What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, Blackfish may do for killer whales living in captivity while performing at marine parks. Blackfish, explores what may have caused Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca, to kill three people, including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
LOST SONGS Jan Hellriegel (Rhythmethod) Acting spots in Xena and Shortland St, backing vocals for The Muttonbirds, Facebook posts about making hot chocolates with Dave Dobbyn – you simply can’t get more Kiwi than Jan Hellriegel’s resume. That she also produced a couple of damned fine 90s albums in It’s My Sin and Tremble and trod the same boards as Jeff Buckley, puts her at the forefront of a period of Kiwiana which doesn’t get much replay these days.
Karima El Mahroug, the woman at the center of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s latest sex scandal, says that when she was 9 years old, she was raped by two men, then told by her mother to keep quiet because she feared how Karima’s father would react if he discovered she wasn’t a virgin. When Karima was 12, her father spilled a pan of boiling oil on her after she told him she had converted from Islam to Catholicism.
As China marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC and the 30th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening policies, there are countless examples of how the country has changed over the decades. In the sphere of foreign media coverage, perhaps the most obvious came last week, when 300 news executives arrived in Beijing for the country’s first World Media Summit, held Oct.
Versace, the favoured brand of celebrities such as Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, is pulling out of Japan after nearly 30 years — highlighting the depth of the consumer slump in one of the world’s largest luxury markets.
The Venezuelan government initiated a new charge against a private television broadcaster and said that 29 additional radio stations would soon be closed, the latest move in what critics call a crackdown on freedom of expression. The Saturday announcement by Minister of Public Works and Housing Diosdado Cabello, who oversees the state telecommunications regulator, came at a counter-rally to marches protesting the hardline tactics of President Hugo Chavez