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+ 2012 National Senior Championships


t’s approximately 28 days before the greatest athletic competition on earth and our athletes are gearing up to repeat the successes they enjoyed four years ago in Beijing. The 2012 JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships will be held from Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 1 at the National Stadium, as our top athletes compete for a spot on the Jamaican Olympic team. Defending Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, as well as Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell will vie for the top spot in the 100m race. It’s expected to be a

fierce showdown reminiscent of an Olympic final. On the female side, defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart will face-off in the women’s 100m race, along with other outstanding athletes. Tickets are available for purchase at Acropolis Barbican, Acropolis Cross Roads, Supreme Ventures Tobago Ave, Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston, York Pharmacy and the National Stadium Ticket office.

Season tickets: Grandstand (GS) $5,000 Friday June 29th GS A – $2,000 GS B – $1,500 GS C – $1,200 Bleachers – $500

Saturday June 30th GS A – $1,200 GS B – $1,000 GS C – $800 Bleachers – $500

Sunday – July 1st GS A – $2,000 GS B – $1,500 GS C – $1,200 Bleachers – $500


With SPF Weekend coming up this August, we caught up with a few of the masterminds behind this ultra-luxe three-day experience.


Harvey Lynn Do you have a weekend must eat or a favourite food spot? Cannonball in Loshusan, Barbican. Your weekend drink is... Prosecco Weekend favourite Lazy Sunday morning on the iPad.


David Shirley Where is your favourite weekend getaway? Villas Sur Mer, Negril. It’s beautiful, the ambience is great and the seclusion helps to rejuvenate my mind and body away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Your weekend drink is … Scotch and ginger ale with a splash of Red Bull.


Warren McDonald If you only had one free weekend, what would you do? I would spend it either on the west end of Negril or at the Blue Hole in Portland. Your weekend drink is... A classic mojito.



Mark Lindo

Kevin Bourke

What has been your best weekend ever? SPF Weekend 2011, because it turned out to be a great, fun-filled weekend, one that was totally unexpected. A group of friends coming together to host a weekend for mature-minded adults with premium brand partners using landmark destinations in St Ann: the vibe started with BNM Eye Candy; Fiction Beach took it up several notches and the weekend climaxed with Soiree SPF. The feedback that we got from the inaugural SPF Weekend was truly amazing and we can’t wait for the independence weekend to come.

What would be your ideal weekend? My ideal weekend would be with my family, my wife Kay, son Matthew and baby girl Jazzmine, somewhere by a beach – preferably Silver Sands, where my family beach house is. Camera in hand :)

Your weekend drink is... Vodka and cranberry with a splash of Ting

Your weekend drink is... Appleton Special and Pepsi or a nice Cabernet Sauvignon


+ Jamaica Military Tattoo


aking its return after a 30-year hiatus, Jamaica Military Tattoo gets underway this weekend, celebrating not only Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, but also the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) golden anniversary. The event, themed ‘The First Five Decades: Precision, Pomp and Pageantry’, will feature over 400 local and overseas military and civilian performers doing a variety of activities including musical performances, martial arts demonstrations and military drill routines. Some notable highlights from overseas: t$BOBEJBO'PSDFT1JQFTBOE%SVN#BOE t#SJUJTI"SNFE'PSDFT3PZBM.BSJOFT#BOE4FSWJDF t.JMJUBSZNVTJDBMTUZMJOHGSPN%JTUSJDUPG$PMVNCJB/BUJPOBM Guard t5SPPQTGSPN1FPQMFT3FQVCMJDPG$IJOBQFSGPSNJOHNBSUJBM arts t5SJOJEBEBOE5PCBHP%FGFODF'PSDF4UFFM0SDIFTUSB t1BSBDIVUFKVNQEJTQMBZCZ(VZBOFTF%FGFODF'PSDF

The event will take place from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and commence each night at 7:30pm at the Polo Field in Up Park Camp. The Tattoo Village will be open from 3pm each day, featuring displays from the JDF and the event’s sponsors. Tickets available at Up Park Camp and prices range between $500 and $2,000 per day.


+ Breezes Grand Resort & Spa – Negril


rriving early for check in at a hotel could be a bother, but the people at Breezes Negril made it the perfect start to my weekend. Being ushered into the lunchroom sans baggage, before making a single payment, showed that at this establishment, the guests definitely come first. I was looking for a weekend full of activities and entertainment, and that is what I got while celebrating my mother’s birthday there. In addition to the pristine beach, clean pools and free painting lessons, the staff was a composition of extra sweet and accommodating people who always remembered our names and the fact that it was my mother’s special day. The cake they baked for her at a moment’s notice was literally the icing on the top of an amazing three days. But the highlight for hungry bellies like me would definitely be the food, which was a surprising break from the usual mass-produced north coast hotel staples. The in-house French restaurant, Pierce, created a memorable a la carte experience that blended well with the tropical feel of the resort. While rest and relaxation was definitely on my mother’s mind, my busy body had to find and take advantage of all the water sports, including the glass bottom boat rides, water skiing and wind surfing from dawn till dusk. All in all, a Breezes Negril weekend is one way I would definitely like to spend my time again in the nottoo-distant future.


+ What to do this wknd PORTLAND JERK FESTIVAL FOLLY GREAT HOUSE, PORT ANTONIO FRIDAY, JUNE 29-SUNDAY, JULY 1 ‘Jamaica 50 Jerk Experience’ is the theme for this year’s event and will feature over 25 authentic jerk chefs who will prepare a variety of meats. Admission: $1,000 (pre-sold) $1,300 (gate) Free for children under 4ft

KOTE AND DÉCOR VIII ART MARKET 8 HILLCREST AVENUE FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Décor VIII will be launching Art Market and the event will feature entertainment by Supersad Drummers, Derran Andrews, Michael Elliott, Energy Plus Metro Band and Faithe D’Aguilar. From 5pm-9pm

ENTREPRENEURIAL MARKETPLACE THE COURT YEARD, 64 KNUTSFORD BLVD FRIDAY, JUNE 29 The Jamaica Association of Young Professionals will host the marketplace, which will be showcasing products and services of young business professionals. From 9am to 6pm

PASSION SOCA RELOAD VILLAGE BLUES BAR FRIDAY, JUNE 29 100 per cent soca by Kurt Riley, DJ Billy and DJ Richie RAS Admission: $800 and ladies 2-for-1 before 1am

UBER CLUB PRIVILEGE FRIDAY, JUNE 29 The every-Friday, drink-inclusive club experience. Admission: Women, $1,000 and men, $2,000 FAMOUS FRIDAYS FICTION LOUNGE FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Enjoy 2-for-1 Cafe Patron specials or three for $1,000. It’s the premium experience at Fiction Lounge. Admission: $1,000 CORPORATE MINGLE SPANISH COURT HOTEL FRIDAY, JUNE 29 This month’s sponsor is Barita Investments. From 6-10pm

ULTRA INCLUSIVE SATURDAYS FICTION LOUNGE SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Get on the guest list for this Saturday’s staging. Admission: $2,000 (men) and $1,500 (women) BRUT XT TWITTER TREASURE HUNT PORTMORE SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Brut XT’s Twitter followers will scour Portmore Mall and the surrounding area, looking for hidden clues for a chance to win cool electronics worth up to $20,000. Register for the treasure hunt by following @BrutXTJA on Twitter, and tweeting #playingBrutXT.

#wkndr recommends LAVISH: BEACH ROYALE SUGARMAN’S BEACH CLUB SATURDAY, JUNE 30 This mixed drink-inclusive, ultra-chic beach party will be happening from 4pm to 2am. Admission: $1,200 (pre-sold), $1,500 (gate), $2,500 (Lavish Deck) HYDRATE! LIME GOLF ACADEMY SATURDAY, JUNE 30 The ultimate super all-inclusive water event of the summer with music by ZJ Rush, Renegade and more Admission: $2,000 (pre-sold) $2,500 (gate) LIBERATION: GENERATION ISRAEL JAMAICA COLLEGE AUDITORIUM SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Purchase your e-ticket now for the gospel concert and win a free copy of the album. Pre-sold tickets no longer available. Click here to purchase. Tickets: US$9.50 SMUDGE WATER PARK POLICE OFFICER’S CLUB SUNDAY, JULY 1 The drink-inclusive event will feature music by ZJ Liquid, ZJ Ice, ZJ Chrome and Chromatic. Admission: $2,000 (pre-sold), $2,500 (gate), $3,500 (VIP dry zone) DRY BONES… LIVE! STELLA MARIS CHURCH HALL SUNDAY, JULY 1 Featuring Praise Academy of Dance, Fellowship Tabernacle (Portmore), Kingdom Poets and more. 6pm – 9pm Admission: $500 (pre-sold), $650 (gate)

+ Lychee Martini

Ingredients Ice cubes 6 ounces vodka 4 ounces lychee juice Splash vermouth 2 lychees, for garnish Directions In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka, lychee juice and vermouth. Shake until chilled. Pour into two martini glasses and garnish with lychees.

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June 29, 2012

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