Sunny Afternoon & Angela Lansbury Honored at Oliviers

first_imgSunny Afternoon was the big winner at the Olivier Awards on April 12, garnering the most awards, four, for any single production including Best Musical. A View From The Bridge won three—Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo Van Hove. Other notable honorees at the U.K.’s equivalent of the Tonys, held once again at London’s Royal Opera House, include Angela Lansbury, winning her first Olivier for Blithe Spirit and Wolf Hall’s Nathaniel Parker, who is currently reprising his now Olivier-winning role of Henry VIII on Broadway.The compete list of winners is as follows:BEST NEW MUSICALSunny AfternoonBEST MUSICAL REVIVALCity Of AngelsBEST NEW PLAYKing Charles IIIBEST REVIVALA View From The BridgeBEST NEW COMEDYThe Play That Goes WrongAUDIENCE AWARDWickedBEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILYLa SoiréeBEST ACTORMark Strong for A View From The BridgeBEST ACTRESSPenelope Wilton for Taken At MidnightBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLENathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEAngela Lansbury for Blithe SpiritBEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALJohn Dagleish for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKatie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALGeorge Maguire for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALLorna Want for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST DIRECTORIvo Van Hove for A View From The BridgeBEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHERSergio Trujillo for Memphis The MusicalBEST LIGHTING DESIGNHoward Harrison for City Of AngelsBEST SET DESIGNEs Devlin for The NetherBEST COSTUME DESIGNChristopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST SOUND DESIGNGareth Owen for Memphis The MusicalOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICRay Davies for Sunny AfternoonOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATREBull at The Maria at Young VicBEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTIONThe Mastersingers Of NurembergOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERARichard Jones for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and RodelindaOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCECrystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates: A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polarisat Sadler’s WellsBEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION32 Rue Vandenbranden and Juliet And Romeo – Tie.This year’s Special Award winners were Sylvie Guillem and Kevin Spacey. View Commentslast_img read more


Dominica’s First National Principal of Excellence Award 2011

first_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Dominica’s First National Principal of Excellence Award 2011 by: – April 20, 2011 Tweet 163 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Standing from right to left; Mrs. Shirley Samuel principal of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Hon. Reginald Austrie and Sis. Anita Peter principal of the St. Luke’s Primary School.A special ceremony was held at the Arawak House of Culture this morning to thank and recognize fourteen prinicpals across the island for their significant contribution to our children’s education. Rev. Carlvin Greenaway bestowed God’s blessings upon the ceremony as well as the principals while the students of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.The fourteen principals were awarded;Mrs. Celia Nicholas, Dominica Community High School;Ms. Josephine Dublin, Convent High School,Mrs. Shirley Samuel, Pierre Charles Secondary School,Mrs. Andra Christian, St. Martin Secondary School,Mrs. Magdalene Honore, Vieille Case Primary School,Mrs. Edlyn Fabien, Temple Seventh Day Adventist School,Mr. Teddy Wallace, Clifton Primary School,Sis. Anita Peter, St. Luke’s Primary School,Mrs. Charlene White-Christian, Grandbay Primary School,Mrs. Octavia Alfred, Castle Bruce Secondary School,Mrs. Alcie Laronde, Atkinson Primary School,Ms. Lovell Moreau, St. Martin’s Primary School,Mrs. Adelina Detouche, Convent Primary School, andMrs. Josette Matthew, St. Mary’s Primary School.The Featured Speaker Dr. Irvin Pascal highlighted the need for African culture to be added to our schools curriculum so as to teach our children about our descendants and where they came from. He used a quotation from notable Ghanaian writer Mr. Ayi Kweh Armah who said, “The denial of our past is the very antithesis of a good education” to impress upon the Ministry of Education the need to add African culture to the curriculum.The two Outstanding Principals of Excellence Primary School awardees are Sis. Anita Peter and Mrs. Shirley Samuel of the Pierre Charles Secondary School. They both received a cheque of $5000.00, a plaque and a bouquet.There were several performances from various schools to pay tribute to the principals; the Pioneer Prepartory School performed an instrumental of the song “Under the Sea”, the Portsmouth Secondary School exhibited their talent through dance as well as the Pierre Charles Secondary School.The Grammar School choir sang “We wish you sun”, Ms.Joseph of the Seventh Day Adventist School sang “How great thou art” and Ms. Jasmine Laville sang “keep the dream alive.” The Convent High School delighted the audience with their corale speech entitled “If I ruled the world.”Click here for full audio of Convent High School’s corale speech: The Primary and Secondary schools were also awarded for their excellence in several arreas; Education, Sports, Innovation, Agriculture among others.The Primary School awards are as follows;Best School Environment Award, the St. Luke’s Primary School,The Innovation in Education Award went to the St. Luke’s Primary School,The Best in Agriculture award went to the Bense Primary School,Most Outstanding School in Sports, W.S. Stevens Primary School.The Secondary Schools awards are as follows;The Best School Environment Award, the Pierre Charles Secondary SchoolInnovation in Education Award, Pierre Charles Secondary SchoolThe Best in Agriculture Award, Nehemiah Comprehensive Secondary SchoolMost outstanding Secondary School in Culture, Goodwill Secondary SchoolThe Most Outstanding School in Culture, St, Luke’s Primary SchoolMost outstanding secondary school in sports, North East Secondary School. [album id= 25 template =extend]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


NBA’s ‘Stern’ policies afoul

first_imgA couple of nights ago, the “50 Most Spectacular Dunks of All Time” were featured on “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” It was an hour well-spent, watching some of the most awesome throw-downs from the likes of Dr. J, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James (in high school) and Vince Carter, the owner of the best dunk of all time. (Remember that slam in the 2000 Olympics, when he leaped completely over 7-footer Frederic Weis who didn’t even move? Unreal.)But at some point, it got me thinking … David Stern hates this stuff, doesn’t he? My God, the man’s going to put a ban on dunks soon, I just know it.Some of you may remember fellow Herald Sports columnist Andrew Kluger taking on Stern about three weeks ago. This would be considered a repeat column, except our favorite little nerdy commissioner has given me three new weeks of material to make a fuss over.Let’s recap, shall we?A few days after Kluger’s column came out, Jermaine O’Neal, the league leader in blocks, wore his wristband too far up his arm and gets hit with a $5,000 fine. His freaking wristband was an inch too high.We all know about Mike Vick paying up $20,000 for flipping off Atlanta Falcons fans a few days back, but only half of that fine was mandatory (the other half went to a charity of Vick’s choice, at the request of the NFL).So, Vick gets charged ten grand for showing an unbelievable sign of disrespect on camera and setting a terrible example for all the kids who look up to him, but Jermaine O’Neal pays half of that sum for failing to properly adjust a piece of equipment that no sane human being takes notice of.Sure, that makes sense.Last Sunday night against the Clippers, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony takes a back-door pass from J.R. Smith and throws it down with authority, firing up the Pepsi Center crowd. But instead of letting Melo celebrate the play, which helped the Nuggets beat up on a Clippers team that has dominated them over the last year and a half, the refs hit him with a technical for hanging on to the rim too long.I swear, I saw the same style of dunk over and over again on the Best Damn Sports Show Period, and none of those guys got a T.Oh, the technicals. This season, through 212 games, NBA players have accumulated 213 technical fouls (the New York Knicks lead all teams with 19). That’s over one technical called per game — the league’s on pace to call somewhere around 1,250 techs this season.To compare, three seasons ago there were a grand total of 1,172 technicals. A pretty good increase in T’s; if you ask me, that’s not necessarily good for the game, and it’s not necessarily the players’ fault.Nothing more exciting than watching a guy shoot a free throw shot with nobody there to rebound, right? In Stern’s mind, apparently not.Stern’s even got partners in crime. Hey, Chicago Bulls, what is your beef with headbands? You pay big bucks for your man, Ben Wallace, put a headband on him for advertising purposes, then suspend him for throwing one on during the game?Whoever made up that silly no-headband rule needs to be told that medical science has allowed trained doctors to learn how to surgically remove that abnormally large bug from his ass.I’m not going to get into the overly rehashed issues of the new dress code, the new ball, the no-ripping-off-of-the-warm-ups rule. But it’s all a part of what’s making college basketball, a game that remains so much purer than the pro game, that much more attractive than the NBA to the average viewer.I’ve heard it said that Stern is the best commissioner in sports. Roger Goodell is too new, Bud Selig has been tainted with the steroid issue and Gary Bettman made sure the NHL would get the worst ratings of all time by moving the majority of televised hockey games to Versus. Whatever the hell that is — the games might as well be on Cartoon Network.How are Stern’s efforts leading toward any different of a result than those of Bettman? Bettman may have went out of his way to cut down on the viewership by making a curious TV decision, but Stern is starting to deliberately come up with strange rules that aren’t going to change the league’s image for anything but the worse.And at least Bettman made some changes to the game of hockey — with the end result of higher-scoring games — that show an intelligent attempt at garnering popularity. I said I won’t get into that new-ball rule, but it’s clear — at least if you listen to any NBA star — Stern isn’t making any smart choices in terms of the play of the game either.As for baseball, when all the MLB talk centers around steroids, my interest in the game doesn’t go away one little bit. I do respect that this is different for purists who refuse to support a dirty game, but frankly, ‘roids or no ‘roids, I just want to watch a good game, and Selig has done a good job of providing that.But the problems in basketball right now can be much more costly than those of baseball. Any time I hear about the latest nonsensical fine, it gives the NBA this childish image that is turning off fans one by one. This keeps up, and pro basketball is just going to go by the wayside sooner rather than later.Somebody stop David Stern before the seats at NBA arenas are as empty as his head.Aaron is a sophomore who doesn’t know what to do with his weekends now that UW football is out of session until the bowl game. Share your disdain for David Stern at read more