Tony-Nominated Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Known for Spike Lee Films, Dies at 70

first_imgThomas Jefferson Byrd(Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images) View Comments Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his performances in many of Spike Lee’s films, has died at the age of 70. Lee shared a post on Instagram on October 4, saying that Byrd was fatally shot in Atlanta, Georgia. The New York Times reported the Tony-nominated actor was found on an Atlanta street on October 3. The shooting is currently under investigation.Born on June 25, 1950 in Griffin, Georgia, Byrd went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College and a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. His extensive list of regional stage credits included Spunk, Flyin’ West, Hamlet and Miss Evers’ Boys as well as August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Alliance Theater.Byrd received a 2003 Tony nomination for his Broadway debut performance in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He played the role of Toledo. Glynn Turman plays the character in the upcoming Netflix film adaptation, starring Viola Davis.On the big screen, Byrd appeared in several of Lee’s films, including Clockers, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, Chi-Raq, Red Hook Summer, Girl 6 and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. His other credits include Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles biopic Ray and F. Gary Gray’s Set It Off.last_img read more

ALS helps in Kiwi earthquake clean-up

first_imgALS’ client, UK demolition company Coleman & Company , shipped the USD2 million Liebherr UHR telescopic demolition machine R984C featuring a 24 m long, almost 5 m high, weighing 62 tonnes Kocurek telescopic demolition arm with attachments to Christchurch, New Zealand. The movement from Hull to Lyttleton Port, Christchurch took around six weeks.To assess the potential shipping configurations and lashing and securing requirements ALS carried out a pre-shipment survey of the machine during its final UK operation. The R984C Liebherr machine was broken down into eight sections.On leaving the UK, the vessel’s route took in ports in Florida and subsequent passage through the Panama Canal to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Upon arrival in New Zealand, the demolition machine will be used to assist the clean-up operation in Christchurch following its earthquake in 2011.www.abnormal-loads.comlast_img read more

Ozil rejects idea of Real return

first_imgThe Germany international joined the Gunners from Real for £42.5m in September 2013 and has scored 19 goals in 109 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side.Ozil has recently been forced to deny suggestions that he is keen on a return to La Liga, with some sections of the Spanish media claiming he will leave the Emirates in the summer if Wenger remains in charge.The 27-year-old, who played in Germany’s 3-2 friendly home defeat to England on Saturday, was full of praise for Zidane, though, while remaining keen to distance himself from any suggestion he is unhappy with life at Arsenal“Zidane was an amazing player. He did not just play football, but lived for the game,” Ozil told German sport website spox.com.“I got to know him after his active career as someone who is always willing to lend a hand.“But that does not say anything about my future. I am only thinking about Arsenal. There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.“I have watched a lot of games involving Zidane. He was one of the cleverest players in the world.“He was able to read the game and direct play without any unnecessary tricks and showboating. That’s what makes him so special.”Ozil was equally enthused by Andrea Pirlo, but insisted playing in a more withdrawn position like the Italy legend is not an option for him.“Pirlo is someone who is almost at the same level as Zidane,” he added. “He might have been slightly more defensive, but was always calling the shots on the pitch.“I cannot see myself play in Pirlo’s role, though. I see myself more as a playmaker or a classic number 10.“I have to play high up the pitch and create chances. That is my best position. You will not see me play as a holding midfielder any time soon.”last_img read more

Pogba using lockdown to prepare for return after injury woes

first_imgPogba had made just eight appearances for United this season before the health crisis forced the suspension of the Premier League in March.The French World Cup winner hasn’t played a single match in 2020 due to his persistent ankle problems.His last appearance came in a December 26 win over Newcastle, but Pogba has been keeping fit during the virus break and hopes to be ready if the Premier League can return in the summer.“I have a little home gym in my house,” Pogba told United’s website.“I can do some training, some running, some bike, go outside and do some things with the ball. I am just keeping busy and keeping healthy.“We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice. It is a period and we don’t know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this (pandemic) will stop.“And then we have to get back on the pitch, so we have to be ready.“For myself, I have been out for a long time as well, so for me I just want to come back playing football.”Pogba, 27, has been in regular contact with his United team-mates during the lockdown as they follow the club’s fitness regime from home.Linked with a move away from fifth-placed United earlier this season, Pogba’s presence would boost their bid for Champions League qualification if matches can be played again eventually.“My advice first of all is to stay safe, stay at home and keep practising,” Pogba said.“There is always a way to work, you can work with anything you have at home, you can still do sit-ups, push-ups.”last_img read more