Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 More suspected cases of Zika virus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-suspected-cases-of-Zika-virus KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health has said that although there have been reports of clustering of suspected Zika virus cases in a few parishes, there appears to have been an expansion to other parishes. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:20:07 GMT Australia make 270-9 v West Indies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Australia-make-270-9-v-West-Indies BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) – Australia totalled 270 for nine batting first against the West Indies in the final of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:52:06 GMT Eight children injured in Scotland rollercoaster crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Eight-children-injured-in-Scotland-rollercoaster-crash LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) –Ten people including eight children were injured Sunday when a rollercoaster crashed at a theme park in Scotland, police and media reports said. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:23:13 GMT Rio Olympic velodrome ready - sort of http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Rio-Olympic-velodrome-ready---sort-of RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – The Rio Olympic velodrome, the latest-running major venue for the August Games, was declared ready on Sunday for action -- without actually being finished. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:46:57 GMT Agro-park farmers in St Thomas to get help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Agro-park-farmers-in-St-Thomas-to-get-help KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Farmers at the Plantain Garden River agro-park in St Thomas who incurred losses during the recent heavy rain, are to receive assistance from the Government. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:37:17 GMT St Lucian PM shocked by Brexit vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Lucian-PM-shocked-by-Brexit-vote CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The recent Brexit vote in the UK has been described as shocking by St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:17:14 GMT BOJ denies issuing new guidelines, warns about fake email http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/BOJ-denies-issuing-new-guidelines--warns-about-fake-email KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says it is aware of an email being circulated in the public domain, which is purporting to inform people about new transaction guidelines from the central bank. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:10:29 GMT More arrests expected in probe of Manchester Parish Council http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-arrests-expected-in-probe-of-Manchester-Parish-Council MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Director of Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Senior Superintendent Cleon March said yesterday that a probe into alleged fraud at the Manchester Parish Council will accelerate tomorrow.   Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:04:51 GMT Ja's Global Open Data Index ranking improves http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ja-s-Global-Open-Data-Index-ranking-improves KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica is currently ranked 37 out of 122 countries on the Global Open Data Index, moving from 61 two years ago. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:35:07 GMT AMCHAM Jamaica hosts Breakfast Forum with Foreign Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/AMCHAM-Jamaica-hosts-Breakfast-Forum-with-Foreign-Minister KINGSTON, Jamaica – The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica is promising a riveting and informative breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 28 when Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, discusses a variety of issues including the decriminalisation of ganja.  Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:23:40 GMT Masked men kill vendor in Portland, injure woman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Masked-men-kill-vendor-in-Portland--injure-woman PORTLAND, Jamaica – A man was shot dead and a woman injured by unknown assailants on St George Street in Portland on Saturday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:10:36 GMT Another boy allegedly falls into tank in Manchester, drowns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Another-boy-allegedly-falls-into-tank-in-Manchester--drowns MANCHESTER, Jamaica — A two-year-old boy is suspected to have drowned when he fell into a tank at his home in Kingsland district in Manchester, yesterday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:05:19 GMT Australia bat first in Tri-nation final v WI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Australia-bat-first-in-Tri-nation-final-v-WI BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) – Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first against the West Indies in the final of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:56:08 GMT Chinese ship inaugurates expanded Panama Canal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chinese-ship-inaugurates-expanded-Panama-Canal COCOLÍ, Panama (AFP) – A giant Chinese-chartered freighter nudged its way into the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday to mark the completion of nearly a decade of work forecast to boost global trade. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:50:43 GMT US rapper 50 Cent arrested in St Kitts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-rapper-50-Cent-arrested-in-St-Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – American rapper 50 Cent was arrested here early Sunday following his performance at the St Kitts Music festival late Saturday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:45:08 GMT Operation Trade Winds on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Operation-Trade-Winds-on-today KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health has partnered with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to execute a National Coastal Clean-up today, from 12:30 pm to 6:30pm. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:39:31 GMT Daina Levy makes Olympic hammer throw qualifying mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Daina-Levy-makes-Olympic-hammer-throw-qualifying-mark KINGSTON, Jamaica – United States-based Daina Levy has improved her own national record and achieved the Olympic qualifying mark of 71.00m in the hammer throw, after she won the event with a 71.48m on Saturday. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:35:08 GMT Toots to perform on first New York show since being hit with bottle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Toots-to-perform-on-first-New-York-show-since-being-hit-with-bottle KINGSTON, Jamaica – When Toots Hibbert performs at Groovin' In The Park in Queens, New York today, it will be the reggae great's first show in the Big Apple since 2013. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:18:24 GMT Europe to push for quickie British divorce as Kerry flies in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Europe-to-push-for-quickie-British-divorce-as-Kerry-flies-in BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) – European leaders embark this week on a frantic drive to push Britain into a quick divorce, with top US diplomat John Kerry rushing to join discussions as the "Brexit" crisis goes global. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:11:25 GMT Bermudian jailed for punching girlfriend he thought was pregnant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bermudian-jailed-for-punching-girlfriend-he-thought-was-pregnant WOLVERHAMPTON (CMC) – A 25-year-old Bermudian man faces deportation from Britain after being jailed for four and a quarter years for punching his partner in the stomach because he feared she was pregnant. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:55:13 GMT Cuba extends tobacco planting campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cuba-extends-tobacco-planting-campaign HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – Agriculture officials have announced plans to extend the current tobacco campaign until July, to offset losses stemming from weather conditions. Local News Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:31:42 GMT