Tuesday, 23 April 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Deon Hemmings-McCatty lauded for community service in Brooklyn

New York's Brooklyn Borough Hall was awash in the vibrant energy of the Caribbean on Tuesday, April 16, as locals turned out in droves to celebrate Jamaican-born Olympian Deon Hemmings-McCatty, as well as Diaspora honorees and Caribbean athletes at the Team Jamaica Bickle awards reception. President of Tower Isle's Patties, Patrick Jolly, presented Hemmings-McCatty with the Beryl Levi Award for community service. The event also served as a pep rally leading into the Penn Relays, slated for April 25-27. Hemmings-McCatty has the enviable distinction of being the first-ever woman from Jamaica, and indeed the English-speaking Caribbean, to win an individual Olympic gold medal. She achieved this remarkable feat at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, in the 400M hurdles, setting a new world record (52.64 secs), which stood until 2004. 

PM Portia Simpson-Miller on Monday received a courtesy call from Antiguan Prime Minister Dr. Baldwin Spencer at Jamaica. Prime Minister Spencer was wrapping up a 4-day visit to the island. The two prime ministers discussed a range of bilateral and regional matters. Prime Minister Spencer left the island later Monday evening. 

Hearty congrats to Guyana-born HIV expert Dr. Deborah Persaud, who has landed a coveted spot on Time Magazine's 2013 salute to the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Dr. Persaud, a top researcher at John Hopkins Paediatric, was propelled into the spotlight in early March, after news broke that she led a team that "cured" a baby of HIV. On Time's new power list, Persaud is in fine company, as she is among such global movers and shakers as US President Barack Obama, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, NBA MVP LeBron James, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. The honorees were feted at a gala in New York at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Tuesday.

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