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 Race to the cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Race-to-the-cup_17456180 THE schoolboy football season is almost upon us and with the fixtures for each group already released, fans are anxiously awaiting what is almost sure to be another fantastic Manning Cup. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hundreds benefit from National Children's Summit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Hundreds-benefit-from-National-Children-s-Summit_17455994 A wide cross section of children in Jamaica got a chance to voice their opinion on issues affecting them, learn new skills, and have fun at the Child Development Agency's (CDA) National Children's Summit recently held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on August 21, 2014. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Public Defender Essay Competition extended to October 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Public-Defender-Essay-Competition-extended-to-October-3_17455962 ENTRIES for the Essay Competition mounted by the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), and targeted to students at the high school and tertiary educational institution levels, which was launched on June 30, has been extended to Friday, October 3. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Giving Youth a Purpose http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Giving-Youth-a-Purpose-_17455990 Dr. Trevor Hamilton, developer of the Purposeful Alignment psychometric assessment (2nd right) and Melody Cammock, co-founder, Re-Birth Project, recently sat down to have a rap session with Keiron Lothian (left) and his mother Kenisha Salmon (2nd left) to discuss how completing the purposeful alignment assessment will enable him to discover his true talent and strengths so that he can make informed decisions about his future. The discussion followed the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Trevor Hamilton & Associates & Center of Excellence and the Re-Birth Project team whereby the company will provide complimentary Purposeful Alignment psychometric assessments valued at over $200,000 for the 20 children, from Tivoli Gardens and Norman Manley High Schools, who participated in phase one of the Re-Birth project . Purposeful Alignment is also keen on highlighting parents critical role in encouraging their children to set goals based on their strengths. Looking on is Keiron's brother (centre). The MOU will see THACE providing complimentary psychometric assessments for all the Re-Birth Project student participants. This is to be used as a protective strategy, with the aim being to better support the students academically, by helping them to develop their individual strengths. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT European Football Round-Up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/European-Football-Round-Up_17455956 Former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored a sensational solo goal to condemn Manchester City to a rare home loss, 1-0 to Stoke City. Diouf received the ball in the middle of his own half and proceeded to run towards City's goal, finishing with a nutmeg between Joe Hart's legs. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Juventus face stiff Serie A challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Juventus-face-stiff-Serie-A-challenge-_17455959 The last three seasons of the Italian Serie A saw Turin side Juventus finish easily as champions under manager Antonio Conte. The champions have gone through a managerial change since May but will the chasing pack seize the chance to snatch the Scudetto from Juve's grasp? We will look at those likely to be at the top as well as at the bottom. Local Youth Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT My first day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/MY-FIRST-DAY_17411004 FOR the older teens who are off to college, the first day of high school seems like ages ago. And the remember-whens are sure to pass through many lips in days to come. Every year a new crop of students face the unknown — the first day of high school. What to expect; what are the right moves to make; who should they talk to on the first day of school? Local Youth Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT 2015 Festival of Performing Arts Competition now open for entries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Enter-Now-_17411292 The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture is now accepting entries for the 2015 Festival of the Performing Arts Competition. Local Youth Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Spurs surge ahead of rivals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Spurs-surge-ahead-of-rivals_17410980 After two rounds of matches, Tottenham Hotspur lead the table after securing their second win from as many matches. Their resounding 4-0 win against newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers was sealed by a reinvigorated Nacer Chadli (2), young Eric Dier and Emmanuel Adebayor. Local Youth Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Atletico face stiff championship battle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Atletico-face-stiff-championship-battle_17410976 Atletico Madrid did the near impossible last season of breaking the decade long dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. They are now faced with the even harder task of retaining their La Liga title. This will be an even tighter title race. Local Youth Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cooling down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Cooling-down_17376225 THE summer days are long and hot. Generally, we try to use conventional methods of cooling down, such as turning on the fan or loading up on cold beverages. But what happens when your fan starts blowing hot air, or you just simply want a change? Here are some different ways of keeping cool this summer. Local Youth Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Summer Snaxx http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Summer-Snaxx-_17376545 The end of another summer is fast approaching and back to school preparations are underway. So, while there may not be plenty of time to be having fun there will always be time to eat. Local Youth Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Coronation for Miss Teen Portmore this Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Coronation-for-Miss-Teen-Portmore-this-Sunday_17376221 THE grand finals of the the Lasco/Curves Miss Teen Portmore Scholarship Pageant 2014 will be held atop the roof of the Portmore Pines Plaza, St Catherine, on Sunday, August 24. Local Youth Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Around the Entertainment Globe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Around-the-Entertainment-Globe-_17376223 5 New to the Billboard charts with a hot new song is 21-year-old American Meghan Trainor with her single All About That Bass. Currently ranked at number four on the US chart on an upward trend, the song comprises a pleasing tetro R&B rhythm. The song is intended to make plus-size girls feel better about themselves, but has received criticisms of containing lyrics that can be interpreted as disrespectful to slim females. Trainor retains that "I'm not bashing skinny girls, I know even you (skinny girls) struggle". Local Youth Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Can anyone stop Bayern Munich? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Can-anyone-stop-Bayern-Munich-_17376219 LAST season Bayern Munich won the German Bundesliga at a canter, finishing 20 points ahead of their closest rival Borussia Dortmund. Any neutral would want a more competitive, tighter league but the champions have only got stronger during the off-season. With that said, we will preview the teams expected to pose the biggest threat on Bayern's dominance as well as the league's cellar dwellers. Local Youth Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT King Louis’ reign starts with loss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/King-Louis--reign-starts-with-loss_17376224 New manager Louis van Gaal began his Manchester United tenure with a disappointing home loss to Swansea City 2-1 on Saturday. As expected, the home team started with a 3-5-2 formation and dominated possession throughout, but conceded the lead when Ki Seung-Yeung struck after 28 minutes. Captain Wayne Rooney equalised for United with an overhead kick in the second period, but 18 minutes from time, Gylfi Sigurdsson (recent signee from Tottenham Hotspurs) sealed the game for the Swans. It was United's first league opening home loss since 1972. Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT 28 talented teens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/28-talented-teens-and-sashed_17327176 THE grand coronation of the fifth staging of Miss Jamaica Caribbean Talented Teen is scheduled for August 23, 2014. Local Youth Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Big opportunity for Jamaica in ‘The Throw’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Big-opportunity-for-Jamaica-in--The-Throw-_17327211 JAMAICA'S athletes have accumulated a huge Olympic medal haul in sprinting, but the country has achieved relatively little in the field events over the years. Local Youth Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT teen TALK http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teen-TALK_17148222 ASHENE Brown, a 19-year-old University of Technology student, an aspiring pharmacist is our feature for Teen Talk this week. Sashene expresses herself: Local Youth Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT FETING THE SCHOLARS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/FETING-THE-SCHOLARS-_17327185 Sandals Foundation scholarship recipients from the Montego Bay Region, Rehema Tucker (left) and Vanesa Barnaby got a special greeting from the Sesame Street Character Zoey during a luncheon at Beaches Negril. Local Youth Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT England’s top clubs prepare to do battle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/England-s-top-clubs-prepare-to-do-battle_17332573 T is that time of year again when the new Barclays Premier League season is set to begin. This year the most exciting league in the world returns after an international football-filled break of three months since last May. We will look at the teams expected to grab headlines at both ends of the table. Local Youth Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Queen Crowned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Queen-Crowned_17301620 THE crowning of Miss Teen Jamaica took place recently at The Courtleigh Auditorium. It was a night for showcasing the talents and beauty of 15 of Jamaica's teenaged girls. Local Youth Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Flow back-to-school grant delights patrons at Wonderland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Flow-back-to-school-grant-delights-patrons-at-Wonderland_17303023 HE promoters of 'Wonderland' brought an amusement park right smack in the middle of Kingston, on the grounds of Jamaica College on Sunday, July 27. Local Youth Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Hydrating YOU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Hydrating-YOU_17301923 E are already halfway through the summer and the sun is in full effect with its heat forcing us to be constantly in front of fans or an AC unit. Local Youth Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT STATHS 4H Club shows at Denbigh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/STATHS-4H-Club-shows-at-Denbigh_17301648 WITH Agricultural Science as a subject area usually being synonymous with rural schools, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) has not simply dispelled that thought — they've done so with outstanding achievements in both agriculture and animal husbandry. Local Youth Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT