From Austen’s point of view, however, his friends “love to deflect” and critique his “toxic” relationship with Madison instead of taking a closer look at what’s going on in their own love lives. Craig recently split from costar Naomie Olindo after three years together, while Shep is currently hot and heavy with girlfriend Taylor Ann Green. When it comes to his history with Madison, Austen isn’t interested in hearing anyone’s negativity — especially from “Tweedledee and Tweedledum.”“If you’re my friends, then you’ll accept this and we’ll move forward,” Austen explained. “You’ve got to make a choice. … They don’t have it together. Like, who the hell are they to judge me?”Southern Charm season 7 airs on Bravo Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – “It’s very tough. You know, if you want to consider someone a close friend, it’s like, ‘Look, man, I’m not choosing between you and love,’” Austen explained. “I’m just not. So it’s certainly tough to have friends that aren’t supportive.”Shep Rose and Craig Conover on ‘Southern Charm’ Paul Cheney/BravoAusten and Madison’s complicated relationship has taken a toll on the rest of the Southern Charm cast, as Craig pointed out while speaking with Us exclusively in October.“We all want to not be a part of it anymore, like, you can only lead a horse to water so much, but you can’t force them to drink and that’s just what it got to,” the Sewing Down South creator said at the time. “It’s just not good for anyone. I think it affects his career, his business, his happiness, everything.”- Advertisement – He’s got hurt feelings. Southern Charm‘s Austen Kroll is happy with his relationship with Madison LeCroy — but it isn’t fun to hear pals Shep Rose and Craig Conover express their doubts.“It’s extremely difficult,” Austen, 33, told Us Weekly exclusively of critiques about his romance with Madison, 31. “Those two guys are two of my best friends, you know. … I think that everyone wants their friends to like their significant other.”- Advertisement – Austen and Madison’s on-again, off-again relationship was a focal point during season 6 of the Bravo series, which aired in 2019. The North Carolina native admitted that he and Madison still “have ups and downs,” but now they’re “never not together.” When season 7 premiered in October, Austen was prepared to see some of his and Madison’s challenges play out on screen but was optimistic about their ability to find a “resolution.”Madison LeCroy and Austen Kroll Courtesy Madison LeCroy/Instagram“You’re going to kind of see … how we move forward together,” he told Us of the current season. “It’s not our first rodeo. We have hated each other at times and loved each other to the ends of the Earth at times. … There’s so much more to come.”In November 2019, Austen confirmed that he and Madison were giving their romance another try, admitting during a panel at BravoCon that “it’s hard to walk away from someone like that.” Now that they’re back together, Craig, 31, and Shep, 40, haven’t exactly been the duo’s biggest fans.- Advertisement –
Denver pauses Chick-fil-A’s bid, citing their opposition to gay marriageWTVR.com 24 August 2015The Denver City Council is taking its time deciding whether Chick-fil-A, whose CEO is opposed to gay marriage, should be allowed to open a restaurant in the Denver airport.The City Council has voted to take two weeks “to look at the policies involved” before voting on whether Chick-fil-A would be approved to fry chicken bits in the Denver International Airport.The City Council, which made its ruling last week, told CNNMoney on Monday that Denver “has been at the forefront of honoring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and their families with non-discrimination clauses and partner benefits.”The fast food chain’s opposition to gay marriage is what gave the city council “pause.”“When Denver International Airport proposed a concession with a company that had a history of funding opposition to this recognition, it was important that we as a City Council take a pause to ensure that all the policies are in place with all of the entities involved to ensure there will be no discrimination, and that benefits will be provided equally to all employees and their spouses, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said the City Council.When asked about the issue, a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A said the company is “focused on serving great food and providing remarkable service to every single customer.”http://wtvr.com/2015/08/24/denver-pauses-chick-fil-as-bid-citing-their-opposition-to-gay-marriage/
The African Union has called for Burundi to postpone its elections. AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says conditions are not conducive for a vote given the troubles triggered by president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.Dlamini Zuma was speaking exclusively to CCTV’s Girum Chala
…Pepsi renews Under-19 and Intermediate sponsorship for 14th consecutive yearTHE highly successful relationship between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, M.S. and the international soft drinks brand Pepsi and Demerara Distillers Ltd has been renewed for the 14th consecutive year.Last Friday, Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL) under the Pepsi brand renewed its cricket sponsorship of the RHTY&SC Under-19 and Intermediate cricket teams. Pepsi has been sponsoring the teams since 2004 when the company replaced former official sponsor Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.(GT&T)Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the long-standing relationship between the club and the official sponsor. He stated that DDL and Pepsi are two of the main reasons why the RHTY&SC, M.S. is widely considered Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation with an unmatched list of activities and achievements.The club, Foster stated has won the Guyana Cricket Club-of-the-Year Award five times since DDL and Pepsi came on board – 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2016.The team has also won Berbice championships and has produced Berbice and Guyana junior cricketers, while Shemaine Campbelle and Assad Fudadin have gone on to represent the West Indies.The Pepsi Under-19 team, since 2004, produced players of the calibre Assad Fudadin, Abdel Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle, Askay Homraj, Clinton Pestano, Dominic Rikhi, Lloydel Lewis, Kevlon Anderson, Kevin Sinclair, Brandon Prashad, Naresh Mahadeo, Keith Simpson, Sylus Tyndall, Parmanand Narine, Shailendra Shameer, Brandon Corlette, Marian Samaroo, Sheneta Grimmond, Plaffina Millington and Deborah Vanderstoop among others, who have either played for Berbice or Guyana. The team for Berbice also won the lone Intermediate tournament for Berbice team when they won the Neal and Massy title in 2010.Foster further disclosed that under the name of the sponsorship, the Pepsi teams have undertaken hundreds of personal development projects under the sub-headings of sports, culture, charity, pro-education, awards/honour, religion, youth development, job creation, social community development among others.Kevin Sinclair would be in charge of the Under-19 team with Kevlon Anderson as his deputy, while Major James Fraser and Delbert Hicks would be in charge of the Intermediate team. Among the players of the Pepsi teams would be Kevlon Anderson, Junior Sinclair, Shemaine Campbelle, Sylus Tyndall, Keith Simpson, Brandon Corlette, Mark Papannah, Troy Mathieson, Brandon Prashad, Erva Giddings and Chanderpaul Govindan.Marketing Manager of DDL, Larry Wills, hailed the relationship between the two organisations as successful and noted that the teams have represented the Pepsi’s brand with pride and success on and off the cricket field.DDL, he disclosed, invests heavily in sports, culture, education and youth development as part of its corporate duties and is proud to be associated with the RHTY&SC, M.S. The Sponsorship for 2017 is worth $240 000.