IN THE SWIM: National-record holder Alia Atkinson made history in London on Sunday when she became the third Jamaican ever to qualify for an Olympic swimming final after she advanced to the 100m breaststroke finals at the ongoing 2012 Games. Atkinson, 23, attained a personal best clocking of 1:06.79 in a swim-off with Canada's Tera Van Beilen, which became necessary as both swimmers tied for fourth place in semi-final one, with a time of 1:07.48. Both young women had also tied for the eighth and final spot for Monday’s final.
GETTING HIS DUE: Acclaimed Jamerican actor and director Jeff Anderson-Gunter will be honored during a ‘Jamaica Night’ celebration in Los Angeles on Independence Day, August 6, to be held at Derricks Jamaica Cuisine and Catering. Under the theme “Reminisce, Recite, Re-Live,” the special Jamaica 50 event is being put on by Celebrate Jamaica Los Angeles, and will also pay tribute to Barbara Barabino, President of the LA-based Ragga Muffins Productions, a reggae artiste promotion and production outfit.