Bono, Batali, Blankfein, Cohn, Stipe, Perry: N.Y. Scene

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Bono’s Beckett

Bono read from Samuel Beckett’s “The End” last night at a benefit for the Drawing Center, paying tribute to his friend, artist Sean Scully.

Then he found his own words. “I am lucky enough to live with some of Sean Scully’s work. They are of course very musical, very lyrical, but it’s their discipline I want to be around.”

Scully paints horizontal and vertical blocks of rich colors, “approaching the canvas like a kickboxer or a builder,” Bono said. “These grids with their frayed edges don’t intend to contain uncontainable emotions. What they do is suggest boundaries, limits. Limits are important for an artist, I’m told.”

“We’re both from Dublin, we kind of agree about things, about making the world better,” Scully said of his friendship with Bono.

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U2 stars revive €150m Clarence makeover plans


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by NIALL O’CONNOR

BONO and The Edge have revived their plans to carry out a €150m revamp of Dublin’s upmarket Clarence Hotel.

The highly ambitious project was shelved in 2009 as a result of the recession, but it is now back on the table.

It has emerged that the U2 pair, along with developer Paddy McKillen, have sought fresh planning permission.

Documents filed this month with Dublin City Council requests an “extension of duration of planning permission” to build a “new and enlarged Clarence Hotel” by July 2018.

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‘Lincoln’ stars radiate heat on a cold Dublin day


Bono and Ali Hewson arriving at the screening

by Rosita Boland

If you had one question to ask actor Daniel Day-Lewis, what would it be? The man who has won two Oscars, who is tipped for his third, and who rarely gives interviews, would take one question from The Irish Times yesterday at the premiere of Lincoln. This is what the slightly scary people from Fox movies told the assembled press in a briefing yesterday afternoon, as we squashed up at the end of the red carpet that ran from the Gresham Hotel through the sleet of O’Connell Street into the Savoy Cinema.

Forty-five minutes, which is how long it took the trio of Hollywood superstars – Day-Lewis, director Steven Spielberg and actor Sally Field – to arrive in the cinema foyer, is a very long time to fret about asking one question.

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Free U2 related email services

Today most people have more than one email account, one for work/professional, and a second for non-work, hobby interest. For U2 fans there are a couple of free U2 related email services that you can use.

 

 

U2Audio

 

 

Both services are free to use (ad supported) and available to U2 fans worldwide.
Both Free email package includes:

  • Generous 1 GB storage
  • Advanced Web 2.0 email Web Mail Interface
  • Personal calendar and address book
  • Inbox folders and message filing just like Outlook
  • No reading of email for ad targeting
  • Spam and virus filtering
  • Service options include registered email and online storage
  • 25MB file attachments

and more!

 

Coming Soon:  U2dublin.com email.

 

 

BONO SEES THE LIGHT, APPLAUDS CAPITALISM

Capitalism is no longer a four-letter word for U2 frontman Bono.


The Irish rocker told a tech conference in Dublin last week he has a new appreciation for open markets thanks to his charitable work co-founding the One campaign, a movement to end disease and hunger in Africa.

[Bono] said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”

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Bono fights poverty, ex-Harvard head takes on Winklevoss twins at tech talk


Bono and David McWilliams at F.ounders in Dublin yesterday, which brings together 200 founders of the worlds most influential tech companies.Photograph: Dave Meehan

by CIARA O’BRIEN

SOME OF the world’s top technology entrepreneurs mixed with well-known names in Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday as the F.ounders conference began.

Bono addressed the gathering as the co-founder of charity One International, an organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease. He compared aid for struggling economies to start-up funding, and said One wants to be the NRA [National Rifle Assocation] of the world’s poor. “It’s much feared but well organised,” he said.

Bono appeared on stage with One executive director Jamie Drummond to discuss the campaign and how technology has helped empower people. “The 21st century began last year in Tahrir Square, where the model of power over the millennia – the pyramid – was inverted. You have this incredible thing that technologists have known for years: the network effect,” he said. “Received wisdom is not going over very well. Everything has changed … The more of it that is available, the easier our job.”

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Bono fights poverty, ex-Harvard head takes on Winklevoss twins at tech talk – News

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Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times

SOME OF the world’s top technology entrepreneurs mixed with well-known names in Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday as the F.ounders conference began.

Bono addressed the gathering as the co-founder of charity One International, an organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease. He compared aid for struggling economies to start-up funding, and said One wants to be the NRA [National Rifle Assocation] of the world’s poor. “It’s much feared but well organised,” he said.

Bono appeared on stage with One executive director Jamie Drummond to discuss the campaign and how technology has helped empower people. “The 21st century began last year in Tahrir Square, where the model of power over the millennia – the pyramid – was inverted. You have this incredible thing that technologists have known for years: the network effect,” he said. “Received wisdom is not going over very well. Everything has changed … The more of it that is available, the easier our job.”

Transparency is the “vaccine” for the “biggest killer disease of them all”, Bono said.

The F.ounders conference is an invite-only event limited to 200 of the most influential tech leaders, and a few special guests. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and former US treasury secretary Larry Summers joined YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, Flipboard’s Mike McCue, and Yandex’s Arkady Volozh for the two-day event. Topics for discussion included the future of the web, technology and the economy, and politics and revolution.

The conference has been called “Davos for Geeks” because of the opportunities for networking that it provides. The “fireside chats” revealed some interesting titbits.

Summers took on the topics of how technology had impacted ON the economy, and redressing the gender balance in the industry.

“I think there’s a great deal One can do that is both pro-diversity and pro-meritocracy by giving everybody more of a chance,” he said.

“There’s a great deal that smart employers are increasingly doing to widen the sets of talent that they are able to recruit, and to recruit more women. I think the world is making progress, but . . . I’d like to see it making more progress.”

The former president of Harvard was asked about his dismissive remarks on the Winkelvoss twins, who sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their social network idea.

” You learn some things as a university president. One of the things you learn is that if undergraduates are wearing a suit and tie at 4 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, there are two possibilities. One is that they’ve got a job interview; the other is that there’s something a bit off about them. The Winklevosses did not have a job interview that afternoon.”

F.ounders continues today.

© 2012 irishtimes.com

Watch your sunglasses Bono – Dublin Museum seeks rare U2 items for new exhibit


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By Ken Sweeney

A NEW museum is seeking U2 memorabilia relating to the band’s history for a permanent exhibition in Dublin.

Rare photographs, posters, set-lists, and T-shirts are among items sought by the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green.

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U2 bass player’s housekeeper gets 7 years for stealing $3.6 million – News

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A former household aide to U2 bassist Adam Clayton received a seven-year prison sentence Friday after an Irish jury unanimously found her guilty of embezzling more than $3.6 million from the musician.

Carol Hawkins, 48, offered no response to the sentence as prison guards led her out of Dublin Criminal Court.

Hawkins had been free on bail after being found guilty last week of 181 counts of writing checks from Clayton’s bank account for her own use from 2004 to 2008. Records showed she used the money to buy designer clothing, 22 thoroughbred horses, a car, university education for her two children and first-class flights.

Judge Patrick McCartan said in his ruling that Hawkins deserved a severe sentence because she had demonstrated no remorse, falsely tried to pin blame for her grandiose spending on the often-absent Clayton, and could attempt similar offenses again if not jailed.

“Nothing, frankly, could explain away the scale of this dishonesty other than the greed in pursuit of a lavish lifestyle that was no responsibility of Mr. Clayton’s,” the judge said.

Dismissing her claims that she hadn’t understood that what she was doing was wrong, the judge said, “These were crimes rooted in greed and nothing else. Whether she was a fool or clever person really matters very little.”

McCartan also ordered Hawkins to surrender the profits from a sale of a New York City apartment to Clayton to help reimburse him for his losses. The potential amount wasn’t specified in court. Her defense attorney, Ken Fogarty, said she didn’t have money hidden away overseas and would do all she could to repay the $3.6 million.

Clayton, 52, wasn’t present in court to see his longtime domestic assistant sent to prison.

During the trial, Hawkins had claimed that Clayton either authorized her expenditures or that she had paid him back by using her own money to pay his bills.

But Clayton testified he’d known nothing about Hawkins’ four-year spending spree and had given her access to his bank accounts purely so she could pay bills related to his Georgian mansion, Danesmoate, in south Dublin.

During the three-week trial, a Dublin travel agent testified that Hawkins booked one flight for her husband to Miami that cost euro19,285.08 ($24,420) and another for herself to London and Cincinnati, Ohio, that cost euro16,139.66 ($20,438).

Clayton testified he was stunned to discover that Hawkins spent euro434,000 ($550,000) on acquiring 22 racehorses, saying he had no interest in horses or gambling.

Clayton said he first met Hawkins in 1992 when she and her husband were managing a Caribbean island hotel. He said he recruited her to keep the fridge full, pay household bills and look after the place while he was traveling. He paid her a euro48,000 ($61,000) annual salary and let Hawkins and her then-husband live in the house rent-free.

Hawkins worked for him for nearly 17 years, initially as a maid and cook, until he discovered her spending spree in 2008.

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Bono to present Amnesty award to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – News

(CBS/AP) Bono will present Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s highest honor when she visits Dublin next month as part of her first international tour in 24 years.

Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Dublin on June 18, a day after collecting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel in 1991, and Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009. She was unable to claim either award in person until now because she was under house arrest for 15 of the last 24 years and, even when free, afraid to leave Burma in case the country’s military junta barred her return.

Bono devoted a series of U2’s 2009 concerts to Suu Kyi, demanding her release from house arrest, and unveiled the Amnesty award at one of the band’s Dublin concerts that year. He said the June 18 event would be the first time he’s ever met the 66-year-old pro-democracy activist.

“It’s so rare to see grace trump military might, and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can,” Bono said in a prepared statement. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s grace and courage have tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy. We all feel we know her, but it will be such a thrill to meet her in person.”

Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament last month.

She is expected to visit Dublin solely to be guest of honor at the concert, called Electric Burma. Others taking part are Bob Geldof, Vanessa Redgrave and singer-songwriter Damien Rice.

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