‘I almost gave up on life’

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NASSAU, The Bahamas — The sight of “Big Sam” outside The Bahamas Red Cross Society on John F Kennedy Drive here, belting out the words “Thank you Lord for bringing me through the storm” made it hard to believe that just over a week ago he had been on his knees weeping as Hurricane Dorian battered his house.

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PEACEMAKERS

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They were among the more outspoken members of the OnePNP and Rise United teams in the lead-up to last Saturday’s presidential election in the People’s National Party (PNP), but neither Natalie Neita nor Dr Dayton Campbell was as caustic or belligerent as some other supporters of the contestants Dr Peter Phillips and Peter Bunting.

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Bahamas reports 2,500 missing after Dorian

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NASSAU, The Bahamas — Up to yesterday, 2,500 people were unaccounted for in The Bahamas, following the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian last week.It is not immediately clear if Jamaicans are among the individuals on the Bahamian Government’s register as being missing, as a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) representative told the Jamaica Observer that that update is not yet available.

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Healing process will be ‘Herculean test’ for PNP, says Nicholson

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The healing process after the ugly leadership contest for leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) will prove to be a Herculean test, officer emeritus A J Nicholson predicted yesterday.

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Mystery payments

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A witness who took the stand at the Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud trial yesterday denied knowledge of two roadwork projects for which payment vouchers bearing his name exist, and told the court that the signatures on the vouchers were not his.However, he admitted doing carpentry work for the local government body for which he was remunerated.

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JEF’s Wan to fill vacancy on Minimum Wage Commission

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An adjustment to the personnel serving on the national minimum wage commission has been made for the start of consultations today on a new national minimum wage, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James at 2:00 pm.Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) President David Wan will be standing in until the federation names a replacement for Bernita Locke, who is unable to continue because of job obligations.

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Wet weekend expected in Abaco, Grand Bahama

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NASSAU, The Bahamas — With thousands of people still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian, those still on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama will again have to brace for more showers.In fact, the entire 700-island archipelago is expected to have heavy rainfall and gusty winds over the next few days. New Providence, the island where the country’s capital is located, has already started experiencing scattered showers.

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€500,000 in humanitarian aid for Bahamas

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The European Union (EU) yesterday announced that it is mobilising €500,000 in humanitarian aid funding to address the most urgent needs of Hurricane Dorian victims in The Bahamas.The European Commission in Jamaica, in a release, said the funding will go towards shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation.

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Bowed, not broken

Observer on September 12th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has scoffed at claims that the bile that soiled the just-concluded presidential race in the party will leave it disjointed and a spent political force for some time.“I don’t know if we are in a different age, but this not the first time that we have had a contest. It is not the first time that we have had utterances made by people.

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Where best to settle after university graduation

Observer on September 12th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Dear Mr Brown,I recently read that the province of Ontario must identify new ways of ensuring that more immigrants settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I wish to study at Lambton College in Toronto. What do you suggest?KM Dear KM,

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