Tuesday, 24 April 2012

ON THE SCENE: PM Portia Simpson-Miller + Asafa Powell + Mavado + Yohan Blake + Dr. Peter Phillipps + Usain Bolt

OH, SNAP: April 18, Kingston. On the occasion of the first anniversary of Tracks & Records, sprint heavyweight Usain Bolt dropped in at the Marketplace eatery last Wednesday night to celebrate with staff and special guests and pose for pics with fans, even finding time to spin a few hits in the DJ booth. In other Dr. Bolt news, the sprinter is headlining this year's star-packed Jamaica International Invitational meet, set for May 5 inside the National Stadium.

LAUGHING MATTER: April 19, Kingston. TIME 100 honoree PM Portia Simpson-Miller (centre) is in high spirits, in the company of European Union Ambassador Paola Amadei and finance minister Dr. Peter Phillipps, following financial talks last Thursday morning at Jamaica House. PM Simpson-Miller used the opportunity to laud the European Union, which stands as Jamaica's single largest donor.

BAND OF BROTHERS: April 17, Los Angeles. Sharing a fraternal bond on the red carpet at the Arclight Theatre for the L.A. premiere of Marley, Gong scions Rohan, Ziggy and Robbie joined forces with Grammy-winning rap-star Snoop Dogg, who is reportedly at work on a reggae-influenced new album.

LOOKING AHEAD: April 19, Kingston. Ace sprinters Asafa Powell (right) and Yohan Blake, who are confirmed to grace the track at next month's Jamaica International Invitational, joined LIME Managing Director Garry Sinclair recently at the company's Carlton Crescent headquarters, where some $2.3 million was handed over to this year's crop of high-school athletes set to take part at the Penn Relays from April 26-28 at the University of Pennsylvania.

HIT MAKERS: April 6, Paris. Before a massive audience at the Dock Pullman in Paris, dancehall star Mavado (left) came on stage as the special guest of concert headliner Drake, who is presently in the throes of his world tour. Having given us a sample of his acting chops in Drake's "Find Your Love" clip back in 2010, Mavado is ready to transition to big-screen leading man, thanks to his role in Cess Silvera's upcoming Shottas sequel.

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