Suspect detained after cop shooting

first_imgThe car which the Metro police officers were driving when they were shot at. An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a Metro police constable was shot in Hanover Park last Thursday, January 12.The shooting unfolded at 9.20am when the 40-year-old constable and his partner, a 41-year-old sergeant, were driving in Athwood Road, Hanover Park, after having received a complaint about a shooting. According to Lieutenant Lance Goliath, spokesman for Philippi police station, the suspect ran away when the officers approached him in their vehicle. They gave chase and when the suspect opened fire, the officers got out of the car and returned fire. During the shoot-out the 40-year-old constable was wounded in his stomach and left hand and was rushed to Melomed Hospital in Gatesville. He is in a stable condition.The sergeant was slightly injured on his left hand and was treated on the scene. The windscreen of the car in which the Metro police officers had been travelling, had also been hit by a bullet.According to Lieutenant Goliath, at 9.45pm on the same evening, the 18-year-old arrived at Philippi police station with his lawyer and handed himself over to the police. He was detained and appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday January 16. JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, said attacks on staff would not be tolerated. “I commend everyone involved in the search for this suspect who was effectively forced to come forward as a result of sustained pressure. Now we must allow the law to take its course and allow police and the National Prosecuting Authority NPA to finalise the case and secure a conviction,” he said. Shortly after the incident, police launched an integrated crime prevention operation in order to stabilise the area.Brigadier Mmagauta Letsoalo, deputy cluster commander of the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster, which includes Athlone, Lansdowne, Philippi, Grassy Park, Steenberg, Strandfontein, Lentegeur, and Mitchell’s Plain police stations, said police would maintain a zero tolerance approach towards criminals. He urged the residents of Hanover Park to come forward with information on crime and the perpetrators thereof. “Police have a reward system whereby good money is being rewarded for positive information supplied to police about crime which results in the successful arrest and prosecution of criminals,” he said.last_img read more

100-year-old credits positivity for long life

first_imgWilliam John Beerwinkel with his step-daughter Priscilla Fry. William John Beerwinkel celebrated his 100th birthday with the residents at the GH Starck old-age home in Hanover Park on Thursday April 16.They were served lunch and cake and tea by his step-daughter, Priscilla Fry, and entertained by a Christmas band. Mr Beerwinkel grew up on a farm in Saron on the West Coast. His mother, Christina, died at an early age and William was 12 when he and his father, Soloman, moved to Cape Town in search of work. He worked with his father at a leather-making company and later at a printing shop for 15 years. He retired in his late 60s after working as a driver. Mr Beerwinkel married his first wife in his 20s and she died 10 years later, after the couple had adopted two children. He married his second wife when he was in his late 30s and had one daughter, Rosyln. She died in 2010 in a car accident. He married his third wife, Levina Winifred, in 1992 and the couple stayed in Athlone and were together for 18 years before she died at 72. Ms Fry described her step-father as a very religious man and he and his wife had held prayer meetings at people’s homes. He was a preacher at the Methodist Church in Athlone for seven years and sang bass in the church’s men’s choir. “He was always a very particular man, very neat and tidy and was the type of person who would polish the wheels of his car. He was a very proud man,” she said. Later, the couple moved to Ruyterwacht, where Mr Beerwinkel was head of the chapelry for seven years, before turning to Athlone.Mr Beerwinkel drove until he was 92 and, apart from arthritis, has been largely free of illness. He never smoked or drank and maintains that it is his positive attitude that has seen him reach such an advanced age. He has been at GH Starck since 2011.“He is a people’s person and a very caring and patient man and I really appreciate the way he looked after my mom. They did everything together and enjoyed going to church together,” Ms Fry said. Mr Beerwinkel relishes jelly and custard and chocolate which he had for his birthday last year. “I love this place and the nurses are lovely. They take good care of me and I feel very grateful and uplifted,” he said.last_img read more

Rough ride for first-time car owner

first_imgSocial work student Nicole April was very unhappy with the Renault Kwid she bought from Auto Pedigree in Bellville. Her new car, well it wasn’t exactly new, was a demo model with 7 000 kilometres on the clock, kept breaking down at the most inopportune times.“Two weeks after I bought the Dynamique 1 litre, the engine light started flashing and the car came to a stop on the N2 which is extremely dangerous. I managed to get it going again and took it to the Renault Centre, Tyger Valley Multi-Franchise, where they told me the ‘screws had to be tightened’ as this was the first time the car had been driven. They skimmed the brakes to get rid of the noise but it didn’t last long. I then had to take the car for another roadworthy before it could be registered in my name. My car failed the roadworthy but after the brakes were tightened it passed. There was also an issue with the warranty and though I bought the car in July 2018, the warranty had already started in December 2017 and, according to the service plan, I would have to bear the costs. In reality I should have been covered from July, but no one explained this to me,” the Mitchell’s Plain resident said. In January this year the Kwid started making funny noises and the gears did not want to engage. It switched off while Ms April was driving and the dashboard lights started flashing. She was near a petrol station and pulled in to see if the car was overheating. Ms April got it started and reached home safely, driving slowly. “The car would lag then suddenly accelerate. Renault fixed the issues but they could not service it as the bank had apparently registered the car in my name in May but I only bought it in July. I had numerous other issues with the Kwid (too many to enumerate here), but they did replace the petrol pump and updated the software. I complained to Renault’s customer care line and Mike Dovey said he will escalate my complaint to Auto Pedigree. By now I had lost confidence in the car and no longer wanted it,” Ms April said. “The Kwid is faulty and the service is substandard. I can no longer go through the trauma of risking my safety and that of my sons,” the Unisa student said. Previously, Andries Oelofse, service manager of the Tyger Valley Multifranchise, told Ms April they could “not assist with the refund/return of your vehicle but we will assist with a courtesy car while we get your car back to diagnose why this vehicle is cutting out”.“Fanie Kleynhans, managing director, said that one of his regional managers, Vinay Singh, would contact me: he did and offered to give me another Kwid but I didn’t want another one because as a first-time car owner, it was a very bad experience,” Ms April said.When I asked Mr Kleynhans for an explanation, he said he was not allowed to comment to the media and referred me to Motus under which Auto Pedigree falls.However, Ms April said that Mr Kleynhans, who had been in New Zealand, set the ball rolling and she soon received a settlement of R155 231.38.Renault SA said they had no record of the complaint and were not aware of the client’s dealings with Auto Pedigree, Bellville. “However, Brett Pyle, our senior customer care consultant, has emailed Ms April twice requesting contact details but has not yet had a response,” said spokesperson Vivienne Ward. Nicole Varty, legal counsel for Motus, said the Kwid Auto Pedigree sold to Ms April was a used, low mileage 2018 vehicle which was still covered by its original manufacturer’s warranty. “When Auto Pedigree delivered it to Ms April in August 2018, it was cosmetically in order, mechanically sound and in good working order. Auto Pedigree assisted her with all the complaints raised in her email (February 26 2019). Unfortunately, as the original manufacturer’s warranty was still in place, Auto Pedigree was legally not entitled to attend to any repair work on the Kwid, as the manufacturer’s warranty would have been nullified.“Ms April’s complaints were addressed by Renault and according to their report (Tyger Valley Multifranchise, February 25 2019), no faults could be detected after all the warranty repairs were done, so the vehicle is mechanically sound and in good working order.“It is evident that Ms April has lost all her trust and confidence in the vehicle and as a show of good faith Auto Pedigree is willing to assist Ms April and they agreed to cancel the sale and settle her finance bill with the bank. She will also not have to pay Auto Pedigree any compensation for the kilometres used (more than 10 000km) since taking delivery of the Kwid and Auto Pedigree will not be liable to repay any installments paid by Ms April. The matter has been resolved to Ms April’s satisfaction,” Ms Varty said.last_img read more

Heart-healthy family treat

first_imgChocolate cake Lockdown boredom has everyone reaching for the fridge. Here are some heart-healthy treats and desserts from Pharma Dynamics’ Cooking from the Heart cookbook. The cookbook contains more than 100 recipes that have been developed for Pharma Dynamics by healthy food consultant, Heleen Meyer and dietitians from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. They are all easy to make, affordable and consist of essential ingredients.Chocolate cake (serves 20)There is nothing like some chocolate to treat yourself. This is so easy to bake and ideal for special occasions.3 cups (750 ml) cake flour1¼ cups (310 ml) sugar4 tsp (20 ml) baking powder1 tsp (5 ml) bicarbonate of soda6 tbsp (90 ml) cocoa2 cups (500 ml) hot water½ cup (125 ml) buttermilk5 tbsp (75 ml) sunflower oil2 tbsp (30 ml) white grape vinegar2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla essencetopping:150 ml sugar300 ml water1 tbsp (15 ml) soft tub margarine¼ cup (60 ml) cocoa½ tsp (2,5 ml) vanilla essence3 tbsp (45 ml) cornflour1 tbsp (15 ml) grated chocolate Preheat oven to a 180 °C and line a large rectangular (20 x 30 cm) baking tin or oven dish with baking paper. Sift all dry ingredients together. Mix the liquids together and gradually fold into the dry ingredients. Pour batter into tin or dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tin and cool. Topping: Meanwhile, place all the ingredients, except the chocolate, in a pot and stir over a low heat to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer gently. Stir until the mixture thickens. Cool slightly and pour over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with grated chocolate.Milk tart (serves 8)This no-bake custard filling is delicious and easy to make.Crust3 tbsp (45 ml) soft tubmargarine2 tbsp (30 ml) sugar1 egg, beaten½ tsp (2,5 ml) groundcinnamon¾ cup (180 ml) cake flour¼ cup (60 ml) whole-wheat flourFilling2 cups (500 ml) low-fat or fat-free milk2 eggs, beaten¼ cup (60 ml) sugar3 tbsp (45 ml) cornflour½ tsp (2,5 ml) vanilla or almond essence1 tbsp (15 ml) ground cinnamon Crust: Preheat oven to 180 °C. Beat together the margarine and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Mix cinnamon and flours together. Gradually add to the egg mixture to form a soft dough. Press the dough into a 22 cm tart or pie dish. Prick with a fork and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. Filling: Place milk in a pot, bring to the boil and remove from heat. Beat eggs and sugar well. Mix cornflour with a little water to make a paste. Stir into egg mixture. Add half the milk into egg mixture and stir well. Pour egg mixture into the pot with the rest of the milk and stir well. Return to a low heat and stir all the time. Allow to simmer very gently until it thickens – at least 10 minutes. Stir vanilla in and pour into pie crust. Allow to cool and refrigerate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.Apple pudding (serves 8)Apples and cinnamon are comforting flavours. Swop your custard or ice cream for plain low-fat yoghurt.4 medium Granny Smith apples, seeds removed and cut in wedges1 cinnamon stick¼ cup (60 ml) sugar3 eggs, beaten3 tbsp (45 ml) sunflower oil¾ cup (180 ml) low-fat or fat-free milk½ cup (125 ml) plain low-fat yoghurt1 cup (250 ml) cake flour½ cup (125 ml) whole-wheat flour2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder2 tsp (10 ml) ground cinnamon Syrup: ½ cup (125 ml) low-fat or fat-free milk½ cup (125 ml) water¼ cup (60 ml) sugar1 cinnamon stick optional Place apples with 2 tbsp of water and the cinnamon in a pot. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until just tender, but not mushy. Preheat oven to 180 °C. Beat sugar and eggs until well blended. Add oil, milk and yoghurt and mix well. Combine the flours, baking powder and half the cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Beat liquid into the flour mixture to form a smooth batter. Spoon apples into an oven dish and pour batter on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked. Syrup: Meanwhile, place all the ingredients in a small pot and stir over a low heat. Simmer for a few minutes or until slightly thickened. Prick warm pudding with a fork or skewer and pour syrup over. Sprinkle with the rest of the ground cinnamon. Serve warm with plain low-fat or fat-free yoghurt.Tip: Make the pudding with fresh pears as above. Or use a tin of pie apples or peach slices and leave out step 1.last_img read more

Appeals court formally nullifies Texas abortion restrictions

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: August 18, 2016 7:50 PM EDT Appeals court formally nullifies Texas abortion restrictions AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal appeals court has nullified key portions of a sweeping 2013 Texas abortion law – a legal formality that complies with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer.The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday declared unenforceable Texas requirements that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.The New Orleans-based court did the same for requirements that Texas clinics performing abortions meet surgical center health and safety standards.Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature approved some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion in 2013, despite a filibuster by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis that made national headlines.But the Supreme Court in June sided with abortion rights activists who argued that both provisions placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Related Articles: SHARElast_img read more

Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court

first_img Published: August 31, 2016 9:18 PM EDT PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.The family of the late Buffalo Bills fullback Carlton “Cookie” Gilchrist asked the high court Tuesday to review whether the judge should have approved the potential $1 billion settlement without a full challenge to the scientific evidence presented jointly by both sides.“This enormous settlement was settled without a shred of evidence (presented) by the NFL. It’s just astounding … because there’s so much at stake here,” lawyer Jared Beck said Wednesday.The appeal, for instance, questions why more money is awarded for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, than for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which some researchers link more closely with football concussions. At least two sets of other plaintiffs were granted extensions of the Tuesday deadline and can appeal through next month.Players’ lawyers who support the 2013 settlement negotiated with the league on behalf of 21,000 retirees insist their clients need financial and medical help now. Lawyer Jim Acho of Detroit, who sent a letter to clients Tuesday that said no further appeals had been filed and the payouts were imminent, called the Gilchrist appeal “unbelievable.”“The Supreme Court is not going to hear these,” said Acho, who represents about two dozen clients, including former Bears star Gale Sayers. “It’s just dragging this out unnecessarily, because the settlement is fair.”The player lawsuits had initially accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the link between concussions and CTE. The settlement awards up to $5 million for those with ALS; $4 million for past CTE deaths; and $3.5 million for advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The average payouts would be closer to $190,000.Critics complain the settlement, approved by Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, does not cover future CTE cases even though it may be able to be diagnosed in the living within 10 years. The lead negotiators said they instead set aside compensation or treatment for some CTE symptoms. That does not include the depression, aggression and mood swings reported by some former players who experienced repeated concussions.Gilchrist’s attorney said the lead lawyers are simply eager to divide fees expected to top $112 million.Cookie Gilchrist, an early civil rights activist, led a 1965 boycott that moved the American Football League’s All-Star game to Houston after black players were denied restaurant and taxi service in New Orleans. His 2011 death was attributed to cancer, but he was posthumously found to have CTE, Beck said.Gilchrist died penniless in a Pittsburgh-area nursing home after battling psychological, emotional and personal problems that Beck linked to CTE.“He was a man of extraordinary character and determination,” the Miami lawyer said. “His son Scott has taken up the mantle. In many ways, he sees this as a vindication of his father’s strengths and beliefs.” Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Police investigate destruction of Trump’s Hollywood star

first_img Published: October 26, 2016 4:26 PM EDT Updated: October 26, 2016 4:41 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating a pre-dawn attack that destroyed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame less than two weeks before the election.The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which bestows the stars and maintains the popular tourist attraction, said it would quickly repair Trump’s spot, but it would take several days before it would visible.Det. Meghan Aguilar said investigators were called to the scene Wednesday following reports that the presidential candidate’s star was struck by blows from a hammer. A sledgehammer, construction hat and vest, and a pick were recovered nearby, Officer Sal Ramirez said.A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis said he’s responsible for the damage, telling the website Deadline Hollywood (http://bit.ly/2dK4kON) that he originally intended to remove Trump’s star. He says he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.Aguilar said she was aware of the Deadline report but couldn’t comment on whether Otis is a suspect.Trump’s star was dedicated in 2007 in recognition of his work on NBC’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.” Trump’s star is near the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held each year.To receive a star on the Walk of Fame, a celebrity has to be nominated and a $30,000 fee paid to a charitable trust.It is at least the second time this year that Trump’s star has been targeted. In July, an artist installed a miniature wall topped with razor wire and “keep out” signs in response to Trump’s vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling.“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark,” Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leon Gubler wrote in a statement. “Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.” Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Police investigate destruction of Trump’s Hollywood star SHARElast_img read more

Judge: Dylann Roof competent to stand trial in church shooting

first_imgJudge: Dylann Roof competent to stand trial in church shooting Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: November 25, 2016 9:50 AM EST Updated: November 25, 2016 9:55 AM EST SHARE COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A judge has ruled that Dylann Roof is competent to stand trial for the killing of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church.Judge Richard Gergel made the ruling Friday after a two-day hearing behind closed doors earlier this week. The hearing was needed after Roof’s attorneys questioned earlier this month whether he could help them on the eve of jury selection in his death penalty trial.Gergel says jury selection will begin Monday.Gergel sealed his reasons for finding Roof competent, saying that information could keep him from having a fair trial.The 22-year-old white man is charged in federal court with hate crime, obstruction of religion and other counts for the deadly June 2015 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Related Articles: last_img read more

White House briefs Senate amid scary moment with North Korea

first_imgWhite House briefs Senate amid scary moment with North Korea Published: April 26, 2017 4:12 PM EDT SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing Wednesday at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by the unpredictable nation’s nuclear threats and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States.All 100 senators were invited and transported in buses for the unprecedented, classified briefing. President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, defense secretary, top general and national intelligence director were to outline for them the North’s escalating nuclear capabilities and U.S. response options, officials said. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.The unusual sessions don’t necessarily presage the use of force along one of the world’s most heavily militarized frontiers, and some lawmakers questioned whether the cross-Washington procession was largely show, with Trump expected to drop in on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building gathering of lawmakers.But it certainly reflected the increased American alarm over North Korea’s progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. And the recent flurry of military activity on and around the divided Korean Peninsula has put the world at high alert.Tensions have escalated since Trump took office three months ago, determined to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile advances.In the past two weeks, Trump has ordered high-powered U.S. military vessels, including an aircraft carrier, to the region in a show of force to deter North Korea from more nuclear and missile tests. The North on Tuesday conducted large-scale, live-fire artillery drills, witnessed by national leader Kim Jong Un, as a reminder of its conventional threat to U.S.-allied South Korea.And on Wednesday, South Korea started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system against North Korean missiles that also has sparked Chinese and Russian concerns.America’s Pacific forces commander, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., told Congress on Wednesday the system would be operational within days. He said any North Korean missile fired at U.S. forces would be destroyed.“If it flies, it will die,” Harris said.The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table. However, a U.S. pre-emptive attack isn’t likely, according to American officials. Instead, they’ve said the administration’s strategy focuses on increasing pressure on North Korea with the help of its main trading partner, China.Sen. Ben Cardin, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top-ranking Democrat, said he was hoping to hear the Trump administration’s game plan Wednesday.The U.S. needs a strategy to change North Korea’s economic and security calculus for it to freeze and ultimately eliminate its nuclear and missile programs, he said, adding: There’s no “pretty military solution.”U.S. officials said Wednesday’s briefings will center on three key issues: intelligence about the North’s capabilities; U.S. response options, including military ones; and how to get China and other countries to enforce existing economic sanctions on Pyongyang, along with ideas for new penalties. The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly about plans for the closed-door briefings and requested anonymity.“China is the key to this,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said. “The purpose of this briefing is to tell us the situation and the intelligence we have and what (are) the options we have.”Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Harris said he expects North Korea, under Kim’s autocratic rule, to soon be able to develop a long-range missile capable of striking the United States, despite some spectacular failures in its ballistic missile program. “One of these days soon, he will succeed,” Harris said.North Korea routinely accuses the United States of readying for an invasion, and threatens pre-emptive strikes to stop the U.S.On Wednesday, North Korea’s U.N. mission said it would react to “a total war” with the U.S. with nuclear war. It said it would win in a “death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists.”A targeted U.S. attack to take out North Korea’s nuclear weapons program could spark a wider war on the Korean peninsula, lawmakers and experts have warned. Harris said the U.S. has “a lot of pre-emptive options,” but he declined to provide specifics in an open setting.China has been urging restraint by both Pyongyang and Washington. In Berlin, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday that North Korea must suspend its nuclear activities, but “on the other side, the large-scale military maneuvers in Korean waters should be halted.”China opposes the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, being installed in South Korea. The U.S. says it will only target North Korean missiles, but China and Russia see the system’s powerful radars as a security threat.In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said THAAD would upset the “strategic balance” in the region. He said China will take “necessary measures to defend our own interests.”last_img read more

Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live,’ sources say

first_img Ryan Seacrest’s former stylist alleges ‘years’ of sexual misconduct Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live,’ sources say Published: May 1, 2017 9:13 AM EDT (CNN Money) Ryan Seacrest will join “Live” as Kelly Ripa’s co-host, jump-starting a new era in the morning television ratings race.Seacrest, one of the world’s best-known broadcasters, has co-hosted “Live” five times as a guest since ABC began the search for Michael Strahan’s replacement one year ago.He will be introduced by Ripa on Monday morning’s broadcast, two sources with knowledge of the deal told CNN.“Live” gives the former host of Fox’s “American Idol” a new daily platform on network television.The beloved talk show airs in many markets at 9 a.m., directly against the third hour of NBC’s “Today.” In the fall NBC is introducing a new 9 a.m. show led by Megyn Kelly, who recently jumped from Fox News to NBC.Five years ago Seacrest was seen as a contender for a “Today” show co-host job. Instead, Ripa and Seacrest will be competing with Kelly.“Live” is based in New York. Seacrest lives in Los Angeles, but he has a home in Manhattan, and he’s moving to New York to start the new job.Seacrest is already one of the busiest people in the media business. The new hosting gig will not affect other on-air and off-air roles. He recently renewed his contract to host red carpet specials for NBCUniversal’s E! network, for example.Seacrest will continue to lead his nationally syndicated radio shows for iHeartMedia. According to a source, the ABC building that houses “Live” will also have a new radio studio for Seacrest.Seacrest is already in business with ABC as the host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on New Year’s Eve.The hosting deal may open the door for further business deals with ABC’s parent company, Disney.The seat next to Ripa was coveted by dozens of entertainment and news industry A-listers.The search began when Strahan abruptly left the show for “Good Morning America” after co-hosting alongside Ripa for four years. Ripa was reportedly blindsided by the news. Strahan told her about it barely half an hour before the news leaked in the press.Since then, Ripa’s guest co-hosts have included Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Jerry O’Connell, and Fred Savage.Ripa took to Twitter on Sunday to tell her followers that she would reveal her new co-host during Monday’s show.Representatives for Ripa, Seacrest and ABC either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment ahead of the official announcement on Monday.center_img Author: CNN Money Recommended SHARElast_img read more