Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons spark 76ers rout of Knicks

first_imgMOST READ Simmons finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but said his numbers don’t tell the whole story.“I was just frustrated,” Simmons said. “I want to play well and perform for the team. I want to make sure we win every game we play. I think the second half was a different kind of Ben.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJimmy Butler added 20 points and rookie Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers (21-12), who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.Philadelphia had lost three of four, including a lopsided defeat in San Antonio on Monday. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “We hung around,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “That’s kind of what we do. We’re pests. But when we miss open shots and they’re knocking every single one of them down, that’s how the game broke open.”TIP-INSKnicks: The Knicks were without Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring). … Damyean Dotson had 14 points off the bench after missing the last two games with a sore shoulder.76ers: Some of the loudest cheers came before the game when Hall of Famer Julius Erving rang the ceremonial bell. . The Sixers had their best shooting first half of the season (58.7 percent).MR. 10,000When asked about becoming the 47th active NBA player to score 10,000 points, Redick was self-deprecating before pausing to appreciate his longevity.“If you had told me 10 years ago as a third-year guy struggling to get into the rotation that I would score 10,000 points, I would think you were crazy,” he said. “It’s a cool thing for me. I didn’t realize I was that close.”EASY TRIPLE-DOUBLESJust because Simmons had his fourth triple-double of the season — and the 16th of his career —doesn’t mean he was happy with his performance.“Some guys don’t ever get (triple-doubles) in their career,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have a playing style where it’s pretty easy.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award TIMMY TIMEFizdale said Hardaway, the team’s top scorer who missed New York’s last game, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis but added that he has no thoughts of shutting him down.“Only a couple of us knew it was really bothering him,” the Knicks coach said. “I think just one game of rest really helped him. He came back and felt like himself.”UP NEXTKnicks: Host Atlanta on Friday night.76ers: Host Toronto on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after a dunk as New York Knicks’ Noah Vonleh (32) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons was angry at himself by halftime. The New York Knicks paid for it after the break.Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Simmons got his second triple-double in his last three games, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped out of a funk to beat the Knicks 131-109 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “For most of the game, our offense was humming,” said JJ Redick, who finished with 14 points, surpassing the 10,000-point milestone for his career. “I thought Ben was great in terms of being on the attack. They really had no answer for Jo (Embiid). And the biggest thing was the second half, we were pretty good defensively.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“It’s tough when you have Ben Simmons, who’s really fast, who’s running downhill the whole game,” Knox said. “You’ve got Embiid, who’s hard to really guard in the post. … They’ve just got a lot of weapons.”The Sixers were clicking offensively from the start, scoring 38 points on nearly 70 percent shooting in the first quarter, capped by a four-point play from Furkan Korkmaz. They led by as many as 14 in the first half and took a 69-61 lead into halftime, though the Knicks closed the half on a highlight-reel alley oop from Hardaway to Knox.After the Knicks cut Philly’s lead to three early in the third, Embiid and Simmons had back-to-back one handed slams to get the home crowd going and help the Sixers pull away.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Houston Rockets set NBA record with 26 triples in 136-118 win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Under Fire Deputy Finance Minister Clarifies

first_imgDeputy Finance Minister for Administration, Jordan Sulonteh, has rejected media reports that the Ministry owes four months’ salary arrears to its contractors.Mr. Sulonteh clarified that though the Ministry owes some of its contractors, it does not owe any of them for four months as is being speculated in the media.Sulonteh disclosed that the Ministry has begun paying the contractors for January and February, 2014. He blamed the delay in the payment of the contractors, however, to funding and policy issues.“There were budgetary constraints,” he said on Wednesday.  In its Wednesday edition, this paper, quoting anonymous contractors of the Finance Ministry, reported that the Ministry has not paid its contractors for four months.Speaking under the condition of anonymity on Monday, Finance Ministry contractors told our reporter they had not been paid since October, 2013. The contractors shifted the delay of their four-month salary arrears payment to the failure of Deputy Minister Jordan Sulonteh, whom they accused of doing little to pay them.The contractors disclosed that Deputy Minister Sulonteh was in the habit of making fruitless promises to them.“We are disappointed at the level of delays in our payment process,” they said. “Deputy Minister Sulonteh has always made promises that are not forthcoming. Just imagine, we didn’t take pay for the Christmas and New Year seasons, but worked.” But in a statement issued late last night, Deputy Minister Sulonteh noted that the Ministry of Finance does not owe any contractor four month salary arrears as claimed in media reports. According to him, payroll for employees including contractors is on track.Minister Sulonteh explained the Ministry is on target as it is currently paying all employees including contractors for the month of January and February 2014, respectfully. He said the delay was due to some funding and policy issues. “There were budgetary constraints, which we’ve dealt with and we are taking care of it as we speak,” he said and added that employees are already receiving money in their respective bank accounts.In a meeting with a cross-section of consultant and contractors at his office Monday, Minister Sulonteh challenged the contractor to prove him wrong. “We do not owe you four months, we are currently settling the January and February arrears.”In a meeting with the contractors Wednesday, February 12, Minister Sulonteh frowned at those who provided what he called “misleading information” to the media. “I am disappointed, but not discouraged…” he said and emphasized that the Ministry of Finance payroll is up-to-date in keeping with Minister Amara Konneh’s mandate to pay employees, including civil servants and normal employees’ salaries.Minister Sulonteh described the media report as propaganda intended to undermine the administration. He said the Ministry has instituted measures to close loopholes in the system, which he said is making more difficult for people to abuse the employment process. As a result of the rigorous payroll validation process, Sulunteh added, the ministry was able to establish which employees were actually working and which names were simply draining the government’s coffers, taking pay and not showing up for work.Minister Sulonteh told the employees that contractors who are currently working with the Ministry are legitimate staff whose performance and evaluation process were carried out before they were even certified.“The Ministry of Finance will protect the rights of contractors who are legitimate; but for those who are not legit, you don’t belong in this building,” warned Minister Sulonteh. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry sources have hinted to our reporter that the Ministry has begun paying all legitimate contractors; including some of the Ministry’s employees who have not been paid for a couple months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

REACH FOR GLORY

first_imgIn the long heave that trails the silenceWith those tensions mounting so higherBewildered eyes so keen on the dramasAs the sharp ears heed all voices unknownSans those melodies to make misery feltHe who preserves his mouth prevailsFor a single moment of despair strikesAll things pleasant now at a standstillDeserting the prize that was once cherishedIn the long course a new stance to craftFor the everlasting plans we dream ofVision we have of greater times impendingThe glories that will savor like winesThe skies will feel like there’s no more limitsFor success forever will spring headlongSoundless slumbers as the hard work pays offReaching for the paramount of prosperityFor the glories that was forever presentShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Freak storm destroys several houses in East Coast Berbice

first_imgA storm on Sunday morning destroyed eight houses and damaged many more at two villages on East Coast Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).Reports are that shortly before 02:00h, high winds followed by rain ripped off roofs and flattened thistles, while uprooting trees and causing millions of dollars in damages. One house was totally destroyed.Alimoon Gobin said he was not at home when the storm came. “When I come home I looking for the house, but the house deh flat. Can’t do anything about it, it done happen.”Several houses were severely damagedWhen this publication arrived at Number 19 Village and Warren, there was no electricity in either village and residents had already begun the process of reconstructing. Many claim zinc sheets were missing. Parts of some roofs were found some 300 metres from their houses. Fallen trees blocked access to sections of some streets.One shop owner, Jasoudra Bhoodu, related that she was awoken at around 01:00h by the sound of rain tapping on her roof. “And the whole house shaking and like it tumbling up with me inside.”Residents picking up the pieces after the stormShe said none of the zinc sheets from her house were located.Another resident, Neezam Khalim, said his entire roof, along with other parts of the house were blown away: “I start hearing noise, so I get up from out the bed and come into the hall and then all the ceiling in the house start to come down. When the ceiling start to come off then I look up and see that the roof gone. Ah build this shed lately and spend close to $400,000 to build it and I ain’t finding nothing from the shed; I ain’t know where they gone… it was rough. Everything damage in the house because the rain was falling. I just grab me and my daughter passport and one sponge and come downstairs in the kitchen whey it dry.”During the devastating three minutes, electrical wires sparked, causing many residents to turn off their main switches.Thankfully, there were no injuries.last_img read more

Young boxer commended by mayor

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Castro was honorably recognized by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commissions, the commission’s highest ranking officials and the mayor of the city. Castro, who currently attends Placerita Junior High School, trains at the Community Center with volunteer boxing coach Juan M. “Superman” Jimenez. For more information about the Santa Clarita Community Center, or the boxing program, please contact (661) 286-4006 or visit http://www.santa-clarita.com/cityhall/parks/communitycenter/. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com The city of Santa Clarita is proud to welcome home international boxing champion Marlene Castro, who competed in the Zeta Enterprise Boxing Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 13. “It is an honor to have someone from our city internationally represent the Santa Clarita Community Center in the sport of boxing,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean. “It is a tremendous achievement to be named an international champion and we commend Marlene on her win.” Castro, age 14, attended the prestigious tournament, which is a precursor to becoming an Olympic contender, and was named the international champion in her respective weight division. In front of hundreds of spectators, Castro defeated one of Puerto Rico’s most talented female boxers, Yanisa Martinez, who forfeited seconds before the start of the match. last_img read more

Miller cruises after half

first_imgFONTANA – Miller coach Mel Wilkins never wavered. Photo Gallery: 03/08: Miller vs. Taft – CIF basketball Miller trailed 29-21 with less than two minutes left in the first half. However, Lola Wells managed a steal in the backcourt and made a layup to start an eight-point run in the final 1:10, tying the game 29-29. Lola’s layup with one second left capped the furious Miller rally, prompting a thunderous roar from the full Miller stands. Miller kept up the pressure in the second half, stealing the inbounds pass to begin the final 16 minutes and scoring on a layup by Briana Hall (25 points, seven steals, three assists). The Rebels scored the first 11 points of the second half and outscored Taft 25-6 in the third quarter. Taft crumbled against the relentless pressure. “We haven’t faced constant man-to-man pressure like this,” Taft coach Mark Drucker said. “They have more depth than us and that was a factor. “We had a hard time identifying when they were trapping us.” Taft was hindered by the condition of point guard Autumn Davis, who suffered from bronchitis. But it was mostly Miller’s intense man-to-man defense, plus its knack for finding the open person on offense and finishing plays that bedeviled Taft. “They’re a great team,” Drucker said. “They’re a heck of a team.” Keisha Mackall aided Miller with seven points and four steals and Jessica Rosa had nine rebounds. Joy Hubbard led Taft (24-3) with 12 points. The loss snapped Taft’s 24-game win streak and extended the 22-game winning streak of Miller (32-2). Miller, making its first foray into the CIF-State playoffs, will play host to San Clemente at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Southern California semifinals, with the winner to advance to the SoCal regional title game March 17 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I knew we were getting beat,” Wilkins said after his team’s CIF-State quarterfinal 70-43 win Thursday night over Woodland Hills Taft. “They were throwing the ball over the top and getting easy baskets. But (Taft) wanted us to fall back and play a halfcourt defense. I want my team to be in the moment and pressure the other team for 32 minutes.” Wilkins is so concerned his team not relax, that he eschews the normal halftime-chat/locker room routine and has his girls shoot throughout the halftime break. Junior Lola Wells (10 points, four steals, four assists) said the team was not too concerned, even after falling behind by 13. “We just knew that we had to play like we know how,” she said. “We didn’t see any film on them, but we knew we had to press. That’s what we normally do. We like to press because then we don’t have to run to the other basket and we can steal the ball and get easy layups.” Added Lola’s freshman sister Chloe Wells (16 points, four steals, five assists): “They had the momentum, so we had to play defense and come together. We had to cut off the ball and trap.” center_img Not when his team fell behind by seven in the first few minutes. Not when it plummeted to 13 behind midway through the second quarter. last_img read more

Woman victim of ID theft

first_imgChristina Hale, a 23-year-old Palmdale woman who has admitted to bankrupting Turner, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in state prison, having pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts of fraud. Turner now faces monumental hurdles as she attempts to reclaim her good financial standing. “I was like, this isn’t possible,” Turner said of her initial reaction to learning her credit card was maxxed out. “I was in shock.” Hale’s guilty pleas came in the face of 18 felony and misdemeanor counts that could have landed her behind bars for 17 years, said California Highway Patrol investigator Jim Daggon, who led the investigation. Daggon said the legal system hasn’t caught up with the times, noting that long-term sentences for such crimes are unusual because the offenders aren’t considered violent. LANCASTER – Melinda Turner immediately knew something wasn’t right when Starbucks denied her credit when she was there on Halloween with her 4-year-old niece. She didn’t realize, however, that her financial life was already in a freefall. Turner, 28, of Lancaster, lost nearly all the money she inherited from her father to identity theft, a crime law enforcement officials say is the fastest growing form of criminal activity. The information-age crime has become a billion-dollar industry, netting thieves $56.6billion in 2006, according to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center. “It’s a devastating crime,” he said. “It’ll take a long time for (Turner) to clear this up.” Identity thieves have shown themselves to be remarkably resourceful in obtaining their victims’ personal information. Among their most common methods are digging through trash, or “Dumpster diving,” and “phishing,” the practice of impersonating trusted organizations on the Internet. Turner believes her personal information was given to Hale by her former fiance, who she suspects stole her purse containing credit cards, her driver’s license and Social Security card. He was not charged in the identity-theft case. The fiance is serving a three-plus-year sentence for illegal weapons possession, Turner said. Hale was found to be in possession of Turner’s personal identification at the time of her arrest. Hale used Turner’s identification to buy two vehicles worth approximately $25,000, open credit card accounts, and write checks for thousands of dollars against Turner’s savings account, Daggon said. Turner claims her bank, Washington Mutual, was negligent in releasing funds to Hale, who she said doesn’t even closely resemble the photo on Turner’s stolen driver’s license. Washington Mutual spokesman Gary Kishner said the bank considers Turner a victim, but he said Turner shares some responsibility for not reporting stolen funds in a timely manner, and for providing her fiance with her PIN code, which bank officials say Hale used to release funds from her account. Kishner said Washington Mutual advanced Turner $1,200 to pay her rent before its investigation was complete. “We’re very sympathetic to what she’s going through,” Kishner said. “We understand that she’s a victim, and we did try to help her any way we could, but she needs to take responsibility for giving out her PIN.” Turner said the incident is especially disconcerting because the inheritance was her last physical tie to her father’s memory. Turner was 11 when her father, Travis Turner, a 36-year-old crane operator, was killed on a job site. She has a portrait of her father tattooed on her arm. She said the stress has exacerbated an existing medical condition. Turner suffers from lupus, and she must pay medical bills out of her pocket. “If it was just lottery money, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but my dad’s dead, and every time I talk about this it’s like I’m losing my dad all over again,” she said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ronaldo set for Serie A debut amid sombre backdrop in Italy

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018 at Villar Perosa. © AFP / Isabella BonottoMILAN, Italy, Aug 17 – Cristiano Ronaldo will make his much-anticipated Serie A debut for Juventus who open their campaign for an eighth straight Italian league title on Saturday against a sombre backdrop of a country in mourning following the Genoa bridge disaster.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the star signing of the summer season arriving amid great pomp and ceremony following a 100 million euro ($117 million) deal from Real Madrid. But it could be a low-key start for the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar against minnows Chievo in Verona’s Stadio Bentegodi on Saturday on a day of national mourning for the victims of the Morandi bridge tradegy in the north-western port city.The emotional impact of the disaster has led to the postponement of Serie A games involving local teams Sampdoria and Genoa who had been due to open their campaigns against Fiorentina and AC Milan.But all other games will go ahead starting on Saturday — the day of the 38 victims’ funerals — with last season’s top two teams Juventus and Napoli in action.A minute’s silence will be held before each match with the players taking to the pitch wearing black armbands.Much is expected of Ronaldo’s presence in the Italian league this season after the low of Italy missing out on qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.“He’s going to raise the level of the championship,” said Italian football legend Dino Zoff.“Everyone can benefit. With Ronaldo all eyes will be on us and Serie A can regain ground. His purchase will result in the arrival of other big names to Serie A.”Midfielder Sami Khedira said he was eager to play alongside Ronaldo again, and forget his own dire World Cup campaign where Germany crashed out in the group stage.“I can’t wait to start the new season, and it’s also fantastic to be able to play with Ronaldo again after the time we shared together at Real Madrid,” Khedira said on Instagram.“Despite the excitement for the new season though, this was one of the most difficult summers of my career.“After a good season at Juventus in which I scored nine goals, I played my two worst games at the World Cup and it was awful.”As Ronaldo takes centre stage at his new team the surprise could be in defence with Andrea Barzagli and new signing Joao Cancelo vying for the role of right-back.World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi has just returned to action, and coach Massimiliano Allegri could play new midfield signing Emre Can and Khedira alongside Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado.– Ancelotti return –Napoli turn back to their quest for a first title since the days of Argentine star Diego Maradona in 1987 and 1990 after pushing Juventus to the line last season.After claiming a record 91 points for a league runner-up, Maurizio Sarri exited the club for Chelsea with Italian Carlo Ancelotti making his return to Serie A for the first time in nearly a decade.The much-travelled Italian arrives in Naples boasting three Champions League trophies from his spells with AC Milan and Real Madrid, and a Premier League title from his two-year stint at Chelsea.AS Roma’s head coach Eusebio Di Francesco looks on during the International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona on July 31, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. © AFP / Cooper NEILLEusebio di Francesco’s Roma — third last season — travel to Torino with Inter Milan, who also qualified for the Champions League visiting Sassuolo on Sunday, as Bologna and SPAL, who both survived at the death last season going head to head in a bid to start the season on a positive note.Among the newcomers, Parma return to the top flight only three years after being declared bankrupt, hosting Udinese in their first game.Also returning to Serie A are Empoli, a team from Florence, who start at home against Cagliari, and Frosinone, from south of Rome, who travel to Atalanta on Monday.Fixtures (all times EAT)SaturdayChievo v Juventus (7pm), Lazio v Napoli (9:30pm)SundayTorino v AS Roma (7pm); Bologna v SPAL, Empoli v Cagliari, Parma v Udinese, Sassuolo v Inter Milan (all 9:30pm)AC Milan v Genoa, Sampdoria v Fiorentina — postponed after Genoa bridge disasterMondayAtalanta v Frosinone (9:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Robert Goulet waited for lung transplant before dying at 73

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with his Broadway debut in “Camelot,” the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guenevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guenevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with multiple appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs. Sullivan had labeled him the “American baritone from Canada,” where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own show on CBC-TV called “General Electric’s Showtime.” The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1963 that Goulet “is popping up in specials so often these days that you almost feel he has a weekly show. The handsome lad is about the hottest item in show business since his Broadway debut.” Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 for Best New Artist and made the singles chart in 1964 with “My Love Forgive Me.” Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in “Camelot” launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, said Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson. He had been awaiting a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis in September. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the critically needed transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. “Just watch my vocal cords,” she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. “When I’m using a microphone or doing recordings I try to concentrate on the emotional content of the song and to forget about the voice itself …,” he told The New York Times in 1962. “Sometimes I think that if you sing with a big voice, the people in the audience don’t listen to the words, as they should. They just listen to the sound.” While he returned to Broadway only infrequently after “Camelot,” he did win a Tony award in 1968 for best actor in a musical for his starring role in “The Happy Time.” His other Broadway appearances were in “Moon Over Buffalo,” in 1995, and “La Cage aux Folles,” 2005, plus a “Camelot” revival in 1993 in which he played King Arthur. His stage credits elsewhere include productions of “Carousel,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Pajama Game,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “South Pacific.” None of the Broadway principals were chosen for the film version of “Camelot”; Lancelot was played by an Italian actor, Franco Nero. But Goulet did get some film work, performing in a range of movies from the animated “Gay Purr-ee” (1962), “Underground” (1970), to “The Naked Gun 21/2” (1991). He played a lounge singer in Louis Malle’s acclaimed 1980 film “Atlantic City.” He returned to Broadway in 2005 as one half of a gay couple in “La Cage aux Folles,” and Associated Press theater critic Michael Kuchwara praised Goulet for his “affable, self-deprecating charm.” Goulet had no problems poking fun at his own fame, appearing recently in an Emerald nuts commercial in which he “messes” with the stuff of dozing office workers, and lending his name to Goulet’s SnoozeBars. Goulet also has been sent up by Will Ferrell on “Saturday Night Live.” “You have to have humor, and be able to laugh at yourself,” Goulet said in a biography on his Web site. The only son of French-Canadian parents, Goulet was born in Lawrence, Mass. After Goulet’s father died, Goulet’s mother moved the family to Canada when the future star was about 13. (The family name was pronounced gou-LETT in Massachusetts and reverted to the proper French gou-LAY in Canada.) He received vocal training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto but decided opera wasn’t for him. He made his first professional appearance at age 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His early success on Canadian television preceded his breakthrough on Broadway. When his onetime costar Julie Andrews received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 2001, Goulet was among those joining in singing in her honor. In his last performance Sept. 20 in Syracuse, N.Y., the crooner was backed by a 15-piece orchestra as he performed the one-man show, “A Man and his Music.” Although Goulet headlined frequently on the Las Vegas Strip, one incident stood out, evidenced by a photograph that hung on his office wall. It was the mid-1970s and he had just finished a two-week run at the Desert Inn, when he was asked to fill in at the Frontier across the street. Overnight, the marquees of two of the Strip’s hottest resorts at the time read the same: “Robert Goulet.” “I played there many, many years and have wonderful memories of the place,” Goulet told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He had a daughter with his first wife, Louise Longmore, and two sons with his second wife, Carol Lawrence, the actress and singer who played Maria in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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LIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE

first_imgBeaver scouts from 19th Donegal (Lifford) Scout Group, have won the inaugural Errigal County Beaver Scout Challenge which was held yesterday (SAT) in Buncrana.The youngest aged group in the scouts, the 6 – 8 year olds, had to undertake a number of challenges during the course of the event before claiming their victory.The event, which was attended by Beaver Scouts from as far as Killybegs, Castlederg, Carndonagh and Bocan, turned out to be a very successful first venture. Thanks must go to Buncrana group leader Alison Clarke and her trusty team of volunteers for organising the event.Group Leader, Joe Boland, said that it was a credit to the Beaver Scout Leaders, Emma McNulty, Lisa McGuire and Christina Foy for the amount of time, effort and commitment they gave to the group and it’s a just reward to their return.“It was a terrific time out and everyone got on so well. It proved yet again that scouting is a great source of education, adventure and fun for young people,” said scout leader Boland.The Lifford-based group are going from strength to strength with the Cub Scouts and Scouts having their first overnight camp at the grounds of Lifford Gun Club. There, they learned how to cook outdoors, build a bivvy (shelter made of available materials), and honed their already considerable scouting skills.One brave young scout, Adam McGinley, braved the elements and spent the night in his bivvy and said afterwards that it was a very warm, cosy bed and he had a great night’s sleep.The group would to like to express their thanks and gratitude to the committee of Lifford Gun Club for offering them the use of the excellent facility and look forward to many more camps.EndsLIFFORD SCOUT GROUP WIN INAUGURAL ERRIGAL COUNTY BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE was last modified: May 15th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more