The holidays are a time of tradition, and Saint Mary’s College has celebrated the Christmas season with its Madrigal Christmas Dinners for the past 38 years. Nancy Menk, a Saint Mary’s music professor and musical director for the Madrigal singers in the show, said the dinner show is a “festive” occasion. “People come back year after year for the show,” Menk said. “It becomes part of their Christmas tradition for some.” The shows will be held in Regina North Lounge in Regina Hall Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. According to Menk, Regina North has been “transformed” for the dinners. “It’s completely redecorated. There are wreaths and garlands and it is bathed in candlelight,” Menk said. “It looks like a Renaissance banquet hall.” The Renaissance theme of the event is carried throughout the show and the menu. “Welcome, welcome, every guest, welcome to our music feast. Music is our only cheer; fill both soul and ravished ear,” the event’s invitation reads. “The performers strive to make it as authentic as possible, Gwen O’Brien, Saint Mary’s director of media relations, said. “This holiday favorite ‘transports’ guests to a medieval castle where a grand meal is served as the master of the house greets his guests, jugglers perform and groups of singers burst into song,” O’Brien said. “The Saint Mary’s College Madrigal Singers — joined by the Early Music Ensemble from Andrews University — perform music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in a 21st century reenactment of the Renaissance feasts hosted in the great baronial halls throughout England during the 12 days of Christmas,” O’Brien said. The event includes dinner and a show, put on mostly by students, she said. It will feature the Saint Mary’s women’s choir, theater students and Andrews University students will play period instruments. The singers and actors have been preparing since October, O’Brien said. “It’s a good chance for students to learn earlier pieces … sing a cappella and perform undirected,” Menk said.
Golantilla got off the mark over fences at the first time of asking in the JOC Metal Fabrication (C & G) Beginners Chase at Killarney. “He was very natural and seemed to put in a nice clear round of jumping and won well. We’ll see how he is in the next 10 days and see what Barry wants to do.” The feature MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz Handicap Chase went the way of Eugene O’Sullivan’s A Decent Excuse. A winner at Tramore recently, Alan Crowe’s mount took a narrow advantage before the second-last and galloped all the way to the line from the last to beat Harangue by two and a quarter lengths. O’Sullivan said: “I’ve always known he was a lovely horse but it has taken a long time to show it. “He disappointed at Roscommon, but I was delighted with him at Tramore and knew he had improved again. “He’s now in the league of getting into the bottom of the weights for the Kerry National and will have an entry in it. He is ground dependent, though, as Alan said that good ground is the key to him.” Barry Geraghty shone on Exxaro in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle. Geraghty only had one iron from two out but showed his immense talent in getting the Henry de Bromhead-trained winner home. He had led at the third-last but a mistake at the next obstacle resulted in Geraghty’s problem. Odds-on favourite Sandymount Duke finished a disappointing last. De Bromhead said: “Barry said he put down at the second-last, but he performed acrobatics to get back and that’s why these lads are where they are. “He is improving all the time, but looked green at Tipperary and just needs to be told what to do. “We’ll stick to two and a half to three miles with him and Barry said that chasing will be his real forte. “He’ll probably have two more runs, possibly one at the Cheltenham October meeting, before Christmas and then will come back in the spring and go chasing this time next year.” Geraghty doubled up as Colour Squadron finally came good in the International Hotel Beginners Chase. Making his 14th start over fences, having run a host of good races without getting his head in front, he is now with Enda Bolger and enjoyed his day in the sun with a three and a quarter-length success from Full Cry as the 4-6 favourite. Patrick Mullins was in double form, taking the Malton.com (Pro/Am) Flat Race for his father, Willie, on Prince D’aubrelle (9-10 favourite) and then riding a winner for Newmarket-based Sir Mark Prescott courtesy of High Secret in the ML Lynch Civil Engineering (Q.R.) Race, again as the 9-10 market leader. Press Association Formerly a smart bumper horse and Grade One-placed over hurdles for Tony Martin, the Barry Connell-owned gelding is now with Alan Fleming and was hard to fault in the hands of Adrian Heskin. Fleming said after the 3-1 success: “That was a lovely introduction and a lot of the credit must go to Tony Martin who said to get his wind done and it has turned him inside out.
… Minister Norton lauds Guyana for being at the pinnacle of regional cricketCRICKET West Indies (CWI) vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow has said that territories around the Caribbean should model Guyana as part of their developmental process.Dr. Shallow was speaking at the 2019 GCB Awards ceremony on Wednesday night in the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion.The CWI vice-president was adamant that Guyana has been at the forefront of cricket development in the region. He noted that Guyana’s cricket has been on an all-time high and he is impressed that they have managed to upgrade venues like the LBI facility which has recently been upgraded.The Jaguars academy has been a reservoir for upcoming talents and future Windies players and VP Shallow said other Windies territories should take heed of Guyana’s approach to their own development, as they have been able to build and sustain their academy with little or no help from the CWI.Dr Shallow lauded the attendees and hailed the respective awardees for their achievements which earned them their accolades. He noted that Guyana continues to play an integral part of Windies cricket development, as its stock continues to build every year.“And delivering his part at the GCB Awards ceremony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. George Norton said that Guyana has come a long way. “Guyana has remained at the core of Regional Cricket, in many instances we have led the way forward,” said Minister Norton.He further pointed out that it was the support of friends, families, teammates, coaches and Guyana overall, who have enabled the respective awardees to maintain their A-games, thus earning their deserving recognition.Minister Norton also called on GCB to ensure that they continue to do their mandates with regard to keeping the sport and players on the highest levels. He stated that Guyana’s continued progression and representation by its players will rely on the fundamentals which have been integral parts of development.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With a stern look and an annoyed tone, Lakers coach Byron Scott criticized his players with brutal honesty.Scott questioned their effort. He told them to “man up.” Scott considered any fatigue concerns “a bunch of crap” even if the Lakers completed a second game of a back-to-back shortly after a five-game, nine-day trip. But after recently watching the tape of the Lakers’ loss to Phoenix on Monday, Scott has changed his stance.“As mad as I was about the way we played the last game, I also have to go back and look at the schedule,” Scott said. “I thought the road trip had a toll on us.” So much so that Scott dismissed making lineup changes despite an undersized Brandon Bass appearing overwhelmed at the center spot. Lakers backup center Robert Sacre has played in one game, while power forward Tarik Black has only appeared in four contests. “I’m not going to say I’m extremely happy with everything going on with the guys I have rotating. But I’m trying to give them a shot before I make decisions,” Scott said. “A couple of bad more rebounding games will do that.” Hence, Scott kept up his promise in implementing box-out drills to prepare for when the Lakers (2-9) host the Toronto Raptors (7-6) on Friday at Staples Center. After all, the Lakers rank 28th out of 30 NBA teams in rebounding differential (minus-5.8).“It was at least fun for me to watch,” Scott said. “Nobody got broken noses or broken bones. But guys were going at each other pretty good.”Staying patient The stoicism in Anthony Brown’s voice partly reflected his understanding why the Lakers’ rookie guard/forward has played limited minutes in three games.“I haven’t really had a chance to digest it,” said Brown, whom the Lakers drafted 34th overall. “I’ve learned a lot every day just by being here. Even though I’m not playing, I’m still learning.”Brown shared how he has learned more about the game’s pace and how to play efficiently. But he received a more valuable lesson when the Lakers sent him to the D-Fenders, their Development League affiliate. On Tuesday night against the Bakersfield Jam, Brown posted 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, a 3-of-10 clip from 3-point range, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and three turnovers in 32 minutes. Brown plans to play on Friday against Santa Cruz and on Saturday against Reno before rejoining the Lakers on Sunday.Scott said he plans to feature Brown in the D-League for the next two months. “I want to get him to the point where he’s playing a lot of basketball with the D-Fenders,” said Scott, who wants Brown to work on his ballhandling. “Then when we bring him back up, he can fit right in.”Game planLakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play in Friday’s game against Toronto after resting during Monday’s loss in Phoenix. Bryant completed shooting drills before sitting in practices on Wednesday and Thursday.Scott plans to play Bryant around his season average of 30.4 minutes per game after logging 37 minutes on Sunday against Detroit.