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Housebuilders call for HomeBuy reboot

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Uganda Kizza Besigye’s son has won president of the Oxford…

first_imgAnslem Besigye, a student at Oxford University, won his bid to become president of the Oxford Union, one of the most prestigious debating societies in the world.Oxford Union is one of the most prestigious debating societies in the world.His mother, who is the Executive Director of charity Oxfam International, tweeted about his victory: He followed his  father’s footsteps by running to become president of one of the most prestigious university debating societies in the world, the Oxford Union.To aid his campaign, Anslem Besigye has released an election video, which has already been viewed more than 50,000 times on Facebook.“I plan to hold public exhibitions on hot burning issues and current events. This is a great way to drum up attention for the team and to practice for exhibition rounds,” he pledges in the video.His father Dr. Kizza Besigye has been under house arrest since the country went to the polls on February 16, accused of plotting to incite Ugandans to hold mass protests over the election results.Long serving leader Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the presidential election which was highly disputed by the opposition.Another opposition leader Amama Mbabazi went to court to contest Museveni’s re-election but the East African country’s highest court ruled that the poll result was fair.last_img read more

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The Red Devils came out against Crystal Palace – Football World…

first_imgThe team of Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in a clash in the 36th round of the English Premier League. At the end of the first half, Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the Red Devils, and in the 78th minute Anthony Marcial doubled.The first good opportunity came in the second minute and was for Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha dealt with the opponent and fired a cannon shot from the edge of the penalty area. However, David de Gea managed the experience.A calm 30 minutes followed, in which neither team managed to create something dangerous in front of the opponent’s goal.In the added time of the first half, however, as if out of nowhere, Marcus Rashford brought the “red devils” forward. The Englishman attacked the bounced ball in the penalty area and with a wonderful shot in the lower right corner of the door overcame Guaita.Shortly before the final referee signal for the first 45 minutes, Luka Milivojevic was close to equalizing, but De Gea was again unmistakable.Getty ImagesTen minutes after the game resumed, Jordan Ayu caught a great pass from Wilfried Zaha and sent the ball into De Gea’s net. However, the hit was canceled after an inspection with VAR, which found that Ayu was in an ambush position.In the 78th minute, Rashford showed a great view of the game, finding Anthony Martial in the penalty area with a bold pass, and the shot from the movement of the Frenchman was so precise that he landed right in the lower right corner of the door.At the end of the match, Zaha tried his chance again, but his shot on the grass was deflected by De Gea.So United equalized with Leicester in points – 62, but the “red devils” remain in fifth place due to a worse goal difference. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, remained 14th with 42 points. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

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St. Lucian-American heads to Hollywood for “American Idol”

first_imgLee Jean Jr. The Diaspora will be watching the Hollywood audition rounds on this season’s “American Idol” with bated breath, hoping for victory for young St. Lucian American contestant, Lee Jean Jr.The 16-year-old Bluffton, North Carolina native got nods from all three judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., for his rendition of “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. Jean Jr. wooed the visibly impressed judges with his smooth vocals over his own sacoustic guitar.“I wanna squeeze you,” joked the one and only JLo on Jean Jr.’s stellar performance. “You’re so cute and so talented There’s an ease about your talent.”Connick Jr. suggested that Jean needs to work on his pitch (which did falter in parts), but expressed confidence that he could learn to adjust. Urban complemented the young singer on his beautiful tone, saying he had a wonderful “singer/songwriter quality.”“You could tell a story and I’m listening,” said Urban. “I’m interested in what you’re singing about. You’ve got so much God-given talent.”Jean Jr. father, Lee Jean, is a St. Lucian from Patience, Mon Repos who immigrated to the United States with his family. Jean Jr. spoke about the close bond of his big Caribbean-American family, particularly following the loss of his older brother B.J.  in 2012. Before going in for his audition, his mom tells him “bring it home for B.J.”“This little golden ticket alone means the world to my family,” said Jean Jr. after the successful audition. “And I know it would especially mean a lot to my brother B.J. And I know right now he’s smiling down on us and saying ‘I knew he was gonna do it.’ Cause he always knew.”Caribbean-American fans will definitely be keeping their fingers crossed for this promising young crooner, as he competed for the title in landmark last season of “American Idol.”last_img read more

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Ryan Seacrest’s accuser says she’s filed a police report; Seacrest responds

first_imgAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(HOLLYWOOD) — Following an accusation of sexual misconduct by his former stylist, Ryan Seacrest was cleared of wrongdoing in a subsequent investigation by E!.  However, the woman who accused the TV host has announced that she’s now filed a police report.In a column for the Hollywood Reporter, Suzie Hardy writes, in part, “Those who work with Ryan seem to hope I will just go away. Well, I’m not going away. I’m thriving in the truth and feel more inspired than ever. I recently contacted the LAPD and filed a police report so I’m guaranteed a real investigation this time.”In a statement to ABC News, Seacrest’s lawyer says, “After Mr. Seacrest denied each and every one of Ms. Hardy’s decade old claims, after Mr. Seacrest refused to pay Ms. Hardy any money whatsoever, and after an independent legal investigation did not support her claims, Ms. Hardy went to the press attacking the legitimacy of the investigation.”The attorney continues, “Now, after being refused money and unhappy with the independent legal investigation, Ms. Hardy now claims to have spoken to the authorities. We will continue to cooperate and we remain confident that Mr. Seacrest will once again be cleared of any wrongdoing.”Meanwhile, NBC Universal, the parent company of E!, has reiterated the statement it issued last month when Hardy accused the original investigation as being unfair.“E!’s investigation was extremely comprehensive and thorough.  Over the course of a two month process, our outside counsel interviewed more than two dozen people regarding the allegations, including multiple separate meetings with the claimant and all firsthand witnesses that she provided,” reads the statement. “The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years experience and is highly regarded professionally.  Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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GSMA announces 2016 aid-to-park funding details

first_imgGreat Smoky Mountains Association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income in 2016, Executive Director Laurel Rematore reported this week, allowing the association to contribute more than $2 million in support to Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year.“We continued our focus on retail sales, publications and customized product development, and membership devel­opment, throughout the year,” she said. “And just when we thought we’d end the year with no major events to mention – other than record-setting visitation – we experienced the late November wildfires that shut down the park for several days and destroyed nearly 2,500 structures in Gatlinburg.”GSMA immediately responded to the tragedy and successfully raised more than $200,000 from GSMA members and others to assist park employees, volunteers, and affiliates who had lost their homes, she continued.Despite the wildfires, some 11,312,785 people visited the Smokies in 2016, which was likely influenced by low fuel prices, an improving economy, and the “Find Your Park” multimedia campaign to mark the NPS Centennial. As operator of the park’s visitor center stores, GSMA, in turn, also experienced a record-setting sales year.GSMA’s aid-to-park funding in 2016 was $2,005,787, she said, capping another strong year of support. The association’s contributions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park fall into three broad categories: cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific projects; in-kind services, which is primarily labor expense; and publications and digital media, which include development costs and free publications.In-kind services totaled $780,906 and included salaries for staff at eight park visitor centers and publications development costs, including free publications, such as Smokies Guide newspaper and pre-press costs for sales publications.Special projects funded by GSMA totaled $862,167 and included:$18,251 – Bear collars, which allow researchers to track bears that may be obtaining human-related food.$13,350 – Law enforcement interns who help park rangers encourage the public to enjoy the park safely.$137,557 – Resource Management and Science interns who help rangers manage wildlife and fisheries, develop GIS maps, save hemlock trees, monitor air and water quality, and many other tasks.$900 – Cades Cove Bicycle Patrol. This award-winning group helps keep bicyclists and wildlife safe in the park.$50,400 – Cades Cove fence repair and maintenance. Repair of historic fencing to discourage vehicles from driving in Cades Cove fields.$8,000 – Cades Cove viewshed field management. Mowing fields to maintain wildlife viewing and historic appearance of Cades Cove.$5,000 – Alfred Reagan Tub Mill Repair. This historic, water-powered grist mill is now operational for the first time in decades.$3,000 – Cataloochee field management. Mowing fields to maintain wildlife viewing and historic appearance of Cataloochee Valley.$26,996 – Centennial Ambassador Program. Staff to communicate the park’s Centennial messages to the public and neighboring communities.$1,000 – Centennial Hike 100 Smokies Challenge Pins. A special reward for hikers who accomplished the goal of hiking 100 miles in the park in 2016.Funding for the park’s interpretive operations totaled $204,881 and included special events, festivals, and interpretive demonstrations, including the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Music of the Mountains, Mountain Life Festival, sorghum molasses making, and library supplies and materials. A specific breakdown includes:$50,996 – Backcountry Information staff$43,307 – Library staff$33,427 – Living history demonstrators$13,019- Library operations$28,573 – Parks as Classrooms Coordinator$35,560 – Special events and demonstrationsLast year’s $2 million donation brings GSMA’s total contribution to the national park during its 64-year history to $37,618,810.last_img read more

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County commission approves MidwayUSA expansion

first_imgMidwayUSA gets the green light to grow its business.The Boone County Commission on Tuesday night agreed to rezone 193 acres of land at Highway 40 and Route J west of Columbia for the new facility. It was zoned for agriculture.County commissioners went against what their planning and zoning commission suggested in November. Neighbors say the new facility would hurt property values.(This story was last updated at 9:42 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img