GREETINGS & NEWS

“I don’t have a religion, you know.  This is what I am.  I am a Rastaman; so this is not religion.  This is life.” 

(From the book 60 Visions: A Book of Prophecy by Bob Marley: Book IV; VISION: 46. ISBN: 0971975817 www.tuffgongbooks.com)

GREETINGS

Greetings and welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 7

For the second month in succession PANTHER NEWSLETTER has had a record number of hits pon top of hits!  I give thanks to y’all for logging on, reading, enjoying and spreading the word.  A big shout goes out to more new readers here in the UK and to our new outer-national readers in Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, France, Belgium and Morocco: “Welcome aboard; rock and come in!”  In this issue we have more or less the usual suspects; a SPECIAL GUEST interview; part two of the FEAUTURED STORYNORMSKIS ARTICLE and everybody’s favourite THE CULTURE CORNER; so…

Sekkle steady, warm ‘n’ easy:  Enjoy PANTHER NEWSLETTER ISSUE 7.

 NEWS

JAMAICA

DUDUS: The man who holds a nation hostage

Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is not one of those flashy dons who one sees at every dance or nightclub ‘flossing’ with bottles of high-priced liquor and scores of scantily dressed girls in his entourage.  More…

Golding Blames US for Guns

KINGSTON has accused Washington of not doing enough to stem the flow of guns into the island.  Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding made the claim last week, during a two-hour-long presentation in Parliament.  More… 

MP wants State of Emergency extended to St Catherine: (Prime minister says assault will continue against gunmen)

THE Government has agreed to consider a suggestion that the limited State of Emergency in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew be extended to sections of St Catherine.  Read the full report and the reader’s comments here…

The UK medias take on the situation in Jamaica

Jamaica violence: Security forces strengthen grip on Kingston enclave: Thousands of police and soldiers stormed Tivoli Gardens ghetto in search of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, wanted on drug and gun charges in the US.  Read on…

  Barrier-breaking jazz star Lena Horne dies

Lena Horne, the jazz singer and actress known for her plaintive, signature song “Stormy Weather” and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, has died at the age of 92; read on…

Gang Starrs Guru has died of cancer aged 43.

Guru, real name Keith Elam, passed away April 19 2010 after a year-long battle with the disease.  The rapper, who formed Gang Starr in 1985, had suffered a heart attack on February 28 then slipped into a coma.  More…

Unfortunately we will not see these stories on the evening news or in the national newspapers

Notre Dames first black valedictorian

Katie Washington, biological sciences major from Gary, Indiana, has been named valedictorian of the 2010 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during Commencement exercises May 16 2010 in Notre Dame Stadium.  Continue…

13 Year Old Dominates College

At thirteen years of age, Stephen Stafford is causing quite a stir at Morehouse College. Stafford has a triple major in pre-med, math and computer science. Though he loves playing video games and playing his drum set, he is no typical teenager.  Continue…

HEALTH

Pass the Butter Please

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.  When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.  Read on…

ENTERTAINMENT

The Harder They Come (The Play) is on tour!

With foot-tapping reggae beat in his soul, country boy Ivan arrives in town with dreams of the big time; but the harsh reality of life soon drives him into the fast lane of guns and gangs, ending up torn between love and glory, poverty and fame, life and death.  Check out the tour dates here…

Kokumo appearing at the Rep (Birmingham)

Birmingham based artist Kokumo reflects on his experiences on a recent trip to Brazil with his work: Genesis 9:25.  Check out the dates and details here…

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