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“Blue Links Show” co- host Spider talks Comedy, Stardom

first_imgAaron Stacey Clinton, alias Spider, started doing stand-up comedy at a young age after realizing that making people laugh was something that brought on an emotional calmness in him.“I’m the person who likes to see people happy. Because when you laugh, it eases your mental tension and stress no matter how you old or young you are; everyone gets stressed out.”Spider sharpened his comedic skills after joining the “Blue Links Show” at HOTT FM 107.9 four and a half years ago, a move that definitely put him on top as one of Liberia’s funniest entertainers.“I run a talk show, DJ Blue and I, that is called The Blue Links show, an interactive show that’s all mixed up. I’m good, doing real good and feel good because my career is getting off the ground or I should say its gotten off the ground. I’m now working hard, looking forward to good things coming.”The 39 year-old basketball veteran has evolved from making power moves on the court, to being able to mimic over 6 different prominent voices of our time.“That’s a talent that just came up; I don’t know where it came from but its something that I love doing: mimicking.”Recently, while in studio during break, the all-star all in one comedian chilled to chat about life. His life. Check out our conversation.LIB LIFE: There’s something special about your broadcasting and how you connect with your listeners. Are you naturally a funny guy?SPIDER: Yes, but I don’t want to categorize myself as being a comedian. It’s left with people on the radio who hear me to judge the person I am. I’m a whole different guy from the radio. You can say I make people laugh, but don’t consider myself a comedian.LIB LIFE: You’re good on radio, I mean, have you ever done any stand up comedy?SPIDER:  Well, for me I’ve done stand up comedy for awhile, but I personally decided to stop. It’s been about 3 and a half years now.  Because when a comedian steps up he has to feel something, he has to feel an urge that comes from the audience and, to be honest with you, there’s a lot as Liberians that we have to learn when it comes to comedy. Doing stand up requires a special kind of audience, not everywhere, with everybody anytime. I have my fans that I can relate to but now to be this general stand up guy, no no.LIB Life: Did you do comedy outside of Liberia?SPIDER: No, it started right here in Liberia, its something that started when I was a kid; I was the guy who always tried to make my friends and colleagues laugh. Even when I was playing basketball, I always tried to make my coach and teammates laugh. I just like to see people happy.Basketball- I play small forward, power forward center and, it depends on the size of team I’m playing against.LIB Life: Are you still playing? Spider: I retired in 2006, played a lot. I have played with invincible 11, Mighty Roll, Yhuru Kings (a Swahili word), but I called it quits and picked up the cpmedy.LIB Life: Blue links, 4 and a half years, how did it start?Spider: It started, when I started, I brought a different vibe to it. Because I was actually approached by Cypha D’King who had heard about me, so he invited me to showcase what I had. I felt that by coming on the radio you have to be innovative and creative, so I decided to do something out of the ordinary, I tried to blend comedy and reality. To be exact, I’ve been specific of trying to educate the Liberian people of a lot of historical stuff because I’m a history buff, and I’ve been trying to let my people know what has been transpiring over the years in thought, in schools and stuff that I think they should know. But in a comical way.LIB Life: There’s three or four or five characters that you pretray on the show, they’re so many.Spider: (laughs) Yeah I mimic a lot. To tell you the truth, its all about practice, rehersal and practice for me. I have this secret place that I do it, and that place happens to be in my bathroom most of the time. I just rehearse freestyle and once I feel it from my bathroom, I know that its good. I’ve been doing it since I was in grade school. I do a lot of characters but I don’t want to reveal that now.LIB Life: How do you get your facts and history because based on your accent, I know you weren’t around during most of what you teach. And are your facts actually factual?Spider: They are, if you listen to the callers who call on the BlueLinks show, they’re people who are decades older then me, and they know what happened and they are still alive today to attest to the facts. This is radio, if you go on the radio and talk about what happened in Liberia and if you lie to the people, somebody’s gonna call and say you are definitely a liar. What I say and what comes out of my mouth, it doesn’t go back in. Either it’s accepted or rejected, and I try my best to make sure it doesn’t get rejected by being as factual as possible. If I’m asked a question that I have no idea on or only 50 percent on, I say what I know; if I don’t know the answer I say I don’t know it. How do I know all of it, some of it I lived it and went through it. I read about some of it, I was told and also researched it.LIB Life: Who are you?Spider: Aaron Stacey Clinton. I’m 50 perecent Liberian and 50 percent Jamaican, I’m 6’5 I lived here for a while, lived in Sweden for a while, visited the United States a lil’ bit. It’s all  about moving around, especially in Liberia; I’ve lived in Bucanan and Monrovia. I grew up in Bucanan in grade school, in Yekepa,Nimba; I mean, I lived around, I kind of know this country and know the people here.I’ll be turning 40 years old on June 23. I have a 20 year old daughter. I’m used t having fans especially playing basketball. When you have a talent and gift, perople appreciate you and you have to mingle; [but] you have to do it sincerely and honestly, you don’t give someone a fake smile just to wave them off, you meet people and you actually great them because you appreciate the fact that they appreciate you. I learned that from basketball and throughout, and now that I’ve come to entertainment, its not far away from basketball. B-ball is entertainment. I just rolled from A to B, that’s all.LIB Life: Where do you see yourself with Hott fm-in the next 1 year?Spider: I’m a team kind of guy. I want to see BlueLinks/One Media House, I want to see HOTT FM go to another level. I want to see us explode, like a big boom but in a positive way. I want to see us making history in Liberia, and we have the competent and capable people  who can do it. No doubt, I’m a team player. Without me, HOTT FM will miss an integrial part, and without HOTT FM, I’m a nobody. ‘Cause I won’t have the platform and to be honest with you. I’m not willing to leave to work anywhere else when it comes to the media buisness. HOTT FM BlueLinks is family, the family that I have in my life. The ones close is right here at HOTT FM. I feel good being out here, I love it. I got a life out of entertainment.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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Liberian Player Dies in Pleebo Fire Incident

first_imgThe Late Joseph Kwame WoodsA Promising Liberian international soccer player, Joseph Kwame Woods, had no idea what fate had in store for him when he decided to pay a short visit back home in Pleebo, Maryland County taking with him good news about his latest success in his chosen career.Woods, popularly known by his middle name, “Kwame,” was on a brief visit in the country after he penned a new contract in faraway India, where he has been plying his trade. Upon coming on vacation, he decided to go back home and bid farewell to family members to pursue the next stage of career in that Asian Country. But he met his demise when his family house was gutted by fire, while he was reportedly packing his personal effects to depart the country; but to the least of everyone’s expectation, his life was consumed by the fire, leaving everyone in a state of shock and disbelief.Many, especially relatives, close friends and loved ones, had thought that this was the beginning of a moment of celebration, but were instead left to mourn this tragic incident.According to reports, the unfortunate incident occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, June 28, in Pleebo, Sodoken District, Zone 4 Community.The report further states that when Joseph Woods entered his mother’s house, a blazing fire broke out, leaving him burned to death.Police in the county are said to be investigating the cause of the fire.Information had it that the soccer star, who also featured in series of former County Meet games, was few hours away to his departure to Monrovia and then subsequently to India, where he had just signed a new professional contract, but he met his untimely death in a bizarre fire incident just at the edge of what would have been described as a successful career start for him.“I have never felt the way I feel today. Life is unfair and can never be trusted by me,” a friend of the deceased, Emmanuel Ticonti Swen, posted in a tribute on social media. “Why are you leaving this way, Woods,” he said.Prior to Kwame leaving for Maryland, Swen, also known as Delord, said that they spent an entire day together in Monrovia. “After you failed the interview for the American Visa, you said to me, “Delord I will go to Maryland to see the Oldma, while I wait for my jue to come from America so we can do the wedding in Liberia.”The deceased told his colleague that he has not seen the “Oldma” for sometime so he had to go.“Kwame, you have seen the Oldma, why are you not coming back? “How can you die this way even if it is the time for you to leave us. My eyes are watered with tears and my entire work day has become meaningless,” Delord posted.Delord wondered why should a promising young man die in such a painful way. “You fought a sincere fight for the short time you lived. You were the example of a promising child every parent wanted to reference. You were a motivation to all youthful players from Maryland County. May your soul rest in perfect peace brother,” he noted.Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has expressed concern over the wave of fire incidents in the country, some of which have caused deaths and injuries.The NDMA made specific reference to the Maryland fire incident and another one that took place in  Pipeline Road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Prior to the two recent incidents, the Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency, Henry O. Williams had told reporters in the port city of Buchanan, that his agency recorded more than six thousand victims of fire, flood and heavy rainstorm incidents from April to June this year.He appealed to government and partners to build the capacity of the disaster agency to enable it create awareness and respond to such unfortunate situations.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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Accused cellphone thief remanded

first_imgGodfrey Smith, 36, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to a simple larceny charge.It is alleged that on January 26 at Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he stole a Samsung cellular phone valued at $80,000, property of Rachael Williams.The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complaint was at a bar when she saw Smith’s hand in her bag.Williams said upon making that observation, she summoned the Police after which Smith was arrested.The father of four in his defence told the court that he did not steal the woman’s cellular phone and pleaded not guilty to the charge.Prosecutor Orvin Moore objected to bail.Smith was remanded until February 12, 2018.last_img read more

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Exposition Park signals in system

first_imgExposition Park became the latest area in Los Angeles to get synchronized traffic signals Thursday, and officials said the system will be installed citywide in four years. Launched in the mid-1980s, the traffic-light synchronization program is in use in all but two major neighborhoods – Westchester and Mid-Wilshire – and pockets of streets in the San Fernando Valley. “We have the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art system of any city in the country,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference with traffic engineers outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Villaraigosa said the Exposition Park project cost $10.7 million and is designed to work with a proposed light-rail line for the area. He said 77 percent of the city’s 4,300 traffic signals are now on the synchronized system, which times signal changes based on traffic flow. Under the Los Angeles Department of Transportation project, sensors and cameras at intersections note traffic speeds and roadway troubles. That information is then sent to transportation officials, who can adjust traffic lights to keep cars and buses moving. “Studies show we can increase traffic speeds by 33 percent and reduce travel time by 25 percent with this program,” Villaraigosa said. The last two major areas to receive the synchronized signals are in Westchester and a portion along Wilshire Boulevard, said Gloria Jeff, general manager of the Department of Transportation. Both are scheduled to be completed in August. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said some Valley neighborhoods – primarily in the northwest area around Chatsworth and a portion of Reseda – also are waiting for synchronized signals. Villaraigosa said he is hopeful the city will get $130 million for traffic synchronization from a recently approved state transportation bond. Greuel said a key to the program is motorists obeying speed limits. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

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North Fire in Acton expected to be fully contained tomorrow

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 800 firefighters, seven air tankers and seven helicopters have been deployed in fighting the blaze. Two injuries have been reported. Residents of about 25 homes voluntarily evacuated Monday afternoon in the 7000 block of Soledad Canyon Road, and an evacuation shelter was opened at High Desert Middle School at 3620 Antelope Woods Road. The Fairmont fire near Lancaster — also suspected of being the product of lightning — was declared 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Andre Gougis. That fire was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday near 60th Street West and West Avenue H in the Lancaster area. No structures were damaged. ACTON – A 2,100-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest should be fully contained tomorrow, officials said. Firefighters initially hoped to have the blaze near Acton fully encircled today, but it was only 81 percent contained, with full containment expected tomorrow, they said. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. Sunday and grew quickly south of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in an area about 11 miles east of Santa Clarita. It was unknown if the fire was caused by lightning, but “it’s obviously something we’re looking at,” said Stanton Florea of the U.S. Forest Service. last_img read more

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Mario Balotelli back to Liverpool? ‘Maybe we will have a talk’, says Jurgen Klopp

first_img Mario Balotelli 1 Jurgen Klopp insists he has not given any thought to the prospect of Mario Balotelli returning to Liverpool.The controversial striker was shipped out on loan to AC Milan in the summer having failed to impress under Brendan Rodgers in his first season on Merseyside.With Rodgers gone, Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola suggested last week that his client could yet have a future at Liverpool under his successor.But Klopp, speaking ahead of the League Cup semi-final clash with Stoke on Tuesday, was in no mood to discuss the likelihood of the 26-year-old returning to Anfield next season.“At this moment I don’t have the time or capacity to think about things for next summer,” said the German.“Maybe we will have a talk but it is nothing I can think about in this moment.”last_img read more

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Transfer report: Birmingham hold talks with Norwich over deal for £8.5m flop

first_img1 Ricky van Wolfswinkel last played for Norwich in August 2015. Birmingham want to end Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s Norwich nightmare. The Blues have held talks with the Canaries over a season-long loan for their record signing, it is understood.Boss Gary Rowett believes he can revive the Dutchman’s career after it came to a grinding halt following his £8.5million move to Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.Van Wolfswinkel has no future under Norwich manager Alex Neil and the Canaries would welcome the chance to move him on as he enters the final year of his contract.He has scored just twice in 28 appearances and was loaned out to Saint Etienne and Real Betis in the last two seasons having flopped in Norfolk. The 27-year-old scored just 12 goals during those loan spells and while he has played for the Canaries in pre-season his days are numbered with Neil targeting Fulham forward Ross McCormack. His last Norwich appearance came when he scored in a 2-1 League Cup win at Rotherham in August 2015.Van Wolfswinkel is a number of Birmingham targets and they have had one bid of £1.1million rejected for Sheffield United’s Che Adams but returned last night with an improved offer. Should an move for Adams fail, van Wolfswinkel is a prime target.Blues desperately need striking reinforcements to share the goalscoring burden with Clayton Donaldson, who netted 11 times last season as they finished 10th in the Sky Bet Championship. James Vaughan is yet to score for the club after joining in January from Huddersfield while Nicolai Brock-Madsen has also failed to net following his £500,000 move from Randers last year. Kyle Lafferty was loaned from Norwich last season but scored once in six games and Birmingham will not return for the Northern Ireland striker with the Canaries understood to be looking for around £1million.last_img read more

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DONEGAL JOB VETTING AGENCY SAYS FAKE CVs ARE ON THE RISE

first_imgFake CVs and websites offering live fake references are on the riseacross Ireland, according to a Donegal employment vetting expert.James ArnoldJames Arnold from the Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland, sayscatching bogus employees is getting more difficult.The Letterkenny agency say they are now dealing with more and morefake CVs as people come increasingly desperate to get well-paid jobs. Mr Arnold said employers in Ireland need to be aware that what theyview may not in fact be true and the need for background verificationsis essential.He said “One applicant with fake qualifications and a fake background,who gets through the system, has the potential to cause harm to anemployer and mayhem in the workplace! But catching fraudsters hasbecome more difficult.“Desperate individuals whether within Ireland or without will doanything to get into a well paying job! There are many tricksavailable to those who want to bluff their way into a high payingjob.”One website in the United States called CareerExcuse.com offers a“truly customised” fake referee answering service, which will provideglowing endorsements to employers – accents included! For a fee, the company along with many others of a similar vein, willcreate a fake CV, ‘An employer’s’ fake website, a local phone numberand professional business address to make things look legitimate.Its website says Career-Excuse plans to expand into other countriesincluding Ireland.Mr Arnold says his staff at the Letterkenny-based company are highlytrained and can, by careful research, discover fake backgrounds withindays, which would otherwise appear to be legitimate to dupe anemployer.It provides Pre-employment independent pre-employment vetting andsecurity clearance services which are entirely independent and is alsoa registered Data Processor with the Data Protection Commissioner inIreland.DONEGAL JOB VETTING AGENCY SAYS FAKE CVs ARE ON THE RISE was last modified: August 3rd, 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:CV’sDONEGLFakeJames Arnoldjobsletterkennylast_img read more

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GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 26th MayGood Luck: The club would like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to county Senior player Ryan Bradley, minors Peter McLaughlin, Darach O’Connor (Captain), Bruce Waldron, John Campbell and minor coach Gary Duffy for their Ulster Championship opening round matches next weekend. Féile na nGael/Féile na nÓg: Over the course of the next few weeks a huge push is needed to raise much needed funds or our underage teams, who will take part in the biggest national youth competitions in Ireland, namely the Féile na nÓg and Féile na nGael finals.At the end of June, as part of Derry’s City of Culture Year, 4000 boys and girls teams from all over Ireland will travel to the Northwest to compete in the largest Gaelic football tournament of the year. Our club will be fielding both of our U14 Boys and Girls teams. The girls’ team will be hosting the team from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan while the boys will be hosting the team from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. At the start of July our club Hurlers will travel to Killeedy, Co. Limerick to compete in the Hurling version namely the Féile na nGael. These are much coveted national titles but are also an ideal opportunity for friendships to be made with Gaels from other counties. At these festivals there is a huge effort made to encourage a social aspect and both the visiting clubs will bring with them a large number of travelling parents.Starting this weekend the Boys and Girls will be collecting as part of the clubs annual sponsored walk to Fr. Hegarty’s Rock on the June bank holiday Monday, and we would ask all the community to try and support these boys and girls in whatever way they can over the next few weeks. If there is anyone in the wider GAA community here or abroad and would like to get involved in sponsoring some much needed equipment it would be greatly appreciated, you can contact any club member if you have any queries.Match Meal Deal: There are 60 boys and girls representing Buncrana in the Derry Féile (football) and the Limerick Féile (hurling) this year. As a fundraiser for this event the club are running a ‘Match Meal Deal’ on the day of the Donegal match, Sunday 26th May, in the Scarvey from 11:30am-3:00pm. For just €7 per person you will have a choice of delicious homemade Stew, Chicken Curry, Beef Stroganoff, Lasagne or a Vegetarian option followed by a selection of Deserts, tea and coffee. Please support the U14 hurlers and footballers and enjoy a good meal, enjoy the match and support a good cause.Senior and Reserve Football: The senior footballers were unlucky to lose to visitors MacCumhaills on Friday 17th, eventually losing by one point. FT Buncrana 2-08 MacCumhaills 2-09. Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm and Friday at 8:00pm.Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in at the Scarvey. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesdays at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome. U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome.U12 Football: The U12’s are now preparing for the U12 ‘All-Ireland’ blitz in Newry. We would urge all u12’s to be attending training as the squad has still to be selected. New members are always welcomed. The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 14th May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows:There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants: Frances Galbraith, Barrack HillCarol Doherty, BuncranaConal Gill, BackhillOdhran Doherty, BallymaganWilliam McLaughlin, StranacleaClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Readies For ORU Shootout

first_imgFollowing the ORU Shootout, the Bulldogs will have two weeks for final preparations for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship which will be take place on April 25 and April 26, hosted by Wichita State. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will hope for better playing conditions this week as they had to battle high winds last week at the NXY Hoosier Invitational which resulted in play being suspended on the first day. Drake finished tied for 11th place with Drew Ison leading the team with a total score of 148 (73-75), placing tied for 16th. Jack Kennedy finished with a 150 (77-73), while Tommi Avant and Blake Huser each record a 157 (82-75). Arjun Reddy rounded out the Bulldogs’ performance with a score of 159 (80-79). DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team concludes the 2016 regular season at the ORU Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.center_img The 54-hole event hosted by Oral Roberts will take place at the Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla. and will feature 11 teams; Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Drake, Illinois State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota and Utah Valley. Play will start at 8:30 a.m. on both days with 36-holes being played on Monday then the final 18-holes on Tuesday.last_img read more

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