Alice Yawo Back in Business

first_imgMany a time professional breakups can be very painful; but learning to overcome ‘the dark days’ always brings about results. While calling for a split with someone you manage cannot be easy, it is sometimes necessary for a new and better beginning – even a peaceful career. In Alice Yawo’s case, since breaking up with DenG, she has signed five artists to her stable – all gaining momentum in the industry. Overcoming the split means Alice is dusting up her past and trying to move on from the situation that almost led her to quit managing artists. Alice says she is now someplace peaceful and fulfilling; although she had to start from square one.“Like every relationship, once it ends, society expects the woman to sit around for a very long time before moving on. And if it was not for my passion for management I was going to do that.“But then again we are in an era where women are changing mentally; and being a feminist, I decided to stand up, let go of my past and try again,” she added.With her knack for management, she is pushing her ‘newly acquired’ artists to another level, and doing everything possible for them to have a great and memorable music career.“I cannot work with any artist that I lack belief in. I believe that Kizzy W, C.I.C, Casimoney and Maima Myers are hit-makers. My relationship with each of them is purely professional, nothing else. “However, I have some personal relationship with each of them; and because of that, they feel open to share with me issues that affect them. The female is more comfortable speaking to King Jaffar, my colleague; and the males are comfortable speaking to me. It works well,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Amerindian Heritage Month 2018 launched

first_imgAs he delivered the feature address at the opening of Amerindian Heritage Month celebrations, at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, Greater Georgetown, President David Granger said his Government is committed to bridging the gaps between the coastland and the hinterland through education.The President said Guyana’s multicultural heritage is regarded as a national treasure alluding to the various celebrations that honour the various ethnicities. He said Amerindian Heritage Month is testament to the high regard in which Guyana’s first peoples are held. He noted that while the month is one of celebration, it is also a time to reflect on the disparities between the remote villages and the capital, adding that plans need to be put in place to address that.The Head of State said every Guyanese is guaranteed equal rights and opportunities and that Government should make it its prime focus to eliminate the inequalities that exist particularly between the coast and hinterland. He referenced his Plan of Action (PoA) that was presented to the National Toshaos Council in 2015 and noted that it is still relevant to this day, since it deals with some of the very issues that are affecting Amerindian people.The Surama Cultural Group performing a dance“The Plan of Action aims at reducing inequalities between Indigenous people and the rest of the population and we must do so by eradicating poverty by promoting employment and by ensuring greater economic opportunities and increased access to the people of the hinterland of public services,” he noted.Granger further related that the PoA has been guiding the Government’s conduct and policies as it relates to the empowerment of the Indigenous population.“We are concerned with eliminating inequalities among the Guyanese people and we believe that education is the surest and swiftest way to eliminate those inequalities. The Government is taking steps to improve hinterland education access; improved attendance and attainment,” he added.He noted that the Government is already on a path to improved education access since they have recorded improved attendance.He added that Government is working to ensure that the gap is closed, relating that village economies are being stimulated, infrastructure being improved, and agro-processing is at an all-time high.“There is a silent revolution in agro-processing and micro enterprise taking place in more than 200 Indigenous communities. These enterprises will help to reduce inequalities. Employment is essential to eliminating poverty. The Hinterland Entrepreneurship Youth Programme is providing training and seed capital to engage young people in economic enterprises,” Granger said.Granger also pledged his Government’s full support to working with the NTC to address the issues plaguing the Indigenous communities.He alluded to the creation of frontline villages in Indigenous communities to address the influx of Venezuelans fleeing their country due to the current economic crisis. He said humanitarian services have to be provided to them and that those communities are now serving as the entrance points for those refugees.Meanwhile, Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock said Guyana is on the cusp of new development and that we are transitioning from the use of fossil fuel to renewable energy. He explained that the Indigenous communities have been utilising renewable energy from time immemorial, adding that there is great potential for solar, hydro and wind energy in Guyana.He called on the villages to develop their Village Improvement Plans since it is integral that each village map their development, no what resources are available, what they need and how they can achieve their targets.Additionally, NTC Chair Nicholas Fredericks called on Government and international community to work hand-in-hand to address the issues affecting Indigenous peoples.Amerindian Heritage Month is being observed under the theme ““Proud of our Indigenous identity, celebrating in Unity.”The exhibition at Indigenous Village, Sophia, would run until September 5.last_img read more

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“We were robbed!” Panama World Cup team hotel raided during Oslo match

first_imgPolice say objects worth around 53,000 euros ($62,000) were taken from three rooms in a downtown Oslo hotel, explaining thieves are thought to have used an old magnetic room key or a stolen one and that video footage would be examined.Police spokeswoman Aslaug Rohne told AFP the robbery probably took place at the same time as Panama were being beaten by Norway on Wednesday in a match that ended 1-0.Panama will make their World Cup debut in Russia, where the central Americans will face England, Belgium and Tunisia in Group G.Panama kick off their campaign against Belgium in Sochi on June 18, the same day group G opponents Tunisia host England0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Norway’s Joshua King scoring against Panama, whose hotel rooms were robbed on Wednesday during the game © NTB Scanpix/AFP / Hagan, FredrikOSLO, Norway, Jun 7 – At around the time that World Cup minnows Panama were playing Norway this week, thieves were busy rifling their Oslo hotel rooms, police told AFP on Thursday.The Panamanian football federation tweeted: “Three #Panamayor hotel rooms were robbed in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian police are at the scene looking for clues.”last_img read more

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Hsu wanted to see, be seen with power elite

first_imgNorman Hsu was desperate for invitations to glitzy Democratic Party galas in California and private political dinners in New York. But once he got in, Hsu, a 56-year-old apparel executive, seemed awkward and out of place, almost astonished to be posing for pictures with former President Bill Clinton at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at a rally in San Francisco. He gave generously, showering big money on a wide array of national, state and local politicians. But he was a rarity in the symbiotic world of campaign finance, because he sought nothing tangible in return. As Hsu ran from an arrest warrant for fraud and a hidden past of bankruptcy, his political donations seemed less motivated by a bid for influence than a desire to simply win a few friends in circles of power, according to Democratic fundraisers in New York and California who knew him. He was a compulsive name-dropper who took the time to get to know low-level staffers working on political campaigns, even pulling strings to get them reservations at tough-table restaurants like Nobu in Manhattan. His political activities came to occupy such a central role in his life that when he composed a suicide note last week while running from the authorities, he specified that his funeral arrangements should be handled by a young former Democratic Party staffer who once coordinated fundraising in New York, but had not been in touch with him in more than a year. The elevated status Hsu bought through political donations helped him raise money for his investment schemes, even as he raised political donations from some of those same investors – many of whom now fear their money is gone. A California woman who invested with Hsu said a member of her family talked him up as “this big businessman who was a big friend of Hillary Clinton.” Hsu would encourage investors to make campaign contributions because it “was good for business,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. Several prominent Clinton donors who spent time with Hsu recall him as an indefatigable networker, willing to take on any fundraising need, even from low-level Clinton staffers. “I think he was motivated by a desire to rebuild his identity, his image, and to launder his fraudulent past through Democrats and the Clinton campaign,” said one prominent Clinton donor who attended meetings and socialized with Hsu and grew to know him personally. “He went from a nobody to a player. And if Hillary was elected, he would go from a player to a well-connected star in Democratic business circles.” Indeed, one senior adviser in the Clinton campaign said that Hsu aspired to and was on track to becoming “one of the break-out superstars of 2008 presidential fundraising in both parties.” Despite his lofty goal, the Clinton campaign’s chairman, Terry McAuliffe, denied last week that he had pressed Hsu to raise ever larger sums for Clinton. However much Hsu used his image as a friend of politicians to impress his business contacts, he seemed to have had little difficulty finding people willing to give him money long before he burst onto the political scene. For example, a New York investor who directed $40 million to Hsu first did business with him in 2002, a full year before Hsu began making campaign contributions and well before he became a fixture at Democratic fundraising events. But once Hsu entered the political world, he did it in a big way. He lobbied to get invited to marquee fundraising events, such as one for Clinton at the Beverly Hilton co-hosted by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in February, according to one California-based Democratic fundraiser. Sometimes, he would crash private parties without an invitation. “He wanted to get on the party’s A-list, and he knew it would take a lot of money,” said a prominent California Democratic fundraiser who saw Hsu at party events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. “I remember him wanting to know about the next party, the next dinner. He never wanted to be left out.” Among Clinton aides and advisers, Hsu garnered a reputation for responsiveness and success. Whether a request came from the campaign’s finance director, Jonathan Mantz, or a junior aide on the Clinton finance team, Hsu was quick to say yes. He quickly became known as a go-to man with apparently terrific access to ready money in New York and Asian circles, Clinton campaign officials say. His devotion to Hillary Clinton was sometimes eye-popping. He threw a dinner party in Clinton’s honor this year at the Modern restaurant, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, for about 100 people, costing roughly $200 a head, according to three people who attended. It was not a fundraiser; there was no special purpose, except to celebrate Clinton. Yet some Clinton donors say they were sometimes uncomfortable with Hsu and wish that, in hindsight, they had regarded this ambivalence as a red flag. One donor recalled receiving a rather garish invitation to an after-party that Hsu threw himself this year following a political fundraiser. The invitation was ornate and oversized, the donor said, as if Hsu was trying too hard. A California-based Democratic fundraiser who supports Clinton said he ran into Hsu at several events in California. “He seemed so desperate to be included in every big-ticket event in California,” the fundraiser said. “It was a little sad.” Clinton campaign officials and donors, who have looked into Hsu’s past, described his trajectory this way: He was introduced to political giving by Stanley Toy, a Los Angeles doctor, who at some point introduced him to Mark Gorenberg, a San Francisco-based venture capitalist who was the California finance director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Hsu began contributing large checks to numerous Senate candidates in 2005 and 2006. Officials with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee say Hsu was never given names of candidates to support, though they say that, from time to time, he would be given notice by staff members about fundraisers coming up or possible campaigns to become involved with. Officials say that no one person in the campaign committee was a point person for Hsu. At some point, Hsu came to the attention of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign. A low-level staff person on Clinton’s campaign, whom the campaign declined to identify, noticed that Hsu had been a generous contributor, and he was targeted for future contributions. Hsu was then cultivated by fundraising leaders such as Alan Patricof, Clinton’s finance director for that campaign in New York. Patricof declined to comment, but associates of his insist that Patricof did not bring Hsu into the campaign and did not get to know him well. By early 2007, when Clinton began her presidential bid, Hsu had become valuable enough to join her New York fundraising leadership team, attending meetings with about 15 to 20 other donors and Mantz, usually held at Patricof’s Manhattan offices. He emerged in recent months as a HillRaiser, the designation given by Clinton’s campaign to anyone who raises at least $100,000 a year. There are more than 200 so-called “bundlers” identified by Clinton’s campaign, but Hsu sought out to become a super-bundler. The importance of bundlers has grown in importance as campaigns have an insatiable need for cash but can only raise a maximum of $4,600 from each individual. So the more friends and associates that bundlers can raise money from, the more valued they become to campaigns. Even as Hsu worked to raise his profile with the Clinton campaign, he also spread his money broadly from municipal races in California, to governors’ races throughout the country, from liberal political action committees to state Democratic Party committees. And for many, he was something of a secret benefactor. He gave $3,500 to Emily’s List, a political action committee that supports women’s candidates, as well as the maximum allowable donations to three Democratic women senators, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and, most recently, to Mary Landrieu of Louisiana whom the political action committee was promoting. Ellen R. Malcolm, president of Emily’s List, barely recalls him. “She remembers seeing him at some big Democratic events, but he never came to any of our major events,” said Ramona Oliver, a spokeswoman for the group. Robert Tuke, a Nashville lawyer, was chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party in 2006 when Hsu donated $20,000 to the party and gave another $12,000 to the campaign of former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who was in a tight race for the U.S. Senate. “The check literally came in the mail,” said Tuke, who noted that it is unusual for someone to give so much money without making some contact with the campaign or seeking some acknowledgment. “No one got a call from him, no one has a clue about him,” added Tuke. “Usually people who give that much want some recognition – they were always asking me to get them to meet Harold Ford or, if Bill Clinton were in town, to get some time with him. There was none of that.” Another prominent fundraiser based in New York also recently had lunch with Hsu, in which she recalled that he arrived “incredibly” late and had so many nervous mannerisms that it became hard to follow what he was saying. The fundraiser said she had assumed that Hsu would not have wanted anything from Clinton if she were elected president. “All he would want is just to be at the White House. He just would want to be treated to the White House.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like the deep-pocketed gamblers who are the targets of Las Vegas casinos, Hsu was quickly recognized by dozens of Democratic campaigns as a soft-touch cash machine, even if the source of his money was unknown to nearly everyone. Hsu was so eager to please that he tried to become the first bundler of donations for the Hillary Clinton campaign to raise more than $1 million, according to three Clinton supporters who said they were told by Hsu of his goal. And he nearly accomplished it, raising an astonishing $850,000 from 260 people in just six months. Last week, the Clinton campaign severed all ties to Hsu when it announced it would refund the $850,000, the largest sum to be refunded by a presidential campaign. “There came a point in the campaign when he could walk on water,” said John A. Catsimatidis, a New York businessman and top Clinton fundraiser. “He spent money, he never said no. Very young fundraising staffers would say, `Norman, we need $50,000,’ and he’d say, `I’ll do it.”‘ Interviews last week with more than three dozen fundraisers, donors, strategists and businesspeople who know Hsu sketch a portrait of a man who was simultaneously sought after and held at arms length, someone whose aggressive generosity was rivaled only by the opacity of his motivations. Campaigns and charities were only too willing to take his money, while at the same time harboring doubts about his background and behavior. Hsu emerged in the national spotlight in late August when it was revealed that he faced a 15-year-old outstanding warrant in California for a 1991 fraud conviction for bilking investors out of $1 million. He had faced a maximum of three years in prison, but he skipped out on the sentencing hearing. After returning to Hong Kong in the 1990s, Hsu arrived back in the United States 10 years ago and began raising money for new investment schemes. But it was not until 2003 that he became active politically. When his name emerged in press reports in late August, Hsu surrendered in California and posted a $2 million bond, but he skipped out on a court hearing, and, while riding a train bound for Colorado, he became ill and was arrested. He is back in custody and a Colorado judge this past week set bail at $5 million. last_img
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DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARIN

first_imgDONEGAL folk love a New Year’s Day dip. Click to watch some hardy souls at Narin on Sunday! DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARIN was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO OF NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM AT NARINlast_img read more

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COMEDIAN FRANKIE BOYLE VISITS ANNAGRY – AND GETS HIS HANDS ON THE SAM MAGUIRE

first_imgFRANKIE AND SAM: PIC MARIAN NIC RUAIRI/DONEGALDAILY.COMCOMEDIAN Frankie Boyle has paid a visit to Annagry – and managed to get his hands on Sam Maguire.Glaswegian Frankie, whose family is from west Donegal, even met up with Donegal star Eamon McGee. Boyle followed Donegal’s exploits in the run-up to the All-Ireland Final, using his Twitter account to cheer on the team.FRANKIE, EAMON AND SAM: PIC MARIAN NIC RUAIRI/DONEGALDAILY.COMCOMEDIAN FRANKIE, CRAIG CAMPBELL AND SAM: PIC MARIAN NIC RUAIRI/DONEGALDAILY.COMCOMEDIAN FRANKIE BOYLE VISITS ANNAGRY – AND GETS HIS HANDS ON THE SAM MAGUIRE was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COMEDIAN FRANKIECRAIG CAMPBELL AND SAM: PIC MARIAN NIC RUAIRI/DONEGALDAILY.COMlast_img read more

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Leaving the Earth behind

first_img Rocket builder Jeff Greason, president of XCOR in Mojave, says he has no doubt that someday a space tourist flight will end in a fatal accident. “It’s not an if, it’s a when,” Greason said. “No mode of transportation has been developed that hasn’t had a loss of life. There is going to be a loss of life. It’s inevitable.” Virgin Galactic’s Tai had a more optimistic view than Greason about space travel safety, at least in terms of his own company. Galactic will benefit from Rutan’s desire to build relatively simple and safe spacecraft and from Virgin’s experience of safe operations of its airlines. “I believe we will attain high safety standards,” Tai said. “Virgin won’t do this unless it’s safe.” The excitement and potential dangers were among the topics of a panel discussion that was part of a Los Angeles conference promoting California’s space industry. The conference, entitled “Transforming Space – Innovation, Infrastructure and Intellectual Capital,” was hosted by the California Space Authority and the California Space Education and Workforce Institute. California’s early commercial space travel is likely to include Mojave Airport, where Rutan is based. Virgin Galactic plans to fly its spaceships out of the Mojave Airport for the first years of its operations. “There will come a time when we have to find a home of our own,” Tai said. “We would like to be in California, but California needs to step up and be a little more proactive.” Galactic is looking at other states to base its operations and has had talks with Australia and countries in the Middle East about possible spaceports. Space Adventures is also looking to establish a spaceport in the United States. California is among several states being considered, officials said. Commercial space travel has drawn increasing interest since SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize in October 2004 as the first reusable private spacecraft, said John Spencer, president of the advocacy group Space Tourism Society. Spencer said he has talked with large companies that are quietly conducting investigating the possibility of setting up space ventures. Space tourism, Spencer said, will allow humanity to have a view of itself. “The perspective of Earth from space is the most important thing we can give the next generation,” Spencer said. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some 33,000 people have applied for applications for reservations on the ships Rutan is building for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Would-be passengers have paid about $10 million in deposits, said Virgin Galactic vice president Alex Tai. Two hundred people have paid reservations for suborbital flights with Virginia-based Space Adventures, the company that helped Dennis Tito become the first space tourist on a Russian government rocket. Rather than “space tourism,” Peter Diamandis, founder of the $10 million Ansari X Prize competition that was won last year by SpaceShipOne, prefers the term “personal spaceflight.” “Tourism” gives an impression, he said, of carefree travel. “It is important to acknowledge that this is a risky business,” Diamandis said. “We are talking about a generation of pioneers (the first commercial space passengers). We need to tell people it’s a dangerous business.” LOS ANGELES – Test pilot and astronaut Brian Binnie says this is what spaceflight will be like for pioneer space tourists: “The rocket will be shuddering, shaking and screeching at you. The best part is when they shut the motor down. The noise goes away, which is a good thing. The shaking stops and you become weightless,” Binnie said. “Everywhere you look is ‘wow.’ Everything your body feels is ‘wow.”‘ Binnie should know. He flew nearly 64 miles above the Earth in the SpaceShipOne rocket plane built by Burt Rutan, who is now designing a fleet of larger rocket planes for a British billionaire’s startup spaceline to fly passengers into space and back again. There is no shortage of customers who want that experience. last_img read more

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Comedy icon Pryor dead at age 65

first_img “It doesn’t do good to have regrets,” he said. “Once you’ve done it, you’ve done it. It’s like the Bible. Not a word of it can be changed.” His audacious style influenced generations of stand-up artists, from Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock to Robin Williams and David Letterman, among others. A series of hit comedies and concert films in the ’70s and ’80s helped make Pryor one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood, and he was one of the first black performers to have enough leverage to cut his own deals. In 1983, he signed a $40 million, five-year contract with Columbia Pictures. His films included “Stir Crazy,” “Silver Streak,” “Which Way Is Up?” and “Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip.” Throughout his career, Pryor focused on racial inequality, once joking as the host of the Academy Awards in 1977 that Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier were the only black members of the Academy. Pryor once marveled “that I live in racist America and I’m uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it. You can’t do much better than that.” But he battled drug and alcohol addictions for years, most notably when he suffered severe burns over 50 percent of his body while freebasing at his Northridge home. An admitted “junkie” at the time, Pryor spent six weeks recovering from the burns and much longer from his addictions. He battled multiple sclerosis throughout the ’90s. Still, even with his health failing in the 1995 interview with the Daily News, Pryor said he was relatively at peace with his disease. “I look at this MS like God blessed me,” he said. “If I didn’t have MS, I’d already be dead. I’d have killed myself for real. Having the MS just made me slow down whatever I was doing.” In one of his last movies, the 1991 bomb “Another You,” Pryor’s poor health was clearly evident. Pryor made a comeback attempt the following year, returning to standup comedy in clubs and on television while looking thin and frail, and with noticeable speech and movement difficulties. In 1995, he played an embittered multiple sclerosis patient in an episode of the television series “Chicago Hope.” The role earned him an Emmy nomination as best guest actor in a drama series. “To be diagnosed was the hardest thing because I didn’t know what they were talking about,” he said. “And the doctor said, ‘Don’t worry – in three months you’ll know.’ “So I went about my business and then, one day, it jumped me. I couldn’t get up. … Your muscles trick you; they did me.” Despite his health troubles, he was happy and in good humor in his final days, said his wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor. In the 1990s, he had settled into a new house in the hills of Encino and in the ensuing years spent a calm life. “He will be missed, but will forever live in thousands and thousands of hearts and continue to impact and inspire people with his truth and his pain, which he turned into comedy brilliantly,” she said. While Pryor’s material sounds modest when compared with some of today’s raunchier comedians, it was startling material when first introduced. He never apologized for it. Pryor was fired by one Las Vegas hotel for “obscenities” directed at the audience. In 1970, tired of compromising his act, he quit in the middle of another Vegas stage show with the words, “What the —- am I doing here?” The audience was left staring at an empty stage. He didn’t tone things down after he became famous. In his 1977, NBC television series “The Richard Pryor Show,” he threatened to cancel his contract with the network. NBC’s censors objected to a skit in which Pryor appeared naked save for a flesh-colored loincloth to suggest he had been emasculated. “I wish that every new and young comedian would understand what Richard was about and not confuse his genius with his language usage,” comedian Bill Cosby said through a spokesman Saturday. In his later years, Pryor mellowed considerably, and his film roles looked more like easy paychecks than artistic endeavors. His robust work gave way to torpid efforts like “Harlem Nights,” “Brewster’s Millions” and “Hear No Evil, See No Evil.” “I didn’t think ‘Brewster’s Millions’ was good to begin with,” Pryor once said. “I’m sorry, but they offered us the money. I was a pig. I got greedy.” “I had some great things and I had some bad things. The best and the worst,” he said in 1995. “In other words, I had a life.” Recognition came in 1998 from an unlikely source: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington gave Pryor the first Mark Twain Prize for humor. He said in a statement that he was proud that, “like Mark Twain, I have been able to use humor to lessen people’s hatred.” Born in 1940 in Peoria, Ill., Pryor grew up in his grandmother’s brothel. His first professional performance came at age 7, when he played drums at a night club. Following high school and two years of Army service, he launched his performing career, honing his comedy in bars throughout the United States. By the mid-’60s, he was appearing in Las Vegas clubs and on the television shows of Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. His first film role came with a small part in 1967’s “The Busy Body.” He made his starring debut as Diana Ross’ piano man in 1972’s “Lady Sings the Blues.” Pryor also wrote scripts for the television series “Sanford and Son,” “The Flip Wilson Show” and two specials for Lily Tomlin. He collaborated with Mel Brooks on the script for the movie “Blazing Saddles” and was briefly considered for the role of the sheriff, eventually played by the late Cleavon Little. Later in his career, Pryor used his films as therapy. “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” was an autobiographical account of a popular comedian re-examining his life while lying delirious in a hospital burn ward. Pryor directed, co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the film. “I’m glad I did ‘Jo Jo,”‘ Pryor once said. “It helped me get rid of a lot of stuff.” Pryor also had legal problems over the years. In 1974, he was sentenced to three years’ probation for failing to file federal income tax returns. In 1978, he allegedly fired shots and rammed his car into a vehicle occupied by two of his wife’s friends. Even in poor health, his comedy was vital. At a 1992 performance, he asked the room, “Is there a doctor in the audience?” All he got was nervous laughter. “No, I’m serious. I want to know if there’s a doctor here.” A hand finally went up. “Doctor,” Pryor said, “I need to know one thing. What the —- is MS?” When asked in an interview once with the Daily News about how he would like to be remembered, Pryor affected a blank stare. “That I don’t owe ’em any money,” he said. “Because it’s a bitch when you die and you owe people. You can’t be in the coffin saying, ‘Here’s that $10 …’ ” Pryor was married six times. His children include sons Richard and Steven, and daughters Elizabeth, Rain and Renee. Daughter Rain became an actress. In an interview in 2005, she told the Philadelphia Inquirer that her father always “put his life right out there for you to look at. I took that approach because I saw how well audiences respond to it. I try to make you laugh at life.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “He was the Charlie Parker of comedy, a master of telling the truth that influenced every comedian that came after him,” Jones said in a statement. “The legacy that he leaves will forever be with us.” Pryor lived dangerously close to the edge, both on stage and off. He was regarded early in his career as one of the most foul-mouthed comics in the business, but he gained a wide following for his universal and frequently personal routines. After nearly losing his life in 1980 when he caught on fire in Northridge while freebasing cocaine, he incorporated the ordeal into his later routines. In a 1995 interview with the Daily News, Pryor said he had no regrets about anything he had done. Richard Pryor, the groundbreaking comedian whose profanely personal insights into race relations and modern life made him one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 65. Pryor died shortly before 8 a.m. after being taken to a hospital from his home in the San Fernando Valley, said his business manager, Karen Finch. He had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system. Music producer Quincy Jones described Pryor as a true pioneer of his art. last_img read more

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ROADS WARNING AS STORM BATTERS COUNTY

first_imgMOTORISTS are being urged to drive with extreme care this morning as Donegal is battered by a storm.There are reports of trees down in several areas of the county, with debris causing some difficulties.There are also 3,000 homes in darkness because of power outages. Wind speeds hit 120km/hr overnight.People in Carndonagh have been forced to arrange an emergency meeting after their 50ft Christmas tree was split in half overnight.Gardai and the AA have urged drivers to give themselves extra time on the roads this morning, to drive with dipped headlights during the day and to slow down.Power outages have also hits thousands of homes across the county. Over 800 houses in Ballybofey and 200 house are without power this morning in the Dungloe area – thought to be caused by overnight storm conditions.Other areas hit include Moville, Buncrana and Milford.The affected areas in Dungloe include include Saltpans, Meenacross and near Maghery.Power was lost after 4am and ESB staff are trying to resolve the issue.Meanwhile diversions are in place after a tree came down on the Ramelton Road close to Kernan’s Filling station just after 9.30am this morning. Winds will ease this afternoon.ROADS WARNING AS STORM BATTERS COUNTY was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalweather warninglast_img read more

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OLLIE’S WINNING MATCHES – HARPS EASE PAST AVONDALE TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

first_imgKevin McHugh scored a stunning a hat-trick to send Harps through to the last four of the FAI Cup.Finn Harps have booked their place in the FAI cup semi-final for the first time in fifteen years following a comprehensive victory over non-league side Avondale.Kevin McHugh rolled back the years with a sensational performance which ultimately sealed Harps progression into the semi-finals.The Killea man scored a clinical hat-trick, while Damien McNulty also got on the score sheet in what was a comfortable rout. Avondale scored a consolation goal through Ray Long late on, but in truth the gulf in class between the sides was laid bare in a ruthless performance by Harps.Harps will face either St.Pat’s, Shamrock Rovers or bitter rivals Derry City in the semi-final.Harps are now just one game away from the Aviva, and two games from European football!!Costa del Finn Park. OLLIE’S WINNING MATCHES – HARPS EASE PAST AVONDALE TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fai cupfinn harpsnewsSportlast_img read more

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