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 Government pumps $35m into JII meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Government-pumps--35m-into-JII-meet_60058 The Government of Jamaica has pumped a whopping US$300,000 ($35m) into the Jamaica International Invitational meet which is said to be a reverred Jamaican product. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Richards-Ross, Stowers, De Grasse withdraw from Ja Int'l Invitational meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Late-withdrawalsRichards-Ross--Stowers--De-Grasse-out--but-tomorrow---s-JII-meet-still-packed-with-high-class-athletes-------_60033 Americans Sanya Richards-Ross and Jasmine Stowers along with Andre De Grasse of Canada have all withdrawn from the Jamaica International Invitational meet (JII), but that will not damper the galaxy of stars who are expected to converge on the National Stadium tomorrow. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT No decision yet on country for CPL finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/No-decision-yet-on-country-for-CPL-finals_60004 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Organisers of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are disputing statements from top government ministers in Guyana that Trinidad and Tobago have been chosen to host the finals of the CPL. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Eyes on Rio as Diamond League returns to Doha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Eyes-on-Rio-as-Diamond-League-returns-to-Doha_60021 Doha, Qatar (AFP) — The Diamond League returns today with its annual Qatar curtain-raiser, but with the real focus this year on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics taking place in just three months’ time. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT McKenzie’s ton puts St George’s College on top in ISSA Under-16 cricket final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/McKenzie-s-ton-puts-St-George-s-College-on-top-in-ISSA-Under-16-cricket-final_60074 KIRK McKenzie scored 113 runs as St George’s College held the advantage over Calabar High after yesterday’s first day play in the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-16 High School boys’ cricket final at the Melbourne Cricket Club. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT WHAT THEY SAY - Tyrone Prince http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WHAT-THEY-SAY---Tyrone-Prince_59924 When did you start your career as a trainer? Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Renegades also open to Gayle return http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Renegades-also-open-to-Gayle-return_59912 MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) — Melbourne Renegades have hinted they are not opposed to re-signing superstar West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the new Big Bash season, despite his now infamous “don’t blush baby” controversy. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT ‘Wasp’ Gardner stings Lewis with unanimous points decision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Wasp--Gardner-stings-Lewis-with-unanimous-points-decision_59994 Michael ‘Wasp’ Gardner went sub- zero to carve out a masterful unanimous points decision against Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis and moved into the semi-final round of the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium, on Wednesday night. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Nyquist draws number 13 post as early 3-1 Kentucky Derby favourite http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nyquist-draws-number-13-post-as-early-3-1-Kentucky-Derby-favourite_59930 LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (USA) — Doug O’Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favourite Nyquist drew the number 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Nelson, Muir ready for Canada http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nelson--Muir-ready-for-Canada_59926 Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson and former two-time champion apprentice Shamaree Muir will both be hoping to make a successful start in their racing assignments at the Northlands Park in Edmonton, Canada. The Northlands season beings today. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Omar Walker makes decisive move in jockeys’ championship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Omar-Walker-makes-decisive-move-in-jockeys----championship-------_59618 In his quest to win a fifth riding title, jockey Omar Walker rode three winners last Saturday to take sole leadership in the race for the 2016 jockeys’ ch ampionship. Local Sports Fri, 06 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT St James Parish Council renames two streets in honour of Theodore Whitmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-James-Parish-Council-renames-two-streets-in-honour-of-Theodore-Whitmore_59900 CATHERINE HALL, St James — Former national football player and coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore was on Tuesday honoured by the St James Parish Council with two streets in his name, in Catherine Hall. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT World champs Windies crash to third in ICC rankings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/T20-shocker-_59911 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — West Indies have slumped to third spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Twenty20 rankings, just a month after emphatically winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Puma signs Jamaican prodigy Nigel Ellis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Puma-signs-Jamaican-prodigy-Nigel-Ellis_59862 Herzogenaurach, Germany — Having partnered with a number of new young athletes in recent months, Puma has announced another exciting athlete endorsement after signing Jamaican prodigy Nigel Ellis. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sports minister congratulates Wes Morgan on leading Leicester City to historic Premier League win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sports-minister-congratulates-Wes-Morgan-on-leading-Leicester-City-to-historic-Premier-League-win_59831 Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange extended congratulations to Jamaica’s Reggae Boy and captain of the Leicester City Football Club, Westley ‘Wes’ Morgan, on leading his team to claim the coveted Barclays Premier League (BPL) title in England. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT St George’s College face Calabar in ISSA/GraceKennedy Under-16 cricket final today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-George-s-College-face-Calabar-in-ISSA-GraceKennedy-Under-16-cricket-final-today_59878 ST GEORGE’S College and Calabar High will face each other in the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy High School boys’ Urban Under-16 two-day cricket final, beginning today at 10:00 am at the Melbourne Cricket Club. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Racers Track Club invites corporate Jamaica to starting blocks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Racers-Track-Club-invites-corporate-Jamaica-to-starting-blocks_59725 Having played a part in producing a number of world leaders, the Glen Mills-led Racers Track Club is now calling on corporate Jamaica for support to anchor its development process. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT No decision yet on venue for CPL finals – Damien O'Donohoe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/No-decision-yet-on-venue-for-CPL-finals---Damien-O-Donohoe KINGSTON, Jamaica – Damien O’Donohoe, chief executive officer of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has denied that a decision has been made about the venue of the CPL finals. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 11:59:25 GMT IAAF president calls for athletics to be 'more entertaining' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Coe-calls-for-athletics-to-be--more-entertaining- DOHA, Qatar (AFP) – Athletics must become "a lot more entertaining" and follow the lead set by basketball and winter sports to attract younger fans, Sebastian Coe urged on Thursday. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 09:43:30 GMT Burger King serves up $500,000 sponsorship for YMCA Primary/Prep Swim meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Burger-King-serves-up--500-000-sponsorship-for-YMCA-Primary-Prep-Swim-meet_59888 Title sponsor Burger King has served up a whopping $500,000 for the 16th renewal of the highly anticipated Burger King/YMCA/Primary/Preparatory Schools Swim Meet to be staged at the National Aquatic Centre on May 13. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Scotiabank expresses appreciation to Marva Bernard for work with netball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scotiabank-expresses-appreciation-to-Marva-Bernard-for-work-with-netball_59882 Scotiabank reached out and made a special presentation to Marva Bernard, former president of Netball Jamaica, for her contribution to the development of the sport. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Former CONCACAF president Webb facing life ban http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Former-CONCACAF-president-Webb-facing-life-ban_59884 ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC) — Popular former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb is facing a life ban from football, after FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against him relating to his recent guilty plea to corruption charges in a United States court last year. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT CPL promises increased entertainment on and off the pitch this season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CPL-promises-increased-entertainment-on-and-off-the-pitch-this-season_59829 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers are promising that the fourth staging of the Twenty20 (T20) cricket tournament will have increased entertainment on and off the field. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Man-of-the-Match Russell fires KKR to top of the table http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Man-of-the-Match-Russell-fires-KKR-to-top-of-the-table_59885 KOLKATA, India (CMC) — Irrepressible West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell played a small cameo with the bat, grabbed four wickets and bowled a remarkable final over as Kolkata Knight Riders shot to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a tense seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Real edge past City to set up all-Madrid final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Real-edge-past-City-to-set-up-all-Madrid-final_59907 Madrid, Spain (AFP) — Real Madrid will face Atlético Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years, after overcoming Manchester City 1-0 in their semi-final second leg yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT