Stories that broke our hearts

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 There were a number of stories that moved Jamaicans to tears this year, but none more so than the awful death of seven-year-old Benjamin Bair, the Clan Carthy Primary School student who was crushed by a garbage truck on the school premises.

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MBEs to two more Jamaicans in UK

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 TWO more Jamaicans — The Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, and Paulette Bolton, a nurse who left school at age nine to care for her dying grandmother and eventually earned three degrees — have been appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs) in The Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List.

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Cooking gas company rejects suggestions of wrongdoing

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Yaadman Haulage Jamaica Limited, the cooking gas company in Malvern, St Elizabeth, that was raided by the police last weekend, yesterday dismissed a suggestion by the authorities that it may be engaged in wrongdoing.

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Bahamas gets churchman’s support in marijuana debate

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 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Retired Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the West Indies Drexel Gomez, says while he fully supports the decriminalisation and medical use of marijuana, he is against recreational use of the drug.

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Cops hunt son in dad’s murder

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Mandeville police yesterday launched a manhunt for the son of slain Georges Valley carpenter, Roy Leon, who is known in the community as “Barry”.The 75-year-old’s body was found before daybreak by neighbours, who saw his nearly headless corpse draped across the front steps of his half-finished house in the farming community, not 20 minutes south-east of Manchester’s capital, Mandeville.

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Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica looks forward to a plastic free 2020

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THE Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating another successful year of Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica activities and is looking forward to ramping up the campaign in 2020.

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2019 tales of joy

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In a year when crime, allegations of corruption and the carnage on the roads continued to darken the pages of the Jamaica Observer, and almost every news cycle contained depressing reports, there were stories of hope and inspiration which made it to the front pages and provided an oasis for Jamaicans.

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Spirits Pool honours rum industry stalwarts

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THREE of the island’s veterans in the rum industry — R Evon Brown, Robert Henriques and Lloyd Forbes — have been recognised for advancing Jamaica, and the Caribbean’s rum business.Glowing tributes were paid to the trio for their contribution by the Spirits Pool Association (SPA) Limited at its Christmas luncheon at The Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, recently.

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$10-M GATEMAN

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IN January when Anthony White landed his current job manning the gate at a popular funeral home in St Catherine, in January, he had not even the faintest idea that he would end the year as a multimillionaire.White, 53, not only went home yesterday with a cheque for $10 million courtesy of Digicel Jamaica’s ‘Shake to Win’ holiday promotion, but he also vowed that he would be manning the gates and answering the phones for the final time last night.

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‘Give thanks fi life’

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FOUR children will start the new year homeless, after fire ravaged their house at 90 Windward Road in Kingston yesterday.The children are among eight people who ran from a four-bedroom board house when they heard an occupant shouting, “Fire”, just before 9:00 am.

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