DC Youth Orchestra

May 30, 2009

If you had the means to send your children to the best music classes, would you send them to a run-down building with dirty bathrooms and broken windows?

That’s exactly what happens for students in the popular DC Youth Orchestra, an independent program in Washington, D.C., which borrows space at a local public high school. There are hundreds of youth orchestras around the U.S., but this one has found a way to be affordable, competitive and diverse — in every sense of the word.

For Ava Spece, it’s the same story every Saturday morning: cockroaches and burned-out lights. Spece is executive director of the DC Youth Orchestra, or DCYO. She can rattle off a litany of problems she faces at Coolidge High School, where nearly 600 students gather every Saturday to take classes and practice with one of 12 different performing ensembles.

The halls ring with a wide range of music. At one end of the school, a beginning orchestra sounds like it has a lot of room for growth. At the other end of the hall, there’s the more advanced Youth Orchestra, the top dog of the program. And there’s just about everything in between: a junior philharmonic, jazz ensembles and chamber groups.


Winners of the 2009 British Academy Film Awards, presented on Sunday

February 9, 2009

Film: Slumdog Millionaire
British Film: Man on Wire

Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
First-time Director: Steve McQueen, Hunger
Rising Star: Noel Clarke
Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Film Not in the English Language: I’ve Loved You So Long
Music: A R Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Editing: Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume Design: The Duchess
Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Makeup and Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Animated Feature: WALL-E
Short Animation: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Short Film: September
Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam


Daniel Radcliffe has invited President Barack Obama’s daughters

January 28, 2009

Daniel Radcliffe has invited President Barack Obama’s daughters to visit the sets of Harry Potter when he starts shooting for the film later this year. The Daily Beast said that he would be ‘honoured’ to show Malia and Sasha around the sets of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to issue a public invitation to the Obamas that if their daughters would like a private tour of the Harry Potter set, I would be honoured to be their personal tour guide,” said Radcliffe, who plays the famous boy wizard in the films based on the novel written by JK Rowling.

The Obamas are reportedly known to be big Potter fans ……..


International movie in Chennai

December 9, 2008

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Over a dozen foreign delegates attending the event, the film fest will witness movies like Class (winner at Cannes Festival), Academy award winners Volver, Lives of Others showcased.

In Tamil section, films like ‘Subramaniapuram’, ‘Anjathae’ and ‘Poo’ will be screened.


Top 10 BUSINESS PEOPLE

September 16, 2008

1. Carlos Ghosn
Nissan CEO

They said a foreign CEO could never survive the insular culture of Japanese business. Then this quintessential global leader—born in Brazil of Lebanese parents and educated in France—was dispatched by Renault to rescue its stake in Nissan. Ghosn, 47, briskly closed plants, shed workers, hired stylish new auto designers—and took the company from a $5.6 billion loss in 2000 to this year’s $2.5 billion profit. Ghosn’s methods are openly copied, the story of Nissan’s revival is a best seller in Japan, and Ghosn was named that country’s “Father of the Year.”

2. Bill Gates
Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates is worth more than $30 billion, thanks to his 12.3% stake in a resurgent Microsoft, whose Windows operating system dominates the desktop on 90% of the world’s PCs. Gates’ empire extends to Internet access (MSN), television (MSNBC and a stake in cable giant Comcast), computer games (Xbox) and even philanthropy (the $24 billion Gates Foundation). Gates, 46, was slow to recognize the importance of the Internet. But with his ambitious .NET initiative—and diminished pressure from antitrust regulators—the world’s richest man may end up dominating a whole new realm: cyberspace.

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3. Steve Case & Jerry Levin
AOL Chairman & AOL CEO

Given the big egos of CEOs, it’s no surprise that when companies merge, one boss usually departs. But since the creation of AOL Time Warner in January 2000, chairman Steve Case, 43, and CEO Jerry Levin, 62, have shown a unity of purpose at odds with the B-school case studies. It helps that they share a vision: subscriptions. Add up AOL, cable TV and magazines, and they have 137 million people mailing in payments. This year the duo clung for too long to profit promises they couldn’t keep. But as they direct Warner Bros., CNN and the Time Inc. magazines, Case and Levin wield unrivaled influence on global culture.

4. Sir John Browne
BP Chairman

Energy executives and environmentalists were like oil and water until Browne, 53, changed the rules of engagement in a 1997 speech announcing a greener direction for British Petroleum. BP now limits its greenhouse-gas emissions and has invested $1 billion in solar-energy technology, becoming the world’s largest photovoltaic manufacturer. At the same time, he has taken BP from near obscurity to the world’s No. 3 oil company, buying competitors like Amoco and inspiring other execs to copy his formula for blending environmentalism and strong earnings.

5. Bob Rubin
Citigroup top executive

His nameplate is gone from the office of the Treasury Secretary, but in some respects, Rubin, 63, never really left. Now a top executive at Citigroup, the man who steered President Clinton through financial crises to the nation’s longest boom gets invited to private meetings of top congressional leaders from which the current Treasury Secretary is excluded. Since Sept. 11, Rubin has helped Congress shape a stimulus package. He even testified alongside Alan Greenspan when the Fed chief delivered his damage assessment to a closed session of the Finance Committee.

6. Sandy Weill
Citigroup CEO

Sandy Weill has a middle initial but no middle name—one of the few things in life that he has to do without. The consummate dealmaker shook the financial world in 1998, when his Travelers Corp.. agreed to buy banking giant Citicorp for $72 billion. In one bold stroke, his financial-services empire, renamed Citigroup, went global, with about 100 million customers in 100 countries. To get the deal done, Weill, 68, persuaded Washington lawmakers to end restrictions that prevented U.S. firms from offering both insurance and commercial banking. That paved the way for U.S.-based global financial conglomerates, which as they evolve have Weill to thank—and Weill to chase.

7. Michael Dell
Dell CEO

In 1984 he declared his intention to unseat IBM as the world’s leading computer maker. It sounded outlandish at the time, but in pursuit of that goal Dell Computer has revolutionized its industry. It bypasses retailers by selling made-to-order computers directly to consumers at low prices, and profits from hyperefficient, just-in-time inventory management. Those innovations helped make Dell the No. 1 computer seller in the world this year. Michael Dell, 36, is raising his sights from PCs to the powerful servers and storage devices that serve businesses. In Dell’s cross hairs: IBM.

8. Meg Whitman
eBay CEO

When a headhunter begged her to interview at a fledgling dotcom, Whitman, then an executive at Hasbro’s preschool division, at first declined. But she reconsidered and within a couple of years turned eBay into the most successful pure Internet company while making herself the first woman Internet billionaire. Whitman, 44, has made eBay—with more merchandise than ever, including $1 billion a year in auto sales and 37 million users worldwide—a truly global marketplace.

9. Li-Ka Shing
Cheung Kong Holdings Chairman

Li Ka-Shing, it’s said, takes a cut from every dollar spent in Hong Kong—and that’s not much of an exaggeration. The ubiquitous entrepreneur started in the plastic-toy business in 1950 and propelled himself into real estate, shipping and telecommunications. His secret? Keep dealing. Even before China took over Hong Kong, Li, 73, was investing on the mainland. Hutchison Whampoa has pushed into the Internet, low-income housing and commercial projects across China. Not surprisingly, Li has the ear of President Jiang Zemin.

10. Rupert Murdoch
News. Corp Chairman

Rupert Murdoch runs News Corp., a $43 billion conglomerate that includes the Fox movie studio and TV network; satellite-TV services in Asia, Europe and Latin America; sports teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers; and newspapers in Australia, Britain and the U.S. Born in Australia, Murdoch, 70, is equally at home in London and New York City and makes sure his conservative political views are reflected in his media properties. His latest bid for influence: expanding his satellite-TV service in China. Murdoch is also busy positioning his sons to succeed him at the helm of the family business.