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Greetings and welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER


For the first time in many years Britain had a snow-covered Christmas.  Despite the national weather crew forecasting the snow was coming, airports closed, trains were cancelled, cars were abandoned on motorways and main roads were not gritted.  When it comes to snow, the Brits (bless dem) can never get it right.  However, regardless of all the woes and complaints about the cold snap, the children loved it and at least two good things have surfaced; Mother Earth is claiming back her seasons and the Festive Season looked seasonal.

Welcome to our new PANTHER NEWSLETTER readers.  In this issue we have an expressive ARTIST OF THE MONTH, the FEATURED STORY, NORMSKI’S ARTICLE and everybody’s favourite, THE CULTURE CORNER.  There’s lots of news to get through in this issue, ‘So tune in ’til ah mornin’ me bredrins and sistrens and enjoy this issue of PANTHER NEWSLETTER; Bless. ‘  



 Black Students Deserve Better From Oxbridge

Last year only one Afro-Caribbean British student was accepted at any of Oxford’s 38 colleges to study as an undergraduate.  Only 27 British students from any origin defining themselves as black were admitted as undergraduates.  Read more about it here…

Pizza Hut Apologises to AFC Bournemouth Over Bill Row

Pizza Hut has apologised to a group of black League One footballers who claim they were racially discriminated against at a restaurant; read on…

Birmingham: Gunshot Sensors Used in the UK for the First Time

Sensors which can detect gunshots being fired have been installed in areas of Birmingham; more…



Nigeria Files Charges Against Dick Cheney, Haliburton Over Bribery Case

Nigerian prosecutors filed charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and companies including Halliburton Co., where he was chief executive officer until 2000, for alleged bribery, according to court documents; more…

Death Toll of Bomb Blasts Reaches 80 in Nigeria’s Jo’s

The death toll from the Christmas Eve bomb blasts in central north Plateau State had risen to 80, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Monday; read on…

Gbagbo Supporter Calls For Ouster of UN Peacemakers from Ivory Coast

The leader of a militia that supports incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is calling on his supporters to oust foreign troops by Friday; Continued…

African Leaders Meet With Gbagbo to Deal with Ivory Coast Crisis

Three African presidents met with their defiant counterpart in Ivory Coast Tuesday in an effort to defuse the country’s political crisis; more…

Crossroads Sudan: Lines of Division

Sudan stands at a crossroads with the people of the South set to vote in January on whether to become an independent state; here… 



Haiti Election: Manigat, Celestin and Martelly profiles

The second round of Haiti’s presidential election, set for 16 January, will be between governing party candidate Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat; more…



UK Snow: Big Freeze Returns as Airports Shut and Roads Closed

The big freeze returned with a vengeance as heavy snow closed schools, shut airports and brought traffic to s standstill; here…

Snow Brings Travel Gridlock on Busiest Weekend Before Christmas

Blizzard conditions brought large parts of Britain to a standstill as major airports closed their runways and roads became impassable during the busiet weekend before Christmas; continued…


Blizzards Strand Thousands in US

An East Coast blizzard that has forced nearly 7,000 US flight cancellations will leave many travellers stranded until the end of the week; here…



For those of you who want to know about Kwanzaa.  Check out the interesting comments; here…


Glory to the Word-Sound-Power of  HIM; here…

Winnie Mandela Opera to Premiere in South Africa

An opera about the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela is to premiere in Pretoria next year, it has been announced; read on…



US Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54

The Grammy-nominated American soul singer Teena Marie has been found dead at her California home at the age of 54, her manager has said; more…

Billy Taylor, US Jazz Musician and Composer Dies at 89

The jazz musician and composer Billy Taylor has died in New York of heart failure at the age of 89; here…

US Soul Singer Bernard Wilson Dies Aged 64

US soul singer Bernard Wilson, a member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, has died at the age of 64; read on…

Boney M Singer Bobby Farrell Dies Aged 61

Bobby Farrell, front man of the 1970s disco group Boney M, has died at the age of 61, his agent has announced; continued…

Those We Have Lost in 2010

Lena Horne the Jazz singer, Guru of Gang Starr, Siphiwo Desmond Ntshebe the Opera Singer, Gary Coleman, Allie-Ollie Woodson, Marvin Isely of The Isley Brothers, Sugar Minott, Vonetta Mcgee the Blaxploitation Film Star, Abbey Lincoln, Robert Wilson, Solomon Burke, Gregory Isaacs, Shirley Verrett, Leslie Nielsen.

…And Those Nearest and Dearest

Agnes Weekes and Petrie Hendrickson

“May their love-light continue to shine on them and those they loved the most – Jah Bless.”

One Response to “GREETINGS & NEWS”

  1. Merri Marcelli Says:

    Amazing story, bookmarked your site with hopes to see more!

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