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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Jah 9 Live: Music, poetry and female empowerment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Jah9-live2017-02-16T15-00-52 This is the reggae artiste&rsquo;s second event in Jamaica, after her free show last summer at Nanook and she definitely gave it her absolute all.<br /> <br /> As usual, if you&rsquo;re familiar with Jah9&rsquo;s music, she presents herself as a spiritual warrior and messenger and therefore uses every opportunity to educate and stimulate something in the softer parts of ourselves and Jah9 live was of course no different.<br /> <br /> The show was unlike any other reggae event I had ever experienced, it was packed with music and poetry and an amazing abundance of spiritual and feminine energies.<br /> <br /> The brilliant band Uprising Roots were the power starters of the night that kept us rocking through the whole 15 minutes of their performance, slaying us with brilliant engaging dub tunes. Runkus was up next with a different, more acoustic, soft and sensual vibe. It wasn&rsquo;t his ordinary &ldquo;jump up jump up&rdquo; but his showcase was entertaining all the same.<br /> <br /> The poets Yashika Graham and Tara Downs from poetry society of Jamaica definitely added a little shimmer to the night with some powerful poetry performances.<br /> <br /> To describe Jah9 on stage is to recite all the poetry ever to have written by all the powerful renaissance women, but to sum it all up, it would probably be fitting for me to say that her entire set was just completely otherworldly. It is one of those experiences that leave you speechless.<br /> <br /> Bouncing from tune to tune from her 9 MM mixtape and her recently released album 9, the crowd was wild, from the firing of air shots to the dangling of arms in the air to salute &ldquo;her highness&rdquo;. Everyone raved at &ldquo;unafraid&rdquo; that called for the iconic &ldquo;wheel and come again&rdquo; from her band, the dub treatment. Hardcore was also a crowd favourite and Avocado was especially popular among the ladies in the audience who sang along proudly to every lyric and dipped and rocked to the bounce of the beats.<br /> <br /> By the time the show ended, it was already past our bed time, but all the awesomeness was still soaking in our bones.<br /> <br /> Jah9 live was like nothing I&rsquo;ve ever experienced. <br /> <br /> Perhaps, the only thing left to say, is 'thank you Jah9'!<br /> <br /> Photo: Kashiek Burrell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13649577/Jah-9_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:53 PM Youth View Awards set for spectacular 10th anniversary celebration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Youth-View-Awards-set-for-spectacular-10th-anniversary-celebration With the 10th anniversary celebration, a number of new features have been added including Break out New Artiste of the Year &ndash; Male and Female, the Icon award and the new voting website Caribbean.com.<br /> <br /> The Vendetta and Gaza camps must be elated as both Alkaline and Vybz Kartel dominate the 2017 YVA&rsquo;s nomination table.  Alkaline received the most with 10, while Kartel received seven nominations, two of which are for Favorite Music Collaboration, one with Shenseea on Loodi and the other with Demarco on Google. Alkaline is also up against Kartel in this category receiving two nominations for his collaborations with Movado in &ldquo;Farewell&rdquo; and the other with Shaggy in That Love.<br /> <br /> Both artistes however are also in the running to receive perhaps the most anticipated award, which is Favorite Dancehall Artiste. Spice and Popcaan are also nominated in this category.<br /> <br /> Other artistes who received nominations include Konshens (5), Spice (6), Popcaan (5), Ding Dong (4), Shenseea (4), and Mavado and I-Shawna (3). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13640765/Alkaline_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:49 PM New Beyonc&eacute; and Jay Z collab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/New-Beyonc--and-Jay-Z-collab On February 12 Jay Z, Beyonc&eacute; and DJ Khaled gave music fans a reason besides the prestigious Grammys awards ceremony, to rejoice. Shining was released exclusively on Tidal immediately following the close of the ceremony.<br /> <br /> The inspirational, upbeat track has Beyonc&eacute; reminding you that it's pointless to try to stop her, "Don't you try to slow me down".<br /> <br /> Yonc&eacute; croons, "Shining, shining, shining, yeah. All of this winning I've been losing my mind." And her husband, rap heavyweight Hov reminds us about all his achievements in music and let's us know that success just seems to follow him around.<br /> <br /> The almost five minute long song follows in a similar vein to the theme of progress and glory on Khaled's Major Key, but it's none too clear just yet if Shining will be featured on his upcoming album titled Grateful.<br /> <br /> A few things are for sure though: this golden collab is going to take over radio and the album art featuring a spotlight shining on baby Asahd Khaled is absolutely adorable. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/7159093/Couple_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, February 13, 2017 5:34 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 25 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-25-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 64<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 52<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 48<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 44<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester united 3-1 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 0-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-1 Chelsea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13509999/247922_74375_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 10, 2017 5:39 PM Why wearing black to support ending violence against women and kids was important http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Why-wearing-black-to-support-ending-violence-against-women-and-kids-was-important However, despite the huge support the movement has received, a large amount of Jamaicans are of the belief that wearing black will achieve nothing in the grand scheme of things. "Rape and Murder won't immediately stop just because I wear black", is the consensus many have come to. This thought process however, is wholly counter-productive when it comes to solving the problem of violence against women and children.<br /> <br /> Wearing black is just a start in the grand scheme of things to spark awareness on the issue. Yes we see cases in the news and on social media but many people still think these cases are isolated incidents with no common factor. They don't believe women and children are being targeted. They don't believe there is a problem with the social structure of this country, regarding how women are perceived and how children are raised. Many people simply do not understand that these problems have a root that needs to be attacked in order to fix the bigger picture. <br /> <br /> Many people don't believe there is a problem. Many people think this just how Jamaica is. Many people do not want to disrupt the ingrained imbalance of this country because "it's been this way since forever".<br /> <br /> So no, wearing black will not magically fix the problem, but it will help people realize that there is one through the conversations that will be sparked when people question, "why is everybody wearing black today?" We cannot fix a problem without identifying that there is one and understanding what it is.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a role to play in fixing this problem, whether it be big or small. A big machine would surely fall apart without the tiny screws and bolts.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629443/end-violence_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:37 PM Who really sing it? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Who-really-sing-it- In June 2016, Spice performed at Reggae Sumfest where she spoke about dancehall artistes who claimed to &ldquo;run dancehall&rdquo; and are claiming the title of 'boss'. Spice proceeded to sing her own version of Vybz Kartel&rsquo;s song Di House A Bun Down where she called out Alklaine saying &ldquo;Alkaline not even inna teacher class&rdquo;. Then in January 2017, Vybz Kartel, released Closed Casket which was supposedly aimed at Alkaline and the Vendetta crew. In response to this &ldquo;Alkaline&rdquo; released a diss track called Prison Warder which not only dissed Vybz Kartel but also Popcaan, Spice, Tommy Lee, Beenie Man and Ishawna.  <br /> <br /> It was later revealed that the person who sang Prison Warder was not Alkaline but another recording artiste named Fabian, who coincidentally sounded a lot like the dancehall artiste. The song starts with a line directed to Vybz Kartel,  &ldquo;A me a run di city, you a lock up inna jail enno. Tek yuh mind off a bail...&rdquo; he also responded to Kartel&rsquo;s song Closed Casket saying, &ldquo;close him own casket, tell me how a dead man fi a talk...&rdquo;. Popcaan or &ldquo;Flopcaan&rdquo; as he is called in the song is also called with one lyric, &ldquo;Flopcaan the microwave bun up yuh head...&rdquo; which was in reference to Alkaline&rsquo;s Popcaan diss track titled &ldquo;Microwave&rdquo;.  Spice was also called out for her comment, &ldquo;Yuh shoulda brave up like Spicey, weh a chat up her mouth&rdquo;.  Fabian also responded to her comment at Sumfest 2016 saying, &ldquo;seh mi nuh inna teacher class, mi graduate that mi done pass...&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The drama was not finished there, in response to Fabian&rsquo;s song, Spice released her own diss track titled &ldquo;Who Sing it&rdquo;. The song begins with the snippet from Prison Warder where Fabian calls her out. Spice wasted no time confronting Fabian about the derogatory comment he made about her. Along with the other jabs aimed towards Fabian, Spice also stood by her opinion about Vybz Kartel &ldquo;The Teacher&rdquo; running the dance hall, saying, &ldquo;It bun you tru mi seh the world boss a di boss, deh a prison and him still a teach you inna di class...&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Now that Spice&rsquo;s diss track has been released, everyone is waiting to see if there will be any response from Fabian or Alkaline. Regardless of the outcome let&rsquo;s hope this doesn&rsquo;t escalate further.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13557230/251608_78349_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:30 PM Big Sean's I Decided http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Big-Sean-s-I-Decided Immediately there was an air of expectancy - Dark Sky Paradise (2015) was very well received after all - and the bar was set pretty high with the two earliest lead singles Moves and Bounce Back. <br /> <br /> All in all the 14 track album is a pretty good follow up to Dark Sky Paradise and contains a few songs that are likely to take over radio really soon, and some that mightn't run radio but are still likely to be your new favourite jams.<br /> <br /> No Favors (feat. Eminem), Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan and Sacrifices (feat. Migos) are definite standouts on I Decided. <br /> <br /> Owe Me contains a line that might just be the biggest tell tale sign that Big Sean really does study music at the feet of Kanye West; a particular line in the song says 'I feel like you owe me sex' and sounds a whole lot like the verse in Kanye's controversial song Famous that made Kanye public enemy number one once again with Swift and her band of Swifties).Though we're unsure just yet if the song caught our attention despite the dripping arrogance and flagrant lyrics or if our attention was piqued because of the arrogance and flagrant lyrics, this song is one you'll probably want to give a listen to, and we've got a hunch you'll be hearing more of this song in the days, weeks and months to come.<br /> <br /> Story tellers and those focused on how lyrical a song is will find easy listening in Sunday Morning Jetpack (feat. The-Dream), the mom-inspired Inspire Me, and the Flint Chozen Choir-assisted Bigger Than Me that closes the album.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13627439/256948_83653_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:17 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 24 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-24-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 61<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 49<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 44<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 0-3 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 0-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 1-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 1-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester city 3-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Manchester United http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590714/253916_80786_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 03, 2017 2:11 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 23 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-23-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 61<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 48<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 43<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 0-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 4-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 3-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Hull http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13548358/251032_77651_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 30, 2017 2:02 PM UWI Research Days guide students in the right direction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/UWI-Research-Days-guide-students-in-the-right-direction High school students and teachers will be able to participate in a variety of student-oriented events, with several opportunities to win prizes and gain hands-on experience in experiments and activities which would not otherwise be accessible to them.  There is also the direct effort to familiarize them with the world of tertiary education in general and the UWI Mona Campus in particular.<br /> <br /> Students will be able to create maps and simulate how to reduce disaster risks and address public health crises through a mapathon organised by the Department of Geography and Geology.  An assessment centre set up by the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work will offer a variety of psychological tests to help students identify personality traits which will help with career decisions.<br /> <br /> The skies above the Mona Campus will be alive with daily Delivery Drone demos through a collaboration of the Computing Society, Alternative Energy Club and the Department of Computing. Students will be able to learn a little Chinese, Japanese and French in Micro Teaching sessions, get Salsa dancing instructions and sweeten their day with a Pi&ntilde;ata session, all three staged by the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.<br /> <br /> In addition to tours of different Faculties and Departments, there will also be the chance to view hi-tech equipment up close in special demonstrations such as one from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology&rsquo;s Fertility Unit.<br /> <br /> These activities are designed to provide soon-to-be high school graduates with the opportunity of hands-on experience in fields that interest them; and a better understanding of each faculty while also attending research-based workshops and seminars.<br /> <br /> Over the three days, researchers will also address major development issues that affect Jamaica and the Caribbean by engaging the students and other visitors through interactive displays, demonstrations and key innovations. This mega-display will be showcased inside the campus&rsquo; Research Village, and the public is invited to see how research is improving products and mechanisms in a range of fields and industries such as science, technology and crime solving.<br /> <br /> UWI Research Days 2017 takes place on the Mona Campus from February 1 - 3, 2017. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13602649/ZZ15D94DC0_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:37 PM Little Mix's Leigh-Anne has a whole lot of love for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Little-Mix-s-Leigh-Anne-has-a-whole-lot-of-love-for-Jamaica In an interview published online on January 25th pop singer Leigh-Anne talks about fashion and her home-away-from-home which may arguably be her two favourite things outside of writing hits and singing to sold out crowds.<br /> <br /> Leigh has always been pretty outspoken about her Caribbean roots and gushes in the interview about her most recent visit to Jamaica. "Jamaica is like my second home, it&rsquo;s probably the only place in the world where I feel like I&rsquo;m at home other than England and my grandad and most of my family live there," she excitedly shares with Wonderland Magazine.<br /> <br /> She continues on to say she's been a regular visitor to the island since she was a little girl, "I&rsquo;ve been going there since I was three years old, so like 20 years I&rsquo;ve been going! It&rsquo;s one of my favourite places ever."<br /> <br /> We'd say it's pretty clear the Shout Out To My Ex singer, fashionista and blogger loves our island. <br /> <br /> We love you too, Leigh. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12575877/LittleMix_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:35 PM Messi to solve Pep's problems? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Messi-to-solve-Pep-s-problems- 1. Lionel Messi to Manchester City<br /> <br /> Every transfer window there are rumours that Lionel Messi will leave Camp Nou. This time, there are talks of a Messi-Pep Guardiola reunion. Manchester City is rumoured to offer &pound;100m for the Argentine forward. It's highly unlikely he'll want to retire at Manchester City. However, Manchester City and the league could certainly benefit from a Aguero- Messi duo.<br /> <br /> 2. Diego Costa to leave Chelsea <br /> <br /> Costa has been linked to the Chinese Super club team Tianjin Quanjian. However, it is said that Chelsea is expected to reject their &pound;80m bid. Costa however may not have a place at Chelsea next season due to his attitude. If Costa is going to be sold, it would make the most sense to sell him to the club offering the most money and this would more than likely be the Chinese Club. Chelsea will need a good striker and the more money they have the likelihood increases that they would get someone good. Rumours are also linking Costa to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid<br /> <br /> 3. Antoine Griezmann will stay at Atletico Madrid<br /> <br /> According to Enrique Cezero, the club will reject the bid from Manchester United. This is really in the Spanish club's best interest because they would be forfeiting all chances of a trophy this season and the coming seasons especially if they don't find someone as dedicated to the club. The need for a forward will just be more and more urgent for Manchester United with their current forwards being far from spring chickens. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13517737/248612_75074_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:30 PM #TVShowReview: Riverdale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-TVShowReview--Riverdale Archie Comics often saw the gang riding around town, hanging out together and featured a bunch of spats between Veronica and Betty over the titular character Archie, but Riverdale lends a certain depth to all the characters.<br /> <br /> The episode teases mystery and tragedy somehow weaved around many of the characters' lives. We are introduced to Archie - the football star and not so squeaky clean  boy-next-door - who is interest in singing, songwriting and leaving small-town Riverdale behind, Jughead - the perceptive introvert, Betty - the good girl next-door and Veronica - the reformed Queen of Mean who recently moved to Riverdale.<br /> <br /> Riverdale has been described by Polygon as "campy, strange, gloomy and an interesting take on the teen drama drama" and we agree. We think Riverdale has all the markings of being everyone's new favourite teen drama. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13602634/Riverdale_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:27 PM Konshens on &lsquo;Side to Side&rsquo; remix with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Konshens-on--Side-to-Side--remix-with-Ariana-Grande-and-Nicki-Minaj Konshens is just one of few dancehall artistes to venture onto the international scene via collaborations. <br /> <br /> Popcaan&rsquo;s hit with Naughty Boys is currently doing extremely well after the single, Should&rsquo;ve Been Me, racked up over two million views on YouTube and is currently sitting in No. 70 on the UK chart. Spice also experienced similar feats, following her collaboration with Kid Ink and Jeremih in Nasty which currently has over 12 million views on YouTube.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12108947/Konshens_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 23, 2017 5:10 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 22 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-22-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 56<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 46<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 38<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 1-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 0-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 0-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 0-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-0 Hull http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13444454/177571_68547_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 20, 2017 4:45 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 21 predicitons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-21-predicitons One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 54<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 45<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 39<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 37<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13530805/249638_76219_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 13, 2017 2:48 PM Alkaline set to perform for the first time in Jamaica after a long hiatus from the island http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Alkaline-set-to-perform-for-the-first-time-in-Jamaica-after-a-long-hiatus-from-the-island The announcement was made on the deejay&rsquo;s Instagram page where he captioned a picture of the flyer with &ldquo;Mhm.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The artiste&rsquo;s caused social media stir  last week after Beenie Man had made claims that Alkaline was done with &ldquo;dutty Jamaica&rdquo;, a statement which caused younger artiste to defend himself, calling the 43-year-old a liar on Instagram.<br /> <br /> This will be Alkaline's first performance in Jamaica since his rise to prominence in the last two years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142984/216015_43773_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:02 PM Yaya Toure to China? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Yaya-Toure-to-China- Toure seems to be the latest victim of China&rsquo;s relentless efforts to attain almost all the big stars in the game. However, according to his agent, Dimitri Seluk, Toure turned down a lucrative contract offered to him by an unnamed Chinese Football team in order to stay in the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City.<br /> <br /> Seluk told Russian media outlet Championat &ldquo;For all the money in China, there is not a single player at the level of Yaya Toure. I am sure he will play at the highest level for another five years&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Lionel Messi<br /> <br /> No immediate potential move for the Barcelona and Argentine legend but reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau fears that the club will be unable to offer the diminutive attacker an improved contract that will see Messi&rsquo;s wage rise from that reported  &pound;19.6m-per-year he currently earns.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Barca can&rsquo;t exceed 70% of its budget on wages and therefore we have to make the numbers add up&rdquo; Grau said on Wednesday. It is unlikely that Messi will move anytime soon but failed contract negotiations could prove to disrupt the Argentine's stay at the Camp Nou in the near future. <br /> <br /> Morgan Schneiderlin<br /> <br /> Schneiderlin arrived at Everton this week to complete a &pound;24million move from Manchester United. It was announced that a deal had been reached by the two clubs on Tuesday for the Frenchman who has had a relatively absent role at Old Trafford since joining in 2015 from Southampton.<br /> <br /> Fernando Llorente<br /> <br /> Reports are that Blues boss Antonio Conte is interested in Spaniard Fernando Llorente and could even go as far as doing a swap deal with new signing Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgian going on loan at the relegation threatened side. According to British newspapers, Conte seems set to confirm the signing of Llorente at Stamford Bridge in the coming days as the Italian seeks to ease the burden on star striker Diego Costa, who already has 14 goals this season.<br /> <br /> Kyle Walker and Danny Rose<br /> <br /> According to the Sun in England, Manchester United are set to raid Tottenham&rsquo;s defence by offering &pound;60million for their two English full-backs.  Both players have been exceptional thus far, contributing significantly to Spurs&rsquo; title run this season. United will however find it difficult to attain their signatures after the pair recently signed long-term contracts at White Hart Lane back in September.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11789972/000_DV2024708_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:58 PM Selena and The Weeknd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Selena-and-The-Weeknd2017-01-12T10-57-54 When low quality paparazzi shots emerged of the two leaving an Italian restaurant on Tuesday night holding hands, kissing and looking every bit the happy couple the internet was abuzz. Cue all the Can't Keep My Hands To Myself and The Heart Wants What It Wants jokes.<br /> <br /> You will remember that Selena and The Weeknd both performed at the 2015 VS Fashion Show, and though they didn't duet there were group photos galore and both seemed amicable enough.<br /> <br /> It is believed that the two have been an item for some time now and intended to keep their romance a secret but recently decided against that.<br /> <br /> Bella Hadid, The Weeknd's ex girlfriend, has since unfollowed Selena Gomez on Instagram. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13567299/image_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:55 PM Leon Bailey&rsquo;s decision to not represent Jamaica indicative of the JFF&rsquo;s poor leadership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Leon-Bailey-s-decision-to-not-represent-Jamaica-indicative-of-the-JFF-s-poor-leadership However, from an early age, the JFF showed little interest in the upcoming star, despite him attracting interest from some of the world&rsquo;s best teams like Chelsea and Ajax. Recently, the 19-year-old did an interview with ESPN FC and stated that "There is a lot of pressure from Jamaica, but I don't see a future there. I want to play in big tournaments against top players, and with all due respect I don't see that happening in Jamaica any time soon." Bailey&rsquo;s comments may come off as a bit harsh, especially for a country in which he was born and raised. But can you blame him? One can presume that if any other person was given the opportunity to play for a bigger, better nation then they would also seek to jump on that opportunity.<br /> <br /> The average age of the Jamaican squad is 32, with very few players below the age of 23 being featured.  The focus on getting players who were born and raised in other countries, but have Jamaican lineage, to play for the team has also contributed to the lack of young players being implemented into the national squad.<br /> <br /> Leon bailey was developed in Jamaica with the Phoenix All Star Academy under the guidance of his stepfather Craig Butler. Since signing for Genk in 2015, the pacy winger has gone on to become one of the most important players in the team. His exploits in the Europa League this season also turned a lot of heads and he was subsequently named in the Europa League team of the group stage. His other achievements also include being shortlisted for the FIFA Golden Boy award last year and he was also named best young player in the Belgian Pro League for the 2015/16 season.<br /> <br /> He&rsquo;s quick, he can score goals and he has the will to become a great player: superb attributes for a talent so young. However, in Leon Bailey, Jamaica lost the opportunity to boast one of the world&rsquo;s best talents and perhaps a talent which could have helped us to achieve that ever elusive spot in another World Cup.<br /> <br /> We might find it extremely difficult to lure Bailey to play for Jamaica, but the Jamaican football powers should now focus on how we can transition our prolific and extremely talented young footballers into a national team that is ageing and under-achieving. There are so many players in our schoolboy football leagues that deserve to be looked at and developed.  Many mentioned the likes of Alex Marshall who had a fantastic season last year. This year, it&rsquo;s Jourdaine Fletcher who has everyone talking after having a fantastic 36-goal return in the recently concluded ISSA FLOW Schoolboy Football Competitions. These players and more, based on recent history, will eventually get lost in the system and never be heard of or seen again. <br /> <br /> If our football is to improve and return to where it once was then the youths should become our priority. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12997965/Leon-Bailey_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 09, 2017 1:56 PM #PressRecord with reggae artiste Runkus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-PressRecord-with-reggae-artiste-Runkus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552177/Runkus_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:55 AM Top rumours after one week in the January transfer window http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Top-rumours-after-one-week-in-the-January-transfer-window 1. Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea - The Monaco midfielder is likely to be a welcomed addition to the Blues. He impressed managers with how instrumental he has been for his team in Ligue 1. Chelsea now &pound;60 million rich after Oscar's transfer to China is said to start bidding soon. Chelsea, is however not ready to pay the &pound;30m asking price.<br /> <br />  Bakayoko is also being linked to Manchester United. If he's looking to win any trophies this season he might be better off at Chelsea. Chelsea midfield has also seemed to lack a bit of incision a few times this season, particularly in rough matches when Eden Hazard goes MIA.<br /> <br /> 2. Diego Costa to Tianjin Quanjian - Costa has been linked to the Chinese Super League team who is rumoured to be offering &pound;80m for the forward. Costa attempted to dismiss the rumours by expressing his satisfaction with his place at Stamford Bridge. Additionally, it would make little sense for Antonio Conte to sell his top goal scorer at such a critical point of the season.<br /> <br /> 3. Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United - It is rumoured that Manchester United wants the Frenchman along with his club mate Saul Niguez. Unfortunately for Manchester United, their contracts were just freshly renewed and their buyout clause cumulatively is  &pound;145m. Atletico Madrid perhaps would be doing themselves a great disservice letting those players go. Both players would also likely be assured more game time and Champions League football if they stayed. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12662161/000_7W9UJ_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:37 AM Interview with 19-year-old producer and songwriter Tessellated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Interview-with-19-year-old-producer-and-songwriter-Tessellated Here's what he had to say:<br /> <br /> Which of these kids were you in high school: the popular kid, the nerd or just a part of the crowd?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I feel the high school experience is far too complex and multifaceted to be explained by any of those options.<br /> <br /> What's the most played song on your phone?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Right now it's probably Redbone by Childish Gambino.<br /> <br /> If you could have any super power what would it be?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Definitely the ability to fly! <br /> <br /> If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life which one would it be?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Very hard question, it would have to be between The Beatles&rsquo; Sgt. Pepper&rsquo;s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Bob Marley&rsquo;s Exodus.<br /> <br /> How did you get started?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I was always involved with music from a young age playing various instruments on and off, but I really started making music when I was 16. I used software I downloaded online and watched tutorials on YouTube. <br /> <br /> Did you always want to be a musician? What would you be if you weren't a musician?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I didn&rsquo;t always want to be a musician, I think if I wasn&rsquo;t doing music I would be doing something in science, probably physics or chemistry.<br /> <br /> How long does it take you to put together a new song?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: It really varies a lot! The foundation of a song generally takes anywhere between two to eight hours depending on how complex it is. But then when it comes to recording, mixing and generally fine-tuning the song to get the final product there are songs I&rsquo;ve done in a single night and others that I&rsquo;ve been working on for months and have probably put 50 or more hours of work into. It really just depends on how things flow at that specific time. <br /> <br /> Describe your musical process.<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Everything I make first starts with some form of inspiration, a lot of the time this will be from some other music I&rsquo;ve listened to, but other times it could be from a film, painting or just how I&rsquo;m feeling that day. Once I have a little idea, I open up Ableton Live (the software I use to produce) and start laying down my idea, usually a bassline or drum pattern in the beginning. After that, I start to build on it layer by layer, adding in new elements and sometimes taking out others. Once the song has started to take shape I&rsquo;ll decide whether I want to write to it or send it off to someone else to write to, and after vocals have been sorted out I&rsquo;ll go in and start to clean up everything to create the final product.  <br /> <br /> What do you believe sets you apart from other aspiring musicians and young talents on the rise?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: I think every musician or artiste is unique in their own way; nobody shares the same experiences and therefore each person has a different story to tell. For me, I think I&rsquo;m just experimenting with fusing my various influences in a way that not many people have heard before. I also go in a completely different direction sonically, compared to that of a lot of new musicians. <br /> <br /> What inspires your music?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: Like I said in the earlier question, my music is inspired by everything around me! Life itself is inspiration and in every facet of life there is something to be appreciated, which is something I try to remember as an artiste and in general.<br /> <br /> What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a musician?<br /> <br /> Tessellated: If you really love it, go for it. However, you should know that real improvement and creating the kind of music you want doesn't happen overnight. I&rsquo;ve spent hours and hours, night after night for years now and I'm still learning every day, but if you love the music then you&rsquo;ll enjoy every second of it. Another important thing is to learn to take criticism but also to learn when not to take criticism. This is a hard balance to find but will allow you to grow and improve as an artiste if you figure it out. <br /> <br /> Joshua Meeks is 19 years old and in his second year at university studying music. He previously attended Campion College.<br /> <br /> Check out his music on SoundCloud: <br /> <br /> https://www.soundcloud.com/tessellated, and find him on Twitter @tessellated and Instagram @tessellatedvibes. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552142/Tesselated_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:29 AM Ed Sheeran FINALLY has new music http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Ed-Sheeran-FINALLY-has-new-music Shape Of You is upbeat and gives slight dancehall vibes, but Ed Sheeran separates himself from most of today's artistes that are riding the popular wave of sampling dancehall songs, by using acoustic guitar heavily in the song. In so doing the song still sounds very much like Ed even though it's not quite like anything he's ever done before.<br /> <br /> In that same song Ed croons about a girl he met at the bar. Lines like 'Girl you know I want your love, your love was handmade for somebody like me'  and 'I'm in love with the shape of you, we push and pull like a magnet do' coupled with Sheeran's penchant for story-weaving make this song light and give it a love song kind of vibe, instead of just an ode to a beautiful body.<br /> <br /> Castle On The Hill is all about Ed's days growing up in the countryside. He sings about memories from breaking his arm at age six to first kisses and first weekend jobs. So it's not as outright catchy or lighthearted as Shape Of You, but by the time the chorus hits the third time you'll likely find yourself caught up in Ed's emotion and thinking of friends from back when (or even those you hung out with yesterday). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552137/Ed-Sheeran_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 06, 2017 8:21 AM Assessing Chelsea&rsquo;s title hopes ahead of their Tottenham clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Assessing-Chelsea-s-title-hopes-ahead-of-their-Tottenham-clash It has been a convincing start to the 2016/17 campaign after a very tumultuous year last season, finishing 10th which was the lowest the club has finished since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.<br /> <br /> Under the guidance of Italian and former Juventus boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea&rsquo;s season has been nothing but solid. After two disappointing losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, the energetic 47-year-old has guided Chelsea to a never before done 13 consecutive Barclays Premier League victories.<br /> <br /> The loss at the Emirates prompted Conte to switch formations to a 3-4-3 and the team hasn&rsquo;t looked back since, conceding only four goals and scoring 30.<br /> <br /> Star striker Diego Costa looks like he&rsquo;s back to the form that led the team to the title two years ago under then manager Jose Mourinho. The Spaniard has 13 goals in the league already this season, which is one more than he got in the entire 2015/16 campaign. If Chelsea are to claim their fifth title then they would need Costa to remain on top form and out of the referee&rsquo;s books.<br /> <br /> As for other contenders that might spoil Chelsea&rsquo;s season, Liverpool seems to be their closest threat, sitting five points behind the leaders. Chelsea has the opportunity to go eight points clear with a win in their clash against Tottenham Hotspurs tomorrow. <br /> <br /> Liverpool's leaky defence creates an imbalance within the team that is currently the league&rsquo;s highest goal scorers with 41 goals. Pep&rsquo;s Manchester City has been inconsistent so far, after what was a very impressive start to the Spaniards reign at the Etihad. Arsenal, as usual, has begun to falter and many doubt, even with the goal scoring form of Alexis Sanchez, that the <br /> <br /> Gunners will be able to go all the way and challenge for the title.<br /> <br /> With no external influence (European competitions), Chelsea seems unstoppable. They&rsquo;re fit, determined and have a manager who believes in winning titles. They are the most consistent team in the league at the moment and history has proven that with their current position in the table, we can expect only one outcome. Let&rsquo;s see what will happen. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11651506/000_Par8136536_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, January 03, 2017 12:29 PM