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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Oscar the Grouch, shared some trivia about his puppet during a conversation with HuffPost Live, including why the grouchy puppet can never seem to get out of his trash can. Oscar, voiced by Spinney during the conversation, also joined the talk and answered all questions about himself. 

 

As always, Oscar showed his mean attitude, though the puppeteer said the he didn't want to make him sound "really mean." When the host asked the green-colored puppet how he was doing, he answered, "Rotten." 

 

As the question went further on why he preferred living in a trash can, he said, "The rents are cheap, I love trash, so I figure I can get close to it with being in a trash can myself." He added after giggling, "What's wrong with that?" 

 

As the documentary "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" revealed, Oscar was actually not a green-colored puppet in his first appearance on "Sesame Street". He became green because he didn't take shower for a long time. "The first year I show myself in my true colors, which is orange. Actually, I'm still orange. If I ever took a bath, you'd see that. This is mold and moss. [It] makes me happy," he explained. 

 

Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died aged 71, his manager has said.

Brown had liver cancer and died at his home in the Bahamas, said Phil Dale.

Hot Chocolate had hits in more than 50 countries worldwide, including You Sexy Thing - which Brown co-wrote - It Started with a Kiss and Every 1's a Winner.

Brown was made an MBE by the Queen in 2003 and received an Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 2004.

You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate's best-known hit and a top 10 single in the 1970s and '80s, charted again in the UK when it was featured in The Full Monty in 1997.

 

A statement from Brown's manager on Wednesday confirmed the singer's death.

"Errol Brown MBE passed away in The Bahamas this morning with his wife Ginette and daughters Colette and Leonie by his side of liver cancer," he said.

"Errol was a lover of life and obviously 'music!' I never went into his home, car or a hotel room without music playing.

"Errol was a 'Gentle Man' and was a personal friend of mine who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him," Phil Dale continued.

"His greatest legacy is that his music will live on!"

Fellow artists including Chic's Nile Rodgers have paid tribute on Twitter.

Rodgers wrote: "We had some good times back in the day. #ErrolBrown RIP".

Singer Beverley Knight tweeted: "I am so gutted. Errol Brown was such a charismatic performer."

 

Brown was born in Jamaica but moved to the UK with his mother when he was 12.

His musical career began in 1969 when he and some friends sent their own reggae version of Give Peace a Chance to its writer John Lennon.

"We all laughed about it," Brown told BBC Breakfast in 2009.

"Amazingly, a week later I got a call to say John Lennon approved it and wanted to sign the band to the Apple record label - and that's how we began."

Brown said they were originally named by a girl working at the record company as The Hot Chocolate Band, which was later shortened.

Late record producer and hitmaker Mickie Most signed up Brown and his friend Tony Wilson as songwriters towards the end of 1969, championing Brown's writing and singing.

He recorded their songs with Mary Hopkins, Julie Felix and Herman's Hermits.

Hot Chocolate released their first single Love is Life in 1970 and the song went to number six in the charts.

 

The group had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984, making Hot Chocolate the only group in the UK to have a hit for 15 consecutive years.

In 1985, Brown left the band to spend more time with his family. But he made a comeback in the 1990s with two solo UK tours.

Farewell tour

Brown embarked on a farewell tour in 2009, telling BBC Breakfast he had "done all [he] wanted to do".

"I'm getting a little older now, you know," he went on. "It's hard to pack the suitcase and get back on the road again.

"But the music will be there, so that won't go away."

In a message on his website after the tour, he thanked fans for coming out in large numbers to show their love and support.

"The atmosphere at the concerts were the best ever," he wrote, "and you played your part in making me realise just how wrong it would have been to have just drifted away and not say goodbye.

"The love I felt at each concert will stay in my heart forever."

Prince is playing a concert in Baltimore this weekend in the wake of protests following the death of Freddie Gray. The singer announced on Tuesday, May 5 that the show would take place on Sunday at the Royal Farms Arena at 05:00 P.M. 

 

"In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.," read a statement issued by Prince's team. 

 

For the concert, the "Purple Rain" hitmaker is bringing along his band 3RDEYEGIRL as well as special guests that have yet to be named. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday. 

 

Prince also asks people planning to attend the Sunday gig to "wear something gray," a reference to the 25-year-old Gray who died last month from a severe spine injury while in police custody a week after being arrested. Six cops were charged last week in connection to the death. 

 

Prior to announcing the concert, Prince recorded a song that "addresses the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men." Described as "a tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore," the track still has no official release date. 

 

Today’s (May 5) episode of The Price Is Right went viral after a contestant on the show was awarded with a treadmill. This doesn’t sound viral-video-worthy, we know, but the contestant in question is wheelchair-bound.

Contestant Danielle Perez is a Los-Angeles based comedian who took the win in stride. She said (all quotes via PEOPLE), “People really responded to me winning a treadmill on national television. It’s hilarious, it’s the best. I thought the day that I won it and experiencing that was the best day ever, but today, sharing it with everyone, it’s been incredible.”

She went on to say that when the prizes were revealed to her and she first saw the treadmill, she reacted, saying, “I just thought, ‘Oh this is perfect, you cannot write this, you cannot make this up.’ It’s not even that I’m in a wheelchair, it’s that I literally don’t have feet.” According to Danielle, the audience noticed the absurdity of the situation, too. She said, “It’s funny though, they edited out a little bit. When they revealed the prizes the audience hesitated. There was a feeling of, ‘Oh no, they’re not really serious. They’re not gonna do this, they’re not gonna put this woman through this.’”

In the end, the prize didn’t even matter all that much to Danielle — she just wanted to win. She said, “I was so hopped up on all the cash and prizes and endorphins. You go and you just want to win. It doesn’t matter what it is.”

Despite having little use for the treadmill, Danielle isn’t so sure she’s going to get rid of it. She said, “I’m really excited. At first I was going to sell it, but now with all of this happening, I kind of want to keep it to have as a memento. Maybe I could get Drew Carey to sign it for me. That’d be awesome.”

The Price Is Right sure has run into a few gaffes recently. Model Manuela Arbelaez recently gave away a car when she revealed the winning price to a contestant by mistake. And just a few episodes before that, announcer George Gray fell off a running treadmill.

 

 

VETERAN dancehall artiste Cutty Ranks is making EDM waves, courtesy of English duo, Chase and Status.

 

The track, International, samples the deejay's 1991 single The Stopper.

 

"It was great working with Chase and Status. They are signed to Universal, and they shot the video in London, a few months ago. Since the video came out, it has been doing well. Skrillex has also done a remix of International as well that is also doing well on several video platforms," Cutty Ranks told the Jamaica Observer.

 

Formed in 2003, Chase & Status comprise London duo Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status).

 

"They approached me last year to do the song. They are fans of dancehall music, but they are into electronic crossover music, and very good at what they do," Cutty Ranks said.

 

International, released in the latter part of 2014, is making the rounds on social media. A video on the VEVO platform has racked up over 1.3 million views.

 

This is not Cutty Ranks' first EDM foray as he did a remix with Major Lazer a few years ago.

 

"I found out about it some time last year. It was a remix of one of the songs I did with John Dub, founder of London Fashion Records, which had produced songs like Limb by Limb and The Stopper in the '90s," he said.

 

Cutty Ranks (given name Philip Thomas) was born in Clarendon. He came to prominence in the late 1980s with songs like Gunman Lyrics. A decade later, he made it to the mainstream with The Stopper and Fly the Gate.

An administrative error on the scorecard used in Floyd Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao has ignited conspiracy theorists into suggesting the Filipino should have won the bout.

Judges Glenn Feldman, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, named 'white', 'blue' and 'pink' on the scorecard respectively, all award Mayweather victory on the night but in every column where they mark their scores at the end of the round, he is labelled as being in the red corner.

This is the point that has galvanised certain boxing fans into suggesting the fight may have been awarded to the wrong fighter because Mayweather was actually in the blue corner in Las Vegas. It was Pacquiao who took red.

 

It is very unlikely to be anything more than human error but conspiracy theorists will allege there was something sinister at hand, though there is no evidence of any intentional wrongdoing on the part of the judges

The bottom right of the scorecard, issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, has 'Mayweather won by unanimous decision' written underneath Moretti's name.

Evader Holyfield was among those questioning the decision of the judges, saying 'I thought Pacquiao won a poor fight.'

And several people also took to social media to question the eventual decision. As well as a whole thread about the 'conspricy' starting on Reddit, Twitter user ‏'@OperationSyaf' posted (sic): 'Fight of the century? Scam of the century. (Pacquiao is in the red corner and Mayweather in the blue; reversed scores)'

@LiamFellows added: Pacquiao was in the red corner and Mayweather was in Blue? They've basically robbed Pacquiao of the win he deserved.

And @GoonerMarty is another of many who questioned the marks: 'Interesting, Pacquiao RED corner, Mayweather BLUE, judges appear to have scored in favour of Pac Man'

 

Feldman and Clements gave the blue corner victory by 116-112, with Moretti marking the margin of triumph slightly greater at 118-110.

Mayweather extended his impressive unbeaten career record to 48-0 by defeating Pacquiao. 

Moretti only gave the red corner two rounds - the fourth and the sixth - while Clements and Feldmen also gave the ninth and 10th to what seemed to be the 38-year-old fighter.

Sportsmail's Jeff Powell, meanwhile, had Pacquiao 4-2 up after six, giving him the early advantage. 

Mayweather made most of the ground up in rounds seven to nine in Powell's eyes, while he also impressed in the closing rounds as his opponent tired.

 

Darren Bravo said he was guided by a strong sense of responsibility during his match-winning knock, which helped West Indies stun England by five wickets in the third Test here Sunday.

The stylish left-hander struck a top score of 82 as West Indies, set 192 for victory, coasted to their target late on the third day at Kensington Oval.

“I just went out there in a positive frame of mind and I knew I had to bat long being one of the senior batters in the team,” Bravo said.

“Obviously we were in a spot of bother when we lost Shiv (Chanderpaul) at that crucial period but (Jermaine) Blackwood and myself handled the pressure nicely and were able to have a very good partnership which obviously made things easier for us coming down to the end.”

He added: “The ball was bouncing and turning and some were keeping low and there was a lot of deterioration after just three days of a Test match but having said that, I just backed myself and I am happy I was able to contribute to the win.”

Bravo arrived at the crease 50 minutes after lunch but then watched as West Indies lost opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 25 soon afterward and Marlon Samuels for 20 just before tea, to leave the Windies on 70 for three at the break.

When Chanderpaul perished to the first ball of the second over after tea, West Indies were 80 for four and in need of something special and Bravo stepped up.

He struck seven fours and three sixes off 148 balls in 3-1/2 hours at the crease, adding a crucial 108 for the fifth wicket with Blackwood who stroked a massively important, unbeaten 47 off 104 deliveries.

Bravo said despite the state of the game, he was determined to play his natural game once the opportunity presented itself.

“I wasn’t taking anything for granted … but I backed myself. I told myself once the ball comes in my zone, I will play my shots. I knew that my defence would have been very important and I backed my ability to the end,” he explained.

“I want to say well done to Blackwood and congratulations to the entire team. Obviously we didn’t bat well in the first innings so we knew we had to put up a very big effort where the bowling was concerned.

“It is a really good feeling knowing we went in this series as the underdogs so to come out with a 1-1 draw I can safely say it feels like a win for us.”

Former WBA World welterweight champion, Guyanese Andrew Lewis, died on Monday after he was involved in a vehicular accident here.

Media reports said the 44-year-old lost control of his motorcycle while riding in East Bank of Demerara, and crashed into a car travelling in the other direction.

He suffered several severe head and body injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital.

Local news website, News Source, said police were investigating the incident.

Lewis, who competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before turning professional in 1993, shot to stardom eight years later when he defeated American James Page to capture the vacant WBA welterweight title.

He successfully defended the title against Larry Marks but then surrendered the belt when he lost to Nicaraguan Ricardo Mayorga a year later.

He tried to regain the title in 2003 but suffered a knock out at the hands of Mayorga.

Lewis fought his last professional bout seven years ago.

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has praised the character of the regional side after they beat England by five wickets in the third Test here Sunday, to steal a share of the three-Test series.

Set 192 for victory, West Indies reached their target late in the evening at Kensington Oval, to record their first win over England in six years and only the third in the last 15 years.

And Simmons, who took over at the helm of the squad just prior to the start of the series, said the victory meant a lot to the side especially following the results in the first two Tests.

“I can’t say about [what it means for] West Indies cricket in general but I know for the Test team it’s been huge because the guys have worked hard for the last four weeks,” Simmons told a post-match media conference.

“To have played so well in Antigua and Grenada and not come out with anything, you saw the determination of the guys – especially the bowlers – to come out of this with something so it’s huge for us.”

He added: “That’s the biggest thing I can take from it that everybody showed character because for the bowlers to bowl out England for such a low score in the second innings, just shows massive character coming out at this early stage of my tenure so it’s great for me to see.”

West Indies came in for criticism before the series, with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves describing the Caribbean side as “mediocre” and saying he expected England to easily win the contest.

Simmons, a former Test player, said the team had not taken on the criticism and noted the victory now sent a strong signal to the critics.

“Let him decide that (mediocre comment) now, I’ll leave that for him to judge,” Simmons quipped.

“I think when he’s walking out he’ll see a few signs going out there with the meaning of it so I’ll leave that for him.”

And like Graves, Simmons said he believed West Indies were underestimated by the media, who were now likely to heap pressure on his opposite number Peter Moores.

“I suppose the criticism will come because the media will see it as number three playing number eight … I think we were [underestimated] by the media and Colin Graves’ statement showed it that there was an underestimation of what we can do,” the Trinidadian explained.

“I don’t think it was done by the [England] team but he’s going to come into that sort of criticism because it’s number three playing number eight.”

West Indies drew the first Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium before losing the second at the Grenada National Stadium last week by nine wickets.

West Indies grabbed the last five England wickets cheaply and then survived the lone over before lunch, as they set their sights on a paltry target to win the third and final Test here Sunday.

At the break on the third day at Kensington Oval, the hosts were four without loss, in pursuit of a target of 192 to win their first Test against England in six years.

Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on four – a silky straight drive off the second delivery from seamer Jimmy Anderson’s over – with debutant Shai Hope yet to score.

Earlier, West Indies claimed the last five England wickets for 86 runs as England, resuming on 37 for five, failed to put up major lower order resistance.

They were undermined by seamer Jason Holder (3-15) and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (3-43) who both picked up two wickets apiece to finish with three-wicket hauls.

Pacer Jerome Taylor claimed the other wicket to end with three for 33.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler top-scored with 35 not out, Ben Stokes got 32 while Gary Ballance chipped in with 23.

Permaul struck nearly half-hour into the morning when he had left-hander Ballance, unbeaten on 12 overnight, caught at slip by Darren Bravo to leave England 62 for six.

Buttler and Stokes put on 33 for the seventh wicket to frustrate West Indies before Permaul claimed Stokes to a catch at extra cover by Shiv Chanderpaul, driving.

He faced 48 balls and struck five fours.

Three overs later, Holder struck twice in successive deliveries when he trapped Chris Jordan lbw for two and then removed Stuart Broad’s off-stump with a yorker.

Tottering on 98 for nine, England garnered precious runs through some hefty blows from Buttler before Holder had Anderson lbw for two, on review.

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