Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Nov 25, 2015

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

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Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humor and sarcasm. “I’m speechless. … This is so wonderful!” Kotani, ...

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

Oct 13, 2015

Nobel economist Deaton pushes health over aid for poor nations

New Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton is an optimist about economic progress but his theory that poor countries’ development could be accelerated by cutting international aid has triggered controversy. In his 2013 book “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality,” Deaton, ...

Cities, firms clean up with wins at Japan's first toilet awards

Sep 5, 2015

Cities, firms clean up with wins at Japan's first toilet awards

A total of 28 municipalities and businesses have received the government’s first toilet awards for promoting clean, safe and comfortable public lavatories while also improving women’s lives through better sanitation. “Although there are diverse policies relating to food, we have few opportunities to discuss ...

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

Mar 16, 2015

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which ...

Mar 5, 2015

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organization said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because ...

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Feb 23, 2015

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Dark comedy “Birdman” soared to Oscars glory Sunday, taking four Academy Awards including best picture and best director honors on Hollywood’s biggest night. The film, a satire about a washed-up superhero film actor battling to revive his career on Broadway, was a grand triumph ...