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Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

Author: Neil Vigdor
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

The emergence of a video showing Wayne LaPierre, the polarizing head of the National Rifle Association, shooting but struggling to kill an African bush elephant during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana drew criticism on Tuesday from conservation groups.

The awkward display — in which Mr. LaPierre shoots at the elephant three times at close range with a rifle while it is still alive after wounding it with an initial shot — was recorded for an outdoor television show that the N.R.A. once sponsored, but the video was never aired. (In the end, the host of the program fired the fatal shot.)

The video was obtained by The New Yorker and The Trace, a nonprofit website funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group co-founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who has donated tens of millions of dollars to gun-control groups.

Later in the footage, Mr. LaPierre’s wife, Susan, can be seen shooting another elephant right between the eyes as it approaches her and the guides, who instruct her to fire a second round between its legs to make sure it is dead. She later cuts off part of the elephant’s tail to keep as a memento of the kill.

Just last month, African bush elephants, also known as savanna elephants, were declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or I.U.C.N., on the group’s Red List of threatened species. They were previously classified as vulnerable.

“It’s sickening to see LaPierre’s brutal, clumsy slaughter of this beautiful creature,” Tanya Sanerib, the international legal director and a senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement on Tuesday night. “No animal should suffer like this.”

Andrew Arulanandam, a managing director of N.R.A. Public Affairs, confirmed the authenticity of the video in a statement on Tuesday night.

“The hunt was fully permitted and conducted in accordance with all rules and regulations,” Mr. Arulanandam said. “The video offers an incomplete portrayal of the experience — and fails to express the many ways this activity benefits the local community and habitat. Such hunts are celebrated in Botswana, where they feed villages, contribute to the economy and culture, and are part of the fabric of the region.”

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Ms. Sanerib said that despite the endangered status of African bush elephants, it is legal to hunt them, with a license, in certain areas of Botswana.

“We’re in the midst of a poaching epidemic,” Ms. Sanerib said, “and rich trophy hunters like the N.R.A. chief are blasting away at elephants while the international community calls for stiffer penalties for poachers — what message does that send? We need to halt all elephant killings or they’ll vanish forever.”

Kathleen Gobush, an affiliate assistant professor of biology at the University of Washington and a member of the African Elephant Specialist Group within the International Union for Conservation of Nature, also condemned Mr. LaPierre’s hunting of the elephant.

“There’s got to be a better way to conserve an endangered species than this — an inhumane show of dominance, and poorly executed at that,” Dr. Gobush said in an email on Tuesday night.

The surfacing of the video came just weeks after Mr. LaPierre, testifying in federal bankruptcy court, acknowledged that he had secretly taken the N.R.A. into bankruptcy as a way to thwart the New York attorney general’s attempt to shut down the organization. It also follows a recent spate of mass shootings and efforts by the Biden administration to curb gun violence.

In the video, Mr. LaPierre, dressed in an N.R.A. baseball cap, is led by guides through Botswana’s Okavango Delta toward an elephant. A guide tells him to wait before shooting, but he fires one round, seemingly unable to hear because he is wearing ear plugs.

The guides point to where he should fire another round to kill the elephant. Mr. LaPierre fires three more times at close range. But the fatal shot is fired by the program’s host.

Later in the video, after Mrs. LaPierre has successfully kills an elephant, she tells the video crew and the guides that she could see how old it was and how wrinkled it was.

“Victory,” she says, after following a guide’s suggestion that she cut off part of the elephant’s tail and keep it as a memento. “That’s my elephant tail. Way cool.”

'I Can Breathe' Tweet by Las Vegas Raiders Draws Scorn

Author Sopan Deb
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

The reverberations throughout the sports world came swiftly after a jury in Minnesota convicted Derek Chauvin on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, as athletes, teams and leagues weighed in on the verdict in a case that had reignited fierce debate about racism and policing in the United States.

“ACCOUNTABILITY,” the N.B.A.’s top star, LeBron James, said in a one-word post on Twitter after Mr. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

After Mr. Floyd’s murder last May, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black victims of violence, athletes spent much of last year engaged in numerous activist efforts around issues of racial justice and voting rights.

Some hit the streets to join the protests that sprang up around the country following Mr. Floyd’s murder, even as games had been halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Others kept their attention on Mr. Chauvin’s case and other examples of police violence as competitions resumed, with statements, public displays and other forms of protest. Soon, leagues themselves began to express corporate solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and broad themes of fighting racism and systemic inequities.

“I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day,” the tennis star Naomi Osaka said of the Chauvin verdict. Ms. Osaka prompted a tournament to halt play when she planned to drop out in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks and other athletes who did not play after Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis. “The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling.”

Several clubs based in Minnesota expressed sympathy for Mr. Floyd’s family.

Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves star who also joined protests after Mr. Floyd’s death, said in a Twitter post; “Justice and Accountability! Things I never thought I would see. There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!”

At least one effort to respond to the verdict, that of the N.F.L.’s Las Vegas Raiders, fell flat and was met with derision and anger. The team posted an image to Twitter with the words, “I CAN BREATHE” and Tuesday’s date, a reference to some of Mr. Floyd’s last words, “I can’t breathe.”

As thousands of commenters noted, Mr. Floyd is still dead, and police officers are still killing Black people — including one, a 15-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio, right around the time the verdict was being read.

Late Tuesday, Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, told The Athletic he was responsible for the post and said the words were in reference to Floyd’s brother Philonese Floyd, who said at a news conference after the verdict that “today, we are able to breathe again.”

Davis told The Athletic, “If I offended the family, then I’m deeply, deeply disappointed.”

Anthony Joshua ‘doesn't give a sh*t’ about Tyson Fury deadline, promises to ‘kick his a**’ as potential super-fight draws nearer

Anthony Joshua says that he has had enough of Tyson Fury’s social media grandstanding surrounding their potential fight this summer, as the biggest heavyweight showdown in a generation looks to have moved a step closer.

Fury, holder of the WBC iteration of boxing’s heavyweight crown, has raised the temperature in the talks to secure to blockbuster fight, taking to social media on numerous occasions in recent days to pile the pressure of Joshua and his representatives to secure the deal which had initially been agreed by all sides in a bout agreement one month ago yesterday.
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However, the deal has hit some bumps in the road – principally surrounding the location of the fight – as organizers continue to invite bids from various markets to host the blockbluster showdown, reportedly receiving interest from the United States, Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar, Singapore and the United Kingdom. 

And amid Fury’s haranguing online, Joshua has slammed his potential opponent for having the wrong “mindset” in arranging the heavyweight title unification fight.

I don’t think that’s the right mindset to have. I would wait until the end of the year if I had to,” said Joshua to Pep Talk TV.

It’s the fight we both want, it’s the fight the world wants, the promoters and the TV networks, so putting a time limit isn’t right. If people are clearly working on something and they need a little extra time, you want the job done right then you sit tight for a little bit.

As long as things are getting done I will wait til next Tuesday or the Tuesday after. I know I want it and so does he, maybe he just got his words mixed up.

With every week that passes I am a week better, a week stronger and a week wiser and a week closer to the day when I kick Tyson Fury’s ass.

I don’t know what Fury is doing and I don’t give a sh*t either, all I know is what I am doing and I am coming.”

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, says that there has been a breakthrough with regard to the host city of the heavyweight superfight and he is inching closer to releasing concrete information as to where and when the two will trade leather in the first of their two scheduled showdowns.

Both sides have approved the site offer that they want to go with, and now we’re just finalizing the site deal and we’re in a great place,” Hearn explained to Behind the Gloves.

I saw Tyson yesterday. I just messaged him and said, ‘I’m in Vegas, I’m in your hotel if you fancy a cuppa’. We just had five or 10 minutes together and it was good, because I don’t represent Tyson Fury, so I don’t know what is in his mind. What he basically cemented in my mind was, this is the only fight he wants, and I know that’s the same with AJ.

It just good to say, right we’ve got the offer, we all approve. We’re moving forward now. We’re good.”

Hearn, though, like Fury, is keen to move past the negotiation stage as soon as possible and allow both fighters to begin their preparations with an end date in mind – but cautioned that deal must be agreed soon, and that he doesn’t want the fight to be delayed longer than it needs to be.
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There is no option for this fight to go at the back end of the year, and I’ve made that clear,” he said. “The hardest thing about securing the site is in this world we live in today, most people would like to kick it to November, December. That’s not available. It was never available.

What was available was a summer fight for the undisputed world heavyweight championship. That is what you’re going to get. Both guys want two fights this year. One will be in the summer and one will be in December.

The winner of the proposed summer fight will become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since in more than two decades, after another British fighter – Lennox Lewis – last achieved the same feat between 1999 and 2000. 

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Cardi B’s Daughter Kulture, 3, Draws On Offset’s $1800 Moncler Jacket With Red Crayon Then Dozes Off

Cardi B’s mini-me daughter Kulture got a hold of her dad’s designer puffer jacket, and showcased her drawing skills on the white coat.

Oops! Cardi B[1]‘s two-year-old daughter, Kulture[2], accidentally treated her dad Offset[3]‘s Moncler jacket like a canvas! The “WAP” hitmaker took to Instagram on April 10 to share a video of the coat in question, covered in red crayon marker. “Look what she did,” Cardi captioned the video, tagging her husband. She then posted a clip of little Kulture peacefully sleeping, blissfully unaware of the damage she caused to the designer jacket. “Wow,” the singer captioned the video, which showed her mini-me rocking a black graphic tee, with two adorable buns in her hair.

It came just days after Cardi revealed she took her little girl on a shopping spree[6], buying multiple Chanel purses. The “Up” rapper totally spoiled little Kulture, but she was more than happy to, as she explained in the caption to her post. “This what happens when God gives me the babygirl I always wanted,” she began. “I shop more for her then I do for myself.”

The little fashionista[7] may sport designer threads and enjoy the lifestyle of her rich and famous parents — but that doesn’t mean her mom won’t remind her how lucky she is. “My daughter came out of my p***y rich,” Cardi told Billboard[8] back in December, after the outlet named her Woman of the Year. “She lives a different lifestyle than I lived. This girl gets in a pool every single day; I can’t swim because I barely went to the pool. … I want her to know that just because you have money, that doesn’t mean you’re super-privileged.”

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Like Cardi, Kulture’s dad Offset is a successful rapper, but fame hasn’t always allowed him to avoid run ins with law enforcement. “Even me with her dad, we have had really bad experiences with police, and we’re rich and famous,” Cardi continued. “I want her to know that you’re not going to be an exception. I want her to have compassion. I don’t want her to ever have the mentality of, ‘This doesn’t apply to me.’” What a great role model!

References

  1. ^ Cardi B (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Kulture (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ Offset (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/pWQWMhguy2 (t.co)
  5. ^ April 11, 2021 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ shopping spree (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ little fashionista (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ Billboard (www.billboard.com)

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Amazon union vote in Alabama draws 55 percent turnout

More than half of the employees at Amazon’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse voted in the high-stakes union election, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Turnout exceeded the labor group’s expectations, with more than 3,200 ballots submitted to the National Labor Relations Board. More than 5,800 workers were eligible to vote.

But the turnout does not give any clear indication of whether a majority of workers cast ballots to unionize.

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The election formally ended March 29[1] and vote counting began last week via a private video call. The public portion of the vote count is expected to start as soon as Thursday afternoon, the union said.

Hundreds of challenged ballots still need to be addressed. If the vote margin is within the amount of challenged votes, the final tally will be delayed until they are resolved.

The Bessemer plant would become the first unionized Amazon facility in the U.S. if the workers ultimately vote to join the RWDSU.

References

  1. ^ formally ended March 29 (thehill.com)

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Russia’s Arctic sea route draws growing global investor interest, Foreign Ministry says

Foreign investors and entrepreneurs show growing interest in the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), Russian Ambassador at Large for the Arctic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Korchunov told TASS.

According to him, international businesses “have high practical demand for Arctic projects, whose long-term strategy stipulates the year-round use of NSR as a main transport artery to deliver products manufactured or extracted in the Arctic zone to the international market.” He added:“We see greater interest of cruise operators in NSR.”

Korchunov also said that Russia intends to actively promote the Arctic sea route, which is expected to ensure sustainable shipping. “Russia is consistently taking measures to develop safe navigation in high latitudes,” he said, pointing out that Novatek and Rosatom sent an eastbound LNG cargo via the NSR with ice-breaker support in February, which was the earliest start to the navigation season in the area to date. “This is highly appreciated by international companies, including both consumers of these products and investors,” Korchunov added.
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The Northern Sea Route, which stretches the entire length of Russia’s Arctic and Far East regions, is expected to become a major trade route for goods shipped between Europe and Asia.

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According to President Vladimir Putin, the route is “the key to the development of the Russian Arctic regions of the Far East,” and the goal is to make it a “truly global, competitive transport artery.”

The Arctic route from Southeast Asia to Europe cuts transportation time in half, compared to traditional routes through the Suez or Panama canals. In Soviet times, it was used mainly to supply goods to isolated settlements in the Arctic.

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