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 Empty seats — but plenty of passion — as Rio Paralympics gets going http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Empty-seats---but-plenty-of-passion---as-Rio-Paralympics-gets-going_73404 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — The stadiums may be mostly empty but passionate fans and the enthusiastic Brazilian hosts insisted yesterday that the Rio Paralympics are off to a good start. Local Sports Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Controversy at Rio 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Controversy-at-Rio-2016 Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:00:42 GMT The Lightning Bolt from Beijing to Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/The-Lightning-Bolt-from-Beijing-to-Rio Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:56:49 GMT Jamaica’s Rio Olympics results http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Jamaica-s-Rio-Olympics-results_71782 Jamaica Observer analyst Zaheer Clarke, has compiled below results of Jamaica’s athletes — women and men — who participated at the recently concluded Olympics Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT The moral beauty of the Olympics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/The-moral-beauty-of-the-Olympics_71819 One can always be cynical of the Olympics, especially the last Games held in Brazil, a country in the throes of political and economic turmoil. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Ten lasting quotes from the 2016 Rio Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Ten-lasting-quotes-from-the-2016-Rio-Games_71836 “There you go. I’m the greatest.” Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT From Rio to London http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/From-Rio-to-London_71824 Jamaican track and field fans are still basking in the 11-medal haul at the XXXI Olympics that ended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week and while the celebrations will no doubt go on for a while, it is never too early to start looking ahead, even as some of our long-serving athletes get ready to leave the stage. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Patience is a medal virtue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Patience-is-a-medal-virtue_71801 What a difference a year can make. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Analysing Jamaica’s tremendous Rio performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Analysing-Jamaica-s-tremendous-Rio-performance_71807 No praise is too high for Jamaica’s superlative performance at the Rio Olympics with 6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. This performance, however, has to be better contextualised for the magnitude of this success to be fully appreciated. Apart from finishing third overall in the Track and Field section behind the USA and Kenya, Jamaica ended up 16th out of the 206 countries that competed in the Games. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Elaine Thompson, successor to the throne http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Elaine-Thompson--successor-to-the-throne_71916 This former resident of Banana Ground in Manchester was an average runner for the first part of her athletic career. Born 26th June 1992, she first came to notice at the Christiana High School. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Usain Bolt – unquestionably the greatest of all time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Usain-Bolt---unquestionably-the-greatest-of-all-time_71911 Usain St Leo Bolt is indisputably the greatest athlete of all time. His record nine gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games, his unrivalled world records in both the 100m and 200m races as well as the 4 x 100m relay attest to the phenomenon that he is. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Team USA take Rio Olympics medal race with ease http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Team-USA-take-Rio-Olympics-medal-race-with-ease-------_71828 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — The US Olympic Team made itself right at home in Rio. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT McLeod’s gold – a historic achievement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/McLeod-s-gold---a-historic-achievement_71803 Omar McLeod’s amazing gold medal run in the men’s 110m hurdles final at the XXXI Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, August 16 was the culmination of a journey that started in 1948 when Jamaica first competed in the Olympic Games. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT They made a difference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/They-made-a-difference_71814 David Weller’s 1980 cycling bronze medal is still the only medal won by Jamaica at the Olympics Games outside of track athletics despite hopes going into the Rio Games that at least one medal would be a possibility. Local Sports Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Rio left to grapple with social realities as Olympic party moves to Tokyo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Rio-left-to-grapple-with-social-realities-as-Olympic-party-moves-to-Tokyo_71578 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Rio de Janeiro returned to the cold reality of Brazil’s political crisis and recession yesterday after bringing a carnivalesque curtain down on its Olympics festival and passing the torch to Tokyo. Local Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jordanian runner beaten by stray dog in marathon marked by drama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Jordanian-runner-beaten-by-stray-dog-in-marathon-marked-by-drama_71602 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Amid celebrations for the end of the Rio Olympics, few spared a thought for Jordan's Methkal Abu Drais who finished the marathon behind a Japanese comedian, a stray dog and an Argentinian running sideways. Local Sports Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bad economy may spoil future plans for Rio's Olympic Park  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Bad-economy-may-spoil-future-plans-for-Rio-s-Olympic-Park RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — The celebrations are done and the torch extinguished, but now that the Olympics are gone, Rio is left with questions about what will become of the city's plan to convert the Olympic Park into a bustling recreational district with luxury apartments and offices. Local News Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:18:12 GMT France's Yoka follows fiancee to boxing gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/France-s-Yoka-follows-fiancee-to-boxing-gold_71526 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — France's Tony Yoka completed a romantic Olympic double yesterday, winning the super-heavyweight title just days after his fiancee had secured her own boxing gold medal. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT South America’s first Olympic Games closes with Jamaica equalling Beijing medal haul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Pleased-Wilson-turns-attention-to-Ja-s-athletics-future_71488 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Despite Jamaica’s success at the Rio Olympic Games, Maurice Wilson, the team’s technical leader, wants to see policies implemented that will enhance the performances. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT US NBA stars rip Serbia for third gold in a row http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/US-NBA-stars-rip-Serbia-for-third-gold-in-a-row_71509 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Completing a third-consecutive unbeaten run to Olympic gold, the United States captured a sixth Games title with NBA talent in seven tries by routing Serbia 96-66 in yesterday’s final. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Neymar crowned Samba King as hosts end on a high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Neymar-crowned-Samba-King-as-hosts-end-on-a-high_71523 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Neymar sent Brazil into ecstasy as he clinched Olympic football gold and Mo Farah sealed a rare distance double-double in a pulsating final evening of track action in Rio on Saturday. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brazil put ‘chokers’ tag to bed with volleyball gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Brazil-put--chokers--tag-to-bed-with-volleyball-gold_71525 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil Captain Bruno said his side could no longer be accused of choking after beating Italy 3-0 to win men’s Olympic volleyball gold yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Olympics 2016 closes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Olympics-2016-closes_71519 Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro last night. (PHOTO: AFP) Local News Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Curtain! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Photo--Curtain-_71503 Brazil’s national flag is projected onto the playing field during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. (Photo: AFP) Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/olympics/news/Rio-police-seize-passports-in-raid-on-Irish-Olympics-office_71495 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazilian police yesterday seized passports from three Irish Olympic officials accused of involvement in a black market ticket ring in Rio, police said. Local Sports Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT