Wednesday, 25 January 2012

ON THE SCENE: PM Simpson-Miller + Damion Crawford + Mike Fennell + Natalie Neita-Headley + Akon + Barbara Blake-Hannah + Usain Bolt

THE BIG STAGE: Sportsman of the Year Dr. Usain Bolt was recently on the set of a commercial shoot for sponsors PUMA. The new ad is set to coincide with the company's wide-ranging promo activities in the run-up to the Summer Olympic Games in London, which opens with a grand welcoming ceremony on July 27.

WORLD RECORD: Usain Bolt, recording star? The World's Fastest Man has been busy laying down vocals in the studio. Stay tuned.

ROCK SOLID: Along with Alicia Keys, John Legend and Babyface, hip-hop star Akon was recently in the island working on reggae-spiked tracks for his next studio effort. Akon, who was reportedly in the studio with the Marley brothers Stephen and Damian, paid a visit to the Bob Marley Museum during his trip to Kingston.

POLITICAL SHEEN: A mid-morning interview on Tuesday with the Reggae Film Festival's Barbara Blake-Hannah in New Kingston drew an impromptu visit from the PNP's Damion Crawford, who works right across the street.

MEET AND GREET: PM Portia Simpson-Miller (left) is happily introduced to Deborah, the lovely wife of Pastor Derek Hughes, head of the First Baptist Church in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. During a courtesy call Tuesday at Jamaica House, Dr. Hughes outlined plans to assist with the re-building of the Mount Carey Baptist Church in St James, which was destroyed by fire in December 2010. Hughes noted that 60 percent of his church's membership is Jamaican and that they intend to build a long-term relationship with the country. Foreign Affairs minister, Senator A.J. Nicholson, (second left) looks on.

TALKING SPORTS: Last Friday, PM Simpson-Miller and Natalie Neita-Headley (Minister with responsibility for Sports) sat for an engaging meeting with the Mike Fennell, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), to discuss Jamaica’s preparation plans for the highly anticipated London Olympic Games, set for this summer.

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