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 Chemical from rat poison reportedly found in Snr cop’s system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chemical-from-rat-poison-reportedly-found-in-Snr-cop-s-system KINGSTON, Jamaica – Coroner Patrick Murphy is currently addressing jurors looking into the May 2012 death of Senior Superintendent Dayton Henry, who headed the tough Clarendon Police Division. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:47:18 GMT Cops, civilian charged with entertainer's killing, bail application this afternoon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cops--civilian-charged-with-entertainer-s-killing--bail-application-this-afternoon KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three police officers and two civilians were today charged with the 2009 killing of entertainer Kentucky Kid, whose given name is Robert Hill. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:35:29 GMT US reporter quits live on TV in ganja protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-reporter-quits-live-on-TV-in-pot-protest LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - An Alaska TV reporter has left her colleagues red-faced after quitting live on air using an expletive, while vowing to spend more time fighting to legalize marijuana in the US state. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:29:12 GMT Kartel case postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Kartel-case-postponed KINGSTON, Jamaica – The perverting the course of justice case against entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused has been rescheduled from today to Wednesday, September 24. Local Entertainment Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:42:06 GMT Jah Cure to 'flow thick' on Arthur Guinness Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jah-Cure-to-flow-thick-on-Arthur-Guinness-Day KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica’s Reggae sensation Jah Cure is one of the headline acts for the Arthur Guinness Day (AGD) concert. Local Entertainment Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:38:51 GMT JLP select two councillors for West Portland constituency http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JLP-select-two-councillors-for-West-Portland-constituency PORT ANTONIO, Portland – The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Sunday selected two candidates to contest the next parish council elections in West Portland.  Local Government election is scheduled for March 2015. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:17:45 GMT Man whips mother in-law over discipline of daughter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-whips-mother-in-law-over-discipline-of-daughter KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man who punched his mother- in-law in the face is to be sentenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:08:01 GMT Mayor says Montego Bay is Jamaica's safest city http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mayor-says-Montego-Bay-is-Jamaica-s-safest-city KINGSTON, Jamaica — Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris says that the second city is the ‎safest in the island to live and do business. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:03:05 GMT Violence-free PNP conference reported http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Violence-free-PNP-conference-reported KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police have reported that the People’s National Party’s (PNP) annual conference was free of violence. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:52:29 GMT Jamaican wanted in Canada on sex charges fights extradition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-wanted-in-Canada-on-sex-charges-fights-extradition KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican man, who was ordered extradited last month to Canada where he’s wanted for trial on sex crimes, has taken his fight to remain in the island to the Supreme Court. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:42:32 GMT Chief justice prods legislators on additional judges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chief-justice-prods-legislators-on-additional-judges KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has expressed hopes that Parliament, during the Michaelmas court term that started this month, will pass legislation increasing the compliment of High Court judges. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:33:55 GMT Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s presentation at the PNP’s 76th Annual Conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prime-Minister-Simpson-Miller-s-presentation-at-the-PNP-s-76th-Annual-Conference The following is the full, unedited text of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s presentation at the public session of the People’s National Party (PNP) Annual Conference held at the National Arena on Sunday, September 20. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:19:25 GMT Race still a major political factor in Trinidad: Express poll http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Race-still-a-major-political-factor-in-Trinidad--Express-poll PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - A new poll commissioned by the Trinidad Express Newspapers shows the population continues to be polarised by race. While the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) leads 48% to 21% among those of African descent, and the ruling People’s Partnership Government leads 62% to 11% among those of East Indian descent. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:52:45 GMT Cops, civilians to be charged today for entertainer's killing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cops--civilians-to-be-charged-today-for-entertainer-s-killing KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three police officers and two civilians are expected to be charged and brought before the Home Circuit Court today for the 2009 killing of entertainer Kentucky Kid, whose given name is Robert Hill. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:44:18 GMT 225 cataract patients at Mandeville hospital receive surgeries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/225-cataract-patients-at-Mandeville-hospital-receive-surgeries KINGSTON, Jamaica - Two hundred and twenty five (225) cataract patients at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester have benefitted from surgeries, performed by a team of surgeons from the Unites States (US) and India. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:40:58 GMT Vybz Kartel, co-accused back in court today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vybz-Kartel--co-accused-back-in-court-today KINGSTON, Jamaica – Entertainer Vybz Kartel and co-accused Vanessa ‎‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler will today appear in court for their attempting to pervert the course of justice case. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:40:35 GMT Deputy speaker agrees with Opposition Leader on need for human rights commission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Deputy-speaker-agrees-with-Opposition-Leader-on-need-for-human-rights-commission ST JAMES, Jamaica – Deputy House Speaker Lloyd B Smith has agreed with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness that Jamaica is in need of a human rights commission. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:28:18 GMT Take care of the kids, PM urges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Take-care-of-the-kids--PM-urged KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday urged Jamaicans to take better care of the nation’s children, noting that they are the country’s future. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:20:06 GMT 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