Wales To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses

first_imgThe Welsh Government will ban the use of wild animals in circuses, the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will announce today in a move congratulated by Animal Defenders International (ADI) who, for more than 20 years, have been documenting and campaigning to end the suffering of animals in UK circuses.A statement released this morning from the Welsh Government states “The way animals are treated is an important reflection of society and over the next 12 months, a bill will be introduced to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses on welfare grounds”.Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “We congratulate the Welsh Government for taking a stand to stop circus suffering in Wales and bringing a UK-wide ban one step closer.”“ADI has documented suffering and abuse in UK circuses for many years. Knowing that only a ban can protect them, we are delighted an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales is finally within sight.”Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is inevitably compromised.The Welsh Government committed to ban wild animals in circuses back in 2013, stating it would seek an extension to draft legislation published for England by the UK Government. The bill however was left to gather dust for five years, the UK Government finally committing, in February, to act by January 2020. Around the world, 45 countries have already introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses including Scotland and Ireland.With a Welsh Government-commissioned report, published in 2016, finding that “Life for wild animals in travelling circuses…does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living’” and in support of a ban, it was expected legislation would soon follow. ADI was disappointed when instead there was talk of regulation, which cannot ensure animal welfare and is unlikely to detect husbandry problems or physical abuse.Consulting the public on the broader issue of mobile animal exhibits last year, the Welsh Government also asked if a ban on wild animals in circuses should be considered. The response from the public, including ADI and Welsh supporters, was unsurprisingly overwhelming, with the Welsh Government stating that there was “strong support for a ban”.Most recently, during a debate in the Senedd in March, Assembly Members unanimously called for urgent action to bring in the ban, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths responding that she was “exploring opportunities to bring forward legislation”.Changing attitudes and awareness of animal suffering have seen the number of circuses with wild animals in Britain plummet. Only two remain: Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus which are licensed in England and tour Wales. A third circus with big cats also performed in Wales when owner Thomas Chipperfield was unable to obtain a licence in England; it has remained off the road since.ADI revealed the miserable lives of Chipperfield’s lions and now one tiger. Living caged on the back of a truck, the animals are shut behind metal shutters at night, with restricted access to an outdoor exercise area during the day. ADI has also documented appalling overcrowding, fighting between animals, a worker tormenting a camel, animals kept inside for days on end, and failure to comply with government regulations at the winter quarters of Peter Jolly’s Circus.In support of ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign in Wales, Hollywood star and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans slammed the use of wild animals in circuses saying, “Like bear baiting, witch burning and the ‘Welsh not’, this cruel practice belongs in the past”.last_img read more

Carli Lloyds Historic Hat Trick Won The World Cup

VANCOUVER — After 16 years, the U.S. women’s national team is again the world champion. On a sunny late afternoon here, the U.S. defeated reigning world champs Japan 5-2 and became the first country to win three Women’s World Cup titles.The Americans didn’t waste any time getting there, either, scoring four goals in less than 20 minutes — scoring those four goals faster than any one goal had ever been scored in a Women’s World Cup final. Carli Lloyd was deservedly tonight’s player of the match, scoring the first-ever hat trick in a Women’s World Cup final (only England’s Geoff Hurst has done it in a men’s final, in 1966) and also the earliest-ever hat trick; all three of her goals came in the first 16 minutes. Lloyd’s goals were representative of the U.S. team’s play; as soon as the whistle blew, the U.S. pressured Japan all over the field, not allowing the Japanese to settle the ball and play the technical soccer they prefer.But just when it looked like it might be another blowout like the Germany vs. Brazil match we saw last year at the men’s World Cup, Japan was on the board in the 27th minute with a nice turn and shot by Yuki Ogimi.Just after halftime, Japan scored again, and the 4-2 scoreline made it look like a game again. But the U.S. didn’t let up, and Tobin Heath’s goal (the U.S.’s fifth) in the 54th minute became the last of the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever.Soccer is boring, right? No one ever scores? read more

ReImagined Series Is Back With More Unexpected Covers

first_img Twitter ReImagined Is Back With More Covers reimagined-series-back-more-unexpected-covers NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 17, 2018 – 6:01 pm GRAMMY ReImagined Returns With More Covers ReImagined Series Is Back With More Unexpected Covers News Facebook A new group of artists breathe fresh life into their favorite GRAMMY-winning or GRAMMY-nominated songsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 17, 2018 – 6:05 pm The Recording Academy is coming back with another season of ReImagined, a video series where artists bring a fresh take on classic GRAMMY-winning/nominated songs by their favorite artists – from the Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song and Best Rap Song categories. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 18, 2018 – 2:47 pm Shawn James Covers “I Try”: GRAMMY ReImagined The relaunch of the series features six new unexpected covers to be released monthly, kicking off Tues. Sept. 17 with Shawn James. The blues/folk artist brings a passionate folksy cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try,” which won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards.”I chose to cover ‘I Try’ by Macy Gray because of the emotional heaviness of the lyrics,” James shared. “I think that it can relate to most people on some level or another regarding love, loss, addiction and the reaction to dealing with those things. I wanted to reimagine the song with adding a depth of sorrow and darkness to not just the lyrics but also the ambience and delivery of the performance.” Email In the past, singer/songwriter Devon Terrell has soulfully delivered The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” and alt-rock band Our Last Night has jammed out to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” among others.The upcoming list of performances will surely pack another emotive punch and run the gamut of sound. Victory Boyd, the young Central Park singer discovered by Jay-Z, takes on Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” and Damien Escobar, the “hip-hop violinist,” gives his spin on Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” to name a few.Subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit our video page to watch each ReImagined episode, along with other exclusive content, as it’s released.ReImagined Schedule:Sept. 18: Shawn James, “I Try” by Macy GrayOct. 16: Donna Missal, “Iris” by Goo Goo DollsNov. 13: Kimberly Nichole, “Black Hole Sun” by SoundgardenDec. 11: RuthAnne, “Waterfalls” by TLCJan. 8: Victory Boyd, “Kiss From A Rose” by SealFeb. 5: Damien Escobar, “Ain’t It Fun” by ParamoreRead morelast_img read more

Mueller report is No 1 politics book on Amazon

first_img Amazon Facebook Google Twitter Donald Trump The report, the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, examines the role of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. It also provides details of how agents of the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-backed operation, used Facebook, Twitter and Google platforms to spread disinformation during the campaign. The group spent $60,000 on Facebook ads, $6,000 on Instagram ads and $18,000 on Twitter.The investigation joins other reports, like the 9/11 Commission report and the Starr Report investigating President Bill Clinton, as federal probes that captured more mainstream fascination.  More on the Mueller report The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Post a comment Tagscenter_img Share your voice The Mueller report was released to the public Thursday. Alex Wong / Getty Images The Mueller report caused a frenzy among journalists and politicians from the moment it was released to the public on Thursday.Turns out readers more broadly are interested in diving into the roughly 450-page, redacted report, too. As of this writing, a version of the report called “The Mueller Report: The Final Report of the Special Counsel into Donald Trump, Russia, and Collusion” tops Amazon’s bestseller list in the category of Political Conservatism & Liberalism. Right behind it is a Kindle version of the same book. Another version of the report also takes the No. 6 and 7 spots. The Mueller report takes the top four spots on Amazon’s US History bestseller list, too. It’s also available to download for free from the US Department of Justice website.  Politics 0last_img read more

Study Backs Up Schools That Confiscate Electronics

first_img Now, for the least shocking news this week: Students perform poorly on end-of-term exams when they’ve been distracted by their phone during lectures.A new study published by the journal Educational Psychology suggests the obvious—that electronic devices used for non-academic purposes have an adverse effect on group learning environments.Researchers from Rutgers University conducted an in-class experiment to test whether dividing attention between personal gadgets and the teacher influences students’ performance.AdChoices广告Over the course of one term, laptops, phones, and tablets were banned in half of the participating pupils’ lectures, and permitted in the other half.When devices were allowed, students were asked to record whether they used them for non-academic purposes during class.It turns out that interruptions like Twitter, Instagram, and Tinder actually have little impact on students’ comprehensive test scores—those pop quizzes and weekly assessments teachers give through the year.But, having a device did sink final exam results by at least 5 percent, or half a grade.You don’t need to be the one swiping left or right to be carried away by the wave of digital distraction: Performance was poorer in classrooms where devices were allowed, even among those who didn’t use a handset.“These findings should alert the many dedicated students and instructors that dividing attention is having an insidious effect that is impairing their exam performance and final grade,” lead study author Arnold Glass said in a statement.“To help manage the use of devices in the classroom, teachers should explain to students the damaging effect of distractions on retention—not only for themselves, but for the whole class,” Glass said.This is the first study carried out in an educational environment showing a causal relationship between distraction from an electronic device and subsequent exam performance.It is unclear what the implications of this investigation are on adults like me, who are easily diverted by every ping of their phone or flashing Web advertisement. But I imagine they’re not good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Artificial ‘Tongue’ Can Taste Subtle Differences in WhiskeySenate to Google: How Did You ‘Forget’ About Nest Secure Microphone? Stay on targetlast_img read more