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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

1. Cabinet approves new Petrojam board

The Office of Prime Minister (OPM) today announced that Cabinet has approved the appointment of a new board at oil refinery Petrojam amidst a hailstorm of corruption allegations which have rocked the company over the past several weeks.

2. Permanent secretary cannot investigate PetroJam breaches — PNP

The People's National Party (PNP) is objecting to the tasking of Permanent Secretary, Hillary Alexander, to investigate and report to the Cabinet on “developing corruption and breaches” at the state-owned oil refinery, PetroJam Limited.

3. Reduction in number of Jamaicans denied access to Trinidad

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith says that there is a reduction in the number of Jamaicans denied access to Trinidad and Tobago.

4. Over 100,000 students to sit final Grade 4 Literacy and Numeracy exams

Over 100,000 students will sit the final Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations in their current form over the next two days.

5. NWA to spend $100m on first round of drain cleaning across all parishes

The National Works Agency (NWA) is to shortly commence island-wide drain cleaning activities at a cost of just under $100 million.

6. St James men fined $500k, imprisoned for cocaine possession

A case involving two St James men who were charged with multiple breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in 2013 after they were reportedly found with approximately $254-million worth of cocaine came to an end in the St James Parish Court yesterday, the police have reported.

7. Busts of National Heroes unveiled in Emancipation Park

Busts of the National Heroes were unveiled in Emancipation Park by the Rotary Club of Kingston today.

8. US to withdraw from UN rights council — UN officials

The United States will announce on Tuesday that it is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, which it accuses of bias against Israel, UN officials said

9. #WC2018: Russia sour Salah's return to close in on last 16

The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn't prevent World Cup hosts Russia virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 today.

10. Forex: J$133 to one US dollar

The US dollar on Tuesday, June 19, ended trading at J$133.00 up from J$132.20 according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.

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