
cil on Drug Abuse (NCDA) 'Talk Di Truth'
public-education campaign aimed at engag-
ing youngsters in discussion and informa-
tion-sharing surrounding marijuana use.
The initiative is targeted at youths aged 13-
18, and the objective is to teach them the facts
so as to reduce abuse of the substance.
Every high school across Jamaica will
have the opportunity to host mem-
bers of the NCDA to allow for
frank discussion on ganja
use, including its effects.
Justice Minister, Del-
roy Chuck, in voicing his
support, stressed that the
amendments to the Dan-
gerous Drugs Act did not
legalise the use of can-
nabis/ganja, but instead,
created a framework for
decriminalisation for speci ic pur-
The law also makes possession of
two ounces or less of marijuana a
non-arrestable, ticketable offence
that attracts no criminal record. This
is aimed at reducing the burden on
the court system. (Jamaica Observer)
turtles to be restored
QUITO---Scientists in Ecuador's Galapa-
gos islands are hoping to restore a turtle
species believed extinct since the 1800s.
The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived
on Floreana Island and was captured
by seamen in large numbers for food
during their long journeys across the
Paci ic. The species is thought to have
disappeared shortly after Charles Dar-
win's celebrated visit to the treasured
But a group of international scientists
who collected 1,700 blood samples from
turtles on Isabel Island farther north dis-
covered 80 had genetic traces of the lost
species. Researchers with the Galapa-
gos Conservancy and the Galapagos Na-
tional Park have selected 20 turtles with
higher amounts of the Floreana turtle in
its DNA to reproduce, in hopes of one
day creating a turtle that bears close re-
semblance to the extinct tortoise. (AP)
Indonesia sends 34
tons of aid for
BANGLADESH Four Hercules planes carrying 34 tons
of aid for Rohinyga refugees have departed for Bangla-
desh from an air force base in the Indonesian capital.
Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has
called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar's
Rakhine state and promised signi icant humanitarian
aid. He and other of icials including his foreign min-
ister and military chief inspected the relief operation
before its departure from Halim Air Base.
Presidential spokesman Johan Budi says the planes
are carrying rice, instant meals, family kits,
tents, water tanks and blankets.
He says it's the irst batch of aid from In-
donesia following discussions with Myanmar
At least 370,000 Rohin ya have flooded into
Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar's
military responded to an insurgent attack with what
it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.
Many of the fleeing Rohin ya have said Myanmar sol-
diers shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and
warned them to leave or die. Others said they were
attacked by Buddhist mobs. (AP)
...Myanmar's Suu Kyi skips UN meet
With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence
that has driven at least 370,000 Rohin ya to flee the
country, the government said yesterday its leader,
Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month's UN General
Suu Kyi will miss the assembly's ministerial session,
which opens September 19, in order to address do-
mestic security issues, according to presidential of ice
spokesman Zaw Htay.
The UN Security Council, meanwhile, was scheduled
to hold closed-door consultations later yesterday on
the Myanmar crisis.
Suu Kyi's appearance at last year's General Assembly
was a landmark: her irst since her party won elections
in 2015 and replaced a military-dominated govern-
ment. Even then, however, she faced criticism over
Myanmar's treatment of Rohin ya Muslims, whose
name she did not utter. Members of the ethnic group
are commonly referred to as "Bengalis" by many in
Buddhist-majority Myanmar who insist they migrated
illegally from Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi is not Myanmar's president---her of icial titles
are state counselor and foreign minister---but she effec-
tively serves as leader of the Southeast Asian nation.
"The irst reason (Suu Kyi cannot attend) is because
of the Rakhine terrorist attacks," Zaw Htay said. "The
state counselor is focusing to calm the situation in Ra-
khine state. There are circumstances. The second rea-
son is, there are people inciting riots in some areas.
We are trying to take care of the security issue in many
other places. The third is that we are hearing that there
will be terrorist attacks and we are trying to address
this issue." (AP)
Newly arrived Rohingya wait for their turn to collect building
material for their shelters distributed by aid agencies in
Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, yesterday. PICTURE
MEXICO CITY---Radical students
in southern Mexico hijacked a
fuel tanker truck and two buses
yesterday and later kidnapped four
police of icers to demand the release
of about 10 students arrested over the vehicle
The events marked the latest chapter of vi-
olence at a rural teachers college where 43
students were kidnapped in 2014 and remain
Students at the college have staged bus hi-
jackings for years, and apparently stole the
fuel tank to gas up a fleet of hijacked passen-
ger buses they are holding on the campus.
They also hijacked a number of smaller trucks
used to deliver bakery goods and snacks.
Roberto Alvarez, security spokesman for
Guerrero state, said the students apparently
were trying to ram the buses into a police
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