Saturday, April 30, 2005

UNHCR Refugee Award 2005 Announced

Humanitarian group the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the recipient of its Nansen Refugee Award for 2005. This award, named after the Norwegian polar explorer, was created in 1954. Formerly known as the Nansen Medal, the honour was renamed in 2001. The award seeks to recognise individuals and groups who excel in supporting refugee causes. The 2005 Award will be presented to Burundi charity worker Margeurite Barankitse on World Refugee Day (22 June) in Brussels. As well as the honour, and the award medal, she will also receive a $10,000 grant which can be donated to a refugee-related project of her choice.

UNHCR Refugee Award 2005 Announced

Humanitarian group the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the recipient of its Nansen Refugee Award for 2005. This award, named after the Norwegian polar explorer, was created in 1954. Formerly known as the Nansen Medal, the honour was renamed in 2001. The award seeks to recognise individuals and groups who excel in supporting refugee causes. The 2005 Award will be presented to Burundi charity worker Margeurite Barankitse on World Refugee Day (22 June) in Brussels. As well as the honour, and the award medal, she will also receive a $10,000 grant which can be donated to a refugee-related project of her choice.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Billboard Latin Music Awards 2005

The week-long Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, held in Miami, were capped yesterday by the announcement of the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Award winners. The awards claim to be the most prestigious awards show in the music industry and reward the most popular albums, songs and perfomers in Latin music. Winners are selected from a list of finalists that is determined by the sales and radio airplay data that underpins Billboard's weekly charts. The glamorous awards show includes performances from leading artists as well as a host of discretionary awards such as Spirit of Hope (for humanitarian contributions) and the Lifetime Achievement award. Broadcaster Telemundo presents its own Estrella award, and a People's Choice award, selected by online polling of viewers, is also presented.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

English Rugby Gears up for Annual Awards

The nominations have been announced for the various awards for English Rugby Union's domestic league players. Leading the awards, which will be presented at an awards dinner on May 4th, is the Zurich Player of the Season Award. Finance group Zurich is the lead sponsor of the Zurich Premiership, the leading club competition within English rugby. Other sponsors of the Zurich A League (the competition for the second teams of the 12 Premiership clubs) are: O2, Gillette, Powergen, Land Rover and The Times newspaper. Many of these sponsors have their own awards to announced at the May 4th event, including: O2 Director of Rugby of the Season; Land Rover Discovery of the Season; and the Gillette M3Power Try of the Season.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Shortlists Ready for Western Mail Business Awards

Following our story on businesses in eastern Scotland scooping awards at the Tayside Business Awards, comes news that the search to find Wales' most innovative company has been whittled down to a shortlist of three finalists. The award for the Welsh Innovative Company of the Year is one of 12 categories in the Western Mail Business Awards for Wales. The Awards, which are run in association with lifelong learning body Elwa, will be announced at a ceremony at Cardiff International Arena on May 20th. The Innovation award is sponsored by IT training company CADCentre (UK) and accountancy firm PKF.

Speaking about their involvement in the innovation award, Leighton Reed, partner at PKF, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the Welsh Innovative Company of the Year for 2005. PKF recognises that Welsh enterprises often need to develop new ways of bringing their products to market." He continued: "We have been highly impressed by the quality of the entrants and the three finalists have increased the standard for innovation for others to follow."

Managing director of the Cardiff-based specialist IT training company, CADCentre UK, Ali Anwar said, "It is essential to create an innovation culture without which the Welsh economy will drift into stagnation. Wales has all the necessary ingredients to create this innovation culture." And speaking about the Innovation award, he said: "We believe that the private sector should take the lead in promoting innovation and we hope that this award will be a small contribution towards it. The winning company will be at the forefront of innovation and contribute to the overall prosperity of Wales".

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Tayside Business Awards 2005

The business community in east Scotland attended a prestigious awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Dundee last week as the 2005 Tayside Business Awards were announced. The awards are organised by Scottish Enterprise and this year were supported by Perth and Kinross Council, Miller Hendry, Dundee College, Michelin Tyre plc, Tayside Business Gateway, Dundee City Council and Angus Ahead. Principal sponsorship was provided by Royal Bank of Scotland. The ceremony was compered by local celebrity Dougie Vipond, a TV presenter and founding member of the pop group Deacon Blue. The Tayside Business Awards were presented in eight categories: Best Performing Business (over 25 employees); Best Performing Business (under 25 employees); Most Entrepreneurial Young Company; Business in the Community; E-Business; Innovation & Creativity; International Business; and Excellence in Skills & Learning. The 2005 Awards are the third year that the Tayside Business Awards have been held, and are set to become a key date in the Scottish business awards calandar.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Football's Player of the Year Awards Announced

The English Professional Footballers Association and its Scottish counterpart have announced their Player of the Year awards. In England, the Awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel while the Scottish PFA awards dinner was held at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel. The headline awards were the Players' Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year. There were also divisional awards for the English Championship and Coca-Cola Leagues One and Two, and in Scotland for Divisions One, Two and Three. The winners of the PFA Awards received large silver-plated trophies, and the Scottish winners (the SFA Player of the Year Award was shared between two players) each received a crystal award trophy.

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2005

The winners of the ten categories in the Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2005 were announced this week in a ceremony at the British Museum in London. The awards, known as the 'Oscars' of tourism, aim to promote healthy industry competition and high standards in the English tourism industry. The 2005 awards are the 16th year that the event has been held, demonstrating the benefits to all parties involved in such a well-run, and well-publicised, recognition awards scheme. The awards ceremony was scheduled just a few days prior to St. George's Day, England's national day. The awards are sponsored by The Caravan Club, and the Club's Director General, Trevor Watson, was one of the judges. The winners were selected from a 'shortlist' of 29 finalists, who were themselves chosen after rigorous assessment by a board of tourism industry judges from nearly 100 winners put forward by England's nine regional tourism partners and the Cumbria Tourist Board.

Speaking about the Awards, VisitBritain's Head of Quality David Stanbridge, said: "It is vital that we continue to drive English tourism businesses to strive for excellence and that we reward them for reaching these high standards. We have found some absolute gems right across the country and any holidaymaker can be confident they will enjoy a truly wonderful experience if they visit any one of these finalists."

The National Awards categories are: Hotel of the Year, Self-catering Holiday of the Year, Bed & Breakfast of the Year, Caravan Holiday Park of the Year, Tourist Information Centre (TIC) of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 100,000 visitors), Tourism Website of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year (over 100,000 visitors) the Outstanding Customer Service Award and the Business Tourism Award. The Business Tourism Award is new for 2005 and was been introduced to recognise the huge importance of the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions sectors of the tourism industry.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2005 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2005 Queen's Awards for Enterprise have been announced. The honours are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance and seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. They are made annually by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are presented in three categories:

The announcement of the 2005 winners this week will be followed by a celebratory reception hosted by The Queen's Awards Office. This event includes members of the national, local and trade press and offers an excellent start to the promotional opportunities that the Awards offer to successful businesses. Awards will also be presented to the winners in their own premises, by the Lord Lieutenant of the County (as the Queen's representative). A selected number of members (usually three) of each winning business is also usually invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace during the year. As well as these publicity opportunities, the winning businesses are entitled to use the award for promotional purposes. They are able to fly the Award flag at their principal business premises and to use the Queen's Award emblem on stationery, advertising and packaging for the duration of the award (five years).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

TV Couple Boost British Book Awards

The British Book Awards, the so-called 'Oscars of the book trade', announced its 2005 winners at a glamorous event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London this week. The Awards ceremony will be broadcast on national TV for the second year running, signalling the growing popularity of reading. The Awards were hosted by TV presenters Richard and Judy, whose own bookclub feature on their daytime TV show has helped boost this popularity. The broadcast of the Awards will be screened in the 5-6pm slot normally reserved for the Richard and Judy show. The broadcast of the 2004 Awards gained the highest audience ever for a literary or arts event, with three times the viewers for the Booker or Turner Prizes. Among the 13 prizes awarded in the British Book Awards was the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Award. Other sponsors of the prizes included the booksellers WHSmiths, Waterstones, Borders and Books etc. Winners of the Awards received trophies known as 'Nibbies'. They are designed in the shape of a pen nib, mounted on a base.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Radcliffe Win Ensures Top London Marathon Publicity

2005 Flora London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe with trophy, a mounted glass circlePaula Radcliffe, the 'golden girl' of British athletics, won the 2005 London Marathon at the weekend and ensured that this landmark sporting event gained worldwide exposure. Her record-breaking run was a fitting highlight for the 25th London Marathon and helped ensure maximum publicity for the event and for sponsors Flora. Her prizemoney for winning, and breaking her own record for a womens-only marathon, was £175,000. In addition, she also received an appearance fee said to be worth about £250,000. A big investment by organisers and sponsors, but apparently returned with interest in terms of event publicity and prestige. The 2005 Flora London Marathon attracted almost 100,000 entries for the ballot from which 46,000 were selected to run. This ballot entry field represented a 20% increase on 2004 and shows the continuing popularity of the Marathon as a participatory sports event. 75% of these competitors take part in sponsored fund-raising, and last year these efforts rasied over £32m for charities. All participants who finished received a medal, while the headline winners - including Radcliffe - also received a sponsored circular flat glass award (pictured above).

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Monday, April 18, 2005

BAFTA TV Awards Announced

The British Academy Television Awards were announced at a glamorous ceremony in London last night. The honours, awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), were sponsored this year by electronics company Pioneer. Awards were made in over 20 categories, ranging from best Actor and best Actress to Best Comedy Performance to awards for New Coverage, Sport and Current Affairs. A number of specialist awards were also made, including the Richard Dimblebey Award, the Alan Clarke Award, the Dennis Potter Award and the sponsor's own Pioneer Audience Award. Winners of the awards receive the traditional BAFTA mask, a bronze trophy designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe. Commissioned in 1955, the front of the mask is based on a traditional theatrical tragicomic mask but the hollow reverse features an electronic symbol around one eye and a screen symbol around the other. The idea is that these symbols link dramatic production and television technology.

As may be expected with such a prestigious awards ceremony for television production, the event was accompanied by a good deal of media coverage and of course will be broadcast on national television.

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Emmy Awards bid to increase TV audience

The Emmy Awards, the top daytime TV awards ceremony in the US, is taking steps to regain some of the TV audience for its headline awards ceremony. Under plans approved by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (organisers of the Emmys), the number of acceptance speeches at the awards ceremony is to be cut. The move is a bid to improve the entertainment value of the event as a television product, and follows last year's disastrous viewing figures for the 2004 Emmy Awards. Fewer than 14 millions viewers watched the three hour show, the second-lowest ratings ever for the Emmys. In 2002 the TV audience was almost 20 million for a show that was actually 15 minutes longer. In a further gesture to improve the appeal of the show, it appears that actors have escaped the speeches cull whereas it is the writers and directors whose acceptance speeches will be cut or replaced with short, pre-recorded interviews. In approving the plans, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' board of governors did reject proposals to cut the number of awards.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Pulitzer Prizes 2005

One of the arts world's most prestigious prizes has been announced for 2005. The Pulitzer Prizes reward excellence in some 21 categories ranging from Drama, Fiction and Poetry to journalism specific awards such as Breaking News Reporting, Feature Writing and Feature Photography. The Pulitzer Prizes were first awarded in 1917. The idea for the awards, and the funding, had been established in the will of the notable American newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911). He beqeathed $2m to Columbia to establish a School of Journalism, one quarter of which was to go towards his vision of set of awards that would be an incentive to excellence in the fields of journalism and letters. The awards are administered by the Pulitzer Prize Board, which has since expanded the range of awards to its current 21 categories. The board comprises over 100 distinguished judges who serve on 20 separate juries. The names of the jury members are kept secret every year until after the announcement of the winners. The Board has maintained a consistent stance of refusing to publicly debate or defend its decisions on particular awards, despite the often critical commentary that inevitably follows such a subjective decision. The Board has also resisted the attractions (in terms of publicity as well as financial) of turning the awards ceremony into a media event. Rather, the winners receive their prizes in a modest luncheon at Columbia University. In so doing, they maintain the academic probity and unique character of these world famous awards.