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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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In case you missed it here are the OBSERVER ONLINE'S top 10 stories for today:

1. Kartel appeal: Case prejudiced by adverse publicity, argues attorney
One of the attorneys representing incarcerated deejay Adidja “Vybz Karel” Palmer this morning urged judges in the Court of Appeal to quash the murder conviction of the popular entertainer and his three co-appellants whose cases she said were prejudiced by adverse publicity primarily from the police.

2. NWC, concerned, but not yet alarmed at decreasing water levels

T he island's water management agency has expressed concern about the rate of decrease in the water level at the Hermitage dam. However, the State agency says it is not yet at the point of voicing alarm.

3. Church, NIA, PSOJ, JMEA, JCC pen letter to PM regarding public sector corruption

The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) have penned a joint letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness urging him to address what they describe as declining public confidence in Jamaican authorities, especially following the PetroJam scandal.

4. McKenzie apologises to St James residents for smoke nuisance

Desmond McKenzie has apologised to St James residents who, for the past few days, have had to endure the smoke nuisance from the Retirement landfill. The fire at the dump, which started on Saturday, is believed to have been started by arsonists. Although extinguished, there are reports of smoke still affecting several communities.

5. Long Pond distillery not affected by fire at factory

Operators of the Long Pond Distillery in Trelawny have reported that the facility and aged rum stock have not been affected by a fire that rampaged through the property on Monday.

6. Football Federation Australia stays open to talks on Bolt deal

Football Federation Australia has responded cautiously to reports Usain Bolt hopes to play for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League. Reports on Tuesday said the 31-year-old Bolt, an eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist, has agreed to trial with the Mariners next month and may receive a one-season A-League contract if he impresses.

7. US 'especially vulnerable' in trade war, says IMF's Lagarde

The US economy is "especially vulnerable" to damage from the burgeoning global trade war, which could shave hundreds of billions of dollars off global GDP, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said today.

8. J'can dancers slapped with immigration charges in The Bahamas

A judge slapped four Jamaican women with various immigration charges when they appeared in a court in The Bahamas on Tuesday. The women — Shamara Shantell Francis, 26, Affrikkca Ezinma Walters, 22, Stepheny Alkila Wright, 38 and Nerdeen Curdela Pryce-King, 32, were charged with illegally engaging in gainful occupation.

9. Sri Lanka seeks 'clear rules' on ball tampering after Windies match

Sri Lanka's sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish "simple, clear rules" Wednesday after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was punished for ball tampering."Laws governing the offence / act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity," Faiszer Musthapha said in a statement.

10. Cuba disputes Mexican airline finding on deadly May crash

A finding by a Mexican airline that pilot error was to blame for a deadly passenger jet crash in May was dismissed as premature Tuesday by the Cuban authorities charged with determining the cause of the accident.

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