AS THE first black president of America Barack Obama became a symbol of hope and change, but he's received both praise and criticism for his policies over the last eight years.Last night, the president broke down in tears during his emotional farewell speech.Chants of "four more years" rang around Chicago's convention centre and the crowd treated him to a standing ovation as he took to the stage.As he bids farewell to the White House, and America's soon-to-be leader Donald Trump takes over, we take a look at some of the ways Obama has made us laugh over the years...Obama and Vice President Joe Biden decided to jog around the White House in their suits and ties to raise awareness of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.The pair didn't bother changing out of the formal attire, making the run more amusing than inspiring.In May, Obama got guests giggling at a journalists' dinner when he took a swipe at Trump.He said: “I am a little hurt he’s not here … [Read more...] about Mic drops, Trump gags and copying that Olympic meme… 18 times President Obama made us laugh
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A BROTHER of a US Senator and an ex Celebrity Big Brother Housemate will be joining the main three political parties in the race to be the next MP for Witney.Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced in September that he would be resigning as the MP for Whitney as he did not want to be a diversion to his replacement, Theresa May, so when is the by-election taking place and who is in the running? When is the by-election taking place?Those living in the Witney constituency can vote between 7am until 10pm on Thursday, October 20.There are 14 candidates who have been chosen to stand in the election and the winner will most likely be announced in the early hours of Friday morning. Who are the candidates? Robert Courts - The Conservative PartyThe 37-year-old barrister from Bladon, Woodstock is the deputy leader of West Oxfordshire District Council and has been a councillor since 2014.The father-of-one has listed transport as a focal point, in particular improvements … [Read more...] about When is the Witney by-election and which candidates are in the running to replace David Cameron?
DAVID Cameron has congratulated his successor as MP for Witney, after the Tories survived a by-election onslaught from the Liberal Democrats.Barrister Robert Courts secured victory but saw the majority he inherited from the former prime minister slashed from more than 25,000 at last year's general election to just 5,702.The Lib Dems candidate Liz Leffman came in second with 11,611 – as her party took 30 per cent of the vote, up from 6.8 per cent last year.Turnout was 47 percent, well down on the general election.Writing on Twitter this morning, Mr Cameron said: "Many congratulations Lib Dem party leader Tim Farron said: "The result not only signals that the Liberal Democrats are back in the political big time and the return to three-party politics, it is a clear rejection of the Conservative Brexit government's plan to take Britain out of the single market."This was the 10th safest Tory seat in the country with a massive 25,000 majority, yet the Conservatives were seriously … [Read more...] about David Cameron congratulates his successor Robert Courts for winning Witney by-election for the Tories
They worked for years in one of London’s most glamorous high-rise spots, dazzling sozzled guests with their exotic looks, but now, at last, they can put their foot down: the flamingos of Kensington Roof Gardens, the Richard Branson-owned venue, have found a new home. Earlier this year the west London club, restaurant and bar surprised regulars by shutting its doors after years of hosting parties attended by the likes of Serena Williams, Madonna and Prince Charles. Despite the A-list guests, though, the flamingos were always the star attraction, and The Londoner hears they have been moved in north Norfolk, aka Chelsea-on-Sea. Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks have been rehoused in Pensthorpe Natural Park, a 700-acre nature reserve near Fakenham, 10 miles from the coast as the flamingo flies. They’ve joined Pens-thorpe’s already 25-strong flock of flamingos, though they spent their first few days in the cooler: the two groups were initially in separate pens so … [Read more...] about Londoner’s Diary: Roof Gardens’ flamingos in the pink in Norfolk
Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY Published 10:19 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 Corrections & Clarifications: Corrects the number of Amazon employees. SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon's $1 trillion market value is great for shareholders and a testament to how much consumers love the e-retailer's two-day shipping. But a rash of attention to its gilded status may not come at the best time. Amazon on Tuesday became the second U.S. public company to reach a $1 trillion market capitalization, following Apple's surge last month. While the actual dollar amount Amazon is worth doesn’t matter that much, what it reflects – $178 billion in annual revenue, over half a million workers, and an expanding reach into health care, advertising, artificial intelligence, facial recognition and transportation – could bring it greater scrutiny from politicians who have already warned it's exerting too much control over our lives. "It becomes more important … [Read more...] about Amazon’s $1 trillion market cap is the kind of attention it may not want