Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to ensure the last journey pigs and cattle take on their way to slaughter is as comfortable as possible. Following a performance in the state on Wednesday (16Jul14), the rocker called on officials to help improve the travelling conditions of breeding pigs and veal calves.
He says, "Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it's also the birthplace of my band Aerosmith. That's why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food.
"Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay."
The state legislature has two weeks to pass the new laws.
British singer Joss Stone was given the opportunity to ride with an air ambulance crew during a charity visit in her native U.K. The You Had Me hitmaker is currently back in the U.K. for a brief break in her ongoing world tour, and she took time out to visit the Devon Air Ambulance Trust close to her home in Devon, England.
Stone made the visit to raise awareness and bring in donations for the organisation, which provides helicopter rescues across the south west of England, and she was given the chance to ride with one of the crews.
A statement posted on the star's Facebook.com page, reads, "Back in the UK... Joss went and visited the local Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Charity... Fortunately for us, one of the helicopters was due for its MOT (Ministry of Transport) Service, so Joss and team had a rare opportunity to take a ride with the crew and experience what they do on a daily basis."
Pictures posted on the page show Stone posing with the air ambulance crew and riding in the helicopter with them.
Five historic Garth Brooks concerts at Ireland's Croke Park are on the verge of cancellation after Dublin city officials refused to back down on plans to axe two shows he added at the venue. The country music star has threatened to scrap all five of his dates planned for later this month (Jul14) if locals' objections result in the cancellations of two of the concerts, but it appears Dublin City Council officials are refusing to budge on their ruling, insisting the sold out gigs will prove too much of a strain on local businesses and transport.
In a statement released on Thursday (03Jul14), the singer wrote, "I have faith that will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
But city bosses remain firm on their decision to grant licences for three of the five Brooks concerts, stating, "We have been consistent (since it was confirmed that tickets were sold for five concerts) in informing the Promoter and his agents that the main concern was the impact that 5 consecutive concerts would have on the local area."
They add, "It should be noted The Promoter could have lodged the licence application at any stage, including before the tickets went on sale last February.
"Dublin City Council were not formally consulted by the Promoter prior to the tickets going on sale. It should be noted that there is no requirement for such consultation. There was no formal consultation with Dublin City Council and the Promoter prior to the lodgement of the Event Licence applications although there were a number of informal discussions with the Promoters Agents prior to its lodgement. Again our concerns regarding the number of concerts was expressed."
The officials' latest statement concludes, "A decision was made to grant the event licence subject to conditions, one of which was to reduce the number of concerts from five to three... It should be noted that event licence decisions made under the Planning & Development Acts cannot be amended or appealed."
Country star Garth Brooks has threatened to scrap a five-date stint at Dublin's Croke Park in Ireland if locals' objections result in the cancellations of two of the concerts. Dublin City Council officials have refused to grant promoters permits for two sold out extended shows at the end of the month (Jul14) over fears the concerts will prove too much of a strain on local businesses and transport.
And now Brooks himself has waded into the drama insisting he'll play all five shows or none at all.
In a statement on Thursday (03Jul14), the singer wrote, "I have faith that will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
The final two shows on 28 and 29 July (14) were added when the first three sold out.
British rapper Professor Green has swapped his car for the train following his recent driving ban, but he doesn't enjoy mixing with the public on London's subway system. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was banned from the roads for a year in March (14) after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.
Green is now using the London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway to get around the capital, but he is not happy about being surrounded by strangers during his travels.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I had to get an Oyster card (London travel card). It's about nine f**king quid (pounds) a day. Since when?... I get the Docklands Light Railway, and people never think it's me. What I miss, apart from my car, is being away from other people. I don't really like other people."
Things have not gone well for humanity since James Franco decided to help a chimpanzee get better at puzzles. In the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters July 11 — three years after the surprising success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise (which, logistically, really seems like it should follow "Dawn") of the Planet of the Apes — we see that mankind has dwindled to to the likes of Jason Clarke (ape-friendly), Gary Oldman (anti-ape), a couple of dunderheaded drunks who still don't seem to have understand that apes are smart now, and a campfire resident who prophecizes about how apes have the upper hand — opposable thumbs and all — in that they don't need fancy things like electricity or heat.
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But apes don't want war, so insists Caesar, Andy Serkis' top banana chimp who led the '11 picture and incited a revolution with the simple act of cookieing Rocket (and oh what a mistake that seems to have been... like Franco-father, like monkey-son). Caesar wants to live in harmony with the few remaining humans, but his fur-laden brethren don't seem to be on the same page.
Meanwhile, we can only assume that somewhere in the mix, a kindly, well-educated bonobo is developing a serum to boost the intellectual capacity of the horses that the apes have been using as transport, thus leading to a follow-up series in which horse trounces primate-kind.
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The stars of Kings Of Leon shun limousines in favour of public transport when they are in London as they can travel unrecognised. The rockers, who were in town last week (ends15Jun14) to rehearse for their set at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday (15Jun14), are convinced taking the London Underground is faster than sitting in a traffic jam, so they often jump on a Tube train to get around the city.
Bassist Jared Followill tells Absolute Radio's Pete Donaldson and Sarah Champion, "We never get recognised. I think people would be surprised but we're not a very recognisable band."
Guitarist Matt Followill adds, "No one makes eye contact or looks at you on the underground, right? Everyone's all head down. So it was rush hour and we're coming from rehearsal (last week) and we just didn't want to wait and sit in traffic..."
Stylish superstar Mariah Carey even dresses up for a park playdate - she recently spent quality time with her young twins in a stunning gown. The R&B diva took three year olds Moroccan and Monroe to a playground near the family's New York home on Monday (02Jun14), and she made sure she stood out from the other mums in the park by wearing a white floor-length, fishtailed ball gown.
Carey posted a photo of herself pushing her kids on the swings, with the caption, "sinking into the rubber mats... lol (laugh out loud)", referring to the high heels which weren't quite appropriate for the protective floor covering underneath the swingset. The Hero singer happily posed with a couple of mums and their kids who were also enjoying a day at the park, calling them her "new friends" in a picture posted on the photo sharing app.
Carey's park visit comes just days after the New York native ditched her usual luxury transport and headed home from a formal charity gala on the subway - also wearing a floor-length gown.
Superstar Mariah Carey ditched her usual luxury transport as she headed home after a New York charity gala on Thursday (29May14) to hop on the city's subway system. The Hero hitmaker posted pictures of herself leaving the Fresh Air Fund's Spring Gala and boarding the 1 train with manager/producer Jermaine Dupri on Instagram.com.
In one photo, in which she is snapped in a floor-length sequined, blue gown, laughing, she writes, "Laughs pon de (on the) subway".
She adds, "Glimpses of our joyride on the 1 train subwayincouture (sic)."
The subway was not the only form of public transportation Carey took on Thursday - she also hopped in a cab on the way to the event.
The 46 year old is not the only celebrity to take an unlikely ride on the subway - in 2012, Jay Z rode the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn for his concert at the Barclays Center.
Rocker Peter Gabriel is urging bosses of one of the world's leading airlines to stop transporting monkeys for medical research. The former Genesis star was horrified by allegations made by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) earlier this year (14) that Air France is the only major airline still carrying primates for lab experiments.
The pressure group launched a publicity drive to shame Air France bosses into changing their policy, and now Gabriel is backing the campaign by writing a letter on behalf of PETA to airline chiefs.
The Sledgehammer hitmaker writes, "I was troubled to learn that Air France is still shipping monkeys to laboratories, where they will be forced to live in pain and misery - experimented on and eventually killed - despite the fact that every other major airline in the world has stopped this cruel practice...
"Aer Lingus, Air China, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Virgin, United Airlines and all other major airlines have banned the transport of primates to labs.
"I urge you to stop supporting the mistreatment of monkeys in painful and deadly experiments and to join other leading airlines in adopting and adhering to a formal policy that prohibits the transport of primates to laboratories."