Lou Rawls, entertainer and fundraiser

first_img A longtime community activist, Rawls played a major role in United Negro College Fund telethons that raised more than $200 million. He often visited and performed at black colleges. “He’s just someone who recognized, like many African-Americans of a certain generation, that education was something that our kids didn’t get access to and that it was critically important for their future, and for our communities’ future and for the nation,” said Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the UNCF. In September, Rawls performed in the organization’s “An Evening of Stars,” which was to be televised nationwide through the weekend. “He appeared frail, but he was in good voice, and he was in great spirit,” Lomax said. “He was there with his son, newly adopted, and his wife. He was a happy and contented man.” Aretha Franklin said Rawls was a “memorable musical stylist … who made a serious impact in the interest of historically black colleges and black folks.” Lou Rawls, who earned fame with his glorious voice and respect through his prodigious fundraising for the United Negro College Fund, died Friday of cancer. Rawls began as a gospel singer and spent nearly five decades working his soulful, velvet-voiced magic on classic tunes including “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and “Lady Love.” “His voice was so unique,” said legendary producer Kenny Gamble, who with Leon Huff wrote “You’ll Never Find.” “The other thing was that he had a sense of community. Thousands and thousands of young kids benefited from his celebrity.” With his wife, Nina, at his bedside, Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was hospitalized last month for treatment of lung and brain cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. Rawls’ family and Shefrin said the singer was 72, although other records indicate he was 70. Rawls’ trademark was his smooth, four-octave voice, which Frank Sinatra once called the “silkiest chops in the singing game.” Starting as a church choirboy, Rawls ultimately applied those silky tones to a variety of musical genres and more, including movies, TV shows and commercials. As a pitchman for Anheuser-Busch Cos. breweries, his was the familiar voice that said, “When you’ve said Budweiser, you’ve said it all.” Rawls was raised on the South Side of Chicago by his grandmother, who shared her love of gospel with him. He also was influenced by doo-wop and harmonized with his high school classmate Sam Cooke. The two friends were part of groups such as the Teenage Kings of Harmony. When he moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Rawls was recruited for the Chosen Gospel Singers, then moved on to The Pilgrim Travelers. He enlisted in 1955 as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Sgt. Rawls rejoined The Pilgrim Travelers three years later. While touring with the group, Rawls and Cooke were in a car crash that nearly ended Rawls’ life. Cooke was slightly hurt, but another passenger was killed and Rawls was declared dead on the way to the hospital, according to Shefrin. Rawls was in a coma for 5 days and suffered memory loss, but was completely recovered a year later. “I really got a new life out of that,” Rawls said at the time. “I saw a lot of reasons to live. I began to learn acceptance, direction, understanding and perception – all elements that had been sadly lacking in my life.” 160Want 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

Honda will be sole supplier to IRL in ’06

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The people at Honda Performance Development knew there was a possibility they would have to build all 33 engines for the teams and drivers entered in the Indianapolis 500. They also knew there was a chance another engine manufacturer could enter the series, provide some competition and perhaps lighten the demands of the Indy Racing League teams. But none of this was supposed to happen for at least another year. That all changed Thursday. Barnhart likened having a one-engine series to having only one tire supplier in the IRL. He said the level of competition would not be affected by the departure of two engine manufacturers. “Since 2000, we have offered some of the most competitive racing in the world under an exclusive tire arrangement with Firestone,” Barnhart said. “Taking our engine program to a similar format, we believe will take IndyCar Series racing to an entirely new level of competition beginning in 2006.” Team Penske was in the process of making the switch from Toyota power to Honda power before Toyota decided to leave the IRL a year early. Now a handful of other teams will be forced to make the change. “Honda’s long-term commitment to the IndyCar Series was an absolute factor in our decision,” said Roger Penske, owner of the two-car Team Penske. “As it became clear that Toyota was re-allocating its resources, we had to look beyond 2006 and make the best decision for our future. This was a tough decision, but we make tough decisions in our other businesses every day.” Panther Racing, which won two IRL championships with Sam Hornish Jr. as its driver, previously was powered by Chevrolet. Target Chip Ganassi Racing won the 2003 IRL championship with driver Scott Dixon, powered by Toyota. Eddie Cheever’s Red Bull Racing, Hemelgarn Racing and Tony George’s Vision Racing used Toyota engines last year as well. “Anybody who’s changing or switching over right now obviously is a little behind,” said Team Penske team manager Clive Howell. “But we’re not testing anywhere until the end of January anyway. Quite frankly, the switch, if we had done it midseason, we could have made the switch in our cars inside of two weeks probably anyway if we wanted to.” Honda provided engines primarily for Andretti Green Racing, Rahal Letterman Racing, Delphi Fernandez Racing and Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in 2005. “We truly appreciate Toyota’s participation and service in the IndyCar Series,” Barnhart said. “They have been great partners to the series both on and off the race track.” Now it’s up to Honda to provide every team with quality and reliable engines and back-ups, as many as 20 for the regular drivers on the IRL, and 33 for the Indianapolis 500. Honda Performance Development recently tripled the size of its facility in the Valencia Industrial Center. Next it will have to triple its production. “We appreciate the enthusiasm shown and work done by Honda to ensure it has the ability to supply the entire IndyCar Series field,” Barnhart said. “Robert Clarke and everyone at HPD have been true partners during this process.” Tim Haddock, (818) 713-3715 timothy.haddock@dailynews.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Honda became the sole engine supplier to the IRL when series president and chief operating officer Brian Barnhart announced Toyota was leaving the league a year earlier than expected. Toyota and Honda were supposed to supply engines to IRL teams in 2006. Last year, Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet supplied engines for IRL teams. Honda has been on top in IRL competition in recent years, winning the past two series championships, the past two Indianapolis 500s and powering the past three rookies of the year. Competition no longer is a motivating factor for Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita. But Robert Clarke, the president of HPD, said now is the time to work on developing technology and creating the most efficient race engines for the IRL. “Providing engines for the entire IndyCar Series field is a dramatically different role for Honda from that as one competitor in a multi-manufacturer championship,” Clarke said. “It is an opportunity that provides numerous new challenges, not only for HPD, but for several departments at American Honda as well.” last_img read more

Lucas Named Men’s Basketball Director of Operations

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Brian Lucas has joined the Drake University men’s basketball staff as the program’s director of basketball operations, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced Friday, July 15.Lucas joins the Bulldogs after spending six seasons with the Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team as a video and operations coordinator.”Brian has a tremendous pedigree and background coming from two winning programs at Oklahoma State and Florida,” Giacoletti said. “His experience working with Billy Donovan and Travis Ford has exposed him to great ideas and coaching. We’re excited to have him be a part of our program.””I’m excited for the opportunity to work for Coach Giacoletti at Drake University,” Lucas added. “He’s highly regarded in the college basketball community and has put together a tremendous staff. I look forward to being able to bring my experience and help continue to grow the program into one of the best in the Missouri Valley Conference.”While at Oklahoma State, Lucas spearheaded the video program’s vision with updated state-of-the-art equipment, innovative video editing and statistical analysis of video. Prior to arriving at Oklahoma State, Lucas spent four seasons at the University of Florida. While there he was the assistant video coordinator for the men’s program under Billy Donovan, a two-time NCAA Champion coach and current head coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder for three seasons. Prior to joining the men’s staff, he was an assistant video coordinator for Florida’s women’s program under Carolyn Peck.Lucas, a native of Selingsgrove, Pa., earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Florida in 2008 and received his master’s degree in sports management from UF in 2010.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Three Bulldogs Named To MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgThree members of the Drake University cross country teams were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced following its annual championship. In addition to the academic honors, the Bulldogs also collected three other MVC honors following the MVC Championship. Cofer was joined on the All-MVC team by Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) who finished fifth in the men’s race. Fridrich was also named the conference’s Freshman of the Year for his efforts. Print Friendly Version Cofer was the women’s team’s top finisher in 15th place to also earn honorable mention All-MVC honors. Academically, she owns a 3.81 GPA as an English/public relations major. Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.), Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) and Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Ill.) all earned the honor by virtue of meeting the requirements of owning at least a 3.20 grade point average and finishing in the top 20 at Saturday’s MVC Championship as a sophomore or better in athletic and academic standing. The men’s team had two representatives in Brandt and Cozine. Brandt finished 18th at the MVC Championship while Cozine was 19th. The pair have matching 3.85 GPAs with Brandt studying biochemistry, cell and molecular biology while Cozine is an actuarial science major.last_img read more

CRASH VICTIM WAS DERRY WOMAN WORKING AT LETTERKENNY MEDICAL PLANT

first_imgThe damaged truck involved in this morning’s crash bing taken from the scene this afternoon. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The woman who died in a tragic car crash in Drumkeen this morning was from Derry but had been working at United Healthcare in Letterkenny.The 27 year old had been staying with her boyfriend in Ballybofey.The woman was killed instantly when her black Opel Astra car was in collision with an articulated truck just before 7am. Gardai have launched a full investigation as to what exactly caused the horrific crash.The N13 road at Trenatabuoy has since reopened after a full forensic examination was carried out by Gardai.Head of the Donegal Traffic Corps, Inspector Michael Harrison has appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the accident to come forward.One man who arrived on the scene shortly after the collision, paid tribute to a young nurse who also arrived on the scene. The young medic stayed with the woman until the emergency services arrived and an ambulance took the woman to Letterkenny General Hospital a short time later.The woman was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.Staff at United Healthcare, where the woman had worked since 2012, are said to be devastated by her death.CRASH VICTIM WAS DERRY WOMAN WORKING AT LETTERKENNY MEDICAL PLANT was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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) Tags:crashDerrydonegalUnited Healthcarelast_img read more

Parakeets wallop Yap Stars to storm Futsal summit

first_imgParakeets (in Green) are now top of the standings (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 10-01-2019-Equator 3-2 Nomad-Parakeets 6-0 Yap Stars-Typhoon 7-1 Elephants-Yeak Kabowa 5-4 Bajim-Aidenal 1-4 DreamMENGO – Parakeets defeated Yap Stars 6-0 in one of the five Futsal Super League games played on Thursday evening at the Mengo Grounds.Boris Onegi and Arafat Ssentongo each helped themselves to a brace with Joseph Abigaba and Ivan Othieno scoring the other goals on an evening that everything seemed to go Parakeets’ way.Despite the heavy score line, it was not all roller-coaster for Parakeets as they led by only one in the first half thanks to Onegi strike.It was in the second that they ran riot, scoring five more to ensure that they (Parakeets) will be top of the pile by kick of the first ball on Match-Day 12.For Yap, they remain third from bottom with only six points from their first 9 games.Elsewhere, Omar Hitmana struck twice as Equator powered past Nomad 3-2 in the first game of the evening.Equator players celebrating one of the goals against Nomad on ThursdayAfter Abraham Tusubira had put the day’s victors ahead early in the first half, Ahmed Abdifitah had leveled the scores for Nomad to ensure a nervy last period. The other Nomad goal came via Hitmana putting through his own-net.The result sees Equator limb into 9th with 11 points while Nomad remain 7th with 14 points.The other heavy hitters on the day were Typhoons who drubbed Elephants 7-1. The seven goals scored by the pair of Stephen Bikamate *4 and Umar Ssebulina *3. Elephants consolation came via Francis Owonda who leveled scores early in the first half.Typhoon are now 5th in the standings with 16 points while Elephants remain rooted at the bottom of the log having gathered only 4 points from their first 9 games.In the match between Yeak Kabowa and Bajim, there were 9 goals shared between the two sides.Kabowa ran out winners scoring 5 of the 9 with the winner coming off Shaficc Avemah’s sweet left-foot, his second on the night. The other scorers for Kabowa were Enock Sebagala, Ronald Nasamba and Andrew Kayanga.For Bajim, their four goals were scored by Ssekiganda Ronald *2, Derrick Mubiru and Franco Sunday.The day’s last piece of action saw defending champions Dream overcome Aidanl 4-1. John Kintu struck twice in either half to ensure that Dream move into 6th on the log while Aidenal’s lone goal was struck by Moses Kagwa.Aidenal remain 11th on the log with 9 points while Dream have now accumulated 15 points from their first 9 games.Upcoming Futsal Super League fixtures-17-01-2019:-Bajim vs Yap Stars @6pm-Kabowa United vs Elephants @7pm-Typhoon vs Crown @7pm-Park vs Dream @8pm-Nomad vs Parakeets @8pm-Equator vs Yeak Kabowa @9pmComments Tags: Futsal Super LeagueParakeetstopYap Starslast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Lakers on Christmas night

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Tuesday at 5 p.m. as the Warriors face LeBron James on Christmas night again, this time when the Lakers come to Oracle.This will mark the fourth straight season LeBron James and the Warriors are meeting on Christmas, with the Warriors winning three of those games over the Cavaliers. The Lakers (19-14) are currently fourth in the Western …last_img

Why You Need Heavenly Sunshine for Vitamin D

first_imgRickets is on the rise again, along with other diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency, reports Erik Stokstad in the Dec. 12 issue of Science1.  Most vitamins we take in the mouth.  Why do we need to stand outside for this one?  He explains:Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that helps regulate calcium, an element vital not just for strong bones and teeth, but for nerves and the heart as well.  It’s found in very few foods except for salmon and other fatty fish.  Most vitamin D is made when ultraviolet B (UVB) light hits a precursor molecule in the skin.  As 25(OH)D, it then travels through the blood to the kidneys, which turn it into an active metabolite that regulates calcium levels.  Other tissues make this metabolite locally to maintain cell health.Of course, too much sun can lead to sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer, but “Evidence is coming in that higher levels may be desirable,” he says.  Too little sun, as well as too much, can lead to cancer.  Shortage of vitamin D can even lead to diabetes.  Infants and the elderly seem to be especially at risk for vitamin D deficiency.  More studies are needed regarding proper dosage, but for what we know now, Dr. Stokstad prescribes: “While researchers work out the details, most healthy people can probably get enough vitamin D by simply soaking up midday direct sunlight on their face and hands for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week, or longer if they’re darker skinned.”1Erik Stokstad, “Nutrition: The Vitamin D Deficit,” Science Volume 302, Number 5652, Issue of 12 Dec 2003, pp. 1886-1888.Isn’t it interesting that a precursor protein is just sitting there in the skin waiting for the right wavelength of light from the right kind of star.  Almost makes you think God wanted us to get out of the house once in awhile and explore His awesome creations.  Visit our Photo Gallery for some sources of heavenly sunshine.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IDC’s R1bn boost for entrepreneurs

first_img1 September 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has launched a R1-billion Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme, comprising five different funds as well as an investment and business support grant, to serve the financing and entrepreneurial needs of South Africa’s marginalised groups.The initiative is an umbrella scheme incorporating the Women’s Entrepreneurial Fund (with R400-million being made available for disbursement), the Equity Contribution Fund (with R150-million), the People with Disabilities Fund (with R50-million, as well as the existing IDC Development Fund for Workers (with R250-million) and the IDC Foundation Fund for Communities (with R150-million).“We are committed to creating sustainable economic development opportunities through the funding and promotion of enterprises and industries with a strong job creation element especially in SME and BEE transactions,” IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said in a statement last week.The scheme, which will be managed by the IDC’s Risk Capital Facility unit, has been designed to facilitate the development of targeted marginalised entrepreneurs and enable them to access financing as well as serve as a propeller for new entrants into the formal sector entrepreneurial activity.Each of the five funds has its own qualifying criteria which have been clearly outlined in the information booklet.Investment criteria common to all five funds include a demonstration of economic viability and financial sustainability of the business, and that provisions are made for the employment of people with disabilities.In addition, funding provided will generally not be less than R1-million, while the operations of the applicant must fall within one of the sectors in which IDC investment activity occurs.Qhena said while setting a benchmark for development finance by investing in higher-risk projects, the scheme would complement existing funds provided by the IDC.The ring-fenced scheme also aims to act as a catalyst for the targeted entrepreneurs by providing high-risk and largely concessional capital for start-up businesses, acquisitions and expansions.“The scheme will develop marginalised entrepreneurs – it is also intended to have strong bias towards black women-owned enterprises,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lassiter open to Gilas return

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum He begged off from national team duty back in 2016 due to pneumonia, leaving him out of the squad which competed in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.Now, however, is a different story as Lassiter is in the best shape of his life and is ready to answer whenever an opportunity knocks.“I just got to keep preparing myself and stay healthy. I’m just trying to stay healthy and that’s the most important thing,” he said as he has his sights set on helping San Miguel win its fourth straight Philippine Cup.Currently, Gilas only has two legitimate knock-down shooters in Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy with Terrence Romeo still out of commission due to a knee injury. Kevin Ferrer could also be in the conversation, but the sophomore has yet to be called up for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.This dearth in gunslingers could be considered the lowest in years, dating back to the days when Jimmy Alapag, Jeff Chan, Dondon Hontiveros, Larry Fonacier, and Gary David were donning the national tri-colors.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lassiter’s addition to the pool would definitely change that notion as the Beermen marksman expressed glee with the recent development between the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas.“That’s just great,” he said. “It’s a great thing to have more players coming in so at the end of the day, we should be able to find a good team for these upcoming events.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn dire need of a shooter, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes may finally get the snipers he badly craves for after PBA commissioner Willie Marcial lifted the player limit for all teams.And with that development, one name comes to mind: Marcio Lassiter.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lopez, Lakers top Thunder Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Undoubtedly one if not the best shooter in the country right now, Lassiter is closing in on a possible return stint with the national team as his potential inclusion is guaranteed to be a huge shot in the arm when it comes to artillery from beyond the arc.For now, Lassiter is just leaving everything to Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hope so, but it all depends on coach Chot. We’ll see what happens. When it comes, it comes,” he said.Lassiter last played for Gilas in the 2011 Fiba Asia Championship in Wuhan, where the Philippines finished fourth. View commentslast_img read more