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2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Race

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the Antigua Yacht Club.
Event Starting Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015
Event Ending Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015

2015 Superyacht Challenge Antigua!

A warm welcome to the Superyacht Challenge Antigua! Hosted by the Admiral's Inn and Antigua Rigging in association with National Parks Antigua.
Event Starting Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015
Event Ending Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2015

Anguilla Regatta 2015

The Anguilla Sailing Association & The Anguilla Tourist Board Proudly Presents... Anguilla Regatta 2015
Event Starting Date: Fri, 08 May 2015
Event Ending Date: Sun, 10 May 2015

Full Black tonight

ROBERT Minott, promoter of the annual stage show Full Black, is saying all is set for a spectacular event at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston, St Andrew, tonight.

"Everything will be running like a well-oiled machine," Minott told the Jamaica Observer.

This year's staging will see performances from Lady Saw, Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Sizzla, Elephant Man, Kip Rich, Ishawna and dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong.

Ding Dong, whose outfit Ravers Clavers is responsible for the creation of moves including Bad Man Forward and Skip to Ma Lou, said he was elated to be part of the

line-up.

"The people can look forward to good vibes, loads of dancing and high energy from me," he said.

Last year, the event ended prematurely with several billed artistes failing to make it to the stage before the 2:00 am cut-off time. They included Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Elephant Man and I-Octane.

The promoter, however, promised his team has taken the necessary steps to ensure there is no a repeat of what happened last year.

"We'll have a tighter and smooth running of the programme," he said.

Grammy hopefuls to know on Dec 5

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of December 5, except for one category: the coveted Album of the Year.

The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, 'A Very GRAMMY Christmas,' to air on CBS at 9 pm. It will feature performances from Pharrell and Ariana Grande.

The Grammys first launched a televised concert announcing its main nominees in 2008. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in an interview Thursday it was time to switch it up.

"We're freshening up, changing this up a little bit and the kick-off for Grammy season will still be getting our nominations out that day, albeit a little differently," Portnow said.

The one-hour Christmas special will be hosted by LL Cool J and also will include Maroon 5, Tim McGraw and some others to be announced at a later date, show producer Ken Ehrlich said Thursday. It will tape November 18 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The nominees for Album of the Year will be announced toward the end of the programme, Ehrlich said.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live February 8 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will include 83 categories.

Chan to be a better father

BEIJING, China (AP) — Jackie Chan has pledged to become a better father after his son Jaycee was arrested on drug charges.

The film star said in his first comments in person after the arrest: "I am always a father. I used to be an unqualified father. Now, after this event, I want to be a qualified father."

Jaycee Chan was detained in August and was formally arrested the following month on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment.

Chan apologised in a statement soon after his son's arrest and pledged to work with him on his recovery.

He spoke to reporters Thursday while promoting his latest movie, Skiptrace, in which he plays a Hong Kong detective.

Whittaker facing his Destiny

THE Jeremy Whittaker-directed film Destiny is holding its own at the box office since its debut last week.

"We have noted that the support and word of mouth have been very good," Melanie Graham, marketing manager of The Palace Amusement Company, told the Jamaica Observer.

The Jamaica-born Whittaker said he is pleased with the feedback he has been getting.

"There is always a character in the movie that someone can relate to," he said.

Destiny follows the character Lisa Collen (played by Jamaica-born, Canada-based Karian Sang) who visits Jamaica from Toronto to sell her family's estate. She gets involved with Sean, a recording artiste (played by Chris Martin), and reconnects with her family.

The movie, which was filmed in Jamaica with additional footage shot in Canada, also stars several local personalities including Kerstin Whittaker, Munair Zacca, female dancehall artistes Grace 'Spice' Hamilton and Latifa 'Tifa' Brown, Ian 'Ity' Ellis, and Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton.

-- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

ZJ Wah Wa pleads guilty at hearing

JAMAICAN radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud at a hearing in the Federal District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, yesterday.

ZJ Wah Wa, given name Deon-ville O'Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

"Mr O'Hara entered a guilty plea, pursuant to the terms of a written plea agreement," said Clare Hochhalter, federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney.

"He was allowed to plead guilty to one count of telemarketing fraud and, in exchange, the United States agreed to dismiss the remaining counts of the third superseding indictment," he continued.

Trial is set for February 23, 2015.

Hochhalter said prior to trial, the judge requested a pre-sentencing report, which comprises a character and background check of O'Hara.

"They'll look for aggravating and mitigating circumstances," the federal prosecutor explained.

Wah Wa is detained at the Heart of America Detention Centre in Rugby, North Dakota.

He is one of 26 people (17 Jamaicans) named as part of the ring.

Four other Americans connected with the case pleaded guilty earlier this month. They are Mikael Gillette, 24; Charles Bauder, 54; Shannon O'Connor, 30; and James Simpson, 72.

Wah Wa was arrested by United States law enforcement during a visit to Florida in May. Allegations are he assisted in running a lottery scam in Jamaica that induced American citizens to send millions of dollars for lottery winnings. The disc jock is also said to have acted as a courier to transport monies from the United States to Jamaica.

He was stopped by Jamaican customs officials at the Sangster International Airport with US$105,000 alleged to be proceeds of the scam. If convicted, ZJ Wah Wa faces a maximum 30-year imprisonment per count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture of property.

At least 10 people over age 55 were allegedly duped.

Borgeous for EDX

AMERICAN DJ and music producer Borgeous is special guest performer at Electronic Dance Xposed (EDX) slated for the Kingston Polo Club in St Catherine, tonight.

The event, sponsored by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, is the buzz on social media and has seen tickets being purchased from Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada.

"I'm excited to perform in Jamaica for the very first time, for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX," said Borgeous via Instagram.

Cecil Smith, group brand manager for Rums at J Wray & Nephew Limited, said he was pleased with the buzz.

"Borgeous performing at Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX will be a historic moment for Jamaica's live entertainment industry, as it will put us on par with other lifestyle destinations from around the world that host electronic dance music festivals. We are glad to be on board for this event, as Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum will ensure that EDX patrons discover and enjoy a world-class production, with memorable experiences to boast of for a lifetime," he said.

Borgeous, given name John Borger, is known internationally for his electronic dance music (EDM) tracks. His hits include Wildfire, Tsunami, Invincible and Stampede.

Acid test for Alkaline – Church knocks visit

AN Antiguan church minister is calling on authorities to put a ban on dancehall artiste Alkaline, who is scheduled to perform in that country on Saturday.

According to the Antiguan Observer, Bishop Charlesworth Browne, head of Christian Ministries Church, said the artiste "will bring decadence and death" to the nation.

The religious leader said he is prepared to call for a boycott of the nation's Independence celebrations over the upcoming performance. Antigua and Barbuda celebrates independence on November 1.

"I am calling upon the rest of the Christian community to steer clear of the rest of the independence celebrations," Bishop Browne was quoted as saying.

"If they're going to be as corrupt and perverse as this, then I say to the Christian community, withdraw from them completely," he continued.

Alkaline is scheduled to perform at Black Rave slated for Millers by the Sea in St John's.

"As a leader in the Christian community, I stand opposed to any performance by this character here in Antigua & Barbuda. I believe his performances ... are geared to corrupt young people, particularly young women," " said Bishop Browne.

Alkaline, given name is Earlan Bartley, has created an impression with both his lyrics and appearance.

His pale-bleached skin and trademark pitch black eyes, a feat he achieved by tattooing his eyeballs sets tongues wagging wherever he goes.

This is not the first time Alkaline has been met with resistance to an upcoming performance.

In July, he was barred from the Caribbean island of Nevis as the island's premier feared the artiste could "incite lewdness" and threaten public safety.

Earlier this month, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belize, Bishop Dorrick Wright spoke out against a planned concert that the artiste was scheduled to perform.

Efforts made to contact Alkaline's management were unsuccessful.


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