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 5 reasons to fear Jamaican parents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/5-reasons-to-fear-Jamaican-parents 1.      Sometimes it’s not what they do but it’s what they say. Growing up, one of the most famous phrases I used to hear was “If I lick yuh, yuh piss blood.” For any young child that must have been the worst of threats and unbearable to imagine, so you’d ensure not to do anything to make mommy or daddy angry. Another famous line Jamaicans used to thwart their kids from giving trouble was “Nuh mek me spit dry and you nuh reach back!” Whether you were going out or being sent on an errand, this was the last thing you wanted to hear. Teenage Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:58:43 GMT Jah 9 - Launch of 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Jah-9---Launch-of-9 With this said, Jah9 used the year of the 9  as a setting stone for the launch of her new album 9 which will be launched on the ninth of the ninth (September 9). Teenage Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:04:33 GMT Young entrepreneur making trails in shoe industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenBOSS--Waynette-Strachan 20-year-old Waynette Strachan is the owner of a popular "shoetique" (shoe-boutique) called Shoe Tease. She has been an entrepreneur for three years, however this endeavor has been in operation for almost one year. Recently, teenBOSS (TB) conversed with Strachan in order to gain some insight into her pursuits. Teenage Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:51:24 GMT RDX kickstarts summer with new dance ‘LOL’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/RDX-kickstarts-summer-with-new-dance-LOL “We look on the dance floor and see that everybody and dem granny a do the dance, but those who claim to be responsible for dancing wasn’t singing about it because they or their friends didn’t create it.” Delomar of RDX related.RDX says they "obeyed the dance floor" and created the LOL song.  Teenage Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:37:59 GMT Lessons for my 16-year-old self http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Lessons-for-my-16-year-old-self Imagine your five year high school career all comes down to a handful of subjects, hours in a room spent poring over some sheets of paper, and then ultimately some roman numerals. Being 16 can be tough. Teenage Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:56 GMT World Juniors: Jamaica’s Tiffany James leads 400m qualifiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/World-Juniors--Jamaica-s-Tiffany-James-leads-400m-qualifiers BYDGOSZCZ, Poland (CMC) – Jamaica’s Tiffany James posted the fastest qualifying time to advance as one of four Caribbean competitors to the semi-final of the women’s 400 metres at the IAAF Under-20 Championships here on Tuesday. Local News Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:00:17 GMT Usain Bolt short film ‘The Boy Who Learned to Fly’ released http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Usain-Bolt-short-film--The-Boy-Who-Learned-to-Fly--released Other than the cliché scenarios of Usain running through the streets of Trelawny as a young child, the short film depicts Bolts journey, struggles and appetite for the sport that has made him a global legend. Teenage Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:00:01 GMT Gotze back to Dortmund etc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/transfer-update-180716 Bayern Munich have confirmed that they are in talks with rivals Borussia Dortmund ahead of the potential move of Mario Gotze. The German World Cup winner has failed to star at Bayern and a possible move back to the club that gave him his first professional game as a footballer could be the perfect move to reignite his career. Bayern are reportedly holding out for ?20m for the 24 year-old who has just one year remaining on his contract. Teenage Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:31:36 GMT Pepsi to deliver music tour aimed at Jamaican millenials  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Pepsi-to-deliver-music-tour-aimed-at-Jamaican-millenials With the goal of developing deeper connections with millennials, the beverage giant will run the five week campaign island-wide, which will feature pop music events, trade activation and culminate in a massive concert, dubbed Pepsi Refresh Live.  Teenage Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:29:00 GMT Sticks and stones may break my bones... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones Bullying: it may seem like a newly minted word in Jamaican vernacular but we all get the gist of what it means more or less. And though we might not all call it by that name, we can't  reasonably deny that it happens. But when has a thing like reasonableness ever stopped some of us?  Teenage Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:14:18 GMT Reviewing Sevana's first solo project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Sevana-EP-review Her self-titled six-track EP is mostly light and breezy listening but maintains a confessional tone and has enough personal titbits in it to be reminiscent of a storytelling Taylor Swift. It begins with Carry You, a song dedicated to her brother and sprinkled with voice overs of her addressing him. This one, though personal, is entirely relatable for anyone who is close with their sibling(s) or has anyone they love like a sibling. Teenage Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:10 GMT Why I shine - Hanif Brown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Why-I-shine---Hanif-Brown Head Prefect of Ardenne High  Teenage Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:42:57 GMT Why do we all want to be introverts? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/The-introvert-trend One of the most popular personality fads which exists is that of being introverted. Young people nowadays seem to gravitate toward this supposedly mysterious and intriguing personality trait, eating it up like Sunday dessert and making it up like campfire stories because to them it's just another cool thing. Before I go any further, let's be sure we're clear as to who an introvert is. Teenage Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:26:38 GMT There is Bad Blood between Taylor and Calvin after all http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/There-is-Bad-Blood-between-Taylor-and-Calvin-after-all People magazine, just today, claimed to have exclusive confirmation from Swift's reps that Taylor had written hit song This Is What You Came For for Harris and TMZ has alleged she had even provided him with a demo she recorded on her phone. She wrote under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg and Harris claims this is because she initially wished to keep her part in the song secret. Teenage Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:15:09 GMT Trouble in the Chronixx and Zinc Fence camp? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Trouble-in-the-Chronixx-and-Zinc-Fence-camp The post showed a picture Chronixx, Zinc Fence's most popular collaborator and 'Teflon' with the caption "Me and a this #WasteMan will Neva Make music Again !!!! don't associate me with this #WasteMan".   Teenage Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:12:02 GMT Some of the crazy places Pokemon Go has carried Jamaicans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Some-of-the-crazy-places-Pokemon-Go-has-carried-Jamaicans Here's how it works: Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon "appear" around you on your phone screen so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. Pokémon Go is an example of highly successful augmented reality technology, and it is believed that more games and apps will try to mimic its success. Teenage Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:15:22 GMT The dangerous mix of politics and education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/The-dangerous-mix-of-politics-and-education Education Minister Ruel Reid’s warning of "drastic sanctions" for any school that does not comply with the Government’s new funding policy rang a tone which we do not imagine many principals will merrily receive. Teenage Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:59 GMT I-Land Chronicles: Jamaican comics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/I-Land-Chronicles-Jamaican-comics Maroon Black written by Racquel Reid-Grandison with artwork by Henry Grandison sees the main character, Daniel battling the Three Finger Jack in Half Way Tree, using the strength of the powers in his maroon blood. Bringing the Jamaican childhood myth of the Three Finger Jack is a stroke of genius on the part of the creators. It sparks interest, as TEENS definitely want to see if the artists’ interpretation of their childhood monster is anything like they imagined. Even though, the characters are well-developed artistically, they action drawings seem rigid in this comic. Teenage Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:20:27 GMT Euro 2016 team of the tournament   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Euro-2016-team-of-the-tournament GK – Rui Patricio (Portugal) Teenage Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:11:46 GMT Ronaldo led from the bench, cements his legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Ronaldo-led-from-the-bench--cements-his-legacy However, the admirable captain did not let that injury deter him from being the driving force for his team, a position that he has earned for all his spectacular achievements and excellent work ethic. For the rest of the match Ronaldo remained on the sideline, cheering, motivating and directing his teammates, almost inheriting the managerial position from Fernando Santos. Teenage Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:53:57 GMT Pogba to Man U? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/transfer-roundup-110716 With Real Madrid backing down from the race to sign the Frenchman. Pogba is almost certain to arrive at Old Trafford. Man Utd is willing to fork over £100m for Pogba according to reports. Based on his performance at the 2016 European Championships, it's easy to see why Real Madrid backed out. He is overpriced. It's better for both Man Utd and Pogba if he stays at Juventus. Teenage Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:24:41 GMT 5 reasons to not argue with a Jamaican http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/5-reasons-to-not-argue-with-a-Jamaican Never far from an argument and always irritated by the simplest of situations, ‘hot-headed’ decorum and ‘colourful’ language is very common. Such behaviour has become the basis of memes and comedic skits all over the world, however, here are five reasons why arguing with a Jamaican may not be so funny. Teenage Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:22:27 GMT Portugal vs France: Euro final preview http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Portugal-v-France-Euros-preview Portugal made it to the final after registering their first win within 90 minutes of the tournament after defeating Wales 2-0, with talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo scoring one and inadvertently assisting the other while the home nation comfortably dispatched World Champions Germany with two goals from potential player of the tournament Antoine Griezmann. Teenage Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:13:12 GMT Bathing suits... FrJoseWithLove http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Bathing-suits-FrJoseWithLove Joseanna Henry is the 22-year-old creative behind this bathing suit line, juggling a 9-5 and managing her own business, which she says isn’t stressful at all. “Owning a business, earning from something that I like doing doesn’t make it feel like work most of the times”. So for those of us who had a similar idea in mind, let Joseanna be your motivation. Teenage Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:32:19 GMT Jamaican artistes react to US shootings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Jamaican-artistes-react-to-US-shootings On his Instagram page, Reggae artiste Jesse Royal shared a quote from Malcolm X with the caption “We need to stop looking for the right things in the wrong places!!! Tired a talking!!! #altonsterling” Teenage Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:09:44 GMT