Cher visits Pakistan to save the 'world's loneliest elephant'
She believes in life in the wild.Pop goddess Cher met with the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on Friday, to help save Kaavan — known as “the world’s loneliest elephant.”The legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress was celebrating the departure of Kaavan, who’ll soon leave a Pakistani zoo for an animal sanctuary in Cambodia.“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” the 74-year-old Grammy Award-winner tweeted. “Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29.”Four Paws International, an animal welfare orga...
New York Daily News
Second gentleman, first Jew, New Jersey-raised: Doug Emhoff is making history
Doug Emhoff wasn’t always this way. He wasn’t always the type to go around talking about how much he loves his wife, let alone quit his high-powered job to travel the country talking about how much he loves his wife.When he was married to Kerstin, not Kamala, Doug Emhoff was more likely to throw himself into his work as a Los Angeles entertainment lawyer, play golf, sit on a couch, and watch sports on television. A guy, devoting billable hours to a fight over the origins of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, otherwise not out to change the world.His signature piece of life advice, still ringing in the e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Garth Brooks offers 'Fun' to cap tough year, after Detroit became unplanned last tour stop
DETROIT — Garth Brooks couldn’t have known it at the time. Back in late February, none of us did.But when the country star stepped onstage for more than 70,000 concertgoers at Ford Field on Feb. 22, he and those Detroit fans became part of an unlikely and unfortunate milestone.Brooks’ high-energy, hits-laden affair inside the Detroit Lions’ house that night wasn’t just the last big live-music event in Detroit. It turned out to be the final stadium concert in the United States — and one of the last major concerts anywhere in the world — before the pandemic brought regula life screeching to a ha...
Detroit Free Press
4,000 more Disney theme park division employees are losing their jobs
ORLANDO, Fla. — On the day before Thanksgiving, the Walt Disney Co. revealed 4,000 more layoffs are coming in its theme parks division, bringing the total number of announced layoffs to 32,000 across the company.At least [18,000 of the total jobs lost belong to cast members at Walt Disney World](This year, the resort has already lost nearly a quarter of its reported 2019 workforce of 77,000.A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World did not immediately respond to questions about the announced layoffs, including how many Orlando employees would be affected.The notice said about 32,000 employees in the...
MGM Resorts closing Mirage, Mandalay Bay hotels during midweek
MGM Resorts plans to shut down hotel operations at the Mirage and Mandalay Bay resorts during the midweek, due to the lack of consumer demand resulting from COVID-19.Beginning Monday, the hotel towers at the two iconic Las Vegas Strip properties will be open for business only between noon on Thursdays and noon on Mondays, though the resorts’ casinos, restaurants and amenities will remain open.The modification to Mirage’s and Mandalay Bay’s operating hours occurs three weeks after MGM Resorts’ decision to close its Park MGM hotel from noon on Mondays to noon on Thursdays.MGM Resorts said in a s...
How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
You're going to Disney World? Here are 10 COVID-19 changes that will greet you at the parks
Despite the warnings about traveling, Disney World can be irresistible.So, if you’re thinking of spending some holiday time in the Land of the Mouse, you’ll want to note that things just aren’t the same there.COVID-19 has complicated the rules.Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek told investors that the maximum capacity of its theme parks would increase to 35%, up from 25%, because its parks in Orlando, Florida, were seeing high demand and strong attendance, according to ClickOrlando.com.It still won’t look like how it used to.Since the parks reopened in July, COVID-19 has changed the Dis...
Movie review: Excellent voice performances, smart jokes and eye-popping animation power 'Croods: A New Age'
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.It’s been a while since the 2013 animated walkabout with the close-knit caveman clan “The Croods,” and the question is: Was the wait for sequel “The Croods: A New Age” worth it? The directorial debut of longtime animation story artist Joel Crawford, who ...
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Disney's Swan Reserve hotel looks to open summer 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, the newest hotel planned for the Swan and Dolphin Resort complex, is scheduled to open in summer 2021, according to a recent news release offering a first look from the top floor.The 14-story hotel is planned to have 349 guest rooms, including 149 suites and two presidential suites. The top floor will be an event space with views of the resort and Disney theme parks.The hotel will also feature its own signature bar and restaurant as well as a health club and a pool.The news of the Swan Reserve’s scheduled opening comes as Orlando hotels are b...
Column: Wrigley Field national landmark listing will likely mean millions in tax credits for the Cubs-owning Ricketts family
CHICAGO — It’s not quite like winning the World Series, but getting listed as a National Historic Landmark, as Wrigley Field was Thursday, is pretty sweet stuff.There are only about 2,600 National Historic Landmarks, including Mount Vernon and Pearl Harbor. The National Park Park Service, which administers the list, says it is reserved for “historic places that hold national significance.”Soldier Field used to be a National Historic Landmark. Then the Bears dropped a flying saucer of a seating bowl on the multicolumned lakefront stadium and the federal government stripped it of that status in ...