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Nestlé Scouts ‘Youth’ at CMU Career Fair

For these four CMU students, “it all starts with a Nescafé.”

THE CARIBBEAN Maritime University (CMU) hosted its annual career fair for final-year students under the theme ‘Transitioning for the World of Work’. The aim of the event is to adequately prepare prospective graduates for the work environment. The CMU strives to repare industry ready graduates and seeks partnership in accomplishing this, relying on the expertise of industry professionals. The career fair was held on February 27, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Interviews were facilitated throughout the event to scout for potential youth for its ‘Nestlé Needs YOUth’ summer internship programme... read more

Would You Rather? – Little siblings 

Siblings (n.)  A combination of a best friend and a pain in the neck (‘teen definitions’, Pinterest). 

To those of us who have siblings, we’ve all had moments where we love them endlessly, and others where we wonder how it’s possible that we’re even related to them. This can happen especially often with our little siblings. They’re the ones that we want to protect, but also yell at for their annoying existence. So it’s often hard to make decisions when it comes to our pesky little sibs. Here are a few scenarios that might help us clarify how we really feel about our little siblings... read more

The best or worst valentine day experience

The day of couples, chocolate and flowers is upon us, however this year Youthlink conducted a VOX pop to see what you guys would consider to be the best or worst valentine day experience. We got a few responses which was based on personal experiences, and some which portrayed what they considered the worst and best experiences. So let the experiences begging. 

Kelshaire Ellis Age: 19 “My worst Valentine’s Day 
Next to Christmas I always look forward to Valentine’s Day regardless of any situation I’m in. But February 13, 2016 was one of the worst days of my... read more

COUNTDOWN: Valentine’s Day traditions that likely won’t exist in 10 years

The day of Valentine is one to show love. We’ve formulated a number of practices to express our feelings to each other on this day, romantic and otherwise. Valentine’s Day traditions exist not only in Jamaica but worldwide. However many of us who celebrate the day are beginning to falter in maintaining these traditions. There are some that have already begun to fade. We can identify some maintained traditions here and there; but that list can only last for so long. Here is a list of five Valentine’s Day traditions that will probably be obsolete in the next ten years:

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The National Library of Jamaica celebrates World Read Aloud Day 2018

On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. the National Library of Jamaica joined millions around the world in celebrating #WorldReadAloudDay2018. The celebration took place in the Daphne Douglas Reading Room of the National Library of Jamaica. Authors Owen “Blakka” Ellis and A-dZiko Simba Gegele read to the gathering which included students and teachers from St.Hugh’s and Holy Trinity High Schools. Guests were treated to a tour of the National Library of Jamaica to culminate the day’s activities.

Beverley Lashley, National Librarian/CEO said that “reading-aloud... read more

Relationships: 6 reasons why some guys don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day

1. He doesn’t want to spend
There are some guys who see Valentine’s Day as just an extra strain on their pockets and to avoid that, they put up the façade of not believing in it or celebrating it. Usually these guys are easy to identify and follow a pattern of thrifty spending. So, if he is always a little stingy then on Valentine’s Day, don’t expect anything different.

2. He’s not into expressing emotions
The nature of Valentine’s Day constitutes a whole lot of expressing deep feelings that some guys don’t usually do. It doesn’t always... read more

Would You Rather: Awkward Convos with your friends

No one is comfortable having awkward conversations. Having them tends to make us anxious or scared. However there are times when awkward conversations with people like our parents, teachers or friends cannot be avoided. Despite this, there are times when we still try to avoid such conversations, especially when they have the potential to compromise of relationships. Here are a list of ‘would you rathers’ to help us decide just how much awkwardness we’re willing to endure within our friendships:

You have a friend who practises poor hygiene. Everyone laughs at her about it... read more

Draw Your Vision of the Car of the Future - Enter Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

January 20, 2016 – “The Toyota Air Planter” is a car of the future conceptualized and designed by Caden Ferguson of Munro College. His was the winning entry in the 12 – 15 years old Category of the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Caden proposed that this vehicle is a solution to the negative impacts of global warming. “The artwork represents a Toyota plane flying over the world, planting trees as it passes over countries bringing back life to the world which can be seen by the animals and the sky,” said Caden in his description of his winning art piece. “It uses the idea that the... read more

Countdown: Top 7 newest slangs Jamaicans are using

We’ve recently acknowledged that many of our Jamaican proverbs and sayings have disappeared with time. However, that does not mean the loss of our creative use of language and metaphors. There are a number of Jamaican phrases and slangs that we have developed and use today. Young people especially hear and use these slangs every day. Here are 7 of the most current slangs Jamaicans use:

7.    Pree – the term is used vastly, usually meaning to focus on something. Depending on the scenario it can simply mean to look, to analyze, or to look intently in a way that might be considered... read more

Countdown: 7 Jamaican sayings we don’t use anymore

A large part of our history and culture has always been our proverbs of didactic, comedic or portentous significance. These are things we would hear every day in Jamaica. However there are certain sayings that seem to be disappearing from our daily life. Though the use of proverbs tends to be sparse among the youth of our country, any young person with grandparents or old-fashioned parents can identify sayings like “one-one co-co full basket” or “wah sweet nanny-goat a guh run ‘im belly”. Although, even this feature of our culture appears to be waning. Members of the upcoming generation of... read more

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