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Barbadian picks up Diaspora Award

Derrice Deane of Voice of America in Washington DC is the winner of the United Nations Population Fund’s new c for excellence in reporting on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights issues.
[image1_right]Deane, a Washington DC-based national of Barbados, took honors at last Friday’s Caribbean Media Awards ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica for an entry entitled “Staying Alive: HIV/AIDS Youth Prevention Program”.
Barbadian-born Deane received the special award from Marsha Suraj, Continental Airlines’ Sales Manager for Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. She also picked up US$750 in cash, compliments of Coca-Cola and UNFPA for her entry which won her the runner-up gold position in the radio category.

Continental Airlines,Êthe second largest carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean, operates direct nonstop flights to 18 destinations on 12 islands in the Caribbean from its New York/Newark hub, as well as flightsÊto six Caribbean destinationsÊfrom Houston.

The airline isÊcommitted toÊthe Caribbean-American community. “Hence the reason we are particularly pleased to sponsor the Diaspora Award ... since many of our customers are from the Caribbean, residing in the U.S. and frequently travel back home to visit friends and family,” said Marsha Suraj. She underscored Continental Airlines’ commitment to the Caribbean through the increase of its service to the Caribbean by 22 percent since September 2003.