Thursday, December 6, 2018
Lego Foundation donates $100M to aid Rohingya, Syrian kids
HELSINKI -- The Lego Foundation says it will donate $100 million to U.S. non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop to fund projects aimed at helping young children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and the civil war in Syria.
The Danish foundation said Wednesday that the grant "will benefit some of the world's most vulnerable children and call attention to the critical importance of learning through play to set them on a path of healthy growth and development."
The Lego Foundation, set up in 1986, owns 25 percent of the shares in Lego Group, the privately-held Danish toymaker.
Danish business newspaper Boersen said the donation is the largest ever by the Billund, Denmark-based foundation advancing children's causes.
Sesame Workshop, producers of "Sesame Street," will receive the grant over five years.
'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah silenced by a voice issue
Fans of "The Daily Show" got to see Trevor Noah host Tuesday night's Comedy Central broadcast. But they didn't get to hear him.
The reason: Noah has lost his voice and is under doctor's orders not to utter a word.
The show began as usual, with the theme song playing and the audience cheering as the South African-born comedian walked onto the set and sat at his desk. But when the camera pointed at the desk, the TV audience saw comedian Michael Kosta already there.
Speaking for Noah, Kosta told the audience that, indeed, the show "was a little different" in that Noah was ordered not to speak -- or risk needing surgery. He didn't elaborate on what caused the vocal problem or how long Noah will be unable to speak.
Kosta explained that Noah lost his voice after his visit to South Africa this past weekend to take part in events to mark the centennial birth of former president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Clips from the visit were featured on Monday's show.
Speaking as Noah, Kosta said, "over the weekend, I lost my voice and my doctor told me not to speak at all or I might get surgery, so I cannot say a word. Luckily, I have Mike Kosta to be my voice for today." Kosta went on to read the monologue as Noah made hand and facial gestures to go along with the setups and punch lines.
Using Noah's words, Kosta joked that while his voice "might not be as soothing," he would be able to "say everything just the way I was going to say it, including the n-word. Just joking, he'll be fired before the word leaves his lips."
When the subject did turn to racial issues, Kosta backed off, pretending to receive an urgent phone call. Another "Daily Show" comedian, Roy Wood Jr. stepped in to do those jokes.Entertainment on 12/06/2018
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