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 Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chinese-warships-in-first-call-at-an-Iran-port TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) - Two Chinese destroyers have arrived at Iran's Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, in an unprecedented visit attesting to a new rapprochement between the two countries, Iranian media reported Sunday. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:16:25 GMT Pope says religion can't justify violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pope-says-religion-can-t-justify-violence TIRANA, Albania (AFP) - Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:14:05 GMT Nothing for Jamaica in PM’s speech, says JLP’s Deputy Gen-Sec Gordon  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nothing-for-Jamaica-in-PM-s-speech--says-JLP-s-Deputy-Gen-Sec-Gordon KINGSTON, Jamaica – Deputy General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Audley Gordon says that the Prime Minister’s speech at the People’s National Party (PNP) 76th Conference on Sunday had “nothing for Jamaica”. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:04:43 GMT Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durability http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Study--Apple-s-new-iPhones-score-big-in-durability NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:58:47 GMT PM says her administration has passed ‘the people test’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-says-her-administration-has-passed--the-people-test- KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller today in responding to criticism from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and other detractors said that her administration has passed the people’s test as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:10:01 GMT Man drowns at Salt River beach, Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-drowns-at-Salt-River-beach--Clarendon CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Forty-year-old Davis Robinson of Savanna district, Hayes, Clarendon drowned at the Salt River Beach in the parish on Sunday, September 21. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:34:16 GMT PM mentions Mario Deane in conference address but fails to elaborate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-mentions-Mario-Deane-in-conference-address-but-fails-to-elaborate KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller today briefly mentioned Mario Deane’s name in her address to party faithful at the People’s National Party’s 76th annual conference today. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:01:17 GMT PHOTO: Oops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTO--Oops The car, which was seen stuck in the culvert early Sunday with two wheels off the ground, was securely locked. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:39:19 GMT Jamaica is in a better place today, says Simpson Miller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-is-in-a-better-place-today--says-Simpson-Miller Simpson Miller was addressing the People’s National Party’s 76th annual national conference at the National Arena in Kingston. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:04:13 GMT Former PM urges govt to ditch Monarchy, ‘Imperial court’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-PM-urges-govt-to-ditch-Monarchy---Imperial-court- KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has urged the Portia Simpson Miller administration to press ahead with efforts to sever Jamaica’s tie with the UK-based Privy Council and the Queen as Head of State. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:42:46 GMT Police culture will result in more Mario Deanes -- Deputy House speaker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-culture-will-result-in-more-Mario-Deanes----Deputy-House-speaker ST JAMES, Jamaica -- Deputy House speaker Lloyd B Smith has called for a change in the culture of the Jamaica Constable Force (JCF), arguing that if this is not done then "we will have more Mario Deanes". Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:30:03 GMT PJ pays tribute to Clarke, Howard Cooke at PNP Conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PJ-pays-tribute-to-Clarke--Howard-Cooke-at-PNP-Conference KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former Prime Minister PJ Paterson, at the People’s National Party (PNP) 76th conference today, paid tribute to two party stalwarts who passed this year -- Howard Cooke, the last of the founding fathers to have passed; and the late agriculture minister Roger Clarke. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:02:58 GMT Party leader Simpson Miller arrives at PNP conference to huge applause http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Party-leader-Simpson-Miller-arrives-at-PNP-conference-to-huge-applause KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister and People’s National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson Miller arrived at the National Arena a short while ago for the party’s 76th annual conference. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:25:29 GMT Control your emotions, Pastor urges at Mario Deane’s funeral service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Control-your-emotion--Pastor-urges-as-Mario-Deane-s-funeral-service-starts ST JAMES, Jamaica -- The service of thanksgiving for Mario Deane, who was beaten to death while in police custody last month, began a short while ago at the Mount Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church with the playing of the National Anthem. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:21:24 GMT Large turnout as PNP Conference starts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Large-turnout-as-PNP-Conference-starts KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A large number of supporters have turned out at the National Arena in Kingston for the People’s National Party’s (PNP) 76th annual conference. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:06:04 GMT PHOTOS: ‘Justice for Mario’ -- mourners turn out early for funeral http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Justice-for-Mario---mourners-turn-out-early-for-funeral KINGSTON, Jamaica – ‘#Justice for Mario’ is the wording on the casket as mourners turn out early Sunday morning at the Mount Salem Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Montego Bay for the funeral of Deane who was beaten to death early August while in police custody at the Barnett Street Station. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:39:03 GMT Air Canada introduces checked-bag fee for travel to Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Air-Canada-introduces-checked-bag-fee-for-travel-to-Caribbean According to Air Canada, those travelling on Flex and Latitude Economy Class fares, or Altitude Prestige, Elite and Super Elite members will not be affected. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:52:09 GMT NEI encourages schools to listen to students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NEI-encourages-schools-to-listen-to-students KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Research conducted by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) has highlighted the need for local school administrators and teachers to accord more respect to the views of students, according to the Ministry of Education. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:31:52 GMT Caribbean among most vulnerable regions to climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Caribbean-among-most-vulnerable-regions-to-climate-change SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) – Environmental experts say developing societies in the Caribbean are the most vulnerable economies in the Americas to climate change because the majority of the population reside in coastal areas. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:03:39 GMT Woman killed in motor vehicle collision in Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-killed-in-motor-vehicle-collision-in-Manchester KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Trelawny woman died as a result of injuries she received in motor vehicle collision along the Craighead main road in Manchester on Saturday, September 20. Local News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:53:59 GMT