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2008 Woking Borough Council election

The 2008 Woking Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Woking Borough Council in Surrey, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council. After the election, the composition of the council was Conservative 19 Liberal Democrat 17 13 seats were contested in the election with 42 candidates from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and United Kingdom Independence Party. Labour only put forward 6 candidates. Since the 2007 election the Conservatives had held a majority on the council after a long period with no party holding a majority; the results saw the Conservatives maintain their majority on the council with 19 seats compared to 17 for the Liberal Democrats. Seven new councillors were elected after five sitting councillors stood down and 2 Liberal Democrats lost in the election; the Conservatives gained seats from the Liberal Democrats in Brookwood and Horsell West, while the Liberal Democrats won seats back in Knaphill and Maybury and Sheerwater.

Overall turnout in the election at 43.46%, was the same as the 43.6% seen in 2007

Shea Diamond

ShaGasyia "Shea" Diamond is an American singer and transgender rights activist. Her music is chiefly soul and R&B, includes elements of blues, hip-hop and folk, her songwriting ability has been described as "demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit" Her influences include Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. Her debut extended play Seen It All was released on June 29, 2018. Diamond was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a fourteen-year-old mother and was raised by relatives in Memphis, Tennessee before living most of her teenage years and adulthood in Flint, Michigan, she ran away from home at age fourteen and spent time in the foster care system before getting emancipated at seventeen. Growing up she felt immense pressure to act masculine, despite knowing early on that she identified as a woman, she was inspired to become a singer by Tina Turner and worked on her skills while directing her church choir, where she was chastised for singing too high.

At age 20 she robbed a convenience store at gunpoint to pay for gender affirmation surgery. Diamond was in and out of men's correctional facilities in Michigan between 1999 and 2009, it was in prison that she wrote her song "I Am Her." While incarcerated, Diamond faced discrimination for her identity as a trans woman. She was kept in protective segregation and lost privileges to keep her away from the male population. Humiliation and misgendering were used as punishment. After watching a video of Diamond performing her song "I Am Her" a cappella at a Trans Lives Matter rally, pop songwriter Justin Tranter was so impressed by her "honesty" and raw vocal talent that he got in contact with her and they began recording music together. Tranter went on to co-sign her to Asylum Records and executive produce and co-write her debut extended play Seen It All, released on June 29, 2018 through Asylum Records. Diamond covered "I'd Love to Change the World" by the English rock band Ten Years After for the 2017 television miniseries When We Rise.

In December 2018 Diamond joined the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Rocks campaign. In February 2019 she was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist. In 2019 her song "American Pie" was endorsed by 2020 United States presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. In June 2019 she was a headliner for the Washington, DC Capital Pride ConcertOn June 7, 2019 Diamond released her single "Don't Shoot", a song, described by Paper as containing "a message against America's ongoing gun violence epidemic while being a reflection Diamond's experience as a Black trans woman, incarcerated and systemically discriminated against". Seen It All "I Am Her" "Keisha Complexion" "American Pie" "Don't Shoot" Shea Diamond on Twitter Shea Diamond on Instagram Shea Diamond on Apple Music

Dommelsch Brewery

Dommelsch Brewery is a brewery founded in 1744 in the village of Dommelen, Netherlands. It is part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev group, brews Dommelsch Pilsener for the Dutch market, the global brand Brahma beer for the European market. Dommelsch was founded in 1744 in the village of Netherlands, it was taken over by Brouwerij Artois in 1968, who became Interbrew, part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev group in 2008. Besides Dommelsch the brewery makes Hertog Jan, Jupiler and Brahma; the Dommelsch Brewery building is in Netherlands. It was built in 1744, it brews its own brand Dommelsch Pilsener, a 5% abv pale lager, for the Dutch market, the global brand Brahma beer for the European market. Brewery website

W. S. Karunaratne

Wijesinghe Sugathadasa Karunaratne was a well-known Buddhist scholar and a fiercely independent thinker. He was affectionately known as "The Don" by the academia. Karunaratne was born in a small village in the Kandy district, Sri Lanka. Coming from a family of nine siblings, Karunaratne grew up in a poor home; the household moved as his police constable father was transferred around the country during the British colonial rule of Sri Lanka. The Karunaratne family lived a meager life in dilapidated police barracks, which consisted of one room and kitchen unit without any other living space, running water or electricity; the children studied at night with the help of faint kerosene lamps. Karunaratne attended Dharmaraja College, but had to move to different schools as his father was transferred. Karunaratne's father pawned his wedding ring to pay for Karunaratne's first month at a premier boarding school in Colombo; when Karunaratne sat for the university entrance exam while attending Ananda College, he scored the highest grade nationally and won the prestigious Moulana Prize.

This paid scholarship allowed Karunaratne to pursue higher education without further burdening his family. Karunaratne entered the University of Ceylon in 1948; when his father died at a young age, the burden of supporting the family fell on Karunaratne as the second-oldest male child. While pursuing his education, Karunaratne worked part-time and managed to feed the family and keep the children in school, he won numerous scholarships and obtained a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in 1952. Karunaratne's father had wanted him to join the Ceylon Civil Service, but his professors persuaded him to become an assistant lecturer at the university's Peradeniya Campus in the Department of Pali and Buddhist Civilization. In 1954, Karunaratne married one of his students, Indumathi Gunatillake, who became an expert in Tibetan Buddhism and joined the Sri Lanka Encyclopedia of Buddhism as an assistant editor. Soon after their wedding and his wife moved to London, where, at age 28, Karunaratne obtained his doctorate from the University of London for his thesis on "The Theory of Causality in Early Buddhism".

In the same year, Karunaratne was chosen as the F. L. Woodward prizeman of the School of Oriental and African Studies. Twelve years the Department of Pali and Buddhist Civilization was contemplating the establishment of a separate department of Buddhist Philosophy. In 1964, Karunaratne was selected as its first professor, becoming the youngest professor of the University of Ceylon, he established and developed the new department, taught at the Peradeniya Campus until 1973. During his last few years at Peradeniya, he served in the capacity of the dean of the Faculty of Arts; the university went through a transformation in the 1970s, the Arts faculty was moved to the Vidyalankara Campus in Kelaniya. From 1973 to 1978, Professor Karunaratne continued to be the dean of the Faculty of Arts at Vidyalankara, as well as the Buddhist philosophy chair. In addition, he served as a member of the transitional University of Sri Lanka's board of regents. In 1978, President J. R. Jayewardene invited Karunaratne to be Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United States.

Karunaratne took a leave of absence from the university to accept the position in Washington, D. C. After a distinguished service as the ambassador to the United States, as well as to the United Mexican States, he returned to teaching at the Vidyalankara Campus until his death in 1986. Apart from his academic achievements, Karunaratne was well known throughout Sri Lanka for his remarkable ability to make public speeches on any given subject, he is referred to by some as the "Silver Tongue of Asia". He was well known for the unique knowledge and memory of the Buddhist Cannon, his public-speaking sessions were two to three hours long. While scholars were pursuing him to dig into his deep philosophical knowledge, politicians were pursuing him to make speeches on behalf of them to draw bigger crowds. After the'1956 revolution', Karunaratne was drawn to Sri Lanka's national politics, he became a confidant of statesman Philip Gunawardena of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, travelled throughout the country making speeches on behalf of the MEP.

In the March 1960 national elections, Karunaratne contested the Kandy electorate, running against E. L Senanayake of the United National Party. Karunaratne returned to the University. In 1970, Karunaratne was persuaded by Dudley Senanayake to run in Senanayake's home electorate for the UNP, but he again lost by a narrow margin and returned to his academic profession. In 1978, Karunaratne accepted an invitation from J. R. Jayewardene to become the UNP's chief spokesperson, he crossed the country, making political speeches supporting Jayewardene to form the next government. The campaign was a success, it is believed that Karunaratne was the chief architect of the UNP's landslide victory. Professor Karunaratne was fluent in Sinhala and English in addition to the classical languages of Pali and Latin, he read in Hindi, French and Burmese. He was a visiting professor in the United States in 1963, lecturing at numerous universities as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior t

1958 London County Council election

An election to the County Council of London took place on 16 April 1958. The council was elected by First Past the Post with each elector having three votes in the three-member seats; the Labour Party, who had run the council for 24 years, won their largest majority. The Labour Party were optimistic about making gains, targeted seats in Battersea South, Lewisham West, Wandsworth Central and Woolwich West; the Conservatives targeted the marginal Labour-held constituencies of Barons Court, Kensington North and Paddington North. Their manifesto argued; the Liberal Party stood 31 candidates, but reports suggested that they were hampered by poor organisation, were not optimistic of taking a seat. The Communist Party of Great Britain and the Independent Labour Party each stood four candidates, while the Socialist Party of Great Britain stood three, there were seven independents; the Labour Party gained 27 seats from the Conservatives, giving them a record majority on the council