Stars Want Elephant Protection Law

first_imgMore than 50 notable figures in the entertainment industry have come out as supporters of a bill that would ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in California.Authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assembly member Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, SB 716 will be heard by the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee on July 14. This bill is also supported by The Humane Society of the United States, the Performing Animal Welfare Society and the Oakland Zoo.Sen. Ricardo Lara said: “It’s time to say adios to devices used to torture elephants in California. Several cities have already taken a stand against this form of abuse and now our entire state must demonstrate leadership. We must protect our elephants and ban this inhumane treatment.”Members of the entertainment industry urge the passage of SB 716 in a petition that will be presented at the July 14 hearing. The petition reads, in part “There is no excuse for treating elephants cruelly for entertainment’s sake. Today, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and bona fide sanctuaries in California use positive reinforcement and food rewards to train elephants, while providing excellent care. None of them use the bullhook. The worst abuses take place away from the view of the public and law enforcement. The only sure way to protect elephants is to prohibit use of the bullhook.”Supporters include: Bob Barker, Kim Basinger, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jason Biggs, Jorja Fox, Woody Harrelson, Anjelica Huston, Shirley Manson, Ross McCall, Rose McGowan, Lea Michele, Kevin Nealon, Edward Norton, Nikki Reed, Sia, Ian Somerhalder, Hilary Swank, Lily Tomlin and many more.last_img read more

Ceballos on Madrids youth system and unpredictability

first_imgDani Ceballos has credited the effort of new boss Santiago Solari for making line-ups less predictable with the addition of younger playersCeballos, 22, has already started six La Liga games this season – two more than the entirety of last season alongside other youth graduates“This year is different, in fact, it is maybe a little unusual,” Ceballos told reporters after the game on Saturday, as cited by Football Espana.“There are a lot of younger players who are pressing to be played in the first team and that is making our line-ups less predictable and keeping players on their toes.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Before this was not the case but now we have a lot of younger players who are being called into the side, I think it is good.“I am really happy for (Marcos) Llorente, for Fede (Valverde) and for myself, because this is what we all need and it gives us motivation.“It also should improve the players who are more established and gives us a better dynamic.”last_img read more

YouTube Explains Which Profanities and Inappropriate Language Are Not OK for AdSupported

first_img Popular on Variety YouTube provided more clarity about how it determines when videos with “vulgarity and inappropriate language” are eligible for ads — and which words and usage contexts it deems just freaking advertiser-unfriendly.The Google-owned video site has long had a policy specifying that videos that include profanities and strong language may be “demonetized,” or stripped of ads. But content creators have been frustrated about the opacity of the guideline, wondering WTF is kosher and what could result in them losing them revenue.Now YouTube has spelled out in more detail what’s allowed in ad-supported videos, in a video posted last week on the site’s Creator Insider channel. YouTube classifies usage of profanities and harsh language in three tiers: one, words that are safe in ad-supported content; two, usage that will potentially result in advertisers blocking ads; and three, usage that’s completely unmonetizable. In the “totally safe” category is light or mild profanity, including “shit,” “hell” and “damn,” as well as the occasional use of strong profanity (like the f-bomb) if it’s bleeped out, according to YouTube.The second area includes moderate and strong profanity such as “f—,” “motherf—–,” “a–hole,” “douche-bag,” “cock,” “dick,” “pussy,” “bullshit,” “ho,” “slut,” and “son of a bitch.” YouTube says that “many brands may choose not to advertise” in videos with that language. In addition, it says frequent use of strong profanity, especially during the beginning part of a video, increases the likelihood that content will be demonetized.Sure-fire ways to have YouTube demonetize videos is to include medium or strong profanity in the title or thumbnail image; or if a video features “strong profanity used repeatedly in a hateful or derogatory way.” In addition, videos with racial slurs, including the n-word, are categorically excluded from the ad-monetization program, according to YouTube.YouTube has updated its advertising-friendly guidelines document with the examples and explanation about profanity. The move comes two years after it started issuing notifications to creators when their videos ran afoul of its “advertiser-friendly” policies and also launched a formal way to appeal decisions about videos found to be inappropriate for advertising.Note that YouTube provided concrete examples only for English — so what’s ad-friendly usage and what isn’t in other languages remains an educated guess.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

French honour for Manish Arora

first_imgThe world of fashion in India saw a new beginning, when a veteran fashion designer was honoured by the French Government for his dedication to the world Fashion.His Excellency, The Ambassador of France, Francois Richier, conferred the Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur on veteran fashion designer Manish Arora, at the Residence of France, in the national Capital on Tuesday. The Ambassador of France bestowed Manish with the medal and the two clinked champagne glasses celebrating the ceremony.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Legion of Honour, the highest distinction is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 1802. The award, is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners. In the past, eminent Indian personalities like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan and JRD Tata have been honored with the prestigious award.  The award is a recognition by France for Manish’s distinguished and critically applauded work and contribution to the world of fashion. Beginning the investiture ceremony, Fashion Features Director of Vogue and a close friend of Manish, Bandana Tewari, read out an entrancing personal note on the veteran fashion designer. The account narrated by Tiwari spoke of Manish’s humble beginning and his journey though the world of fashion, in India and abroad. Following the personal account, the guests were treated with an audio-visual, highlighting some of the successful shows of the designer and the comments and best wishes from eminent personalities on his triumph. Manish thanked everyone present at the event and said, “I’m amazed and honoured by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and elegance of the French.” He also thanked the French government for, “doing this for the first time in the world of fashion, in India. Only the French can do this, they can spot you, pick you up and tell you, ‘you deserve it’”.Ambassador François Richier said, “Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his lively imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honour on him.”last_img read more

Elon Musk Shows Off the First SpaceX Starship Test Vehicle

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. SpaceX is done preparing the Starship for its very first test flight ever, and Elon Musk has shared an actual photo of assembly on Twitter. Formerly known as the “BFR,” the Starship is the private space company’s upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle meant for journeys to the moon and Mars and for hour-long trips anywhere on Earth.As you can see, the actual spacecraft has a lot more texture than the smooth computer render the SpaceX chief teased a few days ago. That’s because this is the suborbital version designed for vertical take-off and landing tests — Musk said the orbital version will be taller and have thicker skins that won’t wrinkle. It’ll likely take some time before we see that bigger, smoother Starship, though. For now, we’ll keep an eye out for the suborbital version’s first test flight, which could take place in as soon as one to two months. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read January 11, 2019last_img read more