December 8, 2013 in Nation/World

People: Prince Harry among South Pole trekkers

From Wire Reports
 
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Prince Harry, right, during training near Novo, Antarctica, ahead of an Antarctic charity race.
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Organizers of an Antarctic charity race involving Prince Harry said Saturday they are suspending its competitive element because of harsh conditions, but plan to continue the journey to the South Pole.

Harry, 29, is a member of one of three teams involving injured soldiers that set off last week on the 200-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge.

Expedition director Ed Parker said the teams were experiencing “a higher degree of stress” than expected and will no longer race one another but travel and camp together.

Park said the teams would now be driven for part of the route and then finish the final 70 miles to the pole on foot, likely within a week.

Harry and actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard are on the trek with teams from Britain, the Commonwealth and the U.S.

Harry, an army Apache helicopter pilot who has served in Afghanistan, spent several days in 2011 trekking with wounded servicemen on a similar expedition to the North Pole.

Glover honored for achievements

Actor Danny Glover has received a Career Achievement Award in the Bahamas as he reflected on the role he played as Nelson Mandela while the South African leader was still in prison.

The 67-year-old actor said he was moved by Mandela’s political writings as a student in the 1960s and acknowledged he was the only U.S. actor who portrayed him in a film before the publication of his biography and release from prison in 1990.

Glover received his award late Friday at the Bahamas International Film Festival a day after Mandela’s death. He earned an Emmy nomination for portraying him in the 1987 TV film “Mandela”. Glover is best known for playing Los Angeles police Sgt. Roger Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” movies.

The birthday bunch

Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 83. Flutist James Galway is 74. Singer Jerry Butler is 74. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 66. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 65. Actress Kim Basinger is 60. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 56. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 51. Actor Wendell Pierce is 50. Actress Teri Hatcher is 49. Singer Sinead O’Connor is 47. Actor Dominic Monaghan is 37. Singer Ingrid Michaelson is 34. Actress AnnaSophia Robb is 20.

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