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image001Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica,

One of the enduring traditions of Christmas is the coming together of families and friends. At Christmas the road from various continents leads back to Jamaica and families throughout our island eagerly await the arrival of their loved ones.  Let me welcome home all those who have come to gladden the hearts of their families and friends and to be re-energized in this beautiful land of ours. I also welcome all our friends, many of whom are return visitors, and hope that this Christmas in Jamaica will be your best ever.

It seems easier to extend the hand of love and friendship and to be good neighbours in the spirit of Christmas. I hope that Christmas still means togetherness for all of us. I hope that all across Jamaica families will come together; that broken relationships will be healed; that joy will radiate again in the hearts of people who have been saddened or embittered by the vagaries of life; that the hope for and assurance of better days ahead will spring anew and that peace will reign in our families and our nation.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 28, 2012: The Caribbean American media fraternity in New York is mourning one of its own.

Many woke up to the shocking news yesterday, Dec. 27th that Eion “Dreadless Ras” Saunders, founder of ZYNC TV/NEW YORK LINKZ, passed away suddenly early Thursday morning at a Brooklyn Hospital. He was 47.

imageTwo fishermen are expected back in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday, after a day on the water in late November turned into a three-week adventure that landed them in the territorial waters of Colombia.

Everton Gregory, 54, and John Sobah, 58, are professional fishermen from the Food For The Poor fishing village in the town of Lyssons, which is located in St. Thomas Parrish on the eastern coast of the island. When the men boarded the 28-foot fishing boat, they went with their tackle and just enough food and water for a few days. When the time came to head back, the boat’s motor failed.

judithRenowned dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith Jamison is the recipient of the 2013 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Bob Marley Award. The legendary icon, the first dance professional to receive the award, will be presented with the prestigious AFUWI Bob Marley Award at the glitzy Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in New York City.

The AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala, now in its 16th year, is an annual event which seeks to raise well-needed funds to support scholarship programs at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is its premier fundraising event in the United States.

The Bob Marley Award is a recognition granted to individuals whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries of race, color, creed and geographies, uniting people throughout the world in a spirit that embodies the essence of the music and lyrics of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

Ballet dancer, choreographer and artistic director, Judith Jamison worked closely with Alvin Ailey himself beginning in 1965.  She became an international dance star and Mr. Ailey created solo roles for her over the next 15 years.  Some of her most pivotal roles include “Blue Suites”, ”Revelation,” and most notably, “Cry.”  Before moving into the realm of choreography, Ms. Jamison toured with the company all over the world, danced “Pas de Duke” with Mikhail Baryshnikov and starred in the Broadway musical, “Sophisticated Ladies.”  Ms. Jamison later had an opportunity to choreograph for her own company, “The Jamison Project.”  During that time she choreographed ‘’Divining”, ‘’Time Out” and ‘’Tease.”  In 1989 she returned to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and succeeded Mr. Ailey as Artistic Director.  For the next 21 years, she dedicated herself to securing the company’s identity by creating and commissioning breakthrough dance repertory. Now, Artistic Director Emerita, Jamison has been named one of “The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and has received both an Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award amongst other honors. “We are eager to celebrate the achievements of Ms. Jamison, a woman that has used dance to move us, enthrall us and teach us about ourselves,” said Gala Chair, Janet Rollé EVP & Chief Marketing Officer of CNN Worldwide.  “She not only embodies the spirit in which the award was created with her past works, but we know she will continue to be an artistic mentor and exemplary model of positive cultural genius in the future.”

Also being honored during the evening will be Hon David N. Dinkins, the 106th mayor of the City of New York.  Mr. Dinkins will receive the Trailblazer Award for his work in instituting “Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids,” the model criminal justice plan for reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York City.

Among the other honorees are healthcare leader Frank Douglas, M.D., Ph.D., healthcare executive, Verona Greenland and eminent jurist Honorable Sylvia Hinds-Radix who will receive the Caribbean Luminary Award; Dan Lothian, CNN Whitehouse correspondent and Larry Quinlan, Global Chief Information Officer of Deloitte, who will be presented with the Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award, while Nielsen, global information and measurement company will receive the Corporate Award.  The Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals or entities which represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Harry Belafonte will again serve as Honorary Patron and Kaye Foster-Cheek SVP, Global Human Resources Onyx Pharmaceuticals serves as 2013 Dinner Chair.

Attorney and TV personality Star Jones and WCBS Anchor Maurice DuBois will serve as MCs for the gala awards.

Tickets for the benefit are available for purchase at a cost of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 per person.  Purchases may be made at the AFUWI in New York City by calling 212-759-9345. Corporate packages are also available.